Hudson - Litchfield News July 15, 2011 - 9
Litchfield Women’s Club Wraps Up 2010-2011 Season
$3,100 was distributed to the community through donations, scholarship awards, assistance for those in need, and to schools and organizations throughout Litchfield.
LWC Board for 2011-2012: membership chair Lori Martin, sunshine chair Renee Charette, secretary Claire Regan, co-presidents Pamme Boutselis and Jean White, and treasurer Barb Gilbert
submitted by Litchfield Women’s Club The Litchfield Women’s Club (LWC) recently
wrapped up another successful year of community service at their annual June dinner at Super Wok in Londonderry. Outgoing, long-time co- president Brenda Labrie recognized her board, which included her long-time co-president Donna
Saunders, treasurer Barb Gilbert, secretary Lori Martin, membership chairwomen Betty and Sandy Darling, sunshine chair Renee Charette, and publicity chair Pamme Boutselis, thanking them for their service throughout the past year. Club members were active throughout the community in many ways in the past year. Over
Gilbert and Charette were also recognized for their work as the coordinators of the fall and spring roadside clean-up projects that the LWC performs each year on a stretch of Route 3A. Charette also coordinated this past fall’s annual blood drive. Co-president Saunders was thanked for her coordination of the Campbell High School yearbook ad. Many club members were noted as well for their work on Santa’s Workshop, especially Claire Regan, who led the kitchen staff; Jean White, who coordinated fabulous raffles; and Labrie, who chaired the overall event. Labrie also took the helm at the annual Easter Bunny breakfast with LeeAnn York heading up the kitchen and Betty Darling handling the procurement of raffles for the event. Secretary Martin handled this year’s holiday family donations, while White took on the task of planning the club’s post-holiday gathering. Club member Maureen Lascelles was recognized for her work in chairing Candidates Night this past winter, as was LeeAnn York, who created the club’s current Newcomers Guide, solicited ads, compiled the guide, and much more. The end result is fantastic and is available at the Litchfield Town Clerk’s Office. Pamme Boutselis received recognition for creating and maintaining LWC’s Facebook fan page and online blog. Special thanks were given to Donna Saunders, who stepped in to assist with
scholarship awards this year, and Lori Martin, who initiated the committee work. Claire Regan presented five $250 scholarships to deserving Campbell High grads in early June. Regan also coordinated the June dinner, in which new officers were elected for the 2011-2012 season. New officers include: co-presidents Jean White
and Pamme Boutselis, treasurer Barb Gilbert, secretary Claire Regan, membership chair Lori Martin, sunshine chair Renee Charette, and publicity chair Pamme Boutselis. The Litchfield Women’s Club meets on the
second Tuesday of each month from September until June. Most meetings are held at the Litchfield Middle School at 7 p.m. in the library, with the exception of September’s new members’ reception (at Stage Crossing in Litchfield), December (no meeting), January (at a member’s home), and June (at a restaurant). New members are always welcome. Women of all ages and interests, with a desire
to serve their community, create new friendships, and promote community service and education, are encouraged to join the Litchfield Women’s Club. To learn more, ‘like’ us on Facebook, follow our blog at http://lwc2010.wordpress.com
, or e- mail us at email@example.com
. We invite all women in the Greater Litchfield area to come to a meeting and learn more about our organization.
Governor Lynch Announces $13 Million to Help NH Small Businesses Grow, Create Jobs
New Hampshire small businesses could soon access $13 million that will help them grow and create jobs. Governor John Lynch has announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has allocated $13 million for New Hampshire small businesses through its State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The Executive Council will vote Wednesday on entering a contract with the Business Finance Authority to administer the loan program. The funding will support small business lending
programs through the Business Finance Authority that will leverage over $130 million in additional private lending for small businesses in New Hampshire. “As I speak with business leaders across the state, they tell me access to credit and working capital continues to be a challenge. These funds will increase access to credit, which our small businesses need to meet customer demands, allowing them to grow and create jobs,” Governor Lynch said. “Small businesses are the backbone
of our economy here in New Hampshire and we must continue to do what we can to help our small businesses flourish if we are going to continue to be a leader in economic recovery.” The SSBCI is a new $1.5 billion initiative included in the Small Business Jobs Act, which President Obama signed into law in October. The funds strengthen state programs that leverage private lending to small businesses and manufacturers that are still struggling to access the funds needed to grow even though they
Kindergarten Construction Aid to End in 2013 by Lynne Ober
After four months of deliberation, the legislature over-rode Governor Lynch’s idea to end kindergarten construction aid this year. When the governor presented his budget in February, he announced that he had not included aid for kindergarten construction. What he didn’t announce, but became apparent upon review of his budget, was that he had also cut the third year payment on kindergarten portable leases. This would have had a negative impact on school district budgets in Hudson, Litchfield, Pelham, Salem, and Windham, as all were expecting the state to cover for the third year’s lease payments. However, when the budget finally passed, kindergarten construction for the coming year was included, much to the delight of Windham School District, and the third year’s lease payments were also funded.
Kindergarten construction aid began in the early 2nd Annual
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1990s, with the state offering to cover 75 percent of construction costs as a way to encourage school districts to offer public kindergarten. Finally, only 12 school districts in America were without public kindergarten and all of them were in New Hampshire.
According to the recently passed state budget,
school districts will have until June 30, 2013, to approve building for kindergarten. After that time, any construction that includes space for kindergarten students will fall under school construction aid. Governor Lynch suspended school construction aid two years ago because the state owed so much money. At this time, the state still owes $540 million for approved building projects and the governor has said that he will not approve any open-ended school construction aid in the future. However, between now and June 30, 2013,
if a school district approves a kindergarten construction project, it will be eligible for funding.
The number of classrooms shall be based upon the “largest projected kindergarten enrollment in the first five years following construction, based on a minimum of 20 students per half-day kindergarten class.” School districts opting to offer full-day kindergarten will only get aid based on the half-day mandated kindergarten. Classrooms shall be no larger than 1,000 square feet, including restrooms and storage space. Classrooms built to a larger specification will not get increased aid. The state has been paying leases on portable classrooms plus furniture for three years. Included in the funding provisions is a provision that states, “Classroom furniture and equipment purchased for temporary classroom s pursuant to RSA 198:15-r shall be relocated to permanent classrooms or replaced at district expense.” So after 23 years, kindergarten construction aid will end as a separate program available to districts.
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