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Lucky 7 News Quiz, No. 3: Take the quiz until May 24

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LAST WEEK’S WINNERS

Thanks so much to everyone who took our first Lucky 7 News Quiz!!!! Just like last week, we’re STILL feeling generous, so we’re giving away pins and sticker packs to everybody who aced it, plus one of several people who scored 6-of-7.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

  • Brent Fraser (runner-up)
  • Ann Sharfstein
  • Hayden Smith
  • Corinne Girouard

CONGRATS! Comment on Facebook or email us at uvindex@vnews.com to let us know if you want to come by the Valley News to pick up your loot or if we should pop ’em in the mail.

THE CORRECT ANSWERS TO QUIZ NO. 2:

Q: What’s the design on the new VT Munchies food truck, often parked at Colburn Park in Lebanon?
A: Red-and-black Buffalo plaid pattern.

Q: What did a Claremont fourth-grader recently petition the City Council for?
A: To monitor traffic on South Street and potentially reduce the speed limit.

Q: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center recently celebrated the 125-year anniversary of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. How much did Hiram Hitchcock pay for the hospital’s construction in 1893?
A: $220,000.

Q: What is “orbiter,” as explained in a Close-Up story by reporter EmmaJean Holley?
A: Both B, a mechanical ride at a fair, and C, the name of the exhibit by photographer Nicholas Gaffney currently on display at AVA Gallery and Art Center.

Q: Which Upper Valley native is toying with the idea of running for attorney general of New York state?
A: Zephyr Teachout.

Q: After Hanover baseball beat Lebanon on May 9, what gift did a Hanover player give to Athletic Director Mike Jackson, who is retiring in June?
A: Potted plant.

Q: UV INDEX bonus: What was the source of noise emanating from the skies over the White River Junction area for two Tuesday nights in a row?
A: Black Hawk helicopters.

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Map: Mike Davidson properties in the Upper Valley

A selection of the many Upper Valley properties that developer Mike Davidson owns. Top row, from left: Apartment buildings on Mahan Street in Lebanon, N.H., and South Main Street in White River Junction; an office building on Campbell Street in Lebanon. Middle row: Apartment buildings on School Street in Lebanon, South Main Street and Latham Works Lane in White River Junction. Bottom row: The former Polka Dot Restaurant building on North Main Street in White River Junction; an apartment building on Mascoma Street and the Lucky’s Garage building on North Park Street in Lebanon. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Coming Sunday:

A look at the Upper Valley real estate empire of Mike Davidson, whose business focus in recent years has shifted to increasingly ambitious projects in White River Junction and downtown Lebanon. Read more in the May 20 edition of the Sunday Valley News and www.vnews.com.

To hold you over until then, here’s a map of Upper Valley properties owned by Davidson via his LLCs.

HOW TO USE THE MAP: 

  • Click here for a mobile-friendly version or to expand the map on your desktop/tablet.
  • Click the white square in the top-left corner of the map to view different sections.
  • Use the downward facing arrows to expand sections.
  • Check or uncheck the boxes next to categories for them to appear or disappear from the map.
  • Click icons on the map to see photographs of the properties and descriptions, where applicable.

WaPo interactive: The anatomy of a food truck

Erik Almestica, left, serves Paula Nulty, of White River Junction, a maple Korean street taco and short ribs from VT Munchies, the food truck he runs with long-time friend Garrett Wilson, middle, at Colburn Park in Lebanon, N.H., Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

This seems relevant given all of the food truck news lately.

#tbt: Parking has long been a topic of discussion in WRJ

But for different reasons in the 1970s than today! See more throwbacks at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv IG.

The Tip Top Bakery building in White River Junction, Vt., on May 28, 1970. Valley News – Larry McDonald

~ VALLEY NEWS ~

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Video: 73-year-old Thetford Academy alum unveils the 1,000-point banner owed to her for 56 years

Via Josh Weinreb:

Whenever Rita Brown DeGoosh attended a basketball game at the Thetford Academy gym over the years and took notice of the list of 1,000-point scorers hanging on the wall, she always knew that one was missing.

 

Hers.

 

That was rectified on Wednesday morning during a a student-run assembly inside Vaughan Alumni Gym when DeGoosh, 73, a 1962 graduate of Thetford who currently lives in Fairlee, was finally recognized for scoring 1,000 points for the Panthers between 1958-62. She joined Dylan Thorburn, the Panthers’ latest 1,000 point scorer, in having their names added to the list.

