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Upper Valley Dispatch

What is That Dining Car Doing on a Lawn on Route 10 in West Leb?

West Lebanon — If you've been driving on Route 10 from West Lebanon toward Hanover in recent months and thinking to yourself, “what the heck is that old-school dining car doing parked in the middle of the lawn near Allard’s Furniture,” then this post is for you. David Clem, the mastermind behind the development plans known as River Park, explained the curious sight on his blog (aptly named Dave’s Blog). Clem and his wife, Kathy, used to keep the dining car at their house in

Police Charge Claremont Elementary School Staff Member with False Report of Gunman

Claremont — Police have arrested a Maple Avenue Elementary School staff member who allegedly made a false report when she told higher-ups that she saw a man with a handgun near the school, which prompted a temporary school lockdown Nov. 17. Rebecca Parker, 21, of Washington, N.H., pleaded not guilty in Claremont District Court today to a misdemeanor charge of false public alarm, according to a news release from Claremont police. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 2:25 p.m. Read a Nov. 21 story about the

Valley Visual: Keeping Up with a Hunting Family that Gave ‘the Gift of a Home Away From Home’ (4 Photos)

In early November 2010, on the night after I called the Bassette family to ask permission to photograph them deer hunting as a family, they held a meeting to discuss how they should respond to my request. “We thought you’d be some fancy reporter who wouldn’t be able to climb up a mountain with us,” recalled Elizabeth Bassette, who was 15 at the time I photographed the family, which includes 9 children, for a photo story while I was an intern for the Valley News.

Video Snapshot: The Snow Has Started in West Lebanon; What Does it Look Like Outside Your Window?

So it begins! Rain and snow is expected to slow holiday travel in the region today, and it's already coming down outside the Valley News newsroom in West Lebanon. Visit our Facebook page for a quick video taken shortly after noon today, and share what you're seeing outside your window. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Wednesday at 12:55 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

After Weight Watchers Essay, Watching Weight Warily

Along with photos of kids and dogs, never underestimate the reader-entrapment ... un, enrapturement ... value of stories about weight-loss journeys to your friendly neighborhood newspaper (or celebrity magazine). Exhibit A: The essay I wrote for the Valley News’ Close-Up section of Oct. 20, about my and my wife’s ongoing quest to keep off the pounds we’ve lost as members of Weigh Watchers. In the first week, Goodie and I lost track of how many comments we fielded in person and via email after the

Valley Visual: Warming Up (3 Photos)

We’re currently in that in-between period when it comes to photographing high school sports. Championships have been decided and next season’s games haven’t started up yet. That means spending time at lots of practices, and warming back up to shooting different sports just as the players are reconfiguring themselves to the game. Practices also offer a number of visual options that are different than those found at games. The geometry of players stretching and the ability to stand in the middle of the field to

Windsor Schools Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Windsor — Windsor schools were evacuated this morning after school officials found what was regarded as a bomb threat in the boys’ bathroom at Windsor High School. The words “Boom blew up WHS 11:49 a.m. Monday” were found written on the bathroom wall before 10 a.m., authorities said, and the K-12 schools’ 550 students were evacuated a short time later. Parents picked up their children at the nearby recreation center, and others were bused home. Authorities searched the school and found no explosives. Windsor Police

Newport Football Loses to Campbell in Championship

Durham, N.H. — The Newport High football team has fallen to Campbell, 20-6, in today’s NHIAA Division III state championship at the University of New Hampshire. Noah Wade scored for Newport on a 43-yard run in the second quarter. The team went without its starting quarterback for most of the game as Tom Hogan left in the first quarter with a back injury. Read a preview of the matchup at this link and find a full report of the game in tomorrow’s Sunday Valley News.

Watching Over Our Watersheds

As dozens of organizations across Vermont grapple with pollution, erosion and other threats to the health of the state’s waterways, a recently formed network aims to boost their efforts. Watersheds United Vermont works to raise awareness of watershed issues and help local groups more effectively protect the state’s water resources. That includes helping members connect with each other and with prospective project partners, and advocating for more funding for watershed protection and restoration projects. Watersheds United Vermont recently received a $7,500 grant from Keurig Green

Police: Claremont School Staff Member on Administrative Leave Following Alleged False Report of Gunman

Claremont — A staff member at the Maple Avenue Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave by the superintendent after police determined the staff member provided a false report about a man with a handgun near the school on Monday, according to a news release from Claremont Police. The alleged false report led the school to go on lockdown for about a half-hour starting around 10:10 a.m. on Monday. Police’s investigation into the incident is continuing, according to the release. ∎ Posted online Thursday