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Hometown Heroes: Concord man turns playing fields into safe haven for New Americans

02-25-2024 8:45 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Bob Wolfe heard the story nearly 25 years ago about a 10-year-old boy sprawled out on the side of a road in Sierre Leone shortly after a rebel fighter had cut off his legs.“That was it,” Wolfe said. “That was all I needed.” He had been shown the dark...


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Law in the Marketplace: Studs Terkel’s great book on work

02-24-2024 9:00 PM

By JOHN CUNNINGHAM

Studs Terkel was a superb author, actor and activist. He lived from 1912 to 2008. He wrote endlessly about Chicago, the great city where he resided. In 1972, he published his most famous and most widely read book: “Working — People Talk about What...


One last plea to save historic home: Norris House on Main Street due to be torn down soon

02-24-2024 8:34 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

With no obvious savior in sight, the historic green mansion between Concord Co-op and Bank of NH Stage on Main Street faces a demolition deadline even as a long-standing effort to save a historic brick building a few hundred yards away continues to...


Alton Bay seaplane ice runway grounded

02-24-2024 2:00 PM

By GABRIEL PERRY

The ice runway at the Alton Bay Seaplane Base on Lake Winnipesaukee won’t be open this season due to lack of ice. Base officials made the final decision not to open the runway at all the first weekend of February.The tradition began in 1947 and has...


Coyote hunting season never ends in NH – and neither does the debate

02-24-2024 12:00 PM

By HADLEY BARNDOLLAR

Chris Schadler considers coyotes to be “the most persecuted carnivore in North America.”When talking about the wild canids, it’s as though she’s standing up for a long-vilified, misunderstood creature – one that’s persevered with resilience and...


‘A moving target’: How does state school building aid work? And how much can the middle school project expect?

02-24-2024 11:30 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In a best-case scenario, the Concord School District would receive no more than $32 million – less than half of what it asked for – in state money for the middle school project due to changes to the school building aid program taking effect this...


Advocates hope to see the ‘year of housing’ in the state house

02-24-2024 11:00 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When the Legislature reconvened in January, the new session was met with a record number of housing bills. But Elissa Margolin is holding off on crowning this session as the “year of housing” – until she sees what policy makes it to the governor’s...


A mother, a sister and her fight for a better life

02-24-2024 10:00 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

She sat in a room below a shrine of flags, medals and framed photos in honor of her son, next to the young daughter of her late sister.The conversation shifted, moving from the death of Heather Demello’s son, Dustin Hall, a 21-year-old member of the...


Inmate back in custody after fleeing from Concord Hospital

02-24-2024 9:47 AM

An inmate who escaped late Friday while under supervision at Concord Hospital was detained just after midnight near Concord High School. He was taken into custody without incident.The New Hampshire Department of Corrections, NH State Police, Concord...


New fields, track, bleachers and field house – Memorial Field designs include long list of upgrades

02-23-2024 11:20 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Like any former Concord High graduate, Dalton Mutz knows the limitations of Memorial Field. With poor drainage after rain, the facility has garnered the nickname “the swamp." Mutz, who ran track and graduated in 2018, decided to move back to Concord...


What to know about the Harmony Montgomery murder case

02-23-2024 11:16 AM

By HOLLY RAMER

CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire man faces up to life in prison after being convicted Thursday of killing his 5-year-old daughter then hiding her body for months before disposing of it.Adam Montgomery, who did not attend his two-week trial in...


DOT announces I-93 speeding, distracted driving initiative

02-23-2024 10:20 AM

State Police will be out in force on Interstate 93 on Saturday with an eye out for speeders and distracted drivers. “Law enforcement officers will be working to deter and detect drivers who are operating above the speed limit, holding a cell phone or...


In a big blow, Spirit Airlines is ending flights from Manchester airport

02-23-2024 8:39 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Just three days after a new airline said it would be starting service at Manchester-Boston regional Airport, Spirit Airlines says it is suspending service, partly because it isn’t selling enough tickets.The company said it would suspend service to...


Court upholds Bow Planning Board’s decision to approve 190-feet cell tower

02-22-2024 5:36 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Depending on their vantage point, Bow residents will soon see a 190-foot cell tower in town, following a court ruling that upheld the planning board’s decision to waive local ordinances for its construction.After Kristina and Rob Parisien appealed the...


State steps in after problems with mail prescriptions for retirees

02-22-2024 3:42 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

The change of companies overseeing mail-order prescriptions for roughly 11,000 retired state employees has resulted in so many problems since the start of the year that the state may fine Anthem Blue Cross, the company that won the contract.Gov....


‘They don’t have a voice’: Planning Board tables Christ the King food pantry plans citing poor communication

02-22-2024 3:40 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

While endorsing what a new and larger Christ the King Parish Food Pantry would do for the community, the Concord Planning Board decided to delay the proposal and chastised parish leaders for not reaching out to the project’s neighbors, including...


Two men charged in Vermont murder-for-hire case to go on trial in September

02-22-2024 3:09 PM

The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The two men from facing federal charges connected to a murder-for-hire plot that led to the 2018 abduction and killing of a Vermont man will go on trial in September, a federal judge said Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey...


Friendly Kitchen expands to grow meal delivery program

02-22-2024 2:53 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

On a typical weekday at the Friendly Kitchen, breakfast volunteers start cooking at 7 a.m. They’ll leave around 9:30 to make way for a lunch crew that arrives at 10:30. Lunch volunteers depart at 1:30, leaving just an hour and a half before dinner...


After delays, state says it will close on 220-acre Laconia property in March

02-22-2024 2:34 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

After two months-long delays, the state says it will close its $21.5 million deal on the 220-acre Laconia State School property on March 13. The state has tried to sell the property, which needs considerable work, including the removal of dilapidated...


Adam Montgomery convicted of killing five-year-old daughter Harmony

02-22-2024 2:05 PM

By KATHY McCORMACK

Adam Montgomery was convicted of second-degree murder by a jury Thursday in the death of his 5-year-old daughter, who police believe was killed nearly two years before she was reported missing in 2021 and whose body was never found.Montgomery, 34, did...



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