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Twin States discuss health care access issues
07-21-2024 4:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WINDSOR — Two events in the Upper Valley this week highlighted the challenges facing rural health care systems in the Twin States, along with a tentative step forward in making that care sustainable. On Monday evening, about 30 people gathered in the...

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Residents question Hartford’s payout to former superintendent
07-19-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — Community members peppered the School Board with questions about the recent departure of and severance payment to former Superintendent Tom DeBalsi at a special meeting on Thursday night, yet most of the questions remained unanswered.After...


Hartford to pay DeBalsi through June 2025
07-15-2024 7:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — Former Hartford Superintendent Tom DeBalsi will receive his full salary through June 30, 2025, despite departing a year before the end of his contract, the School Board announced last week.Over 12 months, DeBalsi will receive $210,214.65 in...


Upper Valley communities say Supreme Court ruling won’t change approach to homelessness
07-12-2024 6:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing communities to arrest and fine people for sleeping outside in public spaces has drawn the ire of Upper Valley social services providers and skepticism from local law enforcement and municipal...


Hartford Selectboard OKs first banner project honoring veterans
07-08-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — After a lengthier and more contentious process than its organizers expected, a project to honor Hartford veterans and first responders is soliciting applications after receiving a green light from the Selectboard last month.The “Hartford...


Hartford superintendent resigns one year early
07-04-2024 3:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — Hartford Superintendent Tom DeBalsi resigned from his position last week, a year before his contract was to end on June 30, 2025, the School District announced in a Wednesday news release. Caty Sutton, previously Hartford’s director of...


Hanover co-op seeks to transform Lyme Road market to commercial kitchen
07-02-2024 7:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society is seeking town approval to convert the Lyme Road Co-op Food Store into a commercial kitchen to make prepared food for its other retail locations.The small market just north of the roundabout at...


Dartmouth graduate student union reaches contract deal with college
06-30-2024 6:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — After nearly a year of negotiating and a 60-day strike, Dartmouth College and its graduate student union have reached their first contract agreement.Union members voted Friday evening to ratify the contract.The contract marks the conclusion...


Traveler potentially infectious with measles while visiting Hanover
06-29-2024 11:44 AM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — An international traveler who visited Hanover in June subsequently tested positive for measles, according to New Hampshire public health officials. While there are currently no confirmed cases of measles in New Hampshire, state health...


Dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters won’t be charged for trespassing on Dartmouth Green
06-27-2024 6:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER —Hanover Police prosecutor Mariana Pastore has decided against filing criminal trespass charges against at least 28 of the people arrested during a pro-Palestinian demonstration on the Dartmouth Green last month, according to paperwork she...


State finds potentially harmful chemicals in two Hartford school buildings
06-26-2024 8:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — The School District is working with an environmental consultant to identify the sources of and limit exposures to potentially dangerous chemical contamination state air quality testing identified this spring in 28 rooms in the Hartford High...


New Woodstock middle and high school project on hold indefinitely
06-25-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WOODSTOCK — The Mountain Views School District Board met last week to finalize a date for a September bond vote to fund the repair or replacement of Woodstock’s middle and high school buildings. By the time the meeting adjourned, the board had decided...


Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center nurses end union campaign
06-24-2024 7:15 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

LEBANON — For the third time since 2008, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center nurses have ended a unionization campaign before holding an election.The Dartmouth Nurses Alliance, the organizational face of the organizing effort, announced on social media...


Upper Valley has its share of day-drinking destinations
06-21-2024 8:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

LEBANON — One of the simple pleasures of summer can be enjoying an afternoon cocktail after a game of golf, bike ride, or other warm-weather adventure.It’s the season, in other words, for outdoor day drinking.If the Upper Valley isn’t exactly a hotbed...


Dangerous heat to linger in Upper Valley for days
06-17-2024 7:02 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

LEBANON— A period of extreme heat is bearing down on the Upper Valley, with temperatures expected to reach into the upper 90s this week and heat index values exceeding 100 degrees.The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon...


Woodstock Class of ’24 ready to explore the wider world
06-15-2024 9:46 AM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WOODSTOCK — With an eruption of bright green mortarboards, the class of 2024 celebrated its graduation inside Union Arena Friday evening.“Your world is as big as you make it,” Principal Gavin Small told the graduates.Woodstock may be a small-town...


Conservation groups raise concerns about Mt. Sunapee Resort's parking lot plans
06-14-2024 8:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

NEWBURY, N.H. — Conservation groups are raising concerns about a plan to expand parking at the Mt. Sunapee Ski Resort, the mountain’s aging wastewater system and the potential contamination of Lake Sunapee.Vail Resorts, which leases the ski area from...


Town seeks input on Brownsville master plan
06-13-2024 6:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WEST WINDSOR — The town, in partnership with the Mount Ascutney Regional Commission, will host a “community conversation” Saturday morning to gather input from residents on a master plan for revitalizing the village of Brownsville.Saturday’s public...


Hartland voters approve $11 million school budget
06-12-2024 6:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTLAND — In a third round of balloting on Tuesday, residents approved an $11 million school budget, 630-438. This marks the second time this year Hartland voters have approved a school budget, albeit this time by a much larger margin.The budget...


New Hartford middle school dean of students seeks to repair relationships
06-11-2024 6:32 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — As the school year comes to a close on Thursday, parents and students continue to express frustration with disruptions to learning at Hartford Memorial Middle School.The behavioral challenges continue even though the district has made...


Protests of president punctuate rainy graduation for Dartmouth’s Class of ’24
06-09-2024 8:12 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — The Dartmouth Green was the scene of celebration and defiance Sunday morning as the college awarded degrees to more than 2,000 graduates during a commencement ceremony held under rainy skies.Swiss tennis great Roger Federer, the commencement...

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