Archive for September, 2013


Tough Climb

It was a steep climb for Chester Academy eighth graders as they hiked to the summit of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey on Friday. Skye Enos, front, takes a break as the group nears the good views. See story and additional photos on page 8 of this weeks edition.

Sandown Selectmen Continue Discussion of Depot Museum

SANDOWN – Selectmen aren’t unanimous on the need for a lease style agreement between the town and the historical society over use of the Train Depot Museum. A sample lease was brought before the board at its Sept. 23 meeting, and while some members said that with a couple of minor changes the agreement would […]

PSNH Plans to Expand Substation on Pulpit Rock

CHESTER – Public Service Company of New Hampshire (PSNH) is looking to expand its presence in the vicinity of Pulpit Rock Road and met with the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) to present plans to build a new switching station there . The plan as presented at the Sept. 17 meeting seeks to expand the […]

Outdoor Activity Restrictions Lifted at Some Local Schools

HAMPSTEAD – Temporary restrictions on outdoor recess and after school activities were lifted Tuesday, Sept. 24, in some schools in School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 – the Hampstead and Timberlane School Districts. Timberlane consists of Sandown, Danville, Plaistow and Atkinson schools. The restrictions continue at Sandown North School but have been lifted at Sandown Central […]

Selectmen Insist on Raise for Town Clerk in Budget

SANDOWN – Though commending her for again opting out of a raise, the board of selectmen changed town clerk/tax collector Michelle Short’s payroll line to give her the full 2 percent raise possible in the coming year. In Monday night’s relatively quick meeting focusing on budget review, Short’s change was the most notable item.

Public Safety Impact Fees Coming to Chester

CHESTER – The planning board is looking to implement impact fees to fund vehicle needs of first responders. Impact fees are a mechanism under which new development helps pay for the needs of specific entities, in this case first responders’ vehicles.

Hampstead Considers How to Address Parents’ Lunchroom Debt

HAMPSTEAD – School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55, which is composed of the Hampstead and Timberlane School Districts, is in the process of coming to grips with the lunch debt both districts have previously carried from one year to the next. Timberlane is composed of the Sandown, Danville, Plaistow and Atkinson districts.

Old Home Days Committee Considers 2014 Change

SANDOWN – The Old Home Days Committee began talks on possible changes to next year’s Old Home Days weekend. The committee had asked members of the public to bring in their concerns and read through suggestions given to the group after the event. But members of the public did not attend or give feedback.