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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

Jaffrey: Finding a spiritual home

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A year following the publication of “A Religion of One’s Own,” Thomas Moore says the book has garnered a lot of response, much like his New York Times-bestseller “Care of the Soul,” which came out 22 years ago. … 0

Backyard Birder: Every piece of land has a story to tell

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Every parcel colored green on a town’s map of conservation lands has a story. It’s a story about choices made to hand land down to future generations unchanged. It’s about people and their connection to the land. The … 0

Jaffrey/Temple: Music minister celebrates 10 years

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Gene Faxon of Temple, minister of music at The First Church in Jaffrey, celebrated 10 years of music at the church by buying a seven-foot long Sassman harpsichord with an upper and lower keyboard. The instrument has a … 0

Peterborough: See the ‘Symphony of the Soil’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

When it comes to growing healthy food, there’s only one place to start — the soil. So it’s only fitting that the Cornucopia Project’s new film series will start with an exploration of just that. The film “Symphony … 0

Sharon/Peterborough: Story of John Taggart’s music presented

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A history presentation, “The Music of John Taggart of Sharon,” will be offered at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Randy Miller will tell the story of Taggart, based on “Recollection of a Busy Life, the memoir of John Adams Taggart … 0

Peterborough: Peace Treaty film screens Friday

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The documentary film “The Peace Treaty of Portsmouth: A Spiritual Perspective” by Amherst filmmaker Don Alusic will be shown at the Mariposa Museum on Friday at 6 p.m. Many people are not aware that in 1905, the U.S. hosted a peace conference in Portsmouth that resulted in a … 0

Peterborough: Luke Donforth to call first Saturday dance

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The first Saturday contra dance will be held at the Peterborough Town House on Feb. 7, beginning at 8 p.m. The dance will feature caller Luke Donforth with music by the band “Shindy.” Donforth started contra dancing a decade ago in New York, and has called and shared … 0

Peterborough: Free tax prep offered at the River Center

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The 8th annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is being offered at the River Center. The program is offered free to area residents of low and moderate incomes who may be eligible for tax credits. Anyone interested can contact the center at 924-6800 or info@rivercenter.us to schedule an … 0

Peterborough Police log: Jan. 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Peterborough Wednesday, Jan. 14 Fraud: At 5 p.m., a resident reported he received a check for an item he is selling on Craigslist. The resident thought the check was a scam. The police informed him it was. Police recommended he not cash the check and report the incident … 0

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 … 0