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Upper Valley Dispatch

Regional Reactions to the Scheduled Closing of Enfield’s La Salette Shrine (Updated Friday)

After writing about the scheduled closing of the La Salette shrine in Enfield last week, I received three heartfelt emails in response. All were written by people who were upset to hear that the shrine will likely close sometime in 2015, and each of them had compelling stories to tell about what the shrine has meant to them. Here are a few excerpts from their emails, reprinted with permission: ∎ My wife and I have been visiting the shrine several times a year for about

Video: New Investments at the Valley News

The Valley News recently completed installation of a refurbished inserting machine. This is another way we are working to provide you with best newspaper we can produce. For a look at the machine and our first live production of a Sunday paper watch the video above.

Sex Offender Michael Jacques Apologizes at Sentencing

Burlington — Convicted sex offender Michael Jacques today was sentenced to life in prison, plus an additional 70 years, for the 2008 sexual assault and murder of his niece, Brooke Bennett. “Yes, I am guilty, and I alone am the reason why you feel pain today, and for that I am very sorry, and I am ashamed,” Jacques, 48, said in federal court this morning at his sentencing. Prosecutors have said Jacques used a 14-year-old girl he had been sexually abusing for years to lure

Dartmouth Commencement Speeches by Conan O’Brien (2011), Elie Wiesel (2006) and Fred Rogers (2002) Are Among the Nation’s Best, NPR Says

The bar has been set for TV producer Shonda Rhimes when she delivers the Dartmouth College commencement address next month. NPR has compiled an interactive list called The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever, and three speakers at Big Green graduations are among the 315 names. The most recent Dartmouth commencement speech on the list was delivered three years ago by TV personality Conan O’Brien. View his speech in the YouTube video above. Also on the list were the late Fred Rogers — better known as Mr.

From the Photo Archive: A House Call by Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, visited the Upper Valley in June 1975. A 1925 Dartmouth College graduate, Seuss was the author of 46 children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat. Valley News photograph ∎ Originally posted to the Valley Visual blog. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Cartoon School Co-Founder Delivers TEDx Talk

White River Junction — Excited for the Center for Cartoon Studies commencement tomorrow? Whether you’re going or not, you can pre-game, so to speak, by watching school co-founder and respected cartoonist James Sturm deliver a TEDx talk in the YouTube video above. TEDx talks, of course, are the short, conversational lectures delivered by people from a wide range of backgrounds about subjects familiar to them, without any kind of notes. The idea is to present “world-changing ideas,” according to the site. The live presentations are

Ready, Set, Charge: Maps of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Norwich — Hybrid gas-electric and all-electric vehicles are gaining popularity in Vermont and across the country, as we reported in today’s article about the Upper Valley Electric Vehicle Demo and Forum hosted last night at the Montshire Museum. But whether commuting in the Upper Valley or planning a cross-country road trip, drivers of all-electric vehicles — that is, vehicles that use no gasoline and rely entirely on energy from a battery — need to consider when and where they’ll find their next charge. Dave Roberts,

From the Photo Archive: Interstate 89 Under Construction

From the archive: Officials get a tour of the Interstate 89 project underway in Lebanon near the U.S. Route 4 exit on October 13, 1965. Valley News — Larry McDonald Originally posted to the Valley Visual blog. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Columbia Sweeps Big Green Baseball

New York — The Columbia University baseball team snapped Dartmouth’s eight-game winning streak Saturday to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Lions beat the Big Green 6-2 in the first game of the Ivy League Championship Series and completed the sweep with a 4-1 win in the second game. Columbia also swept Dartmouth in last year’s Championship Series. Dartmouth ended the season with a record of 18-22. ∎ Posted online Saturday at 6:55 p.m. Find a full report in the Sunday Valley News and follow

3 Injured in I-91 Rollover (Updated 5:20 p.m.)

Ascutney — Three people were injured following a one-vehicle rollover accident that left part of Interstate 91 shut down for several hours Saturday afternoon. Ascutney fire and ambulance units responded at about 1:15 p.m. to a report of a motor vehicle rollover with entrapment in the northbound lanes of I-91 near Exit 8. Two people were reported trapped in the vehicle, a red Ford F-150 pickup truck, which rolled over several times and was leaking fluids. First responders used extraction tools to get the passengers