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Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, March 21

Sap buckets hang from maple trees, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Loudon, N.H. Despite a late start to the maple sugaring season because of cold temperatures, sap will be flowing as warmer weather arrives.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Sap buckets hang from maple trees, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Loudon, N.H. Despite a late start to the maple sugaring season because of cold temperatures, sap will be flowing as warmer weather arrives. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Write-In Candidate Elected To Rivendell Board

Orford — Vershire voters elected Jean MacDonald to the Rivendell School Board for a one-year term with ballots cast before, during and after the district’s annual meeting at Rivendell Academy, Tuesday.

As no one had filed to be listed on the ballot for Vershire’s one-year seat, voters were told to write names on the line provided.

Totals released late Tuesday revealed that of the 20 votes cast, MacDonald received 11, incumbent Jennifer Ricker took two and Cheryl Howe and Comfort Halsey each collected one. Five ballots were blank.

Uncontested incumbents took the other five open Rivendell School Board seats Tuesday.

Loose Concrete Removed From I-91 Overpass in Hartford

Hartford — State workers spent the past two days removing loose concrete from the side of the Interstate 91 northbound overpass that was falling down onto Route 5 in Hartford.

Tammy Ellis, district transportation administrator with the state Agency of Transportation, said the overpass was never compromised and the situation has since been fully fixed.

Ellis said pieces of concrete from the “face you see if you are looking at the bridge from the side,” or fascia, began to crumble. She classified the problem as “routine.”

“It is similar to pot holes in the road,” she said. “All it takes is a little crack in the concrete and a little water gets in there.

“It isn’t anything that is structural support.”

To remedy the situation, workers chipped away all of the loose concrete to avoid it from falling. Ellis said crews chipped away roughly 8 to 10 feet of loose concrete. She said she didn’t know the size of the falling chunks.

Officials with the Agency of Transportation were alerted about the problem when received a call from a passing motorist.

The Interstate 91 northbound overpass is scheduled for replacement “within one year,” Ellis said.

N.H. Labor Department to Inspect Stevens High

Claremont The Department of Labor will conduct a full inspection of the Stevens High School renovation project before issuing a final report, Michelle Small, administrator of the inspection division, said Wednesday.

The department conducted an inspection on March 7 in response to a complaint by a student who said that noise, dust, exposed wires and other working conditions in the school’s ground floor created an unsafe learning environment.

The upcoming inspection will be a more thorough look at the entire renovation project.

Renovations in that area are not complete but were far enough along to allow students to move back there the first week of March.

After the inspection, the superintendent of the project, Bobby Allen of Trumbull-Nelson, said that a state inspector did not “have any concerns or give any directives on what needs to be done.”

Small said the full inspection may be done during the school’s April vacation but perhaps earlier if it can be done without causing too many disruptions.

The school district has said there are numerous safeguards in place to protect students and staff, including filters for air quality and doing demolition work after school.

— Staff Reports