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Newspaper Pages, Archival Photos From 1964 Tell the Stories of Lebanon Fire

Lebanon — When a massive fire broke out in Lebanon’s business district in June 1964, Valley News reporters and photographers rushed downtown to document the story. In 1984, the newsroom worked again to tell the tale, this time with the benefit of 20 years of distance (and an improved printing process, making for easier-to-read typeface). We have made electronic versions of both editions available for download as PDFs at the links below: ∎ Valley News, Saturday, June 20, 1964: Damage May Reach $3 Million As Worst

Martha Stewart Finds ‘Natural’ Partnership with King Arthur Flour

Norwich — As she mixed, stirred and kneaded, media magnate Martha Stewart talked animatedly about her methods and techniques while teaching a class this morning at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center. The class of 85 people watched and took notes as Stewart baked a flatbread, a breakfast cookie and a yeast fruit cake called a stollen. Famous for her crafts, cooking and home keeping — and a brief prison stint for obstruction of a government investigation into a stock sale in late 2001

Banning Laptops in the Classroom? Dartmouth Prof Makes His Case

Just a couple of months ago, Dartmouth College was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of BASIC, the computing language that brought computing to the masses. Its inventors, Tom Kurtz and John Kemeny, sought to make using computers a core part of the Dartmouth experience. Fifty years later, that vision has been more than fulfilled. Maybe too much so: Professors are voicing concerns about whether computers can be a detriment to learning. In an essay in The New Yorker, Dartmouth computer science professor Dan

Share Your Memories of the 1964 Lebanon Fire

Do you remember the Lebanon fire of 1964, or remember stories from your friends and family? What were you doing when the fire broke out, and what do you make of the way the downtown area was rebuilt? Comment on our Facebook page and follow the series as it’s published, today through Friday, at ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Wednesday at 12:20 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Series: Looking Back on the Lebanon Fire of 1964

On June 19, 1964, at about 4 in the afternoon, downtown Lebanon erupted in flames. The blaze — deliberately set in an old blacksmith shop on what was then Mill Street — took two lives, destroyed more than 20 businesses and changed the downtown forever. Beginning Wednesday, the Valley News will publish a three-part series marking the 50th anniversary of the Lebanon fire, an event that proved to be a significant turning point for the city as it evolved from old mill town into the

Police Make Two Arrests in Springfield Shooting; One Victim Still Receiving Medical Treatment

Springfield, Vt. — Police have arrested two people in connection with the Summer Street shooting incident that injured three people and sparked a manhunt Wednesday afternoon, according to a state police news release. Leon Jiggetts, 26, of Newark, N.J., was charged with attempted second degree murder and burglary and lodged at Southeast State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vt., for lack of $250,000 bail. Jabbar Chandler, 33, of Charlestown, turned himself in to Charlestown Police Wednesday night, and he is being lodged in New Hampshire as

Three Injured in Springfield, Vt., Shooting (Updated 9:45 p.m.)

THURSDAY: Read the full report in today's Valley News. ∎ Springfield, Vt. — Three people were injured following a shooting on Summer Street this afternoon and police are continuing to search for people involved in the incident. State Police said two people suffered head injuries and one was shot in the torso. Two of the victims were transported to Springfield Hospital and the other was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, police said. The victims names have not been released. Police did not know their conditions,

Video: The Smell of Success

While working as a six-month intern for the Valley News, Will Parson has brought his unique ability to produce eye-catching videos for our web site. We recently learned his springtime video about maple sugaring received first place recognition in May from the National Press Photographers Association. Part of a national contest, the video from Killham Farm in Barnard was amongst 17 entries. It certainly is the sweet smell of success! ∎ Originally posted to the Valley Visual blog. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Full Public Statement from Cornish School Board Member Holly Taft

The following is a transcript of School Board member Holly Taft's public statement during the Thursday, June 5, special meeting at Cornish Elementary School. Read the related story at this link. Over the past few weeks and months since coming into the public spotlight in Cornish, I feel that many of the people here tonight may think of me as a villain. Due to the fact that I have lived in this town for only three years and the fact that very few of you

Hartford Town Manager Contract Controversy on VPR

Some residents are pressing the Hartford Selectboard not to renew Town Manager Hunter Rieserberg’s contract, and the controversy was a news topic on Vermont Public Radio’s Regional Report this morning. Listen to Valley News reporter Jordan Cuddemi discuss her reporting on the issue with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb at this link. Read Cuddemi’s stories at the links below. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Friday. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.