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Video: WRJ clothing/furniture store that was about to become a gym is heavily damaged by fire

Mainly Vintage clothing store owner Ann Hayden hugs Mark Garzia, who bought the property during an early hours fire in White River Junction, Vt., on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Valley News – August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Mike Tidwell, of the Hartford Fire Department, works to put out any fires on the inside of the building that houses the Heirloom Antique Center & Furniture Hospital and Mainly Vintage clothing store in White River Junction, #VT, this morning. Fire officials are working to determine what caused the two-alarm fire early this morning that heavily damaged the building, which had recently changed hands and was going to become a gym. 🔸 Full story at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔸 (Valley News – August Frank @augustfrankphoto) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #hartfordvt #whiteriverjunction #antique #vintage #store #building #fire #smoke #firefighter #emergency #vermont #news #localnews #802 #🔥 #🚒

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Hartford is looking for your opinion on the Sherman Manning Pools

Ella Stainton, 10, of West Hartford, Vt., was about to climb the ladder for the slide at the Sherman Manning Pool in White River Junction, Vt., on July 6, 2016. Stainton was at the pool with her twin sister and a friend. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Click here to take the survey, which is seven questions long. You can catch up on coverage of the Sherman Manning Pools at the Valley News website.

p.s. And here’s a little bit of pool-themed #valleynewsthrowback on the @vnewsuv Instagram!

#tbt: 1️⃣ & 2️⃣ About 100 eager children at poolside squirmed to get into the swim of things in White River Junction, #VT, on June 24, 1967, as #HartfordVT town officials and invited guests dedicated the new $97,000 pool (3️⃣). 4️⃣ After speeches were completed, Muriel Kibby, of the Hartford School Board, cast a #wreath of #flowers upon the water of the new #pool, naming the facility after former Hartford Selectman Sherman Manning. The first pool in town was built on Manning’s land in 1957. ▪️ The pool is closed this summer as committee of Hartford residents studies options for its future. Find a link to the committee’s survey about the pool, plus a collection of Valley News reporting on the pool issue, by visiting uvindex.vnews.com and searching “hartford pool survey,” or visiting the link in our profile. ▪️ And find more #vnewsuv #throwbacks at the #valleynewsthrowback hasthag. ▪️ (Valley News – Larry McDonald) #uppervalley #upval #poolside #swim #swimming #swimmers #history #historyinpics #blackandwhite #bw #kids #children #summer #fun #june #1967 #1960s #⛱

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Lebanon, Hartford look to address parking problems

LEBANON

City officials on Wednesday said they’re open to the idea of installing parking meters in downtown Lebanon, adding that action is needed to open up spaces near the Lebanon Mall and Colburn Park. Read more.

HARTFORD

With a public discussion about parking meters and a parking garage still on the horizon, a pair of parking lot projects could slightly ease the mounting pressure on the downtown area’s increasingly vibrant streets. Read more.

Phnom Penh Sandwich Station to open a second location in the Polka Dot Restaurant building in WRJ

The Polka Dot building in White River Junction, Vt., on May 8, 2018, is one of the properties owned by developer Mike Davidson’s Execusuite. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

One more thing after our away message announcing that we’re off until June 4, bc it’s BREAKING SANDWICH NEWS:

· White River Junction is getting a Cambodian sandwich shop in the old Polka Dot diner building.

· Phnom Penh Sandwich Station, which already has a building in downtown Lebanon, plans to open a second spot.

· They have signed a lease and hope to open later this summer.

The team behind developer Mike Davidson, who manages properties under the LLC Execusuite that bought the long-shuttered Polka Dot earlier this year, said as much in an email to Valley News business reporter John Lippman this afternoon. Execusuite won site development plan approval last month from the Hartford Planning Commission.

“Welcoming yet another family business to Downtown WRJ is a source of pride for our entire team,” said Tim Sidore, general manager of Ledgeworks, which manages Execusuite commercial and residential properties in White River Junction and Lebanon. “We’ve worked hard to bring a diverse collection of dining,entertainment and housing options to Hartford and Sarin Tin’s operation will be a welcome addition!”

Phnom Penh Sandwich Station is owned and run by the wife-and-husband team Lay Yi of Sarin Tin, who began selling their Cambodian-style sandwiches at the Hanover Farmers Market in 2016 and then from a food truck (way before food trucks were cool in the Upper Valley) before finally graduating to their own storefront on High Street in Lebanon last year. (Also, it’s home to one of my favorite sandwiches in the Upper Valley — the Phnom Penh sandwich with tofu — so there’s that.)

Davidson, who owns a cluster of commercial and residential properties along South Main Street in White River Junction, bought The Polka Dot diner building from previous owner Mary Shatney for $90,000 in February.

(No word yet on whether Polka Dot will be incorporated into the name of the second location. Sidore has previously said the company was searching for a tenant who would keep “Polka Dot.”)

Sreang Tin cooks over the grill in Phnom Penh Sandwich Station on May 19, 2016, in Lebanon, N.H. Lay Yi his daughter-in-law works beside him. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Here is Sidore’s email to the Valley News in full:

Execusuite, LLC and Phnom Penh Sandwiches Station, LLC of Lebanon are excited to announce they have signed a lease agreement for the iconic Polka Dot Restaurant space in downtown White River Junction. Phnom Penh’s array of authentic Cambodian food has proven to be a winner in Lebanon, and their second location will be a welcome addition to the Vermont side of the river.

 

Execusuite and Ledgeworks, Inc, area redeveloper Mike Davidson’s real estate holding and management companies, respectively, are proud to restore this beloved jewel of WRJ’s past. Resisting calls to raze the former diner, the Polka Dot now becomes Davidson’s latest restoration. Recent projects include the conversions of the former Lebanon Junior High School, College Cleaners, and Roy’s Gulf Station (now Lucky’s Coffee Garage).

 

Welcoming yet another family business to Downtown WRJ is a source of pride for our entire team. We’ve worked hard to bring a diverse collection of dining, entertainment and housing options to Hartford and Sarin Tin’s operation will be a welcome addition!

 

Work is already underway at the Polka Dot, including replacement of the heating and electrical systems, expansion and remodeling of the bathrooms, and interior/exterior repairs and restoration. Sarin Tin, the proprietor, anticipates opening for business later this summer and looks forward to meeting the WRJ community. In the meantime, he looks forward to welcoming you to his Lebanon restaurant!

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