No Thru-Trucking Hearings Scheduled

By S.D. Plissken | November 30, 2018

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) will hold Public Hearings, on the Proposed Public Ordinance in regards to ‘No Through-Trucking’ signage at the Emma Ramsey Center on Monday, December 3rd, and Monday, December 17th, at 7:00 PM.

The signs are to be placed on Governors Road, Hare Road, and Nute Road. They are intended to prevent tandem logging trucks from traveling on those roads on their way “through” to Middleton Lumber.

Imagine those tandem logging trucks turning around on NH Routes 75, 125, and 153, in order to comply. Other heavy trucks, belonging to residents of those roads, will continue to pass there.

On the advice of Chief Krauss, the original $1,000 fine has been adapted to a graduated sequence of $250, $500, and then $1,000. The Chief did not believe a judge would impose a $1,000 penalty for a first offence. He has mentioned also that enforcement will be difficult.

Who, what, where, and when. And now, the why.

This is a pretty much a done deal. Chairman Thibeault has expressed misgivings, but Selectman Lucier is bound and determined and split BOS votes are exceedingly rare. The purpose of these hearings is merely to satisfy a State requirement that there Shall be Two Public Hearings prior to passage of any Ordinance.

Do not expect to be heard at the “hearing” in the word’s plain sense that the BOS will actually pay much attention to opposing arguments. One might speak against it, but whatever is said will fall on deaf ears.


Town of Milton. (n.d.). Notice of Public Hearing. Retrieved from


Miltonia Mills Blankets Advertisement, 1921

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 29, 2018

Here follows a 1921 advertisement for Miltonia Mills white wool blankets. This particular advertisement seems pitched towards the institutional blanket trade. Others highlight Milton Mills as a supplier to Admiral Peary’s polar expedition and to Admiral Robert E. Byrd’s Antarctic expedition.

Miltonia Mills operated in some form from 1856 until its bankruptcy in 1950, a period of ninety-four years. Greene Tanning took up its building in or after the 1954 bankruptcy sale.




The product of these mills in use by Hospitals and Institutions for over half a century.

Made in special sizes and weight for service and wear.




Ask your dealer for




Selling Agents Boston and New York


Anthony, Henry S., and Company. (1954, June). Auction! Machinery and Equipment of the Bankrupt Miltonia Mills (Woolen Blanket Manufacturers) … Wednesday, June 16, 1954 at 11:00 A.M. Retrieved from

Modern Hospital. (1921, August). Miltonia Mills Advertisement. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, October 12). Robert Peary. Retrieved from

Milton’s Men of Muscle in 1900

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 28, 2018


Only an Actual Test Will Determine the Strongest.

Fremont Wallace of Milton, N.H., Would Probably Hold His Own.

Isador Storm and Chief of Police Rines Also Among the Town’s Samsons.

MILTON, N.H., Nov 2. – There are many men of muscle in Milton, and only an actual test will determine which is entitled to the distinction of being termed the strongest.

Some of the villagers are willing to wager wealth on one, while their neighbors are equally confident regarding the abilities of others.

Fremont Wallace is undoubtedly one of the strongest, if not the most powerful, of the entire number. He was 42 years old on Wednesday, Nov 14, was born in the neighboring village of Middleton, but has been a resident of Milton nearly all his life. He is married and has four children. His height is 5 feet 9 inches and his weight 178 pounds. Of late he has been employed as a shoemaker, and in the leather board factory on the outskirts of the village. Previous to this he was accustomed to heavy work, such as falls to the lot of the truckman. That was the vocation followed by his father, who was noted for his great strength among the men of’ Middleton.

One day a number of men employed in a local factory were testing their lifting capacity on the section of a broken iron water wheel, weighing 442 pounds. Struggle as they might, not one among them could make the object budge, although they tugged at it with both hands and with might and main.

Fremont Wallace had been an interested spectator, and when all their efforts had failed he grasped the weight firmly with one hand and lifted it fairly from the ground. From that day to this his lifting abilities have never been questioned. Mr. Wallace himself states that there is one man in Milton who is stronger in some ways than he, but asserts that, while Isadore Storm can with one hand raise a dumbbell weighing 135 pounds above his head repeatedly and with apparent ease, a thing that he (Wallace) has never been able to accomplish, he is positive that he can lift a greater dead weight from the ground than can Storm.


Isadore Storm is an iceman, and will toss a 300-pound cake of ice into a refrigerator as easily as the ordinary man handles a feather pillow.

He is 31, stands 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 200 pounds. For a number of years this modern Hercules traveled about the country with an Indian medicine company, performing feats of strength. Four years ago this company gave an exhibition in the adjoining village of Sanbornville, and there Storm was smitten with the charms of a Sanbornville maiden, whom he married. The couple located in this village, and here they have since made their home.

It is Storm’s custom, after his day’s work is completed, to play with the dumbbells for an hour or more every evening, and he is constantly performing some new feat to the astonishment of his neighbors.

Another of the Milton Samsons is Chief of Police Harris Rines. Mr. Rines is very popular, and many of his friends assert that he is actually the strongest man in town. Chief Rines is 40, measures 5 feet 11 inches in height and tips the scales at 210 pounds. His commands are always promptly obeyed, for it is well known that the genial chief is not at all backward about enforcing them whenever occasion demands.

One of the most jovial and thoroughly good-natured specimens of robust manhood in Milton Is Dan Lockhart. He is always ready to cope with any emergency, and up to the present has always come off with flying colors.

He is 28, stands 6 feet in his socks and weighs 185 pounds. It is told of Lockhart that while driving a yoke of oxen one day not long ago, the big sleek fellows became frightened and attempted to run away. A yoke of oxen can travel pretty fast when badly scared, and away they went, the big wagon, loaded with prize pumpkins, jolting from one side of the road to the other, the whole outfit in Imminent danger of upsetting and rolling down the hillside. Lockhart dashed after them, and, overtaking the cattle, grasped the nigh ox by the horns and actually threw the animal to the ground. Then he assisted the beast to regain his feet and continued the journey as though a struggle with a big fat ox was an everyday occurrence. He has been known to handle a vicious bull in the same manner.

A neighbor of Lockhart’s was having some trouble with a hayrack, the heavy wheels of which had got into a position through the stable floor from which it appeared impossible to extricate them. Lockhart happened along, and stooping, placed his shoulders under the hay-rigging. In another moment he had solved the problem by lifting rigging, wheels and all, out of the hole, and with a motion of his body, threw them to one side. The total weight that rested upon his shoulders during the operation is estimated at 1500 pounds.

