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Budget finalized for Haverhill town meeting

HAVERHILL—Haverhill residents will vote on a $5.27 million operating budget during the annual Haverhill town meeting on March 12. The Haverhill Selectboard voted to send the proposed budget to the town meeting, along with several warrant articles, after a Feb. 7 budget hearing. Voters will also be asked to decide whether the Haverhill and Woodsville […]

Orange County budget approved

CHELSEA—County government in Vermont does not exactly have the same role as county governments in most states across the country. Nevertheless, there is still county government. Orange County’s side judges led a sparsely attended public hearing on Jan. 26 on the budget, which went into effect on Feb. 1. The hearing was conducted via Zoom. […]

Gawel named as new OESU superintendent

BRADFORD—The Orange East Supervisory Union Board wasted no time appointing a replacement for current superintendent Emilie Knisley, who is leaving the position at the end of June when her three-year contract expires. Last week, the district announced assistant superintendent Randall Gawel will be Knisley’s successor. He started at OESU in July, moving from Michigan to […]

NHSP conducts Piermont investigation

PIERMONT—Members of the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit were in Piermont on Monday afternoon and evening as investigators collected evidence at a home on Mazzilli Drive. Piermont Police Chief Brandon Alling referred questions to NHSP, who declined to speak to a reporter at the scene. Several police vehicles were parked in the driveway […]

Plea reached in carjacking death

NORTH HAVERHILL—A Lebanon man plans to plead guilty to charges related to a 2019 carjacking and assault of David Dickey, a 79-year-old North Haverhill man who later died of his injuries. Branden Harriman, 23, has filed paperwork in court indicating he will plead guilty to manslaughter and witness tampering. He could serve 12-25 years in […]

Detention center wins Act 250 permit

NEWBURY—The state panel reviewing a proposal by the Vermont Permanency Initiative and the Vermont Department of Children of Families to transform a former bed and breakfast into a juvenile detention center provided an Act 250 permit to the project last week. Despite the approval by the Vermont Natural Resources Board, the state and its partner […]

OESU superintendent to step aside

BRADFORD—Orange East Supervisory Union Superintendent Emilie Knisley will not renew her contract when it expires on June 30. During an executive session held on Jan. 18, Knisley informed the OESU board of her decision. The next day she wrote that it had been a “long-term goal” to give up her administrative role before her eldest […]

ZBA cuts down cell tower

HAVERHILL—For now, there will be no new cell tower built in North Haverhill. The Haverhill Zoning Board of Adjustment has denied Vertex Tower Assets LLC’s application to build a 161-foot-high lattice tower on Teepee Road in North Haverhill. The board held a public hearing on Jan. 4 before voting on the application at a follow-up […]

New signs coming for embattled bridge

THETFORD CENTER—Less than 12 months after new signs went up on an historic covered bridge frequently struck by oversized motor vehicles, an oversized motor vehicle struck the bridge knocking down the new signs. Sayre Bridge on Tucker Hill Road was damaged earlier this month by a truck passing through that was too large for the […]