Town Meeting

Roy Malool of Newport exits a voting booth at the Newport Opera House after filling out his school ballot Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Newport Accepts School Budget

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Newport — Voters on Tuesday approved all the articles on the warrant, including one-year contracts for teachers and support staff and a tuition agreement with Goshen, N.H., that will send all K-6 students from that town to Newport next year. School Board member Heidi North was defeated in her re-election bid, losing to two other candidates in a three-way race …

Lebanon Voters Show Support for Schools

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lebanon — Fewer than 10 percent of Lebanon voters turned out on Tuesday to elect new and familiar faces to the School Board and City Council and approve a $40.4 million school budget and three zoning amendments at the polls. In School Board races, two incumbents were re-elected and will be joined by …

Mascoma Budget OK’d

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Enfield — A $25 million operating budget that includes a $1 million bond payment to renovate the high school narrowly passed in Mascoma Valley Regional School District balloting Tuesday, while a raise for district teachers was approved by a slightly wider margin. Challenger Timothy Josephson wrested a School Board seat representing Canaan from …

Grafton Elects Ex-Police Chief to Selectboard, Rejects Free State Articles

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Grafton — Voters on Tuesday elected Grafton’s former police chief and shot down a host of Free State-sponsored articles. The Grafton Public Library received a boost, as an article asking to raise $15,000 for its capital reserve fund …

Enfield Voters Elect Cemetery Trustee, Budget Committee, Zoning Seats

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Enfield — Residents on Tuesday decided three contested elections for town officers, including a seat for a trustee of the cemetery, three budget committee members and two members of the zoning board of adjustment. Holly West, 323 votes, James Buffington, 243, and Mike Diehn, 243, won seats on …

Dorchester: Close Race for Selectboard

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dorchester — Voters at Town Meeting supported a series of zoning amendments proposed by the Planning Board that could help the town deal with industrial wind projects. By an 86-34 vote, they adopted an amendment that amends the criteria for a variance. A 69-51 vote amended the land-use …

Cornish Passes Hunting Ban

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cornish — Residents at Town Meeting on Tuesday passed all articles on the warrant, including a measure that prohibits hunting on public land near Cornish Elementary School. Although town leaders before the meeting had projected a 10-cent decrease …

Claremont OKs School Budget Plan

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Claremont — Brent Ferland will join his mother, Rebecca Ferland, on the School Board after receiving the most votes in a seven-way race for three seats in Tuesday’s annual school meeting vote. School Board incumbent Brian Rapp won re-election and former city councilor and state Rep. Chris Irish …

Charlestown Voters OK Purchase Of Former Post Office

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Charlestown — All the articles on the town warrant, including a $4.7 million budget and $195,000 for the purchase and renovation of the former post office on Main Street for possible use as town offices, were easily approved in Tuesday’s Town Meeting vote. Also approved was money for …

Canaan Voters Pass Budget, Approve Vehicle Purchases

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Canaan — Voters passed nearly everything on the ballot Tuesday, approving the town operating budget by a 2-to-1 ratio and handily authorizing the purchase of several vehicles. The $3.34 million budget passed, 363-76. Town Administrator Mike Samson has …

Cornish Ousts School Board Chair

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cornish — In the midst of a nearly seven-hour school district meeting Saturday during which the School Board chairman defended budget cuts under his leadership, voters ousted him from his seat, electing two first-time candidates in a three-way …

Plainfield Turns Down School Choice

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Plainfield — The town’s teenagers will continue to attend Lebanon High School. In a 171-33 vote, residents Friday night defeated a School Board-backed proposal that would have initiated the formal process to withdraw from a regional agreement with …

Dorchester to Talk Wind Farms

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Voting for Dorchester’s town officers and changes to town ordinances will take place by ballot vote at the Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. Action on the eight remaining warrant articles will take place from the floor at 10 a.m. on Saturday, …