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Citizen of the Year 2021

Barbara Murray

On Sunday August 8th at 2pm at the South Strafford Recreation Area the Strafford Lions Club will be honoring Barbara Murray as our 2021 Citizen of the Year.

There are people, who do not make a big deal of themselves or the work they do, who are essential to our community.  Mrs. Murray is one such person.  Mrs. Murray lives in the house in South Strafford village where she grew up some 80 years ago.  For the nearly three decades her husband Robert served as principal at the Newton School and she as secretary.  Their home in South Strafford was the go-to place to get a key to play in the gym at at time when 7th and 8th graders were allowed to use the gym on their own and young people were visitors most every day.


During the Murray's tenure Newton School developed its top-notch reputation.  They ran it like a mom-and-pop operation; for many years sharing an office made from a converted closet.  Mr. Murray besides serving as principal also for many years taught 7th and 8th grade science and math and Mrs. Murray was the glue that held things together dealing with all kinds of things that came up.


Mrs. Murray's involvement in the town went beyond the school.  She was a long-time member of the Ladies Aid and Board member of the Strafford Historical Society.  She currently is a Board member of the Strafford Seniors and is one of the Carrie Sanborn Trust Committee members.  During this past year of the pandemic she kept in weekly touch with seniors to make sure people were doing O.K.


We hope you will be able to attend this celebration for Mrs. Murray.  There will be cake along with tributes and stories.  Bring your own chair or blanket.  There will also, after a short program, be time for those who would like to share a few words to do so.   Rain location will be at Barrett Hall.

Notice – Mine Road Closed at Copperas Road

No Thru Traffic from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm

Duration of Closure

Monday July 19, 2021- Friday July 23, 2021

Monday July 26, 2021 -Friday July 30, 2021


Mine Road will be closed at the intersection with Copperas Road to allow EPA to drill holes into Mine Road as part of the project to stabilize the 1898 Adit beneath Mine Road.


The majority of the work being performed to stabilize the 1898 Adit is being performed off Mine Road and will not require road closure.   Unfortunately, 7 of the 22 wells must be installed into Mine Road. 


For the safety of the public and the workers, the road must be closed during drilling activities.   The road will be closed each day at 7 am and re-opened each night when the work activities are complete (around 4:30 pm).  The road will not be closed during the weekend.

The Selectboard meets the second and fourth Wednesday.  Meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise noted. Agenda requests can be sent to Lisa at

Public Hearing Notice Town of Strafford

The Planning Commission of the Town of Strafford will hold a hearing on the proposed revision of the Strafford Town Plan on August 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm at the Morrill Education Center. The Planning Commission will accept comments at this Public Hearing. The proposal covers all lands within the Town of Strafford.  Full copies of the draft Town Plan and maps are available from the Strafford Town Clerk.  Below is a summary of the proposal.

Strafford Highway Department Open Position

The Town of Strafford is searching for an exceptional permanent, full-time Level 1 or Level 2 road crew member to join our team. Candidates must be experienced with highway equipment or comparable equipment and hold a valid Class A CDL. Competitive salary, medical, and dental benefits. An application and job description are available upon request. Please contact Lisa Bragg at 802-765-4411 or e-mail


Please submit an application to the Strafford Town Office by 4 p.m., August 11th, 2021 at

P. O. Box 27, Strafford, VT, 05072.

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