Editorial: Enough hot air — time to play ball

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl are always a time for media hype, overblown issues and millions of words dedicated to discussing things most NFL fans already know. This year is no exception to that rule. In fact, it’s the best example in recent memory of the media beating a story into the ground as we head toward the big game. The big story, of course, is … 0

Lyndeborough: Hiker falls to her death

Monday, January 26, 2015

A 50-year-old Massachusetts woman died following a hiking accident in the area of Purgatory Falls on Sunday afternoon. Dorie Goldman, 50, of Amherst, Massachusetts, was hiking with a companion at the town line of Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough, when she slipped from the edge of a steep embankment, falling 15 feet into the … 0

Region readies for big storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Monadnock region, like much of the Northeast, was bracing Monday for a winter storm forecasted to bring blizzard conditions to parts of Hillsborough and Cheshire counties. Yet the attitude throughout the region seemed calmer than in New York City and Boston, which were predicted to receive record levels of snowfall. Chief David Chamberlain of the Jaffrey Fire Department summarized this attitude Monday … 0

Dog Tales: On dealing with traumatized dogs

Friday, January 2, 2015

Today in America there are 83 million dogs living in homes. Some of them have suffered severe psychological trauma. These dogs are different than the under-socialized dogs, or the dogs that are genetically nervous or shy. Being afraid of men or the vacuum cleaner is generally a sign … 0

How weather impacts sales

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Retailers and artists throughout the region welcomed December’s lack of winter storms because, they said, milder weather motivates customers to shop. Yet, Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride in Bennington was clearly hurt by less snow on the slopes. … 0

COncord: Forum to focus on state budget

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Hampshire faces fiscal challenges as it enters the 2016-2017 budget debates and, according to the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, policymakers will need to take a balanced approach in providing funding for services on which residents, visitors and businesses rely. To provide a forum for dialogue on … 0

Concord: Workshop for farmers offered

Friday, January 2, 2015

Planning to keep a farm in the family has become more difficult than ever, with issues such as estate-tax laws, business-transfer risk, and Social Security benefits vexing both younger and older generations. UNH Cooperative Extension and USDA Risk Management Agency will hold a workshop for farm families dealing … 0

Manchester: Conference to focus on diversity at work

Monday, January 5, 2015

Experts will discuss recruitment and retention in the age of immigration reform at a conference titled “Making Diversity Work in New Hampshire” on Jan. 13 at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester. Those attending will leave with information on … 0

Editorial: Investing in the state is the answer

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

As the governor and legislators prepare the next two-year state budget, various interest groups have raised concern about just how they will achieve a balanced budget. That’s because in the past, there’s been a pattern of taking from special funds designated for particular programs, like historic preservation, police … 0

WLC: 7.6 jobs to be cut after the merger

Friday, January 2, 2015

Consolidation is expected to save the Wilton-Lyndeborough School District $359,000 in staffing costs, with the equivalent of 7.6 positions being cut for the 2015-2016 school year. The proposed budget for the district is expected to go up from 11,846,909 to 12,027,617, or 1.52 percent, with the majority of … 0

Editorial: Let’s talk about our spirituality

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Monadnock region has always been a magnet for people who have a strong sense of spirituality. 19th-century American spiritual writer Henry David Thoreau said that climbing mountains elevates the soul, and Mount Monadnock was his most beloved of all mountains. What is it about this place surrounded … 0

Digital director: Media companies can adapt through metrics

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Editor’s note: This story was published in print in the Concord Monitor on Dec. 22; it’s been updated for this publication. Ernesto Burden was recently named vice president of digital operations for Newspapers of New England, the Monadnock … 0

WLC School District: School consolidation moves forward

Monday, December 29, 2014

It was a close decision in March that decided the future of Wilton and Lyndeborough’s two elementary schools. In 2013, the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School Board started a late push to explore combining the district’s two elementary schools. In … 0