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Attorney Amy Manzelli teaching at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School

Attorney Amy Manzelli’s newest role as a faculty member at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School was highlighted in the October newsletter for CAFS. Read up on the latest news for the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and get the details on the course   Attorney Manzelli will be teaching in the spring. Read the October newsletter or go to the website at www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/center-for-agriculture-and-food-systems.

Permits: Know the law before you work on your property

Attorney Jason Reimers writes a column for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. Read his article entitled “Permits: Know the law before you work on your property” published on October 27, 2015.

Pro Bono Honor Roll

Attorney Jason Reimers was honored to be recognized on the Pro Bono Honor Roll in the New Hampshire Bar News. In addition, BCM Environmental & Land Law was recognized for their pro bono work on the Third Quarter 2015 Law Firm Honor Roll.

Attorney Amy Manzelli Selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star

 

Attorney Amy Manzelli has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. For the seventh straight year, Attorney Manzelli has been selected by her peers as a top rated Environmental Attorney. Attorney Manzelli has been selected as a Rising Star longer than any other environmental attorney in New Hampshire.

Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa 2015

BCM Environmental and Land Law made a quick trip to Santa’s Workshop in December where we dropped off our contribution to this year’s Operation Santa Claus.  We were able to brighten this year’s holiday for four children with everything from Transformers and Tonka trucks to Ninja Turtles and nail polish, with a few Avengers thrown in for good measure!  

 

 

Vernon Family Farm Receives Site Plan Approval

The Newfields Planning Board gave unanimous approval to Vernon Family Farm to operate a roadside stand from an existing farm building on the property.   Attorney Amy Manzelli represented Vernon Family Farm in their application to operate the farm stand selling their farm produce at the farm. While specifying that at least 35% of the gross proceeds must be from products produced by the farm, the decision allows the Vernon family to operate the farm stand year round, from 8:00 am. to 6:00 pm.

Adopt-A-Spot

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC is now a proud adopter of a wonderful piece of land in Concord! We have volunteered to manage a garden parcel at the intersections of Pleasant Street and Warren Street. Last week, we had many hands on deck weeding and investigating what is currently growing at the spot. We look forward to beautifying this area for walkers, cyclists and drivers to view as they pass through the area. In the photo are (from left to right) Janna, Nicole, Amy and Amy’s son, Henry, in front of our spot. Note the large pile of weeds we pulled on the left!

The Law of Nuisance

By: Jason Reimers, Esq.

You have probably heard of the legal concept of “nuisance.” Maybe your neighbor’s rooster seems like a nuisance. Maybe the noise, traffic, and dust from the quarry next door are bothersome. Maybe someone has called your unruly dog a nuisance.

You don’t want to be a nuisance. Being a nuisance can get you sued. Perhaps more importantly, you should want to be a good neighbor. To help keep you in your neighbors’ good graces—and increase the likelihood that they will share their garden’s bounty with you or alert you to suspicious activity at your home while you are away (I’m speaking from experience)—let’s review what a nuisance is.

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See You In Court

By: Jason Reimers, Esq.

If anyone threatens you with the old cliché, “I’ll see you in court!,” you might respond, “Which court?” Even in New Hampshire there are many different courts, and not all of them involve a judge in a black robe.

In a broad sense of the word, a “court” is any place where a decision-maker decides whether legally sufficient evidence has been presented to prove that one party has violated a duty to, or damaged, the other party in a way for which the law provides a remedy.   For example, in a criminal case the court must decide whether the prosecutor has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that someone has committed a crime. In a civil case, a wrongful act such as negligence or a breach of contract must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence, which is a lesser standard.

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Really Small and Good Beer

By: Jason D. Reimers, Esq.

Once known as a “beer wasteland,” New Hampshire is making its mark in the world of good beer. Becoming the first state in the nation to license “nanobreweries” is part of the reason. Smaller than a microbrewery, a nanobrewery produces less than 2,000 barrels of beer annually. That’s equivalent to about 62,000 gallons, or not quite enough to fill one tanker truck. Compared with Anheuser-Busch, which produce more than 3 million barrels annually in Merrimack, 2,000 barrels of beer seems small. But, most nanobreweries actually produce less.

Before the nanobrewery law, the only way home brewers could sell their beers was with a beverage manufacturer’s license that costs $1,200. A nanobrewery license is only $240, and it permits a brewer to sell beer directly to bars, restaurants and stores, at farmers’ markets, and on-site to individuals.

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