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Cornish woman pleads guilty to giving false information to grand jury
06-12-2024 12:58 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — A 52-year-old Cornish woman has pleaded guilty to involvement with a Medicaid fraud scheme and will spend three weeks behind bars for providing false information to a grand jury weighing charges in the case.Kimberly Patterson, of Beechwood...

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Invasive eradication
05-21-2024 2:16 PM


Saint-Gaudens forest areas off limits for spring to protect ecosystem
04-24-2024 8:48 AM

CORNISH — To protect plants, Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park has closed a floodplain forest that sits between the Connecticut River and Route 12A during the months of April and May.Plants such as ramps and fiddleheads typically emerge in the...


Planned library move remains divisive issue in Cornish
03-23-2024 8:17 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CORNISH — A year after voters narrowly approved a petitioned article to accept the former general store on Route 120 as a donation for use as the town’s library and community center, the issue continues to divide the community.In this year’s Town...


Upper Valley school districts look to enrollment in planning for the future
03-22-2024 9:00 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

In 1998, voters of Orford, Fairlee, Vershire and West Fairlee approved a plan to form Rivendell, an interstate school district, with the intent to pool their resources to provide an equitable and sustainable education system for their communities.The...


Cornish voters pass town spending articles
03-18-2024 3:13 PM

CORNISH — Voters approved all articles during Saturday’s floor meeting.Among the items they approved was a proposed highway budget of $817,000 and a proposed general fund of $675,000.


Rock collectors
03-18-2024 10:52 AM


Cousineau wins close race for Cornish library trustee
03-13-2024 8:53 AM

CORNISH — Voters elected Dillon Gallagher to a three-year term on the Selectboard.With 310 votes, Gallagher beat out Dianne Titus, who ran a write-in campaign and earned 149 votes.In a close race for library trustee, Laura Cousineau won by four votes...


Cornish voters OK $5.4 million school budget and plans to curb future costs
03-10-2024 9:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CORNISH — Voters passed all articles by voice vote, including an amended budget of $5.4 million and plans to explore greater cooperation with Plainfield, at the nearly three-hour floor meeting at the elementary school on Saturday.During ballot voting,...


Town Meeting preview: Cornish
03-03-2024 11:57 AM

Article of note: One article on the school warrant asks voters whether they support creating a committee to collaborate with the Plainfield School District to study the feasibility of a cooperative district. Another asks whether voters will support...


Out & About: Parks Service trains volunteers to identify hemlock pest
03-01-2024 8:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

CORNISH — The National Park Service is looking to train volunteers at the Upper Valley’s two national parks to identify an invasive insect that poses a risk to hemlock trees.Staff will lead workshops about the small aphid-like insect at 9 a.m. Friday,...


Cornish and Plainfield seek to study merging middle school
01-22-2024 10:15 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

Cornish and Plainfield voters will decide on Town Meeting Day whether their school boards should consider forming a cooperative school district and merging their middle schools.The two districts have collaborated in recent years in an effort to...


Upper Valley legislators aim to strengthen penalties for bridge damage
12-05-2023 4:30 AM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

CORNISH — Around half a dozen times year, Cornish Police Chief Doug Hackett has to respond to a too familiar call: Someone has hit one of the town’s fabled covered bridges.More often than not, the motorist is already long gone. On the off chance that...


Cornish, Plainfield mull deeper collaboration on schools to reduce costs 
12-04-2023 4:33 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

PLAINFIELD — As they face staffing shortages and high costs, the Plainfield and Cornish school boards are considering several potential models for restructuring the relationship between two school administrative units, SAUs.Under the current...


Cornish’s O’Neill honored for stewardship of forest that she opens to townspeople
10-23-2023 2:25 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

CORNISH — In managing her 475-acre wooded property in Cornish, Colleen O’Neill chooses to think in tree time — which is long and slow.Decisions made today at Langwood Tree Farm, such as where to harvest timber, are for the benefit of arboreal life...


Cornish Elementary gets money to dig new well after years of PFAS tests and gallon jugs
10-18-2023 10:45 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

CORNISH — Students at Cornish Elementary School are still drinking imported water from gallon jugs, two years after high levels of so-called “forever chemicals” were discovered in the school’s well, shutting off the taps.That’s even after the federal...


Axle rows through Connecticut River cleanup
09-25-2023 9:38 PM


A Life: Ethel Nelson ‘took so much pride in it all’
09-17-2023 11:50 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

CORNISH — Ethel Nelson was much in the news.Her family, riddling through her local stardom in the months after her death, largely thinks it wasn’t that Nelson herself was attention-grabbing. It’s just that what she did, inevitably, grabbed...


Regional planning commission to offer composting workshops
09-14-2023 3:44 PM

ENFIELD — The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission is set to host a series of at-home composting workshops this fall.The workshops will discuss “best practices” for composters, and what food materials can and can’t be composted.The...


Completed coursework on the Connecticut River
09-12-2023 10:00 PM


Crazy for corn
08-02-2023 9:54 PM

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