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March 22, 2012

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RAYMOND — The NH Department of Administrative Services released its February revenue figures. The report showed that state revenue for the month was under plan by $1.4M, with tobacco tax revenues surpassing expectations by $900K. Credit for a large part of the accurate revenue figure estimates goes to Rep. Norman Major, of Atkinson, who did a great job. Governor Lynch criticizes the tax relief the legislature made last year, but I suggest the Democrats take a serious look at the good effects that our reductions made in restoring the New Hampshire Advantage, including bringing tobacco revenues in at above plan. People are responding to our "open for business" approach.

Congratulations to Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, for her recent appointment to the Business & Economic Development Task Force for the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. "Excelente, Felicidades, mi amigo!" meaning "Excellent, Congratulations, my friend!" in Spanish. I have worked with Marilinda for six years, as a fellow representative and as a member of the House Republican Alliance, and I can attest to her excellent work ethics. She will be a strong member of this task force as an advocate on behalf of the Hispanic community. Marilinda was one of the Union Leader's 2011 "40 Under 40" class.

Our March 7 and 8 Session started out with quite a load of bills: 304 total. A motion was made and passed, D 216-95, to limit debate to 20 minutes total: 10 minutes for each side, 5 minutes for each speaker.

The March 7th session started with bills left from the February 15th calendar.

HB-1718 - relative to judicial review of electoral districts. This bill: (1) provides for the expeditious judicial review of challenges to electoral districts. (2) requires the expedited filing of any appeal from the Superior Court to the Supreme Court. (3) specifies that the Speaker and Senate President must be joined as necessary parties to any case challenging the validity of their electoral districts respectively. A-0617h (A- amendment, h from House) YES VV (voice vote). Bill passed (Ought to Pass) OTP-A YES D 211-104.

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    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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