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Deering Hotline December 31, 2009


Deering Hotline December 31, 2009 By JP Marzullo As 2009 comes to an end I decided that I would use this column to reflect what has occurred in our town this year. In January of 2009 we were concerned about the fact that we had to replace the “Historic Bridge” in West Deering. We are still waiting to send out the bids after the State finally decided that the Stimulus money would cover its cost. We were still hearing about the countdown from Analog TV to Digital with obnoxious reminders from the Government. In February I was concerned and still am, about the inability for the town to have any impact at all, on the School Board Budget or the way we are represented in Hillsborough. One representative has no impact on the board nor does it truly represent our needs. There are seats “at large” that our residents could run for but we do not have enough voters to win that one. The Brass at ABC news issued orders “forbidding reporters to wear lapel pin American Flags or other Patriotic Insignia. Their reasoning was that ABC should remain neutral about causes.” I still don’t understand that reasoning and it seems to be getting worse, or more accepted. March brought us to our Town Meeting and a discussion about the West Deering Bridge and the funding of it. The Election of a new Selectman threw us into the “news spotlight” with a virtual tie for Selectman. FOX news from Boston covered what was to be the deciding factor in the election of a new Selectman; a coin toss. I still find it hard to believe that is the way it was determined. I hope that we all remember to vote this year and pray that we don’t have another tie. I personally would rather loose an election by not having enough people vote for me than have it lost by chance. It was also amazing to me that WMUR, the station that claims “No One Covers NH News like we do”, never showed up to cover the Coin Toss. Well, I guess there slogan is correct. In April I was elected the Chairman of the Board of Selectman. April saw a newly trained Police Officer leave for “greener pastures” although we had just paid for his training. He has lived up to his commitment by making an arrangement to pay back the Town for his training, but we still lost a good Police Officer to a neighboring town. In May we received approval from the State to pay for the West Deering Bridge. In June the Deering General Store finally opened again and we had a place to catch up with old friends. Advisory Boards made up of residents were formed to look into Non-Profit organizations and also contracts the Town has in place. June also started the discussions about the lowering of the lake to fix the Dam. There was not much going on in July and August as most of us were enjoying the summer. September started off badly when our Town mechanic Matthew Burns died of Cystic Fibrosis. At the time, I was not certain what caused his death but later found out that he had this disease at a very early age and was not expected to live as long as he did. We were fortunate to have known Matt and have him as part of our town. There is not a day that goes by that he is not missed by someone in town. DLIA, Deering Lake

Improvement Association continued to show there interest in the town by forming a group to pick up the trash on Route 149. Most of the members of DLIA are summer residents but have shown their desire to help our community. October brought another tragedy to our community with the passing of Bev Yeaple. Her dedication to our town and her generous gifts will be with us forever. I would like to see our Historic Society find a way to raise money to renovate the East Deering Church which was donated by Bev many years ago. It would be a great tribute to her as well as a way to preserve this Historic building. There was a request by the SAU to have volunteers become part of the search for a new Superintendent. This is an ongoing situation and the year will end not knowing if anyone from Deering will be part of the selection committee. The Christmas Party was a huge success thanks to the planning and organization of Beth Rouse. Beth was able to find a group of residents and non-residents willing to help out and donate their time to make the party a success. Thanks go out to all of you and of course Santa and the Fire Department for getting him to the Town Hall. We had a great turnout and the children as well as their parents seemed to enjoy themselves. Ed Cobbett’s homemade breads were a big hit as well as the cookies that were donated. December brings me to the end of another year of the Deering Hotline. I am thankful for the forum that “The Villager” allows me and also to the many residents who have secretly contributed to my thought process. I have tried to be the “voice” of the town and have attempted to put in print what many of you are thinking. Thank all of you for your support and suggestions over the last year. Looking forward to 2010 comes with some delight and some concern. I am happy to have been able to serve our community in a small way during the last three years. My term as Selectman ends in March of 2010 and at this point, I am planning on running again. It is very important that if you feel I have represented you well that you vote. There is no such thing as a sure thing in politics, or in life for that matter and I have never been very lucky calling “heads or tails”. Thank you for your support throughout my term of office, I will need it again in March. I hope that you and your families have a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year! My last quote of the year is the same one I used in January of 2009: “One man with courage is a majority” Thomas Jefferson The deadline for questions to the Deering Hot Line is the Tuesday after the column appears; send to selectmanjp@yahoo.com or call 464-3248 and leave a message.


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