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March 20, 2014

My Opinion: March 20, 2014

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HB-1325-FN, relative to death with dignity for certain persons suffering from a terminal condition. This bill would have implemented physician assisted suicide. Bill failed RC 219-66.

On the good side of things.. in addition to the two days at the State House, the Rockingham County Executive Committee spent two evening and the Delegation one putting the final touches on the annual budget and passed “Resolution 10-2014” “That the Rockingham County Convention, in accordance with RSA 24:13, authorize $78,537,624 in appropriations and $157,933 in reserves and encumbrances for the use of the County during 2014. That $44,809,156 be raised in new county taxes; that $29,150,467 be accepted as an estimate of revenues from other sources, and that $4,739,934 is accepted as fund balance for a total of $78,695,557 in resources.

As the Chairman of the Maintenance Sub-committee, I am very happy to report that in 2013, despite the many growing pains of our shift from oil to wood to provide heat and hot water to the nursing home complex of buildings and the jail/sheriff building we had a savings of $514,953. You will see even greater savings this year and after as this Biomass Plant is fully operational. This is just another example of the excellent hard work of Director of Facilities, Jude Gates, continues to do. “Good Work Jude, Well Done”.

Another good bit of news is the ratification of five labor union contracts for our county employees. There are still two more unions in negotiations.

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at l.mikekappler@comcast.net)

 

 

 

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  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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