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WASHINGTON — If President Biden gets his way, it will soon be far easier to immigrate to the United States. There will be shorter, sim-pler forms and applicants will have to jump through fewer security hoops. Foreigners will have better opportunities to join their families and more chances to secure work visas.

A 46-page draft blueprint obtained by The New York Times maps out the Biden adminis-tration’s plans to signifi cantly expand the legal immigration system, including methodically reversing the efforts to dismantle it by former President Donald J. Trump, who reduced the fl ow of foreign workers, families and refugees, erecting procedural barriers tougher to cross than his “big, beautiful wall.”

Because of Trump’s immigration policies, the average time it takes to approve employ-er-sponsored green cards has doubled. The backlog for citizenship applications is up 80

percent since 2014, to more than 900,000 cases. Approval for the U-visa program, which grants legal status for immigrants willing to help the police, has gone from fi ve months to roughly fi ve years.

In almost every case over the last four years, immigrating to the United States has become harder, more expensive and takes longer.

And while Biden made clear during his pres-idential campaign that he intended to undo much of his predecessor’s immigration legacy, the blueprint offers new details about how far-reaching the effort will be — not only rolling back Trump’s policies, but addressing backlogs and delays that plagued prior presidents.

The blueprint, dated May 3 and titled “D.H.S. Plan to Restore Trust in Our Legal Immigration System,” lists scores of initiatives intended to reopen the country to more immi-grants, making good on the president’s

prom-ise to ensure America embraces its “character as a nation of opportunity and of welcome.”

“There are signifi cant changes that need to be made to really open up all avenues of legal immigration,” said Felicia Escobar Car-rillo, the chief of staff at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, of the efforts to reverse Trump’s agenda. “In the same way that they took a broad-stroke approach to closing off ave-nues, I think we want to take a broad approach toward opening up the legal avenues that have always been available but that they tried to put roadblocks up on.”

Since taking offi ce four months ago, Biden has struggled with a historic surge in migration by Central American children and teenagers that has prompted some Republicans to accuse the president of fl inging open the nation’s bor-ders to people trying to enter the country ille-gally, a charge the White House rejects. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DIGEST––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Passenger traffi c has been climbing for much of this year and hit a pandemic peak on Friday, when more than 1.95 million passen-gers passed through security checkpoints in the nation’s airports, according to the Transportation Security Administration. That level was last reached in early March 2020, as the corona-virus was just beginning its devastating spread across the United States.

However, with the return of passengers and the pros-pect of an end to billion-dol-lar losses, airlines have also seen a surge in disruptive and sometimes violent behavior — and a frequent fl ash point is the T.S.A.’s mandate that passengers remain fully masked through-out their fl ights.

Since Jan. 1, the Federal Aviation Administration has received about 2,500 reports of unruly behavior by passen-gers, of which about 1,900 involved refusals to comply with the mask mandate. The agency said that in the past it did not track reports of unruly passengers because the numbers had been fairly consistent, but that it began receiving reports of a “signif-icant increase” in disruptive behavior starting in late 2020. “We have just never seen any-thing like this,” Sara Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Atten-dants, said during an online meeting with federal avia-tion offi cials on Wednesday. “We’ve never seen it so bad.”

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BEAN’S PURCHASE — New Hamp-shire Fish and Game conservation offi cers located the body of a hiker reported over-due by a loved one at the Spruce Brook Tent site just off the Wild River Trail in Bean’s Purchase.

The hiker, identifi ed as Edward Murphy, 50, of Sandown, was attempting a multiday hike with an anticipated completion date and time of Wednesday, May 26, at around 5 p.m.

When Murphy had still not arrived out by noon on Thursday, May 27, a search was initiated.

Conservation offi cers entered the Wild River Wilderness from multiple trail accesses hoping to locate Murphy.

One search party entered from the Bog Brook Trail head and scoured the Bog Brook Trail to the Wild River trail through Perkins Notch traveling north.

Another team came in from the Wild River Campground and searched the High-water Trail to the Wild River Trail travel-ing south. A third search party searched the Shelburne Trail traveling south to the Highwater Trail.

Murphy was located at the Spruce Brook Tent site by one of the search teams at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.

Evidence at the scene indicated that Murphy had been killed when a tree he had placed his sleeping hammock on fell and struck him. There was no evidence of foul play and all indications point to this being a tragic accident.

Fish and Game offi cers were assisted by the National Guard helicopter in this search and recovery mission.

No other information available at this time.

City seeks formal agreement to extend

urban compact to Jericho State Park

BERLIN — For several years the city council has dis-cussed moving the urban compact line on Route 110 west of its current location to allow the city more fl exi-bility in promoting ATV-based development in that area. Last week, the council authorized City Manager James Wheeler to go forward with discussions with the state Department of Transportation on a formal agree-ment to present to the council.

Wheeler said he has spoken with Assistant DOT Com-missioner William Cass and outlined a framework for an agreement that would move the urban compact line about 2 miles west.

Wheeler said DOT would agree to continue to maintain the section for fi ve years after the city assumed ownership. During that period, DOT would upgrade existing drainage piping and do regular programmed maintenance such as shim paving. At the end of fi ve years, maintenance would become the city’s responsibility.

The city would seek to put the section on the state’s 10-year transportation plan for a complete upgrade.

Extending the urban compact would allow the city con-trol over the both the speed limit and driveway access to businesses located there.

Currently, ATVs are not allowed on the section between Dalton Mountain Motor Sports and the Jericho Mountain State Park because the speed limit exceeds 40 mph. DOT has rejected a city and chamber of commerce request to lower the speed limit there from 50 to 40 mph.

