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October 19, 2016 top stories
Oxbow selects new
interim principal

BRADFORD—A veteran Lyndon Institute educator will take over the helm at Oxbow High School beginning next month.
A school board committee at Oxbow High School has recommended that Jean Wheeler be selected as the new interim principal. During a brief telephone interview on Oct. 13, Orange East Supervisory Union Superintendent Beth Cobb said Wheeler was the committee’s first choice although posting the open position attracted “some very strong candidates.”

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Meth lab
busted, again

BOLTONVILLE—For the second time in a month, a residence in the tiny hamlet on the Newbury-Ryegate border was searched for methamphetamine manufacturing equipment.
On Sept. 16, state police troopers along with other personnel from Vermont Department of Public Safety searched a home on Boltonville Road and ultimately arrested Daniel Roy, 28, of Ryegate and Jason Davidson, 32, of Woodsville for the manufacture and sale of methamphetamines. They later pleaded not guilty at their arraignments.

LONG MAY IT WAVE—This flag was billowing in the breeze last week in front of some colorful foliage and the mountains of New Hampshire.


Prayer vote set for November

GROTON—The Groton Selectboard has scheduled a special town meeting for Nov. 17 to vote on a resolution related to prayer at the annual town meeting.
According to minutes of the selectboard’s Oct. 6 meeting, the special vote is scheduled to occur at 6 p.m. at the Community Building.
For the last few months, the selectboard and community members have been discussing a potential town-wide vote on whether to continue the tradition of holding a prayer, a reading or another observance at the start or immediately prior to the start of the annual town meeting.

Tax incentives mulled
in blight fight

NORTH HAVERHILL—In an effort to fix housing blight, the Haverhill Selectboard is exploring whether to ask voters at town meeting to establish a municipal tax relief program to incentivize property development.
On Monday night during a regularly scheduled meeting, board members for the first time publically discussed implementing the community revitalization tax relief incentive as provided under state law. The statute, RSA 79: E, was passed in 2006.
The program essentially empowers the selectboard to provide tax relief for up to five years to property owners who complete “substantial rehabilitation” of a “qualifying structure” that is in the “public benefit.” The law is designed to encourage the rehabilitation of underutilized buildings in cities and town centers that improve economic activity or the historic character of a neighborhood.

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