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Upper Valley Dispatch

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

Windsor Issues ‘Boil Water’ Order

Windsor — Town officials today issued a boil water order after coliform bacteria was found in the water system during a routine test. Windsor Town Manager Tom Marsh described the order as “a very preliminary precaution” and said the town has added more chlorine to the water supply while waiting further testing. Per state protocol, the town must produce three clear test results on three separate days before the order can be lifted, Marsh said. Each test takes one day to conduct and the first

Hundreds Remain Without Electricity in Upper Valley Thursday Morning

I don’t know about you, but took me three tries to get to work this morning. There was a tree down on Gove Hill Road in Thetford and another on New Boston Road in Norwich, forcing me to double back into South Strafford to pick up Route 132 in town there. (And, once I was back in Norwich, River Road was closed, as well!) I expect I’m not alone. Green Mountain Power put out a news release this morning saying the utility had restored power

Canoeing to College: Incoming Dartmouth Freshman Fights His Way Upstream 

Incoming freshmen travel to Dartmouth College from all around the world, many of them piecing together epic journeys by train, plane and automobile. All 19-year-old Hartland resident Cedar Farwell had to look forward to was a crummy 22-minute drive. So Farwell, who graduated from The Sharon Academy last spring, and his parents, a pair of Dartmouth graduates, decided to make things a little more interesting by voyaging to Hanover via canoe. Farwell and his mother, Edie Farwell, left Hartland in a canoe this morning and,

The Story About Goat Manure That Just Keeps Giving

Hey, Windsor, you’re famous! The birthplace of Vermont was recently featured on NPR’s popular news trivia game show Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me! Can you guess why? Read the excerpt below and listen to the podcast at this link. PETER SAGAL, HOST: Now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as they can. Each correct answer now worth two points. ... SAGAL: