A Publication of School Administrative Unit 18 — Franklin/Hill Three Rivers News Santa & His Workshop December 2010 Friday, December 3 at the TRIP Center Volume 4 Issue 5 With TREE LIGHTING at the Scott Marceau Park This newsletter is pro- An Evening of Holiday Fun & Cheer duced by SAU 18. There- fore, the following re- 4—6 PM — Share your Christmas wishes with Santa. Enjoy a photo with Santa for a donation quirements are neces- of $2 or two canned goods per photo for the Mix 94.1 Cash ‘N Cans drive. Mix 94.1’s Fred sary: (1) No political advertisements; (2) No Caruso will be broadcasting live. At Santa’s Workshop, enjoy refreshments, make-and-take holi- articles fostering drug, day crafts for children, holiday music, face painting and more. Kids, make your own customized alcohol or tobacco usage; Christmas cards, courtesy of Proforma Piper Printing. Parents: drop by the Franklin Parks & (3) No derogative state- Recreation booth to request a Letter from Santa. Decorate a placemat to be delivered to eld- ments in regard to cul- ture, gender, age or sex- erly residents with the Meals on Wheels Program. While you’re there, visit the Franklin Fire ual orientation. All deci- Department Honor Guard cart to purchase a hot dog and support their efforts. sions by the editor are final. Any submissions 6:15 PM — Watch as hundreds of lights are lit at the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Scott Mar- for future issues must be ceau Park, downtown Franklin, sponsored by the Franklin Christmas Lighting Committee. received by the 20th of the month preceding pub- For everyone’s safety, CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. lication. Please e- m a i l t o firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Marcia Rollins at dents a helping hand, then Superintendent’s Notes school is about the learner 119 Central Street, Frank- lin, NH 03235 and learning and not about The Franklin/Hill School There has always been conflict Why don’t we close the grades.” Source: “Why Any Grade Boards are committed to a between standards and motiva- school and let them run At All, Father” by Tina Juarez. policy of nondiscrimination tion. Think back to the 1945 wild?” in relation to race, religion, movie, The Bells of St. Mary’s. Schools are regulated by a After a moment’s reflection, Federal Mandate called No sex, age, national origin, There is conflict over Father Father O’Malley replies, sexual orientation and Child Left Behind yet we give O’Malley’s attempt to get Princi- “Maybe. Be better than handicap. most students the same as- pal, Sister Mary Benedict, to breaking their hearts.” change a student’s grade so signments, the same amount Is there an approach to stu- of time to complete them, she can graduate with her dent evaluation that would award grades from a uniform class. satisfy both the Father O’Mal- scale, and rank schools from “Do you believe in just passing leys and the Sister Mary Bene- Inside this issue: ‘group’ scores. Where does everybody, Father?” demands dicts among us? the singular “Child” (No Child Sister Mary Benedict. We measure and test in order Left Behind) fit into all this School News 2-3 Maybe I do,” says Father O’Mal- to know how to help. grouping? Is it not time that ley. “Aren’t we here to give “Medical doctors never halt we fit school to the child and City/Town News 4-5 children a helping hand – or their attempts to help pa- not the child to the school? are we here to measure their tients improve, and charts are On a more festive note: Look- TRIP Center 6 brains with a yardstick?” He used to determine what pro- ing for the perfect stocking The Middle Insert wants to know why 75 is the gress patients have made stuffer? passing score. and what remains to be done Wellness Corner 10 ! Catching Fire by Suzanne “Would you put the standard at to ensure recovery. Doctors Collins (age 12 and up) 65, Father?” asks Sister Mary do not ‘grade’ patients and 2nd book in a trilogy fea- Community News 7-11 Benedict. abandon those who are fail- turing a young woman ing to make progress relative Sports 12 “Why not?” he replies. enmeshed in a corrupt “Then why not 55?” she asks. to other patients.” If the pur- “Why any grades at all, Father? pose of schools is to give stu- (Continued on page 2) Page 2 Three Rivers News Five Days of Charity to Take Place at FHS in December Parent Help Night: The Franklin High School Student Council will be collecting items for area families in 5th Grade Math need during the week of December 6 through 10. Daily themes will determine the items to be brought in by students. Participating students will bring items to Student Tuesday, December 7 Council advisor Mike Cowles. Students will be given a ticket in exchange for their dona- tion which will enter them into a daily raffle. All items collected will be given to local FMS Library charities. The theme for each day is as follows: 6-7 PM Monday, December 6 — Clothing Drive ! Enjoy finger foods and meet Mr. Towle, your student’s fifth Tuesday, December 7 — Non-Perishable Items grade math teacher Wednesday, December 8 — Toys for Tots ! Become familiar with math com- Thursday, December 9 — Dental Health/Hygiene putations that students are ex- Friday, December 10 — Coat collection pected to know If you would like to donate to this collection but do not know an FHS student, please ! Ask questions about any skills or contact Mr. Cowles at 934-5441 concepts that your child is studying FMS Ski Program Registration ! Take home extra materials to Registration for the Pat’s Peak ski program for students in grades 5-8 has begun — dead- line to register is December 23. The program will begin on February 27 and run for the help you and your student be 4 following Thursdays, NOT including February vacation. There is also a bonus day to successful in math study at be used anytime during the ski season. Please call