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May 22, 2019 top stories
Demand for meals
program increases

by Marianne Farr
NORTH HAVERHILL—“It’s a powerful interaction for the people receiving it. We may be the only people they see every day,” said Maria McIntyre, director of the Lin-Wood Senior Center. She was speaking about the Grafton County Senior Citizen Council’s Meals on Wheels Program.
She and many other employees, volunteers and community supporters had just completed the May 18 Step Up • Support Meals on Wheels 2019 Walkathon.
Hosted annually by one of Grafton County’s eight senior centers, the event featured activities for all ages including face painting, music, assorted raffles, area vendors, and a barbecue lunch with ice cream for dessert. This year it was the Horse Meadow Senior Center’s turn to host the fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. Walkers chose either a 1-mile route or a 3-mile route, beginning on Horse Meadow Road in North Haverhill.

Forest to become
part of new district

BRADFORD—Just across the interstate from Bradford village lies more than 120 acres of forestland belonging to the town’s school district—at least for another five weeks. On July 1, the new school district in Bradford and Newbury will take ownership of the Low-St. John Forest.
According to Bradford historian Larry Coffin, the Bradford School District acquired 65 acres of forestland from Jessie Blakely Low on Mount Tug off of Goshen Road in 1946.
In 1961, Nina St. John donated an additional 60 acres. It has been used for years as an outdoor classroom or laboratory for the benefit of students at Bradford Elementary School.
As Bradford, Newbury, and Oxbow prepare to merge on July 1, this property will become part of the larger district along with other real estate, such as the campus buildings and surrounding property.
At both the final BES annual meeting on May 15 and during the school board’s meeting held prior to that, discussion was held about the transition and what this could mean to students and the larger community.

This week's featured photo
Topsham garden takes
on food insecurity

TOPSHAM—The students were all hard at work tilling rich, dark soil so that peace and plenty might grow in abundance.
“I love being in nature and helping people. I like growing things,” said Cassidy Morway, 12, a 7th grader at the Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School in Essex Junction.
Morway, together with two dozen other ADL pupils and students from the Oxbow Union High School in Bradford, had plenty of work to do on May 16.
It was all part of their volunteer service through The Growing Peace Project, an open air program at 63 Fiske Road in East Topsham.
It’s not your garden-variety social justice activism program, said director Jacqueline Labate.
Labate said she started the nonprofit in 2010 to empower young people to address community issues they care about, food insecurity being just one.
Each year the project hosts area student volunteers and also matches schools from out of state as part of a national collaboration program. The project is currently working with a school in Houston, which is partnered with the students from ADL.

BES holds final
annual meeting

BRADFORD—It was the end of an era as the school district formally known as the Bradford Academy and Graded School District met for its final annual meeting on May 15. The school board is taking care of the last few pieces of business before the district officially merges with the Newbury and Oxbow districts on July 1.
At the annual meeting, updates to the Act 46 process were given. Angela Colbeth, currently a member of the BES board, was elected as a director of the new Oxbow Union Unified School District in a district-wide meeting held on May 7. Melissa Gordon, a former BES member, was the other director elected from Bradford. Danielle Corti and Timm Judas were elected to represent Newbury. Lucas Barrett of Bradford was elected as district clerk.

Matthew Emerson of Wells River encircles himself with a colorful bubble during pre-run activities at the first annual Jazzy’s Fun Run and Walk on May 19 in Wells River. For more photos from the day’s activities, see page 14.
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