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The Messenger – January 12, 2018

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Incoming Mayor predicts a Franklin Rebirth

“This is like déjà vu all over again!” said Tony Giunta as he was sworn in as Franklin’s Mayor for the second time, having served in that office from 2000-2004. Reflecting on his first inaugural, he recalled how the task was to change the city’s perception…

Area firefighters hampered by cold temperatures and brisk winds

As whipping winds and bitter cold plunged wind chills down to 30 below and even colder, first responders were busy with fires both overnight and throughout the weekend with other incidents reported in Windsor, Goffstown, Peterborough, and Tilton. Peterborough firefighters saved a Blueberry Lane house from a…

Jacob Merritt becomes Newport Troop’s third Eagle Scout

A crowd of 50 friends, family and scouts, past and present, gathered in the cafeteria at Newport Middle High School Sunday to celebrate Jacob Merritt’s achievement, becoming the third member of Boy Scout Troop 316 in the past three years, after Patrick Hennig in 2015 and Jeremy Dewey last year, to attain the rank of Eagle Scout…

Hillsboro Board tackles budget & rumors

The Board reviewed both the Police and Town Employees Unions’ contracts and voted to accept them to be placed on the Town Warrant. The contracts are for 3 years and provide raises for all employees as well as step increases. The Police contract also addresses adjustments for Dispatch employees to bring them in line.The Board also discussed a rumor that…

Epsom Police Chief on unpaid leave

Longtime Epson Police Chief, Wayne Preve, who Select Board Chair Don Harty says “has been an excellent chief for the town,” and, “Very, very respected by people in town,” has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. Select Board members have refused to elaborate, calling it a…

The Messenger – January 5, 2018

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Hillsborough man injured in snowmobile accident

Conservation officers in New Hampshire were called to rescue a man injured in a snowmobile crash. Authorities say 20-year-old Kyle Nutter was driving a snowmobile on Bear Hill Trail in Hillsboro with a group of friends. The boys called 911 when they found…

Space heater ignites Georges Mills fire

New London Fire Chief Jay Lyons said a preliminary investigation suggests it was propane space heater used to thaw frozen pipes beneath the building  that destroyed a Georges Mill’s cottage and left two men homeless last Thursday. Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill was first on scene and reported…

Single car Hancock accident lead to driver’s arrest

On Thursday, December 28th, the Hancock Police Department responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle collision with ejection on Bonds Corner Road in the area of Shire Road in Hancock. Police along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and found…

Dog saves Belmont man from overdose

Police said they were called for a dog in a road that would not move for traffic around 11:53 p.m. Friday. An officer responded and after finding out who the owner is walked the shivering dog back to its owner’s house a short distance away. Police said the officer tried to get someone to answer the door for several minutes but did not get a response…

Henniker exploring a $98,000 health insurance saving

The Henniker Selectmen had a productive meeting Tuesday evening. Finance Director Russ Roy gave a lengthly comparison of Health Insurance Plans offered by School Choice and Harvard Pilgram. Harvard Pilgram offers two plans, which with higher deductibles and employee co-pays, could save the town between $33,000 and…

The Messenger – December 29, 2017

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Hillsboro woman sustains life-threatening injuries

On Tuesday, December 26th the Hancock Police Department Responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle collision on Route 202 in the area of Kimball Road in Hancock. Hancock Police along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and found two vehicles involved on Route 202 just east of Kimball Rd., both with heavy front end damage. One of the vehicles involved was…

Many combine efforts to make a veteran’s last wish come true

On December 10 WMUR aired a story about an air force veteran who has terminal cancer and his only wish was to see the new Star Wars movie opening on December 15. Ron Villimaire has been a Star Wars fan since the first movie, sharing his interest with his daughter Elizabeth. As a commitment to her Dad, Elizabeth contacted WMUR and asked if they would…

New Boston Police Officer dies suddenly

The New Boston Police department has announced that Officer Brandon T. Tucker, 23, of Manchester, passed away suddenly on December 19, 2017. Officer Tucker was hired as a Part-Time Officer in New Boston on May 18, 2015 and completed the Part-Time Academy later that summer. On July 2, 2016, Officer Tucker was appointed a Full-Time Officer and completed the…

Weare Middle School students excel at virtual coding competition

Weare Middle School took several awards at New Hampshire’s first virtual coding competition on Dec. 19 at Pinkerton Academy. For participation in coding events leading up to the final competition, Weare Middle School took two second place awards—the Diversity Award for highest percentage of girls participating based on school population and…

