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April 25, 2013

My Opinion: April 25, 2013

By NH State Representative L. Mike Kappler
Carriage Towne News

---- — RAYMOND - One of my favorite events of the year is coming up on Thurs., May 2, the National Day of Prayer. This is an opportunity for members of various faiths to come together and pray for our nation, and for our Fire, Rescue, Police, State, Town, and School personnel. Raymond Baptist Church, under the Pastor-ship of my good friend, Pastor Kevin McBride, will be kicking off the day with a “gourmet”breakfast in their lower hall from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. If you plan to attend, please call them at 895-2859. This will be followed by an Area Prayer Rally on the Raymond Common at 12 noon. Hope to see you at both events.

Another event close to my heart is meeting to prepare for the Raymond 4th of July Parade. We are always looking for help with committee work projects, participants for the parade, and financial support. Since I have been the Chairman, we have gotten our town Selectmen to bar any vendors, because this is a “Bring your family, and leave your wallet at home” event. Please come and join us, allowing us to continue to bring Raymond this fun-filled all free day, with free food, no vendors, entertainment for the children, and a DJ to keep you entertained.

Over the years, we are drawing over 3,000 people annually. This event is not a town function, but an event done by a few dedicated patriot residents. All are welcome to help or participate. You can contact me at my e-mail listed.

The Rockingham County Executive Committee met on April 12th, with 14 members present and 6 absent. I am happy to report that the first quarter review of the 2013 budget went very well. The County is very lucky with its management and workforce. There was not one problem in this first quarter review. Every line item that had a slightly high expended figure, had a good reason why, most are annual one time expenses, paid in Jan., some others are bulk buys to save money.

With weather, equipment breakdown, unexpected repairs, and a host of other non-planned events, I am very happy and proud of our great Director of Facilities, Planning, and IT, Jude Gates, in keeping her portion of the budget under control. Her hard work to get the wood chip program approved and implemented; the chip furnaces are really paying off, a great savings to the county taxpayer. Director Gates has always, in my seven years working with her, as the Executive Committee’s County Maintenance Sub-Committee Chair, done an excellent job. Our maintenance portion of the operating budget came in at just 22%, with a bottom line at 26%. “Congratulations, Well Done, and Thank you, Jude!” for your continued excellent service to our taxpayers.

With the FY 2013 budget totals of $77,902,007 the first quarter Exp/Recv’d, as of 3/31/13, was $19,292,380 or 25%. Well done to all involved!

As another one of our loved ones and their family are fighting, in my opinion, a marked increase in cancer diagnosis in our local area, requiring: treatment, multiple expenses, and much family trauma, I want to truly say, “Thank You!” to all that came out to this most recent fundraiser for my friend, Patsy Peno, held at the Epping American Legion. Although Patsy has long been very active with the Raymond VFW and Al, the sizes of our fraternal homes, in Raymond, were too small for this overwhelming event, with great home made food, good “Capt. Chris” music, dancing, and a lot of raffles. A great big “Thank You!” goes out to the many people, businesses, and organizations that donated many raffle items to help make this fundraiser the success that it was. Thank you all.

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