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The former editor of Yankee Magazine, Jud Hale, has reissued his memoir "The Education of a Yankee" and is looking ahead to his next stage in life after retiring from the position six months ago.

Ray Duckler: A look at the life of a Yankee

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Judson Hale is not a hugger. Never has been, never will be. There are cracks in his stoic armor, however, certainly more than his father once showed decades ago in a rich Boston suburb. This, the editor-in-chief of Yankee Magazine and the Old Farmer’s Almanac says, shows that you can’t shoehorn Yankee traits into a one-size-fits-all label. “I’ve been trying …

Ayotte, Shaheen pledge more action as veterans voice concerns about VA choice program

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

For nearly two hours yesterday afternoon, veterans and their families confronted VA officials and New Hampshire’s senators with personal stories about their difficulties navigating the VA choice program – which was championed, when it first debuted last year, as a way to give them more options outside of Department of Veterans Affairs medical …

Senate budget writers approve business tax reductions

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Business tax rates will begin dropping in 2017 under a plan endorsed yesterday by New Hampshire Senate budget writers. The plan proposes lowering the rate of the business profits tax from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent in 2017. By 2019, the rate would be at 7.9 percent. It also aims to lower the rate of the business enterprise tax – paid on wages, …

Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Monday, May 25, 2015

For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign today in Burlington, Vt., aims …

Senate budget writers restore many cuts in House plan

Monday, May 25, 2015

With the benefits of more time and money, Senate budget writers are crafting a two-year state spending plan that restores many of the cuts made by their House counterparts in April. The Senate Finance Committee began detailing its budget plan last week and will finalize it this week. …

Minor earthquake felt in Concord area

Monday, May 25, 2015

A minor earthquake rumbled central New Hampshire yesterday afternoon about 2:12 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and could be felt in the Concord area. The 2.3 magnitude earthquake was centered in Boscawen, according to the USGS. Earthquakes less than 2.5 on the Richter scale are considered …

NH Supreme Court takes up Exxon appeal

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Two years ago, a jury in Concord fined Exxon Mobil $236 million for knowingly contaminating thousands of groundwater wells across the state with the gasoline additive MTBE. It was the largest such verdict in New Hampshire history, and Exxon, perhaps predictably, has been contesting it ever since. The …

Downtown: ‘Soul sisters’ open home decor shop on Pleasant Street

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ten years ago, Mae Edwards and Ann Carignan met through their church in Concord. “When I first met Anne, I said, ‘Somehow our lives are going to be connected,’ ” Edwards remembered. Fast forward to this spring, when the pair walked into a narrow storefront on Pleasant Street …

Community fundraiser planned for Concord High principal Gene Connolly

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Nearly one year ago, more than a thousand Concord High School students and staff marched for principal Gene Connolly, carrying banners and a unified message – “Connolly Strong.” The walk came following news in June 2014 that Connolly …

Within 24 hours, two inmates walk away from halfway houses in Concord

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Two inmates walked away from their respective transitional housing units in Concord on Friday night. Christy Blondeau, 32, of Manchester was given permission to leave the Shea Farm Transition Housing Unit for a two-hour outing at 7 p.m. Friday. Blondeau, who was convicted of forgery in Rockingham Superior …

Ayotte, Shaheen hosting forum to answer veterans’ questions on VA choice program

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Hampshire’s senators are hosting an open forum this week with officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs to address questions surrounding the newly implemented VA choice program. Scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Saint Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics, the forum is billed as an …

Pembroke Academy’s ‘Save Our Headmaster’ movement won’t go quietly

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Those who still want the chief administrator at Pembroke Academy to be called headmaster – not principal – aren’t giving up yet. The tradition of calling the school’s leader a headmaster came to an end recently, when the …

For sale in Concord: Four-unit home in heart of downtown

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The home at 17 Hanover St. in Concord is a fantastic investment opportunity in absolute immaculate condition! Situated just five blocks from the New Hampshire State House, this four-unit multi-family home is within walking distance to shops, entertainment, …