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Henniker residents will vote on an increased budget for school district

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Henniker residents will be asked to approve a $7.51 million budget – about a 5 percent increase over last year’s budget – at the school district meeting next week. Changes that increased this year’s budget, up from last year’s $7.17 million budget, include contracts for teachers and support staff, insurance, retirement and tuition, among other mandated drivers, raising the budget by $375,338. Other additions to the budget tacked on $82,633, …

In Pittsfield, candidates’ night is at round tables, not podiums

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In many towns, candidates’ night looks like a line of politicians sitting in their hot seats in front of rows of audience members. A handful of attendees will ask a question, and the candidates will stand up straight – just like they practiced in the mirror – and recite some carefully planned talking …

Voters approve Andover School District’s $4.7 million budget, study to look at transportation costs

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Student transportation costs are going up in the Andover School District, and voters want to look at the district’s options. After unanimously approving a $4.7 million operating budget at last night’s district meeting, voters green-lighted spending up to $10,000 for a district transportation study. The overall budget is up $19,912, or 0.42 percent, …

Liberty Forum kicks off in Manchester on Thursday with a host of freedom-oriented events

Monday, March 2, 2015

For people considering moving to New Hampshire with the Free State Project, especially those coming from warmer climates, the primary complaints are about the harsh winters. As the eighth Liberty Forum begins in Manchester on Thursday, with dozens …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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. …