Cabinet News

Selectman denounces New Hampshire gun bill

CONCORD – Milford Selectmen’s Chairman Mark Fougere told a legislative committee last week that a proposed state law that would fine town officials for enforcing local gun restrictions is an outrageous attempt to frighten local officials. Fougere was among about a dozen people to speak at ...

Souhegan budget is down

AMHERST – The operating budget for the Souhegan Cooperative School District is expected to go down by 2 percent next year according to a draft budget offered at a public hearing last week. The warrant for the two-town school district, as well as the warrant for the Amherst School District ...

Flooding

The falls beside Route 31 in Wilton overflow from the flood control dam on Upper Dale Street. Ice in Stoney Brook from the Route 31 north bridge near Lyndeborough is pictured at right. There was no reported flooding in Lyndeborough. Crews were out Saturday morning clearing culverts and catch ...

Milford plans for Winter Fest

MILFORD – The town’s Winter Festival is scheduled for this Friday night, from 6-8 p.m. If it happens, it will be the first festival in three years. In 2016 and 2017, either the weather was bad or the ice was not good enough, and the events were postponed until a later date, and then finally ...

Benefit concert set for Jan. 28 at High Mowing

WILTON – From 4-5 p.m. on Jan. 28, the High Mowing School’s Music on the Hill Concert Series will present “Coffee and Cantata” in support of the work of the Wilton Police Department against the opioid crisis. The suggested donation is $25, with children under 12 admitted free. The ...

4-Corner Farm complaint received

WILTON – The town has received a letter of concern from the state Land Conservation Heritage Program about the condition of the buildings at Four-Corners Farm. But former farm manager Lincoln Geiger said he had not received one. The issue was brought to the Board of Selectmen on Jan. 15 by ...

Currier Museum offers children’s events

MANCHESTER – In a big, bright room in the Currier Museum of Art, children can make their own art creations. They do their work right below galleries where some of the world’s great art is on display: a sculpture by Henri Matisse, a mobile by Alexander Calder and paintings by Pablo Picasso, ...

Fast News for Jan. 18, 2018

Morning of snow shoeing on tap LYNDEBOROUGH – Piscataquog Land Conservancy is offering a chance to snowshoe to the Rose Mountain Preserve from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 4. The event is the last in a series of three mornings of snow shoeing. Jan. 20, Florence M. Tarr Wildlife Sanctuary, ...

Support staff, teachers settle on contracts

AMHERST – Two staff contracts – one for teachers and the other for support staff – will be on the ballot for the Amherst School District election in March. Under their new five-year agreement with the school board, the approximately 70 employees of the elementary and the middle school ...

LaBelle may change plans

AMHERST – Two years ago, owners of LaBelle Winery planned what they called an artisan village across from their vineyards and restaurant that have become a landmark on Route 101. Plans to expand the business, with an inn, tavern, distillery and office space, hit a snag, however, when an ...

Wilton warrant articles are nearing completion

WILTON – The warrant for the March town meeting is nearing completion. On Jan. 15, the Board of Selectmen approved five articles for inclusion. These include: • Combining the town clerk and tax collector into one elected position. While one person fills both positions, the tax collector ...

Craft beer variance is approved

WILTON – David Wirbal can now build a shed on his Greene Street property and create and market craft beer. On Jan. 9, the Zoning Board of Adjustment granted a variance that allows him to conduct a home business in an outbuilding. While the town ordnances allow garden-shed-type buildings in ...

Book examines life in small town between 1885 and 1899

MILFORD – On Polly Cote’s home computer are files any history lover would be thrilled to have: 67 years’ worth of her great-grandmother’s diaries. Cote acquired the diaries in 1997 when she helped her mother move, and 10 years ago began transcribing the tiny pencil entries in the 67 ...

Champs

Milford High School’s We the People Constitution team won its seventh consecutive state championship by defeating Hollis Brookline and John Stark high schools in Concord. This is Milford’s 15th state championship in 20 years of competition. The Milford team and longtime coach Dave Alcox ...

Another try at full-day kindergarten

MILFORD – For the second year in a row, kindergarten promises to be a big topic at school budget hearings. The public hearing for the school district budget and other warrant article, including one for $582,500 to expand the kindergarten program to full day, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 16 ...

New contract for Amherst teachers

AMHERST – A gradual elimination of controversial retirement payouts to Amherst teachers is part of a new four-year pact between the teachers’ union and the school board. The Amherst elementary and middle school teachers have been working under an expired agreement for two years, and the ...

Pumpkin festival’s future, funding questioned

MILFORD – The Pumpkin Festival receive more attention at the town budget and bond hearing Monday night than did a proposal for major fire station upgrades and the town operating budget. There is a total of $23,000 for the annual festival and holiday decorations in Article 17 of the town ...

Wilton downtown plan ‘needed’

WILTON – The downtown area needs a new plan for economic development, one that encompasses many of the proposals that came out of the Plan N.H. Design Charette in July. On Feb. 7, Jennifer Beck, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, will meet with the Planning Board to formally ...

Selectmen OK purchase of new ambulance

WILTON – Selectmen have authorized Ambulance Service Chief Steve Desrosiers to begin the process of executing a lease-purchase of a 2017 ambulance. Beginning the process now, Desrosiers told selectmen on Jan. 2, will guarantee they can get the vehicle in question and take possession probably ...