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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, …

Penacook Elementary principal to retire

Friday, February 8, 2013

For Linda McAllister, describing a typical day at work is difficult. That’s because as principal of Penacook Elementary School, there’s no such thing as a typical day. “No matter how you prepare for this job, you’re never totally prepared for it, because in principalships every day is different,” …

Webster, Salisbury elementary principal to retire; district begins search for replacement

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

When parents of Webster and Salisbury elementary school students get a phone call from Principal Sandy Davis, it’s not usually to discuss bad behavior or other school problems. Instead, it’s what Davis calls a “good news phone call,” where she tells a parent about how their child is …

N.H. school districts, towns facing big retirement-cost increases this year

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Residents in hundreds of school districts and towns across New Hampshire will vote this spring on local budgets. And when they do, they’ll confront increased retirement costs for teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public employees. The numbers for many communities are eye-popping: increases of 24.7 percent in …

Schools continue to make security updates following Newtown shooting

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Three weeks after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed 26 lives, area educators are continuing conversations about how to improve security, as well as reinforce a sense of safety, in their schools. Some districts have made or are working toward concrete changes, such as installing …

Merrimack Valley Middle School honor roll

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The following students earned honors for the first semester at Merrimack Valley Middle School: GRADE 8 PRINCIPAL AWARD: Susana Barger, Isabelle Carr, Noah Champagne, Emily  Girard, Madison Godfrey, Sarah Irving, Nadien Jeski, Madyn Kenney, Samantha Lesmerises, Lauryn Masse, Danielle Mead, Kate Merrill, Meriah Metzger, Jessica Mulleavey, McKenzie Nixon, …

Merrimack Valley School District member towns call for budget restraint

Monday, December 17, 2012

Officials in Salisbury are leading an effort to organize leaders in the Merrimack Valley School District towns to fight increasing school taxes, well before the district’s budget comes to a vote at the annual meeting in March. “This education budget is like a freight train with no brakes,” …

Webster, Salisbury first elementary schools in state to become IB members

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Miniature flags from around the world line the hallways of Webster Elementary School, and a map marking different time zones greets visitors from the wall opposite the front door. To visitors, these serve as noticeable clues that they’re entering an International Baccalaureate World School. But these international decorations …

Mother: Merrimack Valley student didn't take medication before alleged assault on police officers

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A 17-year-old student accused of threatening to murder a police officer, assaulting another and spitting on a school principal at Merrimack Valley High School on Monday hadn’t been taking his medication in the days leading up to the …

Police: Defiant student assaults two officers and administrator at Merrimack Valley High School

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Merrimack Valley High School student spent last night at Merrimack County jail after the police said he caused a significant disruption in the school’s main hallway, assaulted two police officers, threatened to murder one and spit on a school administrator. “This is simply an act of, basically, …

Franklin home destroyed in multiple fires; no one injured

Friday, November 16, 2012

A house on Salisbury Road in Franklin caught fire twice yesterday, the second time engulfing the house in flames and leaving it charred and uninhabitable. No one was injured. Firefighters responded to the first fire at 308 Salisbury …