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(ISSN-0746-1674) Volume 152 • Number 34 An Award Winning Independent Weekly Newspaper Since 1865 August 23, 2017 by Marianne Farr NORTH HAVERHILL--"We've When asked to highlight the lost a lot of historical knowledge contributionsCharlesandTrotthave between those two," Haverhill Town made to the community, Lacai!!ade Manager Jo Lacaillade said of the remarked, "The list is so long! recent retirements of two long-time Charles was with the department Haverhill Police Department offic- for 21 years. He worked his way up ers. and became chief in 2011. Lacaillade ChiefByron Charles retired as said he succeeded in working of July 28, and Det. Sgt. Wallace towards having a well-trained pro- Trott's last day was Aug. 17. fessional group of officers. He left With 12 years of experience with the respect of all his officers, with HPD, Brandon Ailing is andhadagoodworkingrelationship presently officer in charge until he with the town. officially takes over as chief of Lacaillade said that Charles police on Sept. 1. Ailing told the didn't want a lot of fanfare Journal Opinion in a recent surrounding his departure, andonly interview that Trott and Charles agreed to a going away party if it were his field training officers and wasn t heavily advertised. Over the laid the foundation for his law course of his last day, there were enforcement career, about 100 well-wishers who visited "Both were very effective and him. Steve Robbins and his Red outstanding officers," Alling said, Knights motorcycle group stopped noting the 40 years of combined law enforcement experience between the two. See Transition on page 9 by Lillian Gahagan BRADFORD--TheRiverBendCa- they will be driving trucks with reer and Technical Center wel- double or triple trailers, tanks, or comed a special guest to campus on carrying passengers or hazardous Aug. 18. loads. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott was In a phone interview in advance one of a number of people who of the festivities, River Bend attended' a celebration Friday Director Robert St. Pierre said the morning to award certificates of CDL course this summer was a big completion to several students who success. The school was able to get had participated in a commercial grant funding tohelp offset some of driver's license training program the cost of the training through the this surmner. Vermont departments of labor and The class ran from July 10 transportation, as well as the through Aug. 18 and presented the Vermont Student Assistance Cor- Class A training, which included poration. permit and road testing, the Ver- St. Pierre opened the event by moat Department of Transportation explaining that River Bend was one physical, and pre-enrollment drug of the 17 regional training centers in testing. Earning a CDL requires 160 Vermont to offer the course, and he hours of training, said snch trainings were"the wave of According to the Federal Motor the future" because this is how Carrier Safety Administration students as well as adults can obtain website, driving a commercial skills and knowledge to get good vehicle "requires a higher level of iobs, in the state. knowledge, experience, skills, and " We already have the infrastruc- physical abilities" than driving a ture to keep it going," St. Pierre non-commercial vehicle. To obtain said, noting that tech centers a CDL, applicants have to pass both provide good access so that pro- skills and knowledge tests and are spective students don't have to also held to a higher standard when travel very far from home to learn driving anykind of motor vehicle, new skills and get credentialed. Drivers get a CDL in their home state and may also be required to get See River Bend on page 5 special additional endorsements if BRADFORD CENTER--There Sorento operated by Brittany were no naajor injuries after a motor Driscoll-Cray, 29, of West Fairtee vehicle crash on a narrow stretch of who had stopped in the northbound state highway between the Waits lane. The dump truck also side- River and the rock ledges last week. swiped a southbound driver's side of The crash happened at approxi- apick-uptruckoperatedbyJerome mately 10:45 a.m. on the morning of Friedman, 82, of East Topsham. Aug. 16 in clear and sunny Finally, the dump truck struck conditions on Route 25 just north- the rear end of a 2016 Tesla 999 west of Bradford Center where operatedbyChristineDavis-Jeffers, some roadside mowing was taking 45, of Ketchum, Idaho, pushing the place. It involved two cars carrying car off the roadway and into ledge. several children, a pick-up truck and At least two air bags deployed, but a dump truck, the Tesla was demolished. According to a Vermont State All drivers involved were wear- Police news release, several cars ing seat belts, although it was traveling north stopped as the unclear if all the passengers were roadside mower partially entered also wearing seat belts. One Tesla the travel lane. Behind the line of passenger sustained a minor arm cars, Garrett Thresher, 57, of injuryandwastakent°theh°spital" Vershire operated a 1994 Western Route 25 just west of Bradford Stardumptruck. Ashepassed Chase Center was closed for approxi- Hollow Road and came around a merely two hours sending north- curve, hewasunabletostopintime, south traffic on a detour into the He traveled into the southbound hills of Bradford via Chase Hollow lane to avoid collision, but grazed the rear driver's side of a 2013 Kin See Crash on page 9 I Haverhill Police Officer Kaitlyn Barnum speaks with Tammy Carbeel[I and her daughter Aubrey during the Kids Summer Fun Lunch still Woodsville Elementary School on Friday. HPD, Woodsvllle Ambu-III lance end Woodsvllle Fire Department Joined the Cottage Hospitallll Auxiliary at the event to display equipment. Inside the school, ap-III proximately 200 backpacks filled with shelf-stable food were dis-Ill tributed to ares children with plenty of educational and physical I activities available as well. III COURTESY