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Legion post faces uncertain future

WOODSVILLE—Though the Ross-Wood American Legion Post #20 is carrying on business as usual, it has lost its nonprofit status and faces an uncertain future. Hundreds of veterans have gathered at 4 Ammonoosuc Street throughout the post’s 102-year existence to hold meetings, play cribbage, and socialize while grabbing a bite to eat or drink at the […]

Many close calls in NH primary results

New Hampshire residents cast their ballots in the New Hampshire state primary election on Sept. 13. Most of the contested elections were on the Republican ballot, including two federal offices that were settled by relatively narrow margins.

Finding balance on Vershire pony farm

VERSHIRE—As the late summer sun dappled across the arena, Sarah McRae Thrasher stood in the center of the space. Her small frame commanded everyone’s attention with her voice — not loud or commanding, but direct. While instructing two students, one a novice and the other an intermediate equestrian, she gave each attention and encouragement.

Charles Clark was Bradford’s hero

BRADFORD—Next month marks the 100th anniversary of the death of a man whose figure still looms over downtown Bradford. So who exactly was Charles Clark? Charles Edgar Clark was born in the family home on South Main Street on Aug. 10, 1843. He was the second son of parents James Dayton and Mary Sexton Clark. […]

JO day moves to Thursday

Beginning with the Sept. 21 issue, the Journal Opinion will start arriving on newsstands on Thursdays. As most know, this means the paper will be out one day later than it has been for the last 16 years. This is not a change we want to make. We were notified in early August that Upper […]

OESU Board says no to Lincoln

BRADFORD—The Addison County town of Lincoln, Vermont is closer to Lake Champlain than the Connecticut River, but continuing fallout from a wave of education governance consolidation has its school district seeking a new home farther afield. Depending on how things play out in neighboring towns, including Ripton, in the coming weeks, Lincoln’s school district may […]

Residents criticize algae response

FAIRLEE—Fairlee residents expressed frustration Monday that they’ve been kept in the dark by officials about cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Morey and that leaders have done too little to deal with the situation. A half dozen residents that night criticized the Fairlee Selectboard, along with state regulators, for their seemingly slow response to the spread of […]

RISD teachers claim salary discrepancy

WEST FAIRLEE—Several teachers in the Rivendell Interstate School District asked board members to examine educator salaries at the meeting on Sept. 6. Rivendell Academy digital culture leader and robotics teacher Kerry Browne said teacher salaries in the district lag behind other area districts.

Biomass plant faces hurdles to remain open

RYEGATE—With the future of the Ryegate biomass plant up in the air, a state study has found that its closure would negatively impact the regional economy and electricity production. According to the study, published in March, the plant’s closure could devastate the area’s logging industry, eliminate some $14 million of economic activity from the region […]

Hundreds of hay bales lost in Bath fire

BATH—In the early morning hour of Aug. 30 at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Bath Fire Department was dispatched to 575 Monroe Road, the Roy family farm, for the report of a barn fire. In an interview, Bath Fire Chief Don Bowman said once he arrived on scene, it was clear that more manpower from other […]