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In Cornwall, newly conserved grasslands are for the birds

05-26-2024 3:45 PM

By EMMA COTTON

CORNWALL — Jill Kilborn spent the morning of May 16 in tall wading boots, roaming the wet, grassy expanses of a newly conserved, 110-acre piece of land and looking for birds.An abundant assortment of songbirds made themselves known that morning...


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5 things to know about Memorial Day, including its evolution and controversies

05-26-2024 12:01 PM

By BEN FINLEY

Memorial Day is supposed to be about mourning the nation’s fallen service members, but it’s come to anchor the unofficial start of summer and a long weekend of discounts on anything from mattresses to lawn mowers.But for people such as Manuel...


Upper Valley Memorial Day ceremonies 2024

05-25-2024 6:39 PM

Sunday (May 26)Norwich Memorial Day Observance, Picnic and Music: Begins at noon with parade at American Legion Post 8, with honors at the bridge on Beaver Meadow Road. Veterans and other community groups will then proceed to Fairview Cemetery for...


Bookstock literary festival grew too big to manage

05-24-2024 5:32 PM

By ALEX HANSON

WOODSTOCK — Last year, the organizers of Bookstock, the literary festival begun here in 2009, set out a lofty aim.“Our goal,” they wrote in a funding application to the Woodstock Economic Development Commission, “is to make Bookstock one of the most...


Land trust hosts tire slicing demo aimed at reducing mosquito population

05-24-2024 5:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

NORWICH — As warmer, wetter weather has engorged Vermont’s mosquito population, a government-owned tire slicer is showing up in Norwich to offer some relief.Old, discarded tires are used by many farmers to weigh down tarps covering feed mounds as they...


Over Easy: Baby crazy in West Lebanon

05-23-2024 4:30 PM

By DAN MACKIE

Have I told you about our granddaughter? Yes? Oh, well, let me go on about her anyway.Since July of last year, Dede and I have been grandparents to Vivian, a former preemie who has blossomed like the flowering trees that are plump and pretty and a...


Theater Review: It’s a good bet ‘Ripcord’ will make you laugh

05-22-2024 4:04 PM

By MARION UMPLEBY

Between college dorm living and the house shares that are often part and parcel of a person’s 20s, tales of unsuitable roommates abound in most friend groups.Shaker Bridge Theatre’s production of “Ripcord,” up through May 26 in the Briggs Opera House,...


Book excerpt: ‘Calling Wild Places Home,’ by Laura Waterman

05-17-2024 9:31 PM

East Corinth writer Laura Waterman co-authored many books with her husband, Guy, most notably “Back woods Ethics,” their 1979 guide to enjoying and preserving wilderness. The Watermans moved to an off-the-grid home in Corinth in 1973 where they...


Upper Valley Museums 2024

05-16-2024 1:07 PM

American Precision Museum in Windsor: Exhibits include “The Science and Technology of Measurement,” “Shaping America” and “The Art of Anna Held Audette.” Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November through April; Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May...


Enfield Shaker Museum renovations underway

05-14-2024 6:00 PM

Greg Morgan, left, from Geddes Building Mover, of Bow, N.H., guides a beam as the company's owner Jim Paveglio lifts it out from under the Brethren’s West Shop at the Enfield Shaker Museum on Tuesday morning. The 55-ton building, built in 1820 as a...


Out & About: Justin Morrill Homestead reopens for season ‘After the Flood’

05-10-2024 6:14 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

STRAFFORD — Justin Morrill Homestead, the state historic site in Strafford, is gearing up to reopen this spring, nearly a year after floodwaters damaged it.Last July’s rainstorms caused a tributary of the Ompompanoosuc River that runs through the...


Art Notes: Canaan Meetinghouse showcase brings musicians and listeners together

05-08-2024 5:31 PM

By ALEX HANSON

CANAAN — A few summers ago, during the pandemic, Martin Decato and Peter Dionne got together to play music. Decato is a longtime pro, Dionne an avid amateur.They looked around for a good place to make music videos, and didn’t have to look far. They...


Upper Valley farmers markets 2024

05-08-2024 12:28 PM

Email additions and updates to calendar@vnews.com. Canaan: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 19 through Oct. 6, Town Common, 7 On the Common Lane (intersection of Routes 4 and 118). Facebook: “Canaan Farmers and Artisans’ Market” or...


A Look Back: Upper Valley dining scene changes with the times

05-05-2024 4:31 PM

By STEVE TAYLOR

Before franchised fast food and corporate-owned restaurants hit the Upper Valley, there was a time when locally owned diners and a variety of family-run eating establishments flourished and produced many fond memories and much nostalgia. For at least...


The future of fertilizer? Pee, says this Brattleboro institute

05-04-2024 4:56 PM

By KATE KAMPNER

When Peter Stickney walks along his cow paddocks in the morning, he notes the scattered patches of greener grass across the pasture. He knows what this means: It’s where his cows have peed. So when the Rich Earth Institute, a Brattleboro organization...


From dirt patch to a gateway garden, a Randolph volunteer cultivates community

05-04-2024 4:52 PM

By AUDITI GUHA

RANDOLPH — On a sunny afternoon in late April, a woman with a shock of white curls was hunched over a corner of a park, digging intently in the dirt.Local resident Rosalind Burgess, 75, has been working to beautify that particular corner of town —...


Norwich author and educator sees schools as a reflection of communities

05-03-2024 10:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

By his own account, Ken Cadow was a reluctant student.His father had been a teacher, but went to work at IBM to earn enough to raise a family. Cadow grew up mostly in Rhode Island.“I learned a lot of stuff with my dad in the shop,” Cadow said in a...


Out & About: Vershire joins Upper Valley communities with farmers markets

05-03-2024 5:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

Vershire is the latest Upper Valley community to establish a farmers market.The Vershire Artisan & Farmers’ Market will begin Sunday, May 19 and take place every week from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. through Sept. 15 outside Vershire Town Center, located at 27...


Art Notes: City Center Ballet celebrates 25 years

05-01-2024 6:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

LEBANON — Jennifer Henderson was a senior in high school in 1999, when City Center Ballet came to life.For years she had been studying at Lebanon Ballet School, which Linda Copp had founded in the mid-1980s. “She had built up a really excellent...


Bald eagles are back, but great blue herons paid the price

04-27-2024 2:43 PM

By OLIVIA WILSON

After years of absence, the most patriotic bird in the sky returned to Vermont — but it might’ve come at another’s expense.Vermont finally took the bald eagle off of its endangered species list in 2022 following years of reintroduction efforts...


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