Lockhart handles barrels of oil weighing from 450 to 500 pounds with ease. He will pick up an ordinary kitchen range and carry it unassisted from a delivery wagon into a house, placing it anywhere that the good housewife may designate. Once when a number of men were endeavoring to decide how best an invalid of rotund figure, weighing close to 200 pounds, whose condition was such that he could be moved only in an invalid chair on wheels could be got within the door of his domicile, he having just returned from a journey during which he had been taken violently ill, Lockhart listened to the various theories for a moment, and then picked up both chair and invalid and quietly walked into the house with them while his neighbors looked on in open-mouthed wonder.

Charles F. Wallace, a day laborer, aged forty-one years, headed a Milton village household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Dora Wallace, aged thirty-seven years, and their children, Walter S. Wallace, at school, aged sixteen years, Sarah I. Wallace, at school, aged fourteen years, and Dora M. Wallace, at school, aged ten years.

Esedore Storm, a farmer, aged twenty-six [SIC] years, headed a Milton town household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary A. Storm, aged twenty-six years, their children, Blanche Storm, aged three years, and Alice Storm, aged ten months, and Storm’s mother-in-law, Delima Hambo, a widow, aged fifty years. The Storm parents and her mother were all natives of French Canada, i.e., Quebec.

James H. Rines, a day laborer, aged forty-six [SIC] years, headed a Milton village household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Emma Rines, aged forty-three years, and his brother-in-law, Forrest E. Knox, a day laborer, aged twenty years.

Daniel Lockhart, a hostler, aged thirty-four [SIC] years, resided in the Milton village household of Charles Bodwell, a hotel keeper, aged forty-three years. (E.M. Bodwell was proprietor of the Milton Hotel in 1901).


Boston Globe. (1900, November 26). Many Men of Muscle. Boston, MA: Boston Globe.

Milton, Straight Thru (North), in 1918

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 27, 2018

This extract from the Official Automobile Blue Book of 1918 outlines the route that one would take in order to travel between Portsmouth, NH, and Bretton Woods, NH [their Route Number 463, Pp. 665-71].

Note that none of the Route numbers refer to US or NH Route numbers, as those highway systems did not yet exist. The “Routes” mentioned are the here-to-there descriptions in the book and the numbers are the sequence numbers of those descriptions within the book. They tend to be rather brief, as space was no doubt a premium.

Note also, as you “travel” the route, with your finger on the page or screen, that Portsmouth, Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester all had trolley lines. They likely began as horse-drawn trolleys, although by 1918 they may have been electrified.

The “major” places, those that are both capitalized and bolded in the book, had footnote descriptions that have not been extracted to here. The Hotels, Garages, Service Stations, and Tea Rooms mentioned are those of their advertisers only.

The distance numbers before each step are 1) the total distance from the beginning of the Route, and 2) an intermediate distance from some prior step. Note how often one would have encountered a railroad crossing and that each one is included. These would have been important warnings in a day when tire technology was considerably less advanced than it is now.

This was the way, with some possible minor variations, that one would have traveled from Portsmouth to Union, and beyond to Bretton Woods, right up to the creation of the Spaulding Turnpike. As described in our previous Milton and the Spaulding Turnpike article, the Spaulding Turnpike replaced the Portsmouth-to-Dover Point portion of this 1918 route in September 1956, and the Dover Point-to-Rochester portion in August 1957.

The Spaulding Turnpike is estimated to have brought three times the traffic volume as previously to Rochester from the south. As you may see, all that traffic had to pass then through Rochester and Milton, which lay just 3.3 miles beyond Rochester. This was the situation that prevailed between 1957 and 1981.

Selectman Lucier recalled that tree-cutting for the third section of the Spaulding Turnpike began in 1978. Blasting too, one supposes, as one passes between several high rock faces along that stretch.

The Spaulding Turnpike’s third section came “online,” so to speak, in 1981. It extended the previous route past Rochester to the second Milton “Fork” intersection of the 1918 route description, just before Union (now Exit 18). That final 1981 ribbon cutting is what bypassed both Rochester and Milton, at least in the highway sense.

The route past Union (Exit 18) has changed considerably over the years that followed too, as successive NH Route 16 straightenings and bypassings were gradually implemented.

It is possible to follow these directions still for much of its described route. You might find it interesting, instructive, and “scenic” to do so sometime.

Route 463 – Portsmouth to Bretton Woods, N.H., White Mountains – 117.0 m. 

Reverse Route 571

Via Dover, Rochester, Osslpee, No. Conway and Crawford Notch. Forty-four miles macadam. Balance gravel. This is the main route to shore resorts and the White Mountains. This route follows thru a thickly settled country to West Ossipee with only scattered sections of woods and connecting here with route around Lake Winnipesaukee. From this point the valley grows narrower and is followed nearly all the way to Crawford Notch. A good option to this route is via 469 to Meredith and Route 491 to Bretton Woods.

  • 0.0 0.0 PORTSMOUTH. Congress, Market & Pleasant Sts. Go west with trolley on Congress St.
  • 0.1 0.1 Vaughan St.; turn right, leaving trolley. Cross RR. 0 3. 
  • 0.5 0.4 4-corners; turn left with trolley.
  • 0.6 0.1 End of street; turn right over stone causeway.
  • 0.7 0.1 Fork; keep right onto Maplewood Ave., leaving trolley. 
  • 3.2 2.5 Right-hand diagonal road; bear right with travel and macadam.
    • Dover City Map and Points of Interest, page 666. 
  • 4.6 1.4 3-corners; bear right.
    • Pay 15c. toll 4.9 and cross long wooden bridge over the Piscataqua River. 
  • 5.4 0.8 Dover Point. sta. on right. Straight thru.
    • Cross RR 6.0. 
      • Left on Silver St., at 11.2 is Route 472 to Concord.
  • 11.6 6.2 Dover. Central Ave. & Washington St. Straight thru (north) on Central Ave. with trolley.
    • SERVICE STA. – United States Tire Sales and Service Depots located here. Right on Chapel St., Just before water trough 11.8 is Route 464 to Well.
    • Cross RR 11.9.
  • 13.6 2.0 Fork; keep right with trolley. Pass amusement park on left 14.3. 
  • 16.5 2.9 Somersworth. diagonal 4-corners. Turn sharp left upgrade, leaving trolley (north). 
  • 18.6 2.1 4-corners; turn right with travel. Cross RR. 22.9 and join trolley. 
  • 23.2 4.6 Rochester. Main & Wakefield Sts. at green. Bear right with branch trolley onto Wakefield St.
    • HOTELS – Hayes Hotel, Portland St. New City Hotel, Main St. 
    • GARAGES – Phillips Garage, 111 S. Main St.
    • Bear right with branch-trolley onto Wakefield St.
      • Left on Main St. Is Route 469 to Meredith.
    • Pass city hall on right 23.3. Cross RRs. 23.5 – 24.1 – 28.2 – 29.6 – 30.4. 
  • 31.1 7.9 Milton. Straight thru (north).
  • 32.1 1.0 Fork; keep right along Milton 3-ponds. Cross RR. 32.4. 
  • 35.9 3.8 Fork; keep left. 
  • 37.6 1.7 Union. Keep ahead across RR. and pass P.0. on right just beyond. Cross RRs. 40.1 – 42.0
  • 42.2 4.6 Sanbornville. Straight thru (north). 
  • 43.4 1.2 Wakefield. P.O. on left. Straight thru. Cross RR. at sta. 43.8. Cross RR 47.9
  • 48.4 5.0 North Wakefield. P.O. on left. Straight thru. Cross RR. 49.2.
  • 53.5 5.1 Ossipee, court house over to left. Straight thru (north).
    • HOTELS – Carroll Inn, opp. court house.
      • Left Is Note (a) to Holderness and Note (a) Route 571 to Wolfeboro.
    • Cross RR. at sta. 53.9.
  • 59.0 5.5 Center Ossipee, church on right. Straight thru.
    • GARAGES – Carleton’s Garage
      • Right at 59.1 is Route 466 to Portland.
    • Cross RR. 62.1. Pass Ossipee Valley P.0. on left 62.2.
  • 62.8 3.8 Fork; bear right across iron bridge.
  • 65.2 2.4 Fork, at small green; bear right.
    • Left fork is Route 566 to Concord.
  • 65.3 0.1 West Ossipee, diagonal 4-corners. Bear left with travel.
    • GARAGES – White’s Garage.
  • 69.3 4.0 4-corners; turn right across small bridge.
  • 69.4 0.1 Chocorua, left-hand road. Turn left – sign “Conway.”
    • Straight ahead leads to Silver Lake.
    • HOTELS – Chocorua Inn at 70.4.
  • 70.9 1.5 Right-hand road; turn right along shore of Chocorua Lake.
    • Straight ahead leads to Wonalancet and Sandwich.
  • 72.8 1.9 3-corners; bear left across small bridge – sign “Conway.” Cross RRs. 80.0 – 80.7.
  • 81.0 8.2 End of road; bear right with travel.
  • 81.4 0.4 Conway, 4-corners at water trough. Turn left (north).
    • Straight ahead leads to Fryeburg.
  • 81.6 0.2 Fork, green in center; bear right thru covered bridge 81.8.
  • 84.3 2.7 End of road, turn left.
    • Right is Route 667 to Portland.
    • Right at 86.3 leads to Forest Glen Inn, ½ mile.
    • Detail Map of White Mts. pages 752-763.
  • 86.9 2.6 North Conway, bank on left. Straight thru (north).
    • HOTELS – Hotel Randall, Main St., Sunset Inn, Main St.
    • TEA ROOMS – Old Homestead Tea Room and Gift Shop, 1 mile below North Conway.
    • GARAGES – Bent’s Garage, Main St., next to P.O.
    • Cross RR. 87.3.
  • 88.8 1.9 Intervale. Straight thru. Cross RRs. 88.9-90.9.
    • HOTELS – Intervale House.
  • 91.3 2.5 Fork; bear left with travel.
    • Right at 92.7 is Route 500 to Gorham.
  • 92.9 1.6 Glen. Straight thru covered wooden bridge. Caution, thru covered bridge 94.5
  • 94.7 1.8 End of road just beyond RR.; turn right. Cross RR. 97.0.
  • 98.9 4.2 Bartlett. Straight thru.
    • HOTELS – Howard Hotel.
    • Cross RR. 99.3. Caution for bridge 102.8. Cross RRs. 103.0 – 104.1. Bear right across RR. Bemis Sta. 105.1. Start stiff climb thru Crawford Notch* 111.7. Pass sta. on left 113.5.
  • 113.7 14.8 Crawford House on left. Straight thru.
  • 117.0 3.3 BRETTON WOODS (White Mountains), sta. on right.
    • HOTELS – The Mount Pleasant, opp. sta. Right across RR. leads to The Mount Washington Hotel.

Route 571 – Bretton Woods (White Mountains) to Portsmouth, N.H. – 117.0 m.

Reverse Route 463

Here follows an extract [Wakefield through Rochester] only from the Reverse Route 571 [Pp. 780-83], which is included because it mentions an additional Milton feature – the location of the post-office – that was not mentioned in the original Route 463.

  • 73.6 4.9 Wakefield. Straight thru.
  • 74.5 0.9 Fork; bear left with poles.
  • 74.8 0.3 Sanbornville. Straight thru Cross RR. 75.0 – 76.9.
  • 79.4 4.6 Union. P.O. on left. Straight thru across RR.
  • 80.9 1.5 Fork; bear left sign – “Rochester.”
  • 81.0 0.1 Fork; bear right. Pass Milton 3-Ponds on left 83.9. Cross RR. 84.6.
  • 85.9 4.9 Milton. P.O. on right. Straight thru. Cross RR. 86.6 – 87.4 – 88.8 – 92.9 – 93.5. Pass [Rochester] city hall on left 93.7.
  • 93.8 7.9 Rochester,* Wakefield and Main Sts. green on right. Bear left with branch trolley onto Main St.
    • HOTELS – Hayes Hotel, Portland St. New City Hotel, Main St.
    • GARAGES – Phillips Garage, 111 S. Main St. Sharp right 93.8 is Route 469 to Meredith. Cross RR. 94.1


Automobile Blue Book Publishing Co. (1918). Official Automobile Blue Book, Volume Two, New England, Eastern Canada and Maritime Provinces. Retrieved from

US Department of Transportation. (2018). From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the U.S. Numbered Highway System. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, October 6). Interstate Highway System. Retrieved from

Milton and the Gypsy Moth in 1911

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 2, 2018

Here is extracted the description and data of 1911 Milton gypsy moth “scouting” only, from a rather lengthy and interesting scientific discussion of the progression of the Gypsy Moth.

