Archive for November, 2013

Nice Idea, But…

The Derry Town Council has been asked to ban smoking on all of its public properties, including parks and recreational fields. Concerned about the effects of second-hand smoke, the petitioner to the Council said she had been unwilling to take her children to the swings at Hood Park because a woman was smoking there. We […]

Spring Hill Tenant Sought for Town-Owned Farm

CHESTER – The trustees of Spring Hill Farm are looking for a new tenant for the town-owned farm on Towle Road, and with winter coming, they’re looking to fill the spot soon. Though trustees noted great success with recent tenants Maggie and Glenn Crawford and their Maggie Mae Farms enterprise, personal reasons unconnected to the […]

Second Trail Bridge Proposed to Conservation Commission

HAMPSTEAD – Brent Ebner, who built a covered bridge at Darby Brook, told the Conservation Commission he is interested in becoming a member. He was asked to write a letter of interest and to attend Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting for action on the board’s recommendation. Another resident had sent a letter of interest […]

Official Tax Rate Set, Increases Slightly in Chester

CHESTER – The tax rate has been officially set in Chester at a total of $25.17 per $1,000 of assessed home value. While the numbers were tentatively released on Thursday, Nov. 14, as reported by the Tri-Town Times, they were recently finalized by the state Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) and announced at the Thursday, […]

Following Domestic Assault Charge, Barczak Resigns from Timberlane Board

SANDOWN – Sandown’s representative on the Timberlane Regional School Board, Roger Barczak, resigned his seat on Monday, Nov. 18, following an incident that led him to turn himself in to police two days prior. Though Barczak was not forced to resign and did not have to give up his seat as an elected official, he […]

Food Service Improvements Expected at SAU

HAMPSTEAD – One of the things that struck Earl Metzler when he took over as Superintendent of the School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 covering Hampstead and Timberlane school districts was the food service situation. It was a losing proposition, and going forward he knew the debt could not be carried forward on an annual basis. […]


Budding Builders

Chris Goyette and Avery Becker took advantage of the “If You Come…We Will Build It” program on Saturday at the Hampstead Public Library. Engineers of all ages were invited to have fun building with construction materials provided and let their imaginations help construct whatever came to mind. Photo by Chris Paul

Selectmen Face Quandary Over Transfer Station Construction

CHESTER – The board of selectmen is still looking at ways to make sure the operators of the transfer station do not have to climb ladders to clean snow from the roof and trailers because of a roof that is too short While voters at Town Meeting approved $57,000 to build a sturdy extension of […]