Waiting for His Cows to Be Sprung: Dispute Over Trespassing Cattle Leads to Neighbor Impounding Herd

Royalton — Trouble has been brewing on Happy Hollow Road, and a quartet of innocent cows is stuck in the middle.

Making use of a state law from a bygone era, an exasperated resident fenced in a neighboring farmer’s escaped bovines over the summer. The farmer wants the animals released, and after months of dispute, today could be the day this mad cow escapade comes to an end.

“I was hoping it would get resolved a lot sooner,” Royalton Police Chief Bob Hull said Wednesday. “It’s sort of something that I don’t think has happened probably in the state for a long, long time.” Continue reading

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Haverhill Members Thwarted in Bid to Boot SAU 23 Superintendent

North Haverhill — An effort to unseat the SAU 23 superintendent failed Monday night when the district’s attorney said the School Board had used an incorrect formula to tally a weighted vote earlier this month. Continue reading

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Series: Wolf-Hybrid Rescue Led By Upper Valley Humane Society

29 Wolf-Hybrids Rescued: Upper Valley Humane Society Leads 16-Day Operation on Alexandria, N.H., Mountain (Oct. 13, 2013)

By Maggie Cassidy and Ernie Kohlsaat
Valley News Staff Writers

Alexandria, N.H. — Almost 30 wolf-hybrids, the controversial animals also known as wolf-dogs, were rescued from a remote mountaintop property here in a 16-day operation led by the Upper Valley Humane Society with support from at least five local law enforcement agencies and national and regional animal welfare groups. Continue reading

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White River Junction Developer Plans Apartments, Office Space

White River Junction — Twenty-one affordable studio apartments and first-floor office space are the cornerstones of a downtown developer’s vision for the old American Legion Hall on South Main Street. Both are part of an early plan that has been hailed by regional planners and community leaders as the right fit for White River Junction’s young population.

Hartford resident Matt Bucy, who bought the building last December for $600,000 and whose resume includes renovating a pair of landmark buildings on North Main Street, said in an interview Wednesday that he hopes to see construction begin next summer and have the building open by late 2014.

Bucy also foresees a rented storefront on the first floor. The building will be gutted and the exterior redone to make it thermally efficient. The highlight, though, might be the idea for the apartments, which Bucy said are “just the thing that’s stuck with me as I’ve thought about the project.

“The population of the downtown has been getting somewhat younger … and there’s a need for studio apartments, affordable studio apartments, with the population of people who’s living here for a couple years or a season,” he said, noting that institutions like the Center for Cartoon Studies and Northern Stage theater are among the draws. “And I think there’s just a call for it in general, for people who want to live by themselves and be a part of a community of sort.” Continue reading

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Manure Pile Spontaneously Combusts at Windsor Goat Farm

Windsor — At the municipal offices downtown, Police Chief Stephen Soares compared the stench wafting through Windsor Wednesday to the smell of “burning rubbish.”

Town Manager Tom Marsh said it evoked “a damp kind of burning leaves or brush fire.” And at least one person thought it smelled like bacon.

Alas, a town official says the cause was something less redolent: A giant pile of goat manure spontaneously combusted at a Route 5 goat farm early Wednesday morning, they said, erupting into small flames and emitting a scent that both perplexed and amused people.

“(I)t was a little disconcerting because it was a very strong smell,” said Marsh, who said the aura was easily detectable at his home high on a hill, about five miles from the farm. “It wasn’t like a whiff of something.” Continue reading

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‘Her Faith Is Really What Got Her Through’

Each Monday, the Valley News explores the life of an Upper Valley resident whose passing was noted on the obituary page.

Lebanon — At age 62, Carmen Walton learned how to drive.

It was a small but significant moment in her life; a chance to start again. Her husband suffered from polio for nearly 25 years, and after she cared for him, he had died suddenly from a heart attack a few years earlier. After his death she wanted to regain some independence, she told her family. Plus, on her own again, she needed to get a job.

Soon Walton was commuting to the clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, her first job since before her three children were born. She cherished driving and the freedom of zipping around town in her little red station wagon. A history buff, Walton traveled the back roads of New Hampshire taking pictures of historical markers; she loved to invite friends out to lunch who had no transportation and she often picked up the tab. Continue reading

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