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Lyme students win Cyber Robotics Coding Competition, which comes with a $2,000 prize for the school

We mentioned in a recent edition of School Notes that five students from the Lyme School would be competing against their peers from around New Hampshire earlier this month, during the state finals of the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition at Pinkerton Academy in Derry:

The Lyme coders, under the guidance of teacher Meg Franks, are seventh-graders June Clark and Juliet Sinkus, and eighth-graders Dylan Wilcox, Jack Lange and Spencer May. Lyme is one of 16 schools to qualify for the finals, in which students compete online, using a cloud-based simulation platform featuring a virtual, 3D-animated robot. They made the grade for the state championship by completing 75 coding “missions” online.

Well, guess what. They won!

Photo courtesy N.H. Department of Education.

The grand prize, a trophy with a $2000 grant for the school, was awarded to the Lyme School. Here’s a full list of winners:

Boot Camp Awards

Faculty Participation Award 2nd Place – Weare Middle School
Faculty Participation Award 1st Place – Crescent Lake School
Diversity Award 2nd Place- Weare Middle School
Diversity Award 1st Place – Lyme School
Inclusiveness Award 2nd Place – North Hampton School (Large School)
Inclusiveness Award 2nd Place – St. Thomas Aquinas School  (Small School)
Inclusiveness Award 1st Place – Lyme Middle School (Large School)
Inclusiveness Award 1st Place – Errol Consolidated School (Small School)

Finals Awards

Middle School 2nd Place – Lyme School
Middle School 1st Place – Keene Middle School ($500 grant)
High School 2nd Place – Londonderry High School
High School 1st Place – Academy for Science and Design ($500 grant)

Governor’s Award

The Lyme School ($2,000 grant)

 

Ski season has officially started, y’all

It’s that time of year again: ski resorts across the Twin States are opening their doors to kick off the 2017-18 season.

VERMONT

Stowe Mountain Resort shared a few photos on Instagram (above) commemorating today’s opening. The account previously had featured photos of the mountain’s snowmaking efforts in the lead-up to Friday.

Killington Resort, which began making snow about two weeks ago and opened in the middle of last week, has received the OK to proceed with the women’s World Cup, which will be held at the ski area over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-26.

The International Ski Federation on Thursday gave the resort “the official snow control notice, which confirms the slalom and giant slalom racing will go on as planned.” The announcement also assures race teams and fans that the competition will take place, according to a local roundup brief published in today’s Valley News.

Woodstock’s Suicide Six, set to open on Monday, Dec. 18, will round out ski-area openings in Vermont.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Per its website, the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme Center will open on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Mount Sunapee Resort, meanwhile, is gearing up to open on Wednesday, Nov. 22, according to a Facebook post.

And Storrs Hill Ski Area in Lebanon is readying for its season opening, though no official date has been set. In a news release posted to its Facebook page on Thursday, the ski area announced it has finished the installation of stainless steel tracks on its 25- and 50-meter ski jumps, completing the first phase of a project that began earlier this year. The project’s second phase, which will include a final grade for the landing hills, is expected to begin in the spring. The new ski jump tracks put the Lebanon Outing Club, which operates the ski area, one step closer to offering year-round training, according to an August Valley News story. Read the release below.

Video: Loon in Lyme unlocked (from icy pond) by Land Trust

Almost had all the alliteration!

A loon in warmer times. (Concord Monitor – Elodie Reed)

Check out this video posted by the Upper Valley Land Trust, showing land stewards breaking up the ice for a loon stuck in a small patch of open water on Pout Pond in Lyme. According to the trust, loons need about 200 yards of open water to take off, so breaking up the ice was essentially like building the loon a little runway.

As the trust says, “here’s hoping the loon takes advantage of their hard work!”

Places to get warm, charge your phone following today’s widespread power outages

Gabriel Bates, 13, of Canaan, N.H., walks with his drink from Canaan Village Pizza to dry land on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Canaan, N.H. An overnight storm caused the Indian River to flood. Gabriel’s dad works at Canaan Village Pizza and was helping deal with the flooding. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Cross-posting these announcements from town officials below. If you know of anything else that should be on this list, email me at mcassidy@vnews.com. Click here to read the Valley News’ full reporting on power outages, flooding, blocked roads, etc.

Grantham

The Dunbar Free Library is open today until 7:30PM and we have phone, heat, power, Wi-Fi and coffee (compliments of the Friends, donations welcome). We still plan to be open for “town wide trick-or-treating” tomorrow from 5:30-7PM, so drop in and watch the costume parade from a warm spot!

Dawn Huston, Director
Dunbar Free Library
PO box 1580
401 Rte. 10 South
Grantham, NH 03753
www.dunbarlibrary.org
603-863-2172

Lyme

Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:17:24 -0400
From: EOC Lyme <lymeeoc@LYMENH.GOV>
Subject: Weather event 10/29-10/30/2017

*The Lyme Emergency Operations Center is monitoring* the current situation
which continues secondary to loss of power for about 301 residences. Both
NH Electrical Coop and Eversource customers are affected. The power outages
involve a wide area involving NH, Massachusetts and Maine. The power
companies expect a multi day response. Winds and possible rain are still
expected this afternoon.

Dorchester Rd is passable after High Street but please do not violate the
road block at Lyme Inn.
Dorchester Road is one lane in the #420-500 area secondary to downed power
lines.
River Road South has downed trees on wires as does River Rd north above
East Thetford
Pout Pond is blocked by fallen tree.

For those of you *without power and no generators* the Dowd Country Inn and
private residences have offered warmth and shelter, thank you for your
hospitality. You may call me for further information at 795-4457 if you
have questions.
For those of you *with generators* please make sure you have adequate fuel
and run those generators with adequate ventilation. That goes for kerosene
heaters as well.

*Lastly* the barriers that have been erected around active power lines are
not meant to be used as an obstacle course to maneuver around. Severe
injuries including death can be sustained if you mess with a live wire. Be
safe. Margaret

Margaret Caudill-Slosberg
Emergency Management Director
Town of Lyme

Sunapee

The Abbott Library has power and heat! If you need to warm up, check your email or charge your electrical devices, please stop by! Tell your friends and neighbors too! Also, please see the notice below from the Sunapee Police Department. Thank you and stay safe.

NEWS ALERT
The Sunapee Police and Sunapee Fire Departments are aware that there are Sunapee residents still without power after Sunday’s storm. If you, or anyone you know, is in need of a warm place or an opportunity to take a warm shower, please call or stop by the Sunapee Safety Services building. The building is open to residents to get warm and use the facilities. We realize that due to power outages, residents may not be getting these messages so please help us by directing someone you know who is still without power to the Safety Services building for anything we can help with. Please call 763-5555.

The Sunapee Police & Fire Departments are proud to serve our community.

Vermont National Guard

Vermont State Emergency Operations Center
October 31, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Contact: Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS, 802-839-6717

Vermont National Guard armories open for those without electric service

WATERBURY, VT – The Vermont National Guard is opening the doors to some of its armories to allow the public to charge their cell phones, access running water and toilets, and warm up.

The facilities are now open and will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday:

99 Fairground Rd., Bradford
134 Pearl St., Enosburg Falls
4 Overlook Dr., Lyndonville
45 Farr Ave., Morrisville
18 Fairfield St., St. Albans
13 Ferris St., Swanton
23 Armory Ln., Westminster

Overnight Red Cross shelters will also open later today. Locations will be announced when plans are finalized.

The Vermont State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains staffed to assist with wind storm recovery.