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Read the letter the U.S. Olympic Committee sent to Oxbow administrators in Bradford, Vt., population 2,776

Oxbow High’s Madison Fornwalt delivers a pitch Saturday against BFA-Fairfax during the Vermont Division III title game at Castleton University. The junior struck out 15 Bullets and walked one to power the Olympians (13-3) to a 2-1 victory and their second consecutive title. (Valley News – Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Earlier this week, Valley News sports reporter Jared Pendak reported that the U.S. Olympics Committee has renewed its feud with Oxbow High over the use of the Olympians nickname.

Virtually all of the reaction that I saw online was, let’s say, not exactly supportive of the USOC’s decision.

And on, and on, and on . . .

Today’s update is that Oxbow — located in Bradford, Vt., population 2,776 — is fighting back. and looking for pro bono legal counsel.

p.s. More on this in this afternoon’s Well-Dressed Sports Heads episode.

Lucky 7 News Quiz No. 11 is open through July 26, with a special caption contest bonus round

A three-year-old female black bear yawns while waiting for several hours about 50 feet above the ground in a large maple tree in the lawn of the SAE fraternity in Hanover, N.H., on July 14, 2018. The day’s activity from the Prouty and campus tours made the bear nervous to come down, said Hanover Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hinsley. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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

OK, we have three aces, but I’m a little ~skeptical~ about some of your names. !!! In any case, I guess if a world-class soccer player and/or Romanian politician email me, they can claim their prize.

ALSO, an eagle-eyed quiz taker noticed that I had a date wrong in one of my questions. Wrestlers visited West Leb on July 8, not July 7. We did have six people who scored 6-of-7, but none of them got the wrestling question wrong, so I feel OK about how the final scores sugared out. But ~~~sorry~~~ to all the pro wrestling fans in the house … aka Alex Bullett.

DOUBLE ALSO, see the clarification to the answer for Question 6 below.

And per usual, we’re giving another pin away to one rando (s/o to the Random Name Picker lol).

THE WINNERS OF QUIZ NO. 10 ARE:

  • Paul Pogba (really?) (but you’re an ace I guess)
  • Prof. Anton Duckula (really???) (but you’re an ace, too, I guess)
  • Griffin Shumway (you’re ALSO an ace!)
  • Deborah A. White (yay! random winner!)

CONGRATS! Comment on our 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. 10:

Q1. Which Upper Valley farm, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and the 40th wedding anniversary of its owners, is in the process of handing down the reins to the next generation?
A. 4 Corners Farm in Newbury, Vt.

Q2. According to a story in the Sunday Valley News, Thetford is focused on preserving what piece of its history?
A. Covered bridges.

Q3. What group of people was signing autographs in West Lebanon on July 7 July 8?
A. Professional wrestlers.

Q4. Which chemical allegedly is dripping from a Royalton bridge and causing burns to swimmers and tubers on the White River below?
A. Creosote.

Q5. Towns are opposed to a proposal to rename which mountain to its original Abenaki name, Kaskadenak?
A. Mount Ascutney. (The Vermont Board of Libraries board later killed the proposal.)

Q6. In a talk at Dartmouth College, what did Harvard professor Steve Levitsky warn of?
A. The answer we were looking for was “the decline of American democracy,” but that Valley News headline was later clarified: “In a speech at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth, Harvard professor Steven Levitsky said American democracy is in jeopardy but that a statistical analysis by a colleague suggested the likelihood of an actual democratic breakdown was very low. An earlier headline to this story incorrectly summarized Levitsky’s argument.”

Q7. Who was caught on video strolling around a lodge in Killington?
A. A bear.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

They can find this page at www.vnews.com/lucky7 or uvindex.vnews.com/lucky7.

There are still tickets available to see ~Siri~ perform in WRJ tonight

Susan Cameron Bennett, original voice of “Siri,” will perform with guitarist husband Rick Hinkle.

Susan Cameron Bennett is known as the voice of digital assistant Siri. (Courtesy photograph)

It’s a benefit for the Hartford Historical Society, and tickets are $50, including dinner (heavy hors d’oeuvres/dessert). Read more in a recent Out & About column by Liz Sauchelli.

According to a posting on the listserve by the historical society’s Susanne Abetti, Bennett was born in Vermont “with family roots in White River Junction.”

You can hear a little more about Bennett in this podcast and video.

Welp, they opened that sarcophagus in Egypt

They done did it, y’all.

