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Half off at the downtown Lebanon Listen thrift store as they prepare to move to old Bridgman’s store

Get on it! And/or wait for National Thrift Shop Day on Friday. 🙂 The sale runs through Aug. 28 and Listen is planning on opening in its new location in October.


More special Polar seltzers spotted in the Upper Valley


Thank you to colleague Matt Clary for dropping these off at the Valley News (!!!). Super glad to have cemented my role as workplace seltzer nut (see: Exhibits A, B, C and D). I’m gonna see how many coworkers I can get to do a fizzeo (… a seltzer review video, OBVIOUSLY). And for my fellow devotees, apparently these are from the Co-op Food Stores (again!).


p.s. If you don’t know, now you know.

2017 solar eclipse was one of most-watched events in American history, survey says

Ella Dahlstrom,8, of Hartford, Vt., and Becca Girrell, of Lebanon, N.H. view the solar eclispe at the Montshire Museum of Science, in Norwich, Vt., on Aug. 21, 2017. About 1,300 people came to the museum to see the eclispe. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Were you one of the estimated 216 million American adults who watched the solar eclipse last August?

If so, you were in good company.

The Washington Post reports:

According to a new survey from the University of Michigan, a stunning 88 percent of American adults — some 216 million people — watched the “Great American Eclipse” in person or electronically. This estimated audience, based on a national probability sample of 2,915 people over 18, was greater than that for the 1969 Apollo 11 landing and each Super Bowl since the contest began. (A 1999 poll found that 7 out of 10 Americans who were age five or older on the day of the moon landing recalled watching the event on television. The most-watched Super Bowl, in 2015, had about 114 million viewers.)

Here’s a video about eclipse-watchers in Quechee that I put together with Valley News intern Charles Hatcher last year.

Today is the Vermont primary; here’s the who, where, when and ‘what???’

Research shows that UV INDEX tests well among procrastinators, so if this is what you feel like rn …

then we are here for you.

Experts are anticipating a sleepy voting day in Vermont today, but you can buck expectations.

Katie Schuhman, 13, an eighth grader at the South Royalton School, cleans out her locker near the school gym where voters returned for a second time to decide on whether or not to merge school districts with others in the White River Valley Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Lucky 7 News Quiz No. 14 is open through Aug. 16

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If you’re on an smartphone or tablet, please click here for a mobile-friendly link to the quiz!


Continue on to the quiz below! (Note: There’s a scrolly bar.)


ANOTHER TOUGH WEEK WITH NO ACES Y’ALL. But I really like that a bunch of you chose Dr. Stripes and Squigglebutt as the caterpillar name, bc those are definitely what I would call my caterpillars if ever given the chance.

So for the second ace-less week in a row, we chose two random winners!


  • Alex “awarding the pins completely random probably ups my chances so it’s cool if u keep the quizes too hard or even impossible to get 7 out of 7” Bullett
  • Kelsey O’connor

CONGRATS! Comment on our Facebook or email us at uvindex@vnews.com to let us know if you want to come by the Valley News to pick up your loot or if we should pop ’em in the mail.


Q1. A man from Minnesota built a scale-model replica of which Upper Valley location?
A. Strafford Town House.

Q2. Which Dartmouth fraternity has filed a lawsuit against its own trustees over the use of a house on Webster Avenue?
A. Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Q3. Where is home base for the recently debuted Polyculture Brewing Co., run by married couple Michelle Oeser Prost and Chris Prost?
A. Croydon.

Q4. Which two of Woodsville High graduate Chris Sarkis’ talents were discussed in a recent Close-Up story?
A. Music and running.

Q5. In his recent Over Easy column, Dan Mackie wrote about the power of what?
A. Newspapers.

Q6. The Howe Library circulation director spent the last few years making what kind of art for her colleagues, in anticipation of her retirement?
A. Hand-dyed and hand-hooked rug hangings.

Q7. What did a White River Junction girl name a monarch caterpillar in her yard?
A. Chunky.

Chunky. Photo courtesy Cris Wood of White River Junction.


They can find this page at www.vnews.com/lucky7 or uvindex.vnews.com/lucky7.

The places to be on this beautiful Friday in the Upper Valley

Shop all day and party all night (or, at least, until about 10 p.m.):

Just me walkin’ around WRJ with a pile of clothes from the tent sale. nbd.

