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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.
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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 …

Concord will pick up Christmas trees curbside this year

Thursday, December 18, 2014

As part of a pilot program this year, Concord residents can place their Christmas trees on the curb with trash and recycling on their scheduled collection day between Jan. 5 and Jan. 16. The general services department has asked residents to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and other …

Concord Planning Board approves overhead line for PSNH

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With an okay from the Concord Planning Board, Public Service of New Hampshire will resurrect an old overhead power line through Concord and Webster. At the request of neighbors, the board considered asking PSNH to bury the lines through residential parts of the city. But a report from …

Greenland worker spends 90 minutes stuck in mud up to waist

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fire officials say a fuel delivery worker sank in soggy ground up to his waist and it took nearly 90 minutes to pull him back out. Greenland Deputy Fire Chief Myrick Bunker told the Portsmouth Herald that John Hanscom was filling a propane tank Wednesday afternoon when he …

Whitefield mom jailed in custody case, says daughter safe

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A woman who was accused of fleeing with her daughter to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago and recently returned home was sent to jail yesterday to await trial. Genevieve Kelley returned to New Hampshire …

Concord woman arrested after reportedly driving wrong way on Interstate 393

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A 49-year-old Concord woman who was seen traveling the wrong way Wednesday night on Interstate 393 has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Jennifer Gallagher was detained shortly after 8 p.m., after witnesses reported seeing her headed westbound in the eastbound lane. The state police said …

Planning board approves plans for poultry processing plant in East Concord

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Concord Planning Board approved a poultry processing plant in East Concord last night, despite opposition from neighbors in multiple public hearings on the proposal. The vote clears the way for Fournier Foods to build a 5,500-square-foot plant for slaughtering and packaging chickens. The company will now finalize …

Nathaniel Kibby charges: Stun gun, zip ties used on abducted teen

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A man used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control a teenage girl he’s accused of kidnapping at gunpoint, imprisoning and sexually assaulting over nine months, according to indictments released yesterday. Nathaniel …

Seeking Shelter: Safety net for NH homeless has limited resources

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To understand the homeless services available in Concord – and the challenges that exist in creating new ones – it’s helpful to know something about who funds them and how. Cash comes from four general sources: federal, state …

Seeking Shelter: Once homeless married couple finds apartment and ‘everything’s falling in line’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Four months ago, things were looking bleak for Robert and Lois Potter. Neither of them could find work. Robert was struggling to shed the stigma of a previous assault conviction. They were living in a grimy rooming house …

Seeking Shelter: Critical mass of people focused on homelessness in Concord

Thursday, December 18, 2014

When First Congregational Church opened its cold weather shelter for the season Saturday, the volunteers saved Bunk No. 1. Bunk No. 1 belongs to Red. Red’s real name is Robert Glodgett, and he is 52 years old. He …