Upper Valley Dispatch

Reporter’s Notebook: More Scenes from the People’s Climate March

This past Sunday, I arrived White River Junction at 4:30 in the morning with about 150 other people, mostly Upper Valley residents, to board three buses to the People’s Climate March in New York City. About 15 hours later, I filed a story about the march from a bus that was headed back north. With limited time to write and only so much space in the newspaper, there were a lot of snippets from my eight hours in New York that just couldn’t fit in

Food Banks in the Twin States Promote Hunger Action Month, Ways to Help

September is Hunger Action Month, when organizations across the country ramp up efforts to fight hunger, which affects one in six Americans. A nationwide network of 200 food banks is making it easy to spread the word electronically. Feeding America is urging people to take an online pledge to support the “one in five kids who face hunger in America” and to use Twitter and Facebook to help end hunger in the United States. The organization is also seeking donations to the national nonprofit and

College Football Media Guides: Reflecting on the Good Ol’ Days, Before Technology Took Over

On Saturday night, the Dartmouth College football team kicks off its 134th season, which makes it an ideal time to take a quick dip into the past before we look ahead. Over the years, I’ve acquired a decent collection of Dartmouth media guides, thanks mostly to sports editor Don Mahler’s occasional spring cleaning. They provide a window into the Big Green’s illustrious history and make a nice time-killer when you can’t attend a game. It’s a shame the Ivy League outlawed media guides after the

New Upper Valley Pickup Spot Determined for Buses to Climate March on Sunday; Follow @VNewsUV

White River Junction — Recruiters for a large New York City climate march have determined a new pickup spot for folks heading down there on Sunday on buses from the Upper Valley. Norwich resident Sharon Racusin said in an email that people who have tickets for the bus should meet at the Route 5 parking lot between the Citgo and Super 8 motel. The parking lot is across from the White River Junction VA Medical Center. About 150 people are expected to depart from that

Authorities Identify Homeowner, Victim in Last Week’s Newport Shooting; No Arrests Made

Newport — Authorities have identified the homeowner and victim involved in a shooting incident on Laurel Street last week. According to a news release distributed by Newport Police Chief Jim Burroughs, Brian Valley, 47, told police that he fired a single shot at an “unwanted subject at his residence” at 146 Laurel St. on the night of Aug. 28. The victim was identified as Jay Handy, 27, of White River Junction. Handy was transported by medical helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He is listed in

Steven Sotloff, Reportedly Killed by ISIS, Is Mourned by Kimball Union Academy

Meriden — Kimball Union Academy has released a statement mourning the apparent death of 2002 graduate Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist this summer said to be beheaded by Islamic extremists in the Middle East, according to an independent monitoring group. The Islamic State today released a video that purportedly showed the killing of Sotloff, and warned President Obama that as long as U.S. air strikes against the militant group continue, other Americans would be targeted. “Steven was dedicated to putting a human face on

Hartford Man Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Toddler

White River Junction — A 31-year-old Hartford man pleaded not guilty this afternoon to charges of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son. Luke Theriault was ordered held without bail during his arraignment in Windsor Superior Court. Theriault was arrested this week following a year-long investigation into the July 4, 2013, death of Jamaal Jayden Turkvan, who lived in White River Junction. ∎ Posted online Thursday at 3:20 p.m. Find a full report in an upcoming edition of the Valley

Official: Malaysian Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine (Updated 2:30 p.m.)

Grabovo, Ukraine — Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down today as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Grabovo in eastern Ukraine, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the crash site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border. The plane appeared to have broken up before

Eaglet Sighting Excites Windsor Birder

Windsor — Traffic has been known to slow down for good-looking chicks, but what happened on Route 5 in Windsor last week was a little bit different. Luckily, with the help of a passerby and various law enforcement officials, the bald eaglet casually snacking in the middle of the road avoided a tragic fate. Marianne A. Blake, of Windsor, was driving home from work on July 8 when she thought she saw an eaglet in a tree branch near Route 5. She turned her car

Can You Identify the Twin States in Lego Form?

I noticed this one on Seven Days’ “Daily 7,” the email newsletter the alternative weekly puts out every weekday with a roundup of stories about the Green Mountain State. Lego enthusiast Jeff Friesen, who is based in Nova Scotia, has created visual representations of all 50 states using only the Legos available in his daughter’s collection. The colorful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek creations are fun to flip through — but can you identify the states he’s referring to? (Click on each image to see the state name.)