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Ashish Kharel talks about getting the 2015 Gates Foundation Millennium Scholarship this week at Concord High School.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

For Concord High’s Kharel, Gates Scholarship ‘proudest moment of my life’

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ashish Kharel, a Bhutanese senior at Concord High School, prefaced what he was about to say with a smile. “I mean, over 50,000 people? I didn’t know it was possible,” he said. “I have way more options now than I thought I’d have. It’s way overwhelming.” He had just sized up a handmade sign taped in the hallway that read, …

Police push to educate drivers on new hands-free law

Saturday, April 25, 2015

State and local law enforcement have begun distributing fliers during traffic stops in a final push to educate drivers ahead of the July 1 launch of New Hampshire’s hands-free law. The state has already set up 48 electronic messaging boards along highways and other major traffic arteries warning of the new restrictions. And a website,, is up and running, with specifics about …

After probe, Lakeview rehab center gets new leadership

Friday, April 24, 2015

An Effingham facility for people with brain injuries is bringing in new leadership after months of scrutiny following reports of abuse and neglect. Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center announced yesterday the appointment of a new executive director for its facility. Additionally, New Hampshire’s education commissioner recently ordered the special education program at Lakeview School, which too has been plagued with problems, to shut down. All …

PHOTOS: Striking silver in downtown Concord

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Rob Roesch just struck gold. Well, technically, he struck silver. In downtown Concord at the Governor Hugh J. Gallen Staff Office Park, Roesch used his metal detector to uncover a rare Silver Seated Half Dollar buried in the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Last-minute plans could spring fountains on Main Street

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Two city councilors, developer Steve Duprey and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce are leading a push to add fountains back into the Main Street project. At last week’s Concord City Council meeting, Jan McClure of Ward 3 …

Essentials for visiting the new Vegas

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Remember when a visit to Las Vegas was all about gambling? Massive, windowless casinos with air-conditioning and free drinks kept guests oblivious to the passage of time while they sat at slot machines and card tables for hours …

Hopkinton’s Beech Hill School receives $1.3 million donation

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Beech Hill School in Hopkinton just got a big financial boost. A $1.3 million boost, to be precise. As of last week, the independent middle school received the money to pay off their start-up debt. “The first time I said it out loud I said it to …

PHOTOS: Scenes from the summit

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Friday was the first day of the two-day #FITN Republican Leadership Summit. Here’s a look at the scene. …

Study identifies business opportunities in downtown Concord

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Business in downtown Concord is missing out on about $19.4 million in sales. That number is the product of a retail gap analysis presented by Intown Concord last week. It attempted to find business sectors that are missing or could expand in the city. While the study found …

Concord: Armed robbery investigation on Thorndike St. leads to drug arrest

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Concord police have arrested two suspects in an armed robbery last week, as well as the victim who was believed to be selling drugs in the vicinity of his 11-year-old son. John Cowdrey, 48, called the police …