News in Brief: Three-way Selectboard Race in Charlestown

It looks like a three-person race for Selectboard in Charlestown. Shortly before yesterday’s 5 p.m. filing deadline, Town Clerk Deb Clark said incumbent Brenda Ferland, former board member Doug Ring and Ray Buisson had filed to run for the three-year seat. Ring, who lost in his re-election bid last March and is being sued by the town for thousands of dollars over failing to deliver a pool cover for the town pool after cashing a deposit check last January, has said he wants a public debate with other candidates. Ferland said last week she would not debate Ring.

In Claremont, with just 30 minutes before the deadline, incumbent School Board Chairman Richard Seaman had been the only one to file for two, three-year seats up for election at the school meeting vote March 12. The other incumbent, Charlene Lovett, is not running for her three-year term.

Newport voters will have four candidates to chose from for two, three-years seat. Incumbents Karen Little and recently-appointed Linda Wadensten will be on the ballot with Scott Ayen and Daniel Bailey. Heidi North was the only one to have filed for a two-year seat shortly before the filing deadline.

Grantham Village Students Sent Home Early

Grantham — Students at the Grantham Village School were released early after heat from an art-room kiln caused a sprinkler to go off.

There was no one in the art room when the sprinkler in the kiln closet — a room adjacent to the art room — went off about 10 a.m. yesterday, Principal Kurt Gergler said. After the kiln and sprinkler system had been turned off, Gergler said, about two inches of water had accumulated in the 40-square-foot room.

But Gergler said that the only monetary damage was to a small supply of paper in the room — he’d be surprised if the damage exceeded $30, he said.

Students at the K-6 school were dismissed at about 10:45 a.m., and Gergler said the building would be functional by the end of the day yesterday.

“The upside is everything worked,” he said. “The fire system worked; the dismissal system worked. Everyone did their job.”

Libel Lawsuit Against Students Dismissed

Colchester, Vt. — A judge has thrown out a libel lawsuit filed against two St. Michael’s College journalism students by a man who submitted his name as a candidate in New Hampshire’s 2012 presidential primary.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy ruled against John Haywood of North Carolina, who filed for the Democratic primary.

Haywood was one of 27 names on the New Hampshire ballot who were profiled by students.

Haywood filed suit in U.S. District Court in Burlington contending the two students who produced his profile misrepresented his policy positions and libeled him, among other allegations.

The Burlington Free Press reports Conroy disagreed and upheld the students’ motion to dismiss the case. He also ordered Haywood to pay them and the Colchester college more than $23,000.

Assisted Death Bill Clears Vt. Senate Committee

Montpelier — A bill that would allow Vermont doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-0 yesterday to approve the legislation, dubbed “end-of-life choices” by supporters and “physician-assisted suicide” by opponents.

The action came after a week of often emotional testimony both by supporters and opponents of the legislation. It now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and is expected to be up for action in the full Senate the week after next.

— Staff and Wire Report