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The first phase of renovations at Baker Free Library will begin this month. The renovations have been funded through warrant articles for the last two years. An article for $50,000 is on this year's warrant and another article for the renovations will be on the 2016 warrant.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Bow's Baker Free Library renovations scheduled to begin this month

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The basement at the Baker Free Library is a vast space, once used for book sales, group meetings and informal gatherings, but it now sits vacant and inaccessible to the public. Furniture is stacked in a pile in the largest area of the basement, a small room is completely empty, and books and supplies fill shelves. But in a few …

Local runners recall 2013 bombings as marathon trial opens in Boston

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Emily Hoover was one of the lucky ones. Nearly two years ago, she was running through mile 19 of the Boston Marathon when two bombs detonated near the finish line, killing three and seriously injuring more than 260. Hoover wasn’t injured, and her parents, who should have been waiting on Boylston Street, were miraculously delayed. But she can appreciate yesterday’s significance just the …

WEARE: Crowded selectmen’s race on view at forum

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Even if every seat on Weare’s board of selectmen was vacant, the number of candidates who attended a forum Tuesday night would still leave voters with a choice to make. Seven candidates competing for two open seats on the five-person board answered questions from the public and moderator state Sen. Jerry Little at …

Hopkinton Rotary Club will host candidates forum this weekend

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hopkinton residents will have the chance to meet and question the candidates for selectmen the and budget committee this weekend. A candidates forum, hosted by the Hopkinton Rotary Club, will be held at the Hopkinton Town Library on Sunday at 1 p.m. Two candidates for the one seat …

PHOTOS: February vacation at the Audubon McLane Center in Concord

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This week the New Hampshire Audubon gives children who are off from school the opportunity to explore nature during the organization’s February vacation camp. About 30 children attended the camp yesterday at the New Hampshire Audubon McLane Center …

Roof collapse at vacant restaurant causes gas leak

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Authorities say a roof collapse at a vacant restaurant building in Portsmouth caused a gas leak and forced the evacuation of a nearby business, but no one was hurt. The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1vypYxk ) that the roof over what used to be Eddie B’s Comfort Food collapsed …

Newport ends backup ambulance service

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Officials in Newport, New Hampshire, say they need to focus on their own residents first when it comes to ambulance service. The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/1ajteDD) that starting June 30, Newport will no longer provide backup ambulance service to Lempster, New London, Newbury, Springfield, Grantham and half of …

Two incumbents, one former selectmen and one new candidate compete for two seats on Dunbarton Board of Selectmen

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Dunbarton Board of Selectmen could see a changing of the guard this spring, as four candidates fight for two seats on the three-seat board. The two open seats on the board – currently occupied by Ted Vallieres …

Chichester school petitioners ‘make a statement’ about SAU costs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A petitioned article on the Chichester School District’s warrant seeks to break out the SAU budget to be voted on separately, but – if passed – it isn’t likely to have an effect any time soon. The SAU expenses are currently worked in the schools’ regular budgets. If …

Pelham teen clearing snow from roof falls through skylight

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The police said a 17-year-old was removing snow from store roof when he fell through a skylight about three stories, landing on some coat racks. WMUR reported the teen from Pelham was on school break working yesterday morning for a landscaping company at a store in Westwood, Mass. …

Henniker residents seek more involvement and no tax burden in a new playground

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

For nearly two decades, children have climbed and played on Henniker Community School’s playground, the only community one in the town. A wooden structure featuring a suspension bridge and plastic slides for use at recess, after school and …

22-duck death toll grows as another oily wanderer is recovered, dies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Another duck contaminated by oily water in Penacook died yesterday after being transported to Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Services. “The birds are so debilitated and I guess it started seizing and it died,” said Maria Colby, founder of …

Four candidates compete for two seats on the Bow Board of Selectmen

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

With Chairwoman Jill Hadaway stepping down from the Bow Board of Selectmen this year, the board will have at least one new member come March. There are two seats up for grabs, one of which is currently filled by longtime Selectman Eric Anderson. Anderson, who is seeking his …