SWEETHEARTS AT THE DANCE
Classmates Vivian Kingsbury, Jaclyn Young and Khloe Marquis were ready to have fun at the Pittsburg School's first-ever Sweetheart Dance, held on Friday night, February 16 for students in grades K-6 and their parents and grandparents. It was a big success, and everyone is already looking forward to next year.
(Ann Gray photo)
Pittsburg Voters to Consider Opposing
Proposals for Former Town Garage
By Jake Mardin
Pittsburg voters will consider a $2,215,482 budget along with the future of the old town garage at their annual town meeting, to be held in the gym at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12.
The proposed budget is about $50,000 lower than last year's, mainly due to $76,000 raised for the revaluation that was done last year. Voters will also be asked to add funds to various reserve accounts, including the police cruiser ($15,000), Happy Corner Bridge ($5,000), fire truck ($25,000), fire equipment ($5,000) and highway heavy equipment ($50,000) capital reserve funds.
Article 7 proposes removing $5,150 and all accrued interest from the police cruiser capital reserve fund from the sale of the F450 truck and close the account. The funds would be added to the police department budget to purchase body cameras.
Article 8 would modify the provisions for elderly exemptions from property tax based on assessed value to bring the values toward the middle, when compared to other municipalities.
Voters will consider two opposing warrant articles. One petitioned article would keep the old town garage standing and use it for cold storage of emergencyequipment. A separate article proposes raising $25,000 to cover the anticipated costs of tearing the garage down.
The purchase of a new backhoe is also under consideration, with up to $165,000 being taken from the highway heavy equipment capital reserve fund.
(Issue of February 21, 2024)
PLANNING THEIR NEXT MOVES
The Canaan School Chess Club hosted its first-ever tournament, playing against the Colebrook Chess Club at the school on Saturday. Seen here facing off across the table are Colebrook's Colleen Clogston and Canaan's Tyler Davis. "Both teams did great," said Canaan coach Frank Sawicki. "Walter on The Knights of the Roundtable (Canaan's team) won second place with points, but Colebrook won the whole tournament with winning points." For the next tournament, he hopes to include other schools and clubs around the Northeast Kingdom.
Dean Woodard-Neary Hired as New
Colebrook Area Food Pantry Director
By Karen Harrigan
Dean Woodard-Neary of Colebrook, well known as an EMT, firefighter and the town's former emergency management director, now has a new role as director of the Colebrook Area Food Pantry. The organization may also have found a new home, having learned some weeks ago that it would lose its space at St. Brendan's rectory due to a renovation project.
In addition to his volunteer and professional work as a first responder, Dean is the owner of Reckless Coffee Roasters, which he founded three years ago. He is a man of deep faith, currently studying as a minister's apprentice, serving on the board for the Just Love Ministries charity organization, and a co-founder of the worship gathering The Well.
Shortly after The Well hosted a free community dinner on Thanksgiving, former food pantry director Pastor Cindy Grassi invited Dean to attend an Area Churches Working Together meeting in December, when local clergy planned to talk about the food pantry. "At the meeting, I was thinking about it but didn't apply for anything," he said. "Then after a few days it was dwelling on me, so I reached out to Cindy and asked for more information, and ended up applying for the position."
All of the food pantry's equipment and supplies, which include shelving and 11 refrigerators and freezers for food storage, are still at the rectory, with renovations slated to begin next month. Dean said the food pantry may have found a new home.
"We're working on getting an agreement set up, and hope to have it by the end of the month and then we can start moving stuff," he said. "I'm excited to get everything up and running, and help people out."
He has a few volunteers lined up but is looking for more, and anyone interested can find a form on the Colebrook Area Food Pantry page on Facebook, or contact Dean at [email protected] or 603-331-1261.
Meanwhile, local clergy are pleased to have a new steward for this critical community service. "He will do a wonderful job," Pastor Grassi said. "I know this is of God, and feel so satisfied that the people of our communities will be served. It has been my blessing to serve them for 14 years, and now a new generation is at the helm."
