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Rundlett Middle School principal Tom Sica gets a haircut from David Caron of the New England School of Barbering while Kevin Ferry, 11, gets a trim from Noah Lorden during the Ready to Learn fair at Rundlett Middle School in Concord on August 20, 2014. “The biggest success was getting people to come and to get the supplies that they needed,” said Nicole Newman, who organized the event with fellow Rundlett paraprofessionals Lynn Reyes and Caroline Keane.

(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

Search committee nominates Concord High principal finalist

Friday, February 12, 2016

Three and a half months after Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly announced he would be resigning, a search committee has chosen its finalist to replace him. Concord Superintendent Terri Forsten announced Thursday that the district’s principal search committee has nominated Tom Sica to head up Concord High School. Sica has been the principal at Rundlett Middle School for the …

Canterbury election filings see one contested race

Thursday, February 11, 2016

In the run up to town meeting day in March, Canterbury Town Clerk Ben Bynum posted a sample ballot to the municipal webpage this week. There’s only one contested race for 2016 – three people are looking to win the selectmen’s seat that Chairman Bob Steenson is vacating. Steenson has referenced the fact that he is not running for re-election during multiple selectmen’s …

Salisbury looks to study withdrawing from Merrimack Valley School District

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Stung by a spike in taxes last year from the Merrimack Valley School District budget, residents in Salisbury will consider forming a study committee to remove their children from the district. A warrant article would form a committee to study liabilities and opportunities to the town that come with possible withdrawal, and that a feasibility report be submitted to the New Hampshire Board …

N.H. arts council announces grant winners

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts announced that three area artist in residence and youth art projects received grants for programming. The Maple Street and Harold Martin Elementary schools in Hopkinton received a grant for mosaic artist Lizz Van Saun of Kast Hill Studio to lead …

Chichester schools budget proposal up nearly 5 percent; hearing is Wednesday

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chichester residents will meet Wednesday to hear school district officials explain their budget proposal, which represents a 4.75 percent increase over the current budget. An influx of eighth-graders going to Pembroke Academy, as compared with the graduating seniors from Chichester, and mandated special education costs necessitated a budget …

Epsom schools budget amended at deliberative session to buy more books

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

While dozens of lines in the Epsom School District’s proposed budget are decreasing, the bottom line is up 6 percent to $10.1 million. That’s because two areas that the school has no control over – special education and …

Charges dismissed against Gilford topless protesters; judge upholds law’s constitutionality

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Laconia District Court judge dismissed a charge Friday against a Gilford woman for going topless at a town beach because there is no provision in state law that prohibits women from exposing their breasts in public. But …

Linda Horan, who fought for access to medical marijuana, dies at 64

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Linda Horan, the labor activist who turned a deeply personal battle with cancer into a cause for one last public fight, over access to medical marijuana, died Monday at her home in Alstead. She was 64. Her death …

Jurors reject insanity defense, find man guilty for role in Allenstown stabbing

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kyle Buffum was found guilty Monday of orchestrating a gruesome stabbing in Allenstown’s Bear Brook State Park, an attack that nearly ended a young woman’s life and, had authorities not intervened, could have been the start of an …

Opponents of bobcat hunting season, and some supporters, crowd State House hearing

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A proposal to reopen a season for hunting bobcats in New Hampshire drew plenty of opposition as well as some support at a packed public hearing Monday night, but the hours of public discussion showed a secondary issue: whether the controversy might spur bigger changes. “The (Fish and …

Ice climber rescued after fall in White Mountains

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An ice climber from Massachusetts was rescued Sunday from a mountain near Crawford Notch State Park on Sunday after falling about 20 feet to a ledge below. Peter Lindahl, 36, of Medford, Mass., had reached Upper Hitchcock Gully …

Carbon monoxide ‘close call’ in Pembroke prompts consideration of danger

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

His wife made out the sound of the alarm from their bedroom. His dog, Simon, was softly whimpering, perhaps “under the influence a little bit, not knowing what was going on,” because of the gas. But Joe Cloutier was fast asleep at his Pembroke home about 3 a.m. …

Canterbury budget looks inflated due to two articles for one firetruck

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Due to two competing warrant articles for a fire truck, Canterbury’s proposed budget – $3,424,692 – may seem a little high for 2016. It is, in fact, falsely high. As the Canterbury selectmen explained during the town’s public budget hearing Monday night, there is both a petitioned warrant …