And so the quirky, exciting, creative experiment that was UV INDEX has come to an end*.
*At least for now.
It was fun. It was freeing. And most importantly, it was a true reflection of the Upper Valley.
You might have noticed we’ve been a little quiet over here the past couple months. That’s largely because there have been some pretty big changes in our professional lives. As you might have heard, Maggie recently became the editor of the Valley News, and she’s been busy running the newsroom (and doing a great job of it). After she took the post, we had discussions about how to operate UV INDEX in her absence, and came up with a pretty solid plan for going forward.
Today is my last day at the Valley News, and this is our last UV INDEX post.
That’s not to say UV INDEX is permanently 6 feet under.
Maggie and I both hope that, with the right mix of contributors, it could be revived in some capacity at some point down the road.
And if you have thoughts on …
what you liked
what you didn’t like
what you wanted to see more of
or any ideas about the Valley News in general
… you know who to call … or email. (Hint: It’s Maggie.)
UV INDEX began as a “What if?” hatched by two young, enthusiastic editors over the course of several Gchat conversations.
It started out as a private Tumblr, where we tested the waters and honed our voice. We were over the moon when we received the OK for the site to go live as part of the Valley News‘ family of publications. When UV INDEX officially launched in July 2017, we couldn’t believe the response from the community.
We loved getting tips and ideas for posts and looking at your photographs. We loved interacting with you on social media. We loved telling your stories. We loved running this site.
We’re both extremely proud of UV INDEX, the little microsite that could, and so grateful for the support from you, our readers.
Christmas boat on Lake Mascoma in Enfiled, N.H., on Wednesday, Dec.19,2018.(Valley News-Rick Russell)Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to email@example.com.
I absolutely adore this photo by Valley News photographer Rick Russell, which he took on earlier this week on near the Mascoma Sailing Club on Mascoma Lake. The boat is named “Little Which Hazel,” Rick told me. (P.S.: Any guesses which animal left the tracks?)
So many travelers and commuters were thoroughly outraged by the placement of a Christmas tree and a wreath on the Holland Tunnel’s New Jersey entrance — where a tree was haphazardly installed over the “N” in “Holland” instead of over the “A” and a wreath was put over the “U” in “Tunnel” — that they started a petition. On Tuesday, they prevailed: The tree and wreath will be moved to a more logical location (that is, to the letters they more closely resemble, and in the case of the wreath, it will come down entirely). The New York Times has the story:
“More than 80 percent voted for change, so change there will be,” Rick Cotton, the agency’s executive director, said in a news conference outside the tunnel’s entrance.
The agency will also remove one of the wreaths from the U in “Tunnel,” where it obscured the letter, essentially turning it into an O, effectively making the sign read “HOLLAAD TONNEL.”
Morgan Bardonstone, 18, of Unity, right, and Ambrose Donth, 19, of Claremont, pass by a large menorah on display as part of the holiday decorations in Broad Street Park in Claremont, N.H., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. City resident Sam Killay, an atheist, has registered a complaint with the city council against the display of the menorah and a creche in the park. He said that having the symbols on city property violates the establishment clause of the first amendment and that if they are not taken down he will apply to put up anti-religious symbols alongside them. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Claremont man is embroiled in a conflict with his fellow residents, who have taken to social media to protest a request he made to the City Council last week asking it to remove the holiday decorations it has installed in Broad Street Park, claiming it is a First Amendment violation.
Valley News correspondent Patrick O’Grady has the full story here.
So yeah, apologies for going MIA for a while but we’ve some ch-ch-changes going on over here and will do our best to update UV INDEX as much as we can as we handle ’em. Thanks for reading and thanks for your support.
Oh yeah …
And one more thing …
Thanks for the chips!
nice spread at the snack table today. thanks again to my colleagues and to everyone who shared kind words. ready for the challenge. pic.twitter.com/vmekTAOGpU
John Gregg at the CATV studio in White River Junction, Vt., on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to email@example.com.
In episode 3 of the Valley News’ collaboration with CATV, news editor John Gregg talks with reporter Nora Doyle-Burr about a $70 million class-action lawsuit that seven female science students filed against Dartmouth College in mid-November, alleging sexual harassment and assault by three former professors.
Then, staff photographer James M. Patterson joins Gregg and Doyle-Burr to talk about the story of Mandy Dube, a Unity resident who sued the state of New Hampshire nearly five years ago in a different class-action suit brought on behalf of people with serious mental illness. Patterson has followed Dube’s story for 8 years and he and Doyle-Burr checked in with Dube — and the state of New Hampshire’s mental health care system — for a story in a recent edition of the Sunday Valley News.
