Ordinance repeal rebuffed in Fairlee

FAIRLEE—Nearly two-thirds of residents attending a special town meeting on Feb. 24 voted to retain an ordinance regulating short-term rentals. The selectboard adopted the ordinance last year to aid enforcement of the town’s zoning bylaws.

Barnet Civil War photo mystery explored

BARNET—When Barnet artist Edward Kadunc was shown a photo of a Civil War Union Army captain posed with four young black men possibly soldiers themselves, the unusual image instantly intrigued him. He knew he had to paint it. This is Part 2; Part 1 was in the Feb. 21 edition.

Roystan recalls time on board after 27 years

NEWBURY—Alma Roystan is closing one chapter of her life after 27 years on the Newbury Selectboard. Roystan, who is not seeking reelection, will leave the board when her term expires on town meeting day next week.

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Beresford was force to be reckoned with

BRADFORD—Those who make us dig the deepest leave the most lasting impression. Shirley Beresford, a long-time Bradford resident who died on Jan. 26 at age 92, demanded a lot out of those around her. She expressed herself with no hint of fear or hesitation. In return, she was fair and respectful; a renaissance woman who was watchful guardian and repository of all things Bradford and its schools.

Roof collapses in Corinth fire

CORINTH—Several fire- fighters had a scare at a structure fire in Corinth when the roof collapsed while they were inside the building fighting the blaze.  On Feb. 13 at 8:56 a.m., the Corinth Fire Department responded to a first-alarm structure fire at 1817 Taplin Hill Road. Bradford, Newbury, and Tri-Village fire departments also responded.

Young crash survivor shares her compelling story

NORTH HAVERHILL—In 2020, 17-year-old Sierra Longmoore crashed the family car in Newbury and suffered a massive brain injury. Her critical condition left little hope that she would survive even the airlift to the hospital.  Six months later, Sierra was back at school, working with a tutor to complete her senior year. Now, after graduating college, Sierra’s mission is to support other traumatic brain injury patients and their families through charity and by sharing her story.

Local artist finds inspiration in the past

BARNET—Edward Kadunc visited the Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, area on a trip with his cousin when he was a teenager, awakening in him a hunger to learn everything he could about Civil War-era abolitionists.

Business Buzz: East Coast Van Builds

BRADFORD—There are four van build companies on the eastern side of the United States. One of them is in our backyard.
East Coast Van Builds is located in the former A Notch Above building on the Lower Plain in Bradford. Owner Matthew Strong has rented the site since April 1, 2021, when his business officially opened. He currently employs seven full-time and four part-time employees.

Rivendell principal is out

ORFORD—Rivendell Head of Schools Keri Gelenian has left the district abruptly after his contract was not renewed.  His last day was Feb. 12. According to Rivendell Superintendent Barrett Williams, Gelenian retired. Attempts to contact Gelenian at the school on Tuesday morning were not successful.