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Kiwanian veteran John Forbes listens as President Dana Bartlett reads the presentation during the dinner honoring him for over thirty-five year of service to Kiwanis Saturday, June 25, at the Colebrook Country Club. (Alan Farnsworth photo)

Full Weekend of Events Planned for July 4th around the North Country

Local towns and community organizations are preparing to celebrate Independence Day this weekend, with events taking place Saturday, July 2 -- Monday, July 4.


North Country ATV will host its 17th New England ATV Rodeo and 4th of July parade on Saturday, July 2 in North Stratford. The parade starts at 10 a.m., and registration for the rodeo follows at 11 o’clock. Radar runs begin at noon, and the mud runs follow at 2 p.m., all taking place at Burns Field on Route 3 just south of the village. Riverside Market and Deli will provide food concessions, and the events are sponsored by Absolute Powersports NH.

Helmet and eye protection are required for ATV rodeo participants, and anyone under 18 must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. There are no classes, and anyone completing a run moves forward. Participation is by $5 donation to benefit trail maintenance. More information is available at www.northcountryatv.com.


Events begin at 10 a.m. in Errol on Saturday, July 2, with registration for the Miranda Sweatt Fishing Fun Day at the kids’ pond in the center of town. A new feature this year is that participants will have the chance to build their own fishing poles, with kits provided during registration.

The fishing begins at noon, and prizes will be awarded to the boy and girl who catch the biggest and smallest fish. Children must be 13 or younger to participate. Kids’ games will take place at the school starting at noon, with prizes provided by the Umbagog Chamber of Commerce.

The parade begins at 1 p.m., and this year’s theme is “Errol in the Future.” Line-up begins at 12:30 at the state shed on Route 16, and those who would like their float to be judged should register with Ricky Blais. A prize, donated by the Umbagog Chamber of Commerce will be awarded to the float that best follows the theme.

The always popular Log Rolling Contest starts at 2:30 at the kids’ pond, and contestants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite good or evil character--the challenge is to top last year’s battle between Snow White and the Wicked Witch. The Umbagog Chamber of Commerce will provide prizes to the winners and to the best-dressed contestant in two categories; children 15 and younger, and adults 16 and older.

The day will close with fireworks, at the Bridge on Route 26 presented by The Town of Errol.


The Town of Pittsburg, the Key Club, Pittsburg Police and Warriors at 45 North are sponsoring the festivities in Pittsburg, taking place on Saturday the 2nd at Murphy Dam from 11 a.m. to dusk.

Children’s activities, a petting zoo presented by the Amey farms, food concessions, a K-9 demonstration by N.H. State Police, music by DJ Dick (‘50s, ‘60s and country) and a flea market are planned, along with a car show and display of one-lungers and antique motors from 1 to 5 p.m.

The fishing derby takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Kids’ Pond, a chicken barbeque will be served at 6 p.m., and fireworks go off at dusk. Flea market vendors may call 538-7003 or 6678 to reserve a space for $20 per table.


The festivities start early in Colebrook, with a fireworks display at dusk on July 3 from the Colebrook Elementary School ball field.

In a Fourth of July weekend reunion, Colebrook native Eric Hughes will team up again with New Hampshire’s own folk/rock band The Crunchy Western Boys for a concert of Americana, folk and bluegrass at the Tillotson Center. The evening of music and stories features Franconia’s Morris Manning on guitar and vocals, Center Harbor’s Steve McBain on bass and vocals, and Eric Hughes on the drums.

Sponsored by C. Bean Transport, the concert starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, and doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and are available in Colebrook at the Tillotson Center, Any Blooming Thing or Creative Natives. For information, contact the Center at 237-8576.

Events start off on Monday, July 4th with the American Legion Pancake Breakfast, serving from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Monadnock Congregational Church. The Kiwanis Club and N.H. Fish and Game host the Kids’ Fishing Derby, which starts at 8 a.m. at Roger Deblois’ pond on Trask Road in Columbia.

The Colebrook Recreation Depart- ment’s annual 4K on the 4th run and walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Colebrook Elementary School. Registration information is available at the town hall or on-line at www.colebrookrecreation.weebly.com.

The Kiwanis Club invites all families, groups of friends, organizations and businesses to join the Fourth of July parade, which steps off at 11 a.m. Those participating should report to the line-up area opposite Colebrook Feeds on Colby Street by 10 a.m., and this year’s theme is “The Roaring Twenties and Prohibition.” Six prizes of gift certificates to local businesses will be awarded for Best Overall Entry, Closest to Theme (first and second prizes), Funniest, Most Original and Best Car. Despite the planned work on Main Street, the Kiwanis Club has been advised that the parade will follow its usual route.

