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June 29, 2016 top stories
Voters trample sidewalk curbs

GROTON—A disputed section of sidewalk in downtown Groton may only be about 20 feet long, but difference of opinions about how to construct it are miles apart.
About 50 people turned out for a special town meeting on June 23, a beautiful early summer evening, with the sole purpose of deciding whether a small section of sidewalk should have a curb. On a voice vote, the overwhelming majority said they wanted no curb, but did want a safer means for pedestrians to traverse the parking lot and fire station driveway located at the Community Building in the village.

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Parade set to cross
the great divide

WELLS RIVER—It’s not quite Washington crossing the Delaware, but a river will be forded during this year’s Independence Day celebrations in Woodsville and Wells River.
One year after the annual Twin State parade was prevented from crossing into Vermont, the volunteer organizers of the Woodsville-Wells River Fourth of July parade have been working hard to make sure nothing stops the traditional parade from being completed as planned this year.

MOOSE TRACKS—The photographer was working in her garden on Sunday when a surprise visitor stopped in. Standing only about 50 feet away, this moose (about the size of a horse) was looking things over and patiently waited for her to go to the house and retrieve the camera. He posed for a couple of pictures before meandering away.


Trucks barred from
Clark Pond Road

NORTH HAVERHILL—The Haverhill Selectboard handled a variety of topics at its Monday night meeting ranging from the recurring issues related to dilapidated houses to recycling to news of the hiring of a new administrative assistant and financial officer.
The selectboard voted to close Clark Pond Road to through trucks. Trucks will still be allowed on the road for deliveries and commerce, but it will be illegal for them to use the road as a shortcut between Route 116 to Route 10.

County budget wins approval

NORTH HAVERHILL—A bid to cut county spending was beaten back as the $41 million spending plan for Grafton County was approved during a formal vote by the legislative delegation on the morning of June 27.
The new budget will take effect on July 1. And the final figure of $40,944,190 was actually $198,000 lower than the budget that the county commissioners had presented to the delegation during a public hearing last month. Still, the amount to be raised by taxes will go up by over seven percent, although that’s spread across some 40 towns.

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