Thursday, August 28, 2014
Deal Reached To Sell Markey Basket To Artie T

Save Market Basket:

It is official. Artie T is back, and tomorrow morning operations at the company go back to normal.Give yourself a pat on the back for supporting the boycott. Thank an employee the next time you go shopping. And remember that nothing like this has ever happened. We all were a part of an historic struggle where the good guys won, and that does not happen much these days. I started this page over a year ago, and I got way more involved than I had planned. Thank you for putting up with the amateur nature of this page, as I am not a professional organizer. I hope this will be my last post.

Thank You All and Congratulations!

He’s Baaaaaack: Arthur T. to Buy Market Basket
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Kids Are Paying The Price For America’s Prison Binge

"Results suggest that children's health disadvantages are an overlooked and unintended consequence of mass incarceration and that incarceration, given its unequal distribution across the population, may have implications for population-level racial-ethnic and social class inequalities in children's health." University of California, Irvine sociologist Kristin Turney

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Monday, August 25, 2014
Photos/Recap Farmington Hay Day 2014

We had a great day this year for Farmington Hay Day 2014! We had our our regular booth space at the corner of Main and Central. We sold political buttons, the ever popular Thank Democrats bumper stickers, and Farmington, NH postcard sets. We had plenty of freebies as well this year. We did well on the raffle, so some lucky people have delicious watermelons to devour. We'll had lots of political literature for people to take and candidate representatives on hand to help people get to know candidates for the upcoming primary and election in November. The bed race, the Farmington Community Gardens booth, the Farmington Historical Society booth, Goodwin Library book sale, and the Conservation Commission booth were notable perennials and their were many great food and shopping booths. We hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did!

Residents enjoy Farmington Hay Day

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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
SCDC Event-Bernie Sanders Coming To Rollinsford Sept. 27th

Bernie Sanders is coming to the American Legion Hall in Rollinsford on September 27th! He'll be headlining our Annual Strafford County Celebration from 5 - 7pm. We urge you to buy your tickets early

Hearty hors d'oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. We guarantee you will go home motivated to vote and ensure that NH becomes a BLUE state head to toe!
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Question And Answer With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Once [gay] people began to say who they were, you found that it was your next-door neighbor or it could be your child, and we found people we admired. That understanding still doesn’t exist with race; you still have separation of neighborhoods, where the races are not mixed. It’s the familiarity with people who are gay that still doesn’t exist for race and will remain that way for a long time as long as where we live divided.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Farmington Hay Day 2014-Saturday August 23rd

We'll be at Farmington Hay Day once again this year. Same space, same booth. The theme this year is superheroes, so I think this Hay Day will really be fun. This year the FNHDems have two watermelons to raffle off as well as a few other items. We'll be selling our "Proud Farmington Democrat" pins and we will also have a variety of the "Thank Democrats" stickers for sale. We will also have some of the new #WeLoveCarol and #WeLoveJean stickers. We don't know which candidates will be there yet or which will choose to drop off literature, but each year at least three candidates show up and at least five candidates have information available. We always have free water available for those who pass by. Stop by and visit us!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Recap/Photos-SCDC Picnic A Great Success

It was a beautiful day for the SCDC Grow Local picnic. The SCDC EC organizers had done a great job of planning and making sure things moved along seamlessly. The sponsor list was incredible this year and I think they probably deserve credit for that as well. There was a large crowd this time that stayed for most of the picnic and everyone seemed to be having a very relaxing day. The food was great, but it always is. We don't all get to see each other often, or for very long when we do, so the annual picnic is the perfect opportunity to catch up with each other. 
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O'Malley Stumps For Shaheen In Somersworth

“I believe our country's on the threshold in an era of tremendous progress. But leadership is important, and leadership matters. And every single state matters,” he said. “Your ability to help our country hold the U.S. by reelecting Jean Shaheen is a critical part of that movement forward.” Governor Martin O'Malley