After the parade the famous Kiwanis Chicken Barbecue will be served on the Colebrook Academy lawn, starting at noon. The C.A. Class of 2017 is selling tickets for the duck race, which also takes place immediately after the parade. Ducks will enter the Mohawk River at the bridge on Pleasant Street next to the fire station, and race to the Main Street bridge next to Granite Bank. Proceeds from the duck race benefit the chem-free graduation party. Tickets cost $5 each and they’re available from any class member. First prize is $250, second prize is $100 and third prize is $50.

(Issue of June 29, 2016)


There was lots of smoke and noise when Columbia’s John Potter drove his “Wheel Horse” modified garden tractor down the course during a well-attended tractor pull event held on Saturday. The Sugar Hill Snubbers Tractor Pull Organization put on the event as part of a 15 meet annual schedule across New Hampshire and Vermont that sees souped-up lawn and garden tractors pull against a progressively-weighted sled. (Rob Maxwell photo)

Grampy’s Kohler Files Motion to Dismiss Case Against Town
By Rob Maxwell

(Editor’s Note: Colebrook’s response to Mr. LaPerle’s appeal was filed yesterday, June 28 which was too late for us to report in this edition. Full coverage will appear in next week’s paper.)

The ongoing legal dispute between the town of Colebrook and Guy LaPerle over a Colebrook Planning Board decision has intensified. LaPerle had filed suit against the board’s decision to approve a site-plan application by Grampy’s drive-in restaurant owner John Kohler and Mr. Kohler’s attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss the case.

The motion to dismiss was filed in Coos County Superior Court on Wednesday, June 22 by attorney Christopher Meier of Cooper Cargill Chant in North Conway and in a separately file document on the same day, Kohler and Hicks answered complaint by Mr. LaPerle that the board’s acceptance of Kohler’s site plan was in violation of an existing Colebrook zoning ordinance. This answer of complaint listed 58 itemized responses to LaPerle’s appeal and says that the suit brought by Mr. LaPerle should have been brought to the Colebrook Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) before relief was sought before the court.

The motion to dismiss reiterates this contention and alludes to RSA 676:5, III which calls for appeals to be brought to the ZBA before appeal can be made to the court. The motion quotes the RSA stating: “If an aggrieved party desires to appeal a decision of the planning board, and if any of the matters to be appealed are appealable to the board of adjustment under RSA 676:5, III, such matters shall be appealed to the board of adjustment before any appeal is taken to the superior court under this section.”

(Issue of June 29, 2016)


From the left: Makenna Cote (back to camera), Edyn Tillotson, Jaida Santiago, Alyvia Jaimes and Brodyn Cote put the finishing touches on a group Faux Sun Print Friday, June 24th at the CRAG (Connecticut River Artisans Group) summer art camp funded by the Tillotson North Country Foundation. (Alan Farnsworth photo)

Legal and Financial Travails in Craig Sanborn’s Case Continue
By Jake Mardin

Despite being in prison, Craig Sanborn’s legal woes are not over. A federal judge granted a motion to establish the manner and schedule of post-judgement discovery for Craig Sanborn’s financial condition as U.S. Attorneys seek the full balance of penalties owed on a wire fraud conviction out of Maine.

Sanborn, 67, sought $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to renovate a rail terminal building and to purchase equipment for an ammunition manufacturing facility in Brownsville, Maine. He produced $307,000 in fraudulent invoices and faxed them to Brownsville from his office in Maidstone, Vt. in 2007. Last year he was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison and ordered to pay the restitution in full.

Sanborn is currently serving a 10-20 year sentence in N.H. State Prison for manslaughter after an explosion at his gunpowder manufacturing facility in Colebrook in 2010 that killed employees Jesse Kennett and Donald Kendall and seriously injured David Oldham. He will serve the federal sentence upon release from State Prison.

Sanborn was assigned a net worth of nearly $765,000 in a presentence report. U.S. Attorneys say he owes the full balance of his restitution order.

On the same date of the motion, a judge ordered that the U.S. can depose Sanborn and subpoena his wife to produce documents on his financial condition and a separate subpoena commanding her attendance at a deposition. Discovery was ordered to be completed by December 31.

(Issue of June 29, 2016)



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