Lyndeborough: Hiker falls to her death

Monday, January 26, 2015

A 50-year-old Massachusetts woman died following a hiking accident, while in the area of Purgatory Falls on Sunday afternoon. The woman was hiking with a companion when she slipped from the edge of a steep embankment, falling into the water, according to a press release issued by New Hampshire Fish and Game on Sunday night. The woman “succumbed to her injuries from the fall and subsequent immersion in the frigid waters.” The woman’s identity has not been released, pending notification of her family and investigation by the State Medical Examiner. The area is now closed to the public due to the dangerous terrain. “The area … 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

Dublin: Fulfilling Hayashi’s dream

Monday, January 26, 2015

As a group of nearly 30 hikers winds through the woods, Meade Cadot of Hanock calls a halt to the procession to point out the bounding tracks of a snowshoe hare. Later, he will point out signs of a mink passing through, though the tracks are partially swept away by the wind, and … 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

Court log: Dec. 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Ipswich Kenneth Krymowski, 34, Ashby, Massachusetts, fugitive from justice, charge not carried forward. Greenfield Alabi Oluwaseun, 37, Manchester, speeding, $62 fine. Hancock Daniel Townsend, 18, Harrisville, speeding, $77.50 fine. Benjamin Edes, 19, Antrim, criminal mischief, charge not carried forward. Rindge Matthew Daneau, 25, Hampstead, speeding, hearing scheduled … 0

Viewpoint: Let’s govern from the middle

Monday, December 29, 2014

Two years ago, this newspaper’s headline after the election was “State Shifts Left.” A few weeks later, I wrote in an op-ed for the paper that, while swinging left and right was an apt description of what had happened in the last several New Hampshire state elections, it … 0

Editorial: Our region’s schools: The year in review

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 proved to be a tumultuous year for our area’s school districts, with financial struggles at the heart of many of the issues. ConVal and Jaffrey-Rindge voters alike turned down their districts’ proposed budgets, leaving teachers and administrators without raises, and needed improvements going unfunded and incomplete. Mascenic … 0