Nashua - Nashuatelegraph.com | Web Feeds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/feeds/topics/nashua Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us pkincade@nashuatelegraph.com onlineeditor@nh.com Political signs could lead to haul on eBay http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1077059-469/political-signs-could-lead-to-haul-on.html Now that the presidential candidates have shuffled out of the Granite State to continue their campaigns, or in some cases quit, New Hampshire residents and their leftover office staffers are resigned to pick up the pieces - sometimes literally. The fate of the campaign signs that have sprouted up in yards and intersections over the last few months has yet to be determined. There are options, but the bottom line as far as public display is they have to go. Part of New Hampshire's RSA664:17 reads: "All political advertising shall be removed by the candidate no later than the second Friday following the election unless the election is a primary and the advertising concerns a candidate who is a winner in the primary." Bernie and Donald, you're all set. But for the other candidates, the clock is ticking. Campaigns themselves are usually responsible for recovering their signs, according to a spokesman at Nashua's City Clerk office. Stray signs are scooped up by city trash collectors. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:18:28 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1077050-469/news-digest.html Nashua Police arrest couple  accused in check scheme A local couple with a history of drug-related arrests was taken into custody Wednesday, both accused of defrauding a bank by allegedly writing checks from a closed account, police said. Richard Marchant, 24, and Lindsay Karos, 23, both of 10 Mulberry St., Nashua, were arrested following a five-week police investigation that began when officials received a call from a local TD Bank branch that two individuals had been writing checks on a closed account, depositing them into their accounts and withdrawing funds before the checks cleared, according to police. Detectives eventually identified Marchant and Karos as the suspects and issued warrants for their arrests. Marchant faces one count of theft by deception-consolidation, while Karos is charged with one count of criminal liability for the conduct of another to theft by deception-consolication. Both are Class A felonies, police said. Marchant and Karos are scheduled to be arraigned on March 15 in Nashua district court. It wasn't clear whether they were held or released on bail. A Class A felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison plus fines, police said. - DEAN SHALHOUP City resident charged in knife assault, sent to jail An early-morning confrontation that led to an alleged assault with a knife landed a local man in jail Wednesday and sent another to the hospital for medical treatment, police said. Jonathan Rhodes, a 25-year-old Nashua resident with no fixed address, was arrested around 5 p.m. Wednesday, roughly 14 hours after police were called to the area of 46 Chestnut St. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:19 EST Lawrence ‘Larry’ Carter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1077044-466/lawrence-larry-carter.html > Lawrence "Larry" Carter, 67, lifelong resident of Merrimack, NH, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at his home af­ter a sudden illness. He was born in Nashua, NH, on Dec. 13, 1948 a son of the late Winston and Rose (Nadeau) Carter. Larry attended Merri­mack High School. His in­terests included trucks and firearms. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:59:09 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1077009-469/news-digest.html Nashua Resident charged with soliciting pre-teens for sex A police investigation into a Feb. 3 report that someone was allegedly using a social media site to solicit sex from a 12-year-old girl led to the arrest of a Nashua man on related charges, police said Wednesday. Officers took Ernest Hardy, 32, of 31 Manchester St., into custody on a warrant around 1 a.m. Wednesday, initially charging him with one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a Class B felony, according to police. But after receiving a similar report Tuesday that also involved a 12-year-old girl, police charged Hardy with a second count of endangering the welfare of a child, then added three counts of certain use of computer services prohibited, each of which are Class A felonies, police said. The alleged victims told detectives investigating the case that someone on Facebook was trying to solicit sex from them. One of them said the individual, later identified as Hardy, asked that she provide him with nude photos of herself, police said. Hardy was held on $5,000 cash bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Thursday morning in Nashua district court. - DEAN SHALHOUP Baseball team to host 'cornhole' fundraiser The Greater Nashua Prospects AAU youth baseball team is hosting a "cornhole" tournament fundraiser Friday night, Feb. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:38 EST Elliot Sterling Pratt Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1077008-466/elliot-sterling-pratt-jr..html Elliot Sterling Pratt Jr. passed away at 8:30 am on February 5, 2016, at his current resi­dence of Bedford Falls Assisted Liv­ing Facility. He is survived by his wife Constance M. Pratt; two children, Elliot S. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:02:01 EST Edwin Wells Smythe Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1077005-466/edwin-wells-smythe-jr..html > Edwin Wells Smythe Jr., aged 86, passed away in Nashua, New Hampshire, on February 5, 2016. He was the son of Edwin Smythe, Sr. and Katherine Jennings Smythe and was born in Madi­son, Wisconsin, June 21, 1929. In 1904 his father co-founded the Wisconsin Brick & Block Corporation, a business owned by mem­bers of the founders' fami­lies until the year 2000. Mr. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:47 EST Lorraine P. (Poulin) Rapsis http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1077004-466/lorraine-p.-poulin-rapsis.html > Lorraine P. (Poulin) Rap­sis, 87, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Mon­day, February 8, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Lorraine was born in Nashua on November 4, 1928, a daughter of the late Walter and Muriel (Gam­ache) Poulin. She was the widow of Edward D. Rapsis. Prior to retirement, Lor­raine owned and operated Knee-Hi Kindergarten from 1965-1982. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:20 EST Nashua TOPS observes 25th anniversary http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1076997-478/nashua-tops-observes-25th-anniversary.html > NASHUA - Members of Nashua TOPS Chapter NH 0131 observed the 25th anniversary of the chapter on Jan. 15. Susan Archielle, NH TOPS county coordinator, presented and read a cer­tificate of recognition from Barbara Cady, internationi­al president of TOPS Club, which is headquartered in Milwaukee. The certificate reads; "TOPS NH 0131, Nashua congratulations on being an active chapter of TOPS Club, Inc. for Twenty-Five years. Chapters such as yours are the silver lining of the cloud of frustration so many feel as they deal with the long-term chal­lenge of weight loss and management. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:03:08 EST Club holds shower for pregnancy center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1076996-478/club-holds-shower-for-pregnancy-center.html > NASHUA - The Nasha­way Woman's Club held a baby shower at its January meeting to benefit Care Net Pregnancy Center of Nashua. Director Linda Barry came to speak to the mem­bership about the services that are provided for new prospective mothers in the area who are finding out about being a parent and the offerings the center provides for them, from prenatal care to parenting training, in which the moth­ers - and sometimes the fathers - learn how to care for their babies. They earn "mommy dollars" by attending the classes so they can buy clothing, diapers or per­sonal items for their care during the pregnancy. The club educates women on issues that relate to charitable organizations in the area that provide ser­vices to women, children and veterans, along with education and legislation that concerns all of these areas. Club members are always looking to pass on this knowledge to other women in Greater Nashua. The club meets from 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month from October through May at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St. Any­one is welcome to attend a meeting. For more information, email President Linda Twombly at ltwombly4466@ comcast.net. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:04:00 EST Friends of nature http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1076995-478/friends-of-nature.html > Beaver Brook Association honors special volunteers HOLLIS - The Beaver Brook Associa­tion announced its Volunteers of Special Merit at its annual Volunteer Apprecia­tion Luncheon at the Lawrence Barn and its annual meeting at Nashua Country Club recently. The Trail Maintainer of the Year is Ann Karcich, of Merrimack, who on her own has maintained the French Meadow Cutoff and O'Neill Road trails for 13 years. These trails are always in excel­lent shape. Whenever trail reports are requested, Karcich is always one of the first to respond. She has assisted in the past on organized trail work days. The Natural Resources Volunteer of the Year is Joan Bonnette, of Nashua. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:00:16 EST Soup Kitchen receives $2K donation http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1076994-478/soup-kitchen-receives-2k-donation.html > Insurance groups contribute to 'Let's Drive Out Hunger' NASHUA - Marc Berube, president of Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency, announced that the agency has donated $1,000 to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter as part of the Arbella Insurance Foundation's "Let's Drive Out Hunger" program. The foundation also donated $1,000, bringing the total donation to $2,000. Now in its eighth year, "Let's Drive Out Hunger" aims to alleviate the all too common issue of food insecurity in New England. Arbella's Foundation collects contributions from any of Arbella Insurance's nearly 500 partner independent agents and matches each donation on a two-to-one basis up to $1,000 per agency. Over the last seven years, the Arbella Insurance Foundation and independent agents have contributed more than $630,000 to more than 400 emergency food programs, soup kitchens, food pantries and homeless shelters throughout New England. "The battle for food security is quietly being waged in com­munities across New England, including Nashua, and our local food pantries and shelters need our support," Berube said. "We are proud to donate to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and help overcome hunger in our com­munity." "Hunger affects thousands of families across New England, and Arbella's Foundation has a longstanding commitment to our local food pantries and soup kitchens," said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman of Arbella's Foundation. "We're proud to partner with our independent agents and do our part to overcome hunger in the towns where our colleagues and customers live and work." Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:01:41 EST Mary J. Laliberte http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1077023-435/mary-j.-laliberte.html Mary J. (Racicot) Laliberte, 71, of Nashua, NH, left this earth and returned to her heavenly home on February 5, 2016, after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family and her belief in our Lord supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Mary was born to Azaire and Emalda Racicot, in Newport Center, VT on March 20, 1944. Mary was blessed with loving family and friends. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:01:13 EST There’s plenty to do for Valentine’s Day weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1076991-485/theres-plenty-to-do-for-valentines-day.html I filled my weekend with art galleries, but I think there was some sort of sports thing happening? With lots of weird commercials? Ah, well. Guess I missed it. Lowell, Mass., has been pulling my attention a lot lately. I was down there both Saturday and Sunday, seeing art exhibits that were unique and interesting. I told you about "The Painted Lady & The Glass Man" in last week's Encore; this week, I'll let you know about "Love & Murder: Art to Die For!" Some very talented artists gathered their multidiscipline artwork together on a Victorian theme, created an intriguing murder- mystery, and now ask you, the viewer, to solve it. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:05:07 EST Unity through diversity: Positive Street Art turns 4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1076984-485/unity-through-diversity-positive-street-art-turns.html NASHUA - Jan. 31, Positive Street Art celebrated four years of multifaceted art endeavors with an afteroon of artwork, dance performances, live music and a pervasive, welcoming feeling of joy, acceptance and encouragement. "It started with a dream and two people who shared the same passions," PSA president Cecilia Ulibarri said in her statement to the crowd at Fody's in downtown Nashua. At her side was PSA co-founder Manny Ramirez. "We dreamed to bring more urban arts to Nashua, and we have done just that with over a dozen murals, art workshops and socials, creative events, and dance classes for youth and adults." About a dozen artists displayed their work over two rooms, including Eric Escobar, 26, of Nashua, who created art on the spot. When asked how long he's been an artist, he said simply, "as long as I can remember." Some artists noted how grateful they were to be part of PSA. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:01:19 EST Take a ‘Chocolate Stroll’ in downtown Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1076975-485/take-a-chocolate-stroll-in-downtown-nashua.html NASHUA - From 4-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, a free-to-attend Chocolate Stroll will take place downtown. Indulge in complimentary chocolate delights as you taste your way through 18 of downtown Nashua's distinctive shops and boutiques in this inaugural event. Have your dessert before dinner, then stop at one of downtown's many fine dining establishments. Reservations are suggested for Valentine's Day weekend. Participating locations are listed below in order of location along Main Street; side streets are listed where applicable: Cava de Vino NH (Canal Street) League of NH Craftsmen - Nashua Gallery Twill Green Envy Spa WineNot Boutique Fresh of Nashua Myoptic Nashua Coins and Collectibles DesignWares beckonings Fortin Gage (West Pearl) Precision Body Arts (at Elm and West Pearl) Dress 2 Impress llc. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:01:27 EST Lawyer appealing Howe suit dismissal http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076965-469/lawyer-appealing-howe-suit-dismissal.html MANCHESTER - The lawyer for former Nashua Deputy Police Chief Scott Howe has filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court following a superior court judge's recent dismissal of Howe's wrongful termination suit against his former boss and the city of Nashua. Manchester attorney Joseph Kelly Levasseur cites five areas in which he believes Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler erred by dismissing all of Howe's claims, which include assertions that now-retired Chief John Seusing lied to him, failed to follow departmental disciplinary procedures, deprived Howe of his right to due process, threatened to fire him publicly and eventually coerced him to retire, according to recent motions and the appeal documents. Howe filed the suit in October 2014 in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester, roughly a year after he retired, a move he said he made after Seusing allegedly lied to him by telling him that he had the three votes of the Nashua Police Commission to publicly fire him if he didn't agree to retire. But, according to Levasseur, Howe later found out that Seusing didn't have the votes he said he did. That alleged episode is one of several that Levasseur cited in his objection to the defense's motion for summary judgment and his subsequent motion to reconsider the dismissal order. He reiterates the claims in his appeal, posing them to the Supreme Court as interrogatories in which he asks whether Smukler, the superior court judge, erred by finding "no genuine issue of material fact" to support Howe's claims or by finding that Howe did not "meet the public policy prong" of his suit. Levasseur also asked the Supreme Court to decide whether Smukler was wrong to dismiss Howe's wrongful termination and "Constitutional" claims without fully acknowledging that Howe "was never provided ... his due process rights." Another question Levasseur posed to the high court asks why Smukler found "in a light most favorable (to Howe) that he was coerced into retirement" but then found that Howe had available "an adequate statutory remedy to enforce his Constitutional rights," a reference to the defense claim that Howe could have sought a hearing before the Police Commission. Smukler, in finding for Seusing and the city, opined that Seusing had a right to terminate Howe because he engaged in "indiscretion and lies ... including the failure to report income," acts that Smukler said "are not encouraged by public policy." The statements stem from the part-time job Howe once held cleaning and maintaining the Nashua Police Relief Association's building on Kinsley Street while he was serving as deputy chief. He was accused of accepting payment in the form of gift cards, allegedly in order to hide his full income from his ex-wife, according to earlier reports. Levasseur didn't dispute the allegations, but said Howe promptly filed an amended income tax return to remedy the matter. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:38:15 EST Woon Yee Leung http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076949-466/woon-yee-leung.html Woon Yee Leung, 84, died peacefully on February 5, 2016, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, with whom she lived for the past five years. She was born in 1931 and was married to Shai Wah Choi for more than 50 years. She was a very hard worker, sewing clothing for factories from home and babysitting all while raising her six children. She loved to knit, read the daily newspaper and practice the Chinese traditions she cherished. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Shai Wah Choi, who died in 2006; and by her son Chun Yu Choi, who died in 1959. She is survived by her son Danny Wai Ming Choi and his wife Pati Choi of Nashua, NH; her son Joey Hon Cheung Choi and his wife Apple Hui Fen Zhang of Hong Kong; four daughters and sons-in-law, Alice Pui Ying Kan and her husband Marco Kan and Kitty Pui Chun Riendeau and her husband Skip of Nashua, NH, Sandy Pui Hing Chan and her husband Dennis and Jeannie Pui Han Kam and her husband Mike, all of Braintree, MA; eight grandchildren, Jeff Kan and his wife Luisa of Nashua, Cassandra Choi of San Francisco, CA, Aaron Choi, of Nashua, NH, Veronica Au and her husband Jeff and Timothy Chan, Edrick and Nicholas Kam all of Braintree, MA and Wing Hei Choi of Hong Kong. She is also survived by several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews in Hong Kong. A wake will be held at Wing Fook Funeral Home in Boston, MA from 5-8pm on Friday, February 19, 2016. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:01:13 EST Richard A. Horn http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076948-466/richard-a.-horn.html Richard A. Horn, 78, of Amherst, NH, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016. Dick was born in The Bronx, New York. He was a graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY and a graduate of Villanova University B.S.E.E. He received a master's degree in electrical engineering at Northeastern University. He was employed by Sanders Associates of Nashua and Mitre Corporation of Burlington, MA. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:00:42 EST Final Push http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076942-469/final-push.html Where to vote Here's a complete listing of where to cast your ballots for the New Hampshire presidential primary in the Greater Nashua area. Nashua Polls in Nashua will be open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. The following is the list of polling locations by ward: Ward 1: Broad Street Elementary School, 390 Broad St. Ward 2: Charlotte Avenue Elementary School, 48 Charlotte Ave. Ward 3: First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St. Ward 4: Ledge Street Elementary School, 139 Ledge St. Ward 5: CrossWay Christian Church, 503 Main Dunstable Road Ward 6: Fairgrounds Middle School, 27 Cleveland St. Ward 7: Dr. Normand Crisp Elementary School, 50 Arlington St. Ward 8: Bicentennial Elementary School, 296 East Dunstable Road Ward 9: New Searles Elementary School, 39 Shady Lane For more information, see http://www.nashuanh.gov/205/Polling-Locations-Ward-Information Amherst: Souhegan High School 412 Boston Post Road 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Bedford: Bedford High School Gymnasium 47 Nashua Road 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Brookline: Captain Samuel Douglas Academy 24 Townsend Hill Road 7 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. Hollis: Hollis/Brookline Co-Operative High School 24 Cavalier Court 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Hudson: Hudson Community Center 12 Lions Ave. 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Merrimack: Merrimack High School 38 McElwain St. 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Milford: Milford Middle School 33 Osgood Road. 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Mont Vernon: Mont Vernon Village School 1 Kittredge Road 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Wilton: Wilton Town Hall 42 Main St. 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:14:58 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076941-469/news-digest.html Monday's Board of Education meeting postponed The Nashua Board of Education postponed its Monday night meeting because of the snowy conditions expected to last through Monday night to early Tuesday morning. While another meeting has not yet been scheduled, the superintendent's office said updates to the district calendar can be seen online at nsd-calendars.nashua.edu/images/boecombo.html. Nashua district schools will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 9 for the primary election, and will reopen Wednesday, Feb. 10. - Telegraph Staff Nashua officials delay trash, recycling pickup Monday NASHUA - Nashua solid waste postponed the Monday trash and recycling route to Saturday due to the winter weather. Residents are asked to keep totes and bins off the road during the snow to give room for city plows. Tuesday through Friday trash will be picked up on a normal schedule throughout the rest of the week. Visit www.nashuanh.gov for more information about solid waste schedule for this week. - Telegraph staff Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:11:57 EST Milford woman charged in home jewelry theft http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076940-469/milford-woman-charged-in-home-jewelry-theft.html A Milford woman has been charged by Nashua police with felony theft for allegedly stealing more than $1,500 worth of jewelry from a Nashua home just before Christmas, police said. Selina Akerman, 33, of 111 Old Brookline Road, Unit 16, Milford, was arrested just before 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 following a roughly six-week investigation into the theft, which was reported on Dec. 24, according to police. Akerman was in the alleged victim's home doing flooring work, police said, adding that the two know each other. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:11:30 EST No bail reduction for alleged drug offenses http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076939-469/no-bail-reduction-for-alleged-drug-offenses.html A superior court judge has denied a request by former Nashua resident James Campbell to reduce his bail to personal recognizance so he can have better access to drug treatment "rather than be warehoused at Valley Street" jail as his case moves forward, his attorney said. "I realize he has a record, but a man changes over time," public defender Ed Cross said of Campbell, a 54-year-old Nashua resident facing four counts of sale of crack cocaine. "My client is charged with selling $200 worth of drugs. It's clear he (was supplying) a personal habit ... he's clearly not a big level dealer," Cross said. But Judge Amy Ignatius disagreed, pointing to assistant County Attorney Michele Battaglia's testimony that Campbell has a lengthy history of offenses that date back some 30 years, many of which were for allegedly failing to appear in court. "I'm not suggesting Mr. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:11:02 EST Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1076938-469/sometimes-the-best-laid-plans-go-awry.html Editor's Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and an explanation of how he got the shot. With apologies to my Scottish friends - meaning, um, one: "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy!" Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote that. Yes, the best-laid plans often go awry and leave us nothing but grief and pain. In an NBC transcript of the famed Reagan-Bush debate in 1980, three days before the primary, anchor Tom Snyder said, "Well, let's just say things did not go the way they were supposed to go." Snyder, Don Oliver and Garrick Utley go back and forth about the scene that unfolded in front of them in the gymnasium at Nashua High School on Feb. 23, 1980. Tom Snyder: "...We thought earlier we'd be covering a serious showdown debate between the leading Republican contenders: Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:10:28 EST Marian Estelle Fesler http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076934-466/marian-estelle-fesler.html Marian Estelle Fesler, 102, died peacefully at Nashua Crossing on Tuesday evening February 2, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, on January 12, 1914, a daughter of the late Omar and Ada (Wynn) Maddox. She was the widow of John Frederick Fesler, whom she celebrated 50 years of marriage with before he passed away in 1997. Mrs. Fesler lived most of her life in West Virginia before moving to Nashua in 2004. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:08:27 EST What’s Up In High School Sports http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076927-457/whats-up-in-high-school-sports.html TUESDAY Boys basketball Bishop Guertin at Alvirne, 6:30 p.m. Nashua South at Winnacunnet, 6:30 p.m. Kingswood at Milford, 6:30 p.m. Girls basketball Wilton-Lyndeborough at Hinsdale, 5:30 p.m. Bedford at Nashua North, 6:30 p.m. Winnacunnet at Nashua South, 6:30 p.m Milford at Kingswood, 6:30 p.m. Alvirne at Bishop Guertin, 7 p.m. Boys alpine skiing Division I State championship meet at Gunstock/Cannon Mountain, 9 a.m. Division II State Meet at Cranmore, 9 a.m. WEDNESDAY Boys hockey Winnacunnet at Merrimack, 4 p.m. Bedford at Bishop Guertin, 5:50 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Somersworth-CB, 6 p.m. Manchester Central at Nashua North,  6:10 p.m. Nashua South at Bishop Brady, 7:30 p.m. Alvirne-Pelham at Hanover, 6:40 p.m. Girls hockey Concord at Souhegan, 8:30 p.m. Boys basketball Nashua North at Bedford, 6:30 p.m. Derryfield at Wilton-Lyndeborough, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Nashua South at Keene, 6:30 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Oyster River, 6:30 p.m. Boys Nordic skiing Division II state meet at Waterville Valley,  9 a.m. Wrestling Londonderry at Nashua North, 6 p.m. ConVal at Bishop Guertin, 6 p.m. Windham at Merrimack, 6 p.m. Plymouth at Campbell, 6 p.m. Manchester Central at Alvirne 6:30 p.m. Salem at Nashua South, 7 p.m. Milford at Hollis Brookline, 7 p.m. tHURSDAY Girls hockey Bishop Guertin at ConVal, 6 p.m. Boys/Girls Nordic Skiing Division I State meet at Waterville Valley,  9 a.m. Girls Alpine Skiing Division II state meet at Mt. Cranmore,  9 a.m. FRIDAY Boys basketball Alvirne at Merrimack, 6:30 p.m. Trinity at Nashua North, 6:30 p.m. Pembroke at Nashua South, 6:30 p.m. Hollis Brookline at ConVal, 6:30 p.m. Windham at Milford, 6:30 p.m. Souhegan at Bishop Brady, 6:30 p.m. Campbell at Monadnock 6:30 p.m. Manchester Memorial at Bishop Guertin,  7 p.m. Girls basketball Merrimack at Alvirne, 6:30 p.m. Nashua North at Trinity, 6:30 p.m. Bishop Guertin at Manchester Memorial, 6:30 p.m. Milford at Windham, 6:30 p.m. Bishop Brady at Souhegan, 6:30 p.m. Monadnock at Campbell, 6:30 p.m. Wilton-Lyndeborough at Derryfield,  6:30 p.m. ConVal at Hollis Brookline, 7 p.m. Swimming Boys and girls state championship meet at UNH, 5:30 p.m. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:11:47 EST Local man accepts plea agreement http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076924-469/local-man-accepts-plea-agreement.html NASHUA - Jason Poloski seems like he "really wants to be done" with the drug use and criminal activity that's badgered him in recent years, a superior court judge told the 37-year-old Nashua man last week while accepting an agreement that he serve suspended sentences for his most recent arrest. Poloski, most recently of 3 Wilson St., is currently serving time at the Rockingham County jail in Brentwood in connection with offenses committed in that jurisdiction. The suspended sentences handed down Feb. 4 in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua will not be imposed if Poloski meets all conditions outlined in the plea agreement. The so-called "piggy backing" of the two sets of sentences was agreed upon by prosecutors and Poloski's attorney, public defender Kelsey Engelbrecht. Judge Amy Ignatius accepted the agreement at Poloski's roughly 30-minute hearing at the Nashua court. For his part, Poloski agreed to plead guilty to one count each of possession of cocaine and possession of fentanyl, charges that stem from his June arrest following a traffic stop near the Nashua Mall. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:04:12 EST Humane Society raises funds for dogs in need http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076922-469/humane-society-raises-funds-for-dogs-in.html NASHUA - Three local shelter pups are awaiting much-needed surgeries before they can find new families, and the Humane Society for Greater Nashua has kicked off a public fundraiser to make adoption possible. Humane Society Development Director Laurie Dufault said a group of donors have already agreed to match every donation up to $5,500 to help reach the $15,000 goal. "We're really grateful for their generosity and hope a matching gift will encourage others to give," Dufault said. Dufault said the dogs all arrived recently to the Nashua shelter, and need major surgeries before they can be eligible for adoption. "Their surgeries must be done off site at a veterinary hospital. The surgeries and follow-up care will cost close to $15,000," she said. Shelter staff launched a Go Fund Me campaign to help the animals, which can be found online at www.gofundme.com/HSFN-kitkat. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:03:26 EST Mayor to nominate Bolton as city attorney http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076921-469/mayor-to-nominate-bolton-as-city-attorney.html NASHUA - Mayor Jim Donchess will nominate Steve Bolton, a local attorney and former longtime alderman, as the city's corporation counsel, a position Bolton held for several years in the 1980s during Donchess' first mayoral term. "His experience, both on the school board and the Board of Aldermen, is invaluable because it gives him greater insight into the functions of city government and helps him in his role as city attorney," Donchess said Monday. "I think he will do a good job in representing the city's interests." Donchess will present Bolton's nomination to the Board of Aldermen on Wednesday. The board will refer it to its Personnel and Administration Committee. If confirmed by the board, Bolton would succeed Steve Bennett as corporation counsel. Bolton is an attorney in private practice at Bolton Law Offices in Nashua. He previously was with Prunier, Leonard & Bolton law firm in Nashua from 1987-1991, according to his LinkedIn page. He was Nashua city counsel from 1984-1987 during Donchess' first term as mayor. Bolton was also alderman-at-large for 12 years and twice served as board president. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:19:00 EST Thanks for the support http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1076919-308/thanks-for-the-support.html HOLLIS - The Beaver Brook Association announced its Volunteers of Special Merit at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Lawrence Barn and its annual meeting at Nashua Country Club recently. Trail Maintainer of the Year is Ann Karcich, of Merrimack, who has maintained the French Meadow Cutoff and O'Neill Road trails for 13 years. These trails are always in excellent shape. Whenever trail reports are requested, Karcich is always one of the first to respond. She also has assisted on organized trail work days. The Natural Resources Volunteer of the Year is Joan Bonnette, of Nashua. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:07:52 EST Thanks for the support http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1076912-308/thanks-for-the-support.html HOLLIS - The Beaver Brook Association announced its Volunteers of Special Merit at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Lawrence Barn and its annual meeting at Nashua Country Club recently. Trail Maintainer of the Year is Ann Karcich, of Merrimack, who has maintained the French Meadow Cutoff and O'Neill Road trails for 13 years. These trails are always in excellent shape. Whenever trail reports are requested, Karcich is always one of the first to respond. She also has assisted on organized trail work days. The Natural Resources Volunteer of the Year is Joan Bonnette, of Nashua. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:02:47 EST Thanks for the support http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordnews/1076899-308/thanks-for-the-support.html HOLLIS - The Beaver Brook Association announced its Volunteers of Special Merit at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Lawrence Barn and its annual meeting at Nashua Country Club recently. Trail Maintainer of the Year is Ann Karcich, of Merrimack, who has maintained the French Meadow Cutoff and O'Neill Road trails for 13 years. These trails are always in excellent shape. Whenever trail reports are requested, Karcich is always one of the first to respond. She also has assisted on organized trail work days. The Natural Resources Volunteer of the Year is Joan Bonnette, of Nashua. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:08:22 EST Milford girls crowned D-II champions http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076876-457/milford-girls-crowned-d-ii-champions.html HANOVER - Olivia Rougeau was a mess Sunday morning. The Milford High School senior said she was nervous in anticipation of the day's events. And she's not ashamed of it. "This morning I woke up and I was actually, like, really nervous," she said. "I mean it's states, everybody's nervous." All it took was the bus ride to Dartmouth College and an endless loop of Nelly singing "The Champ" to pump her up enough that those nerves subsided and she was ready to take charge at the Division II Indoor Track Championships inside Leverone Field House. Rougeau won the high jump (5 feet, 4 inches) and long jump (17-6.25), finished third in the 55-meter high hurdles (9.07 seconds) and was the third leg on the runner-up 4x200 relay team (1 minute, 46.64 seconds). "So much emotion built up in me today," Rougeau said. "That was my best jump ever in the long jump. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:13:51 EST City rep Booras honored by Humane Society http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076868-469/city-rep-booras-honored-by-humane-society.html NASHUA - The Humane Society honored Nashua-based legislator Efstathia C. Booras Feb. 3 with the Humane Legislator of the Year award for her work advocating for animals in the State House. "I'm so honored to be the recipient of the Humane State Legislator of The Year Award from the Humane Society of the United States," Booras said in a statement. A state representative from Ward 6 in Nashua, Booras represented legislation regarding animal cruelty, banning possession of equipment related to animal gaming and a ban on shark fins, which is used in soup. "Thank you Lindsay Hamrick, Director of the Humane Society of the United States, for this recognition. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:03:38 EST The Campaign Trail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076866-469/the-campaign-trail.html The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting New Hampshire. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: MONDAY, FEB. 8 Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democrat, will hold a "Get Out the Vote" rally at 10:30 a.m. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:04:23 EST School board to tackle grade scale http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076864-469/school-board-to-tackle-grade-scale.html NASHUA - Addressing the controversial implementation of the new 11-point grading system, Nashua school officials at their meeting tonight will discuss launching a survey to measure sentiment for restoring the traditional 100-point grading scale. The grading system has been piloted in the high schools and elementary schools over the fall  semester, drawing mixed reviews from the school community. Recommended by the board's Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, the proposed survey would ask teachers, parents and students to cast an "up or down" vote on whether to restore the 100-point grading scale. At a recent meeting, board student liaison Alexandra Norris, from Nashua High School North, said students are accepting the change. "We think that it is a step in the right direction from the 100-point scale," Norris said at the Jan. 11 meeting. She said the 11-point scale does a better job of conveying student proficiency than the larger scale. "With the 100-point scale, we're more concerned with minute gradation," she said, noting the difference between an 83 and 82 is not significant, but can change the GPA calculation for a student. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:31:31 EST City clerk expects voter turnout to top 60% http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076863-469/city-clerk-expects-voter-turnout-to-top.html NASHUA - It was the last day Nashua residents could register to vote at City Hall before the Feb. 9 presidential primary, and people were pouring in the door. Two dozen new voters an hour signed up between 9 a.m. and noon when the City Clerk's office opened that Saturday for special voter registration, City Clerk Patricia Piecuch said Friday. The 72 new voters who signed up on Jan. 30 alone - plus others who already registered or requested absentee ballots - suggest that voter turnout in the state's second largest city will top the 62 percent seen during the 2008 primary, the last time there was no incumbent in the White House, Piecuch said. "We have a lot of voters who are very interested in this race and they are listening to what the candidates have to say," she said of interest in first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Piecuch predicts 65 percent of the city's 50,622 registered voters will cast ballots on Feb. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:47:16 EST Milford wrestles way to the top http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076856-457/milford-wrestles-way-to-the-top.html The Milford High School wrestling team Milford Alvirne (54-26) and Pelham (49-9) Saturday morning thanks to outstanding performances by Ryan Hamilton, Ricky DeBernardo, Peyton Dannewitz, Michael Pellitteri, Kyle Foucher-Clancy and John Shaw. The Spartans take to the mats again Wednesday at Hollis Brookline. BG swept away The Cardinals struggled in the team aspect of Saturday's meet, falling to Manchester Memorial (28-24), Manchester Central (30-24) and Pinkerton (41-3). BG did, however, earn a few solid individual performances. Jacob Blue led the Cardinals with three wins at 126 pounds. Dan Franco (132 pounds) and Hunter McLaughlin (152) also picked up a pair of wins each. BOYS HOCKEY BG 6, Trinity 1 The Cardinals continued their dominance over the Granite State with a 6-1 win over Trinity. Jordan Caito led BG (12-3 overall, 10-1 New Hampshire) with two goals and an assist, while Justin Pearson (one goal, four assists_, Cam Hult (one goal, two assists) and Ben Peterson (one goal, two assists) all contributed offensively. Thomas Norton made 10 saves, while Mike Barrett added two assists and was strong on the penalty kill. The Cardinals resume play on Monday night against Malden Catholic. Merrimack 6, Spaulding 4 Jeff Gerhard scored twice to lead Merrimack to a 6-4 win over Spaulding. Stephen Licata, John Tiano, Kyle Feeney and Ryan Downie also scored for the Tomahawks (8-3-2), while Greg Amato made 23 saves in goal. Merrimack returns to action on Wednesday against Winnacunnet. BOWLING Cards wins meet After a slow start, Bishop Guertin rallied for a first-place finish at Saturday's meet in Raymond. The Cardinals placed third after two standard strings, beating only Sanborn, bounced back in the Baker round by sweeping Raymond 2-0 and beating Keene 2-0 in the finals. BG picked up three points on the day. Bowling well in Baker for the Cardinals was, Nate Cook, Kayla Fitzgibbons, Josh Fitzgibbons, Jim Ogorchuck, Nick Couglin, Gregg Phillips and Mike Pavletich. TUESDAY Boys basketball Bishop Guertin at Alvirne, 6:30 p.m. Nashua South at Winnacunnet, 6:30 p.m. Kingswood at Milford, 6:30 p.m. Girls basketball Wilton-Lyndeborough at Hinsdale, 5:30 p.m. Bedford at Nashua North, 6:30 p.m. Winnacunnet at Nashua South, 6:30 p.m Milford at Kingswood, 6:30 p.m. Alvirne at Bishop Guertin, 7 p.m. Boys alpine skiing Division I State championship meet at Gunstock/Cannon Mountain, 9 a.m. Division II State Meet at Cranmore, 9 a.m. WEDNESDAY Boys hockey Winnacunnet at Merrimack, 4 p.m. Bedford at Bishop Guertin, 5:50 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Somersworth-Coe-Brown, 6 p.m. Manchester Central at Nashua North, 6:10 p.m. Nashua South at Bishop Brady, 7:30 p.m. Alvirne-Pelham at Hanover, 6:40 p.m. Girls hockey Concord at Souhegan, 8:30 p.m. Boys basketball Nashua North at Bedford, 6:30 p.m. Derryfield at Wilton-Lyndeborough, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Nashua South at Keene, 6:30 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Oyster River, 6:30 p.m. Boys Nordic skiing Division II state meet at Waterville Valley, 9 a.m. Wrestling Londonderry at Nashua North, 6 p.m. ConVal at Bishop Guertin, 6 p.m. Windham at Merrimack, 6 p.m. Plymouth at Campbell, 6 p.m. Manchester Central at Alvirne 6:30 p.m. Salem at Nashua South, 7 p.m. Milford at Hollis Brookline, 7 p.m. THURSDAY Girls hockey Bishop Guertin at ConVal, 6 p.m. Boys/Girls Nordic Skiing Division I State meet at Waterville Valley, 9 a.m. Girls Alpine Skiing Division II state meet at Mt. Cranmore, 9 a.m. FRIDAY Boys basketball Alvirne at Merrimack, 6:30 p.m. Trinity at Nashua North, 6:30 p.m. Pembroke at Nashua South, 6:30 p.m. Hollis Brookline at ConVal, 6:30 p.m. Windham at Milford, 6:30 p.m. Souhegan at Bishop Brady, 6:30 p.m. Campbell at Monadnock 6:30 p.m. Manchester Memorial at Bishop Guertin, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Merrimack at Alvirne, 6:30 p.m. Nashua North at Trinity, 6:30 p.m. Bishop Guertin at Manchester Memorial, 6:30 p.m. Milford at Windham, 6:30 p.m. Bishop Brady at Souhegan, 6:30 p.m. Monadnock at Campbell, 6:30 p.m. Wilton-Lyndeborough at Derryfield, 6:30 p.m. ConVal at Hollis Brookline, 7 p.m. Swimming Boys and girls state championship meet at UNH, 5:30 p.m. SATURDAY Boys hockey Alvirne-Pelham at Trinity, 2 p.m. Concord at Nashua South, 2:40 p.m. Merrimack at Hollis Brookline, 5 p.m. Nashua North-Souhegan at Exeter, 5:40 p.m. Hanover at Bishop Guertin, 6:10 p.m. Girls hockey Kingswood at Souhegan, 4:50 p.m. Wrestling Nashua North at Timberlane, 9 a.m. Nashua South at Bedford, 9 a.m. Merrimack, Campbell at Pinkerton, 9 a.m. Cavalier Classic at Hollis Brookline, 9:30 a.m. Exeter, Nashua North at Bishop Guertin, 10 a.m. Keene, Plymouth at Milford, 10 a.m. Bowling Bishop Guertin, Hillsboro-Deering, Keene at Souhegan, 11 a.m. Merrimack at Spaulding, 11 a.m. Hollis Brookline at Stevens, tba Swimming Boys and girls Division I state meet at UNH, 8:30 a.m. Gymnastics State meet at Londonderry, 10 a.m. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 02:05:51 EST Merrimack wrestlers earn wins in Hampton http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1076854-457/merrimack-wrestlers-earn-wins-in-hampton.html Second graders Cayden Dine and Jackson Meehan both took home first place medals with one and three pins respectively for the Merrimack Youth Wrestling Association in the recently held Seacoast Youth Wrestling Tournament in Hampton. Dine blew away his first two competitors with strong wins by points. In other results, Merrimack first graders Collin Schuster and Kael McAloon both finished in second place with Schuster completing one pin. Gryffen Gelinas, grade two, took third place with two pins. Ivey Johnson, grade three, came in second place with two pins. Meanwhile, fourth grader Owen Forrest took fourth place with one win by pin and a very narrow loss by one point in his final match. Also, first graders, Benjamin Koudriashov and Rhys Dewar, fourth grader Mitchell Krupp and sixth grader Hunter Adams also competed in the tournament. Adams dominated his first opponent in a strong win by points. Nashua Catholic wrestlers compete Three Nashua Catholic Junior High wrestlers did well in the recent Tri-County Championshps in Windham. Owen Finn won the 106-pound division, while Kyle O'Connor was third at 160 and Colin Keavey fourth in the 110-pound class. All three are from Nashua. BASKETBALL NASHUA BIDDY Boys Biddy Cougars 53, Jazz 52 Javonte Lopez came off the bench in overtime to score two field goals including the game winner with 10 seconds to play. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 02:04:51 EST Nashua, Hudson teams join in Penguin Plunge http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076848-469/nashua-hudson-teams-join-in-penguin-plunge.html Lucking out with sunny, 40- degree weather, high schoolers, teachers and school staff dove into the 42-degree Atlantic Ocean on Saturday for the eighth annual High School Penguin Plunge to benefit the New Hampshire Special Olympics. "It wasn't nearly as bad as last year," said Shannon Joyce, a senior from Nashua High School South, referring to the frigid weather and 5-degree wind chill the dedicated penguin-plungers endured in 2015. The high school event, along with the 17th annual Special Olympic Penguin Plunge for adults on Sunday, make up the largest fundraising effort for the organization each year. The high school team that raised the most money this year was Alvirne High School in Hudson, with $23,617 raised as of Saturday afternoon. Nashua High School South came in second, with $15,723, followed by Nashua North with $13,439. Teams can continue raising money through March 31, 2016. After months of fundraising in their communities, hundreds of participants from across the state gathered at the snowy beach to make the plunge in groups of 300 at a time. "There was a lot of adrenaline. All of us were jumping up and down and screaming, 'I believe that we will freeze,' " said Sarah Drake, a senior at South. This event was Drake's fourth consecutive year participating. Many of the 60-plus members of the Nashua South team have participated for multiple years, enthusiastically supporting New Hampshire Special Olympics. School teams clustered in waves to rush the ocean, where New Hampshire Fish and Game officers, members of the U.S. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 02:01:33 EST Bill would be bad for teachers, education http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1076841-465/bill-would-be-bad-for-teachers-education.html I oppose House Bill 1457, which seeks to create a code of professional ethics for New Hampshire teachers. As a teacher in the Nashua School District, I have no problem with a reasonable, well-thought-out code of ethics. However, this legislation seems to be politically motivated. In addition, the scheduled hearing on this bill was scheduled to take place on a weekday at 10 a.m. This does not allow participation from the very people it affects. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:02:32 EST Mary J. Laliberte http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076826-466/mary-j.-laliberte.html Mary J. (Racicot) Laliberte, 71, of Nashua, NH left this earth and returned to her heavenly home on February 5, 2016 after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family and her belief in our Lord supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Mary was born to Azaire and Emalda Racicot, in Newport Center, VT on March 20, 1944. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:02:22 EST Constance L. Brodeur http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076828-466/constance-l.-brodeur.html Constance Lorraine Brodeur, RN, 83, of Amherst, NH, wife of Robert H. Brodeur, died peacefully on February 2nd, 2016, at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Amherst, surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. A native of Nashua, NH, "Connie" was born on October 3, 1932, a daughter of the late Gaston and Noella Bosse and stepdaughter of the late Normand Cassista. Connie was a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1950, and the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Nashua, NH, Class of 1953. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:04:54 EST Looking back at the week in news http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1076815-465/looking-back-at-the-week-in-news.html Wall Street's novel approach to 2016 Clinton campaign Hillary Clinton had a strong debate on Thursday night, but she must have developed a case of political amnesia when she took the stage at the University of New Hampshire. To claim that she isn't part of the political establishment - after serving eight years as the nation's first lady, another eight in the U.S. Senate and four years as secretary of state - is preposterous. Equally absurd is her claim that Wall Street investment banks are out to defeat her. According to The Washington Post: "Through the end of December, donors at hedge funds, banks, insurance companies and other financial services firms had given at least $21.4 million to support Clinton's 2016 presidential run - more than 10 percent of the $157.8 million contributed to back her bid." Maybe they are so afraid of Clinton winning the White House that they are trying a novel approach: weighing her down with money in hopes her campaign will sink. Rand Paul brought unique ideas to the campaign field We enjoyed meeting with Republican Kentucky Sen. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:07:28 EST Donchess to outline plans for economy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076807-469/donchess-to-outline-plans-for-economy.html NASHUA - Mayor Jim Donchess will meet with the Nashua business community on Feb. 17 to discuss his plans for the economy and business in the coming years. The breakfast event, called "2016 State of the City: A Conversation with the Mayor of Nashua," is hosted by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. It will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Events Center at Courtyard by Marriott, 2200 Southwood Drive. It follows the mayor's official State of the City Address, which will be held on Feb. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:43:39 EST The campaign trail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076790-469/the-campaign-trail.html The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting the Greater Nashua area. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: THURSDAY, FEB. 4 Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina will appear at the Searles School & Chapel in Windham at 8:30 a.m. for a NH Primary Series event. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:03:49 EST Service affirms city's AAA credit rating on Thursday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1076789-228/service-affirms-citys-aaa-credit-rating-on.html Fitch credit rating service on Tuesday affirmed the city's AAA rating, citing Nashua's strong fiscal management, diverse and expanding economic base, and low debt levels, Mayor Jim Donchess said. "A strong bond rating allows the city to sell bonds and borrow at reduced rates, which will positively affect all Nashua taxpayers," the mayor said. The rating will benefit the city as it prepares for a future bond sale, city officials announced. The city has maintained its AAA rating with Fitch since 2010, city Tax Collector David Fredette said. Standard & Poor's rates Nashua AA+ and Moody's credit rating service gave the city a Aa2 rating, he said. Fredette said Nashua is "one of only a few communities in the state that holds a triple A rating from Fitch." Fitch also cited the city's strong operating results, ability to maintain reserves at strong levels, above-average wealth indicators, and below average unemployment rates as reasons for the strong credit rating, he added. - KATHRYN MARCHOCKI Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:03:25 EST Woman charged in knife attack; held on bail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076788-469/woman-charged-in-knife-attack-held-on.html A 28-year-old Nashua woman was arraigned Thursday on a felony count of second-degree assault stemming from an alleged stabbing at a downtown residence. Samantha Kulingoski, of 4 Gorman Ave., Apt. 3, was initially held on $7,500 cash or surety bail following her arrest, which police said took place shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday. Police had responded roughly a half-hour earlier to a report that a man was cut by a knife. Following Kulingoski's arrest, Nashua detectives began investigating, police said. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:04:06 EST Anouch N. Manoukian http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076775-466/anouch-n.-manoukian.html Anouch N. Manoukian, 90, of Nashua, widow of Naza­reth M. Manoukian, passed away, Tues­day afternoon, Feb­ruary 2, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital. Mrs. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:02:04 EST Chester ‘Chet’ Losik http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076774-466/chester-chet-losik.html > Chester "Chet" Losik, 89, of Nashua, passed away on February 3, 2016, after declining health, with his lov­ing wife, Dorothy, by his side. He was born in Nashua on July 20, 1926, son of the late Walter and Josephine (Krupa) Losik. Chester was edu­cated in local schools, and was a graduate of the Class of 1944 at Elm Street High School and would work at the Clipper Shop in Nashua Mills after school. Upon graduating, he worked at the former International Paper and Box and Machine Co. He was married to Doro­thy (Gagnon) Losik on Sep­tember 5, 1949. He sold life and disability insurance for Paul Revere Insurance Company and had home parties for Stanley Home Products and Tupper­ware. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:01:35 EST Bruce E. ‘Barney’ Barnett Sr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076772-466/bruce-e.-barney-barnett-sr..html   Bruce E. "Bar­ney" Barnett Sr., 86, of Nashua, NH, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on January 15, 2016 in Woodleaf, NC. Bruce was born July 23, 1929 in Kansas City, MO, during the great depression. Times were tough and as a re­sult, Bruce was abandoned on a door step and did not learn of his true identity until years later when he joined the service. His birth parents were the late Eura D. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:00:35 EST Youth risk survey shows abuse of prescription drugs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076796-469/youth-risk-survey-shows-abuse-of-prescription.html NASHUA - State and regional results for the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey released Thursday showed a troubling level of prescription drug abuse among high school students, as well as the perception that marijuana is a low-risk drug. The results combined several towns in Greater Nashua - including Nashua, Merrimack, Litchfield, Hudson, Milford, Hollis and Brookline. Officials are still waiting for city - and town-specific data, according to Nashua Prevention Coalition Director Janet Valuk. "With Nashua results, we will see what the areas of concern are, and meet with Superintendent Mark Conrad and the Board of Education to come up with a collaborative effort to deal with it," Valuk said. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey covers physical and mental health through questions as benign as sleeping habits and how much TV students watch in a day, to topics such as dating violence and drug use. The majority - 84.8 percent, or 1,609 students - reported never using prescribed drugs without a doctor's approval, although 113 students (6.2 percent) reported trying unauthorized prescription drugs once or twice in their lives. Another 63 people (3.2 percent) used unauthorized prescriptions six to nine times, and 57 students (3.1 percent) reported using prescription pills without a prescription more than 40 times. "The numbers are high," Valuk said, noting four out of five heroin users start with prescription drug misuse. Greater Nashua students reported using prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax without an authorized prescription. The coalition's "Lock it up" campaign is meant to discourage prescription drug misuse by keeping potentially dangerous medications locked up in a storage container. Valuk said anyone wanting more information can contact her at janvaluk@gmail.com. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:23:54 EST Empty Bowls bolstered by community http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076745-469/empty-bowls-bolstered-by-community.html NASHUA - An Empty Bowls organizer praised the community and students for the outpouring of support leading up to one of the biggest annual fundraising events for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. "It's exciting. We're really happy," said Robin Peringer, visual arts coordinator in the Nashua School District and lead organizer for Empty Bowls in Nashua. Peringer said new businesses from in Greater Nashua, including Massachusetts, have pledged to donate soup, and students made a record number of original glazed clay bowls to serve the soup. "We truly have a broad range of restaurants participating this year," Peringer said, noting first-time participant Chick-fil-A will be making soup, something the restaurant doesn't even offer on its menu. From the school community, Nashua high schoolers made 700 bowls for the event last year, and this year that number is pushing 1,200. "I don't even know how this happened," Peringer said Tuesday, giving a tour of the towering stacks of bowls created solely for the fundraiser. "We're also making handmade stoneware plates that will be sold for $5 each," she said. "Teachers will be making desserts and pies." Funds from the sale of plates and desserts will go to the high school's own food pantry, the Panther Pantry, she said. Scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:02:04 EST Nashua man wanted by Manchester PD http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076744-469/nashua-man-wanted-by-manchester-pd.html Manchester - Police are looking for a Nashua man they say is involved in a home invasion on Lake Avenue in Manchester on Tuesday night. Tips on his whereabouts may lead to a cash reward. Police say Jackson Crawford, 19, of Nashua, is wanted for criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, riot and armed robbery. Aaron Sisto, 18, of 242 Lake Ave., Manchester, is wanted for second degree assault, riot and armed robbery. Both men should considered armed and dangerous. Manchester police responded to 242 Lake Avenue in Manchester 8:45 p.m. Tuesday for a reported assault. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:37:00 EST The Campaign Trail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076741-469/the-campaign-trail.html The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting the Greater Nashua area. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: THURSDAY, FEB. 4 Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina will appear at the Searles School & Chapel in Windham at 8:30 a.m. for a NH Primary Series event. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:18 EST NH Senate bill is a vote for ignorance http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1076736-465/nh-senate-bill-is-a-vote-for.html > Aproposal by Nashua Republican state Sen. Kevin Avard to force parents to opt in to allow their children to take im­portant surveys like the Youth Risk Behavior Sur­vey strikes us as a solution seeking a problem. Worse, the bill is the equivalent of a vote for ignorance. The proposal, Senate Bill 320, was heard by the Sen­ate Education Committee on Tuesday and would require schools to get permission from parents before stu­dents could take the YRBS and other surveys. It may not sound like much, but what must be taken into ac­count is the value of the data gener­ated by the YRBS and how that data is used by public health and substance abuse pre­vention organizations. "This would have the ef­fect of essentially killing any kind of survey from a statistically reliable point of view, because the participa­tion rate would drop tremen­dously," said United Way of Greater Nashua President Michael Apfelberg. The YRBS is administered nationally every two years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:54:07 EST Louise E. (Lusignan) Boucher http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076732-466/louise-e.-lusignan-boucher.html > Louise E. (Lusignan) Boucher, 81, of Nashua, passed away peace­fully on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Courville Nurs­ing Home. Louise was born in Nashua on June 18, 1934, a daughter of the late Archie and Eva (Larivee) Lusignan. She was the widow of Richard O. Boucher, who passed away on September 14, 2008. At one point in time, Louise had been the Den Mother of Troop 265. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:03:23 EST Gail M. (Barry) Finnerty http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076730-466/gail-m.-barry-finnerty.html >Gail M. (Barry) Finnerty, 86, of Nashua and formerly of Boston, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Salem Haven Nursing Home, after a long illness. Gail was born in Boston on August 17, 1929, a daughter of the late Henry A. and Sar­ah (Ben-Susan) Barry. She was the widow of Thomas J. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:02:33 EST Ronald G. Duplease Sr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076727-466/ronald-g.-duplease-sr..html > Ronald G. Duplease Sr., 66, of Nashua, NH, lost his brave, but short battle with cancer on Thursday, Janu­ary 28, 2016, at his home. Born January 6, 1950 in Nashua, NH, he was the son of the late Julien and Rita (Duclos) Du­please and husband of Ernestine (Brown) Du­please, of Nashua. He never gave up on life and was a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, who he always trusted His will and time. He lived each day with God in his heart. The most important things to him were his beloved wife of forty-six years and his family. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:00:17 EST Club receives health boost http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1076708-478/club-receives-health-boost.html NASHUA - The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua has received a grant to improve the health and well-being of children in Greater Nashua thanks to the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation. The club provides kids and teens with critical programming during after-school time that cre­ates a positive environment and supports a healthy, active life­style. This grant is one of dozens distributed across the country by the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation to support Triple Play programming, which focuses on being healthy through the mind, body and soul. Triple Play's components encourage club members to make healthy choices (mind), become more physically active (body) and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships (soul). Since the program's incep­tion more than a decade ago, Triple Play has made more than 10 million connections with kids and teens. "We are incredibly grateful for the support and partnership of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, because without their support, we would not be able to impact so many kids and teens each year," said Norman Bouthilette, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua. "With this grant, we hope to continue to provide new and much needed healthy lifestyles programming to kids who need it most, and create a positive foundation for them to grow and thrive." For more information about the club, contact Bridget Cooley, director of development, at 883- 0523 or bcooley@bgcn.com. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:01:37 EST Local YMCA adds four new board members http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1076706-478/local-ymca-adds-four-new-board-members.html > NASHUA - The YMCA of Greater Nashua announced its newly elected members of the board of directors. Elected to three-year terms were: Stephen Lynn, of Nashua, vice president of national sales, managed accounts, for Fidelity Investments. Caryn Blake, of Merrimack, human resources director for Fidelity Investments. William Anderson, of Hollis, managing director for Suburban Propane. Anna O'Harren, of Nashua, director of pharmacy and retail operations for Walgreens. "I am excited to have these wonderful community leaders joining our board of directors to aid us in our great work and service to the Greater Nashua region," said Michael LaChance, YMCA of Greater Nashua CEO. The role of YMCA volunteers is to provide leadership, guidance and financial support to the or­ganization as it works to provide programs and services to youths and families in Greater Nashua. Board members work with staff to develop a long-range plan that guides the implementation of programs and initiatives that support the Y's efforts to nurture the potential of youths, improve the nation's health and well-being, and give back and support neighbors. For information about getting involved or to donate, visit www. nmymca.org or call 598-1533. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:00:34 EST Marguerite’s Place receives grant thanks to employee http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1076703-478/marguerites-place-receives-grant-thanks-to-employee.html COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Allied Wire & Cable hosts a charity week each year during which a percentage of sales is donated to charitable organizations. This year was the electrical distributor's 10th annual charity week, which was held Dec. 14-18. This year, the company chose to support four organizations that have a special connection with the employees of each branch, including the branch in Merrimack. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:01:03 EST Franklin Street mill added to National Historic Register; renovation project to qualify for tax credits  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076754-469/story.html The sprawling industrial complex between Franklin Street and Front Street in Nashua that once employed scores of Nashuans, was shuttered, and fell into disrepair before being bought for renovation has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings were once part of the Nashua Gummed and Coated Paper Company in the late 1800s and became the Nashua Corp. in 1952. Brady Sullivan Properties Inc., of Manchester, recently bought the rundown building through a subsidiary and wants to convert the multi-story brick mill building into about 168 apartments. Peter Michaud, preservation tax incentives and easements coordinator for the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, said the nomination was submitted in October. Before it was sent to the National Park Service, it was reviewed on the state level by the state historical resources council in one of their quarterly meetings. "The company was one of the most important industries for Nashua and New Hampshire. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:01:58 EST Singing valentine delivered to your sweetheart http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1076722-485/singing-valentine-delivered-to-your-sweetheart.html Looking for a unique and wonderful Valentine's Day gift? How about a memory that will last a lifetime? The answer is a Singing Valentine! An a cappella quartet will deliver a special song, a rose, a keepsake photo and a personalized Valentine's Day card to your special sweetie at work, home, school or at a restaurant, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 12, 13 and 14. Nashua-based, gold medal championship chorus, New England Voices in Harmony is sponsoring the Singing Valentines program this year, in conjunction with the Granite Statesmen. The a cappella quartets singing the songs will be selected from these two choruses. The personal delivery standard package described above is $45 and is based on a three-hour window. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:11:49 EST ‘Surviving Evil’ views Holocaust with firsthand eyes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1076718-485/surviving-evil-views-holocaust-with-firsthand-eyes.html NASHUA - Manchester Community Theatre Players will present a tour of the multimedia production of "Surviving Evil: The Holocaust through the story of Stephan H. Lewy," in Nashua on Feb. 10 and in Manchester on Feb. 20. "Surviving Evil" is directed by Alan D. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:06:33 EST Two nights for Farmers Dinner pop-up taqueria http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1076704-485/two-nights-for-farmers-dinner-pop-up-taqueria.html NASHUA - At 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, The Farmers Dinner will hold a pop-up taqueria dinner at Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar. After the record- setting sell-out of its first night, The Farmers Dinner has added a second night for its multi-course taqueria pop-up. Chef Keith Sarasin of The Farmers Dinner and Chef Dave Manganello, pit master and owner of downtown's Riverside Barbeque, team up for a gourmet taco night to be held at Riverwalk Cafe, 35 Railroad Square. This pop-up taqueria event features globally inspired dishes that incorporate local ingredients from area farms. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:01:43 EST Nashua Police Department Arrest Log Jan. 10-25 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1076699-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-jan.-10-25.html JAN. 10 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Eric Perry, 20, 4 Broad St., Apt. 1, disorderly conduct. Warren Robert Picard, 53, no fixed address, Nashua, criminal trespass. Donald Lynwood Killmon, 77, 47 Pinehurst Ave., Nashua, driving while intoxicated-third offense, driving after revocation or suspension, driving without giving proof. Jessica Nyman, 33, 6 Birchwood Drive, Londonderry, disobeying an officer. Robert John Caprood, 51, 19 Amory St., Apt. 3, Nashua, criminal trespass. Chad Arthur Silver, 32, no fixed address, Nashua, electronic bench warrant: failure to appear at arraignment, violation of probation or parole. Megan McCarthy, 20, 4 State Tree Circle, Londonderry, transporting alcoholic beverages by a minor, open container. Eric R. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:00:37 EST William R. E. Naas http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076692-466/william-r.-e.-naas.html William R. E. Naas, 88, passed away peacefully, after a long battle with cancer, Monday, February 1, 2016. Beloved husband of Lucia L. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:05:33 EST David E. Dalrymple http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076693-466/david-e.-dalrymple.html David E. Dalrymple, of Nashua, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on January 31, 2016. He was born on February 21, 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a son of the late John and Evelyn C. (Mason) Dalrymple. As a young man, Mr. Dalrymple went to Alaska, where he worked as a logistics manager for the Department of Defense. He is remembered for his interest in politics, the stock market and his love of sled-dog racing. Mr. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:06:06 EST Constance M. (Dionne) Dubois http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076696-466/constance-m.-dionne-dubois.html Constance M. (Dionne) Dubois, 82, of Nashua, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016 at her home. Constance was born in Nashua on January 27, 1934, a daughter of the late Andre and Annette (Duval) Dionne. She was the widow of Lionel E. Dubois. Constance had been a lifelong resident of Nashua. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:07:28 EST North girls dominate in win over Spaulding http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076680-457/north-girls-dominate-in-win-over-spaulding.html Sara Cordova scored 20 points to lead the Nashua High School North girls basketball team to a 67-21 win over Spaulding on Tuesday night. Dunning added 14 and Dezi Okorie 12 for North (7-4), which was in control 42-11 at the half. Cordova is 24 points shy of the 1,000 career scoring mark. North hosts rival South on Friday at 5 p.m. Salem 45, Nashua South 15 Amber Hedquist led the host Panthers with six points as they dropped to 5-8. South lost top scorer Jocelyn Chaput in the first quarter to a sprained ankle. Bishop Guertin 37, Dover 21 The Cards trailed 10-7 after the first quarter but held the host Green Wave to 11 points over the last three quarters, improving to 10-1. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:52:02 EST 16th Groundhog Day breakfast blends politics, wit and wisdom in fundraiser for Nashua Salvation Army http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076679-469/16th-groundhog-day-breakfast-blends-politics-wit.html NASHUA - The temperature was already above freezing in much of Greater Nashua at first light Tuesday as attendees of the Salvation Army's 16th annual Granite State Groundhog Gathering began arriving, setting the stage for meteorologist Rob Carolan's recap of one of the mildest New Hampshire winters on record. Because the Gathering is tied to Groundhog Day, that weather-driven "sort-of" holiday, the subject of weather traditionally shares a piece of center-stage at an event founded as a clever way of celebrating a rarely celebrated date, while at the same time raising critical funds that allow the Salvation Army of Greater Nashua to continue assisting area residents in need. Carolan, affiliated with Hometown Forecast Services, said it was 50-50 whether the nation's most celebrated groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, would see his shadow this Groundhog Day. Several hours later, word arrived from Gobbler's Knob that Phil did not see his shadow - meaning, supposedly, that spring is just around the corner. While the validity of a groundhog's ability to predict the weather is, especially from a scientific perspective, questionable at best, what is not disputed is the value of the armies of volunteers who make the Salvation Army's programs work year in and year out. All agency staff members and volunteers get a big, well-deserved tip of the top hat each year, with three people or groups selected for special recognition. This year's Angel Award, which goes to an individual or group that goes above and beyond or jumps in to help when most needed, was presented to parishioners of the Immaculate Conception Church. Salvation Army social services director Rosemarie Dykeman said the parishioners swung into action at Christmastime, donating $2,000 in gift cards that allowed every child who asked for a bicycle for Christmas through the Salvation Army to receive one. The folks at the Merrimack County Savings Bank were honored with this year's Community Award for extraordinary service. And selected as the ninth Salvation Army Citizen of the Year was Mark Warner, who has more than 20 years on the agency's Advisory Board, the last several years as its chairman. Warner, an executive vice president of Triangle Credit Union, has been a "steadfast supporter of the Salvation Army's fundraising efforts and community initiatives," according to a brief biography in the program. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:32:39 EST Mock primary engages Nashua students in election http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076677-469/mock-primary-engages-nashua-students-in-election.html The majority of them can't drink, smoke or rent a car, but high school students across the state voted on, electing Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump during a mock primary election held Tuesday. More than 20,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade participated in the vote at schools across the country, a week before thousands more New Hampshire residents will go to the polls for real. "The New Hampshire Primary Mock Election is an opportunity for students to learn about the electoral process firsthand," said Susan Adams, New Hampshire Public Television's manager of educational  services, in a statement. NHPTV supported the mock elections, providing ballots and learning resources for schools. NHPTV will also be tallying votes, announcing official results Feb. 3. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:42:35 EST The Campaign Trail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076675-469/the-campaign-trail.html The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting the Greater Nashua area. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3 Carly Fiorina, a Republican businesswoman, will attend a "Life of the Party" event beginning at 3:30 p.m. from the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester. Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:03:47 EST Local dogs play in Puppy Bowl http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076669-469/local-dogs-play-in-puppy-bowl.html The Humane Society of Greater Nashua will host a celebration at the Anheuser Busch Brewery in Merrimack on Feb. 7 for three local dogs chosen to participate in Puppy Bowl 12. The Puppy Bowl, which airs annually before the Super Bowl, is held to raise awareness for and aid in the adoption of dogs and cats from across the country. This year, three dogs from Nashua participated in the pre-taped exhibition and will be around to meet fans during the airing of the big game. The event will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the brewery at 221 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:06:28 EST Area police department arrest logs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1076667-228/area-police-department-arrest-logs.html Hudson Police Department Jan. 1 Arrests/Summonses Robert Ngari, 31, 14 Riverside Ave: Burglary, 2:41 a.m. Oswaldo Cuellar, 28, 6 Dell St., Apt. 8, Nashua: Protective custody of intoxicated person, 3:19 a.m. Samantha Champagne, 27, 34 Flying Rock Road: Willful concealment, 8:12 p.m. Jan. 2 Arrest/Summons Kevin Phanthai, 59, 101 Delmont Ave., Apt. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:05:26 EST Nashua once a thriving location for rail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1076665-469/nashua-once-a-thriving-location-for-rail.html Editor's Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and an explanation of how he got the shot. You would never know it today, based on the scant bits of evidence left over in Nashua. But at one time, rail was king. Lines that served scads of manufacturing ventures decades ago were everywhere in the city. Today, most are gone. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:04:13 EST Local thespians do Nashua proud  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1076659-465/local-thespians-do-nashua-proud.html They are the New Hampshire equivalent of Broadway's Tony Awards - a night when everybody gets gussied up, awards are handed out and there is dancing deep into the night at that show- business staple, the afterparty. The 14th Annual New Hampshire Theatre Awards were handed out Jan. 23 during a ceremony held at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. If you're not part of the state's theater community, you might have missed it. If so, we encourage you to read the recap written by The Telegraph's Kathleen Palmer that appeared in the Jan. 28 edition of Encore. The event in Concord attracted hundreds of actors, directorial teams, backstage crew and theater fans from across the state to honor last year's best productions of professional and community theater in the state. If you're not involved in the some aspect of the state's theater community, you might not realize just how big a deal theater is in the Granite State. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:00:27 EST What’s Up In High School Sports http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076656-457/whats-up-in-high-school-sports.html TUESDAY Boys basketball Campbell at Somersworth,  6 p.m. Nashua North at Spaulding, 6:30 p.m. Alvirne at Exeter, 6:30 p.m. Winnacunnet at Merrimack, 6:30 p.m. Souhegan at Kingswood,  6:30 p.m. Milford at Timberlane, 6:30 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Oyster River, 7 p.m. Dover at Bishop Guertin, 7 p.m. Mascenic at Wilton-Lyndeborough, 7 p.m. Girls basketball Somersworth at Campbell,  6 p.m. Spaulding at Nashua North, 6:30 p.m. Salem at Nashua South,  6:30 p.m. Alvirne at Exeter, 6:30 p.m. Merrimack at Winnacunnet, 6:30 p.m. Bishop Guertin at Dover,  6:30 p.m. Kingswood at Souhegan,  6:30 p.m. Oyster River at Hollis Brookline, 6:30 p.m. Timberlane at Milford, 6:30 p.m. Girls hockey Souhegan at Manchester Central, 4:30 p.m. Skiing Bishop Guertin vs. Londonderry, Exeter, Spaulding, Keene, Dover, Portsmouth at Mount Sunapee, 10 a.m. Souhegan at Capital Region Nordic championships at Gunstock, 3 p.m. Swimming Souhegan at Goffstown, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY Girls basketball Wilton-Lyndeborough at Masceinc, 6:30 p.m. Boys hockey Merrimack at Portsmouth-Newmarket, 4 p.m. Windham at Alvirne, 5:50 p.m. Nashua South at Nashua North-Souhegan, 7:10 p.m. Timberlane at Pembroke-Campbell, 7:20 p.m. Wrestling Campbell at Newport, 6 p.m. Nashua North at Pinkerton, 6 p.m. Hollis Brookline at Merrimack, 6 p.m. Bedford at Alvirne, 6:30 p.m. Nashua South at Manchester Memorial, 7 p.m. Swimming Nashua North, Nashua South, Alvirne, Bishop Guertin at Oyster River, 7:15 p.m. Skiing Hollis Brookline vs. tba at Gunstock, 4:30 p.m. THURSDAY Boys basketball Londonderry at Merrimack, 6:30 p.m. Girls basketball Keene at Alvirne, 6:30 p.m. Skiing Souhegan, Milford, Hollis Brookline at Crotched Mtn, 3:30 p.m., Nashua North, Nashua South at Pat's Peak, 4:30 p.m. Gymnastics Nashua South, Souhegan, Alvirne, Hollis Brookline at Nashua North, 7 p.m.FEB. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:45:40 EST Former deputy PD chief’s case tossed http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076654-469/former-deputy-pd-chiefs-case-tossed.html NASHUA - The attorney for Scott Howe, the former Nashua deputy police chief who sued the city and a former chief in 2014 for wrongful termination, said Monday he will appeal a judge's recent ruling to dismiss the case, maintaining that the issue should not have been decided in summary judgment. "My client was never provided his rights to due process," Manchester lawyer Joseph Kelly Levasseur said of Howe, who Levasseur said was forced to retire from the department in September 2013 by now-retired Chief John Seusing. "Mr. Seusing provided false narrative to (Howe) to coerce him to retire ... Seusing told my client that he had the three votes of the (police) commission to publicly fire him. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:15:34 EST Nashua students attend forum as candidates http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076650-469/nashua-students-attend-forum-as-candidates.html NASHUA - Assuming the identities of presidential candidates, Nashua high schoolers ran forums Monday to encourage civic engagement and help peers make informed votes for the mock election Tuesday. "They all know who Donald Trump is, but we want to get information out on all the candidates," said Mike Mcquilkin, department head of social studies at Nashua High School South. "We want to do a mock election, but we want students to know where candidates stand on the issues," he said. Student speakers were from the two Advanced Placement Government classes run by Kathy Johnson at Nashua South. Teams of two to three students took on the persona and ideals of the Democratic and GOP candidates, presenting an early morning and mid-morning forum. "The students representing candidates today have been watching the candidates and reading their websites, and they will do their best to represent the ideas of the candidates," Johnson said. She emphasized the students are not necessarily representing their own ideas - just those of the candidates. "This is authentic learning - what they learned from AP government in action," said Mcquilkin. Addressing the audience before the second forum began, Johnson spoke to the tradition of engagement in the political process as a first-in-the-nation state. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:29:56 EST Bill seeks to alter student survey rules http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076649-469/bill-seeks-to-alter-student-survey-rules.html CONCORD - A Senate bill aims to change the way parents of public school students consent to having their children participate in surveys and questionnaires, including the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey that health departments, schools and area agencies rely heavily on to identify drug use and other risky health activities. Currently, parents and legal guardians must notify the school district in writing if they don't want their child to take a non-academic survey or questionnaire - a process known as opting-out. Schools are required to provide parents and guardians with the contents and purpose of the survey beforehand, so they can review it and decide if they want their children to participate. The bill would invert the process so that schools could not administer a survey unless parents first provided written permission to do so. "This is for the protection of parents to know their children are being questioned on sensitive information that you wouldn't let a stranger ask," state Sen. Kevin Avard said Monday. The Nashua Republican and the bill's prime sponsor said the proposal follows federal guidelines and is the product of a study committee that met last summer. "It's nobody's darn business what your child's sexuality is, whether they pray or don't pray. It has nothing to do with being at risk," Avard said. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:09:44 EST Asbestos removal kicks off Franklin Street mill renovation http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076648-469/asbestos-removal-kicks-off-franklin-street-mill.html Crews have begun preparation work for asbestos removal in the boiler house at the former Nashua Corporation building on Franklin Street in Nashua, the long empty mill building purchased by a Manchester developer late last year. A permit for interior demolition and hazardous material remediation was filed with the city in December stating the contractor was Environmental Compliance Specialists Inc., of Atkinson. On Monday, a team clad in Tyvek suits and respirators were in their second week of stretching sheets of thick plastic over old doors and windows that lead to the cavernous boiler room that is slated to become the leasing office for the complex. Old rusted boilers and machinery filled the room inside the building. A newer boiler in an adjacent space would be sold off, according to a representative on site. The 310,000-square-foot brick building along the Nashua River is slated to become apartments, but the process of converting the dilapidated complex of structures, the oldest of which date back to the turn of the last century, will take some time. Asbestos was once commonly used in and around boilers and heating pipes. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:08:25 EST Constance M. (Dionne) Dubois http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076641-466/constance-m.-dionne-dubois.html Constance M. (Dionne) Dubois, 82, of Nashua, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016 at her home. Constance was born in Nashua on January 27, 1934, a daughter of the late Andre and Annette (Duval) Dionne. She was the widow of Lionel E. Dubois. Constance had been a lifelong resident of Nashua. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:24:55 EST Raymond E. Michaud http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076644-466/raymond-e.-michaud.html Raymond E. Michaud, 95, longtime Nashua resident and well known Trumpeter, more recently of Epsom, NH, passed away suddenly on Friday morning, January 22, 2016 at Concord Hospital. He was born in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada on December 27, 1920, son of the late Wilfred and Esther (Cyr) Michaud. After graduating from high school, Ray joined the Carleton York Regiment Army Band in Canada for one year and then toured Canada with the Ken Walker Orchestra, Canada's King of Swing for the following year before moving to the United States. While in the United States, Ray joined the famous Mal Hallett Jazz Orchestra and Rudy Wallace Orchestra, comprised of members from the Mal Hallett Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Michaud joined the United States Coast Guard Band, serving three years in both the U.S. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:23:40 EST Richard P. ‘Rick’ Labrie http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076646-466/richard-p.-rick-labrie.html Richard P. "Rick" Labrie, 55, of Litchfield, husband of Brenda A. (Mondoux) Labrie, passed away Saturday evening, January 30, 2016. A resident of Litchfield for the past 30 years, Rick was born in Manchester on March 24, 1960, a son of Viviane (Lavoie) Labrie and the late Normand J. Labrie. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:22:51 EST Ernest R. ‘Ernie’ Briand http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076647-466/ernest-r.-ernie-briand.html Ernest R. "Ernie" Briand, 80, of Nashua, a well-known retired funeral director and embalmer, passed away Saturday morning, January 30, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, after a brief period of declining health. A lifelong resident of this city, Ernie was born in Nashua on July 6, 1935, one of twelve children of the late Victor J. and Delia Blanche (Nault) Briand. He attended Infant Jesus Parochial School and Nashua public schools. Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:22:25 EST Merrimack woman named to Y board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1076636-308/merrimack-woman-named-to-y-board.html NASHUA - The YMCA of Greater Nashua announced its newly elected members of the board of directors. Elected to three-year terms were: • Caryn Blake, of Merrimack, human resources director for Fidelity Investments. • Stephen Lynn, of Nashua, vice president of national sales, managed accounts, for Fidelity Investments. • William Anderson, of Hollis, managing director for Suburban Propane. • Anna O'Harren, of Nashua, director of pharmacy and retail operations for Walgreens. "I am excited to have these wonderful community leaders joining our board of directors to aid us in our great work and service to the Greater Nashua region," said Michael LaChance, YMCA of Greater Nashua CEO. The role of YMCA volunteers is to provide leadership, guidance and financial support to the organization as it works to provide programs and services to youths and families in Greater Nashua. Board members work with staff to develop a long-range plan that guides the implementation of programs and initiatives that support the Y's efforts to nurture the potential of youths, improve the nation's health and well-being, and give back and support neighbors. For information about getting involved or to donate, visit www.nmymca.org or call 598-1533. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:14:44 EST Marguerite’s Place receives $4,500 grant thanks to company’s Merrimack employee http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1076633-308/marguerites-place-receives-4500-grant-thanks-to.html COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Allied Wire & Cable hosts a charity week each year during which a percentage of sales is donated to charitable organizations. This year was the electrical distributor's 10th annual charity week, which was held Dec. 14-18. This year, the company chose to support four organizations that have a special connection with the employees of each branch, including the branch in Merrimack. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:13:16 EST NE Brass to present concert http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1076630-308/ne-brass-to-present-concert.html NASHUA - The Nashua Community Concert Association will present the New England Brass Quintent at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the Keefe Auditorium at Elm Street Middle School. This dynamic group has been performing throughout New England and beyond since 1980. The ensemble is headed by Jay Daly, who is "one of the premier trumpeters in the Northeast" according to Peter Mansfield, arranger for the Boston Pops. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:11:47 EST Hollis man named to YMCA board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1076625-308/hollis-man-named-to-ymca-board.html NASHUA - The YMCA of Greater Nashua announced its newly elected members of the board of directors. Elected to three-year terms were: • William Anderson, of Hollis, managing director for Suburban Propane. • Stephen Lynn, of Nashua, vice president of national sales, managed accounts, for Fidelity Investments. • Caryn Blake, of Merrimack, human resources director for Fidelity Investments. • Anna O'Harren, of Nashua, director of pharmacy and retail operations for Walgreens. "I am excited to have these wonderful community leaders joining our board of directors to aid us in our great work and service to the Greater Nashua region," said Michael LaChance, YMCA of Greater Nashua CEO. The role of YMCA volunteers is to provide leadership, guidance and financial support to the organization as it works to provide programs and services to youths and families in Greater Nashua. Board members work with staff to develop a long-range plan that guides the implementation of programs and initiatives that support the Y's efforts to nurture the potential of youths, improve the nation's health and well-being, and give back and support neighbors. For information about getting involved or to donate, visit www.nmymca.org or call 598-1533. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:07:55 EST NE Brass to present concert http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1076617-308/ne-brass-to-present-concert.html NASHUA - The Nashua Community Concert Association will present the New England Brass Quintent at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the Keefe Auditorium at Elm Street Middle School. This dynamic group has been performing throughout New England and beyond since 1980. The ensemble is headed by Jay Daly, who is "one of the premier trumpeters in the Northeast" according to Peter Mansfield, arranger for the Boston Pops. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:02:29 EST Rubio, Clinton campaigns beef up local efforts http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076580-469/rubio-clinton-campaigns-beef-up-local-efforts.html NASHUA - Two of the leading presidential campaigns made a push in Nashua over the weekend in an effort to rally supporters with less than 10 days to go before the New Hampshire primary. Several hundred of Hillary Clinton's supporters rallied at Ledge Street Elementary School on Saturday morning with Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:27:05 EST Carol E. (Cowling) Rae http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076574-466/carol-e.-cowling-rae.html Carol E. (Cowling) Rae, formerly of Nashua, NH, Concord and West Acton, MA, passed away Monday afternoon, January 25, 2016 at the Westford House in Westford, MA. Carol was the widow of Attorney Leonard E. Rae, who died November 19, 1991. She was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on August 1, 1921, a daughter of the late Harold and Alice (Hadfield) Cowling. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:01:04 EST Pinball Wizards - New 24-hour club opens in Nashua for enthusiasts http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076568-469/pinball-wizards---new-24-hour-club-opens.html Above the blinking orange and red lights, rattling bells and clickety-clack of flippers stood 45-year-old Mike Freeman, his belly not quite leaning against the Bally NBA Fastbreak pinball machine. His eyes rapidly daunt up-and-down the vibrantly colored landscape, following the every move of the small silver sphere while effortlessly keeping the metal ball within the glowing playing field, passing over targets of free throws and slam dunks to rack up points so quickly the neon screen could barely keep pace. Within two minutes, the ball disappears into a dark hole at the end of the sloping board. "The secret is trying to play like you're playing in your own house, nice and relaxed," Freeman, of Pittsfield, said on Saturday afternoon. "There are tricks to every game but I think, and I know it sounds cliché, the trick is to keep the ball in play; shoot for the things that are flashing and hope for the best." Nestled in a worn-down industrial complex at 134 Haines St. in a working-class Nashua neighborhood, Freeman drifts from machine to machine at the Southern New Hampshire Pinball Club's new facility. The private club offers 24-hour access to its equipment for $30 a month or a straight $350 annual fee. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:46:00 EST Nashua neighborhoods in running for design overhaul http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076567-469/nashua-neighborhoods-in-running-for-design-overhaul.html One Nashua neighborhood will be chosen for a design overhaul at the Mayors' Institute on City Design in Oakland, Calif. next month. The institute is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in conjunction with the American Architectural Foundation and U.S. Conference of Mayors. An urban planner with the institute will tour Nashua with city leaders this week to select a neighborhood best suited for the undertaking. Mayor Jim Donchess will join about nine other mayors from Feb. 24-26 where they will work with leading design experts to learn how to revamp the neighborhood in order "to encourage high-quality economic development." The idea is to help "transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities," the institute said on its website. The institute will pick up the entire tab for the city's participation, Donchess said. Donchess said he has three neighborhoods in mind: Main Street to the Millyard; Main Street west to the Hudson bridge; and Main Street from City Hall to Rivier University. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:02:51 EST Letters to the Editor http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1076552-465/letters-to-the-editor.html Public works has hands full in winter Recently, at a Board of Public Works meeting, Superintendent of Streets Eric Ryder and Director of Emergency Management Justin Kates gave a well-attended presentation on winter storm operations. The following are some of the highlights of this informative talk. During a snow event, 1,400 city streets are plowed, totaling over 700 lane miles. In addition, 14 schools and 50 miles of sidewalks are cleared. The Division of Public Works operating procedure is to clear school zone walks within 48 hours after a storm has stopped and complete the entire primary sidewalk routes within 72 hours after an event. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:00:49 EST Dep Fire Chief Richard A. Soucy, Ret. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076550-466/dep-fire-chief-richard-a.-soucy-ret..html > Deputy Fire Chief Rich­ard A. Soucy, Ret. 79, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 28, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Richard was born in Nashua on Sep­tember 10, 1936, a son of the late Ro­land and Rachel (Berube) Soucy. He was the widower of Mariette (La­vallee) Soucy who passed away on May 18, 2014. Richard honorably served our country with the US Air Force. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 03:01:18 EST Lena L. Malouin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076547-466/lena-l.-malouin.html   Lena L. Malouin, 87, of Hudson, passed away peacefully at the St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua on January 23, 2016. She was born in Hudson on June 28, 1928, a daughter of the late Walter and Eva (Frenette) Ducharme. Mrs. Malouin was the widow of Lt. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:01:18 EST Odesia ‘Chappy’ Vasiliou http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076546-466/odesia-chappy-vasiliou.html > Odesia "Chappy" Vasil­iou, 92, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2016 at home, after a brief illness, with his lov­ing family by his side. He was born in Nashua, NH on Oc­tober 2, 1923, son of the late Cosmas and Helen (Koutsokolis) Vasiliou. He was a lifelong resi­dent of Nashua, an active member of St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, was also a part of the Ahepa and Macedonia organizations, and was a regular volunteer at the annual Greek Festi­val. He also served in the U.S. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:00:54 EST Boys & Girls Club needs volunteers for STEM programs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/sundaymagazine/1076537-469/boys--girls-club-needs-volunteers-for.html The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua serves youths with a variety of programs to help them succeed in life, including curriculum in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Volunteering requires no previous experience - only a desire to give one's time for a good cause. If you'd like to help children learn and reach their potential, the Mailbag has volunteering opportunities for you. Touching the future "The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, will be offering three STEM modules in February, and volunteers are needed to provide guidance for the programs' success," says Bree C., of Nashua (LTR 3,245). "The modules are Junior Lego Robotics, incorporating science and engineering; Quick Ball Math, integrating mathematics into sports; and Endangered Species, featuring penguins, sharks, snakes, etc. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:01:32 EST Through the years with the Nashua Exchange Club: A grateful beneficiary looks back http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076523-469/through-the-years-with-the-nashua-exchange.html Let's see ... is it the Post Prom Party I enjoyed the most, or those father-son bus trips to Red Sox games? Perhaps it's the Senior Cookout at Holman Stadium. Or, more recently, helping to install smoke detectors in the homes of people who had none. Wait. I just remembered. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:01:24 EST Aldermen take up contracts http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076521-469/aldermen-take-up-contracts.html NASHUA - Two smaller units of the Nashua Teachers' Union reached multi-year collective bargaining agreements with the school board as both parties now prepare to negotiate a contract for teachers, the city's single largest union. The paraeducators unit of the Nashua Teachers' Union Local 1044 reached a two-year contract with the Board of Education that would run from last July 1 to June 30, 2017. The agreement calls for a 1.5 percent raise for the 408 paraeducators during the first year of the contract and a 2 percent raise in the year ending June 30, 2017. The average annual increase per employee is $299 in the first year; $296 in the second year, according to the fiscal analysis presented with the proposal. The agreement has no step increases, union president Robert Sherman said Monday. The other collective bargaining agreement was reached between the Board of Education and the food service workers unit of the Nashua Teachers' Union. The union represents about 103 members. That agreement calls for annual 1 percent raises during each year of the three-year contract which runs from last Sept. 1 through Aug. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:12:36 EST Nashua police arrest 3 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076520-469/nashua-police-arrest-3.html NASHUA - Three Nashua men were arrested this week and charged with being non-compliant with the terms of the state's sex offender registry. Nashua police arrested Anthony Huckins, 46, of 386 Main St. Nashua, on Monday and charged him with duty to report, Class A felony. Huckins is a convicted sex offender, and failed to register as required by the sex offender registry, police said. In 2002 Huckins was convicted of felonious sexual assault, Class A felony in Merrimack County Superior Court, and in 2011 he was convicted of child pornography and duty to report in Merrimack County Superior Court. Detectives determined Huckins was non-compliant with the terms of the Sex Offender Registration and an obtained a warrant for his arrest. Also on Wednesday, members of the Nashua police arrested Jason Prusak, 34, of 76 Cannongate Road, Nashua, for two counts of duty to inform, Class B felony. In 2009, Prusak was convicted of felonious sexual assault, Class B felony and certain uses of computer services prohibited, Class B felony in Rockingham County Superior Court. Based on his convictions, Prusak is required register with the New Hampshire sex offender registry. Detectives found Prusak had failed to comply with the terms of the sex offender registry. Each Class B Felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:11:33 EST Jean ‘Marc’ Duquette http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076510-466/jean-marc-duquette.html Jean "Marc" Duquette, 67 years old, of Hudson NH, passed Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital, after battling brain cancer for 6 months. Marc was surrounded by his wife, Helen, and two sons, Glenn and Joey, at the time of his passing. He was born in Lac Megantic, Quebec on July 5, 1948, son of the late Philip Duquette and Alice Toulouse and was also predeceased by his older brothers Real and Gilles; sister Henriette; in-laws Leo and Anna (Roy) Plante; brother-in-laws, Luc, Marc, Renald, Andre, Rene Plante and sister-in-law Huguette (Plante) Faucher; brother-in-law, Ted Chomko and Laurent Beaudoin. Marc was in the construction industry all of his adult life, co-owner of Duquette and Reid LLC Drywall Contractors and worked on many new residential developments in the Nashua, Hudson and Litchfield, NH areas. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:01:52 EST Diana G. Baylis http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076509-466/diana-g.-baylis.html Diana G. Baylis, 63, of Nashua, NH, passed away in the early hours of Thursday, January 28, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. She was born in Huntington, Long Island on July 29, 1952, to the late Thomas and Blanch (Rielly) Baylis. She was an active Deacon and Sunday School teacher and truly embraced her church family. Diana was kind and gentle, truly selfless, and her love for nature and bird watching was a tribute to the beauty of her heart and soul. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:01:24 EST Odesia ‘Chappy’ Vasiliou http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076507-466/odesia-chappy-vasiliou.html Odesia "Chappy" Vasiliou, 92, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2016 at home, after a brief illness, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Nashua, NH on October 2, 1923, son of the late Cosmas and Helen (Koutsokolis) Vasiliou. He was a lifelong resident of Nashua, an active member of St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, was also a part of the Ahepa and Macedonia organizations, and was a regular volunteer at the annual Greek Festival. He also served in the U.S. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:30:52 EST Knights benefit from stability http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1076497-457/knights-benefit-from-stability.html It's the first weekend without any meaningful football - sorry, the Pro Bowl doesn't count - so let's turn our attention locally to another sport: Baseball. The whole Nashua Silver Knights off season is incredibly interesting, hasn't it? They had been humming along for about six years as a well-oiled machine with no real controversy or issues. Now, there's a lot of uncertainty surrounding ownership and personnel for Nashua's FCBL franchise. Yet, the team is so popular locally that sponsors and advertisers have reportedly not even blinked, unwavering in their financial support. There's no doubt the ballclub is going to be here, so why not, right? Exactly. But you have to hope that the idea of keeping former vice president Jon Goode involved in some capacity is not just lip service but something that will actually happen. And there's no reason why it shouldn't. The Silver Knights have Goode's and team president Tim Bawmann's fingerprints all over them. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:02:32 EST Nashua economic director out as part of Donchess’ development plans http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076493-469/nashua-economic-director-out-as-part-of.html NASHUA - Less than a month into his term, Mayor Jim Donchess is beginning work on one of the key aspects of his campaign by replacing the city's economic development director and exploring a public-private partnership with business leaders that would focus on future growth. "We need to get a fresh start and a broader vision of the city's economic development efforts," Donchess said during an interview at City Hall on Thursday. To that end, the mayor is looking for a new economic development director to succeed Thomas Galligani Jr., who held the post since 2008. Donchess said his office will launch an "in-depth search" for a successor. Community Economic Development Director Sarah Marchant will serve as interim economic development director until a replacement is found, he said. "I understand and respect the mayor's desire to build the city team so that he can effectively lead Nashua to even greater heights," Galligani said in an email he sent to city staff last week announcing his departure on Feb. 26. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for the City of Nashua," he said. "I'm proud of the contributions that I've made to the city and the relationships that I've built with Nashua's businesses, entrepreneurs and its residents. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 01:00:17 EST Nearly 70 years of service comes to end as Nashua Exchange Club disbands http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076492-469/nearly-70-years-of-service-comes-to.html Having gone from filling good-sized function halls with their weekly meetings to holding them comfortably around an average kitchen table, the leadership of the Nashua Exchange Club has chosen to disband the club after nearly 70 years rather than continue the struggle to recruit new members from a virtually non-existent pool, an officer said this week. Rich Guidoboni, club treasurer for several years, said the "six or so" remaining members made the difficult decision three or four months ago. "The handwriting has been on the wall for a few years now, and we've discussed it a number of times," Guidoboni said of the question of whether to disband or continue seeking out new members. "We agreed we'd do the Ski Swap one last time, and that would be it." Guidoboni referred to one of the club's major fundraising events, the annual Thanksgiving weekend Ski and Snowboard Sale, which has also gone by the names Ski Swap, Ski Swap Shop and Ski Swap & Sale over its 33-year life. Thanks to a lot of help from Nashua High North and South students, Guidoboni said, the tiny band of members was able to pull off the finale, albeit with shorter hours. He said the good news is that a group from Hollis is planning to take over the event with transition assistance from several Ski Swap veterans. Organized post World War II and chartered in 1947, the Nashua Exchange Club, alternately the Exchange Club of Nashua, gradually built a membership that peaked around 70 in the late 1970s and well into the 80s, former longtime member and club president Don LaChance recalled. "We were really active back then," LaChance said of that period. While many of the club's public events were actively promoted and well-attended, and the majority of its members were well-known in the community, "we also did a lot of things that weren't publicized," he said. LaChance was club president in 1976, around the time its movers and shakers began raising the club's profile on a national level. Their signature accomplishment was the election in 1984 of longtime member Harold Acres to the National Exchange Club's board of directors, which followed by three years his stint on the New England district board. In 1985, outgoing club president Donald Kamholz received the national Outstanding Club President Award, and the club itself was cited on both the New England and national levels for both the quantity and quality of its programs and initiatives. Under the presidency of Kamholz' successor, Michael Dapkus, Nashua was recognized as the "busiest club in the New England District" in 1985-86. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:03:44 EST Nashua police charge 2 with forgery http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1076486-228/nashua-police-charge-2-with-forgery.html NASHUA - A six-month investigation into the passing of counterfeit checks at a Nashua bank has led to the arrest of two Manchester men on felony charges, police said. Tiama Kouassi, 23, of 54 O'Malley St., and Garang Lual, 28, of 374 Pearl St., Apt. 1, were taken into custody on warrants issued after police identified them as the alleged perpetrators in the crime. Kouassi is charged with one count of theft by deception - consolidation, a Class A felony, while Lual faces one count of forgery, a Class B felony, according to police. On July 29, the pair allegedly cashed several counterfeit checks at an unidentified bank in Nashua, police said. Their arraignments are pending in Nashua district court. - DEAN SHALHOUP Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:01:12 EST Richard Ellsworth Wall http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076476-466/richard-ellsworth-wall.html Richard Ells­worth Wall, 87 of Hackett­stown, New Jersey and formerly of Nashua, NH, and Wakefield, MA, died January 19, 2016 in Hackettstown, NJ. Born February 14, 1928 in Somer­ville, MA, he was the son of the late Edmund and Alice E. (Putney) Wall and widow of Jane (Colburn) Wall, who died May 19, 2009, with whom he was married on September 1, 1950 and en­joyed 58 ½ years of mar­riage. Richard received a BA from the University of NH and a MA from Boston Uni­versity. He served in the Unites States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Rose Society. Prior to retirement, Rich­ard was employed as a Bud­get Director for the Mas­sachusetts State Courts, the MBTA and the City of Boston. Survivors in­clude two sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry Wall, of Denver CO and Stephen Wall and his wife Helen J. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:01:36 EST Charles Wilbur Switzer III http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076475-466/charles-wilbur-switzer-iii.html > Charles Wilbur Switzer, 63, died on January 4, 2016 in Nashua, NH. He was born on April 7, 1952 in Laconia, NH, the son of the late Charles W. Switzer, Sr. and Gladys (Ladieu) Swit­zer. He graduated from Laco­nia High School in the Class of 1970. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:01:10 EST Ellen (Sousa) Brousseau http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076474-466/ellen-sousa-brousseau.html > HAMPTON, NH - El­len (Sousa) Brousseau, 52, of Hampton, NH, passed away unex­pectedly Monday, January 25, 2016 at Exeter Hospital. She was the wife of Raymond M. Brous­seau, with whom she shared 27 years of marriage. Ellen was born on January 21, 1964 in Lowell and was a daughter of Victor Sousa of Lowell and the late Mary L. (Machado) Sousa. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:00:41 EST Nashua, Manchester narcotic units threatened by cut in funds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076455-469/nashua-manchester-narcotic-units-threatened-by-cut.html NASHUA - The federal government's decision to freeze payments to local and state law enforcement agencies from its Asset Forfeiture Program could cripple the Nashua and Manchester narcotics units and others statewide at a time when the heroin and opioid epidemic is rampant, their police chiefs said Wednesday. "This is craziness," Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie said of the U.S. Justice Department's decision to suspend further distributions following $1.2 billion in cuts made to the program to help balance the federal budget. "That money is used to fund my entire narcotics unit, other than salaries," he added. "Now it may be gone in a puff of legislative smoke." The federal program is funded through the seizure of assets from drug trafficking organizations. The assets include cash, houses, vehicles, boats or businesses that either were bought with the proceeds from criminal activities or used to further them. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 01:00:40 EST Trump set for return to Nashua, Milford http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076450-469/trump-set-for-return-to-nashua-milford.html NASHUA - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump will make a pair of stops in Greater Nashua twice in the next week leading up to the New Hampshire primary. Trump, the audacious New York billionaire who has topped the GOP polls since his entry into the presidential campaign, will hold a rally in Nashua on Friday morning and another on Feb. 2 in Milford. The Nashua event will begin at 10 a.m. from the Radisson Hotel Nashua on Tara Boulevard. Just this past weekend, the Radisson played host to the state party's First in the Nation Presidential Town Hall event featuring seven White House hopefuls, which Trump declined to attend. Doors open at 8 a.m. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:03:36 EST Rubio has agenda for growth http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1076435-474/rubio-has-agenda-for-growth.html > Politics | Attacks aren't enough. The candidates must present positive solutions of their own. During my nine years as president and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and beyond, I have always fought for pro-growth policies that help the 130,000 small businesses in New Hampshire suc­ceed. Any candidate for president whom I sup­port must place a strong emphasis on economic growth and development, much like I did during my mayoral campaign last year in Nashua. It's not enough for a candidate to simply attack other people's plans; rather, a candidate must present positive solutions of his or her own. After spending time evaluating the candidates' economic platforms, I am proud to endorse Marco Rubio and his innovative agenda that will get our economy back on track. Marco's tax plan will cut busi­ness taxes to no higher than 25 percent, down from almost 40 percent today, and dramatically shrink the IRS. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:00:42 EST Group spreads cheer to HHHC http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1076419-478/group-spreads-cheer-to-hhhc.html   MERRIMACK - The Good Cheer Society, a longtime supporter of Home Health & Hospice Care, recently donated a $75,415 check to support the nonprofit agency in its mission of providing health services to people throughout southern New Hampshire. The society has been around since 1883. It was created by a group of women from Nashua who wanted to bring cheer to individuals in the community experiencing poor health or low income. In 1902, the society sent its first nurse to provide care at the homes of those who are ill. They decided to help out moms with newborns, bring food to people and cheer them up in general . Originally, the society was solely made up of women from Nashua, but today, it has women from all over southern New Hampshire and northern Mas­sachusetts. In 1973, the Visiting Nurse Association of Nashua was formed. "It's satisfying to be part of an organization with this type of his­tory," said Dee Pringle, president of the Good Cheer Society. The society members provide donations and items HHHC needs. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:01:29 EST Nashaway club to present program on ‘Wacky Songs’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1076413-478/nashaway-club-to-present-program-on-wacky.html NASHUA - Cal­vin Knickerbocker will be presenting to the Nashaway Wom­an's Club, through a grant with the New Hampshire Humanities Coun­cil, a program of "Wacky Songs That Made Us Laugh" at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St. These are songs that had been used to reduce tension, help us to forget troubles and ex­press frustrations. The 60-minute program includes excerpts from about 30 categories from which their humor was drawn. Knickerbocker is a member of the Humanities Council. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:00:51 EST One facet of NH’s arts community celebrates its finest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1076440-485/one-facet-of-nhs-arts-community-celebrates.html Another fun, albeit working, weekend for your editor again this past week (that's three in a row, but who's counting). I attended the New Hampshire Theatre Awards at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Saturday. Everyone who's anyone in the theater community was there, dressed to the nines and hoping to take home one of the coveted awards. I have the full list of winners, as well as photos and details from the very well-run event, on Pages 12-13. Speaking of theater, Majestic Theatre in Manchester has started the year with a bang. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:02:47 EST NAAA requests applications for art student scholarships http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1076433-485/naaa-requests-applications-for-art-student-scholarships.html NASHUA - Nashua Area Artist Association announced it will award two student scholarships in the amount of $500 each, funded by NAAA and the generous support of its members and local businesses. The scholarships are awarded to local high school students who are focused on pursuing further education in the arts. "We are delighted to announce these scholarships, which reflect the importance of supporting and encouraging students who choose a career in the arts," said NAAA president Lauren Boss. Students will be required to prepare a portfolio which will be presented to the Selection Committee, showing composition and design, drawing ability, imagination and understanding and use of the elements and principles of design. For more information, interested applicants should visit www.nashuaarea artistsassoc.org/programs/scholarship-program. Completed application with required materials must be postmarked by May 6. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:05:59 EST Nashuan showcases cross-country photographs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1076430-485/nashuan-showcases-cross-country-photographs.html Greg Hindy, who walked across the country for a year without speaking, has a few more plans in store. From 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Hindy will talk about his journey at the Nashua Public Library and share the many photos he took. Hindy, 24, did the silent part of his walk from his 22nd to 23rd birthday, then walked home. A native of Nashua, he graduated Nashua High School North in 2009 as valedictorian. Hindy was interested in photography and performance art, and he said the purpose of his journey was to see how far he could take those two mediums. Hindy said he didn't talk because he wanted people to ask him why. While traveling, Hindy said he did not find that people were ever mean to him. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:04:40 EST Health group’s CEO will retire after 28 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076410-469/health-groups-ceo-will-retire-after-28.html NASHUA - Tom Wilhelmsen Jr., president and CEO of Southern New Hampshire Health System, announced his retirement Tuesday after nearly three decades with the health care group. Wilhelmsen will retire June 30, and Michael Rose, SNHHS CFO and vice president, will take the helm. "I've been with the organization as president and CEO since 1988. I'm finishing my 28th year. It's been a wonderful 28 years with the organization. I'm turning 65 in June, and that triggers a normal retirement date," Wilhelmsen said Tuesday. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:02:08 EST Rising Democratic star stumps for Clinton in NH http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076408-469/rising-democratic-star-stumps-for-clinton-in.html NASHUA - Despite speculation surrounding the possibility of him punching the second slot on a Hillary Clinton ticket, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro said this week "that's not going to happen." Castro, considered a rising Democratic star, made his first visit to Nashua on Monday afternoon to rally for Clinton. He and his twin brother Joaquin, a Texas congressman, have been stepping up efforts in early voting states for the Democratic frontrunner, who has seen her leads in Iowa and New Hampshire disappear. Clinton is currently polling behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with less than a week before the Iowa caucus, and may be hoping the brothers' emergence within the Democratic Party will reignite supporters here before the polls close. "I'm happy to be one voice of many that are diverse, that are young, that believe Secretary Clinton is focused on the future and is inclusive - that's the difference between the Democratic Party of today and the Clinton campaign versus what we see on the Republican side," Castro said, after addressing approximately 60 Clinton volunteers from the campaign's Main Street office. Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio who first became a party blockbuster after delivering the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, touched on his family's early struggles upon immigrating to Texas. He highlighted common Democratic talking points - expanding health care and reducing student debt - during his visit. His personal achievements, and connection to the Clinton campaign, led to the U.S. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 02:02:41 EST Jackie Bastille http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076393-466/jackie-bastille.html Jackie Bastille passed away on January 21, 2016, after a period of declining health. She was born in Nashua on June 5, 1929, to the late Jeannette (Desmarais) and Adelard Bastille. Jackie graduated from Nashua High School in 1946. She earned her bachelor's degree in French at the University of New Hampshire and received a master's degree in library science from the University of Michigan in 1957. Jackie began her library career at the Free Library of Philadelphia and ended it as the Director of the Treadwell Library at Massachusetts General Hospital. While at MGH, she "transformed a small, poorly lit reading room with bound journal volumes stacked on the floor, into a modern 1,400 square foot library with computers on every floor." She was active in the Medical Library Association, serving two terms on MLA's Board of Directors and later as president. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:03:56 EST Doreen L. Carlson http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076391-466/doreen-l.-carlson.html CARLSON, Doreen L. (Johnson) of Nashua, N.H. Formerly of Lexington, MA. January 24, 2016. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:03:07 EST Colonel Donald W. Stewart http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076389-466/colonel-donald-w.-stewart.html Colonel Donald W. Stewart, USAF (Ret.), of Nashua NH, passed away peacefully at Peregrine's Landing in Tewksbury, MA, on December 23, 2015, after a long period of declining health. He was born in Wilmington, Delaware on April 10, 1927, the son of the late Donald and Alice (Bierman) Stewart. The family later moved to Needham, MA. He was married to Karen (Keul) Stewart. In September of 1942, he entered Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA, as a sophomore. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:02:19 EST Barbara Janetos Johansen http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076388-466/barbara-janetos-johansen.html NASHUA - Barbara Janetos Johansen, 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Langdon Place in Nashua, NH. She was born on April 27, 1930 at the family home in Rollinsford, NH, to Ellen A. Janetos (Wentworth) and Evangelos A. Janetos. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:01:54 EST John Bernard Madeira http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076387-466/john-bernard-madeira.html John Bernard "Bernie" Madeira, of Hollis, formerly of Nashua, died surrounded by his family at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, on Thursday, January 21, 2016. He was the husband of June (Burke) Madeira, whom he married on February 12, 1955 at All Angels Church in New York City. He was born in Morgantown, West Virginia on July 3, 1927, a son of the late William Bernard and Bonnie Lynn (Boyles) Madeira. He was educated in Charleston, West Virginia and received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University. Bernie was a World War II Navy veteran. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as an electrical engineer and project manager for Sanders Associates, Inc., which became Lockheed when he retired. He was an active member of The Church of the Good Shepherd. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:57:50 EST Empty Bowls raise money for shelter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076379-469/empty-bowls-raise-money-for-shelter.html NASHUA - Guests can sample soups from local chefs while supporting the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter at the annual Empty Bowls event at Nashua High School South, Feb. 17. Empty Bowls is a collaborative endeavor between local businesses, the National Art Honor Society and the Nashua School District to raise money for the shelter. Hosted in Nashua for the past two decades, this year Nashua students created more than 700 glazed clay bowls for the occasion. The way it works is that participants purchase $15 tickets ahead of time, either at the shelter - located at 2 Quincy St. - at the Nashua High School South Main Office or online for an additional $1. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:06:13 EST Wild chase results in prison time http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076378-469/wild-chase-results-in-prison-time.html NASHUA - George Bally, 61, formerly of 461/2 Ledge St., agreed to plead guilty to four counts of felony reckless conduct, two counts of conduct after an accident, and one count each of possessing a controlled drug with intent to distribute and disobeying an officer. He agreed to the sentencing as part of a plea agreement reached by prosecutors and his attorneys. The agreement was accepted by Judge Jacalyn Colburn at Bally's hearing, held in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. The sentence reflects a combination of stand committed, suspended, consecutive and concurrent sentences in State Prison and Valley Street jail. The intent, Colburn wrote in the sentencing order, is that Bally serve a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 10 years. The agreement also credits Bally with 313 days for time already served, which takes just over 10 months off the total sentence. Other stipulations of the agreement state that Bally must be of good behavior and participate meaningfully in and complete any counseling, treatment or education programs as directed by prison officials. The bizarre series of events that landed Bally in custody unfolded shortly before noon on March 16, when a male driver later identified as Bally reportedly pushed a passenger out of the car at the Amoskeag Rotary in Manchester. Police and court records gave the following account of the events that followed: A witness followed Bally's Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said at the time, and kept Manchester police informed by phone. Bally got onto Route 293 South, and as he passed Exit 5, State Police troopers working a construction detail spotted the Jeep and tried to stop it. A trooper got into his cruiser to follow Bally, who then pulled into the left lane, which was closed to traffic. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:05:39 EST Grand Jury indicts man suspected of Rail Trail murder http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076376-469/grand-jury-indicts-man-suspected-of-rail.html NASHUA - A Grand Jury on Monday handed down two murder indictments against 18-year-old Jonathan Goff, charging him with killing city resident Benjamin Marcum III, by allegedly stabbing him during an attempted robbery in March. Goff, one of two men arrested shortly after allegedly attacking Marcum on the Heritage Rail Trail near the intersection of Palm and W. Hollis streets, was also indicted on one count each of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. The murder indictments charge him with one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree murder, according to the documents. The four  indictments against Goff are among 100 handed down by the Hillsborough County Grand Jury. An indictment is not an indication or proof of guilt, but represents the grand jury's determination that sufficient evidence exists for prosecutors to move forward on a case. Other indictments handed down this term include: n William Raymond, 50, 135 Elm St., No. 57, Milford. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:04:41 EST Nashua schools to stock Narcan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076375-469/nashua-schools-to-stock-narcan.html NASHUA - Motivated by the escalating opioid epidemic in the state, the Nashua Board of Education approved stocking the opioid antagonist Narcan in district schools. Narcan is the brand name for naloxone, which reverses the affects of an opioid overdose. Board member George Farrington said the move is a precaution, but a critical one. "I hope this isn't construed anywhere in the public as an indication we have a drug problem in our schools," Farrington said. However, he said there is a problem in the community and in the state. "I think we need to understand this provides a safety net not only for our students, but for any adults that are in our building as well." Prior to the meeting, Superintendent Mark Conrad met with nurses, principals and administrators, along with Chris Stawasz, the regional manager of the city's ambulance service, to discuss stocking Narcan. "The overwhelming majority thinks this is something that has a very high upside - you can save a life," Conrad said. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:04:14 EST South wins thriller at buzzer http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076362-457/south-wins-thriller-at-buzzer.html NASHUA - As the state tournament approaches, wins are at a premium in Division I boys basketball. Nashua High School South did it the hard way, blowing a 10-point lead in the second half to Londonderry, but escaping thanks to a layup from Zavier Williams at the horn to earn the Panthers a 56-55 overtime win. The winning bucket was set up by a nifty shot fake from Kevin Genao, who dumped the ball to a wide open Williams for the easy layup to win it. "I got the outlet real quick, coach told me to make a play," Genao said. "I ran the baseline, faked up, saw Zavier and got the W." After a dominant first half, the Panthers had trouble coping with a Lancer team that forced South out of its game. Londonderry, led by a game-high 24 points by Jake Coleman, used strong shooting and timely defense to get back in the game. A 3 from Coleman with just under two minutes to go in regulation tied the game at 52 to send it to overtime. South turned the ball over nine times in the second half compared to just four turnovers by the Lancers. "It's the mistakes that, at the end of the game, if we make them and we're inexperienced and the guys haven't heard about it a million times during practice I can live with it," South coach Mazerolle said. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:04:49 EST Law should be fairer to tenants http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1076357-465/law-should-be-fairer-to-tenants.html The owners of Nashua's largest rooming house at 23 Temple St. aren't breaking the law by filing eviction proceedings in Portsmouth rather than Nashua, but that doesn't mean the practice should be allowed to continue. Michael O'Brien, a Nashua alderman and Democratic state representative, filed legislation at the Statehouse last week that would require landlords to initiate eviction proceedings in the court most local to the property involved. The bill, actually an amendment to another bill because the Legislature's filing deadline had passed, should be an easy "Aye" vote for legislators. It just makes sense. Telegraph reporter Dean Shalhoup discovered last month that 23-25 Temple St. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:03:09 EST Ellen A. Loranger http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076351-466/ellen-a.-loranger.html Ellen A. Loranger, 88, a longtime Nashua resident, widow of Normand P. Loranger, passed away Saturday evening, January 23, 2016, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, MA, after a brief illness. Mrs. Loranger was born in Saranac Lake, New York on September 1, 1927, a daughter of the late Nathaniel and Annie (McLeod) Oddy. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:00:23 EST Colonel Donald W. Stewart http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076352-466/colonel-donald-w.-stewart.html Colonel Donald W. Stewart, USAF (Ret.), of Nashua NH, passed away peacefully at Peregrine's Landing in Tewksbury, MA, on December 23, 2015, after a long period of declining health. He was born in Wilmington, Delaware on April 10, 1927, the son of the late Donald and Alice (Bierman) Stewart. The family later moved to Needham, MA. He was married to Karen (Keul) Stewart. In September of 1942, he entered Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA, as a sophomore. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:00:56 EST Mary E. ‘Betty’ O’Neal http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076355-466/mary-e.-betty-oneal.html Mary E. "Betty" O'Neal, 95, of Nashua, passed away on January 22, 2016. She was born in Nashua on August 4, 1920, daughter of the late John and Mary (Shea) Lee. Mary was a lifelong resident of Nashua and a member at St. Patrick Church and the St. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:02:18 EST John Bernard Madeira http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076356-466/john-bernard-madeira.html John Bernard "Bernie" Madeira, of Hollis, formerly of Nashua, died at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua on Thursday, January 21, 2016. He was the husband of June (Burke) Madeira, whom he married on February 12, 1955. He was born in Morgantown, West Virginia on July 3, 1927, a son of the late William Bernard and Bonnie Lynn (Boyles) Madeira. He was educated in Charlestown, West Virginia and received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University. Bernie was a World War II Navy veteran. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as an electrical engineer for Sanders, which became Lockheed when he retired. He was an active member of The Church of the Good Shepherd and had at one time served as senior warden. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 01:02:43 EST Symphony NH to perform http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1076341-308/symphony-nh-to-perform.html NASHUA - Symphony NH will continue its 2015-16 season with a program featuring Russian and French music inspired by composers from previous generations. On Friday, Jan. 22, in Concord and Saturday, Jan. 23, in Nashua, the orchestra, under the baton of Jonathan McPhee, will perform works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky's beloved "Serenade for Strings" was described by him as an homage to Mozart. Ravel's jaunty "Le Tombeau de Couperin" was composed as a memorial to the revered master Francois Couperin. Stravinsky's tuneful "Pulcinella Suite," based on the work of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, introduced audiences to the neoclassical style. Prokofiev's cheeky "Classical Symphony," composed to win a college bet, is a thrilling reimagining of the form established by Franz Joseph Haydn. "Composers have always found inspiration in a variety of sources," McPhee said. "For the composers on this program, it was to musical 'father figures' that they turned, paradoxically resulting in some of the most original music ever written." Both concerts, at the Concord City Auditorium and at the Keefe Center for the Arts, will begin at 8 pm. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:00:24 EST YMCA gives to those in need http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackletters/1076336-308/ymca-gives-to-those-in-need.html To the Editor: One of the Y's main focus areas is social responsibility, and we consider our efforts to help ease the burden of local food pantries important to the work that we do in Greater Nashua. Our members and staff were very generous this holiday season. We know that local food pantries have faced challenges keeping their shelves stocked this year, and are pleased that our donations will help those who are most needy in our community. Within the past two weeks, we have delivered nearly 150 cases of food to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Additionally, members contributed more than 100 blankets, 48 coats and more than 70 hats/scarves/gloves and socks in partnership with Kieran's Kovers, which also will be donated to Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. As is tradition, our giving trees assist those less fortunate YMCA members. This year, 98 families at the Nashua branch and 66 families at the Merrimack branch were blessed with Christmas gifts to make the holiday a little more joyful for children who would normally not have a Christmas gift to open. Our community is stronger when everyone can be involved - that is the YMCA way. Elizabeth A. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:11:25 EST Symphony NH to perform http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1076318-308/symphony-nh-to-perform.html NASHUA - Symphony NH will continue its 2015-16 season with a program featuring Russian and French music inspired by composers from previous generations. On Friday, Jan. 22, in Concord and Saturday, Jan. 23, in Nashua, the orchestra, under the baton of Jonathan McPhee, will perform works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky's beloved "Serenade for Strings" was described by him as an homage to Mozart. Ravel's jaunty "Le Tombeau de Couperin" was composed as a memorial to the revered master Francois Couperin. Stravinsky's tuneful "Pulcinella Suite," based on the work of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, introduced audiences to the neoclassical style. Prokofiev's cheeky "Classical Symphony," composed to win a college bet, is a thrilling reimagining of the form established by Franz Joseph Haydn. "Composers have always found inspiration in a variety of sources," McPhee said. "For the composers on this program, it was to musical 'father figures' that they turned, paradoxically resulting in some of the most original music ever written." Both concerts, at the Concord City Auditorium and at the Keefe Center for the Arts, will begin at 8 pm. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:00:25 EST Symphony NH performances this weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordnews/1076306-308/symphony-nh-performances-this-weekend.html NASHUA - Symphony NH will continue its 2015-16 season with a program featuring Russian and French music inspired by composers from previous generations. On Friday, Jan. 22, in Concord and Saturday, Jan. 23, in Nashua, the orchestra, under the baton of Jonathan McPhee, will perform works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. Both concerts, at the Concord City Auditorium and at the Keefe Center for the Arts, will begin at 8 pm. Tickets range from $18­-$49, and are free for youths younger than 16 when accompanied by a paying adult. The program is made possible by concert sponsor Audi of Nashua. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:02:37 EST Hollis Brookline wrestles its way to tournament victory in Vermont http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076290-457/hollis-brookline-wrestles-its-way-to-tournament.html The Hollis Brookline wrestling team finished in first place out of 22 teams at the Bob Benoure Invitational on Saturday in Vergennes, Vt. The Cavaliers beat Noble, Maine, Saranac, N.Y. and Peru, N.Y. to secure the championship. Winning individual titles for the Cavaliers were Nathaniel Lindsay (138 pounds) and Wyatt Farwell (160), while Caleb Lomme (182) finished in second place. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:32:54 EST Former worker accused of assaulting an underage girl http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076288-469/former-worker-accused-of-assaulting-an-underage.html NASHUA - The former Nashua Children's Home employee accused of raping a 16-year-old resident last year has reportedly moved to North Carolina as he awaits trial, which is currently set to start June 6 in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Jordan Dorsey, 30, a former Lawrence, Mass. resident who in recent court documents lists his address as Gastonia, N.C., a city about 15 miles west of Charlotte, was arrested Aug. 11 after he turned himself in to police on a warrant charging him with aggravated felonious sexual assault, a Class A felony. The charge stems from an alleged sexual encounter between Dorsey and the teenager in the living room of the agency's Concord Street home, which houses adolescent girls and is one of four residential facilities it operates in Nashua. The other three are on Amherst Street. Dorsey was initially charged with two counts of AFSA, 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. Children's Home officials terminated Dorsey on June 16, the day they learned of the allegations, executive director David Villiotti said at the time. Dorsey has been free on $50,000 personal recognizance bail since shortly after arrest. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:27:57 EST Estelle D. (D’Ambroise) Prenaveau http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076280-466/estelle-d.-dambroise-prenaveau.html Estelle D. (D'Ambroise) Prenaveau, 80, of Nashua, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Southern NH Medical Center. Estelle was born in Nashua on April 18, 1935, a daughter of the late Aurele D'Ambroise and Maryanna (Gendron) Pombrio. She was the widow of Joseph V. Prenaveau. Estelle was a lifelong Nashua resident. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:25:05 EST Marjorie McOsker http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076279-466/marjorie-mcosker.html Lowell - Marjorie Anne (Clifford) McOsker, 91, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at D'Youville Manor, with her family by her side. She was the wife of Francis J. McOsker, who passed away on November 25, 1991. Marjorie was born on August 17, 1924 in Lynn, MA and was the daughter of the late Timothy J. and Anna (Maguire) Clifford. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:25:03 EST Students selected for youth Senate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076276-469/students-selected-for-youth-senate.html Both of New Hampshire's delegates to the 54th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C., this year hail from Greater Nashua. Diab "Dody" Eid of Nashua High School South and Jacob Marcus of Merrimack High School will join more than 100 students from across the country in for a week in March to see the federal government in action. U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., announced the New Hampshire student delegates last week. "New Hampshire will be well-represented by Dody and Jacob, and we are so pleased that they have been chosen for this exciting program," the senators said in a joint statement. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:02:50 EST Library recognized for fundraiser role http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076275-469/library-recognized-for-fundraiser-role.html The Nashua Public Library has been recognized by the United Way of Greater Nashua for the most successful fund raising campaign by a city department. Library staff helped raise over $1,100 for the United Way's 2016 Employee Campaign. The funds raised will be used to help with 29 United Way programs run by 17 different agencies serving Greater Nashua. Mike Apfelberg, president of United Way of Greater Nashua, presented Jennifer McCormick, director of the Nashua Public Library, with a certificate congratulating library staff for their achievement. "We are so proud of the library employees for stepping up to support their community in this way." said Apfelberg in a press statement. "They are a small crew with a very big heart. Something which we call living united." Nashua ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:02:06 EST Breakfast to feature Christie, Donchess http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076273-469/breakfast-to-feature-christie-donchess.html NASHUA - Seats are still available for the 16th annual Groundhog Breakfast, one of the Salvation Army's biggest annual fundraisers, which will feature New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess and New Hampshire First Gentleman Tom Hassan as guest speakers. "It's a very lighthearted and fun event," said Amie Groff, community relations and development manager for the Salvation Army in Nashua. Held at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Groundhog Breakfast features silent and live auctions, all to support work the Salvation Army does in the community. "It's one our biggest fundraisers of the year. The funds go to social services and summer camp programs," Groff said. After doors open at 7 a.m., attendees can network and browse the silent auction table, she said, "Then we start the breakfast, and local firefighters will play the bagpipes." The keynote speaker will be presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:01:00 EST Presidential hopefuls in Nashua to woo voters http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076272-469/presidential-hopefuls-in-nashua-to-woo-voters.html The varying demeanors and political stylings of seven Republican presidential candidates were on display Saturday to several hundred GOP voters during an all-day cattle call less than three weeks out from the New Hampshire primary. Party loyalists, who gathered at the Radisson Hotel Nashua for the First in the Nation Presidential Town Hall, were courted by the young, energetic Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and fellow Floridan Jeb Bush, with his strong mainstream conservative tone, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum touted his blue-collar appeal and Ohio Gov. John Kasich made a pitch for a bipartisan, functional government. Businesswoman Carly Fiorina, the only female candidate on the Republican side, continued her outspoken pro-life advocacy and commitment to cutting bureaucratic red tape at the federal level, especially when it comes to reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:00:22 EST Getting non-voters to the polls http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1076269-474/getting-non-voters-to-the-polls.html My friend "Alex" is big on community. In his 30-odd years of life, the Nashua native has seen enough hardship to know that sinking alone is easy but swimming alone is not. There were times when Alex was sure he was going to sink. Nashua High School North had its fair share of drug and alcohol abuse when he was a student; he knows what it is like to live on the brink and watch others go over. If things were rough then, they are even rougher now for our kids: New Hampshire ranks first in the nation for young adult drinking, third for binge drinking, and in the top 10 for other drug use by teens. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 03:04:53 EST Merrimack man reaches Golden Glove semifinals http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1076253-457/merrimack-man-reaches-golden-glove-semifinals.html Former Nashua Community College baseball coach Justin Deflumeri is feeling good through the preliminary stages of the Greater Lowell/Central New England Golden Gloves Tournament. The 27-year-old Merrimack resident, who trains at the Nashua PAL Boxing Club, won his 178-pound Men's Novice Division first round bout via unanimous decision (three rounds) over Abdul Morelly, of Providence, R.I., on Jan. 15 at the Lowell (Mass.) Memorial Auditorium. Deflumeri will now face Joseph DaSilva, of Gloucester, Mass., in the semifinals on Thursday at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. The evening's matches start at 7:30 p.m. DaSilva advanced to face Deflumeri with a decision over Daniel McNamara, of Allston, Mass. On Friday night, two more Nashua PAL boxers earned wins in quarterfinal action. Nashua PAL's Joseph Valdes, of West Roxbury, Mass., won his Bantamweight (123 pounds) match via decision over Joel Morales, of Everett, Mass. Nashua's Jaime Cabera dropped his welterweight (152 pounds) bout via decision to Lipi Frenandes, of Roxbury, Mass. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:09:45 EST Merrimack boys win U12 indoor soccer title http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1076246-457/merrimack-boys-win-u12-indoor-soccer-title.html The sixth-seeded Merrimack Marauders won the Boys U12 Hampshire Dome indoor soccer championship for the top playoff division, beating the Nos 3, 7 and 1 seed the 3, 7, and 1 seeds consecutively in the playoff tournament. Those three teams had regular season records of 7-1, 4-4, and 8-0, respectively. Marauder players included Hunter Bailey, Tyler Barnard, Nick Boucher, Gavin Clark, Kyle Egan, Sam Epstein, John Heimberg, Gavin Kurdek, Preston Ostrom, Florian Werner, and Tobias Werner. SKATING Three local teams in  Eastern Sectionals Synchro Stars Synchronized Skating Team Inc., representing Gate City Figure Skating Club of Nashua, is sending three of its top teams to compete at the 2016 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Richmond, Va., from Jan. 27 through Jan. 31. Over 40 skaters who comprise the Preliminary, Open Juvenile and Intermediate teams of Synchro Stars will be competing against teams from all over the East Coast. This championship is the first step in determining who will represent the Eastern Section in the National Synchronized Skating Championships. All teams will perform a rigorous routine that is judged on technical skills as well as creativity and showmanship. HOCKEY PeeWee SNH Cavaliers win two The Southern New Hampshire Cavaliers skated to wins over a pair of Massachusetts hockey teams this past week. In a 5-1 win over the Wakefield Warriors, Cavan Quinn played well in net with defensive support from Keith Hubbert and Grant Gunderson. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 01:02:27 EST Nashua Christian teams with cafe for coffee fundraiser http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1076244-478/nashua-christian-teams-with-cafe-for-coffee.html For the second year in a row, Nashua Christian Academy has partnered with Bonhoeffer's Cafe and Espresso in Nashua to organize a coffee fundraiser. For approximately a month before Thanksgiving to just before Christmas, teachers Jean Eastman and Beth Papia collected coffee orders from all the students. Students from the elementary, junior high, and high school went to family and friends to sell as much coffee as they could for this fundraiser. As a school, NCA sold more than 300 pounds of coffee, which profited both the school and the cafe, as well as people in the countries of Ethiopia, El Salvador, Uganda and Papua New Guinea who grew the coffee beans. Eastman, the event organizer and K-8 principal, thought "this year's coffee fundraiser was a testimony to how much NCA families and friends love Bonhoeffer's freshly roasted coffee." By doing this fundraiser through Bonhoeffer's Cafe, exposure for both the school and the cafe is raised through friends and family. The school did two big batches - one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. Papia said, "The smell of the freshly ground coffee permeates the halls of NCA as the coffee is distributed." Every time a load of coffee was brought over to the school, everybody could tell just by the smell of all of the hallways. "It's a joy to watch over 300 pounds of coffee get delivered to the school, because the aroma is delightful," Eastman said, seeing all of the bagged coffee being distributed to families to enjoy or give as a gift. During the fundraiser, multiple students volunteered with Bonhoeffer's employee and NCA student Emily Desaulniers to help bag coffee. "It allowed students to learn the benefit of hard work through volunteering to bag coffee as well as donating to a good cause," said senior and volunteer Joe Fournier. With learning more about coffee and how to properly and professionally bag it, students benefited not only by earning volunteer hours, but also by developing new skills. "The Nashua Christian Academy coffee fundraiser is quickly becoming a popular annual school event," Papia said. The school cannot wait until next year when the annual coffee fundraiser begins again! Emily Desaulniers is a senior at Nashua Christian Academy. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 01:01:34 EST Douglas P. Harrison Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076236-466/douglas-p.-harrison-jr..html Douglas P. Harrison Jr., 36, of Merrimack, passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. He was born on September 27, 1979 in Lowell, MA, to Doug Harrison Sr. and the late Teresa (Roddy) Maxfield. He was a graduate of Alvirne High School in 1997, and was employed as a machinist for Spartan Technologies in Hudson. Doug was a dedicated employee at Spartan Technologies for over 18 years. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:02:18 EST Solomon P. Belanger http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076238-466/solomon-p.-belanger.html Solomon P. Belanger, 66, of Nashua, NH, died Sunday morning, on December 27, 2015, at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington, MA. "Sol" was born in Nashua on April 6, 1949. A son of the late Solomon and Zelia (Therault) Belanger. He is survived by his sisters, Ms. Celeste Alexander of Pelzer, SC and Paulette C. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 01:00:17 EST Fern Shirley Platen http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076239-466/fern-shirley-platen.html Fern Shirley Platen, 89, departed this earth for her grand reunion in heaven in the early hours of Monday, January 18, 2016 at residence, Fairview Nursing Home, Hudson, NH. She died as she lived, quiet and strong. She was the daughter of James Hosking and Minne Orrett of England, born in Toronto, Canada, May 18, 1926. Fern was predeceased by her husband, Helmut Joachim Platen, 76 and beloved daughter, Jennifer Lorraine Platen, 44. Fern is survived by her daughter, Marina Yvonne Maffia of Nashua; two blessed granddaughters, Yvonne Rochelle Maffia of Miami, FL and Olivia Jean Maffia of Amherst, MA, as well as her former son-in-law, Robert Maffia of Nashua; and her dear friend Cecil Carter of Odessa, TX. Her extended families in Canada and Germany will remember Fern as the one who came to America and helped her husband follow his dreams from Vancouver, BC to California (the time of their lives), Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, Oregon (again), Arizona and finally find peace in the caring arms of her daughter, Marina. Fern was an incredible survivor, leaving school at 15 years of age to assist her family. Self-taught through her love of the written word and hard work, she was employed by many prominent judges and attorneys in Canada and across this country as a legal secretary, lastly for Shafer et al Law Firm of Odessa, TX into her 70's. She endured innumerable physical and emotional traumas. Bones broken, blood spilled, she fought back against all odds after being bludgeoned over the head with a steel pipe and left in 102-degree heat, 20 feet from her back door, $2.00 taken, changed her, never able to shed a tear in all the years since. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 01:00:45 EST James E. Gibson Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076240-466/james-e.-gibson-jr..html James Edward Gibson, Jr., 92, longtime resident of Nashua, NH, passed away on Wednesday evening, January 20, 2016. Jim is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen (Ruiter) Gibson. Born in Rochester New Hampshire on February 16, 1923, he was the son of the late James and Jennie (Hamilton) Gibson. In addition to his wife Helen, members of his family include two sons, James M. Gibson of Litchfield, NH and Shawn Gibson of Nashua; three daughters, Linda Willett and her husband Henry of Nashua; Kathleen Owen and her husband William of Reston, VA; and Luanne Nadeau and her husband Mark of Ft. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:03:39 EST Agnes T. (Grondin) Soucy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076242-466/agnes-t.-grondin-soucy.html Agnes T. (Grondin) Soucy, 88, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Tuesday January 19, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital. Agnes was born in Montreal Canada on June 6, 1927 a daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Monihan) Grondin. She was the widow of Lionel Soucy, who passed away on May 11, 1995. Prior to retirement, Agnes worked in sales at Millers Department Store. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:04:38 EST The Campaign Trail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076229-469/the-campaign-trail.html The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting New Hampshire. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: SATURDAY, JAN. 23 Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, will speak at 8:40 a.m. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 02:00:17 EST Economists skeptical on rail despite push from Nashua officials http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076227-469/economists-skeptical-on-rail-despite-push-from.html NASHUA - Two New Hampshire economists expressed skepticism about expanding passenger rail into the southern portion of the state from Boston despite a heavy push from Nashua's new mayor, Jim Donchess. Steve Norton, executive director of the more progressive New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, said there is no economic study that shows a cost benefit to rail. There is a "heating up" of employment opportunities in Massachusetts, which could lead to a jump in commercial or housing rates in southern New Hampshire, he said during a Jan. 20 economic outlook luncheon hosted annually by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. "There's the possibility that the pressure for people to move north," Norton added. "I would just suggest that transportation is in a period of incredible flux and that there may not be one answer for the whole state." At the same Wednesday luncheon event, Charles Arlinghaus, president of the free market-advocating Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, maintained a very anti-rail expansion position. He looked more broadly about what the objective was - getting commuters to and from Boston, reducing congestion on Nashua area roadways - and said there may be more cost-effective ways to alleviate transportation problems. "Right now the only thing realistically that keeps a commuter train from happening is financial pressure," he said. Donchess, who took office on Jan. 10 and campaigned in favor of passenger rail expansion, offered the question to the economists because Norton presented a number of slides showing since the recession of 2008, Massachusetts job growth has been significant while New Hampshire's has stagnated in new employment opportunities. "Other statistics and numbers showed the Massachusetts economy is growing more quickly than the New Hampshire economy certainly," he said. "That made me think, again, that connecting southern New Hampshire more firmly to Massachusetts, to Boston, which is the economic engine of New England, would help to strengthen our economy," Donchess added. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 01:31:34 EST Scrappy Alvirne can’t overtake 8-1 Bedford http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076220-457/scrappy-alvirne-cant-overtake-8-1-bedford.html BEDFORD - The Alvirne High School girls basketball team had all the hustle points it needed to beat Bedford on Friday night. But putting points on the scoreboard was the Broncos' downfall. Alvirne played intensely throughout the night, creating second-chance opportunities, drawing contact and diving for loose balls to stay within reach, but the Bulldogs proved too much on both ends of the floor in a 48-37 win over the Broncos (5-3). Alvirne's defensive effort in the first half impressed against a deeper, more talented Bedford team, which improved to 8-1 with the win. The Broncos couldn't finish enough at the rim or the free-throw line to keep up with the Bulldogs in the second half. "We were a little streaky," Broncos coach Scott Szuksta said. "I thought we did well when we were in transition. I thought we did well when we worked the ball inside. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 01:40:00 EST North girls roll over Keene http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076217-457/north-girls-roll-over-keene.html The senior backcourt of Adaeze Okorie (20 points) and Sara Cordova (13), combined with the paint presence of junior Isabel Dunning (11), carried the play as Nashua High School North scored a 62-35 win over Keene. Trailing 11-6 after the first quarter, the Titans (5-3) went on a 45-11 run over the next two quarters to pull away from the Blackbirds. Alana Choate chipped in with three points offensively, but led a strong defensive effort that sparked the run into and out of halftime. Arianna Montivala also had a nice night, adding seven points to North's cause, as the Titans prepare for a trip to Manchester on Monday to face Memorial. Portsmouth 58, Milford 33 Milford's Devany Pitsas scored a team-high 16 points, but she was the only Spartan to reach double digits in a 58-33 loss to Portsmouth at home. Londonderry 50, Merrimack 39 Jolie Jacoby scored a team-high 12 points and Abby Yuan wasn't far behind with 11, but the Tomahawks came up on the short end of a 50-39 score against Londonderry. Other scores In Division I girls basketball action, Bishop Guertin beat Winnacunnet 48-41 and Nashua South beat Exeter 51-47. In Division II, it was Souhegan pulling out a 47-46 win over Hollis Brookline, while Sunapee beat Wilton-Lyndeborough 58-32 in Division IV play. Information on these games was not available at presstime. BOYS  BASKETBALL Nashua North 70, Keene 54 Ronnie Silva and Nate Hale led the charge with 19 and 16 points, respectively, as Nashua High School North rolled to a 70-54 win in Keene. Alonzo Linton chipped in with 13 points, while Shane LeGraw came off the bench in second quarter and hit two big 3-pointers to spark a long scoring run into halftime for the Titans (6-1). Exeter 84,  Nashua South 73 D.J. Frechette's 26 points and 20 from Zavier Williams was not enough for Nashua South as it fell 84-73 to Exeter. Kevin Genao had 13 points and Ryan Penkala played hard and added nine points as the Panthers fell to 4-3. South hosts Londonderry on Monday night. Bedford 66,  Alvirne 58 Max Bonney-Liles scored a team-high 20 points, while Danny Brown and D.J. LaMothe added 16 and 14 in Alvirne's 66-58 loss to Bedford in Hudson. Bedford's Ryan Hughes led all scorers with 21 points. Campbell 67,  Mascenic 57 Michael Gray had all the right moves, scoring a game-high 22 points to lead Campbell past Mascenic Regional in Litchfield. Kyle Shaw added 11 points of his own in what was a defensive battle throughout. Souhegan 51,  Hollis Brookline 31 Jerrell Webster paced Souhegan's offense with 12 points, while Anderson Geffard and Gabe Cruz chipped in with eight and seven points each, as the Sabers (5-2) picked up a 51-31 win at Hollis Brookline. The Cavaliers (3-4) were led by Nick Fothergill, who scored 10 in the loss. Merrimack 45, Londonderry 41 Ian Cummings scored a team-high 14 points and Ian Roberts added 12 of his own to lead Merrimack to a 45-41 win over Londonderry. Winnacunnet 71, Bishop Guertin 67 (OT) Chad Olivieri and Mike Rinko did all they could offensively, scoring 24 and 21 points respectively, but it wasn't enough to put Bishop Guertin over the top in a 71-67 overtime loss to Winnacunnet at home. Other score In Division VI boys basketball action, Sunapee topped Wilton-Lyndeborough 69-48. More information was not available at presstime. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 01:42:45 EST David Paul Richard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076191-466/david-paul-richard.html David Paul Richard, 67, of Cape Coral, Florida, died Thurs­day, December 23, 2015. He was born on March 4, 1948 in Nashua, NH, the son of Louis A. and Euphemia (McInn­is) Richard, he grew up in Nashua, NH and was a graduate of Nashua High School. Mr. Richard was prede­ceased by his wife, Brenda Geno Richard, as well as his brother, George Rich­ard. He is survived by his sons, Matthew Richard of Miami, Florida, Kevin Richard and his wife Steph­anie and their two children, Brandon Honeman and Vi­olet Richard, all of Anchor­age, Alaska. He is also survived by a sister, Marie Gagnon and her husband Wayne of Portsmouth, NH; three brothers, Robert Richard and his wife Linda of Nash­ua, NH; Maurice Richard and his wife Donna of Ran­cho Cordova, California; and Thomas Richard and his wife Karen of Clearwa­ter, Florida. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. After high school, David attended Keene State Col­lege. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:01:58 EST Lorraine J. McNally http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076190-466/lorraine-j.-mcnally.html Lorraine J. McNally, age 83, of Tavares, FL passed away on Thursday, Janu­ary 21, 2016. She was born April 26, 1932 in Nashua, NH and moved to Lake County in 2007 from Pun­ta Gorda, FL. She was a homemaker and was of the Catholic faith. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:01:28 EST Yolande Ricard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076189-466/yolande-ricard.html Yolande Ricard, 95, a life­long resident of Nashua, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on January 20, 2016. She was born in Nashua, on September 24, 1920, a daughter of the late Louie and Eva Rose (Lassard) Pa­quette. Mrs. Ricard was the wife of Roland E. Ricard, her be­loved husband of 75 years. She is remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She took a lot of pride in raising her family, was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed spending time in with her family. Mrs. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:01:00 EST Lillian T. Lafleur http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076188-466/lillian-t.-lafleur.html Lillian T. Lafleur, former longtime resident of Hud­son, NH, passed peacefully on Sun­day, January 10, 2016 at Ledgewood Bay in Milford, NH at the age of 89. Born on July 3rd, 1926, in Lawrence, MA, Lillian was the last surviving child of the late John Ar­thur and Lena (Brunette) Boisvert. Lillian was pre­deceased by her loving hus­band, Raymond, with whom she shared 65 years of mar­riage. Lillian is survived by a daughter, Jeanne Lentz of Sycamore, IL; two sons, Bob Lafleur and his wife Patricia of Hudson, NH and Tom Lafleur and his wife Sandy of Wilton, NH; nine grandchildren, Jason, Todd, Mandy, Lisa, Shawn, Ben, Dan, Ken and Tracy; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law, Charlie Tanguay of Nashua, NH. She had been a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson for many years. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Fri­day, January 29, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:00:31 EST The Campaign Trail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1076208-476/the-campaign-trail.html The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting New Hampshire. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: FRIDAY, JAN. 22 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, will host a drug recovery roundtable with Carroll County police chiefs beginning at 9 a.m. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:59:15 EST Joyce Diane Bickford http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076193-466/joyce-diane-bickford.html Joyce Diane Bickford, 66, of Nashua, NH passed unex­pectedly on January 19, 2016. She was born in Woburn, MA August 3,1949. She is the wife of Har­old (Skip) Bickford of 31 years. She was the daughter of Don­ald E. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:01:20 EST Nashua lawmaker wants eviction proceedings in local court http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076169-469/nashua-lawmaker-wants-eviction-proceedings-in-local.html CONCORD - In the wake of revelations that the owners of Nashua's largest rooming house often file eviction proceedings in Portsmouth district court rather than the local court two blocks away, a state lawmaker filed legislation that would stop this practice. "This just makes common sense," state Rep. Michael B. O'Brien Sr. said Wednesday of the amendment that would require landlords to initiate eviction and payment-of-rent proceedings in the court nearest to where the tenant lives. "This just makes it more tenant friendly. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 01:00:16 EST Sanders, O’Malley to return to Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1076167-476/sanders-omalley-to-return-to-nashua.html NASHUA - Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has signed on to speak in Nashua on Thursday at a regional forum on poverty and economic inequality. Sanders, a Vermont senator, is the second Democratic challenger scheduled to speak at the 2016 Politics, Poverty and the Presidency Forum at the Radisson Hotel Nashua. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will also address the crowd about the growing poverty and inequality faced daily by millions of Americans. The two-day forum is sponsored by the New England Community Action Partnership, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, the Community Action Partnership and the National Community Action Foundation. O'Malley will speak at 1 p.m., while Sanders is slated to take the stage at 4 p.m. Amos Smith, president of the New England Community Action Foundation, said he is thrilled Sanders will attend. "Sen. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:03:59 EST Bush in Nashua: DC needs a public servant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1076166-476/bush-in-nashua-dc-needs-a-public.html In a change of pace from the day-to-day campaign rhetoric, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush opted Wednesday morning to toss out his stump speech and offer real-life examples of his leadership skills to demonstrate his commitment to public service and his ability  to take charge at the White House. Bush also used his visit to Rivier University, where he spoke before about 100 people for the President's Circle Leadership Forum, to indirectly jab at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, the brash New York billionaire, by saying the next president will have to do more than just talk. He spoke passionately about the need for a servant in Washington, D.C., twice noting that the volume of a candidate's voice should not define leadership and strength in a world with big personalities on the stage "saying outrageous things," referring to Trump without mentioning his name. "Well, I think if you understand leadership truly, it's having a servant's heart. It's having the humility to know what you don't know and to listen first and to learn along the way and then to lead," he said. "We don't need talkers; we don't need people that divide us anymore; we need people that love this country and they're focused on solving problems so that people can rise up again." Bush, the two-term governor of Florida who has been kickstarting his deep-pocketed campaign after months of sliding in the polls both nationally and in New Hampshire, offered four tales of his leadership record while the chief executive in one of the country's most important swing states. "Since this is a leadership forum and since the presidency is probably the most important leadership job that exists in the United States, one would hope at least that we would have someone who had leadership skills in the Oval Office," he said. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:06:56 EST Nashua: 10-plus pounds of pot leads to felony charge for Mass. man http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1076160-228/nashua-10-plus-pounds-of-pot-leads-to.html The arrest Monday of a Boston-area man on charges of selling marijuana led Nashua and DEA officers to file an additional felony charge of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute after they discovered more than 10 pounds of the drug in his vehicle, police said. Leroy Pearson, 39, of 91 Lawrence Ave., Apt. 1, Dorchester, Mass., was arraigned Tuesday in Nashua district court on the charges, which include two counts of unlawful sale of marijuana and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, which are Class B felonies. Police said members of the department's Traffic Enforcement Unit and its Problem Oriented Policing Unit took Pearson into custody on a warrant, which was issued as part of an investigation conducted by Narcotics Intelligence Division detectives and agents from the DEA's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Officials determined during the investigation that Pearson was allegedly distributing various amounts of marijuana throughout Nashua, police said. After his arrest, officials executed a search warrant on Pearson's vehicle and found "in excess of 10 pounds" of marijuana, leading to the possession with intent charge. Pearson was held on $75,000 cash or surety bail pending his next appearance in the Nashua court. Police ask that anyone who has any information concerning illegal drug activity to contact the department's Narcotics Hotline at 594-3597 or go to www.nashuapd.com. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:59 EST Nashua mayor launches task force to tackle opioid epidemic http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076159-469/nashua-mayor-launches-task-force-to-tackle.html NASHUA - Mayor Jim Donchess will convene a citywide task force Thursday aimed at turning the tide on the deadly opioid epidemic that killed at least two dozen people in Nashua alone last year. The inaugural meeting of the newly formed Nashua Task Force on Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Recovery will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 in the City Hall auditorium. Improving communications among those on the front lines of the opioid crisis will be the focus of the session. "We are fortunate to have professionals and citizens across the city who care deeply about the impact of substance use on our community," Donchess said in a statement. "They are eager to use their skills, expertise and experience to make a difference. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:25 EST In Nashua, economists offer 2016 predictions; experts call for more migration, lower energy prices http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076158-469/in-nashua-economists-offer-2016-predictions-experts.html Oil prices are down, foreign-born workers in New Hampshire are up and the cost of doing business within the state remains a little high, according to a trio of economic experts. When looking to the future of the Granite State, Steve Norton of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies said businesses will have to look to migration and millennials - those born between 1980 and the early 2000s - for continued growth and to avoid long-term labor force problems. "Nashua is particularly well-suited to have conversations about (your) workforce because of your location relative to the Massachusetts line," he said. "How do we make New Hampshire a place where we can bring this (migrating) workforce back into New Hampshire going forward?" Norton was one of three panelists to share predictions for the upcoming year during the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce's annual Economic Outlook Luncheon, held this year at the Holiday Inn in Nashua. He said with baby boomers no longer having children and millennials putting off having families until later, there is a need for more foreign-born workers. Four out of 10 of New Hampshire's foreign-born population have a bachelor's degree or higher, ranking the state among the top 10 in the education levels of incoming residents, he said. Immigrants too, Norton said, start one-quarter of all new businesses in the country. Last year at the same forum, a different panel said New Hampshire had less of an economic decline but also a slower recovery than the region and country. Jeff McDonald, a senior vice president and chief investment officer at Enterprise Investment Advisors, said domestically consumer debt loads (as a percentage of income) are 30 percent lower than in 2007. There are still headwinds in earnings growth - estimates for 2016 have been ratcheted down from 10.3 percent to 7.6 percent due to a sluggish global marketplace. McDonald remains positive with longer-term interest rates likely to remain low, as is the expectation for inflation. "I think the consumer is in a much better shape than in a long time," he said. Another reason for optimism is the continuing decline in oil prices. The commodity has breached $30 per barrel, a level not seen since 2004. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:04:29 EST The campaign trail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/politics/1076155-476/the-campaign-trail.html The campaign trail The Telegraph is providing a daily update on appearances by 2016 presidential contenders who are visiting New Hampshire. Here's a look at the upcoming scheduled campaign appearances: THURSDAY, JAN. 21 Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, will speak at 8:30 a.m. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:03:13 EST Kenneth J. ‘G Man’ Karawski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076141-466/kenneth-j.-g-man-karawski.html NASHUA - Kenneth "G Man" Karawski, 62, passed on peacefully on January 14 2016, at Mass General Hos­pital Boston, MA, after a long and cou­rageous battle with leukemia. Born May 16, 1953 in Nashua, NH, Ken was the son of Daniel Karawski, co-founder of Alpine Grove and Dan's Drive In, and Marion (Sedlewicz) Ka­rawski. He is survived by his brother Michael "The Brain" Karawski of Concord, MA; and sister Kathy Karawski of Nashua, NH. He gradu­ated with the Class of 1971 at Nashua High School. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:03:32 EST Doris (Bois) St. Pierre http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076140-466/doris-bois-st.-pierre.html Doris (Bois) St. Pierre, 80, lifelong resident of Nashua, passed away on January 14, 2016, at the Commu­nity Hospice House in Merrimack, after a brief illness. She was born on August 26, 1935 in Nashua, NH, a daughter of the late Alfred and Lena (Ledoux) Bois. She was a graduate of Nashua High School. Doris served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1955, and received an hon­orable discharge for her service. Mrs. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:03:04 EST Symphony NH to showcase audience favorites http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1076129-485/symphony-nh-to-showcase-audience-favorites.html NASHUA - Friday in Concord and Saturday in Nashua, Symphony NH continues its 2015-16 season with a program featuring Russian and French music inspired by composers from previous generations. The orchestra, under the baton of conductor Jonathan McPhee, will perform works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky's beloved "Serenade for Strings" was described by him as an homage to Mozart. Ravel's jaunty "Le Tombeau de Couperin" was composed as a memorial to the revered master Francois Couperin. Stravinsky's tuneful "Pulcinella Suite," based on the work of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, introduced audiences to the neoclassical style. Prokofiev's cheeky "Classical Symphony," composed to win a college bet, is a thrilling reimagining of the form established by Franz Joseph Haydn. "Composers have always found inspiration in a variety of sources," said McPhee. "For thecomposers on this program, it was to musical 'father figures' that they turned, paradoxically resulting in some of the most original music ever written." The concerts -  Friday at the Concord City Auditorium and Saturday at Keefe Auditorium in Nashua - begin at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18--49, and are free for youth younger than 16 when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, visit symphonynh.org. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:04:18 EST Nashua Mayor Donchess hosts first task force on heroin and substance abuse http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076122-469/nashua-mayor-donchess-hosts-first-task-force.html NASHUA - Proving good on his campaign promise to make the heroin and opioid epidemic his top priority, Mayor Jim Donchess will convene the first session of a task force formed to aggressively tackle the issue and better coordinate ongoing efforts of those on the front lines of the crisis. The Nashua Task Force on Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Recovery will be held at 10 a.m., Jan. 21, in City Hall Auditorium. Key leaders from the prevention, law enforcers, health care, education and treatment fields will gather Thursday. In coming months, Donchesss said he hope citizens across the city will join the effort. "We hope that all Nashuans will join with us in our commitment to prevention, treatment, recovery and saving lives," the mayor said in a statement. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:00:41 EST What’s Up In High School Sports http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076117-457/whats-up-in-high-school-sports.html Wednesday Boys hockey Sanborn at Hollis Brookline-Derryfield (Conway Arena), 8:10 p.m. Merrimack at Belmont (Laconia Arena), 4:30 p.m. Nashua North-Souhegan at Manchester Central (JFK Coliseum),  4:30 p.m. Nashua South at St. Thomas (Dover Arena), 7:15 p.m. Wrestling Spaulding at Hollis Brookline,  5:30 p.m. Alvirne at Manchester Memorial,  6 p.m. Campbell at Pelham, 6 p.m. Merrimack at Winnacunnet, 6 p.m. Milford at Con-Val, 6 p.m. Nashua South at Nashua North,  7 p.m. Track Campbell at Nashua South,  3:30 p.m. THURSDAY Girls basektball Campbell at Mascenic, 7 p.m. Gymnastics Hollis Brookline, Souhegan at Keene, 6 p.m. Boys skiing Merrimack vs. Exeter at Gunstock, 2:30 p.m. Hollis Brookline, Milford, Souhegan at Crotched Mtn., 3:30 p.m. Nashua North, South vs. Timberlane at Pat's Peak, 4:30 p.m. Girls skiing Merrimack vs. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:07:28 EST Nashua scuffle ends in arrest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076112-469/nashua-scuffle-ends-in-arrest.html NASHUA - A 57-year-old Nashua man was held in jail on $100,000 cash only bail Tuesday morning following his arraignment on three felony charges that accuse him of stabbing another man during a fight over the weekend. Neil Sevieri, of 28 Railroad Square, Apt. 4, is now scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Feb. 1 in Nashua district court. Police prosecutor Evie King, citing Sevieri's history of arrests on assault and criminal threatening-related offenses, requested the $100,000 cash only bail, which Judge Robert S. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:04:56 EST New charges for alleged Nashua shooter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076108-469/new-charges-for-alleged-nashua-shooter.html NASHUA - A 19-year-old local man charged in April with shooting another man in the back was arrested anew last week on charges that stem from another firearm-related crime he allegedly committed while out on bail, according to police. Ryan Mateo, of 4 Louisburg Square, Apt. 10, Nashua, is scheduled for a probable cause hearing Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Nashua district court. He was arrested Jan. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:58:01 EST Clinton is the most qualified candidate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1076104-465/clinton-is-the-most-qualified-candidate.html Every four years, New Hampshire residents get the opportunity to view the presidential candidates in person. You can learn more about a candidate in person than by following the political circus on television. I took advantage of the opportunity to see Hillary Clinton twice in town-hall environments. She impressed me by her willingness to answer any and all questions. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:01:59 EST Philip R. Langelier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076092-466/philip-r.-langelier.html NASHUA - Philip R. Langelier, 86, of Nashua, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 17, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Nashua, he was the son of the late Charles and Agnes (Proulx) Langelier. Raised and educated in Nashua, Philip worked as a draftsman and supervisor for many years at Sanders & Associates. He retired from Hewlett Packard as a manager, after several years of service. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:02:20 EST Tsun-Ming Chow http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076094-466/tsun-ming-chow.html Tsun-Ming Chow, 92, of Nashua, died Saturday, January 16, 2016, at Kent Village at the Huntington at Nashua in Nashua, NH, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 10, 1923 in China, daughter of the late Ma Shiao Ling and Chang Sze-Yuan. Mrs. Chow was the wife of the late Shun-Ching Chow, with whom she shared 64 years of marriage. Survivors include a daughter, Greer Fan of Tustin, CA; and three sons: William Chow (wife Wenjin Wang) of Del Mar, CA, Michael Chow (wife Anita Liu) of Nashua, NH, and Hector Chow (wife Vivi Tcheng) of Cincinnati, OH; 13 grandchildren: Brian Fan (wife Dolly Tsai), Wendy Fan (husband Getulio Tomala), Adrian Fan (wife Yvonne Yip), Steven Chow (wife Grace Kim), David Chow, Jason Chow, Bridget Ko (husband Stephen Ko), Denise Chow (husband John Diune), Ashley Chow (husband Timothy Wong), Simon Chow, Adam Chow, Aaron Chow and Lillian Chow; 9 great-grandchildren: Andrew Fan, Charlotte Fan, Kendra Tomala, Everett Tomala, Griffin Chow, Lucas Chow, Christopher Ko, Sophie Diune, Jacob Diune. Visitation for the public will be held on Friday, January 22nd from 9am-10am in the DUMONT-SULLIVAN FUNERAL HOME, 50 FERRY ST. IN HUDSON. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 10am in the funeral home with burial to follow in Edgewood Cemetery in Nashua. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:04:06 EST Kenneth J. ‘G Man’ Karawski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076095-466/kenneth-j.-g-man-karawski.html NASHUA - Kenneth "G Man" Karawski, 62, passed on peacefully on January 14 2016, at Mass General Hospital Boston, MA, after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Born May 16, 1953 in Nashua, NH, Ken was the son of Daniel Karawski, co-founder of Alpine Grove and Dan's Drive In, and Marion (Sedlewicz) Karawski. He is survived by his brother Michael "The Brain" Karawski of Concord, MA; and sister Kathy Karawski of Nashua, NH. He graduated with the Class of 1971 at Nashua High School. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:04:41 EST Kylie Nicole Inman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076096-466/kylie-nicole-inman.html Kylie Nicole Inman, 20, of Nashua, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at her home on January 10, 2016, as a result of a (pulmonary) embolism. She was born in Portland, Maine on October 31, 1995, beloved daughter of Renee M. (Ditmars) and Anthony Inman. Kylie was currently a medical student at UMass Lowell to fulfill her dream as an Emergency Room doctor and assist Doctors Without Borders. Kylie was a proud sister of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. She was a graduate of Nashua High School South, Class of 2014. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:05:05 EST Mary M. Downey http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076097-466/mary-m.-downey.html Mary Margaret Downey, 88, of Nashua, passed away Friday afternoon, January 15, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, after a brief illness. A native of this city, Mary was born on April 7, 1927, a daughter of the late John F. and Alice M. (Welch) Downey. Educated in local schools, she was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1944. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:05:28 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076090-469/news-digest.html Nashua Woman held on $100K bail on arrest for drug offenses Citing the danger of the ongoing opioid epidemic among other concerns, a Nashua police prosecutor was granted her request to hold 30-year-old Holly Demanche on $100,000 cash or surety bail following Demanche's most recent arrest on drug offenses. Demanche, whose last known address is in Wilton, was arrested Jan. 12 in Nashua and charged with one count each of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Both are Class B felonies, and carry second-offense penalties because Demanche was convicted of similar offenses in 2013 in Salem, according to King. "Based on her history of multiple charges and convictions, and the risk (Demanche presents) because of the heroin epidemic, I ask that her bail be continued," King said, referring to the $100,000 amount set when Demanche was arrested. Demanche, who was arraigned via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, admitted she has a problem and wants help. "I do know that I need help ... with my problem," she said, apparently referring to her history of arrests, mostly tied to drug-related issues. Judge James Leary accepted prosecutor Evie King's bail recommendation at Demanche's arraignment last week in Nashua district court and scheduled a probable cause hearing on Jan. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 03:03:14 EST New facility seeks to fill families’ needs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076088-469/new-facility-seeks-to-fill-families-needs.html NASHUA - Bridges by EPOCH, an assisted living community for senior citizens with memory impairment, plans to open in Nashua this June. The facility provides a full spectrum of care for its residents, programs for families, and adds to the available options for residents seeking care for aging relatives. The need for living communities specializing in dementia and Alzheimer's disease for seniors is growing in the New England area, said Lisa Beckwith, director of community relations for Bridges' Nashua facility. "The company is focusing on New England right now because there is so much need, we fill the rooms so quickly," Beckwith said. "Most of the established facilities now have waiting lists, which is unfortunate." There were as many as 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease in 2013 and it was one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though there is no cure for the disease or other dementias, Bridges is able to provide care to people with memory impairments in a way that helps the residents keep their independence, which according to Beckwith keeps them engaged. "We want what's best for the residents so having better programming is always going to be the focus," Beckwith said. "It's the programming that keeps people engaged and keeps them going. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 03:02:05 EST MLK Day speaker: Equality for all a work in progress http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076085-469/mlk-day-speaker-equality-for-all-a.html High school junior Roberto Luis Landrau III had a couple of words Monday morning for the acquaintences he calls "my doubters": "Thank you." "To you who never thought I'd make it this far ... you who told me to stop asking so many questions so the teacher could teach the smart kids ... yes, you. Thank you," Landrau, a Litchfield resident who attends Campbell High School, said to a round of applause from the roomful of area residents who took part in the 32nd annual Dr. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 02:04:03 EST North defeats South on slopes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1076073-457/north-defeats-south-on-slopes.html The Nashua High School North alpine skiing team won the Battle of the Bridge Dual alpine race at Pats Peak on Monday, edging Nashua South 390-382. The North girls boasted three of the top five finishers, with Bailey Ruhm taking first with a combined time of 60.82 seconds. Teammate Izzy Gates had a combined time of 62.68 to finish second. Nashua South's Alyssa Freeman (64.46), North's Rhianna Sullivan (67.6) and South's Jillian MacGregor (68.29) rounded out the top five. South's Jack Rice stole the show not only on the boys side, but overall as his 57.18-second combined time was the day's best. North, however, took the next five spots, led by Sam Martin's 60.78 mark. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:46:26 EST Kenneth J. ‘G Man’ Karawski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076068-466/kenneth-j.-g-man-karawski.html NASHUA - Kenneth "G Man" Karawski, 62, passed on peacefully on January 14 2016, at Mass General Hospital Boston, MA, after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. Born May 16, 1953 in Nashua, NH, Ken was the son of Daniel Karawski, co-founder of Alpine Grove and Dan's Drive In, and Marion (Sedlewicz) Karawski. He is survived by his brother Michael "The Brain" Karawski of Concord, MA; and sister Kathy Karawski of Nashua, NH. He graduated with the Class of 1971 at Nashua High School. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:00:39 EST Doris A. (Poppre) Martin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1076070-466/doris-a.-poppre-martin.html Doris A. (Poppre) Martin, 86, of Nashua passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital, following a short illness. Doris was born in West Orange, NJ on August 13, 1929, a daughter of the late Joseph and Marion (Meyer) Poppre. She worked in the Insurance Business for many years and was a licensed agent. Doris loved the game of golf. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:01:42 EST North loses both matches http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1075998-457/north-loses-both-matches.html The Nashua North wrestling team lost to both Windham (33-12) and Winchester (55-19) in their dual meet on Saturday. Wayne Nolette won both of his matches at 145 pounds, while Jack Stone (160), Cole Nickerson (113), Christian Moreno (195) and Finn Littlefield (285) all picked up wins as North dropped to 3-7 for the season. BOYS HOCKEY Merrimack 2, Bowe 2 Jeff Gerhard and Ryan Downie both scored as the Tomahawks salvaged a 2-2 tie against Bowe. Alvirne-Pelham 6, Nashua North-Souhegan 2 Both teams' records now sit at 1-6 as Alvirne-Pelham picked up its first win of the season. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:18 EST Baptist church event recalls a legacy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076005-469/baptist-church-event-recalls-a-legacy.html The pews and parking lot at Nashua's First Baptist Church were filled to capacity Saturday night as people came to listen to the Rev. Regina Shearer and discuss and celebrate the ongoing mission and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "It requires a perspicacity... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:12:58 EST Plea deal in assault case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076009-469/plea-deal-in-assault-case.html NASHUA - A 28-year-old Nashua man charged in August with assaulting and strangling a female acquaintence has been sentenced to approximately 7 months in jail as part of a plea agreement finalized last week in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Devin C. Dozier, most recently of 11 Fernwood St., was also sentenced to 1-3 years in the New Hampshire State Prison, but the term was deferred for one year as long as Dozier meets the conditions of the agreement, which include staying out of trouble and attending any counseling or treatment programs recommended by authorities. Judge Amy Ignatius accepted the plea agreement, which stems from Dozier's Aug. 18 arrest on one count each of domestic violence-second degree assault, a Class B felony, and criminal threatening, a Class A misdemeanor. He was also charged with six counts of domestic violence-simple assault, all Class A misdemeanors. Police took Dozier into custody after responding to a reported domestic disturbance at a Nashua address around 5 p.m. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:20:48 EST City offices closed http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076010-469/city-offices-closed.html In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day city offices, including the Nashua Solid Waste Department and Four Hills Landfill/Nashua recycling will be closed today, and solid waste pickup will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. The solid waste department will resume operation Tuesday starting with the normal Monday route. Collections will be delayed by one day through Saturday. Residents should have all containers ready at curbside by 6:45 a.m. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:05:58 EST Police make stabbing arrest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1076011-469/police-make-stabbing-arrest.html HUDSON - A local man sustained a non-life threatening stab wound to his torso Sunday afternoon outside a Central Street apartment building, police said. Freddie Buchanan, 35, was treated on the scene by paramedics and transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua for further threatment. Under arrest in connection with the incident is Nashua resident Ronald Russell, also 35, who was charged iwth one count of first-degree assault, a Class A felony, according to police. Russell was transported to Valley Street jail in Manchester, where he was held on $20,000 cash or surety bail pending arraignment set for Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Nashua district court. Police and medical personnel were summoned to 87 Central St. just after 3 p.m. for the report of a stabbing. A half-dozen police vehicles descended on the scene, but all but two departed in about a half-hour. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:21:49 EST