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Upper Valley Dispatch

Employment Opportunity: News Reporting Position

The Valley News, a quality-minded daily covering the beautiful upper Connecticut River valley of Vermont and New Hampshire, including Dartmouth College, has an opening for a staff writer. We seek a reporter with solid professional skills and strong ethics to join a staff whose alumni includes journalists now writing for papers including The New York Times, Washington Post and Tampa Bay Times. If you're interested in practicing serious journalism on an ambitious small daily with an experienced editing staff, please send a resume, five clips

N.H. State Sen. Odell, R-New London, Won't Seek Seventh Term

State Sen. Bob Odell is telling colleagues this morning he will not seek a seventh term. The 70-year-old New London Republican has been a critical swing vote in Concord and a key voice for Sullivan County and the Sunapee region. ∎ Posted online Friday at 9:46 a.m. Find a full report in Saturday’s Valley News and follow us on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Video: Sweet Time; Sugaring at Killam Farm in Barnard

Steve Killam, of Barnard, has been sugaring on his farm with friends and family for decades, and the Vermont tradition provides a once-a-year setting for everyone to get together. View Valley News staff photographer Will Parson's video of the sugaring process above. ∎ Will Parson can be reached at photo@vnews.com. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

West Lebanon Plazas Spared From Flooding

West Lebanon — Workers in the West Lebanon shopping plazas on Route 12A were removing sandbags and restocking merchandise this morning after the area escaped an overnight storm without major flooding. According to the National Weather Service, the Connecticut River crested in West Lebanon at 21.17 feet around 2 a.m. but had dropped below 20 feet by 2 p.m. (Keep up to date with river observations at the agency’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website.) Forecasters and emergency planners had warned that the river and other

Upper Valley Braces for Flooding; Stores Move Merchandise Out of Range

West Lebanon — Several big box stores along Route 12A have closed early in anticipation of possible heavy flooding along the Connecticut River tonight. J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Sears were all closed by 5 p.m. following a flood warning issued earlier in the day by the National Weather Service. Sears employees were using dollies to cart washing machines and other valuable electronics onto rental trucks to be removed from the store. The plaza in West Lebanon was hard-hit by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.

Video: Young Bald Eagle Released Back Into Wild in Thetford

Staff members from the Vermont Institute of Natural Science released a juvenile bald eagle back into the wild in Thetford today after rehabilitating it from head trauma for nearly a month. Watch the video above, and read more about the bald eagle’s injuries and recovery — and the comeback of bald eagles in the Connecticut River watershed — in Wednesday’s Valley News. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Tuesday at 3:40 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Couple’s Dream for Turkish Dining in Upper Valley Comes Full Circle

White River Junction — Remember Jackie and Vural Oktay? They’re the couple I wrote about for my first Valley News story in December 2011, when they went before the Lebanon Planning Board and won approval to open a kebab house on Main Street in West Lebanon. I revisited them on this blog in January, when I realized that financial constraints had forced them to abandon the West Lebanon location. Instead, they had opened the Istanbul Kebab House in Essex Junction, Vt. in May. However, it

Cartoon School Uses Student’s Guidance To Navigate ASL Interpreters’ Landscape

Carlisle Robinson, the student featured on the front page of the Sunday Valley News yesterday for her efforts to teach American Sign Language to her classmates, is not the first student at the Center for Cartoon Studies from the deaf and hard of hearing community: The school taught a deaf student who communicates through ASL for summer courses, and alumni include a deaf person who lip reads and uses his voice, said Valerie Fleisher, the school’s operations manager. However, Robinson is the first full-time student

Video: Canaan Bassoonist, 85, Rehearses with Sunflower Quartet

Valley News staff photographer Sarah Priestap and I got to spend Tuesday night at the home of Earl North, 85, as he rehearsed with The Sunflower Quartet, a woodwind group founded five years ago. (Three years before that, North brought three of the members together as the Sycamore Trio.) The group — which also includes flutist Ann Givens, of Grantham, oboist Steve Jordan, of Sunapee, and clarinetist Tom Norton, of Thetford — was rehearsing for their performance Saturday night at the First Congregational Church in

‘Valley News’ Front Pages in the Days After JFK Assassination Show a Shocked Nation, Region

As part of the Valley News series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the front pages of the newspaper in the days after the assassination are now available online. View the pages by clicking the links below. The pages will open as PDFs. (The Valley News did not print Sunday editions until the mid-1990s.)  ∎ Saturday, Nov. 23, 1963 ∎ Monday, Nov. 25, 1963 ∎ Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1963 ∎ Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1963 To explore the rest of the series, visit www.vnews.com/JFK, which