CHESTER – While planning board members have said there is value to having elder care apartments in town, they also note concern that a plan to do just that is far outside their current regulations. In a planning session Sept. 11 to review resident Peter Smith’s plans for the former Chester College of New England […]
Archive for September, 2013
SANDOWN- For the last year Tony Stoddard, with the help and support of his wife, Michelle Stoddard, has been working to raise awareness of childhood cancer and in so doing to make certain that his son, Cole Stoddard, lives on through that work. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and gold is its color. Tony […]
Thomas Jefferson wrote to his friend John Adams, “I cannot live without books.” He literally spent a fortune on building a library. The author of the Declaration of Independence knew the value of free speech, and worked diligently to include it in the Bill of Rights. Books – and the freedom to read, something Jefferson […]
Last week, Governor Maggie Hassan picked the ceremonial “first apple” of the season, and proclaimed that day as New Hampshire Apple Day. While we would have preferred that she did the honors at one of Londonderry’s venerable apple orchards, apple season has started. And that says we’re leaning more into fall than summer. In spite […]
HAMPSTEAD – The proposed pavilion for students at Hampstead Middle School is still $2,000 shy of the needed donations to make it possible. Organizers of the project are appealing to parents and businesses in Hampstead to help out.
CHESTER – Pending a decision by the school board the Chester school district can retain up to $194,883 of its 2012-2013 surplus to address any unanticipated expenses in the current year. It’s a new way to handle the school district’s finances made possible by a recent decision of the NH state legislature and approved of […]
SANDOWN- The board of selectmen has been making quick work of numerous small budget proposals this budget season, and their meeting on Sept. 9 was no different. Most of the budgets that came up Monday were quickly approved, though the conservation commission’s numbers did see some scrutiny, largely by selectman Brenda Copp.
CHESTER – The planning board quickly approved the site plan for the field leveling work to be done at the Wason Pond Conservation and Recreation Area this fall. Engineer Bill Gregsak presented plans to the board at their Sept. 4 meeting, but members indicated that they had already heard about or seen most of what […]
HAMPSTEAD – There were only two hearings scheduled for the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) on Thursday, Sept. 5 and both involved construction. The board heard both requests and unanimously approved both. The first request came from State Rep. John Sedensky and his wife Beverly to add a garage at their 147 Wash Pond Road […]
HAMPSTEAD – It has taken months but the air conditioning in the Historical Museum Building is now working well. Because of the building’s many artifacts, old documents, and delicate pieces it is critical to have the A/C working properly and the Historic District Heritage Commission (HDHC) babied the A/C for as long as they could […]
SANDOWN – Because of a quickly aging vehicle fleet the police department will be looking to accelerate their vehicle purchasing schedule this year and next, according to police chief Joe Gordon. In previous years the department has purchased a new vehicle every other year.
CHESTER – A confusing selectmen’s meeting on Friday Sept. 6 was the result of one selectman taking on an independent investigation as to whether it made sense to change the fire chief’s position from full time to part time. Fire chief Rich Antoine heard about the investigation through a town official, he said, and met […]
The annual Chester Town Fair took place on Saturday with one of the newer events being the Ugliest Chicken completion. Above, Kia Simpson, Dara Brown, Lucy Simpson and Phaedra Brown decide on which chicken to cast their vote for. See story and additional photos on pages 8 and 9. Photo by Chris Paul
While talks are just beginning between Pinkerton Academy and Hooksett School District officials, it’s acknowledged that Pinkerton is the only high school able to accommodate the Hooksett students en masse. With Hooksett’s agreement with the Manchester schools altered by the court to allow sending its students elsewhere, the pros and cons about coming up with […]
CHESTER – At its most recent meeting, the board of selectmen agreed to continue, with 139 other towns across the state, a lawsuit involving the state’s primary telephone utility, Fairpoint, and its claims that the company should not have to pay property taxes on utility poles. It’s been a contention between telephone utilities and one […]
HAMPSTEAD – The Board of Selectmen and the Police Building Committee met in workshop session with a view to getting the answers needed to push a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the construction of the new police station as far along as possible. As the Board of Selectmen will take ownership of the RFP and […]
HAMPSTEAD – Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Wilson said that despite New England School Development Council (NESDEC) projections, the Hampstead School District is down 18 students from last year. Wilson said there are several new families at the middle school level, although several families have moved out. “We are up at every grade level at the middle […]
CHESTER – At a recent selectmen’s meeting, resident Colin Costine questioned during public comment why the Chester Fire Association was looking at purchasing an ambulance. The selectmen responded that they had no information on that matter, and Costine went on to surmise that should the department buy a vehicle, the cost to the taxpayer would […]
School is back in session at Hampstead Middle School, and as a tradition the students enjoy a Family Picnic to ease back into the routine of classes. Famlies were invited to school to meet staff and enjoy the day. Pictured, seventh grader John McCarthy takes a swing at a teather ball as Matt Albetski watches. […]
SANDOWN – Prompted by the seeking of a couple of grants, the board of selectmen has been looking more closely at the historical society’s train depot museum over the last few weeks. Coupled with some changes the board is looking to make there, the historical society membership has been cleaning up both the interior and […]