Friday feels

Spotted on the proofing board at the Valley News office on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

Spotted on the proofing board at the Valley News office on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

TGIF, amirite?

Time capsules! The scene at the opening last night in Royalton

The contents of two time capsules that had just been opened on the Royalton Green, in South Royalton, Vt., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Valley News – August Frank) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

It took place on one of Royalton’s two gazebos.

(RELATED: Does Royalton have the highest gazebo-per-capita rating in the country or what?)

Click here for a full story, in words and photos, by Matt Hongoltz-Hetling and August Frank.

We also have some of August’s photo outtakes up on our Instagram:


There’s gonna be a meteor shower this weekend, and here’s how you can watch

The Perseid (that’s “Purse-y-id,” according to NASA) meteor showers are set to peak this weekend, offering ample opportunities for viewing, according to Time Magazine. Here, a quick guide.


Time reports the best times to see the meteor showers are Saturday and Sunday nights, when you should be able to see 60-70 meteors per hour.

Some meteors will appear lower in the sky as soon as it’s fully dark out—around 9:30 p.m. local time. But the best time to watch the shower is in the pre-dawn hours of 3-5 a.m. when the moon has set and Perseus is high in the sky.


If you want to take see the meteor show, you should aim to head somewhere super dark and free of light pollution or large buildings, according to the article. “No special equipment is needed, just patience,” Time reported.

Of course, if you prefer to view from the comfort of your own home or already have plans and might miss the show, you can catch the live stream here on Youtube.


This is where it gets a little tricky, and where some equipment might be necessary. (You probably won’t capture this lights show on your iPhone.) From the article:

Anyone using a real camera should consider setting it up on a tripod in order to avoid the blurry shots that can result from shaky hands. For best results, aim your camera toward Perseus, manually focus a wide-angle lens, use a remote shutter release or self-timer, and employ NASA’s 500 rule to calculate the optimal exposure time.

If anyone does snap pics of the shower, send ’em our way!

FILE – In this Thursday night, Dec. 13, 2012, file photo, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Geminid meteor shower over Springville, Ala. The Geminids meteor shower hits its peak on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, but a full moon will outshine the celestial show this year. (Mark Almond/AL.com via AP, File)

Aerosmith’s original tour van was just found in Massachusetts

Turns out the van was found by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of the History Channel show American Pickers, according to The Associated Press. They located the van in Chesterfield, Mass., a town of about 1,200 residents located 100 miles west of Boston. The property owner said the 1964 International Harvester Metro van was there when he bought the land from someone with a connection to Aerosmith, according to the AP.

Pretty cool!

Undisputed winners of the week: Goats

In Vermont and elsewhere, goats have been a hot topic of late.

In the Green Mountain State, Montpelier this week announced it would be bringing some goats in to help control poison ivy growth. Seven Days Digital Editor Andrea Suozzo had the pleasure of writing this headline as a result:

Turns out, the goats have names:

AND, of course, goats in Boise, Idaho, made headlines late last week when they descended upon the city in droves. Behold, a play in four acts:

Get yer cheap booze even cheaper now through September

It’s no secret New Hampshire loves highlighting the fact that it’s tax free, and a new marketing campaign cooked up by the state’s Liquor Commission features that perk in all its glory.


From The Associated Press, via the Concord Monitor:

The state liquor commission is offering them discounts at its liquor and wine outlet stores.

The “No Taxation on Our Libations” sale is providing customers from Massachusetts a 13 percent discount, Vermont a 12 percent discount, and Maine an 11 percent discount, double each state’s sales tax rate. New Hampshire residents will be offered a 13 percent discount.

Eligible customers from all other states can receive one-time coupons valid from now through Monday, Sept. 3.

To participate, residents of drinking age must submit their email addresses and select their home states at liquorandwineoutlets.com/notax. They will then be sent discount coupons in accordance with their states, according to the article.

If you choose to participate, please enjoy responsibly.

RELATED: New N.H. Liquor Outlet Planned for Weathervane Parking Lot to Double Size of West Lebanon Store

Jim Kenyon: New Liquor Store May Boost ‘Alcohol Fund’

#tbt: When the circus came to Hanover in 1975

We heart Thursdays bc it’s #valleynewsthrowback day on the @vnewsuv Instagram!

