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Norwich solar debate highlights tension between energy goals and appearances
07-05-2024 6:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

NORWICH — As towns across Vermont are objecting to the arrival of industrial-sized solar projects, Norwich is gearing up in an attempt to keep the large developments from plopping down in its backyard.The Solar Siting Subcommittee, an outgrowth of the...

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Man shot in Tunbridge faces attempted burglary charge
05-30-2024 6:20 AM

By FRANCES MIZE

TUNBRIDGE — Vermont State Police have cited a man who was shot in the legs in Tunbridge last winter to appear in court in June on a charge of attempted burglary.The announcement of the charge to be brought against Hugh Shackleton, made last Friday,...


Vermont Supreme Court to hear Tunbridge trails case
05-27-2024 6:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

TUNBRIDGE — This spring, Tunbridge trail volunteers were inspecting Orchard Trail, favored by bicyclists, before its reopening for summer use. They found their way barred by downed trees.On May 14, the Tunbridge Selectboard unanimously passed a motion...


Land trust hosts tire slicing demo aimed at reducing mosquito population
05-24-2024 5:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

NORWICH — As warmer, wetter weather has engorged Vermont’s mosquito population, a government-owned tire slicer is showing up in Norwich to offer some relief.Old, discarded tires are used by many farmers to weigh down tarps covering feed mounds as they...


Dartmouth faculty censure of Beilock further highlights divide over response to protest
05-21-2024 8:01 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — For weeks, the Dartmouth community has debated President Sian Leah Beilock’s decision to call in police on May 1 to arrest 89 protesters who were in violation of the college’s “time, place and manner” policy that guides demonstrations.On...


Dartmouth faculty censures college president over response to protest
05-20-2024 8:10 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences have voted to censure Dartmouth College President Sian Leah Beilock, publicly rebuking her handling of a pro-Palestinian protest on campus earlier this month.The resolution passed narrowly — 183 to...


Beilock’s leadership divides students; ‘no confidence’ narrowly passes
05-15-2024 3:05 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER – By a slim margin, Dartmouth undergraduate students have voted “no confidence” in President Sian Leah Beilock’s leadership in the wake of a controversial crackdown on pro-Palestinian protesters earlier this month, Dartmouth Student Government...


Homeless Upper Valley couple faces ‘a very tough situation’
05-10-2024 8:01 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

SHARON — With homelessness at record levels in Vermont, an Upper Valley couple’s precarious living situation toppled last month following a trespassing order from the state and complaints from nearby residents.In late March, the couple hired a tow...


Dartmouth administration faces fierce criticism over protest arrests
05-07-2024 8:16 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — Dartmouth President Sian Beilock and college administrators faced pointed criticism at a meeting with faculty on Monday regarding the arrest of 89 students, staff, faculty and community members by police in riot gear at a protest on the...


Dartmouth moves swiftly to stymie demonstration, leads to 90 arrests
05-01-2024 7:21 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — Dartmouth College administrators acted swiftly on Wednesday night when faced with a protest encampment similar to those established on campuses around the country amid unrest over the Israel-Hamas war.At some colleges, demonstrations have...


Dartmouth graduate student-workers go on strike
05-01-2024 4:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — Dartmouth College’s unionized graduate students marked International Workers’ Day by going on strike, leaving classrooms vacant of teaching assistants and research stations empty.“We’re going to be out here all day, every day until what?”...


Colby-Sawyer president announces plan to depart
04-29-2024 5:01 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

NEW LONDON — After eight years at the helm of Colby-Sawyer College, Sue Stuebner will depart in June to take up the mantle as president of Marietta College in Ohio.Under Stuebner’s tenure, Colby-Sawyer’s endowment doubled — from $36 million in 2016 to...


At Dartmouth, hundreds protest ongoing war in Gaza and express support for academic freedom
04-26-2024 11:44 AM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — A uneventful “Gaza Solidarity Rally” drew around 200 students, faculty, staff and community members to the Dartmouth College Green on Thursday evening, where demonstrators called on the college to divest from corporations connected to...


A Life: For Kevin Jones ‘everything was geared toward helping other people succeed’
04-21-2024 5:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

SOUTH ROYALTON — Nicole Lepre, a former student at Vermont Law and Graduate School, told her professor Kevin Jones that she was interested in some of the more nuanced policy related to electric vehicles. “Then Kevin was like, ‘Well, why don’t you help...


Woodstock Aqueduct Company seeks to double water rates
04-19-2024 7:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

WOODSTOCK — As sale talks between the town and the privately-owned Woodstock Aqueduct Co. continue, the utility is proposing to double rates for its customers, drawing the condemnation of the Selectboard.Woodstock Aqueduct provides water for 770...


Lebanon landfill project to convert gas to electricity is delayed and over budget
04-16-2024 7:30 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

LEBANON — With scheduling delays and increased construction prices hindering the city’s effort to convert landfill gas into electricity, public works officials say it’s going to take some more cash to finish the project.The department will be making...


Funding dispute in Haverhill and Woodsville draws comparisons to ‘the North and the South’
04-12-2024 9:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HAVERHILL — At last month’s Town Meeting, Haverhill voters were asked to appropriate $5,000 to a nonprofit that gives backpacks filled with school supplies to New Hampshire children entering foster care.“This is my charity,” said then-Town Manager...


Upper Valley towns seek voice in Wilder Dam’s future
04-09-2024 6:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

WILDER — With the Wilder Dam’s 40-year federal license expiring, Hartford residents and officials are hoping to take advantage of a “once in a lifetime” chance to have a voice in the dam’s future, said Town Manager John Haverstock.The Federal Energy...


Upper Valley farms’ manure piles stack up amid wet weather
04-07-2024 5:05 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

ROYALTON — While many Upper Valley residents have been contending with piles of snow lately, the region’s dairy farmers have been dealing with teetering piles of another kind — livestock poop.At Westland Farm, where Peggy Ainsworth grows sweet...


Mud season on repeat for the Upper Valley’s back roads
04-01-2024 7:32 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

VERSHIRE — Dicey weather and a mud season like something out of the movie Groundhog Day are taking their toll on Upper Valley roads — and exhausting the area’s army of town highway crews.“I’ll tell you what, I’m tired of snow,” said Mark Fogarty, of...


Dartmouth graduate student union stages walkout as bargaining talks falter
03-27-2024 6:56 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — In February, unionized graduate student-workers at Dartmouth decided that if they continued to feel that the college was stalling on contract negotiations, they’d walk off the job.They weren’t bluffing. On Wednesday at noon, more than 150...

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