RECORD OF SCOUTING IN MILTON, N.H. On October 25, 1911, a crew of experienced scouts under the direction of William Sarsfield commenced the examination of the trees in Milton east of the Boston & Maine Railroad. This territory is hilly and the towns south and southwest of it are generally very badly infested. The area examined covered about 18 square miles, 13 of which are wooded. The forest growth was as follows, according to estimates furnished by Mr. Sarsfield:

Conifers 29 [Per Cent], Elm 4 [Per Cent], Oak 13 [Per Cent], Beech 20 [Per Cent], Maple 16 [Per Cent], Miscellaneous 7 [Per Cent], Ash 2 [Per Cent]. 

In the winter of 1910-11, the orchards in this area were scouted and 21 infestations were found, practically all of which had a single egg cluster. In the whole town, the greater area of which is on the west side of the railroad, 159 egg clusters were found in 55 localities .

In 1911-12 14 woodland infestations of 59 egg clusters and 22 orchard and roadside infestations of 202 clusters were found east of the railroad. The woodland infestations were in the territory between the Milton railroad station and the south end of the town. In the part of the town west of the railroad only the roadsides and orchards were examined, and 6,602 egg clusters were found in 57 localities.

The results of scouting in this town show that the infestation is increasing rapidly in both woodland and orchards. The figures for the two years are significant, for in the western part of the town the infested localities in one year more than doubled. and the number of egg clusters was more than 40 times greater than the previous year.


US Department of Agriculture. (1913, February 11). The Dispersion of the Gypsy Moth. Retrieved from

Are They Still There?

By S.D. Plissken | November 23, 2018

Yes, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) is still there. After the Budget they just imposed upon us, they should be gone. What was it that TV lawyer used to shout out by way of objection? Incompetent, irrelevant and immaterial! It is quite difficult to miss them when they won’t go away.

The Historical Society Discussion began with Chairman Thibeault’s disclaimer about being Vice-something-or-other at the Historical Society. It turned out to be a mutual willingness – a three-way deal, actually – for the Town to sell the historical Plummer’s Ridge (District Number 1) Schoolhouse back to the Historical Society for the sum of $1. It would then be moved across the street to one of the condemned sites whose building is scheduled for demolition. The Historical Society would retain their current Milton Mills building, but add this other old building and site to their holdings.  It would have a modicum of parking, as well as some ability to get septic and such, which is not practicable at their current site.

One would hope that our wise overlords would consider a lengthy lease arrangement – say, 99 years with an option for 99 more – instead of an outright sale. That worked well enough for Hong Kong and Guantanamo. If the Historical Society were to collapse – several BOS meetings have had agenda items devoted to how parlous their situation is – then the Town would retain ownership of its historical building.

At the very least, the BOS should include some sort of reversion or first-refusal clause in the deed. We would never be confronted with a successor Plummer’s Ridge Schoolhouse Tattoo Shop and Head Emporium or a Plummer’s Ridge Schoolhouse Massage Parlor.

The Three Ponds Protective Association (TPPA) gave a lengthy rundown of their efforts to eradicate Brittle Naiad from the Three Ponds. In point of fact, one of the things mentioned was that it would be impossible to ever entirely eradicate it. It is with us until the end of time. With TPPA’s own money, as well as with grants from the States of New Hampshire and Maine, and the Towns of Milton and Lebanon, they have eliminated much, but not all, of the invasive plant.

Some of these government entities were mentioned as already balking at future grants. But, our own wise overlords voted for another $10,000 go-around next year and put future go-arounds into the Tax Acceleration Program (CIP) plan, evidently in perpetuity. They did so unanimously, of course. It emerged at the end that none of these rounds have done anything much about infestations upstream, or done anything whatsoever about infestations downstream at Spaulding Pond, which has, if anything a greater degree of infestation. It is not a Salmon Falls or Milton Waterways Protective Association, just a Three Ponds Protective Association.

The Recycling Grant (Pat Smith) and Approve Transfer Funds from Highway Vehicle CRF (Capital Reserve Fund) to General Fund (Pat Smith) were both accepted unanimously. The grant would partially pay for a 30-yard container. The $1,420 grant from New Hampshire the Beautiful would pay partially (20%) for a $7,100 30-yard open-top solid waste container for the transfer station. Vice-chairwoman Hutchings wanted to make sure that taxpayers knew that the money would come from prior taxes, rather than future taxes. The other item was authorization a withdrawal of $38,631, for a previously approved new Ford F250 pickup truck.

The Town Administrator’s Warrant Article Discussion had to do with presenting drafts of the Town’s various Warrant Articles. Discussion on them is scheduled for December 3. Selectman Lucier asked if his various bucket list items were included.

This question engendered again some degree of friction amongst the BOS members. The disappearing Agenda items issue emerged again. Say, for example, Selectman Lucier, or one of the others, has some brainstorm. Chief Krauss, or the Town attorney, or one of the other Selectmen point out some possible difficulty with the brainstorm. Its Agenda item is then tabled for clarification or receipt of further information. And never mentioned again.

In that sense, their little apparatus has a procedural flaw. Some of those present were looking at the Town Administrator. Wouldn’t it be her task to follow behind the BOS, shovel up their little nuggets, and try to direct them where they need to go? You know, to sort of “administer” things? Or is it for the Chairman to follow through to a conclusion? You know, as their supposed leader. Or is it for the individual selectman with the brainstorm?

The Proposed Heavy Hauling Ordinance from Selectman Lucier’s bucket list progressed to its next phase, which involved scheduling two Public Hearings on the subject: December 3 and December 17, each at 7:00 PM.

Chairman Thibeault pondered the effect this Proposed Heavy Hauling Ordinance might have on Middleton’s economy. Some seemed astonished. He doesn’t care a fig about taxing Milton’s economy and taxpayers to the margins, but Middleton’s economy is now a concern? That would be a valid reason to allow heavy trucking to damage Milton’s roads and endanger its children? The BOS has failed to represent Milton taxpayers, but Middleton has found an advocate. How can we miss him, if he won’t go away?

There was some actual back and forth, friction even. Chairman Thibeault had taken the item in question, verbally, to the Planning Board, who may or may not do anything about it. Is that the procedure? (We need to see that Org chart again). The Chairman seemed peeved, but whether he was annoyed with Selectmen Lucier, or the Planning Board, or both, was difficult to say.

