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Upper Valley Dispatch

Tell Us Your Traditions for the Next Edition of ‘Valley Parents’

My parents both knew their way around a kitchen, but when I was growing up they hardly ever cracked their cookbooks — full-time jobs and five kids to raise meant meals had to be fast and cheap. Birthdays were another story. On our special day, we got to pick the dinner menu. Depending on the kid, that might mean lobster or steak, tuna noodle casserole or pot pies. But the spread mattered less than the experience; it wasn’t too often we managed to all sit

River Valley Community College Plans to Expand Into Former Lebanon College Building

Lebanon — The Community College System of New Hampshire has purchased the larger of two former Lebanon College buildings on the pedestrian mall. Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Community College System, Lebanon and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., are expected to make a formal announcement of the purchase, which was facilitated by a $1.6 million federal loan, at 1 p.m. today at the building, 15 Hanover St., Lebanon. River Valley Community College, the Claremont-based branch of the state’s Community College System,

Series Homepage: Roaring 20s

Find stories, photographs and blog posts related to the Roaring 20s series at the bottom of this page. Photographer Sarah Priestap and Maggie Cassidy are using the monthly series on the Perspectives page to tell the stories of a dozen Upper Valley 20-somethings.

Upper Valley Bus Routes

It’s that time again. Find links to the Upper Valley’s bus routes for the 2015-16 school year below. If your district isn't included and you would like to include a link, please email it to mcassidy@vnews.com. ∎ New Hampshire — Claremont — Grantham — Hanover — Haverhill — Lebanon — Lyme — Mascoma — Plainfield — Rivendell ∎ Vermont — Bradford/Newbury/Oxbow — Hartford — Hartland — Norwich — Randolph — Thetford Elementary — Thetford Academy ∎ Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

20-Somethings: Mr. Grafton

This weekend’s installment of our Roaring 20s series features Andrew Cushing, a thoughtful 25-year-old from Grafton who returns to his graduate studies in Philadelphia this weekend. Cushing is such a big fan of Grafton that when I started typing this post, I accidentally called him “Andrew Grafton.” You’ll see more about that in the Sunday Valley News. In the meantime, here’s an essay that Cushing wrote a few years ago as a student at Bowdoin College about some of the more complex aspects of his

Red Panda Sighted in the Upper Valley: A Trail Tale

On July 24, a red panda was sighted and captured in Hanover. A long way from home and exhausted from her journey, she arrived at her weekend home in Vershire. Danielle Breakell, of Goshen, Conn., a childhood friend of mine, is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. She started her journey in Georgia on April 1 and was given the trail name Red Panda. It’s a good name for her, I think. Her auburn hair is certainly the right color, with her long braid looking a bit

20-Something Series Continues with Riverbank Church Pastor

Yesterday’s Sunday Valley News featured the second monthly installment of the Roaring 20s series, in which photographer Sarah Priestap and I are telling the stories of some of the Upper Valley’s 20-somethings. Round One focused on 20-year-old Hartford Selectboard member Becca White. Yesterday, it was 28-year-old assistant pastor Dylan Nicholas of Riverbank Church. See a video of him preaching about the meaning behind the words “God’s will” at this link. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Monday at 4:05 p.m. Follow the Valley

Claremont Man, 24, Killed When Storm Blows Tree On Car (Updated 2:20 p.m.)

Claremont — A 24-year-old Claremont man was killed Sunday evening when a tree fell on his car as he was driving west on Chestnut Street. Police today identified the victim as Kyle LeClair. The accident happened around 7:25 p.m. as a strong storm blew through Sullivan County, knocking out power to the Claremont-Newport area. Police said the storm "caused a large tree to partially break and fall into the roadway," hitting LeClair's car as he drove by. Find a full report in Tuesday’s Valley News.

Windsor Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Related to November Shooting

White River Junction — A Windsor police officer this morning pleaded not guilty to charges that he unlawfully injured a man when he shot him during an undercover drug sting in November. Ryan Palmer, 28, was indicted this week on charges of felonious aggravated assault with a weapon and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment. Following his hearing in Windsor Superior Court, he was released on conditions, including that he not possess a firearm. Palmer has been on duty since the Nov. 16 incident. His

Fourth of July Festivities and Events in the Upper Valley

JULY 3 4th of July Fireworks in Brownsville: 6:30 p.m., Mount Ascutney Resort, Ski Tow Road. Live music, children’s activities and food. Fireworks at dusk. Free. 802-484-1223. Celebration in Fairlee: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Town Common. Live music, food and children’s activities. Free. 802-333-9653. JULY 4 Pancake Breakfast in Plainfield: 7:30-9 a.m., Community Church, 1094 Route 12A.  Donation. 603-298-8913. Fourth of July in Plainfield: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Events held at various locations in downtown Plainfield, Route 12 A. Includes barbecue and art show. Parade begins at 11