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May 24, 2012 • Volume 8 - Issue 21

Local Officials Will Square Off for County Commissioner



Derry State Rep. Phyllis Katsakiores and Kevin Coyle, former Derry town councilor, both announced this week they will toss their hats into the race for Rockingham County Commissioner. Also running for the position is incumbent Rock- ingham County Commis- sioner Donald Stritch, who has served the towns of Derry, Londonderry, Au- burn, Candia, Chester, Deer- field, Northwood, Notting- ham, and Windham for the past eight years. “I would like to be able

to continue the program of keeping taxes as low as we possibly can without de- stroying the safety and health of elderly residents,” he said. “We have 40 elderly persons in assisted living and 222 elderly persons in the

nursing homes. We must continue to provide services and ensure they have a happy and secure place to live.” Stritch said he is most proud of a federal stimulus grant the county secured to put in a new electricity plant at the Brentwood nursing home, which is going into operation in about a week. “It cost $4 million and

will save us hundreds of thousands of dollars on the cost of fuel oil,” said Stritch, who has a lengthy career of service. Stritch is a U.S. Air

Force veteran; he worked as a principal in schools for 35 years; he served as Town Moderator in Auburn for 35 years; he served as School District Moderator for 30 years; he served on the Auburn School Board for six years; he served on the Auburn volunteer Fire Department for 10 years;

and he served as a State Rep. for 11 years. Katsakiores,who is serv- ing on the Derry Town Council and has served as a Derry State Rep. for 28 years, said the position of Rockingham County Com- missioner would replace her seeking re-election to the New Hampshire General Court.

As a member of the County Executive Board, Katsakiores said she feels “very qualified” in seeking the Office of County Com- missioner. “I have loved being a

legislator. I think the most important part of being a legislator is helping people, and I feel I helped a lot of people,” she said. “It’s hard to leave, but it’s time for me to move on. The county needs good representation and I can help more people

continued on page 2 Derry Legislators Vote Against State’s

Transportation Plan on Funding Doubts it’s the uncertainty of feder- al funding for transportation projects that informed their voted against the amended 10-year plan.



The New Hampshire House passed the state’s 10- year transportation plan recently with a vote of 308- 28.

Only Derry State Reps.

Kevin Reichard-R and Jim Webb-R voted against the plan.

Londonderry’s entire House delegation voted against HB 1716, which Derry State Senator Jim Rausch amended to include $250 mil- lion in highway grant anticipa- tion bonds to fund the comple- tion of the I-93 expansion from Salem to Manchester, as

well as the construction of a new Exit 4-A in Londonderry as part of that project. Rausch said the highway anticipation bonds would only be authorized if federal funding is secured, and if the Fiscal Committee, the Gen- eral Court, and the Governor all approve authorization. The purpose of granting

the state power to authorize additional bonds for projects in the 10-year plan is to pro- vide the state the opportuni- ty to take advantage of a favorable environment for construction should federal funding for highway proj- ects come through. Reichard and Webb said

“The main reason I voted

against [HB1716] is it’s tied to the assumption we’re going to get federal funds, and the federal government at this point in time can’t seem to come up with a budget every three months, so it’s an unknown factor,” Derry State Rep. James Webb said. “How can we predict something when they can’t even decide on a budg- et? Meanwhile, they will take our bonds to pay for it. I continued on page 7

Building Fairyland Elise Riendeau puts the finishing touches on her fairy house that she built in MacGregor Park on Saturday afternoon.

She was taking part in the Derry Fairy and Elf Festival hosted by the Derry Public Library where Betsy Williams and children’s libarian Evan Bush helped children discover the wonders of fairy house construction. More photos on page 8. Photo by Chris Paul

Pinkerton Hosts Preview of CTE Renovations Project


——◆—––– Pinkerton Academy host-

ed a “Public Preview” about the school’s ongoing project to renovate and construct Career and Technical Ed- ucation (CTE) facilities. Speakers who presented at the public meetings in- cluded faculty, students, and Senator Jim Rausch, who

worked to secure state fund- ing for Career and Technical Education centers in the state; including that of Pink- erton, which received a $7.5 million grant to renovate CTE facilities and programs. In addition to detailing the method of funding for the CTE renovations and new construction, the pres- entation detailed ways in which renovations that were

completed as part of the school’s 30 percent obliga- tion to the $11.2 million project have improved stu- dent learning. “We have lived through

it. We go in there every day with a smile because it’s such an improvement,” Health Science Technology Teacher Maryellen Dooley told attendees. “We have continued on page 11

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