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Nicole Densmore brings music to her community
03-18-2024 5:03 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

New London’s Town Meeting began as it has for the last 14 years, with students from the Kearsarge Regional Elementary School leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.Music teacher Nicole Densmore invited all students in...

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Since 1958, a hidden piece of the past in Concord has been waiting to be found
04-09-2024 5:34 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

The jackhammer rattled away for a good 20 minutes Tuesday before a faded copper and lead container was pried from the corner of the Department of Justice building in downtown Concord that had been home to several banks.Dozens of onlookers and state...


Nominations for Epsom’s Citizen of the Year award are being accepted until May
04-07-2024 1:17 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Each year during the Epsom Old Home Day weekend, master of ceremonies Paul Morency announces the winner of the annual Citizen of the Year award.A strange scenario unfolded last summer when Morency wasn’t allowed to announce the award. Epsom Select...


Ginger LaPlante has planted roots, not to mention hooves, in Canterbury
04-02-2024 2:14 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

The Canterbrook Farm in Canterbury is quiet these days, but years ago it was a haven for all things equestrian in New Hampshire.Virginia LaPlante, 88, and her late husband, Mike Plisko, moved to the 200-year-old farm in 1969, and over the years, it...


Concord High freshman adjusts to life without her father after his passing from colon cancer
04-01-2024 5:10 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

The visions her father left behind will keep Maia Bradley smiling for the rest of her life.When she thinks of her father, Mike Bradley, she remembers his dedication to her, though he often wouldn’t talk about the great lengths he took. Think rising at...


First, a woman from Gilford beat cancer; now, she’s beating the pavement
03-31-2024 1:11 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Now and then, Donna Kuethe, 71, feels like the second-oldest person among 24 others, each riding a bicycle across the country in an organized group to raise money for a cause of their choice.The youngest riders are 50.“Riding would have been different...


Just as she did in Vietnam, Nancy Warner offered a comforting voice at NH Veterans Home Friday
03-30-2024 7:00 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

Nancy Warner was one of 625 women who formed the Donut Dollies, a Red Cross-fueled program that mirrored other efforts to entertain soldiers during the Vietnam War.Through the years, however, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who knew this. In the...


Serving Boscawen with modesty and grace, Roger Sanborn gets the spotlight
03-24-2024 7:51 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

A proclamation read at the Boscawen Town Meeting last week, celebrating a man’s selfless acts dating back four and five decades, could not be announced quickly to voters on Election Day.Roger Sanborn, 76, had simply done too much. So wrote Elaine...


Remembering Bobbie Miller: 14 years after her murder, family seeking answers from investigators
03-21-2024 3:43 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Maddie Dionne smiled her way through much of a 90-minute conversation when speaking about life’s simplest things.They’ve taken on greater importance over the past 14 years.She has coffee with her son, Ken Dionne, each morning in New Boston, sitting on...


Chichester approves its budget, but not without a fight
03-16-2024 6:39 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Select board chairman Ed Millette did his best to explain why Chichester’s operating budget and tax rate needed to increase, saying that costs were up everywhere and more money was needed to meet the needs of residents.In classic fashion this time of...


Pittsfield passes everything but the proposed bottom line
03-15-2024 10:44 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

Voters in Pittsfield passed all 30 articles on Election Day except for the one that annually gains the most attention: the operating budget.The town’s proposed operating budget of $5.74 million failed by a 197-189 vote, meaning the town’s default...


Seniors and a family with a rich history could benefit in Chichester Saturday
03-15-2024 10:39 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

Three proposed articles seek to raise community spirit, two by easing the financial burden on disabled seniors and one by considering ownership of Hook Cemetery.A pair of articles seek to increase property tax exemptions for seniors who earn less than...


In Allenstown, locals only at Merrimack River boat launch
03-13-2024 5:30 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Following years of frustration caused by out-of-staters parking at the Pelissier Boat Launch along the Merrimack River in Allenstown, voters struck back on Election Day, passing a measure by a count of 286-160 that allows resident-only access to one...


Effort, kindness and generosity make Emily Ricard an asset to the community
03-11-2024 6:36 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Emily Ricard makes wishes, big wishes, come true.Last spring, for example, a little boy with a rare form of cancer got his wish, a trip to Disney World. He had fun and is now feeling better.“The update is that he is doing well,” said Ricard, who works...


Push to add new teacher fails to pass in Chichester
03-09-2024 5:54 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

In years past, Tara Blaney, a member of the Chichester Budget Committee, has carried a fiscally conservative voice into town and school meetings, trying to balance the welfare of the town with the health of its bank accounts.Saturday, though, at the...


AG: Police justified in fatal shooting of Franklin man in November
03-08-2024 12:32 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

The Attorney General’s Office concluded Friday that the two state troopers – working as part of a SWAT Team response – who shot and killed a Franklin man last November in an armed standoff were justified in their actions.Troopers Aramus Caraballo and...


Pembroke voters facing nearly 30% tax increase
03-06-2024 5:52 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Amid all the property tax hikes in the Concord area this town meeting season, Pembroke residents are facing the biggest with a whopping 28.1% increase in one year.The combined town and school tax rate is expected to increase from $27.88 to $35.70 –...


Chichester school district seeks small tax increase
03-06-2024 5:49 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Hot topic: While many school districts in the region are facing potential double-digit tax increases to pay for their children’s education, Chichester Central School will seek just a 61-cent hike in the tax rate, from $11.73 to $12.34, or an...


Concord passerby jumps into Merrimack to rescue struggling dog
03-06-2024 4:56 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

They’d seen each other a few times before, a pair of dog lovers walking the trails under the Sewalls Falls Bridge in Concord.They’d smile, nod, say hi – common behavior among dog lovers, who often know a dog’s name before they know the owner’s name....


Quick actions of rescuers and a little luck saved two boys from drowning in freezing water in Franklin
03-04-2024 5:57 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

With hypothermia approaching fast, the combined efforts of a Franklin police officer who jumped into freezing water, working in concert with firefighters and other rescue personnel, saved the lives of two young boys last Friday who had fallen from...


Hometown Heroes: Stacy Duffy leads Girl Scouts down the right path
03-04-2024 5:17 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

You might have seen some of Stacy Duffy’s Girl Scouts standing in front of grocery and convenience stores in recent days, selling those yummy cookies like Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs and Samoas.She runs Troop 10162, and her lineup of girls has fanned out as...

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