Sandown Historical Society, Selectmen Plan for Future



Sandown Historical Society, Selectmen Plan for Future
August 27, 2015 • Volume 10 – Issue 35
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Selectman Questions Road
Agent’s Use of Own Equipment
Tri-Town Times
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CHESTER – Once again,
the question of whether the
elected road agent should
be allowed to utilize his
own equipment to serve the
town has been raised, this
time by new selectman Dick
At the board of selectmen’s Thursday, Aug. 20
meeting, Trask called the
practice of road agent Mike
Oleson’s renting equipment
and personnel to the town a
clear conflict of interest.
But the town’s been
down this road before,
selectman Jack Cannon
pointed out, and while a
legal opinion gained by
Trask may say that the practice is in conflict with state
law, it’s not a useable state
law for a town with an elected road agent.
Elected road agent is
shorthand for a town without a well equipped or
staffed highway depart-
ment. Chester has traditionally had its road agents
bring their own equipment
to the table to fulfill their
duties, Oleson being the latest in a long line of such
At last week’s meeting,
Trask said he had put
together a motion to restrict
the road agent from renting
his equipment and personnel to the town, citing RSA
95:1, which reads “No person holding a public office,
as such, in state or any
political subdivision governmental service shall, by
contract or otherwise, except by open competitive
bidding, buy real estate, sell
or buy goods, commodities,
or other personal property
of a value in excess of $200
at any one sale to or from
the state or political subdivision under which he
holds his public office.”
Trask did not speak at
length on the matter, but
noted that a discussion with
legal counsel indicated that
if the board wanted to
change its policy, this was
the way to do it.
Cannon asked whether
counsel had mentioned that
this specific question had
been asked previously, and
said that in his memory
counsel had made it clear
that it was not a practical
RSA for Chester.
Chair Steph Landau said
he had the finance manager
give him a rundown of what
the town was paying Oleson’s company, MLM Construction, noting that last
year, bills totaled $51,000
for people and equipment.
Landau also noted a recent
monthly bill of $9,000 and
one for $5,000 for part of
the current month.
Contacted after the
meeting, Oleson said the
selectmen have failed to
approve or pay his bills for
July or August. He also
noted that the same happened in June, and he
advised the selectmen last
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Hampstead Selectmen Move
Toward Resolving Fence Issues
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Forbes and Bill Keating
addressed the Board of
Selectmen Monday evening
with their individual fence
issues. Forbes was low key
but Keating was upset by
what he characterized as the
board’s threats to remove his
fence and inaccuracies
about the issue.
Board Chairman Sean
Murphy read several letters
from the public weighing in
on the fence erected by the
Carlos Paz family on Ordway Park property. All of the
letters supported the notion
that the fence provides a
benefit to the park because
it reduces the sounds from
across Main Street at the
commercial development
Depot Crossing.
Forbes provided more
letters that supported the
fence, and said the Ordway
Park Committee and the
Paz family are working with
Code Enforcement Officer
Kris Emerson on meeting
engineering standards for
the fence. She said all
improvements required will
be met and a building permit has been pulled.
Murphy asked his fellow
selectmen whether they
approved of the fence on
town-owned property, and
the board voted unanimous-
ly to approve the fence, subject to its meeting the
required structural engineering improvements and
passing inspection.
The second fence issue is
along Croy Path and Estee
Road. Keating was upset that
no one had called him before
it was discussed at the previous Board of Selectmen
meeting, and said had they
done so, he would have told
them he knew the fence, as
Lowe’s had installed it, was
not in the right place and
that he was doing his best to
get them to remove it and
put it where it should be.
“If anyone had bothered
to call me, we could have
Second-grader Emma Daviduk
gets a warm greeting from Hampstead Central School Principal Dillard Collins at
the school’s Open House on Monday, Aug. 24. The first day of school was WednesPhoto by Chris Paul
day, Aug. 26.
Sandown Historical Society,
Selectmen Plan for Future
Tri-Town Times
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SANDOWN – Members
of the Sandown Historical
Society met with the board
of selectmen this week to
apprise them of recent work
and future plans at their
museum, the Sandown
Train Depot, but perhaps
more importantly to emphasize their desire to work
with the town and selectmen in a cooperative way in
continued on page 9 years to come.
While there had been
some dissonance between
the selectmen and the society under its former leadership, it was clear on Monday night, with society
treasurer Bob Brouder leading the discussion, that tensions had eased and the two
groups were looking forward to a good working
relationship in the coming
months and years.
Brouder explained some
of the society’s short-term
and long-term goals for the
depot, and while a couple of
larger projects were suggested, most of the work was
relatively minor and the
meeting was more about
getting the selectmen’s
blessing before any work
“We want to have a partnership,” said Brouder.
It was a sentiment agreed to by board members.
Selectman Tom Tombarello
noted the number of society
members in the audience
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T R I -T OW N T I M E S • A U G U S T 27, 2015
Auburn Asks Chester to Consider SAU Merger
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CHESTER – Though
school board members
aren’t sold on the idea, they
have agreed to discuss with
the Auburn school board
the potential to merge their
School Administrative Units
At the end of last school
year, members of the Auburn board visited Chester
to explain that they were
dissatisfied with their current arrangement as part of
SAU 15, which also includes Hooksett and Candia. They pointed out similarities between Auburn and
Chester as far as school size
and type, town size and a
long-term contract for high
school with Pinkerton Academy, and asked if the
Chester school board would
be interested in investigating a potential merger.
School board chair
Royal Richardson updated
the board at their Aug. 19
meeting about a recent
meeting he attended with
Auburn’s board and superintendent. According to
Richardson the meeting was
mostly informational, focusing on thoughts and
opinions about the two districts’ current set-up and
potential changes.
Richardson said the
biggest thing Chester’s
members are asking is
“What’s in it for us?” The
current set-up as an independent SAU (Chester was
originally part of SAU 14
with Exeter and Epping) is
working well.
Richardson explained
that because the opportunity arose, it was up to board
members to do their due
diligence and investigate
potential cost savings of a
But Richardson and his
peers aren’t yet convinced
there are any.
The chair said that as he
compared Chester’s SAU
costs with Auburn’s, they
weren’t far off but at first
glance Auburn pays slightly
Richardson explained
that the next step is to look
at how a joint SAU would
be staffed. At the top of that
list is whether the two districts could get away with a
single superintendent or
whether they’d need two
The chair was adamant
that as far as administrative
staff, it didn’t make sense
for Chester to give up what
it has - for example, a superintendent on site. And he
suspected that Auburn
would want the same, and
as such there wasn’t an
obvious cost savings there.
Board member Mike
Romick asked whether
economies of scale would
work, and questioned why
Chester was even looking at
the issue.
Richardson answered
that it was the board’s due
diligence but made it clear
that “the only way we’d do
it is if we save money with
the same quality of service.”
Superintendent Darrell
Lockwood said Chester is
attempting to be good
neighbors. “You invited us.
We’re here to hear what you
have to say,” he said.
“As a good neighbor we
should tell them we’re
happy with the choice (to
withdraw from a joint
SAU),” joked Romick.
The chair added that he
understood where Auburn
was coming from, not wanting to commit to withdrawal without having some
plans in place.
Member Maria Veale
said she couldn’t see any
proposal from Auburn that
Chester would agree to at
this point, but Richardson
pointed out recent growth
in town and speculated that
it was possible that in a couple years, when Auburn is
ready to withdraw, Chester
may need to think about
being a larger district.
“Our model is working
very well right now, but do
we have to position ourselves
to be a larger school district
then?” asked Richardson.
Recreation Commission Leadership Changes Hands
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night, Recreation Commission chairwoman Julie
Ahern resigned from the
commission effective immediately, and Nicole O’Donnell was elected as the new
Ahern explained her
decision, saying, “With my
children getting older, one
is going to Pinkerton this
year, and working two jobs,
I can’t give the Recreation
Department the attention it
At Monday’s selectmen
meeting, Ahern’s resignation
was accepted with regret.
O’Donnell said, “As a
lifelong Hampstead resident, a mother of three boys
and having been a member
of the Recreation Commission for the past two years,
I’m committed to this town.
When I learned of this
opportunity, I knew right
away I wanted to step up
and volunteer as the chairperson, contributing what I
can to keep Hampstead a
great place to live.”
The selectmen received
a letter of recommendation
for Caitlin Parnell to be
appointed to the commission, which they accepted,
and the commission voted
both Parnell and Kim Colbert, who is rejoining the
commission, as full-time
members of the Recreation
In other business:
• Several residents
attended the meeting to
show support for renaming
the Little League field for
Robert Letoile Sr. Brian
Vitale make a motion for a
sign to be erected with
Letoile’s name and the
board unanimously accepted it. The sign will be made
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Selectman and vice chair
Cyndi Buco announced
Monday night to her Board
of Selectmen that the town
had filed earlier in the day
for reconsideration of the
Towns of Sandown and
Danville’s court case against
the Timberlane Regional
School District’s use of Central School.
