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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 […]

OESU to continue masks into October

BRADFORD—Although the Vermont Department of Education has recommended that schools require universal masking for all students and staff for the first 10 days of the year, schools in Orange East Supervisory Union will continue the practice through at least Oct. 15. The announcement came last week before at least one COVID-19 case prompted some classes […]

Reval finds growth

WOODSVILLE—The town’s assessor says the value of Haverhill’s grand list grew 16% in the last five years. Tim Northcott of M&N Assessing told selectboard members on Aug. 30 that the schedule of property in town increased from $400,410,353 to $464,347,792 under the most recent revaluation conducted earlier this year. Northcott said the revaluation examined all […]