Ms. Robinson at the FMS office for home. more information, or register online at www.patspeak.com. Join us & take the guess work out of 5th grade math!!! Notes from the Franklin Middle School Nurse Cold Weather and Flu Shots With the colder weather approaching, please be sure your child is dressed appro- (Continued from page 1) priately when leaving the house in the morning for school. A warm jacket, hat and gloves should be worn and boots when the snow begins to arrive. It is also recom- and crumbling society sending her mended that everyone be vaccinated for the flu. Flu vaccinations are available at on a victory tour after she wins an your Health Care Provider’s office and at area pharmacies. We will not be holding athletic competition; flu clinics here at school this year. ! Crazy Hair by Nei Gaiman (age 6 – Absences 10) Picture book is not for preschool- Please remember to call the front office if your child will be absent or late to school ers as it is a little spooky, a little due to illness or for an appointment. A Doctor’s note is required in order for the creepy, and very funny; absence to be excused. Please refer to the School District’s Attendance Policy for ! The Frogs and Toads All Sang by further information regarding attendance. Arnold Lobel and Adrianne Lobel Physicals and Immunizations (ages 3 – 6); Just a reminder, any child playing sports during the school year needs to have a ! Hook by Ed Young (ages 4 – 8); yearly physical on file in order to play. If your child receives any booster vaccina- ! Minifred Goes to School by Mordicai tions throughout the year please send a copy in to the nurse’s office. Gerstein (ages 6 – 10); Some Interesting Facts About Head Lice ! Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School ! They cannot hop, fly or jump, and they do not live on hats, coats or pets. The by Herman Parish (ages 5 – 8); ONLY way they can be passed is by head-to-head contact. They crawl from ! The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by one head to another. Jacqueline Kelly (ages 10 -14) As the ! They are not a sign of being dirty. In fact, they LOVE clean hair. only girl in 1899, Calpurnia tells of ! They are not easily passed in schools because head-to-head contact is not her relationship with her grandfa- usual in school. Siblings can pass them by hugging and cuddling. Sleepovers ther and her mother; are a common way they are passed between friends and step-siblings. ! The Magician’s Elephant by Kate ! The only way to guarantee that your child is free from head lice is for parents DiCamillo (ages 8 – 12) About an to check their own children. If you need some support with head lice, your orphan, an elephant, a countess, a school nurses are here to help. Your questions will be handled respectfully, beggar, a dog, and a stonecutter. confidentially and with understanding. We know what a nuisance head lice can be. Volume 4 Issue 5 Page 3 Paul Smith School Jennie Blake School On November 2, a Global Safari assembly was December held at Paul Smith. Students got to see and Congratulations to the following Stu- December 1 — JDBS PBIS Mtg 3 PM learn about various animals. Some of the dents of the Month for October: December 1 — JDBS PTO Mtg 6 PM many species displayed were: Albino Python, Kindergarten: December 1 — SAU 18 School Bd Tarantula, Madagascar cockroach, Porcupine, Veronica Colburn & Zachary Stevens Mtg—7 PM in Hill Legless Lizard, hedgehog, and a beagle dog First Grade: Kaylee Brown December 2 — PSS Picture Retakes (hedgehog catcher!). Second Grade: Owen Henry December 6-10 — FHS Student A PBIS assembly was held on November 5 to kick off a new school incentive. Keeping our Third Grade: Council’s Five Days of Char- hands and feet to ourselves. Students por- Serene Cole & Kiana Ste vens ity traying appropriate behavior earn tickets to- Fourth Grade: Makayla Coffin December 7 — BRS PTO Mtg 6 PM wards individual classroom fun incentives. Fifth Grade: Courtney Campbell December 7 — FMS Parent Help On November 10 students attended a very Night—5th Grade Math—6-7 Sixth Grade: Abriale Pratt moving Veterans’ Day assembly. Students PM and staff that have family members that are December 7 — FMS Family Fore- currently serving or have served our country casting Night—Gr. 6 6-7 PM were honored at the assembly. December 8 — PSS PTO Mtg 6 PM Upcoming important dates: December 8 — Hill School Bd Mtg— School Picture Retakes—December 2 6:30 PM Cash for Cans coming to PSS—December 9 December 9 — Cash for Cans at PSS Don’t have time to wrap those gifts, December 9 — PSS Grade 2 Con- let FHS WIA students do it for you…. cert at FMS — 6:30 PM Let the WIA/School to Work program at FHS take your holiday stress away. For a December 10 — FHS Movie Night— ”Polar Express” at 7 PM in donation of your choice, students will wrap your gifts for you. Drop off your gifts at the FHS café FHS, Room 304 anytime after November 29 and students will wrap them. All money December 13 — Franklin School Bd raised will be donated to the Mix 94.1 Cash-N-Cans Money & Food Drive for the Holi- Communications Committee days. For more information, call Billie Jo Kleckner at 934-8218. Mtg 7 PM December 15 — Franklin School Bd Bessie Rowell School Policy Committee Mtg 6:15 PM Thank you to everyone who helped us with the Rowell Food Drive in November. December 16 — Family Support & We collected a lot of food that has been distributed to needy families in the local Fun Night PSS 5:30-7:30 PM area. We feel it is important for the children to learn the responsibility of helping Topic: Managing Sibling those in need. Rivalry A big round of applause to our kitchen staff, Joanne, Judy, and Diane, for a fabu- December 20-23 — JDBS Spirit lous Thanksgiving dinner on November 18. As always, the food was cooked to per- Week fection and was enjoyed by everyone in the building. December 20— Franklin School Bd Wee