The Messenger – January 12, 2018

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Incoming Mayor predicts a Franklin Rebirth

“This is like déjà vu all over again!” said Tony Giunta as he was sworn in as Franklin’s Mayor for the second time, having served in that office from 2000-2004. Reflecting on his first inaugural, he recalled how the task was to change the city’s perception…

Area firefighters hampered by cold temperatures and brisk winds

As whipping winds and bitter cold plunged wind chills down to 30 below and even colder, first responders were busy with fires both overnight and throughout the weekend with other incidents reported in Windsor, Goffstown, Peterborough, and Tilton. Peterborough firefighters saved a Blueberry Lane house from a…

Jacob Merritt becomes Newport Troop’s third Eagle Scout

A crowd of 50 friends, family and scouts, past and present, gathered in the cafeteria at Newport Middle High School Sunday to celebrate Jacob Merritt’s achievement, becoming the third member of Boy Scout Troop 316 in the past three years, after Patrick Hennig in 2015 and Jeremy Dewey last year, to attain the rank of Eagle Scout…

Hillsboro Board tackles budget & rumors

The Board reviewed both the Police and Town Employees Unions’ contracts and voted to accept them to be placed on the Town Warrant. The contracts are for 3 years and provide raises for all employees as well as step increases. The Police contract also addresses adjustments for Dispatch employees to bring them in line.The Board also discussed a rumor that…

Epsom Police Chief on unpaid leave

Longtime Epson Police Chief, Wayne Preve, who Select Board Chair Don Harty says “has been an excellent chief for the town,” and, “Very, very respected by people in town,” has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. Select Board members have refused to elaborate, calling it a…

The Messenger – January 5, 2018

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Hillsborough man injured in snowmobile accident

Conservation officers in New Hampshire were called to rescue a man injured in a snowmobile crash. Authorities say 20-year-old Kyle Nutter was driving a snowmobile on Bear Hill Trail in Hillsboro with a group of friends. The boys called 911 when they found…

Space heater ignites Georges Mills fire

New London Fire Chief Jay Lyons said a preliminary investigation suggests it was propane space heater used to thaw frozen pipes beneath the building  that destroyed a Georges Mill’s cottage and left two men homeless last Thursday. Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill was first on scene and reported…

Single car Hancock accident lead to driver’s arrest

On Thursday, December 28th, the Hancock Police Department responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle collision with ejection on Bonds Corner Road in the area of Shire Road in Hancock. Police along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and found…

Dog saves Belmont man from overdose

Police said they were called for a dog in a road that would not move for traffic around 11:53 p.m. Friday. An officer responded and after finding out who the owner is walked the shivering dog back to its owner’s house a short distance away. Police said the officer tried to get someone to answer the door for several minutes but did not get a response…

Henniker exploring a $98,000 health insurance saving

The Henniker Selectmen had a productive meeting Tuesday evening. Finance Director Russ Roy gave a lengthly comparison of Health Insurance Plans offered by School Choice and Harvard Pilgram. Harvard Pilgram offers two plans, which with higher deductibles and employee co-pays, could save the town between $33,000 and…

The Messenger – December 29, 2017

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Hillsboro woman sustains life-threatening injuries

On Tuesday, December 26th the Hancock Police Department Responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle collision on Route 202 in the area of Kimball Road in Hancock. Hancock Police along with Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and found two vehicles involved on Route 202 just east of Kimball Rd., both with heavy front end damage. One of the vehicles involved was…

Many combine efforts to make a veteran’s last wish come true

On December 10 WMUR aired a story about an air force veteran who has terminal cancer and his only wish was to see the new Star Wars movie opening on December 15. Ron Villimaire has been a Star Wars fan since the first movie, sharing his interest with his daughter Elizabeth. As a commitment to her Dad, Elizabeth contacted WMUR and asked if they would…

New Boston Police Officer dies suddenly

The New Boston Police department has announced that Officer Brandon T. Tucker, 23, of Manchester, passed away suddenly on December 19, 2017. Officer Tucker was hired as a Part-Time Officer in New Boston on May 18, 2015 and completed the Part-Time Academy later that summer. On July 2, 2016, Officer Tucker was appointed a Full-Time Officer and completed the…

Weare Middle School students excel at virtual coding competition

Weare Middle School took several awards at New Hampshire’s first virtual coding competition on Dec. 19 at Pinkerton Academy. For participation in coding events leading up to the final competition, Weare Middle School took two second place awards—the Diversity Award for highest percentage of girls participating based on school population and…

Firefighters’ quick response saves Christmas for Weare family

On December 22, 2017, at 10:08 hours a passerby called 9-1-1 to report a chimney fire at 885 River Road. The Weare Fire Department responded with Engine 5 staffed with the on-duty crew. Fire Chief Robert Vezina was on scene within 12 minutes of the alarm and reported that the initial chimney fire had extended to the attic of a 1-story residential building…

The Messenger – December 22, 2017

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192 wreaths decorate Dunbarton’s veterans’ graves

Wreaths Across Dunbarton, like the national Wreaths Across America program, seeks to lay holiday wreaths at veterans’ graves. The initial local program began with a ceremony of  General John Stark laying a wreath at the statue of Maj. Caleb Stark, his oldest son, in the town’s common area, accompanied by a musket salute.Volunteers then placed 192 wreaths on Dunbarton’s veteran graves and war…

$10 million error in Goffstown School Tax

Goffstown and New Boston school officials are saying that it was “irregularities and errors” in financial information reported to state officials that resulted in about $10 million not being applied to tax relief since 2011. The SAU 19 School Board accepted business administrator Raymond Labore’s resignation at its…

Henniker Concert Committee introduces the Acoustic Café

The Community Concerts Committee is pleased to announce the launching of the Only Henniker On Earth Acoustic Café, a series of 3-monthly coffee house and open mic sessions in partnership with New England College. The series will be held on the last Sunday of the month beginning on January 28, in The Pub, Simon Center…

Antrim’s Stone Church comes alive for Christmas Eve

After being vacant for 20 years one of the areas most beautiful churches is opening most fittingly on 12/24. At The Cross a non-denominational Christ centered church will be having its first of many services celebrating our Savior’s birth. The Stone Church located in Antrim on 223 Clinton Road has been owned for the last 20 years by…

Distracted Belmont driver survives crash

A distracted driver drove into a utility pole in Belmont Saturday, causing a power outage and road closure. The driver, Deborah Woodin, 46, of Belmont, was injured in the single-vehicle crash on Dec. 16 and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police said first responders found a 2003 Toyota sedan caught in the pole wire. The utility pole had snapped as …

The Messenger – December 15, 2017

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H-D Board considering nearly $600,000 renovation

The Hillsboro-Deering School Board continues to discuss a proposed $587,358.00 project for improvements at the Elementary School. The project is designed in three phases, although Superintendent Robert Hassett continues to recommend that it be completed as one. Phase I calls for $119,504 to…

Abutters sue to permanently enjoin speedway concert

A trio of Loudon neighbors has sued the speedway in Merrimack County Superior Court, asking the court to “permanently enjoin” Speedway Motorsports, the Texas-based corporation that now owns the Loudon facility, from hosting concerts that are not tied to racing events. The 1989 agreement, made after Bob Bahre purchased the speedway, states that the…

Bow officials bracing against a potential $14 million tax refund

The NH Supreme Court is currently deciding if Eversource’s Merrimack Station power plant has been overvlued on Bow’s tax roles. If Eversource wins its challenge, the town is facing a potential $14 million tax refund. According to Town Manager David Stack, the power plant is one of the town’s most valuable properties. As a precaution, the town has…

Cost to repair Goffstown’s Uncanoonuc Lake dam underestimated

The Goffstown Selectmen met with Public Works Director Meghan Theriault for an update on the Uncanoonuc Lake dam rehabilitation project. A request for proposals had been put out last month, and  Theriault said they had five responses and are looking to work with…

Andrew Duval named Football Player of the Year

The Gatorade Company announced Andrew Duval of Goffstown High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade New Hampshire Football Player of the Year. Duval is the second Gatorade New Hampshire Football Player of the Year to be chosen from…

Christmas Shopping Guide 2017

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Tips for setting the perfect holiday table

A beautifully set table can elevate your holiday dinner from just great to simply perfect. “Table-setting is an art form anyone can learn to execute beautifully,” says Mary Bernardo, director of product development at Princess House. “Simple touches like elegant holiday plates, colorful linens and an eye-catching centerpiece ensure a holiday table looks as inviting as the food smells.” Bernardo and the table decor experts…

Tips for planning memorable holiday travel

The holiday season can be the perfect time to travel. With school and work days off, it’s a special way to reconnect with family and friends as you get to bask in that cheerful holiday spirit. Planning a holiday-themed trip is easier than you think, if you keep a few tips in mind. Follow these five steps and you’ll be on your way to making vacation memories that will…

