Regional News Roundup for Sunday, Oct. 28

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Lebanon Police Department to Host Basketball Tournament

Lebanon — The Lebanon Police Department is hosting its annual basketball tournament to raise money for the The Child Advocacy Center of Grafton and Sullivan Counties on Sunday, Nov. 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Witherell Recreation Center, 1 Taylor St. in Lebanon.

The 3-on-3 tournament is open to boys and girls in grades 5 through 12. It is a double-elimination tournament comprising 12-minute games. Teams can have up to four players, and the cost per team is $50. All proceeds benefits The Child Advocacy Center, which provides a comfortable, kid-friendly place where investigators can talk to victims of suspected child abuse.

For more information or to register, contact Lt. Matthew Isham at 603-448-8800 or Matthew.Isham@lebanonnh.gov, or visit https://lebanonnh.gov/1096/Annual-Basketball-Tournament.

Public Meeting Held To Discuss Rehab of I-89 Bridges

Lebanon — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation will hold a public informational meeting to discuss the rehabilitation of bridges that carry Interstate 89 as part of a regularly scheduled City Council meeting in Lebanon on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Lebanon City Hall, 51 North Park St. in Lebanon.

During the meeting, state officials will discuss the rehabilitation of the bridges that carry I-89 over U.S. Route 4 and N.H. Route 10, as well as preservation efforts for the bridges that carry I-89 over the Mascoma River. They will present citizens and public officials with information on the proposed project and solicit public input to ensure that project decisions meet public transportation needs, promote community goals, and protect and enhance the environment. Doors will be open at 6:15 p.m. for informal viewing of the project information.

Anyone needing special accommodation for the meeting should contact the Bureau of Right of Way, NHDOT, P.O. Box 483, Concord, NH 03302-0483 or call 603-271-3222.

Windsor Central Unified District Holds Meeting On Elementary Configuration

Woodstock — The Windsor Central Unified District will hold a workshop and discussion on Monday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. to discuss the elementary school campus configuration for the district, in particular the future of The Prosper Valley School.

The meeting will be held in the Windsor Central Unified District Conference Room, located at 70 Amsden Way in Woodstock. The first 20 minutes of the meeting will be dedicated to community input and questions.

“We strongly encourage residents of all district towns to attend or at least follow the information on the (Windsor Central Supervisory Union) website,” school board member Robert Coates said by email. “Tough decisions that are vital to the education of our students need to be made after considering data and facts from many sources. No source of information is more significant than the voices of the residents of our unified district towns.”

The meeting is just a workshop — no final decisions will be made — but the discussion will inform future decisions made by the school committee, according to Coates. People who are not able to attend the meeting should reach out to the school board members to express their opinions and concerns about the future elementary configuration in the district, Coates said.

Volunteer Tax Preparers Needed

Hanover — Volunteers are needed to help prepare taxes for low- to moderate-income and elderly individuals in the Upper Valley, as part of the AARP Foundation’s TaxAide program. Tax preparation experience is not necessary, although being familiar with computers is helpful. Training is provided. For more information, contact William Taylor at william.m.taylor@dartmouth.edu.

Opera North Receives Grant for Blow-Me-Down Farm Rehabilitation

Cornish — Opera North has received a $50,000 grant from Timken Foundation to got toward stabilizing and repairing the historic Charles Beaman farmhouse at Blow-Me-Down Farm in Cornish.

The money will advance the project to preserve and renovate Blow-Me-Down Farm for future use as a base for Opera North, which is currently based in Lebanon.

“The Timken Foundation grant brings Opera North significantly closer to the estimated cost of renovations at the farmhouse. The funds allow us to begin work as soon as possible on stabilizing the building for the winter,” said Evans Haile, Opera North’s executive director, in a news release.

The renovation project is the result of a partnership agreement signed in 2016 by Opera North and the National Park Service at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, which owns the farm. The 42-acre Blow-Me-Down Farm estate is recognized as the place that launched the Cornish Colony and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The preservation and rehabilitation of the historic Beaman farmhouse is being directed by architect R. Andrew Garthwaite. Phase One launched earlier this year with a $350,000 commitment from the Northern Border Regional Commission, a federal-state development partnership in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Opera North has also received one of 20 Opera America Innovation grants to work on the farm.

— Staff reports