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Video: WRJ clothing/furniture store that was about to become a gym is heavily damaged by fire

Mainly Vintage clothing store owner Ann Hayden hugs Mark Garzia, who bought the property during an early hours fire in White River Junction, Vt., on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Valley News – August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Mike Tidwell, of the Hartford Fire Department, works to put out any fires on the inside of the building that houses the Heirloom Antique Center & Furniture Hospital and Mainly Vintage clothing store in White River Junction, #VT, this morning. Fire officials are working to determine what caused the two-alarm fire early this morning that heavily damaged the building, which had recently changed hands and was going to become a gym. 🔸 Full story at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔸 (Valley News – August Frank @augustfrankphoto) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #hartfordvt #whiteriverjunction #antique #vintage #store #building #fire #smoke #firefighter #emergency #vermont #news #localnews #802 #🔥 #🚒

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Severe storm warnings have been issued for most of the Upper Valley

A pattern of potentially dangerous storms are moving across New England, prompting several weather advisories to be issued to much of the area.

One of the earliest warnings (seen above) was issued around 2:50 p.m. on Monday by the National Weather Service’s station in Gray, Maine. The station monitors much of Maine and New Hampshire. (You can keep an eye on the area’s active warnings by clicking here.)

Because of the tornado alert in Grafton County on Monday evening, staff and shoppers at the Hanover Co-op Food Store were escorted to the basement of the store for roughly 20 minutes until the danger passed.

The warning will remain in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a warning about possible flooding in the state.

Stay safe, everyone!

Vermont Castings in Randolph, then and now

Valley News video from 2014, by James M. Patterson:

Valley News article from this past weekend, by John Lippman, with James M. Patterson photos:

Not long ago, there used to be a lot of soot inside the Vermont Castings foundry, where workers would come off shifts coated in black, looking like they had just emerged from a coal mine.

 

But carbon particles don’t mix well with $450,000 Swedish-made robots, let alone people.

 

That’s one of the stark changes at the Randolph maker of wood-burning stoves, which has just completed a plant upgrade that converted what had resembled a Victorian-like era mill into a clean, energy-efficient manufacturing plant. It’s a factory where knowing how to program a computer-operated grinding and drilling machine is as critical a skill as safely pouring molten iron into sand molds.

 

“We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs,” Bill Corey, a drill and grind manager and 20-year company veteran, said about the corporate ownership changes Vermont Castings has experienced since its founding in 1975.

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John Leppo, of ACT Robots, fine tunes the programming of a robotic arm recently installed at the Vermont Castings foundry in Randolph, Vt., on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The system will lift the heaviest stove pieces made at the foundry, drill holes and grind rough edges. “I’m trying to get to a point here when people don’t have to lift more than 25 pounds,” said Vice President and General Manager Jeffrey Nelb. Despite some increased automation, the 100-employee plant is looking for ten new hires. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hurray for local newspapers

Danielle Tcholakian, a reporter/essayist from New York City, came through the Upper Valley on the road trip and showed the local papers some love. The road is a little rough these days, so it’s always nice to feel supported as we forge ahead. Thank you!

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