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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, …

Town office plan again the feature of Epsom deliberative session

Friday, February 5, 2016

As has been the case for years now, the plan for Epsom’s town office figures to be the central discussion at the deliberative session Saturday. This time it’s a proposal to construct a new building next to the police department. The result of two years of planning by …

Tax spike in Pittsfield has voters rethinking need for town’s high school

Friday, February 5, 2016

Facing hundreds of dollars in tax increases from their school district and town budgets, Pittsfield residents renewed the question Wednesday of whether they should tuition their students to another high school to save money. The district’s proposed budget …

Merrimack Valley School District: We are now compliant with all election laws

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Merrimack Valley School Board Chairman Mark Hutchins opened a public budget hearing recently by acknowledging the district has been violating state election laws for decades. Now they’re fixing it. “You’ll notice on the warrant article a couple of different things,” Hutchins said. “We are electing the moderator by …

Webster tackles ambulance question at budget hearing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In the middle of a 2½-hour budget hearing in Webster on Tuesday, things got heated when talk turned toward ambulances. The topic was broached after Town Moderator Bob Pearson read the ninth article on the draft warrant that …

John Stark deliberative session is tonight

Thursday, February 4, 2016

John Stark Regional School District will hold its deliberative session tonight for residents to review and possibly amend its warrant, which includes a proposed operating budget of about $13.16 million. The budget proposed by the John Stark School Board is $65,328 less than the current budget, which was …

Hopkinton track and field petition warrant article stirs public hearing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A petition warrant article calling for the construction of a new track and field facility at Hopkinton Middle/High School met strong opposition from the public at a hearing Wednesday night. Scott Zipke, a Hopkinton math teacher and varsity soccer coach, has been leading the committee behind the project …

Free State Project announces it’s ‘triggering the move’ for Libertarian influx

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Free State Project announced Wednesday that it reached its goal of recruiting 20,000 Libertarians who say they’ll move to New Hampshire. An online pledge had signers commit to relocating to the Granite State within five years of “triggering the move” with the 20,000th signature, which was announced …

Ray Duckler: Looking for the Democratic nod for president? Let me introduce Mary Louise Hancock

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton wasted no time naming someone who reflects New Hampshire’s grace and grit: Mary Louise Hancock of Concord. Speaking to former governor John Lynch during a rally at Dartmouth College in November, the potential Democratic nominee for …

Lawsuit claims Northfield school failed to prevent student sexual abuse, despite warnings

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The parents of a 13-year-old boy are suing a special education school in Northfield, claiming officials there failed to prevent a fellow student from sexually assaulting him. In a complaint filed Monday in federal court, they said the boy reported several incidents of sexual harassment last year to …

N.H. backers confused as Paul drops from race

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rand Paul supporters in New Hampshire were left searching for a new candidate, when the self-styled Washington outsider suddenly dropped his struggling Republican presidential campaign Wednesday, just days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary. Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum …