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Upper Valley Dispatch

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:

Couple Who Nearly Drowned in Car Credits Stranger With Saving Their Lives

Do you remember that blog post from a few weeks back, “This Is Not How You Put a Kayak in the Water,” which showed a reader-submitted photo of a van becoming submerged in water as its owners tried to launch a kayak near the Wilder Dam? It was easy enough to write a snarky headline when the folks involved were nameless, faceless and unidentifiable, like kayaking ghosts. (Witnesses didn’t know who the owners were and officials couldn’t say.) But now I feel kind of badly,

Upper Valley Inspires Dartmouth College Literary Journal ‘40 Towns’

Seven Days recently featured a project called 40 Towns , a literary journal written by students in Dartmouth College creative nonfiction courses that aims to document life in the Upper Valley. Find the Seven Days piece here, and the 40 Towns website here. When I first saw the 40 Towns site a few weeks back, I’ll admit I sort of wrote it off. I read the tops of a few stories, and they didn’t really grab me. But the Seven Days article pointed me in

Go West, ‘Early Bird’: Woodstock Blogger Flying Away

Woodstock — The Woodstock Early Bird is no longer, founder Julia Carlisle announced earlier this week. Carlisle, the voice behind the popular news and opinion blog which debuted just months before Tropical Storm Irene hit in 2011, announced her decision to retire the Early Bird in a post on Sunday. “It is also time for Woodstock Early Bird to bid a fond adieu, to fly the coop away from this project and onto new endeavors,” she wrote. “We have enjoyed writing, reporting, opining and observing

Itchy Nipples Can Have Many More Thousands of Web Hits Than You Ever Expected When You Publish an Article About Them

You’ve seen it in our most popular stories list, which ranks the ten most-read stories of the past seven days. “Itchy Nipples Can Have Many Causes.” Oh, that headline. It’s pretty much the bane of this web editor’s existence. I get tired of seeing it there, day after day, and people like to make fun of it, because, well, it’s an article about itchy nipples. There’s also what I like to call the “itchy nipples card,” which organizers pull out of their pockets if the

Entergy To Close Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant (Updated 3:55 p.m.)

Entergy Corporation said today it will close the controversial Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon, Vt., calling the move an “agonizing decision.” The plant along the Connecticut River will cease power production after its current fuel cycle and close in 2014. In a news release, Entergy officials said the decision was driven by sustained lower prices and a high cost structure. “This was an agonizing decision and an extremely tough call for us,” Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in the release.

To Market, To Market: Questions to Make a Farmer’s Heart Sing

Food news website Civil Eats recently published an article outlining the four questions that farmers hate to be asked during farmers markets. (Hint: Don’t try to weasel a last-minute deal as the market is closing.) I decided to take that list on a stroll around the Lebanon Farmers Market on Thursday, and put a little spin on it: What questions do farmers wish market shoppers would ask them? I hit the jackpot with Molly Smith, 23, who is working at Enfield-based Blue Ox Farm while