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Watch APD’s new multi-specialty clinic building come to life in a time lapse video

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital’s new building is scheduled to open next month. The time lapse starts around the 1:20 mark.

Here’s a Valley News story from 2015 about the building proposal and why APD officials said they were pursuing it. In part:

Currently, outpatient services “are really scattered around our campus,” (CEO Sue Mooney) said. During a visit, a patient may have go to three or four different locations to get X-rays, laboratory tests and other services, she added.

“We think (the new clinic is) going to be a much better experience for the patient,” Mooney said.

Equifax responds to Randolph librarian’s lawsuit

Equifax, the credit reporting agency that recently compromised millions of Americans’ personal information in a massive security breach, has issued a response to Jessamyn West, the Randolph librarian and activist who is suing the company to protest its compensation to affected consumers. (Read more about her lawsuit here.)

In its response, the company says it “denies each and every allegation” brought forth by West and “further denies that plaintiff is entitled to any of the relief set forth in her prayer for relief,” among other denials.

So what happens next? Per a tweet from West:

Jessamyn West, of Randolph, checks her mail in Randolph, Vt., Wednesday, September 27, 2017 and finds a return receipt for a small claims court summons she sent to an Equifax representative in Barre, Vt. West is taking Equifax to court after her personal information was stolen in a security breach. “I’m really surprised more people haven’t done this; it’s super-easy,” said West. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

It’s official: Strafford students’ marble run was a world record-setter

Newton School teacher Eric Walker holds the record-setting marble aloft after it ran over 1.5 miles in a tube along Route 132 in Strafford, Vt., on Mary 13, 2017, setting a world record on May 13, 2017. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Back in May, a group of students, teachers and parents known as Team Marbleous attempted the world record for longest marble run by sending a marble through hundreds of feet of blue maple sap tubing down Sharon Hill.

(Read about their attempt here; video below.)

Parent Dustin Ray said he recently got word that the attempt was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest marble run at the time, and they will be getting a certificate soon. Woop woop!

According to Guinness Public Relations Coordinator Sofía Rocher, who I spoke to over email today, another team from Switzerland recently surpassed Strafford’s record — Team Marbleous hit 8,650 feet on May 13, and the Switzerland team got 9,379 feet on Sept. 1 — but Strafford will always be No. 1 in our hearts. Maybe motivation for another attempt? 😉

Plus, beyond the record itself, the students learned a lot about teamwork and overcoming obstacles.

Go Team Marbleous!

RELATED: Upper Valley man goes for grape-catching Guinness record … again! … but without the hot air balloon this time

Eat some tapas, help Puerto Rico

Candela Tapas Lounge is hosting a fundraiser for Puerto Rico aid relief from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Hanover eatery. If you like tapas and want to help the U.S. territory in its recovery after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, it’s the place to be.

There will be food, drinks, and Latin music. Entry is $50 at the door, which buys refreshments and one raffle ticket, according to a news release from The Upper Valley Solidarity Network for Puerto Rico. All proceeds benefit Iniciativa Comunitaria, a Puerto Rican aid organization serving vulnerable populations in San Juan and other communities.

Read more about the event here.

ICYMI: A roundup of this week’s UV news

There’s been quite a bit going on in the UV in the last five days! Here, the highlights.

  1. Man Robs West Lebanon McDonald’s, Shoots Employee in Leg
    • Lebanon police are asking the public for information about the identity of the male suspect who shot and wounded a 19-year-old McDonald’s employee during a robbery early Monday morning at the fast-food chain’s Route 12A location. The incident occurred as the employee was taking out the trash behind the restaurant, police said. The suspect allegedly forced the employee inside the restaurant and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed sum, the suspect shoved the employee toward a back door and shot him in the leg, according to police. The employee was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and has since been released.
  2. Snared Eagle Has Eyes on Skies
    • A young eagle caught in a leg-hold trap has Lebanon residents and federal wildlife officials looking up in hopes of catching a glimpse of the bird — and ultimately setting it free. The eagle had been spotted flying above the West Lebanon landfill, but it’s been days since the last sighting, and officials are growing concerned. The bird is believed to be a juvenile from a family that nests in Plainfield, area conservationists said this week. “It’s definitely causing the bird struggles in obtaining food,” said David Allaben, state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s New Hampshire Wildlife Division. “We’re still looking for it.”
  3. Young Theater Co. Wins New England Award
    • JAG Productions closed out its inaugural season with some fresh accolades, as it was named the recipient of this year’s Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference. The award recognizes the White River Junction-based theater for its pursuit of theatrical excellence and for its contributions to New England’s art scene. JAG, which we’ve previously written about on UV Index, is Vermont’s first black theater company.  It was founded by Jarvis Antonio Green in 2016 as a way to bring diversity, among other things, to Upper Valley theater.
  4. Hanover High Wins N.H. Boys Golf Championship
    • Hanover was dominant on Thursday, capturing the NHIAA Division II team golf championship at Rochester Country Club, 417-430, over rival and 2016 champion Windham to claim its fifth title in seven years and 20th overall. It also sent a program record-high six players to today’s individual final. The team’s win closed out a perfect 36-0 season.