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Upper Valley Dispatch

Banning Laptops in the Classroom? Dartmouth Prof Makes His Case

Just a couple of months ago, Dartmouth College was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of BASIC, the computing language that brought computing to the masses. Its inventors, Tom Kurtz and John Kemeny, sought to make using computers a core part of the Dartmouth experience. Fifty years later, that vision has been more than fulfilled. Maybe too much so: Professors are voicing concerns about whether computers can be a detriment to learning. In an essay in The New Yorker, Dartmouth computer science professor Dan

Share Your Memories of the 1964 Lebanon Fire

Do you remember the Lebanon fire of 1964, or remember stories from your friends and family? What were you doing when the fire broke out, and what do you make of the way the downtown area was rebuilt? Comment on our Facebook page and follow the series as it’s published, today through Friday, at www.vnews.com/lebanonfire. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Wednesday at 12:20 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Series: Looking Back on the Lebanon Fire of 1964

On June 19, 1964, at about 4 in the afternoon, downtown Lebanon erupted in flames. The blaze — deliberately set in an old blacksmith shop on what was then Mill Street — took two lives, destroyed more than 20 businesses and changed the downtown forever. Beginning Wednesday, the Valley News will publish a three-part series marking the 50th anniversary of the Lebanon fire, an event that proved to be a significant turning point for the city as it evolved from old mill town into the

Police Make Two Arrests in Springfield Shooting; One Victim Still Receiving Medical Treatment

Springfield, Vt. — Police have arrested two people in connection with the Summer Street shooting incident that injured three people and sparked a manhunt Wednesday afternoon, according to a state police news release. Leon Jiggetts, 26, of Newark, N.J., was charged with attempted second degree murder and burglary and lodged at Southeast State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vt., for lack of $250,000 bail. Jabbar Chandler, 33, of Charlestown, turned himself in to Charlestown Police Wednesday night, and he is being lodged in New Hampshire as

Three Injured in Springfield, Vt., Shooting (Updated 9:45 p.m.)

THURSDAY: Read the full report in today's Valley News. ∎ Springfield, Vt. — Three people were injured following a shooting on Summer Street this afternoon and police are continuing to search for people involved in the incident. State Police said two people suffered head injuries and one was shot in the torso. Two of the victims were transported to Springfield Hospital and the other was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, police said. The victims names have not been released. Police did not know their conditions,

Video: The Smell of Success

While working as a six-month intern for the Valley News, Will Parson has brought his unique ability to produce eye-catching videos for our web site. We recently learned his springtime video about maple sugaring received first place recognition in May from the National Press Photographers Association. Part of a national contest, the video from Killham Farm in Barnard was amongst 17 entries. It certainly is the sweet smell of success! ∎ Originally posted to the Valley Visual blog. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Full Public Statement from Cornish School Board Member Holly Taft

The following is a transcript of School Board member Holly Taft's public statement during the Thursday, June 5, special meeting at Cornish Elementary School. Read the related story at this link. Over the past few weeks and months since coming into the public spotlight in Cornish, I feel that many of the people here tonight may think of me as a villain. Due to the fact that I have lived in this town for only three years and the fact that very few of you

Hartford Town Manager Contract Controversy on VPR

Some residents are pressing the Hartford Selectboard not to renew Town Manager Hunter Rieserberg’s contract, and the controversy was a news topic on Vermont Public Radio’s Regional Report this morning. Listen to Valley News reporter Jordan Cuddemi discuss her reporting on the issue with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb at this link. Read Cuddemi’s stories at the links below. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Friday. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Valley Visual: A Different Point of View

When I was taking a class in photojournalism, our professor would chastise us for only photographing from our own eye level. “If your photos aren’t turning out interesting, change your vantage point,” he would often tell us. It’s easy to want to photograph from the point of view we’re used to — around 5 or 6 feet, where the sky fills up half the frame, and where the tops of children’s heads are seen. When I was assigned to photograph Main Street in Claremont for

Regional Reactions to the Scheduled Closing of Enfield’s La Salette Shrine (Updated Friday)

After writing about the scheduled closing of the La Salette shrine in Enfield last week, I received three heartfelt emails in response. All were written by people who were upset to hear that the shrine will likely close sometime in 2015, and each of them had compelling stories to tell about what the shrine has meant to them. Here are a few excerpts from their emails, reprinted with permission: ∎ My wife and I have been visiting the shrine several times a year for about