Man Injured in Hartford Fire
hartford fireA fire at a 1661 Maple Street Apartment in Hartford VT sent one man to the hospital and displaced five families. Fire Officials say that the fire started shortly after 4:00 pm on Tuesday and upon arrival, they found heavy smoke conditions on the second floor. A second floor male occupant reported having a fire in his kitchen and received burns from trying to control the fire. He was taken to D.H.M.C. and his condition is unknown.
Firefighters entered the second floor to attempt to extinguish the fire and found high heat conditions from the fire extending into the roof area. Firefighters were evacuated from the building because of conditions and ladder trucks from Hartford and Hanover were used to bring the fire under control. The fire was deemed under control at 5:45 pm. Hartford remained on the scene over night to monitor the building.
Hartford received mutual aid from Hanover, Lebanon, Norwich, Hartland, Woodstock and Windsor. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Newport School District Adds $318,000 To Warrant for Proposed Budget
Over 100 voters attended the Newport School District Deliberate Session on Tuesday night. Only article three was amended. The amendment originally called for the proposed operating budget and the default budget to be $17,274,889. Shannon Howe made a motion to increase the proposed budget by $318,000 in order to allow a year transition for moving pre K and kindergarten to Towle School and moving grade 5 to Richards, and 6 graders to the middle high school. Bert Spaulding took issue with the increase to the proposed budget.
The amended article passed on a ballot vote 71-29.
Superintendent Cindy Gallagher expressed her appreciation for those who attended.
Voting on the School District Budget takes place on March 8 by ballot at the Newport Opera House.

Sunapee Transfer Station Accepting Brush
The Sunapee Transfer Station is accepting brush once again and is effective immediately. Scott Hazelton, Highway Director thanks the public for their understanding during the brief shutdown period. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Hazelton at 763-5060.

Croydon and Newport School Districts Approved for Split from SAU
On Tuesday, the NH Board of Education approved the withdrawal plans for the Newport and Croydon school districts withdrawal from SAU#43. Each school district will present warrant articles for the withdrawal at their Annual School District Meeting. Newport will vote on Tuesday, March 8, and Croydon will vote on Saturday March 12. A 3/5 vote is require for the article to pass in each district.