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PHOTOS: Snowstorm brings change of pace in Concord

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. 0

PHOTOS: 2014 Wannalancit District Boy Scout Klondike Derby

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. 0

PHOTOS: Car racing on the ice pond

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. 0

PHOTOS: Family of the soldiers in the 237th Military Police Company and their welcome signs

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. 0

Taking flight: Veteran has found a calling in his work with birds

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. 4

With no fixed address, mother and daughter do their best to hang on

Anmarie Kemp dreams of a home. It doesn’t have to be a mansion. She could fix it up. A rundown mobile home would be enough. “It’s better than, you know, sleeping on somebody’s couch,” she said early one July morning. She was sitting next to the Merrimack River, waiting for her 15-year-old daughter to finish summer classes at Concord High School. That morning, she woke up on her sister’s couch in Londonderry. Just days earlier, it had been her mother’s couch in Manchester. Now, five 21

Picturing 2013: the Monitor’s year in Photos

When we decided as a photo staff to look back on the year to share our favorite photos, it wasn’t the images of court days or accident scenes we hustled to that made the cut. What rose to the top were photos produced from striving for deeper connections in our community. Some photos you’ve seen published in our pages. Some are unpublished outtakes that we hope resonate with you in retrospect. Read the reflections from the photographers that made the photos above. 1

At Concord’s Blossom Hill Cemetery, dignified burials for strangers

Numbers 9 and 10 were buried on a muggy July morning. Their urns were placed in two square holes cut by a spade, side by side in the common ground section of Blossom Hill Cemetery. There were no friends or family. Only the Rev. Terry Donovan Odell and Jill McDaniel stood over the final resting place. They conducted a burial service that lasted five minutes. “We are grateful for your life, and we honor your death,” they recited, together. Final words for strangers, followed by 3

PHOTOS: Tournament Day at the 17th annual Crimson Tide Wrestling Camp

After a week of learning and conditioning, the annual Crimson Tide Wrestling Camp culminated with its Tournament Day on Friday, June 28, a series of matches under the dramatic lamp that hangs over the wrestling mat inside the Concord High School gym. Friends and family of the nearly 100 campers filled the stands and cheered on the matches showcasing their newly acquired skills and strength while the counselors, including Concord High wrestling coach Ham Munnell, who started and leads the camp, and many former Crimson 0