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DCF: No adults at Covered Bridges

NEWBURY—The Vermont Department of Children and Families has no plans to house young adults at a proposed juvenile detention center in Newbury. DCF Commissioner Sean Brown told legislators on June 3 that the Covered Bridges facility will not be taking in “emerging adults.” The comments came during a session of the Vermont Legislature’s Joint Justice […]

Class project raises funds for clean water

WAITS RIVER—What began as a library class research project, three 6th grade students took several steps further. The project asked students to select one of many global issues to study: food insecurity; human trafficking; natural disasters; and others. Kobin Ellsworth, Aiden Otterman, and Gabbi Snider chose to research access to clean water. Finding clean drinking […]

Fair eyes 2022 return, but parades will line up

BRADFORD—Even as much of the region emerges from the throes of the pandemic, organizers of some annual events are planning for another year without their feature attractions. The Bradford Fair recently announced it was cancelling its 2021 event. “It was a difficult decision to postpone the annual Bradford Fair until July of 2022,” Tammy Coffin […]

Next generation takes up Chapman’s torch

FAIRLEE—On Sunday, May 6, 2007, a raging fire consumed the Colby Block in Fairlee, displacing a number of apartment residents and several businesses on Main Street. Since then, not much has happened to rebuild the site. That is beginning to change. The former Colby Block parcel is now owned in partnership as Appleseed, LLC. It […]

Roads discussion continued in Orford

ORFORD—At least some of the tension from Orford Town Meeting appears resolved. At its meeting on May 26, the Orford Selectboard voted to direct the highway department to grade two dirt roads in town by the end of this week unless there are exigent circumstances. During town meeting on May 22, roads and highway maintenance […]

Corinth holds delayed annual meeting

COOKEVILLE—Calling the meeting to order, moderator Gary Apfel mentioned a few obvious departures from tradition: For the first time in 257 years, Corinth’s Town Meeting was held in May, outdoors, under what Apfel described as “a circus tent.” Those attending wore masks and took their seats in chairs widely spaced apart. No sooner had the […]

ATVs get OK for 2021

WOODSVILLE—The Haverhill Selectboard voted on Monday night to approve ATV access for several months on all roads in Mountain Lakes as well as two class VI roads that will tie into an existing bypass route on town roadways. Specifically, the board authorized ATVs riders to travel Mountain Lakes roads and use class VI Morse Road […]

Roads take center stage in Orford

ORFORD—Residents once again declined to make the road agent position an elected one, but agreed to form a highway advisory commission during the annual town meeting on Saturday afternoon. For the second year in a row, voters rejected a petitioned article to elect the town’s highway chief. In a paper ballot, voters defeated the article […]

Haverhill memorial park to host ceremony

NORTH HAVERHILL—Six years ago, members of the Haverhill Memorial VFW Post 5245 had a vision for a memorial park, honoring all veterans past and present, at the Roland and Florence Clough VFW Field in North Haverhill. Now, with the help of volunteers and local businesses, the endeavor is nearing its final phase, and will be […]

Scammers continue to target seniors

EAST CORINTH—Scams involving social security numbers were among the most frequent scams received by the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program last year. An East Corinth woman, who requested her name be withheld, recently received a call from a person who claimed to be an investigator for the Social Security Administration. Under the guise of a […]