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Hometown Hero: Hopkinton PE teacher Jordan Whitaker ran the Boston Marathon as support runner for para-athlete

05-17-2024 2:27 PM

By CHLOE RATTEE

Hopkinton physical education teacher Jordan Whitaker ran her third Boston Marathon last month – but her first as a support runner to a para-athlete. “It’s awesome to be able to be a part of that,” said Whitaker. “It’s nice to feel like you’re proud...


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Who’ll foot bill for water projects?

05-18-2024 1:00 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

With the largest increases in proposed city spending next year tied to major water and sewer projects on the Heights, some city councilors appear open to leaning harder on developers to pay for growth-driven infrastructure improvements.The more than...


Concord solidifies plan to respond to homelessness

05-18-2024 12:00 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Twice a day the fire department can expect a call relating to homelessness in some way, whether it’s a fire at an encampment that needs to be extinguished; the river flooded with high rains and campers are stuck on the banks, or a medical emergency...


New book by Mike Pride captures NH literary era

05-17-2024 1:36 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Before he died last spring from a rare blood cancer at age 76, the community knew the local newspaper editor was a well-rounded author, a prolific writer who loved the written word and its ability to summon clear images without being verbose.For...


Cottage community rebuilds beloved dock after it was destroyed in boat crash

05-17-2024 1:34 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The Keewaydin Cottages feel like the set of a movie.Tall pines stand sentry on Lake Winnipesaukee’s rocky shoreline, and the air’s humidity-muffled stillness is cut only by the quiet lapping of waves against the small beach and the deep, hollow...


Concord planning board approves new casino zoning

05-17-2024 12:29 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

A proposal to limit casinos in Concord to fewer locations while the city writes new laws to control their use got approval Wednesday from the Planning Board and will go before the public in July before the city council decides what to do.The proposed...


2023 hit farmers hard. Now, many say NH's Ag department is making things worse in 2024

05-17-2024 11:59 AM

By KATE DARIO

At the start of every growing season for the past 14 years, James Steever, who co-owns Generation Farm in Concord, works his fields, plants his seeds — and hand-delivers his organic certification application to the New Hampshire Department of...


Barrington entrepreneur giving new life to single-use plastic

05-16-2024 11:30 PM

By MATTHEW J. MOWRY

Nathan Gray has an endless supply of raw materials for his products. He would like to see that change. Gray is CEO of Plastic Recycled, a Barrington-based company that is “creating new life from single-use plastics,” as the company’s tagline states.To...


Parental notification bill passes Senate

05-16-2024 5:27 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A bill that would require teachers to notify parents at least two weeks before they introduce content about sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression, passed the Senate Thursday, much to the chagrin of its longest-serving...


‘A little bit of kindness can go a long way’: Belmont continues honoring legacy of Jake Deware

05-16-2024 1:40 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Belmont baseball coach Matt LeBlanc looked up at the scoreboard and saw that his Red Raiders had scored 11 runs against Winnisquam. He felt a chill move up his spine.On May 6, the program had partnered with the Jake Deware Kindness Project to carry on...


Senate kills bill allowing medical aid in dying

05-16-2024 11:33 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After months of intense public debate, with Granite Staters on both sides of the legislation that would allow medical aid in dying, packing the room at every public hearing, the Senate voted on Thursday to kill the bill.“I think that the tragedy is...


Beilock’s leadership divides students; ‘no confidence’ narrowly passes

05-16-2024 11:30 AM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER – By a slim margin, Dartmouth undergraduate students have voted “no confidence” in President Sian Leah Beilock’s leadership in the wake of a controversial crackdown on pro-Palestinian protesters earlier this month, Dartmouth Student Government...


Demolition of historic Norris House in downtown Concord to make way for new development

05-16-2024 10:42 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

The historic Norris House on South Main Street will be torn down next week to make way for a commercial development after years of failed efforts to get somebody to cover the six-figure cost to move it to safety.“We have removed the transom over the...


Planners address commercialization of Conway

05-16-2024 10:27 AM

By TOM EASTMAN

When is enough, enough?That question — asked about commercial growth in town — was raised at a recent Conway Planning Board work session.A direct result of that session is a public hearing scheduled for May 23 on increasing the required green space of...


Dartmouth takes over psychiatric treatment for children at Hampstead Hospital

05-16-2024 9:59 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Over the objections of mental health advocates and others two years ago, the state chose a private company that primarily works with incarcerated adults to provide psychiatric treatment to children at Hampstead Hospital. With that $52.5 million...


As site testing begins on new middle school site, activists file to put location debate on the ballot

05-15-2024 5:05 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In the woods off South Curtisville Road, between maple saplings and tall pines and within sight of dog walkers on trails, fifteen wooden stakes flagged with hot pink construction tape poke up from the pine needles carpeting the ground.The stakes mark...


State surplus auction to be held Saturday; preview day Friday

05-15-2024 3:34 PM

Monitor staff

The twice-annual auction of surplus government property returns Saturday at White Farm in Concord, both for those who are bidding and those who are just watching.“People seem to enjoy watching the plow trucks get bid on for whatever reason. … There’s...


No further appeal planned over removal of Flynn memorial in Concord

05-15-2024 3:18 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

The fight over a historical marker about Concord native Elizabeth Gurley Flynn has ended, with sponsors saying they won’t appeal a judge’s ruling that they lack legal standing to sue over its removal after it offended some executive councilors and...


For the first time, education commissioner speaks publicly about minimum standards revision, but he faces skepticism

05-15-2024 11:00 AM

By KELLY BURCH

After an hour-long public conversation with the commissioner of the N.H.  Department of Education, school board members in Manchester – the state’s largest school district –  remained frustrated by a lack of clear answers and unconvinced that proposed...


NH woman pleads guilty to unlicensed practice of naturopathic medicine

05-15-2024 10:30 AM

By ANGELINA BERUBE

BRENTWOOD — An Atkinson woman illegally practiced naturopathic medicine, advertising herself as a doctor in the field and collecting payment for her services.Shanna Pinet, 46, of Atkinson, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of practicing...


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