Croydon School Board Hires Attorney
Chuck_DouglasThe Croydon School Board has hired attorney Charles G. Douglas, III, to represent them in their dispute with the State Board of Education. The dispute started last month when the State Board of Education Commissioner, Virginia Barry ordered SAU 43 to stop paying tuition to private schools. Commissioner Barry later said it would be okay for the students to finish the school year.
Douglas a former Justice on the New Hampshire Supreme Court and former legal counsel for Governor Meldrim Thomson Jr wrote a letter to Barry last week.
In the letter Douglas said he believes all the assignments to schools were legal and addressed the commissioners concerns one by one. The letter also said that Croydon will continue to send its students to private school next year.
Both Kimball Union Academy and the Newport Montessori School were at Croydon’s School Choice Opened House on Saturday. A copy of the letter to Commissioner Barry that will be sent to Croydon residents is listed below.

Newport Asks To Sell Lil’ Red Baron
Little red BarronNewport is gearing up for its deliberate session on April 7 and the warrant is ready to view. In addition to asking Newport, voters if the town should sell Parlin Field Airport, voters will be asked if the town should sell the Little Red Barron Restaurant with an acre of land.
The decision to ask about selling the popular restaurant came after problems with the septic system developed. The failing system caused Little Red Barron to temporality shut down March 2. Signs on the restaurant promise opening before the tents are to be back up. Currently the restaurant is in a long-term lease with the town at a cost of $3,900.00 a year. The property will be first offered to the Little Red Barron according to the warrant article. The deliberate session will be at Newport Middle and High School gym at 6 pm.

Fire Ravages Claremont Garage

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Photo by Bill Binder

A fire ravaged a garage at 685 Winter Street in Claremont shortly before 7 pm last night. Fire officials say while in route they received a call saying the building was fully involved. Firefighters were able to save a nearby camper and a utility shed although the garage was destroyed. The fire was under control about 8:15 pm but crews remained on the scene for several hours for cleanup. The cause of the fire was determined to be started by a battery charger being used on a car in the garage. A car park nearby received some minor damage but there were no injuries and the property was covered by insurance.

Expect Delays on Stevens Street in Lebanon
Lebanon Public Works will be doing maintenance today on several trees on Stevens Road. The work will be done between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm. Travel during this period may be reduced to one lane in the immediate work area and flag persons will direct the flow of traffic. Travelers should be cautious in the area. If you have any questions call the Lebanon Public Works Department at 603-448-3112.

Burglary in Alstead
A residential home was burglarized in Alstead yesterday. The crime occurred in the area of Walpole Valley Road and Maclean Road. Jewelry and other items were stolen from the home. Anyone with information should contact the Alstead Police Department at (603) 835-6277. Information can also be provided anonymously to Connecticut Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-888-680-8477