Area Churches Working Together, a nonprofit governed by a board of local laypeople and clergy, stewards both the food pantry and Community Meals. Funded by a Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund grant, the Community Meals program serves a free, hot dinner every Thursday evening at Trinity United Methodist Church.
A hired chef prepares the dinner, volunteers serve the buffet meal, and local organizations provide homemade desserts. Between 75 and 80 people turn out for the Community Meals dinners each week, and Dean said Andre Marquis will stay on to coordinate that program.
The food pantry serves around 145 families per month, and the director's position is salaried for 30 hours a week to oversee both programs. The duties include grant paperwork, bookkeeping, and working with the New Hampshire Food Bank and other organizations.
(Issue of February 21, 2024)
UP AND OVER
?Groveton's Ashton Kenison puts a shot over Gorham's Isaac Langlois and Max Grondin, in a Div. 4 preliminary round game played at Gorham. The tenth-ranked Eagles defeated #7 Gorham, 35-27, and will move on to the quarterfinals against #2 Littleton tomorrow night.
(Shirley Nickles photo)
Groveton Boys Advance, Girls' Prelims
Doctor Scheduled for Trial in May
By Jake Mardin
The 2024 Division IV basketball tournament opened on Monday with boys' preliminary round games. #10 Groveton defeated the #7 Huskies, 35-27 in a low-scoring affair in Gorham, and will play at #2 Littleton in Thursday's quarterfinal round at 7 p.m.
In two other prelims, #4 Farmington overcame a ten-point deficit and avoided an upset, beating #13 Colebrook 56-50, and #3 Derryfield defeated #14 Pittsburg-Canaan, 78-49.
The girls were scheduled to play Tuesday night, with #15 Colebrook taking on #2 Groveton and #13 Pittsburg-Canaan traveling to #4 Farmington, both at 6 p.m. Dates and times are subject to change, and updates will be posted at www.nhiaa.org.
The girls' semifinals will be played on Tuesday, February 27 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. The finals will be played at 1 p.m. on March 2 at Colby Sawyer College.
#15 Colebrook at #2 Groveton
This would be the fourth time going head-to-head this season for the Eagles (16-2) and Mohawks (9-9). The first meeting came at Groveton's holiday tournament, where the Eagles erased a 14-point deficit to force overtime and won by two. In the first regular-season matchup, Groveton pulled away late for the road win and toward the end of the season, they won decisively at home.
Delaney Whiting leads Groveton with 16.9 points per game, and is a safe bet to put up double figures in rebounds. Aspen Clermont is a tough defender and leads the team in steals, and Julia Chappell, Paige Lambert and Mylee Kenison round out a very strong starting five.
Colebrook will look to Haley Rossitto (18.8 ppg) and Niomie Nadeau (15.5 ppg) to be productive on offense and to crash the boards. Lexi Santamaria is also averaging over ten points per game and puts up high rebounding totals, and Samantha Kuhn and Sabrina Tallmage will look to make plays and provide some hard-nosed defense against the Eagles. Carly Daigneault should also see plenty of minutes and is very good on the boards.
The winner will advance to the quarterfinals this Friday to play the winner of Newmarket vs. Profile at the home of the higher seed.
#13 Pittsburg-Canaan at #4 Farmington
The Yellow Jackets (10-8) were also set to go on the road to take on 13-5 Farmington. The Pittsburg-Canaan girls caught the attention of the division when they beat #5 seed Woodsville on the road, and played a close game against #2 Groveton, with the Eagles securing the win late in the matchup.
Saidy Placey has improved each year and leads the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game. Sienna Grondin gives the team a strong presence down low, and Leahana Haynes, Arlyn Dorman and Paige Robinson have all played well for the upset-minded Yellow Jackets.
The winner goes on to the quarterfinal round on Friday to play Woodsville or Portsmouth Christian at the home of the higher seed.
(Issue of February 21, 2024)