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It’s roadwork season in the Upper Valley

A two-year project in Lebanon, N.H., that will separate sewer and rain water drainage is underway. Jason Taylor, left Brian Campbell, and Toby Goodsell all work along Mechanic Street on April 30, 2018. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Crews work to replace a bridge carrying Route 4 over Kedron Brook in downtown Woodstock, Vt., on April 24, 2018. State transportation officials said on Friday that the bridge will be reopened ahead of the planned May 7 date, weather permitting. There is a local detour in place for passenger vehicles, but large trucks have a 40-mile detour while the bridge is closed during the $1.6 million project. (Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Did a lamp with a magnifying glass, alcohol-based paints and THE SUN work together to start a small fire in a Woodstock studio?

Woodstock Fire/EMS thinks that may very well be the case! Check out their post from Saturday.

Woodstock Fire department responds to structure fire in an artist studio on Church Hill Road in Woodstock.

 

Upon arrival of the Chief and the first due engine,firefighters found a smoldering fire contained to a table and the flooring underneath it. Crews extinguished the hot spots and overhauled the building with minimal damage to the structure.

 

The studio owner was not using the space at the time. While the official cause of the fire is undetermined, it appears the fire was started by a lamp that contained a magnifying lenses for close up work that was in line with a window that sun had passed by. The lense was positioned over alcohol based paints and other craft supply’s.

 

Mutual aid from Bridgewater and South Woodstock also responded.

Woodstock Fire/EMS photograph.

Woodstock Fire/EMS photograph.

Woodstock Fire/EMS photograph.

PSA: Billings Farm has lotsa cute baby animals

Two days-old Berkshire piglets at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. (Courtesy Tom Remp, Billings Farm & Museum)

AND YOU CAN PAT THEM (!).

Get your fix of adorable creatures on Friday and Saturday during Billings Farm & Museum’s annual Baby Animal Celebration. The event, now in its sixth year, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days and offers a variety of infant animals for you to squeal over.

(Our Calendar editor, Liz Sauchelli, saw the animals in person this week and has confirmed that they are darling.)

The celebration will take place at the Woodstock site. Admission for adults is $16; ages 62 and over, $14; children 5-15, $8; and ages 3-4, $4. Children ages 2 and under are free.

Read more about the event here.

Photo galleries: Upper Valley sports championships! bc SPORTS!

Windsor sophomore sensation Olivia Rockwood cuts a piece of the net with the rest of her teammates after they defeated Thetford 51-34 to win the Division III state championship in Barre, Vt., on March 10, 2018. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

We <3 sports and we <3 photos, so photo galleries of sports are a pretty great thing, and the Valley News photography staff have put together four of them for state championship teams.

(As a reminder, you can always browse all of our photo galleries — find the link about halfway down on the www.vnews.com homepage!)

Sharon Academy head coach Blake Fabrikant is mobbed by his team at the buzzer as they defeated Danville, 60-56, to win the Division IV state championship in Barre, Vt., on March 19, 2018. In eight state final appearances by three sports in school history, the 60-56 win was the first title for a team in school history. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.