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January 18, 2017 top stories
OESU head to depart

BRADFORD—Orange East Supervisory Union Superintendent Beth Cobb has accepted a similar position with the newly created Essex-Westford School District in Chittenden County. She will leave OESU at the end of June.
Cobb, currently a Lyndonville resident, has been leading OESU since 2012 when she succeeded then-superintendent Don Johnson upon his retirement. She first came to the district in 2010 as curriculum coordinator before becoming assistant superintendent.
At the Jan. 10 OESU board meeting, petitions supporting Cobb from Oxbow High School and Bradford Elementary School staff were reviewed, following their receipt by the OHS and BES boards at meetings on Dec. 6 and Jan. 5. The petitioners were asking the OESU board to offer Cobb a contract through fiscal year 2018.

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Draft budget down, taxes up

NORTH HAVERHILL—The Haverhill School Board could reduce the number of teachers next year in an effort to rein in a potential tax hike.
Last week, school board members got their first look at a draft budget for the 2017-2018 school year. Despite a decrease of over $200,000 in proposed spending, an early projection shows taxes in the district could increase by nearly 4.5 percent.
The draft budget is still subject to revision over the next two weeks. A final version would be reviewed at a public hearing on Feb. 13 and then presented to voters at the annual district meeting in March.

Rift remains in Piermont

PIERMONT—If you’re disappointed about the closure of Ringling Bros., you can still watch a circus in Piermont.
Three months after the three-person Piermont Selectboard returned to meeting as a full group, civil debate appears as elusive as ever. Moments after the customary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the meeting of Jan. 10 descended into a 2.5 hour squabble that produced little but discord, threats and accusations.
It’s perhaps a good trial run considering the parties involved will be back in court later this month as part of litigation that has divided the selectboard and many of the town’s residents.

Ice fishing continued on Lake Morey on Jan. 12 despite the mid-winter temperatures rising into the 40s.

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Eliminating stigma is
key in addiction battle

NORTH HAVERHILL—“Who is an addict?”
Jon Kesty asked the crowd seated before him as he began Opioid Awareness 101 at Haverhill Cooperative Middle School on the evening of Jan. 12.
“It could be anybody sitting in this room,” one audience member said.
Kesty said he usually gets answers describing a stereotypical and negative perception of what an addict looks like. Kesty’s goal is to bring education and awareness to New Hampshire communities and to eliminate the stigma attached to opioid addiction or substance use disorder.
“Stigma prevents communication,” he said.

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