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Ray Duckler: For local Episcopal pastors, the Scouts are nearly there

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The leaders of a local church, known for rolling out a red carpet of inclusion, applauded the recent policy change implemented by the Boy Scouts of America. But the pastors of St. Paul’s Church, the Revs. Kate Atkinson and Keith Patterson, would prefer to give a standing ovation, and that, it turns out, will have to wait. That’s because following decades of discrimination, openly gay people can now be Scout …

2 missing New Hampshire inmates found, 1 of them in Canada

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

State authorities say they have found two inmates – one of them in Canada – who left a transitional living facility in Manchester last week. Both inmates left for work from Calumet House and never returned. Corrections officials say 43-year-old Charles Namiot and 41-year-old Bruno Martin were nearing their parole dates and were placed at the facility to get a job, earn money …

55 acres of Henniker forest placed under conservation easement

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

After a recent donation by the town, 55 acres of forest in Henniker will be protected by the Piscataquog Land Conservancy. The parcel is located in the southern part of Henniker near the shore of Craney Pond. The lot was originally given to the town in 1995 with the intent that it be kept as conservation land. That, however, did not guarantee the …

Hassan joins nation’s governors at summer meeting

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan is joining her counterparts from across the nation in West Virginia this weekend for a gathering of the National Governors Association. Rising health care costs, the need to repair roads and bridges, and efforts to combat global warming are just a few of the topics …

Concord police arrest pizza worker, seize stash of cocaine, marijuana

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A 26-year-old pizza employee has been arrested in Concord after a month-long investigation into claims he was selling cocaine from the restaurant, according to the police. Kurt Dillon, of Chichester, was detained Thursday and charged with three Class B drug felonies, the department said in a press release. …

Artist a driving force behind plan for Franklin art car

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A car is more than a mode of transportation. Each has a personality, an alter ego and a desire for expression. All vehicle owners may not see this, but this is how artist Laurence Gartel views cars and …

‘Pushed out’: Pittsfield high school graduate returns to confront school board

Saturday, July 25, 2015

One of the last projects Taylor Edwards handed in as a senior at Pittsfield Middle High School was a poster board for an English class about her idol, Marilyn Monroe. On it, she pasted photos from throughout Monroe’s …

Conservation officers find lost hiker

Saturday, July 25, 2015

New Hampshire conservation officers located a lost hiker in Pisgah State Park in Chesterfield after searching for several hours. Officials say they got a call from the husband of 51-year-old Margaret Laird of Williamsburg, Mass., about 12:30 p.m. Friday. She could not get enough cell phone service to …

Concord: Room to grow

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SEEDS 4 THE FUTURE is building a 22-foot wide passive solar Geodesic Grow Dome greenhouse during the next couple of weeks to house large scale hydroponic food production and scientific investigations located at White Farm in Concord. It …

Police, AG, investigate death of 4-month-old

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Officials say they are investigating the death of a 4-month-old baby. Police and investigators from the attorney general’s office are releasing few details. They said the baby died sometime Friday in Greenland. WMUR reports that officials at the attorney general’s office say they are assisting because a child …

Mother hurt, 12-year-old son loses control of ATV

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A woman has suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries after her 12-year-old son lost control of their ATV as they descended a steep trail in Pittsburg. Fish and Game conservation officers said the vehicle went off the edge of …

Former speaker O’Brien won’t run for re-election, moving on to head tech company

Friday, July 24, 2015

As former House speaker and five-term state Rep. Bill O’Brien looks toward a future outside the State House, his colleagues say he’ll be remembered as a straightforward leader who didn’t compromise his principles. The Mont Vernon Republican and …

Concord man arrested, charged in Manchester home invasion

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Manchester Police Department has arrested a Concord man in connection with an alleged home invasion and sexual assault. The incident reportedly occurred on Beech Street in Manchester in April. Shawn McGrath, 42, is charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault and falsifying physical evidence. He was scheduled to …