Letters to the Editor
I would like to thank the citizens of Troy for all of their support since October 2009 when I joined the Monadnock Regional School District School Board. It is a responsibility I take very seriously. I am running uncontested for re-election in March and would appreciate all of your votes, so I can continue doing this job I love.
From the Issue:March 2011
For those of you who do not know me, I am a homeowner and taxpayer in the town of Troy, I lead the town’s Recreation Committee, and I have a four-month-old, Noah, who will be joining the school system before I know it! I attended Troy Elementary and Monadnock High School in my youth, and I have a keen interest in making sure that we keep our children’s education at the highest level possible, maintain and improve the facilities in which they learn, AND balance the realities of this difficult economic situation. I currently serve as chair of the Facilities Committee, and member of the Policy and Principal’s Union negotiating committees.
Hello my name is Mark Huntoon and I am looking for your vote to be re-elected as Fire Chief. I have been in the fire service for the past twenty eight years and have lived in Troy for the past thirteen years with my wife and three children.
From the Issue:March 2011
In the past three years I have worked with the Board of Selectmen and the Budget committee to lower the budget, to keep the taxes as low as possible and to maintain the equipment at an acceptable level. I have also put together a Fire Fighter handbook with the help from a couple of other members. The book includes the Town's personnel policy, the department’s standard operating guidelines, a mission statement, job descriptions for a Fire Captain, a Fire Lieutenant, a Fire Fighter and a place in the back for training certificates. I have spent several hours setting up the fire house electronic fire reporting program so all calls can be reported to the fire marshal's office.
My name is Robert Hebert, and I am running for Fire Chief. I grew up in Troy, and I have been a member of the Troy Fire Department for 33 years currently serving as 1st Deputy Chief. I have also been a member of the Meadowood Fire Department for 30 years and I have been a Deputy Forest Fire Warden for the past 25 years. I currently hold the position of the Troy Emergency Management Director. I am employed full time by the NH Department of Transportation as a Supervisor/Foreman based at the Swanzey office. I have been active in community service since 1976. I have helped with town fund raising and building projects such as the Troy Ambulance/Troy Police Station. I have also been involved with the Arts Festival. I also volunteered in the past with Troy Ambulance.
From the Issue:March 2011
I am writing in hopes you will publish my concern in the next Troy Town News.
Troy Town News received the following inquiry via email, and we’d like to share : “My name is Neil Olson, and I was a friend of Stephen Murphy. I was in Iraq when I heard of his passing and was deeply saddened by this. To do something in his honor, I had an American Flag flown over the 3rd Infantry Division Task Force Marne HQ, in Tikrit, Iraq. I have just recently returned and I would like to ask you for help in deciding who the flag and certificate should go to. I have no point of contact there, and thought maybe it should go to the VFW or a family member. If you can help me with this, I would be more than happy to send it to your address so that it may get into the hands of those who would keep it in memory of Murph.
From the Issue:November 2010
Thank you so much for your time, Neil Olson, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Representative 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia”
Thanks to the help of Cindy Satas, we were able to provide Neil with the family contact information and are confident the flag will be sent where it will be appreciated.
As a parent, I would like to urge you all to vote NO to Article 1 on March 9th. Article 1 is the operating budget for the school district. You might wonder why I, of all people, would encourage you to vote down the operating budget when I not only have children in district schools but also work in one. Article 1 is going to hurt the students, that’s why. The proposed operating budget for the 2010-2011 school year is approximately one million dollars less than the default budget, which sounds like a great deal to my tax payer side. However, the default budget, while more costly, is the same as this year’s operating budget, with contractual increases added in. No more, no less. In order to cut one million dollars out of the budget and present it as cost saving for the voters, teacher jobs are going to be cut across the district. Support positions are going to be cut. Maintenance positions are going to be cut. Our schools are old and a lot of positive improvements and repairs have been made in past years. Instead of going forward, we will end up going backwards. Our district is on the state’s “District in Need of Improvement” list.
From the Issue:March 2010
It was great to read the news about Troy, and Normand Dion about Densmore Brick Co of Lebanon. I was a teacher in Leb while Normand was a student teacher as was my late sister, Phyllis. The news about the granite quarries brought back memories when I was in high school in Troy. Many of us worked in TBM after school and learned much of our education there, at TBM, that is!
From the Issue:February 2010
Is there any history about the narrow gauge rail line that delivered granite to the depot? The line had many signs (cross ties, etc) which ran between Village Pond and what is now property owned by the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lang. In the 40s, Ruth Raitto (Longever)'s father ran what was known as "Raitto The Bakers" at that location. The family of Noel Rocheleau, my great grandfather, believed that he worked on that rail line. That was in about the mid-nineteenth century. Help??
There is soooo much to learn about Troy that will be lost forever unless we can retrieve it soon.
Emile Rocheleau, Jr., (Once a Troy Boy, always a Troy Boy!!!! —BEFORE the name was tarnished!)
Thank you to the Gap Mountain Lions Club, the Lutheran Church and the Troy community for all of your support for our family.
From the Issue:January 2010
The Nash Family