Upper Valley

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State officials oppose it, but town leaders Norwich are all for it: rebuilding of the Norwich pool dam.

The original dam was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. This week the Norwich Select Board voted unanimously to send a letter to the Agency of Natural Resources that supports the rebuilding of the dam. 

The swimming hole created upstream of the Norwich dam was popular with the community.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is gathering public comment on a plan to mitigate pollution at a long-abandoned copper mine in the Upper Valley Town of Vershire. 

At the hearing in Vershire town offices Tuesday night, about 15 local residents learned about the proposed methodology and cost. There was lively discussion about the extent of environmental damage caused by the defunct Ely mine,but no one questioned the need to keep polluted groundwater from finding its way into drinking water supplies.

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The first affordable housing project for the affluent Upper Valley town of Woodstock was officially opened Tuesday. The Safford Commons project has been a long time coming in an area where demand is high.

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There's a new video web series being shot on the Upper Valley. It’s about two kids who make their sleepy little town instantly infamous.  

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A few years ago, burger lovers and general Vermont food fans started veering off I-89 to find their way to South Royalton for a nosh at Worthy Burger. Shortly after that, the Worthy family expanded with the opening of Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock.

Hopkins Center

A cabaret singer will unearth queer histories at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center Thursday, September 17.

Hartford Police Department

Police are reminding people that ATM machines can be targeted by thieves who install fake card readers to steal information. The latest hit was on a machine at Mascoma Savings Bank, near Route 4 in Hartford.

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All this week, jackhammers have been destroying a small dam on the Wells River in Groton. The dam was built in 1908 to power Groton homes but it’s been useless since it was damaged by the 1927 flood.

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Things are looking up in the Upper Valley city of Lebanon, New Hampshire. A large building in the heart of its retail district left vacant by the abrupt closure of Lebanon College will become a satellite campus for Claremont-based River Valley Community College

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Workers at the Lebanon Co-op Food Store have overwhelmingly rejected a bid to unionize.

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As the state prepares to re-open a controversial shooting range it owns in Hartland, a rift has developed within the Fish and Wildlife Board. One board member says the site is unsafe, but the commissioner strongly disagrees.

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A grocery co-op in the Upper Valley is in turmoil again. The most recent complaints by members of the Food Co-op Stores of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society come in response to the firing of a popular employee.

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A proposal for a 2,000-panel solar development in rural Woodstock has some neighbors upset. The selectboard also has concerns about whether the site is too wet and too scenic for a large solar array.

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A group of musicians in the Upper Valley have created a music streaming site called CaBallBreakeRadio that hopes to give overlooked singers and bands in Vermont and New Hampshire a better chance at being noticed.

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A 27-year-old man recovering from drug addiction will graduate from the Community College of Vermont on Saturday. Wayne Miller originally entered college for all the wrong reasons, but made a dramatic turnaround.

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A bankrupt ski resort in West Windsor could become a year-round haven for outdoor sports.  But first the town, with support from a land trust, has to raise enough money to buy a big chunk of the land. 

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Charity, some say, begins at home. But in Vermont, it’s also being taught in classrooms. At Bradford Elementary School in the Upper Valley, a philanthropy project has yielded bushels of handmade stuffed animals and plenty of empathy.

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Like many small towns in Vermont, Norwich is trying to manage future development to meets the needs of all residents, not just the well-heeled. So town planners are inviting feedback about possible zoning changes in this Upper Valley community.

Town of Norwich

This week the Norwich Planning Commission is hosting two public forums on future development south of the village. The commission is hoping residents will turn out to one of two sessions Tuesday, May 5 to discuss the potential for sustainable development along Route 5 South and  River Road.

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Voters in Fairlee, West Fairlee and Thetford will decide next month whether to finance a new dam over Lake Fairlee. The old one is in bad shape and the owner, a Maine resident, can’t afford to replace it. The re-design process has hit a few snags but community leaders in charge of the project are confident it will go forward.

Engineers warn that if the dam fails, water levels would drop so much so much that lakefront property would border on mud flats.