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A Tale of Two Lymes (And One Ugly Fish)

These are the problems that happen when half the towns in New England share the same name. Case in point: Lyme, Conn., where a terrifyingly large and ugly fish called a sturgeon surfaced along the Connecticut River recently, and Lyme, N.H., where a photo of the fish (and two adorable grandchildren) started surfacing on social media yesterday. Rest easy, Upper Valley. That ugly thing is far, far away. View the photo at the link above, and read more about sturgeons here. ∎ Posted to the

View the White River Indie Fest 48-Hour Film Slam Videos

As reported in today’s Valley News, organizers of the recently concluded 10th annual White River Indie Festival (formerly the White River Indie Film Festival) are calling it a success. “My sense was that it was larger than last year,” Michael Beahan, president of the WRIF Board, told Valley News reporter Nicola Smith. “There were decent-sized audiences for all the films that were shown.” One of the highlights of the festival is the annual 48-hour film slam, a collaboration between WRIF and CATV, in which teams

Dartmouth College Dean Charlotte Johnson Leaving for Job at Smaller College

Hanover — Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson will be leaving Dartmouth at the end of the school year for a new position at Scripps College as vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Johnson has been at Dartmouth since 2011, when she was hired by then-President Jim Yong Kim. She had previously been dean at Colgate University for five years. In Hanover, she has been the top administrator dealing day-to-day with such issues as sexual assault and diversity on campus. Dartmouth president

Photo: Computerized Testing

Marion Cross School third-grader Stella Galanes sits on a bench in class while taking a computerized test at the school in Norwich, Vt., on April 24, 2014. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

F-15 Eagle Scheduled to Soar Overhead This Afternoon

Hey, children, what’s that sound? If it’s a loud roar from above between 4-5 p.m. today, it’s probably an F-15 Eagle from the Massachusetts-based ​104th Fighter Wing. According to a news release from the Department of the Air Force, three of the fighter jets from the Air National Guard unit will scramble from their base in Westfield, Mass., and conduct an exercise over the region this afternoon in conjunction with members of the Civil Air Patrol, who will be flying a low-speed civilian propeller aircraft.

Hanover Picks North Carolina Chief to Head Police Department

Hanover — Hanover officials have named a 28-year law-enforcement veteran now working in a small town in North Carolina to be the new police chief. Charlie Dennis was named today following a national search to replace longtime Hanover Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone, who retired last year. Dennis, who is expected to start his new job in June, is the police chief of Reidsville, N.C., population 14,340. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 2:10 p.m. Find a full report in Wednesday’s Valley News and follow us on

Vermont Roads Dominate the 2014 Big Muddy Awards

Are dirt roads driving your vehicle, rather than the other way around? Has a thick layer of rock-studded muck taken up residence inside the wheel wells? Does driving faster than 40 mph make your car vibrate violently? Don’t worry, it’s only mud season. As far as the fifth season goes, dirt-road dwellers and town officials say they’ve seen worse. Still, it’s been bad enough. Valley News readers sent in dozens of nominations for the Big Muddy, with the vast majority targeting Vermont roads. Not surprising,

Photos: What Do You Do When There's a Horse on the Dartmouth Green? (Hint: Selfie)

It wasn't easy to tell what was happening on the Dartmouth Green around 1:30 this afternoon. Joining the usual crowd of students playing Frisbee, studying or socializing were two horses happily grazing on the first shoots of spring grass. The horses — Puff, a Hanoverian, and Dena, a Dutch Warmblood — acted as though they always come to the green on Fridays. But they created quite a stir among the students, who thronged around them and did what comes naturally these days — they grabbed

Photo: Fire Aftermath in Bradford, Vt.

As the 100-year-old barn owned by Mickey Appleton smolders nearby in Bradford in mid-April, Ashlyn Welch, 6, of Corinth, swings during a visit to her grandfather Harold Gravelin’s home. Gravelin was the first to notice smoke rising from the barn and moved the herd of Belted Galloways to safety as the barn was consumed by fire. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Friday at 5:20 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Audio Slideshow: Jeepers, Creepers, Where’d You Get Them Peepers?

Lebanon — For an unsuspecting driver, a simple outing on a night when frogs, toads and salamanders are heading out to breed can quickly turn ugly. Of course, it’s much worse for the animals. I remember passing a marsh during an April rainstorm, wondering what those funny bouncing things were, and the feeling in my stomach when I realized that they were frogs. And I was driving over them. Then, a few years ago, I heard about “crossing brigades” — groups of volunteers who help