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After her daughter’s death, a mom learns to write through grief

07-06-2024 12:00 PM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

Tina Hedin never considered herself a writer.She knew she had creative instinct, but beat herself up for lacking the drive to do much with it. At 60 years old, she was constantly pestered with life’s unanswered questions: Was I successful? What other...


NH police struggle with effectiveness of mobile crisis units due to extended wait times

07-05-2024 1:55 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

For police officers in New Hampshire, having a mobile crisis team of trained clinicians and social workers respond alongside them to calls involving mental health crises can be an invaluable resource. But the lengthy response times — sometimes...


Arrest made after Loudon Road stabbing

07-05-2024 1:51 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Concord Police arrested a man they say was responsible for a stabbing at an apartment complex on Loudon Road this week. Adolphe Ndayishimiye, 24, faces four felony charges: first and second degree assault, criminal threatening and falsifying physical...


Tractor Supply Co., heralded for DEI work, eliminates initiatives amid backlash

07-05-2024 12:00 PM

By JAMES RINKER

Tractor Supply Co., which has three locations in the Monadnock Region, has eliminated its diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives amid backlash on social media from some of its customer base.In a statement released June 27, the Brentwood,...


Pushback on adopting new building energy codes in NH highlights climate, affordability tensions

07-05-2024 11:00 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

New Hampshire is poised to update its building codes, the laws meant to keep homes and commercial buildings safe and comfortable.But in the bill approaching Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk, the code that regulates the energy efficiency of new homes is set to...


In letter, Electric Co-op board rejects claims of consumer advocate

07-05-2024 9:54 AM

By ADAM DRAPHCO

 In a letter sent to the state’s Public Utilities Commission, an attorney representing the board of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative argues that a recent call for the utility provider to be investigated is misguided.Donald Kreis, the state’s...


After last year’s disaster, things are great on N.H. farms this year

07-05-2024 9:02 AM

By DAVID BROOKS and GEOFF FORESTER

Farmers famously see the glass as half empty because nature always pulls a fast one on them, but something unusual can be heard in New Hampshire this year: Agricultural optimism.“The weather has been cooperating, and we haven’t had any major weather...


NEC football turns to local players, seasoned coach for debut season

07-05-2024 8:55 AM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

In the summer, the grass on the practice field at John Stark Regional High School grows long, but Donnie White can still point out the roughest patches of gravel. He pokes one, hard, with his sneaker. This, he says, is a terrible spot to be...


Ukrainian immigrant celebrates Fourth in NH amid concerns for her homeland

07-03-2024 6:58 PM

By SOFIE BUCKMINSTER

For Ukrainian immigrant Olivia Babin, fireworks evoke fond memories. They remind her of Ukrainian Independence Days in Kyiv as a child — everyone gathering in Maidan, the main square, and mingling below the sparkly sky. This year, her 23rd in the...


Updated: Andy Sanborn gets 3-month extension to close casino sale

07-03-2024 6:56 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Andy Sanborn, operator of the Concord Casino on South Main Street, has been granted a 90-day extension to finalize its sale, signaling near completion in negotiations, with a prospective buyer potentially from a Las Vegas-based gambling firm.On July...


Birds found an improbable home next to a Market Basket parking lot. Now they’re gone.

07-03-2024 11:00 AM

By TODD BOOKMAN

Caelin Graber is now banned from entering the Market Basket grocery store in Milford, so she has to conduct an interview from across the street.“This was my Market Basket that I shopped at regularly,” she says, ducking into some shade on a recent...


Officer Zippit reporting for duty — year after year

07-03-2024 10:39 AM

By GABRIEL PERRY

He doesn't speak and he can barely see but Zippit is the buoyant authority when it comes to safety on the water in the Lakes Region.Zippit, a large, plush personal flotation device mascot used by the Marine Patrol Bureau of the New Hampshire State...


State health dept. shares ice cream recall

07-03-2024 10:33 AM

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services is advising consumers of a recall from Totally Cool, Inc. of Owings Mills, Maryland, for several ice cream brands, including certain Cumberland Farms,...


Sun, fun, and – fecal bacteria? How to practice ‘Healthy Swimming’ this summer.

07-03-2024 10:23 AM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

For many, summer means time to hit the beach. But maybe not any beach, if you don’t want to swim in harmful bacteria. From late May to early September, New Hampshire’s Beach Inspection Program monitors public beaches for fecal bacteria. And with...


School meal debt in Concord tops $90K

07-02-2024 5:04 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Before the pandemic, Concord School District expected between $7,000 and $15,000 in outstanding school lunch debt at the end of the year. This past school year, the number hit $93,000.It continues a post-pandemic trend of swelling debt: Federal COVID...


Andy Sanborn closer to new casino construction off Loudon Road after court order

07-02-2024 5:02 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Andy Sanborn’s proposed 43,000-square-foot casino off Loudon Road could be one step closer to construction after a lawsuit challenging the city Zoning Board’s approval of the development was denied.Kassey Cameron, a Concord resident, filed lawsuits...


Tighter rabies rules makes it harder to bring dogs into U.S., even after a day trip to Canada

07-02-2024 2:00 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

If you’re planning on taking the family puppy north for a quick Canada visit this summer, be careful: Regulations about rabies vaccination will change Aug. 1 and you might have trouble getting Fido back into the U.S.The changes from the U.S. Centers...


Lottery Commission investigator joins city solicitor’s office

07-02-2024 1:16 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

John Conforti, leaving his post as chief compliance officer for the state Lottery Commission, is now the deputy city solicitor for the City of Concord.The city solicitor heads the city’s legal department, which includes the city prosecutor’s office...


Pembroke basketball coach Mike Donnell has cancer. He’s got a whole community behind him.

07-02-2024 1:01 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

On a mid-June Tuesday afternoon, the smothering odor of the Pembroke Academy weight room was a jarring transition from the crisp 70 degrees outside. Through the concoction of Axe body spray and sweat that floated through the air, the boys’ basketball...


Where to celebrate Fourth of July

07-02-2024 12:11 PM

Events are on Thursday unless otherwise noted:Andover(rain date Saturday)7 a.m. – Library Book Sale, Stone Chapel7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast, Andover Elementary/Middle School8 a.m.- 5 p.m. – Festival at the village green, including...


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