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Gallery: Forty-mile gravel bicycle race draws racers from all over the region
04-19-2024 9:43 AM

Monitor staff

On April 6, the Pavement Ends Gravel Race — the only gravel bicycle race in New Hampshire — began at Pats Peak in Henniker and took riders through Weare and Deering over a 40-mile course. Riders took between two-and-a-half and five hours to complete...

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John Stark High School teachers inspire graduating class of 2024
06-15-2024 2:21 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Graduation day at John Stark Regional High School showcased the profound impact teachers have on their students’ futures.For Mathew Wilson, graduating with the class of 2024, this couldn’t be truer.Having moved from Texas two years ago, Wilson is now...


State fire marshal: Person found dead at Weare fire did not die of fire-related causes, not a criminal investigation
06-06-2024 9:26 AM

The person who was found dead at the scene of a fire in Weare early Tuesday morning did not die from fire-related causes, according to the N.H. Office of the State Fire Marshal in a press release.The death is not being investigated as a criminal...


1 dead in overnight fire in Weare
06-04-2024 10:32 AM

One person is dead after a fire consumed a single-family home in Weare early Tuesday morning.The town’s fire department was called to 77 Sewell Hoyt Road around 1:13 a.m. When they arrived, firefighters found “heavy fire” and reports indicated that a...


Outage update: Power back on in Webster; Hopkinton, Henniker and Weare expected to be fully restored Tuesday night
03-26-2024 11:38 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Power was expected to be restored by Tuesday evening to the remaining customers in the Concord area who had remained in the dark for nearly three days following a Saturday snow and ice storm.Dozens of broken utility poles led to delays in restoring...


Henniker’s thumbs-up beats Weare’s thumbs-down for John Stark budget
03-14-2024 10:28 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Henniker said yes more than Weare said no, which means the John Stark School District operating budget passed on election day.The two-town school district often sees a split between its member communities at annual meeting time and this was no...


Weare voters leave East Road land future unsettled with conflicting votes
03-13-2024 5:48 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Weare voters rejected the town operating budget but approved the school operating budget on Tuesday, and made a decision that leaves a decade-old debate about town-owned land on East Road even less settled than it was before.Voters approved both...


Opinion: Vote yes on the teacher’s contract in Weare
03-09-2024 6:30 AM

By MATTHEW THOMAS

Matthew Thomas lives in Weare. Nearly two decades ago our town found itself at a crossroads with its middle school. Support and commitment to the current and future students of this community by voting to pass a bond for a new school building or...


Weare says teachers contract needed to stop staff from leaving
02-08-2024 3:12 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

In the previous three years, according to data presented Wednesday night, the Weare School District has hired 46 new teachers, yet only 25 of them are still working in the district.Most of the rest have left to work in other districts, often...


John Stark School District to deliberate $15M budget, new support contract
02-07-2024 2:44 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Voters in Henniker and Weare will consider a $15 million budget for the John Stark School District, up 2.36% from the current budget, and a new contract for support personnel at Friday’s deliberative session.If all warrants pass, it is projected the...


Weare School District deliberate session to be held Wednesday evening
02-05-2024 11:00 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Voters in Weare will see a proposed $18.71 million operating budget for the town’s two schools, an increase of $231,000 or 1.25%, at the school district deliberate session on Wednesday, Feb. 7.If the budget passes the school tax rate would increase...


Opinion: Finding hope, a way forward amidst the epidemic of violence
01-27-2024 7:00 AM

By CYNTHIA WHITAKER

Cynthia Whitaker, PsyD, is President & CEO at Greater Nashua Mental Health. She lives in Weare. When I first sat down to write this commentary in the wake of the Lewiston shootings in October, I never imagined that soon after there would be a...


Opinion: Excluding trans girls will not keep our daughters safe
01-27-2024 6:00 AM

By MOLLY BRENNAN

Molly Brennan grew up in Weare. She is an artist, disability access advocate and anti-racist organizer. I want to celebrate the sudden enthusiasm I’ve observed for girls’ sports, for keeping locker rooms safe, and for the health and dignity of the...


Micro Mama’s trying to cultivate a better future for agriculture, environment and health
12-19-2023 4:37 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The symphony of vegetables inside the fermentation tanks at Micro Mama’s – cabbage, carrots, and beets to name a few — are much more than healthy condiments and side dishes.The products are all steeped in Stephanie Zydenbos and Samantha Cleveland’s...


NH Home Energy Expo on Saturday to focus on solar power
10-12-2023 5:12 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As rising energy costs and environmental concerns continue to gain attention, energy committees in many towns are pushing for residents to shift towards renewable technology and eco-friendly homes.The NH Home Energy Expo, an annual event typically...


Staff shortages as school year approaches
08-29-2023 2:51 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

With the start of the school year just days away, school districts are still racing to complete their hiring for teaching and support staff positions.The school district that covers Weare, Henniker and Stoddard has at least four vacant teacher...


Webster man indicted on pipe bomb explosions 
07-20-2023 5:50 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

A Webster man was indicted on Thursday in connection with two pipe bomb explosions in Weare last spring that injured one, state officials said. On April 26 and April 27, Dale Stewart Jr., 54, allegedly constructed and dentonated two destructive...


John Stark student started his career with the fire industry last year, graduated Saturday 
06-10-2023 3:07 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

The ground shook under the John Stark Regional High School football field on Saturday morning as the cannon sounded to honor the Henniker and Weare graduates of the class of 2023. Gunpowder lingered in the air and confetti trickled onto spectators as...


Invasive green sunfish found in Piscataquog River
05-20-2023 11:00 AM

Monitor staff

An invasive fish known as the green sunfish has been confirmed in the Piscataquog River downstream from the Weare Reservoir, also known as Horace Lake, and at Waukewan Lake. This is an expansion of the range. In 2022, biologists at the NH Department...


Parents hope for redemption and growth following conviction for racist graffiti
05-19-2023 5:29 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After a 17-year-old from Weare was convicted for violating New Hampshire’s Civil Rights Act for his involvement in racist graffiti vandalism against a fellow student at John Stark Regional High School last year, the parents of the victim hope...


Local and federal authorities investigating two suspected pipe bomb explosions in Weare
04-27-2023 1:27 PM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Police are investigating the explosion of two suspected pipe bombs that occurred along roadways in Weare on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, injuring at least one person. Weare police and fire responded to 362 Dustin Tavern Road at 6:10 p.m. on...

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