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Lucky 7 News Quiz No. 10 is open through July 19

UV Index editors Maggie Cassidy and Amanda Newman and their promotional pins in West Lebanon, N.H., on May 2, 2018. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


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We had two aces and, per usual, we’re giving another pin away to one rando (s/o to the Random Name Picker lol).


  • Harry Kane (ace)
  • Steve Becker (ace)
  • Michael Waterman (random winner)

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Q1: What was the theme of Hartland’s Fourth of July parade?
A: Star Wars.

Q2: What can you tour on Friday afternoons in Woodstock, which Close-Up writer David Corriveau recently wrote about?
A: Fallout shelters.

Q3: Lou’s Restaurant & Bakery, which was recently sold to a new owner, was named for whom when it opened in 1947?
A: Owner Lou Bressett.

Q4: How many flights of stairs did Lebanon firefighter Troy Leatherman climb on a recent Sunday as part of a 9/11 memorial event?
A: 82.

Q5: Which document is the town of Hartford preparing to update?
A: The Town Plan.

Q6: Where is the newly opened Bridge and Main building, which is being credited with easing the housing shortage?
A: White River Junction.

Q7: What has Listen Community Services recently revealed as it renovates the former Bridgman’s building on the Miracle Mile in Lebanon?
A: The original “Bridgman’s Furniture” lettering on the side of the building.


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Flashback Friday: ‘New Daily Starts Publication’ in the Upper Valley in 1952

See a PDF of the full article, and a text-only version, below.

Thank you to local history buff Art Pease for dropping this off at the Valley News this morning!

According to Art, it’s a clipping from the Hanover (N.H.) Gazette from May 29, 1952. “New Daily Starts Publication Wed. Afternoon, June 4″ is the headline, followed by the deckhead: ” ‘The Valley News’ Names Its Personnel And Plans.”

I scanned in the full article as a PDF below, and also typed it out at the bottom of this page.

Text version: 

New Daily Starts Publication Wed. Afternoon, June 4

“The Valley News” Names Its Personnel And Plans

The Valley News, first daily newspaper ever published in the Tri-Towns of Lebanon, White River Junction and Hanover, will begin publication on June 4 from its new plant on the Hanover Road in West Lebanon.

The six-day-a-week afternoon publication will be printed by the Valley Publishing Company, Inc. President of the company and editor of the News is Allan C. Butler of Plainfield, N.H. Allston S. Goff is vice president of the company and business manager of the News. Butler and Goff are both directors of the company and Robert Pittis of New York City is the third director.

The News is housed in a new one-story cinder-block building. Its machinery will include three Linotypes, a Duplex flatbed press and other new pressroom equipment. A darkroom and Fairchild engraving equipment operated by two staff photographers will insure quick photo coverage.

National and international news will be furnished by the United Press wire service. Both national and local news will be processed by teletypesetting equipment.

Heading the nine-man news staff will be James L. Farley of Windsor, managing editor. He has had five years’ experience reporting and at-desk work on the northern New England daily newspapers.

Advertising manager is John W. May, who until recently held a similar post with the Natchez, Miss., Times. William A. Russell of Woodstock is circulation manager, and David W. Durward, former mechanical superintendent of the Las Vegas, N.M. Optic, has a similar position with the new newspaper.

The news staff includes Michael J. de Sherbinin, city editor; Roy G. Kimball of Lebanon, sports editor; Mrs. Marcia O’D. Grodon of Woodstock, society editor; Granville S. Austin of Norwich, Edward S. Barnes and Weston A. Cate, Jr., of Hartford, reporters; William O. McAllister, chief photographer, and Hanson T. Carroll of Woodstock, assistant photographer.

Gordon A. Landry is composing room foreman on the News and Lyndon H. Kelley of Woodstock is press superintendent. Andrew R. Boisvert is advertising makeup man.

Mrs. Maxine D. Day of Wilder is chief teletypist and working with her are Miss Doris J. Wilkinson of West Lebanon and Miss Beverly J. Way of Hartland.

