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      Hear About Broadband Planning

      Scott Sanborn tells us that John Stevens, New Hampshire's Statewide Interoperability Coordinator with the Department of Safety, will attend the May Planning Board Meeting. The topic will be broadband planning. The public is welcome.

      7pm May 16

      Orange Town House


      Bits of News

      The Town House was packed last night for the coyote presentation, with an impressive array of desserts and some fascinating natural objects on display. As Dorothy Heinrichs noted, the only person missing was the speaker! We're hoping to reschedule.

      The Select Board meets this evening at 6. Here's the agenda, a good way to see what's going on. Aaron Allen is working on what promises to be a beautiful place up on New Colony. Jim Collins is working to restore the historic schoolhouse on his property. And we'll hear more about the state's new law allowing concealed pistols without a permit.


      1. Call to order. Attendance taken by secretary.

      2. Approval of the minutes of April 10, 2017

      3. Update on Town Contract with E-Registration Provider

      4. Review noise ordinance (concern from resident)

      5. Review correspondence from State Police and Local Government Center re: pistol permits

        are no longer required in the State of NH.

      6. Abatement application response from Avitar re: Harold and Jean Toms/New Colony Road.

      7. Building permits:

        •   Jim Collins and Kristin Lane: restore and move existing one-room schoolhouse on their Tuttle Hill property.

        •   Aaron Allen: New Colony Road/10 x 10 utility shed

      8. Other:

        •   Notice from State of NH: Electronic deposit into towns account of $3,157.46 for Forestland Reimbursement (Cardigan State Forest).

        •   Letter of appreciation from the Upper Valley Haven for our 2017 contribution.

        •   Notice from Primex that our Property and Liability insurance bill will be $1,794.00;

          the invoice will be mailed in July. This is the amount appropriated by the Budget


        •   Trash report

        •   Thank you card from Martha Jaques for the condolences sent by the Board upon the

          passing of her son Steve.

      9. Secretary’s report

      10. Reports from other Boards and Committees

      11. Public Comment

      12. Bills and Vouchers

      13. Nonpublic session to review an elderly exemption application.

      14. Motion to adjourn. 


      Select Board Meeting Change

      The Board will meet Monday, April 24, at 6 pm,  instead of its usual Tuesday schedule.


      The Spruce Wind Project Is Dead

      EDP, the Portuguese energy project that had proposed giant wind turbines in Orange and neighboring towns, has withdrawn its request for approval.

      I (Jay) can't find any press release or news item; but Nancy Watson, who owns property for sale in Groton, send this link to Sandi. If you click to accept terms and search for "390," you'll find a cryptic item on the spreadsheet under "Spruce Ridge Wind Farm": W/D 4/10/17. We're assuming that W/D means withdrawn--10 days ago.

      We'll send you more news as we get it. Meanwhile, please contact me at jay@jayheinrichs dot com if you have any information on the project. 



      Bring Dessert

      Sandi sent a few notices worth sharing:
      If you are coming to coyote presentation this Sunday at 6:30, please consider adding to the dessert table. We'll eat from 6:30 to 7, when the presentation begins. A table will be available if you have any natural artifacts you would like to display that evening. 
      A tentative date of May 6 has been set for a bit of green-up day in Orange. There have been some reports of roadside winter trash disposal that we need to take care of. Also on that day, would like a few hearty souls to consider helping to give the town house yard a good raking. More details to follow. Perhaps ending the day with a ice cream social will entice you!!
      A note has been received from Martha Jaques, mother of Steve Jaques who recently died. If you've climbed Cardigan, you probably met Steve keeping a watchful eye out from the tower for any signs of fires.
      Martha writes, "He loved living in New Hampshire and the job in the tower. He talked many times about the wonderful and interesting people while working in the tower. God bless all of you."
      And here are the latest Select Board minutes.