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The Messenger – December 2, 2016

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Resident salutes Goffstown Police Department

Goffstown resident Dave Gilland recently sent this letter to the Selectmen: “I don’t believe that the police are congratulated enough for doing an extremely difficult job, so I wanted to take the time to pass on my thoughts of the Goffstown PD. My wife and I have…

Washington woman clocked at 94 mph

On November 25, 2016, while running radar during a speed enforcement grant provided by the NH Highway Safety Agency, Washington Police Lt. Steven Marshall stopped a vehicle for travelling nearly 3 times the posted 35 mph speed limit. Lt. Marshall was running stationary radar on…

H-D budget seeks 14.58% ($1.7 million) more tax $$

The proposed H-D school  budget for 2017-2018 currently stands at $23,006,870, a 5.85% increase over the current budget. With reductions in state and federal aid, the district needs to raise $13,294,845 in real estate taxes, an increase of $1,704,805 or 14.58% over the current amount. Board Chair Rich Pelletier suggested that…

Another ex Weare police officer suing the town

Lisa Censabella of Nashua, an ex-Weare police officer filed the lawsuit against the town of Weare, Police Chief Sean Kelly, Lt. Frank Hebert, Town Administrator Naomi Bolton, several former officers and the five selectmen, claiming that she was “subjected to constant harassment and social isolation” and wrongfully terminated, after having…

CSC students have respiratory problems

Some Colby Sawyer College Students were evacuated on Monday night after reporting respiratory problems. New London Fire Department responded to the Best Dorm at Colby Sawyer College shortly before 9:30 pm Tuesday, for reports of an unknown gas.  Fire Chief Jay Lyons said the students reported having respiratory problems and fire fighters evacuated the…

HDMS Turkey Trot aids Food Pantry

The students and staff at Hillsboro-Deering Middle School participated in the HDMS Annual Turkey Trot on 11/22/2016. The students collected 271 canned food items to donate to the local food pantry. The first place winners of the Turkey Trot won a turkey, second place winners won a pie, and the third place winners won cookies. The crowd was adorned with turkey hats, pilgrim hats, Native American costumes, and…

Five H-DHS students earn first place in DECA North Atlantic Region

After a month of competing against other high schools in a global competition, two teams of students from Hillsboro-Deering High School have qualified for the DECA International Conference in April 2017.  In the Virtual Business Sports Management Competition, three students, juniors Nick Lester and Thomas Ferguson, and sophomore Ryan Gillett, chose the…

The Messenger – November 25, 2016

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Welcome Walmart

In contrast to its reception in 2006, Walmart’s plans to build a Hillsborough Supercenter was not only devoid of any Anti-Walmart, “Not In My Town” protesters, this year’s application was eagerly anticipated and quickly approved. For the first time, it was confirmed that the store would be a…

Help feed our needy neighbors this Christmas season

Messenger Publisher Leigh Bosse  is pleased to announce that for the 22nd consecutive year, The Messenger, in conjunction with the Hillsboro Lions  Club, will be conducting its annual appeal to readers to fund the distribution of Christmas Food Baskets to needy families in…

The Knights of Columbus are providing ‘Coats For Kids’

A large number of new kids’ winter coats were delivered this week to the Hillsboro-Deering and the Henniker School Districts by the local Knights of Columbus Council serving the St. Mary and St. Theresa Parishes of Hillsboro and Henniker. The coats, delivered to the…

Newport considers increased water ban

Newport is looking at implementing the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Model Water Use Restriction Ordinance. A mandatory water restriction was put in affect in October. Public Works Director Larry Wiggins said that the Water Department has lowered the output of water from…

Hillsboro-Deering DECA inaugurates another busy year

Fifty-four DECA students were recently inducted into the Hillsboro-Deering High School DECA chapter. The induction ceremony occurred in front of a packed cafeteria of family and community members. The following students were elected as DECA officers…

Loudon neighbors object to greenhouse’s light and noise

Several residents attended the recent Loudon selectman’s meeting to speak about the lights from the Greenhouse on Route 106. Douglas Bruce said he is about 3 miles from the greenhouse and literally at nighttime he can read a book in his bedroom from the light reflecting off it, especially if…

School Board confronted by a dozen upset parents

About a dozen upset and frustrated parents of H-D Elementary School students attended Monday’s School Board meeting to voice their concerns over what they felt were severe and improper disciplines being administered by Vice Principal Debra Beaupre…

 

The Messenger – November 8, 2016

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Margaret Lougee installed as Bow’s new Police Chief