In the secondary Public Comments, Ms. McDougall suggested a consolidated historic area, such as Strawberry Banke, and pointed out that brittle naiad is “rampant” at Spaulding Pond. Selectman Lucier had never heard that before. Well, of course, you only listen to interest groups.

Mr. Williams reminded them of a prior suggestion: tabled items should go onto the Old Business list – and stay there – until they are fully resolved.

Mr. Brown had also a procedural suggestion. He then told a historical anecdote about Admiral Byng during the Seven Years War. The British Admiralty hanged him for “failing to do his utmost.” Voltaire satirized this event in his novel Candide: In this country, from time to time, we hang an admiral to encourage the others. Hmm.

The Town Administrator announced that the Senior Citizens’ dinner is postponed from Tuesday, November 20, to “next” Tuesday, which would be Tuesday, November 27; and that the Town Christmas Tree-lighting will be on December 2, at 4:00 PM, at Veterans’ Park. She also wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday with their families friends, and that we should all remember to be thankful for our blessings.

Selectman Lucier wanted everyone to remember the Leo Lessard Memorial Blood Drive at the Assembly of God church on December 22.

Due to a full schedule of community Christmas events, Ms. McDougall’s Milton Advocates meeting has been postponed one week from December 1 to December 8. Same time, same place, different day. (Same good manners).


Town of Milton. (2018, November 16). BOS Meeting Agenda, November 19, 2018. Retrieved from

Town of Milton. (2018, November 19). BOS Meeting, November 19, 2018. Retrieved from

Town of Milton. (2018, November 20). Public Hearings, December 3 and December 17, 2018, Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, October 24). John Byng. Retrieved from



Milton Businesses in 1904

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 30, 2018

Extracted below are the Milton entries from the New Hampshire Register, Farmers’ Almanac, and Business Directory, for 1904.

MILTON, STRAFFORD – Pop. 1625, N.E. fr C., 4 m.; N.W. fr. Dover, 20 m. R.R.S. [Railroad Station] – Milton, on Northern Div. В&M. R.R.; Milton Mills, Union, 4 m., connects twice daily by stage.

OFFICERSClerk, H.L. Avery; Treas., E.F. Fox, p.о. Milton Mills; Selectmen, H.R. Jewett, p.о. Milton Mills; J.H. Avery; C.A. Jones; Board of Education, F.L. Marsh, p.о. Milton Mills; M.A.H. Hart, F.G. Horne; Board of Health, M.A.H. Hart, M.D.; E.W. Fox, H.D. Coles; Constables, H.W. Downs, C.E. Remick, p.o. Milton Mills; Police, H.W. Downs, H.A. Nutter; C.E Remick, H.J. Burrows, Milton Mills. 

PostmasterJ.H. Avery

Justices [of the Peace]B.B. Plummer, E.W. Fox, В.F. Avery, E.F. Fox, G.H. Goodwin, H.L. Avery, F.L. Marsh, L.H. Wentworth, С.A. Jones

Churches – Cong., Myron P. Dickey; West, Robert M. Peacock; F. Вaр., Chas В. Osborne.

Exp. & Tel. Ag’tJohn E. Fox

HotelsPhenix House, F.M. Chamberlin; Milton Hotel, E.M. Bodwell. Summer Boarding HousesMrs. S.W. Wallingford, W.C. Hall, L.S. Nutter. 

Ins. Agts. – James M. Gage.

Livery Stables – F.M. Chamberlain, E.M. Bodwell. 

Literary InstitutionNute Free High School, C.E. Kelley, prin. 

Societies – Eli Wentworth Post, G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic]; Woman’s Relief Corps [G.A.R. Auxiliary]; Strafford Lodge, A.O.U.W. [Ancient Order of United Workmen]; Lewis W. Ñute Grange; Teneriffe Council, O.U.A.M. [Order of United American Mechanics]; Madokawando Tribe, I.O.R.M. [Improved Order of Red Men]; Minnewawa Council, D. of P. [Daughters of Pythias]; Lakeside Lodge, I.O.G.T. [International Order of Good Templars].

Manufacturers – Blacksmith, I.W. Duntley, James C. Young; boots and shoes, N.B. Thayer & Co.; builders, Webber Bros., Avery, Jones & Roberts; oars and picker sticks, L.S. Mayo & Sons Co.; leatherboard mill, Milton Leatherboard Co., J. Spaulding & Sons Co.; lumber, Avery, Jones & Roberts; mowing machines, horse rakes, &c, В.B. Plummer, C.A. Jones; paper, United Box Board and Paper Co.; soap, С.M. Wallingford; bicycle repairing, Wilbur Knight; cobblers, A.R. Hayes, J.H. Rines, J. Page; steel ladders, Cantelo Manufacturing Co.; copper rivets, J.S. Crombie Rivet Co. 

Artisans – Tonsorial artist, W.F. Hargraves; painters and paper hangers, J.Q.A. Toppan, J. Smith; dressmakers, Miss Daisy Corkery, Mrs. C.A. Edgerly; carpenters and builders, G.L. Hayes, H.E. Clements; clocks and watches repaired, F.L. Harriman.

MerchantsJ.D. Willey, Amos M. Roberts, H.S. Mason, С.D. Jones; boots and shoes, N.G. Pinkham; groceries, Whitehouse Bros., S.G. Blaisdell; gents. furnishing and sporting goods, cigars and tobacco, C.D. Jones; drugs; J.H. Willey; ice, Boston Ice Co., Lynn Ice Co., Marblehead Ice Co., J.R. Downing, Union Ice Co.; millinery, Miss Cora Larrabee, wood, Avery, Jones & Roberts; provisions, G.E. Wentworth, C.A. Horne; fish, E.L. Wentworth; confectionery and cigars, H.E. Horne, E.G. Knight; hay, G.E. Wentworth, J.D. Willey; coal, H.W. Downs, J.D. Pinkham; variety store, E.G. Knight; clothing, H.S. Mason; lunch room, E.S. Bourne. 

PhysicianM.A.H. Hart, J.J. Buckley

Public TelephoneJ.H. Wiley

Milton MillsPostmaster – E.T. Libby. 

Churches – Adv., ___ ___; Cong., ___ ___; F. Bap., E.W. Churchill; Meth., W. Holmes.

Ex. Agents – C.D. Fox, C.L. Stevens.

