Upper Valley Dispatch

A Quest for Education Columns from Actual Educators

There is no shortage of voices vying to be heard on the subject of education. Think tanks, school reform organizations, prominent critics and authors, billionaires with money to throw at schools, governors, school superintendents ... Sometimes it seems like everyone has an opinion. But amid the noise, one voice seems to get lost — the educator ’s. Despite what’s at stake, teachers and even principals seem reluctant to share their ideas about education with a wider audience. So it is that the nation, and the

State Police Investigating Death of Hartland 4-Month-Old

South Royalton — State Police are investigating the untimely death of a Hartland 4-month-old who was discovered unresponsive in South Royalton, according to a news release. The infant was identified as Wyatt Morrill, the son of Kristi Bonnell and Timothy Morrill of Hartland. Wyatt was discovered unresponsive at the residence of Autumn Pearson and Randy Morrill, Timothy's brother, in South Royalton during the early morning hours on Sunday, according to information from state police. South Royalton Rescue arrived and began resuscitation efforts as they transported

I-91 Southbound Bridge in WRJ Reopens 5 Hours Early, More Delays This Week

White River Junction — The Interstate 91 southbound bridge over Route 5 reopened about 12:40 this morning, according to an alert from officials. The reopening came more than five hours ahead of schedule following a weekend-long detour while crews replaced the bridge using a process called lateral slide construction. Officials used the technique to cram the worst delays into two 60-hour windows this summer, but some drivers still got tangled up in the detour this weekend. Over the next week, I-91 southbound will have one-lane

Lebanon Library to Reinstate Private Web Browser

Lebanon — The city’s library trustees let a previous vote stand tonight to continue the Kilton Public Library’s adoption of the anonymous web browsing system Tor, which has come under scrutiny from law enforcement officials. Kilton became the first library in the country to participate in the program called Tor last month, allowing Tor users around the world to bounce their Internet traffic through the library, thus masking users’ locations. However, Kilton officials recently put their participation on hold after the Department of Homeland Security

Judge Issues Partial Ruling in Lawsuit Involving Hartford Police

Burlington — A federal judge has dismissed some of the claims in an Upper Valley man’s lawsuit asserting that Hartford police used excessive force when they responded to an erroneous report of a burglary at his Wilder home, but other claims in the lawsuit appear headed to trial. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss in a ruling Monday on a request for summary judgment said Wayne Burwell’s claims that police used excessive force, committed assault and battery and intentionally inflicted emotional distress can go to

Time-Lapse Video Shows I-91 Bridge Slide

Officials from the Vermont Agency of Transportation today released this time-lapse video showing the replacement of the Interstate 91 northbound bridge over Route 5 in White River Junction. Construction crews from Florida-based PCL Construction used a process called "lateral slide construction" in which they spent several months constructing the new bridge next to the old span, then spent the weekend of Aug. 28-31 demolishing the old structure and sliding the new bridge into place. The southbound bridge is scheduled to be replaced Sept. 18-20. Read

Randolph Fire Station Heavily Damaged by Blaze; Up to $1 Million in Damage

Randolph — The fire station in downtown Randolph was heavily damaged by a fire this morning, and a fire engine was destroyed and other trucks damaged, officials said. A state fire investigator said the fire appears to have been caused by an electrical problem in a pumper truck and is not considered suspicious, but may have caused as much as $1 million in damage. Town Manager Melvin Adams said the pumper and rescue trucks, along with hoses and other firefighting equipment, were also damaged. East

Alice Peck Day, Dartmouth-Hitchcock to Affiliate; Changes to Birthing Center Likely

Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital will become Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s newest affiliate, should the state approve the agreement the two institutions expect to file in September. APD, an 83-year-old community hospital in Lebanon, said it would focus on patients requiring fewer consultations and less intensive care than that available at Dartmouth-Hitchcock under the agreement, an outline of which was released this morning. For example, in the long-term, many of the births currently taking place at APD will be shifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, with APD

Tell Us Your Traditions for the Next Edition of ‘Valley Parents’

My parents both knew their way around a kitchen, but when I was growing up they hardly ever cracked their cookbooks — full-time jobs and five kids to raise meant meals had to be fast and cheap. Birthdays were another story. On our special day, we got to pick the dinner menu. Depending on the kid, that might mean lobster or steak, tuna noodle casserole or pot pies. But the spread mattered less than the experience; it wasn’t too often we managed to all sit

River Valley Community College Plans to Expand Into Former Lebanon College Building

Lebanon — The Community College System of New Hampshire has purchased the larger of two former Lebanon College buildings on the pedestrian mall. Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Community College System, Lebanon and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., are expected to make a formal announcement of the purchase, which was facilitated by a $1.6 million federal loan, at 1 p.m. today at the building, 15 Hanover St., Lebanon. River Valley Community College, the Claremont-based branch of the state’s Community College System,