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…

In New Hampshire – July 2017

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World Quilt New England celebrates 15 years

Bringing the world of quilting to the city of Manchester, the 15th annual World Quilt New England returns to the Radisson Center of New Hampshire, Thursday, August 17 – Saturday, August 19, 2017. The event is open between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm each day…

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum announces 18th Intertribal Powwow

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is pleased to once again host its 18th Annual Intertribal Powwow on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2017.  Powwows focus on the fundamental values common to Native Americans across North America: Honor, Respect, Tradition and Generosity. Along with their families, thousands of singers, dancers, and vendors follow the Powwow Trail all over the entire continent to share and celebrate the culture…

Exploring the Roots of Rock & Roll in Plymouth

The Flying Monkey Performance Center presents Texan Los Lonely Boys on Thursday, July 13th and New Orleans based Subdudes on Friday, July 14th.  Tickets start at $35. Los Lonely Boys’ “Texan Rock n’ Roll,” as the band describes it, combines elemets of rock and roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country and Tejano. The Grammy Award-winning rock band was thrust upon with national scene with the chart-topping hit, “Heaven.”  While maintaining that infectiously melodic fusion of…

String Quartet to Perform on Period Instruments

The second Bach’s Lunch Concert in the 2017 series at the Nashua Public Library features the Fin de Siecle String Quartet. The concert will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 12 noon. This period-instrument ensemble features…

Osborne’s Agway Splash & Wag, Featuring DockDogs

Concord Agway will be hosting a DockDogs event July 7 – 9. We like to think of it as, well, a celebration of dogs. The main attraction is both beginners and old hat competitors of dock diving, featuring dogs jumping from a platform into a large pool competing for speed, distance and height. You can bring your own dogs and register them to compete…

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…

In New Hampshire – June 2017

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Ride the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s Millie B

One of the best ways to tour Lake Winnipesaukee is by vintage wooden boat. The New Hampshire Boat Museum’s vintage Hacker Craft, Millie B, is the perfect way to sit back, relax and tour the lake in style. Rides begin Saturday, May 27th and continue through Columbus Day weekend…

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum announces Membership Reciprocal Program

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is pleased to announce its Membership Reciprocal program which will begin on June 1, 2017.  This program is designed for visitors to visit other participating museums and historic sites.  If you are a member of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, you will be able to visit the following museums and sites at no charge or…

Leave Fawns and other young wildlife alone

Wildlife has begun giving birth around the state, with the majority of deer fawns in New Hampshire being born in May and June. Each spring, many New Hampshire residents see young wildlife by themselves and fear the worst. Has the mother died? Has she abandoned her baby? The answer in most cases is NO. The mother is likely not far off, waiting to return to feed her…

Discover Camping in New Hampshire this Summer

While spectacular scenery, friendly local businesses, and an abundance of outdoor activities await you throughout New Hampshire, the state’s seven geographic regions each have some distinct characteristics and experiences. Visit the one that best suits your interests, or visit…

Seacoast Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Food Truck Festivals of America is heading to New Hampshire for its Seacoast Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival in Somersworth, NH. Featuring some of New England’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites, and dozens of regional and national craft breweries, FTFA will be bringing the ultimate food truck experience to NH…

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…

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