PHOTOJ I Due to the Labor Day holiday, the dead- line for all ads and editorial copy for the Sept. 6 issue ofthe Journal Opinion will be Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. Our office will be closed Monday, Sept. 4. Tacoma and Seattle are 10-year old alpacas who help g to the farmstand at Swenson Farm located off Route 5 Bradford and Falrlee. Melanle Swenson says the alpacas are" sociable" and "get a lot of attention." JO PHOTO BY LILLIAN by Alex Nuti-de Biasi NEWBURY--Nearly 650 acres of meeting on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. An forestland on Tucker Mountain in informational meeting, in advance West Newbury could soon be of the special meeting will be on owned by the town if a proposal Sept. 21 at7p.m. Bothmeetingswill wins approval at a special town beheldintheNewburyVillageHaU, meeting scheduled for next month, which also functions as the Newbury It's been nearly two years since Elementary School gynmasium. the Vermont Land Trust first With aJanuarydeadlineloom- approached the town about selling ing, supporters ofthe proposal have the land at a discounted price, stepped up efforts to get the plan According to a description of the before voters at a town meeting project on the Newbury Conserve- while the selecthoard has appointed tion Commission website, the an advisory committee to answer Leach family has offered to sell the several lingering questions about land at 50 percent ofestimated fair the proposal. The town's option on market value. VLT has committed the land expires on Jan. 15,2018. $190,000 to the proiect and will The 635 acres of land is spread facilitate other private fundraising across two parcels located on either to meet much of the remaining side ofTucker Mountain Road. At purchase price. The town would be least one of the parcels borders a voting on whether to allocate 100-acretract ownedbythe state of approximately $25,000 to the prqject. Last week, Newbury Selectboard See Forest on page 3 voted to hold a special town by Alex Nuti-de Biasi WESTFAIRLEE--As far as dead- River streambank in Bradford below beat dams go, it's a newer one. the falls with root wads just a couple The Geer Dam was built across of years before that. If everything the Ompompanoosuc just above falls into place, later this year the West Fairlee village by a fonner groupwillbeginremovingtwodams Dartmouth College ,engineering onCAatakBrookinNorthHavechill- professor in the 1980s who used the one near Blaekmount Country Club electricityto power his farm, while and the other on Pine Mill near tl~ some excess electricity fed into the center of the village. grid. The dam generated power for Ron Rhodes of Porrrfret is river little longer than a decade, but has steward with the CRC. He said Gear sat idle for nearly a quarter of a Dam's removalwill eliminate sedi- century, ment build-up behind the spillway, Last week, much ofthe dam was cool the water temperature and ease removed by contractors working fish passage makiiag habitat more under an extensive parmership attractive to fish and other river coordinated by the Connecticut inhabitants. River Conservancy. Paired with the potential re- The group also led the removal moval of a second Ompompanoosuc of two early 20'h century dams on Dam a few miles downstream, the the Wells River in Groton three years ago and reinforced the Waits See Dam on page 5 by Marianne Farr NORTHHAVERHILL---AttheAug. computer log ins and vendor sites. 14 meeting of the Haverhill Ducharme said that purchasing Cooperative School Board, the hot procedures have been updated to topics included the recently com- strengthenintemalcontrols. pleted financial audit, updates on According to the annual finan- facilities and an inside look at what cial report, general fund revenues teachers did over the summer break, were $13,729,728 and expenditures SAU-23 Business Administrator Kathy Duchanne informed the were $13,641,364, resulting in a surplus of $88,364. Ducharme board that the district s audit for the reported that the total unassigned school year ending June 30, 2016 fund balance at year end is was complete. Audit results, which $310,383. She recommended that had beenprovided to the board prior the district retain the maximum fund to the meeting, included the draft balance of$177,325. The balance, and the governance letter. $133,058, would go towards reduc- Ducharme outlined the items ing the amount to be raised through that need to be addressed, including taxes in the fi.scal year 2018 budget. accounting standards that need to be Facilities manager Bert Vines updated. An annual review of the addressed concerns that had been investment policy was completed, raised about the Bennett Building, but fiscal policies procedures such part ofthe Woodsville High School as check endorsements will need to be reviewed and updated, campus. He said that according to a Monthly reconciliation and closing procedures are back on a schedule ensuring that they are done on a timely basis by the payroll and benefits manager, Ducharme reported. Other efficiencies include timely creation of user names and passwords for new employees, and the immediate removal of termi- nated employees from the account- ing system and any other systems relevant to the department such as recent structural evaluation, there is nothing to be alarmed about. Installing crack monitors will en- able them to keep an eye on cracks in the masonry. The findings of a recent walkthrough at HCMS nearly brought cheers from the board. Vines reported that Dayco Roofingdid an extensive evaluation and found nothing wrong with the roof. Meanwhile, SAU-23 Superin- See Audit on page 9 IIIl!!!!UIl!!!l!! I SA .OAY Au. 2. SPONSORED BY DEAD RIVER CO. 99Rock Weekly Racing Series, Full Card with USAC DMA Midgets plus Granite State Mini Sprints 802-222-4062 • m~t.lmarddgllSl~edlmy~ Vermotlt's Fastest Dirt Track Where "Ev~y Lap is the Last Lap" 7 8 General Admission: $10 Adults, $8 teens & seniors, $2 kids under 11 * VISA/MASTERcARD ACCEPTED