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Opinion: Healthcare in need of healing
03-23-2024 7:00 AM

By MARK CIOCCA

Mark Ciocca lives in Penacook. As a retiree with chronic health issues, I have frequent appointments at outpatient clinics run by Concord Hospital. Recently, signs have been posted at these facilities saying that “physical and verbal aggression will...

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At Penacook Landing, affordable housing marks two decades of development
04-03-2024 3:28 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Bette Hill had one goal when her mom remarried and her family traded Concord for California when she was 14 years old – to move back “home.”It took her 56 years, but in 2010 after raising five kids, Hill returned to New Hampshire and settled down in...


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...


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...


Right on cue: Penacook to add billiards hall to a growing entertainment scene
02-11-2024 5:00 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

Once, the clanging of weights and humming of treadmills filled the 6,500 square-foot facility adjacent to the Thirty Pines plaza across Burough Road.Soon, though, a new sound – the crackling of pool balls smashing together – will join Penacook’s...


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...


Opinion: New Hampshire is a low tax state
01-25-2024 6:30 AM

By ADAM CZARKOWSKI

Adam Czarkowski works in the technology sector and lives in Penacook. A recent My Turn in the Concord Monitor claimed that New Hampshire has higher taxes than Massachusetts based on one retired person’s situation. I would argue as a person that is...


Hometown Hero: Alan Andrian of Boscawen does more than run a beloved local restaurant
01-21-2024 7:00 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

You’ve probably seen the sign hugging Route 3 in Boscawen, near the Penacook border.It’s big and announces that the restaurant located there, Alan’s of Boscawen – a landmark in the region – remains open after a 40-year run. The owner and founder, Alan...


Opinion: Public education benefits us all
01-14-2024 7:30 AM

By CARISA CORROW

Carisa Corrow of Penacook is co-author of “126 Falsehoods We Believe About Education” and founder of Educating for Good. It’s been established by the state constitution and reiterated by the courts that the state bears the responsibility of...


Opinion: Undeclared voters, it’s time to shine
01-05-2024 6:00 AM

By ADAM CZARKOWSKI

Adam Czarkowski works in the technology sector and lives in Penacook. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, New Hampshire will have its first in the nation presidential primary. This year’s primary will look a little different as the sitting president will not be on...


Opinion: What rights are in danger?
12-03-2023 7:30 AM

By ADAM CZARKOWSKI

Adam Czarkowski works in the technology sector and lives in Penacook. As the race for governor of New Hampshire continues the Democrats are trying to imply that abortion rights in New Hampshire are in danger. I understand why. Stroking fear about...


Opinion: A tale of two houses
11-16-2023 6:00 AM

By CARISA CORROW

Carisa Corrow of Penacook is co-author of “126 Falsehoods We Believe About Education” and founder of Educating for Good. The coverage of this year’s municipal election by the Concord Monitor was fantastic. From incorporating community-created...


Opinion: Prevention by pre-escalation
11-07-2023 6:00 AM

By MARK CIOCCA

Mark Ciocca of Penacook is a retired psychologist.Whether you read the newspaper, watch TV, or get your news online, it is easy to conclude that we are living in challenging and potentially stressful times. Images of war are everywhere, mass shootings...


Hometown Hero: Seniors continue to flourish following the merger of the Penacook Community Center and the Concord Boys and Girls Club 
11-05-2023 3:18 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Before the Penacook Community Center closed last year, Kristen Pinard-Kenney was the intergenerational outreach coordinator, working to bridge the generation gap through activities in an official capacity.She doubled as the senior program director at...


Area 23 has new name – The Forum Pub – and new location in Penacook
11-02-2023 5:22 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Kirk McNeil hopes his new business in the Thirty Pines plaza, sandwiched between a laundromat and the Post Office, will alter Concord’s nightlife in a big way.Gone is Area 23, a local hotspot that added flair to the entertainment climate in the city,...


Opinion: The candidates Concord needs now
10-10-2023 5:00 PM

By CARISA CORROW

Carisa Corrow of Penacook is co-author of “126 Falsehoods We Believe About Education” and founder of Educating for Good. While Concord is a great little city with much to offer, it’s not perfect. We have some complicated issues that need to be...


Opinion: What standards does PragerU actually meet?
09-14-2023 6:00 AM

By CARISA CORROW

Carisa Corrow of Penacook is co-author of “126 Falsehoods We Believe About Education” and founder of Educating for Good. The debate about PragerU is about much more than the political leanings of its producers. Yes, we should all be concerned that the...


Opinion: The college conundrum
08-24-2023 6:00 AM

By ADAM CZARKOWSKI

Adam Czarkowski works in the technology sector and lives in Penacook. As the new school year approaches, this year will be a little different for our family. This year my son enters his senior year of high school. So, in addition to academics and...


Opinion: Don’t Mass up New Hampshire
07-31-2023 7:00 AM

By ADAM CZARKOWSKI

Adam Czarkowski works in the technology sector and lives in Penacook. Recently Kelly Ayotte our former attorney general and U.S. Senator announced she was running for governor. Kelly Ayotte’s last campaign was in 2016 when she lost a very close race...


Opinion: What Franklin Opera House can tell us about Franklin schools
07-30-2023 7:00 AM

By CARISA CORROW

Carisa Corrow of Penacook is co-author of “126 Falsehoods We Believe About Education” and founder of Educating for Good. My first experience at Franklin Opera House was at a summer performance of Aladdin Jr. in 2009. We had a five and three-year-old...


Police seek public’s help with investigation into Penacook fires
07-27-2023 6:28 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Concord police and state fire officials are seeking the public’s help to determine if two structure fires near each other in Penacook during the wee hours on Monday night were accidental or not.While the investigation is ongoing and no conclusion has...

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