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July 27, 2016 top stories
Piermont selectwoman

sues selectmen

PIERMONT—A Piermont Selectboard member has taken a leave of absence from the board after filing a lawsuit against its other two members.
The board has a regularly scheduled meeting set for July 26, after this edition had gone to press, where they’re slated to discuss the leave of absence. Teran Mertz’s leave of absence was not discussed at the selectmen’s scheduled work session on July 21.

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Newbury considers
fire consultants

NEWBURY—After voters in Newbury approved the purchase of a $426,000 fire truck last month, the selectboard may hire a pair of consultants who would form a long-term strategic plan for the town’s firefighting resources.
The truck’s purchase came after two previous attempts were defeated due mostly to financial worries expressed by voters. Last month’s approval came only after a plan was developed by an ad hoc committee to finance the new truck over a period of five years.
It was the first time the town has had to rely on credit to purchase a vehicle for the town’s fire department, according to town officials.

An American flag outside the Orford Fire Station was lowered to half-mast on Monday morning, a day after firefighter Charlie Waterbury died while battling a brush fire in Lyme.

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Orford firefighter dies while on duty

ORFORD—This week, Orford townspeople are trying to come to terms with the untimely death on Sunday of a volunteer firefighter and well-respected community member, Charles Waterbury. By order of Gov. Maggie Hassan, flags throughout the state were to be flown at half mast in his honor through Wednesday and on the day of his funeral.
A native of Orford and dedicated volunteer, Waterbury “suffered a medical emergency” at the scene of a brush fire off Baker Road in Lyme.

Board sets deadline
on disputed property

NORTH HAVERHILL—On the evening of July 25, the Haverhill Selectboard did take action on the town-owned property on Tewksbury Road. The board voted to reimburse $1,470 to the Mountain Lakes precinct for the administrative cost of a logging operation on the property.
Last fall, Mountain Lakes officials, who oversee a portion of Haverhill, contracted with a logger to have a 174-acre parcel of land they thought the precinct owned harvested. An abutter informed the selectboard that the town owned the property, although the board was initially not aware of that fact.

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