You might have heard rumors promising the end of times if officials opened a massive granite sarcophagus that recently was unearthed in Alexandria. Well, the sarcophagus was opened today, because of course it was, and I regret to tell you that nothing too exciting happened.

Despite suspicions that the coffin might contain a deadly curse or the remains of someone quite famous, it appears that all that was inside were three skeletons and some rotting sewage. As the BBC reported:

We found the bones of three people, in what looks like a family burial … Unfortunately the mummies inside were not in the best condition and only the bones remain,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Experts believe the three could have been soldiers in the time of the pharaohs. Pretty cool, if not a bit of a letdown. After all, we were promised something ghastly:

Addressing media fears that disturbing the tomb could trigger an implacable Pharaoh’s curse, Mr. Waziri declared: “We’ve opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness.

“I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus… and here I stand before you … I am fine.”

Thanks for taking one for the team, Waziri.

Still, the day was not without some commotion: The smell of the sewage was so repugnant that the site had to be evacuated, the BBC reported.

tbt: Summer fun in the 1960s! (Keep reading in Enterprise, on newsstands Friday)

From the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram. Take a look back at Upper Valley summer recreation of the 1960s in the latest edition of Enterprise, the Valley News’ quarterly business magazine edited by Amanda. New issue on newsstands starting Friday; website updated before the weekend.

Eugene Revels, 5, right, of New York City, enjoys spending two weeks in July 1964 with Marty Canillas, 4, and his family on Airport Road in West Lebanon, N.H. Revels is amongst the 10,000 children entertained by “Friendly Town” hosts through the efforts of the “New York Herald Tribune’s” Fresh Air Fund, started in 1877. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Video: A Lebanon man’s story of life as an inmate working on the Grafton County Farm

Valley News video by Carly Geraci and yours truly. Read more about the Grafton County Farm in the spring edition of Enterprise, the Valley News’ quarterly business magazine, edited by Amanda.

 

Troy Schwarz, of Lebanon, N.H., shares a moment during a portrait with his favorite dairy cow, Kendra, at the Grafton County Farm in North Haverhill, N.H., on May 14, 2018. After being incarcerated for drug-related charges four months ago, Schwarz started working full-time on the farm which gives inmates a chance to work hard and learn farming skills.(Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Cornish-Windsor covered bridge has reopened after it was closed due to ‘a truck damaging the interior’

UPDATE: Here’s the Valley News report.

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Cornish police photograph.

 

The temporary closing this morning was announced by the Cornish Fire Department.

 

Hey, everybody. Stop. Hitting. CoveredBridges.

Here’s the Cornish Police news release:

RELATED: New music video features Claremont Opera House & the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge

A collection of Valley News reporting on the Quechee Gorge suicide issue in recent years

While enroute to Woodstock, Vt., bus tour participants stop at the Quechee Gorge in Quechee, Vt., to take a look on a foggy afternoon on October 9, 2015. (Valley News – Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Today: Vermont Agency of Transportation officials say they will be installing a temporary fence on both sides of the Quechee Gorge Bridge by the end of the summer as part of continuing suicide-prevention measures. … The recent death at the gorge marks four since January, Hartford Police Chief Phil Kasten said. … Federal, state and local officials continue to work on a long-term plan to make the Gorge safer, and they hope to have a permanent fix by means of a barrier wall or a net below the bridge by 2021-2022, said Kristin Higgins, the structures program manager at the state Agency of Transportation.

January 2018: A 22-year-old Hartford man died by suicide over the weekend at Quechee Gorge, the first such incident there in more than a year, Hartford police confirmed. … “We are eager to see improvements completed,” Hartford Police Chief Kasten said. “One life is one too many.”

July 2017: State transportation officials said they hope to secure federal funding by the end of the week to start designing suicide-prevention measures and other improvements at the Quechee Gorge Bridge.

July 2016: The day after police retrieved the body of a woman from Quechee Gorge, people who pushed for suicide prevention measures at the site questioned why the state didn’t take action by a July 1 deadline established by the Legislature.

March 2016: A call for action to prevent the loss of life at the Quechee Gorge Bridge, which has been the site of eight suicides since 2008, has been answered in legislation now awaiting the signature of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Click through for a text-version of this infographic about suicide prevention resources.

RELATED: The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255

More sports forever: Well-Dressed Sports Heads Episode 12 was also a good one

For starters, I wore a cool hat.

