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Town Meeting

During the public discussion portion of Hartford's school meeting in White River Junction, Vt., on March 29, 2014, Sue Buckholz, of West Hartford, Vt., speaks about the quality of education her children received in the Hartford School District after she moved to the town from Norwich. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

Wide-Ranging Debate in Hartford

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hartford — After cruising through the basic warning articles for both the town and the school district at the annual floor meeting on Saturday, residents engaged in a lively, wide-ranging conversation about the town’s schools, touching on everything from the role of standardized testing in education to the connections between the school district and the health of the local economy, as well as the perception of the school district’s quality and how that squares — or doesn’t — with reality. “This has been a very, very interesting discussion because it’s sort of wandered all over the pasture, from one point to another,” School Board member …

Unity Voters Pass School Bond

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Claremont — Unity students in grades K-8 should be in their new school by September after voters at the annual school meeting Saturday passed a $2.75 million bond to complete construction. With 75 percent of those present voting yes, the 276-90 approval was more than enough to meet the required 66 percent majority …

Tie Vote Forces Recount in Grafton

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Grafton — Officials will convene at the town office building tonight to recount votes for an article that resulted in a tie during ballot voting at Town Meeting last week. The Selectboard, town clerk and moderator will gather at 5:30 p.m. to recount the 562 votes cast on article 5, which asked voters to raise $12,000 through taxes to fix the most pressing …

Mascoma Renovation Approved; Larger Towns Provide Margin

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Canaan — Boosted by a strong turnout in Enfield and Canaan, Mascoma Valley voters Tuesday finally rallied enough support to approve a $21.5 million renovation of Mascoma Valley Regional High School. In unofficial results, the measure won 63 …

Grafton Rejects All 3 Town Office Proposals

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Grafton — Voters on Tuesday rejected all three proposals to solve space problems and remedy code violations at the town office building. One of the options, which asked taxpayers to appropriate $12,000 to fix the most immediate violations, …

Orford Fire Chief to Be Appointed

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Orford — Debates over the budget took a back seat this year as more than 200 residents attended Town Meeting Tuesday night to debate the Selectboard’s attempts to change how volunteers become members of Orford’s volunteer fire department. …

Lebanon Agrees to Hold Line on School Spending

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lebanon — For the second year in a row, voters on Tuesday denied Alan J. Patterson’s effort to return to the School Board, this time re-electing three incumbents during balloting that demonstrated solid support for a hold-the-line school …

Claremont OKs School Budget

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Claremont — Incumbent School Board member Heather Irish was soundly defeated in her re-election bid by Richard Madigan, 528-431, and Becky Ferland and Robert Picard won three-year seats on the board in school district voting on Tuesday. Ferland, …

Jim Kenyon: A Question Of Value for Mascoma

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

While taking the pulse — as we say in the news gathering business — of the community about the proposal to renovate Mascoma Valley Regional High School, I stopped by the Listen Thrift Shop in West Canaan on Tuesday. I figured folks who shop and work at a …

Unity School Board Chairman Ousted

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Unity — The incumbent chairman of the School Board, which has been the target of intense criticism over a school construction project that is considerably over budget, was turned out of office in a three-way race. Craig Shute, a former School Board member, defeated Chairman Shawn Randall, as …

Sunapee Voters Approve Town, School Budgets

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sunapee — First-term incumbent Selectboard member Sue Gottling defeated challenger John Augustine, 370-270, for a three-year seat on the board, and the town and school budgets passed during all-day Town Meeting balloting. Also approved, 498-114, was an article to designate the properties known as Wendell Marsh as town …

Springfield, N.H., Selectboard Chairman Turns Back Challengers

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Springfield, N.H. — Selectboard Chairman Don Hill, a six-year incumbent, easily turned back two challengers on Tuesday. Hill took 174 votes to 57 for William Huntoon and 39 for John Trachy. Huntoon has served on the Budget Committee and previously ran for Selectboard. Trachy said he wants to …

Plainfield OKs Zoning Changes; Eberhardt Defeats Horne

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Plainfield — During all-day ballot voting Tuesday, townspeople approved a series of zoning amendments designed to make it easier to build free-standing apartments on their properties. The zoning changes allow residents to build accessory dwelling units, or so-called “in-law” apartments. Previously, apartments were allowed only if they were …