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These Pittsfield twins fought their way to the top – against each other
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Their names have been tied for their entire lives, and Saturday morning’s graduation at Pittsfield Middle High School was a great snapshot of that.The Swenson twins, Matt and Dalton, were the co-valedictorians, following one another in the lineup of speakers featured at the ceremony. The Swensons ha...
Vintage Views: A monument to the 2nd New Hampshire Infantry
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I have just returned from the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg, Pa. The climate was inviting, the fields neat and orderly, monuments stoic and representing the past. As I concluded my annual pilgrimage to this special place, I visited the monument that was erected in honor of the 2nd New Hampshire Inf...
From the farm: Shopping for cows
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In March, Kevin Cole from Pittsfield called because he was selling his entire herd of Scottish Highlanders to make room for more Belted Galloways. He asked, “Did I want to buy them?” Did I need 24 more bovines? This spring, my herd was down to 23, the perfect size. Why would I want more cattle? But...
MV’s Steenbeke, Stark’s Hargreaves win POY awards; softball and baseball All-State rosters released
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The postseason tournaments have barely started, but the regular season was enough for capital area players and coaches to start making an impression.The New Hampshire Softball Coaches’ Association released All-State rosters over the weekend, with local athletes and coaches sweeping the Division II...
Softball: Belmont 18, White Mountains 7, 6 inn.
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SoftballBelmont 18, White Mountains 7 (6)Key players: Belmont – Avery VonKadich (3-for-5, home run, double), Savannah Perkins (3-for-5), Carly Drouin (2-for-4), Lena Rodrigues (6 IP)Highlights: The Raiders ended the season with a victory in a game that was shortended by an inning due to thunderstorm...
Girls’ Lacrosse: Derryfield 21, Bishop Brady 5
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Girls’ LacrosseDerryfield 21, Bishop Brady 5Key players: Bishop Brady — Finley Hollenberg (3 goals), Lydia Tremblay (goal), Anna Beauchense (goal)Highlights: Brady’s season came to an end with a loss to the defending champions.Records: Derryfield 10-3; Bishop Brady 1-13
Baseball: Bishop Brady 10, Somersworth 0, 5 inn.
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BaseballBishop Brady 10, Somersworth 0 (5)Key players: Bishop Brady  – Michael Thresher (5 IP, 0 H, 9 K; hit, 2 RBI, run), AJ Partington (hit, RBI, 2 runs), Owen Thornton (triple, sacrifice fly, 3 RBI), Chris Grimbilas (hit, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Bryce Miller (hit, RBI, 2 runs)Highlights: Thresher threw...
Baseball: Pembroke 15, Coe-Brown 5
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BaseballPembroke 15, Coe-Brown 5 (5)Key players: Pembroke – Preston Wallis (2-for-2, run), Ryan Ardine (1-for-3, 3 runs; winning pitcher), Andrew Chiavaras (1-for-3, 3 runs), Colby Despres (2-for-2, 3 runs), Owen Stewart (0-for-0, 3 walks, 2 runs)Highlights: Both teams needed to win to qualify for...
Softball: John Stark 8, Hollis-Brookline 6
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SoftballJohn Stark 8, Hollis-Brookline 6Key players: John Stark – Gracie Bolduc (4-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Ava Rivers (1-for-3, walk, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases)Highlights: Hollis chipped away at and early 4-0 Stark lead and knotted it up at 5-5 in the top of the fourth, but the Generals...
D-II Girls’ Tennis Tournament: No. 2 Portsmouth 8, No. 10 Bishop Brady 1
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D-II Girls’ TennisNo. 2 Portsmouth 8, No. 10 Bishop Brady 1Highlights: The Giants couldn’t pull off the upset and a return trip to the D-II semifinals, falling to the Clippers in Friday’s quarterfinal.Records: Portsmouth 14-1; Bishop Brady 8-8
D-III Girls’ Tennis Tournament: No. 1 Kearsarge 8, No. 8 Plymouth 1
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Kearsarge girls’ tennis advances to D-III semis; Thresher’s no-hitter leads Brady baseball on final day of regular...
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D-III Girls’ TennisKearsarge 8, Plymouth 1Key players: Kearsarge – Addy Stadler (8-0 at No. 1), Marissa Montagna (8-2 at No. 3), Estelle Chmura (8-2 at No. 4), Ellie Scharpf (8-3 at No. 5), Tori Montagna (8-1 at No. 6)Highlights: The Cougars are heading to the semifinals after another decisive victo...
Meet Leonard Drown, not Leonard Droun, a Civil War hero buried (we think) at Arlington National Cemetery
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The headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia line up like dominoes, stretching as far as the eye can see.It’s breathtaking and powerful, hallowed ground that is the final resting place for many of this nation’s most revered and honored dead. The marble headstones somehow remain glowing-...
Increased police presence in Epsom, Pittsfield and Barnstead after ‘school shooter’ messages found
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The New Hampshire Department of Safety announced that it is investigating the discovery of “school shooter” signs in the towns of Barnstead, Epsom and Pittsfield, and said there will be an increased police presence at schools in those towns until further notice. The Dept. of Safety said it is collab...
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