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Hanover to temporarily close portion of Allen Street to vehicles
06-13-2024 7:16 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HANOVER — A downtown street will be closed to vehicle traffic for much of the summer so that town officials can determine the costs and benefits of converting it into a pedestrian plaza.From June 26 through Aug. 26, Allen Street will be closed to...

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Hartford Selectboard narrowly rejects Gaza cease-fire resolution
06-12-2024 7:30 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford Selectboard rejected, 4-3, a citizen-sponsored resolution in support of a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to U.S. support for Israel’s offensive on Tuesday. In addition to an immediate cease-fire between Israel and...


Citing hostility, Haverhill town administrator to resign
06-04-2024 7:31 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HAVERHILL — The town administrator announced this week she is parting ways with Haverhill, citing hostility from members of the community that have created a stressful and difficult work environment.Brigitte Codling resigned as town administrator at...


Norwich officials seek solution to bridge’s chemical leak
06-03-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

NORWICH — Hazardous chemicals appear to be leaking again from a town bridge that crosses Bloody Brook, driving town officials to consider new solutions to mitigate the continuing environmental threat.Petroleum-based chemicals have been dripping down...


Hartford residents seek Selectboard support of Gaza cease-fire resolution
05-29-2024 7:06 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hartford could be the next Upper Valley community to adopt a resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to U.S. military aid for Israel’s offensive.The Selectboard will vote on June 11 whether to support an immediate...


Hartford Selectboard continues to mull banner policy
05-23-2024 7:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HARTFORD — A project to hang banners on municipal light poles to honor veterans and first responders remains in limbo as the Selectboard tries to find common ground on the parameters of a banner policy.Two months have passed since a group of residents...


State, community members differ on plans for bridge spanning river between Charlestown and Springfield, Vt.
05-16-2024 4:58 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — State officials and area residents remain at odds over plans to fix the nearly 100-year-old Cheshire Bridge, which spans the Connecticut River between Charlestown and Springfield, Vt.The New Hampshire Department of Transportation had...


Four vying for one seat on Newport Selectboard
05-09-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — In the only contested race on the annual Town Meeting ballot, two former Selectboard members and the owner of a local business are challenging the incumbent for a three-year term on the Selectboard in Tuesday’s election.Also on the ballot is...


Three vie for two Hanover Selectboard seats
05-06-2024 5:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HANOVER — Three people are vying for two three-year terms on the Hanover Selectboard in Town Meeting voting next week.Voters will be asked to choose from a slate including Kari Asmus, Jarett Berke and incumbent Joanna Whitcomb, the acting Selectboard...


Hartford Selectboard considers banner policy amid controversy over ‘Hometown Heroes’ project
05-05-2024 5:31 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford Selectboard’s crafting of a new regulatory policy for displaying banner on light posts is leaving a project aimed to honor military veterans in limbo. Selectboard members said at a meeting last week that their...


Hanover Selectboard to finalize warrant for Town Meeting
04-12-2024 8:00 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HANOVER — Voters will have an opportunity on Monday to discuss articles on the proposed town warrant, including new collective bargaining agreements for three employee unions, amendments to the town zoning ordinance and a petitioned resolution to...


Bradford, Vt., petition seeks revote on sidewalk scoping
04-02-2024 6:30 PM

By LUKAS DUNFORD

BRADFORD, Vt. — Voters have filed a petition for a revote on a Town Meeting article they say was confusing.The petitioners are seeking to revisit an article rejected at Town Meeting on March 2, which asked whether the town should “cease the scoping,...


Orford Selectboard candidates seek to bring end to contentiousness
03-08-2024 6:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Old rivalries have resurfaced in this town of 1,200 as four candidates compete for two Selectboard seats at Tuesday’s annual Town Meeting. In ballot voting, Selectboard Chairman John Adams squares off against longtime Orford resident Larry...


Six vie for three Hartford Selectboard seats
02-19-2024 10:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Voters will be asked at Town Meeting to elect three candidates to the Hartford Selectboard, two of whom will replace board members who did not seek reelection. Rocket, an incumbent who goes by a single name, and three...


Health insurance leads budget increases in Newport
02-07-2024 8:00 PM

NEWPORT — Interim Town Manager and Finance Director Paul Brown presented a proposed operating budget of $9.37 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to the Selectboard Monday night.The budget represents a $655,000, or 7.6%, increase from the...


Newport hires new town manager
02-06-2024 6:03 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The Selectboard has unanimously approved the hiring of Kyle Harris, borough administrator in Garwood, N.J., as Newport’s next town manager.The board ratified a contract with Harris at its meeting Monday night and announced that Harris will...


Fairlee Selectboard to fill vacancy left by retiring board member
01-22-2024 5:56 PM

FAIRLEE — The Selectboard seeks to fill a seat left vacant by Cathy McGrath, who stepped down on Jan. 16. “Having retired, it is now my moment to travel and explore the country,” her resignation letter said. McGrath, who was re-elected last year,...


Woodstock Selectboard weighing water system purchase 
01-12-2024 10:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

WOODSTOCK — The Selectboard gave Municipal Manager Eric Duffy permission last week to dig further into the possibility of the town purchasing the Woodstock Aqueduct Co., the town water supplier that has been privately held since 1880.A working group...


After spending $100,000 fighting lawsuit, Norwich agrees to instruct groups to comply with open meeting requirements
12-26-2023 1:19 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

NORWICH — Town officials reached a settlement agreement this month with resident Christopher Katucki to end a nearly three-year lawsuit over allegations that town subcommittees were not complying with Vermont’s open meeting laws. In a settlement with...


Thetford Selectboard rejects noncitizen voting
12-21-2023 5:11 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

THETFORD — The Selectboard this week declined to bring the issue of noncitizen resident voting to Town Meeting voters in March.The issue was first raised at last year’s Town Meeting by Thetford resident and German citizen Heinz Trebitz, who noted that...


Newport reduces water and sewer fees for workforce housing projects
12-20-2023 3:25 AM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The town has reached an agreement with two developers who had filed a court appeal of the water and sewer connection fees the town was charging for two workforce housing projects.Interim Town Manager Paul Brown told the Selectboard Monday...

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