Fire was just latest flare in simmering dispute

WELLS RIVER—More than two weeks after a fire devastated an historic school building, it remains to be seen whether the old school will ever be restored. But it is clear that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome.
The flames which burned in the historic schoolhouse in Wells River on July 18 may be symbolic of a smoldering, what some might call, hostility between Lisa Stepancic, the building’s owner and the broader village community.

Piermont man faces kidnapping charge

NORTH HAVERHILL—A Piermont man is facing kidnapping, assault, and weapons charges as a result of an incident in May at his Knapp Road home.
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Long awaited pre-K to open at WRVS

WAITS RIVER—The Waits River Valley School will welcome a pre-kindergarten class later this month.
In a recent interview, principal Carlotta Simonds-Perantoni said the school has been working on developing a pre-K for many years. She said school officials hesitated pushing for it while independent preschools were available and due to budget constraints.
But over the past few years, fewer providers were available to take in Corinth and Topsham students.

When Bill Russell came to Bradford

BRADFORD—In late March 1965, Bill Russell was at the peak of his playing career.
The Celtics had won six straight NBA championships and they were a good bet for a seventh. Russell, who died on Sunday at the age of 88, had just led the Boston Celtics to a 62-18 regular season record. Scooping up his fifth career MVP award, he led the league in rebounding and minutes played.

Warning issued on local scam

BRADFORD—The Bradford Police Department has issued a warning about a scam that has swindled several local prospective Good Samaritans out of money.
Over the past two weeks, BPD has received numerous complaints about a woman in her mid- to late 20s approaching various people on the Lower Plain and on Main Street with stories about needing help with her mother’s sickness and other claims for assistance.

Fairlee mulls cannabis vote

FAIRLEE—Fairlee voters could get a chance to weigh in on permitting retail marijuana sales in town.
During a meeting on Monday night, the board discussed setting a timetable for public hearings and a vote on proposed changes to the town’s zoning bylaws, opting into Vermont’s retail marijuana sales regime, and funding for a new truck for the fire department.

Cottage doc retires after 45 years

WOODSVILLE—When Dr. Gerald Lyons Jr. stepped out into the gray morning of April 25 after signing off on his last scheduled shift at Cottage Hospital, he took with him 45 years of experience.
Wearing a surgical mask and carrying three bags, there was no fanfare as he walked away in the dim daylight. In the parking lot he was met by a handful of people and a few words were exchanged before he climbed into his black Ford pickup truck.
That has not stopped people from recognizing his efforts after a lengthy stint of practicing medicine in the area.

Distinctive logging company closes shop

WEST NEWBURY—Who knew log cabins could be works of art?
They are when the materials are hand-picked, perfect specimens and cleverly put together by a skilled craftsman.
No cookie-cut, assembly line results for John Nininger, of West Newbury, who just might someday be referred to as the “log whisperer.”
As founder of the Wooden House Company, Nininger worked to make sure that each structure was different from the last. Now, however, he is ready to enjoy retirement and he has put up the company’s former headquarters in the Newbury Industrial Park for sale.

Former school burns in Wells River

WELLS RIVER—A devastating fire ripped through an historic school building on Monday morning that has been a hub of village activity for nearly 150 years.
Firefighters from across the region converged on the old school building in Wells River before 11:30 a.m. to fight the blaze. Currently serving as a home, the building’s two residents and their five pets escaped without injury.

Board won’t seek removal of elections official

WOODSVILLE—The Haverhill Selectboard will not demand the resignation of an elected supervisor of the checklist who was recently cited for electioneering.
As reported in last week’s edition, Regis Roy, a longtime supervisor of the checklist in Haverhill, was recently ordered by the New Hampshire Department of Justice to cease and desist from electoral interference after four witnesses told investigators that she lobbied voters at the polls during the ill-fated 2021 town meeting.