The post says: “We are seeing a lot of videos which appear to be filmed of the driving conditions in our town. If you are the driver and are caught doing this it would be a $230 fine and 5 points on your license. Please put the phones down and drive safely.”
Seriously, y’all. It’s not safe. Put the phones down.
(Originally posted Tuesday, March 13. Updated on Thursday, March 15.)
Photo courtesy Jenn Carter.
West Lebanon resident Jenn Carter has made a pretty neat discovery in her kitchen ceiling — letters that are more than 90 years old! — and now she’s trying to return them to their rightful owners.
Here is what she posted on the Upper Valley VT/NH Facebook page (w/ light editing by me):
Hi, Upper Valley … So here is an odd one and probably a long shot.
I am remodeling my kitchen in West Lebanon. During demolition, many very old letters were found in the ceiling. They are from Miss Laura S. Johnson, of West Lebanon, to Harold B. White, of Brattleboro, Vt. The letters I have gone through are postmarked for various dates in 1925 & 1926.
I think I found the right Laura through the 1910 & 1920 Census. It appears that she passed in 1998 and is buried at the West Lebanon Cemetery. I was hoping she might still have family in the Upper Valley as I would love to return these letters to them. Please message me if this may be someone you knew.
Jenn later called them “super sweet love letters.” Awwww. <3 :’)
You can contact Jenn at her original post, OR comment below or email me at email@example.com and I will pass along the message.
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UPDATE #1 (TUESDAY): A woman has come forward as the couple’s granddaughter!
That seriously took less than 30 minutes. The Upper Valley is small and the internet is fast.
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UPDATE #2 (THURSDAY): Jenn Carter reunited the letters today with two of Laura Johnson’s and Harold White’s granddaughters, Theresa White, of White River Junction, and Shannon Kivler, of Charlestown.
They are waiting to open all of the letters until they can be read by the couple’s last living daughter!!!! So exciting. We are thrilled for everyone involved. Look for a photo in Friday’s Valley News.
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UPDATE #3 (FRIDAY): Photos and an editorial!
Valley News chief photographer Jennifer Hauck was there for the handoff, and the VN editorial board also weighed in on the magic of these letters. Photos here & editorial here.
Windsor sophomore sensation Olivia Rockwood cuts a piece of the net with the rest of her teammates after they defeated Thetford 51-34 to win the Division III state championship in Barre, Vt., on March 10, 2018. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
I was there and I have to say my jaw was on the floor following the play that Valley News correspondent Adam Boffey described in the opening of his story:
When Olivia Rockwood sank a deep turnaround floater off the glass at the first-half buzzer in Saturday’s VPA Division III girls basketball championship game at Barre Auditorium, it pushed Windsor’s lead to a commanding 18 points at intermission.
The one-handed heave, which looked like something from a game of H-O-R-S-E, was also a microcosm of the evening for the Yellowjackets — everything seemed to go their way in a 51-34 victory over defending state champion Thetford.
Rockwood dominated the rematch of last year’s final, finishing with 29 points including three 3-pointeers.
The Yellowjacket standout offered her take on the shot of the game, which developed from a loose ball she picked up just inside the arc.
“I didn’t really shoot it,” Rockwood said. “I kind of just picked it up and threw it, I guess. It looked on, but I thought it would go hard off the backboard, but I guess it was just right.”
Hanover High School students walked out of class at the end of the day today to protest gun violence, marching to the post office to send handwritten post cards to legislators. Read more in Saturday’s Valley News.
Windsor’s Olivia Rockwood, left, and Angelina Bigwood, right, fight to bring down a rebound against Peoples’ Melaira Fogg during their VAP Division III semifinal at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, Vt., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to email@example.com.
Emi Vaughan, of Thetford Academy, right, competes for a dropped rebound with Lizzie Brown, of Hazen, as Brooke Horniak, of Thetford, middle, provides backup during the Vermont Principals Association Division III semifinal at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, Vt., Thursday, March 8, 2018. Thetford won 51 – 40. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full disclosure: My husband grew up in Thetford and had been working at Thetford Academy for a few years at the time, so the come-from-behind victory was pretty thrilling to witness (see video). But overall, I’m always just looking for an exciting game between two good teams, and this one promises to deliver.
It’s all going down at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Barre Auditorium.
Click the picture below to read today’s piece about what she’s reading.
Laura Braunstein, of Lebanon, is the Digital Humanities Librarian at Dartmouth College and a fan of graphic novels and speculative fiction, for its “what-if” approach and engagement with politics, diversity and inclusion. “One of the things I like about a lot of the writers, especially writers of color and women is that they’re imagining a future with different social relationships,” said Braunstein at Baker Library in Hanover, N.H., Monday, March 5, 2018. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to email@example.com.
And, importantly, please consider recommending Upper Valley bookworms for Valley News staff writer David Corriveau to interview!
To recommend folks, from any walk of life and line of work, for an interview about what they’re reading, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-727-3304.
I’m wondering if anyone here has a picture: in South Grantham, right by the Grantham/Croydon line, there’s a really beat up chainsaw art gnome that was badly damaged by some pranksters several years ago.
Anyone have pictures of that gnome from before it was damaged?
He would like to get the gnome replaced and rebuilt! If you have any old pics, please reply to Richard or send it to me at email@example.com and I’ll pass it along!
Route 4 (N.H.) is closed in Lebanon (just west of Eastman Hill) at this hour due to a serious crash, and Route 4 (Vt.) is closed in Woodstock (just west of Woodstock Village) due to a tree covering the road.