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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…

The Messenger – April 14, 2017

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Student’s toy gun causes alarm at ConVal High School

Officials at ConVal High School took no chances and alerted police to a report of a student with what appeared to be a plastic toy gun in a car last Thursday. Interim Principal Gib West also sent an email alert to…

Hillsborough’s Citizens, Business and Employee of the Year honored

The Greater Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Awards Dinner Saturday night at the American Legion Hall after a fantastic meal catered by H-D Food Services Director Michelle Dupont and entertainment from H-D musical prodigy Reed Cullen, the Business, Citizens and Employee of the…

Northfield man guilty of sexually assaulting disabled woman

Robert Magoon, 74, a former police officer and janitor at the Pines Community Center in Northfield was found guilty last Friday of sexually abusing a disabled woman while working at that facility. A Merrimack County Superior Court jury found Magoon guilty of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault and three counts of aggravated felonious…

Jared Lewis becomes Antrim Troop 2’s 20th Eagle Scout

Jared Lewis became Antrim Troop 2’s 20th Eagle Scout during an impressive Eagle Court of Honor at Town Hall Monday evening. After the Color Guard posted the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance, candles were lit to signify Jared’s path through scouting from Tenderfoot to Eagle. Lighted candles also signified the…

HDMS National Geographic Bee entrants

HDMS seventh grade student David Denslow has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 New Hampshire National Geographic State Bee. The contest was held at Keene State College on Friday, March 31, 2017. Ten HDMS students participated in the School Level Bee held in February. As the school level winner, David took a qualifying test which was…

Sports: Boys Baseball

Hopkinton 20 Hinsdale 2: Freshmen Sam Crawford and Colby Marshall made their career debuts on the mound and had their first varsity hits, helping the Hawks to a commanding victory in their opener…

Sports: Girls Lacrosse

Bow 12 Kearsarge 9: Leslie Angus scored 5 goals to lead the Falcons over the Cougars in the season-opener for both teams. Hopkinton 17 Gilford 10: Cathen Hall, Amelia Thomas and Sage Hubicki played strong defense and did a good job protecting freshman goalie Elizabeth Berliner…

 

The Messenger – April 7, 2017

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H-D teachers urge board to reduce class sizes

At the beginning of Monday’s Hillsboro-Deering School Board meeting Superintendent Robert Hassett distributed a chart showing class sizes in the elementary school this year and anticipated class sizes next year. He cautioned that the figures were…

Goffstown Selectmen support town’s First Responders

Goffstown Police Chief Robert Browne and Fire Chief Richard O’Brien recently briefed the Selectmen on a situation in which a person spit on a First Responder during a call. Because “saliva” is exempted from Workers Compensation coverage, and the town’s policy requires such employees to be…

Ben Fortner wants Leo Aucoin fired and Kris Blomback demoted

In the absence of Chair Kris Blomback, Vice Chair Tia Hooper was running a routine Henniker Selectman’s meeting Tuesday evening until fellow member Ben Fortner dropped a couple of bomb shells at the end. Fortner, who defeated former Selectman Leo Aucoin a year ago, and who has been a constant critic of Aucoin and the…

Authorities say threat at Belmont High was “not credible”

Authorities have determined that a “threat of violence” made against Belmont High School on social media was not credible according to an investigation by school officials and police. On Sunday, April 2, the following message was posted on the school’s on-line bulletin board by…

Stark/Hopkinton Robotics wins award

On March 25 and 26, The John Stark/Hopkinton Robotics FIRST team Ozram 1922 was one of forty-one teams battling for the glory of a FIRST Steamworks championship title in Bedford, NH.  FIRST is a program created by New Hampshire’s own Dean Kamen, which pursues the goal of promoting STEM fields. In order to do this, FIRST challenges robotics teams across the world to…

Weare’s young sister inventors continue to gain honors

Two Weare sisters, who recently showcased their invention, The Amazing Curb Climber, on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, both entered their latest inventions at a regional inventor’s competition this past weekend. Sadie McCallum, 10, of Weare who lives with Cerebral Palsy, created the Walker Wheeler, a wheelchair/walker in…

The Messenger – March 31, 2017

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Kindergarten registration set for Hillsboro, Deering & Windsor

Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School will conduct kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year Monday, April 3, 2017 through Friday, April 7, 2017 in the school’s main lobby. Children who reside in…

Stark-Hopkinton Robotics mentors return of Hillsboro-Deering

The Stark/Hopkinton robotics team, Team 1922 Ozram, has completed this year’s build season (robot design and costumes for team spirit at competitions) and is now on the road competing with their robots.  Their primary robot is Tin Man XII and their back up robot is Scarecrow II…

Dunbarton offers Domestic Violence phones

The Dunbarton Police Department has a limited supply of used cell phones that are available to victims of domestic violence. These phones are not currently activated with a phone carrier however, they have a 911 function which allows the user to call 911 from the phone if they need police and/or medical assistance, regardless of whether the phone is activated with a phone carrier or not…