Gift and stocking stuffers for those with active hobbies

It’s the gift-giving season and rather than give generic presents to everyone you love, consider thoughtful items that will make their lives easier and hobbies more fulfilling. Travelers – Travel lovers on your holiday shopping list? Frequent fliers will appreciate customized luggage tags that will make spotting bags a cinch. Add comfort to all those redeye flights with a memory foam neck pillow. Newer models even offer features like pockets for…

Yes, Olivia, there is a Santa, and he’s calling you

Think there’s almost a conspiracy out there to squelch your child’s belief in Santa Claus? Technology can help you fight back. For years the big guy in red has had to contend with aggressive pushback from the PC crowd who apparently wish he’d just pack up his sleigh and stay home in the North Pole. Department stores were pressured to nix their Santa stand-ins. Schools changed their calendars to say “winter holidays” instead of Christmas. And let’s not even…

Holiday havoc? Consider it handled

The holiday season is full of magic and wonder – until your flight gets cancelled, your budget is blown and you fall ill at the worst possible time. Fortunately, staying merry despite common holiday conundrums is easier than you think with the right attitude and a few simple steps. Here are some of the most notorious holiday hurdles, with practical advice fo…

In New Hampshire – December 2017

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Holiday pet family photo sessions at Monadnock Humane Society

Monadnock Humane Society will once again offer Holiday Pet Family Photo sessions to the community. On Saturday, Dec. 2nd at the MHS Guinane Training Center from 10 am – 3 pm, professional local photographers Beth Pelton of Eight Cattails Imagery and Chloe Giarraputo will be available to take a holiday portrait of your…

Peterborough Players announce 2nd Annual Winter Season

Following a successful inaugural winter season, the Peterborough Players are offering a line-up of plays that will illuminate the festive spirit of the winter season. First is a classic holiday tale told from a new perspective, followed in February by a touching look at all the things worth holding onto in life, and closing out the season with the New Hampshire Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright…

The Nutcracker Ballet returns to Berlin Junior High School

On Saturday, December 2nd beginning at 6:00 pm, St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts will be hosting the Robinson Ballet production of the Nutcracker.  Thanks to our show sponsors, the Madelaine  G. von Weber Trust, Service Credit Union, Mt. Washington Auto Road Company and StoryLand, this timeless classic will be held at the Berlin Junior High School Auditorium…

Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour features Sweet Treats & Sweet Dreams

In Mt Washington Valley, NH “C” is for Christmas and also for cookies, candy, collectors’ ornaments, cookbooks and keepsake recipes as the Country Inns in the White Mountains celebrate the 21st year for their annual Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour on December 9-10, 2017. An event that draws cookie and holiday revelers from around the country, this ultimate cookie walk will combine overnight stays at beautiful inns in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with a scrumptious inn to inn tour of…

Top tips for Christmas tree decorating

So where to begin? First, you need the right tree. A smart first step is making sure the branches on your tree are strong enough to support the weight of your decorations. While shopping for the tree, be sure to study product descriptions so you understand if a tree with delicate or soft branches will support the weight of your Christmas tree decorations. If your family has many large ornaments, you should consider a Christmas tree that has branches separated enough to give ornaments the room they need to be…

The Messenger – December 8, 2017

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McDonald’s donates to H-D’s new playground fund

McDonald’s in Hillsboro is excited to announce a fundraiser to benefit the Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School in conjunction with the restaurant’s post-renovation re-opening. From December 8 – December 10, ten percent of all proceeds from the restaurant will be donated to the school’s new playground project. Both the school and…

H-D students support their Texas counterparts

Hillsboro-Deering Middle School Principal Marc Peterson recently received this e-mail from Brookside Intermediate School in Friendswood, Texas: “I received a surprising package in the mail today that came all the way from Hillsboro, New Hampshire! It included…

H-D hopes to boost test scores with new math teaching program

H-D Elementary School Principal Daniel Record and Assistant Principal Donna Furlong briefed the School Board on a new math teaching program designed to improve the school’s lagging math test scores. The current math program “Envisions” is a 2010 series (in K – 4 with Grade 5 using a 2012 series). It lacks the focus and rigor necessary to…

Seven towns assist New Boston in fighting house fire

New Boston Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 183 Parker Road in New Boston around 9:06 am on November 22nd. The residents were home at the time and were able to escape. The fire started in the attached garage and extended into the home. Goffstown Fire Department was first on scene and was able to slow the fire growth with a limited water supply. Shortly after…

