Upper Valley Dispatch

Missing Sharon Woman Found Safe (Updated 11:40 a.m.)

UPDATE at 11:40 a.m.: Joanne Mason has been found safe in Brandon, Vt., according to a news release from Vermont State Police at 11:30 a.m. She is being returned to her family. Sharon — Vermont State Police are searching for a missing 72-year-old woman from Sharon. Joanne Mason was last seen on Sunday leaving a luncheon at the senior center in South Royalton at 2 p.m., according to a news release. She was expected to drive home, about 15 minutes away. The release said Mason

Weekend Picks: It’s Not Quite the Holidays ... Yet

As November winds down and December begins, the holiday-themed events continue. Our Holiday Guide, which comes out the day before Thanksgiving, will feature a calendar with dozens of holiday events. But this week, I am choosing to highlight events that do not fit that bill. On Saturday, Susan Morse, of Keeping Track, will give a family friendly presentation about northern wildlife species that have already been affected by climate change in “Animals of the North: What Will Climate Change Mean for Them?” The free event,

Roaring 20s Blog: Geneva Jonathan: Pushing For Women’s Health in South Sudan

In the next installment of the Roaring 20s series in the Sunday Valley News, you’ll read about 22-year-old Geneva Jonathan, a researcher at Geisel School of Medicine’s Center for Technology and Behavioral Health in Lebanon who is helping to test the effectiveness of smartphone apps to treat mental illness.  In between graduating from Wesleyan University in May and moving to the Upper Valley for the research job in July, Jonathan spent about six weeks in South Sudan this summer, laying the foundations for a women’s

Police: Lebanon Man Fires Gun, Causes Leak in Neighbor’s Toilet

Lebanon — Police say a 48-year-old Lebanon man was charged with reckless conduct and criminal mischief after he shot his gun in his Parkhurst Street apartment Thursday and a bullet pierced a toilet in an adjoining apartment, causing a leak. No one was home in the adjoining apartment and no one was injured when Andrew Griffon allegedly shot the gun, according to a news release from the Lebanon Police Department. He was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $25,000 cash bail pending

Finding Strength in the Face of Fear: Hartland Woman in Paris Carries On After Attacks

Editor’s Note: This post, originally published to Emma Delaney’s Popping Around Paris blog on Wednesday, is cross-posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog with permission. Delaney, who is from Hartland and attended Hanover High School, graduated from New York University with a degree in English and politics in May. She is working in Paris as an English teaching assistant in two elementary schools with the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program in France initiative. ∎ Our world in Paris was rocked on Friday night with the

Black Lives Matter Protest at Dartmouth: Timeline of Social Media Posts, News Coverage

Dartmouth College students gathered in Baker-Berry Library on Thursday, Nov. 12, to demonstrate in solidarity with students at the University of Missouri, where racially charged incidents and the school’s response recently led to the resignation of the university’s president. Find a timeline of the social media posts and news coverage that ensued below. The full story accompanying this timeline is here. [View the story "Black Lives Matter Protest at Dartmouth College, Nov. 12, 2015" on Storify] ∎ Follow the Valley News on Facebook, Instagram and

Surf Like Snowden: Lebanon Libraries Offering Privacy-Friendly Flash Drives

Lebanon — Not too long ago, former CIA employee turned privacy activist Edward Snowden had some high praise for librarians after Lebanon officials decided to continue their involvement with the privacy network Tor, maintaining their position as the first library in the country to host a relay point*. DHS fought to stop libraries from using privacy technology, but @LibraryFreedom beat them. Librarians are badass. https://t.co/5BzFywnJLn — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 11, 2015 (DHS, of course, is the Department of Homeland Security. And although law enforcement

Saturday Picks: It’s All Goods

Last weekend, the Upper Valley was overwhelmed by ghouls. This weekend, it will be overwhelmed by goods. That’s right, readers. We have officially entered Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair Season. This Saturday, there are seven options to choose from. There is no admission cost for any of the events listed below this weekend, and many have goods available for sale that in some way benefit a nonprofit organization. Not in town this weekend? Not a problem. There are plenty more holiday fairs coming up in

Resident Injured in Basement Fire at Hanover Building

Hanover — A resident of a basement apartment was hospitalized Monday night following a fire at 16 Buck Road, a 1.5-story dwelling that includes office space, according to a fire official. The resident’s condition was not immediately available this morning. No other injuries were reported. Hanover Fire Capt. Michael Gilbert said the fire started in the basement of the pale yellow building, which is also home to The Hanover Conservancy. Gilbert said the fire spread at least to the first floor and possibly further. It

‘We Became Friends Actually’: Goat on the Loose Gets Friendly with Police Cruiser in Western Mass.

Granby, Mass. — A goat has been reunited with its owner after its off-leash antics in a western Massachusetts town Monday night included licking a police cruiser. Police responded to a report of the loose goat about 8 p.m. The caller was concerned the goat was in danger of being hit by a car, according to Sgt. Gary Poehler. “When we arrived in the area, the goat was actually standing at somebody’s door,” Poehler said. “The whole family was hiding behind the door because when