Upper Valley Dispatch

Weekend Picks: Vie for Best Dressed at 1960s Ski Dance

The relationship between West Windsor and Brownsville has always confused me a bit: How can West Windsor Town Hall be located in Brownsville? In an attempt to clear up my confusion over an event location earlier this week, I called West Windsor Town Hall and a kind woman explained to me how, exactly, it works. (Brownsville, of course, is a village within the town of West Windsor.) She also gave me the perfect solution for how to list an event in the space: Call it

Cornish Committee Votes for SAU Withdrawal

Cornish — As expected, the SAU Planning Committee voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a plan to allow the school district to withdraw from SAU 6 with an effective date of July 1, 2017. The plan must next be approved by the state Department of Education and then passed by voters at the annual school district meeting in March with a 60 percent majority. Find more information in the VALLEY NEWS. Previously: “Cornish Plans to Seek SAU Withdrawal” ∎ Posted online Friday at 10:15 a.m.

Lebanon Hires New Police Chief

Lebanon — The city has hired a new police chief, according to a news release from the city manager’s office this afternoon. Richard R. Mello, who is second in command at the Hollis, N.H., police department, will take over in Lebanon on Dec. 20. Mello began his police career in Concord in 1993, according to the release. He has worked in Hollis since 2002, advancing from patrol officer to lieutenant. Former Lebanon Police Chief Gary Smith retired in May after 28 years working in the

Guidelines for Driver Restoration Event in White River Junction Friday

White River Junction — Vermont is hosting its second driver restoration event on Friday, when Windsor County residents and some other motorists can pay $25 per ticket to have outstanding fines forgiven and licenses reinstated. Read more here. In advance of the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the new state office building at 118 Prospect Street in White River Junction, Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen released the following guidelines for residents: ∎ The program on Friday is open

Hartford Fire Chief Taking Burlington Job

Hartford — Steven Locke, Hartford’s fire chief who has been serving as interim town manager since August, will depart next month to become fire chief in Burlington, according to a news release issued by the town today. Locke’s resignation is effective Jan. 29, 2016. He began serving as interim town manager when Hunter Rieseberg resigned on Aug. 21. The Hartford Selectboard issued a statement in which it called the Burlington position a “dream job” for Locke, who has worked within the Hartford Fire Department for

Calendar Highlights: The Art of Quilling

West Lebanon — In 2006, Marianne Fassett was watching TV when she saw a quilling demonstration. The Enfield resident was intrigued by the craft, which involves manipulating strips of paper into coils to create shapes. But there was no one local to teach her how it’s done. “I’m self-taught because there’s no one around to teach me,” Fassett said during a demonstration at the annual Lebanon Art and Crafts Association show on Wednesday. “There’s only a handful of us Northern New Englanders who quill.” She

Explosion in Northfield, Vt., Injures 4; Police Suspect Homemade Pipebomb

Northfield, Vt. — Vermont State police say four people have been hurt in an explosion caused by what appeared to be a homemade pipe bomb. Police tell the Burlington Free Press that one person was seriously hurt and the others suffered minor injuries from the apartment explosion in Northfield Wednesday night. They were taken to a hospital. Seven to eight people were evacuated in the area. WCAX was also at the scene. Police later said the evacuated residents could return home and the scene was

Former Cornish Road Agent Acquitted in Fatal Crash

Nashua, N.H. — A jury today found former Cornish road agent Kyle Witty not guilty in a July 2014 crash in Merrimack, N.H., that left one person dead. Witty was acquitted of a negligent homicide charge in the death of 60-year-old Nashua resident Elizabeth “Liz” McQuinn, according to the Nashua Telegraph. Witty’s defense argued an overgrown tree branch, which was removed within weeks after the fatal accident, had obscured his view. The jury deliberated for less than an hour. Find a full report in Thursday’s

What Happens in Vegas Comes to Cornish

Cornish — Folks at the Cornish Fair next year might notice a new addition on the fairgrounds: a green, black and yellow John Deere Gator, a four-wheel-drive utility vehicle valued at about $10,000 that will help to cut down on the time that workers are moving around the fairgrounds to get their jobs done. It’s all thanks to the good luck of fair director and lifelong Cornish resident Leland Atwood, who has worked at the fair for some 30 years. He was the lone Cornish

Life After the Paris Attacks: Finding the City’s Heartbeat

Editor’s Note: This post, originally published to Emma Delaney’s Popping Around Paris blog on Friday, is cross-posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog with permission. Delaney, who is from Hartland and attended Hanover High School, graduated from New York University with a degree in English and politics in May. She is working in Paris as an English teaching assistant in two elementary schools with the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program in France initiative. Read her earlier posts at the bottom of this page. ∎ Dec.