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A Life: Warren Johnston, a ‘true Southern gentleman,’ was ‘soft spoken and slow to anger’
06-09-2024 5:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

SOUTH ROYALTON — After four years of newspapering in Las Vegas, Warren Johnston was ready for a change of scenery.Scenery being the optimum word. Johnston and his wife, Sandy, had in mind a place with more trees than asphalt and a night sky not lit in...

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Kenyon: How much do Upper Valley landlords have to raise rents to stay in business?
07-19-2024 8:00 PM

By JIM KENYON

With all of her wheeling and dealing this summer, real estate investor and developer Jolin Kish seems bent on turning Hanover into her personal Monopoly board.Kish started by selling four of her residential properties on West Wheelock Street to...


Kenyon: Why not keep Carter Country Club just the way it is?
07-12-2024 7:31 PM

By JIM KENYON

A day seldom passes this summer when Matt Malloy, collector of greens fees/scheduler of tee times/bartender at Carter Country Club, doesn’t have a golfer asking him what the future holds for Lebanon’s century-old course.“A lot of people still think...


Kenyon: Readers chip in so Claremont girls can attend summer camp
07-05-2024 7:30 PM

By JIM KENYON

During a visit to the summer day camp run by a southern Windsor County YMCA on Wednesday morning, I talked with Ashley Denofrio’s 11-year-old niece.I asked her what she’d be doing, if not attending camp.“I’d be home, probably sleeping,” she said....


Kenyon: Prosecutor’s approach to Dartmouth protesters’ cases raises more questions
06-28-2024 8:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

This week, Ian Struckhoff learned he won’t be prosecuted for standing on the Dartmouth Green during a peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstration one night last month.Forgive Struckhoff, 45, if he doesn’t feel like celebrating. The criminal trespass charge...


Kenyon: As Claremont woman stepped up for nieces, NH quickly stepped away
06-21-2024 6:46 PM

By JIM KENYON

In March, Ashley Denofrio agreed to become the court-appointed legal guardian for her two nieces in hopes of bringing much-needed stability to their lives.As Denofrio has learned, however, the state of New Hampshire isn’t big on providing the...


Kenyon: Common sense could yet prevail in Dartmouth trespassing cases
06-14-2024 8:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

In a way, I feel sorry for Hanover police prosecutor Mariana Pastore. Dartmouth President Sian Leah Beilock has put her in a tough spot.The day is fast approaching when Pastore must declare whether she’s moving forward with criminal charges against 87...


Kenyon: Who Dartmouth considers worthy of honor
06-07-2024 7:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

I can think of 92 reasons why graduates at Dartmouth College’s 2024 commencement ceremony on Sunday might want to walk out in protest.The first 91 are easy to identify. It’s the number of people, including 67 students and five staff members, President...


Kenyon: By charging for after school program, CCBA loses sight of its mission
05-24-2024 7:30 PM

By JIM KENYON

In the end, what choice did Jim Vanier have, really? He could have continued drawing a paycheck by looking after and mentoring kids at the Carter Community Building in downtown Lebanon as he’s done for more than 50 years. But it would have meant...


Kenyon: Vermont’s leading Civil War historian finally gets his degree
05-17-2024 7:00 PM

By JIM KENYON

On a bitter cold February night in 1963, Howard Coffin packed his cardboard suitcase and walked to U.S. Route 5 in the village of Lyndonville, Vt., where he stuck out his thumb to hitch a ride home to Woodstock.“A trucker came by and picked me up,”...


Kenyon: Constitutional rights should trump Dartmouth’s private interests
05-10-2024 7:46 PM

By JIM KENYON

Andrew Tefft wasn’t inside a tent on the Dartmouth College Green. He hadn’t locked arms with protesters who had formed a circle around the short-lived encampment. The 45-year-old Hanover native didn’t have a pro-Palestinian sign.Still within 30...


Kenyon: Dartmouth shows it has no patience for peaceful protest
05-03-2024 7:43 PM

By JIM KENYON

Under the cover of darkness, 20 New Hampshire State Police storm troopers in full riot gear marched in a single row across the Dartmouth Green, where hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters were peacefully chanting their opposition to the war in Gaza...


Kenyon: What makes Dartmouth different?
04-26-2024 7:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

Under sunny skies and (slightly) warmer temperatures, Dartmouth students flocked to the college’s quintessential campus Green this week. They left their camping gear behind, though.They didn’t join the masses of students at other elite colleges across...


Kenyon: Hanover stalls on police records request
04-19-2024 7:35 PM

By JIM KENYON

The town of Hanover’s website says its police reports are available to the public, but the chief “reserves the right to control the release of all department records.” That’s not the way the New Hampshire Right-to-Know law is intended to work.Under...


Kenyon: Dartmouth alumni join union-busting effort
04-16-2024 8:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

Dartmouth President Sian Leah Beilock has made it clear the college views its men’s basketball players — and their recent historic vote to unionize — as a threat to ….Fill in the blank.The college’s bottom line? The status quo? The misconception that...


Kenyon: Dismas House celebrates 10 years of fresh starts in Hartford
04-12-2024 9:02 PM

By JIM KENYON

Over the last decade, more than 150 men have found their way to the two-story, early 1900s clapboard house with a wrap-around front porch in Hartford Village. Some stay only a few months. Others for a year or longer.But their reasons for wanting to...


Kenyon: Parker up for parole after 23 years in prison
04-05-2024 6:00 PM

By JIM KENYON

In less than two weeks, Jim Parker should know whether the state of New Hampshire agrees that after 23 years of incarceration he’s earned the right to re-enter society.Parker’s hearing before the state Adult Parole Board is scheduled for April 18 at...


Kenyon: Legal wrangling continues in Dartmouth trespassing case
03-29-2024 7:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

The trial of two Dartmouth College student-activists arrested on campus while peacefully supporting the plight of Palestinians in the Israel-Hamas war isn’t expected to resume for a couple of months.Still the case is far from dormant.Both sides —...


Kenyon: Recent developments
03-22-2024 9:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

In talking with people while following up on a couple of recent columns, new developments emerged. Some were more surprising than others. With apologies to “Saturday Night Live,” here’s my Weekend Update: Waiting pays offJennifer Kahn’s wage dispute...


Kenyon: Karp’s Klassic youth basketball tournament resumes in new location
03-19-2024 4:45 PM

By JIM KENYON

It’s mud season and Paul Karp is back where he belongs: In the far corner of a basketball gym with his “bible,” watching hundreds of kids play in the end-of-winter recreational tournament that bears his name. After a two-year hiatus due to the...


A Life: Al Pristaw ‘always did what good neighbors do’
03-16-2024 7:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

WOODSTOCK — Al Pristaw was the ultimate doer.After Riverside Mobile Home Park was swamped by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, Pristaw and another park resident, Nelson Gilman, pushed a wheelbarrow filled with donated orange juice, bread and eggs...

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