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The Greenfield Beat: Jesseca Timmons – Pobst pens the latest chapter of Francestown history
04-12-2024 8:47 AM

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of the covering the dinner honoring the women of Francestown, where I met quite a few of Francestown’s many active and enthusiastic community volunteers.Among them was Kevin Pobst,  author of the third volume of...

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Joan Hanchett Nature Series in Francestown presents talk on nocturnal creatures
04-04-2024 9:00 AM

The Joan Hanchett Nature Series will present Slater Roosa, education coordinator for Audubon’s Massabesic Center, to speak about nocturnal creatures such as salamanders, owls, bats and skunks Friday, April 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Francestown Town...


Francestown Academy Coffeehouse features Bob Pope
04-03-2024 7:00 AM

Francestown Academy Coffeehouse’s April coffeehouse will Saturday, April 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Francestown Town Hall. The featured act is Bob Pope. Also on stage will be Jonas Taub, Amy Conley, Allegegash, The Ukuleles and Jack Bopp. A $5...


Springfield College honors students from Francestown, Wilton, Peterborough and Rindge
03-31-2024 7:30 AM

Springfield College recognized four local students for academic excellence for the 2023 fall semester.Alana Edwards from Francestown was named to the dean's list. Edwards has a primary major of psychology.Brooke Lane from Wilton was named to the...


Francestown honors women at dinner
03-26-2024 8:33 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

Despite slushy roads and pouring rain Saturday night, more than 100 people attended the first Francestown Recreation Commission dinner honoring the women of Francestown, held in recognition of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. “The...


100+ Women Who Care opens nominations
03-24-2024 7:00 AM

100+ Women Who Care Monadnock, a local giving circle, has opened nominations for a local nonprofit to receive more than $10,500 in donations.Being a member is not required to nominate a nonprofit. Nominations close April 3 at 5 p.m. The more-than-200...


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...


ConVal reconfiguration article fails
03-13-2024 9:28 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONSand CAMERON CASHMAN

An article that that could have resulted in Francestown Elementary School, Dublin Consolidated School, Pierce School in Bennington and Temple Elementary School closing failed at the ballot box Tuesday, receiving only 45.47% of the vote, when...


Donation preserves 216 acres in Francestown
03-13-2024 8:31 AM

The Monadnock Conservancy, in collaboration with the children of Diane and John Schott, has accepted the donation of 216 acres of forest and wetlands in Francestown that will be known as the Kermit A. Schott Forest Preserve.The property includes 1,400...


Grant will make fiber internet available to every address in Francestown
03-11-2024 8:01 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

Francestown has been approved for funds from the state’s Broadband Matching Grant Initiative (BMGI) that will result in fiber internet being available to every address in town.  The town is working with Consolidated Communications (CCI), which...


Viewpoint: Laura Mafera – Why Francestown is looking at alternatives
03-05-2024 8:15 AM

By LAURA MAFERA

In recent weeks, it has been brought to the attention of members of the ConVal community that Francestown is seriously considering alternatives for their elementary school in light of the proposed closure of FES as part of the School Board’s plan if...


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...


Letter: Closing elementary schools solves nothing
02-15-2024 12:38 PM

The warrant article to close four of our elementary schools is ill-reasoned and rushed. The argument that it be passed in order to do a real analysis is spurious.I understand the burden the ConVal budget puts on our towns, and in turn on taxpayers,...


Withdrawal article will be on Francetown warrant
02-14-2024 10:27 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

The Francestown Select Board voted Monday night to include a warrant article requesting the ConVal School Board initiate a feasibility study evaluating the possibility of Francestown withdrawing from the ConVal School District. The Francestown School...


Francestown Select Board to discuss ConVal petition article that arrived one day too late
02-12-2024 11:16 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

The Francestown Select Board will meet Monday night to discuss whether a recent addition to the town warrant, which was submitted one day past the deadline, will go on the ballot in March.The petition warrant article, submitted by Laura Mafera and...


Francestown Elementary School students take to the hardwood
02-09-2024 2:45 PM

The Francestown Elementary School basketball program, sponsored by the Francestown Recreation Commission, had 18 participants and recently concluded.Students in kindergarten through second grade learned basic skills such as passing, dribbling and...


Francestown Select Board endorses community power plan
02-05-2024 10:41 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

The Francestown Select Board has endorsed a proposed warrant article created by the town’s Community Power Committee to authorize the town to move forward with establishing community power. Community power is a model that allows municipalities to pool...


Cyrena Arnold of Francestown combines meteorology and children’s books
01-31-2024 9:00 AM

By MAGGIE BARIBAULT

“If a storm makes you scared or you want the sun to shine, remember it won’t last long. Weather changes all the time,” wrote New Hampshire meteorologist Cyrena Arnold in her 2020 children’s book, “The Weather Story with Frances Fox.”Currently, Arnold...


Francestown Elementary School, PTO join forces for enrichment
01-26-2024 3:45 PM

Francestown Elementary School has partnered with the PTO to bring an after-school enrichment program to students, the Crazy 8's Math Club.Every Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., students gather to participate in various math activities. Students are...


Quilted Bug, Leila’s Stitch Haven cater to local quilters
01-23-2024 2:00 PM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

When Kerry and  Scott Christophers sold Hancock’s Seven Maples campground in 2021, they weren’t totally sure what they were going to do with more free time in their schedules.But Kerry had one definite goal in mind – to devote more time to her...


BUSINESS QUARTERLY: Broadband availability increases real estate attractiveness
01-23-2024 9:03 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

The availability of high-speed internet has become one of the driving factors in attracting new residents to  settle in the Monadnock region, giving some towns a competitive advantage for people who work or attend school remotely. “People expect it,”...

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