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2020 Election Review Vermont

BRADFORD—Vermont’s new lieutenant governor grew up in Newbury and will now be the top elected Democrat in one of the bluest states in the country. Democrat Molly Gray won a statewide office in her first bid for an elected position defeating Republican Scott Milne with 49.3 percent of the vote to 42.3 percent.

2020 Election Review New Hampshire

NORTH HAVERHILL—Whiplash. Sweeping gains in 2018 which lifted Democrats to majorities on the Executive Council and in both chambers of the General Court vanished last week. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu won re-election; Republicans went from a 3-2 minority to a 4-1 majority on the Executive Council; and Republicans are now the majority party-pending the outcomes […]

State eyes Newbury for detention center

NEWBURY—Vermont officials want to replace the shuttered Woodside juvenile detention center with a privately run facility in Newbury. The Vermont Agency of Human Services is poised to enter into a contract with the Becket Family of Services for a six-bed, secure residential treatment program for youth involved in the state criminal justice system. AHS and […]

Solar array dealt blow

BRADFORD—The future looks dim for a proposed solar array on the Lower Plain. A hearing officer has recommended that the Vermont Public Utilities Commission deny the application of Bradford Solar, LLC for a 500-kilowatt, ground-mounted system on the Lower Plain. The decision is a victory for local opponents to the project, who have argued the […]

HPD outlines staff time

NORTH HAVERHILL—Thefts, motor vehicle offenses, assaults, domestic violence, and sex crimes were the five types of crimes most reported to the Haverhill Police Department from 2017-2019. The data comes from a staffing and resource analysis presented to the selectboard last week. The study was undertaken earlier this year after a pair of officer departures left […]

Schools cope with staff shortages

BRADFORD—Like many school districts around the region, Oxbow Unified Union School District faces staffing challenges during the COVID-19 era. But with an increase in the number of absences taken by regular teachers and staff combined with a reduced pool of substitutes to draw from, it’s likely the problems will only get worse as flu and […]

Budget vote set as Newbury plots exit

BRADFORD—The fate of the fledgling Oxbow Unified Union School District weighs in the balance. The district for Bradford and Newbury is still searching for voter approval of an operating budget for the school year underway. At an Oct. 21 meeting held by Zoom, the school board finalized a $16,780,183 proposal for the four schools and […]

Group studies taking PVS private

PIERMONT—Several Piermont residents are moving forward with a study considering the privatization of Piermont Village School. The chair of the Transition to Private School Advisory Committee briefed the Piermont Village School Board during its meeting on Oct. 20. The committee was formed last December after consultation with the school board. The panel’s chair, Lee Robie, […]

Broadband buildout moves up to 2021

BRADFORD—Parts of Bradford, Corinth, Fairlee, and West Fairlee could see a deployment of a new broadband network as early as next year. ECFiber announced on Oct. 21 that it plans to build over 160 miles of fiber-optic network in those towns and Windsor in 2021 if a proposed operating budget is approved by its directors […]

Bradford approves salt, ice rink buys

BRADFORD—The Bradford Selectboard approved a couple of purchases to get the town ready for winter weather at its meeting on Oct. 22. One is an annual item. The selectboard approved the purchase of winter road salt from American Rock Salt, the lone company that supplied a quote to the town. Bradford Highway Chief Phil Page […]