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Businesses in Charlestown and Springfield, Vt., seek alternative to bridge closure
04-16-2024 7:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — At a meeting Tuesday morning, Charlestown and Springfield, Vt., business owners and public officials said the planned 34-week closure to repair the Cheshire Bridge linking the two communities will “kill” the area economy.About 50 people...

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Charlestown voters reject fire station bond, agree to close school
03-13-2024 11:04 AM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — During all-day balloting Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly defeated a petitioned article for a new fire station, narrowly approved the permanent closure of the North Charlestown Community School, passed a town operating budget and elected a...


Charlestown fire department seeks $3.5 million bond for new station
03-07-2024 8:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — A petitioned article for a new fire station on this year’s Town Meeting warrant would kick off replacement of a building that is far beyond its useful life, according to the Charlestown fire chief. Waiting longer will only lead to higher...


Charlestown voters to consider closing school amid dwindling enrollment
03-05-2024 5:09 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NORTH CHARLESTOWN — An article on the Fall Mountain School District warrant asks Charlestown voters if they want to permanently close the North Charlestown Community School and return ownership to the Farwell Trust. The trust donated the original...


Energy issues up for votes at Upper Valley town meetings
03-03-2024 6:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

LYME — From a regulatory standpoint in Lyme, solar panels are no different from a garden shed. A set of zoning amendments on this year’s Town Meeting warrant will ask voters to consider making a distinction.Three municipal buildings already have solar...


Town Meeting preview: Charlestown
03-03-2024 12:03 PM

Article of note: One petitioned article asks whether voters support a $3.5 million bond for the construction of a new fire station. Neither the Selectboard, nor the Finance Committee recommend the article. Another article asks whether voters support...


Charlestown woman alleged to be at fault in EMT’s fatal crash
02-22-2024 3:47 PM

NEWPORT — A 20-year-old Charlestown woman is alleged to be at fault in the motorcycle crash that killed an EMT last September.Hailey Martineau was indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury on Tuesday on two felony charges: negligent homicide and...


Connecticut River bridge between Springfield and Charlestown to close for repairs
02-08-2024 9:46 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — The Cheshire Bridge linking Charlestown with Springfield will undergo extensive repairs that will require the bridge to be closed to traffic for more than eight months beginning next spring.The New Hampshire Department of...


A Life: Chris Conant ‘was such a selfless person’
12-10-2023 8:27 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

CHARLESTOWN — Carol Glidden remembers the time she first saw Chris Conant.Glidden was about to enter a friend’s home in Charlestown on a Friday summer evening in 1998 when she caught sight of a guy standing on a sulky behind a lawnmower as he rode the...


Charlestown fire displaces three residents
11-17-2023 8:26 PM

CHARLESTOWN — A fire early Thursday evening displaced three people in a single family home at 389 Unity Stage Road but caused no injuries.Charlestown Fire Chief Mark LaFlam said one occupant was home at the time and was able to exit when the smoke...


Charlestown Selectboard rescinds building permits after opponents find history is on their side
08-11-2023 5:46 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — The Selectboard has revoked two building permits issued to a landowner who planned to construct a home on Perry Mountain after it was discovered that the access road to the property had been discontinued as a designated right of way more...


Two Upper Valley cases involve alleged asbestos abatement violations 
06-30-2023 2:54 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

LEBANON — A Warner, N.H., contractor who was hired to remove asbestos at two Upper Valley locations has been indicted on charges that he operated without a license and falsely claimed to clients that samples taken from the sites had tested positive...


A Life: Joyce Higgins had ‘an innate sense of curiosity and adventure’
05-22-2023 4:38 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — Amateur historians share a few things in common. They are more curious than most, passionate and persistent in confirming their findings.They research and write for little to no financial gain, and their published works do not yield much...


Charlestown board refuses to rehear appeal of building permit for Perry Mountain home
04-20-2023 1:36 PM

CHARLESTOWN — The Charlestown Building Code Board of Appeals has denied a motion by the Perry Mountain Community Group for a rehearing of its 3-1 decision in January to uphold two building permits issued to landowner Roger Clarke for a...


Town Meeting: Charlestown voters reject plan for firefighters to elect chief
03-29-2023 10:14 AM

CHARLESTOWN — In ballot voting on Tuesday, voters rejected petitioned articles that would have had the members of the Charlestown Fire Department elect the fire chief, 290-364, and that would have decreased the number of people on the Selectboard to...


Town Meeting: Several NH meetings and elections postponed
03-13-2023 7:49 PM

Staff Report

WEST LEBANON — Several Upper Valley towns have postponed Town Meeting voting due to an expected winter storm.Charlestown postponed its Town Meeting voting until Tuesday, March 28, according to a Monday email to residents. Voting had previously been...


Town Meeting preview: Zoning changes to be decided in Charlestown
03-13-2023 3:00 PM

Articles of note: There is a petitioned article that would have the members of the Charlestown Fire Department elect the fire chief. The fire chief would appoint the firefighters. If approved, the change would go into effect one year from the date of...


Proposal would give firefighters power to hire own chief
03-09-2023 5:30 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — The position of fire chief at one time was elected but more recently it has been done by appointment by the Selectboard.Now the department wants to change that.On Town Meeting day, voters will decide whether to give the members of the...


Charlestown board rejects appeal of Perry Mountain project permit
01-27-2023 5:26 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — A town board has rejected an appeal of a building permit issued to a landowner who has plans for a 10,000-square-foot home on Perry Mountain accessed by a Class VI road.The Zoning Board of Adjustment, acting in its capacity as the...


Charlestown Zoning Board seeks advice on effort to nix Selectboard-issued permits
01-13-2023 5:12 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — The town Zoning Board of Adjustment is seeking guidance from the town’s attorney after outcry from a group of residents raised questions about the authority to rescind certain building permits.The residents are hoping to nix two building...


Charlestown neighbors dispute building permits approved on Perry Mountain
01-09-2023 4:35 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — A group of residents is demanding that two building permits issued to a landowner whose property is at the end of a Class VI road be rescinded, claiming they are not in compliance with local building codes or state law and threaten a...

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