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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 …

Federal dollars trickle into state, slowing maintenance

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Hampshire has had to shelve or delay routine maintenance of secondary roads and bridges as the rate of federal money flowing into the state for highway improvements has slowed over the past decade, a lag that state …

Meet Uber’s nemesis

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Born into a family of craftsmen in a hardscrabble Bavarian village, Richard Leipold started driving a cab as a college kid in Berlin. He liked it so much that he kept doing it after graduation, and he ultimately helped topple a local taxi guild with competition-stifling work rules. …

States seek alternatives for highway, bridge funding

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Touted as one of the first interstate highways, a 200-mile span of Interstate 70 between suburban St. Louis and Kansas City stands as a prime example of the challenges facing the nation’s roads. Built in the 1950s and …

FairPoint workers say they are looking forward to returning to work

Saturday, February 21, 2015

For the past four months, FairPoint employee Tom Wolfe walked the picket line in Lancaster almost every day, waiting for the company and the workers’ unions to reach an agreement. But yesterday afternoon, Wolfe was not at FairPoint’s …

Chicken farmer’s plans, spurned in Dunbarton, receive warmer welcome in Boscawen

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tom Giovagnoli might have found a home for his proposed 27,000-square-foot barn and organic egg-laying farm. Giovagnoli, whose plans in Dunbarton were met with scorn from neighbors and ultimately rejected, is eyeing a rural 200-acre lot in Boscawen, …

Unions begin 3 days of voting on FairPoint contract

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Striking FairPoint workers in Portland, Maine, gave their union negotiators a standing ovation yesterday at the first briefings and ratification votes on a tentative agreement aimed at ending a four-month strike. Workers chanted, “One day longer, one day stronger!” and reacted positively as they received the first details …

Heavy snow collapses suburban Boston barn, killing 2 horses

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A sheet metal barn collapsed under the weight of snow in Westford, Mass., yesterday morning, killing two horses and sparking an hourslong rescue effort that saved five others. Firefighters, public works crews and others responded to Bobby’s Ranch. The effort continued into yesterday afternoon as authorities used shovels …

Greece and eurozone creditors reach deal on loan

Friday, February 20, 2015

Greece and its creditors in the 19-nation eurozone reached an agreement yesterday on extending the country’s rescue loans, a move that should ease concerns that Greece was heading for the euro exit. Athens will get an extension of …

Half-million of Wal-Mart’s U.S. workers to get pay raises

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers’ paychecks will help it boost its bottom line. The nation’s largest private employer announced yesterday that it’s giving a raise to about a half-million U.S. workers as part …

FairPoint, unions reach tentative agreement

Thursday, February 19, 2015

About 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers are expected to return to work Wednesday, marking the end of a four-month impasse between the company and its employee unions. The telecommunications company announced yesterday it had reached a tentative agreement with …