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.
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.
Never doubt the power of a petition, people.
So many travelers and commuters were thoroughly outraged by the placement of a Christmas tree and a wreath on the Holland Tunnel’s New Jersey entrance — where a tree was haphazardly installed over the “N” in “Holland” instead of over the “A” and a wreath was put over the “U” in “Tunnel” — that they started a petition. On Tuesday, they prevailed: The tree and wreath will be moved to a more logical location (that is, to the letters they more closely resemble, and in the case of the wreath, it will come down entirely). The New York Times has the story:
“More than 80 percent voted for change, so change there will be,” Rick Cotton, the agency’s executive director, said in a news conference outside the tunnel’s entrance.
The agency will also remove one of the wreaths from the U in “Tunnel,” where it obscured the letter, essentially turning it into an O, effectively making the sign read “HOLLAAD TONNEL.”
The people have spoken. The HOLLA?D TONNEL is no more. https://t.co/FBlkGY1iEO
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 18, 2018
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.
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.
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!
nice spread at the snack table today. thanks again to my colleagues and to everyone who shared kind words. ready for the challenge. pic.twitter.com/vmekTAOGpU
— Maggie Cassidy (@mggcss) November 28, 2018
John Gregg getting ready for the big stage …
In episode 3 of the Valley News’ collaboration with CATV, news editor John Gregg talks with reporter Nora Doyle-Burr about a $70 million class-action lawsuit that seven female science students filed against Dartmouth College in mid-November, alleging sexual harassment and assault by three former professors.
Then, staff photographer James M. Patterson joins Gregg and Doyle-Burr to talk about the story of Mandy Dube, a Unity resident who sued the state of New Hampshire nearly five years ago in a different class-action suit brought on behalf of people with serious mental illness. Patterson has followed Dube’s story for 8 years and he and Doyle-Burr checked in with Dube — and the state of New Hampshire’s mental health care system — for a story in a recent edition of the Sunday Valley News.
Click any picture to learn more, and find more adoptable pets at www.vnews.com/adoptablepets.
The winter parking ban runs from Dec. 1 through April 1, from midnight through 6 a.m. For the nitty gritty details of when to park where within city limits, see the PDF below.
Julie Eckert reports on the Enfield listserve that a “canine” was recently taken. Description:
Brown. Small. Quite heavy. Taken at Enfield dog park end of Oct. before scarecrows taken down.
Village very disappointed. Faithful ambassador to the park. Made of wood and carpet. Missing from Enfield dog park scarecrow display. Excellent “stay” , will not respond to voice commands. Never jumps up or barks.
If you’ve got the dog, she’s asking you to bring it to 3 Shaker Blvd. in Enfield.
We told you that this Hartland tree was gonna get cut down (and showed you its baby picture from 1990), and now it has happened!
— VT Sec. of State (@VermontSOS) November 28, 2018
The State House Christmas tree is going up pic.twitter.com/fjq4TKtiB2
— Neal P. Goswami (@nealgoswami) November 28, 2018
— Dave Silberman (@DaveSilberman) November 29, 2018
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BTW, there’s a lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the Vermont Statehouse lawn in Montpelier.
p.s. TOTALLY SEPARATE AND UNRELATED, but doesn’t the tree photo remind you of this whole scene?
Join me in congratulating Maggie, who was named the new editor of the Valley News on Tuesday. I’m excited to continue to work with her and see her excel in her new role!
Read the full story on her new job here.
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 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:
Without having read the methodology I can guarantee these data were not collected Jan-Mar. There’s just no way Vermonters are happier than Hawaiians when the sun has been setting at 4 p.m. for months. https://t.co/3SAAgYk2ko
— Taylor Dobbs (@taylordobbs) November 21, 2018
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.
They help you do journalism better.
Also helps you do journalism better: apple pie in the newsroom.
ICYMI in the Sunday Valley News, it’s worth taking the time to read this piece on Unity resident Mandy Dube, reported by Valley News reporter Nora Doyle-Burr and photographer James M. Patterson.
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Mandy Dube, of Unity #NH, waits to plead not guilty to a charge of domestic violence in Newport District Court in June. As a result of the charge, a protection order required her to have no contact with her boyfriend, Chris Bailey, with whom she had just purchased a home. “I don’t want to get out of a punishment by using my mental health as an excuse. I want to be able to get help, so I can prevent that happening in the future. It was a mental health crisis. I understand that and I want to move forward,” she said. ? It’s been nearly five years since the state of #NewHampshire settled a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of people with serious mental illness, including Dube. Just as the state has made some progress in improving mental health services since the settlement of the suit, Dube has made strides in maintaining her independence. But just as people in the #mentalhealth system say that the state has a way to go, Dube says she is not where she needs to be — largely because the state still is not providing the #support that she believes it should. ? Full story at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. ? (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #journalism #news #portrait #mentalillness #healthcare #courts #603
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!