Should Have Passed Contract

To the Editor:

I read from afar with interest the report on the Sanborn School District meeting and the refusal of the townspeople from Kingston and Newton to allocate any money for the negotiated teachers contract. This reminds me a lot of the early 90's, when the same arguments were being made by what seems to be the same people. New Hampshire's way of funding schools, while being the purest form of government, leaves A LOT to be desired when it comes District Meeting time.

Kingston and Newton have always had an excellent reputation as frugal but compassionate. Where is the outrage? Times will get better - you all know that. If you don't look beyond the end of your noses, you will pay for this down the line in low teacher morale and ultimately, poor performance by the students in the classroom. You won the battle, but you will lose the war.

Investing in education is the most primary need of children. It is your children who will suffer, because future generations of kids will always be behind when good teachers either move on to better paying school districts, or worse, leave teaching altogether.

The local school systems of NH need to be funded with a broad-based tax at the state level so towns can avoid this insanity. Local control has proven to not be such a good idea, after all.

I'm disappointed to hear that those citizens that believe in good education think they can get it on the cheap.

A longtime former resident whose family lived in Kingston for a long time,

Brian Collins

Buford, GA

(Formerly of Kingston)

Hospice Needs Your Help

To the Editor:

The fulfillment of a dream is never attained simply through wanting. Patience, hard work, perseverance and, most importantly, the commitment of believers is what turns a dream into reality.

For years, the staff and trustees of Merrimack Valley Hospice dreamed of building a Hospice House to offer compassionate, comprehensive end-of-life care to patients who cannot remain at home during their final days. Our dream is almost realized, with the construction of a Hospice House on North Avenue in Haverhill nearing completion.

We didn’t do this alone – our friends across the Merrimack Valley, through gifts large and small, donated nearly $4.4 million in support of this important project. We’re almost there, but not quite.

Now, we need your help to reach our $5 million goal. The Hospice House has been meticulously designed and will include 14 private suites for patients and their families, as well as unique shared spaces that create a tranquil feeling including living rooms and gathering areas, a family kitchen, library, sanctuary and beautiful gardens. Two of the rooms can be converted to children’s rooms complete with a crib and rocker.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be writing to our friends and neighbors asking for support of this important project. Please give thoughtful consideration to this request and know that donations of all sizes matter and will help. Your contribution will help us bring comfort to a husband with young children who is struggling to care for his ailing wife, a frail, elder hoping to remain by her dying husband’s side, or an ill child needing round-the-clock care.

To make a gift today, please call Vicki Kelley at 978-552-4162 or visit Your gift of any size matters and will make a difference.

On behalf of the patients and families that will find comfort in this special house, thank you for your consideration of support. We remain dedicated in our belief and ever grateful to all who join us in achieving this dream.

Joan Stygles Hull RN, MBA

Merrimack Valley Hospice

To the Residents of Fremont

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the voters of Fremont, who over the years have voted for me as their Selectman. To be entrusted with the public’s business is a significant responsibility, which I hold in high regard. It has been honorable and humbling to have this responsibility for all the residents of Fremont.

I would like offer a special thanks to all the elected officials, department heads, employees and volunteers that I have worked with. You are the ones that make small town government work. Most importantly I would like to thank the voters / taxpayers for their support of the Town. Your commitment to the Town makes it possible.

Finally, I want to share with you that I have worked with some wonderful elected officials and volunteers over the years. I can think of no other involvement where in you have the opportunity to meet and work closely with such a diverse group of people. The shared sense of commitment and accomplishment has been strong. Often I have heard that someone can not get involved in their town or community because it would be too big a commitment in their lives. Although the time commitment can be significant, the rewards can be too. I have learned from everyone I have worked with and feel enriched for the experience. I value these relationships greatly. I encourage all residents to be actively involved in some way in their community.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

Gene Cordes


To the Residents of Plaistow

To the Editor:

The members of the Plaistow Fire Department sincerely thank the Town for their support of our warrant articles. Without your commitment to us, we would not be able to provide you with the exemplary level of service you have come to expect of us.

During these difficult economic times, we are extremely grateful that you consider our causes worthy of your tax dollars. It is our responsibility to use those dollars wisely. That is a responsibility we do not take lightly. I assure you that we will be both judicious and prudent when expending these funds.

John H. McArdle

Chief, Plaistow Fire Department

A Poem of Appreciation

To the Editor:

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who supported me in the last election. You may have displayed or held a sign, written a letter or given me some kind words of support. I appreciate it all and wrote a little poem.

I wanted to thank everyone who came to vote,

so I sat right down to write a note.

I'm really not a politician, as such,

I just want to keep doing my job, that I enjoy so much.

I will continue to do my best,

to serve one and all for every request.

I look forward to seeing you all at town hall,

or if you need something before, just give me a call.

Bettie C. Ouellette

Kingston Town Clerk - Tax Collector

Thanks to Officer Chris VanHirtum

To the Editor:

This note is being sent in appreciation for the efforts of Atkinson Police officer Chris VanHirtum. During the recent passing of our beloved wife and mother, Winifred M. Ray, officer VanHirtum showed much needed compassion and professionalism. It was a blessing to have his service at our time of loss.

As a newer member of the Atkinson Police, welcome, you are an appreciated asset for the department.

The Ray/ Skidgel Families


Tradition Shattered

To the Editor:

During the opening Selectman’s meeting on March 16, a long tradition of the senior Selectman becoming the Chair their last year was shattered last night. The controversial second year Selectman, Mr. David Pendell, motioned to have Mr. Matt Dworman, incoming Selectman, as Chair, and Mr. Dworman seconded the motion, leaving third year Selectman Dick Poelaert out of the traditional Chair position.

Matt Dworman won the Selectman’s race against incumbent Robert Caron by 62 votes during a highly controversial campaign of negative facts, mis-statements and accusations motivated by Mr. Pendell who was backing Mr. Dworman. The other candidate was Mr. Pendell’s wife, Teresa, who was also on the ballot.

Back in December, Selectman David Pendell filed suit (Docket #08-E-563, dated 12-11-08) against the two other Selectman for “conducting town business outside of the public meetings” and issuing a “cease and desist order in regards to change of the deed for the Pound School in East Kingston”. According to records, the Superior Court denied Pendell’s request for relief and dismissed the case. Concluding that the record does not support the conclusion that Rob Caron, Chairman, and Dick Poelaert conducted town business relative to the Pound School in violation of RSA 91-A. At the residents' request, the incurred legal fees of approximately $4,200.00 was forwarded to Mr. Pendell for reimbursement to the Town as the suit was totally without merit. Mr. Pendell has not made a statement to the residents as to his desire for reimbursement yet.

Over the past year, Mr. Pendell has created conflict between departments and organizations within town with his own agenda.

During last nights meeting Mr. Pendell stated to the public that he did have previous conversation and an agreement with Mr. Dworman that he would motion to elect him chair versus Mr. Poelaert. This type of action is exactly what Mr. Pendell accused the past Board of Selectman (conducting business outside) of doing and was dismissed.

This action does not benefit the Town other than create more division and specific agendas within the Selectman’s office between Mr. Pendell and Mr. Dworman.

It was also rumored in town that Mr. Pendell wants to replace several town officials such as the Police Chief, Building Inspector/Code Enforcement, Town office administration, and the Fire Chief.

Many residents feel Mr. Dworman should reverse his Chair decision and stick with tradition. The three member board still obtains its voting privilege and any controversial issues Mr. Dworman could be the deciding vote with an open frame of mind. Versus hidden agendas with Mr. Pendell.

Rob Caron

East Kingston

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