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Hartford to pay DeBalsi through June 2025
07-15-2024 7:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — Former Hartford Superintendent Tom DeBalsi will receive his full salary through June 30, 2025, despite departing a year before the end of his contract, the School Board announced last week.Over 12 months, DeBalsi will receive $210,214.65...

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Boy conscious and speaking after 25-foot fall in Weathersfield
07-15-2024 6:31 PM

WEATHERSFIELD — A youth with a summer camp group hiking on Mount Ascutney fell off a cliff near Little Cascade Falls and landed 25 feet below in a gorge, sustaining a head injury that led to him being transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center...


Hanover man begins serving prison sentence for child porn conviction
07-15-2024 6:00 PM

NORTH HAVERHILL — A 77-year-old Hanover man has begun serving his prison sentence after being convicted for possession and distribution of child porn images and losing his appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.Roland Higgins began his sentence on...


Longtime Mascoma educator named Canaan Elementary School principal
07-15-2024 5:31 PM

CANAAN — A longtime music educator has become the new principal of Canaan Elementary School.Megan Prince, who began her new role July 1, has worked as a music teacher at both Canaan Elementary School and Enfield Village School since 1999, according to...


Report: NH Rep. Stone fired as prison guard for alleged racist, homophobic remarks
07-15-2024 4:00 PM

By DAMIEN FISHER

Accused of using racist, sexist, and homophobic insults, intimidating co-workers and making them fear his retaliation, and even getting a gay colleague to quit, Jon Stone was unrepentant when confronted by superiors.“You should see me when I really...


Enterprise: Upper Valley business and nonprofit announcements
07-15-2024 3:39 PM

New businesses Alex Ragias opened Upper Valley Tropical Sno, which operates out of a food truck stationed at Colburn Park in Lebanon from noon to 8 p.m. daily. More information: Facebook: “Upper Valley Tropical Sno.” Business and nonprofit expansions...


Enterprise: Three Upper Valley candy store owners discuss businesses
07-15-2024 3:37 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

At Sophia’s Candy Corner in West Lebanon, owner Sophia Lowe believes the adage “like a kid in a candy store” applies equally to adults.“I find the adults come in and they are so excited because they remember what it was like to go to an old-time candy...


Enterprise: Specialty vegan, organic chocolate factory opens in Claremont
07-15-2024 3:28 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — When Mona Changaris began using maple syrup as a sweetener for her vegan, organic chocolate bars and caramels, she thought it made sense to be in New England, the heart of the country’s maple syrup producers.With helpful direction at the...


Enterprise: Farmers markets good spots for Upper Valley bakers looking to grow businesses
07-15-2024 3:27 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

HARTLAND — With a heavy rain pounding on the roof of the tent protecting Jacque’s Cakes display, there were just a few vendors and even fewer customers at the weekly Friday afternoon farmers market on the lawn in front of the Hartland Public...


Enterprise: Red Kite Candy owner reflects on growth, Hanover store
07-15-2024 3:25 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

HANOVER — There are countless stories of businesses — large and small — whose humble beginnings were a room in the entrepreneur’s house such as the basement, garage or spare bedroom. Think Apple and Amazon.But the kitchen likely trumps them all. From...


Connecticut River rescue
07-14-2024 8:16 PM

Members of the Hartford Fire Department Swiftwater Rescue Team pull inner tubes out of the Connecticut River after safely rescuing their occupants who were stuck in a current near Sumner Falls in Hartland, Vt., on Saturday.“It’s probably not safe to...


Wasps offer hope for ash trees’ future
07-14-2024 7:46 PM

GRAFTON — Bill Davidson, a forest health specialist with the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, stepped out of his truck and into the mid-morning heat and humidity at the Burnham Lot, a parcel owned by the University of New Hampshire.Across...


Upper Valley school notes for July 15
07-14-2024 7:33 PM

Secondary accomplishmentsHannah Giguere, of Lebanon, earned the Vermont Land Trust’s Land Steward Award. Giguere attends the Natural Resources program at the Hartford Area Career & Technology Center in White River Junction. She also works at McNamara...


A Life: Susan Finer ‘was about making it possible for other people to shine’
07-14-2024 7:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

NORWICH — In 1993, then-principal Susan Finer interviewed a recent college graduate for a job teaching home economics at Hanover’s Richmond Middle School.That recent graduate, Anissa Morrison, of Tunbridge, got the job, which was her first teaching...


Man faces charges following police pursuit through Claremont
07-14-2024 5:00 PM

CLAREMONT — A 26-year-old Keene, N.H., man faces a raft of criminal charges after he crashed a reported stolen vehicle while being pursued by a state trooper through downtown Claremont on July 9.The vehicle pursuit began when a New Hampshire State...


Kenyon: Why not keep Carter Country Club just the way it is?
07-12-2024 7:31 PM

By JIM KENYON

A day seldom passes this summer when Matt Malloy, collector of greens fees/scheduler of tee times/bartender at Carter Country Club, doesn’t have a golfer asking him what the future holds for Lebanon’s century-old course.“A lot of people still think...


The Prouty begins
07-12-2024 6:31 PM

Volunteer Isabel Bober, right, cheers for rider Jacky Dick, of Andover, Mass., as she nears the finish line for the Prouty Ultimate in Hanover on Friday. Dick has been participating in the Prouty, a fundraiser for the Dartmouth Cancer Center, for 10...


Upper Valley communities say Supreme Court ruling won’t change approach to homelessness
07-12-2024 6:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing communities to arrest and fine people for sleeping outside in public spaces has drawn the ire of Upper Valley social services providers and skepticism from local law enforcement and municipal...


Access spotty for summer meals in the Upper Valley
07-12-2024 5:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LEBANON — The Lebanon Public Library provides myriad services for Upper Valley residents from craft groups to concerts to free internet access.This summer, they’re adding another function: a site for caregivers to pick up five days’ worth of breakfast...


Claremont bridge to close for at least two days next week
07-12-2024 4:05 PM

CLAREMONT — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation will close the bridge on Route 12A over the Sugar River in West Claremont during the day for at least two days next week.The bridge will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, July 17 and 18,...


Lebanon urges boaters and swimmers to avoid Connecticut River following heavy rains
07-12-2024 3:48 PM

LEBANON — City officials warned swimmers and boaters to stay off the Connecticut River, especially upstream near the Wilder Dam, as debris caused by torrential rains in recent days have taken out the safety buoys positioned in the river on the north...

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