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Friday, August 15, 2014
Commentary And Quiz-Longstanding Myths About The US Social Safety Net

"Myths about the beneficence of the social safety net and the demographics of its beneficiaries are persistent, among libertarian tea partyers and (presumably) ultraliberal New York theater audiences alike. In the spirit of debunking some of these, I’ve compiled a few factoids that people often get wrong." Catherine Rampell

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Koch Brothers Are Moving Against Your Local Zoo, Transit, And School Board

What do a zoo funding in Ohio, a rapid transit system in Tennessee, supervisors in Wisconsin
opposed to an iron ore mine, a 1.5 percent food and beverage tax in Nebraska, roll back efforts aimed at integrating schools in North Carolina and that attempted to abolish educator tenure, all have in common? The Koch Brother oligarchs meddled with all of them.

"There is no issue we won't get involved in if you’re going to raise taxes." Eli Miller, director of the Ohio Americans for Prosperity chapter

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
A Wondeful Evening- Rich Leonard Fundraiser Photos

Image Credit: Ray Buckley

Lat night there was a great turnout for Rich Leonard's fundraiser held at the Governors Inn in Rochester. Mostly local Dems from Strafford County, but a fair number of notable Dems from other counties as well. It was a lovely night of networking and community building.

For more information about Rich Leonard and his run for NH State Senate please visit his website or follow his activities on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Tri Town Dems Meeting-Thursday August 14th

Hi Folks,

Just a reminder that our Democratic Committees are meeting this Thursday.

Tri Town Democrats Committee Meeting

Thursday, August 14, 7:00 PM

Emma Ramsey Center
Route 125, Milton, NH

We have lots to discuss and plans to make for the upcoming election cycle. Electing good folks to represent us is critical to making progress in our communities and our state.

Tri-town Democrats
August 14, 2014

Call to Order 7 PM New Durham Chairman Richard Leonard

Minutes of Previous meeting

Treasurer’s Report

Social Media Another Committee Reports

Old Business
  • Farmington Hay Day
  • Strafford County picnic-who is going/available tickets?

New Business
  • Election Activity
-Letters to the Editor
-Phone Banks/Canvassing
-Yard Signs
  • Communications between towns
  • Recruiting New Members?
  • Social activity/fundraiser for the spring or summer?
Next Meeting September 11, 2014 in Milton
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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Important: School Board Seeks Public Opinion on Upcoming Budget

Farmington High School
Tomorrow evening, Monday, August 11th, the Farmington School Board will be hosting a public forum as they begin the Budget cycle which will cover the first year of the Middleton withdrawal process. The loss of revenue from the Middleton children will but a strain on our school budget.  The meeting is at the Farmington High School Library at 6:30 PM.  All Farmington residents should watch this carefully and become active and involved in this process.

The task at hand seems overwhelming at first. How will we ever overcome the huge loss of revenue when Middleton leaves our District and keep the quality of Education in Farmington to the standards we have come to appreciate and expect?

It seems that much of the concern over this is because of the effect it will have on our tax rate. That is why the School Board is inviting every resident of our town to become part of the "solution".  I fear that the "solution" they seek is only how to keep taxes lower, not how to improve the education of our children and young adults.   Meetings are always open to the public, but this is a chance for us to offer our input about these decisions, ask those probing questions, listen to their reasoning, and hold them accountable for their decisions and rationale.

