Library dog provides calming benefits

BRADFORD—On a Friday afternoon in early June, librarian Gail Trede rang the bell at 10 a.m. to start weekly story hour. Trede, who children, and practically everyone else for that matter, call Miss Gail, has a four-legged helper these days.
A 5-month-old golden retriever named Waldei (pronounced Val-dee) who has been coming to the library since she was 8 weeks old.
Waldei, lives with Trede and her 93-year-old father, Hans, who suggested the name, which is German. Wald means “wood” and the “ei” feminize the name, so “Lady of the Woods.”

Pike Hill Mine meeting held

COOKEVILLE—Some 40 to 50 Corinth residents turned out for an informational meeting last week to hear from the EPA about plans to clean up the former Pike Hill Copper Mine, a Superfund site.
There will be one more informational session in July before a formal public hearing is held, likely in August on a proposed cleanup plan.

Precinct to contest DRA decision

WOODSVILLE—Woodsville precinct has appealed the decision by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration to invalidate two financial appropriations approved by voters at town meeting in Haverhill in March.
The DRA will hold a hearing on the appeal on Aug. 1.

Fuel costs to delay local paving

NEWBURY—Sky-high fuel prices are putting a strain on town budgets and causing some to curtail plans for planned paving projects this summer.
At its June 15 meeting, Newbury’s selectboard voted to delay the repair, preparation and resurfacing of a section of Leighton Hill Road starting at the intersection of Route 302. It is not just fuel prices that run up the tab for paving.
Paving requires the use of construction materials such as culverts, sand, stone and equipment to put these in place, all of which have increased in price

Coyote hunt rules to take effect

FAIRLEE—A moratorium on hunting coyotes with dogs will take effect on July 1 in Vermont after a new bill was approved by the legislature this year.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says that under S.281, hunters will only be able to pursue and take a coyote with dogs if they are on their own property and acting in defense of a person or property, or if they have signed permission from a landowner who has a legitimate defense of persons or property concern. This moratorium on pursuing coyotes with dogs will last from July 1, until the board is able to put rules in place requiring permits.

Tour explores area homes, gardens, artists

EAST CORINTH—The garden tour, a fundraising event, is not only back from the restrictions of Covid, but it is back “with a twist,” Blake Memorial Library’s director Jennifer Spanier said.
Traditionally, these tours featured gardens only.
This year’s Art, House and Garden Tour will include not only gardens, but historic homes and artisan studios and will take place July 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sightseers will wend their way through Bradford, Cookeville, West Newbury, East Corinth, East Topsham, and Newbury.

Bradford to weigh retail pot this fall

BRADFORD—There could be at least one local item on the ballot this fall in Bradford. The selectboard voted on June 9 to ask voters whether they want retail pot sales in town.
Under state law, retail cannabis sales will legally begin in October. Before retail sales can begin in a community, a municipality must first opt in to host a retail cannabis establishment by majority vote. The vote must be by Australian ballot.

Village paving project on track

COOKEVILLE—The selectboard meeting drew a full house on a rainy June 7 evening with discussion of concerns ranging from road maintenance and access, to a problem with a septic leak.
It was also an evening for office term appointments, with a new town clerk appointed to fill the vacancy of Nancy Ertle, who resigned after town meeting.

Years in making, Hatchland store opens

NORTH HAVERHILL—“This is way bigger than I ever thought it would be,” a smiling Kristen May, manager and part owner of the family-owned Hatchland Farms exclaimed.
She described the move from the original, small ice cream shop on Route 10 to the spacious new retail store at 15 Petticoat Lane in North Haverhill as a dream come true.

Downtown anchor has new ownership

BRADFORD—Bliss Village Store and Deli changed hands this week with Chris Petrossian-Rainville and his mother Marilyn Rainville taking over from Mark Johnson.
The Rainvilles have moved to Bradford from Lodi, California. Lodi is a long way from here. How did the Rainvilles choose this area?
A move to the eastern part of the United States was something Chris had considered for a long time and he was looking for income opportunities with an eye to the future when he would one day retire from the National Guard.