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 Ghostlight Theater Company of New England’s ‘Marat/Sade’ explores revolutionary themes in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1064556-485/ghostlight-theater-company-of-new-englands-maratsade.html NASHUA – At 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m Saturday, Ghostlight Theater Company of New England will present “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade,” also known as “Marat/Sade,” at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. Ghostlight will transform the theater into an 18th century insane asylum for their production. As the full title indicates, the story follows the asylum inmates of Charenton, France, as they perform a piece that has been written by the infamous Marquis de Sade for visitors to the asylum. Wed, 27 May 2015 11:01:00 EST Jazz at Riverwalk to benefit mural restoration http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1064558-485/jazz-at-riverwalk-to-benefit-mural-restoration.html NASHUA – What does downtown’s “Yankee Flyer Diner” mural have in common with a great jazz performance? Find out at 7 p.m. Sunday, when seasoned jazz musicians Pam Purvis and Bob Ackerman return to Nashua for a benefit appearance at Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, in Railroad Square. The performance will raise funds to restore the “Yankee Flyer Diner” mural painted by NH Artist Laureate and Nashua native James Aponovich. Purvis and Ackerman previously played in 2013 at the Nashua Community Music School, helping to fund “Vivian’s Dream,” City Arts Nashua’s massive historic mural on the wall behind TD Bank on Main Street. Their music is sophisticated, soulful and swinging, uniquely interpreting standards from the Great American Songbook, jazz classics and original material. Purvis is on vocals and keyboard, Ackerman on the saxophone, clarinet and flute. “Pam and Bob are amazing, multitalented musicians and performers who know how to draw in an audience,” said Marjorie Hogan of City Arts Nashua, and music director of the Merrimack Valley Flute Choir. Wed, 27 May 2015 11:04:00 EST Taste of Downtown Nashua has more than 25 delicious offerings http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1064561-485/taste-of-downtown-nashua-has-more-than.html NASHUA – From 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, the 21st annual Taste of Downtown Nashua takes place on and around Main Street. The event pairs retail establishments and restaurants, with more than 25 restaurants, caterers and beverage vendors participating. Attendees will get up close and personal with the chefs from downtown’s award-winning restaurants while exploring downtown shops. With 20 years under its belt, the Taste of Downtown is now the longest-running event of its kind in New Hampshire. Wed, 27 May 2015 11:04:00 EST Pets, live theater, music and tasty tours this weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1064565-485/pets-live-theater-music-and-tasty-tours.html It’s going to be another one of those weekends where there are so many fun things to possibly attend, I’m going to have to make some tough decisions. First off, you might notice your paper version of Encore has a bit more heft to it today. That’s because there’s a special pull-out section on The Telegraph’s Pawsitively Pets Expo this Saturday. You and your leashed four-legged friend can attend and find lots of vendors, snacks and fun. There’s a wide variety of theater this weekend in the area. You can take your older kids to see “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at the Derry Opera House, performed by Majestic Theatre’s teen contingency. Wed, 27 May 2015 11:28:00 EST Rhonda ‘Ronni’ Beth (Baker) Karlsberg http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064577-466/rhonda-ronni-beth-baker-karlsberg.html Rhonda “Ronni” Beth (Baker) Karlsberg, 66, died at the Stanley Tibbet Home in Needham, MA, on May 25, 2015 with members of her devoted family and friends at her side. She was born on August 18, 1948, in Boston, MA, a daughter of the late Maurice and Ruth Baker. Ronni was the widow of Alan Karlsberg, who died on June 29, 2006. They shared over 37 years of marriage. She was a longtime office administrator for the NH Public Defenders Office before her retirement in 2009. She is remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, “Gammy” and friend. Mrs. Karlsberg was a graduate of Sharon High School. Following her graduation, attended both Salem State College and Boston State College, where she received her bachelor’s degree. In addition to her parents and husband, she predeceased by her daughters, Rachael Ann Karlsberg and Wendy Lynn Meltzer. She is survived by her daughter, Lauren Donovan of Stoughton, MA; her granddaughter, Sadie Meltzer of Middleton, CT; her grandson, Parker Donovan of Stoughton, MA; her sister, Joyce Gatonska of Palmcoast, FL; and a son-in-law, Bill Meltzer. SERVICES: A funeral service in her honor will be held at Temple Beth Abraham, 4 Raymond St., Nashua on Thursday morning, May 28, 205 at 12:00 PM. Wed, 27 May 2015 21:04:01 EST Elm Street Middle School to open greenhouse for teaching tool and food source http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064582-469/elm-street-middle-school-to-open-greenhouse.html NASHUA – Elm Street Middle School will build a greenhouse in one of the school’s two courtyards over the summer to bolster the seventh grade life science curriculum, teach urban gardening and provide food for lower-income city residents. Elm Street Principal Mike Fredericksen said the greenhouse is the brainchild of Elm Street teachers Denise Rock and Darcy Blauvelt. “They’ve done a really great job, we’re very fortunate,” said Fredericksen. Rock and Blauvelt came up with the project and procured funds from Whole Foods and the Hullinger Foundation so it costs nothing for the district. Wed, 27 May 2015 21:16:00 EST Lawyer for Nashua pawn broker wants computer evidence tossed http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064583-469/lawyer-for-nashua-pawn-broker-wants-computer.html NASHUA – The attorney for Carl Branco, the former Nashua pawn shop owner charged with taking part in an alleged theft and fencing ring, told a Superior Court judge Wednesday that police shouldn’t be able to enter into evidence the information they found on Branco’s store computer after they seized it as part of their investigation. Attorney Roger “Rusty” Chadwick took issue not so much with the fact that police seized Branco’s computer, but that they didn’t establish sufficient probable cause in their warrant to obtain its contents, and therefore that information should not be able to be used as evidence against his client. Branco, 47, of 3 Briarwood Lane, Litchfield, is charged with receiving stolen property, a Class A felony, for alleged acts between March and October 2014. He also faces 12 counts of violating the city ordinance governing pawn brokers, all of which are violation-level offenses. Branco was arrested in November 2014 and agreed at the end of December to voluntarily surrender his pawn broker license. His store at 83 Main St. has since closed. Also charged in the alleged ring are Hai Phuoc Ho and Lan Tran, the owners of Family Pawn, 433 Amherst St., which has also closed. Wed, 27 May 2015 21:16:00 EST Kuster pushes for highway funding during Nashua tour http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064588-469/kuster-pushes-for-highway-funding-during-nashua.html NASHUA – Using a delayed Nashua infrastructure project as a backdrop, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster called upon her colleagues on Capitol Hill to support a long-term extension to a transportation bill. Kuster, D-N.H., appeared Wednesday in Nashua to tour the Broad Street Parkway construction site on a humid afternoon and reviewed the progress made to the $80 million project. She used the visit to highlight the importance of federal funding for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to complete infrastructure projects that otherwise may come to a grinding halt. “Not only is this important to obviously to the future of the city of Nashua, but this whole concept of infrastructure I think is really critical,” she said at the project’s Baldwin Street headquarters. Wed, 27 May 2015 22:28:00 EST Nashua Drug Court participants give back to a program they say saved lives http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064597-469/nashua-drug-court-participants-give-back-to.html NASHUA – Krystal Boyle didn’t mind prison so much. But at 35, it was time to wise up. Imprisoned three years for a 2011 Nashua bank robbery and parole violation, she decided to get the help she needed to make a clean break with her drug-dependent life and all its collateral damage. She entered Nashua Drug Court two months ago. James Dobson was 7 years old when his mother introduced him to crystal methamphetamine. Wed, 27 May 2015 23:10:00 EST Former McDonald’s kitchenware store in Nashua to become design store http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064599-469/former-mcdonalds-kitchenware-store-in-nashua-to.html NASHUA – Almost two and a half years after a brutal murder led to the shutdown of the iconic McDonald’s Kitchenware Store on Factory Street, the building is set to become retail and office space for a Nashua design firm. “This is going to be our design offices, with a boutique retail level,” said Melissa Zagaritas, who with her husband, Brian, owns Z Master Builders. They are buying the building at 7-9 Factory St. and plan to open later this year. The store’s collection of varied and occasionally obscure kitchen goods, some of which haven’t been made for years, has been bought by Matthew Benoit. Wed, 27 May 2015 23:16:00 EST Logano, New Hampshire Motor Speedway celebrate 25 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1064603-457/logano-new-hampshire-motor-speedway-celebrate-25.html NASHUA – Joey Logano still remembers his first trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 1997. He remembers at 7 years old traveling in a camper from his Middletown, Conn., home to Loudon with his parents for race weekend. He remembers sitting just past the finish line near Turn One, toward the middle of the straightaway. And, of course, he remembers meeting the winner – his idol Jeff Gordon – at the hospitality village. In fact, he still has the photo of him, Gordon and his mother’s thumb taken on a disposable camera. “My mom was so nervous that she had her finger over the lens so it was like a big thumb,” Logano said with a wide smile. “The thumb’s still there but we got the picture.” NHMS is a special part of Logano’s professional life as well. Not only is it home to his first NASCAR race as a fan, but it’s also where he made his first Sprint Cup Series start in 2008 and earned his first Cup win in 2009 when he became the youngest winner in Sprint Cup Series history at 19 years, 35 days old. “There’s a lot of firsts for me at this track,” he said. “It’s always a special place.” It was fitting that three days after his 25th birthday, Logano, who drives the No. Wed, 27 May 2015 23:22:01 EST Nashua police and community hold a conversation http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1064468-465/nashua-police-and-community-hold-a-conversation.html If you want to see what community policing looks like, you need look no further than the event that took place last Thursday night at Rivier University in Nashua, where more than 150 people gathered in a room to talk about interactions between Nashua police and people of color. “What we are attempting to do is not an easy task,” forum facilitator Dottie Morris of Keene State College told the gathering, which included more than 20 police officers, people of color and an assortment of community leaders. Morris, who heads the diversity office at Keene State, said the goal of the event was “to move the community in such a way that we don’t have to have a Ferguson conversation.” By that, she meant a conversation that takes place after the damage has been done and a young black has been shot and killed by police. But make no mistake, the “Nashua Community Conversation On Race and Justice,” as the event was called, was Nashua’s “Ferguson” conversation. You can draw a straight line between the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last August and the packed room at Rivier on Thursday. The latter likely doesn’t happen without the former. The good news is that the Nashua gathering was a proactive attempt to talk candidly about the relationship between police and the city’s minority population, so that we don’t have to have an after-the-fact conversation borne of a Ferguson-like tragedy. Nobody wants that, and the meeting was an attempt to open lines of communication to prevent the tragedies that took place in Ferguson, Baltimore or North Charleston, S.C., from happening here. “While we are fully aware our jobs as police is to protect and serve the citizens of Nashua, I often wonder how we are connecting with our diverse communities,” said Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie. Thursday’s event was a chance for police to find out where they stand in the eyes of the minority population, and Lavoie extended the learning opportunity to some of the department’s officers. When participants broke out in smaller discussion groups at the 18 tables in the room, most had at least one person of color at the table, and there was at least one uniformed officer at each. To his  credit, Lavoie didn’t invite just the department brass. Tue, 26 May 2015 16:34:01 EST Karen Ann Ashman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064487-466/karen-ann-ashman.html Karen Ann Ashman, 59, of Nashua, NH, passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, May 24, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. As was true in life, she was surrounded by loved ones as she entered the gates of Heaven. Karen lived as a no-nonsense person, whose upbeat personality was laced with a bit of sass and a whole lot of love and humor, encouraging and inspiring all those around her. While Karen refused to back down to life’s curve balls, she openly shared her struggles and successes, her faith in Christ and her hope with others. She was known for her love of family and friends and she treasured togetherness. She openly explored her affinity for creativity by expressing herself as a painter and a loved karaoke singer in the Nashua area. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:04:09 EST Robert J. Poulin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064488-466/robert-j.-poulin.html Robert J. Poulin, 84, of Nashua, beloved husband of Evelyn P. (Stevens) passed away early Monday morning, May 25, 2015 at the Kindred Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua after a brief illness. Born in Nashua on August 4, 1930, he was a son of the late Alfred L. and Celia (Aryell) Poulin. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:07:00 EST Paul Niver Fimbel http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064489-466/paul-niver-fimbel.html Paul Niver Fimbel, age 101, died at home on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, surrounded by his family. In November, as the oldest resident of Hollis, he became the holder of the Boston Post Cane. The son of the late Edward and Carlotta (Niver) Fimbel, he was born on October 6, 1913, in Newark, N.J. In 1956, he married Janet Chandler, who was his best friend and the love of his life; they shared 55 years together until she passed away in 2011. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:07:00 EST NHIAA approves Nashua North-Souhegan merger for 2015-16 hockey season http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1064492-457/nhiaa-approves-nashua-north-souhegan-merger-for-2015-16.html A Nashua High School North incoming freshman and his mother walked up to Nashua Athletic Director Lisa Gingras during Freshman Night on Tuesday evening with one question. “Will there be a hockey team next year?” they asked. Had they asked the question a week ago, Gingras wouldn’t have had the answer. But Tuesday she was able to tell them yes, there will be hockey at Nashua North next winter, as the school and Souhegan High School received approval from the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association to form a co-op team that will compete in Division I. Gingras said she received verbal approval from NHIAA Executive Director Jeff Collins at the state athletic directors meeting late last week, and was told a letter would be in the mail soon. Souhegan AD Dick Miller said Tuesday he received written confirmation late last week. “It’s what we wanted,” Miller said, as both the Sabers and Titans were looking at miniscule rosters of 10 or less for next season. “I think it’s great for both schools. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:16:00 EST Rhonda ‘Ronni’ Beth Karlsberg http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064507-466/rhonda-ronni-beth-karlsberg.html Rhonda “Ronni” Beth (Baker) Karlsberg, 66, died at the Stanley Tibbet Home in Needham, MA, on May 25, 2015 with members of her devoted family and friends at her side. She was born on August 18, 1948, in Boston, Mass, a daughter to the late Maurice and Ruth Baker. Ronni was the widow of Alan Karlsberg, who died on June 29, 2006. They shared over 37 years of marriage. She was a longtime office administrator for the NH Public Defenders Office before her retirement in 2009. She is remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, “Gammy” and friend. Mrs. Karlsberg was a graduate of Sharon High School. Following her graduation, attended both Salem State College and Boston State College, where she received her bachelor’s degree. In addition to her parents and husband, she predeceased by her daughters, Rachael Ann Karlsberg and Wendy Lynn Meltzer. She is survived by her daughter, Lauren Donovan of Stoughton, MA; her granddaughter, Sadie Meltzer of Middleton, CT; her grandson, Parker Donovan of Stoughton, MA; her sister, Joyce Gatonska of Palmcoast, FL; and a son-in-law, Bill Meltzer. SERVICES: A Funeral Service in her honor will be held at Temple Beth Abraham, 4 Raymond St., Nashua on Thursday morning, May 28, 205 at 12:00 PM. Wed, 27 May 2015 10:07:00 EST Maurice ‘Moe’ Gagnon http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064508-466/maurice-moe-gagnon.html After a long and courageous battle with cancer, Moe died peacefully surrounded by family at Home Health & Hospice Care on May 24 in Merrimack, NH at the age of 70. Moe is survived by his wife Joanne; their children: Scott and his wife Tracy and their two children Jasmine and Summer of Nashua, NH; Alyssa and her two children Nathaniel and Linnea of Portland, ME; Joy Glassberg, her husband Jason and their four children Nettie, Boaz, Ajax and Tycho of Seattle, Washington; Moe’s brother, Gerry and his wife Margaret of Manchester, NH; and his two nephews Kevin and Allen. Moe was born on December 1, 1944 in Nashua, NH to Beatrice Bousquet Gagnon and Lucian Gagnon. He enlisted in the US Army in 1964 and served his country for five years. During his duty, he served in Korea and Arizona in the Signal Corps. After being Honorably Discharged, he returned home to NH and attended Lowell Tec to explore engineering. Wed, 27 May 2015 09:33:15 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064513-469/story.html Tue, 26 May 2015 23:40:00 EST Deborah ‘Debbie’ (Nelson) Dionne http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064514-466/deborah-debbie-nelson-dionne.html Deborah “Debbie” (Nelson) Dionne, 65, of Hudson, NH passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 20, 2015 succumbing to a short battle with cancer. Born January 10, 1950 in Nashua to the late Miles and Louise Nelson. After graduating from Hollis High School in 1969, Debbie married her beloved best friend Raymond J. Dionne, of Nashua, on June 4, 1971 at Hollis Congregational Church. She was a housewife until she took a job at Bradlee’s Department Store in 1983 where she had to later retire from due to health reasons. During her free time she enjoyed sewing, gardening, feeding and watching birds, trips to the beach, and especially camping and being surrounded by family.She loved the holidays and cooking EVERYONE’S favorite foods. Debbie and Raymond had four children: Dawn (Dionne) and her husband, Ben Butler; Rebecca (Dionne) and her husband, Antoine Buckmire; Donna Dionne, and their late son Robert Dionne who passed away in 2007. Debbie is also survived by several grandchildren which were a very important part of her life: Corey and Cody Butler; Samantha and Sabrina Goodspeed; Dawna-Jo, Joseph, Raymond and Seth (Dionne) Hatch; Jordan and Jahlen Buckmire; and Brandon Hall. Wed, 27 May 2015 09:37:00 EST Lorraine Carrol (Johnson) Kitzman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064516-466/lorraine-carrol-johnson-kitzman.html Lorraine Carrol (Johnson) Kitzman, 79, of Nashua, passed away on May 22, 2015 at Greenbrier Terrace. She was born on May 15, 1936 and grew up in Minneapolis, MN, the second oldest of eleven children of Sigurd and Grace (Sanberg) Johnson. Lorraine quit school when she was 14 to work and help support her family, but later earned her GED. She was a waitress at Gametros restaurant in Minneapolis for many years. She married George “Dick” Kitzman on June 17, 1956 and helped support her husband and lived with Dick’s parents while he attended the University of Minnesota. They later bought a house in Bloomington, MN where they lived for ten years. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:40:01 EST Lucien ‘Lou’ Chouinard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064518-466/lucien-lou-chouinard.html Lucien “Lou” Chouinard, 68, died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital surrounded by his family on May 22, 2015 following a lengthy illness. Lou was born on September 19, 1946, in Lowell, MA, a son of the late Henry and Gertrude (Comtois) Chouinard. He was the husband of Sheila (Martel) Chouinard, whom he married on February 14, 1998. They shared over 17 years of marriage. Most recently, he had been a route supervisor for Ecolab in Wilmington. Lou enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He liked woodworking and spending time gardening. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:40:01 EST Charges of assault, drug offenses and welfare fraud among May grand jury indictments http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064519-469/charges-of-assault-drug-offenses-and-welfare.html NASHUA – Michael Rivera, the former Nashua man charged last year with two counts of felony child-assault – both of which were later dropped by prosecutors – stemming from accusations he assaulted one of several children living with him and his former girlfriend, Kaitlyn Marin, has been indicted on an unrelated heroin-possession charge. Rivera, 31, is among dozens of individuals indicted this month by a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury. He was arrested in early March in Nashua on one count of possession of a narcotic drug-heroin, a Class B felony, according to the indictment. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but means the grand jury has determined that prosecutors have enough evidence for a case to move to the superior court level. Marin, 26, is currently awaiting trial for second-degree murder, with which she was charged in January in connection with the alleged assaults that led to the death of her 3-year-old daughter, Brielle Gage. Marin was indicted in April on two charges of second-degree murder and charge one of manslaughter. Rivera, who is listed as having no fixed address, was never charged in connection with the girl’s death. His charges, two counts of second-degree assault, accused him of assaulting an 8-year-old boy at his and Marin’s Oak Street apartment between January and April 2014. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:40:01 EST Nashua drug overdose fatalities surge ahead of last year’s record high http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064521-469/nashua-drug-overdose-fatalities-surge-ahead-of.html NASHUA – People are dying from drug overdoses this year at a rate nearly four times greater than last year’s record number of fatalities, casting a bleak outlook on the prospect of a quick resolution to heroin and opioid crisis. “I’m giving every available resource I have to it. We’re barely making a dent. It’s an epidemic,” Police Chief Andrew Lavoie said Tuesday. There were a total 72 drug overdoses in Nashua as of May 22 this year, Lavoie said. Of those, 11 people died from what authorities suspect were opioid-related overdoses. This places the city on track to surpass the record-breaking 124 drug overdoses in 2014 –17 of which were fatal. Wed, 27 May 2015 08:40:00 EST Nashua woman charged in 2014 hit-and-run death sentenced to 3-6 years in prison http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064525-469/nashua-woman-charged-in-2014-hit-and-run-death.html NASHUA – A Superior Court judge on Tuesday sentenced Cara Smith, the Nashua woman charged 14 months ago with striking and killing a pedestrian while driving drunk, to at least three years in State Prison, then granted her request to wait until September to start her sentence. Smith, 40, formerly of 6 Satin Ave., is scheduled to report to prison on Sept. 5 to begin serving the 3-6 year term that was imposed as part of a plea agreement reached in April by prosecutors and Smith’s attorneys, Ed Cross and Julia Pothen. The sentence stems from the charge of negligent homicide, one of three charges leveled against Smith following her arrest on March 6 in connection with the death of Robert Derome, 63, who died at a local hospital the night of Feb. 23, 2014. The agreement states that Smith receive suspended sentences on the two other charges – conduct after an accident with injury or death resulting and insurance fraud. The conduct after an accident charge drew 3 1/2-7 years in prison, all suspended for five years after her release, while she received 12 months in the House of Corrections, suspended for one year after her release. More than a dozen onlookers attended the roughly 30-minute sentencing hearing, held in Hillsborough County Superior Court South before Judge David Garfunkel. Most were family members and friends of Derome, who lived at 82 Kinsley St. Wed, 27 May 2015 08:46:00 EST Nashua man charged with using baseball bat in assault http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064467-469/nashua-man-charged-with-using-baseball-bat.html Nashua police arrested a city man and charged him with hitting another man with a baseball bat during a fight. Police were called to a home on Whitney Street shortly before midnight Sunday for the report of a disturbance and learned that a 20-year-old man had been hit in the head with a bat during the fight. While investigating, police said they learned that Alberic Vega Gracia, 24, of 113 Vine St., Nashua, had gone to the Whitney Street residence regarding a previous dispute with two of the residents. Vega Gracia arrived with some friends and during an altercation hit the 20-year-old with a bat, police said. The 20-year-old man was treated for minor injuries at a Nashua hospital, as was Vega Gracia, police said. Vega Gracia was arrested around 4 a.m. Monday and charged with second-degree assault, a Class B felony punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines. Tue, 26 May 2015 23:43:00 EST Jean D. Mara http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064484-466/jean-d.-mara.html Jean D. Mara, 80, of Nashua and formerly of Lowell, MA, widow of Edward E. Mara, passed away at her home, Thursday morning, May 21, 2015 with her loving family by her side after a long illness. A resident of Nashua since 1972, Mrs. Mara was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on January 12, 1935, a daughter of the late Thomas and Harriett (Davidson) Fagan. Jean was a graduate of Lowell High School and attended Sacred Heart School of Nursing. She began her career as a lab technician for Medical Associates in Chelmsford, MA, was later employed at the former J.F. Tue, 26 May 2015 22:07:00 EST John Patrick Diggins Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064485-466/john-patrick-diggins-jr..html John Patrick Diggins, Jr. 87, of Goffstown, NH and a former longtime resident of Merrimack, NH died Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home. He was born in Nashua, NH on March 22, 1928, a son of the late John P. and Sylvia (Caron) Diggins, the children of Irish and French immigrants who settled in Nashua, New Hampshire. Tue, 26 May 2015 22:07:00 EST Nashua sees plenty of roster turnover http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1064412-457/nashua-sees-plenty-of-roster-turnover.html B.J. Neverett’s cell phone rings and there’s, as usual, a college coach on the other line. Does he have room on the Nashua Silver Knights roster? There’s this kid who’s looking for a spot. “I’ve been wanting this kid for a while,” said Neverett, the Knights VP of Player Personnel. “But we’ve already got someone for that position. If a coach sends a player here, I’ve got to have time for him. Mon, 25 May 2015 22:37:02 EST DECA boosts business skills for Nashua middle schoolers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064417-469/deca-boosts-business-skills-for-nashua-middle.html NASHUA – In a effort to encourage student interest in business careers, area middle schoolers spent a day at Nashua Community College last week role playing different professional positions such as publicist, human resources administrator and marketing agent. Students also teamed up to compete for prizes and medals by pitching original products to a panel of high school judges. “It’s a great program-builder, it gets kids excited about the business and marketing classes they can take in high school,” said Suzanne Winters, a teacher at Nashua High School South, and main organizer of Tuesday’s Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) state conference. Although this year’s conference included just the three Nashua middle schools, event organizers hope to ultimately include middle schools across the state. Mon, 25 May 2015 23:10:00 EST Nashua honors its war dead with Memorial Day observances http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064428-469/nashua-honors-its-war-dead-with-memorial.html NASHUA – Nashuans honored their war dead Monday with the solemn strains of taps at wreath-laying services to the annual parade where musical bands and military units marched down Library Hill to hundreds of cheering spectators. The annual Memorial Day Parade passed along Main Street before an estimated more than 1,000 bystanders that grew three- to four-people deep at some intersections and corners. Everyone seemed to have a story, a memory or a cherished loved one that drew them out despite overcast skies and occasional light rain. Nashua native Shelley Cummings stood with tear-filled eyes, waving a tiny American flag with an outstretched arm. “I’m here for what they did for our country. I appreciate that,” said Cummings, who said her father, Richard, survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Denise MacKay’s grandchildren were seated along the curb in front of her as the parade passed. “It’s the most important day because we thank the vets for what they’ve done for us,” MacKay explained, as she waved two flags in circles with her hands. Tue, 26 May 2015 08:13:01 EST Nashua Marathon an event done right http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1064444-465/nashua-marathon-an-event-done-right.html Like many small cities, there’s no shortage of complaints, questions and criticisms of Nashua’s downtown. Is it too expensive to rent a store front on Main Street? What do we do about panhandlers? Are they too aggressive? Where do we park? Are the parking garages safe, especially at night, and especially for a woman walking alone? Are we spending too much on sidewalk construction? Where did the trees go? How many tables should this restaurant or that have on the sidewalk? Some of the kvetching is legitimate, some less so. But sometimes someone – in this case a large group of volunteers – just knocks one out of the park. And it seems to us it’s tough to argue that the inaugural Gate City Marathon and Relay put on by the Gate City Striders runners club was an unmitigated smash hit. Hundreds of runners who ran hundreds of miles – combined – through most every nook and cranny of Nashua, from the shady trails of Mine Falls Park and the neighborhoods of French Hill and other stretches of north Nashua, to the Heritage Rail Trail and the neighborhoods around Rivier University and South Main Street, including – we hear – some pretty gnarly hills. While the mercury rose a bit higher than where most participants would have preferred, it was pretty ideal for those gathered at the finish to watch, cheer and admire – and it was good for the city’s downtown, too. And the city’s merchants seemed to buy in. Businesses that aren’t normally open on Sunday, like JaJaBelle’s cafe on Main Street, opened their doors. Tue, 26 May 2015 08:19:00 EST Former Campbell, DWC catcher into business of baseball with Silver Knights http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1064347-457/former-campbell-dwc-catcher-into-business-of.html NASHUA – Tyler Bonin, when he’d play an occasional game at Holman Stadium, would look down at the right field offices as if they formed a castle that housed royalty. “I’d always say, ‘That’s where the Pride guys are at,’ ” Bonin said, referring to the independent minor league franchise for whom the offices were originally built. “But I never really envisioned myself being here. I’m glad I am.” Bonin is definitely a Holman fixture now, but not on the field. The former Campbell High School and Daniel Webster College catching standout is now the stadium operations/concessions director for the Nashua Silver Knights, which basically makes Holman his home away from home with the June 5 home opener less than two weeks away. Sat, 23 May 2015 15:25:01 EST Police: Suspect attempted to take Nashua juvenile http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064358-469/police-suspect-attempted-to-take-nashua-juvenile.html NASHUA – Police are on the lookout for a male suspect who allegedly attempted to grab and forcibly take a child on Friday afternoon. Officers with the Nashua Police Department responded at approximately 3:38 p.m. to neighborhood around Lake and Russell streets for reports of suspicious activity and made contact with a 12-year-old boy who stated that an unknown male grabbed his wrist and attempted take him to an unknown location. The juvenile told police he was able to break free and flag down a passerby who contacted police. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:16:00 EST Senior says NCA provides big experience at a very small school http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064360-469/senior-says-nca-provides-big-experience-at.html EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of profiles of seniors graduating from Nashua area high schools. Part of the transition of going to college involves learning to deal with classroom crowds, since universities tend to be bigger than high schools. Anne Niemaszyk, of Litchfield, will definitely face that issue. She is one of just five people in her senior class at Nashua Christian Academy. “You definitely get to know your classmates,” the 17-year-old said. Niemaszyk’s class is small even for NCA, which has 11 juniors and 20 freshmen. The academy has 180 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade in a renovated office building downtown at 55 Franklin St., on the north bank of the Nashua River. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:19:01 EST Downtown Nashua store’s move sparks high level of interest among Telegraph readers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064362-469/downtown-nashua-stores-move-sparks-high-level.html When a cornerstone of downtown for more than 70 years announces it’s moving to a new and larger site just off a nearby major highway, tens of thousands of readers can be guaranteed to take notice. That’s exactly what happened with “Nashua icon Alec’s shoes leaving downtown next year; owner cites growth, accessibility,” which was viewed more than 25,000 times on NashuaTelegraph.com for the week ending May 22. John Koutsos, second-generation owner of the store, said Thursday his decision to move came neither swiftly nor easily. “Downtown has been great for our business, for our family,” said Koutsos, whose late father, Alexander “Alec” Koutsos, opened the store some 77 years ago. “I love downtown,” he said, adding that the move, although a sound business decision, nevertheless leaves him “with kind of a heavy heart.” Koutsos, 54, said the move is a necessary step in “laying the groundwork for the next generation” of the family-owned business. It is tentatively scheduled for March. A distant runner-up for most read story of the week also involved local retail space. “Former Market Basket in Somerset Plaza has been empty and crumbling for almost 2 years” was viewed more than 7,500 times. More than a year after the city approved demolishing the former market and replacing it with a fitness center, its future is a mystery as the building stands empty and crumbling. The demolition permits have expired and there has been no application to renew them, according to the city. Market Basket owner Demoulas Inc. and LA Fitness, the company that was supposed to be moving into the space, did not respond to contact efforts. “Litchfield man charged with arson; allegedly set Sunday’s Nashua fire following domestic dispute” was the third most read story, with more than 5,500 page views. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:19:01 EST Arleen W. Osborn http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064364-466/arleen-w.-osborn.html On May 18, 2015 Arleen W. Osborn, daughter of Herbert B. and Sadie A. (Seiswerda) Stegenga, sister of Clarence, Herbert “Bud,” and Irving (all deceased), passed peacefully into Heaven at her home in Sun City Center, Florida. Tue, 26 May 2015 10:28:00 EST Paul N. Fimbel http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064365-466/paul-n.-fimbel.html Paul Niver Fimbel, age 101, died at home on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, surrounded by his family. In November, as the oldest resident of Hollis, he became the holder of the Boston Post Cane. The son of the late Edward and Carlotta (Niver) Fimbel, he was born on October 6, 1913, in Newark, N.J. In 1956, he married Janet Chandler, who was his best friend and the love of his life; they shared 55 years together until she passed away in 2011. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:22:00 EST Richard E. Norcross http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064366-466/richard-e.-norcross.html Norcross, Richard E. of Nashua, NH formerly of Watertown, MA passed away on Thursday morning May 21, 2015 in the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua after a period of declining health. A son of the late William W. & Grace A. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:22:00 EST Cub Scouts tribute to Nashua’s bravest is an inspiration http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1064367-465/cub-scouts-tribute-to-nashuas-bravest-is.html Weather forecasts predict there will be plenty of sunshine this weekend, with temperatures climbing to near 80 by Monday – just about perfect for the unofficial start of the summer season. Families and friends will gather in backyards and on decks, fire up barbecues, tune in to the Red Sox, enjoy a cold libation or two, and perhaps take a few moments to reflect that Monday is Memorial Day, the national holiday of reflection honoring the men and women who have died in military service to their country. Veterans will tell you that since the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect in 1971, the appreciation for the day has diminished. Until Congress voted to move four federal holidays – the others being Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day – Memorial Day was observed on May 30 regardless of the day of the week. The law was designed to give federal workers more three-day weekends, but the unintended consequence was to distract people’s attention from the true meaning of the holidays. That’s not a big deal when the object of attention is the first president of the country or some Italian explorer commissioned by Spanish monarchs 500 years ago who got no closer to the United States than the Bahamas. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:22:01 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1064375-478/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. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 26: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. 1-6 p.m. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:22:01 EST Nashua North juniors see value in opting out of test http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1064382-478/nashua-north-juniors-see-value-in-opting.html As the school year is coming to a close, the discussion about junior standardized testing often comes up in conversation through the halls of Nashua High School North. Every year, the juniors know it’s their turn to take part in the traditional NECAP testing; however, the juniors this year have been tested through a different way. Smarter Balanced is the test of choice for the juniors this year. News spread that there was actually an option to opt out of the testing, which spread like wildfire. Countless students began convincing their parents to opt them out of the testing. Like a domino effect, juniors were opted out. In the previous week, juniors had already taken the NECAP for the science portion of testing. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:25:00 EST Nashua South seniors face balancing finances, college of their dreams http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1064383-478/nashua-south-seniors-face-balancing-finances-college.html Ever since freshman year, you have been building up your resume to get into a good college. Teachers and parents urged you to get the best education possible, but none of them told you that college would be so expensive! In your junior year, you research your brains out, assuming the college fairy will come along and pick up the tab. When senior year comes along, you and your family sit down and do the FAFSA and realize you’re coming up short. The federal government issues loans and schools offer aid based on the parents’ financial situation. Usually, if you are low-income and can get into a good school, the feds and the school will pick up the tab. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:25:00 EST NCA classes take overnight field trip to zoo http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1064384-478/nca-classes-take-overnight-field-trip-to.html Nashua Christian Academy freshmen and sophomores went on an overnight field trip to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., with biology teacher Monique Niemaszyk on Friday-Saturday, May 15-16. They had a blast on the trip, returning exhausted from the adventurous and exciting night they had sleeping at the zoo. Students left after school on Friday for a night tour of the zoo and watched movies, and then Saturday morning got a day tour of the zoo before heading back home. “First, our tour guides, Nathan and Emily, brought us a porcupine, a snake and an armadillo; we got to touch all of them except the porcupine,” freshman Ryan Desaulniers said. At night, they saw nocturnal animals such as owls, and the next day, they saw more animals, including an ape and monkeys. It was an amazing experience for students because they got to see all of the animals they’re learning about in biology class. Along with just seeing and touching the animals, students had the opportunity to make “enrichments” for snow leopards and porcupines. They were made of paper bags with either spices or food inside them. Desaulniers said the enrichments “are kind of like toys for them – and we got to see them attack the enrichments.” Another activity the class experienced with the animals was learning how to train them. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:28:01 EST Pets of the week for May 24 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1064390-478/pets-of-the-week-for-may-24.html Humane Society  for Greater Nashua ROXIE I’m Roxie, a sweet 7- year-old Australian cattle dog mix looking for a family who will give me good food, a warm bed, and plenty of love and attention every day! I may be older, but I have a wonderful personality and a great temperament. I’m affectionate, gentle and good with kids, but I would also be very content in an adult household. The adoption counselors will tell you I love a good belly rub, love to walk and am great on leash. Oh, yeah, I love other dogs, too! If you have room in your heart and home, I promise I’ll be a great companion. MILKSHAKE It’s me, Milkshake. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:28:01 EST Community events in Nashua – May 24 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1064391-478/community-events-in-nashua--may-24.