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Max Morrissette, 4, rides his horse taught by Kathy Mauzerall, left, OT-R in the SpiritHorse autism intervention program and led by Ariel Huffman, center, and Max's aide Kaite Martinelli. (GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

At Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton, students of all levels find strength and fun

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Last week was a big one for Max Morrisette. He had just turned 4, for starters, and was all smiles when he arrived at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton for his weekly Thursday lesson. When Max started at Back in the Saddle – BITS, for short – a few months ago, he spent his half-hour sessions … 0

Pappas waiting in wings in Executive Council District 4 race

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The winner of the Republican primary for the Executive Council District 4 seat will likely face incumbent Manchester Democrat Chris Pappas in the general election. His opponent, Manchester resident Maria Chilson, has not actively campaigned since filing paperwork to run against Pappas in the Democratic primary. A spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party … 0

Bob Burns, Jim Adams tout personal backgrounds in Executive Council Republican primary

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jim Adams and Bob Burns, Republican contenders in the Executive Council District 4 Republican primary, don’t seem to have much in the way of common ground. But it’s there. They were both born and raised in New Hampshire. Both describe themselves as loyal conservatives, in person and online: They say they’re committed to … 0

PHOTOS: Back to school

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jason Sargeant walked his daughter to Abbot-Downing Elemetary School on her first day of second grade. The two faced a huge crowd of parents, students and teachers as everyone gathered outside to get classroom assignments. Most schools in … 0

Bow selectmen meeting turns heated over talk of a full-time fire chief

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tension erupted at a Bow Board of Selectmen meeting last night over residents’ concerns that the board would hire a full-time fire chief, and general confusion seemed to fuel frustration. The selectmen said at the outset that they weren’t discussing or voting on whether to make a hire … 0

N.H. delegation: More transparency needed in Northern Pass federal permitting process

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is again calling for more transparency as the Northern Pass project goes through the federal permitting process. In a letter they sent to the assistant energy secretary Aug. 18., the state’s two U.S. senators and representatives ask for “transparency and cooperation” during the Department … 3

Political parties file dueling finance complaints

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In dueling complaints, both major political parties yesterday asked the attorney general to investigate what they call improper fundraising, spending or campaign finance reporting in the governor’s race. Democrats have said Republican candidate Walt Havenstein spent $24,000 before … 2

Pickup truck driver dies in crash in Conway

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The police said a pickup truck driver has died in Conway after crossing a road and colliding with an oncoming SUV. WMUR reported that the police said the accident happened Monday morning on West Side Road. When they arrived, the driver of the pickup truck was unconscious and … 0

Raymond man pinned by 6,000-pound boulder in yard, dies

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The police in Raymond said a man who tried to dig around a 6,000-pound boulder in his yard became pinned under the rock and died. The police said 47-year-old Paul Comeau Jr. had been working on extricating the boulder over several months. He was digging around the rock … 0

Merrimack Valley School District starts school year with full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For the first time in Merrimack Valley School District’s history, its five elementary schools today will welcome full-day kindergarten students. It marks a significant programming change for a district that has offered half-day kindergarten since the 1980s. The … 4

Concord School Board okays issuance of up to $8.6M in bonds for capital projects

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Concord School Board unanimously approved the issuance of up to $8.6 million in bonds for major capital improvements last night. However, the public will still have a chance to weigh in on specific components of the project. … 1

N.H. communities, state continue fight against synthetic pot

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Epsom police Chief Wayne Preve sank into his office chair last Friday, a beleaguered look on his face. A week earlier, Gov. Maggie Hassan had declared a health emergency following a rash of drug overdoses in Manchester and … 0

State police sobriety checkpoint nets five arrests

Monday, August 25, 2014

The state police said they arrested five people and took one into protective custody Saturday night during a sobriety checkpoint conducted at the intersection of Interstate 89 and Route 3A and Hall Street. Troopers screened 175 vehicles and arrested two people on DWI charges, one on charges of … 0