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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Echoes from the Past

 Echoes from the Past

  April 24, 2015

Templeton Health Agent out of line?
As posted on this blog, from information found on the world wide web (is that thing great or what) and that information shows that the current Templeton Health Agent is or has in the past, using Templeton resources, as in a telephone in an office as well as an employee with benefits, all paid for by the Templeton taxpayers, to do the business of at least one other Town. Phil Leger is or has acted as a health agent in a number of other towns on an apparent part time basis or on a per diem basis (paid when needed) while being paid as a fulltime employee of the Town of Templeton. This raises a number of questions for me and you will have to decide for yourself. In my mind, how much business for the Town of New Salem did Phil Leger do on Templeton taxpayer dime? Did the elected members of the Templeton Board of Health know of these goings on and did or doo they approve of them? what other business, besides giving the telephone number for the Town of Templeton Board of Health as "my office number" as is documented on the New Salem Official Town website? Did Phil Leger use other office equipment and supplies, such as copier and paper, fax, computer etc., to do other town's business while being paid by the Town of Templeton? Did Phil Leger charge other Towns for service while he was actually in the office of the Templeton Board of Health?

As you contemplate these questions and others, ask yourself this; if Phil Leger can do the work of Health Agent for all these other towns on a part time basis, why does he need to be full time in Templeton? My answer is Phil Leger needs someone to pick up his fulltime pay which leads to benefits and retirement pay. Why else has Phil Leger been advocating to fill this position at 40 hours?
My thought is to only fund the Health Agent for Templeton at 19 1/2 hours and if he says he cannot do the work required in that amount of time then he should seek help from the elected members of the Templeton Board of Health, which if checked, those are the people who get all the power from Massachusetts General Law. If those elected members are unable or unwilling to do the work, then resign, don't run and don't volunteer.

It seems the only control that voters have over the Board of Health is the election and the pocket book, they can only spend what you give them, as if you don't fund a fulltime agent, there will not be one. If the Board of Selectmen wish to fund the position at 35 hours then go to Town Meeting and try to amend the motion and change the dollar figure for the line item for salary for Templeton Health Agent. It is easy and it is your right. It was stated at last nights BOS meeting that all town departments were going to be united this year at town meeting, almost if they were unionizing in principle, so voters should be united in efforts to spend their money as they see fit.

Look for a financial breakdown on the Board of Health in the Templeton Town reports, as in how much is spent to bring in X number of dollars. You might be surprised.

Jeff Bennett



  A numbers problem

Sept 17, 2015 


BOH New Salem

BOH New Salem  :

Board of HealthBoard of Health
Jenny Potee - Chairperson
C. Lynn Layton
Jamie Beauchesne

Donna Ballentine - Clerk

Health Agent:Philip Leger R. S.
Cell: 617-584-9714
Stowell Building
19 South Main Street
New Salem, MA 01355

Phone:  978-544-9673
Fax:      978-544-9673

Board meetings are once a month in the Stowell Building.  Meeting time and dates are posted in the town meeting binder located in the mailbox in front of the Town Hall Annex.

Clerk hours:  Mondays 9:00am-11:00am

Transfer StationAttendant: Bob Roy
22 Blueberry Hill Road

Phone:  978-544-9673

Saturdays 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesdays 4:00pm-7:00pm
    MAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 30
EEE Risk Level Raised to High in New Salem
From New Salem Health Agent:
Please see attachment for announcement from Massachusetts Department of Public Health concerning a case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a neighboring community. The risk level has been raised in our communities to high. See press release for precautions and about limiting activities if possible from dawn to dusk. I am available to assist and discuss with anyone. My office # 978-939-2377 cell 617-584-9714. Phil Leger Health Agent New Salem Town Officials are urging all New Salem

residents to empty all containers (including tires) of standing water.  Standing water breeds mosquitos.   See attachments for further information.

September’s 2014 National Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the important work we all do making sure our communities are safe, healthy, and ready for emergencies. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health {DPH} Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management is sponsoring a statewide campaign to encourage Massachusetts residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for public health and medical emergencies, threats, and disasters. I am pleased to share an overview of the campaign and provide details on accessing resources that you can use to support preparedness messaging and awareness. DPH has established one central web page at   to provide information, tips and links for the public.


Thursday, April 17, 2014


Boards of Health

Boards of Health
M W Thurs. – 8:00 – 5:00 pm Tuesday 8:00 – 8:00, Friday closed.
Monday 7:30 – 7:00 pm, Tues. – Thurs. 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, closed on Friday.
Office hours Mondays – 2pm – 8 pm, Tuesday  9am – 5 pm, Wednesday 2 pm – 6 pm.

Mon – Thurs. 8- 4:30 Friday 8- 1:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Clerk Hours 9:00 – 11:00 Mondays
Monday 8:00 – 2 pm, Tues. – Thurs. – 8:30 – 1 pm
Monday 7:00 – 3:00, Tuesday 7:00 am – 7 pm, Wednesday 7:00 – 5:00 pm, Thursday 7:00 – 5 pm, closed on Fridays.
Land Use Clerk 8:00 – 12:00 pm Mon- Thurs.
Health Agent by appointment


More on Phil Leger

Board of Health

Click here for information - 2015 Rabies Clinic

CDC has a recent article for parents about measles Click here for more information.

DPH has established one central web page at to provide information, tips and links for the public. The web page also provides resources for you, our partnering organizations, to support local, regional and state preparedness initiatives with resources available for you to use with your community or organization.

Public Health Awareness this website has some useful information.
FACT SHEETS: For more information click the link below;
Bed Bugs
Lyme Disease
Preventing Mold
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Brochure

Henry Woods Building
Second Floor
40 West Street Box  431
Barre, MA 01005
Phone: (978) 355-2504 ext.117
Fax: (978) 355-5009
Alternate Health Agent: Phil Leger
Administrative Assistant: Andrea Mastrototoro

Office hours: Monday 2pm - 8pm
                    Tuesday 9am - 5pm
                    Wednesday 2pm - 6pm

Dana Mascroft, Chairman 2016
Margaret Frost Member 2017
Dr. Samuel Pickens Member 2015
Meetings: Henry Woods Building 2nd Monday of the month 5:00 pm, Selectmens Meeting Room

Public Services (fees may apply) Perc Test Application, Submit Plans for Septic Systems, Well Permit
Applications ,Food and Milk Permits,Tobacco Permits, Recreational Camp Permits, Septic Installer's Permits,
Septage Collection Permit, Disposal Works, Respond to Housing and Nuisance Complaints,
Transfer Station Stickers, Rubbish Hauler Application.

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