Winter News

As longer and warmer days turn melt winter’s cold away, I’m feeling hopeful as Vermont’s COVID case counts decline and vaccinations rise. Here’s a look at a few of the photos I did for the Valley News in a winter like no other:

A painting of a student studying indoors is on display in the closed Hopkins Center entryway at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. According to the college’s COVID-19 dashboard, on March 1 there were 122 active cases amongst students, with 120 in isolation.

Elaine Perrault, 83, of Claremont, N.H., takes a cigarette break outside the Earl M. Bourdon Centre where Perrault has lived for the past eight years. Perrault tested negative for COVID-19 and is due to be tested again. In early January, 21 residents and 5 staff have the virus. Residents have been told by intercom to stay in their apartments and communal activities have been canceled. “It’s eery,” Perrault said of the empty halls. “I want to see these people back to smiling,” she said later.

Hunter Leveille waves to a fellow home energy delivery driver while passing each other on Route 14 in West Hartford, Vt., in February. Leveille, who delivers propane for Simple Energy, waved to the over half-dozen trucks delivering propane and heating oil that he passed on the road during his morning route.

While talking on the phone, Lebanon City Council candidate Al Patterson, right, elbow bumps with Bruce Johnstone, of Lebanon, N.H., while standing outside the Ward 1 polls at Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon. Standing with Patterson are Lebanon School Board candidate Barbara Patterson, who is also Al Patterson’s wife, and supporter and volunteer Ramzi Hraibi, of West Lebanon.

Clara Oren, 5, practices violin with her father and brother at their home in West Lebanon. Clara has been taking two lessons a week remotely – one a one-on-one lesson and the other in a group – with the Upper Valley Music Center for about a year.

Hanover High School senior Allison Whitmore places a plate of tea and cookies onto the miniature stage being filmed as part of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s play “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” at Hanover High School in Hanover, N.H. Whitmore is also an actor in the play, as well as sharing the duties of mini-stage operator with senior Johan Berendsen, in background, and others. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Footlighters theater group is producing the play to be seen online for their winter production. The school’s fall and spring performances have been and will be outdoors.

As cardboard cutouts take the place of spectators during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mascoma’s Connor Thompson saves the ball from going out of bounds during the first half of their game against Lebanon in West Canaan, N.H.

Lebanon junior varsity Head Coach K.J. Matte acknowledges the referee’s 10-second backcourt violation call against Mascoma during their game in Lebanon. Matte, who is a senior at Bowdoin College, is leading the Lebanon squad while his college basketball team takes the season off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lebanon-Stevens-MRA’s Griffin Auch, in the foreground, reacts as Berlin-Gorham celebrates tying up their semifinal playoff at 3-3 in the third period in Concord, N.H. After trailing 3-0 at the beginning of the third period, Berlin-Gorham won, 5-3.

Windsor’s John Cook III looks for a teammate to pass to as Thetford’s Nick Gray defends during their playoff game in Windsor, Vt.

Lebanon’s Clara Smyrski, left, and Sally Rainey tie up Hanover’s Caroline Adams for a jump ball in the first half of their game in Lebanon.

Oxbow’s Ellyn Hart hugs teammate Emma Parkin (20) as their season draws to a close in their 62-30 semifinal loss to Lake Region in Orleans, Vt.

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Our Towns

While it’s been a challenge to work during the pandemic, it’s still rewarding to report on the community we all love to be part of. Here are a few of my recent favorites from the pages of the Valley News:

As the sun sets towards the end of practice, Newport quarterback Marius Edwards hands off to running back Josh Sharron in Newport, N.H.

Matthew Slaughter, of Hanover, N.H., does work on his laptop in his front yard while accompanied by the family’s Bichon Frises Teddy, left, and Ollie. As Dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Slaughter has been working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the dogs nearby. “This is their favorite office,” he said.

Kim Smith puts the final touches on a decorated tree to be put in the window of 37 Central, the downtown Woodstock, Vt., apparel store she owns. Smith said decorations are being put up a couple of weeks earlier. “This year, more than ever, we all need a little holiday spirit,” she said.

Charlene Truell, of Unity, N.H., shows her mother Beverly Whiting the deer Truell recently shot during their first in-person visit together since Whiting, 88, tested positive in mid-October for COVID-19 at the Woodlawn Care Center in Newport, N.H. In total the outbreak included 33 residents and 24 staff members.

Vermont State Police officers work at the scene where a chase of a single vehicle ended on Route 14 in Sharon, Vt.

The North Country Chordsmen and The VoxStars rehearse outdoors in West Lebanon, N.H. Singing through a sound system so they can hear themselves on headphones, they are able to sing at a safe distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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News Update

As the COVID pandemic continues, working for the Valley News at home or in the office with few co-workers is the new normal. Being out in the community to do photography is a nice relief, even while distancing and wearing a mask. Here are a few of my recent favorites:

Jim Kibbe, of Greenwich, Conn., photographs a farm along Cloudland Road in Pomfret, Vt. Following COVID-19 protocols, Kibbe and his wife are on a week-long trip to see the leaves in Maine and Vermont as he is between jobs. “We’re trying to make the best of it,” he said.

A passing rain shower falls on Norwich Police Cadet Evan Burke’s face shield while waiting to direct the next voter in their car at the outdoor polls set up at the transfer station in Norwich, Vt.

Upper Valley’s Kobe Benoit, center, is mobbed by his teammates after his game-winning walk-off hit in the seventh inning defeated Nashua 9-8 to win their best-of-three semifinal series in the New Hampshire COVID Baseball League tournament in Lebanon, N.H.

The Windsor field hockey team finishes a warm-up lap around the athletic fields at the start of practice in Windsor, Vt. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, players are required to wear masks while on the field.

Linda Muri, of Hanover, N.H., works for the first time as a ballot clerk at the primary polls in Leverone Fieldhouse in Hanover. “I knew they would have a hard time getting volunteers,” she said of why she signed up.

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Reunited

Talya and Justin hired me to photograph their family in Stowe, Vt., while they got together with Justin’s parents to celebrate his mother’s 70th birthday. It was the first time they have seen each other since the pandemic started in March – I was happy to be there! Follow this link to see more photographs in the Galleries section of my website (and to purchase prints and downloads).

Kate & Mat

I recently photographed Kate and Mat’s wedding in Landgrove, Vt., in the town’s beautiful meetinghouse. While the pandemic reduced their guest list to immediate family, the wedding was still a touching testament to their union. Follow this link to see more from the wedding on my Facebook page and click here to order prints and downloads.