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Town asked to take
abandoned home

NORTH HAVERHILL—Among the topics discussed at Monday night’s Haverhill Selectboard meeting was the request for a tax abatement for a dilapidated mobile home and whether town employees, promoted to new positions, should be subject to a probationary period.
The management of Oak Ridge Mobile Home Park, located off Route 10 across from the Grafton County complex, has asked the town to take, by tax sale, an abandoned and uninhabitable mobile home in the park. The intent is that the ramshackle dwelling would be removed from the park freeing up the parcel for a new structure.
The park proposes to forgive the lot rent if the town takes the dwelling and abates the tax debt, which amounts to about $9,000. Park management said it would also assume all cost of removing the abandoned home.

Moderator casts
tiebreaking vote

GROTON—A deadlock at a special town meeting last week in Groton was only broken after the town’s moderator cast a tiebreaking vote. If the vote is not challenged, the town will spend nearly $100,000 to purchase property adjacent to the existing municipal offices in the village.
On Sept. 14, a special town meeting was held to vote on whether the municipality should buy a property adjacent to the Community Building. The property in question has belonged to the Cilley family since the 1960s. Jim Cilley, who could not be reached for comment, occupies the house that is the lone structure on the land.

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Tucker Mountain
vote next week

NEWBURY—Newbury residents will get a chance this week to learn about a proposal to buy and permanently conserve over 600 acres of land on Tucker Mountain before a vote on Sept. 26. The informational meeting on Thursday night is the only one scheduled ahead of next week’s vote.
In anticipation of the special meeting, the selectboard appointed an ad hoc forest management advisory comittee earlier this year to study several questions surrounding Tucker Mountain and other properties in Newbury. Specifically, the committee was asked to inventory existing forestland and conserved property currently owned by the municipality or parcels that the town has been asked to consider taking over.

I-91 traffic stop
under review

FAIRLEE—A Brooklyn family traveling to New Hampshire earlier this summer believes it was the target of anti-Semitism after police allegedly handcuffed them and drew weapons during a traffic stop on I-91 in Fairlee.
VTDigger reported the story on Monday after New York publications reported on the incident earlier this month. The family’s assemblyman has written a letter requesting an investigation.
The incident happened either late Aug. 7 or early Aug. 8 on I-91 north in Fairlee. VSP Trooper Justin Thompson issued a press release indicating that shortly after midnight, VSP initiated a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle driven by Berl Fink, 57, of Brooklyn for a motor vehicle violation.

AUTUMN MONARCH—In the afternoon sun, this monarch feeds on a mint plant that has gone to seed. A variety of butterflies were swarming around the large mint patch.

JO PHOTO BY MICHELLE SHERBURNE

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