Jimmy Daley thinks he’s hooked a big one as his sister, Lilly Daley, looks on at the annual Sandown Fishing Derby, hosted by the Sandown Conservation Commission on Saturday morning at Sal’s Pond. Photo by Chris Paul
HAMPSTEAD – Tym Rourke, the head of the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, told lawmakers recently that unless something is done, the state could be looking at 1,000 deaths from drug overdoses. There were 321 such deaths recorded in 2014 in New Hampshire.
Laurie Warnock is moderating a Community Forum on Substance Abuse on Monday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library. Warnock, education coordinator for the Northern New England Poison Center, has put together the forum because of the rising number of overdoses and deaths due to heroin in recent months.
“Last summer, we saw a rash of hospitalizations due to a synthetic marijuana product in the greater Manchester area,” she said. “‘Vape’ shops are popping up everywhere, promising a ‘safer’ alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. These substances have many parents shaking their heads in surprise and even disbelief that this could be a problem in a small, safe community like Hampstead. The reality is, as our neighbors could tell us, many families in our town are struggling with helping a loved one deal with substance abuse.”
The free forum is sponsored by the Hampstead Police Department and Hampstead Fire and Rescue. A panel of police, fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS), prevention and treatment and family support representatives will discuss drug activity in the Hampstead area as well as outlining prevention and treatment resources and information on substances being abused in the Hampstead area.
According to Warnock, the objectives of the forum are:
• Education: many parents have no idea what these substances look like, what harm they can do or what warning signs to look for.
• Consequences: what EMS can do when someone overdoses; when law enforcement gets involved; which of the substance are legal.
• Resources: what should people do when they suspect a family member is misusing or abusing a substance, whether it’s prescription medications or “street drugs.”
For those unable to attend the forum on May 11, it will be available later on the town’s Cable Channel 17. For more information on the forum, contact Warnock at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 770-7954.
CHESTER – Town Meeting starts Tuesday, May 12, with the annual election of officers, with polls open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the multipurpose room.
It’s a typical election in Chester, with only a couple of the higher profile positions contested on the ballot and the rest going unopposed, and sometimes unsought.
There’s a full slate of six candidates seeking two three-year selectmen seats: incumbents Jack Cannon and Rich LeBlanc, as well as former selectman Charlotte Lister and newcomers, Dick Trask, William Ahie and Michael Mesnikoff.
Though the position of road agent is contested on the ballot, candidate Dennis Sienkiewicz, the challenger to eight-year incumbent Mike Oleson, has verbally opted out of the race. His name will appear on the ballot but Sienkiewicz has stated that he does not want the job.
Other than that the other positions are uncontested. For two, three-year library trustee spots, Barbara Holmes and MaryBeth Ditoro have signed up, and for a single one-year trusteeship, Mary Richardson is on the ballot. Longtime budget committee members Rhonda Lamphere and Chuck Heuer are going for two, three-year terms. For one, two-year spot, fellow incumbent Mike Weider is running.
No one is running for a three-year Trustee of the Trust Funds role, nor for a three-year Village Cemetery spot.
For Great Hill Cemetery trustee, a five-year term, Darrell Quinn has put his name in again. And for a trustee of the Wilcomb-Townsend Trust, Dianna Charron is running for a five-year term.
Also to be voted that day are the school district officers. While the school district meeting occurred in March, the district sticks to the town election timeline for the ballot vote.
On the school side there is only one open school board seat, and incumbent Royal Richardson is running uncontested.
Two zoning ordinance changes are to be considered this year. Article two, Amendment One, would make a minor change to subsection 6.4.3 “Constrained Acreage or Land” by adding the word “pre-existing” before “dedicated public right-of-way.”
The complete sentence would read, “Constrained Acreage or Land: Land that is restricted from development or inclusion in unit count calculations due to the existence of wetlands and submerged areas, watercourses, the FEMA-designated 100-year floodplain, pre-existing dedicated public rights-of-way, private rights-of-way and slopes of 25 percent or more.”
And Article three, Amendment Two, would amend section 6.7.1 by adding a second sentence that reads, “To qualify as a parent lot, the lot must be at least 25 acres in size.”
The full section would read, “The maximum number of units allowed is calculated by a formula based upon the acreage of unconstrained land on the parent lot. To qualify as a parent lot, the lot must be at least 25 acres in size.”
The following Saturday, May 16, the rest of the warrant will be decided on, starting at 9 a.m. A preview of the warrant articles will appear in next week’s edition of the Tri-Town Times.