Councilor Diana Berthiaume and Lucie Remillard asked how far the parties are talking about extending the urban compact line.

Mayor Paul Grenier said that will have to be decided but said the city is looking at about 2 miles — from White Mountain Distributors to just beyond the entrance to Jericho Park.

Berthiaume asked if there will a public hearing before any action is taken to allow residents of the road to weigh in, and Grenier said yes.

City Councilor Peter Higbee asked for an estimate of what it will cost the city to maintain the additional 2 miles of road.

Councilor Mike Rozek said he also would like to see an estimate of the return to the city from potential developers and businesses there.

Grenier said the city has discussed setting up a tax increment fi nancing dis-trict on the 2 mile section as a way to fi nance costs.

Under a TIF, new prop-erty tax revenue generated by business expansion, ren-ovation or new construc-tion within the district would be used to cover the cost of upgrading the road and providing water and sewer.

The mayor said a TIF district is the only way the city could develop the Jericho Road area without overbur-dening the rest of Berlin’s property taxpayers.

Wheeler said he was just looking for authorization to pursue discussions on an agreement. He said he will work with DOT to put together a detailed formal agree-ment for the council to consider.

Bridge repairs

The council authorized Wheeler to pre-purchase needed materials for rehabilitation of the Mason Street Bridge.

HEB Engineers Vice President Chris Fournier appeared to answer some questions about the project.

Councilors had asked if replacing the bridge would make it eligible for the state bridge aid grant.

The price for the work to be done this fall came in at $564,385; much higher than the estimate of $282,974.

Fournier said replacing the entire bridge would cost about $5 million. Under the state bridge aid program, the city would be responsible for 20 percent of the cost.

Councilor Mike Rozek asked Fournier if no repairs were done, how long before there was a catastrophic failure.

Fournier said there is no way to know.

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THE BERLIN SUN

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The House sent Gov. Chris Sununu a mes-sage when the members passed their budget plan about two months ago.

They removed some of the governor’s priorities like his college loan forgiveness program for graduates

in high demand fi elds, a school infrastructure pro-gram for broadband and safety measures, a new 30-bed secure psychiatric hospital on New Hamp-shire Hospital grounds, a voluntary family and medical leave program, as well as allowing Planned Parenthood to provide

health services to low-income folks, and the Governor’s Scholarship Program had all but $1 removed.

And House budget writers moved money around in signifi cant ways adding almost $30 million for county nursing homes to prevent a signifi cant property tax increase, $11 million for the two higher education systems to level fund them for the next two years while offi -cials decide whether to merge the two systems — another Sununu priority that was over-hauled — and $100 million of general funds to offset statewide education property tax money for the second year of the biennium.

The House budget reinstates education and training programs at the state prison which Sununu left out of his budget and cuts his proposed Department of Health and Human Services budget by more than $72 million in back-of-the-budget, across-the-board reduc-tions: $22.6 million in personnel — over 225 positions — and $30 million in the 2022 fi scal year and $20 million in fi scal 2023.

And they turned the heat up in the culture wars by inserting the contents of House 544 which would prohibit “the dissemination of cer-tain divisive concepts related to sex and race in state contracts, grants, and training programs,” and made major reductions in a governor’s authority during a state of emergency.

The message House budget writers sent to Sununu is that your budget spends too much and does not include provisions the very con-servative Freedom Caucus believes need to be in the budget for their support. The Senate budget sends an entirely different message to the governor: “We got your back.”

Sununu said the House budget was off the rails when it passed and he would turn to the Senate to restore order.

Earlier this month Sununu said, “We have a few things on the back end to tighten up a little bit,” but indicated — in a general way — he believed the direction the Senate was taking was more to his liking than the House

plan.

While the Senate did not restore everything the House removed or changed, it took care of many of the governor’s priorities.

The raw numbers are very similar in the House and Senate and governor’s budgets. The governor’s plan spends $13.8 billion in total spend-ing, including federal money, highway and fi sh and game funds and other money including the state general funds, while the House budget is $13.67 bil-lion and the Senate $13.5 billion.

General fund revenues for Sununu’s plan are $5.5 billion, the House $5.4 billion and the Senate $5.49 billion.

The general fund appropriations are $5.47 billion for the governor’s while the House is at $5.42 billion and the Senate $5.39 billion.

The numbers may be similar, but the bud-gets are a study in contrasts between GOP factions in the legislature in some areas and in lockstep in others.

It should be noted the House budget did not receive any Democratic votes, while only two Republicans voted against it.

The partisan divide is likely in the Senate as well with a 14-10 vote down party lines Thurs-day for both House Bill 1, the budget numbers, and House Bill 2, the trailer bill with changes in law to refl ect the numbers and a whole lot more this year including a school voucher pro-gram called “education freedom accounts.”

The governor supports “education choice,” but has not said directly if he would support the program included in the Senate budget.

However, there are more defi nitive bows to Sununu in the Senate budget including restoring his family and medical leave volun-tary program.

The Senate included $30 million for a new 24-bed forensic hospital or secure psychiatric hospital, and left the door open to a private fi rm running the facility.

And the Senate removed the House require-ment that an abortion provider separate those services fi nancially and physically from other health-care services the organization provides.

The provision is aimed at Planned Parent-hood and the governor has both voted for and against health- care services contracts for the fi rm citing the same provision.

Removing the prohibition was just one part of the amendment proposed by Sen. Major-ity Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), who appears to be the liaison between the

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No active COVID-19 cases in nursing home

To the editor:

Dear residents, family and friends of Coos County Nurs-ing Home:

We have no active COVID-19 cases.

