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NHPR: Upper Valley man wipes out lunch debt at Haverhill-area schools

From NHPR:

For Isidro Rodriguez, it started in 2009, when he was working in the Woodsville Elementary school cafeteria and saw what happened to kids with lunch debt. The student would take a tray of hot food…

 

“And then upon checking out, they’ll give their numbers, or enter their numbers into the system. If there’s a negative balance, most of the time they take that lunch back,” Rodriguez says.

 

Rodriguez says the policy was to throw out that hot lunch and give the student an alternative meal. At Woodsville Elementary, that meant a sandwich made with sunbutter, which is like peanut butter but made with sunflower seeds.

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St. Paul’s School, family of Chessy Prout reach settlement

Alex and Susan Prout filed the civil lawsuit on behalf of their daughter in mid-2016 after Tunbridge resident Owen Labrie’s conviction on statutory rape and other charges. Click here to read more.

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster thanks Chessy Prout for speaking out during “Voices for Change: A Conversation about ending sexual violence in NH,” a panel discussion at University of New Hampshire Law School, in Concord on Monday, April 17, 2017. Prout and Kuster were among the panelists. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Concord Monitor)

Amtrak train crashes into car in South Royalton; no one injured

Nick Stickney of Blakeman's Towing & Recovery works to remove a Jeep Wrangler from the ditch after it was struck by an Amtrak passenger train in South Royalton, Vt., on Jan. 18, 2018. Police said the Jeep's driver was trying to pull another car out of the snow at the time of the crash. No one was injured. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Nick Stickney of Blakeman’s Towing & Recovery works to remove a New Jersey man’s Jeep Wrangler from a ditch after the vehicle was struck by an Amtrak passenger train on Thursday night at a railroad crossing on North Windsor Street in South Royalton. Police said the Jeep’s driver was trying to tow another car up the driveway that intersects with the tracks at the time of the crash. No one was injured, but the Jeep was totaled. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Watch footage from the scene below.

Smuttynose Brewing Co. to be sold at auction

A New Hampshire brewing company will be put up for auction in March.

The Associated Press reports that Hampton, N.H.-based Smuttynose Brewing Co. will be sold at a bank auction on Friday, March 9. The 24-year-old company said it generates more than $10 million in annual revenue.

The sale includes the Smuttynose brand, its facility on the historic Towle Farm in Hampton and Hayseed Restaurant located next to the brewery on 13 acres. It brews some well-known beers that can be found throughout New Hampshire, including its Finestkind IPA and Shoals Pale Ale.

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We have posted about a few ice skating rinks this year, but this one is probably the least conventional

Via the Town of Plainfield, NH Facebook page:

“The Estabrook Brook School on Route 12A in Plainfield Village has notified the town office that as a result of last week’s rain they have some excellent field skating available on their property. All are welcome to lace on some skates and enjoy.”

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