Y-Aspire Open House – 6/9/15

Thanks to Meeting Waters YMCA’s Y-ASPIRE program, hundreds of kids in southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire can continue to learn and develop important social skills even after the bell rings at the end of the school day.  At least as importantly, says Steve Fortier, the organization’s Executive Director, that also means that several hundred parents can work with the peace of mind that their child is in a safe and nurturing environment. “When Sue (Fortier, the Y’s Program Director) and I created Y-ASPIRE in 1998, we made sure that it would meet the needs of working parents,” said Fortier. “What we do at Y-ASPIRE is all about positive youth development. When we do Y-ASPIRE is all about supporting working parents.”

Enrollment for the Y’s After-School Program for Inspiration, Recreation and Education (Y-ASPIRE) is now open to the public for the 2015-16 school year.

Current Y-ASPIRE youth, parents and staff are hosting an Open House for prospective kids and parents as well as interested community members, on Tuesday, June 9th. This free event will take place from 4-5pm.

The regional Y’s Walpole program takes place in the Primary School’s Community Room. The program serves kindergartners through sixth graders from Walpole Primary School, North Walpole School, and Walpole Elementary School.

The Y-ASPIRE program runs after school for each of the 180 school days. It also runs for full days on all school vacations and most holidays, as well as for half-days on teacher in-service and other early release days. In all, the program operates for over 210 days during the school year.

Each day of a Y-ASPIRE program includes physical activity, nutritious snack, assisted study time and a cooperative group project. Activities are centered around monthly themes such as Different But the Same; Our Community; and Kindness and Justice. Through various activities, students in Y-ASPIRE develop “life skills” such as cooperation, problem-solving, group decision-making and leadership. They also learn more about themselves, their community and their world. Service-learning projects benefit other community agencies. Monthly family events focus on strengthening healthy family habits.

Meeting Waters YMCA’s Y Day Camp program complements Y-ASPIRE to provide year-round “out-of-school” supports for kids and their parents. Bus service from Walpole, North Walpole and eight other NH and VT communities brings area children to the Y’s 52-acre Lewis Day Camp facility on Route 5 in Springfield, VT.

Financial assistance for both Meeting Waters YMCA “out-of-school” programs is available through the NH Childcare Scholarship program and Meeting Waters YMCA’s Reach Out to Youth scholarship fund which is supported by donations from local individuals, businesses and civic groups. As in all of the YMCA’s programs, no one will be denied access to Y-ASPIRE for lack of ability to pay full program fees.

For more information and registration materials, visit http://www.meetingwatersymca.org, call Meeting Waters YMCA’s main office at 802-463-4769 or email them at info@meetingwatersymca.org.

Meeting Waters YMCA is a charitable, non-profit, social service organization founded in 1895. Its services positively impact children, teens, families and communities throughout the Fall Mountain, Springfield, Bellows Falls and Brattleboro regions.

Zoning Board Meeting Minutes – 5/20/15

Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustments

Minutes: May 20, 2015


Present: Board members: Chair Myra Mansouri, Jan Galloway Le Clerc Vice-Chair, Ernie Vose, Clerk, Bob Anderson, Mary Therese Lester.  Alternate: Stephanie Stoughton. Absent: Alternate Judy Trow.

Recording: Marilou Blaine Recording Secretary.  These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the June 17, 2015, meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Call to Order: Chairman Myra Mansouri opened the meeting at 7:38 pm. Since there was a full board, an alternate was not needed to fill in.

Minutes: Mr. Vose moved to accept the minutes of the April 2015 meeting as presented. Ms. LeClerc  seconded the motion and the board voted in the affirmative.

Public Hearings:

Signage for the Burdick & Burns LLC building on Main Street.

Mr. Shawn Doyle represented Burdick & Burns LLC. He showed photographs of the signs that needed the special exception. There were two new smaller double-sided signs pointing out the entrances to the restaurant and chocolate shop; a third sign hanging down from a larger sign that says Professional Offices says EOS Study Tours. Since the signs were within 100 feet of other signs, a special exception was needed.

The sign ordinance, Article 4 No. 6 says signs in the commercial district shall be placed not less than than one hundred (100) feet from another sign unless the party gets a special exception from the Zoning Board. The smaller signs were less than six (6) square feet and the EOS sign is 60 inches-by-8 inches.

Ms. Lester said the signs are not interfering with another signs, all are under six square feet and I don’t see any reason not to grant a special exception.

