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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PETERBOROUGH — SUR Construction West is wrapping up the first part of its renovation of Union Street’s outdated sewer and drainage system, from the intersection of Main and Elm Streets to Scott Winn Road.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

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

Viewpoint: STEM and the arts belong in holistic curriculum

Friday, August 8, 2014

STEM education — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — currently enjoys widespread recognition as a vitally important part of academic curriculum for today’s students. But at times the voices of enthusiasm for STEM disciplines drown out the advocates … 0

Viewpoint: ConVal is progressive

Friday, August 8, 2014

Several weeks ago, the Monadnock Center and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript hosted a community education forum where we heard from three invited speakers about the future of education in our school districts. The speakers gave their perspective on the what will be important considerations for our students in the … 0

Letter: It’s time to serve those who served

Friday, August 8, 2014

To the editor: Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center will carry out a National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11 to provide support to veterans and immediate military family members throughout the Monadnock region. We are seeking veterans and adults age 55 and over to serve in teams … 0

Letter: Your care meant a lot to our family

Friday, August 8, 2014

To the editor: From the family of Virginia S. Blanchette of Hancock: We wish to express our sincere gratitude to Home Health Care Hospice for their caring and dedicated staff. A special thank you to: Alex, Joan, Donna, Sue, Chris and Margarette. Thank you does not seem to … 0

Letter: My vote is for Dave Wheeler

Friday, August 8, 2014

To the editor: There are two Republicans running for the New Hampshire Executive Council District 5 seat — which is currently held by Councilor Debora Pignatelli — in the upcoming primary on Sept. 9. After a quick check, I found that one of them, Steve Hattamer of Hollis, … 0

Editorial: Old Home Day traditions matter

Monday, August 11, 2014

“I wish that in the ear of every son and daughter of New Hampshire, in the summer days, might be heard whispered the persuasive words: Come back, come back,” wrote N.H. Governor Frank West Rollins at the turn of the 19th century. In 1897, Rollins saw the state’s … 0