Mrs. Theresa A. Goular of Hartford is office manager. Edward J. Bennett of Canaan is consultant to the News in production and advertising and Harry Pearson of West Lebanon is Russell’s assistant in the circulation department. William J. Peck of West Lebanon is building custodian.

The News has hired a full staff of correspondents to gather items of local interest. They are Miss Frances E. Haslett, Hanover; Mrs. Jerome B. Hickson, Norwich; Mrs. John D. Warren, Wilder; Miss Josephine P. Sargent, West Lebanon; Mrs. Harold K. Gibson, Lebanon; Mr. Harry H. Gibbs, Hartford; Mrs. Henry Kessler, Quechee; Mrs. Earle E. Phelps, North Hartland; Mrs. C. A. McKenny, Hartland; Mrs. Herman Rogers, Meriden; Mrs. Palmer C. Read, Jr., White River Jct.,; Mrs. Willis K. Shirley, White River Jct.,; Mrs. S. J. Stebbin, Etna; and William E. Finley, West Hartford.

In addition to the UP wire service the News will carry the International News Service’s Wire Photos of national and international events. The Walter Lippman, Drew Pearson and Frederick C. Othman columns on national and international politics will be carried, as well as Sylvia Porter’s business and finances column, Mary Haworth’s Mail, a column of advice on personal problems, and John Crosby’s radio and television comment.

Nine comic strips — Steve Canyon, Blondie, Pogo, Donald Duck, Ozark Ike, Etta Kett, Dick Tracey, Rex Morgan, M.D., and Mary Worth — will appear daily. Jimmy Hatlo’s panel, “They’ll Do It Every Time,” will also be carried, as will a daily crossword puzzle and Thornton Burgess’ “Bedtime Stories.”

Hanover, N.H., Gazette; May 29, 1952

tbt: The world’s tallest man visits Lebanon in 1970

From the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram.

Reporter Gary Ebbels is six feet tall but Henry Hite, the world’s tallest man at eight-feet, two inches, is head and shoulders above him. Young Dick Coutermarsh, of Lebanon, N.H., barely comes above the giant’s knee cap. Hite, who has been travelling on a promotion tour for Wilson-Sinclair meats for eight years, was at the IGA store in Lebanon on June 4, 1970. “Of course, Hite is just a stage name,” he said. “My real name’s Lowe, but no one would believe me if I went by it.” (Valley News – Jim Higgins) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

And here’s how that picture looked in the print edition:

Valley News.

Scratch has officially moved into its new space on the pedestrian mall in Lebanon

Photo courtesy Karen Zook.

Weeeeee! You may remember from the Valley News Business Notes that Scratch Supply Co. was planning to move a few doors down on the pedestrian mall in Lebanon into a bigger space. It happened!

The grand opening at 1 Court Street was this past weekend, and they are ready for action.

I wrote about Scratch back in September, and Geoff Hansen and I put together some little bits of video at that time (they were still in the old space, of course).

Obviously my favorite part of the interview involved a hedgehog, so I was sad to read that lil’ Pippa passed away earlier this month. RIP.

Youth baseball day scheduled at Maxfield July 22 to honor Bob Ammel

Umpire Bob Ammel waits between innings of an American Legion baseball game on July 18, 2016, at Lebanon High. (Valley News – Tris Wykes)

We received word today from Bob Ammel‘s daughter, Kylie Young, about a Youth Day scheduled for Maxfield Sports Complex later this month in the name of her father, an Irving driver and longtime baseball umpire who died in a tragic car crash on Route 4 in November 2016

Here’s what Kylie said about the upcoming Youth Day:

In 2017 it was the members of the Upper Valley that came together to honor Bob Ammel (as everyone knew him) after his untimely death in November of 2016. A scholarship fund and 501(c)3 was established in his name as a way to raise funds and give back to youth for years to come.


Bob was a beloved umpire who traveled all over while also raising and chasing his own kids from field to field and rink to rink.


Last June the first of many annual events brought American Legion Post 22 and Jeffrey Holmes Post 84 together in an unforgettable match up that ended in a full suspense tie.


