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Public Notice

The Town Clerk / Tax Collectors Office Will be CLOSED Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 DUE TO TRAINING.

Thankgiving Help

The Mascoma Valley-Ecumenical Council, in collaboration with the area Scout Units, will continue a tradition started in 1974 to provide Thanksgiving food baskets for those in our community who are in need. Any person or household within the towns of Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton and Orange is eligible to be referred.

Enclosed is a copy of the Recipient lnformation Form and a Reminder Note for the referred to keep. Please make copies of these forms and distribute them to people or families that you are aware have a need. It will be most helpful if you stress the importance of picking up boxes during the designated time or giving specific directions if delivery is requested. A phone number for contact during the pickup/delivery times is essential should there be a problenm with pickup/delivery.

The deadline for people to return their forms is Friday, November 10, 2017.

Read the full letter and see the forms here.

Public Notice - Open Selectman Position

There is an open Selectmen's position available. Anyone who is interested, please contact the Town Office; via email and/or by phone. Contact information listed below.

PHONE #: (603) 786-5095

Building Permits

It's summer, and the building is easy -- well, at least easier than in winter! Many Dorchester residents are taking advantage of the warm, good weather we enjoy this time of year to build new garages, sheds, workshops, firewood storage sheds, decks, and home additions.

Building permits are required for these projects. The good news is that the application for a permit is easily downloaded from the Town website; click on "Building Permits" on the Town Regulations page. Completed applications may be mailed to or dropped off during office hours at the Town Office.

Please remember two important points:

One, allow two to four weeks for a permit to be processed. Do not schedule a work crew for the day (or week) you submit the application!

Two, it's very important that an application include the measurements from the property lines to the new structure. Dorchester's legal setbacks are listed on the application. If a new structure is closer to the property lines or water or road frontage than the setbacks allow, the property owner will need a variance for the structure from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Dorchester Historic District Roads Restoration

Please be aware the roads in the Dorchester Historic District surrounding the Town Common are now being restored to their traditional width of approximately 15 feet. This is somewhat narrower than these roads have been for the past few years. When driving in the Historic District on North Dorchester Road or Town House Road, take care to avoid newly loamed and grass-seeded areas, especially at the points of the Common's triangle. Thank you!

Firewood Assistance

If you need firewood assistance, contact the Friends of Mascoma via

Food Pantry

A food pantry is open now at 9 Mechanic Street in Canaan behind Canaan Hardware. The pantry is open to any resident of Enfield, Canaan, Dorchester, Orange and Grafton. Hours of operation:

Wednesdays: Canaan : 2:30-6:30 PM
Thursdays: Enfield: 3-7 PM

Proof of residence required. You can shop once a week.
Call: 603-306-7831

Town Listserv

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Dorchester Notes

A local Dorchester resident currently publishes a monthly newsletter which we are happy to share. Click here to view the latest edition.

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Upcoming meetings

All meetings are in the Town Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Conservation Commission
October 17, 2017
7:00 PM

Selectmen's Meeting
October 19, 2017
6:30 PM

Dorchester Upcoming Events

Events Happening

Play Mascoma Valley
The Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation are offering spring and summer events. Click here to learn more.