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Thanks to these Hometown co-winners, seniors in Penacook and Boscawen live a flexible life
02-12-2024 10:29 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

The latest candidate for the Monitor’s Hometown Hero award, Lawre Murphy of Boscawen, strongly believed that her partner in keeping seniors on their toes, Brenda Bartlett, deserved the honor more than she did.Bartlett happened to be the woman who...

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Hometown Hero: Quilters, sewers grateful for couple continuing ‘treasured’ business
04-14-2024 11:59 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

When Randy and Holly Silver saw their chance two years ago to open a business they’ve always wanted, they wasted no time moving forward.They went to the bank almost immediately after an offer was made to buy the Bittersweet Fabric Shop, a staple in...


Serving Boscawen with modesty and grace, Roger Sanborn gets the spotlight
03-24-2024 7:51 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

A proclamation read at the Boscawen Town Meeting last week, celebrating a man’s selfless acts dating back four and five decades, could not be announced quickly to voters on Election Day.Roger Sanborn, 76, had simply done too much. So wrote Elaine...


Budget, community power, historic town building sales pass at Boscawen town meeting
03-13-2024 5:29 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Boscawen voters approved a 1.1% increase to the town operating budget, a plan to join the Community Power Coalition, the creation of a town forest along Walker Pond and the sale of two historic town buildings at their town meeting Tuesday night. With...


Merrimack Valley voters approve $48.3 million budget, ask for more transparency
03-09-2024 12:55 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

After the moderator read the results of the Merrimack Valley School Board elections Friday night, Julia Jones dabbed away a few tears.Though she is the president of the Salisbury parent-teacher group, she relied only on word of mouth to promote her...


Boscawen to consider establishing a town-forest along Walker Pond
03-08-2024 12:23 PM

Boscawen voters will be asked to establish an 82.5 acre town forest along Walker Pond, primarily on land acquired in 2021 from a sale with the water district.The town-owned land offers residents an opportunity to access the 200-acre pond, a former...


Spending impacts vary between towns sending students to Merrimack Valley
03-05-2024 6:45 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Merrimack Valley School District voters will weigh a 5.9% budget increase and decide two contested school board races on Friday. The proposed operating budget for the five-community district is $48,298,106, up almost $2.7 million from last year. The...


Former corrections officer arrested, charged with murder in asphyxiation death at state prison
02-08-2024 5:24 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A former corrections officer was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the April 29, 2023, death of a patient in the Secure Psychiatric Unit of the New Hampshire State Prison.The officer, Matthew Millar, 39, of Boscawen, knelt on the neck...


Boscawen to weigh modest budget increase, community power at Town Meeting
02-05-2024 6:07 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Boscawen residents will consider a $4.9 million operating budget at their town meeting this year, an increase of roughly $54,000, or 1.1%.Relatively small increases spread across departments, many related to rising wages or insurance costs, make up...


Special education and health insurance driving almost all of Merrimack Valley budget increase 
02-03-2024 4:26 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The two drivers of next year’s budget increase in the Merrimack Valley School District are forces hitting its peers across New Hampshire: special education and health insurance.The proposed $48,298,106 budget for the district is up almost $2.7 million...


At 101, Lottie Hanks keeps putting ‘one foot in front of the other’
01-10-2024 4:35 PM

By GEOFF FORESTER and SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

For Lottie Hanks, the joy of being surrounded by her children and the warmth of having friends around is something she always cherished.That’s how the 101-year-old from Boscawen received the Boston Post Cane, a New England tradition that honors a...


Concord detainee dies after being found unresponsive at Merrimack County jail
01-03-2024 10:14 AM

McKenna Marshall of Concord died at Concord Hospital after being found unresponsive in a cell at the Merrimack County House of Corrections in Boscawen, county officials announced.Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office and corrections officials are...


Boscawen floral shop to close after six decades
12-06-2023 2:54 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

There are three common reasons why a long-time local business shuts down these days. Marshall’s Flowers and Gifts, which will close at the end of the year after six decades in Boscawen, is facing all three.The first reason is finding staff, which has...


With state funding, Boscawen begins to rethink housing in town
11-11-2023 7:02 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A walk down Commercial Street in Boscawen foreshadows the town’s future – or at least that’s what Kellee Easler likes to think.It may not seem like much today. The street is the site of a former leather tannery that left behind such a mess the...


Opinion: The power of partnerships
08-01-2023 6:00 AM

By MAGGIE PRITCHARD

Maggie Pritchard is executive director of Lakes Region Mental Health Center and president of the NH Community Behavioral Health Association. She lives in Boscawen. In various aspects of life, we witness the undeniable power of partnerships — be it in...


Boscawen man faces felony charges for possession of child sex abuse images
07-05-2023 10:42 AM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

A Boscawen man is being held without bail after he was charged on Monday with being in possession of child sexual abuse images. Shaun St. Pierre, 42, is facing five felony charges for downloading and possessing child pornography, which was uncovered...


At 89, Rhoda Hardy of Boscawen will drive you if needed 
06-27-2023 6:50 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

She spells her surname H-a-r-d-y, but H-e-a-r-t-y would work just as well.At 89, she drives friends far younger than herself to doctor’s appointments and the grocery store. She chauffeurs four other senior women around, asking each what they would...


Boscawen welcomes new chief – recruitment and retention is his priority 
06-13-2023 5:45 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

In his last 18 years serving Merrimack County as a police officer, Boscawen Chief Jason Killary has seen it all from unidentified flying objects while on patrol to children drowning in the Merrimack River. “I was training and we’re sitting in the park...


Our nation says thanks for beautifying State Vets Cemetery 
05-27-2023 6:00 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Olivia DeAngelis waited for the sharp-ended pole to puncture the ground, creating a small hole less than an inch in diameter.She had never met the woman beside her using this strange, spear-like tool and plunging it into the earth, but they were...


Tragedy decades ago in Boscawen serves as a reminder to students: don't drink and drive
05-21-2023 2:00 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Lynn Colby wants high school students to remember that it’s not too late to avoid a catastrophe that will forever alter the course of many lives.It altered Colby’s. Her brother, Skipper Kingsbury, got drunk and drove into a tree three days before...


PHOTOS: As April showers continue into May, flowers show off colorful buds at nurseries
05-04-2023 8:07 PM

After days of deluge and minor flooding around the region, the weather this weekend is shaping up for gardeners looking to get their hands dirty.Saturday and Sunday are forecast to sunny with temperatures in the high 60s, according to the National...

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