Firefighters Busy on Memorial Day Weekend

Lempster fire

Lempster Brush Fire off of Hurd Road. Photo Courtesy of Newport EMS and Fire Department.

Area fire departments were busy over Memorial Day weekend with brush fires due to dry conditions. Andover NH Fire Department was fought a two acre brush fire all Sunday night that appeared to have started in small lean about half a mile up the trail from the Proctor Academy Field House. Mutual Aid Fire Departments from Franklin, Danbury, Wilmot, Salisbury, Tilton/Northfield, and Hill joined in the fight before the fire was contained on Monday.
Claremont Fire Department extinguished a brush fire on Sunday night in the woods behind Mann Court. The fire was about 300 yards in the woods and a difficult area to reach. Crews hand stretched hose lines to the fire area to set up a water supply. The burnt area was approximately 100′ by 300+ yards. Mutual aid from Ascutney Fire assisted with the intensive overhaul.
Lempster Fire Department also battled a 1-Alarm brush fire on Memorial Day in an area off Hurd Road. Unity, Goshen, Acworth, and Golden Cross Ambulance were on the scene and Washington, Marlow and Sunapee covered the Lempster and Goshen Stations.
All of NH except for Coos County is under a Class 4 fire danger meaning fires start easily from all sources, and spread with intensity rapidly. Please check with local authorities before having any open fires.

Lebanon Police Department Offers R.A.D. Classes
The Lebanon Police Department is offering a Basic Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) class in June. The course is the largest women’s self-defense program in the country and offers no-nonsense, practical techniques for women of all ages and abilities. Participants will receive realistic hands on training.
Certified R.A.D. instructors, Lieutenant Stephen St. Louis, Corporal Gerald Brown and Senior Officer Nicholas Alden will teach the course.
There is no cost for the program and class size will be limited to 20. It is encouraged that you be able to attend all four dates, June 9, 11, 16, and 18 from 6-9 am. Those who are 13-17 of age need parental permission to participate. To participate in this class or further information please contact Beth Beraldi, Elizabeth.Beraldi@lebcity.com or call 603-448-8800.

Public Hearing on Newport Zoning Ordinance
The Newport Planning Board is holding a public hearing tonight on a proposed amendment to the towns’ zoning ordinance. The 6 pm special meeting is in the Lou Thompson Room at the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center. The proposed Article V (Special Provisions) Section 506 is for Land Application of Septage to regulate the land application of septage in all zoning districts to prevent the following: risk to the environment; risk to human and animal health; risk of the loss of confidence in agricultural products from the town; risk of reduced property values and risk of an adverse effect on tourism.

Maxham Returns for Rifles Unveiling
Bruce Maxham benefactor for the return of the rifles to Newport’s Civil War Monument declined to make a speech at Newport’s Memorial Day Ceremonies. Maxham did however have the honors of lighting the fuse to the civil war canon. He was surprised at the noise and said he didn’t even have time to cover his ears. Maxham is a Towle High School alumnus, said he hopes that these riffles stay in place, and was pleased with the monument being restored to its original presentation. Maxham lives in Las Vegas and returns to Newport for his class reunions and made a special trip for the unveiling.