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Thanks for the memories: UV INDEX says goodbye (for now)

Promotional photos of Maggie Cassidy and Amanda Newman for UV Index in West Lebanon, N.H., on Oct. 26, 2018. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

That’s all they wrote.

And so the quirky, exciting, creative experiment that was UV INDEX has come to an end*.

*At least for now. 

It was fun. It was freeing. And most importantly, it was a true reflection of the Upper Valley.

You might have noticed we’ve been a little quiet over here the past couple months. That’s largely because there have been some pretty big changes in our professional lives. As you might have heard, Maggie recently became the editor of the Valley News, and she’s been busy running the newsroom (and doing a great job of it). After she took the post, we had discussions about how to operate UV INDEX in her absence, and came up with a pretty solid plan for going forward.

Then I received a job offer I couldn’t refuse.

Today is my last day at the Valley News, and this is our last UV INDEX post.

That’s not to say UV INDEX is permanently 6 feet under.

Maggie and I both hope that, with the right mix of contributors, it could be revived in some capacity at some point down the road.

And if you have thoughts on …

  • what you liked
  • what you didn’t like
  • what you wanted to see more of
  • or any ideas about the Valley News in general

… you know who to call … or email. (Hint: It’s Maggie.)

UV INDEX began as a “What if?” hatched by two young, enthusiastic editors over the course of several Gchat conversations.

It started out as a private Tumblr, where we tested the waters and honed our voice. We were over the moon when we received the OK for the site to go live as part of the Valley News‘ family of publications. When UV INDEX officially launched in July 2017, we couldn’t believe the response from the community.

We loved getting tips and ideas for posts and looking at your photographs. We loved interacting with you on social media. We loved telling your stories. We loved running this site.

We’re both extremely proud of UV INDEX, the little microsite that could, and so grateful for the support from you, our readers.

It’s been real, y’all. Thanks. 

All is calm

Christmas boat on Lake Mascoma in Enfiled, N.H., on Wednesday, Dec.19,2018.(Valley News-Rick Russell)Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

I absolutely adore this photo by Valley News photographer Rick Russell, which he took on earlier this week on near the Mascoma Sailing Club on Mascoma Lake. The boat is named “Little Which Hazel,” Rick told me. (P.S.: Any guesses which animal left the tracks?)

Happy holidays, everyone.

Claremont man faces backlash after objecting to city’s holiday decorations

Morgan Bardonstone, 18, of Unity, right, and Ambrose Donth, 19, of Claremont, pass by a large menorah on display as part of the holiday decorations in Broad Street Park in Claremont, N.H., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. City resident Sam Killay, an atheist, has registered a complaint with the city council against the display of the menorah and a creche in the park. He said that having the symbols on city property violates the establishment clause of the first amendment and that if they are not taken down he will apply to put up anti-religious symbols alongside them. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Morgan Bardonstone, 18, of Unity, right, and Ambrose Donth, 19, of Claremont, pass by a large menorah on display as part of the holiday decorations in Broad Street Park in Claremont, N.H., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. City resident Sam Killay, an atheist, has registered a complaint with the city council against the display of the menorah and a creche in the park. He said that having the symbols on city property violates the establishment clause of the first amendment and that if they are not taken down he will apply to put up anti-religious symbols alongside them. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

A Claremont man is embroiled in a conflict with his fellow residents, who have taken to social media to protest a request he made to the City Council last week asking it to remove the holiday decorations it has installed in Broad Street Park, claiming it is a First Amendment violation.

Valley News correspondent Patrick O’Grady has the full story here.

Free pie on Friday at Gardener’s Supply!


Gardener’s Supply Co., which came to Lebanon earlier this year, is celebrating its ninth anniversary of 100 percent employee ownership with free pie for customers (the best way to celebrate, tbh).

The pie extravaganza also is an annual solstice tradition, according to Gardener’s Supply — the winter solstice is Friday, marking it as the shortest day of the year.

Get yer pie by visiting the company’s garden centers on Friday at in Lebanon.

Sorry for being a little bit quiet over here lately; we have been dealing with some ~news~

Yowza!

Click the image to read the full story from Wednesday’s Valley News.

Yes, as my partner here pointed out the other day, it’s true, I am taking on this new challenge. (Thanks so much, Amanda!)

So yeah, apologies for going MIA for a while but we’ve some ch-ch-changes going on over here and will do our best to update UV INDEX as much as we can as we handle ’em. Thanks for reading and thanks for your support.

Oh yeah …

And one more thing …

Thanks for the chips!