Deliver, the mail service run by the PTO, is up and running. The children are Mtg—7 PM—PSS encouraged to write letters to other children or staff in our building or at Paul December 21 — JDBS Family Holi- Smith. Each Friday, children from third or fourth grade collect, sort, and deliver the day Celebration & Silent mail under the guidance of one of our PTO members. Auction There are some events coming up in December: December 22 — FMS SINI Mtg 4:30 December 7 PTO at 6 pm in the computer lab PM December 22 — JDBS PTO Meeting December 17 Midterm warnings go home 6 PM December 20 Franklin School Board, 7 pm at Paul Smith December 24, 27 and 31 — SAU 18 December 23 Christmas parties at 2 pm & School Offices Closed December 24-31 Winter break December 24—31 — NO SCHOOL Christmas Break The December school in need of improvement meeting has been cancelled. We will meet again on Monday, January 10. Page 4 Three Rivers News What’s Happening in Family Support and Fun Night City/Town Government December 16, PSS Multipurpose Room — 5:30—7:30 PM December 1—Franklin Zoning Bd Theme Discussion: Managing Sibling Rivalry 7 PM December 1 — SAU 18 School Bd 5:30—6:15 — Family Potluck (bring your favorite dish to share) Meeting —7 PM - Hill 6:15—7:15 — Student craft activity/Parent discussion on theme December 6 -City Council Mtg—7 7:15—7:30 — Students share crafts with parents PM This is a FREE Event!! December 7,14,21,28—Hill Select- men’s Meeting—6:30 PM For more information, contact December 8 —Franklin Planning Robert Groleau at 934-4144 or Jeff Hill at 393-7147 Board Workshop 7 PM Together We Can Make a Difference December 8 — Hill School Board Mtg—6:30 PM—JDBS December 13—Franklin Heritage Comm—6 PM (Library) Franklin Public Library December 14—Franklin Conserva- tion Comm—7 PM Happy Holidays to all the children and families of Franklin. As we all know, Winter is begin- ning, with the cold weather and snow, but also there are lots of fun family activities! Go December 15—Hill Water Commis- choose your Christmas tree, do some shopping, but be sure to stop into the Franklin Public sioners Mtg—7 PM Library on your way to pick up some books, movies, magazines, music or to use a computer. December 15—Franklin Planning Here are some other fun things to do at the Library this month. Board—7 PM For children, there is Storytime at the Library - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 AM. Come December 16—Hill Planning Bd and listen to some wonderful stories from our large collection of holiday picture books, then Mtg—7 PM make a fun craft project. Our December crafts are very beautiful and festive. All ages are December 20—Franklin School welcome to attend and there is no registration needed. The Franklin Public Library wel- Board—7 PM—PSS comes those from other towns and visitors from other places! December 23 — City Offices close Some other special events for children are – A Special Storytime on December 21st, Tuesday at Noon at 9:30 AM. Our regular Storytime is made extra special for the Holidays with Children’s Li- December 24 — SAU & City Offices brarian Miss Rachel reading the classic “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and some other Christmas Closed — Christmas books as well. Join us at the Library for stories, a craft and some refreshments. Also, a Chil- December 27 — SAU Offices dren’s Craft time on December 29th, Wednesday at 12 noon. Come to the Library during closed your school vacation to make a few fun craft projects. All ages are welcome, and all materi- als will be provided. December 29 — Hill Water Com- missioners Mtg 7 PM For families, there is an event at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 15th – the Pontine December 30 — Hill Library Trus- Theatre will perform their holiday program, “A Poets’ Christmas”. Since 1977, the Pontine tee Mtg—3 PM Theatre has been performing their special blend of theater, movement and magic to audi- ences here and away. “The Poets’ Christmas” consists of three famous works, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t” and “A Visit From St. Nicholas” per- THANK YOU FHS Honor Society formed over 45 minutes with time after the show to meet the performers. The show is free members for your volunteer ser- and no tickets are needed. vice at the TRIP Center fundraiser For grownups, we have a Book Discussion group at the Library on Wednesday, December on November 19. 8th, at 1:00 pm. The book we are reading is The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. Cop- I was impressed with your enthusi- ies of the book are available at the Library and all adults are welcome to attend. Every Tues- asm and willingness to work at day between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, representatives from the NH Employment Security are everything from cleaning tables at the library. They are here to help find work and benefits for those in need of a new or and serving food to selling raffle better job during these tough economic times. Every Saturday between 1 PM and 4 PM, tickets. I am proud that you are there is an open Crafts group that meets in the meeting room. Anyone is welcome to attend and bring their own craft project to work on. Call the Library at 934-2911 for more informa- members of our community. tion on these programs. The Franklin Public Library, is located at 310 Central Street in down- —Franklin City Councilor Annette town Franklin. Andreozzi A Very Happy Holidays to You and Yours, Rachel Stolworthy, Children's Librarian Volume 4 Issue 5 Page 5 Franklin Parks & Recreation Krystal Alpers, Director PUBLIC NOTICE The WINTER 2010 Parks & Recreation Program Brochure is now 2010 Holiday & Scheduled available. You may stop by the center on Memorial Street or ac- cess the brochure at www.franklinnh.org Closings for the Town of Hill WINTER SPORTS COACHES & REFEREES NEEDED The Hill Town Offices will