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Jim Kenyon: Nonvoters sit one out

11/4/20

They’re more scarce this year than in the past, but they’re still out there. nonvoters have always made up a sizable chunk of the American...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College officials are investigating whether dozens of students violated COVID-19 safety protocols Saturday night after police...

Tough economies are often a blessing in disguise for businesses hoping to launch or expand. The challenges presented when things are heading south...

Sirens started blaring and the vehicles rounded the corner and started down Main Street. There was a firetruck with a clown passenger and police...

After learning that a member of the school community had tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-October, the first call officials at the Lyme School...

RANDOLPH — Two people affiliated with the Orange Southwest School District have tested positive for COVID-19.The new cases bring the district’s...

With 140 more cases of COVID-19 reported Tuesday, the average number of daily new cases has exceeded the peak in May, and just as worrisome, the...

NEWPORT — Newport High School and Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center moved to remote instruction on Wednesday after school officials...

THETFORD — Two Upper Valley lawmakers have asked state officials in charge of creating Vermont’s COVID-19 travel map to “cut us some slack please...

On Oct. 15, indoor ice rinks in New Hampshire were ordered to shut down for two weeks after health officials said well over 150 youth and adult...

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s COVID-19 outbreaks have spread past single cases to broader community transmission, contributing to some of the highest case...

Vermont’s seven-day case total is the highest since the peak of the pandemic in April, according to Department of Health data.The health department...

RANDOLPH — Three Randolph-area schools moved to fully remote instruction this week after a second person in the schools tested positive for COVID...

At the beginning of the pandemic, risky behavior dropped about 40% in Vermont, considerably below the rest of the Northeast, where risky behavior...

LEBANON — Due to an inability to certify that the community has a “clear need,” the Lebanon School District is not participating in a federal...

HARTFORD — A program to encourage customers to shop and eat at Hartford’s stores and restaurants this fall ran out of money only 48 hours after it...

RANDOLPH — Randolph Union High School canceled in-person classes on Friday as well as some weekend athletic events due to a COVID-19 case.The case...

As COVID-19 keeps spreading in New Hampshire, the state is getting close to an unpleasant milestone: Within a week we might be seeing more new...

BRADFORD, Vt. — A previously announced case of COVID-19 in a staff member at Oxbow High School has been linked to an outbreak to hockey and...

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association will be recognizing all winter sports.Beginning on Nov. 30, schools can start...

LEBANON — With COVID-19 cases surging in other parts of the country and rising in the Twin States, Upper Valley hospitals are keeping a close eye...

Coronavirus causes two schools to go remote

10/19/20

LYME — Two Upper Valley schools that announced COVID-19 cases over the weekend have temporarily switched from in-person to remote instruction for...

CANAAN — A New Hampshire legislative panel on Friday unanimously approved giving $110,000 in federal CARES Act money to the Mascoma Community...

Back in April when most New Hampshire residents were told to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19, U.S. Army reserve critical care nurse Cherry...

BRADFORD, Vt. — Oxbow High School was closed this weekend for a “deep cleaning” after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, school officials...

After a brief stint in prison last fall on a drug possession conviction, Jeff Lockyer hoped to move back into his old apartment in Wilder.Lockyer’s...

Athletic directors, coaches, officials and athletes knew going into this fall sports season that they were entering into the unknown.The last time...

SPRINGFIELD — Following a surge in local COVID-19 cases, Springfield Hospital is implementing a new “no visitor policy,” according to a news...

The Vermont Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 cases related to youth and adult recreational hockey and broomball teams...

Hanover High reports COVID-19 case

10/16/20

HANOVER — School officials announced a case of COVID-19 at Hanover High School on Friday.The announcement from Superintendent Jay Badams came...

WOODSTOCK — An update to Vermont’s travel map this week, requiring quarantine for nonessential travel between the state and New Hampshire’s Grafton...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College plans to continue to operate at about half capacity on campus during its winter term because of the continuing COVID-19...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Jeff Acker woke up Wednesday morning with a COVID-19 dilemma. It caught him completely by surprise.He’ll have Saturday off...

The state of New Hampshire is “pausing” all hockey activities in indoor rinks for two weeks following positive COVID-19 tests for 158 people...

LEBANON — The city’s schools are moving forward with plans to reopen for five days a week of in-person learning later this month, with officials...

WEST LEBANON — A dozen new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont have been linked to an ice rink in the Montpelier area, state officials announced Tuesday...

College has fresh COVID cluster

10/12/20

HANOVER — Dartmouth College said three undergraduate students living off-campus have tested positive for COVID-19, but authorities would not...

Cases of COVID-19 are rising in states across the country, and in New Hampshire there is evidence of increasing community transmission.The state’s...

Public urged to get flu shot

10/12/20

LEBANON — Now is the best time to get a flu shot, a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center epidemiologist told participants in a virtual community...

The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on Upper Valley restaurants, as the falloff in customers willing to dine in public has forced numerous...

HANOVER — A positive case of COVID-19 has been reported at Frances C. Richmond Middle School, making it the fourth case reported in three days at...

ENFIELD — Town officials are looking into contact tracing and potential quarantines after learning that a vendor at the Enfield Market tested...

Mascoma health clinic faces fiscal hardship

10/9/20

CANAAN — The leaders of the Mascoma Community Health Center in Canaan are seeking additional state and federal support to help manage the financial...

HANOVER — SAU 70 officials on Friday said they had learned of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the Bernice A. Ray Elementary School in Hanover, the...

LEBANON — School officials on Thursday said they had learned of two cases of COVID-19 involving students at Lebanon High School and Lebanon Middle...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College has cut about three dozen jobs, mainly through early retirement, in its core Campus Services division as the school...

LEBANON — An antiviral drug that President Donald Trump has been taking as part of his treatment for COVID-19 was cleared for use on patients...

WOODSTOCK — Municipal officials expressed concerns about public safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic after a photo from a wedding at the Woodstock Inn...

A recent New York Times article by Amy Goodnough describes the struggle school districts are facing tracking down remote-learning “truants” — the...

You don’t need to worry about catching COVID-19 from wrapped candy, although as always you should avoid unwrapped candy.Halloween costume masks won...

HANOVER — Dartmouth College this week laid off or cut the hours of seven staff workers, part of job reductions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic...

A Vermont judge has thrown out a bid by a Rutland gym owner seeking to recoup money and collect damages for emotional distress from the state over...

Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday urged Vermonters not to become complacent about the coronavirus with the number of cases growing in some other parts of...

In the United States, there have been more than 200,000 confirmed deaths caused by COVID-19. Worldwide, the number of deaths reported due to the...

Since schools reopened earlier this month, many of them have kept students outdoors as much as possible. The novel coronavirus spreads through the...

Winter is coming.After being saved from oblivion by outdoor dining this summer, many restaurants in the Upper Valley are bracing for the coming...

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — With the COVID-19 pandemic having shut down some shelters and made other resources difficult to access, many homeless people...

SUNAPEE — School officials at SAU 85 closed Sunapee Middle High School for the day on Friday after learning of a “confirmed case” of COVID-19 in a...

LEBANON — New Hampshire officials plan to give nursing home owners and operators more control over a program that searches for signs of COVID-19...

The Hancock Inn’s longest-tenured guest this summer was a refugee of the COVID-19 crisis. While waiting for his moving paperwork to clear, 22-year...

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