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Video: A Lebanon man’s story of life as an inmate working on the Grafton County Farm

Valley News video by Carly Geraci and yours truly. Read more about the Grafton County Farm in the spring edition of Enterprise, the Valley News’ quarterly business magazine, edited by Amanda.

 

Troy Schwarz, of Lebanon, N.H., shares a moment during a portrait with his favorite dairy cow, Kendra, at the Grafton County Farm in North Haverhill, N.H., on May 14, 2018. After being incarcerated for drug-related charges four months ago, Schwarz started working full-time on the farm which gives inmates a chance to work hard and learn farming skills.(Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Flashback Friday: ‘New Daily Starts Publication’ in the Upper Valley in 1952

See a PDF of the full article, and a text-only version, below.

Thank you to local history buff Art Pease for dropping this off at the Valley News this morning!

According to Art, it’s a clipping from the Hanover (N.H.) Gazette from May 29, 1952. “New Daily Starts Publication Wed. Afternoon, June 4″ is the headline, followed by the deckhead: ” ‘The Valley News’ Names Its Personnel And Plans.”

I scanned in the full article as a PDF below, and also typed it out at the bottom of this page.

Text version: 

New Daily Starts Publication Wed. Afternoon, June 4

“The Valley News” Names Its Personnel And Plans

The Valley News, first daily newspaper ever published in the Tri-Towns of Lebanon, White River Junction and Hanover, will begin publication on June 4 from its new plant on the Hanover Road in West Lebanon.

The six-day-a-week afternoon publication will be printed by the Valley Publishing Company, Inc. President of the company and editor of the News is Allan C. Butler of Plainfield, N.H. Allston S. Goff is vice president of the company and business manager of the News. Butler and Goff are both directors of the company and Robert Pittis of New York City is the third director.

The News is housed in a new one-story cinder-block building. Its machinery will include three Linotypes, a Duplex flatbed press and other new pressroom equipment. A darkroom and Fairchild engraving equipment operated by two staff photographers will insure quick photo coverage.

National and international news will be furnished by the United Press wire service. Both national and local news will be processed by teletypesetting equipment.

Heading the nine-man news staff will be James L. Farley of Windsor, managing editor. He has had five years’ experience reporting and at-desk work on the northern New England daily newspapers.

Advertising manager is John W. May, who until recently held a similar post with the Natchez, Miss., Times. William A. Russell of Woodstock is circulation manager, and David W. Durward, former mechanical superintendent of the Las Vegas, N.M. Optic, has a similar position with the new newspaper.

The news staff includes Michael J. de Sherbinin, city editor; Roy G. Kimball of Lebanon, sports editor; Mrs. Marcia O’D. Grodon of Woodstock, society editor; Granville S. Austin of Norwich, Edward S. Barnes and Weston A. Cate, Jr., of Hartford, reporters; William O. McAllister, chief photographer, and Hanson T. Carroll of Woodstock, assistant photographer.

Gordon A. Landry is composing room foreman on the News and Lyndon H. Kelley of Woodstock is press superintendent. Andrew R. Boisvert is advertising makeup man.

Mrs. Maxine D. Day of Wilder is chief teletypist and working with her are Miss Doris J. Wilkinson of West Lebanon and Miss Beverly J. Way of Hartland.

Mrs. Theresa A. Goular of Hartford is office manager. Edward J. Bennett of Canaan is consultant to the News in production and advertising and Harry Pearson of West Lebanon is Russell’s assistant in the circulation department. William J. Peck of West Lebanon is building custodian.

The News has hired a full staff of correspondents to gather items of local interest. They are Miss Frances E. Haslett, Hanover; Mrs. Jerome B. Hickson, Norwich; Mrs. John D. Warren, Wilder; Miss Josephine P. Sargent, West Lebanon; Mrs. Harold K. Gibson, Lebanon; Mr. Harry H. Gibbs, Hartford; Mrs. Henry Kessler, Quechee; Mrs. Earle E. Phelps, North Hartland; Mrs. C. A. McKenny, Hartland; Mrs. Herman Rogers, Meriden; Mrs. Palmer C. Read, Jr., White River Jct.,; Mrs. Willis K. Shirley, White River Jct.,; Mrs. S. J. Stebbin, Etna; and William E. Finley, West Hartford.

In addition to the UP wire service the News will carry the International News Service’s Wire Photos of national and international events. The Walter Lippman, Drew Pearson and Frederick C. Othman columns on national and international politics will be carried, as well as Sylvia Porter’s business and finances column, Mary Haworth’s Mail, a column of advice on personal problems, and John Crosby’s radio and television comment.

Nine comic strips — Steve Canyon, Blondie, Pogo, Donald Duck, Ozark Ike, Etta Kett, Dick Tracey, Rex Morgan, M.D., and Mary Worth — will appear daily. Jimmy Hatlo’s panel, “They’ll Do It Every Time,” will also be carried, as will a daily crossword puzzle and Thornton Burgess’ “Bedtime Stories.”

Hanover, N.H., Gazette; May 29, 1952

Scratch has officially moved into its new space on the pedestrian mall in Lebanon

Photo courtesy Karen Zook.

Weeeeee! You may remember from the Valley News Business Notes that Scratch Supply Co. was planning to move a few doors down on the pedestrian mall in Lebanon into a bigger space. It happened!

The grand opening at 1 Court Street was this past weekend, and they are ready for action.

I wrote about Scratch back in September, and Geoff Hansen and I put together some little bits of video at that time (they were still in the old space, of course).

Obviously my favorite part of the interview involved a hedgehog, so I was sad to read that lil’ Pippa passed away earlier this month. RIP.

Listen’s ultimate #tbt: Taking down the roof of the old Bridgman’s building to reveal original lettering

Raze the roof.

RAZE IT.

Listen Community Services is acquiring the Bridgman’s Fine Home Furnishings building, pictured on Friday, June 16, 2017, on the Miracle Mile in Lebanon, N.H. (Valley News – Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

RELATED: Lebanon Approves Listen’s Tax Exemption for Bridgman’s Building

Bald eagle rescued from Trues Brook Road/Route 12A intersection over the weekend

UPDATE: Sadly, Lebanon police say the eagle has died.

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The injured bald eagle. (Lebanon police photograph)

Speaking of the Trues Brook area: Check out this bald eagle that was rescued from the intersection of Trues Brook Road and Route 12A over the weekend. A youngster spotted the injured bird on Saturday and called 9-1-1, and Lebanon police kept it from going in the road until experts from the Quechee-based Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) arrived to take it away.

VINS experts taking the bird away. (Lebanon police photograph)

That’s all according to a Lebanon police news release sent out today. Police say VINS plans to assess the eagle’s injuries and hope to rehabilitate it.

Lebanon police photograph.