John Burt makes the news, again

tumblr_inline_n6irfa3WEp1qc32j6How is it that there are 400 legislators in the State of NH and Goffstown has to have one that is always in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Case in point, Rep. John Burt (R) Goffstown. Rep. Burt is a three term state rep. First two terms representing Goffstown and his third term representing Hillsborough County District 39 (Weare, New Boston, Goffstown). He’s a pretty nice guy, has a tractor, raises chickens, married, does a local access show and has pretty good votes in the House for the party he represents.

So, what’s the problem? Well, the guy’s a goofball. One of those “Aw-shucks” not seemingly too bright guys, one who doesn’t appear to research a thing he says, kind of shoots from the hip, one might say. He also seems to speak without thinking, a lot. And that’s what gets him in the news. Not for his good votes or any bill he might have sponsored in the House, but for really dumb things he publically says.

Case in point, his recent speech on the House floor opposing HB 373 “Establishing the red-tailed hawk as the State raptor”. Now, you’d think that was a pretty innocuous bill brought forth by 4th graders from the Lincoln Ackerman School in Hampton Falls but, it turns out, Rep. Burt, along with a few of his cohorts, thought they might use the bill as an opportunity to excoriate the little tykes. Chastising them for “wasting their time”, mocking their choice with Burt wondering, “What’s next? A state hot-dog?”, yuck, yuck.

Another legislator mused the raptor would be a better mascot for Planned Parenthood because of the way the bird ripped the limbs off its prey. Wow! Now, you don’t get any more pro-life than me, but even I was taken aback by that statement wondering what has that got to do with the bill and why is this Representative thrusting such graphic images in front of innocent 4th graders and that’s pretty much how it went for the young students.

The bill failed. That’s okay. The students knew that might happen, they were okay with that. What they, and a good majority of the public was not okay with was the complete and utter disrespect shown to these students. To go through the process to have a bill sponsored, to lobby for it, to go to Concord to sit in the gallery only to be bullied, ridiculed and mocked for bothering the NH House of Representatives and to be further used to promote a legislators personal agenda or promote their pet event is inexcusable and shameful. 

I won’t go on. The story, to use a reporter’s phrase, had legs and boy did it run. The boorish behavior exhibited toward the 4th graders became international news. Yep, the clip of our John Burt’s speech was on FOX news, in national papers and many blogs.  Yay, Goffstown! Now, it’s not the first time, as I mentioned earlier, and Burt isn’t the only Rep. that stuck his foot in his mouth, but the other two Goffstown legislators that did are no longer serving, so shouldn’t be mentioned. But Burt is and he should be held accountable for his mockery of the students. After all, the NH House of Representatives IS the peoples’ house and the students should be accorded the same respect and given the same measure of seriousness Rep. Burt expects he should get as a legislator, they should not used for fodder for Burt’s inappropriately timed jokes.

To fully understand how bad the treatment of the students were, please click onto the links below.

Links leading to other relevant stories on this subject.

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Pam Manney is a former 2 – term state rep, former vice chair of the NH Republican State Committee, community activist and volunteer.

John Patrick Jordan interview on Al Heidenreich show, “In My Opinion”

Excerpts of John Patrick Jordan‘s interview by Al Heidenreich, producer of “In My Opinion”, a community access show on Manchester Public Television Station (MPTS).
John Jordan discusses his newest book, “Check Your Hat! The Vaudeville Years. Palace Theater.

To meet Mr. Jordan in person or to get a book or have a book signed, visit his events tab.

 

Jordan book discussion at Manchester NH City Library

 

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John Patrick Jordan Manchester author

Saturday, April 4th – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Auditorium, Main Branch, 405 Pine Street, Manchester, NH

Manchester City Library will be hosting a book discussion with Manchester author, John Patrick Jordan. Mr. Jordan will be discussing his new book, “Check Your Hat! The Vaudeville Years. Palace Theater, Manchester, NH. 1915 – 1955.”

Books will be on sale and signed at the time.

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For more information contact Mary Gallant at 603-624-6550 ext. 311.

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Cash, checks and credit cards via Squareup.com are accepted.

 

Walking Tour – Find your Irish roots

John Patrick Jordan – Conducting a cemetery tour

Saturday, May 30, 2015
10:00 a.m.- noon
$5 MHA members                    $10 General Public

Pre-registration is required Please call (603) 622-7531
Meet at the Sheridan Guard Memorial 

                                                                                                           “Find your Irish Roots” tour of the Old St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Donald Street, conducted by Manchester historians John Patrick Jordan and Gerald Holleran sponsored by the Manchester Historic Association—hear the stories of Manchester’s pioneer Irish citizens, the bitter discrimination they faced upon their arrival in Manchester, the heartwarming stories of many of them who arrived here penniless and became Manchester’s leading citizen’s and their patriotism to their adopted country and much more.

Tours conducted by Mr. Jordan

Jordan to guest spot on Manchester Community Television Show

John P. Jordan author – Manchester, NH historian

At 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 19th, Manchester author and historian, John Patrick Jordan, will be a guest on Al Heidenreich‘s Manchester Public Television Show, “In My Opinion.”

Mr. Jordan will be promoting his latest book, “Check Your Hat! The vaudeville Years. Palace Theater, 1915 – 1955,” and “Saints and Sinners. The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH. 1835 – 1900.”

If you live in Manchester, you can watch the show live or check for rebroadcast on MPTS channel 23.

For more information log onto http://pammanney.com.

Events – Appearances; Cemetery tours; book sales

We don’t have any events scheduled for now, but check back here for new postings. In the meantime, check out Mr. Jordan’s books and links to other pages. Enjoy!