Though earlier this
month a Rockingham Superior Court judge denied that
the towns had any standing
to bring an injunction
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T R I -T OW N T I M E S • A U G U S T 27, 2015
Saturday Car Crash in Chester Takes Life of Windham Man
Tri-Town Times
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CHESTER – An alleged
drunk driver, using his cell
phone on Saturday afternoon while traveling on
Route 102, caused an accident that killed a Windham
man and severely injured
the Windham man’s wife
and a Derry man.
According to police,
Craig Vanier, 47, of Chester,
was heading into Chester
near the Derry line on Route
102 when he crossed over the
double yellow line and struck
an oncoming vehicle driven
by Susan McMahon, 66, of
Windham. Susan McMahon
then hit an oncoming pickup
truck driven by Kevin Lally,
60, of Derry.
Her passenger and husband, John McMahon, 67,
of Windham, suffered massive trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Susan McMahon was transported for serious but nonlife threatening injuries.
Lally was also transported for serious but non-life
threatening injuries.
Vanier was not injured.
Chester police officer
Tim Loveless responded to
the call for the motor vehicle accident at approximately 2:19 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
22. Reports indicated that
serious bodily injury had
Loveless, encountering a
hectic scene, immediately
begin to aid those with
Lt. Aaron Berube of the
Chester police department
commended Loveless for
containing a hectic scene
for the safety and welfare of
the public.
Once medical support
arrived, Loveless began an
investigation and learned
that witnesses had heard
Vanier admitting that he
was distracted immediately
before the crash. While
speaking with Vanier, Loveless noted the indicators of
impairment and performed
a field sobriety test, which
Vanier failed. A felony blood
draw was also administered.
According to police,
Vanier admitted to being
distracted while driving,
and while the investigation
is ongoing, police indicated
that phone use is being
looked at.
At the scene Loveless
arrested Vanier for driving
while intoxicated and aggravated driving while
intoxicated, but more
charges will likely be coming, said Berube
After Vanier was taken
into custody, McMahon succumbed to his injuries.
Vanier will likely face
negligent homicide charges
in coming weeks.
The New Hampshire
State Police’s Technical Accident Reconstruction team
was requested and arrived
soon after. They are handling
the accident investigation.
Vanier is currently out on
bail. His Derry District Court
date is Sept. 2.
The McMahons’ golden
retriever, Gracie, was traveling with them when the
accident occurred and ran
away from the scene. Volunteers, including members of
Chester Fire and Rescue,
conducted a search for the
dog, who was found and
returned to her family on
Timberlane Teacher’s Lawsuit Against District Continues
Tri-Town Times
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SANDOWN – A veteran
Timberlane High School
teacher has an upcoming
District Court date to argue
that her First Amendment
rights were violated by Timberlane Regional School
District and its superintend-
ent, Earl Metzler, over social
media posts she made.
The Tri-Town Times reported that plaintiff Carolyn
Morse had withdrawn her
case, but this was not correct.
Morse was granted the
withdrawal of a preliminary
injunction on Aug. 7, but
the case continues.
Morse, a Spanish teacher
for 11 years at Timberlane
Regional High School, argues that she was “severely
disciplined, and subjected
to retaliation” after she
posted on her Facebook
page questioning the Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES)
The suit alleges that
Morse was told by Metzler
that she could be dismissed
on the spot by the board
and prompted her to waive
her right to a hearing before
the board, that the laptop
and desktop computers provided to her for teaching
purposes were confiscated
as part of an investigation,
students with her class were
questioned, and despite
requests, she was denied
access to a report created
from those investigations.
The suit, among other
items, seeks Morse’s reinstatement as Department
Coordinator for World Languages, a position that came
with a stipend of $3,500,
reimbursement for her suspension of three days and
no additional punitive
measures to be taken.
Metzler has stated that
changes in Morse’s tasks
within the district were
made to use her strengths
in new areas to benefit students.
Repairs Planned at Chester’s Spring Hill Farm Home
Tri-Town Times
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CHESTER - The home
at Spring Hill Farm will be
getting a long planned
makeover soon, with the
removal of its existing siding and replacement with
new siding.
At the 2014 town meeting
$15,000 for insulation, siding repair and replacement,
and painting, but as Spring
Hill Farm trustee Chuck
Myette explained at the
Thursday, Aug. 20 select-
men’s meeting, because of
lead paint the estimates that
came back for that work
were higher than expected.
Insulation has been
completed, but the remaining funds earmarked for
painting were encumbered
at the end of the previous
fiscal year.
At the Aug. 20 meeting,
selectmen approved a contract with Aseltine Carpentry and Remodeling that the
trustees brought forward.
The bid was for approximately $7,600 for the
removal of the siding,
installation of house wrap
and installation of new siding.
Myette explained that
$4,000 was left over from
the warrant article, but
efforts had begun to seek
grant funding for materials
to offset the remaining sum.
On a question by selectman Joe Castricone, Myette
explained that the window
frames were not being
removed, but flaking paint
would be scraped off and
they would be repainted.
Prior to the vote to
approve the contract, select-
man Dick Trask sought
background information on
the farm, admitting his
knowledge of the area and
its relationship with the
town was weak.
Spring Hill Farm was
bequeathed to the town by
resident Muriel Church, in
hopes that it would remain
not only open space, but
also a working farm. While
the trustees oversee a fund
connected with the farm
and put hours into upkeep
and directing operations to
fulfill Church’s desires, the
town owns the buildings
and is responsible for
In other business:
• Cass Buckley and Evan
Sederquest were reappointed to the planning board.
Sederquest has been in the
role for more than 20 years
and Buckley for nearly five.
Trask thanked the two
for their volunteerism.
Planning board chair
Brian Sullivan said the town
needs volunteers and the
two were willing and did a
great job.
“Step into the soup and
let it come around to you,”
said Landau, simultaneously thanking the two for their
volunteerism and urging
those who complain about
town goings-on to get
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T R I -T OW N T I M E S • A U G U S T 27, 2015
Part of a Tradition
When you are weighed down by
your garden’s summer squash, wondering what to do with the voluminous
supply of tomatoes, and reeling from a
bumper crop of peaches, it’s hard to
think of cold nights and crisp mornings. But the bounteous harvest is a
sure sign that summer is winding
That makes it a great time to visit
the local farm stands and the Wednesday afternoon Derry Farmers Market, to
take advantage of the close-to-home
purveyors of fresh fruits and vegetables,
farm fresh eggs and locally raised meat.
There’s much to be said for the new
focus on local food - grown close to
home - but we’re especially fortunate in
our towns, where farms may be hundreds of years old and part of a tradition
that is too easily taken for granted.
Farming is a struggle, and its unpredictable nature makes it a gamble at
best. So patronize the farms that contribute to the rural beauty of our towns
– they’re local businesses, after all - and
discover for yourself how fresh, local
food easily wins out over store bought.
And while the calendar may still say
August, before you know it, you’ll be figuring out where to tie the cornstalks and
how big a pumpkin to put on display.
Meanwhile, the late summer signs –
yellowing of leaves and yellowing of the
light - tell us to get ready. You may still
be driving to the beach, but if you
haven’t done so already, it’s time to consider how much fuel for the furnace to
pre-buy. It’s time to start hauling the
firewood closer to the house, and getting the furnace or the chimney
checked. The message, of course, is get
Batteries? Lamp oil? Extra water?
It’s never too early to prepare for power
outages, a New Hampshire fact of life.
Summer takes so long to arrive, and
lasts such a short time. Even as we complain about the heat and humidity, we
know the days of ice and snow will
inevitably follow.
But look at the positive side - we’re
fortunate to have a chance to experience all four seasons, each unique and
special and intense. And none of them
are boring.
It’s still summer, still time to wear
white and fire up the barbecue and
lounge in the water. Still time to sit on
the screen porch with the Red Sox on
the radio. Still time for the pumpkins to
turn orange and the apples to ripen.
And still time to preserve our local
crops to enjoy in the cold months
So enjoy the last weeks of summer.
Fall will be here soon enough – and
then comes winter.
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To the editor:
Dear Constituents,
After months of hard
work, long days and hours
of committee meetings, the
carefully crafted budget
passed by the House and
Senate faced a veto from
Governor Hassan due to
philosophical differences.
There is a disconnect between the Executive Branch’s
philosophy on governing
and what the voters of New
Hampshire have been saying over the last eight
months. Not only did the
Republicans reclaim the
New Hampshire House last
November, but the Republican Party has been victorious in all four of the special
elections this year.
If we read between the
lines we could say that
these victories are a response to Governor Hassan’s tax and spend agenda.
In February, Governor Hassan’s proposed budget included $129 million in new
taxes and fees, including a
33 percent increase on car
registration fees and a 21
cent increase on the cigarette excise tax.
Creating new taxes and
growing government is the
opposite of what voters
chose in November, and
these proposed increases
show the Governor’s disconnect with her constituents.
During the legislative
session, the House and Senate rejected the Governor’s
proposal of higher car registration fees and an increased cigarette tax and
drafted a budget that benefits New Hampshire’s most
vulnerable citizens without
allowing the government to
puts its hand deeper into
everyone’s pockets.
