Voting locations and times

Today is primary day in New Hampshire, and the eyes of the nation will be on the state. The Secretary of State’s office lists the following locations and voting times for area communities.
Berlin – There is a major change in polling places with the city eliminating voting at any of its schools. Instead voters in Precincts 2 and 3 will now vote at St. Anne Hall on School Street. Voting in all three polling places runs from 8 a.m. to7 p.m.
Precinct 1 – The Berlin Recreation Center, First Avenue entrance.
Precinct 2 and 3 – St. Anne Hall – 304 School Street entrance.
Precinct 4 – Community Bible Church – Sullivan Street entrance.
Dummer – Dummer Town Hall, 75 Hill Road, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Errol – Errol Town Hall, 33 Main Street, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Gorham – Gorham Town Hall, 20 Park Street, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Milan – Milan Village School gym, 11 Bridge Street, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Randolph – Randolph Town Hall, 103 Durand Road, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Shelburne – Shelburne Town Hall, 75 Village Road, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mount Washington will remain in Sargent's Purchase

SARGENT’S PURCHASE – A bill that would change the name of this unincorporated place that includes Mount Washington has been defeated.
Coos County officials were unaware of the bill when the topic was mentioned at a commission meeting Friday.
HB 1107 proposed changing the name of Sargent’s Purchase to Marilla Ricker, after the first woman accepted into the N.H. Bar and the first woman to run for governor of N.H. A suffragist and free thinker, Ricker was born in New Durham in 1840.

State now focusing on road and redevelopment district for Balsams project

By Barbara Tetreault

 BERLIN — With the permitting process for the Balsams Resort well underway, Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeff Rose said state agencies are now focusing on two other components of the project — rehabilitating the state road to the Panorama Golf Course and creating a redevelopment district as authorized under Senate Bill 30.
Meeting with the Coos County Commissioners Friday afternoon, Rose said his agency; the Department of Transportation, the state Fire Marshal’s office, and the developers are discussing the rehabilitation of the Golf Links Road.

The road, which is actually in Colebrook, leads from behind the hotel to the resort’s 19-hole Donald Ross- designed golf course. Rose said the state wants to maintain the scenic nature of the road while making it safe.
DOT spokesman Bill Boynton said his agency is working on a project to rehabilitate the road at an estimated cost of $2.8 million. He said there are still some issues, including funding and permitting, to work out but said DOT would like to do the work later this summer.
Rose said the goal is to have the road in working condition for the planned re-opening of the Balsams in the summer of 2017.
Rose said the state hopes to be able to put the project out for bids in late March to get as much of the work done as possible in 2016.
Ultimately, the plan is for the state to release the road and allow it to become privately owned by the developers, Dixville Capital LLC. That would require conveying it first to Coos County and then the county would convey it to Dixville Capital, which would take over maintenance and upkeep on the road.
A critical component of the Balsams redevelopment effort was the passage of SB 30, allowing counties to establish redevelopment districts in unincorporated places. Rose noted the Coos County commissioners are responsible for the creation of a redevelopment district in Dixville that would enable Dixville Capital to seek $30 million in state-guaranteed bonds for the project. While there is no official application yet, Rose said the Business Finance Authority is working on a first draft of a redevelopment district including how the assessment would be levied to repay the bond. He stressed the draft would be a starting point and he would bring all of the stakeholders together to work out the details. Rose said the BFA should have a first draft ready in one to three weeks. He estimated it will take two to three months to iron out a framework.
Commissioner Paul Grenier asked if the Attorney General’s office would be involved in reviewing any tentative proposal and Rose replied they would. Grenier said the county delegation has final approval and it will want to make sure the county’s interests are protected.
The commission decided that Chairman Tom Brady and County Administrator Jennifer Fish will represent the county in the discussions.
Rose reviewed the progress made on the Balsams redevelopment project from his perspective. In addition to passage of SB30, he said Dixville Capital has received its permit to withdraw water for snowmaking from the Androscoggin River and wetland permits from both N.H. Department of Environmental Services and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The Coos Planning Board has approved its Planned United Development application.

