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Judge tosses suit in police shooting

CONCORD–A judge has tossed a lawsuit filed against the town of Haverhill by the mother of the knife-brandishing man killed by police officers after a traffic crash in Bath in July 2015.
Donna Esty, the mother of the late Hagen Esty-Lennon, filed lawsuits in federal and state courts alleging Haverhill police officers violated at least nine laws when they fatally shot Esty-Lennon as he charged at them with a knife on Route 302.
Among the laws Esty said Haverhill officers violated was unlawful use of deadly force. Judge Andrea Johnstone dismissed that allegation, perhaps the most serious one of all in her 43-page ruling on June 8.

Questions raised after
student’s death

ORFORD—The Rivendell Interstate School District Board’s June 5 meeting opened with a moment of silence in memory of Jackson Isenberg, the 12-year-old seventh grader who died on May 26.
Presiding over the meeting, board vice chair Kathy Hooke read a statement prepared by herself and Superintendent Elaine Arbour.
“The entire community has been impacted by the loss of Jack Isenberg, and I know you join us in expressing our deep sympathy to Jack’s family,” she said. Although the school board members are also impacted, when they put on their school board hats, they must shift gears to a more fo

Bringing back the
art of handwriting

COOKEVILLE—In a time when correspondence is instantaneous, one Corinth woman hopes to revive a lost art. She wants to take a page out of the history books. Or, perhaps, write a new one.
Barbara Soros, of Corinth Center has established the Corinth Society of Hand-Written Letters. She invites the newspaper’s readers, and everyone else, to participate in a hand-written letter marathon that encourages people of all ages to write letters to anyone of their choosing.
“History is formed in letters,” Soros said in an interview. “In other words, we know the thoughts of politicians, of other writers, of artists, of family members. This collection of thoughts in hand-written form has a presence that I’m afraid emails simply don’t have.”

This week's featured photo
OXBOW REPEATS–The Olympians are back on the summit after the softball team won its second consecutive state title of Division 3 softball champions on Saturday in Castleton. They beat BFA-Fairfax 2-1. Pictured after the game are (front row, left to right): manager Adoria Benware, Allie Root, manager Izzy Yelle, Leia White, Kaysea Neil, Emma Degoosh, Amber Glaude; (back row, left to right): coach Carl Hildebrandt, assistant coach Donna Hatch, Schyler Hanzas, Erika Slicer, Melanie Neil, Makayla Simmons, Lillian Bartlett, Rilee Wadsworth, manager Chloe McIntire, Maddie Fornwalt, and Maddie Wright. For more photos and the story see page 9.
BA Alumni
hold reunion

BRADFORD—Oxbow High School was a busy place on the afternoon of June 2. As the athletic fields were full with excited baseball and softball fans and players, the cafeteria was filling up with Bradford Academy alumni.
According to Harold Haskins’ “History of Bradford, VT,” the first graduates listed on the alumni association’s roster were in the class of 1890. All nine students were girls.
But young people in Bradford were getting an education for a long time before that. Early Bradford residents knew the importance of education. They constructed a school building ready for students before it was even chartered by the state in 1820. For the next 75 years, the “old” academy educated students and prepared them for the future.

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