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TFW your dog crashes your car in Lebanon

Passers-by look at a vehicle that rolled down a stairway near the Laundry Spa in Lebanon, N.H., Sunday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2018, when a dog left inside disengaged the parking brake as its owner shopped in the Lebanon Village Market. No one was injured. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Help out at the Claremont outdoor ice skating rink to keep it going this winter

Claremont Parks and Recreation Department photograph.

From Claremont Parks and Rec:

The Claremont Parks and Recreation Maintenance Crew have been hard at work making an Ice Skating Rink at Moody Park for the community to enjoy this winter. To help keep this rink going, we will need community involvement to help clear the rink after a snowfall, especially on weekends. Please feel free to help out and bring a shovel to help clear the rink before skating. We hope you enjoy the rink.

Audio: Dartmouth College sing-ins honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; free MLK celebration tonight at the Hop

A little snippet of song for MLK Day.

FULL STORY: Dartmouth Sing-Ins Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dartmouth alumna and singer-songwriter Tyné Freeman sings during a sing-in at the Paddock Music Library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, on Jan. 5, 2018. Jim Schley of Strafford, Vt., sings behind her. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Also:

A collection of photos and videos showing the Upper Valley ice jams, flooding and aftermath

Laurie Hatch and her son Brayden, 8, of North Hartland, Vt., look out across the Connecticut River in Windsor, Vt., on Jan. 13, 2018. Ice dams had built up along the river causing flooding. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Got more photos and/or videos? Email me at mcassidy@vnews.com.

Also, here’s our Sunday story on all the flooding.

Standing on Smith Drive looking at South Road in West Canaan NH on Jan 13. I did not go any further as I live on Smith Drive, didn’t seem worth the possible damage to my vehicle to try and drive through it. (Sharon L. Stacy photograph)

Teago General Store: Then, now and in the future

Chuck Gundersen had come out to say hello to customer Ted Staples of Pomfret, Vt., on Jan. 10, 2018 in South Pomfret. Gundersen is retiring after 30-plus years running the Teago General Store. Staples has been coming to to store since before Gundersen owned it. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

From the Sunday Valley News: After 30 Years, Teago General Store Changes Hands.

And from a previous edition of our #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram: The store in 1970.

Champney memorial vandalized

The memorial, then …

and now …

Read all of our coverage of the shooting of Jesse J. Champney at this link.

Valley News paper boys and girls from 1989

From the notes on the photo: “Jim Ladue, rookie of the month, July ’89”

This is so. cool.

We’ve been doing a little bit of ~cleaning~ and ~organizing~ around here lately, and recently stumbled upon a collection of photographs from 1989, when the Valley News was still an afternoon paper and had a young fleet of paper boys and girls.

The photos are related to paper carrier awards, with notes such as “carrier of the month” or “honorable mention” scrawled in the margins.

There’s 20 photos in total. Click through to our Facebook album to see them all, and TAG YOUR FRIENDS if you recognize anybody from back in the day!

#tbt to the other Romney’s Upper Valley visit 50 years ago

Don’t forget to check out the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag at the @vnewsuv Instagram!

Gov. George Romney, R-Mich., puts on a pair of bowling shoes before playing a game for the media on Jan. 15, 1968, during a six-day, 2,000-mile campaign swing through New Hampshire before primary voting. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Gov. George Romney, R-Mich., greets Canaan College students before a speech at the school in Canaan, N.H., on Jan. 15, 1968, as part of a six-day, 2,000-mile campaign swing through New Hampshire before primary voting. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Supporters of Gov. George Romney, R-Mich.,wait for his arrival in front of the Currier and Company department store in Lebanon, N.H., on Jan. 15, 1968. Romney was on a six-day, 2,000-mile campaign swing through New Hampshire before primary voting. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Happening over on the ol’ @vnewsuv Instagram

