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Gon’ fishing or whatever: We’re on vacation! See you Oct. 15


Hear ye, hear ye, friends, enemies and frenemies!

I flexed my MS Paint skills to make the glorious infographic above, because I want you to know we are on vacation for the first half of October!

That means the site is on hiatus until Monday, Oct. 15 and you’re on your own for a couple weeks. Don’t worry, we made a GIF of us standing awkwardly during a photoshoot for you to remember us by.

Have a good time (check out our picks for the most promising events over the next two weeks if you’re looking for ways to pass the time) and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do.


Upper Valley events calendar for the first two weeks of October

Colleen Lowe, of Plainfield, accepts a high five from Caodhan Barr, of West Lebanon, who perched on his father Paul’s shoulders to send off runners in the CHaD Hero Half Marathon and 5k run in Hanover N.H., Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Amanda and I are putting the site on hiatus for the first two weeks of October as we both take some vacation time!

As a going-away gift, here’s a list of events that have caught our eye over the next two weeks.

First of all, check out these excellent roundups by our colleagues here at the Valley News.

A sampling of events from Valley News staff writer David Corriveau’s fall roundup. Click the picture to read the roundup.

And get up-to-date information from these Valley News sources:

And now, on to our picks!

Saturday, Sept. 29

Roller derby: Twin State Derby (aka the Upper Valley Vixens) take on a Cape Cod team in Woodstock at 6 p.m.

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Sept. 29-30

The second two days of the three-day International Black Theatre Summit in Hanover. It’s titled “Breaking New Ground Where We Stand” and revisits August Wilson’s 1998 summit at Dartmouth, “The Ground on Which I Stand,” and asks: Where do we stand now? Where can we go? How can we get there?

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Sunday, Sept. 30

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

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Tuesday, Oct. 2

International Women’s Club meeting in Hanover.

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Wednesday, Oct. 3

Hartford Parks & Rec leads a 9 a.m. hike of Gile Mountain in Norwich.

Therapy dog information session at the Norwich Public Library; 5:30 p.m.

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Thursday, Oct. 4

Free workshop on drawing mandalas at the D-H Aging Resource Center; 9:30 a.m.

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Friday, Oct. 5

Listen Thrift Store’s grand opening of their new Miracle Mile store in Lebanon (the former home the Bridgman’s Furniture Store).

First Friday festivities in White River Junction.

Astronomical observing in Hanover.

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Saturday, Oct. 6

Autumn moon festival in Windsor; 4 to 9 p.m.

Revolution’s Fall Fashion Extravaganza starts at 8 p.m. at the Briggs Opera House. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit Living Proof Mentors.

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Oct. 6-7

Vermont North by Hand hosts its 14th annual artisans co-op tour, where members will be displaying, selling and demonstrating a wide variety of handcrafted items — all made in Vermont. It’s 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and artist studios are located in Corinth, Bradford, Fairlee, Newbury ,West Newbury, Ely and North Thetford.

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Sunday, Oct. 7

The 16th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Cedar Circle in Thetford.

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Tuesday, Oct. 9

Two lectures at Dartmouth College: “Race, Psychiatry and African-American Religions” (4:30 p.m.) and “The 10-Year Anniversary of the Financial Crisis” (5 p.m.).

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Thursday, Oct. 11

Indigenous People’s Day potluck, movie showing and discussion at the Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction; 5:30 to 8 p.m.

OUT in the Valley Happy Hour, a queer mixer/happy hour at the Skinny Pancake in Hanover; 6 to 9 p.m.

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Friday, Oct. 12

Lea DeLaria — better known as Boo from Orange Is the New Black — performs at Dartmouth.

Fall Rail Trail walk in Lebanon; 10 a.m.

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Sunday, Oct. 14

CHaD Hero Day to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The 2018 Cider Festival at the Enfield Shaker Museum.


Poynter publishes a reader’s guide to falsehoods about the Kavanaugh hearings

Via Poynter:

In the weeks leading up to Kavanaugh’s confirmation this week, which senators are expected to vote on this morning, fact-checking projects like The Washington Post Fact Checker and Snopes started debunking viral social media rumors about Kavanaugh, Ford and sexual assault. Journalists at outlets like The New York Times, which recently launched an anti-misinformation project, and BuzzFeed News also documented wide-reaching hoaxes.


“Our emphasis in covering the hearings is giving readers clarity and context about what they’re seeing and hearing,” said Angie Holan, editor of (Poynter-owned) PolitiFact in a message. “It’s an important moment in the confirmation process, but we can’t assume that all readers are familiar with the issues or process.”


Still, the hearings have proved to be a little harder to fact-check than the traditional political event. And that’s because there’s still a lot that journalists don’t know, Holan said.

Click here to read the full piece with links to fact-checking projects.


Christine Blasey Ford, seated, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, September 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill. (Melina Mara /The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

If Dr. Ford’s testimony has stirred up painful memories, the LA Times has this list of resources

Speaking of tips for weathering a news cycle hell storm, the Los Angeles Times has put together a list of resources in the case that Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony stirred up painful memories.

Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)

Strafford Town House steeple taken down for a little R&R time (video & 3D tour)

The Strafford Town House, built in 1799, sits atop the hill in Strafford, Vt., on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Valley News – August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

You know how that old poem goes …

Here is the church town house
Here is the steeple
Open the doors
And see all the people

Here is the crane
Taking down the steeple
For historic renovations
But it will be put back there again eventually

Read all about it in Friday’s Valley News.

For now, you can watch a video of the scene in Strafford today, courtesy of Celeste Pfeiffer!

But wait! There’s more!

Mark Shaw, of SkyView VT, has graciously shared a 3D tour of the town house that is pretty neat! Take a look below.

RELATED: Minnesota Man Builds a Replica of Strafford’s Town House


Friday’s full story: Strafford Town House’s Spire Removed for Repairs