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    Friday
    May122017

    Vehicle Registration, Green-up, Coyotes, and Broadband

    Some residents have been asking when online vehicle registration will be enabled on this site. Sophie Seace has been hard at work to make it happen. The town's lawyers have looked at the proposed vendor contract and have some questions. During the Select Board meeting of April 24, the Selectmen authorized attorney Jenn Hartman to follow up with Sophie and the vendor, IDC. Stay tuned.
    Sandi Pearson writes:
    If you have driven by the Town House you will notice that Green-up Day was a great success. The Board sends out a big thank you to all the participants who raked, cleaned, worked in the garden, and hauled away debris. Participants included Tamara Fairbank, Gary Hamel, Chris Hausfeld, Dorothy Heinrichs, Judith Lindahl, Ernie Mills, Sandi Pierson, Sharon Proulx, and Doug and Trish Weekes. Canines Cuckoo and Lily provided comic relief and Jay Heinrichs magically appeared with all the fixings for a make-it-yourself ice cream sundae social. A great time was had by all!
    I dropped off a Coyote presentation flyer at the Enfield Library and the librarian there told me that they also had Chris Schadler speak and that it was one of the most entertaining, informative, interesting presentations she had ever been to. We are happy to remind you that Ms. Schadler will be doing the Eastern Coyote presentation here at the Orange Town House on Sunday, May 21 at 6:30. (Goodies at 6:30, program at 7.) This is sponsored by the Conservation Commission. We know many of you showed up a couple of weeks ago for the program and that it was unexpectedly postponed-- we hope you'll come again.
    A message from Planning Board Secretary Bob Proulx: On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7 PM the Orange Planning Board will be hosting an informational meeting with John Stevens from the NH Department of Safety. John will speak on the planned upgrades to the nationwide emergency response system, and the associated increase in broadband coverage. At this time, he is seeking input from the members of the Planning Board, Select Board, and interested citizens.
    Finally, the Mascoma School District's Apportionment Sub-committee will be meeting at the high school on Monday, May 15 at 6 PM.
    And here are the approved minutes from the Select Board meeting of April 24.

     

    Saturday
    May062017

    New Flag, Old Calendar

    Check out the new American flag in the Town House if you haven't seen it. It flew above the Capitol Building in Washington, and Dave Stacy, Orange's flag expert, set it up perfectly. The flag came certified by our Member of Congress, Annie Custer.

    This made us think that maybe Congresswoman Custer or a member of her staff might be coaxed to attend a Select Board meeting. So we went to her website to see what town meetings she has coming up. Here's what we found: http://kuster.house.gov/congress-in-your-corner/annie-around-the-district. 

    The site is two years out of date. We wrote the Congresswoman's office to suggest they update the site and let us know when she'll be coming anywhere near our neck of the woods. Two months later, we got a letter from Congresswoman Custer's office thanking us for our interest in attending a meeting and offering a link to her website. Which is still two years out of date.

    The Orange website isn't for politics. But our little town deserves a bit more attention from our elected officials, doesn't it? In the future, we'll be keeping track of how well our state and national representatives communicate with Orange and its residents. Email Jay (o.speech@gmail.com) if you have anything you want to say about this. 

     

     

     

     

    Sunday
    Apr302017

    Coyotes, Greenup, Ice Cream, Pistols

    Here are the minutes from the last Select Board meeting. 

    Saturday, May 6, is Green Up Day in Orange. Come to the Town House at 9am., then quit work at 11 for an ice cream social. The ice cream should restore enough energy for each of us to clean up roadside trash near our homes afterward.

    The next Select Board meeting will be held a day earlier than usual: Monday, May 8, at 6pm.

    Hope you have the Coyote presentation on your calendar: Sunday, May 21. Dessert at 6 (bring one!), talk at 7. In the Town House of course. We all had a great time on the first try, even though the speaker didn't show up. This time should be even better--not to mention more educational.

    Pistol permits for concealed carry are no longer required in the Granite State. But State Police Detective Sheldon Belanger reminds us that the law applies only within New Hampshire. If you plan to carry your weapon beyond state borders, he says, you'll want to check with other states' laws. Wikipedia has a useful table that shows what's allowed in each state. You'll find it here.

     

     

    Tuesday
    Apr252017

    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

    Monday
    Apr242017

    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

        Committee.

      •   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.