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Hanover author Jodi Picoult got to hang out with the @wolfgang2242 pack and it looks like pure joy


Jodi Picoult and the @wolfgang2242 crew in Denver last month. Photo credit Steve Greig. Used with permission.

Jodi Picoult, an Etna resident and New York Times best-selling author, got to hang with the stars behind one of my favorite Instagram accounts, @wolfgang2242.

For the ~uninitiated~ … One, you’re missing out, and two, here’s a bit of description from the Unleashed blog run by Bravo TV from earlier this year:

The man behind the account is Steve Greig, whose mission is to adopt the unadoptable. Spurred by the death of his beloved miniature pinscher Wolfgang (the inspiration for his Instagram handle), Steve headed to the shelter to find their “least adoptable” dog as a tribute to his erstwhile canine bestie.


Steve came home with two things: a precious 12-year-old dog named Eeyore, and a newfound commitment to senior dogs. Since then, Steve’s brood has grown to include nine dogs (Waylon, Edsel, Josh, Englebert, Eeyore, Edna, Loretta, Phyllis and Enoch), Bikini the pig, Stuart the rabbit, Oprah the chicken and a couple more critters.

I saw the photo of Picoult and the gang on my Instagram feed recently, and sent her an email today asking how it came to be. Here’s what she said:

I know Steve because I’ve corresponded with him for a couple of years — I have rescue dogs (but not nine, LOL) and I admire him so much for the attention he brings to that cause. And maybe I’m a little in love with Englebert. He knew me from my writing, and invited me to come visit if I were ever in the area. And then I was asked to do a speaking gig in Denver … and … the rest is history!
Picoult most recently appeared in our pages for helping her friend Martin Philip, head bread baker at King Arthur Flour, to write a book. She is seen in the picture above with her latest book, Small Great Things.

Jodi Picoult and ENGELBERT!!! Photo courtesy Steve Greig. Used with permission.

Interested in adopting a pet?

Check out our weekly feature of adoptable pets in the Upper Valley. Don’t forget, November is national adopt a senior pet month!

And if you need some more inspiration from @wolfgang2242 … I’ve got you covered!

There are nine other dog beds in the house, I counted. #justsayin

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Dartmouth Football closed out its season with another nail-biter win

Dartmouth quarterback Jared Gerbino celebrates after scoring a touchdown with teammate Jack Anderson during their game with Princeton in Hanover, N.H., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Dartmouth won 54 - 44. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Dartmouth quarterback Jared Gerbino celebrates after scoring a touchdown with teammate Jack Anderson during their game with Princeton in Hanover, N.H., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Dartmouth won 54 – 44. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Big Green Football wrapped up a wild season on Saturday, claiming a last-second 54-44 victory over Princeton at home in Hanover.

“It was entertaining, if nothing else,” said Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens.

Dartmouth has had numerous exciting and competitive matches this season, starting with its rollicking home opener overtime win against Holy Cross on Sept. 23, and a heartbreaking loss to Columbia that snapped its five-game winning streak on Oct. 21. It’s only fitting, then, that its season would conclude with another thrilling game.

Read the full story on Saturday’s win here.

Ski season has officially started, y’all

It’s that time of year again: ski resorts across the Twin States are opening their doors to kick off the 2017-18 season.


Stowe Mountain Resort shared a few photos on Instagram (above) commemorating today’s opening. The account previously had featured photos of the mountain’s snowmaking efforts in the lead-up to Friday.

Killington Resort, which began making snow about two weeks ago and opened in the middle of last week, has received the OK to proceed with the women’s World Cup, which will be held at the ski area over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-26.

The International Ski Federation on Thursday gave the resort “the official snow control notice, which confirms the slalom and giant slalom racing will go on as planned.” The announcement also assures race teams and fans that the competition will take place, according to a local roundup brief published in today’s Valley News.

Woodstock’s Suicide Six, set to open on Monday, Dec. 18, will round out ski-area openings in Vermont.