Primary primer: A look at the candidates


Hillary Clinton campaigned early and often in the Androscoggin Valley. She was the first candidate to appear here when she marched in the Gorham Fourth of July parade. She agreed to a quick interview with two local reporters at Mountain Fire Pizza before heading out in the parade. Her campaign’s use of a rope line to keep the national media at bay so she could shake hands along the parade route earned national ridicule. Clinton returned on Oct. 29, stopping at the White Mountain Café in Gorham for a coffee on her way to White Mountains Community College in Berlin where about 100 attended a town hall meeting. Clinton received a warm reception and after brief remarks, spent 45 minutes questions from students and then the general audience. The former secretary of state made a third visit to the region, braving nasty weather to make a town hall meeting on Dec. 29 at Berlin High School. Clinton was over an hour late for the event but her campaign treated the crowd to pizza.
Party: Democratic
Age: 68
Public offices held (past or present): Former U.S. senator from New York, former U.S. Secretary of State
Announced her candidacy on: April 12, 2015.
Endorsed by: Concord Monitor, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Keene Sentinel, Portsmouth Herald, Rochester Times, The Conway Daily Sun, Boston Globe, The New York Times; Gov, Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Representative Annie Kuster, Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier, and State Senator Jeff Woodburn.
Visits to New Hampshire: 23
Visits to Androscoggin Valley: Three – July 4, 2015; Oct. 29, 2015; Dec. 29, 2015.


Lincoln Chafee spoke to a small crowd at a Friday night meeting of the Coos County Democrats at the Randolph town hall. Despite growing up as the son of a governor and U.S. senator, Chafee said politics was not his first career. Graduating with a degree in classics, he was a blacksmith for seven years before getting into politics. After speaking, Chafee got into his car and drove back to Rhode Island.

Party: Democrat
Age: 62
Offices held (past or present): Governor of Rhode Island and former United States Senator, city councilor and then mayor of Warwick, R.I.
Announced his candidacy on: June 3, 2015
Suspended his candidacy on: October 23, 2015
Endorsed by: Tampa Bay Times, The Conway Daily Sun; South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham; former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg
Visits to New Hampshire: 16
Visits to Androscoggin Valley : One – July 10, 2015

Jeb Bush also appeared more than once in the valley. His first town hall meeting was July 23, 2015 at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham. With the 6,288 foot Mount Washington in the background, Bush spoke about tackling a different Mount Washington. He was quizzed about suggesting at an earlier event a need to look at entitlement programs. “Why are you always attacking the seniors,” one woman asked. He responded that he was not suggesting cutting benefits to current recipients but the programs are not sustainable in the long run. Bush promised to return and kept his word, holding a second town hall in the auto technology lab at White Mountains Community College on the afternoon of Dec. 22. After the town hall and away from the media, Bush made an unannounced stop at the historic St. Anne Church in Berlin for a quiet moment of prayer.

Party: Republican
Age: 62
Offices held (past or present): Former governor of Florida; former Florida secretary of commerce;
Announced his candidacy on: June 15, 2015
Endorsed by: Tampa Bay Times, The Conway Daily Sun; South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham; former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg
Visits to New Hampshire: 16
Visits to Androscoggin Valley : Two – July 23, 2015 and Dec. 22, 2015

Martin O’Malley greeted breakfast patrons at the Eastern Depot Restaurant in Berlin and recalled campaigning in the city back in 1983 for Gary Hart. "I stood on that corner for 20 minutes trying to knock on my first door because I was so shy. And now I think back I've lost count how many doors I've done,” he said. Sitting down with a small group that included two reporters, O’Malley talked about the need for new leadership. Gorham junior high students Faith Gingras and Colbe Goudreau asked him how he would tackle the heroin epidemic and he spoke about dealing with the issue as both a mayor and governor.

Party: Democratic
Age: 53
Public office held (past or present): Former governor of Maryland; former mayor of Baltimore.
Announced his candidacy: May 30, 2015
Suspended his candidacy: Feb. 1, 2015
Visits to New Hampshire: 23
Visits to Androscoggin Valley: One - July 27

The crowd was lined up outside the White Mountain Chalet in Berlin an hour before U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders arrived on a hot, muggy August. Over 200 people gathered in the middle of a workday to hear the self-described democratic socialist. Introduced by his son, Sanders spoke without notes for about an hour to a very enthusiastic crowd. There was no air conditioning on and by the time Sanders was finished, his shirt was soaked in sweat. He shook a few hands and left promptly.

Party: Independent (running as a Democrat)
Age: 74
Public office held (past or present): U.S. senator from Vermont; former U.S. representative from Vermont; former mayor of Burlington.
Announced his candidacy: May 26, 2015
Endorsed by Dudley Dudley and John Shea, former executive councilors; former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Kirk; Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap
Visits to New Hampshire: 32
Visits to Androscoggin Valley: One – Aug. 24.

