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Upper Valley Dispatch

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.

Valley Visual: A Different Point of View

When I was taking a class in photojournalism, our professor would chastise us for only photographing from our own eye level. “If your photos aren’t turning out interesting, change your vantage point,” he would often tell us. It’s easy to want to photograph from the point of view we’re used to — around 5 or 6 feet, where the sky fills up half the frame, and where the tops of children’s heads are seen. When I was assigned to photograph Main Street in Claremont for

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.