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May 24, 2017 top stories
BES budget passes,
field vote delayed

BRADFORD—This year’s version of the Bradford Academy and Graded School District annual meeting echoed the 2016 meeting in that the budget passed easily. And, for the second year in a row, most discussion centered on Act 46 and Memorial Field.
A balmy late spring evening provided the backdrop for the meeting, held in the Bradford Academy auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on May 17. A line of crabapple trees were in full bloom on the south side of the building and temperatures were hovering at levels usually experienced in mid-July.
Despite these seasonal distractions, an audience of about 30 stalwarts grilled school officials on Act 46 as well as an article added after the publication of the report to convey Memorial Field to the town of Bradford for a nominal fee.

Bear wins fans,
cancels game

WELLS RIVER—Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River may have earned an unofficial mascot last week when a bear wandered onto the school grounds.
The students christened the bear “Bucky” after the school’s nickname for its athletic teams. It was first sighted around the playground on May 18. The BMU students were moved inside for recesses and Bucky reportedly made several appearances throughout the day.
The game warden was called and it was determined that the bear is most likely a yearling and poses little threat to humans.
“He was just poking around for food, trying to figure out how to be a bear,” said BMU superintendent Emilie Knisley.

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Fatal ATV accident
in Newbury

NEWBURY—A Newbury woman was killed in an ATV accident over the weekend.
On May 21 at approximately 3:50 p.m., the Vermont State Police received a report of an ATV accident involving a female subject located on private property on Fish Pond Road in Newbury.
The operator, Christine Wheeler, 54, of Newbury, was found pinned under her Polaris UTV unresponsive, after it rolled over on top of her in her driveway. Wheeler succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Woodsville and Newbury Rescue responded to the scene.

Bridge replacement
starts next month

BRADFORD—An 84-year-old bridge over the Waits River will be torn down next month before a new span is constructed over the summer.
Beginning June 16, the Route 25B bridge over the Waits River just north of the intersection with Route 25 will close for approximately four months. The Vermont Agency of Transportation will install a new bridge at the same location with a targeted opening of Sept. 8.

READY TO MARCH—Nearly 200 people, including this enthusiastic toddler, participated in the annual March of Dimes Walk in Wells River and Woodsville on Sunday morning. The event is sponsored by Wells River Savings Bank. More photos on page 16.

JO PHOTO BY RICHARD SWENSON

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