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Student vlog: What’s it like at the new White River Valley Middle School?

Not too long ago, student Grace Collins, 13, expected that she would attend South Royalton School through the end of her public schooling. But because of the merger, the South Royalton resident started eighth grade Aug. 29 in Bethel. Grace has agreed to share her thoughts about the school year in a series of vlogs (short for video logs, or video diaries).

In her second submission, recorded this week and posted above, Grace answers the following prompt:

Some adults have wondered whether old school rivalries between South Royalton and Bethel might make it hard to get along. What is your reaction to that? How is it going as you try to get to know Bethel students? Is there anything that has made that process easier or more challenging?

You can watch Grace’s first vlog, recorded after the first day of school, along with a full Valley News report about the new school’s debut, at this link.

If you are a White River Valley Middle School student, or know of a student, who might like to record vlogs during the first few months of school, please email me at mcassidy@vnews.com.

On the first day of school on Aug. 29, 2018, finishing touches are done on the newly-formed White River Valley Middle School in Bethel. Vt. Tim Poljacik on the school maintenance crew installs the school’s new name on Aug. 29, 2018. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Happening Saturday: The Norwich Historical Society hosts its trunks & antiques show

Photo courtesy Norwich Historical Society.

The Norwich Historical Society is hosting 27 dealers from across New England, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 (with children under 12 free).

Plus, if you’re in more of a seller’s mood than a shopper’s, you can get up to three items informally appraised, for $5 per item, by Bill Smith, of William A. Smith Auctioneers and Appraisers of Plainfield. The historical society calls it “our own Norwich Antiques Roadshow.”

RELATED: Lewiston’s on the map because Google includes ghost towns, obvs

A tiny friend paid me a visit today

Came home after running some errands this afternoon to find this little guy hanging around outside. Looks like he’s enjoying the sunshine, too.

The Weather Channel did not come to play with this Hurricane Florence graphic

The Weather Channel this week sought to remove any doubt that Hurricane Florence, the storm currently battering the Carolinas, would be anything less than extremely serious and potentially deadly. The station brought out the big guns to depict just how dangerous the storm’s surge could be, likely blowing its graphics budget in the process.

I’ve never seen anything like it, and I have to give props to TWC’s graphics team, which somehow managed to pull this epic visualization together in roughly two days.

If any of you have relatives or friends currently in the storm’s path, please check in on them and encourage them to evacuate if they are told to do so. Things can be replaced; loved ones can’t. (For more tips on what to do during and after a hurricane, check out or pass along these from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.)

Show us your Tunbridge World’s Fair photos!

We wanna see your pics from the fair. 

Send them to us at uvindex@vnews.com or comment on our Facebook post for a chance to be featured here on our site!

And, ICYMI, don’t forget to bring your mail (with postage) to the fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for the next couple days in order to get a limited edition pictorial postmark.

Jasper Lawrence, 4, of Tunbridge, Vt., keeps an eye on the tape as Chris Reed, of North Montpelier, Vt., measures his sunflower at 10 feet, 8 1/2 inches during the preparation day for the Tunbridge World’s Fair in Tunbridge, Vt., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Lawrence was at the fairgrounds with his mother, Mariah, back, and siblings Willow, 1, left, Miles, 9, and Rowan, 7, to check in on the family’s entries for judging. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

When Maxfield Parrish was the oldest person in Plainfield

Oops, I’m a day late cross-posting our Instagram #tbt to UV INDEX, but I guess that makes it a #fbf?

In any case, you can always find more at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram.

Plainfield’s oldest citizen is 93-year-old artist Maxfield Parrish, who was presented the Boston Post gold-headed cane by the selectmen on Sept. 28, 1963. Parrish, center, chats with Selectman Joseph Meyette, left, and Vernon Hood. The town’s third selectman, Palmer C. Read, was unable to be present. (Valley News – Fran Weiss) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Source document: Dartmouth health research who resigned in protest over plagiarism accusations lays out his decision

Dr. Gilbert Welch, shown here at his Dartmouth College office in Lebanon, N.H., in 2012, is disputing a finding that he plagiarized work from a colleague. Welch is a prominent health-care researcher. (Valley News – Ryan Dorgan) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The document, written by H. Gilbert Welch, explains his decision-making process.

Read today’s full Valley News story here.

Also, for anyone keeping track, it’s been a big week for Hanover-centered stories.

