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,El! Number 29 residents plan Thetford Commission is questionnaire to comment residential and growth, en- matters, and to and community res are with tax bills and John Melquist i that when bills they'll the time will he used in ew town plan to be completed 1982 when the Sally resigned as a and clerk of School recommended as her Stephen T. y B. as tern- until replacement is the next board S, said she was the board her husband enroll their fire that ng July 14 is caused N. Haverhill, Wood- River control in The blaze t eet se t ,, ,rdrl ,5/!t  thlJl Y-A bee 'ion office in f 3tt nnversity of ifle Ilm[ oigh illbe held at Y0fWL llq,. 'aJOsviile, who ! e,,. e business )Ker p^_. ,. trY;! " will re :1 0  o:ta on honey ,_r indicate quW k_ a , -as taken torrid*- w ks, the Serwng Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont i I 'KPS :',!1 3 I0 ! July 22, 1981 q r :*Bradford's new policeman quits ,dispute after one week on job , BRADFORD--The village of "If you stop just a couple of the regular August 12 trustees pass did not involve firearms. cars, you're talking about Bradford's new policeman has quit after just one week on the job in a dispute that both sides agree centered on mileage payments. "I told them no way could I cover the village the way it should he covered without a car," Arthur Greer told the Journal Opinion after resigning and handing in his uniform and badge to Village Administrator Susan Spaulding last week. "I told him it seemed to be a misunderstanding and to let me call the trustees together to settle it right there, but he said no, he was going to resign," Spaulding com- mented. "I don't want the job. I wouldn't take it today," Greer said in an interview. FIRE VICTIM--Home of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon George in Ely after fire gutted it. Village officials said there was no plan to try to settle the disagreement and that a new candidate for policeman would be sought. Greer, a former New three or four miles. I go down and check the golf course. To leave the car parked at the police station and walk down to the laundromat to check the doors is quite a way from the car and there was no way to communicate with anybody when I was out on the street. On the street was where they wanted me," Greer said. "Deputies have been beaten up when there was more than one of them and they expect me to go out alone on the job .by myself. If I wanted to protect my person, I would have to spend in the vicinity of $1,800 for a radio to carry on my person," he added. Greer, who is recovering from an arm injury, said "I am not certified until I can use a firearm. They (trustees) were aware of this. The cast comes off in two weeks. I took the-FBI training course in Gilford and the New Hamp- shire Police Academy at Concord and have attended many seminars on drugs, fires, arson, and took night courses in college on criminal psychology," he said. Fire destroys Th6tford home Hampshire policeman, said that in addition to the mileage disagreement, he wanted ELY--A fire that started with fixing breakfast when the the barn but all they could do He said he assumes his liability insurance paid for by ashort circuit in a stove cord stove cord shorted out, wasgetout. He banged up one father will rebuilt the home. the village for use of his car as destroyed the 150-year-old starting a flame," said knee and had a little hair Firefighters from Fairlee, a police vehicle, and wantedto home of Gordon George on the Stewart George, a son from singed and my mother had Thetford and Lyme responded be officially sworn in to Fairford Farm on Rte. 5 White River Jet. who came up some hair singed," Stewart to the alarm, protect himself and the village Monday. to help out after the blaze. George told the Journal The home of another son, against any possibility of a "My mother got up and was "My father came up from Opinion. Everett George, next door was lawsuit that might grow out of not damaged, an arrest. The matter came to a head ~ Campers help conservation FAIRLEE--Boys and girls in and White River Junction. Vermont's summer camps are The project helps the camps becoming active con- to do their part in conserving servationists through a unique natural resources and to recycling project sponsored educate campers and coun- by the Vermont Camping selors in conservation prac- Association. tices, as well as the Vermont Over 25 Vermont camps community as a whole. representing several thousand Local camps participating youngsters are participating in VCA Recycling Day in- by collecting cans, bottles, cluded Camp Lanakila, Aloha cardboard and newspapers. Camp, Aloha Hive, Camp meeting. Consideration was being given to having the village policeman work fewer hours than Martin, but to be on call other times. Martin lived across the river in Piermont, while Greer lives in Bradford. "We were working it out to make a good police depart- ment," Spaulding said. She added that Greer had not been sworn in because" He didn't pass one of his courses" at the police school in Pitt- sford. "Everybody assumed he would go back and pass it," she said, adding that Greer had been accepted for a longer additional police course. She said the course Greer did not "I asked if I was going to be sworn in. I have never known a police officer who wasn't sworn in," Greet said. "I wanted a list of standard operating procedure to protect all of us." Greer said working without a car or personal radio to call for help was