Upper Valley

Facing a projected operating loss of $2.6 million, New Hampshire's Colby-Sawyer College says it will "restructure" and lay off 18 employees. College President Sue Stuebner says seven faculty members and 11 staffers at the New London college received notice Monday. Another 11 learned their hours will be modified and more than a dozen who are leaving won't be replaced. The Valley News reports Stuebner attributes the current year's operating loss to recent fluctuation in Colby-Sawyer's...

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The CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock says he will step down when his contract expires next June. A spine surgeon by training, James Weinstein has led the state’s largest health care system since 2011. During that time, he’s had to navigate both local and national challenges, including the arrival of the Affordable Care Act. “The past five years have been ones of exciting and sometimes challenging change in health care,” says Weinstein in a statement posted to the hospital’s website. “D-H is on a...

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Although you would be hard-pressed to find a palm tree or a kalua pig roast in New Hampshire, there are a plethora of ukulele opportunities in the Granite State. The uke is a four-string member of the lute family, and originated in Hawaii in the 19 th century, an adaptation of the Portuguese machete. According to Hawaiian lore, the name means "the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come). The Upper Valley Ukulele Club meets bi-weekly at the Howe...

For the 5 percent of Vermonters who do not identify as white, finding a barber who has experience with a diversity of hair textures is challenging. But a barber contracted by Dartmouth College to cut hair for students of color is making a difference.

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Dartmouth College officials say a second private well near a Hanover farm where contaminated laboratory animals were buried in the 1960s and 1970s has tested positive for a toxic chemical believed to have migrated from the site.

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is opening a new gallery space on Main Street in Hanover on September 16 th . The museum itself is closed until 2019 while it undergoes a major expansion project, but Director John Stomberg and his staff came up with a way to keep the Hood engaged in the community.

A Dartmouth hazardous waste burial site has contaminated the ground water near a Hanover neighborhood. Those chemicals are now on the move, and at least one family’s drinking water has been affected.

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A New Hampshire hospital is working to revaccinate hundreds of children after discovering that its vaccines were stored at inconsistent temperatures. State public health officials have said the affected vaccines from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon aren't harmful but might have lost some potency. That means they could provide less immunity to disease. The problem occurred over the course of 14 months, from September 2014 to October 2015. The hospital offered to revaccinate 827...

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 . Classes won’t start until r enovations are complete next spring, but business and government leaders already see the college as a spur for further economic development.

As the fall college term gets underway, some Upper Valley students are finding themselves in limbo. That’s because they had enrolled in New Hampshire’s Lebanon College, only to find out without warning that their school was closing. The private community college in the heart of a revitalized business district stunned faculty and students last month. That’s when it posted a notice on its website regretting that it had to “minimize operations and cancel all Fall 2014 classes.” Chairman of the...

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There’s an experiment beginning in the Upper Valley: three communities are in the midst of a blitz attempting to double the number of solar panels in their towns. It’s called Solarize Upper Valley, and it’s being kicked off this week. Plainfield and Cornish, combined, have fewer than 4,000 residents, but a pretty sizable number of them are considering forking over around eighteen grand to put solar panels on their roofs. The night of the kickoff event, the main street of Plainfield, was on...

Home destroyed by Hurricane Irene.
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When Hurricane Irene struck the Upper Valley in 2011, The Upper Valley Haven , an emergency shelter in White River Junction, was there to help those who had lost their homes. Al Carbonneau and his family were among those displaced. "The flood waters were ankle deep in my driveway. My wife decided to pack up the animals and head out." Carbonneau had been volunteering at The Haven before the hurricane, and never expected to be in a position where he would need to use its services. When they...

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The new president of Dartmouth College says progress is being made on two pressing campus safety issues: high-risk drinking and sexual assault. Philip Hanlon, who was inaugurated in September, told faculty members this week that the number of students treated for extreme intoxication --blood alcohol content above .25 percent--dropped from 80 in 2011 to 31 last year. Just five were treated this fall, compared to 29 in the fall of 2010. He also described efforts to train students to intervene...

Home destroyed by Hurricane Irene.
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When Hurricane Irene struck the Upper Valley in 2011, The Upper Valley Haven , an emergency shelter in White River Junction, was there to help those who had lost their homes. Al Carbonneau and his family were among those displaced. "The flood waters were ankle deep in my driveway. My wife decided to pack up the animals and head out." Carbonneau had been volunteering at The Haven before the hurricane, and never expected to be in a position where he would need to use its services. When they...

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Professionals who dream of changing careers and becoming teachers have been doing so with the help of the Upper Valley Educators Institute since 1969. Jennifer Thompson had been interested in becoming a teacher for more than a decade. During her undergraduate studies, she worked with other students as a teaching assistant. "I was thinking it would be a good profession for me, but it would've taken a long time to earn my teaching certification," she says. So she instead become an editor, and...

Opportunities and Drawbacks for Upper Valley Startups

Jul 9, 2012

Every part of New Hampshire has been affected by the ups and downs of the economy, but not every region has felt the effects in the same way. Thats been especially true in New Hampshires Upper Valley when home prices were dropping and jobs were scarce, Upper Valley communities and employers managed to hold on for a while, anyway. Reporter Amanda Loder of StateImpact New Hampshire is looking at each region of the state for her economic series, Getting By, Getting Ahead . She joins All Things...

Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley

Jan 28, 2012
Cheryl Senter, NHPR

Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley pairs trained volunteers with new parents to help them with day to day needs after a childs birth. Ruths story is the mother of four, including triplets. Sally Wood is a Good Beginnings volunteer. RUTH: When I found out I was expecting triplets I figured I would need some help, so I contacted Good Beginnings. They set me up with Sally, my volunteer. My family, my parents and my sisters all live in Ireland. My husbands family are from St. Louis, Missouri. So...