Forum: Beauty and the Building; Joys of the Hood Museum; The Co-op Election

Published: 4/6/2016 10:00:10 PM
Modified: 4/6/2016 10:00:09 PM

Beauty and Function in Building

I very much appreciated Valley News staff writer Nicola Smith’s thoughtful article on the proposed renovations to the Hood Museum. The article raised my awareness of the plans as well as important questions about the influence of architecture on the people who see buildings and who use them.

It makes obvious good sense that a museum should itself be conceivable as an art object. However, Ms. Smith’s reticence about the structural problems of the Moore structure (which required modifications so that the building and people near it could survive winter weather), was perhaps too kind.

Given New England weather, I hope the proposed Hood renovations will be not only beautiful but functional.

Kathleen Shepherd


The Rewards of Finding the Hood

For some 20 years of visiting the Hood Museum, I have wondered why the entries are so difficult and hidden. The art and objects so beautifully presented inside the museum are a reward for the struggle, but it is exciting to think a more expansive and inviting entry is being planned.

The incomplete understanding we have of Tsien and Williams’ architectural designs is a problem, but their record and the leadership of Dartmouth and the Hood inspire confidence. The exciting commitment to expanded exhibition space, and to the education-through-art mission of the Hood, will be well served by the addition. And finding the Hood will be an immediate joy.

Grace Harde


Uphold Co-op’s Founding Principles

While we have been members of the Co-op Food Stores for well over 40 years, not until recently did we realize the importance of being informed member-consumers.

Our Co-op needs board members who are committed to implementing and upholding the founding principles of the co-operative movement. In the last election, we elected new members to bring about this restoration, and this month we have the opportunity to add to the board candidates who have gone on record advocating openness and transparency for both the board and the governance of the Co-op: Liz Blum, Sean Clausen, William Craig, Don Kreis, Ann MacDonald and Phil Pochoda.

These six candidates are seeking to fill five open positions on the board. Please read their statements and vote to return our Co-op to its founding principles.

Marianne and Hoyt Alverson


Work Together for the Co-op

When the firing of Dan King and John Boutin rocked the Co-op community almost two years ago, we were among the many who were shocked at the crass and humiliating way the termination process was performed.The event rightly spawned a rigorous response, and we were initially delighted when “The Concerned About the Co-op” movement formed, demanding an accounting for treatment that seemed so uncharacteristic of a store that had cultivated an aura of grace and friendliness over the years.

Well, John and Dan have their champions on the Co-op board now, and those numbers may very well grow with the new elections. Those newly minted members, however, did not show up at the Co-op’s annual meeting last week and their absence whispers of new and equally ominous demons facing us: anger, rancour, suspicion, division, all things calculated to beget something rotten.   

It seems as if the same bitterness that is currently poisoning our political process is beginning to seep into any area where two people harboring differing opinions need to come together rather than build barricades. 

Reports of recent Co-op board meetings depict not just differences, but angry differences. And while the Co-op board of yore may not have been a paragon of efficiency and good judgment every step of the way, the elected members most assuredly put in long and thoughtful hours. There was a genuine exchange of good will — and they were volunteers, for crying out loud.

So here’s our plea to those dissident board members: Remember, you are dealing with honorable people who are just as eager to see our store prosper as you and would rather exchange and polish ideas than scorn them out of hand. Seems a more enlightened approach than a peremptory challenge, doesn’t it?

 Tom and Helen Brody


Inclusivity in Hanover: Well Done

I was delighted to read Henry Lang’s letter last month outlining the inclusivity initiative Hanover High’s School Council has undertaken.

It is so refreshing to see that local teens (and those who support them) are working hard to defeat all forms of discrimination right here in our own backyard. Thank you for restoring my faith in the next generation’s ability to overcome adults’ intolerance. Would that the legislators in North Carolina could be made to demonstrate the same degree of caring and concern for others!

Liza Draper


In Memory of Carole Blake

We appreciate the good words of Betty Pardoe in her letter to the editor (“Carole Blake Will Be Missed,” March 26). Indeed, Carole Blake, long-time director of the Upper Valley Community Band, will be sorely missed not only by the band but also by the general Upper Valley community in which she was such a positive presence. And, as Ms. Pardoe states, the band will continue under the leadership of Becky Luce, director, and Cindy Boehm-Patenaude, associate director, in that fine tradition of bringing quality live performances to the Upper Valley.

This year, the annual spring concert of the Upper Valley Community Band is dedicated to the memory of Carole Blake. “Thanks for the Memories” will present some of Carole’s favorite pieces as well as favorite pieces chosen by members of the band.

We invite the Upper Valley community to join us on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Opera House. We will celebrate Carole Blake and also the ongoing strong tradition of the Upper Valley Community Band.

Joan Williamson

President, Upper Valley Community Band

Take Action Against Violence

The 10th anniversary of the Steppin’ Up to End Violence Walk and Fun Run is coming up on April 30. More than 700 people are expected to walk, run, stroll and roll in support of Turning Points Network and its services to counter domestic and sexual violence.

To celebrate this 10th annual fundraiser and nearly 40 years of free services to survivors and prevention education for Sullivan County communities, TPN has set a goal of raising $100,000.  That’s $24,000 more than last year. The additional funds would pay for needed repairs to the 16-bed emergency shelter while continuing to provide vital services. 

As we watch the news or read the papers, we learn about a world rife with growing anger and hostility on so many levels. In our area, we hear stories about teens and cyberbullying, the prevalence of sexual assault among college students and adults fleeing from harmful relationships.

Last year, violence brought more than 1,000 women, children and men from every town and city in Sullivan County to Turning Points Network for services that included safe shelter, court advocacy, peer support, financial empowerment and transition to sustainable housing — free to all who needed them.  In addition, TPN operates a 24-hour crisis and support line to ensure that survivors can always get the help and support they need.  To counter the rising tide of bullying, cyberbullying and dating violence, TPN offers prevention education programs in area schools.

TPN educators teach empathy, bystander intervention and how to recognize red flags of unhealthy relationships, and they promote a respectful classroom environment.

Turning Points Network is an essential resource for residents of Sullivan County, and Steppin’ Up raises funding needed to provide the only services of this kind in our local communities.  

The Steppin’ Up to End Violence Walk and Fun Run begins and ends at Claremont Middle School. It is a family-friendly, pet-friendly event open to all as individual walkers, runners or teams, as sponsors, donors or volunteers. For more information, go to, call 603-543-0155, or follow the event on Facebook.

Linda Martin, TPN Volunteer


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