dangerous for a lone policeman. The State Police have only one man covering Newbury to Thetford and "You can wait an hour and a half for a trooper; sometimes you can wait until the next day." "We're back at square one," Spaulding said of the effort to find a village policeman. Lightning jolts two S. Ryegate families (Editors' note: Michelle asking what had happened. Arnosky, a student at Blue Mountain Union School who intends to follow a career in journalism, wrote the "They proposed to pay me a following eye-witness ac- lesser salary until I was count). certified. In order to support by MICHELLE ARNOSKY my family Have to make $300 S. RYEGATE--While a aweek, but if so I would not do thunderstorm happened things like hiring somebody outside on July 9th, Betty and else ffor extra help) and Diane Chassey played double billing the police depart- solitaire. Diane was about to ment,"Greercontinued, put an ace of spades down "I said, 'Do you prefer the when she was flung across the salary, car expenses and room. Pictures and clocks fell extras that you paid to the ex- off the wall. The kitchen table department and have nothing moved. Boxes full of books to the how he should go about ap- plying for reimbursement for 18 miles of driving at 25 cents per mile for his first week on the job. He said he was told his mileage expenses had to come done, or pay $300 a week and and ornaments {eli out of his $300 per week salary, have a man o te street d6mg ioor. The qbasse HOSING IT DOWN--Firemen handles hose to help douse house fire in Ely. okayed the mileage payments, However, Welch told the Journal Opinion that the matter of paying mileage expenses had not yet been formally approved by the village trustees. "He (Greer) came up to me on the street and discussed mileage and I told him something had to be worked out satisfactorily on the mileage and that so far things had worked out satisfactorily and I assumed the mileage would be too," Welch said. But at the time Greer presented his first mileage bill to Spaulding, she had no authority to authorize payment, Welch added. "I told him (Greer) that anything that was ad- ministered had to go through the trustees and then it would go through the administrator, but that the trustees were July 20 was designated as Farnsworth, Challenge the first Annual VCA Wilderness Camp, Camp Recycling Day when Lochearn Camp, Camp truckloads of material were Farwell, Downer 4-H Camp, delivered to three recycling Camp Norway. centers in Burlington, Rutland FIGHTING FIRE--Truck from Thetford, one of several departments that answered call, sprouts hoses in effort to contain Ely house fire. year in minimum wage feet away at our house, we felt salary, car expenses and the lightning bolt. My father liability insurance to Brad- went around the house ford's longtime village police checking for any damages officer, the late Remem- brance Martin who died June 26. Martin was paid a fiat $40 per week for mileage, Spaulding said. Martin's duties had been reduced for some weeks before his death and the village hired Orange County deputies for Friday night and Saturday night duty at $42 per night per deputy plus 25 cents mileage expenses, Spaulding said. The village will continue to utilize the deputies until a replacement village policeman is hired, she added. "Basically, the trustees are a little taken aback by the whole thing," Spaulding said of Greer's resignation. She said village officials while my mother, my sister, and I sat in the middle room getting over the jolt. My father went to check on the neighbors and when he returned, Diane Chassey came running down to our house. She said they had been hit. Will Chassey contacted the electric company and the fire station. Soon firemen, electricians, repairmen, and neighbors crowded the Chassey driveway. Everyone was -The firemen concluded that the lightning had struck a dead pine tree in front of the Chassey's cabin and traveled up to the cabin. On the way, it uprooted some boulders and melted the wheelbalancers on the Chassey's car. The lightning went into the cabin and blew two electrical circuits, wrecking everything on them. The lightning had such force that it shifted the cabin on its foundation slightly and flew two basement windows out. My father checked ur basement tn find a [ourby, lout 4o. gr ake slab, ,nb,c s .... the foundation, came to our house to take pictures of the damage done, the excitement had died down up at Chassey's. Everyone was stopping at our house to see the basement wall and the telephone fuse box, which had also been destroyed also. After everyone left, Will and Betty Chassey came down to our house and we discussed the mishap. Finally we were all relaxed and the pressure was gone. Will Chassey brought something up that was very interesting. Three years ago on the very same day, lightning had struck his well. N.H. legislator calls for property tax cuts running the police force," Welch added. Welch said the trustees essentially wanted the presence of the village policeman on the street. were still in the process of working out how Greer would BRETTON WOODS-- Michael operate, including pending Hanson, chairman of the New decisions on mileage and Hampshire House insurance, and that a policy Appropriations Committee, was to have been taken up at has called for a "revenue reform package which is tied to specific goals and also tied to reducing local property From this.., to this ... in less than an hour less than an hour, the Chaloux Knox Inn) in West Topaham "1: Tri'ViUage Fire Depart- exercise, was aided by the Berlin Fire Department, Barre Town Fire Depart- ment, Willlamstown Fire Department, Groton Fire Department, East MoatpeUer Fire Department, and Goddard College Fire Department, all members of the taxes." He spoke at the 8th annual meeting of the North Country Council July 8 at the Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods. Hansen said there was need for controlled revenue growth and long range fiscal planning at the state level, He men- tioned the risk the state took in , " the form of expensive legal- court cases if conditions at certain state institutions were not improved. In other business, Frederick King of Colebrook was elected the new council president, Joan McGoldrick of Wood- stock was elected ,ice president, Mark Okrant of Plymouth was elected secretary and Dwight K f Taylor of Franeonia, treasurer. ()liver W. Nelson, retiring president, received the Distinguished Service Award for his three years as the council president and two as secretary. The Conway Planning Board received the NCC i " Award for Achievement in Planning "for its very hard and diligent work in the Capital Fire Mutual Aid System. Fire Chief Wmlam region's fastest growing area Caughey was in charge of the operation. Caughey said which has resulted in 1800 feet of 4 inch hose drew water from the Waits significant accomplishments to institutionalize the planning River with three pumpers on line. (See picture process in the town " sequence of fire on page 5). The Carroll County Independent received the Council's Media Award. The Council's Media Award was "for excellent coverage of municipal, regional, and statewide activities in com- munity planning, land use, transportation, and economic development during the past several years." It was also noted that other news media in the Mr. Washington Valley provide a very good service in reporting planning related activities. Executive Director Gerald Coogan reviewed NCC's ac- complishments during the last year and the need to redefine priority issues in light of declining resources, tie also discussed ways to generate additional revenue. The council also adopted a legislative policy. Michael Donovan, Berlin City Manager; Edward Oleson, president of Berlin Vocational Tech; Jim Jordan, Forest Supervisor of White Mountain National Forest: Dick Marshall, advance planning engineer, for the State Department of Public Works and Highways; and John Cassidy, superintendent of the Littleton Water and Light Co., participated in a panel discussion entitled "'Future Development Per- spectives in the North Country." The North Country Council is the regional planning commission and economic development district serving northern New Hampshire. Approximately 90 persons at tended the meeting. ,El! Number 29 residents plan Thetford Commission is questionnaire to comment residential and growth, en- matters, and to and community res are with tax bills and John Melquist i that when bills they'll the time will he used in ew town plan to be completed 1982 when the Sally resigned as a and clerk of School recommended as her Stephen T. y B. as tern- until replacement is the next board S, said she was the board her husband enroll their fire that ng July 14 is caused N. Haverhill, Wood- River control in The blaze t eet se t ,, ,rdrl ,5/!t  thlJl Y-A bee 'ion office in f 3tt nnversity of ifle Ilm[ oigh illbe held at Y0fWL llq,. 'aJOsviile, who ! e,,. e business )Ker p^_. ,. trY;! " will re :1 0  o:ta on honey ,_r indicate quW k_ a , -as taken torrid*- w ks, the Serwng Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont i I 'KPS :',!1 3 I0 ! July 22, 1981 q r :*Bradford's new policeman quits ,dispute after one week on job , BRADFORD--The village of "If you stop just a couple of the regular August 12 trustees pass did not involve firearms. cars, you're talking about Bradford's new policeman has quit after just one week on the job in a dispute that both sides agree centered on mileage payments. "I told them no way could I cover the village the way it should he covered without a car," Arthur Greer told the Journal Opinion after resigning and handing in his uniform and badge to Village Administrator Susan Spaulding last week. "I told him it seemed to be a misunderstanding and to let me call the trustees together to settle it right there, but he said no, he was going to resign," Spaulding com- mented. "I don't want the job. I wouldn't take it today," Greer said in an interview. FIRE VICTIM--Home of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon George in Ely after fire gutted it. Village officials said there was no plan to try to settle the disagreement and that a new candidate for policeman would be sought. Greer, a former New three or four miles. I go down and check the golf course. To leave the car parked at the police station and walk down to the laundromat to check the doors is quite a way from the car and there was no way to communicate with anybody when I was out on the street. On the street was where they wanted me," Greer said. "Deputies have been beaten up when there was more than one of them and they expect me to go out alone on the job .by myself. If I wanted to protect my person, I would have to spend in the vicinity of $1,800 for a radio to carry on my person," he added. Greer, who is recovering from an arm injury, said "I am not certified until I can use a firearm. They (trustees) were aware of this. The cast comes off in two weeks. I took the-FBI training course in Gilford