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Patricia Pelletier shows her prosthetic legs she wears after her accident with a trolley car in Portland, Maine when she was a smalll child.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: She’s as strong as ever

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Want to get on Pat Pelletier’s bad side? Suggest she use a wheelchair, or a cane, or a walker. That’ll do it. She doesn’t care that she lost the lower portion of both legs when a trolley ran her over in 1929, the day before her third birthday. And it doesn’t matter that she turns 89 next weekend, or that her prosthetics, old and worn, no longer fit properly, or that many of her neighbors at the Havenwood Heritage Heights retirement home are often wheeled to their meals. Pelletier is optimistic that Tuesday’s appointment at a clinic in Methuen, Mass. – run by a man …

PHOTOS: Discover WILD New Hampshire Day celebrated with live animals, activities

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Animals of all shapes and sizes made an appearance at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 18, 2015. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department invited many organizations to the event, including Wildlife Encounters and the NH Falconers Associating, who collectively brought a Harris Hawk, an Arctic Fox, a hedgehog, two …

Plans for organic egg farm in Boscawen progresses

Saturday, April 18, 2015

If plans continue as anticipated, organic eggs produced in Boscawen will be on the shelves of stores along the East Coast in the near future. Tom Giovagnoli, who plans to build an organic egg farm in Boscawen, has reached an agreement with Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs of Monroe, one of the remaining …

2016 trial date set for suspect in kidnap, rape of girl, 14

Monday, April 13, 2015

A man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and raping her over the course of nine months will go on trial in March 2016, a judge ordered yesterday. Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler said jury selection will begin March 21 of next year for Nathaniel Kibby …

Man pleads guilty to 1973 sexual assaults

Monday, April 13, 2015

A 72-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty in New Hampshire to sexually assaulting two boys more than 40 years ago. The boys, now adult men, went to the police in 2013 and reported that they had been repeatedly assaulted by Michael Narbis starting in 1973 when they lived …

Early signs show some promise for moose: Fewer ticks found

Monday, April 13, 2015

Early indications show some promise for a New Hampshire moose herd that has been wobbled by a rising infestation of a troubling parasite, the state’s top moose scientist said. Kristine Rines, a wildlife biologist and the moose project …

Woman charged with conspiracy in connection with trial

Monday, April 13, 2015

A woman has been charged with conspiracy in connection with an upcoming trial for a man accused of fatally stabbing a teenager during a robbery. Attorney General Joe Foster said Alexandria Wyant, 21, of Rochester was arrested Sunday. She was arraigned in Dover’s district court yesterday and was …

Concord City Council could crack down on use of fireworks

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Complaints about late-night fireworks have sparked a new proposal to restrict their use in Concord. Concord does not currently have an ordinance to explicitly regulate where, when or how residents shoot off their own fireworks. At a meeting tonight, the Concord City Council will consider creating such a …

Ray Duckler: 30 years ago, a CHS student took hostages and was killed by the police

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pat Lena wondered if the gun was real. Scot Hayes did, too. So Louis Cartier showed them the cartridges inside, cracking open his double-barreled shotgun into the shape of a jackknifed truck, then snapping it shut with a …

Sometimes, fiction and truth are both equally strange

Saturday, April 11, 2015

More than two decades after writing his initial version, local author Merle Drown’s fictional account of a shooting at Concord High has made it onto book shelves. Drown, who taught English at Concord High for more than 20 …

Former coach Vallante went from New England College to Keene State without word of previous misconduct accusations

Saturday, April 11, 2015

As the University System of New Hampshire reviews and modifies its policies to deal with sexual harassment and other misconduct, questions remain about the role New England College played after one of its former coaches was later fired …

Confusion, challenges persist on VA choice program

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Last August, Bill Ryan was one of dozens of New Hampshire veterans who packed inside the Merrimack VFW Post to celebrate a long-awaited breakthrough: As part of a major Veterans Affairs reform package, the veterans were told, many of them would soon be able to use their VA …

At event, ideas shared for Franklin’s future

Saturday, April 11, 2015

It’s a question that’s been posed countless times: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Christopher Kennedy, principal at UK Architects and member of Plan New Hampshire, did not try to answer the question, but reframed it …