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS NASHUA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER PLANT SALE The Nashua Senior Activity Center is hosting its 13th annual plant sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 23-24 at 16 Shakespeare Road. Many annuals, perennials and houseplants will be available. Donations will be accepted at the center during the week of the May 18, or arrangements can be made for pickup by calling Eileen at 816-2642 or emailing egormley@nashuaseniorcenter.org. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:28:01 EST Moving offers opportunity for indoor entertainment, outdoor entertaining http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1064394-469/moving-offers-opportunity-for-indoor-entertainment-outdoor.html “When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” Rodney Dangerfield, comedian. While not recommended when it comes to parenting, time and space considerations often dictate what may have to be left behind as moving day approaches. An inventory often provides chances to pass along items that may be just what someone else has been looking for. A look at the Mailbag could bring finds from another’s moving experience home to you. Moving right along “I am moving, and have an entertainment center, which I hope that someone can use,” writes Shirley K., of Milford (LTR 3,079). “It’s 48 inches tall by 58 inches wide by 22 inches deep. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:31:00 EST Library events in Greater Nashua – May 24 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1064396-478/library-events-in-greater-nashua--may.html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, nashualibrary.org. LEARN TO READ TAROT CARDS The Nashua Public Library will offer a hands-on workshop on reading tarot cards presented by Sally Cragin at 7 p.m. May 28. Learn the history of tarot cards, the meaning of their suits (pentacles or discs, swords, wands, and cups) and many of the more famous trump or Major Arcana cards. Sat, 23 May 2015 22:31:00 EST John Patrick Diggins Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064453-466/john-patrick-diggins-jr..html John Patrick Diggins, Jr. 87, of Goffstown, NH and a former longtime resident of Merrimack, NH died Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home. He was born in Nashua, NH on March 22, 1928, a son of the late John P. and Sylvia (Caron) Diggins, the children of Irish and French immigrants who settled in Nashua, New Hampshire. Tue, 26 May 2015 10:31:00 EST Jean D. Mara http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064455-466/jean-d.-mara.html Jean D. Mara, 80, of Nashua and formerly of Lowell, MA, widow of Edward E. Mara, passed away at her home, Thursday morning, May 21, 2015 with her loving family by her side after a long illness. A resident of Nashua since 1972, Mrs. Mara was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on January 12, 1935 a daughter of the late Thomas and Harriett (Davidson) Fagan. Jean was a graduate of Lowell High School and attended Sacred Heart School of Nursing. She began her career as a lab technician for Medical Associates in Chelmsford, MA, was later employed at the former J.F. Tue, 26 May 2015 10:52:00 EST Local Athletes Compete at Londonderry Invite http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1064352-457/local-athletes-compete-at-londonderry-invite.html The best athletes from New Hampshire gathered at the home of the Lancers for the fourth annual Londonderry Invitational. Nashua North, Nashua South, Bishop Guertin, Alvirne, Hollis Brookline and Souhegan were among the local participating schools. Nashua North’s Taylor Choate had one of the best afternoons among all the competitors, finishing second in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. The Titans’ other contribution came from Adaeze Okorie, who finished third in the 200-meter dash. Souhegan had a number of their female athletes finish in the top-three, including Madeleine Hunt, who finished first in the 800-meter run. Also placing top-three for the Sabers were Hannah Gillis (2nd, 3200 run), Jane Leighton (3rd, 400 dash) and Mikayla Hickey (3rd, long jump). Sat, 23 May 2015 18:28:01 EST Nashua church has new minister after three-year search http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064334-469/nashua-church-has-new-minister-after-three-year.html NASHUA – The Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashua has a new permanent minister, only its third in more than five decades. The Rev. Allison Palm received a unanimous vote, and it was announced on Easter Sunday she will become the new minister. Palm, of Brooklyn, N.Y., has joined the church as its new settled minister and will begin Aug. 1. The church has been led by an interim minister for three years since the Rev. Stephen Edington retired in 2012. What is often a two-year search process took three; during that time, the church was led by the Rev. Fri, 22 May 2015 22:55:01 EST World War II, D-Day as seen through the eyes of legendary Nashua radio personality http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064336-469/world-war-ii-d-day-as-seen-through.html When childhood classmate Margo Lawrie – she was Margo Lecius back then – told me the other day she was resurrecting her project to organize and compile her father’s war letters and pictures into a self-published book, I envisioned digging through box after box of dusty, yellowed mail in search of the young soldier’s most interesting and compelling missives. Great timing, I noted, given Memorial Day is upon us and the widely observed anniversary of the Normandy invasion – D-Day – is just around the corner. Ah, well, digging for a good story is always worth it. Imagine my surprise when Lawrie, a fellow native Nashuan, led me to a table on her porch, and the only things on it were a couple of tidy folders and a long, narrow wooden box that looked more like a carrying case for someone’s pool cue than a place you’d store such precious family artifacts. Lawrie reached in, gingerly removed a long tube of white paper and began to unfurl layer after layer. I thought, “OK, she must have packed her father’s letters between sheets of archival paper to protect and preserve them.” Nope. What I was looking at was a letter. Fri, 22 May 2015 23:52:01 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for May 4-14 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1064112-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-may.html MAY 4 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Christopher P. Mastrangelo, 24, 52 Ash St., Apt. A, Nashua, electronic bench warrant: nonpayment of fine. Lindsay Sheila Karos, 23, 48 Forge Drive, Nashua, driving after revocation or suspension, driving without giving proof. Richard Allen Marchant, 25, 49 Forge Drive, Nashua, electronic bench warrant: nonappearance in court. Aaron Nathaniel Joseph, 30, 9 Casco Drive, Apt. C, Nashua, criminal mischief – vandalism. Frances L. Wed, 20 May 2015 21:07:01 EST ‘Doughraiser’ supports Nashua Senior Activity Center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1064207-308/doughraiser-supports-nashua-senior-activity-center.html NASHUA – It takes a community to keep a senior center as a vibrant resource in the community, so the Nashua Senior Activity Center is asking for your help. Uno’s on Amherst Street is allowing the Nashua Senior Activity Center to run a “Doughraiser” until the end of 2015. For every customer with a Doughraiser voucher, 20 percent of their dine-in, takeout, catering and lounge sales will be donated by Uno’s to the senior center. Uno’s will even allow you to just show the voucher on your smartphone. The voucher is available at nashuaseniorcenter.org and at the front desk of the center. The center is located at 70 Temple St. Membership is open to anyone older than 50 for $35 a year. Thu, 21 May 2015 12:31:01 EST Local Altrusa Club chapter holds food drive for Nashua Soup Kitchen http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1064209-308/local-altrusa-club-chapter-holds-food-drive.html NASHUA – The Altrusa Club of Merrimack Valley conducted a food drive at Market Basket in Somerset Plaza on Saturday, May 2, to benefit the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Patrons donated 1,600 pounds of nonperishable food items and paper products, as well as a total of $246 in cash and Market Basket gift cards. The DeMoulas Corp. and store manager Martin Maguire made the event possible. Altrusa, a nonprofit international service organization, offers individuals the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of those in need in their communities. The local chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Meadow Lodge, 4 Technology Drive, Chelmsford, Mass. Thu, 21 May 2015 12:31:02 EST Bank grant will help Greater Nashua Habitat to buy work vehicles http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1064210-308/bank-grant-will-help-greater-nashua-habitat.html MANCHESTER – Thanks to a $2,500 Community Outreach Grant from St. Mary’s Bank, Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity will soon be able to buy two vehicles to support its work building and renovating affordable housing for local families in need. The funds will go toward the organization’s challenge match funding to buy two trucks. “In order to continue providing much needed services, we sought funding to help purchase two new-to-us trucks: one for our construction and building projects and another for our ReStore, a discounted building and home supply store that generates income that funds the building of more Habitat homes,” said Jennifer Skibba, GNHFH director of resource development. “The trucks we currently have are aging and not cost-effective to continue repairing.” GNHFH, a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, works in partnership with corporations, community groups, faith-based organizations and volunteers to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating simple, energy-efficient, affordable homes. Habitat homes are built with volunteer labor and donated materials for low-income families unable to obtain conventional mortgages. Qualified families pay a monthly, no-interest mortgage to Habitat. Thu, 21 May 2015 12:31:02 EST Artist donates painting to raise funds for Nashua Senior Center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1064222-308/artist-donates-painting-to-raise-funds-for.html NASHUA – An artist was so inspired by the “Fire and Fusion” event last year that she donated a painting to be sold to raise funds for the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The center will hold an auction for this work of art over the next month. “Fire and Fusion,” a mixed-media work by Susan Burgess, is 24 by 16 inches and is done on wood panel. All edges are painted so that it can be hung as is or framed. The painting has been sealed and should last more than a lifetime. The painting was created with the senior center in the mind of the artist. It represents a fusion of the element of fire and music in the form of jazz fusion. Thu, 21 May 2015 12:31:03 EST Daniel W. Kocsis http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackobituaries/1064228-435/daniel-w.-kocsis.html Daniel W. Kocsis, 32, of Merrimack, NH, died Monday, May 11, 2015, at his home. He was born in Nashua, NH, on Sept. 24, 1982, a son of John J. Kocsis Jr. Thu, 21 May 2015 12:31:03 EST Artist donates painting to raise funds for Nashua Senior Center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1064232-308/artist-donates-painting-to-raise-funds-for.html NASHUA – An artist was so inspired by the “Fire and Fusion” event last year that she donated a painting to be sold to raise funds for the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The center will hold an auction for this work of art over the next month. “Fire and Fusion,” a mixed-media work by Susan Burgess, is 24 by 16 inches and is done on wood panel. All edges are painted so that it can be hung as is or framed. The painting has been sealed and should last more than a lifetime. The painting was created with the senior center in the mind of the artist. It represents a fusion of the element of fire and music in the form of jazz fusion. Thu, 21 May 2015 12:31:04 EST Merrimack, Nashua women honored at TOPS event http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1064236-308/merrimack-nashua-women-honored-at-tops-event.html Sally Sanborn, of Merrimack, a member of TOPS Chapter NH 131, was crowned as the New Hampshire queen at the TOPS State Recognition Days held at the Town and County Inn in Gorham on May 15-16. TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly – is headquartered in Milwaukee. The nonprofit organization, founded by Esther S. Manz and a few friends in 1948, grew rapidly to include 2,500 members in Wisconsin within three years. Today, TOPS includes more than 125,000 members in thousands of chapters across the United States and Canada. From the beginning, TOPS decided that anyone who succeeded in losing a lot of weight deserved royal treatment. Thu, 21 May 2015 12:31:04 EST Nashua’s Aaron Martin not running away from UMass Lowell just yet http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1064259-457/nashuas-aaron-martin-not-running-away-from.html Aaron Martin isn’t done with the University of Massachusetts Lowell just yet. Just because he walked at commencement, receiving his Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, doesn’t mean he’s hanging up his cleats for the River Hawks or putting the classroom behind him. Martin, a former Nashua High School South standout, has a fifth year of eligibility for cross country and outdoor track and field. He plans on using it. “I love being with the team,” the distance runner said. “Running is a de-stresser for me. I’m not really sure how I’ll handle things when I’m completely done with the program, but that’s something I don’t have to worry about next year.” His fifth year in the River Hawks’ running program will coincide with the first year in UMass Lowell’s graduate school as he works toward a Masters in Finance. Thu, 21 May 2015 20:31:00 EST Scout Pack 253 honors fallen soldiers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064269-469/scout-pack-253-honors-fallen-soldiers.html NASHUA – Lorrice Bedard of Nashua and the boys in scout Pack 253 are on a mission. Bedard is planning to rally the scouts in her son Ambrose’s group to have a very visible display at this year’s Memorial Day parade in Nashua to honor former city residents who died in battle. “The goal is to have each scout hold a sign in honor and memory of a fallen soldier,” said Bedard, who was inspired by seeing a similar act by her brother Biron’s scout troop when he was a boy in the 1970s. Each scout will decorate their sign and reach out to the family using a form letter Bedard is preparing, “to have them know people are still remembering them and honoring them even though they didn’t know them personally.” The memory of an individual “can sometimes get lost,” she said. “I want family and friends to know they are being remembered this way,” Bedard said. The act is being facilitated by the fact that an advanced placement history class being taught by Catherine Poulin at Nashua High School South had already compiled a list and short biography of fallen soldiers dating back to the Spanish American War. Bedard said reference librarians at the Nashua Public Library pointed her to Poulin and her students’ 2012 research. Poulin forwarded her information based on the students’ work. “I think it’s beautiful,” said Poulin. Thu, 21 May 2015 22:46:00 EST Londonderry boys lacrosse team tops Nashua South http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1064271-457/londonderry-boys-lacrosse-team-tops-nashua-south.html LONDONDERRY – Buoyed by a mammoth first half, Londonderry cruised past Nashua South 16-9 Thursday in a Division I boys lacrosse matchup. With the game tied at one in the game’s opening minutes, the Lancers sprinted away. Londonderry scored 10 straight goals and went into the halftime break up 11-3. “We were a little apprehensive coming into this game because Nashua has tons of playmakers,” Londonderry coach Sean LeBlanc said. “Everybody knows they’re fast and physical. We harped on starting fast. Thu, 21 May 2015 23:04:01 EST Nashua police look to bridge relations within city http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064278-469/nashua-police-look-to-bridge-relations-within.html NASHUA – In an effort to build a better partnership between the Nashua Police Department and the city’s diverse neighborhoods, officers participated in a Thursday night community forum to address the positive and negative interactions minority groups have with law enforcement here. The two-hour conversation was seen by organizers as a opportunity to proactively improve relationship with police officers to avoid having a high-profile racial dispute, such as in Baltimore or Ferguson, Missouri, occur in Greater Nashua. It was a way to break down barriers for minorities while providing new inroads with the police department. “That’s what tonight is all about, to build that relationship,” said Linda Harriott-Gathright, a longtime Nashuan and community leader with the Southern New Hampshire Outreach for Black Unity. “In the 36 years I’ve been here, it hasn’t always been positive with the police department,” she said. “I think we’re leaving here feeling that our police are here to serve us as well and to be a part of the community.” The first-of-its-kind event called a “Nashua Community Conversation On Race and Justice: Honoring Diversity & Equity,” was held Thursday evening at the Dion Center at Rivier University. The forum was sponsored by the university, the city police force, Southern New Hampshire Outreach for Black Unity and the Nashua Cultural Connection Committee. Police plan to hold a series of community outreach hearings to better address concerns within the city. Thu, 21 May 2015 23:25:01 EST Nashua icon Alec’s shoes leaving downtown next year; owner cites growth, accessibility http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064281-469/nashua-icon-alecs-shoes-leaving-downtown-next.html NASHUA – John Koutsos, second-generation owner of downtown Nashua icon Alec’s Shoe Store, said Thursday his recent decision to move the store from downtown to more spacious and accessible quarters off Exit 8 came neither swiftly nor easily. “Downtown has been great for our business, for our family,” said Koutsos, whose late father, Alexander “Alec” Koutsos, opened the store some 77 years ago in a boxy, 20-foot-wide space adjacent to the West Pearl Street side of today’s three-level shop. “I love downtown,” he said, adding that the move, although a sound business decision, nevertheless leaves him “with kind of a heavy heart.” Koutsos, 54, said the move is a necessary step in “laying the groundwork for the next generation” of the family-owned business. It is tentatively scheduled for March, which falls in a slightly slower period between the winter and Christmas rush and the transition to spring and summer merchandise. He is in the process of acquiring the former Oasis building at 1617 Southwood Drive, a single-story facility with 38,000 square feet on one level plus a small mezzanine mostly for offices. The location, just off Somerset Parkway and within sight of the east side of the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Somerset Plaza, is surrounded by more than 200 parking spaces – “more than we’ll ever use,” Koutsos said. Advantages include plenty of room for “a real loading dock … no more getting soaked or freezing unloading trucks,” plus its visibility and ease of access from the Everett Turnpike. “About a third of our business comes from Massachusetts (residents),” Koutsos said. “This will make it a lot easier for them,” as well as for those coming from the north. The news of the shop’s pending departure comes about three months after the abrupt closure of Villa Banca, the popular downtown eatery that is scheduled to reopen within weeks as Fratello’s first Nashua location. The shuttering of Villa Banca capped a string of downtown business closures dating to late 2013. Thu, 21 May 2015 23:34:00 EST Nashua man charged with passing forged checks, drug possession http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064253-469/nashua-man-charged-with-passing-forged-checks.html NASHUA – A city man was held on bail Thursday following arraignment on several felony charges related to forgery and drug possession, police said. Brian Bjornson, 25, of 23 Temple St., Apt. 311, was arrested around 4 p.m. Wednesday and charged with five counts of forgery and one count of possession of a narcotic drug – Suboxone, all of which are Class B felonies. Police said Bjornson, who was arrested at his residence, had been developed as a suspect during a police investigation into the September 2014 theft of checks from a Merrimack resident that were believed to have been passed in Nashua. Investigators learned that Bjornson knew the victim, and determined that he passed five forged checks in Nashua. The exact locations were not given. A warrant was subsequently issued for Bjornson, police said, leading to Wednesday’s arrest. Thu, 21 May 2015 23:37:00 EST Massachusetts man facing assault charge following Nashua incident http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064286-469/massachusetts-man-facing-assault-charge-following-nashua.html Nashua police arrested a Massachusetts man Wednesday and accused him of assaulting and threatening a woman he knows. Police were contacted on Tuesday when the assault was reported by someone who said Zachary Noonan, 23, of 101 London St., Lowell, Mass., had assaulted a woman in Nashua. Detectives investigated and determined that Noonan had choked the woman and threatened to kill her. The woman suffered minor injuries, police said. Noonan was arrested around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and is charged with domestic violence: second-degree assault, a Class B felony, and four misdemeanor charges. Thu, 21 May 2015 23:37:00 EST Dumont leads Nashua North past Concord, 7-4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1064254-457/dumont-leads-nashua-north-past-concord-7-4.html The Titans improved to 6-9 thanks in part to Danielle Dumont’s big day at the plate. The Titans’ leadoff hitter went 3 for 4 with a homer, a triple and four RBIs. Pitcher Sarah Odierno picked up the win, striking out five while walking one and allowing only two earned runs. She had defensive help from middle infielders Hannah Neverett and Casey Milliken. Thu, 21 May 2015 18:25:00 EST Derryfield School, Manchester, second-trimester honor roll, 2014-15 