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Officials try to tame a party along river near Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. -- Officials on both sides of the New Hampshire-Vermont border are urging Dartmouth College to do more to keep the annual party that is known as Tubestock under control.

Tubestock, which attracts about 1,000 young people to the Connecticut River each summer, is not an event authorized by the college, and the school has tried for several years to distance itself from the party.

But officials in Hanover and Norwich, Vt., say that Dartmouth must begin playing a leadership role. Representatives from both towns are scheduled to meet with College officials on Thursday to discuss how to manage the party.

The Hanover town manager, Julia Griffin, said she was concerned about the dangers associated with the event itself, the expense of paying police to patrol it, and the cleanup of debris that is left behind for weeks afterward.

''We shouldn't have to be mopping up this event," Griffin said.

Although no one officially organizes the event, Hanover could ''bill the college and let them collect money from students if we can't bill students," she said.

Norwich's town manager, Stephen Soares, said one of the town's major goals is to reduce, or even eliminate, alcohol use at the event.

''I didn't get the sense from anyone that there was an attempt to stop the event, because it's a fun day for a lot of people," Soares said.

Roland Adams, a Dartmouth spokesman, said in a written response that college officials were looking forward to the meeting and that they hoped to see ''continuation and enhancement of our collaborative efforts to address the safety."

Tubestock draws Dartmouth students and alumni, youths from neighboring communities, and people from farther afield in July.

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