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Kathleen Nichols describes experience of going from Dublin to Vermont for the eclipse
04-11-2024 8:48 AM

By KATHLEEN NICHOLS

My husband, Mark, and I moved from Vermont to New Hampshire in 2006. Last month, my sister, who lives in Stowe, Vt., invited us to come there to see the totality of the eclipse.Our original plan was to stay overnight, but Mark needed to travel to...

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Lectures will discuss black bears in New Hampshire
04-08-2024 11:43 AM

By ISABELLA MESSA

During the last lecture of the Peterborough Town Library’s “Naturally NH” winter series, Dan Bailey of New Hampshire Fish and Game recently discussed what residents can do to ensure the management, preservation and safety of black bears in the...


Viewpoint: Bradley Davis – Keep the light on for Proctor
04-05-2024 11:33 AM

By BRADLEY DAVIS

The light is on. Long after the cheering stops, the fans depart, the referees are cleaned up and headed home and the visiting team buses turn on to Route 202, headed back to their respective towns, the light in the northwest corner office window is...


Conval Performing Arts presenting ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’
04-03-2024 9:34 AM

By ISABELLA MESSA

Conval Performing Arts is preparing to present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, at 2 and 7 p.m.The musical follows six adolescents competing in a spelling bee run by three adults, and...


At MacDowell: Jonathan Gourlay – Courtney Stephens makes films with an anthropologist’s eye
04-03-2024 8:30 AM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

Filmmaker Courtney Stephens brings an anthropologist’s keen observational skills to the subjects of her films, whether creating documentaries or experimental shorts exploring language, historical geography and women's lives. On Friday, she’ll present...


Community Conversations: Gary Gorski – Build enrollment by building more homes
04-02-2024 8:35 AM

By GARY GORSKI

The high cost of operating our small elementary schools is driven by an imbalance between capacity and enrollment. We’ve voted on cutting capacity by closing schools, and voters have made clear that’s not where they want to go.  It’s time to focus on...


Community Conversations: Bethany Craig – Start again, but pledge to keep elementary schools
04-02-2024 8:31 AM

By BETHANY CRAIG

Where do we go from here? We go back to the drawing board, but honor the original Articles of Agreement.Instead of repeatedly attempting to change the rules, we work within those rules to find solutions and make a reconfiguration plan. The Articles of...


Community Conversations: Tom Burgess – The meanings of the articles
04-02-2024 8:01 AM

By TOM BURGESS

On March 12, the residents of the nine ConVal towns went to the polls to vote on the proposed school budget and 11 other articles related to the operation of the school system. The voters approved 11 of the 12 articles. Let's focus on three articles...


Jaffrey Public Library offers Baby Time group Wednesdays
03-30-2024 9:31 AM

By ISABELLA MESSA

A new Baby Time group at Jaffrey Public Library is looking to cater to new parents and babies in the community.The group is a joint effort between The River Center in Peterboroiugh, the library and the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District, with...


Jaffrey Center Village Improvement Society to study the Swale
03-28-2024 7:01 AM

By KEN CAMPBELL

Wetland in Jaffrey Center consists of 12.8 acres


Francestown Town Meeting approves ConVal withdrawal article
03-19-2024 8:04 AM

By SARAH HIBBARD PYLE

Most of the articles on the 2024 Francestown Town Warrant Saturday passed with little debate, with the most-spirited discussion being over an article directing the the ConVal School Board to initiate a feasibility study of Francestown’s withdrawal...


All articles pass easily at Hancock Town Meeting
03-19-2024 8:02 AM

By JARVIS COFFIN

All articles received unanimous support during Hancock Town Meeting Saturday, as the 120 residents went through the warrant in two hours.The Select Board was given high marks for submitting an annual budget of $3.5 million, only 3.85% over the prior...


Dublin Town Meeting approves ConVal withdrawal article
03-18-2024 10:56 AM

By KATHLEEN NICHOLS

Dublin Town Meeting was held Saturday at Dublin Consolidated School.The school was saved from potential closure by rejection of an article March 13 that would have changed the ConVal School District’s Articles of Agreement, and after considerable...


Temple Town Meeting agrees to continue Highway garage study
03-18-2024 10:36 AM

By LISA MURRAY

Moderator Phil Lauriat opened Temple Town Meeting meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the first items including swearing in all town officials who had been elected March 13.Jim Kingston, chair of the Highway Garage Study Group, presented a report of the...


Lyndeborough Town Meeting rejects community power
03-18-2024 9:18 AM

By KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS

Lyndeborough Town Meeting voted down a warrant article to adopt community power, which would have allowed the town to negotiate a new default electric supply and renewable energy supply options for residents, Saturday at Citizens’ Hall.Community Power...


Greenfield town clerk’s office has new home
03-07-2024 8:01 AM

By ISABELLA MESSA

On Monday, the Greenfield town clerk’s office opened in its new space on the lower level of the town office building.“The Police Department moved across the street to allow the other offices in the building more room, and we needed more storage so it...


ConVal High students share feelings about class sizes, elementary experience
03-05-2024 8:16 AM

By ISABELLA MESSA

ConVal High School students Chrystina Hall (who attended Pierce School), Logan Nadeau (Greenfield Elementary School) and Juliana O’Mahony  (Dublin Consolidated School) recently answered questions about their experience in elementary school and...


At MacDowell – Allison Akootchook Warden kicks off MacDowell Downtown season
02-28-2024 9:01 AM

By JONATHAN GOURLAY

MacDowell Downtown’s 21st season opener will be Friday, March 1, at The Monadnock Center for History and Culture with performance artist Allison Akootchook Warden.An Inuit tribal member of the Native village of Kaktovik off Alaska’s north slope,...


Wliton-Lyndeborough girls’ basketball falls in state quarterfinals
02-26-2024 10:44 AM

By BEN CONANT

Wilton-Lyndeborough's storybook season came to a close in the Mule Den Friday night, as host Newmarket pushed their way past the upstart Warriors 46-40 overtime win in the state Division IV quarterfinals. No. 3 Newmarket (16-4) had surrendered just 15...


Conant boys’ basketball falls to St. Thomas Aquinas in state final
02-26-2024 10:12 AM

By TIM GOODWIN

As the buzzer sounded at the conclusion of the NHIAA Division III championship game Saturday night, Conant boys’ basketball head coach Eric Saucier pointed to his chin.After coming up short in the pursuit of a 13th state title in the storied history...


Viewpoint: Steve Chamberlin – Seven reasons to vote no on ConVal article
02-25-2024 9:01 AM

By STEVE CHAMBERLIN

Casting a vote that will change the long-term trajectory of our region requires a foundation of objective, complete data, and a plan subsequently built from that data.Unfortunately, the Prismatic ConVal reconfiguration study does not provide the...

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