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Video: Loon in Lyme unlocked (from icy pond) by Land Trust

Almost had all the alliteration!

A loon in warmer times. (Concord Monitor – Elodie Reed)

Check out this video posted by the Upper Valley Land Trust, showing land stewards breaking up the ice for a loon stuck in a small patch of open water on Pout Pond in Lyme. According to the trust, loons need about 200 yards of open water to take off, so breaking up the ice was essentially like building the loon a little runway.

As the trust says, “here’s hoping the loon takes advantage of their hard work!”

Places to get warm, charge your phone following today’s widespread power outages

Gabriel Bates, 13, of Canaan, N.H., walks with his drink from Canaan Village Pizza to dry land on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Canaan, N.H. An overnight storm caused the Indian River to flood. Gabriel’s dad works at Canaan Village Pizza and was helping deal with the flooding. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Cross-posting these announcements from town officials below. If you know of anything else that should be on this list, email me at mcassidy@vnews.com. Click here to read the Valley News’ full reporting on power outages, flooding, blocked roads, etc.


The Dunbar Free Library is open today until 7:30PM and we have phone, heat, power, Wi-Fi and coffee (compliments of the Friends, donations welcome). We still plan to be open for “town wide trick-or-treating” tomorrow from 5:30-7PM, so drop in and watch the costume parade from a warm spot!

Dawn Huston, Director
Dunbar Free Library
PO box 1580
401 Rte. 10 South
Grantham, NH 03753


Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:17:24 -0400
From: EOC Lyme <lymeeoc@LYMENH.GOV>
Subject: Weather event 10/29-10/30/2017

*The Lyme Emergency Operations Center is monitoring* the current situation
which continues secondary to loss of power for about 301 residences. Both
NH Electrical Coop and Eversource customers are affected. The power outages
involve a wide area involving NH, Massachusetts and Maine. The power
companies expect a multi day response. Winds and possible rain are still
expected this afternoon.

Dorchester Rd is passable after High Street but please do not violate the
road block at Lyme Inn.
Dorchester Road is one lane in the #420-500 area secondary to downed power
River Road South has downed trees on wires as does River Rd north above
East Thetford
Pout Pond is blocked by fallen tree.

For those of you *without power and no generators* the Dowd Country Inn and
private residences have offered warmth and shelter, thank you for your
hospitality. You may call me for further information at 795-4457 if you
have questions.
For those of you *with generators* please make sure you have adequate fuel
and run those generators with adequate ventilation. That goes for kerosene
heaters as well.

*Lastly* the barriers that have been erected around active power lines are
not meant to be used as an obstacle course to maneuver around. Severe
injuries including death can be sustained if you mess with a live wire. Be
safe. Margaret

Margaret Caudill-Slosberg
Emergency Management Director
Town of Lyme


The Abbott Library has power and heat! If you need to warm up, check your email or charge your electrical devices, please stop by! Tell your friends and neighbors too! Also, please see the notice below from the Sunapee Police Department. Thank you and stay safe.

The Sunapee Police and Sunapee Fire Departments are aware that there are Sunapee residents still without power after Sunday’s storm. If you, or anyone you know, is in need of a warm place or an opportunity to take a warm shower, please call or stop by the Sunapee Safety Services building. The building is open to residents to get warm and use the facilities. We realize that due to power outages, residents may not be getting these messages so please help us by directing someone you know who is still without power to the Safety Services building for anything we can help with. Please call 763-5555.

The Sunapee Police & Fire Departments are proud to serve our community.

Vermont National Guard

Vermont State Emergency Operations Center
October 31, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Contact: Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS, 802-839-6717

Vermont National Guard armories open for those without electric service

WATERBURY, VT – The Vermont National Guard is opening the doors to some of its armories to allow the public to charge their cell phones, access running water and toilets, and warm up.

The facilities are now open and will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday:

99 Fairground Rd., Bradford
134 Pearl St., Enosburg Falls
4 Overlook Dr., Lyndonville
45 Farr Ave., Morrisville
18 Fairfield St., St. Albans
13 Ferris St., Swanton
23 Armory Ln., Westminster

Overnight Red Cross shelters will also open later today. Locations will be announced when plans are finalized.

The Vermont State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains staffed to assist with wind storm recovery.

Cute cub population grows at the bear sanctuary in Lyme

Several bear cubs have been rescued by wildlife officials in Vermont in recent weeks after turning up malnourished in resident’s yards. (Courtesy photograph – Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)

From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department:

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has worked with multiple conservation partners to rescue several bear cubs in recent weeks. These cubs, who were born during a particularly high birth year last spring, are showing up malnourished in residential areas due to a shortage of wild food supplies in some regions this past fall.


Working in partnership with New Hampshire Fish & Game, the cubs have been delivered to bear rehabilitator Ben Kilham in Lyme, New Hampshire.


Recently a Wardsboro resident contacted the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department after finding a cub under her porch. Department biologists and game wardens evaluated the situation and determined the bear was a rare candidate for rehabilitation. Its health was so poor that it would have died within a few days if they did not intervene.


“We are grateful when concerned citizens report these bears to their local warden, rather than attempting to handle the animal themselves,” said Forrest Hammond, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s lead bear biologist.  “Many people mistakenly think that young animals are in distress and in need of rescue and they sometimes intervene directly, putting their safety and that of the animal at risk.


“In most situations, animals do best when they remain in the wild,” said Hammond.  “However, in rare instances we do come across a bear that trained wildlife professionals are able to help. After a brief period, these bears are quickly and successfully returned to the wild in Vermont.”


Ben Kilham is an internationally recognized bear rehabilitator who has been researching wild bears and caring for them for decades along with his sister and wife.