Off-road vehicle expansion proves flashpoint for North Country businesses, residents
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The Gorham home of Diane Holmes is rooted in family history. The property along Route 2, first built by her grandparents, has been passed down for decades.
These days, Holmes says, she can barely enjoy it. A 2013 move by the Gorham select board to open up local and state roads to off-road vehicle use – including one next to Holmes’s property – has invited a melange of dust and noise, she testified before a House committee Tuesday.
Guests sitting outside have to shout over the din. Windows are often closed in summer to keep the dust and noise out. Holmes now wears earplugs when she heads out gardening. The family leaves the property on weekends when it can.