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Claremont City Council supports ‘checks and balances’ on short-term rentals
07-11-2024 7:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — In a 5-1 vote, the City Council approved a new ordinance that will give the city control over short-term rentals by requiring a conditional use permit from the Planning Board.The final approval and adoption at the second reading is...

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City seeks federal grant for pickleball, tennis courts in Veterans Park
07-09-2024 5:30 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — Pickleball enthusiasts could be playing on new outdoor courts next spring if the city can land a $300,000 federal grant that would pay half of the estimated construction costs for a Veterans Park project, which would also include new...


Developer pitches nearly 500 apartments for former brickyard site, near Lebanon schools
07-06-2024 5:01 PM

By ELLE MULLER

LEBANON — A developer, who has taken pains to address concerns about wetlands and traffic, is seeking city approval of a 474-unit apartment complex at the site of a former brickyard on Hanover Street.The proposal is for 10 four-story residential...


Cornish plans to install water and septic systems at Stowell Library
07-02-2024 5:31 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CORNISH — The historic Stowell Library, which many residents hope to see remain in use as a library, could be getting a well and septic system.In a brief 15-minute meeting Monday, Selectboard members Jason Bourne and Dillon Gallagher announced the...


Upper Valley radio personality marks end of 50-year career
06-30-2024 4:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WEST LEBANON — “A man walks into a bar” can be the opening line of a bad joke but when Bob Sherman walked into a White River Junction bar decades ago, it marked the beginning of a long, successful and rewarding career in radio.Sherman had graduated...


Claremont approves $19.6 million operating budget
06-28-2024 4:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — The City Council unanimously approved a $19.6 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.The budget is projected to increase the municipal portion of the tax rate by 19 cents to bring it to $10.49 cents per $1,000 of assessed...


Sullivan County delegation approves budget with nearly 10% increase in taxes
06-26-2024 5:09 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The Sullivan County delegation of state representatives approved a $41.7 million budget at its annual convention on Tuesday.The budget, approved in a 9-3 vote, carries an increase of nearly 10% in the amount to be raised by taxes and,...


Delegates approve $56.2 million Grafton County budget
06-25-2024 6:30 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NORTH HAVERHILL — The Grafton County delegation of state representatives approved a county budget of $56.2 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.The budget, approved Monday in a 15-5 vote at the annual convention of representatives, represents...


Claremont’s Stone to seek another term as state representative
06-18-2024 5:59 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — State Rep. Jon Stone, R-Claremont, who came under scrutiny earlier this year following the public release of disciplinary records that detail vile threats he made against fellow Claremont police officers 18 years ago, has filed to run for...


Claremont business owners balk at special assessment for Washington Street paving
06-17-2024 7:17 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — Some Washington Street property owners who received letters from the city earlier this month explaining the special assessment they may have to pay to cover a portion of the estimated $1.2 million it will cost to repave the four-lane road...


Longtime Sullivan County prosecutor won’t seek reelection
06-17-2024 6:52 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — After 38 years as Sullivan County’s first full-time prosecutor, Marc Hathaway will not seek re-election in November for another two-year term.Hathaway, 68, said Monday the time was right for him to step away and likely turn the office over...


D-III softball: Oxbow’s record rout nets fourth straight championship
06-17-2024 3:02 AM

By BEN HOOKE

CASTLETON, Vt. — If a softball team as special as the Oxbow Olympians were to make history, they just couldn’t do it in any ordinary way.In front of a loud and large traveling support section that made the nearly two-hour drive from Bradford to...


City: Claremont debris pile doesn’t contain asbestos
06-10-2024 5:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — A pile of debris from an early 19th century home that was demolished in late March does not contain asbestos, as first feared, Claremont Chief Building Official and Health Officer Leigh Hays official said Friday.The New Hampshire...


Rivendell graduates ‘raised on closeness’
06-09-2024 9:00 AM

By ULLA -BRITT LIBRE

ORFORD — Hundreds of people flooded the Rivendell Academy gymnasium on Saturday morning to watch the school’s 34 seniors become graduates. The ceremony began with the graduates, who wore green and white robes, as they walked to the stage to the tune...


Windsor graduates celebrate commencement with gratitude
06-08-2024 4:35 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WINDSOR — The Windsor High School Class of 2024 celebrated its commencement Friday inside Harry Ladue Gymnasium with plenty of thank yous, words of hope and encouragement for the graduates’ future, and a little rock 'n roll.Moved inside because of...


The certainties of life: Death, taxes and the Wildcats winning a VPA playoff game at home
06-06-2024 4:19 PM

By BEN HOOKE

There’s something Devin Cilley and his White River Valley Wildcats really seem to like about playoff baseball games at their home field in South Royalton.Maybe it’s the walk-up music and on-site PA announcer, a rarity at the small-school level.Maybe...


Newport High graduates urged to be who they want to be
06-06-2024 1:47 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — Familiar graduation themes of gratitude, memories and a future full of opportunities to seize and challenges to overcome were expressed by speakers at the Newport High School graduation held on the football field Wednesday.The class of 51...


New Claremont charter school offers alternative for struggling students
06-05-2024 8:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — For Gracie Williams, the River View Chartered Public School offered a new beginning in her educational path that she desperately needed.Stevens High School was not working for her, and Williams was falling behind in credit requirements for...


Newport gets $1 million grant for community center
06-03-2024 3:12 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The town has been awarded $1 million by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority from the Community Center Investment Program to help fund construction of a new community center on Meadow Road.Finance Director Paul Brown...


Developer disputes Newport Planning Board condition for senior housing project
06-02-2024 3:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — Developers of a proposed senior housing project in North Newport are asking a Superior Court judge to remove a condition imposed by the Newport Planning Board requiring them to apply again for two variances as part of the site plan...


Panthers cruise to another track championship
05-31-2024 8:32 PM

By BEN HOOKE

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The constant headwinds blowing southward toward the facilities at Fair Haven High School slowed a number of athletes in their pursuits of individual state records in the final meet of the season.It couldn’t slow Thetford Academy’s...

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