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Opinion: Weighing qualified immunity versus presumptive immunity
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Paul W. Costello, Jr. is a FLA-EMT-P/FF/fire service instructor and JD candidate 2023 at University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. Qualified immunity protects public officials performing discretionary functions, provided that their conduct does not violate established constitutional...
In Franklin, a small class says goodbye knowing they always have community back home
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The chords, pins and sashes on top of Andrew Gagnon’s royal blue graduation gowns tell the story of his Franklin High School career. The white collar signifies his place in the National Honor Society. His New Hampshire Scholars pin shows his academic rigor. And a medallion, with a theater emblem, ce...
Franklin’s whitewater park officially opens to kick off weekend-long celebration
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It’s been a long time coming but the first whitewater park in New England will be officially opened Friday – not that the lack of ribbon-cutting has kept kayakers from trying it out for months.On Friday at 4 p.m., a celebration will be held Trestle View Park marking the completion of phase one of Mi...
Mortgage rate increases create burden for buyers
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Ron Magoon has a stark description of the home mortgage market for small New Hampshire banks these days. It’s “pretty much dried up,” the president and CEO of Franklin Savings Bank said. Home prices continue to ride all-time highs in the state, and cash purchases that don’t require financing continu...
Franklin town crier for the week of June 12, 2022
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Cheer on graduates■Class Day Parade, a Franklin tradition, takes place Monday at noon, leaving from Franklin High School and through the downtown.  Cheer on our youth and graduating seniors.  Many viewing opportunities along the route.■The Franklin Rotary Club welcomes an interesting speaker every...
For NH Historical Society, a huge donation means huge changes on the horizon
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A $2 million private donation – given to the New Hampshire Historical Society last month by a member of a well-known Granite State family – will pay to build additional storage space for the landmark that’s bursting at the seams with archival material.Bill Dunlap, the president of the state’s histor...
Quadruplets go their own ways after Bishop Brady graduation
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When siblings Christian, Jeremy, Paige and Samantha Weir started their freshman year at Bishop Brady High School, everyone referred to them as “the Quads.”The Weir siblings, who are first set of quadruplets to ever attend Bishop Brady, according to principal Andrea Elliot, had come from a small midd...
Unexpected $12 million in pandemic aid allows towns to add safety and emergency equipment
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Here come the candidates: See who's running (so far) in N.H.
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New Hampshire's candidate filing period runs through Friday, June 10.
Franklin town crier for the week of June 5, 2022
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River Days ahead■The Franklin Rotary Club guest speaker will be the owner of the soon to open Downtown Crepes. The Rotary meets at the Episcopal Mission every Wednesday at noon, so mark your calendar ahead. Contact for more information. Visit
Professor offers archaeological consulting
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Robert G. Goodby, Ph.D., digs his work. Yep, it is the worst joke to use to introduce the fact that Goodby is an archeologist who, aside from teaching at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, runs his own archeological consulting business in Dublin.His company, Monadnock Archaeological Consulting,...
Entertainment quick picks for the week of June 1, 2022
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Irish Harp Orchestra What: NEIHO is a lively band of harpers who love creating Celtic music together, with a shared vision of playing great music and having fun doing it. When: June 4, 2 p.m. Where: Franklin Opera House, 316 Central St., Franklin Cost: Free Info: Ronan Tynan...
Hometown Heroes: For Jule Finley, all of Franklin is a stage
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Every time curriculum coordinator Jule Finley directs a new theatrical production with the Franklin School District, she buys a new Funko pop figurine that represents the show. The figurine collection, arranged in boxes on shelves above the desk in her office, includes Dorothy and Toto from the time...
55 years after he saved lives, Marine Jedh Barker honored in Franklin
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His act of courage — falling on a live grenade to save his brothers in combat — did not appear in a John Wayne movie or a Hemingway book.This act of courage, sometimes used as the ultimate example of self-sacrifice in literature and theater, really occurred in this case. Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Ba...
Mixed-use project gets $25.4 million financing package
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A consortium of banks, local development corporations and the NH Business Finance Authority has put together a $25.4 million construction financing package for Chinburg Properties’ planned rehabilitation of the historic Stevens Mill complex in downtown Franklin.Spearheading the financing are Frankli...
N.H. pollworkers reflect on rising intimidation: 'Why would we want to do anything to have a phony election?'
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lection workers say the shift after the 2020 election – and the false narrative that the election was rigged – was palpable.
Staycation 2022
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Opinion: America’s still singing the crossroad blues
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Dr. Kevin Healey is an Associate Professor of Communication at UNH. America today stands at a crossroad between democracy and autocracy. So say a range of voices including Democrats and Republicans, at least those who haven’t fallen victim to conspiracy theories and personality cults.This month’s ma...
Letter: Enough is enough
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A week ago ten people were shot dead in a grocery store in Buffalo. Now nineteen children and a teacher died in a school shooting incident in Texas. How much longer are we going to allow the insane ideas of those who worship gun rights to endanger us?The Second Amendment was written to enable the ar...
Opinion: Tackling ticks and climate change
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Patricia Edwards, MD, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) It’s that time of year again, when our thoughts turn to spring, and ticks!This year seems to be a bumper crop of ticks in my own yard, and early too. I’ve had patients calling in March about finding ticks on their children and...
Letter: ‘Common-sense’ gun laws
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After two more mass shootings, I must answer Adam Czarkowski’s letter (Monitor, 4/17) asking “What are common-sense gun laws?” 1) All gun owners should be registered in an FBI. data base. Adam Czarkowski agreed that “universal background checks are acceptable to most gun owners.” 2) If a gun owner...
Letter: Provocative letters
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What a wonderful bonanza of provocative letters in the May 17 edition of the Monitor. First, we had Joseph Mendola’s paeon to Education Commissioner Edelblut as the righteous savior of education in the Granite State. Despite the fact that Edelblut has dedicated himself to the dismantling of public...
Hillsboro-Deering competes at DECA
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Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the Atlanta Falcons, and the Georgia World Congress Center were the backdrop for DECA’s International Career Development Conference recently held from April 23 to 26. Thirteen Hillsboro-Deering High School DECA members joined approximately 18,000 other DECA members fro...
Announcements for May 26, 2022
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Hopkinton A Flock of Poets New Hampshire poets Mimi White and L.R. Berger will hold a conversation and poetry reading on May 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hopkinton Town Library. RSVP at 603-746-3663 or visit Memorial parade American Legion Post 58 in Belmont ann...
Pierce Manse re-opens for tours May 28
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The Pierce Manse, the historic Concord home of New Hampshire’s only U.S. President, Franklin Pierce, will open for guided tours on May 28. The Manse will be open Thursday through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October. Reservations are not required.Franklin Pierce was president of the United St...