DCF: No adults at Covered Bridges

NEWBURY—The Vermont Department of Children and Families has no plans to house young adults at a proposed juvenile detention center in Newbury.
DCF Commissioner Sean Brown told legislators on June 3 that the Covered Bridges facility will not be taking in “emerging adults.”
The comments came during a session of the Vermont Legislature’s Joint Justice Oversight Committee on June where members were discussing Gov. Phil Scott’s recent veto of S.107, a bill that would allow defendants up to age 20 to avoid public disclosure for a long list of serious crimes in Vermont.

Class project raises funds for clean water

WAITS RIVER—What began as a library class research project, three 6th grade students took several steps further.
The project asked students to select one of many global issues to study: food insecurity; human trafficking; natural disasters; and others. Kobin Ellsworth, Aiden Otterman, and Gabbi Snider chose to research access to clean water.
Finding clean drinking water in Vermont is usually not a problem. But around the world, there are entire communities that cannot reliably access clean water, which, in turn, has a devastating effect on the health, nutrition, agriculture, and education within these communities.
As part of their study, the group learned about the Water Project, an initiative that provides access to safe water across subSaharan Africa. For the Water Project, much of its work means building and improving supply chains, learning from trends, and keeping the water flowing in communities to build trust and resilience.

Fair eyes 2022 return, but parades will line up

BRADFORD—Even as much of the region emerges from the throes of the pandemic, organizers of some annual events are planning for another year without their feature attractions.
The Bradford Fair recently announced it was cancelling its 2021 event.
“It was a difficult decision to postpone the annual Bradford Fair until July of 2022,” Tammy Coffin of the Bradford Fair Association wrote in a letter notifying patrons, sponsors, and vendors. “The Bradford Fair is typically one of the first fair events scheduled in Vermont and New Hampshire, and we had hoped to be back in full swing for summer of 2021. But unfortunately, the pandemic has changed the world and even our local communities.”

Next generation takes up Chapman’s torch

FAIRLEE—On Sunday, May 6, 2007, a raging fire consumed the Colby Block in Fairlee, displacing a number of apartment residents and several businesses on Main Street. Since then, not much has happened to rebuild the site. That is beginning to change.
The former Colby Block parcel is now owned in partnership as Appleseed, LLC. It is being renamed Chapman’s Place.
On May 8, volunteers helped transform the site into a family friendly park for the season while bigger plans for the future percolate. Since then, a gazebo, picnic tables and Chapman’s Elixirs, a coffee and pastry truck, were installed on site. Over Memorial Day weekend, a tent was hoisted in which the Chapman family envisions hosting musical performances and other activities.
Across the street, more changes are afoot.

Roads discussion continued in Orford

ORFORD—At least some of the tension from Orford Town Meeting appears resolved.
At its meeting on May 26, the Orford Selectboard voted to direct the highway department to grade two dirt roads in town by the end of this week unless there are exigent circumstances.
During town meeting on May 22, roads and highway maintenance dominated discussion. Among the items on the meeting warrant was a petitioned article asking voters to establish a town highway commission.

Corinth holds delayed annual meeting

COOKEVILLE—Calling the meeting to order, moderator Gary Apfel mentioned a few obvious departures from tradition: For the first time in 257 years, Corinth’s Town Meeting was held in May, outdoors, under what Apfel described as “a circus tent.” Those attending wore masks and took their seats in chairs widely spaced apart.
No sooner had the proceedings begun than Apfel called for a recess so that Orange-1 state representatives Rodney Graham, R-Williamstown, and Samantha Lefebvre, R-Orange, could address the meeting and take questions.

ATVs get OK for 2021

WOODSVILLE—The Haverhill Selectboard voted on Monday night to approve ATV access for several months on all roads in Mountain Lakes as well as two class VI roads that will tie into an existing bypass route on town roadways.
Specifically, the board authorized ATVs riders to travel Mountain Lakes roads and use class VI Morse Road and Tewksbury Road, which connects to the existing Augie’s Bypass route traveling along Briar Hill Road. The authorization is not permanent and will only be effective from May 23 through Sept. 30 with 2021 serving essentially as a trial run.

Roads take center stage in Orford

ORFORD—Residents once again declined to make the road agent position an elected one, but agreed to form a highway advisory commission during the annual town meeting on Saturday afternoon.
For the second year in a row, voters rejected a petitioned article to elect the town’s highway chief. In a paper ballot, voters defeated the article 56-29. In 2020, voters defeated a similar article 76-74.

Haverhill memorial park to host ceremony

NORTH HAVERHILL—Six years ago, members of the Haverhill Memorial VFW Post 5245 had a vision for a memorial park, honoring all veterans past and present, at the Roland and Florence Clough VFW Field in North Haverhill. Now, with the help of volunteers and local businesses, the endeavor is nearing its final phase, and will be the site of a ceremony on Memorial Day at 10 a.m.
As part of a fundraising campaign for the park, individuals who would like to acknowledge loved ones can purchase custom-engraved memorial bricks that will be placed in the park’s walkways.

Scammers continue to target seniors

EAST CORINTH—Scams involving social security numbers were among the most frequent scams received by the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program last year.
An East Corinth woman, who requested her name be withheld, recently received a call from a person who claimed to be an investigator for the Social Security Administration.
Under the guise of a “courtesy” call, the caller told her that a parcel containing drugs and a fair amount of cash was shipped to Texas and had her name on it as the sender.