Upper Valley Dispatch

Hartford Voters Reject Track and Field Bond

Hartford — Voters in Hartford today handily turned back a proposed $3.5 million bond issue to build a track and artificial turf field at Hartford High School. The measure lost on a 1,742-1,203 vote, with 59 percent of voters opposed, according to unofficial results. Supporters said the track and turf field would stimulate the town’s economy, draw new students and improve the health and fitness of the community. Opponents said it was too costly and also raised questions about maintenance costs. ∎ Posted online Tuesday

Claremont Charter Change Defeated

Claremont — Voters in Claremont today overwhelmingly turned back a proposed change to the city charter that would have replaced the position of a hired city manager with an elected mayor. The measure was defeated by a vote of 2,726-1,023, according to unofficial results. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and other Democrats on the ballot were also running strongly in the city. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 7:55 p.m. Find a full report and complete election coverage in Wednesday’s Valley News and follow the Valley News

Tuesday Night Election Blog

Check back at this page on the Upper Valley Dispatch blog throughout the evening as we post Election Day results and color from the polls, including votes on the Hartford track and field bond and Claremont charter. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV and Facebook.  □ Where to vote in the Upper Valley: http://bit.ly/1DP3eYb Valley News previews of November 2014 elections: http://bit.ly/1oaCKhR □ 5:05 p.m. — Age didn't stop several members of the under-18 crowd from getting involved on Election Day today.   Two Lebanon

Thetford Man Cleared in Shooting Case

Chelsea — A 45-year-old Thetford man has been acquitted on all three counts in a shooting case dating back to 2010. An Orange Superior Court jury this afternoon found Thomas Berecz not guilty on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. Prosecutors had said Berecz had fired a rifle into a car operated by two men with whom he had been feuding. Read previous coverage of the case at this link. ∎ Posted online Monday

Where to Vote in the Upper Valley

Find the Valley News' coverage of Vermont and New Hampshire statewide elections, as well as legislative and county races, at this link.  □ New Hampshire Canaan — Fire station, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Charlestown — Library/municipal building, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Claremont Ward 1 — Middle School, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Claremont Ward 2 — Middle School, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Claremont Ward 3 — Disnard Elementary, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Cornish — Elementary School, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

November 2014 Election Previews

Find the Valley News' coverage of Vermont and New Hampshire statewide elections, as well as legislative and county races, below. A list of Upper Valley polling locations is at this link.

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