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

Letters: Pipeline got a ‘full-court press’

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: I’m not sure what the New Hampshire journalism awards are called, but I hope your paper is recognized for the remarkable work you are doing covering the story of the Kinder Morgan pipeline planned for this region. Since local towns were first made aware of … 0

Viewpoint: Political correctness — a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

George Orwell warned us. The “Ministry of Truth” has arrived. Slavery is freedom (debt-serfdom of college grads and entire nations) and war is peace (as long as over there). Orwell depicted a surveillance society dominated by fear, snitching, newspeak, groupthink, endless unwinnable wars and deception so accepted that … 0

Viewpoint: Watch what you say

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Political correctness or politically correct has been in our lexicon for several decades. The term itself was, apparently, coined in a comic strip and now is more commonly known simply as PC. Undoubtedly started as a way to bring a more civilized vocabulary into our lives and to … 0

Letters: Empty spaces in downtown

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: A picture taken on a recent late morning of the 13 spaces by the fire house for public parking shows they are almost empty, as usual. Another picture shows the parking area way around back … 0

Viewpoints: Debating our future

Friday, January 23, 2015

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.” — Voltaire, “Essay on Tolerance” After having read Pete Burwen’s letter to the editor entitled, “Short memory on school district,” it brought to mind how easily those who disagree on an issue can misconstrue, misinterpret, … 0

Viewpoint: Is the savings really worth the cost?

Friday, January 23, 2015

In his Jan. 22 Viewpoint piece regarding closing schools and allegedly dismantling the school district, Matt Craig of Sharon wrote, “Peterborough residents I’ve talked with give the warrant article to change this requirement great support.” Apparently Matt Craig is afraid to venture beyond the borders of Sharon and … 0

Moment of Bliss: ‘Don’t end up a panther in a cage’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The ides of January has come and gone. Jan. 15, the day a little toy snowblower on my desk lost a wheel. It happened when I tripped over an APC back-up, while carrying my MacBook Pro. I caught … 0

Peterborough: Proposed DPW budgets are down

Monday, January 26, 2015

The proposed budgets for Peterborough’s Highway, Water, and Sewer departments for 2016 are all less than this year’s approved budget. But, in the next several years, it won’t be easy to keep these budgets lower, according to Rodney … 0

Peterborough: Agritourism amendments on the table

Monday, January 26, 2015

After neighbors contested a farm’s application to hold agritourism events, including weddings and farm-to-table meals, the town has drafted an amendment to the Agricultural Ordinance, hoping it better serves farmers and their neighbors. “The most important thing it is doing is being clearer about what uses are permitted, … 0

ConVal: Lawyer: Petition article is advisory

Monday, January 26, 2015

The petition article to close Great Brook School and have the students and staff combine with South Meadow School has been deemed a referendum by ConVal School District counsel. That means that even if the advisory article passes, the School Board wouldn’t be required to act on the … 0