And municipal property taxes could go up substantially as well.
“The State of Vermont and the Legislature have made it clear that Vermont’s energy future relies on renewable energy. Yet the PUC seems to be putting up every obstacle to encouraging renewable energy projects.”
"There was not a hydrological study done for that location, and in my experience they will not accept our recommended solution without a recent study."
Town highways are forever a work in progress.
Brattleboro and Burlington offer similar services.
Without a likely lender, the list of potential buyers seems small.
Free - Thetford Hill Congregational Church, Saturday August 19th at 1:00 pm.
This remarkably generous deed was performed as a contribution to the TCCA by Ellis and Steve at their own expense.
The Town is fortunate to have hired a new manager who is familiar with how things work in Vermont.
It does not necessarily mean that property taxes will go up.
At its height, the water behind Union Village dam was at 97.07 feet.
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While she loved her job at the church, the urgency of our times has inspired her to help people “become their best selves.”
Thetford could experiment with allowing three- or four-story buildings in village centers by changing their zoning bylaws.
On Saturday, July 1st, 2023 at 1pm, and it's free.
While there is a superabundance of music on the internet, the Riverfolk team believe there is a place, a desire even, for people getting together to enjoy live music events.
The evolution of oaks is complex, but in a nutshell (no pun intended), the data shows they existed over 56 million years ago.
A measure proposed as pandemic relief by then-Selectboard Chair Nick Clark.
The pandemic starkly highlighted that peoples’ overall well-being is bolstered by social and community connections.
Tracy Borst has earned respect, admiration, and appreciation in all aspects of her career with the town, education, and her work in professional associations.
As the climate warms, southern species that were formerly deterred by long cold winters are making their way north.
The trails in the Army Corps of Engineers flood control area have been open to the public for decades. Unfortunately, unauthorized trail building became a problem.
It appears that the solar expansion at Thetford Elementary will likely proceed, although its excess electricity will be eligible for just the current net metering rate.
At this point, nature needs all the help it can get.
The gas tanks were removed from the Village Store, while Baker's reopened with new offerings.
Wetland conservation and vernal pool mapping have helped protect amphibians’ sensitive breeding areas. Unfortunately, the migratory paths leading to these breeding habitats are little-studied and completely unprotected.
However, the Selectboard has not taken any votes yet.
There is no limit to how high or how often a landlord can raise rents.
Long story short, a Capital Program is just the start of a ten-year process that outlives the Town Plan from which it came.
And there will be gas.
The demand for affordable housing is unlikely to abate anytime soon, so the odds are high that this bylaw will become permanent.
Let’s hope the volunteers don’t get discouraged, because the salamanders are not. They surely will have their Big Night before May is here.
The true scale of contamination is likely much greater, because PFAS have been around for almost 80 years.
It started with the establishment of Dartmouth College, followed by the founding of Dartmouth Medical College in the late 1700s.
It is within our power to change our local zoning, explore tax abatement options, and if and when a project is proposed in one of our villages, look for a middle road...
Bridge closure begins April 1st. Lessons learned plus something that can still be done.
The land was purchased sometime in the late 1980s, and subdivision designs were crafted.
Once projects are identified, conceptual designs will be made and a draft Lake Watershed Action Plan will be released.
The recent resignation of Thetford’s town manager has left some residents scratching their heads and wondering if town manager governance is what we really need in Thetford.
Any money remaining by December 31, 2026 shall be returned to the U.S. Treasury.
The rule-making process now moves on one more step — a public comment meeting.
Bryan Gazda will be leaving Thetford 2 years into his 3-year contract.
We welcome this new energy and vision of community.
We are lucky indeed to have such skilled and dedicated staff.
The lack of information about wildlife movement through our broken-up landscape inspired the Upper Valley Land Trust that oversees conserved properties to launch a study on the topic
An ECFiber technician worked all day on December 19th “to provide a fix for all the phone customers served from the Thetford hub (~450 customers).”
The overall affordability and long-term payback for the school’s solar expansion could be impacted by the outcome.
It will literally take a village.
It is unknown whether the pump will follow the pantry to East Thetford, where there is already one gas station.
One thing is certain: the Lyme-East Thetford bridge will be closed.
At least he’s not going very far; the office of Norwich Technologies is down the road in White River Junction.
House lots encroaching on woods put entire areas off-limits to hunting.
When we plan for our future, we will need to consider where we live and how it does, or does not, support our economy, reduce energy use, encourage a sense of community, and protect our natural resources.
Is a HOUS (House of Unusual Size) a house?
To date, there has been no deal with Baker’s current owner.
