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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

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 for leave from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31; the leave request was extended to Feb. … 0

Concord: Small Business Day planned, Feb. 13

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Business and Industry Association’s annual Small Business Day will be held Feb. 13 at the Holiday Inn in Concord from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The event is an opportunity for small business owners and managers to hear from New Hampshire’s top policy-makers. Topics to be discussed this … 0

Keene: United Way nears its goal

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Monadnock United Way fundraising campaign is now at $1,755,960, or 83 percent of the goal, according to a report given by a Jan. 21 meeting by campaign chair John Round. While the amount is an increase of $81,289 over what was reported two weeks earlier, $350,274 still … 0

Peterborough: Free tax preparation being offered

Friday, January 23, 2015

The River Center is currently offering its seventh annual free tax preparation program. Appointments can be made for Wednesdays and Saturdays through April 15. The program provides free tax preparation by volunteer IRS-certified preparers. In 2014 more than 700 returns were completed, resulting in $1 million in refunds. … 0

Peterborough: Grant writing workshop at The River Center

Friday, January 23, 2015

The River Center is looking for a few detail-orientated people to join a four-week “Grant Writing Mentoring Circle.” Participants will gain experience in researching, writing and proofing grant applications. Completed applications will be submitted on behalf of The River Center. The program will run on Thursdays, starting this … 0

Peterborough: Business recruiter to speak at Chamber

Friday, January 23, 2015

Michael Bergeron, a business development manager for the N.H. Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, will be the speaker at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast on Feb. 4. Bergeron manages out-of-state business recruitment, working to assist businesses considering relocation or expansion to the Granite State. He … 0

Walpole: Monadnock Menus annual meeting

Friday, January 23, 2015

Monadnock Menus, a program launched by the Cheshire County Conservation District to provide schools and other institutions throughout Cheshire County and the western Monadnock Region with easy access to local foods, will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Historical Society of Cheshire County … 0

Viewpoint: In response to Kinder Morgan

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In reply to the Jan. 13 Viewpoint piece by Allen Fore, vice president of public affairs at Kinder Morgan, Inc.: Mr. Fore, welcome to New Hampshire! I have a spare winter coat I can lend you. On cost/price and capacity Capacity problems have all their roots in Massachusetts. … 0

Viewpoint: ‘Heart of my heart’

Friday, January 23, 2015

Heart of my heart to the heart of the mountain angel overlighting Mount Monadnock to the angel overlighting this space fill me with love and light and wisdom I come to you with gratitude to be in THIS place at THIS time with these folk holding the vision … 0

Editorial: Concealed guns demand licensure

Monday, January 26, 2015

It’s clear that the majority of representatives in the N.H. House are in favor of people carrying concealed firearms in the Chamber, with their recent vote to allow just that. But now there’s a movement that would do away with licensing requirements for anyone, anywhere in the state … 0

Viewpoint: Dropping out of RGGI would be a mistake

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

One terrible proposal being presented up in Concord is a regressive and irresponsible bill designed to remove New Hampshire from the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. It would result in a substantial loss of income for the state and loss of greatly needed help for our … 0