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The Messenger – June 23, 2017

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Hopkinton grads urged to “blow up” expectations

Following a long standing tradition, the 56 members of the Hopkinton High School’s Class of 2017 lined the center isle of the J.D. Durgin Memorial Pulling Arena and “clapped-in” the faculty to the graduation ceremony…

Area K-9 Teams shine during Certification

Goffstown Officer Babcock and his K-9 partner Jax traveled to Andover, Connecticut to compete and certify in the Region 4 USPCA PD1 trials. The event is a national certification and competition for police K-9 teams from the New England region. Officer Babcock and Jax obtained their certification and placed…

Henniker being sued for wrongful termination of highway employee

Former Highway Department employee Dale Havunen is suing the town for wrongful discharge. In his seven page complaint Havunen alleged bad faith and malice on the part of the town, Road Agent Tom Weston and Town Administrator Christine Trovato. According to the complaint…

Hancock concerned about Walmart impact

A group of Hancock residents has requested that the Select-board hear comments regarding the Walmart construction in Hillsborough. The group expressed concerns about the impact on the town of Hancock from traffic to and from the store. They requested the Selectboard ask NH Department of Transportation to provide a traffic impact study and…

Weare Middle School Team victorious

The Weare Middle School Fancy Footwork Jump Rope Team from Weare Middle School took several first place spots at the White Mountain Jump Rope Jamboree on Saturday, June 3rd in North Conway. In the Single Rope Individual competition, Brianna Bodner and Pinter tied for…

Deering man shines at NH Senior Games

Manny Garcia of Deering won gold in both the 50 and 100 meter dash at the 50-54 age group of the NH Senior Games…

The Messenger – June 16, 2017

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H-D graduates and staff formed special bonds

Like the old Sister Sledge song,”Family” was the overriding theme at Hillsboro-Deering Graduation Friday evening. Salutatorian Nicolas Casavecchia said the Hillsboro-Deering community was like a family and that family atmosphere helped the class succeed…

3 local men face drug charges

Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced that local residents, including two alleged motorcycle club members, have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking crimes…

World Language Teacher of the Year

Cindi Hodgdon, ConVal High School, Peterborough: The New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers has selected Cindi Hodgdon as the World Language Teacher of the Year. She has been described as being a dynamic German teacher and an outstanding member of the Board of the N.H. Association of World Language Teachers. This year she competed against…

133 Bow Graduates told “sing loudly to your theme song”

The 133 Seniors of Bow High School’s Class of 2017 were sent off into the world  to the sounds of a tape of 80’s songs which teachers Heidi Pauer and Derek Deangelis selected to provide inspiration to the graduates. “Men Without Hats” 1982 hit, “The Safety Dance,” which encouraged students to step outside their comfort zone influenced…

Sports: Boys Baseball

Division II Baseball Championship. # 1 Campbell 6 #2  Belmont 5: (10 inn.)  The Cougars were in a 5-3 hole and down to their final strike before mounting a 3-run rally that was capped by a Belmont error that scored the tying and…

Sports: Girls Softball

Division IV Softball Championship. #1 Sunapee 1 #7 Derryfield 0: Wheaties may be the “Breakfast of Champions,’ but Sunapee is the School of Champions. Not content with the 2016-17 soccer title and three straight basketball championships, the Lady Lakers finished off a three-pete in softball as…

The Messenger – June 9, 2017

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Hillsborough turns out to celebrate a special man

It was standing room only at Hillsborough’s American Legion Hall as young and old alike turned out to honor Peter Brigham’s 17 years of service to the town and its people. Event Chair Doris Beane welcomed the crowd. Following her remarks, group after group lined up to pay tribute to the man who has given so much of himself to serving others…

Senator Jeanne Shaheen tours Franklin downtown businesses

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen visited Franklin last Thursday, where she toured local storefronts and learned about the city’s commitment to improve its downtown. The Senator stopped in at businesses supported  by Todd Workman and his group PermaCityLife, a nonprofit geared toward revitalizing Franklin. Workman has been driving to bring new businesses and younger demographics to the city, which is…

