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February 15, 2017 top stories
Budget up, tax rate
remains stable

WELLS RIVER—Voters in Blue Mountain Union district towns will vote on a school budget for 2017-2018 during town meeting next month.
The Blue Mountain Union School’s proposed budget is up 3.3 percent over the current year, but administrators are defending the proposal as a way to continue to attract students and families to the district. The projected budget for next year is $8,404,844 based on a student population of 419 as of January 2017. The current year’s budget is $8,138,166.

PVS holds hearing
on proposed budget

PIERMONT—A slight increase in the student population appears to be the biggest driver in the proposed budget for next year.
The Piermont Village School Board reviewed a $2,180,712 spending plan for 2017-2018 during a hearing last week. The proposal would increase spending by $190,668.
A little more than half of that is attributable to tuition payments. According to administrators, projections show 69 students will be enrolled at preK-8 PVS next year with the district responsible for the tuition of 33 secondary school students. Currently, there are 65 students at PVS and 31 high school students from Piermont.

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Sewer study
moves forward

NORTH HAVERHILL—The Haverhill Selectboard has signed off on a study to determine what is causing leaks to a sewer line near the Grafton County complex.
At a meeting on Feb. 6, the board approved a contract with Horizons Engineering to conduct the project. The $25,000 project will be supported mostly with federal funding although the town is responsible for $6,250 in costs.
The contract with Horizons was approved, but only after the selectmen grilled a representative from the firm about the company’s role in the contentious Stonecrest culvert replacement completed in 2016.

FROM WELLS RIVER WITH LOVE—A tractor-trailer carrying a special oversized load from the Wooden House Company required a special escort for its journey from the Wells River Industrial Park to Mount Moosilauke on the morning of Feb. 14. The truck is seen here before crossing into Woodsville for its New Hampshire leg of the journey. The timberframe company is producing the log frames for the new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge being erected by Dartmouth College. For more photos, see page 14.

JO PHOTO BYMICHELLE SHERBURNE

Good fishing, good company
after day on the ice

WEST FAIRLEE—A little past 5 a.m on Jan. 21, Lake Fairlee was a busy place. People wearing head lamps were walking on the frozen lake and setting out their flags to mark their fishing holes. It was opening day of the ice fishing season and the early morning feeling was one of celebration.
Nick Dubuque, an experienced, local fisherman, used a power auger to drill the fishing holes for his family and friends.
“We set a few tips and jigs,” he said, referring to the tip-ups and jigging holes for the larger and smaller fish and the different fishing methods. “It was good trout bite. Our group caught 10 trout, most of which we threw back.”

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