Girard At Large

Girard At Large Connecting LOCAL people, places and things with NEWS from our own backyard! News you're not likely to get elsewhere! Broadcast on WLMW 90.7 FM New Hampshire Family Radio, our mission is simple: To connect local people, places and things. “News from our own backyard” is our motto.

Led by Manchester native Richard H. Girard, a widely recognized and respected local public figure, Girard at-Large is a unique program that not only discovers and uncovers what’s happening within the Greater Manchester area, but also gives its audience the opportunity to share what it knows. What could be a better source for “news from our own backyard” than from the people who live in it? Once, Manchester was home to several truly local and community-oriented news organizations. Now, the available news outlets have shed their local focus in favor a New Hampshire and or national one. Coverage of Manchester area people, places and things has been left by the wayside. We believe that our unique approach to covering and involving local people, places and things, coupled with our primary focus on local news and events from our own backyard, provides a truly desirable, fun, interesting and effective community media outlet. The city of Manchester – the hub of our region and state - is our primary concern, as it has lost the most locally focused media in the metropolitan area. In addition to Manchester, we cover people, places and things in the towns of Bedford, Goffstown, Hooksett, Auburn, Londonderry, Litchfield, Merrimack, Amherst, Milford, Mont Vernorn, New Boston, Weare, Dunbarton, Bow, Pembroke, Allenstown, Candia, Raymond, Chester and Derry. The total population of our target area is nearly 400,000 people as our radio signal covers virtually all of Hillsborough County, eastern Rockingham County and southern Merrimack County, New Hampshire’s most populous and wealthy counties, and includes the cities of Manchester, Nashua and Concord, NH’s three largest, as well as many of its most populous and prosperous towns. To attract and retain an audience interested in local information, the show features LOCAL news, traffic, weather and sports. In addition, the show offers several segments designed to introduce the audience to the people, places, and things that are right in their own backyard.

Operating as usual

09/03/2020

G, what could we possibly talk about tonight? I guess you’ll have to tune in to find out!

09/03/2020

Manchester mask mandates, surplus school space, Manchester teachers union tries to sabotage school reopening, primary election endorsements and ooohhh sooo much more! Be sure to click in!

09/03/2020
BOMBSHELL: NH ELECTIONS OFFICIAL: 'I VOTED TWICE'AG ANNOUNCES PROSECUTION… BUT HAD FILE FOR 8 MONTHS

Imagine if the media actually did its job like James O'Keefe of Project Veritas! We might get this horrific problem NH has with voter fraud under control. It's been well documented, so let's not go down the "this is a one off" road. I spent nearly 6 years on the air with Ed Naile of the Coalition of NH Taxpayers exposing, documenting and otherwise proving it's a wide spread problem, one which prior attorneys general actually documented in a report on voter fraud fostered by Portsmouth State Senator Martha Fuller Clark but took no action on. But, hey, back then, Assistant Attorney General Michael Brown was harboring an illegal voter from Hawaii at his home. Nothing to see here...

Our thanks to O'Keefe for pushing the AG's office to act. In a state where some 10,000 same day registration verification forms were returned in he mail as "undeliverable, addressee unknown," there's an election tipping problem in this state, sad to say.

Please share this post and spread the word. This is 3 minutes every NH voter needs to see!

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MEA threatens Manchester School Board over reopening plan in secret email - Girard At Large
08/31/2020
MEA threatens Manchester School Board over reopening plan in secret email - Girard At Large

MEA threatens Manchester School Board over reopening plan in secret email - Girard At Large

MEA also organized what amounted to an organized sick out attempt to defeat Goldhard’s reopening plan An August 23, 2020 letter from Manchester Education Association President Sue Ellen Hannan threatened members of the Manchester Board of School Committee if they voted to back the minimalist reope...

08/27/2020
What say you?
08/27/2020
The time has come...to close Central High - Girard At Large

What say you?

Unprecedented Times Call For Unprecedented Measures When Bedford built its own high school, it opened in 2007 with 550 students – freshmen and sophomores that would have been Manchester students.  Bedford grew to an enrollment of 1,250 students, a loss to Manchester.  We left West High alone and...

And how much of this is because the city continues with Safe Station, refuses to enforce housing, building, fire and zon...
08/27/2020
Assistant Police Chief: Manchester a dumping ground for state problems

And how much of this is because the city continues with Safe Station, refuses to enforce housing, building, fire and zoning code violations against "sober homes," allows vagrancy in parks and on streets to go unaddressed and even set up homeless camps with bathrooms, running water and police protection?

