Upper Valley Dispatch

Weekend Picks: Santa Claus in the Valley, Plus Non-Holiday Events

It’s the first weekend in December and the list of holiday-based events in the Upper Valley continues to grow. In addition to the many craft fairs and sales that are taking place, Santa Claus is set to visit three locations in the Upper Valley on Saturday: Santa Visit in Tunbridge: 10 a.m.-noon, Tunbridge Library, 289 Route 110. Includes seasonal stories and opportunity to interview and have photographs taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Free. 802-889-9404. Santa Visits in Windsor: 3-4 p.m., Windsor House, 54 Main

State Police Bomb Squad Responds to White River Junction (Updated 4:45 p.m.)

The Vermont State Police bomb squad has responded to both the courthouse and high school in White River Junction today. Officials have released few details. About 11 a.m., a courtroom in the Windsor Superior Courthouse was abruptly cleared for about 45 minutes, according to people who were inside. About 10 minutes later, the court was closed for the day. A short time after that, the bomb squad arrived on scene. This afternoon, the bomb squad responded to Hartford High School. Police on the scene said

I-89 Northbound Reopened at Exit 15 in Enfield Following Crash

UPDATE: The crash has been cleared, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Twitter account. Enfield — New Hampshire State Police are diverting traffic off Interstate 89 northbound at Exit 15 in Enfield following an accident. A state police dispatcher said additional details were not available, but the detour was still in effect about 9 a.m. Traffic was significantly backed up on I-89 about 8 a.m. The Department of Transportation and Hanover dispatch reported the accident as a jackknifed tractor trailer. ∎ Posted online

‘Armed Bandit’ Robs Mascoma Savings Bank in Charlestown

Charlestown — Mascoma Savings Bank officials have said an “unknown armed bandit” robbed the Charlestown branch on Main Street this afternoon. The person “left with an undetermined amount of cash,” according to a news release from Pete Begin, the bank’s vice president and security and fraud prevention officer. Find a full report in Wednesday’s VALLEY NEWS. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @VNewsUV.

Officials Urge Caution as Multiple Accidents Reported on Icy Roads (Updated 5:35 p.m.)

White River Junction — The National Weather Service is advising drivers to use caution as this season's first major round of freezing rain hits the Upper Valley. Vermont State Police have reopened Interstate 91 southbound in Fairlee between exits 14 and 15 about 5:15 p.m., according to a news release. The road had been closed there since at least 3:30 p.m. Police scanner transmissions reported multiple accidents on roadways throughout the region, especially in the Rutland area. A news release from a Vermont State Police

Friendsgiving in France Helps Hartland Woman Connect, Heal After Attacks

Editor’s Note: This post, originally published to Emma Delaney’s Popping Around Paris blog on Thanksgiving day, is cross-posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog with permission. Delaney, who is from Hartland and attended Hanover High School, graduated from New York University with a degree in English and politics in May. She is working in Paris as an English teaching assistant in two elementary schools with the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program in France initiative . Read her earlier posts at the bottom of this page.

On Black Friday, Protesters on Route 12A Call for $15 Hourly Wage

West Lebanon — While Black Friday deals were on the minds of hundreds of shoppers bustling around Route 12A this morning, a group of sign-waving protesters were focused on what they called “living wages.” Kathleen Beckett, of Lebanon, organized the local protest in favor of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. It was held in tandem with similar protests nationwide. About 15 people stood near the entrance to the Walmart shopping plaza as the protest tapered down around 11 a.m. Beckett said

Windsor Man Dies, Other Victim in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Train in West Hartford

UPDATE at 4:07 p.m: Police have said the victim who was pulled from the water has succumbed to his injuries. He was identified as Nicolas Siciliano, 18, of Windsor. Police have not yet released the identity of the victim who was taken from the trestle. They say he remains in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Both were struck by the Amtrak train and sustained "significant injuries," according to a news release. West Hartford — Two people have been transported to the hospital after they

Giving Thanks in Woodstock

Gail Stickney and her dog Cody, a 10-year-old golden retriever, spend time on their front porch in Woodstock, Vt., on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Stickney was supposed to be in Chicago for the holidays with her family, but canceled her flight to stay back to take care of Cody, who was diagnosed on Wednesday with terminal cancer that has metastasized to his lungs. “I stayed home to give thanks to a wonderful life well lived. For all of the joy and blessings that he’s given

A Thanksgiving Tradition Measured in Column Inches

West Lebanon — Twenty-one years ago today, my first contribution to a newspaper was published. “Thanksgiving is for sharing anything,” I wrote in what was then called The Middlesex News in Framingham, Mass. “You should share your life!” I was 6 years old. A day earlier, on Thanksgiving, I hammered out those words (and many more) on an empty computer in the newsroom where my father worked. My younger brother and I were hanging out there while Dad did some work, as we often did.