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David Yerkes of Chershire, Conn., followed by his friend Charlie Darling of Andover, round a corner of the Northern Rail Trail in Andover during the Rail Trail Run & Ride on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

(JULIE BYRD-JENKINS  / Monitor staff)

Ceremony to celebrate completion of 2-mile stretch of Northern Rail Trail in Boscawen

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

For the first time ever, a biker or jogger can hop on the Northern Rail Trail in Lebanon and get to the Boscawen/Concord line without setting foot on a road. After a decade of work that included hundreds of hours of trail clearing, grant writing and community outreach, officials from the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack County … 3

Safety agency studying Toyota acceleration problem

Monday, September 29, 2014

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past. The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million Corolla compact cars from the … 1

Downtown: Despite financial challenges, Intown Concord hopes to broaden its scope downtown

Monday, September 29, 2014

Three months ago, the owner of Pitchfork Records on South Main Street sat down before the Concord City Council and slammed Intown Concord for a lack of transparency. “What I would hope for is once you remove this cloak of secrecy, you’ll see a number of other merchants joining this organization,” Michael Cohen … 1

Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a “2” across much the country. Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling global oil prices. By … 6

Concord Royal Gardens apartments sold for $28 million; residents don’t notice much change

Thursday, September 25, 2014

For the second time in two years, the Royal Gardens apartment complex in Concord has a new owner. A California real estate company has purchased the apartments on the Heights for more than $28 million. But on a … 0

Old Story Farm restored as historic bed-and-breakfast

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The floor-boards and the wooden planks in the walls of the home John and Jennifer Balkus recently purchased in Hopkinton have not been replaced. A barn that sits near the house is filled with tools, furniture and other … 0

Liberty Utilities expects customers will see higher electricity bills this winter

Monday, September 22, 2014

Liberty Utilities is expecting its customers’ electricity bills to increase this winter by nearly 50 percent. The utility is planning to double its energy charge to 15.4 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity, from the current rate of 7.73 cents. Liberty announced yesterday that it filed with the state … 3

New company running New Hampshire National Guard support program

Monday, September 22, 2014

A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families won praise from a Defense Department official yesterday as it transitions to new management. The 7-year-old program helps individuals and families with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing. Until recently, it was managed by … 0

Hundreds speak out on New York casino plans

Monday, September 22, 2014

Supporters and critics of proposals for an Albany area casino weighed in yesterday at the first of three days of public hearings on casinos planned for upstate New York. A state board reviewing 16 casino applications is expected … 0

Future of the Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce is unclear

Monday, September 22, 2014

Most chamber of commerce meetings center on discussions of networking, event planning and marketing. The Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce’s meeting Wednesday night focused on whether the chamber even has a future. “The Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce has reached a crossroad. It has become increasingly difficult to … 0

Downtown: Hoping customers will follow suit, Main Street businesses back Discover Downtown campaign

Monday, September 22, 2014

In Things are Cooking on North Main Street, a cluster of customers stared at the coffee maker with equal parts confusion and curiosity. They peered at the sleek features of the Nespresso machine and examined the plastic pods of accompanying coffee. One woman leaned in for a closer … 11

Business notes for Sept. 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bank of New Hampshire recently gave $2,250 to the 2014 New Hampshire Highland Games, which were held Friday through yesterday in Lincoln, and their youth program. Milestone Engineering & Construction Inc. of Concord recently completed the Plymouth branch … 0

Missing men in U.S. workforce risk permanent separation

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tom Kaminski is back at work, three years after losing his job as a human-resources manager and dropping out of the labor force for a time to go back to college. Kaminski, 43, dipped into his retirement savings while he earned a master’s degree. The added credential helped … 0