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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.

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.