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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...

Vermont allows outdoor dining at restaurants

5/21/20

Restaurants in Vermont can open for outdoor dining as of Friday, under the latest guidance issued by the Scott administration.New rules for dining...

CONCORD — New Hampshire is considering a different approach than its neighbors when it comes to allowing out-of-state residents back in its hotels...

HANOVER — Still North Books & Bar and Literary North are teaming up to host a Summer Reading and Writing Kick Off.The event features Upper...

MONTPELIER — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday proposed a $400 million economic relief and recovery package funded by the federal economic...

HARTFORD — As businesses around Hartford get ready to reopen over the next few weeks, the town wants to ensure employees and customers are still...

LEBANON — Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are participating in a new “phase 3” study approved by the Food and Drug Administration...

The Valley News is looking to talk to Upper Valley residents who are having problems navigating the unemployment process in either Vermont or New...

Even before COVID-19 arrived, shelter dogs were so scarce in southern Vermont that people were willing to pay $500 and drive 150 miles to pick up...

States, including Vermont, accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data

5/19/20

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Public health officials in some states are accused of bungling coronavirus infection statistics or even using a little sleight...

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp relief some of the forces that make the work experience unfair.Many of the occupations that bring...

RANDOLPH – Gifford Medical Center is resuming all of its outpatient surgical procedures as restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have eased...

MONTPELIER — Yard sales received the go-ahead from state officials May 19, as long as groups stay under 10 and practice social distancing. Low...

Column: College seniors pay the price for Trump’s failure

5/18/20

In New Hampshire and across the country, college students have seen firsthand the instability and uncertainty wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College is planning to distribute an additional $16 million to $20 million in financial aid over the next two years to help...

QUECHEE — Two barred owlets were among two of more than 50 birds that staff at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science have treated this month.“I...

NORWICH — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new hobby is taking root for Jacqueline Springwater.The 86-year-old retired arts consultant is one of at...

Why write about microbes, hate and history at this moment? After all, microbes and history have been around longer than humans, and hate as long as...

The question of whether Seabrook can open its town-owned beach even though Gov. Chris Sununu ordered state beaches closed was answered at Thursday...

By MAX SULLIVANSeacoastonline/Fosters.comHAMPTON — Guidelines for reopening Hampton Beach were approved by the Governor’s Economic Reopening Task...

As a photographer, marketer and social media manager, Weathersfield resident Jenna Rice usually spends much of her time driving to restaurants and...

Outdoor dining reopens in NH

5/17/20

WEST LEBANON — Restaurants in New Hampshire will start offering outdoor dining Monday as part of the state’s “Stay at Home 2.0” phased reopening...

It’s 50 degrees and the March sun is shining. I put on my water-resistant cross country ski gloves, take hold of a shopping cart and pass through...

At the age of 52, while visiting Paris with my wife, Nancy, I learned a better way of walking. It was January 1987, a time of French strikes and...

Vermont’s rollout of free COVID-19 testing reached the Upper Valley on Saturday.Last week, the state began offering tests at no cost to residents...

As Memorial Day and the Fourth of July approach, towns and organizations are grappling with what to do about ceremonies and celebrations during the...

LEBANON — Municipal officials in several Upper Valley towns are looking to cut their budgets, with at least one warning of possible layoffs, as the...

They’re uncomfortable. They make it difficult to carry on a conversation. They don’t work. They’re overkill.In my travels around the Upper Valley...

Each week the unemployment statistics grow more grim: More than 17% of the workforce in New Hampshire and Vermont is currently out of work...

ENFIELD — To make her grandparents’ house feel more like home during the seven weeks she lived there, Scarlette Bates arranged her books, stuffed...

“We are that family,” Leslie Hammond, of Chester, N.H., said: the family that jumped on the backyard chicken bandwagon because of COVID-19. Hammond...

On May 4, members of Anytime Fitness in West Lebanon received an unexpected email.“We are so excited to share with you that our doors are now OPEN,...

NEWBURY, N.H. — The nonprofit League of N.H. Craftsmen has decided to hold its 87th annual Craftsmen’s Fair in an online format this year, rather...

WINDSOR — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center and the Ottauquechee Health Center are expanding access to some appointments and procedures...

With just one COVID-19 patient now in an ICU in a Vermont hospital, Gov. Phil Scott on Friday continued to open the state to an economic recovery...

Every year for 25 years I spent 189 days inside a school building. That’s 4,725 days, according to my calculator. So I’m familiar with the...

ORFORD — Three more overnight camps this week said they will not be able to open this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak, creating the prospect...

HANOVER — When Ian Raphael returned to the United States after about six months in the Arctic, he encountered a very different environment from the...

The state Department of Health will offer COVID-19 tests for Vermonters without symptoms, and residents are already lining up.Health officials say...

The state of Vermont is now offering free testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 to anyone who wants one, even people without symptoms, the...

SUNAPEE — Shortly after Abbott Library closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members started calling its more than 2,500 patrons.“We...

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