Walpole Unitarian Church – 1/14/18

Sunday service at Walpole Unitarian Church, 10 AM:

“Women and Islam: The Veil and Other Costumes and Customs”

Much controversy is stirring about the Muslim tradition of women’s wearing of a head scarf or veil. What is this about? How do we balance religious tolerance and women’s rights? What do we make of this as westerners and or as liberals? How does this connect with other traditions and habits of dress?  Let’s explore this charged topic together. You’re invited to bring a scarf, hoodies, or hat to the service if You choose.

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy is a Unitarian Universalist minister and also a Sufi minister (Cheraga).  She serves as minister for the UU Church in Springfield, Vermont. She is founder of “Peace and Unity Bridge,” (PUB)an organization dedicated to cultivating friendship and understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims.  PUB was funded in part by a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Fund for Social Responsibility.  (www.peaceandunitybridge.org). She is also co-founder of the UU Small Group Ministry Network, and teaches the art of sacred storytelling and extemporaneous speaking.

Author Visit – 1/31/18

Join us at the library on Wednesday January 31 to hear Walpole author, Adrian Basora, talk about his new book, Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support.

The talk will start at 6:30pm and the library will provide light refreshment

Budget Hearing – 1/10/18

Wednesday, January 10.

The FMRSD budget hearing will be held at Fall Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday, January 10th, 5:30pm. Doors open at 4:45pm.

This meeting is held for the purpose of hearing public input on the proposed F.Y. ’18-’19 budget, and for the School Board to finalize, by amendment or acceptance, the Administration’s proposed budget and warrant articles.

Please review the proposed budget and warrant here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5PMAGOvQOOFTklKVDdqS1FkNXc

and attend to raise questions or voice opinion on this process.

The school district’s annual Deliberative Session will be held on Wednesday February 7th at 6:30pm at FMRHS.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

While The Walpolean takes no position in community discussions, I feel an obligation to post the opinions of those who do. The following ad has been posted at the request of Richard Wilson. – Lil I regret that I am unable to post pdf files as created, but I believe you will find the information here duplicates the advertisement in the newspapers.

A Momentous Decision will soon be made affecting the economic well-being of area residents.

What Decision?

Whether or not to merge the Savings Bank of Walpole headquartered in Walpole, NH with executive offices in Keene and Walpole—the last of twelve independent community banks once headquartered in the area—into New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp headquartered in Concord, NH.

Who Will Vote?

The Corporators of the Savings Bank of Walpole will vote. The Corporators are a self-perpetuaing body of successors to the original individuals that incorporated the bank in 1875.

What Will Happen If They Vote To Approve the Merger?

If the Corporators approve the merger, the Savings Bank of Walpole will become a stock bank and subsidiary of a mutual holding company that will be merged into New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp, which will then own 100% of the stock of the bank. The Corporators of the Savings Bank of Walpole will become Corporators of New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp and represent about one third of the total. Four members of the Board of Trustees of the Savings Bank of Walpole will join the Board of New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp and represent one fifth—just twenty percent—of the total. The Savings Bank of Walpole will continue to be headquartered in Walpole, NH. However, it will be wholly owned by New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp headquartered in Concord, NH.

How Should the Corporators Make Their Decision?

New Hampshire Statutes Section 383-B:6-605 directs that “The corporators shall consider the interests of the depositors, the borrowers, and other customers of the mutual savings bank or mutual holding company, the general benefit and economic well-being of the communities. served by the mutual savings bank or mutual holding company, and the safety, soundness, and general business needs of the mutual savings bank or mutual holding company in exercising their duties as corporators.”

How Do the Corporators Determine the Interests of Customers and the Well-being of Communi es Served?

Though New Hampshire Statutes Sec on 383-B:6-605 imposes a fiduciary duty to “consider the interests of the depositors, the borrowers, and other customers of the mutual savings bank” and “the general benefit and economic well-being of the communities served by the mutual savings bank,” it does not specify how that duty should be carried out. In the normal course of business of the bank, the Corporators defer on matters on which they have to vote to the judgement of the Board of Trustees and to management. However, this is not a vote in the normal course of business. This is a vote to determine if the last independent community bank headquartered in the area should become wholly owned by New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp headquartered in Concord, NH. Once that happens, decisions about its future will ultimately be made by the management and the Board of New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp.

If your interests are to be considered by the Corporators, you will have to let them know in this vote how your interests would be best served. Below is a list of Corporators copied from the bank’s Website. Remind them that they have a fiduciary duty to act in accordance with New Hampshire Statutes Sec on 383-B:6-605. What would fall far short of their fiduciary duty would be to vote without due consideration—in other words, to rubberstamp management and the Board of Trustees’ decision in order to avoid controversy or discomfort, or to acquiesce out of the mistaken belief that it’s already a done deal; it is not, as the approval of the Corporators is needed to complete the merger.

But What of the Consideration of “the safety, soundness, and general business needs of the mutual savings bank” Mentioned in the Statute?

