Happy Holidays to everyone. I hope everyone enjoys their families company. I hope everyone is ready for a new year. I hope next year will be productive.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I hope everyone is enjoying their friends and families company. I hope those that have families or friends with substance misuse are being in recovery or in a good treatment program and are together this holiday season. I have been following NH substance misuse issue since about March of 2014. I serve on a steering committee of the Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center and now helping a Recovery Coffee House here in Franklin. I hope that we bring good programs to serve the Greater Franklin area to reduce the substance misuse. I still continue my efforts on the Franklin Mayor’s Drug Task Force. I had my friend comedian Joey Novick from Flemington, NJ come help us raise money for this program. I was reelected to the Franklin School Board for two years. I hope to continue to serve on the I2 committee to further advance the NH Art Car, bring JROTC, Junior Achievement and improve existing programs and create new innovative programs to reduce the drop out rate. If I do not write next month. Happy Holidays!!!
The summer is ending and students are going back to school in a few weeks. I have filed for reelection for the Franklin School Board. I hope to continue being on the innovation committee to ensure ROTC program is implemented and other program to enhance the education system. Laurence Gartel arrived at the beginning of the month and has shown his art work to many people. The students start doing the art work on September 8. We hope the Governor will unveil the car following Monday. I want to give thanks to those who has donated and given a chance for the students to do the artwork with a famous artist.
I remember when I first ran I wanted to start improving the downtown. We needed businesses and jobs. I am so glad this has finally happen. Toad Hall, Davis and Towle Insurance Group, Once Again, Central Sweets, the bookstore and now The Franklin Studios. On the way is a ice cream stand. It is so refreshing to be in a coffee shop that is a gift shop. I am on the board of The Franklin Studios. I have enjoyed working there. People state there is no where to shop for Christmas in Franklin. We will have one place and hope for many more stores. Another positive happening that I did run on was the teachers getting a raise. I am glad the school board worked the situation with the Teachers Union and city council. The School Board was successfully to have a car donated from local dealer. The artist Laurence Gartel is on his way. I am raising the funds to allow 10 to 20 students to participate in the art class. Laurence is going to give some choices for design and few ideas finding New Hampshire pictures or Franklin pictures to place on the wrap of the car. This car will be showed around town for the life of the car. Franklin will be the only on in the state to have the artist design the car. Businesses will donate to have a logo on the car. This car will also be used for organizations to drive to events around the state. As the artist does this in each state, NH car will be shown as an example. It may put Franklin on the map.
Today, I participated in a city wide clean up. I am glad people are enthusiastic about cleaning up the city of Franklin. I know when I first ran I wanted to clean up Franklin but no one had the energy or time. It was good to see abut 25 people today cleaning up downtown and neighboring streets.
I did attend the Franklin for Lifetime this past weekend. There were a lot of ideas and energy. Everyone was please and can not wait until May 26 at a special city council meeting to see the final action plan.
Todd Workman has finally have some events at Toad Hall. It was great seeing Dartmouth Acapella Group vs Colby Sawyer Acapella Group. People had a great time and the students had a great time. Dartmouth ended up winning the contest. Hopefully they will be back. Across the street, there is the Buell’s Building where there is going to be a NH Made store and possibly a brewery.
Colby Sawyers students have done a study of Franklin which suggest to have zero waste downtown and solar panels on roofs and so much more. SB 251 is expanding commercial composting to include meat and dairy. This should pass the House and if signed by the Governor. Franklin can have its first commercial composting once passed and I am helping the owner to pass the needed legislation to get this going. I am working on SB135 reducing lead poisoning. Franklin is still in the top five with the highest lead poison incident in kids. If passed this should allow more testing at the doctors office and pamphlets to go to the parents for more awareness. I am working on another way to reduce the lead poising in kids.
I did establish a scholarship for the Franklin High School Students. Margaret Evans Edgecomb was a History teacher and believe in students education. The alumni idea was to create two $500 scholarships in her name to be given out to students who go on to further their education.
Spring is finally approaching. April 9, 10 and 11 will be a community workshop through the UNH extension. I have participating in focus groups how to improve Franklin and what is needed in Franklin. This workshop is guided towards aging. The Merrimack County Nursing home does want to have 20 units in Franklin for a community senior center to provide some care to reduce the number of people going to the nursing home. This community workshop at Franklin City Hall will provide a support system around these 20 units. Public is invited for free community supper and program on April 9th at 6:00 PM.
The city welfare director and myself went to Manchester to visit the Family in Transition program. The city welfare director will try to consolidate the resources so the resources are more one place shopping. In the future, we will use the Family in Transition intensive mental health program.
Representative Lorrie Carey from Boscawen and myself are working on creating a medical technology center for the high school students. At this time, Franklin students go to the Huot Center where they do have health science technology and biomedical classes. Medical technology center is for entry level positions for students who need a job before they get their job in their field. There are so many opportunities in Franklin, we feel the center should be centrally located in Franklin.
I am helping the Franklin Teachers get their salaries increase. We are waiting on a study if that will be feasible. The Franklin School Board is researching to have a ROTC program which I am very in favor of having. I believe , as I walked this district, students need to learn life skills and this program will provide those skills before they enter into any field of choice.
I did submit a testimony on HB 431 and HB 626 which would move the transmission lines of Northern Pass down the I-93 corridors and money from the project would go to the state. I feel both of these are unnecessary due to already having a site evaluate committee (SEC) to go over these ideas and the proposed path of Northern Pass. These bills tell the SEC what to do without any stakeholders involvement. HB 431 was sent to the House with a suggestion to kill the bill or Inexpedient to legislate. HB 626 was retained for further review. HB 626 wanted to have energy corridors in the state along the interstate highways. I had this issue when I was a legislative assistant in Virginia. They do not work and very restrictive. I am still working with city officials to have Northern Pass come through Franklin.
I hope everyone survives the winter and start enjoying the warmer weather.