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Double the wins: Two Upper Valley Schools claim historic victories

Woodstock boys hockey and Sharon boys basketball teams each won a state championship on Monday night. Congratulations, y’all!

Sharon’s victory was especially sweet — it was the first time the school had won in any sport, and the win rounded out an undefeated season. Wow.

Update on the 1920s love letters discovered in a West Leb ceiling: They’re back where they belong!

Happy Friday afternoon, y’all!

Remember our post about the long lost love letters from the 1920s that were discovered in a West Lebanon ceiling recently during a kitchen renovation? They have officially been returned to the couple’s relatives!

Valley News chief photographer Jennifer Hauck was there for the handoff (click here for photos) and the Valley News editorial board has weighed in on the magic of these letters.

Friday, March 16.

The letters are now “under lock and key,” family members say, until the couple’s last living daughter can make it up to Vermont from Florida for a family visit later this year.

Thank you so much to Jenn Carter, who found the letters, and granddaughters Theresa White, Shannon Kivler and their extended family, for allowing us to document the return of the letters that captivated the Upper Valley with some good news for a few days.

As I told a couple of the folks involved, it has inspired me to go through some old love letters I inherited from my grandparents some years ago and have never really sat down and read through. That will change soon!

We wish a lot of happy reading to Mr. & Mrs. White’s family in the months and years ahead. ❤


Heartfelt exchanges in the #UpperValley on Thursday: 1️⃣ Theresa White, of White River Junction, #VT, left, Jenn Carter of West Lebanon, #NH, and Shannon Kivler, of Charlestown, NH, talk about the #handwritten #letters found in Carter’s kitchen ceiling during a remodeling process. Kivler and White are the granddaughters of Laura Johnson, who wrote the letters to Harold White in the #1920s. The couple later married and had four children. The group of women met in White River Junction on Thursday for Carter to give the letters to White and Kivler, who she located via Facebook earlier in the week. 🔶 More photos from their meeting at www.vnews.com. Link in profile. 🔶 (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck @hauck45) 2️⃣ Tom Cox, of Sunapee, NH, hands a #bouquet of #roses to Victoria Davis, of Brooklyn, NY, on Georges Mills Road in Springfield, NH, on Thursday. Cox sells roses on the side of the road and will wait hours, sometimes even a whole day, for someone to stop and buy the #flowers. “You have to develop #patience and an appreciation of #nature,” Cox said. (Valley News – Carly Geraci @carlygeraci) ▪️ #vnewsuv #uppervalley #upval #603 #802 #twinstates #newengland #photojournalism #heartfelt #exchange #sliceoflife #💌 #💐

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Adoptable pets — and a note on thinking twice before buying a bunny as an Easter gift!

Click the photo for more information on all of these adoptable Upper Valley pets, including wonderful bunnies Kelso and Hyde!

(If you can’t click the photo, you can click this link. And remember, this Valley News feature is always live at www.vnews.com/adoptablepets.)

Speaking of bunnies! If I may, here’s a poster from Rabbitron.com about buying rabbits as Easter gifts and why it should be discouraged.

The text of the poster says: Small animal, big responsibility. A rabbit is not a toy, he’s a living, feeling, 12-year commitment. Rabbits do make wonderful indoor companions, but they are not low maintenance and are not a good “starter” pet for a child. Sadly, most “Easter Bunnies” end up abandoned once the novelty wears off. Please save a life, take the time to learn what it takes to care for a rabbit before deciding to bring one home. The Easter bunny will thank you. DID YOU KNOW? All rabbits should be spayed or neutered. Rabbits need daily exercise and companionship. Grass or timothy hay is essential to a rabbit’s diet. An outdoor hutch is not safe or humane housing. Learn more at rabbitron.com.

What’s up with the bunny post?

Peanut, age 10.

I happen to have two funny buns that I adopted from UVHS. Peanut, who was 8 years old at the time I adopted him, was adopted exactly two years ago on Sunday, meaning that he will be 10 years old! So the experts aren’t kidding around when they say that rabbits can easily live for a decade or more.

And, just to leave you with some gratuitous bunny pics, here’s the other bun I adopted from UVHS, Flip-Flop. She was adopted in 2014 and is now about 5 or 6 years old.

Flip-Flop, age 5+.

And, last but not least, Flip-Flop with her best bud Bartleby, from the Animal Rescue League of Dedham, Mass. He is an estimated 6-7 years old.

Flip-Flop and Bartleby. Bartleby is 6-7 years old.

All that said: If you decide you ARE ready for a bunny — not as a spur-of-the-moment toy, but as a long-term pet — we hope you consider giving Kelso and Hyde a shot. ❤

Bald eagle steals fish (from Lebanon man in Fairlee)

FILE – In this undated photo released by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a bald eagle flies in Utah. (AP Photo/Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Lynn Chamberlain)

WMUR has video of the thievery!

