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Category: Oh My BLOG!

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS – A non-political entertainment alternative

Tired of football and all the politics? How about something different. As many of you know I have been working for Stihl Timbersports for 25 years. I am on the production crew. Recently, Duluth Trading Post, one of our sponsors, wrote me up a bit in a blog add for their Firehose Pants: https://blog.duluthtrading.com/stihl_timbersports_wood_monkeys/ We filmed this Series Final in Milwaukie, Wisconsin at a German heritage festival. It was great. All 12,000 seats were full and then some. This year the old guys fell, one by one, to some new, younger, competitors who have gone through the college events...

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Another View — Rich Girard: Breaking the rules, and getting away with it

Posted as originally published in the Union Leader on Friday, October 13, 2017. It is with some sense of amazement that I write this letter to the people of Manchester. On Monday, September 25th, the Manchester Board of School Committee did two things that actually made my jaw drop. As you may know, at-Large board member Nancy Tessier violated policies of the school board, provisions of the city charter and laws of the state when she disclosed the contents of a non-public meeting to the staff members who were the subject of a confidential discussion.  That’s not my accusation. ...

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Crybaby Candidates and the Mentality of Self-Importance

On October 5th, I reported on a candidate forum organized and advertised by Ward 6 school board candidate John DiPietro.  Having read his press release and visited the Facebook event post he published, it was clear that this was an open invitation to any candidate running for office and any member of the public who wanted to discuss a variety of issues facing the city’s schools.  That NH Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut  agreed to moderate the round-table, I thought, was a great catch for the event.  Not only would he hear from both from local elected officials, candidates,...

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DiPietro seeks release of Tessier Report

Manchester, NH– Jon DiPietro, candidate for school board in Ward 6, submitted a Right to Know request to Manchester Board of School Committee Clerk Maura Leahy today. He is seeking access to documents related to the breach of confidentiality by at-large Board of School Committee (BOSC) member Nancy Tessier on September 14th, 2017. During its meeting on September 26th, the BOSC voted to receive and file a letter from attorney James O’Shaughnessy containing his findings regarding allegations that Tessier disclosed confidential information from a non-public meeting to employees of the Manchester School District.  A motion by committee member Rich...

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Manchester School District identifies board members who take taxpayer provided health and dental benefits

In response to a Right to Know request filed by former Hooksett School Board Member John Lyscars, the Manchester School District has released the names of those board members who take taxpayer provided health and or dental insurance benefits and identified the associated premium costs to the district.  Lyscars said he filed the request because, as a Hooksett taxpayer, he was unhappy that tuition his town paid the to educate its children in the Queen City’s schools was going to board member benefits, rather than to classroom needs. Lyscars’ original request produced a document that identified the plans taken...

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A tale to two types of voters

The Concord paper serves a city that has a ton of people who work for, or have a family member who works for, government. They like a news source that makes them feel happy and secure. Well, they have it in spades with the local paper. Here is an example: http://www.concordmonitor.com/Democrats-question-lawmaker-s-motives-in-getting-voter-data-12358315 Take this poorly crafted, but standard, attack article about the devious motives of a person who simply wanted to put to rest all the allegations of voter fraud in New Hampshire. The story writer attempts to expose House Speaker Shawn Jasper for asking the Secretary of State to...

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Ask Martha how she does it

Apparently, the City of Portsmouth has a problem with people renting out apartments through Airbnb. http://www.unionleader.com/business/Portsmouth-zoning-law-trouble-for-Airbnb-09112017 From the story: “Officials do not track Airbnb rentals specifically, and city attorney Robert Sullivan says he estimates the total number of cease and desist orders issued this year for short-term rentals is less than 10.” “Sullivan explained on Thursday that unless something is specifically allowed under Portsmouth’s zoning ordinance, it is not permissible. And any business owner who hosts people for a fee, regardless of how they book the property, has to make sure they follow city ordinances for bed and breakfasts...

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PARENTS: Questions To Ask Regarding Mental Evaluations On Your Children By Their Local School

I opposed Competency Based Education (CBE) in New Hampshire because it is a model used to change attitudes, beliefs, and values in children.  The old Outcome Based Education (OBE) model used in the 90’s failed students back then. OBE never focused on improving literacy, it was a model that shifted focus away from academics.  These failed fads tend to die out after a few years when parents figure out it does nothing to improve literacy. Social and Emotional learning (SEL) is the new fad that attempts to change your child’s values, values, and beliefs. Does your child have the...

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REPLY to Executive Councilors Volinsky & Pappas’ Political Hit Piece Against Commissioner Edelblut

This is my reply to Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas on their political HIT PIECE against Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut that appeared in the Manchester Union Leader: Dear Editor: Executive Councilors Andru Volinsky and Chris Pappas’ criticism of New Hampshire’s Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut, made me wonder, are they bothered that he’s working hard to improve public education?  Volinsky and Pappas took a swing at Commissioner Edelblut for attending political functions; however, they ignored all of the good things he’s attempting to do to improve public education in New Hampshire.     Edelblut has heard from parents and...

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Gaudet to Aldermen: Time to do the right thing.

We publish the comments made by Manchester resident Jim Gaudet at the August 15, 2017 meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen regarding his complaint against Ward 2 Alderman Ron Ludwig and Ward 11 Alderman Normand Gamache, which charged both with violating the city charter in voting for labor contracts covering immediate family members.  Assistant Manchester City Solicitor Thomas Arnold, Jr. issued an opinion advising the two aldermen, did in fact, violate the charter. Public Input Statement Your Honor Mayor Gatsas and Members of the Manchester Board of Aldermen: My name is Jim Gaudet, of Roysan Street in...

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