Plainfield to Introduce Finalists for Elementary School

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Plainfield Invites Public To Meet Principal Finalists

Plainfield — Residents are welcome to meet the two finalists to be the next principal at Plainfield Elementary School on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sondra Brake, the assistant principal at Weare Middle School in Weare, N.H., will be at the school from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and Paulette Fitzgerald, the Claremont Middle School principal, will be at the school on Wednesday, also from 6 to 7 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served and child care is available.

Researchers Plan Manned 2018 Expedition to Titanic

Woods Hole, Mass. — Researchers are planning what they say is the first manned submersible expedition to the Titanic since 2005.

OceanGate Expeditions recently announced that the seven-week research mission will depart from Newfoundland, Canada, in May 2018.

Experts from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts are also taking part.

Everett, Washington-based OceanGate says the goal of the mission is to assess the condition of the wreck and document — but not collect — artifacts at the protected site.

Experts from Woods Hole say they hope to generate a 3D photographic model of the wreck using modern subsea imaging technology.

The doomed British luxury liner sank on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, killing more than 1,500 people.

N.H. House to Vote on $2 Million in Dairy Farm Relief

Concord — New Hampshire’s dairy farmers will soon be one step closer to getting financial relief.

The House is taking up legislation Thursday to provide $2 million in relief payments to dairy farmers strained by last year’s drought.

The bill has already passed the Senate.

The $2 million is less than farmers had initially hoped for and will come months after they first asked for relief. The drought forced many farmers to spend more on feed or reduce the size of their herds. Dairy farmers say they’re already facing a financial strain due to low federal milk prices.

The bill will award the $2 million in relief based on a calculation of how much farmers lost in feed and production from 2015 to 2016.

All-Electronic Tolling Proposal Could Replace N.H. Workers

Concord — Toll booth workers could be a thing of the past under a bill before the New Hampshire House.

The legislation would allow the state to implement all-electronic tolling at locations in Hooksett, Dover and Rochester. All of the locations currently have E-ZPass lanes along with traditional toll collectors.

The House Transportation Committee is taking testimony Wednesday on the bill. It’s already passed the Senate.

If New Hampshire does move to all-electronic tolling, the bill gives users an option to purchase an “anonymous” transponder.

Users who are worried about their information being collected could anonymously use and buy transponders. It’s unclear exactly what information would be collected to administer the program while maintaining a person’s anonymity.

Police: Vermont Suspect Found On Hood of Moving Vehicle

Berlin, Vt. — Vermont police responding to a report of a crime in progress found their suspect — on the hood of a moving vehicle.

The Berlin Police Department said 29-year-old Michael Perry tried to get inside several homes before his failed attempt late Saturday to commandeer a car occupied by a group of teenage girls.

Sgt. Chad Bassette said Sunday that the teenagers locked the doors and drove off with Perry on the hood. He says the driver tried unsuccessfully to shake Perry off as he attempted to smash the windshield, showering the teens with glass.

Perry, a transient from Barre, faces multiple charges including assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of heroin. He was held Sunday at the Chittenden County Correctional Facility. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

Vt.’s Biggest Insurer Supports Independent Surgery Center

Burlington — Vermont’s largest insurer is throwing its support behind an independent surgical center that would compete with the University of Vermont Medical Center and affiliated hospitals.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont came out in support of the proposed center in Colchester about a month before the Green Mountain Care Board hears final arguments on a certificate of need.

Green Mountain Surgery Center developers told The Burlington Free Press that the facility would offer certain procedures for less than UVM Medical Center.

Spokeswoman Amy Cooper said colonoscopies, for example, would cost between $1,000 and $1,500, which is less than half the cost at the UVM Medical Center.

The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is leading opposition to the surgery center. UVM Medical Center is the group’s largest member.

— Staff and wire reports