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Cruiser wrecked
in snowstorm

NORTH HAVERHILL—The weekend’s storm that produced the first measurable snowfall for parts of the region, proved to be a challenge for emergency responders and vehicles in Haverhill. In separate incidents, a police cruiser sustained heavy damage in a rollover while a fire truck, an ambulance, and a cruiser were immobilized on a heavily traveled dirt road when responding to a collision.
Administrative Assistant Jennifer Collins reported at Monday night’s selectboard meeting that a sedan cruiser with two Haverhill officers in it, went off the road on Route 112 west of the Swiftwater Store on Saturday night. The cruiser struck an embankment and rolled over during inclement weather. She said it was a slow-speed event and both occupants were uninjured

Focus was on internet
speed at summit

BRADFORD—The two biggest challenges to area economic growth and development are broadband internet access and cellphone coverage, according to the region’s business, education, and political leaders.
That was the message coming out of the annual Cohase Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit dinner at River Bend Career and Technical Center on Dec. 5 after chamber executive director Erik Volk asked more than two dozen leaders to identify the most important obstacles hindering economic development in the region.
“One of the things we’ve been talking about is if a tourist comes into Woodsville, we worry about, if a tourist stops and gets out of his car to make a call on his cell phone, there’s no coverage,” Gary Scruton said. “They’re going to get back in their car and go to the next town.”

School, town meetings
will be separate

NORTH HAVERHILL—As it prepares for an important annual school district meeting, the Haverhill School Board debated dates and times to hold the event at its meeting on Monday night.
Articles that will decide future building repairs as well as next year’s budget will be on the warrant. Although a draft version of the budget is .75 percent less than current spending, school taxes are nevertheless likely to increase.
The board has preferred, March 10, and alternative, March 24, dates penciled into the calendar. The former is three days before balloting on March 13, and the board wants to first consult state regulators to make sure no rules will be broken with the earlier date. The board authorized SAU- 23 Superintendent Laurie Melanson to make the final decision based on what she learned from talking with state election authorities.

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Budget season
begins for Rivendell

ORFORD—On Dec. 5, Rivendell Interstate School District Superintendent Elaine Arbour gave the school board its first glimpse of a budget for next year. Saying that the four percent increase in this initial draft is “higher than we want,” she asked for board guidance on “where do we go from here.”
Arbour gave a detailed overview including history, priorities and unknowns, some proposed changes and a snapshot of the full budget. She then turned to other administrators for more detail and finally invited questions and suggestions. A few highlights follow:
The budget is guided by Rivendell’s mission “to foster the intellectual, social and personal development of our students,” Arbour said. Looking back, she showed increases in recent budgets and costs per pupil, as well as enrollments over the past five years.

HE’S A MEAN ONE, MISTER GRINCH! STEALING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN BRADFORD!—The Grinch was spotted in front of Marc and Beverly Sinclair’s house on Main Street, snagging their Christmas lights recently. Actually, the Grinch is a new addition to their holiday decoration display.
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