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Keno hearing set
for next week

NORTH HAVERHILL—Haverhill voters will get a chance at the upcoming town meeting to vote on whether to permit Keno in town. A public hearing on the proposal has been set for Feb. 20 at 6:15 p.m. at the Morrill building in North Haverhill.
The vote comes in the aftermath of the passage of New Hampshire’s so-called all-day kindergarten bill in 2017.
At a regular meeting on Jan. 22, the selectboard voted to warn an article on the proposal. Under the legislation, New Hampshire municipalities must first approve Keno sales at a town meeting or election. The article can be placed on the meeting warrant either by the selectboard or by a petition signed by 25 registered voters in town.

Proposed PVS
budget goes down

PIERMONT—At the Feb. 6 Piermont School District Budget Hearing, the school board presented a proposed 2018-2019 budget in the amount of $2,094,383, down slightly from the current year’s budget of $2,109,852. Fifteen residents attended the hearing.
Board chair Vernon Jones went over some of the changes in revenues and expenditures in the proposed budget. Revenues reflect increases in kindergarten aid, vocational reimbursements, an increase in the state adequacy grant, increased Medicaid reimbursement and a surplus of $24,200 in the fiscal year 2017 fund balance used to offset taxes this year.

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Fairlee to vote
on water project

FAIRLEE—Fairlee residents will vote later this month on a revamped bond measure to fund improvements to the town’s water system, including urgent repairs to a failing water tank roof.
The bond vote, scheduled for Feb. 28, will be conducted by day-long balloting at the Fairlee Town Hall. Polls will open at 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. A public hearing on the proposal will be held on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.
This is the second time in less than a year that residents will be asked to weigh in on water system improvements. Last June, just 167 voters showed up at the polls to defeat a $4 million bond proposal with 77 voting to approve and 99 voting against. One defective ballot was cast.

Rivendell heads for weapons ban

ORFORD—The Rivendell Interstate School District last week moved closer to banning weapons from school property and school-sponsored activities. The board passed a first reading of a policy to that effect with essentially no comment on Feb. 6, and is likely to adopt it in March.
Parents who stayed after a lengthy discussion about the elementary schools winter program similarly had no comment on the weapons policy. They were more interested in talk of moving a preschool class to Rivendell Academy.
Rivendell Superintendent Elaine Arbour introduced the policy, noting that Vermont and New Hampshire laws are very different. Vermont disallows anyone, other than a law enforcement officer, from having a gun in a school or within 1,000 feet of a school zone, she said.

SHOW OFF—Skyler and Spencer White of East Ryegate face some competition from a multi-talented canine while playing pond hockey on Ticklenaked Pond on Saturday during the Ryegate Winter Festival. More photos are on page 3.
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