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October 26, 2016 top stories
Ridge house sold in tax sale

ORFORD—If all goes as planned, Orford’s coffers will receive a welcome boost before the end of the year. On Oct. 20, a purchase and sale agreement was signed for the Rogers House on the Ridge that the town took for unpaid taxes last fall. The prospective buyers are a young couple, Jared Henningsen and Elise DeSimone, with long-time ties to Orford.
According to a letter accompanying their offer, the town has been a lifelong home-away-from-home for DeSimone, where she enjoyed summers and holidays. Her grandparents, Edith and the late Roberto Alonso, moved to town in 1960 and raised their three daughters here. DeSimone’s parents, David and Vanessa, moved to back to Orford in 2007, and her youngest sister graduated from Rivendell Academy.

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HPD officer recognized
in overdose responses

NORTH HAVERHILL—In recognition for his efforts as a first responder on three separate drug overdose cases in the community, Haverhill Police Department’s Ryan Jarvis was one of several police officers throughout New Hampshire recently recognized for saving lives.
Jarvis was the recipient of an Everyday Hero Award given as part of a statewide fundraising effort launched by McDonald’s Restaurants of New Hampshire for the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police.

WINTERFALL—An overnight dusting of snow clung to the treetops on the western edge of the White Mountain National Forest on Sunday afternoon while some fall colors remained vibrant in the lower elevations along Lime Kiln Road in Haverhill.


Board finalizes principal hire

BRADFORD—The Oxbow School Board formalized the hire of the new interim principal at its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 20.
Jean Wheeler, who has worked at Lyndon Institute for a number of years, will begin in her new role next week. A search committee had earlier made a recommendation for her appointment after conducting a brief search.
As previously reported, Wheeler will serve in the role for the remainder of the year. The school board had previously planned to undertake a search for a permanent principal with Doug Harris scheduled to retire at the end of the current academic year.

Oxbow stalwart set to retire

BRADFORD—After 34 years and holding three positions at Oxbow High School in Bradford, Bruce Bishop is counting down the days to his upcoming retirement.
After two years at Warren Village School, Bishop started at Oxbow in 1982 as a study hall monitor. In 1984, he transitioned into a new role as a special education paraprofessional where he remained for the next 15 years. For the last 17 years, he has held down his current role as secretary in the front office.

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