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Car Fire Destroys SUV in West Lebanon McDonald’s Parking Lot

West Lebanon — Police say nobody was injured in a car fire today in the McDonald’s parking lot off of Route 12A about 12:30 p.m. Part of the parking lot was closed and traffic was reduced to one lane on part of Interchange Drive as emergency responders battled the blaze during the lunch hour. Lebanon fire and police responded. Lyme resident Kristen Patton, who owns the SUV, said she and her husband, John Patton, were out running errands today. They had just bought coffee in

Wednesday: Authorities Say Church Pastor Died in Grafton Fire

Grafton — Authorities today said the 57-year-old man who had been pastor of Peaceful Assembly Church was killed in Tuesday’s fire at the historic church in Grafton. A news release from the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office said John Connell died of smoke inhalation. Connell lived in an apartment on the property. The church dated to 1798 and was long used as Grafton’s meetinghouse. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Grafton Police, and the Grafton

Alice Peck Day: Shots Last Year For Kids May Have Been Ineffective

Lebanon — More than 800 children might have received ineffective vaccinations for polio, hepatitis, measles and other diseases at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital during a 14-month period that ended Oct. 23, the Lebanon hospital said. The affected vaccines might not have been properly refrigerated and, although not harmful, may not have provided the expected immunity to recipients, APD said in a news release this morning. “To date, we have had no reports of any patients affected by this event contracting a vaccine-preventable disease,” the

Tuesday: Man Killed in Grafton Fire at Peaceful Assembly Church

Grafton — Fire officials say a fire that heavily damaged an old church in Grafton has killed a man. They said a man's body was found in the Peaceful Assembly Church on Route 4 in Grafton. The fire was toned out to at least two alarms shortly after 11 a.m. At about noon, heavy smoke was billowing from both sides of the white structure with purple trim. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating. No cause of the fire has been determined, and authorities are

Snowmobile Accident in Grantham Sends Man to Hospital

Grantham — A man was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center today for treatment of a leg injury and a gash on his head following a snowmobile accident in Grantham, according to the man’s son. Milosz Mitura said his father, Jerzy Mitura, was the only person riding the snowmobile this morning when the accident occurred. No other vehicles were involved. Jerzy Mitura was conscious, alert and breathing when he was transported by emergency responders from Lebanon, according to Grantham police Sgt. John Parsons. Milosz Mitura said

Map of Upper Valley Food Shelves

One of my responsibilities at the Valley News is to keep our volunteer, support group and food shelf listings up-to-date. You might have come across one of these lists in an edition of the Sunday Valley News, but do you know where they’re located on our website? Here’s the answer: the Volunteers page. Food shelves, particularly this time of year, are in need of assistance and donations. To highlight the food shelves in our area, the Valley News created this interactive map below. (Click here

Links: Investigative Reports on the Bar Fight Involving a Windsor Police Officer

The following PDFs are the documents that were released to the Valley News in recent months in response to records requests. They relate to the Sunday Valley News story about Windsor police deleting a report on a bar fight involving an officer. Some names and other information in the reports have been redacted by the custodial agencies. ∎  Former Windsor Police Officer Steven Neily’s report, released by the Attorney General’s Office in response to a records request ∎  Windsor Police Sgt. John Adams’ report, released

Top Prosecutor in Windsor County Appointed as Judge

White River Junction — Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen has been appointed as a trial judge by Gov. Peter Shumlin, according to a news release this morning. Kainen, a Hartford resident and former member of the Vermont House, will fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Judge John Wesley, a Windham County judge. Find a full report in the VALLEY NEWS. ∎ Posted online Monday at 10:30 a.m. Follow the Valley News on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @VNewsUV.

From Cantore Profile to Lebanon Time Capsule: Our Top 20 Web Stories of 2015

West Lebanon — Not too long ago, identifying the year’s most significant news stories went something like this: A group of editors would get together, review the big events and major investigations of the past 12 months, and compile a list. That was that. Presumably their professional experience and expertise proved useful, but it was essentially a collective judgment call. If Valley News editors were to engage in that sort of exercise this year, they might come up with a list that included the conviction

Calendar Highlights: Christmas Lights Display in South Royalton

The display of Christmas lights at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial has been on my Upper Valley to-do list since I moved here in 2012, but it wasn’t until this year that I made it out to South Royalton to see it. On Monday night, my co-worker Maggie Cassidy and I set out after work to visit. Approaching the memorial, we caught a few glimpses of trees draped in lights and a Christmas tree illuminated in a picture window. A sign informed us the channel