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Letter: An overdue admonishment

Monday, November 16, 2015

I want to thank the Concord Monitor for the article “AG: Merrimack Valley School District broke election laws” (Monitor front page, Oct. 29), Louise Andrus for exposing the illegal practices and Assistant Attorney General Stephen LaBonte for admonishing the school district. Make no mistake, those illegal practices affected the Merrimack Valley School District school board elections for years and helped keep their membership intact. Limiting the voters in the five …

Letter: We deserve GMO choice

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I’ve read numerous letters and op-eds in the Monitor arguing that GMO crops are safe and necessary. But these letters always ignore the point that people should be allowed to make their own choice. I challenge the pro-GMO writers to explain why none of us should have the choice to eat or not to eat GMO crops. Are they arguing our state motto …

Community Snapshots: Salisbury honors its elders

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

T he Salisbury Old Home Day celebrated its past this weekend in style. The theme was “We Honor Our Elders.” Isabelle Bartz, Salisbury’s oldest resident and Boston Can holder, led the parade. There was also a pet parade, warm apple crisp, a dunk tank, cemetery tours, fireworks, vendors;, barbecue chicken, a pie-eating contest, …

Tensions escalate between Salisbury selectman, Merrimack Valley School Board

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

If you ask Salisbury Selectman Ken Ross-Raymond, the Merrimack Valley School Board is rife with corruption. Through right-to-know requests, formal complaints to the attorney general’s office, public comments and numerous conversations, he paints a picture of a district where nepotism reigns, costs are spiraling out of control and …

Back to School: A focus on Boston; a high-tech prize

Friday, September 13, 2013

We asked local teachers to tell us about the most interesting new thing going on in their classrooms. Here are two more submissions: one from a group at Broken Ground School in Concord, one from a teacher at Salisbury Elementary School. Colonial history meets the Common Core The …

Salisbury Elementary to receive security updates

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Salisbury Elementary School’s front entrance is getting a face-lift this summer as part of $125,000 worth of security updates to Merrimack Valley School District’s elementary schools. The other four elementary schools each have two sets of doors at the front, the second of which visitors must be buzzed …

Merrimack Valley re-evaluates elementary school transfer requests

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

School board members in Merrimack Valley are working to develop a formal policy for parents who want to send their children to a different elementary school in the cooperative district in response to growing class sizes in Boscawen and Penacook. “We can’t punish our existing children by allowing …


Monday, June 10, 2013

Gregory and Kimberly Miller of Salisbury announce the engagement of their son, Todd, to Meagan Roark, daughter of Nancy (Sheahan) David of Andover. Roark graduated from Merrimack Valley High School in 2005 and earned a bachelor’s degree in …

Letter: Taxpayers need help

Monday, June 3, 2013

The working people of New Hampshire cannot keep paying higher tax bills every year. I got my tax bill recently for my old barn on Route 4. It rose 40 percent in one year: $1,400 in 2012 to $2,382 in 2013. I think we all need help with …

Salisbury to hold design session on future town plans

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Salisbury residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of their village area Saturday during a brainstorming session at Academy Hall. The town’s planning board received two grants within the past year to update the zoning ordinances and to hold this weekend’s design session, called …


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

SALISBURY Bloodmobile The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Salisbury Congregational Church Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors will receive a coupon for a free regular 6-inch sub at any participating Subway restaurant. For more information, visit or call 800-733-2767. PEMBROKE Preschool registration Wonderland …

Merrimack Valley teacher named state’s special educator of the year

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Just before 2 p.m. yesterday, Merrimack Valley Middle School teacher Faith Greene was making what she thought was a trip to the gymnasium’s supply closet to find new classroom equipment. But as she got closer to the gym …

Letter: Salisbury’s loss

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Re “Board member was ‘kid magnet’ ” (Monitor Local & State page, Feb. 6): It is with great sorrow that I learned of the passing of David Longnecker, a learned man, a friend, grandfather and cheerleader for family and friends. One of the first faces I saw in …