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Congrats to Mid-Vermont Christian School’s Rachel Seale on her 1,000th point

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This viral clip of Dartmouth alum Jake Tapper prior to the Alabama election is too good not to share

8.53 million views and counting — and that’s only on this iteration of the video, which is ricocheting all across internet. Watch until the end.

Meanwhile, Roy Moore continues to refuse to concede. Via the Washington post:

Read the executive order related to Sununu’s new advisory council on diversity and inclusion

Gov. Chris Sununu has announced the establishment of an 18-person advisory board charged with making recommendations on ways to combat discrimination through legislative and other efforts, as well as the formation of a new civil rights unit within the New Hampshire Department of Justice. The executive order related to the former is below. Click here to read the Valley News’ full news alert.

Dartmouth’s Boudreaux bound for Xavier University

Dartmouth's Evan Boudreaux drives for the hoop against Vermont's defense during their game in Hanover, N.H., on December 2, 2015. Vermont won, 68-63. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Dartmouth’s Evan Boudreaux drives for the hoop against Vermont’s defense during their game in Hanover, N.H., on December 2, 2015. Vermont won, 68-63. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Dartmouth College men’s basketball forward Evan Boudreaux will play for The Musketeers at Xavier University in Cincinnati next season.

Boudreaux confirmed his transfer to the Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday. Boudreaux, the Ivy League’s rookie of the year as a freshman and an all-league second-teamer last year, announced on the eve of the Big Green’s campaign last month that he’d be graduating early and using his final two seasons of undergraduate eligibility elsewhere.

Upper Valley/Big Green fans were v disappointed and shocked to learn of Boudreaux’s departure, as Maggie highlighted last month.

Read more about Boudreaux’s new home here, or read the full story on his departure here.

Astronauts will watch ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in space

Nah, man, it’s happening. You can thank technology.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that NASA astronauts about the International Space Station will be treated to a screening of the latest Star Wars film, which is due to release in theaters on Friday.

Very few details are available, but NASA spokesman Daniel Huot confirmed that the International Space Station crew will watch The Last Jedi in orbit. There’s no timeline yet on when the screening will be.

Do you think they have to worry about spoilers in space? #deepthoughts

Either way, it’s pretty cool. I’ll bet the astronauts are pumped.

The Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight tonight

A meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Geminids meteor shower over an Orthodox church on the local cemetery near the village of Zagorie, some 110 km ( 69 miles) west of capital Minsk, Belarus, late Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Meteorologist Mark Breen, in today’s edition of Eye on the Night Sky, calls it “likely the best meteor shower you’ve never seen.” He says you might see some Geminid meteors early tomorrow morning between 6 and 6:30. (Listen to his full report via Soundcloud below.)

Via Eye on the Night Sky, which is a production of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium and Vermont Public Radio:

The Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak overnight tonight. This is the year’s most prolific displays of meteors, producing up to 100 shooting stars per hour. In addition, the position of the constellation of Gemini, where they appear to radiate from, climbs into the evening sky, so mete-ors will be seen earlier, and the waning Crescent Moon won’t rise until late at night.

Also, FWIW: My high school science teacher, an astronomy enthusiast, said on Facebook that “if there was ever a night to observe meteors tonight may be it.” (!)

12 photos, 2 videos: Your snowy visuals from around the valley

Thank you to Valley News and UV INDEX readers for all of your contributions!

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Woodstock. Photo courtesy Nancy Ferrero. Ferrero wrote on Tuesday, “Ducks and goose first encounter with snow on (Sunday, Dec. 10) in Woodstock, Vermont … not sure if they’ll get back to the barn this evening through the falling snow.”

Interstates 89 and 91 are seen in White River Junction on Sunday, Dec. 10. Photo courtesy Riverbank Church

Cornish. Photo courtesy Seth Guyette.

Up in the mountains in Cornish before Tuesday’s storm. Photo courtesy Seth Guyette.

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Happy Hanukkah! How about some doughnuts?

From this morning’s Valley News:

Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights, but it is also the Festival of Fried Foods, and a perfect time for consuming guilt-free doughnuts and fried chicken.

 

Why fry? Oil is central to the Jewish holiday, which commemorates the victory of rebellious Maccabees over Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C. When the Jews went to clean up and rededicate the ransacked temple, they needed eight days to prepare sacred oil for the temple lamps and candelabras. Although they found just a single small vial of purified oil, enough for one day, so the story goes, that little bit of oil lasted eight days until more could be made.

Click here to read more — and to get your hands on the recipe for salted tahini doughnuts, shown below!

