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Lucky 7 News Quiz No. 8 is open through July 5

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.

Our participation skyrocketed for Quiz No. 7, so let’s keep that going!

HOWEVER, due to some ~suspected tomfoolery~ (*cough* literally Maggie’s husband Chico *cough*) (and also a few other people tbh) we are changing the format of this quiz so that you won’t be able to see the answers until next week.

Here he is, y’all. HERE. HE. IS.

~*~*~* love u bb *~*~*~

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled festivities …

SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS

If you’re on an smartphone or tablet, please click here for a mobile-friendly link to the quiz!

DESKTOP USERS

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

LAST WEEK’S WINNERS

We’re giving away pins and sticker packs to everybody who aced it plus random “participation trophies” (s/o to the Random Name Picker lol).

FIRST OF ALL, IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR PEOPLE WITH TWO-LETTER NAMES ENDING WITH “J”!!!!

THE WINNERS OF QUIZ NO. 7 ARE:

  • “AJ” (7 of 7)
  • Richard Laferriere(7 of 7)
  • Joseph Sampsell (7 of 7)
  • CJ Hughes (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.

THE CORRECT ANSWERS TO QUIZ NO. 7:

Q1. According to a Close-Up story, Dr. W. Van Fleet is a _______________.
A. Rambling rose variety.

Q2. When does Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase expect his officers to have body cameras by?
A. Early fall.

Q3. Which Vermont town is Jeff Julian Memorial Vermont Open winner Alex Rainville from?
A. St. Johnsbury. (Orford is in New Hampshire, y’all.)

Q4. Northern Stage is buying a building that has been home to what kind of repair store?
A. Typewriters.

Q5. Recent Hanover High School graduate Lincoln Adam is taking a gap year to do what?
A. Lobster in Maine.

Q6. Which Vermont company recently invested $10 million in modernizing its operation?
A. Vermont Castings.

Q7. What gift did Amanda give to Maggie this week?
A. Unicorn seltzer.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

They can find this page at www.vnews.com/lucky7 or uvindex.vnews.com/lucky7.

Amanda says: See ya next week!

Hi, y’all! I’m taking off for a little bit, but I’ll be back late next week to bring you some more Vermontiness and New Hampshireness.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Um, so there’s a bunch of magma churning beneath us rn

Yeah, that’s right: I said MAGMA.

Y’know, this stuff.

(Yeah, yeah, this is technically lava, but lava is just magma that has broken through the Earth’s crust and escaped, soooo — it’s liquid hot magmaaaaa)

A group of researchers at Rutgers and Yale universities have made a surprising, if not slightly concerning, discovery: A huge pocket of molten magma is brewing directly underneath our feet, spanning multiple New England states, including New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, according to a recent WMUR report.

Rutgers professor Vadim Levin has the scoop:

“What we found is a material that is warmer than it should be, according to what we understand.”

“It will not make a large supervolcano. It will not break through the surface, not in our lifetime, but it is not supposed to be there, so that is what is fascinating.”

Welp.

The good news is it’s probably not gonna kill us: It could take millions and millions of years to reach the surface, if it ever does, WMUR reported.

Happy Friday!

Our summer guide is live, plus heat warning this weekend, plus bug spray is your friend

Lebanon residents Danny Ramirez, Meegan Boldue, and Anastasia Lyapina beat Monday’s heat by spending their afternoon at the ledges of a popular swimming hole off True’s Brook Road in Lebanon, N.H., on June 20, 2016. (Valley News – Mac Snyder) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The Valley News summer guide is now live, including:

AND MORE! (If you prefer a PDF version of the summer guide, click here.)

Speaking of summertime …

It’s going to be hot hot heat this weekend. Here is a warning from the Norwich town officials:

A prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures and heat index values are expected to impact the Upper Valley. High temperatures will reach 90+ degrees on Saturday, and should continue 90+ degrees through Wednesday (July 4th). The highest temperatures and heat indices are expected Sunday and Monday, with temperatures 95-99F and heat index values above 100 degrees.

Here’s the National Weather Service page for Lebanon, including the current hazardous weather outlook, which says:

A hot and humid air mass will move into the region this weekend,
bringing a prolonged period of high heat and humidity. It is
possible that Heat Advisory criteria (heat index 95 degrees) will be
exceeded for portions of the area as early as Sunday and extending
into next week.

There is the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms to move
into the region from the north Saturday evening and Saturday night.
The primary threat from these storms would be damaging winds.

