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Planners Bob White, left, and Chris Kennedy finalize a drawing of their vision for Chichester minute before presenting recommendations to residents Saturday. (NICK REID / Monitor staff)

Planners take on Chichester’s speedy village center

Monday, October 20, 2014

Is Main Street in Chichester a shortcut for commuters or a link for residents between the town’s historic fixtures? This past weekend, planners helped begin the process of preserving the village and deterring speedy commuters from whizzing along the 2-mile stretch of state-owned road on their way between routes 4 and 28. Over a two-day session, a dozen volunteers from …

Storm expected to bring cold rain, wind - but no snow - to central N.H.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The snow boots can stay in the closet for at least a few more weeks. A nor’easter making its way southeast from the Great Lakes region is expected to bring some high winds and up to 5 inches of rain in some parts of the state, but no snow. The strongest winds and heaviest rainfall will start today and likely continue into Thursday, …

Autopsies: Fremont man strangled girlfriend, shot himself

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire authorities say a man strangled his girlfriend and then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Attorney General Joe Foster said Monday the woman, identified as 52-year-old Mary Lucas of Fremont, was found dead in her home on Friday. The boyfriend, 51-year-old Michael Porter of Fremont, was found dead in a truck in town. Autopsies were completed New Hampshire Deputy …

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 …

Democrats unopposed in seven of Concord’s 15 House seats

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Democrats are running unopposed this cycle in seven of Concord’s 15 seats in the state House of Representatives. Four of those seven candidates are incumbents, and the other three will fill seats formerly held by Democrats. “I actually …

New American citizens excited to vote in U.S. for first time

Saturday, October 18, 2014

They began the day as 80 New Hampshire residents from 39 different countries. They left a Concord courtroom as a group of new American citizens. During a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. District Court yesterday, Judge Joseph Laplante …

Interim selectman appointed in Dunbarton

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Former Dunbarton selectman Ronald Wanner was sworn in as an interim selectman Thursday. Travis James, a first-term selectman, resigned from the board last week, citing personal reasons. Wanner will join Selectmen Ted Vallieres and Brian Pike on the board. James was the selectmen’s representative for the police department …