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Chester Selectmen Discuss Short Term Disability Policy
Source:  http://nutfieldnews.net
Thursday, 01 December 2022 11:17

By Alex Malm

During the Nov. 17 Chester Board of Selectmen meeting, one of the items discussed was their policy on short-term disability.
It was explained by Town Administrator, Deb Doda, that right now if someone goes out on medical leave then they would pay for 60% of it and the town would pay for 40% of it to make the employee “whole” while they are out.
She said, however, if someone is out on workers compensation then that isn’t the case.
“The person who gets sick is made whole, the person who was injured in the course of their job isn’t made whole,” said Doda.
Doda explained that right now they don’t have a policy either way when it comes to short term disability. It was pointed out that a vote on the procedure was previously taken, however, the Board of Selectmen never voted on a formal policy.
It was decided to take a vote on a proposed policy during a future meeting.
Also during the meeting, it was brought up if they should offer a new program called NH Paid Family Medical Leave.
According to the NH Paid Family Medical Leave website, the employees can purchase “a paid family and medical leave insurance plan that provides up to 60% wage replacement for covered workers for up to 6 weeks per year for absences from work for covered common life events.”
Some of the life events that the website pointed to include “child bonding” after a birth, adoption, or fostering, serious health condition(s) of a family member, or caring for a qualifying military service member.
It also includes someone’s own serious health conditions when disability coverage doesn’t apply including childbirth.
“People who work for a NH employer would be able to purchase it for themselves if their employer doesn’t offer the benefit or something equal to it,” the website states.
It was pointed out by Finance Officer, Marianne Duffy, that it isn’t a requirement that they offer it and instead it would be an additional benefit that they can offer their employees.
Board of Selectmen Chairman, Chuck Myette, said they should get the full information for what the cost ramifications will be to administer the program and more details on it before they make a decision one way or another.
The rest of the Board of Selectmen agreed.
The next Chester Selectmen meeting is slated to take place on Dec. 8.

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Hampstead Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade Set For Dec. 11
Source:  http://nutfieldnews.net
Thursday, 01 December 2022 11:16

By Alex Malm

On Dec. 11, the 58th annual Hampstead Winter Wonderland Christmas parade will be taking place starting at 1 p.m.
This is the 4th year the event is being hosted by the Hampstead Lions Club.
Event organizers said this year they will be going back to the event’s roots.
“We are going back to the traditional parade route, starting at Holiday Lane and Main Street and ending at the Hampstead Central School, where there will be a social gathering at the end with hot chocolate,” Roxanne Schloth, the Chair of the event said.
Schloth said people can support the parade by showing up.
“We are always happy to accept donations. Majority of the parade funding is supported through the generous support of Hampstead Fireman’s Association, and a contribution from the Hampstead Lions Club,” said Schloth. “While this is a Hampstead Lions Club organized event, the goal is to have the Hampstead Christmas Parade to run and finance independently.”
Some of the organizations participating will include The Pinkerton Academy Air Force Junior ROTC, Pinkerton Academy and Hampstead Middle School marching bands, dancers, and others.
After the parade, people can head to the Hampstead Central School for cookies, hot chocolate, arts and crafts, and a special visit with Santa until 4 p.m.
“We want to thank everyone who participates and lines the streets! This is such a feel-good community-based event,” said Schloth.
“There are smiles to go around and to everyone who supported us the last two years when the parade was mobile during Covid, we thank you,” said Schloth
For more information visit the Hampstead Christmas parade event on Facebook.

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Sandown Planning Board Continue Elderly Housing Development Plan
Source:  http://nutfieldnews.net
Thursday, 01 December 2022 11:13

By Alex Malm

One of the public hearings that occurred during the Nov.15 Sandown Planning Board meeting was in regards to a 12 unit elderly housing development located on the end of Snow Lane.
Jeff Merritt, who was representing the owners, explained they made several changes to the buffer area including tightening slopes and grading in the area. They presented a landscape plan to meet the landscape regulations.
Merritt said based on the feedback they heard from abutters during the previous meeting it was decided to remove the proposed street lighting, except for the one by the mailbox and visitor parking area.
As part of his review, Town Engineer, Steve Keach, stated he is requesting they contribute “a fare share” to the town’s anticipated future cost for the reconstruction of the first 800 feet of Snow Lane.
The Planning Board also agreed with Keach that Environmental Consultant, Bruce Gilday, should attend the site walk so he can review the wetlands on site.
Another abutter, Kevin Major, stated he was concerned that the vernal pool is not designated on the plan.
Keach explained all documentation that was previously submitted noted that the area was a vernal pool. He told the Board that the Conservation Commission reviewed the wetlands in 2008 and said at the time a wetland study was performed on the whole town.
Merritt also noted the alteration of terrain permit is still under review at the state level and they are working to address any comments from AoT and Fish and Game.
Merritt told the Planning Board one comment they received from NH Fish and Game was in regards to the use of sumpless catch basins for the turtles on site.
In terms of fire safety, Merritt pointed out he is working with Sandown Fire Chief, Michael Devine, to address concerns in regards to getting sprinkler systems installed.
Devine told the Board later in the meeting that with a sprinkler system installed in each of the buildings, the development would still need an additional 30,000 gallon system. The closest water source is about a mile away.
During public comment, one abutter, Todd Morey, said he was appreciative of the proposed lighting being removed.
It was ultimately suggested that they have a site walk so that way the Planning Board members could look at the property in person. Planning Board Chairman, John White, said he would also like the Conservation Commission to attend the site walk as well.
Merritt said he had no objections to it and would ask the owner for permission to go on the site.
The Planning Board approved continuing the application to Dec. 6.

