Upper Valley Dispatch

Weekend Picks for the Anti-Halloween Crowd

Not a fan of ghosts and ghouls? Does the thought of candy corn give you a headache? Never fear! There are plenty of events going on this weekend that don’t incorporate Halloween at all. Here are some highlights: Oct. 30 — Astronomical Observing in Hanover: 9:30-11 p.m., Shattuck Observatory, Observatory Road, off Wheelock Street. View the constellations through the Dartmouth College telescope, weather permitting. Call to confirm. Free. 603-646-9100. — “Symbiotic Systems for the Future of Energy, Water and Food” in Hanover: 3:30-5 p.m., Thayer

Primary Source: Bush in New London Thursday, Sanders in Lebanon Saturday

Two major presidential candidates are coming to the Upper Valley this week. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican, will be in New London Thursday night, for a town hall meeting at Whipple Memorial Hall at 7 p.m. And U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is bringing his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Lebanon for a town hall forum at 4 p.m. on Saturday. An RSVP is strong encouraged online. Earlier in the day, Sanders will hold a similar forum at the town hall

Map: Plan Your Halloween in the Upper Valley

This map created by the Valley News shows a list of events that are open to the public in the Upper Valley on Oct. 31. It will be updated as additional information is received. Click each colored pin for more information and to map directions using your computer or smartphone. To submit another event that is open to the public, please email calendar@vnews.com (non-profit events only) or highlights@vnews.com. For-profit events will appear on Thursday, when Entertainment Highlights runs in the Valley News. (Please see our

Police ID Driver in Fatal Newport Crash

Newport — Police have released the name of the driver who was killed early Friday morning when her vehicle crashed into a tree and ignited into flames. Baylee Allard, of Newbury, N.H., was 29 years old, according to a news release from Newport police. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Two dogs were also in the car at the time of the crash. One was found deceased inside, and another, a Scottish terrier, survived and was released to family, according to the release.

Roaring 20s Blog: Sarah Laros: Reflecting on Addiction and Addicts

Wilder — The next installment of our Roaring 20s series profiling folks ages 20-29 appears this weekend in the Sunday Valley News and features Sarah Laros, 27, of Hartford. As you’ll read, Laros traveled a long, hard road in her early 20s while fighting addictions to drugs and alcohol. A piece of our conversation that didn’t fit in print, though, is this: Laros says that while she has left that life behind, she wants people to know that addicts are human and can be generous,

Ex-Hartford Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg Now Working on River Park Project in West Lebanon

Former longtime Hartford Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg has landed a new job across the Connecticut River from his old office in White River Junction. Rieseberg is now chief operating officer of Lyme Properties, the West Lebanon-based company overseeing the River Park mixed-use development along Route 10 and the Connecticut River. Find a full report in Saturday’s ‘Valley News.’ ∎ Posted online Friday at 4 p.m. Find a full report in an upcoming edition of the Valley News and follow the Valley News on Facebook, Twitter

Father-Daughter Duo Pull Claremont Man From Burning Car

Springfield, Vt. — Two passersby from Maryland rescued a 66-year-old Claremont man from a fiery crash on Interstate 91 northbound in Springfield early this morning, according to a news release from Vermont State Police. Gene Farnham was pulled from his burning car by father and daughter Michael and Marie Lajoie “moments before it became fully engulfed in flames,” police said. “Marie and Michael Lajoie’s quick thinking and selfless actions placed themselves in harm’s way and undoubtedly saved Farnham’s life,” the release stated. The pair pulled

One Dead in Newport Car Crash

Newport — A driver died this morning in a single-vehicle accident in Newport when the eastbound vehicle on John Stark Highway crossed the westbound lane and struck a tree, igniting into flames. In a news release, Newport police said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which was reported about 12:15 a.m. just west of Barton Whitney Road. Police have not yet released the driver’s name. Police said they also found a deceased dog in the vehicle, and another dog was

Halloween-Themed Events in the Upper Valley: Oct. 23-28

Halloween may be more than a week away, but the Upper Valley is celebrating the holiday early with a slate of events coming up this week. Most of the events are family friendly (though we might advise against taking the younguns’ to see The Rocky Horror Show in Woodstock) and a good portion of them are free. This week, we’ve included events from this Friday to next Wednesday, Oct. 28. Look for Halloween weekend event listings in the Oct. 29 edition of the Valley News

Video: Time Capsule Discovered at Lebanon City Hall

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