be closed as follows: Parks & Rec is in need of volunteer coaches and referees for the winter sports programs (basketball). If you are interested in Friday, December 24 — Christmas Eve — Closing at 1 PM coaching or refereeing, please call 934-2118. Friday, December 31 — New Years Eve — Closing at 1 PM Other closings throughout the year may also Details regarding the following are included in the Winter Program Bro- be posted on the Town of Hill website at chure — please contact Parks & Recreation if interested: www.townofhillnh.org, public notices at the TODDLER PROGRAMS Town Office Building and the Hill Post Office Toddler Time (Mondays) Tumbling Tykes (Tuesdays) as well and recorded on the phone message at 934-3951 Iddy Biddy Ballet (Tuesdays) Pre-School Basketball (Saturdays) YOUTH PROGRAMS K-2nd Grade Basketball (Saturdays) 3rd Grade—HS Basketball (week nights & weekends) Dance Inspirations Studio Dance Classes for ages 3-9 enrollment is ongoing (Mondays) Franklin BPW Honors ADULT PROGRAMS 2010 Woman of Adult Pick Up Basketball (Sundays) Indoor Walking (M-W-F— 10:30 AM) Achievement PROGRAMS FOR ALL The Franklin Business and Professional Archery Lessons (Thursdays) Women honored Pamela Hannan of In- dependence Trust Company with the LETTERS FROM SANTA 2010 Woman of Achievement Award at a dinner meeting held recently. The Franklin Parks & Recreation Department will be offering the Letters from Santa Program again this year. Registration boxes will be placed in local Hannan was honored by colleagues, businesses beginning in mid-November and also at the “Santa & His Work- friends and family members, with many sharing stories which highlighted the shop” Program on Friday, December 3. For more information call 934-2118 various ways that Pam has helped and supported women of all ages. She has contributed numerous volunteer hours Rec Center Christmas Vacation Activities to the community of Franklin as well as Ice Skating at Tilton School — December 27 & 30 — 10 AM to other area towns. Noon The Franklin BPW is proud to honor Pam. The Tilton Prep School Arena will be open for skating. (Must provide own The contributions that she has made transportation) FREE through the years are appreciated by all. If you would like more information about Hot Spot Competition — December 28 — 1 PM at the Proulx Cen- this organization, please go to ter www.bpwfranklin.org. Come join the Parks & Rec Department in the Hot Spot Competition. Prizes for the winners. FREE for students in grades K-12. Foul Shooting Competition — December 29 at 1 PM at the Proulx Center Page 6 Three Rivers News Community December TRIP Center Events Events/Meetings Mystery Lunch GUEST SPEAKERS Wednesday, December 8 at 11 AM Senior Health & Safety Series December 1 Join us for a mystery lunch! It will be a The featured speaker for this series: Bill York FHS Chem Free Meeting at fun and exciting trip. Transportation do- is the Director of Marketing and Public Rela- 4:30 PM in FHS Cafeteria nation is $2 and must be paid at time of tions at Live Free Home Health Care in Bris- December 3 sign up — the cost of lunch is your re- tol. With many years in the health care pro- sponsibility. No refunds will be given. fession, Bill has served in Development, Pub- Santa & His Workshop at the lic Relations and as a facilitator for support TRIP Center — 4-6 PM groups dealing with care giving and mem- Holiday Lunch ory disorders. Bill is the host of “Plymouth Tree Lighting Ceremony in Thursday, December 9 at 11:30 AM Today” seen weekly on Channel 10 Time Scott Marceau Park — 6:15 PM Warner Public Access Television, and as host Come and enjoy a delicious luncheon December 4 of “This Old Body: Health and Aging” heard with us! Special entertainment will fol- weekly on WEZS AM 1350 radio in Laconia. Peabody Home Christmas Ba- low lunch. There will be door prizes, raf- zaar fles and Santa will make a delightful ap- Sleep Disorders December 5 pearance for us. Have your picture taken Thursday, December 9 at 10:30 AM with Santa! Lights of Memory tree lighting We will discuss definitions, reasons, dangers, at Franklin Regional Hospital treatments and helpful hints for getting a Pot Luck Dessert & Yankee Swap good night’s sleep. Our second most re- at 4 PM Friday, December 17 at Noon quested presentation. December 10 Join in and bring your favorite dessert to share Pemi Choral Society Holiday with everyone. After we sample all of the SERVICE LINK RESOURCE CENTER Concert 7:30 PM at St. Paul’s great dishes, we will gather around the Christ- mas tree for an old fashion Yankee Swap. To Thursday, December 16 at 10:30 AM Church Wayne Blanchard, Long-Term Support Coun- participate, you will need to bring a gift- December 11 wrapped item ($5 limit) with you. Enjoy selor on Medicare. Craft Fair at Unique Images — punch, eggnog and dessert as we swap gifts Tuesday, Dec. 14, 21 & 28 9—11 AM and sing our favorite Christmas carols. Please 9– Noon Anita Oeofke will be present to explain sign up at the TRIP Center January 1 changes that are occurring as well as Part D & help you with Medical Advantages. First Day Franklin — Trestle New Year’s Dinner View Park Thursday, December 30 at 11:30 AM VNA Blood Pressure Clinic Enjoy a scrumptious New Year’s Dinner with all Tuesday, December 28 @ 10:30 AM the trimmings. Make your New Year’s resolu- tion. Bring your family and friends. Let’s make THE TRIP CENTER WILL BE CLOSED ON 2011 our best year yet!! Friday, December 24 for Christmas Eve There will be a $2 donation for 60+ years and and Friday, December 31 for New Year’s $6 for all others. Eve the Sachem Self-Defense School in Laconia. Tai Chi improves TRIP Center Senior Walking Club balance, joint health, coordination, bone density, blood pres- Wednesdays, 10:30—11:15 AM sure, strength and flexibility. Please call Russ at 524-4780 for Feel better and get healthy! Join our walking group more