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    No Town Clerk Hours Saturday

    Sophie reminds us that she won't be in the office on Saturday, August 5. The office will be open as scheduled each Wednesday through the remainder of the month from 5:30pm to 7pm. Office hours also will be held on the third Friday, August 18, from 9am to 11am.

    To check on town dates, take a look at the Orange Google Calendar.



    School District Reapportionment 

    Sandi sent us the agenda for the Mascoma Valley Regional School District Apportionment Study Subcommittee meeting (whew, that's a mouthful): Monday, July 31 at 6:00pm, in the high school's Center for Personalized Learning Room. The meat of the meeting: "Review apportionment choices using a three-year average formula." That will be followed by public comment.

    However it plays out, reapportionment creates financial winners and losers among the valley's towns, and it'll be controversial.

    Sandi also sent us the approved minutes of the Select Board's July 11 meeting. You'll find them here.


    Nate Harpootlian, 89

    Some of you may have heard that Nate passed away earlier this week. Jim Collins, a nephew, wrote this obituary. Note the dates of July 27 and July 29 (see the bottom of the obituary).

    Nathan H. Harpootlian

    The towns of Canaan and Orange felt part of their foundation give way on the evening of July 18, when one of our strongest community pillars shifted and collapsed near the Canaan town common, just as residents were gathering for a weekly summer concert. Nathan H. “Nate” Harpootlian died as he’d lived so much of his life: in the heart of a small town, engaged, visible, showing his support, surrounded by neighbors and friends who personally knew how much difference one person can make in the daily life of a community. The loss was shocking and will be felt for a long time. He was 89. 

    He was born in Camden, New Jersey, on September 16, 1927, to an Armenian-immigrant rug seller and his Vermont bride, the one boy in a family of girls. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, rising to the rank of staff sergeant in the Medical Supply Department, and later served in the Air Force reserves.  

    In March of 1948, he married Dorothy Woodbury of Orange, New Hampshire, and moved onto ancestral land at 32 Eastman Road in Orange, just up from the old Canaan fairgrounds, where the two of them would remain married until Dot’s death in 2003, and where Nate would continue living on his own until the end of his life.

     His 40-year career as a conductor on the Boston and Maine Railroad spanned the dying days of railroading’s steam era and the emerging dominance of diesel. His work, based out of White River Jct., led to a lifelong interest in trains and railroad history. He was an avid collector of railroad literature and memorabilia; a collector of old bottles; a collector of stamps; a supporter of the Dartmouth men’s hockey team; and a loyal though misguided fan of the New York Yankees.

     Loyalty and service were long bright threads he wove into the fabric of his community. He served as an officer and a dues-paying member of the Local 73 of the United Transportation Union for 70 years. When he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from the Canaan Lions Club in 2000, he had served as president, vice-president, director, had headed and served on countless committees, and hadn’t missed a single meeting in 16 years. He was an active brother in the Mascoma Valley Masonic Association, from which he earned his 50-year medal in 2007. He was a former master and long-time member of American Legion Post 55. He was active in the Canaan United Methodist Church, in the local Boy Scout troop, in the Mascoma Area Senior Center, on the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council. He delivered meals on wheels. He was a Notary Public. In Orange he served on a number of town committees and was in the selectmen’s hot seat during the contentious battle over wind mills on Mount Cardigan.

     He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, and two sisters, Esther DeAngelis and Margaret “Peg” Morgan, both of Vermont. He leaves a son, Gregory, of White River Jct.; a grandson; a great-granddaughter; nephews and nieces; and three sisters: Alice Heath of Laconia, N.H., Helen Wight of Little River, S.C., and Florence Ireland of Palm City, Florida. He leaves a number of dear friends, fraternal brothers, fellow veterans, fellow parishioners, and fellow citizens who will miss his loyalty and his service, his sense of humor and his heart.

    Friends and well-wishers may call on Thursday, July 27, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Lebanon Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 10 a.m. at the Canaan United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Town Scholarship Fund and to the Mascoma Area Senior Center in Canaan.


    Start Gathering Your Large Trash

    This is an early heads-up that Large Trash Day is August 25. We've had it (along with other Orange dates) on the calendar, but thought you'd like extra time to dig out the big, unsaleable stuff.


    Online Registration Coming August 3

    On that date, you'll be able to register your vehicle, get a dog license, and request vital records online, by using Orangenh.US. Our Town Clerk, Sophie Seace, has been working with Interware Development Company to make this go as smoothly as possible.

    Once the service becomes available, you'll be able to go to this site and click on the "Registration" tab. Or just click on any of the three links on the right of every page. Stay tuned!

    Meanwhile, here are the minutes of the June 27 Select Board meeting.