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Have u seen my shirt :(

Here is a picture of Jordan Cuddemi (at right) and I in March, when I earned this Very Excellent T-shirt in exchange for joining our Wellness Committee. And now I’ve already lost it! I’m hoping I didn’t accidentally donate it to Listen, which has happened at least three times in the past. So if you find it, please let me know.

Maggie Cassidy and Jordan Cuddemi in March 2018. My shirt and I had a short-lived friendship because I pretty much lost it immediately. (Photo by Geoff Hansen/Valley News.)

Jordan really selling the Wellness angle. Geoff Hansen photograph.

Also, here’s a Gchat between Jordan and me about my loss, edited for ~language~:

MC: i lost my  fit for print shirt
that i worked so hard for
JC: Hahahha
How where
MC: idk dude
that’s how losing something works
For the record, here was my submission for a T-shirt design, which, IMHO, was also great:

Ex-Claremont officer faces criminal charges

Ian Kibbe, a former Claremont police officer, faces criminal charges following an investigation into falsified reports, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. Read more here

The investigation into Kibbe and another former Claremont officer, Mark Burch, was initiated in March.

Separately, Jim Kenyon reported on Sunday that an incident where Kibbe shot and killed a Claremont man in 2016 is getting a second look:

After a 3½-week investigation (in 2016), then-New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster announced that Kibbe’s use of deadly force was “legally justified.”


But 19 months after the shooting, Foster’s successor, Gordon MacDonald, has ordered a review of the case.


I doubt anyone is as excited about this as I am, but hey. I love penguins!!

Here are some adorbs penguin gifs for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome.

Also, here’s a video of actor Benedict Cumberbatch revealing he can’t say the word “penguin”:

Polka Dot Diner takes a step toward reopening; former West Lebanon Library building for sale

The Polka Dot Diner is seen on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The Polka Dot diner building is a step closer to reopening after its new owner won site development plan approval on Monday night from the Hartford Planning Commission.

The move could lead to a reopening of the postage stamp-sized restaurant, which closed four years ago, after interior renovations authorized by the site plan are done.

Reopening the Polka Dot building roughly will follow the opening of two other new storefronts on North Main Street: Little Istanbul, a shop owned by Tuckerbox owners Jackie and Vural Oktay that will sell imported items and handcrafts from Turkey; and Juel Juice & Smoothies, a juice and smoothie bar owned by Julie Sumanis and Elena Taylor, who operate a juice cart of the same name.

One of the interior views of the former West Lebanon Library, which developer David Clem has on the market for $795,000. (Courtesy Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group)

Right across the river, developer David Clem has again placed the old West Lebanon Library building on the market, after an earlier attempt failed to attract a buyer.

The building on Main Street was listed earlier this month with a $795,000 asking price, and is being marketed as an “incredible office for an assortment of businesses, especially for a doctor, attorney or thriving tech company.”


CONFIRMED: Spring is officially here.

Dairy Twirl, my favorite ice cream place in the Upper Valley (shhh, don’t tell the others), has announced it will open for the 2018 season on Friday, May 4. Rejoice!

Everyone knows Dairy Twirl is the last ice cream holdout and that its owners don’t open until it’s definitely spring, so here’s the confirmation that spring has officially sprung.

It is not cold

At laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaast.

It finally feels like spring in the Upper Valley — and maybe it is here to stay? (Fingers crossed!) It’s the second day in a row I’m not wearing socks, and I’d like that streak to continue.

Today seems to be the last we’ll see the sun for several days, but so far the weekend/early next week is looking a bit nicer. I spent Sunday outside looking for signs of spring. I found some flowers sprouting at Billings Farm & Museum:

Flowers are growing at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vt., a sure sign of spring.  (Amanda Newman photograph)

Flowers are growing at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vt., a sure sign of spring. (Amanda Newman photograph)

Do you have more photos of spring in the Upper Valley? Send ’em our way! We’ll take all that we can get.

The first episode of Well-Dressed Sports Heads is in the books

We just finished our first foray into Facebook Live: a weekly sports show called Well-Dressed Sports Heads!

It’s where the Valley News Sports Department hosts a live chat about the week in Upper Valley sports. This is a new thing we’re trying out, so chime in with your questions and what you want to hear. And we’ll see you next Friday afternoon.

CLICK HERE to watch the re-broadcast.

Ready for takeoff, lax-style

Read the full game story here.

There’s another food truck in downtown Lebanon parked at Colburn Park

This one’s called VT Munchies and their soft launch (on 4/20 …!) is right now until 7 p.m. (or until they run out of food, whichever happens first).

We haven’t had the food yet but their truck is covered in plaid so that’s obviously a plus in our book.

And the menu, from their Facebook page:



The Five Colleges Book Sale is upon us

The Five Colleges Book Sale at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H., in 2016. (Photograph by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy for the Valley News.)

It’s happening this weekend at the Lebanon High School Gym.

Doors open at 9 a.m.. both days. It goes until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Click here to read Valley News correspondent Eleanor Kohlsaat’s quick Q&A with the organizers, published back in March.

Lebanon cop cars: 1963 vs. 2018

This week’s #valleynewsthrowback on the @vnewsuv Instagram features a “sleek Ford Guardian equipped with a spotlight, enlarged domelight and 220-horsepower engine” from 1963, when Lebanon police debuted a West Lebanon patrol position.

A new patrol car for West Lebanon, N.H., a division of the Lebanon Police Department, was made official on April 17, 1963, when Police Chief Clarence Wright, at right, presented the car keys to West Lebanon patrolman Merle Eaton, center. On hand to view the sleek Ford Guardian equipped with a spotlight, enlarged domelight and 220-horsepower engine, was Lebanon City Manager Roland Dubay. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Compare that against these cruisers:

… or this truck: