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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


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

francestown: Town switches regional planning providers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Francestown’s bid to switch regional planning providers was approved on July 25 by Gov. Maggie Hassan. The town had been part of the Southwest Region Planning Commission, but on March 31 Francestown’s Select Board filed an official request in writing to change, indicating they wanted to join the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission instead. “The town had both commissions come in and do … 0

Jaffrey: Home front

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Imagine being born and raised in a small town in the Monadnock region, growing up with the lofty dream of becoming one of the few, the proud — the Marines. Imagine graduating from high school, saying goodbye to … 0

peterborough: Internet speed topic of meeting

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Editor’s note: A previous edition of this article referred to megabytes, when it should have stated megabits; and gigabyte, when it should have said gigabit. There are eight megabits to a megabyte. PETERBOROUGH — New Hampshire FastRoads Executive Director Carol Monroe asked the audience at Tuesday’s Select Board … 0

Peterborough / Sharon: Two new leaders selected for Sharon Arts Center

Friday, August 1, 2014

Since the resignation of Keri Wiederspahn, executive director of N.H. Institute of Art’s Community Education and the Sharon Arts Center campus, the organization has promoted two employees to step into Wiederspahn’s two shoes. Camellia Sousa is replacing Wiederspahn … 0

Peterborough: Noise from motorcycles, tractor-trailers probed

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — On Sunday, at nine in the morning, Paul Waterman was in his home at the end of Pine Street when he heard a motorcycle without a muffler roaring down Granite Street. The motorcycle howled to Concord Street, past the Christian Science Reading Room, the Jellison Funeral … 0

peterborough: Town trying out walking tour app, as part of its 275th celebrations

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — For Peterborough’s 275 anniversary celebration Columbus Day weekend in October, folks will flock downtown for festivities that include a parade, war reenactments, and a farmer’s market and food court. Thanks to Tracey Messer, historian and Peterborough … 1

Francestown: Baroque ensemble offers rare works on the OMH stage

Monday, August 4, 2014

ACRONYM, a 12-member baroque string ensemble, will be in concert at the Old Meetinghouse on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The ensemble will perform sonatas and canzons by Giovanni Valentini (1582-1649), who was Hofkapellmeister in Vienna from … 0

Letter: Theater program gives thanks

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: Thank you to all who made Project Shakespeare’s 20th Anniversary Season a great success! Special thanks to all our hosts: The United Church of Jaffrey, The Jaffrey Civic Center, Cathedral of the Pines, The Cornucopia Project, ConVal High School, The Jaffrey Woman’s Club and St. … 0

Letter: Help teach children to read

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: For the 15th consecutive year, the Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center and our dedicated America Reads volunteers will work hand-in-hand with K-3 classroom teachers at 14 area schools to help young students who struggle with their reading. Volunteers spend anywhere from one to three hours each … 0

Country living: In this case, no fences make good neighbors

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August is always a banner month for the MacDowell Colony because that’s when they hold their annual Medal Day honoring some of the brightest stars in the arts firmament. It should also be an important time locally because for one thing, the MacDowell Colony and Thornton Wilder were … 0

VIEWPOINT: Let’s talk about those finds at the Recycling Center

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Peterborough Recycling Center featured recently on N.H. Public Radio, in a charming story about poetry recorded, lost, and recovered years later on a tape found in the Mini Mall. The Mini Mall has been part of the Peterborough Recycling program since it began in the early ’80s. … 0