Orange County Sheriff Dept. audit abandoned

There are so many financial irregularities at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department that a contracted independent auditor can no longer perform its duties. On Tuesday morning, Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer said that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department cannot be audited.

Zoning regs, cannabis votes coming up

FAIRLEE—Ahead of a special town meeting next month, the Fairlee Selectboard hosted public hearings on Monday night on the two separate articles under consideration. On July 11, voters will be asked whether to approve a new Unified Development Bylaw that overhauls the town’s zoning rules and whether to permit retail cannabis sales in the town.

BES plans library renovation

BRADFORD—At a school board meeting on June 21, Bradford Elementary School Principal Marla Ianello outlined plans to renovate the school library. The estimated $237,000 project would install a small mezzanine area to accommodate storage and an office. The renovation would open space on the main floor for increased student programming, by overhauling existing furnishings in that section.

Ex-telecom bookkeeper pleads not guilty

BURLINGTON—A Northfield man, who officials say embezzled about $560,000 from an Upper Valley nonprofit, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Burlington on June 14 to three counts of wire fraud. John Van Vught, 72, defrauded ValleyNet Inc., a nonprofit that had a contract to operate fiber-to-home internet networks serving customers in east central Vermont and Lyme, the indictment said. He worked under a contract and served as the bookkeeper for ValleyNet.

Survey to precede mine cleanup

VERSHIRE—A public meeting was held at the Vershire Town Center on June 13 to discuss cleanup plans for the Ely Copper Mine site, a project that has been in the works for years. The mine will receive funding from the 2021 federal infrastructure bill to remediate environmental pollution at Superfund sites.

Rivendell to study Academy building

ORFORD—The Rivendell School Board has hired an engineering firm to conduct a visual inspection of the old Orford Academy building to assess its structural condition.

4 High School Sports Champions & What’s the Scoop week!

Check out this week’s B Section honoring the four high school championship teams: Blue Mountain Union Baseball, Blue Mountain Union Softball, Oxbow Softball, and Thetford Baseball. Also the “What’s the Scoop” column is featured in this week’s A section.


Fairlee voters to consider cannabis

FAIRLEE—On June 5, the Fairlee Selectboard signed the warning for a special town meeting on July 11 when voters will consider two separate articles, including one on whether to permit retail cannabis. Under the state law permitting retail sales of marijuana, towns must first authorize those sales before a permitted establishment can open for business.

Honoring High School Accomplishments in this issue

This week’s issue highlights the four high school teams that won state championships: Oxbow Girls Softball, Blue Mountain Girls Softball, Blue Mountain Boys Baseball, and Thetford Academy Boys Baseball. Also four high schools held graduations over the weekend, check out the coverage in this week’s JO. And three graduation sponsorship pages (Oxbow, Rivendell and Thetford) are featured. Congratulations to all of our area high school graduates and athletes.

Town hires new assistant

NEWBURY—The Newbury Selectboard has hired an administrative assistant for the first time. With her term expiring in 2024, longtime selectboard chair Alma Roystan, who has also served as administrator for the board, will not be seeking reelection.