Upper Valley Dispatch

Want Ad: Tell Us About Former Valley Residents Who Are Now College Athletes

Three times a year, the Valley News charges me with keeping our readers up to date on the exploits of former Upper Valley residents now playing college sports. We run a fall/winter version in early to mid-December, such as the one published today. There’s also a winter/spring roundup that comes out in April and a spring-only wrap-up that’s published in June. The latest update includes nearly 150 names, a vast increase from what we did even several years ago. That’s partially because even small colleges

Support, Fundraising Continues for Tunbridge Family Who Lost Home To Fire

Tunbridge — Friends and family continue to support members of a Tunbridge family who lost their home, pets and belongings in a late November fire. The Strafford Road home’s owners, Irma Chezhiya and Peter Klinck, and their son Duncan have received donations of clothing, toys and housing, as we reported last week. Since then, the donations have continued. The total raised through a fundraising page established by the family’s former neighbors, Kerri and Jim Juergens, neared the page’s $5,000 goal on Wednesday. Those still seeking

N.H. Press Association Honors ‘Valley News’

West Lebanon — The Valley News took home nine first-place awards in the 2014 Better Media Contest sponsored by the New Hampshire Press Association. At an NHPA banquet Friday night in Manchester, staff writer Aimee Caruso was recognized as writer of the year for a daily newspaper for her work on a number of enterprise stories, including one on summer churches and another entitled “Where Students Are Teachers.” Sports editor Donald Mahler won two first-place awards, for sports news and as sports columnist of the

Pack Up Your Pitchforks: Upper Valley Officials Discuss the ‘Art’ of Snow Removal

Over the course of this week, I’ve been talking to various state and local officials who have some say over which roads get cleared and when. The conversation mostly focused on the public’s rising expectations over the decades regarding snow removal. Look for a story in Saturday’s Valley News. In the meantime, here are two useful documents that you’ll especially enjoy if you, like me, have somewhat nerdy tendencies and enjoy data. State officials directed me to these documents. One of them was described as

What is That Dining Car Doing on a Lawn on Route 10 in West Leb?

West Lebanon — If you've been driving on Route 10 from West Lebanon toward Hanover in recent months and thinking to yourself, “what the heck is that old-school dining car doing parked in the middle of the lawn near Allard’s Furniture,” then this post is for you. David Clem, the mastermind behind the development plans known as River Park, explained the curious sight on his blog (aptly named Dave’s Blog). Clem and his wife, Kathy, used to keep the dining car at their house in

Police Charge Claremont Elementary School Staff Member with False Report of Gunman

Claremont — Police have arrested a Maple Avenue Elementary School staff member who allegedly made a false report when she told higher-ups that she saw a man with a handgun near the school, which prompted a temporary school lockdown Nov. 17. Rebecca Parker, 21, of Washington, N.H., pleaded not guilty in Claremont District Court today to a misdemeanor charge of false public alarm, according to a news release from Claremont police. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 2:25 p.m. Read a Nov. 21 story about the

Valley Visual: Keeping Up with a Hunting Family that Gave ‘the Gift of a Home Away From Home’ (4 Photos)

In early November 2010, on the night after I called the Bassette family to ask permission to photograph them deer hunting as a family, they held a meeting to discuss how they should respond to my request. “We thought you’d be some fancy reporter who wouldn’t be able to climb up a mountain with us,” recalled Elizabeth Bassette, who was 15 at the time I photographed the family, which includes 9 children, for a photo story while I was an intern for the Valley News.

Video Snapshot: The Snow Has Started in West Lebanon; What Does it Look Like Outside Your Window?

So it begins! Rain and snow is expected to slow holiday travel in the region today, and it's already coming down outside the Valley News newsroom in West Lebanon. Visit our Facebook page for a quick video taken shortly after noon today, and share what you're seeing outside your window. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Wednesday at 12:55 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

After Weight Watchers Essay, Watching Weight Warily

Along with photos of kids and dogs, never underestimate the reader-entrapment ... un, enrapturement ... value of stories about weight-loss journeys to your friendly neighborhood newspaper (or celebrity magazine). Exhibit A: The essay I wrote for the Valley News’ Close-Up section of Oct. 20, about my and my wife’s ongoing quest to keep off the pounds we’ve lost as members of Weigh Watchers. In the first week, Goodie and I lost track of how many comments we fielded in person and via email after the

Valley Visual: Warming Up (3 Photos)

We’re currently in that in-between period when it comes to photographing high school sports. Championships have been decided and next season’s games haven’t started up yet. That means spending time at lots of practices, and warming back up to shooting different sports just as the players are reconfiguring themselves to the game. Practices also offer a number of visual options that are different than those found at games. The geometry of players stretching and the ability to stand in the middle of the field to