Upper Valley Dispatch

Watch It For Yourself: The Sullivan County Question That Rocked the WMUR Debate Between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen

New Hampshire maps are suddenly in vogue following last night’s U.S. Senate debate on WMUR-TV after it included a Sullivan County question, an answer from Republican candidate Scott Brown which didn’t mention any specific entity in Sullivan County, several follow up questions from WMUR panelist James Pindell, and, ultimately, Pindell’s post-debate apology. Watch the video clips yourself: ∎ Here’s the entire debate on WMUR’s website, broken down into video clips by topic. ∎ Here’s the clip that includes the Sullivan County question, including the exchange

What To Expect in ‘Valley Parents’ Next Week

The next issue of the Valley News’ quarterly magazine, Valley Parents, comes out on Friday, Nov. 7. This will be the second issue for which I am serving as co-editor, along with business writer John Lippman. John has many years of experience as an editor, and as a parent. I have some editing experience — and absolutely no parenting experience. In a way, though, that’s helped me in this role. Because I can’t draw on lessons I learned as a parent, I have to go

Fairlee Ski Jumper Fundraising Her Way to Norway

Fairlee ski jumper Tara Geraghty-Moats has qualified for the World Cup for the first time. She simply needs some help getting there. Geraghty-Moats, 21, placed third in the Normal Hi ll competition at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Oct. 12. Her showing punches her ticket to the World Cup, the International Skiing Federation’s highest level of competition and a potential launching pad for an Olympic berth, beginning Dec. 5 in Lillehammer, Norway. Her goal is to remain on the World

MRI Patient Subjected to N.H. Political Ads

Lebanon — In this election season there is no escaping the crass political pitch, even, it turns out, during the deepest and most dark seclusion of a private medical procedure. On Saturday morning, bright and early, I report to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for an MRI of my lower back. The MRI procedure is painless, although it can be psychologically stressful for people subject to claustrophobia. The patient lies on padded board and the board slides into a tube that’s like a hole in the middle

Video: Carmen Tarleton Continues to Amaze, Inspire

When I first met Carmen Blandin Tarleton, it was on the steps of the Chelsea courthouse, and her body was still terribly disfigured from the lye attack she suffered in 2007 at the hands of her ex-husband. We spoke only briefly, but the encounter eventually led me to do a story on Carmen’s recovery from that attack. I spent time over the next year and half documenting Carmen and her family — a long enough period to gain an appreciation for what a truly amazing

A Grammar Gripe Centering On ‘Centers Around,’ As Illustrated by Zombies in Alabama

On Sunday, or maybe it was Saturday, I was listening to the weekend edition of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered with host Arun Rath. He’s one of my favorite NPR newscasters, someone I put into the Walter Cronkite school of serious journalists: He stays on point, asks leading questions and doesn’t act goofy. He was an English major and has had an impressive career in journalism. But even Rath has fallen victim to the creeping degradation of the language. And last weekend, he made

Series Homepage: A Time of Transition

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Valley Visual: Working on a Long-Term Story (3 Photos)

One of my favorite parts about working for the Valley News is the time photographers are given to research and pursue stories. While I’ve worked on long-term stories in the past, this story, which focuses on young special-needs adults who are transitioning from school to adult life, has taken a year, the longest amount of time I’ve spent on a story. While researching, photographing, and compiling this piece has stretched out for a year, four months elapsed before I actually began photographing any of my

More on Monarchs, Including the Importance of Milkweed

Laurie-Helise Heijn is feeling better about the status of butterflies in the Upper Valley lately. As reported in the Valley News last month, Heijn had been concerned about a lack of sightings of monarchs and other butterflies and pollinators around her property in Quechee. An expert reported that this was actually probably an OK year for monarchs in the Twin States, based on data, but that was little solace for Heijn, who worries about the monarchs’ decades-long plight. However, I checked in with Heijn last

Spotlight on Hartford’s Parks and Recreation Projects

Hartford — The creation of several athletic playing fields on the Maxfield property along Route 5 is running on schedule, according to Hartford Parks and Recreation Department Director Tad Nunez, who updated the town’s Parks & Recreation Commission on the $3.1 million project earlier this month. Right now, the town is withholding a portion of payment to AJ Coleman, the general contractor, until a series of minor missteps are corrected, which is standard practice for large construction projects, Nunez said. Nunez said the “punch list”