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Andy Labrie stands in front of one of the homeless camps off of Storrs Steet that was broken up this fall. Andy is with Community Action Program, which helps people in Merrimack and Belknap counties find housing. 
(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Seeking Shelter: For caseworker Andy Labrie, a lot of successes and a fair amount of failures

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Andy Labrie got into homeless outreach indirectly, and for personal reasons. It was the 80s. The AIDS epidemic was raging. He was tired of watching his friends die. Labrie was working in real estate then, and he quickly noticed a trend: Many of those living with the disease were draining their savings on medication and winding up homeless. He began …

Seeking Shelter: The hassles of a landlord and steady payments keep some out of permanent housing

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

John Howland is not so sure whether he would prefer permanent housing to his current setup, outside in the cold. It’s been years since he had a place, and there are so many hazards to consider: hostile landlords, bedbugs, making payments on time. “I’d have to think about it,” he said. Howland, 44, …

Bill O’Brien: ‘We’re going to have a leader of the Republican caucus, and that will be me’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A group of more than 100 Republican representatives met in a closed-door meeting yesterday to forge a path into the coming legislative session with Mont Vernon Rep. Bill O’Brien as their leader. Coming out of the meeting, representatives said they plan to propose a rule change that would effectively install O’Brien as the …

Downtown: Focus of Concord’s Main Street project turns to signage

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The construction crews won’t arrive on Main Street until spring, but that doesn’t mean City Engineer Ed Roberge is bored. This winter, the Concord City Council and the public will weigh in on potential way-finding signage and lighting for the new downtown corridor. “This is kind of the …

Seeking Shelter: 'Now it's time to make it work'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Robert Glodgett staggered into First Congregational Church last night, tired, hungry, cold – a drifter with nowhere else to go. He slipped a ski cap off his head and dropped onto a couch, alcohol on his breath. A …

Seeking shelter: Without an ID it’s a struggle to find housing, work

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Birth certificate. Photo ID. Social Security card. If you’re homeless and living on the streets, you’re generally going to need these three identifying documents to access services, find work, or have any real shot at climbing out of poverty. But if you’re homeless and have nothing, it can …

Seeking Shelter: Drinking, divorce led to a new life of homelessness for Walter Healey

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Walter Healey loved to tinker on cars. He used to return home to Boscawen after a long day of roofing, crack open a beer and get to work, he said. The drinking eventually became a problem. One day …

Police: Car sideswiped vehicle, causing rollover

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The New Hampshire State Police are looking for a driver who they say sideswiped a vehicle on Interstate 93 in Bow causing it to rollover. The three occupants of the vehicle were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after the crash early yesterday morning. A witness told …

Seeking Shelter: Mark Day prefers a night outside over one in the shelters

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mark Day is something of a maverick in the Concord homeless community. He’s the heavily bearded, heavily clothed, 55-year-old you may have seen pushing a shopping cart around downtown. He was sleeping under a bus stop earlier this …

PHOTOS: 1,500 wreaths placed on graves at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bundled in hats, gloves and snow boats, about 500 people spent yesterday morning at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery for the annual wreath placing ceremony organized by the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire. A total of …

With new schedules, one Concord elementary school cut too much into lunch

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In an effort to streamline the school day, one Concord elementary school may have become too lean with the amount of time it gives students to eat their lunches. The school district paid a consultant $5,000 to recommend …

Amid family feud, no Christmas trees at Rossview Farms

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Rossview Farms in Concord is usually bustling this time of year, with families arriving to tag and cut down one of the hundreds of trees on the other side of a toppling stone wall. But the 600-acre farm, …

Ray Duckler: Alosa’s team a traveling show you won’t want to miss

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bring a pressure gauge to the Pembroke Academy gym, and the needle might spin out of control. Pressure is part of the culture there these days. From the pressure of expectations, to the pressure to succeed at a …