Margaret Lougee was sworn in Monday night as Bow’s new Police Chief before a standing room only crowd at the Old Town Hall. The crowd included Lougee’s large family, friends, along with past and present coworkers. Lougee previously served as a master sergeant in the NH Air National Guard retiring after…

Quick response saves Dunbarton home

A Dunbarton shed was destroyed after catching fire Sunday afternoon. Crews responded to the 36 Twist Hill Road home shortly before 3:30 p.m. after a report of smoke in the backyard. Dunbarton Fire Deputy Chief Bud Marcou said he’s not sure who called in the report, but believes it was someone driving by, as no one…

Over 100 birds killed in fire that destroys Newport pole barn

About 100 birds perished in a barn fire at a family farm on Brown Road Monday afternoon, Newport Fire Chief Wayne Conroy said. Pigs rescued from the barn were revived with water and oxygen. Newport Fire and EMS responded to a report of heavy black smoke in the area of Brown Road at 12:27 p.m. on Monday. Firefighters found the rear of a barn structure on fire as well as…

Jim Kofalt’s refuses recount in 1 vote loss

Although he lost his election in a race for the N.H. House of Representatives by one vote, but Jim Kofalt did not challenge the result. Kofalt, a Wilton Republican, was beaten last week by fellow Republican John J. Valera, of Windsor in a contest for the two seats in Hillsborough House District 38. Valera won the second highest vote tally, with…

Henniker’s Safe Routes to School

The Henniker Selectmen spent a lot of money Tuesday evening. Fortunately much of it will not effect the local tax rate. The Board unanimously approved $280,000 to construct Phase I of the Safe Routes To School Project, first applied for in 2009. The project is funded with a 100% federal grant with construction to begin in…

Weare Middle School students tour Hopkinton-Everett Dam

As part of the watershed education portion of the 7 and 8th-grade science curriculum, Weare 7/8th grade students learned about the 1938 Great Flood in Weare and the subsequent construction of the Hopkinton-Everett dam system and its lasting effects on  the Towns of Weare, Henniker, and Hopkinton. In November, the students took a…

The Messenger – November 11, 2016

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Bradford soldier killed

An Army Special Forces soldier from Bradford, the father of a young boy, died during a combat-diving training session in Florida last Wednesday. Staff Sgt. David J. Whitcher served two tours in Afghanistan with the New Hampshire National Guard before enlisting in the Army in 2013. He signed up for the Special Forces a year later. He graduated from a Special Forces qualification course earlier this year and was enrolled in…

Sunapee Cubs fan celebrates the victory

At 108 years of age, Sunapee resident Hazel Nilson may be the only person in the country still alive when the Chicago Cubs won the World series in 1908.  As a born and raised Chicagoan, she has been a Cubs fan since she can remember. She moved to Sunapee Cove 2 years ago to be closer to family and has remained loyal to her Cubbies, watching…

Former Northfield man withdraws guilty plea to selling drugs

Brian Watson, 57, formerly of Northfield, who was scheduled to plead guilty Monday to selling a lethal combination of heroin and fentanyl to a 21-year-old Tilton man, withdrew his sealed plea agreement because of new information his lawyer wants to explore. Attorney Mark Sisti learned that a different man currently…

Nominations sought for  Cornerstone and the Dream Keeper Awards

Each year, the Goffstown School District seeks to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated  an outstanding commitment to support student learning and superior education in our community. This recognition is represented in two different…

Boys Sports – Soccer

Division III Championship: # 5 Hopkinton 1 #2 Stevens 0: The Hopkinton High boys’ soccer team only needed one goal to take home the NHIAA Division III championship Saturday at Larkin Field. The fifth-seeded Hawks earned a 1-0 victory over #2 Stevens of Claremont on the back of Jacob Rockwood’s first-half goal and a shutout performance from goalkeeper Tim Meserve…

Girls Sports – Soccer

Division III Championship: # 3 John Stark 4  # 5 Oyster River 0: A turnover by No. 5 Oyster River set up a goal by Morgan Hawkes in the third minute, and No. 3 John Stark added two more in the first half on the way to a 4-0 win over the Bobcats at Bill Ball Stadium.  Hawkes finished with two goals and Brooke Shatney and Aria Ulmer also scored to lead the Generals  to the program’s first title.