We continue to partner with Androscoggin Valley Hospital for our residents and employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Residents are at great-est risk from those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated. We require all unvaccinated, partially vac-cinated, and immunocom-promised employees to wear an N95 mask.

The N95 mask provides them with the best fi t to reduce the risk of asymptom-atic spread. All fully vacci-nated employees who are not immunocompromised are to wear a procedure mask.

It is important for our employees and visitors to know that even though our residents are vaccinated, many of them are severely compromised. While the vac-cine will afford them some protection, they are still at signifi cant risk should an unvaccinated individual unintentionally transmit COVID-19 to them through

asymptomatic spread.

If you have not received your COVID-19 vaccine and would like more informa-tion, go to vaccines.nh.gov or call 2-1-1. All employees are encouraged to see Connie Croteau, RN, infection pre-ventionist/director of quality, or Sarah Berry, MSN, RN, director of nursing, if they would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you would like to sched-ule a compassionate care visit, please call Candice Santy at (603) 752-2343, ext. 2017.

If you would like to sched-ule a social visit, please call Lynn Gendron at ext. 2039; you will be able to leave a message if she is away from her desk, and she will make return calls in the order they are received.

We continue to follow fed-eral Centers for Disease Con-trol and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and state of New Hampshire guid-ance surrounding COVID-19 infection control and preven-tion practices.

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Immigrants get shelter, vets go homeless

To the editor:

While we have veterans who are in need of help — homeless — living and sleep-ing on the streets, President Joe Biden is renting hotel rooms for illegal immigrants.

Is this the thanks that we

give to our young men and women in the military who signed up to protect us?

Is this how we help our veterans in need? Is this the America that you voted for?

Vaughn Roy Berlin

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fi nal days of work on the Senate budget. The other part of the amendment included the provisions of House Bill 625, which bans abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy with no exception for fetal health, rape or incest, and makes a physician who performs an abortion after the time limit, criminally liable.

The Senate put HB 625 on the table last week, where it is likely to stay until the budget is resolved.

Sununu has always claimed to be pro-choice, but some pro-choice advocates are not so sure.

What the Senate did was give Sununu an out so he does not have to either veto or sign the bill and can say “I could not veto the budget for that one provision, but I don’t like it.”

The change would allow the usual Planned Parenthood contract to go to the Executive Council next fi scal year, but the current council is not at all likely to approve it.

When you see maneuvers like this, you always wonder why Democrats never seem to be able to do the same kind of thing.

The Senate also managed to fi nd the money to do away with the $50 million across the board cut in the Health and Human Services budget but did not restore all the department’s positions the House removed from the budget.

Senate Finance also restored money to the Governor’s Scholarship Fund but left the higher education merger up in the air and likely to be determined in the budget conference committee.

Sununu proposed merging the two boards of trustees July 1, but the House instead created an 11-member com-mission to study the merger and all its implications, good and bad, and issue a report in January.

The House also gave the commission $1.5 million to do its work. Sen. Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester), proposed an amendment with more specifi c expertise for the members of the com-mission and added $500,000 to give it $2 million for its work.

That amendment was not voted on by the Finance Committee and instead the members voted to remove the commis-sion and the money.

Senate Finance also approved an alternative to the “divisive concepts” language, but the new language has also drawn criticism from groups oppos-ing the original provision.

The opponents include public offi cials along with business, education, faith, and advocacy organizations.

Sununu had said he opposed the lan-guage in HB 544, and would veto the budget if it remains part of the package but has not commented on the alterna-tive.

The Finance Committee also took out the House provision requiring the legislature to approve any state of emergency extension beyond the initial 21-day declaration.

The other issue was House Bill 417, which also required Executive Council approval to accept or expend federal money during an emergency and Fiscal Committee approval for spending items over $100,000.

Although those provisions remain in the compromise with the governor, there is also the provision the gover-nor would be able to accept and spend money without legislative oversight to protect the immediate health, safety and welfare of the citizens of New Hampshire.

That has been the sticking point for both sides of the aisle with what has hap-pened during the past 14 months, no leg-islative oversight over the spending.

The House Freedom Caucus registered its opposition saying the original restric-tion is critical to its support of the budget. “Despite a stern warning by House Finance Committee Chair Ken Weyler (R-Kingston), about the cruciality of certain policy decisions being included in the proposed 2022-23 budget, the Senate chose to strip out necessary emergency powers reforms and other measures needed to ensure passage through the House,” the group said in a statement released last week.

“When the most pro-liberty Budget since 2011 passed the NH House, important policy elements were included in the budget trailer bill to address required emergency powers reforms. The language was included in the budget specifi cally to ensure that it would become law above the governor’s potential objections to restore a balance of powers to the New Hampshire gov-ernment and add additional checks to the executive branch’s authority during a State of Emergency.”

The Senate will pass its version of the budget package Thursday, but there is a long and winding road ahead before a new biennial budget is approved by lawmakers and sent to the governor.

Garry Rayno may be reached at garry. rayno@yahoo.com.

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Over the past four months, monuments for the various wars have been consolidated at the Glen Avenue park.

Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier spoke to mark the unveiling of a new sign designating the park.

The sign was donated by Korean War veteran Maurice Mailhot, who oversaw the park realign-ment for the VFW Post 2520.

Prior to the ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, members of the White Mountain Veterans Council conducted observances in Dummer and Milan and

at various cemeteries. The color guard also stopped at the World War I memorial on Mt. Forist Street in Berlin before ending the tributes with an obser-vance at Veterans Memorial bridge.