The budget process consists of a lot of give and take
from both sides and it
seems like the Governor is
not willing to come to the
table. A few weeks ago the
Governor released her
“compromise” without notifying Republican members
of the House or Senate, and
surrounded herself with her
closest supporters as she
discussed her proposal at a
press conference. Instead of
offering anything fresh,
Governor Hassan proposed
the same tax and spend
ideas that had been previously rejected - which once
again included an increase
in the cigarette tax.
Many members of the
House, including myself,
were elected on the principle of fiscal responsibility,
and I will uphold my word.
I will not be supporting a
budget that raises taxes on
New Hampshire citizens
and increases the size of
government on my constituents’ backs. I hope the
Governor will realize the
budget we passed is responsible, spends within our
means and provides assistance to those who really
need a helping hand.
Rep. Ken Weyler
House Finance
County- District 13
Protect Ordway Park
proud of Hampstead having
such an area for quiet reflection, enjoyment of botanical
gardens and an area for
groups to gather for special
occasions. Now that the
struggle over building the
gas station is over, the people on both sides of the
issue should climb above
the fray and appreciate how
much Ordway Park enhances the quality of life in
We must pull together
to save the beauty, solitude
and spirituality of the park
for all to enjoy. One of the
park’s primary detractors is
the truck traffic using the
gas station and its other
amenities. A plan must be
developed to buffer the park
from the commercial enterprise. This will be in the
interest of all parties. The
fence erected by the Carlos
Paz family is the first step in
that bigger project.
I drive past that spot
nearly daily and the fence is
so unobtrusive that not
until I became aware of the
Selectmen’s concern about
the fence did I take note of
the fence, and that was only
after specifically looking for
it. I compliment the Paz’s
design and installation of
the fence for its blending in
with the natural vegetation.
I know ignorance of the law
is no excuse, but it would
never have crossed my
mind, and I venture to say
most other Hampstead residents, building an 8-foot
fence would require a building permit.
The fence serves a good
purpose. Let’s leave the
fence alone and rise above
the politics of the issue to
come together to protect an
invaluable Hampstead asset
- Ordway Park.
Robert S. Martin
To the editor:
As a user of Ordway
Park I noted with interest in
Tri-Town Times, Aug. 13,
2015, an article titled
“Fences in Questionable
Places Occupy Hampstead
It does not serve any
purpose at this time to
rehash the issues of building the gas station and
Dunkin’ Donuts commercial operation across the
street from Ordway Park
and in an area of private residences. The commercial
establishment is now a fait
accompli; therefore now is
the time to put away hard
feelings and think about
protecting the beauty and Too Dysfunctional to Govern
solitude of Ordway Park.
Ordway Park is a gem
To the editor:
unmatched in nearly any
I am confused about
other community the size of what Republicans really
Hampstead. We should be
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Road Agent
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month that if they did not
pay that bill, he’d be shutting down operations aside
from emergency work.
It is the busiest time of
year for the department,
Oleson pointed out, and as
such more equipment and
manpower are needed.
Landau said he understood the expense when
Oleson needed to get things
done, but with the cost for a
truck and men, perhaps it
was time for the town to
rent a truck separately.
Cannon asked where
the town would get labor,
but Landau said he had not
thought about labor for the
rented truck.
“I don’t know. I’m not
worried about labor,” said
Landau, adding that he did-
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believe. Right now the unambiguous language of the
14th Amendment has apparently become an inconvenience to Republicans
because it bestows citizenship on any person born
within our borders. They
don’t like so-called “birthright” citizenship, so many
of them are eager to alter
the Constitution in order to
prevent this.
The 14th Amendment
also offers “any person within its jurisdiction equal protection of the laws,” yet
another inconvenient clause
for those who proclaim the
words of the Constitution
are sacred, even while they
support policies that
the town. He noted that
while the sum may appear
large to some when compiled at the end of the year, it
was important to take into
account the fact that he’s
purchasing and maintaining
about $115,000 worth of
equipment - typically the
town rents a truck, chipper
and a chainsaw, he covers all
insurances - worker’s compensation is 23.5 percent and all salaries and other
Oleson also insures the
town workers on his equipment.
And Oleson argues that
his rates are competitive
with other renters. For
example a chipper rental for
a day out of Hampstead is
$298. His cost is $300 a day,
but his chipper is larger and
has a winch.
“If the board of selectmen wants to change it, they
should bring it to the town
prior to an election and let
the decision be made by the
citizens,” said Oleson of the
idea to restrict the road agent
from utilizing his own
Oleson pointed out that
he’s asked the town for additional help and equipment in
the past and has been turned
down, so he’s not sure how
else he’s to operate.
“I would’ve thought he
would’ve called with a question,” said Oleson of Trask’s
At the end of the meeting, Castricone asked that
Oleson be invited in to discuss the issue before any
motions are made, saying
the road agent should have
the chance to answer questions and defend himself,
and the board should refrain
from making assumptions.
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n’t know what the town was
currently paying for a truck
through Oleson.
That cost is $102 an hour
for dump truck, chipper,
chainsaw and man, and $65
an hour for truck, chainsaw
and man through Oleson.
Cannon said there hasn’t
been a time in Chester’s history where a road agent did
not bring equipment to the
table, and the only way to
change that practice is to
make the road agent position appointed and increase
equipment and staffing at
the highway department.
While Trask said that
what was happening in the
highway department was
the book definition of a
conflict of interest, Cannon
urged him to speak with
Oleson to get an understanding of how the department operates.
“We can ask for more
clarity if that’s what we
need,” said Cannon, suggesting this be done before
members make “blanket
Oleson said Trask did
not speak with him before
bringing the motion to the
“It’s how it’s been done
forever in Chester and I
don’t see another way to do
it with an elected road
agent,” said Cannon.
Selectman Joe Castricone also questioned Landau’s suggestion to rent
another truck, noting that
the department already had
two trucks and two employees and wondered how a
third truck would work.
Landau said it may be
time to begin looking at
another employee for the
Oleson has been on the
job for nine years, and he
stated that not only has he
done nothing different this
year than in the last eight,
but he has kept his rates
unchanged going on a
Echoing an argument
he’s made in the past numerous times and one Cannon
made on Aug. 20, Oleson
said the town can’t have it
both ways - it can’t rely on
him and his equipment to be
there in an emergency but
not for more regular work.
The town can’t get someone to come out at 1 in the
morning for a downed tree
for the couple hundred dollars he’s charging, said Oleson. He has gone out for
three downed trees in the
early hours in the last two
According to Oleson he
earns about 15 percent on
the gross for the equipment
and men he’s providing to
remove its protections from
a specific group of people.
Republicans often speak
with passion about protecting liberty and personal
freedoms from being usurped by the government. They
are so concerned with this
that some within their ranks
once expressed irrational
fears that the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) was using postKatrina recovery funding to
build concentration camps
to imprison President
Obama’s political opponents. More recently others
feared that the Jade Helm
military exercise in southwestern states was a secret
plan to impose martial law.
Neither of these rumors had
any basis in fact, but do
reflect an almost pathological fear of “big govern-
That fear for their own
freedom is why I find an
almost breathtaking irony
in the fact that their top
presidential candidate advocates what amounts to a
police state, rounding up
and deporting undocumented immigrants en masse.
Not only is this idea utterly
devoid of common sense, it
doesn’t square at all with
either a desire to preserve
freedom or to shrink the
role of government.
And what about fiscal
conservatism? That seems
to fly out the window when
it comes to footing the bill
for deporting an estimated
11 million undocumented
immigrants, including their
dependents who are American-born citizens. The lowest cost estimate I have seen
for this program is in excess
of $150 billion.
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fractured by rigid anti-government ideology and angry
nativist sentiments within
its ranks, has become too
dysfunctional to govern in a
practical way.
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T R I -T OW N T I M E S • A U G U S T 27, 2015
Property Inspections Show Trash Dumping, Downed Trees
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HAMPSTEAD - Conservation Commission Chairman Tim Lovell told the
commission about a report
he had received from Stephen Walker, New Hampshire Land Conservation
Investment Program (LCIP)
Properties Inspector, after
Walker completed his inspections of the conservation lands in Hampstead
held under the LCIP.
Walker noted issues for
the Conservation Commis-
sion to deal with on the
Quarry Road, Cambridge
Road, and Page Road LCIP
At the Commission’s
Wednesday, Aug. 19 meeting,
Lovell said he had spoken
with the owner of the Quarry
Road property, who had taken
down and left on the ground a
number of trees a year or so
ago. Property owner Scott
Garneau has since sold the
property and moved to North
Carolina, but Lovell said that
after his conversation, Garneau paid to have the downed
trees removed and the area
cleaned up.
On Page Road a car with
flat tires on LCIP land was
noted by Walker; he asked
Lovell to see that it was
removed. Lovell said that
has been done.
Cambridge Road has a
stone wall on LCIP property
in which the adjacent
homeowner has either created an opening or taken
advantage of an opening to
drive through and dump
yard trash.
Lovell has spoken with
the homeowner to get the
opening in the wall repaired
and to stop dumping trash
on LCIP property. If the
homeowner doesn’t cooperate and fix the stone wall, the
Conservation Commission
will have to take care of it.