Hotels – Central House, J.H. Lord. 

Ins. Agt.Forrest L. Marsh

Livery Stables – C.D. Fox, J.H. Lord. 

Telephone ExchangeAsa Fox & Son

LawyerForest L. Marsh; Conveyancer, claim and collection agent, E.W. Fox

Literary Institution – Milton Free Public Library, John U. Simes, librarian; 800 vols. High School, J.E. Wignat, prin. 

Societies – Morning Star Lodge, К. of P. [Knights of Pythias]; Miltonia Lodge, I.О.О.F. [Independent Order of Odd Fellows]; Eastern Star Lodge, D. of R. [Daughters of Rebekah]; Minnehaha Lodge, I.O.G.T. [International Order of Good Templars]; Pleasant Valley Grange, P. of H. [Patrons of Husbandry]. 

Mechanics & Artisans – Blacksmith, Alfred Rudd, John E. Wentworth; builders, A.B. Shaw, J.F. Titcomb, E.S. Simes, Hiram Wentworth, G.E. Sims; barber, Robert Page; shoemakers, J.W. Hanson, G.W. Merrill, W. Otterway; painters and paper hangers, W.F. Mills, С.A. Berry, G.W. Partridge, T. Connolly, W.G. Miller; dressmakers, Sadie M. Stevens, Miss Jones, Gertie Lewis, E.D. Hanson; photographers, J.E. Townsend, J.S. Elkins; undertaker, A.A. Fox; nurses, Abbie Hayes, Mrs. Wannock, Mrs. H.A. Hoyt; plumber, D. Murray; carriage painter, H.E. Ayer; electrician, Willis Reynolds; household utensils, W.S. Meiller. 

Manufacturers – Boots and shoes, Gale Shoe Mfg. Co.; doors, sash, blinds and lumber, С.R. Edgecomb; harnesses, F.M. Sanborn; soap, S.G. Chamberlain; woolen goods, H.H. Townsend; carriages, A.O. Prescott; shingles, clapboards and lumber, C.R. Edgecomb. 

MerchantsAsa Fox & Son, F.H. Lowd & Co., Arthur L. Fly; confectionery, E.T. Libbey; dry goods, G.S. Lovering; oysters, J.U. Simes; furniture, Asa Fox & Son; jewelry, Asa Fox & Son, E.T. Libbey; millinery and fancy goods, Мrs. Т.E. Horne, Mrs. J.W. Merrow; provisions, R.S. Pike, H. Harsorn; stove and tinware, Daniel Murray; soda fountain and periodicals, E.T. Libbey; fruit, Frank Broggi; grain, J.F. Dore, С.L. Stevens, Arthur M. Flyn; fancy goods, toys, etc., Mrs. Helen Murray, F.H. Lowd; coal, E.A. Wentworth; clothing and furnishing goods, J. Everett Horne; agricultural tools, D. Murray; carriages and sleighs, H.E. Ayer; fertilizers, M.G. Chamberlin; plows W.F. Cutts; market gardener, W. Pinfold; trees and shrubs, J. Lewis; ice, N. Mucci; milk, H.L. Buck; news agent, J.D. Murray, J.E. Horne. 

PhysiciansC.W. Gross, W.E. Pillsbury, Frank S. Weeks; dentist, E.G. Reynolds

Summer Boarding Houses – Chas. A. Reynolds, J.D. Willey, J. Lewis, J. Lowd, Benj. Hoyle, Central House.

Previous in Sequence: Milton Businesses in 1901; next in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1905-06

Some related newspaper articles:

MALE HELP WANTED. MAN who understands photograph and ferrotype business. Address lock box 160, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, March 13, 1902).

MALE HELP WANTED. WANTED. Heel scourer, breaster, and Buzzell trimmer; one all-round man in stock room, women’s medium shoes; if you get drunk do not reply. W.B. HAWKSWORTH, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, March 1, 1903).


New Hampshire Register Co. (1904). New Hampshire Register, Farmers’ Almanac, and Business Directory, for 1904. Retrieved from

Milton Businesses in 1898

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | November 21, 2018

Extracted below are the Milton entries from the N.H. Register, Farmer’s Almanac, and Business Directory, for 1898.

MILTON, STRAFFORD – Pop. 1,640. N.E. fr. C. 40 m. N.W. fr. Dover 20 m. R.R.S. [Railroad Station] Milton on Ports. Gt. Falls & Conway R.R.; for Milton Mills, Union, 4 m., connects twice daily by stage.

OFFICERSClerk, H.L. Avery; Treas., Ira Miller; Selectmen, S.W. Wallingford, Joseph H. Avery, Freeman H. Lowd; Board of Education, Ira A. Cook, Frank Healey, E.F. Fox; Board of Health, E.W. Fox, Mills, J.H. Rivers, M.A.H. Hart, M.D.; Postmaster, J.H. Avery; Justices [of the Peace], J.U. Simes, B.B. Plummer, E.W. Fox, C.H. Looney, Geo. Lyman, B.F. Avery, E.F. Fox, Ira Miller, Joseph Plummer, G.H. Goodwin, H.L. Avery, H.B. Scates, F.H. Cutts, F.L. Marsh, L.H. Wentworth.

Churches – Chris., D.B. Goodwin; Cong., Myron P. Dickey; F. Bap., F.E. Carver.

Exp. & Tel. Agt.John E. Fox.

HotelsRiverside House, C.H. Downs; Phenix House, F.M. Chamberlin; Milton Hotel, E.M. Bodwell. Summer Boarding HousesS.W. Wallingford, J.L. Twombly, J. LeGallee.

Livery Stables – F.M. Chamberlain, C.H. Thurston.

Literary InstitutionNute Free High School and Library.

Manufacturers – Blacksmith, I.W. Duntley; boots and shoes, N.B. Thayer & Co. [Dam No, 14]; builders, Webber Bros., Avery, Jones & Roberts; oars and picker sticks, G.I. Jordan; leatherboard mill, Milton Leatherboard Co. [Dam No. 13], Jonas Spaulding [Dam No. 11]; lumber, Avery, Jones & Roberts, L. Plummer, p.o. ad. Union; mowing machines, horse rakes &c., B.B. Plummer, C.A. Jones; paper, Strafford Paper Co. [Dam No. 12]; soap, C.M. Wallingford; tonsorial artists, W.F. Hargraves, H. Bassett; lumber, shingles, clapboards, etc., Avery, Jones & Roberts; painters and paper hangers, F.S. Lee, J.Q.A. Tappan; dressmakers, Mrs. C.A. Edgerly, Mrs. L.B. Palmer.

