The Budget Committee in the town of Bow is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy until the town’s next election in March. Per R S A 3 2: 1 5, the Budget Committee will review all applications
and select a candidate. To apply, please complete the Town Volunteer Application and return it to the town manager’s office no later than Friday June 26. We’ve posted the necessary links with this newscast at Girard at Large dot com.
The town of Bedford’s Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for this Sunday afternoon. It will step off at one o’clock from Bedford High and continue down County Road, right onto Liberty Hill Road and into the parking lot of McKelvie Intermediate School. This year’s theme is “Saluting the Price of Freedom.” After the parade, visitors can take part in the sights and sounds of the afternoon with various vendors set-up in the McKelvie School grounds ready to serve refreshments. County and Liberty Hill roads will be shut down briefly to allow the parade to pass.
American Legion Post 27 in Londonderry will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade at 10 am this Monday and all veterans are invited to march. The parade will begin at the high school and proceed to the Glenwood Cemetery where they will lay a wreath on the grave of P F C. Verne Greeley who was killed in Vietnam in 1967. After this ceremony they will march to the Town Common where Maj. Fischer, U S M C (ret.) will speak. After the parade they are having a cookout at the Post. As in the past they will be supported by the Londonderry High School Band, Boys Scout troop 5 2 1 as well as the town’s police and fire departments. Any other groups who would like to march with them are encouraged to contact Post Commander Bob Stuart please 2 3 4 7 0 4 0. All veterans who would like to march are asked to meet at the high school driveway by 9 4 5.
As we heard yesterday, Manchester’s parade steps off at two on Monday, followed by wreath laying ceremonies, speechifying and the firing of volleys in Veterans Park.
The Manchester and Auburn police departments have announced they are participating in the annual “Join the NH Clique’ Seat belt Campaign” which started on Monday and runs through the end of the month. The campaign is sponsored by the NH Highway Safety Agency and funded by National Highway Traffic Safety Agency. Officers will be working patrols that primarily focus on those who are not in compliance with N H seat belt law. R S A 2 6 5 : 1 0 7-a, requires drivers and passengers under the age of 18 to be properly restrained with a seat or safety belt. There are also age and height requirements for children to be properly secured in child restraint system while riding in a motor vehicle. The penalty for a 1st offense is $50 and $100 for a 2nd or subsequent offense.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
Timberlane Regional School Board Member Donna Green has taken her Right to Know case to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Listeners may recall Green filed a Right to Know suit over the refusal of the Timberlane Regional School District to provide electronic copies of requested documents in their native digital format. She lost the case and the Motion to Reconsider in Rockingham County Superior Court to the shock and chagrin of Right to Know activists across the state who believed it was an open and shut case against the district. For the appeal to the supreme court, Green has retained the services of Attorney Richard Lehman. In her prior court filings, she had acted pro-se, meaning without a lawyer.
Meanwhile, Green has blown the whistle on what she’s calling a bait and switch on the closing of the Sandown Central School. You may remember during our coverage of that whole sordid affair, we kept asking why they would close the school, but not identify the elimination of its administrative positions, especially principal, as part of the cost savings. Well, we now know why. Green’s reporting on her blog that she’s obtained credible insider information that Superintendent Earl Metzler will bring forward a proposal at tonight’s meeting of the school board to consolidate all of the district’s pre-K classrooms from all four towns at Sandown Central along with the Kindergarten classes from Sandown North. Green says the proposal will not only not save the projected three quarters of a million dollars Metzler said was necessary to keep the district operating in light of proposed budget cuts, but that significant money will need to be spent on playgrounds and sprinkler systems for the school. She wonders whether or not this proposal is even legal given that not one, but two warrant articles to fund the school’s operations were defeated by voters. We’ve linked to the article from this news read at Girard at Large dot com and, in doing so, wonder in our out loud radio voice when the rest of the Timberlane Regional School Board will start to ask questions or if they were in on it from the beginning.
Why should Millennials brave the bitter winters to live in Manchester? For one, according to c n traveler dot com, it came in at the very top of Forbes’ list of Best Cheap Cities, and it can offer what few other metropolitan areas can: A job. Manchester’s unemployment rate was 3 . 8 percent in the fall of 2014, compared to 5 . 9 percent nationally; hospitals and banks were the biggest employers. At one time the town was known for its textile mills, as we all know, but the old mill buildings have become chic condos, upscale offices and centers of hoppin’ high tech companies. According to c n traveler dot com, Manchester is ninth on the top ten list of best places for Millennials to live, finishing just behind Philadelphia and just ahead of Honolulu. How ’bout that? We’ve linked to the article.
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