Francestown

Hancock: School leader’s loss felt

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friends and colleagues in the Monadnock region are mourning the loss of Tom Brennan, a former Hancock resident who served as assistant principal at Peterborough Middle School and principal at Conant High School in Jaffrey before going on to a distinguished career as a school district administrator. Brennan died April 9, less than a year after retiring as superintendent of the Manchester School District. Although Brennan left Hancock, moving with his family to New London as his career developed, he never lost his connection to the schools and people of the Monadnock region. He’d return every year for Hancock’s Old Home Day celebration, where he … 0

2014 BASEBALL PREVIEW: Baseball is back in the Monadnock region

Monday, April 14, 2014

The crack of the bat has already begun to ring out around the Monadnock region, as the high school baseball season kicked off last night. With Conant seeking to go back to back after a big title win last year and ConVal looking to ride their otherworldly starting pitcher Ivon Clough to the … 0

Track: ConVal hosts 5K fundraiser

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Cougars track team hosted a 5K Spring Fling race last Saturday. Erica Labella of Plymouth took the first womens spot, and John Ryan of Stoddard was first in the mens division as well as first overall. 1 John Ryan 18:29 2 Steven Constine 18:57 3 Andrew Hunt 19:45 4 Nick Orr 20:04 5 Erica Labella 20:29 6 Bob Clemens 21:05 7 Rowan … 0

Letter: ConVal’s food service is good for all

Thursday, March 20, 2014

To the editor: For years, the school budget hawks — most notably Mr. Chapman — have complained about an annual food service loss of $400,000. The statement is misleading, and after seeing this falsehood mentioned repeatedly over the years, I feel the need to comment. In fact there … 0

Women working for peace

Monday, March 24, 2014

For the second year in a row, Barbara Thorngren of Temple made the trip to New York City this month to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. During her week in the city Thorngren … 0

Conval: Staff cuts on the table

Monday, March 24, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — In order to reach a default budget of about $45 million for next year, the ConVal School District will need to make additional staff cuts, according to Superintendent Brendan Minnihan. Because the district’s budget proposal was rejected by voters earlier this month, about $770,000 in expenses … 0

Francestown: Board puts off electing chair

Monday, March 24, 2014

FRANCESTOWN — The Planning Board attempted to elect a new chair at its meeting last Tuesday, but after a tie vote and lively discussion, the vote was postponed and a board member walked out. Two people were nominated for Planning Board chair: Linda Kunhardt, the current chair — … 0

ConVal: Middle school football team approved

Monday, March 24, 2014

BENNINGTON — Middle schoolers from South Meadow and Great Brook schools will have a new opportunity to play football next year, after ConVal School Board members endorsed a proposal to field a booster-funded team at their meeting on Thursday. The team will be for students at both middle … 0

ConVal: School board deadlocks on vote for this year’s chair

Monday, March 24, 2014

BENNINGTON — ConVal School Board members deadlocked when it came to choosing this year’s board chair at their first meeting following the March elections, with five of them supporting incumbent Butch Estey of Peterborough while five others backed Greenfield board member Myron Steere. But they did elect Pierce … 0

Francestown: Best Shrubs and Trees at Garden Club today

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Director of Horticulture, Joann Vieira, will be featured at the Francestown Garden Club’s first meeting this year. She will introduce us to her favorite shrubs and trees by taking us on a tour of Cary Award winners. This prestigious award has been given since … 0

Letter: So, what is a small town anyway?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

To the editor: Wanted:  a house to live in in a small town. It would seem this would be a relatively easy task with so many listings on the market. What is your problem? Well  a  lot of people gathered last night at the forum  presented  by the … 0

Letter: Lack of turnout hurts us at polls

Thursday, March 20, 2014

To the editor: Some residents are ecstatic at the outcome of our local elections, where the ConVal budget was soundly defeated. I am not. Specifically, I’m disheartened by the fact that in Peterborough — the largest town in our district — a mere 12 percent of registered voters … 0

ConVal voices: Drawing confidence from achievements is important

Thursday, March 20, 2014

As I walk the halls of ConVal, students and teachers flood past me in a blur as we each race to our next destination before the bell sounds. Like so many people who live in the 21st century, most teachers long for a time when they can pause, … 0