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Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, April 9

David Ortiz acknowledges a couple hundred cheering residents of Red Sox Nation, New Hampshire Chapter at the Statehouse Monday April 7, 2014 in Concord, N.H.  Ortiz came to Concord to promote a Boston Red Sox scratch ticket which he praised the state for raising $1.5 billion for education through the lottery. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

David Ortiz acknowledges a couple hundred cheering residents of Red Sox Nation, New Hampshire Chapter at the Statehouse Monday April 7, 2014 in Concord, N.H. Ortiz came to Concord to promote a Boston Red Sox scratch ticket which he praised the state for raising $1.5 billion for education through the lottery. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Hartford to Hold Meeting On Sidewalks Tonight

Hartford — Town officials will hold a meeting tonight to discuss plans for a sidewalk and bike lane that will connect pedestrians and cyclists from the east end of Sykes Mountain Avenue to downtown White River Junction.

City Planner Matt Osborn said the engineering firm that drew up the conceptual designs, Stantec, of South Burlington, Vt., will present at the meeting. Several residents living near the project site are also invited to attend.

The sidewalk and bike lane project is one of many proposed for the area surrounding Sykes Mountain Avenue.

A 2004 study called for a sidewalk to run the entire length of the commercial street.

But only a piece of the sidewalk and bike lane puzzle will be discussed tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Hartford Municipal Building.

The sidewalk and bike lane would be installed along an 800-foot stretch of roadway beginning at the second entrance of Butternut Road and running east on Sykes Mountain Avenue to where it connects with Connecticut River Road. Residents then could continue traveling on existing sidewalks into downtown White River Junction.

More than $400,000 in grant funding for the first section of improvements has been secured through a Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

A stipulation under the grant funding is that the town contributes a 10 percent match, meaning Hartford will need to put in a small portion of money toward the project.

A sidewalk would be installed on one side of the road and a bike lane on the opposite. Osborn said the project is “probably” two years from completion.

Because the particular section of roadway is steep and narrow, Osborn said retaining walls will need to be installed and will be covered by the grant funding.

Stevens Principal Finalists To Meet With Public

Claremont — Parents, students, staff and community members are invited to meet with the two candidates selected as finalists for the Stevens High School principal’s position this week.

On Thursday, Jennifer Prileson with the Indian River School in Canaan will be in the upper library of the high school from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and on Monday, Patricia Barry of the Hillsboro-Deering School District will be in the library, also from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The candidates were selected from a field of 11 applicants by a search committee that began its work in February.

Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin told the School Board recently he expects to recommend one of the candidates to the board on April 16.

N.H. Senate Panel Tied On Death Penalty Repeal

Concord (ap) — The New Hampshire Senate will vote whether to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty next week, but it won’t have a clear recommendation from its Judiciary Committee to go by.

The committee voted 2-2 Tuesday with one member absent on a recommendation.

In such a case, the bill goes to the Senate floor April 17 with a recommendation that it be killed.

The state is the closest to repealing the death penalty that it’s been since 2000, when both houses of the Legislature approved a proposal but then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen vetoed it.

Gov. Maggie Hassan says she will sign the House bill if it reaches her desk and does not affect the death sentence of Michael Addison, who was convicted of killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in 2006.

— Staff and Wire Reports