Post Office offers a limited edition Tunbridge pictorial postmark at the world’s fair

Channa Howe, of Tunbridge, smoothes the clipped and banded mane of her quarterhorse Don’t Chip My Harley while preparing for a weekend of competition at the Tunbridge World’s Fair Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Howe and Harley will compete for their eighth year together at the fair in showmanship, western pleasure and western equitation. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Check out this announcement from the United States Postal Service:

Tunbridge celebrates Agricultural Fair with a Pictorial Postmark

A First Class Souvenir of the Celebration

 

What: The United States Postal Service in Tunbridge, Vermont, in conjunction with the Union Agricultural Society, will celebrate the Tunbridge World’s Fair with a keepsake picture postmark — also known as a pictorial cancellation in collectors’ circles — to be offered at the historic post office located on Antique Hill at the Fairgrounds

 

Where: Tunbridge World’s Fair

Antique Hill Post Office

Tunbridge VT 05077

 

When: September 13-16, 2018

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Background: Postmaster Brenda Roberts says the picture postmark is free. “We will apply the postmark on any envelope that has proper postage, making it a first class souvenir of the day.” “It’s a postmark that is more than circles and bars,” says Postmaster Roberts. “It is a picture that tells a story.” The postmark has the words “World’s Fair” arched over twin mountains and the words “Agricultural Fair Station” below. Additionally, the Union Agricultural Society creates an annual wooden postcard that they will be selling at the fair that would make a very special souvenir when combined with the pictorial postmark.

 

People may obtain the postmark in person at the fairgrounds. If you miss the fairground hours, but wish to obtain the postmark, you may submit a mail order request. Pictorial postmarks are available only with the dates indicated, and requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the requested pictorial postmark date.

 

Customers wishing to obtain a postmark should affix First-Class Mail postage to any envelope or postcard, address the envelope or postcard and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to Postmaster, followed by Tunbridge Post Office 292 VT Rte 110, Tunbridge VT 05077-9998

The fair runs from today through Sunday!

 

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Getting ready on Wednesday before the Tunbridge World’s Fair: 1️⃣ Piano tuner Nancy Taube, of #ChelseaVT, works on hammers that were sticking due to humidity in the entertainment tent at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds while her #bordercollie Billie waited for her to throw a ball. The #instrument resides for most of the year in an un-heated barn on the grounds and is taken out and maintained only at #fair time to be played for the Ed Larkin #ContraDancers and by some other performers. 2️⃣ Channa Howe, of #TunbridgeVT, smooths the clipped and banded mane of her #quarterhorse Don’t Chip My Harley while preparing for a weekend of #competition at the fair. Howe and Harley will compete for their eighth year together at the fair in showmanship, western pleasure and western equitation. 3️⃣ Jasper Lawrence, 4, of Tunbridge, keeps an eye on the tape as Chris Reed, of North #MontpelierVT, measures his #sunflower at 10 feet, 8 1/2 inches. Lawrence was at the #fairgrounds with his mother, Mariah, back, and siblings Willow, 1, left, Miles, 9, and Rowan, 7, to check in on the family’s entries for #judging. 🔸 The 147th fair runs today through Sunday. 🔸 (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #tunbridgefair #tunbridgeworldsfair #dog #pianotuner #tunbridge #worldsfair #horse #summer #september #802 #🌻

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There’s a pin on the loose in the Upper Valley! (Plus, last call for winners who haven’t picked their pins up)

Y’ALL!

Pin winner Steve Becker, who aced Quiz No. 9, sent us an email alerting us that he has hidden a goodie for the geocachers of the Upper Valley (and visitors from beyond).

“Thought it would be fun,” Steve said, “to share the L-UV! Get it?….Hello?…. Is this thing on?…(crickets).”

That’s all the clues you get. You can try to find it through the ~official geocaching methods~ and of course, please let us know if you do!

ALSO! 

This is pretty much the last call for folks who have not claimed their pins to get on that! The deadline to get in touch with us is this upcoming Monday, Sept. 17, which coincidentally is also Constitution Day apparently, according to my desk calendar, so there’s that.

DOUBLE ALSO!

Did you know that our pins are versatile and can also be used as tiny sunglasses for inanimate objects? This is important information and should make you want one even more than you already do.

Fly like … a hawk … wearing UV sunglasses!

Report finds N.H. has one of the lowest obesity rates in the U.S.

About one-quarter of New Hampshire adults and children are obese, a rate that largely has remained stable over the last five years and which ranks among the lowest in the country, according to a newly issued report.

The Concord Monitor reported that the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation jointly issued the 15th annual “State of Obesity” report, which looks at the health problems plaguing overweight Americans.

In particular, it noted that from 2012 to 2017, “31 states had statistically significant increases in their obesity rate and no state had a statistically significant decrease in its obesity rate.”

New Hampshire came out just ahead of neighboring Vermont, ranking 38th and 40th, respectively. West Virginia had the highest adult obesity rates in the country, while Colorado had the lowest.

Read the full report here.