The Messenger – November 4, 2016

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Newbury teenager charged with firing four shots

Nathaniel Hargreaves, 18, of Newbury has been arrested and charged with felony reckless conduct after a road rage incident last Sunday in Newport during which four rounds were shot from a moving truck, police said. Hargreaves posted $10,000 cash bail and will be arraigned…

Henniker committee considering reviving a ‘Family River Festival’

Henniker’s Economic Development Committee has discussed the creation of a family river festival to celebrate this significant resource in the community and expand environmental tourism. Access to and highlighting the River was a major theme reported in…

Sunapee Chief David Cahill Receives Spirit of NH Award

At a recent gathering in Concord, Volunteer NH printed Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill with its Volunteer Award. Cahill has represented Law Enforcement statewide at the highest levels by serving as a past President of the NH Chiefs Association and as a current member of the NH Police Standards and Training Counsel. He is an outspoken advocate for…

Hillsborough Historical Society elects officers & presents awards

The Hillsborough Historical Society recently held their Annual Meeting at the Smith Congregational Church in Hillsborough. New Officers elected were…

Franklin City Council’s  SAU withdrawal vote ruled invalid

The Franklin City Council’s 5-4 vote to withdraw Franklin School District from SAU 18 last week has been ruled invalid by the NH Department of Education. The withdrawal plan must be accepted by…

Boys Sports – Soccer

Division II Semifinals: #6 Goffstown 2 # 2 Pembroke 1 OT: After 80 minutes of emotionally intense soccer, Mike Fortin floated through the right side of the Pembroke defense, took a touch, and fired it home between the legs of Pembroke goalie Tyler Smith to give Goffstown a thrilling 2-1 win. Division II Quarterfinals: #6 Goffstown 1 #3 ConVal 0: The Grizzlies’ defense held Division II’s top scoring offense scoreless while Noah Charron provided the lone goal. Charron finished a Mike Fortin corner kick for his tally. Miles Green provided the clean sheet in net the for the Grizzlies…

Girls Sports – Volleyball

Division III Semifinals: #3 Farmington 3 #2 Winnisquam 2: Farmington bounced back from a lopsided loss in Game 4 to beat Winnisquam in the fifth and deciding game for a 3-2 victory. Division III Quarterfinals: #2 Winnisquam 3. #10 Portsmouth Christian 0: The Bears cruised to wins in sets one and three but had to come from behind in a 28-26 second-set win…

 

The Messenger – October 28, 2016

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New Boston Police Department being sued by former officer

Alexandra Drake, 24, of Nashua, a former New Boston police officer, has filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the town and police department. Drake says she was fired after she complained about sexual harassment by a supervising officer who allegedly ranked female drivers on a “rapability” scale…

Warning – Hillsboro’s Crazy Christians are at it again

Again this year, the Hillsboro United Methodist Men’s Ministry, affectionately dubbed “The Crazy Christians,” will camp out in cardboard boxes and sleeping bags to highlight the plight  of our homeless neighbors. They will be camping on the lawn next to the church on November 4th, 5th and 6th, and will be accepting donations of…

Colby-Sawyer honors Hillsboro woman

Emily Hatcher of Hillsboro, N.H., is one of eight students selected to receive the Sawyer Fellowship, one of Colby-Sawyer College’s most prestigious honors. Each year, Colby-Sawyer College faculty and administrative staff nominate students based upon their excellence in the classroom, their leadership, and their…

Hillsborough Olde Fashioned Christmas

Hillsborough Pride has begun planning for this year’s Olde Fashioned Christmas to be held on December 3, 2016. This traditional event celebrates both the religious as well as the commercial aspects of the holiday. Churches or civic groups wishing to host an event as part of the day long celebration should…

Complaints aired over new traffic flow routes at Newport schools

Newport Police Chief James Burroughs briefed the joint meeting of the School Board and Selectmen on the status of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program and the recent changes to the traffic pattern at Richards School. Selectman Todd Fratzell relayed that several parents had complained with the lack of flow, particularly on Beach Street. At one point he personally had to…

Boys Sports – Football

Bow 14 John Stark 6:  Bow got a first quarter touchdown from Nate Alford on a two-yard run to lead 7-0 at the half. Jack Corriveau’s 1-yard run capped a 14-play, 62-yard drive that took up 7½ minutes of the third quarter. Drew McQuarrie, who’s been battling injury, lost two fumbles in the first half and was replaced by younger brother Parker McQuarrie in the second half. Parker led an 84-yard drive that culminated in an 18-yard TD pass to Jake Sitts with 1:22 left…

Girls Sports – Soccer

Division III Preliminary  #4 Hillsboro-Deering 7 #13 Bishop Brady 2: Key players: Hillsboro-Deering – Bridgette Winters scored 3 goals and added 2 assists to lead the Hillcats to a win. The HDHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team will host Raymond HS in the NHIAA Quarter Finals Round on Saturday, Oct 29th at 2:00pm.