Ms. Mansouri brought a letter from Galloway Real Estate saying it approved of the signage.

Ms. LeClerc made a motion to approved the special exception as presented. It was seconded by Ms. Lester and approved unanimously by the board. 

Signage for the Cafe in the Dennis Pellegrino building.

Mr. Jesse Carr requested and received a variance for the signs he and Ms. Kathy Mazziott want to put outside the building. It will be a cafe and open for breakfast and lunch. The double-sided, free-standing sign will be a little larger than 9 square feet and hanging between two posts. A sign on the side of the building, just above the window will say Bake Shop and be about seven (7) feet long and 14 inches high. The lettering will be within that rectangle. The sign is black with gold leaf and simple block lettering.

The  board went through each of the five criteria and answered unanimously in the affirmative.

New business:

Signage: Ms. Snow Frye, who had been scheduled to attend, had called Ms. Mansouri to tell her she could not make the meeting. She was going to explain her signage on and at the Pellegrino building. She’ll be at the next meeting

Yard requirements: Mr. Chris Ballou, 25 Dearborn Circle, wanted approval to put a 12-foot-by-20-foot-shed on his property 12 feet from the adjacent lot. Yard requirements in a Residential B neighborhood state that the shed should be 20 feet from the lot line. Article 5, Part C – Land Standards.

Mr. Vose asked how large the property was. Mr. Ballou said his lot was .69 acres. Mr. Vose said that these lots were approved before zoning so they are a little smaller than the regular lots in Residential B.

Mr. Ballou had signed permission from his immediate neighbors approving the placement of the shed.

Ms. Mansouri asked why he wanted to put it there. He explained that there were bushes about 8 feet high between his neighbor and him and he wanted the shed where it would be most convenient to get things from in it. It would be in the turnaround area.

He wanted to use if for his tools, some of his child’s playthings, and garden and snow equipment. He didn’t want to put it in the middle of the backyard because that was where his son played and it would take up a considerable amount of area.

The board told him he needed a variance and the board voted to to hold a public hearing next month.

Signage: Walpole Youth Baseball Foundation wants to put a free-standing, 42 square-foot, double-sided sign at 30 Upper Walpole Road. Mr. James Neal, a trustee of Walpole Youth Baseball, Foundation, represented the group. The sign is red and white and says Hubbard Park. Below it is a much smaller sign saying Hubbardpark.org. A baseball is at center top. Lighting would be from the bottom on the ground and on a timer.

Mr. Neal was told that the sign regulations in the commercial district are 32 square feet and this sign is just 10 feet over that amount. If his group decides to stay with this size sign, they could apply for a variance but would have to prove hardship, which may be difficult considering there are no signs nearby competing with this sign.

The distance from the edge of the traveled roadway complies with the corresponding zoning ordinances.

Mr. Neal will let the secretary know if the group wants to consider asking for a variance and a public hearing was scheduled next month in case the group did.

Signage: Mr. Azariah  Acker said he was before the board to ask for two signs at 28 Main Street where there is a Victorian house and an art gallery in the carriage house on the back of the property. One sign would be on the building and the other would be a free-standing sign, 15 square feet. It says CYNTHIA – REEVES Contemporary Art The Barn at 28 Main  CYNTHIA – REEVES.COM. One sign is 60-inches-by-24-inches. The other is 40-inches-by-16-inches. The property is owned by Mr. Bruce Carruthers.

The footage of the signs falls within the allowed requirements in a commercial district but one sign is closer to the edge of the road than the mandatory footage requirement.

The ordinance states:  Article IV No. 6. “signs shall be placed not less than 60 feet from the edge of the traveled roadway and not less than one hundred(100) feet from another sign.”

The distance between the two signs is more than 100 feet, which is in compliance.

Mr. Acker said he will apply for a variance and a vote to schedule a public hearing in June was approved.

Correspondence: Several requests for excavation at the gravel pits in Walpole were read as was a request from Ms. Patricia Rodrigues for information and the 2014 inspection report of the George Graves gravel pit. The Gravel Pit owners who received permits were: Cold River for a 155,330 expansion; Whipple Hill 300 cubic yards of sand; Hodgkins 2,400 sand; Lane 200,000 stone products, 20,000 sand; and a pending permit for George Graves of 500 of gravel, 1,500 loam, 1,000 stone products and 1,000 other fill for a total of 4,000.

Board members were given the updated 2015 version of the Walpole Zoning Ordinances after the vote on the changes to the water ordinance to check it for any mistakes before printing copies for other departments..

They were also given a new copy of the Bylaws, to which corrections were made last month.

The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine

Posted: Inside the Town Offices, bulletin board outside Walpole Grocery.

Cc: ZBA board, Town Offices, Walpolean

Memorial Day 2015

Small town Memorial Day events are always fun and Walpole is no exception.  It even sounds like the weatherman is cooperating!

The parade is scheduled for 11:00 AM and will be followed by a Memorial Day ceremony on the Common.

From there you can pick up barbecued chicken to benefit the eighth grade class.  Tickets were purchased in advance but sometimes they make a few extra half chickens.  For one, I am turning back one ticket that I won’t be using so there will be one extra half.  Pick-up is at 12:00 at the Hubbard Pit.

The Bellows Walpole Inn is celebrating its one year anniversary Monday night.  The celebration includes a costume party with a prize being given for best costume.  Rumor has it that Benjamin himself will be there to blow out the birthday candles.

Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 5/14/15



MAY 14, 2015

Selectboard Present:  Steven Dalessio (Chair); Whitney Aldrich; Peggy Pschirrer

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 6:00 PM in the Walpole Town Hall.  He advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were five people in attendance.

These are unapproved Minutes.


KAREN HARPERMs. Karen Harper was unable to attend this meeting therefore Ms. Judy St. Laurent was present with Mrs. Teresa Ross.  They explained that there are dead limbs coming down on Mrs. Ross’s garage roof at 39 Maplewood Circle.  She needs a new roof on the garage but is waiting to see if the Conservation Commission will cut the limbs first.  These trees are on Walpole Conservation Commission land and in the past they did cut some limbs.  Mr. Tom Beaudry of the Conservation Commission came to look at the trees but they are not sure what decision was made.  Mr. Dalessio mentioned the Conservation Commission talked about this at their last meeting.  He will contact Mr. Beaudry to find out what they will do and then let Mrs. Ross know what their decision is.


Mrs. Pschirrer moved to enter into a Non-Public Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (b) Hiring and (e) Pending Claims or Litigation.  Mr. Aldrich seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with all in favor, the motion was approved at 6:06 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 6:35 PM.


Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Accounts Payable check register and manifest in the amount of $332,344.76 for checks dated March 15, 2015.  This includes a payment of $272,971.78 to the Town of Walpole Tax Collector for the 2014 Tax Liens.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.


Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll Voucher for the week ending May 09, 2015, in the amount of $20,401.62 for checks dated May 15, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the electronic transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,569.00 for the week ending May 09, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.


SELECTBOARD MEETING – May 7, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of May 7, 2015, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – May 7, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard session of May 7, 2015, as submitted.  The Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.


The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Hooper Institute Committee – May 12, 2015;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – April 28, 2015;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – May 5, 2015;
  • Recreation Committee – May 3, 2015.


WALLACE AND CURVEN, 48 Westminster Street, Map & Lot #020014-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Property Tax Abatement Refund in the amount of $367.01 for Kristyn Wallace and Christopher Curven.  The changed value of property was reduced from $639,000 to $623,200 creating a reduction of $15,800 abatement resulting in a refund for Tax Year 2014.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.



PRATT, 17 Sargent Hill Road, Map & Lot #010-029-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-19 for John M. Pratt to “Construct a 10’ x 10’ 1 story bathroom addition”, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

BYINGTON, 178 Wentworth Road, Map & Lot #008-009-011:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-20 for Robert L. and Trijntje Byington to “Construct a 50’ x 7’ lean-to off the existing garage”, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

FILLION, 64 Bookseller Road, Map & Lot #004-035-002:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve Building Permit No. 2015-21 for Marc and Susan Fillion to “Construct a 10’ x 14’ 1 story shed”, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.


BAILEY, 84 Whitcomb Road, Map & Lot #025-008-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Veteran’s Credit for Steven Bailey, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.


SELECTBOARD MEETING DATE CHANGE: Mr. Dalessio moved to start the June 25, 2015, Selectboard meeting at 5:00 PM and to recess if necessary.  This will allow the Selectboard the opportunity to attend the Public Hearing scheduled by the Department of Environmental Services on the Ruggiero Facility.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SAVINGS BANK OF WALPOLE APPRECIATION:  The Savings Bank of Walpole will be 140 years old this year.  They would like to have a Town-wide BBQ on June 26th and have invited the Governor, State Representatives and other government officials.  The Selectboard had previously approved their use of the Common.  Mrs. Pschirrer recommended that the Selectboard give them a letter of appreciation for all they do for the Town plus present them with a plaque.  These would be presented at the appropriate time.