In a related matter,
Lovell said Lauran Kras of
the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire
Forests had conducted a
property inspection off Collette Drive and found yard
trash dumped there. Lovell
said when he checked he
found the same situation
and has posted a No Dumping sign. He said he will
continue to monitor that
Conservation member
Brent Ebner asked that the
Trail Rules be published,
with the hope that informed
users would take better care
of the Conservation trail
system. The rules are:
• No firearms or bows
and arrows, and no hunting.
• No unauthorized
motor vehicles.
• No overnight parking.
• Permission required
from the Conservation
Commission for organized
camping groups and a per-
mit from the Hampstead
Forest Fire Warden required
for campfires.
• Dogs must be on a
leash when other hikers are
present; owners must be in
control of dogs, and dog
waste must be kept off trails
and cleaned up.
• No littering.
• No trail building is
allowed without permission
from the Conservation
For questions, contact
the Hampstead Conservation Commission at Town
Hall or call 329-4100.
Library Meeting Room Policy Still Under Discussion
Tri-Town Times
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Library Trustees spent considerable time once again
on a policy for the library’s
meeting room, but remain
no closer to a decision than
when they began the discussion two meetings ago.
The issue is the official
library closing time and the
closing time of programs
offered at the library, both
library sponsored and non
Library-sponsored programs such as Movie Night
run past the closing time
because a library staffer
attends the event and
remains after closing time.
In contrast, a non-library
sponsored event last spring
required attendees to leave
at 8 p.m. when the library
closed, although the meeting was not over.
A non-library sponsored
event must have a library
employee present to close
the library, per policy. The
question has arisen as to
what employee will stay and
be paid for the extra time.
Assistant Librarian Merrily Samuels raised the concern at the Tuesday, Aug. 18
meeting that library employees don’t want to stay
an extra hour, even though
they would be paid, and
said that finding a willing
employee would not be an
easy task.
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Newly hired Library
Director Rosemary Krol said
the meeting room is a community meeting room and
as such should be available.
The Trustees can’t agree
on whether the disparity
should be allowed between
library-sponsored programs
and non-library programs.
Long-time Trustee Emily
Reschberger said, “I am trying to get more access to the
library for the patrons. The
general public can’t distinguish between a library program and another program
when they look at the
online calendar and see 9
p.m. ending time. They start
asking why they can’t also
go until 9 p.m. when they
hold a meeting or have a
guest speaker. They read the
Meeting Room Use policy
and wonder why 8 p.m.
sometimes means 9 p.m.”
Trustee Chairwoman
Natalie Gallo said that
whatever the policy is, it
must be consistent. She
thinks the existing disparity
sends the wrong message.
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library’s evening schedule
one day a week and staffing
the building with three
employees for that extra
hour, allowing the entire
library to be open late. She
estimated the cost at
Reschberger added, “to
say that the Meeting Room
Use Policy does not apply to
what happens in the meeting room when a library
program is held there is
The librarians noted that
few if any patrons use the
library between 6 and 8
p.m., except those attending
a program.
Also suggested was keeping only the meeting room
open late, requiring just one
Krol was asked to bring
the issue to her next staff
meeting and to solicit reactions and suggestions to
what has been discussed.
She will bring the staff input
to the next scheduled
Trustee Meeting Sept. 15.
In other business:
• Emma Hodge has been
hired as the new library
page and will start work
Aug. 26. Sally Herlihy has
been hired as the third parttime custodian and has
already begun her duties.
• Krol developed an
electronic time sheet that is
expected to make tracking
and accounting for library
employee hours much easier. She also created a checklist for new hires. The
Library Record Retention
Policy she developed was
approved after the second
reading, and the Library
Surplus Property and Supplies Policy she developed
had its first reading.
Trustee Al Cipriano
wanted the Trustees to be
included in all disposal
decisions but agreed to
adding to the policy that
information on decisions
would be provided to the
Krol wants to start get-
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ting rid of the accumulation
of old equipment, furniture,
and other items in the basement, as well as old files.
• Krol said the library’s
wireless has been upgraded.
• Reschberger said the
budget line that was negative - Library Contracts has been corrected and the
new equipment purchase
causing the negative results
has been moved to the
equipment line where it
belongs. She said that there
will probably need to be
three months’ water payments - roughly $700 - that
will come due once the
Hampstead Area Water
Company puts in a water
line in the street to the
library, but the library will
only have to pay for about
10 feet of line. This item
will have to be added to
next year’s budget.
The Trustees asked Reschberger to approach the
Town to pay for water line
installation as it is outside
the library building and the
town is responsible for
everything outside. Before
any of this can happen, Krol
said Fire Chief Michael Carrier wants to determine the
size of the water line needed.
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T R I -T OW N T I M E S • A U G U S T 27, 2015
Hadik to Take on Planning Coordinator Role
Tri-Town Times
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CHESTER - Longtime
planning board member
Andrew Hadik has been
offered and has agreed to
take on the vacant role of
planning coordinator.
Hadik has been serving
on the planning board for
more than two decades and
has often been the lead
voice on planning issues in
town, offering knowledge
and opinion.
Longtime planning coordinator Cynthia Robinson
retired earlier this month
after more than 20 years.
According to planning
board chair Brian Sullivan,
membership recently met in
non-public session to discuss the matter and decided
that Hadik “would be the
best possible candidate for
us going forward.”
Most of the planning
board met with the board of
selectmen on Thursday,
Aug. 20 to apprise that
board of the decision and to
discuss salary in a non-public session.
Sullivan said that in the
last few weeks the board
members have come to
understand how far behind
the ball their group is in
regard to technology, and
said Hadik’s skills in that
department would help
bring the town up to speed.
Hadik is set to start in a
full-time capacity soon.
There was some concern
among selectmen about
whether Hadik will remain
a member of the board
when taking on the coordinator spot.
Hadik said that while
talking with the planning
board’s legal counsel on a
separate matter earlier in
the day, he raised the issue
of remaining on the board.
Hadik said he told the
attorney that he “was
approached with this crazy
idea of replacing Cynthia”
and the attorney responded,
“Well that’s one way for you
to get off the board.”
He went on to explain
that his understanding of
the state law on the matter
is that if a planning board
member comes to be under
the employ of the board,
that person can finish out
the term as a voting member.
That being said, other
planning members indicated that they may seek to
keep him on the board in an
alternate capacity to help
with making a quorum. If
that was the case, Hadik
said he would look to fill
out the quorum but to
abstain on votes.
While there was some
concern about losing Hadik
as a member, Sullivan said he
did not see Hadik’s move as a
void, but instead that additional information would be
coming to the board through
Hadik as a coordinator.
“And that will make a
huge difference,” Sullivan
said. “While he may not be
a voting member, we’re not
losing his talent, his knowledge - he’ll be there to
advise us.”
Selectman Jack Cannon
said he thinks it would be
prudent to have Hadik take
a step back as a voting
member, as he did not want
anyone to think there’s a
conflict of interest or bias of
any type in the development
approval process.
Hampstead Schools Get Library Specialist at Last
Tri-Town Times
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the new staff in the Hampstead School District this
year is Diane Connors, the
new Library Specialist for
the District. She comes to
Hampstead from Manchester schools.
In her new position,
Connors will teach at both
Hampstead Middle and
Central schools as the district’s library media generalist, a position the district
has not previously had inhouse. With the arrival of
Connors the district is now
in compliance with state
She has a Master’s in
Education degree from Simmons College and completed the Library Media Program, post master’s, at Plymouth State University. She
is a certified Library Media
Specialist and has more
than 15 years in the educa-
tion field, 10 of those as a
middle school teacher.
“I was the library media
specialist at Hallsville Elementary School, a Kindergarten through fifth grade
school for four years,” she
said. “I also taught across
the city at the Northwest
Elementary School on Fridays, as that school is much
larger and needed outside
coverage in order for all the
students to have access to a
library media specialist and
the library collection.
“I’ll be collaborating
with teachers in the Library
Media Centers as well as in
the classrooms,” she said.
“There is a library assistant
in both schools that will
remain in the library media
center when I am in a class
or at the other school. I’m
using the title ‘Teacher
Librarian’ so that students
and staff understand my role
as an instructional partner.”
Her teaching focus will
be on reading and inquiry.
inquire more will learn
more deeply both academically and to pursue their
personal interests. I want
students to benefit with any
library interactions so that
they gain real world skills
and confidence so that they
succeed to their individual
potential in our globally
connected world. “
Connors said she was
attracted to Hampstead
because it is a progressive
and supportive district
where she will be able to use
and expand her passions
around literature, technology, and real world skills.
“I am impressed with
the staff, both front office
and administration” she
said. “I have been very
warmly welcomed to the
Hampstead District.”
Connors lives in Chester
and has two sons.
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“The library media centers will provide instruction
on 21st century skills such
as evaluation of information, including the need to
seek diverse perspectives,
detect bias, and seek credible sources,” she said. “Students that read more broadly and thoughtfully and
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T R I -T OW N T I M E S • A U G U S T 27, 2015
Chester Academy Summer Filled With Maintenance, Technology Work
Tri-Town Times
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CHESTER - The staff
who keep Chester Academy
in good shape and running
smoothly, to allow the
teachers to do their jobs in
educating the kids, were
busy this summer and provided an update on their
work at the school board’s
Aug. 19 meeting.
