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Hanover Selectboard gives $130,000 severance package to departing town manager
07-18-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HANOVER — Departing Town Manager Alex Torpey will receive more than $135,000 in severance from the town, according to a separation agreement between Torpey and the Selectboard. But the reason for the parting of ways remains unclear. Last week, the...

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A Life: Mary Koloski was ‘like an unfiltered version of Dear Abby’
07-21-2024 7:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

CLAREMONT — Inside Time-Out Americana Grill is a small food pantry for people in need. The offerings are located in the entryway and include boxes of fresh produce, breads and canned goods.Mary Koloski, the restaurant’s co-founder, started the food...


Hanover schedules public forum to discuss role of town police in Dartmouth protest crackdown
07-16-2024 7:41 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HANOVER — The town will host a public forum next month to hear the community’s feedback on the role the police department played in the arrests of scores of pro-Palestinian demonstrators on the Dartmouth College Green on May 1.The listening session is...


West Lebanon EMS store remains open, as company goes through bankruptcy
06-26-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WEST LEBANON — The Eastern Mountain Sports in Powerhouse Mall is, at present, not on the list of stores slated to close following the parent company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last week.Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob’s Stores, which are owned by...


Seeking to address housing crunch, Dartmouth College buys West Wheelock properties
06-24-2024 7:02 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HANOVER — Dartmouth College acquired four properties last week on West Wheelock Street, an area where college officials aim to substantially increase housing for undergraduate students. On Friday, Dartmouth College finalized the purchase of the...


Hybrid Selectboard meetings are not meeting everyone’s needs in Norwich
06-21-2024 6:44 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

NORWICH — Residents are asking Selectboard members and town staff to resume attending meetings in-person, expressing concern about a decline in the quality of interpersonal interaction.For more than three months, Tracy Hall has been mostly empty...


Lightning strike damages buildings in Canaan
06-21-2024 6:43 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

CANAAN — Lightning damaged buildings in the town center on Thursday, including the town library and offices and a church on the opposite site of the street. The charge from a mid-afternoon storm struck the top of Assembly of God church on Route 4,...


Lebanon landfill gas to energy project under construction
06-20-2024 9:49 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

LEBANON — Work crews are beginning to construct a $6.6 million facility that will convert greenhouse gas emissions from the city’s landfill into electricity that will be redistributed to the electrical grid and used to power the city’s buildings. The...


Two Democrats, two Republicans seek open NH Executive Council seat that represents Upper Valley
06-18-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

As has been the case in recent election cycles, Republican state House candidates will be few and far between on ballots in November in the core of the Upper Valley on the New Hampshire side.In Grafton 12, representing Hanover and Lyme, four...


Hartford High sends off resilient Class of ’24
06-15-2024 9:01 AM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — For a few minutes during Friday night’s Hartford High graduation ceremony, the skies opened up over the school’s athletic field and a steady rain fell. Some guests opened umbrellas or pulled out ponchos. But members of the...


Hanover to temporarily close portion of Allen Street to vehicles
06-13-2024 7:16 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HANOVER — A downtown street will be closed to vehicle traffic for much of the summer so that town officials can determine the costs and benefits of converting it into a pedestrian plaza.From June 26 through Aug. 26, Allen Street will be closed to...


Hartford Selectboard narrowly rejects Gaza cease-fire resolution
06-12-2024 7:30 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford Selectboard rejected, 4-3, a citizen-sponsored resolution in support of a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to U.S. support for Israel’s offensive on Tuesday. In addition to an immediate cease-fire between Israel and...


Food trucks cause traffic concerns in downtown Lebanon
06-10-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

LEBANON — Concerns about traffic safety and a loss of parking spaces due to food trucks near Colburn Park are inspiring the City Council to revisit its rules for downtown vendors.This year, four trucks have permits to operate on South Park Street,...


Hartford Selectboard approves banner policy
06-05-2024 8:14 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Selectboard adopted a new policy on Tuesday that will allow banner displays on public street lights.The board’s 5-2 vote was a relief to organizers of a “Hometown Heroes” project, which plans to display up to 12 banners this...


Citing hostility, Haverhill town administrator to resign
06-04-2024 7:31 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HAVERHILL — The town administrator announced this week she is parting ways with Haverhill, citing hostility from members of the community that have created a stressful and difficult work environment.Brigitte Codling resigned as town administrator at...


Windsor County Senate races busy
06-03-2024 8:00 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Nine candidates will compete in the primary election in August for three Windsor County seats in the Vermont Senate — including the one held by Sen. Dick McCormack, who is retiring after more than 30 years of legislative...


Norwich officials seek solution to bridge’s chemical leak
06-03-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

NORWICH — Hazardous chemicals appear to be leaking again from a town bridge that crosses Bloody Brook, driving town officials to consider new solutions to mitigate the continuing environmental threat.Petroleum-based chemicals have been dripping down...


Hartford residents seek Selectboard support of Gaza cease-fire resolution
05-29-2024 7:06 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hartford could be the next Upper Valley community to adopt a resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to U.S. military aid for Israel’s offensive.The Selectboard will vote on June 11 whether to support an immediate...


Lebanon warns taxpayers to budget for larger bills
05-28-2024 7:30 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

LEBANON — Spring property tax bills have just gone out, but city officials already are warning property owners to prepare for “an unprecedented increase” when the next bill arrives.The fall bill is when property owners will see the full effects of the...


Hartford Selectboard continues to mull banner policy
05-23-2024 7:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HARTFORD — A project to hang banners on municipal light poles to honor veterans and first responders remains in limbo as the Selectboard tries to find common ground on the parameters of a banner policy.Two months have passed since a group of residents...


Plan for 240 apartments in White River Junction completes planning and zoning review
05-22-2024 5:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Planning and zoning officials have approved a plan to build more than 200 apartments off Sykes Mountain Avenue.A partnership of White River Junction-based Simpson Development Corp. and the Venezuela-based Pering Group has...

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