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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

ConVal: Student shares joy of discovery

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Photography student shares her work ConVal photo student Maddi Sullivan sent us this photo of her classmate Madelynne Moynihan, which she took as part of her class. “When I first started taking pictures,” Sullivan wrote to us by … 0

Bennington police log: Jan. 22, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bennington Wednesday, Jan. 14 Check welfare: At 4:30 p.m., police were asked to check the well-being of a dog outside a residence on Route 202. Police spoke to the owner, and the dog appeared to be fine. Saturday, Jan. 17 Arrest: At 9:30 p.m., police charged Lukasz Labedzki, … 0

Hancock: Chamber singers perform

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A mid-winter concert with the Monadnock Chorus Chamber Singers will be held at the Meeting House on Sunday at 3 p.m. The one-hour program includes works by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, and Handel, as well as a few repeats of Christmas music. The chorus is under the direction … 0

Antrim: Program on identifying wildlife

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Antrim Grange No. 98 will host an education program at its Feb. 18 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Antrim Town Hall. Peter Beblowski of the Antrim Conservation Commission will bring the N.H. Fish and Game scat kit and talk about identifying wildlife via this unusual method. The … 0

Letters: What’s true about the wind project?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To the editor: Some comments on the Ledger-Transcript’s recent coverage of the Eolian/Antrim Wind Energy project: The state’s permitting agency rejected the original project because of visual impacts on the region, not just on Antrim as you stated. Located on ridgelines, industrial wind projects are visible regionally and … 0

Letters: If you want to make a change, plan to vote

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On March 10, every voter in the ConVal School District will either (1) vote to remove the legal requirement for the ConVal taxpayers to keep eight buildings open, heated, maintained, and staffed regardless of enrollment; (2) vote to … 0

Thank you letter: Thanks for a successful fair

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To the editor: We would like to thank the entire community for the spirit, enthusiasm and support of our fundraising event — the Handcrafted for the Holidays Craft Fair. Special thanks to our amazing volunteer crew. This event would not be possible without you. Thank you to the … 0

Viewpoint: Why 3.2-percent more for administrators?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The latest budget information from the Conval School District indicates that a sweet deal enjoyed by the administrators will continue. What exactly do I mean? The group of 25 administrators includes nine SAU administrators, 11 principals and five … 0

Wedding Guide: Vintage and nature- inspired themes are in

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rustic and vintage are in. That’s what Cathy Furze, owner of Country Bridals and Formal Wear in Jaffrey, and Carol Deyo of Peterborough have noticed over the last year or so. Deyo has been creating wedding cakes since … 0

Wedding Guide: Budget-friendly favors

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

So many things to think about — the dress, the cake, the food. Favors are easy to forget, and buying enough for potentially hundreds of wedding guests can be costly. But making your own can give your wedding … 0