Letters to the Editor
Thank you for successful Team Trivia Night
To the Editor:
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who helped to make the Souhegan Scholarship Foundation’s second annual Team Trivia Night such a success.
It was a fun night filled with friendly competition, good food and many laughs.
The night would not have been possible without the support of so many. First, a very special thank you to our corporate sponsors, Amherst Label and Dyn. A huge shout-out to all of the teams that participated and congratulations to the winning team, The Quiz Wizards.
To our venue host, Labelle Winery, and to the many donors who contributed to our silent auction, we are very grateful: Tilea Toy, Mont Vernon Village Store, an anonymous Souhegan graduate, Aegis Container, From the Barrel Brewing Co., Clark & Leighton Dentistry, Jeff Hall, Kathy and Chuck Wason, Irene and Charlie Pyle, Andy Caulton, Maggie Paul, Dick Miller, Costco, Frederick’s Pastries, Giorgio’s, Union Coffee, Liquor Outlet and Teddy’s Barber Shop.
Finally, a very special thank you to the outstanding emcees John Zahr, Matt Toy and Mike Taylor. Their questions were intriguing, their sense of humor kept everyone laughing and we are all just a little bit better for knowing just exactly what the Native American word "Souhegan" really means.
The Souhegan Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves the students of the Souhegan Valley, specifically in Amherst and Mont Vernon. Scholarships are awarded to assist students in their first year of college who demonstrate academic achievement with financial need. Since its inception in 2003, SSF has awarded more than $105,000, with 15 scholarships being awarded last year alone.
To send a donation or for more information, please contact us at Souhegan Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 323, Amherst, NH 03031.
Souhegan Scholarship Foundation Board
Milford selectmen wasted $60K on sports fields
To the Editor:
I have said many times in the past that the Milford selectmen are not to be trusted, and they proved that to be true once again this fall.
Having no authorization from voters to build two soccer fields on Heron Pond Road, and despite a petition by several dozen voters, they went ahead with the construction anyway.
When construction began on the fields in late September, DPW spewed massive amounts of dust into the air, and after ignoring the previous warnings, the Department of Environmental Services sent the matter to its enforcement branch.
During this time, the kids were back in class at Heron Pond Elementary School. Town Administrator Mark Bender, an Amherst resident, complained about having to comply with rules he doesn’t like with no mention of the effects of dust on schoolchildren.
Milford residents were told in July that the cost of the project that they never voted on would be $29,250 and would take two or three weeks. After five weeks, DPW left an ugly eyesore in the field and the existing pit, and proudly announced that the project cost Milford taxpayers $60,000.
Last August, Mr. Bender bragged about how environmentally sensitive they would be executing the project and then complained that it costs them much more because of it.
Milford tax payers found out their taxes went up again this fall, and the BOS is once again struggling to come up with a budget for next year that might be acceptable to voters in March.
Our current selectmen are very incompetent and irresponsible with our tax money, and I intend to vote against any budget they come up with unless it reduces our taxes.
The BOS took money, time and equipment from DPW to build the unnecessary fields when we have roads and bridges in disrepair and needing attention. In March, you will hear DPW Director Riendeau, a New Boston resident, begging us to give him more money to do the work he should have been doing this fall.
Ex-principal aids Dollars for Scholars
To the Editor:
My name is John Foss. I was the principal at Jacques Memorial School. Since I retired in 2012, I have become a very enthusiastic supporter of Souhegan Valley Dollars for Scholars, a local organization that has been providing scholarships to Milford students for over the last 50 years.
I have recently decided to make an effort to raise the consciousness of the Milford community as a whole to the amazing benefits and solicit contributions. Last June, Dollars for Scholars distributed $105,000 to Milford students planning on continuing their education. The money is raised through donations, fundraising and the Bruce Trust.
I have reread the essays required for the scholarships for which I am responsible. Since my scholarship deals with education, they write about their aspirations. Phrases like, "I first became interested in the field when I took an introductory special education course," or, "Special educators are crucial to the education system because without them, students would not have equitable access to quality education," or, "My main influence was my elementary school guidance counselor. … I hope to inspire and to create helpful relationships with the younger generation as an elementary guidance counselor," or, "I am taking many courses to reach this goal," or, " Through this journey, I’ve found my desired occupation and a sense of responsibility to give back to the community."
All of these students want to become individuals who give back to the community as teachers, special educators, physical therapists or any number of other occupations who are helping and teaching either in public schools or in other entities.
Jacques Memorial School
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Jingle Downtown Holiday Fair at Jacques School on Saturday, Dec. 3, will benefit Souhegan Valley Dollars for Scholars (John Foss Scholarship). Lunch also will be available. Information: www.souheganvalley. dollarsforscholars.org.