Mason

Mason Police Department's new Saturday patrol team, Rich Fortin of Milford, right, and Mark Hager of Mason pose next to the department's recently purchased cruiser.

Mason: New police officers are a match

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

MASON — “We’re the two oldest rookies you’ll ever meet,” declares Patrol Officer Mark Hager of Mason. Hager, along with his shift partner Rich Fortin, are the newest additions to the Police Department, filling the Saturday day shift. Fortin was lured out of an eight-year retirement by Chief Kevin Maxwell, but he has plenty of police experience. Before his retirement, he was working as a Milford police officer for 22 years, and as a captain for seven of those years. Hager, on the other hand, only became a cop two years ago — at the age of 50. “It’s just something I always wanted to …

Candidates file for open positions

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The deadline to file for town offices has passed, and voters are getting their first looks at who their choices for local government are. If you missed the deadline, it’s too late to get your name on the ballot, but candidates can run write-in campaigns. Here is a look at Francestown, Jaffrey, New Ipswich and Sharon, and the region’s school districts. Francestown There …

Letter: Here’s my take on the Republicans

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: After placing third with 23 percent of the vote, Marco Rubio is declared a winner by political pundits. Here, we have a candidate who wants to take back our country. Back to what? Another war? Another recession? Another unpopular administration? Continued accumulating deficits? Ex-governors Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich are far better choices. Each effectively administered his state …

Mason School District: Budget is up by $167,000

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Mason School District’s proposed budget has eked up by $167,000 from last year, but remains under the default. The budget is currently proposed at $3,117,681 this year, a 5.7 percent increase from the 2015-16 budget of 2,950,682. The default budget this year is set at $3,118,030. The …

Jaffrey: Librarian finds healing in books after loss of brother

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Books can save you. Whenever you need escape, solace, company, or advice, you can find it in the pages of a book. In these days after the holidays, when many of us might have had a little too …

Court Logs: Jan. 12, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hancock Robert J. Morgan, 27, Berry Creek, California, possession of a controlled/narcotic drug, $620 fine; possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, charges not carried forward. Jaffrey Alex E. Cutter, 36, Jaffrey, hindering apprehension, $620 fine; resisting arrest or detention, $620 fine; two counts of falsifying physical evidence, …

Course helps farmers create graze plan

Friday, January 8, 2016

A 16-week course designed for farmers who graze ruminant animals and want to maximize their pasture production begins in February. Build Your Grazing Plan, designed by UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist Daimon Meeh, will run from Feb. 29 …

Wedding Guide: Best-kept secret to wedding day radiance

Monday, December 28, 2015

Congratulations! You got engaged over the holidays and have set a date. Whether it is a holiday wedding, a destination wedding or a celebration planned for the warm and lovely days in the Monadnock region, you want to …

Wedding Guide: For her, cake is art

Monday, December 28, 2015

Diann Hall was planning her own wedding when she saw a cake decorating class and signed up. Her love of baking and creativity shone through, and she continued taking classes and taking orders from family, friends and eventually …

New Ipswich: Bills aim to thwart pipeline

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

NEW IPSWICH — Some lawmakers are pinning high hopes on bills they say would hit pipeline developers where it hurts the most: the wallet. Reps. Eric Eastman, Jack Flanagan and Jim McConnell spoke with members of the New …

Mason: Lighting, water protection OK’d at hearing

Monday, January 4, 2016

MASON — Lighting and wellhead protection ordinances designed to protect the town from industrial development are headed to the March ballot, after approval during a public hearing last week. The ordinances were first conceived when a portion of the town was still under consideration as the site of …

Health: Meditation: ‘It’s a muscle we have to build and grow’

Monday, January 4, 2016

It’s finally 2016 and you want to rededicate yourself to your meditation practice, or you want to start one for the first time. Today in our health section, we asked three meditation teachers to share information, insights and …

Letter: Thanks all for a great 2015!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

To the editor: As founder and director of Project Shakespeare, I could not be more proud of the work of all the students of Project Shakespeare who gave their talent, energy, dedication, engagement and imagination to the many projects of 2015. Ten productions thrilled the community: staged readings …