Press stop for good at Upper Valley Press

NORTH HAVERHILL—Upper Valley Press has gone quiet. The longtime commercial printing company began in the early 1970s in Bradford and moved in the late 1990s to North Haverhill to expand, fell victim to the decline in the print industry and ceased operations earlier this month.

Bradford, Thetford send Gaza letters

In compliance with votes taken at town meeting in March, selectboards in both Bradford and Thetford have sent letters to the White House in recent weeks calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Superintendent resigns, interim named

ORFORD—Rivendell Superintendent Barrett Williams resigned during the May 7 school board meeting after five years in the position. He had informed the board of his intention on May 3.

Special meeting vote set

BRADFORD—The Bradford Selectboard has set Saturday, June 22 at 9 a.m. for a special town meeting to review the proposed study of a sidewalk along Creamery Road to improve pedestrian access to the Bradford Park and Ride and the TriValley Transit bus depot. The meeting will be held in person at the Bradford Academy. The first article on the warning (see page B5) is for discussion. The town’s planning commission is slated to make a presentation. The second article is for a vote on the proposal.

Groton Gateway Park aims to draw visitors

GROTON—An ambitious plan to bring new life — and visitors year-round — to the Groton railbed system will be happening this spring and summer. More than 10 miles of old railbed runs through the town of Groton, home to the Groton State Forest which covers nearly one-third of the town.

OUUSD and WRVS pass budgets

BRADFORD—The 2024-2025 $20,936,038 budget passed by a 110 to 58 vote at the Oxbow Unified Union School District Annual Meeting on Monday night.

TOPSHAM—Approximately 90 Corinth and Topsham residents gathered in the Waits River School gymnasium on May 6 for their 54th annual meeting. The hot topic? An $8 million school budget for 2024-2025 with approximately $7.5 million to be raised by taxes. The budget eventually passed in a 64-30 paper ballot vote.

Petition sparks pot vote

GROTON—There will likely be a special vote in the coming weeks on whether Groton wants to permit retail marijuana sales in town.

Haverhill Selectboard fills vacancy

WOODSVILLE—The Haverhill Selectboard voted on Monday night to appoint Ron Hurlburt to fill a seat vacated by Phil Blanchard last month. Hurlburt will serve until at least town meeting in 2025 when an election will be held to fill the final year of the term.

Colatina moves on after labor violations

BRADFORD—The owner of a popular Main Street restaurant defended its employment practices after the U.S. Department of Labor announced more than $300,000 in fines and damages against the business last week.

Bradford’s special sidewalk vote delayed

BRADFORD—The Bradford Selectboard voted on April 25 to cancel the May 18 special town meeting on the Creamery Road sidewalk study. Board members cancelled the town meeting on the recommendation of legal counsel. The May 18 special town meeting was warned at an attempted emergency selectboard meeting on April 17.