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The Messenger – July 21, 2017

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Hillsborough officials united in support of Walmart

Hillsborough residents were stunned to learn that the long-anticipated Walmat project on Route 202 had been placed on suspension after failing to meet deadlines set out in the contract between Walmart and the developer. Michael Black had originally planned to break ground last December and have the store’s…

Henniker Police & AG’s Drug Task Force arrest four

In March the Henniker Police Department in conjunction with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force started investigating illegal drug sales in the Town of Henniker. As a result of a lengthy investigation two…

Boscawen raid seizes crack cocaine, opioids and guns

State and local police confiscated crack cocaine, opioids and several assault rifles during a raid Wednesday of a home in Boscawen. The raid involved State Police, the Hillsborough County Drug Task Force and the Boscawen Police. It was the result of a multi-month narcotics…

ConVal High School hosts Student Days

ConVal Regional High School will host the annual New Student Day on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. This program is for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. Organized by Student Organization Unified in Leadership (S.O.U.L.), New Student Day offers students an opportunity to network with other students, meet their teachers, follow a…

Bow celebrates completion of its new Public Safety Complex

Last week’s Ribbon Cutting at Bow’s new Public Safety complex was the culmination of years of planning and dedication. The project broke ground last August, and took less than a year to complete, but the facility has been a long time coming. The town purchased the land in 1993 for this specific…

Goffstown man assaults Manchester Police Officer

Robert Biron, 48, of Goffstown, a Manchester firefighter accused of fighting with police until officers subdued him with a stun gun while arresting him last week has been placed on administrative leave. Biron was arrested last Thursday at his mother’s home in Manchester after officers responded to a call about a man threatening to…

The Messenger – July 14, 2017

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Newport’s ECON sells the Eagle Block to Salt hill Pub owners

Newport’s Economic Corporation of Newport, Inc (ECON) has sold the Eagle Block, located at 58 Main Street, to Tuohy Holdings, LLC—owned by brothers Joe and Josh Tuohy. The Tuohys have operated Salt hill Pub in the historic building since 2007, creating a destination restaurant that helped rejuvenate downtown…

New Boston Fire Chief praises good work of Goffstown Dispatcher

New Boston Fire Chief Dan MacDonald recently sent the following letter to Goffstown Police Chief Robert Browne. “I would like to acknowledge one of your dispatchers, Ray Brule, for his excellent support provided to us during a call for a cardiac arrest victim in New Boston on May 20th. Ray was dispatching at the time, and had the critical insight to…

The Center for the Arts announces the 2017 Scholarship recipients

The Center for the Arts is proud to announce this year’s 2017 Scholarship recipients. The winners were announced at last Friday’s Bandstand concert at the Mary Haddad Gazebo on the New London Town Green, during the concert by the Hopkinton Town Band. Adult scholarship recipient Brooke Solomon, a student at Emerson College, will be going to a screenwriters lab in Greece…

Sewer upgrade needed to accommodate Walmart project

The Town of Hillsborough Water & Sewer Commissioners held a work session Tuesday night with Michael Black, the developer of the proposed Walmart project on Route 202. It was determined that for the project to proceed, approximately $100,000 is needed to install new pumps to upgrade the pumping station…

Long-time Epsom firefighter unqualified

A full-time Epsom firefighter and paramedic has been working for more than three years without the necessary qualifications, the state’s Fire Standards and Training Commission has warned the town. George Calligandes, who came on full-time with the town in February 2014, should have passed the…

Not guilty plea to Dunbarton crash death

Stephan Buckley, 55, of Andover, ML, has been charged with misdemeanor-level vehicular assault and simple assault, and violation-level negligent driving, speeding and failure to stop at a stop sign.  He entered a “not guilty” plea during an arraignment at Concord District Court on Monday. The charges stem from a March car crash in…

The Messenger – July 7, 2017

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Bradford house explodes

The Bradford Fire Dept. responded to a report of a building explosion. On arrival they found the single family, 2 story house in a partial state of collapse. There was minimal fire on arrival. The fire department was able to secure and shut down all utilities including gas and electricity. Initially, the occupant(s) were…

Hopkinton crash seriously injures two

A Michigan man has been arrested after causing a serious crash on Interstate 89 in Hopkinton on Monday morning. According to police, Safwan Talal Eid, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, was driving on I-89 South at a high…

New Boston holds its 86th Annual 4th of July Celebration

The usual huge crowd was on hand for New Boston’s 86th Annual Fourth of July celebration, kicked off with a parade through the town, followed by a fair and festival games at the Hillsborough County Youth Association field. The day was filled with floats, barbecues…

Historic Francestown General Store closing its doors soon

The second-oldest continuously operating general store in the country is expected to lose that title today when its owners plan to close the doors on the business. Rob and Christina Wohle, who bought the 202-year-old store four years ago, attempted to raise money from the community to pay town property back taxes so that the store would not be deeded to the town, but in the end the store is being auctioned by…

Newport Rotary Club $1,000 Mini-Grants

The Newport Rotary recently awarded five mini-grants to support new programs and services in the Newport School District. Each award is $1000 and supports the programs and services listed below. The Washing Machine Project: Award will go toward the costs of a new washer and dryer for cleaning and sanitizing towels used by the…

Sunapee Police bust 2nd underage party

On Friday, June 30th, Sunapee Police observed suspicious activity at a location on Route 11 in Georges Mills. After a brief investigation, a gathering of under age persons was found to be taking place with a large quantity of alcohol at the location. All alcohol was confiscated and 11 teenagers were taken into custody and…

The Messenger – June 30, 2017

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23 underage drinkers busted at Georges Mills party

At about 11:00 p.m. on June 22, 2017, Sunapee Police received a report of what appeared to be several intoxicated teenagers throwing bottles into Otter Pond at a location on Route 11 in Georges Mills, NH. Sunapee Police responded and confirmed it was a large gathering of under-age persons who appeared to be intoxicated with a large quantity of…

Criminal charges pending for animal abuse and neglect in Deering

The Deering Police received a complaint of animal welfare concern regarding several horses that had not been seen outside of their barn in more than a year and a half. Deering Police, the SPCA, and the State Veterinary Office made repeated unsuccessful attempts to gain the voluntary cooperation of the horse’s owners in conducting an…

Public invited to watch the Big Top set up and take a free tour

The day begins as the sun peeks over the horizon. Trucks rumble into Hillsborough headed for Grimes Field, and people begin gathering, drawn to the commotion. Animals and equipment begin pouring from the vehicles while people rush about preparing for another day at the Kelly Miller Circus…

Newport teen assault police officer after burglary arrest

An 18-year-old’s crime spree came to an end Tuesday night when he was arrested by Newport police after attempting to break into a local gun shop. Ryan Gobin, of Newport, was arraigned Wednesday on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, simple assault, and two counts of…

8th Annual Hillsborough Bicycle Races

A small but enthusiastic group turned out for the 8th Annual Kids Bike Race sponsored by the Office of Youth Services & Recreation and The Hillsboro Lions Club. Children raced various distances depending on their age around the Grimes Field oval. Two bikes donated by…

SENIOR LIFESTYLES: Hammer Physical Therapy and Rolfing opening in Hillsborough in July

Hammer Physical Therapy and Rolfing is opening July 10th at 135 West Main Street Hillsborough, NH. Hammer Physical Therapy and Rolfing is owned by Rebecca Hammer, MPT, CR, SEP. Rebecca has 25 years of experience working in the field of physical therapy. She also is a certified…

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…

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