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Town of Hebron Newsletter - November 2018
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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Sunday morning, November 4th,  at 2:00 AM.
WEST SHORE ROAD CLOSURE

NH DOT will be doing road work at The Ledges on
West Shore Road starting Monday November 5th and then again on Wednesday November 8th.   Work will be from 7:00 AM -
5 PM each day. West Shore Road will be open on Tuesday November 6th, for voting.   
    NEW HAMPSHIRE
GENERAL ELECTIONS

   SAVE THE DATE
 
Tuesday, November 6th 
11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
General Elections are being held at the Community Hall (basement of the church).  Please come and vote at your convenience that day.  It will only take a few minutes.
            If you can’t make it to the polls you can request an absentee ballot (see link below).  Once filled out each person requesting an absentee ballot should bring it to the Town Clerk during the clerk’s regular business hours, email the application to the clerk  (clerk@hebronnh.org) or regular mail (PO Box 55, Hebron, NH 03241).  The Town Clerk also has scheduled special office hours on Monday, Nov. 5th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for last minute absentee ballot requests. If you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk, Tracey Steenbergen, at (603) 744-7999 or by email (clerk@hebronnh.org).
Absentee Ballot Application:
http://hebronnh.org/resources/documents/town-clerk/2018_Absentee_Ballot_Request.pdf
            Registering to vote at the polls on Election Day is also available.  If you have never registered in the Town of Hebron you will need to bring proof of US Citizenship (birth certificate., passport or naturalization papers), proof you are at least 18 yrs. old and proof you live in Hebron (utility bill, lease, drivers license with your Hebron address, etc.).  It will only add a few minutes to your visit and from that point on you will be a registered voter of Hebron and on the checklist.

            If you have already registered with the Town of Hebron, you just need to go to the Ballot Clerks.  You will need to show photo identification to the ballot clerk to get a ballot. A very quick and easy process. If you do not have identification with you, you may be required to sign additional paperwork, but you will still be able to vote. 

            The whole election team is looking forward to seeing you on Tues, Nov. 6th.  If you have any questions please give the Town Clerk a call prior to election day during the regular business hours.  She is happy to help.
 Submitted by, Barbara, Judy and Audrey, Supervisors of the Checklist 
The Friends of the Hebron Library will be hosting a bake sale during voting hours.  This will be a great time to pick up some goodies and at the same time support the Friends of the Hebron Library as they support our Town's Library.
Election 2018 - The Choice is Ours

Voting to Amend the NH Constitution

submitted by Suzanne Smith, State Representative
 
This year on Election Day, in addition to casting our votes for candidates, we will be voting on two amendments to the New Hampshire Constitution. To be put on the ballot, constitutional amendments need to pass both the NH House and NH Senate by a two-thirds majority.  The amendments are then voted on by "we the people". To be added to our Constitution, these questions need to be passed by a two-thirds majority of ALL voters who cast their ballots on November 6.  The New Hampshire Constitution embodies the fundamental laws and principles by which our state is governed. It is as difficult to undo a poorly thought-out amendment as it is to pass an amendment

From the League of Women Voters unbiased and non-partisan voter information document: 

"Question 1 was approved 309 to 9 in the House and 22 to 2 in the Senate. If passed this amendment would allow taxpayers to have legal standing to challenge a governmental action in court without having to prove they were personally affected.

"Question 2 was approved 235 to 96 in the House and 15 to 9 in the Senate, just qualifying for the super-majority needed to be placed on the ballot. If passed the amendment would change the way courts balance governmental interest in gaining access to personal information versus the nature and degree of intrusion on an individual’s privacy rights. It would require the government to show a compelling state interest in obtaining access to personal and private information before a court would order such access. If the amendment is passed, NH would become the eleventh state in the country with a right to privacy in its constitution."

Is it time to amend the Constitution again?  The choice is up to all of us. The issues are complicated and the fine print at the bottom of the ballot does not give voters all the facts.  The NH League of Women Voters has put out an excellent document explaining the process AND giving information both pro and con.  Be an informed voter.  Read the document  which includes pros and cons.  Most importantly, VOTE on November 6.

