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MERRIMACK JOURNAL Friday, October 18, 2002 People in the news Page15 Don Martin photo Chairwoman Florence Brown says one reason to celebrate is the re- of Matthew Thornton's gravesite at the corner of Daniel Webster Highway e celebrated on Monday will ex- as how established in outgrew the office, estab- ;ion March 2000 or so, the com- fur who set near where :and the town's War casualty, at the battle l also held work- and in June 2001 commemorated the shrubs. Rick Arel of Hammar 250th anniversary of the; an- nexation of Reeds Ferry. Then late that summer it set its sights on the Thornton Cem- etery, aiming to make it a suit- able resting place for a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. Hall had to enlist consid- erable volunteer help to pull it off. He persuaded owners of signs that obscured the cor- ner to remove them-- in one case, he says, with consider- able difficulty. He then en- listed landscape architect Douglas Miller to design and Scan O'Keefe ofO'Keefe l.awn Care and Snow Removal Inc. to take charge of landscaping the site. Ron Hansen of Hansen's Outdoor Service donated top soil and mulch. Pete Gagnon of Willow Pond Nursery and Steve Mayo of Mayo Corp. pitched in with plants and Hardware gave grass seed and irrigation equipment. Similar volunteer work, albeit on a smaller scale, is under way at other historic sites in town, says Florence Brown, chairwoman of the heritage commission. Eagle Scouts from local Troop 15 are helping. Rob Terry is working on the Depot Street Landing in Reeds Ferry, leveling, building retaining walls, and gardening. He also plans to add a granite bench to the site. Eagle Scout Shawn Colette, meanwhile, is carving a sign to hang at the site of the old Meeting House at the geo- graphic center of town. Other projects in the Heri- tage Commission's works in- clude producing a brochure to guide walkers around the town center and adding Simonds Rockto the state's list of historic places. skeptical of curbside plan recommendation the town must Road property as an the people of know that this it will Road) land. for the for it go "qoad." member and - BOS is doing." said he curbside pick-up option as rec- ommended by the committee. "I voted for this option and it is a position that I have held for several years," Fitzgerald said. "I am dismayed by the animosity between the BOS and the ad hoe committee ... but I have always held my po- sition on curbside." The ad hoc committee was formed by the BOS in May and was charged with examining options for waste disposal re- moval once the town landfill closes on Dec. 31, 2003. There have been questions raised by both selectmen and several members of the ad hoc committee as to whether the BOS charge asked the commit- tee to just examine the options orto make a formal recommen- dation. However, as part of their charge, the committee was supposed to make a presen- tation on their findings to the exhibition in Bedford Bedford railroad exhibi- from 10 a.m. the McKelvie I in Bedford. school there will be a train for kids of all ages to ride on. Clinics will be given for the beginner, and there will be raffles for several train items. There is no admis- sion charge, but donations are welcome to defray expenses. BOS in September. However, they asked for the October ex- tension when it became ap- parent that they were not ready to give the presentation in September. B0S chairman Norm Carr said there is an unfair public perception that the selectmen moved for a town meeting on the industrial land purchase before awaitingthe formal pre- sentation from the ad hoc com- mittee. ''he ad hoc committee did a tremendous amount of work in a narrow time frame," Carr said, "but their report was 15 days late. We are under a tight time frame and we could not wait .... We had to do it (peti- tion the superior court for a special town meeting)." Carr said the BOS was un- der a crunch for time to plan a town meeting due to the need to petition the Superior Court for the meeting and to sched- ule the deliberative session and public hearings. "I am more confused than I was at last year's town meet- ing," said resident Ron Bailey. "I am concerned with the fact that the town meeting was called before the (ad hoc) rec- ommendation. It is like putting the cart before the horse." Your Career withanM.Bak New Hampshire University lets you tailor your with graduate certificates in accounting, finance, rmation technology, international business, marketing and Flexible scheduling, full- or part-time Nationally accredited programs Convenient locations and online courses From Page 3 DEAN'S LIST. Eric Boutwell, Jan Hajek and Daniel Medico, all of Merrimack, were named to the dean's list for the spring 2002 semester at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge. Hajek is the daughter of Jiri and Jarmila Hajek and Medico is the son of Dominic and Mary Medico. Also, Rhiannon Grandmaison and Cindy Thomas, both of Merrimack, were named to the dean's honor list at Franklin Pierce Col- lege for the spring 2002 semester. DELEGATE. Merrimack State Rep. Peter Batula was among 20 state legislators from around the country to visit Washington, D.C., recently as part of a delegation hosted by American for Tax Reform (ATR). For more than three days, the legislators visited key members of Congress, including House Ma- jority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), officials from the Defense Department, and President George W. Bush at the White House in the Roosevelt Room. The select group of legislators came as part of the Americans for Tax Reform Legislative Advisory Project. The project, which began in 1998, is an effort to give state lawmakers and locally elected officials a voice in national politics. Those state lawmakers invited on the trip sponsored or backed resolutions support- ing the President's economic agenda and the War on Terrorism. ENROLLED. Audra Paquette of Merrimack, was among the approximately 3,100 new first- year and transfer students who have enrolled at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., for the 2002-3 academic year. Paquette is enrolled in SU's College of Vi- sual and Performing Arts majoring in speech communication. 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