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The HHS Broadside knows where it’s at when it comes to computer stickers

Thanks for the tweet, HHS Broadside! You can follow the Hanover High newspaper at broadside.dresden.us and on Facebook, too.

BTW: You, too, could win stickers for your high school student journalist colleagues and/or other kinds of friends by taking the UV INDEX Lucky 7 News Quiz. (No. 4 is open until Thursday night, and No. 5 will go live on Friday!) </shameless self promotion>

Photo courtesy HHS Broadside.

Bear map: Take a look at the hourly pings over a short period last week

Check out the map provided by Hanover Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hinsley below, showing hourly intervals of where the tagged Hanover bear was roaming over a short period (Monday through Wednesday) last week.

Source: Michael Hinsley, Town of Hanover.

And here’s a little interactive version I just mocked up showing ROUGH GENERAL AREAS of those hourly pings (in yellow) so that you can see them set against landmarks (in blue).

RELATED: Lebanon Police Caution Residents About Bears

Hanover 13-year-old will compete for $10,000 prize for young pianists

Maxine Park. (Courtesy photograph)

A news release from Alfred Park University:

Alfred University’s fifth annual MostArts Festival will kick off Sunday, July 8 and continue through the week, with noontime Chamber concerts Monday through Friday and evening concerts including the Young Pianist Competition in which 13-year-old Maxine Park of Hanover will compete with seven other finalists for a $10,000 Grand Prize.

Park is a student of renown pianist and teacher Mila Filatova, a graduate of the prestigious Sobinov Conservatory of Music, in Saratov, Russia. Filatova has performed on Russian television and radio, and has performed as a concert soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Metropolitan chamber Ensemble and the Metropolitcan Wind Ensemble. She is the director of Mila Filatova’s Piano Academy, providing instruction in Manchester and Nashua, New Hampshire, and Andover, Massachusetts.

Park is an 8th grader at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, and has received top prizes at numerous regional and international competitions, including the Chopin International Piano Competition, Paderewski International Competition, Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition, New England Piano Teachers Association Mildred Freiberg Middle School Competition, and New Hampshire Granite State Piano Competition in both solo and duet categories. Over the past two years, she has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the New York Concerto Sinfonietta at Carnegie Hall&#39;s Weill Recital Hall and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra as a guest artist in the 2016-2017 season.

She and other young musicians may be heard in solo performances on Wednesday, July 11 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Miller Theater on the Alfred University campus in Alfred, New York. These recitals are open to the public and offer the opportunity for the soloists to show off their virtuosic talents, as well as the poetic side of their artistry. The recitals are free of charge and open to the public.

Their final performances will take place on Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13 with the MostArts Festival Orchestra under the direction of Steve Thomas in the Miller Theater. On those two evenings, audience members may participate by voting for their favorite, which will then be announced at the Gala Concert on Saturday evening, July 14. Finalists will compete for nearly $20,000 in prizes and an opportunity to become a Young Steinway Artist, as well as receive an invitation to perform with the 2019 MostArts Festival Orchestra.

Additional MostArts events will include a July 14 public event of Raku potter firing with world-renowned  ceramic artist Wayne Higby. The festival also coincides with one-, two-, and four-week ceramic workshops on the Alfred University campus, led by internationally recognized artists. Additional one-day workshops of craft and art will include clay pottery, painting, drawing, gardening, cooking, music and creative writing.

For more information on MostArts, including a schedule of events visit: http://mostarts.alfred.edu.


I truly cannot keep up with all the food trucks opening in the Upper Valley these days


The Hanover High School Broadside reports that Martha’s On a Roll is now open in Hanover.

The Valley News reported earlier this month about the VT Munchies food truck and two food truck festivals this summer, one of which is still to come next month in Lebanon. (We also told you about that on UV INDEX, for anybody keeping score, although our headline was perhaps less traditional.)

According to the Valley News article …

Food trucks are one of the fastest growing segments in the food industry, according to foodtruckoperator.com. In 2012, food trucks in the U.S. generated $650 million in revenue; in 2017, revenue jumped to some $2.7 billion. They have the ease of mobility, adaptability of menu and can target their customers through their smartphones. They also offer less expensive eating options for consumers.

Our GIF-laden report on the August 2017 debut of the Taco’s Tacos food truck became one of our most-read posts of the year. People were also pumped about JUEL Juice + Smoothies.

And the excitement when Pnomh Penh opened its food truck in 2016 seems like a distant memory! (Pnomh Penh now has a brick-and-mortar shop.)

Erik Almestica, left, and Garrett Wilson, both of White River Junction, work together in the tight space of their VT Munchies food truck while parked at Colburn Park in Lebanon, N.H., Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Almestica has been a cook at Dartmouth College’s Thayer Dining Hall, and Wilson grew up in A.J.’s Restaurant, owned by his aunt. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



The history of the mystery bench in downtown Hanover

Have you seen this bench?

Back in 2013, Jack Stinson, of Stinson’s Village Store in downtown Hanover, and Nick Fabrikant, an architectural designer, structural engineer and artist who grew up in Thetford, had big plans for a bench behind the shop.

Fabrikant, who was 30 at the time, dreamed up a design. Talking on the phone this afternoon, he described it as “very proportionate,” everything a half or a quarter of something else, and inspired by 1930s art deco and the Hitching Post of the Sun.

He gathered locally sourced granite and a “crystal element,” the latter paying homage to his parents, Kenny and Jeanne Fabrikant, who closed the Rosey Jekes clothing store the year prior after 36 years in business. They had gotten their start by selling crystals in the street. “They were artists,” Fabrikant said. He wanted to “instill that legacy for a long time.”

The plans for the location, though, got benched. (Yeah, I said it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

“We got all the materials and realized it was kind of too grand” to fit behind Stinson’s, Fabrikant said.

So the town of Hanover did him a solid.

“He wanted to do this project for the town and so we gratefully thanked him and helped to select the site for installation,” said Town Manager Julia Griffin, who originally pointed me in Fabrikant’s direction. The bench is located at the corner of Lebanon and Crosby streets, across from the football stadium and not too far from the Rosey Jekes building, still owned by the Fabrikants.

Fabrikant, who now lives in Vershire (and is online at www.nickfabrikant.com), makes it down to Hanover about once a month, sometimes stopping by the bench — his only stone project to date, despite being his favorite medium. He’s even cleaned it a couple times in the past five years.

“It’s a labor of love,” he said.

More pictures of the bench here.