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Proposed Constitutional Amendments
on the November 6, 2018 Ballot in New Hampshire

prepared as an unbiased non-partisan voter service by the
League of Women Voters NH

 
Two proposed amendments to the New Hampshire Constitution will appear on the November 2018 ballot. Voters will be asked to answer YES or NO to each. Voters should gather information on these amendments to vote wisely. Voters may choose to leave their answers blank without affecting the outcome of either question.

New Hampshire voters do not amend the Constitution lightly. The Constitution should be changed only when there is a compelling reason. The issue must have current relevance that will also stand the test of time and be as relevant in the future as it is considered today.

When a proposal to amend the Constitution is passed by a super-majority of both houses of the legislature, it must be placed on the ballot. Two-thirds (67%) of the votes cast on the question must be YES votes for the amendment to become part of our state’s Constitution.
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Question 1 was approved 309 to 9 in the House and 22 to 2 in the Senate.

If passed this amendment would allow taxpayers to have legal standing to challenge a governmental action in court without having to prove they were personally affected.

 
The text of Ballot Question 1 is below,
with the additional new text in bold italics:

 
“Are you in favor of amending Article 8 of the first part of the constitution to read as follows (addition in bold italics):
All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable, and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted. The public also has a right to an orderly, lawful, and accountable government. Therefore, any individual taxpayer eligible to vote in the State shall have standing to petition the Superior Court to declare whether the State or political subdivision in which the taxpayer resides has spent, or has approved spending, public funds in violation of a law, ordinance, or constitutional provision. In such a case, the taxpayer shall not have to demonstrate that his or her personal rights were impaired or prejudiced beyond his or her status as a taxpayer. However, this right shall not apply when the challenged governmental action is the subject of a judicial or administrative decision from which there is a right of appeal by statute or otherwise by the parties to that proceeding.”

Supporters point out that this presumption of taxpayers having standing was the practice until the NH Supreme Court in 2010 ruled that “without an injury or an impairment of rights” to an individual, simply being a taxpayer is not enough to confer legal standing to bring court action.
Opponents are concerned that the amendment would create frivolous lawsuits, clogging the courts and costing taxpayers money, in spite of court rules and systems already in place to prevent frivolous suits.

If you agree with the supporters on this question, you will vote YES.
If you agree with the opponents on this question, you will vote NO.


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Question 2 was approved 235 to 96 in the House and 15 to 9 in the Senate, just qualifying for the super-majority needed to be placed on the ballot.
If passed the amendment would change the way courts balance governmental interest in gaining access to personal information versus the nature and degree of intrusion on an individual’s privacy rights. It would require the government to show a compelling state interest in obtaining access to personal and private information before a court would order such access. If the amendment is passed, NH would become the eleventh state in the country with a right to privacy in its constitution.

 
The text of Ballot Question 2 is below,
with the new text in bold italics:

 
“That the first part of the Constitution be amended by inserting after article 2-a the following new article: [Art.] 2-b. [Right to Privacy.] An individual's right to live free from governmental intrusion in private or personal information is natural, essential, and inherent.”

Supporters of the amendment argue that while the NH Constitution already states that individuals have a right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure of person, property, and possessions, it does not specifically address information. In the digital age, when information is so readily available, there is a need for the Constitution to name informational privacy explicitly.

Supporters are concerned about how governmental access to information could be used or misused in the future. The amendment would provide broad protection against a wide array of governmental access to private and personal information outside the context of criminal investigation.

Opponents see the proposed wording as so broad and vague, it is likely to lead to problems for law enforcement and public safety. Opponents suggest it could be applied, for example, when the DMV asks whether one needs glasses or the school asks for children’s vaccination records. It could affect the information on prescriptions that is kept by the NH Comprehensive Health Care Information System.

Supporters and opponents agree that if passed the amendment is likely to produce an increase in lawsuits.

