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Adoptable pets — and a note on thinking twice before buying a bunny as an Easter gift!

Click the photo for more information on all of these adoptable Upper Valley pets, including wonderful bunnies Kelso and Hyde!

(If you can’t click the photo, you can click this link. And remember, this Valley News feature is always live at www.vnews.com/adoptablepets.)

Speaking of bunnies! If I may, here’s a poster from Rabbitron.com about buying rabbits as Easter gifts and why it should be discouraged.

The text of the poster says: Small animal, big responsibility. A rabbit is not a toy, he’s a living, feeling, 12-year commitment. Rabbits do make wonderful indoor companions, but they are not low maintenance and are not a good “starter” pet for a child. Sadly, most “Easter Bunnies” end up abandoned once the novelty wears off. Please save a life, take the time to learn what it takes to care for a rabbit before deciding to bring one home. The Easter bunny will thank you. DID YOU KNOW? All rabbits should be spayed or neutered. Rabbits need daily exercise and companionship. Grass or timothy hay is essential to a rabbit’s diet. An outdoor hutch is not safe or humane housing. Learn more at rabbitron.com.

What’s up with the bunny post?

Peanut, age 10.

I happen to have two funny buns that I adopted from UVHS. Peanut, who was 8 years old at the time I adopted him, was adopted exactly two years ago on Sunday, meaning that he will be 10 years old! So the experts aren’t kidding around when they say that rabbits can easily live for a decade or more.

And, just to leave you with some gratuitous bunny pics, here’s the other bun I adopted from UVHS, Flip-Flop. She was adopted in 2014 and is now about 5 or 6 years old.

Flip-Flop, age 5+.

And, last but not least, Flip-Flop with her best bud Bartleby, from the Animal Rescue League of Dedham, Mass. He is an estimated 6-7 years old.

Flip-Flop and Bartleby. Bartleby is 6-7 years old.

All that said: If you decide you ARE ready for a bunny — not as a spur-of-the-moment toy, but as a long-term pet — we hope you consider giving Kelso and Hyde a shot. ❤

It’s a rematch: Thetford, Windsor advance to a championship rendezvous on Saturday

Windsor’s Olivia Rockwood, left, and Angelina Bigwood, right, fight to bring down a rebound against Peoples’ Melaira Fogg during their VAP Division III semifinal at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, Vt., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Emi Vaughan, of Thetford Academy, right, competes for a dropped rebound with Lizzie Brown, of Hazen, as Brooke Horniak, of Thetford, middle, provides backup during the Vermont Principals Association Division III semifinal at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, Vt., Thursday, March 8, 2018. Thetford won 51 – 40. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


On Thursday night, Windsor beat Peoples Academy and Thetford beat Hazen … which means the two Upper Valley teams will face off in the championship once again in Barre on Saturday!

The Windsor vs. Thetford championship of 2017 was quite the last-minute nail-biter, with Thetford coming out on top, 53-52, after trailing by 15 points with fewer than six minutes to play.

Full disclosure: My husband grew up in Thetford and had been working at Thetford Academy for a few years at the time, so the come-from-behind victory was pretty thrilling to witness (see video). But overall, I’m always just looking for an exciting game between two good teams, and this one promises to deliver.

It’s all going down at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Barre Auditorium.


Annual N.H. mid-winter bald eagle count (yes that’s a thing) documents nine of the birds along the Connecticut River

A young bald eagle who injured its wing four months ago was released by Tom Ricardi of Conway’s Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center near where it was found by the Connecticut River in Deerfield, Mass, in July 2017. (Paul Franz / Greenfield Recorder)

That’s according to this news release from N.H. Fish and Game.

  • Wildlife watchers counted a total of 97 bald eagles in the Granite State.
  • Those along the Connecticut River included seven adults and two juveniles.
  • The 38th annual count was coordinated by N.H. Audubon in collaboration with the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, and it took place during a two-week period in January.

And here’s how the total tally compares to years past:

Historical Data
Year Eagles Counted
2015 110
2005 55
1994 25
1984 12

So, what about that drop from 110 in 2015 to 97 in 2018 mean? From the release:

As for longer-term trends, aside from this year’s drop, the number of eagles counted during the mid-winter survey in New Hampshire has been nearly doubling every 10 years.


“In 2017, the bald eagle was removed from the State Threatened and Endangered Species List due to their remarkable recovery,” said Sandra Houghton, a biologist with NH Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program. “Monitoring wildlife populations through efforts like this helps us evaluate the success of recovery efforts.”

FILE – In this undated photo released by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a bald eagle flies in Utah. (AP Photo/Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Lynn Chamberlain)

I’ve been lucky enough to attend two release of rehabilitated bald eagles along the Connecticut River (both of the release sites were in Vermont), and took videos at both.

Thetford, August 2014:

Click here to read more about the release in Thetford.

Windsor, May 2017:

Click here to read more about the release in Windsor.