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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


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

Mindy Kaling will deliver Dartmouth’s commencement address in June

Actress Mindy Kaling attends the Hulu 2017 Upfront Presentation at La Sirena on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Award-winning actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling will deliver the Dartmouth College 2018 commencement address in June, the school announced today. (Click through to read more at the Valley News website, and find a full story in Thursday’s paper.)

I’m currently in the midst of a Mindy Project binge on Hulu so let me just say …


Kaling follows several other TV personalities who have delivered addresses in recent years, including Jake Tapper in 2017, Shonda Rhimes in 2014 and Conan O’Brien in 2011. 

Conan was one of three Dartmouth speakers on NPR’s list —  first published in May 2014 and updated in July 2015 — of the best commencement speeches, ever. The list includes 350 speeches dating back to 1774. The others from Dartmouth were Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, in 2002, and Elie Wiesel, in 2006.

The full list of Dartmouth’s commencement speakers, plus a bunch of other facts, is here.

Watch Tapper’s, Rhimes’ and O’Brien’s speeches in the videos below.

RELATED: Mindy Kaling to Speak at Dartmouth Graduation

Video: In recovery at Riverbank Church in WRJ

Alex Annunziata, of White River Junction, attended Riverbank Church in White River Junction, Vt., Thursday, March 29, 2018. Annunziata is in recovery from opiod addiction and works as a recovery coach. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Read more in the latest installment of our series on how the opioid epidemic is affecting various professions in the Upper Valley.