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Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, and that addiction has in the past led to a long police record for shoplifting groceries. The press release promoting Drouin’s spot …

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A 47-year-old former official at Pembroke Friends of Football has admitted to having embezzled more than $13,000 from the organization. Lisa Wiggin pleaded guilty Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court to one count of felony theft. She is expected to be sentenced next month to 90 days in jail, and to be ordered to pay full restitution. Wiggin was the former president and …

Vigil to remember the homeless who died this year held at City Plaza

Saturday, December 20, 2014

About 50 people gathered at City Plaza in Concord yesterday evening for a candlelight vigil to honor the homeless men and women from across the state who died in 2014. During the event, over 45 known names of those who have died were read out loud, people shared their thoughts and experiences, a …

Seeking Shelter: After a decade, former pastor David Keller still optimistic for a solution

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Rev. David Keller has accomplished a lot over the past six decades. He marched in the first Earth Day, spent years combating poverty in inner-city New York, helped build a homeless shelter in the South and memorized …

Seeking Shelter: Wes Follansbee is one of the city’s invisible homeless, couch surfing from place to place

Monday, December 15, 2014

Not every homeless person sleeps out in the cold or stands on the street corner. Being homeless can mean different things for different people. Some sleep in cars, others seek a bed in a shelter, and a few …

North Country research project gets nearly $128,000

Monday, December 15, 2014

A research project that examines the experiences and attitudes of Coos County youth and young adults has received a grant of nearly $128,000 grant from a charitable fund that supports organizations in northern New Hampshire and surrounding areas. The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of …

Downtown: Focus of Concord’s Main Street project turns to signage

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The construction crews won’t arrive on Main Street until spring, but that doesn’t mean City Engineer Ed Roberge is bored. This winter, the Concord City Council and the public will weigh in on potential way-finding signage and lighting for the new downtown corridor. “This is kind of the …

Seeking Shelter: 'Now it's time to make it work'

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Robert Glodgett staggered into First Congregational Church last night, tired, hungry, cold – a drifter with nowhere else to go. He slipped a ski cap off his head and dropped onto a couch, alcohol on his breath. A …

Seeking shelter: Without an ID it’s a struggle to find housing, work

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Birth certificate. Photo ID. Social Security card. If you’re homeless and living on the streets, you’re generally going to need these three identifying documents to access services, find work, or have any real shot at climbing out of poverty. But if you’re homeless and have nothing, it can …

Seeking Shelter: Drinking, divorce led to a new life of homelessness for Walter Healey

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Walter Healey loved to tinker on cars. He used to return home to Boscawen after a long day of roofing, crack open a beer and get to work, he said. The drinking eventually became a problem. One day …

Police: Car sideswiped vehicle, causing rollover

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The New Hampshire State Police are looking for a driver who they say sideswiped a vehicle on Interstate 93 in Bow causing it to rollover. The three occupants of the vehicle were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after the crash early yesterday morning. A witness told …

Seeking Shelter: Mark Day prefers a night outside over one in the shelters

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mark Day is something of a maverick in the Concord homeless community. He’s the heavily bearded, heavily clothed, 55-year-old you may have seen pushing a shopping cart around downtown. He was sleeping under a bus stop earlier this …

PHOTOS: 1,500 wreaths placed on graves at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bundled in hats, gloves and snow boats, about 500 people spent yesterday morning at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery for the annual wreath placing ceremony organized by the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire. A total of …