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Max Morrissette, 4, rides his horse taught by Kathy Mauzerall, left, OT-R in the SpiritHorse autism intervention program and led by Ariel Huffman, center, and Max's aide Kaite Martinelli. (GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

At Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton, students of all levels find strength and fun

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Last week was a big one for Max Morrisette. He had just turned 4, for starters, and was all smiles when he arrived at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton for his weekly Thursday lesson. When Max started at Back in the Saddle – BITS, for short – a few months ago, he spent his half-hour sessions … 0

Pappas waiting in wings in Executive Council District 4 race

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The winner of the Republican primary for the Executive Council District 4 seat will likely face incumbent Manchester Democrat Chris Pappas in the general election. His opponent, Manchester resident Maria Chilson, has not actively campaigned since filing paperwork to run against Pappas in the Democratic primary. A spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party … 0

Bob Burns, Jim Adams tout personal backgrounds in Executive Council Republican primary

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jim Adams and Bob Burns, Republican contenders in the Executive Council District 4 Republican primary, don’t seem to have much in the way of common ground. But it’s there. They were both born and raised in New Hampshire. Both describe themselves as loyal conservatives, in person and online: They say they’re committed to … 0

Andover bridge restricted to one lane, indefinitely

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Route 4 bridge over Blackwater River in Andover will be restricted to alternating one-way traffic for an indefinite period, according to the state Department of Transportation. Results of a recent inspection of the single-span, 70-foot-long bridge suggest that extensive deterioration of portions of the steel plate girders … 0

Garcia releases introductory television ad for 2nd Congressional District Republican primary

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Marilinda Garcia has added her voice to the airwaves, the last major candidate in the race for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District to put out a television ad with a spot released yesterday. Garcia, a state representative from Salem, faces former state senator Gary Lambert … 3

Local falcon, her handler and her vet ready to attempt a groundbreaking eye surgery

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A falconer never wants a bad experience with their bird – no anxiety, no fear, nothing that could disrupt the crucial relationship between human and bird. But a veterinarian who needs to take X-rays and blood tests cares … 5

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