information. that meets on Wednesday mornings and goes down to walk the new trail at Odell Park while it is still warm; Advance Directive Assistance they walk in the gym at the Franklin Recreation Center First Friday of every month @ LRGH 10—11 AM once it gets too cold. Join us and we will all get healthy First Tuesday of every month @ FRH 10—11 AM together! Care managers will be available to answer questions and offer assistance in completing your Advance Directives. Cop- Tai Chi Classes at the TRIP Center ies of the Advance Care Planning Guide will be available. Thursdays, starting December 2, 9—10 AM FREE Call 527-7120 for more information. Cost — $7 per class Experience the gentle art of Tai Chi brought to us by Take a Break from Holiday Shopping... The makers of A GOOD OL’ BURLESQUE SHOW re- turn with a Christmas-themed evening of Vaudeville- style fun. Old-school slapstick humor, dancing girls and holiday cheer will keep you rolling in the aisles! Did somebody say HO, HO, HO? Tickets are $15 in advance (plus $1.50 per ticket handling fee) $20 at the door Hailed as “the finniest holiday show in Maine”. Hu- morist Susan Poulin (selected by Portland Magazine as one of the “Ten Most Intriguing People in Maine”) is Ida, who just loves Christmas, and she has the inside scoop on everything: the Not-So-Secret Santa plan, the do’s and don’ts of Holiday decorating and more! Tickets are $15 in advance (plus $1.50 per ticket handling fee) Middle gift certificates make great stocking stuffers!! Mark your calendars for these upcoming shows for 2011: Mellow Yellow — January 22 Psychic Lauren Rainbow — February 12 Acoustic Roots Festival — February 26 Curtains — March 3, 4, 5, 10 & 11 Lakes Region Symphony — March 12 Middle Marathon — March 18 & 19 Located in the historic Franklin Opera House — for info/tickets go to: www.themiddlenh.org Help support arts & entertainment in the community…. Become a member ……... 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Volume 4 Issue 5 Page 7 CARROT AND THE STICK IMPROVEMENT OPTIONS FOR OUR DOWNTOWN FACADES On November 4, Choose Franklin hosted a forum in Franklin City Hall to present a variety of avenues for possible downtown Franklin improvement options. Attendees packed the house and filled the seats to learn more about discussions taking place on this important subject. Many downtown communities throughout NH are experiencing the same effects of numer- ous strikes against them: the economy, big box stores, online commerce, and the general increased mobility of community members. Choose Franklin’s involvement stems from its mission of being an inclusive group consisting of residents, businesses, and interested parties, focusing on promoting Franklin by building on past achievements to facilitate future success. With Frank- lin’s power of being such a strong community comprised of dedicated volunteers who are second to none, attendees’ en- ergy was fueled by timely information. At the forum, Nadine Peterson from the New Hampshire Office of Historic Preservation stated that "Franklin has a lot to of- fer". She indicated a grass roots effort may be needed to pursue any or all of the options she would mention. One of those options is to have volunteers spruce up the area by painting plywood present on some building facades. After obtaining building owner's permission, volunteers could solicit sponsorships for paint supplies rendering no cost to building owners. Few owners, if any, could pass up a creative, free improvement such as this. Ms. Peterson suggested that the existing Franklin Heritage Commission act to educate all on the value of the historic build- ings and the economic incentives for maintaining and restoring them. The Heritage Commission could enforce its existing regulations, which allow buildings to be boarded up only for an emergency time period. With the Mayor’s appointment of commissioners knowledgeable of the rules, historic buildings, and economic viability, AND with the willingness to do the work required to keep a volunteer commission running, the Heritage Commission could take action, if there is support from the City Council. At the present time none of the appointees on the Heritage Commission are willing to Chair the Commis- sion. Maggie Stier, NH Field Service Representative from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, spoke about RSA 79 E. This is an interesting and pertinent state law that could be adopted by the Franklin City Council. It would give a local tax incentive to property owners for building improvements. The owners would have to apply to the City Council, and meet specific crite- ria established to meet the spirit and intentions of the RSA. Dick Lewis, Franklin Zoning & Planning Administer, explained that Franklin’s downtown is already a TIF (Tax Increment Fi- nance) district, and the City Council would need to consider the balance of the TIF and/or RSA 79E. In a TIF district the prop- erty taxes derived from any increase of property value in that district are set aside to be used only for infrastructure in that TIF district. RSA 79E would allow the property owners who have approval to pay no increase in city property taxes related to agreed on property improvements, for a set number of years. This would then reduce the amount of direct property tax money going into the TIF's infrastructure. Mr. Lewis also indicated that he was working on wording for a city ordinance that would incorporate suggestions to require property upkeep improvements. This ordinance would be voted on by the City Council after a public hearing. Chuck Bodien, Franklin code enforcement & building inspector, said that in New Hampshire, all buildings must conform to the International Building Code (IBC). In addition, Franklin has enacted the Property Maintenance Code (PMC). Both Codes have to be administered equally to all. How much of the