Several towns aid Deering in battling Driftwood Island fire

On March 13th Deering Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a smoke investigation near the Deering Reservoir. Upon arrival at the town beach, a fully involved camp on Driftwood Island was visible. Access to the island was made from Zoski Road. Five boats arrived; one each from Deering, Hillsboro, Francestown, Henniker, and Weare. These crews were able to break the 2 -3″ of ice on the lake and make an open water path to…

Boys Basketball

DIVISION III – First Team: Henry Yianakopolos, senior, Hopkinton; Trevor Hunt, senior, Belmont. Second Team: Tom Johnson, junior, Kearsarge; Cam Cyr, senior, Hopkinton…

Girls’ Basketball

DIVISION IV – First Team: Faith Larpenter, senior, Sunapee. Second Team: Sydney Clark, senior, Sunapee. Honorable Mention: Mary Grzanna, senior, Sunapee…

Senior Lifestyles

Age-Friendly Community Assessment at Weare Public Library – In cooperation with the Southern N.H. Planning Commission (SNHPC), the town of Weare is hosting an information session to raise awareness of the needs of adult residents of all generations in Weare, from millennials to seniors, and examine opportunities for cross-generational synergies through a moderated…

The Messenger – March 24, 2017

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Deering man arrested for road rage with a gun

Brentt Trudeau, 24, of Deering faces one felony charge of criminal threatening as a result of a road rage incident in Goffstown. He is accused of pointing a silver snub-nose revolver at another man’s head during the incident on Saturday and threatening to kill him. Both Trudeau and the driver of the car, Amanda Viola, 23, of Hillsborough denied that…

Belmont voters want Belmont Mill saved

Belmont voters approved three warrant articles supporting the preservation and potential sale of the Belmont Mill while overwhelmingly opposing its demolition. Question 6, asking if the town supports future renovations for the mill for use as…

‘Pay-By-Bag’ trash program draws lively Hopkinton debate

A recurring issue that has faced Hopkinton voters since 2010 was again up for discussion at Saturday’s Town Meeting. Voters again were asked to consider rescinding the town’s pay-by-bag trash program. Although Article 7 passed, approving $102,710  for the town’s pay-by-bag trash program through the…

Hillsborough Chamber nominates Citizens, Employee, and Businesses of the Year

The Greater Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s nominees in the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Employee of the Year, and Business of the Year. Nominees will be celebrated and the winners chosen at the chamber’s annual dinner to be held on April 7, 2017 at…

NH Scholar Athletes

Award recipients are nominated each year by their school principals based on criteria which requires the high school seniors have a B+ grade point average, letter in at least two varsity sports their senior year, participate in community service activities and serve as role models to their peers. At the awards ceremony, each student athlete received…

Homefront Special Section:

Home design: 4 tips to transform any small space
There is a growing trend of homeowners around the country opting to downsize to tiny homes, condominiums, apartments or just smaller single-family homes. If you are planning on downsizing, here are…

The Messenger – March 17, 2017

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Bow School voters add $758,614 to $27 million budget

Even with a potential huge tax refund to Eversource hanging over their heads, Bow School District voters came to Friday night’s District meeting prepared to spend in support of their schools. In December the Merrimack County Superior Court determined the value of all…

Northfield officer’s reaction saves woman from fire

A quick response by a Northfield  police officer spared the life of a woman, alone and asleep, when the fire broke out at her Shaker Road apartment. Officer Michael Nordberg had called at the home to check on the welfare of…

Senior Services and Capital Reserve funds hotly debated

Greater Hillsborough Senior Services fared well at Hillsborough’s Town Meeting Wednesday night. Article 23, asking for $9,000  for services provided by the volunteer group was moved to the beginning of the meeting. An amendment made by the seletmen to reduce the amount to $8,000 was defeated when…

Major changes to Goffstown Main Street begin soon

Construction on the new Goffstown Main Street design is expected to begin in the coming weeks and last until the fall. Road reconstruction work will include paving, creating pedestrian-friendly bumpouts to slow traffic in the downtown area, sewer and drainage repair. The first section of road to be worked on will be…

Boys’ Sports Basketball

DIVISION III SEMIFINALS – #1 Kearsarge 50 #5 Somersworth 39:  Tayler Mattos scored 32 points with 18 rebounds and seven blocks to lead the cougars back to the finals,with a win over No. 5 Somersworth. #3 Stevens 61 #2 Hopkinton 45: The Cardinals  opened the game on a 13-0 run, but the Hawks clawed back in the middle quarters, getting the lead down to three late in the third. Stevens got hot again in the fourth, Hopkinton couldn’t do anything about it….

Girls’ Sports Basketball

DIVISION IV CHAMPIONSHIP – Sunapee 79 Colebrook 52: The Lakers haven’t lost a game since they dropped a 48-35 decision to Hinsdale in the 2014 Division IV title game. Sunapee beat Colebrook for the title in 2015, and Littleton for the championship last year and now the Lakers have completed another three-peat, matching the 2005-2007 Teams. Katie Frederick led with 26 points and 28 rebounds, to cap their 72nd consecutive win. Classmates and fellow career 1,000-point scorers Sydney Clark and Faith Larpenter each scored 13 points. Katie’s twin sister, Meghan Frederick, scored a season-high 12 points, and Mary Grzanna had 11 with seven rebounds…

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