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Upper Valley Dispatch

Tonight May Be a ‘Big Night’ for Many Frogs, Toads and Salamanders To Migrate

Could tonight be one of those “big nights” that amphibian watchers have been waiting for? With warmer temperatures and rain in the forecast, scientists say tonight could be one of those times when thousands of frogs, toads and salamanders make their way from the forest to breeding pools. Unfortunately, many never make it because the migration takes them across busy streets. “A road with a small amount of traffic can be sust ainable over time,” said Mark Ferguson, zoologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife

Dartmouth College to Test Emergency Alert System, Audible Up To 10 Miles From Campus, Today at 3 p.m.

Dartmouth College will test two of its emergency notification systems today at 3 p.m. One of the systems, the Outdoor Mass Notification System, includes sirens and voice speakers that can be heard outdoors up to 10 miles from campus, according to an announcement from the school. That alert will sound for about 5 to 15 minutes, school officials said. Dartmouth will also test its DartAlert system, which delivers automated messages to all Dartmouth-administered email accounts and landline phones, as well as to the personal phones

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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 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