The state’s largest city has become the dumping ground for every social problem in New Hampshire, Manchester’s assistant police chief told the state parole board.

08/16/2020
Jane

Thanks for the info, Jane Dewey

Can someone ask Matt Mowers why his henchman Bill Griener is shaking down Bedford candidates to get them to endorse Mowers?
How much money has Griener contributed to Mowers' campaign? Mowers is now bought and paid for by Griener. We've seen this play out numerous times before.
I'd suggest looking at the donations to Mowers by Griener and why he is letting Griener shake down candidates to endorse him.
Mowers made the fatal mistake of aligning with Griener. Griener supported Chris Pappas and Jeanne Shaheen.
Don't let matt lie about this. There is a paper trail.

The Finance Committee of the BOSC meets at 7pm tonight.  Chairman Beaudry leads the way through a pretty thick agenda.
08/11/2020

The Finance Committee of the BOSC meets at 7pm tonight. Chairman Beaudry leads the way through a pretty thick agenda.

The Policy Committee of the BOSC will be meeting at 5:30pm tonight.  Chairman Want will lead the discussion.  Suicide Pr...
08/11/2020

The Policy Committee of the BOSC will be meeting at 5:30pm tonight. Chairman Want will lead the discussion. Suicide Prevention Policy is on the agenda. Hmm.

The Special Committee on Education Legislation will be meeting at 5pm tonight.  Chairman Jim O'Connell will lead the dis...
08/11/2020

The Special Committee on Education Legislation will be meeting at 5pm tonight. Chairman Jim O'Connell will lead the discussion.

The Board of School Committee will be meeting at 6pm tonight to vote on the School Re-Opening Plan.  You can watch on Ch...
08/10/2020
2020 Full Board Agendas - Google Drive

The Board of School Committee will be meeting at 6pm tonight to vote on the School Re-Opening Plan. You can watch on Channel 22 or manchestertv.org/22

08/06/2020
Judge Champagne was among the best of us.  May he rest in peace.
07/31/2020
Norman E. Champagne Longtime Manchester judge - New Hampshire Union Leader

Judge Champagne was among the best of us. May he rest in peace.

MANCHESTER — Norman E. Champagne, 78, of Manchester, died peacefully at home on July 27, 2020, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on September 15, 1941, the son of the late Laurier and Lillian (Demers) Champagne. Norman graduated from Bishop Bradley High School and S...

07/30/2020
07/23/2020
07/17/2020

UPDATE BREAKING:

Girard at Large has learned that Timberlane Regional School District Superintendent Earl Metzler suddenly and unexpectedly resigned his post yesterday. Details will be published if and when obtained. The resignation followed a special meeting of the SAU 55 School Board on July 16th. SAU 55 is comprised of the Timberlane and Hampstead school districts.

Metzler was a frequent topic of discussion during our time on the air not just for his ongoing and brutal battles with then Timberlane board member Donna Green, whom he banned from school facilities, but for the shocking corruption and abuse of power she exposed.

Metzler, also the superintendent of Hampstead's schools, tangled with Hampstead Budget Committee Chairman Jorge Mesa-Tejada, banning him from the school facilities.

UPDATE: Sources citing social media posts say the resignation came with a $180,000 golden parachute after last night's special meeting of the SAU 55 School Board.

07/16/2020
07/09/2020
07/07/2020
sire.manchesternh.gov

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen are meeting in Chambers tonight! I can't wait to see how this goes. I, Patrice Benard, will try to blog it right here for you.

Over the years, Girard at Large did much on Independence Day and the Founding of our country.  Many great guests, includ...
07/04/2020
Declaration of Independence Archives - Girard At Large

Over the years, Girard at Large did much on Independence Day and the Founding of our country. Many great guests, including James Patrick Riley, Aurore Eaton, Jeff Czarnec, Daniel Itse, Ambassador Alan Keyes, Hal Shurtleff of Camp Constitution among others all had valuable insights. We share them and more at the link below. We hope you enjoy!

http://www.girardatlarge.com/tag/declaration-of-independence/

The High Cost of Healthcare in the United States by Josh Jenkins | Jul 27, 2017 | Radio | 0 | (Hours 1b,c) After informing the listeners about the establishment of the Department of Foreign... Read More

07/02/2020
07/02/2020
Attention Hooksett residents!
07/02/2020
Hooksett landmark threatened - Girard At Large

Attention Hooksett residents!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2020   HOOKSETT HERITAGE COMMISSION   Contact: Kathie Northrup, 669-8926, [email protected]   PUBLIC INPUT – DEMOLITION PETITION 1253 HOOKSETT ROAD, THE STONE HOUSE   The Hooksett Heritage Commission will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, J...

