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Local and Regional Briefs for Sept. 30, 2018


Sunday, September 30, 2018
Thetford Church to Hold Children’s Clothing Swap

Thetford — The Thetford Baptist Church will be hosting its semiannual Children’s Clothing event from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13,at the church, 97 Church Lane, East Thetford.

Donations of good quality infant, child, junior and maternity-sized clothing can be dropped off on the back porch of the church through Oct. 8. The day of the swap, community members can take what they need.

CATV Holds Pet Photo Contest

White River Junction — CATV, the community access television station that serves Hartford, Hartland, Norwich, Hanover and Lebanon, is inviting the public to submit photos of their furry friends for the Most Magical Pet Photo Contest.

“However you want to capture the magical spirit of your pet is permitted in this contest,” whether that is a costume, digital enhancements or any other means, the station said by email.

Entries will be judged by attendees at the Mischief & Magic Harry Potter Fan Festival, taking place from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Tip Top Building, 85 N. Main St., White River Junction.

Submit a photo of your pet to by Oct.11 by sending a digital file to info@catv8.org with your name, the name of pet and your contact information.

Vital Communities Hosts Housing Presentation on Accessory Dwelling Units

White River Junction — Vital Communities will host a free public presentation and discussion on one possible tool in solving the region’s housing challenge: accessory dwelling units. The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday at the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon.

An accessory dwelling unit is a second small dwelling right on the same property as, or attached to, your single-family home. The units, such as in-law apartments, can increase affordable housing and rental income to the property owner.

The event will allow Upper Valley residents to learn more about the potential benefits of the units and consider whether they might be a valuable part of solving the region’s housing challenges. Author and housing expert Kol Peterson will lead the conversation.

“If the Upper Valley is to thrive socially and economically in the future, we need to get creative about what we can do with our existing resources,” Mike Kiess, workforce housing coordinator at Vital Communities said in a news release. “Accessory Dwelling Units are one way for people to adjust their homes to suit changing needs. This event can help homeowners, planners, contractors, and lenders to learn about what has worked well in other place, and consider what we want to try in our Upper Valley towns and villages.”

The presentation is free, but participants should register at VitalCommunities.org/Housing.

Mascoma Regional District Hosts Meet And Greet With Administrators

Canaan — Mascoma Regional School District is inviting the public to meet new SAU 62 administrators from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday in the library of Mascoma Valley Regional High School.

The following new administrators will be there: Amanda Isabelle, interim superintendent; Craig Suttie, technology director; Chris Besso, special education director; Harrison Little, principal at Enfield Village School; Leah Wheelan, principal at Canaan Elementary School; and Megan Jones, assistant principal at Indian River school. Light refreshments will be served. For event updates please visit: facebook.com/events/2199377403720021.

Vital Communities Welcomes New Board Members

White River Junction — Elyse Crossman, of Claremont; Ken Wells, of Lebanon; and Sally Wilson, of Ryegate, Vt., have joined the board of directors at Vital Communities, while Daniel Newmark joined as Revers Board Fellow from the Tuck School of Business.

Crossman is a graduate of the Leadership Upper Valley Class of 2018 and one of the Young Leaders honored at Vital Communities’ 2017 Heroes and Leaders celebration. She is executive director of the Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce and a frequent volunteer around Claremont and the Upper Valley.

Wells is the chief retail lending officer at Mascoma Bank, where he has worked for more than 20 years. He is currently chairman of the Local First Alliance steering committee at Vital Communities and has been a resource and advocate for the organization’s energy and housing efforts in recent years. Wells also serves on the finance committee of the Carter Community Building Association.

Wilson started the Hanover Farmers Market on the Dartmouth Green, which she managed for 10 years. She previously owned and operated the Norwich Inn and restarted its brewery in 1993. She is a Ryegate town lister and is an active member of Vital Communities’ Valley Food and Farm Advisory Committee.

Other Vital Communities board members include chair Jenny Levy, of Norwich; Barbara Barry, of Taftsville; Bill Geraghty, of Hanover; Sally Kraft, of Hanover; Nancy Merrill, of Lebanon; Rick Mills, of South Strafford; Markell Ripps, of Thetford; and Ron Shaiko, of Hanover. For more information on the entire Vital Communities board of directors, visit VitalCommunities.org/Board.

South Royalton Historical Society Searching For Yearbooks

South Royalton — The Royalton Historical Society and the White River Valley High School in South Royalton are attempting to fill gaps in their collections of school memorabilia.

Programs from graduations, plays and sport events are welcomed. The society is also looking for copies of the high school yearbooks from the following years: 1945, 1948, 1952, 1954-1959, 1963-1965 and 1972-2017.

People willing to donate items should contact John Dumville, of the Royalton Historical Society, at 802-763-8567 or jpdumville@yahoo.com, Katherine Lucia, school librarian at 802-763-7740, or Joshua “Bushrod” Powers at 802-763-8087.

Upper Valley Youths to Participate in LGBTQ Summit

New London — Students from Claremont Middle School, Stevens High School, Fall Mountain and Newport Middle High School will be participating in a statewide summit for youths and educators meant to address LQBTQ issues in education. The Homecoming OUT Youth & Educator Summit will take place on Saturday at Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main St., in New London.

The free event features workshops led by LQBTQ organizations from around the state. It is open to students, GSA (Gay, Straight Alliance) advisers, school counselors and administrators. Author and transgender activist Lisa Bunker will deliver a keynote address at 11 a.m. Professional development credits are available for K-12 educators who attend.

“Our mission to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression,” Heather Ouellette-Cygan, chair of the New Hampshire chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). “This is an opportunity for students and educators to connect and network. It is important to keep their GSAs vibrant to give New Hampshire’s LGBTQ students a positive sense of self and the chance to learn and grow in safe, affirming schools.”