Property Maintenance Code is administered is a "matter of where the bar is set" by the City Council. Both the IBC and the PMC are large books of information. You may view them at Mr. Bodien's office in the Franklin Fire Station. Mr. Bodien stated that he was in favor of the city also adopting the Existing Build- ing Code, which allows less stringent requirements for buildings of a certain age. Mr. Lewis is looking into that possibility. Citizens need to decide which of these or other options they want to happen in our City. Let your elected officials know your preference. The elected officials that were present at the forum were State Representatives David Palfrey & Leigh Webb, and City Councilor Annette Andreozzi. Explain the options to the other officials and your neighbors. Come to the next Choose Franklin meeting on Thursday, December 2 at 8 AM at the Franklin City Hall to give us your input, or contact us through www.choosefranklin.org. We will be putting additional information and links on that web site. From the audience, Dick Johnson shared an inspiring poem by President Calvin Coolidge, "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not...Genius will not...Education alone will not... Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." Choose Franklin will persist. Will you join us? For more information, visit www.choosefranklin.org. Choose Franklin meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Franklin Opera House NEXT MEETING: Thursday, December 2 — 8 AM Page 8 Three Rivers News Capitol Corner Since the inception of this column in the Three Rivers News, I have every month added intentionally Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary non-partisan comments. I am now hoping that tradition will be picked up by one of your newly elected or Annual Lights of Memory Celebration re-elected state officials. As your outgoing state representative, I wish you all well, and thank you Sunday, December 5 at 4 PM for allowing me to serve Franklin and Hill with pride and dedication for the last four years. Purchase a light in memory of a loved one and listen as their (Soon to be former) Rep. Leigh A. name is read as the trees on the hospital lawn are lit for the Webb holidays. A great way to remember those who are special to Rep. Leigh A. Webb Leigh.email@example.com us. Funds raised go to support the FRH Auxiliary Scholarship 934-8222 Program for continuing medical education. Rep. Dennis Reed To obtain a purchase form, please contact the Auxiliary at firstname.lastname@example.org 934-2060 ext. 8780. 34-3657 Rep. David Palfrey All are welcome to attend the celebration and tree lighting. email@example.com Carols and refreshments will be included. 934-6025 Sen. Matthew Houde firstname.lastname@example.org 271-2104 Historical Society By Leigh Webb, President The final official meeting of 2010 bring their favorite dish and a donation of the Franklin Historical Society to the food bank of non-perishable food occurred on Thursday, Novem- items. Please call Mary Foley (934- ber 4th, and those present en- 2401) to let her know what dish you will joyed a lively discussion about be contributing so that we can avoid the slide show of recently duplications, although desserts are al- scanned glass and old film nega- ways welcome... tives. Bob Morin, Society VP, It is the Society's habit to not hold devoted hours of work to clean- meetings during the winter months. So, ing, scanning and copying the instead of meeting updates, yours truly pictures, some of which included will be supplying interesting photos of a series of photos taken in 1931 unidentified places, people, or curious of the construction of the first objects in the Society's collections. iteration of the Daniel Webster bridge next to the old covered Please note: the Society's web page is Republican Bridge before it was not available at the current time. If ar- razed. rangements cannot be made to get it up and running again, a new website In December, on Sunday the will be created to keep our members 5th, 4 to 7 pm at Thompson Pictured, is a scan of a Christmas souve- a n d f ri e n d s a p p r i se d o f o u r Hall (Ward one polling place, nir card given by a Hancock School events, ongoing restoration of the Web- next to the Congregational- teacher to her 5th grade class in 1908, ster/Tay House, and our collections Christian Church) the Society will listing all their names inside status. hold its annual pot-luck Christ- mas dinner for its members and Stay tuned in the upcoming months to friends. Everyone is asked to these pages for the latest news! Volume 4 Issue 5 Page 9 Roy Hubble Wins Savings Bond as Savers Put Away Campus Creations $326,816 Robert R. “Roy” Hubble of Franklin was Operated by FHS School to Work through the Workforce Investment Act the winner of the $1,000 US Savings Bond in the local portion of the NH Sav- Featuring Franklin Pride items & much, much more ings Challenge. His entry was selected Store Hours: from among 364 in the Franklin- Call 934- Call 934- Concord-Laconia area, representing 8218 Monday—Friday 8218 deposits to new and existing savings accounts during “Save Your Change” 7:30 am to 4 pm week totaling $326,816.10. The “social marketing” campaign was coordinated Closed on Saturday & Sunday locally by the Concord and Franklin Asset Building Coalitions. Organiza- Located next to the FHS Cafeteria tions from the North Country to the Seacoast also participated. Bakery Service Available Financial institutions encouraged sav- Delivered within a 5 mile radius ings in new or existing savings ac- counts with an incentive: for every deposit, the saver would be entered for a drawing for a $100 US Savings Bond at each bank with a grand prize of a $1,000 bond. Winners of the $100 Franklin Outing Club Receives bonds were: Marion Carri of Bos- $7,500 Franklin Savings Bank Grant cawen, Nicole Fillmore of