Woodsville sanctioned over electioneering

WOODSVILLE—There is another entry in what has been an unusual town meeting season after accusations of unlawful electioneering were reported to the New Hampshire Department of Justice, which enforces state elections laws.
The first complaint made to the DOJ has been addressed. The DOJ determined that a letter written and mailed to Woodsville residents constituted two counts of unlawful electioneering by Woodsville Fire District Administrator Kevin Shelton.
On March 3, NH Deputy Attorney General Jane Young sent a letter ordering the Woodsville Fire District to “cease and desist” engaging in further electioneering activities. According to the letter, the DOJ received a complaint that Shelton violated New Hampshire’s electioneering statute.

Man airlifted after mine shaft fall

CORINTH—A man who fell approximately 150 feet down a mine shaft on Saturday night was injured and taken to the hospital after emergency responders performed a technical nighttime rescue.
The incident happened sometime on Saturday evening. The man, who has not been identified but was not from this area, was with a friend or friends when he fell down a shaft at Pike Hill Mine in Corinth. The fall happened at the Eureka mine opening, one of two located at the Pike Hill Mine complex.

Woodsville roads bill has upcoming hearing

WOODSVILLE—A New Hampshire House of Representatives committee will hold a public hearing next week on a proposed bill that would change state law on the highway department revenue-sharing formula between the town of Haverhill and the precinct of Woodsville.
Though dating back to the 19th century, the niche provision is at the center of a very big 21st century dispute that has driven a wedge in the community and prompted Woodsville to file a lawsuit against the town.

Raising funds for senior joy rides

NORTH HAVERHILL—Some silver-haired seniors hope to feel the breeze blowing through their remaining locks soon when they hit the trails in an ATV.
Volunteers and some Grafton County Nursing Home staff members want to make that a reality for many of the home’s residents. So on Saturday, they hosted a car wash fundraiser in the Grafton County Courthouse parking lot.
Their goal is to raise $15-16,000 to purchase a six-to-eight-seat ATV for the residents, Terry Martin of Monroe told the Journal Opinion. They have about half the funds needed.

Mask mandate expires in NH

WOODSVILLE—On Friday evening, Chelsea Anderson of Warren was one of several people waiting in line at Sunny Garden restaurant for takeout. She and the others in line were all wearing masks and observed the recommended 6 feet of social distancing.
It was the same day that New Hampshire statewide mask mandate, in place since Nov. 20, expired. On April 15, Gov. Chris Sununu said a reduction in the state’s seven-day average of daily deaths to the lowest level since before the mask mandate warranted the decision. He added that hospitalizations were at manageable levels and over 70% of those 65 and older have been vaccinated.

Police investigate reported abduction

PIKE—Haverhill Police Department says an investigation found that there was not a reported child abduction in Pike over the weekend, despite claims that circulated on social media.

Oxbow budget passed on first attempt

BRADFORD—The Oxbow Unified Union School District budget for the 2021-2022 school year was approved on the first try last week.
On April 13 in Australian ballot voting, 243 people, or 59%, in Bradford and Newbury approved the $17,171,968 budget. There were 166 votes, or 41%, against the budget.
The 409 votes cast were fewer than the number of votes cast in the four rounds of voting required to pass the 2020-2021 budget. That $16,780,183 budget was approved on Jan. 13 after a pandemic-induced delay and subsequent voter revolts.

What to expect on Green Up Day

It’s almost May 1, which means it’s almost Green Up Day—that tradition when Vermonters grab a big bag and fill it with trash collected from roadways, waterways, and around communities throughout the state.
Green Up Vermont relies on the help of volunteers and town coordinators to help pick up trash—and the evidence speaks for its success. Kate Alberghini, executive director of Green Up Vermont, said 14,000 volunteers participated statewide last year, picking up 241 tons of trash and 900 discarded tires.

Few details after Woodsville raid

WOODSVILLE—Local and federal law enforcement officers raided a residence on 42 Railroad Street in Woodsville on April 7, but have thus far disclosed only scant details about the episode.
According to witnesses, police were on scene for a few hours. A Journal Opinion staff member saw several uniformed officers on scene in the afternoon with a number of cruisers parked near the property not far from Central Street, the village’s main artery.
In response to a reporter’s inquiry, Haverhill Police Department issued a press release indicating a property search authorized by a warrant was carried out at approximately 2 p.m. in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies as part of a “renewed cooperative strategy to combat crime.”

Tractor Supply asks for building permit

BRADFORD—A commercial real estate developer has formally submitted an application to build a Tractor Supply store in Bradford.
Matthew Darling of New England Retail Properties submitted an application for building and zoning permits last week. The proposed store would be located on a hayfield off of Route 5 on the Lower Plain. The parcel is located just north of Bradford Evangelical Free Church and across from Lake Morey Road.
According to the application, the proposed 150-by-120 building is a single story. It is 21 feet in height except for a 30-foot entrance gable. There are over 80 parking spaces currently planned for the site.