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1064181-478/derryfield-school-manchester-second-trimester-honor-roll-2014-15.html MANCHESTER – The Derryfield School announced its honor roll for the second trimester of the 2014-15 school year. HIGHEST HONORS GRADE 9: Isabell Plotsker of Amherst. GRADE 10: Ryan Quinlan of Amherst; Annalise Groves of Hollis; Paige Voss and Erika Wentz of Nashua. GRADE 11: Jessey Bryan of Amherst; Nathan Hillsgrove of Hollis. GRADE 12: Nicole Anthony and Samantha Carbery of Amherst; Kaitlin Cintorino and Elisha Shah of Nashua. HIGH HONORS GRADE 9: Anna Quinlan of Amherst; Brett Chapdelaine of Hollis; Abigail Hovey of Nashua. GRADE 10: Ethan Chen, Thomas Cissel and Lauren Rohlfs of Amherst; Julia Hillsgrove of Hollis; Christopher Hopey of Nashua. GRADE 11: Eric Anthony of Amherst; Luke Chapdelaine of Hollis; Burton Owen of Wilton. GRADE 12: Allen Mello of Nashua. HONORS GRADE 9: Jack Perkins of Merrimack. GRADE 10: Victoria Imbriano of Amherst; Andrea Mello of Nashua. GRADE 11: Jonathan Devine and Alexander Kaufman of Amherst; Noah Doherty of Nashua. GRADE 12: John Cissel and James O’Brien of Amherst; Patrick Critz and Benjamin Groves of Hollis. Thu, 21 May 2015 09:01:00 EST ‘Fire and Fusion’ artwork sale will benefit senior center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1064088-485/fire-and-fusion-artwork-sale-will-benefit.html NASHUA – Artist Susan Burgess has created a mixed media art piece to be auctioned off for the benefit of the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Burgess, also known as Sanna, was inspired to create the 24 x 16 mixed media piece by the center’s recent Fire and Fusion event, held May 6. It represents the fusion of the element fire with the musical style of jazz fusion. Also symbolic is “how fire is like aging, and music fuses age into wisdom,” according to a press release. Included in the work are background papers from old music lesson books and hymnals. The words “I am listening” are embedded in the piece, “in the hopes that the people of Nashua can hear the voices of the elderly and their need to belong and still be a constructive part of our society.” The mixed media piece includes acrylic, gesso, antique papers, watercolor pencils and art crayons, and is created on a wood panel. Wed, 20 May 2015 11:58:00 EST Nashua’s Nolan earns return trip to Blue Jays’ Triple A team in Buffalo http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1064113-457/nashuas-nolan-earns-return-trip-to-blue.html Kevin Nolan’s up and down season continues, in a good way. On Wednesday, the Nashua native and Toronto Blue Jays minor league shortstop was up – as in called up from the Double A New Hampshire Fisher Cats to the Triple A Buffalo (N.Y.) Bison for the second time this season. In his first stint at Buffalo earlier this spring, Nolan appeared in four games, going 5 for 15 at the plate (.333) with two walks and two doubles. That was an improvement over Nolan’s brief stint in Buffalo a year ago, when he still held his own. Nolan played in 21 games for the 2014 Bisons, hitting .239 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Buffalo was at Columbus on Wednesday and opens up a four game series at Toledo on Thursday. The bulk of Nolan’s spring, of course, has been spent in Manchester, where he has by far been having his best season. He has appeared in 27 games for the Fisher Cats, hitting .327 with seven doubles, a triple, three homers, 17 RBIs and on OPS of .855. He’s also only committed two errors at shortstop. Last year Nolan hit .257 with 38 RBIs for the Fisher Cats in 102 games. Before the season started, Nolan was matter-of-fact about his chances to advance. “You really don’t know,” Nolan said. Thu, 21 May 2015 08:49:00 EST Nashua North baseball coach Kyle Harvell done after this season http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1064114-457/nashua-north-baseball-coach-kyle-harvell-done.html NASHUA – There seemed to be some extra emotion for Nashua High School North baseball coach Kyle Harvell and his players after Wednesday’s 6-5 comeback win over Bishop Guertin at Holman Stadium. The reason was simple: Every win is special now for the Titans, because Harvell, popular with his players, was informed late last week his contract to teach physics and coach baseball at North will not be renewed. “We love him around here, he’s great,” Ricky Constant, North’s ace pitcher and the hitting hero of the comeback win, said. “This is our last ride with him and we’re going to make it last as long as we can.” Harvell, 25, is coaching in his third season at North, as he replaced Will Henderson, who reluctantly stepped down during the 2012-13 school year due to his duties as North’s athletics coordinator. Henderson is now an assistant principal at North. Harvell, a North alum, played for Henderson and also coached under him before being promoted to the head coaching job. In his first season as Titans coach, Harvell taught outside the district in Worcester, Mass., before being hired at North two years ago. Thu, 21 May 2015 08:49:00 EST Robert J. Walker Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064136-466/robert-j.-walker-jr..html Robert J. Walker, Jr., 65, died peacefully at his home in Nashua on Sunday, May 17, 2015. A resident of Nashua for many years, Mr. Walker was born September 19, 1949 in Peabody MA, son of Despina (Rafael) Walker and the late Robert J. Walker, Sr. Bob graduated from Nashua High School class of 1967, and earned an Associate Degree of Science in Business Administration at New England Aeronautical Institute in 1970. Wed, 20 May 2015 22:22:00 EST Nashua North rallies to beat Bishop Guertin, 6-5 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1064140-457/nashua-north-rallies-to-beat-bishop-guertin.html NASHUA – Usually, Ricky Constant wins games for the Nashua High School North baseball team with his left arm. Wednesday, he did it with his bat instead. Constant slammed a 1-2 pitch just out of the reach of Bishop Guertin right fielder Tyler Faulkner to drive in two runs and cap a three-run Titans rally in the bottom of the seventh for a dramatic 6-5 win at Holman Stadium. “Just changed things up a bit,” said a smiling Constant, who pitched the first six innings, striking out 11, but gave up three runs in the fourth. “I honestly thought (Faulkner) was going to catch it, but when I saw him turn and  saw the ball hit the ground, let the celebration begin.” Constant batted cleanup, a spot he hadn’t normally been in. “I’m impressed with the way he’s swinging the bat lately,” said North coach Kyle Harvell, who was told last week his contract would not be renewed. “He’s been steadily moving up in the lineup.” The loss was a tough one for the 7-9 Cardinals, who had leads of 3-0 and 5-2. Drew Sanborn’s two-run single and another by Andrew Thibault plated three runs off Constant in the fourth. Wed, 20 May 2015 22:52:00 EST Nashua police arrest 2 registered sex offenders Tuesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064143-469/nashua-police-arrest-2-registered-sex-offenders.html Two sex offenders in Nashua were arrested Monday and charged with failing to properly register with police. Police arrested James Sorensen, 47, of 15 Stockton Drive, just before 6 p.m. Monday and charged him with duty to report. Sorensen failed to register with police in March, police said. About 20 minutes later, around 6:15 p.m., police charged Paul Rondeau, 33, of 28 Railroad Square, Apt. 26, with duty to inform, accusing him of failing to update certain information on his sex offender registration as required, police said. Sorensen was convicted of aggravated felonious sexual assault in Lawrence, Mass. Wed, 20 May 2015 23:07:00 EST Warm sendoff Wed. for retiring Nashua Fire Rescue chief Morrissey http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064144-469/warm-sendoff-wed.-for-retiring-nashua-fire.html NASHUA – Handshakes, hugs, good wishes and plenty of food greeted retiring Nashua Fire Rescue Chief Brian Morrissey Wednesday as he walked into the apparatus bay at the Crown Hill fire station for a celebratory sendoff. The department is bidding Morrissey farewell as his nearly 37 years of service as a city firefighter, a career that included six terms as president of the firefighters’ union and his rise to lieutenant (1986), captain (1991), deputy chief (2000), assistant chief (2001) and to chief of the department in March 2007. “I think I’ll just be keeping it low key for awhile,” Morrissey said when asked about his plans once he officially becomes a retiree. His wife, Kathy, who attended Wednesday’s get-together with several of their children and grandchildren, hinted that a brief “wind down” trip to the Maine seacoast will be his first post-retirement activity. Current assistant Chief Steve Galipeau, a 35-year member of the department, has been named Morrissey’s successor effective June 1. Galipeau, promoted in April on a unanimous vote of the Board of Fire Commissioners, will be formally sworn in on Thursday, June 2, at the department’s annual awards night at Daniel Webster College. On Wednesday, Morrissey’s father, Ed, was among the retiring chief’s well-wishers. Ed Morrissey noted he’s been to a few such gatherings – he is also a retired career firefighter, having served his hometown of Cambridge, Mass. Both of Brian Morrissey’s brothers – Edward and Robert – are also firefighters, both of whom live and work in Massachusetts. On-duty firefighters rotated visits Wednesday afternoon to the Crown Hill station, while scores of off-duty members and a number of retirees stopped by as well. Among them was former longtime Fire Commissioner Dick Harrington, who was on the board when Morrissey was hired in August 1978. A slideshow of photos of Morrissey in action over the years played on a large screen, jogging a few memories among visitors and retirees. Morrissey was presented with several parting gifts, the most noticeable of which was a large gas grill. Wed, 20 May 2015 23:10:00 EST AMR offers CPR lessons for National Emergency Medical Services Week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064150-469/amr-offers-cpr-lessons-for-national-emergency.html Paramedic Patty Stolarz, a 30-year veteran paramedic, recalled a recent incident that illustrated the importance of the task at hand for her and other trainers Wednesday. It was two years ago at Nashua’s YMCA, just before Christmas, said Stolarz, when a woman swimming at the pool had a medical emergency. Stolarz said the woman was pulled out of the water and the lifegaurd started CPR. EMTs arrived and took over, but the initial actions by the lifeguard made a world of difference. “She got to spend Christmas with her children,” Stolarz said. Stolarz and others from AMR Ambulance, along with Nashua’s Community Emergency Response Team members (CERT), were at the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua Wednesday offering short, but critical, training in hands-only CPR to passers by. “Today is national hands-only CPR day,” said 16-year veteran EMT Karen Scott of the nationwide effort by the ambulance company. “What we are doing is going around trying to teach hands-only CPR.” AMR employees were offering the lessons as part of National Emergency Medical Services Week and had trainings set up at the Pheasant Lane Mall and the Nashua Sports Academy. Instructors had plastic training dummies designed to provide as realistic experience as possible. Wed, 20 May 2015 23:25:00 EST Merrimack, Nashua women honored at TOPS event http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1064157-478/merrimack-nashua-women-honored-at-tops-event.html Sally Sanborn, of Merrimack, a member of TOPS Chapter NH 131, was crowned as the New Hampshire queen at the TOPS State Recognition Days held at the Town and County Inn in Gorham, NH on Friday-Saturday, May 15-16. TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly – is headquartered in Milwaukee. The nonprofit organization, founded by Esther S. Manz and a few friends in 1948, grew rapidly to include 2,500 members in Wisconsin within three years. Today, TOPS includes more than 125,000 members in thousands of chapters across the United States and Canada. From the beginning, TOPS decided that anyone who succeeded in losing a lot of weight deserved royal treatment. Thu, 21 May 2015 08:34:01 EST Book Spine Poetry winner announced by Nashua Public Library http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1064159-478/book-spine-poetry-winner-announced-by-nashua.html NASHUA – Theresa Gleason is the winner of the Nashua Public Library Book Spine Poetry Contest. Entrants created poems from the titles of books, audiobooks or DVD cases stacked on their sides. Each title was a line of the poem. A panel of library staff selected Gleason’s poem as the winner of the $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate. Her poem: “When one has lived a long time alone “Beneath a single moon “Stillness speaks “On the blue shore of silence “The sound of a wild snail eating.” Photos of all of the entries can be found in the photo albums on the library’s Facebook page. Thu, 21 May 2015 08:37:00 EST Nashaway Woman’s Club celebrating 119th year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1064161-478/nashaway-womans-club-celebrating-119th-year.html NASHUA – The Nashaway Woman’s Club, an affiliate of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, will celebrate its 119-year anniversary on Friday, May 29. Started in 1896, it was a thriving club for women who were interested in promoting sociability, furthering the education of women, and to make itself a power for good in local and national civic projects. The club meets once a month from October to May at First Baptist Church on Manchester Street, with the exception of December and April, when meetings are at a restaurant or Nashua Country Club. The club is always seek new members who have similar interests. Over the last couple of years, the club has donated more than $35,000 to local area charities to further its goals of providing shelter, food and health services to women, children and homeless veterans. For more information, email President Linda Twombly at ltwombly 4466@comcast.net. Thu, 21 May 2015 08:37:00 EST Thank you to city of Nashua for support http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1064162-478/thank-you-to-city-of-nashua-for.html To the Editor: On behalf of the Nashua Senior Activity Center, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Nashua Board of Aldermen and the city of Nashua for the recent legislation passage allocating $35,000 to the center. The board of directors, staff and members are very grateful for their support and their belief in the organization and its value to the Nashua community. Special thanks are extended to Aldermanic President David Deane and Ward 7 Alderman June Caron for playing an instrumental role working diligently to identify and justify funding from the city. The mission of the senior center is to promote healthy aging, independence and the well-being of older adults through health, wellness, educational, cultural and recreational programs, and services. We look forward to being a viable resource to the Nashua community for years to come. Bill Baukus, President,  Margo Bell,  interim executive director, Nashua Senior  Activity Center Thu, 21 May 2015 08:37:00 EST Nashua mall celebrates moms http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1064163-478/nashua-mall-celebrates-moms.html NASHUA – The Pheasant Lane Mall celebrated Mother’s Day early on Thursday, May 7, by hosting Indulge, Fashion Plus Fun for Moms, a free, style-focused night of fashion, beauty, shopping and more for moms and moms-to-be. In addition to the festivities, Drinkable  Arts hosted wine glass painting sessions so guests could create custom stemware to take home as a Mother’s Day gift to themselves. Thu, 21 May 2015 08:37:00 EST Artist donates painting to raise funds for Nashua Senior Center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1064166-478/artist-donates-painting-to-raise-funds-for.html NASHUA – An artist was so inspired by the “Fire and Fusion” event last year that she donated a painting to be sold to raise funds for the Nashua Senior Activity Center. The center will hold an auction for this work of art over the next month. “Fire and Fusion,” a mixed-media work by Susan Burgess, is 24 by 16 inches and is done on wood panel. All edges are painted so that it can be hung as is or framed. The painting has been sealed and should last more than a lifetime. The painting was created with the senior center in the mind of the artist. It represents a fusion of the element of fire and music in the form of jazz fusion. Thu, 21 May 2015 08:37:00 EST Milford DI teams holding fundraisers for trip to global finals http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1064169-478/milford-di-teams-holding-fundraisers-for-trip.html MILFORD – Milford’s Destination Imagination teams have advanced to the global finals in Knoxville, Tenn., and need to raise funds quickly in order to be able to participate. The teams are holding two fundraising events you can support: A live comedy show on Thursday, June 4, at Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Nashua. Tickets are $20, and they can be purchased at the Toadstool Bookshop or Consign for Good, both in Milford. Dinner at Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant in Nashua on Thursday, June 11. Let waitstaff know you’re there to support DI and they will donate 15 percent. Destination Imagination fosters imagination, engineering and creativity. For more information, contact Laurie Heidel at laheidel@gmail.com or 801-9410. Thu, 21 May 2015 08:37:00 EST Infant Jesus School in Nashua raises $4,380 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1064170-478/infant-jesus-school-in-nashua-raises-4380.html NASHUA – Under the supervision of Laura Roehm and her sixth-grade class, Infant Jesus School raised $4,380 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon. The students had set their goal at $1,500, which they nearly tripled. Over the years, Infant Jesus School has raised more than $160,000 for St. Jude by participating in the Math-A-Thon. Thu, 21 May 2015 08:37:00 EST Helen M. Thibault http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1064172-435/helen-m.-thibault.html Helen M. Thibault, 93, resident of Milford, NH died on May 6, 2015 at the Courville of Nashua, NH. She was born in Highgate, Vermont on March 2, 1922, a daughter of Arthur and Mary (Petrus) Pelican. Mrs. Thibault made her home in Milford for more than 60 years. She was a communicant of St. Thu, 21 May 2015 09:01:00 EST Milford DI team seeks funding help http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetreadersubmitted/1064183-308/milford-di-teamseeks-funding-help.html MILFORD – Milford’s Destination Imagination Teams need help from the community. They have advanced to the global competition in Knoxville, Tenn., but in order to get there they need to raise funds quickly. There are two fundraiser events people can support: • A live comedy show on June 4 at Chunkys theater in Nashua. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Toadstool or Consign for Good, both in Milford. • Have dinner at Margarita’s in Nashua on June 11. Thu, 21 May 2015 09:16:00 EST St. Joseph Hospital loans durable medical equipment http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1064182-308/st.-joseph-hospital-loans-durable-medical-equipment.html NASHUA – St. Joseph Hospital’s mission department, through the opening of Joseph’s Closet, will loan pre-owned durable medical equipment to individuals in need. The program was organized by a group of women in collaboration with the mission integration department. Joseph’s Closet opened April 13. The equipment is loaned free of charge. Joseph’s Closet isn’t responsible for subsequent repairs, and the equipment may be returned when no longer needed. Durable medical equipment is any equipment used by individuals with disabilities for mobility purposes or in the course of treatment or home care, including such items as crutches, shower chairs, shower stools, tub transfer benches, commodes, wheelchairs, walkers, adaptive equipment and anything else you can imagine. Donations of safe, usable equipment may be dropped off at these locations: St. Thu, 21 May 2015 09:16:00 EST Amherst Town Band announces performance schedule http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1064191-308/amherst-town-band-announces-performance-schedule.html AMHERST -- The Amherst Town Band has released its performance schedule for the summer. The first concert is Friday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Greeley Park in Nashua, to benefit the Humane Society of Greater Nashua. Subsequent concerts include: Friday, July 3, 8 p.m.: Concert with fireworks, Souhegan High School, Amherst. Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m.: Independence Day parade, Amherst Saturday, July 18, 7 p.m.: York Beach, Maine. Tuesday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.: Concert on the Green, Amherst Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m.: Concert on the Green, Amherst Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m.: Greeley Park, Nashua. For additional information, go to www.amherst townband.org. Thu, 21 May 2015 09:16:02 EST Rosanne’s Rush for Research raises funds to fight breast cancer http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetreadersubmitted/1064199-308/rosannes-rush-for-research-raises-funds-to.html NASHUA – The fifth annual Rosanne’s Rush for Research 5K Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 28, at Nashua High School South. The course will wind through the trails of Mine Falls Park. Money raised will be used to fund research for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer. All net proceeds will be donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12. Thu, 21 May 2015 09:31:01 EST A helicopter will crash onto a hospital in Nashua next week – no, not for real http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064146-469/a-helicopter-will-crash-onto-a-hospital.html NASHUA – If you see something alarming around Southern New Hampshire Medical Center next week, don’t get too excited: The hospital and emergency officials will be simulating a helicopter crash at the landing pad atop its parking garage. The hospital said Wednesday that the simulation, set for Friday, May 29, would go as follows: “Boston Med Flight routine helicopter transfer goes bad, engine trouble results in a crash on the helipad. Victims include two crew-members on the roof, and five pedestrians spread over Prospect and Bowers streets. Drill includes live fire suppression by Security and Nashua Fire Department and triage/transport of patients to SNHMC. The simulation is scheduled to last from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and will involve about 20 hospital workers and at least as many people from Nashua fire, police and emergency departments. It will be evaluated by representatives of several other hospitals and Nashua Public Health. – Telegraph staff Wed, 20 May 2015 23:10:00 EST Join us to honor fallen veterans http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1063956-465/join-us-to-honor-fallen-veterans.html I am a Cub Scout with Pack 253 at St. Christopher Parish in Nashua. For Memorial Day, our pack will be marching in the Nashua parade. Each of us will be carrying a sign with the name of a Nashua Gold Star veteran who was killed in the Korean War, the Vietnam War or the War on Terror. Wed, 20 May 2015 17:46:00 EST Marjorie T. “Margie” Smith http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064048-466/marjorie-t.