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NH DHHS - Alternative Treatment Centers Public Meetings Scheduled in Manchester and Rochester

Two public meetings to discuss the proposed location of therapeutic

cannabis cultivation sites in Manchester and Rochester, New Hampshire are

scheduled. A meeting in Manchester will be held on August 28 and there will

be one in Rochester on September 1.

New Hampshire Legislature passed House Bill 573, relative to the use of

cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Governor Maggie Hassan signed HB 573

(RSA 126-X) into law effective July 23, 2013. RSA 126-X creates an

exemption in state law from criminal penalties for the therapeutic use of

cannabis provided that its use is in compliance with RSA 126-X. The New

Hampshire Legislature placed the responsibility for administering the

program within the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

After the June 2015 selection of the Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs)

to operate in Regions 1–4, DHHS has worked with the selected applicants and

the local governing body of the towns and cities in which they would like

to operate. Part of the process is to solicit the input of the municipal or

town residents as well as that of prospective patients and caregivers

relative to safety and other local concerns and the overall health needs of

qualifying patients.

Temescal Wellness was awarded Geographic Areas 1 & 3, and has proposed

their cultivation location in Manchester. Sanctuary Alternative Treatment

Center was awarded Geographic Area 4, and has proposed its cultivation site

in Rochester. The two new meetings are scheduled as follows.

Friday, August 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm

Manchester ATC Cultivation Site Public Input Forum

Manchester City Hall

One City Hall Plaza

Manchester, NH

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – 7:00 pm

Rochester ATC Cultivation Site Public Input Forum

Rochester City Hall, Council Chambers

31 Wakefield Street

Rochester, NH

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Mayoral Candidates Joyce Craig & Patrick Arnold Open Door To Manchester Tax Hikes
Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Mayoral candidates Joyce Craig and Patrick Arnold opening the door to overriding the Manchester tax cap with promises to raise pay for city unions:
"Mayoral candidates Joyce Craig and Patrick Arnold are desperate to outdo each other in their attempt to gain the support of Manchester union bosses and special interest groups. By irresponsibly promising pay raises to city unions, Craig and Arnold are either prepared to override the tax cap or slash funding for public safety at a time when New Hampshire's heroin epidemic is hitting Manchester particularly hard. Missing from Craig's and Arnold's reckless promises to raise union salaries is any plan to pay for it. Their tacit admission of support for overriding the tax cap would devastate Manchester's economy and further burden working families."
As the Manchester Board of School Committee gears up for a special meeting to review the price tag of the teacher contract with proclaimed city finance expert Bill Sanders, candidates for Mayor Joyce Craig and Patrick Arnold have yet to explain to city taxpayers how they plan to pay for their runaway spending plans that would do nothing to address higher class sizes and few teachers.

Arnold For Manchester Mayor - Arnold Calls for Gatsas to Step Aside, School Board Votes No Confidence in Gatsas 

Manchester, New Hampshire – Tonight, in public comments to the Manchester School Board, mayoral candidate and former Alderman Patrick Arnold called Mayor Gatsas’ recent veto of a proposed teachers’ contract “absurd” and urged Gatsas to step aside. 

“Mayor Gatsas, work with those elected by the voters, or step aside for someone who will,” Arnold said before a city hall chamber packed with concerned parents and educators broke into applause. 

Later in the evening, the Manchester School Board took a vote of no confidence in Mayor Ted Gatsas. “Tonight’s vote of no confidence further demonstrates that Ted Gatsas has lost a mandate to lead this city,” says Arnold in response to the vote. “People of this city deserve strong leadership to move beyond business as usual, and the clock has run out on Ted Gatsas’ failed leadership.” 


Patrick Arnold is a candidate for mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Less than 500 voters separated Manchester from a new mayor in 2013. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.



NH DHHS - NH Foster Youth to Convene In Manchester for Independent Living Conference 

Concord, NH – More than 100 youth between 14 and 23 who are currently or

were formerly in State care will participate in Sports: You Miss 100% of

the Shots That You Don’t Take, the 11th annual Teen Conference on Thursday,

August 6, 2015.

Hosted by the NH Department of Health and Human Services’ Division for

Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), the conference is an all-day learning

experience designed to address the unique needs of older adolescents making

the transition from “out of home care” to adulthood and independence. The

conference will be held at Manchester Community College in Manchester, New


This year’s keynote presentation will be provided by Corey, a former youth

in care, who will share his experiences of being in foster care and the

important life lessons he learned along the way. Throughout the day, youth

attendees will participate in educational workshops on how to obtain a

college degree, get a job, choose a career, find permanency, earn and

budget money, be a self-advocate and avoid unhealthy relationships. All

workshops will be co-facilitated by current and former youth in care in

order to incorporate a youth perspective. Attendees will also be able to

play Granite City, a “life on your own” simulation game designed to teach

young people how to access community resources to help overcome obstacles

they may encounter as they transition into adulthood.

The conference will also feature a presentation by DCYF Director Lorraine

Bartlett, a talent show, and key resources to assist youth in foster care.

Co-sponsors of the event include the University of New Hampshire Center for

Professional Excellence in Child Welfare, DCYF’s Adolescent Program and the

NH Youth Voices (DCYF Youth Advisory Board).

EVENT: 11th Annual DCYF Teen Conference

Sports: You Miss 100% of the Shots that

You Don’t Take

WHEN: Thursday, August 6, 2015

8:30 AM

WHERE: Manchester Community College

1066 Front Street

Manchester, New Hampshire

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NHDP - ICYMI: Union Leader On Ted Gatsas Blocking Manchester Solar Project 





Concord, N.H. – Yesterday, Chris Sununu and Joe Kenney – apparently at the direction of Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas – blocked a solar project that would have saved taxpayer dollars and had the support of the Manchester board of aldermen.
Click here for the full Union Leader story or see excerpt below:
On a 3-2 vote, the Executive Council shot down a plan for a solar array to generate electricity for Manchester city government.
… Under the proposal, the city would purchase electricity at a rate just below 6 cents per kilowatt/hour, which would result in $26,500 in savings in the first year of the project, according to the developers’ calculations. The city would also receive an annual tax payment of $5,000. The savings in future years would rise based on the increase in electricity rates.
Manchester Ward 1 Alderman Joyce Craig... said the project had support of a majority of city aldermen.
“We had a board vote and I voted to support it,” said Craig. “It was my understanding that this was the first phase, and the project could be expanded in the future.”
“This should have went through,” said Manchester Alderman Keith Hirschmann, who represents Ward 12 where the landfill is located. “The full board voted for this. I know the mayor didn’t vote for it, but the full board did, and now our constituents won’t benefit from it.”
Hirschmann said he felt it was wrong that Manchester wouldn’t benefit from the state’s renewable energy trust funds.
“This would have been the largest solar project in the state,” said Hirschmann. “Instead we have a landfill that will sit dormant, while other communities benefit from the renewable energy trust funds.”
Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, D-Manchester, noted there is board support for the project, with the only reservation that it could be larger.
… Pappas and Van Ostern voted in favor of the Manchester project, but Sununu, and councilors David Wheeler, R-Milford, and Joe Kenney, R-Wakefield voted against the project.
Kenney voted with Pappas and Van Ostern to award a $580,757 renewable energy grant to Milford Town Solar LLC to place solar panels on that town’s landfill.
Kenney said Gatsas does not support the project, preferring the earlier, larger project, while the Milton selectmen unanimously supported that project.
“Councilor Kenney cited Mayor Gatsas’ opposition to the project,” said Craig. “I think it’s a lost opportunity for the city.”
Click here for the full Union Leader story.