Again, it seems they are looking to cut "unnecessary" programs in order to save money.  As an educator, I can tell you, all programs are necessary, at least to some children, or we wouldn't have them at all.  It would appear they are looking at requirements over needs of our children.  That is never a good way to start, and it always ends badly for some kids who might need the extra help and support of a program that may be cut because it is considered "unnecessary".  We can allow the School Board to debate among the 5 members, many of whom only are there to cut the budget to keep taxes low, or they can receive our valuable input.  Hopefully, keep them focused on what our children need!
We must remind them that it is important to make decisions based on what our children need, not what our wallets want. The hardships both the school and town currently face has been the result of our representatives desire to keep our tax rate low.  They do not base decisions on what a positive, thriving community needs to compete with other thriving communities around us and attract new tax paying residents. If we want to lower our taxes, and we all do, then we have to bring more folks into the town. The only way to do that is to have good services, good schools, positive climates, and government leaders that consider the community over their own interests.
Unfortunately, I don't see a lot of that in this town. We lost Middleton for the most part because they believe that we can't provide an adequate education for their children. Regardless of the degree to which that belief is true, perception in communities trumps reality. So further slashing our education programs to make folks happy with their tax bills is not a way to invite new folks into the community and increase our tax base. We have to invest in our community in order to attract others here. We have to provide benefit for living here.
I ask that you take the time to consider attending the meeting.  Please think about your concerns for our education system, the importance that good schools have on the decisions of families to move into communities, and make your presence and thoughts known to the School Board.  This may be the first of several meetings , so you may have other chances to participate.

If you cannot make the meeting on short notice, please put this on your radar and watch for other meetings.  We lost Middleton because of selfishness and the budget slashing philosophy.  Now those same board members will seek to solve our problems by further slashing our education system to save money.  We can't let this happen.  Community minded folks are willing to support the community and all our citizens through the taxes they pay. Let's keep in mind that it is our kids that suffer when we cut services to the bone in our community.  Children are our future.  Their education and their well being should be the only basis for our decision.

School Board site:

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
LTE: Cataldo Signs Koch Brothers Pledge To Harm Working Families

Just say no to Sam Cataldo.

From the August 7th Edition of the Rochester Times:

Cataldo Signs Koch Brothers Pledge to Harm Working Families

To the Editor:

Our District 6 State Senator, Sam Cataldo, recently pledged to gridlock our government and begin to dismantle all we have built in New Hampshire in the past two years. Sam signed The Americans for Prosperity Taxpayer Pledge.

The Pledge, supported by American's for Prosperity, one of the political arms of the Libertarian Koch Brothers Empire, commits its signers to concentrate on five things: 1. cut taxes, fees and oppose any increases; 2. cut spending and the size of government; 3. pass a right to work law in NH; 4. oppose the Affordable Care Act, and any healthcare reforms that would improve it, including Medicaid expansion; and 5. uphold the constitutions of the US and NH. Basically, Senator Cataldo has pledged to follow the libertarian values of his Koch Brother supporters, rather than represent his constituents by listening to them. 

This is a pledge that you essentially break when you sigh it. The fifth point in the pledge is to uphold the constitutions of the US and NH. Both compel representatives to represent their constituents, not special interests. By signing this pledge, Senator Cataldo has refused to uphold his constitutional duty to represent his people, because he will work diligently to remove all the protections our government has for working women and men. His pledge tells me that he will work against the wishes of my neighbors and friends in District 6.

Rich Leonard is a kind and generous man, who sees the struggles of working class families everyday at his job. Rich personally knows the struggles that working families must endure. When his wife was fighting cancer and her job was terminated, she and Rich lost their health care. Trying to find insurance with a pre-existing condition was next to impossible. Rich did find health care through his employer, but Rich understands that this is not the circumstance for many people. Because he cares deeply for the people in his community and district, Rich is the kind of person I can trust to fight for our best interests, not the best interest of the libertarian anti-government Koch Brothers.

So I urge you to consider this when you vote this fall. I encourage you to vote for Rich Leonard for the District 6 State Senate seat. Rich is a pharmacist who also works a farm in New Durham. I know Rich to be a person of integrity and justice. He is not interested in being bought by special interest groups. He is only interested being the voice of his community in the NH Senate, a community in which he lives and works.  You can learn more about Rich Leonard on his website at

Stan Freeda
Farmington, NH

Read it in the August 7th Edition of the Rochester Times

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SCDC "Grow Local" Picnic- August 17th 12 - 3pm At Millennium Park


Please join us for the Annual Strafford County Democratic "Grow Local" Picnic on Sunday, August 17th from 12:00 - 3:00 pm at Millennium Park on Stackpole Road in Somersworth. There will be Democrats from around the county enjoying traditional picnic food (yummy hamburgers from Pinewoods Yankee Farm in Lee, salads, vegetarian options, desserts) and elected officials stopping by to chat. 

