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.
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SANDOWN – The New Hampshire Federation of Forest Fire Wardens Associations broke tradition this year to recognize a family without peer in the state’s fire service by awarding the Al Britton Award for Outstanding Service to Forest Fire Protection to the entire Bassett family of Sandown.
HAMPSTEAD – The consensus of the School Board is that the proposed second access road to Hampstead Middle School should go to the voters in a warrant article, regardless of what type of road is ultimately chosen. But the type of road is still undecided, and is expected to go back to the School District […]
CHESTER – The Chester school board has officially kept $194,883 of last year’s surplus to use in the event of unforeseen costs in the coming year. Concurrently with that decision, the board has agreed to spend down one of its capital reserve funds this year, likely one in years to come, and to keep one […]
HAMPSTEAD – The Police Building Committee brought the site and building plans for the town’s new police station to the Planning Board Monday evening, even though the project does not require Planning Board approval because it is municipal and exempt.
SANDOWN – The Sandown Public Library’s Board of Trustees has been seeking a replacement for library director Barbara Lachance, who retired in June, but as yet they have been unable to find the right fit.
CHESTER – Selectmen Rich LeBlanc has been called out for overstepping his authority as a selectman. After LeBlanc explained improvements he authorized on the municipal building’s fire alarm system, selectman Jack Cannon took issue with the move, pointing out that not only was it done without any other selectman’s input, but it was done in […]
SANDOWN – Earl Metzler, superintendent for the Timberlane and Hampstead school districts, met with the board of selectmen to give a general update on the district and to answer their questions. Metzler emphasized at the Monday night meeting that he was working toward more transparency within the school district and the budget process, an issue […]
CHESTER – The board of selectmen and the fire chiefs of both Chester and Derry discussed the future of cooperation for ambulance service between the two towns at the board’s meeting Sept. 26. Derry has handled ambulance service for Chester since the 1970s, but with recent changes to Chester’s department, including new equipment and better […]
HAMPSTEAD – Concerns over process, procedure and design of a proposed access road between Hampstead Middle School and Emerson Avenue were aired before the School Board, but no one disagreed that there is a need for some type of second access to the school. More than one person pointed out that the need for a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
HAMPSTEAD – Although a resident asked the Hampstead School Board to revisit its decision to ban the use of electronic devices at board meetings, the board’s decision to keep the ban in place appears to fly in the face of the state’s Right to Know law. Resident Suzanne Finocchiaro had asked the school board to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]