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 Schwanz steady force for Silver Knights http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1067124-457/schwanz-steady-force-for-silver-knights.html NASHUA - Tyler Schwanz looks up and sees fans that can almost reach out and touch him at Holman Stadium. He never experienced that growing up in Michi­gan, that's for sure. "Much different en­vironment," the Nashua Silver Knights outfielder said with a grin. "I've nev­er experienced this. It's extremely cool. It's unbe­lieveable." While Schwanz grew up in Michigan, he came to the Silver Knights from the University of Maine, recommended by Black Bears assistant/pitching coach J.P. Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:00:31 EST Police charge Mass. man with assault and theft http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1067110-469/police-charge-mass.-man-with-assault-and.html Nashua police arrested a man Friday who they said assaulted a woman he knew in April and damaged and stole items from her home. City police were called to a Nashua res­idence shortly before 3:30 p.m. on April 1 and were told that Chavez Champagne, 33, of 32 Pinewood Road in Methuen, Mass., had assaulted a woman he knows then damaged a number of things in the home before then steal­ing several other items, police said. Detectives investigat­ed and obtained an arrest warrant, which was ex­ecuted on Friday. Cham­pagne is charged with one counts each of theft by unauthorized tak­ing or transfer, a Class A felony, criminal mischief, a Class B felony, and domestic violence: simple assault, a misdemeanor, police said. He was held at Valley Street jail in Manchester on $15,000 cash bail pending his arraignment at Nashua district court on Monday, police said. The Class A felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison plus fines, and the Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines. The Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail plus fines, police said. - Telegraph staff Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:01:06 EST 2016 education budget passed http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1067106-469/2016-education-budget-passed.html NASHUA - After six months of deliberation, the Nashua School Board has settled on a 2016 ed­ucation budget, eliminating the final $300,000 with a combination of non-personnel and staff reduc­tions and but adding back several paraeducator positions. "The reductions of greatest concern in the budget were our teachers and our paraeducators," Superintendent Mark Conrad said. After city aldermen set the budget threshold at 1.68 percent over the 2015 education bud­get, school officials had to pare the draft budget's 1.98 percent increase, reducing the overall spending plan from $102.7 mil­lion to $102.4 million. The board pulled together a list of reductions, which passed in a 7-1 vote last week. Approved re­ductions include a part-time spe­cial education coach for $27,818, the high school assistant princi­pal for curriculum at $90,086 and more than $44,000 cut from the allowance for salary increases. Significant non-personnel items include a $60,000 reduc­tion to the technology budget and $52,000 from the severance account. The board restored four out of five paraeducator positions originally slated to get pink slips, balancing the restoration by eliminating the part-time special education coach position. Board member Sandra Ziehm cast the only "nay" vote, saying she would prefer to see more jobs maintained and less money allocated to salary increases. Ziehm said the reduced allow­ance for salary increase could have gone further, potentially saving jobs. "I ask myself if it's more im­portant to retain people, or to give others a raise?" Ziehm said on Monday. "When I look at the district and how we're voting, I don't think we can continue this way." District officials had anticipat­ed a difficult budget season this spring, and started working on the 2016 budget in January. Ziehm said next year will be another battle. "Next year we'll have even less than this year," she said. Further reductions will be necessary, and will like­ly affect personnel. "It all comes down to the classroom. Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:00:30 EST Andrew T. Eliopoulos http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1067100-466/andrew-t.-eliopoulos.html Andrew T. Eliopoulos, born April 16, 1963, in Ak­ron, Ohio. Andy un­expectedly passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, cycling through the hills of New Hampshire and Massachusetts while training for the Pan-Mass Chal­lenge (PMC). A de­voted husband and father; Andy married Lisa Kasmarek August 31, 1986. Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:50:53 EST Nancy Mae Milliard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1067102-466/nancy-mae-milliard.html Nancy Mae Milliard, 62, of Nashua, passed away on June 30, 2015 at the Massa­chusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was born on November 27, 1952, the daughter of the late Clar­ence E. Gora and Madalyn Jean Peters. Nancy enjoyed spending her time with friends, lis­tening to music, walks in the park, playing bingo and do­ing various crafts. She was a homemaker that loved to spend time with her family. Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:52 EST Juliette Louise Barriault LaVergne http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1067103-466/juliette-louise-barriault-lavergne.html HOLLIS, NH - Juliette Louise Barriault LaVergne, 87, a loving moth­er of five, retired entertainer and broadcaster, devout Catholic, died early on July 5th after a sudden illness at her home in Hollis, New Hampshire. She was born in Nashua, NH, on Oc­tober 8, 1927, the youngest of ten children born to Eu­gene Barriault and Jeanne (Deschenes) Barriault, both of them French-Canadian immigrants. She received her primary education at St. Francis Xavier Parish School in Nashua and sec­ondary education at St. Lou­is de Gonzague Girls High School, also in Nashua. Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Raymond L. Parent http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1067104-466/raymond-l.-parent.html SEABROOK, NH - Raymond L. Par­ent, 85, resident of Seabrook, NH died on July 4, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. He was born in Nashua, NH on June 25, 1930, a son of Alphonse and Aldea (Grandmai­son) Parent. He resided in Seabrook for the past three years where he had sum­mered for over 50 years and formerly made his home in Amherst, NH for many years. Mr. Parent had been em­ployed by Nashua Corpora­tion for more than 20 years. Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:01:10 EST Main Street building was a church, bank http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1067097-469/main-street-building-was-a-church-bank.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 the story behind it. You'll have to use your imag­ination to imagine the color. This isn't far from the spot featured a few weeks ago. Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:16 EST Classes in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1067069-478/classes-in-greater-nashua.html EDITOR'S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Items should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. NASHUA 'A MATTER OF BALANCE' The YMCA of Greater Nashua, in partnership with Rivier University, is holding "A Matter of Balance" class at the college. The eight-week class will be held Thursdays in July and August from 3:15-5:15 p.m. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:01:26 EST Library Events in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1067068-478/library-events-in-greater-nashua.html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit nashuatelegraph.com/community. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, nashualibrary.org. SUMMER READING PROGRAMS No matter how old you are, you can join a Nashua Public Library sum­mer reading program and win prizes as you read. The theme of the Kids Summer Reading Program is "Every Hero Has a Story." Among the events sched­uled are a craft to make superhero masks, cuffs and capes; Superhero Training Day; live performances by Keith Munslow and Ronald McDon­ald; and the annual Read, White, and Blue Parade. Each week through Aug. 20, kids can win prizes for reading. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:01:20 EST Officials say small, unknown amount of sewage leaked into Nashua river http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1067067-469/officials-say-small-unknown-amount-of-sewage.html NASHUA - A broken wastewater pipe was fixed Thursday after city officials say the aging infrastructure piece failed and caused an unknown amount of raw sewerage to flow into the Nashua River. The Nashua Department of Public Works crew was informed of a ruptured pipe at the Broad Street pump house that carries sewerage to the treatment plant. Nashua Mayor Don­nalee Lozeau said she au­thorized an emergency work order to repair the pipe and hired a construc­tion firm called Continen­tal at a price not to exceed $40,000. Crews worked throughout the night to fix the issue and the may­or acknowledged it was a noisy night for neighbors, but unavoidable. "We had staff out there doing some ground main­tenance work and while they were there a resident mentioned to them they noticed an odor problem, so one of our staff mem­bers who does that kind of work came over, took a look and they discov­ered there was a leak in a pipe about 13 feet under­ground," she said during a Friday interview. "Our immediate need was to fix the leak, which we did as quickly as possi­ble," she added. On Monday, the may­or will officially send the written emergency order to the city government. She was unable to do so at the end of the week due to the holiday, but Lozeau did email the Nashua Board of Alderman and the public works committee. Witnesses say up to 20 vehicles congregated at the dead end site off Tilton Street on Thursday after­noon and work continued throughout the evening. Several large construction vehicle remained at the site Fri­day afternoon, as well as multiple plastic pipes and other equipment scattered around the fenced-in facil­ity. A noticeable sewage smell remained when The Telegraph was present. It is unknown how much may have leaked into the river. Steve Partello, a Tilton Street homeowner, said there has been an odor as­sociated with sewerage near his residence for sev­eral weeks. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:10:00 EST Nashua fire victims to get additional aid http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1067065-469/nashua-fire-victims-to-get-additional-aid.html NASHUA - Just shy of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Nashua School District staff decided it was time to disperse the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund; vot­ing to set the money aside for the West Hollis Street fire victims. Member Sandra Ziehm said the nearly $5,000 would be distributed evenly to each of the 15 families displaced by the fire. Started by students in 2005, the Hurricane Katrina Relief has late­ly been inactive, sitting in a city trust fund. Dis­trict business manager Dan Donovan said city officials recently asked about the account. "We'd like to move the money, because the mon­ey's just going to sit there indefinitely," Donovan said. He said the aid is al­ready cleared to be used for other catastrophic events, and is not abso­lutely tied to Katrina re­lief. School board members pitched suggestions for donating funds to anoth­er disaster relief effort, or the Red Cross, when member Sandra Ziehm said the families from the recent West Hollis Street fire are still in need of aid. Superintendent Mark Conrad said they have worked with the United Way of Greater Nashua, which will distribute the money. "The United Way is setting up an account for each of the families," Conrad said. Split between each family, the funds come out to a little over $300 each. "We still need to re­solve the accounts with the Board of Aldermen," Conrad said, adding he did not foresee anyone having a problem with donating the funds to fire victims. The June 8 fire gutted the apartment and com­mercial building at 64 W. Hollis St. There were no reported injuries to resi­dents, but about 25 people - including several young children - lost everything and were left homeless. Deputy Chief Karl Gerhard and firefighters were met upon arrival with heavy fire coming from the roof of 64 West Hollis St. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:00:55 EST Fireworks ignited Nashua house fire http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1067058-469/fireworks-ignited-nashua-house-fire.html Editors Note: No injuries reported in the incident early Sunday. NASHUA (AP) - Fire officials in Nashua say fireworks set fire to the roof of a home there early Sunday morning. Nashua Deputy Fire Chief George Walker says firefighters were called to a house on East Dunstable Road at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday for a roof fire. He said all residents were evacuated safely and there were no injuries. Damage to the ranch style home was limited to the roof and attic areas, with some water damage to the home. Walker says the cause of the fire was the use of fireworks, which are prohibited in Nashua. The investigation by the City's fire marshal's office is ongoing. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:02:38 EST Mayoral hopefuls to join televised forum on Aug 25 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1067057-469/mayoral-hopefuls-to-join-televised-forum-on.html NASHUA - Nashua mayoral candidates are set to participate in a televised forum Aug. 25, capping off what by then will have been months of campaigning, fundraising and politicking. The forum, organized by The Telegraph and students and staff at Nashua High School South, will be just two weeks before the primary election on Sept. 8. "There's a certain electricity in the air. This is the first time in eight years there's been an contested mayoral race, and you feel it not only among the candidates, but also among the public. Roger Carroll, The Telegraph's executive managing editor, said. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:02:29 EST Peter C. Everett http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1067052-466/peter-c.-everett.html Peter C. Everett, 83, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Nashua, NH and Atlanta, GA, died on Wednesday June 24, 2015 in St. Petersburg, FL. Born in Cambridge, MA on December 4, 1931, he was a son of the James and Elizabeth (Carroll) Everett. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:02:05 EST Ursula Kathleen McDuffee http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1067051-466/ursula-kathleen-mcduffee.html Ursula Kathleen McDuffee, 37, of Nashua passed away on Friday June 26, 2015. Ursula was born in Englewood, CO on January 20, 1978, a daughter of Nancy (Supple) McDuffee of Nashua and the late D. Allan McDuffee. Ursula was a graduate of Nashua High School and the University of Arizona. She had worked for several years in the computer science industry. Please remember Ursula for the beautiful woman she was. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:01:54 EST Henry Erle Lowther Sr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1067050-466/henry-erle-lowther-sr..html Henry Erle Lowther, 83 passed away peacefully on July 1, 2015 surrounded by family at his home following a long illness. He was born at home on January 26, 1932, the only son of the Late Mary E Bennett Lowther and Stephen Henry Lowther in Burlington, Massachusetts, where he was the only person to be born in town on that day. Henry was predeceased by his wife, Norma, they were together for over 30 years. After graduating Norwich University Military Academy in 1952, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Henry served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army stationed in Aschaffenburg Germany post WWII. He was a member of the Alpha Chapter of Theta Chi. Henry was a skilled carpenter and mason and owned his own business for most of his life prior to retirement. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:01:44 EST Olive M. Nichols http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1067048-466/olive-m.-nichols.html Olive Margaret Nichols, 97, of Hollis, NH, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, June 30, 2015, at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, she was born on July 22, 1917 a daughter of the late Martin Luther and Margaret Josephine (Kavanaugh) Munro. Mrs. Nichols resided in Worcester many years and was educated in the Worcester School System. Olive moved to Nashua in 1951 and then to Hollis in 1956 where she has made her home for over 50 years. Mrs. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:01:06 EST MEADOW AND MORGAN http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1066960-478/meadow-and-morgan.html Hi! I'm Morgan., and my kid sister is Meadow. We are a pair of older rat terriers looking for a quiet home to­gether with a family who un­derstands that we just can't live without each other! We don't require much, really - some walks, a lot of petting and a nice, cozy spot to nap. In the evenings, we enjoy a good movie and a few treats! We are far less demand­ing than a puppy, and need much less supervision, too. It took a long time for our souls to get this sweet, and we still have years of love to share with other like-minded couch potatoes. The Humane Society for Greater Nashua is at 24 Ferry Road, Nashua. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:00:23 EST MARCUS http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1066961-478/marcus.html I caught you looking! Yes, please check me out. I'm Marcus, a large, handsome cat who prefers to rub up against my people rather than have them petting me. Some people think I'm a dog trapped in a cat's body! I'm very motivated by treats, and like to greet the staff and volunteers here every morning. I'd love the chance to greet you every morning, too! I could live in any size home, provided you have a nice window for me so I can watch the world. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:00:29 EST Dorothy L. Shumsky http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066984-466/dorothy-l.-shumsky.html Dorothy L. (Robinson) Shumsky, 91, of Hudson, widow of Sigismond Shumsky, passed away Wednesday evening, July 1, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a period of de­clining health. A lifelong resi­dent of Hudson, Mrs. Shumsky was born in Nashua on Janu­ary 27, 1924, a daughter of the late Roger and Bertha (Rowell) Robinson. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:01:03 EST Sylvia Samson http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066986-466/sylvia-samson.html Sylvia Samson transi­tioned to her next life sur­rounded by her family with dignity and peace on June 30, 2015 at the Com­munity Hospice House. Sylvia Sam­son was an accom­plished individual. She was born in Rutland, Vermont, a daughter of the late Howard and Anna (Squier) Smith. As a geriatric, regis­tered nurse for 20 years at Greenbriar Terrace in Nashua, NH, she touched the lives of countless resi­dents during their sunset years, bringing smiles to many faces. She graduated Elliot Community Hospital School of Nursing in Keene, NH in 1958, where she met Roger Samson, whom she married in June of that year; they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008. Sylvia enjoyed bowling with the Grange League of Nashua, spending time with the Christian Home & Family Group, and swim­ming at the YMCA. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:01:29 EST Dawson David Belanger http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066989-466/dawson-david-belanger.html Dawson David Be­langer, 6 of Nashua, NH died Wednesday July 1, 2015 at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester after a lengthy illness. Born September 5, 2008 in Nashua, NH he was the son of Jaime Russell, of Nashua, NH and David Belanger, of Nashua, NH. Dawson was predeceased by his great-grandparents and his grandmother, Mari­lyn Russell. His favorite pastime was watching SpongeBob SquarePants. Besides his loving par­ents, survivors include two sister, Samantha and Katie Johnson; one brother, Quin­ton Gaudet; grandparents, Judy LaSalle, Larry LaSalle, Edward J. Russell Sr., and Steve Winn; cousin, Mat­thew LaSalle; Aunts, Me­lissa LaSalle and Shannon Desmaris; uncles, Richard Russell and Edward Russell Jr., as well as several more cousins, great-aunts and uncles. Services: Visit­ing hours will be held Tuesday from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064. A graveside ser­vice will be held Wednesday at 2:00 PM at St. Louis Cemetery, 752 West Hollis St., Nash­ua, NH 03062. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:01:47 EST Frederick E. Hill http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066991-466/frederick-e.-hill.html Frederick E. Hill, 86, of Nashua, passed away on Thursday July 2, 2015 at the NewBridge on the Charles Assisted Liv­ing Facility in Ded­ham. Frederick was born in Portland ME on December 24, 1928, a son of the late George and Susi (Scot) Hill. He was the wid­ower of Barbara A. (Gately) Hill who passed away in 2000. Frederick honorably served our country with the US Navy. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:01:56 EST Nashua area celebrates Fourth in style http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066993-469/nashua-area-celebrates-fourth-in-style.html Nashua celebrated their independence with the time-honored Ameri­can traditions of sum­mertime fun, patriotic parades and an awe-inspiring fireworks display during what was projected as a record-break­ing holiday weekend. During a cloudy and cool sum­mer morning, hundreds flocked to Holman Stadium in downtown Nashua for the annual field day complete with entertainment in the outfield for children in the form of games, caricatures and music. The sounds of children laughing filled the ballpark and soon overlapped with radio fa­vorites blasting from a nearby tent. "It's so much fun for the kids, to have the chance to play outdoors, on a baseball field no less," said Mary Barton, of Dra­cut, Mass., who pushed her son Dylan in a stroller. Crowds began to gathered shortly after 10 a.m. and soon swarmed to several hundred be­fore the afternoon was done. The holiday vacation was anticipated to be one of the largest in recent memory with just shy of 1 million visitors coming to the Granite State over the four-day weekend, according to the Institute for New Hampshire Studies. "The best part is seeing the kids play and have fun," Barton added. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:00:12 EST Should indictment matter in Nashua? http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1066997-465/should-indictmentmatter-in-nashua.html >An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It sim­ply means that a grand jury has evaluated a set of facts - usually a one-sided set - and found sufficient grounds to bring charges. But it is not a conviction, and it does not nullify the pre­sumption of innocence that underlies the criminal justice system in this country. Former Nashua Alderman Kathryn Vitale was indicted in March 2014 by a Hillsbor­ough Country grand jury on multiple counts of conspiracy to commit witness tamper­ing. Vitale was accused of agreeing to arrange a meet­ing between witnesses in a case involving a friend - a man identified in court docu­ments as a "career criminal" - so that one of the alleged victims could be persuaded to recant her statements. V i t a l e denied the charges, and the case was eventually dropped af­ter a judge ruled that much of the evidence the state planned to present was inadmissible in court. "He ruled correctly that what the state considered evidence wasn't evidence in a court of law," said Vitale's attorney, Rusty Chadwick. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau now wants to appoint Vi­tale to a permanent seat on Nashua's Zoning Board of Adjustment. Ward 9 Alderman Ken Sie­gel believes Vitale's back­ground - including her in­dictment - ought to be taken into consideration when al­dermen decide whether to confirm Vitale. But Lozeau on Monday forbade any discussion of Vitale's past when Siegel raised concerns over Vi­tale's history at a meeting of the aldermen's personnel and administrative affairs committee. "I have directed (Vitale) specifically to not answer any question related to a charge that was brought that was not prosecuted, that was chosen to be dropped." The city's attorney, Ste­phen Bennett, said in a memo to the mayor prior to the meeting that "it is not appropriate to pose ques­tions to appointees that are unrelated to the duties per­formed by the board." Lozeau and Bennett do a disservice to the city by tak­ing the position that a nomi­nee's non-board activities are not relevant. It's true that an indictment is not proof of guilt. In fact, the standard of evidence used by grand juries to re­turn an indictment is excep­tionally low. But that the grand jury heard the case at all also means that someone in a prosecutor's office found sufficient grounds to pres­ent those facts to grand ju­rors in the first place. And while a judge deter­mined that much of the "ev­idence" was inadmissi­ble in court, neither the N a s h u a Board of Aldermen nor its per­sonnel and administra­tive affairs committee are courts of law. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:33:53 EST Film student recognized http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1067003-469/film-student-recognized.html An award-winning Nashua film student re­ceived a citation from Gov. Maggie Hassan last week at the State House. Andrew Sevigny of the Nashua High School South class of 2015 received a trophy to be featured at the school, as well as personal recogni­tion from the governor for placing first in a statewide film festival in May. Sevigny was the 2015 jury award winner for his film "Approval" at the 2015 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival. The recognition came with more than $5,000 worth of film-making and editing software, as well as the trophy and an awards package for Nashua South. The high school, which supports the Video Produc­tion and Broadcasting pro­gram, will receive nearly $8,000 worth of software and equipment. The "Live Studio Production Bundle" includes HD cameras, and software for visual effects, audio enhancement and repair and tracking. Sevigny graduated from Nashua South two weeks ago, and will head to the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York to study motion picture sci­ence in the fall. Sevigny said the original idea for the film came from his girlfriend, Nashua North senior Sarah Lindner. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:34:28 EST Grocery cart needed for heavier transportation http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/sundaymagazine/1067013-469/grocery-cart-needed-for-heavier-transportation.html Maintaining a home and protecting its value involves many projects - some perfect for the do-it-yourselfer, while others are best left to a professional. Underestimating quanti­ties of needed supplies may present "colorful" challeng­es such as trying to find the right shade or matching out-of-stock or discontinued hues, while overestimating results in leftovers. The Mailbag looks to find new homes for items for use outside and inside a new or older home - per­haps your home! Stain, lounger offered "We have five gallons of brand new Benjamin Moore waterborne exterior stain - Country Redwood solid-color red stain for exterior decks and siding," says Joe and Faye O., of Amherst (LTR 1,268). "Just completed a house addition, and painters 'overshot' when they bought stain for siding, and we have lots left over to give away. "Also, we have a La-Z-Boy-type lounge chair, a big, oversized, navy blue leather rocker that reclines and swivels. "We hope someone wants to come pick up these. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:00:50 EST Helping hands http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1067014-469/helping-hands.html EDITOR'S NOTE: It's spring cleaning time! Please review your nonprofit's listing, and refresh it as needed. What are your current needs? Contact person? Hours? Send chang­es to kpalmer@nashuatelegraph.com. Thank you! Animal Rescue Network of New England P.O. Box 1053, Pelham, NH 03076 NEEDS: Volunteers! Monetary donations, gift cards (gas, building, office and pet supplies), large and extra-large Martingale collars (no chains), heavy-duty leashes, slip/ loop leashes, cotton/fleece throw-size blankets (no stuffing/wool), sheets, XL trash bags and plastic dog waste bags, HE laundry detergent and HE cleaning tabs, two-drawer filing cabinet. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:52:00 EST Jim Donchess: There are several things the next mayor can do to help our residents. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1067021-469/jim-donchess-there-are-several-things-the.html Sun, 05 Jul 2015 10:00:43 EST Dan Moriarty: Stress prevention, treatment to get citizens the help they need http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1067022-469/dan-moriarty-stress-prevention-treatment-to-get.html EDITOR'S NOTE: This week begins a series of Sun­day columns written by the six announced candidates for mayor of Nashua. The series will feature two can­didates per week, culminat­ing the Sunday prior to the September primary election with some final thoughts from each candidate. Not long ago, New Hampshire aver­aged 30 drug overdose deaths per year. Last year, there were about 300. The wave of heroin use is real, but we can stop it if we focus our efforts in the right direction - pre­vention and recovery. I wanted to know what is causing this, so I asked a friend, Evan (not his real name), who is a recovering heroin addict. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 10:00:47 EST Red Sox take Nashua LL championship http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1067034-457/red-sox-take-nashua-ll-championship.html The Red Sox may be doing poorly in the Major Leagues, but not in the Nashua Lit­tle League. The Red Sox, coached by Steve Adams, Dan Keefe, Rob Meesig and Ron Hul­fachor, captured the Nashua LL Major League championship recently. Players on the title-winning Red Sox included Alex Meesig, Alex Hulfachor, Andrew Curtin, Chris Keefe, Dean Ad­ams, Devon Rouleau, John Mantone, Kyle Gauthier, Luis Vargas, Logan Elliott, Mat­thew D'Ortona, Peter D'Ortona and Sam Elliott. Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:00:56 EST Sports Talk - Bedford Journal July 3, 2015  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordsports/1066885-308/sports-talk---bedford-journal-july-3.html LACROSSE BYL scholarships The Bedford Youth Lacrosse program (Cannons) is now accepting applica­tions for scholarship awards. Candidates should have had some participation in the Bedford Youth Lacrosse program. Go to the website, www.bedfordcannons.org, to download an application. JAGUARS Flag football registration Bedford Jaguars are holding registra­tion for the 2015 flag football season. Flag football is a non-contact program for children entering kindergarten through second grade in the fall. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:01:12 EST Weekly Sports Schedule - Merrimack Journal - July 3, 2015 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1066897-308/weekly-sports-schedule---merrimack-journal--.html MERRIMACK POST 98 Senior Legion (2-4) Date Team Time/Result June 16 Rochester Loss, 14-2 June 20 Portsmouth Win, 7-3 June 22 at Londonderry Loss, 6-5 June 24 at Hudson Loss, 11-1 June 26 Londonderry Win, 8-5 June 30 at Exeter Loss, 7-4 July 1 Hudson 5:15 p.m. July 3 at Nashua 5:15 p.m. July 6 at Salem 6:30 p.m. July 7 Exeter 5 p.m. July 10 Dover 5 p.m. July 11 at Rochester 4 p.m. July 13 at Portsmouth 7 p.m. July 14 at Dover 5 p.m. July 15 Derry 5:15 p.m. July 16 at Derry 5:15 p.m. July 17 Nashua 5 p.m. July 18 Salem 4 p.m. Junior Legion (0-5) Date Team Time/Result June 17 at Salem Loss, 9-4 June 24 Hudson Loss, 5-0 June 26 at Windham Loss, 5-3 June 27 at Derry Loss, 11-1 June 29 Windham Loss, 4-3 July 1 at Hudson 5:30 p.m. July 6 Salem 5:30 p.m. July 7 at Nashua 5:30 p.m. July 9 Exeter 5:30 p.m. July 11 at Dover 11 a.m. July 13 Portsmouth 5:30 p.m. July 16 Nashua 5:30 p.m. July 18 at Rochester 12 p.m. July 19 at Newmarket 4 p.m. July 21 Derry 5:30 p.m. July 23 Raymond 5:30 p.m. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:15 EST Sports Talk - Merrimack Journal - July 3, 2015 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1066899-308/sports-talk---merrimack-journal---july.html Baseball Academy The Nashua Baseball Academy is holding two baseball camps rain or shine at its indoor/outdoor facilty at 265 Proctor Hill Road in Hollis July 6-10 and 13-17. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day and the fee is $125 per week and discounted to $100 per week for members. The camp dates are July 6 to July 10, and, July 13 to 17. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:29 EST Nashua gears up for anticipated record tourism numbers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066928-469/nashua-gears-up-for-anticipated-record-tourism.html Nashua's annual Inde­pendence Day celebra­tion will be held Satur­day, July 4, culminating in a fireworks display at 9 p.m., and Amherst will be swarming with presi­dential candidates during its annual parade, part of regional celebrations in what officials are pre­dicting will be a record-breaking holiday week­end. The Institute for New Hampshire Studies proj­ects that more than 900,000 people will visit New Hampshire from out of state this weekend - Fri­day through Monday - and spend more than $140 mil­lion. The weekend kicks off the busiest part of the summer season in New Hampshire. Most visitors will travel to New Hamp­shire from New England and the Middle Atlantic States. Canadians are an­ticipated to be visiting New Hampshire at higher levels than last year be­cause of the relative value of the countries' two cur­rencies. In Nashua, events start at Holman Stadium with the annual field day event kicking off at 10 a.m. Ac­tivities include bounce houses, magicians and re­lay races. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 08:00:47 EST Drug dealer gets 1-3 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066929-469/drug-dealer-gets-1-3-years.html NASHUA - As soon as former Lawrence, Mass. resident and convict­ed drug d e a l e r Luis Ruiz Gonzalez completes his 1-year stint in a M a s s a ­chuse t ts p r i s o n that stems from an earlier conviction, he will move north to begin the 1-3-year New Hamp­shire State Prison term to which he was sentenced this week in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua. Gonzalez, who was among more than a dozen Massachusetts residents arrested between 2010-14 and charged with distrib­uting significant amounts of heroin and cocaine to Nashua and several other area towns, pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of unlawful sale of narcot­ic drug - crack cocaine, which stem from his July 3, 2014 arrest. Assistant County At­torney David Tencza, who prosecuted the case, said Gonzalez sold crack cocaine to confidential po­lice informants on June 12, 18, 27 and 30, 2014. Gonza­lez was sentenced to the 1-3 year prison term on two of the counts, and re­ceived a suspended, 3 1/2- 7 year term on the other two. According to the agree­ment, Tencza dropped two other charges against Gon­zalez, including criminal liability for the conduct of another to sale of crack co­caine. Tencza said Gonzalez typically met the infor­mants in a vehicle to con­duct the transactions. Gonzalez was sometimes accompanied by Yahaira Acevedo-Torres, a Law­rence woman also known as Yennifer Emirian Lara-Troncoso, who was also arrested on July 3, 2014. Gonzalez told Judge Da­vid Garfunkel he has about five months remaining on his Massachusetts prison sentence. Other terms of his New Hampshire sentence re­quire Gonzalez to make a $550 restitution payment to the City of Nashua, remain on good behavior, and par­ticipate in any counseling or programs recommend­ed by prison officials. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup @nashuatelegraph.com or on Twitter, @Telegraph_DeanS. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:01:05 EST Nashua after-school programs begin in fall http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066931-469/nashua-after-school-programs-begin-in-fall.html City middle schools are set to debut a new after-school program in conjunction with the Adult Learning Center this fall. After pitching the idea this spring, the center and school district found enough support to launch the program in time for the next school year. "That's good news. This is a program we do not have in place," Nashua Superintendent Mark Conrad said at a recent school board meeting. A similar pro­gram is already in place at city elementary schools. The district sent surveys to parents to gauge interest in the program and has received 45 re­sponses so far. "We suspect additional parents will have an interest as the school year approaches. We'll continue to work with the Adult Learning Center and our middle schools to publicize this opportunity," Con­rad said. The Adult Learning Center runs after-school programs at 22 schools in five towns across Greater Nashua, and will now expand to each of the city's three middle schools. The learning center staff runs the program at the schools, elim­inating the need to transport stu­dents. For more information par­ents can contact program manager Lois Parsons at Lparsons@adultlearningcenter. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:01:13 EST Mass. man charged with felony ID theft http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/statenewengland/1066932-469/mass.-man-charged-with-felony-id-theft.html Nashua police arrested a Mas­sachusetts man this week and accused him of borrowing more than $10,000 using someone else's identity. Police were contacted on May 22, when a Nashua resident re­ported that his identity had been stolen. Police investigated and determined that somone had been able to get a false New Hamp­shire driver's license using the victim's ID, and that he used that license to get a car loan for more than $10,000, police said. Around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Perminus Mwae Murira, 27, of 27 Georgetown Drive, Apt. 5, Framingham, Mass., turned himself in to police and was charged with two felony counts of identi­ty theft. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:01:16 EST Thomas A. Michaud http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066936-466/thomas-a.-michaud.html Thomas A. Michaud, 55, of Thornton, died unexpect­edly at his home on June 27, 2015. Tom was born in Nashua, NH, on May 28, 1960, son of Thomas J. and Sophie Michaud, who pre-deceased him. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:00:06 EST Lucille O. (Lamarche) Parent 1934-2015  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066937-466/lucille-o.-lamarche-parent1934-2015.html PELHAM, NH - Lucille O. (Lamarche) Parent, 81, of Pelham, NH for­merly of Nashua, NH died peacefully at her daughter's home on Wednesday July 1, 2015, with her loving family at her side. She was the wife of the late Maurice R. Parent. Born in Lowell on March 11, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Gerard and Rejeanne (Turcotte) La­marche. Lucille was educated in Lowell. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:00:09 EST Courting answers to drug treatment http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1066940-465/courting-answers-to-drug-treatment.html If you happen to be look­ing for an example of short-sighted, backward-thinking stubbornness, look no further than the vote by the majority of the Hillsbor­ough County legislative del­egation on June 22 that re­jected a proposal to pay for a drug court in New Hamp­shire's largest city. Manchester Alderman Pat Long asked the county delegation to increase the Hillsborough County budget by $443,000, the lion's share of what it would cost to run a drug court at the north branch of the county's supe­rior court next year. The pro­posal fell four votes short, 44-39, according to reports in the New Hampshire Union Lead­er. The argu­ments against the measure? You've heard them all before: n It doesn't save the coun­ty money. n The state should pay for it. n Manchester should pay for it because it's a "Man­chester problem." By the way, the mon­ey would have come from a surplus of $4 million in county coffers. Long and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas have been pushing for a drug court in Manchester for some time. (One already operates in Nashua.) Gatsas was partic­ularly peeved with Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare, who turned down the drug-court money partly because it was a one-time expenditure from sur­plus money. Kurk then voted to spend a million bucks to lower the county tax rate. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:00:16 EST Rapid Machining sponsor for ABC’s ‘BattleBots’ series. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1066945-464/rapid-machining-sponsor-for-abcs-battlebots-series..html NASHUA - When the robot named HyperShock fights as part of the ABC-TV program "BattleBots" this summer, one Nashua-based machine shop will be cheering it on. Rapid Machining, 22 Charron Ave. in Nashua, is a formal sponsor and sup­plier of the machined parts for the Cambridge, Mass.- based team called Shenani­gans & Co. that built the robot. The program, which originally aired on Comedy Central, pits homemade robots against each other, battling it out in a single episodes will air this sum­mer on ABC at 9 p.m. on Sunday. "Rapid Machining works with thousands of manufacturers across the country. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:01:29 EST Nashua credit union robbed Thursday morning; suspects at large http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066923-469/nashua-credit-union-robbed-thursday-morning-suspects.html Nashua police are seeking the public’s help in providing the identity of two masked men who pulled off an armed robbert at the Bellwether Community Credit Union, 409 Amherst St., on Thursday. Police said the two men entered the bank just before 11:30 a.m., threatened the two tellers on duty with handguns and demanded money. According to a news release from Nashua police, the robbers were given an undisclosed amount of money and fled out a rear entrance into some woods. Police describe the first suspect as approximately 5-feet-10 to 5-feet-11, wearing blue jeans, a dark-gray hooded sweatshirt with white laces and a dark ball cap. He wore a black mask covering his face, black gloves, and black Nike sneakers with white soles. He was armed with a black handgun and was holding a black laptop style case. The second suspect, according to the police press release, is described as between 5-feet-11and 6-feet-1. He was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black shoes and black gloves. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 08:01:01 EST Community picnic in Nashua invites public for old-fashioned fun http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1066746-485/community-picnic-in-nashua-invites-public-for.html NASHUA – At 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, celebrate Independence Day weekend with a community picnic, a new Nashua tradition, at the Rotary Common Park on South Main Street. After enjoying the 4th of July activities in Holman Stadium, followed by an evening of fireworks on Saturday, residents and visitors alike are invited to come together for an old-fashioned “Community Picnic on the Green.” to celebrate America’s Independence Day weekend. Organized by Meri Goyette – known as “the Energizer Bunny of everything Nashua” – the event invites residents and visitors to “bring your friends and family, your baskets of food and drink, and set up your blankets for a community picnic in the cool of late afternoon.” The City’s Parks and Recreation Department will provide some picnic tables for seniors and others that cannot sit on blankets. Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. and include patriotic songs led by Bill Sturgeon on the harmonica, ukulele or guitar, along with Scott Sturgeon on the fife. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:02:25 EST America the beautiful celebrates her 239th birthday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1066755-485/america-the-beautiful-celebrates-her-239th-birthday.html Happy Independence Day weekend! Here’s hoping the stars (and stripes!) align, and we have excellent weather for all the fun and festivities your friends and family will be undoubtedly enjoying. Encore has a round-up of local options in our cover story, including a “good ol’-fashioned community picnic” in Nashua on Sunday. Grab your checkered tablecloth and head down to Rotary Common Park with the family, and make new friends! There’s not tons of stuff to report on besides holiday celebrations this week, so I grabbed a few Associated Press stories. Harry Potter’s back, but this time, he’s in a play; and The Who’s Pete Townshend is bringing “Classic Quadrophenia” back. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:00:35 EST Nashua Baseball Academy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetsports/1066805-308/nashua-baseball-academy.html The Nashua Baseball Academy is holding two baseball camps rain or shine at its indoor/out­door facilty at 265 Proc­tor Hill Road in Hollis July 6-10 and 13-17. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-12 p.m. each day and the fee is $125 per week and dis­counted to $100 per week for members. The camp dates are July 6 to July 10, and, July 13 to 17. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:01:15 EST Silver Knights Baseball Camp http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetsports/1066808-308/silver-knights-baseball-camp.html The Nashua Silver Knights will be hosting their annual baseball camp at Holman Stadium July 13-17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Campers will receive a Nashua Silver Knights Summer Baseball Camp T-shirt and four reserved tickets to the Camp Day game, and campers will take part in a pre-game parade. Lunch will be served each day of the camp, and water will be provided. For more in­formation, call 718-8883, email Tyler Bonin at tyler@nashuasilverknights.com. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:01:43 EST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Jesse Clauss, Nashua South http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetsports/1066818-308/athlete-of-the-week-jesse-clauss-nashua.html Clauss led the West all-stars defense in tackles, with eight solo and one assist, during Saturday's CHaD game. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:01:43 EST Bridges receives $10,000 grant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1066854-478/bridges-receives-10000-grant.html NASHUA - Verizon Wireless recently presented a $10,000 HopeLine grant to Bridges, a nonprofit agency based in Nashua that is committed to eliminating domestic violence and providing a safe, supportive environment for survivors. The grant, through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine phone recycling program, will help the organization's 24-hour emergency shelter, serving hundreds of women and children throughout southern New Hampshire. "We are so grateful to those New Hampshire residents who will recycle their no-longer-used phones through Verizon's HopeLine program," said Pamela Auer, Bridges executive director. "It may seem simple, but the community's donations to HopeLine play a big role in helping our nonprofit provide a vital link to safety for the survivors we serve. "Verizon Wireless has been a generous donor and supporter of Bridges over many years, providing us with emergency cellphones for survivors, as well as funding for our 24-hour emergency shelter. It's with gratitude that we accept this HopeLine grant and look forward to putting these funds to work in the community." The check was presented at the Verizon Wireless Store, 258 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. "Donating a no-longer-used cellphone through Verizon's HopeLine program is an easy and effective way to support domestic violence agencies right here in New Hampshire," said Michael Murphy, public relations manager for Verizon Wireless. "Thanks to the phones and accessories collected through HopeLine, Verizon is able to award cash grants to our local agency partners. "With support from our customers here in the community, we are proud to be working alongside Bridges to raise awareness of this important issue and to give survivors a lifeline to help in an emergency." Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:01:18 EST Sylvia Samson http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066870-466/sylvia-samson.html Sylvia Samson transi­tioned to her next life sur­rounded by her family with dignity and peace on June 30, 2015 at the Community Hos­pice House. Sylvia Samson was an ac­complished individ­ual. She was born in Rutland, Vermont, a daughter of the late Howard and Anna (Squier) Smith. As a geriatric, registered nurse for 20 years at Green­briar Terrace in Nashua, NH, she touched the lives of countless residents during their sunset years, bring­ing smiles to many faces. She graduated Elliot Com­munity Hospital School of Nursing in Keene, NH in 1958, where she met Roger Samson, whom she married in June of that year; they celebrated their 50th anni­versary in 2008. Sylvia enjoyed bowling with the Grange League of Nashua, spending time with the Christian Home & Family Group, and swim­ming at the YMCA. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:26:49 EST Neville brothers, Stawasz to join Holman Legends on Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066877-457/neville-brothers-stawasz-to-join-holman-legends.html There's nothing like brotherly love. Former Nashua High School standout and retired assistant coach Al Neville said his brother Bill was "one of those violent play­ers." Bill Neville said when he played on the same Pan­ther team as Al in the early 1960s he always thought of his brother as being "just a dumb jock." Ah, but then Bill Neville softens. "I didn't realize until I got older just how funny he is," he said. The two will have to kiss and make up before Saturday night when the Neville family celebrates the pair being induct­ed into the Nashua Lions Club Holman Stadium Legends Hall of Fame. They'll be honored along with the memory of the late Frank Stawasz, the former Nashua Telegraph sports editor who made Holman Stadium his second home covering the Nashua Dodgers and serving at one point as the public address announcer for Nashua and Bishop Guertin games. It's Nashua at its finest before the fireworks on July 4. The Holman Leg­ends stands as the only good thing the dear departed American Defenders of New Hampshire did in their 11 months of existence. Nashua's independent baseball league successors to the Pride didn't make it through a full Can-Am League season. (That league somehow still exists as a seven-team circuit with teams in Canada and New Jersey). The Lions Club then came to the rescue of the Holman Legends in 2010 and it's been a July 4 tradition ever since. Last year the man who brought the Bambino World Series to Holman in 1988, Fred Lajoie, was inducted. The list of names on the plaque just at the en­trance to the stadium in­cludes legends like Buzz Harvey, Tony Mirandos, Greg Landry ... Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:02:21 EST American Legion post in Nashua shut by state organization due to many problems http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066869-469/american-legion-post-in-nashua-shut-by.html NASHUA – The city’s American Legion hall, James Coffey Post No. 3, has been shut by the state organization as an investigation takes place into its operations and the condition of the century-old building that it occupies. “We suspended their charter indefinitely pending an investigation into the management of the post itself. It’s not our intention to close Post 3 down permanently. We want to reorganize it for the bettermenet of the membership itself ... Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:29:42 EST Nashua schools adopt new grading chart as competency-based education prepares to launch in New Hampshire schools http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066865-469/story.html NASHUA – Acing a test won’t just get Nashua students an “A+” under a new grading system adopted by the Board of Education Monday night. It will also get them a 100, a 4, and a recap of their course proficiency. As New Hampshire looks to move to a so-called competency-based education standard, as opposed to the traditional credit-based approach, school officials implemented a new system that will use a 1-4 “grade” based on what level of proficiency a student has demonstrated in a given subject regardless of the number of “credit-hours” he or she has sat through. The change is meant to help students be more prepared for college or the workplace, according to officials. “I’ve spoken to too many employers who say students don’t have not only the math background, but the ‘soft skills;’ the district-wide competencies,” said Nashua Superintendent of Schools, Mark Conrad. As and Bs won’t go away completely; student report cards will still reflect traditional grades that teachers will calculate using a Rosetta Stone of sorts that integrates the traditional grading system with the 1-4 competency-based system. The crux of the move is to evaluate students on what they know rather than how many hours they have spent in a particular class; the reasoning being two students can take the same class and have widely different proficiency levels. The previous education system used the Carnegie unit, or credit unit, to track student progress based on how much time students have spent on a subject. Students are given grades on a scale of 1-100, but move forward in the course based on whether or not course competencies have been mastered. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:57:25 EST Nashua BOA committee delays vote on Vitale nomination to zoning board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066866-469/nashua-boa-committee-delays-vote-on-vitale.html NASHUA – Aldermen want a legal opinion on whether deliberations on former alderman Kathryn Vitale’s nomination to a full seat on the zoning board can include consideration of felony charges that were brought against her last year, but later dropped. The issue arose at Monday’s personnel and administrative affairs committee meeting when Mayor Donnalee Lozeau nominated Vitale to a full position on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Vitale now serves as an alternate member. A former Ward 1 alderman, Vitale was indicted by a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury in March, 2014 on two felony counts of conspiracy to witness tampering. Vitale had more than 90 telephone conversations with accused career criminal Ernesto Rivera while Rivera was incarcerated at Hillsborough County jail in Manchester, a county prosecutor said when she argued her case in court. During one of those conversations, Vitale is accused of agreeing to set up a meeting between an acquaintance of Rivera’s and one of Rivera’s alleged victims, the prosecutor and indictments claimed. Vitale also was accused of bringing the male acquaintance to the female victim’s house so he could encourage her to recant her allegations against Rivera, court documents allege. Vitale maintained her innocence. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:54 EST Nashua BOE meet Wednesday to work out final education budget for 2016  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066761-469/nashua-boe-meet-wednesday-to-work-out.html NASHUA - Six months after they began its annual budget process, the Nashua Board of Education will try to find the final portion of nearly half a million it needs to cut from a proposed $102.7 million education budget. BOE members were left with $480,,000 to slash from its proposed budget after aldermen approved Mayor Donnalee Lozeau's version of the overall city budget that imposed a 1.5 percent spending cap, putting the school district's portion at $102.2 million. The BOE's proposal would have increased the school budget by 1.98 percent. School board members have been preparing to make cuts and have identified about two-thirds of the needed cuts - about $300,000 worth - at previous meetings. On the chopping block are several teacher and staff positions and a decrease in the district's technology budget. Members still need to find more than $180,000 in cuts and will meet Wednesday to do just that. A special Board of Education meeting will be held Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:00:25 EST Nashua's Brandon Gillis qualifies for US Jr. Am  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066796-457/nashuas-brandon-gillis-qualifies-for-us-jr..html Fresh of his New Hampshire Golf Association Junior Championship victory, Nashua's Brandon Gillis qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championship on Tuesday at Bretwood Golf Club in Keene. The Nashua High School North student, and member of Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson, locked down one of only three available qualifying spots for 75 competitors at the Keene sectional. He'll be heading to Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C. from July 20-25 along with Charles-Eric Belanger of Quebec and James Imai of Brookline, Mass. Gillis placed third in a USGA sectional event, posting a 1-under par 143 over 36 holes. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:01:20 EST Nashua BOE meet Wednesday to work out final education budget for 2016 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066789-469/nashua-boe-meet-wednesday-to-work-out.html NASHUA – Six months after they began its annual budget process, the Nashua Board of Education will try to find the final portion of nearly half a million it needs to cut from a proposed $102.7 million education budget. BOE members were left with $480,,000 to slash from its proposed budget after aldermen approved Mayor Donnalee Lozeau’s version of the overall city budget that imposed a 1.5 percent spending cap, putting the school district’s portion at $102.2 million. The BOE’s proposal would have increased the school budget by 1.98 percent. School board members have been preparing to make cuts and have identified about two-thirds of the needed cuts – about $300,000 worth – at previous meetings. On the chopping block are several teacher and staff positions and a decrease in the district’s technology budget. Members still need to find more than $180,000 in cuts and will meet Wednesday to do just that. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:56 EST Project at Nashua hospital takes innovative approach to job training   http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066727-469/project-at-nashua-hospital-takes-innovative-approach.html NASHUA - Lauren Santosuosso calmly and confidently strolled to the podium to conclude her 10-month internship with a brief speech in a small, crowded hospital conference room. While on paper it was billed as an intimate graduation ceremony, it represented so much more for Santosuosso. She smiled as she put on her glasses and glanced over at her four classmates. "We did it, guys," she said. Santosuosso was one of five students who finished Project SEARCH, a career training program for individuals with developmental disabilities. It offers enrollees classroom instruction and one-on-one job training services in a medical setting St. Joseph Hospital to pair them with local companies with an end goal of securing employment at the conclusion of the internship. Program leaders said they were not comfortable disclosing the students' ages or disabilities, but said multiple departments from the hospital provided internship roles for SEARCH students. "The number of departments and patient floors who welcome Project SEARCH interns continues to grow and we are so grateful," said Jessica Maki, a member of the SEARCH graduating class. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:02:03 EST Nashua’s Academy for Science and Design Class of 2015 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1066683-478/nashuas-academy-for-science-and-design-class.html Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:51:13 EST Nashua Christian Academy Class of 2015 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1066685-478/nashua-christian-academy-class-of-2015.html Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:53:21 EST Crowds expected to get better in July http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066702-457/crowds-expected-to-get-better-in-july.html NASHUA – Jon Good, the Nashua Silver Knights vice president in charge of marketing, stood on the catwalk just outside the press box last Wednesday, a beautiful night at Holman Stadium. “I like watching from here,” he said. “I can see how fast the parking lot fills up. “I know it’s a bad feeling for people driving around the parking lot looking for a spot, but it feels good that on a Wednesday that they have to go out on to the street to find a place to park.” The Silver Knights drew just over 800 last Wednesday night, and the park felt vibrant. And the Silver Knights, after a strong first three games that included an Opening Night fireworks show, a Saturday night appearance by New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, and a Tuesday Education Day matinee that featured local schools, hit the early mid-week wall with two Tuesday night games and one Wednesday. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:01:01 EST Sally Smith http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066711-466/sally-smith.html Sally Smith, 69, of Nashua, passed away on June 26, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. She was born in Nashua on November 23, 1945, to the late Robert and Pearl (Dustin) Bouley. Sally loved her family and spending time with them, she loved to go boating on the ocean, and enjoyed camping and traveling. She loved gambling, music, her beer, singing and dancing. Sally is survived by her daughter Christina Wollen and her Husband Eric of Nashua; her two Sons, Troy Aubut and David Aubut. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:01:43 EST Joan Beth Labombarde http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066712-466/joan-beth-labombarde.html Joan Beth Labombarde, a native and lifelong resident of Nashua, NH, died unexpectedly at her home, Sunday, June 28, 2015. She was born in Nashua on September 24, 1959, a daughter of the late Philip deGaspe Labombarde and Frances Ann (Merritt) Labombarde. Joan was educated in Nashua schools and graduated from Nashua High School Class of 1977. Joan loved horses and dogs, and for a number of years operated a dog grooming business, Joa’s Place in Amherst and Nashua. She was an excellent cook and talented baker. Joan also worked for many years in the bakery at Hannaford’s. Joan is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Irene Labombarde of Bedford; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Michael Castonguay of Pompano Beach, Florida; five nieces and nephews, Matthew Castonguay, his wife Deb, and their sons Cameron and Zachary of Nashua, Amber Castonguay Martin and her husband Jonathan Martin of Boynton Beach, Florida, Katherine Labombarde of Alexandria, Virginia, Jocelyn Labombarde of Memphis, Tennessee and Lance Corporal Evan Labombarde, USMC of Monterey, California; and an aunt, Joan (Merritt) Ireland of Naples, Florida. Calling hours will be held at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua, Wednesday evening, July 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:02:37 EST Hostage taken in alleged robbery http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066708-469/hostage-taken-in-alleged-robbery.html NASHUA – The Nashua man captured by local police shortly after the June 25 armed robbery of St. Mary’s Bank in Hudson reportedly entered the bank with a knife, herded everyone into a corner and grabbed money from a teller before exiting with a hostage, according to witness reports. Daniel K. Quinn, 47, of 73 Atherton Ave., Nashua, was promptly taken into custody about 100 yards north of the bank after a police K-9 unit tracked him to a pile of brush. Police said Quinn was found hiding under the brush, which was piled at the edge of a tree line on the property of 5 Winn Ave. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:52 EST Project at Nashua hospital takes innovative approach to job training http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066707-469/project-at-nashua-hospital-takes-innovative-approach.html NASHUA – Lauren Santosuosso calmly and confidently strolled to the podium to conclude her 10-month internship with a brief speech in a small, crowded hospital conference room. While on paper it was billed as an intimate graduation ceremony, it represented so much more for Santosuosso. She smiled as she put on her glasses and glanced over at her four classmates. “We did it, guys,” she said. Santosuosso completed Project SEARCH, a career training program for individuals with developmental disabilities. It offers enrollees classroom instruction and one-on-one job training services in a medical setting (St. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:37:00 EST Consignment store opens up on Main Street in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1066653-464/consignment-store-opens-up-on-main-street.html NASHUA – Having her own store has long been a dream for Ontaya Glenn, co-owner of Dress 2 Impress, which opened on Main Street on Saturday, but some hard-nosed business sense went into the decision, as well. Other store owners on the block, she said, “told me that there were no children’s clothing store anymore, and people were looking for them. And there are no consignment stores here,” said Glenn, 29, a 2004 graduate of Merrimack High School. Glenn and her boyfriend, Rolaundo Wright, have opened the store in the roughly 900-square-foot retail space formerly occupied by Ikebana Flowers at 175 Main St. They sell brand-name and high-end consignment clothing, shoes and handbags for children and adults. Glenn, a Nashua resident who is also a hair stylist at Perfect Solutions in the city, said she had been thinking for years about opening a consignment clothing store. “I always thought it would be a little surreal to have a place downtown,” she said. Glenn has retail experience from working for other merchants, but this is her first time as business owner and boss. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:16:00 EST New England network for business women opens center in Nashua Monday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1066657-464/new-england-network-for-business-women-opens.html NASHUA – A new resource for New Hampshire businesswomen and entrepreneurs will open in Nashua on Monday. The nonprofit service, the New Hampshire Women’s Business Center, is an initiative of the Boston-based Center for Women and Enterprise which helps more than 3,000 women per year with education, training and technical assistance. “We are honored to be able to serve current and prospective women entrepreneurs in New Hampshire,” said Susan Rittscher, Center for Women & Enterprise president and CEO. The center is due to open at 30 Temple St. Monday morning with a ribbon cutting and speakers from the U.S. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:13:02 EST With drone racing set to start in Tyngsborough, Nashua man wants it indoors here http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066658-469/with-drone-racing-set-to-start-in.html NASHUA – Drones are fun, racing is fun, first-person-view videos are fun, so imagine what it’s like it you combine them. Brent Forman doesn’t want Nashua to imagine it, he wants us to see it. “I was trying to figure out other cool stuff to do with the drones, and found first-person racing,” said Forman, who formerly worked with what the military calls unmanned aerial vehicles for BAE Systems, and who just purchased Aerial Advantages, a drone-based photography firm in Nashua. “There are local flying clubs trying to find a place to do it indoors … and I thought I could help.” As the name implies, FPV racing, as it is commonly known, involves people racing remote-controlled aircraft – traditional radio-controlled airplanes to “quadra-copter” drones, including smaller, more mobile versions made for racing, which carry forward-facing cameras. These cameras record the race for later viewing or stream it live, giving the audience a driver’s-eye view from a speeding, careening vehicle that carries no driver. Thousands, maybe millions of FPV racing videos exist online, usually shot outdoors but sometimes inside large facilities. Parking garages are popular locales because their support pylons create obstacles to weave around. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:13:03 EST North Shore Navigators have Nashua Silver Knights’ number this FCBL season http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066661-457/north-shore-navigators-have-nashua-silver-knights.html NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights were rained out on Sunday, as fans missed out on seeing Nashuan and San Diego Charger Kendall Reyes. And players missed out on a chance to feel good about themselves again, after back-to-back one-sided losses at the hands of the North Shore Navigators. The month of June is nearly over, and while not terrible, the Silver Knights haven’t been great, either. They’ve dropped four of five against North Shore, including three in the last week, outscored Friday and Saturday night by a combined 15-2 margin. Thus, Nashua at 9-9 trails the 12-7 Navs by three games in the standings. “We’re struggling against one team,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said Saturday night after a 6-1 defeat. “They’re a good ball club, they’ve pitched well, and they’re getting big hits. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:56 EST Henry E. Boucher http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066668-466/henry-e.-boucher.html Henry E. Boucher, 85, a resident of the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton and formerly of Paige Avenue, Nashua, passed away Friday evening, June 26, 2015. Born in Nashua on December 15, 1929, Henry was a son of the late Samuel and Elmire (Belanger) Boucher. Mr. Boucher attended the former St. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:46 EST Raymond P. Forest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066669-466/raymond-p.-forest.html PITTSBURG – Raymond “Butch” P. Forest, 68, of Pittsburg, died at his home on Thursday, June 25, 2015, after a long struggle with declining health. He was born in Nashua, on April 19, 1947, a son to the late Raymond and Rita (Carrier) Forest. He was raised in Nashua, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. For most of his adult life, Ray was a long-time chef at Nashua’s oldest restaurant, “The Modern” which closed in 2001. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:51 EST Robert Glenn Hasbrouck http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066670-466/robert-glenn-hasbrouck.html Robert Glenn Hasbrouck, 88 of Nashua, NH and formerly of Middletown, NY died Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital. Born March 20, 1927 in Middletown, NY he was the son of the late Glenn and Florence (Reeves) Hasbrouck. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Doris Byrne and Elizabeth Sheldon. Robert served in the United States Army Air Corp and retired as a supervisor with the former Orange Rockland Utilities co. In his younger years, he enjoyed bowling and was on a number of winning teams over the years. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:56 EST Sunday’s rain moves Nashua’s inaugural French Cultural Festival indoors http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066676-469/sundays-rain-moves-nashuas-inaugural-french-cultural.html NASHUA – A little bit – actually, a lot – of rain forced Sunday’s inaugural French Cultural Festival indoors, but plenty of visitors who followed the event to the dryer confines of City Hall were already talking about next year. “We’re looking forward,” Great American Downtown executive director Paul Shea told the scores of vendors and visitors who hastily relocated from Le Parc de Notre Renaissance Francais on Water Street to City Hall’s third-floor auditorium. “We see this as a pilot for an annual festival,” Shea said, adding that the event, co-organized by GAD and Nashua’s Club Richelieu and hosted by the Nashua Cultural Connections Committee, will join the several other cultural festivals held annually in Nashua. The only casualties of Sunday’s driving, wind-driven downpours were the food vendors, who, for obvious reasons, cannot operate their mobile cooking setups indoors. Music, dance, raffles and children’s activities like face- painting, bean-bag toss and coloring contests went on as scheduled, and there were plenty of French cookies and croissants available for small donations. Lee Caron, president of Club Richelieu, said organizers began planning the event in February. They met with Tom Lopez, the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter’s employment and education coordinator and a multi-faceted volunteer who also chairs the city’s Ethnic Awareness Committee and is on the board of Positive Street Art. “We got the OK from the city to use the park, and thank goodness they came through this week when we heard about the rain coming,” Caron said of the OK to move to City Hall after weather forecasts predicted – correctly – a washout through Sunday into Monday morning. Positive Street Art, members of which recently completed a giant mural that runs along Water Street across from Le Parc de Notre Renaissance Francais, brought a dance team to Sunday’s event. Music ranged from Merrimack musician Roger L’Heureux, an accordion player known for his French sing-a-longs, to local emerging bands “Hunter” and “Cassette!” Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or  @Telegraph_DeanS. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:21 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – June 29 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1066679-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--june-29.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Listings should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. NASHUA SENIORS COUNT WORKSHOP The next Seniors Count Workshop will be held at 1 p.m. July 13 at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. “Using Facebook to keep in touch with loved ones” will provide information on ways to use this popular on-line tool to connect with family and friends. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:00:53 EST Williams: Donors a reflection of Nashua’s hub status http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1066593-474/williams-donors-a-reflection-of-nashuas-hub.html On Friday, The Telegraph editorial team asked some peculiar questions about my fundraising success for Nashua’s mayoral race. Their first question asked why 153 of my donors have home addresses outside of Nashua, and questioned whether this means out-of-towners will influence our election. Allow me to paint a clearer picture of who these 153 donors represent: Thirty of these donors, like Ricky Lovering of Hollis, own or manage businesses located in Nashua. This means they pay Nashua property taxes, employ Nashua residents and significantly contribute to our city’s economy. Another 60 of these donors, like Mary Jordan, who ran Nashua’s Adult Learning Center for almost 30 years, are employed by companies and organizations located within Nashua. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:00:39 EST Taking down the flags http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1066596-474/taking-down-the-flags.html In a now-familiar photograph, Dylann Roof, the alleged killer of nine African-Americans at South Carolina’s Emanuel AME church, wears a pair of peculiar flags. One is of the former Apartheid regime that ruled South Africa from 1948 to 1994. The other is of Rhodesia, South Africa’s neighbor to the north until 1980. Both are now defunct, but their meaning lives on in twisted minds and broken systems of injustice – and in the memories of my wife. Raised under the apartheid flag of racist segregation, Sindiso and her family were legally confined to living in impoverished townships with failing schools, menial jobs, and limited services – all because of the color of their skin. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:00:58 EST Priscilla Hall Malette http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066600-466/priscilla-hall-malette.html LITCHFIELD – Priscilla Hall Malette, a longtime resident of Nashua, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015 in her home following a long term illness, surrounded by her loving family. Born in 1922, to her parents, Henry Hall and Avis Trenholm Hall, Priscilla belonged to one of the largest families in Nashua, NH. Priscilla worked at Doehla Greeting Cards for more than 30 years, holding various positions. Priscilla loved and was devoted to her family and pets and she will be missed by all. She enjoyed shopping, game shows, Scrabble, reading and a good conversation, as well as time with her family. She will be remembered fondly for her strength, character, cheerful outlook and reminiscence of her childhood and her journey through life. Predeceased by her brother Everett (Slim) Hall, her husband Albert Malette, Sr. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:01:14 EST Thomas S. Bretz http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066601-466/thomas-s.