Strafford County State Rep Candidates: We have a special sponsorship rate for you. Sponsorship for all others is $100. Your sponsorship is $50. A sponsorship includes being listed on our large scrolling banner, being listed on a flyer on each table and being publicly thanked for your support. Please consider sponsoring the picnic and the October dinner. The money raised will go toward voter contact, voter education and the election of all Strafford County Democrats.

To sponsor or send a check, $50. for each event to:
Strafford County Democratic Committee
PO Box 247
Dover NH 03821 OR
Here are the links:

Strafford County Democrats Picnic - August 17
Strafford County Democrats Dinner - October TBD 
Please spread the word. Let's elect Democrats!
Sponsorship Committee of Strafford County Democratic Committee
Caroline French
Susan Roman
Dennis Vachon
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Friday, August 1, 2014
My Observations On Why Educators Leave By Kyle Leach

"...The primary reason they leave is because they’re dissatisfied.”  Richard Ingersoll, an education professor at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Educators in the report cite inadequate administrative support, feelings of isolation in the workplace among other things. This is a toxic situation and not an environment where anyone can teach or learn.

Up To Half Of Teachers Quit Within 5 Years

My Observations On Why Educators Leave By Kyle Leach

I'm really proud to tell you my mom was a teacher. It is one of the most honorable professions in my eyes. She taught elementary school, sixth grade. She was really good at it and except for my brother and I, I don't think anything made her happier. I think educating was a way for her to give back to community. I think she felt it exposed our common bonds, showed people how to come together, and helped people change their circumstances. She wasn't just imparting facts and figures to be memorized. She was helping young minds become the next set of workers, shaping future leaders and thinkers, and helping young creatives find themselves.

She left very early each school day. She often got home late and when she was home, she normally was doing some kind of grading or prep work for part of the evening. She was dedicated. Her classroom was colorful, interesting, and constantly changing. Her walls were covered with bulletin boards, which she kept decorated the whole school year.  She had an aquarium and plants close to the windows and she had areas for individual seating and tables for community work at the back. Her room was full of art created by her students. She loved her classroom and she loved her students, a new set every year.

Being an educator was a calling for her. Her students respected her. Parents respected her, and at least to some degree administration honored the part she played in our education system and gave teachers what they needed to make students as successful as they could. Society on the whole gave educators a wide birth; and, except for the low pay standards, eduction was a field held in high regard.

Many problems still needed to be worked out and to this day still do. Gender and race issues were problems, as they are today. Many learning challenges were yet to be identified and children with special needs were still being neglected. People with mental and physical challenges fought to be integrated into everyday school life as they still do to today. Bullying was still the standard, but it wasn't even thought a systemic problem back then.

Around the time I was ten, things noticeably changed. Over the next few decades a cascade effect would make the situation much worse. Some things were subtle, others not so much. Everyone seemed to have less money and less time to spend with each other. More people seemed to be working and much more often. Many people had multiple jobs and it was harder to find jobs within a field you had worked in, unless it was in the retail or service industry. Kids were alone in the afternoon and evening or had sitters much more often. People seemed to be withdrawing from each other and turning toward other forms of entertainment.

I didn't know it at the time, but the nation's safety net was being slowly dismantled, education was being under funded year after year, wages were static, savings were evaporating, and benefits, health, retirement, or otherwise were becoming exceptions not the norm. Costs for everything cars, homes, and food rose, in fact they continue to do so. People were turned on to to credit which made their problems worse. People were haggard, stressed and that didn't get better. Educators had to deal with all this on the personal side, but professionally these things had even higher costs.