Firefighters’ quick response saves Christmas for Weare family

On December 22, 2017, at 10:08 hours a passerby called 9-1-1 to report a chimney fire at 885 River Road. The Weare Fire Department responded with Engine 5 staffed with the on-duty crew. Fire Chief Robert Vezina was on scene within 12 minutes of the alarm and reported that the initial chimney fire had extended to the attic of a 1-story residential building…

The Messenger – December 22, 2017

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192 wreaths decorate Dunbarton’s veterans’ graves

Wreaths Across Dunbarton, like the national Wreaths Across America program, seeks to lay holiday wreaths at veterans’ graves. The initial local program began with a ceremony of  General John Stark laying a wreath at the statue of Maj. Caleb Stark, his oldest son, in the town’s common area, accompanied by a musket salute.Volunteers then placed 192 wreaths on Dunbarton’s veteran graves and war…

$10 million error in Goffstown School Tax

Goffstown and New Boston school officials are saying that it was “irregularities and errors” in financial information reported to state officials that resulted in about $10 million not being applied to tax relief since 2011. The SAU 19 School Board accepted business administrator Raymond Labore’s resignation at its…

Henniker Concert Committee introduces the Acoustic Café

The Community Concerts Committee is pleased to announce the launching of the Only Henniker On Earth Acoustic Café, a series of 3-monthly coffee house and open mic sessions in partnership with New England College. The series will be held on the last Sunday of the month beginning on January 28, in The Pub, Simon Center…

Antrim’s Stone Church comes alive for Christmas Eve

After being vacant for 20 years one of the areas most beautiful churches is opening most fittingly on 12/24. At The Cross a non-denominational Christ centered church will be having its first of many services celebrating our Savior’s birth. The Stone Church located in Antrim on 223 Clinton Road has been owned for the last 20 years by…

Distracted Belmont driver survives crash

A distracted driver drove into a utility pole in Belmont Saturday, causing a power outage and road closure. The driver, Deborah Woodin, 46, of Belmont, was injured in the single-vehicle crash on Dec. 16 and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police said first responders found a 2003 Toyota sedan caught in the pole wire. The utility pole had snapped as …

The Messenger – December 15, 2017

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H-D Board considering nearly $600,000 renovation

The Hillsboro-Deering School Board continues to discuss a proposed $587,358.00 project for improvements at the Elementary School. The project is designed in three phases, although Superintendent Robert Hassett continues to recommend that it be completed as one. Phase I calls for $119,504 to…

Abutters sue to permanently enjoin speedway concert

A trio of Loudon neighbors has sued the speedway in Merrimack County Superior Court, asking the court to “permanently enjoin” Speedway Motorsports, the Texas-based corporation that now owns the Loudon facility, from hosting concerts that are not tied to racing events. The 1989 agreement, made after Bob Bahre purchased the speedway, states that the…

Bow officials bracing against a potential $14 million tax refund

The NH Supreme Court is currently deciding if Eversource’s Merrimack Station power plant has been overvlued on Bow’s tax roles. If Eversource wins its challenge, the town is facing a potential $14 million tax refund. According to Town Manager David Stack, the power plant is one of the town’s most valuable properties. As a precaution, the town has…

Cost to repair Goffstown’s Uncanoonuc Lake dam underestimated

The Goffstown Selectmen met with Public Works Director Meghan Theriault for an update on the Uncanoonuc Lake dam rehabilitation project. A request for proposals had been put out last month, and  Theriault said they had five responses and are looking to work with…

Andrew Duval named Football Player of the Year

The Gatorade Company announced Andrew Duval of Goffstown High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade New Hampshire Football Player of the Year. Duval is the second Gatorade New Hampshire Football Player of the Year to be chosen from…

The Messenger – December 8, 2017

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McDonald’s donates to H-D’s new playground fund

McDonald’s in Hillsboro is excited to announce a fundraiser to benefit the Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School in conjunction with the restaurant’s post-renovation re-opening. From December 8 – December 10, ten percent of all proceeds from the restaurant will be donated to the school’s new playground project. Both the school and…

H-D students support their Texas counterparts

Hillsboro-Deering Middle School Principal Marc Peterson recently received this e-mail from Brookside Intermediate School in Friendswood, Texas: “I received a surprising package in the mail today that came all the way from Hillsboro, New Hampshire! It included…

H-D hopes to boost test scores with new math teaching program

H-D Elementary School Principal Daniel Record and Assistant Principal Donna Furlong briefed the School Board on a new math teaching program designed to improve the school’s lagging math test scores. The current math program “Envisions” is a 2010 series (in K – 4 with Grade 5 using a 2012 series). It lacks the focus and rigor necessary to…

