Another teacher has been fired from Phillips Exeter Academy for having sex with students. Academy Headmaster Lisa MacFarlane sent a letter to the school community yesterday announcing that faculty member Steve Lewis had been fired for having admitted to sexual encounters with a student more than twenty years ago. Lewis has been banned from campus and all Academy events. The Exeter Police Department announced Lewis will not face any criminal charges as the statute of limitations has expired. Police and school officials continue to ask anyone with information about any such conduct to come forward.
The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport passed a recent inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport conducts what is known as the Part 139 Certification Inspection to ensure that it can serve commercial airline operations. The comprehensive, three day inspection includes a review of safety and operational areas such as aircraft rescue/firefighting equipment, training and response times, airport emergency plan, operations/maintenance personnel training and performance, paved/unpaved safety areas and runway approaches, marking and lighting, snow and ice control procedures, self-inspection program, and operations and maintenance records and logs.
The New Hampshire Senate Finance Committee heard House Bill 1 5 9 1 on Tuesday. The bill would address the shortfall for the state retirees’ health insurance program. Senate President Chuck Morse, Republican from Salem, spoke in favor of the bill saying it would, quote “help ensure that there will be no gaps in retiree’s healthcare coverage.” Morse said it would be “incredibly irresponsible” to leave the problem unsolved for the next governor and legislature.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department issued a letter yesterday withdrawing the proposed rule change that would have permitted a limited bobcat hunting season in the state. In response to the move, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, Republican from Wolfeboro, released a statement commending the decision. Bradley said he believed the proposal was flawed and that he was prepared to take action legislatively to extend the hunting ban on the once threatened species.
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First District Congressman Frank Guinta, Republican from Manchester, introduced the Firearms Transfer Improvement Act yesterday. In a statement, Guinta said the bill would provide a significant boost for the state’s gun dealers, tourism industry and the larger economy by allowing interstate handgun purchases to be made under the same federal law as interstate long gun purchases. As an example, Guinta’s statement said a Vermont resident would be able to buy a handgun in New Hampshire, where there is no sales tax, and bring it home as long as he abides by Vermont’s gun laws.
The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition endorsed Guinta’s legislation. Coaliton Vice President and Training Director Alan Rice said, quote:
“people travel to New Hampshire from all over to purchase tires, clothing, jewelry, furniture, electronics, everything. Now, they’ll be able to lawfully purchase handguns free from sales tax.” The bill is co-sponsored by a dozen of Guinta’s colleagues across the country.
Two Hooksett Police officers saved the life of an overdose victim on Tuesday while responding to a call at the Firebird Motel. Officer Czarnec and Sgt. Sargent found the man unconscious and without a pulse in a bathtub. The officers revived the victim using C P R before Hooksett firefighters arrived and administered Narcan.
After fifteen months of renovation work following the rupture of a water pipe in February of last year, the West Side Branch of the Manchester Library will host an open house tomorrow afternoon from three to six to give residents a sneak peek at what things will look like when the facility reopens to the public on May second. Water from the burst pipe filled the historic building’s basement, ruining all materials, furniture fixtures and building systems. Rather than simply repairing the damaged areas, the city embarked on a six hundred thousand dollar renovation of the entire facility, about a third of which was paid for by insurance proceeds. By all accounts, it was money well spent.
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