Bridge closure coming to downtown Bradford

BRADFORD—A downtown Bradford artery will be temporarily blocked next week when the Route 5 bridge over the Waits River undergoes repairs.
The bridge is scheduled to be closed on Oct. 11. Shauna Clifford of the Vermont Agency of Transportation said they want to reopen the bridge sometime on Oct. 13.
It could reopen sooner and it’s possible it might not reopen until Oct. 14, although she was skeptical it would remain closed beyond that.

24-hour run returns, expands

BRADFORD—The Devil’s Den Ultra is back and promises to be another exciting yet stamina-challenging race on Wright’s Mountain this weekend.
The DD Ultra is a fundraiser for the Josh Pallotta Fund, Inc., a nonprofit named in honor of the U.S. Marine who died by suicide September 23, 2014.

Board delays airport decision

WOODSVILLE—After a lengthy public hearing on Monday night, Haverhill Selectboard members ruled out shortening or lengthening the runway at Dean Memorial Airport in North Haverhill.
Now, board members will take two weeks to consider whether to relocate a portion of Airport Road or discontinue the road near the runway as part of a package of safety upgrades that the airport needs per the findings of an FAA-sanctioned study.

Major transit hub opens in Bradford

BRADFORD—Calling it a model for future public transit centers in rural Vermont and beyond, officials opened the Upper Valley Community Transportation Center with fanfare on the afternoon of Sept. 22.
The facility will be the base for Tri Valley Transit’s fleet of buses serving the Connecticut River corridor of the Upper Valley. It replaces the so-called “bus barn” behind Bradford Vet Clinic that TVT had been using since its predecessor, Stagecoach, first started serving the area.

Land purchase moves forward

BRADFORD—There will be no revote on the recent land purchase authorized by Bradford and Newbury residents.
According to discussion at last week’s Oxbow Unified Union School District board meeting, the Checkerberry Lane property will be used as an outdoor classroom for Newbury Elementary School students.
At a special meeting held on Aug. 17, voters approved spending $68,000 of the unallocated funds left over from the 2020 fiscal year to buy the 10.2-acre piece of undeveloped, forested land in Newbury Village.

One chapter closes, another opens on Main Street

BRADFORD—Midnight Madness, the annual downtown Bradford shopping event, is no more.
This weekend a new tradition begins. Those looking for good deals should get their Passport to Bradford to qualify for drawings and giveaways at Bradford Autumn Fest on Oct. 1 and 2.
For half a century, Midnight Madness was held in early November with businesses offering tremendous bargains.

Census data shows mixed results

The 2020 Census shows slight shifts in population distribution in the Upper Valley, according to more detailed data released on Sept. 16.
Some towns experienced larger jumps in population and Haverhill reported a 2.4% decrease, while most other Upper Valley towns and villages experienced smaller changes or reported similar numbers to those they had in 2010.

Board poised to make Airport decision

NORTH HAVERHILL—A public hearing will be held on Monday night on an airport safety study that could have long-term impacts for airport users, nearby residents and motorists on Airport Road.
For decades, obstructions near Dean Memorial Airport, the small municipal-owned airport built on land donated to the town in the 1940s, have raised red flags.

Village construction project underway

FAIRLEE—A large construction project in downtown Fairlee is attracting a great deal of curiosity these days. So, what’s going on next to the old railroad station?
According to Vermont Agency of Transportation’s assistant director for railroads and aviation Trini Brassard, extreme weather on July 1, 2017 washed out, damaged and undercut two culverts underneath the railroad tracks.
The worst damage occurred around a culvert located just north of the railroad station. That one is being completely overhauled. The other damaged culvert getting repaired this summer is 2.6 miles south of that.

Sweet icon on exhibit at BPL

BRADFORD—From mythical legends and modern day heroes to classic cartoons and contemporary public figures, you can find them in the form of a Pez dispenser. And right now, there is an extensive collection of these colorful candy compartments on display at the Bradford Public Library.
Amazingly, the hundreds of dispensers on exhibit represent just a small sample of a massive collection assembled by Linda Vitale of Bradford.
Still, there is plenty of variety as there should be for a popular confection that has been around since the 1930s when an Austrian developed a peppermint-flavored candy as a smoking alternative. Peppermint in German is “pffefferminz,” which was later shortened to “Pez” for the candy’s brand name.