Meg Harrington of the Loon Preservation Committee finishes surveying Pleasant Pond in Francestown.  This summer, Harrington was responsible for monitoring the loon population throughout the Monadnock region.

Conservation: Watcher of the water

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meg Harrington looked frazzled late that August morning. The 22-year-old conservation biologist, on her last survey of the summer, combed Pleasant Pond in her kayak for over an hour. Harrington was searching for a pair of the blackish-blue and checkered-white loons and their furry brown chicks. She found cracked eggshells in a cove without any scrapes from a predator. But … 0


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — Area residents who were interested in signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act this year had to make a choice. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the only insurance company offering plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, did not include Monadnock Community Hospital in its network of providers. So anyone looking to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act … 0

Peterborough: Sewer work done on west end of Union Street

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — SUR Construction West is wrapping up the first part of its renovation of Union Street’s outdated sewer and drainage system, from the intersection of Main and Elm Streets to Scott Winn Road. Paving will begin on the western end of the street in the next two weeks. Town Administrator Pamela Brenner … 0

peterborough: Town trying out walking tour app, as part of its 275th celebrations

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — For Peterborough’s 275 anniversary celebration Columbus Day weekend in October, folks will flock downtown for festivities that include a parade, war reenactments, and a farmer’s market and food court. Thanks to Tracey Messer, historian and Peterborough … 1

Letter: Theater program gives thanks

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: Thank you to all who made Project Shakespeare’s 20th Anniversary Season a great success! Special thanks to all our hosts: The United Church of Jaffrey, The Jaffrey Civic Center, Cathedral of the Pines, The Cornucopia Project, ConVal High School, The Jaffrey Woman’s Club and St. … 0

Letter: Help teach children to read

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To the editor: For the 15th consecutive year, the Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center and our dedicated America Reads volunteers will work hand-in-hand with K-3 classroom teachers at 14 area schools to help young students who struggle with their reading. Volunteers spend anywhere from one to three hours each … 0

Country living: In this case, no fences make good neighbors

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August is always a banner month for the MacDowell Colony because that’s when they hold their annual Medal Day honoring some of the brightest stars in the arts firmament. It should also be an important time locally because for one thing, the MacDowell Colony and Thornton Wilder were … 0

VIEWPOINT: Let’s talk about those finds at the Recycling Center

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Peterborough Recycling Center featured recently on N.H. Public Radio, in a charming story about poetry recorded, lost, and recovered years later on a tape found in the Mini Mall. The Mini Mall has been part of the Peterborough Recycling program since it began in the early ’80s. … 0

Milestones: Graduation

Monday, August 4, 2014

Head of School Mary Halpin Carter is pleased to announce that the following students from the Monadnock area graduated from The Derryfield School in the Class of 2014 at Commencement Exercises in June: Jack St. Jean, son of James and Cynthia St. Jean of Francestown, graduated from The … 0

Viewpoint: At long last, MCH is in the marketplace

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Affordable Care Act and the N.H. Health Protection Plan created opportunities for citizens of New Hampshire to be covered by health insurance who were previously uninsured. As the community hospital that provides care in this region, we saw this as a positive move. The rollout was bumpy … 0

Letter: Shakespeare is in good young hands

Friday, August 1, 2014

To the editor: Project Shakespeare, now in its 20th year of performance, has inspired understanding and a love of the Bard through performances in Peterborough, Jaffrey and Rindge. Deborah Shakespeare Thurber and her team are to be congratulated on beautiful, well rehearsed and entertaining productions of “Hamlet,” “Taming … 0

Letter: Chris’ Concert benefits Grapevine

Friday, August 1, 2014

To the editor: A belated but heartfelt thank you to the good folks who organized, promoted, and played at the 2014 Chris’ Concert to benefit The Grapevine in memory of Christine Patten. The June 28 show, featuring The Installers, raised $2,200 to support Grapevine programs for children and … 0

Sharon: Ancient Japanese kiln to be built at Sharon Arts Center

Monday, July 28, 2014

Students in the N.H. Institute of Art’s BFA program will be constructing an anagama kiln on the grounds of the Sharon Arts Center campus. An anagama kiln is a single-chamber furnace built with a sloping shaped tunnel and fueled with firewood, in contrast to the electric or gas … 0