Chichester girls wins  Oratorical Contest

The Americanism Chairman for American Legion Post #88, Loudon, NH, Michael Hartt, has been hard at work promoting the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest. On February 4th District 5 of the American Legion in New Hampshire held its second High School Oratorical Contest in…

H-DMS sports program near acceptance

During Monday’s Hillsboro-Deering School Board meeting principals Jim O’Rourke and Marc Peterson briefed the Board on a meeting they had with representatives of the Hillsboro Youth Athletic Association about the possibility of instituting Middle School sports teams. Given assurance that HYAA teams would receive increased gym time, the group is excited to…

Sports: Boys Baseball

# 2 Souhegan 6 # 10 Bow 1: Three Souhegan pitchers combined to hold Bow to five hits while the Saber bats plated all of its runs between two innings. Brendan Winch was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Bow. # 4 Goffstown 8 # 5 Oyster River 7:  Clay Campbell hit a two-run single with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to win it for Goffstown…

Sports: Girls Softball

# 1 Souhegan 6 # 9 Merrimack Valley 3: The Pride put up a good fight against the top seeded team. # 2 Goffstown 4 # 7 Coe-Brown 3: The Grizzlies escaped a tough battle to advance to the Semifinals…

The Messenger – June 2, 2017

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Local college students honor their high school teachers

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week May 8 through May 12, Saint Michaels College asked first-year students to share about heroic teachers from their high school – the teachers who  truly made a difference in their lives and inspired them to pursue higher education. Students responded immediately with heartfelt words of praise for…

Weare Troop #24 celebrates its 30th & 31st Eagle Scouts

On Sunday, May 21, 2017 Troop 24 of Weare NH held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for its two recent Eagle Scouts recipients.  Owen Payeur, son of Marc and Heather Payeur of Weare and Stephanie Payeur of Henniker, became the Troop’s 30th Eagle on November 2, 2016. Eamon Scott, son of Patrick and Jennifer Scott of Weare, became the Troop’s 31st Eagle on…

Hillcat Post 612 Police Cadets place 3rd at Cadet Challenge Weekend

Three members of  Hillcat Post 612 Police Cadets brought home some more hardware this year. They just won the 3rd Place Overall Trophy at Cadet Challenge Weekend 2017 held at the National Guard Training Center in Center Strafford. This is the Post’s 3rd trophy in…

New principals in Franklin & Newport

The Franklin School Board is pleased to welcome Susan Blair to the Franklin School District as principal of Paul Smith Elementary School beginning July 1, 2017. Ms. Blair will replace current principal Michael Hoyt who will retire from his position on…

Sports: Boys Lacrosse

Merrimack Valley 19  Kennett 6: MV started slow before exploding for 13 goals in the second quarter to lead 16-2 at the half….

Sports: Girls Softball

Franklin 13 Winnisquam 1: A deep sacrifice fly to score Hailey Haskins in the first inning to give the Golden Tornadoes a quick lead. Stevens 11 Kearsarge 5: Kearsarge took a 2-1 lead in the second inning, but it was shortlived as Stevens added three runs in the bottom half and didn’t look back…

The Messenger – May 26, 2017

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Supreme Court overturns former deputy’s conviction

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has reversed the sexual assault conviction of a former deputy sheriff. Ernest Blanchette was sentenced last year to at least 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a female inmate while transporting her to state prison. He was convicted in part because of his position of authority as a member of…

Stark voters remain unimpressed with new teachers’ contract

In March, John Stark voters rejected a new contract with the teachers’ union, which would have increased spending by $382,393, but authorized the district to renegotiate cost items associated with the contract. Tuesday evening, the Board brought back a new three-year contract proposal costing…

Bow woman hurt in motorcycle accident

A motorcyclist was severely injured after hitting a mattress in the middle of Route 101. Lorena Case, 55, of Bow, hit the mattress, which had fallen off a vehicle, and crashed around 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the westbound lane just before Exit 3, police said. Case suffered two broken arms and…

