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Watch APD’s new multi-specialty clinic building come to life in a time lapse video

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital’s new building is scheduled to open next month. The time lapse starts around the 1:20 mark.

Here’s a Valley News story from 2015 about the building proposal and why APD officials said they were pursuing it. In part:

Currently, outpatient services “are really scattered around our campus,” (CEO Sue Mooney) said. During a visit, a patient may have go to three or four different locations to get X-rays, laboratory tests and other services, she added.

“We think (the new clinic is) going to be a much better experience for the patient,” Mooney said.

Equifax responds to Randolph librarian’s lawsuit

Equifax, the credit reporting agency that recently compromised millions of Americans’ personal information in a massive security breach, has issued a response to Jessamyn West, the Randolph librarian and activist who is suing the company to protest its compensation to affected consumers. (Read more about her lawsuit here.)

In its response, the company says it “denies each and every allegation” brought forth by West and “further denies that plaintiff is entitled to any of the relief set forth in her prayer for relief,” among other denials.

So what happens next? Per a tweet from West:

Jessamyn West, of Randolph, checks her mail in Randolph, Vt., Wednesday, September 27, 2017 and finds a return receipt for a small claims court summons she sent to an Equifax representative in Barre, Vt. West is taking Equifax to court after her personal information was stolen in a security breach. “I’m really surprised more people haven’t done this; it’s super-easy,” said West. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

It’s official: Strafford students’ marble run was a world record-setter

Newton School teacher Eric Walker holds the record-setting marble aloft after it ran over 1.5 miles in a tube along Route 132 in Strafford, Vt., on Mary 13, 2017, setting a world record on May 13, 2017. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Back in May, a group of students, teachers and parents known as Team Marbleous attempted the world record for longest marble run by sending a marble through hundreds of feet of blue maple sap tubing down Sharon Hill.

(Read about their attempt here; video below.)

Parent Dustin Ray said he recently got word that the attempt was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest marble run at the time, and they will be getting a certificate soon. Woop woop!

According to Guinness Public Relations Coordinator Sofía Rocher, who I spoke to over email today, another team from Switzerland recently surpassed Strafford’s record — Team Marbleous hit 8,650 feet on May 13, and the Switzerland team got 9,379 feet on Sept. 1 — but Strafford will always be No. 1 in our hearts. Maybe motivation for another attempt? 😉

Plus, beyond the record itself, the students learned a lot about teamwork and overcoming obstacles.

Go Team Marbleous!

RELATED: Upper Valley man goes for grape-catching Guinness record … again! … but without the hot air balloon this time

Eat some tapas, help Puerto Rico

Candela Tapas Lounge is hosting a fundraiser for Puerto Rico aid relief from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Hanover eatery. If you like tapas and want to help the U.S. territory in its recovery after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, it’s the place to be.

There will be food, drinks, and Latin music. Entry is $50 at the door, which buys refreshments and one raffle ticket, according to a news release from The Upper Valley Solidarity Network for Puerto Rico. All proceeds benefit Iniciativa Comunitaria, a Puerto Rican aid organization serving vulnerable populations in San Juan and other communities.

Read more about the event here.

ICYMI: A roundup of this week’s UV news

There’s been quite a bit going on in the UV in the last five days! Here, the highlights.

  1. Man Robs West Lebanon McDonald’s, Shoots Employee in Leg
    • Lebanon police are asking the public for information about the identity of the male suspect who shot and wounded a 19-year-old McDonald’s employee during a robbery early Monday morning at the fast-food chain’s Route 12A location. The incident occurred as the employee was taking out the trash behind the restaurant, police said. The suspect allegedly forced the employee inside the restaurant and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed sum, the suspect shoved the employee toward a back door and shot him in the leg, according to police. The employee was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and has since been released.
  2. Snared Eagle Has Eyes on Skies
    • A young eagle caught in a leg-hold trap has Lebanon residents and federal wildlife officials looking up in hopes of catching a glimpse of the bird — and ultimately setting it free. The eagle had been spotted flying above the West Lebanon landfill, but it’s been days since the last sighting, and officials are growing concerned. The bird is believed to be a juvenile from a family that nests in Plainfield, area conservationists said this week. “It’s definitely causing the bird struggles in obtaining food,” said David Allaben, state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s New Hampshire Wildlife Division. “We’re still looking for it.”
  3. Young Theater Co. Wins New England Award
    • JAG Productions closed out its inaugural season with some fresh accolades, as it was named the recipient of this year’s Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference. The award recognizes the White River Junction-based theater for its pursuit of theatrical excellence and for its contributions to New England’s art scene. JAG, which we’ve previously written about on UV Index, is Vermont’s first black theater company.  It was founded by Jarvis Antonio Green in 2016 as a way to bring diversity, among other things, to Upper Valley theater.
  4. Hanover High Wins N.H. Boys Golf Championship
    • Hanover was dominant on Thursday, capturing the NHIAA Division II team golf championship at Rochester Country Club, 417-430, over rival and 2016 champion Windham to claim its fifth title in seven years and 20th overall. It also sent a program record-high six players to today’s individual final. The team’s win closed out a perfect 36-0 season.