Seven towns assist New Boston in fighting house fire

New Boston Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 183 Parker Road in New Boston around 9:06 am on November 22nd. The residents were home at the time and were able to escape. The fire started in the attached garage and extended into the home. Goffstown Fire Department was first on scene and was able to slow the fire growth with a limited water supply. Shortly after…

Trio of Hillsborough boys off to England

A group of Hillsborough Middle School students, Dylan Braun, Brady Curley and Logan Miller, along with their soccer club, Seacoast Express United Premier ‘06, have recently been invited to travel with their coaches to the south coast of England in April for a 9 day training session with Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club Academy coaches. If you haven’t already seen the boys outside of…

Tilton police looking for hit-&-run driver

A 55-year-old Tilton man was struck by an eastbound vehicle on Laconia Road about 5:15 p.m. Friday. Police believe the vehicle may have been a Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck, which was likely damaged on the passenger-side door, according to the release. The pedestrian, whose name was not released, remained in stable condition and is…

The Messenger – December 1, 2017

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Woman shot while riding in Elm Brook Park

Local and state authorities say they’ve yet to decide whether to bring charges in connection with a hunting accident Tuesday afternoon in which a woman was shot and slightly injured while mountain biking in Elm Brook Park. State conservation officers and Hopkinton Police have interviewed a 34-year-old Hopkinton hunter, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said in a…

Washington students support veterans

The Washington Elementary School Student Council and all of the members of the Washington Elementary School sponsored a successful, second annual Socktober event. The students and staff collected 400 pairs of socks, 132 pairs more than last year. The socks will be donated to…

Weare students tour the Hopkinton-Everett Flood Control Project

This fall, 7th grade science teacher Jan Dwinnells taught her students  at the Weare Middle School about the 1938 Great Flood, the subsequent construction of the Hopkinton-Everett dam system, and how it had an everlasting impact on the Town of Weare. On November 9, the Hopkinton-Everett Flood Control Project became the…

Proctor faculty member killed in Florida

Lindsey Degon, 32, faculty member at Proctor Academy, died in a scooter crash while vacationing in Florida. She was a passenger on a scooter that turned out of a hotel parking lot and slid into traffic in Key West, FL. Degon fell off the scooter and was struck by an oncoming pickup truck. According to police, Degon’s boyfriend and varsity football coach at…

Attorney General clears Belmont Police Officer in shooting death

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald has announced that a Belmont police officer was justified when he fired two shots into a man who simultaneously shot himself in the head. Investigators in MacDonald’s 24-page report details the September 30th incident at the…

Franklin Police arrest trio indicted for August home invasion

The Merrimack County grand jury has handed down indictments of three people accused of busting into a Franklin home and robbing a paralyzed woman at gunpoint last August. Juan Flores, 26, Bryan Martinez, 25, and Melissa Natal, 36, all of Franklin, each face one felony count of accomplice to robbery. Authorities say the trio broke into the home about 3 a.m. and demanded….

The Messenger – November 24, 2017

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Board gives unanimous approval for one concert

The Loudon Planning Board unanimously approved a weekend long concert at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last Thursday night after a series of heated discussions. The board approved the concert, but with a major stipulation that it was a…

Hillsboro-Deering DECA Teams shine in latest competition

After two weeks 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 2018. In the Virtual Business Sports Management Competition, three students, seniors Nick Lester, Thomas Ferguson, and Ethan Blevins (right) finished in second place in the competitive North Atlantic region of DECA and also fifth place in the entire competition – out of over 500 teams worldwide. They will join teams from…

Newport teen gets 2 years for 7 felonies

Ryan Gobin, 18, of Newport recently pleaded guilty to seven felony counts, including the assault of a police officer, in Sullivan County Superior Court. Accepting the plea agreement between Gobin and the state, Judge Brian Tucker sentenced Gobin to two years, less…

Help the Lions Club feed our needy neighbors this Christmas

Messenger Publisher Leigh Bosse is pleased to announce that for the 23rd 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 area. For several years, Hillsboro churches, with…

Teenager shot and killed in Goffstown

Ian Jewell, 18, an honor student at Memorial High School, school athlete and brother of a cancer patient was recently shot in the parking lot of the Goffstown Ace Hardware store on 5 Depot Street. He died later at a local hospital. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval ruled the death a homicide from a single gun shot wound. Grief counselors were available, but…

Hillsborough family arrested

A Hillsborough family of three was recently arrested for growing marijuana in the home at 32 Gould Pond Road. Police had been keeping an eye on the residence for some time and after issuing arrest and search warrants, they arrested David Alley, 42, Heather Alley, 51, and Quintin Alley, 19….

