SANDOWN – On Friday, Dec. 6, a tree lighting celebration comes back to town. Town employees and volunteers, led by town administrator Lynne Blaisdell and office assistant Paula Gulla, have taken it upon themselves to bring some of that old-fashioned cheer back.
SANDOWN – Police chief Joe Gordon received approval from the board of selectmen to have test pits dug on town land slated for future construction of a police station.
HAMPSTEAD – Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Wilson presented the Hampstead School Board with highlights of a PowerPoint from Pinkerton Academy on enrollment, tuition, and programming. Wilson said she had learned from Pinkerton Headmaster Mary Anderson that enrollment revenues affect the school in terms of the services it can provide.
HAMPSTEAD – Tropic Star Development was back at the Planning Board this week with the final version of its site plan, and despite the absence of its state permit, the board granted conditional approval to the project. Tropic Star plans to build a fueling station and convenience store on Route 121 adjacent to its intersection […]
HAMPSTEAD – The School Board offered no discussion on either the $6,339,946 renovation and construction project proposal for both town schools, or the proposed emergency access road to and from Hampstead Middle School. But it received information regarding both matters from Assistant Superintendent Roxanne Wilson.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
HAMPSTEAD – Ground was broken last week for the Hampstead Middle School Pavilion. The project started toward the end of the summer of 2012, when the Hampstead Parent, Teacher and Student Association (PTSA) presented a proposal to build a 20-foot by 30-foot pavilion next to the parking lot and soccer field at the middle school. […]
HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead Budget Committee, in an unusual move, invited School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 officials to present their budget. This move arose because the SAU budget for the first time will be a separate warrant article for all the member towns, with taxpayers voting on it instead of having it as a line […]
HAMPSTEAD – ∂Developers of the Tropic Star gas station and convenience store proposal requested a continuance at the last minute for their Planning Board appearance. The plan was supposed to be heard at the Nov. 4 meeting but is now scheduled for Dec. 2. Tropic Star is a plan for a gasoline fueling center and […]
CHESTER – The School Board made quick work of its monthly agenda last week, as Superintendent Jim Gaylord updated the board on the search for his replacement. Gaylord is retiring at the end of the school year and has started the process to find a new superintendent early so as to make sure the district […]
HAMPSTEAD – Four of the six hearings before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) were unanimously approved, with another one continued and the sixth withdrawn. The request of Michelle Murphy for a Special Exception to permit a home occupation of a home daycare at 18 East Road, on property owned by Janice Romanowsky, drew comments […]