The school board did
not meet during July.
New maintenance director Martin McFarland put
his best foot forward in his
first summer on the job and
had a long list of completed
maintenance and repair
On the technology end,
Ben Kilar has spent the
summer updating that infrastructure.
McFarland came into the
meeting directly after putting
another topcoat of urethane
on the gym floor and went to
work updating the board on
the major and minor projects
his department accom-
plished or oversaw.
First on the list was
repair and new installation
of the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment for the server room, a project approved
by the board at the end of
the year to be handled by
surplus funds. McFarland
explained that the original
installation was poorly
done, with the unit located
on the ground, allowing the
elements to damage the
The split unit was raised
up and McFarland said he
thinks the other units
should also be reinstalled.
While the cost isn’t cheap –
at least $500 a bracket board members agreed it
was less expensive than the
$1,700 coil repair.
Other projects included
new fence sections, new
fence around the propane
tank by the SAU (School
Administrative Unit) trailer,
and a new gate by the outside basketball court. The
front parking lot has been
crack sealed, the ground
leveled and pavement laid
around the basketball court,
the storage area has been reorganized for easier use and
the shed by the basketball
court was repaired around
the foundation.
Some smaller jobs included changing the ballasts
and light bulbs throughout
the building, stripping all
classroom floors and applying five coats, changing
faucets and repairing science
room faucets, fixing a fire
door, painting some classrooms, repairing lockers,
pumping septic tanks - and
especially to board member
Mike Romick’s liking –
cleaning and straightening
the banners in the gym.
The department also
looked into the air handlers,
and the reports weren’t
good. According to McFarland, those units will be
major repairs in coming
Four of the school’s
units have issues, he
explained, including one
that hasn’t been greased
since it was installed 17
years ago because of a lack
of access.
A rough estimate for
repairs was put at $15,000
per piece. The units need to
be repaired, as the only way
to get them out of the building is by cutting a hole in
the roof, joked McFarland.
While the maintenance
director expects the units to
last the year, he pushed for
work to be done in the next
Another big concern are
the sprinkler pipes, some of
which are worn and expected to fail pressure tests
soon. Whenever a section of
one of the pipes goes, it’s an
$800 bill, so McFarland
suggested replacing them
sooner rather than later.
The cost for replacing the
pipes falls between $14,000
an $18,000, depending on
Superintendent Darrell
Lockwood explained that a
list of potential purchases
and repairs has been compiled for budget season for
board review.
Lockwood said the district had not budgeted for
major repairs in recent
years, instead keeping the
budget pretty flat, but seeing that the building is 17
years old, the wear on it
shouldn’t be surprising.
Next on the list was
Kilar, who went into detail
on the technology changes
made this summer, including the hiring of a new tech
specialist, Eric Neagle.
Along with getting leased computers ready for
deployment throughout the
school, the technology
department - Kilar and Neagle - have been installing
new projectors in classrooms, upgrading AV wiring
and installing new wireless
access points. Six access
points were added this summer, bringing the school’s
number to 42.
As the school brings in
new computers, the older
ones must be kept up with
and recently the department
reimaged 160 computers,
meaning that all of the old
software was removed and
new software installed.
In addition, the department is leading the way for
the school’s growing use of
education-based Google
Apps, a series of cloudbased collaboration tools
and software created for the
Seventh Grade Writing
Teacher Joins HMS Staff
Tri-Town Times
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HAMPSTEAD - There are
several new faces at Hampstead Middle School this
school year, and among them
is Travis Nason, the seventh
grade writing teacher.
Nason spent last year as
a sophomore English teacher/intern at Souhegan High
School in Amherst.
He received his Bachelor
of Arts in English Teaching
in 2014 and his Master of
Arts in Teaching in 2015,
both from the University of
New Hampshire.
“I’ve been involved in
education for three years
from internships and teaching positions at UNH,”
Travis Nason
Nason said. “I was attracted
to Hampstead because I was
raised in Plaistow and have
had many friends and family who have attended Hampstead schools. Through
them, I know how strong
and dedicated the district is,
and I immediately wanted
to become a contributor and
community member.”
Visiting the school over
the summer to get acquainted and begin to feel at home
in his new surroundings,
Nason said he was impressed with the school and
the community. He said he
found the faculty supportive and welcoming, and said
the students have shown
themselves to be eager to
“I’m looking forward to
the year unfolding,” he said.
“I’m most looking forward
to getting to know each of
my students, the ways in
which they write, where and
how their passions develop,
and how I can become an
active member of the Hampstead community.”
Nason, who is single,
lives in Haverhill, Mass.
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T R I -T OW N T I M E S • A U G U S T 27, 2015
Eagle Scout Project Brings Pavilion to North School
Tri-Town Times
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SANDOWN - The kids
and teachers at North Elementary School now have an
addition to their outside space
that will facilitate outdoor
learning, special lunches and
enjoying a place to get out of
the sun, thanks to Eagle Scout
hopeful Cody Sears.
Sears, with scout and
community volunteer help,
has created a large pavilion
behind the school as his
Eagle rank community service project. The project had
its roots when the now 15year-old would visit the
playground as a toddler. He
said that even then he
remembers not being able to
stay too long during hot
summer days because there
was no place to get out of
the sun and into the shade.
When the time came to
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resolved this without dragging my name through the
mud,” he said.
He was upset by comments made about the fence
placement by Emerson and
said he expects an apology.
He told the board that if
they want to pursue this
they will need to address a
lot of fences in town, which
he identified for the board,
that are within the right of
way, and move all the mailboxes in town.
He also claimed that
trucks are able to make the
turn even with the fence in
begin looking at Eagle projects that would benefit his
community, he noted that
North was the only elementary school in the Timberlane Regional School District not to have such a
structure, and when he proposed the idea to its leaders,
they were more than receptive to the idea.
Sears held a dedication of
the project on a rainy Sunday, Aug. 23, where friends,
family, fellow scouts and representation from the school
district came out to applaud
the young man’s work.
The structure designed
by Sears is 16-feet by 24feet, large enough to shelter
a whole class, he said.
The scout thanked those
who helped create the pavilion or made it possible, from
family members to scouts to
the Sandown Fire Department. Businesses thanked
the wrong place and said he
had spoken with a former
Hampstead firefighter who
drove fire equipment, and
he said the fence is not
obstructing passage.
Murphy pointed out
that the board was concerned with the fence placement only because it hindered emergency vehicles’
ability to make the turn and
be able to provide adequate
Hampstead Fire Chief
Michael Carrier was present
and said he had taken a fire
department truck to the
road and was not able to
make the turn. Scott Lancaster spoke and said more
Cody Sears, center, is surrounded by his fellow scouts from Troop 268 who aided
him in the creation of the shade pavilion they're standing in.
were East Coast Lumber,
Lane Roofing, Nicolaisen
Concrete and Paul D’Amore
of PJ D’Amore Construction,
someone who Sears said put
hours of his time and
expertise into the project.
“Without Mr. D’Amore’s
expertise, this project wouldn’t be here today,” said Sears.
He also cited Hampstead
Trophy for a discounted
plaque explaining the project.
The Timberlane School
District, under the direction
of facilities manager Jim
Hughes, who was on hand
Sunday, donated and created stairs and a concrete
ramp for the structure.
“And most of all, thanks
to my mom and dad, who if
it wasn’t for their constant
friendly reminders, this
project wouldn’t be here,
period,” said Sears.
“All in all I’ve learned a
ton of life lessons that will
help me in my future endeavors,” the scout concluded.
JoAnn Georgian, principal of North, thanked Sears
on behalf of the staff,
Sandown community and
their children.
than a few trucks have hit
the fence since it was installed on June 26, but there
were never any problems
with the previous fence
Keating had installed.
Keating said he was
upset that a threat was made
to take his fence down if it
was not corrected in 30
days. However, he said he
knew the fence has to be
moved and asked whether
the town wants it moved 8
feet back or the full 12 feet
of the town’s right of way.
Both Carrier and Road
Agent Jon Worthen said
moving it back 8 feet would
suffice. Lancaster asked that
the Estee Road posts be
moved back to their original
position for safety sake.
Keating said he has gone
all the way to Corporate
Customer Service at Lowe’s
but so far has not been able
to get anyone to move the
fence; he said he will continue to work with Lowe’s to
get it moved.
In other business Monday night:
• Four bids came in for
proposed communication
towers. They were opened
and Murphy said they are so
different from the usual bids
the board gets that he wants
Selectmen’s Administrative
Assistant Sally Theriault to
set up a work session to
review them. No date was set.
• The Board approved
having Worthen ask Derry
to grind and pave a couple
hundred feet of Drew Road
into Hampstead, as Derry is
already doing its portion of
the road. He estimated the
cost at $6,000 to $7,000 but
less than $10,000, and he
has the money in his budget. The board approved.
• The board approved
preseason contracts for
propane and heating oil.
Propane will be supplied by
Irving at $1.284 a gallon
with a set amount to be
bought, and Palmer Gas/
Ermer Oil will supply the
heating oil at $2.04 a gallon
Georgian said she’d like
Sears to attend one of the
school’s Monday Morning
Meetings so the kids can be
introduced to the creator of
their new space and Sears
can be presented as a role
“I think it’s really important for them to see how a former student gives back to the
community,” said Georgian.
