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Funding dispute in Haverhill and Woodsville draws comparisons to ‘the North and the South’
04-12-2024 9:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HAVERHILL — At last month’s Town Meeting, Haverhill voters were asked to appropriate $5,000 to a nonprofit that gives backpacks filled with school supplies to New Hampshire children entering foster care.“This is my charity,” said then-Town Manager...

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Upper Valley towns seek voice in Wilder Dam’s future
04-09-2024 6:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

WILDER — With the Wilder Dam’s 40-year federal license expiring, Hartford residents and officials are hoping to take advantage of a “once in a lifetime” chance to have a voice in the dam’s future, said Town Manager John Haverstock.The Federal Energy...


Upper Valley farms’ manure piles stack up amid wet weather
04-07-2024 5:05 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

ROYALTON — While many Upper Valley residents have been contending with piles of snow lately, the region’s dairy farmers have been dealing with teetering piles of another kind — livestock poop.At Westland Farm, where Peggy Ainsworth grows sweet...


Mud season on repeat for the Upper Valley’s back roads
04-01-2024 7:32 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

VERSHIRE — Dicey weather and a mud season like something out of the movie Groundhog Day are taking their toll on Upper Valley roads — and exhausting the area’s army of town highway crews.“I’ll tell you what, I’m tired of snow,” said Mark Fogarty, of...


Dartmouth graduate student union stages walkout as bargaining talks falter
03-27-2024 6:56 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — In February, unionized graduate student-workers at Dartmouth decided that if they continued to feel that the college was stalling on contract negotiations, they’d walk off the job.They weren’t bluffing. On Wednesday at noon, more than 150...


Tenants scramble for housing after West Lebanon building condemned
03-25-2024 6:24 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

WEST LEBANON — In a rental market as precarious as the Upper Valley’s, a water leak can have a ripple effect.Last spring, Rosemary, 58, known to most as Rose, was banging a broom handle against the ceiling of her apartment as a “waterfall” from an...


First lady makes pitch for Biden in Norwich visit
03-20-2024 7:04 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

NORWICH — Dozens of protesters objecting to American military and political support for Israel in its war against Hamas gathered on the edge of the green to catch the attention of first lady Jill Biden as she pulled into Norwich for a private...


Haverhill voters fail to reach threshold to change town meeting format
03-17-2024 7:45 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HAVERHILL — Voters in Haverhill rejected a proposal on Saturday that would have gotten rid of traditional Town Meeting in favor of so-called SB2 balloting.Under SB2 — short for New Hampshire Senate Bill 2, passed in 1995 — towns vote on all warrant...


DH nurses make another attempt at unionization
03-15-2024 6:47 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

LEBANON — As staffing shortages and extended wait times continue to hamper operations at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, nurses are attempting to unionize.Last weekend, pro-union fliers were distributed around DHMC, the flagship academic medical...


Man faces misdemeanor charges after standoff in front of schools
03-15-2024 3:08 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

LEBANON — A two-hour lockdown at Lebanon High School and Hanover Street School ended a little before 4:30 p.m. on Friday when police detained a man with four loaded weapons in his pickup truck parked in front of the schools.The 39-year-old Vershire...


Nonprofit community ski hill sees one of the worst seasons in memory
03-08-2024 6:33 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

EAST CORINTH — A few weeks ago, Ben Nalette, a freshman alpine skier at Thetford Academy, was using rub-on hard wax to try to coax his skis into better shape for the dicey cover at Northeast Slopes.Rain had made the main face of the hill slick with...


Lyme voters approve school modernization plan
03-08-2024 5:04 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

LYME — By an almost 3 to 1 margin, voters approved taking out a $2.6 million bond to finance renovations at the K-8 Lyme School.The omnibus measure, named the “Hazardous Materials Abatement Project” on the warrant, passed 140-49 in paper balloting....


Newbury’s Royston ends 27-year run on Selectboard
03-05-2024 6:33 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

NEWBURY, Vt. — After being regaled with stories of its former owner, a Finnish farmer, and the old ski tow that once tugged residents up a slope on the land, voters at Town Meeting directed the Selectboard not to sell a 24-acre parcel of town property...


Lyme school bond lacks budget committee support
03-04-2024 7:15 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

LYME — Voters will be asked to approve a $2.6 million dollar construction bond at the annual Lyme school meeting on Thursday, which will be conducted by floor vote at 6 p.m. in the Lyme School Gymnasium. The fate of the bond, which must be supported...


Energy issues up for votes at Upper Valley town meetings
03-03-2024 6:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

LYME — From a regulatory standpoint in Lyme, solar panels are no different from a garden shed. A set of zoning amendments on this year’s Town Meeting warrant will ask voters to consider making a distinction.Three municipal buildings already have solar...


Dartmouth students end hunger strike as faculty seek to have students’ trespassing charges dropped
03-01-2024 12:35 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — The two remaining students on hunger strike at Dartmouth College have ended their fast, according to a statement on Friday from the college.But criticism of the administration’s handling of the arrest of two student protesters this past fall...


Flood-related costs hit some Upper Valley towns in the budget
02-27-2024 10:01 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

STRAFFORD — Last July, flood waters tore apart Freeman Bridge, which spans a length of Old City Falls Brook on Freeman Road.Strafford’s road crew rushed to erect a temporary replacement as the town waited on funding from the Federal Emergency...


Even after Town Meeting, more costs ahead for Woodstock
02-22-2024 9:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

WOODSTOCK — Pivotal municipal votes are on deck for Town Meeting Day and beyond in Woodstock, where pressing infrastructure needs could show up on special meeting ballots later this year as side-stepped deficiencies and deferred maintenance come home...


Dartmouth hunger strike demands college drop charges against protesters
02-19-2024 9:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — On Monday, eight Dartmouth College students announced that they would begin a hunger strike. The move comes in opposition to the charges still standing against two students arrested while protesting in October, as well as what activists...


Dartmouth becomes hotbed for union activism
02-16-2024 7:02 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — In 1966, trade workers at Dartmouth got fed up with their bosses picking favorites and pitting employees against each other.It was time to get organized.Now, Local 560 of the Service Employees International Union represents more than 500...


Pop-up dental clinics offer free care to those who might go without
02-12-2024 9:01 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Earl Parker left a free dental clinic in White River Junction on Friday having received fluoride treatment, and toting advice to seek out further medical attention. A flier advertising the clinic caught his eye during a visit to...

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