Supporters say such lawsuits would further define individual privacy rights.

Opponents expect courts will be clogged by frivolous lawsuits, including those brought by individuals for common law enforcement and civil procedures.

If you agree with the supporters on this question, you will vote YES.
If you agree with the opponents on this question, you will vote NO.
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To learn more, read the entire League of Women Voters document:
  http://lwvnh.org/files/ballot_questions_2018_voter_guide.pdf

                 HEBRON FIRE DEPARTMENT

911 Red Sign Owners:  Congratulations! You are now 1 of 342 Hebron trailblazers to participate in the Fire Department Emergency Services, “Fast Response Project”.  We have met eighty percent of our goal for Hebron.
            The fire department would like to request you keep your sign clearly visible from all angles during the winter months.  If this is a problem for you, call the Hebron Fire Dept. and leave a message. Many thanks from all the Emergency Responders.  
                          
                             DO YOU HAVE FORSIGHT OR HINDSIGHT ???

Are you a Hebron resident who hasn’t yet participated in the 911 Red Reflective Sign Project?  How will you feel if a family member, friend, guest, or renter has a medical emergency and we can’t find you?  How will you feel if you have an unexpected fire or there is an accident near your location and we have a problem finding the location.  It could cause what might have been a minor incident to turn into a major one. 

            The Hebron Fire Department encourages you to be proactive and participate now in the 911 Red Reflective Sign Project.  The cost is $15.00 and we install your sign FREE OF CHARGE. 

            Order forms are available on the Hebron Web Sites. You may also get a form and pay for the signs at either the Town Clerk Offices during regular business hours or at the Hebron Town Office, Mon – Fri. from 8:30 am to Noon. Completed applications with payment may also be mail to the HFD Improvement Fund, PO Box 188, Hebron, NH  03241.

Due to the drop in sales this year, we will be ending the project when the last 20 signs are sold.  If you have been thinking of getting one, please order in the near future to assure availability.

The Hebron Police Department would like to make residents aware of recent criminal activity. This year the Town of Hebron as well as surrounding communities have had several home break-ins and thefts from residences. These thefts are mostly occurring at seasonal residences. We would like to ask for the public’s help in calling in suspicious people and/or vehicles. Specifics such as clothing descriptions or license plate numbers are extremely helpful.

We encourage everyone to look into home security systems, motion sensing lighting, game camera installation, etc. If you would like your Police Department to perform an onsite security inspection to give security recommendations please call or email and we would be happy to oblige.
In addition, we also offer vacant house checks. If you are going to be away for an extended period and would like your Police Department to check on your property please email or call in with your dates you will be away and leave contact information. During these periods an officer will check on your property noting the date and time of the check.


The house check form may be downloaded at the Town of Hebron website http://www.hebronnh.org/ under the Hebron Police Department.

Police Chief Travis Austin
Hebron Police Department

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
    
          THE HEBRON LIBRARY
 
Newfound Farm will again be selling their wonderful mittens and hats. A portion of each sale will benefit the purchase of childrens books for the Hebron Library Childrens Room.  Do drop in and find the perfect "something" for yourself or as a gift  for the coming holidays.

The Hebron Historical Society is offering a complete package of Hebron's history publications at a special discount price!

 

For $100, you receive:

A History of John Ordway with his Genealogy, 60 pages 2006
* The History of Hebron, The First Two Hundred Years, 247 pages, 2008
* Origin of Some Hebron NH Place Names, 22 pages, including maps    locating those places
* A Self-Guided Tour of the Hebron, NH Village Cemetery,
  43 pages, 2012
* A History of Newfound Lake, 131 pages, 2014
* Hebron Album and Scrapbook, 300 photos, 289 pages, 2018
* The Hebron Gazette - The First Fifteen Volumes -Combined. (thirty issues, 240 pages),    2018

 

In short, a comprehensive History of Hebron and environs - what a great gift for folks new to Hebron!

