Battle CrossFit To Host Two Community Events
On January 12th from 1-4 pm Battle CrossFit will host
a women’s self defense class taught by a Rape Aggression Defense
(R.A.D.) instructor. You do not need to be a member of the Battle
CrossFit (BCF) to attend. This is a free course with limited space
so please email
to sign up. More information about the R.A.D program can be found
BCF is also hosting Kids Night on January 12 from
6-10 pm. Want to enjoy some adult time without having the kid(s)
around? Then drop them off at BCF for a night of fun! Price
includes a craft, games, CrossFit Kids activities, lots of running
around, Fun and a movie. Each child must sign up ahead of time and
be at least 3½ years old. Please email
to sign up and for details on the evening including pricing.
The House Republican Alliance (HRA) is concerned that as almost its
first action, the NH House has voted again to try to make its
chambers a “gun free” zone. It’s regrettable that so many
Representatives have chosen to yield their inalienable right to
self-defense to the search for a feeling of security, and even more
so that they have sacrificed the rights of others. It’s unlikely
that a deranged individual would attack the House, but if so, these
Representatives want him to be the only one with a weapon - or
weapons. In the time before the police could arrive, such a person
could do tremendous damage to the House, it’s members and visitors,
including the regular classroom tours.
Last session, the rules authorized Representatives to carry freely,
and for many years before that, carrying forearms was common and
normal. There have never been problems in the House regarding
firearms, so there is no demonstrated need for this policy change.
“Choosing an unenforceable policy such as this shows that the
Democratic majority, rather than concentrating on jobs and the
economy as they promised, is more concerned with their personal
discomfort around firearms than anyone’s actual safety” said
Representative Carol McGuire, Epsom, HRA co-chair.
Epsom Central School Staff and Faculty
Mr. Paul Gagnon,
As the technical gurus for ECS, Paul and his assistant, Traci
Dlubac, provide staff training, assist teachers with using
technology in the classroom, and help students one-on-one. Paul is
responsible for the formidable array of technology in the school:
the network infrastructure (servers, cabling, software), computers,
laptops, tablets, digital boards, software, and the telephone
After graduating from Franklin Pierce College and the New Horizons
School of Technology, he worked as a Concord police officer for 23
years. He was a juvenile investigator for 13 of those years and
developed school programs, serving as Officer Friendly for five
years. He simultaneously enjoyed providing technical services for
Concord PD. Paul then considered finding a new career in which he
could combine his two favorite activities - youth and technology -
and discussed the question with his friend, Linda Elliott. Linda
suggested he consider applying for the job of tech coordinator at
ECS. After one visit, Paul was sold on a position combining
technology, working with children, a short commute, and dealing with
a school board which embraces technology.
In his 11 years at Epsom, Paul has tried to make technology
user-friendly so that everyone can more readily embrace it in their
daily lives. He jokes that he can usually unplug any problems he
encounters. He enjoys working with all the Epsom children in the
small community atmosphere of ECS. He has also bonded with students
during three Washington, DC trips.
Paul has been a member of the Pembroke Fire Department since 1974,
and is now the Deputy Fire Chief. He is a life-long resident of
Pembroke, where he lives with his wife. They have two adult
children. Paul is also a JP and officiated at the weddings of two
teachers this summer: Heather (Donovan) Kennedy and Linda
Elliott-Malo. He enjoys riding his Harley when the weather is
To my constituents:
Now that the session has started we’re finalizing legislation before
public hearings over the next few months. One of the bills I’m
working on came about due to the problems a Pittsfield couple, the
Bergerons, are having with DOT. They are in a catch-22 situation of
owning a lot on Main St. in Pittsfield, but the state will not give
them a driveway permit so they can build a home there. The state
claims that their lot already has four driveways, when it has none!
The problem lies in the DOT’s administrative rules for driveways.
Administrative rules are written by the executive branch, have the
force of law, and are used to fill in unspecified details in law.
For example, the DMV has a rule that describes the kind of eye exam
given to driver’s license applicants. In this case, the driveway law
is only two pages, but there are 30 pages of driveway rules.
Driveway law refers to “a parcel of land” which will receive one
driveway, but doesn’t further define the term. In their rules the
DOT has defined it to be those lots which existed in 1971. In 1971
the Bergeron’s lot was part of a larger farm which has since been
broken up into several house lots. Because DOT decided to use the
1971 map, they consider all of those driveways to be part of the
same parcel. My bill would make them use today’s map and require
that the rules have legislative approval.
While I know of this case and a similar one in Boscawen, it would be
helpful to have others. Please contact me if you are familiar with
other cases where the DOT has unreasonably denied driveway permits.
Rep. Dan McGuire
To my readers,
This week the House met to certify the governor’s election and also
pass a “technical corrections” bill for the Newfound school
district. Then we spent another 5 or 6 hours debating changes to the
House rules! As expected, there were some minor changes and new
deadlines for this session that nobody opposed.
Barely a month after swearing to support the Federal and New
Hampshire constitutions, the new Democrat majority voted nearly in
lockstep to infringe the rights of New Hampshire residents and
legislators. First, they voted to return to the old way of handling
petitions from residents, that is have them read into the Journal
and “filed.” At least they will have petitions published in the
Calendar and allow any member to move to send it to a policy
committee, but the standing committee dealing with citizen petitions
(per Articles 31 & 32) was abolished.
Finally, they voted to reinstate the ban on firearms in the House
chamber and the gallery, thereby violating the Federal Second
Amendment and Sections 2 and 2-a of the New Hampshire Constitution,
not just for the legislators and staff, but also every citizen
choosing to visit their legislature in action. This move is totally
unenforceable. The State House is home to the Senate, the Governor,
and the Secretary of State as well as the House, and House rules
only apply to a small part of the facility. Without authority or
intentions to search people, the ban relies on the honor system -
which most criminals don’t follow! Nearly all the legislators who
supported the ban had not thought through the constitutional or
practical issues, they just don’t like guns and don’t want to have
them around. It was an emotional reaction, not a reasoned one.
Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details
than fit here.
Representative Carol McGuire