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Cleo and Mrs. Saunders: Read the letters exchanged by a student and her grown-up pen pal in Lyme

Lyme School teacher Heather Stadheim works with Justin Dickson, right, and Aidan Brown during the sixth-grade Language Arts class at the school in Lyme, N.H., on Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Rob Strong photograph)

From the Valley News:

Heather Stadheim, a language arts teacher at Lyme School, wants to keep the magic of exchanging letters alive. She and her sixth-graders are a little more than halfway through an 11-week program that pairs up students with pen pals in Lyme. Instead of mailing the letters, the pen pals record their correspondence in a shared “letter journal,” a simple black-and-white composition notebook whose cover image depicts a pair of Converse-wearing feet.

Read more of the story at this link, and flip through one of the composition notebooks that a pen pal pair shared with us below.

Do you have historic photographs of the Samuel Hewes House, built in Lyme in 1780?

If so, the Lyme Heritage Commission would like to hear from you, as they currently do not know of any historical photos of the house. From a listserve post on the house’s history:

Sadly, we know of NO historic photos of this house and are eager to locate some, even if the house appears in the background. Please contact us if you know of a photo we can copy.

Adair Mulligan can be reached at adair.mulligan@gmail.com.

Snapshots from local fire departments this weekend: Checking new buildings in WRJ, creating rainbows in Lyme

From the Lyme Fire Department: “Making sure on a beautiful Saturday that the hydrant at Post Pond is still full of rainbows.” (LFD photograph)

From the Hartford Fire Department: “Members of HFD A-Shift spent time studying one of our many new buildings! “Pre-plans” help firefighters know the ins and outs of a building before an incident occurs, so that they can be most effective during emergency situations.” (HFD photograph)

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Lyme students win Cyber Robotics Coding Competition, which comes with a $2,000 prize for the school

We mentioned in a recent edition of School Notes that five students from the Lyme School would be competing against their peers from around New Hampshire earlier this month, during the state finals of the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition at Pinkerton Academy in Derry:

The Lyme coders, under the guidance of teacher Meg Franks, are seventh-graders June Clark and Juliet Sinkus, and eighth-graders Dylan Wilcox, Jack Lange and Spencer May. Lyme is one of 16 schools to qualify for the finals, in which students compete online, using a cloud-based simulation platform featuring a virtual, 3D-animated robot. They made the grade for the state championship by completing 75 coding “missions” online.

Well, guess what. They won!

Photo courtesy N.H. Department of Education.

The grand prize, a trophy with a $2000 grant for the school, was awarded to the Lyme School. Here’s a full list of winners:

Boot Camp Awards

Faculty Participation Award 2nd Place – Weare Middle School
Faculty Participation Award 1st Place – Crescent Lake School
Diversity Award 2nd Place- Weare Middle School
Diversity Award 1st Place – Lyme School
Inclusiveness Award 2nd Place – North Hampton School (Large School)
Inclusiveness Award 2nd Place – St. Thomas Aquinas School  (Small School)
Inclusiveness Award 1st Place – Lyme Middle School (Large School)
Inclusiveness Award 1st Place – Errol Consolidated School (Small School)

Finals Awards

Middle School 2nd Place – Lyme School
Middle School 1st Place – Keene Middle School ($500 grant)
High School 2nd Place – Londonderry High School
High School 1st Place – Academy for Science and Design ($500 grant)

Governor’s Award

The Lyme School ($2,000 grant)


Ski season has officially started, y’all

It’s that time of year again: ski resorts across the Twin States are opening their doors to kick off the 2017-18 season.


Stowe Mountain Resort shared a few photos on Instagram (above) commemorating today’s opening. The account previously had featured photos of the mountain’s snowmaking efforts in the lead-up to Friday.

Killington Resort, which began making snow about two weeks ago and opened in the middle of last week, has received the OK to proceed with the women’s World Cup, which will be held at the ski area over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-26.

The International Ski Federation on Thursday gave the resort “the official snow control notice, which confirms the slalom and giant slalom racing will go on as planned.” The announcement also assures race teams and fans that the competition will take place, according to a local roundup brief published in today’s Valley News.

Woodstock’s Suicide Six, set to open on Monday, Dec. 18, will round out ski-area openings in Vermont.


Per its website, the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme Center will open on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Mount Sunapee Resort, meanwhile, is gearing up to open on Wednesday, Nov. 22, according to a Facebook post.

And Storrs Hill Ski Area in Lebanon is readying for its season opening, though no official date has been set. In a news release posted to its Facebook page on Thursday, the ski area announced it has finished the installation of stainless steel tracks on its 25- and 50-meter ski jumps, completing the first phase of a project that began earlier this year. The project’s second phase, which will include a final grade for the landing hills, is expected to begin in the spring. The new ski jump tracks put the Lebanon Outing Club, which operates the ski area, one step closer to offering year-round training, according to an August Valley News story. Read the release below.