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Bucy’s Plans for White River Junction: What Do You Think?

You may have seen today’s article about 21 affordable apartments that developer Matt Bucy has planned for the old American Legion Hall in White River Junction. The story refers to some data gathered by the Upper Valley Housing Coalition; if you’d like to take a look for yourself, here’s the link. (Download the first PowerPoint presentation from the fall 2013 business leaders breakfast.) What do you think about Bucy’s plans for the building? Email me at ■  Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Thursday

How Does Congress Square Up Against Zombies, Hemorrhoids, Jury Duty and Public Radio Fundraising Drives?

Not very well, according to the latest automated telephone survey by Public Policy Polling, which shows that Americans’ approval rating of Congress has plummeted to a measly 8 percent. But we do favor Congress over twerking, heroin and Charles Manson, so there’s that. ■  Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. Maggie Cassidy can be reached at

Downtown Hanover Meter Fees Scheduled to Increase This Week

Installation of much-talked about new parking meters is underway in Hanover, and officials expect that motorists will see increased parking fees in some downtown spaces by Thursday morning. Hanover Police Lt. Patrick O’Neill, the parking division supervisor, said today that workers have almost finished replacing the “housings,” or outer hardware, of the meters, and the inner mechanisms should be installed by end-of-day Wednesday. The new meters accept both cash and credit cards, although credit card transaction carry an additional 20-cent fee to offset transaction charges

Unruly Sources

Staff Photographer Jennifer Hauck and I stopped to see the goats while on assignment at Wellwood Orchards in Weathersfield today. We were reporting on this year’s apple season, which owner Roy Mark said has been great — particularly in comparison to last year, when everybody “got froze out” by frosts after unusually warm temperatures early on. Steve Justis, executive director of the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, said that lines up with what he’s heard from other growers this season throughout the region. “Certainly compared

Shut Down the Government, Turn Up the Romance?

You don’t need a functioning government in order to make a pass at someone, as the Washington Post reported online earlier today. The Twitter hashtag #ShutdownPickupLines has been inspiring some rich one-liners, including “Hey girl, I’d declare you essential” and “Where have you been sequestered all my life?” The Post has rounded up some of the best of the bunch; read more at the link. ■  Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Monday. Maggie Cassidy can be reached at 

Valley News Photographers Represent in Missouri

My friends and colleagues Sarah Priestap and Ryan Dorgan participated last week in the prestigious Missouri Photo Workshop, the 65th annual gathering of up-and-coming photographers from across the country (and a few from overseas!) led by some of the industry’s top photographers and editors. Sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism, the workshop is held in a different part of the state every year. Each participant spends a week working on a photo story, receiving criticism and encouragement from peers and faculty. This year’s workshop

Local Drive-ins Miss the Mark in National Voting Contest for Free Projectors

Just a quick note to say that the drive-in theaters in Fairlee and Bethel, which were in the running to win a free digital projector based on votes from around the country, did not make the cut. Honda’s Project Drive-in campaign had planned on donating five projectors, but ended up donating nine — yet the winning theater closest to the Upper Valley is the Saco Drive-In Theater, located south of Portland, Maine. I wrote about the contest in an earlier blog post here. Theaters across

Jeepers, Creepers, Calling Leaf Peepers (and Your Photos)

I just stumbled across this post on a Bloomberg News blog entitled “Vermont vs. Cape Cod (a Leaf-Peeping Tip Sheet, Not Yet a Reality Show).” Don’t bother reading it. It doesn’t make much sense. But I’ll give you the highlights. Here’s how it starts: It’s fall and you want to watch the leaves do just that. Where better than Vermont? How about Cape Cod? It’s a contender. The Atlantic, warmed from the summer months, is still swimmable in late September and early October, even as

Driver Pulled From Post Pond in Lyme Wednesday Morning 

Authorities responded along Route 10 in Lyme this morning after a car went off the road and overturned in Post Pond. The driver, who appears to be from Massachusetts, was described as "unresponsive" and was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He was believed to be the lone occupant in the single-vehicle accident. See tomorrow's Valley News for a full report. Posted Wednesday at 12:25 p.m.

My Grandfather’s Typewriter

This is my grandfather’s typewriter. It’s a portable manual Corona, which he must have used for at least some of his time as the federal immigration judge for New England, deciding cases throughout the region in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, until his retirement in 1976. Fresh off a long vacation visiting family in Massachusetts, I picked it up from a cleaning and ribbon change yesterday. When I brought it into the newsroom and clunked it down on my editor’s desk to show him, I