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Elation, sadness, anger: Supreme Court abortion ruling waylays Market Days
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Kathleen Hedstrom and Pat Kiefer sat behind a white sign with black letters that read, “pray to end abortion” Friday morning at Market Days in downtown Concord.The pair sitting at the 40 Days for Life anti-abortion booth a block away from the State House had their prayers answered after the U.S. Sup...
Track & field: Area athletes compete at state decathlon, heptathlon championship
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Several area high school track and field athletes extended their seasons by participating in the 65th New Hampshire State Decathlon Championship at Nashua High School South and the 45th New Hampshire State Heptathlon Championship at Nashua North this past weekend.Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s Anders...
Chamber: Travelers are discovering Concord
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Tourism is booming in New Hampshire. In fall 2021, the state broke records with 4.3 million visitors spending nearly $2 billion. Not only is this an increase from recent years, which were deeply affected by COVID-19, but shows a significant rise from pre-pandemic tourism levels. The Merrimack Valley...
Lawyers for former YDC residents ask for hearings
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Attorneys representing nearly 600 former Youth Development Center residents in abuse claims against the state have asked a judge to move forward with litigation on 450 of those cases. They say their clients are proceeding with their lawsuits because they continue to distrust the settlement option of...
An unhappy N.H. first: Our first officially extinct plant
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Smooth slender crabgrass, a plant known to exist only at Rock Rimmon Park in Manchester, has been officially declared globally extinct, the N.H. Natural Heritage Bureau announced Wednesday.This is the first documented plant extinction ever in New Hampshire, but probably won’t be the last.This specie...
N.H. patents through June 19
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By Targeted News Service WASHINGTON – The following federal patents were assigned in New Hampshire from June 12 through June 19. *** Parallel Wireless Assigned Patent for Base Station Power Management Parallel Wireless, Nashua, New Hampshire, has been assigned a patent (No. 11,363,538, initially filed January 5, 2021) developed by four...
Students with disabilities get more time to finish school
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A new bill would give students with disabilities an extra year to finish high school and extend access to special education services. House Bill 1513 passed in the New Hampshire Legislature and is awaiting Gov. Chris Sununu’s approval.The state would change how it defined the age window of “children...
Letter: NH wins when Sununu signs HB 1454
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Gov. Sununu has an exceptional opportunity to protect NH waters from foreseeable contamination from new landfills with HB 1454. The governor’s environmental engineering background makes him well aware of the dangers landfill spills and accidents continually pose to the state’s irreplaceable waters.I...
Monitor names high school spring athletes of the year
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The final outs on the baseball and softball diamonds have been made, the last goals on the lacrosse fields have been scored, and the concluding serve on the tennis courts have happened.The spring sports season has ended and, thus, the entirety of the 2021-22 sports season has concluded. The past sea...
Opinion: It’s time to Rebuild at Rundlett
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Pieter Hollenberg, Reagan Bissonnette and Dan Williams are residents of Concord and members of Rebuild at Rundlett. If you haven’t heard the news, Rundlett Middle School needs to be replaced, and it needs to happen soon. Despite the Concord School Board recently announcing a letter of intent to purc...
On the trail: Top political handicapper rates NH's 2nd CD a toss-up
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Since first winning New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District a decade ago, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster’s only had one close call as she’s successfully run for re-election every two years.That was in 2016, when the Democrat from Hopkinton defeated GOP challenger Jim Lawrence by just four points in the...
Warriors already looking ahead to another title run
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The goal was enormous: Return to the NBA’s mountaintop.And now with that monumental task complete, the NBA champion Golden State Warriors already have a new target: staying up there for a while.The victory cigars hadn’t been extinguished after the title-clinching win in Boston, the last celebratory...
Me and My Uncle: Nieces remember Tom Houle as the coolest guy around
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Rebecca Richards of Gilmanton Iron Works said her uncle was “the epitome of cool.”“He didn’t care what anyone thought about his decisions or how he lived his life,” Richards said by phone Thursday. “He lived what he was passionate about each day. I idolized him my whole life.”His family and friends...
“He has a gun,” someone shouted during Concord High’s Red Carpet event. Actually, he had a paintbrush.
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Sometime before 7 on Friday night, members of the Concord High School community feared for their lives, if only for a brief moment, during a joyous occasion on South Main Street.They had seen a man close to the entrance of Concord High School’s annual pre-prom Red Carpet event at Red River Theatre,...
Three Concord-area hunters will have a chance to bag a moose this year
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Three Concord-area residents are among 40 people who won a chance to hunt a moose this October in the annual lottery held by New Hampshire Fish and Game.The lottery, held every year since 1975, gives hunters the right to try to shoot a moose in a  particular part of the state during hunting season...
Merrimack County closing visitation center to make way for new program
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In a small room in the Merrimack County Visitation Center, Disney princess stickers line the beige walls. Toy trucks, board games and a Little Tikes plastic kitchen are at the ready for children to play. This room, along with three others down the hall, provides neutral spaces for parents to have su...
Something Wild: Exploring a silver maple floodplain forest
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There's a rare and special riverside forest not far from downtown Concord, along the banks of the Merrimack River. It's a silver maple floodplain forest, and it's remained virtually unchanged despite centuries of agricultural and industrial growth along the river.
$50 million infrastructure fund would be boon for some N.H. county nursing homes, but not all
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The health and safety upgrades needed at county nursing homes are many but the tax dollars to address them are not.
Concord town crier for the week of June 19, 2022
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PENACOOK Yard Sale ■The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Pope John Paul II, is holding its annual Yard Sale at Immaculate Conception Parish, 9 Bonney St., on Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall. The sale will be held rain or shine. ■Penacook Branch Library, located...
Despite increasing lifeguard pay, Concord will only open four pools Sunday
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Four out of Concord’s seven pools will open for the season on Sunday – one fewer than last summer – despite pay increases for lifeguards meant to overcome last year’s staffing shortage. Last year, pools at Garrison and White Park remained closed, while the pool at Kimball Park was able to open midwa...
Lawyers for YDC abuse victims ask judge to let cases proceed
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The lawyers accuse the state of "a defense strategy that succeeds by delay."
Letter: A divisive symbol
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Your photo of Merrimack County Sheriff David Croft (Monitor, 6/12) shows him in front a “thin blue line” flag. Possibly Sheriff Croft sees that flag purely as an emblem of solidarity and pride in law enforcement. However, as a public official, he should be aware that the “thin blue line” flag is wid...
N.H. is seeing a sharp rise in road fatalities this year
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New Hampshire has seen a sharp increase in fatal road crashes so far this year, reflecting an ominous trend on America’s highways.Through June 12, according to state police, 48 fatal crashes have occurred in New Hampshire this year, an increase of 23% over the same period last year.So far, a total...
Penacook’s Kristie Schoffield wins NCAA Division I national championships in 800 meters
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She paused her interview with ESPN’s John Anderson to give her mom a hug. She ended that same interview with a shout out to Merrimack Valley High School track coach Dave Irving and former MV teammate Walker John. And Penacook’s Kristie Schoffield ended her collegiate running career as an NCAA Divisi...
Spongy moth caterpillars descend on New Hampshire
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Eating everything it can find, the spongy moth caterpillar – formerly known as the gypsy moth caterpillar – may not notice the defoliation it’s causing. But state officials and researchers do and are preparing to track the caterpillars’ population boom across several counties this spring.The spongy...
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