Members of four local veterans’ groups paid respects to their comrades in Gorham, Shelburne and Randolph area Sunday morning.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2520, Berlin Amer-ican legion Post 36, Gorham AmerAmer-ican Legion Post 82 and the Marine Corps League began their jour-ney at the Shelburne memorial on Route 2 in the famous Shelburne Birches, then proceeded to the Peabody Bridge where they honored Navy war dead.

The veterans then went to the Promenade Street cemetery, Holy Family cemetery, and Evans and Lary cemeteries. The caravan then traveled to Ran-dolph to the veterans memorial there and then back to the Gorham Common at 11 a.m.

Prayers were read by Gorham American Legion Commander Craig White; and fl owered wreaths were placed by Carole Boisclair of the Gorham American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary and Gorham American Legion Past Commander Dave Chick. Bugler Roland Sanschagrin played taps at all the locations. A rifl e Honor Guard was made up of VFW Commander Floyd Burlock, Howard Guay and Paul Seneca.

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GROVETON — Groveton is one of the three New Hampshire schools selected to receive a state-of-the-art $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center.

The multi-million dollar DON’T QUIT! Campaign has named Groveton School, Londonderry Middle School and Portsmouth Middle School in Ports-mouth as the state’s most outstanding schools for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fi t.

This year, the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program will have completed 40 states and will make its way into all 50 states in the coming years.

“Healthy kids are the foundation of a healthy state,” said Gov. Chris Sununu.

“Thanks to Jake and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, these three schools are on their way to getting state-of-the-art fi tness cen-ters that will help foster a healthy lifestyle from an early age,” he said. “I look forward to joining Jake and his team when these centers are ready to be unveiled.”

Jake Steinfeld, chairman and CEO of Body by Jake and chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, said: “We had an

over-whelming response from elementary and middle schools throughout the great state of New Hamp-shire.

“None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of Gov. Sununu, who helped make this campaign a huge success by putting the health and well-being of children fi rst. Three schools really embodied our mission of building a nation of the fi ttest, healthiest kids in the world. I’m thrilled to announce that Groveton School, Londonderry Middle School and Portsmouth Middle School are all being awarded a brand new $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers.

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Some patients of North Country Healthcare are being notifi ed that their health information may have been improperly accessed as a result of ransomware attack on a vendor used by NCH facilities.

The vendor — CaptureRx — is a third party adminis-trator that provides services for North Country Health-care facilities. As permitted by law, North Country HealthcareCH provides health information about its patients to CaptureRx to allow CaptureRx to provide these services.

Hackers accessed CaptureRx’s computer systems on Feb. 6. CaptureRx detected the suspicious activity and confi rmed on Feb. 19 that improper access had occurred.

CaptureRx then conducted a detailed investigation to determine which fi les had been accessed. It completed this review on March 19.

CaptureRx notifi ed North Country Healthcare facili-ties of the improper access in early April. CaptureRx said the following information had been accessed: patients’ fi rst and last names, date of birth, prescription informa-tion and medical record number for some patients.

CaptureRx assured NCH facilities that the computer vulnerability that permitted the improper access has been identifi ed and corrected.

CaptureRx noted that, as of the date of the notifi ca-tion, its investigation had found no evidence of actual or attempted misuse of the information as a result of the breach. Nonetheless, North Country Healthcare patients are encouraged to review their account statements and explanation of benefi t forms and to obtain free credit reports to confi rm no suspicious activity has occurred. The notice to North Country Healthcare patients affected by the breach provided detailed guidance on preventing identity theft.

North Country Healthcare patients have been noti-fi ed of this matter. Also, North Country Healthcare has fi led a report with the federal Department of Health and Human Services as required by federal law.

If North Country Healthcare patients would like fur-ther information about this matter, they are encouraged to contact the NCH Privacy Offi cer at (603) 326-5608.

CONCORD — The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday approved adding $14.8 million to Health and Human Services’ budget, much of it for mental health services.

The committee also added $10 million in general

fund money to compensate victims of the Finan-cial Resources Mortgage Ponzi scheme more than a decade ago that bilked investors out of an estimated $20 million.

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increase funding for mental health services including those for children by a little more than $8 million to sta-bilize community mental health pro-grams as well as establish additional mental health mobile crisis teams for adults and children.

The committee also added $3

mil-lion over the next biennium for childcare for children whose families receive preventive and protective ser-vices from the agency.

And the committee added $1.5 mil-lion for additional home visiting ser-vices under the Medicaid Managed Care program as required by a bill passed in 2019.

Also added was $440,000 for

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WASHINGTON — A Colebrook company that produces nitrile gloves has been awarded a $13.1 million defense contract.

Company offi cials said the expansion of its medi-cal glove manufacturing will create 300 jobs in the North Country.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the announcement that American Perfor-mance Polymers will receive a $13.1 million contract with the Department of Defense and the Depart-ment of Health and Human Services.

The funding is provided through the Coronavi-rus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropria-tions Act passed by Congress and signed into law in December.

American Performance Polymers, known as APP, is owned by Renco Corporation and produces nitrile gloves, which are medical personal protective equip-ment that’s been critical during the COVID-19 pan-demic.

In July, with assistance from Shaheen’s offi ce, the Defense Department awarded a nearly $23 million contract to increase manufacturing of gloves for those on the frontlines. This announcement comes in addition to this previous funding and will allow APP to add two high-speed and six regular glove manufacturing equipment lines, which will increase glove production by 45.8 million gloves per month by July 2022.