Sarah Koenig says the third season of ‘Serial’ will be ‘different’

Former Concord Monitor reporter Sarah Koenig, now the host of the podcast Serial, recently sat down with Elle Magazine to discuss the upcoming third season of the series, which will premiere on Sept. 20. Subsequent episodes will be released each Thursday.

Koenig, along with her co-reporter Emmanuel Dzotsi, spent more than a year inside Cleveland’s criminal courts, learning the ins and outs of cases. The first two episodes will drop on September 20, with new episodes released each Thursday after that (though you can listen to a trailer right now).

Season 1 of Serial detailed the murder of Maryland teenager Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. Koenig began to question if Syed had been wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, and many listeners seemed to agree. In the time since then, Syed has been granted a new trial, largely thanks to Koenig’s reporting.

Season 2 took a look at the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Catch up on the last two seasons of Serial, as well as Season 3, here.

Public service announcement: Stop stealing photos, please and thanks

A brief lesson in how to not steal, by yours truly.

Thanks.

My fellow Upper Valley procrastinators: Here’s your reminder that today is the N.H. primary

Getty Images/iStockphoto.

We showed up for the Vermont late crowd, and we’re here for you, too, our dear New Hampshire “why do today what you can do tomorrow” posse. 

The thing about a state primary, though, is that it’s one day only, so if you’re planning on voting, you gotta get out there today.

NHPR is on top of things with their voter guide, telling you what this whole shebang is all about, including who can vote, how to vote, where to vote and what your ballot will look like.

Here’s our story about Democratic gubernatorial nominees Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand debating each other at Dartmouth College. (Incumbent Chris Sununu is not being challenged on the Republican ballot.)

We also covered a debate between Democrats Marcie Hornick and Natch Greyes, who are running for Grafton County attorney. (There is no Republican challenger.)

For U.S. Congress, Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster is not being challenged from within her party, but there is a slate of six candidates on the Republican side who hope to take her seat: Stewart I. Levenson, Jay Mercer, Steven Negron, Brian Belanger, Gerard Beloin, Lynne Blankenbeker and Robert Burns.

Here’s the Very Important follow-up to today’s mac and cheese story: the winning ingredients!

Hint: There was more than macaroni and cheese. 

The five official macaroni and cheese judges compare tasting notes on one of the 17 entrants in the Vermont Mac and Cheese Challenge at Artisan’s Park in Windsor, Vt., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. The judges were, clockwise from left, Meredith Fitzgerald, of Haverhill, Mass., member of the American Cheese Society, Graham Kist, of Hartford, Conn., a food writer and barbecue judge, Ben Parker, of New York City, a sales rep with salami maker Charlito’s Cocina, Mary Tuthill, of Waitsfield, Vt., head cheesemonger at Mad River Taste Place, and Faith Raymond of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The entry that judges said was the best macaroni and cheese at the 6th annual Vermont Mac & Cheese Challenge in Windsor on Sunday had everything from wild boar to edamame in it. Chef Joseph Madzia of the Omni Mount Washington Resort said the winning Wild Boar and Short Rib Mac and Cheese included smoked Tilsit Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, smoked baby carrots, edamame and mushrooms.

“We made a barbecue sauce for it. It was a Harissa and pineapple barbecue sauce, and then we did fried onions on top that we dusted with the maple Castleton crackers,” he said in a phone interview on Monday.

“There was a lot going on,” he added.

Chef Joseph, who grew up in Ohio and has been at the Bretton Woods, N.H., hotel for three years, said it was his first time at the Windsor-based competition.

“It was very exciting. There were more people then what we expected, but we were ready for them,” he said. “I think I looked down once, and looked up 10 minutes later and there were probably 1,000 more people in the room.”

Madzia said the resort regularly offers mac & cheese, but the winning entry is only available periodically as a special.

Recent UV scenes from the @vnewsuv Instagram

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The five official macaroni and cheese judges compare tasting notes on one of the 17 entrants from throughout the #TwinStates in the Vermont Mac and Cheese Challenge at Artisan’s Park in Windsor #VT on Sunday. In one sense, the “challenge” is a sideshow. For most people, the whole point of the event was to spoon ungodly amounts of #cheese and #pasta into the mouths of thousands, all while raising money for a good cause (the Vermont Foodbank) and highlighting the brands of hosts and sponsors, including the Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. and Castleton Crackers. The #judges were, clockwise from left, Meredith Fitzgerald, of Haverhill, Mass., member of the American Cheese Society, Graham Kist, of Hartford, Conn., a food writer and barbecue judge, Ben Parker, of New York City, a sales rep with salami maker Charlito’s Cocina, Mary Tuthill, of Waitsfield, Vt., head cheesemonger at Mad River Taste Place, and Faith Raymond of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. 🔹 Full story at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔹 (Valley News – James M. Patterson @james.m.patterson) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #vermont #vt #windsorvt #macaroni #macncheese #cheesy #food #eating #eeeeats #cheesheads #cheesehats #judge #score #challenge #fun #802 #🧀