Read more at the Valley News website.

Rita Brown, in the front row third from left, stands with her basketball team in a 1962 yearbook photo from Thetford Academy. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hanover 13-year-old will compete for $10,000 prize for young pianists

Maxine Park. (Courtesy photograph)

A news release from Alfred Park University:

Alfred University’s fifth annual MostArts Festival will kick off Sunday, July 8 and continue through the week, with noontime Chamber concerts Monday through Friday and evening concerts including the Young Pianist Competition in which 13-year-old Maxine Park of Hanover will compete with seven other finalists for a $10,000 Grand Prize.

Park is a student of renown pianist and teacher Mila Filatova, a graduate of the prestigious Sobinov Conservatory of Music, in Saratov, Russia. Filatova has performed on Russian television and radio, and has performed as a concert soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Metropolitan chamber Ensemble and the Metropolitcan Wind Ensemble. She is the director of Mila Filatova’s Piano Academy, providing instruction in Manchester and Nashua, New Hampshire, and Andover, Massachusetts.

Park is an 8th grader at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, and has received top prizes at numerous regional and international competitions, including the Chopin International Piano Competition, Paderewski International Competition, Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition, New England Piano Teachers Association Mildred Freiberg Middle School Competition, and New Hampshire Granite State Piano Competition in both solo and duet categories. Over the past two years, she has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the New York Concerto Sinfonietta at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra as a guest artist in the 2016-2017 season.

She and other young musicians may be heard in solo performances on Wednesday, July 11 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Miller Theater on the Alfred University campus in Alfred, New York. These recitals are open to the public and offer the opportunity for the soloists to show off their virtuosic talents, as well as the poetic side of their artistry. The recitals are free of charge and open to the public.

Their final performances will take place on Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13 with the MostArts Festival Orchestra under the direction of Steve Thomas in the Miller Theater. On those two evenings, audience members may participate by voting for their favorite, which will then be announced at the Gala Concert on Saturday evening, July 14. Finalists will compete for nearly $20,000 in prizes and an opportunity to become a Young Steinway Artist, as well as receive an invitation to perform with the 2019 MostArts Festival Orchestra.

Additional MostArts events will include a July 14 public event of Raku potter firing with world-renowned  ceramic artist Wayne Higby. The festival also coincides with one-, two-, and four-week ceramic workshops on the Alfred University campus, led by internationally recognized artists. Additional one-day workshops of craft and art will include clay pottery, painting, drawing, gardening, cooking, music and creative writing.

For more information on MostArts, including a schedule of events visit: http://mostarts.alfred.edu.

 

I truly cannot keep up with all the food trucks opening in the Upper Valley these days

FOOD. TRUCK. MANIA.

The Hanover High School Broadside reports that Martha’s On a Roll is now open in Hanover.

The Valley News reported earlier this month about the VT Munchies food truck and two food truck festivals this summer, one of which is still to come next month in Lebanon. (We also told you about that on UV INDEX, for anybody keeping score, although our headline was perhaps less traditional.)

According to the Valley News article …

Food trucks are one of the fastest growing segments in the food industry, according to foodtruckoperator.com. In 2012, food trucks in the U.S. generated $650 million in revenue; in 2017, revenue jumped to some $2.7 billion. They have the ease of mobility, adaptability of menu and can target their customers through their smartphones. They also offer less expensive eating options for consumers.

Our GIF-laden report on the August 2017 debut of the Taco’s Tacos food truck became one of our most-read posts of the year. People were also pumped about JUEL Juice + Smoothies.

And the excitement when Pnomh Penh opened its food truck in 2016 seems like a distant memory! (Pnomh Penh now has a brick-and-mortar shop.)

Erik Almestica, left, and Garrett Wilson, both of White River Junction, work together in the tight space of their VT Munchies food truck while parked at Colburn Park in Lebanon, N.H., Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Almestica has been a cook at Dartmouth College’s Thayer Dining Hall, and Wilson grew up in A.J.’s Restaurant, owned by his aunt. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

 

 

Cleo and Mrs. Saunders: Read the letters exchanged by a student and her grown-up pen pal in Lyme

Lyme School teacher Heather Stadheim works with Justin Dickson, right, and Aidan Brown during the sixth-grade Language Arts class at the school in Lyme, N.H., on Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Rob Strong photograph)

From the Valley News:

Heather Stadheim, a language arts teacher at Lyme School, wants to keep the magic of exchanging letters alive. She and her sixth-graders are a little more than halfway through an 11-week program that pairs up students with pen pals in Lyme. Instead of mailing the letters, the pen pals record their correspondence in a shared “letter journal,” a simple black-and-white composition notebook whose cover image depicts a pair of Converse-wearing feet.