Christmas season opens in New Boston

Santa Claus is coming to New Boston. Join us on the town common to meet Santa, make S’mores, and have a cup of hot chocolate. Mingle with friends and neighbors, sing Christmas carols and light the Christmas Tree at 6 p.m., and toasty firepits to roast marshmallows. Santa will be in the Old Engine House next to the gazebo from…

The Messenger – November 17, 2017

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Antrim residents cite increased Gregg Lake pollution

A group of Antrim residents on Gregg Lake have petitioned the governor and council for approval of a federal grant to develop a program aimed at improving its water quality. Joan Gorga said that in 2014 the NH Department of Environmental Services listed the lake as threatened or impaired due to…

Richard Whitney wins Jacobi Award

Hawthorne Academy in Antrim is proud to announce that the chairman of their art department, Richard Whitney, PhD.H, has received the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award “given to a professional New Hampshire artist, in any discipline, who has made a significant contribution to…

Quick reaction to Bow fire saves building

A fuel truck caught on fire Saturday afternoon at a business in Bow on Ryan Road. Officials said the 2,000-gallon truck was sitting inside a warehouse at the time. Its owner tried to put out the flames but was unable to. So he and other bystanders hooked the truck up to another vehicle and…

Hillsborough celebrates Christmas the Olde Fashioned Way

Again this year, Hillsborough Pride is coordinating the efforts of Hillsborough’s churches, civic groups and businesses into a town-wide, day-long celebration of both the religious and commercial aspects of Christmas. On Saturday, December 2nd, this year’s event runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at venues throughout town…

Fire Dept. wants $3.4 million renovation

Hillsborough Fire Chief Ken Stafford explained the plans for a $3,400,000 renovation of the current fire station at last week’s Select Board meeting. As there are several issues with the existing building that need to be repaired (part of the roof, AC, ventilation, proper housing of the Emergency Operations Center, etc.), the Chief and…

Peterborough woman charged with felony DWI

On Wednesday, November 15th, the Lyndeborough Police Department was notified of a serious motor vehicle collision on Route 31 in the area of 47 Route 31. Lyndeborough Police along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and found two vehicles involved in the middle of…

FOOTBALL Division I Semifinals

#1 Winnacunnet 21 #2 Goffstown 6: Top-seeded Winn acunnet smothered the Goffstown offense for most of the afternoon and remained unbeaten by posting a 21-6 victory.  The Warriors (11-0) scored on their first possession, and added a touchdown in each of the final two quarters…

The Messenger – November 10, 2017

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Boscawen Planning Board approves Dollar General

It took more than a year of meetings, revisions and one lawsuit, but Tuesday evening the Boscawen planning board unanimously approved Dollar General’s application to build a store on King Street. The earliest a building permit could be given is…

Franklin Savings Bank donates $250,0000 to Mill City project

Just as Todd Workman has provided a spark for Franklin’s downtown, Marty Parrcichand’s promised to transform Franklin into an outdoor sports mecca. A steady rain could not dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd gathered under a tent at…

Knights of Columbus complete Annual Coats For Kids Drive

The local Knights of Columbus completed its 2017 campaign to provide “Coats For Kids”  this past week with the delivery of warm coats to thirteen different coordination liaison personnel who work with kids in need. The Knights kicked-off  this years’ program in the…

Former New Boston police officer settles for $160,000

Former New Boston police officer Alexandra Drake will receive $160,000 from the town for lost wages, compensatory damages, attorney’s fees and restitution in a settlement over allegations that her supervisor had made inappropriate comments about women…

Girls Sports – Volleyball

Division III Championship – # 2 Winnisquam 3 #1 InterLakes 0: Avenging their 3-1 loss to Inter-Lakes in the regular-season finale, the Bears played like a completely different team, and overpowered the Lakers in three sets on the way to its third Division III Championship in the last eight seasons. Winnisquam opened the match with a pair of haymakers, downing…

Boys Sports – Soccer

#1 Derryfield 2 #2 Hopkinton 1: Division III Championship
The Cougars defeated second-seeded Hopkinton, 2-1, behind two second-half goals to secure their first D-III championship and 18th overall, to complete an undefeated season. The Hawks took a 1-0 advantage into halftime behind…

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