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The connecting road from Fairview Terrace to downtown WRJ has been closed to vehicles, but remains open to pedestrians

Thanks to Kirsten A-T for the photo! (Why is it closed, you ask? Valley News reporter Matt Hongoltz-Hetling laid out the options the Hartford Selectboard was weighing in response to the road’s poor condition in a story in October.)

Photo courtesy Kirsten Arnesen-Trunzo.

In other news, the bridge underpass in WRJ near the intersection of North Main + Bridge streets is fully reopened.

#tbt to 1960, when Santa got his beard trimmed in White River Junction

Honestly, this caption is as much of a throwback as the photograph itself! More throwbacks at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram.

Santa Claus’s beard got a trimming in a White River Junction, Vt., barber shop of Dec. 2, 1960, which ought to prove to the most skeptical that it isn’t just stuck on. Johnny Haefle gives is a tug to make sure. On Santa’s other knee is Danny Haefle. They are the sons of Dr. and Mrs. Harold C. Haefle of Norwich, Vt. Elizabeth Flannery, held by her mother, Mrs. Martin Flannery, of Norwich, watches with interest. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News.

The bridge underpass in WRJ near the intersection of North Main + Bridge streets is fully reopened

I heard about this as early as Tuesday, but you know what they say in the journalism world: If your mother tells you the sky is blue, fact-check it.

So I took a detour through the downtown area on my way to work this morning and saw for myself. I’m not going to win any prizes for this photograph, but it confirms two things:

  • The Bridge Street underpass, which takes Bridge Street traffic underneath the railroad tracks near the four-way intersection with North Main Street (near Revolution, the Dreamland building, etc.), is reopened in both directions. It has been one-way coming into the village for some time.


The intersection of North Main and Bridge Streets in White River Junction on Dec. 15, 2017.

The ‘Valley News’ got a shoutout in ‘Junction’ Magazine’s news installment


Junction Magazine name-dropped the VN in its latest news roundup, published on Dec. 8. (Honestly, the Christmas-hating squirrels is what caught my eye and prompted me to click through.)

On November 19, Valley News tells us “Owning a Dog Could Lower Risk of Death” and one day later it’s puppies, pizza, and leptospirosis! PSA: Talk to your pets about quitting smoking today.

At least they’re reading ¯\_(ツ)_/¯