So when someone tells you to “go jump in a lake” this weekend, they are probably just concerned for your health. Be careful out there, folks!

Oh yeah, and if that’s not enough, one more thing.

Don’t forget the bug spray.

BE NICE 2 LOONS during the holiday week + live loon cam

Two of the earliest loon chicks hatched during the 2018 season on a lake in southwestern New Hampshire. Photo courtesy of Brian Reilly.

Via the Loon Preservation Committee:

The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) reports that loon chicks are hatching on lakes around the state just in time for the July 4th holiday, making them vulnerable to disturbance as human activity increases on the lakes. If you see an adult loon or loon with chicks please make sure to stay at least 150 feet from them so the parents can concentrate on taking care of themselves and their chicks. If the adult shows any signs of distress such as craning its neck low over the water, thrashing about in the water, or vocalizing, please give them more space. Newly hatched chicks are small, dark and cannot easily dive, so please use caution if you are traveling by boat.

Also, DID YOU KNOW that among the Loon Preservation Committee’s YouTube offerings is a live loon cam? Don’t say we never told you nothin’.

Congratulations to Amanda for winning the MacGregor Fiske Award honoring promising young journalists

Amanda, left, and Mary McCann. (Photo courtesy John Gregg)

From John Gregg, Valley News news editor:

On the same day as the massacre at an Annapolis newspaper, this happened: Mary McCann, right, drove six hours roundtrip from her home in southeastern Massachusetts to present Amanda Newman at the Valley News with a $1,500 check as the winner of the annual MacGregor Fiske Award.

 

Named for Mary’s late husband, the award is intended to encourage promising young journalists in New England to persevere in the field. (Amanda is a talented night editor and designer, and great fun to work with).

 

I was lucky to have known Mac Fiske when he worked, in quasi-retirement, as a copy editor at the MetroWest Daily News. Mac had been in the merchant marine, served in the Army during the Korean War, and was a fine pitcher in his day. Someone once called him “the Marlboro Man who could recite poetry.” He also was a fourth-generation newspaperman. As it happens, Mary McCann’s father was the chief photographer of the old Framingham News, and her mother, Jane McCann, was an obituary writer and columnist for what was then called the Middlesex News into her 80s. Mary and her sisters used to work as proofreaders on Friday nights, and she was later a compositer.

 

Since the attack at the Capital Gazette, lots of people, and even a source I occasionally spar with, have reached out to say hang in there. There is no question. A good newsroom is a magical place, and thanks to Mac, Mary and the Amandas of the world, we’re all going to pay it forward.

Here’s a nice story about Mac Fiske, following his death in 2009, from the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass.

I was lucky to know Jane McCann, and later Mary, through my dad’s career at MetroWest. Well into old age, she would come by our house for a bowl of tomato soup. I was just a kid and she always had something kind to say. It was great to see Mary again yesterday, a difficult day for the journalism industry.

Congratulations, Amanda. Keep on keepin’ on.

Our hearts are with our industry colleagues at the Capital Gazette

Capital reporters Pat Furgurson and Chase Cook say their goodbyes at a parking lot across the street from their workplace where five of their colleagues were killed in a shooting on Thursday, June 28, 2018 in Annapolis, Md. (Thalia Juarez/Capital Gazette/TNS)

The suspect in yesterday’s mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., has been charged with five counts of murder. You can subscribe to the Gazette website for four weeks for 99 cents at www.capitalgazette.com.

Some Gouda news: America’s cheese stockpile just hit an all-time high

And yes, I did run that exact headline in today’s paper, thankyouverymuch.

Sure, my headline was a little cheesy, but I thought it’d Brie a good one, given the context.

#tbt: The opening of the Sherman Manning Pools in Hartford in 1967

Here’s a little bit of pool-themed #valleynewsthrowback on the @vnewsuv Instagram! And don’t forget, Hartford is looking for your opinion on the Sherman Manning Pools — you can take a seven-question survey at this link. Deadline is July 20.

