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Make ‘em Squeal Joni!

November 10, 2014

Keeping Us Warm

November 8, 2014

With winter on the horizon and temps getting lower by the day, I would like to share a couple tips for homeowners.  One of the links in the right margin of this blog is to NewEnglandOil.com.  Take a look at this web site.  Local heating oil merchants post their prices there so you can get the best possible deal everyday.

My ‘oil man’ is Victory Fuel.  Leo has had the best prices for most of the last twenty years.  They are very responsive when I lose track of things and offer great prices and generous terms for pre-buy contracts.

My ‘boiler guy’ and plumber is Audette Mechanical.  Great prices, terrific products, and excellent service go a long way in my home.  Mike Audette did a service call at my mother’s home.  He did not charge her for parts he salvaged from my boiler replacement.  Think about that.  I had a problem with my boiler this weekend.  They have to order parts to complete the repair and offered to leave electric heaters at my home to keep us warm.

A couple years ago we chose Rite Window to replace our windows.  We like the windows.  They look and operate just fine.  We had a seal fail on one window this summer.  No problem — Rite replaced the window pane without any fuss at all.

If you need a little help keeping warm, these neighbors will not let you down.

Funny Because It’s True

November 2, 2014

See Something, Say Something

November 1, 2014

from http://www.unionleader.com/article/20141031/NEWS06/141109997

The state of New Hampshire will be operating an election fraud hotline Tuesday November 4th during the hours that polls are open.  603-230-2503 will be monitored by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Zuckerman while polls are open Tuesday.   If you believe you have witnessed election fraud, call this number to report your suspicion.

My Favorite Ad of This Election Season

October 29, 2014

Shaheen: Stupid and Dishonest

October 22, 2014

While recent refugees may have no recollection of Jean Shaheen’s war on US energy independence, those of us who lived here at the time will never forget her reckless and irresponsible attacks on Seabrook, nuclear energy, and domestic energy independence in general.  Shaheen mocked those who saw that dependence on Arab Oil would lead to war and was responsible for stopping the construction of Seabrook Station Unit II — a devastating blow to New Hampshire’s economy.  Shaheen also opposes using Canadian hydroelectric power.  Next time you pay your electricity bill, next time you endure a week long power outage, the next time your computer reboots and lights dim, remember that it was Jean Shaheen who deregulated electricity in New Hampshire.

 

Mel Thomsom: And if we don’t have nuclear power in this country, we will be more and more vulnerable to the Arabs and the Mideast and that’s why we’re in danger of war because we’re not taking care of our energy demands…[interrupted]

Jean Shaheen: That argument just doesn’t wash.

 

Jean Shaheen: Nuclear power is dangerous and we have to protect the public safety

 

Scott Brown: She’s against nuclear…[interrupted]

Jean Shaheen: No I’m not!  Where did you get that?

Scott Brown: When the Seabrook nuclear power plant was in effect, you made an effort to stop it.

Jean Shaheen: No I didn’t.

Yeah you did, Jeanie.  Shaheen was wrong in 1987 and she is lying in 2014.  Vote against Jean Shaheen.

 

TR$D Mi$$ion $tatement

October 18, 2014

Mi$$ion $tatement:

The mi$$ion of the Timberlane Regional $chool Di$trict is to engage all $tudent$ in challenging and relevant learning opportunitie$, emphasizing high a$piration$ and per$onal growth.

Did I miss any $s?  I know Timberlane didn’t.

A Mission Statement defines an enterprise’s business, its objectives, and its approach to reaching those objectives. A Vision Statement describes the desired future state of the enterprise.  A Mission Statement should drive an an enterprise towards its vision.  A Mission Statement without a Vision Statement is like a Sunday drive in the car.  Timberlane is like a Sunday driver — wandering aimlessly, spending frivolously, and going no where.

For more than a decade, TRSD has been polling parents about their vision for the district’s schools.  For more than a decade, we have been screaming that we want affordable schools that prepare our kids for higher learning and vocational opportunities.  For more than a decade, TRSD has failed to deliver on or even act on this vision.

Before Dr. Metzler contracts his wife to craft a vision statement and mission for the district, I would like to offer mine — for free.

Vision Statement: The vision of the Timberlane Regional School District is to provide every student with an education that will prepare that student to succeed in future academic and vocational endeavors while minimizing tax impact on the community.

I think we could all sign off on that vision.  How do we get there?  You teach the kids the right things, well, 180 days each year…

Mission Statement:  Timberlane Regional School District will engage all students in a challenging and proven curriculum emphasizing each student’s academic and vocational aspirations.

That could probably use some work, but “proven curriculum” and “academic and vocational aspirations” mean more to me than “learning opportunities” and “high aspirations and personal growth.”

Instead of putting this mission statement on a web site, put it in every office and classroom of the school district.  Challenge every employee, volunteer, and student to apply it to every moment of every school day.  Pledge it at the beginning of every school board and budget meeting.

Execution: Mission and vision are very useful tools.  They serve as a standard for guiding actions.  Here are some ways TRSD could have used my mission statement…

  1. The music department asks the superintendent of schools for permission to take students and teachers out of their classes to vacation is Walt Disney World.  How will this impact our mission of engage all students in a challenging and proven curriculum emphasizing each student’s academic and vocational aspirations?  Permission denied.
  2. The music department would like to have a $6,000,000 performing arts center.  How will this impact our mission of engage all students in a challenging and proven curriculum emphasizing each student’s academic and vocational aspirations? Permission denied.
  3. Bag days?  How will this impact our mission of engage all students in a challenging and proven curriculum emphasizing each student’s academic and vocational aspirations? Permission denied.
  4. Silent Sustained Reading? How will this impact our mission of engage all students in a challenging and proven curriculum emphasizing each student’s academic and vocational aspirations?  Permission denied.
  5. Close industrial arts program? How will this impact our mission of engage all students in a challenging and proven curriculum emphasizing each student’s academic and vocational aspirations?  Permission denied.

We could do this all day because the TRSD mission is NOT to engage all students in a challenging and proven curriculum emphasizing each student’s academic and vocational aspirations.

Our vision also promised to minimize tax impact.  Every TRSD program and position not required by law should be scrutinized to determine its impact on academic and economic goals.  For instance, there is no requirement to have a Superintendent of Schools or an SAU Office and staff.  The schools simply need to comply with reporting requirements which are an obligation of schools receiving state aid.  Half of the schools’ salaries are paid to non-teachers.  This is not consistent with our vision.

Your Mission: Visit http://wp.timberlane.net and complete their survey.  Tell Dr. Metzler that you do not agree that TRSD’s mission should be full employment for his family and friends and fun place for district employees to hang out for six hours a day 180-or-so days a year.

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