Archive for August, 2013

Go, Team

With school back in session, we can’t avoid the thought of autumn any longer. The trees are changing – not just in the swamps – and the evenings are cool. It may be too hot to think about winter clothing, but the time for scarves and hats and boots will be here before we know […]

Hampstead Conservation Land Purchase Will be Smaller

HAMPSTEAD – The Conservation Commission members learned that the land the commission has been trying to purchase for most of the year will result in a 17.27-acre parcel, not the 22 acres expected. The purchase is just steps away from completion. Chairman Tim Lovell said at the Wednesday, Aug. 21 meeting that registry data entry […]

Special Meeting Sept. 6 for Wason Pond Field Work Bids

CHESTER – The board of selectmen has agreed to hold a special meeting to review bids for field leveling work at Wason Pond. A Request for Proposal (RFP) has recently been sent out, with a bid deadline of Sept. 6. While the project has been held up for months, by the time the bids come […]

Colbert Plans to Retire from Recreation Commission Next Year

HAMPSTEAD – There are changes ahead for the Hampstead Recreation Commission. Chairwoman Kim Colbert has been at the helm for a number of years and announced at last week’s meeting that this is her final year. Colbert asked for a volunteer from the commission to serve as co-chairman for the coming year in order to […]

Sandown Selectmen Begin Annual Budget Review Process

SANDOWN – The board of selectmen has officially entered budget season, reviewing and approving a number of the smaller town budgets at their Aug. 26 meeting. Reviewed were the finance department, supervisors of the checklist, moderator, patriotic purposes, assessing and a few debt accounts. These budgets saw little to no change from the numbers brought […]

Sandown Completes Revaluation

SANDOWN – The town’s statistical revaluation has been completed and reviewed and at their Aug. 26 meeting, the board of selectmen signed off on the process. Representation from Vision Government Solutions, which performed the update, and town assessor Municipal Resources Incorporated (MRI), which reviewed it, met with the selectmen Monday to update them on the […]

Zoning Board OKs Variances on College Property

CHESTER – The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) approved several variance requests from Chester College of New England for its property in the center of town. Over several meetings the board has been working with representation from the former college to come to an agreement to subdivide a small piece of the larger property. That […]


Starting Off With Fun

Chester Academy kicked off the start of the school year with its annual Back to School Barbecue. Students played games, ate dinner, and met with faculty and friends before the first day of school on Wednesday. Annabel Veale, pictured, won the hula hoop contest. See additional photos page 8.