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Penacook Village Association Meeting
May 16, 2009
9:00 a.m.
Rolfe House
11 Penacook Street
Penacook, NH

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Attendees:    Lynne Raleigh, Ralph Harwood, Terri Culjat, Marge Goldman, Sumner Goldman, Dottie Dodge, Peter Dodge, Alice Colby, Lois Bradley, Teri Maxwell, Ed Bush, Kathy Bush, Jennifer Kretovic of Concord 20/20

Guests:    Mike Cotton, Merrimack Valley Voice 

  1. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS:
    Jennifer Kretovic of Concord 20/20 welcomed the group.

  2. GUEST SPEAKER: Mike Cotton spoke to the group about the newly created Merrimack Valley Voice. The newspaper will focus on good – local news. Mike is looking to speak with and connect to the people that make the community the wonder that it is. Merrimack Valley Voice is scheduled to launch the first edition on June 1 st with distribution to Penacook, Boscawen, Salisbury and Webster. Locations where the newspaper will be available are in the restaurants, Cumberland Farms, Tedishi’s and other local businesses. The paper will be free. Deadline for submissions is the 20 th of each month.

  3. TANNERY UPDATE: Jennifer relayed an update from Matt Walsh with the City of Concord. The City will be applying for an EPA clean up grant for the Tannery site. The measure is simply to make the property more attractive to developers by cleaning up contaminants located under the foundation slab. The soil contamination does not pose any health threat to residents since it is contained under the concrete foundation.

  4. TASK FORCE ASSIGNMENTS:
    1. ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE: The group formally adopted the by-laws of Penacook Village Association. Kathy will follow up with Attorney Whitley to file with the Secretary of State’s office.
    2. MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE:
      • BROCHURE: Ralph Harwood encouraged other members to take pictures around town as the village is coming to life with springtime bloom. Currently, he has pictures of River Park, many views of Village/Main Street. He is hoping others can assist with taking pictures of the parks, river views, Village Street, etc. He also felt it important for the group to consider photos for the website.
      • WEBSITE: Lynne is always looking for more events to include the calendar otherwise; the website is up-to-date.

  5. UPDATE ON PAST EVENTS/UPCOMING EVENTS:
    • Peter Dodge reported tremendous success of the Fishing Derby with more than 240 kids participating.

    • Members of the American Legion will be decorating 8 to 10 cemeteries for Memorial Day.

    • The Legion awarded 6 - $1,000 scholarships to students at Merrimack Valley High School. The Legion is pleased with the shear number of top students at the High School. It was a difficult selection process this year.

    • The Sons of the American Legion will present a dinner for Korean War Vets on June 7th.

    • The Public Hearing for the budget review for the Penacook Branch Library will be Thursday, June 4 th at 7:00PM in City Council Chambers. Ralph encouraged anyone and everyone with interest in saving the library from closing to attend. He stressed the importance of just being there and that if you were not comfortable speaking publically should not be a concern. He will provide additional details via the PVA Email Distribution.

  6. OTHER BUSINESS:
    1. Peter Dodge spoke with Dave Murray at Murray Farm Greenhouse in regards to flower barrels for the village center. The cost is $45 per barrel. Citizens are encouraged to sponsor a barrel also so that the Village will be well decorated.

Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Next Meeting will be June 13th at 9:00 AM

The July Meeting is tentative for the 11th

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