Storm causes flash flooding, washouts

GROTON—A severe storm moved through the region on July 10, killing two men in the Northeast Kingdom, flooding rivers and streams, damaging roads and property, and knocking out power — all on the anniversary of the 2023 storm that devastated Vermont.

Vermont rodeo ropes in fans at Bear Ridge

BRADFORD—As a line of cars wended its way along a narrow road for 1 mile, the sultry air hung heavier than the tree branches bending into the road. The bumper-to-bumper queue finally emerged onto the jam-packed Bear Ridge Speedway parking lot. A new event for the speedway, an honest-to-goodness rodeo, brought many from near and far to converge on Kidder Road on July 11.

Board may yet pursue forest addition

BRADFORD—After opting not to move forward with a proposed addition to the town forest, the Bradford Selectboard could reverse course.
In January, an estate which owns 61 acres along Route 25 and Wright’s Mountain Road approached town officials about selling the property to the town. The property is enrolled in the state’s current use program.

In Groton, volunteers fight back against knotweed

GROTON—In stifling, almost oppressive heat and humidity, a small troop of aged, sweaty volunteers waged war against an invasive pest proliferating across the landscape. On the eighth day of the campaign, total combat had reached its zenith. Thousands of victims had been scythed down in the primes of their lives. The fields of battle teemed with heaps of rotting cadavers. Alan Eastman was gleeful. Japanese knotweed is a formidable opponent. The invasive weed aggressively expands, forming massive blocks of tall canes that completely crowd out native species reducing biodiversity.

Man drowns in Lake Tarleton

PIERMONT—A 58-year-old Bedford, New Hampshire, man died after his canoe capsized on Friday morning on Lake Tarleton in Piermont.

Prouty rerouted because of I-91 closure

The I-91 closure has already caused changes to the usual summer events in Fairlee and Orford, most notably the cancellation of the Orford-Fairlee July Fourth parade and the Fairlee Fire Brigade’s chicken barbecue. Another annual event that has been affected is the July 13 Prouty fundraiser’s 50-mile bike route, which had to be cancelled.

Move to throw up road leaves some uneasy

YEGATE—Not everyone is on board with the Ryegate Selectboard’s plan to relinquish control of a public road. At a hearing on July 1, several residents pleaded with the board not to discontinue a portion of Stone Road that travels through a Blue Mountain gravel pit operated by McCullough Crushing.

After departures, town clamps down on spending

WOODSVILLE—Tough questions about Haverhill’s municipal finances and leadership were directed at the town’s selectboard at its July 1 meeting. The questions — more than a dozen of them — sent via email by Woodsville Precinct Administrator Kevin Shelton to the board consumed the lion’s share of the session. And they come after a decisive town meeting vote triggered a cascade of changes in municipal leadership.

Pike Hill mine cleanup nears

COOKEVILLE—A public meeting was held on June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Corinth Town Hall to present an update on the cleanup work taking place at the Pike Hill Mine Superfund site. The last update was given a year ago.

After fire, Waits River store reopens

WAITS RIVER—The Waits River Country Store and Deli opened its doors to the community on June 18 after being closed for approximately six months.