Trio of Hillsborough boys off to England

A group of Hillsborough Middle School students, Dylan Braun, Brady Curley and Logan Miller, along with their soccer club, Seacoast Express United Premier ‘06, have recently been invited to travel with their coaches to the south coast of England in April for a 9 day training session with Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club Academy coaches. If you haven’t already seen the boys outside of…

Tilton police looking for hit-&-run driver

A 55-year-old Tilton man was struck by an eastbound vehicle on Laconia Road about 5:15 p.m. Friday. Police believe the vehicle may have been a Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck, which was likely damaged on the passenger-side door, according to the release. The pedestrian, whose name was not released, remained in stable condition and is…

The Messenger – December 1, 2017

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Woman shot while riding in Elm Brook Park

Local and state authorities say they’ve yet to decide whether to bring charges in connection with a hunting accident Tuesday afternoon in which a woman was shot and slightly injured while mountain biking in Elm Brook Park. State conservation officers and Hopkinton Police have interviewed a 34-year-old Hopkinton hunter, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said in a…

Washington students support veterans

The Washington Elementary School Student Council and all of the members of the Washington Elementary School sponsored a successful, second annual Socktober event. The students and staff collected 400 pairs of socks, 132 pairs more than last year. The socks will be donated to…

Weare students tour the Hopkinton-Everett Flood Control Project

This fall, 7th grade science teacher Jan Dwinnells taught her students  at the Weare Middle School about the 1938 Great Flood, the subsequent construction of the Hopkinton-Everett dam system, and how it had an everlasting impact on the Town of Weare. On November 9, the Hopkinton-Everett Flood Control Project became the…

Proctor faculty member killed in Florida

Lindsey Degon, 32, faculty member at Proctor Academy, died in a scooter crash while vacationing in Florida. She was a passenger on a scooter that turned out of a hotel parking lot and slid into traffic in Key West, FL. Degon fell off the scooter and was struck by an oncoming pickup truck. According to police, Degon’s boyfriend and varsity football coach at…

Attorney General clears Belmont Police Officer in shooting death

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald has announced that a Belmont police officer was justified when he fired two shots into a man who simultaneously shot himself in the head. Investigators in MacDonald’s 24-page report details the September 30th incident at the…

Franklin Police arrest trio indicted for August home invasion

The Merrimack County grand jury has handed down indictments of three people accused of busting into a Franklin home and robbing a paralyzed woman at gunpoint last August. Juan Flores, 26, Bryan Martinez, 25, and Melissa Natal, 36, all of Franklin, each face one felony count of accomplice to robbery. Authorities say the trio broke into the home about 3 a.m. and demanded….

The Messenger – November 24, 2017

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Board gives unanimous approval for one concert

The Loudon Planning Board unanimously approved a weekend long concert at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last Thursday night after a series of heated discussions. The board approved the concert, but with a major stipulation that it was a…

Hillsboro-Deering DECA Teams shine in latest competition

After two weeks 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 2018. In the Virtual Business Sports Management Competition, three students, seniors Nick Lester, Thomas Ferguson, and Ethan Blevins (right) finished in second place in the competitive North Atlantic region of DECA and also fifth place in the entire competition – out of over 500 teams worldwide. They will join teams from…

Newport teen gets 2 years for 7 felonies

Ryan Gobin, 18, of Newport recently pleaded guilty to seven felony counts, including the assault of a police officer, in Sullivan County Superior Court. Accepting the plea agreement between Gobin and the state, Judge Brian Tucker sentenced Gobin to two years, less…

Help the Lions Club feed our needy neighbors this Christmas

Messenger Publisher Leigh Bosse is pleased to announce that for the 23rd 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 area. For several years, Hillsboro churches, with…

Teenager shot and killed in Goffstown

Ian Jewell, 18, an honor student at Memorial High School, school athlete and brother of a cancer patient was recently shot in the parking lot of the Goffstown Ace Hardware store on 5 Depot Street. He died later at a local hospital. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval ruled the death a homicide from a single gun shot wound. Grief counselors were available, but…

Hillsborough family arrested

A Hillsborough family of three was recently arrested for growing marijuana in the home at 32 Gould Pond Road. Police had been keeping an eye on the residence for some time and after issuing arrest and search warrants, they arrested David Alley, 42, Heather Alley, 51, and Quintin Alley, 19….

Christmas season opens in New Boston

Santa Claus is coming to New Boston. Join us on the town common to meet Santa, make S’mores, and have a cup of hot chocolate. Mingle with friends and neighbors, sing Christmas carols and light the Christmas Tree at 6 p.m., and toasty firepits to roast marshmallows. Santa will be in the Old Engine House next to the gazebo from…

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