DOT suggests improvements to intersection of 202 & 31 in Antrim

Kevin Belanger, Assistant District Engineer with the NH Department of Transportation, met with the Antrim Selectmen Monday night to discuss the intersection of Routes 202 & 31, by the T-Bird Mini Mart. The area is currently rated “F,” the worst ranking, and with construction of a Walmart in…

Lost in time – a piece of Hillsborough history returns

Hillsborough resident Sharon Houghton was at a flea market in Lee NH when she spied a bronze plaque that read “Fuller Library – Gift of the Fuller Family.” A regular library user, she recognized it as belonging to Fuller Public Library in Hillsborough. She bought the plaque and returned it to…

Sports: Boys Baseball

Pittsfield 6 Hopkinton 1: Pittsfield took a three-run lead, which eventually turned into a 6-1 win. Fellow freshman Crawford drove home the game-winning run ConVal 7 Kingswood 3: Casey Burgess pitched a complete game giving up 4 hits, no walks, and striking out 5 batters on 77 pitches…

Sports: Girls Lacrosse

Winnacunnet 12 John Stark 3: The Generals held a one-goal lead entering the second half, but that was far behind them with five and a half minutes left and a six-goal deficit staring them in the face….

The Messenger – May 19, 2017

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Grads told fear of failure limits the possibilities of success

New England College celebrated its 70th commencement Saturday, conferring doctorate, masters, bachelor and associate degrees on 729 students from 45 states and 12 countries. Philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz told the  class to embrace the possibility of failure…

16 criminal warrants issued for elusive Dunbarton man

Walter Apt, that is, who is currently wanted by the Dunbarton Police Department for violation of a protection order, default or breach of bail conditions and stalking, all class A misdemeanors. Walter is also wanted by the Concord Police Department for criminal threatening, a…

Hillsboro-Deering School Board taps emergency funds for repairs

After two public hearings, one for the Maintenance Fund and one for the Paving Fund, the Hillsboro-Deering School Board voted to approve taking $48,500 for two new elevator lifts and $93,842 for paving. As one of the lifts has already been paid for, there was some discussion as to whether or not it…

New Boston Police officers receive praise

New Boston Police Chief Jim Brace was present to meet with the Selectmen to discuss the Police Department summer update as follows: The Department received letters of appreciation for Officers Case and Tucker for their actions related to a suicidal subject. They have been nominated for a law enforcement award for their actions. The Department is…

Hillsboro Christian School at Horsemanship Camp

Students from Hillsboro Christian School, and several related home school students, will be attending the fourth annual Natural at the Double B Ranch in Plymouth, MA. Campers will leave Hillsboro Baptist Church at 8am on June 20th and return late afternoon, Thursday, June 22nd. Campers will experience ranch living as well as learning and practicing the techniques of…

Sports: Boys Lacrosse

Bow 10 John Stark 3: Bow led 4-1 at halftime and pulled away in the second half with six goals. Timberlane 13 Goffstown 10: Nick Mason collected five goals for Goffstown and the Grizzlies received two goals from Peyton Bickford, who won 21 of 25 faceoffs…

Sports: Girls Softball

Bishop Brady 24, Hillsboro-Deering  0: The Giants scored in every inning and batted around the order twice in the second inning alone to take a commanding 16-0 lead. Winnisquam 20, Laconia 0: 5 inn. The Bears scored 10 in the first inning and finished with 19 hits…

The Messenger – May 12, 2017

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Emerald Lake Voter Fraud?