“I’m thrilled APP will receive a new contract to

boost production of gloves at their Cole-brook facility, which will not only support our frontline workers but create additional, much-needed jobs in the North Country,” Shaheen said.

“Throughout this pandemic, we’ve seen how important it is to ensure that our health care workers, fi rst responders and essential employees have access to the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe on the job,” she continued. “To help Granite State manufacturers like American Performance Polymers ramp up production of these lifesaving supplies and ensure we’re prepared when disaster strikes, I’ve fought to bolster our domestic supply chain and will keep up those efforts to invest in American companies and prevent shortages of essential resources like we experienced at the onset of the pandemic.”

Rich Renehan, president and CEO of Renco/Amer-ican Performance Polymers, said: “Renco is honored to continue to expand US medical glove manufactur-ing at its Colebrook, New Hampshire facilities. With the continued support of Senator Shaheen’s offi ce,

New Hampshire and the Buy America Act, Renco will create and sustain up to 300 jobs in Northern New England for decades to come. The highly dedi-cated workers of this region formulate long-lasting, comfortable ‘Pilgrim’ gloves that will help re-shore a critical industrial base that originated here in New England.”

Shaheen has also worked to ensure the domestic supply chain has the means and resources needed to quickly manufacture and distribute critically needed supplies and equipment like PPE to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies.

Shaheen joined a letter to President Joe Biden supporting his administration’s plan to quickly uti-lize all available authorities under the Defense Pro-duction Act (DPA) to rapidly increase the proPro-duction and stockpiling of medical, testing and protective equipment supplies.

Shaheen has reintroduced her legislation to increase the amount of PPE and other national security related items it receives from American companies.

Earlier this year, Shaheen questioned Department of Defense offi cials on what Congress can do to sup-port the domestic supply chain. Shaheen also urged the Acting Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to improve their communica-tion on the DPA with companies in New Hampshire and across the United States to ensure the federal government prioritizes American manufacturing.

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meeting in person on Monday, May 24, and explained that the greater hospital organization to which AVH belongs is a non-profi t tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization that’s not required to pay property taxes. Its offi cial name is North Coun-try Healthcare.

AVH Rehabilitation Services, located in the recently renovated facil-ity at 176 Main St., does provide great service, chairman Mike Waddell said.

However, AVH replaced Genesis, which was a for-profi t rehabilitation services company that rented a

build-ing outfi tted with specialized space on Exchange Street until AVH put it out of business.

That distressed property owner has been forced to seek an abatement, he said.

After AVH turned the former Rite-Aid building into a not-for-profi t rehab center (that includes four small apartments for visiting medical per-sonnel), the property no longer gener-ates nearly $16,000 a year in property taxes, the chairman pointed out.

Thus, he said, two harms were done, both adversely affecting the tax base that supports the school system, and municipal and county government.

It would be helpful if AVH were

willing to make an annual payment in lieu of taxes, Waddell explained.

Moore agreed to bring the board’s concerns back to Androscoggin Valley Hospital president Michael Peterson.

“It would be good if we could all sit down together and try to work out some kind of voluntary payment arrangement,” the chairman said.

Some members of the AVH rehab staff work both in Gorham and in Berlin at the main hospital building, Moore said. Nonetheless, she said she would try to come up with a reason-ably accurate balance sheet just for the Gorham facility.

Before Moore left the meeting, she gave a check for $9,119.29 she believed would settle a misunderstanding that had arisen in 2019 between AVH and the town, apparently related a prop-erty tax shortfall at the time of the closing on the Main Street property.

In other action, Police Chief Adam Marsh was on hand to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding that was drafted between the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the town that would allow the Gorham Police Department

to enforce the newly adopted OHRV restrictions on the state-owned park-ing lot on Route 2.

The board signed the memorandum of understanding that allows the town to keep the proceeds from any fi nes that are levied and collected, at least through this calendar year.

The town ordinances were updated “to specify the prohibition of loading and unloading of OHRV, UTV or ATV in the parking lot of the multi-modal trail on the north side of Route 2, also known as Lancaster Road.”

A fi ne of $100 can be charged for a fi rst offence, $250 for a second offence, and vehicles can also be towed. Exces-sive noise is also defi ned and prohibited. The board also signed a full statistical revaluation contract with KRT Appraisal of Haverhill, Mass., that includes a calen-dar of dates of completion.

Town manager Denise Vallee reminded the public — both residents and commer-cial businesses — of the town’s very spe-cifi c Wild Animal Ordinance.

Bears are now out and about and very hungry this time of year. She said, “Don’t put your garbage out at the curb-side until 5 a.m. on collection day.”

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BERLIN — Just a dozen people turned out Wednes-day night for the public hearing on the proposed 2022 Berlin budget and all but a couple were department heads or school offi cials. Only one person commented on the budget.

The city council presented a budget of $37.5 million, up $1.7 million over the current budget of $35.8 mil-lion. It would result in an estimated tax rate increase of $1.87.

Mayor Paul Grenier explained that the budget is still a work in progress and by the time a fi nal budget

is approved in two weeks, the council hopes to trim the tax rate increase to no more than 70 cents. He said that will require about $500,000 in either additional cuts or revenue. He said North Country State Senator Erin Hennessey has told him there may be some addi-tional changes in the state budget that will increase state education aid.

City Manager James Wheeler explained that the initial budget proposal based on department requests totaled $38.4 million with a projected property tax increase of $8.29. He said the council was able to reduce the tax increase by cutting capital improvements and the school department returning an estimated $1

mil-lion surplus. The city and school department have also received money from the American Recovery Act.

