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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 Place Studio and Gallery at 9 N. Main St. Zuber, 35, has both taught art in a classroom and worked at 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 honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., next month. Pamela Stiles, who was the school’s …

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 Concord and its surrounding towns. During recent interviews with the Monitor, the two candidates for …

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 …

Arbitrator’s ruling details Weare officer’s contested departure

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nearly one year ago to the day, police officers in Weare gathered to meet the man who had just been appointed to lead them out of years of disparaging lawsuits, questionable tactics and a still all-too-raw drug bust gone deadly. One officer was tardy: Frank Jones. Jones, a …

Shaheen criticizes Brown’s energy policy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is turning the focus to energy this week. Shaheen’s campaign today released a report highlighting votes her Republican opponent, Scott Brown, has taken on energy policy that she says will take New Hampshire in the wrong direction. And tomorrow, the state Democratic Party will …

Progressive group lists 39 Free Staters on the ballot for the N.H. House

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Almost 40 members of the Free State Project are running for seats in New Hampshire’s Legislature this year, including two in Merrimack County District 20, which covers Chichester and Pembroke, according to a progressive group that tracks the libertarian-leaning movement. Granite State Progress is poised to publish its …

Slain journalist Foley ‘tried to see the good’

Saturday, October 18, 2014

James Foley was a compassionate and capable journalist who tried to see the good in people, friends said Saturday at a memorial for the New Hampshire man murdered by Islamic State group extremists. Hundreds of people filled Our …

Meet the Merrimack County District 17 candidates

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two candidates will be on the ballot next month to represent Merrimack County District 17, which includes Concord Ward 8 on the Heights. Incumbent Dick Patten, a Democrat, is seeking a third term. His challenger is Republican Chris …

Communicating campaign anxieties can work in candidates’ favor

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The tones of the subject lines making their way into potential voters’ inboxes are, at times, indistinguishable from pleas you might receive from a down-and-out friend. There was the one late in the evening of Oct. 7: “please, …

Henniker searching for a new town administrator

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Henniker is once again searching for a town administrator after Tom Yennerell, who has been in the position since January 2013, accepted the town manager position in Springfield, Vt. “I would have loved to have been there a couple of more years . . . but an opportunity …