12 - November 25, 2011 | Pelham - Windham News
Pols, Grocers Association President Promote Campaign For Cross Border Shoppers
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by Jay Hobson
House Majority Leader D. J. Bettencourt, House Speaker William O’Brien and Representative Kevin Waterhouse owner of Waterhouse’s Country Store in Windham, and others joined John M. Dumais, President of the NH Grocers Association at Klemm’s Mobil in Windham to discuss plans to increase cross-border spending by residents of states that border New Hampshire.
Dumais began the proceedings with the presentation of a plaque
to Arthur and Thomas Klemm, owners of Klemm’s Mobil noting their “outstanding small business that showcases what is the best of New Hampshire business, ” Dumais said. Dumais also stated that “40 percent of all small business sales is to out of state shoppers.”
Rising gas prices and storms that have passed through the area
leaving many without power were blamed as the cause of the decrease in shopping by out of state residents.
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt touted the “New Hampshire advantage and its critical role in our state revenue system.” “Let’s be very clear, at this time overall state
revenues are not sagging behind projections. In fact, we are currently running a surplus of over $10 million, however our economy is far from being out of the woods,” Bettencourt said. Bettencourt listed a 10 cent cut in the tobacco tax, the elimination of the lottery winnings tax and the reduction of the rooms and meals fee as well as the passage of 43 pieces of legislation “that deregulated our small businesses” as critical to boosting New Hampshire’s economy. “I want to remind everyone that this is a two
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year budget and I want to take a moment to debunk a myth that is being promoted by the critics of this budget. Budget writers moved forward with this tax cut (the tobacco tax cut) on the basis of several economic studies that established that cutting this tax would produce greater revenue but the worse case scenario being that it would be revenue neutral. This is important for the public to remember as critics attempt to spread misinformation about this budget,” Bettencourt said. House Speaker William O’Brien listed job
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President of the NH Grocer’s Association John Dumais, left, presents a plaque to Arthur and Tomas Klemm as State Rep. Kevin Waterhouse
growth and an increase in small businesses and manufacturing jobs as an indication of New Hampshire’s beginning growth. “New Hampshire will always be subject to national headwinds but we are pointing the way forward by reducing spending lowering taxes and to allow businesses, especially small businesses to bring jobs and prosperity back to our country,” O’Brien said.
House Majority Leader
D.J. Bettencourt reads from his prepared remarks.
Front: NH Grocer’s Association President John Dumais, left, and House Speaker William O’Brien, right. Rear: House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, center and State Rep. Kevin Waterhouse, right listen as O’Brien remarks on the state of the NH economy.
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November 20: Our National Thanksgiving: With Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale, Newbury, NH. Sarah Josepha Hale tells the story of her 30-year effort to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. President Abraham Lincoln enters at the end of her tale, to read his 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation. Sharon Wood portrays Hale and Steve Wood portrays Lincoln in this living history presentation. 2 p.m. Center Meeting House, Route 103. (603) 763-9806. November 22: Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Nashua, NH. Partnership for Successful Living is hosting a free, hot, nutritious holiday meal to individuals and families in need. New winter coats and flu shots will be available after dinner. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 45 High Street. (603) 882-3616. November 25-27: Bektash Shriners “Fez”tival of Trees, Concord, NH. Fun for All Ages, the 11th Annual “Fez”tival is an extravaganza of fully decorated, artificial trees decorated in a Christmas or other theme. All trees are beautifully lit for the enjoyment of the viewers who will come to participate in the associated festivities and purchase chances to win the trees. Throughout the event there will be refreshments, silent auction items to bid on, gift shop, and visits from Santa, offering an enjoyable event for everyone. Admission fee. 189 Pembroke Road. (603) 225-5372; www.bektashshriners.org
. November 29: The Guitar and the Devil: Music, Magic and Ritual Among Ecuadorian Indians, Plaistow, NH. Music and ritual belief in supernatural forces play key roles in the eight-day festivities associated with the summer solstice and annual corn harvest in Ecuador. This program by Jose Lezcano, Keene State College, illustrated with slides, recordings, and live performance explores the connections between ritual, music, and the supernatural, especially among indigenous
Andean peoples. 7 p.m. Public Library, 85 Main St. (603) 382-6011. December 2: The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, Lowell, MA. The alias of composer Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller was among the pioneers of neo-classical electronic music, emerging as one of the driving forces behind the new age phenomenon. When it comes to the music he has created and the massive audience he has built behind Mannheim Steamroller, Davis has rarely been wrong. Admission fee. 8 p.m. Lowell Memorial Auditorium. (978) 454-2299; www.lowellauditorium.com
. December 2-3: Pine Hill Waldorf School Holiday Fair, Wilton, NH. The Pine Hill Waldorf School Holiday Fair is one of the largest in the region. It is a magical festival complete with live music and creative
activities for children of all ages. There is a preferred parking area close to the door for a minimal fee on a first-come, first-served basis. 12/2 – 6:30-9:30 p.m., 12/3 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (603) 654-6003; .ww.pinehill.org
December 3: Holly Berry Fair, Milford, NH. Returning favorites include our festive Christmas Cupboard and Pantry, featuring homemade preserves and candies. Gift baskets for all ages and interests, Christmas handicrafts, and gently used Christmas items will be sold, along with our ever-popular Cookie Walk, Cheese, and Holiday Greens. A hearty Lunch will be served in our Snack Bar. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. First Congregational Church on Union Street . (603) 673-3713; www.firstccmnh.org
. December 3-4: Annual New England Train Expo, Marlborough, MA. For many families trains around the tree and Christmas garden displays are holiday traditions dating back generations. Families that attend this event will recapture much of that magic and nostalgia. There will be operating train layouts in all scales from the largest G-scale trains to the tiny N-gauge – all with life-like miniature scenery. Santa Claus will visit direct from the North Pole on both days. Kids 8 to 14 will have an opportunity to build their own HO-scale freight car kit. Admission fee. 12/3 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 12/4 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, U.S. Route 20. (603) 528-8587; www.hubdiv.org
. December 4: Lidia’s Italy In America Live!, Lowell, MA. Lidia Bastianich is one of the best-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Admission fee. 7 p.m. Lowell Memorial Auditorium. (978) 454-2299, www.lowellauditorium.com
. December 5: Canadian Tenors, Boston, MA. Their music is an exciting blend of classical and contemporary pop. The Canadian Tenors have criss-crossed the globe thrilling millions of music lovers with their magical voices, wonderful sense of humor and memorable. Admission fee. 7:30 p.m. Wilbur Theatre. (617) 426-1083; www. canadiantenors.com
Proposed Town Budget continued from pg 3
A further breakdown of the currently proposed 2012 budget shows the total salary line decreasing by $84,184, largely due to the elimination of one dispatch position (savings. On the other side, operations for next year are proposed at a total increase across the board of $434,869. Based on the current proposal, the tax impact on property owners for 2012 would be
approximately 17 cents per $1,000 assessed property valuation. This translates into a possible tax increase of $60.61 on a home assessed for tax purposes at $350,000. These statistics pertain only to the town portion of the Windham budget and do not include any impact that might be brought about by next year’s school budget.
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