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There are still tickets available to see ~Siri~ perform in WRJ tonight

Susan Cameron Bennett, original voice of “Siri,” will perform with guitarist husband Rick Hinkle.

Susan Cameron Bennett is known as the voice of digital assistant Siri. (Courtesy photograph)

It’s a benefit for the Hartford Historical Society, and tickets are $50, including dinner (heavy hors d’oeuvres/dessert). Read more in a recent Out & About column by Liz Sauchelli.

According to a posting on the listserve by the historical society’s Susanne Abetti, Bennett was born in Vermont “with family roots in White River Junction.”

You can hear a little more about Bennett in this podcast and video.

A collection of Valley News reporting on the Quechee Gorge suicide issue in recent years

While enroute to Woodstock, Vt., bus tour participants stop at the Quechee Gorge in Quechee, Vt., to take a look on a foggy afternoon on October 9, 2015. (Valley News – Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Today: Vermont Agency of Transportation officials say they will be installing a temporary fence on both sides of the Quechee Gorge Bridge by the end of the summer as part of continuing suicide-prevention measures. … The recent death at the gorge marks four since January, Hartford Police Chief Phil Kasten said. … Federal, state and local officials continue to work on a long-term plan to make the Gorge safer, and they hope to have a permanent fix by means of a barrier wall or a net below the bridge by 2021-2022, said Kristin Higgins, the structures program manager at the state Agency of Transportation.

January 2018: A 22-year-old Hartford man died by suicide over the weekend at Quechee Gorge, the first such incident there in more than a year, Hartford police confirmed. … “We are eager to see improvements completed,” Hartford Police Chief Kasten said. “One life is one too many.”

July 2017: State transportation officials said they hope to secure federal funding by the end of the week to start designing suicide-prevention measures and other improvements at the Quechee Gorge Bridge.

July 2016: The day after police retrieved the body of a woman from Quechee Gorge, people who pushed for suicide prevention measures at the site questioned why the state didn’t take action by a July 1 deadline established by the Legislature.

March 2016: A call for action to prevent the loss of life at the Quechee Gorge Bridge, which has been the site of eight suicides since 2008, has been answered in legislation now awaiting the signature of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Click through for a text-version of this infographic about suicide prevention resources.

RELATED: The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255

Youth baseball day scheduled at Maxfield July 22 to honor Bob Ammel

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.

 

Last June the first of many annual events brought American Legion Post 22 and Jeffrey Holmes Post 84 together in an unforgettable match up that ended in a full suspense tie.

 

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.

Here’s a text-only version of the flyer above:

Robert E. Ammel Jr. Memorial Youth Day 2018

“Play Hard. Have Fun.”

 

Sunday, July 22, 2018
12-2:30 p.m.
Maxfield Sports Complex
120 Leslie Drive, WRJ VT

 

FREE Admission!

Join us to celebrate youth in sports!

  • A ceremony dedicating the Memorial Garden at Maxfield Sports Complex
  • Raffle with great prizes for all
  • Lunch (free for registered 12-U participants)
  • Skills and drills fun with members of the Lebanon Post 22 & Jeffrey S. Holmes Post 84 baseball teams
  • Lots of off-field fun, too!
  • Stay for the Post 84 double-header

Register!

Donate! 

Can’t attend, but still want to support the Youth Day and scholarship fund? Email us at BobAmmelSF@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page: Robert E Ammel Jr. Memorial Scholarship

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Three cheers for lifeguards who saved a child’s life at UVAC

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!

#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.