and the New Hamp- shire Police Academy at Concord and have attended many seminars on drugs, fires, arson, and took night courses in college on criminal psychology," he said. Fire destroys Th6tford home Hampshire policeman, said that in addition to the mileage disagreement, he wanted ELY--A fire that started with fixing breakfast when the the barn but all they could do He said he assumes his liability insurance paid for by ashort circuit in a stove cord stove cord shorted out, wasgetout. He banged up one father will rebuilt the home. the village for use of his car as destroyed the 150-year-old starting a flame," said knee and had a little hair Firefighters from Fairlee, a police vehicle, and wantedto home of Gordon George on the Stewart George, a son from singed and my mother had Thetford and Lyme responded be officially sworn in to Fairford Farm on Rte. 5 White River Jet. who came up some hair singed," Stewart to the alarm, protect himself and the village Monday. to help out after the blaze. George told the Journal The home of another son, against any possibility of a "My mother got up and was "My father came up from Opinion. Everett George, next door was lawsuit that might grow out of not damaged, an arrest. The matter came to a head ~ Campers help conservation FAIRLEE--Boys and girls in and White River Junction. Vermont's summer camps are The project helps the camps becoming active con- to do their part in conserving servationists through a unique natural resources and to recycling project sponsored educate campers and coun- by the Vermont Camping selors in conservation prac- Association. tices, as well as the Vermont Over 25 Vermont camps community as a whole. representing several thousand Local camps participating youngsters are participating in VCA Recycling Day in- by collecting cans, bottles, cluded Camp Lanakila, Aloha cardboard and newspapers. Camp, Aloha Hive, Camp meeting. Consideration was being given to having the village policeman work fewer hours than Martin, but to be on call other times. Martin lived across the river in Piermont, while Greer lives in Bradford. "We were working it out to make a good police depart- ment," Spaulding said. She added that Greer had not been sworn in because" He didn't pass one of his courses" at the police school in Pitt- sford. "Everybody assumed he would go back and pass it," she said, adding that Greer had been accepted for a longer additional police course. She said the course Greer did not "I asked if I was going to be sworn in. I have never known a police officer who wasn't sworn in," Greet said. "I wanted a list of standard operating procedure to protect all of us." Greer said working without a car or personal radio to call for help was dangerous for a lone policeman. The State Police have only one man covering Newbury to Thetford and "You can wait an hour and a half for a trooper; sometimes you can wait until the next day." "We're back at square one," Spaulding said of the effort to find a village policeman. Lightning jolts two S. Ryegate families (Editors' note: Michelle asking what had happened. Arnosky, a student at Blue Mountain Union School who intends to follow a career in journalism, wrote the "They proposed to pay me a following eye-witness ac- lesser salary until I was count). certified. In order to support by MICHELLE ARNOSKY my family Have to make $300 S. RYEGATE--While a aweek, but if so I would not do thunderstorm happened things like hiring somebody outside on July 9th, Betty and else ffor extra help) and Diane Chassey played double billing the police depart- solitaire. Diane was about to ment,"Greercontinued, put an ace of spades down "I said, 'Do you prefer the when she was flung across the salary, car expenses and room. Pictures and clocks fell extras that you paid to the ex- off the wall. The kitchen table department and have nothing moved. Boxes full of books to the how he should go about ap- plying for reimbursement for 18 miles of driving at 25 cents per mile for his first week on the job. He said he was told his mileage expenses had to come done, or pay $300 a week and and ornaments {eli out of his $300 per week salary, have a man o te street d6mg ioor. The qbasse HOSING IT DOWN--Firemen handles hose to help douse house fire in Ely. okayed the mileage payments, However, Welch told the Journal Opinion that the matter of paying mileage expenses had not yet been formally approved by the village trustees. "He (Greer) came up to me on the street and discussed mileage and I told him something had to be worked out satisfactorily on the mileage and that so far things had worked out satisfactorily and I assumed the mileage would be too," Welch said. But at the time Greer presented his first mileage bill to Spaulding, she had no authority to authorize payment, Welch added. "I told him (Greer) that anything that was ad- ministered had to go through the trustees and then it would go through the administrator, but that the trustees were July 20 was designated as Farnsworth, Challenge the first Annual VCA Wilderness Camp, Camp Recycling Day when Lochearn Camp, Camp truckloads of material were Farwell, Downer 4-H Camp, delivered to three recycling Camp Norway. centers in Burlington, Rutland FIGHTING FIRE--Truck from Thetford, one of several departments that answered call, sprouts hoses in effort to contain Ely house fire. year in minimum wage feet away at our house, we felt salary, car expenses and the lightning bolt. My father liability insurance to Brad- went around the