Rand Paul described his platform of tax cuts, balanced federal budget, and more local control to a crowd of about 40 that gathered to hear him at the Northland Restaurant shortly before noon on Tuesday, Sept 1. Casually dressed, the senator told the crowd he wanted the government to be short of money as a way to curb spending. Paul was critical of GOP rival Donald Trump, calling the businessman a “fake conservative”. Paul spent about 40 minutes speaking and answering questions. Before leaving, he stopped stopped to fist bump with the children of former Coos County Republican Committee Chair Eric Catman.

Party: Republican
Age: 53
Offices held (past or present): U.S. senator from Kentucky
Announced his candidacy: April 7, 2015
Suspended his candidacy: Feb. 3, 2016
Endorsed by: Eric Catman, former chair of Coos County Republican Committee
Visits to New Hampshire: 22
Visits to the Androscoggin Valley: One – Sept 1, 2015

Chris Christie displayed the “telling it like it is” style he has made famous during his town hall meeting at the VWF in Berlin. But he also showed a personal side, speaking about a law school colleague’s unsuccessful fight against drug addiction and the lessons he learned from his Sicilian mother. The Jersey guy revealed a deft comic touch and spoke and answered questions for close to two hours.

Party: Republican
Age: 53
Offices held (past or present): Governor of New Jersey; former U.S. Attorney for New Jersey
Announced his candidacy on June 30, 2015
Endorsed by: New Hampshire Union Leader; former Congressman Bill Zeliff; Maine Gov. Paul LePage, and State Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley
Visits to New Hampshire: 37
Visits to the Androscoggin Valley: One — Sept. 3, 2015


Lindsey Graham came to Berlin as part of a two-day listening tour through Coos County. A handful of people joined him for lunch at the Northland Restaurant. Down in the polls, Graham said he was hoping to revive his campaign in New Hampshire and win the nomination. He spoke about the need for the national political parties to find a way to work together. While pro-life and in favor of traditional marriage, Graham said he would not vote to shut the federal government down to defund Planned Parenthood.

Party: Republican
Age: 60
Offices held (past or present): U.S. senator from South Carolina; former U.S. representative from South Carolina; former S.C. state representative
Announced his candidacy on June 30, 2015
Endorsed by: New Hampshire Union Leader; former Congressman Bill Zeliff; and State Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley
Visits to New Hampshire: 28
Visits to Androscoggin Valley: One — September 5, 2015


Lawrence Lessig was one of the lesser known candidates running for president, using the race as a platform to draw attention to the cause of campaign finance reform. In prior years, he had twice marched through Coos County as part of the New Hampshire Rebellion. He spoke at the Coos County Democratic Party’s annual Truman Dinner at the White Mountain Chalet in Berlin on Sunday, Nov. 1. The next day, he announced he was dropping out of the race because a rule change meant he would not qualify for the Democratic debate.

Party: Democrat
Age: 54
Offices held (past or present): Harvard professor of law; attorney; and political activist
Announced his candidacy on September 2, 2015
Suspended his candidacy on Nov. 2, 2015
Endorsed by:
Visits to New Hampshire: 28
Visits to Androscoggin Valley: One —November 1, 2015

John Kasich brought his national debt clock with him to his town hall meeting at White Mountains Community College last November. And while he spoke about the need for a balanced budget and responsible tax cuts, he also spoke about he has dealt with the opiate problem as governor of Ohio. With Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency and then Deputy Chief Brian Valerino behind him, Kasich said he had been told about the city’s efforts to address the problem.

Party: Republican
Age: 63
Public office held (past or present): Governor of Ohio; former U.S. senator from Ohio; former Ohio state senator
Announced his candidacy: July 21, 2015
Endorsed by: Former U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey; Former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu; N.H. House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan; Portsmouth
Herald; Foster Daily Democrat; Nashua Telegram; Concord Monitor; The Boston Globe; The New York
Visits to New Hampshire: 27
Visits to Androscoggin Valley: One – November 21, 2015


Marco Rubio spoke in the morning at the VFW hall in Berlin while rival Jeb Bush held a town hall meeting just a few hours later at White Mountains Community College and many people took in both appearances. The VFW hall was staged in patriotic colors and Rubio preached it was time for a new generation to take the reins of power. Confident and self assured, Rubio made a brief speech and then spent an hour answering questions from the crowd.

Party: Republican
Age: 44
Public office held (past or present): U.S. senator from Florida; former Florida state senator; former West Miami city commissioner.
Announced his candidacy on: April 13, 2015
Endorsed by: Peter Heed, former New Hampshire Attorney General
Visits to New Hampshire: 22
Number of visits to Androscoggin Valley: One – Dec. 22, 2015