REQUEST FROM THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH and the WALPOLE VILLAGE SCHOOL:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of a letter from Ms. Jennifer McCalley and Ms. Andrea Sivret, Co-Chairs of the Summer Party Planning Committee, advising that the First Congregational Church of Walpole and the Walpole Village School are working together to bring a fun new event to our town this summer!  Mrs. Clough explained that the Common is booked for a wedding on June 20th and the Town does not allow the use of bouncy houses on their property due to liability issues.  Ms. McCalley then approached Mr. Justin Cassarino at the Recreation area requesting use of the chicken BBQ pits near the parking lot as well as the recreation grounds for activities and a bouncy house.  Mrs. Clough sent her an email advising that the land next to the parking lot belongs to the Hubbards.  If they wanted to use the recreation area space they would need to write a letter to the Selectboard requesting use of the area.  Mrs. Clough researched the issue and the insurance company does not cover events at the pool / recreation grounds that are being held / sponsored by an outside group.  Following a discussion Mr. Dalessio did not have an issue with the event provided they present a Certificate of Insurance a week ahead of time and coordinate it with the Recreation Director.  There would be a $50.00 deposit.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to indicate that permission will be granted for the Walpole Congregational Church and the Walpole Village School to use the recreation area space on June 20th, 2015, provided they comply with the following: 1) Submit evidence of a Certificate of Insurance, 2) pay a $50.00 deposit that will be returned to them if the site has been left clean; and 3) to coordinate the event with the Recreation Director.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

INVITATION TO THE SOUTHWEST REGION PLANNING COMMISSION (SWRPC) ANNUAL MEETING: The Selectboard received an invitation to attend the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Region Planning Commission on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, at the Keene State College.  Mr. Dennis Delay, Economist at the NH Center for Public Policy Studies and the NH Forecast Manager for the New England Economic Partnership, will be the guest speaker.

WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE PROGRAM: Mrs. Clough met with Becky Holland the Southwest Community Service representative who works toward putting people back to work in places to enhance their work skills.  It is a 16 week minimum program where the person would come in and work for 20 hours a week.  The program pays the person for their work, makes sure they have child care and transportation.  It is to get people back into the job market.  Mrs. Clough feels it will be a great opportunity for extra help in the office; it would give this person municipal experience.  She gave them a list of tasks that person could do to assist.  Mr. Dalessio recommended that it be subject to a background check and drug test.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant permission to go forward with this Workshop Experience Program.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

EMAIL FROM SWRPC, Re:  CT River Bikeway Signs:  The Selectboard acknowledged receipt of an email from J.B. Mack, Principal Planner at the Southwest Region Planning Commission, regarding an effort to promote the tri-state area as a destination for recreational bicyclists.  The NH Department of Transportation has a policy that leaves sign maintenance and liability with the sponsors therefore recommended that the SWRPC contact municipalities along the route to see if the towns are willing to sponsor the signs and maintain them through highway departments.  There was a consensus of the Selectboard to put a decision “on-hold” until their next meeting to allow time to do more research.


JACK FRANKS: Mr. Franks advised that they were going to construct the units from north to south but every construction firm seemed to think they would be better building south to north.  He spoke to Mr. Jeff Miller, Chair of the Planning Board, who referred him back to the Selectboard.  A copy of the plans was left at the Fire Department; there was concern with the turn-around.  Mr. Dalessio pointed out that he needs to submit the plan to the Planning Board to amend the change in the Site Plan and then come back to the Selectboard to have them amend the Building Permit.  There needs to be a paper-trail.


KITCHEN RENOVATIONS:  Mrs. Clough reported that the Kitchen Renovation Committee met on Tuesday and they discussed different options on stoves.  There was a consensus to put a 60-inch stove in that space.  Mr. Mark Houghton is doing research on the suppression system.  Mrs. Clough advised that a dishwasher will be donated to the Town.

PROPERTY AND LIABILITY INSURANCE UPDATE:  Mr. Dalessio spoke with Primex who is picking up most of the towns now covered under PLT.  He will be able to schedule a meeting with them next week as this week they are in a conference.  In the meantime the committee will continue to discuss renewal insurance with different companies however the cost is usually less in the pool.

