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Manchester $GDP 0F&XQH McCune’s Manchester

Tallying true cost of cheap goods

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Raymond seeks rejection of Killam’s lawsuit 

Removal: Ousted conservation commission chairman says she was

removed because of allegations of harassment against a town employee. By GRETYL MACALASTER Union Leader Correspondent

RAYMOND — New motions for summary judgment filed in the case of ousted conservation commission chairman Cheryl Killam versus the board of selectmen say she was removed because of allegations of harassment against a

town employee — rather than because of a resident complaint. Killam filed suit against the board in June, alleging that the board acted “unlawfully, unreasonably, capriciously and arbitrarily� when it removed her in non-public session on June 13 “with little to no regard for important procedural safeguards set forth in several

state statutes.� After the non-public meeting, Killam was notified that the board voted to remove her “for cause.� Three other conservation commission members were removed in nonpublic session the next week, also “for cause� after resident Gary Brown filed a complaint against them claiming that by signing citizens petitions related to conservation issues, they had violated their own by-laws. He filed the same complaint against Killam.

The town’s motion for summary judgment filed with the court on Oct. 6 states that the reason the selectmen met in non-public session on June 13 to discuss Killam’s removal from the conservation commission was the allegation that she had harassed a town employee. The court record includes a May email chain between Killam and Lisa Chapman, secretary to the town +See Raymond, Page B2

Derry firm wins Mottolo project pact

Preparing for a national disaster


’m tired of buying junk. Lets face it, most of the stuff we buy today is just that — junk. I have a house full of it. Just. Plain. Trash. I don’t want to sound like an old man with this tired “they don’t make it like they used to� argument, but they don’t! Recently, we bought a new chest of drawers at Target. It seemed good enough. After all, this was going to be for baby clothes. We took it home and soon, I began the construction of this foul thing. Four hours later, after careful and meticulous craftsmanship (seriously, I was uber-careful with this thing) it was finished. It looked great. The problem was the material it was made with. It’s that infamous particle board. Rehashed “wood,� bound together with glue and pressed back into “boards.� They call it a “board,� but it’s really just glorified cardboard. After it was finished, we decided to put it to immediate use in the boys’ room, filling it up with their clothes. It didn’t take long before the thing was a useless, oversized paperweight on the bedroom floor. We didn’t abuse it, we simply used the item as any person would. We filled it with clothes, and the boys opened and closed the drawers. Two weeks is all it took. First it was the drawers sticking, then they wouldn’t open at all. Trying to force and pry them resulted in broken drawers. The back of each drawer (made of particle board) was held in with little plastic nubs. We were furious. The chest was meant for little kids, yet was impossible to open, even after my meticulous construction (I even measured the spacers for the drawers for crying out loud!) Far too often, we do parallel things. We settle. Instead of the nice item, we opt for the cheap one. I’m finally


New Hampshire National Guardsmen, at right, help a “victim� during the simulation of a terrorist attack at Concord Airport staged at the state’s fire academy Wednesday. Guardsmen from Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire participated in a demonstration of the combined emergency response teams capabilities.

Review: Public session

will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Raymond High School to outline work planned. By GRETYL MACALASTER Union Leader Correspondent

RAYMOND — American Excavating Corp. could begin construction work on the Mottolo waterline project as soon as Nov. 7. A $2.3 million contract with the Derry contractor was approved by Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council on Wednesday. The waterline extension project will address issues related to groundwater contamination near the Mottolo Superfund site off Blueberry Hill Road. At least 25 homes have been affected by the contamination and will be connected to the town waterline once it is complete. The state is providing bottled water and/or water-filtration systems until that happens. American Excavating Corp. and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at Raymond High School, Room 101 for the company to introduce itself, review its proposed work plan and schedule and address questions and concerns from residents. Drew Hoffman, state DES project manager for the Mottolo Superfund site, said six bids were received for the project with a $500,000 spread.


New Hampshire National Guard Spc. Nick High of Merrimack dons a hazmat suit as members of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Enhanced Response Force perform onsite casualty search and rescue, medical triage and treatment, and patient decontamination. BOB LAPREE/UNION LEADER

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Pembroke chief to move from crime scene to classroom New job: Chief Scott Lane will

training a young group of potential law begin teaching criminal justice Nov. 7 enforcers. So after 26 years of service to the Pemat Concord Regional Technical Center. broke Police Department and five as chief, teaching criminal justice at the high school level is a logical move to By CORY FRANCER Union Leader Correspondent make. Lane will leave the police department PEMBROKE — Pembroke Police Chief at the end of the year to take a teachScott Lane said he has always enjoyed ing position with the Concord Regional

Technical Center. After such a long time in the department, Lane said this is a good time to move on because of how stable the department is. “You don’t read about anything bad about the town in any aspect in the media,� he said. “We are a conservative (department) and have always been able to provide good service.�

Lane began serving in Pembroke in 1985 and never looked back, moving up the ranks from a patrol officer to chief. Prior to working in Pembroke, Lane did a short stint in Allenstown. He said he has been able to enjoy such a long career in the town because of the strong relationship the department has with town residents and officials. +See Pembroke, Page B2






Waldo to be in NH

A ‘nest’ with a view

Still talking

Where’s Waldo? Check the Seacoast on Sunday during Children’s Day, when the adventurous hiker and star of books, comics, video games and TV will join other characters in downtown Portsmouth.

Rather than expand their Squam Lake cottage to accommodate their expanding family, a couple of longtime summer residents came up with an alternative: sleeping quarters they call “The Nest.�  



The Internet didn’t kill the ham radio. In fact, interest in the hobby has more than doubled since 1971 — topping 700,000 as of last month, according to the Amateur Radio Relay League. We’ll give you the details.  



+ Thursday


Who’s No. 2 Exeter visits Nashua South Friday night with second place in the NHIAA Division I football standings on the line. Marc Thaler previews the matchup, provides news and notes from around the state and predicts the scores of the weekend’s games. + Friday

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A mock terrorist attack in Concord, N.H. was the setting for a National Guard emergency response team comprised of soldiers and airmen from...