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Brent Fraser is the Upper Valley’s record-setting machine

You might remember Lebanon resident Brent Fraser from when he set the world record for using one’s mouth to catch a grape dropped from the greatest height, using a hot air balloon and a team of his coworker-engineer-friends to get the job done.

(Oh, no, you don’t remember that? Well, it was one of my all-time favorite stories to write and videos to produce, so here you go!) 

Brent recorded his second grape-related record in September and was back at it on Storrs Hill Road in Lebanon this past weekend, attempting to set yet another Guinness World Record. And this time, instead of oddly over-sized fruits, it was a baseball. Here’s his report:

I broke my third Guinness World Record (on Sunday) by breaking the previous record of 597 feet by catching the baseball at 629 feet, 8 inches. I attached a picture of my crew in front of the launcher just to show how big the machine was.

Guinness has to review Brent’s submission before it’s ~officially official~ by their standards, but the whole thing is SUPER COOL and good to go in our book.

Here’s some pics he shared; thanks, Brent!

Brent Fraser. (Courtesy photograph)

Brent out for the catch. (Courtesy photograph)

Launch pad. (Courtesy photograph)

The launcher! (Courtesy photograph)

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PHOTOS: For a moment on Monday, much of the Upper Valley marveled at a rainbow

Photo by Tom Caruso. Taken from Railroad Row in White River Junction on Monday, April 30, 2018. “Sometimes in the throes of winter, it’s hard to remember what a beautiful place the upper valley can be,” Tom wrote on Facebook. “Then all of a sudden, it hits you right in the face.”

Shortly before 7 p.m. on Monday, I looked out my kitchen window in White River Junction and thought, “Holy smokes! Look at that sky!”

It was dark and cloudy to the east while the sun was dropping low in the west, illuminating houses and trees in golden light against a deep, moody backdrop.

So I took a walk around my neighborhood, ending up on Highland Avenue (near Hartford’s high and middle schools), where I saw a little sliver of rainbow (my picture is below).

Turns out, around that time, Tom Caruso (whose picture is above) and a bunch of other Upper Valley residents — particularly in the core of White River Junction and West Lebanon — were taking in the same sight.

It’s kind of neat to think about a bunch of people looking up at the same thing across a region, so this post includes a bunch of their pictures (all used with permission). The map below marks where the photos were shot.

If you have more to share, please post them in the comments on our Facebook post!

Photo by Maggie Cassidy. Taken from Highland Avenue in White River Junction on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Katie Ouelette. Taken from the Lebanon (N.H.) Airport on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Heather Albrecht. Taken from her home along the White River on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Deborah Pasho. Taken from the Hannaford Supermarket parking lot in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Anthony Warburton. Taken from the Bradford, Vt., looking toward Piermont, N.H., on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by JT McMahon. Taken from Route 12A in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

And last but not least, the view from the Valley News parking lot!

Monday, April 30, 2018.

EDIT: And one more! From the @lebnh Instagram, also taken from the airport.

EDIT: Even more are rolling in on Wednesday morning!

Photo by Dave I. Taken from the Wal-Mart parking lot in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Deb Sturmlinger Shinnlinger. Taken from the Upper Valley Plaza in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

 

Based on these Lebanon Mall photos from 1975, can you name the shops that are there today?

NO CHEATING! You can check your answers in the latest edition of Enterprise, the Valley News’ quarterly business magazine (edited by our own UV INDEX co-creator Amanda Newman) that is on newsstands and online at enterprise.vnews.com.

BTW, are you following the Valley News on Instagram @vnewsuv yet? Because we are borrowing this post from the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag, one of my favorite projects that I get to work on each week with photo editor Geoff Hansen!

Lebanon Pet, Aquarium and Tack Shop on the Lebanon Mall in late 1975. (Valley News photograph) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The Shoetorium on the Lebanon Mall in late 1975. (Valley News photograph) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

National Bank of Lebanon near the Lebanon Mall in late 1975. (Valley News photograph) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

McNeill’s Drug Store on the Lebanon Mall in late 1975. (Valley News photograph) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The Colonial Bookshoppe on the Lebanon Mall in late 1975. (Valley News photograph) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Woolworth’s on the Lebanon Mall in late 1975. (Valley News photograph) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

🚨 DAIRY TWIRL IS OPENING NEXT WEEK 🚨

CONFIRMED: Spring is officially here.

Dairy Twirl, my favorite ice cream place in the Upper Valley (shhh, don’t tell the others), has announced it will open for the 2018 season on Friday, May 4. Rejoice!

Everyone knows Dairy Twirl is the last ice cream holdout and that its owners don’t open until it’s definitely spring, so here’s the confirmation that spring has officially sprung.