First, management of the bank has stated that the safety and soundness of the institution is not an issue motivating this proposed merger. Based on my 40 years in NH banking serving as chief financial officer of four NH banks, including one of the largest, and my review of publicly available nancial reports, I would concur. As to the general business needs of the bank, I find no justification for the proposed merger—obligatory statements from management and the Board of Trustees to the contrary. This region produces a great many highly intelligent and good-hearted individuals, which is all that is needed in these challenging times to successfully operate a locally headquartered independent community mutual savings bank. They are on board now and are working with and training the next generation of community bankers. We have George Bailey’s bank right here, let’s keep it. Let your voice be heard!

Corporators Savings Bank of Walpole:

Thomas S. Bates

Jill I. Ba y

Emily T. Benson

Sarah A. Bradeen

Kathleen A. Collinsworth

Joseph A. Coneeny

Martha A. Curtis

Philip J. Davis

Bradley P. Dunbar

Jayson B. Dunbar

Dayton R. Duncan

Jerome S. Galloway

Mark A. Gavin

Kelley F. Hicks

Randall P. Hicks

Nathalie B. Houder

Jason D. Houston

Susan L. Howard

Ruth F. Jacobs

David B. Johnson

Robert I. Kimball

Gary J. Kinyon, Esq.

Peter D. Koson

Linda A. Lacey

Zachary T.C. Luse

Sylvia M. McBeth

Robert F. Miller

James H. Neal

William R. O’Meara

Robert S. Perry

Edward R. Potter

Mark A. Putnam

Edward F. Reardon Jr.

Linda W. Robbins

Lynn C. Rust

Steven J. Ryder

Dr. Charles P. Shaw

Michael P. Snide

Frederick A. Szmit

Gregg R. Tewksbury

Donald J. Tisdale

William C. Tyson

Joseph C. Walier

Peter T. Whittemore

David P. Wichland

Jonathan G. Wildes

Authored and paid for by Richard A. Wilson, former CFO of the Savings Bank of Walpole from 1988 to 2013

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Conservation Commission Agenda – 1/8/18

AGENDA

WALPOLE CONSERVATION COMMISSION MEETING

JANUARY 8, 2018

Location and Time: Walpole Town Hall, Downstairs Office at 7:30 PM.

CALL TO ORDER

SEATING OF ALTERNATES

REVIEW and APPROVE MINUTES – December 4, 2017

PUBLIC BUSINESS:

Report from Chair:

A. Treasury Report Follow­up.

B. Correspondence.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. Ballam Farm Monitoring.

OLD BUSINESS:

A. Reservoir Dam – Engineering Proposal / Brush Cutting Update.

B. Antioch University Internship – Re: Town Easements.

C. Monadnock Conservancy / Nerrie Easement; Update.

D. Fanny Mason Feasibility Study.

E. Long View Forest Walk Rescheduled.

F. Bill Callahan Land Donation, Survey.

ADJOURNMENT

Zoning Board Agenda – 1/17/18

Agenda for Zoning Board of Adjustment

Wednesday,  January 17, 2018

Walpole Town Hall

7:30 pm

Roll Call: Appointment of alternates if needed.

Minutes: Review minutes.

Copy of Irving letter.

Handouts: Master Plan part 3 and 4.

Log 2016 and 2017

Next meeting Wednesday,  February 21, 2018

Hooper Trustees Meeting Minutes – 12/28/17

TOWN OF WALPOLE

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING

DECEMBER 28, 2017

Hooper Trustees Present:   Peggy Pschirrer (Chair); Steven Dalessio; (Absent: Cheryl Mayberry)

CALL TO ORDER:  Mrs. Pschirrer called this Hooper Trustees meeting to order at 7:40 PM.

HOOPER TRUSTEES MINUTES:

HOOPER TRUSTEES MEETING – December 21, 2017:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Hooper Trustees meeting of December 21, 2017, as submitted.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC HOOPER TRUSTEES SESSION – December 21, 2017:  Mr. Dalessio moved to accept the Minutes of the Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session of December 21, 2017, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the Minutes were approved.

Hooper Mansion: Mrs. Pschirrer had planned to meet with Ms. Sharon Boccelli yesterday. However, they decided it was just too cold to move furniture to her building.  They re-scheduled for January 8th, 2018.  Ms. Boccelli will bring someone in on January 9th who will deal with the odds-and-ends that have not sold. Mr. Sheehan is sending in the list of furniture he wants to buy.  Mr. Kevin Healy will then help Mrs. Pschirrer clean the Mansion.  Ms. Boccelli is going to take the Civil War Medical books to show to someone who specializes in this.  Money continues to be added to the Trust.

NON-PUBLIC HOOPER TRUSTEES SESSION:

Mr. Dalessio moved to enter into a Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3 II to discuss (a) Personnel.  Mrs. Pschirrer seconded the motion and, on a roll call vote with Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved at 7:46 PM.

The regular Hooper Trustees meeting resumed at 8:06 PM.

Mr. Dalessio moved that the Minutes of the Non-Public Hooper Trustees Session of December 28, 2017, be sealed.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the motion was approved.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Dalessio moved to adjourn this Hooper Trustees meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With Mr. Dalessio and Mrs. Pschirrer in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary