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PHOTOS: For a moment on Monday, much of the Upper Valley marveled at a rainbow

Photo by Tom Caruso. Taken from Railroad Row in White River Junction on Monday, April 30, 2018. “Sometimes in the throes of winter, it’s hard to remember what a beautiful place the upper valley can be,” Tom wrote on Facebook. “Then all of a sudden, it hits you right in the face.”

Shortly before 7 p.m. on Monday, I looked out my kitchen window in White River Junction and thought, “Holy smokes! Look at that sky!”

It was dark and cloudy to the east while the sun was dropping low in the west, illuminating houses and trees in golden light against a deep, moody backdrop.

So I took a walk around my neighborhood, ending up on Highland Avenue (near Hartford’s high and middle schools), where I saw a little sliver of rainbow (my picture is below).

Turns out, around that time, Tom Caruso (whose picture is above) and a bunch of other Upper Valley residents — particularly in the core of White River Junction and West Lebanon — were taking in the same sight.

It’s kind of neat to think about a bunch of people looking up at the same thing across a region, so this post includes a bunch of their pictures (all used with permission). The map below marks where the photos were shot.

If you have more to share, please post them in the comments on our Facebook post!

Photo by Maggie Cassidy. Taken from Highland Avenue in White River Junction on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Katie Ouelette. Taken from the Lebanon (N.H.) Airport on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Heather Albrecht. Taken from her home along the White River on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Deborah Pasho. Taken from the Hannaford Supermarket parking lot in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Anthony Warburton. Taken from the Bradford, Vt., looking toward Piermont, N.H., on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by JT McMahon. Taken from Route 12A in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

And last but not least, the view from the Valley News parking lot!

Monday, April 30, 2018.

EDIT: And one more! From the @lebnh Instagram, also taken from the airport.

EDIT: Even more are rolling in on Wednesday morning!

Photo by Dave I. Taken from the Wal-Mart parking lot in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Photo by Deb Sturmlinger Shinnlinger. Taken from the Upper Valley Plaza in West Lebanon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

 

Polka Dot Diner takes a step toward reopening; former West Lebanon Library building for sale

The Polka Dot Diner is seen on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The Polka Dot diner building is a step closer to reopening after its new owner won site development plan approval on Monday night from the Hartford Planning Commission.

The move could lead to a reopening of the postage stamp-sized restaurant, which closed four years ago, after interior renovations authorized by the site plan are done.

Reopening the Polka Dot building roughly will follow the opening of two other new storefronts on North Main Street: Little Istanbul, a shop owned by Tuckerbox owners Jackie and Vural Oktay that will sell imported items and handcrafts from Turkey; and Juel Juice & Smoothies, a juice and smoothie bar owned by Julie Sumanis and Elena Taylor, who operate a juice cart of the same name.

One of the interior views of the former West Lebanon Library, which developer David Clem has on the market for $795,000. (Courtesy Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group)

Right across the river, developer David Clem has again placed the old West Lebanon Library building on the market, after an earlier attempt failed to attract a buyer.

The building on Main Street was listed earlier this month with a $795,000 asking price, and is being marketed as an “incredible office for an assortment of businesses, especially for a doctor, attorney or thriving tech company.”

Kilton Library celebrating National Poetry Month with sweet little poem scrolls

Sorry to be relatively MIA this week … both Amanda and I have been a bit under the weather!

BUT Calendar editor Liz Sauchelli recently gifted me a sweet little pick-me-up, courtesy of Kilton Library in West Lebanon, which is celebrating National Poetry Month by passing out poems, rolled up in a scroll, for patrons to read and pass on. I still haven’t given mine away yet … maybe I will give it away to YOU if I see ya!

~ poem scroll ~

Overnight fire in West Lebanon sends 9 people to the hospital

Nine people were taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center overnight and two children were rescued by a neighbor following a smoky fire that heavily damaged an apartment at The Village at Crafts Hill apartment complex. (A news release originally said eight people were hospitalized, but that number was later increased.) Click here to read more at the Valley News website.

Eight people were taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the early morning hours of Friday, March 30, 2018, and two children were rescued by a neighbor following a smoky fire that heavily damaged an apartment at The Village at Crafts Hill apartment complex in West Lebanon, N.H. (Lebanon Fire Department photograph)