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Fires alter assessments

AMHERST – Two families whose homes were badly damaged by fire this year will get breaks on their property taxes.

Selectmen voted recently to approve the prorated assessments based on a new state law.

The house owned by Vince D. Paul and Dale Helen Macguire at 12 Blueberry Hill Road had its 2014 assessment changed to $204,226 from $350,100. The home was damaged by fire on Aug. 11, making it uninhabitable, according to draft minutes of the board’s Sept. 8 meeting.

Town Administrator Jim O’Mara said new legislation requires officials to prorate assessments “whenever a taxable building is damaged due to unintended fire or natural disaster the extent that it renders the building not able to be used for its intended use.”

The other house is owned by Steven and Joy Olson and located at 85 Christian Hill Road. The Victorian-style home, built in 1910, was damaged by fire on May 9 making it uninhabitable. The prorated assessment is $166,624, down from $342,400.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Running workshop

AMHERST – As part of the Joe English Twilight Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 4, there will be a running workshop sponsored by the Amherst Land Trust in conjunction with the Town of Amherst Recreation Department.

“Running Better: Performance Up and Injury Down” will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Road.

This program is free. Registration is available at https://ultrasignup.com/shopping.aspx?did=29270. For more information about the Twilight Challenge visit www.joe-english.org.

Sky Watch rescheduled

LYNDEBOROUGH – The New Hampshire Astronomical Society will return with the telescopes Thursday, Sept. 25 for a 7:30 p.m. outdoor Sky Watch, due to clouds on Sept. 18. It will be in the field behind Citizens’ Hall.

For more information, contact the library at 136 Forest Road, Lyndeborough, call 654-6790, visit www.jatarbelllibrary.org, or email jat@tellink.net.

Reynolds honored

LYNDEBOROUGH – Former Town Administrator Burton Reynolds was honored during the selectmen’s annual Employee Appreciation cookout Sept. 3.

Reynolds, who served as administrator for about a year in 2011-12, and again as a part-time temporary during the medical leave of Administrator Kate Thorndike from last fall until the appointment of current administrator Russ Bolland, was presented with a mantel clock.

Reynolds, a native of the town, has served for many years on the budget committee.

– JESSIE SALISBURY