Cabinet Editorials

Capital reserve fund basics

One member, and perhaps more, of the Milford Advisory Town Budget Committee, is concerned that voters will have a hard time understanding the concept of capital reserve funds, something new to the town last year. So, said Peg Seward, who has been around long enough to know how Milford folks ...

Women’s March

Wilton Peace Action is taking action again, this time on Saturday, to honor the first anniversary of the Women’s March, which will be celebrated the next day. What the Wilton group is involved in is called a Sister Event, and those will be held all over the nation as women continue their ...

Passing thoughts

Anyone remember Screaming Yellow Zonkers? They were the favorite snack food of Donovan Withers, the 4-year-old son of Penny Lane, whose real name was Janice Withers and who lived at Rotchdale, a commune in New Haven when I was working in the city in 1970. I met Penny – she did not answer to ...

Thumbing the Files for Jan. 18, 2018

75 years ago, 1943 In a letter to The Cabinet, Milford’s Richard MacKenzie, writing from Fort Jackson, S.C., said, “ ... having seven years in the clothing business, I thought I would land in the Quartermaster Corps, but to my surprise I’m in the Anti-Tank Company, 397th ...

The ant and the grasshopper

The frigid temperatures of the past week caught many folks unprepared. They found themselves low on heating oil and suddenly local companies – indeed, companies throughout the region – were flooded with calls from people crying for help. As you can imagine, our local companies did the ...

Thumbing the Files For Jan. 11, 2018

75 years ago, 1943 The Cabinet raised its subscription price to $2.50 per year. Even though the Office of Price Administration had banned pleasure driving in 17 East Coast states, sports officials decided that the Milford-Wilton basketball game would go on as scheduled with Wilton traveling ...

Could we see pot islands popping up?

I have never been to New Zealand and will never go, I’m sure, but I suddenly have GREAT LOVE for this island country. I’ve always kind of liked it because I listened to Radio Aukland, a classical station that also gives New Zealand news, so I know about accidents on the highways and cold ...

Portsmouth idea worth implementing

Portsmouth officials, working with Wentworth Senior Living, a senior living community in that city, has, in the words of a press release posted on Seacoast Online, “initiated a movement to become the first dementia friendly city in New Hampshire.” Also involved are Portsmouth Senior ...

Be grateful for what you have

As we prepare to enter another new year, perhaps its time to reflect on how good we have it in this country, and we were reminded of this in producing a Thumbing the Files column for an issue in January 2018 when we read this item: “So as not to violate the Office Of Price ...

Cell phones may be able to battle addiction, relapses

First, let me thank you for taking a moment to read this. My objective in writing this is to initiate development of a tool to help our family and friends. The tool would be: The tragedies of relapse are the loss of life, health, job, education progress and family. The impact of relapse is a ...

Being honest with 2018 resolutions

Sigh. I suppose it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions, so here’s mine: I will keep the resolution I made about 50 years ago to never make a New Year’s resolution. I have been quite successful at keeping this resolution, I am proud to say. Oh, I could have, over the years, ...

Just say ‘Merry Christmas’

Once again, we are at the time of year where so many of us are careful in how we greet people, even our friends in some cases. Is it all right to say “Merry Christmas” if you aren’t sure that someone celebrates this Christian holiday? We believe that it is. Here’s why: In wishing ...

Thanks to those who keep us safe on the roads

Well, we’ve had two snow incidents so far this year and by the time you read this, we might have hit three. Perhaps four. It’s winter in New Hampshire. Even if it is still just two – we hesitate to call them storms; the first was kind of nothing, the second a bit more, but still – our ...

Go forth and spread the joy!

With Christmas nearly upon us and so many of us prepared to watch “A Christmas Carol” (and one can only hope it’s the Alastair Sim version), I suddenly thought of this quote because, after all, central to “A Christmas Carol” are ghosts. Ohhhhhhh, ghosts. No, that’s not the quote. ...

Thumbing the Files for Dec. 21

75 years ago, 1942 “Hostile” aircraft swooped over Milford, dropping high explosives and incendiaries everywhere, in a theoretical raid to furnish practice for local civilian defense. The first blue war bond banner to flutter in the Souhegan Valley was atop the People’s Laundry ...

Budget slashing is not necessary

Milford school officials, like those in the Wilton-Lyndeborough district, have decided to put full-day kindergarten on the March town warrant in the hope that voters will see the importance of such a program and understand that what appears to be a fairly minimal tax impact is worth a “yes” ...

Thumbing the Files for Dec. 14

75 years ago, 1942 Cpl. Caesar Falsani of Milford was in North Africa. There were four Rounala brothers, of Milford, in the service. Eli left for Fort Devens; Eino was at Camp White in Oregon; Henry was at Camp Claiborne, La., and Walter was at Fort Hancock, N.J. All were the sons of the Mr. ...

School costs prime driver of property taxes

When I ran for the Milford School Board last year, I was committed to making sure we could reign in increases to our school budgets and the ever-increasing property tax burden. Since then, I’ve been laser-focused on those issues which force any increase in our property taxes. The local ...

The view from the roof of the Kremlin

Well, I’m relieved. Vladimir Putin has announced that he will seek re-election to the presidency of Russia. Whew. I was afraid he might decide to ride off into the sunset and camp out at a ritzy dacha on some lake near the Urals but, no, he’s going to run again. I probably shouldn’t ...

‘Let the voters decide’

The school board and budget committee that oversee Wilton and Lyndeborough schools, along with the district’s Strategic Planning Committee, have made the right choice in deciding to put the issue of full-day kindergarten into a warrant article for March town meetings. “Let the voters ...