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Out & About: Sunapee plants garden for Class of 2020

  • Billings Farm & Museum's annual quilt exhibit begins this weekend. Visitors can view it in person in Woodstock, or online beginning on Monday. (Photograph courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 7/17/2020 10:00:03 PM
Modified: 7/17/2020 9:59:50 PM

SUNAPEE — An anonymous donation and financial support from area businesses has led to a garden being built in honor of the 37 members of the Class of 2020 at Sunapee High School.

The garden — which includes a plant for each of the graduates — was planted last month outside the Sunapee School District SAU#85 offices on Lower Main Street.

“It’s something that would be lasting and memorable as the years go on,” said Jackie Smith, one of the project’s organizers. “They lost so much, not having their proms, their class days, not being able to be with each other as they pass from this stage of their life onto the next stage.”

The original plan was to place it outside the high school but there was not enough space. There are seven flowering trees, 10 flowering spirea and 20 lily plants, planted by area landscapers and contractors. A dedication plaque will also be added.

“Hopefully around prom time there will be trees in bloom,” Smith said. “It just seemed like a nice thing to do for the town to mark this rite of passage. There’s hope that other classes can add to the garden. There’s space there.”

Discuss Orange County’s COVID-19 recovery during forum

CHELSEA — The Local Solutions and Community Action Team, established by Gov. Phil Scott, will host a virtual COVID-19 response and recovery discussion from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

State, federal, business and nonprofit organization leaders will share recovery strategies from across the state and ideas for resources and support in Orange County. Topics of discussion will include Orange County businesses and buying local; addressing housing and homelessness; advancing education and childcare; and overcoming isolation and building community unity.

Recovery Visits are hosted by the Local Support and Community Action Team of the Governor’s Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force, in partnership with regional and local leaders, with facilitation from the Vermont Council on Rural Development. Register at Contact or 802-223-6091 for more information.

Norman Williams Public Library selects director

WOODSTOCK — Clare McFarland has been selected as the Norman Williams Public Library’s executive director.

McFarland has been serving as co-interim director since last August, when she and adult services director Kathy Beaird took over from Amanda Merk. McFarland has worked at the library sine 2013 and since 2017 has served as youth services director, according to a news release from the Woodstock-based library’s board of trustees.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, McFarland has helped establish a curbside-pickup service at library and grow online programming. Last summer, she assisted in the library’s effort to replace its $500,000 heating and air-conditioning system.

VLS starts restorative justice certification scholarship program

SOUTH ROYALTON — Vermont Law School, which houses the Center for Justice Reform and the National Center on Restorative Justice, is funding five full scholarships for the Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice program.

Additionally, the law school is offering the certification at a reduced cost of $600 per credit. The program is nine credits long.

“Restorative justice offers hope and a way to improve criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. For that work, it must be available and accessible,” Stephanie Clark, director of the Center for Justice Reform at Vermont Law School, said in a news release. “Being restorative means to create and protect equity, to provide opportunity, and to build trust and relationships that can transform harm and conflict into healing and reparation. Expanding the reach of restorative justice principles and practice gives promise for mending and rebuilding divided communities.”

Quilt Exhibition begins at Billings Farm & Museum

WOODSTOCK — Billings Farm & Museum’s annual quilt exhibit will be on display both at the Woodstock-based nonprofit organization and online from Saturday, July 18-Sunday, Aug. 23.

The exhibit, now in its 34th year, features quilts made by Windsor County quilters. At the museum, visitors can view a quilt-themed story walk and participate in a scavenger hunt. Challenge quilts crafted by the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild in Bethel will be featured.

“A quilt challenge requires specific design and construction rules agreed upon by guild members with the goal of improving their quilting skills,” according to a news release from Billings Farm & Museum. “This year’s challenge was to create a quilted placemat, and the challenge quilt display will reflect that theme with a playfully set table.”

The Virtual Quilt Exhibition can be found at beginning Monday. It will feature in-depth conversations with the quilters about their skills and a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition and jurying process. Quilting demonstrations can also be viewed online and Thursday Threads Online, a weekly series featuring fiber arts and textile-related crafts, will begin July 23.

Norris Cotton receives grants for COVID-19 research

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center has received two grants from the National Cancer Institute for research related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first grant, $204,000, has been awarded for research surrounding factors that enhance the capacity and sustainability of telemedicine for rural cancer patients, according to a news release from the center, which is located at Dartmouth-Hithcock Medical Center in Lebanon. The research will be co-led by cancer population scientists Drs. Tracy Onega and Anna Tosteson, who will study the explosive growth of telemedicine due to the COVID-19 and figure out what factors allow telemedicine to be sustained over time, what adaptations need to take place to do so, and the impact it has on patients.

“The ongoing telemedicine services provided by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Center for Telehealth and Connected Care have increased almost 25-fold since the pandemic began, and many clinical care teams have transformed to mostly telemedicine appointments,” Onega said in the release. “This shift of health care delivery to remote modes aligns with NCCC’s ongoing catchment area work and provides a unique opportunity to study the impacts of expanded telemedicine capacity.”

