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On air News Read for March 30, 2017

It was Career Day at Manchester High School West, yesterday.  Seventy five professionals from a variety of industries and fields gave their time to stand in front of every classroom at the high school.  Kids weren’t only able to hear from professionals in their own classes, they were allowed to attend classes that had someone who might be of interest to them in their off periods as well.  West Principal Rick Dichard said it was the only event of its kind in the city, where every classroom had a career professional there all day to help the kids understand...

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On Air News Read for March 28, 2017

The city of Manchester lost two of its own, yesterday.  First came word that State Representative Steve Vaillancourt, also a former Alderman from Ward Eight, was found dead in his home.  Then, shortly thereafter, came word that former Ward Nine Alderman Bob Pariseau had also gone to his eternal rest. Sources tell Girard at Large that Vaillancourt, who had a heart attack last year, had twice passed out at the State House last week and hadn’t been feeling well.  When he didn’t show up for a committee meeting yesterday, something that never happened, and couldn’t be reached by telephone,...

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On Air News Read for March 27, 2017

Governor Christopher Sununu joined with twenty of his colleagues across the country in signing a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan urging the repeal and replacement of Obamacare just moments before the bill was pulled from the House Floor on Friday.  In the letter, the governors said they agreed with Americans who want “personalized, patient-centered healthcare that treats them as individuals not a statistic,” which, they wrote, “demands we repeal Obamacare, replace it, and reform the system.”  The governors supported repeal, saying Obamacare is collapsing and threatening millions with the loss of heath insurance...

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On Air News Read for March 24, 2017

Quote:  It is with deep regret that due to my current housing issue, I will no longer be living in Ward 6 and I must resign per the Manchester City Charter.  My resignation is effective Friday, March 31st, 2017. That’s what Manchester Ward Six Alderman Nick Pappas wrote to Mayor Ted Gatsas and Board of Alderman Chairman Patrick Long in a letter sent yesterday.  Pappas was elected in November 2 0 1 5.  In an interview with Girard at Large, Pappas said he and his wife had put their home on the market as they looked for a new...

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On Air News Read for March 23, 2017

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen held a special meeting last night to discuss the impact of Mayor Ted Gatsas’ budget proposal with several department heads.  As we’ve previously reported, those heard from, especially the Big Three, Police, Fire and Public Works, expressed concern at having to absorb the cost of retirement severance payouts in their budgets.  The upshot of it all was that everything from leaving vacancies open to the rolling shutdown of fire stations was threatened if funding wasn’t increased. Of particular interest was the Board of School Committee’s vote to reduce what it paid the...

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On Air News Read for March 22, 2017

Legislation to legitimize the election results in towns that went rogue on March fourteenth has hit a snag.  Senate Bill 2 4 8, introduced by Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn, Democrat from Whitefield, would sanctify all ballots issued and ratify all results in communities that didn’t vote on March fourteenth, as required by law, because of Snowzilla’s Attack.  Several communities across the state, including many in our listening area, ignored Secretary of State Bill Gardner and rescheduled their elections despite Gardner’s admonition that quote “there are no snow days for elections.”  Officials in the offending towns relied on a...

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On Air News Read for March 21, 2017

Hooksett Fire and Rescue Department Chief James Burkush and Captain Joseph Stalker issued a statement on Friday announcing the creation of a Safe Station program.  Citing the quote “overwhelming success of the Safe Station program in Manchester” the department says it will offer the same “valuable services.” The program, first launched in Manchester last May, enables any person struggling with addiction to go to a fire station where they will be evaluated by medically trained staff and referred either to a hospital or treatment facility.  Since May fourth, Manchester fire stations have received nearly fourteen hundred visits from people who...

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On Air News Read March 20, 2017

The Hooksett Town Council will meet on Thursday night starting at six o’clock in the Council Chambers at Town Hall.  On the agenda are new contracts for the town’s firefighters and police officers.  The council will also be asked to approve the establishment of a special taxing district up by Exit Ten on Interstate 9 3.  If imposed, businesses between exits Ten and Eleven would pay an additional property tax for cost of the town extending sewer service.  A similar tax was levied for infrastructure work to facilitate business development several years ago.  We’ve linked to the agenda. The...

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On Air News Read News Read for March 17, 2017

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster and Wolfeboro Police Chief Dean Rondeau announced that twenty seven year old Tanya McCormack of Effingham pled guilty yesterday in Carroll County Superior Court to selling fentanyl that caused the death of twenty two year old Cole McMahon of Wolfeboro in September, 2 0 1 5.  McCormack was sentenced to eleven to twenty two years in the New Hampshire State Prison with three years suspended off of the minimum and maximum portion of the sentence.  In a statement released yesterday, Foster said, Fentanyl is a serial killer. Those who sell it are choosing...

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On Air News Read for March 16, 2017

It’s Town Election Day for Bedford and Candia today.  Election officials in both towns postponed Tuesday’s elections until today due to the Attack of Snowzilla.  Voters will go to the polls on both town and school district matters, including races for school board, town council and board of selectmen.  Polls are open in Bedford from seven to seven and in Candia from six to seven. The town of Auburn has released its election results from Tuesday, the original Election Day.  In the only contested races on the ballot for elective office, David Dion beat Michael Rolfe for a seat...

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