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.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

In Upper Valley, A Call For More Carpooling To Help Ease Traffic Woes

An example of the traffic along Route 120.
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In the Upper Valley, Route 120 is notorious for its traffic issues.

According to state transportation data, nearly 30,000 cars travel each day along the stretch between Lebanon and Hanover.

There’s effort underway to ease that traffic by encouraging more workers to carpool.

Susan Berry is manager of Upper Valley Rideshare.

She joined Morning Edition to talk about the program.

When did you realize this was a problem that needed to be addressed?

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NH News
1:05 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Claremont Bacon Maker Sold To Canadian Pork Company

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A Canadian company has purchased a New Hampshire pork products producer, but the company says the sale shouldn’t affect the 35 jobs at its facility in Claremont.

Bacon makes up 80 percent of North Country Smokehouse’s business, but it also puts out some sausage, ham, and smoked cheeses. According to the company’s president, Mike Satzow, it gets much of their pork from a Canadian company that’s buying them, Les Spécialités Prodal.

“They are the largest producers of organic and natural pork on the continent,” says Satzow.

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NH News
7:24 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Claremont Receives Transportation Grant For Sidewalks And Trails

Downtown Claremont
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The city of Claremont has been chosen to receive a grant of nearly $478,000 from the New Hampshire Transportation Department to improve sidewalks and upgrade a rail trail for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Eagle Times reports final approval for the grant would come from the Executive Council. The city would be responsible for nearly $120,000 in matching funds.

The Transportation Department expects the project to begin this summer.

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Education
4:01 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Dartmouth To Ban Hard Alcohol As Part Of Social Reform Effort

Fraternity row at Dartmouth College in Hanover
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More than 800 people packed the Hopkins Center to see President Hanlon’s unveil proposals to reform Dartmouth’s social culture. Most of his remarks focused on liquor, which Hanlon called a serious risk to campus safety.

Hanlon also called for reforms to the fraternity system and said starting next fall freshmen will be assigned to live in residential communities led by professors.

Senior Taylor Payer says she welcomes Hanlon’s promise to get tougher on sexual assaults on campus but says true change will require more drastic measures. 

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NH News
7:37 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Dartmouth Once Again Weighing Value Of Greek Life On Campus

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Classes are back in session at Dartmouth College, which means winter recruitment for fraternities and sororities is getting underway. It’s been a controversial year for Greek life from Clemson University to Johns Hopkins, and Dartmouth has not escaped unscathed. Later this month, recommendations addressing social life are expected to be publicly released. 

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Education
4:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Dozens Of Dartmouth Students Charged With Cheating

Baker Memorial Library at Dartmouth
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Dartmouth College has charged 64 students accused of cheating in a sports ethics class with violating the Ivy League school's honor code.

College officials confirmed the number of students charged but declined to comment further until the appeals process ends later this month. Professor Randall Balmer told the Valley News that most of the students involved have been suspended for a term.

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Health
10:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Willing To Take Potential Ebola Patients

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State health officials say in the highly unlikely event any Ebola patients are identified in New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon has agreed to accept them.

The Department of Health and Human Services says each of the state’s 26 hospitals are prepared to identify and isolate a potential Ebola patient, but that long-term care would be better managed at the Lebanon hospital, or a designated national center.

Outside of three cases in Dallas, Texas, no one in the U.S. has been diagnosed with Ebola.

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Health & Technology
10:49 am
Fri October 10, 2014

At Dartmouth, Sidelines Robot Could Be Key To Quickly Diagnosing Football Concussions

Image of VGo telepresence robot courtesy VGo Communications in Nashua.
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Football faces increasing criticism as mounting evidence shows the dangers of concussions, in particular undiagnosed concussions.

A new telehealth initiative at Dartmouth College aims to eliminate those undiagnosed concussions by bringing neurosurgeons to the sidelines--via robot.

On the sidelines of the Dartmouth/Penn football game, neurosurgeon Robert Singer watches carefully.

"A lot of these hits are shoulder hits. What we’re looking for are direct head to head kind of contact, that type of thing."

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Health
5:22 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

2 Confirmed, 500 Treated For Scabies At Dartmouth So Far

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock is working to stem the spread of scabies at its Lebanon facility. The infectious but non-fatal skin condition has been found in two people so far.

The first was a patient who arrived at the hospital in mid-August with a number of health conditions. That patient, who’s still in the hospital, wasn’t diagnosed with scabies until late September. Since then one Dartmouth staff member has been diagnosed and treated.

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New England Snapshot
4:25 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Mixed Reviews At Wesleyan, Where Fraternities Ordered To Go Co-Ed

The Psi Upsilon house at Wesleyan is seen this week. A student who says she was raped at a party at the house is suing the fraternity.
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  Wesleyan University is asking its residential fraternities not to pledge freshmen and to turn over the rolls of all their members as the school issued an order to end its all-male fraternities and make residential fraternities co-ed.

