The old Abbott Library Building has been the topic of much discussion but Terri White Chair of the Abbott Library Trustee’s said the desire of the Trustee’s is to sell the building and to use their 75 percent interest in the property to build a community room on the new library. Mary Abbott left a trust for the land and building of the library which belongs to the library. Once the building is no longer a library, the trust needs to be dissolved. All trusts need to go through NH Charitable Trust for Cy Pres which dissolves a trust in a manner consistent with its original purpose. The Sunapee Selectboard is holding an informational meeting on March 31 regarding the building and Trust and urges the public to attend. There will also be documents on the Town website for the public to view.
Two buildings were saved from damage during a 2 alarm fire that destroyed a chicken coop, barn and nearby bus on Lockehaven Road in Enfield on Saturday night. Firefighters from Canaan, Lebanon, Springfield, and Hanover Fire Departments were on scene along with Enfield fighting the blaze. Most of the animals, with the exception of three chickens, escaped. Icy conditions were responsible for minor injuries to two firefighters.
Bradford NH’s 2014 Town Meeting has been postponed due to pending inclement weather, The Town Meeting has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 15 at 9 am at the Highway Garage. Busses will begin pickup at 8:00am and will continue looping to the following locations: KRES Bradford, the Post Office and the Pizza Chef parking lot picking up and dropping off voters. The supervisors of the checklist will begin processing voters as early as 7:30am.
Ballot Elections will take place as Scheduled at Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in Bradford on Tuesday March 10.
Vermont State Police are investigating a theft of a large amount of heating oil from a Newfane VT residence. Police say that sometime between Feb. 13 and Mar. 10 someone stole a large amount of heating oil from the home of Mr. Bart Clark 52, of Blueberry Circle Extension. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Trooper Valcourt of the VSP Brattleboro Barracks at 802-253-2382.
The Newport Selectboard will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 17 in the Selectmen’s meeting room to receive comments on three new proposed town ordinances and changes to 20 others. The town ordinance changes and addition of three new ones have been an ongoing project led by Police Chief Jim Burroughs involving all Town of Newport departments. The three new ordinances relate to Health and Garbage, Smoking on Public Property and Pawn Brokers and Second Hand Dealers. One ordinance would prohibit smoking at any park, common, ball fields or municipal park while any sanctioned event is being held and no smoking within 20 feet of the common entrance into any municipal building. Another prohibits parking along the northerly side of Cedar Street from Cheney Street to Park Street and along the northwesterly side of Park Street from Cedar to North Main Street.
A Quechee VT woman turned herself into the Hartford Police on Friday. Police say said Jayne Concialdi 50, turned herself in with her attorney following an investigation into an alleged embezzlement case from New England Research in Wilder VT. Concialdi a former employee of the firm is accused of committing the crime over a two year period with a total amount of embezzled from the company of over $126,000. Concialdi will appear in Windsor Superior Court for arraignment on April 22 on charges of Embezzlement, Forgery, False Personation, and Grand Larceny
Chairman of Claremont’s Charter Commission, George Caccavarro cast the tie breaking vote that will keep Claremont a City. The Charter Commission heard three days of testimony from citizens who expressed displeasure with the status quo of Claremont’s Government and City Officials and wanting more control over budgetary issues. Lawyers from the Local Government explained the various forms of government available under NH Law with a town form of government having more control over budget matters and a city with citizens having the least control. Charter members voting to keep Claremont a City were Ray Gagnon, Bob Porter, Joe Osgood and Nick Koloski voted to keep it a city members voting to keep it a town were Russ Fowler, Cindy Howard, Paul LaCasse Sr, and Ron Gilbert. Joe Osgood said he fear the economic problems reverting back to a town would bring. Osgood said he wants the standing committees c brought back . The standing committees oversaw the public works, budget and public safety. The Charter Commission still has the option to look at a strong mayor city where the city is governed by a elected and paid mayor.
Atty Michael Shklar – Goshen Lempster School Moderator
After 60 years, the towns of Lempster and Goshen ended their co op school district with a vote of 157 – 122 Saturday night. Goshen will now tuition all of its students out and Lempster will have smaller classes, possible staff layoff and less group student activities for students in K-8. The break up follows a yearlong disagreement between the towns over how the appropriations are determined. Residents of each town were visually upset. Superintendent of the Goshen Lempster School District SAU 71 Dr. Michelle Munson said they will need to go forward. School Moderator Attorney Michael Shklar decided not to rerun for the position after he was criticized for the way he ran the 2013 School Meeting James Tremblay was elected as Moderator for next year’s meeting. Goshen will leave the co operative school in July of 2015.
After three and a half years of investigation the Vt State Police arrested three men on Thursday for the murder of Pat O’Hagan in September of 2010.. Richard Fletcher, age 27 of Sheffield, and Keith Baird, age 33 of Sutton (Fletcher’s brother); were both cited for Burglary, Kidnapping, and 1st Degree Murder of Pat O’Hagan. Baird also faces an additional charge as a Habitual Offender. Affidavits submitted on Friday, March 7 to the Vermont Superior Court, Caledonia Criminal Division were accepted for probable cause. An arrest warrant has been granted for the arrest of Michael Norrie, age 23 of St. Johnsbury who is being charged with Burglary, Kidnapping, and 1st Degree Murder.
Keith Baird is currently being held at the Northeast Regional Correctional Center in St. Johnsbury for a lack of bail on multiple counts of Violations of Conditions of Release, Habitual Offender, and Violations of an Abuse Prevention Order. Richard Fletcher is a Vermont inmate housed at a correctional facility in Kentucky; although he was recently brought back to Vermont and is being held at Southern Vermont facility Center in Springfield serving a sentence for sexual exploitation of a minor. Michael Norrie is serving a sentence in federal jail in Pennsylvania on federal gun crimes.
Baird and Fletcher will be arraigned on the above listed charges on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:30PM. The arrest warrant obtained for Norrie will start the process of his extradition back to Vermont.
Pat O’Hagan was last seen on September 10, 2010. Her body was found nearly four weeks later on Horn Road in Wheelock, Vermont on October 3, 2010; approximately ten miles from her home at 3064 Route 122 in Sheffield.
The Vermont State Police extend their appreciation to the Sheffield community, Vermonters, and the media for their help and dedication in keeping Pat O’Hagan’s memory alive.
A log cabin on 54 Bear Mountain Road in Bristol was left with extensive damage from a two alarm fire that started shortly after 6 pm on Thursday. Fire Chief Steve Yannuzzi said the cause of the fire is still under investigation although it is not considered suspicious. Firefighters from several mutual aid companies helped battle the blaze for over 4 hours. The home is a second home and unoccupied at the time.
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