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As urgency subsides, work remains in drug fight

WELLS RIVER—“A year ago three people had died of overdoses, and that really put a face on it,” Wells River Village Trustee Don Waterman said of the drug epidemic that gripped the small community.
At that time, villagers and other area residents turned out in overwhelming numbers to a “Drugs Are Here” forum held by the trustees to address their concerns and fears. Out of that forum came a multi-pronged effort towards eradicating drugs from the community.
On Nov. 16, village trustees and the Wells River Action Program held a one-year follow-up entitled, “Drugs Are Still Here.” Low turnout demonstrated that some are no longer feeling as panicked as they were in 2016, but organizers and panelists cautioned that while progress has been made, the problem is far from solved.

Tucker Mountain
revote next week

NEWBURY—The final vote on a plan to purchase 635 acres of forestland on Tucker Mountain in West Newbury will be held on Nov. 28.
In September, an initial vote drew over 200 people to a special town meeting. There were 135 voters who cast a paper ballot to support the town’s purchase of the land while 83 voted against the plan.
The following month, approximately 130 people signed a petition seeking reconsideration of the special meeting’s outcome that was presented to town officials. Under Vermont law, voters may request the reconsideration or rescission of a warned article voted on at an annual town meeting or a special town meeting. The petition must be signed by at least five percent of the checklist and must be submitted to the town clerk within 30 days of the initial meeting.

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School board debates
meeting date

WOODSVILLE—The Haverhill School Board continued to wrestle with questions surrounding an upcoming facilities bond vote at its most recent meeting on Nov. 13.
Although not yet finalized, the vote on proposed renovations to school buildings in North Haverhill and Woodsville will likely occur in March during the annual school district meeting. At last week’s meeting, board members set out to identify dates for two public hearings that would be scheduled in advance of the vote but quickly set those plans aside when it became apparent that they were unsure exactly when the annual meeting would be.
In 2016, the school moved its annual meeting from a Thursday evening to a Saturday morning in an effort to boost attendance. The town followed suit earlier this year with both entities convening their meetings in the middle school gymasium in North Haverhill on March 18.

ATV club will
return to roads

NORTH HAVERHILL—The Haverhill Selectboard voted unanimously at its meeting on Nov. 13 to allow ATVs and other off-road vehicles to use some public roads in town for the 2018 riding season.
The Ammonoosuc Valley ATV Club won permission this year to ride certain town roads as a workaround after the state intervened last year discontinuing ATV access to a rail trail formerly used by riders between North Haverhill and Woodsville. At last week’s meeting, the club received an unanimous endorsement from the selectboard to do the same next year.

This popular visitor stopped in at the Haverhill Area Youth Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday at the Haverhill Middle School. Excited youngsters waited in line for a treat from one of Santa’s helpers and a chance to sit on his knee and give him their wish list.
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