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The Card family up in Jackson this past week. Greg is holding Lily, 4 along with his wife Amber and son Brayden.
Courtesy of the Card family)

Ray Duckler: War and sand replaced by magic and snow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For Greg and Amber Card, neither place seemed real. Not the Middle East, with its enemy soldiers, blood and death. Not the North Pole, with its Santa Claus, elves and magic. Call them contrasting visions, fighting for a foothold in the couple’s minds. Earlier this month, they were invited to something called Christmas Can Cure, an annual five-day event in Jackson that honors those who have served in the military. Each December, a red carpet of train rides, sleigh rides, gifts, shopping and hot chocolate rolls out, this time for Greg, Amber and their two young children. Rewind, to nearly a decade ago, when Greg …

Concord to abandon disruptive property ordinance, for now

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Concord Public Safety Board has advised the city not to pursue an ordinance that would have tightened restrictions on disruptive properties, an idea first floated months ago amid complaints about a four-unit apartment complex at 74 Rumford St. The board, tasked with evaluating the proposal, voted unanimously Monday to instead recommend that the police and other service providers continue an enhanced effort …

As part of artist-in-residence program, Henniker students learn about African culture

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Social studies teacher Beth Spaulding is teaching the sixth-grade students at Henniker Community School about Africa this year, beginning with ancient kingdoms and working through to modern history. Enforcing the cultural piece of the curriculum is artist-in-residence Segun Olorunfemi, a Nigerian printmaker who worked with the students Thursday and Friday. “That’s the first …

Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, …

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A 47-year-old former official at Pembroke Friends of Football has admitted to having embezzled more than $13,000 from the organization. Lisa Wiggin pleaded guilty Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court to one count of felony theft. She is expected to be sentenced next month to 90 days in …

Vigil to remember the homeless who died this year held at City Plaza

Saturday, December 20, 2014

About 50 people gathered at City Plaza in Concord yesterday evening for a candlelight vigil to honor the homeless men and women from across the state who died in 2014. During the event, over 45 known names of …

Notorious Sanbornton logger pleads guilty to cheating landowners out of thousands

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gary Bardsley, the 51-year-old Sanbornton logger who has been repeatedly cited for damaging wetlands and who pleaded guilty last year to writing a bad check, has now admitted that he bamboozled landowners out of tens of thousands of dollars. On Thursday, Bardsley pleaded guilty in Merrimack County Superior …

State Supreme Court allows Breest plea to move forward

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Just a few months ago, Robert Breest’s quest for freedom seemed to be fading, and fast. The 76-year-old, convicted four decades ago of murdering a young Manchester woman and tossing her body onto the frozen Merrimack River, had been denied a plea for a new trial, based on …

Advocates share ideas on how to help Concord’s chronically homeless at forum

Friday, December 19, 2014

A panel of Concord’s most prominent advocates invited discussion of ideas to permanently address the city’s chronically homeless population at a Monitor-sponsored forum last night. Representing the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, the soon-shuttering cold weather shelters, city …

Media blitz in Conway case shifts focus from abductee to alleged abductor

Friday, December 19, 2014

The name they want you to remember is Nathaniel Kibby. But for more than a year now, the name that has captivated the state and much of the surrounding region has been that of the Conway teen who mysteriously vanished one afternoon in October and then, just as …

Singing flash mob at Steeplegate Mall surprises boy fighting rare disease

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last-minute visitors to see Santa at Steeplegate Mall in Concord last night were surprised with a spontaneous singing of Christmas carols by a large chorus. But these weren’t professional singers, and this wasn’t your average holiday performance. They …

N.H. customers continue FairPoint complaints, as negotiations stall

Friday, December 19, 2014

At 2 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving, a tree knocked down power and telecommunication lines outside Sarah Grund’s home in Boscawen. Despite repeated calls to FairPoint Communications, no one came to restore service or remove the wires that were sitting in snow, Grund said. She was still waiting …

License revocations: Dec. 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The director of motor vehicles, Richard Bailey Jr., released the following list of driving while intoxicated license revocations. ∎ Kevin P. Roark, 23, of Andover ∎ Robert M. Casey, 41 of Belmont ∎ Joshua R. Laplant, 24, of Belmont ∎ Michael S. Hurley, 30, of Boscawen ∎ Danielle E. Mooney, 22, of Bow …