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Family Holiday Fun Offered After the Parade in Derry
Source:  http://nutfieldnews.net
Thursday, 01 December 2022 11:11

Derry’s Veterans Hall and the Adams Memorial Opera House opened there doors for families to enjoy a number of holiday activities after the parade on Saturday. Children were able to visit with Santa Claus, decorate Christmas cookies, paint holiday decorations and be entertained with song and dance taking place on the stage at the Opera House throughout the day. A tree lighting in the center of town capped off the fun-filled day of holiday activities. Photos by Chris Paul

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Derry Rings in the Holiday with a Parade and Family Fun
Source:  http://nutfieldnews.net
Thursday, 01 December 2022 11:05

Broadway in Derry was quite busy on Saturday, Nov. 26, as the annual Holiday Parade took place featuring a number of bands, baton twirllers, pageant winners, clowns, businesses and civics groups. The annaul event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Derry Village Rotary. See follwing page for addition Very Derry photos. Photos by Chris Paul

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Derry Runners Lead the 49th Annual GDTC Turkey Trot
Source:  http://nutfieldnews.net
Thursday, 01 December 2022 10:58

By Chris Paul

Nearly 800 runners crossed the finish line at Gallians Beach during the 49th Annual Greater Derry Track Club’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and the three top finishers were from Derry.
On what turned out to be a fairly mild, late autumn morning, Derry resident, Luke Brennan, 18, a former elite Pinkerton Academy runner, was the first competitor to make it around Beaver Lake this year and took the first-place medal as the overall winner. Brennan finished with a time of 16:36 and was 18 seconds in front of another Derry runner, Thomas Hanlon, 24, who came in at 16:54.


The first female runner to complete the race was the third overall finisher and also a Derry resident. Emilee Risteen, 27, had a time of 17:42 to secure her position as the top female in the race.
Samuel Gagnon, 29, of Rutland, VT, was fourth overall, with a time of 18:09; Corey Girard, 40, of Pembroke, was fifth at 18:12; Jack Toscano, 54 of Salem, was sixth at 18:26, seventh was Cooper Michaud, 18, of Hooksett at 18:28; Derry’s Jason Rzasa, 16, took eighth (18:42); Logan McDonald, 16, had a time of 18:46 for ninth; and Jack Toscano, Jr., 18, of Salem, rounded out the top ten with his time of 18:54.
The top female runners, behind Risteen, who was the female race winner, were: Devin Molloy, 23, of Salem, second at 19:14; third was Kylie Johnson, 21, of Waterboro, ME (19:30); Contessa Silva, 16, of Derry took fourth (20:01); Gabriela Webber, 35, was fifth at 20:03; Morgan Sansing, 24, of Chester finished sixth (20:41); Anna Laufersweiler, 12, of Londonderry was seventh (20:52); Caitlin Boufford, 20, also of Londonderry, was eighth (21:27); Derry’s Sarah Rzasa, 14, was ninth at 22:18; and Charlotte Boyington, 12, of Chester was the tenth place finisher for the females at 22:22.
Other Derry Runners to finish the race in the top 100 were:
Parker Brown, 57, 13th, (6:06); Craig Coventry, 17, 22nd, (19:50); Michael Gendreau, 23rd, (19:51); Contessa Silva, 25th, 20:01; Paul Mahon, 47th, 21:28;
Sarah Rzasa, 57th, 22:18; Andy Lepage, 66th, 22:51; Benjamin Madore, 73rd, 23:25; Ryan Busby, 76th, 23:34; Bess Alshvang, 78th, 23:37; Katie Peterson, 79th, 23:37; Nicholas Bamberg, 80th, 23:42; David Hanlon, 82nd, 23:46; Hana Bredstein, 83rd, 23:47; Naiya Philipp, 84th, 23:49; Josh Rutstein, 88th, 23:57; Julie LePage, 91st, 24:02; Michael Maloof, 99th, 24:14.

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Beyond Politics: Big Black Friday, China Repercussions, & A Huge Hollywood Reboot at Disney
Source:  WKXL
Thursday, 01 December 2022 09:33

Matt Robison and Chris Hill of Motley Fool Money tackle:

Black Friday/Cyber Monday – A record $9 billion in sales on Black Friday! It’s encouraging, with one caveat: the percentage of purchases bought with a “buy now, pay later� plan is very much on the rise.

China protests – Everyone has something in their home made in China. From manufacturing to U.S. businesses with expanding operations in China (e.g., McDonald’s, Starbucks, Yum Brands) these protests affect American businesses (and not in a good way).

CEO 2: The Return of Bob Iger! – Just….wow. Four months after the board gave CEO Bob Chapek an extended contract they iced him.


Cail & Company LIVE with Eric Alper
Source:  WKXL
Thursday, 01 December 2022 09:20

Eric Alper has been at the forefront of the Canadian entertainment industry for 25+ years as a music publisict and music commentator. He joins the show today to chat about a new PBS documentary about an Oscar-winning Indigenous artist named Buffy Sainte-Marie.


Hampstead Lions ‘Christmas Wish Tree’
Source:  Carriage Towne News
Thursday, 01 December 2022 09:15

HAMPSTEAD —The Hampstead Lions Club will again this year place “Giving Treesâ€� at local businesses around town. They hope that the community becomes involved by taking a gift tag and fulfilling the wish of a child or sensor in need…

The Messenger – December 2, 2022
Source:  The Messenger
Thursday, 01 December 2022 09:11

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