Upper Valley Dispatch

Coming Sunday: Revisiting the Families of a 14-Year-Old 'Valley News' Series; Read the Original Stories Here

In 2000 and 2001 Jim Kenyon spent 10 months reporting and writing the stories of four working families living on the edge of economic uncertainty. The Other Side of the Valley put names and faces to the challenges such families faced in an increasingly prosperous Upper Valley, where their struggles often were invisible to the community. In particular, the series demonstrated how the lack of affordable housing in the area presented a significant obstacle to their getting ahead, despite the fact that the mothers and

Election 2014: Complete Coverage for the Upper Valley and Beyond

Coverage of Tuesday’s elections is linked at the bottom of this page. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV and Facebook.

Hartford Voters Reject Track and Field Bond

Hartford — Voters in Hartford today handily turned back a proposed $3.5 million bond issue to build a track and artificial turf field at Hartford High School. The measure lost on a 1,742-1,203 vote, with 59 percent of voters opposed, according to unofficial results. Supporters said the track and turf field would stimulate the town’s economy, draw new students and improve the health and fitness of the community. Opponents said it was too costly and also raised questions about maintenance costs. ∎ Posted online Tuesday

Claremont Charter Change Defeated

Claremont — Voters in Claremont today overwhelmingly turned back a proposed change to the city charter that would have replaced the position of a hired city manager with an elected mayor. The measure was defeated by a vote of 2,726-1,023, according to unofficial results. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and other Democrats on the ballot were also running strongly in the city. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 7:55 p.m. Find a full report and complete election coverage in Wednesday’s Valley News and follow the Valley News

Tuesday Night Election Blog

Check back at this page on the Upper Valley Dispatch blog throughout the evening as we post Election Day results and color from the polls, including votes on the Hartford track and field bond and Claremont charter. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV and Facebook.  □ Where to vote in the Upper Valley: http://bit.ly/1DP3eYb Valley News previews of November 2014 elections: http://bit.ly/1oaCKhR □ 5:05 p.m. — Age didn't stop several members of the under-18 crowd from getting involved on Election Day today.   Two Lebanon

Thetford Man Cleared in Shooting Case

Chelsea — A 45-year-old Thetford man has been acquitted on all three counts in a shooting case dating back to 2010. An Orange Superior Court jury this afternoon found Thomas Berecz not guilty on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. Prosecutors had said Berecz had fired a rifle into a car operated by two men with whom he had been feuding. Read previous coverage of the case at this link. ∎ Posted online Monday

Where to Vote in the Upper Valley

Find the Valley News' coverage of Vermont and New Hampshire statewide elections, as well as legislative and county races, at this link.  □ New Hampshire Canaan — Fire station, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Charlestown — Library/municipal building, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Claremont Ward 1 — Middle School, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Claremont Ward 2 — Middle School, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Claremont Ward 3 — Disnard Elementary, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Cornish — Elementary School, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

November 2014 Election Previews

Find the Valley News' coverage of Vermont and New Hampshire statewide elections, as well as legislative and county races, below. A list of Upper Valley polling locations is at this link.

Watch It For Yourself: The Sullivan County Question That Rocked the WMUR Debate Between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen

New Hampshire maps are suddenly in vogue following last night’s U.S. Senate debate on WMUR-TV after it included a Sullivan County question, an answer from Republican candidate Scott Brown which didn’t mention any specific entity in Sullivan County, several follow up questions from WMUR panelist James Pindell, and, ultimately, Pindell’s post-debate apology. Watch the video clips yourself: ∎ Here’s the entire debate on WMUR’s website, broken down into video clips by topic. ∎ Here’s the clip that includes the Sullivan County question, including the exchange

What To Expect in ‘Valley Parents’ Next Week

The next issue of the Valley News’ quarterly magazine, Valley Parents, comes out on Friday, Nov. 7. This will be the second issue for which I am serving as co-editor, along with business writer John Lippman. John has many years of experience as an editor, and as a parent. I have some editing experience — and absolutely no parenting experience. In a way, though, that’s helped me in this role. Because I can’t draw on lessons I learned as a parent, I have to go