Read more of the story at this link, and flip through one of the composition notebooks that a pen pal pair shared with us below.

The history of the mystery bench in downtown Hanover

Have you seen this bench?

Back in 2013, Jack Stinson, of Stinson’s Village Store in downtown Hanover, and Nick Fabrikant, an architectural designer, structural engineer and artist who grew up in Thetford, had big plans for a bench behind the shop.

Fabrikant, who was 30 at the time, dreamed up a design. Talking on the phone this afternoon, he described it as “very proportionate,” everything a half or a quarter of something else, and inspired by 1930s art deco and the Hitching Post of the Sun.

He gathered locally sourced granite and a “crystal element,” the latter paying homage to his parents, Kenny and Jeanne Fabrikant, who closed the Rosey Jekes clothing store the year prior after 36 years in business. They had gotten their start by selling crystals in the street. “They were artists,” Fabrikant said. He wanted to “instill that legacy for a long time.”

The plans for the location, though, got benched. (Yeah, I said it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

“We got all the materials and realized it was kind of too grand” to fit behind Stinson’s, Fabrikant said.

So the town of Hanover did him a solid.

“He wanted to do this project for the town and so we gratefully thanked him and helped to select the site for installation,” said Town Manager Julia Griffin, who originally pointed me in Fabrikant’s direction. The bench is located at the corner of Lebanon and Crosby streets, across from the football stadium and not too far from the Rosey Jekes building, still owned by the Fabrikants.

Fabrikant, who now lives in Vershire (and is online at www.nickfabrikant.com), makes it down to Hanover about once a month, sometimes stopping by the bench — his only stone project to date, despite being his favorite medium. He’s even cleaned it a couple times in the past five years.

“It’s a labor of love,” he said.

More pictures of the bench here.

Get all of your municipal road graders, dissolved oxygen monitors and eye-wash stations at the N.H. auction this weekend

A road grader from the city of Laconia is unloaded onto the grounds of state-owned White Farm Facility on Thursday, May 10, 2018 for the upcoming state auction, which will take place on Saturday, May 19.

Via David Brooks at the Concord Monitor:

If the trolley doesn’t grab your attention, maybe the 60 Dodge Chargers will.

 

Or the pair of medical research devices that look like a cross between chandeliers and a high school chemistry lab.

 

Or the file cabinets. Lots and lots of file cabinets.

 

“I guess people are going paperless,” said Jason Wright, manager of the state-owned White Farm facility in Concord, gesturing at the rows of file cabinets that have ended up in a former cow barn that stores surplus government items awaiting auction.

 

It will all go on sale Saturday at the first of two auctions this year of surplus material at White Farm, on Route 13 in Concord.

Read more here.

It’s the one-year anniversary of that time we were flowered on Facebook

A screenshot of a screenshot of a GChat conversation, originally courtesy of Maggie, that took place between us one year ago.

A screenshot of a screenshot of a GChat conversation, originally courtesy of Maggie, that took place between us one year ago.

One year ago today, Maggie and I had a GChat conversation in which we reacted to someone’s reaction to a Valley News Facebook post.

That person reacted with a flower.

In case you don’t recall, around Mother’s Day last year Facebook rolled out a temporary new reaction to show gratitude for ya moms: A purple flower.

From a Time article on the reaction:

Facebook users can now react to a post with a flower—along with “like” and the smiling and crying emojis. “In honor of Mother’s Day we are testing the ability for people in a few markets to leave a flower reaction,” Facebook said in a statement.

The flower reaction indicated one was “thankful,” or “grateful,” depending on your platform.

At the time of our conversation a year ago, however, we didn’t know what the heck the flower meant, so we were pretty surprised when it popped up as a reaction on one of the Valley News‘ posts. (Maggie kindly GChatted me to share the news of the reaction.)

As far as we can tell, there is no unique reaction to celebrate this Mother’s Day. 🙁

R.I.P., purple flower. We hardly knew ye.

Lucky 7 News Quiz, No. 2: Take the quiz until May 17

SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS

If you’re on an smartphone or tablet, please click here for a mobile-friendly link to the quiz!

DESKTOP USERS

Continue on to the quiz below! (Note: There’s a scrolly bar.)

