New Ipswich

Mascenic: ‘Opt out’ option for state testing?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Multiple Mascenic School District parents are up in arms about the prospect of statewide assessment testing happening at the district’s three schools this month and next, with some seeking ways to exempt their children from the process. They’re also speaking out against what some parents say is a disciplinary action against a middle school teacher who was allegedly advising students that it was possible to opt out of the exam process. Boynton art teacher Anthony Chirichella has not been in school since Monday. District officials have not commented on Chirichella’s status, however, several parents said his absence came directly after their children brought home opt-out … 0

Mascenic recount yields same result

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENVILLE — Following a recount of votes on the issue of the Mascenic School District budget, District Moderator Robert Romeril announced Monday night that, while there were some number adjustments, the ultimate result was the same: Voters turned down the budget and will be operating under the default for the coming year. Numbers … 0

New Ipswich: Town nears Building No. 2 lease deal

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NEW IPSWICH — The town is close to reaching an agreement with Warwick Mills that would put the problematic Building No. 2 back into use as a storage facility for the local company. The building, which has served as the town’s police station and the district’s SAU office in the past, and is now empty but for some town storage, was abandoned by … 0

Letters: New realities for Mascenic families

Thursday, March 12, 2015

To the editor: In light of the results of our recent voting, I’d like to provide my response to the letter sent out by the Mascenic Education Association a week before the voting. I’d argue that this letter and other scare tactics like it are what led to … 0

Editorial: Town Meeting makes a difference

Monday, March 16, 2015

Town Meeting is a special time. It’s a place for town business, of course, where the budget gets set, voters decide whether or not to purchase new town equipment, or fix up town buildings and shore up capital reserves. But that’s not all that Town Meeting is about. … 0

Mascenic School District: $1.6M cut voted down narrowly

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Editor’s note: This is an updated version of the story that appears in print, correcting erroneous reporting that the budget failed in New Ipswich. Voters were out in droves on Tuesday, with the Mascenic budget high on many … 0

New Ipswich: Voters turn down budget

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NEW IPSWICH — New Ipswich will be operating under its default budget of $2,509,734, after the proposed budget failed to pass at the polls on Tuesday. The default budget is $38,102 less than the proposed budget. Select Board Chair George Lawrence said in an interview Wednesday that the … 0

Running: Traffie takes penultimate Chiller

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The fifth race in the Monadnock Regional Milers Winter Chiller series was held on Saturday with 58 runners racing a four miles course on a bright, cold day. Nels Traffie won the race in 28:54 and Elizabeth McGurk … 0

Viewpoint: Creating innovators: Why America’s education system is obsolete

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Having had the opportunity to teach physics, mathematics and space science at the secondary and collegiate levels during the 1960s and ’70s and found it to be a challenge, I then embarked on a career as a researcher. While teaching, I learned that to optimize the learning environment … 0

Editorial: Voters support schools and change

Thursday, March 12, 2015

There are two conclusions we can draw from Tuesday’s election results for our area school districts: 1. Voters generally support the budgets and teacher contracts proposed. 2. Voters are looking to their school districts for some change in how they do business. Example one is Mascenic, where a … 0

Boys' basketball: Conant star to sit out game

Monday, March 9, 2015

JAFFREY — With all eyes on Conant and Mascenic’s two star basketball players Saturday night, the at-capacity crowd witnessed a brief ugly moment. At the most heated moment of a heated rivalry, Mascenic’s Jared Stauffeneker and Conant’s Josh … 0

House wants to limit tanning

Monday, March 9, 2015

The State Legislature is mulling whether or not teens should be allowed to tan. Last week, HB 136, which would ban tanning for 14 to 17 year olds, was passed in the House, and now goes on to the Senate. New Hampshire is far from the first state … 0

Strike, bad weather spell losses for FairPoint

Monday, March 9, 2015

Editor’s note: This story appeared in the March 5 edition of the Concord Monitor. A four-month employee strike and terrible weather resulted in a tough fourth quarter for FairPoint Communications, according to the company’s annual earnings release. FairPoint, a leading communications provider in northern New England, lost $43.6 … 0