If you're interested in finding a use for this grand old victorian gem the Diocese of Manchester is looking to demolish,...
06/30/2020
A suggestion for Bishop Libasci regarding the Chandler House - Girard At Large

If you're interested in finding a use for this grand old victorian gem the Diocese of Manchester is looking to demolish, please read and share this post!

Thank you.

I have to admit to having soft spot for the Chandler House.  Yes, it’s just a couple of blocks away from where I live but that’s not it.  Having been friends with many of the sisters who’ve lived there over the years, I’ve seen the inside and it’s breathtaking.  Truly, this isn’t an ....

Round 2 of the BOSC meeting is coming up!  You can watch their remote meeting Live on Channel 22, or online at mancheste...
06/29/2020
2020 Full Board Agendas - Google Drive

Round 2 of the BOSC meeting is coming up! You can watch their remote meeting Live on Channel 22, or online at manchestertv.org/22. I, Patrice Benard, will be trying to blog this live, right here. So follow along, add your own comments, and get your popcorn ready. I think this could be a very long night. Don't forget to check the Agenda - they've added a few items since last week!

06/25/2020
Beware the merger of Catholic Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Health.
06/25/2020
Barbara

Beware the merger of Catholic Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Health.

Article from Church Militant on Catholic Medical Center.

Earlier this evening, I, Patrice Benard, was trying to blog the BOSC meeting.  The board was split between those in the ...
06/23/2020

Earlier this evening, I, Patrice Benard, was trying to blog the BOSC meeting. The board was split between those in the chambers and those attending via remote. It was nearly impossible to understand anyone. Apparently those members who were attending remotely also had difficulties understanding people. It took a member of the board, Joe Lachance, to make a motion to adjourn the meeting. It shouldn't have even come to that. Below you will find a screenshot of NH RSA 91-A. Note that it states that during any public meeting, the members must attend in a form " ...such that all participating members are able to communicate with each other contemporaneously, ..." The Mayor, or the Clerk, should have stopped the meeting immediately after one member said they could not hear properly. This issue MUST be resolved. It's been a mess during this 'pandemic' but it's been three months now. Mayor, get your house in order!

Tonight there are 3 meetings of the BOSC.  You can watch on manchestertv.org/22 and you can follow along and add your co...
06/22/2020
PEG Channel 22 | manchestertv

Tonight there are 3 meetings of the BOSC. You can watch on manchestertv.org/22 and you can follow along and add your comments here, as I, Patrice Benard, your Mom-At-Large, tries to keep track of the hi points. I'll post the Agendas in the comment section. First up, the Public Hearing on the Budget, then a Public Hearing on a Donation, then the Regular Board Meeting. The fun starts at 5:45pm!

06/18/2020
HB 1558-FN seems to take on the role of making it easier for students who’ve been involved in violence and sexual assaul...
06/18/2020
Danger Coming to Your Children Enrolled in a Public School? CALL THE GOVERNOR! - Girard At Large

HB 1558-FN seems to take on the role of making it easier for students who’ve been involved in violence and sexual assault to mainstream back into your child’s classroom. Would you know if your daughter was seated next to a student who’s committed sexual assault on another girl? NO. And under this law, they are making it easier to mainstream those students back into New Hampshire schools without any regard to your child’s safety.

HB 1558-FN has already moved through the New Hampshire House and Senate. The Senate added an amendment to the Bill so it must go back to the House for another vote.

I fear that we are moving in the same direction that Parkland moved before the tragedy that engulfed that district.

At this point it’s critical that parents contact their local State Representatives and tell them to vote against HB 1558-FN. It has the potential to put children in danger. It would also be a good time to call Governor Sununu’s Office and let him know that he needs to VETO HB 1558-FN if it comes to his desk. 603-271-2121

It is NOT ok to put students in danger for any reason.

http://www.girardatlarge.com/2020/06/danger-coming-to-your-children-enrolled-in-a-public-school-call-the-governor/

Over the years, local public schools have lost more autonomy than anyone is aware of. So much of what we see failing our public schools comes from education reforms that have been mandated in our public schools. You might be surprised to learn that much what the Feds want to control in our schools,....

