Letters to the Editor
> Town works with the state to protect our wildlife
To the Editor:
A public hearing was held on July 14, 2016, to present the town’s conceptual plans to construct recreation fields along Heron Pond Road to the Planning Board, Conservation Commission and residents.
During the meeting, we discussed the demand for the fields, the need for cooperation among all project stakeholders, the rare and endangered species in proximity to the fields, and our commitment to construct the fields in an environmentally sensitive manner to protect the species and habitat. We discussed fence barriers around the perimeter during construction, potential alternate habitat for the species, site walks during construction and our belief that we could balance the needs of our community with concerns for the environment/ species. We also stated that we had already contacted New Hampshire Fish & Game and DES to set a meeting to discuss the plans and work together to establish best practices to protect the identified species.
We met with New Hampshire DES and Fish & Game in Concord on July 20 and on-site at Heron Pond Road and the Community Lands on July 26. The meetings were cordial and constructive. As a result, our Alteration of Terrain permit application has been amended to include the following best practices that were recommended on Aug. 8:
1. A wildlife biologist will be on-site to search all areas immediately prior to removal of vegetation.
2. Remove all vegetation prior to manipulating soils on-site.
3. Install barrier (silt fence) around entire site so that snakes can’t enter site during construction.
4. Search interior of barrier prior to beginning construction each day and remove wildlife trapped within fenced area.
5. Stop work if hognose snake is seen at any point and call NHFG immediately.
6. Do not use erosion control netting that includes welded plastic component.
7. Do not create detention basin with stumps that trap wildlife.
8. Avoid using curbing on roadways.
9. Provide educational materials and training to all construction staff to assist with identification of hognose snake, Blanding’s and spotted turtles.
Town staff is sensitive to the environment, the rare and endangered species, and the needs of the community. Our continued goal is to strive toward a balance between our community needs, environmental conservation and preservation.
The support from DES and New Hampshire Fish & Game is appreciated, and demonstrates that development, protection and conservation can be achieved by working proactively and collaboratively.
Milford town administrator
Milford alumni donate to Share
To the Editor:
The student alumni classes from 1972 to 1993 planned and hosted an organized outdoor reunion event on Aug. 6, 2016, that was held at Knight Farm in Amherst. With the help of local businesses donating gift cards, coupons and services for raffle prizes, MASHstock 2016 raised $3,000 for Share NH.
We would like to thank the following establishments and friends for their donations and helping us make our event a success.
Amherst Country Club, Hayward’s Trading Post, Amigos Mexican Cantina, Jade Dragon, Achille Agway, Longhorn, Bar One, Lull Farm, Barley & Hops, Mi Jalisco Restaurante Mexicano, The Barn Restaurant at Hitchiner, Milano’s, Bravo Pizza, Milford House of Pizza, The Chocolate Fanatic, The Pasta Loft, Earthward Natural Foods & Co-op, Sake House, Foodee’s, Sal’s Pizza, Frederick’s Pastries, The Shoe Box, The Garden Party, Tire Warehouse, Hair Cottage, Toadstool Bookshops, Hairforce, Union Coffee Co., The Happy Butchers, Union Street Grill.
And a special thanks to the following for their product donations:
Lisa Van Houten DeBeradinis, Vincent Horsmans, Nancy Lee Sampo, Pete VonIderstine.
Thank you again and see you next year!
MASHstock activities/ fundraising director
Candidate fights for schools, teachers
To the Editor:
As a retired teacher and lifelong member of NEA-NH, I’ll be voting for Jeanne Dietsch for state Senate in District 9 because I know Jeanne will fight for good schools and for keeping the state’s promises to our students and our teachers.
She’ll work to restore teachers’ freedom to actually teach, give our youths a top-notch education, restore state aid to schools to help lower property taxes and honor the commitments the state has made to retired educators. I’ve known Jeanne for over 20 years, and I know she’ll be there for us.
As a retired economics teacher, I believe Jeanne will be a strong senator for us because of her experience starting businesses and creating good-paying jobs here in New Hampshire. As an experienced business person, Jeanne understands that you can’t cut your way to prosperity. In fact, new research from the Economic Policy Institute highlights how budget cuts at the federal level, far from helping the economy, have actually weakened the recovery and slowed job creation after the 2008 recession.
It’s time to change direction. There’s a saying that goes, "Private investment follows public investment." It’s time to make those public investments – in our students and schools, in our communications pathways (like high-speed internet) and in fixing our red-listed bridges. These investments will create jobs directly and will spur private businesses to make new investments that create even more jobs. That’s a win-win for our businesses, our schools and our future.
Jeanne Dietsch knows how the economy works and she knows how to create these win-win propositions. This retired economics teacher will be voting for Jeanne on Sept. 13 and Nov. 8 – I hope you’ll join me.
Support Boys & Girls Club auction
To the Editor:
The community’s participation is needed to make the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley’s annual Auction Fundraiser a success.
For over 20 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley has been in the forefront of youth development in our community, with a particular focus on providing opportunities for young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Boys & Girls Club will hold their 16th annual Auction Fundraiser at its facility located at 56 Mont Vernon St., in Milford. This will be the first event held in our brand new gymnasium!
Proceeds from the event support programs to help the club to continue our mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to be great today and reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens tomorrow. You can help by sponsoring the event, donating an auction item or service, advertising in our program and/or attending the event.
Your advertisement or sponsorship will reach over 250 influential members of our community attending the event. Sponsors will also be thanked at the event, in donor communications and future press releases. Donated items or service will be attractively displayed and given appropriate acknowledgement during the evening. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. This is a wonderful way to publicize your business, be a part of the Souhegan Valley community and have an impact of the lives of our youths.
With the addition of our new gym and teen center, your support is needed more than ever. Help us provide programs for the children who need us most with your support and donations. We sincerely appreciate your support of the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley; together we can make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family.
More information is online at www.svbgc.org/ auction, or by contacting Kate Ratta at kratta@svbgc. org or 672-1002, ext. 12.
Allise de Smet
Board members and auction co-chairs
Boys & Girls Club
of Souhegan Valley