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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

Viewpoint: Closing Great Brook would cost us

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I am writing to address the recent maelstrom around the petition for a ballot article to close Great Brook School in Antrim. I realize that there are many voices in this debate, as there have been for years. However, I have decided to lend my voice to this … 0


Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: Several weeks ago you published my letter that talked about the pandemonium that could result as an unintended consequence of a N.H. House rule allowing anyone to carry concealed weapons into the Statehouse. A few rebuttal letters have implied how much safer everyone would be … 0

Peterborough: Children’s magazine closing office

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Cricket Media employee confirmed Wednesday that Cobblestone’s Peterborough office will be closed sometime this summer. Cricket Media will be consolidating Cobblestone into Cricket Media’s location in Chicago, Illinois, according to Maggie Hatfield, a senior vice president of marketing for Cricket Media. Almost two years ago, Lou Waryncia, … 0

Conval: Number of administrators questioned

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Numerous residents are speaking up about the number of administrators the ConVal Regional School District employs and how much they are paid. These residents say the number of salaries and administrators are out of sync with the district’s waning student population. But Supt. Brendan Minnihan says the number … 0

ConVal: Board rejects petition articles

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — The number of students in the ConVal Regional School District has been declining for about a decade. Over the last several years, there has been conversation among the public and School Board about whether to close … 0

Peterborough: New site proposed for parking

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Because building a parking lot behind the GAR Hall is proving to be too challenging and costly, Peterborough will be asking voters to OK shifting it further south on Grove Street. At Town Meeting, the public approved using … 0

Hancock: Budget up from last year, but so is revenue

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HANCOCK — The proposed Hancock town budget for 2015 will be about $1,985,000, an increase of approximately 4.1 percent over last year’s budget, according to Town Administrator Diane Kendall. But with revenues expected to increase by about 8.5 percent, the amount to be raised by taxation should be … 0

Peterborough: Dinner with friends

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It’s a place of community. “We’ve found that there’s more community here in the small towns than in the big city, which is funny,” said Erica Fayrie-Malone of Hancock, who only recently moved to the area from Portland, … 0

concord: Granny D march hits capital

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

When Crazy Larry took the microphone in front of the State House yesterday, he did something that momentarily proved his newly adopted moniker. He told a hundreds-strong mob of activists for campaign finance reform that their stance toward … 0

Basketball: Hoops for Hope game set for Feb. 10

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Six years ago, some members of the Conant girls’ basketball team started a tradition that is still going strong today — the Hoops For Hope fundraiser basketball game. The girls used their game against Fall Mountain as a fundraiser for a breast cancer charity, raised some money, and … 0