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Two found dead
in Haverhill

HAVERHILL—A man and a woman are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in a quiet residential neighborhood in Haverhill.
Authorities responded to 154 Pine Park at approximately 9 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 15.
The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office later confirmed that an investigation into two untimely deaths was taking place in Haverhill but was withholding comment until notification of the next of kin.
“At this junction, there is no evidence to suggest that there is any threat of harm to the general public,” according to the statement released by New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald. The deaths were being investigated by the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit.
The two people found dead, this newspaper learned, were Chrystal Lewis, 44, of Haverhill and Robert Taylor, 45, of Bradford.

Campaign to keep WHS
gets traction on social media

NORTH HAVERHILL—While a small group of Haverhill residents, teachers and other interested parties sat in on the Aug. 14 meeting of the Haverhill Cooperative School Board, a larger group followed along on Facebook thanks to the Keep Woodsville Open coalition.
Formed in June, the coalition is comprised of concerned community members, teachers and alumni dedicated to saving Woodsville High School. One of their members and a former WHS student, Dylan Farr, attended the meeting and set up equipment to live stream the meeting.
The video received almost 1,000 views and nearly 200 comments by press time, as people checked in to follow the board’s discussion about the fate of WHS.

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Memorial Field transfer
now official

BRADFORD—The long mooted-transfer in control of the former fairgrounds and athletic fields located on Waits River floodplain near downtown Bradford is complete.
The Bradford Selectboard approved the purchase of Memorial Field during its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 10. The move comes after the property’s former owner, the Bradford Academy & Graded School District, formally ratified the sale at a school board meeting in June.
According to a town history, voters at the 1946 annual school district meeting authorized the purchase of recreational land “for the benefit of the school and community” and as a memorial to World War II veterans. A monument erected in tribute to the Bradford’s war veterans was moved to the BA front lawn in 2015 as part of the town’s sestercentennial celebrations.

Head Start bolts
from Boltonville

WAITS RIVER—As part of its research into possible Act BOLTONVILLE—One of the last, if not the last, one-room schoolhouses in the area still being used in education is at a crossroads.
After many years as the home for a Head Start preschool program and home visit office, Capstone Community Action has decamped from the old Boltonville Schoolhouse in Newbury. In May, the organization formerly known as Central Vermont Community Action notified the building’s owner, the Newbury Elementary School District, that it did not want to renew a lease.
The decision to terminate the lease for the Boltonville Schoolhouse, located on Route 302, just past the P&H Truck Stop, came in March with a move out date in May of this year. According to Christy Swenson-Robertson, director of Captsone’s Head Start program, the continued use of the Boltonville Schoolhouse building would have been challenging.

Police were in a Haverhill neighborhood on Tuesday morning investigating the deaths of two people at a Pine Park home.

PHOTO BY ALEX NUTI-DE BIASI

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