The NH Attorney General’s Office has confirmed that it is reviewing two complaints arising from the recent Emerald Lake Village District Annual Meeting. One complaint deals with the overall conduct of the meeting and the second alleges voter fraud on the…

Dunbarton woman charged with witness tampering from jail

An individual wanted by the Dunbarton Police Department on three different warrants was taken into custody during a motor vehicle stop in Dunbarton on May 1st. Dunbarton Police arrested Giselle Lemieux, 48, during a traffic stop in the area of Twist Hill Road and Ordway Road.  Lemieux was subsequently charged with…

Underwater robotics at Weare School

The Weare Middle School Science Club recently competed in the NH SeaPerch ROV Competition in April, sending two teams to the event at the University of New Hampshire. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that connects teachers and students with the resources to build underwater Remotely…

Drunken wrong-way driver causes head-on Tilton accident

Brian Gage, 33, a convicted sex offender from Pittsfield, has been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after driving on the wrong side of the road in Tilton which caused a head-on crash that sent three people to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Gage’s Pontiac was in the wrong…

Lake Sunapee Bank supports Microplan

Lake Sunapee Bank, a division of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, is pleased to announce its recent contribution to the Regional Economic Development Council of Southern New Hampshire (REDC) in support of the Greater Concord Microloan Program, a new program for local businesses in the…

Sports: Boys Baseball

Inter-Lakes 5 Hillsboro-Deering 1: Thomas Fergusson went 1-for-3 and drove in H-D’s only run of the day on Monday. Sawyer Jones went 2-for-4 at the plate and Jordan Berrocales went 1-for-2. Sunapee 14 Newport 9:  A pair of errors preceded by two base hits gave Newport a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but Sunapee went up 4-3 in its half on two singles, four walks and a sacrifice…

Sports: Girls Softball

Hillsboro-Deering 7 Inter-Lakes 3: Melissa Veitch hit a three-run blast in the first inning to give the Hillcats an early lead.
Hillsboro-Deering 7  Fall Mtn. 4 (Game 1): The Hillcats were strong offensively in Game 1 but could not replicate their performance from the batter’s box in Game 2 of Wednesday’s doubleheader…

The Messenger – May 5, 2017

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Four Belmont High School teachers caught drinking

Four Belmont High School teachers returned to their classes May 1st, after being placed on administrative leave for the last several weeks. The circumstances surrounding the teachers’ discipline has not been announced, but multiple sources have said that the teachers were observed by a custodian, drinking…

Antrim man indicted for sexual abuse & kidnapping

Michael Annis, 58, of Antrim has been indicted on seven counts of sexual abuse and kidnapping in connection to an alleged incident involving a girl under the age of 13. Annis was indicted in 6th Circuit, District Division court in April but remains…

Hillsboro man and his Epsom son in critical condition

A Hillsboro man and his son, from Epsom, remain in critical condition as a result of a head-on collision on Route 4 in Northwood Monday afternoon. State Police said Merilyn Walker, 81, of Strafford, was driving on Route 4 when she crossed the center line, colliding head-on with…

Hillsboro woman hurt in Antrim crash

Police say a Hillsboro woman was injured last Thursday afternoon when she drove off Route 202 in Antrim and crashed into a large rock. Melissa Blevins, 24, suffered facial injuries, and was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough. Antrim Police Cpl. Ethan Vaillancourt said she was…

Kelly Miller Circus returning to Hillsboro July 11th

The Hillsboro Lions Club is pleased to announce that the Kelly Miller Circus will return to Hillsboro this summer after a two year absence. After near sellout performances in 2014 and 2015, the circus did not make a NH swing in 2016. The Kelly Miller Circus, founded during the Depression, is marking another milestone this year as it celebrates its seventy-ninth anniversary…

Sports: Boys Lacrosse

Bow 21 Manchester West 2:  In their first game in more than two weeks, the Falcons opened an early 10-0 lead and never looked back. John Stark 8 Goffstown 7: Aiden Moser scored four goals and Sep Brown made nine saves to lead the Generals  to an overtime victory. Goffstown  received three goals from Devin Young and nine saves from Finn Grant…

Sports: Girls Softball

Hillsboro-Deering 4 Stevens 2: H-D snapped a 1-1 deadlock when Maggie Atkins singled, Nicole Lillis reached on an unsuccessful fielder’s choice and both would eventually score. Bishop Brady 20 Hillsboro-Deering 3:  The Giants were relentless in their first inning at the plate. Their top six hitters made two rounds through the batter’s box and the order managed 10 runs with five hits…

The Messenger – April 28, 2017

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Weare Middle School 8th graders visit nation’s capitol

