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Sophomore Astrid Kipka is the two-time winner at ConVal of the Poetry Out Loud national recitation contest. Kipka will compete in a New Hampshire regional competition in February, and hopefully the state competition.

ConVal: ‘Expressing the emotions behind words’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A spotlight blinds Astrid Kipka. She steps to the microphone, drowns out any auxiliary noise, breathes in, and starts. “We are space between, the orange black blur, of a million monarchs, on their two generation migration, south to fir-crowned Michoacan,” she recites, accenting “Michoacan” with a Spanish accent. And while Kipka narrates “Zacuanpaplotls,” by Brenda Cardenas, Kipka loses herself in … 0

ConVal: Public to have their say on budget Saturday

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ConVal School District’s Deliberative Session for its $44,746,514 proposed operating budget is Saturday at 10 a.m. at ConVal High School. The proposed 2015-16 operating budget is 1.7-percent less than this year’s $45,522,549 default budget. In March, the public rejected the proposed operating budget, forcing the School Board and administration to trim $770,000 to reach a default budget. The 2015-16 default budget is $44,547,714, … 0

FRANCESTOWN: Budget, revenue both slightly up

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The proposed Francestown town budget for 2015 is about $1,619,160, which represents an increase of $26,490 over 2014, an increase of approximately 1.7 percent, over last year’s budget, according to Town Administrator Michael Branley. Revenues are also expected to increase slightly by 4.8 percent, which means the amount to be raised by taxation will be $1,184,200, an increase of 0.6 percent. The town’s … 0

Hancock: Police chief’s leave extended to Feb. 15

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HANCOCK — Police Chief Andrew Wood — who has been on administrative leave since Jan. 1 after his state certification expired due to failure to pass required physical fitness tests — has been granted a leave extension until Feb. 15. In December, the Select Board approved Wood’s request … 0

Jaffrey: Finding a spiritual home

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A year following the publication of “A Religion of One’s Own,” Thomas Moore says the book has garnered a lot of response, much like his New York Times-bestseller “Care of the Soul,” which came out 22 years ago. … 0

Backyard Birder: Every piece of land has a story to tell

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Every parcel colored green on a town’s map of conservation lands has a story. It’s a story about choices made to hand land down to future generations unchanged. It’s about people and their connection to the land. The … 0

Jaffrey/Temple: Music minister celebrates 10 years

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gene Faxon of Temple, minister of music at The First Church in Jaffrey, celebrated 10 years of music at the church by buying a seven-foot long Sassman harpsichord with an upper and lower keyboard. The instrument has a … 0

Francestown Police Log: Jan. 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FRANCESTOWN Sunday, Jan. 10: Assist: At 1 p.m., an officer assisted New Ipswich police with a missing juvenile. Police located the juvenile in Francestown. Assist: At 2:15 p.m., an officer assisted the Francestown Fire Department at a building on Main Street. Monday, Jan. 11: Assist: At 10 a.m., … 0

Editorial: Enough hot air — time to play ball

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl are always a time for media hype, overblown issues and millions of words dedicated to discussing things most NFL fans already know. This year is no exception to that rule. In fact, it’s the best example in recent memory … 0

Letters: Pipeline got a ‘full-court press’

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: I’m not sure what the New Hampshire journalism awards are called, but I hope your paper is recognized for the remarkable work you are doing covering the story of the Kinder Morgan pipeline planned for this region. Since local towns were first made aware of … 0

Viewpoints: Debating our future

Friday, January 23, 2015

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.” — Voltaire, “Essay on Tolerance” After having read Pete Burwen’s letter to the editor entitled, “Short memory on school district,” it brought to mind how easily those who disagree on an issue can misconstrue, misinterpret, … 0

Viewpoint: Is the savings really worth the cost?

Friday, January 23, 2015

In his Jan. 22 Viewpoint piece regarding closing schools and allegedly dismantling the school district, Matt Craig of Sharon wrote, “Peterborough residents I’ve talked with give the warrant article to change this requirement great support.” Apparently Matt Craig is afraid to venture beyond the borders of Sharon and … 0

Letter: Is speed really good for us?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Speed is very convenient and, given all the advertisements pushing gadgets that will double the speed of communication, speed seems desirable. But is speed good for us? The more time people spend on speedy machinery, the more they are likely skimming the surface of ideas, … 0