Here's 9-11 in numbers: 8:46. 9:02. 2,819. 343. 289. 19,858. 36,000. 258.
- The times the planes hit.
- Total dead at WTC.
- Number of NYC firefighters killed.
- Number of intact bodies.
- Number of body parts found.
- Pints of blood donated in NYC.
- Pints of blood actually needed.
What do you remember about 9-11? Here's mine:
The absolute unbelievable blue of the sky that morning in New York/New Jersey. The confusion over the first news, which we all dismissed as "a small private plane." The horror of the second plane, when we realized this was no accident. Gathering at work, all of us, sitting on desks, on the floor, hugging each other, to watch Aaron Brown of CNN lose his voice as the first tower fell, live, for us all to see. Then word of attacks in Washington D.C., with rumors of car bombs all over the capital.
And more: thinking about my father's colleagues who worked in the South Tower, about my colleagues from Mars, Inc., who had been at the WTC the day before for a meeting. Thinking about the wonderful staff at Windows on the World, where I'd taken a team for dinner not long before 9-11. The stories from colleagues who were stranded all over the country, desperate for rental cars, as their planes were forced down, or the great stories of a British friend who had to land and camp out near Gandor, Canada with hundreds of strangers. A friend who ran a daycare center in New Jersey, where no parent came to collect a child that day. Can't forget the crippling fear of getting on a plane for work afterwards, or how suddenly every television channel ran 'crawler bars' under all programming, and how we watched continuously, for more bad news, more attacks.
Monroe, New Hampshire is 323 miles from the WTC. Eleven years ago, I'm guessing it felt like it was right next door.
As you may (or may not!) know, we've recently had some hiccups in the planning for Harvest Festival 2012, notably around concerns over the safety of the school building for weekend events as well as whether groups coming to the festival have adequate insurance. We are pleased to be able to report that these concerns have been resolved, and we are all free to dream about scarecrows, fireworks, and great food from our PTF, Men's Club, and Church. Here are the UNOFFICIAL, DRAFT, WE REPEAT, NOT APPROVED YET, minutes from last Wednesday's School Board meeting. Thank you to Raegan for getting them out at around midnight of that night! We'd be interested in the 'take' from any of the folks who were at the meeting. What are your thoughts? p.s., please be polite and no bad language! Thanks.
Monroe Consolidated School Board Meeting
September 5, 2012
Community Members Present
Board Members/Administration Present
Meeting called to order at 5:45 p.m.
Linda Clark opened the meeting and addressed the community. She explained the timeline of events with the insurance and use of building and grounds policy.
-The board agrees to be co-sponsors of the Harvest Festival.
-Cindy Guibord has volunteered to be in the kitchen during the festival although the school will pay her if she
-Linda read the letter from Primex explaining the insurance coverage.
-Doug Hatfield, School Attorney, spoke with Linda today and told her that he could prepare a document that would cover the Men’s Club under the school “umbrella”.
Many community members asked questions and suggested solutions.
Robert Martin made a motion to contact Doug Hatfield to draft a document to make these groups part of the school’s umbrella. Paula Geil seconded. Unanimous vote.
Karl Johnson made a motion to accept the money from the anonymous donor, if need be. Robert Martin seconded. Unanimous vote.
Donna Mitton supplied the Board with a Release of Liability document. The Board would like those to be signed by each entity and returned by September 25, 2012.
Karl Johnson made a motion to get the Release of Liability, have the school attorney check it and have all groups sign it by September 25, 21012. Linda Clark seconded. Unanimous vote.
Karl Johnson made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Raegan Colburn seconded. Unanimous vote.
Meeting adjourned at 7:20.
Raegan E. Colburn
School Board Secretary
Dr. Charles Hammer will be leading tours of the old Grange Hall building on Saturday, May 5th, at 10 am. We had the priviledge of having a tour a year ago, and were captivated by the sense of history in that building. Our favorite was the hand-written inventory on an old kitchen cupboard door (i.e., 1932: 5 plates, 10 cups). Just couldn't help wondering who had written that, and what kind of life they'd had.
What will others in town think? That it's an old building past its time? Let it go? Or will others see something in it that bears saving - and maybe even repurposing - picture small concerts, meetings, whatever. The building may officially belong to the Monroe Historical Society, but we are betting it really belongs to the people of Monroe.
New website! Why? Because Microsoft decided to start charging for their previously free service! SOOO, if we were going to have to pay Microsoft every month, we decided to look for a different service to pay. We liked this system slightly better, because it gave us some extra functionality. You'll see that in the site, where we now have new "Contact Us" pages under different sections. Each one goes to the appropriate person - so no more e-mailing the webmasters and hoping they remember to pass things on.
We also hope to gradually add free webpages for any town business that would like one. To see a sample, click on the Headworks link on the Businesses page. It's a way for small businesses to have a searchable presence on the web without the expense or hassle of putting up their own site. It's not perfect, but it could be better than nothing.
The single biggest change? The addition of this blog. Some of you may recall that last year, during the school budget debate, there was a healthy, polite (!) discussion on the town Facebook page. Someone even went so far as to suggest we have annual town meeting on Facebook - LOL! Anyway, Facebook did away with the concept of a discussion page, so we thought this might take its place. Please keep posts clean - and polite - that's all we ask. Thanks.
Eileen & Bryan, as webmasters, are the initial authors/creators of this blog. But we sincerely hope others will take over and we don't have to hear ourselves "talk." We bet you don't want to hear us talk, either.