Kennett High principal Neal Moylan is frustrated he is losing teachers to school systems that offer higher salaries. "We had a very strong candidate with a master plus 10 years (experience)," Moylan recently told the Conway School Board. "I was able to offer her in the $39,000-$40,000, but I lost her to districts down state willing to pay $51,000 and another $65,000. I can't compete. I just lost someone to Tamworth who paid $17,000 more than we were offering." And just this week, varsity football coach and math teach Mike Holderman left for a better position in South Carolina.
This week's Tele-Talk: Beyond paying higher salaries what else can the high school do to attract and retain quality teachers?
There were almost 13,000 student tardies at Kennett High this past school year. In response, the Conway School Board voted 5-2 to add guidelines and penalties to the student handbook. Only two unexcused tardies per quarter will be allowed, and one excused tardy for family emergencies. Excessive tardiness will result in penalties ranging from lunch detention to in-school suspension. "We need to get our kids ready to walk out into the real world," said board member Michelle Capozzoli. "Mom's not going to be able to write a note when they're late for work." But board members Syndi White and Joe Lentini voted against the changes. "To me it really takes away parent rights," White said. "I think a parent knows best; you're taking too much away from the parents." Lentini was concerned about students who come from "unstable" home environments. "They're worrying about where they can get a good night's sleep," Lentini said. "I don't want any more heaped on their plates."
This week's Tele-Talk: How should schools handle tardiness?
New Hampshire State Fire Marshal William Degnan is calling for a ban on all "reloadable mortar-style" fireworks, and, eventually, a ban on all consumer fireworks in the state. "It is an absolutely serious problem," said Degnan. "These devices require an untrained person to make a decision about how to shoot these off; where they have to load it, stabilize it and then make sure they're far enough away from it. That type of human intervention makes situations more prone to injury." The proposed ban would not pertain to official fireworks displays put on by trained professionals.
This week's Tele-Talk: Would you support the ban on fireworks in New Hampshire?
Saturday, July 5
• Along with the fireworks, summer blasts off this Fourth of July weekend, as schools are out, the attractions are all open, and summer is in all its hot splendor here in North Conway and throughout the rest of Mount Washington Valley and the White Mountains.
• A 9-year-old girl was injured on a Freefall Airbag attraction at Attitash Mountain Resort on Thursday afternoon.
• A retirement party to be held for longtime Conway police lieutenant Chris Perley originally scheduled aboard the M/S Mount Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee has been moved to Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Company on Sunday, July 20.
Tuesday, July 8
• Cameron C. Henry, 20, of Fryeburg, was arrested following a foot chase early Monday morning for allegedly burglarizing Jockey Cap Store on Bridgton Road in Fryeburg.
• It may have rained, even poured for awhile, but Mother Nature didn't put a damper on the town's annual Fourth of July Celebration. Despite the rain, the parade, entertainment, including the first chili dog eating contest to benefit the Wounded Warriors, and even fireworks went off as planned albeit with a few thousand fewer people in Schouler Park.
• The race for the Carroll County Attorney's office will be a repeat of 2010's match up. Republican candidate Tom Dewhurst is hoping to unseat Democrat Robin Gordon again.
• Police are investigating if there is any connection between the 20-year-old suspect in the Jockey Cap Country Store burglary and a rash of car break-ins over the weekend. The burglary suspect was caught after he allegedly locked himself out of his own home and was twice pepper sprayed by a police officer.
• The "cat and mouse game" between illegal immigrants and the U.S. border patrol was described at a recent talk at Conway Public Library by Robert Casimiro, of Bridgton, who has been to the U.S.-Mexico border six times since 2005.
• Lawrence Coats, 18, whose address is listed as Carroll County Jail, accused of swinging a machete at a woman and threatening to kill her has been indicted on two class-B felonies.
• Of the 125 lucky winners in the state's 27th annual moose hunt lottery drawing, eight are local — Justin S. Brooks, of Freedom; William C. Brown, of Tamworth; Brandon R. Croteau S., of Berlin; Kyle J. Guay, of Berlin, Matthew T. Liebenow, of Center Conway; Warren A. Lundin, of North Conway; Leisa M. Newbegin, of Center Ossipee; and Theresa L. Shackford, of Madison; and Raymond A. Tremblay. of Berlin.
Wednesday, July 9
• Adam Martinese, of Adam and Amy's Barber Shop on Seavey Street, is hoping two giant feather flags will draw customers to his business, but all he really wants is to be able to have a barber pole.
• Critics of the water district trustees are pleased that all four trustees are resigning in November. The trustee's chairman says it's time for others to step up.
• Jeff Locke, a 2006 Kennett High graduate, was once again sharp and for the seventh straight outing lowered his ERA as he pitched eight innings of three-hit ball to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 on Sunday.
• Kennett High principal Neal Moylan hopes students will pick up a good book this summer. The school is encouraging students and staff to read through a summer reading program and has come up with several recommended books.
Thursday, July 10
• Cameron C. Henry, 20, of Fryeburg, the suspect in a burglary at the Jockey Cap Store has also been charged in connection with a series of car break-ins in Fryeburg last weekend.
• The governor and Conway selectmen are asking the Obama administration to reconsider the decision to deny federal disaster relief funding for replacement of an East Conway culvert that collapsed because of April's heavy rains.
• The former Fandangle's site is up for a third extension of the conditional approval developers originally received from the Conway Planning Board in September 2012.
• Eliot Cutler of Cape Elizabeth has never held elective office, but he hopes to change all of that come November when the Maine independent candidate for governor squares off against outspoken Republican incumbent Paul LePage and six-term Democratic second district congressman Mike Michaud.
• Ruth Francis Brennan, 77, of South Portland, Maine was found alive in the woods of Waterford yesterday morning.
• A bill to require insurance companies to pay for stem cell testing has been passed in the State of Maine thanks to the efforts of Ellen Guilford of Lisbon, Maine Rep. Helen Rankin (D) of Hiram, Mark Walker (R) of Hallowell and Blanche Sanborn of Fryeburg.
• A baby raccoon will be getting a new lease on life. It will be sent to a raccoon rehabilitation center in Twin Mountain.
• Forty Kennett High seniors and juniors were recently inducted into the prestigious Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Friday, July 11
• Matthew Liebenow is now one of three finalists in the running to be named New Hampshire Teacher of the Year for 2015.
• Steve Woodcock drove 1,174 miles in two days on his planned trek to raise money and awareness for the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station.
• Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein will spend the day in town Friday and hopes to meet with as many Granite Staters as possible.
• Several members of the Kennett High Class of 2014 received special recognition from principal Neal Moylan at graduation last month.
After a town employee was assaulted at town hall last month, Conway selectmen are looking at security upgrades. "Security at town hall has been a concern for a time," said town manager Earl Sires. "As we see things on the national level and some experiences we've had in this building over the last few months, I think we need to take a serious look at doing a few things."
This week's Tele-Talk: What security measures do you think should be taken at town hall?
- TELE-TALK: What are the advantages and disadvantages you see of consolidating Conway's five fire departments?
- Tele-Talk: What words of wisdom would you offer to graduating high school seniors?
- TELE-TALK: How will you honor your father on Father's Day?
- TELE-TALK: Should Asha Kenney be removed from office?
- Tele-Talk Responses: What would you like to see built on the old L.L. Bean site?
- TELE-TALK: What would you like to see built on the old L.L. Bean site?