A trainer works with an elephant prior to its performance at the King Brothers Circus in Hanover, N.H., on Aug. 8, 1975. (Valley News – John Griesemer) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Long-time husband and wife clowning team of Cha-Cha and Pepito came to the King Brothers Circus performance in Hanover, N.H., on Aug. 8, 1975, from the days of vaudville. (Valley News – John Griesemer) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

A long-shot search for a good Samaritan from N.H. who helped a kid in a Canadian car crash in 1988

The Canadian town of Stanstead, in Quebec, is seen on Google Maps. Producers of a Canadian TV show are searching for a good Samaritan who rescued a 16-year-old from an accident there, on Highway 55, in 1988. The man was believed to be a resident of New Hampshire.

We recently received a notice from Nancy Vanasse, a researcher for the French-Canadian TV show Deuxième Chance (translation: second chance), an adaptation of the BBC’s show in the UK, The Gift

Vanasse said, in part:

For this very positive and touching TV show, we search people from all the over the world. Our participants have turned to us because they cannot do this on their own and need our help to track them down. We have received a very unique request from a man who would like to address his profound gratitude to the person who helped him survived a car accident in 1988. Our participant was just 16 years old at that time and stayed alone for about six hours before he has been discovered at 10 a.m. or so. The accident occurred on Highway 55, at the entrance of the town of Standstead, Quebec, just a few kilometers from the American border, Vermont Derby Line.

The injured 16-year-old had driven into a ditch that was not visible from the road, and was projected from his vehicle. Apparently the good Samaritan had run out of gas when he saw the 16-year-old.

The folks behind the show don’t know much about the person who they’re looking for, except that he was an American resident of New Hampshire. They are looking for either the person himself or other witnesses who might be able to help.

If you have any information, please call 514-597-5453 or email deuxiemechance@radio-canada.ca.

Seems like as good a time as any to re-share the American Red Cross heat safety tips

All of the following is written by the American Red Cross. As a reminder, Lebanon announced cooling shelters are open through Friday.

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Some people are more at risk of developing a heat-related illness, including adults age 65 and older, those with chronic medical conditions, people who work outside, infants and children and athletes. Here are steps you should take in hot weather:

  • Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like schools, libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.

HEAT EXHAUSTION Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.

If someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1.

HEAT STROKE LIFE-THREATENING Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand and settings for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts including heat advisories and excessive heat warnings. The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips including heat-related emergencies. Download these apps by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.

Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry (RESPOND) will investigate the disease’s disproportionate impact on African-American men

According to a news release from the National Institutes of Health:

The largest coordinated research effort to study biological and non-biological factors associated with aggressive prostate cancer in African-American men has begun. The $26.5 million study is called RESPOND, or Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry: Defining the Roles of Genetics, Tumor Markers, and Social Stress. It will investigate environmental and genetic factors related to aggressiveness of prostate cancer in African-American men to better understand why they disproportionally experience aggressive disease — that is, disease that grows and spreads quickly — compared with men of other racial and ethnic groups.


RESPOND is supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), both parts of the National Institutes of Health, as well as by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). The NCI funding will be provided from the 21st Century Cures Cancer Moonshot Initiative.


“Understanding why African-American men are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer than men of other racial and ethnic groups is a critical, unanswered question in cancer disparities research,” said NCI Director Ned Sharpless, M.D. “This large, collaborative study can help the cancer research community better understand and address these disparities.”

The investigators aim to enroll 10,000 African-American men in the study. You can read the rest of the news release here, and visit the RESPOND website — with information on how to participate — at www.respondstudy.org

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I would like to share a short public service announcement video about prostate cancer made by Sam Smith, of White River Junction, a friend to me and especially to my dad. Sam died Oct. 31, 2017 after a battle with prostate cancer. In February of that year, he worked with CATV to produce the PSA on the disease, shown below.

“I never thought that I would get this disease. I never knew that as an African-American male, I am in a higher risk group for prostate cancer,” Sam says in the video. “Get screened now. If I had known then what I know now, I would have been proactive, but I didn’t. It’s time, brothers. Get screened, and make sure your sons, fathers and friends do too.”

Prostate Cancer PSA from CATV 8 on Vimeo.