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Town realigns building fees to cover costs

Grafton - Robert S. Berger, inspector of buildings and zoning enforcement officer, appeared before the Grafton Board of Selectmen at its July 7 meeting. He told the board that current fees for building permits, last set in 2004, were not covering the expenses of required building and land inspections. He indicated that for fiscal year 2016, current building permit fees would be short approximately $38,000 in covering the actual expenses. Noting that fees are based upon the square footage of the proposed structure or room, he advocated three changes: (1) a change to $5 fee per $1,000 building/renovation cost, with a $50 minimum; (2) a change to fire systems protection inspections to $200 for up to a two-hour inspection; and (3) a buildable lot/zoning inspection fee of $200 for up to four hours.

Grafton selectmen pull Town Meeting article

Grafton – During its April 21 meeting, the Grafton Board of Selectmen again reviewed the proposed articles to be included in the warrant for the Town Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 11.

Grafton Police Alliance kicks off annual fundraising drive

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Grafton - The Grafton Police Alliance kicked off its 2016 Fundraising Drive Jan. 25. The drive – the alliance’s primary fundraising effort - supports...

Zumba classes offered in Grafton

Grafton - Grafton Recreation is offering Zumba toning classes each Tuesday up to May 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Grafton Municipal...
Antoinette R. Seminerio

Antoinette R. Seminerio, 88, of Grafton

Grafton - Antoinette R. Seminerio (Moschella), 88, passed away on June 29, 2021 following an illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 62...

Selectmen discuss ongoing issue of marijuana facility

Grafton - At the request of Selectman Dennis Flynn, on May 3 the Grafton Board of Selectmen again addressed the ongoing issue of licensing marijuana dispensaries and growing facilities in the town. Flynn noted that teen use in Colorado has increased 20 percent since marijuana was legalized there and that, according to recent research, regular use of marijuana is linked to lowered intelligence and poor school and work performance. He concluded by stating that with the advent of legal marijuana – to be smoked and eaten – its variable potency was especially troubling.

Grafton pastor co-authors book on church growth

Grafton - Reverend Jane Willan grew up in Burlington, Iowa, where she attended a Disciples of Christ Church. It was at a church camp when, at the age of 12, Willan knew without a doubt that she was called to go into the ministry when she “grew up.” In the years that followed, she never wavered in her desire, ultimately leading her to the Congregational Church in Grafton.

Grafton Community Television to air 50th episode of “Television Classics with Jim Gallagher”

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Grafton - Grafton Community Television (GCTV) is celebrating two broadcasting milestones during August. GCTV personality Jim Gallagher marks his 35th year involved with cable...

Operation Friendship dances to be held in Grafton

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Grafton – Operation Friendship will hold dances for grades 5 to 8, Fridays, Feb. 5 and March 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Grafton Municipal Center, 30 Providence Road. The cost is $8 per child, and light refreshments will be for sale. There will be games, raffles and prizes, and other surprise activities. Operation Friendship is a nonprofit that encourages friendship and understanding via student exchange.

Library director updates Grafton selectmen on successful year

Grafton - Library Director Beth Gallaway briefed the Board of Selectmen during its meeting May 5 on the town library’s many successes during 2014. The numbers tell an optimistic story. During the year, books out were up 28 percent to 142,300, while digital items out were up 40 percent. The library entertained 64,377 visitors, up 35 percent, compiled by using an automatic door counter. New for children are “build kits” that can be checked-out. Visitors buying coffee ($1.00) at the library and using the WiFi access accounted for a large part of the visitor upsurge, as the library provides the only WiFi available to many townspeople.