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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 …

Orange Voters Approve Zoning Rule Changes

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Orange — Residents overwhelmingly approved a change to the zoning ordinance that will align the town’s definition of a junkyard with state law. While the previous wording of the ordinance focused solely on automobiles, the updated one expands the definition of a junkyard to include scrapped metal, machines …

Newport School District Voters Reject Teacher Pay Raises

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Newport — Voters emphatically rejected every proposed pay increase for teachers and support staff on Tuesday’s Town Meeting ballot while also electing Shannon Howe as a write-in candidate to the Newport School Board. The proposed budget of $17.5 million, only $15,000 more than the default budget, passed easily, …

Lyme Voters OK $2 Million Budget

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lyme — Without comments or questions, about 150 voters at Town Meeting unanimously approved a $2 million town operating budget for the fiscal year that began Jan. 1. The budget is 2.1 percent, or $41,000, higher than the …

Haverhill Voters Approve Budget, Elect Chasse to School Board

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Haverhill — Voters approved a municipal budget that will increase spending by about $300,000 to $3.8 million, but only after a debate that indicated some weren’t happy about it. “I want to make it clear that this is getting outrageous,” said resident Peter Saladino. “We’re going up and …

Grantham Residents Breeze Through Budget

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Grantham — A full house of voters dispensed with the town’s business in a little over an hour, approving budgets and the lease-purchase of a plow truck with nary a “nay” vote. In all-day balloting, voters also re-elected Selectman Warren Kimball, who ran unopposed. Voters approved spending just …

Dorchester Vote on Spending Set for Saturday

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dorchester — Maria Weick won the sole open Selectboard seat in one of several uncontested races for town offices on Tuesday. Weick will join the three-person board, replacing the outgoing Vice Chairman Michael Mock. While Weick was the only name on the ballot for the three-year Selectboard seat …

Croydon Elects Officers, Floor Meetings on Saturday

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Croydon — Ronald Leslie was elected to a three-year term on the Selectboard, and Jody Underwood won a three-year seat on the School Board in Australian ballot voting Tuesday. The remaining articles on the Croydon warrant will be voted on at Town Meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed …

Cornish To Hire Road Agent

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cornish — Voters at Town Meeting granted the power to hire a road agent to the Selectboard, ending a long-standing practice of townspeople electing a resident to a one-year term in the position. The measure, which was petitioned …

Charlestown Re-Elects Neill; Town Office Bond Fails

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Charlestown — Steve Neill was re-elected to his sixth three-year term on the Selectboard, and voters overwhelmingly rejected a bond proposal for to pay for building an addition to the town offices in voting Tuesday. All other articles on the warrant were approved, including the combined $4.7 million …

Canaan Budget Approved; Tax Relief for Elderly, Disabled Also Passes

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Canaan — A $3.2 million operating budget for the town of Canaan easily won approval Tuesday, as did two articles aimed at providing property tax relief to senior citizens and the disabled. The municipal budget, up nearly 4 percent from last year, passed in ballot voting, 831-319. It …