River Valley Community College Expands to Lebanon
Local, State and Federal officials gather in Lebanon on Tuesday to announce the former Lebanon College will reopen next year as a branch of River Valley Community College. The Community College System of New Hampshire purchased the Lebanon Campus with a $1.6 million dollar USDA Rural Development loan.
Dr. Alicia Harvey Smith, President of River Valley College said the loan would directly impact economic development in the area.
Lebanon’s Interim City Manager Paula Maville, said having River Valley in downtown Lebanon would help meet the training needs for the region.
River Valley will have a soft opening in early 2016 with a grand opening next August.
Good news for Claremont
Claremont’s City Manager Guy Santagate said Claremont’s Industrial Park has been stagnant in recent years because of the recession but things are turning around with two new businesses coming in, North Country Smokehouse with a large expansion and Jewel Trucking.
Claremont’s Industrial Park is located off of Grissom Lane and lots are equipped with all utilities..
Warner Man in Critical Condition after Crash
A Warner NH man is in critical condition at Concord Hospital after crashing his motorcycle early Tuesday morning. NH State Police say the accident happened after they went to a domestic disturbance call on East Main Street in Warner. Prior to their arrival a female took off in a car and Ryan Plourde 26, took off after her on his motorcycle.
Within minutes the female returned asking for an ambulance because Plourde crashed his motorcycle. Plourde was driving his motorcycle NB on Route 103 when it appears he lost control. The bike went off the east side of the road and ejected Plourde. Alcohol and speed appear to be a contributing factor in the crash. Police charged Pourde with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence. Anyone with information regarding this crash is urged to contact Trooper Anthony Pratt at 603-223-4381.
Newport Mulls Over Contracting for Ambulance Service
Newport is looking to see if they should continue outsourcing their ambulance service and what to charge towns if they continue service. Croydon, Goshen and Sunapee contract with Newport for its ambulance service. Each town pays a set fee for Newport’s ambulance to be available then individuals are billed for the service they receive. According to Todd Fratzel Vice Chair of Newport Selectboard, one out of every four ambulance calls is outside of Newport. Fratzell is concerned that an ambulance with the best staff won’t be available for Newport residents and wants the board to reconsider serving the other towns.
Chief Wayne Conroy took issue with Fratzel’s comments and added that in his seven years as Fire Chief that scenario never happened. The Selectboard and Town Manager Shane O’Keefe will take a vote on this issue at their retreat on September 14.