06/17/2020
Conservative Originalist

Conservative Originalist

Do you believe in FREE SPEECH? How can we have a dialogue if one side continually gets censored. You probably have NOT seen this video clip - THIS is the Tribute Message Regarding George Floyd, a message of Reconciliation called "Healing, Not Hatred" - put out by Donald Trump and it has been BLOCKED by Twitter AND Instagram also major networks refused to show it... so here it is for you to judge for yourself and share what the media does not want you to see.

06/12/2020
Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester

The "Senseless Seven." Like it!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Gaudet
CTM Chair
[email protected]

CTM Statement on Board of Mayor & Alderman Override Vote for School Funding

The Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester commends the seven Aldermen who voted to protect taxpayers and offer some much-needed tax relief in the face of enormous pressure to override the city’s expenditure cap to accept $3.5 million in one-time funds supposedly earmarked for the schools. Mayor Craig had already placed $4 million of the $7.5 million in state aid into her proposed budget.

The Mayor’s own statement after the vote acknowledged that the approved budget “...takes into consideration the financial restraints that so many of us are facing.” We do know that her royal “we” did not include the municipal workers that were allowed to remain at home and draw full pay and benefits and not perform work deemed non-essential.

CTM wants to remind everyone that in our opposition to approval of the recently passed MEA contract, we warned that the use of one-time funds was a prelude to disaster. Now that the Aldermanic Board has voted not to give the school district the remainder of those one-time funds, the city will truly see the real impact of those contracts on the operating budget – which Mayor Craig and her “Senseless Seven” (Aldermen O’Neil, Cavanaugh, Stewart, Long, Sapienza, Barry and Gamache - who supported the override), were trying to hide.

Increasing taxes in this current economic climate would be unthinkable and irresponsible. Taxpayers and residents have suffered financially and emotionally from furloughs due to government-mandated business closures, forced to stay home without a paycheck or benefits while municipal workers remain insulated from hardship and have received full pay and benefits – regardless of whether or not they had to do any work.

In addition, the override proposal failed to account for the expected lost revenue and the wave of property tax abatement requests by commercial property owners, whose properties in the retail space have been significantly devalued. The Mayor and seven alderman who pushed for this override simply do not sympathize with or appreciate fiscal responsibility, and their actions and votes continually demonstrate this.
Instead of making meaningful, impactful and yes – hard, fiscal decisions to save monies in the school district or on the municipal side, not one cost-saving measure has been proposed by the tax and spend crowd on the aldermanic and school boards or the Mayor’s office. In fact, those same elected officials doubled down and are pushing the School Charter Commission agenda of allowing the school board to set budgets and in effect vote on overrides. If the School Board gets taxing authority property owners in this city can say goodbye to any future tax relief. And even more outrageous is the contention from at-large school board member Jim O’Connell in the wake of current racial tensions by making baseless accusations against those seven Aldermen of being racist for not throwing more money at the schools and voting for the override.

CTM is always seeking to protect the interests of taxpayers and again, thanks Aldermen Jim Roy, Elizabeth Moreau, Ross Terrio, Mike Porter, Barbara Shaw, Keith Hirschmann and Joe Kelly Levasseur for doing what was right by taxpayers with their votes on the budget override.

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These segments currently include, but won’t be limited to: 1. Education Issue or Educator/School Profile of the week. 2. Spotlight on Local Sports. 3. Community Focus, sponsored by Bellwether Community Credit Union. 4. The Movers & Shakers in Local Business, sponsored by St. Mary’s Bank. 5. The History Lady Aurore Eaton, Executive Director of the Manchester Historic Association, sponsored by Public Service Company of NH 6. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. 7. Congressmen Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass. 8. Public Safety Issue of the Week with Dr. Jeffrey Czarnec, retired MPD. 9. Date Night Done Right with Sarah Matta, sponsored by Jacques Flower Shop. 10. HIGH PWWESSHA WEATHA with Al Kaprielian, sponsored by Motorcycles of Manchester. 11. If only they’d known…Information Security and Management Mishaps with Dan Fawcett, sponsored by Morgan Records Management. 12. Sean Devine the Energy Guy, sponsored by Resident Power. 13. Make your Marketing Matter with Stephanie McLaughlin sponsored by Savoire Faire Marketing Communications. 14. All About Autos with Ron Poirier, sponsored by Bob & Sons Automotive. Note Well: Segments may be added or eliminated at any time based on audience input and potential sponsor suggestions, among other factors. Fun items sprinkled throughout the show include “The Pothole Patrol,” “Weird News,” “Tweak of the Week,” and “Quote of the Day,” among others. Our show and Web site also features music from local artists. We take listener phone calls at 603-672-0573 and conduct web audience polls. Best of all, we encourage and accept nominations from our audience about the people, places and things they believe should be featured on the show. By the way, we know we don’t exist in a vacuum, so we don’t ignore state and national news or news makers. However, we make sure to examine how what happens in Concord and Washington, D.C. impacts we locals and we make certain those “higher ups” know just how we locals feel about it. Most of all, we want what we do to be usable and relevant to you. Our guests are there to share their knowledge to help you. Oh, and if you have an idea for a segment, or you think that one we’ve got just isn’t what you want to hear about, just let us know. Thanks for giving us your attention! We hope you enjoy what we do here and share us with your friends!