New Boston, for VMRA Ski Area Deb Lincoln of Pittsfield, S. Dumais of Laconia, L. Fisher of Hebron, M. Lavoie With a $7,500 grant from the Franklin Savings Bank of Somersworth, Jonathan Nugent of Fund for Community Advancement, the Franklin Franklin, Andrew Terry of Frankin, Outing Club (FOC) is now much closer to their capi- John & Ellen Rorstrom of Ashland, tal improvement campaign goal. The grant money will assist the continuation of various capital im- Geraldine Klier of Bristol, Syntia Tine of provement projects which began in 2009 at the Belmont, Virginia French of Laconia, Veteran’s Memorial Recreation Area for skiing and Miki Steenbeke of Salisbury and Robert snowboarding (VMRA). j. Fulmer III of Gilford. Savers were The advanced age of lift equipment and machinery, encouraged to make deposits, that combined with sizeable increases in the cost of in- could have included loose change as Pictured left to right are Jeff Savage of FSB, surance has made the survival of the VMRA ski area well as dollar bills, or to set up direct Kathy Fuller, Tamara Colpack and Jason Grevior, officers of the Franklin Outing a critical concern. “The existence of the VMRA is a deposit for a longer-term savings plan. Club. boon to the City of Franklin that very few other Participating financial institutions in- communities can claim. In a society where children cluded First Colebrook Bank, Merri- are not getting enough outdoor exercise, and in the State of New Hampshire where skiing mack County Savings Bank, Laconia is the official sport, it is more important than ever to keep this resource as a viable part of Savings Bank, Citizens Bank, Franklin the Franklin community. That’s why in addition to volunteers, donations and other help we have received, we are thankful to receive funding from Franklin Savings Bank in sup- Savings Bank, and Northway Bank. port of our efforts,” says FOC President, Tamara Colpack. The Concord and Franklin Asset Build- ing Coalitions help working fmilies to “We are pleased to be a part of this project, which is so valuable to the area community become more economically stable, by and is being successfully achieved through the efforts of so many individuals and families,” said Franklin Savings Bank President & CEO, Jeff Savage. providing such services as free income tax return preparation, links to such FOC Treasurer, Kathy Fuller, commented, “The Franklin Outing Club recognizes Franklin resources as financing home owner- Savings Bank as the largest contributor with a total of $21,100 provided in funding for our ship, a small business or paying for projects. Without their support, our goal would not be this close to being met.” The college, and, in this case, encouraging Franklin Outing Club has raised a total of $90,436. savings both for emergencies and to Offering reasonably priced skiing since 1961, the VMRA has served visitors from communi- help people achieve their financial ties throughout the Lakes Region and beyond. Thanks to the Franklin Outing Club in part- goals. nership with other volunteers, visitors can also enjoy free lessons, Winter Carnival events and more. Anyone looking to get involved with FOC and VMRA can visit frank- linskiarea.com for more information. Page 10 Three Rivers News Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. Hires New Mobility Manager Pemi Choral Society Presents ‘Joy to the World’ Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Friday, December 10 Counties, Inc. (BM-CAP) is pleased to announce the hiring of Terri Paige as their new Mobility Manager. St. Paul’s Church in Franklin This exciting new position is part of a multi-state plan 7:30 PM to expand and improve the transportation programs Free Admission (Donations Accepted) that BM-CAP sponsors in the central and lakes re- gion areas of the state. As the new Mobility Manager, Ms. Paige will be re- sponsible for the promotion, enhancement and facili- Family Forecasting Day/Night tation of Concord Area Transit (CAT), Winnipesaukee December 7 at FMS Transit System (WTS) and the Rural Transportation During School @ Noon — Join the FMS Program (RTP). The most important role that Ms. sixth graders and a member of the Ply- Paige will have is being an available public contact mouth State Meteorology Department in a discussion for CAT, WTS, and TRP. She will be a regular rider about the science of forecasting weather. on all of the bus systems and will be holding regular After School public listening sessions in communities across the 6 PM — Snacks will be provided in the sixth grade wing service areas to engage residents and gather vital while students show off their academic accomplishments feedback about how each system could be improved. in Science and Reading. To contact Ms. Paige, email email@example.com or 6:15 — Quick review of Meterology vocab & concepts. call 603.225.3295, or ride the bus! 6:30 — Parent and students teams will choose a book they like and create a forecast of weather for the story. 7:00 — Teams who volunteer present their forecasts. Celebrate New Year’s Day at First Day Franklin Saturday, January, 2011 11 AM—1 PM Welcome white water kayakers as they end their run at Trestle View Park — visit under the warm tents and Enjoy hot food and beverages Volume 4 Issue 5 Page 11 24th Annual Mix 94.1fm’s Cash-N-Cans Money & Food Drive December 10-17, 2010 If you or your business would like to get involved, please contact Fred Caruso at 934- 2500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many ways to help! Host a non-perishable food drive at work — Place a donation jar at the front desk If you would like to make a personal or business donation, please make checks payable to Mix Cash-N-Cans and mail to Mix 94.1fm Cash-N-Cans, PO Box 941, Franklin, NH 03235 or catch up with the van at the following live broadcast locations: Friday, 12/10… J. Jill 2-4 PM Monday, 12/13… Tiffany’s