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:. USP 598340 Number 35 Serving Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont September 1, 1982 Fire destroys Vershire Bible Church Fire officials last week were in- to determine the cause of a Sunday, August 160-year old Vershire Bible said the fire apparently broke out at 6:45 p.m., while a Sunday evening service was in progress. No one was injured as of the fire. three of the historic structure's walls remain the entire building was gutted, and its roof were consumed by the blaze. About 75 from Vershire, West Fairlee, Stratford, "and Bradford were reported to have the scene. had also housed the Christian Academy, school with about 25 students enrolled this said they believed the fire may have m an empty shed behind the actual main building. .ftbercastin00 scu/pture to be unveiled next week will be a special unveiling next a long.waited stndent,art sculpture at Oxbow created by this year's freshmen class and Teacher Joseph Hadley. 7, at 7:00 p.m., students, school officials, and any other interested have been invited to witness the unveiling of a sculpture fastened to the wall of the at the Bradford junior high and high school. -- a culmination of months of planning, and trial and error -- was created by casting of live students and later filling the i fiberglass. was originally planned to have been by the end of the last school year, but the and Hadley opted to extend the date for the of the sculpture to achieve the kind of say will be shown for the first time next the unveiling ceremony, slides will Court upholds PELRB ndin00 in old Orford contract case New Hampshire Supreme Court judge a ruling made by the state's Public Labor Relations Board (PELRB) which that language in teacher contracts for i Supervisory Union 22, which covers schools t,yme, and Hanover, two years ago had been outside of the bargaining process. contract guaranteed m explanation when a teacher contract to be renewed. According to a National Education Association, the representative organization, the language t by the district's superintendent in August a fired Orford teacher, Marianne , filed suit. The NEA filed charges of unfair with the PELRB against the district the incident on behalf of the Orford Association and the Lyme and Hanover ASsociations. Board found the district guilty of an unfair school and district officials opted to decision to the state's Superior New Hampshire Justice Charles 9n behalf of the court that the PELRB an error of law by saying that such teachers unilaterally changed by management. a case involving a teacher suit against the School Board, the Court ruled that force language is negotiable, and cannot For Your Information the name of a town or city that usually news arUcle -- may sometimes be example: an article last week on Hampshire schools was datelined "while on the same page an article on lunches was datelined ' VERMONT is it that determines the dateline in- our news articles? For your in. a dateline can be used for two it can be used to either inform the the information contained in the article or a dateline can be used to imply what is likely to effect. Events are a dateline naming the town in which they gray area for dateline determination articles on broader issues and with in- from, and that is likely to effect, town. heavily from a' sihgle an announcement, or a press town in which the information was the dateline. are reflected as such in most of our are most regional issues governed by -- "STATE OF VER- REGION" -- these are less to point out who the information in may effect a munber of people in and New Hampshire and that include from spokesmen in both states are Presented in articles which carry no as in the case of last week's article on the Upper Valley and North Country ! County legislators approve final budget N. HAVERHILL-- delegation of 22 Grafton County legislators last week gave final approval to a $6,049,629 1983 county budget -- a budget that is about 6.3 percent higher than 1982 and that calls for a county tax increase of about 25 percent. In approving the budget, the legislators defeated a number of moves to include a marginal increase in salaries for county employees. The new budget was about $5,000 higher than the amount recommended by the Grafton County Exectitive Committee last month, allowing for a last minute move to increase the budget for the White Mountain Mental Health agency. The increase was meant to bring the mental health agency's budget in line with other county agency budget in- creases included in the 1983 budget. Last week's vote ended a lengthy budget process which began when the Grafton County Commissioners in June turned in their recom- mendations for a 1983 county budget that would have been 14 percent higher than that of 1982 and that would have required an increase in county taxes of about 46 percent. In announcing their recommendations, the commissioners cited the projected loss of traditional revenue due to cuts in state and federal programs, and predicted the county would be picking up much more of the tab. The county's nursing home and programs for the elderly and disabled have been strongly effected by state No pay raise .for Grafton County employees A- and federal cuts- a situation from the commissioners' mendation for a 7.2 percent shifting costs budgeted for both the commissioners and original budget proposal increase in wages and benefits the Grafton County Executive during  the committee's for county employees. Committee moved to counter budget review and hearing This move, approved by the by recommending individual process last month. More than county delegation last week, budget increases, half of the decrease came accounted for $250,000 of the No Pay Increase from the committee's $438,000 decrease in the However, the Executive recommendation to scrap the recommended budget. Other Committee cut over $438,000 commissioners' recom- major cuts were made by THREE FIRE COMPANIES RESPOND--- A fire erupted at the Rutledge Inn property on Lake Morey. The call came over the scanner that an explosion took place in the laundry room, a building away from the main Rutledge Inn structure. The laundry room was completely gutted by fire. Also damaged by the fire was a small building to the left of the laundry and a garage on the right side. Fairlee Fire Chief Lance Colby said he could not determine the cause of the fire and that fire marshalls would investigate. Responding to the fire were Fairlee, Thetford, and Orford Fire Departments. capital outlays, such as courtroom construction, away from the budget and onto a $195,000 bond issue to be ap- proved by county voters. Not all of the legislators were happy with a budget that would not include at least some increase in employee salaries aimed at heading off New faculty members begin 1982-83 year at BMU Superintendent predicts strong teaddng team WELLS RIVER-- Three new teachers, a new guidance counselor, and new principal Dr. Douglas Harris were among the new faces greeted by students and staff as the doors opened on a new school year at the Blue Mountain School in Wells River this week. According to Blue Mountain Union District Superintendent A. Keith Ober, the new staff, along with internal staff principal. changes, "will result in one of New Teachers the strongest teaching teams Susan Schmidt, a graduate (at the school) in recent of Fair Haven, Vt., Union High history." School, and the University of New personnel this year will Vermont, will teach grade take over the positions of two. In addition to an un- second grade teacher, K-12 dergraduate degree in physical education instructor, elementary education, she is and french teacher for the certified as a teacher of the seventh and eighth grades -- handicapped in either a these in addition to the new resource room program, or guidance counselor and special class. She was a consistent dean's list student, and a participant in the Responsive Teacher program (UVM's program to train teachers of exceptional children). Schmidt also has a strong music background. Teaching physical education will be Mary Taft, of Northfield, Vt. The New Hampshire native holds B.S. and M.Ed. degrees (cum ( please turn to page 4) a decline in employee moral. But the delegation defeated several motions, brought to the floor by Paul LaMott, R- Haverhill; Lorine Walter, R&D- Lebanon; John Ham- mond, R- Canaan; and others, that asked for salary packages ranging from a $60,000 merit bonus system to a four-percent across-the- board increase. Following last week's final approval, the new county budget has been sent off to Concord where the state's Department of Revenue Administration will determine what portion of the $3,008,344 amount to be raised in taxes each town in Grafton County - (please tarn to page 4) F airlee Elementary students extension on vacation School opening delayed by dryi insulation FAIRLEE-- Students at the give workers some extra time the process. Fairlee Elementary School to clean-up after the project New Insulation will get a longer vacation than had originally been planned with the Fairlee School Board deciding to delay the opening of the school this year for a week. The reason for the delay is that a type of insulation that was sprayed on the interior walls of the school to cut energy costs has not dried completely. To keep the still- soft coating on the walls from being damaged, the school board has decided to delay the opening of the school this year to Sept. 7. The delay will also said Fairlee Principal Paul Munn. School officials had planned to open the school on August 30, the scheduled opening day for schools throughout the Orange East Supervisory Union District. The new insulation was sprayed onto the walls of the school at the beginning of August. The contractor in charge of the project says the material usually dries within 30 days, but that humidity and damp weather during the month of August has slowed The insulation is described as a spray-type, flame- retardent, adhesive foam that dries to a hard surface. The school board approved the broject in July accepting a low id some $40.000 cheaper than the highest bid for the in- sulation project. Contractor Peter Wallstrom has repor- tedly taken on the project for about $14,000. The project could not have started much earlier because the school's budget was not officially approved until the completion please turn to page 4 } Still an(00ther Bradford special meeting held Small group reconvenes to grant additional tax break-- BRADFORD-- A small number of Bradford voters, 36 to be exact, filed into the Bradford Academy building last Monday night where they quietly passed the only article on the agenda for a special school meeting. The article granted Maska U.S. Inc. additional tax stabilization on their school property tax assessment for the equipment and machinery inside the Channel Mills factory the company is planning to revive. The meeting was largely the Hydro.power project built in Piermont Eastman Brook in Plermont no waste that has to he disposed of; the en- vironment is not polluted or harmed in any way. In addition it gives consumers a diversified source of energy." Evans, who goes by her middle name, Elaine, and her husband Don Smith, had been looking for a site for about two years prior to 1981. They had looked in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut before finding the house and land for- merly owned by Russell Gould in Piermont. The land had extensive water rights and included the remains of an old dam. Evans said, "When we saw the property, we saw that it had many advantages. The site was readily accessible for bringing in and using equipment and machinery needed for construction which was a distinct cost advantage. It was the maximum feasible size to be managed by one person, and its location allowed the power generated to be transferred to CVPS lines at minumum cost." With financing obtained through the Northeast Community Investment Corporation of St. John- sbury, Smith and Evans purchased a turbine from West Germany where the only turbine suitable for their site is made, the pennstock (the pipe which carries the water from the dam to the turbine) from Quebec, Canada, and all switching, gearing, and construction materials locally. They also made a point to use only local firms for construction, equipment and supplies. Evans said, "John Renfrew of Newbury, who handled the constructions, Roger Martin of E. Corinth, who did the crane work, and Frank Rodimon Jr. of Piermont, who did backhoe work were exceptional. by ARNOLD SHIELDS electricity per hour all of PIERMONT-- Eastman which will he purchased by Brook Hydro, a Central Vermont Public hydroelectric power plant, Service According to owned and operated by Evans none of the power D.A. Smith and M. E. generated will be used Evans, in Piermont of- prior to its sale to CVPS. ficiaUy started operations Instead Eastman Brook on Saturday, August 28. Hydro becomes a con- The start of the hydro tributor to the grid of project was celebrated by a electric power available to gathering of friends, consumers throughout New relations, and all of those England. who had contributed to the Evans said during a completion of the project, recent interview, "Once a Eastman Brook Hydro site like this is installed and has the capability of operating there is no cost producing 100 kilowatts of for fueling it. Also, there is They were extremely cooperative and genuinely interested in the project. The flexibility shown by everyone allowed us to be very cost effective during every stage of con- struction." Evans anticipates that the project will be com- pleted at or slightly below the amount of money budget for it, barring any large increases in the price pt!,ase turn to page 4) Pemtoek and Power House. result of a mix-up occurring at a previous special joint School and Town meeting held August 2 where about 60 voters turned out to grant tax stabilization on the town and school tax assessment for the Channel Mills building in- eluded in the Canadian sports uniform company,s purchase of the Bradford factory on Route 25 in the town's in- dustrial park. The company had actually come to the August 2 meeting seeking the five-year graduated tax break on not only the factory building it- self, but on the machinery and equipment inside the building, and the land surrounding the factory included in the pur- chase. But the warning written for the meeting had read for the building only, prompting Moderator Larry Coffin to rule that the voters could not decide on tax stabilization for equipment and machinery at that meeting. Town officials say that voters in the town have never granted tax stabilization on land, an item Maska U.S. dropped for its second request last week. Company officials decided at the August 2 meeting to opt for a vote on tax stabilization on the factory's building only while the voters were gathered, deciding to come hack to request a similar break on their equipment and machinery at a later date. This was the reason for last week's special school meeting. Selectmen's Agreement Voters had recently granted the provision for equipment and machinery in granting a request for tax stabilization to New England Bank Support, a computer programming firm presently constructing its new facilities behind the Bradford National Bank in Bradford Village. Bearing this in mind, the town's selectmen have agreed to use their voter- approved option to act on a further request by Maska U.S. for tax stabilization on equipment and machinery without calling another special town meeting, However, the selectmen's action on the matter was to have hinged upon the decision of the voters at last week's special school meeting. Town ( pleas(, turn to page 10 * Wells River League softball tournament * Between The Swipe& sports news by V'ul Roe ThouKhts on the Out.of.doors * Bear RidRe Speedway race action news Vermont Sportswriters Athletes of the Month *... and more sports inside k._. Ih III ii i iii i :. USP 598340 Number 35 Serving Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont September 1, 1982 Fire destroys Vershire Bible Church Fire officials last week were in- to determine the cause of a Sunday, August 160-year old Vershire Bible said the fire apparently broke out at 6:45 p.m., while a Sunday evening service was in progress. No one was injured as of the fire. three of the historic structure's walls remain the entire building was gutted, and its roof were consumed by the blaze. About 75 from Vershire, West Fairlee, Stratford, "and Bradford were reported to have the scene. had also housed the Christian Academy, school with about 25 students enrolled this said they believed the fire may have m an empty shed behind the actual main building. .ftbercastin00 scu/pture to be unveiled next week will be a special unveiling next a long.waited stndent,art sculpture at Oxbow created by this year's freshmen class and Teacher Joseph Hadley. 7, at 7:00 p.m., students, school officials, and any other interested have been invited to witness the unveiling of a sculpture fastened to the wall of the at the Bradford junior high and high school. -- a culmination of months of planning, and trial and error -- was created by casting of live students and later filling the i fiberglass. was originally planned to have been by the end of the last school year, but the and Hadley opted to extend the date for the of the sculpture to achieve the kind of say will be shown for the first time next the unveiling ceremony, slides will Court upholds PELRB ndin00 in old Orford contract case New Hampshire Supreme Court judge a ruling made by the state's Public Labor Relations Board (PELRB) which that language in teacher contracts for i Supervisory Union 22, which covers schools t,yme, and Hanover, two years ago had been outside of the bargaining process. contract guaranteed m explanation when a teacher contract to be renewed. According to a National Education Association, the representative organization, the language t by the district's superintendent in August a fired Orford teacher, Marianne , filed suit. The NEA filed charges of unfair with the PELRB against the district the incident on behalf of the Orford Association and the Lyme and Hanover ASsociations. Board found the district guilty of an unfair school and district officials opted to decision to the state's Superior New Hampshire Justice Charles 9n behalf of the court that the PELRB an error of law by saying that such teachers unilaterally changed by management. a case involving a teacher suit against the School Board, the Court ruled that force language is negotiable, and cannot For Your Information the name of a town or city that usually news arUcle -- may sometimes be example: an article last week on Hampshire schools was datelined "while on the same page an article on lunches was datelined ' VERMONT is it that determines the dateline in- our news articles? For your in. a dateline can be used for two it can be used to either inform the the information contained in the article or a dateline can be used to imply what is likely to effect. Events are a dateline naming the town in which they gray area for dateline determination articles on broader issues and with in- from, and that is likely to effect, town. heavily from a' sihgle an announcement, or a press town in which the information was the dateline. are reflected as such in most of our are most regional issues governed by -- "STATE OF VER- REGION" -- these are less to point out who the information in may effect a munber of people in and New Hampshire and that include from spokesmen in both states are Presented in articles which carry no as in the case of last week's article on the Upper Valley and North Country ! County legislators approve final budget N. HAVERHILL-- delegation of 22 Grafton County legislators last week gave final approval to a $6,049,629 1983 county budget -- a budget that is about 6.3 percent higher than 1982 and that calls for a county tax increase of about 25 percent. In approving the budget, the legislators defeated a number of moves to include a marginal increase in salaries for county employees. The new budget was about $5,000 higher than the amount recommended by the Grafton County Exectitive Committee last month, allowing for a last minute move to increase the budget for the White Mountain Mental Health agency. The increase was meant to bring the mental health agency's budget in line with other county agency budget in- creases included in the 1983 budget. Last week's vote ended a lengthy budget process which began when the Grafton County Commissioners in June turned in their recom- mendations for a 1983 county budget that would have been 14 percent higher than that of 1982 and that would have required an increase in county taxes of about 46 percent. In announcing their recommendations, the commissioners cited the projected loss of traditional revenue due to cuts in state and federal programs, and predicted the county would be picking up much more of the tab. The county's nursing home and programs for the elderly and disabled have been strongly effected by state No pay raise .for Grafton County employees A- and federal cuts- a situation from the commissioners' mendation for a 7.2 percent shifting costs budgeted for both the commissioners and original budget proposal increase in wages and benefits the Grafton County Executive during  the committee's for county employees. Committee moved to counter budget review and hearing This move, approved by the by recommending individual process last month. More than county delegation last week, budget increases, half of the decrease came accounted for $250,000 of the No Pay Increase from the committee's $438,000 decrease in the However, the Executive recommendation to scrap the recommended budget. Other Committee cut over $438,000 commissioners' recom- major cuts were made by THREE FIRE COMPANIES RESPOND--- A fire erupted at the Rutledge Inn property on Lake Morey. The call came over the scanner that an explosion took place in the laundry room, a building away from the main Rutledge Inn structure. The laundry room was completely gutted by fire. Also damaged by the fire was a small building to the left of the laundry and a garage on the right side. Fairlee Fire Chief Lance Colby said he could not determine the cause of the fire and that fire marshalls would investigate. Responding to the fire were Fairlee, Thetford, and Orford Fire Departments. capital outlays, such as courtroom construction, away from the budget and onto a $195,000 bond issue to be ap- proved by county voters. Not all of the legislators were happy with a budget that would not include at least some increase in employee salaries aimed at heading off New faculty members begin 1982-83 year at BMU Superintendent predicts strong teaddng team WELLS RIVER-- Three new teachers, a new guidance counselor, and new principal Dr. Douglas Harris were among the new faces greeted by students and staff as the doors opened on a new school year at the Blue Mountain School in Wells River this week. According to Blue Mountain Union District Superintendent A. Keith Ober, the new staff, along with internal staff principal. changes, "will result in one of New Teachers the strongest teaching teams Susan Schmidt, a graduate (at the school) in recent of Fair Haven, Vt., Union High history." School, and the University of New personnel this year will Vermont, will teach grade take over the positions of two. In addition to an un- second grade teacher, K-12 dergraduate degree in physical education instructor, elementary education, she is and french teacher for the certified as a teacher of the seventh and eighth grades -- handicapped in either a these in addition to the new resource room program, or guidance counselor and special class. She was a consistent dean's list student, and a participant in the Responsive Teacher program (UVM's program to train teachers of exceptional children). Schmidt also has a strong music background. Teaching physical education will be Mary Taft, of Northfield, Vt. The New Hampshire native holds B.S. and M.Ed. degrees (cum ( please turn to page 4) a decline in employee moral. But the delegation defeated several motions, brought to the floor by Paul LaMott, R- Haverhill; Lorine Walter, R&D- Lebanon; John Ham- mond, R- Canaan; and others, that asked for salary packages ranging from a $60,000 merit bonus system to a four-percent across-the- board increase. Following last week's final approval, the new county budget has been sent off to Concord where the state's Department of Revenue Administration will determine what portion of the $3,008,344 amount to be raised in taxes each town in Grafton County - (please tarn to page 4) F airlee Elementary students extension on vacation School opening delayed by dryi insulation FAIRLEE-- Students at the give workers some extra time the process. Fairlee Elementary School to clean-up after the project New Insulation will get a longer vacation than had originally been planned with the Fairlee School Board deciding to delay the opening of the school this year for a week. The reason for the delay is that a type of insulation that was sprayed on the interior walls of the school to cut energy costs has not dried completely. To keep the still- soft coating on the walls from being damaged, the school board has decided to delay the opening of the school this year to Sept. 7. The delay will also said Fairlee Principal Paul Munn. School officials had planned to open the school on August 30, the scheduled opening day for schools throughout the Orange East Supervisory Union District. The new insulation was sprayed onto the walls of the school at the beginning of August. The contractor in charge of the project says the material usually dries within 30 days, but that humidity and damp weather during the month of August has slowed The insulation is described as a spray-type, flame- retardent, adhesive foam that dries to a hard surface. The school board approved the broject in July accepting a low id some $40.000 cheaper than the highest bid for the in- sulation project. Contractor Peter Wallstrom has repor- tedly taken on the project for about $14,000. The project could not have started much earlier because the school's budget was not officially approved until the completion please turn to page 4 } Still an(00ther Bradford special meeting held Small group reconvenes to grant additional tax break-- BRADFORD-- A small number of Bradford voters, 36 to be exact, filed into the Bradford Academy building last Monday night where they quietly passed the only article on the agenda for a special school meeting. The article granted Maska U.S. Inc. additional tax stabilization on their school property tax assessment for the equipment and machinery inside the Channel Mills factory the company is planning to revive. The meeting was largely the Hydro.power project built in Piermont Eastman Brook in Plermont no waste that has to he disposed of; the en- vironment is not polluted or harmed in any way. In addition it gives consumers a diversified source of energy." Evans, who goes by her middle name, Elaine, and her husband Don Smith, had been looking for a site for about two years prior to 1981. They had looked in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut before finding the house and land for- merly owned by Russell Gould in Piermont. The land had extensive water rights and included the remains of an old dam. Evans said, "When we saw the property, we saw that it had many advantages. The site was readily accessible for bringing in and using equipment and machinery needed for construction which was a distinct cost advantage. It was the maximum feasible size to be managed by one person, and its location allowed the power generated to be transferred to CVPS lines at minumum cost." With financing obtained through the Northeast Community Investment Corporation of St. John- sbury, Smith and Evans purchased a turbine from West Germany where the only turbine suitable for their site is made, the pennstock (the pipe which carries the water from the dam to the turbine) from Quebec, Canada, and all switching, gearing, and construction materials locally. They also made a point to use only local firms for construction, equipment and supplies. Evans said, "John Renfrew of Newbury, who handled the constructions, Roger Martin of E. Corinth, who did the crane work, and Frank Rodimon Jr. of Piermont, who did backhoe work were exceptional. by ARNOLD SHIELDS electricity per hour all of PIERMONT-- Eastman which will he purchased by Brook Hydro, a Central Vermont Public hydroelectric power plant, Service According to owned and operated by Evans none of the power D.A. Smith and M. E. generated will be used Evans, in Piermont of- prior to its sale to CVPS. ficiaUy started operations Instead Eastman Brook on Saturday, August 28. Hydro becomes a con- The start of the hydro tributor to the grid of project was celebrated by a electric power available to gathering of friends, consumers throughout New relations, and all of those England. who had contributed to the Evans said during a completion of the project, recent interview, "Once a Eastman Brook Hydro site like this is installed and has the capability of operating there is no cost producing 100 kilowatts of for fueling it. Also, there is They were extremely cooperative and genuinely interested in the project. The flexibility shown by everyone allowed us to be very cost effective during every stage of con- struction." Evans anticipates that the project will be com- pleted at or slightly below the amount of money budget for it, barring any large increases in the price pt!,ase turn to page 4) Pemtoek and Power House. result of a mix-up occurring at a previous special joint School and Town meeting held August 2 where about 60 voters turned out to grant tax stabilization on the town and school tax assessment for the Channel Mills building in- eluded in the Canadian sports uniform company,s purchase of the Bradford factory on Route 25 in the town's in- dustrial park. The company had actually come to the August 2 meeting seeking the five-year graduated tax break on not only the factory building it- self, but on the machinery and equipment inside the building, and the land surrounding the factory included in the pur- chase. But the warning written for the meeting had read for the building only, prompting Moderator Larry Coffin to rule that the voters could not decide on tax stabilization for equipment and machinery at that meeting. Town officials say that voters in the town have never granted tax stabilization on land, an item Maska U.S. dropped for its second request last week. Company officials decided at the August 2 meeting to opt for a vote on tax stabilization on the factory's building only while the voters were gathered, deciding to come hack to request a similar break on their equipment and machinery at a later date. This was the reason for last week's special school meeting. Selectmen's Agreement Voters had recently granted the provision for equipment and machinery in granting a request for tax stabilization to New England Bank Support, a computer programming firm presently constructing its new facilities behind the Bradford National Bank in Bradford Village. Bearing this in mind, the town's selectmen have agreed to use their voter- approved option to act on a further request by Maska U.S. for tax stabilization on equipment and machinery without calling another special town meeting, However, the selectmen's action on the matter was to have hinged upon the decision of the voters at last week's special school meeting. Town ( pleas(, turn to page 10 * Wells River League softball tournament * Between The Swipe& sports news by V'ul Roe ThouKhts on the Out.of.doors * Bear RidRe Speedway race action news Vermont Sportswriters Athletes of the Month *... and more sports inside k._. Ih III ii i iii i