It’s a decision that has received mixed reaction on campus.

The decision is felt hardest at the three residential fraternities. No one agreed to recorded interviews at any of the fraternities, but men did agree to speak to WBUR on background.

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Health
4:30 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Cheshire Lands $1.1 Million Grant For Healthy Monadnock Plan

Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene

A plan to make the Monadnock region one of the healthiest communities in the country has received a financial boost from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1.1 million to Healthy Monadnock 2020, an initiative of Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene. The hospital is working with schools, farmers and other private and public entities to prevent some of the leading causes of death, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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Newscast
7:58 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Claremont Restaurant Destroyed By Fire

Investigators with the state fire marshal's office are expected to be at the scene of a restaurant destroyed by a fire in Claremont, New Hampshire.

The fire was reported before 10 p.m. Tuesday at Joey's on the River.

Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron tells WMUR-TV the back of the building is right on the river, so it was difficult to access that part.

No one was injured.

Health
4:46 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Transparent Pricing Could Push Health Costs Down

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A new study out of Dartmouth tracks a rise in healthcare costs across northern New England. It is not exactly surprising data. But what is new is that the information is even available.

Between 2008 and 2010, people on private insurance in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont saw healthcare costs climb by 4.5 percent annually.

For just shy of a decade, northern New England states have required insurance companies to report how much they pay for services like blood tests and X-rays. That’s important because, historically, these data lived in the dark.

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Science
4:23 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Dartmouth Physics Professor Working To Solve Mystery Key To Quantum Computing

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Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are on a chase for what some consider the holy grail of the information age: Quantum computing. And some of that research is going on right there in New Hampshire. But one big challenge is to get the quantum bits to dance how we want them to. 

Before getting too high-tech, let's go back to 1938. A brilliant physicist, an Italian named Ettore Majorana, withdraws all his money from a bank and boards a boat. Then, somewhere between Palermo and Naples, he vanishes without a trace.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

U.S. Rep. Kuster Holds Roundtable On Campus Sexual Assault

U.S. Rep Ann McLane Kuster (right) at roundtable with N.H. Sexual Assault Resource Teams Coordinator Kathy Kimball (left).
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Representatives from Dartmouth College, UNH, and advocacy groups joined Democratic Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster for a roundtable discussion about campus sexual assault today.  The event at UNH Law in Concord focused on new legislation introduced in the US Senate.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Dartmouth College's President, Philip Hanlon

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Dartmouth President Phillip Hanlon joins us tomorrow to discuss changes and challenges at the college during his first year,  from a new plan to deal with a sexual assault problem that has drawn federal scrutiny, to Hanlon’s plans to expand graduate programs and deal with the ongoing issue of affordability.

GUESTS:

  • Philip Hanlon – Dartmouth alum of the Class of ’77, award-winning math professor at University of Michigan and current president of Dartmouth College.
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All Things Considered
3:19 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Dartmouth Runner Poised For Long-Term Success On Pro Circuit

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Dartmouth College’s Abbey D’Agostino is turning pro now that her celebrated collegiate running career has come to an end. In four years at Dartmouth D’Agostino became one of the Ivy League’s all-time most accomplished. To learn more about her career and what lies ahead, I spoke to David Monti, editor and publisher of the New York based Race Results Weekly:

This is an athlete that took a lot of people by surprise. What were the expectations when she first came to Dartmouth and what did she end up accomplishing?

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NH News
7:35 am
Mon June 23, 2014

New Sex Assault Policy At Dartmouth College Takes Effect

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Dartmouth College students are beginning their summer term with a new system for handling sexual assaults.

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NH News
7:29 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Claremont Celebrating 250th Anniversary With Special Exhibit

The city of Claremont is presenting a special exhibit in honor of its 250th anniversary.

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Campus Sexual Assault
6:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Dartmouth Investigation Once Again Puts Spotlight on Campus Life

The green in front of the Baker Free Library on Dartmouth's campus
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Susy Struble was a 16-year-old high school student when, during a weekend visit to Dartmouth College, she was raped at an off-campus party.

Like many rape victims, Struble chose not to tell anyone about the assault, and two years later, she was back at Dartmouth as a student.

One night during her freshman year, she opened her door to a tall, sandy-haired man. Obviously drunk, he forced his way in, pushed Struble against the wall and tried to kiss her. Struble was able to fend off her attacker, who she realized was the same man who had raped her two years earlier.

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NH News
7:50 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Sunapee Expansion Back On Trial

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A longstanding legal dispute between the operators of Mount Sunapee Resort and the New Hampshire officials who blocked expansion plans is on trial once again.

A lawyer for the resort operators says state officials misled them into thinking they could expand and build condominiums when the state leased the ski area portion of the state park to the Sunapee Difference LLC in 1998.

The Concord Monitor reports the lawyer argued Monday his clients lost millions in potential revenues.

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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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