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Concord resident and Chris Christie volunteer Jim McConaha speaks about working for presidential campaigns for the first-in-the-nation primary. McConaha and his wife, Valery Mitchell, have been volunteering for candidates in New Hampshire - both democrats and republicans - for decades. 

(ELODIE REED/ Monitor staff)

Working with a purpose: Volunteers cope with end of Christie’s campaign

Friday, February 12, 2016

As Jim McConaha walked into Dunkin’ Donuts off Manchester Street in Concord, the gray clouds overhead reflected his mood. “Here we are, in the calm Concord post-election,” he said. Days earlier McConaha, a 75-year-old Concord resident, and his wife, Valery Mitchell, 73, were busy doing everything they could to get people to vote in Tuesday’s presidential primary and choose their …

Ray Duckler: Joe Randazzo razzes Trump, and everyone else, for that matter

Friday, February 12, 2016

For someone like Merrimack Valley High School graduate Joe Randazzo, Donald Trump is pure gold. Randazzo is a satirist who holds up a mirror to show us how dumb we are, or can be. Last Wednesday, a Trump-roasting mockumentary, written by Randazzo and shown on the humor website Funny or Die, appeared online …

For this formerly homeless man, a new home means new life

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bill Strickland wanted to see his grandkids more. He worried about his health, too. And somewhere deep down, repressed after years of drinking, drug use and life on the streets of Concord, he missed the comforts of a home: a cat to keep him company, an American flag pinned to his bedroom wall, …

Downtown: Catholic parish reaches agreement to sell Sacred Heart Church

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sacred Heart Church on Pleasant Street is under a purchase-and-sales agreement to become condos. Richard Roberge, the pastor of Concord’s Christ the King Parish, announced the news Sunday in a press release and at weekend Masses. The buyer is developer Jon Chorlian. “While we are sad to close …

Ray Duckler: Fast food workers demand $15 an hour

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Money makes the world go around. It also stops traffic in Manchester, makes the city’s cops mad, disrupts a local fast food restaurant, scares kids, and makes you wonder what we, as a country, should do about the …

Weare residents scrutinize money for police department in nearly eight-hour deliberative session

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Weare Police Department is requesting an increase in officer salaries, money to hire three additional officers and the purchase of five new police cruisers. These requests are on the warrant that Weare residents will vote on in March, but voters took the time to question these articles …

Epsom’s new town office proposal survives two amendment attempts

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The warrant article to build a new town office in Epsom survived two amendment attempts at the deliberative session Saturday, one of which would have effectively killed it. Article 1 seeks to spend about $800,000 – with half …

Ray Duckler: The biggest political issue of our times, and few care

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The voter waiting in line to hear Hillary Clinton held the pamphlet crumpled in her hand, unread, destined for the trash. I asked the woman, Melissa Umpierrez of Manchester, for comment on the material given to her by …

Shaker Regional School District has proposals to switch to SB 2, raze Gale School

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Shaker Regional School Board will present a warrant that includes articles for a $21,739,870 operational budget, a move to SB 2 town voting, approval of a collective bargaining agreement and $71,000 to raze the Gale School. SAU 80 includes Canterbury Elementary School and Belmont elementary, middle and …

One year after fire, Henniker Highway Department moves into new facility

Friday, February 5, 2016

After a year of questions, some confusion and “miscommunication” between town officials, the Henniker highway garage is reopening with new and refurbished equipment and trucks. A fire destroyed the garage and its entire snow plowing fleet, including five …

Loudon presents 3.5 percent budget increase to voters

Friday, February 5, 2016

Loudon voters are looking at a 3.5 percent increase in the proposed 2016-17 operating budget along with 11 warrant articles. Budget hearings were held Jan. 19 and Wednesday night. There, voters were presented with a budget proposed to total $4,313,713, almost $150,000 higher than last year. Major proposed …

John Stark support staff contract aims to upgrade paraeducators’ capabilities

Friday, February 5, 2016

A three-year deal between the John Stark School Board and the Support Personnel Association will appear on the school district’s warrant in March as it stands. No amendments were made to the warrant at a deliberative session Thursday night with about 20 people in attendance. The deal increases …

Weare deliberative session on warrant is Saturday at 9 a.m.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The town of Weare will host a deliberative session Saturday morning at 9 at the Weare Middle School where residents can question and possibly amend the town warrant, which includes a $5.52 million proposed budget. If residents reject the proposal, which they have done for the last couple …