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#FreePress: Led by the Boston Globe, the Valley News is among some 350 newspapers across the country responding to Trump’s ‘scurrilous attacks on journalists and journalism’

The Valley News in West Lebanon, N.H.

Please, please, please, read the whole Valley News editorial; not just the headline, not just the tweet and not just the first three grafs, which I have copied and pasted below: 

For many years it has been the general practice here at the Valley News not to respond in kind to critics of our coverage, even when the paper’s motives and good faith are questioned. The working theory is that journalists are not and should not be in the business of getting into public arguments; that we expect public figures to have a thick hide, and it is unbecoming to display a thin skin when they push back; and, most of all, that our coverage rises or falls on its own merits, as determined by the readers we serve, not on the opinion of those whom we cover.


And while the Valley News publishes the work of other news organizations, it does not assist in the planning or preparation of those stories and generally avoids coordinating its efforts in any way with other media outlets, except occasionally in sharing the costs of mounting expensive court challenges. The reasoning is that the public interest is best served when independent news organizations pursue their own priorities, projects and interests, thus providing a wide range of news and opinion.


Today, we depart from these customary stances, albeit reluctantly, to answer The Boston Globe’s call for newspapers across the country to respond to President Donald Trump’s scurrilous attacks on journalists and journalism.

(Full disclosure: I am a member of the Valley News editorial board.)

You can read the editorial from The Boston Globe, who led the call for editorials, at this link. That page also includes a collection of editorials from around the country; the list is being updated throughout the day.

Other papers who penned editorials published today include two of our sister papers, The Concord Monitor and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, of Northampton, Mass., and at least two Vermont newspapers: the Hardwick Gazette and The Commons, of Brattleboro.

You can also check out the #FreePress hashtag on Twitter.

Not everybody is participating. The Los Angeles Times editorial board wrote that their decision to abstain “is not because we don’t believe that President Trump has been engaged in a cynical, demagogic and unfair assault on our industry. He has, and we have written about it on numerous occasions.”

But, the board said, it “decided not to write about the subject on this particular Thursday because we cherish our independence.”

And here’s another perspective from Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online.

RIP Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul

An undated photo of Aretha Franklin, who has died at the age of 76. (SMP/Globe Photos/Zuma Press/TNS)

Via the Associated Press: Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Read her full news obituary here.


Half off at the downtown Lebanon Listen thrift store as they prepare to move to old Bridgman’s store

Get on it! And/or wait for National Thrift Shop Day on Friday. 🙂 The sale runs through Aug. 28 and Listen is planning on opening in its new location in October.


More special Polar seltzers spotted in the Upper Valley


Thank you to colleague Matt Clary for dropping these off at the Valley News (!!!). Super glad to have cemented my role as workplace seltzer nut (see: Exhibits A, B, C and D). I’m gonna see how many coworkers I can get to do a fizzeo (… a seltzer review video, OBVIOUSLY). And for my fellow devotees, apparently these are from the Co-op Food Stores (again!).


p.s. If you don’t know, now you know.

2017 solar eclipse was one of most-watched events in American history, survey says

Ella Dahlstrom,8, of Hartford, Vt., and Becca Girrell, of Lebanon, N.H. view the solar eclispe at the Montshire Museum of Science, in Norwich, Vt., on Aug. 21, 2017. About 1,300 people came to the museum to see the eclispe. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Were you one of the estimated 216 million American adults who watched the solar eclipse last August?

If so, you were in good company.

The Washington Post reports:

According to a new survey from the University of Michigan, a stunning 88 percent of American adults — some 216 million people — watched the “Great American Eclipse” in person or electronically. This estimated audience, based on a national probability sample of 2,915 people over 18, was greater than that for the 1969 Apollo 11 landing and each Super Bowl since the contest began. (A 1999 poll found that 7 out of 10 Americans who were age five or older on the day of the moon landing recalled watching the event on television. The most-watched Super Bowl, in 2015, had about 114 million viewers.)

Here’s a video about eclipse-watchers in Quechee that I put together with Valley News intern Charles Hatcher last year.

Today is the Vermont primary; here’s the who, where, when and ‘what???’

Research shows that UV INDEX tests well among procrastinators, so if this is what you feel like rn …

then we are here for you.

Experts are anticipating a sleepy voting day in Vermont today, but you can buck expectations.

Katie Schuhman, 13, an eighth grader at the South Royalton School, cleans out her locker near the school gym where voters returned for a second time to decide on whether or not to merge school districts with others in the White River Valley Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Lucky 7 News Quiz No. 14 is open through Aug. 16

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If you’re on an smartphone or tablet, please click here for a mobile-friendly link to the quiz!


Continue on to the quiz below! (Note: There’s a scrolly bar.)


ANOTHER TOUGH WEEK WITH NO ACES Y’ALL. But I really like that a bunch of you chose Dr. Stripes and Squigglebutt as the caterpillar name, bc those are definitely what I would call my caterpillars if ever given the chance.

So for the second ace-less week in a row, we chose two random winners!


  • Alex “awarding the pins completely random probably ups my chances so it’s cool if u keep the quizes too hard or even impossible to get 7 out of 7” Bullett
  • Kelsey O’connor

CONGRATS! Comment on our Facebook or email us at uvindex@vnews.com to let us know if you want to come by the Valley News to pick up your loot or if we should pop ’em in the mail.


Q1. A man from Minnesota built a scale-model replica of which Upper Valley location?
A. Strafford Town House.

