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Out & About: Thin ice puts future of Upper Valley skating trails in jeopardy
04-13-2024 10:29 AM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — The Mascoma Lake Skating Association was founded in 2020 with high hopes.“We wanted to bring about something that people could enjoy, especially during COVID times and get outside,” said Bridget Labrie, a member of the nonprofit...

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Amid financial difficulties, Lebanon-based Revels North cancels midwinter show
04-10-2024 5:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LEBANON — A Lebanon-based arts organization has canceled an annual production that has been an Upper Valley holiday season staple for decades.Revels North Creative Director Alex Cumming made the announcement about December’s Midwinter Show in a letter...


Sunshine, snacks and laughs features of Bugbee’s solar eclipse party
04-08-2024 7:46 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Thousands of travelers might’ve been headed north to see the total solar eclipse, but people gathered at the Bugbee Senior Center Monday in downtown White River Junction thought they had the best seat on Earth.“No kidding we got...


Upper Valley space enthusiasts eager for Monday’s solar eclipse
04-05-2024 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

During 2017’s partial solar eclipse — when the moon obscured part of the sun — educator Rob Hanson set up a telescope at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock.He was impressed by the crowd.“There’s probably over 100 plus...


Out & About: Lion’s Club action auction offers community-building opportunities
04-05-2024 6:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

HANOVER — Three hours of babysitting. Freshly picked flowers. A custard pie.These homemade goods and services might not seem to have much in common, but they’re three among 42 things that are part of the Hanover Lions Club’s annual “action auction,”...


Out & About: Volunteers needed to revitalize Lebanon blueberry patch
04-04-2024 5:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LEBANON — Volunteers working to revitalize blueberry patches on conserved land near downtown Lebanon are looking for more help.The Lebanon Conservation Commission is planning to host a blueberry pruning work day this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jackson...


Out & About: Lessons of the Holocaust focus of Thetford interfaith event
03-29-2024 6:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

THETFORD — Two Upper Valley congregations are joining together to host an event that encourages people of different religions to discuss faith and the Holocaust.“Faith Among the Ashes: Lessons From Holocaust Survivors” is scheduled to take place...


Proposed short-term rental cap, new fee structure inspires debate in Woodstock
03-28-2024 4:45 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WOODSTOCK — Short-term rental owners and town officials are at odds over how to regulate the market in Woodstock.On Wednesday, the town Planning Commission — during a joint meeting of the Woodstock Selectboard and Village Trustees on Wednesday —...


Town clerk retires after 40 years of service to Lyme
03-25-2024 4:28 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LYME — The biggest part of Patty Jenks’ job as town clerk was to listen to people.When someone would come to the clerk’s office who needed help beyond registering a vehicle or signing up to vote, Jenks would take them to another place to talk. She...


Out & About: New nonprofit aims to support families affected by brain injuries
03-22-2024 8:07 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

Sierra Longmoore has always loved creating art and it became even more important during her recovery from the traumatic brain injury she suffered in 2020 at the age of 17.She continues to paint to this day and is particularly drawn to painting...


Enfield OKs plan for Johnston Drive recreation area
03-21-2024 7:42 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — The Selectboard voiced its approval this week for a plan to use about an acre of town-owned land on Lake Mascoma at the end of Johnston Drive for a recreation area.The plan, which was proposed by the Johnston Property Use Committee, also...


Upper Valley voters go different ways on short-term rentals
03-18-2024 6:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — Upper Valley voters were divided on short-term rental ordinances during New Hampshire Town Meeting voting.During floor meetings Saturday, Enfield and Haverhill residents turned back short-term rental ordinances.Haverhill residents “postponed...


Enfield keeps floor meeting, approves budget increase
03-17-2024 7:51 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — For the second time in three years, residents narrowly defeated an effort to switch from a traditional floor meeting to ballot voting.The vote — which needed to be approved by 60%, or three-fifths, of voters present — failed by 13 votes,...


Out & About: Windsor Diner serves up free meals to seniors through new program
03-15-2024 5:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WINDSOR — Theresa Taylor shuffled a couple dozen tickets containing the names of older adults behind the counter at the Windsor Diner, which she has owned for around 15 years.Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taylor was used to seeing groups of seniors...


Abutters oppose scale of proposed 300-unit Enfield housing project
03-14-2024 7:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — Residents are pushing back against a proposal for roughly 300 units of housing off Route 4 and Maple Street.Representatives for the developers came before the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment Tuesday night to ask for two variances for the...


Town Meeting preview: Enfield citizens group seeks to curb capital spending
03-07-2024 9:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — A group of residents has proposed four Town Meeting warrant articles they say will help rein in town spending and put more control in the hands of taxpayers.Three of the articles give voters more control over the use of capital funds and...


Sharon votes to keep in-person Town Meeting format
03-05-2024 6:45 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

SHARON — Residents overwhelmingly voted against switching all town business to Australian ballot voting during Tuesday’s traditional Town Meeting.Just under 100 people turned out to Sharon Elementary School Tuesday morning to debate town business...


Out & About: Parks Service trains volunteers to identify hemlock pest
03-01-2024 8:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

CORNISH — The National Park Service is looking to train volunteers at the Upper Valley’s two national parks to identify an invasive insect that poses a risk to hemlock trees.Staff will lead workshops about the small aphid-like insect at 9 a.m. Friday,...


Short-term rental debates pit Upper Valley property owners against neighbors
03-01-2024 4:35 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

SUNAPEE — At first, Lisa Hoekstra was open to Sunapee’s plans to monitor short-term rentals.Two years ago, she joined the town’s Short-Term Rental Task Force and began brainstorming ideas that she hoped would result in a policy that would be a win-win...


I-91 between Bradford and Fairlee closes following rockslide
02-28-2024 4:59 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — A portion of Interstate 91 South between Bradford, Vt., and Fairlee will be closed at least a week as it undergoes repairs caused by a Tuesday night rockslide.No injuries were reported in the rockslide, according to a news release sent out...


Three Upper Valley towns consider switch from traditional Town Meeting format
02-28-2024 1:04 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — At town meetings next month, residents in three Upper Valley towns will consider dropping traditional floor meetings in favor of all-day ballot voting.For the second time in two years, Enfield voters will consider moving away from...

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