T-Mobile is hoping to expand their coverage.
Many are concerned that Thetford only has 3 or 4 volunteer firefighters.
Thousands of pounds of electronics are collected every year in Thetford.
This land will soon grow green and might possibly become known as “Hatch’s Park.”
Changing the outcome will require intervention from higher up, perhaps NH's and VT's Congressional Delegation.
A majority of the Selectboard approved this proposal on September 19th, with one member opposed.
Both Baker’s and the Village Store were listed for sale on business real estate websites.
“If you see a piece of trash on the ground you pick it up, not because it’s your trash but because it’s your community,” John said.
If you’ve appreciated Li’s writing on Sidenote, you won’t be disappointed by her photography
The Ompompanoosuc River was an “unfailing source of water” for manufacturing in Post Mills
It remains to be seen how the Town will proceed from here.
Repairs to Latham Road began in 2016 but encountered numerous delays.
Richard Philip Krzal, 74, died August 11, 2022, at home with his wife and dogs.
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What's all that noise?
There is an acute housing shortage. Water quality around the Post Mills landfill isn't helping.
Summer is racing onward in a flurry of events and entertainments.
Something happens to you when you create art regularly,
The Facility Use Policy and Facility Use Agreement will be applied to the Thetford Hill common and the Post Mills common (Veterans’ Park), as well.
As long as there are small fields to mow, horses to feed, and people like Ellis to run the equipment, the square bale will likely persist.
Cyclists may use the full travel lane, just don't put it on a sign.
TCCA is throwing the second annual summer market fair on July 23, 2022 from 10am-3pm on the Thetford Center Green.
As Ruth Mayer puts it, “dance is here and gone."
The weather was perfect on Thursday.
Thetford had 1 state senator; now it has 3.
Neither musician will adhere to the traditions associated with their respective instruments.
The tower will hopefully come online by September.
On a quiet back road in Thetford, not far from Norford Lake, ideas have been brewing.
The proposed trails could require two separate permits.
As stated in the Wildlife Action Plan, preventing degradation of these corridors is a high priority.
Please take a moment when passing to remember all the brave people who have fought for our freedom.
The fewer the number of users, the more each one has to pay.
But that doesn't include Culvert #3, which may need to be replaced in 3 to 5 years.
Concerts are free. Bring a chair, bug dope, a hat, and sunscreen.
At this point the state has not come down hard on North Thetford to force compliance — yet.
Perhaps the lesson for Thetford is that having a Plan is only as good as a Town’s willingness, and ability, to execute it.
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A lot. It’s the price we have to pay for our car-dependent, rural way of life.
Loons are long-lived (20-30 years) and will defend their nests and chicks ferociously.
It's an idea that started in Thetford: locally-controlled housing development.
Pressures on the Upper Valley's housing market have been growing for decades.
Our local garage in East Thetford will be sorely missed.
In 1911, the Vermont legislature mounted a full-fledged campaign of tourism promotion.
Are we ready to grace our informal and picturesque backroads with bright, shiny guard rails?
Is road repair prohibitively expensive, or a question of priorities?
“Mud! Mud! Glorious Mud! Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood! ..."
Unless Congress approves funds for infrastructure improvements...Thetford’s future road repairs may well lie dormant for a while.
It brings me back to being a young child, boots on feet, going out to play in the mud.
The petition does not seek a ban on wake boats. “If adopted, the proposed rule would balance the enjoyment of the ... sport with the need to limit these activities to appropriate water bodies...."
Use Zoom to attend the first class in series called "gardening with native plants to bring back the animals that we love."
Besides being an engaging challenge, robotics contests are a way to invest in the future.
Deceptive accounting practices will increase Vermont's impact on climate change.
To many, “life is not complete without flowers.”
But don't forget to get some extra sleep, hydrate a little bit better, and make 10% better nutritional choices during the playoff time.
Forests are getting a second look, not as a source of wood products but as buffers against climate change
Among other things, the police officers will be issued with body cameras that will be used in compliance with state mandates.
Town Meeting is on Australian ballot this year, but there are still ways to get involved.
Or in this case, to out-of-state utilities that are still burning fossil fuels.
In spite of the logistics involved in holding a public event in a pandemic, “the show must go on” — safely.
Much of the good land, and even marginal land like “lowlands” or “wet meadows” (all former wetlands), is taken up by dairy and haying, its sister operation.
The Lyme-East Thetford bridge has a Sufficiency Rating of 31.5%. Replacement might become necessary.
What started out as a joke at a Vittles solstice party has since become a serious venture.
At present, heating buildings with fossil fuels like oil, propane, and fracked natural gas accounts for 34% of Vermont’s climate-warming carbon emissions.
The objective is to support housing development in downtowns, village centers, and concentrated neighborhoods.
The bridge is in poor condition, but it's not in serious or critical condition, nor is it in imminent danger of collapse.
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With many of the goals set in 1999 accomplished, 150 people gathered to keep the energy going.
However, the Warning was only approved by 3 with 2 abstaining.
"At the time the Lyme-East Thetford bridge was being worked on, 128 flood projects were nearing completion in New Hampshire, twenty-three were completed, and fifty-two others had received approval and were ready to start…" the HAER report says.
In 2009, with strong public backing, the LFA started the lengthy permit process to treat the lake with herbicide.
While the Upper Valley is recognizing more and more that the shortage of housing is impacting the labor market, the situation is more dire for people living in violent situations.
Towns still have an opportunity to submit feedback to the House Committee on Government Operations as late as February 15th, 2022.
Where did it come from, and where did it go?
"A good rule of thumb is that every mile of road costs at least one million dollars to repave." – Roadbotics.com
"This is my first true ground-up development project so I want to share the ups, the downs, and the lessons along the way to encourage others that they, too, can do it," Jonah Richard said.
"Its rapid deterioration plus the grueling task of a rehabilitation process is obviously deferring engineers and contractors from touching it," Nick Fabrikant said.
In addition to being insulting to potential tenants, these requirements reduce them to commodities rather than individual community members in need of housing.
Every day he continues this remarkable labor of love, editing one more recorded tune and posting it on YouTube
Despite GMP’s claims about its energy supply, its actual dependence on fossil fuels leaves us no less vulnerable to potential blackouts than are customers of other New England utilities.
But not this year.
Midwinter lights to drive out darkness and welcome in the new year.
The elementary school is the town's largest public facility and consumes approximately 12,000-13,000 gallons of heating fuel per year.
The clock in the steeple of Timothy Frost has to be reset after every power outage, a job the Chief of Police has taken on.
Michael Scruggs is a Thetford native and has worked for the Thetford Police Department since 2010.
Global Foundries consumes 8% of the state’s electric energy, more than the entire city of Burlington.
"Any mom knows that motherhood, while rewarding, can also be experienced as exhausting and isolating," a parent said.
There will be more units under construction in Lebanon in 2021-22 than were built total between 2010 and 2019.
The Town Plan focuses housing and economic development in Thetford's 5 villages, but some villages are struggling with access to potable water.
The Town Manager's proposed budget cuts the contribution to the Town Tree Fund by 50%, leaving enough money for the removal of one, maybe two, trees.
Some costs are increasing, some are decreasing, and some are staying the same. Let’s take a look.
The mandate applies to all public institutions.
The Selectboard has less than 14 days to respond.
We'll be expecting the final report around May 2023.
The finest body of films and plush furniture that seats 25.
Majestic silver maples may once again preside over the rise and fall of floods.
While deer evidently spread COVID among themselves, the odds of a hunter contracting COVID from a deer seem minuscule
Thetford could see at least a 15% reduction in police-related CO2 emissions.
What happens to the plastics brought to Thetford Recycling?
Any Thetford resident is eligible, and services are confidential and free.
Because of a growing population, the increase for Thetford is 14.2%.
Thetford has 27 fire ponds, many of which were built in the 1960's.
We will greatly miss the expertise, judgment, and experience of these dedicated, long-time public servants.
Mike has taken a job with the Peace Corps in Uganda.
And electric buses, too.
Thetford is a member of this 31-town telecommunications district.
Most of Thetford's villages were recently under water.
This unique combination may well be the first ever performed for these instruments.
Thetford would no longer share a House district with Norwich and Sharon.
Thetford is joining with Bethel, Hartford, Randolph, Rochester, Strafford, and Woodstock.
Are there ways to build community despite these difficulties?
"I am hoping for at least an explanation, or better yet, an explanation and an apology."
There are many ways that Brian’s vision for the airport could manifest.
Is there a better way to manage Treasure Island?
"I had no motivation other than I just wanted to calm things down."
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Who is the Climate Council and what does this petition mean?
They're hoping for an engineering assessment of potential and existing water systems in Thetford's villages.
The document is now public record.
In 2020, Thetford had the sixth highest tax rate in two counties.
The Town can set an example others should follow, because, let’s face it, time is running out.
It means an automatic 4.9% budget increase in 2022.
It seems impossible to buy your first home without help.
Gravel roads are where a large part of the Thetford population lives.