N.H. lawmakers to play (soft) ball today

Republican and Democratic lawmakers will take to the field at noon today for what’s being billed as the first legislative softball game, according to the Concord Monitor.

Legislators from both parties will face off in a friendly competition at the Anheuser-Busch complex in Merrimack, N.H., that will benefit Liberty House, a nonprofit veterans organization based in Manchester. The game is free to watch, but attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item. About 30 to 40 legislators are expected to turn out, according to Rep. Steve Shurtleff, D-Penacook.

The idea for the game came several months ago from Rep. Matt Moffett, R-Loudon, according to Shurtleff, who said it was a bid to increase camaraderie among legislators. More than $7,000 has already been raised by legislators for Liberty House since planning for the game began, Shurtleff added.

Hey, New Hampshire: Report yer rabbit sightings

A new citizen science project looking to learn more about the Granite State’s rabbit species and where they’re located is asking for participants to help with the effort. And helping is easy: If you see a rabbit in New Hampshire, snap a photo and let NH Rabbit Reports know about it.

Do you have a rabbit that frequently visits your yard? Did you spot one on a recent outdoor adventure? You can use your smartphone or computer to submit your sighting to NH Rabbit Reports – no species identification skills required.

Anyone can participate in the project, which is backed by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the state Fish and Game Department. The reported rabbit sightings will help the NH Rabbit Reports team collect data on species’ locations so it can make “appropriate conservation strategies,” according to a Friday UNH Cooperative Extension news release announcing the effort.

The project aims to track New Hampshire’s two species of rabbits, the eastern cottontail and the New England cottontail, as well as its sole hare species, the snowshoe hare. From the release:

 By understanding the relationship between the distributions of the two rabbit species, organizations and state agencies can make informed decisions about habitat management. This is vital for rabbit species, particularly for the New England cottontail, which is classified as a state-endangered species in New Hampshire.

Hop to it, New Hampshire.

It’s National Vermont Day!

Why today? Because the internet said so, that’s why.

Although Vermont became the 14th state on March 4, 1791, Oct. 12 was inexplicably chosen as National Vermont Day, according to the National Day Calendar. It even has its own hashtag, #NationalVermontDay.

The day is part of National Day Calendar’s effort to recognize every state. From the site:

Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.

You can celebrate your love for the Green Mountain State by eating some Ben and Jerry’s or Cabot cheese; drinking a Vermont-brewed beer like the much coveted, Valley News favorite Heady Topper (if you’re over 21 years old, that is); indulging in some good old-fashioned maple syrup; or simply by telling everybody that you #lovermont on Instagram.

Photos: Dartmouth prepares for tonight’s homecoming bonfire

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John Brady, center, a staff supervisor for the bonfire build at Dartmouth College, passes lumber to Christian Murray, left, and Cam Wright, both freshmen at Dartmouth, while building the structure for the annual homecoming bonfire on Friday, Oct. 5, 2017, at the college in Hanover, N.H. Brady said this is his sixth time helping with the bonfire. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Also pictured: the fence used, presumably, to stop people from touching the fire. (s/o to Dartmouth Memes for Touch the Fire Teens.)

White River Junction: It’s not so bad, and in fact, it’s the place to be this weekend

One little village, one big weekend.

Some highlights:

At the Center for Cartoon Studies’ Colodny Building tonight, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., cartoon school alum D.W. will be on hand to introduce the new Irene Anthology Exhibit (see photo, above) and answer the public’s questions.

