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The real Oscar winners, according to White River Junction

Four of the five winners of Revolution’s Annual Black Tie Oscar Party, held Sunday night at Briggs Opera House. From left to right: best dressed party guest Rene Gerrior, best lookalike Griffin Shumway*, best junk in the trunk Sharonna Henderson, and best hunk in the junk James Napoli. I missed the best punk in the junk … who was it?!
*Benedict Cumberbatch, anyone?

Wondering what that BOOM was in the West Lebanon area this afternoon?

Photo courtesy Lebanon Fire Department.

Photo courtesy Lebanon Fire Department.

Photo courtesy Lebanon Fire Department.


According to the Lebanon Fire Department, the New Hampshire State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal made controlled detonations of “potentially explosive materials” at the Lebanon landfill this afternoon. The material was first discovered by a clean-up contractor at a residence on Spring Street and then transported to the landfill for the controlled detonation.

Lebanon fire officials noted that the public was never in danger, but several people — including yours truly! — took to Facebook to try to figure out the source of a booming noise shortly before 5 p.m., which was reportedly heard from at least White River Junction to Plainfield.


Here’s the full text of a news release from the Lebanon Fire Department:

At 1205 hours (12:05 p.m.) the Lebanon Police and Fire Departments responded to a vacant residential dwelling on Spring Street for a report of potentially explosive materials found. On arrival personnel were met by a a clean-up contractor, hired by the property owner who was clearing debris from the residence. The contractor advised that they had found several boxes of retail fireworks, black powder and other potentially explosive materials and removed them from the building. Public Safety personnel contacted the New Hampshire State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal (NHSP EOD) unit to request assistance with identifying the materials and disposal.


At 1330 hours (1:30 p,m,) the NHSP EOD supervisor arrived on scene and upon examination determined that some of the materials were retail fireworks and other appeared to be homemade explosive devices. Due to the uncertainty about the stability of the materials and age, a decision was made to transport the materials to a safe location and render them safe by explosive charge. The materials were transported to the lower area at the Lebanon Landfill and subsequently detonated, resulting in four small explosions in the area.


It is important to note that at no time was the public in danger, both at the Spring Street location and at the landfill.

Hold on to your ornithological binoculars bc it’s OWL FESTIVAL WEEKEND IN QUECHEE, Y’ALL

That’s. Right.

We know that you are all owl fans here at UV INDEX due to our unusually prevalent coverage of the Strigiformes, so you’re probably already done polishing your owl pins and headed to the dry cleaners to pick up your owl hats, but just in case you lost track of the date while catching up on all the latest owl news, let us remind you: Bigger than Coachella, bigger than Sundance, bigger than Oktoberfest … The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is hosting its annual Owl Festival on Saturday and Sunday. YEAH!

For a ticket price of $13 (ages 4-17 and 62+) to $15 (adults), you can …

  • Gather with live owls from all over the world
  • Hear their ~*~* life stories *~*~
  • Create crafts
  • Learn about current owl research and VINS owl rehab projects
  • Get yer face painted
  • Eat some food
  • Wear some costumes

VINS is located right off of Route 4 in Quechee.

Very devastatingly, I cannot make it to Owl Festival this weekend, because I have a prior commitment to do boring adult stuff. If you go, let me know what you thought — and maybe send a pic or two! — at mcassidy@vnews.com.

A barred owl is photographed in Epping, N.H., in March 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Casey)

Who needs interior decoration when you can enjoy pothole decoration

Desiree MacDonald shared this photo of South Main Street in downtown WRJ the other day with the caption, “Rest in peace leaf springs.”

(Leaf springs, for those who might not know, are part of what some vehicles use to absorb the bounce during bumpy rides.)

Photo courtesy ‎Desiree MacDonald‎.

A little bit of inspiration for the Potholes of Claremont crew, or Stupid Intersections of the Upper Valley?