MerchantsJ.D. Willey, Looney & Roberts, H.S. Mason, C.D. Jones; boots and shoes, N.G. Pinkham; groceries, W.T. Wallace; gents. furnishing and sporting goods, cigars and tobacco, C.D. Jones; drugs, C.D. Jones, F.E. Fernald; ice, Boston Ice Co., Lynn Ice Co., Union Ice Co.; jewelry, F.A. Marks; provisions, G.E. Wentworth, C.A. Horne; fish, E.G. Jordan; confectionery and cigars, E.G. Knight; hay, G.E. Wentworth, J.D. Willey; coal, H.W. Downs, J.D. Pinkham; hay and grain, W.J. Lewis; fruit, Charles Petro; Physician, M.A.A.H. Hart, W.F. [John] Wallace.

Public TelephoneC.D. Jones.

Milton Mills

Postmaster – J.W. Murray.

Churches – Adv., Joseph Spinney; Cong. ___ ___; F. Bap., Eben. Fernald; Meth., E.J. Deans

Ex. Agent – Charles Stevens.

Hotels – Central House, C.D. Fox.

Livery StablesC.D. Fox, J.D. Hanson. 

Societies – Morning Star Lodge, K. of P. [Knights of Pythias]; Eli Wentworth Post G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic]; Woman’s Relief Corps [G.A.R. Auxiliary]; Miltonia Lodge, I.O.O.F. [Independent Order of Odd Fellows]; Strafford Lodge, A.O.U.W. [Ancient Order of United Workmen]; Lewis W. Nute Grange; Teneriffe Council, O.U.A.M. [Order of United American Mechanics]; Minnehaha Lodge [International Order of Good Templars]; Lakeside Lodge, I.O.G.T. [International Order of Good Templars]; Madokawando Tribe, I.O.R.M. [Improved Order of Red Men]; Minnewawa Council, D. of P. [Daughters of Pythias]

Manufacturers – Blacksmiths, J.E. Wentworth, S.F. Rines; builders, A.B. Shaw, A.A. Fox, J.F. Titcomb, E.S. Simes; doors, sash and blinds, A.B, Shaw; flannels, Waumbeck Manuf’g Co. [Dam No. 17]; felt cloth, Riverside Mfg. Co.; harnesses, A. Sanborn; picture frames, E. Deardin; soap, S.G. Chamberlain; woolen goods, H.H. Townsend [Dam No. 16]

MerchantsAsa Fox & Son, Ira Miller; boots and shoes, E.R. Campbell; confectionery, C.B. Ellis, E.T. Libbey, E. Knight; dry goods, G.S. Lovering, Harry Wentworth; groceries, H.A. Pettengell & Co.; fish, C.S. Lowd; furniture, E.F. Fox; jewelry, E.T. Libbey; merchant tailor, Harry Wentworth; millinery and fancy goods, Lizzie L. Hart; provisions, C.S. Lowd; stoves and tinware, Murray Bros; soda fountain and periodicals, E.T. Libbey. 

Miscellaneous – Conveyancer, claim and collection agent, E.W. Fox; job printer, E.T. Libbey; undertaker, A.A. Fox

PhysiciansC.W. Gross, W.E. Pillsbury; dentist, E.G. Reynolds

Summer Boarding Houses – Chas. A. Reynolds, C.S. Lowd, Cyrus Miller, J.D. Willey, C.H. Prescott, Benj. Hoyle.

Most of the Societies listed under Milton Mills were probably located in Milton, where they were listed in 1901. The Morning Star Lodge, K. of P. [Knights of Pythias], Miltonia Lodge, I.O.O.F. [Independent Order of Odd Fellows], and Minnehaha Lodge [International Order of Good Templars] were Milton Mills societies.

Some related newspaper advertisements:

A King Arthur flour company advertisement included amongst it vendors in January 1897: MILTON, NH: W.T. Wallace, Looney & Roberts (Boston Globe, January 10, 1897).

Male Help Wanted. WANTED. – A barber, good workman, American, temperate, references required. Address box 213, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 18, 1897).

THE MYSTIC ORDERS. Sunrise Rebekah lodge will be instituted at Milton Mills, N.H., Wednesday afternoon by the New Hampshire grand officers (Boston Globe, March 27, 1898).

Business Chances. FOR SALE. – Gents’ furnishing goods business in a manufacturing village, established over 20 years, no competition; reason for selling, other business; $700 buys it. Address for particulars lock box 167, Milton Mills, N.H. (Boston Globe, March 9, 1899).

Previous in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1894; next in sequence: Milton Businesses in 1901


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Wikipedia. (2018, September 17). Improved Order of Red Men. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, October 4). Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, September 6). International Association of Rebekah Assemblies. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, June 19). International Order of Good Templars. Retrieved from

Wikipedia. (2018, October 6). Knights of Pythias. Retrieved from

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Milton Gets the Telephone

By Muriel Bristol | November 19, 2018

The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company (NET&T) “placed” a telephone switchboard in Milton Mills, NH, in 1896. Milton Mills got its first four telephones in that year.Early-porcelain-sign

  • Milton had no telephones in 1896; Milton Mills had 4 telephones.

During the year 1896, the NET&T Co. erected 696 telephone poles on its Milton-Sanbornville line, “for the extension and reconstruction of the toll line system.”

  • Milton had no telephones in 1897; Milton Mills had 4 telephones.
  • Milton had 10 telephones in 1898; Milton Mills had 6 telephones.

NET&T Co. opened an exchange in Milton, NH, in 1898. Milton got its first telephones in that same year, two years after Milton Mills. One of its first ten telephones was the “public telephone” in Charles D. Jones’ store. He also offered there gents’ furnishings, sporting goods, cigars, tobacco, and drugs.

  • Milton had 17 telephones in 1899; Milton Mills had 10 telephones.
  • Milton had 17 telephones in 1900; Milton Mills had 8 telephones.

Milton had 17 telephones and 346 households in 1900; 4.9% of its households had telephones. Milton Mills had 8 telephones and 93 households; 8.6% of its households had telephones.

  • Milton had 26 telephones in 1901; Milton Mills had 8 telephones.
  • Milton had 26 telephones in 1902; Milton Mills had 11 telephones.
  • Milton had 27 telephones in 1903; Milton Mills had 11 telephones.

