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tbt: Time to get a moooo-ve on in WRJ

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Forty-one head of selected Jersey cows, totaling approximately 32,000 pounds, are loaded on a cattle van on May 2, 1963, at Maplerow Farm in White River Junction, Vt., to start the largest and longest shipment of pure breed cattle on record. Three of the 41 bovines making the 2,800-mile trek to Phoenix are from Harold Wright’s Maplerow Farm. The cows are to be delivered to William Weaver, a distributor of All Jersey Milk in Phoenix. Covering 2,800 miles in three days, the shipment of New England’s best will stop off in Columbus, Ohio, where they will be shown at the Ohio State Fair. (Valley News – Larry McDonald)

Check out the Authority Collective, challenging the media industry to be more inclusive

And co-created by our dear friend Jovelle Tamayo, former Valley News photography intern.

The Authority Collective — a group which describes itself as “a group of womxn/femmes/trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film and (virtual reality/augmented reality) industries” — was just profiled in this piece by Danielle Villasana on Medium.

“We want to challenge who holds power in the visual media world by uplifting our community and holding institutions accountable,” said Tamayo, of the Authority Collective. “We are making a point to focus on actions because we don’t have time to wait for these gatekeepers — who are happy to talk about inclusion but do little to address it in meaningful ways — to follow through.”


You can follow the Authority Collective at their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Jennica Guy, left, gets ready for Hartford High School’s prom with their date Charlotte Dennison on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Guy’s home in White River Junction, Vt. Guy, 17, is non-binary and uses “she,” “her,” “they” and “them” pronouns. “Don’t think that everyone who identifies as non-binary is confused,” Guy said. “I’ve been told I’m confused in my gender identity but I’m not. That’s who I am.” Tamayo, a former Valley News photography intern, chose this as her 2017 Valley News photo of the year.

R.I.P. to the ‘Vermont Life’ print edition


Montpelier — The glossy magazine that has extolled the virtues of the state of Vermont for the past 72 years is ending its print edition.

The final print edition of Vermont Life, the summer 2018 edition, went out to subscribers this week.

The state will shift Vermont Life operations to digital operations.

In a news release issued today, Michael Schirling, the secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, said Vermont Life has run a deficit of $3.5 million over the last decade.

Schirling says every effort was made to make the magazine financially viable, but those efforts “weren’t enough to change the reality.”

Currently, six people work for the magazine. They are expected to lose their jobs.

Vermont Life was founded in 1946.


Connecticut Valley Conference North track and field qualifier in Hanover

Read all about it at the Valley News website. Plus, a story about how Lebanon High’s track and field team hasn’t had a home meet in several years, because its facility has been rendered unserviceable due to its partially dilapidated surface.

About that helicopter flying low around WRJ the past two Tuesday nights

FILE PHOTO: Scenes from a National Guard Black Hawk UH-60L during a “Boss Lift” helicopter tour on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The hour-and-a-half flight flew north through Franconia Notch and then over Lake Winnipesaukee before returning to Concord. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Concord Monitor)

I’m not the only one who noticed the helicopter — which seemed to be flying at relatively low altitudes while circling White River Junction after dark — on May 1.

(Just search for “Chopper??!!” in the Upper Valley VT/NH Facebook group or ask the folks who were at the Main Street Museum that evening if you want to know what I’m talking about.)

When it happened again last night, my curiosity got the better of me. That’s two Tuesday nights in a row!

So I called up Braxton Freeman, Midwest Air Traffic’s manager at the air traffic control tower in Lebanon, this afternoon to figure out what’s up.

Braxton did a little research and found that it was an Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk doing some touch-and-goes — i.e. training drills — from Lebanon airport’s Runway 25.

“They might have been doing some night vision training,” Braxton said.

He isn’t sure if this will continue for the next few Tuesday nights; the Army Guard basically shows up when the training is needed.

Thanks, Braxton!


Upper Valley food trucks highlighted in the Valley News

Like we’ve been saying, we’ve got food truck festivals in our sights, starting this Saturday in Woodstock. Read more in today’s Valley News.

Garrett Wilson, part owner of VT Munchies, center left, greets Eddie Moran, part owner of Tacos Tacos, center right, while waiting in line at Boisvert’s Country Kitchen at Colburn Park in Lebanon, N.H., Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Wilson took a moment away from his food truck to talk with other vendors and try some of their food. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Concord is going hard for William Shatner

A promotional photograph of the cast of “Star Trek” during the third season (1968–1969). From left to right: James Doohan, Walter Koenig, DeForest Kelley, Majel Barrett, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, and George Takei. (NBC Television photograph)

Someone in Concord must be a real big Star Trek fan.

In honor of actor William Shatner’s upcoming visit to Concord for a question-and-answer session and hosted screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the city of Concord has proclaimed next Friday as KHAN!CORD Day (lol):

Shatner famously played Capt. James T. Kirk of the starship USS Enterprise in the Star Trek TV series (and, later, movies). But one scene in particular quickly became the stuff of legends: His screaming of KHAAAAAAAAN! in Star Trek II. (In the movie, Kirk and his crew chase the evil Khan Noonien Singh, aka Khan, through space.)

