Community news briefs: Montshire Museum of Science to reopen July 8

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 6/26/2020 10:00:06 PM
Modified: 6/26/2020 9:59:58 PM

NORWICH — The Montshire Museum of Science will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 8, according to an announcement on the Norwich-based nonprofit organization’s website.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, and visitors must reserve tickets ahead of time. People can choose tickets for the 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or the 1:30-4 p.m. arrival times and stay as long as they wish.

Visitors ages 3 and up will be required to wear masks inside the museum and are encouraged to do so while exploring outdoor exhibits.

Faucets and soap and paper towel dispensers are now touchless and additional handwashing stations have been added throughout the museum. There will be one visitor group allowed per exhibit in order to maintain social distancing.

In July, admission will cost $11 for children and $14 for adults before going up to $15 for children ages 2-17 and $18 for adults through Labor Day. Children under 2 are free.

For more information, visit

Nighttime construction to impact I-89 in Lebanon

LEBANON — Motorists can expect delays between Interstate 89 exits 20 and 18 on both the north- and southbound lanes between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Sunday-Thursday as construction continues on the Mascoma Street Bridge over the highway.

Police will be on hand to help traffic flow using rolling roadblocks as construction workers set structural steel for the bridge. The highway will remain open to traffic. The project will be completed during the first week of September, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

Claremont postpones Fourth of July celebration

CLAREMONT — The city of Claremont has postponed its annual Fourth of July celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event — which includes live music, food vendors and fireworks — is typically held at Monadnock Park.

“We are optimistic that everyone’s efforts and resilience this summer will help lead to the return of large scale events in some form this fall and by next summer,” Claremont’s Parks and Recreation Department wrote in the town newsletter. “We will continue to brainstorm creative ways to inject some community fun and celebration this summer, and hope to be able to provide a similar event to our 4th of July celebration later this year.”

Upper Valley libraries begin offering curbside pickup

After months of being mostly digital, libraries throughout the Upper Valley are now offering curbside pickup of books and other materials.

Lebanon Libraries and the Bradford (Vt.) Public Library, among others, are offering the service. Be sure to visit your town library’s website to find out what their policies and plans are.

Dismas of Vermont names new director

HARTFORD — Dismas of Vermont — which has locations in Hartford, Burlington and Rutland — has selected James Curran as its new executive director.

Curran will replace Jan-Roberta Tarjan, who is retiring after serving as director since 2011 for the nonprofit organization that operates homes and transitional programs for former Vermont inmates.

Curran was previously employed as executive director of the United Way for Lamoille County, according to a news release. He has also served as board president of United Ways of Vermont and vice chair of the Lamoille Regional Chamber of Commerce and was operations director for six years at ReSOURCE, a community-based enterprise focusing on workforce development.

“In Jim, we feel we have found a leader who will bring us deep management and fundraising skills — as well as a steady leadership style — critical to guiding us through what may be challenging years ahead,” Dismas House Board President Jonathan Sylvia said in the release. “Dismas has been exceedingly blessed to have been led these last nine years by Jan. She has contributed to significant changes within the organization while approaching our mission with enormous energy and a huge heart. She will be missed.”

Grafton County Farm Service accepting disaster aid applications

ORFORD — Farmland owners whose property was damaged during a severe storm on April 9 can apply to receive funding through the Emergency Conservation Program through the United States Department of Agriculture.

Funding can be used toward removing debris and fixing structures, among other repairs, according to a news release from the Grafton County Farm Service Agency. People must submit an application prior to starting the repair work.

“Dealing with natural disasters is never easy, especially when you have to consider the health and safety of livestock, but it’s important for producers to call our office before they take any action,” Grafton County FSA executive director Steven Schmidt said in the release.

Applications are being accepted now through July 17. For more information, call 603-353-4650, ext. 2 or visit

Hartford plants trees to honor former town manager

HARTFORD — Former Hartford Town Manager Leo Pullar has been honored with three trees at Hartford Town Hall.

The Hartford Tree Board organized the planting of the tulip, tupelo and black walnut trees earlier this month.

Pullar served as town manager for nearly 2½ years before retiring in 2018 due to health concerns.

Annual Orford Flea Market canceled

ORFORD — The 44th annual Orford Flea Market — scheduled to take place on Aug. 1 and 2 — has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 100 vendors regularly turn out for the event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Orford Volunteer Fire Department.

“We understand the fiscal role the Flea Market plays in our community and the economic impact our event has on the many local businesses as well as vendors,” the Orford Volunteer Fire Department, which hosts the event, said in a news release. “This decision did not come easy.”

The 2021 market is planned for Aug. 7 and 8.

Vital Communities hosts webinar about stress

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vital Communities is hosting a public webinar titled “Well-Being in the Workplace: Managing Stress & De-escalating Conflict” from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The event features M. Chase Levesque, an assistant professor of psychiatry atGeisel School of Medicine, and Jessica Geiben Lynn, senior organizational effectiveness consultant at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Topics include how stress impacts our work, what can be done about it, and what tools help recognize and defuse tense situations.

Visit for Zoom information.

Hop@Home launches summer programs

HANOVER — Violinist Kevin Sylvester and violist Wilner Baptiste who form the American hip-hop duo Black Violin will be featured in the “Who We Are with DBR” virtual discussion series at 8 p.m. on Wednesday on YouTube.

The event is the first in the Hopkins Center for the Arts will kick off its summer Hop@Home program series on Wednesday.

“Who We Are with DBR” is hosted by Daniel Bernard Roumain, a violinist, composer and Roth Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College.

“This series features Black artist-activists who have broken stereotypes and made history,” according to the Hop@Home newsletter. “Guest artists will reflect on this critical moment of pandemic and protest and share original collaborative performances.”

For more information, visit

Dartmouth Energy Collaborative seminar series begins

HANOVER — Nathaniel Stinnett, founder of the Environmental Voter Project, will discuss "Modern Environmental Politics: Big Data, Behavioral Science, and Why Voting Is Everything" from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday as part of the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative Energy Seminar.

The online lecture series is co-sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth, the Dartmouth government department, and the Anthropocene Working Group at Dartmouth.

For more information or to register, visit

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