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August 15, 2018 top stories
NH ed funding worries
local officials

NORTH HAVERHILL—“A kid is a kid, whether in Haverhill, Bedford or Windham. It needs to be equitable. Right now the formula doesn’t allow for equity,” said Rep. Rick Ladd at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Haverhill Cooperative School Board.
Reports of a $6 increase per $1,000 of assessed value have raised the ire of many Haverhill residents. As a result, the turnout at Monday’s meeting was a little larger than usual.
Ladd is a Republican from Haverhill. He also chairs the education committee and vice chairs a study committee tasked with developing a solution to the education funding crisis in New Hampshire.
The $6 figure is not all in one year, however. It represents the cumulative increase in the tax rate per $1,000 over a period of 20 years as state stabilization grants are phased out.

Piermont woman sentenced for fraud

RUTLAND—A Piermont woman accused of buying tack and barn supplies on an employer’s credit card has been ordered to pay back over $71,000. Additionally, Katie Stygles, 29, was sentenced to five years of probation by a federal judge after she pleaded guilty to credit card fraud.
According to the indictment, Stygles began working for ARC Mechanical Contractors in Bradford in 2010. In February 2016, she was promoted to the position of office manager where she had access to the company credit card number, which she used to order supplies.

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Rider growth fuels
new bus buy

BRADFORD—Ridership along the Stagecoach Transportation’s River Route has swelled so much that the agency recently incorporated a larger bus to accommodate the increasing number of commuters. And a second large bus is on the way.
Headquartered in Randolph, Stagecoach is the public transit agency in Orange and northern Windsor counties. It merged with Addison County Transit Resources in May 2017, but still operates under the Stagecoach name in Orange County.
The River Route follows the Connecticut River between Wells River and Lebanon, Hanover, and White River Junction with several stops along the way in Newbury, Bradford, Fairlee, and Thetford. It is a weekday commuter route connecting local residents to employment, medical appointments, shopping, and other services in the Upper Valley.
In an interview, Stagecoach Community Relations Manager Jesse Davis reported that the River Route is the highest performer in the last fiscal year. He theorizes that this is due to the number park and rides on the route that attracts residents from both New Hampshire and Vermont.

Sewage dispute
nears end

WOODSVILLE—A three-year interstate dispute between neighboring villages was finally resolved after reaching a tipping point earlier this summer.
Wells River Village Trustees and Woodsville Precinct Commissioners met several times over the last few years, but were mostly unsuccessful in coming to an arrangement regarding Woodsville’s sewer system rates. Then in June, Wells River’s attorney successfully moved both sides towards an agreement. Now, Woodsville has developed a rate structure that they feel should satisfy everybody.
The dispute emerged in the spring of 2015. Woodsville Fire District Commissioner Richard Guy said that when he became a commissioner again in March 2016 after a break, the dispute was in full swing. He said he had been on the board for a long time prior to that, and this was the first time that Wells River voiced concerns regarding the rates.

Larkin Muenster, 5, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania enjoys some Maddie Cakes—pastries made by Maddie Warshauer during the West Newbury Summer Festival on Saturday.
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