Nashua - Nashuatelegraph.com | Web Feeds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/feeds/topics/nashua Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us pkincade@nashuatelegraph.com onlineeditor@nh.com Volunteerism is a powerful force http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1084423-465/volunteerism-is-a-powerful-force.html The city of Nashua website lists 45 agencies throughout the region that provide opportunities for people to volunteer their time. The list runs the gamut, and we've included it below, though we're under no illusion that they represent the totality of volunteer opportunities to be found in our little corner of the world. But they do provide a hint about the vast range of activities that good-hearted people in our region are engaged in. Among other things, our local volunteers coach youth sports, deliver meals to seniors and help abuse victims. They work in hospitals, assist veterans, build homes and care for abandoned animals. There is, it seems, nothing volunteers won't do, and volunteerism is a powerful economic force in the country, including right here in the Granite State. We rank 23rd in volunteerism nationally, according to the 2015 report of VolunteerNH. It's probably something we take for granted, but we shouldn't. According to VolunteerNH, more than 306,000 Granite Staters - better than 28 percent of New Hampshire's population - contributed 39 million hours of service in one form or another in 2015. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:01:00 EST Nashua’s Millyard Brewery to expand http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084421-469/nashuas-millyard-brewery-to-expand.html NASHUA - Millyard Brewery co-owners Ken Unsworth and Dean Baxter figured Nashua was a great place to open the city's first nanobrewery. So far, that bet is paying off. Four months after they opened the downtown taproom and brewery, they plan to double the size of the 1,000-square-foot brewery at 25 E. Otterson St. "Business has been good," Unsworth said Monday. "We thought Nashua really needed something like this and, so far, it's proven to be true," said Unsworth, who is also  the brewmaster. "We picked Nashua because there were no nanobreweries (here) that you could actually go to and sit down and talk to the brewers or actually be in the brewery," he said. The pair will nearly double the size of their business by expanding into a vacant unit next door. This will allow them to at least double the size of the taproom, which currently can seat 24 people, Unsworth said. "We kind of want to separate the brewery from the taproom so we will have a bigger tasting room and have more room to expand the brewing capacity," Unsworth said. Millyard Brewery has a three-barrel brewing system and currently can brew three barrels at a time per batch, Unsworth said. The expansion will provide them with the potential to increase their brewing capacity, said Unsworth. While this would allow them to get more fermenters in the future, their focus now is to expand the tap room, he said. Unsworth is grateful for the support they have received since they opened April 9. "The surrounding community has been more than supportive, not only the patrons, but other breweries in the area as well. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:23:12 EST Man nabbed on Class B felony http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084419-469/man-nabbed-on-class-b-felony.html Police say a Nashua man allegedly attempted to dispose of a narcotic drug while in his parked vehicle on Monday evening. Officers with the Nashua Police Department charged Ryan Solan, 34, with no fixed address, with falsifying physical evidence, a Class B felony, after he was found around 6:14 p.m. by police reportedly using a narcotic drug in his vehicle while parked in a Nashua parking garage. While police made contact with him, officers say he attempted to dispose of the narcotic and was later arrested without incident. Solan was held on $5,000 cash/surety bail and was arraigned Tuesday in a Nashua courtroom. - Telegraph staff Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:05:54 EST Tampering charge for city resident http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084418-469/tampering-charge-for-city-resident.html A Nashua man was arrested last week for allegedly tampering with witnesses and informants, according to the city police department. Martin McHugh, 29, of 60 Linton St., was charged with a felony count of tampering and later released on $750 cash only bail pending his arraignment in a Nashua courtroom. On July 27, officers with the Nashua Police Department received a report of possible tampering with witnesses and informants after the woman stated she had been contacted by McHugh numerous times asking her to provide a false statement. Investigation by Nashua officers found McHugh had attempted to induce the woman into changing her statement in a case that is pending at Hillsborough County South Superior Court. The case stems from McHugh's arrest on Dec. 21, 2015 when he was charged with indecent exposure and lewdness. - Telegraph staff Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:05:24 EST AG: NH trooper to plead in beating http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084415-469/ag-nh-trooper-to-plead-in-beating.html NASHUA - Former New Hampshire trooper Andrew Monaco is expected to plead guilty this week to charges of punching and kicking a driver who led police on a high-speed chase that began in Holden, Mass., and ended in Nashua, the state's top law enforcer said Tuesday. Monaco and Massachusetts State Police trooper Joseph Flynn turned themselves in to Nashua police last month on arrest warrants charging them with using excessive and unjustified force against Richard Simone Jr., of Worcester, Mass., during the May 11 traffic stop. Monaco, 31, is expected to plead guilty to three counts of simple assault in Nashua district court on Aug. 25, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said. Flynn, 32, faces two counts of simple assault in connection with the traffic stop. He waived his arraignment scheduled to be held in the Nashua court on Sept. 13. Video taken by news outlets who filmed the scene by helicopter appeared to show an unarmed Simone submitting to arrest and attempting to place his hands on the ground when the two troopers rushed in and began punching and kicking him. The simple assault charges brought against both troopers are Class A misdemeanors, which traditionally carry penalties of up to a year in a county jail and fines. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:03:50 EST Gene R.K. Gravelle http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084413-466/gene-r.k.-gravelle.html Gene R.K. Gravelle, 49, of Hudson, was suddenly taken from this earth on Monday, August 22, 2016. A resident of Hudson for most of his life, Gene was born in Nashua on July 31, 1967, a son of Lucille (Trudeau) Gravelle and the late Gene Gravelle. Educated in local schools, he was a graduate of Alvirne High School Class of 1986. Gene was employed at Daniel Webster College in Nashua. The loss of Gene was a sudden blow to all those who cared about him. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:02:21 EST Frank R. Dukette http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084410-466/frank-r.-dukette.html Frank R. Dukette Sr., 68, of Nashua, passed away Sunday afternoon, August 21, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, after a brief illness. A longtime resident of Nashua, he was born in New London, NH on November 26, 1947, a son of the late Emiline V. (Lambert) and Robert E. Frost. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:00:38 EST Former trooper expected to plead guilty in Nashua traffic stop  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084403-469/former-trooper-expected-to-plead-guilty-in.html NASHUA - Former New Hampshire State Trooper is expected to plead guilty to three simple assault charges for allegedly using excessive and unjustified force during the May 11 traffic stop of a Worcester, Mass. man in Nashua, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said Tuesday. Andrew Monaco, 31, of Pelham, is scheduled to enter the guilty pleas on Aug. 25 in Nashua district court. Monaco and Massachusetts State Trooper Joseph Flynn were arrested July 19 on charges they allegedly repeatedly punched and kneed Richard Simone Jr. of Worcester, Mass. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:37:34 EST Retaining the city’s waterways http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1084387-465/retaining-the-citys-waterways.html Ya gotta love water. One of the things we sometimes take for granted, living in an area as lush as ours, is the water that surrounds us, cleanses us and our environs and nourishes us. The fact that we get a fairly stable amount of precipitation allows the flowers, trees and grass around us to thrive. OK, so maybe this isn't the best year to make that case, what with the area being in a pretty serious drought and all; but most years, according to the website  usclimatedata.com, Nashua gets about 48 inches of rain and 56 inches of snow. There are some parts of the country that would gladly trade their seats in the U.S. Senate for that kind of moisture falling from the heavens on a regular basis. It is life-giving stuff, to be sure. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:04:42 EST New immigration law practice in city http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084386-469/new-immigration-law-practice-in-city.html NASHUA - When Manchester attorney Ronald Abramson expands his immigration law practice here next month, he will be bring a legal team that knows firsthand the challenges immigrants face and speak their language. "We don't just practice immigration law; we've lived it," said Abramson, one of the state's pre-eminent immigration attorneys who has practiced and taught immigration law for more than 20 years. A native of Chile, Abramson is a naturalized citizen and one of the few Spanish- speaking attorneys in the state. He will expand Abramson Immigration+ Solutions Inc., which he founded in Manchester six years ago, to 20 Broad St., in space leased from United Way of Greater Nashua. The firm will hold a "soft opening" on Sept. 1 and expects to be fully operational by month's end, he said. "We look forward to the opportunity to meet and serve new people, have new neighbors and make new friends," said Abramson. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:25:03 EST Nicholas ‘Nick’ Theochares http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084380-466/nicholas-nick-theochares.html Lt. Col. Nicholas "Nick" Theochares, USAF Retired, passed peacefully August 21, 2016. He was the first child of Thomas and Helen Theohary of White Plains, NY. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:01:33 EST Mayor to collect on Knights’ title http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1084371-457/mayor-to-collect-on-knights-title.html Here's a few things to ponder as we hit the summer home stretch: • Ah, the gift that keeps on giving: the Nashua Silver Knights 2016 Futures Collegiate League Championship. Worcester mayor Joe Petty will be in Nashua late Monday afternoon at Holman Stadium to pay off his bet with Nashua Mayor James Donchess with suds from a Worcester brewery. It's great that Hizzoner could get involved with the Knights hoopla; everyone loves a winner. But now in the offseason the real work will eventually begin after things calm down. Silver Knights business was, according to owner Drew Weber way up this season but there are lots of things that the city and team could work out to make Holman an even better fan experience. The left-field Kids Area, packed on Opening Night, was dormant the rest of the season due to permit snafus. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:17:13 EST Paddlers group seeks volunteers for junk cleanup http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084359-469/paddlers-group-seeks-volunteers-for-junk-cleanup.html statewide paddling group is looking for interested boaters to join them on the Merrimack River in Nashua as part of their regular  efforts to clean the riverbanks of junk. On the first day of each month from May to October, The Appalachian Mountain Club New Hampshire Paddlers meet along the Merrimack or Nashua rivers to do what one volunteer called "trash patrol," scooping up discarded or dislodged urban detritus. The next trip will be Saturday, Sept. 3, and they are looking for paddlers with a sense of adventure to pitch in. "It's time consuming, but it's amazing what you pull out on a 2-mile trip," said Denise Hurt, a volunteer paddler from Hollis. What they have pulled out of the city's river has included a futon, engine parts, tires and even a humidifier. "We've been doing it for four years. We usually get a good cross section of people coming every month," she added. The upcoming September meet-up at the Greeley Park, said Hurt, is a big one, with the group pulling out plenty of junked tires and car parts. "We even took out a beaver skull. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:03:53 EST 2 local students finalists in state awards http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084357-469/2-local-students-finalists-in-state-awards.html NASHUA - Two Nashua-area college students are finalists in the Stay Work Play Rising Stars Award competition. Amelia Keane, of Nashua, a student at the University of New Hampshire, and Elizabeth Tibbitts, of Merrimack, a student at Southern New Hampshire University, are among the students up for the honor in this year's College Student of the Year portion of the competition. Stay Work Play aims to encourages young workers and recent college graduates to embrace opportunities in New Hampshire. Working in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, Stay Work Play will also be honoring civic leaders, entrepreneurs and leadership development programs in its seventh annual competition. Kate Luczko, president and CEO of Stay Work Play, said the extracurricular work done by the two students helps make them stellar standouts in an impressive crowd of nominees. "Having students doing things besides school makes them a better candidate come time for hiring. They could just be going to school, but they are taking leadership roles," Luczko said. Luczko outlined Keane's qualifying characteristics as presented by her nominator and impressions of the group's judges. Among other accomplishments, Keane has worked as a U.S. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:14:44 EST Iraq veteran, family finally home http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084355-469/iraq-veteran-family-finally-home.html NASHUA - Scanning the smiling faces of some of the scores of people who brought her family's dream to reality, Rhonda Briand struggled Sunday afternoon to find the right words to express their gratitude. "It's kind of hard to put into words how appreciative we are ... for all this hard work, for us," Briand began, standing next to her husband, Iraq veteran Ryan Briand on the small patio in the backyard of a newly renovated Nashua house - which as of Sunday is the Briands' new home. Thanks to the folks at Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build program - especially the small army of volunteers and donors who answered the call for support - the Briands can put their uncertain housing outlook behind them and focus on settling in as the new neighbors in the renovated home at 42 Nottingham Drive. "The kids have their own bedrooms," Rhonda Briand said of the couple's children, ages 6 and 3. "And now they can come home after school instead of having to go somewhere else" until their parents get home from their full-time jobs. The local Habitat agency's Home Ownership Program was launched some years ago to provide qualifying families with "simple, decent and affordable homes," according to the agency. It has since developed the Veterans Build initiative, which works specifically with U.S. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:01:33 EST Board will cover new skate park http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084354-469/board-will-cover-new-skate-park.html NASHUA - The Board of Education will meet Monday to review a list of personnel recommendations, board member ethics policy and a request from City Hall to move the David W. Deane Skateboard Park near Nashua High School South. In an Aug. 19 memo, Mayor Jim Donchess wrote to the board and new Superintendent Cornelia Brown, noting that the best new location for the skateboard park would be next to Stellos Stadium, down the street from Nashua South. "The site is ideal because it has plenty of parking and would be located in close proximity to other recreational facilities such as the YMCA, Stellos Stadium, Mine Falls Park and the Conway Ice Arena," Donchess wrote in the memo. "The proposed plan would double the parking that currently exists with the addition of spaces by the Public Works storage sheds." The proposed site is also free of asbestos and ledge that prohibited the city from placing the skateboard park elsewhere. "The skateboard park serves an important need in the community. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:40:35 EST Enthusiasts, artists mingle at Nashua show http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084353-469/enthusiasts-artists-mingle-at-nashua-show.html Toddlers and adults alike stared intently at a character named Jack as he stepped jauntily across a mini-stage while answering questions about laundry from an unseen female character. Eventually, two mismatched socks - a red one and a white one - decided, cleverly, to go see a Red Sox-White Sox baseball game and giddily danced their way offstage. Nashua puppeteer Teresa Moler was the voice and animation behind all of the characters - who are members of Moler's puppeteer group Blue String Marionettes, one of the features at the Nashua Area Artists Association's 63rd Greeley Park Art Show, which drew hundreds to the park Saturday and Sunday. Between her shows, Moler greeted visitors as they perused her watercolor work on display next to her puppet setup. Moler was one of more than 50 artists who participated in this year's show, which also included hands-on opportunities, demonstrations, and raffles of donated goods and services. Much of the proceeds from the raffles and donations go toward funding the scholarships the NAAA awards each year to two local high school graduates  planning to study art in college. As educational and career opportunities in the world of art continue to grow, NAAA officials said, so too does the need for affordable post-secondary art programs - which are often expensive and can "leave a student with a feeling of financial insecurity ... as the cost for tuition, living expenses and supplies continue to pile on year after year," the organization said. Helping to relieve that strain is the chief mission of the scholarships, officials added. This year's winners - Anna Michaud, of Hudson's Alvirne High School, and Nashua High North graduate Michaila Seehan - took part in the show, with some of their works on display. Meanwhile, in the shade of a large tent a short distance from the NAAA tables, Alice Stanford, 6, and her brother Jeffrey, 5, were busy creating their own works of art under the watchful eye of Denise Thompson, a graphics and composition artist who operates Express It Art in Hudson. Thompson, who teaches art classes at Express It Art, said she was asked to continue the visitor participation booth at the show following the death in 2011 of Carlo Ripaldi Sr., a noted Hudson artist who operated the booth for years. This year's show, for which Mother Nature cooperated on both days, comes on the 65th anniversary of the first meetings that led to the "formal organization" of the then-Nashua Artists Association in 1953. Members would stage their first Greeley Park show in August 1954, according to a Telegraph story announcing the 20th annual show in August 1973. That first show "was more than satisfying for the group," the Telegraph stated, as more than 150 paintings, sculptures and other exhibits were displayed "on snow fences and under make-shift canopies." A headline on a Telegraph feature story in August 1964 - when the association was formally incorporated as a nonprofit with the mission "The education and advancement of art" - was rather humorous by today's standards: "More Housewives than Anything in Nashua Artists Association." The story pointed out that the association had grown into a 70-member group "largely through the efforts of the women members." A check of its membership roles, according to the story, showed that "housewives outnumber the other job categories (of members) almost 2-1" despite the fact that male "doctors, engineers and businessmen" had recently been joining, the story stated. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or@Telegraph_DeanS. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:00:28 EST Joseph F. Gall Jr., Esquire http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084352-466/joseph-f.-gall-jr.-esquire.html Joseph F. Gall Jr., 67, a well-known Nashua attorney, passed away at his home, Thursday, August 18, 2016. Born in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 1949, he was a son of the late Atty. Joseph F. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:00:30 EST Local girl earns ‘Distinction’ in piano http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1084345-308/local-girl-earns-distinction-in-piano.html Katrina Tsao, of Nashua, earned "Distinction" for her Level 4 piano examination given by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music at Darryl's Music Hall in Nashua in June. Katrina also received "Distinction" for her Level 3 examination in December. "Distinction" is the highest achievement in each level. In this program, there are eight levels of assessment. Headquartered in London, ABRSM is the largest international examination board in the world. Katrina is a sixth-grade student at Hollis Montessori School. She is the daughter of Julia Fey and Brian Tsao. Katrina is the piano student of Marie Mendelow, of Merrimack, at Nashua Community Music School. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:06:06 EST Silver Knights win title http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1084340-308/silver-knights-win-title.html WORCESTER, Mass. - Somehow, some way, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League is colored silver for the third time in six years. The Nashua Silver Knights jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and topped the Worcester Bravehearts, 8-5, on Friday to sweep the best-of-three FCBL Finals and win perhaps the most improbable title of their three, the first since 2012. How did they do it? The Silver Knights' pitching arms, for the most part, were dangling, and they faced elimination after losing Game 1 of the semis to Seacoast, and of course were one strike away from losing Game 1 of the finals. "We were down to our last guy," Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said, as reliever Anthony Meduri labored through the ninth, walking in a run but retiring the game's last two hitters on a pop up and strikeout. "Think of all the guys we lost (to injuries) and here we are." Champions. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:04:08 EST Sports Talk Merrimack Journal http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1084338-308/sports-talkmerrimack-journal.html Elks Soccer Shoot on Aug. 20 The Nashua Lodge of Elks No. 720 will host the 16th annual Greater Nashua Soccer Shoot contest from 8:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:03:19 EST Local girl earns ‘Distinction’ in piano http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1084331-308/local-girl-earns-distinction-in-piano.html Katrina Tsao, of Nashua, earned "Distinction" for her Level 4 piano examination given by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music at Darryl's Music Hall in Nashua in June. Katrina also received "Distinction" for her Level 3 examination in December. "Distinction" is the highest achievement in each level. In this program, there are eight levels of assessment. Headquartered in London, ABRSM is the largest international examination board in the world. Katrina is a sixth-grade student at Hollis Montessori School. She is the daughter of Julia Fey and Brian Tsao. Katrina is the piano student of Marie Mendelow, of Merrimack, at Nashua Community Music School. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:00:32 EST Sports Talk Hollis Brookline Journal http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollissports/1084326-308/sports-talkhollis-brookline-journal.html HBHS coaching vacancies Hollis Brookline High School is seeking coaches for JV boys soccer and JV-B girls volleyball. Interested applicants should email athletic director Rhon Rupp at rhon.rupp@sau41.org. Cavs hockey adds Mini Mites The Southern New Hamspshire Cavaliers will have a Mini Mite limited travel hockey program for boys and girls ages 5-8 years old. There are two 12-week sessions, or youths may register for the full year.Contact Paul Soule at president@cavaliershockey.org or 978-375-5403. Cavaliers hockey registration The Southern NH Cavaliers are now accepting players at the Mites, Squirts and Bantam levels. The teams will have two practices per week and 35 games during the season. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:02:42 EST A killer island in our midst http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1084312-474/a-killer-island-in-our-midst.html We are grateful to the Nashua Telegraph for giving us this space each month to discuss some of our community's tougher social issues. This aligns perfectly with United Way's mission of fighting for the health, education and economic mobility of every person in our community. This month, we have partnered with Meghan Brady from St. Joseph Community Services, which administers the Meals on Wheels program in Greater Nashua. Meghan and I will be addressing the topic of social isolation. The word itself, isolation, derives from its Latin roots meaning "made into an island." Such an apt description. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:04:42 EST Paper missed mark on sewer overflows http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1084311-465/paper-missed-mark-on-sewer-overflows.html The Telegraph recently missed an opportunity to highlight a major Nashua success. On Aug. 11, The Telegraph reported that a recent heavy rainstorm had caused five of the city's combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to discharge untreated sewage to the Nashua and Merrimack Rivers. While factual, the story missed the larger context - the fact that Nashua's new sewage storage facility has resulted in a 90 percent reduction in the annual CSO discharges from the city's wastewater system. This major success is largely unknown, particularly by our downstream neighbors in Massachusetts, who recently sponsored a badly exaggerated alarm about the threat to the cleanliness of the Merrimack posed by development in New Hampshire forests. Not only is the Lower Merrimack almost always safe for swimming these days - even by New Hampshire's stringent standards - but the taxpayers have been saved untold expenses and disruption of their streets had new piping been required instead of the storage facility. Gene Porter Nashua Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:04:18 EST Connolly is a breath of fresh air in 2016 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1084310-465/connolly-is-a-breath-of-fresh-air.html On a recent afternoon at a private home in Nashua, Democratic candidate for governor Mark Connolly spoke before about three dozen local residents. It was evident from the start that Mark has thought long and hard about why he's running and what he hopes to achieve if elected. He presented his platform and answered questions without ever suggesting anything negative about his primary opponents - or, for that matter, about any of the Republican candidates. Most impressive was his understanding of and commitment to strengthening the economy in the Nashua area through expanded educational opportunities for a 21st-century economy. In a time when trash-talking and even insults seem to be commonplace in political campaigns, Mark is truly a breath of fresh air. I urge area residents to give Mark a look before they go to the polls on Primary Day, Sept. 13. Phil Grandmaison Nashua Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:03:54 EST Barbara J. Colarusso http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084300-466/barbara-j.-colarusso.html July 29, 2016 - Barbara Colarusso passed away at home after a battle with colon cancer. She was born in Nashua, NH on May 8, 1937 to Robert Spellman and Alice (Tamulonis) Spellman. Barbara grew up and was educated in Nashua and worked for several years for Nashua Corporation in the office. She enjoyed traveling especially to Europe. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:04:44 EST Irene A. Morin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084297-466/irene-a.