The Messenger – September 22, 2017

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Franklin City Manager Elizabeth Dragon departs

With the departure of current City Manager Elizabeth Dragon this Friday, Franklin officials won’t interview candidates to replace her until December. Dragon, who has served as City Manager for nine years, is leaving for a new position as manager in Keene. Financial Director Judie Milner will replace Dragon on an interim basis…

Three area towns coordinate life-saving efforts

By Dan MacDonald New Boston Fire Chief – On May 20 while watching the truck pulls at the Youth Center in New Boston, Jeff Tarr collapsed of an apparent cardiac arrest. A bystander, who happened to be Weare firefighter/EMT-A Captain Mark Bluteau, immediately began providing lifesaving care to Jeff along with an unknown nurse and Lyndeborough firefighter. Another bystander called 911 and within minutes of the…

Antrim celebrates its 14th Annual Home & Harvest Festival

The Antrim Home and Harvest Festival featured  fireworks, a parade, an apple crisp social, a baked bean contest, a Lions Club BBQ, and the Library’s World War I memorabilia on display. A full slate of children’s activities, live music and a craft fair began on Friday night and continued through a full day Saturday…

One man dies in New Boston house explosion

A Nashua house painter died Tuesday morning after an explosion and fire at a newly constructed New Boston home where he was working. According to Danielle Cole, a district chief for the state Fire Marshal’s Office, Antonio De Souza, 46, was alone at the house on Foxberry Drive. A neighbor and an off-duty firefighter were able to make contact with…

Girls Sports – Volleyball

Farmington 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0: The Hillcats played great against a really strong Farmington team. Hillsboro-Deering 3, Raymond 2: Both teams put up a great effort and the girls really worked together to come from behind in the last set to pull off the win…

Boys Sports – Football

Windham 52 Hillsboro-Deering Hopkinton 0: Windham quarterback Cody Potter completed 2 of 4 passes for 24 yards and two TDs in the victory, which raised Windham’s record to 3-0. John Stark 26, Lebanon 21: Parker McQuarrie tossed two touchdown passes and Jacob Ridenour made a team-high 12 tackles for John Stark…

The Messenger – September 15, 2017

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Hillsborough man killed, wife injured in Bow crash

A Hillsborough man died Sunday when his motorcycle collided with a car on Route 3A near the Sullivan Tire Commercial Truck Center. Robert Kennedy, 53, died in the crash and his 52-year-old wife, Lisa was taken to the hospital with serious…

Weare Boy Scouts plant a tree to honor 9/11 attacks
A large crowd  gathered Monday evening to celebrate the planting of a tree by Weare Boy Scouts Jack Barnes and Chris Seaver in memory of those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Barnes and Seaver have been raising money for the new tree that…

New London holds impressive Patriots Day Ceremony

New Londoners gathered at the Fire Station to honor the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attcks with an impressive patriots Day Ceremony. Kearsarge Elementary 5th graders marched in to the sound of Steve Shepard’s bagpipes. Firefighter and 5th grade teacher Amy Lyon served as…

Bradford Masons host Scholarship Dinner

St. Peter’s Masonic Lodge in Bradford is hosting an all you can eat “Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner” at the Masonic Hall, on Saturday, September 23rd. Dinner will be served from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Proceeds to support their awarding of scholarships to graduates of Kearsarge Regional High School…

Girls Sports – Soccer

illsboro-Deering 9, Monadnock 0: Izabella Warren had 3 goals and an assist and Kendra Warren added another 2 goals and an assist lead the Hillcat attack. Hillsboro-Deering 2, Prospect Mountain 1: The Timberwolves scored at about 25 minutes into the match on a fast break, but Izabella Warren answered three minutes later and scored the game-winner 25 minutes into the second half…

Boys Sports – Soccer

Hillsboro-Deering 2, Mascenic 2, (2OT):The Hillcats picked up two goals off the foot of Jacinto Caceres in the first half before Mascenic tied it before halftime. The two sides would then play 60 minutes of scoreless soccer for the draw. Merrimack Valley 5, St. Thomas 4 (OT):  The game went back and forth before Teigan Friedrich buried the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime…

