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The first episode of Well-Dressed Sports Heads is in the books

We just finished our first foray into Facebook Live: a weekly sports show called Well-Dressed Sports Heads!

It’s where the Valley News Sports Department hosts a live chat about the week in Upper Valley sports. This is a new thing we’re trying out, so chime in with your questions and what you want to hear. And we’ll see you next Friday afternoon.

CLICK HERE to watch the re-broadcast.

Ready for takeoff, lax-style

Read the full game story here.

There’s another food truck in downtown Lebanon parked at Colburn Park

This one’s called VT Munchies and their soft launch (on 4/20 …!) is right now until 7 p.m. (or until they run out of food, whichever happens first).

We haven’t had the food yet but their truck is covered in plaid so that’s obviously a plus in our book.

And the menu, from their Facebook page:



The Five Colleges Book Sale is upon us

The Five Colleges Book Sale at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H., in 2016. (Photograph by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy for the Valley News.)

It’s happening this weekend at the Lebanon High School Gym.

Doors open at 9 a.m.. both days. It goes until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Click here to read Valley News correspondent Eleanor Kohlsaat’s quick Q&A with the organizers, published back in March.

Lebanon cop cars: 1963 vs. 2018

This week’s #valleynewsthrowback on the @vnewsuv Instagram features a “sleek Ford Guardian equipped with a spotlight, enlarged domelight and 220-horsepower engine” from 1963, when Lebanon police debuted a West Lebanon patrol position.

A new patrol car for West Lebanon, N.H., a division of the Lebanon Police Department, was made official on April 17, 1963, when Police Chief Clarence Wright, at right, presented the car keys to West Lebanon patrolman Merle Eaton, center. On hand to view the sleek Ford Guardian equipped with a spotlight, enlarged domelight and 220-horsepower engine, was Lebanon City Manager Roland Dubay. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Compare that against these cruisers:

… or this truck:

Bernie Sanders: Cardi B knows what’s up

Two weeks ago she dropped her highly anticipated debut album, Invasion of Privacy, and performed on Saturday Night Live. This week she got a shout-out from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Such is life when you’re Cardi B, the Bronx rapper who shot to stardom with her megahit Bodak Yellow.

Cardi’s initial statement came as part of an April 9 GQ profile, wherein she told a reporter that she loves political science and government, and is particularly enamored of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, also known as FDR, for his work establishing Social Security as part of the New Deal. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law in August 1935.

Here’s Cardi on FDR, from the GQ story:

“He’s the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.”

Fast-forward to this week, when Sanders quoted (well, quote tweeted) Cardi B, saying she was right when she spoke out about Social Security. (No, I don’t think he read the GQ profile.)

He then followed up with a tweet thanking the rapper for drawing attention to the topic, and reiterated in a video that he thought she was spot-on re: Social Security.

Cardi, who responded on Instagram, was v excited about the senator’s mention.

Oooooommmmmmggggg😱😱😱😰😰BERNIE SANDERS!!!

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Katy Perry wanted the Washington Post delivered to her in California, and the Post delivered, kinda

FILE – This July 28, 2013 file photo shows singer Katy Perry at the world premiere of “The Smurfs 2” in Los Angeles. Perry says though she’s “older and wiser,” she still plans to have fun on her new album. Perry debuted 12 songs from “Prism” in front of an audience of 100 industry insiders and journalists Thursday, Sept. 5, in New York. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Let me tell you about A-list celebrity Katy Perry becoming an e-subscriber to the Washington Post, a story told in five exhibits. 

EXHIBIT A. Katy Perry goes to the dentist, apparently, and then finds out she can’t get the Washington Post, the one based in Washington, D.C., delivered to her home in California. “Problem”!!!!

EXHIBIT B. Showing the utmost professionalism, The Post’s customer service staff responds, essentially, “but 3,000 miles though.”

EXHIBIT C. PostVideo, which I’m not exactly sure how to format and hope I got it right by deleting the space in between, publishes this great little video under the “Department of Satire,” featuring Washington Post creative video member Dave Jorgenson. Best line: “Hurry, robots!”

