Spring is here and time to work

It is finally spring!!  This means more work cleaning out the yard and maybe your house.  As I start campaigning for November as State Representative, my work is cleaning up policies and budget items.   As a member of the Franklin School Board,  I have been making some changes.  Education is still a priority for me.  I have been excepted as President of the Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center to provide help for those in need of more resources.  The family resource center is needed for those who have substance misuse addiction or problems.  I am still helping this community to find resources that are needed to overcome their addiction if it is treatment, recovery, support or prevention.  I am still working on extended producer responsibility laws to improve our recycling efforts.  There are many more efforts to improve.  Let me know your thoughts!!

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Happy Holidays

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.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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!!!

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Summer ending

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.

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Franklin Moving Forward

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.

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Continue Energy in Franklin

May 26th city council meeting regarding Franklin for Lifetime action plan turn out was great.  At the end of the event, there were four categories people could participate in helping to improve. There are some activities already in place and grant money being requested.  One grant application is for hiring a downtown coordinator.  Franklin Drug Task Force had students do an environmental scan.  The tobacco signs on a fence at the convenience store at bottom of Prospect St has been taken down with the request of the Drug Task Force and the help of the owner.  Franklin is seeing some corporation from different organizations working to improve Franklin.  At the beginning of the month, I was appointed to the school board by the city council.  I hope to make a different in our education system.  I have been place as a chair of innovative committee working on Junior Achievement, JROTC (Junior ROTC) and getting a car for a 5 day art class for the students.  The art class will design a wrap to go around the car.  The students will be taught by a famous artist.  This will begin our STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) program.  I have been continuing to attend events on mental health and drug related problems.  Today was a Walk for Addition Awareness.  Next week and summit on the heroin overdose in the Winnisquam region.  Last month, I went to a mental health summit regarding changes needed at the federal level.  Last week, I went to a forum at Genesis in Laconia on what they are doing adapting to the new challenges on behavior and cooccuring mental health problems.

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Energy in Franklin

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.

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