Lebanon’s Welcome Center to Reopen for Winter

The Lebanon Welcome Center on I-89 will reopen for the winter season under a pilot project. Lebanon is just one of three seasonal areas that will be open for winter travelers this year thanks to the New Hampshire Department of Economic Development’s (DRED) Bureau of Visitor Services (BVS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). Under the pilot program Colebrook, Lebanon, and Littleton Welcome Centers will reopen from mid-December until late-March.
DRED Commissioner Jeff Rose said, “The gateway location of these facilities provides us the opportunity to welcome visitors to the state. While this is a pilot for this winter, the agency will be collecting information and assessing the needs of the traveling public for the winter months.”

Colby Sawyer College to Build New Arts Building
Colby Sawyer College is getting a new arts building. The college’s Board of Trustees approved the plans for the facility earlier this week. The 15,000 square foot space will be home to studios, a state-of-the-art black box theater and a fine art galleria with views of Mt. Kearsarge in addition to offices for faculty, storage space and outdoor art areas. A final design will be presented in July of 2016 for the $7 million dollar project. Construction is expected to start in August.
Fundraising efforts will allow the college to complete the project without any new debt. The S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury, CT will design the building.

No Cause Being Released in Infant’s Death
No cause of death is being released at this time on the death of an 11 month old on Sunday. That is because of a continuing investigation, according to a press release from the NH Attorney General’s Office. The 11-month-old boy that died on Sunday from injuries received on Friday in Alexandria NH was identified as Shawn Sylvester.

Weathersfield Burglary
Vermont State Police say two TV’s were taken from a Drumlin Road residence in Weathersfield. The burglary happened sometime during the day on Monday. Police are asking for anyone with information or if anyone saw anything suspicious to call the Rockingham Barracks at 802-875-2112.

Lebanon To Go To Court For Hazard Beacons
Lebanon will go to Grafton Superior Court on December 7 to fight a petition for an injunction on the installation of two hazard beacons at Lebanon Airport. The beacons were approved in December of 2011 to enhance safety and meet FAA guidelines.
Using two beacons was preferred over the alternative of raising the height of the existing 38 hazard lights to 150 feet. In August, Airport Manager Rick Dyment sent notice to abutters with the timetable for repairs of the July 2013 storm damage and installation of the hazard beacons and removal of the obstruction lights.
The beacons are currently being installed next to the Police Station and just off the utility right-of-way off Poverty Lane. According to the City of the Lebanon’s web site, the project obtained all necessary building permits and does not violate the Lebanon Zoning Ordinance or violate the provisions of the City Code 134 Scenic Roads. Residents on Poverty Lane voiced complaints in the fall of 2014 over the cutting of the forested buffer between themselves and the airport and highway.