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Gallery: Forty-mile gravel bicycle race draws racers from all over the region
04-19-2024 9:43 AM

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On April 6, the Pavement Ends Gravel Race — the only gravel bicycle race in New Hampshire — began at Pats Peak in Henniker and took riders through Weare and Deering over a 40-mile course. Riders took between two-and-a-half and five hours to complete...

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From a book to bread, Merrimack Valley High School students show off their senior projects
04-19-2024 2:56 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

In January, Merrimack Valley High School senior Lena Pelleteri’s mother passed away following a multi-year battle with cancer.For her senior project, Pelleteri put her “pain on paper”, as she put it, writing a 40-page book that delved into her...


‘We’re just kids’: As lawmakers debate transgender athlete ban, some youth fear a future on the sidelines
04-19-2024 2:05 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Maëlle Jacques has read the articles written about her.“Winner of NH Girls High Jump is Biological Male.”“Transgender girl blasted after dominating New Hampshire girls high jump.”“U.S. ‘Full of Failing Gutless Mothers and Fathers’: High School Boy...


What’s in a name? Ask an Epsom Yeaton.
04-19-2024 2:01 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Norm Yeaton dropped a stack of papers three inches thick, attached by a clip, onto his living room table.The thud said a lot, that an arduous research project by Yeaton – in an attempt to understand the sheer volume of people in Epsom whose last name...


Young adult author Gordon Korman visits Bow Memorial School
04-19-2024 1:29 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Horseback riding, Greek mythology, the soccer field, a New Hampshire-inspired repressive society.For 31 Bow Memorial School students who participated in a writing workshop led by legendary young adult author Gordon Korman, wherever things could go...


Opinion: Adopting the right 306 Rules
04-19-2024 6:00 AM

By LAURA VINCENT

Laura Vincent lives in Loudon. The debate over the adoption of updated 306 rules (minimum standards for public education) rages on. After multiple hearings for public comment, Commissioner Edelblut and the State Board of Education still appear to not...


Mother of two convicted of negligent homicide in fatal Loudon crash released on parole
04-18-2024 6:11 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Maggie Doorlag said she could picture her life outside the walls of the women’s prison, where she’d spent the last 17 months. She’d be reunited with her husband and two young daughters. She would get her cosmetology license and continue with...


After delay over neighbors’ concerns, Christ the King Food Pantry headed for rebuild
04-18-2024 4:50 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Plans for a new building for Christ the King Parish’s food pantry are moving forward after they were held up due to safety concerns, and a lack of communication with abutters, in February.The city Planning Board approved revised plans this week, which...


Casinos can no longer charge rent to charities
04-18-2024 3:14 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Governor Chris Sununu has signed legislation that no longer allows casinos to impose rent charges on charities.On Tuesday, House Bill 1203 was signed into law, allowing charities to keep the entirety of the money they receive from casinos, some of...


Students’ first glimpse of new Allenstown school draws awe
04-18-2024 2:53 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Jaws dropped and cheers erupted as Allenstown students entered their new school building for the first time Thursday morning.“Yo, this looks like a mall,” said an eighth grade boy in a Bruins shirt. “Smell that new school smell,” observed another.“We...


‘Bridging the gap’: Phenix Hall pitch to soften downtown height rules moves forward
04-18-2024 2:22 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Sue McCoo knew that adding flexibility to downtown zoning to allow for the repurposing of Phenix Hall would mean her store, Hilltop Consignment, would probably lose its longtime home on Main Street. The zoning change would open the door for the...


Opinion: Being and becoming: A good doctor in the age of artificial intelligence
04-18-2024 6:00 AM

By NARAIN BATRA

Narain Batra, under the auspices of the Osher Institute at Dartmouth, will deliver a public lecture, “Superintelligence: Why We Need It” on May 24. He lives in Hartford, Vermont. A few years ago, I was on a return flight from New Delhi to Paris and...


Wednesday’s high schools: Fancher’s 2-run blast leads Concord baseball to victory; plus more baseball, softball, lax and tennis results
04-18-2024 12:41 AM

BaseballConcord 9, Winnacunnet 8Key players: Concord – Matt Jenness (winning pitcher), Jackson Martin (save), Mitch Coffey (3 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Dawson Fancher (2-run HR, 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Brett McDonough (2 hits, 2 RBI), Kaelen Williams (hit,...


Softball: Maddy Wachter Ks 12, Concord holds off Winnacunnet in 2023 championship rematch
04-17-2024 7:57 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

CONCORD — It wasn’t quite the high stakes of a state championship game at Memorial Field on Wednesday night, but Concord (3-0) knew that Winnacunnet (3-1) posed a good early-season test in its third game of the season.In a rematch of last year’s...


‘Money is a driver’: Amid inflation and tight labor market, city fighting to stem employee outflow
04-17-2024 5:13 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In another move to stem the flow of city employee turnover, Concord city councilors approved a package of increased leave and other perks last week. Previous efforts — including bonuses and a temporary increase in overtime pay for police, weekly cash...


Pembroke seminar on climate change aims to set the record straight
04-17-2024 5:12 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Ayn Whytemare doesn’t like the view from the top of her hayfield in Pembroke.From there, rising from pines like a lonely skyscraper, stands the smokestack used by the Bow coal plant, the last facility of its kind in New England. And while the visible...


Pay-by-bag works for most communities, but not Hopkinton
04-17-2024 5:11 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Every time Jolene Cochrane clocks in for her shift at the Hopkinton Transfer Station, she sees residents driving in with their household waste bagged in various colored trash bags.With 19 years of experience at the station — a few years longer than...


Hooksett’s new tower could improve coverage in Bow
04-17-2024 1:43 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Hooksett’s plan to replace their emergency radio tower with one integrated with a cell tower could potentially improve cell coverage for certain residents in Bow.The emergency radio tower located at 98 South Bow Road, which houses emergency services...


Wildfire season is here: Concord at moderate risk; high risk further south
04-17-2024 10:22 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Despite all the wet weather, spring fire season has arrived.For the first time this year, parts of the state were rated Wednesday as being in “high” risk of wildfires by the state’s Forest Protection Bureau.The period after snow melts but before...


High schools: Tuesday’s track, baseball, softball, lacrosse and tennis results
04-17-2024 12:30 AM

Boys’ TrackMerrimack Valley 110.33, Bow 101.66, Pembroke 44, St. Thomas 41, Bishop Brady 35Key players: MV – Nicolas Ogelsby (1st high jump, 1st long jump), Brayden Laroche (1st 100 hurdles, 1st 300 hurdles)), Mychal Reynolds (1st 400), Abhiman Karki...


Boys’ lacrosse: With a different level of energy and focus, MV feels primed for success
04-16-2024 8:25 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

PENACOOK — Merrimack Valley head coach Sean Gill knew something was different about his team this year when 15 of his 25 players wanted to interview to be a team captain.Only four were ultimately chosen, but so far, Gill’s had a whole sideline he can...

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