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Orford, New Hampshire, Grafton County

Orford is a rural community on the Connecticut River in western New Hampshire. Home to approximately 1200 people, Orford is known for its historic “ridge” homes, as well as family farms and small businesses. Much of Orford is forested, providing for a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, boating, snowshoeing and hunting. Chartered in 1761, Orford has a history of close ties with its neighboring towns on the Vermont side of the river. In 1998, Orford and the Vermont towns of Fairlee, West Fairlee and Vershire formed the preK-12 Rivendell Interstate School District. Mount Cube, Sunday Mountain and Cottonstone Mountain, Indian Pond and Upper and Lower Baker ponds are distinctive features of the Orford landscape. The Appalachian Trail passes over the summit of Mt. Cube, and the cross-Rivendell trail connects Orford to neighboring Vermont towns.

Orford is about 18 miles north of Hanover and Dartmouth College, along the scenic Connecticut River Valley. It’s an easy drive to the White Mountains, Franconia Notch State Park, the Kancamagus Highway, and Lake Winnipesaukee.

COVID-19 information

For more information on COVID-19, please refer to the Emergency Management page

At this time, the Orford Town Offices are open – for information on conducting Town business, please refer to the Selectboard page.

The NH Legal Assistance (NHLA) Community Guidance for COVID-19 Crisis

NHLA has put together an overview on public programs and systems – please click here for information on Social Security and Unemployment Benefits, Utilities, Food Stamps, Cash Assistance and Medicaid, Domestic Violence, Housing, and Senior and Consumer Law.

Paycheck Protection Program – Small Business Loans

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone. Please click here for more information

BEACH ADVISORY due to HIGH LEVELS OF BACTERIA

Below are the test results for water testing conducted the 1st of September 2020. The results indicate high levels for e-coli colonies per 100 mL of water at the following beaches:

Indian Pond Beach = 131.4
Lower Baker Pond Beach= 115.3

Water currently not suitable for wading or swimming – notices will be posted at these beaches.

PUBLIC NOTICE – TOWN OF ORFORD
PROCESSING OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS ON ELECTION DAY
NOVEMBER 3, 2020

THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH RSA 659:49, I & II

THE PROCESSING OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR THE NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 AM AT THE POLLS IN THE NILES ROOM OF THE ORFORD TOWN OFFICE, 2529 ROUTE 25A, ORFORD, NH 03777

HARRISON G. PEASE, MODERATOR

VOTING ABSENTEE

All voters in NH are eligible to vote absentee this year due to concerns for COVID-19.  Voting absentee is safe and secure.  Absentee ballots are only provided to registered voters, and only to registered voters who request one.  Our Town Clerk, Debbie Hadlock, maintains a list of every registered voter who requests, receives and returns an absentee ballot.  On election day, Debbie gives the Moderator all the unopened absentee ballot affidavit envelopes that she received.  The Moderator then publicly announces in the polling place the name of every voter who has submitted an absentee ballot.  The Ballot Clerks check the names off on the voter check-in list, then the Moderator reads the names again to the Supervisors of the Checklist who check the names off the check-out list.  Then the Moderator opens the affidavit envelope, removes the folded absentee ballot, and places the absentee ballot in the ballot box.  This process ensures that only registered voters are able to obtain and cast an absentee ballot, that they are only able to cast one absentee ballot, and that they are not able to vote both absentee and in person.

If you haven’t yet requested your absentee ballot, please do so now!  I also recommend picking up and dropping off your absentee ballot at Debbie’s office if you can rather than mailing them.  The Orford Post Office can no longer hand cancel mail sent within Orford, so all mail, including absentee ballots, must now go to the White River Junction processing facility.  Make sure your vote counts!  Deliver your ballot in person to Debbie.

All absentee ballots must be received by Debbie Hadlock by 5:00 pm on Election Day, November 3, in order to be counted.

Thank you for helping to keep us all safe by voting absentee! Harry Pease, Moderator

Upcoming Events

Grafton County Senior Citizens Events – please click here to see a list of upcoming events

November 3, 2020 – General Election, polls open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Niles Room in the Orford Town office

Please refer to the Calendar for regularly scheduled meetings