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Selectboard member quits,
road crew shrinks

ORFORD—One hour after the Orford Selectboard meeting began on May 9, one board member left and one visitor was ejected following a complaint that escalated into a flare-up and assault charges.
Before that it was almost business as usual, beginning with fire chief Terry Straight’s monthly report on fire department activities.
Selectboard chair John Adams then announced that Roger Hadlock and Justin Cole, the former road agent and the newest member of the road crew, were “not working for the town.” The selectboard appointed Straight, the only remaining highway department member, as acting road agent.

Survey plans come undone

NORTH HAVERHILL—The bidding for a survey of Powder House Hill is closed, but the only bid submitted is more than twice what voters approved for the project at the annual town meeting. The selectboard has agreed to have a special work session on May 24 to figure out the next step.
Powder House Hill is a 5.2-acre parcel of land just off Route 10 in Haverhill Corner. For two years, there have been attempts to sell the property and for the past two town annual meetings, residents have overwhelmingly pushed back against those attempts. This year, however, residents voted to spend up to $8,000 for a survey to determine if the property has a legitimate right-of-way to provide access to the land which is said to have significant historic value.

Oxbow gets
sign waiver

BRADFORD—Oxbow will get its new roadside marquee on the Upper Plain.
In a narrow vote, the Bradford Selectboard issued a waiver for a new electronic sign along Route 5 at the entrance to Oxbow Drive. The school district was forced to seek the waiver because its proposed new sign violates the town’s sign ordinance, including provisions on size limits for new illuminated signs and bans on all flashing, revolving or oscillating illuminated signs.
A public hearing on the sign ordinance waiver was held on April 12 when both supporters and opponents spoke about the sign. The selectboard debated the waiver later that month, but postponed making a decision until last week.

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New WHS course preps
for ‘jobs of the future”

WOODSVILLE—Woodsville High School students who dream of pursuing a degree in IT will no longer have to wait for college. Beginning this fall, WHS will offer juniors and seniors high tech career readiness courses through the Cisco Networking Academy.
They willl graduate from WHS with the certifications needed to begin working in the IT field, including network administration, system administration, software development and homeland security. Or, if they decide to enroll in a two-year or four-year college program, the Cisco program courses count as college credits that will carry forward.

Shawn Bigelow of the North Haverhill Fire Department is on the scene of a brush fire on Sunday. More than 50 firefighters from seven towns responded to the scene on Page Road which scorched 2.5 acres, but resulted in no other property damage or injuries. The fire started after a property owner was burning a debris pile which got out of control.
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