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Dusty Summer Nights

There are a few things to know before going to watch a dirt-track race, and I learned two of them around the age of 6, when I was deemed old enough to attend my first race: Always wear a hat, and never wear white. My two sisters and I would don some of my dad’s old baseball hats and pile in the car, where we’d drive six miles to Eriez Speedway, a 3/8ths-mile dirt track in western Pennsylvania where junkyard-bound cars raced almost till midnight.

Shell Station

Not one, not two, not three, but four turtles sunbathe on a log near Mascoma Valley Road, across from Tewksbury Pond in Grafton. Valley News — Will Parson ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Friday at 3:15 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

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! ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Monday at 2:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News

Lightning Bugs in Etna

Fireflies follow the contours of a field on a farm after sunset in Etna on Saturday. Valley News — Will Parson ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Monday at 2:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Working Together (2 Photos)

Ohio’s Cuyahoga River valley, which is full of parks, buildings and infrastructure built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, is a short drive from my childhood home. The idea of men working together in a time of economic crisis to help future generations enjoy the natural beauty of the valley captivates me more each time I have a chance to return to the stone and wooden structures built by CCC members. A more contemporary link to the CCC exists in the Vermont Youth

Star in Stripes

Though black and white animals are easy to find in Vermont, they’re usually spotted, not striped. Zeus the zebra lives along Route 106 in Reading, Vt., in a barn that sports a matching zebra weathervane. Valley News — Sarah Priestap ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 7 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Bridal Bouquet

A display window illuminates three mannequins at Christine’s Bridal and Prom Shop in Hartland in April. Valley News — Will Parson ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Tuesday at 9 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

From the Archive: Tip Top Shape in White River Junction

From the archive: The parking lot is full during a May 1970 shift at the Tip Top Bakery building in White River Junction. The complex of eight interconnected buildings functioned as a bakery from the 1880s until 1974. After changing hands as several businesses over the years, Matt Bucy bought the complex, renovated and reopened it as the Tip Top Media and Arts Building in 2003. Space in the 45,000 square-foot building is leased to artists and creative businesses. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual

Cherished Tree

A black cherry tree enjoys a fair alotment of sunlight despite being surrounded by a stand of white pine trees at Trues Brook Natural Area in Lebanon, N.H., on May 20, 2014. The tree is distinguished by a semicircle of logs protecting its roots and a boulder near its base. A nearby sign placed by the city of Lebanon reads in part, “We hope to keep the tree healthy ... not only for its beauty but also for its supply of nectar and fruits to

Preparing for Senior Games

“It’s a good group of kids,” says Jack Stinson, as he leaves a small square of cement in a field of green grass. “Kids,” of course, is a relative term, since Stinson, 85, is only 20 years older than the youngest of the group, Jane Higgins, who is 65. Both Stinson and Higgins have been profiled by the Valley News in recent years for their successful endeavors in physical fitness. And they were still at it on Monday, practicing with trainer Carl Wallin and other