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Plainfield honors African-American Revolutionary War soldier

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1️⃣ Lorenzo Arredondo, of #FremontNH, a reenactor with the 1st New Hampshire Regiment, welcomes the descendants of Derrick Oxford, a slave who fought with the regiment in the Revolutionary War in the 1700s, to a dedication service of a new stone on Oxford’s previously unmarked grave at the Coreyville Cemetery in #PlainfieldNH on Saturday. Oxford fought at the battle of Saratoga and the siege of Ticonderoga. 2️⃣ Stephanie Johnson, of Meriden, Conn., holds her daughters Paris Haley, 3, left, and London Haley, 5, right, as the reenactors fire a salute to Oxford, Johnson’s sixth great grandfather. ⏺ More at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #plainfieldnh #mother #daughters #family #ancestry #ceremony #dedication #cemetery #history #revolutionarywar #reenactors #nh #newhampshire #603

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Wondering what that BOOM was in the West Lebanon area this afternoon?

Photo courtesy Lebanon Fire Department.

Photo courtesy Lebanon Fire Department.

Photo courtesy Lebanon Fire Department.


According to the Lebanon Fire Department, the New Hampshire State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal made controlled detonations of “potentially explosive materials” at the Lebanon landfill this afternoon. The material was first discovered by a clean-up contractor at a residence on Spring Street and then transported to the landfill for the controlled detonation.

Lebanon fire officials noted that the public was never in danger, but several people — including yours truly! — took to Facebook to try to figure out the source of a booming noise shortly before 5 p.m., which was reportedly heard from at least White River Junction to Plainfield.


Here’s the full text of a news release from the Lebanon Fire Department:

At 1205 hours (12:05 p.m.) the Lebanon Police and Fire Departments responded to a vacant residential dwelling on Spring Street for a report of potentially explosive materials found. On arrival personnel were met by a a clean-up contractor, hired by the property owner who was clearing debris from the residence. The contractor advised that they had found several boxes of retail fireworks, black powder and other potentially explosive materials and removed them from the building. Public Safety personnel contacted the New Hampshire State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal (NHSP EOD) unit to request assistance with identifying the materials and disposal.


At 1330 hours (1:30 p,m,) the NHSP EOD supervisor arrived on scene and upon examination determined that some of the materials were retail fireworks and other appeared to be homemade explosive devices. Due to the uncertainty about the stability of the materials and age, a decision was made to transport the materials to a safe location and render them safe by explosive charge. The materials were transported to the lower area at the Lebanon Landfill and subsequently detonated, resulting in four small explosions in the area.


It is important to note that at no time was the public in danger, both at the Spring Street location and at the landfill.

We have posted about a few ice skating rinks this year, but this one is probably the least conventional

Via the Town of Plainfield, NH Facebook page:

“The Estabrook Brook School on Route 12A in Plainfield Village has notified the town office that as a result of last week’s rain they have some excellent field skating available on their property. All are welcome to lace on some skates and enjoy.”


Breaking: Jury finds Plainfield man not guilty in alleged murder-for-hire case

A Sullivan Superior Court jury has acquitted Plainfield resident Maurice Temple in an alleged murder-for-hire case regarding his ex-wife. Click here to read more.

Maurice Temple reads a document related to his divorce in Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport, N.H., on Dec. 11, 2017. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway, right, had asked him to read the document aloud in court. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.