Failing bridge was just replaced

WAITS RIVER—The unrelenting rain has taken its toll on the Pike Hill Bridge nearly two years after it underwent $160,000 in repairs.
The bridge over the Waits River with its approach to the New Hope Methodist Church has been seen in countless calendars. It is one of the most photographed sites of Vermont.

Extensive flooding after storm

Several state highways in Vermont, including Route 113 in West Fairlee and Vershire, Route 25 in Topsham, and Routes 302 and 232 in Groton were closed after yesterday’s storm. Dozens of town-owned roads are also closed in several communities throughout the area.
The storm inflicted its worst in the Green Mountains on the spine of Vermont. New England 511 showed extensive road closures in the center of the state. New Hampshire was largely spared of the storm’s worst.

Corinth talks police coverage

CORINTH—Law enforce- ment coverage dominated a good portion of the selectboard meeting on July 5. Corinth Law Enforcement Study Committee recommendations appeared on the agenda. However, no one from the committee appointed by the board came to present those recommendations.

Aldrich’s changes ownership

NORTH HAVERHILL—Aldrich’s General Store, a small but vital grocery store that does a brisk business and is a hub of activity in North Haverhill, changed hands on July 7.

Ex-sheriff responds to audit

CHELSEA—The former Orange County Sheriff has rejected claims by the state auditor that he left the office in financial disarray when he stepped down on Jan. 31. “My commitment and dedication have been to the safety and well-being for all citizens of Orange County and the State of Vermont,” said Bill Bohnyak in a statement issued to the press.

Newbury to hold town plan hearing

NEWBURY—Ahead of a public hearing next week, the Newbury Planning Commission has published the results of a community survey conducted this spring to help prepare for an update to the town plan. In March 2023, the Newbury Planning Commission invited input from area residents and property owners on the periodic update of the Newbury Town Plan. The survey remained open for nearly a month and over 180 respondents participated in the survey.

Road safety reviewed at board meeting

WOODSVILLE—At the selectboard meeting on July 3, Haverhill Town Manager Brigitte Codling said work under a $200,000 Safe Streets for All grant the town recently received will get underway soon.

Different outlooks on cannabis sales

FAIRLEE—An upcoming vote in Fairlee on July 11 asks voters to consider two articles. One article calls into question whether to permit retail cannabis in Fairlee, and the other article is overhauling the town’s zoning laws in a revised zoning bylaw. The article regarding retail cannabis in Fairlee sparked some contention at a public hearing last week.

Town to buy new excavator

BRADFORD—The town will spend $160,000 in federal pandemic relief funds to buy a used excavator.  At the Bradford Selectboard meeting on June 22, the board approved the purchase of a 2017 145 Volvo excavator to replace its existing 2004 model. The purchase will be made from a local operator in Fairlee.

Surplus stabilizes spending increase in Grafton County budget

NORTH HAVERHILL—The Grafton County legislative delegation overwhelmingly voted to approve a $53.7 million budget at a hearing on Monday morning.