The principal noted that
she’s going to have to put up
a sign-up sheet by the pavilion soon because so many
of her teachers have shown
excitement with ideas about
the things they can do with
the space.
Sears still has some paperwork to do before submitting
for the Eagle rank, but he’s got
plenty of time before the
deadline of his 18th birthday.
He expects to submit for the
rank in October.
with $85 for labor.
• The selectmen voted
to approve accepting the
donations of $49,255.21 for
the basketball court. The
board also accepted Social
Security reimbursement in
the amount of $51,250;
Health Trust premium surplus reimbursement of
$38,792.48; and a FEMA
(Federal Emergency Management Agency) grant for
the January storm of
• The board voted to
move forward with purchasing a 2015 Chevy 350 truck
to which a dump bed and
plow will be added, for a
total cost of $43,000.
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New First Grade Teacher at Hampstead Central School
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HAMPSTEAD - Hampstead Central School has a
new first grade teacher,
Maggie Daly. She is taking
over longtime teacher Cathy
Wisecarver’s room, and said
she recognizes she is following a school legend. Wisecarver retired at the end of
the past school year.
She said she has a strong
background in American
Sign Language as well.
“I have been an educator
since my first fall out of college,” Daly said. “This will
be my fourth year with my
own classroom, but my fifth
full year in a school, as I did
my master’s internship at
the North Hampton School
Last year Daly was at
Auburn Village School
teaching half-day kindergarten, and for the two
years prior to that she
taught full day kindergarten
in Lyndonville, Vt., her
Asked what attracted
her to Hampstead, she
replied, “I am so excited to
be in a pre-K-4 teaching
environment. All of my past
schools have been pre-K-8. I
can already see that elementary really gets to focus on
being elementary with the
Hampstead Central School
and Hampstead Middle
School setup. It allows us to
specialize our professional
Maggie Daly
conversations to the age of
kids that we’ll be teaching.
“On a personal note, I
am tired of moving and I am
hoping to never change
schools again!” she said.
“The reason I left Vermont
is because I was practically
in Canada! I only left
Auburn because it was a
half-time position. UNH
made me fall in love with
southern New Hampshire,
so I cannot express enough
how perfect Hampstead will
be for me for the rest of my
“Both the school and the
community are amazing,”
she said of Hampstead. “I
love the close-knit nature of
this town. I have only truly
been involved in the Hampstead community for a few
short months but I am overwhelmed with how welcoming and caring the people
are here. Every single one of
the other teachers has come
by my classroom offering to
help, or answer questions if
I have them. There is so
much support here for new
staff, and I see it between the
veterans too. It is truly a
special school driven by a
special community.
“I can also tell the
involvement is high at the
district level through my
observations during new
teacher training days,” she
said. “I can see that the assis-
tant superintendent is
around a lot and knows what
is going on around here. So
far it seems to be the most
warm, caring, exciting and
beautiful town in all of New
Hampshire. I cannot wait to
be a part of it.
“I am looking forward to
embedding myself into a
community,” she concluded. “I have never had the
opportunity to watch my
first class grow and graduate from their school.”
Daly lives in Hooksett
but has plans to move to the
Hampstead/Derry area in
the fall. She is not married.
Flag Flies on Veterans Memorial Gym Roof
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HAMPSTEAD – Hampstead Patriotic Purposes
Committee Chairman Howie
Steadman, who is also commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, made
it a personal challenge to
restore patriotism to the
Veterans Memorial Gym.
For the first time in about
20 years, a flag once again
graces the roof of the gym.
The lack of a flag had bothered Steadman and he finally
did something about it.
“Last year I installed an
American flag inside the
gymnasium, where before
there was none,” he said. “I
wanted to make sure there
was an outside flag flying
from the roof.”
The building is at times
used for community events,
which can include recital of
the Pledge of Allegiance or
singing of the National
Anthem, and he said there
previously was no flag on
display for participants to
direct their attention.
“This void has bothered
me for several years and I
wanted to give proper recognition to this building
honoring veterans,” Steadman said. “ I worked closely
with the Hampstead Building and Grounds and Highway Department’s Steve
Harms and Jon Worthen on
getting the flag installed on
the roof. The flagpole and
supports had to be rebuilt
before the flag could be
“Making sure that patriotism is alive and well and
very visible in Hampstead is
important,” Steadman said,
encouraging anyone with
questions related to any
patriotic activity to contact
him at 329-4288.
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Chester Academy Welcomes New Staff at School, SAU
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CHESTER - Chester
Academy is starting the
school year with a few new
faces, from all new staff in
the School Administrative
Unit (SAU) office (minus
the superintendent) to a
new food services director.
Superintendent Darrell
Lockwood hired the individuals over the summer, a
move approved by the
school board in advance,
but which they unanimously approved of at their Aug.
19 meeting.
In the SAU office both
longtime financial manager
Annmarie Scribner and relatively new administrative
assistant Cassandra Jewett
have moved on, to be
replaced with two local,
experienced persons.
Chester resident Sheryl
Rich steps into the financial
manager’s position. She
comes from the Derry Cooperative School District,
where she was staff accountant.
Lockwood said Rich has
hit the ground running and
though Scribner is available
when needed, the new hire
has plenty of experience
and already the financial
documents and accounts
are in her name, she’s handling a new health insurance
program as well as payroll
and is already looking at the
development of the coming
year’s budget proposal.
Chester resident Karen
Swanson is handling the
administrative duties in the
SAU office. She comes from
Endicott College’s adult
education program and
duties as the executive
assistant to the college’s vice
“We’re excited about it,”
said Lockwood about the
new hires in his office.
The school also has a
new food service director in
Leanne Sullivan. She is also
from Chester and has been
working in the kitchen. Sullivan replaces Tyfany Carbone, who moved to a larger district.
The technology department has a new face as well.
Former student Eric Neagle
has been hired as the new
information technology specialist and is already accomplishing a lot with department head Ben Kilar (see
related story page 8).
New teachers include:
Michelle Scott, coming from
the Nashua public schools,
replaces Brenda Peters as a
grade 5 Special Education
case manager. Karen Titone,
a Chester resident and a
long-time substitute and
Title One teacher, will take
over grade 5 math and
social studies duties. Titone
is also a former student.
Riana Cleveland takes over
grade 8 language arts for
Paula Zofrea, who has
moved into leading the
school’s GOTCHA enrichment program following
Carol LaChance’s retirement
last year.
And Gavin Barbour will
be teaching grade 7 language arts and social studies, taking over for Jen
Bougie, who has moved out
of state. Barbour was a longterm substitute in the Raymond public schools and
teaching is his second
career. He worked previously as a builder and carpenter.
“We’re excited about
him,” said Lockwood, noting the career change.
Two new food service
employees are Heidi Stackpole and Kerri Lewandowski.
And heading up the
school’s new extended daycare program for kindergarten students are DeAnna
Tolzzotti-Carr and Susan
Cox. They will work with
the kids from 11 a.m. until
4 p.m. after kindergarten
work is done.
The school board, listening to parent requests,
decided to offer the longer
day to make life a bit easier
for families with young children. Thirteen youngsters
have been signed up for the
Lockwood said the newcomers were a good crew.
“We’re excited about
their energy and creativity. I
think we’ll have a great
school year,” said Lockwood.
Lockwood told the
school board that exit interviews were conducted with
staff members who left the
district at the end of the
year and as part of those discussions, the employees
were asked what they liked
and didn’t like about their
work in the district, and
what they would change if
given the chance. The
superintendent noted that it
was a worthwhile exercise,
and he and principal Leslie
Leahy have discussed the
responses and issues that
might be worth a look.
Sandown North Starts Year with Eagle Scout’s Welcome Sign
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SANDOWN – Sandown
North School has a new welcome sign to kick off the new
school year, thanks to Eagle
Scout candidate Jake Chaput.
The big white and blue
sign was erected and landscaped over the summer and
was ready for a dedication
during the school’s open
house on Monday, Aug. 24.
Chaput was surrounded
by friends, family, fellow
scouts, teachers at North and
community supporters Monday as he took a few
moments to share the story
of his service project and to
thank all of those who
helped him along the way.
Chaput began planning
his Eagle project at a relatively
young age. He was in seventh
grade when he began to put
some ideas together and to get
permission from the community. While his initial goal was
to create flagpoles at the
Sandown fire station, department leaders decided to take
on that project and an
expanded firefighters memorial themselves. So instead,
Chaput moved across the
street and struck up conversations with Central School
principal Douglas Rolph and
decided he would create a
new welcome sign for that
But then the Timberlane
Regional School District
decided to shut down Central.
So Chaput headed up the
street to speak with North
School principal JoAnn
Georgian, who suggested
that her school could also
use a new sign.
“Obviously it (Central)
was closed and this was what
got me to this,” Chaput said
to laughs from the audience.
Scout Jake Chaput thanked those who helped him on
his Eagle service project, a new North School sign.
Chaput went to work,
figuring out all of the specifications and scheduling, and
fundraising about $4,000 to
pay for the sign.