Vaccines available to Vermont and New Hampshire residents.
The Planning Commission could be the body to watch.
AT&T predicts the tower could be complete by spring of 2022.
The Town didn't notify FEMA of scope changes, and had multiple procurement violations.
People are asking the state to consider nine things.
It's only when you make a ballon yourself that you know it intimately.
A photo essay.
Apparently, Vermont is ahead of its 2050 emission reduction goals.
We are both omnivores.
Stantec will spend the next 60 days studying Thetford's roads.
The Town Manager reported that masks are required indoors at Town facilities for the next several weeks at least, following a recommendation from Mariah Whitcomb, Thetford's Emergency Management Director. There has been an increase in cases in the region, including breakthrough cases (positive test results for those who are fully
The amount of road deterioration from one pass of a tractor-trailer is equivalent to that from 9,600 passenger cars.
Those who have recently purchased punch cards will still be able to use them.
Something is happening here beyond what we think of as “world music.”
The fine sandy loam soli at Birch Meadow Farm makes it possible to grow spring wheat.
Thet Thetford Selectboard has not yet discussed the topic.
Unlike Lyme disease, anaplasmosis is lethal in roughly 1 out of 200 of cases
There are funds available for a town-wide reassessment without necessarily increasing the municipal budget.
Property taxes change every year, and typically they go up.
Peter is hoping to teach a course once a year for Osher, do some wood carving, home improvements in the summer, skiing in the winter, and to keep reading.
The Selectboard will hold a hearing on August 23rd to consider updated flood regulations.
It will be something to watch for at Town Meeting next March.
TCCA is throwing the first Thetford Center local market fair on August 8th, 10am - 3pm.
There is no life or death, it all exists on one continuum
Only 51 culverts in Thetford were rated as “Poor."
Federal COVID-19 stimulus money is funding the addition of a new dock.
Will Treasure Island lead the way?
On Saturday July 31 your neighbors in and around Thetford will celebrate the 107th annual Thetford Hill Fair.
The funds will be distributed in two installments in 2021 and 2022.
Thetford used to have as many as seven covered bridges.
Bridge closed: April 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022 and April 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023.
Open without appointment, Monday through Thursday, and Saturday.
Free form jazz on the front porch at 1590 Tucker Hill Road – bring your own chair.
We will build ~125 window inserts for the Thetford Elementary School and ~300 for 46 homes.
Brian fell to his death from a hot air balloon on Thursday evening.
The state is covering 90% of project costs.
"There's no point in making a decision right now," Selectboard member Li Shen said. "We don't have any budget [for signs]."
Strong waves from passing wakeboats pose a serious threat.
The couple sought testing after the onset of summer cold symptoms.
Today the Memorial looks appropriately respected and honored as the tradition of care lives on.
Richard and Bathsheba Wallace's headstone stands in the old Thetford Center cemetery.
It seems likely that the excavator will continue to sit at the entrance to Asa Burton Road at least through the weekend, until Doosan sends the right part.
She loves coming across old deeds with her parents’ signatures because it brings a sense of déjà vu to her.
Thetford is represented by Erica Ko, who was appointed by the Joint Town/School Energy Committee last year.
Sadly, many towns were sent the misleading biodiesel article because they use the VT-Local Roads Listserv.
The road crew is currently operating with just three workers.
Should the police union have more power than the Selectboard or the taxpayers the Selectboard represents?
Ron Rhodes said that the schedule for the project is not yet fixed. It could possibly start this year, but could also be postponed till 2022.
There are sheep loose on the interstate, any chance you know who they belong to?
The bridge itself is thought to date from about 1840 and is unique in having a “Haupt Truss with kingpost” structure.
Town Clerk Tracy Borst reminds the public that the late penalty on dog licenses is no longer suspended. Dog owners have until September 15th to renew their 2021 dog licenses before the penalty will kick in.
The Town could receive $200,000 in grant funding in 2022.
The problem - phosphate levels in the water have been steadily climbing.
"The need to meet and be together is just as important as what’s on the menu," the new owner said.
The objections were mostly along the lines that they would spoil the scenic look of the road, were “urban,” and might not work.
Thetford is filled with interesting people, but it's not always easy to meet or get to know your neighbors when you live in a small town. Occassionally, we'd like to introduce you to a Thetfordite by featuring them in a resident profile. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Corey D. Cook is a poet who
Wednesday, June 16th at 1:00 pm
Residents will be able to sign up for a service that will send automated text updates, details to be announced.
It tolls for thee.
Nothing has been warned on a Selectboard agenda, but discussions are well underway.
