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Correction, Dec. 2, 2019

Keene City Councilor Stephen L. Hooper represents Ward 1. This was incorrect in an article in Saturday’s Sentinel.

The Sentinel regrets the error.


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Tulsi Gabbard to campaign in Jaffrey

JAFFREY — Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard plans to attend a house party in Jaffrey Friday.

The party at 58 Tyler Hill Road is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. People can RSVP at https://secure.ngpvan.com/m-z1vV9KpUiX74TfqIUoKw2

The event was originally planned for Nov. 22 but was postponed when Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman, became sick.


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Public asked for help with design of Keene arts and culture corridor

People can participate in the design of Keene’s proposed arts and culture corridor at a workshop this week.

Two Vermont-based consulting firms working on the project — Community Workshop and Stevens & Associates — are hosting a charrette Wednesday to bring community leaders, business owners and residents together as the preliminary layout is configured.

The Monadnock Economic Development Corp. is spearheading the proposed arts and culture corridor’s design and construction, in concert with city staff and councilors. Stretching from Gilbo Avenue across Main Street and down Railroad Street, plans for the corridor include a visitors center, a new skate park, performance spaces, artist residences and a pedestrian plaza.

John G. “Jack” Dugan, president of the development corporation, has estimated the project would cost around $30 million and said the organization plans to use grant money and tax credits to help fund it.

On Wednesday, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., the public is invited to the second floor of the old county courthouse at the corner of Court and Winter streets to watch the team sketch the corridor’s design.

These draft designs will then be presented during an open house that evening from 4 to 6, when visitors can provide feedback on the sketches and share their ideas for the project.


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More accusations for Bellows Falls robbery suspect

The suspect in a bank robbery in Bellows Falls.

BRATTLEBORO — Police say a man who was arrested in Ohio just over a week ago and accused of robbing a Bellows Falls bank also burgled a Brattleboro business and stole a vehicle.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested Andrew J. Dillingham, 35, Nov. 23, two days after Bellows Falls police issued a warrant on charges of assault and robbery after a Nov. 18 incident in that town. (A news release Saturday from Brattleboro police says Dillingham is from Guilford, Vt., but an earlier release from Bellows Falls police lists him as a resident of Perkinsville, Vt.)

Bellows Falls police responded to TD Bank on Church Street Nov. 18 for a reported robbery and identified Dillingham as a suspect in the days after, the prior news release said. Police did not say in that release what was allegedly stolen or what Dillingham’s assault charge related to.

In Saturday’s release, Brattleboro police said they responded the morning of Nov. 19 to a report of a burglary at a Canal Street business, where an officer “noticed windows smashed and a vehicle stolen.” The release doesn’t identify the business or the type of vehicle taken.

In the release, police describe the incident as involving unlawful mischief, grand larceny and aggravated operation of a vehicle without the owner’s consent, but it doesn’t specify if these represent charges against Dillingham.

He is being held in Ohio, the release says.

The officer listed in the release, Brattleboro police Officer Matthew Llewelyn, was not reachable for additional information by press time.

In its news release last week, the Bellows Falls Police Department wrote that it was “actively working with other police agencies in multiple states in regards to Dillingham’s criminal activity.”


Michael Moore / Sentinel Staff 

A wagon load of customers is pulled by tractor to the cut-your-own Christmas tree fields at Homestead Farms in Walpole Saturday afternoon, getting in before Sunday’s snowy weather hit.


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Fire Mutual Aid log, Dec. 2, 2019

Dispatchers at Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid in Keene handled requests for medical aid and fire calls on Friday, Nov. 29, Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, including:

Friday

6:11 a.m., Keene Fire Department to 30 Liberty Lane, carbon monoxide call with nothing found.

7:36 a.m., Keene Fire Department to 293 Washington St., service call.

8:47 a.m., Westmoreland Fire Department to 706 Route 63, service call.

11:12 a.m., Richmond Fire Department to 14 Pleasant St., fire alarm.

1:24 p.m., Alstead Fire Department to 948 Forest Road, tree/wires/transformer call.

2:25 p.m., Hinsdale Fire Department to Brattleboro Road, vehicle crash with no medical transports.

6:53 p.m., Rindge Fire Department to Hampshire Road, outside/dumpster fire.

9:01 p.m., Dublin Fire Department to 121 Page Road, fire alarm.

Saturday

5:52 and 6:26 a.m., Keene Fire Department to 42 Windsor Court, fire alarm.

11:10 a.m., Keene Fire Department to 21 Roxbury Plaza, fire alarm.

11:36 a.m., Rindge Fire Department to 14 Birch Drive, appliance fire.

1:22 p.m., Westmoreland Fire Department to 706 Route 63, service call.

6:36 p.m., Peterborough Fire Department to 61 Pheasant Road, fire alarm.

Sunday

8:27 a.m., Keene Fire Department to 20 Benton Road, fire alarm.

8:37 a.m., Jaffrey Fire Department to Turnpike Road, brush/smoke investigation.

8:58 a.m., Keene Fire Department to 33 Arch St., fire alarm.

9:03 a.m., Hinsdale Fire Department to 111 Brattleboro Road, fire alarm.

9:51 a.m., Rindge Fire Department to 36 Emerson Lane, odor investigation.

10:55 a.m., Keene Fire Department to 55 Ralston St., odor investigation.

2:52 p.m., Keene Fire Department to 19 Ellis Court, odor investigation.

3:14 p.m., Antrim Fire Department to 163 Elm Avenue, chimney fire, no damage or injuries reported.

6:14 p.m., Winchester Fire Department to Manning Hill Road, assist other agency.


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Parcel at Old Walpole, Surry roads in Keene could house homes

The owners of a 13-acre lot in Keene want to divide up the land for the potential development of single-family homes.

Charles O. and Kathryn L. Kingsbury of Paxton, Mass., own land at the intersection of Old Walpole Road and Surry Road (Route 12A), about a half-mile northeast of Keene Middle School. The parcel is a mix of forest, wetland and open field, according to their application with the Keene Planning Board in October.

Their request to the board is to subdivide the land into nine lots, eight of which would range from 0.26 to 0.41 acres each for single-family residential use. Their intent is to sell them as building lots, the application says, so they aren’t proposing any development themselves.

Originally, the Kingsburys wanted to preserve the remaining 10.33 acres as open space, but that plan has changed, according to Jim Phippard of Brickstone Land Use Consultants in Keene, who represented the Kingsburys at the planning board’s Nov. 25 meeting.

Phippard said they don’t want the open space developed into multiple residences, but they do want to allow the construction of one single-family home. One of the Kingsburys’ sons wants to live on the land and raise his horses, Phippard explained. There would be a paddock, he said, and the woods would be protected under a forestry management program.

The last-minute change required a re-submission of the application, so the planning board didn’t act on the request. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall’s council chambers.

About three years ago, a local developer proposed a workforce housing project in that area. but later pulled it after strong opposition from abutters and challenges with the land’s zoning classification. Avanru Development Group CEO Jack Franks said he wanted to build 98 units, but that would’ve required changing the zoning from its low-density designation to high density. After so many neighbors opposed the project at a public workshop, though, the Walpole developer pulled the plans in early 2017.

Avanru is also the developer of the Abenaki Springs Residences in Walpole, an affordable housing complex, and recently completed the development’s second phase.


Michael Moore / Sentinel Staff 

Martha Rullman, right, of Westmoreland, chats with Joellen Knight of Westover Woodworking & Design about the harps Knight makes. Several artists were on hand at the Walpole Town Hall Saturday to show and sell their work as part of the three-day 17th annual Walpole Artisans Tour.