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November 14, 2018 top stories
Board approves track permit

BRADFORD—In a relatively quiet session on Nov. 8, the Bradford Selectboard approved the local permit for Bear Ridge Speedway to operate in 2019, but did not publically discuss the impending departure of the town’s police chief.
Bear Ridge’s Butch Elms and April Preston both attended the meeting to request approval for the track’s operating permit next year. The speedway completed its 51st season of racing in the fall.
Preston said she wanted to secure the permit in advance of Bear Ridge’s annual banquet, which will be held next month to recognize drivers, crews, and supporters.

In France for WWI centenary

BRADFORD—My four years of anticipation leading up to the centenary of Alvin York’s heroic exploits in World War I were not in vain. On Oct. 7, nearly 100 years after the battle, the small village of Chatel Chéhéry celebrated with a full military and civilian ceremony. The actual battle took place on Oct. 8, but the village moved the ceremony to Sunday, Oct. 7 to make it more convenient for residents and guests.
After visiting York’s home and farm in Tennessee (see “In search of Sgt. York,” Nov. 7), my wife and I made reservations at a couple of small bed-and-breakfast style inns in the Ardennes region of France, one of which I stayed in before in February of 2017. Managed by an elderly woman (who splits and stacks her own firewood) in Florent-en-Argonne, the inn is warm and comfortable, and the proprietor, Monique Goury, makes a hearty breakfast for her guests.

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Snowfall wreaks
havoc on roads

BRADFORD—Widespread snowfall in the region on Tuesday morning was posing a challenge for area drivers, emergency services, and utility companies.
The heavy, wet snow—the first substantial winter precipitation of the year to accumulate in the valley—knocked down trees and limbs and throughout the region causing sporadic power outages and roadway closures.
Meanwhile, dozens of motor vehicle crashes and slide-offs were reported in the region from Haverhill to Thetford.

Max, a 10-year-old West Highland Terrier, guards a cache of donated pet food and supplies in the Wells River Chevy showroom on Saturday morning. Max, who made the trip from Jefferson, New Hampshire, won the Best Behaved award for Mutt and Strut, an event the dealership held to benefit families and individuals with pets who rely on area food shelters.
Oxbow, BHS mark
Veterans Day

BRADFORD—In an hour-long ceremony last week, Oxbow Oxbow High School hosted a tribute to local veterans. Veterans from Bradford, Newbury and other communities were invited to participate in the program on Nov. 8 that incorporated students and staff and was coordinated by the Bradford Historical Society.
The event featured historical exhibits, but also contemporary accounts from more recent veterans who served their country.
Barry Emerson is a faculty member at Oxbow High and served in Afghanistan with the Vermont National Guard. He led a group of veterans into the auditorium, which was filled to capacity.
“Do you all feel like you’re marching?”he said, before leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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