Cabinet News

Budget sails through deliberative session

AMHERST – Outside of a couple of questions seeking to clarify the language in a warrant article asking voters whether to dissolve the Cemetery Lots Fund in favor of an expandable trust fund, about two dozen residents voted without comment at Thursday’s deliberative session to send all 12 ...

Former Selectman Francis Gros Louis dies at 87

WILTON – Francis Gros Louis is being remembered by friends as a hard-working selectman who left for a career in in the federal government but never lost his ties to Wilton. Gros Louis was 87 when he died on Jan. 31 in Leesburg, Virginia. He served with the U.S. Department of Housing and ...

Full-day kindergarten remains point of contention

WILTON – The Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School District operating budget is down 1.65 percent from last year, the School Board has reached an agreement with the district staff, and the replacement of the roof on the middle-high school is in year three of a five year plan. The only area ...

Lyndeborough budget 2.9 percent over last year

LYNDEBOROUGH – The proposed operating budget for the town is a 2.9 percent increase over last year. The special warrant articles bring the total up to $2,042,032, an increase of 5.7 percent. The Budget Committee held a hearing on the proposed budget on Tuesday, Feb. 6, but only a half dozen ...

Fast News for Feb. 15

Dental health LYNDEBOROUGH – February is National Dental Health Month and it was observed at the Early Learning Center with a visit to the kindergartners by dental hygienist Kris Redman. Her presentation is through a school-based program in the Milford School District. Redman demonstrated ...

‘Circus’ author to sign books at Toadstool

MILFORD – “Totally useless skills” is how circus people jokingly refer to their work. Useless as in not practical – the skills won’t help you unclog your toilet or get your computer running. But they are fun to learn and can help develop happy, self-confident kids, says Jackie ...

From slave spirituals to hip hop

AMHERST – Singing and dancing his way through a century and a half of American music, Kevin Comtois recently offered a hugely entertaining Black History Month program at the Amherst Town Library. Slave spirituals. Late 19th century minstrels. Dixieland. Jazz. Blues. Rock ‘n’roll. Hip ...

Articles set

LYNDEBOROUGH – The Town Meeting this year should be completed by noon. Of the 14 articles on the warrant, the first three are ballot questions and six are concerned with capital reserve funds of various kinds. That leaves the operating budget, paving two parking lots and forming a committee ...

Deliberative Session: Fire house upgrade ‘No. 1 priority’

MILFORD – Cancer is not usually an issue that comes up at town meetings, but at the Milford Deliberative Session Saturday, fire officials told voters that cancer prevention is a major reason Milford needs an expanded and renovated fire station. A $3.68 million project is now on the ballot ...

Wilton Budget Committee role questioned

WILTON – A member of the Budget Committee, all of whom are volunteers, inquired of the selectmen on Jan. 5 why the town administrator appears to be taking over some of their responsibilities, “overlapping some of our job,” Committee Member Donna Pucciarello said. The town of Wilton ...

Personnel shuffle at SAU 39

AMHERST – Longtime middle school Principal Porter Dodge is retiring, but he’s not going far. Superintendent-elect Adam Steel announced last week that Dodge will take over the newly-created part-time position of director of operations for the school district. The new middle school ...

Local principal honored

AMHERST – The New Hampshire Association of School Principals described Rob Scully, principal of Souhegan High School, as “laser focused on the student learning experience.” For this reason, among others, Scully was named this year’s high school Principal of the Year. However, ...

Fast News for Feb. 8

MILFORD – Fire Chief Jack Kelly later called it a “good intention call,” when someone at Milford High School put in a call for a gas leak mid-morning on Feb. 2. Firefighters responded to the school and used meters to check out the area where some kind of gas smell had been reported and ...

Milford officials looks at ‘pay-to-throw’ system

MILFORD – Towns and cities across New Hampshire that use a “pay-to-throw” system to encourage recycling, report a significant reduction in trash as well as increased recycling. The town’s recycling and solid waste committee recently submitted to selectmen a report on ...

Art exhibit set

Andres Institute of Art will host an exhibit of works by Contemporary Abstract artist using mixed media, Elizabeth LeBlanc. The event will coincide with Brookline’s Winter Festival weekend, Feb. 16-18. Elizabeth is a New England-based artist. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of ...

Library program explores ‘the idea of north’

AMHERST – Canada can be thought of as cold, beautiful and remote, its people reserved, humble and tolerant. Bigger and emptier than the United States, it has 40 percent more land mass and only one percent of our population. Both countires were settled by roughly similar European ...

Pumpkin Festival’s future in doubt; help sought

MILFORD – For the first time in its nearly three-decade history, the annual Milford Pumpkin Festival is in trouble, and selectmen have put out a call for help. Both the Milford Improvement Team and the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce have told the town they will not organize it this ...

Milford DMV moving soon to Elm Street

MILFORD – The Department of Motor Vehicle substation in Milford will be moving soon from its offices at the old state police station-DMV office on Meadowbrook Drive and into temporary quarters on Elm Street, not much more than a stone’s throw away. The move is part of a plan to demolish ...

Amherst wary of highway streetlight removal

AMHERST – Town officials quizzed state engineers last week about plans to remove many streetlights from major intersections in town. Two Department of Transportation engineers and several state lawmakers were at the Jan. 22 Amherst selectmen’s meeting to talk about the ...

Library town report format questioned

WILTON – As he has the last several years, resident Joe Torre questioned the legality of the format used by the Trustees of the Wilton Public-Gregg Free Library for their financial statement in the annual town report. The report is impossible to figure out, he told selectmen on Jan. ...