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September 8, 2005

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Publisher's Note
by Jody Reese

Retiring teachers

In the next five years Manchester will face a massive teacher shortage. This should seen as an opportunity, not a problem for our city.

When a class from Central High School held its 20-year reunion last year, most of the attendees no longer lived in the area. Many had moved to other states seeking better jobs and brighter futures.

If we use the 500 school teaching jobs as incentive to keep the next group of high school students in the area, we all will benefit. The students will be able to find good jobs here and weíll keep a group of bright and well-educated members of our community.

Itís great to attract talent fromoutside our community; itís also great to try and keep our own homegrown talent. It might be wise for the school district and city government to create college incentives to encourage locals to become teachers here instead of having to provide signing bonuses in five years to attract teachers from other states.

Parents do all they can

Last week I wrote that parents are partially to blame for out-of-control youth. That prompted a call from a reader who has been having a hard time with her son and feels she has done all she can do. The caller makes an excellent point. In many cases parents do all they can and still their children get into trouble. Some studies say that parents have very little effect on their children. Itís the children's friends that have the largest impact. This is a difficult subject and clearly I donít have all the answers.

Good works

Many of us want to help victims of  Hurricane Katrina. Many local businesses have taken up the cause. They include:

Cut-a-Thon at Michaelís School of Hair Design (Bedford Mall on South River Road), all day Saturday, Sept. 10. $10 donation for a haircut or mini facial will go to the Red Cross.

Clothes drop-off at Cordwianer Gallery (Route 101, Bedford), Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clothes will be shipped to refugees.

Silent auction at Jilliaí's (50 Phillippe Cote St ), Tuesday, Sept.13, 5 to 11 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

This is only a partial list. Weíll try and keep a list going in future papers. Please e-mail details to news@hippopress.com.