-bretz.html Thomas S. Bretz, 61, of Nashua, NH died on 6/25 peacefully at home after a brave and lengthy battle with oral cancer. Born in Philadelphia in 1953, Tom was educated in Chalfont, PA. He was recently employed by Panera Bread, an incredible employer who showed tremendous compassion and respect for Tom during this illness. He previously worked as a Director of Operations for a KFC franchisee. This brilliant man was a fabulous father who could fix just about anything and loved studying new ways to cook food, grow herbs and vegetables, and loved learning from home improvement shows. He loved reading, gardening and spending time with friends and family. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:01:18 EST Sanders rallies hundreds at Nashua college http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066605-469/sanders-rallies-hundreds-at-nashua-college.html Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:01:35 EST Cookson’s win in special election tops most read http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066606-469/cooksons-win-in-special-election-tops-most.html The special election to fill Nashua’s open at-large seat on the Board of Alderman generated two of the top 10 most read stories of the week ending June 26 on nashuatelegraph.com. “Cookson elected Nashua alderman-at-large” was the most read with 3,292 page views and “Candidates in special aldermanic election offer different visions for Nashua’s future” was the fourth-most-read story with 1,442 page views. Cookson beat recently retired deputy fire chief and four-term state representative Michael O’Brien Sr. for an open seat as alderman-at-large in Tuesday’s special election. Cookson received 2,061 votes to 1,969 cast for O’Brien, according to unofficial results released by the City Clerk’s office shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. O’Brien led in five of the city’s nine wards, yet failed to close the 92-vote gap to claim victory. “I’m just pleased that I was able to run a clean race and compliment Mike O’Brien on the (doing) the same,” Cookson said when reached by telephone Tuesday night. Cookson, 45, served as an alderman for eight years – four years as a Ward 1 alderman then as alderman-at-large. He stressed his skill and experience – coupled with his work on the aldermen’s budget and finance committees – made him best suited to deal with the challenges of even leaner budget years ahead. An armed robbery at a Hudson bank, along with the suspect’s quick capture by police, was the second most read story. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:01:41 EST Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Bernie Carbo visits Nashua Silver Knights http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066616-457/former-boston-red-sox-outfielder-bernie-carbo.html NASHUA – Bernie Carbo says not to worry, Red Sox fans, there’s a long way to go. “It’s a long season, they’re only eight games back,” said the 67-year-old former Red Sox outfielder, who hit a legendary three-run homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, the shot that led to Carlton Fisk’s big game-winning homer. “Everybody can’t panic. They’re not out of it. They’ve got some injuries to get through. “They get a little bit of pitching, score a few runs, get on a hot streak, win 10 or 12 games in a row – there’s a lot of baseball left.” Carbo’s message is simple: Hang in there. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:17 EST Harbor Homes expects to end veteran homelessness in Nashua this year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066618-469/harbor-homes-expects-to-end-veteran-homelessness.html NASHUA – A longtime Nashua-based agency dedicated to serving veterans expects to announced they will have effectively ended homelessness among military personnel in the region before the end of 2015. Harbor Homes, a member of the Partnership for Successful Living focused on offering affordable housing, job training and supportive services to those in need, is taking part in a large-scale campaign diligently working to eliminate veteran homelessness and all indicators, the nonprofit reported, reveal Greater Nashua area will soon reach this milestone. “As someone who has been working in this for more than 10 years, I can easily say with confidence that this is a goal we will achieve this calendar year for the Greater Nashua area,” said Peter Kelleher, president and CEO of Harbor Homes. This does not mean the issue could resurface in the future and obstacles – such as completing a thorough outreach and permanent housing plan – remain for the agency, but Harbor Homes and its regional partners will have the necessary resources to monitor and serve at-risk veterans and their families as needed. “We can say pretty definitively, to the best of our knowledge, that anybody that was identified in what’s called the annual point-in-time count that was done in January has been sheltered,” Kelleher said. In 2010, the Mayors Challenge to end veteran homelessness was launched as a joint initiative of federal agencies, setting an aggressive goal to accomplish their mission by the end of 2015. Multiple large American cities, including Salt Lake City, Phoenix, New Orleans and Houston, have announced they have ended veteran homelessness as defined through a five-point checklist from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. Assistance from local, state and federal departments, as well as private sector aid, has created a significant downshift in the number of homeless veterans in Greater Nashua. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:00:39 EST Long-range planning, funds key to transportation challenges http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/statenewengland/1066621-469/long-range-planning-funds-key-to-transportation-challenges.html NASHUA – Business and planning experts say a coordinated approach to transportation that includes road and rail is needed to keep New Hampshire’s economy competitive and commuters flowing in and out of the state. But any plan in a state where travel by car dominates over rail and other modes of transportation would have to consider commute times, population projections and, of course, funding. The Associated Press analyzed U.S. Census data from 2013 that shows more than 204,000 people commuted to work from the Nashua-Manchester metropolitan area and the vast majority – 166,541 – were alone in a car. Those solo drivers in the state’s only metropolitan statistical area included in the data took an average of 26.7 minutes to get to work, compared with the national average of 25.8 minutes. And while drivers tell nightmare stories of stop-and-go or just plain stopped traffic on Interstate 93 or other southerly routes to the busy Boston markets, solo is still the fastest way to get to work. Mass transit, at an average of 35.3 minutes, is the slowest and least used in New Hampshire, with only about 2,200 daily riders, according to the census data. The national average commute time for mass transit users is 48.7 minutes. Meanwhile, the census data projects a 4.6 percent growth in population in the Nashua-Manchester region by 2020, to an estimated 419,000 people, putting added strain on the overworked highway system. Michael Skelton, president and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said his 900 member businesses consistently name transportation as key to economic growth and see improving the trip between Boston and southern New Hampshire as the best way to attract employers. “We are part of the Boston economic ecosystem,” Skelton said. “Ensuring a strong, reliable and efficient connection to that area allows businesses to become more successful, to grow, to strengthen their workforce.” A study completed by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority last year found that operating commuter rail to Nashua and Manchester would create up to 5,600 permanent jobs by 2030. “I think that is the most tangible and specific transportation infrastructure opportunity that we can invest in that has the potential to create a very strong tie to Boston that could position us for many future opportunities,” Skelton said. The state should also consider better coordination among the existing bus lines that operate in what Tim Roache, executive director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, calls the transit triangle: Manchester at the peak, and the seacoast and Nashua at the corners on the base. “If you look around the country and look at the metro areas that have grown and are vibrant and have attracted workforces, they have multiple modes of transportation available to them,” he said. Also needed are improvements to the east-west infrastructure across the bottom of the state – namely, routes 101 and 101A, including the potential for additional bridges across the Merrimack River, Roache said. All of which will cost money that has been scarce lately. The state Senate in May blocked an effort to put $4 million in the state’s next capital improvements budget for an engineering and environmental impact analysis of a rail corridor from Boston to Nashua and Manchester. And New Hampshire, along with other states, has already been forced to delay routine maintenance of secondary roads and bridges as the rate of federal money flowing into the state for highway improvements has slowed over the last decade. Skelton said states need to reconsider the traditional use of a gas tax as the main source of funding for roads and bridges, especially with the proliferation of alternative fuel cars and as vehicles get more efficient and people drive less. “We all agree that these are priorities that we cannot do without as a society,” he said. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:00:54 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1066627-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua.html The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 29: Merrimack Premium Outlets, 80 Premium Outlets Blvd. 2-7 p.m. July 2: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:01:29 EST Pets of the week for http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1066630-478/pets-of-the-week-for.html Humane Society  for Greater Nashua MOLLY I’m Molly, a 3-year-old American bulldog mix, who is full of life and always on the go! I like to say I’m a bundle of fun in a pint-size package. I just love to play, really like other dogs and I walk well on my leash, too. My human was sent off to defend our country, and I miss him, but I’m proud of him! I would be a good pet for a family with kids who are tweens or older because I’m very active and love to get lots of attention. If you’re looking for a pup who will make you smile and laugh every day, then please come by and meet me! BRIDGET I was brought to the shelter by a nice person who found me wandering the streets all alone. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:01:44 EST Community events in Nashua – June 28 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1066632-478/community-events-in-nashua--june-28.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Items should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. COMMUNITY EVENTS ROSANNE’S RUSH FOR RESEARCH The fifth annual Rosanne’s Rush for Research 5K Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. June 28 at Nashua High School South. The course will wind through Mine Falls Park. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:02:09 EST Home visitor sees household needs of Spanish-speaking new mom http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1066633-469/home-visitor-sees-household-needs-of-spanish-speaking.html “If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers.” – Ed Sullivan,  television personality  and longtime  New York Daily News  syndicated columnist Nashua, like other American cities, has new residents from foreign countries making their home here, and like the great immigration of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many face language barriers to address their needs. The Mailbag offers to help. Mom looks for donations “I am a home visitor from Child and Family Services writing you on behalf of my client, Dileynie R., of Nashua, who was given information regarding the Mailbag by the Salvation Army,” says Delmy B., of Nashua (LTR 3,200). “Dileynie is a single mother with a child of 18 months moving to a new apartment, and would like to request some donations, if they are available. She is hoping for a living room set, lamps for the bedrooms, a microwave and a dining table, and would appreciate any help with these items.” Since Dileynie speaks only Spanish, communication with Delmy probably would be best. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:02:15 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/booksauthors/1066641-469/story.html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit nashuatelegraph.com/community. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, nashualibrary.org. ‘KEEP ON WALKIN’: GRANNY D, AMERICAN HERO’ Open Democracy is a group of activists who fight the influence of special-interest money on election campaigns. Join Daniel Weeks, the executive director, on June 30 at 7 p.m. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:03:00 EST Silver Knights fall to North Shore, 6-1 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066620-457/silver-knights-fall-to-north-shore-6-1.html   By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA - The first month of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League is almost done and right now the Nashua Silver Knights already find themselves straining their necks when looking at the standings. The Knights fell to 9-9 after falling 6-1 to the first place North Shore Navigators before 1,380 at Holman Stadium on Saturday night. Their second straight loss drops them three games in the East Division behind the 13-7 Navs and at least two behind Martha's Vineyard. The only team the fourth place Silver Knights, who host Brockton in a 4 p.m. doubleheader Sunday, are ahead of is last place Seacoast. But, North Shore has won three in a row against Nashua and four out of five this year, and the two teams see each other twice again next week. "We're struggling against one team," Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 22:16:00 EST Everybody is equal at the ballot box http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1066597-465/everybody-is-equal-at-the-ballot-box.html Many thanks to all Nashuans who took the time to vote on Tuesday. We proved that big money in elections cannot influence the conscientious voter. Mark Cookson was outspent 10-1 by his opponent. His opponent used robo calls, fancy mailers and newspaper stickies – and he lost. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:01:02 EST Elizabeth B. Colburn http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066562-466/elizabeth-b.-colburn.html Elizabeth “Betty” (Boggis) Colburn, 91, of Nashua, widow of Gifford W. Colburn, died Thursday evening, June 25, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a brief illness. Betty started her career as a legal secretary here in Nashua during the 1940’s, married after World War II to pursue a career as a housewife. She dedicated her time to her family and her many creative projects that she mastered during her lifetime that remain as her legacy. Betty was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Gifford W. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:00:38 EST Veronica Farrell http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066565-466/veronica-farrell.html Veronica Farrell, 98, of Nashua, NH died Thursday, July 25, 2015 at the Greenbriar Nursing Home. Born October 4, 1916 in Nashua, NH, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Vincenta (Zaryyankaska) Milenavich and widow of John Farrell, who died June 3, 1997. She was also predeceased by her siblings, John Milenavich, Jullian Miller and Antosa Hill. She was also predeceased by her daughter Barbara Lebel. Veronica retired from the former Sanders Associates as an assembler and then went on to work in the kitchen at Fairgrounds Elementary School. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:01:05 EST Nashua car dealer to sell site, relocate and expand http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066578-469/nashua-car-dealer-to-sell-site-relocate.html NASHUA – New England Motor Car Co. plans to sell its south Nashua site where it has been based for 37 years and relocate to expanded quarters in Hudson that has more than that four times the floor space. The prospective new owner of the 323 Daniel Webster Highway site wants to raze the dealership and construct a two-story, 22,500-square-foot retail building in its place, local attorney Gerald Prunier said Friday. The next step would be to build an elevated pedestrian walkway that would connect the second floor of the new building with the second floor of Jordan’s Furniture, located next door at 327 Daniel Webster Highway, said Prunier, who represents the two parties involved in the expansion. Jordan’s Furniture would lease the second floor of the new building, enabling it to expand its display area by 11,250 square feet, Prunier said. The walkway would enable its customers to access the second floor at 323 Daniel Webster Highway from the second floor of its existing building, he said. The zoning board last month approved a variance to the city’s sideline setback requirements that would allow the suspended walkway to be built, Prunier said. The plan now goes before the Planning Board for site plan review on July 9. “It’s when you don’t have enough land to be able to do something, you make do with what you can and this works out for both parties,” Prunier said. Clarence Clark, owner of New England Motor Car Co., said he has a pending purchase and sale agreement with Andrea James Realty LLC that would enable him to relocate his business to 13 River Road. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:05:16 EST Nashua PAL honors Pitts, local sports greats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066579-469/nashua-pal-honors-pitts-local-sports-greats.html NASHUA – Ryan Pitts knows the importance of teamwork. The former Army staff sergeant from Greater Nashua, the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in one of the deadliest conflicts during the Afghanistan campaign, said the team aspect is so critical whether it applies on a battlefield or in a ballpark. Pitts acknowledged the sacrifice of his fellow soldiers and said his award, bestowed upon him for his bravery during the Battle of Wanat in July 2008, is a symbol to all the service members who did not make the headlines, or the flight home. “No one individual is greater than the team. It takes everyone working together to win,” he said. “There were 40 other Americans with me on the ground that day. There were eight other Americans when the battle started at our position,” he said. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:05:24 EST Morse supports rail to Nashua, but lists other priorities http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066582-469/morse-supports-rail-to-nashua-but-lists.html While GOP leaders in the New Hampshire Senate said they are not opposed to extending a passenger train from Massachusetts to Nashua and Manchester, they cite an extensive checklist of infrastructure priorities the state must address before tackling rail. Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, said a commuter line into Nashua is a possibility and “should happen,” but he said the state Department of Transportation would be better served spending the estimated $250 million it would take to build the extension on mending deteriorating roads and bridges. “I guarantee you, the city of Nashua, Hudson, anywhere else throughout the state would have serious criticism if we take any money out of the Department of Transportation to fund the operating side of rail. And we don’t even know what that is,” he said Tuesday during an editorial board meeting with The Telegraph. Morse and Londonderry Republican Sen. Sharon Carson cited Interstate 93 widening as a priority for the state. The highway is not adequately serving motorists around the Manchester exits and should be widened, Carson said. Additionally, there is valuable commercial development space that is landlocked that would have access to the highway. Carson called it “the main artery through the state.” “I understand it’s a priority for the people of Nashua, but we have to look at the whole state, and we have to look at priorities and where we’re funding things,” Carson said. “That’s a priority; we’ve got to get that done. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:00:23 EST Personal attacks in the political arena: Not much has changed in 50 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066583-469/personal-attacks-in-the-political-arena-not.html The late John Stylianos, the long-ago Telegraph editor who hired a skinny, long-haired, wiseacre, teenager version of yours truly amid pipe smoke and clacking typewriters nearly 43 years ago, had this habit of jotting down the top headlines of the day in those old DayMinder desk calendars. I never paid much attention over the years to the steadily growing stack filling a bookcase behind the desk of the man we called “Styli,” our patient editor charged not only with keeping boisterous young reporters’ noses to the grindstone, but also dispensing pens, notebooks and snippets of sage, fatherly advice on writing, women and investing in the stock market. Then came moving day, or I should say “moving weekend.” Everything we and our predecessors had accumulated over the previous 50-plus years at our 60 Main St. home had been divided into two piles: stuff that was going in the moving vans destined for our spacious new digs over the river in Hudson, and stuff that would be donated permanently to the Four Hills landfill. At heart a hopeless scavenger – although I prefer “treasure seeker” – I thought I’d take a little stroll around the burgeoning discard piles growing where our desks and bookcases stood a couple days earlier. Toughing out the sneezing and squinting through bleary eyes brought on by a half-century’s worth of dust, I unearthed a series of long-forgotten notebooks, fuzz-encrusted pens and pencils, and more than a few nicotine-stained ashtrays, relics of an era when workplace smoking was as natural as breathing – or wheezing. Soon, a spiral-bound something caught my eye. A little digging revealed another and another, and an aha! moment: Styli’s diaries! Luckily, whoever decided we didn’t need these low-tech databases any longer tossed them onto the trash pile in bunches, making my manual excavation project that much easier. Once wiped clean of dust and other foreign matter, their pages began to shout the headlines of yesteryear Greater Nashua as documented so faithfully by a devoted newspaperman who knew the value of preserving the past for the future. Ever since I lined them up in chronological order many moons ago, I can’t count how many times I’ve pulled one or a handful of Styli’s real-time history books down while researching a story or for just plain recreational browsing. “Hmm, I wonder what was going on in Nashua 50 (or 25 or 60 or … ) years ago,” I’ve been known to mumble to myself, mostly in those weeks when I realize it’s already Wednesday and a column idea has yet to fall into my lap. And Styli never disappoints. So a few days ago I figured I’d check out the 1965 edition, because you can’t go wrong with a 50th anniversary of anything. I flipped to late June- early July and was instantly drawn to the reliable old microfilm reader. Suddenly, I was sitting at a small table in a stark, second-floor hallway, my only company a hunched-over, French-speaking janitor tasked with sweeping and dusting and hanging out a window to smoke a cigarette. The trigger? The name Cecilia Winn. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:00:30 EST Bedford girl honored with book award http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordreadersubmitted/1066467-308/bedford-girl-honored-with-book-award.html NASHUA - Sara Schmitt, daughter of Brad and Monique Schmitt of Bedford, was honored during the Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School scholastic awards and graduation ceremonies held in June. Schmitt was honored with the Bishop Guertin Book Award. She was noted for her academics, as well as possessing a strong character and the respect of faculty and peers. Sara also was awarded honors for the National Latin Exam, Silver Maxima Cum Laude. She will attend Bishop Guertin in the fall. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:00:44 EST GMNBR names Theresa Grella as 2015 Realtor of the Year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordreadersubmitted/1066471-308/gmnbr-names-theresa-grella-as-2015-realtor.html BEDFORD – The Greater Manchester/Nashua Board of REALTORS (GMNBR) is proud to announce Theresa Grella, of Amherst, as their 2015 GMNBR REALTOR of the Year. The announcement was made on May 21 at their annual awards luncheon at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. Grella is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and is a REALTOR with Bean Group in Amherst. She has been practicing real estate for over 30 years and was president of GMNBR in 2014. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:01:26 EST Jury takes 1 hour to find Nashua man not guilty of child sex-abuse http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066486-469/jury-takes-1-hour-to-find-nashua.html NASHUA – A Superior Court jury took barely an hour Thursday afternoon to acquit Nashua resident Michael Paquin of all four child sex-assault charges stemming from allegations he molested a pre-teen boy. The jury returned verdicts of not guilty on each of the felony charges, which included two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, one count of “pattern” aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of second-degree assault. The alleged victim was 9 and 10 when, according to his and his parents’ testimony, Paquin abused him, mostly on or near a couch in Paquin’s Raven Street home. Indictments returned against Paquin in June and November 2014 allege the abuse occurred between September and December 2013. The boy, along with his two younger brothers and their parents, were living in the basement of Paquin’s home at the time. Paquin and his wife, Denise, had taken in the family after both parents lost their jobs, their home and two vehicles, and had turned to borrowing and stealing money from relatives to fund a drug habit that controlled their lives. “We’re just happy … very happy to have our lives back,” Michael Paquin said outside the Spring Street courthouse shortly after the jury of 10 women and four men returned the verdicts. Paquin, surrounded by the more than a dozen relatives who attended most of the trial, said the verdict capped a very difficult 18 months for him as well as most of his  extended family. “It was a horrid year and a half,” Paquin said softly. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:00:50 EST Fratello’s Italian Grille prepares to open Nashua location in July, replacing vacant Villa Banca space http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066505-469/story.html NASHUA – The new Fratello’s Italian Grille in Nashua will be ready to open its doors in the former Villa Banca location by mid July, fulfilling a long-term goal for the McDonough family. “We’ve been trying to move to Nashua for years and years. I can go all the way back to when Margarita’s became available,” said Mark McDonough, referring to when Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant opened its Canal Street location in 1998. “Most recently, we looked at old mill buildings, and then this opportunity presented itself when Villa Banca closed,” said McDonough. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:40:00 EST Money and the mayoral contest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1066507-465/money-and-the-mayoral-contest.html Earlier this week, we gave Chris Williams credit for disclosing – before he had to – the sources of the donations to his campaign for mayor. Williams gets points for transparency and we hope other candidates release their information soon. But there was more than altruism behind Williams’ decision to release the information now. There was a calculated, self-serving purpose, too. Raising $112,000 for a Nashua mayor’s race is unprecedented. It’s more than three times as much money as Mayor Donnalee Lozeau raised leading up to the primary election when she ran and was elected in 2007, and it’s more than the $85,000 she spent in that entire election. It’s the kind of money some people may take offense to if they think Williams is trying to buy an election and purchase a six-figure job using other people’s money. Releasing the information now – rather than two weeks before the primary as all candidates are required to do – allows prospective voters to get over any shock well before the Sept. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:00:35 EST Jason L. Potter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066514-466/jason-l.-potter.html Jason L. Potter, 29, of Nashua, formerly of North Stratford, NH, passed away Friday, June 12, 2015. A Celebration of Jason’s Life, will be held on Saturday, June 27 at Greeley Park, Concord Street, Nashua from 1 to 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to remember and celebrate Jason, outdoors, where Jason enjoyed his passions. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:01:07 EST Merton H. Johnston http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066517-466/merton-h.-johnston.html Merton H. Johnston, 93, of Tilton, NH, and formerly of Nashua, passed away at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, Monday afternoon, June 22, 2015 after a period of declining health. Born in Waltham, Massachusetts on February 19, 1922, he was a son of the late George M. and Harriet C. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:01:28 EST Delores Anne (Smith) Arnold http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066518-466/delores-anne-smith-arnold.html Delores Anne (Smith) Arnold, 83, of Hudson, passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday evening, June 23, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Nashua on November 27, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Smith and Mary Agnes (McLean) Smith-Hurd. Educated in local schools, Delores graduated from Nashua High School Class of 1949. Blessed with an artistic and creative soul, Delores was able to paint and draw anything that was asked of her and even wrote her Senior Class Poem for graduation. Mrs. Arnold was employed as a cost accountant with Sanders Associates, Inc. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:01:33 EST Hollis, Brookline students graduate from Lawrence Academy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1066522-308/hollis-brookline-students-graduate-from-lawrence-academy.html GROTON, Mass. – Five Greater Nashua students were among the 104 who graduated from Lawrence Academy during the school’s 222nd graduation ceremony on Friday, May 29. Shelby Kuchta, of Hollis, a member of the Cum Laude Society for academic excellence, also played varsity field hockey, hockey and lacrosse. She will attend Bates College, where she will play lacrosse for the Bobcats. Catherine Morgan, of Hollis, frequently appeared on the academic honor and high honor rolls. She played two years of varsity volleyball and was enrolled in an independent study of visual arts. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:17 EST Brookline girl honored by Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1066524-308/brookline-girl-honored-by-nashua-catholic-regional.html Andrea MacFarlane, of Brookline, was honored during the Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School scholastic awards and graduation ceremonies in June. Andrea received the Mrs. Claire Kecy Writing Award for exceptional writing talent. Andrea was recognized for her efforts on the national Latin exam, cum laude, and competed nationally this year in the National History Bee. She is the daughter of Andrew and Mary MacFarlane. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:28 EST Brookline, Amherst residents honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1066528-308/brookline-amherst-residents-honored-by-big-brothers.html When 17-year-old Brandon Lajoie met his Big Brother for the first time three years ago, he had no idea how much having a mentor would change his life. “He got me involved in activities that I never would have done or tried if it wasn’t for his support,” Lajoie said. “For example, this very motivated and athletic person who loves helping people got me involved with the Special Olympics, which made me who I am today.” Earlier in June, Lajoie shared the impact that his Big Brother, Bob Purcell, has had on him with more than a hundred supporters at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner held at Nashua’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Purcell, of Amherst, was named Greater Nashua and Salem’s Big Brother of the Year. Sandra Chamberlain, of Brookline, was named Big Sister of the Year. Also honored for their dedication and commitment to the organization were regional board members Morgan Hollis, Dave Hartsock and Rob Devita and corporate sponsor Bellavance Beverage. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:01:02 EST Merrimack girl earns award at Nashua Catholic http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1066546-308/merrimack-girl-earns-award-at-nashua-catholic.html NASHUA – Graduating eighth-graders were honored for their achievements in academics and service to others during their scholastic awards and graduation ceremonies at Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School. Benjamin Danielson, son of Stephen and Christine Danielson, of Nashua, was awarded the Helen J. Horan Scholarship during the recent graduation ceremony. The scholarship was made possible as a result of a bequest to the school by Father Denis Horan, the school’s chaplain from 1997-2006, in loving memory of his sister Helen. The recipient receives a four-year scholarship to continue education at a Catholic high school of the student’s choosing. Applicants must demonstrate solid academic performance, be involved in the school community, obtain letters of recommendation and complete a 500-word essay addressing how “A Catholic education is a gift for a lifetime.” Danielson plans to attend Bishop Guertin High School. Ania Kwiecinski, of Merrimack, and Maria Zielinski, of Hudson, were given the St. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:02:18 EST Nashua police charge Mason woman with heroin, Suboxone sales http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066488-469/nashua-police-charge-mason-woman-with-heroin.html Nashua police arrested a woman this week and charged her with selling heroin and other drugs. Detectives investigating illegal drug sales in the city arrested Patti Amadon, 45, of 344 Wilton Road in Mason on Wednesday and charged her with four counts of selling heroin and one count of selling Suboxone, police said. All of the charges are felonies and second offenses because Amadon already has a drug-related conviction, police said. Amadon was held on $50,000 cash bail and scheduled to be arraigned at Nashua district court on Thursday, police said. – Telegraph staff Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:01:10 EST Mass. man sentenced on cocaine, heroin charges http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066487-469/mass.-man-sentenced-on-cocaine-heroin-charges.html A federal court on Thursday sentenced a Massachusetts man to serve nearly three years in prison on a number of drug-related offenses in connection to a 2013 incident in Nashua. Leonardo Almonte-Ramirez, 31, of Lawrence, Mass., will serve 33 months behind bars for selling cocaine and possessing cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith, following the hearing at the U.S. District Court in Concord. In May 2013, the Nashua Police Department conducted an undercover buy of cocaine from Almonte-Ramirez and, during a search of the vehicle officers located a sophisticated electronic hidden compartment that hid cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, as well as $2,000 in cash, Feith said. The prosecution arose from an investigation by the police departments of Nashua and Hudson along with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:00:59 EST In need of new coach http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetsports/1066349-308/in-need-of-new-coach.html NASHUA – The new Nashua North-Souhegan High school co-op boys hockey team will have a new coach. Who that is likely won’t be determined until the end of the summer, but Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras and Souhegan AD Dick Miller made it known at a parent-player informational meeting on June 17 that last year’s coaches, the Titans’ Dan Legro and the Sabres’ Dan Belliveau won’t be part of the new venture. Legro confirmed Wednesday he was named earlier this week as the new head coach at Londonderry High School. “I would have had to re-apply, go through the process and Lisa said it probably wouldn’t be until late August,” Legro said. “I needed to have something in place for me sooner.” Legro coached the Titans for three seasons with three tourney berths and one tourney victory. Belliveau, meanwhile, guided the Sabres to the Division III semifinals, the division title, and the quarterfinals the last three years. “He’s exploring other options.” Miller said. Both ADs said they were disappointed neither coach would be part of the new venture but that it will also be a fresh start for a new program. “Part of me says it’s a new program, maybe time for a new face,” Miller said. “That’s a tough one.” The job is being posted through the Nashua process, Gingras said, but people from both North and Souhegan will be part of the screening committee. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:07:09 EST ‘Summer Sings’ series open to public participation http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1066361-485/summer-sings-series-open-to-public-participation.html NASHUA – This summer, the Nashua Choral Society will host a series of Summer Sings open to the public. “We want to provide a venue for people of all ages and abilities to share the joy of making music together,” the organization said in a press release. n Monday, June 29, conductor Philip Lauriat will lead Mozart’s “Requiem.” n July 13, Diane Cushing will conduct John Rutter’s Requiem and Mozart’s “Jubilate Deo.” n July 2, Joseph Olefirowicz will be conducting an evening of “Music of Randall Thompson,” featuring selections such as “Alleluja,” “Choose Something Like a Star” and “The Best of Rooms.” n August 17, Lisa Feltner will be conducting Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” All Summer Sings take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Church of Christ, Scientist, 115 Concord St. Admission is $8; exact change appreciated. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:05:18 EST Francophiles gather for first French Cultural Festival http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1066364-485/francophiles-gather-for-first-french-cultural-festival.html NASHUA – From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, the Richelieu Club, Great American Downtown and the Nashua Cultural Connections Committee join forces to present the inaugural French Cultural Festival, to be held at Renaissance Park on Water Street in downtown Nashua. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will host the festival, with consulates and representation of some French- speaking countries and regions. The day will include singing, dancing, live music from local bands Cassette and Hunter, artists’ exhibitions, and food for sale, including hot dogs and ice cream. Roger Lacerte of WFEA 1370 AM’s French-music program “Chez-Nous” will be there. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:00:09 EST Thirsty Turtle in downtown Nashua offers pub grub done right http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1066366-485/thirsty-turtle-in-downtown-nashua-offers-pub.html NASHUA – The Thirsty Turtle has taken over the site of the former Old Amsterdam at 8 Temple St. downtown. The new bar-forward restaurant and live entertainment venue opened the weekend of Taste of Downtown, and are ramping up slowly but surely, adding performers and menu items as they go. “We will try to do a lot of local live music, open mic nights, acoustic players. We’ll have specialty grilled cheese, salads,” said Chrissy Widtfeldt, one of the owners. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:07 EST French culture, beer and art, and ‘an imaginary life’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1066371-485/french-culture-beer-and-art-and-an.html As I sit here writing my editor’s note Wednesday morning, my ears are ringing and I’m exhausted, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Saw epic prog-rock legend Rush perform last night in Boston on their 40th anniversary tour. For three guys that can get the senior discount at any restaurant, they were incredible! Four decades of music can’t be condensed into one three-hour show, but they rocked hard on the songs that did make the cut. Sunday, I had a more demure time, attending the Farmers Dinner Gala. The Janice B. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:01:22 EST Jeanette M. (Couturier) Berube http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066384-466/jeanette-m.-couturier-berube.html Jeannette M. (Couturier) Berube, 85, of Nashua, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Jeannette was born in Amesbury, MA on April 7, 1930, a daughter of the late Leon and Bertha (Girard) Couturier. She was the widow of Lionel E. Berube, who passed away on December 4, 1998. Prior to her retirement, Jeannette worked at Nashua Corporation for many years. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:52:01 EST Jason L. Potter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066385-466/jason-l.-potter.html Jason L. Potter, 29, of Nashua, formerly of North Stratford, NH, passed away Friday, June 12, 2015. A Celebration of Jason’s Life, will be held on Saturday June 27 at Greeley Park, Concord Street, Nashua from 1 to 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to remember and celebrate Jason, outdoors, where Jason enjoyed his passions. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:03:15 EST William “Bill” Dobens http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066387-466/william-bill-dobens.html William “Bill” Dobens, 91, of Nashua, beloved husband of Joan M. (Prince) Dobens, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2015. He was born in Waltham, MA on June 11, 1924, the son of the late George and Gertrude (Maguire) Dobens. Mr. Dobens attended Nashua schools and graduated from Nashua High class of 1942. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:03:35 EST Former Nashua hockey star Brad Kreick new Bishop Guertin girls hoop coach http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1066393-457/former-nashua-hockey-star-brad-kreick-new.html NASHUA – Bishop Guertin High School athletic director Pete Paladino knew the question was coming. “People are going to say you hired a hockey guy to be your new girls basketball coach,” he said. “But he’s got a good sense of basketball and if he doesn’t know the answer, he’s sure going to find it. … His interest has turned to basketball.” The one who people will look to now for answers for Cardinals girls hoop is none other than former Detroit Red Wings draft pick Brad Kreick, whose claim to fame locally has been as a hockey standout at Nashua High School (class of 1986) and Brown University. But eight years ago a family member asked Kreick, always seen at area sporting events, if he would coach third and fourth grade girls youth basketball. “I immediately fell in love with it,” said Kreick, who from that time on has coached at various youth levels and helped out with Nashua High School North’s summer and fall programs. “I made the decision a number of years ago to spend more time with youth sports.” To that end, this past year he was an assistant coach on the BG girls varsity basketball team under Jeremy Faulkner, who had to give up the job this spring due to work commitments. Paladino said the school had whittled down the number of applicants to “four or five good candidates, but Brad was the cream of the crop.” During an interview he asked Kreick his plan for his potential first day on the job. “He pulled out a spreadsheet with a time line,” Paladino said with a chuckle. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:58:00 EST Alleged victim takes stand Wed. in sex-abuse trial of 62-year-old Nashua man http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066408-469/alleged-victim-takes-stand-wed.-in-sex-abuse.html NASHUA – Despite his parents losing their home, jobs and cars, and often being sick, the 11-year-old boy who accuses Nashua resident Michael Paquin of molesting him multiple times told a Superior Court jury Wednesday that living with his family in the Paquins’ basement wasn’t all that bad – “until one point.” That point, the boy said, was when Paquin, who took in the struggling family when the drug-addicted parents lost everything and had no other options for them and their three boys, began to touch him “in a way I didn’t like.” The boy, who claims Paquin molested him from September to December 2013 when he was 9 and 10 years old, took the witness stand for just under an hour Wednesday afternoon on day two of Paquin’s jury trial on four charges stemming from the alleged  incidents. The boy described for Assistant County Attorney Cassie Devine how he often went upstairs to visit Michael and Denise Paquin while he, his two younger brothers and their parents lived in the basement. There were two couches in the living room, the boy said, one of which Michael Paquin usually occupied and often fell asleep on. But one time, about 30 minutes after he went upstairs to watch TV with Paquin, the boy testified, Paquin “called me over and put his hand down my pants.” During one such alleged incident, the boy said, Paquin “pulled his hand out of my pants fast …” because his mother was coming up the stairs. “It left a red mark,” he added. While the boy said he couldn’t remember how many times the alleged abuse occurred, he said it happened “more than once.” He said that during some of the alleged encounters, Paquin would take the boy’s hand “and put it in my pants … I would touch his privates,” he testified. But under cross- examination by Paquin’s lawyer, Nashua attorney Roger “Rusty” Chadwick, the boy testified his pants, or pajama bottoms, were down to his ankles during the alleged assaults. The boy said Paquin pulled them down, and that Paquin also pulled down the boy’s underwear to his ankles. Addressing the allegations that Paquin put the boy’s hand into Paquin’s pants, Chadwick asked the boy if Paquin typically wore underwear. “I don’t remember,” the boy said. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:00:50 EST Convicted of assault, Nashua man awaits sentencing hearing http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066409-469/convicted-of-assault-nashua-man-awaits-sentencing.html NASHUA – A local man accused of causing “serious bodily injury” to another man in a November 2014 assault has been found guilty of one of the charges against him and now awaits an upcoming sentencing hearing. Corby Adkinson, 30, last known address of 40 Chestnut St. in Nashua, was convicted on a felony count of second -degree assault involving serious bodily injury after a two-day jury trial in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. The jury found Adkinson not guilty on two other charges linked to the assault – one felony count of first-degree assault and a Class A misdemeanor charge of simple assault. Adkinson’s sentencing hearing is set for Monday, June 29, at 2 p.m. in the Nashua court, according to court documents. Police reports and other documents state that Adkinson, in the early morning hours of Nov. 12,  approached the victim as he walked in downtown Nashua and the two engaged in a fight. Police said the victim, a 40-year-old man they didn’t identify, sustained a “serious, but not life- threatening” head injury. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:01:00 EST Nashua youth resource fair connects teens with educational, career services http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066410-469/nashua-youth-resource-fair-connects-teens-with.html NASHUA – Hoping to showcase career, education and enrichment opportunities for Nashua teens, youth agencies hosted the first Community Youth Resources Fair at Greeley Park Wednesday. Dozens of teens visited the fair, which featured more than 20 agencies and businesses from Nashua and surrounding towns. “It’s really cool. It’s kind of neat to see all the people come together,” said Brandon Muraca, who just graduated eighth grade at Pennichuck Middle School. He said of all the groups he visited, the National Aviation Academy really caught his attention. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:01:10 EST Nashua Silver Knights can’t cash in against North Shore Navigators http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066412-457/nashua-silver-knights-cant-cash-in-against.html NASHUA – The bases were loaded early and often for the Nashua Silver Knights on Wednesday night, but unfortunately their bats weren’t. The lack of a timely bat attack (15 left on base) led to a 5-1 loss at the hands of the North Shore Navigators before a lively Holman Stadium crowd of 817. Lively, but the fans didn’t get to cheer too often. The Silver Knights left the bases loaded four times in the first five innings against Navs starter Taso Stathopolous, managing just one run on a Matt Fortin RBI single. And that came off reliever Cole O’Connor (2-1) in the fifth. “Offense is supposed to be our best side, but we didn’t show it tonight,” Knights shortstop Manny Cruz said. “We’ll probably talk about it in the locker room.” True, the Silver Knights (8-7) didn’t look like a team that was hitting over .400 with the bases loaded coming in. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:04:00 EST Donation drive for Nashua fire victims announces collection date, most-needed items http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066415-469/donation-drive-for-nashua-fire-victims-announces.html NASHUA – A community-organized donation drive will be held this week to help families displaced by the five-alarm fire that swept through a West Hollis Street apartment building last month. “We’re collecting household items and clothing for the 15 families who lost their homes in the June 8 fire on West Hollis Street,” said organizer Brenda Baron. “Simply put, they’ve lost everything.” The fire gutted the apartment and commercial building at 64 W. Hollis St. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:16:00 EST Exhibit of historic Nashua photos opens in July http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1066421-478/exhibit-of-historic-nashua-photos-opens-in.html Iconic black-and-white depictions of life in 1950s and ’60s Nashua as seen through the camera lens of the late Telegraph photographer Mike Shalhoup will soon be on display for public viewing at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. The exhibit, named “The Mike Shalhoup Collection: A Summer Showcase,” is scheduled for installation on Tuesday, July 7, in the library’s lower-level Image Galllery. An opening reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, in the gallery. The public is invited. Visitors can view the exhibit, which runs through August, during normal library hours. On display will be roughly 70 photographs from the Nashua Historical Society’s Mike Shalhoup Collection, a compilation of hundreds photos and negatives that Shalhoup donated to the society in 2000. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:00:31 EST Nashua DAR chapter partners with Harbor Homes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1066422-478/nashua-dar-chapter-partners-with-harbor-homes.html NASHUA – The Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its monthly meeting on Saturday, May 30, and welcomed two representatives from Harbor Homes. The representatives were Cheryl Thompson, program manager at Independence Hall – a veteran transitional housing facility in Manchester – and Scott Slattery, director of housing administration. Their presentation highlighted Harbor Homes’ Veterans First program. Thompson described Harbor Homes’ philosophy of providing a “one-stop shop” to serve and support homeless and low-income veterans and their families with transitional and permanent housing, along with employment services, case management, health and dental care, and financial assistance. Through an array of services, the veterans and their families are able to get back on their way to sustainable independence. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded Oct. 11, 1890. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:00:41 EST Nashua self-care center holding open house http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1066425-478/nashua-self-care-center-holding-open-house.html NASHUA – The wellness-focused Holistic Self Care Center will host a champagne and cake open house to celebrate 10 years of helping others from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1. The public is invited to tour the facility at 12 Murphy Drive, meet providers and clients, and find out about ways you can help yourself improve your health and find inner peace using a natural approach without medication. “It is amazing what a person can accomplish when given the proper tools,” founder Barb Tremlett said. “The transformations I have seen in both health and spirit of our clients is a testament to the services and workshops we provide.” Offerings include acupuncture, reiki, yoga, meditation, massage, life coaching and belly dancing. Upcoming workshops include “Stepping Into Your Greatness,” “Reiki Certification” (all levels) and “Grounding/Earthing for Health.” For more information, email info@thehsccenter.com, call 883-1490 or visit www.thehsccenter.com. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:01:07 EST Souhegan Valley Rotary fundraiser raises $10K for Nashua PAL http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1066427-478/souhegan-valley-rotary-fundraiser-raises-10k-for.html To the Editor: The Souhegan Valley “Happy Hour” Rotary Club thanks everyone who made our fifth annual Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser a resounding success. Our chosen charity to benefit from this year’s fundraiser is Nashua PAL, which creates a positive attitude between the children of Nashua and the members of the Nashua Police Department through sponsored sports, activities and enrichment programs. We are proud to announce we are donating $10,389.83 in Derby Party proceeds to Nashua PAL, which will take children on several outings this summer. Special thanks to our sponsors: Peters of Nashua and Windmill International (major sponsors); AlphaGraphics; Chick Beaulieu Inc.; Coneeny Investment Management; Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency; H&M Motorworks; Kristin Hardwick Photography; Lovering Volvo; Monarch Instrument; Moore Devlin Law; The Nashua Bank; New Sky Productions; Riverside Barbeque Co.; Seelye & Schulz, PA; The Offices Est. by Weisman, Tessier, Lambert, & Halloran; Enterprise Bank; Gate City Collision; G.M. Roth Design & Remodeling; Gottesman & Hollis; Persian Rug Gallery; Solari Financial; and Turn Cycle Solutions. Thanks also to Boston Billiard Club in Nashua for hosting the event, and to Manchester Radio Group and WMLL-FM “Morning Drive” DJ Jay Coffey for promoting it. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:01:16 EST Exchange Club of Nashua dedicates Freedom Shrine at World Academy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1066433-478/exchange-club-of-nashua-dedicates-freedom-shrine.html NASHUA – The Exchange Club of Nashua recently held a dedication ceremony for a Freedom Shrine that was donated to World Academy. The Freedom Shrine is a display of historic document replicas that include the Declaration of Independence up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Guest speaker at the dedication was attorney Brad Cook, who presented a history of the Freedom Shrine to the students. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:01:48 EST Hair salon to hold fundraiser for Nashua fire victims http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1066434-478/hair-salon-to-hold-fundraiser-for-nashua.html NASHUA – Hair Cuttery at 8 Spit Brook Road in the Spit Brook Plaza will host a cut-a-thon from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, June 28, to benefit the victims and families of the recent West Hollis Street apartment fire. All haircuts will be $10, with 100  percent of the proceeds going toward relief efforts provided by the American Red Cross. “This has been such a terrible event for the city of Nashua,” said Dennis Ratner, founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “In times like these, we feel it’s important to come together as a community and do something positive. Hosting a cut-a-thon to raise money for the relief efforts provided by the American Red Cross is our way of supporting the victims and families who lost so much in this devastating fire.” For more information, visit haircuttery.com. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:01:53 EST Ruth Wallace Rheaume http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1066436-435/ruth-wallace-rheaume.html Ruth Wallace Rheaume, 89, a longtime resident of Amherst, NH, died on June 17, 2015 at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH.  Ruth was born on January 22, 1926 in Attleboro, MA, the youngest of five children. She graduated from Attleboro High School in 1944 and joined Bell Telephone shortly after graduation. During her tenure with the telephone company, Ruth held several positions of increasing responsibility, working her way up to a Senior District Manager.   Ruth attended college while working full time. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:02:05 EST Amherst, Brookline residents honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1066450-308/amherst-brookline-residents-honored-by-big-brothers.html When 17-year-old Brandon Lajoie met his Big Brother for the first time three years ago, he had no idea how much having a mentor would change his life. “He got me involved in activities that I never would have done or tried if it wasn’t for his support,” Lajoie said. “For example, this very motivated and athletic person who loves helping people got me involved with the Special Olympics, which made me who I am today.” Earlier in June, Lajoie shared the impact that his Big Brother, Bob Purcell, has had on him with more than a hundred supporters at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner held at Nashua’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Purcell, of Amherst, was named Greater Nashua and Salem’s Big Brother of the Year. Sandra Chamberlain, of Brookline, was named Big Sister of the Year. Also honored for their dedication and commitment to the organization were regional board members Morgan Hollis, Dave Hartsock and Rob Devita and corporate sponsor Bellavance Beverage. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:03:30 EST Milford Medical Center open house Aug. 8 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1066459-308/milford-medical-center-open-house-aug.-8.html MILFORD – Two years after St. Joseph Hospital changed its Milford emergency room into an urgent care facility, Milford Medical Center has moved into a new building on the existing Nashua Street campus. Along with urgent care, the expanded facility houses a lab drawing area and a range of diagnostic imaging capabilities, including general radiology, ultrasound, and 3-D mammography. The 19,500 square foot outpatient facility also has physical and occupational therapy, a community room and a new enclosed hallway that connects it to the existing medical building, which houses the primary care offices of SJ Family Medical Center practice and Nashua Pediatrics. There are also six private exam/treatment rooms, a dedicated and private centralized patient registration area, outpatient rehabilitation services including physical and occupational therapy, a large rehabilitation gym with modern fitness and rehabilitation equipment and a 400 square-foot community room for local meetings and community health education classes. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:04:22 EST College achievements by Greater Nashua students http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1066461-478/college-achievements-by-greater-nashua-students.html Here are college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: LASELL COLLEGE Kristina Kaufmann, of Nashua, a 2015 graduate of Lasell College in Newton, Mass., with a major in communication, has received the 2015 Lasell Bowl. The Lasell Bowl is awarded annually for outstanding contributions to campus life at Lasell College. Alexa Katsigianis, of Amherst, has received a 2015 Book Award from Lasell College in Newton, Mass., for excellence in the study of Entrepreneurship. Katsigianis is a 2015 graduate of Lasell. The awards are given each May to graduating seniors in recognition of a demonstrated commitment to excellence at Lasell College. These local students graduated this spring from Lasell College in Newton, Mass.: FROM AMHERST: Alexa Fatsigianis, Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship. FROM HUDSON: Christopher Maglio, Bachelor of Science in exercise science. FROM NASHUA: Mary Fontaine, Bachelor of Science in exercise science; Kristina Kaufmann, Bachelor of Arts, Honors Program. These local students were named to the spring 2015 dean’s list at Lasell College in Newton, Mass. FROM AMHERST: Alexa Katsigianis, an entrepreneurship major. FROM HUDSON: Christopher Maglio, an exercise science major; Alyssa Huggins, a fashion and retail merchandising major. FROM LITCHFIELD: Jessica Pascucci, a marketing major. FROM MERRIMACK: Michael Bomberg, an exercise science major. FROM MILFORD: Meghan Sapienza, a fashion communication and promotion major; Alexa Hoffman, a event management major. FROM NASHUA: Mary Fontaine, an exercise science major; Kristina Kaufmann, a communication major. MARIST COLLEGE These local students graduated this spring from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. FROM MERRIMACK: Jacob Dembow, Master of Arts in educational psychology. FROM NASHUA: Trina Cardamone, Bachelor of Professional Studies in fashion merchandising; Timothy Coy, Bachelor of Science in business administration; Timothy Croteau, Bachelor of Science in business administration; Ann Devorak, Bachelor of Arts in English/adolescence education; Lauren Lambalot, Bachelor of Arts in fine arts – history; Andrea Rosenstein, Bachelor of Arts in psychology. NICHOLS COLLEGE These local students graduated this spring from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. FROM HOLLIS: George Louzek III, BSBA cum laude in management. PROVIDENCE COLLEGE These local students graduated from Providence (R.I.) College this spring. FROM MERRIMACK: Kristen Correia, bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude. FROM NASHUA: David Burke, bachelor’s degree. ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Aaron Pentheny, of Litchfield, received the Thomas C. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:04:43 EST Executive Council confirms Tollner as Nashua Police Commissioner http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066407-469/executive-council-confirms-tollner-as-nashua-police.html CONCORD – The Executive Council on Wednesday unanimously confirmed former Nashua Alderman James Tollner as a Nashua Police Commissioner. “Public safety and education and infrastructure are probably the three most important ingredients to a vibrant and successful city, and public safety plays a huge role in that,” Tollner said in a telephone interview. “The first thing I want to do is sit down with the police chief and his team to discuss with him his vision for the department and what I can do as a commissioner to help support them. I look at my role as not to get in their way, but to do whatever I can to continue to make it the professional police department that we’ve enjoyed over the last dozen years,” Tollner added. Gov. Maggie Hassan nominated Tollner to the five-member Executive Council on June 10. Tollner will fill the seat on the three-member police commission vacated by Carl Andrade, who resigned April 22 for personal reasons. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:00:38 EST Moving buildings was once routine http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1066269-469/moving-buildings-was-once-routine.html The four-story Currier Building on East Pearl Street in Nashua was built in 1892. Dr. George Washington Currier was one of the principals in the endeavor. Currier also worked hard to build the Masonic Temple in 1889, which is right next door to the Currier Building. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:22:04 EST William “Bill” Dobens http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066307-466/william-bill-dobens.html William “Bill” Dobens, 91, of Nashua, beloved husband of Joan M. (Prince) Dobens, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2015. He was born in Waltham, MA on June 11, 1924, the son of the late George and Gertrude (Maguire) Dobens. Mr. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:04:57 EST Nashua Silver Knights rout Pittsfield Suns http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066317-457/nashua-silver-knights-rout-pittsfield-suns.html NASHUA – When the bulk of their fans last saw the Nashua Silver Knights a week ago, their bats were anemic. But ah, the humid air of summer is upon us and for the Knights, it could be swinging season. They smacked out 11 hits and took advantage of four Pittsfield errors for seven unearned runs in dimming the Suns, 10-2 on Tuesday night before 456 at Holman Stadium. “We’ve been talking a lot in the clubhouse about our approach,” said Nashua catcher Erik Ostberg, who had two hits, three RBIs and reached base three times. “We’re just getting comfortable with our environment. We’re getting used to each other, and getting good at-bats.” “I think we swung the bats well a few nights on the trip, and it continued tonight,” Silver Knights manager Ted Currle said, his team now 8-5. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:55:00 EST New American-made motorcycle coming to Nashua dealer, thanks to Hollis enthusiasts http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1066337-464/new-american-made-motorcycle-coming-to-nashua-dealer.html NASHUA – For everybody who has dreamed of quitting their day job and opening a business based on their favorite pastime, Adam Schoolsky has a word of caution. “I greatly underestimated the level of effort needed,” admitted the former lead sales engineer for Salesforce.com, who this year with his wife, Jeanette, turned a side job of motorcycle enthusiast into a full-time business. The couple owns RocketMoto, which in January they moved from the garage of their Hollis home to an industrial condominium just off Amherst Street, and which on Friday will become the New England dealer of Motus Motorcycles, the first new American-manufactured motorcycle to be created in decades. Schoolsky said taking a 3,000-square-foot space at 2 Townsend West, Suite 8, next door to the Djinn Spirits distillery, and turning it into shiny new retail space and workshop involved much more labor and expense than the couple anticipated. Scraping, painting, moving, shifting, tearing down and rebuilding – not to mention making it through the complexity of getting a vehicle dealer’s license from the state, which has different definitions of commercial vs. industrial zoning that does Nashua – the work will continue right up to the ribbon-cutting. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:36:58 EST Police charge Nashua man with offenses 11 months apart http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066338-469/police-charge-nashua-man-with-offenses-11.html NASHUA – Police were able to execute two arrest warrants at once Monday when they caught up with a suspect wanted in two alleged crimes, one of them an 11-month-old burglary. Gerald Langlois, 45, of 4 Auburn St., Apt. 15, Nashua, was arrested on Temple Street shortly after noon on Monday by members of the Nashua Police Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit, according to police. Langlois was charged with one count each of robbery, a Class B felony, and receiving stolen property, a Class A misdemeanor, police said. He was arraigned Tuesday morning in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester and held on $5,000 cash or surety bail pending a probable cause hearing set for July 6 in the Nashua court. Police said they issued the first warrant against Langlois in May after developing information that identified him as the suspect in a July 31, 2014 burglary that police said involved a physical altercation. Police said the owner of the home, on Nashua’s St. Joseph Drive, told police he came home from work to find a white male inside the house. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:07:00 EST Fourth of July holiday will not affect solid waste collection in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066339-469/fourth-of-july-holiday-will-not-affect.html With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday this year, city solid waste collection services are scheduled to run without disruption or delay. The Division of Public Works, Solid Waste Department announced regular curbside pickup for recycling, trash and soft yard waste will follow a regular schedule through Friday, July 3, but the Solid Waste Department Office will be closed Friday. The Four Hills Landfill/Nashua Recycling Center at 840 W. Hollis Street is will be open for regular hours July 3, but will close July 4 for the holiday. Normal operations resume Monday, July 6. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:06:21 EST Sanders coming to Nashua Community College this Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066340-469/sanders-coming-to-nashua-community-college-this.html Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will visit Nashua Saturday to continue his discussion on removing big money out of politics and his fight for wealth equality. Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont and a self-described “democratic socialist,” is slated to hold a town meeting-style event Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Nashua Community College at 505 Amherst St. According to his campaign, Sanders and local leaders from Greater Nashua will discuss making college more affordable, combating climate change and dealing with the “obscene” income inequality in the country. Sanders, who has appeared in the state multiple times in the past six months, was last in New Hampshire on June 6 for a similar event at the Keene Recreation Center. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:06:26 EST Cookson elected Nashua alderman-at-large http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066342-469/cookson-elected-nashua-alderman-at-large.html Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:46:00 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for June 10-14 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1066344-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-june.html JUNE 10 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Miguel Ortiz, 20, 10 Badger St., Nashua, disorderly conduct. Justin M. Parker, 30, no fixed address, Nashua, criminal trespass. Douglas Roberge, 23, 23 Temple St., Apt. 420, Nashua, two counts simple assault, two counts domestic violence. Shelly Denault, 37, 133 Chestnut St., Apt. A, Nashua, false report on accident. Charles Gary Daye, 23, 23 Abbott St., Apt. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:06:45 EST Kayakers left upstream with no paddle http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1066245-465/kayakers-left-upstream-with-no-paddle.html As a kayaker, I was excited to see the story of a launch on the lower part of the Nashua River, below Mine Falls. I went to check it out and was greatly disappointed. A good idea implemented by someone who appears to have never launched a kayak or canoe. After carrying a kayak – about 45-50 pounds – for 75 feet on a winding path, the boater finds a set of steep granite stairs. There is no platform, shore or anything on which to stand as you drop your boat off the edge. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:01:42 EST Ruth Wallace Rheaume http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066260-466/ruth-wallace-rheaume.html Ruth Wallace Rheaume, 89, a longtime resident of Amherst, NH, died on June 17, 2015 at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH.  Ruth was born on January 22, 1926 in Attleboro, MA, the youngest of five children. She graduated from Attleboro High School in 1944 and joined Bell Telephone shortly after graduation. During her tenure with the telephone company, Ruth held several positions of increasing responsibility, working her way up to a Senior District Manager.   Ruth attended college while working full time. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:00:59 EST Irving Rayburn http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066261-466/irving-rayburn.html Irving Rayburn, 89, of Nashua, NH died Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, NH. Born January 6, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY he was the son of the late Joel and Esther Rabinowitz. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Miriam (Wertheim) Rayburn and two brothers, Leo and Bernie Rayburn. Prior to his retirement, Irving was employed with Nashua Corp as a chemist. He enjoyed boating, traveling, hiking, swimming, birding and was a member of the National Audubon Society. He also enjoyed cooking. Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Buckley) Rayburn, of Nashua; one son, David Rayburn, of Lanesboro, Iowa; one daughter, Dianna Lavancher, of Reading, MA; one grandson, Eli Lavancher, of Reading, MA; one granddaughter, Brianna, of Lanesboro, Iowa; two stepsons, Tom Deneen, of Claremont, NH and Greg Deneen, of Nashua, NH; and one stepdaughter, Valerie O’Brien and her husband Terry, of Minnesota. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:01:12 EST Peter A. Kouletsis http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066262-466/peter-a.-kouletsis.html Peter A. Kouletsis, of Bedford, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2015 of natural causes, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Manchester, NH and attended Central High School where he was active on the Student Council as Chairman of the School Spirit Committee and played right guard for the championship Central High football team and went on to play in the Florida bowl. Peter taught water safety for the Jewish Community Center summer program and won a blue ribbon in swimming at the YMCA. He was raised by his grandmother after his mother passed away and was an altar boy at the Assumption Church. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:01:20 EST Cookson declared winner of special Nashua alderman-at-large election http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066264-469/cookson-declared-winner-of-special-nashua-alderman-at-large.html 9 P.M. UPDATE: Former Alderman Mark Cookson has won the special election for alderman-at-large, with 2,061 votes to the 1,969 votes cast for former deputy fire chief Michael O’Brien Sr. NASHUA – Polls open at 6 a.m. sharp Tuesday for the special citywide election that pits recently retired Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Michael O’Brien Sr. against former alderman Mark Cookson for the open alderman-at-large seat. Voters have 14 hours to cast their ballots before the polls close at 8 p.m. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:28:00 EST Trial in former Nashua deputy police chief’s suit against city, ex-chief set for February 2016 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066265-469/trial-in-former-nashua-deputy-police-chiefs.html MANCHESTER – A Superior Court judge has set a series of deadlines for attorneys to file motions in the civil suit brought by former Nashua Deputy Police Chief Scott Howe against the city of Nashua and former Chief John Seusing, with the trial set to begin next February. Howe, a 26-year veteran of the force, filed suit in October 2014 claiming Seusing wrongfully terminated him and violated the terms of Howe’s employment contract in the wake of a public controversy over questionable payments and spending practices of the Nashua Police Relief Association, of which Howe was president at the time. In the suit, Howe accused Seusing of forcing him to resign at the end of September 2013 by telling Howe about a month earlier that “you’re not coming back.” Howe also alleges in the suit that Suesing told him the Nashua Police Commission would remove Howe if he didn’t retire immediately, a statement that Howe said amounted to a bluff, according to the suit. Seusing and the city, represented by Manchester attorney Joseph K. Levasseur, sought to move the case to U.S.  District Court in Concord, but the higher court kicked it back to Hillsborough County Superior Court North in Manchester. The case is being heard at the Manchester court rather than in the southern district in Nashua because Howe is a resident of Goffstown, which is in the northern court’s  jurisdiction. Judge Diane Nicolosi, in a case-structuring document filed with the Manchester court, scheduled the start of trial for Feb. 1, 2016, and estimated it will run for 3-4 days. She scheduled a Trial Management Conference, typically the final hearing before trial, for Jan. 21, 2016 at 9 a.m. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:01:11 EST This time, Nashua able to get its man http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066274-457/this-time-nashua-able-to-get-its.html When it comes to putting together a summer collegiate league baseball roster, you never know. No one knows that better than Nashua Silver Knights VP of Player Personnel B.J. Neverett, who was going over his final roster with a reporter when his cell phone rang. The coaches over at Southern New Hampshire University were wondering if he had room for one more player. Normally, he would have said the roster was full. But when Neverett heard that the player was shortstop Manny Cruz, his ears perked up. “I wanted him last year,” Neverett said. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:01:55 EST Six-figure donation tally for Williams shows scale of mayoral race http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066285-469/six-figure-donation-tally-for-williams-shows-scale.html NASHUA – Chris Williams has raised more than three times as much money as Donnalee Lozeau did during her hotly-contested 2007 mayoral primary campaign, an indication of how the monetary stakes have increased since then. Williams on Monday released his “entire list of donors and their cash contributions” as of Friday, June 19. He said that 342 donors have given a total of $112,110. The primary election for mayor, which will whittle six candidates down to two, is still 2 1⁄2 months away. By contrast, one week before the 2007 mayoral primary, Lozeau reported $36,370 in donations, slightly less than one-third Williams’ total. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:31:00 EST Volunteer opportunities in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1066242-478/volunteer-opportunities-in-greater-nashua.html NASHUA American Red Cross The American Red Cross N.H. Region has several volunteer opportunities available in Nashua: development intern, volunteer services and emergency services. Visit redcross/org/nh/volunteer and click on Ways to Help, then scroll down to the Nashua Office. Or call 889-6664, ext. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:00:18 EST Frederick Britton Andrews http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066217-466/frederick-britton-andrews.html Frederick B. Andrews, a lifelong resident of Nashua until 2012, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 1, 2015 in Burke, Virginia, at Heatherwood Retirement Community with his loving wife and family by his side. Frederick was born in Nashua, NH, on January 1, 1922. He was the son of Chester Allen and Ada Britton Andrews. He attended Nashua Public Schools and Wentworth Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 19:00:27 EST Farmers Dinner brings great food, great stories for great causes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066222-469/farmers-dinner-brings-great-food-great-stories.html NASHUA – Londonderry resident Anthony Ferrara is studying finance at Boston College, but it’s his passion for food that drew him like a magnet to an internship with The Farmers Dinner, a unique organization that promotes local farmers and the food they grow. “Talking about food makes for great conversation,” Ferrara told about 100 people gathered at the Janice B. Streeter Theater Sunday night. “The best stories are the stories that are shared at the dinner table.” Ferrara was one of several people who took part in a speaking program that preceded a  three-course meal at Sunday’s  Farmers Dinner Gala, a partnership of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and Celebrations Catering that organizers plan to turn into an annual event. A chief function of The Farmers Dinner is giving back to communities by donating proceeds from events to local agencies and organizations. Proceeds from Sunday’s dinner, for instance, will go to three agencies: The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Services (ORIS), which assists in the resettlement of refugees and immigrants in New Hampshire; Gate City Community Gardens, a non-profit that supports a 12-bed community garden in the city’s Tree Streets neighborhood; and Marguerite’s Place, the  Nashua-based agency that offers transitional housing and supportive services to homeless women in crisis. Before dinner on Sunday, “locavores” – those who consume fresh, locally- grown food as often as possible – heard about the history of farming and the importance of supporting smaller, local farms that provide food from across town rather than from hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles away. Nashua native Keith Sarasin, who founded The Farmers Dinner several years ago, said he discovered “good food starts with good people,” and called the ability to learn where one’s food comes from “a fundamental right.” “Learning where your food comes from isn’t new. It’s not a fad,” Sarasin said. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:02:22 EST Soggy but successful season opener Sunday for Nashua’s Main Street Farmers Market http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066223-469/soggy-but-successful-season-opener-sunday-for.html NASHUA – Most of the time, farmers, horticulturists and others who make their living growing things love a full day of nice, soaking rain. The exception would be when they set up tables to display and sell their goods to the public. Nevertheless, a group of hardy souls gathered on the Main Street Bridge as scheduled Sunday morning, refusing to let the heavy tropical rains deter them from opening the all-new Nashua Farmers Market for the season. Spirits were indeed high, if a tad soggy, under the series of white tents lining the west side of the bridge as vendors chatted with shoppers picking out fresh fruits, vegetables and artisan products, along with flowers and crafts like David Johnston’s unique, hand-built birdhouses. “We were here a couple of years ago, but we’ve since added flowers,” Johnston said of his set-up, which also includes an expanded array of birdhouses. Down the line a ways, longtime Farmers Market participant Drema Cady welcomed visitors perusing her produce and just-picked strawberries. “We need this so bad,” Cady said of the rain, which she warded off with a clear plastic poncho that covered everything but her hands. “Yep, it’s pretty wet, but we’re happy. It’s great to be back.” Cady and her husband, Pat, have been part of Nashua farmers markets for years. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:02:29 EST Summer writing camp for teens brings high schoolers, professional writers together for week-long conference at Nashua Community College http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066227-469/story.html NASHUA – Teens interested in honing their nonfiction and creative writing skills can sign up for the first Teen Summer Writers’ Workshop this July at Nashua Community College. “It’s geared toward high school students who want to get some writing in over the summer,” said Robert Greene, Nashua High School South creative writing and journalism teacher, and chair of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. “We focus on creative writing, poetry, short stories, play writing and nonfiction narratives.” The nonfiction memoirs can also be used for college admission essays, he said. Hosted by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and NCC Honors Program, the week-long camp guides students through different types of writing styles in workshops run by professional writers and writing instructors. “There’s not much in the state for young writers over the summer,” he said. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:02:50 EST Londonderry’s Starlin Ortiz, Lebanon’s Corinne Kennedy repeat as champs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1066233-457/londonderrys-starlin-ortiz-lebanons-corinne-kennedy-repeat.html NASHUA – Two boys and one girl from Nashua finished in the Top 10 of the 59th state Decathlon and 39th Heptathlon, but it was two other familiar names atop the leader boards when the two-day event wrapped up at Nashua High School South on Sunday. Londonderry senior Starlin Ortiz and Lebanon sophomore Corinne Kennedy repeated as champions in convincing fashion. Ortiz won the Decathlon with 6,113 points, 555 more than runner-up Will Merchant (5,558), of Lebanon. Kennedy won the Heptathlon with 4,536 points, besting runner-up Anika Hibbard (3,882), of Bedford, by 654 points. Nashua South’s Terrell Lewis (4,822) and Bishop Guertin’s Gabe Madonna (4,736) finshed seventh and ninth, respectively, in the Decathlon, while BG’s Danielle Poublon (3,409) was seventh in the Heptathlon. Nashua South’s Bridget Murphy (3,269), who finished 11th, missed the Top 10 by 18 points. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 02:01:19 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – June 22 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1066243-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--june-22.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Listings should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. NASHUA HiSET SUMMER CLASS REGISTRATION Registration for summer HiSET preparation classes will be held 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. June 23 at the Adult Learning Center, 4 Lake St. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:00:33 EST City spending cap has worked since 1994 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1066208-465/city-spending-cap-has-worked-since-1994.html When I watched the June 4 public hearing, I was pleased that Mr. Fred Teeboom obviously studies and has questions concerning the Nashua budget. He did not go on forever and ever, as Donnie White states in his letter to the editor (Sunday, June 14). When Mr. Teeboom quoted Ms. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:02:02 EST Undefeated Nashua Blast U13A wins NHYLA title http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1066108-457/undefeated-nashua-blast-u13a-wins-nhyla-title.html The Nashua Blast U13A girls lacrosse team finished off an undefeated season with two wins in the Londonderry Tournament to clinch the NHYLA State Championship. Led by the play of Taylor Guilfoil, Nashua finished 8-0 in the regular season, closing that out with an 8-5 win over Exeter at Stellos Stadium. The Blast entered the NHYLA Tournament as the top seed, which gave them the nod for the finals after a 6-6 overtime tie with fourth-seeded Hampstead. Nashua led 4-1 at one point before settling for the tie. Scoring for the Blast were Julia Cote (four goals) and Kirsten McIntire (two). Payson Mooso had six saves in net. Nashua then beat Amherst 6-4 in the finals. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:00:36 EST On the road to Nashua’s future http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1066131-465/on-the-road-to-nashuas-future.html While the coming of the Broad Street Parkway wasn’t the reason why local developer Robert Parson bought the former Nashua District Courthouse for $720,000, it certainly helped seal the deal. “The (parkway) definitely helps make it all that much more attractive, but 1.2 acres in the downtown with that building, would be very viable and attractive property to own in any case,” he said. “I acquired the building as a speculative investment. The future of the area has tremendous upside.” A lot of that upside is undoubtedly tied to the parkway. The courthouse has been on the market for some time, with apparently little serious interest. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 13:01:08 EST Cookson: Here are my priorities for the city of Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1066134-474/cookson-here-are-my-priorities-for-the.html This Tuesday, June 23, we will have a special election and I am asking for your vote. You, the citizens, are the heart of Nashua. The city is very important to me and that is why I decided to run for the vacant Alderman-at-Large seat. I have been in the past and will continue to be accessible and accountable to the citizens of Nashua and always willing to listen to comments and/or concerns. I feel that communication is the best practice for informing my constituents by email, radio, meetings and/or TV. I have lived in Nashua for almost 20 years and have seen many changes. I have always supported our fire, police, public works and school district. Some of my priorities: Public Safety – we have seen more crime and drug overdoses. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:00:24 EST O’Brien: Nashua is a great city and I want to make it better http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1066135-474/obrien-nashua-is-a-great-city-and.html I’m Michael O’Brien, and I’m running for Alderman-at-Large here in the great city of Nashua. We have a special election on June 23 to fill the vacant spot of former Alderman Diane Sheehan. I ask for your support to be the person to fill this important role. I love this city. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:00:28 EST Nashua landfill will charge credit, debit card users 2.95% convenience fee beginning July 1 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066146-469/nashua-landfill-will-charge-credit-debit-card.html Customers who use credit or debit cards at the city landfill will be charged a convenience fee beginning July 1, the city’s Solid Waste Department announcement this month. The card fees will be calculated at 2.95 percent of a customer’s total transaction with a minimum fee of $1.50. The actual amount will be calculated at the time of payment. This process already is in use at all other city departments. Fees are paid directly to and collected by the city’s credit card processor. No portion of the convenience fees are paid to the city, the Solid Waste Department said. Customers can avoid the fee by paying at the window with cash or check. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:01:55 EST Nashua MicroSociety charter school poised to take over former Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinic on W. Hollis, Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066147-469/story.html NASHUA – The MicroSociety Academy Charter School of Southern New Hampshire has announced plans to occupy the former Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinic on West Hollis street for its first year. The K-8 charter school opened student enrollment in January, but did not have a location lined up until just now. “We are very excited about finally concluding our eight-month long search for an appropriate, safe home for our school in Nashua,” MACS Board Chairman Marc Sylvester said in a June 17 statement. Following the MicroSociety theme, the charter school will teach students core academics paired with how to apply studies to operating agencies, businesses and institutions of their own miniature society. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:22:00 EST Candidates in special aldermanic election offer different visions for Nashua’s future http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066148-469/candidates-in-special-aldermanic-election-offer-different.html The two candidates in the race for the alderman-at-large seat in Tuesday’s special election offer voters clear choices on issues that will shape the city’s future, from commuter rail expansion to the spending cap to maintaining core services. Former eight-year alderman Mark S. Cookson and four-term state Rep. Michael B. O’Brien Sr. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:31:00 EST Retirement story tops most read http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066150-469/retirement-story-tops-most-read.html Former Nashua Fire Rescue chief Brian W. Morrissey ranks in the top one percent of all state retirement system beneficiaries and The Telegraph story about his benefits, “Retired Nashua fire chief draws $113,887 annual pension,” was the most read story of the week ending June 19 on nashuatelegraph.com with more than 3,500 page views. Morrissey also received a $83,665 one-time payout from the city’s retirement fund for accrued sick and vacation time that was owed him. “The city paid me what I earned working for the city for over 37 years and not a penny more,” Morrissey said Wednesday. “It was earned. It isn’t a gift,” he said of the pension guaranteed him under state statute (RSA 100). Morrissey was one of six city employees who retired last month that received one-time payouts for accrued vacation and sick time. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:02:55 EST Slate set for Nashua’s mayoral race http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066151-469/slate-set-for-nashuas-mayoral-race.html The slate of candidates for mayor is officially set, and the six contenders collectively offer voters nearly 40 years of elective service, decades of business experience and a breadth of choice unseen in eight years. Three aldermen-at-large – one of whom is the president of the board and another a former mayor – the former head of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and two local businessmen will compete in a contest for the corner office that already appears to be drawing more money than other city election. Aldermen-at-Large David Deane, Jim Donchess and Dan Moriarty; former chamber President Chris Williams; and local businessmen Michael Broderick and Doug Carroll will share the ballot in the Sept. 8 primary. The two highest vote recipients will face off in the Nov. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:34:00 EST Thousands flock to Merrimack for annual Rock’n Ribfest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066153-469/thousands-flock-to-merrimack-for-annual-rockn.html Barbecue has been a religion to champion chef Jack McDavid for more than a half-century. “Where I come from in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, you do barbecue. You learn from your grandfather and then your father,” he said. “I’ve been learning for 57 years.” McDavid, of Jack’s Down Home BBQ in Philadelphia, playfully and shamelessly lassoed hungry carnivores toward his grill, soliciting them with a free taste of his award-winning ribs during Saturday’s portion of Rock’n Ribfest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashua West at the Anheuser-Busch property. “Where did you get those?” he says with a friendly smile and notable southern accent to a young couple walking by his setup. “Have you tried mine? Try one.” He slams a meat cleaver down, swiftly separating two ribs from the rack and handed them to a young couple, already holding piles of meat from a nearby vendor. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:03:40 EST Judith A. Gravlin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066155-466/judith-a.-gravlin.html NASHUA, NH – Judith A. Gravlin, 61, of Nashua, NH, formerly of Acton and Groton, MA, died Tues., June 16, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. Born in Concord, she was the daughter of Elisabeth (Byam) Gravlin and the late Douglas A. Gravlin, Sr. Judy lived in Acton and Groton before moving to Nashua 21 years ago. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:03:48 EST Madhu Sudan Lal Vaidya http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066157-466/madhu-sudan-lal-vaidya.html Madhu Sudan Lal Vaidya of Nashua, New Hampshire passed away at home on June 11, 2015 at the age of 80 after a long battle with cancer.  He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elma (Griscom); daughters, Tara and Rita of Westborough and Allston MA; sons-in-law Rick Ricardi and John Eskew; grandsons Caleb, Ethan, Nathaniel, Krishan, and Vishnu; and his sisters, Anjana and Hansa of Mandi, India. He is predeceased by his parents, Tej Singh and Sarla Devi Vaidya; and sister Vidya, formerly of Mandi. Madhu grew up in Mandi, India. After completing his Bachelor of Science at Punjab University at age 19, he came to the U.S. for graduate studies at Duke University, earning Masters and Doctor of Forestry degrees. While at Duke, he was known as Steve. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:03:56 EST Janet E. Bernard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066159-466/janet-e.-bernard.html Janet E. Bernard, 77, a lifelong resident of Nashua, NH passed away suddenly on Friday, June 19, 2015 at her home. She was born October 10, 1937 in Nashua, a daughter of the late Leo and Anne (Hurbonovich) Sliney. Mrs. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:04:04 EST William J. Martin Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066160-466/william-j.-martin-jr..html William J. Martin Jr., 76, of Nashua, formerly of Everett, MA, passed away unexpectedly at his home, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. A resident of Nashua since 1976, Mr. Martin was born in Everett, Massachusetts on November 12, 1938, a son of the late William J. and Sara J. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:04:09 EST Looking out for the needs of veterans reluctant to ask for themselves http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1066173-469/looking-out-for-the-needs-of-veterans.html “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy,  35th U.S. president  and World War II veteran While quoted on a Veterans Day observance, observing the needs of veterans and reaching out on behalf of those uncomfortable or unable to ask themselves is a great way to help those who have done so much to help us. The Mailbag is glad to serve as a vehicle to help serve veterans in need. Help with housekeeping “I have a friend, a retired Navy veteran, who needs a lightweight vacuum cleaner,” writes Joanne S., of Nashua (LTR 3,199). “So many of our vets are in need or homeless, and will not ask for help – after all they did for us, laid down their lives for us, and they ask nothing from us in return. “Thanks so much. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:05:07 EST Positive energy prevails at Nashua North graduation http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1066174-478/positive-energy-prevails-at-nashua-north-graduation.html The day you graduate high school is a day you wait for your entire life, and when it finally approaches, it doesn’t feel real. With thousands of people watching, cheering you on and being surrounded by loved ones, the experience is surreal. When talking to my Nashua High School North classmates while waiting to walk out for the ceremony, many of them remarked about how the whole situation just felt like they were playing pretend, that there was no way we were actually graduating from high school. Twelve years of school all led up to June 14, the day the Class of 2015 would receive their diplomas and be recognized for their accomplishments. The graduation experience was nothing as I expected it to be; it was so much better. Hearing my peers and beloved teachers give words of encouragement and inspiration was incredible, along with being surrounded by constant happiness. The look on my classmates’ faces when they received their diplomas was my favorite part of the entire experience. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:05:12 EST Nashua South pushes students to be their best http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1066180-478/nashua-south-pushes-students-to-be-their.html The day had finally come – the day to put on my cap and gown, walk across the stage, collect my diploma and say goodbye to the last four years of my life. Four years ago, as an incoming freshman, I walked down Nashua High School South’s main hallway with teachers on either side of me, clapping and cheering at my arrival. Back then, I never thought the day to say goodbye to everything I had ever known would arrive so soon. I never expected the day to drive to the local Bed Bath & Beyond for Wonder Hangers and bed risers would come. I never expected to have a countdown on my phone for move-in day. And never in a million years did I think the day to say “See you later” to lifelong friends would hit me so hard. As giddy as I am now that my countdown to college is down to double digits, leaving people I created lifelong friendships with will be one of the most difficult transitions to make. High school would not have been the same without two of the most amazing friends in the entire universe – both named Sean, and both the most incredible and genuine guys you will ever meet. Our diplomas symbolize the distance in miles I will be from my “brothers from other mothers.” While I know they’re only a phone call or text away, knowing I won’t be able to see them daily is enough to make me wish I could redo senior year a million times, despite how stressful it was. To Sean and Fitzy: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for our friendship. My parents are starting to contract empty nest syndrome; I am the third daughter to go off to college (and the third to choose a women’s college). This is the last time they’ll say goodbye to a child and send her off to fend for herself in the cruel and expensive world we inhabit. My mom even purchased year-specific graduation decorations for me, since I’m the last child they have to throw such a party for. I did not have the senior year I had envisioned on my last day of junior year. I pictured endless nights out with my friends, a lack of drama and smooth sailing. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:05:49 EST Nashua mayor, Elks honor new Eagle Scout http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1066182-478/nashua-mayor-elks-honor-new-eagle-scout.html NASHUA – Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Nashua Lodge of Elks 720 recently honored new Eagle Scout Benjamin Michael Beaulieu, of Boy Scout Troop 261, at his Court of Honor. The Elks presented Beaulieu with a framed Elks American flag, which each new Elks member receives when he is initiated, and an Elks Eagle Scout certificate from the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Lozeau read and presented a city proclamation listing the new Eagle Scout’s steps taken and his contribution of time and effort to benefit two city parks. Beaulieu developed, planned and fundraised more than $1,200 while donating more than 234 hours of leadership to his Eagle Scout project to build two sheltered picnic tables that have been placed in Mine Falls and Robie parks. Past District Deputy and Past State Elks President Albert W. Savage talked about the American flag and its close relationship with the Order of Elks since its organization in 1868 and the Boy Scouts of America before making the Elks’ presentations. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:06:03 EST YMCA of Greater Nashua receives $3,000 grant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1066184-478/ymca-of-greater-nashua-receives-3000-grant.html Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England has supported the YMCA of Greater Nashua with a $3,000 gift to its annual support campaign. “This gift will allow the YMCA to provide financial assistance to low-income children, teens and adults from our community who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the Y,” YMCA CEO Mike LaChance said. “It is the Y’s mission to never turn anyone away due to inability to pay. Y Cares provides scholarships to local children and families in need  so they can experience Y programs  and services such as child care,  before- and after-school care, day  camp and more. “Over the past three years, the Y has provided more than $1.5 million in financial assistance to more than 10,000 local children, adults and families.” Patrick Corey, district manager  for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of  Northern New England said, “We believe strongly in the goals of the Y Cares program and are happy to be able to support its work on a local  level. “It is rewarding to know that in some small way we are helping provide young people in our community with an opportunity they might not have had otherwise.” Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:06:17 EST Nashua students win NH Fish and Game Award of Excellence http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1066186-478/nashua-students-win-nh-fish-and-game.html CONCORD – Three enterprising students from Nashua were presented the 2015 Youth Conservationist Award of Excellence from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission. Douglas Barker, Jack Gould and Patrick McCarthy were nominated for the award by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. The  boys held a fishing derby to benefit the state Fish and Game Department as  their project for the eighth-grade community service program Make A Difference at Nashua’s Pennichuck Middle School. The boys, who are avid fishermen, fished the Nashua River, catching rock bass, large-mouth bass, black crappies and bluegill sunfish. They presented the money raised from derby pledges to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the state Fish and Game Department. “These young men are an excellent example of what the foundation is all about: helping support the wildlife, conservation, education and outdoor programs of New Hampshire Fish and Game so that our children can learn about and have fun participating in the outdoor activities and adventures in New Hampshire,” said Steve White, board chairman of the foundation. Recent projects the foundation has supported include the Barry Youth Conservation Camp, Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Great Bay Discovery Center, Karner blue butterfly restoration, Operation Game Thief, Law Enforcement Canine Unit and the Berlin Fish Hatchery. The foundation is also a sponsor of Discover Wild New Hampshire Day, when the public can learn about the many outdoor activities supported by state Fish and Game. For more information about the foundation and how you can help preserve New Hampshire’s outdoor gifts, visit nhwildlifeheritage.org or facebook.com/wildlifeheritagenh. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:06:27 EST Community events in Nashua – June 21 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1066192-478/community-events-in-nashua--june-21.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Items should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. For more events, visit nashuatelegraph.com/community. COMMUNITY EVENTS CAF AIRPOWER HISTORY TOUR The world’s only flying B-29 Flying Superfortress will be at Nashua’s Boire Field from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:06:57 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1066195-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua.html The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 22: St. Joseph Hospital, 172 Kinsley St., Nashua. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:07:17 EST College achievements by Greater Nashua students http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1066196-478/college-achievements-by-greater-nashua-students.html Here are college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: AUBURN UNIVERSITY Jaimen Perez, of Wilton, a student at Auburn (Ala.) University, was recently inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. BECKER COLLEGE These local students graduated this spring from Becker College in Worcester, Mass. FROM HUDSON: Bobby Savoie, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. FROM NASHUA: Jose Galvez-Lovo, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice; Matthew Watterson, Bachelor of Arts in interactive media design. FROM NEW IPSWICH: Shawna Kutyla, Bachelor of Arts in psychology. BELMONT UNIVERSITY These local students were named to the spring 2015 dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. FROM BROOKLINE: Julia Sherwood. FROM HOLLIS: Riley Bauer. FROM HUDSON: Lauren Weber. FROM NASHUA: Shannah Boucher. BOWDOIN COLLEGE Emily Martin, of Litchfield, graduated this spring from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a major in psychology and a minor in gender and women’s studies. BRYANT UNIVERSITY Lauren Elizabeth Manfredi, of Nashua, received the Excellence in Applied Psychology award at Bryant University’s 152nd Commencement on May 16 in Smithfield, R.I. This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in the study of applied psychology. Manfredi received a Bachelor of Science in biology, magna cum laude. These local students graduated this spring from Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. FROM HUDSON: Brooke Prochniak, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in accounting. FROM MERRIMACK: Emily Spencer, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in finance, cum laude. FROM NASHUA: Lauren Manfredi, Bachelor of Science in biology, magna cum laude. BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY Emerson Davis, of Nashua, son of Sherman and Jesse Davis and a graduate of Taft School, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics this spring from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Ian Will, of Mont Vernon, son of Eric and Suzanne Will and a graduate of Derryfield School, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and environmental studies this spring from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. These local undergraduate students from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., are now members of honor societies at the college. FROM AMHERST: Morgan Pagliocco is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE Zachary Fraser, of Nashua, graduated this spring from Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Cherry Gagne, of Nashua, received a master’s degree this spring from Champlain College in Burlington,Vt. David Jordan, of Hollis, was named to the Trustee’s List and the President’s List for the spring 2015 semester at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. He is majoring in computer science and innovation. These local students were named to the spring 2015 dean’s list at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. FROM AMHERST: Jade Soucy-Humphreys, a digital filmmaking major; Brianna Kinville, a computer and digital forensics major; Parker Desborough, a computer networking and cybersecurity major. FROM HUDSON: Christopher Jeffery, a game design major. FROM MILFORD: Jack Betelak, a graphic design and digital media major; Michael Dargie, a comptuer networking and cybersecurity major; Jake Benuck, a graphic design and digital media major. FROM NASHUA: Abigail Lane, a professional writing major. CLARKSON UNIVERSITY These local students graduated this spring from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. FROM HOLLIS: Craig S. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:07:24 EST Souhegan Nursing Association transitions to Home Health & Hospice Care http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/health/1066201-469/souhegan-nursing-association-transitions-to-home-health.html NASHUA – Souhegan Nursing Association (dba St. Joseph Home Health Care) announced it will transition its services to Home Health & Hospice Care in Merrimack (HHHC). St. Joseph Home Health Care is a home health care subsidiary of St. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:07:46 EST Get to know Nashua alderman candidates: Michael O’Brien http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066171-469/get-to-know-nashua-alderman-candidates-michael.html MICHAEL B. O’BRIEN SR. AGE: 60. FAMILY: Married to Diane O’Brien 32 years. CHILDREN: Michael B. O’Brien Jr., Kayla O’Brien, Haley O’Brien. GRANDCHILDREN: Aidan O’Brien, Avery Lai. ADDRESS: 4 Woodfield St. WARD: Ward 9. HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN NASHUA? 34 years. OCCUPATION: I’m a 34-year veteran of the Nashua fire department, and I retire this month with the rank of deputy chief. EDUCATION: Don Bosco Technical High School, Boston; Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, Mass. PUBLIC OFFICE: I’m a four-term state representative serving Ward 9, where I serve on the House Transportation Committee. I held the rank of vice chairman of the committee last legislative session. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:04:58 EST Free summer meals offered for Nashua kids http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066169-469/free-summer-meals-offered-for-nashua-kids.html Beginning on June 23, Southern New Hampshire Services will offer its Summer Food Service Program every weekday to Nashua kids younger than 18. The program, now in its 13th consecutive year, will run every weekday until Aug. 31 – with the exception of July 3 – at two locations: the Bronstein Apartments at 41 Central St. from 1:15-1:45 p.m. and the Centennial Pool at 22 Sargent Ave. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:04:49 EST Nashua: Message is some should move out http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1066129-465/nashua-message-is-some-should-move-out.html It seems that no matter how much money you give to the schools and union employees, they are never satisfied. One keeps hearing the same of the same old speech that the city isn’t spending enough money on schools. I recall when the school budget was in the $90 million range and it has now ballooned to over $103 million, and it won’t end there. The union’s constant demands for more pay, benefits and higher pensions are putting a strain on the city budget and taxpayers. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 13:00:53 EST State Junior Golf Championship at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands in Salem http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066104-457/state-junior-golf-championship-at-campbells-scottish.html No doubt about it, the Junior Championship was one of the New Hampshire Golf Association’s best events of the 2014 season, and two of the three golfers that made it so are back for another go. Defending champion James McKee, of Windham and Windham Country Club and runner-up Brandon Gillis, a Nashuan and a member at Green Meadow Golf Club, will tee off at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Club in  Salem on Monday. The three-day event, which culminates with Wednesday’s final round, will be missing 2014 semifinalist Alex von Svoboda, of Newbury. All square heading to the 18th tee and onto the green, von Svoboda called a penalty on himself for the ball moving while he addressed it on the 18th green. He was assessed a penalty stroke, which ultimately cost him the hole and match against Gillis. In the next day’s championship match, McKee, who was 2014 NHGA Junior Golfer of the Year, needed 21 holes to beat Gillis for the title. The two 16-year-olds are favorites heading into the 2015 NHGA Junior Championship, with McKee claiming the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Division II title in the fall and Gillis falling just short of back-to-back Division I titles. They aren’t alone at the top. Plenty of talent will be taking the links Monday, including Nashua’s Tommy Ethier. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:00:44 EST Nashua North, Souhegan high school hockey starts down new path http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1066105-457/nashua-north-souhegan-high-school-hockey-starts.html It’s funny how three decades can change things. Heck, 10 years can do it. Former Nashua High School North ice hockey coach Dan Legro was talking the other night about taking the head job at Londonderry High School, how he is going from “maybe 13 sets of parents to 45.” Thirty years ago, Londonderry was shooting down the idea of even adding ice hockey to its athletic program due to its cost. The one Nashua High School was an annual title contender. And a decade ago Souhegan was beginning to elevate its program, wisely dropping down to Division III and embarking on its own title trek. And now? A group of parents and players earlier this week were meeting with Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras and Souhegan AD Dick Miller to go over the plans for their respective boys hockey teams to join forces for a Division I co-op team. If this hadn’t been approved by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association last month, it’s quite likely there would have been no hockey at either school. Gingras was asked if she could believe that all this was taking place. “No,” she said. “I can’t believe there’s not enough hockey players, lacrosse players, softball players. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 22:40:00 EST Nashua Post 124 Amwerican Legion baseball tops Derry Post 8 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1066106-457/nashua-post-124-amwerican-legion-baseball-tops.html NASHUA – It’s safe to say neither Nashua Post 124 nor Derry Post 8 were in much of a hurry to finish Friday’s American Legion senior league baseball game. How could they be with the number of players out there walking? The teams combined for 19 walks, including 13 in the first four innings, and both sides had a larger number in the runs column than in the hits column. An eight-run fifth inning helped Nashua take the lead and Post 124 held on for a 13-10 win at Holman Stadium. Nashua took that lead thanks to three triples in the fifth, as Tim Donovan and Mike Habibi each had a two-run triple and Eric Damphousse also had a run-scoring triple. Joe Routhier picked up the win by pitching five innings of relief, allowing four runs – three earned – on seven hits and two walks while striking out one. Derry took a 5-0 lead off starter Josh Goulet after its first three trips to the plate but Nashua got three back in the bottom of the third, and went ahead 11-6 in the fifth. Post 8 had the tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth when Routhier got a groundout to end the game. Matt Burke took the loss for Derry, allowing eight runs – four earned – in two innings, but allowed just four hits and walked four. Post 8 made two errors in the fifth that helped Nashua take the lead. Damphousse, Habibi, Spencer Madden and Brendan Martin all scored two runs each for Post 124, which returns to action Saturday at 7 p.m. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:22:01 EST Nashua South High School hosts Decathlon, Heptathlon http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1066107-457/nashua-south-high-school-hosts-decathlon-heptathlon.html NASHUA – More than a gross of New Hampshire track athletes will descend on Nashua High School South this weekend to compete in the 59th state Decathlon and 39th state Heptathlon. That number includes the champions of both events last year, as Londonderry senior Starlin Ortiz will look to win his second Decathlon title in a row. Lebanon sophomore Corinne Kennedy will try to duplicate her outstanding freshman performance, but will have to hold off Bedford senior Anika Hibbard, who was fourth in last year’s event. Missing from the field will be Bedford’s Letti Hibbard, Anika’s twin sister, and last year’s runner-up. Hibbard and Kennedy will be in a group that includes Merrimack’s Jen Coffey, the state champion in the shot put; Bishop Guertin’s Danielle Poublon, North’s Jillian Ireland and South’s Bridget Murphy, who was 14th last year, and Alanna Murphy. Other local competitors include North’s Nicole DeAlmeida (18th in 2014) and Amanda Stumpf (23rd). Ortiz should face tough competition from Lebanon’s Will Merchant, who was the runner-up last year. They’ll be in a group with North’s Morley Kert, South’s Tyler Plourde and Bishop Guertin’s  Gabe Madonna, who was 25th last year. Competition begins at 9 a.m. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:22:01 EST Jeannine Florence Parr http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066110-466/jeannine-florence-parr.html Jeannine Florence Parr, age 85, of Oak Ridge, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2015 at the Methodist Medical Center. She was born August 21, 1929 in Nashua, New Hampshire, the daughter of William and Roseanna Gaudreau Dumas. Mrs. Parr was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Oak Ridge and had been very active with the Catholic Women’s Association in Florida. She was an avid reader, enjoyed knitting and needlework and traveling, especially to holy places. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, two sisters and her husband Albert Michael Parr in 2001. She is survived by children Michael Dobens and wife Noreen of Hampton Beach, NH, Lawrence Dobens and wife Asami of New York City, NY, Peter Dobens and wife Lynda of Nashua, NH and Daniel Parr of Merrimack, NH; stepchildren, Susan Cole Kelly of Boston, MA, Debra Murphy of Columbia, SC, Bonnie Mihealsick and husband Pat of Oak Ridge, TN, Lauren LeBrun and husband Bob of Peterborough, NH and David Parr and wife Lorraine of Merrimack, NH; former daughter-in-law, Lisa Parr of Nashua, NH; sister, Rachel Laquerre and husband Roger of Nashua, NH and; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial Service is schedule for 10:30 at Weatherford Mortuary 158 South Jefferson Circle, Oak Ridge, TN. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:00:59 EST William J. Martin Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1066115-466/william-j.-martin-jr..html William J. Martin Jr., 76, of Nashua, formerly of Everett, MA, passed away unexpectedly at his home, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. A resident of Nashua since 1976, Mr. Martin was born in Everett, Massachusetts on November 12, 1938, a son of the late William J. and Sara J. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:02:11 EST Couple from Nashua and Brookline charged with heroin sales http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066120-469/couple-from-nashua-and-brookline-charged-with.html A Nashua man and his girlfriend were arrested by city police this week and accused of selling heroin and Fentanyl. Police arrested Jeremy Brown, 28, of 79 Almont St., on Thursday at the end of an investigation by Nashua narcotics detectives who were tipped off by residents concerned about possible drug sales in the city, police said. Brown was charged with three felony counts in all, including two charges of selling heroin and another of selling Fentanyl, a powerful opiate-based pain medication blamed for a massive spike in drug overdoses across the region, police said. While he was being booked, police said they also found to have heroin in his possession, leading to an additional charge of heroin possession. Brown’s girlfriend, Samantha Lussier, 25, of 2 Shattuck Lane in Brookline, was also arrested and charged with criminal liability for conduct of another – the conduct being heroin sales, police said. Detectives said the pair were working together to sell drugs throughout Nashua. Brown was held on $50,000 cash bail and Lussier on $8,000 cash or surety bail. Both were scheduled to be arraigned at Nashua district court on Friday, police said. Police encouraged anyone with information about drug activity in Nashua to call the Narcotics Hotline at 594-3597 or leave a tip at the police website, NashuaPD.com. – Telegraph staff Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:00:21 EST Mayoral candidate Deane to tour city wards, hold meetings with residents http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066121-469/mayoral-candidate-deane-to-tour-city-wards.html David Deane, the aldermanic president who is a candidate for Nashua mayor, announced a series of ward meetings as a part of his campaign. All city residents are welcomed to attend the meetings to share ideas and concerns. Meeting topics include streets and sidewalks, parks and recreation, police, schools and the future of Nashua. All of the meetings will begin at 7 p.m., with dates and locations listed below: Thursday, June 25, at Dunkin’ Donuts, 239 Main Dunstable Rd., Ward 5. Thursday, July 7, at First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Ward 3. Tuesday, July 16, at Nashua Airport, 93 Perimeter Rd., Ward 1. Tuesday, July 21, at Senior Center, 70 Temple St., Ward 4. Tuesday, July 28, at Sky Meadow Country Club, 6 Mountain Laurels Dr., Ward 8 and 9. Wednesday, July 29, at Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St., Ward 2. Wednesday, Aug. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:00:27 EST Historic planes visiting Nashua through the weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066124-469/historic-planes-visiting-nashua-through-the-weekend.html It may have been a day late, but it certainly was not a dollar short. Originally scheduled to arrive Thursday, the Commemorative Air Force bomber and transport plane known affectionately as “Fifi” and “Bucket of Bolts” landed midafternoon Friday in Nashua to a waiting crowd of airplane buffs and the curious, with a few veterans mixed in. World War II vintage aircraft are on a nationwide tour. Tours of the B-29, along with a C-45 cargo plane with British D-Day markings, are available through the weekend. For another fee, flights are available. The planes are scheduled to lift off for their next destination Monday morning. The bomber made it to New England just in time to commemorate an important date. “Six weeks from now, Fifi turns 70,” pilot Mark Novak said. Mark Novak used to fly B-1 bombers; now he’s a volunteer B-29 pilot and instructor for the small band of pilots willing and able to fly the antique, an airplane that Novak feels is particularly special. Special because of its backstory. The abandoned bomber was found by the group that was then known as the Confederate Air Force in the 1970s. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:00:45 EST Nashua mayor nominates deputy clerk Patricia Piecuch to succeed retiring city clerk Paul Bergeron http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1066122-469/nashua-mayor-nominates-deputy-clerk-patricia-piecuch.html NASHUA - Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will nominate Deputy City Clerk Patricia Piecuch to succeed Paul R. Bergeron as Nashua City Clerk, who will retire as city clerk this summer. “I believe that she has the knowledge and experience to effectively provide the services and to perform the duties required of the City Clerk,” Lozeau wrote Board of Alderman president David Deane on June 19. The board must approve the nomination. Piecuch has served as Deputy City Clerk since 2008. Prior to that, she held a similar position with the city of Manchester. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:00:33 EST Important goal within reach http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1066055-474/important-goal-within-reach.html Five years ago, the federal government set an aggressive goal to “end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.” With only months left to go, cities such as Salt Lake City, Phoenix, New Orleans and Houston publicly announced that they have ended veteran homelessness as defined by a set of nationally-established criteria. Communities across the country are working diligently to achieve this ultimate milestone and all indicators reveal that the Greater Nashua area will soon realize this goal as well. With help from our local VA, elected officials, federal, state, and local agencies and the private sector, we have witnessed a dramatic decline in our homeless veteran population from 2004 to present, as reported by the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care. Over the last 10 years, the non-profit agency Harbor Homes has been privileged to become the largest provider of homeless veteran housing and supportive services in the state. Operating veteran facilities in and around Nashua, Manchester, and Claremont, and remaining in close collaboration with the VA as well as state and local agencies, Harbor Homes has systems in place to enable us to quickly identify and serve our veterans in crisis and refer them to housing and supportive services. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:01:10 EST Nashua: Fund civic learning http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1066056-474/nashua-fund-civic-learning.html Our New Hampshire congressional delegates should support high school civic education. There have been no federal funds specifically directed toward civic education since 2010. The Center for Civic Education is currently gathering the support of U.S. House members for its SEED grant application to the U.S. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:01:19 EST