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Downtown: A new Place to get creative opens on Main Street

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Six weeks ago, Christa Zuber up and quit her job. “I literally walked into my supervisor’s office and said, ‘I have no idea if it’s going to work,’ ” Zuber said. She’s about to find out. This weekend, Zuber opened her downtown do-it-yourself studio and shop – The Place Studio and Gallery at 9 N. Main St. Zuber, 35, has both taught art in a classroom and worked at the …

Chichester Central School wins national Blue Ribbon award

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chichester Central School has been named by the U.S. Department of Education as one of three National Blue Ribbon Schools in the state. The kindergarten through eighth-grade school is one of 340 across the country that will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., next month. Pamela Stiles, who was the school’s …

State Senate candidates weigh in on rising electricity costs, long-term energy strategy for New Hampshire

Sunday, October 19, 2014

By the start of the next legislative session in January, energy rates will nearly double for more than 100,000 New Hampshire residents. Also by that time, a new state senator will be sitting in the chair to represent Concord and its surrounding towns. During recent interviews with the Monitor, the two candidates for …

Concord home invader sentenced to four years in prison, admits to threatening teens

Friday, October 17, 2014

A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to breaking into a Concord home this spring and threatening two adolescents inside with a BB gun as he and another man hunted for cash and other items. Benjamin Boynton of Franklin pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery. As part …

After nonpublic meeting, no punishment for Chichester road agent

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After a 50-minute nonpublic session Tuesday, the Chichester Board of Selectmen decided not to punish the town’s road agent after all. The meeting was a continuation of a discussion from a month ago about Road Agent Jim Plunkett’s alleged untruthfulness. At that time, the three selectmen settled on …

State Senate candidates Feltes, Harman talk revenue at Warner forum

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Local candidates for the New Hampshire State House discussed new revenue sources, from increased taxes to expanded gambling, at a forum last night in Warner. Both candidates for state Senate District 15 called New Hampshire’s tax system “regressive,” but Democrat Dan Feltes and Republican Lydia Harman took different …

Havenstein outraises Hassan for first time

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has far outspent Republican challenger Walt Havenstein since the two became official opponents following the Sept. 9 primary.  Within that same time frame, Havenstein outraised Hassan for the first time this election cycle, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.  Now, heading into the final …

Fresh faces on Executive Council bring new perspective

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The New Hampshire Executive Council looks decidedly younger than it did a few years ago. A period of transition on the council began in 2012, when victories by Republican Chris Sununu and Democrats Chris Pappas and Colin Van …

In Executive Council race, Van Ostern a heavy favorite

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With his opponent barely campaigning, incumbent Democrat Colin Van Ostern is expected to breeze to victory in Executive Council District 2. Van Ostern, of Concord, is running against Republican Tim Dillon of Concord, who is not actively campaigning …

Concord School Board picks New Hampshire School Boards Association to help search for superintendent

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Concord School Board voted last night to hire the New Hampshire School Boards Association as the firm to assist with the search for a superintendent. The board heard three separate presentations at a public meeting before deciding on NHSBA. The two other presentations were from the Educational …

N.H. Supreme Court rules on push pulling lawsuit

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Supreme Court has upheld a judge’s ruling that federal election laws pre-empt New Hampshire’s regulation of push polling, the practice of asking voters questions intended to influence their decisions. The ruling stems from a poll during the 2010 Congressional election of former Republican U.S. representative Charlie …

State Supreme Court takes up convicted murderer Breest’s appeal

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Supreme Court yesterday considered whether Robert Breest, a 76-year-old convicted murderer, should be allowed to seek a new trial because of recently discovered DNA evidence that calls into question a key element in his case. Breest …

Governor, executive councilor spar over reappointment vote

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A decision on the reappointment of a high-profile member of the New Hampshire attorney general’s office became a point of contention between the governor and an executive councilor yesterday. The five-year reappointment of Associate Attorney General Jane Young was ultimately approved at yesterday’s council meeting – at Gov. …