Ellis Paige operates a private sawmill and transforms trees he harvests from his own land into valuable lumber.
Garlic mustard is the epitome of an invasive plant and a very aggressive spreader.
Northwoods' bid was roughly $1.2 million lower than Pike's.
Housing is where jobs go to sleep at night.
Less than halfway through the year, the Town has spent all of the money it budgeted for legal expenses in 2021.
The gates at Treasure Island were open on Saturday May 22nd, but not for lakefront recreation.
The joke among river scientists is that topsoil is the Upper Valley’s biggest export.
All four musicians are well-recognized jazz improvisors and composers
No one was hurt.
The Gazda family chose to stay in New England because they found it a great place to live and raise children.
Solving Thetford's housing crisis will take a village.
Maybe “one of the best landfill sites ever considered in Vermont” has trash in its future after all.
The actual weight of the trash collected is still to be announced.
An informal group of residents are meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the beautifully redecorated Thetford Center Community Association (TCCA).
The contractor will have 180 days to complete the project.
A poem for Mother's Day.
An offering of respite from the pandemic in the form of outdoor, socially distanced entertainment.
One of the most popular events in Thetford will be postponed for another year.
A call to action for the revival of volunteerism and civic engagement in Thetford.
In-person use by appointment, but curbside service will continue at both Latham and Peabody library
The market, which has been there for 67 years, will likely remain where it is.
Watson’s is “in the people business, where we happen to fix cars.”
If you stumble upon one of the Quest boxes that Trebitz monitors, leave her a note!
Vermont recognizes the value of its forested ecosystems.
Drones are not allowed to be used by the public at Union Village Dam
Thetford's Town Plan aims to see our EV/PHEVs numbers reach 187 — more than triple the current amount — by 2025.
There are new financial incentives for East Thetford, North Thetford, Post Mills, Thetford Center, and Thetford Hill.
The alarming loss of diversity in vegetables and other crops is prompting gardeners to start saving their own seeds, especially of rarer heirloom varieties.
Drive carefully – people are out on the side of the road picking up litter and (hopefully) pulling garlic mustard.
The bridge, which is the only Haupt Truss bridge in New England, appears to have sustained only minor cosmetic damage.
Jonas Cole's experience in helping participants on outdoor trips feel prepared has translated easily into showing clients how to use equipment like the eBikes he rents out.
Will the Post Mills landfill get a new owner?
The School Board gave an unanimous nod to solicit a draft proposal that would see a 380kW expansion.
The proceeds from the sale, which total $40,200 (or $1,500/acre), are being deposited into the Town Lands Maintenance Fund.
Trucks were backing up the southbound travel land of Route 5 to access the pit via Rabbit Road.
Cameron Gregory hopes he can be “half as good as Mike Pomeroy” at running the store and being involved in the community.
During the 1980s when the state was closing landfills built without an impervious liner, the landfill in Post Mills continued to accept trash from around the state. It too is an unlined landfill.
The Treasure Island Coordinator will focus on “enhancing Treasure Island’s educational and recreational infrastructure," according to the donation offer.
"None of us are trying to break the law," explained Selectboard Chair Sharon Harkay. "We're not trying to hide anything."
“Tools are some of our bestsellers at the COVER Store,“ their pamphlet says.
Both Jessica Eaton and Donn Downey agreed that maples are under stress.
"We are working on fixes to permanently lower levels of lead in the water," the notification to parents read.
Sharrows and signage and woonerfs, oh my!
The new principal was announced just seven weeks after families received word of the current principal's resignation.
The commencement of the 30-day comment period would be delayed until Friday, April 30th, 2021. The Town of Thetford has raised no objection.
It was a transformative year for Treasure Island, yet the Treasure Island Exploratory Committee's work is just beginning.
"Currently our line is horrible and exists on the top of the hill in the woods," Kevin Matte, designer for Green Mountain Power, wrote.
It is still a mystery why the shrews in my yard died. They had almost made it through the winter.
No decision will be made on re-scheduling the event until after July 1.
Brian Boland, owner of the Post Mills Airport, is searching for someone interested in running and living in a diner he hopes to build on his property. You can read Rob Gurwitt's article [https://www.notion.so/Brian-Boland-on-a-Diner-for-Post-Mills-021f5af098964f49b45aad53f433f486] in Daybreak. According to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources' Natural Resources
While veteran members of the housing committee resign, others advocate for preserving agricultural land: "The benefits run deep."
Most of the trees are hardwood, and will be used at the State Garage for heating.
"No hazard to air navigation" also means reduced nighttime hazard to birds.