Q2. Which Dartmouth fraternity has filed a lawsuit against its own trustees over the use of a house on Webster Avenue?
A. Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Q3. Where is home base for the recently debuted Polyculture Brewing Co., run by married couple Michelle Oeser Prost and Chris Prost?
A. Croydon.

Q4. Which two of Woodsville High graduate Chris Sarkis’ talents were discussed in a recent Close-Up story?
A. Music and running.

Q5. In his recent Over Easy column, Dan Mackie wrote about the power of what?
A. Newspapers.

Q6. The Howe Library circulation director spent the last few years making what kind of art for her colleagues, in anticipation of her retirement?
A. Hand-dyed and hand-hooked rug hangings.

Q7. What did a White River Junction girl name a monarch caterpillar in her yard?
A. Chunky.

Chunky. Photo courtesy Cris Wood of White River Junction.


They can find this page at www.vnews.com/lucky7 or uvindex.vnews.com/lucky7.

The places to be on this beautiful Friday in the Upper Valley

Shop all day and party all night (or, at least, until about 10 p.m.):

Just me walkin’ around WRJ with a pile of clothes from the tent sale. nbd.

Time capsules! The scene at the opening last night in Royalton

The contents of two time capsules that had just been opened on the Royalton Green, in South Royalton, Vt., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Valley News – August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

It took place on one of Royalton’s two gazebos.

(RELATED: Does Royalton have the highest gazebo-per-capita rating in the country or what?)

Click here for a full story, in words and photos, by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling and August Frank.

We also have some of August’s photo outtakes up on our Instagram:


There’s gonna be a meteor shower this weekend, and here’s how you can watch

The Perseid (that’s “Purse-y-id,” according to NASA) meteor showers are set to peak this weekend, offering ample opportunities for viewing, according to Time Magazine. Here, a quick guide.


Time reports the best times to see the meteor showers are Saturday and Sunday nights, when you should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour.

Some meteors will appear lower in the sky as soon as it’s fully dark out—around 9:30 p.m. local time. But the best time to watch the shower is in the pre-dawn hours of 3-5 a.m. when the moon has set and Perseus is high in the sky.


If you want to take see the meteor show, you should aim to head somewhere super dark and free of light pollution or large buildings, according to the article. “No special equipment is needed, just patience,” Time reported.

Of course, if you prefer to view from the comfort of your own home or already have plans and might miss the show, you can catch the live stream here on Youtube.


This is where it gets a little tricky, and where some equipment might be necessary. (You probably won’t capture this lights show on your iPhone.) From the article:

Anyone using a real camera should consider setting it up on a tripod in order to avoid the blurry shots that can result from shaky hands. For best results, aim your camera toward Perseus, manually focus a wide-angle lens, use a remote shutter release or self-timer, and employ NASA’s 500 rule to calculate the optimal exposure time.

If anyone does snap pics of the shower, send ’em our way!

FILE – In this Thursday night, Dec. 13, 2012, file photo, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Geminid meteor shower over Springville, Ala. The Geminids meteor shower hits its peak on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, but a full moon will outshine the celestial show this year. (Mark Almond/AL.com via AP, File)

Aerosmith’s original tour van was just found in Massachusetts

Turns out the van was found by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of the History Channel show American Pickers, according to The Associated Press. They located the van in Chesterfield, Mass., a town of about 1,200 residents located 100 miles west of Boston. The property owner said the 1964 International Harvester Metro van was there when he bought the land from someone with a connection to Aerosmith, according to the AP.

Pretty cool!

Undisputed winners of the week: Goats

In Vermont and elsewhere, goats have been a hot topic of late.

In the Green Mountain State, Montpelier this week announced it would be bringing some goats in to help control poison ivy growth. Seven Days Digital Editor Andrea Suozzo had the pleasure of writing this headline as a result:

Turns out, the goats have names:

AND, of course, goats in Boise, Idaho, made headlines late last week when they descended upon the city in droves. Behold, a play in four acts:

Get yer cheap booze even cheaper now through September

It’s no secret New Hampshire loves highlighting the fact that it’s tax free, and a new marketing campaign cooked up by the state’s Liquor Commission features that perk in all its glory.


From The Associated Press, via the Concord Monitor:

The state liquor commission is offering them discounts at its liquor and wine outlet stores.

The “No Taxation on Our Libations” sale is providing customers from Massachusetts a 13 percent discount, Vermont a 12 percent discount, and Maine an 11 percent discount, double each state’s sales tax rate. New Hampshire residents will be offered a 13 percent discount.

Eligible customers from all other states can receive one-time coupons valid from now through Monday, Sept. 3.

To participate, residents of drinking age must submit their email addresses and select their home states at liquorandwineoutlets.com/notax. They will then be sent discount coupons in accordance with their states, according to the article.

If you choose to participate, please enjoy responsibly.

RELATED: New N.H. Liquor Outlet Planned for Weathervane Parking Lot to Double Size of West Lebanon Store

Jim Kenyon: New Liquor Store May Boost ‘Alcohol Fund’

#tbt: When the circus came to Hanover in 1975

We heart Thursdays bc it’s #valleynewsthrowback day on the @vnewsuv Instagram!

A trainer works with an elephant prior to its performance at the King Brothers Circus in Hanover, N.H., on Aug. 8, 1975. (Valley News – John Griesemer) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Long-time husband and wife clowning team of Cha-Cha and Pepito came to the King Brothers Circus performance in Hanover, N.H., on Aug. 8, 1975, from the days of vaudville. (Valley News – John Griesemer) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.