Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Grace Elizabeth (Cavanagh) Bolen Grace (Cavanagh) Bo­len died suddenly on Tues­day, May 3, 2016, at the Courville at Nashua. Grace was born in Waltham, MA, on February 24, 1928, daughter of Louise (Keane) Cavanagh and Jo­seph A. Cavanagh. She is predeceased by her parents; her husband of 55 years, Frank Bolen; her youngest son, David Bolen; and her brother Paul M. Wed, 04 May 2016 21:02:11 EST Dental provider gets $20K boost NASHUA - The United Way of Greater Nashua recently presented $20,000 to the Greater Nashua Dental Connection. "For over 17 years, the Greater Nashua Dental Center has proudly provided access to affordable oral health care to all those in need," said Dedra Twom­ey, executive director of the Dental Connection. "The GNDC has been the only nonprofit oral health care provider in southern New Hampshire willing to see people of all ages, regardless of financial, linguistic, cultural or geographic barriers. "The GNDC has been privileged to provide thousands of residents access to affordable, comprehensive oral health care. We serve an increasingly diverse and growing population that includes low-income and under, and/or uninsured children and adults, veterans, refugees, elderly, prenatal, mentally ill, HIV/AIDS patients and disabled persons." The funding provided by the United Way over the years has helped to uphold the Greater Nashua Dental Connection's mission to improving the dental health and lives of all those in need. "United Way is proud to be a supporter of the Greater Nashua Dental Connection," said Mike Apfelberg, president of the Unit­ed Way of Greater Nashua. "For people living in poverty, quality dental care is some of the most difficult to come by health care that there is. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:03:23 EST Local Cub Scouts present awards NASHUA - Cub Scouts Ryan and William, of Pack 425, sponsored by the Nashua Fish and Game Association, received their first responder" pin after having completed all of the requirements in their den meetings and a visit with American Medical Response. The pin was awarded at an April pack meeting. To earn this pin, a Scout must complete a list of first aid skills that include treating for emergencies such as heart attack or cardiac arrest, shock, stroke, serious bleeding, poisoning, stopped breathing, choking, venomous snake bites and burns. Ryan has completed all the of requirements and received his religious award, the Parvuli Dei. Boy Scouts of America offers awards similar to this one for just about any religion. This award was earned by working on a program through the Catholic Diocese in Manchester, his local parish and his family. Its purpose is to help young boys explore a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their family and parish, and also to develop a good positive self-image through the contributions they can make to the group or community. An open house and spring carnival hosted by Pack 425 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:02:46 EST Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation to hold Family Fun Day NASHUA - The Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation, a Nashua-based nonprofit focused on keeping children safe, will hold its Family Fun Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside St. Family Fun Day will include a large variety of activities that focus on health, fitness, safety and literacy for children and their families. Activities will include bounce houses by Jump Around NH, face painting, balloon twisting, storybook and action hero characters, a coloring contest and more. A portion of the event will be dedicated to health and fitness, and will include samples of nutritious foods and beverages, as well as easy and fun ways to stay active and play. Kids can enter the coloring contest, in which each of two winners will receive a bike and a helmet donated by Target. All participants in the contest will receive a book when they return their entry form, which can be found at www. Family Fun Day will feature live entertainment, including Big Joe the Storyteller, Boire Dance Academy, TDC Sparklers, Tokyo Joe's Studio of Self Defense, Music for Kids with Sharon Novak, In Motion Dance and a mascot parade. Sponsors include NH Healthy Families, Allen Mello Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Jump Around Inflatable Rentals, Oakhurst Dairy, Collins Dentistry for Children, Bob's Discount Furniture, Enterprise Bank, Well Sense, Main Street Chiropractic and Target. Admission is $1. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:02:20 EST PAL to honor Cheerleader of the Year NASHUA - The Nashua Police Athletic League announced that its 2016 Cheerleader of the Year is 12-year-old Alyiah Brown. She, along with PAL's athletes of the year in football, cross country, boxing and basketball, will be honored with other award winners - including Hollywood actor, writer and producer Mike O'Malley, the 2016 PAL of the Year - at the sixth annual PAL Sports Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Conway Arena. Alyiah, a seventh-grader at Elm Sttrry Middle School, is a member of the Nashua PAL Force Division 12 spirit squad during the fall football season and the PAL K-9 Division 12 team during the winter. Alyiah is a base in both teams' mounts. Described by her coach­es as determined, focused, reliable, passionate and dedicated, Alyiah has been a team leader and role model on championship and high-placing teams in local, regional and national competitions, including the New Hampshire Youth Football and Spirit Confer­ence's first "Elite Red" (all-star) team, which won a national championship last year in Lakeland, Fla. Alyiah, a solid per­former in the classroom, as well, is also a member of the Elm Street track and field team, and plays softball and basketball in city Parks and Recreation programs. All proceeds from the dinner will support PAL's academic, athletic and other enrichment programs available to all Nashua children, including its at-risk youths. For tickets, tables and sponsorship information, contact the PAL Youth Safe Haven at 594-3733 or youthsafehaven@nashua­ For more infor­mation about Nashua PAL, visit Wed, 04 May 2016 18:01:53 EST Nashua temple to hold rummage sale NASHUA - Do you need some bargains on clothing for the family or a wide selection of items for your home at low prices? Temple Beth Abraham's Sisterhood is holding a 100-family rummage sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at 4 Raymond St., near downtown Nashua. Clothing for the entire family, jewelry, handbags and other accessories will be available, along with household items for the kitchen, dining, decor, bed and bath, and small appliances. There also will be electronics, baby and child items, sports equipment, art, music, books, and toys, games and puzzles. The best assortment will be found until noon. From noon- 2 p.m., "bag bargains" will be $3 and $5 per bag. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:01:29 EST North wins state chess championship NASHUA - Nashua High School North won the 2016 Scholastic State Team Chess Championship held in April at Pelham Elementary School. Team members were Coby O'Young, Anson O'Young, Ashley O'Young, and Austin Master. Coby O'Young and Anson O'Young received medals for winning all of their games. The trophy was present­ed by John Elmore, presi­dent of the New Hampshire Chess Association. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:00:15 EST Encore has gone to the dogs – and cats – this week! I hope you found some time to swing downtown last weekend for the Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival in Nashua. It was a lovely two days of art, music and community. Congrats to Paul Shea of Great American Downtown and all the organizers and participants. This week's Encore has been dog-napped - so I guess I can take a cat-nap! Telegraph Events would like to invite your family, including its four-legged members, to our annual Pawsitively Pets Expo on May 15. This week's Encore has a "pull out and save" section, full of adorable animals looking for their forever homes, as well as the fine pet-  related vendors that will be in attendance at the expo, held at Daniel Webster College in Nashua. Wed, 04 May 2016 17:00:56 EST International Sculpture Symposium returns NASHUA - May is Nashua Sculptures Month and time to celebrate the ninth annual International Sculpture Symposium. Three sculptors will spend three weeks in Nashua, each creating a large granite or metal outdoor sculpture to be given to the city and installed in a public place for all to enjoy. The 2016 symposium, themed "Conversation," features sculptors from Greece, Lithuania and India. The sculptors will be directed by John Weidman, sculptor, co-founder and director of the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline. The sculptors will work throughout the three weeks at NIMCO in the Millyard. The public is welcome to visit as they work from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, from May 16-June 2. The public is encouraged to welcome the sculptors, host them in their homes, provide meals, visit them as they work, learn about their cultures and thank them at the event closing. Wed, 04 May 2016 16:02:16 EST Pauline F. Kenick, R.N. (ret) Pauline Fifield Kenick died peacefully in her home on May 2, 2016, at the age of 106. Born in Hudson, she was formerly of Nashua, Exeter, and St Petersburg, FL. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in the chapel of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, on Saturday, May 7, at 11 AM. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10 until 11 AM. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:30:08 EST What’s up at local high schools WEDNESDAY Baseball Bishop Guertin at Alvirne, 4 p.m. Merrimack at Nashua South, 4 p.m.  (Holman) John Stark at Hollis Brookline, 4 p.m. Goffstown at Milford, 4 p.m. Pembroke at Souhegan, 4 p.m. Kearsarge at Campbell, 4 p.m. Wilton-Lyndeborough at Newmarket, 4 p.m. Softball Alvirne at Bishop Guertin, 4 p.m. Nashua North at Manchester Central, 4 p.m. Nashua South at Merrimack, 4 p.m. John Stark at Hollis Brookline, 4 p.m. Goffstown at Milford, 4 p.m. Souhegan at Pembroke, 4 p.m. Kearsarge at Campbell, 4 p.m. Wilton-Lyndeborough at Newmarket, 4 p.m. Boys lacrosse Hollis Brookline at Merrimack Valley, 4 p.m. Bedford at Nashua South, 6 p.m. (Stellos) Bishop Brady at Campbell, 6 p.m. Girls lacrosse Merrimack at Nashua North, 4 p.m. (Stellos) Nashua South at Bedford, 4 p.m. Manchester Central at Souhegan, 4 p.m. Campbell at Bishop Brady, 4 p.m. Boys tennis Bishop Guertin at Concord, 4 p.m. ConVal at Hollis Brookline, 4 p.m. Coe-Brown at Milford, 4 p.m. Goffstown at Souhegan, 4 p.m. Wilton-Lyndeborough at Pelham, 4 p.m. Girls tennis Derryfield at Bishop Guertin, 4 p.m. Milford at Coe-Brown, 4 p.m. Souhegan at Goffstown, 4 p.m. Pelham at Wilton-Lyndeborough, 4 p.m. Boys volleyball Hollis Brookline at Dover, 4:30 p.m. John Stark at Bishop Guertin,  5:45 p.m. Londonderry at Souhegan, 6 p.m. THURSDAY Baseball Nashua North vs. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:21:27 EST Campbell baseball beats Somersworth to remain perfect Griffin St. Onge improved to 2-0 with a complete game two-hitter, striking out eight while walking three as Campbell beat Somersworth 5-1 and improved to 6-0 on the season. The Cougars scored all five of their runs with a three-hit third inning, taking advantage of two errors. Kyle Shaw, Zach Moore and Chris Woods all went 2 for 3. Campbell hosts Kearsarge at  4 p.m. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:22:47 EST Adviser in favor of city arts scene in Nashua NASHUA - The city's vibrant arts community, attractive downtown and potential untapped market in the surrounding area could support expanded performing arts facilities here despite the proximity of large and medium-sized venues within 40 miles, a consultant said Tuesday. "We do see tremendous opportunities," Webb Management Services Inc. president Duncan Webb said in presenting a 47-page feasibility study to the aldermen's planning and economic development committee. "There are a lot of really interesting artists who are doing great work here. These are artists who care about Nashua and the future of their community and want to play a role in improving their community," Webb added. But he said the idea of building a new, stand-alone, large-capacity performing arts facility is challenged by the close proximity of existing large- and medium-sized venues within 30 to 50 miles of Nashua and two new venues entering the regional market beginning next year. The city hired Webb Management Services to do a feasibility study to assess existing supply and demand for performing arts and determine if the market could support a new performing arts facility in Nashua. Webb recommended three possible options. 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. Another option would be to build or renovate an existing downtown building that could be used for a wide range of programs, from arts to meetings and events. "It's not your parents' arts center," Webb said of this model, noting it would be more "youthful and vibrant" and would play a significant role in downtown economic development. "To me, it begs for adaptive reuse of some great buildings in downtown Nashua," Webb said. Lastly, he recommended creating an arts district anchored by the Keefe Auditorium and the Hunt Building. While the market for participating in the arts through traditional performing arts facilities is declining among young adults, there is an increase in the number of artists with art assuming something of an organic role in the life of a community, he said. Creating an arts district would figure nicely into this trend toward "replacing an old image of the arts into the image of an urban area that effectively becomes an arts center," Webb said. "There are all those multiple pieces that can develop over time. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:02:47 EST New boardwalk installed to save eroding slope NASHUA - A riverbank erosion control project in Nashua has been completed, and the result is a pristine, new wooden boardwalk. A 280-foot-long walkway between Riverside Drive and Mill Pond allows trail users a view of the water while ensuring the stability of the worn slope that was once part of the trail making up the Mine Falls trail system. The wide boardwalk is constructed of pressure-treated lumber. It is supported by a helical pier system, using large auger-like screws set into the ground that allow the trusses to support the decking and rails. The project cost $190,000, according to Nashua's senior staff engineer Amy Gill. Nick Caggiano, supervisor of Nashua's Park and Recreation Department, said due to regulations governing construction near the waterway, footings could not be poured. "It looks great," said Caggiano. "It was a pretty major project." A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Wednesday to officially reopen the section of trail and celebrate the new walkway. The area is known as the Red Trail and connects the area near Nashua's Department of Public Works to Nashua High School South. Bids were collected last fall and the construction was completed earlier this month. "The trail was getting severely eroded. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:14:50 EST Nashua’s DECA finalists in top 10 NASHUA - After developing and piloting a financial literacy program for students of all ages, two Nashua students placed among the top 10 in their category of the national DECA competition in Nashville, Tenn., last week. "The competition in Nashville was intense," said Tyler Gouveia, a senior at Nashua High School South. Gouveia and his teammate, Nashua South junior Tyler Arnesen, competed in the Financial Literacy Promotion Project at the International Career Development Conference where nearly 13,000 students competed for international honors. More than $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers. The Nashua team placed in the top 10 in the Financial Literacy Promotion Project category against more than 500 other projects. "It was definitely an exciting and rewarding experience," Arnesen said. "Thousands of papers were written, and to come in the top 10 is not an easy thing," Gouveia said. DECA, or Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a national organization that encourages middle and high school students to pursue careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Wed, 04 May 2016 08:41:10 EST NH Senate committee pushes rail off track CONCORD - The Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday refused to reinstate $4 million in mostly federal money needed to further commuter rail expansion in New Hampshire - a project that had strong support from many business, political and civic leaders in Nashua, Manchester and Concord. The five-member committee voted along party lines against reinstating the money to the governor's 10-year transportation plan. "It's disappointing because it's the project development phase. The state is not on the hook for any money. It doesn't bind the state to any project design. And it's supported by a number of nonprofits, stakeholders and the business community," said state Sen. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:12:16 EST Richard A. Vose Remembering Richard A. Vose A Memorial service for Richard A. Vose will be held on Sat., May 7th, 10 am at Nashua Baptist Church 555 Broad St., Nashua Friends welcome Tue, 03 May 2016 09:00:17 EST Howard Johnson’s offered food, rest Editor's Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and an explanation of how he got the shot. Chicken pot pie, ham steak and 28 flavors of ice cream all under one big, orange roof. A business based not only on hard work, but ice cream. How fantastic is that? Howard D. Johnson's enterprise began in Quincy, Mass., after the turn of the last century and spread out over the country, eventually totaling more than 1,000 restaurants and 500 motor lodges. says the well-known Nashua restaurant/motel combination at Exit 5E on the F.E. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:09:02 EST Lois E. Evans MANCHESTER - Lois E. Evans, 83, resident of Manchester, NH, died peacefully on April 30, 2016, at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH. She was born in Nashua, NH, on April 27, 1933, a daughter of Orin and Doris (Watson) Beaubien. She was raised and educated in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High School. Lois made her home in Milford for many years and was a member of the Amherst Christian Church. She enjoyed going for long walks and spending time with her family. She had been employed by Teledyne Corporation for many years. Lois was predeceased by three grandsons, Lewis Florent, Pate Cote and Ryan Wilmot; her son-in-law, Brad Henkle; and daughter-in-law, Raelene Cote. Family members include three daughters and sons-in-law, Holly and Dave Lenhart of Milford, NH, Heidi and Bill Wilmot of Merrimack, NH, Barbara and Tim Adler of Burnham, ME; a son, David Cote of Nashua, NH; six grandchildren, David S. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:02:19 EST Daniel Patrick Kelly NASHUA - On April 29, 2016, with the passing after a brief illness of Daniel Patrick Kelly, 25, the world lost a bit of color, soul and heart. Throughout his all-too-brief life, Daniel's commitment to family, friends who became family and the city of Nashua, forms a legacy of love that remains with all fortunate to have known him. Daniel was born in Nashua, NH, in 1991 to Eileen and Brian Kelly. He graduated with honors from Suffolk University in Boston, where he excelled academically and athletically as a key member of its championship tennis team. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:01:55 EST Seeking senior redemption When J.P. Pyne went to Clark University to be interviewed for the school's vacant head baseball coaching job last fall, he saw a familiar face and had an inkling he was at the right place. Former Nashua High School South pitcher Joe Gouveia and Pyne, the former coach at Daniel Webster College, had a history, and Gouveia was part of the interview process. "Joe's great," Pyne said. "I actually recruited him at Daniel Webster College a little bit. It was sort of a small world thing. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:01:05 EST Performing arts study is realistic It seems clear enough that the arts have a vital role to play in downtown Nashua. They may even go a long way toward helping to solidify the very identity of downtown. Last weekend's Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival was a perfect prelude to this week's rollout of a $22,500 preliminary study commissioned by the city to look at whether it makes sense to build a performing arts center in downtown Nashua. Hundreds of people descended on downtown for the weekend arts festival, which featured the three public ARTventures sculptures, an estimated 40 artisans selling their work and a couple of pianos - yup, honest to goodness pianos - that people immediately took to and started to play right there on the street. "I'm very encouraged," said Paul Shea, executive director of Nashua's Great American Downtown and a lead organizer of the festival. So encouraged that he hopes to repeat the event next year, with more musicians added to the mix. "I think making an event about art but also about people being encouraged to come and share their talent - whether it be on the piano or guitar or other instruments - I think that has some real potential." With the Sights and Sounds festival having provided an overture of sorts, Nashua residents who have been pushing for a new performing arts venue in the city for the last 15 years will get a chance tonight, Tuesday, May 3, to hear from the consultant they hired to explore the idea. Duncan Webb, president of Webb Management Services Inc., said the company assessed the market for the arts in Nashua, demand for performance space, the current landscape of performance facilities in the region and the city's goals for the future. Among the preliminary findings: that Nashua could accommodate two performing arts centers - a 300- to 400-seat facility and one that would accommodate roughly 750 seats. Anyone who had it in their mind that Nashua should build the sort of facility that could draw touring national acts may be disappointed with Webb's finding, but they shouldn't be. One of the first principles in contemplating big public works projects is that they need to be grounded in reality, and this study honors that. The fact is, the city is pretty boxed in when it comes to larger venues. Twenty minutes to the north sits the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, which seats more than 11,000 for concerts; closer than that is the Tsongas Center in Lowell, which can accommodate more than 7,000 concertgoers; Lowell Memorial Auditorium seats 2,800; and even larger venues can be found a little farther away in Boston and Worcester. The best part of the study is the recommendation that the city seek out a partner or partners in whatever it decides to do. "There is an opportunity to develop new facilities in and for Nashua, but our approach is that it has to be all about partnerships," Webb said. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:05:19 EST Man charged with assaulting, holding relative captive NASHUA - Police officers who responded late Saturday night to a Hills Ferry Road home for a report of a suicidal man soon determined that the man had allegedly assaulted a family member, then threatened to kill her while holding her captive in the basement, police said. James D. Brennan, 20, of 122 Hills Ferry Road, was taken into custody just before midnight Saturday, roughly 40 minutes after the alleged victim, an adult female, managed to escape through a bulkhead, then run to a nearby wooded area where she called police, according to court documents. The woman reported that, moments after she fled the home, Brennan left her a voice message in which he stated "he was going to end it all," according to police reports on file at the court. Noting he has a history of suicidal attempts, the victim told police she was "afraid he was actually going to go through with it," according to the reports. Brennan was held over the weekend and  arraigned Monday morning in Nashua district court on four charges, including one count of kidnapping and a companion count of kidnapping-domestic violence, both of which are felonies; and one count of simple assault and a companion count of simple assault-domestic violence. Judge Paul Moore ordered bail set at $10,000 cash only, pending a probable cause hearing set for 8:15 a.m. May 12 in the Nashua court. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:04:55 EST Substance use forum for Nashua teens, parents NASHUA - The Nashua Prevention Coalition will host a community forum next Monday on substance use that will include a panel of experts on addiction, treatment and recovery. The "Building Hopeful Futures" program begins at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at the Nashua High School South auditorium. While it is specifically geared for parents of high school students, the public is welcome to the free event. "This will give parents and community members a better idea of what they could potentially do in their own homes...and (will) give some great scientific evidence on how addiction affects teenagers," Nashua Prevention Coalition director Janet Valuk said Monday. The program will also feature a discussion of the 2015 Nashua High School Youth Risk and Behavior Survey Results. It is being offered in response to help people better understand drug addiction and use in light of the high level of overdoses that continue to occur in the city. The state Medical Examiner's last figures - updated last month - showed 433 people died from drug overdoses in 2015, most as a result of using fentanyl, heroin and other opioid substances. The Nashua Prevention Coalition is a community-based organization that works to increase awareness, education and community involvement in preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug use among Nashua children and teens. The forum will begin with opening remarks from Mayor Jim Donchess. Dr. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:04:30 EST Nashuans seek deals, reminisce as The Sports Authority closing looms NASHUA - The Sports Authority store on Daniel Webster Highway will close its doors for good, after the privately held Colorado-based company announced it would not be able to reorganize following its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The retailer, which according to Forbes operates over 450 stores in 45 states, had announced that it would seek to reorganize itself but later withdrew that statement in favor of a complete liquidation of its assets after it failed to reach agreement with its creditors. While the liquidation continues nationwide, shoppers in New Hampshire have been rushing to buy what they can for a reduced price. On Sunday, the line for checkout at the Nashua store held at least two dozen people just an hour before the store closed for the evening. One of the customers looking for a deal was Jarred Bailey, of Nashua, who hurried through the rain toward his car in the store's parking lot on Monday. Bailey said he knew the store wouldn't be around much longer. "I've known about it for a while and I needed cleats for my son," he said. "When I was younger, I used to come here a lot, back 10 years ago. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:37:18 EST Steel Magnolias ready to bloom NASHUA - A different kind of girls' night out will be on display when the Panther Players present an all-female production of Steel Magnolias this Friday and Saturday at Nashua High School South. "It's about six women in the 1980s - about their relationships, friendship and trust and how they navigate the worst-case scenario in their lives," said Kimberly D'Agnese, drama director and adviser at Nashua High School South. Steel Magnolias originally opened as a play in the 1980s before the iconic Hollywood adaption starring Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah and Shirley MacLaine hit the screen in 1989. One of the best lines to convey a spirit of the show is, "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion," D'Agnese said. Although the play and movie pre-date all the student actors, D'Agnese said the students chose the play. "It was definitely an interesting choice. The students voted for the one they wanted out of four options, and this was it," she said. The play will feature six cast members and eight student crew members. "It's a diverse group, we have at least one senior and mostly sophomores," she said. D'Agnese said all six leading ladies seemed to be familiar with the show. "When we did our first read-through ... Tue, 03 May 2016 07:36:20 EST Nashua police arrest alleged methamphetamine distributor NASHUA - A motor vehicle stop by a police officer, who was patrolling the area of the Fireside Inn on St. Laurent Street about three weeks ago, led to the arrest of a Merrimack man on various drug-related charges, police said. Donald E. Jennings, 30, last known address of 24 Flintlock Lane, Apt. 26, Merrimack, was arraigned Monday in Nashua district court on one count each of possession of methamphetamine, second offense; possession of fentanyl, second offense; possession of heroin, second offense; and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, second offense, all of which are felony offenses. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:35:01 EST Nashua signs onto My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Nashua signed on to the My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge on Monday, making New Hampshire the 50th state in the nation to join the White House initiative aimed at helping youth succeed in life. "Nashua's acceptance of the MBK Challenge means all 50 of the United States are aimed at (building) brighter futures for America's young people," Mayor Jim Donchess said in announcing the program at City Hall. Reducing violence, ensuring the city's public school children come to school emotionally, mentally, physically and socially ready to learn, and making sure all children can read and compute at grade level by the time they are in third grade are the first goals the initiative will pursue, Donchess said. The initial goals not only meet priorities set by My Brother's Keeper, but also those of his administration, Donchess said, while flanked by community leaders who will play key roles in the effort. President Obama launched the initiative in 2014 to encourage communities through public-private partnerships to develop strategies to improve the prospects and outcomes for young people. Since then, more than 200 mayors and community leaders from 49 states have accepted the challenge, Donchess said. Nashua is the first community in New Hampshire to sign on, he added. More than 30 languages are spoken in the city's public schools, the mayor said. About 43 percent of its students receive free or reduced hot lunches, which he said indicates they are economically disadvantaged, and 37 percent of the students are children of color, he added. Members of the city's Cultural Connections Committee, educators, law enforcement, health and human services workers and other community leaders will hold a summit on May 19 at Rivier University to review city policies and resources and create a strategic plan tailored to meet Nashua's needs. "Today is a blank slate. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:00:36 EST Nashua baseball pining away We miss J.P. Pyne. And you know what? The Nashua baseball community should, too. Let's face it, we were better off with him in the area. He did what certainly looked like the impossible, turning the Daniel Webster College program into a regional force with two NCAA Division III tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013. He worked at some point for the all the recent minor league teams at Holman Stadium. He was the pitching coach for the Nashua Silver Knights last title team in 2012 and manager of the team the last time it made it to the Futures Collegiate League Championship. He's a winner. Mon, 02 May 2016 07:05:22 EST ‘Artists on Review’ kicks off week-long exhibit in Nashua Almost every known material or natural element seemed to be represented in one way or another Sunday afternoon throughout five floors of R.J. Finlay's 30 Temple St. building, where scores of visitors joined local artists for the opening reception of "Artists on Review," an exhibit and sale that will be on display through Friday. Hosted by Finlay and venerable arts enthusiast Meri Goyette, and sponsored or otherwise supported by a slew of civic-minded individuals, groups and businesses, the so-called "Pop Up" show's reception capped a two-day celebration of the arts that began with Saturday's inaugural Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival throughout downtown Nashua. Various works ranging from sculptures, photography, handmade furniture and paintings and other unique creations in all kinds of media will give visitors "a great opportunity to explore a wealth of work from local creatives" through Friday, according to organizers. The Saturday festival and Sunday's reception and meet-the-artists event also served as a sort of appetizer for the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, the opening reception for which is Thursday, May 12. For more information on the reception and symposium, see accompanying information box. Several members of the Nashua Area Artists Association took turns showing visitors around ArtHub, the group's collaborative art gallery and workshop that recently occupied a bright, airy space on the ground floor of 30 Temple St. Conversation occasionally touched upon this year's Greeley Park Art Show, which will be the 63rd edition of the popular weekend event. It will take place on Aug. Mon, 02 May 2016 07:02:27 EST Scholars Here are recent college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE Courtney Fuller, of Merrimack, was one of 12 Champlain College students who planned and hosted an interactive street art showcase at Champlain College's campus in Dublin, Ireland. The students, from Champlain College's Stiller School of Business and Division of Communication & Creative Media, have been planning the event all semester as part of their coursework in the Creative Dublin class, which is run from Champlain's academic center in Dublin, Ireland. Champlaign College is located in Burlington, Vt. DEAN COLLEGE The School of the Arts at Dean College, in Franklin, Mass., performed "Hair" April 6-10. Included in the cast was: Ethan Kraus of Nashua. FAIRFIELD UNIVESITY These local students received dean's list honors for the fall 2015 semester at Fairfield (Ct.) University. FROM HUDSON: Taylor L. Sun, 01 May 2016 09:00:37 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. May 3: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack. 2-7 p.m. Sun, 01 May 2016 08:02:28 EST George Edward Peal Jr. NASHUA, NH - George Edward Peal Jr., 70, passed away April 21, 2016, at the Community Hospice, Merrimack, NH, with his family by his side. Born in Groton, MA, he was a longtime resident of Nashua, NH. George served proudly in the United States Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He leaves his loving wife of 34 years Sandra (Robinson), Nashua; two brothers, James & wife Mandy, and Robert & wife Janet; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth (Macdonald) Crozier; father, George Peal; stepfather, Roland Crozier; and two brothers, Steven Peal and Brenton Crozier. Arrangements: Assisting the family with arrangements is the Cremation Society of New Hampshire, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, NH. No visitation by request. Sun, 01 May 2016 08:00:51 EST George Harold Brown Hudson - George Harold Brown, 88, died December 18, 2015, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, Massachusetts, following a brief illness. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Ann (Cram) Brown; his daughter, Susan, his sons, Thomas and Daniel; daughters-in-law, Rachel and Louise; his sister, Margery Meader; 2 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews; and close friends. Mr. Brown was born and raised in Wolfeboro, the son of George and Nellie (Morris) Brown and graduated from Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro. However, he was a longtime resident of Hudson, NH. In his early years, Mr. Sun, 01 May 2016 08:06:25 EST Cecile E. Finneral LOWELL Mrs. Cecile E. (Desharnais) Finneral, 84, a lifelong resident of Lowell, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at her home after a brief illness surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of the late Gilbert J. Sun, 01 May 2016 08:07:18 EST Monday’s Schedule Baseball Alvirne at Trinity, 4 p.m. Bishop Guertin at Bedford, 4 p.m. Manchester Memorial at Nashua North,  4 p.m. (Holman) Londonderry at Nashua South, 4 p.m. Milford at Merrimack Valley, 4 p.m. Souhegan at St. Thomas, 4 p.m. Campbell at Somersworth , 4 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Goffstown, 4:30 p.m. Hinsdale at Wilton-Lyndeborough, 4 p.m. Softball Bedford at Bishop Guertin, 4 p.m. Nashua South at Londonderry, 4 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Goffstown, 4 p.m. Milford at Merrimack Valley, 4 p.m. Souhegan at St. Thomas, 4 p.m. Campbell at Somersworth, 4 p.m. Nashua North at Manchester Memorial, 4:30 p.m. Hinsdale at Wilton-Lyndeborough, 4 p.m. Boys tennis Bishop Guertin at Derryfield, 4 p.m. Spaulding at Merrimack, 4 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Goffstown, 4 p.m. Milford at St. Sun, 01 May 2016 07:07:39 EST Locals solid at 14th Black Bear Invitational The Nashua South and Milford girls 4x100 relay teams finished one-two at the 14th annual Black Bear Invitational hosted by Coe-Brown Academy in Northwood. The Panthers' relay team of Sydney Lewis, Corita Chariter, Alanna Murphy and Crismeily Borg finished in 51.71 seconds, while the Spartans clocked in at 51.91. The field events are were the individual locals shined brightest in girls action. Bishop Guertin's Danielle Poublon jumped 5 feet, 4 inches to win the high jump. She was followed in second and third by Milford's Olivia Rougeau (5-2) and Nashua South's Sydney Lewis (5-2). Rougeau was also second in the long jump with a leap of 16-9.75, while her Spartans teammate Nicole McMorrow won the triple jump at 35-9.5. Merrimack's Kathryn Flynn won the javelin with a throw of 116-5, while earning third in the shot with a heave of 32-3. On the track, Souhegan's Madeleine Hunt had a couple runner-up finishes, running 2 minutes, 19.84 seconds in the 800 and 5:10.45 in the 1,600. South's Murphy was second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.89 seconds, while Siaoli Wright ran a 46.97 for second in the 300 hurdles. South's Borg (12.82 seconds) and Souhegan's Mikayla Hickey (13.15) were second and third in the 100. Bishop Guertin's Julie Nigro (59.52) was third in the 400. In boys action, Souhegan's Sebastian Eaton won the 100 (11.08) and 200 (21.86). Sun, 01 May 2016 07:33:17 EST Nashua Blast Girls U15 improve to 3-0 on season The Blast U15 Purple Girls improved to 3-0 on the season with a hard-fought, physical 11-5 win against a good Bedford team. Julia Cote got the party started for the Blast 2:30 into the contest with an aggressive drive and jump shot goal assisted by Bailey Morin. Cote would then feed Mel Hutchinson, who fired a low laser two minutes later to make it 2-0. Taylor Guilfoil then scored for Nashua driving to goal from behind the net and evading a defender with just under 14 minutes to go in the half. Kirsten McIntire would score next unassisted to extend the lead to 4-0 at the 8:46 mark on a nice spin move in front of the net. The Blast's trademark slide-and-help defense was impenetrable for the first 17 minutes, as goalie Payson Mooso made three great saves before Bedford scored with three minutes left in the half. Nashua ended up taking a 4-3 lead into intermission. In the second half, Cote wasted no time scoring her second goal after she won the draw and raced downfield, firing a hard lefty shot just 17 seconds in. Two minutes later she fed Guilfoil, who found a hole in the defense and exploited it to push the lead back up to 6-3. With 19 minutes to go, Hutchinson passed to Kaylie Keegan who made a great catch and ripped a top-shelf goal. The Blast scoring continued as Sarah Signorello found the back of the net on an unassisted lefty shot nearly four minutes later. Sun, 01 May 2016 07:33:01 EST Riverwalk plans have many possible pluses Mayor Jim Donchess' advocacy for earmarking a $500,000 windfall for riverwalk extension and other waterfront enhancements is a great step forward (Donchess floats riverwalk revamp, The Telegraph, April 28). In noting the potential value of extending the riverwalk downstream from the public library that would encourage new development, he could have also noted that new development is already occurring downriver with the approval of the Residences at Riverfront Landing. The residents of this major housing project at the mouth of the Nashua River would benefit greatly from being connected to downtown by an extended, safe, well lighted, 1-mile scenic riverside riverwalk. As the mayor also noted, such walks can serve as attractive amenities for additional residential development along this historic corridor. The residents of the Cotton Mill building upstream certainly benefit from the existing riverwalk. The city should consider earmarking enough of the windfall money to fund a detailed plan for such a down-river extension. An additional benefit of such an extension of the riverwalk would be to open up public access to, and enjoyment of, the shoreline of Nashua's underappreciated other major river, the Merrimack. Sun, 01 May 2016 07:03:27 EST Nashua aldermen hold off on firefighter contract vote NASHUA - Aldermen on Tuesday declined to vote on a negotiated collective bargaining agreement reached between the Nashua Board of Fire Commissioners and the Nashua Firefighters Association Local 789. Aldermen postponed acting on the contract, which covers about 165 firefighters and would increase salaries more than half a million dollars in the first year, after Alderman-at-Large Mark Cookson noted the board and the public first should hear the discussion on the agreement that occurred before the aldermen's budget review committee. The committee reviewed the contract the night before the aldermen's meeting and minutes were not available for either aldermen or the public to review, Cookson said. "I'm curious. Why not go through the normal course of action and have this on our regularly scheduled May meeting where everybody including the public would have an ample opportunity to view the minutes and participate?" Cookson asked. During their Monday meeting, members of the budget review committee voted to send the agreement to the board of aldermen without a recommendation, after it was revealed that the cost increases included with the contract were above the spending cap for 2016. Under the city's spending cap, the city anticipates new spending in the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 to be limited to 1.3 percent of the current year's budget. Nashua Fire Chief Steven G. Galipeau told the budget committee that the fire department's budget increase was, "probably going to hover somewhere around the 1.5 percent range." According to analysis of the contract provided by the city, the increase in cost for the first year of the negotiated agreement totals $563,722, or 2.9 percent. Nashua Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Brian Rhodes said firefighters were "keenly aware of our economic climate" when negotiating the collective bargaining agreement. "This group of professionals is made of (firefighters) who perform extraordinary acts on a daily basis," Rhodes said. Local union president John McAllister said members took into consideration tight fiscal constraints the city is facing in the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, noting members will see no pay increases that year. "We took no raise this coming fiscal year, beginning July 1," McAllister said. Sun, 01 May 2016 07:02:13 EST Local roads part of $34M NH paving project NASHUA - The area will benefit from recent approval of paving contracts that are designed to upgrade roadways throughout the state, as well as planned work that's part of the state's 10-year transportation plan. The state's Executive Council approved paving contracts recently totaling about $34 million dollars acquired through the 2014 gas tax increase. About 700 miles of roadway in the state will see crews at work this season. The DOT is responsible for 4,600 miles of state maintained roads. "This level of paving and pavement preservation work is what we should be doing on an annual basis to maintain the current conditions of New Hampshire's state highways," DOT Assistant Commissioner Bill Cass said in a statement. "We are putting the additional funding to good work." DOT spokesman Bill Boynton said Thursday work can take several forms and is not limited to complete resurfacing. The idea is to perform "preservative work," he said, to keep "good road goods and poor roads put together." Turnpikes, divided highways and interstates will see efforts to keep them "in top shape," Boynton said. The Everett turnpike will be resurfaced in portions from Nashua around Merrimack and in Concord. Nashua's work will stretch from the Massachusetts state line to just north of of Exit 5. The Merrimack work will be on Continental Boulevard from Route 101A north to Industrial Drive. Sun, 01 May 2016 07:01:22 EST Hudson groups hold military appreciation event Two Hudson-based veterans' organizations came together Saturday afternoon to host an appreciation day for those who put on the uniform. Hidden in the pine-heavy woods at the Hudson Fish and Game Club property, the town's VFW Post No. 5791 and American Legion Post No. 58 offered the free event to all southern New Hampshire veterans who have served in any branch of the military, as well as their families. The first Veterans Appreciation Day was seen by organizers as an opportunity to show their gratitude to those in the armed forces, but also to recruit new members to local VFW and American Legion posts. "Veterans don't get nearly enough," said Glenn Della-Monica, a member of the Fish and Game Club and the Hudson VFW. He said representatives from the VFW and American Legion Families were on hand to explain the benefits of membership and answer questions regarding veterans' benefits. "I said, 'Why don't we put on a picnic and see if we can get some vets out, and maybe someone will join?' " he added. Sun, 01 May 2016 07:23:56 EST Teenage writers wanted Teen writers can register now for the New Hampshire Teen Summer Writers' Workshop, which will be hosted at Nashua Community College this summer. Presented by the New Hampshire Writers' Project and the Nashua Community College Honors Program, the week-long summer conference for teen writers will cover fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry. To register, participants must be entering their junior or senior year by fall 2016. The program will take place 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m from July 18-22, with an evening coffee house event set for Thursday, June 21. The $150 registration free includes breakfast and lunch. The keynote address will be presented by short story author Tim Horvath, who will also run a seminar. Sun, 01 May 2016 07:00:26 EST Report: Nashua can handle 2 performing arts centers NASHUA - The city could benefit from two performing arts centers, but should only pursue this in partnership with schools and other institutions - particularly with two new concert halls opening in the region beginning next year, according to a consultant's report. "They certainly matter," Webb Management Services Inc. President Duncan Webb said Friday of the impact the two new venues would have on the construction or renovation of new performing arts facilities in Nashua. A 1,000-seat concert hall will enter the market in 2017, Webb said. He said he could not disclose where it will be located or its operator. A 300-seat recital hall also is coming to the area in the near future, he said. But even with these two new venues, there is room in Nashua for two performing arts centers - one a 300- to 400-seat facility and another that would accommodate roughly 750 seats, Webb wrote in his 47-page feasibility study, which he will present to the public Tuesday. The two facilities could either be built new or result from a renovation of an existing building, he said. The case for "building a brand new, large-capacity performing arts venue in Nashua is challenged by the city's proximity to multiple large, presenting performing arts centers, the development of a new concert hall nearby, and limited demand on the part of local users for a venue with 750 or more seats," Webb concluded in the study. City leaders initially were eyeing a 1,000-seat theater here and another with a 300-seat capacity when they identified six potential locations for a performing arts center last May. Sun, 01 May 2016 07:55:00 EST Hundreds flock to downtown Nashua for spring arts festival While on vacation in Littleton last summer, Sarah Roy, of North Main Music, noticed the town had stocked its center with four pianos, tuned and ready for anyone to play. The publicly playable street pianos intrigued Roy, who sought to bring the idea to Nashua. "We were sitting outside eating lunch, and people were playing songs and singing. It just struck me, and I thought, 'We need this in Nashua,'" she said. "And 'Oh, hey, I work for a music school - we can make this happen.'" The Downtown Nashua Street Piano Project was the culmination of eight months of preparation, enthusiasm and a little bit of dreaming. With the assistance of the city government and individual and business donors, the project was launched Saturday morning and is expected to continue until the weather is too chilly for the instruments to remain outdoors. The piano project was quickly incorporated into a large concept to highlight area artists and musicians in the inaugural Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival. Sun, 01 May 2016 06:01:10 EST Doris Lorraine Paskali Doris Lorraine Paskali, 86, died on April 26, 2016, at the Crestwood Center in Milford, NH. She was born on September 13, 1929 in Nashua, NH, the daughter of the late Alfred Lambert and Emma (Chauvin) Lambert. She was the wife of the late Louis Paskali. They were married in 1949 and shared over 35 years of marriage before his death in 1984. Doris attended Nashua High School. After high school, she worked as an electronic technician for Sanders Associates, which later became a part of BAE, and she retired in 1992. She is survived by her sons, James Paskali and Anthony Paskali and his wife Paula; and her grandson, Jeremy Paskali and his wife Stacy. Doris was predeceased by her good friend and longtime companion Edward "Smokey" Demanche. Mon, 02 May 2016 10:00:14 EST What’s up at local high schools SATURDAY Boys lacrosse Xaverian at Bishop Guertin, 10 a.m. (Stellos) Girls lacrosse Nashua North at Pinkerton, 2 p.m. Nashua South at Merrimack, 6 p.m. Souhegan at Acton-Boxboro (Mass.), 7:15 p.m. Track and field Bishop Guertin, Hollis Brookline, Milford, Souhegan at Coe-Brown Northwood (Black Bear Invitational), 9 a.m. MONDAY Baseball Alvirne at Trinity, 4 p.m. Bishop Guertin at Bedford, 4 p.m. Manchester Memorial at Nashua North, 4 p.m. (Holman) Londonderry at Nashua South,  4 p.m. Milford at Merrimack Valley, 4 p.m. Souhegan at St. Thomas, 4 p.m. Campbell at Somersworth , 4 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Goffstown,  4:30 p.m. Hinsdale at Wilton-Lyndeborough, 4 p.m. Softball Bedford at Bishop Guertin, 4 p.m. Nashua South at Londonderry,  4 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Goffstown, 4 p.m. Milford at Merrimack Valley,  4 p.m. Souhegan at St. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:25:38 EST Nashua police charge 6 men and 1 woman, ages 19 to 57 NASHUA - A team of uniformed Nashua police officers and narcotics detectives rounded up seven Greater Nashua residents - one of whom was out on bail on two previous arrests - during a daylong sweep Thursday that led to their arrests on various drug-related charges, police said. Narcotics Intelligence Division Lt. Kevin Rourke said Friday that the suspects, six men and one woman, who range in age from 19 to 57, were taken into custody at various locations throughout the day and evening Thursday. Other than two men who were in the same car when they were arrested, each suspect was arrested separately, Rourke said. Facing the most charges is Derry resident Joseph Girouard, 27, of 99 Chester Road, who was already out on bail in connection with two previous drug-related arrests, according to Rourke. In December, Girouard was charged with three counts of sales of heroin and fentanyl, and was released on bail. He was then arrested April 14 on one count of possession of heroin, and again released on bail. In Thursday's arrest, Girouard was charged with three counts of sale of a controlled drug, heroin, all felonies, along with four misdemeanor counts of operating without a valid license. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:06:29 EST Hassan tours city software company NASHUA - Gov. Maggie Hassan on Friday visited a Nashua software company developing the latest apps combining social media with public safety. Hassan, as part of her Innovate N.H. tour, spoke with Zco Corporation about two mobile apps to streamline collaboration between first responders and the public. Zco, a 27-year-old custom software company based in the Millyard Technology Park, currently distributes the public safety resource PublicEye, which allows EMS, police and fire departments to integrate real-time 911 calls, video surveillance and a multi-jurisdictional database on their smartphone or tablet. The company also developed Maphub, which offers a map-based user interface for the general public to send tips to law enforcement. Hassan said the apps would serve as an asset to state police agencies, as well as wildlife officials and other public servants. "There is great potential here," she said during an hourlong presentation with the company. "Not only are we promoting our very successful tech sector, but also we're trying to recruit into it and trying to make sure we're bringing a workforce here as well," she said. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:03:58 EST Power company project to clear trees, debris from 1-mile stretch in Nashua NASHUA - Citing safety and accessibility concerns, Eversource is clearing the right of way for a 100-foot-wide, 1-mile stretch of power lines in Nashua between the Blue Hill substation near Amherst Street and Broad Street, affecting about 40 property owners. Called the Nashua Loop Reliability Project, the work will clear a segment of the Nashua Loop electric distribution system that encircles Nashua and passes through Hudson, providing power from the Massachusetts border to Merrimack, Hollis and Amherst. "This is the backbone of our system. We have to consider the critical infrastructure that runs off this," said Ian Farley, regional arborist for Eversource Energy, listing local hospitals and the Nashua Police Department. Residential areas have grown in around the easement, and organic as well as man-made materials now obstruct the right of way. While Eversource crews used to "hot-spot" growth, meaning they trimmed down overgrown trees and vegetation, the sheer volume of maintenance required is no longer manageable, Farley said. The project also will include a redesign and update of existing power lines and equipment, reducing two parallel rows of power lines to one. "It's a massive, massive investment in Nashua," Farley said. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 07:02:48 EST Jody Gagnon The Gagnon Family would like to extend this invitation to all who would like to join us for Jody Gagnon's burial to be followed by a celebration of life on Saturday April 30, 2016 Woodlawn Cemetery 101 Kinsley St., Nashua, NH 11:00 AM Celebration of Life Function Room at Lafayette Club 34 High St., Nashua, NH 12:00 PM till 3:00 PM Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:01:26 EST Senate committee mulls landlord bill The Senate Judiciary Committee could decide as soon as Friday afternoon on a hotly debated measure that, if passed, would require landlords to file eviction proceedings in the closest  court to the rental. The five-member committee will make a recommendation on House Bill 1370 before it goes before the full legislative body in mid-May, though it is more likely the committee will vote next Tuesday. "I'm not sure what's going to happen to the bill. I don't ever prejudge, because when we have our committee meetings, especially our executive sessions, everybody's opinion matters and I listen very, very carefully to everyone and try and take their positions and concerns into consideration," said committee Chairwoman Sharon Carson, a Londonderry Republican, noting there "very rarely" seems to be any kind of consensus on landlord/tenant bills. "I try very hard not to speak on where the committee is going, because at this point, I don't know," she said. "I think through our deliberations we'll be able to come up with something. And what that is, I don't know yet." Tensions have mounted between landlord and tenant groups the past few weeks following the addition of a section requiring a landlord to file eviction  proceedings at the district court where their property is located rather than where they live themselves. The bill was originally drafted to provide additional grounds for termination of a tenancy within seven days notice. Property owners called the added language an unnecessary burden because tenants can already request a change of venue in a court proceeding. State Rep. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:03:22 EST Holocaust remembrance events slated NASHUA - The Greater Nashua Holocaust Remembrance Committee will present a Holocaust Remembrance Day interfaith observance at 7 p.m. Sunday at River University's Dion Center in Nashua. The Yom HaShoah event is free, open to the public and does not require an RSVP. A question-and-answer session and a candle-lighting ceremony memorializing Holocaust victims will follow the presentation. Sponsored by Rivier University and Temple Beth Abraham, the featured speaker will be Holocaust survivor Fred Feldman, who will share an account of his family's escape from Poland. Feldman was born around the time of his parents' escape from the Nazis in the early 1940s. Later in the week, the New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial will recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:01:45 EST Charges in $100K storage fraud Nashua Charges in $100K storage fraud Nashua police arrested a Manchester man Tuesday and charged him with defrauding a Nashua self-storage facility of over $100,000. Nashua police Lt. Craig Allard said Thursday a warrant was issued on April 26 for John Plaza, 60, of 467 Holly Ave., Manchester. Plaza was arrested at his home that day and charged with theft by deception, a Class A felony. Plaza was manager of the business Redmond Street facility at the time. Police became involved after an internal investigation and audit by the company itself. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:45 EST Jody Gagnon The Gagnon Family would like to extend this invitation to all who would like to join us for Jody Gagnon's burial to be followed by a celebration of life on Saturday April 30, 2016 Woodlawn Cemetery 101 Kinsley St., Nashua, NH 11:00 AM Celebration of Life Function Room at Lafayette Club 34 High St., Nashua, NH 12:00 PM till 3:00 PM Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:00:59 EST Hearing on murder case tackles accusation of police threats NASHUA - State prosecutors and defense lawyers representing accused cold-case murderers David Caplin and Anthony Barnaby on Wednesday began wading through the latest series of motions and counter-motions filed in the cases, which stem from the brutal murders of two Nashua women in their Nashua apartment in October 1988. Neither man was ever convicted, and after being freed, they returned to their native Canada. But when a now-retired Nashua police detective re-examined the case in 2010, he found sufficient evidence to have them extradited back to Nashua, after which they were each re-indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. Both have been held in jail without bail since returning in May 2015. They both appeared at Wednesday's roughly two-hour hearing, sitting with their respective defense teams before Judge Jacalyn Colburn in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua. The sides addressed three of the seven currently pending motions, one of which involves what may be the most significant development to date: An excerpt from a 2004 internal memo from the Attorney General's office that, defense attorneys say, suggests then-Nashua police Capt. Paul Goupil threatened Barnaby during an interrogation that Goupil ordered not be tape-recorded, then lied while testifying at Barnaby's first trial in 1989. Veteran defense attorney Mark Sisti, who is representing Barnaby with Attorney Alan Cronheim, said Wednesday that the entire memo, not just the excerpt he received in March, is "clearly exculpatory evidence" and that the court should compel the state to provide it to him in its entirety. "Frankly, if we had that information in 1989, just imagine what could have been done" on Barnaby's behalf, Sisti told Colburn, referring to the year of Barnaby's first trial. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:32:06 EST New nominee for economic official NASHUA - Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess on Tuesday nominated the head of the Marlborough Economic Development Corp. in Marlborough, Mass., to be the city's next economic development director. Donchess said Timothy Cummings was the unanimous choice of an interview team formed to help select someone to lead the city's economic development department. "We are very enthusiastic about him. I think you will find him a very qualified, very capable individual," the mayor told the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night. Cummings has been executive director of the Marlborough Economic Development Corp. since 2012. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:00:13 EST Accidents mar morning commute MILFORD - A Wilton woman was seriously injured in a car crash Wednesday morning on Route 101 that police say might have been caused by sun glare. The accident was the fourth and last in a series of crashes that started after 6 a.m. and involved six vehicles and injured five people. Jillian Beaucher, of Wilton, was in a line of stopped traffic heading east on Route 101 near the Route 13 overpass around 8 a.m. when a vehicle driven by Bryan Thompson, of Manchester, pushed her car into the rear of a third car. Thompson had minor injuries. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:03:47 EST Prison time for Nashua drug dealer NASHUA - James Karos, a Nashua man with a history of dealing drugs and  assault-related offenses, told a superior court judge last week that he has battled addiction himself for some time and wants nothing more than to get clean. "Contrary to what it looks like, I've been an addict for years. I just want to get out of it," Karos, 48, told Judge Amy Ignatius in Hillsborough County Superior Court after a prosecutor described the series of drug deals between Karos and police informants that led to his arrest outside his Anvil Drive home in September. "This is one step forward for you," Ignatius responded. "I wish you the best of luck." The agreement, reached between the prosecutor - Assistant Attorney General Karin Eckel - and Karos and his attorney - Adam Bernstein - calls for Karos to plead guilty to seven counts of drug possession and intent to sell drugs in exchange for a four- to 10-year sentence in state prison, with 218 days of credit for time already served. He is also eligible to serve part of the sentence on home confinement and up to a one-year sentence reduction, provided he enters and successfully completes counseling and drug-treatment programs as recommended by prison officials. A second sentence of 71/2-15 years in prison was suspended per the agreement, while a $25,000 fine was also suspended for 10 years. Karos is ordered to make $1,625 in restitution to Nashua police for the funds he received by selling drugs to undercover officers and informants. Eckel, the prosecutor, said undercover agents arranged and carried out drug purchases from Karos on Sept. 2, twice on Sept. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:16:21 EST Police ready for Drug Take-Back Law enforcement across Greater Nashua will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this weekend, providing residents an opportunity to safely dispose of unused or expired medication. In conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Nashua Police Department and other local agencies will accept prescriptions in the original containers from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The event is designed as a quick and confidential way for residents to remove medications from their home without divulging any personal information. Packages containing sharps or syringes will not be accepted, for safety and proper disposal purposes. Medications containing iodine and thermometers with mercury also will not be accepted. In Nashua, the drop-off site is the Department of Public Works garage on Stadium Drive. City officials will set up cones to direct traffic around the building and into a bay within the garage to drop off any medication. The nationwide event comes as New Hampshire is in the middle of an opioid epidemic, with more than 400 deaths across the state last year, doubling the number from 2013. The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 6.5 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, more than cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined. "Most prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family, including from the household medicine cabinet," DEA acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said in a statement. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:03:00 EST High School Spotlight Nashua North boys lacrosse tops Timberlane Todd Redman had three goals and four assists while Tyler Dubien had three goals as Nashua North improved to 4-2 with a 14-10 win over Timberlane Regional. Troy Bottari had a pair of goals while Brendan Martin had two goals and an assist. Jeff Baldasarri added a goal. Mason Dane had a goal as well but also played well defensively in front of goalies James Petz and Hanzla Sheikh (12 combined saves). GIRLS LACROSSE Exeter 20,  Nashua North 10 Danielle Upton had five goals and Gabrielle Masseur had three goals and four assists, but the Titans ultimately couldn't match the Blue Hawks' attack, falling to 3-3. Exeter (4-3), which jumped to a 14-5 halftime lead, won its third straight. Souhegan 12, Portsmouth 7 The Sabers remained unbeaten at 5-0 as Emma Estabrook scored four goals while Kate Bermingham and Sammi Jay each had two goals and an assist. Hailey Johnson added two goals while Abby Cranney had a goal and an assist and Brigid Casey one goal. Meaghan Allard had seven saves in goal for Souhegan. BASEBALL Salem 5,  Bishop Guertin 0 The Cardinals managed just five hits and committed four errors to fall to 2-5. Jake McMaster had a hit and reached base twice while BG's other four hits, all singles, belonged to Mike Griffin, T.J. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:02:36 EST Jon A. Forsaith Jon A. Forsaith, "Pops," "Big Jon," "Papa Jon," 61, fought an 11-year battle with prostate cancer. He died at home on April 26, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born on April 24, 1955, the son of the late Bernard and El­eanor Forsaith. He was the hus­band of Pati Hill Forsaith. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:02:11 EST Cheryl A. (Davis) Oliver Cheryl A. (Davis) Oliver, 71, of Nashua passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 24, 2016, while at home. Cheryl was born in Niagara Falls, NY on December 10, 1944, a daughter of the late Stanley "Skip" and Lorraine (Walker) Davis. Cheryl was the lov­ing wife of Lawrence Oliver, of Nashua. Cheryl attended nursing school at Temple Univer­sity and was a passionate nurse for over 40 years at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She was a constant fixture at many sporting events for her sons and grandchildren. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:01:47 EST Mary-Jo Dymek Mary-Jo Dymek, 57, of Nashua, died an untimely death at her home on April 22, 2016. She was born in Nashua on April 27, 1958, daughter of the late Leonard Joseph and Eva Mary (Daniele­vitch) Carter. Mary-Jo enjoyed traveling to Hamp­ton beach to enjoy the amazing seafood; she loved to have a good din­ner. One of her greatest joys was her frequent stays at Hampton Beach. She loved to socialize with her friends, and spending time with her family at vari­ous family events. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:00:59 EST Rivier gives back to community NASHUA - Rivier University's fourth annual First-Year Student Day of Service contributed hundreds of service hours to Greater Nashua nonprofit organizations on April 16. Nearly 200 Rivier first-year students, 20 upper-class peer mentors and supporting staff members participated. Community service hours supported area agencies serving the needs of at-risk populations. The event is a component of the university's Student Success: Campus to Community program. This yearlong course helps students strengthen their academic skills and promotes cultural awareness, commitment to service and vocational discernment. "The event directly aligns with Rivier's mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world," said Dr. Brad Stull, professor of English and general education coordinator. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:00:12 EST Gateways Community Services receives $10K grant NASHUA - Gateways Community Services received a $10,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of TD Bank, for assisting the Nashua Partners in Health program with funding for recreational opportunities for families of children with chronic health care needs. The Gateways Partners in Health program provides support to families of children up to 21 years old with chronic health care needs in the Nashua area. Most of the children enrolled in the program need financial and medical assistance, in addition to emotional programming. Each year, the TD Charitable Foundation provides financial assistance for a variety of cultural and community events, as well as health and human services organizations. The foundation provides grants in affordable housing, education and financial literacy, and the environment. Gateways Community Services is a nonprofit corporation serving 3,000 individuals with all types of disabilities and elders in need of care. For more information, visit Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:03:19 EST Nashua Cub Scouts confer awards NASHUA - Cub Scout Pack 425, sponsored by the Nashua Fish and Game Association, recognized several people at its recent meeting. Kathy Crosby, com­mittee chairwoman, was presented with the Unit Service Award. Crosby received the award from the Arrowhead District of Daniel Webster Council because of her commit­ment to Pack 425 above and beyond what would be expected for her position. Pack 425 received Gold, the highest level possible for Journey to Excellence, an award from the National Office of Boy Scouts of America. This award is only given to Scouting units that meet rigid standards to provide the highest quality program for the youth members. The pack recognized two youth members, George and Edward, for achieving the Arrow of Light. This is the highest rank a Cub Scout can earn, and it takes many months of work to achieve this goal. The Arrowhead chapter of the Order of the Arrow helped celebrate with a Native American dance event in which all of the Cub Scouts were able to participate. The Pack officially said goodbye to George and Edward, who will move on to new adventures as Boy Scouts. Pack 425 is accepting new members among boys in grades 1-5. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:01:30 EST Letters of Thanks Thanks to medical center volunteers To the Editor: In recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, members of the board of trustees, the administration and staff of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center would like to publicly thank our more than 320 volunteers and auxiliary members for their selfless contributions and commitment to the medical center. This past year, our dedicated volunteers shared more than 44,000 hours of their time and generous spirit to assist our patients and staff. In addition, our 60 teenage volunteers gave more than 5,000 hours of their time. Whether serving a guest in the coffee shop, gift shop, welcoming patients and family members and guiding them to their destination, participating in our patient and family advisory council, or extending a kind word to a person in need, our volunteers contribute greatly to the medical center every day. To the 200-member auxiliary, we extend extra special thanks for providing Southern New Hampshire Medical Center with loyal support since its founding in 1920. In addition to funding capital improvements and equipment for community rescue personnel, the auxiliary awards six $1,000 scholarships annually to deserving medical center employees and volunteers in appreciation of their hard work and dedication. Our medical center volunteers and auxiliary members are a priceless asset to the community. They deserve recognition all year round, but most especially during National Volunteer Week. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:00:51 EST Peter Dean Testa Peter Dean Testa, of Nashua, died at the Commu­nity Hospice House in Merrimack on April 22, 2016, with his wife and family at his side. He was born in Wilton on August 18, 1947, son of the late Peter and Mary (D'Atri) Testa. Mr. Testa was the husband of Susan (Burns) Testa, whom she married on August 14, 1971. They have shared over 44 years of marriage. Mr. Testa devoted 40 years of his life to the stu­dents of Nashua as a teach­er of AP Chemistry, Chem­istry and Biology. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:00:24 EST Donchess floats riverwalk revamp NASHUA - Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess has sponsored a resolution aimed at reinvesting the city's estimated $500,000 windfall from the Clocktower Place Apartments into riverfront improvements, with an eye toward attracting more waterfront development and drawing residents to new amenities. "It seems to me it makes sense to devote this unexpected revenue to riverwalk enhancements so we can encourage more riverfront development," the mayor told aldermen Tuesday when he presented his bill to create a special fund to invest the $500,000. The proposed resolution, R-16-029, would establish an expendable trust fund to finance improvements to the city's riverwalk. The unexpected cash comes following a promise by Clocktower Housing Associates Partnership to give the city at least $500,000 in exchange for the city allowing the owner of the Millyard apartment complex to restructure its debt. The city obtained two federal housing loans on behalf of the developers, which were used to help subsidize the conversion of the former mill into housing roughly three decades ago. The $500,000 will become available to the city once the refinancing deal closes on June 30. "I'm proposing we use this $500,000 of unexpected revenue ... for the purposes of further enhancing the riverwalk or waterfront," Donchess explained. "If we re-invest money that we derive from these projects into the very valuable asset that we have - that is, the Nashua River - I think in the long run we could stimulate more revenues," he added. The mayor offered examples of the types of projects the money could help stimulate. "We are looking at the Millyard and areas around it to try to bring (in) residential development. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:01:01 EST Good night, sweet Prince: Another music icon lost in 2016 The first concert I ever attended was Prince's "Purple Rain" tour, back in the '80s. My friends and I camped outside the Ticketmaster office at Simoneau Plaza the night before tickets went on sale - ah, the good old pre-Internet days! We'd take turns sleeping in her van - our Prince cassette tapes blasting out the windows - and saving our place in line. The night of the concert, I was dressed head to toe in my favorite color and Prince's, including a hat that presciently could have been considered a beret the color of a raspberry. When he stormed the stage at the Worcester Centrum, I screamed and clawed at my face like those girls you see in footage of The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show." I wonder if I even blinked during those hours. Since then, Prince has always owned a piece of my heart that no one could ever usurp. I think everyone feels that way about at least one artist that was integral to their defining years. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:01:41 EST Next weekend’s Derby party seeks your finery NASHUA - From 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, the Souhegan Valley "Happy Hour" Rotary Club will host its annual Kentucky Derby Party at Boston Billiard Club, 55 Northeastern Blvd. There will be gaming tables, live bands, best-dressed competitions, prizes, delicious Mint Julips and hors d'oeuvres - and of course, big-screen footage of the 142nd Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs! As the Souhegan Valley Rotary Club recently established a charitable foundation, this year's proceeds will go to benefit nonprofit organizations across the greater Nashua area. In the past, proceeds from this event have been donated to the Nashua Police Athletic League and the Front Door Agency. Tickets $25 and can be purchased from Souhegan Valley Rotary Club members or online at Another sold-out event is anticipated, so it's suggested you do not wait to purchase tickets at the door. The Souhegan Valley "Happy Hour" Rotary Club (Nashua, NH) was formed in 2010 when a small group of young professionals identified a need for a Rotary club that met in the evenings, appealed to a wide demographic and still have a significant impact on the community. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:04:20 EST arts digest Visionary honored with event LOWELL, Mass. - From 6-9 p.m. Friday, The Brush Art Gallery and Studios will honor a well-known cultural leader in the community with "An Evening for Rosemary Noon," held at the UMass Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and programming. This will be an opportunity for organizations Noon has worked with to join together and acknowledge her many achievements. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:02:43 EST Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival explodes in Nashua NASHUA - Saturday and Sunday, the inaugural Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival will be held in various locations downtown. "It will be a great weekend in downtown Nashua, jam packed with art," said Paul Shea, executive director of Great American Downtown. "We're inviting everyone to join in, bring along your friends and family, celebrate the arrival of spring and even more public art." From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, area artists, artisans and musicians will participate in pop-up downtown locations, GAD will roll out its Downtown Nashua Street Piano Project, and City Arts Nashua will place four of its ARTventures public art sculptures along Main Street. A dedication ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:02:19 EST Peter Dean Testa Peter Dean Testa, of Nashua, died at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on April 22, 2016, with his wife and family at his side. He was born in Wilton on August 18, 1947, son of the late Peter and Mary (D'Atri) Testa. Mr. Testa was the husband of Susan (Burns) Testa, whom he married on August 14, 1971. They have shared over 44 years of marriage. Mr. Testa devoted 40 years of his life to the students of Nashua, as a teacher of AP Chemistry, Chemistry and Biology. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:05:42 EST Alexander R. Macie Alexander R. Macie, 82, of Hudson, NH and Davenport, Florida, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven, FL, after a period of declining health. A resident of Hudson for many years, Mr. Macie was born in Irasburg, Vermont on August 21, 1933, a son of the late Victor and Florence (Gerow) Macie. Educated in Vermont schools, "Al" served as a Corporal with the Army during the Korean War from July 1953 to June 1955. On June 20, 1959, Al married Judith Inez Rowe, the love of his life. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:05:17 EST Carjacking suspect arraigned in Mass. BURLINGTON, Mass. - The process of returning Nashua robbery and carjacking suspect Jonathan Calvin to New Hampshire to face multiple charges from the April 15 incident took a step forward Monday when a Massachusetts judge arraigned Calvin on the fugitive from justice charge that's tied to his New Hampshire charges. Calvin, 31, most recently of 273 Main St., Apt. 12, Nashua, was arraigned in his room at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, where he has been a patient since shortly after the bizarre string of incidents that culminated in an eight-vehicle crash on the F.E. Everett Turnpike. New Hampshire State Police Lt. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:01:38 EST Jury indicts locals on drugs, theft NASHUA - Armed robberies, assaults and threats, drug sales, a serious accident involving drunk driving and the theft of a school bus, are some of the allegations that led to indictments in the April term of the Hillsborough County southern district grand jury. Suspects indicted include two men charged in connection with the so-called "skimming" scheme, in which perpetrators allegedly used stolen credit card information to empty victims' accounts or purchase merchandise at Sam's Club in Hudson. Also a former Nashua man is under indictment on five counts of theft for allegedly stealing merchandise, including 30 bars of soap and several perfume sets, from local department stores. An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for prosecutors to take a case to trial. The suspects in the stolen credit card information case, Dairon Jimenez Roja, 25, and Francisco Noguera, 35, both of Austin, Texas, were arrested in January by detectives investigating the wide-ranging scheme in Hudson and Pelham. Jimenez Roja was indicted on one count each of theft and fraudulent use of a credit card, both Class A felonies, for allegedly stealing more than $6,600 from the accounts of several victims. Noguera was indicted on two counts of criminal liability to fraudulent use of a credit card, both Class A felonies, accusing him of "throwing gift cards, credit cards and other documents" from a vehicle "after being detected by police" while they were allegedly in the process of buying merchandise with stolen credit cards. Meanwhile, allegations that she conspired with others to steal a school bus led to the indictment of Martha Karugu, 28, of 1 Belknap Road, Hudson, on one count of conspiracy to commit theft, a Class A felony. A second, separate indictment handed down against Karugu charges her with one count of sale of a narcotic drug, second offense, an unclassified felony that stems from her allegedly selling $120 worth of heroin to an undercover Nashua police officer on Nov. 28. The theft indictment states that Karugu, on Oct. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:15 EST Man faces felony charges in Nashua police-baton attack NASHUA - A fracas involving a police-style baton landed a Nashua man in jail on Monday and sent his brother, the alleged victim, to the hospital for treatment of head injuries, police said. Shawn Ganley, 35, of 3 Acton St., was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Nashua district court on one count each of second-degree assault, second-degree assault-domestic violence, and a convicted felons offense, all Class B felonies. Police said officers who responded to a report of an assault at a Nashua residence shortly after 8:30 a.m. Monday found an adult male with a head injury. The man told police that his brother, Shawn Ganley, had struck him in the head with a police-style baton, according to police. Officers arrested Ganley at the scene, while the victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of what police called injuries that were not life-threatening. Ganley was initially charged with the two assault counts, according to police, while the convicted felon offense was added when police, during the investigation, determined that Ganley is a convicted felon. Ganley was initially held on $5,000 bail pending arraignment. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines. Police ask that anyone with any information on the incident to contact the department's Crime Line at 589-1665. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:47:17 EST 2-alarm blaze ruled accidental; residents are cleaning up NASHUA - Investigators have determined that the 2-alarm fire that damaged a southwest Nashua home Monday afternoon started accidentally, and was the result of the improper handling of burning materials, officials said Tuesday. Nobody was hurt in the blaze, which broke out just after 3 p.m. at 862 W. Hollis St., a two-story expanded cape style home owned by Puneet and Samita Lamba, according to Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief George Walker. Engine 2 out of the Lake Street fire station was the first engine on the scene, and the crew reported smoke coming from the eaves and roof and heavy fire from a rear deck that was climbing up the exterior of the house, Walker said. A second alarm was sounded, bringing two additional engines and a second ladder truck to the scene. In all, 28 firefighters manning five engines and two ladder trucks fought the blaze. Walker said one person was home at the time of the fire and was able to safely evacuate and call 911. Crews were able to halt the spread of the flames, which had begun entering the second floor and attic, Walker said. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:48:08 EST Nashua mayor, chamber aim to restore $4M study CONCORD - Nashua leaders made an appeal Tuesday to reinstate $4 million in federal funds to develop the next phase of passenger rail into New Hampshire after the House pulled the money last month. The Senate Transportation Committee will decide the fate of a proposal to use New Hampshire's toll credits as a match to access the federal dollars earmarked for projects such as rail expansion that supporters say will have zero cost to taxpayers and long-term economic benefits for the state. "Federal transit money specifically to be used in the Boston (area) would pay for this," said state Sen. Bette Lasky, D-Nashua. "It would be a waste to stop now. The work that has been done basically would go to nothing, hang out there in limbo until somebody finally decides (what to do) or another pot of money comes by." Pro-rail groups flocked to the committee meeting - many Nashua representatives and city leaders were in attendance - to encourage the senators to fund the project by using about 0.3 percent of the state's 280 million toll credits to serve as a match to access $4 million in federal funding. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:37:49 EST Landlords continue push against filing amendment CONCORD - Two Nashua alderman appeared before a New Hampshire Senate committee Tuesday to advocate for an amendment requiring property owners to file eviction proceedings in the jurisdiction closest to the tenant's unit - despite pushback from landlords, who called the measure unnecessary and an undue burden. Nashua Democratic Rep. Michael O'Brien Sr., who is also a city alderman-at-large, drafted the amendment for the controversial Section 3 of House Bill 1370 after he learned that the owners of a Temple Street rooming house would often file evictions in Portsmouth despite the close proximity of the Nashua court. "I have spent 35 years on the fire department. I've seen good and bad of the tenants ... and I'm thankful to the landlords who host these people and supply rent to them to put a roof over their heads, and I don't want to hurt them," O'Brien said. "But in my America, I tend to think the courts exist in order to be accessible to all," he said. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:00:39 EST Dodgers enjoyed ‘baseball brotherhood’ Editor's Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and an explanation of how he got the shot. When I need anything baseball, I call Steve. Steve Daly is an authority on the Nashua Dodgers and baseball in general. He's a former editor here, an all-around good guy and a good friend. He's the source of this old photo, one that graced his book "Dem Little Bums: The Nashua Dodgers." "It's actually one of my favorite photos that I included in the book," Daly said. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:19:38 EST Loretta J. LaJoie Loretta J. Lajoie, 86 of Nashua, NH, died Wednesday April 20, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loved ones. Born December 2, 1929, in Lowell, MA, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Emilienne (Richard) Levasseur and widow of Maurice Lajoie, who died December 17, 1982, and with whom she married on July 2, 1949. She was also predeceased by one son, Ronnie "Ronzo" Lajoie, who died February 19, 1989, and one sister, Jeanne Limacher. Loretta was a communicant of St. Patrick Church. In addition to being a homemaker and mother, Loretta was an avid bingo player and enjoyed going to play bingo with her brother and sister on a weekly basis. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:20:45 EST South upends BG in 8th NASHUA - With the ballgame in the balance in the bottom of the seventh, Bishop Guertin intentionally walked Nashua South slugger Pat McDonnell and the Cardinals escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam to force extra innings. One inning later, McDonnell was given another chance to come through, and this time there was nowhere to put him. McDonnell ripped a pitch over the center fielder's head to score Alex Amigo and give the Panthers a wild 5-4 victory in extra innings over Bishop Guertin on Monday night at Holman Stadium. "I was just trying to get it in the air," McDonnell said. "A walk-off hit is sexy, but a sac fly wins us the game. I got the pitch and I got it up." "That's our big dog," said South coach James Gaj, who noted McDonnell has four homers through six games. "He's having a heck of a season. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:15:52 EST Caito has seven goals as BG boys lacrosse romps BOYS LACROSSE Bishop Guertin 23,  Nashua North 6 Jordan Caito had seven goals as the Cards improved to 8-0. Charlie O'Brien, Tim Hinrichs and Garrett Bozek each had two goals and three assists while Nick Prunier had a goal and four assists. Other BG contributors included Matt Beals (two goals), Sam Prunier (two goals, one assist), John Bruno (goal, two assists), Brennan McInnis (goal, assist), Michael Barrett, Nolan Hilger and Kyle Fisher (single goals), Cam Fagan and Michael O'Reilly (two assists each). Colin Casey, Ted McCaffrey and Kam Bouvier combined for seven saves in the Cardinal net while Christian Trahan and Austin King combined to win 31 of 33 face-offs. The Titans fell to 3-2. Nashua South 18,  Manchester Memorial 1 Collin Morrow racked up six goals and one assist as the Panthers (3-3) ran away with a lopsided win. Shane Puleo tallied four goals and four assists and Zach Clancy finished with a hat trick. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:06:34 EST Woman charged in car beating NASHUA - Former Nashua resident Devae Skye Nichols, currently of 2 Fieldstone Drive in Derry, was arraigned in Nashua district court Monday on multiple charges stemming from the alleged beating of a woman with whom Nichols is in a relationship, according to police. Nichols, 19, was arrested by Special Investigations Division detectives around 7 p.m. Friday, several hours after police were called to a local hospital to take a report of an assault that had occurred in a motor vehicle, police said. The alleged victim, an unidentified female, told officers in an interview at the hospital that a woman later identified as Nichols punched her in the head repeatedly while the two, and an infant, were in a car in Nashua. At one point, the woman told police, Nichols allegedly armed herself with a knife and threatened the victim, who said she sustained an injury to her leg. Police said the injury was not life-threatening, and they said the infant was not injured. Nichols faces one count each of second-degree assault and criminal threatening, both Class B felonies, along with two companion domestic violence charges, also felonies, because Nichols and the victim were in a relationship, police said. She also faces six counts of simple assault, Class A misdemeanors, as well as six companion domestic violence charges, also misdemeanors, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. That charge, a misdemeanor, stems from the fact that an infant was in the vehicle "in close proximity to the altercation," police said. On Monday, Judge James Leary, who conducted Nichols' arraignment via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, continued Nichols' $15,000 cash or surety bail. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:04:05 EST Blaze damages house; residents escape NASHUA - A southwest Nashua residence sustained significant damage Monday afternoon when a fire that began on a porch climbed up the building and threatened the second floor, authorities said. Nashua firefighters were called to 862 W. Hollis St. shortly after 3 p.m., and upon arrival they found a rear porch ablaze and heavy smoke pouring from the house, according to Deputy Chief George Walker. "The porch in the rear of the home was going, and (flames) were climbing up the side" of the house, Walker said. Two occupants who were home at the time escaped safely, Walker said. It's believed one of them made the 911 call. A second alarm was sounded a short time later, bringing two additional engines and a second ladder truck to the scene. Crews manning two hose lines quickly attacked the blazing deck area, Walker said, and were able to knock down the bulk of the fire and halt its progress into the second floor and attic. Walker said later Monday afternoon that investigators with the city Fire Marshal's office were looking into the cause of the fire. Flames not only burned the deck and scorched the back of the house, but blackened several trees, brush, pine needles and leaves within a 20-foot radius of the deck. Walker said the dangerously dry conditions this spring likely contributed to the speed at which the deck burned and the flames spread to nearby trees and surrounding brush. "Anytime it's this dry, everything" tends to burn quicker, he said, including the wood with which most decks and many porches are built. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:07:35 EST Arrests after break at furniture store NASHUA - Police investigating an activated security alarm early Monday morning at a large south Nashua furniture store spotted two suspects, then ended up chasing them a short distance before taking them into custody, police said. Raymond Szarko, 25, of 22 Richardson Road, Milford, and Justin Atwood, also 25, of 100 New Boston Road, Bedford, each face one count of burglary, a Class B felony, for allegedly breaking into Jordan's Furniture, 237 Daniel Webster Highway, shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, police said. At some point, the store's security alarm went off, which summoned officers to the scene to investigate. As they began their security check of the building, police said, officers spotted two individuals, later identified as Szarko and Atwood, near an office at the rear of the business, which was closed at the time. Officers approached and ordered the men to stop, but both took off on foot, police said. The officers took up the chase, and were quickly able to overtake the men and place them under arrest. In addition to the felony charges, Szarko and Atwood are also charged with one count each of misdemeanor resisting detention, and Atwood also faces one count of resisting arrest, also a misdemeanor, police said. Szarko was released later Monday after posting $7,500 cash or surety bail pending arraignment, the date of which is to be determined. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:08:17 EST Mary Ellen (O’Neill) Colburn Mary Ellen (O'Neill) Colburn, 79, passed away on Saturday April 23, 2016, in the comfort of the home she shared with her loving family for 50 years. She was born on December 20, 1936, in Groveland, MA, the daughter of the late Sydney and Marjorie O'Neill. She graduated from Haverhill High and attended Salem State Teaching College for two years before moving to Heidelberg, Germany. Mary Ellen was the devoted wife of the late Frank Colburn, with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Mary Ellen's greatest joy was her large spirited family - mother of eight, grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of three. Her passions included traveling with friends and family, baking for all occasions and lending a helping hand to all in need. Never one to pass up a clearance table at a department store, Mary Ellen knew how to stretch a dollar - she could make one can of tuna fish feed her entire family. Mary Ellen is survived by five daughters and three sons, Lynn and Richard Gendron of Kissimmee, FL, Michael Colburn of Tewksbury, MA, Susan and Michael LaRocque of Nashua, Stephen Colburn and his companions Maureen and Alida of Hudson, Jane and Daniel Clarke of Hudson, Kevin and Kristine Colburn of Hudson, Brenda Wygant of Hudson, Donna and Rusty Smith of Nashua; her 19 grandchildren, Jonathan, his wife Stephanie and Amie Gendron, fiance Bill, Donny and Bradley Nelson and Randy Colburn, Andrea, James, Michelle, fiance Tyler, and Christine LaRocque, Daniel Clarke Jr. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:07:53 EST Manager hopes owner keeps team NASHUA - Nashua Silver Knights team officials have had their say of dealing with any potential management changes in the offseason, but how about the field manager? The on-field product could be the least affected, but still the departure of team president Tim Bawmann and vice president Jon Goode was not lost on manager and vice president of player personnel B.J. Neverett. Why? Those are the two who brought Neverett into the ground floor of the organization when the Silver Knights and the Futures Collegiate League were created back in December of 2010. "I am completely indebted to both Jon and Tim because they gave me this opportunity six years ago," Neverett said recently. "I've gotten to work with the local team, a guy in Nashua, and I've been doing the best I can." Neverett is hoping team owner Drew Weber - who by all indications is closing in on selling the Lowell Spinners - holds on to the Silver Knights. "I pray every night that Drew will hold on to the team and not try to sell the team," Neverett said. "The team is in good hands, and the team is in good shape. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:06:09 EST What’s up at local high schools MONDAY Baseball Manchester Central at Nashua North, 1 p.m. (Holman) Alvirne at Pinkerton, 4 p.m. Bishop Guertin at Nashua South, 7 p.m. (Holman) Softball Pinkerton at Alvirne, 4 p.m. Nashua North at Manchester Central, 4 p.m. Concord at Merrimack, 4 p.m. Boys lacrosse Manchester Memorial at Nashua South, 3 p.m. (Stellos) Portsmouth at Hollis Brookline, 4 p.m. Bishop Guertin at Nashua North, 5 p.m. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:05:40 EST Car restoration bond on display at memorial show NASHUA - Keith Lefebvre never met Brandon Masterson, but he sometimes feels he knows him better than some who had the pleasure of meeting the young Nashua man before his life was cut tragically short in a 2013 car crash. Their common bond is the 1987 Chevy Camaro IROC-Z that Masterson was restoring at the time of his death - and which Lefebvre and his father, Andy, and their crew at AK Rods & Customs in Londonderry took under their collective wing at the request of Masterson's grandfather, Don Emerson. "We finished it the way Brandon would have finished it," Lefebvre said Sunday, standing next to the shining, jet-black Camaro at the 4th annual Brandon Masterson Memorial Car Show & Scholarship Fundraiser at Nashua Community College. "They've been great," added Emerson, referring to AK Rods & Customs. "We went to them because they provide all the services we needed to do the job." Hosted by Nashua Community College's Autocross Club, the show began as an informal gathering of Masterson's family and friends, who met at the college following his services to share stories and remember his love of cars, music and "anything to do with the great outdoors," his family said at the time. That many of Masterson's friends and fellow NCC students are, as he was, car enthusiasts gave the gathering a sort of impromptu car show feel, prompting club members to make it an annual event. A bright sun mitigated a brisk, rather chilly breeze for the estimated 200 visitors, many of whom took photos as they perused the wide assortment of eye-catching vehicles lining the parking lots on the east side of the college campus. The robust turnout of show cars, which likely topped previous years' totals, included meticulously maintained collectibles and souped-up performance cars with their trademark low suspension, modified exhausts and custom lighting, and plenty multi-category entries in between. It was three years ago this spring that Masterson, a Hudson native and Alvirne High School graduate, died of multiple injuries sustained in the single-car crash in Raymond. He and a friend, Andrew Ocasio, were thrown from the Subaru Impreza WRX after it left the road and struck a tree, according to reports. Ocasio recovered from his injuries, but Masterson, who had been transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, succumbed six days after the crash. Lefebvre, the Londonderry mechanic whose crew took over the restoration of Masterson's Camaro, said the project is essentially complete but final adjustments remain a work in progress. "We're still fine tuning ... testing, tuning, and testing again," he said. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:02:23 EST Machete strike, steroids lead to prison NASHUA - Former Nashua resident Ryan Lee began serving two concurrent 11/2-4-year terms in state prison last week following a hearing at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua in which he pleaded guilty to six felony offenses stemming from a machete attack and drug possession. Lee, 42, faced two sets of charges, one that includes four counts of possession of a controlled drug and another for one count each of first-degree assault and felon in possession of a deadly weapon. Two other charges were dropped as part of the agreement, according to attorneys. Assistant County Attorney Nicole Thorspecken, who prosecuted the case, told the court that Lee was arrested on Sept. 2, after police were called to the Dunkin' Donuts at 239 Main Dunstable Road to check on suspicious people who were reportedly coming and going from the bathroom and loitering on the premises. When police asked for identification, one of the men, later identified as Lee, handed his wallet to an officer, and upon opening it the officer found two strips of what he believed to be the drug Suboxone, Thorspecken said. Lee, however, produced a prescription for the drug, but the officer then found vials of liquid testosterone for which Lee had no prescription, she said. While Lee was being taken into custody, Thorspecken said, police also found him in unlawful possession of a quantity of steroids in pill form. Police also seized two pairs of brass knuckles and a two-sided knife in Lee's possession, she said. The other two charges stem from Lee's arrest in November 2015 following a confrontation in which Lee chased another man into his house then attacked him with a machete, cutting him and fracturing his skull, Thorspecken said. Lee claimed he hit the man in self-defense, telling police he was worried that the victim was planning to harm him. He said the victim ran off after he struck him with the machete. "It sounds like a wild sequence of events," Judge Amy Ignatius said after Thorspecken finished reading the charges. "Just so you know, it was self-defense," Lee told Ignatius. Other terms of the plea agreement include Lee being credited with 147 days for time already served, and Lee participating in all programs as recommended by prison officials and his parole officer. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:15:42 EST South’s brains stack up wins against brawn Nashua High School South has had great success in sports. The basketball team has consistently made the playoffs, and the track team has produced a number of individual state champions. However, far and away the most successful team at South is the math team, with five consecutive state championships and eight in its league. "The math team has won a lot recently, and so we have gained some popularity as a result," said Aditi Srinivasan, a member of the Math Team and the school's Science Bowl team. However, Srinivasan says the higher level of attention comes mainly from administration and staff in the building. "Sports are still far more popular among the students because they have a reputation for being more exciting," Srinivasan said. Senior Samuel McIntyre, a member of the Granite State Challenge Team, which competes on the televised PBS show "Granite State Challenge," agrees. "Unfortunately, the success we have had is undervalued by the student body," he said, just a few days after Nashua South defeated Bishop Guertin to advance to the semifinals of this year's tournament. But as McIntyre sees it, his and other students' accomplishments in academic competitions "truly reflect what is great about South." Nashua South Principal Keith Richard said he is proud of what his academics-minded students have accomplished. "The success our students have had has been fantastic, and it really shows how great our students are," he said. Many of these teams were created by student initiative. Kellie Gabriel, head math teacher at South and advisor for the math team, attributes much of the group's success to student work. "When the team first started, a student asked me if he could organize tryout questions to bring the team down to 10 students (the number that can compete). The idea of the captain running the practice sessions as well as producing the practice questions has been paramount to the team's success," she said. Aashish Welling, a member of the Science Bowl team and the Programming Club, summed up why administration is proud. "South's academic teams perform well in almost every competition, and compete with and often beat schools with greater reputations," he said. The History Bowl team defeated Phillip's Exeter Academy in November to win its second state championship in as many years. Noah Telerski is a senior at Nashua High School South. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:01:31 EST Nashua is full of great volunteers As one of the program directors for CASA of New Hampshire, I am so incredibly proud of the Nashua residents and local businesses that support our organization. As April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Volunteer Appreciation Month, I want to express a sincere thank you to all businesses, local restaurants and our Nashua residents who are helping to make a difference in the lives of children right here in Greater Nashua. A CASA/GAL is a trained community volunteer appointed by a Family Court judge to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children. A CASA/GAL works as an official part of the judicial proceedings, working alongside attorneys and social workers. At a recent support group in Nashua, we asked our volunteers what keeps them coming back case after case responses included: "I feel I can make a difference in the life and future of a child here in Nashua." "I enjoy and find great satisfaction in assisting the children of Nashua to find permanency in a safe and loving home." "I have formed wonderful relationships with like-minded people here in my local community." "I am able to utilize my past experience and skills to assist our city's most vulnerable population." As program director, I would like to give a special shout-out to the Nashua Telegraph, You You Japanese Bistro and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for their ongoing support of CASA. Thank you to the downtown stores and restaurants who helped advertise our Nashua training that resulted in 20 incredible, newly trained volunteers to work with Nashua's children. As Nashua and the state battle this opioid crisis, which has been a contributing factor to an increased caseload, please know your support and commitment is very much appreciated, and CASA is so lucky to have each and every one of you. Bernadette Melton-Plante CASA of NH  program manager Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:03:40 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. April 26: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. 