Time for an update. A few issues from our March meeting that I voted on or spoke to. So here goes.
Golf Course Tent
I voted to spend an additional $30,200 for improvements related to a tent for hosting events at the golf course. Why, did I vote for this appropriation when in the past I have voted against using general fund revenues for the golf course and I voted against the purchase of the tent.
I hope the New Year finds you all well.
First, we have an upcoming special election On March 5th, to fill two seats on the city council. Dan St. Hilaire’s seat in Ward 10, he has been appointed as a judge. The other is for Steve Shurtleff’s at large seat, which he resigned when he was elected speaker of the House of Representatives.
There are four candidates who have signed up to run at large. Byron Champlin the current Ward 4 city councilor, Michael Dobrinski who resides on Curtice Ave., David Sky who ran for the Ward 10 seat in the last citywide election and initially signed up for the Ward 10 race again and David Parker, who owns Parker Academy and has served on city boards in the past.
The at large seat is a four year position. Steve Shrutleff’s term would have ended in November, so this seat on the city council will once again be contested in November. Also of note, Councilor Champlin does not have to resign his Ward 4 seat to run at large for the special election. Should he lose he will remain the Ward 4 city councilor. If he wins it will necessitate another special election to fill the Ward 4 seat.
Hopefully there will be an opportunity to hear the candidates positions and to ask them questions. if there are no scheduled citywide forums for the candidates, I will try and schedule a candidates forum at the Newell Post Restaurant, as we have done in the past.
The Backpack Program
Helping at risk food insecure kids get week end meals
FoFC, The Backpack Program is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit charitable organizations Tax ID: 20-2684275
Dear Community Partner,
The Backpack Program (TBP) is in its second full year - a collaboration between the Merrimack Valley School District (MVSD) that provides school-district input, the Friends Program Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) that provides volunteers to make the program work and Friends of Forgotten Children (FoFC) that provides a volunteer to handle our finances, and most importantly, a place to store our food and fill Backpacks.
100 Christmas Gift Wishes
Need Fulfilling NOW!!Will you please help a local child in need this holiday season?
PLEASE SHARE: Thank you to those who have already adopted a Christmas Wish, but Friends of Forgotten Children still has 100 Christmas Wishes that need to be fulfilled!
If you are able to adopt a Christmas Wish for a local child in need this holiday season, please contact us at 603-753-4801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.All wishes must be fulfilled and returned by Monday, December 3rd to FOFC, 224 Bog Road, Concord.Thank you!
With snow in the forecast it looks like an early winter once again. The good news is that at least this year it didn’t snow on Halloween. This update contains information on the new tax rate and how it effects you and my thoughts on a structural change in how the city will supplement expenses at the golf course, arena and solid waste funds.
I hope this note finds you well, anticipating lots of turkey with all the fixings and deserts that we enjoy on Thanksgiving. And as always you can contact at: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org or 224-6086 - Allan
It’s time to talk taxes and assessments again. Recently we received two reports one regarding assessed value and the other on the tax rate. So here goes.
LACONIA – The Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction will hold information sessions for organizations interested in applying for funds from this year’s Auction. The hour-long sessions will be held at Leavitt Park at 338 Elm Street in Laconia on Tuesday, October 30 at 5pm and Wednesday, October 31 at 8am.
If your organization has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code and/or public agency status; a primary base of operations in the Greater Lakes Region; and a proven history of providing value to the children of the local community; we want to hear from you.
Each organization’s funding request will be considered in four different categories: A, B, C, and D based on its need. Applications for needs that fit the Category A and urgent items classification, will be accepted until November 9. Applications for all other categories will be accepted until December 14.
The application has changed from 2016, so if you are an organization that has applied before, you may want to attend an information session and/or review the new application. Applications will be available at the information sessions as well as on the Children’s Auction website at www.childrensauction.com.
Tune in December 4-8 on 104.9 the Hawk, 101.5 WEEI, Atlantic Broadband Channel 12 and Lakes Region Public Access Channel 25, or online at ChildrensAuction.com. The Auction will broadcast live from the Belknap Mall in Laconia.
Considering a career change? Reach for tomorrow; become a teacher!
CONCORD — On Thursday, November 1, NHTI will hold an Information Night for people interested its Teacher Education Conversion Programs (TECP). The TECP programs provide a path for persons with a bachelor’s or master’s degree to become quickly certified to teach:
The Information Night will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in NHTI’s Library Living Room.
New certificate is the only one of its kind in New Hampshire
CONCORD — NHTI, Concord’s Community College has launched a new certificate program in computed tomography, a medical imaging technology commonly known as a CT or CAT Scan.
The only certificate program of its type in New Hampshire, it is designed for professionals already certified in radiography, radiation therapy or nuclear medicine technology to add diagnostic medical applications of CT imaging to their skill set. Students can complete the 19-credit program within a year, and graduates are eligible to sit for the CT certification examination conducted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
“We are constantly looking for ways to add value to our curriculum and enhance the skills of our students across medical imaging disciplines,” said Michelle Wade, program coordinator for NHTI’s Computed Tomography (CT) Certificate program. “With an aging patient population, the large number of radiologic technologists reaching retirement age and the growing number of CT procedures performed each year, our graduates are in an excellent position to advance their career while providing much-needed care to people in their community.”
A recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of American Medical Association revealed that a flu shot significantly reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke for individuals who had prior cardiac disease.
The flu vaccine may, in the future become a vaccine for the prevention heart attacks.
Dr Jacob Udell, a cardiologist at Women's College Hospital commented “the flu vaccine may also be a vaccine against heart attacks”.
The results of the study are promising in that the study participants either had heart disease or risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking. The exciting news is that those who received the flu shot who recently suffered from a heart attack had a 55% lower risk of having a heart attack, stroke or heart failure. According to the study the higher your cardiovascular risks the greater the benefits your heart may receive from the flu shot (Udell et al., 2013)