New switchboards were “placed” at Milton and Milton Mills, NH, in 1904.

  • Milton had 32 telephones in 1904; Milton Mills had 17 telephones.
  • Milton had 65 telephones in 1905; Milton Mills had 25 telephones.
  • Milton had 75 telephones in 1906; Milton Mills had 35 telephones.
  • Milton had 72 telephones in 1907; Milton Mills had 44 telephones

NET&T Co.”placed” a new switchboard at Milton, NH, in 1907. In that same year, A.A. Fox, funeral director, advertised his “long-distance telephone connection at residence” in Milton Mills; and the Mills Drug Company (E.W. Emerson) advertised its telephone connection also.

  • Milton had 65 telephones in 1908; Milton Mills had 42 telephones.
  • Milton had 68 telephones in 1909; Milton Mills had 40 telephones.
  • Milton had 85 telephones in 1910; Milton Mills had 45 telephones.

Milton had 85 telephones and 282 households in 1910; 30.1% of its households had telephones. Milton Mills had 45 telephones and 97 households; 46.4% of its households had telephones.

Eglantine (Miller) Young, of Milton 3-Ponds, aged thirty-four years, worked as a telephone operator for the NE Telephone Co. in April 1910.

  • Milton had 94 telephones in 1911; Milton Mills had 89 telephones.
  • Milton had 96 telephones in 1912; Milton Mills had 94 telephones.
  • Milton had 98 telephones in 1915; Milton Mills had 95 telephones.
  • Milton had 101 telephones in 1916; Milton Mills had 94 telephones.
  • Milton had 113 telephones in 1917; Milton Mills had 91 telephones.

Alice J. Downing, of Silver Street, in Milton, aged twenty-one years, worked as a telephone operator in 1920. Doris M. Page, also of Silver Street, but a different household, aged twenty-five years, was also a telephone operator for the NE Telephone Co. Gladys H. Ayer, of School Street, in Milton, aged twenty-two years, worked the telephone exchange. She was said to have done so in her “home.”

In the face of all these very important developments, most subscribers still answer a call with, “Hello!” – just as was done thirty years ago [1880]. This answer necessarily calls for the introduction of a question, such as, “Who is this?” or “Is this the Jones company?” and a reply to one of these or other questions before the two connected parties overcome the customary preliminary formalities of a telephone conversation thus losing much time (McMeal, 1910).


McMeal. Harry B. (1910). Telephony. Retrieved from

NE Tel. & Tel. (1898). Annual Report. (Multiple Years). Retrieved from

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Non-Public BOS Session Scheduled (November 19, 2018)

By Muriel Bristol | November 17, 2018

The Milton Board of Selectmen (BOS) have posted their agenda for a BOS meeting to be held Monday, November 19.

The meeting is scheduled to begin with a Non-Public preliminary session at 5:30 PM. That agenda has two Non-Public items classed as 91-A:3 II (c) and 91-A:3 II (d).

91-A:3 II (c). Matters which, if discussed in public, would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the public body itself, unless such person requests an open meeting. This exemption shall extend to any application for assistance or tax abatement or waiver of a fee, fine, or other levy, if based on inability to pay or poverty of the applicant.

These (c) items are perennial favorites. At this point there have been dozens of them. Perhaps they are deciding finally to come clean regarding what went down with the Police last summer, but do not count on it. Personnel departures, necessitating secret meetings with sealed minutes, which are then unsealed for the Chief alone, so that he may reference them in personnel files. All that is on a “need to know” basis and the BOS feels the public does not need to know.

91-A:3 II (d) Consideration of the acquisition, sale, or lease of real or personal property which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general community.

One would certainly hope that nothing additional is being acquired or leased. Sales might extend to old fire stations or the condemned properties, now owned by the Town, whose demolitions are out to bid.

The BOS intend to adjourn their Non-Public BOS session at approximately (*) 6:00 PM, when they intend to return to Public session.

The Public portion of the agenda has New Business, Old Business, and housekeeping items.

Under New Business are scheduled five agenda items: 1) Historical Society Discussion (Milton Historical Society), 2) TTPA 2018 Year End Review (Steve Baker), 3) Accept Recycling Grant (Pat Smith), 4) Approve Transfer Funds from Highway Vehicle CRF to General Fund (Pat Smith), and 5) Warrant Article Discussion (Heather Thibodeau).

The Historical Society discussions have appeared several times already. They need a new roof, accession of new blood, and some way for selectmen to attend their meetings without it constituting a meeting of their own.

TTPA? A typographical error no doubt. (We do those too). One supposes it to be actually a Three Ponds Protective Association’s (TPPA) Year End Review.

Recyling Grant. The BOS might actually ask what strings, er, conditions, are attached this time. That would be due diligence. There is also a transfer from a DPW Capital Reserve Fund (CRF) into the recently-tapped General Fund? This might be interesting.

A Warrant Article discussion. One might expect a bumper crop of them this year, in the wake of the abject budget failures of the BOS and Town government. Administrator Thibodeau likely wants to let everyone know the relevant requirements and deadlines. Maybe she will announce a workshop, with the Town attorney present to advise petitioners on finer points of law.

We would want needed reforms to succeed, would we not? Einstein is frequently credited with observing that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Chairman Thibeault has repeated this himself, several times. And we have been overtaxed for so many years. Time to try some different things that might achieve different results.

Under Old Business is scheduled one item: 6) Proposed Heavy Hauling Ordinance Discussion Follow up (Heather Thibodeau). (Note that the other items referred do not remain on the old business list).

The Proposed Heavy Hauling Ordinance Discussion Follow up continues from past meetings. This is one of the items remaining on Selectman Lucier’s bucket list. He wants no-passing signs posted, but has been told they are useless without first passing an ordinance. So, here is the ordinance. It is all about forbidding logging trucks from passing and repassing on Governors, Hare, and Ford Farm roads to and from Middleton Lumber (on NH Route 153 in Middleton). He has been told that he can not affect similar heavy-duty traffic by Milton residents over those very same roads.

Finally, there will be the approval of prior minutes (from the BOS Meeting of November 5), the expenditure report, Public Comments “Regarding Discussed Meeting Material,” Town Administrator comments, and BOS comments.

Ms. McDougall has called a third meeting of her Milton Advocates group. It will take place again in the Nute Library’s Community Room, on Saturday, December 1), at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. All town residents are invited. Bring your best manners. (Not her words).


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