WDSH Ep. 12.

It has my name on it.

WDSH Ep. 12.

If you missed it on Facebook Live, you can catch it below. We’ve also got a Well-Dressed Sports Heads page on the website at www.vnews.com/sportsheads. We’ll be back on the Facebook this Friday afternoon! Rumor is we may have a special guest, although that has yet to be confirmed …

Latest Hawks Talk episode is my favorite so far this season

We’re in Season 3 of the Hawks Talk podcast.

First, get your head right with these GIFs.

Second, listen up.

p.s. Including and in addition to the Hawks Talk episodes, Josh Weinreb and the rest of the Valley News sports staff are keeping up with all of the Nighthawks news at www.vnews.com/nighthawks.

On notice: ‘deadbeat dams’

Valley News reporter Matt Hongoltz-Hetling reports:

Conservationists inched a bit closer to a vision of free-flowing waterways this week, when a nonprofit announced nearly $600,000 to fund watershed projects that include the removal of a few of the Upper Valley’s “deadbeat dams.”

Peak Upper Valley: The only thing to disrupt the Prouty is a black bear

bc bears. (Sorry for the ~delay~ on this, but we were real busy early this week. Here’s the Prouty story. Maybe we will include a special “caption this” question in the next Lucky 7 News Quiz …)

A three-year-old female black bear yawns while waiting for several hours about 50 feet above the ground in a large maple tree in the lawn of the SAE fraternity in Hanover, N.H., on July 14, 2018. The day’s activity from the Prouty and campus tours made the bear nervous to come down, said Hanover Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hinsley. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

1️⃣ Sisters Autumn, 6, and Haley Thurston, 3, of #VershireVT, run across the finish line after taking part in @the_prouty 3K for the first time with their grandmother Pam Kovacs, of #CornishNH, in #HanoverNH, on Saturday. This year’s #cycling-focused event, which also included #rowing and #golfing, included some 4,100 people and raised more than $2.6 million for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, according to event official Kiki Keating. 2️⃣ Steven Leach, director of the cancer center, right, speaks with Doug Lewis, of #PomfretVT, after both finished cycling in the Prouty. Lewis formed Team Hoss in 2006, a group of about 100 cyclists, golfers, rowers and walkers who raise money in the #Prouty in honor of Lewis' brother Dale "Hoss" Lewis, who died of #cancer in 2005. This year, they reached an accumulated $1 million. 3️⃣ A 3-year-old female black #bear yawns while waiting for several hours about 50 feet above the ground in a large maple tree in the lawn of the SAE fraternity in Hanover. The day's activity from the Prouty and #DartmouthCollege campus tours made the bear nervous to come down, said Hanover Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hinsley. 🔹 More at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔹 (Valley News – Geoff Hansen @geoff_hansen) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #nh #vt #603 #802 #theprouty #endcancer #cancerresearch #norriscotton #dhmc #july

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Photojournalism: We are living in the future

(Valley News night desk editor stuck with the paper, even after moving from Vershire to Las Vegas, where she works remotely!)

Nobody was injured when an apparent lightning strike ignited a fire at home in Vershire last night. Read more.

 

After cutting away an area of cedar shake siding with a chainsaw firefighters examine where lightning was suspected to have traveled down the side of Donna Goldberg’s house on Taylor Valley Road in Vershire, Vt., on July 17, 2018. The early 1970s-era house was unoccupied, undergoing renovations and is insured. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

 

p.s. Our friends at the Concord Monitor report that lightning caused three fires in New Hampshire.

Photos from the Woodstock fire

Via the @vnewsuv Instagram. More at the latest version of the story.

1️⃣ Firefighters battle a blaze involving Pi Brick Oven Trattoria, The Vermont Standard, and The Collective in #WoodstockVT this morning. Double and triple roofs on some parts of the buildings made fighting the fire challenging.​ 2️⃣ #SpringfieldVT firefighters James Knight and Mark Hadwen take a break on the steps of the post office building. 3️⃣ Phillip Cabot Camp, Sr., publisher of The Vermont Standard, watches firefighters work to finish putting out the fire. Firefighters were able to retrieve computers and a fire safe containing backup documents from the newspaper’s second floor offices. 🔹 More at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔹 (Valley News – August Frank @augustfrankphoto) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #vermont #vt #fire #firefighters #emergency #news #localnews #breakingnews

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