The second grant, $328,000, will fund research co-led by the NCCC laboratory of Paul Guyre, who has a 35-year history of studying antibodies and the receptors on human cells to which they bind, and by Steven Fiering, professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and a member of the Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy Research Program at NCCC. COVID-19 is caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Antibodies produced by a COVID-19 patient can potentially exacerbate a viral disease through a process called “antibody-dependent enhancement” (ADE), according to the release, and Guyre’s team will investigate the possibility that some patients make antibodies that do not protect against SARS-CoV-2 virus, but rather enhance the ability of the virus to infect cells.

“ADE has been shown to occur previously with Dengue, Zika, the first SARS-CoV, and other coronaviruses,” Guyre said in the release. “Such nonprotective antibodies could be one reason why some people do much worse than others with this virus, which can vary from zero symptoms in some infected people to death in others.”

Volunteers needed to run errands in Hanover

HANOVER — Hanover Helpers, a group founded by Tuck School of Business students, is looking for volunteers to go to the grocery store or run other errands for residents at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Any donations received for services will go toward COVID relief funds or area nonprofit organizations. Email for more information or to sign up.

Vt. hosts virtual meeting on big game plan

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will host a public virtual meeting about the state’s Big Game Management Plan 2020-2030 at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams and can be accessed at People can also call into the meeting on by calling 802-828-7667 and entering 743579474#. Department officials recommend participants take a look at a draft of the plan ahead of time at

The plan will guide deer, bear, moose and wild turkey management over the next decade, according to a news release from the department. The draft plan identifies issues these species face, establishes sustainable population and management goals and prescribes the strategies needed to achieve those goals. While these strategies act as a road map for regulation development, the 2020-2030 Big Game Plan does not set laws or regulations.

“The 2020-2030 plan is the culmination of two years of public survey data, biological data, public meetings, and department thinking,” Fish & Wildlife Director of Wildlife Mark Scott said in the release.

Send comments about the plan by Wednesday, Aug. 12 by emailing or to Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, One National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vt., 05620.

NH researchers receive grant to boost biomedical research, training

LEBANON — New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which includes Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and the University of New Hampshire, was awarded a $19.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to enhance biomedical research capabilities in the state.

The IDeA program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvement. That’s according to a news release from the Geisel School of Medicine.

The program got its start in 2010 with a five-year, $15 million grant from the NIH. As program leads, Geisel and UNH began working with undergraduate schools to develop a coordinated network of biomedical research and research training across the state. Today, their partners include Plymouth State University, Keene State College, New England College, Colby-Sawyer College, Community College System of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce University, St. Anselm’s College, and UNH-Manchester.

Since 2010, the program has had a $75 million effect on economic growth in New Hampshire (with every dollar invested in research by the NIH generating an estimated $2.20 in return to local economies), and has also helped to stimulate an additional $5.2 million in external biomedical funding to program partners, according to the release.

Over the same time period, the program has seen a 55% increase in partner research participation with more than 1,000 students and 100 faculty engaging in NH-INBRE supported research. In addition, about half of the 129 publications that have been submitted since 2015 have had student authors — nearly three times the number reported in the last grant renewal.

Farmers markets

Woodstock: Wednesday, 3-6 p.m., Woodstock Green, Route 4. Masks encouraged.

Lebanon: 3-7 p.m., Thursdays, Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St. Masks required.

Royalton: 3-6 p.m., Thursdays, Town Green, South Windsor Street, South Royalton. Facebook: “Royalton Farmers Market.”

Chelsea: 3-6 p.m., Fridays, North Common, Route 110 and Route 113. Masks encouraged.

Hartland: 4-7 p.m., Fridays, Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5. Order online Monday-Wednesday and pick up Friday. Masks required.

Newport: 3-6 p.m., Fridays, Town Common, North Main St. Masks encouraged. Facebook: “Newport Farmers Market.”

Norwich: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, 281 Route 5. Masks encouraged.

Randolph: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, 44 S. Main St. Masks required.

Canaan: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays, Town Common, Route 4/Route 118. Masks encouraged. Facebook: “Canaan Farmers and Artisans’ Market.”


American Precision Museum: Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 196 Main St., Windsor. $5-$10, $20 for family, children 6 and under free. Masks required.

Bradford (Vt.) Historical Society Museum: Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon, Third floor of the Bradford Academy Building at 172 N. Main St. New exhibit: “What’s Cooking, Washing and Sewing?” Masks requested. 802-222-4423, 802-222-9621,

Billings Farm & Museum: Open Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 69 Old River Road, Woodstock. $4-$16, children 2 and under free. Masks required for visitors older than 2.

Hartford Historical Society: Open Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and by appointment, 1461 Maple St., Hartford Village. Volunteers needed for oral history project. 802-296-3132 or

Montshire Museum of Science: Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Montshire Road, Norwich. Tickets must be purchased in advanced. Masks required for visitors over age 3. $11-$14 through July; $15-$18 through Labor Day.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science: Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 149 Natures Way, Quechee. $5-$10, children 3 and under free. Masks required.

Editor’s note: Email additions and updates to Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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