Archive for November, 2013

Selectmen Advised of Tax Map Error for Ordway Park

HAMPSTEAD – Julia Forbes, chair of the Ordway Park Committee, told the Board of Selectmen on Monday night that the town’s tax maps contain an error. She explained that Ordway Park under its trust instrument is a six-acre parcel, but the tax map lists it as nine acres. The error came from the fact that […]

Sandown Loses Outstanding Volunteer in Eleanor Bassett

SANDOWN – Even into her final days and moments, Eleanor Bassett was double checking with her family and friends to make sure the Sandown food pantry was ready to provide meals for Thanksgiving. It’s what she did. She looked out for others and worked to make her community a better place. Even when it became […]

Equal Pay

Should on-call members of the Chester Fire Department be the only Town employees left out of a 50 cent per hour pay raise? Whether the 50-cent raise for any employee is appropriate is not the issue. It’s a done deal, approved by the Board of Selectmen. The only question out there is why firefighters were […]

Commissioners at Odds Over Shutdown of Medical Day Program

The Rockingham County Commissioners, in a 2-1 vote last week, decided to shut down the county’s Adult Medical Day Program. On one side of the issue, commissioners point to low use of the program and consistent funding shortfalls, and on the other side the lone dissenting commissioner notes the quality of service the program offers […]

Ground Broken for Sandown Firefighters Memorial

SANDOWN – Construction of the Sandown Firefighters’ Memorial has begun. Volunteers were out on Friday, Nov. 15, to establish a solid base for the large brick structure to be created in front of the fire station. The memorial’s goal will be to remember all of those who give their time, and sometimes lives, to the […]

Two-Lane Paved Emergency Access Road Off the Table

HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead School Board voted to scrap the proposed two-lane, hard topped access road to the middle school and charged the Facilities Committee with exploring all suggested options and returning to the board with a new proposal. The board made it clear it wants a single lane, gravel, gated emergency access road, which […]

On-Call Firefighters Left Out of Chester Pay Increase

CHESTER – The board of selectmen did not reach a decision on whether the on-call members of the fire department should be included in a blanket 50 cents an hour pay increase the board approved earlier this year. While the motion, made by Joe Castricone, indicated that all employees would receive the raise, fire department […]

SAU Budget Forwarded to Hampstead, Timberlane Warrants

The School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 budget of $1,467,024 was approved and forwarded to the warrants of its two districts, the Hampstead School District and the Timberlane Regional School District. Timberlane encompasses Sandown, Danville, Atkinson and Plaistow. Two residents had questions for the SAU Board last week – Jorge Mesa-Tejada from Hampstead and Donna Green […]