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There are still tickets available to see ~Siri~ perform in WRJ tonight

Susan Cameron Bennett, original voice of “Siri,” will perform with guitarist husband Rick Hinkle.

Susan Cameron Bennett is known as the voice of digital assistant Siri. (Courtesy photograph)

It’s a benefit for the Hartford Historical Society, and tickets are $50, including dinner (heavy hors d’oeuvres/dessert). Read more in a recent Out & About column by Liz Sauchelli.

According to a posting on the listserve by the historical society’s Susanne Abetti, Bennett was born in Vermont “with family roots in White River Junction.”

You can hear a little more about Bennett in this podcast and video.

Video: WRJ clothing/furniture store that was about to become a gym is heavily damaged by fire

Mainly Vintage clothing store owner Ann Hayden hugs Mark Garzia, who bought the property during an early hours fire in White River Junction, Vt., on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Valley News – August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Mike Tidwell, of the Hartford Fire Department, works to put out any fires on the inside of the building that houses the Heirloom Antique Center & Furniture Hospital and Mainly Vintage clothing store in White River Junction, #VT, this morning. Fire officials are working to determine what caused the two-alarm fire early this morning that heavily damaged the building, which had recently changed hands and was going to become a gym. 🔸 Full story at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔸 (Valley News – August Frank @augustfrankphoto) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #hartfordvt #whiteriverjunction #antique #vintage #store #building #fire #smoke #firefighter #emergency #vermont #news #localnews #802 #🔥 #🚒

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Hartford is looking for your opinion on the Sherman Manning Pools

Ella Stainton, 10, of West Hartford, Vt., was about to climb the ladder for the slide at the Sherman Manning Pool in White River Junction, Vt., on July 6, 2016. Stainton was at the pool with her twin sister and a friend. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Click here to take the survey, which is seven questions long. You can catch up on coverage of the Sherman Manning Pools at the Valley News website.

p.s. And here’s a little bit of pool-themed #valleynewsthrowback on the @vnewsuv Instagram!

#tbt: 1️⃣ & 2️⃣ About 100 eager children at poolside squirmed to get into the swim of things in White River Junction, #VT, on June 24, 1967, as #HartfordVT town officials and invited guests dedicated the new $97,000 pool (3️⃣). 4️⃣ After speeches were completed, Muriel Kibby, of the Hartford School Board, cast a #wreath of #flowers upon the water of the new #pool, naming the facility after former Hartford Selectman Sherman Manning. The first pool in town was built on Manning’s land in 1957. ▪️ The pool is closed this summer as committee of Hartford residents studies options for its future. Find a link to the committee’s survey about the pool, plus a collection of Valley News reporting on the pool issue, by visiting uvindex.vnews.com and searching “hartford pool survey,” or visiting the link in our profile. ▪️ And find more #vnewsuv #throwbacks at the #valleynewsthrowback hasthag. ▪️ (Valley News – Larry McDonald) #uppervalley #upval #poolside #swim #swimming #swimmers #history #historyinpics #blackandwhite #bw #kids #children #summer #fun #june #1967 #1960s #⛱

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Lebanon, Hartford look to address parking problems

LEBANON

City officials on Wednesday said they’re open to the idea of installing parking meters in downtown Lebanon, adding that action is needed to open up spaces near the Lebanon Mall and Colburn Park. Read more.

HARTFORD

With a public discussion about parking meters and a parking garage still on the horizon, a pair of parking lot projects could slightly ease the mounting pressure on the downtown area’s increasingly vibrant streets. Read more.