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COVID-19 news in the Upper Valley

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The latest reporting from the Valley News:

When Powerhouse Mall was being developed in 1985, a Burlington department store owner who was eyeing space in the former 18th-century mill site in...

I realized something serious was happening when Wuhan, China, was first being closed down and reporters were told to leave. I began to think about...

Here’s an opportunity for the right entrepreneur, even in these fraught times: The Whippi Dip ice cream stand in Fairlee is for sale.The Whippi Dip...

Every year in late spring, a scholastic ritual takes place across the Upper Valley in a format that seems timeless. Students dressed all alike...

LEBANON — The Lebanon Diner, which has fed Upper Valley residents, tourists and campaigning politicians on the Lebanon Mall for almost a decade, is...

Vermont and New Hampshire both will allow a return to indoor restaurant dining — with varying degrees of social distancing — in the coming days...

HANOVER — The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory plans to permanently close its child care center on Lyme Road in September...

LEBANON — City leaders are struggling to craft a budget for next year after being warned that spending cuts could trigger “significant layoffs” and...

CLAREMONT — As with auto racing promoters everywhere, Mike Parks is resorting to a little out-of-the-box thinking to get the Claremont Motorsports...

HANOVER — Students applying to Dartmouth College next year won’t have to take a standardized test, such as the SAT, to be considered for admission,...

CLAREMONT — Three Sullivan County Rotary clubs plan to participate in a statewide effort to distribute free face masks to community members this...

LEBANON — Joey Perras is going to have to break the baseball habits of a lifetime — high-fives, ferrying teammates’ gloves, huddling in the dugout ...

Dartmouth College international student Tehut Biru, a junior majoring in cognitive science, should be focusing on studying for final exams, which...

HANOVER — Salt hill Pub, citing “well-documented challenges associated with COVID-19,” said it had decided that its Hanover location will not...

CORNISH — Organizers of the Cornish Fair have had to cancel the annual August event this year out of safety concerns related to the COVID-19...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health received nearly $89 million in CARES Act funding from Washington and tapped tens of millions of dollars in...

NEWPORT — Sullivan County officials plan to test all of the staff at the county nursing home for COVID-19 and will also test 10% of residents every...

UNITY — A Sullivan County nursing home staff member who tested positive for the coronavirus last month was retested and saw results come back...

The debate on reopening of public schools promises to be far more difficult and complicated than the one we are having now about re-opening the...

I spent all of my teen summers as a counselor and canoeing instructor at Girl Scout camps. One of my counselor training manuals had a page titled...

Maybe this is why Missouri is called the “Show-Me State.” In a sign how the COVID-19 pandemic is rippling through the New Hampshire and Vermont...

They are the few, the brave ... and some might think the just plain crazy.Crazy because they are opening businesses in the jaws of the worst...

The thing I remember most about my first trip to New Hampshire is the stars.Where I grew up in northern New Jersey, there was usually too much...

While Bob and Kathy Eddy were laid up with COVID-19 in late March, friends and neighbors “came out of the woodwork” to help them.One neighbor, with...

Can you imagine a downtown Hanover without cars and trucks clogging South Main Street?Some business owners can.They envision several blocks as an...

Catholic Churches set to reopenThe Roman Catholic dioceses of Burlington and Manchester both announced on Friday that they would begin celebrating...

CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu extended New Hampshire’s stay-at-home order for an additional two weeks, while announcing the limited reopening of...

Hair stylists and barbers are back in business Friday as part of the latest round of business reopenings in Vermont from COVID-19 shutdowns.The...

WEST LEBANON — As the pandemic hit the Upper Valley in early March, Ann Perbohner hunkered down at home.Early on, she said, she focused on sorting...

CONCORD — New Hampshire plans to start breaking down most of its “flex facilities” to handle hospital overflow for coronavirus cases starting next...

BOSTON — The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history.Organizers said Thursday that they instead will have a...

LEBANON — When the rapid outbreak of the new coronavirus caused lockdowns throughout the Upper Valley in March, first responders had to act quickly...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College says it will apply for at least $1.7 million in federal stimulus money to help fund a growing demand for financial aid...

For the most part, people bringing their trash to the transfer station, even in a small town such as Unity, take little notice of the people who...

RANDOLPH — A 48-year-old woman is accused of stabbing a man at a Randolph home and then kicking and spitting at deputies while claiming she had the...

NEW LONDON — The Center for the Arts’ biggest fundraiser of the year will still take place on Saturday.However, like nearly all events during the...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The White River Junction VA Medical Center plans to reintroduce some health care services next week that were put on hold...

ENFIELD — Police Chief Roy Holland says “several” Enfield businesses received written warnings after employees declined to wear face masks while...

NEW HAMPSHIRE State expands virus testingto more workers CONCORD — As more businesses reopen, New Hampshire is offering coronavirus testing workers...

TUNBRIDGE — For the first time since World War II, the annual World’s Fair has been canceled.The board of the Union Agricultural Society, the...

NH liquor sales spike

5/25/20

Liquor sales jumped 13.51%, or $17.3 million, from March 1 to May 13, compared to the same time period last year as people stocked up on, and...

When the novel coronavirus closed down much of the world in mid-March, Sarah Lewis never considered not going to work.On any given day, there are...

MONTPELIER — A bill that would boost pay for essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis has stalled in the House due to...

NH makes stockpile of surgical masks available to buy at liquor stores

5/24/20

CONCORD — Residents of New Hampshire may now buy disposable surgical masks from the state’s stockpile, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Friday — as long...

Nursing homes feel staff shortage

5/24/20

COVID-19 has killed dozens of residents of New Hampshire nursing homes and set off a scramble to find and keep on the job the caregivers and other...

Holding two fishing rods in one hand and a tackle box in the other, Mike Allen picked his way across rock ledges until he reached a sandy beach on...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health took out a $125 million bank loan earlier this month to increase its access to cash as the COVID-19 crisis...

Nonprofit urges safety with swimming holesA Vermont nonprofit that holds easements on property along the state’s rivers is urging those who use...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — So far, a group of Upper Valley maskmakers has turned out more than 27,000 cloth masks and passed them along to a long list...

In April and May, staff and volunteers at the Fort at No. 4 are traditionally busy planning events and ramping up for visitors to descend on the...

Kacey Knight says she typically hears two kinds of reactions from people when they learn she’s a supervisor on the “kill floor” at Vermont...

The economy may be in a recession, if not a depression, for a long time to come because of COVID-19. But it’s not too soon to see how the pandemic...

HANOVER — A Dartmouth College student group is offering free tutoring for children of essential workers.Health Access For All, an organization...

New Hampshire’s short stretch of coastline will reopen to swimmers, walkers and runners June 1, but sunbathers will have to wait, Gov. Chris Sununu...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College officials have already said graduation will be held online next month because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week they...

LEBANON — After months of lockdown and isolation amid the coronavirus outbreak, a sign of hope — and summer — sat outside the Lebanon Dairy Twirl...

Front-line workers looked to the sky Friday as four fighter jets with the Vermont Air National Guard did flyovers of hospitals around the state to...

I find myself seeking silver linings during this unprecedented time and harvesting lessons to take forward. I feel gratitude more deeply than ever...

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Four fighter jets with the Vermont Air National Guard will do a flyover early Friday afternoon over 16 hospitals in Vermont...

NORWICH — This weekend is shaping up to be a fine one for birdwatching, and this Saturday you can birdwatch with a mission during the annual...

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