-margie-smith.html Marjorie T. “Margie” Smith, 86, of Nashua, died Sunday evening, May 17, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. Margie was a life-long resident of Nashua, with her husband George and family. Born in Nashua on May 22, 1928, a daughter of the late Theodore H. and Lena A. Wed, 20 May 2015 00:04:29 EST Donna Mae Shamberg (Rumson) http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064049-466/donna-mae-shamberg-rumson.html Donna Mae Shamberg (Rumson), 71, a resident of San Jose, CA (formerly of Nashua, NH) passed away on May 7, 2015 after a lengthy illness. Donna was born July 8, 1944 to Vera Mae Gritzmacher Fisher and Elmer Shamberg. She is survived by her two daughters and their spouses: Wendy and Eric Straub of Nashua, NH; Tanja and Tom Johnson of Nottingham, NH; grandchildren Blade and Faelynne Johnson; sister Debra Shamberg Beam of Colorado; brothers Dirk and Doug Fisher of Minnesota. After spending her childhood alongside the calm waters and houseboats of Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota, Donna Mae joined the US Coast Guard upon graduating high school. While in the US Coast Guard, Donna Mae discovered a new love of flight; following her heart, she resigned from the US Coast Guard to join the US Air Force as a pilot. Wed, 20 May 2015 00:04:35 EST Marie Net”Kitrick http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1064051-466/marie-netkitrick.html NASHUA, NH – Mrs. Marie Net”Kitrick, 94, longtime resident of her hometown of Mechanicville, NY died Saturday, May 16th in Nashua, NH, after an extended illness. Born in Mechanicville, March 24th, 1921, daughter of the late Frank and Rose Cimino Colucci. A lady with a colorful personality and beaming smile, Nettie loved her family and was her happiest when surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and their families and her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Arthur Kitrick, who died in 1988; and her beloved daughter Rose Marie Pickett, who died in 2007. Survivors include her daughter Gerri Kitrick of Nashua, NH; son-in-law Daniel T. Pickett, Jr. of Halfmoon,NY; 5 grandchildren including Jamie (Mike) Curran of Hollis and Katie Scurrah of Hudson; 11 great-grandkids including Rylan Curran; her sister Jean (Mike) Martone of Mechanicville; and sister-in-law Ellen McCarthy of Clifton Park; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 21st at 11 AM at All Saints on the Hudson South Church, (St. Wed, 20 May 2015 00:04:44 EST Seafood program starts 2nd year in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064059-469/seafood-program-starts-2nd-year-in-nashua.html NASHUA – The second season of an unusual seafood program that links customers with New Hampshire fishermen got underway in Nashua Tuesday, even as depleted stocks of ocean cod may force the system to switch to oysters and other shellfish later this year. “There’s a big conundrum,” said Andrea Tomlinson, general manager of New Hampshire Community Seafood. “If it ends up that the groundfishery gets closed prematurely ... we will switch over to shellfish shares, with oysters and shellfish from the Great Bay ... and try to promote the soft-shelled lobster.” That nonprofit New Hampshire Community Seafood can be thought of as a farm share or CSA system, like those operated by many local farms, for ocean fishing. Wed, 20 May 2015 00:06:31 EST Public weighs in on potential sites for Nashua performing arts center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064060-469/public-weighs-in-on-potential-sites-for.html NASHUA – Eliciting public opinion on which of six potential sites would be best suited for a performing arts center is a key step for the city as it prepares to mount a capital campaign to raise funds to make the long-sought project a reality. “What’s really going to make this happen is the private sector investment. To do that, we need a site,” Mayor Donnalee Lozeau told the more than 60 people who attended a Tuesday public forum to express their preferences on the six potential sites. Similar public-private partnershps helped launch the Palace Theater in Manchester and the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, she added. As the Nashua Arts Commission’s online survey continues to gather public opinion on preferred locations through Aug. 31, the city begins developing a business and sustainability plan needed to attract private investors. “The sustainability is a huge, huge piece of this plan,” city Community Development Director Sarah Marchant said after the meeting. While no single emerged as a clear favorite Tuesday night, several speakers generally stressed a performing arts center should enhance the economic and social viability of the downtown. “That provides a lifestyle that would attract people who would say, ‘You know, I want to live in Nashua because I can walk downtown and see a show,’” Tom Lopez said. Conversely, locating a center in Millyard Square would be “good for people who drive in or out (of town), but it’s not going to encourage a denser experience for downtown,” he added. The Spring Street Parking Lot, School Street Parking Lot, Parc de Notre Renaissance Francaise, and Library Parking Lot sites are closest to downtown. The Front Street/Franklin Street Riverfront site and Millyard Square are the farthest. Wed, 20 May 2015 12:11:22 EST Former Nashuan accused of 2014 city murder arraigned Tuesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064068-469/former-nashuan-accused-of-2014-city-murder.html NASHUA – A state prosecutor credited detailed work by Nashua police investigators and numerous tips from the public for Monday’s arrest of Thomas Smith, who was arraigned Tuesday morning on a second-degree murder charge stemming from the death last November of Nashua resident Craig Guillemette. Smith, 32, a former Nashua resident whose last known address is 5 Hamel Place, Lowell, Mass., was taken into custody around 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Valley Street jail in Manchester, Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said. Because the charge is a felony, Smith entered no plea and will continue to be held without bail pending his next court appearance, which is a probable cause hearing scheduled for Thursday, May 28, in Nashua district court. Judge Julie Introcaso presided over Tuesday’s arraignment. Smith, who appeared via video conference from Valley Street jail, was represented by public defender Paul Borchardt. The charge, read by Introcaso, accuses Smith of “striking Craig Guillemette repeatedly in the head with his fist and/or knee” at 26 Scripture St., a large apartment building on the corner of Scripture and Worcester streets that also includes units with an address of 40 Worcester St. Guillemette, 46, sustained various injuries but was able to leave the apartment at some point during the evening of Nov. Wed, 20 May 2015 00:07:24 EST ‘Bands for Brothers II’ veterans fundraiser set for Friday at Nashua’s Crowne Plaza http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064024-469/bands-for-brothers-ii-veterans-fundraiser-set.html Five months after the inaugural “Bands for Brothers” drew a full house to Alpine Grove in Hollis, organizers are hosting their second such fundraiser Friday night at Nashua’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Friday’s event, which runs from 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at the 2 Somerset Parkway hotel, will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, founder Bill Terrio said. He and other volunteers last year hatched the idea of hosting a “Bands for Brothers” music series in order to assist different agencies and causes that provide services to U.S. military veterans. Tickets are $15 each and are available at www.bandsforbrothers.org or on the Facebook page “Bands for Brothers II.” Scheduled to perform on Friday are The Ballou Brothers, Jimmy Guimond and Friends, and The Sitting Ducks. There will also be raffles and a 50/50 drawing. The inaugural event in December benefited Harbor Homes of Nashua’s Veterans FIRST program, a comprehensive program that helps area veterans with housing, employment and health care, as well as with mental health and substance abuse issues. The Wounded Warrior Project is the beneficiary of Friday’s event, which has been dubbed “Bands for Brothers II.” – DEAN SHALHOUP Wed, 20 May 2015 00:01:13 EST Nashua North still in playoff race with 18-4 win over Manchester Central http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1064040-457/nashua-north-still-in-playoff-race-with.html Nashua North made a big move in keeping its Division I girls lacrosse playoff hopes alive with an 18-4 thrashing of Manchester Central at Stellos Stadium. Gabrielle Masseur paced the Titans’ offense with six goals and three assists, while Jexi Williams netted four of her own to get within seven of tying the school record for career goals (173) held by 2013 North graduate Ellie Shuman. Also finding the back of the net against the Little Green (3-9) was senior Alyssa Bottari with two goals, while sophomore Delia Blondeau, juniors Michelle Loranger, Grace Tamposi and Heather Roscoe, freshman Danielle Upton and senior Laura Vincent all chipped in with one goal each. Jenna Tingley also worked hard on offense, recording four assists, while Bailey Ruhm not only controlled the backfield but also the midfield for a majority of the game. North (7-7), which travels to Dover at 4 p.m. Thursday, jumped over Salem (5-6) into the eighth and final playoff spot with three games remaining on the regular-season schedule. Wed, 20 May 2015 00:03:09 EST Litchfield man charged with arson; allegedly set Sunday’s Nashua fire following domestic dispute http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063948-469/litchfield-man-charged-with-arson-allegedly-set.html NASHUA – Believing that his former girlfriend was having an affair with her cousin’s boyfriend, an angry Arthur Perrault allegedly assaulted the woman, fled from police, drove to the Canal Street apartment they once shared, soaked it with lighter fluid and set it ablaze Sunday afternoon, according to police reports filed at Nashua district court. Perrault, 52, of 7 Hildreth Drive in Litchfield, is facing numerous charges, including arson, stemming from the alleged incidents leading up to Sunday’s two-alarm blaze that heavily damaged the four-unit building at 28-30 Canal St. Perrault, who lived with the ex-girlfriend at 30 Canal St., Apt. 1, until they split in April, according to police, was ordered held on $25,000 cash only bail at his Monday morning arraignment, which took place at the Nashua court via video conference from Valley Street jail. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Thursday, May 28, also in the Nashua court. Nashua police arrested Perrault shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday, roughly four hours after firefighters were called to 28-30 Canal St. Tue, 19 May 2015 11:55:43 EST Peter S. Merrill http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063986-466/peter-s.-merrill.html Peter S. Merrill, 72, a lifelong resident of Nashua, died at Kindred Healthcare (Greenbriar) following a lengthy illness, on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Mr. Merrill was born on May 20, 1942, in Nashua, a son of the late Herbert T. and Lois (Cudhea) Merrill, Sr. Prior to his retirement, he was a longtime general science teacher at Elm Street Jr. Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:56 EST Therese Claire Desautels http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063987-466/therese-claire-desautels.html Therese Claire Desautels, 88, of Nashua, widow of Napoleon J. Desautels, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, May 16, 2015 at the Community Hospice House surrounded by her loving family. A Nashua native, Therese was born on April 25, 1927, daughter of the late Odilon and Ada (Deragon) Belanger. She grew up in the French Hill neighborhood of this city and graduated from the former St. Francis Xavier School. Tue, 19 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Aleta J. (Merrill) Lavoie http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063988-466/aleta-j.-merrill-lavoie.html Aleta J. (Merrill) Lavoie, 77, of Nashua, NH passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH with her family at her side. She was born June 19, 1937 in the Town of Grafton, NH, daughter of the late William and Westa (Deno) Merrill. Mrs. Lavoie enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, camping and fishing. Tue, 19 May 2015 00:01:06 EST Roger C. Cloutier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063989-466/roger-c.-cloutier.html Roger C. Cloutier, 83, of Nashua, husband of Rita H. (Veilleux) Cloutier, passed away at his home, Friday afternoon, May 15, 2015 after a period of declining health. A lifelong resident of this city, Roger was born on July 24, 1931, a son of the late Emile and Alphonsine (Alarie) Cloutier. Educated in local schools, Mr. Tue, 19 May 2015 00:01:16 EST Hurbert M. Caron http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063990-466/hurbert-m.-caron.html Hurbert M. Caron, 90, of Nashua passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Town & Country Healthcare Center in Lowell, MA. Hurbert was born in Nashua on July 21, 1924, a son of the late William and Josephine (DeGrammon) Caron. He was the beloved husband of Lucille (Brodeur) Caron of Nashua. Hurbert honorably served our country, right out of high school, during WWII with the US Army. Prior to retirement, Hurbert owned Caron’s Auto Body Shop in Nashua. Tue, 19 May 2015 00:01:26 EST Mass. man arrested for murder of Nashua resident http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063992-469/mass.-man-arrested-for-murder-of-nashua.html Nashua police have arrested a 32-year-old Massachusetts man and charged him with murdering a Nashua man the night of the city’s annual Winter Holiday Stroll celebration. Attorney General Joseph Foster’s office and Nashua police announced the arrest of Thomas Smith, 32, of Lowell, Mass., around 6:30 p.m. Monday. He is charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of Craig Guillemette, 46, outside Guillemette’s Worcester Street apartment on Nov. 29, police said. Tue, 19 May 2015 10:13:00 EST Nashua woman battles back from 2014 spinal cord injury http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063993-469/nashua-woman-battles-back-from-2014-spinal.html STRATHAM – Physical recovery specialist Daniele Crutcher climbs onto a mat behind a young woman about her age, adjusts several straps resembling bungee cords, attaches them to a harness the young woman is wearing and starts barking commands. “Push … push … extend your arms all the way. Look up! Good. Now bend forward, stick your butt back … and push, push!” The young woman, 21-year-old Nashua resident Alexandria Teixeira, takes a deep breath, crunches her face and reaches deep within to summon the strength to comply with Crutcher’s orders. At first glance, Crutcher’s and Teixeira’s workout looks a lot like a typical personal trainer-client session taking place in a spacious, well-appointed gym with inspirational phrases and quotes painted in large letters on its walls. But Teixeira, a petite woman with dark, flyaway hair, brown eyes and a ready smile, doesn’t go to this unique Stratham gym called Project Walk Boston three days each week to train as a fitness instructor or world-class body-builder or a maybe-some-day Olympic athlete. Instead, each session, each deep breath, each grimace and all that teeth-gritting strain represents to Teixeira one more baby step toward her goal: To once again cradle her 16-month-old daughter Alyvia in her arms all by herself. It’s been five months since the horrific car crash that crushed Teixeira’s spine at the C-5 vertebra, leaving her unable to move her body from the neck down and sending her family and friends into an excruciating wait-and-see period as they prayed for her recovery. And every day for those five months, Teixeira, whose mother labeled her “a work-a-maniac” because she was working full time, going to school nights and caring for baby Alyvia until the Dec. 14, 2014 crash, has adhered unwaveringly to the declaration she issued when she uttered her first words at Tufts Medical Center in Boston: “No. Tue, 19 May 2015 08:25:01 EST Cotton Mill apartments, Amherst Town Hall repairs receive Preservation Alliance awards http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063994-469/cotton-mill-apartments-amherst-town-hall-repairs.html The Cotton Mill project, which turned a long-empty Nashua warehouse into 109 apartments, and repairs to the Amherst Town Hall roof both won awards from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, recognizing projects in the categories of restoration, rehabilitation and stewardship. The awards, the 26th annual, named 14 projects around the state. They ranged from renovations in Lancaster to Binnie Media turning an old elementary school into the broadcasting center for its NH1 television station in Concord. “Awards this year showcased investments by developers that have transformed buildings and provided jump-starts to communities,” said Kathy Bogle Shields, the chairman of the Preservation Alliance’s board of directors. “These projects show how investment in our past can yield real benefits in the future with tourism, and rethinking landmark buildings as key to our economic growth.” The announcement highlighted the $25 million redevelopment of The Apartments at Cotton Mill by The Stabile Co., making use of an abandoned warehouse on the north bank of the Nashua River. Cotton Mill was the first mill renovation in Nashua since Clocktower Place – located on the opposite side of the river – opened with 326 units in the 1980s. The alliance also recognized the roughly $280,000 repairs made to the Amherst Town Hall in 2014. Tue, 19 May 2015 00:02:29 EST Nashua garden club hopes new project will bloom http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063995-469/nashua-garden-club-hopes-new-project-will.html Tue, 19 May 2015 00:03:02 EST Nashua erected ‘the most imposing church in New England’ with St. Francis Xavier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1064007-469/nashua-erected-the-most-imposing-church-in.html In the latter part of the 19th century, Fr. Henri Athanasius Lessard was tasked with developing the new parish that had split off from St. Louis de Gonzague closer to the French Village section of the city – meaning downtown, the “Tree Streets” area. Lessard had spent time in the north country, and before that in Aroostook County, Lewiston and Portland, Maine. Tue, 19 May 2015 09:02:01 EST Tuesday forum to discuss six possible locations for Nashua performing arts center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1064000-469/tuesday-forum-to-discuss-six-possible-locations.html A Tuesday night forum and an online survey asking people’s opinions on potential locations for a performing arts center in Nashua – on Spring Street? School Street? Front Street? Somewhere else? – are the next steps in the city’s push toward creating such a facility in Nashua. The public forum will be hosted by the Nashua Arts Commission on Tuesday, May 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Nashua City Hall, in the third floor auditorium. Anybody is welcome to attend; an RSVP can be made through Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1600101883606928/ The Nashua Arts Commission has long been studying ways to create an arts center in the city, including previous meetings. This forum follows the launch of an online survey that provides extensive information about six potential locations and asks for feedback. Tue, 19 May 2015 00:04:40 EST South tops Keene http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063965-457/south-tops-keene.html Nashua South 8, Keene 1 Singles winners for Nashua South included: No. 1 Samantha Harden (8-4), No. 2 Victoria Ziolek (8-1), No. 3 Sarah Allison (8-1), No. Mon, 18 May 2015 22:00:55 EST Bedford eases past Nashua South, 20-3 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063958-457/bedford-eases-past-nashua-south-20-3.html The Panthers dropped to 0-14 despite a 1 for 3, two RBI day from Jazzy Perez. Paige Buono had a hit while Bryanna DiPaolo went 1 for 2 with a run scored. Pitcher Lexi Correa struggled, going just two innings. Mon, 18 May 2015 20:02:24 EST Residents of Nashua apartment building escape fast-moving fire Sunday evening http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063921-469/residents-of-nashua-apartment-building-escape-fast-moving.html NASHUA – Several residents escaped a Canal Street apartment building late Sunday afternoon moments before heavy fire engulfed two of the four units and threatened the entire building until firefighters arrived. First-arriving crews on Engine 1 and Ladder 1 reported heavy fire and smoke coming from the two and a half story building at 28-30 Canal St., according to Fire Chief Brian Morrissey, who said a second alarm was sounded within minutes. Lindsey Green, who lives with two other people in the first-floor apartment that sustained the brunt of the damage, said she smelled smoke then saw heavy flames almost immediately. “I was just walking out to my car to go get dinner when I smelled smoke,” said Green, who had spoken with police detectives at the scene and was still shaken from the close call. “Then, suddenly I saw it,” she said of the blaze, which by then was racing toward the second floor. Deputy Chief Kevin Kerrigan said all occupants had self-evacuated by the time crews arrived. One person sustained smoke inhalation and was treated at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Firefighters had to deal with live wires that dropped to the ground near the building after fire weakened the connections. Crews had their hands full from the get-go, Kerrigan said. “Heavy fire was rapidly extending ... Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:59 EST Amherst man, Mont Vernon woman take firsts in Nashua’s inaugural Gate City Marathon and Relay http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063922-469/amherst-man-mont-vernon-woman-take-firsts.html NASHUA – Amherst resident Kevin McIntyre toughed out a hot sun and six miles worth of leg cramps Sunday to win the inaugural Gate City Marathon and Relay, a USATF-certified Boston Marathon qualifier that organizers say will become a New England tradition. McIntyre, a member of the Gate City Striders, crossed the Main Street finish line in 3:02:26, more than 7 minutes ahead of second-place finisher Richard Mountfield of Cambridge, Mass. Another Striders member, 43-year-old Yuki Chorney of Mont Vernon, topped the field in the women’s division with a time of 3:28:27, a comfortable 17 minutes ahead of second-place Jade Potts, 40, of Manchester. The event, which drew an estimated 400 individual runners and close to 200 relay teams varying in size from two to five members, took participants throughout much of the city from downtown to outlying neighborhoods and back. The Striders developed the idea of hosting a full, 26.2-mile marathon in Nashua to replace the Applefest Half-Marathon, a 31-year Hollis event that was discontinued two years ago because the field grew too large to safely accommodate the event. McIntyre, 50, clocked a 6:58 one-mile pace enroute to victory. “Hot. It was hot,” McIntyre said as he walked off his cramps and drank cups of water during his cooldown. He sailed along, he said, “until mile 20 … I started cramping up in the legs.” McIntyre said he’s never run the Boston Marathon, but has qualified in the past – as he did by winning Sunday’s marathon. “I’ve qualified for Boston, but it’s easier to just come here,” he said of the Nashua event, but without ruling out entering a future Boston Marathon. “This is a celebration of running – a race organized by runners for runners,” said Skip Cleaver, a Nashua resident and longtime Striders member who blogs and writes about running. Mon, 18 May 2015 08:31:00 EST Former Market Basket in Somerset Plaza has been empty and crumbling for almost 2 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063923-469/former-market-basket-in-somerset-plaza-has.html NASHUA – More than a year after the city approved the idea of demolishing the former Market Basket in Somerset Plaza and replacing it with a fitness center, the building stands empty and crumbling, looking more like the set of a zombie-apocalypse film than a commercial site. Its future is a mystery. “We haven’t heard anything,” said Anne Eggleton, manager of The Paper Store, when asked about their neighbor. The Paper Store is next to the decrepit former Market Basket, which seems to have been untouched since fixtures and equipment was ripped out. Advertising posters from two years ago still tacked to a bulletin board and a sign is still affixed to a front door from the day that Market Basket moved on June 16, 2013. Inside the 30,000-square-foot building, pipes and wires hang from the ceiling, crumbled wallboard litters the floor, and aside from a dusty desk the space appears empty. The Nashua Building Safety Department issued permits for the demolition of the building after the Planning Board approved the project in early February 2014. Those permits have expired and there has been no application to renew them, said William McKinney, department manager. Demoulas Inc., the parent company of Market Basket, owns Somerset Plaza at 375 Amherst St. Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:54 EST Nashua alderman announces candidacy for mayor http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063925-469/nashua-alderman-announces-candidacy-for-mayor.html NASHUA – Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty today officially announced he is a candidate for mayor, saying he will focus on the essentials, such as bringing jobs to Nashua, paving roads and limiting taxes. “Nashua is becoming increasingly urban. Many families need mid-skilled jobs as a chance to step up; and, to attract youth and entrepreneurs Nashua needs to have an identity of arts and culture and community,” Moriarty said in a statement formally declaring his candidacy. Moriarty joins an increasingly crowded field of candidates who hope to succeed Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. Lozeau said she will not seek re-election to a third, four-year term. Candidates will face off in a Sept. 8 primary. Tue, 19 May 2015 12:04:34 EST Food Bank campaign continues in markets across Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063928-469/food-bank-campaign-continues-in-markets-across.html NASHUA – The New Hampshire Food Bank and Citizens Bank’s Nothing Campaign to help end hunger in the Granite State is now in full swing, raising thousands of dollars for the cause while creating awareness with its unique strategy. The campaign revolves around the idea there are thousands in New Hampshire who eat nothing, and in an effort to remedy that, residents may purchase a “Nothing Can” for $5 at a number of supermarkets and other grocery stores across the state. The cans, empty with a colorful label showing a bare spoon and bowl, represent the more than 143,200 in-state that face hunger every day, or approximately one in nine residents. They also double as a piggy bank to be filled with change – the cans can hold up to $30 in coins – in the proceeding months so they can be returned later for an additional donation. Bruce Wilson, operations director with the food bank, said the campaign will run for the next several weeks and conclude with a Nothing Can Collection Day and Open House on Saturday, June 13. Rhode Island’s food bank network established the first Nothing Campaign, Wilson said, and it spread to Ohio and Vermont before coming to New Hampshire. Mon, 18 May 2015 00:04:23 EST Roger C. Cloutier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063934-466/roger-c.-cloutier.html Roger C. Cloutier, 83, of Nashua, husband of Rita H. (Villeux) Cloutier, passed away at his home, Friday afternoon, May 15, 2015 after a period of  declining health. A lifelong resident of this city, Roger was born on July 24, 1931, a son of the late Emile and Alphonsine (Alarie) Cloutier. Mon, 18 May 2015 00:05:01 EST Matt Auger claims younger brother, Dan, was his motivation all along http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1063937-457/matt-auger-claims-younger-brother-dan-was.html Like any big brother, Matthew Auger was always finding ways to have a healthy competition with his younger brother. For Auger, and his little brother Dan, it has mainly consisted of training for and playing lacrosse. Just because the elder brother has completed his collegiate career, graduating from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s Degree in business and concentration in sports management, doesn’t mean the competitive juices stopped flowing. Peter and Janet Auger’s sons haven’t wasted any time since returning home from school. They were right back in the gym training together to get Dan ready for his junior year at New England University. He captained the Nor’Easters this spring, leading the team in goals (29) and assists (25), but like Matt’s Penmen, qualifying for the conference tournament wasn’t in the cards. Mon, 18 May 2015 08:34:01 EST Rosanne’s Rush for Research raises funds to fight breast cancer http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1063942-478/rosannes-rush-for-research-raises-funds-to.html NASHUA – The fifth annual Rosanne’s Rush for Research 5K Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 28, at Nashua High School South. The scenic course will wind through the trails of Mine Falls Park. Money raised will be used to fund research for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer. All of the net proceeds will be donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “This event honors my mom, Rosanne Sullivan, who died of TNBC on October 22, 2010,” said co-founder Ryan Sullivan, 20. Mon, 18 May 2015 09:01:32 EST Library events in Greater Nashua – May 18 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1063946-478/library-events-in-greater-nashua--may.html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, nashualibrary.org. ‘CUTTING THE CABLE: RECEIVING BROADCAST TV’ Come to the Nashua Public Library at 7 p.m. May 21 and find out how to receive broadcast (over-the-air) television stations on your digital or analog TV. Learn which network channels are available in our area and what equipment you need to receive them. Mon, 18 May 2015 10:01:03 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – May 18 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1064180-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--may-18.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA ONLINE WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAM Lighten Up Nashua is a free community online weight-loss program designed to motivate individuals and teams to focus on achieving a healthy lifestyle. By signing up you get access to free healthy recipes and cooking videos, exercise tips and information on local health events. Session runs May 18-Sept. 4. Thu, 21 May 2015 09:01:00 EST Nashua motorist hospitalized after striking tree http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063825-469/nashua-motorist-hospitalized-after-striking-tree.html MERRIMACK – A Nashua man remains hospitalized following a single-vehicle accident Friday evening. New Hampshire State Police say Thomas Gaudette, 55, was transported to Tufts Medical Center in Boston with serious injuries after his 2009 Toyota Camry veered off the F.E. Everett Turnpike shortly before 6 p.m. and slammed into a tree. An official at Tufts said Gaudette was in the surgical intensive care unit as of Saturday afternoon. First responders say Gaudette had to be extricated from the vehicle before he was treated on scene by Merrimack fire personnel and subsequently flown to the Boston medical center. The turnpike was completely shut down in both directions for approximately 30 minutes. Sat, 16 May 2015 23:01:28 EST Nashua’s Ryan Pitts named PAL of the Year for upcoming dinner http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1063852-457/nashuas-ryan-pitts-named-pal-of-the.html Nashua native and Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts will headline the fourth annual Nashua Police Athletic League Sports Award Dinner on Friday, June 26 at Conway Arena. Pitts was voted by the nonprofit Nashua PAL’s board of directors as its “PAL of the Year.” The event, which runs from 6-9 p.m., will also recognize local sports journalists, PAL Athletes of the Year in football, boxing, cheerleading, cross country running, and basketball. A PAL Coach of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will also be named. Pitts graduated from Souhegan High School joined the Army in 2003, at the age of 17. Medically discharged from the army as a staff sergeant for wounds received in combat, he was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Obama for his heroism in the 2008 Battle of Wanat, a full-fledged attack by Taliban soldiers on a U.S. military outpost in Northeast Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and more than 20 others. He currently resides in Nashua where he is in business development for the computer software industry. Tickets to the event are $75 each or $500 for a table of eight (available to businesses, organizations and individuals) and can be purchased with cash, check or credit card at Conway Arena (call 595-2400) and at Nashua PAL, 52 Ash St., Nashua (594-3733). LACROSSE Nashua Blast U13 girls still undefeated The Nashua Blast U13 girls team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 12-7 win over Lakes Region, paced by Julia Cote hat trick and early defensive stops by Bailey Morin and Madison Sewade. The Blast capitalized on a clear from Morin to Kirsten McIntire to Sarah Signorello who hit a wide open Amelia Piercy in front of the goal for a quick 1-0 lead. Sat, 16 May 2015 13:55:01 EST North’s Ricky Constant still growing on the mound http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063859-457/norths-ricky-constant-still-growing-on-the.html Jim Harvell took one look at a tall, somewhat lanky 6-foot, 5-inch freshman who walked in ready to pitch three years ago. His arms, legs, all those pitching mechanics were in a zillion different directions. “You’ve got 35 things in your  motion,” Harvell, the Nashua High School North pitching coach, told him. “We can’t fix 35 things. Let’s get it down to five.” Judging by how Constant is performing three years later, you might say mission accomplished. Titans head coach Kyle Harvell, Jim’s son, has attempted to turn  Constant into an aggressive pitcher. Sat, 16 May 2015 17:58:00 EST Peter S. Merrill http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063862-466/peter-s.-merrill.html Peter S. Merrill, 72, a lifelong resident of Nashua, died at Kindred Healthcare (Greenbriar) following a lengthy illness, on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Mr. Merrill was born on May 20, 1942, in Nashua, a son of the late Herbert T. and Lois (Cudhea) Merrill, Sr. Prior to his retirement, he was a longtime general science teacher at Elm Street Jr. Sat, 16 May 2015 19:01:12 EST Jeanne T. Nadeau http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063864-466/jeanne-t.-nadeau.html Jeanne T. (Morin) Nadeau, 85, of Nashua, wife of Albert A. Nadeau, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, May 11, 2015 at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua after a period of declining health. A lifelong resident of the French Hill neighborhood of this city, Jeanne was born in Nashua on September 20, 1929, a daughter of the late Alexis and Jeannette (Martel) Morin. In addition to her parents, Jeanne was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Cecile and Raymond LeMay; and her stepmother, Alice Morin. Members of her family include her husband, “Al,” whom she married on September 14, 1968 and shared over 46 years together; many nieces and nephews, including Janet Ann LeMay, Theresa (LeMay) Taylor and a very caring niece and nephew, Paula and Wayne Reynolds; a special cousin, Priscilla Morin; along with many other cousins. Sat, 16 May 2015 19:01:26 EST David Tucker http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063865-466/david-tucker.html David Tucker, age 49, of Nashua, New Hampshire, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015. He was born November 5, 1965, to Norman and Teresa Tucker, in Lowell, MA. He was a 1983 graduate of Alvirne High School in Hudson and worked at McLaughlin Transportation Services for 14 years. Wherever David went, he made friends. Sat, 16 May 2015 19:01:31 EST Parents scratching heads over lice in Nashua schools http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063878-469/parents-scratching-heads-over-lice-in-nashua.html NASHUA – As cases of head lice crop up at Nashua elementary schools, parents want to know how the schools are dealing with the problem and why they’re left in the dark. Dennis Simmons, parent of a student, said he wasn’t given a warning after outbreaks at Fairgrounds Elementary School, and has since been forced to deal with three infestations in one month. “The school needs to take this more seriously,” he said. “I was told by one administrator – as I called my daughter out for the third time in as many weeks – that this is ‘normal when there are bunch of kids together in one place.’ ” But relatively new guidelines from health experts no longer advise sending children home when they have lice – in stark contrast to older policies that saw schoolchildren lined up outside the nurse’s office for inspection and then sent home if the parasites were found. The Nashua School District’s head nurse, Paula Edwards, said schools notify unaffected classmates and their parents on a case-by-case basis. “It depends on the age level of the child and it depends on what kinds of activities they’ve engaged in,” Edwards said. Young children who tend to play in close proximity with one another may warrant a notice, she said. Sat, 16 May 2015 23:02:07 EST Hatch cites passion for Nashua as she steps into chamber role http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063879-469/hatch-cites-passion-for-nashua-as-she.html NASHUA – When Tracy Hatch worked as director of membership for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, her fifth-floor office provided a scenic overlook of the downtown. Roughly four years after leaving the position, Hatch returns to the chamber with a slightly better view. This time, she’s sitting in the Main Street office designated for the president and chief executive officer. “The view from this office is very nice. Different, different view,” she said with a smile. “As I look at being the president as opposed to being the membership director, it’s a broader view of what the chamber does and can be,” she said. Sat, 16 May 2015 23:02:14 EST Nashua jughandle tops most read stories http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063883-469/nashua-jughandle-tops-most-read-stories.html A number of tragic stories dominated the most read articles on NashuaTelegraph.com, but a story about reworking a congested portion of Amherst street was read the most. “Amherst Street in Nashua slated for $1.1 million redesign that would eliminate jughandle” was read more than 7,000 times this week. City leaders are poised to move forward with an estimated $1.1 million reconstruction of Amherst Street at Charron Avenue and Turnpike Plaza, where obsolete jughandles have caused traffic backups for years. The new design would allow Charron Avenue drivers to turn directly left – or west – onto Amherst Street (Route 101A) rather than having to turn right to enter the jughandle in order to double back to head west on Amherst Street. The same would hold true for traffic coming and going from Amherst Street into Turnpike Plaza, where Whole Foods Market and other stores are located. Vehicles would be able to turn directly east or west out of Turnpike Plaza under the traffic redesign. The untimely deaths of two men who served the city were also popular reads this week. “Family, friends, fellow officers honor life of Nashua Police Officer Keith Trombley” was clicked on more than 5,400 times. Trombley was remembered fondly for his compassion and caring by more than 200 people who attended the 25-year-old’s memorial service on Wednesday. Trombley died a week ago of injuries suffered in an accidental fall down a flight of stairs at the Pelham home of friend and fellow Nashua Officer Ryan McDermott. A succession of speakers remembered the young man “who would do anything for a friend,” the “humble dude” with the solid work ethic and the drive to “do everything right, and on time.” “He was one of those rare kids who stood out – initially, for his physical appearance, but at the same time for being quiet and very respectful,” said former Nashua Police Chief John Seusing, who joined the small army of current and former Nashua officers on Wednesday. A city volunteer who also died recently was memorialized by those who knew him. “Nashua’s Lavoie remembered as ‘quiet’ force behind city’s public works department” was read more than 4,800 times. Timothy Lavoie was an accomplished businessman and respected family man with deep Nashua roots. Sat, 16 May 2015 23:02:44 EST Summer equipment for PAL center will help really good sports http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1063887-469/summer-equipment-for-pal-center-will-help.html The Nashua Police Athletic League offers recreational sports activities year-round at the Youth Safe Haven Community Center on Ash Street. PAL helps build positive relationships between youngsters and police with encouragement to develop athletic skills, sportsmanship, team spirit and fair play. Equipment is needed to get the ball rolling on summer sports – and where a variety of balls come into play. The Mailbag hopes to help PAL and players achieve their goals. How you play the game “Nashua PAL-Youth Safe Haven Community Center needs summer sports equipment, especially basketballs and dodge balls, but also whiffle balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and bubbles, etc., would be greatly appreciated,” says Jaela S., programming coordinator (LTR 3,198). PAL relies on the generosity of residents and corporations to help provide the resources to keep youths active, productive and safe during their time at the Youth Safe Haven, supervised by police officers, PAL staff and volunteers. If you’d like to pass equipment along to PAL for others to enjoy, contact Jaela at 594-3733 or youthsafehaven@nashua pal.com. Printer, ink available “I have a Hewlett- Packard Photosmart 5514 all-in-one printer for someone who could use it,” says Linda W., of Nashua (LTR 2,762). Sat, 16 May 2015 23:03:04 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1063891-478/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. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18: Pheasant Lane Mall, 310 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. 1-6 p.m. May 18: Brookline Safety Complex, 3 Post Office Drive. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat, 16 May 2015 23:03:27 EST Nashua South’s Panther Players to perform ‘Twelve Angry Men’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1063893-478/nashua-souths-panther-players-to-perform-twelve.html The Nashua High School South Drama Club, also known as the Panther Players, is putting on the classic Reginald Rose play “Twelve Angry Men” as its spring production. “ ‘Twelve Angry Men’ is about the 12 jurors responsible for determining the fate of a 19-year-old boy on trial accused of murder,” said freshman Molly Plaisted, who plays Juror Number Seven. “This couldn’t happen, of course, without a few bumps along the way.” Junior Mariah Palmer plays Juror Number Eight. “Throughout the show, Juror Number Eight believes in giving the benefit of the doubt and speaking out against opposition,” she said. “They stand for standing up for what you believe in, for your convictions, for what’s right, regardless of how easy it is.” The theater troupe held auditions in February and has been working diligently on all aspects of production. “It is very stressful and can become very difficult and challenging. Yet, I think that is a great task,” said Erika Ibarra, a senior who is one of two student directors. Sat, 16 May 2015 23:03:36 EST Timing of tests stresses Nashua North students http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1063898-478/timing-of-tests-stresses-nashua-north-students.html May brings students warm weather, cool spring breezes and beautiful days, but along with those comes something most students dread: NECAPs. NECAP stands for New England Common Assessment Program. The state-administered test is taken in grades 3-8, as well as grade 11. The science portion of this assessment is a traditional bubble sheet test, while the math and English sections have become what is known as Smarter Balanced. Smarter Balanced is taken on a computer, which offers translations as well as assesses your performance as the test goes on. Many Nashua High School North students see flaws in these tests. “I understand the importance of standardized tests like the NECAPs and Smarter Balanced for our School District,” junior Darby O’Neil said. “However, the timing of these tests has significantly increased the stress level for AP students, and has also interrupted our preparation for AP exams.” The tests do provide the School District an opportunity, however. The better a school does on NECAPs, the easier it is to receive federal funding. “I do not value the timeframe that the school has administered the NECAPs and SBAC in,” said junior Brian Inzerrilo, referring to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Sat, 16 May 2015 23:04:02 EST Nashua Christian Academy freshmen learn through dissections http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1063899-478/nashua-christian-academy-freshmen-learn-through-dissections.html Throughout the year, Nashua Christian Academy biology teacher Monique Niemaszyk has taught her freshman class how to dissect many things. They have done a cow eye, sheep heart, sheep brain, earthworms and now frogs. On Monday, they will be dissecting a dog fish shark. What an opportunity it is to be able to see and touch the animals they are learning about in their textbooks. It is an amazing learning experience for the biology students to learn with hands-on projects. In describing the process by which he dissected his frog, Ryan Desaulniers said, “First I opened up the skin so we could see many of the organs. Sat, 16 May 2015 23:04:06 EST Pets of the Week for May 17 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1063900-478/pets-of-the-week-for-may-17.html Humane Society  for Greater Nashua MARCUS Hey, there! I’m Marcus, a gorgeous boy who is hoping to meet you soon. Don’t you love my bright green eyes? I’m 8 years old, and that means I’ve learned what I like and don’t like. I really enjoy hanging out with the scratch post and absolutely love playing with my toys! I’ll come to you when I’m ready for some attention, but am not needy. It’s taken me some time to settle in here and I will need my new family to have patience and let me feel comfortable once we get home. Mon, 18 May 2015 10:16:00 EST Nashua and its hidden arts scene http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1063901-474/nashua-and-its-hidden-arts-scene.html Did you know that Nashua is home to six theater companies, nine music organizations, eight music schools and the nation’s longest-running annual international sculpture symposium? I certainly didn’t until recently, and my hunch is that most people in our community have no idea what a vibrant (albeit hidden) arts community we have right here, under our noses. I recently experienced a taste of Nashua’s eclectic art scene at the Meri Goyette Arts Award Champagne Luncheon, an annual event produced by City Arts Nashua with the Nashua Arts Commission to celebrate our local artists and honor the individuals and companies that support them. While I was there, a troupe from Actorsingers had me singing along to “Young Frankenstein,” I enjoyed the soothing sounds of Ian Case’s multi-layered compositions performed on an acoustic double-neck guitar, and Nashua native Amritha Mangalat blew away everyone in the audience with her colorful Bollywood dance performance. I came home with some new local artwork from the silent auction, which supported local arts projects, and vowed to get more involved and experience all that our city has to offer. Sun, 17 May 2015 15:01:24 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/booksauthors/1063908-469/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. ‘CUTTING THE CABLE:  RECEIVING BROADCAST TV’ Come to the Nashua Public Library at 7 p.m. May 21 and find out how to receive broadcast (over-the-air) television stations on your digital or analog TV. Sun, 17 May 2015 15:02:12 EST Community events in Nashua – May 17 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1063910-478/community-events-in-nashua--may-17.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS GATE CITY MARATHON AND RELAY The inaugural Gate City Marathon and Relay will be held at 8 a.m. May 17 in downtown Nashua. You will have the option of running the entire race as an individual, or as part of 2-3 or 4-5 person relay team. Medals to all finishers, chip timing, clocks at the central relay point, music, and post-race food and refreshments. Sun, 17 May 2015 15:02:30 EST Fairgrounds Elementary art teacher honored by Nashua Lions http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063886-469/fairgrounds-elementary-art-teacher-honored-by-nashua.html Fairgrounds Elementary School art teacher Meghan Durden has been named the 2015 Teacher of the Year by the Nashua Lions Club. The club will honor Durden, her family and Principal Michael Harrington at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. “I have known Meghan for 17 years, as a high school student and as a colleague,” Nashua High School South art teacher Robin Peringer Levesque said in a statement of support for Durden. “I would describe her as dynamic both in personality and as a teacher, extremely creative, and full of empathy for her students and peers.” The Nashua Lions honor educators because many club members have also been teachers. “Our first woman president, Barbara Whitmore, and current President Louise Deschenes were teachers, as well as several members who have retired or who are currently teaching, and we felt this was something we wanted to do,” program Chairman Ed Lecius said. The club also sponsors the Holman Stadium Sports Legends Hall of Fame, presented during the Fourth of July program each year. The Nashua Lions have been serving the city since 1923. Sat, 16 May 2015 23:02:59 EST Hassan to give State of State talk in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063794-469/hassan-to-give-state-of-state-talk.html Gov. Maggie Hassan will give a State of the State presentation on June 16 at a breakfast sponsored by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. The event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway, will feature Hassan’s “thoughts on New Hampshire’s economic condition and how it relates to the Nashua business community,” the chamber said. For more information, visit nashuachamber.com. – Telegraph staff Sat, 16 May 2015 23:01:16 EST Nashua Gate City Wrestling Club wins three of four http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1063853-457/nashua-gate-city-wrestling-club-wins-three.html The Gate City Wresting Club recently went 3-1 at the Wesleyan Club Duals at the Freeman Athletic Center on the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. The event featured offseason high school club wrestling teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. The Gate City squad posted three dual meet victories over Team Tugman and Southside Wrestling Club, both of Connecticut, and Jackson Wrestling of New Jersey, before dropping a contest to the Central Jersey All Stars, also from the Garden State. The Gate City Wrestling Club is an offseason high school wrestling based at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua where it trains for competition all over the Northeast. Its competitively-selected competition roster for the Wesleyan Duals included Bishop Guertin’s Jordan Rowlette; Nashua North’s David Muite and Wayne Nollette; Nashua South’s Shad Lacombe; Hollis Brookline’s Clement Sherwood; Alvirne’s Cam McClure; John Stark’s Ben and Nick Widmann; Windham’s Mike Tanguay; Londonderry’s Tyler Byrd, Mahdi Acahb and Ryan Cabezas; Milford’s Travis Hughes; Lowell’s Liam Phillips; and Keene’s Tristan Stetson and Eli August. Sat, 16 May 2015 13:55:01 EST Greater Nashua teams to compete in Destination Imagine global finals http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063847-469/greater-nashua-teams-to-compete-in-destination.html Several Greater Nashua Destination Imagination teams are heading to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in the global finals next week. The competition will includes top teams from 48 states and 18 countries. The Destination Imagination program has more than 200,000 student participants each year, beginning in September. Out of the 41 New Hampshire teams that qualified for the final competition, 13 are from Greater Nashua. Nashua teams hail from the Academy for Science and Design and from Main Dunstable, Bicentennial and Sunset Heights elementary schools. Also competing are teams from Hollis Brookline High School, Clark-Wilkins School in Amherst, Milford Middle School, Milford High School, Londonderry Middle School and Windham Middle School. Teams qualified by demonstrating high-level creativity, collaboration and problem solving in local and state tournaments. Sat, 16 May 2015 01:03:38 EST Nashua native taking nutrition program on national tour http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063828-469/nashua-native-taking-nutrition-program-on-national.html It took some really bad times for Melissa Hartwig – who was Melissa Urban when she lived in Nashua two decades ago – to develop a nutrition program that has brought her to national attention. “I was a recovering drug addict. I kind of went off the rails in college,” said Hartwig, a 1992 graduate of Nashua High School and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire at Manchester with a business degree. Hartwig said she went into rehabilitation at a Nashua facility that is no longer in business and “got myself clean” from dependence on a variety of drugs. In the process, she became interested in fitness and health, and especially in nutrition. Fifteen years later, she and husband, Dallas Hartwig, a physical therapist and sports nutritionist, are the authors of a nutrition book and program called “Whole30” that has been catapulted onto best-seller lists and national television partly because of interest from social media. The program calls for participants to adopt a strict variant of the paleo diet – no processed sugars, grains, dairy or legumes, but as much as you want of meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats – for 30 days. There’s one extra rule: Absolutely no weighing yourself. “That number on a scale can be overwhelming,” Hartwig said. Sat, 16 May 2015 01:01:33 EST Road closures, detours mapped out for Nashua marathon http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063833-469/road-closures-detours-mapped-out-for-nashua.html NASHUA – Nashua’s first – but organizers hope not the only – marathon will bring more than 600 runners to downtown Nashua on Sunday – and that means road closures for drivers to be aware of. The Gate City Marathon and Relay will cause the closure of Main Street from West Hollis to West Pearl streets from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Drivers may see the effects from that closure on side streets. “We’re trying to start early enough on a Sunday to make the impact as minimal as possible,” said race operations manager Michael Wade, who said he hopes for patience from residents. Northbound traffic on Main Street will be detoured onto East Hollis Street and then onto Spring and East Pearl streets. Traffic heading south will be directed onto West Pearl Street and then to Kinsley Street via Elm Street, organizers said. The race roughly follows a cloverleaf pattern, the center being City Hall. Sat, 16 May 2015 01:02:10 EST Delia E. (Murray) Bergeron http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063838-466/delia-e.-murray-bergeron.html Delia E. (Murray) Bergeron, 84, of Nashua, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Delia was born in Nashua on December 11, 1930, a daughter of the late William and Marie A. (Laporte) Murray. She was the widow of J. Sat, 16 May 2015 01:02:40 EST Shirley (Potter) Cobleigh http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063839-466/shirley-potter-cobleigh.html Shirley (Potter) Cobleigh, 83, a lifelong resident of Nashua, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, on May 12, 2015, with members of her devoted family at her side after a lengthy illness. She was born on June 9, 1931, in Nashua, a daughter of the late Howard and Florence (Cross) Potter. Mrs. Cobleigh was the wife of James Cobleigh, her beloved husband of over 64 years. She met her husband at the Green Ridge Turkey Farm, while she was a waitress and he was working as a cook. She had worked as a home health aide for the Visiting Nurse Association for many years. She is remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved dogs and camping at the NH lakes. Sat, 16 May 2015 01:02:45 EST Jadwiga (Bauerfeind) Trzcinska http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063840-466/jadwiga-bauerfeind-trzcinska.html Polish Aristocrat, World War II Survivor Laid to Rest in Nashua Jadwiga Trzcinska, née Jadwiga Bauerfeind, a Polish aristocrat and Holocaust survivor, will be laid to rest on Sunday at Davis Funeral Home in Nashua. Jadwiga’s historic life serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Jadwiga was born on Aug. 16, 1921 in Drzewica, Poland at her grandparents’ country estate. As a daughter of Waclaw Bauerfeind and Maria (Kobylanska) Bauerfeind, she was one of the heirs to the renowned Gerlach factory and her parents’ country estate Kotfin. Sat, 16 May 2015 01:02:50 EST G. Edward Norway http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063842-466/g.-edward-norway.html G. Edward Norway, 75, of Nashua, husband of Lucienne L. (Begin) Norway, passed at his home, Wednesday evening, May 13, 2015 after a period of declining health. Born in Cranston, Rhode Island on October 4, 1939, he was a son of the late Reginald and Aldea (Daveau) Norway. After his high school graduation, Ed served with the Vermont Air Force National Guard as a Sergeant from 1958 to 1967. Mon, 18 May 2015 08:34:01 EST Exeter topples North http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063820-457/exeter-topples-north.html Exeter 8, Nashua North 1 The only win Nashua North got was from their No. 3 doubles duo of Will Barry and Ethan Rose, who won 8-5. It was Barry and Rose’s first every varsity doubles match as a duo. Fri, 15 May 2015 23:02:03 EST Williams, Masseur lead North past Hollis Brookline in shoot out http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063817-457/williams-masseur-lead-north-past-hollis-brookline.html Nashua North 21, Hollis Brookline 16 Scoring goals in the Nashua North win were: Gabby Masseur (four), Jexi Williams (seven), Jenna Tingley (one), Delia Blondeau (one), Danielle Upton (two), Alyssa Bottari (one), Michelle Loranger (one), Grace Tamposi (two), and Laura Vincent (two). For Hollis Brookline, goal scorers included: Mariah Passamonte (seven), Shae Berry (three), Kaitlin Johnson (one), Kelley Snyder (one), Holly Eisenberg (one) and Marin Owens (two). The Titans got strong work in goal by Kirsten Hammond. With the win North moves to 6-7 and Hollis Brookline is now 4-7. Fri, 15 May 2015 23:01:47 EST North Boys, Girls Finish Second at Merrimack Invite (Thursday) http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063811-457/north-boys-girls-finish-second-at-merrimack.html Local teams traveled to the home of the Tomahawks on Thursday afternoon to compete at the Merrimack Invitational. The Nashua North boys and girls both finished second. Pinkerton took the boys event with 89 points. Merrimack (sixth), Alvirne (eighth) and Nashua South (11th) were among the local competing schools. Zakari Jenkins led the way for the Titans, earning a first-place finish (200 dash) and third-place finish (100 dash). Jordan Buckmire (long jump) and Matt Lavallee (shotput) also earned gold for Nashua North. Souhegan’s Eli Moskowitz (800 run) and Merrimack’s Benjamin Parent (400 dash) were the other local competitors to win their respective event. Coe-Brown took the girl’s competition with 106.5 points. Fri, 15 May 2015 22:01:23 EST Dorothy (Ashe) Langill http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063729-466/dorothy-ashe-langill.html Dorothy (Ashe) Langill, 86, longtime resident of Nashua, NH, died at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack on May 12, 2015, surrounded by her devoted family. She was born on October 6, 1928, a daughter of the late John J. and Edith (King) Ashe. Mrs. Langill was the widow of Harold Langill, who passed on January 20, 2015. They shared over 67 years of marriage. Thu, 14 May 2015 23:01:39 EST 2 hats in the ring on 1st day to file for Nashua special alderman-at-large race http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063747-469/2-hats-in-the-ring-on-1st.html NASHUA – Former alderman Mark Cookson and Michael B. O’Brien Sr., a state representative and deputy fire chief, filed their nomination papers on Thursday for the special election to fill a vacant alderman-at-large seat. Cookson was the first to file when City Clerk’s doors opened at 8 a.m. and was declared an official candidate later that morning after his signatures were verified, Deputy City Clerk Tricia Piecuch said. O’Brien filed his nomination papers which he said included 122 signatures after 3 p.m. Thu, 14 May 2015 23:03:42 EST Nashua’s annual Greek Food Festival offers food, culture http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063748-469/nashuas-annual-greek-food-festival-offers-food.html NASHUA – The city’s annual Greek Food Festival, a celebration of Greek cuisine and culture, kicks off Friday with enough food to feed a middling-sized army. “We’re all Greek for the weekend,”said Jamie Pappas, parishioner and chairwoman of the event. The festival, a major fundraiser for the church, has been around for more than 30 years. A team of parishioners, working in groups of about a dozen at a time, have been putting in long hours to prepare signature Greek meals and pastries and sweets for the celebration. “Everything is just falling into place,” said Pappas. Thu, 14 May 2015 23:03:51 EST Nashua aldermen approve Pennichuck Corp. borrowing $25.5 million http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063750-469/nashua-aldermen-approve-pennichuck-corp.-borrowing-25.5.html NASHUA – Aldermen on Monday unanimously authorized Pennichuck Corp. to borrow $25.5 million to refinance outstanding debt and build a new operations center. Pennichuck’s subsidiary, Pennichuck Water Works Inc., wants to use about $16.6 million toward refinancing existing debt with bonds that would offer 20- to 25-year terms and enable the company to coordinate repayment schedules with infrastructure depreciation. The company’s current debt structure includes future so-called balloon, or lump-sum, payments. These could pose a risk given that Pennichuck no longer is a publicly traded company that can sell stock to raise equity, said Leonard, who is an attorney with Welts White and Fontaine law firm in Nashua. The intent is to organize Pennichuck Water Works’ financing so it is more favorable to and consistent with city ownership, Thomas Leonard, chairman of the Pennichuck Corp. Fri, 15 May 2015 00:01:06 EST Nashua Public Works to host Saturday celebration http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063751-469/nashua-public-works-to-host-saturday-celebration.html NASHUA – To cap off the nationwide Public Works Week, Nashua’s Division of Public Works will host a three-hour festival at Stellos Stadium this Saturday to celebrate and promote the department’s operations and achievements within the city. DPW Director Lisa Fauteux said “Public Works Day,” now in its fourth year, will run 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 16 at 7 Stadium Drive under the theme “Community Begins Here.” Each of the five departments – Parks & Recreation, Wastewater, Solid Waste, Streets and Engineering – will have employees on-hand to provide information about their services, as well as have games and souvenirs for visitors. Activities set for children include a bounce house, face-painting, raffle prizes and a coloring competition. City employees will also offer guided tours of the nearby Gate House at Mine Falls Park. “It’s a great opportunity for residents to come and learn about all of the services that we provide and all the work that we do,” Fauteux said. “We touch the residents’ lives every single day, but we don’t take the opportunity to really educate people about what we do and we thought this would be a really good opportunity to really tell our story and also give residents the opportunity to come and ask us questions about the services that are offered,” Fauteux added. Fri, 15 May 2015 00:01:17 EST Tractor-trailer crash injures driver; snarls Amherst St. traffic http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063752-469/tractor-trailer-crash-injures-driver-snarls-amherst-st..html NASHUA – A tractor-trailer rig overturned on the southbound on-ramp to the F.E. Everett Turnpike from Amherst St. on Thursday morning, trapping the driver inside the cab until firefighters cut him free. The R & J Trucking Co. rig was hauling a load of scrap metal to Worcester, Mass., when the load appears to have shifted as the driver turned onto the Exit 7 ramp and the truck flipped on its left side shortly before 9:30 a.m., according to a witness and Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Kevin Kerrigan. The driver’s leg was pinned beneath the steering column and suffered lacerations to his head, said Michael Siciliano, who witnessed the accident, called 911 emergency communications and spoke with the truck driver before emergency crews arrived. Siciliano said he stayed with the driver and kept him talking through the cab’s windshield for about 10 minutes until rescue crews arrived. “He was very shook up,” Siciliano of Nashua said. Fri, 15 May 2015 00:01:26 EST Nashua YMCA plans Diabetes Prevention Program http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1063761-308/nashua-ymca-plans-diabetes-prevention-program.html NASHUA – The YMCA of Greater Nashua announced its Diabetes Prevention Program, part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The yearlong program consists of 16 one-hour weekly classroom sessions, then eight monthly sessions. A lifestyle coach helps participants learn strategies for healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle changes. Most people don’t know they have prediabetes. New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 1 in 4 Americans – 86 million people – have prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Fri, 15 May 2015 12:06:11 EST Nashua YMCA plans Diabetes Prevention Program http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1063762-308/nashua-ymca-plans-diabetes-prevention-program.html NASHUA – The YMCA of Greater Nashua announced its Diabetes Prevention Program, part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The yearlong program consists of 16 one-hour weekly classroom sessions, then eight monthly sessions. A lifestyle coach helps participants learn strategies for healthy eating, physical activity and other lifestyle changes. Most people don’t know they have prediabetes. New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 1 in 4 Americans – 86 million people – have prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Fri, 15 May 2015 12:06:41 EST St. Joseph Hospital loans durable medical equipment http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1063763-308/st.