Today is Halloween, and if you did a quick survey of people you know, you’re likely to find that it’s the favorite holiday of many of them. Most of us harbor plenty of good memories of trick-or-treating amidst the fall leaves, more candy than we could easily consume, and the fun of dressing up and, […]
Archive for October, 2013
Superintendent Earl Metzler told the School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 Board that an emergency exists in the area of nurse substitutes. SAU 55 covers the Hampstead and Timberlane districts; Timberlane encompasses Sandown, Plaistow, Atkinson and Danville. Metzler told the board last week that there is no pool of substitute nurses for Hampstead and Timberlane, and […]
CHESTER – Recreation department officials are concerned about the new roof of the town’s Multipurpose Room (MPR). Recreation’s Corinna Reishus and Michelle Trask met with the selectmen on Thursday, Oct. 24, in see what could be done. The roof was installed over the summer following authorization from voters at Town Meeting. A new kind of […]
Donna Green, a resident of Sandown, questioned the School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 Board on the reasoning behind a $93,000 increase in insurance in the proposed SAU budget.
CHESTER – Together with road agent Mike Oleson, the board of selectmen has authorized new plow rates and a new system to track and compensate plow drivers for their fuel costs.
HAMPSTEAD – Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Wilson told the Hampstead School Board that administrators are still putting all the budget pieces together and the personnel piece is the biggest, as usual.
The annual Parent Teacher Student Association’s (PTSA) Halloween Party for Hampstead Central School students, preschool through Grade 4, was held Friday, Oct. 25, at Hampstead Middle School. With the new venue, attendees spread out over a number of rooms and enjoyed dancing, games, crafts and food. Pictured, Riley Carter and Kaylie Sheahan have a blast […]
SANDOWN – For the past few autumns, a Sandown man has taken it upon himself to bring a smile to the faces of elementary level special education students in the Timberlane Regional School District. Joseph McKinnon was busy this month getting a tally of all of the children on the autistic spectrum or who are […]
HAMPSTEAD – Breadloaf Architects, Planners and Builders of Middlebury, Vt., has been handling the proposed design and plans for renovations and new classroom construction proposals for Hampstead Central School and for the entrance and library renovations at Hampstead Middle School. The work is considered phase 1 of a larger project, and is the phase the […]
CHESTER – As the planning board moves forward with the use of The Better Future Alliance as a planning consultant, the board of selectmen has decided to cap what it can spend on that service in 20-hour increments.
When you get a new job, is your first concern your exit strategy? During your interview, did you negotiate salary and vacation, or insist on a multi-month severance package? If you’re a public official, it was probably the latter. The rest of us just give notice and hope for two weeks pay. Over the past […]
SANDOWN – While an account was funded at the last minute to forestall the planning board’s discussion or vote on whether to revoke an application for the Hillside Estates subdivision, there is an outstanding concern among board members that an after-the-fact Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is still stagnating for that subdivision.
HAMPSTEAD – Library Director Deb Hiett told the Library Trustees that response to a Technology Survey – what services patrons are looking for when they use the library and suggestions for services not presently available – was excellent, and the staff received good feedback from the 133 responses.
CHESTER – Identifying deficiencies and devising a scope of work for the Edwards Mill Dam site has been a long process, but the town’s dam engineer thinks he has a workable solution to tackle both the faults of the structure and the limited appetite taxpayers will likely have regarding payment for another dam project.
HAMPSTEAD – The Conservation Commission will present a level funded budget for the coming year. At its meeting last week, the commission discussed taking on some of the field cutting themselves, rather than hiring out, to save money. They also decided not to ask for additional money for the Trail Account this year.
SANDOWN – The board of selectmen has been trying to reach an agreement with the historical society on the use of the Train Depot Museum, and though they had planned to discuss its particulars at their Oct. 21 meeting, members of the historical society took umbrage with the idea of any formal agreement.
Avery Barcelos, a first grader at Hampstead Central School, takes part in the Unified Arts Butterfly Presentation on Friday, Oct. 18. The event involved the entire first grade, combining art, music, and physical education in discovering the life cycle of a butterfly. See additional photos on page 9 in this weeks edition.
CHESTER – Some town leaders are looking to take a pro-active role in the development of the 70 acres of the former Chester College of New England property in the center of town, a parcel that each day is getting closer to foreclosure.
HAMPSTEAD – The Board of Selectmen has approved low bidder Gary Chicone Construction Corp., of Weare to build the new Hampstead Police Department. At a special Monday night meeting, the board approved the recommendation made by the Police Building Committee. Chicone’s bid is $1,443,313.
SANDOWN – While many voters see only the outcome of the planning board’s work at updating and revising the town’s zoning ordinances, and then check “Yes” or “No” in the voting booth, much preparation goes into the ballot’s amendments. Already the board has begun trying to narrow down next year’s articles.