WATER AND SEWER BILLS:  Mrs. Clough advised that North Walpole bills are going out on Monday and Walpole will probably be going out at the beginning of the next week.  Mr. Dalessio hopes that they will be able to do the fall reading and then go forward with quarterly meter readings and bills.


Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:29 PM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 7:57 PM.


Mrs. Pschirrer moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 7:58 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

Road Work Alert – 5/20-6/19/15

Janet Clough thought you might be interested in this notification about the road work from the Vilas Bridge.  thanks for the heads up, Janet – Lil

Pike Industries, Inc.

3 Eastgate Park Road

 Belmont, NH 03220


Established in 1872

May 14, 2015

Town Administrator
Town of Walpole, NH
34 Elm Street
Walpole, NH 03608
RE: Pike Industries Resurfacing

To Whom It May Concern:
As part of NHDOT’s District Resurfacing Program, Pike Industries will tentatively be paving and performing road work on the following sections on the dates listed below. During this time, there will be times where alternating one-way traffic is necessary to perform the required work.

Roadway Section and Tentative Construction Dates:
Vilas Bridge to Main Street: 5/20/2015 – 6/19/2015

Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns related to this matter. I can be reached at (603) 312-6848 or ggorman@pikeindustries.com

Gregory Gorman, Project Manager
Pike Industries, Inc.

Distant Hill Gardens Workshop – 7/1/15

Newly Added Native Pollinator Workshop

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Native Pollinator ID Workshop … a very special mid-week event!

Bumblebee With a Full Pollen Basket

WHEN: Wednesday July 1, from 11 am to 2:30 pm
WHERE: Distant Hill Gardens 507 March Hill Road, Walpole, NH

Distant Hill Gardens has partnered with the Cheshire County Conservation District to bring you a very special Native Pollinator Identification Workshop. Join Jarrod Fowler, Instructor of Entomological Horticulture and Departmental Assistant at Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of MA, Amherst, to learn about pollinator ecology and how to identify and attract the many species of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your garden. This is an introductory level workshop, with no experience necessary.


NOTE: Space is limited to 25 people so please register early

To Register: Call 603.756.2988 ext.116

or email amanda@cheshireconservation.org

What to Bring:
‐ bagged lunch and water
‐ binoculars/hand lens
‐ hat and sunscreen
‐ notebook and pen


Visit www.distanthillgardens.org for more information and Directions

There is a $10.00 suggested donation for this workshop.


This workshop is supported by funds from the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the sale of the Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) through the NH State Conservation Committee Conservation Grant Program.

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More News from the Walpole Library

Find out what’s happening at the Walpole Library

The Walpole Library now has an email newsletter that provides patrons with updates about weather closings, speakers, meetings and other events. If you’d like to subscribe, contact Julie Rios at jrios@walpoletownlibrary.org

Walpole Library Announces Summer Reading Program

The Walpole Library will be offering programs for kids of all ages during its “Bam, Pow, Read!: Every Story Needs a Hero” Summer Reading program. From crafts to puppets to the ever-popular zoo animal visit, this summer’s events offer something for everyone. All programs are free. Call the library at 756-9806 to sign up or for more information.

Thursday, June 25: Mad Science, 2 pm

Saturday, June 27: Duct Tape, Drop-in anytime between 10 am and noon

Wednesday, July 8: Regal Eagles with the Grafton Museum, 10 am

Thursday, July 9: The Zoo, 2 pm

Saturday, July 11: Crafts with Allegra Pickering, Drop-in anytime between 10 am and noon

Wednesday, July 15: Butterflies with the Grafton Museum, 10 am

Thursday, July 16: Fairy Houses with the Grafton Museum, 2 pm

Saturday, July 18: Crafts with Allegra Pickering, Drop-in anytime between 10 am and noon.

Wednesday, July 22: Pups & Chicks with the Grafton Museum, 10 am

Thursday, July 23: Children’s Museum, 2 pm

Saturday, July 25: Make Your Own Super Hero Cape, Drop-in anytime between 10 am and noon

Wednesday, July 27: Flowers with the Grafton Museum, 10 am

Thursday, July 30: Lindsay and her Puppets, 2 pm

Saturday, August 1: End of Program Party, Drop-in anytime between 10 am and noon


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