Upper Valley Dispatch

Weekend Picks: For the Last-Minute Crowd

It’s the weekend before Christmas and all through the Valley, gift-hunting residents continue to rally. As you can see in the Calendar, there are still several chances to take care of last-minute shopping at local organizations. Here are a few events to check out this weekend. Need help addressing gift tags or personalizing last-minute gifts? Visit the Main Street Museum at 58 Bridge St. in White River Junction on Saturday between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Calligraphers Laura Di Piazza and Tamara Green will be

Attorney For Norwich Says Town Manager Is Not An At-Will Employee

The lawyer hired by the Norwich Selectboard to assess Town Manager Neil Fulton’s employment status has advised that Fulton cannot be fired without cause, according to a legal opinion obtained by the Valley News under a public records request. Last week: Norwich Manager Contract Still Unresolved Find a full report in Friday’s Valley News. ∎ Posted online Thursday at 3:25 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @VNewsUV.

Roaring 20s Blog: Kristin Thompson Transitions from the Pitch to the Barn

Elite soccer player Kristin Thompson has appeared in our pages before. My colleague Jared Pendak wrote about Thompson when she first arrived in the Upper Valley by way of Guam in 2013 to take over the Lightning Soccer Club girls program. Read that story here. Now 29 years old, Thompson will be featured in the next edition of the Roaring 20s series in the Sunday Valley News about young people living in the Upper Valley. This time around, we have focused on a relatively new

Calendar Highlights: Annual Festival Displays Artfully Decorated Trees in Enfield

Enfield — Instrumental Christmas music plays softly. Lights that illuminate but don’t overwhelm reflect against the restored, original 1837 hardwood floors. On tables covered in white table cloths sit 38 artificial Christmas trees, each artfully decorated. Welcome to the Festival of Trees at the Enfield Shaker Museum, held every December for the last 10 years. The festival serves as a fundraiser for the museum. Visitors to the museum purchase raffle tickets to bid on the trees, which are voluntarily decorated by businesses, organizations and individuals

Weekend Picks: Vie for Best Dressed at 1960s Ski Dance

The relationship between West Windsor and Brownsville has always confused me a bit: How can West Windsor Town Hall be located in Brownsville? In an attempt to clear up my confusion over an event location earlier this week, I called West Windsor Town Hall and a kind woman explained to me how, exactly, it works. (Brownsville, of course, is a village within the town of West Windsor.) She also gave me the perfect solution for how to list an event in the space: Call it

Cornish Committee Votes for SAU Withdrawal

Cornish — As expected, the SAU Planning Committee voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a plan to allow the school district to withdraw from SAU 6 with an effective date of July 1, 2017. The plan must next be approved by the state Department of Education and then passed by voters at the annual school district meeting in March with a 60 percent majority. Find more information in the VALLEY NEWS. Previously: “Cornish Plans to Seek SAU Withdrawal” ∎ Posted online Friday at 10:15 a.m.

Lebanon Hires New Police Chief

Lebanon — The city has hired a new police chief, according to a news release from the city manager’s office this afternoon. Richard R. Mello, who is second in command at the Hollis, N.H., police department, will take over in Lebanon on Dec. 20. Mello began his police career in Concord in 1993, according to the release. He has worked in Hollis since 2002, advancing from patrol officer to lieutenant. Former Lebanon Police Chief Gary Smith retired in May after 28 years working in the

Guidelines for Driver Restoration Event in White River Junction Friday

White River Junction — Vermont is hosting its second driver restoration event on Friday, when Windsor County residents and some other motorists can pay $25 per ticket to have outstanding fines forgiven and licenses reinstated. Read more here. In advance of the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the new state office building at 118 Prospect Street in White River Junction, Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen released the following guidelines for residents: ∎ The program on Friday is open

Hartford Fire Chief Taking Burlington Job

Hartford — Steven Locke, Hartford’s fire chief who has been serving as interim town manager since August, will depart next month to become fire chief in Burlington, according to a news release issued by the town today. Locke’s resignation is effective Jan. 29, 2016. He began serving as interim town manager when Hunter Rieseberg resigned on Aug. 21. The Hartford Selectboard issued a statement in which it called the Burlington position a “dream job” for Locke, who has worked within the Hartford Fire Department for

Calendar Highlights: The Art of Quilling

West Lebanon — In 2006, Marianne Fassett was watching TV when she saw a quilling demonstration. The Enfield resident was intrigued by the craft, which involves manipulating strips of paper into coils to create shapes. But there was no one local to teach her how it’s done. “I’m self-taught because there’s no one around to teach me,” Fassett said during a demonstration at the annual Lebanon Art and Crafts Association show on Wednesday. “There’s only a handful of us Northern New Englanders who quill.” She