The Messenger – September 8, 2017

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Confederate flag to remain at Epsom Central School

A group of about 40 people at the Epsom School Board meeting Tuesday night debated for almost two hours on whether to remove a Confederate flag from a mural at the Epsom Central School. The flag, one of many on the mural to depict events in American history, was…

Sunapee couple says Police Chief threatened and intimidated them

A Sunapee couple has petitioned for a restraining order against Police Chief David Cahill. Joseph and Heather Furlong claim that they feel threatened by Cahill and said the threats came both before and after Joseph Furlong’s arrest on charges he tampered with a Sunapee School Board election in which his wife was…

Two women and a girl injured in Route 31 rollover

On Friday afternoon around 3:20 pm, Hillsboro Police and Hillsboro Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the area of 936 2nd NH Turnpike for a reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment. On arrival they found that a 2004 Chevrolet 1500 truck driven by Michelle Lambert, 34, of Hillsboro had been…

Nevada man purchases and donates Francestown Village Store

Out of the blue, a man from Nevada, Charlie Pyle, called with an offer to pay off the foreclosure cost and any back taxes on the Francestown Village Store and donate the property to the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society. The Village Store, formerly owned by Christina and Rob Wohle, which had operated in town for 203 years and it was the second oldest continually operating store in the country, closed on…

Girls Sports – Volleyball

St. Thomas 3 John Stark 0: The Generals actually controlled most of the first set, but couldn’t halt a strong run from St. Thomas in falling, 25-23. The Saints would take the final two sets, 25-13, 25-16. Portsmouth Christian 3 Hillsboro-Deering 0: Going up against a tough PCA team, the Hillcats lost the opening set, 25-18, and the Eagles took control from there with 25-11 and 25-10 victories in the final two games…

Boys Sports – Football

Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton 35 Manchester West 30: Despite facing deficits of 16-12 and 24-12, the Redhawks rallied in the second half. H-D/Hopkinton put together 218 yards of total offense and posted 23 second-half points, locking up the home win with a defensive stop late in the fourth quarter…

The Messenger – September 1, 2017

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Franklin home invasion

A handicapped woman was tied up with duct tape during a Franklin home invasion early Friday. According to Sgt. Dan Poirier, police responded to a noise complaint in an area near School and Franklin Streets about 3:13 a.m. Friday. Poirier said when an officer arrived at the scene, one of the victims was…

New England College boasts record freshmen enrollment

The long-range growth plan at New England College got more of a boost this year than many expected, with the largest-ever incoming class forcing the Henniker school to turn some offices into dorms. A record class of 490 incoming freshman and transfers began arriving at…

Antrim signs alternative energy PILOTS

The Antrim Selectmen held a productive meeting Monday evening dealing with alternative energy issues. At the start of a series of Public Hearings, Jack Kenworthy, of Antrim Wind announced that the company would accept the changes the Board had made in PILOT agreement increasing the town’s return to $8,828,000 over 20 years. With that the Board voted unanimously to…

DES sued over Wild Goose wetlands permit

Sullivan County Sportsmen, Inc. is suing the NH Dept. of Environmental Services to force NHDES to address the renewal of the wetlands permit for the Wild Goose Project that Governor Chris Sununu pulled from the Executive Council’s agenda for August. A Writ of Mandamus was filed in Superior Court…

Girls Sports – Soccer

Fall Mountain 5 Hillsboro-Deering 0: The Hillcats created opportunities and played the Wildcats even in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 5-0 halftime deficit. Hopkinton 7 Hillsboro-Deering 2: Grace Clark  had 3 goals, and an assist as the Hawks led 6-0 before H-D netted its first goal in the 68th minute…

Boys Sports – Soccer

Sunapee 2 Profile 0: In the second half, two goals from Carson Garland, each coming from a pass off Cade Robinson, brought home the win for Sunapee. Hopkinton 3 Hillsboro-Deering 1: Despite playing with a short bench and missing their starting goalkeeper, the Hawks came away with a 3-1 season-opening victory over Hillsboro-Deering on Monday…

