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A Look Back: Witnesses remember the Great Lebanon Fire of 1964
06-01-2024 5:01 PM

By STEVE TAYLOR

LEBANON — Most folks have a few events in their memory they’ll never lose track of, days like Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, or Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed jetliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon....

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A Look Back: Upper Valley dining scene changes with the times
05-05-2024 4:31 PM

By STEVE TAYLOR

Before franchised fast food and corporate-owned restaurants hit the Upper Valley, there was a time when locally owned diners and a variety of family-run eating establishments flourished and produced many fond memories and much nostalgia. For at least...


A Look Back: Crank telephones connected Meriden community for 75 years
03-31-2024 5:16 PM

By STEVE TAYLOR

It was a great conversation starter half a century ago, and, if you lived it, the subject can bring amusement, even awe, to those hearing about it today. That’s the “hand crank” or magneto telephone system that served Meriden Village for nearly 75...


A Look Back: The legislation that changed town meeting
03-03-2024 6:31 PM

By STEVE TAYLOR

It was arguably the greatest change in the structure of New Hampshire town government in almost three centuries, seen by advocates as a necessary response to rapid population growth in many communities and by others as an assault on a cherished...


A Look Back: That Golden Age of ski jumping
02-04-2024 7:27 AM

By STEVE TAYLOR

Erling Heistad came to Lebanon from Norway in 1923 and in a matter of a few months he set off a half century’s worth of excitement that would eventually establish a local Golden Age of what had been an obscure Scandinavian sport, ski jumping. For...


A Look Back: Citizen access to the candidates central to NH primary
01-08-2024 4:17 AM

By STEVE TAYLOR

It was 36 years ago, back when Lebanon was largely a moderate Republican bastion, and Karen Wadsworth was an up and coming figure in New Hampshire GOP politics. One day she hosted a good-sized gathering of the GOP faithful at her home on Bank...


A Look Back: Upper Valley grocery stores change with the times
11-06-2023 1:57 AM

By STEVE TAYLOR

Talk about all the things that have changed in the Upper Valley since, well, 1950 — the interstates, the rising influence of Dartmouth College and its ever-expanding health care colossus, disappearance of textile mills and hill farms, staggering gains...


A Look Back: Farm auctions reflect Upper Valley’s changing way of life
08-07-2023 10:45 PM

By STEVE TAYLOR

There’s a measure of melancholy that always surrounds a farm auction. Chances are it is bringing down the curtain on a life’s work, an ending compelled by bodies aging out, debts that can’t be covered by cash flow or plain old bad luck. The effects...

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