EXHIBIT D. Very Important award-winning journalist Marty Baron — the former Boston Globe editor who was played by Liev Schreiber in the Spotlight movie, and who has been editor of the Washington Post since 2012 — is also Very Polite.

EXHIBIT E. The Post’s digital subscriptions, which impressively surpassed 1 million last year, grew by one.

Lucy Mackenzie’s Peaches the dog, age 11½, has found her new human, and it’s really very sweet


Check out this post that a man named James Trundy Verrill posted on Lucy Mackenzie’s Facebook page, with the animal shelter subsequently shared with its followers.

So excited to have found Peaches. She gets to come to her new forever home this Friday.

TWO “SENIORS” joined together to love and cherish each other from this day forward!……..

She waited over 2 months for me to find her — overlooked and left behind because of her age — 11.5 years (84)

I decided while traveling that I was at a point in life where I should adopt a senior dog. My in concrete criteria were 1.) Female and 2,) Under 20 pounds — beyond that I was open and flexible.

Peaches and I will enjoy whatever time we have together.

And here’s Peaches profile on the Lucy Mackenzie website while she was waiting for James to find her:

Hi! My name is Peaches and I’m an 11-year-old Pomeranian Mix. I look pretty good for 11, don’t I??? My time at Lucy Mackenzie has been like a lovely retreat stay — I’ve had my nails done, my coat has been well clipped, I’ve trimmed my waistline a bit and I’ve even had my teeth done. I’ve been treated like a princess here! As much fun as I’ve had, though, I really can’t wait to find my new home. I love going for my walks and exploring outside. I’ve taken much pride in the weight I’ve lost and intend to stay on my new diet and exercise regimen. I have lived with cats before and like most other dogs I meet, as long as they are nice. Being nice to one another is very important to me and I hope it is to you, too. If you are looking for a very happy-go-lucky senior gal to fill your life with lots of love and smiles, stop in and meet me today!

All the best to James and Peaches. <3

RELATED: Adoptable Pets in the Upper Valley


Thai Orchid to reopen on Hanover Street in Lebanon, planning soft launch in May

When you’re a reporter and you walk by a sign that says, “What IS Happening Here?,” you’ve pretty much gotta ask. They cover that on the first day of Journalism 101.

I mention it, because that’s what happened to me on Hanover Street in Lebanon today. (You may have seen my super-sweet Facebook Live video just a few minutes beforehand.*)

Gotta say, putting that question to the person working out front was an odd experience. With the big red letters looming overhead, the only words I could get out of my mouth were, “What … is … happening here?” 😂

The answer: It’s going to be the new home of Thai Orchid, which was previously located in Hanover. The owners hope to have it open in May.

The future home of Thai Orchid on Hanover Street in Lebanon, N.H., on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

And, when I got back to the newsroom, turns out that business reporter John Lippman is already on the case. Here’s a sneak peek at Lippman’s dispatch coming up in the Sunday Valley News

Former Hanover restaurant Thai Orchid has found a new home — in Lebanon.


Owner-chef Pim Pinitmontri and her husband, Robert Lamprey, are reopening the Thai cuisine restaurant, which closed in Hanover last summer citing the town’s declining retail business and parking problems, at 70 Hanover Street in Lebanon in the location formerly occupied by Upper Valley Underground Crossfit.


Now renamed Pim’s Thai Orchid, Lambrey said the restaurant is targeting a “soft opening” in May and will feature many new menu ideas that Pinitmontri picked up during an extended winter trip back to her native Thailand where she studied with a leading Thai chef and toured Bangkok’s restaurants.


“We looked at a lot of places but this was the best location available,” Lamprey said, explaining the space in front of the building provides “ample parking” and the well-traveled corridor is strategically located near downtown Lebanon, the municipal parking lot and Exit 18 on Interstate 89.


Pim’s Thai Orchid will seat 48 compared to 80 at the former Hanover location. “That’s more manageable, we’ll need less help which will keep costs down and we’ll have take-out and delivery because the restaurant business is moving in that direction.”


Lampert described the new menu as “traditional Thai meets the New World,” and will feature infusions from Vietnamese, Chinese and Malaysian cuisine.


