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Milford selectmen facing town budget woes

MILFORD – Selectmen have been going over the town budget for next year, trying to get it below a 7.1 percent increase. “I looked and looked … and can’t get it any lower,” said Mike Putnum, calling Milford a “small town feeling some pretty big growing pains.”

Other selectmen agreed, and Kevin Federico noted the flack the board is taking from trying to sell gravel from town-owned property, which would bring needed revenue.

To help offset expenses, he said, the town needs to look at selling the Brox property and the old police station.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Planning Board to hold zoning changes hearing

AMHERST – The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the town’s zoning ordinance on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Among the proposed changes are those regarding elderly housing, workforce housing and zoning board approvals.

The hearing starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Barbara Landry meeting room of Town Hall.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Selectmen deny street light for Shady Lane

MILFORD – Selectmen voted recently to deny a resident’s request for a street light on Shady Lane, near the Mayflower Town Forest trail, saying there seems to be no safety issue.

Department of Public Works Director Rick Riendeau told them adding a light to an existing pole would cost up to $800.

Selectman Kevin Federico said the board has to balance safety and cost and doesn’t want to set and precedent and “be on the hook for every dark corner” of town.

The vote was 4-1, with Kathy Bauer dissenting.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Hollis police warn of unpaid fine phone scam

HOLLIS – Police say people should be aware of a telephone scam in which a male caller identifies himself as a U.S. Treasury agent and tells victims they face arrest for unpaid fines.

Last week Hollis police said that several residents contacted them reporting the man, who also says he is associated with the Treasury’s “Department of Legal Affairs,” told the would-be victims that a warrant has been issued for their arrest in connection with unpaid fines.

None of the people who were contacted fell for the scam, police said, but they also urge anyone who receives such a call to contact the department at 465-7637.

– DEAN SHALHOUP

SAU budget hearing set for Dec. 26 at high school

AMHERST – A budget hearing for the SAU 39 budget for fiscal year 2016 will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16 in Souhegan High School.

The budget covers administrative services for the Amherst, Mont Vernon and Souhegan school districts, and the proposed budget is $2.2 million, up $39,217 from this year.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Grange launches
gift project for teens

Dick Patten, state Grange community service director, launched a holiday project called “Santa Remembers Teens at Christmas” at the recent state Grange session in Nashua.

The idea came about a year ago when Patten remembered going to church or to the department store each year and seeing the stars on a tree or on the walls in church and seeing cards for youths from infant to 10 years old being taken first. Cards for the older youths, mainly teenagers, were left for the church or business to buy gifts.

The project was presented to Grange members throughout the state by Sept. 1, and Granges were asked to bring gift cards to the convention because Patten thought teens enjoy going to stores and buying their own items.

Patten and his committee collected several hundred dollars’ worth of gift cards, all wrapped in gift boxes. These will be donated to teenagers through Operation Santa Claus, Friends of Forgotten Children or other charities in the areas of the Granges that donated the cards, including Hudson.

The Grange will conclude the project at the State Grange Deputy School and Leaders Conference on Saturday, Dec. 13.

If your Grange or Grange member would like to donate, bring the gift cards to the state meeting, which will be held at the State Fire Academy in Concord.

There is no designated amount for the gift card. The Grange is just trying to let teenagers know that Santa Claus didn’t forget them this year.

For more information, call Patten at 496-2917.

Christmas in Amherst Village this weekend

Tickets are still available for this year’s Christmas in Amherst Village House Tour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

Local businesses selling tickets include Black Forest Cafe, Moulton’s Market, Amherst Garden Center & Flower Shop and Toadstool Bookshop in Milford.

Tickets, which are $30 in advance and $40 on the day of tour, are also available at the Congregational Church office at 11 Church Street, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays.

The tour will showcase five unique homes, representing a variety of architectural styles, sizes, and ages, and all decorated for the holidays. Courtesy vans will be available between Clark and Wilkins Schools, each house and the church at 11 Church Street on the village green. Several of the homes are within easy walking distance.

Christmas in Amherst Village has become a town tradition. Sponsored by the Congregational Church of Amherst, it is an opportunity for ticket holders to visit historic homes while supporting the continuing preservation of the meetinghouse in the center of the village.

Additional information about the tour is available at www.ccamherst.org/cav.