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September 11, 2019 top stories
Large solar array lined up

NORTH HAVERHILL—Developers want to build a major new energy project along Route 10 in North Haverhill.
GSSG Solar has filed an application with municipal and state officials seeking permits for its plan to build more than 5 MW of solar panels on more than 150 acres of farmland and woodland along Route 10 between Mace Hill Road and Petticoat Lane.
The company has applied for two separate building permits from Haverhill. It also filed for an Alteration of Terrain Permit from New Hampshire regulators. The company also acknowledges it will have to seek additional permitting from the town in the form of a wetlands protection ordinance permit.
For the most part, Haverhill does not have zoning. But the municipality does have several bylaws on the books, including one addressing proposed new developments impacting existing wetlands and another addressing new developments in aquifer protection areas. Haverhill Town Manager Brigitte Codling said the array’s developers may need an exemption from the latter ordinance as well.

Beloved piano makes
grand return

BRADFORD—“I love a piano ... I love to hear somebody play, upon a piano, a grand piano. It simply carries me away,” so goes Irving Berlin’s song.The United Congregational Church’s Steinway is home again after a makeover.
The piano, bequeathed to the church in 1997 by organist and choir director Katrina Munn, had been showing its age for many years and was no longer fun to play.
The project, spearheaded by church trustee Randy Odell and his wife Storme, was accomplished quickly.
On June 8, the piano left the sanctuary for Lindeblad Piano Restoration in Pine Brook, New Jersey. The Lindeblads are fourth generation technicians and have a reputation for providing world-class restoration of Steinways since 1920.
With all new Steinway parts, the piano was returned on Sept. 5, an amazing turnaround time.
The exterior case was not refinished, leaving the time-etched blemishes to speak of its history.
“Our goal was to have it historically accurate,” Randy Odell said. “The piano had long been in need of attention and its state had been the subject of many discussions for a long time.”

Funds on hand
cover big deficit

WEST FAIRLEE—Rivendell officials reported a nearly $700,000 deficit in the fiscal year that ended in June.
Bill Little, the district’s chief financial officer, gave a final report on 2018-2019 expenditures at the Rivendell Interstate School Board meeting on Sept. 3. He said that, In the past school year ending on June 30, 2019, the district overspent its budget by $684,250. Fortunately, he said, that is mostly offset by a $681,460 fund balance as of the same date.
Little cited overspending in several areas, notably vocation education transportation, benefits, special education, and operations.
The transportation line was $34,000 over budget in FY19, he said, because two new buses were added to take students to and from programs in Hartford, but they were never added to the budget, and they are still not there.
Gelenian suggested Little explore that further. He said he believed there was a three-way agreement between Rivendell, Hartford and Thetford, and sending students to Hartford was not supposed to cost Rivendell anything.

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Board expands
athletics eligibility

BRADFORD—The school board is poised to adopt a new policy that they hope will increase the number of middle school and high school students eligible for interscholastic sports while increasing oversight of academic performance.
The new Oxbow Unified Union School Board will meet on Sept. 16 with a number of items on its agenda, including the approval of several policies that were first introduced last month.
In just its third month of existence, the four-member board has reviewed and adopted several policies for the first time. Many of them have been mildly reworded from policies previously adopted by boards overseeing Oxbow High School, and the elementary schools in Bradford and Newbury.
But at their last meeting on Aug. 21, board members spent some length of time discussing the interscholastic sports and extracurricular eligibility policy before approving it on a conditional basis before the start of the new school year.6

Corn grows in a field near the intersection of Mace Hill Road and Route 10 in North Haverhill. Developers want to build a large solar array on over 150 acres at this location. The Blackmount Rail Trail is in the foreground.
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