The New York Times last week published a video profiling Thetford’s Carmen Tarleton and the progress she’s made since undergoing face transplant surgery in February. The Times staff spent time with Tarleton earlier this month, and the result is a 7-minute video that is at once interesting, compelling and — I thought — very moving. In February, Tarleton became the fifth person to receive a full face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Her estranged husband beat her and doused her in industrial
What are you doing tomorrow night? Dancing around White River Junction in the Gory Daze Parade and subsequent Q Ball, maybe? If so, I’ll see you there! I haven’t decided on a costume yet, but if you see any dinosaurs or table lamps, one of them might be me. The annual Halloween-themed event kicks off around 6 p.m. at the Main Street Museum with a town-sponsored egg hunt for young’uns across the street at Veterans Park. But the parade is really scheduled to get going
Claremont — The Route 12 credit union that was robbed earlier this month is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the thief. Meanwhile, Claremont Police have released surveillance video screen shots of the Oct. 11 robbery at One Credit Union. (View the screen shots at the top of this blog post.) Police have described the suspect as having the following characteristics: ∎ Caucasian male in his 30s ∎ Between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 with an “average” build ∎ Brown hair and eyebrows ∎ Has
Hanover — It’s named Deserto and it’s driven by the Sun God. No, really! Jonathan James Recor earned his master’s degree in creative writing at Dartmouth College in 2011, but you probably would remember him better as the Sun God, his elaborate costumed persona when he was a student on campus. (See photos on Recor’s Flickr stream here and watch the Valley News’ audio slideshow from 2010 below.) He now lives in Connecticut and works in New York City, but he’s been traveling back to
Alexandria, N.H. — Almost 30 wolf-hybrids, the controversial animals also known as wolf-dogs, were rescued from a remote mountaintop property this week in a 16-day operation led by the Upper Valley Humane Society with support from at least five local law enforcement agencies and national and regional animal welfare groups. The owner of the animals had been evicted from the property, said Deborah Turcott, executive director of the Upper Valley Humane Society, who called her time with the animals “my own Dances With Wolves.” “It
You may have seen today’s article about 21 affordable apartments that developer Matt Bucy has planned for the old American Legion Hall in White River Junction. The story refers to some data gathered by the Upper Valley Housing Coalition; if you’d like to take a look for yourself, here’s the link. (Download the first PowerPoint presentation from the fall 2013 business leaders breakfast.) What do you think about Bucy’s plans for the building? Email me at email@example.com. ■ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Thursday
Not very well, according to the latest automated telephone survey by Public Policy Polling, which shows that Americans’ approval rating of Congress has plummeted to a measly 8 percent. But we do favor Congress over twerking, heroin and Charles Manson, so there’s that. ■ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. Maggie Cassidy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Installation of much-talked about new parking meters is underway in Hanover, and officials expect that motorists will see increased parking fees in some downtown spaces by Thursday morning. Hanover Police Lt. Patrick O’Neill, the parking division supervisor, said today that workers have almost finished replacing the “housings,” or outer hardware, of the meters, and the inner mechanisms should be installed by end-of-day Wednesday. The new meters accept both cash and credit cards, although credit card transaction carry an additional 20-cent fee to offset transaction charges
Staff Photographer Jennifer Hauck and I stopped to see the goats while on assignment at Wellwood Orchards in Weathersfield today. We were reporting on this year’s apple season, which owner Roy Mark said has been great — particularly in comparison to last year, when everybody “got froze out” by frosts after unusually warm temperatures early on. Steve Justis, executive director of the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, said that lines up with what he’s heard from other growers this season throughout the region. “Certainly compared
You don’t need a functioning government in order to make a pass at someone, as the Washington Post reported online earlier today. The Twitter hashtag #ShutdownPickupLines has been inspiring some rich one-liners, including “Hey girl, I’d declare you essential” and “Where have you been sequestered all my life?” The Post has rounded up some of the best of the bunch; read more at the link. ■ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Monday. Maggie Cassidy can be reached at email@example.com.