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Planners Bob White, left, and Chris Kennedy finalize a drawing of their vision for Chichester minute before presenting recommendations to residents Saturday. (NICK REID / Monitor staff)

Planners take on Chichester’s speedy village center

Monday, October 20, 2014

Is Main Street in Chichester a shortcut for commuters or a link for residents between the town’s historic fixtures? This past weekend, planners helped begin the process of preserving the village and deterring speedy commuters from whizzing along the 2-mile stretch of state-owned road on their way between routes 4 and 28. Over a two-day session, a dozen volunteers from …

Storm expected to bring cold rain, wind - but no snow - to central N.H.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The snow boots can stay in the closet for at least a few more weeks. A nor’easter making its way southeast from the Great Lakes region is expected to bring some high winds and up to 5 inches of rain in some parts of the state, but no snow. The strongest winds and heaviest rainfall will start today and likely continue into Thursday, …

Autopsies: Fremont man strangled girlfriend, shot himself

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire authorities say a man strangled his girlfriend and then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Attorney General Joe Foster said Monday the woman, identified as 52-year-old Mary Lucas of Fremont, was found dead in her home on Friday. The boyfriend, 51-year-old Michael Porter of Fremont, was found dead in a truck in town. Autopsies were completed New Hampshire Deputy …

Letter: Lights of Life

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How often do we think of those we love as the light of our lives? Poets and musicians have all played on this theme for generations. And so many love songs focus on love and light. Remember “You light up my life” or “You are the sunshine of …

Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Former U.S. representative Gabby Giffords yesterday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims. The former …

PHOTOS: Construction under way at Contoocook fire station

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Progress is being made on the addition to the fire station in Contoocook. …

Concord School Board to interview superintendent search firms

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Concord School Board is interviewing superintendent search firms tonight in an effort to move along the process of hiring someone to lead the district beginning next summer. Mark Joyce, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, met with the school board last Wednesday and advised …

Town of Hopkinton has more time to respond to Hopkinton State Fair Association’s civil complaint

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The town of Hopkinton has another month to respond to a civil complaint filed by the Hopkinton State Fair Association about its tax status. The town requested and received more time to respond to the complaint in Merrimack County Superior Court. It now has until Nov. 12 to …

Poultry plant discussion continued until November planning board meeting

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Concord Planning Board will meet tonight, but the agenda does not include a public hearing on the Fournier Foods application to build a poultry processing plant in East Concord. Fournier Foods has applied to build a roughly 5,500-square-foot poultry processing plant at the end of Locke Road, …

Concord City Council tables decision on allocating $50,000 for anniversary festivities

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Concord City Council last night delayed its decision on whether to allocate $50,000 for the nonprofit tasked with planning the city’s 250th anniversary celebration. The council tabled the vote because at-large Councilor Amanda Grady Sexton and Ward 7 Councilor Keith Nyhan were not present. “I think there …

Warner man pleads guilty to butt-slashing; to be sentenced in December

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A 60-year-old Warner man has pleaded guilty to slashing an elderly woman in the buttocks last fall during what appears to be a drunken romantic encounter. Dennis Barnard pleaded guilty last week in Merrimack County Superior Court to second-degree assault and felony reckless conduct. The admission, part of …

Dunbarton Selectman Travis James resigns for personal reasons

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

First-term Selectman Travis James has resigned from the Dunbarton Board of Selectmen, citing personal reasons. James, 36, turned in his letter of resignation Thursday. James said now that the board is returning to a weekly meeting schedule, he doesn’t have enough time to commit to the job because …

Hassan highlights support for small businesses

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan promoted herself as a leader who is growing New Hampshire’s economy while taking a swing at her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein’s business record yesterday. “We have come too far to let my opponent take our economy backward,” Hassan said. “My opponent ran his last company …