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PSA: Romaine lettuce not safe to eat due to E. coli outbreak

Romaine calm, everyone.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday warned U.S. consumers against eating romaine lettuce, which has been linked to a recent — and particularly serious — E. coli outbreak. As The Washington Post reported:

The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown. It doesn’t matter if it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix. All romaine should be avoided.

The CDC alert, issued just two days before Americans sit down for their Thanksgiving dinners, reported that 32 people in 11 states have become sick from eating contaminated romaine. Of those, 13 have been hospitalized, with one patient suffering from a form of kidney failure. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported 18 people infected with the same strain of E. coli.

Tl;dr: Don’t eat lettuce, don’t buy lettuce and don’t hang on to any lettuce you already have until the CDC finds the source of the outbreak and declares it over. Also, be careful handling your turkey this Thanksgiving — there currently is a widespread salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey.

ICYMI: This is why you’re supposed to clean the snow and ice off of your vehicle’s roof

Jasmine Nadeau of Plainfield, N.H., talks to Trooper Michael Catalfamo of the New Hampshire State Police following an incident where she said snow or ice blew off the top of a blue SUV in front her, smashing her windshield, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Lebanon, N.H. She was traveling north on Interstate 89 between exits 18 and 19 when the accident happened. She was alone in her vehicle, a Nissan Rogue, and was uninjured.(Valley News – Rick Russell) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

From the Valley News:

A combination of snow and ice flying off the top of another vehicle shattered a woman’s windshield as she drove north on Interstate 89 in Lebanon today, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Jasmine Nadeau, of Plainfield, was not injured in the incident that took place between exits 18 and 19 at roughly 12:30 this afternoon.

She was alone in her vehicle, a Nissan Rogue.

New Hampshire State Police Trooper Michael Catalfamo said the windshield was struck by a “combination of snow and ice.” Nadeau said the vehicle was a blue SUV.

Shortly after the incident, Lebanon Police took to Facebook to remind motorists about clearing snow and ice from vehicles before driving.

“Often referred to as ‘Jessica’s Law,’ failing to clear snow and ice from the roof of your vehicle constitutes negligent driving and can be punished by a fine of up to $500 for the first offense,” police said in the post. “More importantly, clearing your roof can save lives as the frozen snow and ice can fly off while you’re driving and impact another vehicle.

#tbt, before video killed the radio star

As always, find more at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram!

Friends of the Hanover Schools were given a series of videotape demonstrations on Jan. 22, 1968. The videotape system would provide the schools with a file of of lectures and other school events for future reference. A final demonstration has been scheduled during a varsity basketball game. Here a technician adjusts focus of camera trained on teacher. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Read the full 72-page complaint in the $70 million lawsuit against Dartmouth

The east side of campus and College Park is seen from the Baker Tower on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Phil Hanlon, the college’s president, is considering an expansion of the school’s undergraduate population. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Seven female science students have filed a $70 million class action lawsuit against Dartmouth College, saying they and dozens of others were sexually harassed and assaulted by three tenured professors who have since left the Ivy League institution. Read this morning’s full story here. The complaint is below.

The Upper Valley’s own Sir Babygirl makes NPR

I’ve only seen Sir Babygirl perform once, at the Main Street Museum, and the set was truly a tour de force — got ya laughin’, thinkin’ and perhaps most importantly, very dancin’.

And now Sir Babygirl, aka Kelsie Hogue, has been highlighted by NPR Music. They wrote about her new music video for “Haunted House.”

As of right now, Sir Babygirl has two additional tracks available on Spotify: “Heels” and “Flirting With Her,” and they are both bangin’. You can also follow her on Instagram @sir_babygirl. It’s a treat.


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According to NPR, Sir Babygirl’s debut album “Crush on Me” comes out Feb. 15 via Father/Daughter Records.


Valley News gives Moose Mountain plane crash footage to the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire

The VHS of the footage (which we made available online, as seen above, with the help of my husband, Chico Eastridge) was recently donated to the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire.

Via the Associated Press: 

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire is featuring recently discovered film footage taken 50 years ago by recovery workers at a plane crash site on Moose Mountain, the state’s deadliest air crash.


The museum based at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Londonderry gave a presentation Saturday (Nov. 10) in remembrance of the Oct. 25, 1968, crash. Thirty-two people died and 10 survived in the Northeast Airlines crash, which happened on the passenger plane’s approach to Lebanon Municipal Airport.


Speakers included Jeff Rapsis, the museum’s executive director and son of Capt. John A. Rapsis, the pilot of Northeast Flight 946 who was among those lost in the crash.


The footage was provided to a former Valley News sports editor who wrote a series of stories marking the 40th anniversary of the crash.

Northeast Airlines flight 946 cut down swath of trees on the southeast side of Moose Mountain’s south peak before crashing and exploding into a fire that could be seen from Canaan, in the background, on October 25, 1968. From left, Chris Zappala, of Charlotte, Vt., Jeff Rapsis, of Bedford, N.H., Bob Hough, president of the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, and Dwight Aspinwall, of Hanover, return to the south peak after visiting the crash site in Hanover, N.H., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Zappala remembers his father, Sam Zappala, telling stories of driving survivors down from the crash site. “It was locked into his brain pretty well,” said Zappala. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


The fence is up at Quechee Gorge

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Visitors to the Quechee Gorge photograph the Ottauquechee River through a newly installed safety fence in Quechee #VT on Monday. The fence, installed last month following delays in September, is meant to deter suicide attempts at the tourist attraction. There is also a call box and signs with a crisis help phone number. The fence is scheduled to be replaced in 2022, when a permanent solution will be implemented alongside an extensive bridge renovation. Just what that will look like isn’t clear. ? Find a full story at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. ? (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #quechee #quecheegorge #ottauquechee #bridge #fence #safety #tourists #vermont #802

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Ed Koren, the ‘New Yorker’ cartoonist who served as Vermont’s cartoon laureate, releases new book

Courtesy photograph.

According to a news release:

In his newest collection, In the Wild, released on October 22 by Button Street Press, the acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist illustrates country life, exurbanites and the ironies of living in the boonies. His cartoons have Vermonters looking at city folk, and city folk looking at Vermonters.


Koren’s humor, his humanoid , fuzzy, puzzled and brave creatures will delight the reader, country dweller or not. In this latest collection of cartoons on country life, drawn from his porch in Vermont, nothing is sacred: vegetarians, parenting, animals, gourmands, country stores…all are examined with the unique perspective and creativity of this brilliant observer (and artist) of “the wild.”

Koren, who served as Vermont’s second cartoon laureate from 2014-17, has several appearances scheduled for the Twin States; the two in the Upper Valley are at:

  • The Norman Williams Public Library with The Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m.
  • The Norwich Bookstore on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

The current cartoon laureate is Alison Bechdel. She was chosen, in part, by the Center for Cartoon Studies in WRJ.


#tbt to the Jeralyn 2000, when we beamed in an editor onto a laptop on a lazy Susan

Night desk editor Jeralyn Darling, who formerly lived in the Upper Valley but now lives on the other side of the country, works for the Valley News remotely. But two years ago, on election night, we beamed her into the newsroom via the Jeralyn 2000, which was HAND-BUILT by me using:

  • a Google Chromebook
  • an old bulletin board
  • a lazy Susan
  • a pile of old newspapers

The latest edition of Valley Parents is all about nutrition

Brandon Dean, of Claremont, N.H., wipes his son Henry’s face after he had dessert in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 22, 2018. The one-year-old is a happy to eat whatever is put on his plate. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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