Francestown: New administrator looks ahead to challenges

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Starting next week, Jamie Pike will be taking the position as Francestown’s new town administrator. Pike will be moving from his current job as administrative assistant in Chichester, where he has worked for the past eight years. Before jumping into the profession, he had little municipal experience, he said in an interview Monday, having previously worked in retail and spent … 0

Francestown: Select board swears in police chief, town administrator

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

FRANCESTOWN — The Select Board, along with approximately 30 residents, welcomed the town’s new town administrator and police chief to Francestown at Monday’s board meeting. Jamie Pike, the former administrative assistant for Chicester, will begin his post on Sept. 8. Fred Douglas, who has been serving as the Francestown Police Department’s administrative manager … 0

Peterborough: Larger student body leads to staffing issues

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — With classes like industrial arts and consumer family at South Meadow School too large to be safe, additional arts classes are being proposed. But first the district’s business manager must find the money to pay for a second arts teacher. Katherine Fox is South Meadow’s only art teacher, after district officials … 0

Francestown: Labor of love

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Making something out of nothing. That’s essentially what art is. For fine craftworkers like Terry Miller of Jaffrey or Pat Thalhauser of Francestown, it is the essence of what they do — and the best part. Miller and … 0

Cross-country: Local high school runners ready to make noise

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Conant, ConVal and Mascenic cross-country teams are looking to make some noise this fall on the wooded trails of Derryfield Park and Mines Falls. With the youth movement in place and team member numbers on the rise, … 0

Boys’ soccer: Black, Cooper lead Cougars to second W

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ConVal boys’ soccer continued their winning ways on Tuesday, taking down Portsmouth on the road, 2-0. Once again, ConVal got goals from Jordan Cooper and Micah Black on their way to the victory. ConVal goalkeeper Noah Bell kept the Clippers scoreless. ConVal (2-0) takes on Windham (2-0) on … 0

Football: CV preps for new season

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

There should be plenty for the ConVal faithful to cheer about this fall season as the Cougar football team takes to the field with high hopes. Head coach Paul Landau took over a program last season that had … 0

Police Logs: Francestown - Sept. 1, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Francestown Monday, Aug. 24 Theft: At 5:26 p.m., a Russell Station Road resident reported that a gas container had been stolen from the front of his property. An investigation is ongoing. Well-being check: At 6:21 p.m., police conducted a well-being check after receiving a call from the Division … 0

Viewpoint: My summer reading and ‘hot’ books

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I read a very good book last spring, “The Nightingale,” by Kristin Hannah. It’s a World War II novel about two sisters in occupied France. One of them, the nightingale in the title, finds her life’s purpose (and her estranged father’s as well) by leading downed British airmen … 0

Viewpoint: ISO: good hiding place

Monday, August 31, 2015

Does anyone have a good idea as to where we could hide out until Election Day? Soon there won’t be a Main Street, diner or living room in the Granite State that hasn’t been visited by at least some of these would-be presidents, and we are nowhere near … 0

Letters: An inarticulate answer to query

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: Francestown resident Gerri Bernstein’s letter published Aug. 20 concerning the current litigation between the Francestown Board of Selectmen and a “band” of citizens (their term) who have alleged numerous violations of the Right to Know law resulted in several public requests by Elizabeth “Bissy” Tolman, … 0

What not to say when the kids get home from school

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Five things never to ask your child right after school: “How was school today?” “What do you have for homework?” “When are you going to do your homework?” “What did you get on the test?” “What did you learn today?” You want to interact and make connection. Your … 0

What to do when a loss leaves an empty nest emptier?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The purpose of parenting is to prepare our children to grow up into responsible and compassionate adults, able to go forth into the world and make a difference. We shed tears of joy and sorrow, we laugh so hard our sides hurt and we suffer years of sleep … 0