Live long and prosper, Concord. 🖖

Ice cream window roundup for Hartford, Norwich, Lebanon and Hanover

A black raspberry cone from 2 Guys Pies in White River Junction.

Roll call, everybody.

We’ve been keeping you posted on the ice cream windows opening for the season in the Upper Valley’s core four towns. So far we’ve let you know about Ice-Cream Fore U, Dairy Twirl, Dan & Whit’s, and now, 2 Guys Pies (personally verified).

I just want to make sure we aren’t missing any … Let us know!

‘Stranger Things’ actor David Harbour will be in Hanover this weekend

You can see him in the flesh!

Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts will host “An Evening with Stranger Things‘ David Harbour” on Sunday. The event will include a custom reel clip and a live conversation with the actor, who also is a 1997 Dartmouth graduate, according to a news release.

From the release:

On May 13, the Hopkins Center presents an evening with this beloved son of Dartmouth, including a compilation of his work and a conversation about his two-decade journey as an actor—from treading the boards at Dartmouth as a theater major to his work in television and film. He will also share stories about preparing for his starring role in the upcoming reboot of Hellboy, due out in January 2019, and other future projects.

Harbour currently plays the role of Jim Hopper, the chief of police in fictional Hawkins, Ind., on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. He recently wrapped filming on Hellboy, in which he will play the title character. (He also recently returned from a trip to Antarctica to see penguins.)

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sunday in the Spaulding Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. Tickets are $8 with a Dartmouth ID; otherwise, $15. Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

Eat yer fruits and veggies in Enfield

Co-owner Mehul Patel stocks #fruit at George's AG SuperValue in Enfield, #NH, earlier this month. Patel and his brother Devendra Patel purchased the store in February. New items and an expanded selection have been provided in response to customers’ wishes for grocery items, Mehul Patel said in an interview on Tuesday. “I want to fill the gap and I want to give the community what they’re asking for,” he said. 🔺 More at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔺 (Valley News – Carly Geraci @carlygeraci) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #food #grocery #grocerystore #store #fruits #veggies #vegetables #aisle #peppers #pears #carrots #coconuts #oranges #new #business #smallbusiness #smallbiz #work #community #enfieldnh #mascoma #mascomavalley #603

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Photos: It’s a double-moose Monday in Enfield

Thank you to reader Mark Creighton for submitting these photographs from his lunch break today on Bog Road in Enfield!

(You may remember Mark from his moody Mascoma Lake photograph that he sent in late last month.)

If you have Upper Valley photographs to share, let us know! You can send them to us on Facebook or email them to uvindex@vnews.com. Please, only submit your own photographs, and make sure to include the date and location where the photograph was taken.

Bog Road in Enfield, N.H., on Monday, May 7, 2018. Photo courtesy Mark Creighton.

Bog Road in Enfield, N.H., on Monday, May 7, 2018. Photo courtesy Mark Creighton.

RELATED: A foggy Mascoma Lake on a wet April morning

It’s almost time to get your blankets ready for the drive-in movies

David Tomaszewski, of #RandolphVT, right, and David Aiken, of #BethelVT, dig #holes for new supports for the Bethel Drive-In sign in Bethel, on Tuesday. Tomaszewski, who has run the drive-in theater for three years and runs the Playhouse movie theater in Randolph with his wife, convinced Aiken, a neighbor of the #drivein, to grab a #shovel and help him with the work. "I woke up this morning and said, oh (shoot), it's May 1 and opening weekend is Memorial weekend." 🔹 More staff photography at www.vnews.com/photos. 🔹 (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #vermont #driveinmovies #movies #theater #work #spring #springtime #may #neighbors #friends #sliceoflife #gettingready #sign #oldsign #📽

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There could be tornadoes in Vermont tonight 👀

The National Weather Service is warning Vermonters and New Yorkers to be aware that a tornado warning has been issued for parts of either state. The warning is in effect until 10 p.m.

For serious. Tornado watch in effect until 10 p.m. The threat also warns of hail up to the size of quarters and strong winds, which could reach 80 mph. Stay safe!

So, like, gather up your little dogs and whatnot.


It could be raining cats and dogs this afternoon

So why don’t you think about adopting one or both?

Lila and Malina are both adoptable in the Upper Valley. Click either picture to learn more.



#fbf: The sparkly new Hanover Co-op in 1963

Find more #tbt pics (which graduate into #fbf posts) on the @vnewsuv Instagram at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag!

Plenty of light and plenty of room through the well-stocked aisles are features of the Hanover Coop Food Store, which will be opening its doors at its new location on South Park Street in Hanover, N.H., on April 25, 1963. The store has been closed for five days while activities were shifted to the new location. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Shown on April 23, 1963, the Hanover Coop Food Store on South Park Street in Hanover, N.H., cost $400,000, the cost of everything including land, building and equipment. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Stocking of shelves on April 23, 1963, has kept employees busy as the new Hanover Coop Food Store gets ready to open for business at its new location on South Park Street in Hanover, N.H. The $400,000 supermarket will rival in size the largest in the area. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.