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Pam Jansury, the children's librarian at the Gilmanton Year Round Library, stands in front of a banner that children made in support of the library.
(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Gilmanton voters at odds over money for year-round library

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hanging above the children’s section at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library was a banner, strung together with Scotch tape and decorated with bright colors. “KEEP OUR LIBRARY OPEN,” it reads. The sign is dotted with the signatures of its artists – a crayon petition. “They can’t even imagine that there wouldn’t be this for the community,” children’s librarian Pam Jansury said, …

Downtown: Concord Homeless Resource Center plans move to North Main Street

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Martin Murray can’t seem to catch a break. Murray, 55, has applied for more than 400 jobs since he lost his sales position in 2013, to no avail. He wakes up every morning in the basement shelter at South Congregational Church in Concord to call the McKenna House, looking for a place to …

February misses record cold in Concord by 0.1 degrees

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Last month will go down as the second-coldest February in Concord’s recorded history. If not for the sunny afternoon Saturday, it could have been the absolute coldest. A group of meteorologists for the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, were closely watching the thermometer Saturday between 2 and 3 p.m. as it hovered …

N.H. lawmakers debate lifting sex offender residency restrictions

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Hampshire’s Legislature is once again debating measures that would ban municipalities from restricting where sex offenders can live, even as some other states are making such restrictions tougher. The Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is expected to send the proposals to the full House this …

Police: Habitual offender arrested after swerving at 109 mph in Bow

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Manchester man previously convicted of driving while intoxicated was arrested and charged with the same offense after he was seen driving 109 mph on Interstate 93 in Bow yesterday, the police said. Tommie Campbell, 38, was charged …

Snowmobilers rescued after 3 machines stranded in deep snow in Pittsburg

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Hampshire conservation officers rescued three snowmobilers whose machines got stuck in deep snow on Stub Hill in Pittsburg. Conservation officer Christopher Egan said the three men worked for several hours to free their snowmobiles from deep snow that one of them described as being up to his …

Concord to decide where – and if – medical marijuana facilities would be located in city

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bill Eldridge wants to sell pot in Concord, and the city council could help him do it. Eldridge is a board member of Wellness Connection, one of the 14 nonprofits that has applied to open a marijuana treatment center in New Hampshire. While Eldridge waits for the state …

Beautiful birches: Flexible forest dwellers are built to survive even the harshest conditions

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I’ve thought a lot about birch trees lately. One reason is that the clump of gray birches in our yard started the season by bowing down to the winter gods under the weight of the Thanksgiving snow. Though …

Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School student wins state bee for second year in a row

Saturday, February 28, 2015

They breezed through the spelling of “anachronism,” “minaret” and “dichotomy,” but were tripped up by “mozzarella,” “rendezvous” and “kuchen.” Slowly but steadily, children filed off the stage and rejoined their families in the audience, until just two remained. …

Weare’s sign ordinance could be repealed at town meeting

Saturday, February 28, 2015

When the planning board discussed repealing Weare’s sign ordinance this winter, Keith Lacasse said business owners came to the meeting with a clear message: “Trust us.” “The businesses want to be trusted, and I think they’re trustworthy,” said Lacasse, a selectman and planning board member who proposed a …

Election Day nearing, local candidates can’t wait for snow to melt to post signs

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Campaign signs are one of the few ways a candidate can boost name recognition in local elections. So making sure those signs aren’t blanketed in snow or plowed into a snowbank is important. This is what led Mark …

Former NH Guard commander sentenced to 15 years for child sex trafficking

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ray Valas, a former New Hampshire National Guard commander convicted last fall of soliciting sex from an underage prostitute, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Valas, 41, of Bow, was found guilty in November of …

PHOTO: Surviving mallard ducks continue recovery

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The two surviving mallard ducks that were contaminated by oily water in Penacook last weekend continue their recovery at Wings of the Dawn Wildlife Rehabilitation in Henniker yesterday. The ducks spend small amounts of time outside but are …