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July 17, 2019 top stories
Man sentenced in
deadly crash

NEW LONDON, CT—A Medford, Massachusetts man will spend at least 13 years in prison after being convicted of first degree manslaughter in a deadly 2017 car crash involving a pickup truck stolen in Wells River.
Valery Labossiere, 30, was given a 20-year jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of first degree manslaughter. He was sentenced in a Connecticut court last month.
Labossiere is believed to have been responsible for stealing a 2013 GMC Silverado with a snow plow attachment on the morning of March 29, 2017 from a residence on Bible Hill Road in Wells River.
During the ensuing investigation, Vermont State Police found an abandoned van stolen from Northeastern University in Boston outside a residence located on nearby Golf Links Road. The residence had been burglarized as well.

State wants numbers
on health inspections

BRADFORD—State health officials have instructed Bradford’s health officer to provide numbers concerning rental housing inspections performed and health enforcement actions taken since July 2018.
“The request for data is critical for the state to understand the nature and volume of rental and volume of rental housing complaints that are received in each town,” Bradford Health Office Camille Thibodeau told the selectboard on July 11.
“This particular request is extremely important to provide an understanding so an effective program can be created and with a more effective program relieve towns of some of this burden,” she added.
The request for information follows the state’s July 1, 2018 implementation of rental housing code changes which shift enforcement responsibilities onto Vermont municipalities.
Thibodeau said Act 48 is a “complex law” that is “difficult to understand and process.” .

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Clark Pond bridge
project pushed back

NORTH HAVERHILL—A small concrete bridge is due to replace most of the slip line culvert on Clark Pond Road that washed out in heavy rain in 2017.
Haverhill Town Manager Brigitte Codling said she is confident the bridge project will go out to bid in the fall, with a spring or early summer construction start.
If all goes according to plan, the project will be complete in 2020.
“There are many benefits to bidding this fall and constructing in the spring,” Codling told the selectboard on July 8.
Some of those benefits include lower bids, lower risk of delayed precast elements, no late season paving, and environmental permit low-flow regulation limitations, she said.
Much of the culvert was destroyed or compromised by the massive regional storm, resulting in a road closure that continues to this day.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency categorized the storm as an emergency event, paving the way for 75 percent funding of the Clark Hill Road project.
The town had been working with FEMA through the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, and is waiting for FEMA to review project design information the town provided.

Newmont Farm to
build new barn

FAIRLEE—One of the largest dairy farms in Vermont has undergone a lengthy planning process to construct a new barn to house “dry” cows more comfortably and to serve as a maternity barn.
Walter and Margaret Gladstone own and operate Newmont Farm along with two sons, Will and Matt. The farm employs 25 full-time employees in addition to the four owners. It also hires seasonal pumpkin pickers. The Gladstones purchased the farm in 1987.
Because the farm has more than 700 mature dairy animals, it is considered a “large farm operation,” or LFO, under Vermont Department of Agriculture rules. As a result, it must adhere to regulations designed to protect the environment.
The production area, the barns, and lands devoted to waste management must be constructed and managed to prevent pollution of groundwater and to keep water bodies free of agricultural run-off. A proposal to build a new barn is the type of change that triggers an amendment to the farm’s LFO permit with the state.
In an interview, Margaret Gladstone said there are currently about 1,400 milk cows and up to 250 dry cows on the farm depending on the time of year.

Blissfully unaware of the surrounding world, a hungry fawn continues to nurse even after mom spots an encroaching photographer.
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