Last Week, we reported that the Planned Pinardhood Ad Hoc Committee made some minor changes to the proposed Community Plan and forwarded it on to the Goffstown Planning Board on a five to two vote.  Now, we have two meetings to tell you about.  First, the Goffstown’s Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 7 P M on Thursday, September twelfth in room 1 0 6 of the Town Hall on the question of including the proposal in the town’s master plan.  On Tuesday, September tenth, Goffstown State Rep. and Pinardville Resident John Burt will host a Plan Pinardville Uncensored meeting to provide residents the opportunity to share their thoughts in a non-governmental setting.  Burt contends many are intimidated by formal board meetings and procedures and fear reprisals if they speak in opposition.  He’s invited the Board of Selectmen to attend the event at which a presentation will be made about the proposed changes as well as a question and answer period for residents.  He promises it won’t be run quote “like a government meeting.”  End quote.  The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 P M at the Bartlett Elementary School in Pinardville.

Manchester Ward 11 Alderman Normand Gamache will nominate retired Parkside guidance counselor and current City Democrat Committee Vice Chair Patricia Cornell to the School Board to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of incumbent Jason Cooper at tonight’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.  Cornell has long been a very liberal political activist whose mother, Viola Reardon, served several terms on the School Board representing Ward 5.  If approved by the board, she will take office as soon as she’s sworn in and fill the balance of Cooper’s term.  A successor will be elected in the coming elections.  Candidates Kathryn Desrochers and former school board member Stephen Dolman, whom Cooper defeated last time out, were both said to have been interested in being appointed to the position.  Cornell will not appear on the ballot in November.

Meanwhile, the board will also likely accept a five hundred dollar donation from Ward 10 Alderman Phil Greazzo to replace the flag that flies above the tower at City Hall.  Greazzo said it’s faded and tattered and needs to be replaced.  He also said he’s done it about every other year for the past decade.  Our thanks to Alderman Greazzo for replacing the faded Old Glory; now if we could only do that with the country…

News from our own backyard continues right after this.

The Gill Stadium Centennial Celebration Committee’s looking for volunteers as it finalizes its preparations for the big birthday bash it’s got planned.  Festivities for the historic field start this Friday Night and continue through Sunday evening.  Special athletic events, activities and games for kids, marching band presentations, various entertainment and performances and OOOHHH sooo much more are on tap.   We’ve linked to their activity schedule from this newscast as well as our special Labor Day interview with committee members Sue Capano, John Patrick Jordan and Mike Lopez.  Those interested in volunteering to assist with various events and activities are asked to call Mike Lopez at 6 6 9 8 0 5 8, that’s 6 6 9 8 0 5 8.

Manchester’s Board of School Committee is hoping for a smooth opening of school in the Queen City tomorrow morning as fifteen thousand kids prepare to head to school.  Things have been much quieter as the schools’ opening day approaches this year.  Teachers will be back in their classrooms today for their first official day.  Before headed there, though, they’ll meet at the Practical Arts Auditorium (I just can’t remember the name of the guy they recently named the theater after…sorry about that) with Superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston who will introduce herself for the first time to the teaching staff.  As school opens, questions remain about what teachers will be teaching.  We continue to wait for our answer to who’s in charge of what gets taught in the schools as Livingston has yet to answer our inquiry questioning whether or not she’ll instruct teachers to use the Common Core curriculum guides tabled by the Curriculum and Instruction Committee last week.  Manchester area Catholic Schools, for the most part, start school today.  Bus transportation will begin tomorrow for them, however.

Christopher Duffley, a blind and autistic child and our Number One Fan, will be at Fenway Park tomorrow night to sing the National Anthem before the Sox game.  The twelve year old whose musical and singing talents have attracted millions of views on-line and caused him to be invited to perform at dozens of places locally and across the country delighting untold numbers of people will be there to celebrate Autism Speaks Day.  Our National Anthem is one of Christopher’s favorite and signature performances and is sure to please.  Be sure to tune in!

That’s news from our own backyard, Girard at Large hour ___ is just 30 seconds away!