Stoddard Brush Fire is Suspicious
Alstead FireA brush fire that burned over 30 acres in Alstead NH on Saturday has been deemed suspicious. The fire off the area of 1122 Alstead Center Road (Rte 12A) started about 1:30 pm and was about 2 acres in size. However, dry conditions and winds rapidly escalated the fire to a 4-Alarm and 12 fire companies from Vermont and New Hampshire to fight the fire that grew to over 30 acres. Route 12-A was closed between Walpole Valley and Pratt Roads. Flame lengths on the north flank reached up to 15 feet at times. The fire was contained before dark but firefighters were back early Sunday morning to put out remaining hot spots.
The Alstead fire is latest in suspicious fires in the area. Last Tuesday Keene had several suspicious fires off Rte 9 Base Hill Road and the top of Chesterfield Hill. Last Monday an Ascutney motel burned down after a juvenile started a brush fire and on April 25, Stoddard Fire Fighter was charged with Arson for two brush fires that burned over 200 acres.

Anglers Can Get More Haddock
Good news for salt water anglers you can now catch five times the amount of haddock. New federal and state rule changes increase the bag limit and season for haddock are now in effect.
The restrictions were eased because last year’s stock assessment for haddock population showed a substantial increase.
NH Fish and Game adjusted the requirements on fishing for haddock, as follows:

• The recreational limit for haddock has increased from 3 to 15 per day.

• The seasonal closure period for recreationally caught haddock was shortened to March 1 to April 14 annually.

The recreational fishery for cod remains closed. The new rules apply in both state and federal waters but federal rules will not be effective until May 1.

Dartmouth Names Coaches
Dartmouth Sports has named Laura Schuler, head coach of the Hockey Canada women’s team, as the new head coach of Dartmouth College Women’s Hockey. Also named was David McLaughlin of Northeastern Men’s Basketball who will be the head coach of Dartmouth College Men’s Basketball. They join two other recently named coaches: James Holder for the Dartmouth College Swimming and Diving; and Gilad Doron, the new Dartmouth College Women’s Volleyball coach.

Fairlee Man Charged With Heroin Possession
A Fairlee VT man was charged with possession of heroin after Vermont State Police arrested him for an outstanding warrant. Police say they arrested Marcus Smith 34 after they received a tip. During a search, officers found 2.9 grams of heroin. Police charged Smith with being a wanted person and possession of heroin and lodged at Northeast Regional Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail.

Lebanon Hydrant Flushing
Weather permitting the city of Lebanon will be flushing water mains through hydrants to maintain water quality in the distribution system beginning today between the hours of 7am and 3pm. Residents and businesses in the general area of the following streets should check their water before using. If the water is, discolored or dirty, let the cold-water taps run for a few minutes and the water should clear up.

Washington’s Repaving Project
Washington’s project to repave the Transfer Station will begin this Tuesday, May 3, 2016 (weather permitting).
The work will be completed over a number of days and is not expected to impact resident’s use of the Transfer Station. The station will be available during regular operating hours.