The Messenger – October 21, 2016

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Controversy erupts over altering of Henniker’s official minutes

The Henniker Selectmen were having a quiet, routine Board meeting until Chair Khris Blomback added an unscheduled item to the agenda. Saying he forgot to add it to his motion establishing the Road Management Committee at a prior meeting, he wanted to include a paid minute taker. He indicated he was acting in response to…

Warner Cooperative Preschool closing?

The Warner Cooperative Preschool was unable to hire a teacher for this year and it is quite questionable if they will continue. April Kent is trying to comprise a quorum of Board of Director’s so they can make a decision officially about dissolving the…

H-D Board tables Alternative High School relocation

After having been the main topic of conversation over the past several months, the Hillsboro-Deering School Board has apparently abandoned the idea of relocating the Alternative High School to the Hillcat Drive campus. At the beginning of…

State cuts force Franklin School district budget freeze

SAU 18 Superintendent Daniel Legallo recently announced that the 2016-17 Franklin school district budget is currently “frozen,” in light of  a $115,000 loss in state adequacy aid. The latest reduction comes after school and city officials met during the summer to address a $1.3 million shortfall in the…

New Boston breaks ground on Emergency services site

The Town of New Boston recently broke ground on their Emergency Services Communication site upgrade. This project was made possible as a result of a NH Emergency Management Department sponsored grant, and the support of the New Boston voters. The Town of New Boston applied for a grant earlier this year to…

Boys Sports – Soccer

Hillsboro-Deering 4 Laconia 0: The Hillcats shutout the Sachems in a much-needed win to keep H-D’s playoff hopes alive. Belmont 2 Hopkinton 1: The Hawks scored their only goal on a penalty kick in the 6th minute…

Girls Sports – Soccer

Campbell 2 Hillsboro-Deering 1 OT: Senior captain Jamie Jutras scored the game winner three minutes into the first overtime off a scramble to lead the Cougars. John Stark 6 Pembroke 1: The Generals quickly piled up four first-half goals and held Pembroke Academy scoreless in the final 40 minutes…

The Messenger – October 14, 2016

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$833,000 to replace Bow’s Birchdale Road Bridge

Robert Durfee, vice president of Dubois & King, Inc., presented the Bow Selectmen with plans for replacing the Birchdale Road Bridge at an estimated cost of $833,000 during Tuesday’s meeting. Durfee’s Laconia-based engineering firm is handling two bridge replacement projects for the town. The bridge closed in July 2015 after the state…

One dead, four injured in Henniker multi-vehicle crash

On Sunday October 9th, a multi vehicle crash occurred on US Route 202/NH Route 9 in Henniker. Prior to the collision a Toyota RAV4 driven by Kevin Morong, 59, of Keene  was observed by State Police travelling at an excessively high rate of speed on NH Route 9 in Stoddard. The trooper attempted to catch up and stop the vehicle, but…

Weatherstone Crossing construction to begin in December

Michael Black of Saxon Partners gave the Hillsboro Lions Club an update on the progress of his major commercial venture, Weatherstone Crossing. Having cleared the Water & Sewer Commission and secured those permits, he expects to file a formal…

Goffstown Police host Senior Lights Tour

Calling all Goffstown Residents!!! The Goffstown Police Department is looking forward to hosting its first ever Senior Lights Tour this upcoming December 2016. The Goffstown Police Department is searching for residents who are…

Food Pantry needs Thanksgiving fixins

Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry has all the turkeys ordered… yet still need all the fixings for that wonderful family gathering coming “real” soon. They expect to prepare 320 turkey baskets which include the following items…

Boys Sports – Golf

Newport 1st: In Division IV, Newport (338) won by a comfortable 20-stroke margin against  Moultonborough (358) at Waukewan Golf Club in Center
Harbor. White Mountains of Whitefield (378) was third followed by Hopkinton (380), Inter-Lakes of Meredith (382), Mascenic of New Ipswich (386) and Farmington (394). Bow 1st: In Division III, Bow (321) finished 12 strokes ahead of runner-up Lebanon (332) at Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor. Derryfield of Manchester (335) was third and followed by Gilford (355), Stevens (364), Pelham (380) and Kearsarge (409)…

Girls Sports – Volleyball

Sunapee 3 Hillsboro-Deering 0: The Lakers dominated 25-8, 25-14  and 25-15.
Winnisquam 3 Mascoma Valley 0:  The Bears, who are riding a three-game winning streak, held the Royals to single digits in two of the three matches Tuesday, winning 25-1, 25-13 and 25-3…

The Messenger – October 7, 2016

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Both HDHS and Jim O’Rourke receive honors

