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The top 20 posts of 2017 on UV INDEX

#fbf to the first of two UV INDEX Official Plaid Parties in 2017.

Welp, it’s that time when year-end lists reign supreme. And even though our year-end list gets an asterisk because we only launched in late July, making this more like a Top 20 Posts Of The Last Five Months Or So list, we’re doing it anyway!

And, obviously, we’re doing it with GIFs, because of our new tagline and all. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This list includes our most-read stories based on pageviews. Here goes nothin’ …

20. Actual footage of dogs and Californians during the 2.3 magnitude earthquake in the Upper Valley Wednesday night

19. ‘Due to the extreme cold,’ Lebanon reminds folks that its libraries are available as warming centers

18. Video: It’s a nice day for a Co-op Food Stores wedding

17. Places to get warm, charge your phone following today’s widespread power outages

16. The Upper Valley’s own Jordy Allard will play for the Nighthawks next summer

15. Photo, video: Snowy owl stops by the Vermont Tech campus in Randolph

14. Nobody injured in Lebanon car fire that briefly shut down I-89 southbound this morning

13. Claremont woman to be featured on TLC show ’90 Day Fiance’

12. Hanover author Jodi Picoult got to hang out with the @wolfgang2242 pack and it looks like pure joy

11. Woodstock Police say Taftsville Bridge damaged in hit-and-run

10. CJ’s Tavern in Quechee says it has closed, and Public House says it’s moving a diner and deli into the space

9. VTDigger: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner may be vacationing in Barnard

8. Shyrl Rafus is putting out feelers online for a new location for her diner

7. The Upper Valley has been blessed by Polar Seltzer’s limited edition “Impossibly Good” flavors

6. After devastating studio break-in, supporters rallying around transgender Vermont artist as she rebuilds

5. Lebanon Police Department says goodbye to K9 Max, who has succumbed to cancer

4. The new food truck Taco’s Tacos is in Leb full-time starting this week

3. Officials are searching for a couple who saved an owl in Grantham so that the bird can be released at the right location
(And, thanks to your shares, the rescuers were located!)

2. Cantore’s pizza owner buys Crossroads Cafe in WRJ, plans to maintain menu, add cupcakes

And, last but actually first … (drum roll, please …)






1. West Lebanon Burger King closed indefinitely* after grease fire this afternoon sends one person to the hospital
(The restaurant was eventually reopened.)

That’s all she wrote! Leave it to a minor fire at a fast food restaurant to take the No. 1 spot. 

Anywho, thank you so much for supporting us in our inaugural year.

I’ll leave you with some thoughts as we close out the books on 2017.

  • We would love to hear what you wanna see more or less of in 2018, so please get in touch with us to share your thoughts.
  • We’re also aiming to increase our following in the new year, so TELL YER PALS all about us!
  • We’re on Facebook.
  • We do the tweet thing.
  • We hold down Instagram stories on the @vnewsuv account.
  • We have a weekly email newsletter that gets sent out every Friday afternoon.
  • And, last but not least, keep an eye out for fun stuff next year … it may even include some swag!

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So, that’s all from us, for now. Be safe this weekend, y’all, and happy 2018.

Woodstock 6, Hartford 2

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Woodstock snow sculptor is looking to build a snow-sculpting community

You could say he’s trying to ~sculpt~ a community together.

From Tony Perham: “I am a local snow sculptor out of Woodstock. I am looking to build a group on Facebook of people interested in snow sculpture! I often have large projects that could use as many hands as possible. Doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before; if you’re interested let me know.”

Follow the link to check out Tony’s page!

A snow sculpture that Tony Perham and others worked on at Suicide Six last winter. Photo courtesy Tony Perham.

Lyme students win Cyber Robotics Coding Competition, which comes with a $2,000 prize for the school

We mentioned in a recent edition of School Notes that five students from the Lyme School would be competing against their peers from around New Hampshire earlier this month, during the state finals of the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition at Pinkerton Academy in Derry:

The Lyme coders, under the guidance of teacher Meg Franks, are seventh-graders June Clark and Juliet Sinkus, and eighth-graders Dylan Wilcox, Jack Lange and Spencer May. Lyme is one of 16 schools to qualify for the finals, in which students compete online, using a cloud-based simulation platform featuring a virtual, 3D-animated robot. They made the grade for the state championship by completing 75 coding “missions” online.

Well, guess what. They won!

Photo courtesy N.H. Department of Education.

The grand prize, a trophy with a $2000 grant for the school, was awarded to the Lyme School. Here’s a full list of winners:

Boot Camp Awards

Faculty Participation Award 2nd Place – Weare Middle School
Faculty Participation Award 1st Place – Crescent Lake School
Diversity Award 2nd Place- Weare Middle School
Diversity Award 1st Place – Lyme School
Inclusiveness Award 2nd Place – North Hampton School (Large School)
Inclusiveness Award 2nd Place – St. Thomas Aquinas School  (Small School)
Inclusiveness Award 1st Place – Lyme Middle School (Large School)
Inclusiveness Award 1st Place – Errol Consolidated School (Small School)

Finals Awards

Middle School 2nd Place – Lyme School
Middle School 1st Place – Keene Middle School ($500 grant)
High School 2nd Place – Londonderry High School
High School 1st Place – Academy for Science and Design ($500 grant)

Governor’s Award

The Lyme School ($2,000 grant)


It is still not warm

Also, WITNESS HERE the birth of a tagline.