Wonder if it was one of the nine bald eagles counted along the Connecticut River in January? Click here to watch the video at the WMUR website.

RELATED: Annual N.H. mid-winter bald eagle count (yes that’s a thing) documents nine of the birds along the Connecticut River

Wheel! Of! MUD SEASON!

Take a spin, if you dare.

This ingenious/devastating piece of art was created by “co-artners” Sara B. Chaney & Michael Chaney and posted on the Upper Valley VT/NH Facebook page. (Shared here with permission.)

Created by “co-artners” Sara B. Chaney & Michael Chaney and shared with permission. Click the image to see the original post on the Upper Valley VT/NH Facebook page.

#tbt: Deja vu, when it comes to Lebanon school building votes

The photo below is from 1995. And just this week, voters rejected another plan related to school buildings in Leb. More #valleynewsthrowback pics at the hashtag!

A little bit of #tbt from a reader

Look at the typefont … oh yeah, and that backflip! We will return to our regularly scheduled #valleynewsthrowback later today.

This woman who’s cool with GIGANTO SPIDEYS on her shoulder will be giving a cool talk in Claremont this evening

I guess eight-legged creatures are her thing, because scientist and New Hampshire resident Sy Montgomery — best-selling author of The Soul of the Octopus — will talk about this intelligent and misunderstood creature at the Fiske Free Library in Claremont tonight at 6. (That’s according to Valley Calendar and our things-to-do Facebook group.) Valley News staff writer David Corriveau reminds us that Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas gave a wonderful reading and talk in Norwich last fall.

Scientist and New Hampshire resident Sy Montgomery, best-selling author of The Soul of the Octopus, with a tarantula on her shoulder.

Courtesy photo.

Police video + PDF of AG report: New Hampshire Attorney General says trooper ‘legally justified’ in fatal Canaan shooting

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald speaks to the media about the findings in the police shooting involving Jesse J. Champney at the Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill, N.H., on March 14, 2018. MacDonald said Trooper Christopher O’Toole was legally justified when he shot Champney on Dec. 23, 2017, in a field along Route 4 in Canaan. (Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald today said a state trooper who shot and killed a 26-year Enfield man in Canaan shortly before Christmas will not be charged.

Click here to read more. That post will be updated.

Below, find video & audio released by the AG, as well as a PDF of the AG’s report.

Town Meeting roundup: It’s New Hampshire’s turn

All the coverage from yesterday’s N.H. Town Meeting is at this link. (And if you missed Vermont from the week prior, you can catch up on that here.)

Lead photo caption, by James M. Patterson: “Frank Ackerman took a moment away from listening to Vermont Public Radio on his headphones to focus on debate over a warrant article during Town Meeting at Cornish Elementary School in Cornish, N.H., Tuesday, March 13, 2018.”

N.H. Town Meeting results are going up now

The school modernization plan went down in Lebanon, and we’ve got more results going up at our Town Meeting 2018 keyword throughout the night.

A group of helpful #CornishNH residents help push the car of Ally Samuell, of #HanoverNH, up a slippery incline after Town Meeting at Cornish Elementary School earlier today. Samuell, a community organizer with the Sierra Club, was at the meeting to support an article petitioned by the Cornish Energy Committee to set a goal for the town to get 100 percent of its electricity from #renewable sources by 2030, and the same for all of its heating and transportation energy by 2050. The measure passed. 🔺 Results from today’s #NH town meetings are currently going up at www.vnews.com as they are received, including from #LebNH, where a plan to modernize the city’s school buildings has failed. 🔺 Find more in Wednesday’s Valley News. (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) ​#uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #603 #townmeeting #townmeetingday #democracy #directdemocracy #snow #snowstorm #noreaster #push #help #helpful #helpinghands #laughing #neighbors #❄️

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Shucks, we missed Weights and Measures Week

But apparently … that’s a national thing … that Vermont celebrated (or, as they said, recognized). That’s according to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, who provided the video and photos below for the national even that took place March 1 through 7.

According to the agency, the week is “a time to recognize the important role of weights and measures regulatory programs across the country.

“The date of this year’s Weights and Measures Week is significant as it marks the signing of the first Weights and Measures law by John Adams on March 2, 1799. Throughout the country, thousands of weights and measures inspectors work diligently to enforce laws designed to not only protect consumers but to also develop a level playing field in commerce wherever a weight or measure is involved.”

Weights! Measures!

Testing 1,000 lb. weights in the Weights & Measures Metrology Laboratory.

Equipment used for checking packages for accurate weight in grocery stores.

Mike Larose testing a vehicle scale using the heady duty scale test truck and weights.

Sorry we missed it, y’all. We’ll mark our calendars for next year.