Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Seacoast Mavericks edge Silver Knights, 2-1 By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA - When it comes to the Nashua Silver Knights lately, their collective pen is not mightier than the opposition's swords. Case in point: Sunday night's tough 2-1 loss at the hands of the Seacoast Mavericks. New Jersey high school product Gavin Hollowell, all 6-foot-6 of him, gave the Nashua Silver Knights a tremendous start on the mound. But after six innings in a scoreless game, he had tossed 87 pitches, and Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett had to grit his teeth and turn to that box of surprises - the Nashua bullpen, for the seventh inning. And, as has been the case lately, it couldn't continue the pace that the starter had set. Seacoast scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to hand Nashua its third straight loss before a Holman Stadium fireworks crowd of 1,450. "It is what it is," Neverett said of his bullpen. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:21:48 EST Dozens of cases move forward NASHUA - The Nashua man who allegedly stole two cars, stabbed a driver, then caused a massive, multi-car crash on the Everett Turnpike in April is among dozens of individuals indicted this month by a Hillsborough County grand jury. Jonathan Calvin, 31, most recently of 273 Main St., Apt. 12, was indicted on six Class A felony counts, including two counts of robbery, and one count each of theft; first degree assault; first degree assault with a deadly weapon; and attempted first degree assault with a deadly weapon, along with one Class B felony count of reckless conduct deadly weapon. Also indicted in this month's grand jury term is Ann Pellegrino, a Billerica, Mass., woman accused of stealing around $3,000 from Advanced Auto Parts in Nashua while she was a store manager, and John Leduc, a 26-year-old Ohio man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 23-yearold woman multiple times while, according to the charges, she was too drunk to resist. An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but means that the grand jury determined enough evidence exists for prosecutors to pursue the case in Superior Court. Calvin, meanwhile, allegedly sent an already hectic Friday afternoon commute into chaos when he ended a frenzied spree of alleged crimes by crashing a stolen Volvo into a line of bumpertobumper traffic around 2:30 p.m. April 15. Matthew Calvin, the suspect's brother, said in May that the outburst, which began when Jonathan Calvin allegedly carjacked a driver on Main Street, was preceded by his brother's desperate, hours-long attempt to get help for his mental illness. Jonathan Calvin reportedly drove to the Everett Turnpike in the stolen car and promptly crashed it, according to the charges. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:43:12 EST Kids make gifts for animals, staff in shelter program NASHUA - At the latest Humane Society HERO Summer Program event, youth attendees learned how to appreciate animals' feelings, and make them part of the family. The summer series, meant for children ages 6-8, debuted July as a part of the Humane Society for Greater Nashua's youth program called The HERO Club. Members of the club are welcomed to join shelter activities such as "Reading to Rescues" every second Sunday of the month from 1-3 p.m. at the humane society located on Ferry Road. Members can also collect donations of pet food, dog and cat toys, blankets, and cleaning supplies for shelter animals, or donate a book for the Reading to Rescues program. On Thursday, the children made 40 catnip toys for the shelter cats, said Susanna Hargreaves of the human society's board of trustees. Hargreaves said the children then visited the cats to give them their new toys. Participants also played games, visited shelter dogs and rabbits and made crayon and watercolor paintings for volunteers and staff at the shelter. "Our son has really enjoyed the HERO Program," said Katie Gagnon, who accompanied her children to the July 21 event. "It's wonderful to have a program that helps instill good values in children through meaningful service projects." She called it a hidden gem for families. "Our favorite project was making catnip toys for the cats and then being able to watch the fruits of our labor as we delivered them to their cages. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:23:32 EST Nashua school sprouts space seeds NASHUA - The greenhouse at Elm Street Middle School has more than thrived in its first year - it's generated districtwide buzz with its space tomatoes. Since it was established last summer, the project has involved students and teachers from across departments in literacy and science projects, but the real blastoff was when the greenhouse obtained some tomato seeds that have traveled into space. Through the U.S. and Canadian collaborative known as "Tomatosphere," the seeds were launched to the International Space Station on board SpaceX's Dragon on April 14, 2015, and returned to Earth after spending five weeks in orbit. "We didn't see much of a difference from the tomatoes from space and the ones not in space," said Denise Rock, a science teacher at Elm Street. "So, that will be good for NASA to know." The 11-by-24-foot greenhouse was championed by Rock and Darcy O'Hara, an Elm Street English teacher, who gathered grant money from Whole Foods and the Hullinger Foundation. The educators won approval from the Nashua Board of Education in May 2015 and launched the project last summer. Since its opening, the greenhouse has been embraced by the Elm Street community and serves as an example of a successful student garden in the Nashua district. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:22:24 EST Sunday cleanup, power restoration in wake of strong weekend gusts While Greater Nashua residents were spared injury and major damage in Saturday's thunderstorms, many still needed to spend at least part of Sunday cleaning up downed trees and branches while waiting for the lights to go back on. Gusty, straight-line winds contained in a series of powerful thunderstorms that rolled across most of central and northern New England on Saturday afternoon and evening toppled trees, filled roads and yards with debris and spawned widespread power outages, according to meteorologists and news reports. Thousands of Nashua residents were among the roughly 85,000 Granite Staters who lost power during the storms, mostly due to exploding transformers caused by trees falling onto wires that in some cases also took down utility poles. Among the hardest-hit Nashua neighborhoods was the area of Rancourt Street, off Concord Street just south of the Merrimack town line. A Nashua Fire Rescue dispatcher said a tree blew over onto wires, which subsequently pulled down several utility poles and set up a lengthy repair project for utility and tree-service crews. Rancourt Street remained closed throughout much of Sunday, the dispatcher said. The call was one of more than a dozen that came in to Nashua Fire Rescue and police in rapid succession. At the height of the storms, the city's Lancashire Heights neighborhood off East Dunstable Road went dark just after 6:30 p.m., when a transformer near 32 Browning Ave. blew up. Meanwhile, reports of trees and wires down came in from areas off Coburn Avenue, Northeastern Boulevard, Main Dunstable Road, Lake Street and parts of the southwest quadrant, including Ridge Road. In Hudson, crews were called to Walgreen's on Derry Street for downed wires across several motor vehicles, while numerous pine tree limbs came down onto parked vehicles at Stellar Motor Group, a used car dealership at 57 Lowell Road. Nobody was reported hurt, and the damage appeared to be minor. The storms also crashed a wedding reception in New Boston, where wind gusts uprooted a large tent outside of Molly's Tavern as the newlyweds and their guests celebrated. The bride, Lauren Pasquarella, told WMURTV that nobody was hurt, and everyone goodnaturedly weathered the unexpected turn of events. State Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials opened its Emergency Operations Center at 6 p.m. as the number of people without power skyrocketed, said agency spokesman Michael Todd. "Fortunately, no serious injuries have been reported at this time," HSEM Director Perry Plummer said in a statement issued later Saturday night. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:58:53 EST Rodney Anthony Martone Rodney Anthony Martone, 65, of Nashua, NH, passed away at St. Joseph Hospital surrounded by his family on Friday, July 22, 2016 after a lifetime of heart and kidney problems. He was the son of John and Aida Martone and grew up in North Andover, MA. He attended Central Catholic High School and Merrimack College, where he was known for his booming voice and love of life. He lived in Nashua for his entire married life and enjoyed the youth sports it afforded his family. He was the beloved husband for 41 years of Patricia Pohlot Martone. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:09:18 EST Doris R. Colletta Doris R. Colletta, 82, of Nashua, wife of Charles T. Colletta, (well-known musician and hardware executive) passed away Thursday evening, July 21, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a brief illness. A native and lifelong resident of the French Hill neighborhood of this city, Doris was born on March 15, 1934, a daughter of the late Hilaire A. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:09:17 EST Cassandra D. ‘Cassie’ Mayo Pimenta Beloved daughter Cassandra D. “Cassie” Mayo Pimenta, 27, of Nashua, formerly of Lowell, Merrimack, and Boston, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 18, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. She was born on October 5, 1988, in Concord, MA, daughter of Peter Mayo of Hollis, NH, and Denise (Finn) Mayo of Derry, NH. She attended school in Merrimack and Nashua. Loved by many, she had a loving and giving heart and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her father, Peter & Alisa Mayo; her mother, Denise Finn & Scott MacPherson; her daughters, Viera L. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:09:17 EST Van McLeod stood for the arts scene in Nashua, as well as the state Winston Churchill is credited with many pithy sayings in his lifetime. Many of them are accurate, some are not, and some ... we'll never know if he actually said them. Among these alleged anecdotes is a story about Churchill being approached at the height of WWII with a proposal to cut government funding for the arts to better support the war effort. To which Churchill allegedly replied, "Then what would we be fighting for?" The story's veracity notwithstanding, it's an eloquent depiction of how critical the arts are to a community, and to society at large. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:04:43 EST Charles Guill Jr. Charles Guill Jr., 89, of Francestown (formerly of Hudson) NH, died peacefully at his home on July 22, 2016. Charlie was born August 31, 1926 in Nashua to Charles and Yvonne (Mirault) Guill. He was inducted into the Navy in 1945. He attended St. Michael’s College in Vermont and returned to Nashua to wed Jeannette (Jacques) and raise six children. In his earlier years he was active in the Knights of Columbus and Church Council at St. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:52:00 EST Leroy Davis Leroy Davis, 75, passed away after a long courageous illness at the Community Hospice Center of Merrimack, NH surrounded by his loving family. Born in Newberry, South Carolina on January 15, 1941 and passed away July 21, 2016. He was a resident of Chelmsford, MA. Leroy was a construction worker his entire life. Leroy was the son of the late Lorenia Clark Davis and Eugene H. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 01:49:00 EST Donchess joins Rotary Club NASHUA - The Rotary Club of Nashua formally inducted city Mayor Jim Donchess this summer. The Rotary Club of Nashua is the largest such organization in the city. The mayor was sponsored by local attorney Bill Barry and inducted June 13. Donchess was first elected to Nashua city office in 1977. He has served on the Board of Alderman and has worked in his own law practice focused primarily on employment law in the middle of several stops in the mayor's office. - Telegraph Staff Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:24:24 EST Football fraternity: Northeastern Empire value brotherhood on field NASHUA – Justin Gregoire was in obvious pain sitting on the grass on the sideline. The Salisbury resident was using elastic bands to help provide pressure for his feet and relieve pressure at the same time. “Plantar fasciitis,” he said of the inflammation in his heels. “Man, I’m sore.” Why, then, does the 5-foot-10, 270-pound Gregoire continue to keep playing on the defensive line for the Northeastern Empire of the 40-team New England Football League, toiling in the hot, steamy sun on a mid-July Sunday afternoon? “It’s a brotherhood, man,” he said. “We all look out for each other.” And many other Empire players echoed that same fact; belonging to the fraternity of football players ranging from their mid 20s to early 40s is more important, it seems, than even winning or losing. Proof of that was the gathering at the 50-yard line between Rhode Island Riptide and Empire players after the Tide handed the Empire a 19-0 season-opening loss on July 17. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:41:24 EST Two arrested in drug bust NASHUA - Two Nashua men were arrested Friday on multiple drug charges, according to the city police. Christian Torres, 25, of 93 R Tolles St., was charged with four felony counts of sale of crack cocaine and another count of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. Jonathan Ruiz-Negron, 28, of 81 Chandler St., first floor, was charged with four felony counts of sale of crack cocaine (second offense), as well as two felony counts of criminal liability to the sale of crack cocaine (second offense), a felony common nuisance count and possession of marijuana, a second offense and a misdemeanor. Officers with the Nashua Police Department executed two search warrants on two separate residences in the French Hill - the first at Torres' Tolles Street residence and the second at Ruiz-Negron's Chandler Street unit. There was no information about when the two suspects will be arraigned in a Nashua courtroom. - Telegraph Staff Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:41:36 EST Nashua’s Gillis falls in US Junior Am quarters Nashua’s Brandon Gillis won’t be leaving Tennessee until Saturday. Unfortunately for the Nashua High School North senior-to-be, it’s not because of U.S. Junior Amateur competition. Gillis, seeded 38th, struggled with the putter on a couple of holes in Friday morning’s quarterfinal round and it proved costly in a 4 and 2 loss to third-seeded Min Woo Lee, of Australia, in the 69th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. Lee and Gillis parred the first hole and bogeyed the second. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:41:51 EST Cary Scott Thomas Cyr Cary Scott Thomas Cyr, 53, passed away on July 18, 2016, in Peabody, Massachusetts. He was born on September 20, 1962 in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of the late Hugh H. and Lucille A. Cyr. Cary attended Salem High School, Salem, MA and was a valued employee at the Peabody Public Library for 19 years. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:19:00 EST Lt. Col. Joseph G. Oliveira Lt. Col. Joseph G. Oliveira, United States Army (retired), of Nashua, died on July 21, 2016. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:41:58 EST Robert R. St. Hilaire Robert R. St. Hilaire, 82, of Nashua, passed away on Sunday, July 17, at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, with his devoted grandson, Justin, and loving dog, Sandy, by his side. Born in Berlin, NH, he was the son of the late Emile and Marie Anna (Nadeau) St. Hilaire. A retired veteran, Robert proudly served his country as a Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1971. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:37:26 EST Grill confirmed as cause of four-alarm Nashua fire NASHUA - Investigators say a July 17 fire that left dozens homeless was sparked by a gas grill used unlawfully on an apartment patio. It is against the city fire codes to have such a device on the patio, which led to the four-alarm fire last weekend that left around 80 people without a place to sleep, the Nashua Fire Marshal's office concluded. "The Nashua Fire Marshal's Office along with investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office was on scene Sunday night and most of the day on Monday investigating the cause of the fire," the department said in a press release. "As a result of the investigation we have determined that a fire occurred on a propane grill that was in use outside of a first floor apartment at 26 Bay Ridge Drive. As the fire from the grill intensified it quickly spread from the grill to the exterior of the building. The fire traveled upward, involving the exterior porches and spread into the attic area resulting in significant damage to the building." At least 36 apartments were evacuated while fire crews fought the blaze. No injuries were reported among building occupants the night of the fire, but several firefighters were treated at the scene for heat related injuries and two were transported to area hospitals. Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess said on the night of the fire that residents without a place to stay would be put up in the gymnasium at Nashua High School South. The Marshal's office could not stress enough the importance of maintaining a safe distance between a grill and any nearby structure. Officials said grilling on patios and apartment decks is not only unsafe, it is against fire codes. The fire code states that "for other than one and two-family dwellings no hibachi, grill, or other similar device used for cooking, heating or any other purpose shall be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion, or within 10 feet of any structure." For more information on grill safety visit: Matthew Medsger can be reached at 594-6531, or @Telegraph_MattM. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:23:08 EST Alderman jokes he could land plane on parkway NASHUA - Pilot and flight instructor David Schoneman gets a bird's eye view of city traffic patterns as he makes his approaches to Nashua Airport. From the skies, the Ward 3 aldermen said he notices relatively few vehicles using Broad Street Parkway. "When I look down, I can see Broad Street itself bumper to bumper and I can see the Broad Street Parkway with little or no cars," he said last week. "I could land my plane on it," he said - quickly adding, "Not that I would." Curious about the $80 million parkway's use, Schoneman requested a traffic study from police earlier this year. The traffic study was done from Jan. 18-22 - roughly a month after the parkway officially opened, Schoneman said. It revealed a total 4,121 vehicles traveling on the limited-access connector from Broad Street to the Millyard. That's the equivalent of about 958 vehicles a day. The parkway's apparent underuse may be play a role in devising alternative traffic patterns to help relieve congestion downtown, he said. The aldermen's infrastructure committee is reviewing traffic patterns and how the parkway and other key roads and intersections could improve traffic flow. - Telegraph Staff Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:05:54 EST Brass band to give free concert NASHUA - Put the smart phones away, kick back and imagine you're in the 19th century at Greeley Park this Thursday night. The Friends of Greeley Park and Nashua Parks and Recreation Commission are hosting the Yankee Brass Band in a free concert at the bandshell on July 28 beginning at 7 p.m. The historically-authentic American Brass Band is making its summer tour of northern New England where they will perform period music on period instruments and wear period clothing. "They are very, very good," Ward 3 Alderman David Schoneman said. "You sort of picture yourself sitting in Greeley Park 100 years ago." Heavy rain will move the concert indoors. Check with city's parks department for updates. - Telegraph Staff Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:25:12 EST Thomas Armstrong Jr. Thomas Armstrong, Jr., of Greenfield Commons, Greenfield, NH, son of the late Thomas Armstrong Sr. and Diana (Leblanc) Armstrong, died peacefully at Monadnock General Hospital on July 18, 2016 after a very brief illness. He was born December 2, 1927 in Nashua, NH, and attended schools in Nashua and Arlington MA. He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy after eight years of service on the USS Franklin D. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:58:00 EST Samuel P. Bellavance Samuel P. Bellavance, 73, a well-known Nashua businessman, of Hollis and Hampton, NH and Marco Island, FL, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Portsmouth Hospital. Born in Nashua on October 5, 1942, he was a son of the late Joseph A. II and Sonia Josephine (Lewkowicz) Bellavance. Sam grew up on Chester Street in Nashua, where he was affectionately known as "Beaver". Fri, 22 Jul 2016 02:05:48 EST Nashua's Gillis soars into US Junior Am quarterfinals Nashua’s Brandon Gillis may have entered match play as the 38th seed, but Friday morning he’s teeing off as one of just eight golfers still alive in the 69th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. The Nashua High School North senior-to-be will face off with third-seeded Min Woo Lee, of Australia, at 8:15 a.m. in Friday’s quarterfinals. The winner of this match will play in the semifinals Friday afternoon. Gillis, just coming off his runner-up finish in the New Hampshire Golf Association Junior Championship, reached match play with a two-round total of 4-over par, 148 (71-77) on Monday and Tuesday. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:46:00 EST Kenneth William Cowan (KC) Kenneth William Cowan (KC), 52, a former resident of Hollis, NH, died suddenly on July 15, 2016, in Boston, MA. KC was a gifted software engineer who graduated with honors from the University of Delaware, Class of 1984. He started his career at Digital Equipment Corporation and went on to work for a number of software technology companies in New England. He was an active member of his community, mentoring high school students in the FIRST Robotics Program and chaperoning numerous Cub Scout and Boy Scout hikes. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:40:16 EST FCBL: Silver Knights strike early, hammer Martha’s Vineyard NASHUA – Good pitching can stop good hitting in the game of baseball. But when you get good pitching combined with a solid offense, you may have a team that can’t be stopped. That’s what Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett is hoping for as the Silver Knights romped over Martha’s Vineyard, 11-1, before Thursday’s Holman Stadium Bruins Night crowd of 1,988. Sure, the Knights pounded out 17 hits. But they also got yet another solid start from Mike Geannelis, whose six innings of scoreless ball stretched his run to 19 innings with just one earned run allowed. “We got some great hitting at the start,” Neverett said. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:34:01 EST Hassan pushes economic plan on Nashua NASHUA – New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan made a campaign stop in the Gate City on Thursday, joining the president and staff of Zco Corp. to tout her planned economic priories should she unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:59:05 EST FCBL: Silver Knights double up on Suns NASHUA – There are some games where you simply can’t accept a loss. Wednesday night’s contest vs. the Pittsfield Suns at Holman Stadium was one of those for the Nashua Silver Knights. No, it wasn’t a matter of desperation. But Nashua, now 24-15 after an 8-4 win before 949 fans, were coming off a two-game losing streak and facing a struggling Suns team that had to resort to starting a reliever who came in with an earned run average of 6.75. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:13:00 EST Long-awaited medals presented to Nashua man NASHUA – As a child growing up in Bedford, Mass., Tricia Shea remembers her father Arthur, a U.S. Navy veteran during World War II, as a quiet man despite his wittiness and strong sense of patriotism. “We were children,” she said Wednesday. “He just chose not to speak about the awful things he had seen.” Her father's only attachment to the fighting was tucked away, wrapped up out of reach. “At that time they were allowed to take their service weapons home with them,” she said, referring to his service rifle stored in the upper reaches of the attic of the home. “It was sort of this mysterious thing,” she said. It wasn’t until she was much older before she “fully understand and appreciate what he did for his country.” The appreciation poured out Wednesday at a small ceremony at Nashua Crossing, where 90-year-old Arthur Shea now lives, when his family surprised him with several medals he never received after leaving the service. Shea was surrounded by family, friends and some staff who gathered to honor the time he gave to his country that began when he signed up for the U.S. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:42:35 EST Nashua Theatre Guild’s Shakespeare in the Park NASHUA - At 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, this weekend and next, Nashua Theatre Guild presents its 26th annual Shakespeare in the Park production, this one "Romeo and Juliet," at the Greeley Park halfshell stage, 100 Concord St. NTG presents the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers from "different sides of the track," struggling to find a place for them in the world. The Montagues and Capulets are yet again at each other's throats in their endless feud - the Elizabethan version of the Hatfields and McCoys. Prince Escalus will have no more of it, and decrees death to those causing any further breach of the peace. Romeo, a Montague on the rebound from the fickle Rosaline, crashes a Capulet party and falls instantly in love with the fair Juliet. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:59:52 EST Police advise caution after 2 caught in 'Pokemon Go' robbery MANCHESTER – After a “Pokemon Go” player was robbed in an early-morning confrontation Wednesday in Manchester, Nashua police advise local gamers to be aware of their surroundings and practice caution. The 24-year-old Manchester man was walking on the bike path behind South Willow Street when he was accosted at knifepoint by two men at 2:15 a.m., according to Manchester police. Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie said while he had not heard of a similar incident in his city, players can still take steps to stay safe. “It’s like with anything, you have to be aware of your surroundings,” Lavoie said in a Wednesday phone interview. Not singling out any one area of the city to avoid, he said, “Don’t get into positions that make yourself uncomfortable.” Lavoie said Nashua is generally a safe area for enthusiasts to practice the game, but that it’s best to stay aware. “Keep your head up and walk with a purpose – which is kind of the opposite of walking with your head down, looking at your phone,” he said. “Pokemon Go” is a popular augmented-reality game played on smartphones. Based off a collectible card and video game series that was popular among children of the 1990s. The game uses GPS maps to hunt cartoon monsters called Pokemon that appear through the phone’s camera. Gamers can use the game to find Pokemon characters around town at any time of day. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:52:00 EST Robert S. Ainscow Robert S. Ainscow, retired Nashua Funeral Director and former owner of Davis Funeral Home in Nashua, of Moultonborough, N.H., formerly of Nashua, died Saturday, July 16th, in his home, surrounded by his loving family, listening to the waves of his beloved lake. He was born in Nashua, on May 25, 1931, the son of the late Harry J. and Marjorie (Eaton) Ainscow. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:23:13 EST Cheryl Frost Cheryl Frost, 57, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. She was born on March 30, 1959, in Lebanon, NH, the daughter of Norman Dube Jr. and Joyce (Sousa) Dube. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:20:43 EST Sir Robert D. Lepine, KCHS Sir Robert D. Lepine, KCHS, 79, of Nashua, ended his journey on earth and entered into eternal life with his beloved Lord on Saturday evening, July 16, 2016, after a brief illness. Born in Nashua on June 21, 1937, he was a son of the late Donat J. and Orise (Collard) Lepine. Sir Robert married Mary R. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:20:19 EST Robert J. Dinan Robert J. Dinan, 91, of Chester, NJ, a native and former Nashua resident, passed away Monday afternoon, July 18, 2016, at the Sunrise Hospice of Basking Ridge, NJ, after a period of declining health. A son of the late James and Amy (Kitchener) Dinan, he was born in Nashua on June 19, 1925. Bob attended the former Sacred Heart School and was a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1942. He was a former communicant of St. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:19:49 EST Evelisse Santiago Evelisse Santiago peacefully passed from this world on July 17, 2016, at her home in Milford, NH. Evelisse was lovingly known as Evie or Eve by many. She lived 43 years, 2 months, and 2 days on this earth and now an eternity in heaven. On May 15, 1973, a tiny little girl took her first breath in Boston, Massachusetts. Eve was a 26-year resident of New England Pediatrics Care of Chelmsford and then moved into her true family home in Milford, NH. This accomplishment was due to the hard work of guardians Linda Boden, Lisa Szewczy and staff from The Nashua Center of Nashua, NH. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:19:25 EST Stolen property probe leads to man’s arrest Nashua police arrested a city man on Monday, charging him with receiving stolen property. Thirty-two-year-old Adam Dallaire, of no fixed address, faces a felony count of receiving stolen property and another for theft by unauthorized taking, stemming from a Feb. 1 incident where law enforcement responded to reports of a theft. The victim told police a person known to them stole a small-caliber handgun and a video game system from the residence earlier in the day. Police said they determined Dallaire had been in possession of the stolen handgun and had stolen the video game system. When he was taken into custody this week, he was already being held at Hillsborough County House of Corrections on unrelated charges. Dallaire refused bail and was held pending his Tuesday arraignment in a Nashua courtroom, according to police. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:08:20 EST Nashua woman charged with abusing 3-year-old child The Nashua Police Department arrested Brittney Bellino, 23, of 135 Ash St., on Monday, on a warrant for second-degree assault, a Class B felony. The arrest follows a report of suspected child abuse received by the Nashua Police Department on July 10. Investigators determined Bellino knowingly caused bodily injury to a child under 13 years of age, in this case a 3-year-old child unrelated to her, according to police. Officers said the injury to the child was not life-threatening. She was released on $300 cash bail pending her arraignment on Aug. 19 in a Nashua courtroom. - Telegraph staff Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:09:09 EST NH, Mass. troopers face assault charges NASHUA - New Hampshire State Trooper Andrew Monaco and Massachusetts State Trooper Joseph Flynn were arrested Tuesday on simple assault charges for allegedly using unjustified and excessive force during the May 11 arrest of Richard Simone Jr., of Worcester, Mass., following a 50-mile high-speed chase that began in Massachusetts and ended on a quiet Nashua street. Police - some with weapons drawn - surrounded Simone as the Worcester resident complied with their commands to get out of his pickup truck and onto his knees when Monaco, 31, and Flynn, 32, rushed forward and repeatedly punched and kneed him as he lay on the pavement, the New Hampshire Attorney General's investigation alleged. "Given the number of officers on scene, to include a canine team and, given that there is no evidence to show that Simone was actively resisting, there has been nothing uncovered that would warrant or justify the level of force used upon Mr. Simone," the arrest warrant affidavits allege. Monaco and Flynn turned themselves in to Nashua police Tuesday. They were released on bail and will be arraigned in Nashua district court on Sept. 13. Police said Simone was wanted on warrants for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and larceny when he refused to stop his pickup for police in Holden, Mass., and led officers on a high-speed chase through central Massachusetts into Hudson and Nashua. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:42:22 EST Robert S. Ainscow Robert S. Ainscow, retired Nashua Funeral Director and former owner of Davis Funeral Home in Nashua of Moultonborough, N.H., formerly of Nashua, died Saturday, July 16th, in his home, surrounded by his loving family, listening to the waves of his beloved lake. He was born in Nashua, on May 25, 1931, the son of the late Harry J. and Marjorie (Eaton) Ainscow. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:59:31 EST Anita M. Seyer Anita M. Seyer, 89, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016, at Kindred Healthcare in Nashua, after a period of declining health. Miss Seyer was born in Nashua on September 23, 1926, a daughter of the late Emile E. and Yvonne (Plourde) Seyer. She made her home on Dow Street in the French Hill neighborhood for many years, was educated in Nashua schools and was a communicant of the former St. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:35:42 EST Police ID body found by gamer NASHUA - Police on Monday identified the man whose body was found floating in Salmon Brook last week as Timothy Nichols, 36, of Nashua. Nashua Police Capt. David Bailey said Nichols had no visible signs of trauma on his body when it was discovered about 2 p.m. July 14 by someone playing the popular augmented-reality game, "Pokemon Go." "There is nothing suspicious that we're seeing at this point," Bailey said. A representative of the state Medical Examiner's office conducted an autopsy on Nichols' body July 15. Cause and manner of his death are pending toxicological results, which could take up to eight weeks, Chief Forensic Investigator Kim Fallon said. Nichols lived in Nashua, but had no fixed address at the time of his death and apparently was homeless, Bailey said. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:28:57 EST Christopher Robert Lamper It is with overwhelming sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother Christopher Robert Lamper on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the age of 51. He was born November 29, 1964, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He was educated in Hudson, NH, and served in the Army National Guard from 1982 to 1991. He was a man of many talents, very knowledgeable in different areas of interest and enjoyed gardening and cooking for others. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:04:58 EST Nashua 15-year-olds ousted from states The Nashua 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Star team went 1-2 at the state championships in Goffstown and was eliminated with an 8-5 loss to Lamprey River on Sunday. Nashua opened with a 6-4 loss to Twin Rivers on Friday. They had eight hits, led by Zak Almeida (two singles), Tim McMeniman (triple and single), and a single each by Cam Nixon, Jack Gauthier, Jacob Hughes and Trevor Kelly. Pitching for Nashua was paced by Kelly (2 2/3 innings giving up four hits, six walks with three strikeouts) and Adam Gagnon (3 1/3 innings giving up two hits, one walk with one strikeout). In its second game of the state tournament, Nashua beat Goffstown 3-1 on Saturday. Nashua went up quickly in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Tim McMeniman to score leadoff batter Trevor Kelly, followed shortly by a Goffstown balk resulting in a run scored by Cam Nixon. Goffstown bounced back in the bottom of the first with a run on a Nashua error. But from there Nashua pitchers Nixon and Jack Gauthier held Goffstown scoreless. Nashua had hits by Gauthier (two singles), Tyler Retkevicz (double), Jafet Rodriguez (single), Kelly (single) and Zak Almeida (single). Nixon pitched six innings allowing five hits, one walk with eight strikeouts. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:02:53 EST New school honored at conference NASHUA - The MicroSociety Academy in Nashua was recognized with three awards, in its first year, at the Annual MicroSociety International Conference in Hartford, Conn., last month. The free public charter school, for students from kindergarten to sixth grade, opened last fall in a temporary home at the St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church before moving to a permanent facility in October at the former Dartmouth- Hitchcock clinic, 591 W. Hollis St. Director Amy Bottomley said the first year exceeded expectations, saying last week the feedback from stakeholders was "exceptional and the national MicroSociety recognition was unexpected." The school community felt overwhelmed and honored to receive these honors, Bottomley said in a statement. The MicroSociety Academy was awarded "Rookie Charter School of the Year" for being an outstanding first-year MicroSociety-themed charter school. The academy also received the "3 Star Award" for exceeding MicroSociety standards and practices, which are similar to state standards. MACS fifth-grader Eleanor Kriebel, of Nashua, received the "Student Leader Award" for her outstanding leadership and embracing the MicroSociety philosophies. Also at the conference, MACS guidance counselor Kate Dagianis led a workshop with Kaitlin Roig-Debellis, former Sandy Hook first-grade teacher and founder of "Classes 4 Classes." The workshop focused on the MicroSociety Heart Strand's "Kindness," a social-emotional initiative funded in part from the Robert Kraft Foundation. Bottomley said that by the end of the school's first year, 95 percent of the families said they would return to MACS for the next school year. "Greater-Nashua families have responded very positively to our unique mission at MicroSociety Academy - to actively engage students in a diverse, challenging learning environment that will prepare them for college, the workforce, and citizenship in a 21st century global society," she said. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:09:08 EST Speeding, foot chase leads to Nashua arrest NASHUA - A Manchester man is due back in Nashua district court Tuesday, July 19, for a hearing on several charges, one of which accuses him of causing a state trooper to issue a speeding ticket to his brother. Shaun Robinson, 27, of 1225 Bodwell Road, allegedly gave the trooper the name Preston Stokes after the trooper pulled him over the morning of May 7 for going 89 mph on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua, police said. Robinson reportedly told the trooper he didn't have his license with him, and allegedly identified himself as Preston Stokes, whom police described as his brother. The trooper said in his report that he ran a check on the Stokes name, which showed that Stokes had a valid license. Since the physical description given matched that of Robinson, the trooper said he issued a speeding citation to Robinson, believing it was Stokes, and sent him on his way. Nearly two months later, the trooper said in his report, the real Preston Stokes contacted police upon receiving notice from the state DMV that he defaulted on the summons - which, he told police, he knew nothing about. Stokes and the trooper met at headquarters and determined that Robinson had been using Stokes' identity, and that it was Robinson that the trooper had stopped on May 7. At the time, Robinson was wanted on a violation of protective order charge and did not have a valid license, the trooper stated. The trooper traced Robinson to his place of employment, Shorty's Mexican Roadhouse in Nashua. When police went to the restaurant on July 10 to take Robinson into custody, he allegedly fled through the kitchen, but was apprehended by an officer stationed in the rear of the building. Robinson was charged with misdemeanor counts of disobeying an officer, operating without a valid license and speeding, and a felony count of controlled drugs-acts prohibited was added when police allegedly found heroin on him. Robinson, who said at his July 11 arraignment that he has a young son and had been working 40 hours a week, is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Tuesday. Bail was set at $5,000 cash only. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:24:37 EST Blaze rips through Nashua apartments NASHUA - A four alarm fire in an apartment complex on Bay Ridge Drive left around 80 people displaced from their homes Sunday, according to Mayor Jim Donchess. The fire, which was reported just after 5 p.m., engulfed a large apartment building at 26 Bay Ridge Drive, where residents on the scene said a resident using a gas grill on a deck caused a blaze that spread across a building holding at least 24 apartments. Fire crews were still on scene as of 8:30 p.m. and the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire on an already-hot day required the assistance of around 75 firefighters from at least four companies, at least two of whom were treated at local hospitals for heat-related injuries. No injuries were reported among apartment residents. Donchess also said that some displaced residents without family in the area or renters insurance to cover the cost of a hotel would be housed in the Nashua High School South gymnasium for at least the night. Representatives from the Red Cross and the Salvation Army were on scene to assist displaced apartment residents. Matthew Medsger can be reached at 594-6531, or @Telegraph_MattM. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:59:43 EST Vanessa Richard and Jordan Wickens Timothy & Kim Richard of Nashua announce the engagement of their daughter, Vanessa Marie Richard, to Jordan Nicholas Wickens, son of Mr. Roger Wickens of Tilton and Ms. Jan Wickens of Northfield. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Nashua High School South and Keene State College. She is employed as an Experience Specialist for Verizon Wireless. Her fiancé is a graduate of Winnisquam Regional High School. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:59:45 EST Blood Drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit n 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 19: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack. n 2-7 p.m. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:59:33 EST Health Digest Whitaker named chief of services NASHUA - Cynthia L. Whitaker, PsyD, MLADC was recently named chief of services at Greater Nashua Mental Health Center at Community Council. As chief of services, Dr. Whitaker oversees the GNMHC's daily clinical operations, as well as serving as clinical supervisor for the treatment component of the Southern Hillsborough County Drug Court. "My position as chief of services allows me to have a positive impact on people's lives. I enjoy being challenged every day. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:59:08 EST Thomas Joseph Anthony Cibotti III Thomas Joseph Anthony Cibotti III (TJ), age 50, purveyor of kindness, humor, generosity, patience, empathy and respect, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday July 15, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born October 20, 1965 at Chelsea Naval Hospital and was a lifelong resident of Nashua. TJ lived his life in the calmest, kindest manner. Never in a rush and always willing to offer his optimistic outlook, TJ valued providing laughter and smiles to his friends and family with his unique sense of humor. As an angel here on earth, he will be missed. He enjoyed movies ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:00:30 EST Seeking to represent Nashua in NH House For many years now I have had this dream of making a difference for my community by serving it in public office. Now I am a selectman but am wanting even more responsibility than that. I am Teresa Moler and running for state representative this Sept. 13 in Nashua's Ward 2. I want to take my vision combined with the citizens vision to Concord to make a better place for everyone. We could improve on our mental health system, police response reform, jails more effective for those who need it, a new criminal response system, better and sturdier housing and infrastructure, arts, technology, the hospital system and so forth. I want to listen to what interests and concerns people have and add those to my list. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:59:16 EST Gasper putting up gaudy summer stats NASHUA - Mickey Gasper tries not to look at the stat sheets these days. But how can the Nashua Silver Knights catcher not? In just about a month's worth of games, the Merrimack native went into Saturday night's contest against Martha's Vineyard at Holman Stadium hitting .470, far and above the leading hitter in the Futures League. He's got four homers, 29 RBIs, a whopping 16 doubles, a .550 on-base percentage, .770 slugging, and an OPS of - ready - 1.320. Yikes. "That's pretty good," he said with a sheepish grin. "I don't think I've done that since my junior year in high school. It's fun." Silver Knights manager B.J. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:59:15 EST Nashua 15 year olds in Babe Ruth state tourney The Nashua 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star team swept through the District Pool A bracket with a 7-4 win over Goffstown, securing a district title and a spot in the state tournament in Goffstown. Goffstown led 3-1 early, but the Nashua bats came to life in the fourth inning, scoring six runs on six hits to take a commanding 7-3 lead. Nashua pitcher Cam Nixon went six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out five. Nashua's Jack Gauthier closed it out with a scoreless seventh, allowing just one hit with one strikeout. Goffstown pitchers combined to give up 12 Nashua hits and three walks while striking out three. Gauthier (two singles), Jacob Hughes (two singles) and Seth Marcano (double and single) led Nashua's offense. Other Nashua singles came from Nixon, Joe Berman, Spencer Dozois, Tim McMeniman and Trevor Kelly. Nashua finished the tournament 4-0. SOFTBALL Babe Ruth Merrimack 10U wins state title For the second straight year the Merrimack Magic 10U Babe Ruth girls softball team will be heading to the New England Regionals. This time as state champions. Hannah Dunn and Alexis Martineau combined to surrender only two runs in the Magic's 3-2 win in the championship game over the Londonderry Lightning. Avery Hui tripled in the go-ahead run and Natalia Gonzalez followed with a double to put the Magic ahead for good in the top of the sixth. Gwen Morales made the defensive play of the game, catching a fly ball for the third out of the fourth inning with runners on second and third. Also, Bonnie Monte played solid at first base, making multiple plays throughout the day. FIGURE SKATING Competition Gate City skaters strong in Vt. Local youth skaters representing the Gate City Figure Skating Club recently competed in the Champlain Valley Open Figure Skating Competition in Burlington, Vt. Kiley McNeil, earned gold and silver medals in the Ladies Intermediate and Intermediate/Juvenile Showcase. Maggie Fitzgerald, a seventh grader at Presentation of Mary Academy, had an outstanding, clean program at the Pre-Preliminary Well-Balanced Level. BULLETIN BOARD Basketball HBHS Summer Camp The 8th Hollis Brookline Skills and Drills Girls Basketball Camp will be held at the Hollis Brookline High School Gym from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:17:37 EST United Way, Children’s Home assist Nashua’s children The purpose of this column is to provide Telegraph readers with topics that align with United Way's mission to fight for the health, education, and economic mobility of every person in our community and to offer the reader avenues by which to become involved in some new way in improving our community. Today's topic centers on the lives of children placed in residential homes, and the co-author of this article is a leading community expert in this field, David Villiotti, executive director of Nashua Children's Home (NCH). Prompting me to write about this topic is a personal relationship I have with an NCH employee who shared the heartbreaking stories, told anonymously to protect privacy, about the reasons why kids are placed at NCH. For example, one kid's chore at home was to clean her parents' needles. Other kids, whose parents have had their rights revoked, have failed in foster or pre-adoptive homes, and desperately want nothing more than a real mommy and daddy. Founded as the Nashua Protestant Orphanage Association in 1903, the term "orphanage" hardly seems appropriate anymore. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:14:33 EST Superintendent salary draws attention NASHUA - The Nashua Board of Education approved an interim superintendent just weeks before the resignation of outgoing head Mark Conrad, but the vote nearly fell short as members questioned the proposed compensation. In a 6-3 decision, board members approved Cornelia Brown to take over as interim superintendent of schools from Aug. 13 to June 30, 2017, with an additional five days of transition time and a prorated annual salary of $154,000. That figure does not include an annual housing allowance of $10,000. Board members Dorothy Oden, Howard Coffman and Doris Hohensee voted against the contract, declaring it too pricy for the district. "I think the yearly salary of $154,000, which is approximately $10,000 more than Superintendent Conrad's salary, is a little more than our district can support at this time. And second, I absolutely cannot support the $10,000 housing allowance in the contract," Oden said shortly before the July 11 vote. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:44:41 EST Board supports seniors Ever the ardent advocate of the Nashua Senior Activity Center, Ward 7 Alderman June Caron is on a mission from God to get people to join. Caron, who chairs the membership committee of the 70 Temple St. Senior center, even utilized her recruitment tactics at a recent Board of Aldermen's meeting. "She approached each and every one of them that she believed to be of age to join and handed them an application," the center's development director Judy Kunz-Porter, noting Caron discussed her efforts at a senior center board meeting. The senior center has annual membership drives and this year hopes to top the 300 new members it drew last year, Kunz-Porter said. The center has about 1,800 members from Nashua and surrounding communities. It costs $40 a year to be a member; two people from the same household can join for $60. Members must be at least 50 years old. For information, stop by the center or call 889-6155. NCC express admissions Nashua Community College is offering a pair of express admissions days this August where prospective students can avoid application fees. The college will also offer the opportunity to meet with an enrollment specialist before submitting an application, as well as register for classes and establish a payment plan. Express admission days will be from 10 a.m. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:48:33 EST New superintendent eager to start NASHUA - Cornelia Brown, the new interim superintendent of schools for Nashua, comes to the district with a strong pedigree of top administrative positions in Maine and New Hampshire. Introducing herself as "Connie," the incoming head of Nashua schools said she was intrigued by the city's strong history of supporting its students. "First of all, I care a great deal about kids," she said during a July 13 phone interview. "One reason I was drawn to Nashua was because of its diversity and because of the great opportunity it has afforded kids from all different places." During the interview process with the Nashua Board of Education, she spent about two days touring the district buildings and exploring the community "to get a flavor of what the community was like," she said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know the community and the staff - I think it will be a good match for me," she added. Brown will take over the Mark Conrad, who is leaving the district on Aug. 12 after a lengthy tenure in the Nashua school system. With two weeks left in July, Brown said she plans to return Aug. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:51:08 EST Silver Knights blank Martha's Vineyard, 2-0 By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA - Don't look now, but the Nashua Silver Knights pitching staff is enjoying a reversal of fortune. Struggling the last couple of weeks, the staff is now enjoying a stretch in which it hasn't allowed an earned run in its last 24 innings. Not coincidentally, the Knights have won three straight, including Saturday night's clutch 2-0 win over Martha's Vineyard before a lively Holman Stadium crowd of 1,350. "We haven't hit the last two games and we've won them both," Nashua manager B.J. Neverett said, his team now 23-13. "I can't put my finger on it, but it all begins with our starter. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:32:02 EST EmbroidMe of Bedford under new ownership BEDFORD - EmbroidMe of Bedford, located at 410 South River Road, is under new ownership as of June 2016. Sal and Jennifer Calautti, who also own and manage the EmbroidMe of Nashua, are excited to announce their purchase of this second EmbroidMe. The Calauttis are well-versed in providing EmbroidMe customers with service that is second to none in their Nashua store, and look forward to doing the same in Bedford. Their hands-on ownership style means that on a typical day you can find one of the Calauttis in the store, ensuring that the business is running smoothly and that their customers are well taken care of. "My family and I are very enthusiastic about offering Bedford a one-stop-shop for promotional and marketing needs. We have already made many positive changes to the Bedford location and welcome everyone to see for themselves how EmbroidMe can provide the highest level of customer satisfaction," Sal Calautti said. As owners of two local EmbroidMe shops, the Calauttis are able to further provide their customers with faster turn-around, and even more services. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:01:55 EST Sullivan, Knights slug Titans NASHUA - Ryan Sullivan, it seems, has been a Nashua Silver Knight forever. But of all his time in a Nashua uniform - this is season four - he'll remember Friday's 19-5, 2-1 doubleheader sweep of the Torrington Titans perhaps the most. He ended up with three homers and drove in seven runs in the first-game rout, which was the resumption of a game suspended in Torrington a month ago, and became the Futures League all-time RBI leader in the process (92). Then, in the bottom of the 10th in the nightcap, Sullivan scored all the way from first on Yanni Thanopoulos' third walk-off hit of the year, a double over the head of Titans right fielder Mikey Arman. It sent a fireworks crowd of 1,912 into a frenzy and raised the Silver Knights to 22-13. "He's a good player," said Nashua manager B.J. Neverett of Sullivan, who ran through a stop sign to score despite a sore calf after being hit there by Titans reliever Lizandro Cruz (2-1) to start the inning. "There are some nights where you look at what he does and go 'Whoa.'" "It was a great day," Sullivan said. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:58:28 EST Nashua police arrest 8 in drug busts NASHUA - Eight people charged Thursday bring the number arrested to 125 in the ongoing anti-drug crackdown that police say is deterring illicit drug activity while tapping into the public's efforts to help stanch the heroin and opioid epidemic. "It is absolutely making a difference," said Nashua Police Lt. Kevin Rourke, who is commander of the department's narcotics division. "We are never going to put a stop to the drug world, but we are putting a dent in it. We've heard from several people that they are very nervous out here dealing drugs in Nashua. We've actually heard them say they'll take business elsewhere," Rourke said Friday. The Combined Drug Impact Initiative's sweeps are collaborative efforts involving undercover and plainclothes officers from the narcotics, traffic enforcement and problem-oriented policing unit, Rourke said. The 125 arrests the unit made to date were done over 12 shifts of eight to 10 hours each, Rourke said. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 05:59:46 EST Agnes M. Neville Agnes (Milosh) Neville, 98, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2016 at the Courville at Nashua. Agnes was happily married to her late husband, Albert Neville, for over 60 years. She was a devoted mom, grandmother and great-grandmother; her family was her life. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Constance Willman, and a son, James Neville. She is survived by two sons and two daughters, Allan and his wife, Pamela, William and his wife, Jessie, Kathleen Hunt and Robyn Neville; and her son-in-law, Edward Willman (husband of Constance). She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. SERVICES: A Memorial Service in her honor will be held at the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua, on Monday morning at 10:00 AM. Friends are invited to attend. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:05:28 EST Nashua's Al St. Louis hits 500th anthem Nashua’s Al St. Louis belts out his 500th national anthem in the last year, a world record, before the Nashua Silver Knights game at Holman Stadium on Thursday night. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:57:53 EST Charleen M. Goulet Beloved Wife, Mother and Friend Charleen M. Goulet of Nashua, NH, died July 10th, 2016, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She passed in her home with her family by her side. Born December 27th, 1950, to the late William and Lillian O’Connell in Ayer, MA. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:40:01 EST John Biskaduros RYE – John Biskaduros, 85, of Rye and a former longtime resident of Portsmouth, died Monday, July 11, 2016, at Sanctuary Care in Rye, surrounded by his loving and devoted family and Sanctuary Care friends. He was born in Nashua on July 3, 1931, a son of the late Nicholas and Catherine (Polipne) Biskaduros. John was raised in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High with the Class of 1949. He enlisted in the United States Army shortly after high school and served his country honorably for over twenty years, including two tours each in Korea and Vietnam, involving combat action. He received many awards for sharpshooting and marksmanship and rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2 before retiring in 1970. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:34:00 EST North Shore hitters batter Nashua Silver Knights pitching By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA – To get back to their glory days, the Nashua Silver Knights will definitely need better pitching. They certainly didn’t get much from the mound on Thursday night in a 16-10 loss to North Shore before an announced Holman Stadium crowd of 1,654 – half of whom left after a 23-minute rain delay. Silver Knight arms were far from golden, five hurlers collectively allowing 15 hits, walking six and plunking four Navigator hitters. As a result, Nashua, despite 12 hits, dropped to 20-13, dropping 2-1/2 games behind East Division leading Seacoast. Knights starter Gavin Hollowell simply couldn’t find the plate, as he allowed six earned runs on five hits, walking four and plunking two batters. The big blow off him was a first-inning two-run single by MacDaniel Singleton in the first. But when he exited the game with two on and two out in the fourth, Navigator Colby Maiola greeted reliever Kyle Skidmore with his fifth homer of the year on a 2-0 offering to open up a 7-3 lead. Nashua, which got a runs by a Mickey Gasper solo homer in the first, fielder’s choice in the second and Gasper sac fly in the third, closed to 7-5 in the fourth (newcomber Josh Goulet RBI hit, Cam DiSarcina sac fly) before the Navigators erupted for four more in the fifth, two on Maiola’s third hit of the night, giving him six RBIs and his team a 13-5 lead. It was a bad night all around for the Knights, as manager B.J. Neverett was ejected by umpire Matt Hensel for arguing a close play at first in the top of the eighth. Roster moves The Silver Knights roster has become a revolving door during the All-Star break. Incoming are former Nashua South and current Plymouth State outfielder Goulet, who started in right field on Thursday night, and Franklin Pierce sidearm reliever Ryan Covelle. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:31:00 EST Police: Nashua teen hurt in Hudson speed-related crash HUDSON – The 2004 Mazda 6 that police say prompted a speeding complaint several days ago crashed Thursday morning on Hudson’s Old Derry Road, when its driver lost control while allegedly speeding, officers said. Dennis Martinez, 18, of Nashua, was driving south on Old Derry Road “at a high rate of speed” when the crash occurred, according to police, who also said the car left the road, rolled over in a swampy area and landed in the woods. Martinez was taken by Hudson ambulance to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center with what were believed to be minor injuries, police said. Martinez was subsequently charged with speeding and a yellow line violation, police added. – DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:57:51 EST Nashuan arraigned on 29 assault-related charges, allegedly beat up mother NASHUA – A prolonged assault Tuesday upon a Nashua woman – allegedly by her 20-year-old daughter – has landed the younger woman in jail facing some 29 charges, four of which are felonies. Halie Ryder broke into tears at her Wednesday morning arraignment while addressing the $25,000 cash-only bail on which she is being held at Valley Street jail in Manchester. Judge Paul Moore read aloud each of the charges at the proceeding, which was conducted in Nashua district court via video conference from the jail. The allegations accuse Ryder, of 108B Pine St., of punching the victim in the head, eye, neck and cheek with a closed fist; slamming her in the torso with a car door; stabbing her in the back five times with a key; strangling her by putting pressure on her neck, causing impeded breathing; holding a knife to her while stating “I’m going to (expletive) stab you” and “I’m going to (expletive) kill you”; and damaging the victim’s cellphone. “I don’t know how to approach this ... I definitely don’t have $25,000,” Ryder said through tears. “I will do counseling, I would do anything you ask.” Prosecutor Donald Topham had asked Moore to continue Ryder’s $25,000 cash-only bail, saying the allegations were substantiated by “an independent witness” and that if Ryder were to be released, “she presents a serious danger” to the victim. Moore concurred, telling Ryder that based on the charges, the $25,000 bail “is not unreasonable.” According to police, officers were called shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday to a downtown residence for a report of a domestic disturbance. After an initial investigation, police took Ryder into custody, and officers called for members of the department’s Special Investigations Division to look into the matter. Police said detectives determined through interviews with witnesses and the alleged victim that she and Ryder “engaged in multiple, separate altercations during the course of the day.” The four felony charges include two counts each of second-degree assault and second-degree assault – domestic violence. The misdemeanors include 11 counts each of simple assault and simple assault – domestic violence; two counts of criminal threatening; and one count of criminal mischief. Ryder is next due in the Nashua court for a probable cause hearing, which Moore scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:43:01 EST Nashua 'Pokemon Go' player finds man’s body NASHUA - A man playing the popular new video game "Pokemon Go" made a startling discovery Thursday when his hunt for characters revealed a dead man's body floating in Salmon Brook behind the New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial on Main Street. The Pokemon player, whom police did not identify and who left the scene before speaking with reporters, was apparently hoping to catch a particular Pokemon character when he noticed the body floating in the water just before the dam at the end of Salmon Brook. The man called 911, and the Nashua police and fire departments responded to the scene, where they found an unidentified male in black clothes floating facedown in the brook. Nashua police declined to say whether there was foul play involved, but noted that the investigation is ongoing. Witnesses on the scene said the man appeared to have only been in the water a short time, but it is unclear how he got there or how long he had been dead. James Neveu, an employee at Steve King Auto Sales and Service, adjacent to the memorial, said he saw the body just after the 911 call was made and that judging by his clothes, the man didn't appear to be homeless. He had clean, new clothes on, so I don't think he was homeless," he said. "His shoes were white, like really white. Like they were brand new." Police established a crime scene encompassing most of the Holocaust memorial, and members of the New Hampshire Marine Patrol were called to the scene. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:55:00 EST Boys & Girls club receives $10K grant Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:57:52 EST Locals move on at State Am tourney >Amherst CC's Nowak reaches match play LACONIA - On a day when there was barely any hint of a breeze at La­conia Country Club, Ryan Tombs blew away the field during the second day of stroke play qualifying in the 113th State Amateur Championship. The Bedford resident and Manchester Country Club member shot a 7-un­der par 65 on Tuesday to grab the top seed heading into Wednesday's Round of 64. His two-day total of 9-under 135 was six strokes better than Jim Cilley (70-71-141, 3-under), of Tilton and Ridgewood Country Club. Amherst Country Club's Brian Nowak was tied for 13th in qualifying with two-day total of 3-over af­ter carding an even-par round on the first day. He played Troy Demers, of Pembroke Pines Country Club, in the first round of match play on Wednesday, but results were not avail­able by Cabinet press time. Day 1 leader Austin Fox, of Hooksett and Leg­ends Golf NH, fell into a three-way tie for fourth at 1-under 143 along with host-club favorite Chris Houston, of Gilford, and Concord Country Club's Matt Paradis, of Hooksett. Junior cham­pion James McKee, of Windham and Windham Country Club, quali­fied for the third seed with a 2-un­der 142. The top qualifier from Greater Nashua was Josh Kibbe. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:02:19 EST Nashua offers cool spots to beat the heat NASHUA – It’s not exactly a heat wave, but a hot and humid weather forecast for the rest of the week prompted city public health officials to issue a heat advisory this week. They suggested those who need relief from the heat seek refuge at the Pheasant Lane Mall or the Nashua Senior Activity Center, both of which are air-conditioned. The Nashua Senior Activity Center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., while the Pheasant Lane Mall is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Public health officials advised against going to the Nashua Public Library – a popular spot in the past to cool down – because it is having a temporary problem with its air-conditioning. The library needed an emergency replacement of its air- conditioning unit. The aldermen’s Finance Committee last week approved $46,075 to buy a new, 60-ton replacement unit, using library escrow funds from last year. Hot and humid weather moved in Wednesday, with daytime highs breaking 90, according to Doug Webster, a meteorologist from Hudson who writes the Weather & Climate column for The Telegraph. Humidity will remain high, though temperatures should cool somewhat on Thursday with clouds and intermittent showers and thunderstorms, he said. Temperatures should dip to the mid- to high 80s on Thursday. Friday should be hotter – with temperatures reaching the mid-90s – but less humid, Webster said. The weekend should be less humid, with temperatures in the mid-80s both days, he added. The Nashua Public Health and Community Services Division urged residents to take precautions to limit heat-related issues, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, which is life-threatening. Limit the time you and your pets are outside on hot days, wear light clothing, drink lots of water, avoid heavy labor, seek air-conditioned locations, and don’t leave children and pets unattended in vehicles, the public health division cautioned. Check on neighbors, family and friends. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:55:00 EST Silver Knights get back to business By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA – To be sure, the 2016 Nashua Silver Knights appear to be much better than their 2014 and 2015 predecessors. Are they at the level of the teams from 2011-13? Not quite, but it really may be unfair to expect them to be. “We can’t compare the first three years,” Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said, “because the league was not as good then as it is now. “Everybody’s got good hitters. Everybody one through five has guys that can hit. Even the teams with losing records. “The league has really improved; some of the schools these kids are coming from. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:57:26 EST Clearly, we gotta cut loose – so much ‘Footloose’ in Nashua! Last weekend was busy. First, I got to see a bucket-list concert - thrillingly from the second row, thanks to a generous friend - of Steve Winwood and Steely Dan. Wow! Then, I took a lovely drive Sunday to see Peterborough Players' production of the new work, "Annapurna," in their charming, historic barn theater. The two-actor show is one that will have you uproariously laughing one moment, and gripped by its intensity the next. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:03:00 EST ‘Summer Sings’ series invites public to participate NASHUA - Beginning Monday, July 18, the Nashua Choral Society will host a series of Summer Sings open to the public. Monday, conductor Jeffrey Brody will lead Brahms's German Requiem (sung in German). Accompanist will be R. Scott White of Nashua. Aug. 1, Anne Watson Born will conduct the Verdi Manzoni Requiem. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:01:19 EST Downtown Dinner & Movie series begins July 20 NASHUA - At 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, the annual Downtown Dinner & Movie season will begin with a showing of "Footloose" outdoors on East Pearl Street. Dining begins at 7, with the movie beginning at dusk on a large screen in the street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic for evening and set up with large round tables and chairs. The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the summer line-up for this summer's series, which is sponsored by Eastern Bank. The Downtown Dinner & Movie season will begin with the Kevin Bacon classic "Footloose," paired with the culinary delights of Fratello's Italian Grille. Aug. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:27:21 EST Area police department arrest logs Litchfield Police Department ARRESTS/SUMMONSES May 25 Annette Clement, 43, Salem: Driving after suspension; driving with suspended registration, 7 p.m. May 29 Philip Houston, 25, Litchfield: Aggravated driving while intoxicated; possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, 12:20 a.m. June 2 Donald Laliberte, 53, Litchfield: Violation of protective order; stalking, 1:15 p.m. June 7 Richard Anderson, 18, Litchfield: Driving after suspension; possession of drugs; possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, 1:15 p.m. June 12 Juvenile, 17, Manchester: Transporting alcohol by a minor; possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, 1 p.m. June 15 Jason Desautels, 43, Litchfield: Second-degree assault; simple assault-domestic violence, 10:02 p.m. June 16 Jason James, 29, Pelham: Driving while intoxicated, 9:38 p.m. Christopher Horak, 32, Pelham: Protective custody - alcoholism, 9:38 p.m. June 21 Gabriel Hulen, 21, Nashua: Operating without valid license, 5:19 a.m. Juvenile, Nashua: Protective custody - alcoholism, 5:20 a.m. Hudson Police  Department ARRESTS/SUMMONSES June 1 Alisa Ramos, 35, 222 Vine St., Manchester: Driving after revocation or suspension; speeding, 1:38 p.m. Luis A. Bonilla, 43, 3 Daw St.: Two counts, simple assault, 3:25 p.m. Rhonda Boudreau, 47, 34 Gowing Road: Bench warrant, 5:21 p.m. June 3. Richard MacMillan, 69, 51 Worcester Road, Hollis: Criminal threatening - use of deadly weapon, 1:05 p.m. June 4 Sean Mullen, 34, 148 Stevens St., Apt. 3, Lowell, Mass.: Driving while intoxicated; driving after revocation or suspension; headlight out, 12:38 a.m. Jennifer Gray, 28, 146 Steven St., Apt. 11, Lowell, Mass.: Protective custody of intoxicated person, 12:38 a.m. Mildred Ruiz, 55, 37 Harvard St., Apt. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:59:18 EST Cheryl (St. Louis) Murtagh Cheryl (St. Louis) Murtagh, 61, of Nashua, died Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA, surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 14, 1954 in Lowell, MA, daughter of the late Cyril and Jacqueline (Blake) St. Louis. Cheryl was the wife of Richard Murtagh of Nashua, with whom she shared 39 years of marriage. Cheryl was an avid reader, she loved cheering on the Boston Red Sox and watching them on TV, and she loved nothing more than spending time with her family. Besides her loving husband Richard, survivors include three sons, Richard Murtagh, Jr. and his wife Rebecca of Manchester, NH, Stephen Barney of South Lake Tahoe, CA, David Murtagh and his wife Katie of Nashua; one brother, Alan St. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:08:05 EST Tombs’ torrid pace leads qualifiers LACONIA - On a day when there was barely any hint of a breeze at Laconia Country Club, Ryan Tombs blew away the field during the second day of stroke play qualifying in the 113th State Amateur Championship. The Bedford resident and Manchester Country Club member shot a 7-under par 65 on Tuesday to grab the top seed heading into Wednesday's Round of 64. His two-day total of 9-under 135 was six strokes better than Jim Cilley (70-71-141, 3-under), of Tilton and Ridgewood Country Club. Day 1 leader Austin Fox, of Hooksett and Legends Golf NH, fell into a three-way tie for fourth at 1-under 143 along with host-club favorite Chris Houston, of Gilford, and Concord Country Club's Matt Paradis, of Hooksett. Junior champion James McKee, of Windham and Windham Country Club, qualified for the third seed with a 2-under 142. The top qualifier from Greater Nashua was Josh Kibbe. The Nashua resident and Green Meadow Golf Club member, who opened with a 1-over par 75 on Tuesday, shot a 3-under 69 on Wednesday to finish in a three-way tie for seventh with an even-par 144. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:22:02 EST Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: Tim Hinrichs, sr., Bishop Guertin First Team Tim Hinrichs, sr., midfield, Bishop Guertin; Charlie O'Brien, sr., midfield, Bishop Guertin; Nick Prunier, sr., attack, Bishop Guertin; Cam Hult, sr., defense, Bishop Guertin; Joe Nutting, sr., attack, Souhegan; Foster Burnley, jr., LSM, Souhegan; Alex Burnley, jr., goalie, Souhegan; Ben Lombardi, sr., defense, Hollis Brookline; Collin Morrow, sr., attack, Nashua South; Max Urda, sr., midfield, Milford; Todd Redman, so., attack, Nashua North; Alex Bronchuk, jr., midfield, Merrimack. Coach of the Year Chris Cameron, Bishop Guertin Second Team Doug Barker, so., defense, Bishop Guertin; Connor Prangley, sr., LSM, Bishop Guertin; Jack McNallen, sr., FOS, Bishop Guertin; Colin Casey, jr., goalie, Bishop Guertin; Brendan Cray, sr., attack, Souhegan; Zach Bossi, sr., midfield, Souhegan; Tim Vinton, sr., FOGO, Souhegan; Colin Loftus, jr., defense, Hollis Brookline; Jack Byrne, jr., defense, Hollis Brookline; Nick Hinchliffe, jr., midfield, Hollis Brookline; Max Osgood, jr., defense, Nashua South; Tyler Dubien, jr., midfield, Nashua North. Honorable Mention BISHOP GUERTIN: John Bruno, jr., midfield; Brennan McInnis, so., attack; Garrett Bozak, sr., attack. CAMPBELL: Tanner Tarr, sr., attack; Dylan Brunelle, sr., midfield; Dillon Mason, jr., attack. HOLLIS BROOKLINE: Will Crosby, jr., attack; Ryan Olson, so., attack. MERRIMACK: Kyle Newman, sr., midfield; Jacob Denver, sr., midfield; Tyler Brewster, sr., midfield; Jason Theriault, jr., defense; Alex Annutto, jr., goalie; Jay Lanigan, fr., attack. MILFORD: Andrew Schoolcraft, sr., defense. NASHUA SOUTH: Shane Puleo, jr., attack; Zach Clancy, so., attack; Devin Linscott, so., midfield; Dylan Gamache, sr., midfield. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:25:12 EST Nashua Babe Ruth 15s win district title The Nashua 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Star team finished a sweep of District Pool A to the title on Monday with a 7-4 win over host Goffstown. Goffstown took a quick 3-1 lead, but Nashua's six-run fourth inning proved decisive. Nashua pitcher Cam Nixon went six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, walking four and striking out five. Reliever Jack Gauthier nailed down the win allowing one hit with one strikeout. Goffstown pitchers were Eric LeFave, Riley Belleau and Sebastian Beal. They combined to give up 12 Nashua hits, walking three and striking out three. Goffstown hitting was led by LeFave (two singles and a double) and Beal (double and single). For Nashua, Gauthier and Jacob Hughes each had two hits while Seth Marcan, Nixon, Joe Berman, Spencer Dozois, Tim McMeniman and Trevor Kelly all had hits for Nashua. Nashua finished the tournament 4-0 and will start the state tournament in Goffstown at 2:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday's game betweenLamprey River and Twin Rivers. Goffstown finished the tournament 2-2 and will open in the states Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:06:37 EST Trial date set in Children’s Home sex assault case NASHUA - The trial for Jordan Dorsey, the former Nashua Children's Home employee charged with engaging in sex with a 16-year-old resident, is scheduled to get underway Aug. 1 at Hillsborough County Superior Court South, according to court documents. Dorsey, 31, formerly of Lawrence, Mass., and most recently of Gastonia, S.C., is currently charged with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, a Class A felony, although prosecutors plan to arraign him next week on a second charge, a Class A misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, the documents state. Dorsey was initially charged with two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, after a second 16-year-old resident, who reportedly brought the accusations to officials, accused him of "grabbing her butt." But the court later dismissed that charge without prejudice because no indictment had been returned within 90 days, according to documents. The prosecution's decision to bring the misdemeanor charge several weeks ago is based on "new discovery," according to notations in Dorsey's file made by presiding Judge Charles Temple. Dorsey agreed in May to waive his right to a speedy trial, which gave the parties time to file and respond to motions and for the court to set new dates for trial. A trial management conference, typically the final hearing before trial begins, is scheduled for Friday, July 22. The trial is slated to start with jury selection on Monday, Aug. 1, with the trial itself to get underway within a week. Dorsey has been free on $50,000 personal recognizance bail since his arrest on Aug. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:08:21 EST Committee OKs lighting package for parkway Port Lighting, a Seabrook-based company, has been selected as the contractor for a new computerized, decorative lighting package scheduled to be installed on the Broad Street Parkway bridge. The city finance committee signed off last week on the deal, marking the next step in having the newest Nashua River crossing lit with festive lights for special occasions. Plans include having the lights across the bottom beams of the more than 400-foot-long bridge, giving it a dramatic presence when seen from both the new parkway and downtown. "It should be a beautiful addition to highlight the investment for the city," said Nashua development director Sarah Marchant. The goal is to start installation of the lighting this fall and have it completed by this year's Winter Holiday Stroll, she said. The Nashua information technology team will wirelessly switch between programmed combinations of colors for special events and changes in seasons. Much of the infrastructure to install the needed components has been put in place on the bridge. Marchant said Port Lighting received the contract because it had the most experience doing this type of work. "They did the Tobin Bridge, a bridge in Worcester and many, many other bridge installations," she said, adding that the company can do the work without shutting the bridge down. The money for the project was donated by retired Nashua businessman Richard Stahl, of Hollis, in December. "My motivation was to bring the Zakim Bridge technology to Nashua," Stahl told The Telegraph in at the time. Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590, or @Telegraph_DonH. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:13:28 EST Onetime Nashuan pleads in drug ring CONCORD - A former Nashua man has become the second individual to plead guilty to charges stemming from a 2009-10 fake-prescription racket involving Nashua- and Manchester-area pharmacies, the U.S. attorney's office said Monday. James Donnelly, 34, who was indicted in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in 2013 on six counts of possessing drugs obtained with a forged prescription, pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, oxycodone, according to U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice. A former resident of Kinsley Street in Nashua and Iris Path in Hudson, Donnelly entered the plea before U.S. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:12:51 EST Accused stalker still hopes to wed ex NASHUA - Although Dylin Bohan was charged in June with assaulting his girlfriend - and arrested again last week for allegedly violating his bail by calling and writing to her - the 20-year-old Nashua man insisted Monday that the two want nothing more than to be together. Bohan, of 13 Salem St., also told Nashua district court Judge Paul Moore at Monday's arraignment that he and the 17-year-old woman have been together for a year and a half and plan to marry in the near future. Prosecutor Donald Topham, however, painted a different picture of the couple's relationship, telling Moore that Bohan's criminal history shows he has "a disregard for court orders." Should Bohan be released from jail, Topham said, "I'm extremely concerned that something's going to happen" to the alleged victim. Bohan assured Moore and Topham, "There's no reason to be worried for her safety. ... She's all I got." Moore set bail at $50,000 cash or surety, a slight modification of Topham's recommendation of $50,000 cash-only bail. Moore, who advised Bohan to "sit down with your attorney" to discuss the charges, set a pre-trial conference for 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:08:46 EST Aldermen vote to fund fire station NASHUA - Aldermen voted unanimously on Tuesday to borrow $1.65 million to expand the Spit Brook Road Fire Station to build the third bay that had been planned for the building when it was built nearly 40 years ago and to bring it to modern standards. The additional bay would save Nashua Fire Rescue money in overtime when fire trucks stationed there break down, would accommodate a firefighting staff that had doubled and would allow the station to accommodate modern firefighting standards, Fire Chief Steven Galipeau said. It would also allow the force to realign its assignment of equipment to better meet seasonal needs, he said. "The station was built in 1977 with the intention to put three bays on it. Thirty-nine years later, here we are, and the fire department still comes up and says, 'We need three bays,' " said Alderman-at-Large Michael O'Brien, a retired firefighter. "The addition of this bay will help us modernize this facility," he added. The third bay was left off the original construction of the building to save money. Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel added: "It's sad because we are faced now with the poor consequences of years ago. ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:00:27 EST Diane S. ‘Mickey’ Lavoie Diane Shirley "Mickey" Lavoie, 80, a lifelong Nashua resident and widow of John T. Lavoie, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side on Saturday evening, July 9, 2016, at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, after years of suffering with Alzheimer's disease. A daughter of the late Alfred and Anna (Gelinas) Farland, she was born in Nashua on November 20, 1935. Educated in local schools, Mickey was a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1953. Mickey was a homemaker and had also worked for a time at the former J.F. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:02:20 EST For openers, four-way tie at top LACONIA - So far, so good for Nashua's John DeVito. The Passaconaway Country Club member fired a 2-under-par 70 at Laconia Country Club on Monday and sits in a four-way tie for fourth place after the first round of the New Hampshire Amateur Championship. DeVito was steady throughout, carding three birdies and one bogey. "I really didn't get into much trouble today," DeVito said. "I was pretty much in control the whole day. I putted really well. Pretty much, I made the putts that I had to make." DeVito said he received some fortunate bounces, which leaves some room for improvement with his ball striking. "All day, it seemed I was catching some side doors. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:01:56 EST Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Caroline Boudreau, sr., Bishop Guertin First Team Caroline Boudreau, sr., midfield,  Bishop Guertin; Meaghan Allard, jr.,  goalie, Souhegan; Bryn Carroll, sr.,  midfield, Bishop Guertin; Brigid Casey, so., attack, Souhegan; Jocelyn Chaput, sr., midield, Nashua South; Julianne Donohue, sr., defense, Souhegan;  Callie Dwyer, sr., attack, Merrimack;  Holly Eisenberg, sr., midfield, Hollis Brookline; Gabby Masseur, jr., midfield, Nashua North; Hailey Johnson, sr.,  midfield, Souhegan; Olivia Koutsos, jr., midfield, Bishop Guertin; Charlotte  Perry, jr., defense, Merrimack; McKenzie Robinson, so., defense, Souhegan. Coach of the Year Kerry D'Ambroise, Bishop Guertin Second Team Elise Albertini, sr., goalie, Bishop Guertin; Kate Bermingham, sr., midfield; Souhegan; Shae Berry, sr., midfield,  Hollis Brookline; Kate Bradford, jr.,  attack, Bishop Guertin; Alexis Chilton,  sr., midfield, Hollis Brookline; Ashley  Eppolitto, jr., attack, Nashua South;  Alyssa Freeman, sr., attack, Nashua South; Abigail Guilfoil, sr., midfield, Nashua South; Kaitlin Johnson, jr.,  midfield, Hollis Brookline; Alison  Magrane, jr., attack, Nashua South;  Jenna Tingley, jr., defense, Nashua  North; Sydney Todd, fr., defense,  Bishop Guertin; Danielle Upton, so.,  attack, Nashua North. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:01:06 EST Time for the anti-tradition mob to stuff it on Turkey Day game In responding to George Scione's rant in The Telegraph (July 1) regarding rescheduling the Turkey Bowl to Wednesday, I always find it amusing to justify the subject by denigrating the history of the value of the event. If there is tradition and history in former contests, I will decide what I hold of value. Who is he to dismiss my memories and accomplishments in those days, as if Nashua Sports began 10 years ago? George either forgets, or never took time to know, that it was the Massachusetts headmasters who killed intrastate rivalries years ago by denying points awarded for those contests. Nashua-Lowell, Manchester Central-Haverhill and Nashua-Gardner were among the great games - often drawing crowds of 10,000 plus - that were ended. NHIAA state titles were often decided on Turkey Day. The Bishop Guertin-Nashua stuff was dusted off every year to raise hackles in Nashua around November and I wrote a proposal (never acted upon) concerning BG's reluctance to move up to D1 and regularly schedule North and South, with the two best to play on Thanksgiving. It's time for the anti-tradition mob-to stuff it. I'm still laughing on this one! With no tradition there is no passion. George Tebbetts Nashua Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:04:47 EST Republican vote on opioid addiction was pennywise and pound foolish The projected number of overdose deaths this year in New Hampshire is expected to climb to 487, many of whom could be saved by intervention. Meanwhile, many others don't die but struggle on their own. The total cost of addiction in our state is millions of dollars in policing, emergency services and hospitalization. It also costs us indirectly by the loss to businesses, others who would have been interested in coming here, and in people living on the edge instead of being productive citizens. What we really need is more available counseling. Meanwhile, even though everyone claims that "something must be done" about the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, Nashua's state representatives recently passed the Hillsborough County budget that blocked one path out of this tragedy when one of their many last-minute floor amendments passed. Republicans voted to remove funding for a highly successful and incredibly efficient county jail drug-treatment program by replacing $70,000 with a single dollar. This is hardly fiscally responsible behavior. Instead, it's penny wise and pound foolish. Jan Schmidt Nashua (The writer is a candidate for state representative.) Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:35:33 EST Humane Society program gets kids, animals together NASHUA - Children as young as 6 can join a free summer program at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua starting this Thursday. The HERO program is a series of activities and workshops designed to encourage youth appreciation of animals. It teaches children between the ages of 6 and 8 about how to care for animals through volunteer-led discussions, on-site visits, service projects, and crafts and games. The program name represents the ideology behind its development, with HERO standing for "helpful, educated, respectful and outspoken." "Basically, this is a fun way for HSGN to provide free education and outreach to the children and families in our community and provide resources for caring for the animals in our community," said Susanna Hargreaves of the human society's board of trustees. Although the program begins soon on Thursday, July 14, Hargreaves said there is still space for more children to get involved. The sessions run for three consecutive weeks beginning July 14 from 9-11 a.m. The following HERO sessions will also be held from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, and Thursday, July 28. Participants can join individual events or all three, but they must be accompanied by an adult and have no known pet allergies. The program, launched this summer, was created to nurture kids' appreciation of all living things, Hargreaves said. "No matter how big or small, we all have a voice to help the animals in our community," she said. The summer program will be taught by three volunteer educators and shelter volunteers. "The shelter has the most amazingly kind, intelligent, and talented staff and volunteers who know so much about animals and animal care," Hargreaves said. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:35:15 EST June marked by drought, warm sun June provided us with many days of bright sunshine with dry air making the month about as nice for outdoor activities as we see in New England for the first month of summer. But there is a negative side to all of the pleasant weather that is affecting local farms and may increasingly affect more and more residents around the region and that is the lack of rain. Beginning with March 2015 only three out of 16 months have produced above-normal precipitation, leaving us with 13 months of below-normal amounts. During that period, Nashua has built a deficit of 17.67 inches or 73 percent of the average for that 16-month time frame. During the past 12 months, the Gate City is down 13.04 inches, again 73 percent of normal. Even more eye-catching is the total to date for 2016 of 15.42 inches. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:45:53 EST Aldermen to eye FD funding and senior center NASHUA - Borrowing $1.6 million to renovate and expand the Spit Brook Road Fire Station, donating $25,000 to help maintain the Nashua Senior Activity Center and increasing pay to those who work city elections are among items that go before the city Board of Aldermen Tuesday evening, with recommendations to pass. The expansion and renovation of the Spit Brook Road Fire Station has topped the list of capital improvement projects for at least seven years and would bring the 1977 station to modern standards, several aldermen and fire officials fire officials have maintained. The budget review committee recommended the full board approve borrowing up to $1,650,000 to add a third bay for Station 3 that would accommodate today's larger firefighting trucks and allow for the one of the city's two forestry trucks to be parked there. No new trucks will be bought as a result of this bill. The station - which primarily serves south Nashua - originally was designed to have three bays, but one was cut out to save money, fire officials have said. Renovations call also for a new roof, added space for equipment maintenance and physical fitness training and an elevator. It would bring the station into compliance with national standards and accommodate the 32 firefighters who staff it - more than twice the 15 who were there in the 1970s, fire officials have said. South Nashua residents have talked about the need for the expansion for years, Ward 8 Alderwoman Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja said at the June 27 budget review committee meeting. "Our population has grown, not just in people but the density in terms of buildings," she said. The aldermen's budget review committee recommended also that the full board approve donating $25,000 to the Nashua Association for the Elderly to help maintain the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The board donated $35,000 to the center last year, $10,000 of which went into a reserve account and the rest to make repairs and renovations to the building, City Treasurer David Fredette told the committee. Fredette, who sits on the Nashua Senior Activity Center board, said the center has been in the black for the last two years and plans to use the $25,000 to make continued repairs and maintenance. The personnel and administrative affairs committee recommends the full board pass a bill that would allow sampling of beer or wine at farmers markets in the city. In addition, the committee recommends the full board increase compensation paid to election officials. The bill sponsored by Mayor Jim Donchess would increase compensation per election as follows: moderators and clerks, from $190 to $225; selectman, $165 to $190; and ballot inspectors, assistant election officials and voter registrants, $150 to $170. The bill would increase total wages for elected officials by $1,305 per election and $1,350 for appointed officials per election. The presidential primary and general elections would be higher because more people are needed to work them, the bill said. The rates would go into effect last July 1. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:31:00 EST Area’s top golfers set for State Am Laconia Country Club has hosted the New Hampshire State Amateur golf tournament six times - the first time in 1930 and most recently in 2004. When golfers tee off at the 94-year-old club on Monday, it will be the seventh of 113 State Ams held on the course. From 8 a.m. until 2:20 p.m., a total of 144 players will be teeing off on either the first or 10th holes to kick off the six-day event with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying between Monday and Tuesday. The two-day qualifying will determine the 64 players advancing to the match play rounds beginning on Wednesday. The Rounds of 32 and 16 will be played Thursday, with quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday, ahead of Saturday's 36-hole championship match. The 113th field is full of the state's top amateur golfers. Among the players in this year's field with State Am titles already on their resumes are defending champion Connor Greenleaf (Windham Country Club) - who will is looking to become the first repeat State Am champ since Bob Mielcarz won in 1995 and 1996. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:01:19 EST New Latin Festival set for Nashua Longtime Nashua resident and former restaurant owner Jorge Ortiz is organizing a Latin Festival in the city next month to celebrate Latin culture, foster civic engagement and raise money for the Chestnut Street shelter. "I would like to show the city how united we are, and to get the community involved and get the Latin community involved in city development in any way possible; that is my goal," Ortiz said. More involvement from the Latin community will strengthen the city and help it grow, he added. Ortiz put together a proposal for Mayor Jim Donchess, and received hearty support from the city government. "Cultural events in the city are a great way to bring people together," Donchess said in his May 10 letter to Ortiz. "I am pleased to provide you with a letter of support and The City of Nashua sponsorship." Proceeds from the Latin Festival will benefit the Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission at 40 Chestnut St., a downtown shelter where Ortiz volunteers. "Right now I'm trying to raise some money so we can buy 40 twin-size mattresses they need, and also a goal is to find a place for a female shelter; right now this is only males," he said. The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the City Hall plaza and will include live music, vendors and food from all different Latin-American cultures, Ortiz said. "They would love to have an event where we can come together and do something that we all love," Ortiz said. "I have been here for 25 years, and years ago I had a restaurant where Portland Pie is now." His restaurant, Tropical Hideaway, closed in the late 1990s, Ortiz added. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:00:27 EST Grads get high praise from staff NASHUA - Principal Keith Richard said he couldn't wait for the chance to talk about the great year his students had at Nashua High School South. "We've really had an amazing academic year," Richard said shortly after 400 South seniors officially capped off their high schools careers at commencement. Led by valedictorian Srilekha Vangavolu, North graduated the same day with a group of 369 Titans. Richard said many of the graduates this year spent their educational career in the Nashua School District. The top 10 students from South are off to top schools around the country, including Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Georgetown and three to MIT. Class of 2016 Valedictorian Dody Eid will be heading to Harvard. Richard said students racked up other accolades throughout the year, including nine National Merit semifinalists, a winning math team and championship Granite State Challenge team. Nashua North and South also finished the athletic year on a high note at the New Hampshire meet of Champions, with 10 students finishing first and dozens more placing second through sixth against athletes from across the state in June. South also placed third in the Senior Three-Person Division of the American Computer Science League Championship in May. Richard credited the class of 2016 for the standout year. "I think it was a very good group coming through. ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:59:28 EST Driver flees, is tracked to swamp A 20-year-old Nashua man is facing charges after he allegedly caused a motor vehicle crash on the Everett Turnpike then fled the scene on foot, state police said. Kelvin Rosado was taken into custody around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, roughly an hour after state and Nashua police responded to a report of a two-car crash near Exit 4, police said. Upon arrival, police learned that one of the drivers, later identified as Rosado, "fled on foot away from the accident scene." Trooper Dan Livingstone and his K-9 partner "Veda," along with other troopers, searched for nearly an hour before Veda led them to a marsh area adjacent to the turnpike, where the suspect was hiding, police said. Rosado, who was taken into custody, was charged with underage driving while intoxicated and conduct after an accident, police said. - DEAN SHALHOUP Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:01:47 EST BOE meets to review staff, grants NASHUA - The Nashua Board of Education will hold a regular meeting Monday evening at Nashua High School North's board room to review personnel nominations and recent grants to the district. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Brought forward by the board's Human Resources Committee, nearly 30 personnel recommendations are set to come before the board for final approval comprising teachers, athletic coaches, academics advisers and administrators. The list of recommendations includes the approval of Patricia Snow for principal of Mount Pleasant Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year. The committee recommended an annual salary of $96,000, prorated for $88,246, effective Aug. 1. Board members will also vote on approving recently retired Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Seusing to continue in her former position on a per diem basis at a rate of $439 for up to 20 days. Seusing and the second assistant superintendent, Karen Crebase, both left the district June 30, and so far only one assistant superintendent position has been filled. The Board of Education is also working on seeking a new interim superintendent to replace Superintendent Mark Conrad, who has announced his plans to resign effective Aug. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:56:21 EST Explosives found in Nashua home NASHUA - The discovery on Sunday of explosive devices in a Broad Street residence forced a lengthy closure of the major east-west thoroughfare while firefighters and police bomb experts worked to neutralize any potential danger. Police Sgt. Tim MacIsaac, who described the items as "homemade explosive devices," said Sunday afternoon that they were discovered earlier on Sunday by family members of the recently deceased homeowner. The relatives were in the process of cleaning out the home when they came across the devices and contacted authorities, MacIsaac said. Police and firefighters were initially called to the home, a ranch-style house at 236 Broad St., sometime Sunday morning, and after inspecting the items requested the presence of the police department's Bomb Squad. Several neighbors who gathered at the corner of Broad and Bailey streets to watch the activity said they saw two or three police cruisers at the home Sunday morning. Some said they went out to do errands and returned to find Broad Street closed between Coliseum and Dublin avenues. A fire engine and the Bomb Squad van set up on Broad Street in front of the residence, just east of Broad and Greenlay streets. Around 4 p.m., smoke could be seen coming from the yard of the home, where, police said, Bomb Squad members were conducting a "controlled burn" of the devices to render them harmless. Police officers stationed at either end of the Broad Street detour rerouted westbound traffic into the Nashua Mall at Coliseum Avenue, and sent eastbound drivers onto Dublin Avenue. MacIsaac estimated the section of Broad Street would be closed "for several hours." Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:57:11 EST Boys & Girls Club awards scholarships NASHUA - The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua awarded scholarships totaling more than $43,000 to 28 members and alumni to help them realize their dreams of earning a college degree at the 16th annual Scholarship Dinner recently. The awards are made possible by private donors who support the scholarship program annually, who have established a fund with the club or who have endowed scholarship funds within the club's endowment. Through the club's Academic Success initiative, the aim is for members to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment. The club's Higher Education Mentoring Program ("Diplomas 2 Degrees") encourages teens to consider and prepare for college, trade or technical school. Activities include college fair visits, assistance with selecting appropriate high school courses, financial aid workshops, money management seminars and the college preparation program, which includes an overnight college experience during spring break. More than 100 teen club members participate in this program annually. The club's scholarship program is the capstone of its successful Academic Success programs, an opportunity to celebrate its members and their efforts to succeed in the face of challenges. Additionally, the scholarship program helps make higher education more accessible, lessening the burden of loans on alumni. Chief Executive Officer Norman Bouthilette presented this year's scholarships with the assistance of those donors in attendance. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:41:14 EST Marie G. Piwowarski Marie G. Piwowarski, 99, of Nashua, passed away on July 7, 2016 after a short illness. She was born in Waterville, ME on May 18, 1917, daughter of the late Donat and Modeste (Deschene) Michaud. Marie enjoyed traveling and went on many trips with her late husband, Urban, who died in May 1996. They went on several cruises together, notably through the Panama Canal and Alaska. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:25:53 EST Baseball Player of the Year: Pat McDonnell, sr., Nashua South First Team Pat McDonnell, sr., C, Nashua South;  Dan Brown, sr. OF, Alvirne; Jake McMaster, sr., OF, Bishop Guertin; Owen Batchelder, jr., OF, Souhegan; Kyle Shaw, sr., OF, Campbell; Thomas Bennett, sr., OF, Souhegan; Sam McCarthy, sr., INF, Nashua North; Bryce Reagan, so., INF, Souhegan; Matt Gagne, jr., INF, Campbell; T.J. Hart, sr., INF, Bishop Guertin; Bryce Walker, sr., INF, Milford; Christian Seeley, sr., P, Wilton-Lyndeborough; Justin Grassini, jr., P, Merrimack; Joe Grassett, sr., P, Souhegan; Noah Hodges, jr., P,  Souhegan; Griffin St. Onge, Jr., P, Campbell. Coach of the Year Bill Dod, Souhegan Second Team Matt McKinley, sr., P, Alvirne; Jacen Hudson, sr., P, Alvirne; D.J. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:12:25 EST Nashua All-Stars start districts strong The Nashua Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars opened strong in the District Tournament on Friday afternoon in Goffstown with a decisive win over Concord by a score of 12-2. Nashua put pressure on Concord from the start, with multiple base hits in most of the six innings, and scoring runs in every inning. Nashua pitching was outstanding at keeping Concord off the bases, giving up only two hits. Tyler Retkevicz pitched five innings for Nashua, not allowing a Concord hit until the fourth inning with Nashua already leading 8-0. Jack Gauthier closed the last inning without surrendering a hit. Most Concord base runners were accounted for by fielding and throwing errors (four total) and four walked batters. Concord pitched Steven Dreans all six innings. He gave up 10 hits and 10 walked batters over the course of the game, along with two runners reaching on error. Concord hits were singles by Braden Miller and Sean McDonough. Nashua's 10 hits were provided by Retkevicz (two singles), Trevor Kelly (single and double), and singles by Cam Nixon, Gauthier, Jacob Hughes, Jafet Rodriguez, Seth Marcano and Vince Priore. Nashua topped Manchester 3-1 in pool play on Saturday, but details weren't available by press time. Nashua will continue Sunday against Bow at 4 p.m. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:59:24 EST On the subject on class reunions and social media I've never been a huge fan of class reunions, but it's sometimes cool to years later reconnect with people you spent some of your formative years with. I wrote a Telegraph column a decade or so ago suggesting Scotty must have beamed up the entire Nashua Senior High Class of 1967 to a galaxy far away. I chalked it up to our class probably being a product of the late-sixties non-conforming, far out, groovy, hippie, flower power, psychedelic generation. I did receive a letter in Bucks Harbor, Maine, in 1977, inviting me to the 10-year class reunion. Unfortunately, I was living my dream fantasy of being a full-time musician in a working rock 'n' roll band called Blitz and the band had bookings in Northern Maine during that same weekend. Until last week, that was the last I heard from the Class of '67. Not that I haven't reconnected with a handful of classmates in recent years, mostly by accident. Retired Hudson police officer and former Rockin' Road Dogs bandmate Chuck Gilbert is married to classmate Donna Marshall Gilbert. Retired Atkinson Congregational Church pastor and former Nashua cop Paul Dionne, also graduated with me in 1967. In fact, Paul and I have often chatted over drinks and vittles at Tortilla Flats in Merrimack or Margarita's, in Nashua about our class and the lack of communication with other classmates. It was as if the Class of '67 never existed. Sadly, some class members have made the final journey. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:41:44 EST Road work is set HUDSON - The Hudson Highway Department will begin road work on Webster Street south of Elm Avenue on Monday, with constructions crews advising motorists to find an alternative route. Hudson Road Agent Kevin Burns said drivers normally using the road to enter Litchfield should be aware Webster Street will close for just under two weeks, during which time the road will undergo a complete process of reclamation. "We're not just surfacing, we're reclaiming," Burns said. "This involves smashing the existing road surface down to the material below and then applying a new surface." Burns said that Webster Street is often used as a shortcut by motorists leaving Nashua and heading toward Litchfield. He said that once construction begins, for the first few days at least, the ramp used to make the transfer onto Webster Street from Route 111 will direct traffic back onto Route 111 toward Nashua. "A lot of people use Webster to get to Litchfield," Burns said. "They head over toward the Veterans Bridge like they are going to Nashua and then head onto Webster. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:17:11 EST Nashua chamber looking for next crop of leaders NASHUA - Think you or someone you know has leadership potential? Then you may want to consider the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce's 2017 Class of Leadership Greater Nashua. The Leadership Academy helps participants build their professional brand and leadership style, sharpen their communications and networking skills, and teaches them to be successful managers. Organizations may sponsor a candidate or individuals may apply on their own to join the 10-month leadership training through Velocity Performance's Leadership Academy. Some scholarships are available. Contact the chamber at 881-8333 for more information. Changes proposed for polling sites in Ward 3 and Ward 5 NASHUA - Voters in Wards 3 and 5 would cast their ballots at different locations this fall under a plan proposed by City Clerk Patricia Piecuch. For the last two years, Ward 3 residents have voted at First Baptist Church and Ward 5 voters have gone to CrossWay Christian Church. "These polling places have served us well over the past two years," Piecuch wrote aldermen last week. "But as some of you are aware, we did have some problems in the past and with the presidential general (election) in November, (I) felt it would be best to move these polling locations," she said. She did not elaborate on the nature of the problems. Piecuch would like the Amherst Elementary School gymnasium to be the new Ward 3 polling site and the Main Dunstable Elementary School gymnasium serve as the polling site for Ward 5 voters. School Superintendent Mark Conrad expressed concerns about having the polling locations in the schools, she said. "But I stated we would work with the principals in each school to ensure the safety of students and staff," she added. Pediatric provider dinner is planned for Nashua July 20 NASHUA - Nashua Public Health and Community Services Director Bobbie Bagley will give welcoming remarks at the Greater Nashua Region Pediatric Health Provider Education Dinner on July 20. An update on childhood lead poisoning in New Hampshire and childhood immunization will be the top topics to be discussed at the dinner, which will be held at the Courtyard by Marriot in Nashua Dr. Patrick Vivier of Brown University will give the keynote address on the health impact of lead on a child's environment. Program is free. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:19:16 EST Man charged with possession of fentanyl A Nashua man was arrested by city police this week after he was found with fentanyl. After a long-running investigation, the Nashua Police Department arrested Brock Demers, 31, of 21 Dudley St., and charged him with four felony counts of sale of a controlled drug (fentanyl), one felony count of possession with intent to distribute and one felony for possession of a controlled drug. At the time of his arrest, police say Demers was found in possession of a small quantity of fentanyl and $350 on his person. A search warrant was conducted on his Dudley Street residence were more than ten grams of fentanyl and $2,361 in cash was seized, according to Nashua police. Demers was held on $250,000 cash-only bail before his Friday arraignment. Nashua police urge residents to call the Narcotics Hotline at 594-3597 or contact the department online at with any information concerning illegal drug activity. - Telegraph Staff Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:22:59 EST Police investigate report of shooting NASHUA - The Nashua Police Department is investigating a possible double shooting stemming from a house party on Paxton Terrace early Saturday morning. Police say there is no threat to public safety but officers were unable to make any arrests following a 2:17 a.m. report of a disturbance involving gunfire. Upon arrival, police found two people with unspecified but not life threatening injuries that required transportation to a local hospital. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division will continue the investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to call the Nashua Police Department at 603-594-3500 or the Nashua Crime Line at 603-589-1665. - MATTHEW MEDSGER Sun, 10 Jul 2016 07:01:32 EST Plans for bridge going nowhere NASHUA - Plans to incorporate old timber frames to an ongoing bridge project, linking an urban park to Ledge Street near Pine Street Extension, have been scrapped after officials found the pieces were leaking creosote. The city secured funding to complete a crossing of the former Nashua Manufacturing Company power canal downtown with the intention of using the former wooden Baldwin Street Bridge for the project, which was removed from Baldwin Street early in the process of building the 1.8 mile-long Broad Street Parkway. Funding came in the form of a Transportation Alternatives Program grant, received in 2015, to plan the installation of the bridge. Nashua officials dismantled and stored the bridge remnants with the idea of using it in another application, such as spanning the canal to link Everett Street with the Heritage Rail Trail in Mine Falls Park. However, this particular portion of the project has hit a snag. Sarah Marchant, Nashua's community development director, said this week that the old timbers are leaking so much creosote that they are unable to be installed over water. Creosote is a tar-like substance used as a wood preservative and is a noted hazard. The timbers will continue to be stored for potential use in another project. With the determination that the old timbers cannot be used in the project, the bridge will have to be made of steel, Marchant said. Project manager Thomas Jameson with the state Department of Transportation said the next step in the process would be a feasibility study to lay out basic plans for the work. He said the department will seek public input and "two or three options presented back to the DOT." The 73-foot-long trestle-style bridge was built in 1919 by the Boston & Maine Railroad Worcester, Nashua and Portsmouth division. It replaced the West Bridge, most likely built in the late 1860s, at the same location. Baldwin Street was once known as West Bridge Street. Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590, or @Telegraph_DonH. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 07:49:13 EST Police Athletic League ushers in new officer NASHUA - The Nashua Police Athletic Association will have a new hand at the helm starting Monday, when Officer Michael DeBisz will take over as PAL officer and Officer Philip Belmont will return to the city streets. Belmont, who has held the PAL officer position for more than two years, said that he will miss the kids of the program and the huge impact he has been able to make. "It gives you a different perspective, this position," he said. "A different perspective about the role police officers have and the importance they have in the community." Belmont said the program allows city officers to have a different avenue for finding solutions to community problems. He said that policing by enforcement and arrest isn't always the answer and that PAL has offered the police department and the community a third option. "When you are working with the community, it's really a case of 'by, with and through,' " he quoted from his training in the U.S. Army. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 06:59:55 EST Girls Outdoor Track & Field Player of the Year: Olivia Rougeau, sr., Milford First Team Olivia Rougeau, sr., Milford; Viankah Williams, fr.,   Milford; Nicole McMorrow, sr., Milford; Crismeily Borg, so., Nashua South; Danielle Poublon, sr., Bishop Guertin; Mikayla Hickey, sr., Souhegan; Madeleine Hunt, jr., Souhegan; Alanna Murphy, sr., Nashua South; Paige Shaughnessy, sr., Nashua South; Siaoli Wright, jr., Merrimack; Kathryn Flynn, sr., Merrimack; Lexi Putzlocker, sr., Campbell. Coach of the Year Catrina Lougee, Nashua South Honorable Mention ALVIRNE: Erin Rosier, sr.; Jessica Fontaine, fr. BISHOP GUERTIN: Haleigh Therrien, sr.; Heidi Ntengri, sr.; Chloe Conway, sr.; Julie Nigro, fr. MERRIMACK: Bailey Carrillo, so. MILFORD: Amy Arena, jr.; Rebecca Durham, so.; Emily Wood, sr. NASHUA NORTH: Nicole De Almeida, sr.; Gabby   Masseur, jr.; Emily Sweet, so.; Adazae Okorie, sr. NASHUA SOUTH: Sydney Lewis, fr.; Kendall Bush, fr. Sat, 09 Jul 2016 23:07:00 EST RBI from Merrimack native Gasper helps Silver Knights to 4-3 victory NASHUA - Any way you can get them. That's the Nashua Silver Knights' motto with regard to getting wins during a brutal 13-game, 13-day stretch. It worked to perfection on Tuesday night in the form of a walkoff 4-3 win over the Brockton Rox delighting what was left of an announced Holman Stadium crowd of 564. Harry Roberson's heads-up steal of third with two outs - after Nashua had tied the game 3-3 on Merrimack native Mickey Gasper's RBI hit - was the key. He was then able to score easily on Yanni Thanopoulos' infield hit that deflected off the mound into no-man's land, upping the Knights record to 19-10. "They weren't paying attention to me," Roberson said. "I saw the shortstop vacate the area. Sat, 09 Jul 2016 13:59:49 EST McGowan home for weekend Whether New York Mets prospect Kevin McGowan is coming out of the bullpen or starting the game, the Nashua native has the same approach pitching to opposing batters. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound righthander is all about the punch out. "I've always been a fastball dominant pitcher," McGowan said from his family's Nashua home on Friday afternoon prior to the Binghamton Mets' three-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, which started Friday night and continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:35 p.m Sunday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. "In St. Lucie I started throwing a slider because I didn't really have a breaking ball that I could rely on yet. Sat, 09 Jul 2016 07:37:14 EST Local Wendy’s are hit by hacks NASHUA - Several New Hampshire Wendy's restaurants, including four in Nashua, are on the list of the franchises that were hacked, according to the fast-food company. More than 1,000 of the chain's 5,700 restaurants were targeted by data thieves nationwide, with an unspecified number of debit and credit card users affected. Malware, or malicious software, was installed at the locations for the point-of-sale systems, according to reports. Local restaurants affected include the Whitney Street site in Merrimack and the Elm Street location in Milford between Jan. 13 and June 8 and four restaurants in Nashua - 46 East Hollis St., 141 Daniel Webster Highway, 631 Amherst St. and 14 Gusabel Ave - between Dec. Sat, 09 Jul 2016 08:01:52 EST Raymond Gaetano Viti Raymond Gaetano Viti, 68, of Nashua, NH, died Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born June 2, 1948, in West Warwick, RI, was the son of the late Gaetano and Victoria (Felice) Viti and husband of Barbara (Molloy) Viti, of Nashua. Ray is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; his daughter Raelyn Viti and her husband Brett Lund, granddaughters McKenna Whittier and Neve Lund, of Henniker, NH; his daughter Emily Viti and her significant other, Darren Hohn, and grandsons Christopher, Jacob and Parker Hohn; his sister, Frances Gallo and her husband Robert Gallo, of West Warwick, RI, as well as several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Ray graduated from New England College in Henniker, NH, in 1972. He enjoyed playing and officiating tennis. He was an active member of USTA (United States Tennis Association) and a 25-year member of the Friday Night Fun Bunch Tennis Club. Ray was a loving husband, father and grandfather. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held Saturday from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064, with a brief prayer service at 7:00 PM. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:46:00 EST Frank Joel Shattuck III Frank Joel Shattuck III passed away in Manchester NH on July 5, 2016 due to complications from a long struggle with diabetes. He was 73. Mr. Shattuck was born on December 3, 1942 in Nashua NH to his parents Frank and Alice Shattuck. He graduated from Nashua High School in 1961. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:04:01 EST Nashua North fire quickly extinguished A fire broke out at the edge of the athletic fields at Nashua High School North around 1 p.m. on Wednesday during routine lawn-mowing maintenance, according to Nashua School District custodial staff. Carl Brooks, a member of the maintenance staff, said he heard news of the fire over their radio and went to the window to have a look. “This is a first for me, and I’ve been here 14 years,” Brooks said. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:58:07 EST Frank Joel Shattuck III Frank Joel Shattuck III passed away in Manchester, NH, on July 5, 2016, due to complications from a long struggle with diabetes. He was 73. Mr. Shattuck was born on December 3, 1942, in Nashua, NH, to his parents, Frank and Alice Shattuck. He graduated from Nashua High School in 1961. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:56:58 EST Jeannette A. Hassey-Putnam Jeannette A. Crippen Hassey-Putnam, 91, of Nashua, passed away Tuesday morning, July 5, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, after a period of declining health. Jeannette was the wife of the late Kenneth E. Crippen Jr., Nassib Hassey and Luther S. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:52:00 EST Vehicle rollover results in minor injuries, traffic on turnpike NASHUA – A vehicle rollover near the Exit 6 southbound on the F.E. Everett Turnpike led to a driver sustaining minor injuries on Wednesday, according to the Nashua Fire Rescue. Emergency responders arrived on the scene around 3:45 p.m. following reports of a motor vehicle accident, according to a report prepared by Deputy Chief George A. Walker. Upon arrival, crews found a single vehicle on the southbound on-ramp that appeared to have crossed all three lanes of the highway, across the two exit lanes, and landed on its roof against the guardrail, Walker said. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:55:01 EST Donald O. Gilbert Donald O. Gilbert, 83, of Nashua, died peacefully at the Holy Family Medical Center in Methuen, following a brief illness, with his wife and devoted family at his side. Mr. Gilbert was born in Grasmere, NH, on September 29, 1932, a son of the late Frank O. and Florida (Coll) Gilbert. He was the husband of Bonnie (Sirk) Gilbert, whom he married on November 12, 1955. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:49:00 EST Nashua Cal Ripken team in NH finals A third inning flurry of hits from Cam Burgess, Derek Finlay, TJ Addonizio, Ryan Haskell, Griffin Davis and Jake O’Connor put Nashua ahead 4-0 en route to a 6-3 win over Dover on Wednesday. The win out Nashua in the tourney finals Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Sawyer Park in Kensington. Addonizio and O’Connor both scored in the bottom of the fifth, with Jack Lobdell providing a well-placed hit down the right field line. Dover plated a run in each of the last three innings, but Nshua remained in control Haskell and Finlay handled the pitching duties, letting up only five hits in front of solid defensive play. American Legion  Merrimack win Winning pitcher JP Somers went the distance Wednesday night allowing one earned run on eight hits, striking out eight and walking one. Andrew Thibault was 2 for 4 with four RBIs, including a three-run double in the seventh that that broke the game open. Merrimack (6-5) takes on Hudson (3-7) at Alvirne High School on Friday at 5:15 p.m. Nashua hosts Exeter on Friday at 5:15 p.m. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:07:00 EST Nashua Native (and brief resident) Murphy Smith an EL All Star By JASON ORFAO Staff Writer NASHUA – Eastern League All Star Murphy Smith is originally from Nashua, but the New Hampshire Fisher Cats right-handed relief pitcher didn’t stick around too long. For one day, to be exact. Smith was born in Nashua on Aug. 27, 1987, but his parents, George and Molly, were in the process of uprooting their lives. “I was born on the day my parents were moving,” Smith said with a laugh. “I think I spent one night in Nashua and then we moved to Rhode Island the very next day.” The family moved to New York a couple of years later. Smith graduated Shenendehowa High School in Ballston Lake, N.Y., before being drafted out of Binghamton University by the Oakland Athletics in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:01:01 EST SCIONE: Nashua Turkey Bowl change worth trying The T word is being thrown around throughout the streets of Nashua like a pigskin on Friday night at Stellos Stadium in recent years. Thanks to the spread offense, that’s a lot of passes. Let’s be honest though, is this tradition, which is held so highly by Nashuans, really all that special? No, it’s not. Thanksgiving Day football is and has been nothing more than an exhibition game in the Granite State. It’s meaningless – always has been and always will be. Raised in Massachusetts, I grew up with this tradition. Yes, it was something special in the Bay State. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:49:57 EST Nashua school officials push on with superintendent search NASHUA – As city school officials continue their search for an interim superintendent, Board of Education members confirm a familiar face will temporarily stay in the district to help with the transition. Former assistant superintendent Jennifer Seusing has agreed to remain with the district until the new leadership is in place. She had planned to retire on June 30, but has opted to stay while the board looks to fill two of three high- ranking administrative positions this summer. “Because we don’t have people in place right now, Jen (Seusing) has offered to come back and help on an ‘as needed’ basis,” said Robert Hallowell, member of the Board of Education, in a Thursday afternoon phone interview. The first wave of interim superintendent candidates did not pan out and the Nashua board revisited their candidate pool, holding a series of nonpublic meetings to discuss potential candidates. The most recent meeting was Thursday evening at the district administration building. “I think we’re going to have a good, high-quality candidate at the end of this,” Hallowell said. Fellow board member Bill Mosher said he thought the search was going well. The board is currently vetting candidates for both the interim superintendent and interim assistant superintendent positions. The search for additional candidates also remains open. Seusing and Karen Crebase, the other outgoing assistant superintendent, have already left the district, and Superintendent Mark Conrad announced plans to resign effective Aug. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:40:44 EST Police accuse Nashua man of stealing from grandmother NASHUA – A Nashua man is accused of stealing nearly $9,000 from his 93-year-old grandmother to support his gambling addiction by writing her checks out to himself over a one-year period beginning in August 2014, police said. Craig Banuskevich, 44, who lived at 1 Eric Ave., Nashua, at the time of the alleged thefts, was arraigned Thursday in Nashua district court on one count of financial exploitation of an elderly, disabled or impaired adult and one count of theft by deception – both Class A felony offenses. The court set bail at $10,000 personal recognizance. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Aug. 3. Bank of America alerted New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services of suspicious activity on the checking account of Lillian Rafferty, then 92, of Hudson, court records show. Bank documents showed 16 of Rafferty’s checks were written out to Banuskevich and cashed at various Bank of America branches between Aug. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:55:28 EST Nashua rollover results in minor injuries, traffic at Exit 6 NASHUA – Nashua Fire Rescue responded to a vehicle rollover at Exit 6 Southbound on the F.E. Everett Turnpike Wednesday afternoon, which resulted in minor injuries for the vehicle operator, and traffic back up in the area.  Emergency responders arrived on the scene following reports of a motor vehicle accident, according to a report prepared by Deputy Chief George A. Walker. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:53:47 EST Boys Outdoor Track & Field Player of the Year: Sebastian Eaton, jr., Souhegan TELEGRAPH BOYS OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD ALL STARS First Team Sebastian Eaton, jr., Souhegan; Noah Bellomo, jr., Alvirne; Kendall Westhoff, sr., Alvirne; Chase Sweeney, sr., Merrimack; Terrell Lewis, jr., Nashua South; D.J. Frechette, jr., Nashua South; Jordan Buckmire, jr., Nashua North; Peter Forster, sr., Souhegan; Gabe Madonna, sr., Bishop Guertin; Russell Lippitt, jr., Milford; Tom Lampognana, sr., Bishop Guertin; Edward Vargas, sr., Nashua North; Tim Tamulonis, sr., Milford. Coach of the Year John Eastman, Souhegan Honorable Mention ALVIRNE: Bardford Kamal, sr.;   Azuloas Sidlauskos, sr. BISHOP GUERTIN: Nick Lorden, sr. CAMPBELL: Jeffrey Allen, fr. MERRIMACK: Benjamin Parent,   sr.; Michael O’Hara, sr.; Jacob Myers, so. Jarrod Ottman, sr. MILFORD: Alex Ingersol, sr.;   Tirell O’Brien, jr.; Max Urda, sr. NASHUA NORTH: Samuel Mena, jr.; David Vorbach, so.; David Muite, sr.; Andrew Teris, so.; Noah Collins, sr.; Shane Gagnon, sr.; Brian   Inzerillo, sr.; Connor Muise, jr. SOUHEGAN: Matt Blood, sr.; Jon Nogueira, sr.; Tom Robinson, jr.; Dean Paquette, so. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:52:00 EST Silver Knights still up for sale, in-state bidder possible NASHUA – It’s very likely that sometime soon after the 2016 Futures Collegiate Baseball League season – if not sooner – the Nashua Silver Knights will have a new owner. Current owner Drew Weber, the overall founder of the franchise and the one of the FCBL’s founding fathers, confirmed rumors on Wednesday that there is an ongoing effort to sell the team, something that could likely occur in the not-too-distant future. The team was first put on the market along with Weber’s other club, the professional Single-A Lowell Spinners, back in September. It was originally thought that the two were a package deal, but the Spinners have since been sold to minor league mogul David Heller. A potential sale of the Silver Knights to a Colorado-based group fell through in January. Weber turned over the Spinners to Heller officially just last month. On the day of the Silver Knights home opener in early June, he told The Telegraph he was happy to continue to own the Silver Knights, but if the right offer came along, from anyone he considered a worthy prospective owner, he would listen. It’s possible a potential buyer has been identified, one that baseball industry sources say could be New Hampshire based. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:43:01 EST Silver Knights fall 4-3 to defending champs in FCBL action NASHUA – What do Nashua Silver Knights pitcher Mike Geannelis and Red Sox hurlers David Price and Clay Buckholtz have in common? They have First Inning Phobia. For the Silver Knights, that spelled a tough 4-3 loss Wednesday at the hands of the two-time defending FCBL champion Worcester Bravehearts. Worcester scored four runs on four of the five hits they had for the night in the first frame. Geannelis, though, bounced back to retire 20 of the last 21 batters he faced and left to a standing ovation from the Holman Stadium crowd of 699. “It was like watching two different pitchers,” Knights pitching coach Kyle Jackson said. “The thing I told him was he had to throw. He was pitching in the first inning trying to make it to the seventh, nit-picking. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:40:00 EST ‘Mini Irish-fest’ at Greeley Park on Monday NASHUA - At 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, Shannachie will be doing the second of its three summer concerts, this one at Greeley Park, 100 Concord St. The popular local Irish duet will be joined by dancers from the McGonagle School of Irish Dance, of Nashua. "These dancers are great fun to see, and we may have some other performers with us as well," said Pat Heffernan, one half of Shannachie. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:03:11 EST Yam Kui (PoPo) Chung Yam Kui (PoPo) Chung was born in Canton, China, on November 23, 1923. She entered Heaven's gates on July 4, 2016. Popo was truly a woman of strength, who taught us how to love and what family really means. She enjoyed watching her great-grandchildren play, crocheting scarves/blankets for her family, and cooking delicious meals for anyone who visited her home. PoPo is survived by her six children, Julie and her husband Lee of Nashua, NH; Helena and her husband Shiu Kei Chan of Manchester, NH; Andy and his wife Mona Louis of Nashua, NH; Rosa and her husband Tom Chan of Hudson, NH; Joan Louis of Nashua, NH; and Terry and her husband Frank MacIsaac of Plano, TX. She also leaves behind 14 amazing grandchildren and 13 beautiful great-grandchildren. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 6th, from 5pm-8pm in the DUMONT-SULLIVAN FUNERAL HOME, 50 FERRY ST., IN HUDSON. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:46:33 EST Lorraine I. (Gilbert) St. Pierre Lorraine I. (Gilbert) St. Pierre, age 74, of Nashua, passed on July 1, 2016, at Community Hospice House following an extended illness. She was the widow of Donald R. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:47:21 EST Leslie Allen Quinn Leslie Allen Quinn, 70, of Nashua, NH, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 at Kindred Healthcare in Nashua. Born May 31, 1946, in Brooklyn, NY, Leslie was the son of the late Alexander and Doris Quinn. Leslie graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY, and earned his Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Arts degrees in Social Studies from New York University. Leslie was employed as an instructor and administrator at Southern New Hampshire University and prior to that he was employed as a teacher at Central High School in Manchester, NH. He loved Native American art and shared that passion as owner of Seven Feathers Indian Art located on Newbury St. in Boston, which he later moved to North Conway. Les enjoyed playing hearts with his friends and playing online casino games for recreation. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:48:04 EST Alida M. Stevens Alida M. Stevens, 92, of Nashua, passed away on July 4, 2016, at the Community Hospice House. She was born on April 16, 1924, in Revere, MA, daughter of the late Wilfred J. and Rose Anna (Bouchard) Warner. Mrs. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:48:58 EST Silver Knights tip Rox for win NASHUA - Any way you can get them. That's the Nashua Silver Knights' motto with regard to getting wins during a brutal 13-game, 13-day stretch. It worked to perfection on Tuesday night in the form of a walkoff 4-3 win over the Brockton Rox delighting what was left of an announced Holman Stadium crowd of 564. Harry Roberson's heads-up steal of third with two outs after Nashua had tied the game 3-3 on Mickey Gasper's RBI hit was the key. He was then able to score easily on Yanni Thanopoulos' infield hit that deflected off the mound into no-man's land, upping the Knights record to 19-10. "They weren't paying attention to me," Roberson said. "I saw the shortstop vacate the area. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:44:59 EST Movie series kicks off with ‘Footloose’ NASHUA - Following a community survey of preferred titles, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce announced the lineup of the Downtown Dinner and Movie series this summer, starting with "Footloose" on Wednesday, July 20. "Footloose" was a runaway success from the survey," said Max Snelling of the Greater Nashua of the Chamber of Commerce. The Downtown Dinner and a Movie series pairs classic and modern movies with local restaurants to present an outdoor dining experience on the streets of Nashua for five summers running. Fratello's Italian Grille will provide the dinner service during the "Footloose" screening at 50-68 East Pearl St. Patrons can arrive as early as 7 p.m. to order food and drinks, with the movie starting at dusk. Food and beverage service continue during the movie and end around 10:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 and VIP tickets, which include extras such as popcorn and movie candy, are $18.75. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:35:13 EST News Digest Hudson Brush fire burns  2 acres in woods The Hudson Fire Department received help from several local agencies on Saturday to tackle a 2-acre brush fire about 1,000 feet into the woods near Lockwood Drive. Fire crews responded at 2:32 p.m. and said the fire was under control within about 90 minutes. No buildings were damaged in the fire and there were no injuries. The cause has not been determined, according to the Hudson department. Dry conditions and strong wind led to the additional mutual aid equipment and personnel to assist in putting out and containing the fire, wrote HFD officials in a release. Crews from Nashua, Derry, Londonderry, Litchfield and Pelham also assisted. - TINA FORBES Nashua Man hit in 1 of 3 weekend crashes Nashua Fire Rescue reported a busy evening at the start of the holiday weekend. City fire companies on July 1 responded to three separate motor vehicle accidents, which included two rollovers and one in which a pedestrian was struck. The first motor vehicle accident occurred in the area of East Hollis Street and Bridge Street around 9:19 p.m. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:34:08 EST Cops: City mostly behaves itself over holiday weekend NASHUA - Despite a slightly higher than normal call volume, representatives of the Nashua police and fire departments said Fourth of July came and went with little trouble and no major incidents typically associated with the holiday. Nashua Fire Rescue reported no fireworks-related injuries on Monday. Chief Steven Galipeau said the dry conditions led to a series of brush fires caused by the annual fireworks display at Holman Stadium, but nothing that caused alarm to surrounding households. "We responded to multiple brush fires in the area," he said. "Multiple small fires broke out in the grass behind Holman Stadium when sparks from the fireworks fell to the ground. It speaks to how dry its been this summer," he said. "Other than that, it's hard to relate the slight uptick in medical calls as to whether they are Fourth of July-related or not." A fire destroyed a Brenda Street manufactured home Monday night, but investigators did not say the blaze was related to fireworks or holiday celebrations. Earlier in the holiday weekend, firefighters responded Sunday to a roof blaze on East Glenwood Street. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:24:23 EST Stakeout nabs 2, $10K in cocaine NASHUA - Complaints of illegal drug activity at the Amherst Park Apartments led to an undercover stakeout and the seizure of more than a half-pound of cocaine worth about $10,000 and two arrests on July 1, court records show. Wilfredo Tanon Rodriguez, 53, of 35 Abbott St., 3rd floor, Nashua, and Luis Capo Nieves, 33, of 110 Pearl St., Manchester, each were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The pair were arraigned in Nashua district court on Tuesday, where Judge Robert S. Stephen ordered each held at Hillsborough County jail on $100,000 cash-only bail, according to court records. The judge also ordered a Nebbia hearing be held before either man could be released on bail. Nebbia hearings are held to determine if the source of bail money is legitimate and not derived from such activities as drug trafficking or money laundering. Rodriguez and Capo Nieves also face the potential for enhanced penalty for alleged possession of more than 5 ounces of cocaine, police said Tuesday. Members of Nashua police's traffic enforcement unit were conducting an undercover surveillance at the 525 Amherst St. apartment complex when officers spotted a beige 2000 Lincoln LS with tinted front windows pull in about 8:30 p.m. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:26:57 EST Blaze destroys Nashua home, displaces 3; 1 under evaluation NASHUA - Police and fire investigators were on scene Tuesday morning following a fire that destroyed a Brenda Street manufactured home the previous night. Fire officials reported three people lived in the home, but two were not there at the time of the fire. A third resident, who was home during the incident, was transported to a local medical facility for evaluation. Deputy Chief Karl P. Gerhard of the Nashua Fire Rescue, said a report that the fire was quickly brought under control due to a coordinated crew effort. Three NFR engines responded to the incident, with 24 total personnel in assistance. The center portion of the home, located at 11 Brenda St., was gutted and exposed a blackened interior. Wed, 06 Jul 2016 07:59:31 EST July Fourth fire displaces three in Nashua NASHUA – City firefighters quickly brought a building fire under control the evening of July 4 at Rodgers Mobile Home Park in Nashua. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Fire Marshal's Office as of Tuesday morning.  Nashua Fire Rescue responded to reports of a fire at 11 Brenda Street at 9:45 p.m. July 4. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:46:00 EST Lourina (Newman) Lucas Lourina (Newman) Lucas, 76, died Friday, July 1, 2016, at her home in Nashua. She was born in April 12, 1940, in Greenup, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Estee and Ida Newman. She was the wife of the late Lawson Lucas. They were married on October 25, 1975, in Nashua, NH. She attended Nashua High School and was previously employed at Ingersoll Rand. She enjoyed doing puzzles and playing Scrabble. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:32:25 EST Rebecca M. Dahlgren Rebecca M. Dahlgren, 92, of 10 Allds Street, Nashua, NH, formerly of Glasgow Circle, Hudson, NH, and longtime resident of Nashua, died Friday, July 1st, 2016, at Southern NH Regional Medical Center. Rebecca fractured a hip on June 26th, 2016, and died from heart complications as a result of the surgery. Rebecca was born March 19th, 1924, in Natick, MA, daughter of the late Maynard and Celia Belle (Davidson) Grindle. She grew up in Sherborn, MA and graduated from Sawin Academy, as Salutatorian of the Class of 1942. Rebecca was the widow of the late Victor F. Dahlgren, to whom she was married for 55 years. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:33:04 EST Marie Jeanne ‘Irene’ (LeBlanc) Zibolis Marie Jeanne "Irene" (LeBlanc) Zibolis, 87, of Nashua, NH, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. She was born in Nashua on April 17, 1929, daughter of the late Philippe and Yvonne (Bujold) Leblanc. Irene was a gifted artist, who entered several paintings into exhibits in New England and Florida, winning many awards. Her artwork graces the homes of many friends, family members and other admirers of her work. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and had a wide and eclectic circle of close friends. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:31:54 EST Boys Tennis Player of the Year: Matt Lapsley, so., Souhegan First Team Matt Lapsley, so., Souhegan; Nathaniel Kershlis, sr., Souhegan; Connor King, sr., Nashua North; Karthik Korrapaty, sr., Nashua North; Sam McIntyre, sr., Nashua South; Matt Shinn, sr., Wilton-Lyndeborough; Andrew MacEachern, sr., Merrimack. Coach of the Year Don Gorelick, Nashua North Honorable Mention ALVIRNE: Kabir Kalsi, sr.; Jared Whalen, jr. BISHOP GUERTIN: Brian Xiao, sr.; Chris Wang, fr. HOLLIS BROOKLINE: Will Kingsley, sr.; Andrew Stam, sr.; Matt Spooner, sr.; Matt Garside, sr. MILFORD: Colin Giles, so. NASHUA NORTH: Ethan Kim, sr.; Kevin Kelly, so. NASHUA SOUTH: Amol Khana, so. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:29:21 EST North nominates girls hoop coach Nashua High School North is ready to move forward with the nomination of Ricky Oliver's replacement. The only coach the Titans' girls basketball program has ever known resigned from the position on April 1, and his varsity assistant for the past three years and junior varsity coach in 2015, Christina Collins, will now be put before the Board of Education to replace her mentor. "We are moving Christina Collins, the previous JV coach, forward as the new head coach," Nashua Athletic Director Lisa Gingras said. "Still pending BOE approval." The 26-year-old was part of Oliver's first Titans squad, playing multiple roles on the court until she tore her ACL in her senior year. She spent 2007 on the bench cheering on her teammates and helping mentor the younger players. "I felt like a coach all the way back then," Collins said. "After playing for Ricky and coaching with him, I'm excited to get the chance to carry on what he started at North and take it even further. "This is one thing I've always dreamed about." Oliver gave Collins a heads up prior to his handing in his resignation, and told her that she should go for the job. "We talked about his plan," Collins said. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:04:49 EST Mixed results for E. coli testing on local rivers NASHUA - While most swimming holes on the Souhegan and Merrimack rivers showed safe levels of E. coli, recent test results showed higher levels where the Souhegan passed through denser population areas. Every two weeks, a team of 30 Souhegan Watershed Association volunteers test dozens of sites along both rivers, with the most recent testing taking place on June 28. George May, of the SWA, said the readings yielded both good and bad news for residents hoping to enjoy the water. "The good news (is) most of the swimming spots along the Souhegan and Merrimack rivers tested OK for E. coli levels. Only the swimming hole in Wilton called 'the Horseshoe' had higher than acceptable levels for safe swimming," May said in a statement. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:59:35 EST Owner of old courthouse hopes for city ‘renaissance’ NASHUA - Rob Parsons, a restaurant franchise owner and real estate entrepreneur, frequently has breakfast at the City Room on West Pearl Street in downtown Nashua. Every time after his morning meal, he said he would look at the vacant former district courthouse at the nearby Walnut Street oval, which had been for sale since the court moved its operation across town to Spring Street, and wonder why nothing was being done with it. "I finally called. They had lowered the price. It was too good to not buy," he said. The approximately 28,000-square-foot building is the centerpiece to a section of downtown land that is undergoing a transformation that city leaders hope will continue to fuel the ongoing resurgence within Nashua's center. The site is undergoing an urban experiment being led by city hall and Great American Downtown, according to business leaders. One lane of the oval is being reconfigured temporarily to a more traditional T-shaped intersection, and another area of unused pavement will be cordoned off and become an urban park. Parsons' building is smack dab in the middle of the project. He said he is "on board 100 percent" with the plans to temporarily reconfigure traffic around the courthouse to provide public gathering space, calling it the first step to a bigger vision. Paul Shea, director of Great American Downtown, said the oval is "a complicated rotary, and the return to a city block is likely the direction in the long term that space will take as far as development goes." Parsons said the city has great ideas for the area and shared the vision to bring more "traffic generators" to the downtown. "We're working closely with (Nashua) to try and achieve the vision the city has for that area," he said. "I bought it because it's a key piece of property in downtown," he said, noting the Broad Street Parkway is expected to change the fabric of the neighborhood, though he said he hasn't yet seen much impact. "It doesn't seem people are using it as we hoped," he said, but he is optimistic people will. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:12:17 EST Harbor Homes going mobile NASHUA - If all goes according to plan, Harbor Homes is hitting the road this fall with a new mobile health care clinic. The Nashua-based nonprofit health and human service organization received funding to pay for a specially equipped van that will bring needed health care services to low-income and homeless clients in Greater Nashua. Carol Furlong, vice president of operations for Harbor Homes, said last week the next step in the process is to decide whether to acquire a used or new medical van and get bids for its purchase. She said she expects the vehicle to cost about $150,000 and be in operation this October. Funding came from an oral health service expansion grant through the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration. Though the vehicle and its attending staff will offer myriad medical services, the van will specialize in dental and oral health care. Furlong said the vehicle will have at least two dedicated areas for dental procedures, a waiting room, primary and behavioral health care exam room, and a bathroom. A dentist and support staff will occupy the mobile dental health care unit, with future plans to hire additional clinicians and support staff. Harbor Homes has concluded that 10,000 people within the Nashua area who are "unstably housed" would be able to have medical services provided to them with the new van. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:21:22 EST Seacoast Mavericks edge Silver Knights, 2-1 By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA - When it comes to the Nashua Silver Knights lately, their collective pen is not mightier than the opposition's swords. Case in point: Sunday night's tough 2-1 loss at the hands of the Seacoast Mavericks. New Jersey high school product Gavin Hollowell, all 6-foot-6 of him, gave the Nashua Silver Knights a tremendous start on the mound. But after six innings in a scoreless game, he had tossed 87 pitches, and Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett had to grit his teeth and turn to that box of surprises - the Nashua bullpen, for the seventh inning. And, as has been the case lately, it couldn't continue the pace that the starter had set. Seacoast scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to hand Nashua its third straight loss before a Holman Stadium fireworks crowd of 1,450. "It is what it is," Neverett said of his bullpen. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:22:06 EST Holman HOF class honors stadium’s past History. That's one of the great things about sports on any level, in any region. It provides lasting memories that can be honored and cherished as historical moments. And what place in Nashua has more sports history than Holman Stadium? That's what the Lions Club Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall of Fame is all about. It takes Nashua's exciting past and puts it in the present. Monday night you'll see the past honored in a big way. For example, how many people now in the city know that their was a family that was the poster for professional football? "Unfortunately," longtime broadcaster Ed Lecius said, "those that know are no longer with us." Lecius himself is a worthy inductee and that will happen this year. He knows more, has seen more, and has provided fans and residents more information and live accounts of Holman Stadium events than anybody in his days of broadcasting games on WSMN. Then there's the Kissell brothers, the family we're talking about. Sun, 03 Jul 2016 04:04:26 EST Nashua walks off with win at tourney Down by one in the final inning, Jake O'Connor drove home a pair of runs with a hit to left-center field and Nashua walked off with a 7-6 victory over Suncook Valley in the first round of the Cal Ripken Baseball 10-year-old State Tournament in Exeter. T.J. Addonizio scored a pair of runs for Nashua, which advances to the winner's bracket semifinals of the double-elimination tournament on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Suncook Valley took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Derek Finlay and Addonizio scored in the bottom half of the frame to give Nashua a 2-1 edge. Suncook answered with three runs in the second inning to reclaim the advantage before Nashua responded with two runs scored by Griffin Davis and O'Connor in the third to even the game at 4. Suncook took its third lead of the game in the fourth and added an insurance run in the sixth, but it wasn't enough to hold off Nashua. Addonizio scored to narrow the gap before Ryan Haskell and Jack Lobdell crossed the plate for the game-tying and game-winning runs off O'Connor's hit. Sun, 03 Jul 2016 04:03:36 EST Indians capture City Babe Ruth title The Indians captured the Nashua City Babe Ruth League Championship with a 9-8 win in the deciding game over the White Sox. The White Sox took an early lead of 5-0 in the second inning on an RBI base on balls to Cam Nixon, followed by Mark Thibault's grand slam. The Indians started chipping away at that lead in the fourth inning, with the White Sox walking in three runs. In the fifth, the Indians scored four more to take a 7-5 lead. The White Sox battled back in the sixth, scoring three to take an 8-7 advantage, before the Indians rallied again to grab a 9-8 edge. They held on as the Sox left the tying run at third in the seventh. White Sox pitching staff of Thibault (four innings), Nate Chisholm (part of the fifth) and Hector Rodriguez (three innings) held the Indians to six hits, but were hampered by nine walks and five errors. Indians pitchers Joe Berman (four innings), Jack Gauthier (2 2/3) and Vincent Priore (1 1/3) collectively gave up 10 hits and walked eight, but the team played errorless ball behind them. Priore (two singles) and Kyle Evans (single and double) led the Indians' offense while Will Brooks and Jeffry Lugo also had singles. The White Sox hitting was provided by Nixon (two singles), Reidar Kelsall (two singles and a triple), Thibault (two singles and grand slam), Jafet Rodriguez (a single and double), Braden McDonnell (double) and Nolan Foss (single). In addition to winning the city title, the Indians also won the league's regular season with a 9-3 record, and including the playoffs, won 11 straight to end the season. The Indians were managed by Don Berman and assisted by Ryan Ferris, while the roster consisted of: Joe Berman, Will Brooks, Kyle Evans, Sam Charron, Vincent Priore, Jack Gauthier, Aaron Roberge, Brian Ascani, Nick Bourlier, Zach Rioux, Jeff Lugo and Alex Lambalot. BULLETIN BOARD Fishing Nashua Park-Rec Fishing Derby The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department and the Horsepond Fish and Game Club will hold the 2016 Fishing Derby as part of the SummerFun Program on Saturday, July 9 from 9-11 a.m. Sun, 03 Jul 2016 03:04:16 EST Rising taxes will become unaffordable in Nashua After reading that Nashua's property taxes will be going up 2.5 percent, I wish to ask the Board of Aldermen to please stop treating the taxpayers like an ATM. Many private sector companies stopped giving automatic cost of living increases years ago. At the rate you keep raising taxes, Nashua will become unaffordable to me in the not too distant future. You need to try harder to control your spending. Tracy Principio Nashua Sun, 03 Jul 2016 03:01:48 EST John P. Guilbeault John P. Guilbeault, 89, of Nashua, passed away on Monday June 27, 2016 at his home. John was born in Derry on August 18, 1926, a son of the late Joseph and Caroline (Levesque) Guilbeault. He was the widower of Pauline (Lemay) Guilbeault who died October 16, 2004. John honorably served our country during WWII in the US Navy. Prior to his retirement, John had been employed by Kollsman for many years. Sun, 03 Jul 2016 02:05:34 EST Evelyn T. Vermette Evelyn T. Vermette, 93, of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully on June 27, 2016. She was born in Nashua on February 7, 1923, daughter of the late William and Dorilda Shea. Evelyn, also known as "Red" because of her beautiful auburn hair, was a lifelong resident of Nashua. She graduated from Nashua High School in 1941. Sun, 03 Jul 2016 02:05:07 EST Robert W. Bourgeois Robert Wilfred Bourgeois, 54, of Nashua, passed away unexpectedly at his home, Friday, July 1, 2016. Born in Manchester on July 9, 1961, he was a son of the late Oscar and Florence (Charron) Bourgeois. Bob grew up in Auburn, NH where he attended the Auburn Village School and was a graduate of Central High School in Manchester, Class of 1979. Prior to his disability, Bob had been employed in the shoe industry for a time. His hobbies included cooking, fishing, drawing and loved spending time with his family. Members of his family include his wife of 21 years, April M. (Cantone) Bourgeois; his three children, Amber Drost of Pittsburgh, PA, Brianna Bourgeois and Josh Bourgeois both of Nashua; three grandchildren, Mitchell and Draake Watrous, and Ryleigh Martin; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Carol Bourgeois of Manchester; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Armand Boucher of Manchester; two nephews and a niece, Corey Boucher, Brittany Boucher and Paul Bourgeois Jr.; and many cousins. There will be no services. Sun, 03 Jul 2016 02:03:23 EST Grand jury issues indictments NASHUA - The woman accused of stealing donations meant for a friend's funeral, the man charged with robbing a Hudson bank in May and an alleged mother-daughter drug-sales team are among local people indicted during the June term of the Hillsborough County South District grand jury. Krystal Gentley, most recently of 36 Lovell St., in Nashua, faces an indictment on one count of theft by unauthorized taking, a Class A felony that accuses her of taking the roughly $5,000 from a GoFundMe account she set up to help the family of Tabitha Fauteux after the young woman's death in November 2015. An indictment is not an indication, or proof, of guilt, but means that the grand jury determined enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move forward with the case. The 26-year-old accused bank robber arrested by Hudson police on May 10 after a foot pursuit through several neighborhoods was indicted on related charges. John Stocki, of 16 Webster Road, Lexington, Mass., faces one indictment each for robbery, a Class B felony, and a Class A felony charge of theft, for allegedly entering Citizens Bank on Lowell Road in Hudson, threatening a teller while demanding money, then fleeing with in excess of $1,500 into a residential area behind the bank, where neighbors watched as police closed in and arrested him. Under indictment also are Amy Manzi, 46, and her daughter, Arieana, 22, both of 106 Vine St., Apt. 4 in Nashua. Amy Manzi is charged with one count each of sale of a narcotic drug, and criminal liability to the sale of a narcotic drug, both unclassified felonies, accusing her of acting in concert with her daughter to sell fentanyl, and of driving her to and from a drug buy in March, the documents state. Arieana Manzi, meanwhile, faces six counts of sale of a narcotic drug and one count of possession of drugs with intent to sell, all unclassified felonies. The indictments allege Manzi sold fentanyl multiple times between March 18 and April 5 in Nashua, and on April 8, possessed the drug with the intent to sell. Also among the indictments is former Nashua resident Sheldon Grant, 34, who was just indicted by the Northern District grand jury on several charges related to the alleged kidnapping, assault and stabbing of a one-time girlfriend. The Southern District grand jury added to indictments stemming from the incident, which occurred in March: One count each of first-degree assault, and domestic violence, which allege Grant stabbed the woman in the leg during the incident. Three sets of indictments handed down this month involve a total of 22 charges of possession of child sex abuse images against three men, one from Nashua and two from Greenville. The Greenville men, Robert White, 34, and Benjamin Allison, 19, are both listed as residing at 70 Main St. in Greenville. Each was indicted on five Class A felony counts of possession of child sex abuse images, which depict young children posing and participating in various sex acts. The Nashua resident, John Miller, of 69 Crown St., faces 12 indictments on the charge, stemming from his arrest in March. Other indictments handed down this month by the Southern District grand jury follow. n Johnathan Gerald, 32, currently incarcerated at Valley Street jail, Manchester. Sun, 03 Jul 2016 02:46:26 EST Incoming bar to focus on local brews NASHUA - Coming this fall, downtown Nashua will see the debut of a different kind of bar with The Flight Center. Described as both a bar and retail shop specializing in craft beer, the new business will reside in the long-vacant former Cooking Matters storefront located at 97 Main St. It is expected to open in mid-September. "We're really trying to give Nashua a unique experience for people who love craft beer," said Seth Simonian, who has partnered with Stan Simonian and Codex co-owner Lui Vaine to develop The Flight Center. The bar name refers to a "flight" of beer that offers the drinker an opportunity to sample smaller quantities of different varieties of microbrews. Seth Simonian also owns a company called "Hop Head United," a marketing arm for local craft beer that advocates and educates consumers on state and New England craft brews. Through his work with Hop Head United, Simonian said he noticed local brewers are at a disadvantage in getting their products on the shelves. "There is not enough infrastructure to support the growth of craft brewers in New Hampshire," he said. The Flight Center was conceived of to help fill that need, he added. Depending on the bar or restaurant, local craft beer must compete with other craft brews for several taps or sometimes a single tap, while established vendors occupy permanent places at the bar. Sun, 03 Jul 2016 02:26:06 EST Effort to connect with city in India picks up momentum NASHUA - When the mayor of Mysore, India and its Chamber of Commerce approached state Rep. Latha Mangipudi about establishing a sister-city relationship, she said she was thrilled, given Nashua's vibrant Indian-American community. An estimated 4,000 to 5,000 Indian-Americans live here - or about 6 percent of the city's population, said Mangipudi, a state representative for Nashua. And many, like Mangipudi and her husband, come from the southwest Indian state of Karnataka where Mysore is located. Speaking in support of Mayor Jim Donchess' bill to create a sister-city relationship with Mysore before the Board of Aldermen on June 28, Mangipudi said it would promote friendship and economic cooperation between the two. "I would love to take a delegation with me to my motherland and the city where I was born and a delegation from Mysore would love to come here," she said. Donchess said a partnership with Mysore would improve relations with a significant democracy and trading partner in Asia. "We have a whole group of citizens who really want this to happen and really will help to foster it," Donchess said. He noted Nashua forged a sister city relationship with Ansung, South Korea, a suburb of Seoul, during his first mayoral administration. But that relationship primarily was supported by one person and eventually lapsed. The mayor said he expects a partnership with Ansore would be more sustainable given the large number of Indian-Americans living here who would support it. - KATHRYN MARCHOCKI Mayor: Downtown trolley drawing solid ridership It's been a month since the city launched the Gate City Trolley and it seems to be drawing people to come downtown on weekend nights for dinner, shopping, entertainment or meet friends. "The people riding the trolley seem very enchanted with it," Mayor Jim Donchess told aldermen on June 28, noting he and his wife have ridden it. "I think it has helped to promote new life and good times in the downtown on Friday and Saturday nights," he added. The city launched the free trolley service a month ago to encourage patrons to come downtown on weekend nights without having to worry about where to park. The trolley travels a fixed loop through downtown every 15 minutes, beginning and ending at the Elm Street parking garage. The trolley is being operated on a pilot basis for six months. Sun, 03 Jul 2016 03:47:40 EST Beautification group cleans up on campus NASHUA - A city beautification committee, created only three months ago, and a team of volunteers cleaned up the area around the Nashua Public Library and the Court Street Theatre last week in the biggest event held by the group so far. The committee grew from its April 13 and now has bloomed into more than 20 members offering assistance to scrub, sweep and tidy up municipal properties across Nashua. The most recent cleaning brought 25 sets of helping hands to the library campus. "I think all of us felt a deep sense of fulfillment, and it really didn't take a lot," said Carolyn Choate, committee co-founder and longtime Nashua resident. She developed the committee with downtown business owner Philip Scontsas to work with city officials to improve public property in the city. "As a group instead of planting and gardening, the members wanted to make the first official effort to clean something up," Choate said. After coordinating with the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department, committee members voted to clean up the library complex on Court Street. They invited Friends of the Nashua Public Library, Peacock Players and Symphony-NH to join the clean-up effort, with representatives from each group showing up last Saturday. "The symphony actually brought a landscape service to clean the courtyard," Choate said. "We took out I don't know how many truckloads of dead trees and plant matter ... Sun, 03 Jul 2016 02:28:22 EST Merrimack students presented awards at Nashua Catholic Junior High NASHUA - Eighth-graders were honored for their achievements in academics and service to others during the scholastic awards and graduation ceremonies for Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School recently. These Merrimack residents were recognized: • Alex Williams, son of Paul and Laurie Williams, was awarded the Helen J. Horan Scholarship. The scholarship was made possible by a bequest to the school by the Rev. Denis Horan, the school's chaplain from 1997-2006, in memory of his sister Helen. The recipient receives a four-year scholarship to continue Catholic education at a Catholic high school. Applicants must demonstrate solid academic performance, be involved in the Nashua Catholic community, obtain letters of recommendation and complete a 500-word essay addressing how "A Catholic education is a gift of a lifetime." Alex plans to attend Bishop Guertin High School. • Timothy Eckert, son of Don and Beth Eckert, was the recipient of the Nashua Catholic Principal's Award for his leadership and contributions to the Nashua Catholic community. Sat, 02 Jul 2016 19:03:16 EST Blood Drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit • Noon-5 p.m. July 1: SAU 39, 412 Boston Post Road, Amherst. • 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 5: St. Sat, 02 Jul 2016 18:00:30 EST Nashua Catholic students honored NASHUA - Graduating eighth-graders were honored for their achievements in academics and service to others during the scholastic awards and graduation ceremonies for Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School. The following Bedford residents were recognized: Meghan Lord, daughter of Bryan and Gretchen Lord, was the recipient of "The Father Deny Award." This award is a tribute to Father Deny who served as the Nashua Catholic chaplain from 1997-2006 and was a staunch supporter of Catholic education. Meghan will be attending Bishop Guertin in the fall. Haley Schmitt earned the Bishop Guertin Book award for her academic achievements and strong sense of character and values. For more information on Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School, call 882-7011 or visit Sat, 02 Jul 2016 17:01:04 EST Silver Knights falter in extras NASHUA - The Nashua Silver Knights' three-game winning streak has come to an end. But on a Friday night where rain wiped out the planned post game fireworks, there were plenty of fireworks on the field as the Silver Knights fell to the North Shore Navigators, 9-6, in an 11-inning game that took over four hours. What was left of the announced crowd of 1,514 at Holman Stadium was treated to bonus baseball, but as the drizzily night dragged on the first place Knights (17-8) imploded with four errors negating their 15 hits. Meanwhile, at least three Navigators, including manager John Zizzo, were ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Trailing 6-5 going into the bottom of the ninth after blowing a 5-4 lead in the top of the frame, the Knights (15 hits in 10 innings) tied it up on Dante Baldelli's RBI single off Navs reliever Sean O'Neill. O'Neill was later tossed. However, a throwing error by Silver Knights reliever Aubrey Solomon plated the go-ahead run for the 10-16 Navs in the top of the 11th. Mike D'Acunti's sac fly and Keith Linnane's RBI single off reliever Liam Coughlin made it a 9-6 game. Nashua had grabbed a 2-0 first inning lead on Mickey Gasper's RBI double and Ryan Sullivan's RBI single. But the Navigators put together five hits off Nashua starter Ricky Constant in the third, with back-to-back RBI hits by Mike Dracunti (double) and Mack Nathanson (single). Trailng 4-2, Nashua closed to within 4-3 on another Sullivan RBI single to chase Navigators starter Bobby Tramondozzi. Sat, 02 Jul 2016 07:04:38 EST Nashua snaps six-game losing streak with 6-4 win at Hudson HUDSON - A win was a necessity for the Nashua Post 124 team Friday. The squad had dropped six consecutive games, and needed to find its way back into the win column. Nashua utilized a combination of timely hitting, strong pitching and quality defense during a 6-4 win over Hudson Post 48 in American Legion senior baseball action at Alvirne High School. The win must have been a sigh of relief, as it was the first for Post 124 (2-6) since a 4-3 season-opening victory over Derry on June 17. "We have been in most of the games," Post 124 manager Kevin Palanski said. "Tonight we had good base running, we had great pitching and we had timely hitting. I think we had nine hits. Sat, 02 Jul 2016 07:04:11 EST Police organization holds annual dinner NASHUA - The Nashua Police Athletic Association recognized the best of its youth athletes over the past year on Thursday night, praising the achievements of its budding sports stars, coaches and PAL volunteers. The event honored eight youth athletes, who were presented awards by Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie and officers in his department, as well as U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. But the evening also allow PAL to honor Nashua's own Mike O'Malley for his support of the city nonprofit. O'Malley was selected as the 2016 PAL of the Year. Sat, 02 Jul 2016 07:00:33 EST Downtown Nashua group debuts new app NASHUA - The Nashua-based Great American Downtown is rolling out a mobile phone application that will connect drivers and walkers with downtown merchants, and maybe more. The application known as Distrx, produced by an Orlando company, acts as a portal to Main Street retailers and other establishments who want to attract potential customers with a micro networks and mobile devices. Once installed, the application provides a notification to the user when they arrive within a half-mile of the center of downtown. Upon swiping the notification, it takes them to a directory to find special offers or an auto-served welcome message, to certain businesses, that could deliver a special offer. "People can be served content like special offers, featured artists and upcoming event and other promotions," said Paul Shea, director of Great American Downtown. The app is available for free at both Apple's App Store and Google Play store for Android users. It is currently distributed to businesses in Jaffrey, Concord, Rochester and in about seven other states. Distrx CEO Chris Cook said he was exposed to the micro-network beacon technology through previous work experience. The inspiration for micro retail and event connectivity came from certain big box retailers using similar technology inside their stores, he said. "Nashua will be our largest Main Street participating, with 71 merchants," he added. Cook said his app is a way for businesses who don't have big budgets to connect with people who may not want the "hustle and bustle of a mall" and those looking to explore the "nooks and crannies" a state has to offer. Shea said there is currently no cost to downtown Nashua businesses to get on board. Sat, 02 Jul 2016 07:06:26 EST Nashua man charged with failing to update registration NASHUA - Although Dennis Gilbert's arrest Tuesday marked the fourth time he's been arrested for either allegedly failing to inform police of changes in his sex-offender registry profile or skipping his quarterly meetings, a district court judge agreed Wednesday morning to set personal recognizance bail so Gilbert can continue working. But Judge James Leary also promptly issued the 50-year-old Nashua resident a stern warning: "You've got to report. Now go to work." With that, a grateful Gilbert thanked Leary as his arraignment, conducted via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, wrapped up Tuesday morning. A Nashua police prosecutor, in asking Leary to continue Gilbert's $15,000 cash or surety bail, told the judge that Gilbert has a history of arrests, including at least four convictions, on charges mostly related to failing to appear in court or advise officials of address or workplace changes. The charges on which Gilbert was arraigned Tuesday include three counts of violating the duty-to-inform law - one count each for failing to update his employment status and his address and not making his required quarterly meeting. Nashua police said detectives from the department's Special Investigations Division took Gilbert into custody around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, following an investigation that revealed he was allegedly non-compliant with the terms of his sex-offender registration requirements. The new charges are Class A felonies, police said, because Gilbert has previously been convicted of the same crime. Gilbert, in addressing bail on Wednesday, told Leary that he just began what he called "the best job I ever had," and said he'd been waiting a long time for the position to open up. Leary studied the matter briefly before announcing his decision to convert bail to $15,000 personal recognizance. The order frees Gilbert from jail pending his next court appearance, which is a probable cause hearing that Leary set for July 14 in the Nashua court. Sat, 02 Jul 2016 07:01:01 EST Local garden tour will benefit Symphony NH NASHUA - From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 9-10, the annual Friends of Symphony NH garden tour will be held in the Nashua area. Next weekend, celebrate the New England summer with Friends of Symphony NH's annual Nashua Area Garden Tour. Attendees are granted access to visit six premiere gardens in the height of summer bloom, each with its own diversity of plantings. The tour begins at the home of Kathie Martin, with a colorful garden featuring more than 3,000 annuals. These radiant gardens are exemplary of the charm and whimsy of classic New England country gardening. Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:02:57 EST arts digest Friday deadline for art show sign-up NASHUA - Nashua Area Artists' Association seeks artists to participate in its annual Greeley Park Art Show on Aug. 20-21 at the park, 100 Concord St. Submission deadline is July 1. Information and application at www.nashua New 'Summer Heat' exhibit downtown NASHUA - A new exhibit of paintings, photographs and jewelry with the theme "Easy Living, Summer Heat" is now open at the Gallery on West Pearl, located in the Community Council Building, 100 West Pearl St. Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:02:24 EST Police arrest 8 on variety of charges NASHUA – Eight people were arrested Wednesday on a variety of sex, gun and drug charges, according to Nashua police. Residents from Nashua, Hudson and Chelmsford, Mass., were arrested by officers with the Nashua Police Department as part of an ongoing combined drug impact initiative, police said. The suspects face misdemeanor and felony charges ranging from drug possession and sales to trespassing and carrying a loaded handgun without a license, according to authorities. The following arrests were made by Nashua officers, according to the police department: Robert Bates, 31, of 23 Meadowbrook Drive in Nashua, was charged with one felony count of selling heroin, his second offense. He refused bail and was arraigned Thursday. Charlene Olson, 32, 34 Lake St., Apt. B in Nashua, was held on $5,000 personal recognizance bail pending an Aug. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:38:11 EST Lucky number The New Hampshire state lottery system has broken its own sales record for the second straight year, with four sites in Greater Nashua alone accounting for more than $3.8 million. The lottery’s 2016 fiscal year sales exceeded $300 million, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission reported this week. The figure represents an increase over last year’s $280 million sales record of 7 percent. The state education system, the lottery’s primary beneficiary, will receive about $75 million of that money. Sam Safa, owner of Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, was the highest grossing single vendor in the Greater Nashua area. His market grossed more than $1 million in sales. The lottery isn’t just fun for the players, he said, it’s good business. “Maybe 40 percent of my customers come in just to buy lottery and about 60 percent of the customers who are there for other things also buy lottery tickets,” Safa added. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:25:00 EST Search renewed for Nashua school leadership NASHUA – The Nashua Board of Education has reopened its search and immediately began vetting prior applicants after the district was unable to find a replacement for outgoing Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad, who is scheduled to leave the district next month.  School officials seeking to fill an interim superintendent of schools position hosted an open house and conducted public interviews with three candidates last week. The hopefuls interviewed on June 20 included Matthew Malone, former Massachusetts Secretary of Education; Betsey S. Cox-Buteau, the superintendent of schools in Fremont; and Ruthann Petruno-Goguen, superintendent of schools for the Mascenic Regional School District in Greenville. “One by one they just dropped out of the running,” said school board member Bill Mosher. He noted Malone was hired to serve as superintendent of Fall River, Mass., during the interviewing process in Nashua. Goguen on Thursday said she withdrew from consideration to continue her work with the Mascenic Regional School District. “After much reflection, I made the decision to continue the work I have started over the last three years. This decision was by no means a reflection on the Nashua School District,” she said in an email message. “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with members of the Nashua board and community, and I wish Nashua well with their search,” she added. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:13:00 EST Irene Sukey Irene Harriet (O’Keefe) Sukey of Nashua, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the age of 82. She was surrounded by her loving family before her passing: Raymond J. Sukey, her husband of 58 years; her children, Michael R. Sukey and his wife Cheryl and their daughter, Melissa, of Newton and Waltham, MA, and her daughter, Diane M. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:16:16 EST Rivier gets last piece of $930K nursing diversity grant NASHUA – Rivier University last week announced the receipt of the third installment of a three-year, $930,000 Nursing Workforce Diversity grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The final installment of $350,000 caps off a funding commitment that began in 2014. The federal grant is one of about 15 awarded each year, and it is designed to enhance nursing workforce diversity within the Nashua region. The grant is meant to support underrepresented and first-generation students with scholarships and stipends, academic enrichment and diversity activities and enhanced cultural competency programs. “Diversity in the nursing workforce is a necessary reflection of America’s changing population,” said Sister Paula Marie Buley, president of Rivier, in a press statement. The Health Resources and Services Administration grant funds have provided “educational and experiential opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and enriched Rivier’s nursing program for the benefit of all,” she added. The grant also supports the development of the Rivier Success and Visionary Project, known as RSVP. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:16:16 EST KING: No matter where NFL career takes him, Kendall Reyes knows where he’s from Welcome home, Kendall Reyes. But come to think of it, where does he really call home? “Born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire,” Reyes said on Wednesday night as he was the guest of honor as the Nashua Silver Knights faced the Seacoast Mavericks on Kendall Reyes Bobblehead Night. Well obviously, Nashua is always going to home. But as a National Football League player, you can never be sure where your football home is. For the last four years, it was San Diego, where loved living and playing. Who wouldn’t? But he’s no longer there. As a free agent, the former Nashua High School North standout signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins. He’ll be playing in the nation’s capital, where the level of fan intensity is a tad higher (at the very least) than San Diego, which almost lost the Chargers six months ago. “It’s just another point in the process,” Reyes said of his NFL career. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:31:00 EST FCBL: Nashua back on top in the East with 8-3 win over Seacoast NASHUA – The bats were back for the Nashua Silver Knights on Wednesday night. And as a result of a 13-hit attack, they’re back atop the FCBL’s Eastern Division after an 8-3 win over the Seacoast Mavericks. Yes, it was one of those   feel-good games before a Kendall Reyes Bobblehead Night crowd of 917. “I hope we’re back,” Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said. “We had about nine games where we weren’t hitting with men on base; our pitching was helping us win a few close games. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:28:00 EST Dry spring leads to water restrictions dry weather pattern persisting for months across Greater Nashua has led multiple communities to issue municipal water restrictions over the past week. Larry Goodhue, CEO of the Nashua-based Pennichuck Water, said local residents have generally cooperated in the midst of a lengthy spring and summer without much rain. Over the last 12 months, Nashua is down 13.12 inches of rain and received only 73 percent of the average amount of precipitation, said Doug Webster, a weather columnist for The Telegraph and senior meteorologist with Schneider Electric in Andover, Mass. Homeowners with dug wells may also experience problems as waters table continue to drop, he said. Pennichuck observes its water with a supervisory control and data acquisition system, known as SCADA, to monitor “all water in the system relative to levels,” Goodhue said. “We monitor on a regular basis anyway for water quality and supply,” he said, adding that Pennichuck also responds to concerns from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. “We have had one or two issues where we’ve had to go out – we do police the water usage because it’s for the overall good,” Goodhue said, noting that some residents were not aware of the restrictions in their community. Consumers found in violation of the water restriction are first warned about compliance, but could eventually face a water shutoff. Goodhue said ratepayers have 24 hours to comply before they are shut off, leading to a reconnection fee for the user. “It is the optimum time for outside irrigation. If you just have the odd- or even-day water restriction, you could have people watering for 24 hours straight and that would not reduce the use of water,” he said, referring to water utility companies restricting water irrigation usage to between the hours of 5-8 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:53:47 EST SummerFun concert series kicks off MERRIMACK – A small crowd of residents gathered Wednesday at the James Mastricola Upper Elementary School to hear the report on the latest soil samples, part of the ongoing investigation into chemical contamination of town water supplies, have come back with low contaminant levels. Department of Environmental Services spokesperson Jim Martin said the meeting, the second held in Merrimack following the discovery of perfluorinated chemicals – or PFCs – in municipal water, was scheduled to provide concerned residents with the newest information available. While the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid – PFOA – and perfluorooctane sulfonate – PFOS – in water supplies has been revealed at several sites by dozens of rounds of testing and reporting, the newest information provided during the meeting concerned the presence of the chemicals in the soil at sites serving populations deemed sensitive. “As of this morning we got the complete soil sample results for the sensitive receptors,” Martin said. “So that’s schools, daycares and playgrounds. The good news is that all of the soil samples we have received are really low. It’s a magnitude below what our standard is.” Martin said the highest soil sample results returned still fell below the state standard by a factor of 10. DES staff also provided an update on a recently revealed discrepancy in the water sample results being returned by the two labs contracted to provide testing for PFOA and PFOS. On June 24, DES said in a PFC investigation update posted to their website that the two labs conducting the water sample testing had shown different results for the same water samples. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:16:16 EST Dr. Edward Garner Flickinger Dr. Edward Garner Flickinger, 69, of Nashua and Glen, NH, passed away on Saturday, June 25th, with his wife of 47 years by his side. Ed is survived by wife Karen Pope Flickinger; son Seraph Garner Flickinger, and daughter-in-law Carla Kewan Flickinger; and grandchildren, Raleigh Marie, Marlee Elizabeth, Edward Seraph, Carleigh Olga, Mercedes Nelson, Maressa Nelson, Kyle Wake; and great-granddaughter Hayleigh Brunner; son Gavin Edward Flickinger, daughter-in-law Heidi Elizabeth Taylor and grandson Tarpen Taylor and baby #2 due July 2016; daughter Carrie Flickinger Diana, son-in-law Matthew James MacInnes Diana and grandson Owen Matthew; brother Lt. Col. Lowell Flickinger; sister Mila Flickinger Pierce; brother Donald Ian Flickinger; and many nieces and nephews. Born in Lima, Ohio and educated in the public schools through junior high school. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:34:00 EST Mary R. Doyle Mary Regina (Waisolonis) Doyle, 89, of Nashua and more recently of Hudson, widow of John E. “Jack” Doyle, passed away Monday morning, June 27, 2016, at her home at Laurel Place in Hudson, after a brief illness. A daughter of the late James and Regina (Velishka) Waisolonis, she was born in Nashua on May 3, 1927. Educated in the Nashua School System, Mary was a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1944. Mrs. Doyle had been employed as a customer service representative with the former Second National Bank and its successor Bank of New Hampshire in Nashua for a number of years, until she retired in 1988. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:28:01 EST Marjorie (Hirschfeld) Nelson Marjorie (Hirschfeld) Nelson, aka “Grammy”, 85, a longtime resident of Nashua, died at The Courville at Nashua on Sunday, June 26, 2016. She was born on June 7, 1931 in Waltham, MA, a daughter of the late Alfred and Helen (Hewitt) Hirschfeld. Grammy was a graduate of Waltham High School. She is remembered as a devoted mother and grandmother. Grammy took great pride in raising her family and enjoyed spending time with them especially her grandchildren. At one time, she had also worked for Teradyne. She was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church in Nashua. She also worked for The Treehouse Learning Center for many years. She was also very active in the prison ministry for over 25 years. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Donna Bryant and her brother, Robert Hirschfeld. She is survived by her children, David Nelson and his wife Denise of Phoenix, AZ, Karen LeBlanc and her husband Peter of Nashua, NH and William Nelson and his wife Sherry of Hopkinton, MA; her beloved grandchildren, Bianca, Amanda and her husband Phil, Matthew and his wife Megan, Stephanie, Aaron, Erik, Gregg and Douglas and his wife Jaclyn; and her great-granddaughter, Ryleigh. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held at the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua on Friday, July 1, 2016, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:01:00 EST Joan S. La Chance Joan S. La Chance, 75, of Nashua, passed on Saturday, June 25, 2016, after a lengthy illness. She was born on September 23, 1941 in Nashua, NH, the daughter of the late Lucien and Rachel Vigneault. She was predeceased by her husband Maurice La Chance. They enjoyed a 40-year marriage. Joan was a lifelong resident of Nashua. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:55:00 EST Elizabeth A. ‘Betty’ Anderson Elizabeth A. “Betty” Anderson, 70, of Nashua, wife of Gary R. Anderson, passed away Sunday morning, June 26, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, with her loving and caring family by her side. Betty was born in New York on December 14, 1945, a daughter of the late George and Pauline Rupprecht. She was educated in New York schools. A registered nurse for 51 years, Betty had worked for several of those years at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. Betty was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, who always had a loving and giving heart and a kind smile. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:52:00 EST Philip E. Vignola Sr. Philip E. Vignola Sr., 72, of Lowell, MA, and formerly of Nashua, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Fairhaven Healthcare Center, Lowell. Philip was born in Lawrence, MA, on September 16, 1943, a son of the late Paul and Dorothy (Chaplain) Vignola. He was the husband of Caroline (Osgood) Vignola of Nashua. Philip had been employed by the City of Nashua for many years. He was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and NASCAR. Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:49:09 EST Timothy David Gagnon HAVERHILL, Mass. – Timothy David Gagnon, 34, of Haverhill, died on June 24, 2016, at his home of natural causes. Born in Lowell, MA, and raised and educated in Nashua, NH, son of David A. and Rita P. “Patty” (LaCombe) Gagnon, he attended Nashua High School. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:42:23 EST Yani Thanopoulos comes through in clutch for Nashua Silver Knights against Brockton Rox NASHUA – Patience was a virtue for Yani Thanopoulos on Tuesday night. The Nashua Silver Knights left fielder was locked in a fight to the finish against Brockton reliever Dan Rajowski in the bottom of the eighth inning at Holman Stadium. He persevered in a classic nine-pitch at bat, winning the battle with a two-out, two-run triple to the right-center gap to help give the Silver Knights a much needed 4-2 win over the Rox before an announced crowd of 619. “It was one of the better at-bats I’ve seen in my six years here,” Silver Knights manager B.J.Neverett said. “And it came at the best possible time for us.” Yes, the Silver Knights (15-7) needed this win badly, even if it’s only late June, with first place Seacoast, a team they trail by a half game, coming to Holman on Wednesday. And don’t forget the Rox (11-13) embarrassed Nashua 17-1 here last week. Down 2-1, Nashua got a one out double by Mickey Gasper (capping off a 4-for-4 night). Rajowski (1-1) walked Ryan Sullivan but fanned Mike Geannelis for the second out of the inning. Enter Yani. “I’d been in a bit of a slump,” Thanopoulos said. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:31:00 EST Joseph W. Forget PEPPERELL, Mass. – Joseph W. Forget passed away peacefully on June 25, 2016, at Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, MA, surrounded by his loving family after a period of declining health. He was the husband of the late Barbara (Cutler) Forget, who died in 1991. He was born in Lowell, MA, on August 31, 1927, the son of the late Napoleon and Alice (Roy) Forget. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:42:18 EST Bishop Guertin makes some coaching changes Two Bishop Guertin High School athletic programs will have new head coaches when the 2016-17 school year begins. First, boys soccer will try to turn the page away from a few years of struggles under new head coach Iler Ujkaj, a former professional player in Italy who has coached several high level teams in Massachusetts. He’ll take over for Paul Ostberg. The Cardinals didn’t win a game in 2014 and only went 2-14-1 in 2015, which was good enough to get into the state tournament where they lost to Bedford in the first round. “As a coach, the BG varsity soccer team is going to be the biggest challenge of my career and I am excited and thrilled about this opportunity,” Ujkaj said. “The goal for this year is to have a varsity team that can compete at high level, have an environment in which the boys can compete, enjoy, build camaraderie but at the same time giving excellent results on academics.” Meanwhile, Christine Rousseau, former longtime swim coach at the unified Nashua High School as well as the Nashua YMCA and Nashua Country Club, will take over the boys and girls swimming program for Brendan McLaughlin. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:25:01 EST Survey: School staff fear retribution NASHUA – A survey of the workplace climate within the Nashua School District released by the University of New Hampshire this week found that less than half of the staff who responded believe they can express their views openly with colleagues without fear of retribution. The survey, conducted by the UNH Survey Center between May 27 and June 10, included responses from more than half of faculty and staff in the district. The 1,022 participants represented a 63 percent response rate. “It is a much-needed start to identify the needs of the school system so we can move forward,” said Nashua Teachers Union President Bob Sherman, in a Tuesday phone interview. Teachers’ Union Vice President Adam Marcoux said the survey included some positive remarks, but there were concerns that staff feared retribution from management. Less than half of survey participants – 48 percent – said they can express their views openly with colleagues without fear of retribution. “I look forward to addressing those concerns and moving forward, but also recognizing our successes,” Marcoux said at the Board of Education meeting on June 27. Key findings of the survey show the majority of staff “enjoy working at their building and feel there is a positive, respectful and supportive environment.” Response rates varied between district buildings, from a 94 response rate by Pennichuck Middle School staff to a low of 21 percent from those at Sunset Heights Elementary School. At 58 percent, the majority of district staff said they work in a “positive, respectful and supportive environment” and 53 percent said their school promotes “an honest and open dialogue” when making important decisions. However, respondents were split on the subject of morale, with 40 percent reporting that staff morale is high and 41 percent disagreeing. The highest morale was reported at Elm Street Middle School, with 86 percent, and Sunset Heights, with 85 percent. The numbers were lowest among Nashua High School North staff at 11 percent, 12 percent of staff at Mount Pleasant, 14 percent of staff at the Dr. Crisp school and 18 percent at Ledge Street. Staff responses on school leadership also varied, with 91 percent of Bicentennial, 89 percent of Elm Street, 88 percent of Sunset Heights and 85 percent of Main Dunstable staff agreeing that their school administration gives effective leadership that promotes a positive climate. The least likely to agree were the staff at Mount Pleasant, with 22 percent reporting a positive climate, 23 percent at Ledge Street, 26 percent at Dr. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:45:18 EST Bisson is officially Rivier University’s men's basketball coach NASHUA – When Lance Bisson pulls into the Rivier University parking lot this week, he’s pinching himself. That’s because he can now call the people there his co-workers. “It’s great,” said Bisson, who on Monday was named the Raiders’ permanent men’s basketball coach after coaching most of last season on an interim basis. “Being a Nashua guy and a Rivier alum, when I pull in, I have a smile on my face. They’ve given me the opportunity to do what I want to do in life.” And that’s coach. Bisson, who had been an assistant coach since 2012, took the Raiders over on an interim basis in early December last year after longtime head coach Dave Morissette resigned to spend more time with his family. The Raiders have struggled, and Bisson’s team last season did too, finishing the year 4-21, 4-16 under Bisson, who was juggling that with a full-time job as a beverage company salesman that he has since given up. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:25:00 EST North-South Turkey Day football game dropback passes NASHUA – Nashua school officials agreed on Monday to move the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game between Nashua High School North and South to the Wednesday before the holiday. Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad said the decision stemmed from the results of a school community survey and the declining participation in previous Thanksgiving Day games. “On further consultation with Lisa Gingras, our athletic director, we will be moving the Thanksgiving Day game from Thursday morning to Wednesday evening,” Conrad said during a Board of Education meeting on Monday. The Thanksgiving game schedule change was brought before the board two weeks ago, and members decided to kick the decision back to administration. “I understand that changing long-standing traditions can be difficult, and it won’t be without controversy,” Conrad said, adding in this instance, there was a clear need for change. In the June 27 meeting, member Robert Hallowell said he was glad the board stayed out of it. “At least one person in the community seemed offended that the board didn’t step in to make policy on this issue. And I want to applaud the board for not stepping in – we don’t set the time for any other game,” Hallowell said, noting that is typically the duty of the athletic director and administration. After a steady decline in participation from athletes and cheerleaders in the Thanksgiving Day games, the schools launched a survey to poll the community on what action to take. Attracting more than 1,500 responses, 60 percent of survey participants were in favor of moving game time. “We understand that it would be a big change for the city of Nashua but feel the benefits outweigh the disadvantages,” said Gingras, the athletic director, in a June 8 memo. Because the survey responders were pretty evenly split, member George Farrington recommended that the board not get involved in the decision and advocated for staying on the sidelines. Member David Murotake agreed but said the holiday is a time to spend with family. “I have noticed in volunteer organizations that there is a tendency to refuse dates on Thanksgiving because it is a family holiday,” he said in the June 13 meeting. During the same meeting, board member Elizabeth Van Twuyver suggested trying the change and seeing how it goes over. Conrad on Monday said the district administration will examine the decision again in two years to give the community time to adjust to the new schedule. Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402, or @Telegraph_TinaF. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:25:00 EST Nashua nanobrewery helps local charities NASHUA – Owners of the city’s newest brewery say their business has been working to be a good neighbor by building relationships with local charities. Millyard Brewery, which opened in April, has been donating all its tips to charity, said Dean Baxter, co-owner of the brewery along with brewmaster Ken Unsworth. For instance, the duo collected $1,106 last month for the High Hopes Foundation in Nashua, which raises money to fund a “life-changing experience” for children with serious health needs. “The idea of the brewery is for us to support the community and for the community to support us,” Baxter said. The brewery, located at 25 E. Otterson St., is collecting tips and donations to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund. Last Thursday, local man and veteran Brent Osborn campaigned for the brewery to raise money for the 22Kill fundraiser, which seeks to prevent veteran suicides, and ended up with nearly $500 for the cause. “It was started by veterans who got together to raise awareness about the suicide epidemic in the veteran community,” Osborn said. The name of the organization comes from the estimated 22 veterans a day who take their own lives. While the exact figure has been debated, Osborn said it is clear that veterans are subject to a higher rate of suicide than the general population. “It’s about building awareness; it’s a great organization and a great cause,” he said. Participants do 22 pushups per day throughout the campaign to raise funds for the cause. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:17:28 EST Nashua school officials meet to settle budget Wednesday NASHUA - Following a Board of Alderman vote Tuesday, school officials will meet Wednesday to try and reconcile the 2017 education budget. “I think there will be a consensus, there are some common sense things to get us down to the number that won't affect staffing,” said Robert Hallowell, chairman of the Board of Education Budget Committee. “There might be some other motions made, but we're pretty late in the process, so I think there are limits to some things we can do,” Hallowell said. The budget committee is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the Nashua High School North Board Room. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:37:00 EST Thomas Patrick Roddy Thomas P. Roddy, 78, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, surrounded by his family. Tom was born in Auburn, MA, on November 14, 1937, a son of the late Thomas and Emma (O'Brien) Roddy. He was the loving husband of Kathleen (Fitzpatrick) Roddy of Nashua. Tom graduated from high school in Boston. He was a U.S. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:20:28 EST Anna T. Pappas Anna T. Pappas, 94, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2016. She was born in Nashua on November 19, 1921, daughter of the late Demetrios and Maria (Nasioupoulos) Theoharis. She was a lifelong resident of Nashua, and graduated from Nashua High in 1939. She was a devout Orthodox Christian, and a proud and dedicated member of the Elpis Ladies' Society, a charitable organization. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:18:22 EST