As it turns out, Pim’s Thai Orchid will be leasing space in a building owned by Sommay Vorachak, the former owner of Mai Thai Cuisine in Hanover, which Pinitmontri and Lamprey took over five years ago and renamed Thai Orchid.

RELATED: Canoe Club Sold; Thai Orchid Closes in Hanover

* p.s. Here’s the Facebook Live! Get those STICKERS! And if you know how to record those things in landscape mode, help me out. 😭

Willem Lange writes of a deep love and the end of life

Willem and Ida Lange, and their first daughter, Virginia, with Willem’s Jaguar roadster in the summer of 1960. Ida Lange died April 12, 2018. She was 78. (Photograph courtesy of Willem Lange)

Ida Lange, who was married to A Yankee Notebook writer Willem Lange, has passed away at age 78. Lange, who always referred to Ida as “Mother,” writes:

Unless you knew her, you can’t imagine her vitality! From the moment in July of 1959 that she walked, beautifully, past the manhole I was digging in State Street in Syracuse, till the last day of her life, we were inextricably engaged, truly for better or worse. All my life the people I’ve been most attracted to have been those most ready for adventure, for beginning an action you hope will lead to a desired result, but may not — like asking a woman to dance; entering a challenging rapid in a river far from home; starting a family because it’s time, not because your future is clear. Mother was the purest of adventure-seekers. In our very first brief conversation, after I’d chased her down the street and caught her at a post box, I heard in her voice the rising inflection that meant she was ready for almost anything.

Read the full tribute here

R.I.P. Carl Kasell, who died today at age 84

Via NPR:

Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! NPR’s news quiz show.


Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Potomac, Md. He was 84.

Keep reading here. And read the Associated Press obituary on the Valley News website.

RELATED: We found Megan from Hanover, the contestant on this weekend’s ‘Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’

Stop everything and look at these sweet newly hatched penguins

The weather is terrible, but not everything is: The New England Aquarium has welcomed four little blue penguins, and as the resident crazy penguin lady, I felt obliged to tell you.

Just try to tell me their wee faces aren’t making your day better. All together now: Awww!

Little blue penguins, also known as fairy penguins, are the smallest of the 18 different penguin species in the world. Their name is derived from their blue hue and their diminutive stature.

It’s Tax Day!

Today is Tax Day, meaning it’s the last day you can file your taxes (hopefully for a refund). Today also is the last day you can pay any money owed from 2017.

If you’re a last-minute tax filer, be aware that the IRS’ online filing system has been having some issues and is partly down, according to a Money report. The problem was ongoing as of 12:30 p.m.

Lebanon announces winners of Rail Trail public art installation contest

Renderings of “Wheels” by artist Susan K. Johnson (left) and “Steel Umbrella” (right) by artists Justin O’Rourke & Margaret Jacobs. Photos courtesy Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department.

From a news release from Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department:

The AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon Recreation and Parks and the Mascoma River Greenway Coalition are partnering in a program to commission two winning artists to design, fabricate, and install public sculptural artworks for long-term display along Lebanon’s new Rail Trail. Submitting artists were encouraged to select themes related to Lebanon’s history, geography, natural environment, recreational activities, or railroad activities, and to incorporate salvaged railroad spikes.

The five-person jury convened on Saturday to judge submissions, picking projects by Susan K. Johnson (“Wheels,” shown above at left) and Justin O’Rourke and Margaret Jacobs (“Steel Umbrella”).

  • Jury comments about “Steel Umbrella” include: “The umbrella is absolutely joyful. It nods to Lebanon’s past as the City of Fountains. Its polka dots hint at the endangered spotted turtles discovered along the rail trail. It whimsically celebrates the promise of brighter days ahead. Bravo!”
  • Jury comments about “Wheels” include: “ ‘Wheels’ encapsulates Lebanon’s history in a neat bundle — from water wheels to railroads and bicycles, with subtle references to the Mascoma River and the Greenway Rail Trail.”

Winners receive $2,500 for each project, plus up to $2,000 reimbursement for materials and installation expenses.

The winning sculptures will be fabricated by June 30 and installed by mid-July, according to the news release.

That will be in time for the grand opening of the Mascoma River Greenway.

See the full news release below.