We can accept checks, cash and PayPal. Send your check to Hebron Historical Society, PO Box 89, Hebron, NY. For a PayPal payment contact the Society Treasurer, Ron Collins at roncollins@metrocast.net. For a cash payment and book pickup call the Society President, Dave Brittelli at 603-744-2634. If we need to mail the books to you please add $10.00.

ARE YOU ON THE TOWN DRIVEWAY SNOW PLOW LIST?

Hebron has already had two snow squalls this year and thankfully the snow did not stay.  But this is New England where “fall snowstorm’s” seem to be the norm.  Many Hebron taxpayers have opted to have the town plow their driveways or private roads for a fee.  Snow Plow letters have been mailed to all who used this service last year.  If you did not have your driveway plowed by the town last year or are a new resident, but would like to have it plowed this winter, please contact the Selectmen’s Office for more information. 

phone: (603)744-2631  
email:  execassist@hebronnh.org 

Payments are due by November 5th.  Any payments received after this date will be assessed a $25.00 late fee. 

The Highway Department, which oversees this service, asks that you read the Hebron Driveway Plowing Guidelines that is located on the Highway Department page under documents on the town website at www.hebronnh.org.    


 
HEBRON MEMORIAL WINTER BEACH ORDINANCE
We welcome you to the Hebron Memorial Beach. The beach, parking lot and adjacent town land are for the use of Hebron residents/taxpayers and their guests only.
We hope you enjoy the facilities and ask that you observe the following ordinances for everyone’s benefit.

 Parking is by permit only
 The beach, access road and parking lot opens at 5 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m.
 People using the area do so at their own risk. The town is not liable for accidents and assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen articles of personal property.
 No bob houses are to be stored on beach property before January 1 or after March 31.
 Trailers, motor homes, camping and fires are prohibited
Violations of the above ordinances may result in expulsion from the beach for one (1) year, citation and a $100.00 fine.

The access road to the beach is very narrow. Please use extreme caution when entering and leaving. Also, be careful not to cause excessive wear and erosion, move bob houses when area is frozen.

No cars or trucks beyond the parking lot. Only snowmobiles and ATV’s are allowed to cross the designated beach winter access area.
Please keep the beach and lake free of debris and trash (carry in, carry out).
Want roadways that safely integrate access for all users – including bicyclists and walkers, not just cars and trucks? How about more state funding for rail trails and greenways?
 
Biking and walking for recreation, exercise, or transportation requires well-designed roadways, educated road users, and carefully thought out laws and law-enforcement policies. All these factors contribute to the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
 
At Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire (BWANH), we advocate for policies, laws and conditions that increase safety and accessibility for bicyclists and walkers, while also educating all road users about responsible use of New Hampshire’s roadways, sidewalks, bike paths and rail trails.

Become a BWANH member to add your voice to our mission of promoting safer bicycling and walking conditions throughout the Granite State. Your support helps make it possible for us to advocate for you, your family, and your community. BWANH also welcomes involvement from individuals who want to become actively engaged in these efforts.
 
 Our monthly e-newsletter keeps you updated on bicycling and pedestrian news around New Hampshire, such as:
  • bicycle-related legislation
  • new bike technology
  • statewide rail trail & shared use path development
  • special events
  • educational opportunities
 
To learn more about Bike-Walk Alliance, become a member, or make a donation, go to our website at www.bwanh.org. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, membership and donations are tax-deductible.

GEOGRAPHY QUIZ

From the photos below, can you guess:
Where in the World is Cindy Newton?
(answer will be in December newsletter)
The photos in last month's "Where in the World is Cindy Newton?" Geography Quiz were taken in Seattle Washington..a very nice day in downtown Seattle at the 
Pike Street Market.
We welcome your photographs of Hebron and the surrounding area.
          From  Valley View Road by                                         Anonymous
               Paula Cummings
                      Loon Island                                          North Shore Road beaver dam
                                            Photos courtesy of Dian West
                                                          Newfound Lake
                                             Courtesy of Barbara Quinchia
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