Fast news for the week of Nov. 6

Historic barn survey

AMHERST – The Amherst Heritage Commission was recently awarded a grant from the N.H. Division of Historic Resources to survey old barns.

Chairman Will Ludt told selectmen recently that commission members chose four farmsteads to be surveyed that have a strong possibility for inclusion into the State Register of Historic Places. Katy Holmes of Newton, Mass., an historic preservation consultant, was chosen by the Commission to help perform the survey, and selectmen voted 4-0 to award the grant to Holmes.

Amherst was one of only 17 town in the state to receive a grant, Ludt said.


Route 13 on track

MILFORD – Improvements to the Route 13/Emerson Road/Armory Road intersection will likely get underway in the spring.

The project seemed to be in trouble last month when bids came in higher than anticipated when the project was originally conceived in 2011, bringing the additional cost for Milford an extra $55,000.

But last week selectmen decided there is sufficient money in this year’s budget and no need for a warrant article next year.

Milford is responsible for 20 percent of the cost and federal funds cover the rest. A low bid of $450,000 was accepted from Northeast Mechanics Inc. The project will add east and west bound left turn lanes, right turn lanes and new signalization.

It was awarded $360,000 in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant funding which combined with $90,000 approved as local matching requirements will be applied to signalization and left-turning lane improvements at this congested intersection.

The project is expected to reduce peak-hour traffic and improve air quality and safety.


Administrator search

MILFORD – Selectmen received more than 100 resumes from people applying for the job of town administrator to replace Guy Scaife who left in the summer to take a similar position in Rocky Hill, Conn.

Deciding on a person will take awhile, board Chairman Gary Daniels told the town Advisory Budget Committee recently.


New welfare office

MILFORD – The town welfare office moved into the new addition to Share Outreach last week, to join the office of Southern New Hampshire Services.

The two offices had been in one of the old houses behind the Wadleigh Memorial Library that will eventually be torn down.

The Milford Improvement Team (MIT) office is still there, and library trustees would like to see it vacated and winterized, selectmen’s Chairman Gary Daniels told the board recently.

Selectmen decided that the MIT office will move to one of the former office of the Milford Ambulance Service in Town Hall.


Veterans Day lunch

AMHERST – World War II veterans from Amherst, Milford and Wilton are invited to lunch at the Amherst Longhorn Steakhouse at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

The restaurant is located at 124 Route 101A. To RSVP call Marie Grella at 673-4905.

Scouting for Food

The annual Scouting for Food program begins next month when Scouts will start collecting food at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 8.

Leave canned foods and non-perishable items at your doorstep or deliver them to local food pantries located throughout New Hampshire.

All items should be non-perishable and in plastic bags or boxes in a visible location outside the front door or by the base of your mailbox. Do not hang on your mailbox.

If the bag or box does not get picked up by a local Scout unit, the Milford Fire Station is a drop-off location, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Apple festival

LYNDEBOROUGH – Bright sunshine after three days of rain, combined with apple crisp, apple pie, apple dumplings, ice cream and cheese made the annual apple festival at the old town hall a great day for getting together with friends.

The town’s newest fire truck, plus several volunteers to show it off and answer questions, were on hand. Several local crafters offered hand made items.

The event was sponsored by the Fire Department Auxiliary.