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Cabinet Editorials

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 ...

Chamber Quickbooks training on tap for May

For more than 30 years, the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce has been dedicated to serving the 11 towns of the Souhegan Valley by promoting regional business and community prosperity through advocacy, economic development, networking opportunities and business education. We also represent ...

The chance to choose

Recently we heard an interesting take on living in a small, rural town. It was brought up at Lyndeborough Town Meeting by a man who was the only person to vote “No” on a series of warrant articles seeking funding for several of the town’s capital reserve funds, something that the town has ...

Thumbing the Files for March 28

71 years ago, 1948 Milford Superintendent of Public Works Salvatore Grasso asked motorists to stay off back roads because the thaw was bringing frost out of the ground and making shoulders extremely soft. On several occasions, automobiles had been stuck and had to be towed. The Laughing ...

Oval History

All the majestic elm trees on the Milford Oval succumbed to Dutch elm disease in the 20th century.

‘He’s all hat and no cattle’

As far as I can tell to this point, Beto O’Rourke lives up to, or down to, that old Texas saying: “He’s all hat and no cattle.” Oh, he’s young and enthusiastic and handsome and well-spoken and perhaps he has some ideas, but nothing that’s grabbed me. I’m no huge fan of ...

Tlapa has made a strong point

Regardless of the outcome of the recount of the Milford School Board election – scheduled for today, Thursday, March 21 – no one will be able to take away from Holleigh Tlapa the fact that more than 800 of her fellow residents took the time and the effort to write in her name. On the ...

Living a nightmare?

What is it about so called “elite” universities that drives people, some of them famous, to get involved in what clearly were scams directed at getting their children into colleges they obviously couldn’t have gotten on merit? Speculation about motives has been rife ever since news of ...

Pence gets a surprise

Favorite story of the week: Ireland’s leader, Leo Varadkar, had breakfast with U.S. Vice President Mike (LGBTQ people shouldn’t have rights) Pence and Varadkar brought with him (drum roll) his boyfriend. Uh oh. Mike Pence and Mrs. Mike Pence don’t seem all that comfortable with gay ...

Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948 About 105 inches of snow had fallen in Milford so far, the most on Dec. 23 when 15 inches fell, followed by 12 inches on Dec. 26. Our Milford High School correspondent, Nancy Fitch, wrote that “stringent warnings” were being issued concerning “snowballing.” The ...

Bags, buses and helping the village to feed itself

Occasionally, somebody says something to me that is humbling, in that it seems like something I should have known but did not. When this happens, if often gets my mind spinning on what can be done to possibly effect change. I want to share with you a story about just such an incident that ...

We’re all in this together

This question has probably been around since the advent of overhead power lines and perhaps especially since the great ice storm of 2008, but it comes up again because Eversource, our regional power company, has asked the Amherst Planning Board to host a public hearing on its plan to remove ...

Name, town and phone number, please

We received a letter from someone who signed it with something that was obviously not a real name and as per our rules at The Cabinet, did not run it. The letter does not reach our criterion for running letters without a name and town. In the long history of The Cabinet, we have run a few ...

Thumbing the Files for March 14

71 years ago, 1948: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a Commerce Department appropriations bill that included $10,425 for an airport in Milford. The bill then had to go to the U.S. Senate. The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Cass Timberlane” with Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, ...

Navigating High Water

Patty Rotch took this photo of a horseback rider and dog making their way through high water in March 1977, along Boston Post Road in Amherst.