-morin.html Irene A. Morin, 68, of Hudson and formerly of Nashua, passed away on Wednesday August 17, 2016 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack. Irene was born in Nashua on May 17, 1948 a daughter of the late Leo A. and Alice (Couture) Morin. Irene had been employed by Sanders/BAE Systems for many years. She loved line dancing and tap dancing at the Nashua Senior Center. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:02:40 EST Freyre defends title in race up Mt. Washington http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/othersports/1084289-457/freyre-defends-title-in-race-up-mt..html PINKHAM NOTCH - Eneas Freyre of Norwalk, Conn., and Victoria Di Savino of Buffalo, N.Y., won the 44th annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb today in a pair of decisive victories. Freyre, 40, the defending champion in this all-uphill race to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States, completed the ascent in 52 minutes and 10 seconds, nearly a minute faster than his winning time a year ago and 2½ minutes ahead of his nearest challenger, Eric Follen of Sanford, Maine. Di Savino, 37, improved even more. She clocked a time of one hour, seven minutes and 32 seconds, or more than two minutes faster than her second-place finish in 2015, to claim the overall victory in the women's race. Following her at a respectful distance, 53-year-old Elizabeth McClintock of Wellesley, Mass., took second in 1:14:31. The first male finisher from New Hampshire was Alec Babala, 25, of Nashua, who took seventh place overall in 1:01:47. On a spectacularly clear day in New Hampshire's White Mountains, Freyre needed less than 2 miles of the 7.6-mile Auto Road course to establish that he would win. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:01:28 EST Executive Club swimmers enjoy success http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1084286-457/executive-club-swimmers-enjoy-success.html Executive Swim Club area swimmers enjoyed success at various championship meets recently outside of New England. Lindsey Wagner, 15, competed in USA Swimming's Summer Junior National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Wagner competed in the 50-meter freestyle with her qualifying time of 26.47 and swam in the 100-meter backstroke in 1:06.46. Competing in the Eastern Zone Senior meet was Andrew Allen, who had four appearances in finals ( 50 meter freestyle, 24.41, 100-meter freestyle, 54.75, and 100 butterfly 59.28); Nina Levine (six personal bests), Emma Schulman (five events), and Emma Wagner (six events). Also, Jack Januario, 13, of Amherst and Victoria Novinskiy, 12, competed for the New England team for the Eastern Zone meet in East Meadow, N.Y. Januario had two final showings out of six events in the 400-meter individual medley (4:57.08), and the 1,500-meter freestyle (17:12.24). Novinskiy competed in the 50, 100, and 200 meter backstrokes. In addition, swimmers competing in the New England Senior Championships at Brown University were Colin Allen, Alexander Bedard of Amherst, Aidan Daudier of Milford, Margaret Dean of Amherst, Michael Douglas, Matthew Falcone of Hollis, Kyle Fraser-Mines of Tyngsboro, Kasey Gamache, Bella Geskos of Amherst, Keelin Kendall, Logan Lamb, Trent Levasseur, Kerry McCann of Merrimack, Kaitlyn McManus of Milford, and Alex Tjie. Januario led Executive swimmers at the New England 14-and-Under Championships at Harvard University, winning both the 800- and 1,500-meter freestyles (9:01.09 and 17:24.82) and scored enough points to rank third overall in the high-point standings. Emma Schulman had three separate top three finishes in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles. Also competing were Novinskiy, Evan Allen, Maxwell Bilsbury, Abby Carroll, Saige Murphy, Katelyn Rakiey of Milford, Kyra Chen of Amherst, Kendall Reynolds, Morgan Daudier of Milford, Connor Donoghue of Amherst, Kylie Donoghue of Amherst, Casi Glejzer of Hollis, Mia Januario of Amherst, Meredith Lubelczyk of Merrimack, and Katie Witkop. BULLETIN BOARD Baseball Nashua Cal Ripken fall registration Nashua Cal Ripken Fall Ball registration is now open. All children (living in Nashua) ages 4 to 11 (as of April 30, 2016) are eligible to play. To register, go to www.nashuacalripken.org. Nashua Fall Babe Ruth The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a fall Babe Ruth baseball program starting in September. All current Babe Ruth League players age 13 and 14 are eligible to play. New this year, any 12-year-old moving up to Babe Ruth next spring can now play. There will be practices during the week and games on the weekend. The cost is $20. Registration forms are available online at gonashua.com or in the Parks and Recreation office in Greeley Park on 100 Concord St. Soccer Nashua Youth Soccer registration Fall late registration for the Nashua Youth Soccer League is now open. Boys and girls in Nashua and surrounding towns born between Oct. 1, 2010 and Sept. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:02:29 EST Nashua holds inaugural BrasilFest at Greeley Park http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084281-469/nashua-holds-inaugural-brasilfest-at-greeley-park.html There were Brazilian delicacies known such as brigadeiros and pastels, youth soccer teams playing on the Greeley Park fields, and a musical group belting out gospel songs in Portuguese. It was the first BrasilFest held in the city, and it attempted to showcase - and share with the community - the rich variety and strengths of their culture. "The event is for everyone," said Bruno Soares, of Nashua, one of the event organizers. Scores of people attended the event organized by One Greater Nashua, which is a coalition of local organizations and city agencies that seeks to promote social integration among different cultures in the community. Several local evangelical and Pentecostal Christian churches that serve many area Brazilian Americans participated, and their members formed a musical group that entertained the gathering with gospel songs from the stage. Local businesses also participated and set up vendor stands around the park - from jewelry stands to food stalls selling Brazilian specialities. Immigration Solutions, an immigration law firm in Manchester, and United Way of Greater Nashua were other sponsors. "It is a special day because it is the community getting together," said Pastor Aloisio Costa, of Assembly of God Bethel Church, an evangelical Christian denomination based on Airport Road. Besides sharing and celebrating Brazilian culture to the general community, the event was also a fundraiser for the Latino Hispanic International Futbol Association. "These are the kids that are really good. They are the best players, but they can't afford the fees for the soccer tournaments," Soares said. LHIFA provides supports to these local youth teams so they can continue to play, he said. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:09:22 EST Library hosts Back to School night http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084284-469/library-hosts-back-to-school-night.html NASHUA - The annual Nashua Goes Back to School night, open to all city students and parents, is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Nashua Public Library to mark the start of the new year. The event features school supply giveaways, a meet-and-greet with school administrators in the children's library and booths with a variety of youth and family-oriented community resources. "We usually give away about 1,500 bags of school supplies to individual students," said Cecilia Ulibarri, director of programs and events for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. Ulibarri serves on the planning committee for Nashua Goes Back to School, which is chaired by City Alderwoman Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja. She said the event this year will be similar to events in the past, with city agencies, community groups and local businesses collaborating to throw a back to school party for Nashua families. Hosted by the city and the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce at the Nashua Public Library, the event has been a fixture in the community for more than a decade. Nashua Goes Back to School started in 2004 with a partnership between the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and the city's Nashua Stays in School Committee. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:04:27 EST Official offers to Ollie in suit http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084283-469/official-offers-to-ollie-in-suit.html While often on opposite sides of fiscal and policy issues, Aldermen Ken Siegel and Mike O'Brien are proving themselves to be an effective comedy team. Such was the case at last Board of Aldermen meeting. Ward 9's Siegel - in an apparent flourish of compassion toward youthful skateboarders who were being disparaged as troublemakers by those who opposed relocating the David W. Deane Skateboard Park - came to their defense in a unique way. "It seems to me that people ... who are skateboarding represent exactly what is not trouble, but something (that is) constructive and healthy and social that is away from electronic devices and other distractions," Siegel told the board Aug. 9. To prove his point, Siegel offered to "put on a suit and tie and get on a skateboard. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:04:46 EST Nashua shelter bids farewell to director http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084280-469/nashua-shelter-bids-farewell-to-director.html In 1989, Jim Donchess was the mayor of Nashua, serving his second term in office, and Lisa Christie was the newly hired (and first) executive director of the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. It was a tiny agency. Christie was the executive director, and Joanne Gaudette - a volunteer she met during the interview process - became the part-time bookkeeper. Betty Levesque was the kitchen manager. They served dinner six days a week, Monday to Saturday. Now, it's 2016: Jim Donchess is the mayor of Nashua, and Lisa Christie is still the executive director of the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:12:59 EST 4th Gate City Brewfest event shatters record http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084278-469/4th-gate-city-brewfest-event-shatters-record.html Founding Father Benjamin Franklin got it right when he said beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Throw in some Buffalo wings, live music and a beautiful summer's day, and that's where thousands found their bliss Saturday. Beer tents at the fourth annual Gate City Brewfest whirled with thirsty fans eager to find their next great hop-inspired love as taps flowed with porters and pale ales, IPAs and hard ciders that sparkled like champagne. Holly Blanchette, of Hancock, sipped on a smoked IPA while marveling at her luck to have stumbled upon the festival last year. "We found it was awesome, low-key fun in New Hampshire - just celebrating great music, good food, good bear and the friendliest people," Blanchette said of the event that is now an annual ritual for her. "I decided it had to be a fun end-of-the-summer celebration," she said. "This is a celebration of all that we have in our own backyards. You don't have to go far to enjoy good things." The city of Nashua joined with the Nashua Police Athletic League, Bellavance Beverage Co. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 06:00:41 EST Irene A. Morin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084268-466/irene-a.-morin.html Irene A. Morin, 68, of Hudson and formerly of Nashua, passed away on Wednesday August 17, 2016 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack. Irene was born in Nashua on May 17, 1948 a daughter of the late Leo A. and Alice (Couture) Morin. Irene had been employed by Sander/BAE Systems for many years. She loved line dancing and tap dancing at the Nashua Senior Center. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:00:07 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084260-469/news-digest.html Amherst Road to close for tree work The Amherst Public Works Department is notifying drivers of an upcoming road closure. Baboosic Lake Road east of Pavillion Road will be closed from 7 a.m-3 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25 for tree removal. DON HIMSEL Nashua DHHS to reopen next month NASHUA - The Department of Health and Human Services says the Nashua district office, closed for repairs after a devastating water leak in March, will reopen in September. DHHS spokesperson Kathleen Desmarais said Thursday that equipment, supplies and case material will be moved in next week and the office will reopen for business at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:53:05 EST Woman arrested on drug charges http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084259-469/woman-arrested-on-drug-charges.html Police arrested a Nashua woman this week for allegedly selling fentanyl. Officers with the Nashua Police Department say Melissa Kimball, 27, of 507 Broad St., was charged her with three felony- level counts of selling fentanyl after investigating the distribution of the narcotic within the city. Due to a previous drug related conviction on Kimball's criminal record, each of her charges were upgraded to second offenses, according to police. Kimball was held after refusing bail and was arraigned Friday in a Nashua courtroom. - TINA FORBES Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:52:14 EST Nashua extends learning program http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084255-469/nashua-extends-learning-program.html NASHUA - As local schools explore ways to support learning in out of the classroom, the new director of the 21st Century Learning Extended Day program is reminding families that extra homework help, enrichment and extracurricular after-school activities are already in reach. "We are a resource for families, we are a resource for teachers, and the most important piece - we are a resource for our kids," said Gail Casey, who took the helm of the 21st Century Learning Extended Day program at the city's five Title I elementary schools. The grant-funded program has been in place for 15 years, and is currently in the fourth year of a five-year grant block after co-applying with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua. "We are designed to support the academics success of our participants," Casey said. "Our homework club is run with Nashua School District certified teachers, so our families and our kids have access to teachers after the school day." The program helps parents as well, she said, noting that the modern method for teaching "isn't what a lot of us grew up with, so it's a hardship for families. "We serve as a resource for families - it gives families and teachers a lot of access to each other," she said. The program also includes summer programming, such as Summer Sizzlers. The 21st Century Learning team comprises one site coordinator per school, and site coordinators are responsible for managing a team of certified teachers, Title 1 interventionists, instructors, volunteers, interns and work site students from local colleges. "They genuinely care for one another and support one another. I couldn't have asked for a better fit," Casey said. Aside from grant funding, the program asks a monthly $50 fee from participants, which includes access to the Boys & Girls Club. Those involved have an honorary membership to Boys & Girls Club, so any week the program is closed, children can go to there. However, parents need to attend a Boys & Girls Club orientation for full club access. The first day of the 21st Century Learning program is Tuesday, Sept. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:00:31 EST Robert Henry Lessard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084243-466/robert-henry-lessard.html Robert Henry Lessard, 65 of Nashua, NH died surrounded by his loved ones Tuesday evening, August 16, 2016 at Kindred Healthcare after a ten year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Born July 5, 1951 in Lowell, MA he was son of the Lorraine (L’Heureux) Lessard, of Nashua and the late Lionel Lessard. He was also predeceased by one son, Daniel Lessard and one brother, Lionel “Butchy” Lessard. Robert served in the United States Air Force from 1970-1974. Robert was semi-retired from the marketing department at Digital and had also worked in maintenance at the Nashua Children’s Home. Robert had numerous hobbies, which included fishing, hiking, bicycle riding, camping, canoeing, and a general love and enthusiasm for the outdoors. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:35:51 EST Theresa J. Blanchette http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084242-466/theresa-j.-blanchette.html Theresa J. Blanchette, 85 of Nashua, passed away in her home on Friday, August 13, 2016. She was born in Nashua on March 11, 1931. She worked at The Nashua Telegraph for many years. Theresa is survived by her sisters, Arlene Landry of Hudson, and Rachel Meaney of Nashua, and her brother, Richard Bourgeois of Milford as well as several nieces and nephews. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:13:00 EST YMCA hosting food drive to benefit Nashua shelter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084245-469/ymca-hosting-food-drive-to-benefit-nashua.html NASHUA – Starting with an open house and family barbecue this Saturday, the YMCA of Greater Nashua is launching its fall membership drive by waiving the sign-on fee in exchange for nonperishable food donations to benefit the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Members who join the YMCA between Aug. 20 and Sept. 10 will have the joiner’s fee waived, worth up to $100, with the donation of five nonperishable food items. All food items will be donated to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, which has received more than 300 cases of food from the YMCA fall membership campaign over the past three years. Both the Nashua and Merrimack YMCA branches will host an open house Saturday, with lawn games, barbecue and a tour of the facilities. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:49:00 EST Driver's medical problem stalls Nashua rush hour http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084244-469/drivers-medical-problem-stalls-nashua-rush-hour.html NASHUA – Police say a man suffered a medical emergency while driving on the Daniel Webster Highway on Thursday night and crashed the car he was driving. Sgt. Clark Gaphardt said Thursday night that the driver operating a McMulkin auto dealership vehicle was taking a passenger to the Pheasant Lane Mall when he began making comments like he had to pull the vehicle over. Gaphardt said the driver then pulled to the right side of the road near Autumn Leaf Lane, struck a traffic signal control box, and veered across the lanes, where the vehicle came to a stop on the median strip. Police did not release the names of the driver and passenger. Bystanders performed CPR on the man as first responders arrived. The driver recovered at the scene, but both he and his passenger were taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Traffic was backed up while emergency crews and a tow service worked at the scene. Nashua police remained on scene to help control traffic Thursday night while a city crew began preliminary restoration work. Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590, dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DonH. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:46:00 EST Louise L. Bubier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084194-466/louise-l.-bubier.html Louise L. Bubier, 83, of Nashua, passed away on August 14, 2016. She was born in Boston, MA on September 15, 1932, daughter of the late Serop and Elizabeth (Weeks) Keseian. Louise enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting and doing crafts. She also loved her family and her pets. She is survived by her five children, Thomas Staples and his wife Katherine of Nashua, Catherine Tarantino and her husband Robert of South Attleboro, MA, Daniel Staples of Panama City, FL, Timothy Staples of VT, and Noreen Patrikis of Hudson. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:16:00 EST Ralph ‘Jake’ Jakubowski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084192-466/ralph-jake-jakubowski.html Ralph “Jake” Jakubowski, 88, died at his home in Milford on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. He was born on November 17, 1927 in St. Louis, MO, son of the late Frank and Marie (Neumann) Jakubowski. He was the loving husband of Donna E. (Anderson) Jakubowski for 64 years. Jake served in the U.S. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:40:26 EST Jeannine T. Desmarais http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084191-466/jeannine-t.-desmarais.html NASHUA, NH – Jeannine T. Desmarais, 74, died Friday, August 12th at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, with her loving husband Leonard “Lenny” Desmarais by her side. Jeannine was born February 19, 1942 in Nashua to the late Raoul and Lorette (Lavoie) Blouin. Jeannine was known to be a hard worker, spending years at Doehla Greeting of Nashua and Sofft Shoe of Hudson. She kept busy during and after retirement volunteering at the St. Johns the 23rd Bingo at The Eagles Wing Hall in Nashua and was a member of the Daughters of Isabella Ladies Guild. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:10:00 EST Bette (Tafe Hogan) Beaulieu http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084188-466/bette-tafe-hogan-beaulieu.html Bette (Tafe Hogan) Beaulieu, 78, of Derry, NH died peacefully on Monday, August 15th at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. Bette was born Elizabeth M. Tafe on May 11, 1938 in Manchester, NH. She was the daughter of the late Walter J. Tafe and Elizabeth F. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:04:00 EST In wake of Brielle Gage’s death, police grilled witness for hours http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084239-469/in-wake-of-brielle-gages-death-police.html NASHUA – In the wee hours of Nov. 26, 2014, roughly 12 hours after 3-year-old Brielle Eternity Gage died at a Nashua hospital from multiple injuries consistent with child abuse, Michael Rivera sat in a city police interview room releasing bits and pieces of information as detectives beseeched him to “man up” and tell them everything he knew about what happened to the toddler. Rivera at the time was the boyfriend of Brielle’s mother, Katlyn Marin, the now 27-year-old former Nashua resident who is charged with inflicting the injuries that caused her daughter’s death and is now on trial in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua. At one point in Rivera’s second interview with police, which began just after 2 a.m. Nov. 26, he stood up, picked up a toy stuffed bear that police gave him for demonstration purposes, and tossed it in a line-drive to the floor against a wall. “Then what happened?” one of the Nashua detectives, Aaron Belanger, asked. Rivera walked over, retrieved the bear from the floor, and tossed it quite hard about 10 feet across the floor and into another wall. “Was that Brielle hitting the dresser?” asked Belanger, referring to furniture that police investigators say Brielle struck after being thrown, allegedly by Marin. “What did it sound like? Use your hand,” Belanger told Rivera. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:38:23 EST Silver Knights win 3rd FCBL title in 6 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetsports/1084208-308/silver-knights-win-3rd-fcbl-title-in.html >Nashua dethrones Worcester with 2-game sweep in finals WORCESTER, Mass. - Somehow, some way, the Futures Collegiate Base­ball League is colored silver for the third time in six years. The Nashua Silver Knights jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and topped the Worcester Bravehe­arts, 8-5, on Friday to sweep the best-of-three FCBL Finals and win per­haps the most improbable title of their three, the first since 2012. How did they do it? The Silver Knights' pitching arms, for the most part, were dangling, and they faced elimination after losing Game 1 of the semis to Seacoast, and of course were one strike away from losing Game 1 of the finals. "We were down to our last guy," Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said, as reliever Anthony Meduri labored through the ninth, walking in a run but retiring the game's last two hitters on a pop up and strikeout. "Think of all the guys we lost (to injuries) and here we are." Champions. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:02:23 EST Region’s largest liquor store to open Thursday in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084199-469/regions-largest-liquor-store-to-open-thursday.html NASHUA – The New Hampshire Liquor Commission on Thursday plans to open its latest flagship New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet in Nashua, the largest liquor store in northern New England. The 33,000-square-foot store is at 292 Daniel Webster Highway in space formerly occupied by NAMCO Pool Store. It replaces a previous New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet at 269 Daniel Webster Highway. “The opening of this Nashua NH Liquor & Wine Outlet marks an incredible moment for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission and our 11 million annual customers,” NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica said in a statement. Mollica said he expects the store will become one of the NHLC’s top-performing stores and will generate $21.5 million a year. The new store is part of the NHLC’s ongoing effort to renovate and relocate its 70 liquor and wine outlets to capitalize on strategic locations. The new Nashua store is situated in one of the most densely populated “retail neighborhoods” in the state and is located between the Pheasant Lane Mall and Webster Square mall at Willow Springs Plaza. It will feature more than 7,000 varieties and sizes of wines and spirits. It also will include a first-of-its-kind multimedia Learning Center that will allow the store to host seminars, tasting events and employee training sessions. The store will be accessible to the estimated 111,000 motorists traveling the F.E. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:44:47 EST Don’t recycle this week’s Encore! Save it for next week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1084186-485/dont-recycle-this-weeks-encore-save-it.html Didn't you LOVE last Saturday's thunder and lightning extravaganza?! Wow! What an intense, evocative storm. I was driving home through beautiful Hollis enjoying it, after catching a performance of Milford Area Players' production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at the Amato Center. You can see it this weekend, too. Tickets and more information on that show at bit.ly/2b1NOKM. This weekend, Majestic Theatre will present "The Spitfire Grill" in Derry. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:02:10 EST ‘Bat Boy’ swoops into Nashua next weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1084178-485/bat-boy-swoops-into-nashua-next-weekend.html NASHUA - Wing your way to downtown next weekend and catch the craziness and camp of "Bat Boy: The Musical," presented as the Actor- singers' summertime Fringe Project. The summer slot is slated for more "unconventional" productions (last year's inaugural Fringe Project was "Green Day's American Idiot"), and "Bat Boy" delivers "unconventional" in spades. The musical comedy/horror tale tells the heretofore unknown story of the "Weekly World News" legend. After being found in a cave, the half-boy/half-bat hybrid is adopted by the seemingly loving Parker family. Predictably, the creature isn't embraced by the community, and he's blamed for a number of mysterious cow deaths taking place throughout Hope Falls, West Virginia. The musical deals with a number of serious themes, but these situations are often handled in a comedic way. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:03:30 EST Nashua girls rally around peer fighting cancer http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084170-469/nashua-girls-rally-around-peer-fighting-cancer.html NASHUA – Girls Inc. Nashua is hosting a fundraiser this Friday to help support fellow member Aaliyah Davis as she battles a rare bone cancer. Girls Inc. of New Hampshire announced the fundraiser Tuesday night via Facebook, saying the Nashua girls will hold a ‘Lemonade for Aaliyah’ event from 10 a.m-3 p.m. at 27 Burke St. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:14:44 EST Lois Patricia Forster Dewsnap http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084154-466/lois-patricia-forster-dewsnap.html Lois Patricia Forster Dewsnap was born in Natick, MA, on April 21, 1922, and passed peacefully in Nashua, NH, on August 9, 2016. She graduated from Natick High School in 1938. She received her BA from Boston University in 1942 and her MA from the same school in 1943. Lois married George H. Dewsnap (deceased) on August 5, 1944, in Waltham, MA, and was later divorced. Lois was a teacher for many years and taught in the Waltham Public Schools from 1962 to 1982, when she retired from teaching. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:43:14 EST Lilah Piper http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084153-466/lilah-piper.html Lilah Corrine Magnuson Piper, 78, of Bridgewater, NH passed away on Sunday, August 14th, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, NH. Lilah was born on 5/14/38 in Spring Valley, MN, to Carl and Aleda Magnuson and was raised in Red Wing, MN. Lilah graduated from the University of MN with a B.S. in nursing. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:41:27 EST Community comes together after fire http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084148-469/community-comes-together-after-fire.html While a Monday evening fire burned a ranch-style home on Elmer Drive, it could not extinguish the community spirit in the neighborhood. Wearing work clothes, tool belts and gloves, friends and neighbors gathered together to help Kurt Sun and his family, who were forced out of their home, collect salvageable belongings and secure their burned residence on Tuesday morning. "Most of them are just from the neighborhood. This guy I've known since elementary school," Sun said, gesturing to his friend, Jeremy Umlah. "I haven't talked to him, but apparently he's heard." Umlah said he heard of the fire through Facebook. "I was working. He's a really old friend. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:26:40 EST Nashua explores boat ramp plans for public access http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084147-469/nashua-explores-boat-ramp-plans-for-public.html NASHUA - Two boat launches are getting the attention of officials and will likely result in improved public access to the two rivers in Nashua. City officials are working on a partnership with the private owner of a downtown boat ramp on the Nashua River to make it easier to get onto a stretch of water the connects urban downtown with nearby Mine Falls Park. The Board of Aldermen has authorized the city to enter into a license agreement with Indian Head Realty, at the Millyard Technology Park, that will allow public use of a boat ramp and adjacent parking lot and open up a 4-mile stretch of water between the Jackson Falls and Mine Falls dams. Meanwhile, in the city's north end, a larger-but-aging ramp into the Merrimack River could see a face-lift once Nashua can clear up an issue of public access and secure some grant funds to help the project along. Downtown, paddlers have been using the Millyard's crushed-stone ramp. However, their use required notifying Indian Head Realty Trust and signing a waiver beforehand - the process required that the office be open and prevented spontaneous paddling trips unless people had already launched at the site and signed the required document. Nashua's waterways manager, Madeleine Mineau, said adding a new kiosk and sign-in process near the ramp means that access for paddlers, bird watchers and anglers can be had anytime. "It's a gorgeous stretch of water to kayak," Mineau said. The kiosk, which will be used as a registration point for users, was purchased with community development funds. According to recently filed paperwork, no additional funding for the project is anticipated. The Millyard site was once eyed by Nashua developer Roland "Rocky" LaPierre as home port for a boat excursion planned for the river in the 1980s. The Telegraph in 1977 wrote, "Rocky revealed the possibility of a house boat large enough to carry 18 passengers on two or three-mile trips on the river." The plan died on the vine, but the launch has remained with limited use. The downtown plan comes at a time the city is also looking to secure grant funding to improve the larger, but more remote, boat launch on the Merrimack River north of Greeley Park. This site, which requires users to cross an active rail line, winds through woods and ends at a wide ramp into the Merrimack. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:21:42 EST Report: Beds open when suicide victim left hospital http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084145-469/report-beds-open-when-suicide-victim-left.html NASHUA - Even though four adult beds were open at the state's acute psychiatric hospital on July 27, staff discharged a Nashua woman with a long history of mental illness who jumped to her death later that day, according to a state official and a Nashua police report. Four of the 134 adult beds at New Hampshire Hospital, the state's acute psychiatric facility in Concord, were available at 7 a.m. on July 27, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Jake Leon said Tuesday. Asked if this would suggest that a shortage of beds was not the reason for the 63-year-old Nashua woman's discharge from the hospital that day, Leon replied, "I don't know the care plan and, again, that has to do with a patient's medical records. "Her care plan is confidential; patient information and that information isn't publicly available," he added. The woman jumped from her third-floor bedroom window into the busy intersection at Main and West Hollis streets at about 2:55 p.m. that day. She was pronounced dead where she landed on Main Street near 7 Star Pizza. Neither state health and human services officials nor Nashua police would provide the public with the woman's name. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:01:32 EST Vocal support, little proof equals ‘fired’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1084135-457/vocal-support-little-proof-equals-fired.html Only 10 days after Kristine Tingley and Karen Gagnon were denied on a 5-4 vote by the Board of Education in their wrongful termination appeal, the former Nashua North field hockey coaches were in the newspaper again Sunday. This time it was on The Telegraph's KidSports page, anonymously pictured with a few dozen youngsters sandwiched between them for a recent field hockey clinic. It's a seemingly odd place to be for a couple of coaches who were dismissed from their high school duties because of alleged mistreatment of children, but it's obvious they still have the support of many in the community. To be clear, I can't definitively say whether or not Tingley and Gagnon deserved to lose their jobs. I wasn't at practice, in the locker room or in meetings. I've only been at The Telegraph since January and a few five-minute conversations over the course of the girls lacrosse season isn't enough exposure to gauge their techniques or behavior. Here's what I do know: There's at least 180 people who believe Nashua North field hockey should have opened practice Monday with Tingley and Gagnon at the helm. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:28:17 EST Jason Franklin ‘Jay’ Crook http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084126-466/jason-franklin-jay-crook.html Jason Franklin "Jay" Crook, 70, of Nashua, died peacefully at his home with his family on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, ending a brave 6 month battle with ALS. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on May 26, 1946 to John and Andra (Zalanskas) Crook. Jay graduated from Hollis High School in 1965 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1967. He served two tours in Vietnam where he attained the rank of Sergeant in the 25th Infantry Division as an artillery man and was honorably discharged in June 1970. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:00:07 EST John H. Herrin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084125-466/john-h.-herrin.html John H. Herrin, 87, passed peacefully in West Palm Beach, FL., on August 09, 2016. He was born in Nashua, NH, on June 2, 1929, eldest son of the late Ruth L. Riley and Harold J. Herrin. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:59:46 EST Flames pour from Nashua home http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084120-469/flames-pour-from-nashua-home.html NASHUA - Firefighters from three towns teamed up to knock down a fire on Elmer Drive on Monday evening. Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief George Walker said one resident was transported to a hospital to be treated for possible smoke inhalation as fire crews fought the blaze at 2 Elmer Drive. "The initial report was that they had a fire they were attempting to put out. We told them by phone at Fire Alarm to just evacuate. Engine 6 arrived with heavy fire pushing out of the front of the building," he said. That's exactly what neighbor Tom Callahan saw when he went outside his nearby Ridge Road home and saw the first arriving fire truck. "I came out and saw the smoke. The first truck pulled up, then it was just engulfed. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:55:51 EST PD: Man unaware sister out of hospital http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084116-469/pd-man-unaware-sister-out-of-hospital.html NASHUA - The brother of a woman who jumped to her death July 27 on Main Street in Nashua told police that "he had no idea that (she) was being released from the hospital until he was contacted by police, informing him of her death," according to a Nashua Police Department report. The brother - who is identified in the report only as "Chris" - said he last spoke with his sister two weeks prior to her death to let her know that their other sister had recently died of natural causes. That sister's birthday would have been July 28, the brother told police. "He wondered if this may have been going through her mind at the time, but he does not know," the police report said. The brother said the sister who died from the fall had a "long history of mental illness," had attempted suicide in the past and "had jumped from that very same window a few years back," according to the report. Nashua police report that at least a handful of people witnessed the woman's death, either as it was happening or immediately after, including a motorist who was stopped at a light at the intersection of Main and East Hollis streets just before 3 p.m. That the woman had been treated at New Hampshire Hospital - the state's primary facility for treating patients with the most severe forms of mental illness - was first reported by InDepthNH.org. Officials from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, citing privacy laws, declined to say when the woman was released from their care relative to when she died, but the state is investigating the circumstances, a spokeswoman told InDepthNH.org. The New Hampshire Sunday News this week quoted an unidentified hospital source who said the woman - whose name is removed from the Nashua police report - was both admitted to and released from New Hampshire Hospital on July 27, the same day she died. Hospital staffing was taken over on July 1 by Lebanon-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which received a four-month contract with the state. On June 30, however, about a dozen psychiatric practitioners at New Hampshire Hospital - psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses - left their jobs in a dispute with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. "New Hampshire Hospital closely monitors its staffing levels to ensure that the individual treatment needs for all New Hampshire Hospital patients are met," DHHS spokesman Jake Leon told InDepthNH.org last week. Gov. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:56:28 EST Ursula R. (Briand) Miller http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1084111-466/ursula-r.-briand-miller.html Ursula R. (Briand) Miller, a longtime resident of Hampton, NH, died at the Exeter Hospital on August 10, 2016. She was born in Nashua on March 6, 1927, a daughter of the late Auguste and Leonie (Pelletier) Briand. Mrs. Miller was the wife of Harold Miller, whom she married on May 22, 1948, and celebrated over 68 years of marriage. Ursula held many jobs in the Nashua area during her lifetime. Some of these jobs include waitressing at the former Modern Restaurant and performing assembly work at both J. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:06:21 EST Owner revels in Nashua’s title run http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1084107-457/owner-revels-in-nashuas-title-run.html There was a huge Nashua Silver Knights fan in Florida watching a live stream of the Futures Collegiate League Finals on Friday night. That would be the team's owner, Drew Weber. "It was great," Weber said from his Sunshine State sanctuary, where he will be for the foreseeable future. "Can I tell you the truth? The first two championships, it just seemed ... like Nashua was the only one who had it figured out. What were there the first year, four teams? I didn't put a lot of credence in it. "But this one? Totally different feeling." That's because the FCBL is vastly different and vastly more competitive with 10 teams. And yes fans, Drew Weber is still the owner of the Silver Knights. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:04:38 EST Man charged with distribution of heroin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084099-469/man-charged-with-distribution-of-heroin.html A Nashua man was arrested Thursday on an active warrant and charged with a felony count of selling heroin, according to the city police department. Officers with the Nashua Police Department arrested Lyle Yearling, 29, of 215 Cannongate Road, after the arrest warrant was issued following an investigation into the distribution of heroin. Yearling was charged with one felony count of selling heroin and was held on $50,000 cash bail. He was arraigned Friday. - TINA FORBES Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:01:20 EST Visitors brave the heat for Nashua Latino-American Festival http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084095-469/visitors-brave-the-heat-for-nashua-latino-american.html NASHUA - Whether they came from across the street or drove in from surrounding communities, thousands of people of all ages and cultures have ignored the threat of rain, put up with gusty winds and met pretty much every challenge to celebrate Nashua's annual Latino-American Festival in years past. This year, it was the heat - but even Sunday's resumption of Friday's steamy, stifling conditions couldn't keep festivalgoers from all that the festival of food, music and cross-culture camaraderie offers. The Rev. Marcos Gonzalez-Torres, pastor of St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Church, which hosts the festival on its grounds at West Hollis and Vine streets, summed up the event's purpose. "Although we are many cultures, we are a community of one," Gonzalez-Torres said at a previous festival, referring to the numerous Latin-American cultures that are represented at the event. Nashua resident Alfredo Lopez had a rather unenviable assignment on Sunday - grilling carne asada over hot coals. But draped in wet towels and a large hat, Lopez nevertheless kept the tasty steak slices turning, much to the delight of awaiting diners. As the afternoon wore on, more and more visitors sought out relief in premium space under the large tent set up in the middle of the U-shaped line of vendors. Roughly an hour into the festival, members of the Calle Salsa Band struck up a series of up-tempo tunes that got more than a few feet tapping and, despite the heat, drew a few dancers out of the crowd. The band is one of several acts to have played the festival since its inception six years ago. This year's event happened to fall on the eve of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a solemn occasion on the Catholic calendar that has been celebrated since the sixth century. St. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:50:55 EST School’s out for city teachers’ union head http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084094-469/schools-out-for-city-teachers-union-head.html NASHUA - Long-serving Nashua Teachers' Union President Robert Sherman retired this summer after 45 years in the district and three decades leading the union. However, Sherman said he will see the current contract negotiation through before he's done, adding it to the list of 14 teacher contracts he helped negotiate over the years. "The most important things we've been able to do is set class size limits, and what we have been able to do for maternity and health coverage," Sherman said. The Reduction-in-Force clause was also another significant step to maintain higher quality teachers versus the most-senior teachers, he said, "The better your qualifications and background, the less likely you are to be laid off." Sherman first came to Nashua in the fall of 1971 to teach U.S. History, and he has tracked the progress of teacher contract and workers' rights ever since. "Starting out with the 1971-1972 contract, I was making $8,100, just to give an idea what the pay was 45 years ago. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:47:06 EST Locals pitch in to build accessible playground http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084093-469/locals-pitch-in-to-build-accessible-playground.html Some 200 people planted trees, painted, raked mulch, and installed swings and other fun-to-use equipment this weekend to help create something special in Nashua - a playground fully accessible to children with disabilities. The work done by these volunteers was key to the success of the Legacy Playground Project, which has been in the works for several years and has drawn not only vast volunteer help but many financial donations, in-kind donations and city government support. "It's amazing," said Nick Caggiano, superintendent of Nashua's Parks & Recreation Department, as he watched dozens of people donate their time Saturday morning. "You can't help but be impressed with the sense of community that everyone is showing here. It's a wonderful thing to have a completely accessible playground in the city." The call for volunteers for the two-day community build drew families, Special Olympics volunteers, contractors, police officers, Habitat for Humanity volunteers, Girl Scouts and others. Leading their efforts was Nashua resident Eric Brand, whose 16-year-old on has disabilities and uses a wheelchair. "We've had an enormous amount of support from the community with volunteers coming out that want to help, bringing children, bringing friends," said Brand, who was confident that no task would go undone. From the ground up Brand is a 2012 graduate of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce's leadership program, which asks its students to undertake a community project. Speaking with then-Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Brand learned of an Elm Street Middle School student with disabilities who wished for a playground where she and her friends could play. He took the idea of creating a barrier-free playground in Nashua to his fellow leadership students, and they decided to pursue the idea. Organizers' tasks included raising money, evaluating different sites for the proposed playground and soliciting bids from playground equipment manufacturers. In addition to volunteers, Brand said that between 200 to 300 companies have been involved with Legacy Playground during its development process. "The list of donors we have is very extensive," he said. Building momentum The new park, which is city-owned, is located next to Fairgrounds Middle School on Cleveland Street. Some of the work to build it - including site work and the laying of asphalt - required the use of professionals. According to Brand, the project has created an enormous amount of buzz - within the disability community and beyond. "As we've gone through the project from the beginning, we've raised an enormous amount of awareness of disabilities in the community and the need for this type of park," he said. Play for everybody The playground has been designed so none of its components are off-limits to children with disabilities and they are able to play alongside able-bodied kids. Organizers strived to achieve a happy balance - equipment accessible to disabled kids and also exciting for other children, too, with no one feeling segregated. The playground has been laid out so that a child in a wheelchair can be pushed up an asphalt ramp to the top of a slide to use. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:00:34 EST Granny squares needed for ACs – ‘Active Crafters’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/sundaymagazine/1084083-469/granny-squares-needed-for-acs--active.html ACs sure are popular these days - even "fans of fans" find themselves favoring ACs for keeping cool when the terms refers to air conditioning. When the term "AC" refers to "active crafters," though, while the plug-in variety is welcome in a craft room, donations of premade granny squares, as many as Mailbag readers can come up with, will be welcome. A small craft group at a Nashua apartment building for seniors and people with disabilities join granny squares into a variety of projects. Quest for granny squares "A small craft group, about 10 to 12 people, friends and neighbors in a downtown Nashua apartment building, enjoy keeping busy crocheting and have recently discovered a number of creative uses for granny squares," says Linda W., of Nashua (LTR 2,762). "Sometimes people crochet these relatively easy squares with the intention to join the completed squares together to make an afghan, but other activities take priority and... well, you know. If anyone has granny squares they would like to pass along to a small group of crafters who will definitely 'join them' for good causes, they would be much appreciated." An article from Crochet around the World magazine suggests "Granny square afghans were so named because it was common for 'granny' to be the person making these," which the author admits not knowing whether to be true. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:03:09 EST YMCA Storm swims to first-place finish http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1084075-457/ymca-storm-swims-to-first-place-finish.html The YMCA of Greater Nashua has announced that the Storm Swim Team's great success at the Granite State Swimming Association (GSSA) State Meet earlier this month. Swimmers come from all around the region: Nashua, Merrimack, Hollis, Amherst, Milford, Hudson, Brookline, Bedford, Manchester, as well as Massachusetts towns Groton, Dunstable, Pepperell and Lowell. Thirty-three Storm swimmers competed at the three-day meet at the Raco-Theodore outdoor pool in Manchester. The team dealt with seriously hot weather on the first and second days for the age 11-and-over sessions and cold, rainy weather for the age 10-and- under session on the third day. The Storm team competed in the middle division against squads twice as big. According to Storm swim team head coach Rich Droser, "Every single swimmer in our 33 person squad earned points for the team. Our earned title was a huge team effort. "The Storm coaching staff is incredibly proud of what all our swimmers accomplished this season, from YMCA Nationals to our state championship, it was entirely a team effort, with everyone contributing. After some great practices, a lot of hard work, and a ton of fun, winning our division at states was just icing on the cake - the real highlight for the coaches was how well the team worked together, and knowing that all our swimmers not only swam fast, but had a great time doing it." The following swimmers captured state titles (many of these being the fastest swims across all four divisions): 9-10 girls medley relay - Cambria Jewett, Isabela Bobecea, Emily Theriault, Teagen Jeffers. 9-10 boys medley and free relays - Zachary Schwefler, Dylan Jewett, Dylan Fung, Cole DeHoyos. 11-12 boys medley and freestyle relays - Sami Witta, Akash Gundagathi, Noah Helmer, Eythan Brady. Sami Witta, 11-12 boys 100-meter free and 50-meter backstroke. Cole DeHoyos 8-and-under 50-yard free and 100-yard individual medley. Cambria Jewett 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle. Dylan Jewett 50-yard backstroke. Dylan Fung 50-yard freestyle. On the national level, Matt Lashua and Mattea Dumdey, represented the Storm Swim Team at their first national championship this month. The swimmers competed at the IUPUI pool in Indianapolis Indiana (the swimming complex on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus). "They had a few amazing races. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:01:22 EST Grateful for series on school district emails http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1084066-465/grateful-for-series-on-school-district-emails.html We moved to Nashua in November 2014. We have not only forgiven you for that first winter; we have found many reasons to be proud of our new home. One of them is The Telegraph. In its series about the Nashua Board of Education, "Public schools, public emails," it demonstrates exactly why freedom of the press gets particular mention in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:00:38 EST College official retains position http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084061-469/college-official-retains-position.html CONCORD - In a unanimous vote, the Community College System of New Hampshire's board of trustees recently announced Dr. Ross Gittell will remain chancellor, a position he has held since February 2012. "We are pleased to extend Dr. Gittell's service as chancellor of the community college system," said Paul Holloway, board chairman, in an Aug. 11 press statement. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 07:35:46 EST Nashua mother's trial to start http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084058-469/nashua-mothers-trial-to-start.html EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article contains strong language and makes reference to inappropriate behavior toward children that some readers may find offensive and disturbing. NASHUA - Accused child killer Katlyn Marin scorned her 3-year-old daughter, calling her "stupid," blaming her for losing her job and - the day before the toddler's murder - telling her she was a "f-----g retard" and hitting her with a shoe when she wet her pants, the state alleges in court documents. Marin's alleged history of animosity and dislike for her daughter began before Brielle Eternity Gage was even born, several state witnesses are expected to testify at Marin's murder trial that begins Monday. Marin, 27, talked about giving up Brielle for adoption during her pregnancy, and her animosity continued through Brielle's short life as she mocked how the little girl talked, withheld affection and became increasingly frustrated with Brielle's developmental disability, the state maintains. Erin Sokul, a state witness, said Brielle was sitting on her lap when Marin struck and ridiculed the girl, according to a transcript of Sokul's interview with Nashua police. "She's (Marin) hitting her really hard. And she's on my lap. 'Ya, look at her, she's stupid and her hair doesn't grow,' " Sokul recounted Marin's treatment of her only daughter, according to the transcript. Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Charles S. Temple granted the state's motion to allow Sokul and others to testify about Marin's behavior toward Brielle, saying it could explain motive and support the state's claim that Marin - and not her live-in boyfriend, Michael Rivera - caused the injuries that led to Brielle's death on Nov. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:54:02 EST Nashua celebrates Indian independence http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084057-469/nashua-celebrates-indian-independence.html Nashua's Indian Community celebrated its "Fourth of July" on Saturday night during an evening filled with music, dance, food and about 200 people who turned out at Greeley Park to mark the anniversary of India achieving independence from the British Empire 69 years ago. Remarks from several speakers, including local city and business officials, focused on the positive contributions that Indians have made in the Gate City and their growing influence in the community. "Nashua has grown in diversity, and more and more people from all walks of life ... have made Nashua home," said state Rep. Latha Mangipudi. She later spoke about the purpose of the event, saying, "The theme is to make people aware of what our culture and heritage (is). It's not just trying to integrate in health care, industry, workforce, education, and culture and art." Mangipudi noted that an Indian sculptor was included in this year's Nashua International Sculpture Symposium; Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights, was incorporated into the downtown Holiday Stroll; and Nashua now has a sister city relationship with the Indian community of Mysore. "That's a huge step for us," said Mangipudi, who drew applause from the audience when she mentioned the new relationship. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:02:29 EST Merrimack woman named to TOPS board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1084054-308/merrimack-woman-named-to-tops-board.html NASHUA - An installation service was held Friday, July 22, by TOPS Chapter NH 0131 of Nashua to install newly elected leaders. They are Claire Kelly, of Hollis, chapter leader, and Paula Shannon, of Nashua, co-leader. Other board members installed were Sally Sanborn, of Merrimack, secretary; Pat Burant, of Hollis, treasurer; Alline Gerow, of Nashua, weight recorder; and Joyce Plamondon, of Hudson, assistant weight recorder. "The best gift I have ever given myself was to join TOPS in 1996," Kelly said. "I had been diagnosed several years earlier with diabetes and hypertension, and with counting calories and exercise, was able to take off 30 pounds, but the pounds started to come back on. A friend invited me to a TOPS meeting in 1996, I joined TOPS and never looked back. "I have held several positions over the past 20 years and have lost 30 more pounds. Among the many added benefits are the supportive friends I have made over these past years." "I joined TOPS in 2006," Shannon said. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:01:29 EST Jeffrey S. Blodgett http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1084050-308/jeffrey-s.-blodgett.html Jeffrey S. Blodgett, 31, of Merrimack died on Sunday July 31, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. He was born in Nashua, NH, on March 8, 1985, to Bruce Blodgett of Merrimack and the late Deborah (Landry) Blodgett, who predeceased him on February 7, 2016. He worked as a brake mechanic for Tecomet in Manchester and for Symetry Polyvac Sheet Metal in Manchester. Along with his father, Jeff is survived by a brother, Steven Blodgett and Abby; a nephew, Trevor; a niece, Hannah, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Jeff's memory can be made to Manchester/Nashua Compassionate Friends, C/O Nancy Leefe, 32A Smith Corner Road, Plaistow, NH 03865 To sign an online guest book, please visit rivetfuneralhome.com. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:00:42 EST Sports Talk Hollis Brookline Journal http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollissports/1084039-308/sports-talkhollis-brookline-journal.html HBHS coaching vacancies Hollis Brookline High School is seeking coaches for JV boys soccer and JV-B girls volleyball. Interested applicants should email athletic director Rhon Rupp at rhon.rupp@sau41.org. Cavs hockey adds Mini Mites The Southern New Hamspshire Cavaliers will have a Mini Mite limited travel hockey program for boys and girls ages 5-8 years old. There are two 12-week sessions, or youths may register for the full year. Contact Paul Soule at president@cavaliers hockey.org or 978-375-5403 for more information. Cavaliers hockey registration The Southern NH Cavaliers are now accepting players at the Mites, Squirts and Bantam levels. The teams will have two practices per week and 35 games during the season. Contact Paul Soule at president@cavaliers hockey.org or 978-375-5403 for more information. Elks Soccer Shoot on Aug. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:00:32 EST Nashua fends off Worcester to clinch championship http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1084027-457/nashua-fends-off-worcester-to-clinch-championship.html WORCESTER, Mass. -Somehow, some way, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League is colored silver for the third time in six years. The Nashua Silver Knights jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and topped the Worcester Bravehearts, 8-5, on Friday to sweep the best-of-three FCBL Finals and win perhaps the most improbable title of their three, the first since 2012. How did they do it? The Silver Knights' pitching arms, for the most part, were dangling, and they faced elimination after losing Game 1 of the semis to Seacoast, and of course were one strike away from losing Game 1 of the finals. "We were down to our last guy," Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said, as reliever Anthony Meduri labored through the ninth, walking in a run but retiring the game's last two hitters on a pop up and strikeout. "Think of all the guys we lost (to injuries) and here we are." Champions. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 07:20:31 EST Two FCBL flagships in fitting final http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1084026-457/two-fcbl-flagships-in-fitting-final.html If you're a college baseball player, looking for a New England summer Futures Collegiate League home, where do you want to go? Sure, Martha's Vineyard has the beach. So does North Shore, all the charm of the Boston area coast. Same with Seacoast, the history of Portsmouth all around. Nah. If you're really into it, want to win and thrive in a baseball atmosphere and be adored by fans, you look at the two teams playing in these 2016 FCBL Finals, Nashua and Worcester. The Silver Knights are the best of the Original Four. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 07:17:19 EST Looking back at the week in news http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1084019-465/looking-back-at-the-week-in-news.html Red Sox didn't bobble with David Ortiz decision Say what you will about the Boston Red Sox, the team acted decisively in not distributing David Ortiz bobblehead dolls before Tuesday night's game against the New York Yankees. Ortiz, who announced before the season that this would be his last, long ago earned a spot on the Red Sox' version of Mount Rushmore for his clutch hitting, leadership and outsized personality. His iconic status was further solidified by the fact that he is the only player to have played on the 2004, 2007 and 2013 championship teams. So when the team announced it would give away 15,000 Ortiz bobblehead dolls, fans took notice and were looking forward to it. It's understandable, then, that they were disappointed when team president Sam Kennedy announced five hours before the game that the dolls would not be handed out. Kennedy said they didn't look much like Ortiz and he thought they were racially insensitive. Some commentators referred to them as "minstrel-y," which seemed an accurate characterization. In a city that has long struggled with racial issues, a franchise that has had its own racial struggles made the correct decision to do right by a man of color who has helped, in at least a small way, bridge the region's racial divide. Playground build could  heal old wounds in Nashua For months, a proposal by Leadership Greater Nashua to build a playground - the Legacy Playground - was hotly debated. It was finally decided that Labine Park, near Fairgrounds Middle School on Cleveland Street, would be the location. Most of the work will be done by a contractor, but this weekend, Aug. 13-14, is designated specifically for volunteers to come out and help assemble much of the playground equipment, plant trees, lay out wood chips and paint the bathroom house. The volunteer shifts will run from 8 a.m.-noon, and from noon- 4 p.m. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 07:04:20 EST Gatsas thrives on personal touch http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084013-469/gatsas-thrives-on-personal-touch.html NASHUA - Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas touts the science programs he launched in public schools with the help of inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen and the tough deals he cuts with health insurance carriers and utilities to get the best rates for the state's largest city. But the most rewarding part of Republican mayor's job? Touching people's lives. "The biggest thing (is when) parents say to me, 'Mayor, you can't believe the change you made in my son or daughter by those letters you sent,' " Gatsas said of the roughly 4,000 letters he personally signs that go out to every sixth to 12th grade student who makes the honor roll. Now in his fourth term as mayor, Gatsas jokes that his aides wonder if he will continue the practice if he wins the race to succeed outgoing Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan this fall. Making a difference in people's lives in something Gatsas said he takes seriously as mayor. When a friend called to say her brother was in the basement with three hypodermic needles and the often-deadly narcotic fentanyl, Gatsas said he went over. "I got the young man. Put him in my car and drove him down to the Hope for Recovery on a Saturday night," the mayor said. "I've lived (in Manchester) all my life. I understand when somebody is calling for help ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 07:04:01 EST Artists find new home downtown http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1084012-469/artists-find-new-home-downtown.html NASHUA - The frenetic search for a new home for the community of artists and artisans who currently have their studios in the Picker Building came to a successful conclusion when the group announced last month that they will relocate to a nearby Millyard site. Artists joined with city and community leaders to search for a new location that would enable them to maintain their collective presence as an arts community. The group will relocate to an 8,000-square-foot space at 3 Pine St. Meanwhile, they are asking for the community's support to help convert the space into working studios in time for their anticipated opening during the 2016 ArtWalk Weekend in Nashua on Oct. 15-16. "I am pleased that the Picker Artists will still call Nashua their home," Mayor Jim Donchess said in a statement Friday. "This is a win for the downtown, a win for the Millyard, and a win for the residents of Nashua who have come to enjoy the products and services offered by these artists," he added. Jack Bolger, the long-time owner of the Picker Building, informed the artists last October that he planned to retire and accepted an offer from Clocktower Place Apartments to buy the four-story former mill at 99 Factory St. Ext. The artists would need to vacate the site by this October. The notice kicked off a feverish site selection process in which more than 20 potential sites were considered, Donchess' office said in a statement. Meanwhile, the artists formalized their affiliation with one another by creating the Picker Collaborative Artists, a limited liability corporation. "At times along the journey, I believed we would not find a new home and I was very discouraged," said Gail Moriarty, owner of Colibri Designs, who also is internal project leader and an owner of the LLC. "Our group has grown close over the time we've worked in the building together, and the loss of our creative community would have been a great loss to Nashua," she said in a statement. "We were running out of options, but we finally decided that 3 Pine St. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 07:03:22 EST Marvel Smythe http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083994-466/marvel-smythe.html Marvel Gasser Smythe, aged 87, passed away in Nashua, New Hampshire, on August 5, 2016. She was the daughter of Harry George Gasser and Esther Bauer Gasser and was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, on January 8, 1929. Mrs. Smythe graduated from Baraboo High School in 1946, later attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and graduated from the Wisconsin School of Music in 1954. She married Edwin Wells Smythe on August 14, 1954, in Madison. Over the years, they lived in Mary Esther, Florida; in Endicott, New York; in Huntsville, Alabama; in Vestal, New York; and in Seabrook, Texas. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:55:00 EST Estelle B. Berthiaume http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083992-466/estelle-b.-berthiaume.html Estelle B. Berthiaume, 87, of Nashua, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. She was born on June 21, 1929, in Nashua, NH, the daughter of the late Arthur J. Berthiaume and Leocadie (Masse) Berthiaume. Estelle once worked at the Harry Doehla Company as a greeting card collator. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:52:30 EST Asencion ‘John’ Garcia http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083990-466/asencion-john-garcia.html Garcia, Asencion “John,” 93, of Nashua, NH, and previously a long time resident of Dayton Ohio, passed away August 8, 2016, in Nashua. John was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Gloria (Ramirez) Garcia Born to the late Daniel and Dioncia (Castillja) Garcia in Cameron TX, he joined the Army during WWII and served in Italy. After a brief separation of service, he re-enlisted, proudly serving 26 years in the U.S. Air Force before retiring as a Major in 1968. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:52:33 EST Jeremy B. Gendron http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083986-466/jeremy-b.-gendron.html NASHUA, N.H – Jeremy B. Gendron, 44, died in his home on Saturday, July 16, 2016. He was born in Nashua on April 11, 1972, and was the son of Bruce and Brenda (Cummings) Gendron. Jeremy enjoyed playing sports in high school. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:52:38 EST Sharing a passion for scenic Nashua River http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1084008-465/sharing-a-passion-for-scenic-nashua-river.html After many happy years of launching our family's kayaks on the scenic Nashua River just a stone's throw from our home by Nashua North High School, imagine our surprise and dismay several years ago to find mountains of bulldozed earth and piles of construction debris when a pump house was built and never removed. On behalf of myself, my family, and other nature-loving, non-motorized boaters living in the vicinity, I'd like to wholeheartedly thank Shawn Smith of facilities/ground management for the Nashua School District for returning the abutting river property behind the school largely to its original, unspoiled state. While it took many years and conversations to accomplish, I think the process not only exemplifies what one citizen is capable of when passionate, but also how responsive our city is when that passion is shared. Carolyn Choate Nashua Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:01:24 EST Passenger rail would boost local economy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1084007-465/passenger-rail-would-boost-local-economy.html In the early '80s, I lived in the Boston area. The Red Line subway was being extended from Harvard Square to three new stations, ending at Route 2 near Arlington, Mass. At the end of the line, a large parking garage was built, including electric car charging stations. After the extension was completed, I witnessed rapid economic growth near every new subway station: new stores, restaurants and offices. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:00:56 EST Charles Alfred http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083950-466/charles-alfred.html Charles Alfred, 60, of Nashua, died August 5, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a nearly two year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Providence, RI on June 19, 1956 the son of John S. and Lucy (Botelho) Alfred. He grew up in Bristol, RI. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:55:00 EST Knights' Cruz suspended one game http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083993-457/knights-cruz-suspended-one-game.html By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA – Nashua Silver Knights outfielder Cam Cruz, the hero of the FCBL semifinals, was suspended by the league for Thursday night’s Game 1 of the FCBL finals for what Commissioner Chris Hall termed “disciplinary reasons.” According to sources, he had a brief verbal altercation with Hall during Wednesday night’s tense Game 3 of the FCBL semis vs. Portsmouth’s Leary Field. There were several instances where things got loud between players, fans, and umpires, and Cruz, sources say, had comments for Hall about the situation. “It’s no big deal, it’s only a one-game thing,” Hall said. “He’s a good kid, I just felt the young man needed to sit a game.” Of course, the Silver Knights, losing one of their better defensive players for Game 1 of a championship series might disagree about it not being a big deal. Players wore T-shirts that said “Free Cruz” for batting practice on Thursday. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:55:00 EST Nadine Trask http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083949-466/nadine-trask.html Nashua, NH – Nadine Trask, 75, died Tuesday, August 9th, peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. She was born on October 19, 1940 to the late Richard and Inez (Langelle) Galloway. Nadine was the loving wife to the late William Trask Sr. for 39 years before his passing. Nadine enjoyed her time with her family, baking, loved her dog “Daisy” and had a passion for flowers and gardening. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:52:00 EST John E. Nolan Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083948-466/john-e.-nolan-jr..html John E. Nolan Jr., 90, a lifelong Nashua resident and well-known and respected businessman, passed away Monday evening, August 8, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH after a period of declining health. The son of the late John E. and Florida M. (Bernier) Nolan, he was born in Nashua on May 1, 1926. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:49:00 EST Silver Knights take finals Game 1 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083987-457/silver-knights-take-finals-game-1.html By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights certainly have a flair for the dramatic, and that helped them take Game 1 of the Futures Collegiate League finals, 9-8 in 11 innings over the Worcester Bravehearts on Thursday night. Cam DiSarcina beat out a possible double play grounder to allow Mickey Gasper to score the game-winner from third, and sending the Holman Stadium crowd of 1,717 into a frenzy. "Halfway down the line, I realized if I beat it out we'd win the game," DiSarcina said. "I think everybody wanted to go home. Hopefully we can go to Worcester and get one more and it would be a nice way to end the summer." Ryan Sullivan's two home runs, including a two-run shot to tie the game in the bottom the ninth, did the same thing. Sullivan's second homer of the night, on a 1-1 offereing from Worcester closer Peter Bovenzi, came after Gasper grinded out a walk despite being down 1-2. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:34:00 EST Police make seven more drug arrests http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083981-469/police-make-seven-more-drug-arrests.html NASHUA – Police this week made seven more drug-related arrests in Nashua, including five city residents. The Nashua Police Department announced they made the arrests on Tuesday through a combined drug impact initiative. The individuals – Luis Ruiz-Gonzalez, Devon Hart, Nathan Tupper, Julio Roman, Agustin Baruffaldi, Larry Downs and Elkin Gombins – were arrested for various drug and related crimes, according to police. Police say Ruiz-Gonzalez, 24, of 58 Palm St., was charged with one felony count of selling crack cocaine. He was held on a $100,000 cash bail pending an arraignment. Hart, 26, with no fixed Nashua address, was charged with one felony count of selling cocaine and was held on a $20,000 cash bail pending arraignment, according to police. Tupper, 33, of 49 Coburn Woods, was charged with one felony count of selling heroin and was held on a $20,000 cash bail pending arraignment, police say. Roman, 39, with no fixed Nashua address, was charged by city officers with one felony count of selling heroin. He refused bail and was held pending an arraignment. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:40:41 EST Motorist strikes Hassan’s vehicle http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083980-469/motorist-strikes-hassans-vehicle.html NASHUA – A motor vehicle accident involving a vehicle carrying Gov. Maggie Hassan provided a lunchtime surprise for a couple of city of Nashua employees, but the governor escaped unharmed from the collision. City employees Doug Bisson and Phil Plourde had just started their lunch break and were sitting in the shade of an office in the High Street parking garage when things took an unusual turn. Bisson, a maintenance worker, recalled that, “We were having lunch right behind this wall. We hear a thunderous smash.” Bisson saw one of the cars, a black Volvo sedan, at the scene. “I see a car fly to the left hand side of the road. I ran out to see if he was OK. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:22:47 EST Harbor Homes hosts health demonstrations, local and state leaders http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083979-469/harbor-homes-hosts-health-demonstrations-local-and.html NASHUA – Harbor Homes and community leaders from Greater Nashua celebrated National Health Week with a daylong fair of health and wellness information, demonstrations and activities for area residents. “It’s National Health Center Week in the whole country, and we’re celebrating that today,” said Donna Albertelli Collins, development manager for Harbor Homes and affiliates of the Partnership for Successful Living. The group’s Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center and Dental Clinic hosted the event. “We want to celebrate and show people what we do,” Collins said. As part of the event, Harbor Homes held an art contest for teens and children, asking them to express “What does good health look like to me?” Mayor Jim Donchess kicked off the event Thursday, and presented awards to winners of the art contest: Cambria Pomeranz, Alexis Geddes, Addie Munroe and Arianna Tessler. Gov. Maggie Hassan also visited Harbor Homes and praised the center’s effort to reach Nashua residents in need. “Community health centers such as Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center expand the reach of high-quality and affordable primary and preventive care, especially to the medically underserved in our state,” Hassan said. “Providing a comprehensive and broad array of services, our community health centers are critical to providing the care provided by our New Hampshire Health Protection Program and to increasing access to substance misuse services as we continue to combat the heroin and opioid crisis.” The governor also issued a proclamation for National Health Care week, describing the importance of community health centers in providing health care to more than 110,000 people in the state. Hassan also said she wanted to urge all citizens to “recognize the important contributions community health centers make in improving the quality of life for all people in New Hampshire.” The event also featured a one-hour chair yoga and meditation class, blood pressure checks, oral health screenings, mental health screenings, presentations about nutrition and complimentary haircuts. Seated yoga, run by longtime yoga instructor Jay Gupta, has become a popular class at Harbor Homes, Collins said. “It can treat things you wouldn’t believe – we have people who are hooked, and it’s free. Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:15:27 EST Theresa D. Paradise http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1083957-435/theresa-d.-paradise.html >Theresa Doro­thy (Hart) Paradise, 81, of Merrimack, widow of Gerard L. Paradise, passed away Monday eve­ning, August 1, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merri­mack after a brief illness. Born in Milford, NH, on October 1, 1934, Mrs. Paradise was raised and educated in Nash­ua. An Air Force veteran, Theresa served for three years with the Medical Corps as a nurse's aide in El Paso, Texas, during the Korean War. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 07:01:29 EST Silver Knights advance to FCBL finals http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083946-457/silver-knights-advanceto-fcbl-finals.html By TOM KING Staff Writer PORTSMOUTH – Who would have thought the Nashua Silver Knights would Cruz into the FCBL finals? That’s exactly what happened on Wednesday night. Windham’s Cam Cruz, the No. 8 hitter in the lineup, smacked a solo pop fly homer down the Leary Field left field line to snap a 9-9 tie in the top of the ninth to propel the Nashua Silver Knights to a 10-9 come-from-behind win over the Seacoast Mavericks in the third and deciding game of the best-of-three FCBL semis. Nashua will now host the two-time defending champion Worcester Bravehearts at Holman Stadium on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:52:00 EST Nashua CC's Martel wins Stroke Play title http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083943-457/nashua-ccs-martelwins-stroke-play-title.html By JASON ORFAO Staff Writer CONCORD – Michael Martel and Damon Salo drove together to Beaver Meadow Golf Course on Wednesday for the final two rounds of the NHGA Stroke Play Championship. They had plenty to talk about on the ride home. Salo fired a 65 in the morning, Martel answered with a 65 in the afternoon and the pair of 23-year-olds from New Ipswich found themselves tied atop the leaderboard after 72 holes. Martel, a Nashua Country Club member, carded a par on each of three playoff holes and the last one clinched a trip home with bragging rights – and a shiny new trophy – as the 2016 NHGA Stroke Play Champion. Martel started the day with an even-par 72 and entered the final 18 holes with a six-shot deficit, but drained five birdies on the front nine and put himself in contention. “I saw the (leaderboard after 15) and I was just thinking, ‘I’ve got to birdie the last three to have a chance,’” said Martel, who also won the 2013 State Am. “I have to go for it. I’m not playing for third.” Martel birdied 16 and 17 – sinking 15-foot putts on each – and buried a 4-foot birdie to force a playoff with Salo (Bretwood GC), who was already in the clubhouse at 6-under. After both golfers converted par on the first two extra holes, Martel started the third wide left off the tee and hit the next into a bunker. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 22:34:00 EST Storm leads to river caution http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083942-469/storm-leads-to-river-caution.html NASHUA – Heavy rains on Wednesday overwhelmed the city’s combined sewer and stormwater pipes, resulting in untreated wastewater being discharged directly into the Merrimack and Nashua rivers, the public works division announced. The five discharges – called combined sewer overflows – prompted city public health officials to recommend that people stay clear of the areas where they occurred for 48 hours, given the untreated water pollution potential from viruses, bacteria and chemicals from homes and industrial sites. Storm runoff overflows were discharged into the Merrimack River at the following locations: off Burke Street, off Bancroft Street, and at the pump station off East Hollis Street between the two lanes of the Hudson Bridge. Storm runoffs into the Nashua River occurred at Bridge and Locke streets. Bacteria and viruses present in untreated storm runoff can be harmful if they come into contact with the eyes or mouth – especially among infants, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. The city’s nine combined sewer overflow discharge sites provide relief when heavy rain or stormwater runoff overwhelms the sewer system, so untreated wastewater does not flood streets or back up into houses, schools or businesses. Kathryn Marchocki can be reached at 594-6589, kmarchocki@nashuatelegraph.com or @Tele­graph_KMar. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:44:44 EST Severe drought worsens, sunny with some heat in July http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083939-469/severe-drought-worsens-sunny-with-some-heat.html Severe drought conditions were widespread throughout southern New Hampshire in July, with brown lawns, withering gardens and vegetation a common sight. Our drought continues to worsen and is now the most intense since the major Northeast drought from 1963-66. Rainfall continues to be sparse, with each weather event unable to produce more than a few spotty, hit-or-miss showers and thundershowers. Droughts develop over a long period of time – usually on the order of many months or years – and our current drought is no different. The current drought started in March 2015 following the snowy winter of 2014-15. Drought is defined as a deficiency of precipitation over an extended period, resulting in water shortages that adversely affect vegetation, animals and people. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:44:02 EST Knights make it all even in semis http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083915-457/knights-make-it-all-even-in-semis.html PORTSMOUTH - Don't say good night to the Silver Knights just yet. No, not the way the Nashua Futures Collegiate League entry battled back Tuesday night at Leary Field to post a 12-5 win over the Seacoast Mavericks. The win sends the FCBL best-of-three semifinals to a third and deciding game here at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, the winner facing the Worcester Bravehearts in the finals. Nashua, down 4-2 at one point, snapped a 5-5 tie in the top of the ninth with seven runs, sending 12 to the plate. Ryan Sullivan hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and four batters later Cam Cruz had the big blow, a two-out grand slam to left off Mavs reliever Trevor DeLaite. "We know what we have," Cruz said. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:58:38 EST Crowd forms behind Salo for Stroke Play final round http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/othersports/1083914-457/crowd-forms-behind-salo-for-stroke-play.html CONCORD - Nashua Country Club member Michael Martel didn't do anything special on Tuesday during the second round of the NHGA Stroke Play Championship. He didn't need to. Consistency was the key at Beaver Meadow Golf Course. Martel drained 16 pars, one bogey and one double-bogey on his way to a 3-over-par 75 for a two-round total of 1-over 145, leaving the Ipswich native in a three-way tie for second place and one shot behind leader Cameron Salo, of Bretwood Golf Club, who carded a second consecutive even-par 72. "I feel like I definitely have a good chance," said Martel, who is knotted with first-round leader Nate Choukas (Hanover CC) and Jim Cilley (Ridgewood CC) for second. "I'll play the same game I did the last two days and try to make some putts." Golfers tied in 40th or better made the cut for Wednesday's 36-hole final round and Martel isn't the only player with Greater Nashua ties near the top of the field. Nashua native Josh Kibbe (Green Meadow Golf Club) was disappointed with a 6-over 78 in the second round, but still sits in a four-way draw for eighth place at 4-over for the tournament, and only four strokes back of the leader. "It was rough. I struck the ball really poorly," Kibbe said. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:01:56 EST Marvin Joseph Burnette http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083907-466/marvin-joseph-burnette.html Nashua, NH - Marvin Joseph Burnette, 71, passed onto the spirit world on August 1 at the Merrimack Community Hospice House. He was born on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation on December 2nd, 1944. He was the son of the late Evelyn Janis. Marvin graduated from Liberty Union High School, in Brentwood, CA. Marvin was drafted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, in which he served two tours. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:29:53 EST Stanley Norton http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083905-466/stanley-norton.html Stanley Norton, 81, of Nashua, NH, passed away on Aug. 8th, after a brief time at Crestwood Center in Milford, NH. Stan is survived by his devoted wife, Virginia; daughters, Kerry Ferdette, of Barre, VT, Marsha Clegg, of Wells, ME; and son, Allen Leland, of Stoneham, MA; and his late son, the late Jeffrey Norton. He also enjoyed his 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Stanley was born in Springfield, VT and lived throughout the country for most of his life, most recently living in Nashua. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:03:21 EST Russell Howe Baird http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083903-466/russell-howe-baird.html Russell Howe Baird, of Nashua, NH, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Bedford Hills Center. He was born in Hanover, NH on December 18, 1927, to Edith Olive Howe and Raymond Burnside Baird. He graduated from Nichols College in Dudley, MA in 1950. Russell is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan; his children Deborah Jhaver and husband Nizar of Hollis, NH, Bruce Baird and wife Jan of Bedford, NH and Pamela Lamoureux and her husband Bob of Laconia. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Leah Walsh, David Jhaver, Wesley Baird and Aubrey Baird; along with the little loves of his life, his five great-grandchildren, Connor, Molly, Ruby, Charlotte and Evelyn. SERVICES: Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 11 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:28:07 EST Stability follows change at police board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083897-469/stability-follows-change-at-police-board.html NASHUA - The last year has seen the Nashua Police Commission settle into a period of stability following a period of changing leadership. Newest member Matthew Plante is nearing the four-month mark in his appointment to fill the remaining term of longtime commissioner and former chairman Robert Valade, who died Jan. 2. In addition, the three-member commission's now-longest-serving member and current chairman, James Tollner, has been nominated to a full three-year term, which the Executive Council is expected to act on later this month. If approved, the commission finally would have a majority of its members serving full three-year terms rather than the unexpired terms of their predecessors. Commissioner Nicholas Dahl currently is the only member serving a full three-year term. Dahl was appointed last Oct. 21 to succeed Thomas Maffee, who had served 31 years on the commission. Gov. Maggie Hassan nominated Tollner, a former alderman, at the Aug. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:24:30 EST Suspect sought in July robbery http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083896-469/suspect-sought-in-july-robbery.html NASHUA - The Nashua Police Department is investigating a robbery that took place in late July at the Greater Nashua Boys & Girls Club. Police described a suspect, seen on surveillance video, as a white male in his early teens, average height and heavy build wearing black shorts, a black T-shirt, black-and-white sneakers and with another black shirt covering his head. The suspect can also be seen wearing a pair of large headphones around his neck and a pair of glasses perched on his head. Club CEO Norm Boutilette said Tuesday that at the end of July, a staff member noticed an item missing from a desk. "It was actually keys that were missing in her middle drawer," Boutilette said. "Once we found out, we realized someone was actually inside the building; we notified police and did a report," he said, noting that the club took immediate measures to tighten access to the building at 1 Positive Place. "All our locks were changed. Only five doors can be entered," he said. New front door keys were issued to 10 staff members, and Boutilette said the club is looking into upgrading its system to a keypad to control access. "Thank God there wasn't a truck that pulled up and all of our computers were loaded on. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:50:11 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083894-469/news-digest.html Windham Road construction to start this week Commuters who drive on Route 111 and Route 111A in Windham to access I-93 will see a new traffic pattern Thursday. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation said NH Route 111 westbound traffic will shift to the reconstructed lanes on the north side of the road. A second lane will open for eastbound traffic on the south side. All Route 111A traffic will be diverted to and onto the new signalized intersection and roadway between Klemm's and Citizens Bank and The Common Man Restaurant. The DOT advised of the potential for delays. Traffic control signs and flaggers will be used to help control the flow on the new traffic patterns. Range Road will close to through traffic for about 6 weeks between West Shore Road and east of The Common Man Restaurant while a connector road is being built. This work is part of the construction of the final northbound I-93 roadway alignment and northbound ramps in the vicinity of Exit 3 and the weigh station. The work is scheduled for completion this fall. - DON HIMSEL Nashua Financial workshop open for seniors Registration has begun for three financial workshops for people age 50 and older scheduled for this fall at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The AARP Foundation, in collaboration with the Charles Schwab Foundation, has partnered with the center to present a trio of free 90-minute workshops on budgeting, debt and saving. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:21:55 EST Conrad marks last meeting as leader of school district http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083891-469/conrad-marks-last-meeting-as-leader-of.html After seven years leading the district, Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad attended his last Board of Education meeting Monday evening. Conrad, in brief remarks to an audience of a couple dozen teachers, custodians and residents, thanked the community for its support during his tenure and praised the district staff. "There is a tremendous level of trust the community gives to the superintendent ... and that's keeping our students safe. Recognizing that trust is truly humbling," he said. "We spend a lot of time in this forum talking about the many challenges this district faces, but I also know ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 05:59:25 EST Horst Werner Hausberger http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083876-466/horst-werner-hausberger.html Horst Werner Hausberger died peacefully on August 7, 2016, at his home in Nashua, with his loving wife, daughter, son-in-law and brother by his side. Horst lived an incredible life of love and adventure. He was born in Kirchbichl, Austria, emigrated to Adelaide, South Australia, where he worked as a self-employed builder. In 1975, he, his wife and daughter moved to Nashua to join his brother, Gert, as partner in Egon Zimmermann's Sport Chalet. Horst was a loving husband to Edith, his wife of 56 years. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 02:02:48 EST Robert J. Coyne http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083875-466/robert-j.-coyne.html Robert J. Coyne, 85, of Nashua, died August 4, 2016, at the Southern NH Medical Center after a short illness. He was born in Bangor, Maine, on February 16, 1931, the son of James and Helen (Meuse) Coyne. He grew up in Bangor and was educated in the local school system. He was a veteran of the U.S. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 02:02:22 EST Rachel E.B. Pelletier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083874-466/rachel-e.b.-pelletier.html SYRACUSE, Ind. - Rachel E.B. Pelletier, 69, of Syracuse, IN, passed away at 9:47 a.m. on August 6, 2016, at her home. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 02:01:51 EST Jeffrey S. Blodgett http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083873-466/jeffrey-s.-blodgett.html Jeffrey S. Blodgett, 31, of Merrimack died on Sunday July 31, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. He was born in Nashua, NH, on March 8, 1985, to Bruce Blodgett of Merrimack and the late Deborah (Landry) Blodgett, who predeceased him on February 7, 2016. He worked as a brake mechanic for Tecomet in Manchester and for Symetry Polyvac Sheet Metal in Manchester. Along with his father, Jeff is survived by a brother, Steven Blodgett and Abby; a nephew, Trevor; a niece, Hannah, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Jeff's memory can be made to Manchester/Nashua Compassionate Friends, C/O Nancy Leefe, 32A Smith Corner Road, Plaistow, NH 03865 To sign an online guest book, please visit rivetfuneralhome.com. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 02:01:27 EST Julia Beran http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083872-466/julia-beran.html NASHUA, N.H. - Julia Beran, 75, died peacefully on Friday, August 8th, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 9, 1940, to the late Frank and Stella (Doubek) Kocian. Julia was the wife of the late Thomas G. Beran, of which they spent many wonderful years of marriage. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 02:00:59 EST Advantage Mavs as Knights fall http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083871-457/advantage-mavs-as-knights-fall.html NASHUA - The Nashua Silver Knights were four outs away from taking Game 1 of the Futures Collegiate League semifinals on Monday night at Holman Stadium. Now they're one loss to the Seacoast Mavericks at Portsmouth's Leary Field away from seeing their season end. The Silver Knights led 2-0 for much of the game, but the Mavs, as they often have during the season, rallied with a four-run eighth inning to come away with a 4-2 win before an announced crowd of 1,237. Jacob Lebel's bases-loaded, bases-clearing single into the right field corner off Nashua reliever Jake Nelson did the trick, and helped waste a solid scoreless seven innings of work by Silver Knights starter Gavin Hollowell. The best-of-three series now heads to the Seacoast with Game 2 set for 6:35 p.m. Tuesday. The Knights will start lefty Jeremy Roberts (4-2, 2.55) vs. the Mavs' Casey Aubin (4-3, 4.17). "The kid knew what was coming, stuck his bat out, and just happened to hit it fair," Silver Knights manager B.J. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 02:24:16 EST Choukas breaks fastest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/othersports/1083870-457/choukas-breaks-fastest.html Hanover Country Club member Nate Choukas stands alone atop the leaderboard of the NHGA Stroke Play Championship after carding a 3-under-par 69 during Monday's first round at Concord's Beaver Meadow Golf Club. Three locals lurk right behind him. Nashua's Josh Kibbe (Green Meadow Inner Club member) and New Ipswich's Michael Martel (Nashua CC) each fired a 2-under 70 and sit in a tie for second place. Nashua native and Bishop Guertin senior-to-be Tommy Ethier (Nashua CC) finished at 1-under par with a 71 and is alone in fourth place. The defending NHIAA Division I champion is followed by a four-way tie for fifth featruing Cameron Salo (Bretwood GC), Daniel Arvantis (Derryfield CC), Phil Choukas (Hanover CC) and Jim Cilley (Ridgewood CC) at even-par 72. The field of 82 will play the second round Tuesday and only golfers tied for 40th or better move on to Wednesday's 36-hole final round. Merrimack native and New Boston resident Josh Chamberlain (Stonebridge CC) is in contention, tied for 11th after a 3-over-par 75. Rob Zimmerman Jr. (Nashua CC) is only one shot back of him in a tie for 15th at 4-over. Paul Torri (Sky Meadow CC) is also in position to make the cut, tied for 30th at 6-over. Scott Killam (Hidden Creek CC, tied for 50th, 10-over), Austin Baker (Nashua CC, tied for 56th, 9-over), Justin Benson (Amherst CC, tied for 61st, 10-over), Michael Jenson (Souhegan Woods GC, tied for 76th, 18-over) and Richard Dichard (Souhegan Woods GC, 78th, 19-over) will need to jump up the leaderboard on Tuesday to reach Wednesday's action. Golfers are scheduled to tee off for the second round Tuesday between 7:30 a.m. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 02:21:38 EST Ayotte pushes community health support http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083860-469/ayotte-pushes-community-health-support.html NASHUA - Celebrating recent successes and seeking new ways to support community health, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte marked the beginning of National Health Center Week with a visit to Lamprey Health Care in Nashua on Monday morning. In a roundtable meeting with Lamprey doctors, staff and board members, Ayotte said she wanted to start a string of health center visits with her hometown of Nashua. She praised staff for being a part of the effort to address the opioid and heroin crisis in the region. "I know you are all an important part of helping turn this tide around and get people help," Ayotte said, adding the epidemic is taking its toll. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 02:14:58 EST Wings and Wheels revs up help in fighting child hunger http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083859-469/wings-and-wheels-revs-up-help-in.html NASHUA - Last weekend's "Wings and Wheels" event at Nashua's Boire Field Airport was hailed a success not only for the record turnout, but for the accompanying donation drive to benefit a local charity for children in need. End 68 Hours of Hunger collected more than 850 pounds of food for the children of Nashua at the free, hands-on showcase of aircraft and vehicles. "Overall, I felt it was a huge success due to the generosity of the Nashua and surrounding towns attendees," said Linda Stella, co-coordinator of End 68 Hours of Hunger. The nonprofit is run by a team of community volunteers who prepare bags of groceries for low-income students to take home for the weekend. The goal is for students to have food to last between the free and reduced lunch at school Friday, and breakfast on Monday, or the "68 hours" of food insecurity. Stephen Bourque, airport manager at Boire Field, said the Nashua Airport Authority, in cooperation with the Nashua SummerFun Committee "is proud to put on this event as a free benefit to the citizens of Nashua." Bourque said the community brought bags of donations to Wings and Wheels for 68 Hours of Hunger. "Each time I stopped by the entrance tent, there were many plastic bags full of nonperishable food items waiting to be loaded into cars for transport," Bourque said, adding that more than 3,500 guests attended the Wings and Wheels event this year, a record. "Our hope is the residents of Greater Nashua become familiar with the airport and leave with positive experiences that reflect well on both the city of Nashua and the airport. By coupling with End 68 Hours of Hunger, we can really make a positive difference beyond the Airport which is a win-win-win," he said. "The Nashua airport personnel were outstanding in putting this together," Stella said. "We also have a lot of assistance with The Well Church folks who passed out handouts and delivered the first round of non-perishable food to the United Way." Stella's co-coordinator, Steve Robinson, delivered the remaining nonperishable food items and assisted in closing up, she said. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:02:29 EST Lawyer calls Largy a danger http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083855-469/lawyer-calls-largy-a-danger.html NASHUA - Eric Largy walked out of court in Nashua a free man for the first time in seven years on Monday - at least temporarily - after Judge Charles S. Temple reduced his bail to $100,000 personal recognizance. Largy, 49, has been locked up since April 22, 2009, the day he was accused of assaulting his father, retired Nashua Police Chief Clifton Largy. Eric Largy was first held at Valley Street jail for 18 months, deemed incompetent to stand trial and involuntarily committed to the Secure Psychiatric Unit at the state prison for men in Concord for five and a half years. Largy was only recently re-indicted on kidnapping and two counts of first-degree assault charges in connection with the assault on his father at Eric's Nashua home. The indictments were handed up just days after a Probate Court judge recommended he be released from the New Hampshire Hospital, where he had been moved a couple of months earlier. Upon release, a friend drove Largy to the 99 Restaurant in Nashua for boneless buffalo wings, then on to pick up his clothes and medicine for his heart condition at the New Hampshire Hospital and Valley Street jail. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:58:38 EST Steven P. Steckevicz http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083850-466/steven-p.-steckevicz.html Steven P. Steckevicz, 69, of Nashua, died August 5, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Miami, Florida, on October 14, 1946, the son of Chester and Stephanie (Kurta) Steckevicz. He grew up in Nashua, was educated in the local school system, graduating from Nashua High School in 1964. He graduated from Plymouth State University in 1969, where he received his bachelor's degree in education. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:00:00 EST Silver Knights advance http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083848-457/silver-knights-advance.html NASHUA - Sean Mooney came as advertised for the Nashua Silver Knights in Sunday's 6-2 Futures League first-round playoff knockout of Torrington at Holman Stadium. The Silver Knights and their fans, especially the 1,237 who attended Sunday, now hope there's a Mooney sequel. "He was fabulous," Nashua manager B.J. Neverett said of his starting pitcher, who tossed eight innings of two-run ball, escaping two bases-loaded, nobody-out jams with minimal damage in the process. "He's been pretty successful. He could have another start if we go far enough. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 11:59:42 EST Playoff baseball returns to Holman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083847-457/playoff-baseball-returns-to-holman.html Ah, playoff baseball was back at Holman Stadium on Sunday. It was about time. The Nashua Silver Knights hadn't had a home playoff game in three years, back to Game 1 of the 2013 FCBL Finals versus Martha's Vineyard. And, of course, who could forget the celebration at Holman when the Silver Knights won the 2012 FCBL title? Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett knew it was important for the franchise to get a home playoff game after spending the last two postseasons on the road. The Knights drew 1,237 for Sunday's 6-2 first-round knockout of Torrington, not bad for a game that they had only a week to sell. "That was our first goal at the start of the year," Neverett said this past week. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:58:48 EST NHGA shifts to Beaver Meadow http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/othersports/1083844-457/nhga-shifts-to-beaver-meadow.html The New Hampshire Golf Association season is winding down in a hurry. For the last 10 years, the summer's stretch run has begun in Hudson on the Green Meadow Golf Club's Jungle Course. Not this year. The Stroke Play Championship - a 72-hole, stroke-play event over three days - has a new home. Concord's Beaver Meadow Golf Course hosts the 17th Stroke Play Championship from Monday through Wednesday. The first two rounds are 18 holes each. Following the second round, the field will be cut to the low 40 players plus ties, setting up a 36-hole final round. The change of venue has had mixed reactions. Although Nashua's James Pleat won't be defending his title due to work obligations, he did admit that this change can be a good thing. "I think most players like the chance to compete on different courses," Pleat said following his 24th-place finish in the New Hampshire Open on July 29. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 08:59:41 EST Nashua to celebrate first BrasilFest Aug. 20  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083836-469/nashua-to-celebrate-first-brasilfest-aug.-20.html NASHUA - Featuring music, food and a community soccer tournament, Nashua will see its first Brazilian cultural festival this summer at Greeley Park with the debut of BrasilFest on Saturday, Aug. 20. The festival is hosted by One Greater Nashua, a coalition of local organizations and city agencies working to improve health outcomes for residents by promoting cultural inclusion. "The goal of One Greater Nashua is to promote social integration among different cultures in the community, and that's what this event is pretty much about - sharing culture," said Bruno Soares of One Greater Nashua. Soares is a former instructor for English language learners for the Nashua school district and is now attending the Massachusetts School of Law to study immigration law. Originally from Brazil, Soares has been in New Hampshire since 2007. "It's the dream of everybody to come to the United States. Here you have opportunities in terms of education, with work, everything," he said. The goal of BrasilFest is to engage the Brazilian population in Nashua and the region, and to share the Brazilian culture with the community. "We hope the event will get bigger and bigger over the years, and we are having a lot of support from the community and Massachusetts. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 11:55:20 EST Yoga class puts twist on stretching http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083831-469/yoga-class-puts-twist-on-stretching.html NASHUA - Mention of yoga often creates visions of fancy mats, pillows and a decorated studio. Jay Gupta puts those notions on their rear end. Gupta is the director of pharmacy and integrative health at Harbor Homes in Nashua, as well as an international yoga instructor. He travels all over the country teaching people his practice and recently kicked off a free yoga program for all ages held every Thursday morning from Harbor Homes' High Street, Nashua, facility. The class is held in the training room and is open to everyone. Many of the activities spotlight Gupta's therapeutic practices to cancer patients, seniors, people experiencing anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other mental health concerns. "I've been with Jay for about four or five years now," said Nancy Miller, of Nashua. "I did chair yoga at the Merrimack Senior Center. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 07:49:32 EST BOE to take up grading, lead testing http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083830-469/boe-to-take-up-grading-lead-testing.html NASHUA - The city Board of Education will meet Monday to tackle a long agenda, including a new grading system proposal and a review of lead testing in school water. On a recommendation from the board's Policy Committee, the meeting at the Nashua High School North boardroom will include discussion on whether to approve a dual grading system that includes the "traditional" 100-point grading system and the district's current competency-based grading scale, measured across 11 points. Committee chairwoman Doris Hohensee said based on a school survey administered in spring, the majority of teachers are not supportive of the 11-point scale and the policy would create a "level playing field" for teachers to choose which system to use. The agenda also includes policies related to grading that would need to be updated should the dual grading system pass. From the Finance & Operations Committee, the board will consider approval of a $5,470 grant from the Hullinger Family Foundation to help support upgrades to the Elm Street Middle School greenhouse. The committee is also set to review a $30,000 purchase for air conditioning units at Mount Pleasant Elementary School, and the approval of two contracts with the Adult Learning Center's Clearway High School to accommodate Nashua students who need an alternative environment. The committee will also review the results of recent water testing at several district schools that showed elevated levels of lead. An Aug. 4 memo from plant operations manager Shawn Smith noted that, while 110 water samples were collected across 10 schools, three tested above the EPA limit for lead. "The EPA considers the threshold of 'safe' lead content as 0.015 mg/L or below. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 07:48:28 EST Filmmaking teens headed for NY festival http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083829-469/filmmaking-teens-headed-for-ny-festival.html What started as three junior high school friends performing and recording skits in a suburban driveway has led three Nashua high school students to New York City, where their latest film will be screened in an international film festival. The film, Primary Colors, was written by Troy Lustick, 18, a 2016 graduate of Nashua High School North. He, along with fellow 2016 graduate Dino Mitchell, 19, and student Joshua Santos, 18, will be in Times Square the first week in October to receive accolades for their short film that spawned from a longtime friendship and fondness for movies. Reminiscing together Saturday, Lustick remembers the early influence of his older brother, Dakota, who had dabbled in the art form years ago. "We were kind of jealous of my brother," he said. Troy Lustick figured he and his friends could make movies, too. "It paid off," Mitchell said. The film features Mitchell as an introspective artist named Kasdan who is desperate to reconnect with his younger brother. The film was shot in New Hampshire, with several scenes recorded at recognizable locations in and around Nashua. Lustick and Mitchell were video production students at Nashua High. The three got an early start in competing with their art at the New Hampshire High School Film Festival this spring, where they took a third-place prize. "Ours definitely stood out," said Mitchell. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 06:01:47 EST Couple goes together like cherry Mountain Dew and Captain Morgan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/sundaymagazine/1083822-469/couple-goes-together-like-cherry-mountain-dew.html EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fifth entry of Wedding Stories, a monthly column highlighting local weddings and unique love stories, which will run the first Sunday of the month. Do you think your romance should be featured? Contact the author at her email, below. According to The Knot, August is the second most popular month for weddings, after June. And while the high temperatures can be challenging, there are brides like Jennifer (Boisjoly) Antil, of Nashua, who look back on their August wedding day as being just about perfect. When Jenn celebrates her wedding anniversary on the 17th of this month, she says she will wake up thinking just one thing: "Fourteen years with the most amazing man I could have ever imagined. A man I hardly believed I ever could deserve," she says. That man is Daniel Antil, who she met in February 2001 "once upon a time" at Euphoria, a nightclub in Hudson. The first time Jenn saw Danny, she remembers thinking he "had really nice eyes and a nice smile." What impressed her most, however, was his reaction when she asked him to dance. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 08:58:51 EST Creating winter items for kids is senior’s summer project http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/sundaymagazine/1083821-469/creating-winter-items-for-kids-is-seniors.html Winter may seem far away when heat and humidity stick around all day; looking ahead to winter can be very cool, knitting and crocheting for warmth to and from school. A senior citizen who likes turning out handmade items for donation to children turns to readers for a supply of yarn. Knitting, crocheting, helping others "I am a senior at Arel Manor and I make hats and mittens needed for children of school age which I donate to local schools and the Salvation Army," writes Lorraine L. of Nashua (LTR 3,272). "I am in need of yard to knit and crochet these items. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 08:58:26 EST Douglas John Tremlett http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083818-466/douglas-john-tremlett.html Douglas John Tremlett passed away in his Nashua home on August 3rd at 9:40AM, peacefully, while being held by his family. His dance with ALS lasted 4 years and he chose to do it gracefully with dignity and respect. He knew he would be the example for others with ALS and wanted to help change the future. He was born on December 4, 1961 to Joan Tremlett and the late Raymond Tremlett Jr. He was married to Barb Tremlett for 31 years and had 3 children; Cassandra, Keith, Racheal and his grandson Pavel, who was the light of his life. He adored his three brothers Raymond Tremlett III and wife Shari of Belmont NH; Scott Tremlett and wife Heidi of Pittsfield MA; Patrick Tremlett of Lowell MA; and his nieces and nephews Amanda, Raymond, Liam, Lauren, Kelsey, Sean and Morgan. He graduated from Tewksbury High School in 1981 and then enlisted in the U.S Air force (1981-1984) as an Electronic Technician and worked on missiles. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 08:03:46 EST Mooney gets the ball for FCBL play-in game http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083812-457/mooney-gets-the-ball-for-fcbl-play-in.html Nashua Silver Knights pitcher Sean Mooney was the Futures Collegiate League Pitcher of the Month for July. The Nashua Silver Knights on Sunday need him to be Pitcher of the Night. The 34-20 team, which was scheduled to host Pittsfield on Saturday night in a meaningless regular-season finale, will send Mooney and his stellar 4-0 record and 1.03 ERA to the Holman Stadium mound for a FCBL do-or-die playoff game at 5 p.m. Sunday. The Silver Knights' play-in game opponent will be from Connecticut - either the Torrington Titans or Bristol Blues. Saturday night's regular-season finale between Torrington and Bristol was to determine the sixth and final playoff seed, and Nashua's opponent. No matter who it is, Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett has no qualms about Mooney's ability to get Nashua to the next round. "He's been a joy to watch," Neverett said. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 08:01:18 EST Nashua Little League All Stars win 11U Summer Classic http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1083801-457/nashua-little-league-all-stars-win-11u.html The Nashua Little League 11U All Star team went 6-0 in tournament play over a one-week span to win the Tyngsborough (Mass.) Summer Classic - beating teams New Hampshire teams from Pelham and Manchester, and Massachusetts teams from Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Lowell. In the 2-0 championship game win over Shedd Park (Lowell), Kory Caissie hit a two-run, two-out double in the top of the eighth to snap a scoreless tie. Nick Shaw shut the door in the bottom of the eighth on the mound. After starting the tournament with a 5-4, walk-off win over Pelham, thanks to a Sean Edwards double, Nashua went on to beat Tewksbury 10-7, tourney host Tyngsborough 8-3, and Manchester 9-3 to finish pool play at 4-0 and qualified for the final four bracket. In the final four, Nashua needed a last inning come-from-behind win over Tewksbury - after trailing 8-5 heading into the bottom of the frame - to win 9-8 and set up the title game. The big week from all players included home runs from Isaac Crivac, Johnny Mantone and Dean Adams, while Hunter Ward had big games at the plate all tournament. Solid pitching came from Isaiah Hedquist, Colin Toohey, Ward, Shaw and Mantone. It was supported with great defense from Jordan Joyal, Evan Lafleur, Cooper Granville and Conner Comeau. SOCCER Locals pace  NH U13 girls Following their 2-0 New Hampshire State Soccer Cup championship game victory over Seacoast United in July, GPS New Hampshire's U13 Elite girls had a good showing, but ultimately fell 2-1 to Cleveland United GU13 Elite of Ohio in the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup finals in Aurora, Colo. NH Elite team featured several local players, including Hunter Stonebraker (Amherst), Emma Ruvido (Hollis), Caitlyn Toom (Milford), Mikayla Thompson (Milford) and Emilee Deleo (Nashua). GPS New Hampshire went undefeated in group stage play against regional qualifying tournament winners from Virginia, Ohio and California to advance to the GU13 Final before falling to Cleveland. Elks Soccer Shoot set for Aug. 20 The Nashua Lodge of Elks No. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 07:45:27 EST A transparency lesson for Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1083793-465/a-transparency-lesson-for-nashua.html 'All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public's right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted." - Article 8, NH Constitution When The Telegraph put in a request for all of the emails sent between Nashua School District Superintendent Mark Conrad and members of the Nashua Board of Education over a six-month period, we weren't sure exactly what we'd find or how the request would be received. Accessibility has always been one of Conrad's hallmarks during his seven years leading the district. He has always been good about returning phone calls and responding to emails, so we were hopeful. Still, ours was an unusual request. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 10:24:07 EST Transient fugitive nabbed in Nashua, faces multiple charges http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083791-469/transient-fugitive-nabbed-in-nashua-faces-multiple.html NASHUA - When law enforcement personnel in the region and as far away as South Carolina got word that fugitive Scott Collier possessed numerous firearms and indicated he had no intention of going back to jail, they labeled him "armed and dangerous" and redoubled their efforts to track him down. The multi-state, multi-jurisdictional operation came to fruition late last month in a downtown Nashua neighborhood, when Nashua's special reaction team and federal agents took Collier down after spotting him riding in a car, officials said. Collier, 34, who is currently transient but has had addresses in Concord, Rye and Hudson in the past, was arrested "safely" and without incident, a New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force spokesman said. Collier's lawyer, Nashua attorney Roger "Rusty" Chadwick, said last week that his client was being held on $50,000 cash only bail at Valley Street jail in Manchester. Chadwick said Collier planned to waive a probable cause hearing and instead await a grand jury review of his case to weigh the evidence against him. Collier's arrest, which took place shortly after 1 p.m. July 21 at the corner of Elm and West Otterson streets, came about two months after he was taken into custody in South Carolina, officials said. It's not clear what the charges were, but the task force spokesman said South Carolina law enforcement personnel notified New Hampshire officials that Collier was in possession of various firearms at the time. Also not clear are the circumstances under which Collier was apparently released from custody in South Carolina. But the fact he was likely heavily armed, and given his alleged comments about not going back to jail, authorities in both jurisdictions intensified their efforts to track Collier down, the spokesman said. Collier was wanted on charges that include multiple counts of theft in Nashua, failure to appear in court offenses, along with drug possession and habitual offender cases out of Rockingham County. Two of the theft charges stem from his arrest in Nashua for allegedly stealing two Tag Hauer watches and a gold chain from two local jewelers in October 2014. In 2011, Collier was serving time at Rockingham County jail in Brentwood when he reported to authorities that a female jail guard was having a relationship with one of his fellow inmates. He was released from jail, agreeing to work as a confidential informant for police by taking part in a drug transaction with the jail guard. The guard bought what she thought was Oxycontin on behalf of the inmate she was involved with, and was arrested later that day when she reported to work, according to news reports at the time. The substance turned out to be a placebo. As for Collier's July arrest, U.S. Marshal David Cargill Jr. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 07:39:29 EST Spiritual shop opens in downtown Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083790-469/spiritual-shop-opens-in-downtown-nashua.html Sheryl Burns appreciates what Nashua has to offer. While out for a drive recently with her husband and armed with a seed of a new business idea, the certified herbalist and former Whole Foods associate headed to the city. The couple decided to "go see if there's a space, just for fun." "Literally, this was the first place we looked at," Burns said on Aug. 2 from West Pearl Street. In just over a month's time her idea blossomed into Tangled Roots, her new downtown destination for people searching for all things herbs, oils and spiritual development. Burns felt the Nashua location was in the cards. She called the number that was available, and when it began ringing the called ID on her phone showed a former landlord. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 07:41:10 EST Drugs, witness tampering, fraud charges bring indictments against local residents http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083789-469/drugs-witness-tampering-fraud-charges-bring-indictments.html MANCHESTER - Allegations that Nashua resident Manuel Escamilla illegally contacted, and tried to pay off, an ex-girlfriend to not testify against him have resulted in three indictments being handed down by a grand jury for the northern district of Hillsborough County Superior Court. Escamilla, 23, of 23 Temple St., Apt. 119, was indicted on one count of tampering with witnesses and informants, a Class B felony, and two counts of stalking, Class A misdemeanors, according to the indictments handed down in the grand jury's July term. An indictment is not an indication of, nor proof of, guilt, but represents the grand jury's determination that sufficient evidence exists for prosecutors to move forward with the case. Two other Nashua residents and a man from Hudson were also indicted by the Northern District grand jury in July, as was Harry Gage, a Goffstown resident who is the father of Katlyn Marin, the former Nashua mother accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter in 2014. The charges against Escamilla, meanwhile, accuse him of offering his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend money "in return for her not testifying during a pending criminal case in which he is the defendant," and of violating a no-contact order by speaking with the ex-girlfriend in person and on the phone. The alleged incidents took place April 26-27 in Manchester. As for Gage, 58, of 21 Moose Club Park Drive in Goffstown, the indictment charges him with operating a vehicle after being certified as a habitual offender, a Class B felony. He was charged on May 5 in Manchester, the documents state. Nashua resident John Lozeau, 29, of 21 Ferson St., was indicted on one count of possession of a controlled drug - fentanyl, a Class B felony, for allegedly possessing the drug on March 7 in Manchester. Ian Anderson, 28, of 87 Chestnut St. in Nashua, faces one Class A felony indictment of possession of a controlled drug - crack cocaine - with intent to sell, stemming from allegations he possessed the drug on May 18 in Manchester. And Hudson resident Adam Money, 27, of 80 Wason Road, was indicted on one count of forgery, a Class B felony, for allegedly trying to cash a forged $600 check belonging to someone else at a Bank of America branch on April 6 in Manchester. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 07:41:55 EST Rivier welcomes nursing students for diversity program http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083788-469/rivier-welcomes-nursing-students-for-diversity-program.html An initiative to support and promote diversity within the Rivier University nursing program welcomed a new batch of students July 25. Called the Rivier Success and Visionary Project, or RSVP, the program hosts incoming freshmen and sophomore nursing students for summer enrichment, and support for transitioning to the school year. "The Enrichment Program provides early exposure to college life and academics for incoming students, and the Bridge Program helps rising sophomores prepare for the challenges they'll face in the second year of the nursing program," said Dr. Judith Stanford, RSVP coordinator, in a July press release. RSVP was launched in July 2015 with federal funds from a $930,000 Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant specifically focuses on students from ethnic and racial minority groups, and students who are the first in their families to attend college or who qualify for a needs-based Pell grant. RSVP comprises a month-long series of pre-entry workshops and activities such as academic preparation, service projects, lessons on college life skills and an introduction to Rivier support systems. The goal is to increase the graduation rate for these students and to build a nursing workforce that reflects the community. Weeks challenges Wheeler to debates Democratic Executive Council candidate Dan Weeks this week challenged incumbent David Wheeler to a series of five debates on the major issues facing New Hampshire. Weeks, the District 5 challenger, issued his invitation to Wheeler, a Milford Republican, at the Executive Council meeting in Nashua in the form of a personal letter. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 07:42:22 EST Brazilians talk culture, soccer http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083786-469/brazilians-talk-culture-soccer.html NASHUA - The distance between Nashua and Rio de Janeiro - roughly 4,887 miles - is double the distance from New Hampshire to Los Angeles. That's a world away for most, but for local Brazilians, it's closer than you might think. The summer Olympics opened Friday in the colorful city of Rio de Janeiro, shining a spotlight on a city and country that several Nashuans once called home and for which they still have deep feelings. "We are very patriotic when it comes to our sports," said the Rev. Aloisio Costa, of Nashua, pastor at the Assembly of God Bethel Church on Airport Road. "No matter who it is or what they do, if they're from Brazil, the people will root for him or her no matter how they do. Sun, 07 Aug 2016 07:36:55 EST Event draws families to Nashua Airport http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083784-469/event-draws-families-to-nashua-airport.html If it was big and loud, it was at the Nashua Airport on Saturday. The annual Wheels & Wings event drew a solid crowd, and everyone wanted to beep a horn. The event was part of Nashua's SummerFun event series. Big rigs of all sorts, as well as airplanes, were parked and available for visitors to see and touch. The city of Nashua contributed several vehicles, ranging from bucket trucks to emergency vehicles from the police and fire departments. Two city firefighters welcomed youngsters to walk onto a tower truck's platform, lowered to ground level. Kids wearing plastic firefighter helmets posed for photos snapped by parents. Nearby, the department's fire education vehicle allowed people to safely the experience smoky conditions of a house fire, all in the name of safety and education. "They have a smoke machine in there," said NFR firefighter Steven Phillips, "that simulates a room filling with smoke." Parents and children gathered inside the travel trailer-like rig. Lessons were given on what to do and how to act if actual smoke was to fill a home during a fire. Phillips acknowledged the importance of regular school visits by firefighters to introduce fire safety and explain how firefighters do their jobs, but the specialized vehicle adds an element of realism, he said. "That thing is the real deal," Phillips said. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:53:53 EST Silver Knights drop finale, but face Torrington in playoffs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083783-457/silver-knights-drop-finale-but-face-torrington.html SILVER KNIGHTS GAMER FOR SATURDAY By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA - The Nashua Silver Knights had their eyes on not one, but two games on Saturday night. Of course there was focus on their meaningless 11-5 loss to Pittsfield in the regular season finale, but the dugout was also following Torrington's 4-2 win over the Bristol Blues. That means the Torrington Titans will be Sunday's opponent in the 5 p.m. Futures League play-in game at Holman Stadium. The Bristol Blues coughed up 3.5 game lead for the sixth and final playoff seed, losing their last five games - including two to Nashua on Friday. "I actually didn't pay a lot of attention to it, but I got a couple of updates," Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said. Sat, 06 Aug 2016 22:31:00 EST St. Stanislaus parish in Nashua to celebrate first Mass Aug. 7 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1083758-478/st.-stanislaus-parish-in-nashua-to-celebrate.html Nashua - The Most Rev. Peter A. Libasci, bishop of Manchester, announced that the newly reopened St. Stanislaus parish will celebrate its first Mass on Sunday, Aug. Sat, 06 Aug 2016 06:00:05 EST Knights fall on Blues http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083755-457/knights-fall-on-blues.html NASHUA - The Nashua Silver Knights accomplished a lot on Friday night. Not only did they sweep the Bristol Blues, 5-4 and 6-3 before Holman Stadium fireworks crowd of 2,345, they left them in a situation in which the Blues likely face Torrington on Saturday night in a do-or-die game to decide who gets the Futures League sixth seed and the right to come to Holman Stadium on Sunday for the play-in round of the FCBL playoffs. "I'm hoping they (the 23-31 Blues) will have to throw their best guy (ace Izzy Fuentes)" Neverett said. "And if they do, we won't see him. They're out of pitching. "That winner-take-all game (in the playoffs) is tough to play, but we're at home, our pitching is set up, and this crowd can help us. We've done all we can." Nashua had a hand in Bristol's arm woes. Sat, 06 Aug 2016 05:58:53 EST Custodians await board response http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083742-469/custodians-await-board-response.html NASHUA - City custodians reacted with relief following a decision this week by the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board directing the Nashua School District to bargain with the union. But while the PELRB ruled in favor of an unfair labor complaint levied against the district by the union, Nashua custodians know the future is still uncertain. "I think everyone, as soon as they heard, they were relieved and excited," said Donna Grady, chapter chair of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 365, the collective bargaining unit that represents Nashua school custodians. Grady also works at Nashua High School South. "People say they feel like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders," said Jason Guerette, chief steward of the Nashua School Custodian Union. "It was a hard year not knowing if we would have a job. People said they weren't sleeping. It took a toll on the 101 workers and their families," Grady said. The labor board decision, released Thursday, found that the district "committed an unfair labor practice." It found "(the district) has improperly deprived employees of their right to  participate in the collective bargaining process through the duly certified bargaining unit." Nashua custodian Ben Belanger said he noticed "morale was better" among custodians in the district buildings on Friday, while fellow custodian and coach Ray DeRusha said they thought their jobs may only last the summer. "I think it's fair to say there is a tremendous amount of relief in the community. Sat, 06 Aug 2016 09:47:18 EST Robert Hermon Saltmarsh http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083727-466/robert-hermon-saltmarsh.html Robert Hermon Saltmarsh died at Kindred Healthcare (Greenbriar) in Nashua, New Hampshire, on August 4, 2016. Mr. Saltmarsh was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1923. He was the son of the late Vivian W. (“Willie”) and Clara (Krauth) Saltmarsh. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:23:08 EST Earle Thomas (Tom) Messier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083725-466/earle-thomas-tom-messier.html Earle Thomas (Tom) Messier, age 80, of Bedford VA, died Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at his residence after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Nashua, NH, on September 12, 1935, the last surviving child of the late Therese Gagnon Messier and George Henry Messier. He was educated in Nashua public schools and worked at Doehla Greeting Cards immediately after graduating from Nashua High School in 1953. He was employed for 21 years at Doehla’s, climbing the ladder quickly toward the top rung until 1974, when he accepted the position as general manager at Southern Flavoring Company and moved his family to Bedford, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings and his daughter: Elizabeth A. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:23:05 EST Francoise Bergeron http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083724-466/francoise-bergeron.html Nashua, N.H. – Francoise Bergeron, 88, died Saturday, July 30th, at the Courville of Nashua. Francoise was born September 15, 1927, in Thetford Mines, Canada, to the late Octave and Eva (Genest-Dit Labarre) Ouellet and wife to the late Maurice Bergeron. Francoise spent 25 years as an employee at St Joseph Hospital. She loved spending time with her family, especially proud of her 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is survived by two daughters, Claudette Bergeron and Bruce Currier of Nashua, and Lisette Conley and her husband Kenneth of Florence, SC; two brothers, Marc Bergeron and his wife Maureen of Lakeland, FL, Luc Bergeron and his wife Ruth of Nashua; sisters Rolande Larrieu and Gaetane Genest, both of Thetford Mines, CA; her grandchildren Robert St. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:23:02 EST Nashua Area News Digest for Aug. 5 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083729-469/nashua-area-news-digest-for-aug.-5.html NASHUA Suspect sought in Walgreens robbery Police are looking for assistance in identifying and locating a man who allegedly robbed a local pharmacy of Oxycontin pills Tuesday afternoon. The suspect, described as mid-30s, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, with short hair, reportedly entered Walgreens at 283 Main St. around 5:20 p.m., went to the pharmacy and demanded Oxycontin pills while threatening the pharmacist, police said. No weapon was shown, police said. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of Oxycontin pills, then fled out the front door. He was reportedly wearing an olive green hooded sweatshirt and jeans at the time, police said. Police ask that anyone with information about the suspect contact the department at 594-3500 or call the department’s Crime Line at 589-1665. – DEAN SHALHOUP City man charged with molesting 5-year-old A nearly yearlong investigation into reports that a 5-year-old had been sexually assaulted by a man known to the child culminated Tuesday in the arrest of Nashua resident Nicholas Beaudette, police said. Beaudette, 23, of 171 W. Hollis St., Apt. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:23:14 EST State board backs Nashua custodians http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083722-469/state-board-backs-nashua-custodians.html NASHUA – The Nashua School District is expected to resume bargaining talks with the Nashua custodial union following a decision by the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board that ruled in favor of the union. The PELR Board was responding to an unfair labor complaint filed Dec. 30, by AFSCME Council 93, which represents Nashua custodians. “Victory in Nashua! The PELRB has found the Nashua School District in violation of the contract because of its refusal to bargain with respect to custodial personnel,” said an AFSCME announcement posted Thursday on social media. “According to the PELRB, the district has committed an unfair labor practice and is ordered to immediately commence bargaining in good faith with the union as to all bargaining unit positions.” AFSCME thanked those who supported the Nashua custodians, and added, “We look forward to bargaining with the District and the continuation of a clean and safe school environment for the students and parents in the Nashua School District.” In September, the Nashua Board of Education voted to explore hiring a private company to replace 101 union custodian positions, citing a need to achieve “substantial savings to the district’s operating budget.” In December, the union representing Nashua’s custodians filed an unfair labor complaint with the Public Employee Labor Relations Board, claiming the district was bargaining with only a portion of the union, since the district had agreed to negotiate a contract with members of Local 365, who are not custodians. The school district denied it “violated its bargaining obligations or any contractual provisions,” according to a labor board memorandum. The labor board decision, released Thursday, found that the district “committed an unfair labor practice.” It found “(the district) has improperly deprived employees of their right to participate in the collective bargaining process through the duly certified bargaining unit.” The labor board decision concluded with, “The district is ordered to immediately commence bargaining with the union as to all bargaining unit positions.” The full PELRB decision can be found online at www.nh.gov/pelrb/decisions/board/documents/2016-177.pdf. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:21:12 EST Thanksgiving game survey comments show pull of tradition, family http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083720-469/thanksgiving-game-survey-comments-show-pull-of.html NASHUA – When the Nashua School District administration asked for community feedback about moving the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game between Nashua North and South, they got an earful – more than 1,500 responses. Many of those replies were included in a cache of emails the district turned over to The Telegraph as part of a Right-to-Know request for all emails between the Nashua Board of Education and school district administration for the first six months of this year. They were included because the administration relayed them to school board members. With the community split between tradition and spending time with family, Nashua school officials ultimately agreed to move the game from Thursday – Thanksgiving Day – to the Wednesday before the holiday. Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad said the decision stemmed from the results of the school community survey and declining participation in previous Thanksgiving Day games. More than 60 percent of survey participants were in favor of moving the game time. The majority of other responders preferred the game on Thanksgiving, and a small percentage, or about 15 people, said they wanted the game canceled altogether. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 21:13:00 EST Theresa D. Paradise http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083688-466/theresa-d.-paradise.html Theresa Dorothy (Hart) Paradise, 81, of Merrimack, widow of Gerard L. Paradise, passed away Monday evening, August 1, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a brief illness. Born in Milford, NH on October 1, 1934, Mrs. Paradise was raised and educated in Nashua. An Air Force veteran, Theresa served for three years with the Medical Corps as a nurse’s aide in El Paso, Texas during the Korean War. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:37:00 EST Nashua-area news digest for Aug. 4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083698-469/nashua-area-news-digest-for-aug.-4.html HOLLIS Town residents can bring hazardous waste to Nashua Hollis residents can bring household hazardous wastes to Nashua for disposal this Saturday, part of a regular collection day program. People can bring common material found in homes and garages that require proper disposal to the city’s public works garage at 9 Stadium Drive from 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 6. Material includes pesticides, household cleaners, solvents, oil-based paints and automobile products such as antifreeze. According to the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, hazardous is defined as toxic, combustible, corrosive flammable or reactive. Unwanted medication, electronics, latex paint and automobile batteries are not eligible to be dropped off. Fertilizer, varnish, lead paint, fluorescent light bulbs, devices containing mercury, swimming pool chemicals and driveway sealer are acceptable for collection. Adhesives, caulk, weed killer and spray paint are also acceptable. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 23:28:00 EST Hudson hardware store donates paint to Nashua Boys & Girls Club http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083697-469/hudson-hardware-store-donates-paint-to-nashua.html NASHUA – Christmas came early for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, with a donation that will allow the organization to spruce up portions of the 1 Positive Place building. A large panel truck was unloaded Tuesday in the building’s circular driveway with paint and supplies, courtesy of Hudson True Value Hardware and the True Value Foundation, through the foundation’s Painting a Brighter Future program. Greg Rioux, owner of the store, and assistant manager David McKenney posed for a quick photo with club members Tuesday afternoon before loading up a hand truck and wheeling 20 gallons of paint and related supplies into the building. The club, active in Nashua since 1971, provides services and support to youth in various forms, including after-school care. In a statement Tuesday, club CEO Norm Bouthilette said, “The beginning of school is the start of a new year for our clubs, so thanks to this partnership we are able to present a refreshed inviting atmosphere for our kids this year.” Ashley Fudala, development coordinator at the club, said the donation through the company’s paint grant program is “going to help start off a great year on the right foot.” “We were obviously thrilled to help out,” Rioux said. “We decided to do some painting supplies and water bottles for the kids at the same time. It’s nice to be able to help out with stuff like this.” Fudala said the plan is to have volunteers spruce up the teen center conference room, where the club’s teen leadership group meets and planning takes place. “They get to come back and see the club with a fresh coat of paint. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 23:22:00 EST Nashua chamber talks business with Hassan, Executive Council http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083694-469/nashua-chamber-talks-business-with-hassan-executive.html NASHUA – Two of the characteristics of the successful Nashua-area business community are access to a skilled workforce and capitalizing on the city’s rich diversity. That’s what several leaders of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce told Gov. Maggie Hassan and members of the state’s Executive Council when they made a visit to the Gate City on Wednesday. “We want to invite you, as state leaders, into the discussion about where we’re headed and what the priorities are as a chamber,” Tracy Hatch, the organization’s president, told the visitors. “Our vision ... is of a vibrant and diverse, thriving Greater Nashua community recognized locally, nationally and – with our growing immigration – internationally as an attractive region to live, work, raise a family and build a business.” Hatch and two other chamber leaders made remarks during a breakfast before a meeting of the governor and council at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 23:12:09 EST Party for the course: A century of golf, socializing at Nashua Country Club http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083693-469/party-for-the-course-a-century-of.html Fifty years ago this summer, a 73-year-old Boston-born man known as “the father of amateur golf” approached a young, up-and-coming golfer named Pat Bradley at Nashua Country Club as she prepared to tee off in the 1966 New England Women’s Golf Association championship. On Sunday, Bradley, who called the country club her home club throughout her successful LPGA career, recalled what golf legend Francis Ouimet told her. “Fairways and greens ... fairways and greens,” Bradley said to robust laughter from the 100 or so members and guests gathered at the club’s centennial anniversary celebration. Bradley, at 65 retired from the LPGA tour but busy working on putting together a women’s senior legends tour set to debut in Chicago in 2018, was among the special guests who helped dedicate the club’s new Centennial Plaza and pay tribute to the founders and the movers and shakers who guided the organization from an idea to reality a century ago. Others included Kevin Mendik, who co-authored a biography of Wayne Stiles, an early-20th-century landscape architect who designed the country club course in 1915-16, and Nashua’s own Dr. Emile Vermette, a retired dentist whose family has been associated with the club nearly since its inception. Recently discovered minutes of some of the earliest meetings of a corporation that would become Nashua Country Club provided a series of fascinating, sometimes amusing peeks into the club’s past, such as the legendary Ouimet’s first visit the club in 1917 and 1918 the formation of a committee charged with procuring four pigs to consume leftover food – essentially, the club’s garbage. General Manager Dave Scaer read off dozens of similar passages taken from meeting minutes and other documents over the years. In 1919, going into its fourth year, Nashua Country Club had 529 members and turned a profit of $458, Scaer read. That same year, directors voted to ban aircraft – “aeroplanes” – from landing on the fairways. Officials in 1927-28 brought the sport of curling to Nashua Country Club, initially setting up an outdoor rink before moving it into the former caddy shack in 1941. The club bought a set of curling stones for $250; a similar set today goes for around $7,500, Scaer noted. Giddy with excitement over the end of Prohibition in 1933, the records state, country club leaders wasted no time in applying for a beer license. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:14:44 EST Nashua carjacking, crash suspect arraigned, held on high bail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083690-469/nashua-carjacking-crash-suspect-arraigned-held-on.html NASHUA – A Superior Court judge on Wednesday morning arraigned April car theft and stabbing suspect Jonathan Calvin on seven felony charges, set his bail at $100,000 cash, then closed the courtroom for a hearing to determine whether Calvin is competent to go to trial. Calvin, 31, who was arrested the afternoon of April 15 following a bizarre string of events that began in downtown Nashua and culminated in an eight-vehicle pileup on the F.E. Everett Turnpike, has been held at the Valley Street jail in Manchester since May 25, when he was extradited to New Hampshire after a several-week stay at a Massachusetts hospital. The charges as read by Hillsborough County Superior Court South clerk Marshall Buttrick on Wednesday morning include two counts of robbery, and one count each of theft; reckless conduct involving a deadly weapon; first-degree assault; first-degree assault with a deadly weapon; and attempted first-degree assault with a deadly weapon. The reckless conduct charge is a Class B felony; the others are all Class A felonies. Calvin’s attorneys, public defenders Amanda Steenhuis and Jeffrey Odlund, and the prosecution, represented Wednesday by assistant County Attorney Leslie Gill, agreed to the continuance of the $100,000 cash bail that was set in May. At the completion of the arraignment and bail hearing, Judge Amy Ignatius ordered the courtroom closed to the public, with some exceptions, for the hearing at which Calvin’s competency would be discussed. A representative of The Telegraph addressed Ignatius briefly, questioning her initial decision to allow three members of Calvin’s family and at least one of the victims present Wednesday to remain while excluding other spectators, including the press, from the proceeding. The Telegraph representative also challenged her order to close the hearing itself, which Ignatius overruled, citing Gill and Steenhuis’ objections to a public hearing and the fact that Ignatius’ forthcoming ruling will most likely be a public document. Ignatius did, however, agree to reverse her initial order to allow some observers to stay in the courtroom for the hearing, and took a brief recess to allow all spectators to clear the room. The issue of Calvin’s competency likely stems from family members’ accounts of his history of mental illness, which his brother, Matthew Calvin, discussed with The Telegraph in May. In the hours leading up to the April 15 incident, a desperate Jonathan Calvin called his brother numerous times, believing “that he was running for his life,” Matthew Calvin said. “He thought his family was being murdered – and he was next. He was scared to go back to his apartment,” he said. Although his brother has battled symptoms of mental illness since his early teens, Matthew Calvin said, his condition had worsened steadily since the death of their mother about a year and a half ago. Jonathan Calvin was very close to her, his brother said, and had cared for her daily as her health declined. At Calvin’s initial May arraignment, which took place in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail, Nashua police prosecutor Donald Topham said the string of events that led to Calvin’s arrest began when he allegedly approached a car in downtown Nashua, ordered the driver to “give me the (expletive) keys” then “ripped the keys” from her and took off in her vehicle. The driver called 911. A short time later, Topham said, police who were called to a car crash on the Everett Turnpike recognized the vehicle as the one that had been reported stolen. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:14:44 EST It’s August! Make hay while the sun shines, folks http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1083681-485/its-august-make-hay-while-the-sun.html As I write this August 1st, I feel an ever-so-slight increase in stress, realizing the last month of summer has begun. We must hurry and waste not a minute of it! Saturday, I finally got to the beach for the first time in six years and had a lovely, relaxing day with my daughter. Sunday, she and I attended the 30th annual Lowell Folk Festival. What an event! You name the country, it was represented. Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:13:20 EST ‘Wheels & Wings’ event Saturday at Nashua Airport http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1083680-485/wheels--wings-event-saturday-at-nashua.html NASHUA - From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, "Wheels & Wings" will take place at the Nashua Airport, on Perimeter Road. What child, big or small, wouldn't love the chance to climb aboard a fire truck, Nashua Transit trolley, Civil Air Patrol plane, Nashua Police Department Command Vehicle or an AMR ambulance? Formerly known as "Touch-A-Truck," all these vehicles and many more will be on hand at this free, family event, part of Nashua's SummerFun calendar. A special "horns-free hour" has been designated from 1-2 p.m. for those sensitive to loud noises. Children will be able to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite vehicles in a safe, supervised environment. Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:13:51 EST Young pitchers must steady rotation http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083656-457/young-pitchers-must-steady-rotation.html When the Futures Collegiate Baseball League playoffs begin on Sunday, the length of the Nashua Silver Knights' postseason tenure could rest in the hands of two recent high school graduates. First, Sean Mooney took the mound for the Nashua Silver Knights on Tuesday night at Muzzy Field in Bristol, Conn., but he was only expected to go three innings. That's because he's expected to get the start in the first game of the FCBL playoffs, expected to be a play-in game at 5:05 p.m. Sunday at Holman Stadium if the Knights  finish with the third seed. Going into Tuesday, Nashua (30-19) needed just one win to clinch that spot as the regular season ends Saturday. And, if the Knights survive the play-in game, look for righty Gavin Hollowell to be the starter in the first game of the FCBL semifinals on Monday. The choice of Mooney is an easy one. He is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA in six starts. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:02:44 EST Richard Kelley Bennett http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083653-466/richard-kelley-bennett.html Richard Kelley Bennett, 58, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at the Lahey Hospital, Burlington, MA. Anyone that knew him knows he went by Kelley. Kelley was born in Miami, FL, on July 26, 1958, a son of Rose Marie (Kelley) Smith and the late Lloyd Bennett. He was the loving husband of Cheryl (Stayman) Bennett of Nashua. Kelley attended schools in Miami, FL, where he was born and raised. He finished his education in Laconia, NH, where he then entered the U.S. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:01:29 EST Francis ‘Bud’ Collins http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083651-466/francis-bud-collins.html Francis A. "Bud" Collins Jr. of Nashua, retired owner of Collins Flowers, died peacefully Sunday, July 31st, surrounded by his loving family. Bud was born in Nashua in 1932, the son of the late Francis A. Collins and Leona S. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:00:40 EST Storyteller promotes literacy skills http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083641-469/storyteller-promotes-literacy-skills.html NASHUA - Dozens of local families gathered at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter for a storytelling and literacy event Monday, as well as to join the kickoff to the shelter's annual backpack program. Storyteller Simon Brooks from the Children's Literacy Foundation visited the shelter to share three stories with children and to help pass out two free books for every child in attendance. Brooks also stacked unclaimed books on a shelf in the family dining room for future patrons. "One of the most important things you can do for your kids is to read to them," Brooks said to the group of about three dozen Nashua families. "Even if your reading isn't that great, start with picture books - that's where we all start." Toddlers through middle school-aged children came to see Brooks - a New London-based writer, poet, photographer and storyteller - lead the interactive  storytelling presentation. Aside from encouraging a love of reading among children, the event was also meant to help prevent the "summer slide," or the decrease in literacy skills when children read less during summer months. Low-income children and youths often experience greater summer learning losses than their higher-income peers, according to the Children's Literacy Foundation. Two librarians from the Nashua Public Library also attended the event to share information about library programs and to help children sign up for library cards. Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter Executive Director Lisa Christie said this was the second time the shelter has hosted storytellers from the foundation; both times, NSKS was awarded a grant to support the visit. "Last year was our first year. Before that, we hadn't moved into our new space, and we didn't have the room," Christie said. "Anything to get the kids reading is really positive. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:00:34 EST Patricia Allan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083626-466/patricia-allan.html Nashua, NH - Patricia Allan, 76, died Saturday, July 30th at her home. She was born in Caribou, Maine on November 18, 1939, daughter of the late Jack and Alda (Bourgoine) Doak. Patricia was a teacher in upstate New York and at Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson, NH. Pat gave generously of her time to various organizations, including a Girl Scout troop in New York, preparing taxes at Nashua Public Library and working the election polls for the City of Nashua. She also served as President of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary organization, and stood alongside her husband as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:25:26 EST Robert Edward Dalton http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083625-466/robert-edward-dalton.html Robert Edward Dalton, 77 of Naples, FL died Tuesday July 12, 2016 in Nashua, NH surrounded by his loved ones. Born April 2, 1939 in Berlin, VT he was the son of the late Thomas and Dorothy (O'Brien) Dalton and husband of Paula (Garland) Dalton, of FL. Robert served in the National Guard from March 1, 1957-July 1, 1958. Prior to retirement, Robert was employed as a truck driver for APA Transport and was a member of the Teamsters Local 25. Robert was an avid New England sports fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. After retiring from trucking, he enjoyed being able to spend more time with his family and friends. He was often on his computer emailing jokes. Besides his loving wife, survivors include three daughters and two son-in-laws, Pamela Jean McKenna and her husband Steven, of Beverly, MA, Dawn Marie Little and her husband Robert, of Nashua and Sherri Ann Dalton, of Nashua; seven grandchildren, Aimee and Christopher McKenna, Sydney, Christina and Abby Little, Brandon Dalton and Matty Eskenas; one brother-in-law, Charles Garland and his wife Joanne, of Tavares, FL., a nephew and a niece and several cousins. SERVICES: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, 216 East Dunstable Rd., Nashua, NH 03062. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:25:05 EST Theresa ‘Alice’ Harwood http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083624-466/theresa-alice-harwood.html Theresa "Alice" Harwood, 85, of Hudson, died peacefully Friday, July 30 at Greenbrier Kindred after a period of declining health. She was born in Nashua to Guy and Agnes Harwood on June 5, 1931. A graduate of Nashua High School, she obtained both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from New York University. Alice worked in New York City for the prevention of cruelty to children and then taught elementary school in Brooklyn, NY, before working in graphic arts in New Jersey. Over the years, she traveled extensively, particularly enjoying Europe. After relocating to Hudson, she lived with her sister Gail Brooks and tried her hand at several business ventures. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:05:45 EST Theresa B. Shostak http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083623-466/theresa-b.-shostak.html Theresa B. Shostak, of Greene, ME, died July 28, 2016, at Central Maine Medical Center. Born January 11, 1927 in Nashua, NH, she was the daughter of William H. and Dora (McLaughlin) Barry. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:24:26 EST Lorraine Carol Currier Seidel http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083621-466/lorraine-carol-currier-seidel.html Lorraine Carol Currier Seidel died on July 31, 2016 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 77 years old. Lorraine was born on February 1st, 1939, to the late William and Rose (Jorden) Neeff, in Queens, NY. She grew up in East Meadow, NY, and attended the local public schools. Lorraine graduated from Hempstead High School in 1956 where she was a cheerleader and captain of the majorettes. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:23:01 EST Sports Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1083616-457/sports-digest.html HIGH SCHOOLS Nashua South meeting tonight Nashua North and South will hold their seasonal preseason meeting nights. All fall athletes and a guardian are expected to attend. The night will include important information about the upcoming season as well as Impact testing for freshmen, juniors, and anyone new to Nashua Athletics. South will host its night Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:48:42 EST Girls Inc. gets ready to renovate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083610-469/girls-inc.-gets-ready-to-renovate.html NASHUA - After years of planning, Girls Inc. in Nashua will finally own their facility at 27 Burke St. this year, meaning the organization can move forward with a $2 million renovation and expansion project. The Nashua Girls Inc. property will undergo renovations starting Oct. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:03:57 EST Gatsas talks economics in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083609-469/gatsas-talks-economics-in-nashua.html NASHUA - One of the leading candidates to become New Hampshire's next governor came to Nashua on Monday to announce the release of his campaign's economic development plan for the state. Supported at the podium by several Nashua business leaders, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas chose Nashua Technology Park to announce his 10-part plan, "The Gatsas Granite Growth Agenda." The plan calls for, among several things, business tax cuts, worker job training that meets employers' needs, competition in health care, lower energy costs and more energy diversity, a business-friendly climate, infrastructure investment, keeping young workers in the state, supporting the tourism industry and promoting entrepreneurship. "As governor, I will be a partner in working to strengthen and grow New Hampshire's economy," Gatsas said. "No matter who you are, where you live or how big your business is, the Granite State economy will work for you." Gatsas described himself during his press conference as a self-made businessman. According to his campaign, he co-founded Staffing Network, an employee leasing company, with his brother Michael. The firm began with three employees, grew to 55 employees and was eventually acquired by ADP Payroll. This week, Gatsas plans to visit 10 communities as part of a four-day statewide business tour. "As governor, I will get Concord off (the) backs of New Hampshire families and businesses and out of your wallets," he said. The candidate wants to continue the cutting of business taxes and end the Business Enterprise Tax practice of taxing businesses that don't turn a profit. He also pledged to veto an income or sales tax, saying he supports working with the New Hampshire Legislature to achieve a state constitutional amendment banning an income tax. "As a self-made businessman, I always set out to be the best in my field," Gatsas said. "As governor, I will not stop until New Hampshire is consistently ranked the No. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:14:44 EST Nashua police hunt for bank robber http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083607-469/nashua-police-hunt-for-bank-robber.html NASHUA - Police say an unidentified male suspect robbed a Citizens Bank in Nashua on Monday morning. Officers with the Nashua Police Department responded shortly before 10 a.m. to the Citizens Bank location at 122 Northeastern Blvd., and spoke to tellers who said a male subject entered the facility and demanded money. No weapon was shown and the subject fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, according to police. He was last seen running towards Congress Street. The subject was described as a white male with a thin-to-medium build, approximately 5-foot-6-inches tall and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, red baseball cap and sunglasses. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 594-3500 or crime-line at 589-1665. - Telegraph staff Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:14:34 EST Woman charged in alleged knifing http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083634-469/woman-charged-in-alleged-knifing.html NASHUA - Police say a Nashua woman was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly cutting a male victim with a knife. Ivelisse Rivera, 29, of 30 Ingalls St., was charged with domestic violence and simple assault, both Class A misdemeanors, following her arrest around 3 a.m. on July 31. Officers with the Nashua Police Department responded to a residence for reports of a domestic disturbance and, upon arrival, spoke with a male victim who said Rivera pushed him and cut him with a kitchen knife during an argument. Police say the victim received a minor laceration to his arm from the assault and refused medical treatment for his injury. Based on the investigation, Rivera was also charged with reckless conduct - domestic violence, a Class B felony. Her bail was set at $5,000 cash or surety, and she was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in a Nashua courtroom. - Telegraph staff Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:59:41 EST Nonprofit looks to bag child hunger http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083588-469/nonprofit-looks-to-bag-child-hunger.html NASHUA - After an urgent call for volunteers, a Nashua group dedicated to fighting childhood hunger has made progress in refilling the ranks, but more manpower is still needed to grow the organization. "With just Sandy and I, we're maxed out at the 160 to 170 kids we were feeding, and we need more support to add on more schools - that's what we're hoping for," said Lisa Gribben- Perrin, co-coordinator of End 68 Hours of Hunger with Sandy Gribben-Perrin. End 68 Hours of Hunger is run by a team of community volunteers who prepare bags of groceries for low-income students to take home for the weekend. The goal is for students to have food to last between the free and reduced lunch at school Friday, and breakfast on Monday, or the "68 hours" of food insecurity. The Gribben-Perrin team launched the Nashua arm of the organization in 2013, packing backpacks for 26 students. Now, the group routinely prepares 160 bags for children from three Nashua district elementary schools: Dr. Norman W. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:21:43 EST City schools strain to fill teaching jobs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083585-469/city-schools-strain-to-fill-teaching-jobs.html NASHUA - Nashua public school administrators are working to fill a higher-than-average number of teacher vacancies this summer, but expect to have nearly all 100 new teachers on board in time for orientation on Aug. 24. "I think we will be ready," School Superintendent Mark Conrad said Friday. A review of school district emails show district officials weren't always so confident, even as late as last month. The school district approved 57 candidates as of July 27 and are in various stages of the hiring process to fill the remaining 40 or so posts, Conrad said in a telephone interview Friday. Conrad agreed with outgoing Nashua Teachers' Union president Robert Sherman that the number of teaching vacancies is on the rise. "This number of vacancies is higher than our long-term average by perhaps a third, but it is similar to last year's numbers," Conrad said. Sherman added: "It strikes me that there seems to be a large number of vacancies - more than I can remember that has generally occurred in the past." Sherman, who retired as union president on Friday, said he hasn't seen such a high level of teacher turnover since 2009, when large numbers retired before a change in state law would have resulted in their loss of a medical health subsidy. Sherman points to two reasons for high teacher turnover: recent teacher contracts that slowed the rate of salary increases and concern over the future of education in Nashua given the loss of the district's top leadership. Conrad said Nashua teacher salaries ranked among the top 10 in the state when he came to the district in 1996. As a result of the "very slow slippage of salaries," Nashua has lost its competitive edge in attracting teachers and principals - especially highly qualified candidates - who tend to be drawn to districts with higher salaries, Conrad said. This impacts Nashua more than Manchester and Concord, since the city borders Massachusetts, where salaries are much higher, he added. "He (Sherman) is right about the slow decline of our salaries. ... Mon, 01 Aug 2016 07:18:27 EST Barbecue joint expansion nears end http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083583-469/barbecue-joint-expansion-nears-end.html NASHUA - The new section of Riverside Barbeque, the popular downtown restaurant, is well on its way to hosting dinners, beer and cocktail connoisseurs and live blues music. Hoping to open in mid-August, the new additions will feature a wraparound bar and larger dining area. "We're expanding - tripling our dining space, adding full beverage service, and there will be a widening of our menu," said Dave Manganello, owner and chief pitmaster of Riverside. Menu items now include barbecue favorites such as pulled pork, beef brisket and smoked sausage, but Manganello said they are planning to include a wider barbecue selection and Southern fare. "What we're trying to do is to have Southern cuisine in a New England way - kind of 'South by Northeast,' " he said. The new bar will include liquor and cocktails in addition to its current selection of beer and wine. The project began after neighbor Mayhem Ink tattoo shop moved out in the spring. Riverside took over the rest of its building on the north side of the Nashua River bridge, knocking down walls to unite the space. For now, the renovation is a work in progress. "We got the 'Great Wall of Plastic' up, but it's great to see how big it's going to be; we can't wait," Manganello said, speaking from the Riverside dining room Thursday afternoon. The divide between the original restaurant and the expansion is now marked by an translucent plastic sheet behind the bar. Originally hoping to open the expansion in July, he said the Riverside team was bogged down by their unfamiliarity with city processes as much as the licensing and permitting red tape that surrounds construction in a historic building. "We got help from the mayor's office; they brought in James Vayo to help facilitate development," he said, referring to the new downtown specialist for Nashua who took over in March. Manganello said after falling behind schedule by about nine weeks, Vayo helped them get back up to speed. "Going into this, you know there's going to be a quagmire of red tape, but it helps to have a Sherpa," Manganello said. Said Vayo: "I was able to take time to listen to the concerns Dave had regarding his improvements and work with my colleagues to come up with interim solutions that both ensured the improvements could happen in accordance with all city regulatory requirements and approvals while also allowing Dave to complete his renovations and open to the public in a timely manner." In a July 29 email message, Vayo said this is a typical function of an economic development office and noted that any other city stakeholder should feel welcome to reach out for help. Despite working on a shoestring budget, Manganello said they plan to use repurposed antique material found on-site for decor, including parts of an old Model T donated by an employee's family. He also praised the work of local contractor Randy King of R.E. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:10:39 EST Blood Drives http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/health/1083579-469/blood-drives.html The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 1: St. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:02:02 EST LPs for ‘listening pleasure’ invite a spin down memory lane http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/sundaymagazine/1083576-469/lps-for-listening-pleasure-invite-a-spin.html "The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." - Sydney J. Harris, American journalist. Sometimes all it takes to relax is to take time to listen to music. Step back in time to the sounds of Peter, Paul and Mary, the love songs of Nat King Cole, the days when love meant never having to say you're sorry, the lure of "South Pacific" and the theme from "Exodus" resounding across the desert. The Mailbag offers a box of musical selections picked up by a noted Nashua picker. The sounds of music "My travels throughout Greater Nashua and southern New Hampshire, ever on the lookout for items I can use and/or that I know will be useful and desired by others, has produced a box of assorted records someone is sure to enjoy," says Bert the Picker, of Nashua (LTR 1,775). In addition to the selections mentioned above, "recordings include the original motion picture soundtrack from 'The Sting,' featuring the music of Scott Joplin; 'Roy Clark Sings Gospel'; 'Very Dionne,' Dionne Warwick sings 'Yesterday' written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; and 'B.J. Thomas Most of All,' featuring the songs 'No Love at All,'' Circle 'Round the Sun' and 'Rainy Night in Georgia.' Great music!" Robert "Bo" Bennett," an author and motivational speaker, wrote, "Music is what feelings sound like." If this offer sounds interesting to you, call Bert at 883-0990. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:00:50 EST ARCpoint Labs of Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/newbusinessbio/1083573-464/arcpoint-labs-of-nashua.html Name of the business: ARC-point Labs of Nashua. Type of business: Medical lab. Main location: 71 Spit Brook Road, Suite 109, Nashua. Other locations (if any): Not at this time but plan for future growth. Website: www.nashua-nh.ARCpointLabs.com. Social media websites: Facebook: ARCpoint Labs of Nashua. Date began business in southern New Hampshire: December 2011. Date opened at this location: December 2015. Is this a franchise? Yes. Owner: Linda and Perry Ziehm. Manager: Ellen Flanagan. Days/hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturday and Sunday by appointment only. Number of full-time employees: Three. Highlights of products and services: ARCpoint Labs is a full-service national third-party provider/administrator providing accurate, reliable and confidential drug, alcohol, DNA and steroid testing, employment/background and wellness screening, and corporate wellness programs. Names and backgrounds of the key leaders: Former nurse Linda Ziehm is nearly five years into her career franchising with ARCpoint. Her experiences within the medical field have given her firsthand experience to the growing issue of the over-prescribed drug abuse epidemic occurring nationwide and in her local community. Partner Perry Ziehm has extensive experience with franchising, working with big names such as McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts for nearly 25 years. The duo offer patients a comfortable and caring environment, without them feeling intimidated or judged when entering their establishment. History of this business (moves, consolidations, new ownership or management): After the success he saw with his own drug screening facility in 1998, 17-year industry expert Felix Mirando saw the growth potential of the brand and founded ARCpoint Franchise Group LLC in 2005. ARCpoint Labs has become one of the fastest-growing and most flexible models in the franchise industry behind the leadership of Mirando, the brand's chief executive officer, and the corporate team of experts he has assembled in order to stay ahead of trends in the space and constantly look for new revenue streams to benefit existing franchisees and attract new qualified operators to the system. What's the biggest challenge facing your type of business, and how are you approaching it? Getting the word out how confidential, accurate and personalized our lab is and how we can help - whether it is for drug-testing your employee or teenager, setting up a random drug testing program as a deterrent, DOT-mandated drug and alcohol testing and policy writing, DOT physicals, clinical testing at a very reasonable cost, or DNA testing for relationship questions or immigration. What's the biggest change you would like to see in the business climate in this area? The biggest change we'd like to see is area employers realizing the need for drug testing in this current culture of drug use. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:59:36 EST Bulletin Board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1083564-457/bulletin-board.html Soccer Nashua boys, girls registration Fall registration for the Nashua Youth Soccer League is now open. Boys and girls in Nashua and surrounding towns born between Sept. 30, 2002 and Oct. 1, 2010 are eligible. General registration will be open through Aug. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:01:53 EST Elks Soccer Shoot set for Aug. 20 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1083563-457/elks-soccer-shoot-set-for-aug.-20.html The Nashua Lodge of Elks No. 720 will host the 16th annual Greater Nashua Soccer Shoot contest from 8:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Main Dunstable Road Soccer Fields in Nashua. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each of the eight groups (four boys and four girls). Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:01:29 EST Jason E. Neve http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083562-466/jason-e.-neve.html Jason E. Neve, 46, of Nashua, passed away Thursday morning, July 28, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Methuen, Massachusetts on July 19, 1970, he is a son of Janice (Sidlik) Neve and the late Anthony J. Neve. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:01:05 EST Nashua mayor discusses opioids, economic development http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083547-469/nashua-mayor-discusses-opioids-economic-development.html Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess talked about economic and workforce development, the opioid crisis, public safety, education and sprucing up the downtown during a televised interview with Comcast Newsmakers earlier this month. Eric Clemons conducted the five-minute interview with Donchess at St. Anselm College's New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester. Donchess also talked about providing opportunities for youth through the My Brother's Keeper challenge. "I want to make Nashua a city that works for all of the people," Donchess told Clemons. Nashua among 'best run' Nashua picked up kudos this week for being named the 10th "Best-Run City" in America by WalletHub.com, a website the offers free credit scores and full credit reports. WalletHub said its analysts compared 150 of the largest cities to determine how well they were managed and performed according to six key indicators. The indicators included financial stability, education, health, safety, infrastructure and pollution. Nashua was the only New England city to make the Top 10. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:00:37 EST Nashua drug bust nabs 2 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083546-469/nashua-drug-bust-nabs-2.html NASHUA - Two residents of Nashua's French Hill are in jail on high bail awaiting upcoming court hearings following their arrests on multiple drug charges, police said. Christian Torres, 25, of 93R Tolles St., and Jonathan Ruiz-Negron, 28, of 81 Chandler St., were taken into custody July 22 by police narcotics detectives with assistance from its Special Reaction Team. The men have been arraigned in Nashua district court and are due back Wednesday for probable cause hearings. Torres was ordered held on $100,000 cash only bail, while Ruiz-Negron was held on $500,000 cash only. Charges lodged against Torres include four counts of sale of a controlled drug - crack cocaine; one count of possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell; and one count of common nuisance, all felonies, police said. Ruiz-Negron is facing four counts of sale of a controlled drug - crack cocaine, second offense; two counts of criminal liability to the sale of crack cocaine, second offense; and one count of common nuisance, all felonies. He is also charged with one count of possession of marijuana, second offense, a misdemeanor. Police said the men were arrested on warrants obtained during an investigation into drug sales in the city. The team raided Torres' apartment first, then executed the warrant on Ruiz-Negron's place a short time later. Nashua police prosecutor Donald Topham said at the men's arraignments that he asked for their high bails to continue, calling both of them flight risks and "extreme dangers" to the community. He said police in searching Torres' residence discovered about 10 grams of cocaine, which was individually packaged, allegedly in preparation for sale. Police urge residents with any knowledge or information regarding illegal drug activity to contact the department's Narcotics Hotline at 594-3597 or go to www.nashuapd.com. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or@Telegraph_DeanS. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:00:08 EST School emails show focus, feedback http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083545-469/school-emails-show-focus-feedback.html NASHUA - Email exchanges among the Nashua school administration, school board and community members over a period of six months show recurring conversations on the topics of  competency-based grading, custodial privatization, personnel turnover and the results of a district workplace-climate survey. The emails requested and reviewed by The Telegraph - more than a thousand of them - covered messages sent between Nashua Board of Education members, Superintendent Mark Conrad and other school officials and community members from December 2015 to July 2016. While the contents of most messages echoed discourse heard at public board meetings, recurring email debates fleshed out ongoing dialogue surrounding several contentious issues in the district. Competency-based grading The recently piloted 11-point grading scale came up repeatedly in district emails from January through July, starting Jan. 12 with a query to then-city attorney Stephen Bennett about whether the board was legally compelled to implement the system. "A school may implement any reliable grading system it deems appropriate," Bennett said in a Jan. 12 email response addressed to the full board. Board member Doris Hohensee, who later proposed a motion to dismantle the competency-based system May 31, responded on Jan. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:19:01 EST Hollis woman elected TOPS leader http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1083531-308/hollis-woman-elected-tops-leader.html NASHUA - An installation service was held Friday, July 22, by TOPS Chapter NH 0131 of Nashua to install newly elected leaders. They are Claire Kelly, of Hollis, chapter leader, and Paula Shannon, of Nashua, co-leader. Other board members installed were Sally Sanborn, of Merrimack, secretary; Pat Burant, of Hollis, treasurer; Alline Gerow, of Nashua, weight recorder; and Joyce Plamondon, of Hudson, assistant weight recorder. "The best gift I have ever given myself was to join TOPS in 1996," Kelly said. "I had been diagnosed several years earlier with diabetes and hypertension, and with counting calories and exercise, was able to take off 30 pounds, but the pounds started to come back on. A friend invited me to a TOPS meeting in 1996, I joined TOPS and never looked back. "I have held several positions over the past 20 years and have lost 30 more pounds. Among the many added benefits are the supportive friends I have made over these past years." "I joined TOPS in 2006," Shannon said. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:04:48 EST Kenneth William Cowan (KC) http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisobituaries/1083528-435/kenneth-william-cowan-kc.html Kenneth William Cowan (KC), 52, a former resident of Hollis, NH, died suddenly on July 15, 2016, in Boston, MA. KC was a gifted software engineer who graduated with honors from the University of Delaware, Class of 1984. He started his career at Digital Equipment Corporation and went on to work for a number of software technology companies in New England. He was an active member of his community, mentoring high school students in the FIRST Robotics Program and chaperoning numerous Cub Scout and Boy Scout hikes. He also served on the board of the Hollis Brookline Cavalier Crew Club, and held several positions at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashua, NH. Ken was predeceased by his father, Paul Cowan Sr. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:03:35 EST Gabrielle A. ‘Gaby’ Levesque http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083510-466/gabrielle-a.-gaby-levesque.html Litchfield, NH - Gabrielle A. "Gaby" Levesque, 86, died Wednesday, July 27th, after a long battle with cancer at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. She was the beloved wife of Raymond L. Levesque. Gabrielle was born July 29, 1929 in Nashua, NH. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:01:13 EST Knights fend off Dawgs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083505-457/knights-fend-off-dawgs.html NASHUA - Jeremy Roberts held the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs (18-29) scoreless for six innings to boost the Nashua Silver Knights (30-17) to a 4-2 victory Friday night at Holman Stadium. Roberts struck out one, while issuing one walk and scattering six hits. The Silver Knights came out swinging, scoring three runs in the first inning to jump ahead of the Dirt Dawgs early. Nashua scored in the first on an RBI single by Ryan Sullivan, an RBI single by Yanni Thanopoulas and a fielder's choice. The Silver Knights were led by Thanopoulas' hitting. He went 2 for 4 and drove in one run. Andrew Barnes (2-2) took the loss for the Dirt Dawgs. He lasted just five innings, walking two, striking out seven and allowing all four runs. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:59:07 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083496-469/news-digest.html Nashua United Way to host anniversary event The United Way of Greater Nashua is having an anniversary and is looking for community members to celebrate in a big way. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the organization's "Living United" annual Day of Caring, with the 2016 event scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14. The Aug. 5 deadline is approaching for individuals and company volunteers to step up and lend a hand to area nonprofits in need of a day of service. About 300 hundred volunteers from area businesses will focus their usual workday energy to various projects. Volunteer workers will paint, clean, deliver meals to homebound seniors and perform other good will acts groups that otherwise may not have the help due to lack of resources. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 06:38:08 EST Arraignment postponed in nude photo court case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083495-469/arraignment-postponed-in-nude-photo-court-case.html NASHUA - A Lincoln man scheduled for a Friday arraignment in Nashua to face a charge that he sent illicit photos of himself to a minor through Facebook will instead have to wait until Aug. 12 to enter his plea before the court following a rescheduling of his hearing. Devon Houde, 19, of 229 Pollard Road, was arrested on June 1 by officers with the Nashua Police Department and charged with one felony count of certain use of computer services prohibited after sending pictures of his erect penis to an unidentified 15-year-old Nashua girl. Nashua police allege that the juvenile female reported on Dec. 29, 2015 she received a nude photograph of Houde's genitalia via Facebook. That photo, police say, also came with a request for her to send Houde similar photographs of herself in return. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:09:08 EST Summer grads celebrate their achievements http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083494-469/summer-grads-celebrate-their-achievements.html NASHUA - Nearly a dozen students received their high school diplomas in front of a cheering audience of family, friends, teachers and school officials Friday evening at Nashua High School North. The group included summer program graduates from Nashua North, South and the Adult and Community School. Summer School Principal Mike McQuilkin praised students for their tenacity and persistence in earning their degrees. "I cannot express how proud we are of each of you - no matter if tomorrow brings you to college, career or the armed forces," he said. "All of you should celebrate this achievement. You have proved that hard work and perseverance pay off," McQuilkin said. "The greatest part of any experience is learning how to improve yourselves ... each of you have overcome adversity and came out on top." Student speaker, Jennifer Dube, will join Bunker Hill Community College in the fall to pursue a career in business. "My journey throughout high school was not the easiest path to take, but I did it, and I made it," Dube said, adding that now is not the time to dwell on the past. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:10:39 EST Once a farm, country club marks 100 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083493-469/once-a-farm-country-club-marks-100.html Acentury ago next week, on a sweeping, former farm once populated by Nashua's indigent, frail folks and a bunch of low-level criminals awaiting their day in court, representatives on the opposite end of the socio-economic spectrum gathered and found themselves struggling for ample adjectives to describe the new, majestic facility before them. "One of the finest in New England, and for that matter, one of the finest in the country, so far as beauty of appointments, beauty of surroundings" - well, you get the idea. Indeed, no adjective was left unturned, it seemed, by the unknown Telegraph reporters tasked with covering thoroughly every aspect of their boss's latest accomplishment: bringing an idea to reality at the Nashua Country Club. The boss, Col. William Dumond Swart, who, among other business interests, owned our predecessor in name (the Nashua Telegraph) at the time, is said to be the man who got the ball rolling on an idea to purchase the by then shuttered City Farm and transform the rambling fields and aging structures into a handsome, pastoral haven where Nashua's well-heeled could carry on their social and leisurely pursuits in style. This weekend, leaders and members of today's Nashua Country Club are celebrating the centennial anniversary with an evening gala on Saturday and a brief program Sunday morning ahead of a nostalgic Hickory Sticks Golf Tourney - in which players will use replicas of the "hickory stick" clubs golfers used a century ago. NCC general manager David Scaer said the program will include readings of descriptions of each hole published in the Aug. 3, 1916, edition of the Telegraph, along with the dedication of Centennial Plaza, near the pro shop. Some NCC memorabilia will be on display, and a special guest - Pat Bradley, a professional golfer who played out of NCC at the height of her career - will say a few words as well, Scaer said. The first seeds of the club we know today were sown by Swart and his fellow members of the Nashua Board of Trade, a sort of predecessor of the Chamber of Commerce. The men, at a noontime meeting in early summer 1915, began kicking around the idea of such a facility, noting that Nashua's time had come for "a community meeting place, where not only the men of the city but their women folk as well, could meet outside of business hours ... for good fellowship, for athletic or social pastimes, where visitors could be entertained," according to that 1916 Telegraph story. I suppose "their women folk" meant "wives." I always get a kick out of such parlance that was common long ago. I have no idea if, or how much, Col. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:09:33 EST Regional News Digest for July 29 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083484-469/regional-news-digest-for-july-29.html Nashua Police: Woman jumps to her death on Main St. A woman leaped from a multi-story apartment building to her death on Wednesday in an apparent suicide, according to the Nashua Police Department. The woman, whose name has not been released, apparently jumped from the window of an apartment above the 7 Star Pizza at 235 Main St. after 3 p.m., police said. Police maintained an active crime scene at that location for several hours, but foul play is not suspected, police officials said. Passing motorists report they saw a body covered by a blue tarp lying on the sidewalk that afternoon, and some claim the woman had attempted suicide in the past. Locals apparently familiar with the woman said she was a resident of the apartment building from which she jumped and that she was suffering from untreated mental illness. The city police department wouldn’t release the name of the woman and said no further information is expected to be released. Police do not typically release the names of suicide victims. – MATTHEW MEDSGER Robbery charge in Crown Street incident A local man with no fixed address is under arrest following an incident in which another man was assaulted and robbed of possessions in his backpack, police said. Charged with one count each of felony robbery and misdemeanor criminal trespass is Shivam Yadav, 24, who currently lists no fixed address but has previously lived at 105 Walnut St. in Nashua and 25 Derry St. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:42:58 EST They're back: Soup kitchen gearing up for backpack project http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083479-469/theyre-back-soup-kitchen-gearing-up-for.html NASHUA – The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter is calling for donations and volunteers as they prepare to once again hold their Backpacks for Back to School program beginning on Aug. 1. The program, which started more than 25 years ago, aims to provide children in need with the backpacks and school supplies they need to start off the year with some of the same advantages enjoyed by other children. Carol Weeks, the shelter’s community outreach coordinator, said the Backpacks for Back to School program occurs in two phases. The first phase, which begins on Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 12, sees volunteers accepting donated backpacks and school supplies and sorting them for distribution. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:14:44 EST School panel favors dual grading system; teachers, parents speak on traditional, competency-based scales http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083477-469/nashua-school-board-will-again-take-up.html NASHUA – The Board of Education will host talks on whether to approve a dual grading system in August after the Policy Committee moved the proposal forward Thursday evening. In a 2-1 vote, the committee approved a proposal to allow Nashua teachers to decide whether to use the “traditional” 100-point grading system or the district’s current 11-point competency-based grading scale. Committee Chairwoman Doris Hohensee said based on a school survey, the majority of teachers are not supportive of the 11-point scale and the policy would create a “level playing field” for teachers to choose which system to use. Member Howard Coffman said he wanted more community input on the grading scales. “Bringing this proposal forward ensures that there is a wider conversation at the board level,” he said. Hohensee and Coffman voted in favor of the proposal, while member George Farrington voted against it. The policy will likely go to the full board for review at the next board meeting on Aug. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:37:27 EST Chamberlain only one stroke back after battling dehydration, cramping on Day One at NH Open http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1083453-457/chamberlain-only-one-stroke-back-after-battling.html Merrimack native Josh Chamberlain learned a valuable lesson during the first round of New Hampshire Open action at Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club in Thornton – hydration is key. The New Boston resident learned his lesson the hard way, battling leg and hand cramps over the last five holes of the round, as he somehow managed to post the low amateur score of the day with a 4-under par, 68. It put him in a three-way tie for fifth with professional golfers Shawn Warren, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Ted Brown, of Glen Allen, Va. The trio is one stroke off the lead, behind the 5-under, 67 rounds shot by professionals Marc Hurtubise, of Cahmbly, Quebec; Brian Hopkins, of Lyndoville, Vt.; Taylor Page, of Wilmington, Vt.; and Matt Mankin, of Roanoke, Va. “It was an interesting round that’s for sure,” Chamberlain said. “Especially those last three or four holes. “It was just foolish. I wasn’t drinking any water. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:55:00 EST Nashua police roundup nabs 8 on drug charges http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1083446-469/nashua-police-roundup-nabs-8-on-drug.html NASHUA – A team of detectives, patrol officers and Problem Oriented Policing Unit members rounded up eight individuals, including a man from New York City, in their most recent sweep Tuesday afternoon. Three of the suspects, Ricky Holloway, 25, of 11936 155th St. in Queens, N.Y., and Nashua residents Matthew Escamilla, 22, of 2 Reading Road, and Nicholas McDowell-Monte, 28, of no fixed address, were arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court, while the others face arraignment in the Nashua court in September, according to police. Police didn’t give details on the locations where the arrests took place or on the circumstances that led to the suspects. They did say the arrests were part of their Combined Drug Impact initiative, which targets people suspected of distributing, possessing and using illegal drugs. The charges against Holloway include one count each of sale of a controlled drug – crack cocaine – and possession of controlled drug – crack cocaine – with intent to distribute. Both are felonies; the latter is an enhanced felony because it involved in excess of 5 grams of the drug. Holloway was in possession of about 10 grams of cocaine, police said. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:14:44 EST arts digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1083427-485/arts-digest.html Call for artists:  Litchfield art show LITCHFIELD - Local Litchfield and other area artists - beginners and accomplished alike - are invited to submit their names and interest in exhibiting and selling their work at an upcoming art show. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 13, the Litchfield Historical Society will host an art show at the Griffin Memorial School, 229 Charles Bancroft Highway. The one-day show will exhibit inside the school gym and on the grounds, weather permitting. Society members will have a very special unveiling of a recently donated painting by Louisa McElwain, a nationally renowned artist who grew up in Litchfield. The deadline for submissions is Aug. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:58:55 EST Raymond C. Powles Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1083411-466/raymond-c.-powles-jr..html NASHUA, NH - Raymond C. Powles Jr., a longtime resident of Nashua, NH, died peacefully on July 21, 2016 following a lengthy illness. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (McDevitt) Powles, with whom he spent 50 wonderful years of marriage. Ray was born on October 10, 1929 in Newburgh, NY, the son of the late Raymond C. Powles, Sr. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:04:46 EST