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August 23, 2017---JOURNAL OPINION--Page 3 (continued fiwm page 1) The center and bottom tracts--roughly 600 acres in total--on either side of Tucker Mountain Road are currently owned by members of the Leach family and could become town forest pending a municipal vote next month. At top is a 115-acre parcel owned by the state on nearby Woodchuck Mountain. The map was prepared by Hannah Phillips for a University of Vermont ecological assessment of the Leach properties. COURTESY IMAGE Meth bust made in Thetford THETFORD----On Aug. 17 at ap- proximately 4:55 p.m., Thetford Police Officer Stuart Rogers initi- ated a traffic stop on a Massachu- setts registered vehicle after wit- nessing a traffic infraction on Route 113. The vehicle was being operated by Heidi Laven, 43, of Hyannis, Massachusetts. While speaking with Laven, several indicators of illicit drug use were noted, and consent to search the vehicle was obtained. During the search, packaged methamphetamine (crystal) was located inside the vehicle, as well as drug parapherna- lia. Laven was subsequently taken into custody and processed at the Bradford outpost of the Vermont State Police for the charges. She was cited to appear in the Orange County Superior Court-Criminal Division on Oct. 11. Your Yard, Garden and Pet Place 3147 Dartmouth College Highway North Haverhill, NH [] ,, 603-787-6981 Vermont on Woodchuck Mountain. Road near the summit and on other 3 section of the road sustained L!nck did say he could "see a There are at least two other parcels nearby trails. And although they're extensive damage in flooding during way that ATV use might be of existing municipal forest in West not supposed to, ATVs frequently the July 1 storms, accomodated on the land. NewburyandNewburyVillage. , access the summit on land con- Another question is about future 'Right now, it s a problem," he For years, despite the property s served by the Vermont Land Trust. recreational uses. Currently, ATV said. "All of these [recreational private ownership much of the land Meanwhile, hunters, hikers and riders extensively use the property, activities] can t be jammed toge,t,her hasbeenopentopublicuse.ATVuse others frequently access the land but typical Vermont Land Trust andwhateverhappens, happens.' is permitted on Tucker Mountain under consideration,conservationprojectsprohibitATV Email: editor@jonews.com. That's why when the family useontownforestpropertiesdueto decided to sell the land, they opted resource and land damage, Vermont to turn to the town first with the LandTrust'sBobLincksaidduringa objective of preserving public meeting on Aug. 10. " access. Project advocates, like members of the Newbury Conserva- tion Commission, say that if the land is sold on the open market, future could limit or prohibit But not everyone is convinced ;ome believe that 635 acres of land a lot of property to take off the tax rolls. Under municipal ownership, the land would not be subject to t taxes. Conservation commission mem- say the land could generate some timber harvest and sugarbush lease revenue to offset the loss of A gravel- and rock-strewn stretch $6,100 per year in annual property of Tucker Mountain Road In taxes. Newbury just east of the Tuoker Theselectboardappointedanad Mountain peak. One of the ques- hoc forest advisory committee to Iions surrounding the town's review the proposal ahead of the potenUal ownership of the land is special town meeting. The commit- maintenanoe of the existing class 4 tee met for the first time on July 26 roadway. JO PHOTO BY ALEX NUTI-DE BIASI and has met three other times over i-ip;r~TTJZWgTr _ _ _ . _ ,j,/~ Woodsville men Abigail Page (left) listens to Bonnie Chalne (right) of the Cottage Hospital auxil. arrested for le~ during the Kids Summer Fun Lunch at Woodsvllle Elementary School on Aug. 18. Picnic lunches were served, food-filled backpacks were given away, drug possession sndthere were plenty of games and other activities available. The event la aimed at filling a gap during the summer for many children whose only reliable source THETFORD--On Aug. ] 8 at ap- of healthy meals may be during the school year. Stephanle Chase of Cottage Hospital said they hope to make the summer lunches regular event in future proximately 8:3 5 p.m., Thetford years with the support of community members and area businesses. Police Officer Stuart Rogers made JO PHOTO BY ALEX NUTI-DE BIASI BOB & KIM GRAY 802-866-3342 * S. NEWBURY, VT 05~51 CORN! BLUEBERRIES! RASPBERRIES! OPEN DAILY 9 AM-6 PM www.4cornersfarm.com TUCKER MT. INFORMATIONAL MEETING There will be an informal, informational meeting regarding the possible purchase of Tucker Mt. by the Town of Newbury. Date/Time: September 21, 2017 at 7 p.m. Place: It will be at the gym (Village Hall) at the Newbury School where the March Town Meeting is held. Reminder: Voting will take place at the Special Town Meeting on September 26, 2017, 7 p.m. at the Village Hall. To vote you MUST be present and a registered Newbury voter. August18,2017 Newbury Selectboard Alma Roystan Brian Emerson Stephen C. Cole TOWN OF NEWBURY, VERMONT SPECIAL TOWN MEETING The legal voters of the Town of Newbury, Vermont, are hereby warned and notified to meet at the Newbury Village Hall, in Newbury Village on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. to act on the following Article: Article 1. Shall the Town appropriate the sum of $25,000 and authorize the Selectboard to acquire, on terms favorable to the Town, two parcels of land on Tucker Mountain Road, together comprising approximately 635 acres, for the establishment of a Municipal Forest encumbered by a conservation easement co-held by the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board? Approved and adopted at a meeting of the Selectboard of the Town of Newbury duly called, noticed, and held on August 16th, 2017. nan Emerson Received for record this /..ff day of August 2017 by ~f~,~:~,~ Susan Underwood Newbury Town Clerk The legal voters of the Town of Newbury are further notified that voter qualification, registration, and absentee voting relative to said Special Town Meeting shall be as provided in Chapters 43, 51, and 55 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated. Please note for this Special Town Meeting, absentee ballots are NOT permissible. You MUST be present at the meeting and be a Newbury registered voter. contact with Jason Cook, 31, and Thomas Harris, 26, both of Woodsville, at the Thetford Park and Ride on Route 113. It was determined that the vehicle Cook was operating had some mechanical Issues. Se;eelzl motor vehicle related violations were noted, and while conversing with the pair, drug paraphemalia was observed in the vehicle. Consent to search the vehicle was obtained, at which time several full bags of heroin were located, as well as small amount of crack cocaine. Used bags of heroin and drug paraphernalia consistent with the substances was also located in the vehicle. Cook and Harris were subsequently taken into custody and processed at the Bradford outpost of the Vermont State Police. Cook was cited for possession of heroin and driving with a criminally suspended license. Har- ris was charged with possession of cocaine. Both are scheduled to appear on Oct. 25 at the Orange County Superior Court-Criminal Division. AG releases autopsy results HAVERHILL--The New Hamp- shire Attorney General's office said two people found dead inside a Haverhill home last week died in a murder-suicide. Chrystal Lewis, 44, and Robert Taylor, 45, were found on the morning of Aug. 15 in Lewis' home located in Pine Park. Both died as a result of a single gunshot to the head. Authorities believe Taylor killed Lewis before turning the gun on himself. In an update issued last week, investigators said Lewis and Taylor were in a relationship for several years before she broke it off sometime last month. Obituaries for both appear in this week's edition. TAI CHI CLASS BRADFORD--Tai Chi class is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Orange East Senior Center, Waits River Road, Bradtbrd. CRAFTS AND CONVERSATION GROTON--Crafts and Conversation lakes place every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. at the Groton Free Public Library. Stop in or stay a while during this friendly DIY craft and conversation time. All levels of crafty tblks welcome to share tips, ideas and good cheer. the past month. The town's highway department chief Bob Beaulieu has been selected as the committee chair. At a selectboard meeting earlier town officials acknowl- question that needs to how the town will maintain the class 4 roadway that leads to the summitt. Newbury has approximately 5.5 miles of class 4 roadway in town. Currently, parts of the class 4 section of Tucker Mountain Road are in pretty poor condition with lots of rock, gravel and washouts along steep sections. 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