This year the demanding schedules of both teams did not allow for the much anticipated re-match, so as Bob would have done, they found another way.  The Robert E Ammel Jr. Scholarship fund along with each of the Legion teams, Casella Waste Management and Irving energy are happy to announce the 2018 Robert E Ammel Jr. Youth Day.  It will be full of Fun, Baseball skills and drills for 12-U, off field activities like radar pitch and dunk tank, great raffle prizes, BBQ lunch, as well as presentation of the first of many annual scholarships, and dedication of the new Robert E. Ammel Jr. Memorial garden at Maxfield Sports Complex.

Robert E. Ammel Jr. Memorial Youth Day 2018 flyer. Full text of the flyer below.

Here’s a text-only version of the flyer above:

Robert E. Ammel Jr. Memorial Youth Day 2018

“Play Hard. Have Fun.”


Sunday, July 22, 2018
12-2:30 p.m.
Maxfield Sports Complex
120 Leslie Drive, WRJ VT


FREE Admission!

Join us to celebrate youth in sports!

  • A ceremony dedicating the Memorial Garden at Maxfield Sports Complex
  • Raffle with great prizes for all
  • Lunch (free for registered 12-U participants)
  • Skills and drills fun with members of the Lebanon Post 22 & Jeffrey S. Holmes Post 84 baseball teams
  • Lots of off-field fun, too!
  • Stay for the Post 84 double-header



Can’t attend, but still want to support the Youth Day and scholarship fund? Email us at BobAmmelSF@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page: Robert E Ammel Jr. Memorial Scholarship


WCAX video: Bear strolls around inside Killington lodge

WCAX reports: “An unexpected guest! A black bear caught taking a stroll down a hallway of the North Star Lodge in Killington. A manager says the bear was spotted a little after 2 o’clock this afternoon, and left about five minutes later.”

RELATED: Relocated Bear Trying to Find Home (to be clear, I am not saying that this is the same bear, just that Bear Content is very en vogue rn)

Dear grinches: Please stop stealing the crystal from the Hanover mystery bench

It is very rude. 

The bench, as seen on Saturday, July 7.

The backstory:

Earlier this year, I wrote about the interesting backstory of this Hanover bench, including that Nick Fabrikant used a “crystal element” in the design in 2013 to pay homage to his parents, who previously ran the Rosey Jekes clothing store.

But when walking by this bench the other day, I noticed that crystal element was missing.

Bench with crystal.

Bench with no crystal.

I reached out to Nick again, and he said the crystal has a habit of going missing.

“Indeed, there is a crystal thief on the loose,” he said in a text. He said he has run it by the Hanover Police and they are “very kind” but he still ends up replacing the crystal about twice a year.

Maybe keep an eye out for this guy?

Hopefully the crystal thief will knock it off soon.

“A crystal is so pure,” Nick said. “In an age of rampant nihilism, the crystal serves as a reminder of unity and universal beauty, that I believe we can all get behind. I really believe that.”

RELATED: The history of the mystery bench in downtown Hanover

Regarding On Brand™ childhood stories

Spice up your life.



A spooky tale: Woodstock has history with vampires

A great historical read by Valley News reporter EmmaJean Holley on early New England’s long and storied history with vampires, which often was mistaken for what actually was tuberculosis, or consumption, as it was known.

I actually did a project during my senior year of college on Rhode Island’s own haunted history, with a particular focus on vampires. Exeter, R.I., is home to the grave of Mercy Brown, who is widely known as the Ocean State’s most famous “vampire.” (You can read more on Brown here.)

It’s interesting to see that each little village, as isolated as they were, all shared the same fears about that which could not be easily explained.

Starbucks to phase out straws by 2020

Starbucks on Monday announced it plans to remove straws from its drinks at all of its locations by 2020, making it the latest chain to ditch plastic straws, which are harmful to the environment.

You can expect to see the new biodegradable, straw-free lids at some point at your local West Lebanon Starbucks.

IHOB is dead, long live IHOP

In a move that is surprising to almost no one, a breakfast joint has changed its name once again.

