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The latest reporting from the Valley News:

Almost all of the 185 Vermont inmates in a privately run Mississippi prison who have tested positive for COVID-19 are now considered to be in...

HARTFORD — In years past, close to 600 people would turn out for Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s annual trunk-or-treat event at Lyman...

Bars and restaurants with counter seating will be allowed to serve customers, under new guidelines announced Friday by Gov. Phil Scott, and lodging...

Looking ahead to November, some New Hampshire poll workers are warning that delays are in store if the state doesn’t grant them more leeway in...

Stepping up to a new challenge

9/19/20

HANOVER — Hanover High girls soccer coach Doug Kennedy had started a whiteboard dissection of defending an opponent’s corner kick during a Thursday...

This week, the 200,000th American victim of the novel coronavirus will die. We’re in crisis, and tragically, it will get worse before it gets...

NORTH HAVERHILL — No new cases have yet been identified at the Grafton County Nursing Home after an asymptomatic employee tested positive for COVID...

Of all the criticisms of plans to reopen schools this fall, one of the most common was that children wouldn’t be able to keep their masks on. If...

HANOVER — With the number of spectators at fall sporting events being left wide open in New Hampshire, different schools are taking different...

Tuck School at Dartmouth lays off 18 staff members

9/16/20

HANOVER — The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is laying off 18 staffers after ending fiscal year 2020 with a $3.3 million deficit due to the...

HANOVER — With more than 3,000 Dartmouth College undergraduate and graduate students back in Hanover for fall term, only four have tested positive...

Hartford High reports COVID case

9/14/20

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A student at Hartford High School has tested positive for COVID-19, school Superintendent Tom DeBalsi told the school...

One of the joys of putting a book out is that once the long hours of sitting alone writing are over, the finished book draws the author back out...

As Dartmouth students flowed into residence halls last week in staggered waves for a return to on-campus learning, researchers at nearby Dartmouth...

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteering has changed. Older adults in particular have take a step back from in-person activities to...

HANOVER — At least two undergraduates at Dartmouth College have tested positive for COVID-19 as about 2,300 students returned to campus this week...

MANCHESTER — The CEO of Catholic Medical Center, with which Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is seeking to combine forces, plans to retire next summer...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — If the playing field is truly an extension of the classroom, a lot of people — adults and youths alike — will be in learning...

NEWPORT — Drop-off at Richards School has long been a bit of a traffic snarl, and that was no different at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Cars were backed up...

HANOVER — At least 23 Tuck School of Business students are in quarantine after attending a party at a graduate school dormitory in an incident that...

ROYALTON — After a Vermonter or visitor to the state gets a call from a physician or other health care provider alerting them to a positive COVID...

When the pandemic first took hold, there was hope that fall would be different: Canceled events would be rescheduled, large gatherings could resume...

As plans for reopening schools started forming, a clear need presented itself in the Upper Valley: The thousands of students, teachers and staff...

WILDER — For the past three years, Nicolette Raney has been taking her Dothan Brook School third graders outside one day a week, part of a movement...

HANOVER — Two Dartmouth College students and one faculty or staff member are in isolation now as part of COVID-19 precautions, according to a new...

LEBANON — West Central Behavioral Health is seeking the City Council’s support as it pursues a $500,000 federal grant to launch a mobile crisis...

HANOVER — Gatherings held on or in residential properties in Hanover are now limited to 10 or fewer people, not counting the residents themselves...

After an infection in his heel required that Bill Blodgett have his leg amputated last December, he couldn’t go back to where he was living in...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health saw net patient revenue decline by almost $160 million during the coronavirus shutdown and this week reported...

This winter, skiers and snowboarders at Mount Snow, Stowe, Okemo and Mount Sunapee will be required to wear masks and make reservations to get on...

PLAINFIELD — The town Selectboard voted, 3-0, Wednesday evening to require that masks be worn in public, citing the benefits to combat the spread...

RANDOLPH — With the help of federal COVID-19 relief funds and various belt-tightening efforts, Gifford Medical Center is expecting to end its...

LEBANON — Calls for the city’s schools to reopen a full five days a week were rebuffed by the Lebanon School Board, which opted Wednesday night to...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College on Wednesday said it is sticking with its plan to bring about half of its undergraduates back to campus for the fall...

HANOVER — More than 1,000 Dartmouth College students and scores of parents have signed separate letters backing the school’s decision to return to...

MERIDEN — As students return and prepare for the start of classes later this week, Kimball Union Academy said Monday it has a COVID-19 case on...

Officials urge all to get flu shot

8/23/20

WEST LEBANON — As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, Upper Valley public health advocates are urging people to get their flu shots this year...

The number of new cases of COVID in Vermont last week was the largest since mid-June, but several state officials said Friday they aren’t worried...

New Hampshire health officials said last week that they’re prepared for a likely increase in demand for coronavirus contact tracing as schools and...

HARTLAND — Even after a rush of people descended on a back-to-school clothing swap as soon as it opened at 8 Saturday morning behind the rec center...

A $150 gift card could soon be sent to every household in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday, as part of an economic recovery package to...

New Hampshire restaurants statewide can resume indoor dining at full capacity, Gov. Chris Sununu said Friday.Restaurants have been allowed to serve...

HANOVER — As universities across the country begin reversing their plans to bring students back to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 150...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College officials say they are monitoring COVID-19 case numbers at several peer institutions before deciding whether to...

Upper Valley schools scrambling to fill jobs

8/19/20

HANOVER — With the start of the school year just weeks away, Upper Valley school districts are scrambling to match the needs of students with those...

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock is asking roughly 5,000 employees who are working remotely due to COVID-19 to continue doing so through the end of...

WINDSOR — A School Board member from Windsor has apologized and resigned after making a profane comment about teachers who are concerned about...

Most people who live in northern New England understand the health benefits of being among nature. Dartmouth-Hitchcock emphasized those benefits...

LEBANON — Last spring, after schools closed for in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lebanon parent Jared Rhoads performed the juggling...

Faculty balks at 5-day plan

8/14/20

HANOVER — The SAU 70 Dresden School District wants to reopen schools for on-campus classes on Sept. 8.And many of the school system’s teachers and...

LEBANON — Officials say signs going up around the city will help alert residents and visitors of a new mask mandate that requires people to cover...

NORWICH — As she stopped by the ballot box to submit her votes, Patty Monahan held up her phone and took a picture of the scene.She had good reason...

CHARLESTOWN — Due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valley Regional Healthcare will not reopen its Main Street clinic.Valley...

LEBANON — Parents, including some public health experts, are asking the Lebanon School Board to reconsider its decision to reopen the city’s...

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — As the first group of Norwich University students arrived on campus, some students have failed to follow the coronavirus-related...

Number of uninsured spiking due to layoffs 

8/10/20

Tens of thousands of Granite Staters lost their health insurance as a result of layoffs during the pandemic and the numbers could keep getting...

Vermont schools have long prided themselves on a tradition of local control, and the state has historically given its small districts a wide berth...

New Hampshire hospitals have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue due to COVID-19. Now, they may have to make cuts.Kathy Bizarro...

A collision of social forces, some related to COVID-19, has prompted a wave of migration into Vermont this year.While nobody knows for sure how...

LEBANON — Around the Upper Valley, stores, restaurants and entire towns are cracking down on mask use to prevent the spread of the coronavirus...

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