BY Maggie | FILED UNDER: UPPER VALLEY | ON November 29, 2018
Julie Eckert reports on the Enfield listserve that a “canine” was recently taken. Description:
Brown. Small. Quite heavy. Taken at Enfield dog park end of Oct. before scarecrows taken down.
Village very disappointed. Faithful ambassador to the park. Made of wood and carpet. Missing from Enfield dog park scarecrow display. Excellent “stay” , will not respond to voice commands. Never jumps up or barks.
If you’ve got the dog, she’s asking you to bring it to 3 Shaker Blvd. in Enfield.
++++ CLICK THE IMAGE FOR MORE PICTURES ++++ Christian Perkins, of White River Junction, Vt., at left, takes photos of a balsam fir tree being donated by Larry and Pat Fortier of Hartland,Vt., on Wednesday. Perkins works for Chippers Inc., a tree service that has been helping care for the tree. The tree will become the official state Christmas tree displayed at the capitol in Montpelier, where a lighting ceremony is set for Friday at 4:30 p.m. The tree was planted by the Fortier’s son Kevin about 30 years ago when he started studying landscape design in college. (Valley News – Rick Russell) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BTW, there’s a lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the Vermont Statehouse lawn in Montpelier.
p.s. TOTALLY SEPARATE AND UNRELATED, but doesn’t the tree photo remind you of this whole scene?
Spectators watch as the lantern and spire of the Strafford Town House are lifted off the building by crane to be restored on site in Strafford, Vt., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The estimated $107,000 restoration will take place in the coming months. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to email@example.com.
The Lebanon city hall clock got a new coat of paint on June 7, 1965, as painters from Walter Painting and Decorating of Lebanon, N.H., did the honors high above the city square. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fortier family tree, as seen on Route 12 in Hartland. (Photo courtesy Larry Fortier)
Breaking Christmas tree news!
Larry Fortier, of Hartland, says that his family’s tree at their home on Route 12 has been selected to be this year’s Christmas tree on the Vermont Statehouse lawn. It will be removed from their home at 10 a.m. on Wednesday*, Nov.28, he said, and Gov. Phil Scott will light the tree in Montpelier on Friday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m.
“We offered the tree to the state earlier this year,” Larry told me in an email, in response to my questions. “They have a team of two people that travel around in October to evaluate the trees that have been offered by various people. Our tree was not quite as tall as they normally choose but it apparently had the best shape. Anyone that wants to see the tree being removed is welcome.”
The Fortier home is at 95 Route 12 in Hartland.
We also have a “before” picture of the tree, thanks to Larry, who said the 1990 picture shows the tree “when it was planted by our youngest son Kevin.” Congratulations to the Fortier family!
The tree in 1990. (Photo courtesy Larry Fortier)
*The tree was originally scheduled to come down on Tuesday, but was postponed to Wednesday due to a snowy forecast.
Also, if you’re interested in a Christmas tree for your home, how does $5 sound?
Check out the news release we received recently from the U.S. Forest Service:
BY Maggie | FILED UNDER: UPPER VALLEY | ON November 21, 2018
Without having read the methodology I can guarantee these data were not collected Jan-Mar. There’s just no way Vermonters are happier than Hawaiians when the sun has been setting at 4 p.m. for months. https://t.co/3SAAgYk2ko
This year, there are at least three free and public Thanksgiving meals happening in the Upper Valley on Thursday: Listen is hosting one at Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon (starting at noon), and there are also meals at Vermont Law School in South Royalton 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) and the White River Junction VFW (noon-3 p.m.).
Listen, a social-service organization based in Lebanon, N.H., held its first community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 24, 1988, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Lebanon volunteers Susan Truman, left, and Pam Bennett join others in saying grace before the dinner begins. Seventy-five people ended up taking advantage of the dinner. Listen was prepared to serve up to 150 people, so the abundant leftovers will be distributed to area social service agencies for their weekly community dinners. (Valley News – Bill Conradt) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to email@example.com.
Listen, a social-service organization based in Lebanon, N.H., held its first community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 24, 1988, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Volunteers Alan Emery and Friddie Labrecque, 8, of Enfield, N.H., carve up turkey in preparation for the feast. Seventy-five people ended up taking advantage of the dinner. Listen was prepared to serve up to 150 people, so the abundant leftovers will be distributed to area social service agencies for their weekly community dinners. (Valley News – Bill Conradt) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.