LAST WEEK’S WINNERS

Thanks so much to everyone who took our first Lucky 7 News Quiz!!!! For this inaugural quiz, we’re feeling generous, so we’re giving away pins and sticker packs to everybody who aced it, plus one of six people who scored 6-of-7.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

  • Kelly Hyson (runner-up)
  • Celeste Pfeiffer
  • Gigi Martin
  • Melanie Benzel

CONGRATS! Comment on Facebook or email us at uvindex@vnews.com to let us know if you want to come by the Valley News to pick up your loot or if we should pop ’em in the mail.

THE CORRECT ANSWERS TO QUIZ NO. 1:

Q: What’s the name of the Valley News series, which published its third installment this week, about what books residents are reading?
A: What Are You Reading?

Q: Which restaurant is relocating from downtown Hanover to Hanover Street in Lebanon, with an anticipated opening this month?
A: Thai Orchid

Q: About how much would the town of Hartford need to spend to keep the Wendell A. Barwood Arena open, according to a contractor’s estimate?
A: $500,000

Q: Which longtime high school coach this week announced he was resigning to take a new sports gig at Windsor High School?
A: Rob Johnstone

Q: What kind of animal looked a lot like this emoticon — ヽ(゚Д゚)ノ — on page B1 of the Sunday Valley News?
A:  Bat

Q: Who said the following: “I want to fill the gap and I want to give the community what they’re asking for.”
A: Mehuel Patel, describing grocery items at George’s AG SuperValue in Enfield, which he recently bought with his brother Devendra Patel.

Q: And last but not least, the UV INDEX bonus: The internet this week is fighting over the definition of which abbreviation?
A: IMHO

TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

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Search continues for Austin Colson, missing four months today

Austin Colson and his girlfriend Katie Grizzaffi in an undated photograph. Colson was last seen Jan. 11, 2018. (Courtesy Katie Grizzaffi)

From today’s Valley News:

The father of a missing Royalton man on Thursday said state police and volunteers have made progress in gathering the pieces to the puzzle that may lead loved ones to his son, who went missing four months ago.

 

Dana Colson said he couldn’t go into details about what people have found in relation to Austin Colson’s disappearance because disclosing that information could impact the ongoing investigation. But he said he has more hope today than he had months ago that his son will one day come home.

 

“The public involvement is helping — it is helping us piece things together,” Colson said.

Read more here.

High fire danger today

Be careful, folks.

Via Hanover Dispatch:

RED FLAG WARNING!!!

NOTICE: THE ONLINE FIRE PERMIT IS SHUTDOWN FOR 5/11/18

CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY…

THE NWS HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS..
The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

Very dry air will produce relative humidity values around 20 percent today. In addition, a northwest wind of 10 to 20 mph is expected with higher gusts, setting the stage for rapid fire growth if a fire were to occur. Good moisture recovery is expected tonight followed by wetting rains across southern zones Saturday.

**Winds…Northwest 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

* Timing…Late this morning into early evening.

* Relative Humidity…As low as 18 percent.

* Temperatures…Mid 50s to mid 60s.

* Lightning…None

* Impacts…Very dry conditions will combine with gusty
northwest winds to produce dangerous conditions for wildfires.
If a fire develops, it could spread rapidly in these
conditions. Use extra precaution to avoid starting a fire.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

No Open Burning is Recommended Today!

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now….or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds…low relative humidity…and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Red flag.

Claremont boy, 10, gets up in front of a bunch of important adults and tells them how it is

After making a copy, Claremont City Manager Ryan McNutt returns Oliver Beeman’s petition to take home at the City Council meeting in Claremont, N.H., on May 9, 2018. Beeman, 10, circulated the petition in his neighborhood and amongst his classmates to reduce a longer stretch of South Street to 20 mph. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

A little tidbit observed by photographer Geoff Hansen that didn’t make it into this totally delightful story:

“Before the meeting started, the mayor told Oliver he didn’t need to stand behind the podium due to his height. He confidently said that he came by earlier, practiced, and he was good to go.”

Yes, Oliver! Go get ’em, pal. (Also, excellent choice of dog name.)

Video: JAG Productions releases a sneak peek of the first rehearsal for upcoming play

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” directed by Jarvis Antonio Green, has eight dates in the Upper Valley from May 24 through June 3 (four apiece at The Engine Room in WRJ and Artistree’s Grange Theatre in South Pomfret), plus another four in Burlington! Here’s a peek that JAG Productions released today:

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