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How to keep your pot plants safe from thieves and other important things you might have missed this week

Hi, friends! Welcome to this week’s ICYMI roundup, where we bring you all the fun, funky things that happened this week in the UV and beyond. Let’s do it!

  • A Newport, Vt., resident is raising the alarm after his pot plants allegedly were stolen from his yard. Police say this trend is likely to continue in the wake of July’s legalization, and WCAX has some tips on how you can keep your plants safe.
  • A new study says all alcohol, even the occasional drink or two, actually is terrible for you. Womp womp.
  • Londonderry, N.H., Town Manager Kevin Smith and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu came through for the people this week when they urged Market Basket stores to change the placement of their deli price labels. The men said the labels’ previous placement, which wrapped across the top of the bag the cold cuts are packed in, was prone to ripping the bags upon trying to open them. See Sununu’s proud post-change selfie with a half-pound of Land O’Lakes white American cheese here.
  • Two bagel shops in Montreal and Burlington, respectively, did a bit of finger-pointing (kinda like this) this week, after an article by food website Eater Montreal flagged the fact that the Burlington bakery’s logo looked suspiciously similar to Montreal’s. What gives? Don’t fret: The good folks at Seven Days got to the bottom of the international mystery.
  • Sunapee resident Hazel Nilson celebrated a big birthday on Tuesday. The longtime Cubs fan turned 110 years old this week. Happy birthday, Hazel!
  • Tuesday also was the one-year anniversary of the 2017 solar eclipse, which, as you may recall, was so enthralling that it totally eclipsed all productivity at the Valley News. (To be fair, Valley News staffers weren’t the only ones with their eyes on the skies last August: The Washington Post recently reported that the eclipse was one of the most-watched events in American history. A whopping 216 million American adults watched the eclipse in some way.)

That’s what I know! Did I miss something? Tell me below!

Sunapee woman secures international martial arts victory

Instructor Brent Baker watches Amelia Gallup, of Sunapee, N.H., practice at Rising Sun Martial Arts in Newport, N.H., on March 28, 2018. Baker has been coaching Gallup since she was six-years-old. (Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

How awesome is this?

Amelia Gallup went to the United States Association of Martial Arts Grand Internationals tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., earlier this month and returned a champion.

The Sunapee resident and Keene State College graduate is the first woman in 20 years to win the tournament’s grand championship in empty hands forms, a discipline that emphasizes etiquette and fluidity of motion. (She also was the highest scorer among all age groups and both genders.) She defeated fighter Callen Kittell to take the title.

Valley News reporter Jared Pendak has the full story, which you can read here.

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.

VERMONT

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.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

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.

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.

Grantham

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
www.dunbarlibrary.org
603-863-2172

Lyme

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
lines.
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

Sunapee

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.

NEWS ALERT
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.