Grenier then went through the proposed budget by department. The general government account increased $102,076 to $2,111,172. It includes the city hall administration, outside agencies, central services, property and liability insurances.

The latest increase came in the IT department, which showed an increase of $48,900 to $235,800.

Grenier and Wheeler explained that the increase is due to the need to protect the system from ransomware

Berlin budget hearing draws little interest

BY BARBARA TETREAULT

THE BERLIN SUN

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Normand R. J. Bergeron

Gregory Todd Lakin

Normand R. J. Bergeron of Berlin, N.H., passed away after a long illness on May 25, 2021, at the Concord Hospital in Concord, N.H.

He was born in Berlin, N.H., on Oct. 18, 1941. Nor-mand was the son of Antoine and Rose (Montminy) Bergeron.

Normand graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1959. He was employed by Diamond International Corporation, later known as Wausau Papers, in Groveton, N.H., as a turbine engineer for over 40 years.

Along with his full-time job, he served his coun-try alongside fellow National Guardsmen for nine years.

Prior to his declining health, Normand spent many hours woodworking, fi shing, hunting, camp-ing, skeet shootcamp-ing, four-wheelcamp-ing, playing cards, cribbage and pool. But most of all, he enjoyed spend-ing time with family and friends. He was always the life of the party. Many have laughed at his endless jokes. His friends and family could always count on him to share his wisdom and lend a helping hand. His love of life will be missed by all who knew him.

Normand is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rachel; his daughter Darlene Dube and husband Val of Shelburne, N.H.; his son Daniel Bergeron of Northwood, N.H.; grandchildren Nicholas Dube, Brandon Dube, Caitlin Bergeron and Kara Bergeron. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

Normand was predeceased by his parents and sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Norman Simard.

At his request there will not be any calling hours

or services. For those who wish, donations in his memory may be made to either the Androscoggin Valley Fish and Game Association (memo line: Kid’s Fishing Derby), PO Box 284, Berlin, NH 03570 or to NH Fish & Game (memo line: Fish Stocking Only), 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin and Gorham, N.H. To share memories and condolences online, go to bryantfu-neralhome.net.

Gregory Todd Lakin, 59, of Gorham, N.H., passed away at his home on May 24, 2021, after a period of failing health.

He was born in Berlin, N.H., on Dec. 26, 1961, the son of Leon and Joann (Daniels) Lakin and resided in the Gorham area most of his life.

He had been self-employed as a

mason for many years and had also been employed by several business.

Greg enjoyed music spanning all genres and had a large collection of records (he purchased his fi rst Steppenwolf record at age 3). He relished spending time with his daughter, especially camp fi res in the back yard and cooking with his barbecue grill when she was young.

His family includes his mother Joann (Daniels) Lakin of Gorham; his grandchildren Roman Clap-per, Cody Marshall, Carter Leclerc, Heaven Lee Sousa and Cailey Mae Leclerc; sons-in-law Andy Leclerc and Kurt Marshall; several cousins and many friends.

He was predeceased by his daughter Jessica Leclerc and his father.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Bryant Funeral Home, 1 Promenade St., Gorham, N.H., with interment following in Mt. Hayes Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Memories and condolence may be shared online at

bryantfuneralhome.net.

Susan J. Ramsay

Funeral services for Susan J. Ramsay, 65, who passed away on Jan. 18, 2021, will be held on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 10 a.m., at the Salvation Army Building, Cole Street, Berlin, N.H.

Please understand that chapel seating is limited.

Interment for both Susan and her brother William Ramsay, who died on Nov. 30, 2017, will follow at the New City Cemetery in Berlin.

Arrangements are by the Bryant & Fleury-Patry Funeral Home.

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attacks and install multiple backup systems. Wheeler said PRIMEX has been working with municipalities to increase the security of their computer systems to guard against such attacks.

The total public safety appropriation, which includes both the police and fi re departments as well as the city’s ambulance subsidy, was up $174,130 to $6,564,872.

Grenier said most of the increase is due to an increase in rates for the N.H. Retirement System.

Janet Tremblay said she pays for her own retire-ment and feels city employees should pay their own as well.

The total public works appropriation, which also includes the tipping fees for the Mount Carberry landfi ll, is up $70,748 to $3,096,900.

The community services appropriation, which covers welfare, parks, recreation and the library, is up $42,109 to $809,540.

The total school department budget, including school capital improvements, is up $1.072 million to $20,348,378.

The city has budgeted $1.2 million for all other capital improvements.

Grenier pointed out that local property taxes account for about $16.5 million of the $37 million total budget. He said a majority of the budget is cov-ered by state and federal funding.

“We are good stewards of public money. We do the best we can,” he said, concluding the 40-minute hearing.

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Rev. Jason Wells, NH Council of Churches

Bishop A. Robert Hirschfeld, Episcopal Church of New Hampshire Rev. Gordon Rankin, New Hampshire

Conference, United Church of Christ Bishop James Hazelwood, Evangelical

Lutheran Church in America, New England Synod

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, New England Conference of The United Methodist Church

Ahmed Gabir, Muslim, President of Sudanese Community of New Hampshire, Manchester Rev. Allen Hoyt, First Congregational

Church (UCC), Milford Rev. Allison Palm, Unitarian

Universalist Church of Nashua Rev. Amanda Lape-Freeberg, The

Church of Christ at Dartmouth College (UCC), Hanvoer

Rev. Andrew MacLeod, Bristol United Church of Christ

Sister Assunta Riley, Sisters of Mercy, Nashua

Barbara Carbonneau, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Goffstown

Rabbi Beth D. Davidson, Auburn Rev. Bill Beardslee, United Church of

Christ, Warner

Rev. Bill Petersen, All Saints Episcopal Church, Wolfeboro

Candace Cole-McCrea, Gonic Friends Meeting, Milton

Rev. Celeste McQuarrie, Concord Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen, Wesley United

Methodist Church, Concord Rev. Cheryl Moore, Episcopal Church,

Bow

Deacon Chris Potter, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Manchester Claudia Istel, Secretary, Economic

Justice Mission Group, NH

Conference of the United Church of Christ, Acworth

Rev. Curtis E. Metzger, Episcopal Church, Littleton

Rev. Cynthia Bagley, The United Church of Christ in Keene Rabbi Daniel Aronson, Congregation

Ahavas Achim, Keene

Rev. David Grishaw-Jones, Community Church of Durham

Rev. Dr. Dawn Berry, First

Congregational Church of Hopkinton (UCC)

Denise Ginzler, Monadnock Quaker Meeting, Greenville

Venerable Derek Scalia, Episcopal Church, Keene

Sister Eileen Brady, Sisters of Mercy, Nashua

Rev. Eliza Tweedy, First Church Congregational, Rochester Elizabeth Marshall, Monadnock

Quaker Meeting, Rindge

Rev. Elsa Worth, St. James Episcopal Church, Keene

Rev. Emily Burr, Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plymouth Rev. Dr. Emily C. Heath, Congregational

Church (UCC), Exeter

Ethel McConaghy, United Church of Christ, Center Barnstead

Evan A. Oxenham, Chair of Leadership Team, Meriden Congregational Church, Plainfield

Rev. Dr. Gail Kinney, Meriden Congregational Church (UCC) Rev. Heidi C. Heath, United Church of

Christ, Exeter

James L. Giddings, Monadnock Quaker Meeting, Greenville

Jana Sellarole, Walpole United Church of Christ

Rev. Jennie Anderson, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Norwich, VT Pastor Jennifer Savoy, Weare

Jeremiah T Dickinson, Dover Friends Meeting

Rev. John Gregory-Davis, Meriden Congregational Church (UCC) Rev. John Hogue, United Church of

Christ, N. Conway

Rev. Jonathan K. Hopkins, Concordia Lutheran Church, Concord Chaplain Judith A. Wood, Hopkinton Rev. Kate Harmon Siberine, Grace

Episcopal Church in East Concord and the Episcopal Mission of Franklin, Franklin

Kate Kerman, Clerk, Ministry and Counsel, Monadnock Quaker Meeting, Marlborough Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman,

Portsmouth

Rev. Kendra Ford, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter Kevin Woolley, Monadnock Quaker

Meeting, Fitzwilliam

Khalil Abdullah, Upper Valley Muslim Community, Lebanon

Rev. Kimberly S. C. Hester, Christ the King Lutheran Church (ELCA), Nashua Rev. Kurt A Walker, Deerfield

Community Church

Lindsay Dearborn, Clerk, Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Hanover Friends Meeting,

Sister Madonna Madonna, Sisters of Mercy, Manchester

Maggie Fogarty, American Friends Service Committee, Concord Margaret Hawthorn, M. Div.,

Monadnock Quaker Meeting, Rindge Sister Mary Ellen Foley, Sisters of

Mercy, Manchester

Rev. Mary James, United Church of Christ, Durham

Rev. Michael F. Hall, Keene Unitarian Universalist Church

Michael Sauve, Episcopal Church, Loudon

Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester Peter G. Henry, St. Peter's

Episcopal Church, Londonderry, NH Rabbi Peter S. Levy, Derry

Rabbi Rabbi Robin Nafshi, Temple Beth Jacob, Concord

Rev. Rev. Kate Atkinson, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Concord Rev. Robert Grabill, Church of Christ at

Dartmouth College, UCC, Hanover Rev. Robert Vodra, First Congregational

Church of Dunbarton

Ron Rene, Eckert Catholic Worker, Manchester

Sister Rosemary Burnham, Sisters of Mercy, Hudson

Sandra Straus, Missions Chairperson, United Church of Christ, Madbury Rev. Scott Masters, Asbury United

Methodist Church, Keene/ Chesterfield

Deacon Stephen Ekerberg, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Concord

Rev. Susan Gregory-Davis, Meriden Congregational Church (UCC) Rev. Susan P Thomas, Evangelical

Lutheran Church in America, Lebanon Rev. Tara Olsen Allen, Pilgrim United

Church of Christ, Brentwood Rev. Teresa Gocha, Episcopal Church

of the Messiah, N. Woodstock Thomas M. Julius, Chairperson,

Monadnock Interfaith Project, Gilsum Rev. Traceymay Kalvaitis, United

Church of Christ in Harrisville and in Dublin

Tristan K. Husby, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Action NH, Nashua

Cantor Wendy Shermet, Emerita Temple Israel, Omaha NE, Gilford Rev. William Exner, Episcopal Church,

Goffstown

Multiple Faith Traditions and Faith Leaders Across

New Hampshire Declare Their Support for Effective Unions and Urge the NH

House to Reject SB 61 (the so-called “right to work” bill) as a Disingenuous,

Out-of-State-Promoted Attempt to Divide Workers and Weaken Unions

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PAID FOR BY: The New Hampshire AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106

We, the undersigned leaders and members of diverse New Hampshire faith communities, call on you to vote S.B. 61 as inexpedient to legislate.

We reject this bill based on the united voice of our many faith traditions, including Jewish, Catholic, Orthodox Christian, Protestant and Unitarian Universalist members.

In the words of four New Hampshire rabbis:

As Faith in Public Life wrote in an amici curiae brief in the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME, “labor unions are critical components of a just society.” They added, “religious authors have long recognized that effective bargaining requires an effective means for unions to collect the funds that they need to operate.”

The “right to work” bill, S.B. 61, is an attempt to weaken the ability of working people to organize. It would divide workers wherever unions exist so that their collective voice is substantially diminished. As Jews, we stand with all working people and oppose S.B. 61.

The Catholic Diocese of Manchester answered “no” to these questions with the following conclusion:

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In our view, SB 61 would have the effect of substantially diminishing the ability of unions to carry out their duties, and we think that these questions produce answers in the negative. Therefore, we respectfully oppose SB 61,and we ask that you recommend it as inexpedient to legislate.

Finally, the New Hampshire Council of Churches wrote,

All of [our] traditions express Biblical and historic support for labor unions and the right of workers to organize for better conditions. The “right to work” bill, S.B. 61, is an attempt to weaken the ability of working people to organize.... It would divide workers wherever unions exist so that their collective voice is substantially diminished. All of the Council’s traditions urge that we support labor unions and collective bargaining and to strengthen (not weaken) them when we are able.

Standing in solidarity with New Hampshire faith communities and working families, we urge together that the House oppose S.B. 61 and again defeat “right to work” in our state.

See the full statements from faith leaders at nhchurches.org/sb61

TOWN OF SHELBURNE

Supervisors of the

Checklist Meeting

New Hampshire Law requires that the Supervisors of the Checklist verify the checklist every ten years. Any person on the checklist who has not voted in the past four years must re-register in order to remain on the checklist. The Supervisors have sent notice letters to these voters to the address they provided when they originally registered.

The Supervisors of the Checklist of the Town of Shelburne will hold a session for re-registering those who have not voted since May 1, 2017. They will accept applications for new voter registration, accept corrections of the checklist, and/or changes of party D΀OLDWLRQ

DATE: Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

TIME: 7 PM to 7:30 PM

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Robin Henne, Connie Landry, Ann Judge

DURHAM — The following students graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Durham over the weekend of Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.85-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.65-3.84; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.64.

Students are only graduated after the registrar’s offi ce has certifi ed that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. A traditional, in-per-son commencement ceremony will be scheduled at a future date yet to be determined.

Matthew Landry of Berlin, graduated with a bach-elor of science in business administration: marketing.

Isaac Balderrama of Berlin, graduated with a bach-elor of science in biology.

Savannah Pirello-Spraggins of Berlin, graduated with a bachelor of science in wildlife and conservation biology.

Samuel Essig of Berlin, graduated with a bachelor of science in biomedical science: medical microbiology.

Emily Bisson of Gorham, graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in geography.

Kelly Galemba of Shelburne, graduated with a bach-elor of arts in psychology.

Robyn Parker of Dummer, graduated with a bache-lor of science in wildlife and conservation biology.

Local students earn

degrees from UNH

After a week to review property assessment abate-ment applications, the council voted to approve the rec-ommendations of Monica Hurley, the assessing agent from Corcoran Consulting Associates. With no local board of assessors, the city hired Corcoran to review abatement requests.

Hurley made recommendations on about 50 appli-cations. Wheeler noted the recommended abatements came to about $100,000 of valuation or $10,000 in property tax revenue.

Hurley has about 50 more applications to review. Rozek recused himself from the vote.

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The playoffs are underway as area teams saw action over the past week.

The Berlin High School girl’s tennis team lost a heartbreaking fi rst-round match to Profi le 6-3 Friday. More details on that match will appear in the Thursday edition of the Berlin Sun.

The Berlin High School softball team started the Division 3 NHIAA playoffs against Newfound yester-day. The team won two games against Newfound 16-9 and 7-4 previous to the start of the playoffs.

The Berlin High School base-ball team, coached by Dan Mackin, recently played Newfound in a home-and-home series, winning both games 8-7 and 9-7. In the fi rst game, things were not looking good early on for the Mountaineers as they found them-selves down by six runs, 7-1, after only two innings. Berlin pitcher Carter Poulin had some tough luck early on the mound, but Jeremyha Dow came on for the Mountaineers in relief during the third inning to shut the door for three innings and give the hosts a chance.

Berlin picked up one run to close the gap to 7-2 after four innings. In the fi fth, Kolin Melanson got on and scored on Tyler Rousseau’s third triple of the season, and Rousseau would soon score the fourth run from third base on a passed ball.

Spring season playoffs are underway

BY STEVE ENMAN

THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

Trailing 7-4 going into the bottom of the sixth, Kam Huntoon, Jake Mercier and Dow all singled to start things off. Jamison Walsh would pinch run for Dow and would eventually use his speed to score the tying run from third, scoring on a Rousseau ground-out to the shortstop. Ben Estrella

then singled and eventually ended up on third. Poulin then grounded to second and Estrella broke for home just as the second baseman threw Poulin out at fi rst. With a bang-bang play, Estrella slid in safely at home as the Newfound catcher dropped the ball on the throw from fi rst base. That

gave the Mountaineers a slim 8-7 lead going into the top half of the 7th. That left things up to Kam Huntoon, who came in to get the fi nal three outs, reg-istering the save and preserving the win for Berlin.

From left: Emma Bernier, Madi Buteau, and Bryanna Poirier. Gorham High School’s senior softball players and their parents at their last regular season home game. (TIM GODIN PHOTO)

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