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Domino’s is opening a Hanover location

🚨 Attention, hungry Dartmouth students 🚨: Your pizza delivery times might be getting a little shorter (MIGHT!).

The partners behind the West Lebanon Domino’s franchise have announced they plan to open a pizzeria in Hanover this spring.

Franchise co-owner Robert Keene said the duo’s latest location will open in the same building as the Irving gas station and Circle K, a site that also boasts a Dunkin’ Donuts and is neighbors with a CVS Pharmacy. Talk about one-stop shopping.

Keene said he anticipates the site will be up and running by mid-April.

Everything seems to be coming full circle for the pizza chain, since the owner of the now-shuttered Everything But Anchovies restaurant previously told student newspaper The Dartmouth that the West Lebanon Domino’s played a significant role in the decline of the eatery’s sales.

Read more here.

Time to dig the flip-flops out of the back of your closet



Correction of the week? Month? Year?

On a more serious note …

Here’s the Huffington Post story from over the weekend: Bernie Sanders On AR-15s: They’re ‘Not For Hunting. They’re For Killing Human Beings’

And here’s the Seven Days story from 2016: The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

Time for this week to get a mooo-ve on

What are you doing this weekend? How about applying for the VN photojournalism internship?

Jennica Guy, 17, left, gets ready for Hartford High School’s prom with her date Charlotte Dennison, of Hanover, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Guy’s home in White River Junction, Vt. Guy is nonbinary and uses they/them and she/her pronouns. (Valley News – Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Pictured above: Former photo intern Jovelle Tamayo’s favorite photo of 2017.

Click here to learn how to apply for the internship.

Tonight’s the night: ‘For the Love of Bey’ burlesque show at the Main Street Museum

FILE – This Nov. 4, 2016 file photo shows Beyonce performing at a Get Out the Vote concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Tonight in White River Junction: A celebration of black women everywhere, and, as the organizers say, “everyone’s favorite BEY!”

The Bey-themed burlesque is followed by a (presumably Bey-themed) dance party. This is event 21+ and BYOB. Tickets are free for black women; all other folks, $20 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Click for more.

Bits and pieces of the now-closed Grantham Indoor are for sale

Fred’s FC players Wesley Leuthauser, of Lebanon, N.H., left, and Glenn Halleck, of Newport, N.H., warm up before their 35-and-older men’s league game at Grantham Indoor in Grantham, N.H., on Dec. 4, 2017. The facility’s owners have announced they will be closing in January 2018 after selling the building, which will become a warehouse. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Cross-posted from the listserve, here’s the list of items for sale, if you want a little piece of Grantham Indoor for yourself:

  • Player Benches
  • Wooden Restaurant Style Booths
  • High Top Tables and Stools
  • Folding Tables and Chairs
  • 3 E6/S8 Full Swing Golf Simulators
  • 5 Bag golf Bag Holders and a plethora of older clubs
  • 22″ Golf Ball Collector
  • Office equipment (contact us for more info on this)
  • A sound / pa system
  • Scoreboard with scoreboard control box
  • Small field dasher boards with player benches (PROBABLY enough to make an 80 x 80 field, we have to get more detailed info on this item)
  • 12×12 sections of turf, we do have some larger sections as well
  • Heavy duty set of lacrosse goals
  • Lacrosse balls, as well as screens and corners for the goals
  • Multi-Sport Game Standards (2 sets)
  • Plastic yard fencing
  • Lots of Netting (If you are interested in netting, please note that we will not be able to accommodate your request until the spring time, however you should still email us now and be very specific about what size you are looking for).

The owners say that if you’re interested in any of the above, please contact them for pricing at info@granthamindoor.com or 603-865-9800.

RELATED: Grantham Indoor Closing as Retirement Beckons Owner

‘Fwd: Urgent: Loose Alpaca in town — Report to Town Police’

An alpaca stares through the fence at Equinox Farms on Jewett Road in Hopkinton, N.H., on Dec. 6, 2017. (Concord Monitor photograph)

A pretty straightforward email alert from the police department in Springfield, N.H.:

There has been a loose Alpaca in town, missing from the owner since Feb. 13th. May be in the area of Fox Stand/Main St. area. Please call the Springfield Police at 603-763-3100 if seen.

So, ya know, BOLO.

p.s. Perhaps that alpaca had a little llama inspiration.

Read the documents: Original permit stipulates Lake Pinneo should be open to public

Jeff Waters, of Woodstock, Vt., plays with his one-year-old daughter, Amara, at Lake Pinneo in Quechee, Vt., on May 18, 2015. (Valley News – Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Places to swim have been a big topic in Hartford lately, with the announcement that Sherman Manning Pools (the public pool on the Hartford High School campus) will close this summer, and possibly be permanently decommissioned after that.