He was pleased with the
final product Monday. The
sign is securely anchored
into the ground with two 4foot-deep concrete pedestals,
and he joked that if some
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serious weather were ever to
come by, the sign might still
be standing even if the
school were to fall.
Chaput also landscaped
the area with new and exist-
ing plants, bark mulch and
some of the rocks that were
pulled out of the big post
Chaput thanked Hans
Nicolaisen of Nicolaisen
Concrete for the footings and
the expertise to do it right,
those who donated wood for
the walking sticks he created
as a fundraiser, fellow scouts
for their help, his girlfriend
for helping to raise money,
his family, the Parent Teacher
Association for a large donation, the Sandown Garden
Club for donations, and his
Eagle coach, Tim Robinson,
as well as all of the Troop 268
scout masters.
While he apologized to
his dad for the comment,
Jake said that the most
thanks had to go to his mom,
for her constant support and
encouragement throughout
the project.
“I could probably thank
her 100 times and I still
wouldn’t be done thanking
her,” said Chaput.
Georgian spoke at the
dedication too, after she was
presented with the keys to
the sign. The principal
expressed great pride in his
work and his “stick-to-itiveness.” She asked Chaput to
visit during one of the
school’s Monday Morning
Meetings to serve as a role
model for the younger kids,
to show them what older
kids can accomplish and
how they give back.
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September is Library
Card Sign-Up Month. Come
in to the Chester Library
during September to get a
new library card or renew
an old card. Anyone who
signs up for a new card will
get a chance to win a Snap
Circuit kit.
(not enrolled in first grade)
who may need special education services. The screenings address motor skills,
speech and language, vision, hearing, and pre-academics. A parent who
thinks their child may have
difficulties or a delay in any
of these areas may call 8873621, ext. 146 for a free
appointment. Results are
Holiday Closure
Library Cards
The Chester Public
Storytimes are held evLibrary will be closed on ery Tuesday at 11:15 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 7, in obser- and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
vance of Labor Day.
at the Chester Public Library. Join Miss Diane for stoLibrary Friends
ries, crafts and snack. No
The Friends of the registration is required.
Chester Public Library will
Library in Parade
meet Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7
p.m. in the Library Meeting
Those interested in
Room. New members are marching in the Town Fair
Parade Saturday, Sept. 12,
should contact the Chester
Lions Yard Sale
Library at 887-3404 to
The Chester Lions Club’s march with the library.
annual yard sale takes place Families may march with
Saturday, Aug. 29, from 8 their cardboard car from the
a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ball- recent Drive in Movie event,
field parking lot. Donations and children may walk in
are welcome. TVs, large fur- the parade, push a book
niture and books cannot be cart, or ride in a stroller or
accepted. For information, wagon or on a bike. The
call 887-4138 or 887-3183. parade kicks off at noon.
Child Find
Solar Up
The Chester School District will hold four Child
Find Clinics at Chester
Academy: Sept. 28, 2015,
and Jan. 11, 2016, April 4,
2016 and June 6, 2016, all
from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Child
Find screens the developmental skills of children
between the ages of 3 to 6
A Chester and Derry
Solar Up Event takes place
Aug. 31 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
at the Derry Municipal
Building, 14 Manning St.,
third floor to educate residents about the benefits of
solar power. Information
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as background on other
deployments in New New
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available for a question and
answer period on the
SolarUpNH program, including how to sign up for
the discount program running from Aug. 1 through
Nov. 30. Learn more at o m m u n i t i e s / c h e s t e rderry/.
Blood Drive
The Knights of Columbus Council 9058 of Hampstead sponsors a Red Cross
blood drive on Friday, Sept.
4, from 1 to 6 p.m. at St
Anne’s Church on Emerson
Avenue. For more information, call Pat Bracken 3294356.
Catholic Inquiry
The Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
is the process by which people enter into the Catholic
faith. Anyone who has
never been baptized, was
baptized in another Christian faith, or was baptized in
the Catholic Church but did
not receive other sacraments is invited to see what
the Church is about. There
is no cost. The RCIA provides a place for adults to
explore the idea of becoming Catholic. A Night of
Inquiry is set for Tuesday,
Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at St.
Anne Church, Hampstead.
For information, contact
Deacon Bill Mullen at 3295886 or [email protected]
Sunday School
Island Pond Baptist
Church, 26 North Salem
Road holds its fall Sunday
school kick-off Sept. 13 at 9
a.m. Offered are a program
with Bible-related activities
and stories to help preschoolers learn about God.
Children’s and Youth Sunday school classes emphasize Scripture’s relevance to
young people’s lives. Adult
Bible Fellowship encourages growth in knowledge
of God’s word. Sunday
school is offered each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by a
worship service at 10:30
a.m., with extended care for
preschoolers and Children’s
Church for grades 1-4 during the worship service. For
details, call 329-5959 or
Mini Health Fair
The Hampstead Senior
Drop-In Center hosts a Mini
Health Fair at the Hampstead Public Library on
Thursday, Sept. 3, from 9
a.m. to noon. Pharmacists
from Walgreens and Hannaford will review prescription interactions, and offer
pneumonia and flu shots.
Shots may be covered by
insurance, so seniors should
bring their insurance cards.
Hampstead Fire Department
personnel will conduct a
Blood Pressure Clinic and
pass out Vial of Life kits.
The fair is free and open to
the public. Juice, coffee,
cereal and refreshments will
be available. Email [email protected]
for more information.
Free Yoga
Free Chair Yoga returns
to the Hampstead Public
Library on Tuesday, Sept. 1,
at 3 p.m. Men, women, and
teens are invited to the 45minute classes, set for the
first Tuesday of the month
from September through
June. The certified yoga
instructor is Maggie Morgan
from the Yoga Room in
Book Club
In recognition of Banned
Books Week, the Hampstead Public Library’s Third
Thursday Book Group discusses “One Flew Over the
Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken
Kesey on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.
Copies of the book are now
available to borrow from the
Senior Trip
Hampstead Seniors will
visit The Inn at East Hill
Farm in Troy for a “Fabulous Fifties” Luncheon with
entertainment, Red Apple
Farm and Smith’s Country
Cheese on Wednesday, Sept.
30. The bus leaves St. Anne’s
parking lot at 9 a.m. Sign-up
is Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the
Meeting House, 20 Emerson
Ave., from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Payment is cash only at signup; cost per Hampstead resident is $27, $32 for nonresidents. Hampstead Seniors get
first choice; all others go on a
waiting list. Proof of residency is required; age restriction
is 62 years or older. For
details, call 329-9550.
Pro Football Talk
Kick off the 2015 pro
football season with former
Patriots offensive lineman
Max Lane when he speaks
at the Hampstead Public
Library on Tuesday, Sept 8,
at 7 p.m. in the first Friends
of the Library program of
their season. The program
is free. A meeting of the
Friends will follow the presentation. Refreshments will
be available.
Mock SAT
The Hampstead Public
Library hosts a free mock
SAT on Saturday, Sept. 19,
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is
recommended for high
school sophomores, juniors,
and seniors who want tips
and practice to improve
their performance on the
actual SAT. Proctored by Sylvan Learning, the mock test
has timed sections in mathematics, critical reading, and
writing. Advance registration is required; call the
library 329-6411 or email
[email protected]
Hampstead residency is not
required. Results will be
available Sept. 23.
Bridge Club
The Hampstead Public
Library Bridge Club meets
Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Hampstead residency is not
Town-Wide Yard Sale
Registration opens Sept.
2 for the annual Town-Wide
Yard Sale sponsored by
Sandown Recreation. The
sale is Saturday, Oct. 3, from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or
shine. Details and registration form are at Registration fee is
$20. Rental spaces are also
available at All Japanese
Auto, 351 Main St. Local
groups may participate free.
The registration fee benefits
holiday gifts for elderly in
need. Call the Recreation
office at 887-1872 for
details. Registration deadline is Sept. 22.
Bookmark Craft
Children ages 8 and
above are invited to the
Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 4:30
p.m. to make a bookmark
for back-to-school use, with
a ribbon, a button, and a
hair elastic. Sign-ups are
required at 887-3428.
Notebook Craft
Children in grade 6 and
above are invited to the
Sandown Library to make a
hand-decorated notebook
and pencil set on WednesNonfiction Book Group
day, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m.
The NonFiction Book Snacks will be provided.
Group at the Hampstead Sign-ups are required at
Public Library meets Sept. 8 887-3428.
at 1 p.m. to discuss “Ponzi’s
Scheme: the True Story of a
A knitting group meets
Financial Legend” by
Sandown Library on
Mitchell Zuckoff. Copies of
and fourth
the book are available to
the month at
borrow from the library.
knitNewcomers are welcome to
read the book and join the
Thrift Shop Sale
Friends of Library
The Hollyhock Thrift
Shop in the basement of the
Hampstead Public Library
holds its annual “end of
summer” sale of seasonal
clothing on Saturday, Aug.
29. Shop hours are 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. Proceeds benefit the
Hampstead Public Library.
