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Update on the 1920s love letters discovered in a West Leb ceiling: They’re back where they belong!

Happy Friday afternoon, y’all!

Remember our post about the long lost love letters from the 1920s that were discovered in a West Lebanon ceiling recently during a kitchen renovation? They have officially been returned to the couple’s relatives!

Valley News chief photographer Jennifer Hauck was there for the handoff (click here for photos) and the Valley News editorial board has weighed in on the magic of these letters.

Friday, March 16.

The letters are now “under lock and key,” family members say, until the couple’s last living daughter can make it up to Vermont from Florida for a family visit later this year.

Thank you so much to Jenn Carter, who found the letters, and granddaughters Theresa White, Shannon Kivler and their extended family, for allowing us to document the return of the letters that captivated the Upper Valley with some good news for a few days.

As I told a couple of the folks involved, it has inspired me to go through some old love letters I inherited from my grandparents some years ago and have never really sat down and read through. That will change soon!

We wish a lot of happy reading to Mr. & Mrs. White’s family in the months and years ahead. ❤


Heartfelt exchanges in the #UpperValley on Thursday: 1️⃣ Theresa White, of White River Junction, #VT, left, Jenn Carter of West Lebanon, #NH, and Shannon Kivler, of Charlestown, NH, talk about the #handwritten #letters found in Carter’s kitchen ceiling during a remodeling process. Kivler and White are the granddaughters of Laura Johnson, who wrote the letters to Harold White in the #1920s. The couple later married and had four children. The group of women met in White River Junction on Thursday for Carter to give the letters to White and Kivler, who she located via Facebook earlier in the week. 🔶 More photos from their meeting at www.vnews.com. Link in profile. 🔶 (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck @hauck45) 2️⃣ Tom Cox, of Sunapee, NH, hands a #bouquet of #roses to Victoria Davis, of Brooklyn, NY, on Georges Mills Road in Springfield, NH, on Thursday. Cox sells roses on the side of the road and will wait hours, sometimes even a whole day, for someone to stop and buy the #flowers. “You have to develop #patience and an appreciation of #nature,” Cox said. (Valley News – Carly Geraci @carlygeraci) ▪️ #vnewsuv #uppervalley #upval #603 #802 #twinstates #newengland #photojournalism #heartfelt #exchange #sliceoflife #💌 #💐

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#tbt: Deja vu, when it comes to Lebanon school building votes

The photo below is from 1995. And just this week, voters rejected another plan related to school buildings in Leb. More #valleynewsthrowback pics at the hashtag!

N.H. Town Meeting results are going up now

The school modernization plan went down in Lebanon, and we’ve got more results going up at our Town Meeting 2018 keyword throughout the night.

A group of helpful #CornishNH residents help push the car of Ally Samuell, of #HanoverNH, up a slippery incline after Town Meeting at Cornish Elementary School earlier today. Samuell, a community organizer with the Sierra Club, was at the meeting to support an article petitioned by the Cornish Energy Committee to set a goal for the town to get 100 percent of its electricity from #renewable sources by 2030, and the same for all of its heating and transportation energy by 2050. The measure passed. 🔺 Results from today’s #NH town meetings are currently going up at www.vnews.com as they are received, including from #LebNH, where a plan to modernize the city’s school buildings has failed. 🔺 Find more in Wednesday’s Valley News. (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) ​#uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #603 #townmeeting #townmeetingday #democracy #directdemocracy #snow #snowstorm #noreaster #push #help #helpful #helpinghands #laughing #neighbors #❄️

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Town Meeting oldies but goodies

(Hover over the pics below to get the left/right arrows and flip through!)

#tbt: Town Meeting through the decades in the #UpperValley. ▪️ See more #vnewsuv #throwbacks at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag. 1️⃣ Voters follow along at Town Meeting in #SharonVT on March 7, 1961. 2️⃣ A film crew for the CBS-TV program “On the Road with Charles Kuralt” documents the proceedings at Town Meeting in #StraffordVT on March 2, 1976. 3️⃣ Voters negotiate the snow and slush at Town Meeting in #CornishNH in March 1980. 4️⃣ #LebanonNH school board member Myric Wood checks the numbers during a debate on adding funds to the proposed budget at the annual school district meeting on March 12, 1994. 5️⃣ #EnfieldNH residents Bill and Nancy Martin listen to discussion at Town Meeting on March 13, 2004. 6️⃣ Neighbors Pat Mushlin, left, and Dan Jerman sit among the lighting equipment in the balcony of Damon Hall as they listen to state Rep. Steve Adams and state Sen. Matt Dunne at the #HartlandVT Town Meeting on March 7, 2006. “I’ve sat here at other events,” Mushlin said. “I kind of like it.” 📷 Valley News photographs 1-3 by Larry McDonald; 4 by Geoff Hansen @geoff_hansen; 5 by Jennifer Hauck @hauck45; 6 by James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson. 📷 #upval #throwbackthursday #townmeeting #townmeetingday #tmdvt #tmdnh #802 #603 #1961 #1976 #1980 #1994 #2004 #2006 #history #historyinpictures #blackandwhite #bw #selectboard #schoolboard #news #local #localnews #democracy #directdemocracy #smalltown#newengland #neighbors #vt #nh

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