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.
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
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 Some are unpublished outtakes that we hope resonate with you in retrospect.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.
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
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