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June 21, 2017 top stories
Voters defeat water bond

FAIRLEE—A multimillion dollar bond issue to overhaul Fairlee’s water system was defeated on June 14. Only 167 voters went to the polls at the firehouse, with 77 voting yes and 89 voting no; one ballot was defective.
The town was asking to borrow up to $4 million to demolish and replace a failing water tank, install a filtration system to remove manganese from the town’s water supply, replace 8,600 feet of water main, and install water meters.
Speaking with the Journal Opinion after the vote, Fairlee Town Administrator Brian Hanson said a water bond will probably come up for a new vote next year.
“This is an issue that won’t go away,” he said.

Man arrested
after brief chase

PIERMONT—A Woodsville man is in hot water after driving too rapidly on River Road.
Jonathan Jacob, 36, is facing several charges after an incident on the afternoon of June 14. Piermont Police Chief Gary Hebert clocked Jacob’s vehicle at approximately 4 p.m. traveling 89 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone near the Ritchie Farm on the southern end of River Road.

This week's featured photo
Thru hiker rescued
on Mount Cube

ORFORD—A 68-year-old Tennessee man hiking the Appalachian Trail with friends was rescued from near the summit of Mount Cube on Monday morning after injuring his leg in a fall.
Aluah Bible of Knoxville and three others summited Cube on Sunday and were continuing south on the Appalachian Trail when he fell and hurt his leg. The group was able to make their way to Hexacuba shelter where they spent the night. The next morning, however, Bible’s leg was swollen and he was unable to walk on it so he called 911.
Orford Fire Chief Terry Straight said they were called out at 6:40 a.m. Rescuers hiked and used ATVs to get near Bible. They were able to carry him approximately 50 yards to an ATV where he was transported to the road. An ambulance met him at the road and brought him to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Benton woman honored
for five decades service

BENTON—On June 24, the town of Benton will host an open house to honor and celebrate Maxine Tyler for more than 52 years of service.
The people of Benton have benefitted greatly from her years of faithful, efficient and selfless service. Tyler was school treasurer for 52 years, tax collector for 16 years and longtime treasurer for the Beautify Benton Committee. She has contributed in official capacities, such as inspecting ballots, a post she took over for her mother beginning in 2007, and unofficial ones, like helping with community dinners, meals and bake sales.
Although she’s retiring, Tyler will keep her positions as BBC treasurer and ballot inspector.

A BUTTERFLY’S DELICACY—This butterfly was caught filling up on nectar from this Mandarin Lights Azalea in a yard in Corinth.


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