The restaurant chain previously known as International House of Pancakes, or IHOP, which became the International House of Burgers, or IHOB, for a hot second, now is back to being IHOP. The brand came clean on Twitter on Monday.

Let the record show I called this, as I noted on June 11:

It was not immediately clear on Monday if the name change was permanent, though my money is on it being a fairly temporary push.

Lucky 7 News Quiz No. 9 is open through July 12

Win pins!!!


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Continue on to the quiz below! (Note: There’s a scrolly bar.)


OK. Apparently one of the questions was REALLY HARD, because nobody got it right! It’s the glacial erratics, y’all. They can trick ya.

So we’re giving away one pin each to our two top scorers and one rando (s/o to the Random Name Picker lol).


  • Brian Benkel (5 of 7)
  • Rebecca Bailey (5 of 7)
  • Allan Leeson (random winner)

CONGRATS! Comment on our Facebook or email us at uvindex@vnews.com to let us know if you want to come by the Valley News to pick up your loot or if we should pop ’em in the mail.


Q1. What reason did developer David Hall give for abandoning his proposed NewVistas project in Vermont?
A. He was “worn down by the drama.

Q2. The town of Hanover has said it will withhold a permit for which Dartmouth College event, unless safety improvements are made?
A. Homecoming bonfire.

Q3. How many miles did Tunbridge’s Tripp Ewards travel in his most recently cycling journey?
A. 4,121.

Q4. Who was pictured staring longingly at a woman’s plate of food after she finished running the Save a Stray 5K in Newport?
A. Her dog.

Q5. According to a story from the Sunday Valley News, what are porch pirates?
A. People who steal packages off of other people’s porches and entryways.

Q6. Identify who said the following: “There are so many other ones tucked away in the nooks and crannies of New England.”
A. Massachusetts hiker Christy Butler, talking about glacial erratics as part of the Valley News summer journal series, ‘Lost, Hidden or Forgotten.’

Q7. What year did the Sherman Manning Pools (commonly known as the Hartford swimming pool) open in White River Junction?
A. 1967.


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Listen’s ultimate #tbt: Taking down the roof of the old Bridgman’s building to reveal original lettering

Raze the roof.


Listen Community Services is acquiring the Bridgman’s Fine Home Furnishings building, pictured on Friday, June 16, 2017, on the Miracle Mile in Lebanon, N.H. (Valley News – Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

RELATED: Lebanon Approves Listen’s Tax Exemption for Bridgman’s Building

Three cheers for lifeguards who saved a child’s life at UVAC

Three cheers for Upper Valley Aquatic Center lifeguards Meredith Boyle and Emily Murphy!

Upper Valley Aquatic Center lifeguards Meredith Boyle, left, and Emily Murphy. (Photo courtesy UVAC)

UVAC said Boyle, 21, of White River Junction, and Murphy, 17, of Lyme, saved a child’s life last week.

The organization is honoring them for a job well done:

It’s not every day that we get to acknowledge our lifeguards for saving a life, yet on Friday they did just that. Meredith and Emily were on deck in the morning when a child suffered a seizure in our lazy river area. Thanks to their training, focus and attention to detail, both were able to react within seconds. They both stayed with the child until paramedics arrived and were praised for their level headed, quick response to a serious situation. Please join us in congratulating these ladies in a job well done! The child was conscious and alert when loaded into the ambulance and what could have been a very disastrous story had a happy ending.

UVAC, of course, is a nonprofit fitness/swimming center in White River Junction, just south of the VA. Boyle has been a UVAC guard for more than three years; Murphy for more than two. Keep it up!

Lebanon police say the bald eagle rescued over the weekend has died

Lebanon police photograph.

Poor eagle. According to Lebanon police, “VINS assessed the eagle’s multiple injuries and unfortunately found that they were too severe, and the eagle had to be humanely euthanized. What caused the injuries is unclear.”

Here’s the full update from Lebanon police:

PREVIOUSLY: Bald eagle rescued from Trues Brook Road/Route 12A intersection over the weekend