New Ipswich

Mascenic School District: Default, proposed budget: both sides of the issue

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The deadline to make a decision on the school district budget is looming. School officials are advocating for the default budget, claiming the proposed budget, slashed at the district’s deliberative, will be devastating to the operation of the schools. The other side, however, argues that the towns, particularly New Ipswich, cannot take any more tax burden without breaking. Currently, the district is not recommending the proposed budget, which was reduced at Deliberative Session from $19,295,348 to $17,665,000. The default budget, which the district is now advocating for, is $19,048,560. The district has outlined some cuts that would occur under the proposed budget: 8.6 teacher positions, … 0

New Ipswich: Warwick Mills may rent Building No. 2

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW IPSWICH — The town may have a use for the long-empty Building No. 2, located behind the town offices. The building is virtually abandoned, used only for storage and to house the town’s radio equipment. It formerly housed as the town’s police department and Mascenic School District’s SAU office, but was left … 0

New Ipswich: Petition protests business district

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW IPSWICH — A proposed zoning ordinance put forward by petition that would allow commercial enterprises downtown will now have to gain two-thirds support from voters if it is to pass, after a group of landowners submitted a protesting petition against the article. The proposed zoning amendment sets boundaries for the town’s limited commercial district. The zoning ordinance already has provisions for a … 0

New Ipswich Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Service, accessibility and keeping costs down are what count

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jill Hopkins Occupation: Mixologist Time living in town: 45-plus years Previously elected positions: I was not elected, but hired as the Part Time Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector for New Ipswich What are two issues you feel are important … 0

New Ipswich police log: March 3, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Ipswich Friday, Feb. 20 Welfare check: At 8:51 a.m., police were advised of a young man on Turnpike Road sitting next to a bicycle whose fingers were numb. Police made contact with a 22-year-old man, and gave him a courtesy ride home. Welfare check: At 11:24 a.m., … 0

Viewpoint: My Las Vegas visit and what I didn’t do

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I left town between two of this winter’s monster snowstorms and watched the Super Bowl from a hotel in Las Vegas. This was my first visit, something no one there could believe. Everyone else, apparently, has been there at least five times. My connections to America’s sin city … 0

Letters: Don’t be stupid about the budget

Friday, February 27, 2015

To the editor: I would like to speak out in favor of the original Mascenic school budget and urge my community members to vote No to the amended budget. As a parent of a child in the middle school and one in the elementary school, I recognize that … 0

Letters: Time to invest in young people

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: As children, we are born into circumstances that we don’t choose, such as where we live or how the citizenry allocates its money. Although we all have differences, there is one fundamental aspect that we share: We are all a product of our environment. When … 0

Letters: Nostalgia can be disastrous

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: In the past two or three weeks several letters from New Ipswich residents have supported the $1.7 million cut in the school budget that was passed at the Deliberative Session. Most of the writers are nostalgic for a “simpler” and cheaper educational past — the … 0

Letters: Some are selling us snake oil

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

To the editor: Does it sound too good to be true? We have a group in New Ipswich right now that is selling snake oil, and unfortunately, there are a lot of people buying. This oil promises to reduce our taxes and improve our schools all at the … 0

Peterborough: Vigil prays for the Foleys, injured in a Florida crash

Monday, March 2, 2015

As Patrick and Lisa Foley, both 47, and residents of Peterborough, recover in Florida from a three-car crash that seriously injured them on Feb. 7, several dozen of their friends congregated at Divine Mercy Parish in Peterborough to … 0

Greenfield: Rock injury gives man whole new outlook

Monday, March 2, 2015

Could you look at a football-sized rock flying through your windshield, smashing you in the head, and nearly ending your life as a “bizarre gift?” Adam Lecomte can. The Peterborough resident and Greenville native said Thursday the December … 0

Mascenic School District: Candidates both against cuts

Monday, March 2, 2015

There is a very large shake-up for the district potentially coming down the pipe, as voters will be going to the polls on March 10 to decide on the district’s budget, which was cut by $1.63 million at the deliberative session, or to implement the district’s default budget. … 0