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Rivendell delays annual school meeting, elections and budget vote
03-12-2024 7:30 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — The Rivendell School Board met Monday to delay the date of the district’s annual meeting, which had been improperly warned.Originally scheduled for March 23, the meeting will now take place on April 13 at 10 a.m. at Rivendell Academy in...

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Rivendell Interstate School District annual meeting preview
03-29-2024 4:17 PM

Articles of note: Voters in the four towns served by the Rivendell Interstate School District will decide whether to permanently move their annual meeting day from the evening of the third Thursday in March to the third Saturday in March. The article...


Orford voters oust Selectboard chairman; seek better town communication
03-13-2024 5:43 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Selectboard Chairman John Adams was soundly defeated in his bid for a fifth term at Tuesday night’s annual Town Meeting, losing to longtime resident Larry Taylor, 238-155.In another contested race, interim board member Kevin Follensbee fended...


Orford Selectboard candidates seek to bring end to contentiousness
03-08-2024 6:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Old rivalries have resurfaced in this town of 1,200 as four candidates compete for two Selectboard seats at Tuesday’s annual Town Meeting. In ballot voting, Selectboard Chairman John Adams squares off against longtime Orford resident Larry...


Town Meeting preview: Orford
03-03-2024 11:00 AM

Article of note: One article asks whether voters will authorize the Selectboard to continue exploring uses of the Main Street Congregational Church. Another asks for $10,000 for church-related surveys, inspections and other inspections. Another...


Rivendell Academy principal departs mid-year
02-14-2024 10:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Rivendell Academy’s principal and head of schools retired this week. After 14 years, Keri Gelenian’s last day on the job was Monday.The mid-year retirement comes amid turmoil in the small school community as the board considers plans for...


Discord spurs Orford Fire Department departures
01-26-2024 5:19 AM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Unexpected competition for the role of fire chief last March has divided some residents into opposing factions, reduced the ranks of the Fire Department and left the town of 1,200 without a Planning Board.Orford’s voters in 2014 authorized...


Upper Valley voters brought wide-ranging views to primary polls
01-23-2024 8:29 PM

By FRANCES MIZE and PATRICK ADRIAN

ORFORD — Whether or not New Hampshire voters fully support Nikki Haley for president, many of those who threw their weight behind her in Tuesday’s primaries saw their ballots as defensive — an effort to keep former President Donald Trump’s name off...


Planning Board needs new members
12-29-2023 10:47 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Following a wave of resignations, the Orford Planning Board canceled its December meeting because it was unable to achieve a quorum. The Selectboard is now scrambling to find enough volunteers to enable the board to fulfill its requirements...


Volunteers needed for Rivendell school reconfiguration committee
12-18-2023 4:31 PM

ORFORD — Rivendell Interstate School District seeks volunteers to serve as committee members as the district prepares to implement a three-year plan that will close one of its schools. At a November meeting, the Rivendell School Board approved a...


Rivendell board OKs plan that would close elementary school
12-04-2023 4:25 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

FAIRLEE — The Rivendell Interstate School District Board voted 6-2 last month to move forward with a plan from district administrators that would result in the closure of the Samuel Morey Elementary School in Fairlee. Two additional board members were...


Upper Valley honors those who served
11-10-2023 9:30 PM

Staff report

On Friday, Members of the Dartmouth Army ROTC lowered the American flag as freshman Jacob Crawford played “To the Colors” during a retreat ceremony for Veterans Day on the Dartmouth College green. After being folded, the flag was presented to Dean of...


Rivendell considers school reconfigurations to cut staffing costs
10-31-2023 4:12 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

WEST FAIRLEE — In an effort to avoid another major school tax increase, the Rivendell Interstate School District is asking people in Orford, Fairlee, West Fairlee and Vershire to consider major school reconfigurations.“In general, we have a community...


Rescuers help injured hiker from trail on Mount Cube
10-24-2023 5:58 AM

ORFORD — Rescuers carried an injured hiker off Mount Cube on Friday afternoon, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game. Fish and Game officers learned of the injured hiker, Shelly Vizena, 52, of North Haverhill, on Mount Cube in...


Hiker rescued from Orford’s Mount Cube on Sunday
09-18-2023 3:42 PM

ORFORD — A hiker was rescued on Mount Cube on Sunday afternoon, after she fell and injured her head on the North Spur Trail.Jocelyn Bishop, 51, of Westford, Mass., and her hiking partner began their hike at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Sunday,...


Injured hiker carried off Mount Cube by foot after weather foils helicopter
08-09-2023 7:52 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

ORFORD — An attempted helicopter rescue of an injured hiker on Mount Cube in Orford had to be abandoned due to foul weather on Monday, but more than 30 emergency personnel dispatched to the scene were eventually able to transport the injured hiker...


Small Upper Valley farmers markets have been coming and going
07-25-2023 2:04 PM

By KAELI BENNETT

HARTLAND — Small farmers markets in the Upper Valley are being faced with tough decisions — do they adapt to changing times or fold? The Hartland Farmers Market and the Royalton Farmers Market have taken opposite approaches. The Hartland Farmers...


Out & About: Public trail set to open on conserved land in Orford
06-24-2023 10:15 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ORFORD — When Bob and Christie Hedges bought their Orford home in 2000, they were immediately struck by the beauty surrounding them.Over the years, they purchased neighboring parcels as they became available, amassing around 270 acres near the...


A Life: Hideko ‘Yumi’ Smith; ‘She carried that smile with her all of her life’
06-18-2023 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ORFORD — When Hideko “Yumi” Smith taught her younger family members how to play card games, her motivation was twofold: learning how to play a game and managing money.“She wouldn’t show mercy to the kids just because they were kids,” Smith’s...


Orford Social Library earns accessibility grant
06-12-2023 3:57 PM

ORFORD — The Orford Social Library has earned a $20,000 grant to put toward accessibility projects.The grant was awarded by the American Library Association’s “Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities” program,...


Rivendell graduates encouraged to find supporters along life’s journey
06-11-2023 6:15 AM

By RAY COUTURE

ORFORD — Ryleigh Butler, salutatorian of Rivendell Academy’s 2023 graduating class, stepped to the podium for her address to her fellow graduates Saturday morning inside the school gymnasium and told them they were cars.“You are a car and the road you...

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