            Books by John Patrick Jordan

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“Saints and Sinners The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH 1835 to 1900″.

Mr. Jordan’s first book is a wonderful snapshot of the Irish immigrants that came to Manchester, NH 1835 to 1900.

Table of contents include: Immigrants and Their Decendants; Humorous Court Cases Some with Irish Brogue; Amoskeag Mills Accidents and Deaths; Suicides & Attempted Suicides in Amoskeag Canal; Killed and Dismembered by Trains; Scandal’s, Schools and Naughty Women.


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Check your Hat, the Vaudeville Years of the Palace Theater, 1915 – 1955″.

This book contains almost 400 advertisements, newspaper stories and photos of acts and performers that appeared at the Palace Theater during the Vaudeville Years 1915 to 1955. Not only the headliners of the time, but also the numerous local acts that delighted the Palace goers for years. Among them: Faye Gelinas and “Bucky” Searles both three time winners of the Original Amateur Hour; Vincent Ferdinando and his orchestra; “Zaza” Ludwig and his band; Patty Allen, who ran a successful dance studio; Esther Foye Moran, the talented singer; Alberta Sullivan, singer and Mother of Allen Heidenereich, a popular Palace Theater volunteer; Johnny Conlon, the Master of Dialect and numerous others.

A great gift for that special person on your Christmas list or any other occasion for the history-minded person.

Books by John Patrick Jordan

 

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Saints and Sinners

The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH

1835 – 1900

$14.95


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Check Your Hat!

Vaudeville Years, Palace Theater

Manchester,  NH   1915 – 1955

$14.95


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A Look Back at the Sheridan Guard, Manchester, NH. $2.95

A Look Back at the Sheridan Guard: Soldiers for God and Country

It was in August of 1865, on the advice and suggestion of Fr. McDonald, Manchester’s Pioneer Priest, that the Sheridan Guard was founded. One hundred years have passed, yet the memory of R. Mac and those legendary Irish American soldiers live on in our hearts today as we honor them on the 100th anniversary (May 30, 2011) of the dedication of the Sheridan Guard Memorial located in the Old st. Joseph Cemetery in Manchester, NH.

The booklet can be purchased at any of our events or by contacting John Patrick Jordan via this website.

Check Your Hat! The Vaudeville Years of the Palace Theater, 1915 – 1955.

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Hot off the presses!

John Patrick Jordan’s newest book, “Check Your Hat! The Vaudeville Years of the Palace Theater, 1915 – 1955″ is now available!

This book contains almost 400 advertisements, newspaper stories and photos of acts and performers that appeared at the Palace Theater during the Vaudeville Years 1915 to 1955. Not only the headliners of the time, but also the numerous local acts that delighted the Palace goers for years. Among them: Faye Gelinas and “Bucky” Searles both three time winners of the Original Amateur Hour; Vincent Ferdinando and his orchestra; “Zaza” Ludwig and his band; Patty Allen, who ran a successful dance studio; Esther Foye Moran, the talented singer; Alberta Sullivan, singer and Mother of Allen Heidenereich, a popular Palace Theater volunteer; Johnny Conlon, the Master of Dialect and numerous others.

Manchester merchants, too, made good use of the Palace stage where they held numerous fashion shows throughout the vaudeville years and advertised in “The Palace Spotlight and Entertainment” magazine of the era.

Back Cover FinalAdditionally, you’ll find mention of the Manchester people who were an integral part of the day to day operation of the Palace   Theater. Among them were: Theater President, Abraham Spitz; Superintendent of the House, George Freeman; Box Office Man, Henry Smith; Head Usher, John Kennedy; Porter, Arthur Washington; Matron, Miss Marion E. Casey; Stage Manager, Harvey Wilson; Assistant Stage Manager, Leo McIntire; Prop Manager, Charles Slosberg and Boiler Room Foreman, Henry Moses.

From its opening day, Victor Charas, the owner of the theater, strove to bring in the best talent available at that time including managers, William O’Neil and later successor William Canning, both of whom had wide experience in the Vaudeville field. This endeavor, coupled with signing a contract with the Keith/ Albee Vaudeville Circuit who specialized in “Polite” vaudeville that censored revealing costumes and unfit language, Victor Charas aspired to bring Manchester good, clean entertainment. I believe he succeeded and hope, after reading this book, you’ll agree.

Buy “Check Your Hat! today.                                                                                 Free delivery within 20 mile radias of South-east                                             Manchester, NH.

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Check Your Hat – page 15 – Besser, Berle, Blackstone

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Voting information – Goffstown Voting Day is Tuesday, March 10th

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Tuesday, March 10th is voting day in Goffstown NH.

Please remember to get out and vote!

Here are some links pertaining to issues, voting locations, sample ballots and more.

Town of Goffstown 2015 Voting information

Vote Yes #5 – facebook page in support of Goffstown Petition Article #5

Write-in Kimberly Peace for Planning Board – facebook page supporting Kimberly Peace for Planning Board.

Letters supporting:

Mark T. Lemay – Selectman incumbent running for reelection                                    1. by Mark T. Lemay

Guy Caron – write in candidate for Budget Committee                                                1. by Pam Manney  2. by David French

Kimberly Peace – write in candidate for Planning board                                                1. by Gail Glines Labrecque

Petition Town Article #5 (zoning)                                                                                    1.  by Jeffrey Tate

Town Article #9 (Transportation Introductory Program)                                           1. by Barbara Carbonneau & friends

Petition Town Article #15 (Town manager)                                                                  1. by Scott Gross