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Neglect, lack of education
pose threats to animals

HAVERHILL—The recent extreme cold has shone a light on alleged animal cruelty in Grafton County.
Earlier this month, as a wave of unusually cold temperatures settled over the region, 22 German shepherds were discovered in an Alexandria barn with no heat or fresh water living in conditions of 11 degrees below zero. The animals’ owner now faces 22 counts of animal cruelty.
The owner, Jennifer Choate, was already facing an animal cruelty charge after a pair of separate 2017 fires in neighboring Bristol killed 36 dogs and puppies, some of which were only a week old.
In all cases, the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took surving dogs into protective custody.
According to the NHSPCA, animal cruelty encompasses a range of behaviors harmful to animals. Some cases involve intentional cruelty or abuse, in which the owner deprives an animal of food, water, shelter, or medical care, or tortured, physically harmed, or killed an animal.

Water restored after
widespread outage

BRADFORD—A major water leak forced an emergency shutdown of water service to hundreds of customers in Bradford on Tuesday morning before delivery was restored just before 10:30 a.m.
As of press time, officials were not exactly sure what caused the water main break on Creamery Road.
Bradford Water Administrator Bridget Simmons said the department began receiving reports of low water pressure on Monday afternoon. But it was not until 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 16 when the leak was isolated on Creamery Road.
At that time, service was terminated to the Lower Plain and Plateau Acres. The outage impacted homes on Saddleback Road and all homes and businesses along Route 5 south of the village to the Fairlee town line.

Hearing next week
on Orford warrant

ORFORD—A public hearing on Orford’s financial proposals for 2018 has been set for Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Niles Room at the town offices.
In frequent meetings over the past couple of months, the selectboard and the budget advisory committee have whittled down the town meeting warrant. They lopped off several articles, moved some and tightened others, reducing the total number of money articles to eight, including the operating budget. Last year’s town meeting was faced with 15 separate money articles.
Most of the town’s proposed operating budget (article 2) is close to or the same as last year’s, but there are a few exceptions. These include an across-the-board 2.5 percent pay raise for town employees, a sizable jump in the police budget, and the addition of two items that were in separate articles last year.

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Board to finalize
yearly budget

BRADFORD—On Jan. 11, the Bradford Selectboard discussed but took no action on a proposed budget for 2018 to be voted on at town meeting. The board is expected to approve a final version to be submitted to voters at a special meeting scheduled for Jan. 22.
A deadline to submit materials for printing in the town report is Jan. 24. Town meeting is scheduled for March 6.
Meanwhile, with nearly $79,000 remaining from the Lower Plain sewer extension project, the Bradford Selectboard voted last week to combine those funds with another account and use some of the money to offset related bond payments.

The fabled January thaw really tried to outdo itself this year. Heavy rain and warm weather on Friday and Saturday prompted flooding and ice jams. The worst flooding was in northwestern Vermont and central New Hampshire, but the Bradford Falls made a spectacular sight on Saturday afternoon.
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