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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-19-2020

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6 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION 6 Giving Tree at Town Hall with each child's specific age and size, but Weigner said people don't have to donate to a specific child. "We will find a home for every- thing donated," she said. Toys and games are popular among younger children, while the older children might enjoy Legos or gift cards, she said. Although the need is greater this year due to COVID-19, so is peo- ple's generosity, Weigner said. "It's really amazing to see." Food and gift donations, as well as monetary donations toward the program, are being accepted until Dec. 18. DONATIONS From Page 4 LINCOLN – With Lincoln's school busing contract expiring, officials are seeking bids for a new transportation company. The district has opted to hire a consultant to aid with the process, given the multitude of challenges this year pertaining to safely and effectively transporting students to and from school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the School Committee voted to appoint a consultant to assist as the district prepares to submit a request for proposals for a new, five-year school transporta- tion contract. The consultant will cost the district $4,200. Noting the significant changes to transportation occurring recently, School Committee member Mary Anne Roll questioned how many potential vendors the district could realistically be looking at. "I'm not sure what we could get from (hir- ing) a consultant, with such a small pool … unless I'm unaware of other vendors," she said. Finance Director John McNamee said the consultant would be solic- iting bids both locally and out of state. "He has the ability to draw in more bidders than I think we would," McNamee said. Lincoln is partnering with Portsmouth to seek bids, though each town will submit separate proposals. McNamee said if Lincoln is to stay with its current busing com- pany, First Student, that the com- pany "would have to sharpen their pencil." First Student was put on the market last year. Asked by School Committee member Kristine Donabedian about the scope of responsibilities for the consultant, McNamee said they would be helping to: • Prepare the RFP and solicit bids from various vendors; • Be involved with responding to questions vendors may have rela- tive to the bid specifications; • Gather information about bus routes and Lincoln's specific bus- ing requirements; • Prepare meetings with bidders; • And negotiate and draft the final agreement. School Committee Chairman Joseph Goho was the only member of the committee to vote against hiring a consultant. "My concern is that the district has done a great job paring down its budget. On its face, $4,000 doesn't seem like a lot of money, and we might make it up with a good bid, but we also could have those conversations with our attor- ney," he said. "I just don't see the return for this item that's un- budgeted." Lincoln School Department seeking new bus contract By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Cumberland Library hosts Chopped Virtual Kitchen Challenge CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, will hold a Chopped Virtual Kitchen Challenge for kids ages 8-14 on Monday, Nov. 30, via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Beginning on Monday, Nov. 23, participants can pick up the secret ingredient kit from the library. They will have a week to come up with a recipe and use the secret ingredients. Registration is required. For more information, call 401- 333-2552, ext. 3, or email read@ cumberlandlibrary.org . CUMBERLAND – Not being a big candy person, Emily Raimondi, 12, of Cumberland, came up with a plan last year to donate extra Halloween candy to troops. This year's haul, aided by lots of leftover candy due to lackluster trick- or-treating traffic, helped her far exceed the 2019 numbers. Last year they received about 400 pounds of candy. This year they are up to 685 pounds. "This town really rallied," said Emily's mom, Erinn. "Emily helped me put together a map, all I did was drive and she got all the candy." Coming from a large military family and being big into community service, she said the effort was a natural fit. Erinn works at Veterans Affairs and helped her find the two organizations that they now give the candy to in Operation Holiday Cheer and Project Yellow Ribbon. "I'm her secretary," Erinn joked. 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