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 email@example.com.
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
And here’s how that picture looked in the print edition:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
We’re giving away 60¢ short stacks on July 17 from 7a-7p for IHOP’s 60th birthday. That’s right, IHOP! We’d never turn our back on pancakes (except for that time we faked it to promote our new burgers) pic.twitter.com/KsbkMJhKuf
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.
Listen Community Services is acquiring the Bridgmans 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 email@example.com.
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!
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.”