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Census data shows mixed results

The 2020 Census shows slight shifts in population distribution in the Upper Valley, according to more detailed data released on Sept. 16. Some towns experienced larger jumps in population and Haverhill reported a 2.4% decrease, while most other Upper Valley towns and villages experienced smaller changes or reported similar numbers to those they had in […]

Board poised to make Airport decision

NORTH HAVERHILL—A public hearing will be held on Monday night on an airport safety study that could have long-term impacts for airport users, nearby residents and motorists on Airport Road. For decades, obstructions near Dean Memorial Airport, the small municipal-owned airport built on land donated to the town in the 1940s, have raised red flags.

Village construction project underway

FAIRLEE—A large construction project in downtown Fairlee is attracting a great deal of curiosity these days. So, what’s going on next to the old railroad station? According to Vermont Agency of Transportation’s assistant director for railroads and aviation Trini Brassard, extreme weather on July 1, 2017 washed out, damaged and undercut two culverts underneath the […]

Sweet icon on exhibit at BPL

BRADFORD—From mythical legends and modern day heroes to classic cartoons and contemporary public figures, you can find them in the form of a Pez dispenser. And right now, there is an extensive collection of these colorful candy compartments on display at the Bradford Public Library. Amazingly, the hundreds of dispensers on exhibit represent just a […]

Friends, admirers pay homage to balloonist

POST MILLS—“Jump in, let’s go for a ride,” was often on the lips of the late Brian Boland, the guy who brought ballooning to Post Mills Airport. The weather was perfect as pilots and balloon enthusiasts from near and far converged on the Post Mills Airport on Sept. 11-12 for the gathering of the 2021 […]

Board approves mask requirement for staff

WOODSVILLE—For the third time in a little over a month, a divided school board voted on a mask mandate at its three schools. During a regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 13, Haverhill Cooperative School Board members voted 4-3 to require staff members to wear masks while indoors with students and when unable to maintain 6 […]

Liquor permit approved, another denied

BRADFORD—Spirits were not running high at last week’s Bradford Selectboard meeting after a request to serve beer and wine by a local business was denied. Vittles House of Brews’ owner Kendall Gendron had submitted a request to reserve the Bradford Academy auditorium on Oct. 31 for a Halloween Drag Burlesque Show and to serve beer […]

Rivendell maintains mask mandate

ORFORD—Students and staff will be wearing masks at Rivendell’s three schools for the foreseeable future. “Our focus remains on keeping the school community healthy and our schools operational,” superintendent Barrett Williams wrote in a letter on Sept. 10. On Sept. 14, the district reported two cases at Rivendell Academy in Orford, one case at Samuel […]

FD members quit in leadership spat

WEST TOPSHAM—Half a dozen area firefighters resigned last week after a combustible association annual meeting. Six firefighters resigned from the Tri-Village Fire Department on Sept.1, citing dissatisfaction with leadership, the current trustee board’s incompetence, lack of professionalism, and the risk of allowing untrained personnel to operate apparatus and attend working fire scenes. According to TVFD […]

Judge rejects most motions in Simpson kidnap case

BURLINGTON—A federal judge has denied more than 40 self-filed motions by a Vermont defendant charged with abducting a woman, crossing state lines, and sexually assaulting her in front of her son in Windsor County. Everett A. Simpson, 44, most recently from St. Johnsbury, had filed about four dozen defense motions, including 11 requests seeking dismissal […]