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Planners Bob White, left, and Chris Kennedy finalize a drawing of their vision for Chichester minute before presenting recommendations to residents Saturday. (NICK REID / Monitor staff)

Planners take on Chichester’s speedy village center

Monday, October 20, 2014

Is Main Street in Chichester a shortcut for commuters or a link for residents between the town’s historic fixtures? This past weekend, planners helped begin the process of preserving the village and deterring speedy commuters from whizzing along the 2-mile stretch of state-owned road on their way between routes 4 and 28. Over a two-day session, a dozen volunteers from …

Storm expected to bring cold rain, wind - but no snow - to central N.H.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The snow boots can stay in the closet for at least a few more weeks. A nor’easter making its way southeast from the Great Lakes region is expected to bring some high winds and up to 5 inches of rain in some parts of the state, but no snow. The strongest winds and heaviest rainfall will start today and likely continue into Thursday, …

Autopsies: Fremont man strangled girlfriend, shot himself

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire authorities say a man strangled his girlfriend and then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Attorney General Joe Foster said Monday the woman, identified as 52-year-old Mary Lucas of Fremont, was found dead in her home on Friday. The boyfriend, 51-year-old Michael Porter of Fremont, was found dead in a truck in town. Autopsies were completed New Hampshire Deputy …

N.H. students asked to write ‘Letters About Literature’

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire students in grades 4 through 12 are being encouraged to write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. The “Letters About Literature” contest is nationally sponsored by the Center for the Book …

New Hampshire home to ‘least positive’ gubernatorial ads, Senate race not far behind

Monday, October 20, 2014

If you’ve been paying attention to the campaign ads this season, you’ve probably heard gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein described as a “failed CEO” and Gov. Maggie Hassan as someone who oversaw “out-of-control” spending – and neither, apparently, is …

Police probe Keene Pumpkin Festival melee

Monday, October 20, 2014

Authorities in Keene vowed yesterday to prosecute the perpetrators of the violent disturbances near Keene’s annual pumpkin festival that led to property damage and dozens of arrests and injuries over the weekend. Keene police Chief Kenneth Meola also …

2nd Congressional District candidates call each other absent

Monday, October 20, 2014

Candidates competing in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District accused each other last night of being missing in action and ignoring constituents in favor of following party leaders. In their first debate, Republican state Rep. Marilinda Garcia criticized Democratic …

Downtown: A new Place to get creative opens on Main Street

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Six weeks ago, Christa Zuber up and quit her job. “I literally walked into my supervisor’s office and said, ‘I have no idea if it’s going to work,’ ” Zuber said. She’s about to find out. This weekend, Zuber opened her downtown do-it-yourself studio and shop – The …

Chichester Central School wins national Blue Ribbon award

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chichester Central School has been named by the U.S. Department of Education as one of three National Blue Ribbon Schools in the state. The kindergarten through eighth-grade school is one of 340 across the country that will be …

State Senate candidates weigh in on rising electricity costs, long-term energy strategy for New Hampshire

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By the start of the next legislative session in January, energy rates will nearly double for more than 100,000 New Hampshire residents. Also by that time, a new state senator will be sitting in the chair to represent …

In Merrimack County District 27, a Democrat-turned-Republican tries to affect change

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Three candidates are on the ballot for two House seats in Merrimack County District 27, a floterial district that includes Concord Wards 1 through 7. State Reps. Chip Rice and Mary Stuart Gile are both seeking re-election on …

Ray Duckler: Walking me through history, with the help of a cane

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Boston Post Cane, lying on the mantelpiece in Edith Carr’s Contoocook living room, can be used for a walk in the park, or a stroll down memory lane. So lean on it and take a walk with …

In N.H., candidates pushing for constitutional carry

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The owner of the Boscawen pizza parlor looked uncomfortably at the handgun strapped to Robert Forsythe’s hip. The gun was legal, Forsythe told him reassuringly. A Republican candidate for a House seat in Merrimack County District 8, Forsythe …