Per its website, the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme Center will open on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Mount Sunapee Resort, meanwhile, is gearing up to open on Wednesday, Nov. 22, according to a Facebook post.

And Storrs Hill Ski Area in Lebanon is readying for its season opening, though no official date has been set. In a news release posted to its Facebook page on Thursday, the ski area announced it has finished the installation of stainless steel tracks on its 25- and 50-meter ski jumps, completing the first phase of a project that began earlier this year. The project’s second phase, which will include a final grade for the landing hills, is expected to begin in the spring. The new ski jump tracks put the Lebanon Outing Club, which operates the ski area, one step closer to offering year-round training, according to an August Valley News story. Read the release below.

The robot revolution has begun, thanks to this backflipping monster

Apparently the Terminator franchise did nothing to deter anyone, because people are still plowing ahead and giving robots all kinds of skillz, including parkour skillz.

Take Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that just introduced the internet to Atlas, which it describes as “the world’s most dynamic humanoid.” In a nearly minutelong clip released on Thursday, Atlas is put through some athletic paces, which it conquers with ease. Atlas completes a series of box jumps and 180-degree spins before backflipping onto a mat (and sticking the landing). It then celebrates its victory by triumphantly putting its robot arms in the air.

In an earlier clip, published in February, Atlas breaks out of the Boston Dynamics facility and goes tromping through the snow before returning to the building to complete a series of everyday tasks. A human attempts to Atlas off balance, and though the robot stumbles, it never falls. The video ends with Atlas standing up after having been intentionally knocked to the ground and hightailing it out of the facility again. o_0

It’s equal parts incredible and concerning, frankly. I can’t even do a cartwheel and this robot is straight showing off, doing flips and stuff.

What’s more, the latest Atlas video clip comes just days after we were reintroduced to Sophia, a remarkably lifelike robot that previously said she wants to destroy all humans. (Spoiler alert: She’s toned down her distaste, but it’s pretty clear, based on her creepy answer, that she still wants to destroy us.)

Scenes from West Leb

‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ candlelight vigil set for Monday

Area LGBTQIA advocacy group Rural Outright plans to hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20.

The vigil will take place at the TLC Family Resource Center, located at 109 Pleasant St., Claremont. The event marks the annual Nov. 20 observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, according to the Valley Calendar. The vigil will honor all those who passed away in 2017.

Mascoma holds first Intersectionality Day

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Video: Loon in Lyme unlocked (from icy pond) by Land Trust

Almost had all the alliteration!

A loon in warmer times. (Concord Monitor – Elodie Reed)

Check out this video posted by the Upper Valley Land Trust, showing land stewards breaking up the ice for a loon stuck in a small patch of open water on Pout Pond in Lyme. According to the trust, loons need about 200 yards of open water to take off, so breaking up the ice was essentially like building the loon a little runway.

As the trust says, “here’s hoping the loon takes advantage of their hard work!”

ICYMI: Dartmouth dorm plan a threat to old observatory

The Shattuck Observatory was built in 1854 and is the oldest science building on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, N.H. It sits on the western edge of College Park with a weather data collection station and two more small astronomical observation buildings where college officials have proposed building dormitories to house 750 students. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College is raising concerns that a large dormitory complex contemplated for construction near the department’s labs could disrupt their research and possibly displace a 163-year-old observatory.

Read more.


Come share your embarrassing story at AVA

AVA Gallery's storytelling series, The Mudroom, is seeking entries for its next event, which is scheduled for Dec. 14.

AVA Gallery’s storytelling series, The Mudroom, is seeking entries for its next event, which is scheduled for Dec. 14.

Do you have something you want to come clean about? Have you ever found yourself in a terribly awkward situation? Now’s your chance to get it all off your chest.

There’s still time to submit your entry for consideration at the next session of The Mudroom, AVA Gallery’s quarterly storytelling series. Saturday (Nov. 18) is the entry deadline for the next event, set for Dec. 14. The event’s theme is “Guilty Pleasures and Embarrassing Moments,” which honestly is so relatable (we’ve all lived through one at some point).

