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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).”

NYT sportswriter’s book about Norwich Olympians continues to generate discussion

Tonight at 7: Karen Crouse discusses her book about Norwich and Olympians. In Norwich, no less! It’s happening at the Norwich Bookstore.

The book has continued to generate discussion, including on the radio program On Point.* (In addition to listening to the audio, you can also see a small bit of back-and-forth in the comments section.)

A local writer, Brianne Goodspeed, wrote a very good review for the Valley News earlier this month, highlighting the role that Norwich’s wealth has played in its successes and how that was perhaps downplayed in the book.

There’s also these observations (and an excellent cow pun) about Norwich’s latest debates around the Town Plan and affordable housing. The “glowing NYT profile” refers to an excerpt of the book that appeared in the Times. Featuring former Kimball Union Academy history teacher Dean Barker and Rutland Herald journalist (and fan of UV INDEX) Roger Carroll:

*Also worth noting, the excerpt of the book published on the On Point website appears to play up the limitations of “the power of Norwich as a model” more vigorously than the prologue that was printed in the book. For example, the printed version of the book describes Norwich has having a “median household income of eight-nine thousand dollars,” while the On Point version describes that income as “upwards of $90,000.”

Book review: Norwich’s resources nurture Olympians

Simon & Schuster is promoting a new book by New York Times sportswriter Karen Crouse about the town of Norwich and its preponderance of Olympians. Below, see the video for Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence.

“You can create Norwich anywhere,” Crouse says, around the 1:05 mark. “It involves really a shift in values in some cases, from a very bottom-line results oriented model to developing the whole person.”

Hm. That is one take. Here is another, in the form of a book review by Brianne Goodspeed, who lives one town south in Hartford and considers some of the other factors that give Norwich a leg up in creating and nurturing world-class athletes. (Hint: It’s money.)

A very sweet pair of museum guests made cookies for the Montshire after their pipes burst

“I am sorry that the pipe burst. Anyway, here are some cookies!”

Aww, so good! I wish I could enlist these folks to write all of my cards from here on out.

Sweet Monday morning surprise with heart-warming note 💕

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