Haverhill home destroyed by fire

HAVERHILL–A “stubborn” fire destroyed a home and killed four pets on Dartmouth College Highway in Haverhill on Monday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the scene just south of the County Road intersection shortly after 2:30 p.m.
Haverhill Fire Chief Phil Blanchard said the fire started near the woodstove before working its way up outside of the house, and burning through the eaves and into the attic.

Local men step in to defuse tense scene

ORFORD—Quick thinking last week by two Orford residents helped peacefully resolve an incident that led to a lockdown at Rivendell Academy.
John Dunham is an Orford firefighter and Dartmouth College patrol officer. Mike Wright is the road agent for Fairlee and a road commission member in Orford. Dunham works with Wright on a part-time basis.

Cell tower back on track

WOODSVILLE–A proposed cell tower near Newbury Crossing in North Haverhill won approval last week from two local regulatory boards.
In January, the Haverhill Zoning Board of Adjustment denied a request from Vertex Towers to build a 166-foot tower at 12 Teepee Road because it did not comply with provisions of the town’s 20-year-old telecommunications facility

Helicopter grounded in Bradford field

BRADFORD—A Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical helicopter had difficulties getting off the ground after responding to an emergency in Bradford on March 21.
On the afternoon of March 21, local EMS crews responded to a Vermont State Police report of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the intersection of Branch Road and South Road in Bradford. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock helicopter was called as part of that response.

Back roads run a-muck

NEWBURY—Grimy ooze has taken over.
Many back road travelers are moaning, “This is the worst mud season we’ve ever had!”
The snow on March 12 followed by a quick warmup brought out the mire which is putting fear in the hearts of the most experienced drivers.

Groton debates town meeting

GROTON–While it was smooth sailing for most town meetings in Vermont this year, Groton voters rejected a 2022 general fund budget by Australian ballot on March 1.
But while the general fund budget article was voted down 132-106, the highway budget was approved in a separate article. So, what’s next?
Approximately 50 people assembled at the Groton Community Building on the evening of March 17 to offer their thoughts on what should happen as officials will have to schedule a special vote in the coming weeks.

$15M budget approved at school meeting

NORTH HAVERHILL–Approximately 50 people approved a $15.3 million budget for 2022-2023 during the annual school district meeting on March 12.
Some 200 people had gathered at the Haverhill Cooperative Middle School gymnasium that started at 9 a.m. But after more than three hours of debate and discussion on town business and a brief recess, there was a noticeable dip in attendance.
The disparity drew criticism.

Cleanup plan eyed for Corinth mine

CORINTH–Federal regulators hope to have a cleanup plan for a defunct copper mine ready for public scrutiny later this year.
The Pike Hill Mine in Corinth is one of three former Orange County copper mines on EPA’s Superfund site.

Lt. Gov. opposes detention center

NEWBURY—Lt. Gov. Molly Gray met remotely with Newbury residents on March 9 to discuss the proposed juvenile detention facility that would be located in Newbury.
Gray, who grew up in Newbury and graduated from Newbury Elementary School, spent an hour answering Newbury residents’ questions about the status of the detention facility, which has been the subject of local debate since it was proposed in 2020.

Proposed parking bans prompt questions

BRADFORD—As the Bradford Selectboard considers changes to the town’s traffic ordinance, several residents have objected to proposals that would reduce parking along a stretch of Route 5 between the downtown and the town offices on North Main Street.
The 14-page ordinance identifies speed zones throughout town and signed intersections. It also establishes parking regulations and outlines enforcement mechanisms.
On March 10, the board held the first of two hearings soliciting public input on the potential changes. Two new parking regulations drew the most attention.