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Ray Duckler: A great trip for the Greatest Generation

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Navy veteran blamed his tears on pollen. Pollen, Roger Hamel of Claremont said, caused his eyes to mist like the wind-blown spray from the memorial’s two fountains. Not the 1,000 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans killed during World War II, or the Boy Scouts and other tourists who stopped to thank Hamel for his service, or the bronze sculptures showing soldiers storming beaches and dying while fighting the Germans and Japanese. Just pollen. “I acted like I believed him,” Nicolette Burns, a 35-year-old health care professional, told me. “Then I started crying, too.” Hamel, an 88-year-old cabinet maker, and Burns sat with me …

Family looks to future after fugitive brother’s return to US

Saturday, April 25, 2015

For years, Beth Kelley posted the message to her brother on Facebook: “Happy Birthday Scott, wherever you are.” In the decade Scott Kelley has missed, there have births and deaths, holidays and milestones. But Beth Kelley said she doesn’t plan to talk to him about the reasons for his absence: the child custody …

Three brush fires reported about same time in Concord

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Three fires scorched about 5 acres of brush and woods in Concord yesterday afternoon. Officials are investigating the brush fires but believe people may have caused them. “We haven’t made any determination yet,” said Concord Deputy Fire Chief Sean Toomy. The fires came in quick succession and left the woods smelling smoky near …

Editorial: Downtown must find its magic mix

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Renovating Concord’s Main Street is only the first step toward creating a truly thriving downtown in New Hampshire’s capital city. The city and its business owners must also take a long, hard look at the mix of retail offerings in the downtown core. What kind of shops and …

For Concord High’s Kharel, Gates Scholarship ‘proudest moment of my life’

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ashish Kharel, a Bhutanese senior at Concord High School, prefaced what he was about to say with a smile. “I mean, over 50,000 people? I didn’t know it was possible,” he said. “I have way more options now …

Police push to educate drivers on new hands-free law

Saturday, April 25, 2015

State and local law enforcement have begun distributing fliers during traffic stops in a final push to educate drivers ahead of the July 1 launch of New Hampshire’s hands-free law. The state has already set up 48 electronic messaging boards along highways and other major traffic arteries warning …

After probe, Lakeview rehab center gets new leadership

Friday, April 24, 2015

An Effingham facility for people with brain injuries is bringing in new leadership after months of scrutiny following reports of abuse and neglect. Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center announced yesterday the appointment of a new executive director for its facility. Additionally, New Hampshire’s education commissioner recently ordered the special education …

Canadian court to extradite 2 to New Hampshire in ‘88 deaths

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the extradition of two men to New Hampshire to face murder charges in the deaths of two women nearly 27 years ago. The ruling followed a hearing Thursday on Anthony Barnaby …

Mistrial in case of sex assault defendant who shot himself

Friday, April 24, 2015

A judge declared a mistrial in the case of a man who shot himself yesterday in the courthouse parking lot while awaiting a jury’s verdict on charges he sexually assaulted a piano student more than a decade ago. Authorities said 75-year-old John Goodwin, a longtime piano instructor in …

Concord running out of time to pitch downtown alternative for new courthouse

Saturday, April 25, 2015

After decades of talk and delay, hope for a new county courthouse in Concord is finally burning bright. Both the governor and the House have thrown support behind the project, and the Senate is expected to do the same when it votes on a capital budget later this …

Concord TV plans to video series with potential 2016 presidential candidates

Friday, April 24, 2015

The video clip is still uncut and unedited, but the face looming large in the camera is immediately recognizable. It’s Donald Trump, staring into the lens of a ConcordTV camera. Off the screen, someone poses the prompt: “Please look directly into the camera and tell the people of …

Fatal accident at Exit 16 off-ramp in Concord under investigation

Friday, April 24, 2015

The state police are investigating a fatal car crash that occurred yesterday afternoon along Exit 16 on Interstate 93 in Concord. Emergency responders arrived just after 1:45 p.m. and, using the jaws of life, pried their way to …

Dunbarton police find stolen Ben & Jerry’s delivery car

Friday, April 24, 2015

A stolen Chevy Suburban used to deliver Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Manchester has been found, reportedly unharmed, by the Dunbarton police. Sgt. Chris Remillard said he spotted the vehicle parked and empty off of Twist Hill Road, about a 15-minute drive from the Queen City. He …