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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.

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.