Now, reporter Matt Hongoltz-Hetling has dug up some documents related to Lake Pinneo.

The Quechee Lakes Landowners Association, which had the lake constructed in 1974, has prohibited public access since 2015. Yet according to the state records, the permit to build lake was based in part on the premise that all Hartford residents would be allowed to swim, fish and boat there for a modest fee.

The following PDF is the decision from the Vermont Water Resources Board in May 1974 in response to Quechee Lakes’ application to construct Lake Pinneo.

Quechee Lakes was required to get this approval from the Water Resources Board as part of its larger Act 250 application.

  • Under item 7, C, the board took into consideration the effects on recreational values and found that “with the construction of a recreational lake and beach area, open to use by residents of the Town of Hartford for boating, swimming and fishing, recreational values will be enhanced.”
  • Under item 7, K, the board considered that the public benefits of the lake would be “substantially increased recreational facilities for the residents of the Town of Hartford who will be permitted to use the lake upon payment of a maintenance charge.”


The following PDF is the Act 250 permit awarded to Quechee Lakes in June 1974.

The 11th condition includes an item that says “all residents of the Town of Hartford will be eligible to use the lake, probably with a minimum registration fee.”



Upper Valley Compost Co. founder featured on Marketplace

Upper Valley Compost Co. offers a weekly curbside pick up or a drop-off service with the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society. Jessica Saturley-Hall works from her Lebanon, N.H., home. Nancy Nutile-McMenemy photograph.

Jessica Saturley-Hall, who was interviewed in the December 2017 edition of Enterprise, shared her story with an estimated 14.6 million listeners through the American Public Media radio show, which airs on 800 stations.

You can listen below and see the original Marketplace piece here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Don’t forget: Yesterday, we put out a list of things to do today.

We’ve also got recipes for …

  • rich chocolate fondue
  • seven-minute vegan chocolate sauce
  • molten peanut butter chocolate cakes
  • chocolate poundcake
  • dark chocolate and raspberry brownie tarts

at the Valley News website.

PLUS: Penguin-themed Valentine news.

Dartmouth researchers’ new chip could revolutionize cameras

Dartmouth College engineering Professor Eric Fossum and his colleagues at the Thayer School of Engineering are trying to equip cameras with the kind of vision that would make even Superman envious (or, more simply, make photos taken by your iPhone X look like cave paintings).

National Public Radio reported on Tuesday that Fossum has developed an ultra-sensitive chip called QIS, which stands for Quanta Image Sensor. Rather than pixels, the chip has “jots,” which can detect a single particle of light, aka a photon.

“What this chip can do because it’s sensitive to single photons is it can see in the dimmest possible light,” Fossum says.

Fossum envisions QIS will permit a new approach to creating digital images. Fast electronics allows each jot to be sampled 1,000 times per second. To build an image from the chip, the individual samples are added together and, using image processing software, a single image is produced.

The downside? Fossum’s technology isn’t likely to start popping up in cameras anytime soon — Fossum estimates it’ll be about 20 years before the chip sees widespread use.

Kansas won’t let this dog run for governor

The Hill on Tuesday reported that a dog who recently tried to launch a gubernatorial campaign was informed he is not eligible to run because he is a dog, which, rude.

According to the article, Hutchinson, Kan., resident Terran Woolley entered Angus, his 3-year-old wire terrier, in the governor’s race after “news reports surfaced that the state does not have requirements governing who can run for the office.”

The state, however, quickly stepped in and ended Angus’ political career before it even began.

“A dog will not be allowed to file and put its name on the ballot,” said Bryan Caskey, director of elections for the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.

How dare you squash his hopes and dreams like that, Kansas?! He is clearly a very good boy.

Twitter users were understandably outraged by the news.

Penguins are collecting Valentines and my heart can’t take it

Tell me this isn’t the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!

Although the birds are often monogamous, they don’t usually share their red felt with each other. Instead, they typically go home, tear up the present, and wait for one of their peers to admire their handiwork.

As the resident crazy penguin lady, I audibly gasped when I came across this article. What do I have to do to get one of these?!

Time is just a human construct

Something is a bit off about this February 2018 calendar hanging in the Valley News newsroom. (Amanda E Newman photograph)

Something is a bit off about this February 2018 calendar hanging in the Valley News newsroom. (Amanda E Newman photograph)

No, it is not a leap year — it’s simply more proof that everyone needs an editor.