Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region

New Hampshire's Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region, situated along the Vermont border in the Connecticut River watershed, encompasses the Upper Valley and Lake Sunapee sub-regions.

In the Upper Valley, the communities of Lebanon and Hanover form the heart of the region’s economy.  Lebanon is home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, while Hanover hosts the Ivy League Dartmouth College.  But although they share a regional identity, economically speaking, Lebanon and Hanover are very different. Compared to Lebanon–and the state as a whole–Hanover skews wealthy.  The US Census Bureau has found that while the average household income in New Hampshire is $78,208, the average household income in Hanover is $139,881. Lebanon, meanwhile, reports a lower average income at $69,853.

Despite its prosperity, the Upper Valley faces its own set of challenges.  Affordable housing, for example, can be hard to find for working class and middle-income workers, and pollution in the Connecticut River is also a concern for the area.

The Lake Sunapee region is known primarily for its tourist attractions and outdoor recreation, centered around Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee, though it has a history as a manufacturing district. The outflow of Lake Sunapee, the Sugar River, once powered several paper and textile mills. The departure of these industries has left the economic picture of the region somewhat bleak. In the Sunapee region’s only city, Claremont, average household income is $50,839, well below the state average.

Summary provided in part by StateImpact NH

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Education
2:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Students Sit In At Dartmouth Over Diversity Issues

Prankhurst Hall at Dartmouth College
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About 35 students staged a sit-in in Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon’s office Tuesday. They have been pressuring the College to increase enrollment of black, Latino and Native American students to at least 10 percent each, and to hire more faculty from minority groups. The 70 monetary demands outlined in their “Freedom Budget”  also include sweeping changes in the curriculum, financial aid, and residential life programs.

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Sports
10:46 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Claremont Basketball Star Plays Center For Sweet Sixteen Wildcats

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UPDATE: The Arizona Wildcats defeated San Diego State Thursday night, 70-64, and advanced to the Elite Eight. Tarczewski scored 7 points. He also had two blocks, one rebound and one assist.

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NH News
7:56 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Jury Deliberating In Dartmouth Rape Trial

A jury is deliberating the case of a former Dartmouth College student accused of raping a female student inside her dorm room.

Last May, Hanover police arrested then-20-year-old Parker Gilbert, a freshman from London, on multiple counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. The arrest followed a complaint from a female student who said she was attacked after Gilbert entered her unlocked dorm room.

Parker pleaded not guilty and the defense argued the sexual encounter was consensual. A judge dropped two of the charges this week.

The trial started March 17.

NH News
7:13 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Civil War-Era Claremont Building Up For Auction

A Civil War-era building in Claremont is up for auction.

The 11,000-square-foot Oscar Brown Block was bought from Maine Street Claremont in 2007 by the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation. Renovations were done to the building, and today it houses a restaurant and a barbershop.

Financial troubles including a default on a loan led to the building being put up for sale in December.

The auction was scheduled for Monday.

NH News
2:48 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

N.H. Man Gets 35 To Life For Fatally Shooting Wife

 A judge has sentenced a New Hampshire man to the maximum of 35 years to life in prison for fatally shooting his wife in a jealous rage as their young son slept nearby.

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NH News
11:33 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Dartmouth President: College Is Making Progress On Student Safety

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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.

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Word of Mouth
2:01 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Playing For Peace

Kinan Azmeh
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Clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh was born in Damascus, but now lives in New York, where he wakes up to bad news each day. One of his compositions, “A Sad Morning, Every Morning,” is dedicated to the victims of the Syrian conflict, now in its third year.

Kinan will be performing at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth tonight along with Sally Pinkas, and the Apple Hill String Quartet in a program called “Playing for Peace.”

Also featured tonight will be works by Joseph Haydn and Mieczyslaw Weinberg and the world premiere of two compositions by the composer Kareem Roustom-- also born in Damascus. Roustom has not been back to Syria since 2008; Azmeh since July 2012 , but the people who are suffering in their war-torn homeland are never far from their hearts or their music. We spoke to Kinan Azmeh and Kareem Routsom from Dartmouth’s studio about homeland.

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Health
4:13 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Doctors Look To Phone Apps To Treat Mental Illness

Researchers at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in Lebanon are developing mobile apps to assess and treat patients who have severe mental illness. These apps could help patients in crises and also help them manage their illnesses in the crucial time between visits to the doctor.   


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NH News
7:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

How N.H. Higher Ed Is Adapting To The Mobile App Economy

Rima Murthy was trained in advanced smartphone applications at Dartmouth College, but she's not planning on staying in N.H.
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This week we’re looking at New Hampshire’s developing mobile app economy.  Although it’s nowhere on the scale of manufacturing or tourism, it’s gaining in popularity—and importance.  But how do we educate this new workforce?  Today, we talk with professors and students about how they see themselves fitting into the mobile app economy.

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Word of Mouth
11:35 am
Wed September 18, 2013

A Conversation With Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog
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Werner Herzog is one of the leading figures of world cinema. In addition to making more than 60 films, he’s produced more than 20 operas, published books and screenplays and articles, acted in films and produced art installations.

His films are known for their unnerving originality and difficult locations. He’s shot films deep in the jungles of Thailand and Brazil, through bone chilling temperatures in Antarctica, and under strained conditions from political coups to maneuvering in a cave of prehistoric art with only hand-held cameras and minimal crew.

His latest work is extreme in a different way… a startling public service announcement about the dangers of texting while driving. Herzog joined us from the studios at Dartmouth College, where he’ll be in residence this weekend.

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NH News
4:22 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Dartmouth Backtracks On Tengatenga Appointment

The appointment of Malawi bishop Dr. James Tengatenga as dean of Dartmouth College’s Tucker Foundation has been rescinded, amid criticism of Tengatenga’s previous statements against homosexuality.

Dartmouth president Philip Hanlon said in a statement that the growing concern over Tengatenga’s appointment made him rethink the decision to hire the Anglican bishop to lead the college’s social justice foundation.

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NH News
12:03 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Upper Valley Flooding Causes Millions In Damages

City officials estimate that last week’s flooding caused $6.5 million in infrastructure damages.



Over the past week, the dollar figure for damage has continued to rise.


The most damage is on Slayton Hill Road, which was washed out and is estimated to cost $3.4 million.


The Lebanon Municipal Airport also experienced detention pond failures, road washouts and buckling pavement that will cost $1.4 million.

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Word of Mouth
9:45 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Debo Band Comes To New Hampshire

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One of NPR’s Fifty Favorite Albums of 2012 was the self-titled debut album from Debo Band. The eleven member band, based in Boston, blends 1960’s Ethiopian music with American funk, brass band music, and rock. Tonight, the Debo Band is playing on the Dartmouth Green in Hanover. Band leader and saxophonist is Ethiopian-American Danny Mekonnen, who we spoke with about the band and their unique sound.

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Word of Mouth
2:45 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Gabriel Kahane

Gabriel Kahane playing Gershwin's piano at the Library of Congress
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Gabriel Kahane made his recital debut as a composer and performer at Carnegie Hall, played piano for Mark Morris Dance Company, premiered a song cycle with John Adams conducting the LA Philharmonic, and performed his “Craigslistlieder” at a number of New York City bars. It’s little wonder the NY Times called Gabriel Kahane a one-man cultural Cuisinart. He’ll be mixing it up Friday, April 19th at the HOP with the premiere of “Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States”. It’s the culmination of two years as composer-in-residence with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

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Arts & Culture
2:25 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Dartmouth Murals Become National Historic Landmark

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A set of murals at Dartmouth College by the Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozco has been named a national historic landmark.

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