Claremont Has New Mayor

Claremont has a new Mayor, Charlene Lovett. Lovett a City Councilor defeated incumbent Mayor James Nielson who ran unopposed during the last election cycle. Incumbent Assistant Mayor Victor Bergeron kept his seat in a three-way race with City Councilor Kyle Messier and A-J Maranville Jr.
Scott Pope took Charlene Lovett’s seat in Ward 2 over Paul LaCasse Sr. Incumbents Carolyn Towle, Ward 1 and Nick Koloski; Ward 3 ran unopposed and kept their place on the council.
Incumbent Councilors at Large John Simonds and Keith Raymond were re-elected and newcomers Allen Damren and Bruce Temple took Councilor at Large seats that were held by James Reed and Kyle Messier who vacated her seat for run for Assistant Mayor. Claremont had a 31 percent voter turnout. It was the largest turnout in recent years.

Croydon Get’s Injunction from AG
Croydon School District’s disagreement with the State on School Choice continues. On Monday, the NH Attorney General’s Office filed a motion for an expedited preliminary hearing and injunction against School Board to stop sending five students to the private Newport Montessori School.
Chair of the school board Jody Underwood was traveling and not available for comment.
According to the Union Leader, Croydon’s attorney Chuck Douglas objects to the motion for an expedited hearing for a preliminary injunction. Douglas said the Department of Education would not likely be able to meet the heavy burden of proving the department would suffer irreparable harm if the injunctions aren’t granted.
Croydon listed the Montessori School in its plan to the Board of Education as one of the schools Croydon would use to send its students, once in 2010 and once in 2011. They asked Croydon to remove Mount Royal because it was a religious school but said nothing about the Montessori. Croydon has raised over $20,000 in public funds though a GoFund me page for their legal cost.

Franklin Fire Department Warns Residents
Franklin Fire Department is warning residents to use caution when picking up trash on roadsides and trails. Officials say bottles that appear to be trash and may in fact be 1 Pot Meth Labs. Methamphetamine is a crystalline substance that is a known illegal street drug. The danger is that those discarded bottles still have an explosive quality that is destructive and can cause injuries