What is the Irene Anthology, you ask? Via CCS: “Spanning six issues, three years, and all seven continents, the Irene Anthology defies all limitations. Editors and founders of Irene Andy Warner ‘12, D.W. ‘12, and Dakota McFadzean ‘12 brought together over 50 contributors to create one of the most ambitiously eclectic anthologies in CCS history. Original pages from Irene will be on display in the CCS Gallery from October 7 to December 1.”

Across town at the Main Street Museum, it’s Hocus Pocus, a spooky First Friday dance party including tarot card, crystal ball and palm readings; a photo booth; bonfire and ghost stories, and more! The party starts at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow night, Revolution is hosting its semi-annual fashion show and JAG Productions is hosting a pregame party (to benefit its ongoing fundraiser to sustain black theater in the Upper Valley), both of which Amanda hyped earlier this week.

Model Jessica Mesa, of White River Junction, Vt., shows a piece by designer Keeny Paige at the fashion show held at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, Vt., on April 4, 2015. The show featured the work of four local fashion designers, including Paige, who is Colleen McCleary of Canaan, N.H. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

If you haven’t experienced a Rev fashion show yet, read all about the history of the event in our 2015 story in Enterprise, the Valley News’ monthly business magazine. Plus, Seven Days weighs in on the show in its latest issue, highlighting one of the show’s great strengths: its diversity.

“The upcycled clothing shop’s annual Tip Top Couture Fashion Extravaganza … includes just about anyone who wants to get onstage,” Sadie Williams writes in 7D. “The models are young or old, thin or full-bodied, male- or female-presenting.”

For more things to do in the Upper Valley — beyond White River and/or beyond this weekend — check out the Valley Calendar at calendar.vnews.com, and be sure to join our new public Facebook group, Things to Do in the Upper Valley.

For anyone who’s ever experienced guilty pleasures and/or embarrassing moments

AVA Gallery’s quarterly story-telling series, The Mudroom, is looking for folks to get up on stage for its next round of stories to be told, themed “guilty pleasures and embarrassing moments.”

Stories are up to 10 minutes long and told live, not read. (Kind of like a well-known program often heard on public radio that begins with T and rhymes with ‘red rocks,’ or another named after a bug.) They should also be autobiographical.

Pitches — including a summary of your story, 300 words max, and a biography, up to 150 words — are due by Nov. 18. The event is on the evening of Dec. 14, a Thursday.

Send your pitches or questions to mudroom@avagallery.org or sheryl@avagallery.org. Read more at The Mudroom Facebook page.


The AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H., on Dec. 21, 2007. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Video: Watch the Mary Lacy fish mural in Bethel come to life


And, ta-da, one part of the finished product (there are four fish in total):

Kevin Barry, of Barnard, Vt., right, playfully challenges Lindley Brainard, of Bethel, Vt., to a duel with their cordless drills while working on one of four trout murals by artist Mary Lacy, of Burlington, Vt., on a retaining wall in Bethel on Aug. 21, 2017. Barry and Brainard drilled nearly 200 holes to attach the murals in a manner approved by the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Lacy and the volunteer crew are finishing the installation this week on the wall, built in 1940. “It’s no longer the ugliest wall in Vermont,” Barry said. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Enfield residents raising money to reopen Huse Park playground

Via the town of Enfield:

As most people are aware, for safety reasons, the Huse Park playground structure had to be temporarily closed in late-summer when deterioration in the apparatus’ supports were discovered by members of the (Department of Public Works) grounds crew. The Enfield Village Association (EVA) has graciously offered to help the Town of Enfield raise the funds needed to complete the repairs and reopen the playground to our youth before winter. EVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and any donations made to help reopen the playground will be 100% TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Donations have already started to come in, but we still have a ways to go. This is a very important project for the youth of our community, and we hope you will consider supporting the effort.

Link, including information on donating.

Victory bell a-ringin’ at Kimball Union Academy

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It’s aliiiiiiive!

White River Junction’s Graham Robinson documents the growing structure across the street from Revolution. Here is what it is supposed to look like when all is said and done.

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And here is what it looked like just a few weeks ago:

Jesse Gelo, and John Armonld of SSW Erectors work on the steel frame of a new four story building on North Main Street in White River Junction, Vt., on Sept. 19, 2017. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.