1️⃣ Diana Capozzi maneuvers a chair into her car in White River Junction, #VT, on Tuesday. She got the chair from a friend who planned to donate it to the Listen Community Services thrift store. “I thought, ‘That would be perfect for my porch, I just have to figure out how to get it into my car,’ ” Capozzi said. “I’m just being #thrifty.” 2️⃣ Clyde Brown repairs the cover to his mechanically extendable #mailbox in South Royalton, Vt., on Wednesday. The cover blew off the electric drill powered mechanism the previous evening. Brown created the device, which he powers on timers from inside his house, in 1991, so that he can pull the box in out of range of #snow plows and does not have to shovel snow away from around the box. ⏹ More #vnewsuv staff photography at www.vnews.com/photos. (Valley News photographs – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vermont #802 #newengland #winter #january #photojournalism #sliceoflife #🚗 #📬

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1️⃣ Four generations of the Haupt family have worked at Green Mountain Glove Company in Randolph, #VT, even as the pressures on the business have increased. 🔺 Hear from them in the FULL VIDEO, plus view MORE PHOTOS, at www.vnews.com. 🔺 Link in profile. 2️⃣ Green Mountain Glove Company owner Kurt Haupt looks over a mitten his daughter Heidi Haupt, right, sewed to re-create a customer’s favorite pair of #mittens that finally wore through after years of use in Randolph, #VT. 3️⃣ Evangeline Pierce, of Randolph, sews a string of #glove parts together at one of the #machines where she has worked for over 40 years. 4️⃣ Sam Hooper, of Brookfield, Vt., presses a glove on a hot form, the final step before a glove is ready to be worn. 5️⃣ A box of #gloves, sewn and trimmed of loose threads, sits ready to be pressed and stretched into their final shape. ⏹ (Photographs by Valley News staff photographer James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson. Video by James M. Patterson and Valley News web editor Maggie Cassidy.) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #videojournalism #video #vermont #802 #factory #industry #sewing #business #smallbiz #family #video #🧤

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Emergency 90-minute power outage planned for Fairlee area this evening from midnight until 1:30 Thursday morning

Here’s a press release from Green Mountain Power:

EMERGENCY OUTAGE IN FAIRLEE AREA TONIGHT

Green Mountain Power will need to interrupt power tonight to 1800 customers in parts of Fairlee, West Fairlee, Vershire, Strafford and Thetford in order to safely repair broken equipment. The interruption will begin tonight at midnight and last until approximately 1:30 Thursday morning.

The areas affected include:

  • In Fairlee –  most of Fairlee including areas along VT Route 244, US Route 5, Lake Morey Rd & Redmond Rd.
  • In West Fairlee – most of West Fairlee including along VT Route 113, Beaver Meadow Rd, Middlebrook Rd,  & Blood Brook Rd.
  • In Vershire – the south-west portion of Vershire along S. Vershire Rd, Vershire Center Rd, & Taylor Valley Rd.
  • In Strafford – the north-west portion of Strafford along Old City Falls Rd, Miller Pond Rd, & Sawnee Bean Rd.
  • In Thetford – northern sections of Thetford along Sawnee Bean Rd, VT Route 113, VT Route 244 Quinibeck Rd & US Route 5 south to Cider Mill Rd.

How I de-stress (not even kidding)

RELATED:

Vermont poised to enact legal pot through Legislature following Senate approval

The Vermont Senate today gave final approval to a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana, putting Vermont on course to become the first state in the country to legalize pot by an act of the Legislature rather than through a citizen referendum.

Click here to read the full breaking update, with additional links to the latest on the pot proposal in New Hampshire.

FILE – This June 27, 2017 file photo shows popcorn shaped marijuana nuggets in a plastic container at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary owned by Jerred Kiloh in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

New Hampshire House passes initial marijuana legalization bill

The New Hampshire House took a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports the House voted, 207-139, in favor of an amended legalization bill. From the story:

The amended bill would permit adults to possess up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, 5 grams of hashish, and certain marijuana-infused products. Adults could also cultivate up to six pot plants at home.

Speaker Gene Chandler said the bill now goes to the House Ways & Means Committee, according to NHPR.

The passage marks a rebuke of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who on Thursday made it easier for prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have opted for legalization of the substance. (Read more about that here.)

The Vermont House approved the legalization of recreational marijuana that same day, and lawmakers have said the Vermont Senate could vote on the bill as soon as tomorrow. Republican Gov. Phil Scott has signaled he would sign it into law if it passes.