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iiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiii~ i! iii!iii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiLiiiiiiiii2 ~. ~- ~,~ +~, ," As the Journal Opinion approaches its 150th anniversary in 2015, we will be bringing you snippets from the past editions each week. The intent is to explore the headlines, stories, and advertising to understand how much has changed and how much has remained the same. This column comes from the Nov. 9, 1994 issue of the Journal Opinion. Dean, Merrill re-elected; Sanders, Swett in fight races was the headline. Dean and Merrill were governors of Vermont and New Hampshire respectively. ### Another press policy was approved in Haverhill by the selectboard. It declared that police news may be given, either verbally or written, during or after an event by the acting chic f ofpolice Ed Savoy or his designee. By a vote of 749-440, Thetford voters agreed to fund a $72,000 bond for repairs and upgrades to the elementary school. ### The Waits River Educational Planning Group announced that its organizational phase is nearly completed and work is about to begin on a community wide effort to re-examine the educational choices and priorities in the towns of Topsham and Corinth. ### For the fourth straight general election, Monroe voters refused to lift the ban on sales of beer, wine and sweepstakes tickets within the town. ### The Woodsville High School and Thetford Academy girls soccer teams won their state championships. Today with Paul Nyquist ARE CHRISTIANS HAPPIER? A recent study of the social media site Twitter compared the messages of atheists and believers. Christians were more likely to use positive words like love and happy, while atheists frequently used terms like bad, wrong, or awful. Researchers concluded that atheists are more likely to be skeptical or critical while Christians seem tobe more optim'~sflc and cheeffuk In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul encourages fellow believers to bejoyful:"Rejoice inthe Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (4:4). The word joy must be distinguished from the fleeting emotion of happiness. Happiness is often a result of our temporary circumstances, but the attribute of joy is grounded in spiritual certainty. The apostle Paul was not experiencing a happy time in his life. He wrote this letter from prison, in chains, waiting for the courts to decide his fate. Rather than complaining or expressing concern for his own welfare, Paul sends this letter to encourage his friends in Philippi. It had been about ten years since Paul fbunded the church during the early part of his second missionary journey. The letter suggests that the church had been experiencing discord, because the Apostle urges them to remain in unity. Nevertheless, they had been faithful to Christ and to Paul, supporting him through prayers and finances. Paul's letter to the Philippians is one of the most beautiful in Scripture. If the letter reflected his physical circumstances, it might have been gloomy. But instead Clai ms SA U November 12, 2014--JOURN,4L OPINION--Page 5 (continued from page 1) If the claim is upheld, the union (continued from page 1J memberswho askedwhatthepolicYsaid.Hospice agency plans wants to nullify the results of last said having class sizes of 15 to 20 Noyes read the policy which health screenings month's election.Butnomatterwhat students is "more than comfort- focused on maximum sizes of not decisionismadebythelaborrelations able." more than 25 for younger students LITTLETON--OnNov. 28 from 1 board, the case could wind up before LaPlante said class size, how- and not more than 30 for older to 3 p.m., there will be community the Supreme Court in Concord. ever, is a lot more than just the students with a specific formula health screenings sponsored by "If either side doesn't like the number of students compared to governing recommendations and North Country Home Health and result, it could move on to the teachers in the room. The school ageranges. Hospice at Thayer' s Inn. Supreme Court," Libby told the districtmustalsoconsiderthekinds LaPlante suggested the board The screenings will take place in elected Grafton County Commis- of programs it offers, LaPlante said, spend the bulk of a future meeting, the front room of the inn right off sioners onthe morning of Nov. 6. She noting that not all students will take perhaps in December, focused on Main Street. North Country Home said there will be a preliminary calculus, for example. Those ad- classsizepoliciesandtheboardwas Health and Hospice will offer blood prehearing conference later this vanced classes will necessarilyhave agreeable to that suggestion, pressure screening with their home month before the formal hearing in smaller ratios, he said. School board chair Dick Guy tele-health monitoring system, December. "In this business, it's all about said the goal is not to boost blood sugarscreening, flu shots and Even though NEPBA failed to people who offer services to our classroom sizes to 30 students, other educational and health care gather enough votes last month, it is kids," LaPlante said noting that all rather it would be to make sure the related information. still elegible to file a grievance against school districts spend more on staff board is aware of smaller class- The event is planned to celebrate Grafton County after it was certified salaries and benefits than anything rooms and to make sure resources the month of November, which is by the state labor relations board to else. He added it can be a challenge are being used appropriately. National Home Care and Hospice represent eligible employees,to "protect the staff" while balanc- Ed Ballam can be contacted at Month Libby told commissioners that an ing the classroom size and watching eballam@/onews.com. attomey for Graffon County is costs. preparing a response to the union's Rutherford said the school allegations ..... f 0 "We feellike we didn'tviolate any board has talked a lot about ratios, yet it doesn't know exactly how it LI KE US N rules'" she tld cmmissiners wrks" He saidthe bard shuldhave [1 lacE! during last week' s meeting, a minimum student to teacher ratio I Corrections officers wouldn't be and a least be aware that there may be the first employees at the Grafton a class with only four or five County complexto be representedby students so it can determine if that's a union. The United Electrical, Radio a good use of resources. and Machine Workers of America represents some of the staff, includ- He said the school board has ing licensed nursing assistants and been told it makes policies, so it dietary aides, at the Grafton County seems appropriate that the board NursingHome.Libbysaidthatunion have a policy about minimum had been active in North Haverhill classroom sizes. since 1999. Two district elementary school Several other county corrections instructors, Lori-Ann Noyes and departments, including neighboring Nancy Musgrave, told the board the Coos and Carroll counties, also have district already has a classroom size officers represented by unions. policy on the books, a revelation Alex Nuti-de Biasi can be that seemed to surprise the board reached at editor@l'onews, com. 32 BLACKWELL ST., it is filled with deep joy and encouragement. As a follower of Christ we have destination.aSsurance of God's ultimate control, and we find peace in the hope ofour etemalThat Certainty producesjoy. News! Joy, we are told in Galatians, is a fruit A Local Agent for a Local Company. We offer Vermont Mutual: Home Auto Business Good Claim Service Since 1828 Competitive Rates The "Insurance Service Since 1860" ~"x. Bradford, VT 05033 802-222-5222 802-222-2903 www,taylor-palmeragency.com Serving the area for over 100 years Auto Home Farm Business Life Health of the Spirit (5:22-23). It is formed not by ourselves or by our circumstances but by AZARENE God. These spiritual attributes are nourished within the body of believers. Perhaps that is why Paul emphasizes unity in this letter. Our connection to the church is vitalto our spiritual health. We feed and support one another. Together, we remain joyful, even in difficulty. This joy refuses to be shaken when life gets rough. God does not want us to "buck up" and "put on a good face during trials. Rather, He wants us to know He is constant in our lives and present in times of trouble. We can depend on Him. We have hope because of Him. Christians may not alwa~cs be happy, but we can still be grounded in a deep and 10 AM to 11:30 AM at Trinity Church of the Nazarene Nazarene Drive North Haverhill, NH (next to Grafton County Courthouse) abiding sense ofjoy. It is relentless--a joy that doesn't give up and refuses to quit. This is the joy that God produces within US. ### This devotion was taken with permission from the November 2014 issue of Today in the Word. Today in the Word is published by Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL 1-800-DL-MOOD E www. todayintheword, com. RINITY HURCH OPEN TO HAVERHILL RESIDENTS ONLY! 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