Hearing held on local roads bill

CONCORD—For a little while last week, the road funding dispute between Haverhill and Woodsville took center stage, virtually, in Concord.
Legislators from Bedford, Nashua and over 20 other Granite State communities that serve on the New Hampshire House Public Works and Highway Committee listened as more than a dozen witnesses testified about proposed changes to an obscure state law that sets the amount of property tax revenue the town of Haverhill gives the precinct of Woodsville for road maintenance and related expenses.

Tractor Supply hearing held

BRADFORD—The largest new Bradford retail project in eight years appears one step closer to securing its local zoning permit.
The Bradford Planning Commission held a site plan review hearing on May 4 on the proposed Tractor Supply store that would be constructed on a vacant Lower Plain parcel next to Bradford Evangelical Free Church.
Commercial property developer Matthew Darling of New England Retail Properties told local officials last week that he would like to begin construction later this year with a store opening in October or early November if approved.

Covid outbreak limited at county jail

NORTH HAVERHILL—Three Grafton County correctional officers are in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, adding an increased burden to an already short-staffed department.
In a telephone interview, Thomas Elliott, county corrections superintendent, said that all Covid protocols, as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, are in place.
The remaining staff members and all inmates were tested and found to be Covid negative.

ATV decision gets delayed

WOODSVILLE—Selectboard members will wait until later this month to make a decision about opening roadways in Mountain Lakes to ATVs.
With one representative absent on Monday night, board members voted 4-0 to delay a decision until May 24 when they hope to have a full complement.
Monday night’s vote came one week after the board held a public hearing lasting nearly 90 minutes on the plan. At the conclusion of the hearing, board chair Fred Garafalo said they would likely make a decision on the proposal at their May 10 meeting.

Man arrested after Newbury murder

WEST NEWBURY—A 70-year-old man and lifelong area resident allegedly shot and killed his daughter inside his West Newbury home on Monday.
At an arraignment on Tuesday afternoon, James D. Perry Jr. pleaded not guilty to the second degree murder of Karina Rheaume, 38. He also pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
According to a news release, Rheaume went to Perry’s home located on a quiet residential drive off of North Road on Monday afternoon. After not hearing from Rheaume for several hours, a male acquaintance went to Perry’s home. He encountered Perry, who was allegedly armed with a rifle and told him that the victim was dead.

Corinth man back behind bars

BURLINGTON—An Orange County man, who received a nine-month federal prison sentence for being a felon in possession of explosive materials, is back behind bars after records show he failed to comply with his court-ordered supervised release conditions imposed last year.
Upon his release from prison, Mark A. Mattiace, 43, of East Corinth failed to undergo a proper substance abuse evaluation and enroll in a subsequent drug treatment program approved by the U.S. Probation Office, records show. They note he also tested positive for both amphetamines and marijuana in February.

Bridge closure starts next month

BOLTONVILLE—Plenty of advance notice will herald the closure, demolition, and reconstruction of the old 1946 Boltonville Bridge. The work is to begin June 12 with a crossing over the Wells River slated to reopen on Aug. 18.
The bridge, which the state of Vermont labels as Newbury Bridge 15, is owned by the town of Newbury and is located approximately 500 feet north of the intersection of Boltonville Road and Route 302.

Spring tradition is for the birds

NEWBURY—About four years ago, a bluebird logo sparked an idea which has grown into a yearly tradition.
The annual construction of bluebird houses is now anticipated by children of varying ages who participate in the afterschool programs at Newbury Elementary and Blue Mountain Union with Paul Jewett at the helm.
Jewett, who lives in Ryegate, has been coordinator for the afterschool program at Newbury for five or six years. This is his fourth year at Blue Mountain.

Woodsville sanctioned over electioneering

WOODSVILLE—There is another entry in what has been an unusual town meeting season after accusations of unlawful electioneering were reported to the New Hampshire Department of Justice, which enforces state elections laws.
The first complaint made to the DOJ has been addressed. The DOJ determined that a letter written and mailed to Woodsville residents constituted two counts of unlawful electioneering by Woodsville Fire District Administrator Kevin Shelton.
On March 3, NH Deputy Attorney General Jane Young sent a letter ordering the Woodsville Fire District to “cease and desist” engaging in further electioneering activities. According to the letter, the DOJ received a complaint that Shelton violated New Hampshire’s electioneering statute.

Man airlifted after mine shaft fall

CORINTH—A man who fell approximately 150 feet down a mine shaft on Saturday night was injured and taken to the hospital after emergency responders performed a technical nighttime rescue.
The incident happened sometime on Saturday evening. The man, who has not been identified but was not from this area, was with a friend or friends when he fell down a shaft at Pike Hill Mine in Corinth. The fall happened at the Eureka mine opening, one of two located at the Pike Hill Mine complex.