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#tbt, Dartmouth bonfire style

In case you missed it, earlier this month the college announced changes to this year’s bonfire in order to respond to safety concerns from the town of Hanover. This year’s Dartmouth bonfire is scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 26.

tbt to 1911, via the instagram for The Dartmouth student newspaper

And tbt to 2017, via Charles Hatcher for the Valley News

John Brady, left, a staff supervisor for the annual homecoming bonfire build at Dartmouth College, hammers in a nail as Cam Wright, center, a freshman at Dartmouth, holds a ladder in place and Christian Murray, also a freshman, sets a nail on Friday, Oct. 5, 2017, at the college in Hanover, N.H. Wright and Murray said it will be their first year helping out with and experiencing the annual bonfire. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

#tbt: The injured robin named Bird adopted by Dartmouth photographers in 1968

Here’s my new favorite entry to the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram. (For anyone keeping track, this was my previous favorite.)

Known simply as Bird, a wounded robin has been adopted by the Dartmouth Photo Bureau staff in Hanover, N.H., on June 27, 1968. Bureau secretary Irna Assura made an improvised wing sling to help it heal. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

A wounded robin adopted by the Dartmouth Photo Bureau staff in Hanover, N.H., on June 27, 1968, has taken to making noises like a sparrow due to the excessing number of sparrows that surround her new environment. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

At feeding time, a healing robin adopted by the Dartmouth Photo Bureau staff in Hanover, N.H., on June 27, 1968, will flit on the bellows of the studio camera for an afternoon nap and even become indignant when asked to move by photographer Al Olson. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Separate but kinda somewhat related …

I’ve been having an issue at my house this fall where sparrows are flying headfirst into my windows. One died, one flew away and one survived but was injured, so I brought that little buddy to VINS in Quechee.

While I was there, a VINS staff person told me about these mostly-transparent decals you can stick onto your windows to deter birds from crashing into them.

Apparently they are much more visible to birds than they are to us because of some kind of ultraviolet technology.

And they’re not necessarily needed year-round. The VINS staff person told me that they are particularly needed/effective at this time of year because it’s migration season.

Anyway, if you’re having a similar problem and you wanna try to save some birds, the stickers are available for sale at VINS and I have seen them at local businesses, as well. Brands include WindowAlert and Whispering Windows.

Wondering what it looks like? This is my window that has the stickers on it:

WRJ’s newest grocery store … in 1964

Find more Upper Valley throwbacks at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram. !!!!!

During A&P Supermarket’s grand opening, shoppers take advantage of the many sale specials and to get a first hand look at its up-to-date facilities at the corner of Gates and Main Streets in White River Junction, Vt., on Sept. 23, 1964. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

#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.

When Maxfield Parrish was the oldest person in Plainfield

Oops, I’m a day late cross-posting our Instagram #tbt to UV INDEX, but I guess that makes it a #fbf?

In any case, you can always find more at the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram.

Plainfield’s oldest citizen is 93-year-old artist Maxfield Parrish, who was presented the Boston Post gold-headed cane by the selectmen on Sept. 28, 1963. Parrish, center, chats with Selectman Joseph Meyette, left, and Vernon Hood. The town’s third selectman, Palmer C. Read, was unable to be present. (Valley News – Fran Weiss) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.