The Friends of the Sandown Library meet Monday,
Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the
library. The Friends is a
nonprofit organization of
community members working on activities that supplement the Sandown Library’s
budget and enhance programs and materials offered
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cuits. The projects include a
Cribbage Club
sound-activated switch, a
Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6
musical doorbell, a voicecontinued from page 12
p.m. is cribbage night at the
to Sandown residents. New
Sandown Library. Adults are
saucer, and a police siren.
members are welcome.
welcome to play. Light
Movie and Pizza
refreshments will be served.
Snap Circuits
On Thursday, Sept. 10,
at 6:30 p.m., the Sandown
Library offers children a
hands-on education in how
electrical circuits work to
run devices with Snap Cir-
Sandown Library’s monBook Discussion
thly movie is Monday, Sept.
The Sandown Library
14, at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Call the library at 887-3428 book discussion group will
to register, as pizza will be talk about “Close Your Eyes,
Hold Hands” by Chris Bohserved.
jalian on Tuesday, Sept. 15,
and stories of American
songs from the World War
II era. He accompanies himself on acoustic instruments
including guitar, five-string
Ramblin’ Richard
banjo, and baritone ukulele.
The Sandown Library The program is sponsored
presents “Ramblin’ Richard” by the Friends of the
on Monday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 Sandown Library.
p.m. at the Sandown RecreChess Club
ation building. The program
The Sandown Library
by Richard Kruppa presents
the family-friendly songs Chess Club meets Thursday,
at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Stop
by the library to pick up a
copy to read.
Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. and
welcomes all ages and abilities.
Library Closed
The Sandown Library
will be closed Saturday,
Sept. 19, for the Reach the
Beach Relay Race.
Tales for Tots
Children under 3 are
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invited to the Sandown
Library for books, rhymes,
and movement activities on
Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Simple
sign language and songs
will be incorporated into
this time.
Preschool Storyhour
Preschoolers ages 3-6 are
invited to the Sandown
Library for storyhour on
Wednesdays or Thursdays at
10 a.m. to listen to stories,
sing songs and make a craft.
Adult Summer Reading
Adult Summer Reading
prize entries can still be
submitted. Complete a
Bingo board and receive a
bonus entry ticket. The
prize is dinner for two to
the Quill Restaurant at
Southern New Hampshire
University. The drawing will
take place Sept. 1.
Book to Movie
The Sandown Library
hosts a book and movie discussion on Wednesday,
Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept.
3. The selection is “The
Wonderful Wizard of Oz”
by L. Frank Baum. Pick up a
copy of the book in the
month leading up to the
event, and read the book
and watch the movie on
your own or see it at the
library the Wednesday
before the discussion.
Holiday Closure
The Sandown Library
will be closed Saturday,
Sept. 5, and Monday, Sept.
7, for Labor Day.
High School Equivalency
Free “HiSET” High
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Class registration is Monday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. at the
Marion Gerrish Community
Center, 39 West Broadway,
Derry. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from
9 a.m. to noon for 12 weeks,
Sept. 21 to Dec. 9. For more
information or to reserve a
space, call Adult Learner
Services of Greater Derry at
432-1907, email [email protected], or visit
Tutor Workshop
P A G E 15
For more information, visit: 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Meeting House, the chapel
at New Creation Healing
Golf Tourney
Center, 80 Route 125,
Community Crossroads’ Kingston. No previous ex26th annual Golf Challenge perience with Bible study is
takes place Thursday, Sept. necessary. For more infor10, at Candia Woods Golf mation, call Veronica at
Links in Candia. To play or 893-0725.
put together a team, be a
‘Tick Talk’
sponsor or donate prizes,
call Community Crossroads
Join Dr. Jane Barlow
at 893-1299 or register at Roy, D.V.M. and Dr. Anne
www.communitycrossroad- Barlow Barry, D.O. for a All money raised “Tick Talk” about ticks on
goes directly to the support pets and Lyme disease in
and services of persons with dogs in a program set for 7
developmental disabilities p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at
or acquired brain disorders First Parish Congregational
and with long-term care Church, UCC, 47 East
needs. Community Cross- Derry Road, East Derry.
roads serves Atkinson, Ches- Learn how to prevent tick
ter, Danville, Derry, Hamp- infestations, how to handle
stead, Newton, Pelham, vaccinations, and more.
Plaistow, Salem, Sandown, This is a free event. Donaand Windham.
tions are accepted and will
go toward First Parish ConWomen’s Bible study
gregational Church, UCC.
A women’s Bible study For more information, call
meets every Tuesday from the church at 434-0628.
The series is funded by the
Robert Frost Farm Board of
Through September, the Trustees and Friends of the
Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly Robert Frost Farm.
writing workshop meets on
Health Fair
the third Saturday of the
month at 10 a.m. at the Frost
Derry Seventh-day AdFarm, 122 Rockingham Road ventist Church presents a
(Route 28), Derry. For further free Community Health
information, visit: frostfarm- Fair Saturday and Sunday,, Sept. 12 and 13, from 9 a.m.
ylaBrookPoets or to 5 p.m. at the church, 7
Brook St., Derry. Counseling; testing of blood glu‘Two Roads’ Film
As part of the 2015 blood pressure, dental wellRobert Frost Farm Summer ness, vision and glaucoma,
Literary Series, Gregory BMI and EKG are offered. A
Ekmekjian, producer and vegetarian cooking class
director of the film “Two takes place Sunday, Sept.
Roads,” brings his film to the 13, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.,
Frost Farm on Aug. 30 at 2 with a vegetarian potluck
p.m. Inspired by Frost’s following. Lectures on
poem “The Road Not happy living, smoking, and
Taken,” the film is about a sexual predators are at 11
young man’s journey to find a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. Sept.
his destiny. Admission is free. 12, and on stress manageThe Frost Farm is at 122 ment and natural medicine
Rockingham Road, Derry. at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 13.
some of the budget process
for potential inclusion of
projects in the coming year’s
Also discussed Monday
was the storage over the
winter, when the depot is
closed, of some important
and valuable historic items.
Previously discussed
with police chief Joe Gordon was the possibility of
storing the items in the new
police station. Gordon gave
his blessing to that idea,
depending on the value of
the items that need storage.
The chief noted concern
about being responsible for
anything too valuable, but
suggested that a good way
for him to store items dur-
A Volunteer Tutor Orientation Workshop for
Adult Learner Services of
Greater Derry will be held at
the Derry Public Library on
Monday, Sept. 21, from 6:30
to 8 p.m. Tutors work oneon-one with adult learners
to help them improve reading, writing, math or English skills, or prepare for the
HiSET high school equivalency test. Scheduling is
flexible, once or twice each
week for two hours, usually
at the library. Training,
materials, and ongoing support are provided. For information or registration call
432-1907, email [email protected], or visit continued from page 1
www.GreaterDerryLitera- and said he was pleased
with their work, volunteerism and the new tone
Model Railroad Fun Night
the relationship has taken.
Seacoast Division of the
One of the projects comNational Model Railroad ing up is a minor overhaul of
Association holds Derry the “store room.” This back
Fun Night the second Fri- room has been completely
day night of each month cleaned out of artifacts and
from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mar- Brouder explained that they
ion Gerrish Community hoped to improve the floorCenter, 39 West Broadway, ing, install a light, paint the
Derry. Members of Seacoast walls, trim out the door and
Division will explain how to replace the molding.
get into and enjoy model
The society is more than
railroading. The series willing to put the manpower
theme is “So….you want into the suggested projects,
to…..” and topics such as but the group was looking
scenery construction, track for some financial help from
planning, locomotive selec- the town, including a potention and maintenance, tial budget appropriation
model building, and model next year. There was also
railroad operations will be
addressed over 10 months.
The first meeting is Sept. 11
and involves building
model railroad telegraph
and electric utility poles.
discussion about seeking
grants for materials.
Other projects include
building retaining walls
around the gardens, repairing a wall along the rail trail
and fixing up the exterior of
the building, including
replacing damaged clapboards.
Brouder explained that
the aim of a lot of the suggested work is to return the
building to the way it was,
even adding back some gingerbread trim.
The selectmen had concerns about the work inside
the structure and wanted to
check with the state before
doing anything that could
jeopardize the depot’s place
on the state historic register.
Lynne Blaisdell explained
There will be a hearing of the Hampstead Board of Adjustment
September 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Office Building, 11
Main Street, Hampstead, NH for the following:
To consider the request of Scot and Lisa Garneau for a Special
Exception to the terms of Article IV Section 14.2b of the Hampstead Zoning Ordinance to permit an existing, pre-approved in
law apartment to remain for property located at 10 Quarry Rd.,
Hampstead, NH in the Residential Zone, Map 8 Parcel 13.
Discussion with Chief Building Official.
Kristin Yasenka, Chairman
Hampstead Board of Adjustment
Writing Workshop
ing the winter would be to
put them on display at the
police station. This would
not only protect the items,
but would also share town
history in a new venue.
Some of the items may
also go into safes at the
town hall.
Society member Jonathan Wells of Ocean Park,
Maine, a railroad employee
and railroad enthusiast, also
spoke. He said that Sandown
had a gem in that depot, and
it was a place, if done right,
that would bring other railroad history buffs to town.
It’s the only good, intact
depot left on the historic
Boston and Maine line, said

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