Get State Advice on Flood Damage

Paul Hatch, a field representative for the NH Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, notes that no FEMA assistance is available to homeowners. That only happens when the President declares a federal emergency.

Instead, if you’re looking for assistance, call the state hotline, 2-1-1. “Once folks are registered, we will follow up with them individually and do case management to see if we can match up some type of assistance to help them with their needs,” Paul says. He adds that the agency is working with other volunteer and social service agencies to try and fill the gaps wherever possible.

If you want to reach the agency directly, call 271-2231.

Road Update from Scott

Road Agent Scott Sanborn writes:

I will spend the rest of the day continuing to log in damage for FEMA application and thinking about the potential for more heavy rain late this week and anything we can do to protect the most vulnerable spots in the short term.

 I will update on Tug as the day progresses.

 Also, I’m told DOT will be hauling on Burnt Hill Road soon,  so I will try to get some cautionary signage out – drivers beware!    

The Town Clerk's Office Is Closed This Wednesday

Because of our Town’s road problems, Town Clerk Amy Tirpaeck reports that the office will be closed this Wednesday, July 17. She plans to be open for business as scheduled on the following Wednesdays, July 24 and 31. As always, you can find openings (as well as other Orange events) on the calendar.

And don’t forget, you can renew your vehicle registrations and find other forms online by clicking here.

All But Two Roads Open, and the Governor Stops By

Dorothy Heinrichs reports on all we’ve learned as of midday Saturday. All but Tug Mountain and Williams Roads are passable; it will be a couple weeks before the bridge over Orange Brook on Cardigan Mountain Road can be replaced. Here are details, pictures, and where to report or get info.

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Road Agent Update

Sandi sent this in.

Road closures in Orange due to yesterday's heavy rain are New Colony Road, Cross Road, Tuttle Hill, Williams Road and Wheeler Road.

Burnt Hill, Wild Meadows (Grafton) and River Road leading to East Grafton (and Route 4) are passable.

Scott, Richard Remacle, and Bobby Senter (Razor Hill) are working diligently to open all roads as soon as possible, the priority being New Colony.

Because Cardigan Mountain Road, a State road, has had significant damage just beyond the Town House and, more severely, the bridge at the Basin, there is presently no access to Canaan if you live beyond the Town House. The NH DOT is presently at work getting the lower section passable, but the severity of Basin bridge, just below Peaslee and New Colony, will no doubt take much longer.

Roads Update

Dorothy just sent me this. I’m traveling today but will try to continue posting when I can—Jay

Just off phone with Scott Sanborn. Bobby Senter is starting work from the bottom of New Colony. Aaron Allen is working up top

  • The state is assessing bridge at New Colony.

  • Richard Remacle is working to get Cross Road passable.

  • Tuttle is passable.

  • Williams is not.

  • No word on Tug..

Town Clerk Hours

Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, 4:30-6:30pm. But don’t forget, you can renew your vehicle registration and dog license on the forms page at Orangenh.US.

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No Town Clerk Hours on Wednesday

There will be no Town Clerk hours this Wednesday, June 5. The Town Clerk  hours for the rest of June will be Wednesdays, June 12, 19, and 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

As always, you can see Town dates on the Calendar.

Help Orange Stay Orange

Scott Sanborn, who besides serving as our Road Agent also chairs the Planning Board, reports that the board is looking to appoint a new member. Contact him at 523-7240 or if you want more information on the duties and obligations. You’ll want to let him know your willingness before the board meets on Tuesday, June 17.

The appointee serves until the next general election in March.

Clerking Resumes

Sandi reports:

Sophie Seace will have the town clerk's office open every Wednesday during May from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. That's May 8, 15, 22, 29. Thank you, Sophie!!!

Clean-up day for the Town House grounds is this Saturday, May 11. Meet at the Town House at 9 AM.

Town Clerk and Deputy Have Resigned

From the Select Board:

Please be aware that Tammy Daley has resigned as town clerk, and John Daley has resigned as deputy town clerk. We are actively working to fill these positions as soon as possible, a stumbling block being the requirement of being State certified to perform some of the duties. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to resolve this situation.

Nature & Recreation Guide to Orange

You’ll find it here, and it’s worth reading for anyone who loves our Town and its natural assets. Don’t be fooled by the title, “Natural Resources Inventory.” The Conservation Commission decided to expand the old version to include as much information about Orange nature as possible.

The report includes Sandi Pierson’s recreation guide to trails, mines, and other features. She also assembled a set of narratives offering insight into the history and current secrets of Orange.

If you want to print a copy on your home computer, you can download a version with single pages here.

New Town Clerk, New Hours

From Sophie Seace:

Residents of Orange, 

I would like to take a moment to thank you all for your support and appreciation while serving as the Town Clerk over these past several years, it was my pleasure getting to know all of you.

Please join me in congratulating Tammy Daley as Town Clerk, she is going to continue to provide great service to Orange.  As we transition the work load and Tammy is trained on all the many programs and requirements that relate to the Town Clerk position I ask that you have patience with us if the wait time is more than normal, there is much to learn and become familiar with.

Please take note of the following reminders/update to hours;

COMMUNICATION: email is best


603-523-4467 – Office phone with answering machine

NEW TOWN CLERK HOURS: Starting April 3rd

Wednesday evenings 4:30-6:30

1stSaturday of the month 9:00-11:00 


Kind Regards, 

Select board will meet the morning of voting day

Sandi reports that to accommodate voting hours, the Board’s March 12 meeting will take place at 10 a.m. instead of its usual 6 p.m. time. That’s next Tuesday. Don’t forget to vote! Also, the Board will meet 5 p.m. Friday, March 8, to interview a candidate for the appointed position of auditor and to conduct any other business that comes before it.

These changes are reflected in the Town calendar.

The Selectboard takes a snow day

Sandi reports that tomorrow’s big snow will push back the Selectboard’s meeting by a day. The new time: 6:15 PM Wednesday, February 13. The meeting will be followed at 7 PM by public hearings on the budget and bond issue.