Kate Atkinson, rector at St. Paul’s Church, Jason Wells, rector of Grace Church in East Concord, and Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, were in front of the State House yesterday afternoon offering “ashes to go” to those who could not make it to a service. Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent.
Arushi Kalpande, a sixth-grader at Infant Jesus School in Nashua, won the 61st annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord yesterday. Out of nearly 200 competitors, Kalpande won by spelling “insouciant,” which means “a relaxed and calm state; a feeling of not worrying about anything,” according to Merriam-Webster. The win advances her to represent the state in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
P aul Sweetser (left) of Waterbury, Vt., and Lane Benoit, a master tracker from Ducksbury, Vt., sit at their booth at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord during the Granite State Outdoor Show, which kicked off yesterday and runs through tomorrow. Lane comes from a line of hunters that started with his grandfather. Leo started hunting for food and imparted his knowledge to his son, Larry, who then passed it on to Lane and his brothers, Lanny and Shane. Larry, who was known as Mr.
Yesterday’s snowstorm was expected to drop up to 10 inches on Concord, according to the National Weather Service – with a kicker: freezing rain and sleet overnight. Combined with strong winds, the National Weather Service warned, the ice could “make travel very hazardous or impossible” this morning. Yesterday’s snow prompted 413 cancellations on WMUR-TV’s website, but according to the Concord police, little in the way of mayhem through the day.
The opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off in Sochi, Russia, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
Wednesday was defined by the more than 10 inches of snow that blanketed the Concord area. Even with schools and local businesses closed, people were drawn outdoors to rejoice or resent the ankle-deep powder. The midweek change of pace prompted “Monitor” photographers Andrea Morales and John Tully to bring a different process to a common winter scene by using their iPhones.
More than 150 Boy Scouts gathered for the 2014 Wannalancit District Boy Scout Klondike Derby at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon yesterday. The derby is based on Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush and features stations where Scouts test their cold-weather survival skills, such as trapping, chopping wood, rescue and first aid. The troops formed patrols, which went to the stations and received “gold” for completing tasks.
The 30th Annual Latchkey Cup was held yesterday on Berry Pond in Moultonboro. Hosted by the Lakes Region Ice Racing Club, competitors raced different class vehicles around a loop on the frozen pond. According to the club, $227,000 in proceeds from the past 28 years have gone to Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon. Current proceeds go to scholarships and families in need.
After 11 months apart, many of the soldiers in the New Hampshire Army National Guard’s 237th Military Police Company were ready just to see the faces of their loved ones at their homecoming. But families brought more. Balloons, shirts and elaborate banners projected messages of love and welcome. One local company, Advantage Signs in Concord, even offered military families help by making posters and banners for free.
Stay positive. That’s the message Robert Vallieres takes from his doctor as he leaves his regular appointment at a mental health clinic on a gray day in December. He is expressionless as he walks. But as he turns the corner in front of the Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center, something catches his eye. “Did you see that?” he asked excitedly. His hands fly over his head, and he beams as he watches a large bird fly fast and low just a few dozen feet ahead.