In preparation for their trip to Washington, DC, all Grade 8 students at the Weare Middle School must complete a multi-media project about a memorial, monument, or attraction in the nation’s capital as if they were working for the National Parks Service. Each student must then research…

Epsom Fire Captain resigns citing Chief’s ‘mismanagement’

Epsom Fire Captain Matthew Moulton publicly resigned during a select board meeting Monday. Moulton’s resignation relates to a 2015 lawsuit filed against the town and Epsom Police Officer Brian Michael by Richard Bilodeau, a firefighter and the town’s emergency management director, in which Bilodeau claims that…

Hillsborough boy at Alzheimer’s Forum

Noah VonDette of Hillsborough joined over 1,300 other advocates from across the nation in Washington D.C., at the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum on March 27-29. Noah, 9, was the youngest attendee at the Advocacy Forum this year. Noah’s mother, Nichole VonDette notes that he had no…

Little information on Stoddard killing

It has been more than two months since a Sullivan man was shot and killed in Stoddard, with no additional information released on the incident. Although the incident has been ruled a homicide, one of the questions the N.H. Attorney General’s Office has yet to answer is whether what happened constitutes a…

Senior Lifestyles Special Section
5 simple steps to be your best at any age

To improve your physical and mental health and prove age is just a number, apply these five tips from Mayo Clinic. Find the perfect interval. If you’ve never participated in high-intensity interval training before, here’s a compelling reason to start. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found high-intensity aerobic exercise actually reversed some…

Sports: Boys Baseball

Monadnock 14 Hillsboro-Deering 6: The Hillcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and tacked on four more in the second. The Huskies came back with one run in the second inning and two in the fourth before sealing the victory with a five-run fifth inning…

Sports: Girls Softball

Hillsboro-Deering 9 Monadnock 4:  Thanks to a four-run first inning, the Hillcats were off and running early and never trailed. H-D extended its lead to 5-2 in the fourth and put the game away by pushing across four more runs in the fifth…

The Messenger – April 21, 2017

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New Boston man leaves one accident for another

Kevin Cullinane, 54, of New Boston, was charged with conduct after an accident, operating under the influence of drugs and reckless operation after being the cause of two different accidents Saturday night. When Goffstown police arrived at a hit-and-run…

Merrifield confirmed as Labor Commissioner, will step down as mayor

The Executive Council has confirmed Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield as the next Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Labor. The council voted 4-1 Wednesday to confirm Gov. Sununu’s nominee, with…

Franklin woman arrested in Hooksett

On April 6th, the Hooksett Police Department took a complaint from a resident that a female had come to his home asking to use the phone and for gas money. The caller stated that the female was acting “strange” and provided a description of the vehicle that she was operating. The vehicle, a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, was confirmed stolen out of…

New Hampshire Motor Speedway features Safe Kids 500

On Wednesday, May 3, racers of a different kind will ‘burn rubber’ at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Instead of NASCAR stars like Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., families across the state will pedal their bikes around the track in the Safe Kids 500. Hosted by…

Homefront Guide
Create the perfect outdoor kitchen

Start with the grill. Your grill is the focal point of your cooking area and you’ll need to determine whether gas, charcoal or propane is right for you. If expense is a concern, propane is a more cost-effective fuel than charcoal and it doesn’t require…

Sports: Boys Baseball

Kearsarge 8 Hillsboro-Deering 3: Senior Brad Sampson started on the mound and scored for the Hillcats, Freshman Gunner Hagstrom took over on the mound in the second inning and scored the other two runs for H-D. Joseph O’Brien had a base hit on his first Varsity appearance…

Sports: Girls Softball

Hillsboro-Deering  20, Hanover 3: 6 inn. The Hillcats took a 6-0 lead after the first two innings and just kept hitting on their way to their first win. Hillsboro-Deering 6 Kearsarge 3: Kearsarge fell behind, 4-0, after two innings, but clawed back to make it a one-run game going in to the sixth. Peschell and Mooney each scored an insurance run in the sixth for the Hillcats…

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