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Woodstock voters to decide fate of new short-term rental ordinance
07-22-2024 7:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WOODSTOCK — Voters in both the town and village will consider whether to overturn new identical ordinances governing short-term rentals in each jurisdiction during two separate Special Town Meetings next week.A “no” vote upholds the ordinances that...

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Upper Valley health care providers, businesses disrupted by tech outages
07-19-2024 5:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LEBANON — Upper Valley emergency service agencies, health care providers and businesses felt the impact of a global internet outage that started early Friday morning.Around 9 a.m., Dartmouth Health reported that its “locations are experiencing a...


Microbrewery proposes tasting room for downtown Enfield
07-18-2024 7:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD VILLAGE — A new microbrewery could be coming to downtown Enfield within the next year.The Planning Board will hear a proposal for converting a building that previously housed a laundromat on Main Street into a microbrewery at its Wednesday...


Lebanon halts paving of Miracle Mile due to asphalt mistake
07-17-2024 5:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LEBANON — A paving project on Miracle Mile will have to be restarted after a contractor applied the wrong asphalt on the roadway.City officials called for using “virgin asphalt” to pave the roughly 1¼-mile stretch of Route 4.“The products applied had...


A Life: Susan Finer ‘was about making it possible for other people to shine’
07-14-2024 7:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

NORWICH — In 1993, then-principal Susan Finer interviewed a recent college graduate for a job teaching home economics at Hanover’s Richmond Middle School.That recent graduate, Anissa Morrison, of Tunbridge, got the job, which was her first teaching...


Access spotty for summer meals in the Upper Valley
07-12-2024 5:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LEBANON — The Lebanon Public Library provides myriad services for Upper Valley residents from craft groups to concerts to free internet access.This summer, they’re adding another function: a site for caregivers to pick up five days’ worth of breakfast...


New laws to protect New Hampshire’s covered bridges
07-10-2024 7:46 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

CORNISH — Upper Valley lawmakers and police officers hope two new laws will help protect New Hampshire’s covered bridges from oversized vehicles.HB 1457-FN will increase the fines for motorists who damage covered bridges to $1,000 for a first offense;...


I-91 construction detour gets mixed reception in Fairlee
07-08-2024 5:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — In the months since construction on Interstate 91 has diverted traffic to Route 5 in downtown Fairlee, Jan Neil has noticed new faces at her business, Jan’s Fairlee Diner.“We’ve had several customers coming in, saying they’ve passed through,...


Out & About: Norwich Historical Society’s talking tour features the town’s ‘unsung women’
07-05-2024 5:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

NORWICH — A few years ago, Norwich Historical Society Director Sarah Rooker searched a 1909 Norwich history book for the word “she.” Rooker’s electronic search brought back three results from the roughly 300-page volume that has since been digitized:...


Treatment seeks to prevent algae blooms in Lake Morey
06-28-2024 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — When Smith Reed and his wife, Ginny, were looking for a lake to live on around 15 years ago, Lake Morey stood out. “We wanted to find a lake that had clear water,” Reed said. “The water quality has been excellent.” In recent years, however,...


Out & About: Library puzzle contests aim to bring in new patrons
06-28-2024 4:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WINDSOR — Those who like jigsaw puzzles — and have an appetite for friendly competition — should consider taking part in a team contest at the Windsor Public Library.The Great Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge, scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Monday, July 15,...


Upper Valley communities turn to lasers, drones to celebrate Fourth
06-26-2024 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

SUNAPEE — Fourth of July light displays will be a little different in a several Upper Valley towns this summer.Sunapee and Lebanon are using lights instead of pyrotechnics to celebrate Independence Day, and Claremont and Woodstock have switched the...


Enfield rejects appeals of approvals for housing development
06-20-2024 2:29 AM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — The Zoning Board of Adjustment denied two appeals to variances they approved for the proposed Laramie Farms housing project.During a public comment period following Tuesday night’s votes, residents took ZBA members to task for approving the...


Warm-wishes, good humor and a mascot mark Mascoma Class of 2024 commencement
06-15-2024 9:47 AM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WEST CANAAN — Members of Mascoma Valley Regional High School’s Class of 2024 bestowed three parting gifts for their school during their graduation ceremony Friday night: The first were lilac bushes to start a garden they hoped future classes would add...


Out & About: Windsor church gets designation ‘of significance’
06-14-2024 6:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WINDSOR — Around the turn of the 19th century, a young architect and builder arrived in Windsor to oversee the construction of Old South Church.More than 200 years later, the few years that Asher Benjamin, who later became a famous architect, spent in...


With pollinators in mind, garden clubs help lead shift to native perennial plantings
06-14-2024 4:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

HANOVER — Walk by the Nugget Theater in downtown Hanover and it’s hard not to notice the flower beds that pull together the area where people regularly meet for ice cream and conversation.The flower beds — which members of the Hanover Garden Club have...


Woodstock Village approves ordinance regulating use of public spaces
06-12-2024 6:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WOODSTOCK VILLAGE — Residents voted to uphold a new ordinance that governs use of public spaces in Woodstock Village, including the Village Green, during a Special Town Meeting Tuesday night.There were 62 residents who voted against getting rid of the...


Out & About: Study finds red squirrel expansion threatens songbirds
06-07-2024 5:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

NORWICH — Red squirrels can usually be found where northern hardwood forests meet stands of spruce and fir, habitat that enables the small mammals to stock up on their preferred food of cones and American beechnuts, among other tree seeds.But in years...


Woodstock Village ordinance regulating events on public land goes to voters
06-05-2024 7:00 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WOODSTOCK VILLAGE — Residents will vote on whether to uphold an ordinance that dictates the use of public spaces in Woodstock Village — including the Village Green — during a Special Town Meeting Tuesday.The in-person meeting will take place at 5:30...


Strafford voters narrowly reject plan to renovate Town Office building
06-04-2024 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

STRAFFORD — Residents rejected a plan to renovate and expand Strafford’s Town Office building in Australian ballot voting on Monday.The proposal failed by 16 votes, with 205 opposed and 189 in favor of committing up to $1 million to fix up the...


Trail connecting Rivendell schools behind on maintenance
05-31-2024 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ORFORD — Maintenance challenges and issues with private landowners mean that about a quarter of the 36-mile Cross Rivendell Trail is closed and the people who care about it are pondering its future.The trail was first founded about 25 years ago as a...

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