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#tbt: Hunter safety at Lebanon High in 1982

As always, you can find more Upper Valley throwbacks at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram.

Tom Hamel leans into his investigation of the guns during a hunter-safety class at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H., on Sept. 12, 1982. George Blanchard and Eric Schelewa watch from behind. (Valley News – Kris Craig) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

We’re always hearing about what is getting taken out of time capsules; how about what to put into one?

^ That’s what I’m going with as a dramatic representation of a time capsule. 

New London Hospital is taking suggestions.

From its Facebook page:

As part of our centennial celebrations we’re burying a time capsule at the hospital and we need your suggestions on what to put in it!
Post your ideas (in the Facebook comments) or email us at community.relations@newlondonhospital.org.

 

Current items include: a schedule from this year’s Hospital Days, medal from the Triathlon and program from the January kick-off celebration.

Of course, as you are well aware, I am a dedicated member of the time capsule beat at the VN, having covered openings in Lebanon and South Royalton.

To “the woman who received all the other odd mail” in Randolph

In appreciation of small post offices in small towns, we present Jessamyn West’s tweet showing a post card she recently received in Randolph:

You may remember that West is the influential librarian who sued Equifax (and won! huzzah!). Here she is in October 2017, checking out the mail she received in relation to that case.

Jessamyn West, of Randolph, checks her mail in Randolph, Vt., Wednesday, September 27, 2017 and finds a return receipt for a small claims court summons she sent to an Equifax representative in Barre, Vt. West is taking Equifax to court after her personal information was stolen in a security breach. “I’m really surprised more people haven’t done this; it’s super-easy,” said West. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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Three cheers for women making sports history in the Upper Valley

Callie Brownson, left, and Wendy Wannop. (Courtesy photographs)

Rounds of applause are in order for Callie Brownson, of Dartmouth football, who is launching a new and unprecedented phase in her career, and Wendy Wannop, of Woodstock field hockey, who has led her team through a milestone number of wins!

Brownson was recently named as Dartmouth football’s offensive quality control coach, making her the first known full-time female football coach at the D-I level. Wow!

Check out this video that Dartmouth football produced, showing head coach Buddy Teevens discussing Brownson’s path to joining the team and the players’ reaction to finding out she had been offered a job.

And Wannop, the longtime field hockey coach at Woodstock Union High School, celebrated her 200th career win last Wednesday.

The Woodstock Union High School field hockey team celebrates coach Wendy Wannop’s 200th victory, a 3-2 overtime defeat of Windsor at MacLeay-Royce Field in Windsor, Vt., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (Courtesy photograph)

Cheers to Callie and Wendy, and good luck on the rest of your seasons.

Postal Service to dedicate winter bird stamps at VINS on Saturday

#nerdalert ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As you might be able to figure out from this post about special pictorial stamps available at the Tunbridge World’s Fair this past weekend and all of our posts about owls, among other birds, I am into this announcement from the United States Postal Service: The organization is dedicating this year’s winter bird stamps at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee on Saturday!

What does that mean, you ask?

At 11 a.m. there will be a ceremony to introduce the stamps (folks must RSVP at usps.com/birdsinwinter to attend). The stamps feature the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) and the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). Some more background on the stamps themselves, via USPS:

The stamp art features four striking designs that highlight the handsome plumage of these resident birds. The vivid contrast with the bright flashes of color found in the digital rendering of each bird evokes the drab feeling of winter with the stark white backgrounds. A limited palette and simplified shapes give the art a bold, fresh look.

 

In the dead of winter, when trees have shed their leaves and snow has blanketed the ground, the lively sights and sounds of resident birds can be a welcome relief. For serious birders or casual nature lovers alike, spotting these beautiful creatures in backyards, parks, and forests is a treat during the year’s coldest months.

 

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps with original artwork by Nadia Taylor.

 

The Birds in Winter stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in booklets of 20. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

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