Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Health Digest Nurse from Circle Home recives state award LOWELL, Mass - Michelle Michaud, RN, a Nashua resident and visiting nurse at Circle Home, received an award as "Clinician of the Year" this week from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. She received a "Star Award" at the Alliance's annual Innovation Showcase and Star Awards event, held this week in Quincy, Mass. "We thank Michelle and all those who are shining examples of a very dedicated workforce that is often unheard, but makes an incalculable impact," said Home Care Alliance Director Patricia Kelleher. Michaud has been a nurse at Circle Home (formerly the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell) for 19 years. She is the agency's evening nurse, making home visits and taking calls during the evening and night. She cares for people of all ages and conditions. "Michelle has special strengths in patient and family teaching, in her own continuous learning, in collaborating with her team, and in communicating compassion," said Circle Home Executive Director Rachel Chaddock. "We're so delighted that she has been recognized in this way." New doctor joins GNHMC leadership team NASHUA - Greater Nashua Mental Health Center (GNMHC) at Community Council welcomes Marilou Patalinjug Tyner, MD, as its new Chief Medical Officer. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:03:33 EST Blood Drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit Noon-5 p.m. June 27: Courtyard Marriott-Nashua, 2200 Southwood Drive. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 28: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. Noon-5 p.m. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:03:08 EST Paint spray system makes short work of long projects Before widespread electrification in the mid 20th century, virtually every chore required manual labor. Water, pumped by hand, was heated on wood-burning stoves. Laundry equaled backbreaking drudgery. Rural electrification, one of the key pieces of FDR's New Deal, became one of the most successful government programs ever enacted, allowing people more time to lead richer and fuller lives. A Mailbag reader offers a device to accomplish more painting with less effort. Home work "I have a Wagner electric airless sprayer someone may find useful for painting," writes Al J., of Nashua (LTR 2,020). Product research tells us "Wagner airless paint sprayers' easy tilt technology allows spraying at any angle without spitting or stopping, meaning you can point down at floors or decks, up at ceilings or eaves and always maintain a continuous flow of paint. Any way you look at a job, up, down, sideways, you cannot beat the speed, coverage, and finish you get from a Wagner power painter." If painting is among the projects on your to-do list and it sounds like this sprayer would do for you, give Al a call at 888-0744. Needs microwave "I recently moved to Nashua, and received information linking me to resources to obtain a microwave, as I am in need of one," writes Lillian M., of Nashua (LTR 3,267). "If you could help me with this, that would be great. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:00:02 EST Louis (Lou) Thibodeau Louis (Lou) Thibodeau, 71 of Windham, N.H., left this life Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA., after a brief illness. At the time of his passing, he was comforted by his wife, Nancy, and his daughter, Laura, at his side. Lou was born in Nashua, N.H. on August 31, 1944, and attended Nashua schools, graduating from Nashua High School, Class of 1963. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:14:09 EST Thomas Patrick Roddy Thomas P. Roddy, 78, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, surrounded by his family. Tom was born in Auburn, MA, on November 14, 1937, a son of the late Thomas and Emma (O'Brien) Roddy. He was the loving husband of Kathleen (Fitzpatrick) Roddy of Nashua. Tom graduated from high school in Boston. He was a U.S. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:02:59 EST Roger Edward Gross Roger Edward Gross, 78, of Litchfield, NH, died Friday, June 24, 2016, at Greenbriar Healthcare Center in Nashua. He was born May 24, 1938, in Holbrook, NY, son of the late Mary (Davies) Gross. Roger was the husband of Patricia (Hartford) Gross of Litchfield. He was a Navy Veteran and the proud organizer of the Local 282 Union for Cement Truck Drivers on Long Island. Roger was employed for many years as a tractor-trailer truck driver with the U.S. Postal Service. His hobbies included working on model railroads, building and flying remote-controlled air planes, and was a member of the Model Air Plane Club in both NH and PA. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:04:42 EST Nashua is 2nd home to Sullivan NASHUA - Ryan Sullivan can't get enough of the Nashua Silver Knights. Or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, Sullivan is calling Holman Stadium his home for the fourth straight summer. He began his Silver Knights career as a high school grad out of Hopkinton, Mass., in 2013 before heading off to the University of Connecticut. But things didn't go well there, he transferred to Bunker Hill Community College, and after some time there moved on to Southern New Hampshire University. Did he ever think he'd be here for four, and possibly five summers? "No, but who would?" said Sullivan, who is playing first base and hitting .282 with two homers, four doubles and nine RBIs. "But the way my career progressed, I was changing schools, Nashua became a home for me more or less. It's the most consistent thing I had. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:49:22 EST Nashua wins Cal Ripken District 4 championship The Nashua 10U Red All-Stars beat Amherst in two straight games, 15-8 and 11-1, to win the Cal Ripken District 4 title. Nashua will now move on to the state tournament in Exeter beginning July 2. Nashua rallied from an 8-4 deficit to win Game 1 and then scored runs in almost every inning for the Game 2 victory. Jake O'Connor had two home runs, including a two-run shot to left field and a towering grand slam. Ryan Haskell and Derek Finlay led the team on the mound. Members of the team are T.J. Addonizio, Camden Brown, Camden Burgess, Griffin Davis, Jack Lobdell, Will Nardone, Joe Riney, Ambrose Rockwell, Brady Sullivan, O'Connor, Finlay and Haskell. Nashua Babe Ruth City Championships underway The Nashua Babe Ruth City Championship tournament is underway with the White Sox and the Indians in the final round. The Indians swept the Braves in the best-of-three semifinals with wins of 11-3 and 12-3. In the series opener, the Indians were bolstered by the five-inning pitching by Vincent Priore,with the game closed by Jack Gauthier and Kyle Evans. The Indians touched the Braves pitching for nine hits, including two doubles by Priore and two singles by Zach Rioux.The Brave's had doubles from Seth Marcano and Nate Cormer. Marcano also had two singles,as did Tim McMeniman, and one single by Gavin Belesca. Belesca started on the mound for the Braves, followed by Alex Meesig andYensy Morel. Meanwhile, in the other semis, the No. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:00:16 EST An inspiration for Nashua Many of you who read The Telegraph already know that Nashua has a growing Indian-American and south Asian population within our city. Since the late 1980's when there were only a handful of Indian families living in Nashua, our city has experienced a tremendous growth in this segment of our population to the point where the city is now dotted with neighborhoods that are predominantly populated by Indian-American and south Asian families. I personally have two Nepalese families living on either side of me, and have been the lucky beneficiary of some amazing cook-outs in their backyards. I bring over my burgers, and exchange them for paneer and chutney. The growth of Nashua's Indian-American and south Asian community is a tremendous benefit to our city. Companies like Dell, Oracle, and Parallel Wireless are but a few of the tech and software companies in Nashua that have helped attract this ever-growing segment of our population. As the Indian-American population has increased, opportunities for individuals within their community have arisen to take leadership roles within our private and public sectors. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:42:10 EST Kidnapping charge leads indictments MANCHESTER - The Nashua man acquitted twice in two years of stabbing, assault and witness tampering charges is back under Superior Court indictment, this time on allegations he kidnapped, assaulted and threatened to kill a girlfriend earlier this year. Sheldon Grant, 34, of 8 Tolles St., is among several Nashua-area residents indicted this week by the June term of the grand jury for the Hillsborough County Superior Court Northern Division in Manchester. The new set of indictments charge Grant with four felony and two misdemeanor offenses stemming from an alleged two-day spate of violence in March at the victim's Manchester apartment. An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but represents the grand jury's determination that enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move forward with the case. The grand jury also handed down a series of domestic violence-related indictments against Nashua resident Kyle Sanders, 27, of 21 Cambridge Road, accusing him of strangling two individuals, one of whom is a 19-year-old woman described as his intimate partner, during a February incident at a Manchester residence. The three other local residents indicted this month by the Northern Division grand jury include: n Robert Norman, 52, of 5 Briarcliff Drive, Milford. Eight counts, purchase of child sex abuse image, Class A felonies; one count, indecent exposure and lewdness, Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly buying or possessing visual representations of young girls engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and for allegedly sitting in his vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot with no pants on, all on Feb. 16 in Amherst. n Cassidy Clayton, 25, of 6 Cross St., Nashua. Three counts, forgery, Class B felonies, for allegedly cutting three forged checks totaling $945 to a Manchester bank on Nov. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:07:37 EST Nashua touted as ‘StormReady’ community Nashua became the only community in the state to be recognized by the National Weather Service as a "StormReady" community. Staff from the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, traveled to Nashua to present the certification and a sign to Justin Kates, the city's emergency management director, on June 14. The city qualified for this designation after a year-long application process during which its Office of Emergency Management proved "its solid communication system and comprehensive, multi-hazard emergency operations plan," Kates said in a statement. As an added benefit to the city, the certification resulted in the city earning points through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, which could reduce floor insurance premium rates for residents. "The designation is especially meaningful as we get into hurricane season," Kates said. "While Nashua will never be stormproof, we have now taken the critical steps to reduce our risk." There are 2,471 other StormReady sites across the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. - Telegraph Staff Boileau promoted to deputy city clerk Turnover in the City Clerk's office resulted in the promotion of longtime staff member Judith Boileau to deputy city clerk earlier this month. Boileau has worked in the office for 10 years, starting as a vital records clerk and advancing to department coordinator. "I like working in the City Clerk's office. There is always something new and different going on and you always learn something new every day," she said. Boileau succeeds Marguerite Seymour, who left the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to become deputy city clerk last Dec. 7. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:33:27 EST School officials undecided on candidates NASHUA - School officials are mulling options for filling the interim superintendent position, although one of three candidates has already accepted a position elsewhere. According to published reports, Matthew Malone, former State Secretary of Education for Massachusetts and candidate for interim superintendent in Nashua, accepted a superintendent position in Fall River, Mass., Wednesday. Board of Education member George Farrington said that without discussing the matter in meeting first, he cannot comment on Malone's candidacy in Nashua. The other two candidates are Betsey S. Cox-Buteau, superintendent of schools in Fremont, and Ruthann Petruno-Goguen, superintendent of schools for the Mascenic Regional School District in Greenville. Farrington said the board is eager to select a candidate for the interim position. "We would have liked to have somebody before this, but we want to take the time and do the right thing," he said in a Friday phone interview. "We're meeting tomorrow to talk some more about it." The board scheduled a special 9 a.m. meeting on Saturday; however, Farrington said, much of it will be held in a nonpublic session. Board members and Nashua district staff hosted an open house Monday evening to introduce the public to the three candidates. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:31:04 EST Hundreds rally at Nashua Relay for Life Each person in the crowd at Saturday's Relay for Life of Greater Nashua had a reason to attend. Some were cancer survivors standing strong; others were family members fighting alongside their spouses, siblings and parents; and there were the sneaker-wearing caretakers in solidarity with their patients on a sizzling summer morning. "As you walk around the track for the next 12 hours, these faces will be there for you," said Shana Hybsch, co-chairwoman of the Relay committee along with Steve Saxe. "Through your joy of celebrating our survivors, your tears of remembering loved ones lost and your determination in fighting back against this terrible disease." The annual community event, held at Nashua High School North, is part of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement and is considered the largest and most impactful fundraiser to end cancer. Similar events are held in hundreds of communities worldwide, including about 25 in the Granite State. "Every one of you is going above and beyond the call of duty in the fight against cancer," said Laura Patnaude, community manager for the local Relay. Teams are assembled among friends, families, schools, businesses or organizations that raise money for the American Cancer Society, then join at a local track and take turns walking, for up to 24 hours in some cases. Entertainment and activity tents were erected around the track. Those fundraising have until the end of August to collect donations. "Relay For Life is the signature event for the American Cancer Society and is not only a fundraiser to support the society's lifesaving mission to help people stay well and get well, to find cures and to fight back, but it is also about a community uniting to fight cancer," Patnaude added. Cancer survivors kicked off the event a few minutes after 11 a.m. with a victory lap. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:26:49 EST Silver Knights edge Pittsfield Suns, 2-1 By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA - Fans who left Holman Stadium discouraged after the Nashua Silver Knights got ripped by Brockton the other night got payback in a good way on Saturday night. In one of the most entertaining games of the last couple of seasons, the Knights edged Pittsfield 2-1 in a game that featured clutch hitting, pitching and defense from both sides in front of a pleased crowd of 1,412. "It was just a great, tight college baseball game," Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said. "It was a well-pitched game, great defense by Pittsfield, and a play at the plate for us. It's the first one-run game we've won in regulation without walking off." For Nashua (14-6), the clutch pitching came in the form of three straight inning-ending strikeouts with the tying and/or go-ahead runs in scoring position. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:59:54 EST Michel D. Beaucher Michel David Beaucher, 61, of Nashua, passed away unexpectedly at his home, Saturday, June 18, 2016. A lifelong resident of this city, Michel was born in Nashua on January 7, 1955, a son of the late Edgar L. and Cecile (Gagnon) Beaucher. He was educated in local schools and was a graduate of Nashua High School class of 1973. While in high school, Michel discovered his passion for art and painting, something his daughter would later share with him. Michel worked in Nashua his entire career. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:33:48 EST Adelaide D. ‘Ida’ Fernandes Adelaide D. "Ida" Fernandes, 100, widow of John C. Fernandes, of Nashua, passed away peacefully at her home, Thursday morning, June 23, 2016. A resident of Nashua for over 70 years, Ida was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on December 4, 1915, a daughter of the late Charles and Antonia DeJesus. She attended Lowell area schools. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:34:58 EST Rochester manages to hold off Nashua NASHUA - The bats woke up a little late for Nashua Post 124. Nashua fell behind by six runs through four innings before answering by scoring four of the remaining five runs in a 7-4 loss to Rochester Post 7 in American Legion senior baseball action Friday at Bishop Guertin High School. Errors hurt Post 124 throughout the game, as it made six in the first five innings. "We gave them five unearned runs in the game," Post 124 manager Kevin Palanski said. "That was the difference right there. Carter Cormier probably did not have his best stuff. He pitched real good against Derry last week. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:27:48 EST Nashua PAL stages annual summer kickoff NASHUA - Celebrating the start to the season, city youth organization the Nashua Police Athletic League held an outdoor party and barbecue for its members and the rest of the neighborhood. "The Summer Blast Off is our official kickoff to summer - it's one the one day a year we're open to the whole community (because) usually it's just the members," said Nashua PAL executive director Shaun Nelson. The event featured games, a bouncy house, live music, barbecue, face- painting and a dunk tank manned by teenage PAL members. "It's a celebration of a year of success and a celebration of summer," Nelson said. PAL members brought family and friends to the Blast Off party to enjoy the afternoon. Member Raven Snider, 14, said she was most excited about taking aim at the dunk tank, but also to introduce her friend, 13-year-old Sierra Raymond, to the club. "So far, it's been great," Sierra said. Belle Esperance, 14, and her brother Danforth, 5, stopped to pick up a couple of snow cones. "I just joined today - they're really nice here," said Belle. Nelson said PAL would easily see more than 200 people during the Friday kickoff, mostly neighbors in the Tree Streets. Members of Crossway Christian Church, a New Hampshire church planning to open its first downtown location this fall, joined the celebration, too. Pastor Dave Smith said they are busy preparing the space at the former Saigon Asian Market at 33 Pine St. "I have been getting to know different organizations in the area and PAL responded," Smith said, adding PAL invited them to join the event as an introduction to the neighborhood. "We're also doing some things here too ... face painting, music, popcorn and 'selfie' booths," Smith said. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:00:25 EST Suspect from 2015 shooting to be sentenced in July NASHUA - The Nashua man accused of firing a handgun during an April 2015 altercation has agreed to plead guilty to three felony charges. Judge Jacalyn Colburn on Friday morning accepted the agreement related to Travis McPherson, 20, who admitted his role in an April 25, 2015 neighborhood disturbance in the area of Pine and Lemoine streets. Nearly 20 people were arrested on rioting charges and one man was shot in the leg in the incident, police said. McPherson pled guilty to one count of riot, a second-degree assault charge and one count of reckless conduct. He acknowledged his guilt in all three Class B felonies before the judge. As a result of the plea agreement, Colburn said the two sides have partially negotiated a sentence they will ask the court to adopt. "The perimeters of the agreement are that the state will apparently be asking for three-and-a-half to seven years at the state prison and (the defense) may be asking for something less than that - no lower than one to three years at the state prison," she said in court. McPherson's sentencing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 28. Assistant County Attorney Catherine Devine said the prosecution could prove McPherson fired the gun that led to Eric Roman, then 24, of Nashua, sustaining a bullet wound in a gang-related shooting sometime before 5:30 p.m. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:00:48 EST Police say arrests make an impact NASHUA - A top-ranking officer in the Nashua Police Department said Friday the latest recent drug sweep, which netted 14 arrests, was mostly the result of long-term investigations by law enforcement. NPD Deputy Chief Denis Linehan said while most of the arrests were street-level dealers placed into custody, the sheer number of arrests, and the frequency of the initiatives, is unique. Nashua police say 11 people were arrested on felony drug charges in early May. That same month, another 13 people from Nashua, Hudson, Manchester and Allenstown were charged, according to city police. Another 16 people from Greater Nashua were arrested in early June and the latest group of 14 people were arrested Thursday, said police. "In the past, there would be some drug sweeps picking up 10-15 people. That might happen every couple of months," Linehan said. "Now what's happening is we've recognized the need that we have to get out there and make these types of arrests to make an impact." Law enforcement is making a more concerted effort involving not just the city's drug team, but also the NPD Problem Oriented Policing and traffic-enforcement units coming together to work with the narcotics division to make the arrests. The department did not have the manpower to dedicate to drug-related arrests in past years. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:22:45 EST Nashuan credits doctors for life Over the past 50 years, Nashua native Tim English has graduated high school, worn a cast for six months, fought in Vietnam, married a Hudson woman, became a career military man and had four children. All indelible memories - for better or for worse. But high on that list of unforgettable life experiences is a particular series of events that defines the fairly cliche sentiment "bittersweet," something that five decades later still conjures a flood of emotions ranging from sadness and grief to an everlasting debt of gratitude. It was Memorial Day 1966, and as afternoon began to slide into evening, English hopped on the back of his good friend Don Kennedy's motorcycle for a little jaunt out to the old Baboosic Lake pavilion. The plan was to check out a holiday weekend dance. But somewhere along Boston Post Road in Amherst, fate, in the form of a 1959 Buick, would intervene. For English, the memories remain painfully clear: The 17-year-olds, two weeks away from their Nashua High graduation, lay bloodied and broken in the dark on a then-rural back road. English looked down at a ghastly sight: "There was blood everywhere. Every time my heart pumped, blood squired out of my leg," he said slowly. In medical terms, English sustained a severe laceration to his femoral artery. Some people had come to try and help, but in 1966, such things as civilian first-aid training were still off in the future. "Nobody was doing first aid," English said. But then he looked up at a man - he may have been the driver of the car, English said - and something popped into his head. "I said 'Give me your belt.' I wrapped it around my thigh." The closest thing to first-aid training English had, he said, was "talking about safety and first aid" at his Boy Scout meetings some years earlier. "It must have come from that," he said of the sudden notion that may very well have saved his life. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:04:53 EST Nashua police nab 14 in Thursday drug sweep Police on Thursday announced the arrest of more than a dozen individuals, including eight from Nashua, on drug-related crimes and other charges associated with drug activity. Officers with the Nashua Police Department's Narcotics Intelligence Division conducted a combined drug impact initiative leading to the arrest of the 14 individuals. Nashua police said the following individuals were arrested: Reta Morell, Michael Boucher, Ulysses McMillan, Melissa Crocker, Toni Beauchesne, Edwin Roman, Brian Nieves, Jeffrey Baldwin, Kelly Verrier, Richard Neveaux, John Gregory, Jessica Surprenant, Molly Merrick, and Karl Saunders. Police gave the following account of the charges that were brought: Morell, 28, with no fixed address, Nashua, was charged with one felony count of selling Suboxone and one misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of prescription drugs. Morell was held on $15,000 cash bail, pending a Friday arraignment. Boucher, 40, of 46 Vine St., Nashua, was charged with one felony count of criminal liability for the conduct of another related to the sale of Suboxone. He was released on $5,000 cash or surety bail, pending an arraignment Aug. 23. The 30-year-old McMillan, of 23 Temple St., Apt. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:39:50 EST Nobody injured when car ends up wet Firefighters responded around 2 p.m. on Friday to Newcastle Drive at the Royal Crest Apartments in Nashua for reports of a vehicle in the water. Crews found a silver Honda Civic traveled in reverse over the curb, ran over a Comcast utility box, down an embankment, and into a small pond. The occupant was able to escape without injury. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:00:20 EST Anna Coronis Anna Coronis, age 69, resident of Fort Myers Beach, FL, formerly of Hollis, NH, passed away unexpectedly on June 20, 2016. She is survived by her beloved daughter Dawn Coronis, her sister Tina Fiorenza, and fiance Don Miller. She is also survived by her nieces and nephew, Jessica Chalmers, Brandie Fiorenza, and Anthony Fiorenza, and lifelong friend Walter Charpentier, as well as many cousins, family and friends who loved her dearly. Anna graduated from Nashua High School in 1964 and went on to be a very well-known and respected business woman as the Senior Vice President of C & S Disposal for 25 years. She received The Business Woman of the year by the State of NH for her many accomplishments. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:30:15 EST Leo R. Leclerc Leo R. Leclerc, 81, of Hudson, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at his residence in Hudson, surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 3, 1934, in Nashua, NH, son of the late Antoine and Dorilla (LaRoche) Leclerc. Leo was also predeceased by his wife Ruth (Doland) Leclerc in 2004, as well as by seven brothers and sisters. Leo was employed for many years as an Operations Supervisor at Alexanders Supermarket. He retired from there in the early '90s. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:18 EST Herbert H. Ouellette Herbert H. Ouellette, 92, of Nashua, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, June 20, 2016, surrounded by his family. A lifelong resident of this city, Herbert was born on September 24, 1923, a son of the late Henry and Agnes Ouellette. A Navy veteran, Herbert served his country during World War II and the Korean War. He was employed as a Tool & Die maker with Sanders Associates, retiring after 30 years of service. Herbert was an avid golfer, enjoyed woodworking, creating beautiful furniture and bowls for his family and friends. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:51 EST Leo R. Leclerc Leo R. Leclerc, 81, of Hudson, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at his residence in Hudson, surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 3, 1934, in Nashua, NH, son of the late Antoine and Dorilla (LaRoche) Leclerc. Leo was also predeceased by his wife Ruth (Doland) Leclerc in 2004, as well as by seven brothers and sisters. Leo was employed for many years as an Operations Supervisor at Alexanders Supermarket. He retired from there in the early ’90s. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:51:29 EST Salem High’s timing delivers Ricky Oliver Salem High School Athletic Director Scott Insigna isn’t a fool. He saw one of the state’s best coaches was available for hiring and couldn’t pass up the chance to make the Blue Devils’ girls basketball program better. Let’s make something clear from the start, Ricky Oliver didn’t ditch your Nashua North Titans for Salem. When he handed his resignation to Nashua Athletic Director Lisa Gingras back in March, the 56-year-old Lowell (Mass.) resident was already packing up his house for a move to San Antonio. He had one foot out of New England and was just waiting on the call to head south. It didn’t work out how he intended. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:58:00 EST FCBL: Brockton Rox run down Nashua Silver Knights NASHUA – It’s official: The Nashua Silver Knights are in a slump. They’re picking a bad time for it, with school out and games galore at Holman Stadium. While the Silver Knights aren’t hitting with just three runs over three straight losses, it would have been tough on Thursday night to match Brockton’s 19 hits and 17 runs in a 17-1 Rox win before a crowd of 1,151. Starter Mike Geannelis (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season after going just 1 1/3 innings, giving up seven earned runs on six hits and three walks. He saw his earned run average of 2.70 baloon to 6.00. “He had nothing,” Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:52:00 EST Sandra Jean Norris Sandra Jean Norris, 77, of Nashua, NH, and formerly of Seattle, Washington, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Southern NH Medical Center, surrounded by her loved ones. Born June 5, 1939, in Rochester, NY, she was the daughter of the late Richard H. and Eleanor C. (Hovey) Spears and wife of John C. Norris, of Nashua, NH, with whom she married in Rochester, NY, in 1967. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:19:01 EST Karleen (Randall) Lang Milford – Karleen (Randall) Lang, 65, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on Friday, June 10, 2016. She was born on January 8, 1951, in Nashua, NH. Karleen was the daughter of Leonard B. Randall and Helen (Long) Randall of Mont Vernon, NH. Karleen graduated from Milford Area Senior High School in 1970 and remained a resident of the Amherst and Milford, NH, areas for the remainder of her life. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:19:01 EST Nashua woman arrested for theft at beach HAMPTON – A Nashua woman is in jail awaiting a July arraignment on allegations she tried to steal a purse on Sunday at Hampton Beach State Park then gave police a fake name. Jessica Lantagne, 41, whose last known address was 96 Amherst St., Nashua was taken into custody shortly after 3:15 p.m., according to police, who credited witnesses’ “accurate descriptions” that allowed officers to identify and apprehend Lantagne in short order. She was charged with one count each of receiving stolen property, a felony, and false report to law enforcement, a misdemeanor, according to police. She was booked then jailed on $5,000 cash bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for July 26 in a Seabrook court. Police said officers were called to the state park for a report of a woman attempting to steal a purse from another woman. They spoke with witnesses and the alleged victim, who provided the information that led officers to Lantagne, according to police. In speaking with Lantagne, police said officers found two bags, or purses, in her possession that they said did not belong to her. The rightful owners were subsequently identified, police added. While questioning Lantagne, police said, she allegedly gave officers a false name “in an attempt to conceal her identity.” Telegraph archives show that Nashua police, in November 2009, arrested a Jessica Lantagne, then 34 and residing in Milford, on charges that included shoplifting, unlawful possession of prescription drugs and giving police a false name and date of birth. Police said Lantagne was carrying a stolen purse at the time. More recently, a Jessica Lantagne, then of 96 Amherst St., Nashua, was arrested in February 2015 on a warrant as well as unauthorized use of a vehicle or rental property, according to the archives. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or@Telegraph_DeanS. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:10:00 EST Nashua celebration to support those with rare skin condition NASHUA – In solidarity with people who have a rare skin condition, Nashua will host its first World Vitiligo Day celebration this weekend. World Vitiligo Day in Nashua will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Front Door Agency located at 12 Concord St., with everyone in the community welcome to attend. Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin pigmentation in blotches, and can affect anyone. The cause is not known. “(World Vitiligo Day) is a way of getting the awareness out there and letting the community know it’s not contagious,” said Rosemary Infante, organizer and mother of a child with vitiligo. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:58:32 EST Greater Nashua's downtown housing project An incoming federal grant means the latest downtown housing project is close to kicking off, according to the Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity. Executive Director Jennifer Lorrain said Tuesday that the arrival of roughly $100,000 from a Housing and Urban Development grant will allow Habitat to tear down the former Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter building on Chestnut Street and construct a new home in its place. Lead and asbestos abatement work is part of the project, which Lorrain said is “a long time in the making.” While there is no official purchase and sales agreement, it is “all drafted and ready to go,” she added. The money doesn’t cover all costs for the project, but the sizable sum was necessary before the project could continue. “We plan on making a big splash when we’re ready to demo the building. It meant a lot to a lot of people in the city,” she said, adding all necessary historical and environmental reviews are part of the process. The soup kitchen and shelter moved in September 2014 to its current headquarters on Quincy Street, a facility offering an improved space and ability to provide services over the cramped and aging Chestnut Street building. “When we were approached, it was a no-brainer,” Lorrain said. “We finished up at 45 Chestnut St. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:16:11 EST Roberts to partcipate in CHaD High School All-Star Football Game Ian Roberts will represent Merrimack High School on Team West during the CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game, featuring the top senior football players from last fall, on Saturday at St. Anselm College. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Each player on the team raises funds to benefit Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) and as of Tuesday, nearly $210,000 have been rasied. West teammates from Greater Nashua include: J.T. Hiscoe (BG), Jackson Houson (BG), Cameron Kinney (Souhegan), Devin Leonard (Nashua North), Nick Lorden (BG), Mark Madigan (Milford), Collin Morrow (Nashua South), Mike Muchemore (Nashua North), Kody Palladino (Milford), Hanzia Sheikh (Nashua North), Greg Stanton (Nashua North), Nick Truchon (Souhegan) and Max Urda (Milford). Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:03:21 EST Sports Talk Merrimack Journal Merrimack  Sparkler 5K Free run for kids  before the race Get your July 4 celebration off to a great start this year while at the same time supporting the Merrimack High school and middle schools girls and boys cross country and track programs by signing up now for the 19th Annual Merrimack Sparkler 5K and Kids Run. The race was founded by the Merrimack Road Runner Boosters in 1998 and is one of the oldest continuous Fourth of July races held in the state of New Hampshire and has become an integral part of the town's annual Fourth of July celebration. This year's race returns to the "original" 5K course now that the reconstruction of the Manchester Street Bridge over Harris Pond has been completed. This year's 5K race starts at 8 a.m. from the Merrimack Y and is sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports 4 Coliseum Ave #2, Nashua, NH, 03063. The race will feature a brand new race logo design by Merrimack High School student Morgan Chantler as well as classy Sport-Tek race shirts with the new race logo. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:02:56 EST Redman takes 2nd at 40th Heptathlon, Bedford places 4 in top 20 overall Bedford's Mollie Redman placed second at the 40th State Heptathlon on Saturday and Sunday at Nashua High School South. Each of the girls competed in the 800 meters, javelin, long jump, 200 meters, shot put, high jump and 100 meters. Bedford's Molly McCoole (11th), Shanna Scribner (15th) and Brianna CoCo (tied for 21st) all finished in the top third of the 66-entrant event. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:00:40 EST Karleen (Randall) Lang >MILFORD - Karleen (Randall) Lang, 65, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on Friday June 10, 2016. She was born on January 8, 1951, in Nashua, NH. Karleen was the daughter of Leonard B. Ran­dall and Helen (Long) Randall of Mont Vernon, NH. Karleen gradu­ated from Milford Area Senior High School in 1970 and remained a resident of the Amherst and Milford, NH areas for the remainder of her life. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:01:09 EST FCBL: Nashua Silver Knights fall quietly to Seacoast Mavericks NASHUA – It would have been nice to go through an entire season without the Nashua Silver Knights losing two in a row, but that’s not realistic. And now impossible after the Seacoast Maverick Kyle Pangallo put on a show, leading the Mavs to a 4-1 win on Wednesday night before just 672 at Holman Stadium. Pangallo hit two home runs, a two-run shot in the first and solo bomb in the ninth for three RBIs, and reached base all five times. The Mavs, who have been also rans through much of their FCBL history, are now 12-6, a half game behind 12-5 Nashua in the East Divison. “We’re not hitting,” Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said, his team with just seven hits on the night. “We didn’t hit (Tuesday) night (a 5-1 loss to Brockton) and we didn’t hit tonight. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:13:00 EST Former Nashua North coach Ricky Oliver now Salem's girls basketball coach Nashua High School North girls basketball fans don’t have to worry, they’ll get to see Ricky Oliver patrolling the sidelines again after all. It just won’t be as the Titans’ head coach. Oliver will face his former program for the first time as the opposing coach on Dec. 22 at Salem High School. It’s the only regular-season meeting scheduled between his new team and the Titans. “Who knows, we could meet again in the playoffs,” said Oliver, who was officially named the Blue Devils girls basketball coach Tuesday night, following his approval at the Salem School Board’s regularly scheduled meeting. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:10:00 EST News Digest Hudson Motorcyclist accused of driving 104 mph arrested Police say a Manchester man was arrested for riding his motorcycle more than twice the legal limit on Wednesday morning. Luiz Soto, 35, was taken into custody for reckless operation after an officer working on traffic patrol clocked a 2012 Harley-  Davidson motorcycle traveling at 104 mph on the Route 3 off-ramp near Exit 2. The posted speed limit is 45 mph and drops to 35 mph. Officers with the Hudson Police Department say the motorcycle was found to be unregistered. He was released on personal recognizance bail and will appear in a Nashua courtroom at a later date to face the charge. – CHRIS GAROFOLO Nashua Bear spotted in Greeley Park; no human interaction One of the city’s premier public parks on Wednesday got a visit from a black bear, who continued on his stroll without incident. “An employee saw a bear,” said Public Works Director Lisa Fauteux on Wednesday. “To the best of my knowledge, it just ran off.” Light rain and overcast skies meant fewer people were in Greeley Park when the bear was spotted late in the morning, she said. The 125-acre public park runs from the Merrimack River to Manchester Street in the city’s North End. City park officials notified the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s law enforcement division. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:07:00 EST Meeting a need of the hungry When organizers with the United Way of Greater Nashua put out the call for volunteers to help package meals for local food organizations like the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, New Hampshire Food Bank, Share Outreach in Milford and Corpus Christi Food Pantry in Nashua, they were hoping to get at least 40 people. With that many volunteers, figured United Way president Mike Apfelberg, they could do the job in about three hours. The task at hand was packaging 11,000 meals to be distributed to those organizations that act as food resources to people for whom food security may be an issue. "There are good times and bad times for the pantries," Apfelberg said. Holidays are traditionally the best season for food pantries, and in the summer, the need increases while donations decrease. "In the summertime, a couple of things happen: Kids are out of school and can't access food programs, and there are lower contributions in the summer because people are on vacation," he said. The United Way teamed up with End Hunger New England, part of Outreach Inc. United Way raised the money, and End Hunger provided the food and equipment at a cost of 25 cents per meal. They arranged to stage the operation this past Tuesday at the Nashua Community College gym, and the call for volunteers went out. What happened says a lot about the kind - and kindness - of people who live in our local communities. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:52:02 EST Two hospitalized in Canal Street crash; 4-car incident backed up westbound traffic NASHUA – Two people were taken to area hospitals Wednesday after a four-car crash on Canal Street near BAE Systems that included an unmarked Nashua police vehicle. Traffic was interrupted westbound as firefighters and ambulance workers tended to people and the vehicles involved. One of the vehicles was an unmarked Nashua Police Department cruiser operated by Deputy Chief Denis Linehan. Emergency responders said two people were transported to local hospitals, including a child who was riding in a car seat. “It’s being investigated in terms of who is at fault here. It does appear that we have a party that went through the red light,” Linehan said. “It’s just a matter of determining which party that was.” The identities of the other individuals involved in the accident were not released as of Wednesday afternoon. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:01:00 EST Green Thumbs, Big Hearts: Addicts clean rail trail on road to recovery NASHUA – Two dozen men and women working their way out of addiction and away from criminal tendencies with assistance from Nashua’s Adult Drug Court picked up a different set of tools Wednesday morning and cheerfully went to work. Some selected rakes, others grabbed square-point shovels and still others wielded of spring-loaded “grabbers,” all with the common purpose of removing trash and debris from a roughly half-mile stretch of downtown Nashua’s Heritage Rail Trail. The morning-long project was, in the words of Drug Court coordinator Julie Christenson-Collins, the participants’ and leadership team’s way of saying, “Thank you,” to the community. “Everyone’s been so good to us, so supportive,” Christenson-Collins said as Nashua Parks and Recreation Department employees distributed tools from their truck at the rear of City Hall. “We’re very excited to be giving back to the community for all the support for drug court.” Wednesday’s trail cleanup was the two-year-old program’s second such community service event, following last year’s cleaning and painting project at Greater Nashua Mental Health Center. The center, which merged several years ago with longtime city agency the Community Council, was instrumental in getting the drug court up and running and continues to provide counselors, treatment professionals and case managers for what is known as the Drug Court Team. At the helm is Judge Jacalyn Colburn, whose early 2014 experiment – sentencing a young female drug offender to a series of weekly progress meetings rather than sending her to jail – inspired the judge to bring the program to Nashua. Colburn on Wednesday swapped her robe for a T-shirt, shorts and sneakers, practicing a key drug court philosophy that everyone does their part. She was joined, along with Christenson-Collins, by fellow drug court team members Amy Feliciano, Superior Court South’s deputy clerk and assistant County Attorney Kent Smith. Brian Levesque, who entered drug court in March, dedicated his time to the all-important raking detail, pulling trash, dead brush and other long-ago discarded items from the trail’s edges. “It’s going pretty good,” Levesque said of the cleanup before turning to the subject of drug court. “So far, so good – real good,” he said with a smile. “The program is awesome.” Using one of the “grabber” tools to pluck a trail of cigarette butts and other junk from the area, recent drug court enrollee Stacey Morrow worked in tandem with her daughter, Avery. “I brought her along to help,” Morrow said of her daughter, who is not in drug court but decided to accept her mom’s invitation. As the cleanup crew worked its way across Chestnut Street, a woman whose backyard abuts the Rail Trail called out to several members. “You’re doing a great job, thank you,” she hollered above the barking of her dogs, suggesting that those responsible for littering on the trail should be helping as well. “Ah, that’s OK ... it is what it is,” one member called back. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or@Telegraph_DeanS. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:46:56 EST Heading into summer this week with theater, music, more Hope everyone had a Rock'n Ribfest weekend, and celebrated all the dads in your life. And hooray, it's officially summer this week! Time to kick back and enjoy life at a more pleasant pace, whenever possible. There are a couple theater performances to check out this weekend. Genesys Theater will bring the doo-wop and danger with the musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors," at the Janice B. Streeter Theater in downtown Nashua. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:09:42 EST ArtWalk Weekend 2016 artist registration begins NASHUA - Early-bird artist registration is now open for the 12th annual ArtWalk Weekend, downtown Nashua's premier arts festival, according to City Arts Nashua. "After last year's ArtWalk, we surveyed the participating artists for feedback and based on their input, we are scheduling ArtWalk Weekend 2016 for Oct. 15-16, to coincide with the Gate City Fall Festival Parade," said Kathy Hersh, president of City Arts Nashua. Already in the initial planning process, ArtWalk 2016 is expected to have well over 100 students, emerging and established artists exhibiting and selling their work in venues along Main Street in historic downtown Nashua. "City Arts Nashua is an arts service nonprofit. We produce ArtWalk Weekend to enhance Nashua's creative economy by providing area artists with a well-publicized festival each year where they can show and sell their work without commission, as well as an opportunity to showcase local entertainment," Hersh added. ArtWalk Weekend traditionally brings more than 1,000 visitors downtown for the event. "We are now well into the planning for this year's ArtWalk Weekend. We will be expanding the free arts-related activities for children and adults, adding 'food stops' so participants can enjoy Nashua's wide variety of restaurants during their visit," Hersh said. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:03:15 EST Nashua’s oldest preschools merge NASHUA – The city’s two oldest preschools have teamed up to create a new program with expanded services and longer hours called the Children’s Winter Garden with White Wing School, or CWG-WWS for short. The two schools made the announcement last month. The Children’s Winter Garden school opened in 1952, and The White Wing School was established in 1959. The unified school will open this fall in the current White Wing School building at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 58 Lowell St. in Nashua, about a mile from the Children’s Winter Garden at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Nashua. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:42:42 EST Raising awareness for homelessness Thanks to The Telegraph for the guest commentary focused on homelessness in our community and to its authors, Mike Apfelberg of the United Way of Greater Nashua and Bob Mack, Nashua Welfare Officer, for writing it. We appreciated the United Way taking an active presence in our community in speaking out about homelessness and poverty and greatly respect the work of Bob Mack in leading, advocating, and creating policies to move our community to ending homelessness. The family of Jody and Frank detailed in the article highlighted how difficult it is to keep a roof over one's head, let alone meet all the needs of a family on low wages. It is nearly impossible, and our Legislature has failed to raise the minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25. You can contact your state representatives or state senator to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, which, however, is still not a livable wage. Research shows the best single action for ending homelessness and poverty is safe, affordable housing and the services needed to sustain it. More housing is needed, and advocacy for this is needed. One group not mentioned in the list of resources to volunteer with is Harbor Homes, a member of the Continuum of Care, with which we are affiliated via the Ending Homelessness Fund. Harbor Homes is the largest provider of permanent, affordable housing for the disabled, the homeless and veterans in our community and the state at large. Bob and Hilary Keating Nashua Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:03:22 EST Touched by the Ivory family story I just finished reading the beautiful editorial in the Sunday paper (June 19) of The Telegraph about the Ivory family. I was overwhelmed and filled with joy that the Nashua High School North community came together to give Mr. Ivory his wish of seeing his beloved daughter, Alexis, graduate from high school during the special ceremony that was held. The editorial was amazing, as I envisioned the ceremony and the happiness this brought to Mr. Ivory, Alexis, and their family. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:02:58 EST Helen M. Giatas Helen M. Giatas, 94, of Saco, ME, formerly of Nashua, NH, died on June 19, 2016 at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, ME after a brief illness. She was born on April 2, 1922 in Forestville, CT, the daughter of the late Michael and Domna (Dikos) Giatas. She graduated from Nashua High School in 1940 and attended Nashua Business School. Helen had a lifetime career in retail. She was employed by the J. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:01:19 EST Holman Hall inductees announced Nashua's Fourth of July celebration is about more than independence and fireworks. It's also a chance to shine the spotlight on the newest inductees to the Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall of Fame. Capping the pre-fireworks program, the Lions Club's Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall of Fame induction of Ed, Adolph (Butch), Jim, Vito and John Kissell; the late Ray Oban, a former Boston Red Sox scout and the first baseball and pitching coach at Bishop Guertin; and broadcaster Ed Lecius, who joins his father, Edward F. Lecius, who was an inaugural inductee into the Hall. The 8 p.m. Hall of Fame ceremony will be followed by an American Citizenship Ceremony at 8:15, a performance by the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps at 8:30 and fireworks at dusk. If there was a professional football family hall of fame, the Kissell brothers would certainly be among the inductees. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:00:31 EST In Nashua, ties have unraveled Silly question for everybody out there: Which record is better, 6-6 or 6-5-1? Yes, 6-5-1 is better with one less loss - unless you're playing baseball in the Nashua Babe Ruth system. When final regular-season standings were released on June 17, the Indians had locked up the top seed for the playoffs at 9-3, followed by the Yankees (8-3-1) and White Sox (7-5). Figuring out the fourth and final playoff spot is when things got silly. The A's, at 6-5-1 and two-and-a-half games behind the Indians in the standings, were placed below the Braves, who finished 6-6 and three games out of first. Since the A's and Braves split their season series, it came down to run differential. Braves are in the playoffs, A's are spectators. Unfortunately for the A's, those are the rules. According to Nashua Babe Ruth standings policy, the standings are determined by the percentage of wins as computed by dividing the number of wins by the total number of games played - that includes games resulting in a tie. Winning percentage is normally defined as wins divided by the total number of games played - which is usually wins plus losses, since a draw counts as half a loss and half a win. Tossing ties aside, as is the standard, the A's winning percentage was .545 compared to .500 for the Braves. Not in Nashua Senior Babe Ruth it isn't. It's a stupid rule that equates a tie with a loss. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:00:03 EST Makeover eyed for mobile clinic NASHUA - Hoping to improve access to healthcare in Greater Nashua, city officials partnered with St. Joseph Hospital and Rivier University to upgrade its aging Mobile Health Clinic. Plans for the new mobile clinic include a new vehicle, updated equipment, expanded services and broader service area. "The new component on the outreach van will be the nurse practitioner and dental component," said Bobbie Bagley, director of the city Public Health Department. Dental services will include preventive maintenance such as fluoride, sealants and help with proper care. The clinic will be staffed by a community outreach worker, a community health worker, a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor, a public health nurse and an advanced registered nurse practitioner. "We had a little break without LADAC because we lost funding for a couple of years, but we were able to bring that back," Bagley said, noting Mayor Jim Donchess supported the LADAC position in his budget. The vehicle itself also needs to be retired. "Nashua does have a mobile health clinic, but it is very old and in need of maintenance and a lot of other upgrades," said Louise Trottier, chairperson for Care for a Cause Committee. The St. Joseph-affiliated committee spearheads fundraising projects on behalf of the hospital. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:58:44 EST News Digest NASHUA City to give youth a free ride this summer Kids can ride city buses for free this summer Free summer bus passes are available beginning June 20 for those at least 12 years old. The bus pass enables youth to board or exit buses at any Nashua Transit stop through Aug. 26. All buses have bike racks so children can bring their bikes with them. Buses can bring children to some of the city's most popular summer spots, including Greeley Park, Nashua Police Athletic League, Lincoln Park, Fairgrounds Rotary Pool and Centennial Pool. There will not be a bus monitor or supervision for children once they arrive at their destinations. For more information on free summer bas passes, contact Courtney Marrs at the Division of Public Health and Community Services at 589-4543 or or visit - KATHRYN MARCHOCKI Hollis Volunteers needed  for Strawberry Fest The Hollis Women's Club is looking for volunteers to help hull strawberries for the 70th annual Strawberry Festival. Volunteers are needed 9 a.m. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:22:34 EST Nashua volunteers pack up 15,000 meals Hoping to draw at least 40 volunteers to the United Way of Greater Nashua's debut food packing event, 67 turned out on a warm summer day to put more than 15,000 meals together for local families in need. "We got more help than we were looking for," said Michael Apfelberg, president of the United Way of Greater Nashua. Besides the gracious turnout, Apfelberg said UPS stepped in as a last-minute sponsor to raise the meal count from 11,000 to 15,500. Other local sponsors include Etchstone Property and Enterprise Bank. Held during the first official week of summer, Apfelberg said they hope to curb what is typically a tough time for food pantries. Children are out of school in the summertime and do not have access to the district's food programs, he said, and there are lower contributions because people are on vacation. The United Way teamed up with End Hunger New England, part of Outreach Inc., to put the event together Tuesday afternoon at Nashua Community College. Providing the food and equipment, End Hunger staff set up three assembly lines of food supplies, scales and packaging equipment for volunteers. The meals were purchased by United Way fundraising for 25 cents each. Although the Iowa-based Outreach has been around since 2004, the New England branch of the organization launched in 2011. "We have fed over 12 million people just in New England, and the United Way has been a big part of that," said Jane Marie Galiette of Outreach, who was on hand Tuesday. Volunteers included members of the United Way directors' board and their families, UPS workers, students and local residents. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:00:32 EST Barbara (Wagner) Banuskevich NASHUA - Barbara (Wagner) Banuskevich, age 68, of Nashua, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, where she had been wonderfully taken care of by the dedicated staff there. She suffered from pancreatic cancer but held on to her courage and sense of humor throughout her illness. Barbara was born on January 7, 1948, in California. She earned a degree as a registered nurse from Sacramento College. She also was a professional photographer and taught photography in the Nevada area. Barbara is survived by her husband of eighteen years, Robert Banuskevich of Nashua; her son, Sean Eddlman and her two sisters, Ruby and Diana, all of West Sacramento, CA; a sister, Lynn, of Victor, ID; and a brother, Rob Wagner, of Jicana, Calif. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:00:14 EST Robert L. Ross Robert L. Ross, 82, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday June 18, 2016, at the Kindred Healthcare surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born in Nashua on August 25, 1933, a son of the late Jean Baptiste and Fabiloa (Cote) Ross. He was the loving husband of Theresa F. (Drouin) Ross of Nashua. Robert was a lifelong Nashua resident. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:22:06 EST Thaddeus W. Barbour Sr. Thaddeus William Barbour Sr., 39, of Lebanon, Maine, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. "Tad" was born in Peterborough, NH, in the middle of a snow storm on May 9, 1977, a son of Mary F. Marcum and the late Thomas H. Barbour Sr. During his early years, Tad made his home in North Berwick, ME, and was a graduate of Noble High School Class of 1995. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:23:25 EST Larry J. Ivory Jr. Larry J. Ivory Jr., 48, of Nashua, NH, passed away on Thursday evening June 16, 2016, at home in his wife's arms, surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Carole (Poulin) Ivory of Nashua, NH, to whom he shared 27 incredible years of marriage. Loving father of Amanda, Andrew, Sabrina and Alexis Ivory. He was born August 9, 1967, in Peru, Indiana, son of Edna (Rowsell) and the late Larry Ivory, Sr. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:23:55 EST NEIBL starts its 3rd season The New England Independent Baseball League is alive and well, thank you. Most of the teams are those who used to be Senior Babe Ruth clubs, and the NEIBL, which started two years ago, has its third season underway with seven teams. Locally, there's the Nashua Chiefs, the Nashua Knights and the Hollis Brookline Dodgers. Elsewhere, there's teams in Concord, Derry, and Salem. "We're trying to build on it," said NEIBL Director At Large and also Chiefs coach Mike Coy. "Derry may have two teams next year and we're expecting to have 12 teams in the league." The Nashua teams, besides having some high school players, Coy said, also have players who were cut this past spring from either North or South, "and other athletes who were out for other teams, like track, and didn't want to play baseball (at their school)." Coy's team will use Nashua South and Holman Stadium as its home field; the Nashua Knights, which is run by Nashua Baseball Academy, will use that facility's field in Brookline. The Chiefs are buoyed by former Alvirne catcher Greg Emmanuelson, who played at St. Joe's College in Maine this past spring, as well as the Coy cousins, Mitchell and Connor, who played for Nashua North and South, respectively. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:20:05 EST Nashua American Legion aims for return to tourney American Legion baseball: As they say, it ain't what it used to be. At least in the eyes of the area Senior Legion managers who had a difficult time at the start of the season this past week dealing with depth and numbers issues. "We're finding out everywhere, people are doing things differently now," Nashua Legion manager Kevin Palanski said. "It's a different ballgame." Hudson Post 48 manger Steve Beauchesne said that when the summer AAU schedule came out, at least four players bowed out because of too many schedule conflicts between the two. "It's frustrating," he said. "We're just struggling with our numbers. AAU is hurting us. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:21:13 EST Nashua teacher nude pic case goes to court NASHUA - The case of Nashua High School South teacher Bruce Lanctot, who is accused of soliciting sex from students and sending others nude photos of himself, is headed for Superior Court after Lanctot waived a probable cause hearing on the four felony charges against him and had four lesser charges dropped. Lanctot, 40, of 25 Stark St., Apt. 1, was arrested the afternoon of May 11, two days after officers received a report that he allegedly sent nude photos of himself to a student, police said at the time. Police said detectives from the department's Special Investigations Division promptly identified additional alleged victims and drafted a warrant for Lanctot's arrest. He was ultimately charged with four felony and four misdemeanor offenses. The misdemeanor charges - three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of indecent exposure-lewdness - were later dropped, according to Lanctot's file at Nashua district court. The remaining charges - two counts each of use of computer services prohibited and endangering the welfare of a child - are Class B felonies that are moving to the Superior Court level. The computer services charges accuse Lanctot of soliciting at least two students under age 16 via the social media app "Grindr" for the "purpose of engaging in sexual conduct," police said. The app is typically used by gay and bisexual men to meet others in their town or area. The endangering the welfare charges accuse Lanctot of soliciting students under 16 to engage in sex, according to court documents. Police said at the time of his arrest that Lanctot later identified himself to the alleged victims as a teacher at Nashua High School South, and indicated he knew he was communicating with students from the school. He also allegedly engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the students and solicited nude photos from at least one student, police added. Lanctot, a 1995 Nashua High graduate who was elected to the National Honor Society as a junior and also became an Eagle Scout and later a Boy Scout leader, was placed on paid administrative leave and has been free on $20,000 cash or surety bail since his arrest. Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad said in May that Lanctot had been a social studies teacher at NHS South since the 2001-02 school year. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashua or@Telegraph_DeanS. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:11:51 EST Grad credits caring setting for success NASHUA - After a long, hard road, Kelsey Sheehan graduated from Clearway High School in Nashua last week along with a dozen of her peers. Sheehan, speaking Monday with her 3-year-old daughter, Kaelyn, by her side, said she made the decision to move to Clearway from the Nashua School District while she was still in middle school in an effort to find the right path of education for her. "At Elm Street (Middle School), my grades were low and my attendance was really bad - like, 50 percent attendance," Sheehan said. "I didn't have any motivation to go to school at all, I didn't want to be around the other people." There were also issues with bullies, she said, so it became clear to her guidance counselor that switching to Clearway High School, an alternative high school run by the Adult Learning Center at 40 Arlington St., would be a good option for the young Sheehan. "I went straight there from middle school. The shorter days were better, the 'no homework' policy was good because I was always baby-sitting after school - and there was a 'no tolerance' bullying policy at Clearway, which was wonderful," she said. "I was never bullied; it was a totally different environment." Aside from getting along with all of her new classmates, Sheehan said the staff was universally supportive of her academics and personal life. "I had my daughter while I was at Clearway, and I had a lot of family changes. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:12:33 EST Grab a cup at ‘Coffee with a Cop’ NASHUA - The Nashua Police Department has scheduled a trio of sit-down events for those who reside or work in the city to discuss any law-enforcement-related issues on their mind. Three area coffee shops will host police officers in an informal, hourlong meet-and-greet beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in what is described as an agenda-free session. The facilities are the Dunkin' Donuts at 300 Main St., Pressed Cafe at 108 Spit Brook Road and the Starbucks at 10 Coliseum Ave. NPD Master Patrolman Bill Adamson said guests will have the opportunity to chat about any topics of concern, including "things they like about the police department, complaints, issues, current events, sports - whatever." "It's a way for them to see a more human side, realize we have a job to do and that we are just like them," he said. This is the inaugural forum with the Nashua department, which follows a program started by the Hawthorne, Calif., police department in 2011. The idea, Adamson said, is to have contact with the public in a nonconfrontational, informal forum. "If it becomes popular, we'll do it maybe a couple of times a month and will look to see if other establishments want to partner up," he said. Police sometimes face public relations challenges, given the nature of the work and a series of high-profile police brutality cases nationwide within the past few years. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:13:08 EST Drug court to be eligible for $490K CONCORD - Legislation signed last week that creates a statewide drug court system means Nashua Adult Drug Court will be eligible for state money beginning in October 2017, when the court's existing federal grant runs out, New Hampshire Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau said. The bill passed by the Legislature that Gov. Maggie Hassan signed into law on June 14 also makes $2 million in matching state grants available to all 10 counties that either want to establish new drug courts or those seeking to expand existing ones. And it creates a statewide coordinator to work with the drug courts and ensure "best practices" are being used. Nashua Adult Drug Court unofficially opened in July 2014 with three participants. It later received two federal grants that enabled it to enroll its current 41 participants and see its first three members graduate last month. The city's court will be eligible to apply for up to $490,000 a year in state money once the federal grants run out in the fall of 2017, Nadeau said. "I'm thrilled that the Legislature has passed this measure," she added. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:01:36 EST ‘Super’ meet and greet goes public Teachers, students, residents and Mayor Donchess gathered at Nashua High School North on Monday to meet three finalists competing for the interim superintendent of schools position open this August. Ruthann Petruno-Goguen introduced herself to the crowd of dozens, stating she has 16 years of experience in education. Starting as a counselor, Goguen moved up through the administrative ranks to her current post as superintendent of the Mascenic School District in Greenville. "I can tell you firmly that my number one priority is to help students be successful," she said. Goguen said she is prepared to lead a district the size of Nashua. "I am a lifelong learner, and I've been in many types of districts, rural to urban," she said. Matthew Malone said he has been serving in education leadership roles for nine years. "What's important that I want to share with you is that I'm committed to closing gaps and opening doors for young people," said Malone, who most recently served as interim superintendent in Saugus, Mass. He said the success of the district depends on building relationships with people - citing teachers, students and city officials. The integrity of a school district is also about economic development, as people will  consider the school system when choosing whether to move to Nashua. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:00:30 EST Thaddeus W. Barbour Sr. Thaddeus William Barbour Sr., 39, of Lebanon, Maine, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. "Tad" was born in Peterborough, NH, in the middle of a snow storm on May 9, 1977, a son of Mary F. Marcum and the late Thomas H. Barbour Sr. During his early years, Tad made his home in North Berwick, ME, and was a graduate of Noble High School Class of 1995. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:01:23 EST Robert W. Gorman Robert W. Gorman, of Nashua, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 17, 2016, at Kindred Healthcare (Greenbriar) in Nashua. He was born in New York on August 11, 1941, a son of the late Frances and Irene (Hillenbrand) Gorman. Mr. Gorman was the husband of Denise (Anderson) Gorman. He was an independent research professional and most recently worked with KnCell Technologies. He had several interests including writing, flying and photography. He was a member of MENSA and liked WGBH. Mr. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:00:59 EST Robert L. Ross Robert L. Ross, 82, of Nashua passed away on Saturday June 18, 2016, at the Kindred Healthcare, surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born in Nashua on August 25, 1933, a son of the late Jean Baptiste and Fabiloa (Cote) Ross. He was the loving husband of Theresa F. (Drouin) Ross of Nashua. A complete obituary will be published in the Telegraph on Tuesday. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:00:32 EST Lewis seizes title at 60th State Decathlon NASHUA - Londonderry's Starlin Ortiz had won the past two New Hampshire Decathlons, so following his graduation last season, many were wondering who would take his place atop the standings. Enter Nashua South's Terrell Lewis. With so many competing, the Panthers junior ultimately stole the show at the 60th State Decathlon and 40th State Heptathlon. Lewis took the 110-meter hurdles and long jump to clinch the men's decathlon title with 5,723 points. The Nashua South boys took the men's team title, with Merrimack (fourth) and Bishop Guertin (ninth) also finishing in the top 10. Dominique Biron of Bow won the women's 40th State Heptathlon, while Nashua South's Sydney Lewis's third-place finish was tops among local athletes. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:21:34 EST Phenom back in Granite State spotlight The Phenom is back in the Granite State spotlight starting Thursday at Intervale Country Club in Manchester. That's right, Hampstead 16-year-old Lauren Thibodeau will take to the links in search of her sixth straight New Hampshire Women's Golf Association Junior Championship. Her sophomore year at Pinkerton Academy was just another sign of things to come for this summer's amateur circuit. Thibodeau, a member at Windham Country Club, won her second straight New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association girls' individual golf championship in October, conquering Campbell's Scottish Highlands in Salem with a 5-over-par 76 and the rest of the field by eight strokes. Two other competitors in the top five at the NHIAA event will also be competing at the NHWGA Junior Championship. Keene 15-year-old Hannah Drew (Bretwood Golf Course), who finished third in the NHIAA event with an 87, and Derry 16-year-old Erin Dell Russo (Hoodkroft Country Club), who was fifth with a 91 at that same event, will be Thibodeau's top challengers on Thursday. Then again, there may be another youngster sneaking up the ranks. Dover 11-year-old Shivani Vora, a junior member of Portsmouth Country Club, is a national alternate for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. Vora finished fourth overall and second in the chipping portion of a local qualifier at Val Halla Golf and Recreation Center in Cumberland, Maine, back on June 4. She's dominated the other NHWGA Junior divisions, winning her age division the last five years, while also winning all eight New Hampshire Golf Association tournaments in her age group (13-under) in the same span. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:16:24 EST Silver Knights cruise to victory over Sharks, 3-1 NASHUA - Composure is the state of feeling calm, to be in control of oneself. It is something that pitching coach Kyle Jackson tells his pitchers in almost every mound visit he makes. Sunday night, Jackson's second-inning mound visit with Taylor Doyle was no different. "In the second inning he kind of went back to his mechanics and got in trouble," Jackson said. "His fastball had no life. When I went out to talk to him I just said, 'Hey, let's just go back to what we were doing.' His confidence just grew each inning." After the mound visit, Doyle pitched five more innings, allowing no runs and one hit. The Silver Knights cruised to a 3-1 win over the Martha's Vineyard Sharks (5-11) at Holman Stadium. "Once I had the lead I knew I still had to throw strikes," he said. "I was still pitching with a lead (after the second inning) and knew if they put it in play they (Martha's Vineyard) would get out. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:16:29 EST Packaging event to aid pantries NASHUA - Hoping to raise up to 11,000 meals for the community, the United Way of Greater Nashua is hosting a food packaging event for local food pantries on Tuesday. "I'm excited, this is the first time our United Way has put this together, although there are other United Ways across the country that do this," said Michael Apfelberg, president of the United Way of Greater Nashua. The organization aims to package at least 11,000 individual meals to be consumed this summer when food reserves typically run low. "There are good times and bad times for the pantries," Apfelberg said, adding the holidays are traditionally the best season for food pantries and in the summer the need increases while donations decrease. "In the summertime a couple of things happen: kids are out of school and can't access food programs, and there are lower contributions in the summer because people are on vacation," he said. The all-volunteer food packaging event will be hosted at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at Nashua Community College located at 505 Amherst Street. Apfelberg said while the United Way has raised money to buy high-nutrition food supplies to assemble for the meal packages, what they really need from the community is manpower. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:09:38 EST Nashua class digs up history NASHUA - The site of the Hunt Building, the landmark designed by Ralph Adams Cram that rose on the downtown Nashua skyline at the turn of the 20th century, was once occupied by a huge, brick structure owned by the city's famous Greeley family. That isn't news to most longtime Nashuans and those with even a passing interest in the city's history. But what about the years, and decades, before Joseph, Ezekiel and Alfred Greeley set up shop atop today's Library Hill? Now, thanks to the months of research put in by members of Catherine Poulin's advanced-placement U.S. History class at Nashua High School South, we know that the property's earliest known owners were Colonial-era settlers named Nathan Blood and Benjamin and Thomas Paul. The junior-year historians last week shared with more than two dozen guests the fruits of their long, sometimes tedious research project, marking the fifth year of a tradition launched by their NHS South predecessors in 2011. "We started this not knowing what we were getting ourselves into," Poulin said through a grin. "But they all really took to it, and it seemed to continue with each class," she added, referring to how her students delved into their research assignments. Michael Fournier, one of the roughly two dozen project participants, was one of four who took part in the brief speaking program at last week's presentation. "We'd get the properties' street number, go to the registry, look it up and find the (most recent) deed," Fournier said, referring to the Hillsborough County Register of Deeds office in Nashua. From there, students traced each previous deed and the record of sales going back as far as possible. Some searches, not surprisingly, were more productive than others, Fournier and some of his classmates agreed. They also tried to find the earliest photo of the building, then either found or took a present-day photo themselves. Visitors to the presentation found the hallways adjoining the school's media center lined with printouts of each researched property on Main, South Main and Concord streets, the subjects of this year's research. Cross-street markers were inserted for ease in narrowing down a specific property. In some instances, what are known as single properties today were once several adjoining parcels with different owners - like The Telegraph's longtime home at 60 Main St., for example. The research states, correctly, that The Telegraph Publishing Company sold the building in June 1984, several months after the company moved its operations to Hudson. The buyer was a limited partnership called CHHF Associates; ownership has changed hands three times since then, most recently in 2010. But it's the early years that are interesting: The Telegraph company, then under the leadership of Col. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:09:02 EST Graduates exemplify the ‘Spirit of South’ MANCHESTER - The students of Nashua High School South said their final farewells to their school and one another on Sunday, as nearly 400 Panthers walked for commencement as part of the Class of 2016. Class valedictorian Diab Eid described a certain intangible quality of his class. He said that there was something special about the school and those in it that made each of them better as a whole. "You can see it in any teacher, administrator, or volunteer and, over the years, it has spread to us: the Class of 2016. If I had to give it a name, I'd call it the Spirit of South," he said. "It's the spirit that breeds the optimism of our teachers, the pride of our sports teams, and the academic achievements inside our classrooms. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:01:05 EST South students rally in Sidewalk Solidarity with Orlando victims In the wake of the recent tragedies in Orlando, Nashua South students stepped up to show their support. The deaths of 49 people at a gay nightclub and the injuring of 53 more, by a single gunman, has shaken the nation. It is an attack on the U.S., on the LBGT community, on freedom. Lisa Yates' human relations class jumped into action, organizing a fundraiser during lunches to raise money for the Orlando shooting victims. "There are so many people from the Orlando shooting that can't pay their medical bills," said sophomore Hannah Hanson. "They didn't wake up that day and expect to be shot at, and they were totally unprepared." To show their support, all students were invited to write a message in chalk on the main walkway to the school. Among these were: "We love you," "Pray for Orlando," "Orlando Strong" and rainbow-colored pictures of the LGBT flag. Paulina Tarr is a junior at Nashua High School South. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:00:05 EST Anne Louis (Littlefield) Fleming Anne Louis (Littlefield) Fleming, 92, a longtime Nashua resident, died Friday, June 17, 2016 at Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua, NH. She was born on August 10, 1923 in Everett, MA, the daughter of the late Ernest and Edith (Reid) Littlefield. She was the widow of William McRae Fleming Jr. They were married on July 11, 1945. Anne graduated from Everett High School. Following her graduation from high school, she attended and received her degree from Tufts University. After her graduation from the Jackson School at Tufts, she began teaching chemistry at Northeastern University in Boston. She then moved to Rollinsford, NH to raise her young family. Anne taught in the Dover NH Public Schools for 20 years. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:00:57 EST Rita Dionne Jones Rita Dionne Jones, 92, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2015, in Sarasota, FL. She was predeceased by her husband, George Dionne. She is survived by her daughter, Louise Mitchell and her husband Jim of Sarasota, FL; her son, David Dionne and his wife Theresa of Nashua; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Theresa Foltz and Barbara Otis; 1 brother, Roland Mercier and 1 brother-in-law, Gilbert Foltz. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Church, Nashua, NH, on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 AM. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:00:33 EST Petrocelli steals show during Holman visit NASHUA - Former Boston Red Sox great Rico Petrocelli walked near a group of Nashua players, who were chatting on the party deck just outside the team's Holman Stadium offices, about an hour prior to the start of Saturday night's game versus the Seacoast Mavericks. "Are you guys talking baseball?" he asked. "C'mon, be honest." The member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame is certainly no stranger to Holman Stadium, or Nashua for that matter, having lived in the area for the better part of the last two decades. His last time in the ballpark was back when the Nashua Pride dominated summer nights. And now? He sees a trend that a lot of New England's old minor league parks now house summer collegiate wooden bat league teams. "I do, I think it's a great idea," he said. "Gives these guys opportunity to play but also to be seen by scouts, that's the key. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:18:28 EST South pupil defines herself and defies the odds NASHUA - Alyssa Freeman has been a very busy high school student. There are three sport seasons in a high school year and generally four years in a high school career. Four years of three seasons makes a "12-season athlete," a distinction held by only a select few students at Nashua High School South. Freeman is one of those students. Through fall, winter and spring, Freeman has participated in - and in some cases led as team captain - school athletic teams full schedule. "I played field hockey for four seasons, ski team for four seasons and lacrosse for four seasons," she said. "I work full-time during the summer. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:56:30 EST Rivier faculty receive honors Two Rivier University professors were recognized for their work in advocating for substance abuse prevention and awareness and improving public health education in New Hampshire. Elizabeth Harwood and Tracy Hardy were honored by the New Hampshire College and University Council and Campus Compact for New Hampshire, respectively, for promoting community health. Harwood, an assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of the psychology department, received the 2016 New Hampshire Excellence in Higher Education Award at a June 11 ceremony sponsored by the New Hampshire College and University Council. The award recognizes professional accomplishments and excellence in teaching by one college-level educator in the state each year. Harwood is a noted speaker and recently talked about the science of addiction at two substance abuse forums in Milford and in Nashua at "The Mayor's Fall Summit: Our Community Working towards Substance Abuse Solutions." She is also a member of the Greater Nashua Substance Misuse Prevention Leadership Team. "Spreading awareness in the community and participating on the Leadership Team are my ways of giving back - of contributing to the community as we work to resolve this crisis," Harwood said. Hardy was honored with the 2016 Presidents' Good Steward Award by Campus Compact for New Hampshire. The award recognized her contributions to New Hampshire communities as well as her efforts to advance public service on the Rivier campus. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:08:45 EST Cardinals claim Cal Ripken Majors title CAL RIPKEN CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS Majors Cardinals win title, 13-11 The Cardinals captured the Nashua Cal Ripken Majors city championship, topping the Diamondbacks 13-11 in the second and deciding game of the finals. Alex Hulfacher's two-run homer gave the D-Backs a quick 2-0 lead but the Cards came back with five runs, keyed by Leo Kopicko's two run single. Josue Mpom also singled and later scored to give the Cards the 5-2 lead. The teams traded runs (big RBI hit by the Cards' Brandon Metivier) and it was a 7-4 game. Issac Zhang and Alex Hulfacher were on the hill for the Diamondbacks while Metivier and Drew Frost shared the mound for the Cards. After a key Michael Rutstein bunt made it 7-5, Devin Sawyer got the Cards up 8-5 with a homer. Issac Zhang's RBI single made it 8-6. RBI hits by Kopicko and Logan Larrea plated the runs to help make it a 12-6 game. Again the bats for both roared, as the Diamondbacks got a big RBI hit by Abi Gonzalez to help make it 12-8, but Delucca cut down Gonzalez at second to end the inning. The Cards added an insurance run on an RBI by Metivier scoring Dylan Walton to give the Cards a commanding 13-8 lead. But in the sixth, the D-Backs, led by their top of the order - Zhang, Hulfacher and Graham - closed to 13-11 but Drew Frost fanned the last two hitters to secure the title for the Cards. Game One D-backs 12, Cardinals 5 The Diamondbacks forced a second game for the title in snapping the Cards' 13-game winning streak. Abby Gonzalez led the way with three hits and Owen Graham added a two-run homer. Michael Rutstein also added two hits and the Diamondbacks' pitching was strong behind Alex Hulfacher and Issac Zhang. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:22:10 EST Homelessness in the Gate City The issue of homelessness is pretty well hidden away in Nashua - at least to people who haven't given the subject much thought. The reported numbers could lead you to think it's a small problem. In fact, there are currently "only" 114 individuals in our community identified as homeless. We say "only" because, according to the government definition of homelessness, you are only homeless if you literally live outside or in an identified shelter. That doesn't count the numbers of people who are living in hotels, doubling up with friends or family, or are children who are wards of the state. If you count these people, the numbers are much larger. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:28:03 EST Give new grading system a fair chance I think it's a good thing that the motion to overturn Nashua's competency-based grading system failed. I was at the school board meeting, and I agree with the people who said we need to give the new system more time. If this system is given more time to fix the current issues and allow people to have a better understanding of it, it will have potential. As a student who is going to be in the freshman class at Nashua High School South, I want to keep the competency grading system because it is a lot better than the 100-point system I have at my current school. I think it is an excellent system, and I want to have it when I am in high school. Charles McKelvey Nashua Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:01:25 EST North graduate commuted 100 miles each day NASHUA - It has literally been a long journey to graduation for Alex Fernandez. When Fernandez walks for graduation with his fellow students today during Nashua High School North's graduation, he will have completed a journey that included three different homes and a daily 100-mile round-trip commute to school. Fernandez, a native of Nashua, said he lost both of his parents at a young age and spent years living with one family member and then another. He said when his remaining family members started to get involved in drugs, he knew it was time to find somewhere else to live. "My parents died when I was young," he said. "Then I moved with my aunt, but it didn't work out. I moved in with my sister, but that didn't work out, either. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:57:30 EST Nashua narrows search for superintendent to 3 NASHUA - Two current school superintendents and a former Massachusetts secretary of education are the three candidates in the running to be hired as interim superintendent of schools in Nashua. Members of the public will have a chance to meet, question and evaluate the three semifinalists at a Monday evening event before the Nashua Board of Education decides who will - for a year, at least - succeed departing Superintendent Mark Conrad when he leaves in August. The Board of Education has narrowed the field to three candidates: Betsey S. Cox-Buteau, superintendent of schools in Fremont; Matthew H. Malone, a former superintendent of schools in Massachusetts who was also that state's education secretary at one time; and Ruthann Petruno-Goguen, superintendent of schools for the Mascenic Regional School District in Greenville. The candidates will appear at an open house meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Nashua High School North media center, located in the school library. "The three semi-finalists will talk a little about themselves for five minutes each," Dana O'Gara, the district's director of human resources, said Wednesday. The open house will include forms for the public to provide feedback to the board on candidates. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:03:39 EST Silver Knights top Seacoast, 8-6 By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA - The more the merrier for the Nashua Silver Knights. As in pitchers, that is. And of course, wins. The last two nights, the Silver Knights have used a combined 10 arms, including six in Saturday night's 8-6 win over the Seacoast Mavericks before an announced crowd of 1,107 at Holman Stadium on Rico Petrocelli Night. The formula is working, as Nashua is now 11-3 on the season, and own a two-and-a-half game lead on the second place Mavs (9-6) in the FCBL's Eastern Division. "When you get down to Saturday-Sunday in this league, with an off-day Monday, you've got to use your guys," Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said. "You've got to let it all hang out." Neverett did, and the Knights responded as they grabbed the lead in the middle innings and didn't let go. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 22:38:28 EST Sad story offers powerful lessons Sometimes a story comes along that just makes us want to hug our kids and those closest to us. The story of Larry Ivory and his daughter Alexis, a student at Nashua High School North, is one of those. It is a heart-wrenching story of a father stricken with cancer who wanted to live long enough to see his youngest child graduate from high school. Larry Ivory, only 48, was diagnosed with cancer last year. Word that the end was near came about 10 days before Alexis was scheduled to receive her diploma on Father's Day, but nobody was sure Larry would live long enough to see it. "There is no more they can do," said Carole Ivory, Larry's wife and the mother of Alexis, Amanda, Andrew and Sabrina. When that news reached the staff at the high school on Monday, June 6, they sprang into action and scheduled a graduation ceremony for that Friday, June 10, specially for Alexis and her family. "People canceled events to come here," said Cheryl Caissie, a school staff member and family friend. "People bent over backwards and stopped doing what they were doing, and we focused on the Ivory family in doing this for them. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:21:17 EST Thaddeus William Barbour Sr. Thaddeus William Barbour Sr., 39, of Lebanon, Maine, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. "Tad" was born in Peterborough, NH in the middle of a snowstorm on May 9, 1977, a son of Mary F. Marcum and the late Thomas H. Barbour Sr. During his early years, Tad made his home in North Berwick, ME and was a graduate of Noble High School Class of 1995. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:07:42 EST Looking back at the week in news Question about pension costs deserved an answer Give credit to Nashua Teachers' Union President Robert Sherman, who stood up at Gov. Maggie Hassan's appearance before a Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce audience and asked a tough question of the governor. Sherman asked how the state budget surplus might trickle down to communities like Nashua that are facing steep increases in pension costs they must pay the state, even as they face cuts in school adequacy funds. "It's great to hear all the surplus that the state has," Sherman said. "I know you are attempting to move on, but what of the state sending some of that money back to the local communities in order to help us keep our local property taxes down?" Sherman asked, referring to Hassan's run for U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte. Hassan blamed the Legislature for not fulling funding their school-aid commitment, but completely dodged the pension question, which is an important one. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:04:10 EST 28 get diplomas from Nashua Adult & Community School NASHUA - Homaira Medina on Friday achieved a milestone two decades in the making. Medina, in the presence of her family, was one of 28 students to receive their diploma from the Nashua Adult & Community School, a program offering an alternative path for adults, out-of-school youths and other learners seeking a high school-equivalent degree. Located within Nashua High School North, the program meets one night weekly for about four months and has been offering those in the region a different path to an education. "And with this, today my hope is for all the graduates to take the experiences they have had here in the last four years and share them with others so that they can see that they can also reach their goals," Medina said, giving the student speech at the commencement exercises. "Life is a journey with many different paths, but as long as we continue to bring joy to everyone's life, help others and learn something new every day, we will continue happily in this journey." For 36-year-old Michael Koza, the school offered a better educational path for him as opposed to a GED program. "Now I have what I need to maybe find a better job and take it from there," he said. The hallways of the city high school filled with proud family members and friends after the 30-minute graduation. Many were presented with flowers and bear hugs while others posed for photos with their teachers. Program director Adam Rozumek gave a special shout-out to 18-year-old Cody Butler, who has joined the U.S. Army. "Personally, I just didn't fit too well in day school and didn't find connections there with people. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:00:18 EST News Digest NASHUA Republican Party fills up vacancies on Sept. 13 ballot State Sen. Betty Lasky will be opposed in her bid for re-election to a fourth term by Republican Joan Donahue of Nashua. Meanwhile, incumbent state Rep. Lisa Scontsas and Nashua Board of Education member Doris Hohensee will run as Republicans for the District 30 state representative seats in Ward 3. Republicans had not filed for any of those seats as of the June 10 deadline, but state political parties had until June 15 to fill vacancies for seats, according the New Hampshire secretary of state's office. Donahue will run as a Republican for the District 13 Senate seat now held by Lasky, according to the secretary of state. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:33:40 EST North grad’s father dies at age 48 NASHUA - Larry Ivory was determined. Buoyed by last week's special graduation ceremony for his youngest daughter that was arranged by family, friends and the staff at Nashua High School North, where Lexi attended, the local builder and father of four was pushing on to attend Sunday's traditional commencement exercises in Manchester. Larry Ivory died Thursday, his family said, surrounded by his children and in the arms of his wife, Carole, in the brick home on Daytona Street in Nashua where they lived since they were married more than 25 years ago. He was 48. Family said he loved being outside, and that was how he spent his last week. Volunteers donated material and time to build a ramp so he could get outdoors. Though he had become wheelchair-bound, his children - Amanda, Andrew, Sabrina and Lexi - were there to take him into the fresh air. "He would sit in the back yard, just to enjoy nature," said Larry's sister-in-law Bridget Walsh. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:28:44 EST Ashleigh E. Higson LOWELL – Ashleigh Erin Higson, 29, of Lowell, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, June 13, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. She was the beloved daughter of Michele Fantasia of Lowell and Michael Higson of Nashua, New Hampshire. Born November 9, 1986, in Winchester, she was raised and educated in Lowell, graduating from the Greater Lowell Vocational High School. She made her home in Lowell until last year when she moved to Nashua. Ashleigh loved to live in flip flops, loved to cook and also loved listening to all kinds of music. She also loved Superman, was very artistic, and also enjoyed sports. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:10:00 EST New Hampshire's 60th Decathlon, 40th Heptathlon open Saturday at Nashua South New Hampshire’s elite high school male and female track and field athletes converge on Nashua High School South’s campus Saturday and Sunday for the 60th state Decathlon and 40th state Heptathlon. Unlike the last two years of action, 2016’s competition is wide open on both sides. Londonderry’s Starlin Ortiz graduated last spring after winning back-to-back decathlons, while Lebanon junior and two-time heptathlon champion Corinne Kennedy is passing on this weekend’s event. Both won their 2015 titles in convincing fashion, Ortiz by 555 points and Kennedy by 654. With the superstar duo now out of the mix, the decathlon and heptathlon titles are anyone’s for the taking. In decathlon action, the top returner is Conant junior Tyler Sands, who finished third last year. The top local returners are Nashua South junior Terrell Lewis and Bishop Guertin senior Gabe Madonna, who finished seventh and ninth last year. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:19:17 EST Gregory Bleaux Gregory Bleaux, of Nashua passed away peacefully at St. Joseph Hospital surrounded by his loving and devoted family on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Mr. Bleaux was born in Plattsburgh, NY, a son of the late Floyd and Eleanor (Jones) Bleaux. He was the husband of Dee Dee (Dixon) Bleaux, whom he married on July 7, 1979. They shared over 36 years of marriage. Mr. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:22:00 EST George J. Smith George J. “Smitty” Smith of Nashua, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday evening, June 14, 2016 during his battle with lung cancer, just a few days before his 89th birthday. A resident of Nashua for many years, George was born in Bedford, NH on June 24, 1927, son of George W. and Annie (Concannon) Smith. Educated in Bedford and Manchester schools, Mr. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:16:00 EST Grads praise Adult Learning Center at Nashua commencement NASHUA – As students received their HiSET certificates from the Adult Learning Center on Thursday, they knew it was not the end of their education. For some, it’s on to nursing school as they work multiple jobs. Others are preparing for community colleges and vocational programs while raising children. And for Jared Poliquin, who dropped out of high school at 16 to help his family, he is taking courses to become a veterinarian assistant. “All the doors are open to me now,” Poliquin said during the ALC commencement held at the Lake Street facility. “I’m very excited about the coursework and internship that goes along with the program,” he added. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:01:23 EST Sports Talk Merrimack Journal BOYS LACROSSE U11 MYA boys go 1-1, earn 6th at NHYLA tourney The U11 Merrimack Youth Association boys lacrosse team wrapped up its season this weekend at the NHYLA tournament in Londonderry, finishing 1-1 in the B division. The team finished 6-3-1 overall and in sixth place out of 20 teams. In the first game, Merrimack defeated the Londonderry Lynx squad, 9-3, paced by solid netminding by Max Giles and Landon Bedard. Riley Gwinn, Jake Miller, Brent Clark and Quinn Curren led the attack on offense, producing plenty of scoring opportunities. At the midfield, Cam Bellemare, Austin Gartner, Connor Dunn and Jack Maye led the charge. Defensively, Beau Lamontagne, Henry Tobin, Colin Partello and Joey Lawrence set the tone to hold off the Londonderry attack. In Game 2, Merrimack faced Nashua and fell  10-6. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:00:29 EST Avard files for re-election NASHUA - Kevin Avard, of Nashua, announced that he filed for re-election for the New Hampshire Senate in District 12, which includes Brookline, Hollis, Greenville, Mason, New Ipswich, Rindge, and Nashua wards 1, 2 and 5. Avard has served one term in the Senate, serving on the Education and Health and Human Services committees. "I am incredibly honored to represent my friends and neighbors in District 12 and to ensure that they have a voice in Concord," Avard said. "I will continue to work hard every day to earn their support, their trust and their vote." Among Avard's priorities during his first term were keeping the state on a fiscally responsible path, reducing the burdens on small businesses that are important to New Hampshire's economy, and dealing with the heroin and opioid crisis. "I was proud to work with Senate President Morse and Majority Leader Bradley to pass a fiscally conservative pro-business budget that took action to fight the current opioid crisis that is destroying families across our state, and fought to protect property rights," Avard said. "There is still more work that needs to be done, and I will continue to fight for tax policy that encourages business growth and entrepreneurship, promote local control of education and fight against projects like the Kinder Morgan pipeline that infringe on our personal property rights." Avard is a small-business owner and host of several Public Access TV shows, including "Gate City Chronicles" and "Speak Up." He is also active in fundraising to support music programs at Nashua public schools. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:06:48 EST Lisa Yates of Nashua South wins 2016 No Bell prize NASHUA – The 2016 Nashua No Bell award winner is Lisa Yates, Nashua High School South human relations and family and consumer science teacher. Yates was selected by the Class of 2016 South Chapter of the National Honor Society. The No Bell award in Nashua alternates between North and South each year, with the National Honor Societies selecting recipients at each school. Principal Keith Richard of South presented the No Bell award following the student award ceremony on Thursday. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:01:49 EST Forum on road plan in Wilton WILTON - The Route 101 corridor didn't grow as much as was predicted in 1990. The population is getting older and the infrastructure is aging. What is now needed in the area? On Thursday, June 9, several members of the Nashua Regional Plan­ning Commission hosted a forum to discuss a 10- to 20-year road and infra­structure plan, the first of three scheduled in the area. Ten people attended from Milford, Merrimack, Mason, Lyndeborough and Mont Vernon, as well as Wilton. Executive Director Tim Roache moderated the meeting. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:01:06 EST Celia Shooman Celia Shooman, 88, resi­dent of Milford, NH died on June 10, 2016 at her home. She was born in New York, NY on April 23, 1928, the youngest daugh­ter of Thomas and Cece­lia (Messina) Coraci. She made her home in Milford for the past 30 years and formerly lived in Nashua, NH. While living in Nashua, Celia had been active in the Nashua Actor Singers and Choral Society. In ad­dition, she was a co-found­ing member of an organi­zation called SHARE in Nashua in the 1960s. She was a loving mother and most especially en­joyed spending time with her family, her pets, and her many dear friends. Celia was predeceased by her husband, William Shooman, who died in 2003. Family members in­clude two daughters, Di­ane Shooman and Annie Shooman, and Annie's husband, Charlie Cas­tro; a brother-in-law, Leo Shooman; a sister-in-law, Myrna Shooman; five niec­es, a nephew, and many cousins. There are no visit­ing hours. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 17th at 2:00 p.m. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 07:00:26 EST Hudson man faces child sex charges NASHUA – A 40-year-old Hudson man is in jail pending a June 22 court hearing on charges that accuse him of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl, according to court documents. Rodolfo Mireles, of 3 Burns Hill Road, Apt. 32, Hudson, was ordered held at Valley Street jail in Manchester on $1,000 cash bail by the Nashua district court judge presiding over his Wednesday arraignment. The charges against Mireles include one count each of aggravated felonious sexual assault, a Class A felony; falsifying physical evidence, a Class B felony; and simple assault, a Class A misdemeanor. According to the complaints, the charges stem from allegations that Mireles touched the girl inappropriately, then “purposely concealed (the girl’s) clothing” under his pillow to try and hide it from investigators, according to the documents. Affidavits containing police reports and warrant applications were ordered sealed by the court. The complaints state that the incidents for which Mireles is charged occurred between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. June 10 at a Hudson apartment. Terms of Mireles’ bail prohibit him from having any contact with the alleged victim or her family, and order him to reside with his parents at their Nashua home. – DEAN SHALHOUP Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:43:00 EST Safe Station plan may be model for Gate City NASHUA – The drop in drug overdoses and deaths in Manchester since it launched a Safe Station program last month suggests it may be an effective response to the heroin and opioid crisis, according to the American Medical Response ambulance service. That’s encouraging news for Nashua city leaders, who would like to introduce a similar program here but first need to partner with a peer-support recovery center. Under the Safe Station initiative that began May 4, drugs users seeking help can go to any Manchester fire station at any time of day and immediately be connected to a peer-support recovery center, such as Amber’s Place in Manchester. “The Safe Station program is very promising,” Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess said Wednesday. “The piece that is missing in Nashua at the present time is the recovery center.” One of the goals of the mayor’s Opioid Task Force is to help establish such a center in Nashua, he added. Donchess said Harbor Homes, a nonprofit organization based in Nashua, received a grant to establish five recovery centers across the state. “We are optimistic that they will be able to locate one of the recovery centers in Nashua and, at least in that manner, we will get a recovery center off the ground,” he said. Manchester saw a roughly 26 percent drop in drug overdoses in May and even steeper decline in drug deaths compared to the previous month, according to Chris Stawasz, regional director of American Medical Response, which provides ambulance service to Manchester and Nashua. In addition, Stawasz said “we are trending toward a 20 percent drop in (overdoses) in Manchester from previous months.” “While it’s too early to declare a trend or success, it certainly gives us hope that we have found a program that does show promise in reducing deaths and making treatment paths easier to enter when people need them most,” added Stawasz, who serves on the mayor’s Opioid Task Force here. American Medical Response ambulance crews responded to a total of 1,085 total overdoses in Manchester and 140 fatalities from Jan. 1 through June 13, he said. AMR reported 48 overdoses and nine drug deaths in Manchester in May, compared to 66 drug overdoses and 11 drug deaths the month prior. In Nashua, AMR responded to a total 419 overdoses and 36 drug deaths from Jan. 1 through June 13, according to Stawasz. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:44:15 EST Gatsas brings governor’s race to Nashua NASHUA – Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas came to Nashua on Wednesday and unveiled a comprehensive plan to combat the state’s heroin and opioid crisis, and he vowed to keep up the fight he has waged against the deadly epidemic a top priority of his campaign for governor. “Fighting this epidemic is about action,” the Republican contender for the state’s top office said at news conference outside Nashua City Hall. “Manchester is on the front lines, and we have been leading from the beginning, and I have no doubt that New Hampshire will emerge as a leader for the entire country,” added Gatsas, a former state senator now in his fourth term as Manchester mayor. Gatsas’ plan to combat the fentanyl, heroin and opioid epidemic calls for education and prevention, expanded access and connection to treatment and recovery services and support for law enforcement and the judiciary. By the numbers Some of the programs he advocates build on ones that have already seen success in Manchester – such as expansion of the Safe Station Program, which connects users to treatment and recovery services, and Operation Granite Hammer, which has led to 94 arrests and the seizure of 777 grams of heroin and 5 pounds of cocaine to date. Others call for a strong statewide response to tackle the opioid and opiate epidemic that last year was responsible for 397 of the record one-year total of 439 drug deaths. To that end, Gatsas proposals include legislation that would put a seven-day cap on first-time opioid prescriptions, require narcotics prescribers to participate in the state’s prescription drug monitoring program and expand access to medication-assisted therapies. He said he also would attempt to have anyone caught selling fentanyl charged with attempted murder and those directly responsible for a fentanyl overdose death charged with murder. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:44:11 EST arts digest Thursday: Pop-up art show NASHUA - From 7-9 p.m. Thursday, The Nashua Area Artists' Association will hold a pop-up art show at The Joint Chiropratic office, 219 Daniel Webster Highway. Dr. Lee and his staff are generously opening their doors to welcome local artists from NAAA, displaying a variety of mediums including paintings, photography, 3-D, jewelry and more. Artisan gifts and cards will be on display - perfect for Father's Day and graduates! More information, www.nashuaareaartists or You can also email Friday: Deadline for art submissions PETERBOROUGH - All entries must be received by Friday at Trumpet, the fine arts and idea gallery, 8 Grove St., for its first miniatures exhibit. All ages are encouraged to submit. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:03:25 EST Nashua public invited to meet interim superintendent candidates Monday NASHUA – Trying to encourage community participation in the search for an interim superintendent of schools, Nashua School District officials are inviting the public to an open house Monday evening to meet three semifinal candidates for the position. District Director of Human Resources Dana O’Gara said the Board of Education will choose three semifinalists by Friday. “The Board of Education is interviewing six candidates, and they are still considering new applicants right now,” O’Gara said Wednesday. With three interviews out of the way, another three will be completed by Friday afternoon. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:14:38 EST South students show ‘sidewalk solidarity’ The wide walkway leading into Nashua High School South is full of colorful chalk messages on Tuesday showing support to those feeling the pain from the Sunday's nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:02:19 EST Judy Kleiner Judy (Lodge) Kleiner, a longtime resident of Nashua passed away at her home on Friday, June 10, 2016 with her family at her side. She was born on September 30, 1947, in Greenville, SC, a daughter of the late Harry and Velma (Walker) Lodge. She was predeceased by her husband, Larry Kleiner. Following her graduation for Manchester West High School, she received her bachelor's degree from the former New Hampshire College (now Southern NH University). Most recently, Judy had worked for BAE Systems in Nashua, as their teleconference coordinator. She had also worked for the Nashua school system at several schools including Spring Street Middle School, Nashua High School and Bishop Guertin as well. Judy had many interests and recently enjoyed researching her family history. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her granddaughter, Justine Kleiner and her brother, David Lodge. She is survived by her sons, Scott Kleiner and Jeff Kleiner and his wife, Kim; a granddaughter, Lauren Kleiner; and her nieces and nephews, Rebecca and her husband Ken Preston, Justin Kleiner and his wife Kimberly, Michael Kleiner his wife Jessie, Andrew Kleiner and his wife Tatum and Jennifer Farrow and her husband G.T. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held at the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua on Thursday, June 16 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. A Funeral Service in her honor will follow at 1:30 pm. Interment prayers and burial will follow at Edgewood Cemetery. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:29:27 EST Althea L. (Doucet) Levesque Althea L. (Doucet) Levesque, 87 of Hudson, passed away on Sunday June 12, 2016 at Laurel Place. Althea was born in Nashua on January 6, 1929, a daughter of the late Philippe and Louise (Martin) Doucet. She was the widow of Maurice P. Levesque who died on March 23, 2015. Althea had been employed by Nashua Corporation for many years. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:28:41 EST David Louis Cormier David L. Cormier, 60 of Nashua, passed away on Sunday June 12, 2016 after a brief illness with his loving family by his side. David was born in Nashua on February 18, 1956, a son of Genevieve (Archambault) Cormier of Nashua and the late Raymond Cormier. David graduated from Nashua High School in 1975. After graduation, he worked in many different fields, but he enjoyed working in the medical field on generators the most. David liked the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting, scuba diving, skiing, camping and boating. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:28:21 EST Gregory Bleaux Gregory Bleaux, of Nashua passed away peacefully at St. Joseph Hospital surrounded by his loving and devoted family on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Mr. Bleaux was born in Plattsburgh, NY, a son of the late Floyd and Eleanor (Jones) Beaux. He was the husband of Dee Dee (Dixon) Bleaux, whom he married on July 7, 1979. They shared over 36 years of marriage. Mr. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:27:58 EST Fire station would spread under bill NASHUA - A plan to renovate the Spit Brook Road fire station proposes building a third bay, new roof and added space for equipment maintenance to bring the "vintage" station that mainly serves South Nashua up to current standards. Ward 8 Alderwoman Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja has filed a bill proposing the city borrow up $1.65 million to renovate the station built in 1977. The legislation was expected to be introduced to the full board on Tuesday and referred to committee for review. Nashua Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Brian Rhodes on Tuesday said renovating the station - known as Station 3 - has been discussed since at least 2009 and was last year deemed the city's top capital improvement project. The work, he said, would bring the station into compliance with national standards and accommodate contemporary firefighting equipment and the 32 firefighters who staff it - more than twice the 15 who were there in the 1970s. "We are extremely optimistic that we can get this legislation passed. It's going to help us to continue providing service primarily to the south end of the city, but also that station (Spit Brook Road) backs up the southwestern part of the city," Rhodes said. Station 3 mainly serves south Nashua, which is home to the city's largest concentration of large apartment complexes and multi-family buildings, the heavily settled retail districts along Daniel Webster Highway, several industries, and the F.E. Everett Turnpike, Rhodes said. "It is very important to note that we are not looking to add staff. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:12:01 EST Nurses testify in suit NASHUA - Current and former nurses at Greenbriar Terrace nursing home took the witness stand Tuesday, the sixth day of testimony in the Whitney family's wrongful-death lawsuit against the 290-bed, five-unit Nashua facility. The suit, filed in 2014 in Hillsborough County Superior Court South by the family of the late Byam "Bing" Whitney, alleges that the 84-year-old Nashua man's April 2011 death was the result of substandard care, neglect and rules violations at Greenbriar, which plaintiff attorney Benjamin Gideon called "a chronically understaffed nursing home." Testimony is expected to wrap up either late Wednesday morning or early afternoon, at which time the attorneys for the plaintiff and defense will each present their closing arguments. Thirteen jurors were present Tuesday, one fewer than the original jury of eight men and six women. They will begin deliberations following closing arguments and Judge Charles Temple's instructions. Devine Millimet law firm associate Bradley Holt, who is representing Greenbriar along with associate Kierstan Schultz, reviewed in fine detail with Tuesday's witnesses the contents of numerous medical records, notes and charts generated for Whitney during his roughly three-week stay at Greenbriar. The case largely hinges on Whitney's medical condition from roughly 4:15 p.m. on March 27, 2011, when he arrived at Greenbriar, to the morning of April 19, when he left the facility in an ambulance suffering from what doctors later determined were symptoms of septic shock. Evangeline Roxas, a former full-time and per diem nurse at Greenbriar, testified that she requested a larger bed for Whitney because, due to his size, she had difficulty repositioning him every two hours as directed in his care-plan orders. Holt noted, according to the chart he showed on a screen, that other nurses were able to reposition Whitney. But Roxas said she "felt it was unsafe" to turn Whitney without assistance. "That's why I asked for the 'big boy' bed," she said, referring to a workplace nickname for a larger, motorized version called a bariatric bed. Gideon, in cross-examination, noted that Roxas, according to the records, cared for Whitney for only one shift. That she "only saw him once doesn't mean he got less care," Roxas replied. The nurses also testified about how Greenbriar staff dealt with Whitney's "pressure ulcers," or bedsores, during his stay. They generally agreed that the sores were noted in Whitney's intake report, and that staff treated them as, one witness said, they got a bit worse and then seemed to improve. The family's position, however, is that Whitney's pressure ulcers grew steadily worse during his stay, and eventually caused the infection that, they claim, led to his death on April 26 at St. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:06:58 EST Nashua student gets Girl of the Year NASHUA - The Nashua Girls Inc. organization presented its annual Girl of the Year award to 11-year-old Selena O'Brien, a sixth-grader at Elm Street Middle School. Selena has been a part of Girls Inc. for nearly seven years. According to Girls Inc. staff, Selena has exemplified the true meaning of what it is to be a "Girls Inc. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:11:29 EST Silver Knights win wild one NASHUA - Nashua Silver Knights pitching coach Kyle Jackson couldn't have imagined his first game as acting manager on Tuesday night would be so filled with drama. But Nashua's 5-4 win over North Shore on Tuesday night before 554 at Holman Stadium featured not only John Toppa's walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth but also three runner's interference calls. "I got hit with everything right at me," said Jackson, who filled in for manager B.J. Neverett, who was away for family reasons. North Shore manager John Zazzo played the game under protest after the first interference call resulted in a double play and took away a potential run in the third. Another in the eighth possibly cost the Navigators another run with them trailing 4-3, although they rallied to tie the game 4-4 off Knights closer Jake Nelson (2-0) on Mike Dacunti's RBI double. Dacunti was a single short of the cycle. All that did though was set up Toppa's heroics, the second time Nashua (8-3) has won at home in walk off fashion vs. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:21:25 EST Celia Shooman MILFORD - Celia Shooman, 88, resident of Milford, NH, died on June 10, 2016, at her home. She was born in New York, NY, on April 23, 1928, the youngest daughter of Thomas and Cecelia (Messina) Coraci. She made her home in Milford for the past 30 years and formerly lived in Nashua, NH. While living in Nashua, Celia had been active in the Nashua Actor Singers and Choral Society. In addition, she was a co-founding member of an organization called SHARE in Nashua in the 1960s. She was a loving mother and most especially enjoyed spending time with her family, her pets and her many dear friends. Celia was predeceased by her husband, William Shooman, who died in 2003. Family members include two daughters, Diane Shooman and Annie Shooman, and Annie's husband, Charlie Castro; a brother-in-law, Leo Shooman; a sister-in-law, Myrna Shooman; five nieces; a nephew; and many cousins. There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 17th, at 2:00 p.m. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:08:22 EST Holman Stadium feels like home for Merrimack native Gasper NASHUA - Mickey Gasper looked around the stands and the rest of the surroundings as he finished stretching. "It's been a while since I've been at Holman," the former Merrimack High School standout said. "Awesome, it's beautiful. It's a great stadium." Gasper has, in some respects, come home. He helped lead Bryant University to an NCAA regional, but that run ended in Charlottesville, Va., and he joined the Nashua Silver Knights late last week. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:07:29 EST Escape room on ZBA agenda NASHUA - Think you can handle being locked in a room with just 60 minutes to decipher the clues to escape? That's the idea behind a live entertainment adventure that has gained popularity in the United States in the last four years. Now Hudson businessman John Barkley wants to tap into the trend and build the first "escape room" in Nashua. "They are really just a blast," Barkley said Wednesday. The owner of Key to Escape LLC wants to build a theme-based, live interactive adventure at 3 Bud Way, a condominium complex across Charron Avenue from Nashua Airport. The concept follows the "escape room" model in which six to eight people are locked in a room and have 60 minutes to find clues to the puzzle to get out. The live adventure game started in Japan in 2007, Barkley said. The first one opened in the United States in San Fransisco in 2012. "It's taken off pretty quickly. There are around 500 in the United States now. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:03:22 EST City BOA to crack code bill tonight NASHUA - It could be the small fleet of unregistered cars or a discarded couch that's turned a neighbor's yard into an eyesore. Or it may be the recent uptick in unlicensed plumbers, electricians and carpenters working in Nashua without getting the required permits to ensure the job is done safely. Under the city's existing municipal ordinances, these housing code violations require the city to issue written warnings to property owners or tenants for each alleged offense and provide them with an opportunity to fix it. If the warnings are ignored, the city's only recourse is to take the matter to court - a process both expensive and time consuming for both the city and property owners, according to code enforcement officers in several southern New Hampshire communities. Several Nashua lawmakers want to streamline the system by adding a middle step before having to go to court. To that end, they propose adopting enabling state legislation that allows a city to first try to resolve housing, health, fire and building code violations by issuing citations, New Hampshire Municipal Association legal counsel Stephen Buckley said. "It's a system that allows this to be done administratively (by the municipality) rather than automatically using the courts," Buckley said in an interview last week. "It would be fair to say, especially in cities, there is some degree of frustration in trying to get property owners to comply with local rules and regulations," he added. The bill - which has met significant resistance from a group of about 30 landlords - is set to go before the full board tonight. The bill, if passed, would allow city to issue, by mail or in person, a citation - similar to a speeding or parking ticket - that details the alleged offense, sets down a time period to fix it and a fine. The person can either pay the fine and fix the problem, or contest the citation in court. If the citation goes unheeded, the municipality can always resort to existing law and take the alleged offender to court as it does now, according to Buckley and area code enforcement officers. "This bill, as I understand it, is a more streamlined way to deal with regulation enforcement," said Wayne Richardson, code official for the town of Bedford and past president of the New Hampshire Building Officials Association. "To get a junk car moved out of somebody's driveway, it could take six months to run the typical legal process. This was designed to be more like a ticket, basically. It's a citation. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:01:15 EST Game day decision handed off to admins NASHUA - While Board of Education members discussed the pros and cons of sticking with tradition, members ultimately left the decision whether or not to move the North-South Thanksgiving Day football game up to administration. Superintendent Mark Conrad said the administration will make a final announcement in the near future, but said in the meeting he was "comfortable" with moving the Thanksgiving game from Thursday morning to Wednesday evening. "This actually came to our athletic director from our coaches, who have seen a decline in participation in the game," Conrad said, noting the schools launched a survey to poll the community. The survey attracted more than 1,500 responses, 60 percent of which were in favor of the change. "We understand that it would be a big change for the City of Nashua but feel the benefits outweigh the disadvantages," said Lisa Gingras, Nashua athletic director, in a June 8 memo. Because the survey responders were pretty evenly split, member George Farrington said the board might not need to weigh in on the issue. "I don't see why the board needs to be involved in this at all - I would like to stay on the sidelines ... so to speak," Farrington said. Board member David Murotake agreed, adding that the holiday is a time to spend with family. "I have noticed in volunteer organizations that there is a tendency to refuse dates on Thanksgiving because it is a family holiday," he said. "Try it one year, and see how it works," said Elizabeth Van Twuyver, member of the board. Member Bill Mosher said he is a "great believer" in tradition, but he understands the desire for change. "As Elizabeth said - try it a year. It may be a good thing, maybe not. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:00:36 EST Girls Inc. names Elm Street student 2016 Girl of the Year NASHUA – The Nashua Girls Inc. organization presented its annual Girl of the Year award Friday evening to 11-year-old Selena O’Brien, a sixth-grader at Elm Street Middle School. Selena has been a part of Girls Inc. for nearly seven years. According to Girls Inc. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:21:36 EST Church looks to move to market NASHUA - The congregation with the Crossway Christian Church is nothing if not adaptable. When the church first came to Nashua in 1995, they were located in an old Stellos Electric building on Northeastern Boulevard and remained on that site until 2007, when they moved to their current location on Main Dunstable Road. So when the church floated a proposal to purchase a former grocery store for a new worship center in downtown Nashua, no one batted an eye. "I like seeing God do fun things," said Dave Smith, who helped found the church in the mid-1990s before opting to return to Nashua after 15 years. "You learn to be adaptable." Crossway has filed paperwork with the city to convert the former Saigon Asian Market, located at 33 Pine St., as an additional campus for their services. According to plans filed with the city, the church will use the building, roughly 7,350 square feet, for a 225-seat auditorium space and up to six classrooms, the latter available for recovery efforts or courses for single mothers. "This isn't a done deal yet," Smith said. "It's looking good. We have a couple more hoops to jump through." Smith said if the plans are approved, it would take a few months for renovation. "The goal would be we would close in July and we would open in the fall," he said. The building, built in the mid-1970s, sits on roughly three-quarters of an acre and was most recently valued at $683,100. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 03:15:02 EST Board to talk turkey day football NASHUA - At the Board of Education meeting tonight, Nashua School District officials will decide whether to move the annual North-South Thanksgiving Day football to the evening before Thanksgiving. Members will also have the chance to approve a parent-donated grant to Bicentennial Elementary School. After collecting feedback from the school community, Athletic Director Lisa Gingras has recommended that the district consider hosting the game the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, rather than on the holiday itself. In a June 8 memo to Superintendent Mark Conrad, Gingras said the Nashua High School North and South football coaches asked about moving the game from Thanksgiving morning to the evening before. The inquiry sparked a community survey that attracted more than 1,500 responses, 60 percent of which were in favor of the change. "We understand that it would be a big change for the City of Nashua but feel the benefits outweigh the disadvantages," Gingras wrote in the memo. Students and families have said the timing of the game makes it difficult to celebrate the holiday, she said. "The coaches have noticed a decline in participation by their athletes, and the attendance at the games has also declined in recent years," she said. Gingras said many of the people who opposed moving the game cited "tradition" as the reason not to change the date. At Bicentennial Elementary School, parent Arun Sathyamurthy donated $1,000 as thanks for the positive experience had by his first-grade student that year, according to a June 3 memo sent to the school board from Stacy Hynes, who oversees Nashua district grants and community development. "Mr. Sathyamurthy personally presented the gift to Principal Kyle Langille, telling her she could expend the funding for a school purpose at her discretion. He said he and his wife were so grateful for all that Bicentennial has provided their son this year," Hynes wrote. The Sathyamurthy family will be relocating to California at the end of the school year, she said. The Board of Education meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 03:14:37 EST Man charged with assaulting child A 37-year-old Nashua man was taken into custody recently after police investigated allegations that he slapped, kicked and used a knife to threaten an 11-year-old boy in late May. Eric Bernard, of 91 Langholm Drive, was arraigned in Nashua district court last Monday on multiple charges, including two felonies, and was later released on $5,000 cash or surety bail, police said. The charges, nine in all, include one count each of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and domestic violence, both Class B felonies; along with three counts of simple assault, three counts of domestic violence, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, all Class A misdemeanors. Bernard is next due in the Nashua court at 8:15 a.m. Monday, June 27, for a probable cause hearing. The boy reported the assaults four days after they allegedly occured, on Friday, June 3, when officers were called to a local school at about 1:30 p.m. to meet with him, according to police. Court documents state that police took the report at the school, but the alleged assaults occurred at a Nashua residence, and not at the school. Police forwarded their findings to detectives with the department's Special Investigations Division, who located Bernard shortly after 10 p.m. on June 3 and took him into custody. - DEAN SHALHOUP Mon, 13 Jun 2016 03:13:22 EST Police: Nashua woman speeding A Nashua woman is due in a Vermont court next month to answer a charge that accuses her of speeding up Interstate 89 in excess of 100 mph, according to Vermont State Police. Lauren Wilmot, 22, of Nashua and formerly of Milford, faces one count of negligent operation, for which she is scheduled to appear in Franklin, Vt., County Superior Court on July 25. Police said Wilmot, who was booked at the St. Albans barracks and later released pending her court date, was initially clocked at 102 mph. But when the state trooper in pursuit caught up and "paced" Wilmot's car, he determined she hit 107 mph just before being stopped, police said. The trooper was traveling south on the highway and operating "moving radar" around 6 p.m. Saturday when, according to the report, he observed a white Toyota Corolla going north "traveling much faster than the posted 65 speed limit." - DEAN SHALHOUP Mon, 13 Jun 2016 03:12:56 EST Hydro as part of the solution to our energy crisis The energy crisis isn't coming. It's here, now. Every day we hesitate is a day lost to progress, and science clearly shows this is likely not good for our people, our planet or our future. Cold fusion has long been the holy grail of energy breakthroughs, and truth be told progress to this end is being made. While the science has not been fully exposed, there is hope that one day soon a boundless, clean, renewable source of energy will be possible. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 03:12:27 EST Nashua going farm-to-school NASHUA - Nashua has been selected to participate in a collaborative New Hampshire farm-to-school pilot program to bring more local, healthy food to the public school district and community. Launched by the University of New Hampshire's Sustainability Institute in 2003, the initiative has been headed by Stacey Purslow since June 2009. NH Farm to School involves parents, students, cafeteria workers, teachers and staff in sustainability and healthy eating projects such as school gardens, cooking contests and healthy eating challenges. "In addition to all these, we decided to make Farm to School more impactful in the community," Purslow said in a phone interview last week. Diving deeper into community projects requires a team approach involving leaders from the community and state to see what the best project would be for the community. "We gathered partners to talk about ways we can collaborate, and we came up with the 'Beacon Community.' The idea was we all put resources into a few communities across the state for a more impactful program, versus just offering local vegetables with school lunches a few times per month," she said. The Beacon Community comprises a consortium of state organizations that want to promote serving healthy local food in schools as well as support food-systems education and school gardens. Partners include Healthy Eating Active Living, the New Hampshire Food Alliance, UNH Cooperative Extension, Health Care Without Harm, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, the state Department of Education, the Bureau of Nutrition Programs, UNH Sustainability Institute, Farm to Institution New England and New Hampshire Farm to School. The program has also met with support from Mayor Jim Donchess and Superintendent Mark Conrad. City and consortium partners will meet for the first time tonight to discuss the project and develop areas of focus. "We have at least 30 people coming ... representatives from the school board, food service, teachers, farmers, people from hospitals, the YMCA, public health, food pantries and restaurant chefs - so we're really trying to cast a wide net," Purslow said. "We're going to come together Monday and figure out where there is overlap and new connections to be made, and see what new projects and action items can come out of this." The meeting will be the first of several to bring community members and organizations together to explore how to improve healthy, local food access for kids and the community. Nashua was selected to participate in the pilot project by the consortium partners. "We went through a lengthy process to determine what communities to choose," Purslow said. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 02:43:45 EST Martha’s Vineyard cools down Silver Knights, 4-1 NASHUA - How do you cool off a hot hitting team? Well, aside from the chilly June temperatures, with top-notch pitching, of course. Martha's Vineyard had just that on Sunday with University of Oklahoma righty Dylan Grove. Grove wasn't unhittable, but he had plenty of stuff to hold the .288 hitting Nashua Silver Knights to just six hits over seven innings, striking out 11 in a 4-1 Sharks win before 749 fans at Holman Stadium. "We don't see guys like that in our league that often," Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said. "He could throw any pitch he had for strikes. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 02:09:14 EST Gate City Series road race schedule announced NASHUA - The Toyota of Nashua Gate City Series announced five races starting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, June 23, with the Salvation Army Run Into Summer 5K at Greeley Park in Nashua. The rest of the series will include: • The Home Stretch 5K and Kids Fun Run at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Nashua Community College. • The Kelly Mann 5K and 3K Fun Walk at 9 a.m. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 18:02:00 EST Amateur Radio Field Day demonstrates science, skill, service HOLLIS - Members of the Nashua Area Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise on Friday-Saturday, June 24-25, at Hollis Brookline High School, 24 Cavalier Court. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For more than 100 years, amateur radio - sometimes called ham radio - has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cellphone or the internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2015. "It's easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other," said Sean Kutzko, of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. "But if there's an interruption of service or you're out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:02:06 EST Blood Drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 1-6 p.m. June 15: White Birch Banquet Hall, 222 Central St., Hudson. 2-7 p.m. June 16: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:02:29 EST Betty J. (Adams) Cahoon Nashua, NH - Betty J. (Adams) Cahoon, 82, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 8th, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Milford Cahoon. Born on August 27, 1933 in Randolph VT, Betty was the daughter of the late Mary (Vesper) and Chester Adams. She graduated from the South Royalton High School in South Royalton Vermont. Betty worked for many years at the Christmas Tree Shops in cash operations. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:00:49 EST Pennichuck strong at state track meets Nashua's Pennichuck Junior High School had a strong showing at the recent Divison Meet in Concord with the girls team finishing first and the boys team second. Other schools who competed were Gilbert Hood, Hampstead, Nashua Catholic, Parkside, Rundlett and West Running Brook. Girls highlights were as follows: 100-Meter Hurdles - Lily Brooks, first; Abby Coy, second, Olivia Mazerolle, fourth. 100-Meter Dash - Abby Coy, first. 400-Meter - Shatia Ellison, first. 200-Meter - Shatia Ellison, second; Aliana Mercado, third. Long Jump -Brooks and Mazerolle tied for 1st place. High Jump - Coy, first. Shot Put - Aaliyah Moss, first; Natalie Burgess, fifth. Discus -Moss, second Relays - 4x100, second; 4x4, fourth. Boys Highlights: 1,600-Meter - Rory Curran, second. 100-Meter - Ely Ostler, sixth. 400-Meter - Josh Lentz, third. 200-Meter - Dylan Watts (8th grade), fourth. 800-Meter - Alez Durant, fourth; Curran, fifth. Long Jump - Andre Ostaudelafont, third; Joey Morse, fourth. High Jump - Ostaudelafont, second; Morse, third; and Connor Dunning, tied for fifth. Shot Put - Nate Roach, first; Tyler Griffin, third; Dom Gentry, fourth. Discus - Roach, first; Griffin, third; Gabe Buxton, (8th grade), fourth. Relays - 4x4, first. In the Meet of Champions that followed in Milford, Pennichuck eighth grader Abby Coy won the state title in the high jump at 5-0 while eighth grader Nate Roach took the high jump at 44 feet. Other highlights included: Discus - Tyler Griffin, 8th grade, second, 116'6.5"; Nate Roach, 8th grade, sixth, 98-2.5 400 Meter - Shatia Ellison, 7th grade, third, 1:05:11; Josh Lentz, 8th grade boys, fifth in 58.37. High jump - Andre Ostaudelefont, 8th grade, 5-4, fourth. 100 dash - Abby Coy, 8th grade, fifth, 13.92 Girls 4x100, fifth (Abby Coy, Sam Gadbois, Shatia Ellison, Aliana Mercado), 55.88 Boys 4x400 - fifth, (Josh Lentz, Colin McMahon, Alex Durant, Peter Bauer), 4:12:49. Also in this meet, on the girls side, Georgia Jones of Amherst won the 400 meter in 1:03.47, as did Milford's Emily Sullivan in the 800 meter run in 2:31.02. Milford's Robyn Krafft took the discus at 94-11.5. Also, Fairgrounds' Kara Kelleher took the 100 hurdles in 15.19 seconds while Elm Street's Grace Jones won the long jump in 16-2.75. Also, the Amherst 4x400 relay team of Emma Pyles, Rowen Bentley-Melle, India and Georgia Jones were first with a mark of 4:30.20. In the boys meet, Amherst's Victor Ceballos won the high jump at 5-6. Pennichuck was coached by Nick Hammond (boys) and Siobhan Kemezys (girls). Assistants included Karen Morse, Megan Cunningham, and Kevin Shea. BASEBALL Cal Ripken Playoffs Red Sox 9, A's 8 In a second round game, the top-seeded Red Sox offense was led by Drevin Richard and Travis Holbrook, each with two hits and two runs scored. Robby Cullerton added a hit and a run. Albert DeLaRosa (HR, four runs) and Nate Smith (hit and two runs) led the No. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:15:21 EST Nashua district at a crossroads I retired from the Nashua School District in June 2015 after 27 years; 21 as a school psychologist and five as special education director, serving on the superintendent's administrative team. I am writing out of grave concern for the direction the district is taking. Losing the top three administrators within a two-month period is not a hopeful direction for the district. The Telegraph has voiced both positive and negative comments regarding Superintendent Mark Conrad. Yes, Mr. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:09:08 EST Nashua teacher talks deadlocked NASHUA - In the middle of negotiating a new teacher contract, the Nashua Teachers' Union declared an impasse with the Nashua Board of Education Wednesday. The current collective bargaining agreement ends Aug. 31. NTU President Bob Sherman said now both parties will hire professional mediators to try and reconcile their differences - the specifics of which are not public. "We will notify the New Hampshire Labor Board that we are at impasse, then both sides - and this is what we're working on now - determine who our mediator will be," Sherman said. Next, district and union officials will set up dates for mediators to work through the areas of disagreement, "and hope the mediators can reach an agreement to bring back to both bodies; the full Board of Education and the NTU Board of Directors," he said. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:10:13 EST New EST training program debuts NASHUA - Local and city officials joined a ribbon-cutting celebration last week for the new Nashua institute dedicated to training skilled electronic systems technicians through a 10-month program. Maverick Technical Institute will open Sept. 6 at 589 West Hollis Street across the parking lot from the MicroSociety Academy Charter School in Nashua. Mayor Jim Donchess joined MTI Executive Director Joe Boston in cutting the ribbon at the facility Wednesday. The training offered at MTI is meant for students preparing for a certificate as an Electronic Systems Technician, or EST. Trained ESTs can work on systems including commercial audio and visual systems, home theaters and computers. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:13:03 EST Colleen Warren & Jeffrey St. Onge Kevin and Mary Warren of Nashua, New Hampshire are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Colleen Warren to Jeffrey St. Onge, son of Donald and Margaret St. Onge of Hudson, New Hampshire, Colleen is a 2006 graduate of Nashua High School North. She attended Holden Medical Institute and earned her diploma as a licensed practical nurse in 2007. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:03:29 EST Russell S. Pond Russell Short Pond, 78, of Nashua, passed away Thursday morning, June 9, 2016, at The Elms of Milford, after a period of declining health. Born in Manchester, NH on October 20, 1937, he was a son of the late Emerson and Natalie (Short) Pond. Russ grew up in Derry and was a graduate of Pinkerton Academy, Class of 1955. A proud American veteran, Russ enlisted in the Air Force shortly after his high school graduation and was stationed in Kansas and Greenland during the late 1950s. Mr. Pond had been employed as an office clerk for R.C. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 06:04:19 EST Looking back at the week in news Making an impact on kids halfway around the world At a time when it seems to have become trendy in some warped circles to look down upon the less fortunate and people from other countries and cultures, along comes a heartening story from Merrimack Middle School. Sewing students have been staying after school for months to make colorful dresses for little girls living in an orphanage in Kenya. Led by consumer science teacher Sue Retelle, the team of six girls has created 16 dresses so far to donate to Watoto World, an orphanage in rural Kenya. The dresses, fashioned from pillowcases, are adorable creations with ribbons and bows, and it's easy to imagine the sight of them lighting up the faces of the little Kenyan girls. The sewing club also has made decorative pillowcases for kids undergoing treatment at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon. This is a great program that offers some important lessons: The world is connected; it's important to have compassion for the less fortunate; and third-world countries and the people who live in them matter. It makes us wish there was a grown-up version of the sewing club. With an election coming up, we need to pay attention He won because people weren't paying attention. He was seated beside the others at the start of the 2001 legislative session, assigned to represent residents of Nashua's Ward 4. Once his views became known and it became clear that the legislative process would grind to a virtual halt until he was removed, Tom Alciere faced enormous pressure to resign his seat. He stepped down, then went online and said he was elected by a ''bunch of fat, stupid, ugly old ladies that watch soap operas, play bingo, read tabloids and don't know the metric system." That's pretty harsh, but it wasn't even the worst of it. What got Alciere in hot water in the first place was his view that it's OK - even necessary, in his opinion - to kill police officers. Alciere, who now lives in Hudson, has filed papers to seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:04:27 EST 2 Florida women nabbed in alleged scam NASHUA - Police say two Florida women were involved in a scheme involving fraudulent credit card activity at a Main Street bank. Shaquella Sykes, 23, of Miami, and Tyiesha Davis, 21, of Miami Gardens, were both arrested Thursday around 5:22 p.m. on a misdemeanor count of resisting detention. Roughly 30 minutes earlier, officers with the Nashua Police Department assisted Merrimack police with a fraud investigation and located a possible vehicle connected to the case. The vehicle was located in the area of East Hollis Street and Arlington Street and officers observed two people walking away from the vehicle, both of whom fled on foot when approached by police. The people were identified as Davis and Sykes and were arrested without incident. Nashua detectives, working with other law enforcement agencies, determined Sykes and Davis were involved in a scheme involving fraudulent credit card activity at the Santander Bank at 223 Main St., in Nashua, police said. Sykes was additionally charged with a felony count of theft by deception and Davis was charged with identity fraud, also a Class A felony, according to the police account. Both women were arraigned in a Nashua court on Friday, with Sykes' bail set at $100,000 cash only and Davis' bail set at $50,000. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 06:05:07 EST More than half of Nashua’s reps running for re-election this fall NASHUA - With the filing deadline having closed on Friday, more than half of the city's incumbent state representatives are running for re-election this fall, with party primaries slated for three wards. Democratic candidates for the 27 seats the city holds in the House of Representatives made a strong showing, with the party running at least three candidates in each of the city's nine wards. In addition, Democrats will have primary races in Wards 2 and 9, where more than three Democratic candidates filed. Republicans will have a primary contest in Ward 1, where five party hopefuls are vying for three seats - including the three incumbents, state Reps. Eric Eastman, Elizabeth Ferreira and Carl Seidel. No Republican filed to run for state representative in Ward 3 as of the June 10 deadline. The Republican party has until June 15 to enter a candidate to fill that vacancy. As of the 5 p.m., filing deadline, 16 of the 27 incumbent Nashua lawmakers are running for re-election to the House of Representatives. Republican Paula Johnson, a former at-large alderman and former state representative, entered the race for state representative in Ward 5 on June 1, then withdrew on June 10. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:01:24 EST Air-traffic controller recalls his ‘moment’ Lots of us longtime Nashuans know Bob Desmond as the youth baseball guru who's coached and guided generations of local kids from neighborhood sandlots to Holman Stadium and beyond. Others, mainly those in military circles, know Bob as the proud Korean War veteran who, at 85, still makes his way around the country to reconnect with his fellow vets at one gathering or another. But it was in his professional capacity - that of a career professional air traffic controller with the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center here in Nashua - that Bob Desmond, not once but twice, brushed up against what he calls the two most significant moments in his 85 years. First, the latter: It was February 2014, and Desmond was in Arizona successfully escaping another New England winter when a woman named Susan Kee came up to him at a Korean War veterans gathering near Scottsdale. Kee, an author, asked Desmond if she could interview him for her latest project, a book about American veterans of the Korean War. Later, Kee asked Desmond what he did for a living upon his return to civilian life. As he told her about his FAA career, he was quick to single out one particular day that, he said, will stick with him forever. Which brings us to Desmond's first "most significant moment": Jan. 20, 1980, which happened to be a Sunday. Desmond, in charge of the control room that day, remembers he and his crew eagerly awaiting one very special aircraft to enter the Nashua center's jurisdiction on its way to a smallish airport near the U.S. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 06:13:27 EST MSG Robert A. Guidaboni Sr., Ret. MSG Robert A. Guidaboni Sr., Ret., 75, of Hampton, NH, and Tampa, FL, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday June 7, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born in Taunton, MA, on April 30, 1941, a son of the late Caesar and Angelina (Chaves) Guidaboni. He was the loving husband of Joan (Ducey) Guidaboni for the past 23 years. Robert honorably served our country for 20 years, serving in the U.S. Thu, 09 Jun 2016 23:52:00 EST Dorothy (Meyer) Marcek Dorothy (Meyer) Marcek, 83, of Nashua, was called home by the Lord on Sunday, June 5, 2016. She was born in Enid, Oklahoma, on November 26, 1932, the oldest child of the late Albert and Leona (Neuhaus) Meyer, and grew up in Bronxville, NY, on the campus of Concordia College, where her father was president for over 25 years. She was the wife of Daniel Marcek, Sr., whom she married on September 10, 1955, and shared over 60 years of marriage. While they began married life in Greendale, WI, the young couple relocated to Nashua, NH, in 1960. In 1965, Dot and Dan together built a beautiful house where they have resided since. Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:47:12 EST NPD, FBI arrest six on drug-related offenses NASHUA – Six Nashua residents rounded up Wednesday in the city’s latest Combined Drug Impact Initiative operation face an assortment of charges relating to the possession and sale of narcotic drugs, police said. One of the suspects, Carlos Gonzalez, 57, of 34 Mulberry St., was taken to the hospital after police said he swallowed what they believed to be illegal drugs as officers closed in on him at his residence. Two others, Samantha Shedmock, 28, and Ricardo Velazquez, 32, both of 84 Kinsley St., were also charged with endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly conducting drug transactions out of their car, while their 5-year-old son sat in the backseat, police said. The total charges against the six people include: n Gonazlez: Three counts, sale of a controlled drug, cocaine, second offense; all felonies. n Velazquez: One count each, sale of a controlled drug, fentanyl, a felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. n Shedmock: One count each, criminal liability to the sale of a controlled drug, fentanyl; and possession of a controlled drug, fentanyl, both felonies; and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. n Lawrence Nelson, 31, 3 Acton St., Nashua. One count, criminal solicitation to the sale of a controlled drug, crack cocaine, a felony. n Randy Smith, 56, 39 Palm St., Apt. 2, Nashua. Thu, 09 Jun 2016 23:40:00 EST Tight inventory defines real estate market It’s crunch time in the Nashua-area real estate market. So says MaryBeth Gustitus, a real-estate broker with Keller Williams Realty in Nashua, who characterizes the current home selling climate as “gridlock.” With an improving economy, local real-estate agents are facing a different market after years of riding through rough times and adjacent home selling market. “The battle cry is inventory,” said Gustitus, who was looking at May 2016 real estate data in her Nashua office Wednesday. “Overall, the level in Nashua currently sits at about two months’ supply. That’s a real inventory crunch.” A more stable market would show about a five-to six-month inventory. It may be a seller’s market, but it’s not a simple matter of placing a home up for sale. Lack of inventory makes sellers nervous, said Gustitus, especially those who may feel they would have nowhere to go once their home sells, with such little inventory on the books. At the same time, that tight inventory means buyers need to “stay focused” and “have to be realistic,” Gustitus said, noting that buyers are having to make multiple offers on multiple properties. Lori Bellemore of Pat Clancy Realty in Nashua said, “All facets of real estate are on the upswing; everything from appraising to home inspection to new building construction. Thu, 09 Jun 2016 23:43:33 EST Nancy L. Sullivan Nancy L. Sullivan, 61, resident of Milford, NH, died unexpectedly at her home on May 24, 2016. She was born in Haver­hill, NH on August 31, 1954, a daughter of Ray­mond and Etta M. (Pike) Melendy. Nancy made her home in Milford for many years. She was a gradu­ate of New Hamp­shire Technical In­stitute where she earned her degree in nursing. Thu, 09 Jun 2016 08:00:02 EST Three men arrested in Nashua brawl on Tuesday afternoon NASHUA – A Forge Drive resident who police say pulled a gun on a neighbor, then was hit over the head with a grease gun and pepper-sprayed by police for allegedly threatening an officer, was one of three people arrested following the Tuesday afternoon brawl outside the man's home. George King, 50, of 57 Forge Drive, was treated at a local hospital for a head wound then booked on two counts of criminal threatening, one of which is a Class B felony, and one count of resisting arrest or detention, according to police. Also arrested in connection with the incident, which was reported around 4:30 p.m., were Shane King, 20, also of 57 Forge Drive, and Dylan King, 22, of 4 Mitchell St., Apt. 1, Nashua. Police didn't say if, or how, the men are related. Shane King was charged with one count each of obstructing government administration and possession of a controlled drug, both Class A misdemeanors. Dylan King was charged with one count of obstructing government administration, police said. All three were later released – George King on $300 cash bail and Shane and Dylan King on $10,000 cash or surety bail each. The younger Kings are scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 3 and George King on Aug. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 23:16:01 EST Revving up for radical rides and righteous ribs Kudos to the cast and crew of NH Theatre Factory's "Amadeus" last weekend. What great work! Be sure to follow this theater company, and don't miss their next show. This weekend, there are a couple stage performances to check out. Majestic Theatre brings the comedy "Death by Chocolate" to Derry; find details on Page 3. And Bedford Off Broadway has "12 Angry Jurors" in their town; see Page 6. The 10th annual Motor Mania event, put on by The Telegraph, is revving its engine and ready to showcase classic cars and motorcycles that belong to enthusiasts from across New England. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:07:22 EST Majestic Theatre has delicious comedy ‘Death by Chocolate’ DERRY - At 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Majestic Theatre will present the comedy "Death by Chocolate" at the Derry Opera House, 29 W. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:06:58 EST Borrow a ukulele from library for strumming fun NASHUA - Now you can borrow a ukulele from the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. The library has two Kala concert-size ukuleles that library cardholders ages 12 and older can borrow for 14 days. Each one comes with an instructional book and DVD, an electronic tuner and a chord chart. The ukuleles were donated by Michael Chung, founder of the Ukulele Festival at Greeley Park, through the Friends of the Nashua Public Library. "I truly believe the library is a great community resource," he said, so he made this donation to show his appreciation of it. To borrow a ukulele, bring your Nashua library card and a photo ID to the reference desk. You can reserve a ukulele by going to and searching the online catalog for "ukulele." For more information, call 589-4611 or email Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:05:42 EST arts digest 'Art and Mingle' exhibit, reception NASHUA - From 4-7 p.m. Thursday, the  ArtHUB at 30 Temple Street, home of Nashua Area Artists Association's gallery and workspace, will host an art exhibition reception. The Art Exhibition Reception is open to the public free of charge and will host the works of local artists working in acrylics, oils, watercolors and more. It is a prime opportunity to meet these artists and view their inspiring work. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:03:40 EST Telegraph’s Motor Mania roars into town Saturday HUDSON - Telegraph Events is proud to present its 10th annual Motor Mania event, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at The Telegraph offices, 17 Executive Drive. The event is free to the public. Registration fee to showcase is $15 per vehicle. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Good News Garage. Registered participants of Motor Mania will rumble through Nashua on a cruise to The Telegraph, to show off their vehicles, before setting up for the main event, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:02:46 EST Nashua’s outdoor Dinner and a Movie summer series seeking suggestions NASHUA – The Downtown Dinner and a Movie series is set to return to the streets of Nashua on July 20, but first, organizers want to know what residents want to see on the big screen. Max Snelling, of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is running an online survey with suggested titles for the summer. “Right now, we plan to have four movies shown on July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 23:16:01 EST John ‘Vic’ Zibolis John "Vic" Zibolis, 88, of Nashua, NH, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 4 at Bel Air Nursing Home in Goffstown, NH. Born in Nashua on November 22, 1927, he was the son of the late John and Urshula (Margis) Zibolis, who emigrated to Nashua from Lithuania in the early 1900s. He is survived by his loving wife, Irene (LeBlanc) Zibolis; three sons, Glen Zibolis and wife, Beth Leconte of Peace Dale, RI, John Zibolis of Candia, NH, and Michael Zibolis and his wife, Laurie of Milford, NH; two grandsons, Abraham Zibolis and his significant other, Tina Wilson of Merrimack, NH, Chad Zibolis and his wife Caitlin of Milford, NH; and Alexis Zibolis and her significant other, Michael McBride, of Belleview, WA. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Mya, Dakota, Logan and Jameson; two nieces, Sandra Caron and Kathy Zibolis; and five nephews, Charles Howard, Dennis Zibolis, Kenneth Zibolis, David Zibolis and Kevin Zibolis. During his formative years before the War, he lived on the family farm which was situated on the side of a hill in South Nashua off of Middle Dunstable Road. The farm offered what may be the most scenic vista in Nashua, offering an unobstructed view of the Monadnocks to the west. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:01:40 EST Pauline Economou Mandravelis Pauline Economou Mandravelis, 90, of Nashua, NH, passed on June 2, 2016. She was born in Nashua, NH on August 7, 1925. She was the first born daughter of the late Kate and William Economou, who emigrated to the U.S. from Greece. Pauline met her husband to be, Zack Mandravelis, at a Greek dance at their local Greek church. Zack had returned from his duties in WW II, feeling ready to meet a lovely woman to begin a new life with. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:00:52 EST Miriam H. Swanson Miriam H. Swanson passed away peacefully at The Elms Center in Milford on the morning of May 5. She was born Miriam Elaine Hamm on January 9, 1936, in Arlington, Massachusetts, to Plemen C. Hamm and Amy Johnston Hamm. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:00:28 EST Knights’ Geannelis schools Dawgs NASHUA - The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs learned on Education Day at Holman Stadium just how valuable Mike Geannelis is to the Nashua Silver Knights. Geannelis is one of the mainstays in the team's starting rotation, but he also likes to hit and play other positions. On Tuesday he started at first base, had a homer and two RBIs, and made up for an earlier gaffe with a great defensive play to give the Silver Knights a 6-3 win, thrilling the area student-laced crowd of 2,239. "He is a big asset," Silver Knights manager B. J. Neverett said. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:00:03 EST Contracts awarded to nonprofit CONCORD - The New Hampshire Executive Council has approved two contracts to allow Nashua-based nonprofit Harbor Homes to make peer recovery support services more widely available in the state. The five-member council last week authorized an agreement with Harbor Homes, part of the Partnership for Successful Living network, to facilitate the development and networking of their services through other in-state nonprofits within five public health regions in an effort to reduce substance abuse. The contract is not to exceed $1.5 million, with 13 percent coming from the state general fund, 40 percent from federal sources and 47 percent listed as "other." Carol Furlong, vice president of operations for Harbor Homes, said the goal is to reduce alcohol and drug misuse and its consequences in New Hampshire communities. "The first step is we will be doing an assessment of current recovery- community organizations, certainly the ones with peer-recovery support systems available. So we're going to look at all of them in the state and pick five ... that we can quickly help become certificated," she said. "The ultimate goal is to help them increase their services, improve the efficiency of their services and, most importantly, help them sustain these services." Councilors also authorized a contract to renew or amend agreements with nine vendors to provide outpatient mental health and substance abuse counseling services to clients enrolled in the New Hampshire Ryan White CARE Program for those living with HIV. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:22:26 EST Robert E. McLellan Robert E. McLellan, 85, of Litchfield, NH, husband of Mary Jane (Bradley) McLellan, passed away Saturday evening, June 4, 2016, at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua after a brief illness. A resident of Litchfield for the past 22 years, he was born in St. Helena, California, on March 14, 1931, one of fourteen children of the late Joseph W. and Ethel (Walker) McLellan. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:26:39 EST Richard Augustine Lavoie Richard Augustine Lavoie, 76, of Nashua, NH, died Sunday June 5, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. Born April 3, 1940, in Nashua, NH, he was son of the late Augustine and Doris (Clough) Lavoie. He was also predeceased by one sister, Marie Foster, and one brother, Phillip Lavoie. Richard served in the United States Navy from 1965-69 and was a member of the American Legion. He retired in 2004 from Delta Education in Hudson. He had also previously been employed at the former Indian Head Millwork, Liberty Cabinets and Fimbel Door Co. Richard enjoyed fishing and also enjoyed playing poker, going to Foxwoods Casino and playing numerous different card games with family. Survivors include his loving wife Anita (Smith) Lavoie, of Nashua, with whom he married on July 3, 1980, and would have celebrated their thirty-sixth wedding anniversary next month; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Lavoie and his wife Kimberley, of Knoxville, TN; one sister-in-law, Debra Lavoie, of Hudson; one brother-in-law, Charles Foster, of Merrimack; ten grandchildren; two stepchildren, Sharon Moores and Steven Levesque, both of Nashua. There are no visiting hours. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:27:00 EST Marilyn J. Elwell Marilyn J. Elwell, of Goffstown and formerly of Nashua, died at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home on Friday evening, May 27, 2016. She was born on June 15, 1950, in Astoria, Long Island, NY, a daughter of the late Edward Jr. and Gloria Elwell. She was a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1968. Miss Elwell had worked for the former J.F. McElwain in their office for many years. She had been a member of the National Association of Physically Handicapped and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is survived by a sister, Kelly Poliquin of Nashua; two nieces, Gloria Hallett and Jennifer Poliquin; her grandnephews, Myles Jadis, Seth Hallett, Taylor Hallett and Jerami Taylor; and a grandniece, Nina Taylor. Marilyn was at Hillsborough County nursing home for the last 19 years and had a wonderful group of nurse and staff who took great care of her while at the facility and will be greatly missed. Also hospice helped fulfill her bucket list in her last hours of life bringing in miniature horses for her to see and touch. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:09:05 EST Pauline Ekonomou Mandravelis Pauline Ekonomou Mandravelis passed on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Pauline was a loving wife of Zacharias Mandravelis and mother to Faye and Bill. The wake and funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, located at 500 West Hollis St., Nashua, NH. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:08:38 EST It has been an honor and privilege to serve I want to let you know what a privilege and honor it has been to represent my neighbors in Nashua's Ward 3 as their state representative for these past two years. The experience has been enriching for me and not a day has gone by in Concord where I did not learn something procedurally or substantively relating to the legislative issues. Regrettably, I will not be seeking another term because my wife and I will be relocating to the Seacoast. The House is a wonderful place to serve and I would urge anyone who has an interest in being part of a true citizens Legislature to consider it. New Hampshire is a unique place. It is the third-largest legislative body in the native English-speaking world, behind only the British Parliament and the U.S. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:06:09 EST World War II bomber lands at Nashua airfield The Commemorative Air Force B-29 Superfortress known as "Fifi" landed in Nashua Monday, ready for its weeklong stop as part of its nationwide flying history tour. The giant four-engine World War II-era bomber - along with an accompanying C-45 transport plane - are part of the Air Power History tour, which is crossing the country from its home turf in Fort Worth, Texas. Adventurous history and plane buffs can book a flight on one of two days the planes are offering rides. "For the lucky few who actually ride it, you get to experience what those kids did in World War II," said tour leader Col. Glenn Mount of the Commemorative Air Force. This is the second year the planes have visited the Nashua airport. Access for tours and ride tickets can be had through a gate near the airport's control tower, behind Daniel Webster College. The flying history group maintains historic military aircraft and has formed a coalition of like-minded fliers and volunteers nationwide to educate and foster a close understanding of wartime aviation during World War II. Mount, who owns his own military aircraft and flies for sport, said, "When I fly in the airplane it's always an experience for me." Mount said he tells riders, "Yeah, we're going on a ride around the area, but when you get on that plane and it starts up, and you see that smoke billow from those four engines, you feel that rumble, you think of those kids over there on those Pacific islands. Most of them had never seen an ocean. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:33:18 EST NFL player, Nashua native Reyes has field day NASHUA - The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, in cooperation with Washington Redskins defensive end and Nashua native Kendall Reyes, held their fourth annual "R.E.Y.E.S. Family Field Day" on Saturday, when more than 125 local children competed for prizes in various athletic events. The R.E.Y.E.S. - or Re-Engaging Youth through Exercise and Sport - family field day is offered to ensure athletic opportunities for youth at a time when getting kids outside can be a challenge for parents. Joined by friends, family, and numerous volunteers, local kids aged 5-13 participated in a water Frisbee relay, an obstacle course, relay races, a fitness circuit hosted by Planet Fitness, and a wiffle ball challenge hosted by the Nashua Silver Knights. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Boys & Girls Club. According to Reyes, he and his family founded the event in hopes of returning something to the city that raised him. "I wanted to give back to the community that I grew up in, that did such a good job of bringing me up," Reyes said in a phone interview. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:20:21 EST Two charged in beating, robbery NASHUA - A Massachusetts man is in jail following his Monday arraignment on multiple charges stemming from the alleged tire iron beating of a Nashua man last week, police said. A Nashua district court judge set bail at $25,000 cash-only for James Robinson, 25, of 217 Salem Road in Billerica, Mass., at Robinson's video-conference arraignment from Valley Street jail. Robinson is charged with one count each of robbery, first-degree assault, and criminal threatening, all Class A felonies, and one count of criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor, according to police. He is due back in court on Thursday, June 16, for a probable cause hearing. Also charged in the incident was Theresa Rodonis, 41, of 241/2 Jefferson St., Nashua, who faces one count of robbery, a Class B felony, police said. She was also arraigned Monday via video conference from jail, where she was held on $7,500 bail. The incident that led to their arrests began with a verbal argument between Rodonis and the victim, a 39-year-old man. Police said the dispute broke out around 7 p.m. on June 1 at 55 Crown St., in Nashua. The victim, who lives in one of several camping trailers parked at 55 Crown St., told police that Rodonis showed up with four other people and began removing items from another trailer. He said he warned Rodonis that she wasn't allowed on the property, according to a police affidavit, and the argument ensued. The victim told police he was then struck on the back of his head by what he believed was a crow bar, but turned out to be a tire iron. Police said the victim recognized his alleged attacker as a man named "James" and that James was holding the tire iron in one hand and a knife in the other. The alleged assailant, later identified as Robinson, told the victim "I will kill you" several times, police reported. Robinson at one point dropped the tire iron, picked up a "long, metal square-shaped pole" and allegedly swung it at the victim, striking him in his back and an arm, police added. The victim told Robinson and Rodonis that he was recording the incident with his cellphone, which, police said, prompted them to try and take it from him. He was eventually able to put the phone in his camper, at which time he told police he retrieved a knife and told Robinson that "he would defend himself if Robinson continued to attack him," according to police reports. Upon arrival, police found the victim bleeding from the back of his head and his mouth, and had swelling on his back and multiple contusions to his arm. He was taken to a local hospital, where police interviewed him, according to their reports. His account of the events matched the video he recorded with his phone, which, police said, was taken as evidence. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:12:41 EST Manchester fire leaves 4 dead MANCHESTER - A fast-moving, pre-dawn fire in a three-story apartment building left two adults and two children dead and about 30 people displaced, officials said Monday. The Manchester Fire Department began getting 911 calls on the fire at sunrise Monday. Responders arrived to find heavy fire at the building, and removed the first two victims within one minute, firefighters said. "The fire was progressing so quickly that we had to retreat to get supportive hose lines to advance further," District Chief Mike Gamache said. Within five to six minutes, the other two victims were brought out, he said. Two people died at the scene, and two were pronounced dead at the hospital. Manchester Fire Chief Daniel Goonan said all four people were living in the same apartment, but no further information was released. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:13:58 EST Expanded Nashua Farmers Market opening this month From heirloom tomatoes to locally produced meats and baked goods, the Nashua Farmers Market will feature more vendors selling a wider variety of fare when it opens this season on June 19. The Nashua Farmers Market will also expand beyond its current location on the Main Street Bridge into Le Parc de Notre Renaissance Francaise parking lot at 25 Water St., after aldermen passed a bill that would ban parking in the southwest section of the riverside park so vendors can set up there. The Nashua Farmers Market will operate from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays from June-October. The parking ban will be in effect from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on those Sundays when the market operates. During that time, vehicles will be allowed to enter and exit the park from Water Street. The move will accommodate a significant expansion of the market, which last year grew to roughly two dozen vendors, Great American Downtown Executive Director and Market Manager Paul Shea said in a recent interview. So far this year, about 30 vendors are on board. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:00:41 EST Daniel Forrest Sayre Daniel Forrest Sayre, of Nashua, NH, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 28. Dan was born on July 12, 1942, in East Liverpool, Ohio, son of the late J. Woodrow and Nellie (Shircliff) Sayre. He is survived by his wife, Pamela (Patenaude) Sayre; and their children, Lisa (Sayre) Carlson and husband Keith of Nashua, NH, Stefanie (Meade) Cutter and husband Patrick of San Antonio TX, Stacey Meade and her significant other Chris Theriault of Shrewsbury, MA, Scott Meade and wife Sarina (Vose) of Keene, NH. He also leaves behind grandchildren Jasmine Lampropulos and her husband Michael Moreno and Dustin Lampropulos of Nashua, NH, Michelle, Samantha and Xavier Cutter; Skylar, Maddie and Amelia Meade; and great-grandson, Matthew Moreno; stepmother, Selma Sayre of Flagler Beach, FL; sister, Martha (Sayre) Garman and her husband Charles, who reside in Nigeria, Africa; several nieces as well as great-nieces/nephews. Dan graduated from Ithaca High School (NY) in 1960. During that period, Dan was an avid music fan and played bass guitar in a local garage band for many fraternity events. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:08:11 EST Paula Marie (Lavoie) Barbour Paula Marie (Lavoie) Barbour, 59, a native and lifelong Nashua resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, June 2, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Paula was very proud of being in the top 10 percentile of people diagnosed with her illness of the past 18 months. A daughter of Lillian G. (Manley) Lavoie and the late Joseph D. Lavoie, she was born in Nashua on March 14, 1957. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:07:47 EST Roberson emerging as player to watch for Silver Knights NASHUA - The Nashua Silver Knights and their fans could be wild about Harry this summer. As in shortstop Harry Roberson. "I saw him play in the NESCAC tournament (at Holman Stadium) as a freshman," Silver Knights manager and player personnel VP B.J. Neverett said of the Amherst College standout. "He played in the New York League last summer. But I immediately said, 'We've got to get that kid.' "I like his athleticism, but I really like his toughness. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:17:09 EST Local athletes collect crowns at NHIAA Meet of Champions Greater Nashua athletes were crowned 13 times at the NHIAA Track and Field Meet of Champions on Saturday at Winnaunnet High School. Milford's Olivia Rougeau was the only local participant to earn multiple individual titles. The senior won the long jump at 17 feet, 9 ¾ inches and was also tops in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-4 and edging Nashua South freshman Sydney Lewis in the attempts tiebreaker. Rougeau, along with Viankah Williams, Amy Arena and Nicole McMorrow, won the 4x100 relay in historic fashion. The quartet broke its own state record with a time of 48.68 to beat out Nashua North's second-place team of Gabby Masseur, Alana Choate, Nicole De Almeida and Adaeze Okorie. However, North's Masseur, Emily Sweet, De Almeida and Okorie were the champions of the 4x400 relay (4:01.42). Williams claimed the title in the 200 meters (25.20), while McMorrow was the winner of the triple jump (36-7 ¾). Merrimack senior Kathryn Flynn was the state's top performer in the javelin (126-1). For the boys, Alvirne had a pair of winners as Noah Bellomo won the 800 (1:56.28) and Kendall Westhoff finished first in the 3,200 (9:24.78). Nashua North's Triston Delicema (44-9 ¼) topped teammate Jordan Buckmire (44-0 ½) for the title in the triple jump. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:18:11 EST Nashua student at national spelling bee NASHUA - Nashua student Arushi Kalpande, 14, of Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School made it into the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the third consecutive year. Out of a national pool of nearly 300 skilled spellers, Arushi tied for 22nd place at the bee in Washington, D.C. last week, and was one of eight students present who made it to the bee for three years in a row. "It was a lot of fun, I always look forward to going to D.C. It was also my last chance because it only goes to the eighth grade," Arushi said in a Thursday interview at her school. She said she enjoyed spending time with other spellers like her, and visiting the sights in the city, particularly the National Museum of Natural History. Preparing for the competition took practice, and Arushi has been honing her spelling skills for years now. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:02:42 EST Diesel fuel spill contained at Nashua store NASHUA - Firefighters contained a roughly 30-gallon diesel fuel spill with booms and absorbent pads after they were called to Lowe's, 143 Daniel Webster Highway, shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. Deputy Nashua Fire Rescue Chief George Walker said crews arrived to find fuel leaking from a flatbed truck that had struck a pole in Lowe's parking lot. The impact damaged the driver's side saddle tank and spawned the leak, Walker said. Firefighters roped off the area and worked to halt the stream of fuel, which had begun to travel downhill into two connecting sewer grates, he said. They spread an absorbent known as "Speedi Dri" around the truck and blocked the sewers until the flow had been halted. Walker said a hazardous materials cleanup firm was contacted, along with the state Department of Environmental Services. No injuries were reported. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:02:16 EST Nashua woman accused of robbing GoFundMe account NASHUA - The 27-year-old Nashua woman who last year set up a GoFundMe account for a grieving family, then allegedly stole the roughly $5,000 in donations, told police she took the money to pay medical and other bills after her husband lost his job, according to a police report. Krystal Gentley, of 9 Eighth St., Nashua, told a Nashua detective that she planned to "slowly pay back the money once her husband found another job," the report states. Gentley said the fact her husband lost his job "just before Christmas" left her in need of money to cover medical expenses related to her gastric bypass surgery, as well as to pay other bills and to purchase Christmas presents, the detective's report states. Gentley, who is due back in court in mid-June, set up The Tabitha L. Fauteux  Memorial Fund for the family of the former Hudson woman, who was 26 when she died in November of an overdose after a long struggle with addiction. Detectives arrested Gentley on April 1. She was later arraigned on one count of theft by deception, a Class A felony, and was released on $5,000 cash or surety bail. She is scheduled to appear in Nashua district court at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, for a probable cause hearing. Sheila Fauteux said her daughter and Gentley were longtime friends who once shared an apartment, and that she and her family were shocked when they learned that Gentley had been arrested and charged with stealing the money. Police accuse Gentley of "knowingly obtaining" $4,921 from the account, but Sheila Fauteux and GoFundMe personnel estimated it came to roughly $5,300 in all. Regardless of the exact amount, Sheila Fauteux said earlier that she gets "very sick to my stomach" as she struggles to come to terms with Gentley's alleged involvement. "I was just shocked, very shocked, at what Krystal did. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:01:50 EST News Digest Nashua bicyclist injured in crash with sedan Police are reminding drivers to be extra attentive to smaller vehicles, such as bicycles and motorcycles, after a crash Saturday that sent a 28-year-old bicyclist from Nashua to the hospital. Police said Brent Osborn sustained injuries to his lower extremeties in the collision, which occurred when a 2006 BMW sedan turned into the bicycle's path in front of 216 Central St. around 7:30 a.m. The driver of the car, Jared Wagner, 20, of Amherst, "failed to yield to the bicyclist" while turning into a parking lot, police said. The impact threw Osborn into the front-right side of the car and onto the windshield, which was shattered, police said. - DEAN SHALHOUP Nashua Bomb threat briefly empties shopping mall Police are investigating an apparent bomb threat that forced a brief evacuation of the Pheasant Lane Mall on Saturday. Few details were available on Sunday, but Nashua police in an 8:29 p.m. Twitter message asked people to avoid the area of the mall until futher notice "due to bomb threat." Police and the city's Emergency Operations Center posted another message at 9:05 p.m. stating that the threat had been lifted, and that the mall was reopening. - DEAN SHALHOUP Chelmsford, Mass. Crash leaves 1 dead, 4 hurt, including Nashua man One person was killed and four more were injured in an early-morning crash Sunday. State police responded to Route 3 around 1:30 a.m. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:00:55 EST Memo gets a look in ’88 murder case NASHUA - A controversial 2004 internal memorandum by a state Attorney General's office paralegal regarding allegations of police perjury in a 1988 Nashua murder trial may contain information important to the defense, and prosecutors should therefore turn it over for review, a judge has ruled. The ruling is one of six that Judge Jacalyn Colburn handed down last week in the cases of Anthony Barnaby and David Caplin, co-defendants in the brutal murders of two Nashua women in their Mason Street apartment nearly 28 years ago. Colburn's ruling agrees in large part with Barnaby Attorney Mark Sisti's position that the entire memo, not just a short excerpt he received in March, "is clearly exculpatory evidence" that prosecutors should be compelled to turn over to him and co-counsel Alan Cronheim. Colburn, stating in her ruling that the defense "has established a reasonable probability" that information in the memo is relevant to the defense, gave prosecutors 10 days to turn over the memo for an "in camera," or private, review by the parties. Colburn deferred ruling - pending the outcome of the in camera review - on a related motion in which Barnaby seeks to depose several Nashua police officers involved in the investigation of the double murder. Their testimony, Barnaby claims, may shed more light on his allegation that now-retired Capt. Paul Goupil coerced him to confess during an interrogation that was not recorded. The state objected, arguing that Barnaby deposed all the officers in his first of three trials, which all ended in hung juries. A third motion, to extend deadlines, is also subject to the course that the in camera review takes, Colburn ruled. Caplin, like Barnaby, is also asking Colburn to compel the state to produce the entire 2004 memo and to allow him to depose the officers. Where the two men's motions differ, Colburn wrote, is that Barnaby seeks the memo's contents in order to challenge the validity of his confession, while Caplin seeks it to challenge the validity of his extradition to New Hampshire from Quebec, Canada. Caplin, Colburn wrote, "suggests that the (NH) attorney general may have knowingly misrepresented certain facts to the Canadian attorney general." Colburn sided with the state in another finding contained in last week's orders, in which she grants prosecutors' request to test four pieces of evidence obtained from the original crime scene for the presence of nuclear DNA. Prosecutors said they brought the motion in large part because it's possible their testing process may "entirely consume ... any blood evidence" that remains on the items, and they wanted to give the defense the opportunity to object to "the potentially consumptive testing." Finally, Colburn scheduled a hearing for June 24 on the state's request to depose, or interview, 11 witnesses currently living in Canada in order to "preserve their testimony." The fact that "foreign witnesses" are not required to travel to the U.S. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 06:54:54 EST Bishop Guertin holds 50th graduation NASHUA - Bishop Guertin High School graduated its 50th class on Sunday, when 202 young adults received diplomas and walked toward the next stage of their lives. Wearing the forest green color of their school, the graduating seniors of 2016 marched to the sound of "Pomp and Circumstance" into the high school's Roedel Field House, where they were welcomed by the gathered mass of family, friends and school faculty. Tim Morrison, class valedictorian, gave a short address that called on his fellow students to reflect on the challenges they faced during their time at the private, Roman Catholic college preparatory high school. "I would argue that the most meaningful life lessons of graduation come not from listening to inspirational speeches, but from reflecting on your time here," he said. "What experience challenged you the most at Bishop Guertin? This experience, though it may have seemed irritating at the time, is apt to be one of the most valuable of your life." Morrison went on to acknowledge the many problems facing both the class of 2016 and the world at large. "Arguably, the most cliched line in the esteemed history of valedictory addresses is that 'We are the leaders of the future,' " he said. "A more honest way of phrasing this sentiment is perhaps that the world we are inheriting is rife with problems, problems that require empathy, reasoning and cooperation. While the courses we have taken at Bishop Guertin have ostensibly been about other things, surely they have, at their core, been about instilling within us these very qualities." Class salutatorian Gabriel Madonna poked gentle fun at Morrison when he claimed, "first is the worst, second is the best." He said that he was thankful for the chance to try to rise to the challenge his fellow students presented him, but that the real credit was due to the faculty of Bishop Guertin. "I owe far more to the people who defined the environment at Bishop Guertin," he said. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 06:00:44 EST Grant helps YMCA with summer learning program NASHUA - The YMCA of Greater Nashua announced it was awarded a $10,000 Community Impact Grant from New York Life. The grant will support the YMCA's Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, which is designed to improve literacy skills for low-income first- and second grade students in Nashua who are struggling with their reading skills. "We are grateful for New York Life's investment in our Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, which will change many lives for the better," said Mike LaChance, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Nashua. "Without the support from New York Life, we wouldn't be able to serve 32 children in this program. "This grant will help defray program expenses, including educational supplies, program staff wages and educational field trips for the students." The YMCA of Greater Nashua is the only Y in New Hampshire offering SLLP; summer 2015 was the first time it was offered locally. Evidence-based research has shown that low-income students lose 2.5 to 3 months of learning each summer and that this is cumulative over their school career. This program enables students to begin the next school year ahead instead of falling further behind. Additionally, studies show that getting kids to read at grade level by third grade significantly improves their likelihood of completing high school. "I'm proud to work for a company that encourages its agents and employees to devote their time, energy and talents to support the needs and priorities of their local community," said Earl Prolman, an agent with New York Life's New Hampshire general office. Prolman is a member of the YMCA's board of trustees and has been a YMCA volunteer for 56 years. "We are pleased that our partnership will have a long-lasting impact on the YMCA and the community they serve," he said. The Community Impact Grant program awards grants of up to $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations that are championed by New York Life agents and employees to serve the needs of their communities. Since the program's inception in 2008, 387 grants totaling more than $5 million have been awarded to nonprofits across the country. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 14:00:04 EST Gate City Series road race schedule set NASHUA - The Toyota of Nashua Gate City Series announced five races starting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, June 23, with the Salvation Army Run Into Summer 5K at Greeley Park in Nashua. The series will include the Home Stretch 5K and Kids Fun Run at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Nashua Community College; the Kelly Mann 5K and 3K Fun Walk at 9 a.m. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 11:02:01 EST Teachers are taking a digital approach Technology creates new opportunities, and teachers are beginning to integrate more of it into their classrooms. One of these technologies, dubbed "Google Classrooms," is an online blog where teachers can post assignments, announcements, video lectures, useful tools and grades. Using Google Classroom, students can complete work assigned through internet links using Google Docs. This service is provided by Google for Education, to which the Nashua School District has a subscription. South biology teacher Lisa Marshall said she learned about Google Classrooms last year through the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association. "(I) saw it as a great tool to help students stay organized and have one place to go for all information," Marshall said. Marshall has recruited other teachers, including Katherine Johnson, South Blueprints and Advanced Placement government teacher. "I like the idea of using less paper in the classroom and having quicker access for students to turn in their assignments," Johnson said. Students generally agree that Google Classroom is an easier way to turn in schoolwork because of its flexibility. Nashua South Sophomore Owen Mooso said, "I like Google Classroom because it allows me to complete assignments without carrying as much paper around." Among the positive features of Google Classroom is that teachers now have more discretion in regards to using class time. Marshall said she has the ability to attach videos of lectures so she doesn't have to lecture all class, leading to more hands-on activities. This is commonly known as the "Flipped Classroom," essentially when learning takes place outside of the classroom, while learning exercises can take place in class. Johnson said class participation and completed work have increased since she started using Google Classroom. Students can provide evidence that they completed the work, instead of cramming it five minutes before a teacher checks it off at the beginning of class. However, making Google Classroom a permanent feature of the school would only work with increased classroom access to computers. "If we have more computers available because more teachers are using it, then we have more need for computers," Johnson said. Over the past few years, the Nashua School District has invested in Chromebooks for students and teachers in the classroom, essentially creating a computer lab in the class. However, many teachers find difficulties scheduling them because of the limited supply. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 09:00:56 EST Health Digest New tick illness catches the attention of local specialist AMHERST - According to a recent report by Connectict tick-borne disease expert Dr. Sandra Bushmich, data indicates that a new form of tick-borne illness, Borrelia miyamotoi, is growing. Unlike Lyme disease, which is picked up by each tick along the way, the Borrelia infection is passed directly from the mother tick to her eggs, which are born with the infection, so it has a great potential to grow exponentially each year. "We are worried that the newest discovered tick virus will rear its ugly head this year in a big way," said Dr. Julia Greenspan, ND, a tick-borne disease expert who has been diagnosing and treating tick-associated diseases for years with IV antibiotics at Greenhouse Naturopathic Medicine, her clinic in Amherst. "Unlike Lyme disease, this infection is passed from mommy tick to baby tick. We need to be extra vigilant this year. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:04:50 EST Blood Drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 7: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack. 1:30-6:30 p.m. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:04:26 EST Matthew M. Simoneau Matthew M. Simoneau, 34, of Nashua, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday May 28, 2016 at his home. Matthew was born in Nashua on May 22, 1982, a son of Michael Simoneau of Nashua and Judith (Perry) Lavallee of Merrimack. Matthew loved to produce music, travel, read, animals and especially cooking. He had been employed at Giovannis in Nashua. Matthew was predeceased by a son; Asher Matthew Simoneau. Besides his parents, Matthew is survived by: his step-mother, Kathleen Simoneau of Nashua; his step-father, Phil Lavallee of Merrimack; one sister, Jennifer Hirschmann and her husband Kevin of Manchester; his paternal grandmother, Theresa Simoneau of Nashua; his maternal grandparents, Joseph Perry and his wife Dolores of Nashua; two nephews, Kyle Hirschmann and Phillip Lavallee; several aunts, uncles and cousins; as well as his dearest friend, Crystal Rodriguez, of Nashua. SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:04:02 EST Paul Gerard Hayden Paul Gerard Hayden, 73, of Nashua, NH, died on June 2, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital. He was born on October 1, 1942, the son of the late Paul Hayden and Mary (Pollard). He was the husband of Joanne (Callahan), who he married in 1973. Paul was a 1961 graduate of North Chelmsford High School. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:03:15 EST Mary Poltack Mary Poltack, of Nashua, passed away on May 8, 2016, after a fulfilling 89-year life. Born and raised in Manchester, she traveled extensively with her career Navy husband, Henry, until settling down in Nashua in the mid 1960s. She was the daughter of Polish immigrants who came to Manchester to work in the mills. In her early years, she was brought up in the Polish American community and church. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:02:51 EST James Walter Brannigan Beloved husband, father, and grandfather James Walter Brannigan, 73, of Redmond, Washington, formerly of Nashua and Hollis, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, after a brief illness. Jim was born in Hastings, Nebraska on March 23, 1943, to the late Earl and Olinda (Walker) Brannigan. He graduated from St. Cecilia High School in Hastings in 1962 and subsequently enlisted in the United States Navy, serving honorably as an Electrician's Mate during the Vietnam War. In 1967, while stationed in Newport, Rhode Island, he met Norma Lee Jepson of Brookline, and it was love at first sight. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 08:02:26 EST Greater Nashua Little League Majors action heats up Twins 9, Rockies 6 Top hitters included Isaac Crivac (3 for 4), Kory Cassie (2 for 4, two doubles), Nick Shaw (2 for 4) and Thomas Campbell (2 for 4). Eric Perry and Kyle Vancelette had their first hits of the season. Cardinals 8, Red Sox 2 Cardinals pitcher Tommy Tierney fell just short of a no-hitter, giving up a hit with two outs in the sixth. Drew Frost came in to close the door for the final out. The Cardinals were led offensively by Drew Frost, Cody Barton and Isaiah Hedquist. A's 8, Orioles 4 Brandon Metivier hit his first home run of the season to help his own cause as he pitched well, striking out 10 for the A's. Jordan Joyal had a double and triple, and Jordan Andino Raisanen tripled. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 07:55:11 EST Roedel Cos. launches new Nashua center New Hampshire has always been pivotal to the growth of Roedel Cos., and that holds true in 2016 with the June openings of The Event Center at the Courtyard by Marriott Nashua located off Route 3 in Nashua and The Falls Event Center located off Exit 6 on Interstate 293, adjacent to the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Manchester. Fred Roedel, who founded Roedel Cos., launched his career in the hospitality business in 1967 with a single motor lodge in Nashua, growing it into the largest privately held hotel chain in the northeast under the Susse Chalet and Grand Chalet brands until it was sold in 2000. He started Roedel Cos. with sons Fred III and David that same year. Now, four of the 11 branded or independent hotels Roedel Cos. own or operate are in New Hampshire: Courtyard by Marriott Nashua, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Merrimack, as well as the La Quinta Inn & Suites and the Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 07:08:15 EST Arts center to be discussed The aldermen's Planning and Economic Development Committee will take up the Performing Arts Feasibility Study on June 7, when they are expected to establish their expectations for the second phase of the study. Consultant Duncan Webb of Webb Consulting Inc., proposed three options in his study of the city's arts scene. They include: partnering with an educational institution to either renovate or build a 300- to 400-seat venue and another that could handle roughly 750 seats; renovating an existing downtown building that could be used for a wide range of programs; and creating a downtown arts district. In a letter to committee chairwoman Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja, Nashua Community Development Director Sarah Marchant proposed the following steps: recommend construction of a new performing arts center, adaptive reuse of an existing facility, or both; explore the idea of an arts district; explore long-term renovation of Keefe Auditorium; and seek out partners in education for meetings and events. The meeting to discuss the study will be held on Tueday at 7 p.m in City Hall. South teacher honored for Running Start support Lisa Yates, a human relations teacher at Nashua High School South, was recognized by Gov. Maggie Hassan and Ross Gittell, chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire, for her support of the Running Start program. Yates was presented with the Running Start Advocate of the Year Award for supporting Running Start at Nashua Community College, a program that allows high school students to take courses for both high school and college credit. In a ceremony last month in Concord, Yates was joined by six recipients from across New Hampshire who were recognized by each of the state's seven community colleges. This is the ninth year that CCSNH has honored its high school partners. "Because of CCSNH's Running Start program, New Hampshire high school students have the opportunity to pursue college credits at significantly discounted rates, allowing them to get a head start on their higher education," Hassan said in a press statement. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 07:48:47 EST Symposium comes to a close in city NASHUA - The ninth annual Nashua International Sculpture Symposium concluded Saturday afternoon, offering about 75 guests the opportunity to receive a firsthand look at the three latest additions to the city's public art scene. From Nashua City Hall on a scenic June day, art lovers packed onto a series of trolleys that transported them to the unveiling of the three new works spread across the community. Kathy Hersh, chairwoman of the Symposium Committee and president of City Arts Nashua, gave a big thank-you to "all of you" - the ones sponsoring the artwork, inspiring the artists and enjoying the pieces once they were completed. "This is a gift that the artists bring to you," she said. Nashua is the only city in the country to host an annual international sculpture symposium. The goal, organizers say, is to promote public art and make it more accessible to the community. The three artists selected to participate in the symposium this year included Asta Vasiliauskaite, of Lithuania; Gopinath Subbanna, of India; and Vasilis Vasili, of Greece. Those countries were chosen because of their strong cultural connection to Nashua, given the waves of Lithuanian and Greek immigrants a century ago and the more recent population of Indian-Americans who call the region home. The national flags of Lithuania, Greece and India were flown in front of Nashua City Hall to mark the event. All three sculptors, who worked with stone, spent about a month in Nashua to create their art after the symposium launched in early May. Residents hosted the artists in their homes, cooked meals and provided them with transportation. The piece from Vasiliauskaite, placed in front of the Nashua Fire Rescue headquarters and Crown Hill station on East Hollis Street, is called "Speaking Bush" and features dozens of carved birds sitting in a bush, which she said symbolized the Earth. "We all are very different, but we all have our own unique character," she wrote. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 07:46:04 EST Roughly 600 bike to help wounded vets About 600 cyclists turned out at Holman Stadium on Saturday morning with the goal of raising $50,000 to help rehabilitate wounded veterans as part of Project HERO (Healing Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity). The event was organized as part of Ride 2 Recovery, a nonprofit organization designed to help promote mental and physical rehabilitation for wounded veterans using cycling as the core activity. That often means customizing a two-wheeler to fit the specific needs of a disabled veteran. "It's pretty much for empowerment - overcoming the obstacles (veterans) have had in their lives," said Craig Hall, a mobile vet center technician for the West Springfield, Mass., Vets Center. "There's a lot of civilians here to show their support for vets, donate their time and money to show their support," said Hall, a four-year veteran of the U.S. Army. Riders could select a 10-, 30- or 50-mile course around Greater Nashua during the second annual ride this weekend. "Twenty-six companies locally are supporting this event today ... the volunteer crew is growing," said Ronald Bingham, of Goodale's Bike Shop, a lead sponsor of the ride. "You are definitively changing the lives of our veterans." Members of Nashua Fire Rescue gathered early at Jeannotte's Market to help prepare sandwiches for the riders. Sun, 05 Jun 2016 07:00:52 EST Wedding Stories:Karl & Kristina EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third 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. "Kristina, you are my best friend and soulmate. When I am with you I feel like I can be the person I want to be and I cannot imagine my life without you by my side." So began Karl Grundhoff, of Nashua, as he recited the vows he wrote for his bride Kristina Wilson, of Hudson, before 125 guests on a gorgeous autumn day at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown. Often described as the life of the party, Karl is known by his friends and family to be a logical, non-emotional type of guy. A former member of the football and track team at Nashua High School North, enlisted in the Air Force for five years, he was definitely not the overly sentimental type. So no one at his wedding expected what happened next. While saying his vows, Karl suddenly got very emotional, started tearing up and choking over his words. Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:31:55 EST Robert L. Bollinger III Nashua, NH - Robert L. Bollinger III, 70, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, June 2nd, after a valiant battle against cancer. Robert was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on July 25, 1945 and grew up in Whippany, New Jersey. He was a graduate of Hanover Park High School in East Hanover, New Jersey. After high school, he attended Xaiver University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later enlisted in the United States Navy. Sat, 04 Jun 2016 10:02:49 EST Love for baseball driving Weber Drew Weber remembers when he was a villain in Nashua, starting minor league Double A franchise in Manchester over a decade ago that would eventually spell the end of the Nashua Pride. Then he remembers when he was the villain in Manchester with ownership partner issues, etc. "And at the same time, I was the villain in Lowell," the soon-to-be former owner of the Class A Lowell Spinners said on Friday. "I was the villain everywhere." But he's no longer a villain at Holman Stadium. In fact, he's a hero, he rescued baseball, gave the city back a form of summer baseball entertainment in the Futures Collegiate League franchise known as the Nashua Silver Knights. They started Holman Year Six on Friday night, and Weber was on hand and looked happy and relaxed, chatting with city officials and Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett. Sat, 04 Jun 2016 10:01:23 EST Knights right at Holman NASHUA - The Nashua Silver Knights would be hard-pressed to start a season any better than they have the last three days. Nashua is now 3-0 after Luke Glancy's walk-off, game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth delighted a Holman Stadium opening night crowd of 2,258 with a 5-4 win over North Shore. "Starting here 3-0, I'm pretty happy," Nashua manager B.J. Neverett said after his team shook off the Navigators tying the game 4-4 in the top of the ninth. "We're undermanned. We got out of some tough innings out there and did a nice job." Glancy had quite a night, with a homer, double, single and two RBIs. Sat, 04 Jun 2016 10:00:58 EST Looking back at the week in news New trolley loop is a nice idea for downtown Nashua It's a nice idea, having a trolley that does a loop to ferry people around downtown Nashua. The Gate City Trolley, which launched last night, will run on a pilot basis for six months, according to Board of Aldermen President Brian McCarthy. The city will assess ridership and interest and then decide whether to continue or expand it. The Nashua Transit System trolley will run fixed 15-minute loops from 6:15-10:30 p.m. Fridays and 5:15-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, allowing people to hop on and off between City Hall and Library Hill. The route begins at the Elm Street garage near City Hall, goes to the High Street garage, then continues to Main Street and heads north to Library Hill, loops around Railroad Square, turns onto Canal Street, then heads south on Main Street to City Hall before returning to the Elm Street garage. "Our hope for it is that it will be good for people who feel maybe they want to walk around downtown but they don't want to move their car. Sat, 04 Jun 2016 09:05:30 EST