Students show off the new Alton Central

Open house gives parents a look at school's offerings

ALTON — "I heard a lot of 'Come here, I want to show you this,' and that was really good," new Alton Central School Principal Cris Blackstone said of the school's open house held last week. The halls were indeed filled with excited voices telling parents what's been going on the first four days of school. Even before arriving at classrooms, parents were struck with evidence of a spruced up campus. The modulars are a thing of the past, and the rear parking lot improvements make not only for a more attractive drop-off area, but a safer one, as well....more>

Bernier saga heads to litigation phase

Petition seeks reinstatement, compensation and reprisal against BOS

NEW DURHAM — The Shawn Bernier saga has moved into its litigation phase. The Baysider recently received a copy of Bernier's 40-page "Petition for Reinstatement as New Durham Police Chief Pursuant to RSA:2-a and for Additional Relief." The ousted former chief and his lawyer, Michael Ramsdell, filed the suit with Strafford Superior Court on Aug. 24. The petition cites a 2005 case where a judge ruled that state law protects N.H. police chiefs from "dismissal by selectmen for personal or political retaliation." Bernier's complaint charges "wrongful termination," lost compensation and character defamation. He's also demanding reinstatement to the position he held prior to his July 22 termination. He claims that certain BOS meetings about his status were held in violation of state law prior to his dismissal....more>

Timber Wolves open with a win over Lakers

ALTON — Last season it took the Prospect Mountain girls' soccer team a few weeks to get on the winning side of things. This year, the Timber Wolves did not have to wait too long. In the season's opening game, Prospect got goals from three different players and picked up a 3-0 win over Inter-Lakes on Friday, Aug. 28. "I thought we played pretty well," coach Matt Locke said. "I'm glad we played up and not down to another team's level."...more>
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