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Weare offers chance to win a cord of wood

WEARE — Residents have a shot at winning a cord of wood in a special lottery being held by the town.

According to Director Tim Redmond of the Department of Public Works, Weare residents can enter the lottery for the wood that has been harvested from the sides of the road from various work projects. Extensive tree cutting for road reconstruction and maintenance of the Clinton Grove Academy has resulted in a stockpile of 16 cords of wood.

“We always question what to do with the cord wood that’s left over when trees are cut,” said Redmond. “So we decided to allow residents to take advantage of it.”

Redmond said the DPW started collecting the leftover wood for safety reasons.

“People were stopping in unsafe places to pick up the wood. We wanted to get it off the side of the road,” he said.

Two years ago, the town held a similar lottery, according to Town Administrator Naomi Bolton. More than 150 people registered to win one of 26 cords of wood. But this year, there are rules in place.

“We’re only allowing one entry per household,” she said. “And we’re only opening this up to residents of Weare.”

The wood is not split, and it has to be hauled away by the person who wins it. Each of the 16 piles of wood is estimated to be around a cord, but the town makes no promises about the exact amount of each pile.

Bolton said that people can enter the cord wood giveaway by emailing her at There are also entry forms available at the selectmen’s office. Bolton said she will not take phone calls from people who want to register.

The wood will be raffled off at the selectmen’s meeting on Sept. 23. Bolton said the board members will be using an old bingo wheel to pick the number assigned to the lucky registrants.

“It’s kind of comical to watch,” said Bolton. “The selectmen had a lot of fun playing bingo last time.”

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