About 100 eager children at poolside squirmed to get into the swim of things in White River Junction, Vt., on June 24, 1967, as Hartford town officials and invited guests dedicated the new $97,000 pool. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

About 100 eager children at poolside squirmed to get into the swim of things in White River Junction, Vt., on June 24, 1967, as Hartford town officials and invited guests dedicated the new $97,000 pool. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

About 100 eager children at poolside squirmed to get into the swim of things in White River Junction, Vt., on June 24, 1967, as Hartford town officials and invited guests dedicated the new $97,000 pool. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

After speeches were completed, Muriel Kibby, member of the Hartford School Board, cast a wreath of flowers upon the water of the new pool in White River Junction, Vt., on June 24, 1967, naming the facility after former Hartford Selectman Sherman Manning. The first pool in town was built on Manning’s land in 1957. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Throwback Thursday: David Hall’s visit to the Valley News editorial board to share NewVistas vision in 2016 (video)

An artist’s rendering of a NewVista community is shown on their website. (Courtesy The NewVista Foundation)

You must have heard the news by now that David Hall is canceling his controversial NewVistas plans. From this morning’s Valley News:

Faced with stiffening opposition to his dream of founding a large sustainable community in the rural White River Valley, Utah engineer David Hall says it’s time for him to “give in and get out of Vermont.”

 

Hall announced on Wednesday morning that he now intends to sell the 1,500 acres that he began accumulating in 2015 with plans to establish a community near the birthplace of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. …

 

In announcing the sudden reversal, Hall cited the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which earlier this week placed the towns of Royalton, Sharon, Strafford and Tunbridge on its “watch status,” a special designation that accompanies its annual list of the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places.” The trust warned that Hall’s development might permanently alter the “charming village centers and idyllic surrounding farms and forests” of the four towns.

So now seems like as good a time as any to repost this video and story from 2016, when Hall came to the Valley News newsroom for a chat with the editorial board to spell out his vision. Happy #tbt!

‘The Lottery’ celebrates its 70th birthday

Vermont author Shirley Jackson’s famous short story The Lottery, which details a lottery and prize you wouldn’t want to win, officially has been creeping out high school students for 70 years.

Originally published in The New Yorker on June 26, 1948, readers across the globe commemorate “Lottery Day” on the date that Jackson’s story takes place: June 27.

According to The Bennington Banner:

In Bennington, those celebrations have become known as “Shirley Jackson Day” in an effort to continually engage local readers with both the author’s work and their own history.

Pretty neat. And great timing!

Read more about Jackson and The Lottery here.

It was only a matter of time: Dartmouth* weighs in on Hanover’s call for changes to the school’s bonfire safety

*Memes For Cold AF Teens, that is, which is basically the voice of the campus, IMO.

A screenshot of a Monday, June 25, 2018, post in the Facebook group Dartmouth Memes for Cold AF Teens.

A screenshot of a Monday, June 25, 2018, post in the Facebook group Dartmouth Memes For Cold AF Teens.

Not long after the Valley News broke this story on Monday, Dartmouth students took to Facebook to turn the news into a witty meme.

Never change, kids.

RELATED: Hanover officials to touch-the-fire Dartmouth teens: Stop it

Hanover officials to touch-the-fire Dartmouth teens: Stop it

John Brady, left, a staff supervisor for the annual homecoming bonfire build at Dartmouth College, hammers in a nail as Cam Wright, center, a freshman at Dartmouth, holds a ladder in place and Christian Murray, also a freshman, sets a nail on Friday, Oct. 5, 2017, at the college in Hanover, N.H. Wright and Murray said it will be their first year helping out with and experiencing the annual bonfire. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Remember Dartmouth Memes for Touch the Fire Teens? The Valley News reports today on the town of Hanover’s reaction, which is basically:

No touchy. 

More specifically, the town has said that it is unwilling to issue a permit for the college’s annual homecoming bonfire unless there are some significant safety upgrades.

Here’s the text of a letter that Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin sent to college officials last month:

And, yes, as you can see in this video from The Dartmouth student newspaper, touching the fire (or, in this case, pretending to) is a thing. We wrote about it in 2016, when arrests were up compared to the previous year.

Find a full story about the town’s demands in Tuesday’s Valley News.

p.s. Dartmouth Memes with the hot take.

Standing ovation for this Brazilian reporter who shouted down a guy who tried to kiss her at the World Cup

Get. Out. Of. Her. Face.

RELATED: World Cup reporter shouts at man who tried to kiss her on camera (CNN)

Nighthawks coach Jason Szafarski in the Hawks Talk™ studios

Upper Valley Nighthawk’s manager Jason Szafarski watches his team playing the Mystic Schooners on June, 10, in Hartford, Vt. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

jk, we haven’t trademarked Hawks Talk and we don’t have our own studios. But Jason Szafarski DID talk to the Valley News‘ own Josh Weinreb and ESPN radio’s Brett Franklin yesterday! Follow the whole Nighthawks season at www.vnews.com/nighthawks.