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The Messenger – January 13, 2017

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Hillsborough woman dies – three others injured

A Hillsborough woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash last Thursday afternoon in Hillsborough. Diane Chouinard, 54, a passenger in her husband’s vehicle, was killed in the crash, which occurred about 12:40 p.m. at the intersection of Henniker Street and Route 9. Hillsborough Police Capt. Ian Donovan reports that…

Chichester Board proposes full-day kindergarten

Chichester School District voters will be asked to approve full-day kindergarten to voters this year. As it stands, the proposed budget is projected at $6,202,890, a 0.31 percent increase. In SAU 53, Deerfield, Allenstown and Pembroke have full-day programs, while Epsom is the only other town with…

Belmont man arrested for possession of heroin

Adam Leisner, 28, of Belmont has been arrested and charged with one count of possession of heroin/fentanyl, one count of possession of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of marijuana after an officer witnessed what was described as a possible drug transaction.
He is also charged with…

Peter Christians March closing

Sarah Baas, the owner of Peter Christians in New London has announced that the restaurant will be closing in March. She has leased the restaurant for the last 6 years, but the landlords have decided to turn the building back into the original Edgewood Inn. In order for them to complete…

Boys’ Sports Nordic Skiing

The ConVal Nordic team travelled to Plainfield to compete in its first Nordic ski competition of the season. Eddie Pope was the first ConVal boy to cross the finish line, followed by first time skier Rowan Inglis…

Girls’ Sports Winter Track

The CV winter track teams competed with the majority of the team heading to Plymouth State for their first go on the states newest indoor facility. The girls team finished 4th in the…

The Messenger – January 6, 2017

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Franklin fugitive arrested after massive manhunt

A Franklin man who had been on the run from police for several days has been taken into custody in Concord. Ryan Brouillard, 33, had been on the run since incidents early Wednesday morning in Franklin. Authorities located him at a residence in Concord at around 3 a.m. Police said Concord’s SWAT team employed…

ConVal High School Principal Brian Pickering retires

ConVal High School Principal Brian Pickering, New Hampshire’s High School Principal of the Year for 2016, has retired, citing health-related issues. Pickering, who has been on leave since Dec. 20, informed the school district on Dec. 29 that he would take an early retirement, according to…

Dog alerts family to Tilton house fire

A family dog alerted residents of a Tilton home to a fire in the basement Friday night. The family was able to safely exit the home and call 911. Tilton-Northfield Fire & EMS were called to 114 Dunlop Drive just after midnight. As firefighters arrived, they saw a two-story single family home with fire and smoke coming from…

Hillsboro-Deering Board adopts a $22,303,870 school budget

The Hillsboro-Deering School Board continued its budget discussions Wednesday evening trimming another $100,000 from the original requests of the administration. This brings the total reduction to $703,000 since deliberations began and leaves the current proposed budget at…

Bow official pressing plans for Route 3A development

Plans to develop a plot of land off Route 3A are progressing. Members of the town’s Business Development Commission (BDC) conditionally approved allowing Town Manager Dave Stack and Community Development Director Matt Taylor to work with Stu Arnett, president of the Concord-based Arnett Development Group, LLC, to figure out potential uses for the plot. The hope is to have the…

Former Pines counselor arrested for sex

A former counselor at the Sununu Youth Services Center and Pines Community Center is accused of giving sex, alcohol and guns to a teenager at the youth detention center. Authorities say Kirstie Bean, 25, of Concord also gave the 15-year-old and an 18-year-old pistols this past July when the three were…

The Messenger – December 30, 2016

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Henniker Chamber’s successful toy drive project

The Henniker Chamber of Commerce teamed up with local businesses to collect toys for families in Henniker through the “Local Toys for Local Tots” Toy Drive. Boxes were set up for drop off locations including the Henniker Farm & Country Store, Henniker Pharmacy, Intervale Pancake House, Edmunds Ace Hardware, TD Bank, Trend Acupuncture, The Fiber Studio, Henniker Police Department and Town Hall. Toys were distributed…

Messenger readers give $1,650 for Christmas Baskets

Messenger readers have once again shown their spirit of caring by donating a total of $ 1,650 to the Lions Club Christmas basket project, enabling the local club to prepare 82 complete Christmas dinners to our friends in need…

Henniker students learning about Japan

During December, students in the sixth grade at the Henniker Community School have been creating Japanese tea bowls and large Raku vessels as part of their study of Japan. During this artist in residence with potter Shana Brautigam of Rooted in Clay in Rindge, each student made hand-built traditional Japanese…

Stark students attend program on drug and alcohol use and addiction

All in John Stark health classes recently had the opportunity to attend an awareness and education presentation about drug and alcohol use and addiction given by G2 Focused Information of New Hampshire. The program is designed to plant the seeds of wisdom about drug addiction or substance use disorder, a chronic brain disease…

Francestown’s double dose of good news

A San Francisco man, who grew up summering at his grandparents’ Francestown home, has given a $100,000 donation to the nearly $1 million renovation project of the town’s historic town hall and academy building…

