The Messenger – January 28, 2011

The Messenger - January 28, 2011 Issue
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Virginia Irwin named Newport Superintendent

The SAU #43 School Board spared little time in naming a replacement of retiring Superintendent Michael Marcinkus. Acting at a special meeting that night, the board hired Virginia Irwin as Interim Superintendent for the next 18 months or until a new Superintendent can be hired.

Duncan-Jenkins Trust reports banner year

The Trustee of the Duncan-Jenkins Charitable Trust hosted the trust’s Annual Dinner last Thursday. Trustee Douglas Hatfield was pleased to report that despite the unstable and uncertain stock market since the Trust was established in 2001, it has increased the market value. As of the end of 2010, the market value of the Trust investments was $6,314,300, representing a 20 percent increase over the $5 million it started with. Because of the increased value, Grants Committee was able to make larger grants this year, and expect to have more than $250,000 available for the 2011 year.

Three convicted of animal cruelty

A husband and wife from Deering entered no contest pleas on cruelty to animals charges after 40 cats and one dog were found in their home last year. Randy M. Emery and his wife, Phyllis Emery, entered the plea agreements in the Henniker District Court. Randy M. Emery was sentenced to five months in jail, suspended for two years on the condition of good behavior.

DAR presents area Good Citizens Awards

The Mercy Hathaway White recently celebrated the winners of “The Good Citizen Award” during their Christmas Tea on Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Each of the Good Citizen winners shared a little bit about themselves and their plans for continuing education. The Good Citizen Award is presented to high school seniors who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities.

Henniker selectmen trimming the budget

The Henniker selectmen have approved an operating budget of $4,166,675 for presentation at next week’s public hearing, but have indicated that further cuts may be made depending on the sentiments expressed by taxpayers at that hearing. Although the budget is up slightly and would increase the tax rate by only .35/$1,000, Tom Watman indicated he would like to make further reductions resulting in a fl at if not reduced tax rate. Leo Aucoin agreed, saying he would like to see another $50,000 trimmed from the budget. “These are the times you have to make the tough cuts.”

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