Cabinet Editorials

Co-op idea could save local tennis

In last week’s Cabinet, Tom King wrote about an idea that could save high school tennis in two of our local schools. Recently, Milford shut down its boys tennis team because not enough kids were interested. Last year, Wilton-Lyndeborough shut down its boys team for the same reason. But ...

West Side of the Oval

This is another Bernice Perry photo of the Milford Oval, the west side, where the state liquor store was originally located. A few years after the 18th amendment was repealed in 1933, New Hampshire set up a commission for selling beverages of over 6 percent alcohol content and opened a state ...

Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948: The home ecdonomics class at Wilton High School submitted an article explaining the importance of the course, saying it was to educate for personal and family living and to help people achieve better health through good nutrition, and better appearance through careful ...

Legislative Update

Last Thursday, April 11, was the last day for the House of Representatives to act on House Budget bills. We voted on three bills, HB 25-A, HB 1-A and HB 2-FN-A-Local. Throughout the last several weeks I’ve listed all the major bills and the results of the vote on each bill. I did not take a ...

How to make a real impact in the community

Every three years for the past several decades, United Way of Greater Nashua has embarked on its most central and core mission of assessing the needs of the community and then investing in programs proven to address those needs. Unlike other organizations which make grants, it is in the DNA of ...

Taxing thoughts

It turns out that Winston Churchill was in favor of a progressive income tax with a total exemption for the poor and a higher rate for unearned income, according to the biography, “Churchill: Walking with Destiny,” by Andrew Roberts. Wow, so am I. Bet I could rally Britain after Dunkirk, ...

Fatal flaw

Another fatal accident on Route 101 in the area between Bedford and Milford? This one was in Amherst. So, state of New Hampshire, what’s the plan? From what we can tell, there is no plan. Several years ago, after another fatal, then-Milford Police Chief Fred Douglas called for jersey ...

Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948 Farmers in Hollis and surrounding towns were contracted to grow 150 acres of pickling cucumbers for the R&S Pickle Works, Inc., of Boston. Herbert Blais of Milford was named president of Mask and Daggger, the University of New Hampshire’s dramatic society, where the ...

Talk was informative

I am fascinated by hummingbirds, but until last week, I knew very little about them. Now, thanks to a talk at the Milford Garden Club, I know quite a bit more. I even learned all the dopey things I was doing and have seen the error of my ways. Correction is just around the corner, or, I ...

Fundraising event is vital to community

If you missed the Empty Bowls fundraising event for the Share Outreach Food Pantry, you missed a chance for some really great food and, of course, the opportunity to help an organization that is there to help people in need. The symbol of the Empty Bowls event is a large number of empty ...

People unhappy with school budget

Well, here we go again, a school board forced to look at paring its budget because voters aren’t happy. In this case, at least, the Souhegan Cooperative School Board budget actually passed in the March vote, but it was a narrow victory and it was won only because Mont Vernon brought in ...

Thumbing the Files for April 11

71 years ago, 1948: The Milford Lions Club was discussing a swimming pool for Railroad Pond. Lion Andrew C. Elliott indicated that funds could be made available for the project and that water could be taken from the pond, chlorinated, and used in the pool. Nearly 18 tons of paper were ...

Legislative Update

There were 12 bills voted on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Only those bills that were tabled, had a division or a roll call vote are listed. HB 564 – relative to possession of firearms in safe school zones. This bill prohibits carrying a firearm in a safe school zone. The amendment changes the ...

Oh, it’s baseball season

Baseball is sporting America’s way of saying, “Don’t you have something better to do?” Yes, I do. Anything is better than baseball. Boring, boring, boring and, as Phil Mushnick of the New York Post constantly points out, a game of many more strikeouts than hits, a game in which no ...

Losing teams is sad

We were sad to read in our sister paper, The Telegraph, the news that Milford High School’s boys tennis team canceled its season because it couldn’t field enough players. As Tom King reported, this is the second straight year that the Spartans had difficulty getting enough kids onto the ...

Milford should be proud

Kudos to the board that handled the Milford School Board election recount. They did what was clearly a commendable job, one noted gracefully by Len Mannino, who had requested the recount after he and fellow board incumbent Bob Willette had been bested in March’s election by write-in candidate ...

Thumbing the Files For April 4

71 years ago, 1948: Because of support from the Mont Vernon PTA and the assistance of the state Board of Health, 32 local children had their teeth examined and necessary dental work done. The dentist was Dr. A.D. Elkins of Wilton. Mrs. Livia Prestipino of Milford was working in the office of ...

1997 Recount

In 1997, Peter Bragdon won a three-year Milford School Board seat by 27 votes over Jack Danhof, and the election was settled in a recount. In the photo, above, Bragdon is sworn in by then-school district moderator Gary Daniels, left. Bragdon picked up five more votes and Danhof one more vote in ...

Congress should have better things to do

Is it over? Finally? Because I’m sick of the Mueller investigation and the whole Russian thingy that apparently has gone nowhere, so let’s knock it off and start doing the people’s real business, which is to say enacting laws that help real people, not Donald Trump’s buddies who ...

There are consequences to local identity politics

I’ve followed with interest the story of State Representative Safiya Wazir, who at age six was a refugee from totalitarian Afghanistan. She eventually found safety and freedom in our great country and in 2018 was elected to represent Merrimack District 17 (Concord’s Ward 8) at the State ...