In New Hampshire – September 2017

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Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum New Exhibit – Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum announces another new exhibit opening in September. Through these exhibitions and programs, the Museum seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world. What does it mean to be an Abenaki person in the modern world? What does it mean to be an Indigenous artist? Native identity finds expression in different ways with each generation…

10th Fall Lakes Region Parade of Homes

The Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association (LRBRA) is proud to present the 10th fall Lakes Region Parade of Homes. Custom built properties in the lakes and mountain regions will be open for viewing Columbus Day Weekend, October 7-9th, from 10 am to 4 pm daily. The Parade of Homes continues to offer area families the most comprehensive opportunity to see a wide variety of new…

New Hampshire Boat Museum’s Lake Winnipesaukee Poker Run

One of the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s missions is to encourage everyone to enjoy the beauty of our state’s pristine lakes. To that end, the Boat Museum is hosting its annual Lake Winnipesaukee Poker Run on Saturday, August 26th. Held rain or shine, this will be a great day on the lake! All motor boats are encouraged to enter whether they are vintage wooden boats or fiberglass. This is not a race and is intended for all interested boating enthusiasts who want to have a fun morning in support of the New Hampshire Boat Museum…

Mohawk Falls; a new event venue in Northern NH

Mohawk Falls, northern New Hampshire’s newest event venue, is rounding out it’s first year of business with a concert offering two shows on September 22 & 23. Bobby Mason, David Starr and Nathan McEuen, three accomplished musicians, will be traveling all the way across the country to perform their singer-songwriter Americana music in the venue’s beautiful post and beam pavilion…

Announcing capital improvements at Pats Peak Ski Area

PATS PEAK, Southern New Hampshire’s favorite mountain, enters into its 55th consecutive ski and snowboard season. The steadfast stewardship, along with continued investment, by their locally owned family for more than 55 years has made them the “go-to” ski area in NH. Generations have called Pats Peak home and continue to carry on the tradition. This year’s list of capital improvements for the 2017-2018 season include a new triple chair lift; additional energy-efficient snowmaking fan guns…

In New Hampshire – August 2017

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Seacoast Science Center joins US Light House Passport Program

The Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park is now a participant in the United States Light House Society’s Light House Passport Program, and is the only location in New Hampshire and southern Maine where passport holders can collect stamps year-round. From the Park and the Center, you can view four lighthouses, including…

100+ years of Fish Culture at Warren State Fish Hatchery

This year marked an important milestone for a New Hampshire Fish and Game icon — the Warren State Fish Hatchery. In 1914, when the Fish and Game Commission was looking for suitable locations to construct a new trout hatchery, the Smith Estate in Warren was identified as a good match. In 1915, the State of New Hampshire purchased the Walt Smith Farm and proceeded to construct the Warren Fish Hatchery, which opened in 1916. The facility is the oldest N.H. Fish and Game Department hatchery still in operation…

Tips for the perfect kidcation in Mt Washington Valley

Where can the family with kids of all ages go to find entertainment and recreation that fits every age and interest?  You don’t want to break the bank, so it needs to be one-tank away and easily accessible, not to mention easy on the budget. The simple solution to your vacation planning quandary is found in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Mt Washington Valley, comprised of the 27 towns and villages that…

Canterbury Shaker Village hosts dance, music festival

Canterbury Shaker Village will celebrate the Shaker legacy of dance and music with a contemporary twist. This inaugural event entitled Shaker Inspirations: A Day of Music and Dance offers an opportunity to see diverse dance performances and learn about the influence of Shaker music. In between, picnic on the grounds, explore the buildings, and enjoy the unparalleled scenery of what…

Art Inspired by Nature, Helen Nicolay and Plein Art Painting

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is taking part in a celebration of the artwork of Helen Nicolay this summer. Helen Nicolay was the daughter of President Lincoln’s Secretary John Nicolay, as well as an author and renowned artist herself. Growing up as an only child, Helen used her family’s Holderness summer home, Tannenruh, as a retreat to paint and write. Helen frequently accompanied her father’s diplomatic missions to Europe as his secretary. She often documented these trips through her paintings…