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Krystin Skoda hoses off her team of miniature herefords, Tonka and Truck, before a competition in Bradford, #VT, earlier this summer. Before every competition the steers are cleaned everywhere from the backs of their knees to their ears. Contestants will take advantage of different methods to score points with the judge, such as combing their tails backwards to eliminate knots. 🔹 Find a full story about the #RandolphVT Hooves ’n’ Horns 4-H Club, told in photos and words, at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔹 (Valley News – August Frank @augustfrankphoto) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #4H #bradfordvt #vermont #farm #farmlife #hereford #herefords #cow #cows #wash #rinse #outdoors #chores #competition #summer #club #802 #🐮

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Grafton County Attorney candidates Natch Greyes, left, and Marcie Hornick share a microphone while participating in a Grafton County Primary Candidates Forum moderated by county commissioner Wendy Piper at the Canaan Meetinghouse in Canaan, #NH, on Aug. 27. Hornick, the managing attorney of the Northern Grafton County Public Defender’s Office, and Greyes, a district court prosecutor also in northern Grafton County, will square off in the Sept. 11 primary election to become the Democratic nominee. They have worked together — on opposite sides of the courtroom — since Greyes became the prosecutor for Littleton, Franconia and Sugar Hill in mid-2014. With no Republican challenger, the winner likely will assume the lead prosecutorial post in the county come January. 🔹 Full story at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔹 (Valley News – Geoff Hansen @geoff_hansen) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #news #graftoncounty #newhampshire #603 #canaannh #northcountry #law #lawyer #prosecutor #primary #candidates #election #meetinghouse #campaign #vote

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Quiz winners from Lucky 7 No. 17! Plus, we want your quiz feedback

Pins!!!

1. Claim your pins! 

First of all, in case you missed it, we have about a dozen pin-winners who have not claimed their pins and we are giving y’all a deadline of Sept. 17 to pick them up! If you have gotten email from us, or if your name has been listed as a winner on any quiz and you haven’t gotten in touch with us, please shoot us an email at uvindex@vnews.com or message us on our Facebook page.

2. Quiz hiatus & quiz feedback

Until we sort that all out with people picking up their pins, we are taking a quiz hiatus until at least Sept. 17! In the meantime, we are really interested to hear what you like about the quiz, what you don’t like, what would make you take it every week, etc. If you have any feedback, shoot us an email at uvindex@vnews.com or message us on our Facebook page.

3. Winners & answers from No. 17

We still have some unfinished business as it relates to Quiz No. 17! We are down to two pins, so we only have two winners this week, including one person who aced it and one rando!

THE WINNERS OF QUIZ NO. 17 ARE:

  • Ace Kim Souza — glad to see you got the question about the Hartford Selectboard decision right! 🙂
  • Random winner Jeffrey Egner, who tallied an admirable 6-for-7

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.

THE CORRECT ANSWERS TO QUIZ 17: 

Q1. Lebanon Mayor Sue Prentiss said she’s “very optimistic” and that “this is the furthest I’ve seen a conversation get” about what initiative?
A. Rehabilitating the Westboro Rail Yard.

Q2. An estimated 20,000 Vermonters who fall into what category have been negatively affected by a change to the state’s income sensitivity program?
A. House rich, cash poor.

Q3. A 9-year-old from Quebec was photographed blowing bubbles where?
A. Montshire Museum of Science.

Q4. Which Upper Valley golf course was recently purchased by a Connecticut couple?
A. Montcalm Golf Club in Enfield.

Q5. The Hartford Selectboard has agreed to pursue a $1 million grant to aid what entity?
A. The Village at White River Junction.

Q6. The owners of Blue Loon Bakery in New London previously worked for what organization?
A. CIA.

Q7. What kind of dog costume was NOT included in a video of dogs on parade in Woodstock?
A. Batman.

Scale replacement project making progress at the Lebanon Solid Waste & Recycling Facility

A project to replace the scales at Lebanon’s Solid Waste & Recycling Facility is underway, and the first part of the work has been completed.

The city of Lebanon tweeted on Thursday that the first vehicle scale was replaced last weekend, and the second scale is set to be replaced this weekend. The Valley News reported on Aug. 29 that the project would close the facility that Saturday to allow the work on a new scale house to proceed.

The facility is located off of Route 12A, the Upper Valley’s main commercial drag. The project is set to wrap by month’s end.