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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.

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.