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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 permission@vnews.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?)

Happy holidays, everyone.

Angry New Yorkers > Holland Tunnel holiday decorations

Never doubt the power of a petition, people.

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.”

Lolololol.

Claremont man faces backlash after objecting to city’s holiday decorations

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 permission@vnews.com.

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 permission@vnews.com.

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.

Free pie on Friday at Gardener’s Supply!


Gardener’s Supply Co., which came to Lebanon earlier this year, is celebrating its ninth anniversary of 100 percent employee ownership with free pie for customers (the best way to celebrate, tbh).

The pie extravaganza also is an annual solstice tradition, according to Gardener’s Supply — the winter solstice is Friday, marking it as the shortest day of the year.

Get yer pie by visiting the company’s garden centers on Friday at in Lebanon.

Sorry for being a little bit quiet over here lately; we have been dealing with some ~news~

Yowza!

Click the image to read the full story from Wednesday’s Valley News.

Yes, as my partner here pointed out the other day, it’s true, I am taking on this new challenge. (Thanks so much, Amanda!)

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!

ICYMI: Episode 3 of the VN’s collaboration with CATV (Dartmouth lawsuit, N.H. mental health care)

John Gregg getting ready for the big stage … 

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 permission@vnews.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.

Missing brown dog (kinda, sorta, not really) from Enfield

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.

 

O, Hartland Christmas tree, o, Hartland Christmas tree

BYE!

++++ 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 permission@vnews.com.

We told you that this Hartland tree was gonna get cut down (and showed you its baby picture from 1990), and now it has happened!

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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 permission@vnews.com.

#tbt to painting the clock tower in Lebanon in 1965

Pulled from the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram!

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 permission@vnews.com.

Hartland Christmas tree will represent the Upper Valley on the Vermont Statehouse lawn

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:

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Hopkins Center posts a time-lapse video of the set-up for the Stratford Festival

ICYMI: Innovative Shakespeare Production Makes Lone U.S. Stop in Hanover

Fair point

Hawaii was a six-time winner of the poll, according to this video posted by Channel 5, which reports that Vermont actually tied with South Dakota.

Three cheers for elbow patches

They help you do journalism better.

From left to right: Alex Hanson, Geoff Hansen, Maggie Cassidy, Jim Kenyon.

Also helps you do journalism better: apple pie in the newsroom.

(Thanks, Marty!)

Mental health patient’s struggles to get treatment show gaps in the system

ICYMI in the Sunday Valley News, it’s worth taking the time to read this piece on Unity resident Mandy Dube, reported by Valley News reporter Nora Doyle-Burr and photographer James M. Patterson.

 

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Mandy Dube, of Unity #NH, waits to plead not guilty to a charge of domestic violence in Newport District Court in June. As a result of the charge, a protection order required her to have no contact with her boyfriend, Chris Bailey, with whom she had just purchased a home. “I don’t want to get out of a punishment by using my mental health as an excuse. I want to be able to get help, so I can prevent that happening in the future. It was a mental health crisis. I understand that and I want to move forward,” she said. 🔹 It’s been nearly five years since the state of #NewHampshire settled a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of people with serious mental illness, including Dube. Just as the state has made some progress in improving mental health services since the settlement of the suit, Dube has made strides in maintaining her independence. But just as people in the #mentalhealth system say that the state has a way to go, Dube says she is not where she needs to be — largely because the state still is not providing the #support that she believes it should. 🔹 Full story at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔹 (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #journalism #news #portrait #mentalillness #healthcare #courts #603

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Throwback to Listen’s Lebanon Thanksgiving in 1988; plus, free Upper Valley meals on Thursday

We’re off on Thursday, so I’m posting this #valleynewsthrowback here on UV INDEX one day early.

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.).

Full details on free meals and local turkey trots in this recent Out & About column.

And on to the #tbt!

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 permission@vnews.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 permission@vnews.com.