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#tbt to painting the clock tower in Lebanon in 1965

Pulled from the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram!

The Lebanon city hall clock got a new coat of paint on June 7, 1965, as painters from Walter Painting and Decorating of Lebanon, N.H., did the honors high above the city square. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hartland Christmas tree will represent the Upper Valley on the Vermont Statehouse lawn

The Fortier family tree, as seen on Route 12 in Hartland. (Photo courtesy Larry Fortier)

Breaking Christmas tree news! 

Larry Fortier, of Hartland, says that his family’s tree at their home on Route 12 has been selected to be this year’s Christmas tree on the Vermont Statehouse lawn. It will be removed from their home at 10 a.m. on Wednesday*, Nov.28, he said, and Gov. Phil Scott will light the tree in Montpelier on Friday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m.

“We offered the tree to the state earlier this year,” Larry told me in an email, in response to my questions. “They have a team of two people that travel around in October to evaluate the trees that have been offered by various people. Our tree was not quite as tall as they normally choose but it apparently had the best shape. Anyone that wants to see the tree being removed is welcome.”

The Fortier home is at 95 Route 12 in Hartland.

We also have a “before” picture of the tree, thanks to Larry, who said the 1990 picture shows the tree “when it was planted by our youngest son Kevin.” Congratulations to the Fortier family!

The tree in 1990. (Photo courtesy Larry Fortier)

*The tree was originally scheduled to come down on Tuesday, but was postponed to Wednesday due to a snowy forecast.

Also, if you’re interested in a Christmas tree for your home, how does $5 sound?

Check out the news release we received recently from the U.S. Forest Service:

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Hawaii was a six-time winner of the poll, according to this video posted by Channel 5, which reports that Vermont actually tied with South Dakota.

Three cheers for elbow patches

They help you do journalism better.

From left to right: Alex Hanson, Geoff Hansen, Maggie Cassidy, Jim Kenyon.

Also helps you do journalism better: apple pie in the newsroom.

(Thanks, Marty!)

Throwback to Listen’s Lebanon Thanksgiving in 1988; plus, free Upper Valley meals on Thursday

We’re off on Thursday, so I’m posting this #valleynewsthrowback here on UV INDEX one day early.

This year, there are at least three free and public Thanksgiving meals happening in the Upper Valley on Thursday: Listen is hosting one at Sacred Heart Church in Lebanon (starting at noon), and there are also meals at Vermont Law School in South Royalton 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) and the White River Junction VFW (noon-3 p.m.).

Full details on free meals and local turkey trots in this recent Out & About column.

And on to the #tbt!

Listen, a social-service organization based in Lebanon, N.H., held its first community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 24, 1988, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Lebanon volunteers Susan Truman, left, and Pam Bennett join others in saying grace before the dinner begins. Seventy-five people ended up taking advantage of the dinner. Listen was prepared to serve up to 150 people, so the abundant leftovers will be distributed to area social service agencies for their weekly community dinners. (Valley News – Bill Conradt) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Listen, a social-service organization based in Lebanon, N.H., held its first community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 24, 1988, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Volunteers Alan Emery and Friddie Labrecque, 8, of Enfield, N.H., carve up turkey in preparation for the feast. Seventy-five people ended up taking advantage of the dinner. Listen was prepared to serve up to 150 people, so the abundant leftovers will be distributed to area social service agencies for their weekly community dinners. (Valley News – Bill Conradt) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.