Associate Principal Jennifer Crawford,  Reed Cullen, HDHS Student Council and Student Vice President, HDHS Principal James O’Rourke display the plaque recently presented to Hillsboro-Deering High School as one of U.S. News & World Report’s “2016 Best Schools in New Hampshire.” In addition, it was announced that…

Bow names Lt. Scott Hayes as Interim Police Chief
Lieutenant Scott Hayes has been named as Acting Chief of Police of the Bow Police Department, effective October 1, 2016.  He succeeds Chief Erin Commerford who retired at the end of September. Lt. Hayes has…

Tilton police make major heroin arrest

A search of a car stopped for a false inspection sticker led to the arrest of two men and the seizure of a large quantity of heroin, fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine and a stolen gun, police said. A large amount of cash also was seized, police said. Tilton officers watched the car meet another in the park-and-ride area at Exit 20 off…

Newport Selectmen make water restrictions mandatory

The Town of Newport recently escalated the voluntary water restrictions to mandatory water restrictions effective immediately, due to continuing drought conditions. According to Newport Public Works Director Larry Wiggins, Newport’s main water supply, Gilman Pond in Unity, has dropped…

John Stark students learn at Construction Career Days

Students from JSRHS joined hundreds of high school students from across New Hampshire in Construction Career Days, September 22 and 23, in New Boston. Over 70 exhibitors were there to share their experiences in construction and transportation related fields with the students at this hands-on, career exploring event…

Boys Sports – Football

Goffstown 17 Manchester Memorial 7: A winless but determined Manchester Memorial (0-5) team connected on a 62-yard touchdown reception to pull ahead with 9 minutes 47 seconds left to play. Goffstown dug deep and completed the game-winning touchdown with 4:43 left, securing a 17-7 win at home on a raw and rainy Saturday afternoon…

Girls Sports – Soccer

Hillsboro-Deering  5 Newport 2: Morgan Racine scored her first varsity goal less than a minute into the game, but the Tigers tied the game four minutes later. Bridget Winters scored before halftime and Izabella Warren scored seven minutes into the second half. Warren and Winters netted their second tallies later in the second half to secure the win. Hillsboro-Deering 4 Conant 2: The Hillcats trailed a minute in, but came back to take a 2-1 lead before Conant tied things going into the half. H-D controlled the second half with possession and took a lead in the 49th minute on a goal from Izabella Warren…

The Messenger – September 30, 2016

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Henniker man arrested on multiple child sex counts

Roger Ward, 52, of Henniker faces multiple felony charges in a child sex assault case. He has been arrested and  charged with five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, five counts of felonious sexual assault, two counts of indecent exposure, and attempted felonious…

DOT unveils plans for Antrim’s West Street Bridge

During a public informational hearing, Lisa Martin of Quantum Construction Consultants informed the Antrim Selectmen and the public of plans for replacing the West Street Bridge. NH DOT relisted the bridge and the…

Police investigate Andover helicopter crash

The NH State Police are seeking information regarding a helicopter crash on a wooded area near 15 Rivers Edge Road in Andover. The lone pilot was able to exit the helicopter on his own power and call for assistance. The fiery crash was quickly…

Festival of Community Bands Oct. 15th

The Kearsarge Community Band will be hosting the Sixth Annual Festival of New Hampshire Community Bands on Saturday, October 15 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Outing Club Indoor Facility, New London, NH. The Festival is a whole day of music presented by eight different Bands, followed by a massed band at…

Hillsborough Moose Club celebrating 70 years of community service

Please join the Hillsborough Moose Club for a luncheon on Sunday, October 2nd from 11 am – 5 pm to celebrate 70 years of service to Mooseheart and Moosehaven as well as the community of Hillsborough NH. This is a big milestone for…

Boys Sports – Soccer

Campbell 3 Hillsboro-Deering 0: Lack of offense limited the Hillcats in a close game. Windham 2 John Stark 1 OT: The score was tied, 1-1, at halftime after first-half goals from Windham’s Marc Tausanovitch and John Stark’s Ryan Nelson. Somersworth 2 Franklin 1: Still searching for their first win, the Golden Tornadoes kept it scoreless until late in the second half…

Girls Sports – Soccer

Fall Mountain 2, Hillsboro-Deering 1 (OT): After a scoreless battle in the first half, the Hillcats grabbed the initial lead 10 minutes into the second half on a goal against FM. Regulation time would end with the score 1-1 then, at 5:43 into the overtime period, FM would strike again for the score that would keep them among the ranks of the undefeated. Hillsboro-Deering 4 Inter-Lakes 0:  Bridgette  Warren scored the lone goal in the first half, but Winters completed a second-half hat trick to seal the win for the Hillcats. H-D was also bolstered by a strong team defense…

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