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Thanks for the memories: UV INDEX says goodbye (for now)

Promotional photos of Maggie Cassidy and Amanda Newman for UV Index in West Lebanon, N.H., on Oct. 26, 2018. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

That’s all they wrote.

And so the quirky, exciting, creative experiment that was UV INDEX has come to an end*.

*At least for now. 

It was fun. It was freeing. And most importantly, it was a true reflection of the Upper Valley.

You might have noticed we’ve been a little quiet over here the past couple months. That’s largely because there have been some pretty big changes in our professional lives. As you might have heard, Maggie recently became the editor of the Valley News, and she’s been busy running the newsroom (and doing a great job of it). After she took the post, we had discussions about how to operate UV INDEX in her absence, and came up with a pretty solid plan for going forward.

Then I received a job offer I couldn’t refuse.

Today is my last day at the Valley News, and this is our last UV INDEX post.

That’s not to say UV INDEX is permanently 6 feet under.

Maggie and I both hope that, with the right mix of contributors, it could be revived in some capacity at some point down the road.

And if you have thoughts on …

  • what you liked
  • what you didn’t like
  • what you wanted to see more of
  • or any ideas about the Valley News in general

… you know who to call … or email. (Hint: It’s Maggie.)

UV INDEX began as a “What if?” hatched by two young, enthusiastic editors over the course of several Gchat conversations.

It started out as a private Tumblr, where we tested the waters and honed our voice. We were over the moon when we received the OK for the site to go live as part of the Valley News‘ family of publications. When UV INDEX officially launched in July 2017, we couldn’t believe the response from the community.

We loved getting tips and ideas for posts and looking at your photographs. We loved interacting with you on social media. We loved telling your stories. We loved running this site.

We’re both extremely proud of UV INDEX, the little microsite that could, and so grateful for the support from you, our readers.

It’s been real, y’all. Thanks. 

R.I.P., old ‘Valley News’ phones

The ‘Valley News’ office’s old phones, tossed aside in favor of newer handsets. (Amanda E. Newman photograph)

The Valley News switched over to a new phone system on Wednesday, which meant the newsroom’s old, simpler desk phones were put out to pasture and replaced by trim, sleek models.

This also meant a room full of journalists had to learn ~on the fly~ how to operate the new phones. (In case you’ve never been in a newsroom, someone is ALWAYS on the phone, and the phone is always ringing. So, things get difficult when you no longer know how to answer calls.)

The transition went something like this:

However, after a quick game of actual office telephone and only a brief moment of panic, we’re now reasonably confident we can both answer the phone when it rings and transfer calls around as needed. Huzzah!

John Gregg definitely got the sunglasses memo

We always knew Valley News News Editor John Gregg was an avid UV INDEX reader, but we didn’t know he was so quick to pick up on trends.

News Editor John Gregg knows about sunglasses.

JK y’all, John actually got his pupils dilated so that he can keep his eyes sharply trained on the Twin States’ politicians! But doesn’t it look like we’re in the middle of an action movie while he and Lebanon reporter Tim Camerato discuss the municipal goings-on of the day? Lebanon sewer, anyone?

RELATED: It’s official: Sunglasses really do make you look better

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UPDATE:

It’s the one-year anniversary of that time we were flowered on Facebook

A screenshot of a screenshot of a GChat conversation, originally courtesy of Maggie, that took place between us one year ago.

A screenshot of a screenshot of a GChat conversation, originally courtesy of Maggie, that took place between us one year ago.

One year ago today, Maggie and I had a GChat conversation in which we reacted to someone’s reaction to a Valley News Facebook post.

That person reacted with a flower.

In case you don’t recall, around Mother’s Day last year Facebook rolled out a temporary new reaction to show gratitude for ya moms: A purple flower.

From a Time article on the reaction:

Facebook users can now react to a post with a flower—along with “like” and the smiling and crying emojis. “In honor of Mother’s Day we are testing the ability for people in a few markets to leave a flower reaction,” Facebook said in a statement.

The flower reaction indicated one was “thankful,” or “grateful,” depending on your platform.

At the time of our conversation a year ago, however, we didn’t know what the heck the flower meant, so we were pretty surprised when it popped up as a reaction on one of the Valley News‘ posts. (Maggie kindly GChatted me to share the news of the reaction.)

As far as we can tell, there is no unique reaction to celebrate this Mother’s Day. 🙁

R.I.P., purple flower. We hardly knew ye.