SALEM —  Voters can discuss and amend warrant articles at the school deliberative session Thursday at Salem High School.

Three warrant articles will be presented to voters when the annual meeting begins at 7 p.m. Residents will vote on the articles at the polls March 10.

The articles include a proposed budget of $65,034,590. The default budget is $66,083,452.

School Board members intend to propose amendments that would restore approximately $424,000 cut by the town's Budget Committee.  Restoring the money would help fund expenses and prevent at least two staff jobs from being eliminated. 

Another article proposes wage increases for the 184 members of the Salem Educational Support Personnel Association.

The two-year contract calls for a 1.5 percent wage increase in 2015-2016 and a 2 percent increase in 2016-2017. The estimated increase is $76,022 in 2015-2016 and $107,780 in 2016-2017. 

Voters will also consider an article that allows any surplus money to be placed in a fund to help reduce the tax rate or pay emergency costs.   

Timberlane voters to meet Thursday

PLAISTOW — Voters in the Timberlane Regional School District can discuss and amend the 12 warrant articles Thursday.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Timberlane Regional High School at 36 Greenough Road.

The district includes Atkinson, Danville, Sandown and Plaistow.

Among the articles are the proposed budget —$67.72 million — and the default budget — $68.16 million.

In addition, voters will have the chance to discuss keeping Sandown Central School open.  The school was placed on the chopping block because of budget concerns.

Quilters wanted for Plaistow group

PLAISTOW — Passaconway Piecemakers, a quilt group that meets at Plaistow Public Library Thursday mornings, is open to new members.  

Call Linda Heminway at 382-2329 or email her at for more information.

YMCA announces board of directors

PLAISTOW — The Plaistow Community YMCA has announced its first-ever board of directors. In a little more than a year, the YMCA has grown to more than 1,000 members with an expanded facility. 

In an effort to continue the commitment to fostering strong communities with essential YMCA programming, the board of directors was assembled. This inaugural board includes 16 civic and business leaders from Plaistow, Atkinson and Haverhill, ready to lead the organization into long-term growth and development.  

This board is representative of the communities that the Plaistow YMCA serves. The Plaistow Community YMCA is part of the YMCA of the North Shore’s association of seven YMCA locations throughout Massachusetts. 

Plaistow public safety tours set

PLAISTOW — The police and fire departments are hosting tours of the public safety complex at 27 Elm St., all tours are from 6 to 8 p.m.

The tour dates are Tuesday, Feb. 10.; Wednesday, Feb. 18; and Saturday, Feb. 28.

The tours are being held so people can get a firsthand look at the working conditions inside the complex.

Voters will have the chance to back a new police station and fire station renovations in March.

Karate classes offered in Pelham 

PELHAM — Applications are being accepted by Pelham Recreation Department for introductory karate classes for boys and girls ages 4 to 7. 

The four-week class begin Wednesday at Family Martial Arts studio in Pelham. 

Registration is $20 per child; no purchases are required. 

For additional information, contact Pelham Parks and Recreation at 635-2721 or email

Lincoln re-enactor visits Leach Library

LONDONDERRY — On Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m., Leach Library will host Abraham Lincoln, as he is brought vividly to life by historical re-enactor Steve Wood.

He is the 118th member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters and has portrayed the deceased president at schools, libraries, historical societies and community events in New Hampshire and Vermont since 1995. 

In this program, Wood as Lincoln will recount the early days of his life. He will also discuss debates with such people as Stephen Douglas, his run for presidency and the Civil War before ending with a reading of the Gettysburg Address.

This presentation is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 90 individuals. It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

Crafters sought for Spring Craft Fair 

WINDHAM — The Woman's Service Club of Windham is seeking crafters who would like to participate in its third annual Spring Craft Fair, Saturday, April 11, at Windham High School. 

Information and applications are available on the website, Interested people are also invited to contact Rebecca Howard, craft fair chairwoman, at, or Carol Settino, application commission chairman, at

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