Archive for May, 2013

Grassbaugh Honored in YWCA Tribute to Women

HAMPSTEAD – Hampstead Middle School Principal Patti Grassbaugh is the first woman from New Hampshire to be among those honored by the Greater Lawrence (Mass.) YWCA Tribute to Women. Grassbaugh was nominated by Hampstead School Board member Jaye Dimando. Her nomination states, “Patti has been the consummate and dedicated leader of the Hampstead Middle School […]

Chester College Presents Ideas for Subdivision to Planning Board

CHESTER – Representatives from Chester College of New England met with the planning board just days after the town voted against purchasing the college property. The former college is looking to subdivide the approximately 70 acres it owns in the center of Chester, and sent representatives to the planning board May 22 to gauge its […]

School Board Gets Update on Budget Surplus

HAMPSTEAD – George Stokinger, Business Administrator for School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55, gave the Hampstead School Board an update on the status of its budget. He said the school district has a favorable budget variance of $992,710, with $51,745 in favorable revenue variances, bringing the present total to $1,044,455. The budget variances that produced this […]

Planning Continues for Proposed Scenic Byway

The multi-community committee for the proposed Frost/Stagecoach Scenic Byway reviewed comments from a public hearing held in Chester in April, and received accident data concerning locations around the byway. Communities involved are Hampstead, Chester, Derry and Auburn. Meeting last week at the Old Meeting House in Hampstead, the committee looked at opportunities for raising awareness […]

Good News and Bad for Police Building Committee

HAMPSTEAD – The Police Building Committee dodged a bullet when it learned that Town Engineer Nick Cricenti’s statement at a recent Planning Board meeting that both Recreation and the new police station would need an Alteration of Terrain permit proved incorrect. Police Building Committee member Kris Emerson contacted Kyle Barker, the architect of record for […]

Highway Articles Meet Mixed Fate at Town Meeting

CHESTER – Voters agreed to give the highway department $200,000 for asphalt in the coming year and to begin funding the town’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for future road projects, but decided against purchasing additional equipment or improving the highway shed area. After selectman Mike Weider explained a CIP and the benefits it held for […]

Voters Say No to Increased Price for College Property

CHESTER – Voters at Town Meeting decided to trust the future of the Chester College of New England property to their zoning ordinance and building regulations instead of purchasing the property. A $1.8 million bond to buy the parcel was the most expensive article on this year’s warrant. And while it arguably had the most […]

A Day of Remembering

In the town squares and commons and historic cemeteries of New Hampshire, the statue of a Civil War soldier is a sight often taken for granted. But a vestige of that war remains part of our lives today, as we mark the occasion of Memorial Day this coming Monday. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed and […]