Five submitted stories will be chosen for sharing at the event, per a Facebook post from The Mudroom team. Brief story submissions, and a bio, can be sent to mudroom@avagallery.org or sheryl@avagallery.org. Each person selected to share has seven minutes in which to tell their story.

The Mudroom brings “Upper Valley residents to the stage to share their personal stories, adventurous, mysterious, funny sad and sweet,” according to its Facebook page. More information on The Mudroom can be found here.

Good news and gratitude in Vershire

(The following was written by Ethel Pike and posted on the Vershire listserve. It is reposted here with her permission. GIF curation by yours truly. Thanks, Ethel!)

I was reminded yesterday of how truly wonderful our town is. At 72, I find myself not as strong nor as energetic as I use to be. Not a surprise to me or you. I find I must do what until recently I rarely did.

This year, I asked if I could play a piano while pet sitting
I WAS GIFTED a piano to play!
I didn’t have the money to move it.
I asked a fellow if he might help and to my utter surprise
A TRUCK and A TEAM OF 5 delivered it !

A few days ago I inquired about some garden manure and I asked if he had any idea of how to move it. I was thinking by the pail-full.

Yesterday, I was slow moving and dreading the coming cold. When the dog kicked up a fuss, I went to investigate. First there was the fellow who came to finish bucking up a tree that fell in Spring. As I went to put on a sweater, there came a knock at the door, I heard “Manure movers, where do you want us to put it?”

Two lads were there and gone in a flash. It would have taken me most of the day to move it!

I AM FILLED TO EVERY CORNER WITH GRATITUDE AND LOVE for the Gift of this place, and the people in it.


Hartford racial inequality committee meeting ends in resignations

During a meeting for Hartford’s Committee on Racial Inequality, Ashley Andreas, of Wilder, Vt., left, Joe Burke, of South Royalton, Vt., and Lannie Collins of Hartford, Vt., speak about what was happening in the meeting in Hartford on Nov. 14, 2017. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

From this morning’s Valley News:

Three members of the Hartford Committee on Racial Inequality resigned Tuesday night. The resignations included Chairwoman Olivia LaPierre, whose recent statement about white people had drawn a passionate response from both supporters and detractors.


“I don’t owe white people my time, my patience, my kindness,” LaPierre said at the end of a two-hour meeting in the Town Hall. “I refuse to continue to do emotional and physical labor when my safety is compromised daily.”

YQY. Read more.

Introducing Buster the dog, the newbie at Riverview Farm

A couple weeks ago, we posted about the passing of Max and Lilly, two wonderful dogs who had made Plainfield’s Riverview Farm their home.

Well, over the weekend they introduced the latest addition to the Riverview family: Buster!

Photo courtesy Riverview Farm.

From a post on the Riverview Farm Facebook page:

After the devastating loss of two unforgettable dogs, this guy snuck into our lives. Amy just adopted Buster from Brooklyn and he seems to be settling in quite well. He hung out all afternoon while we did our wreath workshop. We’re sure the wood stove might have had something to do with that.

And in a Facebook message this afternoon, they added some big news … MORE DOGS!

Stay tuned as there are plans for a malamute sister later this winter! Buster is a total love and has brought some much needed joy to the farm!

Awwwww. So sweet. Welcome home, Buster! And can’t wait to meet your new sister.

Dan & Whit’s ISO donkey

Update: It seems D&W has their donkey needs met for now. Maybe next year . . .

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(Hit Radio FFH/dpa via AP)

From the listserve:

In search of—
From: Dan Fraser dan@danandwhits.com
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:31:51 -0500


Looking for a donkey! Seriously, need to borrow or rent one for The Norwich Pageant on Thurs. Dec. 14th.


Stranger things have happened, Listserv work your magic please!


Thanks for keeping it local,