Reconsider Semi-Annual Tax Bills

Precedent is to let Town Meeting decide

By Ed Becker

Dear Members of the Board of Selectmen and Members of the Budget Committee and Town Administrator, Thank you for serving Andover with your best efforts and your desire to do what is best for the community. It is sometimes a thankless job, and I am grateful that you have stepped up to the task. In […]

New Approach Provided an Improved Budget Process

Keen sense of ownership and commitment

By Arch Weathers, Budget Committee chair

Town Administrator Marj Roy and I met in late August to design a strategic plan to improve the process of developing the school and municipal budgets. Our approach focused on devising a meaningful exchange of information among all parties involved (Board of Selectmen, department heads, Town Administrator, School Board, Budget Committee, and the public) and developing […]

Thank a Snow Plow Driver!

Doing their best at a very tough job

By Beth Frost

What a winter it has been! As I look out the window of my warm and cozy house, I can see the plow trucks going by. Some are driven by people who work to keep our town roads and parking lots safe, and some are driven by people who work to keep driveways and private […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord: February 2015

Legislature hard at work, despite snow cancellations

By Mario Ratzki, NH Representative

The House has settled after the dramatic upheaval of a few weeks ago when Shawn Jasper became Speaker instead of Bill O’Brien. While there are still some lingering bad feelings among the two Republican factions, committee chairs and vice chairs appointed by Speaker Jasper have been busy scheduling hearings, and a sense of normality seems […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord: January 2015

Introduces four-year term for governor again

By Mario Ratzki, NH Representative

We had our first House session of 2015 on January 7. Concealed weapons were again allowed anywhere in the State House, reversing the previous House stand. A new rule requiring the support of 20 members instead of 10 to ask for a roll call was tabled 343 to 36. Representative Bill O’Brien’s attempt to have […]

Solar Performance and Price Considerations in New Hampshire

Many details impact costs and benefits

By Jeff Dickinson

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels produce DC electricity when sunlight strikes a chemically-coated silicone cell. The amount of power produced fluctuates with the intensity of the sun. The DC current moves though wires to an inverter, where it is converted into AC current, the type of electricity that runs our households and businesses. A solar PV […]

Mario Ratzki Reports from Concord: December 2014

By Mario Ratzki, NH Representative

It may seem a lifetime ago, but the 2014 election was just over a month ago. I want to thank all who participated, and especially those who voted to re-elect me to represent our three beautiful towns of Andover, Salisbury, and Danbury. My buddy, David Karrick, also got the nod, as did Senator Andrew Hosmer […]

Top 20 Reasons to Support The Andover Beacon

There's a lot to like about the Beacon

By A Loyal Beacon Supporter

Polite letters to the editor! A whole lot of pages, every issue! High-quality paper and large type! Absence of political rants and raves! Spelling and grammer correct, mostly! You only have to read it once a month! The “Beacon Members Win!” giveaways! You get it free – whether you want it or not! Lots of […]

News from County Commissioner Bronwyn Asplund-Walsh

County Administrator Bateson retires

By Bronwyn Asplund-Walsh, County Commissioner

Much has happened during these last few months. You will be very pleased to know that Merrimack County has recently received the highest rating possible for our Tax Anticipation Notes – an SP1+. Our long term rating has been upgraded to AA by Standard and Poor. Due to internal reviews by our insurance company, we […]

Common Core State Standards Restrict Students and Teachers

By Terry Cox, Webster

Senator Andrew Hosmer wants New Hampshire to adopt Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These standards very profoundly restrict students and teachers: New Hampshire, and therefore parents, abandon local control over curricula and standards which measure academic standings. Parents’ rights to oversee their children’s education are stolen. Students’ rights to be prepared for the ever-more complex […]

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