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Meg Harrington of the Loon Preservation Committee finishes surveying Pleasant Pond in Francestown.  This summer, Harrington was responsible for monitoring the loon population throughout the Monadnock region.

Conservation: Watcher of the water

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meg Harrington looked frazzled late that August morning. The 22-year-old conservation biologist, on her last survey of the summer, combed Pleasant Pond in her kayak for over an hour. Harrington was searching for a pair of the blackish-blue and checkered-white loons and their furry brown chicks. She found cracked eggshells in a cove without any scrapes from a predator. But … 0

PETERBOROUGH: MCH joining ACA fray

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — Area residents who were interested in signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act this year had to make a choice. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the only insurance company offering plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, did not include Monadnock Community Hospital in its network of providers. So anyone looking to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act … 0

Peterborough: Sewer work done on west end of Union Street

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — SUR Construction West is wrapping up the first part of its renovation of Union Street’s outdated sewer and drainage system, from the intersection of Main and Elm Streets to Scott Winn Road. Paving will begin on the western end of the street in the next two weeks. Town Administrator Pamela Brenner … 0

Letter: Thankful for this police officer

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: Melissa “Mel” Hetrick is a police officer for our quaint little town of Hancock. My daughter, Savannah, and I met Officer Hetrick while we were going through the most difficult time in our lives. She responded to our 911 call about the drowning death of … 0

Letter: Don’t change the spirit of this resource

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Recycling Center is absolutely a community resource! I am not a resident of Peterborough, but I am a taxpayer, so I use the center on occasion for recycling and I frequent the Mini Mall. For the last three years, Scott, Cliff and Marshall have saved three-ring binders … 0

Letter: On health clinic buffer zones

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: Recently the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that provided for a buffer zone around women’s health clinics. In the last session of the New Hampshire Legislature, we passed a bill that was similar in many ways. The result of the Supreme Court … 0

Editor: ‘The powerful play goes on’

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin Williams touched millions of lives around the world, including at least one Peterborough resident — perhaps more — who appeared as an extra in “Jumanji,” which was filmed in Keene in the mid-1990s. But even if you never shared a set with the famed actor, it’s likely … 0

Letter: Traditions are what we’re about

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Suzy Mansfield’s “Let’s talk about those finds at the Recycling Center” hopefully stirs everyone who cares about our weekly trips to the prettiest recycling center in the state. Scott Bradford and his crew have transformed a chore into an experience we look forward to. We even bring visitors … 0

Peterborough: ‘Junk game’ getting tougher

Monday, August 11, 2014

Just before every school year, the Peterborough Recycling Center saves discarded three-ring binders for Elizabeth Hanson of Hancock. Hanson cleans and buffs the notebook binders, and delivers over 100 of them to the teachers of South Meadow School in Peterborough before the first day of school, saving the … 0

Jaffrey/Peterborough: Violence prevention organization scales back

Monday, August 11, 2014

In response to declining funding, a trend that has been going on for several years, the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention has closed its office at 22 North St. in Jaffrey, which had been open one and a … 0

Viewpoint: Breaking out of in-the-box thinking

Friday, August 8, 2014

As a former business person before I started working at ConVal High School in 1997, I sometimes ask, “In education, who is our customer?” A friend noted that she wasn’t sure what the answer was, but she was eager to see how her family would answer the question. … 0

Viewpoint: Same old approach isn’t working

Friday, August 8, 2014

“By changing nothing, nothing changes.” — Tony Robbins Since its inception, public school education has always been very slow to change. And in the ConVal region, this continues to be as true today as it was several years ago when the first voices were heard regarding the changes … 0

Viewpoint: Getting beyond the technology

Friday, August 8, 2014

Our public education system is seriously flawed. These flaws mirror the systemic, interconnected issues found within today’s society. Though I have advocated for children for nearly two decades, I am now viewing our school system with the eyes of a parent; I am deeply troubled. The dependency on … 0