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EMS plans rate rise

NORTH HAVERHILL—Area towns that utilize Woodsville Ambulance will see a rise in their costs next year.
On Monday night, Woodsville Ambulance EMS Director Steve Robbins told Haverhill Selectboard members that the service will raise its municipal rates from $14.50 per capita to $19.50 per capita in 2018. The new rates will take effect on July 1.
Robbins said the service has been trying to hold its rates steady for a number of years. He said at one point several years ago, Woodsville Ambulance lowered its per capita fees from $14.50 to $12.50 before incrementally rising to the former figure.

Town won’t cope
with cat costs

BRADFORD—The claws are coming out in Bradford’s battle against feral cats.
After several instances where the town was left responsible for room, board, and medical costs of unwanted kitties taken to a local veterinary clinic, the selectboard will now refuse to pay for cats directly dropped off by individual residents.
Instead, if Bradford residents now want to dispose of unwanted or feral cats, they should contact the town’s animal control officer who will collect the felines when he is available outside of his full-time work obligations. Alternatively, residents can transport the cats directly to a humane society or animal shelter willing to accept them.
At a meeting on Oct. 12, Bradford Selectboard members debated whether the town should be responsible for feral cats. Although the cats were charcaterized as a “public nuisance,” the selectboard stopped short of concluding that the problem was bad enough that it was something the town should be responsible for. They did instruct selectboard assistant Danielle Kingsbury to inform the local vet clinic that the town will no longer be responsible for cats dropped off by anyone other than the animal control officer or authorized personnel.

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After long search,
bottle is back home

BRADFORD—After 35 years of searching, Bradford resident Mary Beth Ames has finally located a little piece of family history—a half pint cream bottle bearing an image of Ames as a child with the family dog. The design was inspired by a photo of Ames with a border collie at what was then her family’s farm, Mountain View Dairy.
“I don’t remember the dog’s name, but it had to have been Lassie,” Ames chuckled in an interview. “We only had two [TV] stations back then, 3 and 8 with an antenna.”
Ames’ father, Paul Rogers, purchased the dairy from his father in the late 1940s when Ames was just 4 years old. Ames believes the farm was originally built by her grandfather. Mountain View was a small operation with 35-40 cows tended by Rogers, his wife Betty, and their two children Paul Jr. and Mary Beth. ”

Fire engulfed an unoccupied school bus located in the rear parking lot of Oxbow High School early Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters from Bradford and Corinth put out the blaze, but not before an explosion reverberated through the Upper Plain. There were no injuries reported and the students were all safely moved inside the building during the blaze. The bus was due to take the high school girls soccer team to an away game in Enosburg later that afternoon. Zach Bagley of the Bradford Fire Department and Michelle May Osgood of the Corinth Fire Department are shown with the hose shortly after the explosion.



New lodge opens
on Moosilauke

NORTH WOODSTOCK—For over a hundred years, nearly back to the Dartmouth Outing Club’s foundation, the college has had a connection to Mount Moosilauke.
With the recent completion of the new ravine lodge, the college has signaled that Moosilauke has a place in the institution’s future.
The relationship started when a group of students hankered for winter adventures on skis to break up the monotony during cold months. It grew as the students wanted to provide hospitality and camaraderie to their fellow students in the winter months. And a deeper bond grew when, in 1935, the school began sending each freshman class to Moosilauke. To this day, members of each freshman class make a trip to Moosilauke, spending two days on the mountain and a night at the lodge.

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