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Upper Valley Dispatch

On Foliage, Motorcycles, Selfies and a Butterfly

With a surge in vehicles traversing the Twin States blacktop during the fall foliage season — including motorcycles, including mine — I hope safety takes precedent over getting a perfect Instagram picture or a foliage selfie, especially as Vermont has recently enacted a new hands-free electronic device rule for drivers. Tourism officials are expecting a flood of visitors during the next few weekends to take in the fall foliage views, as reported by Vermont Public Radio's Annie Russell. Roughly 3.6 million tourists flock to Vermont

High School Football: Complex Ranking System Could Spoil Lebanon’s Playoff Dreams — Maybe

It’s happening again. With Lebanon High’s 35-21 win over Hanover on Friday night in the annual Principals Cup football game at Henry Emerton Memorial Field, the Raiders find themselves in prime position to compete for an NHIAA postseason spot this season. But because of the system instituted by the state association last year when it boiled a six-division gridiron landscape down to three divisions, Lebanon could end up missing the playoffs despite owning a better record than someone else who may qualify. Let me explain.

PHOTO: The Fake Moose That Lured the Big Moose

Last week, when we first heard about a Pomfret man using a refrigerator box to kill the largest bull moose ever taken in a Vermont archery season, I had pictured Kevin Rice hiding out in the forest inside a huge cardboard box, maybe with two circle cut-outs for eye holes and a door through which to shoot his arrow. As it turns out, the refrigerator box was used in a much different way: Rice and his hunting partner, Hartford resident Steve Schaeffer, used their hunting

Ebola, Putin and North Korea: Former CIA Official Michael Morell’s Dartmouth Talk Covered the Big Ones

Hanover — A former CIA deputy director took a pessimistic view of a variety of security questions facing the United States during his visit to Dartmouth College last week. Daniel Benjamin, the director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth, and Michael Morell, a 33-year veteran of the CIA official who was spending a week on campus, focused much of their conversation Sept. 30 on conflicts in Iraq and Syria, as reported in the Valley News the following day. They touched

Police Capture Inmate Who Escaped From Windsor Prison (Updated 5:10 p.m.)

Windsor — Police have captured the escaped sex offender who breached the fence at Southeast State Correctional Facility this morning. State Police Capt. Ray Keefe said in an email shortly after 5 p.m. that Anthony Fitzgerald was taken into custody in Weathersfield after a call from a civilian alerted police. Posted at 5:10 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV and read more in Tuesday's Valley News. ∎ EARLIER: Vermont State Police and Windsor-area police departments are searching for an inmate who breached the

ICYMI: A Tunbridge Fair Roundup

Already missing the Tunbridge World’s Fair? As you're awaiting its return next year, here’s a collection of our stories and photographs from when it rolled into town last month. — “Baby-sitting the Brood”: A snapshot of the fair on the eve of its opening. — “Forever at the Fair”: A profile of long-time Tunbridge residents Blanche Fisk, 86, and Skee Barnaby, 89, who have joyfully watched the fair surround their Route 110 home for the past several decades. — “Details at the Fair”: Staff photographer

Thetford Musician’s Beatles Covers Benefit Cancer Center

As a musician, Tod Moses plays and sings the Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love with utter sincerity as well as a blues-y twist. As a patient facing surgery for prostate cancer and an advocate for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the leader of the band Fujita 5 will welcome as many dollars for his new CD Blue Beetle as music lovers are willing to contribute. Fans and musician friends from around the Upper Valley gave Moses, who lives in Thetford, and the Friends

Reporter’s Notebook: More Scenes from the People’s Climate March

This past Sunday, I arrived White River Junction at 4:30 in the morning with about 150 other people, mostly Upper Valley residents, to board three buses to the People’s Climate March in New York City. About 15 hours later, I filed a story about the march from a bus that was headed back north. With limited time to write and only so much space in the newspaper, there were a lot of snippets from my eight hours in New York that just couldn’t fit in

Food Banks in the Twin States Promote Hunger Action Month, Ways to Help

September is Hunger Action Month, when organizations across the country ramp up efforts to fight hunger, which affects one in six Americans. A nationwide network of 200 food banks is making it easy to spread the word electronically. Feeding America is urging people to take an online pledge to support the “one in five kids who face hunger in America” and to use Twitter and Facebook to help end hunger in the United States. The organization is also seeking donations to the national nonprofit and

College Football Media Guides: Reflecting on the Good Ol’ Days, Before Technology Took Over

On Saturday night, the Dartmouth College football team kicks off its 134th season, which makes it an ideal time to take a quick dip into the past before we look ahead. Over the years, I’ve acquired a decent collection of Dartmouth media guides, thanks mostly to sports editor Don Mahler’s occasional spring cleaning. They provide a window into the Big Green’s illustrious history and make a nice time-killer when you can’t attend a game. It’s a shame the Ivy League outlawed media guides after the