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Charlotte Scarpa, 18 months, enthusiastically chased and pet goats and sheep at the Hopkinton State Fair yesterday with her parents Meghan and Chris Scarpa of New London. Yesterday was the first day of the fair, which runs until Monday.

(SUSAN DOUCET Monitor staff)

PHOTOS: All is fair at the Hopkinton State Fair

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The 99th annual Hopkinton State Fair got under way yesterday. The fair, which features food and different types of fun, runs through Monday. … 0

Negative mailers, debate over full-day kindergarten heats up District 15 primary

Saturday, August 30, 2014

This week, the fliers dropped quietly into mailboxes across state Senate District 15. One asks: “Who will invest in every child and every family?” Flip it over to see the green check mark next to a photo of Concord attorney Dan Feltes – and the red X next to the photo of Concord … 0

Law puts tighter limits on push polling

Friday, August 29, 2014

As the election season heats up in New Hampshire, so too does the barrage of polling and campaign calls. Ahead of this campaign cycle, the state has narrowed its definition of push polls, a phone call that sounds like a polling survey but instead is used to spread negative information about a candidate. The changes to the state’s existing law clarify the difference … 1

School sights, sounds mark beginning of a new year

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The new school year got under way this week in most local districts. In Concord, high school students and faculty kicked off the year by honoring a friend and colleague. In Hopkinton, faculty welcomed the town’s first full-day … 0

City hires new director for Concord Public Library

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Concord has hired a new library director. Todd Fabian, who is currently the library director at Woodbridge Town Library in Woodbridge, Conn., will assume his new job in Concord at the end of this month. He will succeed … 0

Above downtown streets, Concord committee is trying to make development add up

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It all comes back to the numbers. That refrain set the tone for last night’s meeting of the upper-floor redevelopment committee, which is studying development in the upper stories of downtown Concord and Penacook. Convened this year by Mayor Jim Bouley, the committee asked property owners last night … 13

Attorney general won’t probe GOP finance complaint against Hassan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The state attorney general’s office said it won’t investigate a Republican Party claim of an improper campaign donation to Gov. Maggie Hassan because the complaint contains no factual allegation that any laws were broken. Republicans on Tuesday said the EMILY’s List political action committee donated $25,000 to Hassan … 1

Anti-Shaheen ads pulled from air

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A super PAC’s negative ads against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen were pulled from the air yesterday after her attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot. Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative outside group, claimed in ads that “Shaheen’s wealth has surged while in public office.” Her financial disclosure forms … 0

Long-delayed school postpones opening date

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The new elementary school has been constructed in Unity, New Hampshire, but the starting date for students has been postponed to give teachers more time to set up their classrooms. After many delays, the first day of school … 0

Shaheen up with first negative TV ad against Brown

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen put out her first attack ad against Republican Scott Brown yesterday. The 30-second clip hits Brown for his ties to oil companies, a topic Shaheen’s campaign and Democrats have been hammering since before Brown entered the race. “The big oil companies are the most … 2

PHOTOS: Back to school

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jason Sargeant walked his daughter to Abbot-Downing Elemetary School on her first day of second grade. The two faced a huge crowd of parents, students and teachers as everyone gathered outside to get classroom assignments. Most schools in … 0

Bow selectmen meeting turns heated over talk of a full-time fire chief

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tension erupted at a Bow Board of Selectmen meeting last night over residents’ concerns that the board would hire a full-time fire chief, and general confusion seemed to fuel frustration. The selectmen said at the outset that they weren’t discussing or voting on whether to make a hire … 0

N.H. delegation: More transparency needed in Northern Pass federal permitting process

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is again calling for more transparency as the Northern Pass project goes through the federal permitting process. In a letter they sent to the assistant energy secretary Aug. 18., the state’s two U.S. senators and representatives ask for “transparency and cooperation” during the Department … 3