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BCM Exhibits at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

BCM was on the road, exhibiting at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, from January 15-17th.  The show, sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, is an annual tradition that provides an incredible opportunity for everyone involved in the agricultural industry (from producers to consumers and everyone in between) to come together to learn about current programs and new technologies via lectures, courses, meetings, and fun exhibits.  

BCM was excited to be able to share its exhibition space with the Fork Food Lab and Farm Drop.  The Fork Food Lab is a membership-based shared commercial kitchen and food business incubator located in Portland Maine. Visitors to the BCM exhibit were happy to be able to try the tempting treats provided by various Fork Food Lab members! Click here to learn more about the great work they are doing! FarmDrop is an online food purchasing system that allows users to choose from multiple, local, Maine food producers in one location.  Check them out here

This year’s show was a great success, and BCM was thrilled to be a part of the action!

 

Amy Manzelli Works to Permanently Conserve Family Farm

Amy Manzelli recently worked with Agrarian Trust, whose mission is to support land access for the next generation of farmers, to secure a conservation easement on Wingate Farm, which preserves the farm for future generations of farmers and ensures that the whole farm – the house, barns, and land – stay together.   A significant component of the easement was an OPAV (Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value), which ensures that all futures sales of Wingate Farm will be to farmers at fair market agricultural value.  This is the first time such a provision has been used to protect active agricultural land in New Hampshire.

Read more about Amy’s work on this project here.

 

BCM Retained by Grassroots Organization to Fight the Proposed NECEC Project in Maine

The BCM Environmental & Land Law team, led by Beth Boepple out of our Portland office, has been retained by the 4,200+ member grassroots group Say NO to NECEC to fight the 145-mile long Central Maine Power/AVANGRID New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line in the pending Maine regulatory proceedings.

Earlier this year, the BCM Team worked to help defeat the proposed Northern Pass project in New Hampshire and will be bringing that same skill set to protect the iconic landscapes of Maine against another utility company’s attempts at degradation.

Click here to learn more about BCM’s representation of Say NO to NECEC.

 

 

Amy Manzelli and Kelsey Peterson Attend NH Women’s Bar Association Fall Reception

Amy Manzelli and Kelsey Peterson attended the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association’s 21st Annual Fall Reception on October 11, 2018 at the Concord Country Club.

The NHWBA promotes and supports the advancement and interests of women in NH’s legal community through leadership, professional interaction, education and the exchange of ideas between its members and the community.  The Fall Reception was a great chance for members to network with fellow attorneys and judges from across the state.  Members recognized and celebrated all that the NHWBA has accomplished in the past year.

 

 

BCM Sponsors NEWIEE NH Chapter’s Mentoring Circle

BCM Environmental & Land Law was pleased to be the networking and refreshment sponsor of the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) NH Chapter’s Mentoring Circle which took place at Unitil’s offices in Hampton, NH on November 5, 2018.  This meeting was about “Tough Topics.”  Attendees worked in facilitated small groups to discuss the various “Tough Topics” that face women in the workplace on a daily basis – e.g. How to ask for a raise? How to work remotely and still grow your career? How to deal with inappropriate behavior in the work environment? And more!

 

 

Amy Manzelli Works to Protect Conservation Land from Vandalism in Acworth, NH

Amy Manzelli recently appeared before the Town of Acworth Board of Selectmen seeking their assistance in protecting a nearly 1,000-acre parcel of conservation land owned by the Raymond Roy Farm Trust.  Amy requested that the Town adopt a short-term management plan aimed at providing immediate protection from the various instances of vandalism that have been taking place on the property.  In the long term, Amy suggested that the parties work together to develop a realistic management plan that meets the intended goals of the original conservation easement.

Read more about Amy’s work on behalf of the Raymond Roy Farm Trust here.

 

Beth Boepple Appointed Board Chair of The Sustainability Lab

Elizabeth Boepple, Esq. recently agreed to take on the responsibilities of board chair for the non-profit The Sustainability Lab, new tenant and operating company for Fork Food Lab.  Fork Food Lab is a commercial kitchen space in Portland, Maine, available for business members to use on an hourly basis.  In essence, it’s an incubator space for food businesses.  Members are afforded access to kitchen equipment and supplies, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with fellow entrepreneurial foodies.  Click here to read more about this exciting new venture!

State Steps Up Enforcement of Hazardous Waste Violations by Hospitals

Amy Manzelli, Esq. authored an article that was published in the September 19, 2018 edition of the NH Bar News regarding the State of New Hampshire’s enforcement of hazardous waste violations by hospitals.  Amy’s practice with hospital clients has provided her with unique insight into how to properly manage the environmental issues that medical professionals face on a day-to-day basis.

Click here to read the full article.

Kelsey Peterson Tours Metal Fabrication Plant with NEWIEE

On May 9, Attorney Kelsey Peterson toured Metheun Construction’s new 190,000 sf metal fabrication facility in Plaistow, New Hampshire, with the New Hampshire Chapter of NEWIEE, New England Women in Energy & the Environment.

With more than 50 years’ experience, Metheun Construction, Inc., has earned its reputation for excellence by delivering comprehensive construction services and innovative solutions to its clients.

NEWIEE has a goal to foster a dynamic and enthusiastic environment for women all over New England and those who care about energy and environmental issues in order to encourage the development of creative solutions to energy and environmental issues.

Rights-of-Way 101

By: Jason D. Reimers, Esq.

Lately I have been getting a lot of calls and emails about right-of-way issues from past clients and new clients.  It is very common for a property to either benefit from or be subject to a right-of-way.  A right-of-way is a legal right of access or crossing over land owned by someone else.   A right-of-way is generally found in a recorded deed, but it can also be established, in certain circumstances, by usage.

Here is a common scenario involving two side-by-side properties, otherwise known as “abutting” properties.  Property A has a right-of-way over Property B.  The deed to Property A states that the property itself is being conveyed (i.e., sold or transferred) along with the right to pass over the land of Property B for ingress and egress (i.e., coming and going) to Property A.  The deed language might refer to the right-of-way as an easement over Property B.  The deed to Property B states that the property is “subject to” the right-of-way of Property A.  The right-of-way may have first been created when a larger property was subdivided, thereby creating Properties A and B, and, in order for the owners of Property A to access their property from a town road, they would need to cut through Property B.

Questions often arise about how the right-of-way may be used.  A right-of-way for the ingress and egress to a residential lot may generally be used for all uses ordinary to a residential use.  Assuming the right-of-way is the only, or at least the primary, access way to Property A, the owners of Property A may install utilities along the road.  This probably includes underground utilities, such as water pipes, and above-ground utilities such as poles carrying electric, telephone, and cable wires.  Also included in an ingress/egress residential right-of-way is the right to maintain the right-of-way, which may include paving the right-of-way if desired.

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