Board stalemated on Airport Road

NORTH HAVERHILL—After nearly two more hours of debate on Monday evening, the Haverhill Selectboard remains indecisive about Airport Road.
Earlier this year, an FAA-sponsored study of Dean Memorial Airport safety was completed. Last month, a public hearing was held on the study’s recommendations to correct various long-standing natural and manmade safety hazards at the small, municipally owned airport.

Town to assess demolition costs

TOPSHAM—The new town garage site dominated discussion at the Oct. 25 selectboard meeting, which was held in person and with remote participation.
Board members voted to hire a contractor specializing in demolition to provide an estimate to tearing down two structures on the property.
A new garage site has long bedeviled Topsham. Few question the need for a new home for the town highway crew. The current garage in East Topsham is cramped and in poor condition.

Wicked windows catch the eye

CORINTH—Witches get plenty of attention in October, which brings to mind those odd-angled windows seen on area 19th century farmhouses. The architectural wonders are displayed in their diagonal glory positioned near the eaves and stimulate questions from visitors who have not seen them before.
Commonly, these windows are double-hung sash windows, but can also be single-sided casements. They are usually built into a gable-end wall, with the long edge parallel to the roof’s slope.

NEK farm animals find fame online

PEACHAM—The next video of frolicking farm animals you see on social media might just be posted by one of your neighbors.
Gold Shaw Farm in Peacham posts videos of everyday farm life to several social media platforms, including YouTube, TikTok, and Facebook, with hundreds of thousands of followers on each website.
Owner Morgan Gold and his wife Allison Ebrahimi Gold purchased the farm in 2016 and currently raise ducks, geese, chicken, and cattle. They have been posting videos to the internet since spring 2018.

Bridge, road closures coming up

BRADFORD—The downtown Bradford bridge that underwent repairs last week will briefly close again this week.
The Route 5 bridge over the Waits River closed for nearly four days last week as the Vermont Agency of Transportation reinforced decking on the south approach with new concrete and steel plates to prevent further deterioration in the roadway.
Officials hope to close the bridge again on Oct. 21 so a contractor can re-pave the area worked on last week. Shauna Clifford of VTrans said the bridge will be closed for at least half a day and should reopen no later than the end of that day. The project is weather dependent so it may be rescheduled if the weather does not cooperate.

Covid strains school staffing

BRADFORD—Orange East Supervisory Union superintendent Emilie Knisley reported that there had been “a big uptick on COVID cases” in all the district schools at the Oxbow Unified Union School District meeting on Oct. 23. She did not provide specific numbers, but that the increase placed additional demands on school staff.
According to the Vermont Department of Health, there have been five cases at Bradford Elementary School this year, one at Newbury Elementary School, three at Oxbow, and one at Thetford Elementary School. Zero cases have been reported at both Waits River Valley School and River Bend Career and Technical Center.

Flowage rights deal signed with board

WOODSVILLE—The Haverhill Selectboard signed off on a deal last week to resolve existing litigation with the owner of the Wilder Dam over the value of flooding rights on the Connecticut River shoreline.
The agreement with Great River Hydro will also keep the two parties out of the courtroom for the next several years after they agreed on future payments in lieu of taxes. The town will receive $27,000 each year from 2021-2030 in lieu of levying property taxes on the hydroelectric’s company’s rights to flood shoreline. GRH does not actually own or maintain any physical property within the town.

New building sign approved by board

BRADFORD—The Bradford Selectboard approved a sign for the incoming Tractor Supply store, which is slated to open in November, during their Oct. 14 meeting.
Planned signage will slightly exceed that permitted under the local sign ordinance.
Under the ordinance, total signage for Lower Plain businesses cannot exceed 150 square feet unless approved by the selectboard.
Tractor Supply wants to erect three signs—two on the store facade and one freestanding pylon— that would total nearly 185 square feet.

Ex-town official admits embezzlement

NORTH HAVERHILL—At a hearing in Grafton County Superior Court on Oct. 6, former Warren Town Administrator Judith Tautenhan of Rumney pleaded guilty to four charges of theft from the town and one count of theft from Warren’s South Main Street Water District.
All charges are class A felonies.
Tautenhan was town administrator from May 2014 to May 2018 and later worked at the water district as well.

Woman killed in car crash

NORTH HAVERHILL—A 29-year-old North Haverhill woman died after a car crash was discovered on Sunday morning.
Krystal Brown was found dead at the scene after police responded to Route 10 at 10:45 a.m. near Blueberry Fields self-storage south of the village.
According to a news release from Haverhill Police Department, Brown was traveling north in a 2017 Dodge Journey when her car left the roadway, struck an embankment, and went down the embankment into several trees after traveling approximately 100 feet.