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Formerly broadcast on WLMW 90.7 FM New Hampshire Family Radio, our mission remains simple: To connect local people, places and things. “News from our own backyard” is our motto. Led by Manchester native Richard H. Girard, a widely recognized and respected local public figure, Girard at-Large is a unique program that not only discovers and uncovers what’s happening within the Greater Manchester area, but also gives its audience the opportunity to share what it knows. What could be a better source for “news from our own backyard” than from the people who live in it? Once, Manchester was home to several truly local and community-oriented news organizations. Now, the available news outlets have shed their local focus in favor a New Hampshire and or national one. Coverage of Manchester area people, places and things has been left by the wayside. We believe that our unique approach to covering and involving local people, places and things, coupled with our primary focus on local news and events from our own backyard, provides a truly desirable, fun, interesting and effective community media outlet. The city of Manchester – the hub of our region and state - is our primary concern, as it has lost the most locally focused media in the metropolitan area. In addition to Manchester, we cover people, places and things in the towns of Bedford, Goffstown, Hooksett, Auburn, Londonderry, Litchfield, Merrimack, Amherst, Milford, Mont Vernorn, New Boston, Weare, Dunbarton, Bow, Pembroke, Allenstown, Candia, Raymond, Chester and Derry. The total population of our target area is nearly 400,000 people as our radio signal covers virtually all of Hillsborough County, eastern Rockingham County and southern Merrimack County, New Hampshire’s most populous and wealthy counties, and includes the cities of Manchester, Nashua and Concord, NH’s three largest, as well as many of its most populous and prosperous towns. To attract and retain an audience interested in local information, the show features LOCAL news, traffic, weather and sports. In addition, the show offers several segments designed to introduce the audience to the people, places, and things that are right in their own backyard.

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Can someone ask Matt Mowers why his henchman Bill Griener is shaking down Bedford candidates to get them to endorse Mowers? How much money has Griener contributed to Mowers' campaign? Mowers is now bought and paid for by Griener. We've seen this play out numerous times before. I'd suggest looking at the donations to Mowers by Griener and why he is letting Griener shake down candidates to endorse him. Mowers made the fatal mistake of aligning with Griener. Griener supported Chris Pappas and Jeanne Shaheen. Don't let matt lie about this. There is a paper trail.
Thanks again for supporting to Save the Stone House!
Article from Church Militant on Catholic Medical Center.
I’m at the Manchester Proud BOSC meeting and the center section of the auditorium is loaded with red City Year jackets.
I'm proud of you Victoria (Sis).
I only wished I lived in Manchester to vote for this lady to become Manchester's next Mayor! I grew up on the West side and called Manchester my home for 30 years so I care about Manchester and her future. Vote for Victoria Wojdylak Sullivan if you care about education, the prosperity of Manchester and lower taxes. Together, she will work with you to see Manchester reach her full potential!
Does anyone find it odd that Rep Pappas supports going after Trump for the increase in bussiness in his hotels and then hosts a Democratic fundraiser dinner at his restaurant in NH?
Please join us Saturday, June 29 for one hour. Oppose the merger! A Catholic hospital joins forces with an abortion promoter and provider!
Make INFORMED Decisions - Make NH Government ACCOUNTABLE... JOIN 'Right-To-Know NH' for Free and GET EDUCATED for Free to learn what PUBLIC INFORMATION is 'SUPPOSED' to be FREE to NH Citizens!! SUPPORT HB729 & SB313 to create the Office of Right-To-Know Ombudsman and the Right-To-Know Commission!
Rich - glad you covered the tax cap. As an almost 30 yr property owner in the city, I always look at the tax cap as a way to a) drive out waste and force efficiencies and b) mitigate the influence of unions on those who are in positions to vote on financial agreements with those unions. There are many it seems that believe throwing more money at our woes will be the universal cure-all. There are issues today in the city that could be solved with some unpopular decisions but there is no political will to do so.