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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
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.)
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The document, written by H. Gilbert Welch, explains his decision-making process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
“Season 3 is very close to my heart. The stories are really good, and we’re really excited to tell them to people. Then again… if you’re looking for a murder mystery, this is not it.” —Sarah Koenig https://t.co/ZErfeGxLnn
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 Newsreported on Aug. 29 that the project would close the facility that Saturday to allow the work on a new scale house to proceed.