Beauty Salon, Franklin 5:30—10 AM AutoServ, Tilton, 11 AM—1 PM LR Jewelers/Sal’s Pizza Belmont, 2-5 PM Tuesday, 12/14… McDonald’s, Tilton, 5:30—10 AM HK Powersports, Laconia, 11 AM—1 PM Wineing Butcher, Gilford, 1-3 PM Belknap Subaru/Hyundai, Belmont, 3-5 PM Wednesday, 12/15… Lachances’ Village Store, Tilton, 5:30—10 AM Veterans’ Square, Laconia 11 AM—1:30 PM Irwin Motors, Laconia 2-4 PM Tilt’n Diner Spaghetti Dinner, 5-8 PM Thursday, 12/16… Park-N-Go Market, Northfield, 5:30-10 AM T-Bones, Laconia, 11 AM—1 PM Franklin Savings Bank, Upper Central, 2-5 PM Mulligan’s Restaurant, Northfield, 5-7 PM Friday, 12/17… McDonald’s, Franklin, 5:30 –10 AM Tanger Outlet Center, Tilton, 11 AM—1 PM Benson Auto, Franklin, 1-3 PM Grevior Furniture, Franklin 3-6 PM 100% of money and food raised through Mix Cash-N-Cans stays local, benefitting the Twin River Interfaith Food Pantry, Bread & Roses Soup Kitchen, T-N-S Christmas Fund, Merrimack County Community Action’s CAP’s Cupboard and the Franklin and Belmont Toys-for-Tots pro- grams. New Partnerships for Giving Franklin's Fashions Community Winter Clothing Drive The TRIP Center is partnering with the Peabody Home and Dress Rentals their Friendship Boulevard Neighborhood Club to collect hats, mittens, scares and winter coats for area schools. Only $15 The TRIP Center has done this in the past and it has been Sizes from 0-22W a huge success. Phil Schwotzer, a TRIP Center member and resident at the Peabody Home is very involved in this Conveniently located in Campus Creations project. The Center will be collecting starting in November and ending in January. The TRIP Center and the Peabody Stop in any time Home will be collection sites. You may call Allyson at the Peabody Home at 934-3718 or Nancy at the TRIP Center we'll be glad to help you! at 934-4151 for more information about this project. December Sports Athletic Director’s Report High School Although we are into the winter sports return to play when not fully recovered. December 7 — Girls BB—Away season, there were two teams with un- Remember, no athletes should return to December 8 — Wrestling—Away finished business for our November practices or contests when suspected of December 9 — Girls BB—Home issue. having a concussion. In addition, the December 10 — Boys BB—Away The FHS Football team had one game NHIAA has adopted the National Fed- December 11 — Wrestling - remaining on their schedule against lo- eration of High Schools (NFHS) Away cal rival Winnisquam Regional High “Guidelines for Management of Concus- December 14 — Boys Varsity School. The Tornadoes edged the visit- sions in Sports.” The following two steps BB—Home/JV BB Away ing Bears in a hard fought game by a must be followed prior to a student- December 14 — Girls Varsity BB—Home/JB BB Away score of 12-7. The win secured the athlete returning to play following a con- third seed in the NHIAA Division VI cussion: December 15 — Wrestling — Home Football Tournament and knocked Win- 1. No athlete should return to play (RTP) December 17 — Boys BB—Away nisquam out of the playoffs. The on the same day of concussion. December 17 — Girls BB—Home Golden Tornadoes travelled to long- 2. Any athlete removed from play be- December 18 — Wrestling— time football adversary Newport in the cause of a concussion must have medi- Away semi-final round of the tournament and cal clearance from an appropriate December 21 — Boys BB—Home came up short in the game to finish health care professional before he or December 22 — Wrestling — with a final record of 7-3. she can resume practice or competi- Away The FHS Spirit team competed in the tion. December 29 — Wrestling— NHIAA Fall Spirit Competition at More information about concussions for Away Southern NH University on November parents and athletes can be found on our Middle School 14. The team finished tied for first in school website and the NHIAA website. December 14 — Basketball— the 2009 competition and lost a tie- As a reminder, or for anyone new to Away breaker to Campbell High School to Franklin Middle School or Franklin High December 16 — Basketball— finish second. The team went in looking School Sports, the Winter Sports teams Home to regain the top spot they garnered in play their games in the following loca- December 20 — Basketball — the Fall of 2008 and the Winters of tions: Home both 2009 and 2010 to win their fourth December 22 — Basketball — Middle School boys and girls basketball competition in their last 5 attempts. In Away @ Franklin Middle School the end it was the Golden Tornadoes edging out Campbell once again to win Middle School Wrestling @ Franklin High Home basketball games are the 2010 Fall Spirit Competition. School played at Franklin Middle School Home wrestling matches take Franklin finished with 169.5 points to Middle School Spirit @ FMS Basketball place at Franklin High School Campbell’s 164.5 points. Congratulations games go out to all the coaches and team High School Basketball (JV/Varsity/ members and good luck in repeating for boys/girls) @ Franklin Middle School Where to Find Delay & the third year in a row for Winter High School Wrestling @ Franklin High Closing Announcements Spirit! School www.sau18.org by 6 AM As we start the Winter season it is a High School Spirit @ FHS Basketball www.wmur.com/closings good time to remind all coaches, ath- games at the Middle School WMUR TV — Channel 9 letes, and parents of the dangers of Mix 94.1 FM concussions especially when athletes WJYY-FM—105.5 The Wolf 93.3 FM Winter Reminder WLKZ 104.9 FM In addition to broadcasting school closings and delays on TV and ra- WLNH 98.3 FM dio, SAU 18 uses the Alert Now system to notify parents and staff. If WNNH 99.1 FM you have changed your phone number or do not wish to receive these WOKQ 95.7 FM 5:30 AM calls, please notify your child’s school(s).
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