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So there’s a nor’easter coming this weekend

Because of course there is. Just in time for Halloweekend, too. Hooray! /s

From The Weather Channel:

What to Expect
Rain and wind will spread up the East Coast Friday through Saturday night or early Sunday. Because it’s late October and not January, most of the precipitation should be rain.

However, parts of northern New England, especially the higher elevations, will see some wet snow accumulation this weekend.

Strong winds will be a concern with gusts to 60 mph are possible near the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts Saturday and Saturday night.

Precipitation could start out briefly as snow in eastern New York and central New England as moisture surges northward. The area of snow and likely some ice will expand during the afternoon and evening hours into northern New York, northern New England and be most widespread across Maine.

The highest snowfall totals will likely be in northern Maine and in the highest terrain of upstate New York and New Hampshire, including Mt. Washington.

Just a few inches of wet snow accumulating on trees still with leaves combined with wind can down trees and cause power outages. This is what occurred during the “Snowtober” 2011 snowstorm in late October.

More than 0.10 inches of ice is most likely in northern Maine and northern New Hampshire beginning in the afternoon on Saturday and ending early Sunday.

In New Hampshire:

Aaaaand in Vermont:

If you’re traveling tomorrow or participating in Halloween festivities, please be sure to stay safe. Drive slowly and appropriately for the conditions, give yourself extra time to reach your destination, and if you’re of age, definitely do not drink and drive.

Hold on to your hand-knitted hats: Fiber arts superstar Sam Barsky in Lebanon Thursday night

Sam Barsky.

Let’s get down to the knitty gritty, y’all. Totally delightful famous internet person Sam Barsky is coming to town!

Calendar editor Liz Sauchelli, aka the Valley News’ resident knitter-in-chief, flags to us that Barsky, who she describes as “kind of a huge deal in the fiber world,” will be at Scratch Supply Co. in downtown Lebanon Thursday evening.

The free public event takes place from 6 to 9 at Scratch’s shop on the pedestrian mall.

According to the Scratch Facebook event:

Sam will be bringing a selection of his sweaters, and will give a brief talk about his journey to becoming an artistic knitter. The evening will be open-house style, and we hope that you’ll be able to join us!

Let us know if you go. In the meantime, here’s a selection of Barsky’s Instagram posts (followers: 32,300+) showcasing some of the sweaters he has knitted since 1999, when he dropped out of nursing school for health reasons. (He’s also got photos on his Facebook page.) They are all pretty great.


Scratch has officially moved into its new space on the pedestrian mall in Lebanon

It’s official: Old Navy is coming to the Upper Valley

Workers change out the stores listed on a sign outside of the Upper Valley Plaza on Friday. Old Navy and 110 Grill will be opening locations in the Route 12A shopping center.  (Photograph courtesy Tina Hebb)

Workers change out the stores listed on a sign outside of the Upper Valley Plaza on Friday. Old Navy and 110 Grill will be opening locations in the Route 12A shopping center. (Photograph courtesy Tina Hebb)


The Upper Valley Plaza sign got a face-lift this week, as crews took down the old store signs in place of fresh ones that also featured a couple of newcomers. Two new additions to the sign, and therefore the plaza, are Old Navy and 110 Grill.

The Valley News (and UV INDEX) previously reported that 110 Grill was coming to the Upper Valley, but Old Navy was more elusive. While job postings all but confirmed the retailer would be opening a location in the area, the company stayed mum when the VN reported on the job listings in August.

But now, there is photographic proof!

Are you excited for the new additions to Route 12A? Tell us in the comments!

#tbt: Hunter safety at Lebanon High in 1982

As always, you can find more Upper Valley throwbacks at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram.

Tom Hamel leans into his investigation of the guns during a hunter-safety class at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H., on Sept. 12, 1982. George Blanchard and Eric Schelewa watch from behind. (Valley News – Kris Craig) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

We’re always hearing about what is getting taken out of time capsules; how about what to put into one?

^ That’s what I’m going with as a dramatic representation of a time capsule. 

New London Hospital is taking suggestions.

From its Facebook page:

As part of our centennial celebrations we’re burying a time capsule at the hospital and we need your suggestions on what to put in it!
Post your ideas (in the Facebook comments) or email us at community.relations@newlondonhospital.org.


Current items include: a schedule from this year’s Hospital Days, medal from the Triathlon and program from the January kick-off celebration.

Of course, as you are well aware, I am a dedicated member of the time capsule beat at the VN, having covered openings in Lebanon and South Royalton.