1-6 p.m. April 27: White Birch Banquet Hall, 222 Central St., Hudson. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:02:27 EST William H. Muldoon William H. Muldoon of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Waltham and Nashua, N.H. died Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte. He was 98. Born in Brighton, MA, the son of the late William H. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:00:49 EST Doe Chagnon From the moment Emile Chagnon saw her standing demurely in line at Hayward's Ice Cream stand in 1947, Dora Louise Auger was the love of his life. "Doe" had come from Worcester, Massachusetts to study journalism at Rivier College, and Emile, a Nashua native, pursued her hopefully for the next 4 years. After returning to Worcester to work as a reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, a job she adored, Doe married Emile in 1951 and returned with him to Nashua to make a life there. They would spend the next 65 years on a grand adventure together. Doe was blessed with a flair for the theatrical, a gift for writing and speaking, a lovely singing voice and a wide social circle. She loved to cook, entertain, design and decorate. She and "Chag" had the good fortune to travel widely, beginning with his assignment to London for the U.S. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:33:37 EST Maeve Louise (Gardner) Campbell Maeve Louise (Gardner) Campbell, 35, died on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua. She was born on December 26, 1980 in Winchester, MA, the daughter of William Chute and Patricia Gardner. She was the wife of Jorge Campbell. They were married on August 8, 2004 in Worcester, MA. Maeve attended Burncoat High School and Quinsigamond Community College. She loved spending time with her children, cooking and decorating cakes. Maeve was predeceased by her father William Chute and her son William Campbell. She is survived by her former husband Jorge Campbell; Toby J. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:34:03 EST Campbell baseball notches its 36th straight victory Kyle Shaw had a standout day on the mound and at the plate, leading Campbell to its fifth victory of this spring and 36th straight overall as the Cougars beat Franklin 9-2 on Saturday. The senior finished with a pair of hits, three RBIs, and four runs scored. He also earned the win in relief, striking out five and allowing no runs in three-plus innings of work. Starter Griffin St. Onge was rolling into the third inning, but he was pulled after allowing a pair of runs. Zach Moore, Mike Gray (double, triple) and Matt Gagne (home run) each had two hits in the victory. SOFTBALL Franklin 3,  Campbell 1 (8 inn.) The Cougars allowed two unearned runs to cross the plate in the top of the eighth inning. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:06:39 EST Nashua PAL names Montminy as Player of Year The Police Athletic League (Nashua PAL) announced that its 2016 Basketball Player of the Year is 15-year-old Brian Montminy. Montminy, along with PAL's Athletes of the Year in football, cross country, boxing, and cheerleading will be honored with other award winners - including Hollywood actor, writer and producer Mike O'Malley, the 2016 PAL of the Year - at the Sixth Annual PAL Sports Dinner at Conway Arena on June 30. A freshman at North High School, Montminy is a member of the Nashua PAL/St. Patrick's Gate City Thunder basketball team, which competes in the Nashua YMCA Saturday afternoon league. Montminy's coach, Nebby Exantus, said that "Brian understands teamwork and accountability, always attending and working hard in practice, and competing with intensity in our league games." Montminy also pays football at Nashua High School North, and saw action last fall at wide receiver, safety and running back in freshman, JV and varsity games. Although his academic career at North is just starting, he has so far made the Honor Roll each quarter. All proceeds from the PAL Sports Dinner support PAL's academic, athletic and other enrichment programs available to all Nashua children, including its at-risk youth. For tickets, tables and sponsorship information, contact the PAL Youth Safe Haven at 594-3733 or LACROSSE Nashua Blast U15 Girls dominate The Nashua Blast U15 Purple Girls moved to 2-0 and extended their winning streak from last year to 12 straight games as they dominated Windham, 11-2, and earlier beat Bow 13-4. In the Windham game, Melanie Hutchinson gained control on the opening draw and fed Kalie Keegan who put a low liner past the Windham goalie 10 seconds into the game. One minute later, Julia Cote scored on a pretty crease roll making the score 2-0. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:36:15 EST Teacher in line for major award Teacher of the Year nominee, Pennichuck Middle School literacy teacher Stacey Allen, was honored at a luncheon in Manchester last week along with other top New Hampshire teachers. Allen was recognized along with New Hampshire Department of Education Teacher of the Year nominees, finalists and the 2016 Teacher of the Year, Ashley Preston, a preschool teacher at Parker Varney Elementary School in Manchester. In video profile produced by Pennichuck staff and students, Allen discusses her educational philosophy, followed by testimonials from her students. "Having a strong sense of belonging, a really tightly knit community, is the foundation that all learning rests on," she said in the video. The full feature can be seen online at "She not only leads by example in her classes, she leads by example on her team and in our school," said Lynne Joseph, principal of Pennichuck Middle School, in a statement. Ayotte to participate in Food Bank campaign U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., will appear at a city supermarket Monday to participate in the annual New Hampshire Food Bank Nothing Campaign to help end hunger in the state. The senator is slated to appear at the Market Basket at 375 Amherst St., beginning at 9:45 a.m. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:34:55 EST Group will take up bill on evictions CONCORD - Landlords across the state will travel to the Statehouse early Tuesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up several measures relating to evictions, including one sponsored by a Nashua representative overwhelmingly opposed by landlords. The committee will hear testimony about House Bill 1370, which landlords generally support except for an amendment that would require them to file eviction proceedings in the court closest to a renter's apartment rather than a location more convenient to the landlord. "Show up strong," says an email from the Landlord Connection Inc., a Merrimack-based corporation that serves and advocates for landlords. In a series of emails, landlords have said they "absolutely will need everyone to be at the hearing" to create an overwhelming response. "All landlords we have spoken to are in agreement with the desire to remove the venue amendment, section 3, and keep the original bill as written," the group wrote in an the email. "So at this time please do not get into a discussion with legislators of keeping or killing the bill if section 3 relating to venue survives. That is a latter discussion." The amendment was championed by State Rep. Michael O'Brien Sr., a Nashua Democrat, after he learned the property owners of the city's largest rooming house would oftentimes file evictions in Portsmouth, forcing low-income tenants to drive an hour to court. The Nashua district court is two blocks from the rooming house. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 17:49:00 EST Rita Andrea Parent Rita Andrea Parent, 84, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away Wednesday evening, April 20, 2016, at the Courville at Nashua, after a period of declining health. A daughter of the late Leo S. and Andrea V. (Rodier) Parent, she was born in Nashua on July 26, 1931. Rita resided on King Street in the Crown Hill neighborhood of this city for many years. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:04:49 EST Doe Chagnon From the moment Emile Chagnon saw her standing demurely in line at Hayward's Ice Cream stand in 1947, Dora Louise Auger was the love of his life. "Doe" had come from Worcester, Massachusetts to study journalism at Rivier College, and Emile, a Nashua native, pursued her hopefully for the next 4 years. After returning to Worcester to work as a reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, a job she adored, Doe married Emile in 1951 and returned with him to Nashua to make a life there. They would spend the next 65 years on a grand adventure together. Doe was blessed with a flair for the theatrical, a gift for writing and speaking, a lovely singing voice and a wide social circle. She loved to cook, entertain, design and decorate. She and "Chag" had the good fortune to travel widely, beginning with his assignment to London for the U.S. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:04:25 EST Nashua stuck in cruel world Several years ago longtime Alvirne High School baseball coach Mike Lee kiddingly said to then Nashua High School South mentor B.J. Neverett, "Now you know how the rest of us live. Welcome to our world." That world was coaching at schools with significantly less enrollment than the old unified Nashua High School, with less talent to choose from. The split into North and South would change a lot of things athletically in Nashua. For a while, baseball seemed immune. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:03:35 EST Merrimack bounces back, routs BG NASHUA - Watch out for the Merrimack High School baseball team. It doesn't enjoy losing very much. Looking to rebound from a loss to Trinity earlier in the week, the Tomahawks took their frustrations out on Bishop Guertin Cardinals on Friday. Merrimack left Holman Stadium with a convincing 14-3, six-inning win to improve to 5-1 on the season in Division I. "Yeah it would've been great to beat Trinity, but that lit a fire under our guys," Tomahawks coach Nick Jaskolka said. "We had our best practice of the year (Thursday) and we consider these (Cardinals) our rivals, so we took care of business." Leading the way for that was pitcher Justin Grassini, who allowed just one earned run on five hits over six innings. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:03:10 EST Realtor, state rep marks centennial As recently as a year ago, the "Energizer Bunny" of both the 20th-century Greater Nashua real estate business and the 20th- and 21st-century state Legislature - the inimitable Angeline "Angie" Kopka - hadn't ruled out another run for the Statehouse. "Well ... we'll see," Kopka said a year ago this week at her 99th birthday party, responding to a well-wisher who asked whether she might "give it another go next time," meaning the 2016 election. Kopka spoke through a hearty laugh, but anyone who's known the spry, newly coronated centenarian for any length of time also knows that her "we'll see" response had at least a small degree of truth to it. That's because Kopka, who turned a nice, even 100 years old the day after scores of revelers gathered in the Coliseum Seniors Residence lounge to help her celebrate, has always been loath to dismiss any idea or proposal until it is thoroughly vetted. Having been there for Kopka's 98th and 99th birthday celebrations, I had every intent to make "the big one," as such milestones are often called. Alas, I was done in by the cruel unpredictability of this pastime of mine sometimes called the news business. I've since been assured, however, of another lively, fun-filled tribute for Kopka, which of course trumps the status of my presence. Two mayors - current Mayor Jim Donchess and immediate past-Mayor Donnalee Lozeau - stopped by to bestow their wishes, as did a good-sized assemblage of current and former (and maybe even future) state legislators. Higher officeholders sent written wishes and commemmorations in their stead, including Barack and Michelle Obama. "We trust you take enormous pride in all you have accomplished," they wrote in a concise, three-paragraph note that carried "our warmest wishes on this milestone." U.S. Rep. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 06:41:19 EST Nashua gardening group celebrates new season Coordinated with the spring rail trail cleanup, the Gate City Community Gardens kicked off its third season last weekend with 12 planting beds and plans for a new foraging garden. The land hosting the garden sits alongside the Nashua rail trail near the intersection of West Hollis and Pine streets, and is leased to the gardening group for free, according to organizer James Vayo. "There are 12 beds and 12 members. They pay $35, which covers insurance and water fees," said Vayo, who also works as Nashua's downtown specialist. Members can be individuals or entire families, he said. "The membership is limited by the number of beds, so we do have a short waiting list of one or two people," Vayo said, adding they are always looking for more people to engage with the group. "One thing we would really like to do over time is generate further interest in the garden in the hopes of expanding the number of beds. If we had 12-16 people on the waiting list, we would look to double the size of the beds," he said. At this point in the season, new beds would likely be added for spring 2017, but it depends on the community, said Vayo. "We're looking for people to take the initiative to organize the growth," he said. Gate City Community Gardens launched three years ago, with the goal of increasing community gardening space in Nashua. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 06:38:45 EST Man charged in child pornography case Nashua police arrested a Nashua man, James Ciampa, 66, on a felony charge for possession of child pornography this week. Police say they received a report on Monday that Ciampa, of 225 Harris Road, was in possession of images of child sexual abuse. On Wednesday, police received an arrest warrant for Ciampa charging him with 10 counts of possession of the images. "We were provided information by a family member," Nashua police Lt. Kerry Baxter said Friday. "Based on that information we initiated an investigation." Detectives from the special investigations division and the computer forensics unit were able to secure computers, videotapes and media storage devices at Ciampa's home, police said. Baxter credited the people who came forward to provide the initial report of the images. "These are disturbing cases. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 06:37:30 EST Sex offender faces registry violation City police arrested a Nashua man and charged him with failing to properly register as a sexual offender. Stephen Gill, 39, of 12 Laredo Circle in Nashua, was taken into police custody on Tuesday. They said Gill did not comply with a requirement to register when he moved to Nashua several months ago. Gill was convicted of felonious sexual assault, a Class A felony, in Merrimack County Superior Court in 1996. That conviction placed the registry requirement on Gill. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 06:37:04 EST 3 charged with heroin, cocaine sales Three Nashua police department divisions teamed up to arrest three people for various drug  offenses on Thursday. Scott Campbell, Jason Marrotte and Samantha Lussier are facing various charges involving heroin and cocaine possession, police said. Members of the Nashua Police Department's Narcotics Intelligence Division, Problem Oriented Policing Unit and Traffic Unit worked together to make the arrests, according to police. Campbell, 23, of 102 Elmwood Drive, Hudson, was charged with one felony count of sale of a controlled drug, heroin. He is being held at Valley Street jail in Manchester on $5,000 bail, police said. Marrotte, 26, of 7 Mason St. Apt. 3, Nashua, was charged with one felony count of sale of a controlled drug (second offense), heroin, and two counts of possession of a controlled drug (second offense), cocaine and heroin, all of which are felonies. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 06:02:38 EST Twins charged after drug probe NASHUA - Police have arrested twin brothers on outstanding warrants as part of what they say was an extensive investigation into cocaine sales in the city. Angel Conde, 24, was charged with two felony counts of sale of a controlled drug, while his brother Miguel Conde was charged with three felony counts of sale of a controlled drug as a second offense. The Thursday arrests came as part of an investigation executed through search warrants at 24 Forge Drive in Nashua and 40 Worcester St., Apt. 1, in Nashua, police said. Both men live at 3 Amory St., Nashua, and were arrested separately. Sgt. Brian Kenney, of the Nashua Police Department's narcotics division, said Friday that extensive work went into the investigation, including undercover operations that determined the pair were selling cocaine in excess of half-ounces, which will result in enhanced penalties. "It took several months for this to come to fruition," Kenney said. In 2011, charges were dismissed against the pair, who were arrested in a city center street fight. According to a Telegraph story from December 2011, a judge ruled at the time that there was no probable cause to charge them. Both were arrested after a September brawl near the Bronstein Apartments. Miguel Conde faced first-degree assault charges for allegedly stabbing Juan Baez Cruz, 24, in the face, neck and torso. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 06:32:13 EST Greater Nashua’s Extraordinary Women celebrated Celebrating innovators in government, social services, education and business, the fourth annual Extraordinary Women event honored 25 leaders from Greater Nashua at a Friday luncheon. Representing local media, keynote speaker and extraordinary woman Kathleen Palmer, editor of the Encore arts and entertainment section of The Telegraph, delivered a stand-up comedy routine. Mayor Jim Donchess congratulated the women for strengthening the community. "We know that each of today's honorees are driven individuals - they're on a mission," Donchess said, adding that the women enliven not only the city of Nashua but the surrounding communities as well, creating a "healthy and vibrant place to live, work and raise a family." Highlighting the importance of the nominees' work, Donchess began with education. "Teachers are critical to the success of our children, and the schools are critical to the success of the region," he said. From the Nashua district, Assistant Superintendent Karen Crebase and Nashua High School South teacher Kathy Johnson were recognized for their contributions to Nashua. Leaders in business, including Amy LaBelle from LaBelle Winery in Amherst, were also celebrated, as well as women working for the health and welfare of Nashua residents, such as Sheila Caron of St. Joseph Hospital and Carol Weeks of the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. "We also need to thank women who dedicate themselves to the health and welfare of lost and abandoned animals," Donchess said, referring to the nominee from the Humane Society of Greater Nashua. The mayor thanked women in government who are "tireless advocates" for the people and businesses of Greater Nashua - such as state Sen. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:54:19 EST News Digest NASHUA 4 students injured in car-vs.-bus collision NASHUA - A school bus carrying six children collided with a car Thursday afternoon, resulting in injuries and a trip to the hospital for four Nashua School District students. The Nashua Fire Department said that it responded to the scene after being notified that a school bus and a passenger car had crashed. "Nashua Fire Rescue responded to the intersection of Wheaton Drive and Sycamore Lane for an automobile accident," officials said in a press release. "Four children and one adult were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. A Nashua School Department representative notified the parents of the children. Nashua Police were on the scene." The school bus driver was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The Nashua Police Department is investigating the cause of the collision. - Matthew Medsger Hazardous waste collection Saturday NASHUA - The first 2016 collection for household hazardous waste will take place this Saturday at the Public Works garage on Stadium Drive. The event will be from 8 a.m. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:17:06 EST Repairs continue at Nashua DHHS offices Significant progress has been made to restore the Department of Health and Human Services district office in Nashua that was flooded last month, but it will still be some time before business can be conducted in its old quarters. A geothermal climate control unit leaked in early March, severely flooding what cleanup contractors estimate this week as 17,000 square feet on two floors of the former mill building. Since then, clients seeking services have been redirected to other area offices and to online resources. Firefighters arrived at the Pine Street Extension building early in the morning Sunday, March 6, for a water problem. The March leak was the second one suffered at the office. Another in early June 2014 caused similar damage and forced a shutdown. Jake Leon, speaking for DHHS after the most recent leak, said officials immediately began work to set up contingency plans to provide services the next day. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:44:04 EST Ex-principal headed back to courtroom NASHUA - A competency hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South for Shannon Dannible, the former Litchfield private school principal accused of embezzeling more than $150,000 from the school between 2007 and 2011. The hearing, which is expected to last all day and may need a second day, is the latest development in a marathon case rife with postponement, continuances and other delays that prompted one judge to accuse Dannible of intentionally prolonging her case in order to "put off her day of reckoning" in court. Nashua attorney Roger "Rusty" Chadwick, who is currently representing Dannible, filed a "clarification motion" denying that Dannible was intentionally "dragging out" her case. Instead, he said, Dannible has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder that makes it difficult for her to enter the courtroom for proceedings. If the hearing isn't done by the end of the day Friday, it will resume at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, according to court documents. Another recent entry in Dannible's file shows that prosecutors, represented by Assistant State Attorney General Heather Cherniske, are asking the court to exclude three of the four witnesses the defense plans to call to testify at the competency hearing. In the motion, prosecutors claim that the testimony of Dr. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:00:39 EST Ex-Nashua cop’s lawyer challenges judge’s ruling CONCORD - The lawyer representing Scott Howe, the former Nashua deputy police chief fired in a controversial 2013 decision that prompted a wrongful termination suit against the city and then-Chief John Seusing, says a Superior Court judge "erred" when he dismissed Howe's suit in a ruling handed down in February. The defendants - the city and Seusing - failed to provide Howe "any pre-termination due process" by allegedly coercing him to retire in September 2013, according to Manchester attorney Joseph Kelly Levasseur. During that process, Levasseur contends, Seusing "acted as fact- finder, judge, jury and executioner" in the months leading up to Howe's firing. Levasseur's assertions are contained in his recent New Hampshire Supreme Court appeal to Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler's February ruling, in which he dismissed Howe's suit in summary judgment. In the ruling, Smukler wrote that Seusing had the right to terminate Howe because he engaged in  "indiscretion and lies ... including the failure to report income," acts that Smukler said "are not encouraged by public policy." He referred to Howe's previous part-time job with the Nashua Police Relief Association, in which Howe agreed to clean and maintain its building and be paid in gift cards. But, Levasseur noted in his appeal, Howe merely "engaged in an indiscretion outside the scope of his duties" as deputy police chief when he accepted his NPRA wages in gift cards. Furthermore, Levasseur argues, Howe "did not lie to anyone" during the state Attorney General's investigation into the matter, and he promptly reported the income. The most he should have gotten, Levasseur said, was "a letter in his file." Ultimately, state officials found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, and although the Attorney General sent the police department a letter stating as much, Howe was never told about the letter until after he filed suit, according to Levasseur. Instead, Levasseur asserts, Seusing began "coercing Howe into giving up more and more information ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:44:01 EST Joseph makes bold move Nashua has a few movers and shakers in the national spotlight of late. There are a couple looking for a fresh start and one making recruiters beg for a change of heart.  Nashua's Kaleb Joseph grew up with an orange crush. Throughout his childhood, he dreamed of attending Syracuse University and playing basketball for Jim Boeheim. When he shared this dream with others, they'd joke or tell him there's no way he'd ever be a Division I college player - forget be recruited by and play for Boeheim at Syracuse. Joseph proved the naysayers wrong. He did so in grand fashion, as one of only three members of the Orange to play in all 31 games. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:40 EST Georgette A. Johnson NASHUA - Georgette A. Johnson, 87, died April 20th, surrounded by her loving family. Georgette was born January 12, 1929, a daughter to the late Napoleon J. Pelletier and Victo­ria (Levesque) Pel­letier. She attended the St. Louis de Gon­zaque School and graduated in 1948 from St. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:08:42 EST Alfred A. Levesque LOWELL, MA - Alfred A. Levesque, 82, passed away Friday, April 15, 2016, at Fairhaven Nursing Home, Lowell. Born in Nashua on Oc­tober 28, 1933, a son of the late Alfred J. and Mabel E. (Bishop) Levesque. Alfred had honorably served our country in the US Air Force. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:07:54 EST Edward Kobisky Sr. >Edward Kobisky, Sr., 94, of Nashua, NH, died Tues­day, April 5th, at Commu­nity Hospice House in Mer­rimack. He was the beloved husband of the late Betti (Scanlon) Kobisky, who died September 22, 1993. Born in Boston, MA, on March 7, 1922, he was the son of the late Joseph and the late Antonina (Kzyza­nowska) Kobisky and grew up in Billerica, MA. He at­tended Billerica schools and was a graduate of Low­ell Trade School. Previously, Ed resided in Windham, NH; Largo, FL; Ft. White, FL; and Spring Hill, FL. A veteran of WW II (1942- 1946), Ed proudly served his country in the U.S. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:06:20 EST Man charged with possessing stolen car NASHUA - City police arrested a city man Monday and charged him with having a stolen car. On Monday, detectives were notified of a stolen car and began investigating. It was a patrol officer on a routine patrol who spotted the car in a neighborhood near Canal Street, police said. Detectives continued investigating and found a number of items that had been reported stolen from a number of people in the city. Shortly before 11 a.m. they arrested Chad Landry, 32, of 56 Canal St., and charged with with two felony counts of receiving stolen property and six misdemeanor counts of the same charge, police said. Landry was arraigned at Nashua district court and held on $10,000 cash-only bail at Valley Street jail in Manchester. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:00:22 EST Officials say fentanyl OD killed jail inmate from Nashua; death ruled accidental MANCHESTER - Officials have determined that an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl claimed the life of Jeffery Pendleton, the former Nashua resident who died March 13 after being found unconscious in his cell at Valley Street jail in Manchester. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin confirmed the report, in which Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie Duval ruled Pendleton's death an accident, and that it was caused by "acute fentanyl intoxication." Melanie Boles, Pendleton's sister and eldest sibling, said Wednesday that New Hampshire officials hadn't contacted her or other family members and none of them were aware of the development. She and another sister, April Pendleton, have said in recent weeks that the family had difficulty getting any information from the Medical Examiner's office, which prompted concerns of how the investigation was being conducted. A spokeswoman for the state Medical Examiner's Office declined Wednesday to acknowledge the presence of a report and hung up on a reporter then, in a callback, said only "we cannot comment" while referring calls to the state Attorney General's office. Pendleton's family did learn at one point that no obvious marks were found on their brother's body, April Pendleton had said. That, she said, only deepened the mystery of how a 26-year-old man with no known health problems fell unconscious and died within an hour. Pendleton, who moved to the area with his now-former wife in 2009, had compiled several relatively minor scrapes with Nashua and Hudson police since he became homeless in 2013. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:04:12 EST Church to hold Preparedness Fair NASHUA - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints local Merrimack and Nashua congregations will hold a Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at 110 Concord Road Nashua. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your family and learn new ways to get prepared for economic challenges, natural disasters or other emergency events. This is an open house event with displays, demonstrations and food samples. For the kids, there will be activities and Nashua Fire Rescue on hand to give tours of an emergency vehicle. Preparedness enthusiasts will present information on a variety of topics, including food and water storage, gardening, communications, emergency kits, first aid/CPR, backup and solar power, beekeeping and outdoor cooking. Presenters of note are: Justin T. Kates, certified emergency manager, director of emergency management, city of Nashua - Emergency response resources/Community Emergency Response Team training for volunteers. Mike Comber, paramedic at Pridestar EMS, certified first aid and CPR instructor - CPR demonstrations. Clint Ellsworth, president at Harvest Pathway, an online organic non-GMO grocery store - Greenhouse gardening and growing your own meat. Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Kerrigan, Nashua Fire Rescue. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 23:00:15 EST Dennis R. Schofield Dennis R. Schofield, 76, of Merrimack, NH and a former longtime resident of Nashua, NH died Monday April 11, 2016 at his home after a long illness. He was born in Nashua, NH on Jan. 10, 1940, a son of the late Wallace E. and Helen (Kopka) Schofield. After graduating from Nashua High School in the class of 1958 he went proudly into the US Navy. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 22:07:21 EST Nancy Ann (Donnelly) Marshall Nancy Ann (Donnelly) Marshall, 84, died on April 14, 2016, at Bedford Falls in Bedford. She was born on February 9, 1932, in Montpelier, Ver­mont, the daughter of Harold Donnelly and Ruth Hamel. She was the wife of Louis J. Marshall. They were married on March 10, 1966, in Ar­lington, Massachusetts, and were longtime residents of Amherst. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:01:01 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. April 26: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. 1-6 p.m. April 27: White Birch Banquet Hall, 222 Central St., Hudson. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:04:15 EST Boys & Girls Club gets $5K donation NASHUA - U.S. Cellular and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua announced a donation of $5,000 for 2016 science, tech­nology, engineering and math programming. This contribution will expand the club's programming to help Nashua area students succeed in school and prepare for careers. This is the second year U.S. Cellular will support academic programming at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua and more than 57 additional club loca­tions this year, with an emphasis on promoting literacy, STEM learning, and career exploration and preparation. "U.S. Cellular's ongoing com­mitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a reflection of our dedication to big and small cities as well as rural communities we serve across the country," said Matt Kasper, director of sales for U.S. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:04:21 EST Elks honor four NASHUA - Trent E. Michale­wicz was installed recently as exalted ruler of the 650-member Nashua Lodge of Elks 720 for the 2016-17 lodge year by Al Savage, PER, PSP, POD, HLM, grand exalted ruler of the day. After invest­ing Michalewicz with his new jewel of office, Savage presented him the gavel of authority. John A. "Jack" Balch, of Hudson, a past exalted ruler and past Of­ficer of the Year, was selected as Elk of the Year for 2015-16 for his contributions to the aims and principals of the Order of Elks, his many contribu­tions over the years as co-chairman of the State Elks Veter­ans Affairs Vol­unteer Services at the VA Hospi­tal in Manchester and his monthly visitations to the Tilton soldiers home. He is an active member of the Nashua Elks Youth Committee, serving as annual Soccer Shoot and as line judge at the annual Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program. co-chairman of the Elks' Balch has served for the last three years as the lodge's new home chair­man, resulting in the pur­chase of a new Elks home site on Murphy Drive. Geraldine Duncan, of Nashua, was named the 2015-16 recipient of the Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award for Outstanding and Meritori­ous Service to Humanity by the Nashua lodge and the Grand Lodge, Benevo­lent and Protective Order of Elks. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:03:57 EST DeCaro installed as AARP president NASHUA - AARP Nashua, New Hampshire Chapter 622, recently installed Frank DeCaro as president at its spring luncheon held at the Holiday Inn. Guest of honor was Mayor James Donchess, who outlined his vision for the commu­nity's growth and develop­ment. Donchess conduct­ed an informative question-and-answer session for the membership after his presenta­tion. The program di­rector coordinat­ing this activity was Telegraph col­umnist, Christine Graham, a chapter mem­ber who will schedule continuing informational activities for upcoming luncheons. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:02:12 EST School seeks donations for band NASHUA - The music department at Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School is seeking donated band instruments for its students. The band has grown, and next year's fourth-grade class is large, so the need for more instruments is crucial - especially flutes, clarinets, trumpets and trombones. Donated instruments will be put to good use by children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn an instrument or be in a band. Drop off instruments at the school; email Frank Iovieno, music department, at iovenof@; or call the school at 594-4390. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:01:46 EST Landlord’s account differs in crash NASHUA - The landlord of the city man accused of carjacking two vehicles, stabbing a motorist and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in a multiple-vehicle pileup on the F.E. Everett Turnpike last Friday disputed an account that he had been evicted from his apartment earlier that day. "The report is wrong. He wasn't under an eviction order," property manager Terry Ouellete said Wednesday of Jonathan Calvin, 31, of 273 Main St., Apt. 12. "He is still a tenant in the building," said Ouellette, who works for Accel Realty Trust, which manages the 273 Main St. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 01:00:37 EST Spring has sprung; time to try something fresh! Food, music and theater suggestions I hope you all had as pleasant a weekend as I did. Saturday, I thoroughly enjoyed Amherst PTA's production of "Shrek, the Musical." The costumes were incredible, the talent very strong and the show hilarious. Congrats to cast and crew. Sunday, I was grateful to be one of three community members honored for their contributions to the local art scene, at the third annual Meri Goyette Arts Awards Luncheon. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:04:41 EST Nashua Theatre Guild presents ‘Sputnik: A Love Story’ NASHUA - At 8 p.m. Thursday-Satuday and 2 p.m Saturday-Sunday, Nashua Theatre Guild will present "Sputnik: A Love Story" at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. The year is 1957 and "the times, they are a-changin'." President Eisenhower has recently sent federal troops into Little Rock, Ark., to enforce court-ordered integration, rock 'n' roll is enthralling the young and mystifying parents, and a manmade satellite is orbiting the Earth for the first time in human history. These are the prevalent themes coursing through "Sputnik: A Love Story," a new play by local playwright Lowell Williams. Some things are the same: Love blossoms between the young, racism continues to raise its ugly head, and parents try to manage the seemingly out-of-control impulses of their children. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:53 EST arts digest Open Doors at Framers Market MANCHESTER - From 5-8 p.m. Thursday, on Trolley Arts night, Framers Market, 1301 Elm St., will hold an opening reception for "Coloring Outside the Lines." The exhibit will feature the work of various local artists using pencil or crayons. In addition to great art and refreshments, visitors can participate at the opening reception by trying their hand at coloring, inside or outside the lines! They will provide colored pencils, crayons and coloring book pages so you can experience the zen of coloring. The exhibit will run through May 28. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:03:04 EST Hooray for Nashua’s newly opened HUB business incubator I was thrilled to read the article in the Monday, April 18, edition of The Telegraph publicizing the opening of nashuaHUB, Nashua's own business incubator. With support from the business community and a little bit of luck, nashuaHUB could play a key role in fostering a culture of entrepreneurship in Nashua. It has a solid list of founders and early backers. Historically, when it comes to attracting businesses to a city like Nashua, the focus tends to be on recruiting large employers. Nobody in their right mind would sneer at the prospect of a large company choosing Nashua as its headquarters. With that said, we tend to undervalue the contribution to economic growth that could be made by a growing group of startup companies. Not every startup will succeed, but some will. Those on a strong growth path will, as The Telegraph article mentioned, help to attract and retain educated younger workers. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:02:25 EST Glenn Alan Annis Glenn Alan Annis, 65, died April 17, 2016, while enjoying his lifelong passion, riding. Glenn was born on June 8, 1950 in Rochester New Hampshire, the son of Kenneth and Mary Faith (King) Annis. He lived in Hudson, NH for over 40 years, and in that time made many great friends. Glenn worked for Electronic Environments Corp for over 20 years. He was a jack-of-all-trades and could fix or "jimmy rig" just about anything. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:01:12 EST Robert R. ‘Bob’ Pinsonneault Robert R. "Bob" Pinsonneault, former executive of the Nashua Trust Company, died in Nashua on April 14, 2016, at the age of 88. Bob joined the U.S. Navy during World War II at the age of 17 and served in a Combat Aircraft Service Unit in California, before shipping out on an escort aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Barnes, at the war's end. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:00:48 EST Neverett S. Smith Neverett S. Smith, Sr., 74, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Neverett was born in Nashua on October 16, 1941, a son of the late Glen and Beverly (Gale-Neverett) Smith. He was the beloved husband of Suzanne (Boucher) Smith of Nashua. Neverett was a quiet man who stood in the background and watched the world go by. He never had a bad word for anyone and he always encouraged those who came to him for advice. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:00:22 EST Bedford bulls its way by North NASHUA - Logan Gillis knew there would be days like Tuesday when he took the Nashua High School North varsity baseball coaching job. He just didn't expect them to be all in one cluster at the beginning of his first season. The Titans could do nothing right in their 15-0 five-inning, mercy rule-shortened loss to the Bedford Bulldogs at Holman Stadium. The loss dropped North to 0-4 on the young season, certainly not what Gillis or his players expected. The Titans made six errors and were outhit 12-5 by the Bulldogs, who are now 3-2 on the year. The Titans allowed two runs in the first (one earned) and then Bedford broke it open with eight in the second as North starter Spencer Bergeron lasted just two innings. "We didn't have it all over, we just didn't come to play today," Gillis said. "It's a slow start, I'm not worried, we just have to overcome the adversity. "It's part of baseball. Teams go through skids, unfortunately ours is happening at the beginning of the season. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:22:23 EST Bishop Guertin girls lacrosse drubs Exeter GIRLS LACROSSE Bishop Guertin 13, Exeter 5 Bryn Carroll (one assist) and Olivia Koutsos scored three goals each to power Bishop Guertin's offense during a 13-5 victory in Exeter. Kate Bradford and Kyra Lowenberg recorded two goals and two assists apiece, while Katie Lupo (one assist) chipped in with a pair of her own goals for the Cardinals (4-0), who will visit Londonderry on Friday. Madison Cote added one goal and one assist as well, and the duo of Erica Chareth and Caroline Boudreau also assisted on goals in the win. Elise Albertini needed to stop just three shots in net, while Marie Laplante caused five turnovers and scooped up eight ground balls for BG. Souhegan 18,  Nashua North 3 Brigid Casey (one assist) and Kate Bermingham scored four goals each, while Emma Estabrook chipped in with a hat trick, to lead Souhegan over Nashua North 18-3 at Stellos Stadium. Sammi Jay (two goals, two assists), Gwen Hale (one goal, one assist), Hailey Johnson (one goal, one assist), Abby Cranney (one goal, one assist), Taylor Clark (one goal), Katie Casey (one goal) and Kaylin Forest (one assist) all got on the scoresheet for the Sabers (3-0). Goalie Meaghan Allard recorded six saves in the win. North's offense came courtesy of Danielle Upton's two goals and a solo tally by Grace Tamposi. Others playing well defensively for Titans (2-2) were Jenna Tingley and Yasmine Jakib in front of goalie Zoe Fillebrown, who recorded three saves. Hollis Brookline 14,  Nashua South 11 Tied 6-6 at halftime, Hollis Brookline pulled ahead in the second half and held on for a 14-11 win over Nashua South at Stellos Stadium. Katherine Tenney had 12 saves in net for South (0-3), while Allison Magrane (three goals), Jocelyn Chaput (two goals, two assists), Alyssa Freeman (two goals, one assist), Ashley Eppolitto (two goals, one assist), Kara Slocum (one goal) and Liz Harrington (one goal) supplied the offense in defeat. BOYS LACROSSE Souhegan 9, Salem 1 Brendan Cray scored four goals and helped on two more to pace Souhegan's offense in a 9-1 win over Salem. Foster Burnley (two goals, one assist), Joe Nutting (one goal, two assists), Zach Bossi (one goal, one assist) and Thomas Hornor (one goal) chipped in offensively, while Alex Burnley (12 saves) and John Lohnes (two saves, one goal allowed) shared goalie duties for the Sabers (3-2), who will host Hanover at 11 a.m. Saturday. SOFTBALL Wilton-Lyndeborough 6, Derryfield 3 Sara Holka and Ally Schwab hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and catapult the Warriors (2-2) to victory. Holka, who hit the go-ahead two-run blast, earned the win in the pitcher's circle by tossing five innings of one-hit ball, allowing one earned run. Lexi Balam ripped a two-run double in the sixth inning for the Warriors, who play at Epping on Wednesday. BASEBALL Wilton-Lyndeborough 4, Derryfield 1 Wilton-Lyndeborough's Christian Seeley didn't have his best stuff on Tuesday, but it was still good enough to shut down Derryfield's offense for most of the game in Manchester. Seeley allowed three hits, walked four and struck out six over seven innings for the win. The one Derryfield run was unearned in the third inning. He also supplied much-needed offense for the Warriors with a first-inning single that drove in two runs. WLC had 12 hits as a team, but stranded nine on base. Joining Seeley with solid days at the plate were Nolin Stevens and Jake LeVert with two hits each. GIRLS TENNIS Salem 6 North 3 Nashua North swept doubles action, but were unable to record a singles win in a 6-3 loss to Salem. Recording wins for the Titans were the doubles pairings of Miska Legatova and Brenna Rose (No. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:05:11 EST Difficult to find a lesson after wreck Last Friday's mayhem that started when a Nashua man allegedly carjacked a vehicle on Main Street and ended with a crash involving eight vehicles near Exit 4 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike was - to use the words of one witness - "surreal." According to police accounts, after the suspect crashed the first stolen car on the turnpike, he carjacked another and stabbed that vehicle's owner. "And he was saying, 'Help me, help me, please. I just got into an accident - did you see that?' " recalled Olivia Smith, a 20-year old Nashua resident who was home for the weekend from the University of Rhode Island. "And I said, 'Oh my God, are you OK?' And then he rips open my door, and then that's when I realized ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:03:57 EST Father shares experience at PAL event The most common form of bullying today is not about throwing punches; it's about throwing words while sitting in front of a computer screen. And on Tuesday evening, anti-bullying speaker John Halligan said young adults are more fearful of humiliation online than receiving a black eye. "I think bullying has always been about humiliation, so the punch in the face at the playground in front of people, that was humiliating. Even back then, when you think about it, it wasn't about the physical act itself - it was the embarrassment," Halligan said. "I think what the Internet has allowed (people) to do is humiliate somebody at such a grand level. There's no limitations, really." Halligan experienced every parent's worst nightmare on Oct. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:11:31 EST Nashuan cops to 2014 manslaughter NASHUA - When a friend's daughter ran downstairs in a Worcester Street apartment building and told Thomas Smith that she saw Craig Guillemette grab two knives during an argument with a friend of Smith's, the 34-year-old Smith raced up to the apartment and began beating Guillemette with his fists and feet, a prosecutor said in court Tuesday. Assistant Attorney General Patrick Queenan described the confrontation between the two men during a roughly 30-minute hearing on Smith's decision to plead guilty to four felony offenses, one of which, manslaughter, accuses him of inflicting the multiple injuries that ultimately led to Guillemette's death in late 2014. The hearing, held before Judge Amy Ignatius at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua on Tuesday afternoon, came several days after Smith and his attorneys, Melissa Davis and Eric Raymond, reached a plea agreement with Queenan and assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati, co-prosecutors in the case. In addition to manslaughter, Smith also pleaded guilty to two counts of witness tampering and one count of falsifying physical evidence. Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Nashua court. If that date doesn't change, Smith's sentencing will come one day short of a year after he was arrested for causing Guillemette's death. Police had been collecting evidence and speaking with witnesses for several months, since an autopsy revealed that Guillemette died of "blunt force trauma to the head," according to Queenan, and that the manner of death was homicide. Police at one point also issued a public appeal through news media, hoping to reach people who may have seen something important to their investigation. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:06:20 EST Talks persist on parkway delay NASHUA - Four months after the Broad Street Parkway officially opened, the city continues to try to work out whether it can recover damages for the six-month delay in building the Nashua River bridge. More than $1 million potentially hangs in the balance in the dispute between the city and E.D. Swett Inc. of Concord, the contractor that built the 402-foot bridge. "We're negotiating," city counsel Steve Bolton said Monday of ongoing talks with representatives of Swett. "Everyone likes to hope ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:00:37 EST Rape charge for Nashua resident Nashua police charged a city man with raping a woman at a Nashua residence over the weekend. Police were contacted Sunday by a woman who said Heriberto Figueroa-Torres, 33, of 69 Palm St., Apt. C, had held her down and forced her to have sex with him. Detectives investigated and arrested Figueroa-Torres shortly before 10 p.m. the same day, police said. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:00:13 EST Man gets 10 years in heroin bust A Vermont man was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison as a result of a 2014 traffic stop in Nashua, in which police recovered more than 200 grams of heroin and a loaded handgun, the U.S. Attorney's office said Monday. Robert Orth, 30, of South Ryegate, Vt., was charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of heroin trafficking, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney's office said. Orth was riding in the front passenger seat of a Nissan Maxima that Nashua police stopped on May 29, 2014, for driving through a stop sign, traveling over a double-yellow line and stopping in the middle of the road, according to the federal prosecutor. Orth began arguing with police and yelled to one of other two men inside the car to "take the (stuff and) ... run and hide it." One man grabbed a jacket and ran, with police in pursuit. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:00:36 EST Panthers pounce on Tomahawks for first win NASHUA - After a tough start to the season, Nashua South entered Stellos Stadium hungry for a win. The Panthers wasted no time pouncing on Merrimack. South scored seven times in the first quarter, built an 11-goal cushion by halftime and cruised to a 20-5 victory over the Tomahawks in an NHIAA Division I boys lacrosse tilt on Monday. The performance was reassuring for the Panthers following a couple of lopsided losses to Pinkerton and Souhegan over the past week. "I was telling the guys today that when we do the things correctly, we're a pretty good team," said Nashua South coach Bill Monsen. "We have to remember that and act accordingly. They followed through today." South sophomore Devin Linscott paced the Panthers (1-2) with five goals and three assists. He punctuated the first quarter by scooping up a loose ball in front of the crease and rifling a shot behind his head for a goal with 23.5 seconds left in the frame to supply the Panthers with a 7-1 lead. "Devin Linscott had his coming-out party. He has worked real hard," said Monsen, who was also impressed by Sean Holland's output of two goals and an assist. "Devin is a sophomore and Sean Holland is a sophomore. Those two had their moments today." Shane Puleo and Zach Clancy finished with three goals and one assist apiece, while Collin Morrow tallied a pair of goals and four assists. Max Osgood, Mitch King, Joe Callahan and Josh Martin also scored for South, which held a 15-4 halftime advantage. Monsen was relieved to see Osgood, a burly faceoff specialist, back on the field after missing a game. "When he's out there, he's a beast. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:51:31 EST High school students get taste for culinary arts Local high school students joined the Nashua Community College Discovery Day on Monday to explore culinary arts and the prospect of dual enrollment for college and high school credit. The Running Start program allows high-schoolers to take classes for both high school and college credit. "I'd like to see more students doing (dual enrollment)," said Judy King, career and technical education business liaison for Alvirne High School. Students in Running Start at Alvirne can earn up to six credits before graduation, she said. King said the other benefit of Discovery Day was for high school students to hear from college students about their experiences interning for local businesses. "I like that the students are hearing about where they can go for the first year of the program, it encourages them to think beyond the classroom," she said. One of the speakers Monday was Christopher Lopez, a first-year culinary arts student at NCC and 2015 graduate from Milford High School. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:06:45 EST Morton A. Houle Morton A. Houle, 84, passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016, at The Birches in Concord, NH, after a lengthy illness. He was born on July 18, 1931, in Concord, NH, to Arthur and Alleen (Dow) Houle. Mr. Houle grew up in Concord, NH. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:13:05 EST Commissioner feels Silver Knights are in good hands NASHUA - The commissioner weighed in this past week, and the timing was just about right. Futures Collegiate League Commissioner Chris Hall has watched closely what has been taking place at the upper levels of the Nashua Silver Knights. In his mind, so far, so good. While it hurts the league and the franchise to lose founding fathers such as former Nashua Silver Knights (and Lowell Spinners) president Tim Bawmann and team vice president Jon Goode, Hall feels the Nashua franchise is in good hands for the short- and long-term future. "If it wasn't for Tim Bawmann and Jon Goode, the league probably doesn't happen," Hall said. "Tim and Jon are like brothers to me. For me personally, those are two guys I've relied on, talked to quite a bit and are well-respected in the league." Goode left the Spinners and Silver Knights in January to focus on a Nashua-based fundraising/promotions business he already had in full operation. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:06:48 EST NashuaHUB incubator opens downtown Nashua's first business incubator will give start-up entrepreneurs a place where their ideas can take flight. The team behind nashuaHUB also hopes the shared workspace concept and collaborative culture will help create jobs and keep 20- and 30-something Nashuans with a bent for business in Nashua rather than heading to Greater Boston to launch their careers. "One of our ideas is 'Nashua is open for business,' " Brendan Keegan explained of nashuaHUB, located downtown at 4 Water St. NashuaHUB is the brainchild of Keegan, who is founder and managing partner of Velocity Performance in Nashua; and his business partner, Jay Jacobs, who is CEO and founder of RAPID Group, a local manufacturing technology company; and Chris Williams, who is a partner at Velocity Performance and will serve as nashuaHUB's executive director. Matt Sordillo, director of marketing at RAPID, and Velocity Performance associate partner Amanda Rogers also joined the team as directors. The idea behind nashuaHUB is to lease shared workspace to tenants who are looking for a place to develop their businesses or refine their latest project. Located behind Darrell's Music Hall on Water Street, nashuaHUB is situated in a promising location. The street gave rise to several of the city's most well-known manufacturing companies during the 19th century. But the first-floor workspace is clearly firmly in the 21st century. "We wanted an ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:03:33 EST Awards honor 3 figures from local scene NASHUA - The Nashua arts community on Sunday bestowed top honors upon three individuals with varied resumes but at least one common thread: Their deep and longstanding commitment to promoting and supporting the local arts scene. Rivier University professor of art Sr. Theresa Couture; Telegraph arts, entertainment and food editor Kathleen Palmer; and 30-year Picker Building owner Jack Bolger each received the coveted Meri Goyette Arts Award, named for the woman whose own tireless support of the arts stretches back decades to the founding of the very first incarnation of the former Nashua Arts and Science Center. City Arts Nashua and the Nashua Arts Commission, co-hosts of the event, launched the award in Goyette's name in 2014 by presenting the first one to her and her husband, Dr. Charles Goyette. Sunday's third annual award luncheon, which filled the Sky Meadow Country Club function hall with a variety of people, families and companies engaged in the local arts scene, came alive with several sets of live entertainment and allowed guests plenty of time to bid in a silent auction and respond to guest auctioneer Paul Shea in a live auction. Meri Goyette spoke briefly, thanking attendees for their impromptu rendition of "Happy Birthday" in recognition of her recent observance. She was presented a chocolate cake - which, at her suggestion, was promptly auctioned off for $60. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:40:11 EST Cheating reaches epidemic proportions at South EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the disciplinary consequences students may face for disclosing the information presented in this article, all quotes are anonymous. Cheating. The very word makes students uncomfortable, teachers wary and parents anxious. We all like to believe it doesn't exist. Teachers don't want to admit that their students would resort to dishonest methods to "beat the system." Parents insist that their child could never do something so dishonest. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:01:25 EST South stocks anti-OD Narcan In January 2016, as a response to the opioid crisis, the Board of Education, in a 7-1 vote, approved the use of Narcan kits in all Nashua public schools. As a result, the drug is now stocked in all public schools in the city. Narcan is an opioid antidote that can stop or reverse the effects of opioid overdose. The drug works against all opioids such as morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and heroin. All administrators and nurses at Nashua schools have been trained to administer the potentially life-saving drug in the event of an overdose. School nurse Annamaria Delk likened the use of Narcan to the stocking of EpiPens. "I hope we don't have to use the drug, but it is better to be prepared and to not use it than to need it and not have it on hand." In a Nashua Telegraph interview earlier this year, Police Chief Andrew Lavoie said the primary reason for the increase in fatal overdoses is fentanyl, a highly powerful heroin additive. Often, heroin users are unaware that heroin is laced with fentanyl or is even pure fentanyl, which often leads to serious, unanticipated issues. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:00:37 EST Board of Education proposes radical budget-crunch changes On April 5, students and faculty gathered at Nashua High School North for a Board of Education meeting to hear proposals for budget cuts. Among the suggestions were maximizing class sizes at all levels, going to a six-block schedule at the high schools, reducing graduation requirements by seven credits, and "specializing" the high schools by focusing one on academics and the other on trades. Keith Richard, principal of Nashua High School South, is one of many challengers to the proposals. "I am not a huge fan of the split," he said. "I think our vast programs of study are an integral part of the education system. I would hate to limit student opportunity." Richard isn't the only voice of opposition; NHSS students such as Rajvi Parikh, Suma Cherkadi and Cassidy Lavoie say they are "concerned" about the consequences the changes will bring. Larger classes are difficult to learn in and even harder for teachers to manage. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:00:12 EST Credit union breaks ground in Nashua LOWELL, Mass. - Despite the cold and snowy April weather, Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union held its groundbreaking ceremony on April 4 at its new Nashua branch. Representatives from the John Flatley Co., NorthPoint Construction Management, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union gathered at the new location, 102 Spit Brook Road, to celebrate the credit union's expansion into New Hampshire. Jeanne D'Arc is the first Massachusetts credit union to apply and be accepted by the interstate branching bill, which allows state-chartered credit unions to open one branch per year in another state. "This is a very exciting venture the credit union is beginning," said Mark S. Cochran, president and chief executive officer of Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union. "So many of our members reside in New Hampshire, and this new branch will make their banking easier and more convenient. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:28:20 EST Glenn ‘Jody’ Keating Jr. Glenn "Jody" Keating Jr., 33, of Nashua, died at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua on April 14, 2016 with members of his devoted family at his side. Jody was born on April 18, 1982, in Littleton, NH, a son of Glenn and Kay (Mowles) Keating Sr. of Londonderry. He grew up in Londonderry and attended Londonderry High School. Following his graduation, he attended Northern Essex Community College, and recently began taking journaling classes at UMass Amherst, to continue in his passion for writing. Most recently, he had been working for Acosta Sales and Marketing. Jody is remembered as a loving son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:10:30 EST Madeleine P. Trombly Madeleine P. (Plante) Trombly, 88, of Nashua, NH died at Courville At Nashua on April 15, 2016. She was born in Nashua on June 2, 1927, daughter of the late Eugene and Alma (Pelletier) Plante. Mrs. Trombly was the wife of Maurice Trombly, whom she married on May 31, 1948. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:24:06 EST Boys Basketball Player of the Year: D.J. Frechette, jr., Nashua South First Team D.J. Frechette, jr., guard, Nashua South; Zak Kerr, sr., guard/forward, Merrimack; Nathan Hale, sr., guard/forward, Nashua North; Ronnie Silva, jr., guard, Nashua North; Trey Carrier, jr., forward, Wilton-Lyndeborough; Ryan Banuskevich, jr., guard/forward, Milford. Coach of the Year Tim Goodridge, Merrimack. Second Team Danny Brown, sr., guard, Alvirne; Ian Cummings, so., guard, Merrimack; Ian Roberts, sr., forward, Merrimack; Alonzo Linton, so., forward, Nashua North; Jerrell Webster, sr., center, Souhegan; Chad Olivieri, sr., guard, Bishop Guertin; Kevin Genao, jr., guard, Nashua South. Honorable Mention ALVIRNE: Max Bonney Liles, so.; D.J. LaMothe, jr.; Jacen Hudson, sr. BISHOP GUERTIN: Mike Rinko, jr. CAMPBELL: Michael Gray, sr. HOLLIS BROOKLINE: Nick Fothergill, jr.; Kyle Szewczyk, sr.; Steve Giaconia, jr. MERRIMACK: Andrew Wojciak, sr.; Danny McKillop, jr. MILFORD: Kirk Palladino, sr.; Jack Briggs, sr. NASHUA NORTH: Sam McCarthy, sr.; Sclyler Boykin, so. NASHUA SOUTH: Ryan Penkala, sr.; Max Osgood, jr.; Zavier Williams, sr. SOUHEGAN: Gabe Cruz, sr.; Raj Gandi, sr. WILTON-LYNDEBOROUGH: Ty Carrier, sr. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:19:11 EST Spartans, Sabers dominate meet Milford and Souhegan enjoyed successful outings at the Pelham Invitational on Saturday, as the Milford girls cruised to first place and the Souhegan boys edged Hopkinton for the top spot at the 15-team meet. The Spartans - behind the invitational's Most Outstanding Female Performer Viankah Williams - scored 124 points, easily outdistancing second-place Lebanon's 84 points and Souhegan's 73 points. Williams played a role in two meet records, completing in the 200 meters in 25.69 seconds and the Milford 4x100 relay team - also featuring Amy Arena, Nicole McMorrow and Olivia Rougeau - set a Pelham Invitational standard with a time of 50.55. Williams, who is just a freshman, also won the 100 (12.63) and the long jump (16 feet, 8 inches). The Souhegan girls received a first-place finish from Madeleine Hunt in the 3,200 (11:30.57), where Arielle Zlotnick and Shannon Early took third and fourth, respectively. Souhegan also won the girls 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Souhegan's Mikayla Hickey (13.28) followed Williams in the 100 for second place and Milford's Arena (13.5) was third. Hickey placed third in the long jump (15-10), as well, while teammate Shannon Paquette placed third in the discus (91-4). Milford senior Hanna Hembrow was tops in the pole vault at 7-6 and McMorrow won the triple jump at 34-10 1/2. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:41:05 EST Boston Marathon celebrates 50 years of women in field BOSTON - When Joan Benoit Samuelson was in high school in the 1970s, the longest distance she was allowed to run was a half-mile. "It was thought that running would do us bodily harm, and we would never bear children," said the woman who went on to win two Boston Marathons and the inaugural Olympic marathon gold medal. "Now here I am: 150,000 miles and two children later, I'm still running," she said. "And I'm cheering on a daughter." Fifty years after Bobbi Gibb tucked her long, blonde ponytail under a hooded sweatshirt and sneaked onto the course, the Boston Marathon is celebrating a half-century of women who have broken barriers on their way to breaking the finish-line tape. More than 14,000 women - including Samuelson's daughter, Abby - are in the field of 30,747 planning to leave Hopkinton on Monday for the 26.2-mile jaunt to Boston's Back Bay. The women will start first, and the first among them to reach the Boylston Street finish line will receive $150,000 and an olive wreath - the same prize as the men's winner. "It's an exciting time to be a female athlete, a female runner," said Shalane Flanagan, a soon-to-be three-time Olympian and the daughter of a former women's marathon record-holder. "It's always been a given to me that I have the same opportunities as men," she said. "I guess I've taken it for granted: 'Oh, that's how it should be done.'" I just assumed, 'Why wouldn't it be that way?'" While sports such as soccer and tennis are still fighting over equal pay for women, running adapted quickly. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:14:55 EST Nashua Catholic wrestlers solid in NY tourney Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School's Owen Finn, of Nashua, and Jesse Brochu, of Manchester, excelled in the recently held Gene Mills Eastern National Wrestling Tournament in Syracuse, N.Y. Finn placed fifth in his weight class, while Brochu was fourth. BASKETBALL New England Flames win four more games The New England Flames Grade Four AAU Basketball team continued its undefeated season with four wins at the Central Blaze Tourney. The Flames averaged close to 33 points a game and held their opponents to an average of 10. Offensively, Ava Black, Hannah Lynch, Morgan Gillis, Tahlia Pena, Ava Katis, Natalee McInerney, Ava Messer, Olivia Messer, Ava Messer, Summer St. Pierre and Allison Long were all able to score while Julianna Katis contributed with several assists. BULLETIN BOARD Softball Nashua Park-Rec clinics The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will be running several free softball clinics this spring, with focus on fielding/hitting, and pitching/catching. The clinics are open to any Nashua girls ages 7-15 and all clinics are free of charge. The clinics will use a multiple station format, keeping the girls in constant motion, and will work drills for both novice and advanced skill levels. Contact the Nashua Park-Rec office for future clinic dates. Nashua Park-Rec registration The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting player registration forms for the upcoming softball season. Forms are available now at the Recreation Office at Greeley Park and at They are also be available at the following locations: Jeannotte's Market, Bright Spot Convenience Store, Nashua Public Library and City Clerks Office at City Hall. The age divisions are as follows, with all league age is age as of Jan.1, 2016: Rookie League - seven and eight years-old; Players in the Rookie League register and there are no tryouts. Players are assigned to a team. Junior League - Ages 9-12. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:13:22 EST The leadership of art As most of you read this column this morning, you're likely sitting in your family room or kitchen enjoying a Sunday coffee before getting ready for church services, loading into the car for a Sunday morning drive on this glorious spring morning, or preparing the kids for their Sunday game. Meanwhile, a small group of dedicated Nashua residents are doing none of that this morning. Instead, they're preparing the ballroom at the Sky Meadow Country Club for the third annual "Meri Goyette Arts Champagne Lunch & Auction," which starts at noon today and is hosted by a group of local residents called City Arts Nashua. The event is named after one of our city's current matriarchs and champion of the arts, Ms. Meri Goyette. Meri is well known by many of us for her own community philanthropy and through the work of her husband, Dr. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:33:38 EST Milford plans Oval improvements MILFORD - Twenty years ago, the center of Milford underwent an extensive makeover. Period lighting, brick walkways, new landscaping and small traffic islands were added to the Oval, and Milford received state and national awards for its renovated downtown. Another phase of those plans - renovations to South Street, leading off the Oval - will finally get underway this spring. And that won't be the end of the renovations said officials who are now looking at the next phase, hoping to improve traffic flow and make walking safer along Nashua Street and near the Oval. On March 29, the town's Community Development Department hosted a public session to lay out various scenarios and get input from residents. Some of the ideas being considered for the Oval area are adding more crosswalks, reconstructing the traffic islands to help large vehicles avoid the granite posts and curbs, and making Middle Street one way to allow angled parking on its south side. For Nashua Street, the focus is to improve traffic flow and pedestrian access between Clinton Street and Tonella Road. Three designs are proposed: one with a center turn lane, one with a center boulevard and one with a center turn lane with landscaping in front of the plaza. What there won't be is a traffic light. CVS, which is building a pharmacy at the corner of Clinton and Nashua streets, offered to pay for one, but traffic projections for the Clinton Street-Nashua Street intersection don't fulfill state criteria, Jason Plourde, a traffic engineer who is on the town's Traffic Safety Committee, told the audience of a few dozen people. The point of the meeting was to get input from property owners, businesses and residents. Board vice chairwoman Janet Langdell emphasized that all of the plans are still only concepts and that the planners will seek additional community input before they make decisions. There will be another public forum in June, and in October, preliminary plans will be presented for more input, with construction to begin in spring 2017. According to Tim Roach, executive director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, there is almost $1.9 million in federal and local funding available for Milford's downtown renovations. To comment about the plans, residents are invited to email Community Development Director Lincoln Daley at Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:08:22 EST Habitat helpers awarded Lawyers, accountants, chefs, realtors and computers specialists by day, these volunteers shed their professional roles to help build housing for those in need. More than 1,000 Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity volunteers helped refurbish two condominiums on Chestnut Street in the fiscal year that ended last June 30. Two Burundi refugee families now live there. The Habitat volunteers are now rehabilitating a Nottingham Drive house that soon will be a home to a veteran's family. For their efforts, the mayor and Board of Aldermen awarded Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity the 2016 Gate City Light Award last week for helping meet the "fundamental need for proper, safe, and welcoming shelter." Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals to refurbish homes. They also work in Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, Habitat's office and its boards and committee. Alderman moonlights Those on either side of the spending override issue turned out for last week's aldermen's meeting loaded for bear. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:03:08 EST Hundreds spruce up Nashua downtown Green buds blossoming on gray trees in southern New Hampshire were the first signs of spring on Saturday morning, as more than 125 volunteers gathered on the steps of City Hall to assist in a downtown beautification effort to help Nashua bloom as well. The second annual Nashua Pride Downtown Park Clean Up Day offered community service organizations and those who caught the cleaning bug an opportunity to remove debris and other trash that accumulates with snow and ice. "This is probably double of the size that we had last year," said Paul Shea, executive director of Great American Downtown and the lead organizer of the annual event. He said the day was inspired by similar event in Rochester. "The general idea is to clean up the streets. Over the course of the New England winters, we get a buildup of detritus, trash (and) brush that's fallen, and it's good to get out and do a big spring cleaning to help assist the Parks & Recreation Department, who is helping out with this event today," Shea said. "It's also a good opportunity for folks to connect and express some pride as a group in the community of downtown Nashua." For two Nashua teens, the cleanup efforts coincided with their own project by adding a little artwork at the city's library property. "I encourage people to spend some time and explore Nashua downtown, because a lot of time, they find some new things that they might have not known was there," said Brandon Lee, a 17-year-old honor student at Nashua High School North. He and his friend, fellow 17-year-old Nick Jones, have been working on a project to liven up the steps from the Jackson Falls Dam up to the Nashua Public Library concourse with some inspirational quote artwork. They spray-painted famous quotations from literary figures like Maya Angelou and George Bernard Shaw, as well as humanitarians like Mahatma Gandhi. "We wanted to incorporate all ages into this project," Jones said. "Brandon and I are both in an organization at our school, National Honor Society, and this is for our independent service project," he said. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:05:25 EST Stabbing victim keeps positive attitude after Nashua crash NASHUA - Sometimes, a good sense of humor and a smile can go a long way. Twenty-year-old Olivia Smith, who was stabbed and had her silver Volvo stolen on the F.E. Everett Turnpike on Friday afternoon, allegedly by a robbery suspect, is handing her ordeal with a positive attitude and her own brand of comedic grace. "That's kind of the way that I cope - I keep a good sense of humor," said Smith, a Nashua native attending the University of Rhode Island. The Nashua High School North graduate, who is a dean's list student in college, has been stocking up on political science and public policy courses in the hopes of someday attending law school. "I think you just kind of have to have a more positive outlook on this, because it was a desperate guy in a desperate situation doing something that he needed to do, but it was something of his own creation. It wasn't something I could control or anybody else could control," she said, asking instead about the status of the other injured motorists. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:17:38 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. April 19: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 16:02:23 EST Virginia S. (Gorgone) Hodgson Virginia S. (Gorgone) Hodgson, 86, of N. Chelmsford died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Lowell General Hospital. She was married to the late Edwin R. Hodgson, who died on October 6, 1995. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:08:42 EST Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Meghan Cramb, jr., Bishop Guertin First Team Meghan Cramb, jr., guard, Bishop Guertin; Sara Cordova, sr., guard, Nashua North;  Adaeze Okorie, sr., guard,  Nashua North; Jocelyn Chaput, sr., guard, Nashua South;  Hannah Chick, sr., forward, Souhegan; Cassandra Stapelfeld, jr., guard, Hollis Brookline. Coach of the Year Brad Kreick, Bishop Guertin Second Team Sabrina Johnson, so., guard, Merrimack; Marie Laplante, sr., guard, Bishop Guertin; Caroline Hoffer, so., forward, Bishop Guertin; Marissa Sweeney, jr., center, Alvirne; Jess Baker, sr., guard, Alvirne; Jolie Jacoby, so., guard, Merrimack; Mia Len, so., guard, Souhegan. Honorable Mention ALVIRNE: Amanda Wetmore, jr.; Sam Ratte, sr.; Katie Bellomo, jr. BISHOP GUERTIN: Abbi Field, jr.; Molly Dee, jr. CAMPBELL: Amber Gibbons, sr.; Avery LaCroix, sr.; Alexis Putzlocker, sr. HOLLIS BROOKLINE: Kenzie Day, jr. MILFORD: Devany Pitsas, jr.; Erin McGuire, jr. NASHUA NORTH: Isabelle  Dunning, jr.; Peyton Ryan, fr. NASHUA SOUTH: Shardeia Spearman, so. SOUHEGAN: Ciarri Formby-Lavertu, sr. WILTON-LYNDEBOROUGH: Ally Schwab, sr.; Sara Holka, sr. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:07:25 EST What’s up at local high schools Saturday Boys lacrosse Nashua South at Souhegan, 10 a.m. Manchester Memorial at Merrimack, 11 a.m. Dover at Bishop Guertin, noon (Stellos) Girls lacrosse Nashua North at Bedford, 10 a.m. Manchester Memorial at Souhegan, 10 a.m. Merrimack at Hollis Brookline, 11 a.m. Dover at Bishop Guertin (Stellos),  4 p.m. Track and field Nashua North, South at Haverhill Invitational, 9 a.m. Hollis Brookline at Corneliusen Relays in Newfound, 10 a.m. Milford, Souhegan at Pelham Invitational, 10 a.m. Campbell at Winnisquam, 10 a.m. Wilton-Lyndeborough at Belmont, 10 a.m. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:06:08 EST Looking back at the week in news Merrimack River lands on a list of the 'most endangered' The Merrimack River has come a long way since the days in the 1960s and '70s when it showed up on some lists of the country's most polluted waterways. The Clean Water Act, passed by Congress in 1972 during the environmental movement of that era, played a major role in making rivers like the Merrimack something more than a de facto sewer. But maybe we've grown complacent, because the river just landed on a list of the country's "most endangered" rivers, as judged by the advocacy group American Rivers. The 120-mile stretch - which starts in Franklin and winds through Manchester, Merrimack, Nashua, Hudson and Massachusetts on its way to the Atlantic Ocean - is endangered because of development pressure and pollution from runoff, according to American Rivers. As riverbank forest lands have been replaced by development and surfaces that promote runoff - roofs, roads and parking lots - the pollution has worsened. Now, plans are in the works in Nashua for a mixed-used development on 26 acres of land on the banks of the Merrimack near the two bridges that connect the city to Hudson. Dr. Caroly Shumway, of the Merrimack River Watershed Council, said Tuesday that it's important for city and rural areas to protect buffer zones and waterways. "Obviously, parts of Nashua would want great, green infrastructure. That's all important. The cheapest way is to protect it from the beginning," she said. That's sound advice, and with Earth Day coming up on April 22, it's also timely. Bring out your prescriptions on annual drug takeback day With the opioid epidemic that has gripped New Hampshire linked to prescription drugs, drug takeback days like the one coming up next Saturday, April 30, take on added significance. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:03:33 EST Foiled license attempt gets man deported A Dominican national who admitted he gave a fake name and Social Security number while trying to obtain a driver's license in Nashua last October will be deported, U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice for the District of New Hampshire said. Hector Luis Arias-Ramirez was sentenced to a time-served sentence after pleading guilty to a three-count indictment that charged him with illegally re-entering the United States after having been previously deported, misrepresenting a social security number, and falsely claiming to be a U.S. Citizen, Rice said in a statement Thursday. Arias-Ramirez tried to get a driver's license at the Nashua office of the Department of Motor Vehicles last Oct. 20. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:01:23 EST Nashua woman charged with taking lost purse NASHUA - Police said a Nashua woman was arrested on Thursday evening after allegedly stealing a purse in a grocery store parking lot. Sharon Vertigans, 25, with a last known address of Rodean Drive, was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. and charged with theft or lost or mislaid property, a Class B felony. Nashua police were called to the Market Basket located at 375 Amherst St. around 4:30 p.m. Thursday for the report of theft and determined the victim left her purse containing cash on her vehicle while loading her groceries. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:00:25 EST Telegraph leaders, employees weathered the ’36 flood, but a different turmoil loomed In his 2005 book "The Nashua Telegraph: In Part a History, In Part a Memoir," the late former Telegraph publisher and decades-long director Albert Spendlove wrote nothing about the spring 1936 flood that inundated the Northeast, parts of Nashua and the Nashua Telegraph building at 60 Main St. And with good reason: Spendlove at the time was a 20-year-old up-and-coming newspaperman in southern Maine with little more than a passing knowledge of Nashua. That, any longtime Nashuan knows, would change drastically beginning in the post-World War II years. But back to my vow of last week to expound on the great flood, as seen through the eyes of then-Telegraph publisher Burtt E. Warren and reflected in numerous letters he wrote to his boss, Telegraph president Col. William D. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 06:54:37 EST Nashua man arrested in 2 carjackings, 2 accidents, 1 stabbing NASHUA - Police say a Nashua man accused of robbery carjacked and crashed one vehicle and then another, causing a major accident Friday near Exit 4 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike. The crash led to significant traffic delays across the region but no serious injuries. Nashua Police Deputy Chief Denis Linehan said officers were first contacted around 2:20 p.m. by a woman whose car was allegedly stolen on Main Street after a male suspect approached her vehicle and asked for her keys. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 06:00:37 EST Nashua: Volunteers to spruce up parks, rail trail, Riverwalk NASHUA - More than 150 volunteers are expected to come out Saturday morning for the second annual Nashua Pride Downtown Park Cleanup Day. Great American Downtown has partnered with roughly a dozen community groups to spruce up several regions around the city center, including the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail, Los Amigos Park, Park Social, Le Parc De Notre Renaissance Francais, Bicentennial Park, the Nashua Riverwalk and Library Walk. Last year, 80 volunteers came out and cleaned about 1.2 miles of the rail trail. The trail is a recreation path built along an old rail bed and is used by hundreds of people in Greater Nashua daily for travel and recreation. Paul Shea, executive director of Great American Downtown, said those interested in volunteering can meet at Nashua City Hall at 10 a.m. with yard tools, shovels, gloves, heavy-duty trash bags and other cleaning supplies. "It has been fantastic to see the response from the community grow this year. A few years back the 'Big Day of Serving' effort brought over 400 volunteers from faith-based groups out for a neighborhoodwide cleanup day in the Tree Streets," Shea said. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:03:59 EST A rule made to be bent It's Telegraph winter all-star week. Hundreds of student athletes throughout Greater Nashua are being recognized for their achievements on various playing surfaces. Along with those student athletes, the sports department also recognizes coaches of the year for specific sports. These men and women are all stars in their own right - especially for their service to the community and dedication to the teenagers they work with daily. A few people noticed an error with Wednesday's Indoor Track All Stars. The Boys Track Coach of the Year was incorrectly listed as Nate Burns of Nashua High School North. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:01:27 EST Kevin E. Conroy > Kevin Edward Conroy, 60, of Nashua, NH, and formerly of Lowell, MA, passed away at his home, Wednesday afternoon, April 13, 2016, surrounded by his loving family af­ter a yearlong battle with cancer. A resident of Nashua for the past eight years, Kevin was born in Lowell on April 27, 1955, a son of Constance (Lemieux) Conroy and the late Edward Conroy. He was a graduate of St. Jo­seph High School in Lowell and furthered his education at the University of Massa­chusetts at Lowell, where he earned a bachelor's de­gree in English. Kevin had been employed as Sales Manager with Coca Cola Bottling Company of Lowell, MA, for 35 years. In his leisure time, Kevin was a sports fan of the New England Patriots and Bos­ton Red Sox. He especially loved spending time with his grandson, Nilo. Members of his fam­ily include his wife, Tammy (Duchesne) Conroy, whom he married on October 22, 1999, and shared the past 16 years; his mother, Constance Conroy of Gardner, MA; four daughters, Danielle Conroy and her part­ner Steven Ramos, Katelyn Conroy and her partner Ike Nna­ma, all of Lowell, MA, April Conroy and Brooke Con­roy, both of Nashua; his grandson, Nilo Edward Ramos; a brother, Paul Conroy of Naples, FL; a sister, Karen Preston of Winchendon, MA; and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held at the FARWELL FUNER­AL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua on Sunday after­noon, April 17th from 2 to 5 p.m. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:28:31 EST Nashua man identified as suspect in Friday turnpike crashes NASHUA – Police say a Nashua man accused of robbery carjacked and crashed one vehicle and then another, causing a major accident Friday near Exit 4 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike. The crash led to significant traffic delays across the region but no serious injuries. Nashua Police Deputy Chief Denis Linehan said officers were first contacted around 2:20 p.m. by a woman whose car was allegedly stolen on Main Street after a male suspect approached her vehicle and asked for her keys. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 05:38:13 EST Dennis R. Schofield Dennis R. Scho­field, 76, of Merrimack, NH and a former longtime resident of Nashua, NH, died Monday April 11, 2016, at his home after a long illness. He was born in Nashua, NH on Jan. 10, 1940, a son of the late Wallace E. and Helen (Kopka) Schofield. After graduating from Nashua High School in the Class of 1958, he went proudly into the U.S. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:01:52 EST Golden Deeds nominations sought NASHUA - The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua is accepting nominations for its annual Book of Golden Deeds Award. The award is given to honor an organization, group or person who donates their time, talent and energy to help improve the quality of life of seniors in Greater Nashua. The person doesn't have to be a member of the club to be recognized. "People volunteer for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is to make a difference in the lives of others," said Suzanne Koperniak, Book of Golden Deeds committee chairwoman. "The goal of The Book of Golden Deeds is to recognize and honor those who give everything they have - and then some. They are the ones that make the rest of us realize how much more we can do." For more information about the award or for a copy of the nomination form, contact Koperniak at 289-3515 or Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:00:39 EST Nashua Lions recognize 3 members NASHUA - Three members of the Nashua Lions club were recently recognized for their dedication to the service organization by Lions Clubs International and the MD44 Sight and Hearing Foundation. New Hampshire's international director, Ed Farrington, presented James Stellos, a longtime Lion and Nashua businessman, with his 50-year chevron and commended him for his service to the local club. "Lions International will observe our centennial next year, and Lion Jim has been there for half of our first 100 years," Farrington said. "His commitment to the Nashua Lions is a benchmark for all of us to strive for." Also recognized was Nashua City Treasurer David Fredette, who received his 15-year chevron from Farrington. District Gov. Scott Wilson and First Vice District Gov. Al Goldstein presented Nashua Lion John Deschenes with a Granite State Fellowship from the New Hampshire Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation in recognition of his service to his club, the district and multiple districts in various capacities. The Nashua Lions are the second-oldest Lions Club in the state. They meet on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:02:13 EST Presentation of Mary Academy Honor Roll HUDSON - Presentation of Mary Academy announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2015-16 school year. HIGH HONORS GRADE 4: Daniel Chin (Windham), Isaac Crivac (Hudson), Gabrielle O'Connor (Nashua), Dominik Sarantis (Windham). GRADE 5: Zachary Connerty (Hudson), Rebecca Mattei-Brown (Lowell, Mass.), Tanvi Menghani (Hudson), William Moynihan (Windham), Jake O'Connor (Nashua), Miguel Ocque (Dunstable, Mass.), Jivan Pokhrel (Hudson), Katherine Swan (Pelham), Danielle Walburn (Tyngsboro, Mass.), Michael Wimmer (Windham). GRADE 6: Maria Crivac (Hudson), Alima Deen (Nashua), Eile Doyle (Nashua), Shreya Gouda (Hudson), Matthew King (Nashua), Megan Lavallee (Pelham), Madeleine Moynihan (Windham), Michaella Niceforo (Windham), Nicholas Root (Nashua), Grace Rotering (Windham), Paul (PJ) Soucy (Windham). GRADE 7: Aiden Auretto (Litchfield), Isabel Chin (Windham), Michael Ciampo (Hudson), Hannah Fortin (Hudson), Sadie LaMothe (Hudson), Hayden Shattuck (Hudson), Christopher Van Natta (Merrimack), Katherine Wimmer (Windham). GRADE 8: Sophia Beland (Pelham), Sarah Bernyk (Westford, Mass.), Olivia Cargnel (Pelham), Gregory Fallon (Hudson), Jack Fitzgerald (Hollis), Kevin Flaherty (Nashua), Olivia Gavlak (Hudson), Lauren Lavallee (Pelham), Grace Lehto (Nashua), Adrian Niceforo (Windham) Samantha Scott (Nashua), Joshua Toubia (Windham). HONORS GRADE 4: William Allen- Yetsko (Dracut, Mass.), Mark Anthony Angiuoni (Litchfield), Alexander Dumont (Hudson), Brady Dumont (Hudson), Ayanna Etienne (Tyngsboro, Mass.), Natalie Flint (Litchfield), Tommaso Franzoni (Hudson), Kevin (Drew) Gerst (Windham), Josef Glatz (Windham), Ryan Imbeault (Nashua), Madelynne Klyop (Londonderry), Genevieve LaRiviere (Hudson), Mahi Malik (Hudson), Rylee Marko (Tyngsboro, Mass.), Connor Martin (Pelham), Nyahingiva Musa (Nashua), Mahiya Nowfal (Hudson), Sofia Ocque (Dunstable, Mass.), Gemma Orlando (Windham), Kristen Parziale (Hudson), Gabriel Pena (Nashua), Luke Porembski (Hudson), Avery Reed (Pelham), Brodie Robuccio (Nashua), Ritul Roy (Hudson), Jasmine Shattuck (Hudson), Klara Stevens (Nashua), Gina Todisco (Hudson), Audrey Zimmerman (Dracut, Mass). GRADE 5: Daniel Bentley (Nashua), Christopher Bethea (Hudson), Thomas Campbell (Nashua), Carlo Catalan (Hudson), Ryanne Delaney (Pelham), Shealyn Foley (Dracut, Mass.), Nicholas Hawkins (Windham), Elizabeth Hemenway (Nashua), Jordan Houde (Merrimack), Aiden Laurendeau (Pelham), Kenzie Legg (Hudson), Joseph Lizzie (Nashua), Audrey Normand (Hudson), Andres Ortiz (Manchester), Hannah Pavletich (Amherst), Samantha Rauseo (Hudson), Alexander Ross (Salem), Delia Sullivan (Pelham), Jenna Tumpney (Tyngsboro, Mass.), Francesca Vesey (Manchester). GRADE 6: Sydney Afonso (Nashua), Keagan Bowen (Hudson), Bailey Carroll (Nashua), Brynne Cooley (Dracut, Mass.), Joseph DeWane (Windham), Margaret Fitzgerald (Hollis), Brooke Flanagan (Nashua), Dillan Foley (Dracut, Mass.), Nathanael Fondakowski (Pelham), Olivia Fraser (Nashua), Gabrielle Gilbert (Derry), Trevor Guarente (Nashua), Antoinette Jacques (Hudson), Michelle Kapala (Hudson), Alexis Martin (Pelham), Ryan Rubesh (Nashua), Adam Sabato (Pelham), Jack Simmons (Windham), Serra Sullivan (Nashua), Colin Toohey (Hudson), Elizabeth White (Nashua), Chloe Wong (Nashua). GRADE 7: Gehrig Bennett (Nashua), Samantha Bleau (Hudson), Bree Cooley (Dracut, Mass.), Meghan Gauthier (Hudson), Christopher Heitmiller (Nashua), Sarah King (Hudson), Rebecca Lambert (Litchfield), Julia Mendes (Hudson), Molly O'Keefe (Nashua), Victoria Pena (Nashua), Amelia Riley (Hudson), Aiden Szewczyk (Hudson), Lillia Szewczyk (Hudson). GRADE 8: Maxwell Beland (Pelham), Olivia Paige Belleville (Pelham), Maika Bernard (Litchfield), Isabella Cebrero (Hudson), Anthony Ciampo IV (Hudson), Nicklaus Connerty (Hudson), Norah Cummings (Amherst), Sara Doucet (Merrimack), Colin Ferris (Pelham), Thomas Glatz (Windham), Timothy Greene (Bedford), John Handy (Nashua), Kendall Heintz (Nashua), Elizabeth Janiak (Nashua), Kathleen Lordan (Litchfield), Kayla MacDonald (Londonderry), Akhilesh Makam (Hudson), Amanda Messina (Hudson), Jacob Pacheco (Merrimack), Victor Palazzolo (Pelham), Matthew Peters (Nashua), Erin Reilly (Pelham), Ashley Superior (Hudson), Nicholas Tompkins (Hudson), Connor Urbach (Hudson), Grace Wang (Nashua), Bennett Wein (Windham). Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:00:24 EST More improvements planned for Oval MILFORD - Twenty years ago, the center of Milford underwent an extensive makeover. Period lighting, brick walkways, new landscaping and small traffic islands were added to the Oval, and Milford received state and national awards for its downtown renovations. Another phase of those plans - renovations to South Street, leading off the Oval - will finally get underway this spring. And that won't be the end of the renovations, say officials, who are now looking at the next phase, hoping to improve traffic flow and make walking safer along Nashua Street and in the Oval area. On March 29, the town's Community Development Department hosted a public session to lay out various scenarios and get input from residents. Some of the ideas being considered for the Oval area are adding more crosswalks, reconstruct­ing the traffic islands to help large vehicles avoid the granite posts and curbs, and changing Mid­dle Street to one way to allow angled parking on its south side. For Nashua Street, the focus is on improving traf­fic flow and pedestrian access between Clinton Street and Tonella Road. Three designs are pro­posed: one with a cen­ter turn lane, one with a center boulevard and one with a center turn lane with landscaping in front of the plaza. What there won't be is a traffic light. CVS, which is build­ing a pharmacy at the corner of Clinton and Nashua streets, offered to pay for one, but traffic projections for the Clin­ton Street-Nashua Street intersection don't ful­fill state criteria, Jason Plourde, a traffic engi­neer who is on the town's Traffic Safety Committee, told the audience of a few dozen people. During the comment portion of the meeting, one woman criticized the Planning Board for al­lowing another drugstore when there are "eight pharmacies within a 21/2- mile" radius. Board members ex­plained that a town can't bar a business unless there is a law in place. Board Chairman Chris Beers said he agreed there are too many drug­stores, but "CVS meets our ordinance." Other points that came up during the comment period: Vice Chairwoman Ja­net Langdell explained how residents can change or add a zoning ordinance. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:00:41 EST Police: Man shot himself in foot MILFORD - An Am­herst man who had been in the Brox property sand pits for target practice with a friend on Saturday afternoon accidentally shot himself in the foot, police said. Alvin Taveras Perez, 24, was using a revolver, and Jonathon Baez, 21, of Nashua, was using a shot­gun, both weapons owned by Baez, police said. According to the police report, Baez said Perez had asked to use the shot­gun, and that he advised him about safety mea­sures. He said Perez load­ed the shotgun, but didn't put the safety on, and that he must have accidentally pulled the trigger, firing a round of birdshot into his right foot. Police said that be­cause of the injury and a language barrier, Perez wasn't able to describe what happened. An all-terrain vehicle was needed to transport the victim to the ambu­lance parked on the Perry Road side of the town-owned property, and he was taken to a Nashua hospital, police said. - KATHY CLEVELAND Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:04:57 EST Pension bill put on back burner NASHUA - Aldermen put off acting on a bill Monday that would override the city's spending cap so the city can tap into $2.2 million it has set aside for years to cover rising pension costs. Proponents of the bill succeeded in tabling it, given they would not have been able to muster the 10 votes needed to prevail with Alderman-at-Large Michael O'Brien absent. While other aldermen questioned this tactic, none could dispute the parliamentary reality that - even if the bill failed to get the supermajority needed to pass - a majority of those present had the votes to table it. But the 8-6 vote to table brings into question whether the bill has the 10 votes to pass when it is expected to be brought back before the board on April 26. The delay did not deter fiscal conservatives, union presidents and elected leaders from speaking out on the bill. Former Alderman-at-Large Fred Teeboom urged the board to reject the bill, saying the city already maintains two expendable trust funds that historically run end-of-year surpluses of roughly $1 million. "There is plenty of money available," Teeboom told the board during the public comment session that precedes the meeting. "Do we really need to override the spending cap for funding pensions? The answer is no." Mayor Jim Donchess, who with Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel was one of the bill's prime sponsors, said the legislation intends to tap into roughly $2.23 million that the city has set aside for years specifically for rising pension costs for city employees. The effort is not a new one. Former Mayor Donnalee Lozeau attempted a similar measure last year, but failed to get the necessary 10 votes for what technically would be an override of the spending cap. The city now faces an even leaner budget forecast for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Spending is projected to be capped at 1.3 percent - or about $3 million to $3.2 million - above the current $245 million budget. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:13:00 EST News Digest Hudson Mass. man eluding police arrested A Massachusetts man who police said eluded arrest since February was arrested Wednesday. Hudson police arrrested Robert Douglas Johansen, 32, of Dracut, Mass., on an outstanding arrest warrant for violating a domestic violence protection order. Johansen has been eluding arrest since Feb. 21, police said. He was transported to Valley Street jail in Manchester pending his arraignment Nashua district court on Thursday. - Telegraph staff Nashua Fire crews put out Wednesday truck fire Nashua Fire Rescue responded to a trash truck fire on Daniel Webster Highway shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Firefighters extinguished a small blaze in the compactor area of the truck with two hose lines. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:01:08 EST Movement in Barnaby, Caplin case NASHUA - The assistant attorneys general prosecuting the 1988 double-murder case of former Nashua resident Anthony Barnaby are asking a Superior Court judge to prohibit Barnaby from introducing at trial any of the testimony he presented at the first of his three trials a quarter-century ago. In a motion filed earlier this month, Assistant Attorney General Patrick Queenan argued that all of Barnaby's testimony from his first trial is "inadmissible hearsay" evidence because it was "read into the record" during his second trial - at which Barnaby chose not to testify. But Attorney Mark Sisti, who is representing Barnaby, said Wednesday that objections to that and other motions are in the works and will soon be filed. "I can assure you we'll be filing an objection," Sisti said, referring to the motion regarding Barnaby's testimony. "I'm particularly bothered that (the state) wants to do a trial by television." Barnaby, 49, and a former friend, 54-year-old David Caplin, are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in the gruesome stabbing deaths of Brenda Warner and Charlene Ranstrom in early October 1988. The women, who were in a relationship, were killed in their Mason Street apartment and were neighbors of the two men. That motion and others filed recently in Barnaby's and Caplin's cases will be aired at a hearing set for both men on Wednesday, April 27, in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua. The motions by Queenan, who is prosecuting the case with assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell, come roughly three weeks after Sisti informed the court he had just received court documents bearing information that was never disclosed to the defense - information that includes allegations that now-retired Nashua police Capt. Paul Goupil lied while testifying at Barnaby's first trial about detectives' initial interrogations of Barnaby. According to Sisti's motion, Goupil testified that he spoke with Barnaby at times during interrogation, but only about fishing sites in Barnaby's native Quebec. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 01:00:44 EST Green Envy fashion show, green envy with ‘Shrek’ Let's dive right in to this week's Encore! In live theater, I have two suggestions this weekend perfect for families. Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School will present "Willy Wonka Jr." at the school. Read all about it on Page 3, and bring the kids to see Roald Dahl classic tale. Also, I'm excited to attend Amherst PTA's production of "Shrek, the Musical" this weekend. I know several of the actors and their abilities, and the publicity photos are great. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:01:32 EST ‘Willy Wonka’ gets Wildcat treatment this weekend NASHUA - At 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nashua Catholic's Wildcat Theatre will present the award- winning musical "Willy Wonka Jr." at the Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School Auditorium, 6 Bartlett Ave. The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka Jr." is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. There are 25 students in the cast, mostly 7th and 8th graders from Nashua Catholic; however, there are students from St. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:01:03 EST Nashua High North band fundraising Gala, Auction NASHUA - From 7-10 p.m. Saturday, The Titans Music Association will host a Music Gala and Silent Auction at the Hunt Memorial Building, 6 Main St. The evening will include live ensemble music and light refreshments, as well as a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the music program at Nashua High School North, to purchase band uniforms, instruments, chorus attire and more. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Carol Gorelick at 889-8067 or by email at Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:05:35 EST arts digest 'Emerging Art' at Keene State College KEENE - From 5-8 p.m. Friday, an opening reception will be held at Keene State College's Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, whic will showcase the work of 13 college seniors who graduating with Bachelor degrees of Arts or Fine Arts. The annual exhibit is titled "Emerging Art." Students worked with the gallery on lighting the exhibit, designing the layout, and mounting the works of art. The public is invited to vote for the People's Choice Commendation award at the exhibit; the winner will be announced on May 2. The exhibit will remain open through May 7. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:03:32 EST Nashua Police Department Arrest Log MARCH 31 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Luis D. Roque, 24, 19 Amory St., Apt. 1, Nashua, operating without a valid license. Philip James Mello Jr., 32, no fixed address, Nashua, disorderly conduct. Juan E. Ford-Spencer, 51, no fixed address, Nashua, violation of city ordinance-public drinking. Raymond R. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:01:04 EST Jonathan Kohli Jonathan L. Kohli, 22, of Brookline, died at Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua on April 9, 2016. Jonathan was born on July 8, 1993, in Alexandria, Louisiana, son of Naveen and Melanie (Glatt) Kohli of Brookline. He grew up in Brookline and was a graduate of Hollis-Brookline High School. Most recently, Mr. Kohli had been selling real estate. He is remembered as a loving son, grandson, brother and devoted father. Jonathan enjoyed skateboarding and playing sports. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:16:16 EST Charles R. Putnam NORTHFIELD - Charles R. Putnam, 71, resident of Northfield, NH, died on April 12, 2016, at Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, NH. He was born in Kittery, Maine, on February 27, 1945, a son of Walter F. Putnam, Sr., and Shirley T. (Long) Putnam. Charles attended the Laconia State School and had also lived in Nashua, NH. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:04:53 EST Walter G. Whelan Walter G. Whelan, 60, of Nashua, died Monday, April 11th, at St. Joseph's Hospital following sudden complications from recently diagnosed pancreatic cancer. A loving and devoted husband and father, Walter leaves behind the love of his life, Linda; son, Sean of Nashua; and son, Brian and his wife Whitney, of Merrimack. He also leaves his sisters, Phyllis and her husband Charlie Day of Falmouth, Kathleen Whelan of Quincy, a brother, Thomas Whelan, of New Hampshire, and two nephews and nieces. He was born in Boston, MA on June 16, 1955 son of the late Thomas J., Jr. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:17:30 EST