house ford's longtime village police checking for any damages officer, the late Remem- brance Martin who died June 26. Martin was paid a fiat $40 per week for mileage, Spaulding said. Martin's duties had been reduced for some weeks before his death and the village hired Orange County deputies for Friday night and Saturday night duty at $42 per night per deputy plus 25 cents mileage expenses, Spaulding said. The village will continue to utilize the deputies until a replacement village policeman is hired, she added. "Basically, the trustees are a little taken aback by the whole thing," Spaulding said of Greer's resignation. She said village officials while my mother, my sister, and I sat in the middle room getting over the jolt. My father went to check on the neighbors and when he returned, Diane Chassey came running down to our house. She said they had been hit. Will Chassey contacted the electric company and the fire station. Soon firemen, electricians, repairmen, and neighbors crowded the Chassey driveway. Everyone was -The firemen concluded that the lightning had struck a dead pine tree in front of the Chassey's cabin and traveled up to the cabin. On the way, it uprooted some boulders and melted the wheelbalancers on the Chassey's car. The lightning went into the cabin and blew two electrical circuits, wrecking everything on them. The lightning had such force that it shifted the cabin on its foundation slightly and flew two basement windows out. My father checked ur basement tn find a [ourby, lout 4o. gr ake slab, ,nb,c s .... the foundation, came to our house to take pictures of the damage done, the excitement had died down up at Chassey's. Everyone was stopping at our house to see the basement wall and the telephone fuse box, which had also been destroyed also. After everyone left, Will and Betty Chassey came down to our house and we discussed the mishap. Finally we were all relaxed and the pressure was gone. Will Chassey brought something up that was very interesting. Three years ago on the very same day, lightning had struck his well. N.H. legislator calls for property tax cuts running the police force," Welch added. Welch said the trustees essentially wanted the presence of the village policeman on the street. were still in the process of working out how Greer would BRETTON WOODS-- Michael operate, including pending Hanson, chairman of the New decisions on mileage and Hampshire House insurance, and that a policy Appropriations Committee, was to have been taken up at has called for a "revenue reform package which is tied to specific goals and also tied to reducing local property From this.., to this ... in less than an hour less than an hour, the Chaloux Knox Inn) in West Topaham "1: Tri'ViUage Fire Depart- exercise, was aided by the Berlin Fire Department, Barre Town Fire Depart- ment, Willlamstown Fire Department, Groton Fire Department, East MoatpeUer Fire Department, and Goddard College Fire Department, all members of the taxes." He spoke at the 8th annual meeting of the North Country Council July 8 at the Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods. Hansen said there was need for controlled revenue growth and long range fiscal planning at the state level, He men- tioned the risk the state took in , " the form of expensive legal- court cases if conditions at certain state institutions were not improved. In other business, Frederick King of Colebrook was elected the new council president, Joan McGoldrick of Wood- stock was elected ,ice president, Mark Okrant of Plymouth was elected secretary and Dwight K f Taylor of Franeonia, treasurer. ()liver W. Nelson, retiring president, received the Distinguished Service Award for his three years as the council president and two as secretary. The Conway Planning Board received the NCC i " Award for Achievement in Planning "for its very hard and diligent work in the Capital Fire Mutual Aid System. Fire Chief Wmlam region's fastest growing area Caughey was in charge of the operation. Caughey said which has resulted in 1800 feet of 4 inch hose drew water from the Waits significant accomplishments to institutionalize the planning River with three pumpers on line. (See picture process in the town " sequence of fire on page 5). The Carroll County Independent received the Council's Media Award. The Council's Media Award was "for excellent coverage of municipal, regional, and statewide activities in com- munity planning, land use, transportation, and economic development during the past several years." It was also noted that other news media in the Mr. Washington Valley provide a very good service in reporting planning related activities. Executive Director Gerald Coogan reviewed NCC's ac- complishments during the last year and the need to redefine priority issues in light of declining resources, tie also discussed ways to generate additional revenue. The council also adopted a legislative policy. Michael Donovan, Berlin City Manager; Edward Oleson, president of Berlin Vocational Tech; Jim Jordan, Forest Supervisor of White Mountain National Forest: Dick Marshall, advance planning engineer, for the State Department of Public Works and Highways; and John Cassidy, superintendent of the Littleton Water and Light Co., participated in a panel discussion entitled "'Future Development Per- spectives in the North Country." The North Country Council is the regional planning commission and economic development district serving northern New Hampshire. Approximately 90 persons at tended the meeting.