The Messenger – August 25, 2017

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Hillsboro-Deering invests in 525 new Chromebooks

During Monday’s meeting, the Hillsboro-Deering School Board was briefed on the major upgrades made entering the new school year. Technology Director Glenn Woods informed the Board that Firefly computers, the lowest of three bidders, at $107,625. had been awarded the contract to supply…

Henniker Rotary hosts 15th Annual Fire On The Mountain ChiliFest

Sunny skies, a cool breeze and huge crowds combined for a fantastic 15th Annual Henniker Rotary Club ChiliFest at pats peak. A great day at Henniker Rotary Chili Fest. Winners included: With nearly 40 chili makers, the competition was fierce. In the Amateur Category, there was a…

Susan Tuthill reflects on 26 years service

After 26 years of service to the Town of Weare, Susan Tuthill has decided to retire. She and her husband, retired Police Chief Ed Tuthill, have purchased a new home outside of Myrtle Beach, SC and will be moving there next month.

Fire Chief Robert Vezina sat down to chat with Sue on Thursday, her last day…

Hopkinton taxpayers given preview of school renovation projects
During its Tuesday meetin of the Hopkinton School Board, facilities steering Committee Chair Jay Burgess presented a multi million-dollar package of recommended renovations to the facilities. The school district began investigating building projects after the…

Husband runs down wife, claims “I’m not perfect”

A man ran down his wife with her car after an argument at a truck stop in Bow and took off, leaving her pinned beneath the vehicle, police say. Bystanders lifted the 2001 Nissan Sentra and freed Saturn Alleyne, 26, Monday night as authorities searched for Jason Alleyne, 28, after police say he took off…

Weare Police net 5 DWI arrests last week

Weare Police officers have been busy, apprehending five men accused of driving under the influence. Multiple people reported an impaired driver in the area of Perkins Pond and Deering Center roads Thursday. After locating the vehicle, officers conducted field sobriety tests on 38-year-old Andrew Williams, of Claremont, and placed him under arrest…

The Messenger – August 18, 2017

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Former Hawthorne College is now a private high school

Founded as  Nathaniel Hawthorne College, a liberal arts college in 1962 and later offering instruction in business, aviation, and computer science,  it closed in 1988. The campus has been unused or underutilized for decades, recently serving as a Maharishi Meditation Center. Three years ago, a non-profit organization called Overseas United Education bought the property for about $1.5 million. The primarily Chinese investors envision a top-tiered…

Out on bail, Newport man arrested again

Ryan Gobin, 18, of Newport, was arraigned via video in Sullivan County Superior Court on two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, four counts of burglary, one count of simple assault, one count of second degree assault and one count of resisting arrest or detention following a series of incidents on June 27th. Bail was set at…

TD Bank supports Hillsborough Seniors

TD Bank partnered with Greater Hillsborough Senior Services to raise awareness and funds for their transportation program that serves 3 towns. GHSS members provided Hugs & Kisses of the Hershey’s kind to everyone that stopped by the TD Bank store in Hillsborough, NH. Customers were thrilled to learn…

Micro-managing of – nepotism in Newport FD

The Newport Select Board unanimously voted to accept the findings of  the comprehensive study of the Newport Fire and EMS Services by JLN Associates Fire Protection Services, and a checklist of 19 recommendations in four different categories, which both groups have begun to be address…

Several pets perish in Weare home fire

On August 14th, the Weare Fire Rescue Department responded to a report of a building fire at 183 Hodgdon Road in Weare. Initial reports from NH 9-1-1 indicated that an occupant was heard in distress and possibly still in the building.  When firefighters arrived, they encountered a large 1-1/2 story log home heavily involved in fire on the first floor…

