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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 …

With snow accounts overspent in Concord and others, it’s time for a backup plan

Thursday, April 16, 2015

At the end of a time- and resource-consuming winter, small-town road agents and the director of Concord General Services alike are making contingency plans for overspent snow removal accounts. Concord plans to spend about $1.3 million a year clearing the roads of snow when budgets are set in …

Firefighters extinguish brush fire behind North Main Street

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The cause of a brush fire Wednesday behind the Tea Garden on North Main Street is still undetermined, Concord fire Chief Dan Andrus said yesterday. The department dispatched its crews about 12:45 p.m., Andrus said. The firefighters found an area of brush about 50 feet by 30 feet …

Hydrant flushing starts next week

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Concord’s general services department will begin flushing hydrants throughout the city Monday. During the next several weeks, three crews will flush hydrants to remove any sediment from water distribution pipes. This process helps maintain water quality and pressure. Concord water customers may noticed low pressure and discolored water …

State GOP summit ‘like starting the contest with a big bang’

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The #FITN Republican Leadership Summit, a two-day forum kicking off in Nashua this morning, is notable for a few obvious reasons. First, there’s the lineup – nearly every major GOP presidential candidate, declared or otherwise, will be in attendance. Then, there’s the spotlight it’s bringing to an already …

After raptor ordeal, lawmakers look at 4th grade bobcat plan

Thursday, April 16, 2015

After New Hampshire lawmakers mocked one fourth-grade class’s effort to name an official state raptor last month, the wily bobcat was faring better yesterday when a state Senate committee backed a plan by another group of school kids to pick an official state wildcat. In March, an effort …

Husband in runaway mom-daughter case arrested in Atlanta

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The husband of a woman who fled New Hampshire with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago amid a custody dispute in a previous relationship was arrested yesterday as he landed at an Atlanta airport on a flight from Central America with the daughter, the U.S. Marshals Service said. …

Weare Police Department seeks accreditation as reputation rebounds

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The past few years have seen the Weare Police Department often in the headlines, rarely for good news. Two years ago, it was a fatal, officer-involved shooting in a botched drug sting. Just six months ago, it was the sudden departure of new police chief John Velleca after …

Concord Planning Board approves plan for senior housing complex

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Concord Planning Board has okayed a 140-unit complex for independent senior living on the Heights. Calamar Builders will likely break ground by the end of the summer. Richard Uchida, the attorney representing Calamar, said the developer wants to attract New Hampshire’s aging population, particularly tenants who are …

Legislators hear merits of addiction-centered alternative sentencing program

Thursday, April 16, 2015

With all of her drug use, financial struggles and frayed personal relationships, a cup of unsanctioned hot cocoa seemed the least of Sara Whittum’s concerns. She was a heroin addict in her early 40s facing multiple felonies and, by 2010, floundering in drug court, the alternative sentencing program …

Incoming Concord superintendent will earn more than predecessor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The new Concord School District superintendent will start out earning more than her predecessor. Incoming Superintendent Terry Forsten’s starting salary will be $137,000 per year, according to her contract. That’s nearly $2,500 more than the annual salary of …