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Eddie Michaud puts in a section of dough into a vat that measures out the correct portions at Rustic Crust in Pittsfield, New Hampshire. Michaud commutes from Dover and has worked there since July.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Rustic Crust to celebrate opening of new facility in Pittsfield with open house

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The fire that leveled Rustic Crust pizza left an empty 3-acre lot near downtown Pittsfield. There was no guarantee the company, which employs 150 people and has products in about 6,700 stores, would rebuild in town. “It would have been a disaster if they left,” said Ted Mitchell, chairman of the town’s economic development committee. Rustic Crust owner Brad Sterl …

2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community before they were captured by authorities yesterday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. A large, white llama and a smaller black llama darted through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. Cars and …

Concord Food Co-op to partner with Canterbury Shaker Village

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Concord Food Co-op’s produce section will soon feature its own crops grown on the historic fields of Canterbury Shaker Village. The partnership announced yesterday by the two sides means the co-op will grow some of its own produce on-site and will provide it more space for classes, workshops and events. In turn, the Shaker Village will welcome active farming back to the …

Strong reliability scores should help Buick brand’s rebirth

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Buick, the brand that once was the pace car for the drive to the senior center, has made a comeback by appealing to buyers not yet ready for retirement. U.S. sales rose 11 percent in 2014. In China, …


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Signaling a shake-up in the Upper Valley automobile market, longtime car seller Miller Chevrolet Cadillac will close its doors Friday, leaving Lebanon, for the first time since the dawn of the automotive era, without a Chevrolet or Cadillac …

FairPoint workers in N.H. return today, hopeful to end flood of service complaints to PUC

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The four-month strike at FairPoint Communications coincided with a massive spike in customer complaints to the state Public Utilities Commission. Workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, who walked off the job in October, ratified collective bargaining agreements …

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Obama rejected a bill yesterday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll …

Downtown: New salon to occupy former Gibson’s storefront

Monday, February 23, 2015

Part of the former Gibson’s Bookstore on South Main Street will become a hair salon. The storefront at 27 S. Main St. has been vacant since summer 2013, when the bookstore moved to developer Steve Duprey’s Love building …

Business notes for Feb. 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Chaga Grove of Concord was recently featured on NH Chronicle. The company harvests and sells medicinal dried mushrooms from New Hampshire forests. It is also working with the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and the Dr. Oz on sharing the benefits of consuming Chaga mushrooms. Southern New …

Business people for Feb. 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

James Culhane was recently named the new president and CEO of Lake Sunapee Regional Visiting Nurse Association. Culhane has a master’s in business administration from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s in social work from the …

Truckers with 35,000 openings seek jobless oil workers

Monday, February 23, 2015

U.S. oil-company job cuts that cost machinery operator Drew Sanford his spot at Halliburton Co. are shaping up as a boon for truckers desperate for big-rig drivers. Already equipped with a commercial license, the 30-year-old Sanford left North Dakota and landed at Oklahoma City-based Stevens Trucking Co. He …

Maple syrup harvests slow in N.H. as weather stays too cold

Monday, February 23, 2015

Knee-high snow blanketed acres of maple orchard at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon. Owner Mike Moore said last week he is ready to start tapping trees – the vacuum system that sucks sap from the maples is set and …

Agreement officialy ends FairPoint strike

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The largest major work stoppage in the United States last year officially came to an end yesterday. Union members in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont ratified a collective bargaining agreement yesterday with their employer, FairPoint Communications, ending a …