Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Rotary raises $4,900 for CASA Mil­ford Rotary Club, led by "team coach" Doug Knott, recently raised $4,930 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire. The ninth annual Bowl For Kids' Sake Rotary Chal­lenge was an evening of fun, fellowship, bowling and helping a great local charity. "It's incredible that each and every year, the Rotaries in our area come togeth­er for a night of friendly competition to raise money to support our mission of providing children with a one-on-one mentor," BBBS development coordinator James Carroll said. "This year did not disappoint, as six dif­ferent Rotaries came out for a night of bowling and fun. "After all the pins were knocked down and the smoke cleared, the members of the Rotary Club of Mil­ford were the champions. We are incredibly thankful for all the support. Next year, we hope to see everybody out bowling for a cause once again." Paula Telage, the Milford Rotary team's "head cheer­leader," said, "Although we were the champions that night, the real champions are the folks at the Big Brothers Big Sisters; what they do day in and day out is amazing work." The other wonderful Rotary clubs participating this year included Hol­lis/Brookline, Merrimack, Nashua West, Nashua and the Souhegan Valley Happy Hour Club. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:04:02 EST Hudon hopes to spark Nashua staff NASHUA - Tom Hudon is finding out you can go home again. The lefty Merrimack native is a much-needed addition to the Nashua Silver Knights rotation after he start­ed the summer with Thursday night's rain-delayed opponent, the Seacoast Mavericks. Hudon, after a stellar Silver Knights season in 2013, struggled last year and was not asked back by the club, which kept all but three from the 2014 team that lost in the first round of the playoffs. So Hudon, who had a good junior season at Saint Anselm College, hooked on with the Mavericks. But it wasn't the same. "This is a great place to play. They make it feel like a minor league team, that kind of atmosphere, which is great," Hudon said. "It's what you want. Seacoast was nice, but it was just different." He hated the daily commute to Portsmouth, and decided in early July he was done. Then, after a couple of weeks of inactivity, he got a call from Sil­ver Knights player personnel VP B.J. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:03:48 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log JULY 14 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Krista Leclerc, 29, 23 Appleton St., Apt. 1, Manchester, receiving stolen property. Bruce P. Lanctot, 39, 25 Stark St., Manchester, driving while intoxicated. Stanley Ernest Urbanowicz, 28, 70 Walnut St., Apt. A, Nashua, duty to report. Jesse Charles Bridger, 29, 4 Heritage Village Drive, Apt. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:05:16 EST Nashua Teachers Union endorses Jim Donchess The Nashua Teachers Union on Thursday endorsed Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess in the 2015 mayoral race. The union cited Donchess' response to its questionnaire on education that the American Federation of Teachers Local 1044 sent to all six mayoral candidates competing in the Sept. 8 primary. "Given his long-standing record on and commitment to education in Nashua, we know that Jim is the right choice," AFT-NH Local 1044 President Bob Sherman said. Nashua High School South teacher Judy Lof­tus said Donchess' sup­port for education "spans decades" as evidenced by his efforts in 2010 to save many teachers' jobs threatened by budget cuts. Donchess, an attor­ney and former Nashua mayor, now serves on the Board of Aldermen. "Education is the backbone of any community, and when schools thrive, the community thrives and our econo­my thrives," Donchess said. - Telegraph staff Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:05:11 EST Nashua man threatens another with a knife Nashua police arrested a city man Wednesday and charged him with threat­ening another person at knifepoint. Police were called to a home Wednes­day evening and told that Jamey Keyes, 54, of 461/2 Kinsley St., Apt. B, had been in a "prolonged argument" with another person that concluded when Keyes held a knife to that per­son's throat, police said. The alleged victim had a minor injury from the incident and police arrested Keyes shortly before 6:30 p.m. He was also arrested on an out­standing warrant, police said. Keyes is charged with second-degree assault and domestic violence. He was held at Valley Street jail in Manches­ter on $10,000 cash bail pending his arraignment at Nashua district court on Thursday, police said. Both of the charges are Class B felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines, police said. - Telegraph staff t" with another person that concluded when Keyes held a knife to that per­son's throat, police said. The alleged victim had a minor injury from the incident and police arrested Keyes shortly before 6:30 p.m. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:05:07 EST Silver Knights use balk to beat Seacoast, 8-6 By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA --- Nashua Silver Knights reliever Lucas Olen hates to give pitches away. Seacoast Mavericks reliever Taylor Doyle did. That was the difference in the Silver Knights' 8-6 win over the Mavericks late Thursday night before a Holman Stadium announced crowd of 712. The game was delayed at the start 90 minutes by the monsoon that swept through the area. The win keeps the Knights (24-22) three games out of a home playoff berth, but as Olen said, "We're winning at the right time." Doyle was charged with a balk in the eighth inning as he failed to stop at the belt in his delivery with the Knights' Manny Cruz at third base and Matt Fortin at the plate in a 6-6 game. Cruz, who had singled and made it all the way to third on a two-base error, scored the winning run. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:28:32 EST Silver Knights hold off Worcester NASHUA - Ryan Moloney had it to start the season. Then he lost it. Wednesday night, however, Mo­loney found the stuff that had once made him one of the Nashua's best starting pitchers. He had tossed 6.1 no-hit innings before tiring, but the Silver Knights hung on to edge the Worcester Bravehearts 4-3 before a Holman Stadium crowd of 714. It was a far cry from his previous start in Torrington, Conn., when he didn't get out of the second inning and saw his earned run average, once sub- 2.00, go up to 4.36. "Definitely," said Moloney, who saw his no-no broken up by Worcester's Will Allen with a bloop to center. "Be­fore I wasn't making pitches. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:03:33 EST Third annual REYES Family Field Day gets nearly 200 Nashua youths active To the Editor: The third annual REYES Family Field Day (Re- Engaging Youth through Exercise and Sport) was held June 13, 2015, at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua. Club alumnus Kendall Reyes, along with his family and friends, hosted the event, which benefited youths at the Boys & Girls Club. A portion of the proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship for youths who are making positive changes for their futures. Nearly 200 kids participated in the field day activities and enjoyed the wonderful weather. The REYES Family Field Day is an active event that focuses on getting youths active in a positive environment while engaging with caring adults and having fun. Youths and their families are encouraged participate in new experiences that build on making physical activity a habit. Youths were challenged to compete in events and finish all 16 stations, including an obstacle course and timed competitions. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:38:05 EST Thanks for support of plant sale To the Editor: The Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers would like to give a sincere thank you to everyone who helped make our annual plant sale another grand success. Members, friends and friends of friends dug and potted plants from their gardens to help support the sale. McQuesten Farm in Litchfield also donated flats of colorful annuals. Over 1,000 pots were sold to hundreds of happy customers, who told us they wait each year for our sale. One lady from Michi­gan said she plans her spring visit to her daughter to coincide with the sale because it is so much fun! Customers know that ADK plants are reasonably priced, are potted well and that all sale proceeds will be used to help Nashua schoolchildren and other organizations. We enjoy sharing our plants and garden tips with custom­ers, and we enjoy all their smiles. Alpha Delta Kappa is an international organization that recognizes excellent educators and works to promote world understand­ing and altruism. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:38:02 EST Nashua salon donates back-to-school haircuts NASHUA - Hair Cuttery salons in Nashua will donate back-to-school haircuts to children in need this August. From Aug. 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who buys a haircut at any of the Hair Cuttery salons in New England, a free haircut will be donated to an underprivileged child in the community. "Share-A-Haircut allows us to give back in a way that is simple, but meaningful," said Dennis Ratner, founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. "On the first day of school, everyone deserves to look and feel their best, and our stylists love nothing more than being able to give children in their community a much deserved boost of confidence." This is the 16th anniversary of the program. Certificates are distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and nonprofit organizations. To date, the Share- A-Haircut program has reached more than 925,000 children with haircut certificate donations, valued at $16.65 million Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:20:53 EST Youths in the News Here is a listing of achievements by youths from Greater Nashua: NASHUA ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS NASHUA - The Rotary Club of Nashua announced its scholarship awards for 2015: Jessica Schuyler, Nashua High School North, received the $10,000 Arsenault Memorial Scholarship. She will attend Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Sarah Allison, Nashua High School South, received a $10,000 scholar­ship. She will attend Bentley University, Waltham, Mass. Brian Barrows, Nashua South, received a $5,000 scholarship. He will attend Tufts University, Boston. Ashley Brand, Nashua North, received a $5,000 scholarship. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:04:13 EST Nashua Boys & Girls Club earns top awards NASHUA - The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua earned top honors from fellow youth development professionals in two categories at the 2015 Program Awards through the Yankee Chapter of The Professional Association (TPA). The Boys & Girls Clubs of America Professional Association serves as a symbol of commitment to the develop­ment of club professionals. Through local chapters, TPA promotes the growth and development of club professionals by providing assistance with training and recognition opportunities. The Yankee Chapter, composed of clubs from New Hampshire and Massa­chusetts, recently presented its awards in the categories of Healthy & Life Skills, The Arts, Technology & Media Skills, Gender-Specific Programming, Sports, Fitness & Recreation, Education & Career Development, Character & Leadership Development, and Participation & Regu­lar Attendance. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua won in two categories: Gender- Specific and Technology & Media Skills. For Gender-Specific Programming, the club's all-girl robotics program took top honors. Centered on the FIRST Lego robotics competition, the club had two teams competing in 2014. The Strong Girls team was the only all-girl team at the competition, which took place in November at Hollis Brookline High School. With support from NASA and Fidelity Investments, and volunteer coaches from Fidelity Investments, the team - largely composed of first-time par­ticipants - was commended by judges for its enthusiasm and grasp of the league's core values of inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism. Club members built and learned to program their robot and developed, researched and presented a research project. "We expose our young girl members to STEM in a positive manner so that any negative perception our girls may have will be counter-balanced and, hopefully, we influence them to embrace science," clubhouse education director Charles Col­linson said. "Robotics is just one of our many special programs, and it has encouraged our girl members to participate in other STEM programs, including our Underwa­ter ROV, Electric Circuits, Stream Safari and Immersion science-based programs. "The professionals and near-peer high school club member who mentored our team proved to be excellent mentors. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:03:44 EST T-shirt design contest open to those under 18 Tap your creative talents for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. The Nashua Prevention Coalition is hosting a t-shirt design contest. Contestants must create a mes­sage relating to making "Healthy Choices" and remaining drug and alcohol free. "Nashua Cares" must be used in the design. Contestants must be 18 years old or younger to participate. Deadline to submit drawings to Nashua Prevention Coalition is Aug. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:04:26 EST Lots to ‘digest’ in this week’s edition of Encore There's nothing better than fresh summer fruits and vegetables at our local farmers markets. I've been enjoying "Sunday on the bridge" in downtown Nashua, grabbing my produce, honey and vinegar each week before doing my grocery shopping. You're missing out if you don't check it out, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. rain or shine. We have a recipe you can use those fresh veggies in, with a vegetarian burrito that promises "you won't miss the meat." Well ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:18:52 EST Downtown ‘Dinner & Movie’ series is back Aug. 5 NASHUA - On Wednes­day, Aug. 5 (rain date Thursday), the Greater Nashua Chamber of Com­merce will be partnering with local special events company Community Events LLC and present­ing sponsor Eastern Bank to kick off the 2015 Down­town Dinner & Movie series. That night, East Pearl Street in downtown Nashua will be shut off to vehicular traffic and attendees will be treated to a viewing of "Pretty Woman," celebrating its 25th anniversary. Stella Blu American Tapas & Martini Bar will provide a select menu for dinner and drinks for purchase to those enjoying the movie. The Dinner & Movie series will also include the film "The Italian Job," paired with Fratello's Italian Grille on Aug. 19; and a showing of "Jaws," which was selected via an online survey that fea­tured three different mov­ie options. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:01:43 EST Fratello’s ‘takes the corner’ in downtown Nashua I don't think anyone needs me to tell them Fratello's is good. If you've lived in southern New Hampshire for any period of time, you've known their restaurant in Manchester's unassuming historic mill building sector has been a go-to site for event dining for almost 20 years (as has their original Laconia location). Now Fratello's has filled the corner spot at East Pearl and Main Street in downtown Nashua, offer­ing the city another strong anchor restaurant to join its tony Main Street neighbors. After parking for free in the lot a mere block away, Aaron and I arrived at 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday. Almost every table was full, includ­ing the outdoor sidewalk seating. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:04:04 EST Nashua leaders mull removing iconic Millyard chimney letters NASHUA – When the Broad Street Parkway finally crosses the Nashua River and touches down in the Millyard, it will practically brush against the towering smokestack that stood at the heart of the city’s former textile industry. The roughly 165-foot red brick chimney – with the word “Millyard” painted in white letters down its spine – still looms over the state’s second largest city lest there should be any doubt what this once smoky workhorse’s job was. Now, as the city prepares to embrace the long- awaited completion of the Broad Street Parkway this fall, some city officials wonder if the word “Millyard” must go. “I like it better without the word there. I think a few of us do,” Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said Wednesday. Built in the 1880s by the the former Nashua Manufacturing Co., the chimney is being restored by workmen with International Chimney Inc. of Buffalo, N.Y. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:10:00 EST Many expected at pipeline hearings If you want to get a seat at either of the two area hearings about a proposed natural gas pipeline taking place this week, you might want to show up early: Opponents plan to be there in droves. "We're carpooling, we're busing, we're doing what we can to fill the seats. We want to give FERC the correct impression of the opposition," said Elisa Benincaso of Rindge, who has long been a part of a loose coalition opposing plans by Kinder Morgan to build an interstate gas pipeline across southern New Hampshire. The so-called scoping hearings are being held in Nashua and Milford by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Nashua hearing on Wednesday will be in a ballroom at the Radisson Hotel, 11 Tara Blvd., which will have seating for 500 people, said a Radisson representative. No overflow seating is slated, although plans are still in flux. The hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors will open about 6 p.m., said the representative. The Milford hearing on Thursday will also start at 6:30 p.m. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:16:50 EST Labine Park favored as new Legacy Playground site NASHUA - Building a park for the disabled, wounded veterans, seniors and others with walking issues at Labine Park is quickly gaining momentum among city leaders - particularly when compared to the tumult that plagued prior plans to put it at Greeley Park. "It's an excellent move," Public Works Commissioner Paul G. Bergeron said Tuesday. Commissioners this month approved building the proposed Legacy Playground at the park and to accept the $170,000 donation from the group that wants to help build it. The new plan would enable Labine Park to benefit from improvements that would come with Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2012's vision to build a fully-accessible park as its legacy to the city. "This is a huge victory," agreed Public Works Commissioner Tracy Pappas. The city-owned Cleveland Street playground, located close to the downtown and near three schools, has long suffered from neglect, she said. "It's in deplorable condition. I think that is an area that could use some sprucing up. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:04:00 EST Gabriel Kern Gabriel Kern, 82, former­ly of Nashua, died at his home in Rye Brook, NY on July 25. He was born August 19, 1932 in Budapest, Hungary and was an electrical engi­neer with Kollsman (now Elbit Systems) for 26 years before retiring. He is remem­bered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who was an accomplished chess teacher and gifted piano player. In Budapest, the Na­zis took his parents to the Auschwitz extermina­tion camp, where only his mother escaped, while he remained behind in a Jew­ish ghetto under the protec­tion of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. He later moved to New York, but in the late 1970s settled in Nashua when Kollsman relocated to NH. He moved to Rye Brook three years ago. Gabe is survived by his wife Pearl; his daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Mark Fischer of Armonk, NY; his daughter-in-law, Sheryl Rich-Kern of Nashua; and five grandchil­dren, Eric, Jonah and Isaac Fischer and Dan and Josh Kern. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:04:11 EST E. Marie (Hull) Palmer E. Marie (Hull) Palmer, 88, of Hudson, NH died peacefully at the Community Hos­pice House in Mer­rimack on July 24, 2015, surrounded by members of her family. She was born in Randolph, VT on December 2, 1926, a daughter of the late William and Bessie (Wheatley) Hull. Mrs. Palmer was the wife of G. Raymond "Ray" Palmer, whom she married on September 8, 1951, they shared over 63 years of marriage. Mrs. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:28:01 EST Kenneth I. Walter Kenneth I. Wal­ter, 67, of Hudson, NH, died at his home early Sunday morning, July 26, 2015. He was the husband of Carol (Fuller) Web­ster, with whom he shared the last 12 ½ years. Born in Charles­ton, South Carolina on April 2, 1948, he was a son of the late Ken­neth R. and Mary (McK­inney) Walter. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:03:15 EST Clinton ducks Keystone pipeline question at Nashua stop Tuesday NASHUA – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took heat on Tuesday for declining to answer questions about the Keystone XL pipeline during a town hall event in Nashua. Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, told a crowd of roughly 450 people she would not second-guess President Barack Obama’s decision on the controversial pipeline and does not want to interfere with the White House or Secretary of State John Kerry on the matter. “If it’s undecided when I become president, I will answer your question,” she said at Amherst Street School during an open question period. “If this is the No. 1 issue on people’s minds, then they’re going to have to wait and see what Secretary Kerry and President Obama decide to do about it.” Multiple environmental groups have urged regulators to deny approval to the project, which would ship oil from northern Canada through an 875-mile pipeline to deliver up to 830,000 barrels daily to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico, according to a January 2014 report to the U.S. Department of State. Republicans pounced on her comment, saying she filibustered the question and provided a nonresponse. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:21:12 EST Hillary Clinton makes her pitch at Nashua elementary school NASHUA – Ten-year-old Emily Wall knew she wanted to ask presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a question during the Democratic frontrunner’s return to Nashua. After Clinton was peppered with inquiries about the ISIS threat and lowering debt among college students, Emily wrapped up the town hall-style event not so much with a question as an impromptu request to shake the hand of the “first woman president.” What she received was a hearty hug and standing ovation from a booming crowd hoping to make Emily’s wish a reality. “I tell everybody I’m not asking you to vote for me because I’m a woman, I’m asking you to vote for me because of my merits,” Clinton said in a sweltering gymnasium at Amherst Street School. “But one of my merits is that I’m a woman.” The event drew an estimated 450 visitors to the Nashua school where Emily will return next fall. The gym scoreboard listed 20:16 as the time remaining, a sign the upcoming primary is in full swing here. “I just wanted to meet somebody who’s (running) for the president because I’ve never met anybody who was trying to be elected (as) the president,” Emily said. “It was cool.” She received a signed photograph of Clinton with a personal message to “Follow your dreams.” Her mother, Deborah Wall, said, “It was great for my daughter to see her at her own school.” The former First Lady touted her Granite State history, recalling when her husband Bill was seeking the presidency and campaigning in New Hampshire more than two decades ago. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:13:00 EST Nashua's MakeIt Labs, Milford Boys & Girls Club awarded tax credits An expansion of the Boys and Girls Club in Milford to help at-risk teens, and a move to bigger quarters by the state’s first makerspace in Nashua are among the projects targeted for help using more than $5 million from the Community Development Finance Authority. Also on the list to get state Investment Tax Credits are the Nashua YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club and Girls Inc. Overall, 16 nonprofits were targeted with $5.5 million in tax credits over the next two years. They ranged from half a million dollars’ worth of credits for an expansion at the YMCA in Manchester to $105,000 for a bicycle path in Salem to $250,000 to help preserve the Castle in the Clouds estate in Moultonboro. The aid comes not in cash but in the form of tax credits in a program authorized by the state legislature. Nonprofits can use them to lure donations from private sources. Basically, said Kevin Flynn, spokesman for the Community Development Finance Authority, which oversees the credits, nonprofits sell the credits to companies, which in turn use them to get tax breaks of roughly 75 percent on the state’s Business Profits Tax, Business Enterprise Tax or Insurance Premium Tax. For example, instead of asking a company to donate $10,000, a nonprofit can sell the company $10,000 worth of credits, which will allow the business to save up to $7,500 on its state taxes. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:10:00 EST City’s response seems heavy-handed The fine levied on a downtown Nashua eating establishment for damaging the new sidewalk sounds excessive. If city hall is de­termined to drive commerce out, may I remark that merely walking on the new sidewalks creates wear and tear. By establishing a "walk­ing toll" city hall can remove all customer traffic from downtown and thereby remove business as well. This new levy will nicely augment the parking charges already in effect. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:04:50 EST A League of their own in Nashua Many organizations are said to be ahead of their time. In the case of the League of Women Vot­ers, that was literally true at the time of their creation. When the group was founded in February 1920, women were not yet allowed to vote. It would be another six months before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Con­stitution was ratified, grant­ing women access to the ballot box. The non­partisan organiza­tion - which historically has championed liberal and progressive causes - has four chapters in New Hamp­shire, and there's a move afoot to start a branch in Nashua. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:04:27 EST Webber happy with Knights progress NASHUA - He stands at the end of a walkway to the concourse at Holman Stadium, shaking hands with a couple of fans, waving to others. Do they know who he is? Probably not. But Nashua Silver Knights owner Drew Weber likes it that way. "The fans don't know me here, which is good," said the man who 20 years ago, after learning the baseball business around the country as a minor league intern, bought the Lowell Spinners. Weber turned the Spinners into one of the most successful minor league franchises in the country, he and his staff garnering national attention over the years with their promotional ideas and sellout crowds. He predicted after the demise of independent minor league baseball at Holman Stadium at the start of the decade that baseball would return and thrive here. Shortly after, he said "count me in" as one of the founding fathers of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in 2010. So far, he's been proven correct as the Nashua Silver Knights have averaged over 1,200 fans a night. With the much lower overhead than that of an independent league team, that average makes the franchise more than sustainable and he's been proven correct. "It's a great investment," said Weber, who admitted he was urged to create the Silver Knights franchise at the urging of Spinners front office heads Tim Bawmann and Jon Goode. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:04:13 EST Robert Parker TEMPLE, NH - Robert Parker, 59, resident of Tem­ple, NH, died on July 20, 2015 at the Elliot Hospital, Manchester, NH. He was born in Nashua, NH on January 6, 1956, a son of Hubert and Everline I. (Sayball) Parker. Bob was raised and educated in Wil­ton, NH and made his home in Temple for many years. He was employed as a truck driver for Valley Welding Company, Hol­lis, NH. Bob was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Family members include his wife, Nancy E. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:03:29 EST Marcella Katz Marcella Katz, 91, of Nashua, died peace­fully at her home on July 25, 2015. Mrs. Katz was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 11, 1924, daughter of the late Abraham and Rose Waitkevich. She was the wid­ow of Sydney Katz, who died on October 18, 2001. Most recently, she had been working as a book­keeper for her daughter at Cassandra's Salon and Spa. She is remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed doing arts and crafts. She also was an accomplished seamstress and artist. Mrs. Katz was a WWII Veteran of the United States Navy. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:03:22 EST Backpack drive seeks donations NASHUA - The annual back-to-school backpack program hosted by the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter is collecting sup­plies and school bags to help 2,000 school children prepare for class this fall. "We're at about 10 per­cent of our goal right now. Going through the pantry list, we know we need to help at least 2,000 children, and we probably have less than 200 right now," said Carol Weeks, community outreach manager for the shelter. The program helps students in kindergar­ten through 12th grade throughout the Greater Nashua area. Although the program has been in place for year, Weeks said the slow start is probably because of the change in program format. "This is the first time we've had the backpack drive in this building, we just moved in September of last year," Weeks said. Instead of more regi­mented drop off and pick up schedules run through borrowed facilities, the shelter has been accept­ing donations through the month of July, and can of­fer pick ups for recipients through August. "Distribution used to be on the third week of August, but now we're in our own building, distribution is the month of August," she said. "I think people don't re­alize the change," she said, adding there's still time to reach their goal. Weeks anticipates dona­tions from the community to continue throughout the summer combined with organized donation drives from local businesses, such as Fidelity Investments. "I've always set aside a Fidelity day. They will come in next week to help with donations and packing what we have," she said. "We've had some awe­some volunteers come in to help. Volunteers are now counting everything so we know what we're running lowest on," she said. For anyone who wants to help but can't make it to Quincy Street to donate, they can send in a mon­etary donation the shelter staff can use to purchase supplies. Donations can be brought directly to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter location at 2 Quincy Street from 9 a.m. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:04:14 EST Men stand guard at Nashua recruiting center NASHUA - With handguns tucked in their waist­band, hip and thigh holsters, four men standing guard outside an Amherst Street military recruit­ing center Monday want the unarmed staff inside to know one thing: They've got their backs. "We are just protecting the people who have pro­tected us for so long," said one a Vietnam-era vet­eran who identified himself as Bill Murray from Nashua. He was among four self-described "civilian pa­triots" who have kept a watchful eye on the Armed Forces Career Center at 522 Amherst St. since July 21. Their mission is to thwart a possible attack on the recruiting center where staff are barred from carrying arms. They said they won't leave until the Pentagon or Congress permit recruiting center staff to carry arms. "These guys are sitting ducks," Murray said. The four are acting in response to the July 16 shooting at a Chattanooga, Tenn. military training center that left four Marines and a Navy petty of­ficer dead. "What bothers me the most is we, as citizens, have a constitutional right to carry a weapon and they inside the building do not," he added. They joined other groups of armed citizens who have stood guard outside recruiting centers in Keene, Manchester and Concord since the Chatta­nooga shootings. The four claim they have the support of the Nash­ua police, military officers stationed in the center and have received thank you notes and other displays of support from the public. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:04:06 EST National Night Out in Nashua NASHUA - Nearly 40 million Americans are ex­pected to participate in the National Night Out to promote crime and drug prevention, including sev­eral hundred for a local­ized version of the event in Nashua. Ed Lecius, community policing coordinator for the Nashua Police Depart­ment, said residents of each neighborhood across the city are invited to National Night Out for a family-friendly evening to strengthen community spirit and inter-city part­nerships while generat­ing support for local anti-crime effort. The 32nd annual event will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The numerous events slated for the evening of free entertainment include face-painting, children's activities, a street hockey game, safe neighborhood workshops and a family swim at the Boys and Girls Club located at 47 Grand Ave. "It brings people togeth­er," Lecius said. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:03:47 EST Hot, yes, but could be worse; fewer hot days this season a remnant of last winter Yes, it will be hot this week but the real story may be the lack of heat, at least over the long term this summer. "The story this sum­mer is the lack of heat," said Doug Webster, senior meteorologist with Schneider Electric in Andover, Mass., and The Telegraph's weather columnist. That observation comes at the start of what promises to be a swel­tering week in southern New Hamp­shire, with temperatures predicted to to 90 degrees some days. But the number of 90-degree days so far this year is lower than most summers. "We've only had three days in Nashua where it's hit 90 degrees so far," said Webster. "Through the end of July we should have had eight. We may get two out of the next three days of 90 degrees or more. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:03:31 EST Nashua 14s fall in Mass. WESTFIELD, Mass. - Pittsfield, Mass., put on a hitting clinic that ultimate­ly turned into the elimina­tion of Nashua's 14-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star team from the Regionals on Sun­day night. Pittsfield roughed up Nashua pitchers for 11 hits over seven innings in an 11-2 win for the Massachu­setts state champs at West­field's Bullen Field. Nashua put the ball in play regularly, only suc­cumbing to strikeouts twice in the course of the game. But keeping the hit balls away from the Pittsfield fielders proved impossible until the fourth inning when Zach Finkelstein's single broke up the opposition's no-hitter. In the fifth, Trevor Kelly singled and Cam Nixon walked behind him. They would be driven in by a Tony Gallinaro RBI single and a productive RBI out by Hunter Routhier. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:19:53 EST Nashua 15s fall in Conn. TRUMBULL, Conn. - Nashua's quest for a berth to the 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series ended at the hands of host Trumbull on Sunday night. The victory by Connecticut state champion New Milford over Plymouth, Mass., earlier in the day turned the night cap into a winner-take-all playoff game with the survivor of Trumbull and Nashua slated to go to the semifinals on Monday. Trumbull ended up being too tough for the New Hampshire state champions, using an eight-hit attack and the pitching of righthander Tyler Zikias to post a 5-0 victory in the final game of pool play at the Trumbull High School field. Zikias allowed just two hits over six innings with eight strikeouts and five walks. Trumbull ace Mike D'Agostino, making his first appearance of the tournament, got the final three outs to seal the game in the seventh. Nashua finished 1-2 in pool play, posting a 6-5 victory over Plymouth on Saturday after dropping a 10-0 decision against New Milford in the first game on Friday. With just three pitchers at their disposal during the tournament season, it's still quite an accomplishment for Nashua to get this far. "They're a hard-fighting club," manager Willie Kearsead said. "I think we did very well to get this far. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:19:31 EST Sign-ups/Tryouts Nashua Youth Soccer League Open to Boys and Girls in Nash­ua and surrounding towns, the Nashua Youth Soccer League is accepting registrations through Aug. 8. Registrations received by this date will be guaranteed place­ment on a team. Registrations received after this date may be waitlisted For questions with NYSL registration, visit or contact the NYSL registrar at reg­istrar@ Junior Cavaliers football/cheer The Hollis Brookline Jr. Cava­liers football and cheer program registration is open for the 2015 season. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:43:00 EST Elks Crusaders seek donations The Nashua Elks Crusaders, a non-profit youth football and cheer organization, is seeking help from the community in purchasing new equipment and uniforms. Donations can be made to Nashua Crusaders P.O. Box 7248 Nashua, NH 03063. Also, for more information on sponsorship opportunities, email or Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:03:26 EST Nashua North/South preseason meetings Nashua High School North and South will be holding preseason meetings during the first week of Au­gust. Fall student athletes and a parent/ guardian are expected to attend their school's meetings - South on Aug. 4 and North on Aug. 6 - which will con­sist of: An athletic policy and procedure overview. Team meetings with coaches, players and parents. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:03:02 EST David Deane | I’ve never voted to override spending cap in 18 years as alderman The spending cap regulates the increase in the fiscal year budget using a Gross Do­mestic Product Implicit Price Deflator. The spending cap was adopted by the citizens of Nashua in 1994 in response to excessive increases in the city's operating budget, which were funded by taxpayers. The spending cap can only be overridden by 10 members of the Board of Aldermen. The cap is important As an alderman for the last 18 years, I have supported the spend­ing cap and never voted to override it. The spending cap is important because it regulates the amount of spending allowed in the fiscal year budget. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:22:00 EST Dan Moriarty | I’ve been willing to make the difficult votes that others have not For the past 30 years, our nation's household incomes just barely track in­flation. Our community's ability to fund city services is dependent on individual incomes to pay taxes. Therefore, for life in Nashua to be sustainable, city spending must not grow faster than individual's incomes, i.e. the city budget must not grow faster than inflation. Thank goodness we have a spending cap! Not every alder­man is willing to make the dif­ficult vote against spending that exceeds our community's ability to pay. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:21:07 EST The mayor’s race matters Will you vote? Six weeks from now, the people of Nashua will go to the polls and choose the top two candidates for mayor in the Sept. 8 primary. Or will they? If history is our guide, a small and unrepresentative sample of Nashuans will turn out to vote. Over the last three election cycles, 11 percent of Nashua's voting-age popula­tion cast ballots in municipal elections. Hardly majority rule. Does pathetic turnout mean we just don't care? For some, the answer is yes. If you think the race doesn't matter, however, think again. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:03:26 EST Sidewalk snafu leads Telegraph stories The Telegraph's July 12 story on a local pub's fine for damaging new city sidewalk right outside its front door netted the most read spot online last week at 10,429 page views. The city will charge Peddler's Daughter almost $9,000 to re­place four sections of the brand new sidewalk after the Irish-style pub at the corner of Main and Canal streets damaged them by drilling 75 holes into the concrete to set up stanchions around its outdoor seating area. "It was decided early on that holes were not allowed in the sidewalks," Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said at the Board of Pub­lic Works meeting on June 26. The 48 Main St. restaurant also violated the rule that requires tables be at least 5 feet from the curb to allow pedestrians to easily pass, the mayor added, according to minutes of the meet­ing. An examination into the cir­cumstances behind the status of a home on 959 W. Hollis St. came in second, with 3,025 page views. "Nashua Fire Rescue's con­trolled burn of a home at 959 W. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:03:17 EST Nashua’s Ripano achieves top North American designation NASHUA - Ripano Stone­works joined the ranks of the nation's elite countertop fabricators in June when they achieved the coveted designation of Marble Institute of America Ac­credited Natural Stone Fabricator. Ripano is now one of 82 companies in the United States and Canada to achieve the designation. MIA accreditation for natural stone fabricators and commercial contrac­tors recognizes those com­panies that meet the indus­try's highest standards for business activities, product knowledge, fabrication and installation. "Ripano is now among the finest in the natural stone in­dustry with respect to crafts­manship, safety, and busi­ness practices," said James A. Hieb, executive vice pres­ident/CEO at the MIA. "They can now proudly display the accreditation seal, symboliz­ing their achievement." To earn MIA accredita­tion, a company must com­plete an intensive, rigorous process that includes docu­mentation of its business and employment practices, letters of recommendation, a written examination, and site visits to the facility and completed jobs. Companies that achieve MIA accreditation exempli­fy best practices in physical facilities and equipment, business and trade prac­tices, technical knowledge and expertise, quality con­trol, safety, ethics and many other areas. "The MIA Accreditation is a tremendous honor," said Matt Laliberte, vice presi­dent of Ripano Stoneworks. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:03:08 EST Raymond H. Doucette Raymond H. Doucette was born in MA on February 13, 1926 and died in his sleep in the early hours of Friday, July 24, 2015. He was predeceased by his wife, Pauline (Gauthier) Doucette and a grandson Bri­an Doucette. Ray had a hard childhood as his mother was chronically ill. As a youngster, he delivered ice to pay for his keep at the boys' home. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:04:29 EST Stephanie Wanda Habery NASHUA, NH- Stephanie Wanda (Lach) (Wisniewski) Habery, 94, for­merly of Lowell, Massachusetts and The Villages, Flori­da, died on July 21, 2015. Stephanie was born in Lowell on January 28, 1921, daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Lach. She graduated from Lowell High School in 1938 where she was a Major in the Girl Officers and re­ceived a Carnegie Medal as well as many other scholas­tic honors. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy after receiving the Pharmacy Prize in 1942 and proceed­ed to work as a chemist at Textron and pharmacist at Liggett. In 1947 she married Stan­ley J Wisniewski who later owned and operated Puri­tan Floor Covering in Low­ell. In the 1960s and 1970s she served as a substitute teacher at Dracut High School and then became a full-time teacher in Sci­ence and Math. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:04:22 EST Robert L. Col­lins, 88, of Wilton, NH, died July 18 at Southern New Hampshire Regional Hospital in Nashua. Long a resident of Nashua, NH, he was a gradu­ate of Nashua High School class of '45, though he missed his graduation be­cause he had enlist­ed in the U.S. Navy. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:04:14 EST Indian ambassador talks trade Dnyane­hswar M. Mulay appeared in Nashua for a Friday afternoon roundtable discussion to explore growing business ventures, as well as higher education op­portunities, between the world's fastest-growing economy and New Hampshire. Multiple representatives from the Indian diplomatic delega­tion, comprised of government officials, bankers and other industries, visited a variety of businesses in the Granite State to review ways to ease the applica­tion forms for visas and other consular services, particularly for incoming students looking for work upon graduation. The trip later featured interactive networking sessions to open dialogue with local business lead­ers to strengthen ties with Indian companies. Mulay, speaking before a small crowd from Nashua City Hall, said his prime objective was to foster good relations with the people and businesses of New Hampshire. "It is important that the po­litical leadership, the business leadership and the community leadership talks about these relationships," he said. "The good thing about this relationship is there is nothing to hide ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:04:04 EST Clinton to return to Nashua Hillary Clinton returns to Nashua next Tuesday for the first time in nine months to host a town hall discussion with vot­ers. Clinton, a former senator and secretary of state, currently is the frontrunner for the Demo­cratic presidential nomination and has long enjoyed strong sup­port within her party here. Clinton will participate in a town hall-style event beginning at roughly 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at Amherst Street School. She is also slated to attend a rally at Beech Hill Farm Stand and Ice Cream Barn in Hopkinton later in the afternoon. This is her third visit to the Granite State this month. Clinton last appeared in Nashua on Nov. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:03:58 EST Bergeron swears in successor for Nashua city clerk role Retiring City Clerk Paul R. Bergeron swore in Patricia Piecuch as the new city clerk on Friday. Piecuch has served as deputy city clerk of Nashua since January 2008. Bergeron retired Friday as city clerk, a position he held since 1999. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:03:53 EST Nashua 14s beat Connecticut 6-4 WESTFIELD, Mass. - Nashua fell behind early, al­lowing a couple of base hits and errors to let East Lyme, Conn., pull ahead with three first-inning runs, but the Gate City squad's defense and pitching settled down and its bats came to life en route to a 6-4 victory in Sat­urday's Babe Ruth 14-year-old Regional Tournament at Bullens Field. The Connecticut team would only manage four hits the rest of the game with its final run coming in the top of the seventh in­ning. Nashua offense got roll­ing in the second inning with a hit by Jack Gauthier and a couple of walks to put pressure on East Lyme's defense. Although Nashua didn't manage to push runs across the plate in the sec­ond, it set the tempo for a big third inning. Tom Cullerton walked, Tony Gallinaro singled, Hunter Routhier reached on an error, Zach Finkel­stein walked, Alex George stroked an RBI double, Seth Marcano had an RBI single, Brendan Aurian reached via error and all of a sud­dent it was 6-3 Nashua. Later innings saw singles by Finkelstein, Cam Nixon and Spence Dozois, to keep the pressure on Connecti­cut's defense. Gauthier (four hits, two earned runs) got the start for Nashua, pitching 5-plus innings, and Routhier (two hits, one earned run) closed the game out. Nashua awaits the out­come of Saturday's late game between Pittsfield (Mass.) and Portland (Maine) to determine its op­ponent for 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:03:41 EST Nashua 15s team bounces back TRUMBULL, Conn. - Many youth baseball teams would have packed up their bat bags and called it a tour­nament after getting han­dled like Nashua did Fri­day morning against New Milford left-hander Austin Dutcher, who was one walk away from throwing a perfect game. Nashua's 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-star team de­cided to fight. Fight they did, using the pitching of right-hander Pat McCarthy and a more representative form of offense to pull out a 6-5 victory over Plymouth (Mass.) during Saturday af­ternoon's action at the New England Regionals. McCarthy led the way for Nashua (1-1), pitching all seven innings to pick up the victory, while going 1 for 3 with a walk, two RBIs and one run scored. Alex Patno added a double and three RBIs while first-baseman Tyler Macquarie went 3 for 4 with one RBI. Nashua, which remains in the hunt for a berth to the semifinal round head­ing into Sunday's final game of pool play against host Trumbull, collected just eight hits off three Plym­outh pitchers. But just get­ting the bat on the ball and runs across the plate was a huge relief coming off the no-hitter on Friday. "Through our districts and states, we knew we could score a lot of runs," McCarthy said. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:02:58 EST Chris’ Mailbag | Nashua PAL Safe Haven youths seek blocks to start club The Nashua Police Athletic League offers recreational and enrich­ment programs at the Youth Safe Haven Commu­nity Center on Ash Street, helping to build positive relationships between youngsters and police, develop life skills and teamwork, and practic­ing good conduct and fair play in athletics as well as creative competition. A group of PAL kids looking to start a Lego Club are hoping Mailbag read­ers can help them stack up some blocks for the project. Thinking outside the box "If anyone out there had Legos they no longer need, we would love to have them for the center," says Jaela S., activities coordinator at the Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven Community Center (LTR 3,181). "A group of kids here at the center have some great Lego building ideas and are wanting to start a Lego Club. "The center is also look­ing for craft paint, sand art containers and sand. Dodge and soccer balls would be appreciated, as well. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:03:05 EST Household hazardous waste, electronics collection planned NASHUA - A household hazardous waste and elec­tronics collection will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive. The drive is open to resi­dents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham and Windham. The cost is $10 user fee per vehicle, with additional charges for quantities ex­ceeding 10 gallons or 20 pounds and for electronics recycling. For more information and a list of accepted items, visit or call 424-2240. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:03:33 EST NRPC honored for ‘A Story Worth Telling MERRIMACK - The Nashua Re­gional Planning Commission was awarded the New Hampshire Planners Association's Plan of the Year Award for "The Nashua Region: A Story Worth Telling." The plan offers tools and insight for local planners as they endeavor to implement their local master plan goals and objectives. "This plan brings data, facts and local voices together to better inform decision-makers and support the planning goals and objectives for the region," said Dave Hennessey, chairman of the Nashua Re­gional Planning Commission. To craft this plan, the NRPC used an unorthodox approach and invested time in locations that planners don't often get to visit. From the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter to the Nashua Police Athletic League after-school program to Hollis Veterans Club meetings, staff members engaged with residents who traditionally don't have the opportunity to participate in plan­ning processes. The development of the plan also used traditional data-gathering tech­niques, resulting in an enormous amount of analysis. From the number of home foreclo­sures to the share of residents in or near poverty to the number of job losses absorbed during the recession - all of those data points can be found in the NRPC's regional plan. But statistics can be cold and faceless, and hide the tremendous human influences these events have on individuals and families. The "Our Stories" component of the plan provides a unique and more per­sonalized lens in which to view these issues. The plan tells the story of a family who lost their home to foreclosure and the tremendous effects that event had on their school-age children. It tells the story of a young man who endured the shock and uncertainty of losing his job in the depth of the Great Recession. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:03:18 EST Nashua falls to Westfield 14s WESTFIELD, Mass. - Through three and a half innings of Friday night's New England regional opener, the Nashua 14-year-old baseball team appeared locked in a pitcher's dual with Westfield. Nashua's Zack Finkel­stein and Westfield's Spen­cer Cloutier were in control early. Both hurlers had good command, limited base runners and were backed by good defense. "This was a ball game," Nashua coach Adam Dobro­wolski said. But as it grew darker at Bullens Field, what was once a dream experience turned into a nightmare for Nashua, as it gave up seven runs in the bottom of the fourth en route to a 10-0 mercy-rule loss in five in­nings in its first game of the double-elimination tourney. Nashua gave up seven hits and committed four errors com­bined in the fourth and fifth inning. "One error opened the gate, Dobro­wolski said. "That's it." Finkelstein worked 3-2/3 innings. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:03:15 EST Near-perfect effort stops 15s TRUMBULL, Conn. - The Nashua 13-15 year-old Babe Ruth All-Star team has been almost unbeatable so far this tournament season, rolling through seven games without a loss. This time, it was Connecti­cut pitcher Austin Dutcher who was perfect. Well, almost. Dutcher came one batter away from a perfect game, throwing a complete-game no-hitter to lift New Milford to a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over Nashua on Friday morn­ing in the opening game of the New England Regionals. Dutcher was perfect into the fifth, setting down the first 13 batters he faced. Eight of those came on strikeouts. Andrew Patno was the only Nashua player to reach base on a one-out walk in the fifth. The left-handed Dutcher retired the final five batters and earned the no-hitter while sitting on the bench when New Milford ended the game via the 10-run mercy rule with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. "I thought he was a pretty good control pitcher for a 15-year-old," Nashua manager Willie Kierstead said. "He was very good." Dutcher, who finished with 10 strikeouts and also went 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored, had an inclination he was headed for a good day after striking out the side in the top of the first. "I try to go out positive and confident every time and make sure I'm prepared," Dutcher said. "I try not to think about how many hits I've given up, but I struck out three in the first so I felt pretty good about it." New Milford, which beat host Trumbull twice to win the Connecticut state champi­onship, scored the only run it would need in the top of the first as Dutcher led off with a walk and scored on two infield ground outs. CJ Barrett pitched well, allowing just three hits over the first four innings. Barrett ended up scattering six hits over 5-2/3 innings, but Nashua's defense failed to back him, making four errors. Five of the 10 runs were unearned. New Milford scored twice in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead on two hits and three er­rors. Evan Baldessaro got the final out in the sixth for Nashua after replacing Barrett. "I don't know what the story was today," Kierstead said. "My fielders didn't field the way they usually do. Maybe we got up too early for practice. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:03:10 EST Woman arraigned twice in 2 days on assault-related offenses NASHUA - A Nashua woman who police say vis­ited a former boyfriend Sunday to go swimming at his south Nashua apart­ment complex ended up in custody several hours later, charged with offenses stemming from an alleged series of verbal and physi­cal confrontations that sent the former boyfriend to a local hospital for treatment. Lauren Munday, 27, of 93 Marshall St., remained in Valley Street jail in Man­chester on Wednesday fol­lowing her second arraign­ment in two days on assault and domestic violence-re­lated charges involving the Sunday incident as well as an alleged confrontation in Hudson on June 7, accord­ing to police reports. Munday, who was a r r e s t e d around 5 a.m. Mon­day after the victim called po­lice saying M u n d a y had at­tacked him and stabbed him with a pair of scissors, was arraigned via video conference Tues­day in Nashua district court on one count each of domes­tic violence - first degree assault, a Class A felony; domestic violence - simple assault, and criminal mis­chief, both Class A misde­meanors. She was ordered held in jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or surety bail, and is sched­uled for a probable cause hearing on Aug. 3 at 8:15 a.m. in the Nashua court. Roughly 24 hours later, Munday again appeared in court via video confer­ence for arraignment on two Class A misdemeanor charges of simple assault, and domestic violence - simple assault, stemming from her arrest on a war­rant in connection with the June 7 incident in which she is accused of punching a woman in the face and push­ing away another woman "with both hands," accord­ing to the report. Judge Martha Crocker, who presided over both of Munday's arraignments, set bail at $2,500 cash or surety at Wednesday's proceeding. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:04:35 EST Wounded Warriors team finds new mission The final score mattered little in Friday's exhibition softball game. Any tape-measure home runs and white-knuckle double plays were second­ary. This game was first and foremost about valor, although compe­tition was a heavy afterthought. "We know what we're out here to do, but we always want to win," Man­chester resident Saul Bosquez said at Holman Stadium. Bosquez is a member of the National Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, composed of young, athletic veterans and active-duty soldiers who have lost limbs in service of the coun­try since Sept. 11, 2001. They faced off against the Nashua-based, 60-plus softball travel squadron known as the NH Nemesis. The team's mission is to raise awareness of the strength and resiliency of military personnel injured in battle, traveling nationwide to play abled-bodied local teams while serving as a catalyst for sportsmanship and courage. "First of all, I tell people we've already won and we don't even have to get on the field," said Dave Van Sleet, of Burlington, Vt., who founded the team in 2011 and serves as the general manager. "These guys suffered a serious injury in the military from the wars, and they didn't think they would ever walk again, more less live. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:03:13 EST Milford Rotary Swim Meet turns 50 Fifteen teams took to the pool over the weekend of July 18 to participate in the 50th Milford Rotary Swim Meet and three came out on top - Concord YMCA in Division I, the Castaways of Winchendon, Mass., in Division II and the Nashua Boys and Girls Club Pride in Division III. Goss Park of Wilton finished a close second in Division I, just 12 points be­hind the winners from Concord, while the Hampshire Hills squad was runner-up in Division III. Individually, Milford Keyes Swim Team's Jamie Freud and Katelyn Rakiey; Hampshire Hills of Milford's Mikael Rontala, Jack Januario and Ivan Dodor; and Goss Park of Wilton's Samuel Bai­ley all won three events. TEAM SCORES DIVISION I (Combined boys and girls) 1. Concord YMCA, 358; 2. Goss Park Turtles, 346; 3. Nashua Swim and Tennis Club, 294; 4. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:04:04 EST Household hazardous waste, electronics collection planned NASHUA - A household hazardous waste and electronics collection will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive. The drive is open to residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham and Windham. The cost is $10 user fee per vehicle, with additional charges for quantities exceeding 10 gal­lons or 20 pounds and for elec­tronics recycling. For more information and a list of accepted items, visit or call 424-2240. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:03:45 EST Bergeron earned the public’s trust They'll mark the end of an era today in Nashua, when Paul Bergeron retires as Nashua city clerk. For 16 years Bergeron has supervised elections, kept track of public records and vital statistics, issued per­mits and administered oaths of office ... and a lot more. Bergeron, a former Eng­lish teacher who (gasp!) had a brief stint as a reporter for The Telegraph, arrived in Nashua in 1999 from Man­chester, where he had been deputy city clerk. His tenure has been marked by attention to de­tail, fairness, a sense of hu­mor and his ability to keep an even keel. "He has dedicated his career to uphold­ing the highest standards in main­taining official records and our historic archives," May­or Donnalee Lozeau wrote in dedicating the city's 2013-14 annual report to Bergeron. Bergeron's commitment to transparent city govern­ment was evident in the fact that he organized an annual workshop for city employ­ees to help them better un­derstand and abide by the state's Right-to-Know Law. The workshop coincided with Sunshine Week, the na­tional initiative focused on open government and free­dom of information. That initiative became increasingly important as Bergeron's City Hall world evolved from typewriters and paper to one in which computers and electronic files became increasingly dominant. The workshops were in­strumental in helping city employees understand that the efficiencies of the digital age carried with it a contin­ued responsibility to prac­tice transparency. "Governments are still trying to get their heads around how to manage email and social media," Bergeron said a few years back at one of the workshops. His background in the family retail business also gave Bergeron an apprecia­tion for those on the other side of the counter. "Somebody comes here, they have a need," he said in an in­t e r v i e w last week. "They are a customer. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:03:48 EST Herberta Mildred (Brown) Rolfe Herberta Mildred (Brown) Rolfe, 86 of Nash­ua, NH, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at La­hey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA af­ter a brief illness. Born August 10, 1928 in Hudson, NH, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Frederick and Mildred Cath­erine (Smith) Brown. She was also predeceased by her Aunt Helen and Uncle A.G. Smith who raised her as a child. Herberta was also predeceased by her only sister, Barbara Russell Philbrick. Herberta was a gradu­ate of Nashua Senior High School, class of 1946. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:03:17 EST George Vernon Mangan George Vernon Mangan, 84, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Tues­day evening, July 21, 2015 with his family by his side, after a brief illness. Born in Toronto, Canada on October 25, 1930, he was the youngest of seven children of the late William and Mary Mangan. George was predeceased by his wife of 39 years, Katherine M. "Kay" (Gilm­our) Mangan, who died in November of 1995; and his son, Paul W. Mangan in Oc­tober of 2013. Members of his fam­ily include two sons, David G. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:03:07 EST Raymond Peter Dube Raymond Peter Dube, 90, of Milford, NH passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 surrounded by family at Cour­ville at Nashua. He was the husband of the late Cecilia (LaPointe) Dube. Born July 21, 1925 in Nashua, NH, he was the son of the late Peter and Ruth (Bradley) Dube and brother to He­lene (Dube) Rapsis. Ray was raised and edu­cated in Nashua, NH. He enlisted in the Marines at the outbreak of World War II and served with the First Marine Division for the du­ration of the war. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:02:59 EST Nashua man arrested as fugitive from Mass. Nashua police arrested a city man Wednesday who is wanted by police in Massachusetts on robbery and weapons charges. Nashua police arrested An­thony Nieves, 22, of 1 Oak St., and charged him with being a fugitive from justice after police in Law­rence, Mass., issued an arrest war­rant for unarmed robbery and pos­session of a firearm without a license, police said. Police went to Oak Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednes­day at the reqest of Lawrence police where they were able to quickly locate and arrest Nieves, police said. Nieves was arraigned Thursday at Nashua district court and faces extradition to Massachusetts to face charges there. - Telegraph Staff Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:03:53 EST Nashua, Beijing students explore biotechnology NASHUA - From studying the biotechnology industry at MIT to experiencing an authentic American Chili's, Rivier and Bei­jing university students are now halfway through a new exchange program hosted by the Nashua university. "This is the first year we have done the exchange with Beijing. It's going great so far," said Mark Meehan, Rivier professor and as­sociate vice president for global engagement. The biotechnology course pairs 10 Rivier University and 10 Bei­jing City University students as they live in dorms, complete lab work and travel from the U.S. to China. Rivier professor Dr. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:03:03 EST Felicia Lipari to Patrick Moran Paul and Marianne Lipari of Nashua, NH are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Felicia Lipari, to Patrick Moran, son of Thomas and Paula Moran of Nashua, NH. Felicia is a graduate of Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH and received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications Studies at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN. Felicia holds a Masters of Education in Elementary Studies from Boston University. Felicia is employed at The Hardy School in Wellesley, MA, as a fourth grade teacher. Patrick is a graduate of Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:03:05 EST Danielle O'Connell & Drew Philipp Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Paula O'Connell of Nashua, NH are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle O'Connell to Drew Philipp, son of Mr. & Mrs. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:03:01 EST Nashua Babe Ruth teams are headed for regionals The Nashua Babe Ruth 14-year-old All- Star team finished their perfect season on Tuesday at Ledge Street Field, securing the state title with a 5-1 victory over Concord. Nashua compiled 13 hits and 11 walks in five innings, led by multiple-hit efforts from Tony Gallinaro, Alex George (who added a double), Zach Finkelstein and Tim McMeniman. George led the way with four RBIs, while Hunter Routhier knocked in three. Seth Marcano, Tom Cullerton, Joe Berman, Gallinaro and Finkelstein also had RBI-hits in the victory, and teammate Cam Nixon smacked a double. Starter Joe Berman limited Concord to three hits (via Brandon Miller and Cam Thompson) in four innings of work. Finkel­stein pitched a hitless fifth inning. Nashua advanced to the title game fol­lowing an 8-6 victory over Concord on Sunday. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:04:12 EST Tolles Street Mission Street Fair planned NASHUA - The Tolles Street Mission will host its third annual street fair from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. All are welcomed to this free event, which will have games, entertainment and food. It is an opportunity for neighbors to socially in­teract and to become better acquainted with each other while having fun and enjoy­ing their surroundings. A variety of activities will be held, such as music and live entertainment, face painting, a dunk tank, free raffles and giveaways. The mission requests any support and all dona­tions to make the fair a meaningful event for needy families. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:03:35 EST Pub raises $3,600 for fire, police groups NASHUA - On Friday, July 10, the Tilted Kilt Pub, 345 Amherst St., presented checks totaling $3,600 from the money raised in its annual charity auction held in June. All proceeds were for the Nashua Fireman Relief Fund and Nashua Police Relief Association. "Sincere thank you to our amazing Kilt team, Bellavance and Amoskeag Beverages, Southern Wine and Spirits, and Frank FM," said Josh Gilbert, general manager of the Tilted Kilt. "We had an amazing turnout, and based on our guests' generous donations and sponsors, we were able to give back to those that do so much for our community." Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:03:56 EST Cut-a-thon raises $420 for victims of fire NASHUA - Hair Cuttery, 8 Spit Brook Road, hosted a cut-a-thon from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, June 28, to benefit the victims and families of the West Hollis Street apartment fire. All haircuts were $10 and 100 percent of the proceeds went toward relief efforts provided by the American Red Cross. The cut-a-thon raised $420. Addison McCusker, of Nashua, not only supported the fire victims, but also donated 10 inches of her blond hair to Wigs for Kids Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:05:51 EST New Nashua Eagle Scout honored NASHUA - Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and the Nashua Lodge of Elks 720 honored new Eagle Scout Alexander Peter Spiro Dedousis, of Boy Scout Troop 261, at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor recently. Lozeau presented a proclamation from the city of Nashua. The Elks presented him with a framed American flag, which each new Elks member receives when he or she is initiated, and a certificate from the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Dedousis' Eagle service project was to build a large shed in the woods for the Nashua Presbyterian Church. The shed was a duplicate of an existing wood shed about 12 feet square and about 12 feet tall at the peak. The church needed a second shed to replace an aging metal shed that was rusting and falling apart. Dedousis researched the current shed and designed an almost identical shed that was built right next to the existing wood shed. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:02:55 EST Steven R. Kamensky Steven R. Ka­mensky, of 2 Cutler Way, Nashua, NH, died on July 21, 2015 at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury, Mass. at the age of 68, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Nashua and went through the Nashua pub­lic school system, where he graduated from Nashua High School in 1964. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:02:44 EST Wounded Warriors to play softball Friday night in Nashua NASHUA – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team will take the field at Holman Stadium in Nashua Friday night, the first of a pair of weekend games including a contest at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. “It’s not an ordinary softball game. It’s inspirational in every sense of the word because of the players, what they’ve overcome and what they’ve accomplished,” said Pamela Dube, senior director of communications at Easter Seals New Hampshire. Nashua’s game will be held Friday at 7 p.m. Another game will take place in Manchester at noon Saturday. Dube said the players are top-notch athletes and all veterans who have lost a limb as result of their service. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:28:06 EST Sing along with Summer Sings concert Monday NASHUA - This summer, the Nashua Choral Society will host a series of Summer Sings open to the public. From 7-9 p.m. Monday, Joseph Olefirowicz will be conducting an evening of "Music of Randall Thomp­son," featuring selections such as "Alleluja," "Choose Something Like a Star" and "The Best of Rooms." Olefirowicz is Minister of Music and principal organist at First Church, Nashua. He is also in summer residence with opera houses in Han­nover and Braunschweig, Germany and the Vienna Volksoper. All Summer Sings take place at the Church of Christ, Scientist at 115 Concord St. There is an $8 admission price; exact change is appreciated. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:03:59 EST Nashua 11U All-Stars one win away from final Led by a Cody Rocheleau and Travis Hol­brook home runs, Nashua 11U's offense never let up on its way to an 18-8, mercy rule-shortned victory over Exeter on Sun­day. A win that puts Nashua one step closer to playing for the state title. Nashua's defense showed flashes of bril­liance early, highlighted by center fielder Chris Keefe's catch of a line drive against the fence. Running full speed, Keefe caught the liner and held on as he went face first with full force into the steel fence and held onto the ball for the third out to end the top half of the first inning. Issac Zhang got the start for Nashua. He was relieved by Drevin Richard in the fourth inning. Offensively, Nashua got on the board in the bottom of the first. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:04:31 EST Nashua 14’s in title game The Nashua 14-year-old All-Stars used wins over Concord and Goffstown to reach Tuesday night's New Hampshire Babe Ruth Championship game at Nashua's Ledge Street Field. The game was not fin­ished at presstime. Nashua held off Concord for an 8-6 win Sunday after topping Goffstown 11-7 Sat­urday night. Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, Concord rallied to get within a run, but Nashua bounced right back with clutch hitting from Hunter Routhier (double), Spencer Dozois (RBI single), Zach Finkelstein (two-run double) and Jack Gauthier (RBI single) for an 8-3 lead after six. Concord did push across three more runs in the seventh in­ning, but came up short in the loss. Against Goffstown, Nashua used the three-armed monster of Jack Gauthier, Ty­ler Retkevicz and Tony Gallinaro to hold its opponent to four hits while walking seven. Nashua's bats produced 12 hits - two sin­gles each by Gauthier, Alex George and Trevor Kelly, as well as doubles by Finkel­stein and Tony Gallinaro - and 10 walks to push across the 11 runs. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:04:23 EST Robert L. Collins Robert L. Col­lins, 88, of Wilton, NH, died July 18 at Southern New Hampshire Regional Hospital in Nashua. Long a resident of Nashua, NH, he was a gradu­ate of Nashua High School class of '45, though he missed his graduation be­cause he had enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:02:59 EST William Wayne Martein William Wayne Martein of Aurora, Colorado and formerly of Hud­son, NH, passed away on July 12th, 2015 at his home. Wayne was born on January 12, 1966 in Titusville Flori­da, the son of Carol Martein of Nashua and John Martein of California. Wayne loved his music, playing guitar, working in his garden, riding his mo­torcycle, being with family and friends and spending time with his dog Harley. Wayne had a heart as big as his smile. He was loved by many, and will be missed by all. His loving family in­cludes his life partner Kurt Stegman of Colorado; his mother Carol Martein of Nashua; his father John Martein and his wife Bon­nie of California; three brothers, John Martein and his wife Kari of Bed­ford, MA, Steve Martein of Nashua, Mike Martein and his wife Tina of Raymond NH; and sister Cindy Un­dercofler and her husband Joe of Hudson, NH; stepfa­ther Jim Page of Hudson; stepbrothers Jim Page and his significant other Eve Haiman, Steve Page and his significant other Paula Tate, and David Page; along with nieces and nephews Steve, Travis, Gavin and Dylan Martein, CJ Jean, Mike Under­cofler, Dustin and Nikki Page, Amber Denniston and Ash­ley Jacome. Wayne was also preceded in death by his nephew Jake Page. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 23rd from 6pm-8pm in the DUMONT-SULLIVAN FU­NERAL HOME, 50 FERRY ST., IN HUDSON. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:02:44 EST Woman charged with assault Nashua police arrested a woman on Monday they accused of assaulting a former partner with a pair of scissors. Police were called to a home on Brook Village Road shortly before 3 a.m. Monday for a report of a domestic assault and sought Lauren Munday, 27, of 93 Marshall St., Nashua, but she was not at the resi­dence. Police said Munday had been involved in an argument with a man she was formerly in a romantic relationship with and that during the argument she had damaged some of the man's property and as­saulted him. She then used a pair of scissors to assault the man, cutting his hand, police said. Munday fled the area be­fore police arrived but was arrested outside a home on Strawberry Bank Road around 5 a.m., police said. The male victim was treated at St. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:28:12 EST Mass. man is charged with rape of sleeping Hudson teen NASHUA - A 21-year-old Massachusetts man remains in jail on high bail this week following his arraignment Monday on a felony sexual-assault charge that alleges he raped a Hudson teen while she was sleeping, accord­ing to arrest records. Hudson police arrested Christopher Njogu, of 580 Middle St., Apt. 31 in Wey­mouth, Mass., early on the morning of Saturday, July 18, and charged him with one count each of ag­gravated felonious sexual assault and aggravated driving while intoxicated in connection with the al­leged assault and his at­tempt to drive away from the scene, according to court records. Police reported Njogu was arrested shortly after 4 a.m. on Ledge Road in Hudson. They said he was charged with aggravated DWI because his blood al­cohol content was 0.16 or higher. The AFSA charge al­leges that Njogu engaged in sexual acts with the fe­male victim "when she was physically helpless to re­sist" because she had been drinking and was asleep at the time. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:28:29 EST Ohio's Kasich makes Nashua first stop after declaring his candidacy NASHUA – Ohio Gov. John Kasich returned to New Hampshire hours after launching his presidential campaign Tuesday, visiting with roughly 125 voters at Rivier University. Kasich, the blunt-speaking, moderate governor of a critical swing state, became the 16th Republican to enter the jam-packed field, looking to woo primary voters here – known for their Yankee frugality – by listing his accomplishments as a fiscal hawk and tax-slasher. “You notice how many people run for president, and they never keep their word? That’s because they promise things that they can’t deliver or they think they can deliver but they don’t know,” he said from the Dion Building at the private Catholic university. “I know how you get in there and build a team of people who can change this country,” he said. “This is not theory; I’ve done it.” Kasich’s campaign hopes his commonsense approach to politics and moderate views will appeal to New Hampshire independents and promptly thrust him to the top of the polls leading into the first-in-the-nation primary. “When you look at what’s out there, I’m looking for someone who might just rise up, because so far, I’m not throughly impressed with anyone,” said Nashua resident Dorothy Murphy. She praised Kasich’s tenure in the U.S. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:56:33 EST New Nashua chapter of League of Women Voters to meet Wednesday NASHUA – There is a growing interest in the Nashua region to establish a chapter of a nationwide, nonpartisan group before the 2016 elections. Residents from Greater Nashua are welcome to attend a kickoff meeting to explore the possibility of having a League of Women Voters unit here to expand voter service activities for the municipal election this November and the state’s first-in-the-nation primary in early 2016. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the second-floor training room of the Nashua Fire Department station on Lake Street. While the name would suggest the group is exclusive for women, it is open to men to organize this local chapter. “We’re bringing people together from all corners of Nashua, hopefully Greater Nashua as well, people who need information,” said Jan Schmidt, a former Nashua state representative and one of the lead organizers. “With more elections coming in the next year, there’s a lot of information that needs to go out to people, and the league is skilled at this.” More than 100 people have already signed onto a Facebook page for the Nashua chapter. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:46:00 EST Olen savors what may be his last hurrah at Holman NASHUA - No one looks happier to be in a Nashua Silver Knights uniform than Bedford's Lucas Olen. "I love it here, I love baseball," said Olen, who has one year of eligibility left for college but already has his undergrad degree. "This is one of my last stints in baseball, as far as I know. ... It's still up in the air." What isn't up in the air is the opinion that Olen has become one of the Silver Knights best relievers, used in both a long role and setup role. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:02:33 EST Thomas Patrick Flaherty Thomas Patrick Flaherty, 46, of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully at the Merrimack Com­munity Hospice House on Saturday, July 18, 2015, after a valiant year-long battle with esopha­geal cancer. Tom was born February 10, 1969 in Hartford, CT, to John J. Flaherty and the late Mary (Landers) Fla­herty of Hartford, CT. He attended St. Brigid School and South Catholic High School in Hartford, CT. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:03:19 EST Nashua Regional Planning Commission wins award The Nashua Regional Planning Commission won the New Hampshire Planners Association's Plan of the Year Award for crafting a plan that took an "unorthodox ap­proach" that incorporated area residents' "real life experiences." The commission's plan, entitled "The Nashua Re­gion: A Story Worth Tell­ing," was developed from staff visits to the Nashua Soup Kitchen, Nashua Police Athletic League after-school program and the Hollis Veterans Club. Staff met with residents who traditionally aren't included in planning pro­cesses and included data on home foreclosures, the share of residents at or near poverty and number of job losses during the recession. "Statistics can be cold and faceless, and hide the tremendous human im­pacts these events have on individuals and families," the Nashua Regional Plan­ning Commission wrote in announcing it won the annual award. Commission Chairman Dave Hennessey said, "this plan brings data, facts and local voices together to better inform decision makers and sup­port the planning goals and objectives of the region." An estimated 205,000 people live in the Greater Nashua. The planning commission said it inter­acted with about 1,800 of them in crafting its plan. - KATHRYN MARCHOCKI Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:04:21 EST August indictment for suspects charged in murder of Nashua resident Benjamin Marcum NASHUA - A Hillsbor­ough County Grand Jury is expected to review in August the cases of the two young men charged in connection with the March murder of Nashua resi­dent Benjamin Marcum. Jonathan Goff, 17, most recently of 11 Amory St., Apt. B, and S t e p h a n Peno, 20, of no fixed a d d r e s s , have been held at Val­ley Street jail in Man­c h e s t e r since their arrests in March and May, re­spectively. Goff is c h a r g e d with one count of s e c o n d - degree murder for stab­bing Marcum repeatedly with a knife and killing him, while Peno faces two counts of robbery and one count of falsifying physi­cal evidence for alleged actions the night of the murder. According to documents on file at Hillsborough County Superior Court South, Senior Assistant At­torney General Jeff Strel­zin, who represented the state at Goff's and Peno's arraignments, handed the case over to Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley in May. Hinckley subsequently filed two motions, one requesting an extension of the normal 90-day in­dictment window and the other asking to disclose and use Grand Jury tran­scripts in the case. Judge Amy Ignatius granted both motions in early June. In the first motion, Hinckley said he requested the extension because the Attorney Gen­eral's office was handed several cases around the same time, two of which are the ongoing Nashua cold-case murder cases of David Caplin and Anthony Barnaby. There was no indication in court documents that public defender Pamela Jones, who is represent­ing Goff, or Peno's lawyer, Londonderry-based attor­ney Paul Garrity, filed any objections to Hinckley's motions. The Grand Jury hands down indictments on a monthly basis, typically during the third week of the month. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:02:24 EST St. Joseph Hospital-hosted tournament raised $67K NASHUA - Teeing off for the 29th year Monday, the annual Peter B. Davis Charity Golf Tournament hosted by St. Joseph Hospital raised more than $67,000 to help fund hos­pital programs. Held at the Nashua Country Club, the charity tournament targets spe­cific hospital programs to benefit each year. This year, the event focused on the St. Marguerite d'Youville Chari­table Fund, which provides free or discounted medical care and finan­cial assistance for patients in need. "It's for individuals who can't make ends meet for whatever rea­son," said President and CEO of the hospital Dr. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:04:17 EST Nashua sidewalk project enters home stretch The final portion of Nashua's sidewalk improvement project is in full swing on Main Street this summer as crews have been laying new brick-bordered concrete sidewalks and granite curbing from East Hollis to Temple streets. The final leg of the project is expected to be the most complicated because of the number of communication wires running below that portion of Main Street, city Public Works Director Lisa Fau­teux said previously. The total sidewalk project is budgeted to cost $2.7 million, according to data posted on the city's website. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:03:39 EST Helping Hands Animal Rescue Network of New England P.O. Box 1053, Pelham, NH 03076 NEEDS: Volunteers! Large and extra-large Martin­gale collars (no chains), heavy-duty leashes, slip/ loop leashes, cotton/fleece throw-size blankets (no stuffing/wool), sheets, XL trash bags and plastic dog waste bags, HE laundry detergent and HE clean­ing tabs, two-drawer filing cabinet. All donations are tax-deductible; please help us fill our wish list at Ama­, enter our name under "Find a Wish List." COLLECTION HOURS: By ap­pointment only; donations can be made by contacting for local pick-up. CONTACT: 233-4801 or WEBSITE: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua 1 Positive Place, Nashua, NH 03060 NEEDS: Volunteers to help in new science program. Volunteers must be at least 15 years or older. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:03:15 EST Chris's Mailbag | Big-screen TV offers entertainment, education potential Television is a valuable resource for a variety of programming options, taking us on journeys to places we might otherwise never get to see - explor­ing sunken ships, travel to space, cheering cyclists on a transcontinental race, visiting tombs of Egyp­tian kings, the torch being passed under Olympic rings. A TV screen also serves as an educator's blackboard, salesperson's brochure, a traveler's vision and a vacationer's proposed itinerary. A Mail­bag offer describes the 'big picture'! View on the BIG screen "I am trying to find a new home for a 55" rear projec­tion Mitsubishi TV, 720 DPI (dots-per-inch)," writes "A," of Nashua (LTR 1,388). "It is quite large and would probably need two-three people to move it. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:03:05 EST Laurette Vanasse Laurette was born in Woonsocket, RI on October 24, 1914. She was one of five children of Hectorine (Du­maine) and Hubert Begin. She attended many schools in­cluding the Acad­emy of the Assump­tion in Wellesley Hills, MA; Acad­emie Jesus Marie in Fall River, MA; and she at­tended Woonsocket RI High School graduating in 1933. Laurette's family moved to Long Island during the "crash." She remembered traveling in the subways to New York City and going to Coney Island for hot dogs. Laurette recalled having gone through the depres­sion, working at Western Union to help her family. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:02:28 EST Raymond P. Messier Raymond P. Messier, 76, of Nashua, passed away on Fri­day July 17, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital. Raymond was born in Nashua on September 21, 1938 a son of the late Eli and Simone (Blouin) Messier. He was the loving husband of Denise (Lavoie) Messier of Nashua. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:02:24 EST Classes in Greater Nashua EDITOR'S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Listings should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. NASHUA 'STRESS VS. FORGETFULNESS VS. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:03:26 EST Man stabbed downtown Friday night Police say a 48-year-old man was allegedly stabbed on Friday night near a downtown restau­rant. Officers responded to Nashua Drive near Margaritas Mexican Restaurant around 9:22 p.m. for reports of a male victim who received stab wounds to his face and neck and was transported to St. Joseph Hospital. His condi­tion was unknown as of Satur­day afternoon. According to Nashua police, they have a suspect in the case but his identity was not released and no arrest was made at the time. Police closed down the road to one lane and the entrance to the restaurant was temporarily closed. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:03:10 EST Dinner and a movie series starts on August 5. NASHUA - A summer favorite, the Downtown Dinner and a Movie series, will return to the streets of Nashua for two shows in August, and a series finale in September. The event shuts down a city side street, usually East Pearl Street, and mov­ies play on a large projec­tion screen outdoors while neighboring restaurants serve a special food and drink menu to patrons al fresco. The show begins at dusk, although people can show up at 7 p.m. to grab a table and order food. In past summers, the se­ries featured classics and newer movies from "Cad­dyshack" and "The Gradu­ate" to "Bridesmaids" and "Anchorman." Typically the program kicks off in June and wraps up in late summer, but this year a delay left residents wondering if the popular series would return. "Will there be movies downtown this summer?" asked Tricia McGarry Ross on the Nashua Movies Facebook page. "The chamber is going through a transition, we just got a new president, and that took up a lot of our time," said Max­well Snelling, spokesperson for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. The event Facebook page an­nounced a return in early July with two events; "Pretty Wom­an," catered by Stella Blu on Aug. 5, and "The Italian Job," hosted by new downtown neigh­bor, Fratello's Italian Grille. "We're excited to have them, they have great Italian food," said Snelling of Fratello's. The restaurant takes the place of Villa Banca, which participated in the series last summer but closed at the end of 2014. A final screening is scheduled for Sept. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:02:56 EST Melissa Ann Ray Melissa Ann Ray, 29, of Bristol, NH died unexpect­edly at her home on Wednesday, July 14, 2015. Melissa was born on December 31, 1985 in San Jose, CA daughter of Rich­ard Ray and the late Denise (Rodriguez) Ray (October 2014). Melissa was a wonderful and dedicated mother to her six-month-old son. She had an amaz­ing personality and sense of humor as well as an in­fectious smile and laugh. She had a deep love for life that was cut short by a single bad choice. Her ab­sence will be felt far and wide, especially in the life of her young son. Melissa is survived by her father, Richard Ray and his wife Tammy of Nashua, NH; her companion and father of her son, Randy McGibbon of Bristol, NH; a son, Bentley Mc­Gibbon; two broth­ers, Richard Ray II of San Jose, CA and Hunter Ray of Nashua, NH; three sisters, Jennifer Ray of Pawtucket, RI, Lillian and Aline Ray of Nashua, NH; a nephew, Richard Ray III; a cherished friend, Chrissi Zissi; and many dear cousins. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, July 20th from 4-7pm in the Dumont- Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry St., Hudson. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:02:42 EST Clayton Denton Clayton Denton, 81, of Nashua, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Clayton was born in Russellville, AL on March 30, 1934. He was one of eight children born to the late Felix and Alice Denton. He was a loving husband of Marianne Denton, a devot­ed father and grandfather who put his family first above all. Clayton honorably served our country in the US Navy aboard the USS Leyte. Clay­ton received a business degree from Northeastern University. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:02:38 EST Pets of the Week Humane Society for Greater Nashua BUFFY ANN Just look at that face, Buffy Ann is as sweet as they come! She's an older gal, somewhat of a couch potato, and is looking for a retirement home atmosphere. She could use a little weight loss help from her new family and that should be fun and easy since she loves to play with tennis balls. She might have a little slow movement to chase them, but the exercise is the key! Buffy Ann is on thyroid medicine and will need to take this for the rest of her life, but it is inexpensive. If you are looking for true compan­ionship in the form of a four legged sweet and snuggly friend, then look no further, Buffy Ann is the one! Please come by today to meet her and fall in love! Like all of the pets at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua she is neutered and up to date on all her vaccines. BRIDGET I am a very special cat ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:02:26 EST Nashua Boys & Girls Club awards scholarships NASHUA - The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua awarded scholar­ships totaling more than $40,000 to 23 members and alumni to help them realize their dreams of earning a college degree at the 15th annual Scholarship Dinner on Wednesday, June 10. The awards are made possible by private donors who support the scholarship program annually, who have established a fund with the club or who have endowed scholarship funds within the club's endowment. Through the Academic Success initiative, the club's aim is for our mem­bers to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment. The club's Higher Educa­tion Mentoring Program encourages teens to consid­er and prepare for college, trade or technical school. Activities include college fair visits, assistance with selecting appropriate high school courses, financial aid workshops, money management seminars and the College Preparation Program, which includes an overnight college ex­perience trip over spring break. Roughly 100 teen club members participate in this program annually. The club's Scholarship Program is the capstone of its successful Academic Success programs, an op­portunity to celebrate its members and their efforts to succeed in the face of many challenges. Addition­ally, the Scholarship Pro­gram helps make higher education more accessible, lessening the burden of loans on alumni. Kurt Norris, chief operating officer and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua alumnus, presented the scholarships. Karina Rodriguez, club member and 2015 Youth of the Year finalist, shared her experiences with the Col­lege Prep program. Aaron Lopez, club alum­nus and 1999 New Hamp­shire State Youth of the Year winner, spoke about "life after the club," including the college years and transition­ing to career and family. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:02:17 EST ‘Hush-hush bar’ tops most read list It's no secret: The Telegraph's Monday, July 13, story on the hush-hush marketing plan behind a city speakeasy-style bar took the top spot in the most read sto­ries of the week. Nashua's community develop­ment director Sarah Marchant was able to say the reason behind the activity at 112 West Pearl St., including Prohibition-era posters and old book covers. "It's actually a themed bar, a Prohibition speak­easy," said Marchant. The story had well over 14,000 page views. On Saturday, The Tele­graph reported that Jesus Diaz, 9, was struck by a car on Amherst Street in Nash­ua. According to a witness, the boy ran across the lawn in front of the Amherst Park Apartments, across the westbound lane on the busy roadway and into the eastbound lane, where he was struck by a car. The story had 7,892 page views. Diaz was severely injured. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help offset his medical costs. Thursday's story of a Litchfield man's condition after his Tuesday motor­cycle accident in Hudson reached 3,146 views. Richard Larose crashed near the Sagamore Bridge. Police activity on Damon Avenue Thursday had 3,012 page views. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:02:52 EST Special election Sept. 8 A special election to fill the seat on the Board of Public Works held by the late Timothy Lavoie will be held Sept. 8, the same day as the mayoral primary. Lavoie, 48, was a local businessman who served more than 15 years on the board. He died May 6 in a motor­cycle ac­cident in Nashua. Can­didates inter­ested in running for the vacancy must file nominat­ing papers between July 30 and Aug. 7. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:02:36 EST Nashua preps for drug forum Mayor Donnalee Lozeau is organizing a forum to address the epidemic of heroin and other opioid abuse that will be held here in October. "We're looking at doing a one-day confer­ence with work sessions on actions steps as they relate to the opioid epidemic in the city," Lozeau said. "The aim is to figure out what we do next. How do we help?" she added. The mayor said an "inter­nal working group" is de­veloping details. A specific date has not been set. The conference will feature top state, regional and local experts involved in addressing the problem. They include Timothy Rourke, who chairs the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Prevention, Intervention and Treatment. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:02:27 EST Princesses whirl and twirl at Fairy Tale Fest Fairies were in abundance in Nashua at Saturday’s popular Greeley Park festival. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:02:12 EST Nashua 14’s win District title The Nashua Babe Ruth 14-year-old All Star team finished an unde­feated run to the District Cham­pionship with a 7-2 victory over Concord. Hunter Routhier threw 6.1 in­nings, allowing only one hit. Tyler Retkevicz closed out the last 1.2 hitless innings. Nashua started out fast in the game scoring four runs in the first inning on RBI's by Seth Mar­cano, Zach Finkestein and Tyler Retkevicz. Jack Gauther also hit two home runs and Tony Gallinaro and Zach Finkelstein each had two singles. Nashua is now competing this weekend in state tournament play as the tourney's hosts. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:03:25 EST Doug Carroll | We should provide ample support to programs that help youth Drug and substance abuse is not a new issue. It has traveled with us through time. As we all have heard, there has been an increase in the use of heroin, which has caused many deaths due to overdos­ing. Heroin is also linked to a rise in crime, according to our police. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:02:17 EST Michael Broderick | City strategies should include seeking more funding sources The Telegraph has raised a very impor­tant subject that is plaguing the city of Nashua: heroin addiction. Studies show that spending on addiction and risky substance use consumes 10 percent of the federal budget and 16 percent of state budgets. Of this, 96 percent pays for the consequences of untreated addiction and risky use. Nearly a third of all hospital costs are linked to addiction and substance use. Thus, no matter how good insurance is at picking up the tab, one must be sure that they are receiv­ing quality treatment, as that is the most important factor of recovery - and the most important factor of successful recovery is the individual's willingness to change. Cost factors can play a major role in an addict's ability to stay in a program, and it can take addicts several times to get sober in and out of treatment. The average costs of rehab are $7,000-$10,000 in a 30-day program for private or insurance pay. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:55:00 EST A gift to the city’s children The first op-ed I wrote for this paper was about placing the Legacy Playground in Greeley Park. I've written this sentence in precisely this way because that was what the battle over the Legacy Playground was about: where it was going to be. There was no argu­ment about whether it was a good idea for the city of Nashua to have a handicapped-accessible play­ground. That was a great idea. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 08:05:20 EST Complicated story behind training fire NASHUA - To anyone who has called Nashua home for any time, the fact that Nashua Fire Rescue's controlled burn of a home at 959 W. Hollis St. earlier this month drew widespread interest came as little sur­prise. The house, a three-decade-old split-level that sat on about a third of an acre at the corner of West Hollis Street and Elmhurst Lane, carried one of the more unusual tales in the history of Nashua housing, welfare, legal and political circles. The tale includes years of debate about how to help the home's residents, re­sulting in an unprecedented plan in which the city set up a trust created by "a coali­tion of local banks" and ad­ministered by a private law­yer - funded by the family's assets and income - which built the house that was just burned down. The property has been occupied by members of the Emmons family since the early 1970s, when, ac­cording to the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds, Maurice and Theresa Em­mons purchased the land and the original house, tak­ing out a $14,200 mortgage with the former First Fed­eral Savings and Loan As­sociation. Thus began the family's 43-year connection to the property, which ended on June 24, when Jensens Inc., the Southington, Conn., firm that owns the neigh­boring River Pines mobile home park, purchased it for $72,500, according to city records. A week later, Nashua's firefighters were engaged in hands-on train­ing in the empty building, eventually burning it to the ground - not an unusual way for firefighters to get training. It's not clear what pre­cipitated the sale, nor which family members, if any, were still living there when it was sold, but the news produced many questions about the history of the property. A series of Telegraph interviews with several longtime Nashuans with knowledge of the family's residential history, includ­ing former aldermen, City Hall employees and law­yers, provided a clearer picture of what appears to be an unprecedented pub­lic-private initiative tasked with finding a solution to a most unusual city Welfare Department case. The Emmons family lived in Nashua for a num­ber of years before the 1972 purchase of the West Hollis Street house, but just how long isn't clear. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:24:39 EST Nashua city clerk retiring after 16 years He is the poker-faced gentleman who com­mands a front-row, center seat at the Board of Aldermen meetings. From there, City Clerk Paul R. Bergeron reveals nothing as he maintains a calm presence and even keel no matter how heated the talk gets, how often the gavel comes down for order, or how frequent opinions clash. "That is probably one of the things I hope I've been able to do well over the last 16 years, is to treat everyone fairly and evenly and not to show my preferences or political leanings as I work with them," Bergeron said in a recent interview. Bergeron will have worked under three mayors, seen the aldermanic board change several times over, presided over 14 municipal elections and 27 state elections - which includes four presidential contests - when he retires Friday, July 24. He also will have officiated at more than 500 wedding ceremonies. When Bergeron walks out of his office the last time, he will take with him the framed picture he hung there of Mark Twain, his favorite author whose straight­forward gaze stared down at him every day. "Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest," Twain admonished in his quote. "I do like that saying," Bergeron said of the sentiment that he said inspired his work and hopes will be part of his legacy. "I guess other people will have to be the just of that," he added. Testament to a job well done can be found in 4-inch-thick stack of letters of appreciation that Bergeron received since he became deputy city clerk in Manchester in 1994. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:02:11 EST Nashua resident named college VP HENNIKER - New England College recently added former IBM ex­ecutive Tom Addonizio as vice president for new business strategy. Addonizio has more than 25 years of operation­al and business leadership experience, most recently as a marketing executive with IBM, where he held roles such as vice presi­dent of marketing, vice president of market devel­opment, and director of competitive intelligence. Addonizio has held public board positions and currently serves as an executive board member and treasurer for Nashua Cal Ripken Baseball in Nashua. He and his family reside in Nashua. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 08:04:24 EST Insurance agency merges locations NASHUA - Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency has announced that the agency's Milford office team will relocate to its expanded Nashua location. "In an effort to stream­line our services, we're bringing the Milford and Nashua agents together in one central, state-of-the-art location," said Marc Berube, president. We would like to assure our clients that they will still work with the same agents and enjoy the same excellent service to which they are accustomed." The Milford office, at 365 Nashua St. in Milford, will move to 11 Concord St. in Nashua, near the inter­section of Route 101A and Main Street, in August. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 08:04:35 EST Blood Drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcross n 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 20: Peters Auto, 280 Amherst St., Nashua. n 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 21: St. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 08:05:05 EST New assisted-living complex in works NASHUA - A 54-unit assisted-living community for people suf­fering from Alzheimer's disease and memory loss will be built on the site of the former Nim-Cor manufacturing plant. National Development, a real-estate development firm based in Newton, Mass., bought the 575 Amherst St. site and will partner with Epoch Senior Living to con­struct the specialized community to care for those with dementia-related diseases in a homelike set­ting, parties involved in the sale announced Wednesday. Nim-Cor operated at the 8.5- acre site from 1980 to 2013, they said. National Development and Ep­och Senior Living, which is head­quartered in Waltham, Mass., will redevelop the 51,885-square-foot property as Bridges by Epoch at Nashua, the parties stated in a press release. It is expected to open in fall 2016. Cushman & Wakefield of New Hampshire, a full-service com­mercial real estate services provider, announced the deal on Wednesday. The firm oversaw the sale on be­half of Nashua RE Holdings LLC. "There was a strategic opportunity - financially, based on the desirability of that market location and rel­ative to construction costs - to demolish the formerly ex­isting, antiquated, industrial structure, in order to create this community," Cushman & Wakefield spokeswoman Michole Brown said. "New Hampshire also provides highly attractive tax incentives for business­es," she added. "Bridges by Epoch "was designed to meet the grow­ing demand for specialized memory care housing and services for those living with dementia-related dis­eases," the parties to the deal said in a statement. National Development and Epoch Senior Living have partnered to develop and operate more than 35 senior housing communities across New England. Kathryn Marchocki can be reached at 594-6589, kmarchocki@, or @Telegraph_KMar. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 01:49:51 EST Nashua native Tim Thyne hopes to expand new app into city businesses Nashua native Tim Thyne always enjoyed keeping with the latest market trends and inquiring about technology-based start-ups around the region. But the entrepreneurial whiz is also passionate about his hometown and, with the newest mobile phone app he helped create, he hopes to enhance the city's restaurant scene with a new, hip way to connect local businesses with loyal patrons. Thyne co-founded Adored, an app that offers a unique loyalty experience tailored to individual customers without even need­ing the user to touch their phone because it self-connects to a low-powered Bluetooth device known as an Apple iBeacon. It essentially makes traditional punch cards or scannable keychain tags obsolete by automatically providing a reward or incentive each time the user enters their fa­vorite coffee shop, tavern or venue. It helps businesses understand customer patterns - in an anonymous way that does not obtain personal information from the user - and translate that behavior to better interact with consumers. "There's a few things that are really im­portant to me. One thing I'm disappointed with is I live in Nashua and my friends, most of which move away. They either move up to Manchester or Portsmouth, or they move down to Boston," Thyne said. "There's better nightlife, there's more things to do and there's work, right? I think that sometimes people don't realize they can do that in Nashua," he added. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 02:05:05 EST Local weekly patents issued The following federal patents were assigned to individuals or companies in New Hampshire through July 17. BAE Systems Information & Electronic Systems BAE Systems Informa­tion & Electronic Systems Integration, Nashua, has been assigned a patent (9,083,291) developed by two co-inventors for a "low voltage high efficiency gal­lium arsenide power ampli­fier." The co-inventors are Robert J. Lender Jr., Pep­perell, Mass., and Douglas M. Dugas, Chelmsford, Mass.. The patent applica­tion was filed on Aug. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:02:15 EST Lorraine Louise Water­strat Lorraine Louise Water­strat, 84 of Nashua, NH passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA from complications of cancer. Born July 5, 1931 at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Reuben and Ethel (Bedient) Gadke. She was a 1949 graduate of Tonawanda High School in Tonawanda, NY. Lorraine was the wife of Carlton Wa­terstrat, of Nashua, a Kore­an War Veteran whom she married on August 2, 1952. Lorraine was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Nashua. Her hobbies included gardening, floral arranging, decorating her beloved home of 42 years, and she was an avid reader, at times reading a book a day. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 01:00:30 EST Louise Guy Louise Guy, loved and appreciated by family and friends, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack at the age of 70 years and 2 months, with her loving family by her side. She lost her battle to colon cancer after a coura­geous five-year fight. Louise was born in Canada, in a city called La Tuque (Province of Quebec) on May 7, 1945, the daughter of the late Flo­rent and Yvette (Pronovost) Gauthier. After finishing first in her class at Laval Univer­sity (Quebec City) in Medi­cal Technology, she worked for four years in Trois Riv­ieres (Province De Quebec, Canada) and then moved, in 1969, to Nashua, NH, where she worked for 41 years as the supervisor of the Blood Bank in St. Joseph Hospital; she was a very dedicated employee. She leaves behind one brother, Gilles Gauthier (Therese Massicotte); two sisters, Celine Gauthier, Marielle Gauthier (Notary Guy Landry); four neph­ews and nieces, Isabelle Gauthier, Francois Gauth­ier (Sherry Du), Anne Gauthier, Samuel Landry (Marilyne Stebenne); two great-nieces, Abigaelle Du Gauthier, Athena Du Gauthier; and all of her ex­ceptional friends. She made such dear friends playing tennis and golf; she was a part of a tennis league in Nashua. She also played softball, and liked hiking and go­ing camping. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 3:00PM-5:00PM at the Zis-Sweeney Fu­neral Home, 26 Kinsley St., Nashua. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 01:00:35 EST Kevin Alfred Cote Kevin Alfred Cote, 59, of a lifelong resident of Nash­ua, passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 15, 2015. He was born on March 30, 1956 in Nashua, a son of the late Wilfred and Pauline (Lefebvre) Cote. Mr. Cote is re­membered for his great sense of humor and his love of photography. He was known for his kind heart and always willing to help anyone. He had a passion for cars, movies and going to the beach. Prior to his retirement, he had worked at Kollsman and had been a custodian for the local schools. He was educated in Nash­ua and graduated from Nashua High School. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Jerry Asse­lin. He is survived by his brother George W. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 01:00:39 EST Looking back at the week in news State has a solution for Smarter Balanced angst New Hampshire has come up with an an­swer to much of the re­cent teeth-gnashing that has accompanied the Smarter Balanced assessment test given to high school juniors. A new law signed by Gov. Maggie Hassan on Monday allows 11th-graders to take the SAT or ACT in place of the Smarter Balanced test. Nearly half of the junior class in Nashua asked par­ents to sign opt-out forms this spring, dismissing them from taking the Smarter Balanced assessment, which is part of the controversial Common Core standards. One of the raps against the Smarter Balanced test was that there was no incentive for juniors to take it, since it didn't affect their grade-point average and wasn't some­thing colleges looked at in making admission decisions. Another criticism of the Smarter Balanced test is that it came amid a slew of other tests given to students in the spring, including the SATs and ACTs, contributing to what parents and students said was "test fatigue." The new law addresses those issues, and the state gets extra credit for allow­ing juniors to take the SAT or ACT for free. Now they have multiple incentives to take the tests. "It's a very relevant test for students, and very beneficial for every student to take the SAT," said Nashua Superintendent Mark Con­rad. "Equally important is it's viewed as relevant by the stu­dents." Give the state of New Hampshire an "A" for cre­ativity. Playground proposal is the right price and right place It's the local equivalent of making lemonade out of lemons. The Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2012 Legacy Playground Group this week offered to donate $170,000 in money and equipment to­ward building a handicapped-accessible playground at Labine Park, located on Cleveland Street between the Fairgrounds middle and el­ementary schools. An earlier proposal to construct the playground in Greeley Park generated long, contentious public de­bate and huge turnout at meetings, but that has been on the back burner for the past year. There is nothing about this latest proposal that doesn't make sense. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 01:00:47 EST Nashua Legion can’t cash in on shot to take tourney spot NASHUA - Dead silence overcame Nashua Post 124's dugout as an ugly 4-2 loss to Merrimack Post 98 sunk in Friday night at Daniel Webster College. Players stood speechless as they gathered along the third base line by the home dugout, caps removed, gray jerseys untucked and a feeling of disbelief on their faces. That silence was immediately broken by coach Kevin Palanski's presence. "You guys better come to play tomorrow night," Palanski told his team angrily as he stormed back to the dugout. He kicked over a bucket of base­balls, aggressively, packed his bats and hurled blue batting helmets back toward the bench. Post 124 blew a big opportunity Friday night. And the entire team knew it. Nashua entered the game tied with Dover for the fourth and final American Legion Senior District B playoff spot. A win Friday would've put Post 124 in control of its fate with two games to go. Instead Nashua (9-7) played sloppily against an inferior Merrimack team already out of conten­tion, committing countless mistakes both in the field and on the bases, and failing to get any timely hitting after the first inning. Post 124 stranded 11 runners for the game and collected just one hit with runners in scoring posi­tion. "This is the worst game we've played all year," Palanski said. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 02:17:24 EST FCBL puts its stars on TV OK, Futures League, it's lights, camera, action! We've all been star-struck this week, haven't we? There was the MLB Home Run Derby, all the debate about the All-Star Game's importance, then the ESPY's. So it was pretty fitting on Friday that we basically wrapped up All-Star week around here with a first for the Futures Collegiate League - an All-Star selec­tion show on live television, not just on the internet. Selection shows, as you know, are the rage these days. It all started with the March Madness selection announcement years ago, with all the bubble teams on edge, with teams and their student fans assem­bling to watch. Not sure if that was the case for potential All-Stars around the FCBL, but some in Nashua were watch­ing at noon on the cable show "Access Nashua" on Comcast Ch. 96, which broadcast the selection announcements for this Tuesday's game at Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass. If you saw it, you were, as they say, looking live. League broadcast intern John Avino and commissioner Chris Hall thought of the idea a couple of weeks ago and ap­proached Nashua E-TV executive produc­er Pete Johnson. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 02:17:29 EST James Arthur Goumas James Arthur Goumas, 75, a lifelong resident of Nashua, NH, passed away early Wednesday afternoon, July 15, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born January 11, 1940 to Arthur and Stavroula Goumas, in Nashua. A 1958 graduate of Nashua High School, he played halfback for the Nashua High Panthers and was an avid musician and lover of jazz, playing saxophone in the high school band. Following high school, he served in the 18th Army Band at Ft. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:10:00 EST Louise Guy Louise Guy, loved and appreciated by family and friends, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack at the age of 70 years and 2 months, with her loving family by her side. She lost her battle to colon cancer after a courageous five-year fight. Louise was born in Canada, in a city called La Tuque (Province of Quebec) on May 7, 1945, the daughter of the late Florent and Yvette (Pronovost) Gauthier. After finishing first in her class at Laval University (Quebec City) in Medical Technology, she worked for four years in Trois Rivieres (Province De Quebec, Canada) and then moved, in 1969, to Nashua, NH, where she worked for 41 years as the supervisor of the Blood Bank in St. Joseph Hospital; she was a very dedicated employee. She leaves behind one brother, Gilles Gauthier (Therese Massicotte); two sisters, Celine Gauthier, Marielle Gauthier (Notary Guy Landry); four nephews and nieces, Isabelle Gauthier, Francois Gauthier (Sherry Du), Anne Gauthier, Samuel Landry (Marilyne Stebenne); two great-nieces, Abigaelle Du Gauthier, Athena Du Gauthier; and all of her exceptional friends. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:08:03 EST Anna G. White Anna G. White, 79, of Nashua, widow of Luther J. White, passed away Tuesday evening, July 14, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital after a brief illness. A resident of Nashua for many years, Mrs. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:07:48 EST Esther Mae Ackley Esther Mae “Mousie” (Chick) Ackley, 87, of West Palm Beach, Florida, a native and longtime Nashua resident, passed away Tuesday morning, July 14, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, after a brief illness. Mrs. Ackley was born in Nashua on June 20, 1928, a daughter of the late Walter Leslie and Blanche M. (Corey) Chick. Educated in local schools, she was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1946. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:07:09 EST Silver Knights catch break, slip by Sharks NASHUA - Gian Martellini was holding his breath at home plate Thursday night as the umpires chatted. Did the Nashua Silver Knights designated hitter swing through a two-strike offering from Martha's Vineyard reliever Kevin Martinis with two outs and Brett Evangelis­ta on second in the bottom of the eighth inning? It sure looked that way, another Silver Knight rally foiled. But no, he was ruled to have checked his swing. Martellini worked a walk, Martinis tossed a wild pitch and Ryan Sullivan followed with a two-run single that helped the 16-18 Knights snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 win. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone in the Holman Stadium crowd of 1,254 that didn't think their team caught a major break. "I thought I may have held up, but oh boy," Martellini said. "It doesn't matter what the people in the stands think. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:06:14 EST Greeley Park preps for kids’ events NASHUA - Two family events are coming to Nashua this week­end: Families can visit the Gree­ley Park Bandshell on Friday for a free screening of the 2014 ani­mated movie "Big Hero 6," and Saturday is the city's 15th annual Fairy Tale Festival. The outdoor movie event starts at dusk, part of the Nashua Sum­mer Fun Series "Pics in the Park." Two more movies are set to screen this summer: "Padding­ton" on Friday, Aug. 7, at Greeley Park and "Planes, Fire & Rescue" at the Nashua Airport on Aug. 14. Marking the halfway point through Summer Fun events, the annual Fairy Tale Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park. Events include a puppet show at 10:45 and all-day stage perfor­mances, with local dance compa­nies and singers. There will also be arts and ac­tivities such as bounce houses, "fairy art school," snow cones, face painting and more than 40 tables with games and prizes, in­cluding a book giveaway. The Fairy Tale Festival runs through 1 p.m. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:00:32 EST Nashua robotics firm is moving One of Nashua's more un­usual companies, the maker of the VGo "telepresence" robot, has been bought by another robotics firm and is moving to Cambridge, Mass. Vecna Technologies of Cambridge announced Thursday the purchase of VGo Communications, 100 Innovate Way. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. VGo builds robots that consist of live video con­ferencing screens atop wheeled robots that can be remotely controlled. These provide an interactive re­mote presence so that, for example, sick children can attend class or nurses can check in on house-bound patients from afar. VGo's customers include Verizon, which featured a VGo robot in a national commercial. Vecna makes boxy, shorter-wheeled robots used to deliver supplies or haul loads in medical build­ings and warehouses, when summoned. Hospitals within the Partners Health­Care network in Boston are among Vecna's customers. The two companies have worked together in the past. The companies said em­ployees are being moved from the Nashua office to Vecna's headquarters in Cambridge. Daniel Theobald, Vecna's chief technology officer and founder, said the company will continue to support and build on VGo's technology. VGo was founded in 2007 by iRobot alumnus Tom Ryden. David Brooks can be reached at 594-6531 or dbroks@nashua, or @GraniteGeek. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:00:49 EST City resident burned in fire caused by oil Two people in Nashua suffered burns Wednesday when a pan of cooking oil caught on fire and they tried to take it outdoors. According to Nashua Fire Rescue, an apartment owner at 6 Blossom St. "attempted to carry a pan of burn­ing oil from her kitchen range to the front door" when "the cover of the pan came off and the pan of burning oil came in contact" with her. The woman suffered second-and third-degree burns, and another woman suffered "minor burns" to her hands while trying to help. There was no damage to the apartment. Nashua Fire Rescue said that you should "never attempt to move a burning pot or pan from the range. The recommended proce­dure is to shut off the appliance and to cover the pan. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:01:00 EST City club inducts officers NASHUA - The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua, an affiliate of the National Exchange Club, recently inducted a new board of directors and officers for the 2015-16 program year. Jean Lovely was installed as chairwoman. Lovely was an original member of the club when it was organized in 1998. Beth Todgham, of Southern New Hampshire Services, will serve as president-elect, and Maddi Lacey, of Rivier Univer­sity, was installed as secretary. Todgham will serve her final term as the club's treasurer. Suzanne Koperniak assumes the duties of immediate past president after having served two terms as president. Serving on the board of direc­tors are Jocelyn Sharp-Henning, Living at Home Senior Care; Bethany Willey, Langdon Place; Laura Brousseau, MAS Home Care; Denise Pliska, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services, DHHS-NH; and Ed Flynn, Ed Flynn Inc. The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua is one of a lim­ited number of Exchange Clubs nationwide that focus on the needs of the community's elderly population. Club members meet at 8 a.m. at Langdon Place of Nashua, 319 East Dunstable Road, on the second Wednesday of July and on the second and fourth Wednes­days the remainder of the year. Meetings include presenta­tions, and special event and pro­gram planning. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 22:51:01 EST Louise Guy Louise Guy, loved and appreciated by family and friends, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack at the age of 70 years and 2 months, with her loving family by her side. She lost her battle to colon cancer after a courageous five year fight. Louise was born in Cana­da, in a city called La Tuque (Province of Quebec) on May 7, 1945, the daughter of the late Florent and Yvette (Pronovost) Gauthier. After finishing first in her class at Laval University (Quebec City) in Medical Technology, she worked for four years in Trois Riv­ieres (Province De Quebec, Canada) and then moved, in 1969, to Nashua, NH where she worked for 41 years as the supervisor of the Blood Bank in St. Joseph Hospital; she was a very dedicated employee. She leaves behind one brother, Gilles Gauthier (Therese Massicotte); two sisters, Celine Gauthier, Marielle Gauthier (Notary Guy Landry); four nephews and nieces, Isabelle Gauthi­er, Francois Gauthier (Sher­ry Du), Anne Gauthier, Samuel Landry (Marilyne Stebenne); two great-niec­es, Abigaelle Du Gauthier, Athena Du Gauthier; and all of her exceptional friends. She made such dear friends play­ing tennis and golf; she was a part of a tennis league in Nashua. She also played softball, and liked hiking and go­ing camping. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 3:00PM- 5:00PM at the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home, 26 Kins­ley St., Nashua. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:35 EST Lorraine C. Newell Lorraine C. Newell, 96, a longtime Nashua resident, died peacefully, Friday eve­ning, July 10, 2015 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, NH after a brief ill­ness. She was born in Portland, Maine on July 6, 1919, to the late Lillian E. (Basken) Cross and Raymund Cross. Lor­raine was educated in the Nashua Public School Sys­tem and was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1937. Mrs. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 02:00:14 EST Tip led to alleged robber’s arrest NASHUA - Police say an anon­ymous tip from someone who ap­parently recognized the suspect in Monday's bank robbery from photos posted on news media websites, steered investigators toward Nashua resident John Labossiere, who was found in a Nashua motel room and took into custody. Labossiere, 44, most recently of 145 Chestnut St., was arrested just before mid­night Monday, roughly 14 hours after he walked in to St. Mary's Bank, 14 Spruce St., and allegedly passed a note to a teller demanding $900 cash and advising her that he had a gun and would shoot her if she triggered the holdup alarm, according to a police re­port of the incident. Detectives at the bank inter­viewed the teller, who told them the suspect, later identified as Labossiere, fled the bank after she gave him the $900 he de­manded. Labossiere was ar­raigned Tuesday in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Man­chester, where he remains held on $200,000 bail. He is charged with one count of robbery and two counts of possession of nar­cotic drugs, and is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on July 27 at the Nashua court. Police said that based on the anonymous tip, which they re­ceived at around 10 p.m., officers responded to a Chestnut Street residence with photos of the sus­pect. They said several people at the residence who viewed the photos identified the suspect who was later identified as La­bossiere, and one of them told police he was likely staying at the Motel 6 at 2 Progress Ave. Officers responded to the motel, located Labos­siere and arrested him, initially on an outstanding warrant stemming from a probation violation, ac­cording to the report. Police said Labossiere allowed them to search the hotel room, where they found $445 in a wallet with his identification card as well as articles of clothing "matching the ones worn by the suspect in the rob­bery," according to the re­port. The search also turned up two types of narcotic drugs, which police iden­tified as Oxycodone and Alprazolam, police said. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:17:34 EST Nashua’s North End disrupted over apparent shooting Parts of Nashua's North End were closed down for several hours Wednesday afternoon after police said a resident killed himself inside his Damon Avenue home. According to Nashua police, a Hillsborough County sheriff arrived at 26 Damon Ave. at 1:23 p.m. Wednes­day to serve eviction papers. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:00:41 EST Accused bank robber waives PC hearing The Nashua man accused of robbing St. Mary's Bank in Hudson in late June has waived a probable cause hearing, setting the stage for the case to go to the Hillsborough County Grand Jury. Daniel K. Quinn, 47, formerly of 73 Atherton Ave., has been jailed in lieu of $250,000 cash or surety bail since his arrest early the afternoon of June 25, a short time after police were called to a reported robbery at the bank, 3 Winnhaven Drive in Hudson. Documents at Nashua dis­trict court state that Quinn has retained Nashua attorney Tim Bush. The case will be presented to an upcoming ses­sion of the Grand Jury, members of which review each case and determine whether there is enough evidence for the state to move forward with the case. - DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:00:53 EST Nashua police department arrest log JUNE 30 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Stephanie Beard, 27, 29 Kinsley St., Nashua, violation of city ordinance-public drinking. Jason Stewart Dow, 43, 14 Brook St., Nashua, violation of city ordinance-public drinking. JULY 1 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Russell Wayne Morse, 57, 70 Walnut St., Apt. B, Nashua, theft by unau­thorized taking. Cynthia Ennis, 44, 415 North River Road, Milford, out-of-town war­rant. Freddie c. Buchanan, 45, 5 Shattuck St., Apt. b, Nashua, electronic bench warrant: non-appearance in court. Colby Joseph Jackson, 21, 14 Ta­coma Circle, Nashua, disobeying an officer, operating without a valid license. Rufino Eugene Pacheco, 37, 10 Celeste St., Nashua, driving after suspension-second offense, driv­ing without giving proof. Ester T. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:01:01 EST Tewksbary represented Greater Nashua in Cincy The fascination with the whole event didn't hit Bobby Tewksbary until he walked into the American League All-Star locker room at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park and saw a jersey with his name on hit hanging in front of a stall. To his left was Albert Puljos. To his right were Russell Martin and Prince Fielder. "The most surreal moment was when I walked in the locker room and saw the jersey with my name on it," said the former Alvirne High School and University of Vermont standout, who played a bit in the independent leagues before becoming a nationwide hitting guru. That work in hitting instruction paid off as he was asked by one of his pupils, Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson, to be his pitcher for the MLB Home Run Derby held this past Monday. Tewksbary, 31, pitched Donaldson into the semis before he lost to Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, who eventually won the title. "Just to be on the field, with 40,000 fans, was really special," Tewksbary said on Wednesday as he was preparing to fly home from Cincinnati. "For Josh, with his swing, I was trying to pitch the ball middle in, in the top of the zone, nice and flat. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:11:06 EST Connor working his way back with Knights NASHUA - Kevin Connor's story is a familiar one. The Nashua Silver Knights reliever was warming up in the Boston College indoor practice bubble prior to the start of his freshman year a couple of years ago, and he felt a twinge in his arm/elbow. A pop. Something. "I felt a little pull in there," the lefty said. "I tried throwing a little bit after." But no go. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:01:15 EST English returns to Holman with Rox A familiar face has been hanging out at Holman Stadium from time to time. But, unlike the days when he was the owner of the area's professional baseball team, former Nashua Pride money man Chris English is now, well, the enemy. Just two years ago English was at Holman when the Nashua Silver Knights honored the Nashua Pride as part of the stadium's 75 year birthday celebration. A few months later, after what was an extended time studying the league, he bought the FCBL's Brockton Rox. Brockton currently is 18-13, second in the East Division, three games ahead of fourth place Nashua. "I'm pretty impressed with how far it's come," English said of the FCBL. "It's pretty ambitious. You start with four teams, and just try to build it in a hotbed of college baseball. "So I was watching. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:00:18 EST RELIGION BROOKLINE BROOKLINE COMMUNITY CHURCH Summer Sunday wor­ship services are at 9 a.m. Services will be held at Lake Potanipo on Mason Road on July 5 and 12 and Aug. 2 and 9. Please bring beach chairs, sunscreen, bottled water and anything else that will enable you to enjoy outdoor worship. The church is at 2 Main St. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:02:01 EST Breast cancer walk planned for Nashua NASHUA - You can help end the fight against breast cancer by raising funds for and walking with the Amer­ican Cancer Society Making Strides of Nashua. Join more than 1 million people each year who are helping to end breast can­cer. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities with a shared determination to fin­ish the fight. By signing up, fundrais­ing and participating in one of the noncompetitive, 3- to 5-mile walks, you will help us be there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. You will help those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face a diagnosis in the future and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and prevention. Every Making Strides event is an inspiring oppor­tunity to unite as a commu­nity to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer by funding research, provid­ing free comprehensive in­formation and support, and helping people take steps to reduce the risk of the dis­ease or find it early when it's most treatable. The Nashua Making Strides Walk will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:02:11 EST English returns to Holman with Brockton A familiar face has been hanging out at Holman Stadium from time to time. But, unlike the days when he was the owner of the area's professional baseball team, former Nashua Pride money man Chris English is now, well, the enemy. Just two years ago English was at Holman when the Nashua Silver Knights honored the Nashua Pride as part of the stadium's 75 year birthday celebration. A few months later, after what was an extended time studying the league, he bought the FCBL's Brockton Rox. Brockton currently is 18-13, second in the East Division, three games ahead of fourth place Nashua. "I'm pretty impressed with how far it's come," English said of the FCBL. "It's pretty ambitious. You start with four teams, and just try to build it in a hotbed of college baseball. "So I was watching. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:17:57 EST Francesca Theresa Marie Bosowski Francesca Theresa Ma­rie (Uzdavinis) Bosowski, 86, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. She was born in Worcester, Mas­sachusetts on Au­gust 13, 1928, the daughter of the late Michael and Boleslawa (Sliwoski) Uzdavinis. Francesca is pre­deceased by a daughter Dr. Elaine Bosowski; one broth­er Rev. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:00:22 EST Norma B. (Jambard) Woods Norma B. (Jambard) Woods (82) passed away peacefully on July 9, 2015 surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Norma was born on July 18, 1932 in Nashua, NH to the late Theodore and Adeline (Holt) Jambard. Although as a young child she lived in other parts of New England, she lived the majority of her life in Hol­lis, NH. She graduated from Hollis High School in 1950 and earned a B.A. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:00:26 EST Breast cancer walk planned for Nashua NASHUA - You can help end the fight against breast cancer by raising funds for and walking with the Amer­ican Cancer Society Making Strides of Nashua. Join more than 1 million people each year who are helping to end breast can­cer. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities with a shared determination to fin­ish the fight. By signing up, fundrais­ing and participating in one of the noncompetitive, 3- to 5-mile walks, you will help us be there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. You will help those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face a diagnosis in the future and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and prevention. Every Making Strides event is an inspiring oppor­tunity to unite as a commu­nity to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer by funding research, provid­ing free comprehensive in­formation and support, and helping people take steps to reduce the risk of the dis­ease or find it early when it's most treatable. The Nashua Making Strides Walk will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:00:57 EST English returns to Holman with Rox A familiar face has been hanging out at Holman Stadium from time to time. But, unlike the days when he was the owner of the area's professional baseball team, former Nashua Pride money man Chris English is now, well, the enemy. Just two years ago English was at Holman when the Nashua Silver Knights honored the Nashua Pride as part of the stadium's 75 year birthday celebration. A few months later, after what was an extended time studying the league, he bought the FCBL's Brockton Rox. Brockton currently is 18-13, second in the East Division, three games ahead of fourth place Nashua. "I'm pretty impressed with how far it's come," English said of the FCBL. "It's pretty ambitious. You start with four teams, and just try to build it in a hotbed of college baseball. "So I was watching. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:01:05 EST Weekly Schedule MERRIMACK POST 9 Senior Legion (4-9) Date Team Time/Result June 16 Rochester Loss, 14-2 June 20 Portsmouth Win, 7-3 June 22 at Londonderry Loss, 6-5 June 24 at Hudson Loss, 11-1 June 26 Londonderry Win, 8-5 June 30 at Exeter Loss, 7-4 July 3 at Nashua Loss, 7-3 July 6 at Salem Win, 4-1 July 7 Exeter Loss, 12-3 July 10 Dover Win, 4-3 July 11 at Rochester Loss, 10-0 July 13 at Portsmouth Loss, 12-7 July 14 at Dover Loss, 16-6 July 15 Derry 5:15 p.m. July 16 at Derry 5:15 p.m. July 17 Nashua 5 p.m. July 18 Salem 4 p.m. July 19 Hudson 5 p.m. Junior Legion (0-10) Date Team Time/Result June 17 at Salem Loss, 9-4 June 24 Hudson Loss, 5-0 June 26 at Windham Loss, 5-3 June 27 at Derry Loss, 11-1 June 29 Windham Loss, 4-3 July 6 Salem Loss, 5-0 July 7 at Nashua Loss, 11-0 July 11 at Dover Loss, 4-3 July 13 Portsmouth Loss, 5-3 July 14 at Hudson Loss, 4-0 July 16 Nashua 5:30 p.m. July 18 at Rochester 12 p.m. July 19 at Newmarket 4 p.m. July 21 Derry 5:30 p.m. July 23 Raymond 5:30 p.m. July 24 Exeter 5:30 p.m. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:01:09 EST Cecile J. Martin Cecile J. Martin Cecile J. Martin, 93, of Merrimack and formerly of Nashua, passed away on Tues­day, July 7, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a pe­riod of declining health. She was born on July 27, 1921 in Hud­son, NH, a daughter of the late Joseph and Alma (Paul) Gendron. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:00:28 EST VOLUNTEER For more volunteer op­portunities, visit nashuatele­ REGIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE NETWORK OF NEW ENGLAND The Animal Rescue Net­work of New England is a nonprofit organization that rescues pets that are sched­uled for death row from the South because there simply are not enough homes. They spay, neuter, vaccinate, mi­crochip and treat any medical conditions and then place them in carefully screened forever homes. They are in desperate need of volunteers. Information: 233-4801 or BARNYARD BUDDIES Barnyard Buddies at Touch­stone Farm home of Horse Power in Temple is seeking fun-loving and responsible volunteers. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:16:00 EST Daniel C. Sherman Daniel C. Sherman, 60, of Nashua, passed away on July 11, 2015 at the North­wood Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Low­ell. He was born on June 22, 1955 in Chelsea, MA, the son of Jan P. Sherman and the late Richard L. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:01:40 EST Jeffrey Mi­chael Bradbury HUDSON - Jeffrey Mi­chael Bradbury, 25, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2015 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, NH. He was born in Nashua on Septem­ber 24, 1989 and lived in Hudson most of his life. He attended Alvirne High School and the US Army Basic Training. He loved spending time with his son, hanging out with his fam­ily and friends, spending time with his sister, playing guitar, riding motorcycles, working on cars, taking walks and animals. He is survived by his mother Shelley Dwyer Freeman and sister De­siree Freeman of Hudson; father Tracey Bradbury of Florida; and stepfather Scott Freeman of Hudson; son Austin Jeffrey Brad­bury of Milford; aunts Lisa Dwyer of Nashua, Jenni­fer Wojtaszek and husband Chris of Hudson; uncle Nick Pappadeas of Derry and Chad Everette of Con­cord. He will also be greatly missed by his grandparents Raymond and Donna Free­man of Merrimack; cousins Angelica Carpenter and her husband Lenny of Derry, Jessica and Nicole Goddard of Nashua, Jordan Everette of Nashua, Sara Wojtaszek of Hudson, Rose Ida Carpenter of Derry; and many others. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:01:43 EST Rachel (Pelletier) Col­burn Rachel (Pelletier) Col­burn, 82, of Hudson, died Monday, July 13, 2015 at the South­ern NH Medical Center in Nashua with her loving family by her side. She was born November 29, 1932 in Nashua, NH, daughter of the late Leo and Rose (Bl­ouin) Pelletier. Rachel was also predeceased by her husband Philip Colburn; as well as by two sisters Lor­ette Blevins and Gabrielle Anctil. Rachel enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading ro­mance novels, solving cross­word puzzles, gardening and traveling. Family always came first and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Shyann. Her loving family in­cludes three daughters Cynthia and Michael Mc­Clure of Nashua, Suzanne and Thomas McCoy of Brookline, NH, Phyllis Colburn of Hudson; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother Leo Pelletier and his wife Lise of Nashua; two sis­ters Therese Pelletier and Suzanne Pelletier both of Nashua; two brothers-in-law Kenneth Blevins of Rex, GA, Richard Wall of NJ; and many nieces, nephews and cous­ins. Visiting hours will be held on Fri­day, July 17th from 5pm-8pm in THE DUMONT-SULLI­VAN FUNERAL HOME, 50 FERRY ST., IN HUDSON. A funeral Mass will be cel­ebrated on Saturday, July 18th at 9:30am in St. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:01:47 EST Brenda E. Geno Rich­ard Brenda E. Geno Rich­ard, age 67, passed away peacefully Friday, July 10th, 2015 at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, FL. She was born June 8th, 1948 in Cambridge, VT., to W. Irving and Shirley [Wheeler] Geno. Brenda lived in Nashua, NH from 1960 to 1977, then moved to Eagle River, AK., where she married David Richard [originally from Nashua], her long­time sweetheart, on March 13th, 1978. David and Brenda raised two fine sons, Matthew and Kevin. David and Bren­da retired to Cape Coral, FL in 2009. Brenda is sur­vived by her hus­band and her two sons; and five sib­lings, Marilyn, Ir­ving, Roger, Janet and Merrill; and many nieces and nephews; and one grand­child, Violet Mercie Richard. In lieu of flowers send your support to: Hope Hos­pice Health Care Service 9470 Healthpark Circle FT. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:01:50 EST Police nab man after online post MERRIMACK - He managed to elude police for more than a month, but 19-year-old sexual-assault suspect Christian Prater's luck finally ran out early Sunday morning when Nashua police, act­ing on a citizen tip, took him into custody as he walked down Tyler Street. Prater, of 3 Iris Drive, was then ar­rested by Merri­mack police around 3:45 a.m. and trans­ported to Merri­mack headquarters. While he was on the lam, Prater even went so far as to post messages on the Merri­mack Police Department's Facebook page in which he proclaimed his innocence and told police that they're wasting the town's money looking for him because "I know for a fact they won't find me." But police proved him wrong, and by dawn Sun­day, Prater sat in the Valley Street jail in Manchester awaiting Monday's arraign­ment on a slew of charges that include four counts of domestic violence - simple assault; two counts of ob­structing the report of a crime; and one count each of kidnapping, aggravated felonious sexual assault, second-degree as­sault, domestic violence - criminal mischief, criminal restraint, and false imprisonment. Prater was held on $50,000 cash bail following arraign­ment in Merrimack district court. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Tuesday in the Merrimack court. The majority of the charg­es stem from the evening of June 17, when police were called to Prater's home for a report of a domestic dis­turbance, Merrimack police Lt. Denise Roy said. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:18 EST Nashua robbery suspect arrested, being held on bail NASHUA - The Nashua man accused of robbing St. Mary's Bank in Nashua on Monday morning remains jailed in lieu of $200,000 cash bail pending a probable cause hearing later this month. John Labossiere, 44, of 145 Chestnut St., was arraigned in Nashua district court Tuesday morning on one count of robbery and two counts of possession of narcotic drugs. He is accused of enter­ing the bank, at 14 Spruce St., shortly before 10 a.m. Monday, walking up to a teller and producing a note stating "this is a robbery" as he demanded money, ac­cording to documents read by Judge James Leary. According to the charg­es filed by Nashua po­lice, Labossiere allegedly threatened physical force by stating he was armed with a gun while demanding "no die packs ... or I'll shoot you," a reference to banks' security devices designed to ex­plode and spray red ink on people who aren't autho­rized to handle containers of money. The alleged statements "put the (teller) in fear of her life," Leary quoted from the charging documents. Nashua police detec­tives, who responded at about 10 a.m. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:42 EST Campaign cautions on in-home drug thefts Locking away jewelry and other valuables when prospective buyers are going through your house is a no-brainer. But who thinks of stowing away your prescription drugs? "This is one way that people are accessing medications," said Janet Valuk, director of the Nashua Prevention Coalition, which works to prevent and reduce substance abuse. In talking with other coali­tions across the state, region and country, Valuk said members learned home showings and open houses have become an opportu­nity to raid medicine cabinets for prescription drugs. As a result, the group is ex­panding its "Lock It Up!" public awareness campaign to include realtors and those who have their homes on the market for sale, said Valuk and Monica Gallant, the project's coordinator. The intent is to encourage homeowners to secure their prescription medications from potential pill poachers who raid medicine cabinets under the guise of asking to use the bath­room, they said. Nashua Police Capt. David Bai­ley said the department has not received any reports of prescrip­tion drug thefts during showings of homes or rental properties. "That's not saying that it hasn't happened. But if we've had one, nobody is familiar with any kind of pattern or anything that is rampant," he said. The campaign also is targeting area builders and contractors by asking them to construct new housing - especially over-55 hous­ing - with prescription lock boxes built in. Prescription lock-boxes are available at Walgreen's for $29.99 and may be bought online, Valuk said. "One of the most common plac­es for kids to get prescriptions is to get them from their parents' medicine cabinets or their grand­parents' medicine cabinets," said Lisa Vasquez, substance misuse prevention coordinator at the Greater Nashua Public Health Network. Any small step that can post­pone an adolescent's introduction to drugs can delay or divert ad­diction later on, Vasquez said. Vasquez said prevention doesn't stop there. '"It's also important for a par­ent to be aware, when their child gets a prescription for a tooth pulled or some other injury, that they are careful the child does not use the medication any longer than they have to," Vasquez explained. Properly disposing of medications is equally important, she said. Old or unneeded medications may be discarded anonymously at prescription drop boxes maintained in the lobbies of police departments in Nashua, Amherst, Hudson, Merrimack, Litchfield and Pelham. Parents should also count their prescrip­tion medications and be aware if any are missing , Vasquez said. The Greater Nashua Public Health Network printed brochures for the "Lock It Up!" campaign and is helping distributing them among the 200,000 people in the 13-commu­nity network it serves. The Nashua Prevention Coalition, whose mission is to prevent and reduce substance abuse through awareness, education and community involvement, launched their "Lock it Up!" public awareness campaign in May, 2014. Members already have gave presentations at the city's two hospitals, senior housing communities, a parent-teacher organiza­tion and Nashua Rotary Clubs. Kathryn Marchocki can be reached at 594-6589, kmarchocki@, or @Telegraph_KMar. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:51:42 EST Nashua talent to kick off EarthFest NASHUA - After win­ning the Radio 92.9 Battle of the Bands, local band Hunt­er will open for nationally known artists at Earthfest in Boston this Saturday. The 22nd annual Earth­fest show features other homegrown artists such as Guster from Boston and Alex Preston from Mont Vernon. "We can't believe it. We're freaking out - this is huge," said Hunter Stamas, singer, guitarist and songwriter with Hunter. Hunter is an alternative indie-pop rock original and cover band. Other mem­bers include Cameron Gil­hooly, Connor Coburn and Zack Warneka. Coburn, Warneka and Gil­hooly hail from Nashua and all graduated from Nashua High School South over the past several years, while Stamas is from just south of the border, in Tyngsbor­ough, Mass. "We've been a band a little under a year," said Stamas in a phone interview Tues­day. "We play pretty much everywhere in Nashua, and Manchester and Lowell," she said. The group won the 92.9 Battle of the bands show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston July 8 for the chance to open the Earth­Fest show. Other artists perform­ing at the festival include New Politics from Brook­lyn, N.Y., and Atlas Genius from Australia. "We go on at 2:30 sharp," said Stamas. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 01:00:24 EST Chinese students come to Rivier Students and faculty from Beijing City University were welcomed by Rivier University as part of a new partnership and biotechnology program at the Nashua school. The partnership, established last summer, includes a course in applied biotechnology that will be team-taught by faculty members from both institutions. A professor from the Chinese university and 10 students recently arrived in Nashua and were welcomed at a ceremony on Tuesday. While in New Hampshire, the students will partner with 10 Rivier students, working together in the lab and rooming together in dorms. After the Rivier part of the course, the entire group will travel to Beijing for the second half. -≠ The Associated Press Wed, 15 Jul 2015 01:00:32 EST Nashua group offering city $170K for playground NASHUA - A Chamber of Commerce-affiliated group that pushed to build a handicapped-accessible playground at city-owned Greeley Park now wants to give the city $170,000 to put the play­ground at Labine Park. The Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2012 Legacy Playground Group Gradu­ates would donate $170,000 in funds and equipment toward building the accessible playground on the city-owned park that is located between Fairgrounds middle and elementary schools on Cleveland Street. The bill came before aldermen Tuesday night. Graduates of Leadership Greater Nash­ua, which is a Chamber of Commerce Pro­gram, first proposed creating the Legacy Playground at Greeley Park, which led to long and surprisingly contentious public debate. It was originally proposed for the west side of the park, which drew concern from some neighbors, leading to an inde­pendent study committee that suggested putting it on the east end of the park. The project went into an apparent stall. Former Chamber of Commerce presi­dent Chris Williams, now a mayoral can­didate in 2015, was outspoken in the de­bate over the park, which led to at least one letter to the editor in The Telegraph questioning the extent of his involvement. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said an analy­sis showed it would cost about $500,000 to locate the playground in Greeley Park. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:49:30 EST Baseball Player of the Year Ryan Glendye, sr., Campbell First Team Ryan Glendye, sr., P, Campbell; Derek Hudson, sr., P, Alvirne; Justin Grassini, so., P, Merrimack; Ricky Constant, sr., P, Nashua North; Joe Grassett, jr., P, Souhegan; Zach Byers, sr., C, Campbell; Dan Brown, jr., INF, Alvirne; Brendan Carter, sr., INF, Merrimack; Bryce Reagan, fr., INF, Souhegan; Brendan Barrett, sr., INF, Nashua North; Bryce Walker, jr., INF, Milford; Kyle Shaw, jr., OF, Campbell; Seth Learned, sr., OF, Souhegan; Drew Sanborn, sr., OF, Bishop Guertin; Connor Melrose, sr., INF/DH, Wilton-Lyndeborough. Coach of the Year Jim Gorham, Campbell Second Team Josh Goulet, sr., P, Nashua South; Matt McKinley, jr., P, Alvirne; Christian Seeley, jr., P, Wilton-Lyndeborough; Matt Tierney, sr., P/INF, Bishop Guertin; Greg Emmanuelson, sr., C, Alvirne; Hugh Devlin, sr., C, Hollis Brookline; Austin Baker, sr., INF, Campbell; Chad Seaver, jr., INF, Merrimack; Nolan Stevens, jr., INF, Wilton-Lyndeborough; Ian Towle, sr., P, Souhegan; Thomas Bennett, jr., INF, Souhegan; Owen Batchelder, so., OF, Souhegan; Jake McMaster, jr., OF, Bishop Guertin; Sawyer Trask, sr., OF, Milford. Honorable Mention Jacen Hudson, jr., INF, Alvirne; Ryan McGaughey, sr.,C, Bishop Guertin; Justin McQuarrie, sr., INF, Bishop Guertin; Jake Burbank, sr., P, Bishop Guertin; Matt Gagne, so., INF/P, Campbell; Nate Corsetti, so., P, Hollis Brookline; Cam Crystal jr., OF, Hollis Brookline; Nick Fothergill so., INF, Hollis Brookline; Joe Eichman, fr., INF, Merrimack; Ryan Slate, jr., OF/C, Merrimack; Mike Pellitieri, jr., OF, Milford; Brennan Kastens, sr., C, Nashua North; Tommy Hyland , sr., P, Nashua North; Spencer Bergeron, jr., P, Nashua North; J.J. Dunn, sr., P, Nashua South; Ryan Penkala, jr., OF, Nashua South; Sam Bannon, jr., C, Souhegan; Alec Burns, fr., INF, Souhegan; Mike Mancini, jr., INF, Souhegan; Kees Gronstra, sr., INF, Souhegan; Max Benvides, so., OF, Souhegan; Casey Lane, fr., C, Wilton-Lyndeborough. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 02:00:20 EST Titans topple Silver Knights 11-4 in empty Holman NASHUA - Sitting in the Hol­man Stadium picnic area on Tues­day night, Nashua Silver Knights president Tim Bawmann texted Futures Collegiate League Com­missioner Chris Hall. "I told him next year the league should take the night off," Baw­mann said, referring to the scant announced crowd of 403 on the night of the MLB All-Star Game. "He said 'Good idea.'" Too late. It was a dead night in the stands and as far as the Sil­ver Knights were concerned and just as comatose on the field as well, as they were never in an 11-4 loss at the hands of the Torrington Titans. Nashua dropped to 15-17 on the year and has been outscored 21-7 in its last two games, both at Holman Stadium. "We've got to do a better job pitching, better job hitting, better job everything," Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. "What we're doing now is not a good product out there. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:19:55 EST Hey, ho! Let’s go! Rockin’ out on a summer weekend Definitely shaking things up this week in Encore! I got to speak with Chris Lamy, of New Hampshire punk band The Jabbers, about his extensive collection of memorabilia. It goes up for auction starting Thursday, and includes dozens of items he received from his friendship with John "Johnny Ramone" Cummings, noted guitarist for punk legends The Ramones. Lamy told me some surprising history of his interaction with Johnny and the band, in their heyday. Check out my interview and the details on the auction. Teen Actorsingers always give their all to their summer show. "The Wedding Singer" is this weekend in Nashua, and it's sure to be a rollicking fun time! Art Walk weekend in Nashua is still a few months away, but artist registration begins now. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:46:15 EST Art Walk Weekend 2015 registration begins NASHUA - Artist reg­istration is now open for the 11th annual Art Walk Weekend, downtown Nash­ua's arts festival, to be held Sept. 12 and 13, according to City Arts Nashua. "More than 100 artists and 25 entertainment acts participated in Art Walk last year. We are looking forward to another excit­ing event in September," said Kathy Hersh, presi­dent of City Arts Nashua. "Art Walk traditionally brings more than 1,000 people to downtown Nashua." This year, City Arts Nashua is working with Positive Street Art; the second Downtown Art Fest and Live Art Battle will be Sunday, Sept. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:04:42 EST English returns with Rox NASHUA - A familiar face has been hanging out at Holman Stadium from time to time. But, unlike the days when he was the owner of the area's professional baseball team, former Nashua Pride money man Chris English is now, well, the enemy. Just two years ago Eng­lish was at Holman when the Nashua Silver Knights honored the Nashua Pride as part of the stadium's 75 year birthday celebration. A few months later, af­ter what was an extended time studying the league, he bought the FCBL's Brockton Rox. Brockton currently is 18-13, second in the East Division, three games ahead of fourth place Nashua. "I'm pretty impressed with how far it's come," English said of the FCBL. "It's pretty ambitious. You start with four teams, and just try to build it in a hot­bed of college baseball. "So I was watching. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:11:42 EST Milford Rotary meet turns 50 For 50 years the Mil­ford Rotary Swim Meet has been a home town meet that brings families together during the sum­mer. The Rotary of Club Milford and Amherst in 1966 wanted to use the new Keyes Pool in Mil­ford to be a center for summer youth and fami­lies. How to keep children engaged in the summer? Give them a race, let it be fun and let everyone around get involved. So teams from Nashua, Amherst, Merrimack, Bed­ford, Peterborough, Man­chester, Wilton, Jaffery, Rindge, New Ipswich, Greenville and Wolfboro came to the meet. For 50 years, the Rotary club paid for the awards so no swimming fees were charged to any family. There are events for swimmers ages 6 and un­der, all the way up to 15 -19 swimmers. The meet keeps the families to­gether, lets old ties get renewed in the tent city that springs up forfive hundred swimmers at Keyes Park every sum­mer. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:09:21 EST Letters to the Editor To the Editor: Thank you everyone for a hugely successful water chestnut pull effort on the Pepperell Pond impoundment of the Nashua River. Forty-five people helped to pull or offload over 6,000 pounds of wa­ter chestnuts (average 30 baskets per load/25 lbs. per basket/7 loads - a con­servative estimate), plus all the other boats who brought in baskets or ca­noes full to the brim. Impressive! This could not have been accom­plished without the partnership of Diane Carson of Nashoba Paddler who donated canoe usage and safety personnel, and Dan Donnelly of Ducks Unlimited with his motorboat. When you consider that each seed can produce multiple rosettes, and each rosette can produce up to 10 seeds, the impact on next year's seed production is very real. If you're boating on the Nashua River this summer, please be on the lookout for water chestnut plants. If you spot one (or more), let us know where you saw them, and pull them out and dispose of them away from the water. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:48:08 EST Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:47:44 EST Patriot Building rises from the ashes Editor's Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and the story behind it. The block where this photo was made burned a few times over the years. The most re­cent blaze - the one that re­sulted in the two-story building there now - started on a spring night about 50 years ago. It was discovered around 1 a.m. March 28, 1961. The fire "wiped out four business establishments at the peak of the Eas­ter shopping period; injured five fire­fighters; damaged and closed off busi­ness offices on the second floor and the Elks lodge rooms, upper story," reported The Nashua Telegraph. At the time it was owned by Beasom Real Estate Corp. "Fire reached spectacular proportions when flames swept up a back partition and into the stairwell and onto the roof of the brick building. "Sustaining heavy losses were four ground-floor busi­ness establishments. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:33 EST Aldermen to vote on library workers proposed contract NASHUA - Unionized Nashua Public Library employees have reached a proposed two-year contract that calls for 2.25 percent wage hikes. The Board of Aldermen will vote tonight, July 14, on whether to fund the pro­posed agreement between the Nashua Public Library Board of Trustees and the library employees, who be­long to the American Fed­eration of Teachers Local 4831. The 2.25 percent annual increase for each of the contract's two years would cover 38 full- and part-time employees. It would be funded largely through $26,770 in city contingen­cy funds, library Director Jennifer McCormack said. In addition, the library proposes to fund a por­tion of the raises through saving $5,950 in overtime expenses by closing the library on four to five of the traditionally slowest Sundays of the year, Mc­Cormack added. Staff also will review reductions in operating costs, further re­ducing Sunday hours and a reduction in staffing, if necessary, she wrote to the aldermen. The Nashua Public Li­brary Employees' current contract expired June 30. The proposed contract would run from July 1 through June 30, 2017. In other matters, the board will be asked to ap­prove borrowing up to $12.3 million to make im­provements to the city's wastewater treatment sys­tem. The proposals call for the city to borrow up to $8.5 million to upgrade the 13 pump stations, some of which are 25 to 30 years old. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:25:14 EST Manchester Street bridge to open Wednesday In Heron Cove, the party has already started. Some residents in the neighborhood that abuts the Manchester Street Bridge raised glasses of champagne last Friday in a small ceremony welcoming the opening of the renovated span, which con­nects Nashua and Merrimack. The bridge will open in an official ceremony on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. The public is invited. The bridge had been under construction for about 2 years, during which time motorists had to make a long detour onto the Daniel Webster Highway and the Henri Burque Highway. "I can't wait for it to open," said Yve Hines, a longtime resident of nearby Heron Cove. "It's been a horror show. I leave my house three times a day. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:27 EST Police hunt suspect in Monday robbery NASHUA - Nashua and area police remained on the lookout Monday evening for a roughly 30-year-old suspect wanted in connection with a Monday morn­ing armed robbery at St. Mary's Bank, located at 14 Spruce St., in Nashua. Police said that the man entered the bank, which is on the east side of Spruce Street just north of East Hollis Street, shortly before 10 a.m. and passed a note to the teller. The note stated that the man was armed with a gun and demanded money from the teller, according to police. The suspect then fled the scene with cash, the amount of which police didn't disclose. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:31:01 EST Nashua woman to enter Drug Court NASHUA - Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Col­burn on Monday sentenced 23-year-old repeat drug of­fender Lindsay Karos to a brief jail term, then stepped down from the bench to of­ficially welcome the Nashua woman as the newest mem­ber of the Nashua Drug Court. Karos, who pleaded guilty to four felony counts stemming from the sales and possession of Oxycodo­ne and heroin in exchange for 90 days in Valley Street jail and three suspended State Prison sentences, also agreed to enroll in Drug Court as part of the plea bargain her attorneys reached with prosecutors in Hillsborough County Supe­rior Court South. The deal also gives Karos credit for the 41 days she spent in jail since her most recent arrest in early June, leaving her with roughly seven weeks to serve be­fore her release. Three 2 1/2-5 year prison sentences, as well as a total of roughly $1,500 in fines, were all sus­pended, according to the terms. Karos will also serve three years of probation and must comply with all Drug Court requirements, which Colburn detailed for her during Monday's hear­ing. "There are two main things you must remem­ber: Honesty, and making sure you are everywhere you are supposed to be," Colburn said, describing the basic tenets upon which Drug Court was founded. "It seems that the last year or so has been a bit of a trian wreck for you, am I right?" Colburn asked Karos, who stood between her attorneys, Michael Lee and Amanda Steenhuis. "Yes," Karos answered softly. Both Steenhuis and the prosecutor, first assistant County Attorney Kent Smith, described Karos as a young woman in the grip of drug addiction who likely committed the crimes to support her own habit. "Lindsay is really strug­gling with addiction," Steenhuis said. "If not for Drug Court, she'd be bound for State Prison right now. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:44 EST Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year Lauren Trepaney, sr., Bishop Guertin First Team Lauren Trepaney, sr., goalie, Bishop Guertin; Bryn Car­roll, jr., midfield, Bishop Guertin; Caroline Boudreau, jr., midfield, Bishop Guertin; Carly Caveny, sr., defense, Bishop Guertin; Kate Bermingham, jr., midfield, Souhegan; Emma Estabrook, soph., attack, Souhegan; Gabrielle Masseur, soph., midfield, Nashua North; Julia Perry, sr., midfield, Merrimack; Jexi Williams, sr., attack, Nashua North; Kristin Cameron, sr., attack, Bishop Guertin; Hailey Johnson, jr., midfield, Souhegan. Coach of the Year Kerry D'Ambroise, Bishop Guertin Honorable Mention Olivia Koutsos, soph., midfield, Bishop Guertin; Chris­tina Sulfaro, sr., attack, Nashua North; Alyssa Bottari, sr., defense, Nashua North; Meaghan Allard, soph., goalie, Souhegan; Katie Almeida, sr., attack, Souhegan; Jocelyn Chaput, jr., midfield, Nashua South; Mariah Passamonte, sr., attack, Hollis Brookline; Abby Cranney, fr., midfield, Souhegan; Julian Donohue, jr., defense, Souhegan; MacK­enzie Robinson, fr., defense, Souhegan; Casey Johnson, soph., defense, Souhegan; Sammi Jay, fr., attack, Souhe­gan; Maegan Howe, sr., attack, Merrimack; Charlotte Perry, soph., defense, Merrimack. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 01:00:17 EST English gets back in game with Rox NASHUA - A familiar face has been hanging out at Hol­man Stadium from time to time. But, unlike the days when he was the owner of the area's professional baseball team, for­mer Nashua Pride money man Chris English is now, well, the enemy. Just two years ago English was at Holman when the Nash­ua Silver Knights honored the Nashua Pride as part of the stadium's 75 year birthday cel­ebration. A few months later, after what was an extended time studying the league, he bought the FCBL's Brockton Rox. Brockton currently is 18-13, second in the East Division, three games ahead of fourth place Nashua. "I'm pretty impressed with how far it's come," English said of the FCBL. "It's pretty ambitious. You start with four teams, and just try to build it in a hotbed of college baseball. "So I was watching. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 01:00:27 EST Michael D. St. Onge Michael D. St. Onge, 29, of Nashua, New Hamp­shire, formerly of Groton, Mass., died peace­fully on July 11, 2015 at 10:15 p.m. surrounded by his loving family as he waved to us on his way to heaven. Michael had the soul of an angel: kind, caring and most of all compassion for others are just some of the traits he possessed. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 02:00:36 EST Evelyn A. (Scott) Des­marais Evelyn A. (Scott) Des­marais, 73, of Nashua passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2015 at her home. Evelyn was born in Prescile, ME on Novem­ber 26, 1941, a daughter of the late Vinal and Clarissa (Hickey) Scott. She was the beloved wife of Donald Desmarais of Nashua. Evelyn loved her kids and grandkids. Besides her husband, Evelyn is survived by: two daughters, Doreen Robin­son and her husband Mi­chael of Nashua, Suzanne Smith and her husband Paul of Nashua; one son, Donald Desmarais, Jr. and his wife Robin of Nashua; seven grandchildren, Don­ald Desmarais III, Dayna Baxter, Jacob Desmarais, Jacqueline Desmarais, Lisa Marie Baxter, Chris­topher Baxter and Mark Desmarais; five great-grandchildren, Lily, Aid­ynn, Emmett, Wyatt and Jude; and several nieces, nephews and cousins SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua, from 4-8 PM. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 02:00:43 EST Alfred J. Dionne Alfred J. Dionne, 84, of Nashua, passed away on July 11, 2015 at Greenbri­ar Terrace. He was born in Nashua on June 20, 1931, the son of the late Arthur and Grace (Lemeire) Di­onne. Alfred loved golfing, and working with his hands, he was always fix­ing something. He was a builder and worked for In­dianhead Millwork Corp. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 02:00:46 EST Classes in Greater Nashua NASHUA SENIORS COUNT WORKSHOP The next Seniors Count Workshop will be held at 1 p.m. July 13 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. "Using Facebook to keep in touch with loved ones" will pro­vide information on ways to use this popular on-line tool to connect with family and friends. Advance registra­tion for the workshop is requested. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:00:28 EST Medicaid meeting set for Tuesday NASHUA - In a shift that advocates say will help people with multiple, complicated medical problems, about 10,000 people who could previ­ously opt out of the care management system will now have to participate, joining about 160,000 oth­ers in the state. "They are likely to have multiple medical condi­tions, chronic conditions, that would benefit from greater management," said Lorene Reagan, director long-term sup­ports and services for the Department of Health and Human Services. The change, which will role out over the rest of the year, is the latest part of a multi-year change in state enrollment in Medicaid, the govern­ment health care service for lower income people, away from its traditional "fee for service" model. The state is holding a series of meetings around the country to explain the difference. The Nashua meeting will take place in Nashua Community Col­lege, 505 Amherst St., on Tuesday, July 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. The idea is that under "fee-for-service," pati often wait until they have symptoms before get­ting treatment, where a managed car approach might help them prevent problems from arising, especially with chronic conditions. "Think about a person who has optimal mange­ment of their diabetes, weight or smoking at an earlier age or earlier stage, as compared to the challenges and functional decline, reduction in quality of life, of a person who does not have good management of them," Reagan said. The change was man­dated by state law as long ago as 2011, and started rolling out in December 2013, said Reagan. Up until now, people who are on both Medicaid and Medicare, which is for older Americans, as well as some children with special health care needs, were allowed to opt out of the managed care process. That will no longer be allowed. One drawback from the patients' point of view is that under manage­ment, authorization or approval is needed from a doctor of health care provider for certain ser­vices, whereas previously they were covered. This is designed largely to get patients in contact with primary care providers, in hopes of fending off problems. The two health plans are providing care man­agement services in New Hampshire - Well Sense Health Plan and N.H. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:51:05 EST Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Alex Astarita, sr., Bishop Guertin First Team Alex Astarita, attack, sr., Bishop Guertin; Nick Prunier, attack, jr., Bishop Guertin; Brian McKinley, goalie, sr., Nashua South; Cam Hult, defense, jr., Bishop Guertin; Charlie O'Brien, midfield, jr., Bishop Guertin; Joe Nutting, attack, jr., Souhegan; Matt Brewster, midfield, sr., Merrimack; Tim Hinrichs, midfield, jr., Bishop Guertin; Mike Carluccio, midfield, sr., Bishop Guertin; Foster Burnley, LSM, so., Souhegan; Collin Morrow, attack, jr., Nashua South; Jack McNallen, midfield, jr., Bishop Guertin. Coach of the Year Bill Monsen, Nashua South Second Team Ken Whittier, defense, sr., Bishop Guertin; Alex Burnley, goalie, so., Souhegan; Todd Redman, attack, fr., Nashua North; Tom Haller, midfield, sr., Nashua North; Steve Saucier, attack, sr., Nashua South; Gage Sevigny, midfield, jr., Bishop Guertin; Taylor Farrow, defense, sr., Souhegan; Brendan Cray, attack, jr., Souhegan; Max Urda, midfield, jr., Milford; Dylan Brunelle, midfield, jr., Campbell; Ben Lombardi, defense, jr., Hollis Brookline; Joe Brooks, defense, sr., Hollis Brookline. Honorable Mention Colin Casey, so., Bishop Guertin; John Bruno, so., Bishop Guertin; Conor Gannon, jr., Campbell; Tanner Tarr, jr., Campbell; Mike Buxbaum, jr., Hollis Brookline; Patrick Dunn, sr.; Dan Ash, sr., Hollis Brookline; Chris Nowalk, sr., Merrimack; Connor Cyr, jr., Merrimack; Trevor Lacey, sr.; Jason Fortin, sr, Merrimack; Jake Redman, sr., Nashua North; Tyler Dubien, so., Nashua North; Ryan Marvin, sr., Nashua North; Mike Dubien, sr., Nashua North; Andrew DeCarteret, sr., Nashua South; Max Osgood, so., Nashua South; Zach Bossi, jr., Souhegan; Trevor Barrett, sr., Souhegan. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:00:24 EST Broad Street Parkway forging ahead NASHUA - It's the city's largest public works project, though much of the work to date occurred behind the scenes in inaccessible or out-of-the-way stretches of the city. Soon residents will see the Broad Street Parkway take shape after recent major advances were made to the nearly 2-mile con­nector, which currently is coming in $9 million under its projected $82.4 million cost. "There has been tremendous work that has been going on, but a lot of the work isn't as visible as about what we're about to see," said John Vancor, a principal engi­neer with Hayner Swanson Inc. of Nashua, who oversees the project for the city. One of them will be comple­tion of the 402-foot bridge that will take the parkway across the Nashua River into the Millyard, a centerpiece of the project. The parkway is a limited-access connector that will link the Broad Street to the Millyard and downtown. It is intended to boost economic development and provide another crossing of the Nashua River. A hurdle that stalled construc­tion on the Nashua River bridge for months was cleared this week when the final three of 16 shafts were successfully drilled into the riverbed, Vancor said Friday. The shafts will form the founation that will support the bridge. Steel reinforced cages will be placed in the shafts and then filled with concrete, which is expected to take place this week. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:28:17 EST Speakeasy-style bar to open in Nashua NASHUA - New businesses usually wage promotional cam­paigns, but on the corner of Elm and West Pearl streets, a yet-un­opened bar is taking a most in­triguing route to draw attention: Silence. The storefront at 112 West Pearl St. is plastered with prohi­bition-era posters, worn covers of 100-year old books and brown paper obscuring the windows. No other information is avail­able there, or online. As a way to draw notice it seems to be working. Great American Downtown Director Paul Shea posted a pho­to of the recently altered store­front to the Nashua City Sound­ing Board online forum July 7, sparking excited responses from others. "When is this "bookstore".... accessible?" wrote Tom Lopez. "I can't wait," Charles Hugo added. The city itself is among those in the dark. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:28:47 EST Helen Seavey Helen Seavey, 97, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. She was born on June 24, 1918, the daughter of the late Walt and Edith (Ford) Goodale. She was the wife of the late Milton Seavey. Helen was a college graduate that went on to work as President of the Union of the former Irwin Toys factory. She was a member of the Gold Star Mothers after she lost her son in war. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:01:07 EST BLOOD DRIVES Sun, 12 Jul 2015 01:01:29 EST Nashua 9/10-year-old Little League All Stars win 2 Nashua 11, Bedford 10 Nashua pitcher Colin Toohey didn't get the defen­sive support he needed ear­ly on, which led to his hero­ics at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning against Bedford in 9/10-year-old District 1 All Star action at Lajoie Field in Nashua. With the score tied and the bases loaded Toohey hit a walk-off single, scoring Trevor Labrecque for an 11- 10 Nashua victory. Trailing 7-1 going into the bottom of the fourth in­ning, and 9-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the bats came alive for Nashua. The Gate City squad put up eight runs on seven hits and two walks in the bottom of the fifth, including a game-tying triple from Hunter Ward. Ward then scored on a sacrifice fly to give Nash­ua a 10-9 lead heading into the final frame. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:00:44 EST NASHUA COMMUNITY CALENDAR VETERANS COFFEE CLUB The Veterans Coffee Club will meet at 10 a.m. July 14 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. David Teed, veteran liaison from Compassionate Care Hospice, will discuss benefits that you may not know about. Attendees are also encouraged to bring photos and share their memories of their days in the service. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:00:56 EST Cecile J. Martin Cecile J. Martin, 93, of Merrimack and formerly of Nashua, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a pe­riod of declining health. She was born on July 27, 1921 in Hud­son, NH, a daughter of the late Joseph and Alma (Paul) Gendron. She was raised and edu­cated in Nashua and was a graduate of Nashua High School in 1941. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:01:00 EST Bernard ‘Ben’ Martin Bernard "Ben" Martin, 84, of Nashua, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at his home at Langdon Place, surrounded by his best ones. A resident of Nashua since Au­gust of 1965, Mr. Martin was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island on October 13, 1930, a son of the late Omer and Adrienne (Par­enteau) Martin. Ben was a graduate of Mount Saint Charles High School Class of 1949 and served with the Air Force as an A1 Sergeant during the Korean War. Mr. Martin had been em­ployed as a supervisor for Foster Grant in Leominster, Massachusetts for twenty five years and later worked at the Clarion Hotel in Nashua now known as the Crowne Plaza. Ben was a communicant of St. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 04:00:18 EST Steve G. Koutalakis Steve G. Koutalakis, 56, of Merrimack, and former­ly of Nashua, passed away on Tuesday July 7, 2015 at his home. He was born on December 26, 1958 in Portland, ME to Florence (Skop) Boutot of New Jer­sey and the late George Koutalakis. He graduated from Springfield High School. He was last employed as a computer technician for Hewlett- Packard out of Andover, MA. Steve was an avid out­doorsman, enjoying camp­ing, fishing, shooting and target practice. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:01:08 EST Collection of gardening magazines may help plant ideas Planning for planting, controlling weeds, how to start a garden indoors from seeds - fertilization information to get plants growing, advice to get the "blooming thing" going - caring for flowering plants in containers and urns, complimented with decora­tive grasses and ferns - Indian summer, the harvest moon, time to prune or is it too soon. While not including current events, perusing older editions of gardening magazines may be time well spent. Now it's time for the Mailbag. 'Picture perfect' plants "I have many, many mag­azines to donate to anyone who could use them" writes Mildred G. of Nashua (LTR 3,155). Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:01:25 EST HELPING HANDS Animal Rescue Network of New England P.O. Box 1053, Pelham, NH 03076 NEEDS: Volunteers! Mon­etary donations, gift cards (gas, building, office and pet supplies), large and extra-large Martingale col­lars (no chains), heavy-duty leashes, slip/loop leashes, cotton/fleece throw-size blankets (no stuffing/wool), sheets, XL trash bags and plastic dog waste bags, HE laundry detergent and HE cleaning tabs, two-drawer filing cabinet. All donations are tax-deductible; please help us fill our wish list at, enter our name under "Find a Wish List." COLLECTION HOURS: By ap­pointment only; donations can be made by contacting for local pick-up. CONTACT: 233-4801 or WEBSITE: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua 1 Positive Place, Nashua, NH 03060 NEEDS: Volunteers to help in new science program. Volunteers must be at least 15 years or older. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:01:34 EST New Legion looks to change image NASHUA - Businesses that are losing customers like to talk about "rebranding" themselves. You can think about Nashua's new Ameri­can Legion post that way, too. "I think the Legion has an out-dated image in some way. We need to get the focus away from the bars and the smoking - that's not what it is," said Cynthia Ged­des, a 2000 graduate of Nashua High School who is commander of the recently chartered Post 124 in Nashua, which is only the third new Legion post formed in New Hampshire this century. "Times change, programs change, vet­erans' needs change. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 03:00:34 EST Hundreds flock to Motor Mania event Generations of motorheads flocked to Hud­son on Saturday to showcase - and show off - some of the fin­est classic vehicles in the region. Hundreds packed The Tele­graph premises to share their love of four-wheeled machines during the 9th annual Motor Mania. Just north of 100 cars, as well as 13 vendors participated in the free four-event exhibition and judging competition. "There's nothing better than checking out some of these old cars. Just look at the collection we got here," said 25-year-old pointing to an antique 1934 Ford pickup. "You're drivEdwin Gonzalez, of Nashua, ing around in one of these, it's gonna turn some heads, man. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 03:00:44 EST Crews find a leak near pump house NASHUA - Extended emergency repairs to a pump station in a resi­dential neighborhood will cost the city an additional $20,000 and has caused a few sleepless nights for homeowners near the site. Documents provided by Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau indicate that the city hired Continental CPI to perform emergency work at the Northgate Pump Station at a cost of $20,000 after finding a puddle of water where a leak was un­covered last week. Continental was hired to install several well points to drain the area where the repair was made and, upon completion, the contractor expects to replace the force main from where the break is in the pipe at the pump station. A leak had been report­ed and repaired the prior week. But after immediate repairs were completed on July 3, crews have re­mained on-site for an addi­tional seven days. The ongoing repairs have been met with a lukewarm response from neighbors. "This is ridiculous. I don't know what to do anymore," said Louise Bolduc, a resi­dent of Cheshire Street. "This is crazy. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 02:28:00 EST Softball Player of the Year Kaycee Carbone, sr., Alvirne First Team Kaycee Carbone, sr., INF, Alvirne; Hannah Neverett, jr., INF, Nashua North; Gia Cataldo, sr., INF, Campbell; Ashley Grassini, sr., INF, Merrimack; Lauren McCormick, sr., C, Souhegan; Ally Schwab, jr., C, Wilton-Lyndeborough; Neysa Ouellette, so., C, Bishop Guertin; Leah Perez, sr., OF, Bishop Guertin; Tori Dubois, sr., OF, Bishop Guertin; Celeste Marsan, sr., OF, Hollis Brookline; Hannah Neild, sr., OF, Campbell; Julia Mazzeo, sr., INF/OF, Milford; Olivia Martinage, jr., P, Campbell; Ashley Skey, sr., P, Hollis Brookline. Coach of the Year Michael Soby, Campbell Second Team Nicole Teague, so., P, Alvirne; Caitlin Minear, sr., P, Merrimack; Hailey Yabroudy, so., P, Souhegan; Sara Holka, jr., P, Wilton-Lyndeborough; Sara Siteman, so., C, Alvirne; Paige Buono, so., C, Nashua South; Alexis Kapsambelis, sr., INF, Merrimack; Erin Tyrrell, jr., INF, Milford; Jen Carson, so., INF, Milford; Liz Derosa, fr., INF, Alvirne; Ashley Silva, so., INF, Alvirne; Stephanie Bishop, fr., OF, Milford; Haleigh Cardello, jr., OF, Campbell; Renee LeClaire, sr., OF, Merrimack; Jenna Bragdon, sr., OF, Wilton-Lyndeborough. Honorable Mention Amber Gibbons, jr., C, Campbell; Cassidy Gibbons, fr., OF, Campbell; Kelsey Mansfield, jr., INF, Hollis Brookline; Stephanie Buchanan, jr., INF, Hollis Brookline; Jacqueline Dumont, fr., C, Nashua North; Jasmine Perez, sr., OF, Nashua South; Elyssa Willard, jr., INF, Nashua South; Delaney Parker, so., P, Milford; Paige Delier, fr., C/OF, Milford; Carley Holtshouser, so., OF/P, Milford; Rachael Nelson, so., OF, Milford; Maddie Robicheau, fr., INF, Souhegan; Lexie Balam, eighth grade, P/INF, Wilton-Lyndeb HOW TEAMS ARE CHOSEN Coaches from each school within The Telegraph's circulation area are contacted for nominations and insight. Information from various coaches associations' All-State teams, as well as staff observations are also used during the compilation process. Schools within The Telegraph's coverage area are: Alvirne, Bishop Guertin, Campbell, Hollis Brookline, Merrimack, Milford, Nashua North, Nashua South, Souhegan and Wilton-Lyndeborough. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 04:17:11 EST ‘Training burn’ tops most read An innocuous-seeming story about an upcoming fire department training session led the list of most read stories of the week on "Nashua Fire Rescue to conduct training burn" drew more than 16,500 page views, not so much because of the event - fire departments regularly practice firefighting techniques while burning down properties that are going to be destroyed - but because the house was long occupied by the Emmons family. That large family has a long and colorful history in Nashua, and are "well known throughout the town, as a matter of fact throughout the state" in the words of an offical with Jensen Communities, a developer of manufactured housing which owns the property. A bit of tasty good news, concerning a new bakery that cooks with beer which opened on Temple Street, came in second with 2,395 page views. "Nashua cafe features local, beer-baked treats" profiled Local Delights Cafe and Beer Bakery, which specializes in pastry and breads cooked with beer. It reflects a long-running trend that stories about local businesses opening, or closing, are always well-read on the website, particularly if they're in Nashua's downtown area. The third most-read story, with 2,077 page views, was "Comcast boosts download speeds," concerning the latest move among Internet providers in the region, using higher speeds to lure residential and business customers. A different sort of lure was behind the fourthmost- read story, one of several that the paper ran Sun, 12 Jul 2015 05:00:23 EST Knights game acts as benefit for group Nashua Silver Knights fans alert. The baseball team's game on Friday, July 31, against the Mar­tha's Vineyard Sharks will help benefit the Nashua Prevention Coalition's ef­forts to prevent and reduce substance abuse among the city's children and youth. The coalition is selling tickets to the game. The coali­tion will receive 50 percent of the proceeds of only those tickets it sells. The evening also will fea­ture a secret event at the end of the game and before the fireworks. Tickets may be bought for $6 by contacting coali­tion director Janet Valuk at The game starts at 6:45 p.m. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 05:00:27 EST