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

Jordy Allard. Valley News photo by Tris Wykes.

The Nighthawks made the announcement on Twitter yesterday.

Allard, who was named Valley News male athlete of the year for Hartford and Gatorade’s 2016-17 player of the year, graduated from Hartford High last spring.


Hartford’s Jordy Allard named 2016-17 Gatorade boys baseball player of the year in VT

Jordy Allard. Valley News photo by Tris Wykes.

Woop woop woop. JUST A FEW of the writeups that feature Allard’s performances this year:


Latest Hawks Talk episode is my favorite so far this season

We’re in Season 3 of the Hawks Talk podcast.

First, get your head right with these GIFs.

Second, listen up.

p.s. Including and in addition to the Hawks Talk episodes, Josh Weinreb and the rest of the Valley News sports staff are keeping up with all of the Nighthawks news at www.vnews.com/nighthawks.

Sports! Sports! Sports! Athletes of the Year; Hawks Talk Podcast; Well-Dressed Sports Heads

Upper Valley Nighthawk’s manager Jason Szafarski watches his team playing the Mystic Schooners on June, 10, in Hartford, Vt. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hey y’all, it’s been a big few days for SPORTS over here at 24 Interchange Drive.

1. Introducing the 2018 Athletes of the Year. 

Introducing the Valley News 2018 Athletes of the Year! Congratulations to all of the student-athletes. Pick up your copy of our special section TODAY ONLY on newsstands.

You can also find shareable GIFs of each individual athlete at our @vnewsuv Giphy page.

2. The Hawks Talk podcast returns for Season 3.

First up in the hot seat is Hartford’s own Jordy Allard. You can follow Valley News coverage of the Upper Valley Nighthawks this season at www.vnews.com/nighthawks.

3. In case you missed it, here’s Well-Dressed Sports Heads, Episode 7.

You can catch up on all of them at www.vnews.com/sportsheads. Join us again on the Valley News Facebook Live on Friday afternoon for Episode 8.

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.