 

Salted tahini doughnuts. Photo by Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post.

Vermont named one of the healthiest states in the U.S.

Congrats, Vermonters.

America’s Health Ranking’s 2017 Annual Report has listed Vermont among the healthiest states in the U.S., according to a Wednesday report published by Time Magazine.

The Green Mountain State came in third, a ranking that is rather notable, according to the results:

Vermont has made remarkable improvement over the last 25-plus years, leaping from 30th in 1990 — the inception of the rankings — to third in 2017.

New Hampshire wasn’t far behind, coming in at No. 8.

Massachusetts claimed the top spot, and Hawaii came in second.

Mississippi, meanwhile, was named the least healthiest state.

Click here to see the report’s full findings.

Time for another round of ‘what kind of stores and restaurants do you want to see in the Upper Valley’s shopping hub’

Posted to the Valley News website last night:

A Boston-based commercial real estate development and investment company has acquired three keystone shopping plazas in West Lebanon and Lebanon for almost $27.2 million.

 

The Davis Cos. bought Kmart Plaza and North Country Plaza along Route 12A in West Lebanon and the Miracle Mile Shopping Center on Miracle Mile in Lebanon from the real estate affiliate of Maine-based fuel distributor Dead River Co., according to NFK Capital Markets, a real estate investment adviser that represented Dead River.

Click here to read the full post, and find a full report in the Sunday Valley News.

There’s no indication at this time that the sale means any new stores will be opening up shop in any of the shopping plazas, but as happens pretty much every time there’s news involving Route 12A businesses, that hasn’t stopped folks from getting their requests in early! 😉

Requests on our Facebook thread include:

  • Olive Garden
  • Target (which really threw the good people of South Burlington for a loop when it announced it was moving in up there)
  • Christmas Tree Shop
  • An entire new mall
  • Novelty shops
  • Marshall’s
  • Macy’s
  • Home Goods (which actually is already on its way)
  • Whole Foods
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Planet Fitness
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Chipotle
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • IMAX

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

The Kmart store in West Lebanon, N.H., on Jan. 29, 2012. Kmart Plaza and North Country Plaza along Route 12A in West Lebanon and the Miracle Mile Shopping Center on Miracle Mile in Lebanon were sold to a Boston-based company for $27.2 million. (Valley News file – Theophil Syslo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

‘Feminism’ is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year

*Applause emoji*

In a year that brought us a lot of buzzwords, dictionary Merriam-Webster has chosen “feminism” as its No. 1.

Merriam-Webster‘s Word of the Year for 2017 is feminism. The word was a top lookup throughout the year, showing a 70% increase over 2016. It also saw several spikes in lookups that corresponded to various news reports and events during the year. The general rise in lookups tells us that many people are interested in this word; specific spikes give us insight into some of the reasons why.

From The Associated Press:

Today, Merriam-Webster defines feminism as the “theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activities on behalf of women’s rights and interests.”

Read more about why the dictionary chose “feminism” here.

Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore to win Ala. Senate seat

Democrat Doug Jones speaks Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Democrat Doug Jones speaks Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A Democrat has claimed victory in Alabama’s special election to fill its U.S. Senate seat, with Doug Jones handily defeating Republican candidate Roy Moore.

The Associated Press called the race for Jones just before 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, making him the first Democrat elected to such office from Alabama since 1992.

Jones, 63, is a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klan members for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham Baptist church, which killed four girls. The bombers were not tried until the 1990s.

He has never held elective office.

Moore has been facing calls to step aside ever since The Washington Post published a blistering article alleging he had pursued teenage girls when he was an assistant district attorney in his early 30s in Alabama.

President Trump had voiced broad support for Moore, as did former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

Read more here.

Breaking: Jury finds Plainfield man not guilty in alleged murder-for-hire case

A Sullivan Superior Court jury has acquitted Plainfield resident Maurice Temple in an alleged murder-for-hire case regarding his ex-wife. Click here to read more.

Maurice Temple reads a document related to his divorce in Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport, N.H., on Dec. 11, 2017. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway, right, had asked him to read the document aloud in court. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

It might be snowy today, but the ‘most miserable day’ of the season isn’t forecast until …

Drum roll, please …

Jan. 7 in Vermont, and Jan. 9 in New Hampshire.

That’s according to (for-profit business alert) mattress company sleepopolis, who came up with the date based on an analysis of more than 30 years of weather data. They averaged out the numbers to figure out “on which date we can expect the lowest temperatures and least amount of solar energy,” which, according to these folks, is how you determine the most miserable day.

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