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Raise your hand if the dumpster fire behind Home Goods is a metaphor for your life

*raises hand*

Lebanon firefighters bring under control a dumpster fire behind the soon-to-be-opened Home Goods in the Upper Valley Plaza in West Lebanon, N.H., on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (Valley News – Maggie Cassidy) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

In case you live downwind of West Lebanon and are wondering what that smoky smell is, a dumpster behind the soon-to-opened Home Goods caught on fire this afternoon and was quickly brought under control by the Lebanon Fire Department. (The video below is from 4 p.m.) No word on the cause yet; we’ll let you know if we learn more.

RELATED: PetSmart, HomeGoods Expected to Open at Route 12A Plaza

Tonight in Randolph: Hear Valley News photojournalists talk about their craft

Happening at the Chandler Gallery tonight at 7: “Community Journalism; Working With a Photography Team,” a photographers’ roundtable hosted by Valley News photo editor Geoff Hansen and chief photographer Jennifer Hauck in conjunction with “A Second Look,” a look back at Herald of Randolph photographer Bob Eddy’s work.

Jennifer Hauck, left, and Geoff Hansen. (Valley News photographs)

A roundup of headlines about the proliferation of dead squirrels this year

New Hampshire squirrels are dying under tires at an unusually high rate because of a bumper crop of acorns, sparking an unofficial headline-writing contest.

SQUIRREL. (Stock photo)


It’s a Banner Year for Rodent Roadkill. Here’s Why.

Union Leader:

It’s become a rocky road for squirrels


Yes, there have been a lot of dead squirrels on NH roads

Granite Geek:

From fruit thieves to road kill, those $%^#! squirrels are everywhere

So yeah, that’s what we know so far. Good luck out there, buddies.

p.s. Can you do better? Let us know in the comments.


The Valley News plays it straight.

Congratulations to Turtle the senior cat on her special adoption at Lucy Mackenzie

John Zahara with Turtle the cat. Photo courtesy Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society.

Congratulations are in order for Turtle the senior cat, who first arrived at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society in 2007, and John Zahara, a volunteer and member of the Board of Trustees.

John adopted Turtle into her family as she deals with some serious health issues, but is letting her live out the rest of her days where she’s most comfortable: at the shelter that she’s called home for much of that time.

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society wrote on Facebook that Aug. 22 was a “BIG day for Turtle,” and here’s that story:

Turtle first came to Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society December 1, 2007. Since then, this special girl had been adopted a handful of times, but none of them were forever. All her life, she has dealt with multiple health issues, but through it all, has always been a giant ray of sunshine to the people that know her best.


After being dealt with yet another curve ball health-wise, one of her biggest admirers, and a member of the Lucy Mackenzie family, John Zahara, wanted her to know just how loved she is. He adopted her knowing that she would be most comfortable remaining at the shelter where she’s lived the majority of her life surrounded by all her friends. Nobody knows just how many days Turtle has left, but she now proudly asks that everyone address her as Turtle Zahara and she will live every single moment knowing how very much she is loved by her new Dad.

Turtle the cat. Photo courtesy Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society.

It’s not a particularly traditional adoption, but a very special one, because it means that Turtle has a family member until the very end, whenever that may be, and it’s a statement that she is worthy of adoption. <3 And for now, she gets to do what she knows best: rule the shelter, where John is an active volunteer!

Congrats to both of you.

BTW, if you are looking to add a pet to your family …

Check out the Valley News’ weekly adoptable pets feature, put together in conjunction with Upper Valley pet rescue organizations, at www.vnews.com/adoptablepets.