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‘Desperately seeking road kill’ in the form of ‘less fortunate frogs’

A wood frog gives off death spasms after being hit by a vehicle on Route 5 in Springfield, Vt., on April 22, 2014. A volunteer crossing brigade spent several hours of the night helping many amphibians cross the road safely, though they couldn’t reach all the travelers in time. (Valley News – Will Parson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

From the Norwich listserv this morning:

6. desperately seeking road kill
From: “ryan.calsbeek@dartmouth.edu” <ryan.calsbeek@dartmouth.edu>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:59:27 -0700

 

This week promises rainy days and the coming of the spring frog populations. Many of these frogs will cross roads on their way to breeding sites in vernal pools. Some frogs are luckier than others and as Kermit was fond of saying “its not easy bein’ green”.

 

Should you happen upon the less fortunate frogs in your commute home, I would be most grateful if you would hop on over,  bag them up for me and drop me an email. Please note the location where each frog croaked (see what I did there?).

 

We will also gladly accept your road-killed salamanders.

morbidly yours

ryan.calsbeek@dartmouth.edu

Reminds me of the documentary Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, which it seems you can actually watch in full on YouTube.

Don’t forget to join our Upper Valley Calendar group on Facebook for suggestions of things to do in the area

We just hit 500 members and we are pumped about it.

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Wondering what it’s all about? The UVC group is a place where people in the Upper Valley who are looking for things to do can solicit ideas from the community and five Valley News editors and reporters.

Not sure where to take your visiting 5-year-old nephew on a rainy weekend? Want to dust off those hiking boots, but not sure where to start? Planning date night? Ask away!

You’ll also find a daily spotlight on a listing from the Valley Calendar (calendar.vnews.com) and links to our thrice-weekly Out and About columns about things to do in the region, plus more.

Daisy Stone, 9, of Park City, Utah, left, is supported by her cousin Dan Pititer, 15, of Norwich, Vt., while skating backwards on one foot in Hanover, N.H., on Feb. 19, 2018. Stone traveled to visit Pititer and the rest of her cousins who live in the Upper Valley during her Winter Break. (Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Town officials say disgraced circus clown not suspected of misconduct in Norwich

FILE- In this Dec. 1, 2005, file photo, Barry Lubin, star of the Big Apple Circus’ “Grandma Goes to Hollywood,” applies powder after applying his clown makeup in his trailer at Damrosch Park in New York’s Lincoln Center. Lubin resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos. The circus’s chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, that Lubin offered his resignation on Friday shortly after the alleged victim came forward. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

First, see this excerpt from a story that appeared in the Valley News on Wednesday:

A beloved circus performer known as Grandma the clown has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos.

 

The circus’ chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday that Barry Lubin, 65, offered his resignation on Friday, shortly after the woman came forward.

 

The allegations “are true. What I did was wrong, and I take full responsibility for my actions,” said Lubin, who apologized in a statement released by his lawyer.

Read the full thing here.

Now, here is a press release the town of Norwich put out at 3:47 this afternoon:

The news release notes that “if there are individuals that believe Mr. Lubin acted inappropriately, despite the Town’s assurance, those individuals are encouraged to contact the Norwich Police Department (802-649-1460).”