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December 7, 2016 top stories
Couple found dead
in Newbury shooting

NEWBURY—A husband and wife, lifelong Newbury residents, are dead after a shooting in their home on Monday night. Kenneth Welch, 80, and Barbara Welch, 76, were found by police with gunshot wounds and both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Vermont State Police responded to the Welch home at 340 Welch Road shortly after 11 p.m. on Dec. 5 after being notified by a relative who received a call from Ken claiming he shot his wife. On Tuesday morning, the VSP Major Crimes Unit were still on the scene.

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Bradford adds
town staff

BRADFORD—With the calendar year winding down, the Bradford Selectboard approved a couple of hires at its most recent meeting, while also voting to formally accept Memorial Field as a town-owned property.
The two hires were voted on at the Nov. 22 meeting before the Thanksgiving holiday, and in both cases, appear to be temporary.
The first was an interim appointment to fill the position of recreation director, a post that has been unoccupied for several months after selectmen parted ways with Bonna Wieler earlier this year. Since the dismissal, board members have asked the recreation commission to make revisions to the director’s job description, but that description has not yet been approved by the board.

Vermont State Police were investigating the shooting deaths of a Newbury couple after conducting a welfare check on Monday night on Welch Road.


Small library shuttered,
given to school

PIKE—After over 30 years of serving it’s community, the Pike Library closed down earlier this year and the building has been given to the Becket schools.
Pike, a hamlet within Haverhill, consists mostly of a former general store, the former library building, a post office, Pike Hall, and an abandoned whetstone mill. It is located about three miles east of Haverhill Corner on Mount Moosilauke Highway.
The library had been open only three days a week—Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Group works to revitalize
Treasure Island

WEST FAIRLEE—A nonprofit group is being formed to revitalize Treasure Island, a 10.4-acre beachfront property on Lake Fairlee owned by the Town of Thetford.
The new organization, called Friends of Treasure Island, presented their proposal to the Thetford Selectboard on Dec. 5. They are asking the selectboard to approve a plan to change the way the public beach property is managed and operated by becoming a 401(c)(3) organization to ensure that Treasure Island remains a valuable community resource. The park has needed various upgrades for years to its equipment and infrastructure and the property has been a drain on town resources.

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