Lebanons’ New Fire Truck to Arrive in May

Lebanonfire truck Fire Chief, Chris Christopoulos and Captain Chris Simon went to Emergency One, Inc. (E-One), in Ocala FL earlier this week to  inspect the  City’s new “Quint” Fire Apparatus which is due to arrive in May.   The Quint is a combination Ladder Truck Pumper with a 75 foot ladder and holds 380 gallons of water.  Chief Christopoulos says it will replace two of the Fire Department Trucks a tanker and a ladder.  The Quint will hold less water than their old tanker,  but it really is not a big concern says the Chief since most of the West side of Lebanon has fire hydrants.  The Quint’s large 75’ ladder allows for rapid deployment of the aerial device for rescue or to implement an aggressive exterior attack for a large fire.

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Stevens’ Science Teacher Nominated for Teacher of the Year

A Stevens’Ferland High School Science teacher is nominated for Teacher of the Year.  Erica  G. Ferland has taught at Steven’s High School for the past seven years and met with NH State Board of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry on Wednesday in addition to  receiving a letter from Governor Hassan.  Ferland says she has never worked a day in her life and loves what she does and hopes it comes through in her lessons. The science teacher says her master’s degree was based on creativity in the scientific message and she encourages her students to take the ball and run with it allowing them to own their education.  Semi finalists will be chosen later this month and the Teacher of the Year for 2015 will be announced in the Fall.

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Four Arrested Hartford Drug Bust

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Top L-R Jason Joyce, and Alicia Vasquezi Bottom L-R Julie Rocco and Shane Trombley

Hartford Police seized Heroin, cocaine, Clonazepam and Suboxone from a South Main Street residence in White River Junction on Thursday afternoon on a search warrant. Arrested Julie Rocco 36, and Shane Trombley 41, both of White River and Jason Joyce 29, and Alicia Vasquezi 25,  both of Grafton NH. All four were charged with felony possession of heroin, and cocaine.  Rocco was also charged with felony possession of narcotics and the other three were charged with misdemeanor possession of narcotics.  All four were released and will appear in Windsor Superior Court on April 11 at 12:30 pm to answer the charges.  Both Vasquezi and Joyce were arrested yesterday for felony possession of heroin.  Police notified DCF as Vasquezi is alleged to be pregnant.

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Claremont Councilman Questions $2,000 Raise for Administrators and Department Heads

Claremontjames reed question’s City Councilman James Reed made a motion to exempt  grades 11 and 12 which are department heads and administrators should not receive  the$2,000 merit raise Wednesday’s Council meeting. Reed went on to say that department heads received raises of $8,000 – $10,000 raises last year, while other employees did not.   Finance Director Mary Walters said the $2,000 across the board raise is in lieu of a 2 percent raise.  Council members Nick Koloski and John Simonds questioned the wording of the original amendment that said the Personal Committee read and approved the merit raise when they did not.  The Council agreed to have the committee go over the amended ordinance and  to vote on it at the final public hearing at next month’s council meeting.

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Hartford Police Arrest Three in Drug Bust

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L-R Jason Joyce, Heath Lashway, Alicia Vasquezi Photos courtesy of Hartford Police

Hartford Police executed a search warrant on Tuesday at a Connecticut River Road residence in White River Junction.  Among items seized were cash, a felony amount of heroin and heroin packaging materials. Police arrested Heath Lashway, 34 of Hartford, Alicia Vasquezi 25, and Jason Joyce 30, both of Grafton, NH on possession of heroin.  All three were cited to appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.

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Meet and Greet for Stevens’ High School Principal Finalists

stevens high school The Stevens High School Principal Search Committee is inviting parents, students, teachers, and the public to meet and greet events with two Stevens High School Principal finalists. On Thursday April 10 Ms. Jennifer Prileson current assistant principal at Indian River School will be in the upper library at Steven’s High School from 2 – 3:30 pm. The second meet and greet is on Monday, April 14 to meet Ms. Patricia Barry current principal of Hillsboro Deering Middle School also in the upper library from 2- 3:30 pm.  Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin said at last week’s School board meeting that he is willing to start over, advertising the position again if neither Prileson nor Barry is the right fit for the school, noting the position was too important to rush into.

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Weare NH Man Falls In Great Gully – Rescues Self

A Weare NH man self rescued himself after falling in the Great Gully in Low and Burbank’s Grant on Monday afternoon.  FiNH Fish and Game Shieldsh and Game Officials say Patrick Luk 22, was attempting to ski the Great Gully when an ice slab he was standing on broke away and sent him plummeting into the ravine.  Luk fell several hundred feet before coming to a stop on the floor of the ravine.  Luk suffered head and leg injuries during the fall despite wearing a helmet.  He was unable to connect with 911 and spent 7 and ½ hours shimmying, crawling, and walking out of the ravine to his vehicle shortly after 11:30 pm.    A rescue mission was started around 10:30 pm after Luk’s mother reported she had not heard from her son in several hours. Rescuers were minutes from the Appalachia trail head when Luk arrived at his vehicle. Luk was evaluated at the scene and transported by Gorham EMS to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin where he was admitted for treatment of his injuries.

 

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Claremont Opera House Hosts Americana’s Most Wanted

Join Claremont Opecafe_58_logora House for a memorable night of American music as a part of the Café 58 music series.  Americana’s Most Wanted plays the music of composers like Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson and more.  Rob Oxford (guitar), Dave Clark (upright bass), Steve Hennig (banjo), Mike Kelly (mandolin) and Ford Daley (dobra and harmonica) invite you to sing along on stage as they play songs like “King of the Road”, “Jambalaya”, “Kansas City”, “This Land is Your Land”!

Advance tickets for this event are priced at $17.64 honoring Claremont’s 250th.  Tickets can be purchased by phone at 603-542-4433, in person at 58 Opera House Square or online at Claremont Opera House.org.   Ticket price includes complimentary coffee, tea and assorted pastries, fruit, etc

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Newport’s Deliberative Session Leaves Budget Unchanged

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Bert Spaulding making a motion at Newport’s Deliberative Session with Moderator Howard Dunn looking on.

The 47 voters at Newport Deliberate session had no objections to the warrants that kept the Town’s budget level funded.  Town Manager Paul Brown said he saw a lot of support. Article 16 that asks if the town should consider development at the north end of the common for parking stirred debate and two amendments presented but both failed to pass.  Brown says the purpose of article is to see what the town wants to do about the town’s parking problem in that area of town.   Newport will vote on the 17 article Warrant on Tuesday May 13.

On a motion by Bert Spaulding the wording on Article 11 was changed for the Communication System Capitol Reserve fund to make the Board of Selectmen agents to spend in an emergency only.

 

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Ski Sailor Died of Natural Causes

newbury fire deptThe NH medical examiner said that the ski sailor who went down on Sunapee Lake in Blodgett’s landing on Sunday died of natural causes. Newbury Fire Chief Hank Thomas indentified the ski sailor was George Baskette of Barre VT. Newbury Fire Department and EMS along with the aid Sunapee Fire Department were able to get Baskette to New London Hospital, after fellow ski sailors performed CPR and used an AED on their fallen friend.

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