Alvarez is Sarah Josepha Hale Medalist

Julia Alvarez, writer and poet, is the 2017 Sarah Josepha Hale Award Medalist. She will accept the award on Saturday, August 19th at 8:00 PM at the Library Arts Center. Alvarez graduated Middlebury College in VT and she went on to earn her Masters in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.  She returned to Middlebury in 1988 and is now the Writer-in-Residence at Middlebury College…

The Messenger – August 11, 2017

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Mistakes and oversights continue to plague Western Ave

Civil Engineer Jennifer McCourt, who provided the Design, NH DES Wetland permitting, US Department of the Army, New England District, Corps of Engineers permitting and US EPA NPDES Construction General Permit for the Henniker’s Western Avenue project has informed town officials that the project continues to be in non compliance with at least 9 specific…

New Boston Fire Department adds an honorary member

The New Boston Fire Department added an honorary member to their ranks in July, Hailey Gelinas. Hailey is a 16 year old girl who has been dealing with renal problems / failure since her birth. An official indoctrination as a member is coming in the near future, but in the meantime the fire department contributed the…

Pair of ATV crashes lead to DWI charges

Drunken driving charges were levied against two recreational vehicle riders after Newport Police said alcohol and speed caused back-to-back, all-terrain vehicle crashes on the Sugar River Trail in Newport Friday night. The separate ATV operators, George Mooshian, 47, and Randy Hoisington, 55, both of Newport, were flown to…

50 underage party drinkers pay fines of $17,124

Thirty of the 38 Massachusetts teenagers arrested on June 22 in Georges Mills for unlawful possession of alcoholic beverages and intoxication paid fines and statutory penalty assessments totaling $12,160 after pleading guilty to the charge in Newport’s 5th Circuit Court last…

Cruisers include carbon-monoxide detectors

The Goffstown Police Department is taking an extra step to be sure their officers are safe after three officers in one Massachusetts town became ill from carbon-monoxide poisoning in their own cruisers. A battery-powered carbon-monoxide detector is the latest tool being used at the Goffstown Police Department. “We wanted to be proactive ourselves and make sure that our guys aren’t…

Warner gun range developer continuing to prep the land

The builder of a gun range in Warner will continue clearing his land, despite a court order voiding one of the permissions granted by the town’s land use board. Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara ruled that the ZBA lacked jurisdiction to grant …

The Messenger – August 4, 2017

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EPA expected to approve Hillsborough’s flow permit

Peter Mellen, Chairman of Hillsborough’s Sewer & Water Commission has spoken with Michelle Barden at the Boston EPA office. She has reviewed the town’s application to increase flow at the sewer plant and completed drafting the permit. It is currently being reviewed internally, after which it will…

Selectmen seek additional $859,000 from Antrim Wind Energy

With a full house of residents, the Antrim Selectmen renegotiated an agreement made between the town and Antrim Wind Energy at Monday night’s public hearing. The Payment in Lieu of Taxes, (PILOT) agreement between Antrim Wind Energy LLC  and the town went into…

Missing elderly Franklin man found safe

A 75-year-old Franklin man reported missing Sunday morning has been found safe. The man was reported missing from his residence on North Road around 11:25 a.m. Sunday. He was seen over a mile away from his residence, entering a wooded area off Salisbury Road, wearing…

Belmont man dies of self-inflicted gun shot wound

A Belmont man at a local indoor firing range died Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “It was just a tragic accident,” said Belmont Police Cpl. Evan Boulanger. The fire department and police were called to…

Goffstown Police arrests Manchester man

The Goffstown Police Department arrested Edward Bussiere, 51, of Manchester, who was thought to be armed. The Manchester SWAT Team as well as the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Task Force assisted with the arrest. The warrant was issued after a recent investigation into a criminal threat involving a firearm in…

New Boston Highway, Police, Fire and Emergency Management excell

On July 8 at approximately 1:10 PM, a very powerful and very localized storm hit New Boston. In a matter of minutes, all major access roads in and out of the center of New Boston were closed due to trees and wires being downed. 65% of the town was left without power, and dangerous situations were to be found throughout the town. Even the town grader which was working on Colburn Road became trapped as a…

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