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Ray Duckler: A great trip for the Greatest Generation

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Navy veteran blamed his tears on pollen. Pollen, Roger Hamel of Claremont said, caused his eyes to mist like the wind-blown spray from the memorial’s two fountains. Not the 1,000 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans killed during World War II, or the Boy Scouts and other tourists who stopped to thank Hamel for his service, or the bronze sculptures showing soldiers storming beaches and dying while fighting the Germans and Japanese. Just pollen. “I acted like I believed him,” Nicolette Burns, a 35-year-old health care professional, told me. “Then I started crying, too.” Hamel, an 88-year-old cabinet maker, and Burns sat with me …

Family looks to future after fugitive brother’s return to US

Saturday, April 25, 2015

For years, Beth Kelley posted the message to her brother on Facebook: “Happy Birthday Scott, wherever you are.” In the decade Scott Kelley has missed, there have births and deaths, holidays and milestones. But Beth Kelley said she doesn’t plan to talk to him about the reasons for his absence: the child custody …

Three brush fires reported about same time in Concord

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Three fires scorched about 5 acres of brush and woods in Concord yesterday afternoon. Officials are investigating the brush fires but believe people may have caused them. “We haven’t made any determination yet,” said Concord Deputy Fire Chief Sean Toomy. The fires came in quick succession and left the woods smelling smoky near …

Lawmakers urged to pass measure expanding medical marijuana eligibility

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chase Stuber first began suffering from seizures when he was just 4 months old. Chase has epilepsy, and he has yet to find a prescription that can ease the condition’s effects. Now, at age 11, the Brentwood resident …

House panel eyes bill to ease $28M bond for Balsams project

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A roster of residents from the economically distressed North Country took to the podium Tuesday at a public hearing to urge passage of a measure that could help an ambitious plan to redevelop the shuttered Balsams resort in Coos County. Closed businesses, high unemployment and an aging population …

Ray Duckler: Clinton comes to town, spin cycle and all

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s senior Washington correspondent, got in close yesterday and threw his best punch. Hillary Clinton, as she often does, ducked, then left the ring without a scratch. It’s a tactic that’s worked for Clinton during the …

Editorial: Downtown can still have ‘wow’ factor

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It’s the biggest show in town, a draw for the young and the young at heart. It goes on every weekday, it’s free, and thanks to the graciousness of the workers for Severino Trucking, it’s a classroom of sorts. It’s as if a book by children’s author Richard …

House Ways and Means Committee endorses casino bill

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Expanded gambling cleared a key hurdle yesterday after a House committee endorsed legislation that establishes two casinos in New Hampshire. Casinos have long come up for debate in the Legislature. While expanded gambling has continually found support in the Senate, the House has never passed a casino bill. …

In Concord, Clinton draws crowds but keeps low profile

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

When Rita Calkins and Paula Kelson saw the cars starting to line up along State Street in Concord yesterday afternoon, they had a feeling something important was about to happen. “We saw the buildup of vehicles and I …

Hassan: nearly 750 households have avoided foreclosure through state initiative

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan announced yesterday that nearly 750 households have avoided foreclosure through the aid of a public-private partnership created two years ago with money from the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement. The governor, speaking at a press conference in Bedford, said 1,800 households have received counseling since the …

Boscawen man charged with firing gunshots at charity last year

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A 35-year-old Boscawen man has been criminally charged with firing gunshots at a children’s nonprofit on Bog Road one year ago. Kristopher Kelley was indicted last week on criminal mischief and reckless conduct, both Class B felonies. According to the indictment, which was released yesterday, Kelley fired a …

PHOTOS: New Hampshire Crime Victims’ Rights Day recognized in a memorial service in Concord

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

One of the movie theaters within Red River Theatres in Concord was transformed into a sacred space the night of Tuesday, April 21, 2015. A victims’ memorial service was held at the theater, a service to conclude New …

Police: Penacook man had 11 grams of heroin and thousands in cash

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Penacook man allegedly in possession of heroin and thousands in cash was arrested Sunday night in Bow. Robert Kenyon, 57, was charged with possession of a controlled narcotic with intent to distribute, according to a press release …