Archive for June, 2013

Celebrating Our Nation’s Birth

There was no mistaking the arrival of summer this year, with its intense temperatures and humidity. What a welcome prelude to the Fourth of July celebrations coming up next week. Whether those celebrations take place at backyard parties, state parks, nearby beaches or at town-wide events, most feature fireworks prominently. And we’re all for fireworks […]

Hampstead Budget Committee to Work on Improving Transparency

HAMPSTEAD – The Budget Committee plans to develop ways for improving the transparency and clarity of budget and financial information presented in the Town Report. Member Anne Howe said at last week’s meeting that she reviewed several years of Town Reports and found a lack of consistency and clarity in the way budget and financial […]

Portion of College Land Gets OK for Business

CHESTER – A small portion of the Chester College of New England property is one step closer to a new use, after a Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) decision last week. Phil Cassista wants to buy a portion of the college’s property to run a microelectronics company, and met with the ZBA June 19 to […]

Chester Selectmen Encumber Money for Road Work

CHESTER – Up to $100,000 could be encumbered at the end of this fiscal year to buttress highway work in the coming year. Road agent Mike Oleson met with the board of selectmen on Thursday, June 20 to update them on work he plans to do this summer and to ask them not only to […]

Senior Housing Proposed for Former College Dorms

CHESTER – In April, resident and developer Peter Smith met with the planning board to discuss the potential use of the Chester College of New England property for senior housing. Together with Chris Norwood of the NAI Norwood Group, which is marketing the property, Smith explained how he would like to use the parcel, pending […]

Superior Court Disagrees with Zoning Board Decision

HAMPSTEAD – In the case of Scott Lancaster versus the Hampstead Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), Rockingham Superior Court Judge Kenneth McHugh found for the plaintiff and granted Lancaster’s request to subdivide his property. But there was a proviso – it would have to be approved by the Hampstead Planning Board. In November 2012, the […]

Soakin’ Sendoff

With the end of school nearing at Sandown Central School, the annual Wacky Water Day took place Friday, June 21, allowing fifth graders an afternoon of watery fun and activities orchestrated by fifth grade teacher Stanley Stone. Brianna Brown passes a sponge to her fellow students, as classes squared off in a water relay.

Town Thanks Library Director for Years of Service in Sandown

SANDOWN – The Sandown Public Library was a busy place June 20, as the town came out to thank library director Barbara Lachance for her many years of service. Lachance has announced her retirement at the end of this month, and though she’s not moving away from town or the library community, her everyday presence […]