OESU budget wins approval

BRADFORD—The Orange East Supervisory Union Board voted to approve a $10.8 million budget for the 2024-2025 school year which begins on July 1.

Voting machines on their way

WOODSVILLE—The Haverhill Selectboard voted on Jan. 2 to purchase two devices manufactured by VotingWorks.
The board formally voted to make the purchase after hearing a recommendation from Haverhill Town Clerk Christina Hebert.

Petition seeks vote on rental ordinance

FAIRLEE—Nearly 200 people have signed a petition submitted by David Adams that called a special meeting to repeal the short-term rental ordinance approved by the selectboard in November.

Elizabeth’s Park vandalism could be costly

BRADFORD—Repairs at Elizabeth’s Park could run into the tens of thousands of dollars after a hammer-wielding vandal went on a three-minute spree of mayhem just before Christmas. The incident happened shortly after midnight on Dec. 22. Video surveillance captured a small truck entering Elizabeth’s Park off Fairground Road in Bradford.

Next steps unclear in Newbury after court decision

NEWBURY—The Vermont Supreme Court’s 4 to 1 decision on Dec. 21 upheld the state’s plan for a secure treatment facility for youth on Stevens Place off Fish Pond Road in Newbury. The fate of the project, proposed for a site which housed a former bed and breakfast, was in the hands of the courts for months.

Church study committee makes recommendation

ORFORD—A committee formed to study the municipal acquisition of a church has recommended that the town move forward. Selectboard members will consider warning a special article for a vote at town meeting in March.

Chamber recognizes Little Rivers, Gary Scruton

WELLS RIVER—The Cohase Chamber of Commerce has announced that Little Rivers Health Care has been named the 2023 Business of the Year and Gary Scruton of Haverhill, has been named 2023 Citizen of the Year. Awardees are honored annually for their leadership and impact on the region.

Court brushes aside Newbury appeal

NEWBURY—The Vermont Supreme Court has found that state’s plans to develop a secure treatment facility for youth on Stevens Place cannot be barred by the town. In a decision published on Dec. 21, the court affirmed a lower court ruling permitting the renovation of a former bed and breakfast into an “architecturally secure” treatment facility for up to six boys between the ages of 12 and 17.

Board to petition court to fill vacancies

ORFORD—When four members of the Orford Planning Board resigned within weeks of each other, it raised the question, “why?”

Longtime trustees start new chapter

BRADFORD—Two long-time trustees of the Bradford Public Library will step down from active membership this month.
Larry Coffin and Anthony (Tony) Brainerd still plan on continuing to assist the library in various ways, as other former trustees have done. Bud Haas “retired” from the board two years ago after a lengthy stint, but still attends many meetings and continues to participate in other ways.