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November 28, 2015

Are you planning on attending the Waterville Valley Board of Selectmen’s public meeting this afternoon (Saturday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. at the Recreation Department)?  Here’s a discussion point that I’d like you to consider raising (the information that follows is excerpted from a letter written by the Margret & H.A. Rey Center’s president, Chris Bierbrier):

At the Nov. 18, 2015 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, a Waterville Valley resident requested information on preparing a warrant to stop the Town’s annual funding of $25,000 for the Rey Center.  The Town has generously supported the Rey Center for the last 10 years. Apparently, the resident also wants to discontinue the town’s financial support of the nonprofit WVAIA.

What is the Rey Center?
The Margret & H.A. Rey Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.  The Center provides programs on art, science and nature. In 2014, Rey Center programs reached over 6,000 people.  >> Learn more
At last year’s Town Meeting the Rey Center Board of Directors requested an additional $25,000 to secure the organization’s future. This request was denied by a vote of 29-18, causing the organization to cut expenses and move operations back to the town-owned Curious George Cottage. After many needed renovations and repairs, which cost over $25,000 and were funded through the Rey Center’s operating budget, the staff was able to successfully begin offering programming at the Curious George site.
After all this effort and expense to trim the Rey Center’s budget by terminating its lease at Town Square and consolidating its operations at the Curious George Cottage, the loss of Town funding would force the Rey Center to close its doors. Although the Rey Center raises funds from individual and businesses to help defray costs, the organization feels it cannot maintain its paid staff if the Town of Waterville Valley discontinues its financial contribution.

Please help the Rey Center remain in Waterville Valley!

  1. As soon as possible, please contact the Waterville Valley Board of Selectmen to request that funding not be removed from the 2016 budget. Budget discussions begin in December and your voice matters. So even if you do not have a vote, know that your support is important. Your Selectmen are Mike Aronson, Bill Larsen and Margaret Turner.  Email to townofwv@watervillevalley.org.
  2. Please consider writing a letter to the Waterville Valley WigWag indicating your support of the Rey Center.  Email to wvwigwag@gmail.com.
  3. Show your support by attending (and speaking up) at the Waterville Valley Board of Selectmen’s public forum on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m.
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About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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