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The first phase of renovations at Baker Free Library will begin this month. The renovations have been funded through warrant articles for the last two years. An article for $50,000 is on this year's warrant and another article for the renovations will be on the 2016 warrant.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Bow's Baker Free Library renovations scheduled to begin this month

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The basement at the Baker Free Library is a vast space, once used for book sales, group meetings and informal gatherings, but it now sits vacant and inaccessible to the public. Furniture is stacked in a pile in the largest area of the basement, a small room is completely empty, and books and supplies fill shelves. But in a few …

Local runners recall 2013 bombings as marathon trial opens in Boston

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Emily Hoover was one of the lucky ones. Nearly two years ago, she was running through mile 19 of the Boston Marathon when two bombs detonated near the finish line, killing three and seriously injuring more than 260. Hoover wasn’t injured, and her parents, who should have been waiting on Boylston Street, were miraculously delayed. But she can appreciate yesterday’s significance just the …

WEARE: Crowded selectmen’s race on view at forum

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Even if every seat on Weare’s board of selectmen was vacant, the number of candidates who attended a forum Tuesday night would still leave voters with a choice to make. Seven candidates competing for two open seats on the five-person board answered questions from the public and moderator state Sen. Jerry Little at …

N.H. lawmakers recommend House pass marriage license fee increase

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In a nearly unanimous vote, lawmakers recommended the House pass legislation to increase the state marriage license fee, which largely goes to fund domestic violation prevention across New Hampshire. The bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Renny Cushing, would increase the cost of a marriage license from $45 to …

Proposed amendmend to N.H. pay-for-information bill would cap retrieval fees at minimum wage

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A bill that would allow government agencies to charge for the time it takes to fulfill public records requests would cap hourly fees at the rate for minimum wage, if it passes with a proposed amendment. The House Judiciary Committee held the second half of a hearing on …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …