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The niece of Catherine Zannerini of Barnstead welcomes the new extended family pet Ginger as her family waits to leave with the first adoption at the new facility on Silk Farm Road in Concord on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

SPCA opens new shelter in Concord, expands its capacity for animals

Thursday, April 17, 2014

When Catherine Zannerini’s family pulled the car into the parking lot of the new Pope Memorial SPCA of Merrimack County on Tuesday, she was confused. Zannerini thought they were just going to lunch. Instead, her relatives were bringing the retired Tewskbury, Mass., resident to meet Ginger, the 6-year-old Corgi-terrier mix they secretly picked out for her at the shelter last weekend. She stuck her fingers under the glass door of Ginger’s kennel, clicking her tongue at the small brown-and-white dog who was already looking up at her with adoring eyes. “I love her already,” Zannerini said, and Ginger gave her hand a little lick. When … 3

States want Google to crack down on online drug sales

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Several state attorneys general are pressing Google to make it harder for its users to find counterfeit prescription medicine and illegal drugs online, marking the second time in the past three years that the firm has drawn government scrutiny for its policies on rogue internet pharmacies. Their complaints, conveyed in a letter signed by 24 top state prosecutors, led to private meetings with … 0

Concord Area Transit to study bus route to Franklin

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A bus trip from Franklin to Concord means taking a ride in the Winnipesaukee Transit Service system to Tilton, near Exit 18 off Interstate 93. If schedules align, riders can then hop a bus to Concord. The organization that operates Concord Area Transit and the Winnipesaukee Transit Service thinks getting from Franklin to the capital should be easier. Last week, Community Action Program … 1

Manchester developer proposes arts center at Concord’s Rumford School

Sunday, March 30, 2014

In the natural light beaming through large windows into the empty classrooms at the Rumford School, Brian Thibeault saw opportunity. Thibeault, owner of Manchester-based Joseph Properties, jumped at the chance and entered into a sales agreement with the … 0

An app that could save 1,600 lives a day

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Preeclampsia is a scary condition no matter where it strikes. Ten million pregnant women develop it every year, and about 76,000 of them die. It also causes more than 500,000 fetus and infant deaths each year, for a total of about 1,600 preeclampsia deaths a day. The condition … 0

Concord area real estate forecast calls for a steady 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Four years ago, no one wanted to buy or build. “We weren’t selling at all,” said developer Alan Johns, who owns Preferred Homes Inc. Then in 2011, he built one home. In 2012, he built four. In 2013, he built seven homes that sold for more than $300,000 … 0

Study: Sober smart phone app aids alcoholics’ recovery

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A smart phone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app … 1

IPO aims to trade NFL stars

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Professional athletes frequently get traded to other teams, but San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is about to be the first ever to be traded like a stock. Davis, an eight-year veteran of the National Football League, … 0

New England seeks to tap Canadian hydropower

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A 300-mile power cable would be buried on land in Maine and then run across the Atlantic Ocean floor to Greater Boston under a proposal to tap Canada’s plentiful hydropower to meet the needs of power-hungry southern New England. The so-called “Green Line” is one of several proposals … 5

Chichester lecture series to focus on sustainable agriculture, gardening

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Anyone who eats could learn something at the inaugural event of the Chichester Garden Club and Chichester Agricultural Commission lecture series. Though it’s titled Backyard Farming, tonight’s talk by UNH professor John Carroll is a call to arms in the fight against food insecurity. New Hampshire is only … 0

No easy fix for flood insurance program

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

There’s no easy fix for the National Flood Insurance Program, now drowning in a $24 billion sea of red ink. But experts and advocates say Congress does have some options that could make the troubled program financially stable, … 0

Downtown: Toys make way for tattoos in Concord

Monday, March 24, 2014

After almost 80 years as a toy shop, the storefront at the corner of North State and Warren streets will become a tattoo parlor. Doug Mendoza set up shop next to the former French’s Toy Shop on Warren Street seven years ago. Now, he’s renovating the neighboring store … 9

Business notes

Sunday, March 23, 2014

HEALTHSOUTH REHABILITATION HOSPITAL of Concord received top recognition from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation for the second consecutive year. The hospital ranked in the top 10 percent of qualifying rehabilitation hospitals for 2013, 2012, 2008 and 2006. BANK OF NEW HAMPSHIRE gave $50,000 to the New Hampshire … 0