Local and Regional Briefs

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Tempesta signs three-year contract as superintendent of SAU 6

CLAREMONT – The new superintendent for SAU 6 will be paid $130,000 in the first year of a three-year contract with an increase for the final two years.

The contract signed by Mike Tempesta, who officially begins  work in the district serving Claremont and Unity on July 1, states he will earn $132,500 in second and third years, through June 2022. Additionally, Tempesta could earn a merit increase of 4 % in year three based on a performance evaluation by the SAU School Board.

Tempesta, of Worcester, Mass., was hired by the SAU board in an 8-3 vote in early March.

The contract also has provisions for covering professional development expenses up to $5,000 and termination clauses that would pay Tempesta six months’ salary if the 12-member board votes by a four-fifths majority to dismiss him.

If Tempesta resigns, he must give six months’ notice and would receive pay during that time. But those payments would cease if he begins working somewhere else, the contract states.

Vt. prison composting keeps food from dumps

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Corrections said the composting of food scraps in the state’s prisons keeps 572,000 pounds (257,400 kilograms) of food waste out of landfills every year.

The Caledonian Record reports the 11,000 pounds of food scraps that are composted each week are used to feed the soil at farms and gardens throughout the state.

Bryan Mitofsky, the food service supervisor at the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury, said the kitchen staff has set up an easy system to collect food scraps and separate them from the regular trash.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner Emily Boedecker says she hopes the effort of the Department of Corrections inspires others to donate, divert and compost to reduce the volume of material sent to landfills.

Exhibit highlights White Mountains resort hotels

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — A new exhibit will showcase the grand hotels that once were commonplace in the White Mountains.

The exhibit at the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University opened Friday, and a series of talks and events run through September 12.

Featuring paintings, photographs, various artifacts as far back as the 1880s as well as stories of the people who visited and worked at these gracious establishments, the exhibit explores the origins and history of the hotels.

Among the highlights will be landscape paintings from residents at several of the hotels including Edward Hill and Frank Shapleigh.

A special focus will be on the four surviving hotels: the Omni Mount Washington Resort, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club, and The Wentworth Hotel.

Report: Railroad accounts for $17M in economic impact

LINCOLN, N.H. — An analysis says the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire accounts for more than $17.4 million in total economic impact annually.

The report released by Stone Consulting of Warren, Pennsylvania, said that amount affects nearly 380 full and part-times jobs in the restaurant, hospitality and retail sectors.

The railroad operates excursions from Lincoln, Meredith, and Weirs Beach.

The report said last year, 61% of its passengers traveled from outside of New Hampshire, resulting in $8.8 million in additional spending while visiting.

In 2018, the railroad welcomed more than 260 bus tours, which accounted for nearly 12,000 additional guests to the region, and more than 50% stayed overnight after traveling on the railroad.

— Staff and wire reports