Hillsborough Police request one new officer and an Attorney Prosecutor

The Hillsborough Selectmen have begun preparing the town’s 2016-2017 budget with the goal of presenting taxpayers with a flat, no increase budget. Tuesday evening it was Police Chief David Roarick’s turn to discuss his budget requests for Police, Dispatch and Animal Control with the…

The Messenger – December 23, 2016

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The Grinch is stealing Goffstown Christmas presents

Goffstown Police have reported that package thieves have struck two separate sections of Goffstown lately, stealing delivered items from in front of residences. A Pershing Street resident was bringing in his trash can Friday afternoon when he noticed some empty packages inside that did not belong to…

School Board pondering $600,000 in budget reductions

Entering Monday’s H-D School Board meeting the proposed budget stood at $23,006,870, a 5.85% increase over the current budget, but requesting an additional $1.7 million or 14.58% from taxpayers. The Board spent some time reviewing possible reductions including $397,000 from…

Weare and Hopkinton crews battle structure fires

Five animals died in a fire that destroyed a Hopkinton barn late Tuesday morning. Hopkinton Fire Lt. Kevin Culpon said some of the animals were rescued, but “unfortunately five of the animals perished in the fire.” No people were injured and other buildings on the property were undamaged. The surviving animals were…

Vacationing Franklin woman dies in Rome

A Franklin woman who suffered a stroke while vacationing in Rome has died. Judi Stewart’s family told WMUR that she had always wanted to visit the Italian city because it’s where her late husband was stationed while in the military. Stewart had recently retired and decided to take the vacation. While on the trip, she was complaining that it was difficult to…

Henniker Budget Review Committee reports to the Selectmen

The Henniker Selectmen dealt with a full slate of issues during Tuesday night’s meeting.  The Board unanimously denied resident Bruce Trevolini’s request to ban his neighbor’s mini-bike track at 60 Juniper Ridge. Highway Superintendent Tom Weston was granted permission to…

The Messenger – December 16, 2016

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Antrim Wind Farm approved

The NH Site Evaluation Committee voted 5-1 to approve a certificate for a nine-turbine wind project on Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain in Antrim. SEC Administrator Pamela Monroe said the approval comes with conditions that have been verbalized but need to be rewritten out. Once the order is finalized, individuals or parties can file a motion for…

Police investigating baby’s death in Peterborough

Police are investigating the sudden death of a baby at a Peterborough apartment complex. Peterborough police and ambulance officials reported to Pine View Village Apartments for a reported 1-year old child not conscious and not breathing. Paramedics determined the baby was…

Henniker 6th graders learn about Japan

The expanded classroom study of Japan for 6th-grade students began with teaching artist Shana Brautigam of Rooted in Clay in Rindge, NH, working with students to create hand-built, pinched clay tea bowls and spoons. Later in the residency, students will work together to create…

What’s wrong with kids today? Nothing as Wyatt Paddock proves

When a sick 15-year-old boy from Sutton was offered his dream come true from Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, Wyatt Paddock did not choose a family trip or a day with a super-star athlete. Instead, his wish was to help other people. Paddock was honored at Manchester City Hall Tuesday night for using his wish to help the city’s homeless…

Tractor trailer jackknifes on I-89, spills 100 gallons of diesel fuel

A tractor trailer struck a guardrail and jackknifed on I-89 in Hopkinton, leaking approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel onto the northbound side of the roadway at approximately 9:58 a.m.on Dec. 12. The highway was reduced to one lane of travel for over three hours to facilitate cleanup, which was…

The Messenger – December 9, 2016

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Download The Messenger - December 9, 2016 (pdf)Henniker burglaries

On November 28th the Henniker Police Department received a report of a burglary on Old Hillsboro Road. The suspects made entry into the home through a door located in the back of the house. Jewelry and a lock box was taken. On November 30th police received a report of an attempted burglary on…

Colby-Sawyer College lays off 18 as part of restructuring

Colby-Sawyer College administrators confirmed they had laid off 18 employees this week as part of a restructuring to deal with a $2.6 million operating loss in the current school year. Notices were sent out to seven faculty members and 11 other staffers on…

H-D Winter Concert “The Light Eternal”

The H-D Music department presents its Winter Concert Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at the HDMS Cafetorium. This free concert features the HDHS Chorus and Band as they explore songs related to Light including a piece entitled “The Light Eternal” which musically chronicles the attack on the USAT Dorchester during WWII which took the lives of…

New Boston company donates iMac Computer to school

Students at New Boston Central School, New Boston, NH are taking another step up in technology thanks to the donation of a new iMac desktop computer and color printer from miEdge. Mark Smith, Founder and CEO of the New Boston based miEdge, presented the new iMac to…

Antrim Festival of Trees features ‘A Winter’s Evening’ December 10

Antrim welcomed hundreds of visitors to the opening of their seventh annual Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving weekend. The festival continues through the month of December until January 2. Unlike other festival of trees events, Antrim’s is not a fundraiser and displays are not for sale. Rather, the free event is put on to celebrate…

Speedway seeks to host music festivals

Loudon town leaders are considering a proposal from the New Hampshire Motor Speedway to host a multi-day music festival. On Tuesday, a sound test was conducted at the racetrack to test the noise level at different parts of the grounds. The track wants to hold a three-day music festival next summer. A letter of intent for the festival was sent to…

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.

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