Bradford approves salt, ice rink buys

BRADFORD—The Bradford Selectboard approved a couple of purchases to get the town ready for winter weather at its meeting on Oct. 22.
One is an annual item. The selectboard approved the purchase of winter road salt from American Rock Salt, the lone company that supplied a quote to the town.
Bradford Highway Chief Phil Page said the price was $76 per ton, or $10 less than last year. The price is based on a quote of up to 1,400 tons, but the town only pays for the salt that it orders, which are placed periodically throughout the winter.
Bradford used only 700 tons last year.

Oxbow goes remote after Covid case

BRADFORD—Oxbow High School joins a number of other schools in the Upper Valley with a COVID-19 diagnosis. Students will spend this week entirely in remote learning, through at least Oct. 23.
“This is the first confirmed case we are aware of in our staff or student body,” Orange East Supervisory Union Superintendent Emilie Knisley wrote in response to a question from the Journal Opinion. “We are following the Vermont Department of Health protocols closely.”

Board moves forward with Wi-Fi project

WOODSVILLE—The Haverhill Selectboard signed off last week on the initial phase of a short-term, low-cost plan to bring public Wi-Fi access to downtown Woodsville.
The board voted 5-0 on Oct. 13 to approve initial outreach and planning for a $50,000 Wi-Fi mesh network that would rely on existing private broadband connections in the village.
The project will be led by Lyndon-based IT consultant Andy Mosedale, who had previously briefed the board. Mosedale generally described the internet speeds in Woodsville as “pretty bleak.”

Despite pandemic, plenty on tap for Halloween

BRADFORD—Wondering what is happening this Halloween? Festivities will vary from town to town as COVID-19 safety measures take precendence this year.
And you do not need to wait until Halloween weekend. There are plenty of events getting underway this weekend.
Haverhill plans a Haunted Trail Oct. 23 and 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 26 Rowley Road near Cemetery Road.
An online announcement describes the trail where a 700-square-foot tree house and haunted hundreds of square feet of “living hell awaits thrill seekers.”

Pro, amateurs team on local excavation

FAIRLEE—Digging up history can be a fascinating prospect. For years an old foundation lay undisturbed near a hiking trail in the Fairlee Forest.
Few people paid attention to it.
Were it not for archaeologist and Fairlee resident Dr. William Fitzhugh, the site might have been destroyed by a logging earlier this year.

A test of body and mind at Devil’s Den

BRADFORD—With high energy anticipation, 15 runners awaited the 9 a.m. launch from the Devil’s Den Trailhead on Wright’s Mountain on the morning of Oct. 10.
The 24-hour DD Ultra Run was organized by ex-Marine and Corinth resident Jason Mosel to raise money for the Josh Pallotta Fund, a nonprofit named in honor of the young Marine who died by suicide on Sept. 23, 2014.
Mosel fought his own battles with alcohol and depression, but emerged safely with the help of vigorous athletics and now works tirelessly to help other veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Election preview Five seek seats from Cal-Orange

The five candidates running in the Nov. 3 Caledonia-Orange State Senate race all have one thing in common—they believe Vermont’s legislature needs to take decisive action for a COVID-19 economic recovery.
Democrat Jane Kitchel and Republican Joe Benning are the incumbents. Democrat Matt Choate, Republican Charles Wilson, and independent JT Dodge are challenging. Two are lifelong Vermonters, while three have lived in the state for decades. They range in age from 49 to 63.

 

Effort underway to dissolve school district

BRADFORD—Scores of Newbury residents have signed a petition asking the selectboard to hold a town vote on dissolving the Oxbow Union Unified School District.
The petition asks that the board hold a vote for Newbury residents to withdraw from the new OUUSD as soon as June 30, 2021.
As of now, the petition has attracted more than 90 signatures which have been verified by the Newbury Town Clerk. The petition is on the agenda for the Oct. 14 selectboard meeting.

Welch accused of NEK shooting

BURLINGTON—A 34-year-old Haverhill man could face life in prison after being accused of shooting and killing Michael Pimental in 2018.
Federal prosecutors announced a new indictment last week against several co-conspirators involved in Pimental’s death, and they accused John Welch of shooting Pimental on Oct. 13, 2018.
Pimental’s bullet-riddled body was found by a property owner along the wooded edge of his driveway in Concord, Vermont on Oct. 14, 2018. The same day, Pimental’s girlfriend Krystal Whitcomb, 28, of Waterford, and Michael Hayes, 38, of Washington, D.C., were taken into custody by police in Benton after a traffic stop.
Investigators say the found blood belonging to Pimental in the silver Cadillac Hayes was driving at the time of the stop. The Cadillac was registered to Pimental. Police also recovered three firearms, 2,600 bags of heroin, and $20,000 in cash.
Authorities said they found Whitcomb and Pimental had been distributing heroin out of their residence in Waterford. They also charged her father, Shawn, in connection to the case.
In February 2019, Welch offered to sell a firearm to a person in New Hampshire, according to a news release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Vermont. Shortly thereafter, law enforcement found Welch along the side of the road in Bath, trying to dig frozen ground with a shovel.

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Dognappings reported, but no dogs taken

HAVERHILL—There has been a recent uptick in the amount of attempted dog thefts reported in the Haverhill area.
On Sept 6, Haverhill Animal Control Officer Andrea Brissette posted this on Facebook: “I have heard a lot about dogs being stolen out of vehicles and out of their own yards. It seems to be a growing issue in our area.” She went on to advise people not to leave their animals unsupervised and to leave their dogs at home when they have to run errands.
Under that post, Haverhill resident Pauline Corzilius commented that a car with Vermont license plates recently pulled up to a woman’s yard in Bath and attempted to lure her dogs into their car, a report confirmed by the Bath Police Department. They were not successful. BPD said they are investigating the incident.
She also noted that there was a similar rash of dog thefts about four years ago in the St. Johnsbury area.
Brissette said she does not have many details, other than a few reports of possible attempted thefts. And it does not sound like any dogs have actually been stolen.
Still, dognapping is not unheard of and British authorities have reported an increase in dog thefts since the pandemic as dog prices have risen.
In the United States, an estimated 2 million animals are victims of dog theft each year. High-value breeds are at the highest risk of being targeted to be resold for a profit. It’s a scheme known as “dog flipping.”

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