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  • Spartans junior forward Karli Loiselle (23) goes up for a layup and scores during Tuesday's 40-33 win against Merrimack Valley at Pembroke Academy, Dec. 16, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

    Spartans junior forward Karli Loiselle (23) goes up for a layup and scores during Tuesday's 40-33 win against Merrimack Valley at Pembroke Academy, Dec. 16, 2014. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Rabbi Levi Krinsky led the menorah lighting ceremony outside the State House in downtown Concord on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

    Rabbi Levi Krinsky led the menorah lighting ceremony outside the State House in downtown Concord on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • A man bows his head in front of a grave at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery after the graves were adorned with wreaths during the annual wreath placing ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. The event, organized by the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire, involved about 500 volunteers placing 1,500 wreaths on the graves.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

    A man bows his head in front of a grave at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery after the graves were adorned with wreaths during the annual wreath placing ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. The event, organized by the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire, involved about 500 volunteers placing 1,500 wreaths on the graves. (SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Pembroke head coach Matt Alosa encourages his team to get over the half court line during Thursday night's scrimmage versus Pelham.
(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

    Pembroke head coach Matt Alosa encourages his team to get over the half court line during Thursday night's scrimmage versus Pelham. (GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

  • Lily Nowe in the role of Clara is lifted off her feet by the Nutcracker in the final scene of the first act of the dress rehearsal of Turning Pointe Center of Dance's performance of The Nutcracker last night.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

    Lily Nowe in the role of Clara is lifted off her feet by the Nutcracker in the final scene of the first act of the dress rehearsal of Turning Pointe Center of Dance's performance of The Nutcracker last night. (SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Owen Paquette, 5, of Concord builds a space lab during Lego Club at the Concord Public Library on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 11, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

    Owen Paquette, 5, of Concord builds a space lab during Lego Club at the Concord Public Library on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 11, 2014. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

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