Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us New drug court in Nashua gets its first participant; focus on supervision, treatment not incarceration NASHUA – The first participant in the Hillsborough County Superior Court’s drug court program began his journey this week by pleading guilty to drug possession but not going to prison. Douglas Roberge pleaded guilty to possession of a narcotic drug Monday and received a pair of suspended prison sentences. In return he agreed to abide by the strict guidelines of the newly established court, including intensive treatment, weekly meetings with a judge and treatment team and frequent drug testing. “These are the eight or nine people who have your best interest at heart now,” Judge Jacalyn Colburn told Roberge referring to the drug court team. “We believe in you and we’re going to work with you.” Colburn has identified five criminal defendants she believed would benefit from the drug court program. The drug court team – including police, prosecutors and defense attorneys, treatment providers and a probation officer – then screened each person, three of whom have been approved for the program so far. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:23 EST Three-alarm blaze forces evacuation of baptist church in Nashua NASHUA – More than five dozen people were forced to evacuate from Heritage Baptist Church at 103 Lock St. on Sunday, when the building caught fire during an evening service. Pastor Larry Hileman said about 68 people were sitting in the pews for the 6 p.m. service when fire alarms began to sound. The group safely evacuated the building and watched as fire companies from Nashua arrived to tackle the three-alarm blaze. “Thank God we all got out safe,” said Richard Corrigan, a Hudson resident who has attended the church for about six years. The fire was reported shortly before 7 p.m. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:52:00 EST Nashua Historical Society is hosting an opening reception for its new exhibit on farms and agriculture in the early days of Nashua. NASHUA – Pretty much anywhere that present-day Greater Nashua residents live, play, work and recreate – even parts of today’s downtown – hardy men and women once toiled from sunup to sundown tilling and cultivating by hand sweeping farmlands that extended for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of acres. As much as a century before America was even born as the nation whose birthday we celebrate every July 4, when sun, wind, water, horsepower and human know-how and muscle pretty much covered the extent of mankind’s available resources, the multi-town region called Old Dunstable, with its rich soil and bountiful waterways, was rapidly becoming the go-to place for growing farming families with plenty of mouths to feed. If you find yourself wondering what was life like for our agrarian predecessors, you can find plenty of answers on Thursday, when the Nashua Historical Society hosts an opening reception for its newly- completed exhibit. Called “Settling the Lands of Old Dunstable: Farms and Agriculture in the Early Days of Nashua,” the program starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in the Frank B. Clancy Library, part of the Speare House Museum at 5 Abbott St. A welcome and introduction to the exhibit will kick off the evening, followed by ample time for visitors to peruse the many types of items on display. Those planning on attending are asked to either call or email the society (see accompanying details) sometime Monday for planning purposes. While Old Dunstable and, eventually, Nashua, were home to scores of farms big and small until the industrial revolution came along in the mid-19th century, the exhibit is highlighting artifacts associated with 12 local farm properties. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:00:57 EST Leavitt hoping to recapture strong play that helped him win 2012 State Am. Atkinson’s Joe Leavitt has been on point this season, at least at New Hampshire courses, which bodes well for the Atkinson Resort and Country Club golfer heading into Monday’s 111th State Am at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown. Leavitt is feeling good about every thing, including his chances to repeat his performance of 2012 at Concord Country Club. He was one stroke behind hometown favorite Bob Mielcarz after two days of stroke play qualifying before going on to win the State Am title. “I’m ready for it,” Leavitt said. “I feel really good. Coming out of the first few events I feel as good as I did the last time I won the State Am. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:01:40 EST Study: New exit could cut traffic by 20 percent on D.W. Highway NASHUA – Constructing a new southbound exit on the F.E. Everett Turnpike could significantly reduce travel times and congestion on the Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, according to a new study, which found that an off-ramp at Exit 36 could be a linchpin for economic development in the area. The study projected that building a southbound off-ramp at Exit 36 could lower traffic volume by 20 percent on the Daniel Webster Highway, south of Spit Brook Road. For the average driver, the change would translate into  saving up to seven minutes on a trip south toward the Pheasant Lane Mall, the study found. The findings were included in a draft report released in June about the potential benefits of constructing a new southbound off-ramp at Exit 36 near the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The study is being undertaken jointly by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission and the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments in Massachusetts. Getting the exit constructed is high on the wish list for Nashua officials, since it’s expected the new off-ramp would alleviate congestion throughout the area. Traffic counts from fall 2012 showed nearly 40,000 cars travel on the Daniel Webster Highway on a typical Saturday. The highest traffic volume was recorded just south of Spit Brook Road, where drivers who take Exit 1 off the turnpike end up. Traffic decreases steadily as you head south on the Daniel Webster Highway – presumably because drivers are reaching retail destinations along the way. A new Exit 36 South would deposit drivers near the entrance to the Pheasant Lane Mall in Massachusetts. It would connect drivers with the existing Exit 36 off-ramp on the northbound side of the turnpike – known as Route 3 before it crosses into New Hampshire. The exit would allow drivers to bypass the dense retail corridor along Daniel Webster Highway to reach the mall and destinations in Massachusetts. The exit also is being eyed as a positive step toward bringing passenger rail service back to southern New Hampshire. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:40 EST Mine Falls Gatehouse open for tour on July 17 NASHUA - Area residents have a chance this week to view up close the city’s historic Nashua River Gatehouse, an 1886 building in Mine Falls Park restored over a period of years by an extracurricular middle school program called the Student Historic Preservation Committee. A tour that runs from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, was scheduled to accommodate visitors who can’t make the once-a-month Mine Falls Park Trail Days open houses, according to Greg Andruskevich, chairman of the Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee. Andruskevich and committee member Pamela Anderson will conduct the tour. No registration is needed and there is no charge. The Gatehouse was a vital link in the operation of the many textile mills that flourished in 19th and 20th century Nashua. The mechanics that operated the four gates are visible during the tours. --DEAN SHALHOUP Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:00:36 EST Police: Driver sped into oncoming traffic to escape state trooper in Merrimack NASHUA – A Massachusetts man is accused of swerving his car into oncoming traffic while he was being chased by state troopers after fleeing from a traffic stop on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack Saturday night. The pursuit began at approximately 11:45 p.m. when a trooper who was on duty on the turnpike saw a vehicle driving erratically in the southbound lane. The driver sped away when the trooper tried to pull the vehicle over and got off the turnpike at Exit 11. New Hampshire State Police said at one point, the driver crossed into the northbound lane and “purposely drove at other vehicles” while attempting to escape from an officer who was in pursuit. The trooper eventually terminated the chase and broadcast the vehicle’s description to police departments in the area. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:16:45 EST Paul R. Hamilton Paul R. “Chuck” Hamilton, 65, resident of Nashua, NH, died suddenly on July 10, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH. He was born in Melrose, MA, on November 3, 1948, a son of Paul A. and Dorothy (Campbell) Hamilton. Chuck was raised and educated in Brookline, NH, and graduated from Nashua High School. He owned and operated Chuck’s Concrete Foundations for more than 40 years, and when he wasn’t working, he enjoyed fishing and watching the New England Patriots. He was predeceased by a son, Sgt. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:00:42 EST James C. Starke AMHERST – James C. Starke, M.D., well-known dermatologist, age 85, died on July 6, 2014, from pulmonary fibrosis in the house he restored, lived in and loved for 52 years, known as the Melendy Farm. Starke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Carl and Ada Starke. He attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison and received his medical degree from Marquette Medical School (now Medical College of Wisconsin). Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:00:57 EST James M. McInnis James M. McInnis, of Cazenovia, NY, passed away July 4, 2014, after a brief illness. Jim was born on December 19, 1950, in Nashua, NH, to the late Donald and Marion McInnis. James attended St. Joseph’s School, Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua, NH, and was a graduate of New Hampshire College. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:01:07 EST Lola J. Quinn Mother, Grandmother Lola Jean (Scopa) Quinn, 69, of Nashua, NH passed away on Friday July 11, 2014, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Quinn was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on September 10, 1944 to Robert Stevens and the late Margaret (Jolley) Stevens. Lola graduated from East High School, Sioux City, Iowa in1962. Lola was employed for over twenty years at Nashua Corporation and later, at JMK Filters Inc. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:01:18 EST Abortion buffer zone lawsuit only the beginning of the battle in NH Don’t think for a minute that the lawsuit filed against the state’s abortion clinic buffer zone law is going to settle this matter once and for all. As The Telegraph first reported, Attorney General Joe Foster, of Nashua, decided to suspend enforcement of the law once the Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit against the state, alleging that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Massachusetts law likewise would set ours aside. This is no slam-dunk argument by either side. New Hampshire’s law is different; infringing on the buffer zone here is a violation, not a crime, as it was in Massachusetts. There’s no fine on the first offense here; rather, there’s a written warning. Abortion clinics have flexibility on whether to post buffer zone signs if they choose to and to limit the size of that buffer, an option not available in Massachusetts. And the law permitted local zoning authorities to further tailor the terms of the buffer zone to each community’s liking. All of this legal jousting, however, is only the beginning no matter how it comes out. Should the court decide New Hampshire’s law is just as unconstitutional as the Bay State law, watch abortion rights supporters and Gov. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:02:09 EST Liberty Utilities: Pipeline would help expand service, but location could be moved from Hollis LONDONDERRY – The state’s biggest natural gas provider would like to see a new pipeline built to bring more supply from U.S. shale fields to help it expand, including selling trucking fuel from a Concord-based operation, but the pipeline doesn’t have to run through Hollis or connect to its existing network in Nashua. “Certainly our preference is to have it on the west side of the system, for system reliability and flexibility,” Richard Leehr, president of Liberty Utilities’ New Hampshire operations, said Thursday. “But the specifics of the route aren’t up to us.” The company, which has 75,000 residential and 15,000 business, industrial or utility customers in New Hampshire, gets all of its natural gas in pipelines that come from Massachusetts to the east of Nashua. A controversial connection proposed by Kinder-Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:02:33 EST Nashua Fire Rescue lands lucrative grants totaling close to $1 million NASHUA – Nashua Fire Rescue has had a profitable few weeks. Nearly $1 million in federal grant money has received the stamp of approval this summer and will be heading the Gate City’s way soon, including one grant that will pay for a new mobile training facility. The city’s Board of Fire Commissioners accepted nearly $500,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant at its meeting on Monday, bringing the federal addition to city coffers to more than $964,000 when combined with another grant from the same program for contained breathing apparatus, according to fire officials. “To win two grants of that size is very fortunate for us and the city,” NFR Assistant Chief Steve Galipeau said. The city is lucky to get one such grant in most years, he said. The grant accepted earlier this summer – around $465,000 to buy 65 self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBAs – will allow the department to leave a capital reserve account for the equipment unspent, Galipeau said. The city bought the current stock of SCBAs around 2000, and all of them will be reaching or nearing the end of their serviceable lives in the next fiscal year, he said. “By winning this grant, we are able to not eat up that chunk of change from the city’s funds,” Galipeau said. “Getting this grant was a big help for the city.” The grant for $498,950 that fire commissioners accepted last week will pay for a 50- by 75-foot, prefabricated and mobile training structure that will call NFR’s training grounds near the Four Hills Landfill home. The building will allow firefighters to practice a number of procedures not possible at the smaller concrete structure at the training grounds, Galipeau said, including small-space entries, repelling and interior stairwell attacks. The steel building will be equipped with gas hookups so trainers can simulate a number of types of fires and smoke conditions, he said. “There’s a hundred-and-one uses for it,” Galipeau said. While technically the building – called a training prop – is mobile, it will still take four to five months to build it, and that can only happen after the money is officially accepted by aldermen and site work at the training grounds is completed. Galipeau said Nashua firefighters, as well as any of the city’s mutual aid partners, will hopefully be able to start using the building by June. Joseph G. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:21:19 EST Craft book projects seen as inspiration for cherished treasures Crafting reflects the culture, traditions and history of a civilization, age or place – the earliest objects made strictly by hand, using human skills, patience and creativity. The Cultural Revolution of arts and crafts during the Renaissance and the use of tools and synthetic materials during the Industrial Revolution took the focus of crafting from utilitarian to decorative, opening opportunities to pursue crafting as a hobby. The Mailbag offers instruction for a variety of arts and crafts. How to make, decorate “Going through the bookcase, I’m curious to know whether there is any interest in craft books on subjects such as braiding, hooking rugs, weaving, net craft, flower arranging, potpourri and countryside crafts such as dyeing, spinning, etc.,” asks Connie S., of Nashua (LTR 517). “I would like to pass these books along to others who would enjoy their content and instruction.” Many crafts such as braided rugs, which are decorative and provide warmth, knitted garments and tablecloths woven on a loom may be classified as “functional” and “just for fun.” Potpourri ingredients and instruction give one a “scent of accomplishment.” Learning to arrange flowers “stems from a love of plants.” If you would like to contact Connie, call 888-1386. New family, new baby “My son and girlfriend are starting out on their own with their new baby, and have an apartment with not much furniture,” writes Carol G., of Nashua (LTR 2,011). “If anyone has a living room set and bedroom set they no longer need, my son would appreciate it. “The furniture would have to be delivered, since they have no car at the moment.” Many a couple can surely relate to that practically empty first apartment, paying rent and utilities, and the responsibilities of parenthood all bundled with unfamiliar surroundings, numerous obligations and limited funds. If you can help this young family get settled into that first home, you can call 820-5891 and ask for Carol. Let me know if the kids need more help. Getting around on a bike “I am hoping someone may have a woman’s bicycle, maybe with 19-inch wheels, in good riding condition, that they are no longer using and that I could get for my wife,” says Bert K., of Nashua (LTR 1,775). “She tried riding a 26-inch bike, but was uneasy about not being able to touch her feet to the ground without getting off the seat. She still talks about the three-speed Columbia she had as a teenager and enjoyed riding.” Cycling is good exercise, as long as one exercises caution on exceptionally hot and humid days, on which pedaling could trigger a “chain reaction” and potentially “rapid-cycle” a trip to the ER. Bert can be reached at 883-0990 and is willing to pick up the bike. Furnishing an apartment “I was staying at a shelter for almost two months before I was able to get my own place, but unfortunately, I have still not found work and I don’t have any furniture,” says Eddie T., of Nashua (LTR 3,127). “I was able to get a table and two chairs from Goodwill, but am sleeping on a foam eggshell-type thing. I would dearly love to have, as well as need, a queen-size bed with a firm mattress and preferably new, due to the bedbug problem; living room furniture of any kind; a dining room set with chairs; artwork for the walls; and extra chairs, as I don’t have anywhere to sit except in the kitchen right now. “Anything would be appreciated.” Having been through hard times in the past, the Mailbag lady is always happy to help folks moving from a shelter to a place of their own, helped by wonderfully generous Mailbag readers and folks associated with local shelters and agencies. Eddie can be reached at Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:04:21 EST Farm exhibit to open at Nashua Historical Society NASHUA – The Nashua Historical Society will host an opening for a new exhibit, “Settling the Lands of Old Dunstable: Farms and Agriculture in the Early Days of Nashua,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in its Frank B. Clancy Library at the Speare Memorial Museum, 5 Abbott St. After viewing the exhibit, attendees are invited to an ice cream social featuring Hayward’s ice cream. Twelve farm properties are highlighted in the exhibit, including the Hayward Farms property, where the Nashua Mall is now located. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:04:45 EST Nashua youth heading to Belarus for firefighters rally MANCHESTER – Young Rescuers USA, a Manchester-based nonprofit organization, will participate in the annual International Rally of Young Rescuers and Firefighters from July 15-23, hosted by the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus. The program is available to seven youths from the United States who are ages 13-17. Team USA consists of Gleb Zhurauliou, Nashua; Holly Antoine, Chester; Shauntel Sawyer, Manchester; Emily Goldstein, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Navaar Naimie, Cape Neddick, Maine; and Zachary and Jordan Wiskow, Indian Trail, N.C. The competition is sponsored by UNICEF, attracting youths from 13 nations, including Germany, Moldova, Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and the United States. Upon arrival in Belarus, Team USA will receive a briefing at the U.S. embassy. “Our Young Rescuers learn and compete in basic life safety exercises, enjoy excursions to cultural, scenic and historic sites throughout Belarus and make lasting international friendships, all to the benefit of the U.S.,” said George Bruno, of Manchester, the program founder, a former ambassador and immigration attorney. Lt. Leo Roy, of the Manchester Fire Department, and Chief Richard Antoine, of the Chester Fire Department, provided training on first aid, firefighting and  rescuing, which are just some of the skills that Team USA will demonstrate in Belarus. Richard Antoine and Ann Huxable Naimie will go on the trip as chaperones, as will organization President David Tille, of Concord. Funds for the program, now in its sixth year, are donated. Supporters include Books-a-Million, Ambassador Joe Petrone and Augusta Petrone, The Barley House in Concord, Hollis inventor Kedar Gupta, Dr. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:00:22 EST Dedication ceremony planned for West Pearl Street Mural Project in Nashua NASHUA – If you take a stroll south on Main Street starting at the Hunt Memorial Building, you will see Art with a Splash, Riverside Barbecue, Studio Mark Emile and Darrell’s Music Hall. Continuing down Main, Twill Yarn and Fabric is across from Dick Avard’s Haberdashery, Cardin Jewelry, Verde Salon and Scontsas Home Decor. Walking farther along Main, you pass Wine Not Boutique, Fresh of Nashua, Jaja Belle’s Cafe, Myoptic, Ikebana Flower, Martha’s and TD Bank. Alec’s Shoes is across from the bank on West Pearl, with Fortin-Gage around the corner. Before reaching City Hall, you see MT’s Local, Beckonings and Persian Rug Gallery. What do all of these establishments have in common besides their downtown locations? They all helped make a dream come true. Every one of these establishments was among the 110 individuals, organizations and businesses large and small that donated to “Vivian’s Dream,” the West Pearl Street Mural Project managed by City Arts Nashua. “We are very pleased with the community involvement in this historic public art project,” said Kathy Hersh, president of City Arts Nashua. “It took us only a little over a year to raise over $30,000 in cash, in-kind donations and proceeds from fundraising events.” Mural artist Barbara Andrews is spending her days high on a lift, finishing the painting of the 35- by 40-foot historic mural depicting West Pearl Street in 1909. The mural is on the wall next to the parking lot of the TD Bank branch on the corner of Main and West Pearl streets. “It represents what this very site looked like in 1909,” Andrews said from her perch on the lift. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:00:34 EST All eyes on the defending champion at State Am It’s a new year, a new venue and a fresh start for Granite State golfers hoping to be crowned New Hampshire Golf Association’s State Amateur champion. Yet whenever the State Am has been discussed this spring and early summer, it’s still Stratham’s Golf Club of New England and the final duel between Michael Martel and Chris Rivard that’s on people’s minds. Not surprisingly. Hudson’s Rivard, who golfs out of Candia Woods Golf Links, was 4-up heading into the clubhouse after 18 holes of the 36-hole final. During their lunch break, New Ipswich’s Martel, a Crotched Mountain Golf Club member, regrouped and flipped the script over the final 18 holes. Well, 17 to be exact, as Martel wrapped things up in 35 holes on the 17th green to win the 110th State Am championship 2-and-1. There’s been talk of a final rematch heading into Monday after last year’s exciting finish. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:01:37 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – July 13 update 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. July 15: St. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:01:52 EST Community events in Nashua – July 13 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS TICKETS ON SALE FOR FARMERS DINNER The first Farmers Dinner will be held 5-9 p.m. Sept. 21 during Restaurant Week in downtown Nashua. The six-course menu will feature an outdoor pig roast, along with dishes highlighting seasonal, local produce, created by chefs from Estabrook Grill, MT’s Local, The Peddlers Daughter, Portland Pie Co., Martha’s Exchange, Riverside Barbeque, Riverwalk Cafe, Stella Blu, Surf and Villa Banca. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:02:21 EST EDITOR’S NOTE: Helping Hands is a bi-weekly feature that provides information about the needs of local nonprofit agencies. Animal Rescue Network of New England P.O. Box 1053, Pelham, NH 03076 NEEDS: In desperate need of volunteers! We have a constant supply of dogs coming in from the south with short coats and they need warm bedding (easy to wash) and dog coats (mostly medium, but we do have some tiny dogs and large ones too). We need buckle collars for dogs 50-80 lbs., Martingale collars for 60-80 lbs., dog harnesses for small to large dogs, paper towels, hand sanitizer, dish detergent, quality cookie and training treats, nylabones, kongs, canned pumpkin, high quality canned meat (cat or dogs) or gift cards to relevant stores for these supplies. COLLECTION HOURS: By appointment only; donations can be made by contacting for local pick up. Or drop off at the Monthly Pet Adoption Days at the First Congregational Church, 3 Main St., Pelham, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:02:28 EST Noodles & Company opening in Nashua NASHUA – On July 16, Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, will celebrate its first New Hampshire location in Nashua. The Nashua restaurant is located in the Daniel Webster Shops on Daniel Webster Highway. The fast-casual restaurant serves fresh, fast globally inspired dishes that are cooked to order. The restaurant will open its doors on July 15 with a RSVP-only event to benefit Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Noodles & Company will donate 100 percent of proceeds from the day to the organization. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:03:16 EST Nashua alderman proposes tree oversight committee Trees planted in Nashua’s public spaces have been the subject of controversy in recent years, but one alderman is offering a proposal that could help quell discord by introducing a new level of oversight. Alderman-at-Large Diane Sheehan proposed forming a committee to help guide the management of Nashua’s trees. The ad hoc committee would consist of three aldermen, at least one of whom also would be assigned to the Planning and Economic Development Committee. Another would sit on the Committee on Infrastructure. Commissioners of the Board of Public Works and Conservation Commission also would be invited to participate. The committee would make recommendations to the BPW regarding trees on public lands and other issues. A resolution proposing the committee notes communities increasingly recognize the benefits of trees, such as reducing air and noise pollution, furnishing habitat for wildlife, and enhancing aesthetics and property values. The committee would try to protect and enhance the city’s trees by guiding a comprehensive policy. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:02:03 EST Gate City Charter School finalizes lease in Merrimack Gate City Charter School has signed a lease for a 17,850-square-foot property at 7 Henry Clay Drive in Merrimack. The school had explored space in the former Dartmouth-Hitchcock building on West Hollis Street in Nashua this spring. Plans fell through at the last minute because of high renovation costs, prompting the move. Gate City is an elementary public charter school scheduled to open in September with 140 students. The school anticipates growth to 180 students by 2016. The school will have an arts-integrated curriculum for grades K-8. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:01:58 EST Nashua aldermen want more info before approving Mine Falls boardwalk contract Members of the city’s Finance Committee are asking to see a finished contract before they sign off on plans to design a new boardwalk beside Mill Pond. The Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee proposes hiring Holden Engineering & Surveying, of Bedford, to design a boardwalk on the south side of the pond. The Board of Public Works is backing the idea, but with negotiations continuing over the final terms of the contract, aldermen were reticent earlier this month to authorize the work. The Finance Committee tabled a request to approve spending up to $20,000 from the Mine Falls Park Trust Fund to pay for the design work. Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty said he was concerned that approving a dollar amount without seeing a finished contract was tantamount to signing a blank check. “I’m looking at this and saying, ‘The i’s are not dotted and the t’s are not crossed,” Ward 6 Alderman Paul Chasse said. With exposed tree roots and steep slopes, a portion of the Red Trail has become a challenge for some users to navigate. The dirt path has eroded so much that it becomes narrow in places, with a steep drop-off toward the pond. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said the area also is prime wetland, and conservation officials believe it’s important to prevent erosion and bring vegetation back to the trail – a goal that would be easier to accomplish if users travel across a raised boardwalk. Although members of the Finance Committee delayed taking action on the proposal, they voiced support for the idea. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:23:12 EST At Nashua hospital decontamination drill, ‘The big takeaway was get naked, get wet’ NASHUA – The medical staff and first responders ran around the parking lot, looking shockingly like astronauts. They raced back and forth in their full-length plastic suits and yellow rubber boots trying to rescue the victims who had been exposed to a hazardous substance. It was sticky business. The group of 25 people sweated in 90 degree heat in their plastic suits while they rinsed and cleansed test dummies during a decontamination training session at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on Tuesday. And the hazardous substance used to simulate a chemical spill? That was chocolate sauce, and rescuers had to rinse the brown, gooey substance off the inflatable victims. The training program was an all-day affair, consisting of a morning class followed by the practical demonstration in the afternoon. The training program was designed to teach hospital staff and first responders throughout New Hampshire how to decontaminate patients in case they’re covered in chemicals or toxins prior to entering the hospital. “We can’t let them in when they’re contaminated,” said Mark Hastings, director of emergency management at SNHMC. When a person has come in contact with a hazardous substance, hospitals and first responders need to be trained on how to deal with decontaminating patients. There usually are about four decontamination classes offered throughout the state each year. The training session Tuesday was taught by John Prickett, the emergency preparedness coordinator at LRG Health Care. “They’ve got to experience the suits … and the patients,” Prickett said as his class ran the chocolatey blowup dolls through an inflatable decontamination center. The decontamination apparatus inflates in four minutes when there’s an emergency, and has three sections for patients. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:24:59 EST Nashua 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars win two Nashua’s 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars opened the state tournament in Goffstown with a pair of victories. Nashua posted a 1-0 decision over the host team Thursday, and topped Londonderry on Friday, 10-0, in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. In the Thursday win, Noah Ouelette took the win on the mound, allowing four hits and striking out six. Mike Pelletier and C.J. Mellon each had two hits and Connor Mullaly had the deciding RBI. Mullaly took the win on the mound Friday against Londonderry, allowing one hit and striking out eight. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:25:01 EST Nashua World Cup girls soccer team at national tourney Competing in the US Youth Soccer Nationals in Greenville, S.C., the Nashua world Cup U-16 All Stars dropped a 2-1 decision to Lady Nomad from Nevada both teams went into halftime scoreless. Lady Nomad’s Mackenzie Reynolds scored first in the 42nd minute, and Caitlyn Rotonnelli recovered quickly for Nashua World Cup in the 49th minute. Megan Sando broke the tie in the 61st minute and ultimately gave her team a 2-1 win. On Thursday, a pair of goals by Emily Kirchner helped give Classics Eagles Black from Ohio South their first win. Classics Eagles defeated Nashua World Cup 2-1. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:49:00 EST Nashua T.J. Maxx banishes marathon bombing survivor’s service dog NASHUA – What started out as a stop on an afternoon shopping trip to Nashua on Thursday suddenly descended into a stressful encounter for Lowell, Mass., resident Sydney Corcoran when a manager at T.J. Maxx told the 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing survivor she couldn’t walk her service dog into the store. Corcoran, who adopted Koda to help her deal with the post-traumatic stress disorder with which she was diagnosed in the wake of the explosions in which she suffered leg injuries, told Boston television station WCVB that the manager at the T.J. Maxx clothing store told her she needed to put Koda in a shopping cart or she would have to leave. Shaken, Corcoran said she picked up Koda and left. “I was ready to burst into tears,” she said. She then called her mother, Celeste Corcoran – who lost both her legs in the bombings – to tell her what happened. Celeste Corcoran headed to the Nashua store, where she confronted the unidentified manager. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:01:23 EST June: Sunny, dry, a bit warm June has the longest days of the year, and June 2014 took advantage of that by supplying us with a very sunny month. Bright sunshine was recorded 67 percent of the time at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Mass., 12 percent above normal and the sunniest June in 35 years. Blue Hill Observatory is the nearest location to Nashua that records sunshine data after the National Weather Service ended these observations in Boston and Concord during the mid-1990s during its modernization. June was quite a nice month for almost everyone, whether you were watching a baseball game, hosting a family cookout, made a day of it at the beach or tended to your garden. The only down side of June was for farmers, who found it too dry as the month went along. After below-normal rainfall during May and especially June, topsoil moisture became scarce by mid and late June, resulting in browning lawns locally. This was the case only across southeastern Hillsborough and southern Rockingham counties, where thundershower activity seemed to be reluctant to develop. Farther north and west, rainfall was more prolific, and lawns stayed green in places such as Concord and Dublin. Shower and thunderstorm activity to begin July has mitigated dry topsoil conditions locally, and there are no signs of drought at this point. Palmer Drought indices as of July 5 are positive, indicating we are in very good shape for at least several weeks with respect to groundwater supplies. The reasons behind our nice June weather are based on the idea that we are in a summer version of the winter blocking pattern that brought so much cold to the heartland last winter. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:01:32 EST Piekarski, Tulley: Recalling a pair of Nashua auto-dealer giants One started out on Main Street, the other on Lake Street. One put his name on his products, the other didn’t. But when they became neighbors in a brand-new retail experiment called the New England Automotive Village some 50 years ago, it marked just one more thing that Vincent F. Tulley and Wilfrid J. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:16 EST REALTOR award recipients BEDFORD – The Greater Manchester/ Nashua Board of REALTORS (GMNBR) would like to congratulate the 2014 REALTOR of Year Gail R. Athas, Affiliate of Year Tracy Hawkins, and Good Neighbor Award recipient John MacGilvary. Gail is a lifelong resident of Manchester and is a REALTOR with Keller Williams Metropolitan in Bedford. She has been practicing real estate for over fifteen years and was president of GMNBR in 2007 and 2013. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:01:57 EST Pennichuck Corp. seeks to issue $54.5 million worth of bonds NASHUA – Pennichuck Corp. is seeking authorization from the city of Nashua to sell up to $54.5 million worth of bonds to refinance existing debt and pay for capital projects through 2016. Nashua’s Board of Aldermen took up a resolution Tuesday that would allow Pennichuck Water Works, one of the corporation’s subsidiaries, to move forward with a new long-term financing plan. Pennichuck is working to transform the corporation’s capital structure from one suited for a publicly-traded company to one “better aligned” with Pennichuck’s new status as a city-owned public utility. Part of that transition is laying the groundwork for Pennichuck to finance projects with long-term debt rather than private equity in the future. Specifically, Pennichuck is seeking to refinance approximately $23.4 million worth of outstanding debt with new bonds. The company’s plan calls for the bonds to be issued through the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority, bearing a fixed interest rate of approximately 5.5 percent. Pennichuck Water Works is currently carrying approximately $50.1 million of long-term debt. The lion’s share was taken out before the corporation was acquired by Nashua in 2012. Approximately $39.8 million of the outstanding debt exists as “balloon” or “bullet” maturities, a form of financing that requires making large payments at the end of the borrowing term. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:18 EST Nashua man charged with calling in phony bomb threat at homeless shelter NASHUA – Police arrested a homeless man Thursday and charged him with contacting the media to cover what he said would be a bomb explosion at a Nashua homeless shelter. Nashua police were contacted by WBZ-TV, Channel 4 News in Boston, around 5:20 a.m. on July 6 and told that a man had called and said he was going to blow up the Dalianis House at 59 Factory St., Nashua, and that he wanted media coverage, police said. Police responded and found no evidence of a bomb within the shelter for homeless veterans and determined the call was a hoax. On Wednesday they arrested Mark Sacco, 48, of no fixed address, and charged him with false report as to explosives, a felony, police said. Sacco was held on $1,500 cash or surety bail and arraigned Thursday morning at Nashua district court, police said. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison, plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:04:09 EST Kenneth E. Churbuck Kenneth E. Churbuck, 69, passed away on May 28, 2014. Mr. Churbuck was a defense attorney and alumnus of Suffolk University Law School, Tufts University, and Bourne (Mass.) High School class of 1962. He ran a long-standing law practice on Main Street in Nashua. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:04:24 EST Nashua sent firefighters, ladder truck to help fight fatal Lowell fire that killed seven One look at the amount of blackened, smoldering rubble where, just hours earlier, as many as 50 people slept in multiple apartments was all Nashua firefighter Jim Douzanis needed Thursday morning to recognize just how rapidly and intensely flames had roared through the rambling tenement on Branch Street in Lowell. Douzanis was one of a crew of four Nashua firefighters manning Ladder 2 out of the Lake Street Station who were dispatched to the four-alarm pre-dawn blaze at 81-85 Branch St. that claimed seven lives, including five members of one family, injured about 10 more and left 50 people homeless. But as bad as was the fire damage, Douzanis said it wasn’t until he and his crew returned to Nashua that he learned of the horrific death toll. Capt. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:31:00 EST State’s first court for veterans opened in Nashua Thursday NASHUA – New Hampshire’s first court program designed to assist veterans who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat-related conditions to navigate through the criminal justice system got off the ground Thursday. The Nashua Veterans Behavioral Health Track will be rolled into Nashua district court’s mental health court program that allows criminal defendant’s to get treatment rather than going to jail for minor offenses. The veterans track will focus specifically on former military members whose crimes are related to illnesses and substance abuse that stem from their tours of duty. “It’s an opportunity to streamline veterans through the court system and recognize some of the specific issues that veterans face, particularly post-traumatic issues,” said New Hampshire National Guard Brigadier General Carolyn Protzmann. “This court will hopefully shed light on those issues veterans are facing and hopefully push them toward treatment and not incarcerating them.” Gov. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:05:38 EST Nashua Police Log Nashua Police  Department July 2 ARREST/SUMMONS Mackenzie Vicaire, 27, 17 Tampa St., Nashua, driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated excess alcohol concentration. JULY 3 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Christopher Peak, 45, 14 Auburn St., Apt. B, Nashua, two counts out-of-town warrant. Brittany M. Dubray, 22, 455 Amherst St., Manchester, driving after revocation or suspension, suspended registration, driving without giving proof. Brandon A. Houle, 18, 188 Concord St., Apt. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:05:50 EST Nashua College to close its doors in September Mount Washington College will close its Nashua and Salem campuses by early September, the school announced Wednesday. Formerly known as Hesser College until a year ago, the school will merge the two closed campuses with its Manchester facilities. “Starting on September 9, students will be continuing studies at the main campus in Manchester,” said college spokesperson Stephen White. The closure’s will affect 540 students and triger about 50 staff layoffs. There are approximately 350 students attending the Nashua campus on Amherst Street, opposite the Somerset Plaza. Manchester will become Mount Washington’s sole campus. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:06:01 EST Hudson Police Log Hudson Police Department MAY 25 Arrests/Summonses Debra Ann Errico, 56, 90 Barretts Hill Road, Apt. A: Hindering apprehension or prosecution, 9:56 p.m. Accident Sagamore Bridge and Lowell Road: 8:02 p.m. One-vehicle accident. Driver: Juan M. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:06:06 EST Nashua VFW recognizes Merrimack store for donation NASHUA – VFW Post 483 presented a certificate of appreciation to The Home Depot at 721 Milford Road in Merrimack for the donation of a gas/charcoal grill for a raffle. The fundraiser was held for a post member who had to remodel his home to accommodate his wife, who suffered a serious stroke. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:01:06 EST Silber is featured artist for August HOLLIS – Dotty Silber will be a featured “Artist of the Month” for August at REMax in Hollis. A reception will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3, at REMax, 2 Ash St., Hollis. She is proudly representing The Hollis Art Society. Silber takes pride in bringing new life to old furniture. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:01:35 EST New realtors inducted to Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors At an induction ceremony that took place at the Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of Realtors (GMNBR) office, 27 new realtors accepted the honor and responsibility of becoming a realtor. These new realtor professionals pledge to hold themselves to the highest standards of professionalism and to conform to the lofty ideals of the REALTOR Code of Ethics. By becoming a realtor member of GMNBR, the inductees also will hold memberships at New Hampshire Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. New realtors include Pierre Blanc of Keller Williams Metropolitan, Paul Butler of CB Residential Brokerage, Richard Carvalho of Keller Williams Metropolitan, Sarah Elechko of Keller Williams Metropolitan, Debra Federico of Sousa Realty & Dev. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:02:43 EST Bedford student’s Rube Goldberg machine turns book pages NASHUA – Fish were being caught, photos were being taken, pancakes were being grilled, bread was being sliced, and guitars were being strummed during Nashua Catholic’s annual eighth grade science fair – not by the students but by the machines that they invented. More than 110 different machines, inspired by cartoonist Rube Goldberg, were on display in the school’s auditorium that could complete various tasks in a minimum of four steps using such simple machines as a pulley, wedge, lever, screw, and wheel from things that they found around their house, in their garage, and even in their garbage. “It was fun making my Rube Goldberg machine,” said Sophia Bemiss, of Bedford, who made a machine that could turn pages of a book. “I learned that simple machines don’t always work the way you think they should. I had to work on the screw to make the ball roll down properly in order to make everything else work the way it was suppose to.” Goldberg, an American cartoonist, was educated as an engineer but is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complex gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways that usually include a chain reaction. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:02:58 EST Greater Nashua students recognized in PBS Kids Writers Contest DURHAM – Poetry about the seasons, a ring-toss game between a cat and a moose, and a day of skiing were among the subjects of winning stories in the New Hampshire Public Television – PBS Kids Writers Contest. More than 450 creative entries were received from children in kindergarten through third grade, and 85 stories were chosen for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention recognition. NHPTV’s winners will compete with the winners from other public television stations in the national PBS Kids Writers Contest. The first-, second- and third-place winners were recognized at an awards ceremony on Saturday, May 10, at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. Author Diane Mayr spoke at the ceremony. She is a librarian and a longtime New Hampshire resident whose children’s books include “Littlebat’s Halloween Story,” “Run, Turkey, Run!” and “Out and About at the Apple Orchard.” “By taking this contest into my kindergarten class, I was able to introduce the world of writing to so many youngsters,” sand Kimberly Carrier, a kindergarten teacher in Nashua. “It is by far my favorite part of teaching every year. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:00:22 EST Nashua man charged with firing accidental gunshot into city apartment NASHUA – Police arrested a city man on felony charges earlier this month and accused him of accidentally firing a bullet into an apartment complex. Police were called around 11:30 a.m. on May 25 for a report of shots fired near a local apartment complex and a woman there told officers a bullet had been shot into her apartment, police said. Patrol officers identified Nicholas Kolhonen, 22, of 6 Silver Drive, Apt. 20, Nashua, as a possible suspect and detectives later charged him with felony reckless conduct after determining the shot had been fired as a result of an accidental discharge, police said. Kolhonen was arrested around 1:30 on July 5 and released on $15,000 personal recognizance bail pending his arraignment at Nashua district court, police said. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:06:18 EST Nashua police charge Bedford woman with fraud NASHUA – Police arrested a Bedford woman this week they said defrauded a local bank. Police were contacted by the bank and told it had lost a sum of money as the result of check fraud. Detectives investigated and arrested Tamra Snyder, of 7 Mack St., Bedford, on Wednesday, police said. Snyder was released on personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned at Nashua district court, police said. The Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:05:54 EST Nashua woman facing theft charge in check cashing scheme NASHUA – A Nashua woman is facing a felony theft charge after police arrested her this week and accused her of a check cashing scheme. A local bank reported to police it had lost more than $1,500 due to the scheme and after an investigation, detectives charged Evelyn Anaya, of 17 Spalding St., Nashua. Anaya was arrested around 9 a.m. Wednesday and charged with theft by deception-consolidation, police said. Anaya was freed on personal recognizance bail pending her arraignment at Nashua district court, police said. The Class A felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison plus fines, police said. – JOSEPH G. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:05:20 EST New Hampshire opens first criminal court for vets in Nashua NASHUA (AP) - New Hampshire's governor and chief justice will be among the speakers at opening ceremonies for the state's first court to handle the cases of military veterans charged with crimes. The ceremony will be held at Nashua District Court Thursday. Judge James Leahy will host the events and preside over the court's cases as part of the Veterans Behavioral Health Track. Gov. Maggie Hassan and Chief Justice Linda Dalianis will attend the ceremonies. Nashua District Court in 2006 was home to the Judicial Branch's first mental health court. Veterans' advocates say veterans often experience anger management issues, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder - any of which can drive crimes by veterans. The opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:40:00 EST Nashua moves polling locations to increase school safety NASHUA – Driven by concerns about school safety across the country, Nashua will move Election Day voting out of two elementary schools and into new locations this fall. The Board of Aldermen on Tuesday approved a request from City Clerk Paul Bergeron to change the polling locations in Ward 3 and Ward 5, moving voting booths out of school buildings and into churches in the two wards. The city also will hire police officers to work security details at seven other school buildings used as polling places around the city. The changes will be visible as early as the September primary election. Nashua School Superintendent Mark Conrad said the moves are intended to assuage fears from parents and staff about easy access to school buildings while children are in the building. “Parents want to know that we’re controlling access to who comes into the schools their children are in,” he said. Throughout the U.S., a number of schools have moved to end their traditional role as polling places since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. It’s hard to tell how widespread school voting restrictions have become; The Associated Press reported in January that more than three dozen U.S. schools either had either eliminated voting or considered doing so because of Sandy Hook. Officials who were called to speak before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration several months ago repeatedly testified that the issue poses a growing problem. “Schools are less and less inclined to want to make those facilities locations for voting, because you have access from people coming in off the street,” Ohio Secretary of State John Husted said at the commission’s Cincinnati meeting in September. In Nashua schools, administrators have instituted “full perimeter security,” meaning that on most days, visitors must check in at the main entrance to gain access to the building. Yet on election days, procedures are more lax to accommodate voting. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:31:28 EST Hudson man arrested after police say he drove 132 MPH in Toyota Supra on Everett Turnpike in Nashua NASHUA – State Police arrested a Hudson man they said was racing another car on F.E. Everett Turnpike Wednesday morning topping speeds of 130 mph. Kenneth Guertin, 45, of Hudson, was charged with felony reckless conduct after Trooper Kieran Fagan stopped him in his black Toyota Supra while the other car, a Subaru WRX, got away, according to police. Guertin is the third man this week to be arrested on felony charges after hitting dangerous speeds on New Hampshire highways. Fagan was patrolling the turnpike and heading north near Exit 4 in Nashua just after 7 a.m. Wednesday when two cars racing one another passed him. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:07:11 EST Napa East gift card holders need not despair – yet Related story: Nashua’s Napa East abruptly closes; future uncertain NASHUA – As customers, and even employees, of Napa East Wine Lounge & Shop continue to question the reasons for its abrupt closure on Tuesday, one group of would-be diners are asking a specific question: What happens to my gift certificate? Several certificate-holders were among the scores of people who posted comments on Napa East’s Facebook page following Tuesday’s announcement, and others contacted the Telegraph on Wednesday looking for answers. While the state Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, which regulates services and products that include gift certificates and cards, doesn’t specifically address what happens to gift certificates when a store or restaurant closes, the head of the bureau said Wednesday that the bureau “generally takes the position that the business owner is responsible for making restitution to the certificate holders.” Assistant state Attorney General David Rienzo suggested that certificate holders file a complaint with his office, a process that can be completed online by going to the Consumer Protection and Antitrust page ( and clicking on “consumer complaints” link on the right side. Those who file a complaint can submit the form electronically or print it out and send it to the bureau at the address on the Website. Anyone with questions can contact Rienzo’s office at 271-3643. Should Napa East eventually file for bankruptcy, Rienzo said, it would become more difficult for certificate holders to receive restitution. So far, Napa East owner Joanna Mahoney has given no indication whether bankruptcy is in the restaurant’s future. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:49:00 EST One hurt in Nashua French Hill crash Wednesday A woman suffered non life-threatening injuries in a two-car accident on Nashua’s French Hill on Wednesday afternoon. The unidentified woman, believed to be in her 50s, was the driver of the vehicle that rolled over and came to rest on its roof after the crash at the intersection of Summer and Cross streets, Deputy Nashua Fire Rescue Chief Brian Rhodes said. She was taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for treatment, he said. No other injuries were reported. The name of the driver of the other vehicle was also unavailable. Rhodes said the accident, which occurred around 5 p.m., is under investigation by Nashua police. – DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:32 EST Everett W. Robie Everett W. Robie, 80, a native and longtime resident of Nashua, NH, died Sunday evening, July 6th 2014, at the Southern NH Medical Center surrounded by members of his family. He was born on March 6, 1934 and was the eldest son of the late Harrison A. and Florence (Snow) Robie. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:01:10 EST Study: Car insurance rates vary widely in NH; are more expensive in Mass. Car insurance rates vary by hundreds of dollars a year across New Hampshire, with smaller cities and towns like Keene, Concord and Peterborough paying less than most places in Greater Nashua, according to a new survey by a finance firm called Even in the most expensive place, however, the cost was much less than in Massachusetts towns – although state-to-state comparison is difficult due to differing requirements for coverage. The survey examined auto insurance rates for a single 30-year-old male who drove his Toyota Camry about 12,000 miles a year, with good credit and a good driving record. It’s not clear how costs would vary for other types of drivers. The analysis “includes costs across 37 cities from 14 insurers, including the five largest groups  underwriting in the state: State Farm, Progressive, Liberty Mutual, National Indemnity (GEICO), and Allstate,” the firm said in a press statement. The average costs, the firm said, range from $827 a year in Keene to $1,140 a year in Manchester, a difference of 37 percent. Nashua, at $989, was almost a dollar a week more expensive than the statewide average of $948 a year. Results varied a surprising amount even between similar adjacent communities – for example, Amherst’s figure was about 7 percent higher than Milford’s. “The likely answer is that claims frequency and severity for those insurers were different in those towns, “said Ting Pen, co-founder of In Massachusetts, rates ranged from $1,286 in Marlborough to $2,125 in Brockton. Lowell’s average was $1,693 a year, Lawrence was $1,863, and Boston was $1,933. The Massachusetts analysis involved 35 different insurance companies and 179 cities and towns. The coverage was much more extensive than in the New Hampshire analysis and involved seven kinds of driver situations. The New Hampshire study assumed covered liability of $50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident for the passengers and an uninsured motorist; $1,000 in medical payments; and $500 in collision deductible. Annual car insurance costs for other Greater Nashua communities include: Milford: $912. Hollis: $958. Merrimack: $960. Amherst: $972. Hudson: $980. Windham: $1,073. The analysis was done by requesting rates from each of the companies in each of the communities and then averaging the results for each community. The list of all New Hampshire rates can be found at The entire study is at David Brooks can be reached at 594-6531 or dbrooks@nashua Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:55:01 EST New Hampshire non-graduates find routes toward diplomas Graduation is a transition time for students. The majority receive diplomas and move on to work or go to college. A handful of seniors opt for earning their high school equivalency certificate. And then there are a few who call it quits, who are counted as dropouts, and get counted in a statistic that is closely watched by local and state school officials. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:05:25 EST Rebecca L. Dexter Rebecca L. Dexter, 41, resident of Greenville, NH, died on July 6, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH. She was born in Nashua on November 24, 1972, a daughter of Madeline (Delescluse) Nangle of Milford and the late Patrick B. Nangle. She made her home in Milford for most of her life and graduated from MASH, Class of 1991. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:03:28 EST Wilfrid J. Piekarski “Wil” passed away on Sunday July 6, 2014. He was born in Chicago, Ill. On October 12, 1929 to Frank and Mae (Lilegden) Piekarski. He is predeceased by his brothers Robert and Frank, and sisters Joan and Bernadette. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:03:38 EST James C. Starke AMHERST – James C. Starke, M.D., well-known dermatologist, age 85, died on July 6, 2014, from pulmonary fibrosis in the house he restored, lived in and loved for 52 years, known as the Melendy Farm. Starke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Carl and Ada Starke. He attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison and received his medical degree from Marquette Medical School (now Medical College of Wisconsin). After graduation, Starke served his internship at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (Dartmouth-Hitchcock) in Hanover, N.H. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:03:42 EST Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua recognizes supporters NASHUA – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua & Greater Salem held its annual You Rock! Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua recently. More than 135 guests were in attendance to recognize the efforts and achievements of BBBS volunteer mentors and supporters. Comedian and entertainer Mike Koutrobis and Joy Barrett, Chief executive officer of BBBS Greater Nashua & Greater Salem, presented the honors of the 2014 Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year to BBBS board member Scott Law and Irene Holland. Law is Big Brother to Stephyn, while Holland is Big Sister to Kirshjah. Stephyn was unable to attend the event because he was graduating from high school in Vermont the next day. St. Joseph Hospital was recognized for its financial support of the BBBS mission with the Corporate Partner Award, and David Roedel, former BBBS board member, received the John Sias Award for his passion and dedication to the organization. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua’s Mentors in Training participants received accolades for their commitment to the student leadership program, their community service efforts and their participation in Youth United, a United Way of Greater Nashua youth venture initiative. Also honored with the Cheerleader Award were two supporters: Koutrobis and Toastmasters coach Don Winn, both for sharing their talents with BBBS. The celebration kicked off with a congratulatory message from Mayor Donnalee Lozeau to the 16 Little Brothers and Little Sisters graduating from high school. “The achievements of our Littles are truly amazing,” Barrett said. “We thank our volunteer mentors for helping them reach their fullest and most inspiring potential.” Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:25 EST Katherine Bethany-Sarai Kinsley-Meissner, Nashua Richard Kinsley-Meissner and Dustin Kinsley-Meissner, of Nashua, announced the birth of their daughter Katherine “Katy” Bethany-Sarai Kinsley-Meissner at 10:27 p.m. April 10, 2014, at Winchester Hospital. Katy weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18 inches long at birth. She joins her siblings, Liam Kinsley-Spanos, 10, and Naomie-Aaliyah Kinsley-Spanos, 9. Her sister Sarah Kinsley-Meissner died at 2 months old of SIDS on April 23, 2013. Katy’s grandparents are Richard and Linda Kinsley, of Tyngsborough, Mass., and Jon and Vicki Meissner, of New Cumberland, W.Va. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:42 EST Charlotte Olivia Batchelder, Nashua John and Kelly (Hohen) Batchelder, of Nashua, announced the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Olivia Batchelder, at 6:11 p.m. July 2, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua. Charlotte was 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 20 inches long at birth. Grandparents are Diane Hohen, of Billerica, Mass., and the late Richard Hohen, formerly of Milford; John Batchelder of New Port Richie, Fla., and Julie Murray, of Nashua; and John Murray, of Nashua. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:48 EST Bank makes donation to Nashua School District LOWELL, Mass. – In appreciation of the warm welcome Enterprise Bank received in Nashua when it opened its doors at  88 Main St., the bank made a $2,500 donation to the Nashua School District to benefit Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School. The donation, which was announced during the grand opening celebration, represents $10 for each new account opened at the Nashua office during the bank’s first several months in business. Senior Vice President Mike Fox and Vice President Deb Novotny presented the check to Nashua Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad. Enterprise Bank has 22 full-service branch offices, including Hudson, N.H. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:53 EST College achievements by students from Greater Nashua Here is a listing of college honors received by students from Greater Nashua: CLARK UNIVERSITY These local students graduated this spring from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. FROM AMHERST: Aaron M. Landis, M.S. in finance; Sara E. Hutchinson, B.A. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:01:19 EST Scholarships awarded to Greater Nashua students Here are scholarships awarded to students in Greater Nashua: NASHUA KALIL & KRESS DENTAL PROFESSION SCHOLARSHIPS Dr. Donna Kalil and Dr. Beth Kress recently presented the 2014 Kalil & Kress Dental Profession Scholarships. Applications were accepted from Nashua High School North and South students pursuing a career in the dental field. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:01:25 EST College achievements by Greater Nashua students Here are college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: KEENE STATE HONORS CONVOCATION These local students were honored at Keene State College’s Spring Honors Convocation in May. Alexander Davis, of Hollis, won the Bruce LeVine Mellion ’69 Scholarship for Excellence in Dance. This award was established to provide recognition, advanced study and research opportunities to an exceptional junior or senior majoring in dance and chosen by the dance department faculty. Katherine Wadleigh, of Hollis, won the Theatre and Dance Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts. Members of the theatre and dance department recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, creativity and service to the department in the areas of acting, directing, technology and design. Ashley Cardin, of Hudson, won the Honors in Psychology Award. The academic program of psychology at Keene State has established an honors program to recognize motivated psychology students who have completed a yearlong empirical research project, presented an oral and a written report on their findings, and passed an examination. Emily Laplant, of Hudson, won the Excellence in Communication Award and the Peter H. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:01:32 EST Finance Committee endorses reopening Brentwood School with Nashua district staff NASHUA – Some of the city’s intensive needs students are likely to be taught at a small alternative school in Merrimack by the district’s own teachers this fall. Members of the Board of Education’s Finance Committee voted to hire new staff and take over most of the closed the Brentwood School. The Brentwood School, an alternative high school for students with intensive needs, closed suddenly at the end of this last school year. “We currently had 8 to 10 students at any given time at (Brentwood)” said Conrad. “When they closed so late in the year, the question was, ‘what do we do now?’” The committee voted to post open positions for staffing a Nashua-run program at Brentwood, although the budget and program details have yet to be worked out. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:34:42 EST Nashua man riding bicycle in critical condition after colliding with car in Hudson HUDSON – A Nashua man is in critical condition after colliding with a car while riding an electric-assist bicycle Monday. The accident occurred around 11:50 a.m. at the intersection of Lowell and Wason Roads. James Landry, 47, was found on the eastbound lane of Wason Road suffering from serious head trauma. The car involved was parked at the scene, and the driver, Alisha McCoy, 30, of Nashua, and passers-by were rendering aid to the injured male bicyclist. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:17 EST Rebecca L. Dexter Rebecca L. Dexter, 41, resident of Greenville, NH, died on July 6, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH. She was born in Nashua on November 24, 1972, a daughter of Madeline (Delescluse) Nangle of Milford and the late Patrick B. Nangle. She made her home in Milford for most of her life and graduated from MASH, Class of 1991. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:01:30 EST Robert E. Madden Robert E. Madden of Huntington, New York, and formerly of Nashua, NH, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the age of 65 while vacationing with his family in Ossipee, NH. Robert was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 15, 1949, the devoted son of the late Robert F. and Mary Agnes (Barrett) Madden. He was known as Rob to his loving brother and sisters and as Uncle Robbie to his loving nephews and nieces. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:02:15 EST Betty J. (McDowell) Mulligan Betty J. (McDowell) Mulligan, 78, a longtime resident of Nashua, died peacefully on July 6, 2014 at home with her son at her side. She was born September 20, 1935 in Ayer, MA, a daughter of the late George and Annie (Hurley) McDowell. She grew up in West Groton Ma and was a graduate of Groton High School, Class of 1953. Mrs. Mulligan was the widow of James P. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:02:39 EST Robert Laquerre Robert Laquerre, 53, of Hampton, NH died Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born on April 25th, 1961 in Nashua, NH, son of Roger and Rachel (Dumas) Laquerre, and was the loving husband of 16 years to Robin (Wilmot) Laquerre. Bob was predeceased by two brothers, Billy and Rick Laquerre. Bob lived in Hudson his entire life until 4 years ago, when he moved to Hampton Beach to fulfill his lifelong dream. Bob enjoyed riding in his convertible, vacationing in Florida, playing cards with friends, golf, New England Sports, and he absolutely loved desserts. Besides his loving parents and wife Robin, Bob is survived by a son, Anthony DeBenedictis of Nashua, NH; a daughter, Jane DeBenedictis and husband Tom of Hudson, NH; a brother, James Laquerre and wife Ellen of Merrimack, NH; two sisters, Linda Tobin of Hampton, NH, Karen Mclavey and husband David of Litchfield, NH; Stephen Tobin of Exeter, NH; in-laws, Jerry Wilmot of Plant City, FL and Betty Wilmot of Nashua, NH; brother-in-law, David Wilmot of Nashua, NH; a sister-in-law, LuAnn Laquerre and husband Bruce Bigelow of Hudson, NH; eight nieces, Jessica, Colleen, Lauren, Kaitlin and husband Brian, Sara, Julie, Amanda and Taylor; two nephews, Brian and Andy; two grandchildren, Grace and Rocco; and many dear friends. Visiting Hours will be held on Thursday, July 10th from 3-5:30pm at the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry St., Hudson. A Memorial Service will begin at 5:30pm in the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. To leave a message of condolence, or get directions, please visit Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:05 EST Charles K. Magno, Jr. Charles K. Magno, Jr., 61, of Nashua, passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at his home. Charles was born in Arlington MA on March 6, 1953, a son of the late Charles K. and Gloria S. (Liles) Magno, Sr. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:40 EST Wilfrid J. Piekarski “Wil” passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014. He was born in Chicago, Ill. on October 12, 1929 to Frank and Mae (Lilegden) Piekarski. He is predeceased by his brothers Robert and Frank, and sisters Joan and Bernadette. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:04:11 EST Nashua aldermen call for control over citizen services director position NASHUA – The Budget Review Committee voted Monday to shift the position of citizen services director out of the mayor’s office – a move that one city official said was aimed at retaining the employee who holds the job. The current citizen services director, Patricia Rogers, was hired to serve on the mayor’s staff beginning in 2008. Rogers is the point person for residents who have concerns and complaints about city business. She was slated to earn a $49,779 salary in the position during the coming fiscal year. While she currently serves under the direction of the mayor, that soon could change. The budget committee voted Monday to recommend moving her position under the direction of the Board of Aldermen. While there was little discussion about the proposal Monday, Alderman-at-Large David Deane said Tuesday that he views Rogers as an asset to the community and feared she wouldn’t be asked to continue serving in her role by the mayor. “It’s my understanding – through what I’ve heard through numerous sources – that the individual has been, you know, given some options. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:54:29 EST Mikata in Nashua torn down to make more room After more than a decade in Nashua, the Mikata Japanese Steakhouse at 647 Amherst St. has been torn down to make way for an expanded version of a year-old auto oil and lubrication shop and car wash. Amherst St. LLC and Key Auto Group decided to expand the facility, which replaced a Saturn dealership only last year, after the Mikata property became available. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:05:24 EST Pair facing slew of drug charges, accused by police of making drug runs to Nashua NASHUA – Police have charged a woman and a man with several felony-level drug charges, accusing them of trying to sell cocaine, heroin and prescription pills. Police said Yahaira Acevedo- Torres, 27, and Luis Ruiz-Gonzalez, 22, were arrested Friday and charged with sale and possession of narcotic drugs, including crack cocaine, heroin, cocaine and oxycodone hydrochloric pills. Police have been investigating  Acevedo-Torres, “probably going back a couple years now,” Nashua Police Lt. David Bailey said. During the recent investigation, police said Acevedo-Torres and Ruiz-Gonzalez were making daily trips to the Nashua area for the purpose of distributing narcotic drugs. Acevedo-Torres and Ruiz-Gonzalez were charged with Class A felonies and were arraigned at the Nashua District Court on Monday. The pair were arrested by Nashua Police Department’s Narcotics Intelligence Division, who were assisted by members of the U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:06:05 EST Nashua bicyclist injured after crashing into car in Hudson HUDSON (AP) - Police say a bicyclist remains hospitalized in critical condition after he crashed into a car in Hudson. Authorities say 47-year-old James Landry was riding against traffic when he went through a red light and hit the side of a car on Monday. The Nashua man was thrown from his electric-assisted bicycle. Police say he was not wearing a helmet. Landry was taken to a hospital with a serious head injury. Officials say the driver of the car remained at the scene and will not face any charges. Police are urging bicyclists to always wear a helmet and to obey the rules of the road. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:57:47 EST Wilfrid J. Piekarski Wilfrid J. “Wil” Piekarski, 84, a well known business executive and President of Toyota of Nashua, passed away at his home in Milford, NH, Sunday evening, July 6, 2014 after a period of declining health. Wil was the husband of Marilyn J. (Long) Piekarski with whom he recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. A complete obituary will appear in Wednesday’s edition of The Telegraph. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:01:02 EST Robert E. Madden Robert E. Madden of Huntington, New York, and formerly of Nashua, NH, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the age of 65 while vacationing with his family in Ossipee, NH. Robert was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 15, 1949, the devoted son of the late Robert F. and Mary Agnes (Barrett) Madden. He was known as Rob to his loving brother and sisters and as Uncle Robbie to his loving nephews and nieces, he was known as Bob to his many friends and business associates. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:01:11 EST Man allegedly stabbed another man during domestic dispute NASHUA – Police arrested a Nashua resident last week who they said stabbed a man who tried to intervene in a domestic assault. Police were called to a Nashua residence shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday for a report of a domestic disturbance during which a man was stabbed. When they arrived, officers were told Ernie Roig, 26, had been involved in an altercation with a woman and that he had threatened her with a knife and assaulted her, police said. A family member stepped in to stop the altercation and was stabbed in the stomach by Roig, police said. The male family member was brought to a city hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the woman who was involved had only minor injuries, according to police. Roig was charged with domestic violence: first-degree assault and two counts each of domestic violence: criminal threatening and domestic violence: simple assault. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:04:01 EST Hudson collects rain-shortened win over Nashua NASHUA – Mother Nature turned into Nashua Post 124’s saving grace Monday night. Nashua’s American Legion baseball game against Hudson Post 48 ended in a 6-2 loss at Holman Stadium after lightning and anticipated thunderstorms halted play in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was ruled an official game because Post 124, playing as the visitor, already had its at-bat in the fifth. Not many things were going Nashua’s way. It had already gone through two pitchers battling control problems and was struggling to score off Hudson starter Ryan Glendye. The weather ended things before they could get out of hand, and may have saved Post 124 some more arms. The first sight of lightning came with one out in the bottom of the fifth, leading to a mandatory 30-minute delay. But after the sound of thunder came and it started to pour, players and spectators immediately left as the umpires signaled the end of the game. Nashua may have felt differently about the ending had the game continued the way it had after the first two innings. Starter Jason Ferlan had cruised through the first two innings, allowing just one hit and facing the minimum six Hudson Post 48 batters entering the third inning with his team leading 1-0. The success ended there. Ferlan was a shell of himself in the third inning, giving up five hits, two walks and a hit batter as Hudson exploded for five runs in the frame. Ferlan allowed the bottom of the Post 48 order to reach to load the bases with no outs, then walked Kellin Bail to score the tying run. Connor Whittemore broke it open with a two-run single that bounced just inside the left field foul line to score Jackson Musco and Dan Brown. Dakota Williams drove in Luis Matrille two batters later with a single to right center, and Musco scored Bail with his second single of the inning to put Hudson up 5-1. Ferlan was back out for the fourth, but was pulled after a pair of walks to lead off the inning. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:04:27 EST Nashua firefighter faces federal child pornography charges NASHUA – A member of Nashua Fire Rescue has been placed on home confinement following his first appearance in federal court on child pornography charges, according to documents posted on the U.S. District Court’s website earlier this month. Stephen Cote, a Nashua fire department employee since December 1996, was indicted on one charge each of distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography at the federal court in Concord, according to court documents. The charges accused Cote of possessing and distributing images of children “engaging in sexually explicit conduct” between March 8 and June 25, 2013, according to court records. Cote was arraigned Thursday and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and to remain confined to his home except for work, school and some other activities. He also was ordered to turn over a laptop computer, firearms and ammunition to a probation officer and to notify his employer of computer-related restrictions, according to court records. Nashua fire officials did not know about Cote’s arrest when contacted by The Telegraph on Monday morning. Fire Chief Brian Morrissey said Cote had worked for the department since the mid-1990s and was off-duty over the weekend for a previously scheduled vacation. “I haven’t seen anything as of yet,” Morrissey said. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:06:27 EST One year, 8,700 miles, 1,700 pictures, and no words: Nashua grad finishes his silent walk across country NASHUA – More than 8,700 miles, nearly 2 million steps and close to 12 months later, Greg Hindy is ahead of schedule. Hindy, 22, is in Los Angeles just shy of a year since he took a vow of silence and set off on foot from New Hampshire to travel up, down and around the country before finishing his silent trek at a friend’s house in L.A. on July 9, his 23rd birthday. “He’s back in the city, so I think it’s a done deal,” his father, Dr. Carl Hindy, said this week. “There’s a lot of film to develop.” Greg Hindy’s walk is intended to be a piece of performance art. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:04:00 EST Decontamination training sessions Tuesday at SNHMC in Nashua NASHUA – Southern New Hampshire Health System will be training health care personnel to decontaminate victims exposed to hazardous substances at a training session Tuesday, July 8. This full-day program includes classroom and hands-on training using protective outerwear and powered air purifying respirators. In addition, trainees will learn how to use the current modes of decontamination based out of the main campus Emergency Department at 8 Prospect St. – TELEGRAPH STAFF Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:04:20 EST Nashua needs more bike paths One thing that I love to do in Nashua is ride my bike around the city on nice days. However Nashua’s roads, especially the major roads, are not very accommodating to cyclists. Most do not have shoulders that are wide enough for cycling. On roads without shoulders, car drivers are required to share the road with bicyclists, but some drivers do not know of this law in New Hampshire. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:00:27 EST Robert E. Madden Robert E. Madden, 65, of Huntington, New York and formerly of Nashua, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 while vacationing with his family in Ossipee, NH. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 15, 1949, he was a son of the late Robert F. and Mary Agnes (Barrett) Madden. A complete obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced in Tuesday’s edition of The Telegraph. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:00:18 EST Robert A. LaFreniere Robert A. LaFreniere, 84, of Nashua, husband of Rose M. (Klinzing) LaFreniere, died at his home Saturday afternoon, July 5, 2014 after a long illness. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 9, 1929, he was a son of the late Alfonse and Noemi (Simard) LaFreniere. “Bob” was raised and educated in Wilmington and Medford, MA and enlisted in the US Coast Guard in 1945. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:00:30 EST Donald Eric Thompson Donald Eric Thompson, 57, of Nashua, NH died July 2, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital. Born April 9, 1957 in Stoneham, MA, he was son of the late Donald D. and Grace Evangeline (Hanson) Thompson. Eric was employed at Majilite as a machine operator. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:00:41 EST Madeline P. (Brooks) Romkey Madeline P. (Brooks) Romkey, 95, longtime resident of Nashua, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Madeline was born in Cambridge, MA on October 9, 1918, a daughter of the late Charles W. and Mary T. (Curuyn) brooks. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:00:51 EST Don Himsel's 'Voices': ‘You did it!’ Downtown Nashua regulars will recognize Franny’s greeting If you’ve spent any time around Nashua’s Main Street and have run across Francis Whitford, chances are he looked you straight in the eye and said you did it. Just go with it. It’s part of being downtown in Nashua. Friends and strangers alike are often the recipient of his boisterous “You did it!” greetings as he walks by. Franny, 58, faced with developmental challenges and epilepsy, is as part of the Main Street scene as anything down there. For years he has been seen on foot, walking from his home through the downtown and shouting his greeting. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:15:01 EST Despite complaints and questions, Nashua approves five-year school bus contract NASHUA – Despite busing complaints from a number of parents, the Nashua school board has given its longtime busing company a new five-year contract and a significant raise. Last Monday, the Board of Education approved a new contract with First Student Inc., the largest school bus company in North America. In fiscal year 2014, First Student will be paid $4.6 million to transport Nashua students. The new contract increases the yearly rate to $5.1 million for 2015, with more money to be paid in subsequent years. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 23:01:32 EST Judge to decide if woman accused of Hollis home invasion is competent to stand trial NASHUA – The state’s chief forensic examiner said a woman facing attempted murder charges following a May 2013 home invasion in Hollis is competent to stand trial. Whether or not a judge agrees remains to be seen. Dr. Daniel Comiskey said he suspects that Cynthia Nagele, 58, of Lowell, Mass., was having more struggles with depression and anxiety when her lawyers filed a motion in April stating their concerns about her ability to understand and retain vital information about her case. Since then Nagele has received mental health treatment and medication and can communicate sufficiently with her lawyers and consider her options and legal rights, Comiskey testified at Hillsborough County Superior Court Tuesday. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:11:46 EST Regional planning group mulling future of 101A NASHUA – With significant congestion backing up vehicles on Route 101A, members of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission are asking state transportation officials, and cities and towns across the region, what kinds of solutions might alleviate traffic in the future. Staffers from the regional planning group recently met with members of Nashua’s aldermanic Planning and Economic Development Committee to start mulling over the problems facing the roadway. NRPC is asking communities in Greater Nashua to begin thinking about public and private investments to improvement transportation that are feasible in the near future. NRPC also is making the case to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation that 101A – a hub of economic activity – should be viewed as a regional concern. The East-to-West highway connects Nashua to five communities, stretching 12.6 miles to Wilton. It serves as a conduit for commuters west of the Gate City to reach the F.E. Everett Turnpike, and also is a focal point for business growth. Traffic on 101A has long been a concern, but the issue has become more exacerbated over the years, NRPC Executive Director Kerrie Diers said last week. “One of the things that we’ve heard over and over again in the region is East-West travel is very challenging, and … particularly 101A,” she said. The highway started as a two-lane country road extending west from Nashua until it was upgraded in the mid-1970s. One major improvement was construction of the Milford bypass, which enabled easier access from the west. Another improvement was the building of the Somerset Parkway in the 1980s, a move that provided easier access to the turnpike. Then in the 1990s, the Camp Sargent Road bypass in Merrimack provided an alternative route to travel between Continental Boulevard and the highway. Today, Nashua, Merrimack and Amherst enjoy high-density development along the corridor, with housing, retail stores, educational facilities, restaurants and other businesses flocking to 101A. Approximately 85 percent of all jobs in the region are located within a quarter mile of the main roads – the turnpike and 101A. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:10:34 EST Gate City induction: Lajoie, Belanger officially members of Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall of Fame NASHUA – Holman Stadium was a second home to Fred Lajoie and Richard “Dick” Belanger. The duo dedicated much of their lives to helping the stadium and Nashua youth sports. Saturday night, the Nashua Lions Club assured that their commitment would always be remembered. The two Gate City legends were inducted into the Nashua Lions Club Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall of Fame prior to the city’s firework celebration. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:02:47 EST Nashua police log Nashua Police  Department JUNE 27 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Colin E. Ploof, 28, 23 Temple St., Apt. 20, Nashua, criminal trespass. Peter Orville Kron, 61, no fixed address, Nashua, electronic bench warrant: nonappearance in court. Regina M. Trainor, 56, 123 Newton Drive, Nashua, driving after revocation or suspension, conduct after an accident, false report on accident. David Paul Maffee, 33, 1 Charlotte Ave., Nashua, electronic bench warrant: nonappearance in court. Shawn Daniel Brady, 25, 28 Railroad Square, Apt. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:01:13 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – July 7 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA AARP SMART DRIVER PROGRAM The AARP SMART DRIVER Program is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for older drivers. The class and new course curriculum will be held 9 a.m.-noon July 8 and 9 (two-day class) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 2300 Southwood Drive. $15 for AARP members, $20 for nonmembers payable by check only (made out to AARP). Some insurance companies offer a discount for taking this class. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:01:48 EST A’s capture city Babe Ruth crown with rally Baseball Nashua Babe Ruth A’s sweep Braves for  13-15-year-old city title The A’s topped the Braves twice in the city finals to take the championship, 7-1 in the first game and then 7-6 in a 10-inning winner-take-all affair that ended with Ryan Sanchez’ wakoff RBI single in the second game. Tony Columbus scored the game-winner, doubling before Sanchez’ hit. In the top of the ninth A’s right fielder, Tyler MacQuarrie threw out the go ahead run at the plate, with a great play and tag by catcher Columbus. Three pitchers combined for the A’s in the second game. Zach Finkelstein went three innings, Joe Routhier went the next two and CJ Barrett closed it out with five strong innings. The Braves opened the scoring in the first, with Joe Bernard scoring after reaching on an error. They added two more runs in the third with Bernard and Nate Cormier scoring. The A’s got two back in the fourth on singles by Joe Routhier, Columbus and Zach Finkelstein, with Routhier and Columbus scoring. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 16:01:57 EST Louise Henriette (Calbo) Akkerman Louise Henriette (Calbo) Akkerman, 93, of Nashua, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. She was born July 28, 1920, in Malang, Indonesia, daughter of the late Michel and Anna (Tampinongkol) Calbo, and was the wife of the late Anton Akkerman, with whom she shared her life for more than 50 years until he passed away in 2003. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, George Calbo and Herman Calbo; and her sisters, Cecil Navasard and Elizabeth Calbo, a son-in-law, Edward Kittredge Jr.; and a grandson, Shawn Kittredge. Louise’s life was centered on her family. After surviving the Japanese occupation of Indonesia during World War II, as well as the Indonesian National Revolution, she and her husband were forced to flee with their young children to the Netherlands. A few years later, they immigrated to the United States to give their family a safe, secure life. They settled in North Billerica, Mass., and lived there for almost 30 years until they moved to Nashua in the 1980s. Besides devoting her life to raising her children, Louise opened her heart and her home to the other kids in the neighborhood, many of whom saw her as a surrogate mother. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:00:29 EST Robert LeClair Robert LeClair, 83 of Nashua, died Thursday July 3, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 18, 1931 in Lowell, MA, son of the late Harold J. and Anne-Nora (Forrest) LeClair. He was also predeceased by a brother, Harold J. LeClair, Jr.. Bob was the loving husband of Carol (Rocha) LeClair of Nashua with whom he shared many happy memories. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:01:23 EST Community events in Nashua – July 6 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. For more events, visit COMMUNITY EVENTS FARM EXHIBIT TO OPEN AT SPEARE MEMORIAL MUSEUM The Nashua Historical Society invites the public to the opening of a new exhibit, “Settling the Lands of Old Dunstable: Farms and Agriculture in the Early Days of Nashua.” Twelve farm properties are highlighted in this exhibit, including the Hayward Farms property, where the Nashua Mall is now located. The event will be held at the Nashua Historical Society at 7 p.m. July 17, with a brief introduction in the society’s Frank B. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 22:00:45 EST Credit union holds food drive for Nashua Soup Kitchen NASHUA – Logix Federal Credit Union has announced that its second annual food drive for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter collected more than 1,000 items. Staff members distributed reusable bags to local business owners, credit union members and the community. They returned to the credit union with canned goods, cereal, pasta, jarred foods and personal hygiene items from May 12-June 27. “Last year, we hosted our first food drive and it was well-received by our neighbors and members; we are excited to start a tradition and continue to give back with our food drive every year,” branch sales manager Mary Johnson said. “We know that the Nashua Soup Kitchen does a great job to support our community, and we want to give back.” The credit union selects this time of year to host a food drive because students are on summer break and won’t have lunches available; moreover, shelters’ shelves can be lean at this time of year. “We have a lot of support around the holidays, and it’s around this time of year that we are hoping to receive support from our local community,” Nashua Soup Kitchen Executive Director Lisa Christie said. “We are fortunate to have Logix as a partner; they understand our needs and do a great job at helping us keep our cupboards stocked.” For more information about the Nashua Soup Kitchen, visit Sat, 05 Jul 2014 22:00:56 EST Maistrosky presented Good Citizen Award for Nashua volunteerism MANCHESTER – Citizens Bank and Volunteer NH named Jeff Maistrosky a Good Citizen for his commitment to the Nashua community. The Good Citizen Award honors people who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to volunteerism and, through their efforts, strengthen the communities where they live and work. As part of the award, a $250 donation is being made in Maistrosky’s honor to the Independent Karate School Scholarship Foundation. “Jeffrey is a true asset to the Nashua community,” said Sanjay Sood, Citizens Bank Nashua branch manager. “He embodies the spirit of volunteerism with his positive attitude and willingness to help whenever needed. We are proud to work with Volunteer NH to showcase people like Jeff and the tremendous work they do in our New Hampshire communities.” This marks Maistrosky’s 10th year of service to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 22:01:02 EST Students from Nashua school attend national conference in Washington NASHUA – The Technology Student Association from the Academy for Science and Design recently visited Washington, D.C., for the National TSA Conference. TSA is a national organization for students engaged in STEM courses – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. According to the TSA website, the conference celebrates the contributions of advancing technology with the theme “The Spirit of Innovation.” The conference took place June 27-July 1 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Middle and high school students participated in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects in STEM subjects during the school year. These students have been researching, designing and building solar cars to bring to the conference to race against peers at the national level. The ASD students also visited the U.S. Supreme Court building, the Navy Memorial, the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Sculpture Gardens, the Air and Space Museum and the Hirshhorn Sculpture Gardens. A China and Kenya Folklore Festival took place on the National Mall, so the students were able to sample Chinese food, with many of the students ordering their meal by speaking Mandarin. The academy seeks to partner with local businesses for student-centered activities such as internships in STEM fields, financial donations, and/or conference presenters. For more information, visit or email Amy Bewley, coordinator of admissions, marketing and communications, at Sat, 05 Jul 2014 22:01:07 EST To Nashua man, receiving Congressional Medal of Honor is new mission NASHUA – By nearly all accounts, Ryan Pitts is a normal guy. He’s a husband and a father. Most mornings, he climbs in his car and commutes south to his job at  a Massachusetts software firm. And like many 18-year-olds everywhere, he didn’t really know what he wanted to do when he graduated from Souhegan High School. He joined the Army, along with a couple of friends, looking for time to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:00:44 EST Alternative high school in Merrimack closes, leaving a hole for Nashua students MERRIMACK – A small private  alternative high school closed suddenly at the end of the school year after more than 30 years of operation, leaving a hole in the educational services in the area. Since 1981, The Brentwood School has been educating students with a variety of academic, social and emotional needs that can’t be met in a traditional school in a small, unassuming red house in front of Merrimack High School. During the last decade, enrollment at the school had dropped from as many as 50 students to about 20. Brentwood ultimately closed because the cost of operation outweighed the money coming in from enrollment. In 2013, Principal Michael McMurray told The Telegraph the decrease in enrollment was partly because of districts creating more in-house special needs programs, cutting out the transportation costs of busing students to outside schools. The school’s closure created an obstacle in Nashua, which had 12 students scheduled to attend Brentwood next school year. Nashua Superintendent Mark Conrad said Brentwood had a small number of intensive-needs students from Nashua, Merrimack and Hudson. Because of the lack of warning about the shutdown, the 12 students were still enrolled at Brentwood for next fall. Those students have yet to be placed in another program. The Nashua school board is trying to figure out other options for the displaced enrollees. Although the state Department of Education typically requires 90 days for approving new programs, it will make an exception in this case, Conrad said. One plan is for Nashua to lease a portion of the Brentwood building for next year and run a similar program at the facility. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:01:26 EST Nashua School District seeks to close ‘WiFi’ gap’ NASHUA – More Nashua students will soon have increased wireless Internet access. The Board of Education, following recommendations from its Finance Committee, has allocated $95,000 to improve wireless access at both public high schools. The money comes from fiscal 2014 leftovers. The improvements won’t completely meet wireless demands, but will get the schools closer, Superintendent Mark Conrad said. “We were outfitted with wireless access 10 years ago, but demands for greater speed have increased, particularly with video,” Conrad said. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:01:40 EST Outdoor rustic wedding calls for recycling, thinking outside the box Planning a wedding takes a great deal of thought and preparation, whether it’s to be held during the day or night, whom to invite, reception site host to champagne for the toast. “Thinking outside the box” is considered to be a cliche relating to innovative thought and originality, thinking beyond the conventional to something new and different, or perhaps “old and different.” The latter has inspired wedding plans to include a Mailbag request to give some older items new beginnings. Bride’s wish list “I am on the search for mismatched and miscellaneous dinner plates, salad plates, utensils and wine/soda glasses for an outdoor rustic wedding,” writes Lyla M., of Merrimack (LTR 3,125). “95 percent of our wedding is recycled, and we would love to put your unwanted items to good use. “We are also looking for a dresser, old-looking stuff, sheets of music, lace curtains, and large wooden old picture frames and mirrors – basically anything that’s ‘grandma-ish’ and looking for a new home. “Also looking for old-looking dishes for serving, anything old, unique – I am pretty creative, and can give them a second life. We turned an old ironing board into a table and two home radiators into tables. Just got to be creative. “Any and all would be so greatly appreciated! I’m so excited!” Congratulations! Lyla tells me the wedding is scheduled for September, which gives you time to look around to see if you have any appropriate items for her. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 00:00:26 EST Surgery center gets  AAAHC accreditation NASHUA – The Surgery Center of Greater Nashua has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Status as an accredited organization means the Surgery Center of Greater Nashua has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the U.S. are accredited by AAAHC. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 00:03:45 EST You can help feed the Nashua Soup Kitchen In 1981, some Nashuans noticed some people in the city going hungry. They decided to feed them. Using private funds, the Nashua Soup Kitchen served soup and sandwiches to hungry people three days a week. Thirty-three years later, the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter still feeds the hungry. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 00:04:49 EST Modest piece of jewelry evokes powerful memories Buried among my wife Nola’s various bits and bobs of jewelry, keepsakes and mementos is an inexpensive piece of costume jewelry she has toted around with her through too many moves to count for the past 39 years. Over the years, that simple little “guitar” pin never failed to bring a smile to my wife’s face. However, it took on a different, more special meaning this past week. You see, Nola and I were married about 16 months when we flew home on leave from where I was stationed with the Air Force in Iceland in 1975. My mom lived just a few blocks from Progris Music Center on 84 Lake St. in Nashua. Unlike today, there were no “big box” music stores in Nashua back then. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 00:04:53 EST Nashua school board approves pay hike for paraprofessionals The Nashua Board of Education has unanimously approved a one-year contract with the School District’s 391 paraprofessionals that includes a 2.77 percent raise across the board. The agreement, which has already been ratified by the Nashua Teachers’ Union, affects 391 Nashua district paraprofessionals. It must still be approved by the mayor and aldermen. The district’s paraeducators will remain frozen at their current steps for the agreement year, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2105. In the past, paraprofessionals would move up the pay scale based on credited years of experience. Under the current agreement, a para’s years of experience are relevant for new employee placement, but not for pay raises. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 00:00:15 EST Nashua hosts ‘Pics in the Park’ movie series at Greeley Park The lineup of Friday night movie screenings at Greeley Park in Nashua includes the blockbuster animated film “Frozen,” as well as other family movies. The Parks and Recreation Department announced its picks for the “Pics in the Park” series last week. “Frozen” is on tap for July 11. Other movies in the pipeline include “Alice in Wonderland” on July 18, “The Lego Movie” on Aug. 1 and “Despicable Me 2” on Aug. 15. All movies are free and are shown at the band shell beginning at dusk. – Telegraph staff Sun, 06 Jul 2014 00:00:11 EST Ikebana Flower celebrates 10th anniversary in downtown Nashua NASHUA – Ikebana Flower, 175 Main St., celebrated its 10th anniversary of doing business in downtown Nashua on June 27 and 28. The celebration also showcased the flower arrangements of 12 students ranging from beginners to advanced. Ikebana Flower is a flower boutique that specializes in Japanese flower arrangements. It is owned by Antoinette Drouart, a member of Ikebana International. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:01:18 EST Where do the Legends of Holman go from here? Fred Lajoie was a great choice as one of the inductees into the Nashua Lions Club Legends of Holman. He was the thinking man’s choice. Even Lajoie was surprised when he got the call from Lions Club official Ed Lecius. As the longtime state Bambino Commissioner his only association really with Holman Stadium was bringing the Bambino World Series to Nashua in 1988 and organizing the whole affair. Yes, he had the role as the vice chairman of a committee to explore the return of minor league baseball to Nashua soon after, but that move failed. He was also on committees to elect those for the same honor he received. One thing has bugged Lajoie ever since the success of the World Series, that minor league baseball, affiliated or independent, could never make it in Nashua while now Double A ball thrives in Manchester. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 01:00:34 EST William J. Richard William J. Richard, 71, a longtime resident of Nashua, NH, died at St. Joseph Hospital on Thursday, July 3, 2014 surrounded by members of his family. He was born in Boston, son of the late Martin and Gladys (Coyne) Richard. Mr. Richard was the husband of Janet (Ciesielski) Richard of Nashua. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:01:58 EST Shannon E. Lacy Keene High School Teacher NASHUA, NH – Shannon E. Lacy, age 26, a lifelong resident of Nashua, passed away unexpectedly at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on Monday, June 30, 2014. Born in Lowell on June 21, 1988, she was the beloved daughter of Thomas E. Lacy, Jr. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:02:12 EST Marjorie A. Kaye Marjorie A. Kaye, 80, of Nashua passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family following a brief illness. She was born on April 8, 1934 in New Bedford, MA, to the late John and Ruth (Buckley) Buckles, Jr. Marjorie was a vivacious, courageous, and loving nurturer with an infectious laugh and spice for life. She went on many adventures and enjoyed many hobbies including cooking, crafting, puzzles, music, gardening, and bird watching. She was her kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s biggest fan, attending almost all their games, performances, and special ceremonies. She had a gift for hospitality and her servant heart loved to entertain family and friends, especially for holidays. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:02:23 EST Russell J. Gauthier Russell J. Gauthier, 52, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at his home. Russell was born in Lowell MA on July 29, 1961, a son of Maurice Gauthier of Hudson, FL and the late Beverly (Pare) Gauthier. He was the beloved husband of Paula (Gaffney) Gauthier of Nashua. Russell worked as an Electrical Engineer and a Systems Analyst for several companies including M/A Com, Sanders/Lockheed, Source Electronics and Fidelity. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:02:56 EST Knights waste Hudon effort in 3-0 loss By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA - Tom Hudon deserved better. The Nashua Silver Knights lefty from Merrimack seemed to have regained the form that made him one of the team's best pitchers a year ago on Thursday night. But Hudon's defense (five errors overall) and the Knights' bullpen let him down, even after his six strikeout performance over seven-plus innings, as Nashua fell 3-0 at the hands of the Seacoast Mavericks. The loss, before a Holman Stadium holiday eve fireworks crowd of 1,247, dropped the Knights to 11-12 on the season. "It takes all three parts of the game," said Hudon (0-3), who may have rescued his season despite the loss, as he came in with an earned run average near 7.00. "We needed to hit, we needed to make plays, five errors is unacceptable in this league. I needed a start like that, but..." But his team was checked on just four hits by the Seacoast pitching, with reliever James Vernon's stellar 4.1 innings earning him the win. Hudon was humming along, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball, even surviving three errors behind him. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:49:00 EST Slain Nashua EMT to receive award for heroism NASHUA – A local man and EMT who died nearly three years ago while saving two women from a knife-wielding attacker was named the recipient of the Carnegie Medal recognizing civilian heroism this week. Paul Frontiero III was 27 years old when he confronted Matthew Packer outside the Spruce Street apartment building that he shared with friends. Packer had attacked two of Frontiero’s friends, holding a knife to the throat of one and stabbing the other several times, inflicting critical injuries. Frontiero died after the altercation, but his friends lived. “It says he was a true hero and he put other people above himself,” Frontiero’s mother, Cathy Frontiero, said of the Carnegie Medal. “He saw these ladies in danger and jumped right in without hesitation and saved their lives. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:14:54 EST Nashua VFW recognizes Merrimack store for donation NASHUA – VFW Post 483 presented a certificate of appreciation to The Home Depot at 721 Milford Road in Merrimack for the donation of a gas/charcoal grill for a raffle. The fundraiser was held for a post member who had to remodel his home to accommodate his wife, who suffered a serious stroke. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:00:21 EST Migneault graduates from Naval Academy U.S. Navy Ensign Micala J. Migneault, daughter of Marc and Celeste Migneault, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in May and was commissioned as an officer. Migneault is the granddaughter of Richard and the late Yvonne Piwowarski of Nashua, and Jerry and Barbara Migneault of Nashua. Migneault completed four years of academic, physical and professional training, resulting in a Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry. Migneault has been assigned to school, where she will continue studies in San Diego and then begin officer service aboard the Nimitz Supercarrier USS Carl Vinson. Migneault is a 2010 graduate of Mercyhurst Preparatory School, Erie, Pa. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:00:16 EST Restaurant Week Farmers Dinner tickets on sale now NASHUA – Great American Downtown, in conjunction with The Farmers Dinner, is pleased to announce tickets are on sale for the Restaurant Week Farmers Dinner. The inaugural Restaurant Week Farmers Dinner will be held Sunday, Sept. 21, in downtown Nashua. This farm-to-table event is a celebration of local food and award-winning chefs from downtown Nashua’s restaurants. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:04:02 EST Nashua faces lawsuit over property taxes on Spit Brook Road office building NASHUA – A real estate holding firm affiliated with Citizens Bank is asking a superior court judge for a tax abatement on property on Spit Brook Road that it argues was overvalued by more than $3.5 million. Servco Inc., which has a registered address on State Street in Boston, filed a lawsuit against the city in Hillsborough County Superior Court South last year over property taxes that it paid on a parcel at 61 Spit Brook Road. The 2.4-acre property houses a five-story office building called Executive Tower, which is home to companies including AT&T, technology company Xilinx and IntelliSoft Group Inc., which creates software to process medical credentials. Assessing records indicate that Servco controlled the property for a period in 2012 before selling it to a property management group at the beginning of last year. The city assessed the property at $6.3 million in 2012, charging Servco nearly $135,000 in property taxes, but Servco asserts that the fair-market value of the property was no more than $2.6 million at the time, according to court records. The company filed for a tax abatement, but the city refused to grant any abatement “sufficient to rectify the disproportionately high assessment,” according to the lawsuit, filed Aug. 30. The company is asking a judge to abate any portion of the property taxes levied by the city that are found to be “illegal, excessive, disproportionate or unjust,” along with interest and other costs. The city, represented by Nashua Assistant Corporation Counsel Celia K. Leonard, contests allegations that Servco is entitled to an abatement. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:13:00 EST Nashua launching new summer recreation bus route NASHUA – The city is piloting a new bus route that will bring passengers to popular summer recreation spots in the city. Rides will be free for children. From July 7-Aug. 22, a trolley from the Nashua Transit System equipped with a bike rack will carry passengers of all ages to locations including Greeley Park, Lincoln Park, Mine Falls Park, the Main Dunstable fields and Foster Square, a small green space at the intersection of Lock and Whitney streets. The trolley also will make stops at Rotary Pool and Centennial Pool and at buildings run by several Nashua organizations, including the Nashua Police Athletic League, YMCA of Greater Nashua, the Nashua Public Library, Girls Inc. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:01:45 EST Pauline T. Goodwin Pauline T. Goodwin, 84, of Epsom, NH and formerly of Nashua, widow of Walter E. Goodwin, died Monday evening, June 30, 2014 at Concord Hospital after a period of declining health. Born in Nashua on September 9, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Lionel and Lucille Paro. Pauline resided in the French Hill neighborhood of this city during her youth and attended the former St. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:03:07 EST Panel approves new trucks for Nashua DPW NASHUA – There were fireworks the first time around, but a request to purchase a pair of new 10-wheel dump trucks that resurfaced in the Finance Committee on Wednesday passed with little fanfare. Aldermen approved a request to spend $222,204 to purchase two new trucks from Freightliner of New Hampshire, located in Londonderry, using funds from the city’s Capital Equipment Reserve Fund. The Finance Committee also approved spending an additional $150,499 from the equipment fund to outfit the new dump trucks with wing plows, hitches, hydraulics and other components necessary to put the vehicles to use. Street Department Superintendent Eric Ryder was on hand Wednesday to field questions from members of the Finance Committee, who briefly investigated how the trucks would be put to use. The availability of city staff to discuss the trucks became one of the sticking points earlier this year when Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and the Board of Public Works asked the Finance Committee to sign off on the purchases. The Finance Committee delayed taking action on the purchase request until more information was provided about how the 10-wheel trucks will be put to use. Alderman-at-Large David Deane questioned whether cheaper six-wheel trucks could serve the same purpose. Others on the Finance Committee questioned why staff from the DPW weren’t available to answer questions from the committee. The issue grew into a schism between some members of the Finance Committee and members of the Board of Public Works, including Lozeau, who chairs the BPW. Lozeau and BPW Commissioner Timothy Lavoie called the actions of the Finance Committee into question, saying aldermen overstepped their bounds by questioning the wisdom of the truck purchases. Lavoie asked for a legal opinion clarifying the role of the Finance Committee, which was rendered by city staff in March. City attorneys determined the Finance Committee’s basic responsibility doesn’t include deciding which vehicles are appropriate to purchase. The dispute over the Finance Committee’s authority under the city charter has been largely dormant since it flared up in the spring. With Ryder on hand to field questions Wednesday, neither Lozeau nor members of the Finance Committee made any move to revisit the debate. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:01:21 EST Man pleads guilty to selling heroin to police informant NASHUA – A Nashua man will spend the next year and a half in federal prison after pleading guilty to selling heroin to a police informant two times last fall. Christopher O’Riley, formerly of 29 Temple St., was arrested in October by Nashua police and FBI agents assigned to the New Hampshire Safe Streets Gang Task Force. On Monday, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting to selling two $80 bags of heroin to someone working with Nashua police in September, according to court documents. O’Riley was one of five people arrested when city police targeted a room house at 29 Temple St. He was acting as the building manager at the time, police said. Police said a Haverhill, Mass., woman was supplying about 10 grams of heroin a day to O’Riley and three other 29 Temple St. residents who would then sell it themselves, police said. Police focused on the 29 Temple St. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:04:53 EST Toyota of Nashua named Red Cross golf sponsor CONCORD – American Red Cross New Hampshire Region announced Toyota of Nashua as its 21st annual golf tournament title sponsor. The tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 8, at Stonebridge Country Club, Goffstown. “Each year that the annual golf tournament has been held, Toyota of Nashua has been our title sponsor,” said Maria White, chief executive officer for American Red Cross New Hampshire. “We want to thank Toyota of Nashua for being our title sponsor for 21 years, and we encourage other area businesses to consider sponsoring for this traditional event.” “For the past 21 years, it has been a wonderful opportunity to sponsor Red Cross New Hampshire’s golf classic,” said Rick Labrie, general manager of Toyota of Nashua. “Knowing that our title sponsorship helps give back to our local community gives Toyota of Nashua a great sense of pride to be involved with the Red Cross.” The fee is $175 per person or $700 for a foursome. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:03:59 EST Sharon’s Walk raises $9,000 to benefit Humane Society for Greater Nashua NASHUA – Hundreds of people and their dogs gathered in Greeley Park in May for a 5K walk to raise money and honor the memory of Sharon Dwane, who died in June 2013 after a lengthy battle with stage 4 colon cancer. During her treatments, Dwane took great comfort in her beloved dog, Zoey, who was adopted from the Humane Society for Greater Nashua. Dwane’s family, friends and co-workers at the Nashua Police Department hosted this inaugural walk to honor her memory and help raise money for the charities she loved. The walk raised about $9,000. “Pets provide great comfort and companionship in people in their time of need,” said Doug Barry, executive director of the Humane Society for Greater Nashua. “This generous donation in honor of Sharon and Zoey will help us connect many more pets awaiting adoption with new loving families. Her family tells us this is exactly what Sharon would have wanted.” Each pet that enters the Humane Society for Greater Nashua receives a full medical and behavioral evaluation, is spayed or neutered, and given needed vaccines and appropriate medical care. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:05:16 EST Nashua student wins Net Award Jen Lamere, a first-year software engineering student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, was named the Emerging Talent of the Year by the 2014 Net Awards, an event hosted by Net magazine to celebrate the best in Web design and development. Lamere, the only woman nominated in the 10-person category and the only nominee from the U.S., received the trophy at the finals ceremony in May in London. Last winter, she garnered enough online votes to rank among the top five nominees and receive an invitation to the finals ceremony. “I’m very honored to have received this award, and am thankful of the support I had received from my friends, family and RIT,” Lamere said. Lamere is from Nashua and attended the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsborough, Mass. Lamere traveled to London with Lana Verschage, the director of Women in Computing at RIT. After winning the award, Lamere was surprised by Andrew Sears, dean of RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, who traveled to London to be part of the celebration. “We couldn’t be more proud of Jen and everything she has accomplished,” Sears said. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:05:22 EST Thank you for support of Nashua VFW To the Editor: VFW Post 483, Nashua, would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to Marianne O’Connor for her letter to the editor in the Sunday, June 29, Telegraph in support of the VFW Post 483 moving into the Crown Hill Fire Station. The VFW is a service organization dedicated in the support of veterans, their families and the community. The VFW has always been there to help. All through Nashua’s history, the VFW was there. From the great Crown Hill fire to the Nashua flood to today, VFW Post 483 has been there as a beacon of hope and assistance to veterans and the community alike. Now it’s time for the residents of Nashua to step up and help the VFW. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:05:32 EST Nashua North National Honor Society honors veterans The senior members of the Nashua High School North National Honor Society participated in organizing and executing North’s annual Memorial Day ceremony. The ceremony, which has been going on at the school for two years, acts as the seniors’ group service project. “Our seniors have done a nice job demonstrating the importance of honoring our service members,” said Leslie Anton, North’s National Honor Society faculty adviser. North’s National Honor Society seniors worked tirelessly since October, sending invitations to dignitaries and veterans, creating programs and scripts, organizing the band and chorus for the ceremony, and, above all, selling flags. This year, all proceeds from the flag sales went to the local nonprofit organization MooreMart. This organization, started by Paul Moore, aids soldiers and children worldwide. North’s National Honor Society presented MooreMart with $1,800 from the sale of 600 flags. Not only were flags sold, but donations were made, as well. The flags were also used as mementos by those who purchased them. When a flag is sold, the individual buying it has a chance to write down the name of a loved one who has served or is serving in the armed forces. The name is placed on a ribbon that is tied to a flag. On the day of the ceremony, the flags are placed on the front lawn of Nashua North, where flag purchasers can collect their flag with their loved one’s name on it. These flags will forever serve as a reminder of the sacrifice that was made by the individual of whose name it bears. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:05:37 EST New Searles helps Nashua PAL Community Center NASHUA – Proceeds from the recent New Searles Elementary School Talent Show helped buy supplies for the Nashua PAL Community Center. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:05:43 EST College achievements by students from Greater Nashua Here is a listing of college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: ALFRED UNIVERSITY Claire P. Conley of Milford was named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Alfred (N.Y.) University. She is a junior in the School of Art and Design. ASSUMPTION COLLEGE These local students were named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. FROM HUDSON: Katie Leduc. FROM MERRIMACK: Kolby Davenport, Lea Rossi. FROM NASHUA: Allison Gregory, Kelsey Lucas. FROM NEW IPSWICH: Anne Bara, Melissa Shaw. FROM WILTON: Katie Kennedy. These local students graduated this spring from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. FROM HUDSON: Katie Leduc graduated with a major in psychology and a minor in human services & rehabilitation studies and was also class valedictorian. FROM MERRIMACK: Kolby Davenport graduated with a major in marketing and a minor in management. FROM NASHUA: Emily Diggins graduated with a major in psychology and a minor in studio art. FROM NEW IPSWICH: Anne Bara graduated with a major in biology; Devon Holmes graduated with a major in economics. FROM WILTON: Katie Kennedy graduated with a major in mathematics and a minor in Foundations of Western Civilization. BATES COLLEGE These local students were named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. FROM AMHERST: Matthew Comstock, majoring in physics. FROM HOLLIS: Grace VanNoy, majoring in biology; Emily Allen (no major given); Joshua Rines (no major given). FROM NASHUA: Maitri Chittidi (no major given). BELMONT UNIVERSITY These local students were named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. FROM HOLLIS: Riley Bauer, Timothy Rencken. FROM MILFORD: Lucas Takessian. BOB JONES UNIVERSITY Stephen Laird of Nashua, a computer science major, was named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. BOSTON UNIVERSITY Rebecca E. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:00:33 EST Achievements by students in Greater Nashua Here is a listing of recent achievements by local students: Carson Goh BALTIMORE – Carson Goh, a student at Birch Hill Elementary School in Nashua, was recently honored as one of the brightest young students in the nation at a regional awards ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. The center honored Carson, a participant in the CTY Talent Search, for his performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented students in second through eighth grades. Carson was one of more than 38,000 students from more than 120 countries who participated in the CTY Talent Search. High School Film Festival CONCORD – Red River Theatres hosted the seventh annual New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival on May 24, when 25 films by students from 12 high schools were shown. The Public Service Announcement Award was awarded to “Empty Stage” by the Nashua Technology Center’s Jacob Lavoie, Angeleah Andrews and Colleen Finn. “One of the Lucky Ones” by Pinkerton Academy’s Michael Long and “Documented Alien” by the Nashua Technology Center’s Linda Abukhalaf received honorable mentions. Jury Award finalists included “The Vision of an Innocent Soldier” by Alvirne High School’s John Roberts, “My Movie” by The Derryfield School’s Riley Greer and “Pieces of Me” by Salem High School’s Jessica DeRosa and Kathryn McDermot. “Fragaria” by Pinkerton’s Noah Levin and Nick Auger, received the Team Kia Jury Award for Best in Show, which includes a $1,000 honorarium. For more information about the festival, visit For more information about film and television production in New Hampshire, call 271-2220 or visit Rubin Zou The Steinway Society of Massachusetts announced the winners of its 2014 Piano Competition, which was held May 30-June 1 at Steinert Hall in Boston. A total of 130 young pianists took part in the competition. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:00:41 EST Nashua Post 124 rallies for 10-4 win over Salem Post 63 Andrew Mierzwa entered in relief of Joe Gouveia and pitched 32⁄3 innings of shutout baseball, striking out four and allowing only two hits, giving Post 124 to rally for a win over Salem Post 63. Quinn DiPasquale pitched the ninth, striking out the side. Tim Donovan sparked Nashua with three hits and three RBIs, Spence Madden had four hits and an RBI, Brendan Martin had three hits and an RBI, and DiPasquale drove in a pair of runs Nashua improved its record to 5-3 in district play and hosts Portsmouth on Wednesday at Bishop Guertin. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:04:00 EST Gisela Pietrzak Gisela Pietrzak, 61, a lifelong resident of Nashua, died at Southern NH Medical Center on June 26, 2014. She was born on January 29, 1953, in Nashua, a daughter of the late Walter and Thea (Kröcher) Pietrzak. She is survived by her sisters Petra Pietrzak of Rhinelander, WI, and Ilse LeBlanc and her husband Armand of Merrimack, NH and their families. SERVICES: There will be no funeral service. The DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock Street, Nashua has been placed in charge of arrangements,, (603-883-3401) “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.” Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:01:07 EST Clients, staff at Nashua’s PLUS Co. treated to visit from former Bruins players Two former Boston Bruins hockey stars visited the PLUS Co. in Nashua on Tuesday. Standouts Rick Middleton and Terry O’Reilly came to the downtown headquarters of the group, which provides support and services to developmentally disabled people in the Nashua area. About 40 clients and staff gathered to chat, share stories and play a hockey trivia game. Terry Robinson, husband of a PLUS Co. volunteer, helped arrange the visit. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:37:00 EST Nashua considering $400K investment in conservation trails NASHUA – City officials are weighing a major investment in Nashua’s network of outdoor walking trails that will create new paths through the Terrell Homestead and other conservation areas in Nashua’s southwest quadrant. Over the last few months, the Conservation Commission has been developing plans to upgrade existing trails and construct new ones from Gilson Road through the Terrell parcels, as well as around Lovewell’s Pond and up to Buckmeadow Road. The Conservation Commission voted June 17 to recommend using money from the city’s Conservation Fund for a $400,000 trail-building plan. The money comes from land-use change fees paid by developers over the years. Members of the aldermanic Budget Review and Planning and Economic Development committees voted to recommend the trail proposal this week after hearing from Conservation Commission Chairman Michael Gallagher. On Tuesday, Gallagher said the commission was tasked by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau with identifying conservation land to expand Nashua’s passive recreation areas. With development continuing throughout the city, Gallagher said conservation trails offer Nashua residents an opportunity to experience nature inside the confines of New Hampshire’s second-largest city. “Also, we all know that Mine Falls is very heavily used – some may argue overused,” Gallagher said, explaining that the new trails being proposed might present more of a challenge to hikers than the paths available elsewhere in the city. The Terrell Homestead Conservation Area consists of more than 80 acres adjacent to the Groton Woods Conservation Easement and near Yudicky Farm, Lovewell’s Pond and the large Dunstable Land Trust in Massachusetts. It features vernal pools, a mix of wetlands and uplands, old-growth forests, and edge and field habitats. Albert and Rita Terrell sold two tracts of their family property dating back to the Revolutionary War era to the city in 2011 and 2012 for $700,033 and $512,318, respectively. It was sold to be saved as city conservation land and used for passive recreation. In recent years, the city’s Conservation Fund topped $3 million. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:37:00 EST Police: Man lied about being stabbed in the leg in Nashua Nashua police arrested a man early Monday morning after accusing him of stabbing himself to convince police he had been assaulted. Police were called to a Nashua home around 1 a.m. Monday for a 911 hang up call. Officers met with Eder Chaves, 31, who said he had been stabbed in the leg during a domestic assault by a woman he knows. He was treated and released from a local hospital, police said. Detectives investigated and charged Chaves with lying about the assault. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:02:21 EST Panel rules Nashua’s Laughton can’t run for state representative CONCORD – The state Ballot Law Commission on Monday denied the request of Nashua’s Stacie Laughton, the first openly transgender legislator elected in the U.S., to run for the New Hampshire House of Representatives The commission unanimously agreed with Attorney General Joseph Foster’s office that Laughton’s 2008 felony convictions for identify fraud and falsifying evidence disqualified her. At that time, Laughton was sentenced to serve 71⁄2 to 15 years in state prison, suspended for 10 years on good behavior and paying restitution. Assistant Attorney   General Stephen Labonte said Laughton would be eligible to run for state elective office once the suspended sentence runs out in 2018. “This has nothing to do with personal character or civil work in the community,” said commission Chairman Brad Cook. “This is all about interpreting the statute.” Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said Laughton was ineligible to run until she could produce proof that the terms of her suspended sentence have been completed. “We have asked to see the final discharge from the court that would verified the sentence has been completed,” Scanlan said. “We have not seen such a document.” Laughton said she sought the ruling to settle the question of her ballot eligibility once and for all. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:00:59 EST Colorblind in Nashua when Dodgers sign Newcombe and Campanella 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. Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella just wanted to play baseball. Newcombe, a pitcher from Elizabeth, N.J., and Campanella, a catcher born in Pennsylvania of parents with Italian and African-American roots, had already proved themselves in the Negro Leagues. They weren’t welcome in the midwestern and all-white Three-I League, covering Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. They at first were destined to play in Danville, Ill., but the league president at the time said he’d shut it down if they were sent to play there. Branch Rickey had already decided Jackie Robinson would be the one to break the major leagues’ color barrier. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:28:00 EST Matt Sanchez leading hitter for Nashua Silver Knights NASHUA – You can always count on death and taxes, but here’s one more thing you can be certain about: Nashua Silver Knights leadoff hitter will get on base, some how, some way, in the game you’re watching. Sanchez has been uncanny. Installed, with a few exceptions, as the leadoff hitter this season, he has reached base in every game, his streak now at 21 straight. He’s hitting .333. At Umass-Lowell, he hit third in the order. “Here I have a different role, leadoff guy, so I’m just trying to get on base any chance I get,” Sanchez said. “I only want to swing at good pitches, I’m not going to swing at something that’s not going to get me on base.” So his mentality hasn’t changed. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:16:01 EST Marjorie J. (Irvine) Bilbow Marjorie J. (Irvine) Bilbow, 92, died peacefully on June 25, 2014 at Presidential Oaks in Concord, NH. She had been a resident of Concord for just a few years, having lived most of her life in Nashua, where she was born on July 1, 1921. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Rosalyn (Birchall) Irvine, and was a graduate of Nashua High School. Marge was predeceased by both her first husband, Richard Crosby, who died on July 6, 1976; and her second husband Herbert Bilbow, who died on September 3, 2006. She was also predeceased by her stepdaughter, Lorinda Nye on September 25, 2013. She was an office manager for the former Miller’s department store on Main Street for 17 years, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Nashua. She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Beaulieu of Manchester, and Susan Greenleaf and her husband Bill of Nashua, and her stepdaughter Cindy Bilbow of New Hampton; and Lorinda’s husband, Jerry Nye. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:01:24 EST Frances A. (O’Loughlin) Smilikis Frances A. (O’Loughlin) Smilikis, 69, of Salem, NH, passed away Sunday, June 29th, 2014 at the Hyder Family Hospice Home, Dover, NH. Fran was born in Nashua, NH on January 25th, 1945, a daughter of the late Thomas J. O’Loughlin and Simone Boucher. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:01:34 EST Diane T. Roy WESTBOROUGH – Diane T. Roy, 84, of Westborough, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Normand A. Roy. Born in Nashua, NH, she was the daughter of the late W. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:01:40 EST Luc Leopold Carrier Luc Leopold Carrier, 58, of Hudson, passed away on Friday June 27, 2014 at his home. Luc was born in Thetford Mines, PQ Canada on May 7, 1956, a son of the late Albert and Yvette (Jacque) Carrier. He was the husband of Rebecca (Estes) Carrier of Hudson. Luc was a loving Father, Husband, Brother, Uncle and friend. He was a hardworking man who was always looking to help anyone in need at any time. He worked many years of Sheetrock and most recently was employed with Save On Wall. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:01:49 EST George C. Tsiaras George C. Tsiaras, 92 years old, died peacefully on Monday, June 30, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his two younger siblings, Glikeria Karageorge and Milton Tsiaras. At the age of 6, upon the death of his mother, his father moved he and his two siblings back to Greece, where he grew up and served in the Greek Army during World War II. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:02:14 EST Pauline J. Lerch Pauline J. Lerch, 68 of Litchfield, NH passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at her home. She was born July 1, 1945 in Hudson Falls, NY, a daughter of the late Chester and Barbara (Trow) Surdam. Mrs. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:02:26 EST Hudson man found not guilty of sex assault NASHUA – A Hudson man was found not guilty of raping, molesting and assaulting a young girl following a jury trial last week. A Hillsborough County Superior Court jury returned eight not-guilty verdicts for Michael Kenney, 53, of 9 Chatham St., Hudson, on Monday, ending an eight-month ordeal that began when he was indicted last November. A 14-year-old girl told police that Kenney had sexually assaulted her from 2006-11 at his home in Hudson beginning when she was 6 years old and continuing until she was 10 or 11. Kenney was charged with six counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count each of felonious sexual assault, indecent exposure and lewdness, second-degree assault and criminal threatening, according to court documents. “Michael is incredibly relieved to have this matter behind him,” defense attorney Chuck Keefe said. “He looks forward to putting this matter behind him and moving on with his life.” During his opening argument last week, Keefe told the 11 female and one male jurors that it was the second-degree assault allegation that pointed out the lack of logic in the victim’s accusations. Kenney was accused of hitting the girl in the head with a wrench while in the basement of his home, raping her, and then holding a screwdriver to her throat while threatening to kill her if she told anyone. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:00:06 EST Nashua man accused of trying to take officer’s gun in scuffle A Nashua man is facing two felony charges after police accused him of trying to take an officer’s handgun while trying to harm himself. Police were called to a Nashua home shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday for a report of a person trying to hurt themselves with a knife. When they arrived, officers saw that a second person was struggling over the knife with Connor Shea, 41, of 6 Sky Country Drive, Nashua, and went to intervene, according to Nashua police Lt. Jeff Maher. During the struggle, Shea is accused of twice grabbing and trying to remove an officer’s weapon from its holster, Maher said. Shea is charged with two counts of taking a firearm from a law enforcement officer, a felony, and misdemeanor resisting arrest, Maher said. Shea was taken to a city hospital for evaluation and was then held on $10,000 cash or surety bail pending his arraignment at Nashua district court, Maher said. – JOSEPH G. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:02:49 EST Nashua man accused of punching, robbing man outside store A Nashua man was arrested Saturday evening after police charged him with punching and robbing a man outside a city convenience store. Nashua police were called to the area of the A&P Market at 54 Lock St. around 7:15 p.m. Saturday where a man told them Eddie Pelayo, 21, of 47 Lock St., had punched him and demanded some of his property, according to Nashua police Lt. Jeff Maher. The man was not seriously injured and Pelayo was arrested at the scene. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:02:45 EST Nashua streets must be paved with gold You cannot imagine how gratified I am to learn that I am living in what must be one of the richest cities in America, that is also fortunate enough to be governed by elected officials who are the epitome of fiscal responsibility. What else could explain them voting to expend $762,000.00 to repair a non-functioning, which is to say useless, chimney? Well done, lads and lassies!!! W. B. Heffernan, Jr. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:01:05 EST VFW would be a welcome presence With rising crime rates in my Crown Hill neighborhood, it’s no wonder the community is on edge. It seems no one is safe – even the Girls Inc. playground is littered with hypodermic needles. The reluctance of Ward 7 residents to recognize the value of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the neighborhood astounds me. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:55 EST Irene A. Andruskevich Irene A. Andruskevich, a native and lifelong Nashua resident and wife of Alphonse J. Andruskevich, died Saturday morning, June 28, 2014 on her 90th birthday at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home in Goffstown, after a period of declining health. A daughter of the late Philippe and Theresa (Dionne) Biron, she was born in Nashua on June 28, 1924. During her youth, Irene resided in the Crown Hill neighborhood of this city and was educated at Infant Jesus Parochial School and the former St. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:01:43 EST Committee calls for new boardwalk at Mine Falls Park in Nashua NASHUA – With exposed tree roots and steep slopes, a portion of the wooded trail around Mill Pond in Mine Falls Park has become a challenge for some users to navigate. That was evident on Sunday when a trio of cyclists reached the marker labeled “R48” on the Red Trail along the south side of the pond. Rather than risking a spill, all three dismounted and pushed their bicycles up and down a section of the trail measuring about 220 feet. Negotiating the pathway isn’t a concern for every park user. But Greg Andruskevich, chairman of the Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee, said the condition of the trail is starting to pose problems for some, such as runners, cyclists and people pushing baby strollers. “I snowshoe there and it’s very hard to navigate,” he said. “You’ve got to be on your tips to get through the spots where the roots have blocked the pathway.” The Conservation Commission, the Mine Falls Park Advisory Committee and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department are exploring the idea of building a new pedestrian boardwalk beside the pond to help people get around the tricky portion of the Red Trail. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:40:00 EST Nashua Public Library planning new look for outdoor plaza NASHUA – Aldermen will consider a proposal Wednesday from the Nashua Public Library to renovate the plaza outside the facility, adding new plants and solar lights and relocating artwork created through the city’s International Sculpture Symposium. The Finance Committee on Wednesday will hear a request to award a $16,010 renovation contract to Saints Landscaping & Irrigation in Nashua. Money would come from funds escrowed for property services and fines for lost and damaged books from the previous year. The plaza between the library and the building at 14 Court St. has become unsafe, and its layout and “general disrepair” has made it a popular spot for skateboarders, according to a memo from Chief Financial Officer John Griffin. “They want to clean up the front of the building,” said Alderman at Large David Deane, who also serves on the library’s Board of Trustees. “That’s one of the things they wanted to get their hands around. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:40:00 EST Nashua Police  Department JUNE 20 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Joshua Robert Pratt, 26, 13 Albert St., Manchester, criminal mischief-vandalism, disorderly conduct-intoxicated. Philip J. Mello Jr., no fixed address, Nashua, 30, disorderly conduct. Ryan Oloan, 24, 64 Merrimack Drive, Merrimack, driving after revocation or suspension, suspended registration. John Alexander Gora, 55, no fixed address, Nashua, two counts electronic bench warrant: nonappearance in court. Manuel Benjamin Rodriguez-Figueroa, 36, no fixed address, Nashua, out-of-town warrant. Heather M. Bennett, 25, 1 Sapling Circle, Apt. 18, Nashua, out-of-town warrant. Metheavy Manhi, 25, 32 C St., Lowell, Mass., electronic bench warrant: failure to appear at arraignment. April Jean Bailey, 30, 116 Palm St.,Nashua, false report to law enforcement. Jasmine Enwright, 20, no fixed address, Merrimack, electronic bench warrant: nonappearance in court. Robert Symes, 47, 8 Essex St., Nashua, three counts domestic violence: simple assault. Jeffrey T. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:01:19 EST Nashua school board to debate hiring new guidance directors for both high schools NASHUA – City education officials have zeroed in on two women to oversee guidance at the city’s two high schools next year, after briefly considering hiring just one director for both schools. Lori Coutu is in line to be hired as the interim director of guidance at Nashua High School South, while Nicole LeClaire is set to take over at Nashua High School North. Both women are guidance counselors at those schools. The Nashua Board of Education will hear salary recommendations for the positions at it’s meeting at Nashua North on Monday at 7 p.m. Those recommendations came under particular scrutiny at the Human Resources Committee level, thanks in part to the budget cuts the district is facing. Coutu, who has 24 years of experience, would move from $72,800 to $82,000 in salary, while LeClaire, with five years experience, would go from a little over $52,000 to $79,000. Committee Chairman Sandra Ziehm questioned the pay increases, even though the women would be receiving promotions. “The budget was grueling this year where we fought over every nickel then we turn around a give someone a raise of 50 percent or so ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:01:28 EST New director takes over at Nashua Adult Learning Center NASHUA – Carol Baldwin began her first week as director of the Nashua Adult Learning Center last Monday, replacing a legend. The former director, Mary Jordan, headed the organization for 27 years. But with big shoes to fill, Baldwin is ready for the task “I’m thrilled to pieces ... Mary is an amazing woman, she’s made it a great organization, I’m blown away by the culture. Now I have a lot to learn, Mary’s a tough act to follow.” After 14 years as a law firm secretary, and 14 years in corporate America, Baldwin said she hopes to spend the next 14 years at the Adult Learning Center “I’ve come full circle. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:01:43 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – June 30 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. For more listings, visit nashua NASHUA AARP SMART DRIVER PROGRAM The AARP SMART DRIVER Program is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for older drivers. The class and new course curriculum will be held 9 a.m.-noon July 8 and 9 (two-day class) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 2300 Southwood Drive. $15 for AARP members, $20 for nonmembers payable by check only (made out to AARP). Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:02:41 EST College achievements by Greater Nashua students SERA KELLEY STACKPOLE Sera Kelley Stackpole, daughter of Rock and Charlene Stackpole, of Nashua, was recently inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Beta Gamma Sigma is the premier honor society for students majoring in business administration. ANDREA JEAN BERGERON Andrea Jean Bergeron, of Nashua, received the Excellence in Economics Award at Bryant University’s 151st commencement in May. The award is presented to the senior with the highest grade point average in the major. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Economics: Economics and Marketing, summa cum laude. Bryant University is in Smithfield, R.I. ZACHARY PETERS Zachary Peters, of Nashua, a first-year student majoring in mathematical sciences, was named a Charles O. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:02:46 EST Library events in Greater Nashua – June 30 update NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600,, SUMMER READING PROGRAMS HAVE STARTED No matter how old you are, you can join a Nashua Public Library summer reading program and win prizes as you read. All summer reading programs have science themes this year. The kids program has begun. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:03:02 EST Nashua Cal Ripken team wins district title Nashua 10-and-Under win district title The Nashua 10-and-under Cal Ripken All-Stars topped Merrimack, 13-3, to win the District IV championship thanks in part to the efforts of tourney MVP Issac Zhang, who pitched three scoreless innings and had two hits. River Hart and Cody Rocheleau both had two hits to pace the Nashua attack, and Drevin Richad and Brandon Metivier both scored twice. Drevin Richard and Brandon Metivier both scored twice. For the tournament, Zhang tossed nine scoreless innings and had five hits in the three games. The other two games featured a 6-2 win over Merrimack and a 8-0 win over Bow. In the first Merrimack game, Richard, Travis Holbrook, Jacob Langenfeld and Rocheleau each had big hits. Zhang had two hits and two runs scored in the Bow win. Nashua 12U Red eliminated Nashua was eliminated by Contokook by an 8-6 margin from district play. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:00:37 EST Veterans Count seeks volunteers for various events With Independence Day later this week, you will no doubt be spending time with family at barbecues, parades and community celebrations that honor patriotism in the United States. But after those celebrations are over, what will you do to show your appreciation to our service members? At Veterans Count, we are looking for a few good men and women to join us in making an impact for veterans and their families. Please consider joining our Veterans Count Nashua Chapter board of directors. Veterans Count, the philanthropic program of Easter Seals New Hampshire’s Military & Veterans Services, has proudly served veterans and their families since 2007. This program is fueled by passionate volunteers who are committed to raising money for and awareness of veterans, currently serving military members, and families who are dealing with the financial and emotional challenges of military service. We are looking for board members who are willing to learn all about who we are and what we do, actively participate in board meetings and special events, and assist in raising funds and building community awareness. Veterans Count has been hugely successful because of the dedication of board members throughout the state. In the last two years, Veterans Count Nashua has raised more than $500,000 and has big plans for the future. The third annual Salute Our Soldiers event on Sunday, Nov. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:01:23 EST Nashua-based Cure With Hope donates $25,000 to CHaD NASHUA – Cure With Hope held its fourth annual Evening With Hope fundraising gala on May 31 at Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis. Cure With Hope used the event to make a donation of $25,000 to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. In two years, Cure With Hope has donated $85,000 toward the Pediatric Inpatient Refresh Project at CHaD. The project is a remodeling of CHaD’s pediatric floor that will create a centrally located family play area. Cure With Hope is a charitable, nonprofit corporation based in Nashua. It was founded in 2009 by 18-year-old Rebecca Rose Tabat shortly after she was diagnosed with a stage 4 adenocarcinoma that ultimately took her life eight months later. During her treatment, she designed a logo and raised money through the sale of bracelets and T-shirts. The money was earmarked to buy toys, games and other comfort items to brighten the hospital stay of children. Since Tabat’s death, her family and friends have formalized the corporation, registered with the IRS as a nonprofit, and have continued her mission. Cure With Hope continues to raise money from donations, fundraising events, and the sale of bracelets, T-shirts, sweatshirts, car decals and stuffed bears through its website, Cure With Hope partners with the child life services department at ChaD. Cure With Hope has donated more than $95,000 in cash and merchandise to ChaD. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:01:32 EST NeighborWorks helps clean up Ash Street in Nashua MANCHESTER – NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire celebrated its 17th annual NeighborWorks Week NeighborFest on June 13 on Ash Street in Nashua. More than 20 volunteers worked in the Los Amigos Playground and up and down Ash Street cleaning up trash, weeding and laying mulch. The event also served as a kickoff to summer for neighborhood residents. “NeighborWorks Week has historically been a tool for our organization to mobilize community residents in the Manchester area to give back to their community, and this is the first year we have transitioned the event to Nashua,” said Jennifer Vadney, neighborhood development manager at NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire. “Thanks to all the residents and so many others involved, the event on Ash Street was a huge success. By working with organizations such as Nashua PAL, we can continue to gain momentum in revitalizing the Tree Streets neighborhood.” NeighborWorks Week is a national celebration during which thousands of volunteers come together to help make their neighborhoods healthy, sustainable places to work, play and call home. The activities on Ash Street included laying mulch, which was provided by the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department. Other activities included the cleanup of the street and the skate park across from the Nashua Police Athletic League headquarters. Several volunteers, including NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire board of directors member James Vayo, joined in on the cleanup after posting walking signs along the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail as a part of the Walk Nashua initiative. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:01:39 EST Community events in Nashua – June 29 update EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA COMMUNITY EVENTS NASHUA GARDEN TOUR The Friends of Symphony NH will host their summer Nashua Garden Tour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 28-29. You’ll be inspired by the beauty and creativity blossoming as you stroll through six of the area’s finest home gardens. $15 in advance, $20 day of event. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:02:25 EST Pets of the week for June 29 Humane Society for Greater Nashua MILLIE Hi, everyone! I’m adorable Millie, and I’ve had quite a rough start to life. I wasn’t exposed to much as a young puppy, and was afraid of almost everything when I first got here. Thankfully, I’ve been living in a foster home where I’ve been able to spend lots of time with other dogs and people who are willing to show me that the world is not something to be afraid of. Even so, I still need to go home to a family who understands my needs and will continue to teach me how to be the confident girl I can be. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:02:31 EST College achievements by Greater Nashua students MATT SEXTON Matt Sexton, a senior chemistry major at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., and a native of Merrimack, will spend his first year after college teaching English in Poland with a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. Sexton, who plans to become a doctor in pediatric medicine, said he wanted to take a year off before applying to medical school. Sexton found he enjoyed working with students while tutoring in Wheaton’s chemistry department. “I wanted to explore this interest, and the Fulbright will allow me to develop my abilities as a teacher while having the opportunity to explore Poland,” Sexton said. Read more about Sexton and his Fulbright plans at GABRIELLE COLE At the recent Scholars Celebration at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., Nashua native Gabrielle Cole was named the Biochemistry Student of the Year in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement in the biochemistry. Cole is a member of the Class of 2014. SARA AUCLAIR Sara Auclair, of Hudson, a student at the University of Akron in Ohio, was recently recognized at the annual campus Life awards ceremony with UA’s Top 10 Senior Award, UA’s Department of Student Life Outstanding Officer Award and UA’s A-Key Blue Award. KELSEY BLAKE NOWAK Kelsey Blake Nowak, of Litchfield, a graduating senior at Bryan University in Smithfield, R.I., received the Student Senate Service Award at Bryant’s 151st commencement on May 17. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:02:39 EST Marjorie J. (Irvine) Bilbow Marjorie J. (Irvine) Bilbow, 92, died peacefully on June 25, 2014 at Presidential Oaks in Concord, NH. She had been a resident of Concord for just a few years, having lived most of her life in Nashua, where she was born on July 1, 1921. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Rosalyn (Birchall) Irvine, and was a graduate of Nashua High School. Marge was predeceased by both her first husband, Richard Crosby, who died on July 6, 1976; and her second husband Herbert Bilbow, who died on September 3, 2006. She was also predeceased by her stepdaughter, Lorinda Nye on September 25, 2013. She was an office manager for the former Miller’s department store on Main Street for 17 years, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Nashua. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Beaulieu of Manchester, Susan Greenleaf and her husband Bill of Nashua, and her stepdaughter Cindy Bilbow of New Hampton, and Lorinda’s husband, Jerry Nye. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:52:00 EST Bernadette Rita (Chartier) Rowland Rowland, Bernadette Rita (Chartier), age 76, of Nashua, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away on June 26, 2014. Bernadette was the beloved wife of the late Edward T. Rowland, devoted mother of Keith Rowland, Desiree Patno & her husband Tim all of Nashua, and the late Brian Rowland, loving “Grammy” of Travis Allen, Brandon Edward, Trey Elliott, Alexander Russell, Andrew Joseph, Shea Thomas, and Cole Timothy. Bernadette was also very special to Timmy Patno & his wife Sara of Pepperell. Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:02:53 EST Bob ‘Og’ Bryant Bob “Og” Bryant, 71, of Nashua, passed away on June 27, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born in Dorchester MA on June 27, 1943, the son of Donald and Lillian (Dunn) Bryant. Bob loved being active. He loved to golf, ride his motorcycle and participate in winter sports of skating and skiing. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:10:00 EST Jackson focuses on ‘little stuff’ for Nashua Silver Knights NASHUA – One of the strengths for the Nashua Silver Knights over their first three years has been pitching, especially starting pitching. That may not be the case this year, the numbers say. And that’s the task for new pitching coach Kyle Jackson to turn around. “I’m getting to know the guys, find out their tendencies and what they need to work on,” Jackson said. “It’s good.” Jackson was a late addition to the coaching staff because of the unfortunate unexpected death of previous pitching coach Tom Bowlesa a week before the season was to start. But there were only four staff members from last year, so the overall team adjustment wasn’t as hard as it could have been. It’s still an adjustment for Jackson, though. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:03:23 EST Lajoie’s work helped lead stadium into a new era NASHUA – Fred Lajoie recalls getting a phone call a few years ago that included a request from out of the past. It was the mother of one of the Oakland players who competed in the Babe Ruth Bambino World Series at Holman Stadium in August, 1988. She was asking to see if Lajoie had the video of the TV-13 broadcast of a game in which her son hit a big home run. He had become a minor leaguer in the Oakland Athletics farm system, but died of a stroke, and the video was to show her grandson. “It was a call that came out of the blue,” Lajoie said, “but I found it and sent it out to her.” Just the significance of that event is one of his contributions to the city’s youth sports community secured his induction into the Nashua Lions Club’s Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall of Fame. There ceremony will take place before the annual fireworks show at Holman on July 4. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:04:05 EST Nashua police use data analysis to direct officers to ‘hot zones’ NASHUA – Nashua police are turning to statistics and analysis to put more cops where the crime is. Since April 1, police leaders have been focusing specialized patrols on a “hot zone” around the downtown that accounts for nearly one-quarter of all police activity in the city, including certain crimes, car accidents and motor vehicle infractions. Although it may take as long as a year to generate enough new data to make comparisons worthwhile, the initial impact seems promising, Chief John Seusing said. Police refer to the area as the DDACTS zone, the acronym standing for Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety. It’s based on the rates of certain crimes, including burglaries, robberies, thefts and arson, as well as motor vehicle stops, accidents and drunk-driving arrests from 2005-13. The hot zone is pretty much where expected. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:05:09 EST Where do they go and why? There is no shortage of commentary, articles and initiatives that address what is considered a serious problem in New Hampshire: young people leaving the state. In Nashua, much attention has been devoted to cultivating an environment where “young professionals” can thrive. While such focus is undoubtedly well-intentioned, only time will tell if it’s enough to stem the tide of New Hampshire’s leaking fountain of youth. But what is actually behind this supposed mass exodus? And is it something that can be solved with branding, or is the problem one that runs deeper – rooted in the restless spirit of youth and the mobile nature of American society? In 1953, J.D. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:06:14 EST Canning equipment will help gardener’s growing need for preservation Peter Rabbit surely wasn’t the only vegetarian keeping a watchful eye on Farmer McGregor’s and neighboring gardens, since plotting to acquire what’s growing is a popular pastime often requiring constant vigilance. Gardening is a work in progress, with the potential to produce harvests for enjoyment in-season as well as later, provided one is equipped with the necessary materials. A reader hopes the Mailbag will serve to produce items to preserve produce for future servings. What’s coming up “For the second year we have been able to plant gardens where we live, and this year they seem to be doing better, and we hope to have a good turnout at the end of the summer,” writes Linda W., of Nashua (LTR 2,762). “I would like to go back to canning my veggies and storing them ahead for the winter; however, I no longer have the canning equipment necessary to do the job. “I wonder if any of your wonderful readers have a large canning pot, with metal rack so that the jars can be lifted out safely. I also need the rubber tongs for grabbing them, since the metal ones too often can break the jars. I am thinking that this is all I need, but if anyone thinks of other supplies and would like to remind me of them – possibly give them to me – I would certainly appreciate it. “And jars?? Of all sizes, but I think that the smaller ones will be best, since I am only one person. “Once more, I give many thanks for this column and hope that your readers can be of help.” While it’s tempting to see peppers and tomatoes on the vine, helping yourself to other’s veggies is definitely not fine. Apparently, there’ve been some problems along those lines in the past, and some local growers are growing tired of it. Linda can be reached at 882-9314. The ‘fabric’ of creativity “I have a big plastic container (20 gallons at least) of scraps and some yardage of good fabric, which I hope someone can use,” says Reita J., of Hudson (LTR 2,879). Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:06:42 EST Knights can't cash in during 12-4 loss By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA - Cash came flying out of a helicopter onto the Holman Stadium turf on Saturday night, the Nashua Silver Knights holding a $1,000 "Money Drop" for some of the crowd of 1,680 to scramble for. Too bad the Silver Knights couldn't cash in on their opportunities before the chopper arrived. Eleven of the 13 runners they left on base were in scoring position, paving the way for a 12-4 loss at the hands of the North Shore Navigators in 11 innings. "We had two big opportunities tonight in the ninth and 10th to get a game winning hit," Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said, his team dropping to 10-10. "We didn't make it happen. Hey, we had our chances." North Shore raised its record to 8-15 with an eight-run 11th, sending 14 to the plate making the most of six hits, two walks, and two hit batsmen. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:35:44 EST Nashua Chiefs, Hollis split doubleheader Hollis Brookline 9, Nashua Chiefs 7 Hollis Brookline jumped out to an early lead, but Nashua battled back in the final two innings to make a game of it. At the plate, Jeremy Oulette was a perfect 4 for 4, while Mitch Coy was 1 for 3 with three RBIs. Coy also pitched relief, throwing three innings and striking out four. Nashua Chiefs 11, Hollis Brookline 1 In the second game of the doubleheader, Nashua performed much better, as five different Chiefs had multi hit games. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:02:41 EST Nashua Knights, Monadnock split doubleheader Monadnock 6, Nashua Knights 1 Owen Cottle pitched well for the Knights, but took the loss on the hill. At the plate, Robert Holbrook, Owen McNulty, and Noah Ouelette all had hits. Nashua Knights 6, Monadnock 4 The Knights got a great pitching performance from Anthony Garuti in game two of the doubleheader, as pitched all seven innings to pick up the win. Oulette had another strong game as he batted in three runs. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:02:05 EST Nashua Legion tips Exeter Spencer Madden’s single in the eighth plated the winning runs as Nashua Post 124 beat Exeter Post 32, 6-4. Eric Damphousse, Jeff Lunn (one RBI), and Zach Smith each had singles as Post 124 was limited to four hits. Jason Ferlan pitched well for Nashua striking out nine and allowing only four hits. He was relieved by Joe Gouveia in the seventh. Gouveia picked up the win. Nashua improves to 3-2 in district play and will face Merrimack on Saturday at 3 p.m. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:04:00 EST Nashua’s Kendall Reyes ready for third San Diego Chargers camp NASHUA – Kendall Reyes doesn’t throw a baseball too often. “I’ve played in a softball league,” Reyes said. “But, honestly, I haven’t thrown a baseball many times in my life.” Ah, but an athlete is an athlete. Reyes threw a strike for the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday night prior to the start of the Nashua Silver Knights game against North Shore at Holman Stadium. Earlier, he presented a donation to the Boys and Girls Club. The former Nashua High School North and University of Connecticut standout will likely head back to San Diego in a few days as he prepares to start his third training camp with the Chargers. San Diego drafted him in the second round in 2012. Will this training camp be any easier now that he’s been through it before? “It’s all relative,” the 6-foot-4, 299-pound Reyes said. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:10:00 EST Nashua’s historic Waste House building likely to be demolished As efforts are underway to preserve one of Nashua’s historic landmarks, the final curtain is closing on another century-old fixture in the Millyard. The city has failed to identify anyone interested in relocating and restoring the 19th-century Millyard building known as the Waste House. Work is slated to begin this fall on the southern leg of the Broad Street Parkway, and with the Waste House standing in the way, it’s now all but certain the building will be destroyed. “The status is that the city  really has exhausted all opportunities for finding a place within the Millyard historic district to relocate it,” parkway project manager John Vancor said, “and so at this point, the city has informed the state that the intention is to demolish the Waste House to allow for construction of the parkway.” Nashua previously agreed to try to preserve the Waste House and the 165-foot-tall Millyard chimney, hallmarks of an industrial past that is being partially paved over by the Broad Street Parkway. The agreement to preserve the structures came as part of a deal to secure millions in federal funding for the project. The Waste House dates to 1896. Also known as the D.H. Shea Building, the brick structure was previously used to gather, sort and package cotton waste. A memorandum of agreement among Nashua, the Federal Highway Administration and the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources obligates the city to relocate the Waste House within the Nashua Manufacturing Company Historic District and to perform further studies to “confirm the preliminary conclusion that relocation of the Waste House is feasible and reasonable.” As part of its study efforts, the city consulted with engineering experts to ensure it would be possible to move the building. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:43:00 EST Hudson Police Log Hudson Police Department APRIL 26 Arrest/Summons Nicolas Saggese, 56, 4 St. Mary Drive: Simple assault, 9:43 p.m. APRIL 27 Arrests/Summonses Brendan Lyons, 25, 55 School St., Salem: Simple assault, 3:45 p.m. Yennifer Serrano, 28, 355 Pawtucket Boulevard, Apt. 10, Lowell, Mass.: Theft, 4:14 p.m. Shayne Sullivan, 25, 256 Market St., Apt. 118, Lowell, Mass.: Warrant, 8:35 p.m. APRIL 28 Arrest/Summons Peter F. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:01:27 EST Students place wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier NASHUA – Four Nashua Catholic students participated in a formal wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery when the 8th grade class visited Washington, D.C. earlier this month on its annual class trip. Eighth graders Siri Warren, of Amherst, Ryan Fitzgerald, of Hollis, and Jay Patel and Jaimie Allard, both of Nashua were selected by their classmates for the honor of representing the school. The students were given brief instruction on how to march and present the wreath during the ceremony before they marched in formal procession with the soldier at that tomb. “This was quite an honor,” said Warren following the ceremony. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:05:34 EST Greater Nashua students recognized in PBS Kids Writers Contest DURHAM – Poetry about the seasons, a ring-toss game between a cat and a moose, and a day of skiing were among the subjects of winning stories in the New Hampshire Public Television – PBS Kids Writers Contest. More than 450 creative entries were received from children in kindergarten through third grade, and 85 stories were chosen for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention recognition. NHPTV’s winners will compete with the winners from other public television stations in the national PBS Kids Writers Contest. The top local honoree was Emily F., of Nashua, who placed second among first-graders with “Tia Learns a Lesson.” The first-, second- and third-place winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Saturday, May 10, at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. Author Diane Mayr will speak at the ceremony. She is a librarian and a longtime New Hampshire resident whose children’s books include “Littlebat’s Halloween Story,” “Run, Turkey, Run!” and “Out and About at the Apple Orchard.” “By taking this contest into my kindergarten class, I was able to introduce the world of writing to so many youngsters,” sand Kimberly Carrier, a kindergarten teacher in Nashua. “It is by far my favorite part of teaching every year. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:05:40 EST Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon draws athletes to Merrimack Runners, bicycle riders and swimmers did their best to win praise and medals at the Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon, a fifth-annual event held on Sunday, June 8, at Camp Sargent, 141 Camp Sargent Road in Merrimack. The event featured a swim of 0.3 miles sponsored by Burke Advertising in adjacent Lake Naticook, a bicycle race of 9.6 miles sponsored by Goodale’s Bike Shop and a run of 3.1 miles sponsored by St. Joseph Healthcare. The event drew 364 registered athletes mostly representing New England states, plus Quebec, Virginia and Illinois. It was a competition sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Nashua and The Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:07:20 EST Bedford students inducted into Nashua Catholic’s National Junior Honor Society NASHUA – Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School inducted three local Bedford students into the 2014 class of the Nashua Catholic National Junior Honor Society during a ceremony in the school’s auditorium in March 19. “The foundation of the National Junior Honor Society is based upon five pillars,” said eighth-grader Sithara Nambiar, Nashua Catholic NJHS chapter president. “They are scholarship, service, character, leadership and citizenship and each of our new inductees have proven himself or herself worthy of selection based upon these pillars.” Seventh-graders Abigail McCarthy, Sara Peloquin-Ghiorzi and Sara Schmitt, all of Bedford, joined with 24 other new inductees and 16 standing members to recite the chapter pledge before Christofily Baker, Nashua Catholic faculty adviser presented each new member with their pin. Following the presentation of pins and the signing of the registry, Father John Fortin, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire, addressed the inductees. He told them that he was proud of their efforts and congratulated them, as well as their proud families and friends. He also said that Nashua Catholic was the only junior high school in the diocese with a Junior Honor Society. Barker, a 14-year literature and English teacher at Nashua Catholic, helped establish the National Honor Society chapter a year ago at the school. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:31:00 EST William Kamieniecki William Kamieniecki “Wild Bill,” 95, of Goffstown, NH & Venice, FL, was surrounded by his family when he passed away on June 21, 2014, after a short illness. He was born in Nashua, NH, on May 5, 1919, one of ten children, to Victor and Anne (Dzmitiria) Kamieniecki. During the Depression he left school to join the CC Camp which helped to build the Kancamagus Highway. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. After the war he got into real estate, owning and operating Lillian’s Motel in Nashua, NH. Bill was an expert diver, winning the state amateur championship when he was 19. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:01:25 EST Una B. (Hayes) Progris Una B. (Hayes) Progris, of Nashua and Hudson, NH, died peacefully at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, NH on June 24, 2014 with family by her side. Una was born January 8, 1926 in Farmington, NH, the daughter of Franklin Pierce Hayes and Doris Bessie (Curtis) Hayes. She attended Nashua schools, graduating from Nashua High class of 1943. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:02:01 EST ‘Jack the Snipper’ suspect pleads guilty to indecent exposure in Nashua NASHUA – Jeffrey Gelinas, the man police identified as the chief suspect in the “Jack the Snipper” case a decade ago, pleaded guilty Thursday to exposing himself to a young girl in Nashua. Gelinas was sentenced to one year in jail for showing his genitals to an 8-year-old girl at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on Daniel Webster Highway early last year. He pleaded guilty to a single charge of indecent exposure, a Class A misdemeanor, and was ordered to serve six months in jail, with the remainder of the time deferred for a period of two years. Gelinas also was ordered to register as a sex offender. Previously, Gelinas was the sole suspect in a series of incidents around the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham. Police believed Gelinas entered the apartments of numerous female students during the summer of 2003 and 2004 and cut off the women’s clothing as they slept. None of the women was sexually assaulted in the crime spree, which came to be known locally as the “Jack the Snipper” case. Durham police were unable to make an arrest, but questioned Gelinas and charged him with two unrelated prowling violations to which he pleaded guilty. Gelinas later received an eight-year prison sentence for trying to break into a woman’s apartment in August 2004. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:34:00 EST Nashua BBBS chief Joy Barrett moving on to state post NASHUA – Joy Barrett, a longtime Nashua resident and downtown advocate who helped found Great American Downtown then went on to advocate for children as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Nashua & Greater Salem, is moving on to head a statewide agency that focuses on assisting and supporting victims of child abuse and their families. Saying she is at once sad and excited about “saying goodbye to one family and joining another,” Barrett will begin her new post as executive director of the Granite State Children’s Alliance on July 21, she said Thursday. Her last day as head of BBBS is Wednesday, July 9. Melissa Goerbig-Frizzell, BBBS’ chief operating officer, will become CEO upon Barrett’s departure. Calling her new responsibility “a privilege to be a voice and advocate for children impacted by abuse,” Barrett said she and Goerbig-Frizzell were hired by BBBS at the same time – in early 2007 – and that she feels confident the agency will be in good hands. “Melissa and I have worked side by side over the last eight years and there is no one more ready, capable and deserving” of the CEO post, Barrett said. The child-advocacy mission into which she immersed herself at BBBS will carry over into her new post at GSCA, which oversees the state’s 10 regional Child Advocacy Centers. The CACs – there are two in populous Hillsborough County, Manchester and Nashua, and a combined one for Grafton and Sullivan counties – provide services to child victims of crime and their families from the time the incidents are reported and throughout the legal process, court appearances, counseling and other support “tailored to (each child and family’s) needs,” according to the agency’s mission statement. Barrett said she’s already looking at the possibility of bringing the GSCA and BBBS together for combined training and education sessions, given the similarities of the  work the agencies do. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:06:37 EST Construction moves on to Martha’s NASHUA – Springtime fears that the city’s ongoing sidewalk project would shut down outdoor seating at a landmark downtown restaurant has given way to the sight of summer diners sitting alongside orange work cones and heavy equipment. Once vocal critics of the city’s sidewalk plans, Martha’s Exchange owners Chris and Bill Fokas, had little to say about the construction going on outside their restaurant this week. The signature wrought-iron tables were out on the sidewalk, where people could sit, eat and relax. A few feet away, the city’s public works crews had torn up much of the old brick sidewalk and laid fresh blacktop. But closest to Martha’s the old brick remained. Further down Main Street, the city’s new signature design of concrete and brick is being laid. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said she’s worked with all Main Street businesses regarding the city sidewalk project, but has not altered the project’s construction schedule to accommodate any specific request. Yet the Fokas brothers had appealed to the mayor and the Board of Public Works in April to change when the sidewalk construction reaches their doorstep. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:06:50 EST In fight for his life, Nashua medal of honor recipient credits the actions of others Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts thought his time was up. Crouching in an outpost in Afghanistan’s Waygal Valley, a tourniquet around his right leg to staunch the bleeding from a shrapnel wound and enemy forces closing in, he thought he was going to die. With bullets, rockets and hand grenades whizzing all around him, he pulled the pin on his own grenade but didn’t throw it. If they were throwing grenades, he reasoned, some of the 200 enemy fighters were close enough for him to thrown some too. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:00:13 EST Knights make left turn, roll over Navigators NASHUA – Ted Currle moved to the left on Thursday night. With the Nashua Silver Knights facing a tough North Shore right-hander, Kyle Gauthier, Currle loaded the lineup with left-handed hitters and it paid dividends in the form of a 8-3 Knights victory. The win, before a Kendall Reyes/Youth Football Night crowd of 1,096 at Holman Stadium, puts the Knights back to .500 at 9-9. It also got starting righty Mike Geannelis back on track (2-1) as he allowed just three runs (two earned) over seven. Gauthier, who came in at 2-0, 1.80 for the 7-14 Navigators, suffered his first loss. The Knights also took advantage of five North Shore errors. “The kids who were in the lineup tonight did a nice job,” Currle said. “We had a couple (seven total) huge hits.” Nashua, which trailed 2-0 after the first, broke it open in the fourth, snapping a 3-3 tie with five runs on an RBI single by Cam DiSarcina and consecutive doubles by Matt Sanchez, Mike Pierson and Carson Helms. Helms had hit a solo shot in the third off North Shore starter Kyle Gauthier, his third of the season and the team’s 14th. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:07:31 EST Nashua routs Hudson in American Legion baseball Nashua 7, Hudson 0 Nashua Post 124 was led by the five-hit pitching performance of Jake Burbank who went eight innings, striking out six and walking one in ahutting down Hudson Post 48. Joe Gouveia pitched the ninth for Nashua, striking out one. Offensively, Jon McQuarrie (triple, one RBI) and Shane Nowak had three hits each, with two-hit performances by Brenda Martin (one RBI), Zach Smith (one RBI) and Tim Donavan (two RBIs). Nashua’s next games are Friday at 5:15 p.m. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:01:01 EST