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New park mulled for tax sale property

PIERMONT— On March 13, voters will decide whether to pass article 16 and develop less than an acre of land, formerly known as the Veilette property, into a community park. Located at 239 Route 25C, the property is deemed an ideal spot for recreation and picnic use. According to Piermont Selectboard Chair Colin Stubbings, the […]

Selectman proposes river name change

WARREN—Of the 28 articles listed on Warren’s town meeting warrant, it is number 25, changing the name of the Baker River to Asquamchumauke River, which is unusual. The Baker has long held the name Asquamchumauke although it may not be a well-known fact. Asquamchumauke is an Abenaki word which means salmon spawning place. In a […]

Board defends warrant articles

WOODSVILLE—A selectboard candidate accused board members of a “power grab” on Monday night with proposed changes in town governance that will be voted on during town meeting. Michael Graham, who is challenging selectboard chair Darwin Clogston, said proposals to give the selectboard the power to appoint the town treasurer and budget committee members deserved public […]

Vault repairs to continue

BRADFORD—Work will continue on a pricey hole in the ground in downtown Bradford. The Bradford Selectboard has authorized another round of repairs for a section of Main Street sidewalk. At a meeting on Feb. 25, the board voted unanimously to spend as much as $100,000 for the second phase of repair work around the so-called […]

Haverhill candidates set to square off

NORTH HAVERHILL—The escalating division among Haverhill’s precincts was a concern for both candidates running for a three-year term on Haverhill’s selectboard. All town meeting voting, including officer elections, will be conducted by Australian ballot at the Haverhill Cooperative Middle School on March 13. Walk-through and drive-through voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 7 […]

Hundreds get vaccine at local clinic

NORTH HAVERHILL—With cooperative weather, last week’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic went smoothly as 450 Grafton County residents received their first shots via a drive-through clinic at the Horse Meadow Senior Center. In early February Dick Guy, director of Woodsville Ambulance contacted Maureen Platt-Russell, newly hired director of the HMSC to see if she could get at […]

Dental clinic eyed in Wells River

NEWBURY—Little Rivers Health Care is expanding its footprint in the short term and the long term. First, Little Rivers has set up a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the former Newbury Health Center. According to Andrew Barter, Little Rivers Chief Operating Officer, it is a state-based clinic and vaccination eligibility is determined by the Vermont Department […]

Town meeting looks different in 2021

Some area New Hampshire towns will hold their town meetings in the next few weeks, while others have delayed proceedings for a couple of months. Bath Town meeting has been delayed until Saturday, June 5 at 1 p.m. Bath votes on its officers from the floor. The selectboard members have finalized a meeting warrant and […]

Town meeting preview Candidates state their case ahead of vote

BRADFORD—Five Bradford Selectboard candidates are gearing up for town meeting day in which community members will decide who will be filling the two open town officer positions. There are two selectboard positions—one for a three-year term and the other for a two-year term. Candidates Todd Danis, Meroa Benjamin, Sarah Surette, and Anna Davidson are all […]

Town meeting preview PD budget scrutinized as vote approaches

THETFORD—Police funding is the key issue in Thetford’s proposed budget for 2021. The budget shows an 18.8 percent increase in police funding yet a line item shows a reduction in payroll which could mean a reduction in hours and pay of department personnel. Besides Chief Michael Evans, the police department consists of two other full-time […]