With more people working more often and kids and teens left to fend for themselves, I saw respect between adults and kids deteriorate. I also got to see the respect administrators had for educators diminish and saw litigation between the three parties skyrocket. The burden of dealing with these compounding errors fell to teachers in the classroom if for no other reason than they are with our students for at least seven hours of a day. Without universal support from administration to deal with issues in the classroom I saw teachers and children become isolated. I saw teens reject the flaws and hypocrisy of the adults around them. I saw children turn to teachers because they were the the only adults they could trust.

I have known many educators throughout my life. Many of my family members were teachers. Most of my friends are educators. When I went to college I settled on art as the place where my heart was. I went to a college known for fostering educators. I myself was thinking of being an art teacher. In the end I decided the education field was not for me. Knowing all I know now I can't say that I regret that decision at all. When my husband Stan and I met fourteen years ago I made a much better living working for soulless corporations, without a completed college degree, than Stan did teaching high school all day and educating adults at college at night. Just so you know Stan has two bachelor's degrees and two masters degrees. His passions and degrees are in the sciences, math, and eduction. Areas our children need greater and greater help with and arenas the increasingly corporate world has no idea how to convey or inspire, short of monetizing them.

When you couple social changes with low wages considering the amount of education and  sometimes limited benefits, increasingly poor administrative and legislative support teachers receive, especially when they are first starting out, what are young educators supposed to take from this situation? What incentive do teachers have to stay? If you want teachers to stay you have to create an environment that is constructive for learning and creation. You can't overly burden them with administrative problems or parental responsibilities; neither are their roles. You have to find the right candidates to be good teachers and give those new educators support to be successful teachers when they begin. You have to treat them as the professionals they are and hold their positions in high regard. They help our children learn. They help or children create. They help our children dream and help them fine tune those dreams into reality.

Most people I know in the field of education have two things that really make them stand out. They are passionate about helping people learn and discover who they are, what they are good at, and they are inspired by how much potential each person holds, no matter what limitations they currently hold on to. If you can't figure out that those are two things our society needs, you are part of the problem. Corporate structures are efficient, great at turning our dull cogs, and perfect at reduction, but they can't make a thinker. If you want a great education system, if you want great people for our society you have to invest in the people that do the work to create those situations. Teachers. The difference between a bright future and a dull one depends on the degree to which we support our educators.  They will develop the minds and nurture the souls that will create that future.
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Thank Democrats Campaign-New Options to Support Local Dems

In the winter of 2010 a group of Strafford County Democratic Grassroots Activists aged 17 to 70 gathered because they were dedicated to promoting a Pro-Democratic message for the November election.  The bumper stickers are part of the messaging campaign that we are undertaking here in Strafford County, New Hampshire (where some of us call them bumpastickas) and we hope beyond! They were printed by a small woman-owned union print shop in Somersworth, NH.

The Democrats of Strafford County, New Hampshire, want to thank you for all of the hard work that you do on behalf of the Democratic Party.  We are doing our part.  We designed the union-made bumper stickers to get the message out.

Over the past year we have sold bumper stickers from Maine to Alaska and from Massachusetts to Utah.  Our most popular stickers are Medicare, Social Security, and Vet’s Benefits.

Many town and county committees  have purchased our stickers in bulk and have used them to fundraise and doubled their money, charging still only $1. each, or they have handed them out freely.  We ask that people pledge to display the sticker and to help us spread the word about the good things that Democrats have done for this country.

We hope you will consider contributing to this worthwhile cause by buying our terrific bumper stickers.

All proceeds raised from the sale of the bumper stickers go towards electing Democrats in Strafford County, NH.
To purchase go to:

Find us on Facebook at Thank Democrats

 The county committee has produced a new bumper sticker in its “Thank Democrats” series. The new one, which reads simply “Obama Cares.”  Buy them online here.




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Vision. Action. Community.

The Farmington Democrats believe that equality of opportunity can be achieved through community involvement, political action, and a shared vision of social justice.