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Upper Valley Dispatch

Link: ‘Gretel’s Albums’

Today I spent some time talking to Dena Rueb Romero, a Hanover woman who has worked with Bernhild Vögel, of Germany, to piece together the stories behind old photographs of Romero’s Jewish relatives living in Germany before and during the Holocaust. The resulting document, Gretel’s Albums, is available to download as a PDF at this link: http://www.birdstage.net/pdf/gretels_albums.pdf The photo at the top of this blog post shows Romero, at right, and Vögel shortly after making their presentation about the photographs last week. Romero’s relatives ran

NHPR Series Looks Back at 250 Years in 13 Towns 

New Hampshire Public Radio’s Keith Shields is visiting the state’s 13 towns celebrating their 250th anniversary this year. A few of them fall in and around the Upper Valley, including Warren, which debuted the series last month, and Haverhill, which he profiled a couple weeks ago. As somebody who’s lived in the area for only a couple of years (cough, “flatlander,” cough) I learned a lot from Shields’ piece, and I suspect some Upper Valley locals will pick up a few things, too. And I

Friday Update: Happy Hollow Road Cows Await Their Big Mooo-ve

The transfer of Royalton's impounded Happy Hollow Road cows has been delayed — for now. The parties involved in the dispute said the paperwork has been signed, but the pickup of the four animals — who were fenced in by a neighbor after they had damaged his property for years — has been rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. It all started Wednesday, when an editor answered the phone and I heard him say, "Now, is this a dispute with a cow, or a dispute over a

‘Valley News’ Seeks Your Perspective of JFK Assassination

A smiling President John. F. Kennedy sits next to his wife, Jackie, in the back of a convertible Lincoln Continental as his motorcade travels through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Moments later, the president is mortally wounded and America’s innocence is shattered. The Valley News wants to know if the events of that day 50 years ago — and the chaotic, somber days that followed — changed your view of the world. Were you among the shocked and grieving millions, or do you know of

Center for Cartoon Studies Alumnus Gives Faces to Syrian Conflict

If you were listening to New Hampshire Public Radio last night, you may have heard a San Francisco Bay-area journalist talking about his pen-and-ink cartoons drawing attention to the human side of the Syrian conflict. Turns out that cartoonist is Andy Warner, a 2012 alumnus of White River Junction’s Center for Cartoon Studies who was co-founder and co-editor of Irene comics magazine, taking on the name of the 2011 tropical storm. He also has spent time in Lebanon (of the Middle East variety, not “03766”)

'Times' Video Profiles Thetford's Carmen Tarleton

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

Gory Daze in White River Junction Tomorrow: See You There

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

$10,000 Reward Offered in Claremont Robbery Case

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

Have You Seen This Car Driving Around Hanover?

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

29 Wolf-Hybrids Rescued From Alexandria, N.H. Mountaintop

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