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Office Closed

Sorry for the inconvenience. THE OFFICE IS CLOSED.

Animal Control Officer Needed

Animal Control Officer needed. If interested, please contact the Town Office and/or Board of Selectmen for details.

Public Notice

The Board of Selectmen will be having a public meeting at the Town Office Thursday, July 20th, 2017 @ 7:00 pm to open and discus sealed bids for Province Road Bridge Project.

Office Closed

Office for the Admin. Asst. will be CLOSED Friday, July 7th, 2017 THRU Sunday, July 16th, 2017 for vacation. Please feel free to leave a message via phone and/or email and I will get back to you when I return to the office on Monday, July 17th, 2017.

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.

Planning Board
July 12, 2017
7:00 PM

Selectmen's Meeting
July 13, 2017
6:30 PM

Conservation Commission
July 18, 2017
7:00 PM

Dorchester Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 15th: The Grange Walk-A-Thon to benefit the Granfe Scholarship program will be held Saturday July 15th, 2017 @ 8:00 AM starting at the Town Hall.

Saturday, July 15th: Annual Pancake Breakfast starts at 9:00 AM. Please Join Us: Your choice of pancakes, sausage or bacon, beverage and a fruit cup for $7.00

Events Happening

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