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Thanks for the memories: UV INDEX says goodbye (for now)

Promotional photos of Maggie Cassidy and Amanda Newman for UV Index in West Lebanon, N.H., on Oct. 26, 2018. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

That’s all they wrote.

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. 

Free pie on Friday at Gardener’s Supply!


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.

#tbt to painting the clock tower in Lebanon in 1965

Pulled from the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram!

The Lebanon city hall clock got a new coat of paint on June 7, 1965, as painters from Walter Painting and Decorating of Lebanon, N.H., did the honors high above the city square. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Throwback to Listen’s Lebanon Thanksgiving in 1988; plus, free Upper Valley meals on Thursday

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!

Listen, a social-service organization based in Lebanon, N.H., held its first community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 24, 1988, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Lebanon volunteers Susan Truman, left, and Pam Bennett join others in saying grace before the dinner begins. Seventy-five people ended up taking advantage of the dinner. Listen was prepared to serve up to 150 people, so the abundant leftovers will be distributed to area social service agencies for their weekly community dinners. (Valley News – Bill Conradt) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Listen, a social-service organization based in Lebanon, N.H., held its first community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 24, 1988, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Volunteers Alan Emery and Friddie Labrecque, 8, of Enfield, N.H., carve up turkey in preparation for the feast. Seventy-five people ended up taking advantage of the dinner. Listen was prepared to serve up to 150 people, so the abundant leftovers will be distributed to area social service agencies for their weekly community dinners. (Valley News – Bill Conradt) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.