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/ //" / July 2, 2014--JOURNAL OPINIONmPage 3 PIGS IN A POKE•Curious pigs line up along the fence to see if it's feeding time yet. JO PHOTO BY MELINDA BOUTIN Haverhill to enforce Area Grange News 911 ordinance Riverside Grange TOPSHAM--On June 20, members of the Riverside Grange and local community by Ed Ballam HAVERHILL--Haverhill's fire chiefs have a beef with residents who don't post street numbers on their homes for emergency person- nel and one of the fire chiefs has a beef with the town for not enforcing compliance with the rule. The town is, prepared to fine those who don t have their 911 street address displayed. North Haverhill Fire Chief Don Hammond, who was at the selectboard meeting on June 30 to discuss life safety code issues, took the opportunity to discuss the lack of proper 911 markings on some homes in town. Hammond said he was trying to find a home in the Mountain Lakes district to do a building inspection and couldn't find the residence because of the lack of proper 911 marking in accordance with the town's ordinance. "There was only one house on the whole street that had numbers posted," Hammond said, adding that it can be a serious issue for responders trying to find homes should be affixed to both sides of a mailbox, in contrasting color and in accordance with postal service guidelines. If no mailbox is present, the numbers shall be affixed to a post located at the end of the driveway with three-inch numbers affixed to both sides. The town can fine residents $10 for non-compliance and Hammond said it is about time the town enforces the penalty. "What's the sense of having an ordinance if you're not going to enforce it," Hammond said. Town Manager Glenn English said he didn't understand why it was such an issue. He said each fire department has street maps that documents every house in town and if there's an issue, the responders could just check the books. Hammond said it wasn't that easy and stressed the importance of having the numbers posted for speedy delivery of emergency services. The board decided to purchase The sportsman modifieds are ready to roll under the setting sun at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford on Saturday night. COURTESY PHOTO BY ALAN WARD members met for a potluck supper and the Community Citizen Award night. Kermit Richardson started this program when he was the National Master of the Grange because he felt it was important to recognize people for the service they gave to their community. The recipient of the annual Riverside Grange Community Citizen Award this year was Elaine Smith ofTopsham. Four of Elaine' s seven children were present including Anne and husband Charles Kunkle, Frank Smith Jr., Dean and wife Terri Smith, Cindy and husband Jim Aube and their son, David. Elaine's brother, Herb Hatch, also attended. Elaine Smith has been a dedicated member ofTopsham's historical society. She has also contributed a lot to Topsham's town meeting. For the past 15 years, Smith has been the annual school meeting clerk. This year she decidedto pass the responsibility on to someone else and declined being re-elected when nominated for the position at the annual school meeting in May. Elaine and her children were invited to come to the front of the room so she could be presented with the Community Citizen Award Certificate and a yellow dahlia in honor and appreciation of her service to her community. The family was asked to share some tales about Elaine, but it was quite apparent they knew better as the retribution might be worse than the pleasure they would receive by sharing any tales they might have. But in all seriousness, Frank Smith Jr. said that growing up with his mother they were taught manners, to be polite and have a good work ethic. As children, they recognized that she was a very hardworking person doing whatever she could to help out in the home. She cleaned the Waits River School and perhaps even the present Grange Hall building back when it was a school. Frank said his mother worked at Sprague Electric. She then went back to school and passed the GED tests. She took a computer programmingcourse and went to work for the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles where she moved up to a position in the personnel department. Elaine worked in that position for many years Jim Bulger followed up about Elaine teaching manners. Bulger said when she attended school board meetings she was very polite and more often than not correct on issues that were being discussed and the school board members acknowledged, valued and respected Elaine for her contribution. Bulger said Elaine is a person who fills the voids in the community and picks up the slack when needed. She is a person newspaper advertising to remind who is dedicated to her family and community. duringemergencles, residents of the need to post WinnieWalkersharedabriefstoryaboutgoingtoShelburneMuseumwithher "We can find a house on fire, but numbers properly and give them 60 sister Martha and asking Elaine to go. Winnie said Elaine eagerly accepted the what about a medical emergency," days to comply or face fines, invitation. GinnyThurstonsaidwhenshe andElainewereyounggrowingup'.mEast Hammond questioned. "Do you really want me to g ()range, she remembers Elaine used to go down and break the ice in the sprmg so M6ith 15 years ago, the t0xkm -around and checking everybod3' I* ting. Al'ised[to pick on Ginny's brothers when they  re runger d.Ginny's brler would try to get away from Elaine but Elaine Conducted 911 mapping and gave )ouse numbers, English que ................................... ..................  ..... every piece ofpt6p&:y in towla'a Iiondtheboard."IknowwhatI'll fthe ; ....... - : Margaret Richardson said she remembered Elaine as a little girl growing up in street number and built in expansion for the future. Names of some roads were changed so they were not doing for the rest of the summer." East Orange and said she has always been a very special person that has done a Selectboard chair Wayne Fortier great deal for and contributed to her community. Along with Elaine's community said that he did want English to activities, she likes to play cribbage and has been a faithful player since Norman enforce the ordinance and didn't Gadwah started the annual Riverside Grange cribbage event in the fall of 2005. want any"song and dance" about the Elaine also likes to hunt and has been successful in filling her deer and tm'key tags. issue. After the meal, Herb Hatch played the piano; Elaine, Anne, Ginny and Frank "This has come up before and sang"Whispering Hope." .  . this time we're going lto do RiversideGrangemeetsonthefirstWednesdayofeachmonthtorabusiness something about it," Fortier said. meeting and on the third Friday following the business meeting for a potluck. The Ed Ballam can be reached at public is welcome to attend. eballam/onews.com. Blue Mountain Grange duplicated or confusing. At the same time the town adopted an ordinance requiring residents with homes visible from the road have the house number prominently displayed with 3-inch numbers of contrasting color to the building. If the residence cannot be seen from the roadway, the numbers BEEKEEPERS MEETING OESU/OXBOW BOARD NORTH HAVERHILL-On July 10 BRADFORD-On July 7, the Orange from 7 to 9 p.m., the Connecticut River East Supervisory Union board will meet l'n Valley Beekeepers Association will meet the library at Oxbow High School at 6 at the Grafton County Extension Office p.m. The Oxbow High School board will on Route 10. All are welcome. meet following the OESU board meeting. .Born on the 4th of July! is [urnln9 ;'_ I! ]ul. 4fl,. 00014 . Help her celebrate by sending a birthday card to: 147 High Street Bradford, VT 05033 00.Strc,r;el00 Benefit Dinner RYEGATE CORNER--The Blue Mountain Grange recently celebrated 630 years of combined membership by 17 of its members. The members include Valora McLure, 75 years; Jean McPhee, 65 years; Ned McLure, 50 years; Marsha Nelson, Gene and Nancy Perkins, 45 years; Bruce and Betty Beauvais, 40 years; Rita Hilyer, 35 years; Jackie and Peter Sinclair, Rod and Gail Brown, Dave Clement and Kathy Slendorn, 25 years; and Bill and Khristine Elder, 20 years. Certificates and pins or both were awarded to these members at the annual Dues Paying Supper which was held atthe Rcegate Fire Station. Community service is an integral part of the Blue Mountain Grange. Members have donated dictionaries to BMU third graders, offered scholarships to BMU seniors, served the fire dej?artment their annual Christmas Dinner, served lunches to the Cross Vermont Trail clean-up crew, prepared 4 th of July floats, provided man hours to the Ticklenaked Pond mllfoil clean-up and written grants to eradicate phosphorus and clean the pond, entertained the local children of the area with an annual Halloween Party, participated in Green-Up and much more. From time to time, Blue Mountain Grangerecognizes outstanding citizens in the community, people who exemplify civic-mindedness, good citizenship through participation and generosity of their time and talents for the betterment of the community. Past recipients have included Vermont State Police Lt. Russ Robinson, Rev. Dwight White, Mary McKelvey and Rev. Catherine Cook. This year the Grangers chose to honor two of their own: Gene and Nancy Perkins, life-long Grangers and active members of the community. Gene has served as Ryegate Fire Chief and was designated as the "Father of Ryegate recycling." He has also been a selectman and represents the town on the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management Board. A sugarmaker, mechanic and fire equipment authority, he was also instrumental in the building arid operation of the Ryegate/Groton Recycling facility located in East Ryegate. Nancy has been a reading specialist at Blue Mountain Union School, a swimming instructor, piano teacher, basketball coach, softball umpire, tutor and organist, elder and clerk of the Ryegate Presbyterian Church. She holds positions as Justice of the Peace and as a member of the zoning commission. She has traveled many miles serving as both the Pomona and State Grange Secretary and held offices of past Master and Lecturer of Blue Mountain Grange. The Perkins couple was presented with plaques and certificates by Master Darryl Perkins and they were completely surprised by the presentation. Many family members and fire fighters shared in the potluck dinner and several people including State Master Errol Briggs, Barbara Elliott and a representative of the NEKWM testified to their dedication to the community. :00Mea'a00 Solar CALL US TODAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SOLAR POWER! 802-522-2381 5ALE5 o tNS'T00LLATIO005 o SERVICE THE S00JD!00 CAN SAVE YOU MONEY! Introductory Pricing on AIISun Trackers from AIIEarth Renewables GET FEDERAL TAX CREDITS! REBATES IN VT & NH! Ask For Details! 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