-joseph-hospital-loans-durable-medical-equipment.html NASHUA – St. Joseph Hospital’s mission department, through the opening of Joseph’s Closet, will loan pre-owned durable medical equipment to individuals in need. The program was organized by a group of women in collaboration with the mission integration department. Joseph’s Closet opened April 13. The equipment is loaned free of charge. Joseph’s Closet isn’t responsible for subsequent repairs, and the equipment may be returned when no longer needed. Durable medical equipment is any equipment used by individuals with disabilities for mobility purposes or in the course of treatment or home care, including such items as crutches, shower chairs, shower stools, tub transfer benches, commodes, wheelchairs, walkers, adaptive equipment and anything else you can imagine. Donations of safe, usable equipment may be dropped off at these locations: St. Fri, 15 May 2015 12:07:16 EST Merrimack High School Highlights http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1063769-308/merrimack-high-school-highlights.html GIRLS LACROSSE May 6: Merrimack 12, Nashua North 10 The Tomahawks scored four unanswered goals in the game’s final 8:15 to hand the Titans their third straight loss. Callie Dwyer scored five goals, including two in nine seconds to tie the game for Merrimack (5-3), while Julia Perry scored the game-winner with 52.7 seconds left and finished with four goals. Maegan Howe also had three goals for the Tomahawks while goalie Seeda Sam-Sok made nine saves. May 8: Merrimack 22, Salem 12 Callie Dwyer finished with nine goals and two assists as the Tomahawks crusied past Salem. Maegan Howe chipped in four goals in the victory, while teammate Dana Mendes netted three of her own. Julia Perry contributed a pair of goals for Merrimack. Sarah Hanson and Seeda Sam-sok split time in net for the Tomahawks(6-3), finishing with a combined nine saves. BOYS LACROSSE May 7: Londonderry 18, Merrimack 9 The Tomahawks three-game win streak was snapped by Londonderry. Fri, 15 May 2015 12:08:51 EST Bank grant will help Greater Nashua Habitat to buy work vehicles http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1063781-308/bank-grant-will-help-greater-nashua-habitat.html MANCHESTER – Thanks to a $2,500 Community Outreach Grant from St. Mary’s Bank, Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity will soon be able to buy two vehicles to support its work building and renovating affordable housing for local families in need. The funds will go toward the organization’s challenge match funding to buy two trucks. “In order to continue providing much needed services, we sought funding to help purchase two new-to-us trucks: one for our construction and building projects and another for our ReStore, a discounted building and home supply store that generates income that funds the building of more Habitat homes,” said Jennifer Skibba, GNHFH director of resource development. “The trucks we currently have are aging and not cost-effective to continue repairing.” GNHFH, a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, works in partnership with corporations, community groups, faith-based organizations and volunteers to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating simple, energy-efficient, affordable homes. Habitat homes are built with volunteer labor and donated materials for low-income families unable to obtain conventional mortgages. Qualified families pay a monthly, no-interest mortgage to Habitat. The money goes back into building more homes for families in need. GNHFH serves Amherst, Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Hudson, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham, Wilton and Windham. “The American dream has long been owning your own home, and thanks to Habitat for Humanity, that dream has become a reality for many local families,” said Tom Champagne, St. Fri, 15 May 2015 12:10:45 EST St. Joseph Hospital loans durable medical equipment http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1063786-308/st.-joseph-hospital-loans-durable-medical-equipment.html NASHUA – St. Joseph Hospital’s mission department, through the opening of Joseph’s Closet, will loan pre-owned durable medical equipment to individuals in need. The program was organized by a group of women in collaboration with the mission integration department. Joseph’s Closet opened April 13. The equipment is loaned free of charge. Joseph’s Closet isn’t responsible for subsequent repairs, and the equipment may be returned when no longer needed. Durable medical equipment is any equipment used by individuals with disabilities for mobility purposes or in the course of treatment or home care, including such items as crutches, shower chairs, shower stools, tub transfer benches, commodes, wheelchairs, walkers, adaptive equipment and anything else you can imagine. Donations of safe, usable equipment may be dropped off at these locations: St. Fri, 15 May 2015 12:11:19 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for April 24-May 4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1063858-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-april.html APRIL 24 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES David D. Smith, 29, 27 Derry Road, Apt. B, Hudson, violation of protective order – penalty. Holly Gaines, 25, 160 Island Pond Road, Apt. B, Derry, four counts simple assault, domestic violence, criminal mischief – vandalism. Anthony M. Sat, 16 May 2015 17:02:06 EST Derryfield JVs top Nashua North http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063727-457/derryfield-jvs-top-nashua-north.html Nashua North’s junior varsity boys tennis team won three individual matches in an overall loss to the Derryfield JVs. Nick Jones won at No. 7 singles, 6-4. North also got two doubles wins. Thu, 14 May 2015 23:01:11 EST North boys, girls second in Merrimack Invitational http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063725-457/north-boys-girls-second-in-merrimack-invitational.html Nashua North had a good day at the Merrimack Invitational, finishing second in both the boys and girls meets that featured several local competitiors. In the boys meet, the Titans were right behind winner Pinkerton, 89-85. Merrimack was sixth in 36.50, while Alvirne was eighth at 32, followed by Souhegan in ninth at 30.50 and Nashua South 11th with 20 points. In the girls meet, North (66 points) was second to winner Coe Brown, who had a dominating 106.50. Merrimack was third at 65, while Souhegan finished sixth with 35 points. Alvirne (ninth, 22) and Nashua South (13th, four points) rounded out the local teams. In the boys meet, for Nashua North, Zakari Jenkins won the 200 in 22.67 seconds, and was third in the 100 dash in 11.52. Thu, 14 May 2015 22:01:02 EST Timberlane eases past Nashua South, 19-0 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063716-457/timberlane-eases-past-nashua-south-19-0.html The Panthers dropped to 0-12 after managing only three hits, one each by Dorothy Rodriguez, Tatum Moore and Ally Howell in a mercy-rule shortened game. Panthers pitcher Lexi Correa took the loss after walking 12 and hitting two batters in just two innings. Thu, 14 May 2015 20:01:12 EST Marvin leads Nashua North past Concord, 14-9 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063713-457/marvin-leads-nashua-north-past-concord-14-9.html Ryan Marvin had six goals with an assist while Todd Redman had two goals and six assists to pace the Titans, now 3-9. Tom Haller had three goals while single goals were scored by Joe Paige, Brendan Martin and Tyler DuBien. Netminder Hanzla Sheikh had 12 saves. Thu, 14 May 2015 19:01:25 EST Helen M. Thibault http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1063692-435/helen-m.-thibault.html Helen M. Thibault, 93, resident of Milford, NH died on May 6, 2015 at the Courville of Nashua, NH. She was born in Highgate, Vermont on March 2, 1922, a daughter of Arthur and Mary (Petrus) Pelican. Mrs. Thibault made her home in Milford for more than 60 years. She was a communicant of St. Thu, 14 May 2015 13:00:56 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1063690-478/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. Noon-5 p.m. May 13: Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2300 Southwood Drive, Nashua. 1:30-6:30 p.m. Thu, 14 May 2015 12:00:53 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/granitegeek/1063663-468/would-nashuas-amherst-street-still-be-amherst.html Thu, 14 May 2015 12:54:52 EST Pignatelli endorses Jim Donchess for Nashua mayor http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063547-469/pignatelli-endorses-jim-donchess-for-nashua-mayor.html NASHUA – Mayoral candidate and Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess on Wednesday picked up the endorsement of longtime community leader Debora Pignatelli, who said Donchess proved himself to be “one of the best mayors we’ve had” when he served from 1984-1991. “He has a great record. He has been an enthusiastic champion for Nashua residents for decades and a strong advocate on the issues that matter most to us, like education, a stable tax rate and public safety,” former Executive Councilor Pignatelli wrote. Pignatelli, who also served in the state Senate and House of Representatives, also said she supported Donchess’ desire to expand commuter rail across the Massachusetts border to Nashua and points north. “Jim’s experience and leadership in city government shows that he will be bringing people together to solve problems and promote economic vitality,” she added. Donchess last week began the fourth person to announce he will run for mayor in 2015 to succeed Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, who said she will not seek re-election to a third term. Alderman-at-Large and board president David Deane and local businessmen, Michael Broderick and Douglas Carroll, already declared their candidacies. Wed, 13 May 2015 23:01:13 EST ‘Titanic’ in toe shoes with Gate City Ballet on Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1063552-485/titanic-in-toe-shoes-with-gate-city.html DERRY – At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Gate City Ballet will share the tragic love story of Jack and Rose in the full-length classical ballet, “Titanic,” at the Stockbridge Theatre, at Pinkerton Academy. “Each spring, we try to expose the students and community to a production that is entertaining, has a familiar story, and has not been staged before or is restaged in a new way,” said Sarah-Beth Smith, artistic director of Gate City Ballet. The youth company will perform “Titanic” atop a 40-foot wide by 12-foot high “cruise liner.” The ship will be complete with a sun deck and boiler room, as well as life boats. The production will include a simulated fire as the Titanic splits apart and sinks after colliding with the fateful iceberg. “Many months of planning go into putting on a production like this,” Smith said. Wed, 13 May 2015 11:01:55 EST Actorsingers get ‘Crazy For You’ this weekend in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1063556-485/actorsingers-get-crazy-for-you-this-weekend.html At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Actorsingers presents “Crazy For You” at Keefe Auditorium, Elm Street Middle School, 117 Elm St., Nashua. The show is largely based on George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930 production of “Girl Crazy,” the show that turned Ethel Merman and Ginger Rogers into overnight stars. The 1992 “Crazy For You” features songs from other Gershwin musicals, including “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “The Man I Love” and “Someone To Watch Over Me.” New Hampshire Theatre Award winner Martha Daniels Holland directs and choreographs, with local favorite Judy Hayward as music director. “Crazy For You” is a family affair, on a few levels, said Holland. Wed, 13 May 2015 11:02:28 EST Lavoie wins Fire and Fusion competition http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1063559-485/lavoie-wins-fire-and-fusion-competition.html NASHUA – Nashua Senior Activity Center’s annual Fire and Fusion chef competition crowned chef Samantha Lavoie of Nashua Crossings the winner this year at the May 6 event, held at Alpine Grove. A panel of three judges chose her dish made with surprise ingredients over seven other participants. Chef ReJean Sheehy of Courville at Nashua won the People’s Choice award. Eight executive chefs from local senior care facilities had their culinary creativity challenged by four mystery basket ingredients they discovered that night. The chefs competed to create the best dishes from the given components in a short amount time, much like Food Network’s popular show “Chopped.” Radio personality Mike Morin emceed the evening. Wed, 20 May 2015 13:52:02 EST Dear readers, some weeks I make my life ‘Crazy For You’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1063571-485/dear-readers-some-weeks-i-make-my.html When you’re the arts and entertainment, food and wine editor, the weekend is just two more days of (albeit fun-filled) work sometimes. Last week, I was one of the Fire and Fusion judges Wednesday, then attended a wine pairing dinner at the Crowne Plaza on Friday, then drove up to Peterborough to see “The Play’s the Thing” at the lovely playhouse in the woods. Add my new endeavor – kickboxing – to the mix, and you get not a lot of downtime on the couch. Which is great! This weekend will be just as jam-packed. Thu, 14 May 2015 11:01:09 EST Nashua Silver Knights busy preparing for FCBL season http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1063601-457/nashua-silver-knights-busy-preparing-for-fcbl.html NASHUA – The midnight oil is burning once again at the Nashua Silver Knights Holman Stadium office. The June 5 home opener is less than a month away and the team’s business operations are in high gear. In fact, the outfield signage, general manager Ron Wallace said, is all sold out. “We’re exploring non-traditional – at least for us – inventory,” he said, referring to signage and advertising around the ballpark. “For us, non traditional would be in the seating bowl and on the concourse.” What that entails isn’t clear yet but it’s obvious that business is brisk over at Holman. “There’s not enough hours in the day,” Wallace said. “We’re getting tons of calls. Wed, 13 May 2015 21:16:00 EST Lucille Marie Salvail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063605-466/lucille-marie-salvail.html MANCHESTER – Lucille Marie Salvail, 90, passed away on May 7th, 2015, at the Elliot Hospital after a period of declining health. Born in Nashua, NH, on July 4, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Henry J. and Eudoxie (Gauthier) Salvail. Lucille was a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1942, and was employed by the former Nashua Corporation until her retirement in 1986. A lover of worldwide travel, Miss Salvail enjoyed visiting many areas of the United States as well as many European and other foreign countries. She adored learning of their various cultures. Wed, 13 May 2015 23:01:24 EST Brenda Frances Salisbury http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063606-466/brenda-frances-salisbury.html Brenda Frances Salisbury, 75, of Nashua, beloved wife of Charles L. Salisbury, passed away early Tuesday morning, May 12, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a period of declining health. A resident of Nashua for the past 47 years, Brenda was born in South Boston on December 5, 1939, a daughter of the late James and Molly (O’Leary) White. She was educated in South Boston. After moving to Nashua in 1968, Brenda had been employed as a switchboard operator at Memorial Hospital, now known as Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, for several years. Wed, 13 May 2015 23:01:34 EST Barbara D. (Eckel) Ritch http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063608-466/barbara-d.-eckel-ritch.html Barbara D. (Eckel) Ritch, 87, of Hollis, died in Nashua on May 10, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 28, 1927, in Reading, PA, a daughter of the late Bruce and Blanche (Doremus) Eckel. Barbara was the widow of Charles Ritch. She is remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Barbara was an accomplished artist and had a passion for art that she passed on to her daughters. Wed, 13 May 2015 23:01:52 EST Daniel W. Kocsis http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063609-466/daniel-w.-kocsis.html Daniel W. Kocsis, 32 of Merrimack, NH died Monday May 11, 2015 at his home. He was born in Nashua, NH on Sept. 24, 1982 a son of John J. Kocsis Jr and Alana (Kelly) Kocsis of Merrimack. Daniel attended Merrimack Schools and also RSEC Academy in Amherst. Wed, 13 May 2015 23:01:58 EST John D. Fellows http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063611-466/john-d.-fellows.html John D. Fellows, 66, formerly of Nashua and Charlestown, NH, died early Tuesday morning, May 12, 2015 at the Apple Valley Center in Ayer, MA after a period of declining health. Born in Concord on November 2, 1948, he is a son of Deloris I. (Drook) Fellows and the late John Frederick Fellows, who died in 2002. During his youth, John resided in Henniker and Nashua and later made his home in Charlestown for several years. Wed, 13 May 2015 23:02:06 EST Seth Roger Bourbeau http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063612-466/seth-roger-bourbeau.html Seth Roger Bourbeau, infant son of Surina Frost and Brandon Bourbeau, of Derry, was received into the Lords arms on May 5, 2015. Seth was born in Nashua on April 30, 2013. Besides his beloved and devoted parents, he always had his older brother and best friend, Aiden Bourbeau by his side. SERVICES: A Celebration of His Life will be held at the Crossway Christian Church, 503 Main Dunstable Rd., Nashua on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM. Seth’s family has asked the no one wear black as this is a life celebration. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a memorial donation to www.gofundme.com. The DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock Street, Nashua has been placed in charge of arrangements, an online guestbook is available www.davisfuneralhomenh.com, (603-883-3401) “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.” Wed, 13 May 2015 23:02:11 EST Catherine P. (Quint) Conroy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1063613-466/catherine-p.-quint-conroy.html Catherine P. (Quint) Conroy, 41, of Nashua, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, May 11, 2015. A lifelong Nashua resident, “Cathy” was born on June 29, 1973, a daughter of Pauline C. (St.Onge) Quint and the late Norman R. Quint, who died in 2005. Wed, 13 May 2015 23:02:15 EST Nashua superintendent contract renewed after offer to forgo raise http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063620-469/nashua-superintendent-contract-renewed-after-offer-to.html Nashua Superintendent Mark Conrad will oversee city schools for another two years under a contract that continues his present terms. In the agreement, Conrad offered to keep current terms and compensation from the existing contract, with no increase in salary. “I certainly appreciate Mr. Conrad making this offer and want to thank him for it,” said School Board President George Farrington. Wed, 13 May 2015 23:02:52 EST Barnaby facing unprecedented fourth trial in Nashua murders http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063623-469/barnaby-facing-unprecedented-fourth-trial-in-nashua.html NASHUA – The arraignment for Anthony Barnaby lasted less than two minutes Wednesday afternoon in a Nashua courtroom, but his appearance before a judge this week is the most recent for the Canadian long suspected of a double homicide that sent shockwaves through Greater Nashua nearly three decades ago. The 48-year-old Barnaby, held without bail after waiving the reading of the two counts of both first- and second-degree murder he faces, is looking at the possibility of his fourth trial in the stabbing deaths of Brenda Warner and Charlene Ranstrom at their Mason Street apartment in early October 1988. “I haven’t looked it up, but I have no knowledge of anyone else who has been tried (four times),” said Susan G. Morrell, senior assistant attorney general. At age 21, Barnaby was first tried for the murders in the late 1980s, but the case resulted in a hung jury. When two subsequent trials failed to convict or acquit Barnaby, he returned to Canada. He was arrested Tuesday by Nashua police after a four-year extradition process. Morrell expects motions to discuss just how much from previous trials will factor into the latest. She could not comment on any new evidence in the case, but said, “We have reasons for reinstituting the charges.” “It’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen with a jury trial, so I can just say the case is different now and we’re hopeful that we will get to a resolution,” she said. Barnaby’s friend David Caplin – both were from the Restigouche Indian Reservation in Quebec – is also facing charges related to the murder of Warner and Ranstrom, lesbian roommates living upstairs from Barnaby, who allegedly disagreed with their lifestyle, according to police reports. Charges against Caplin, now 54, were dropped before he went to trial in the 1990s. Wed, 13 May 2015 23:10:00 EST Family, friends, fellow officers honor life of Nashua police officer Keith Trombley http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1063624-469/family-friends-fellow-officers-honor-life-of.html One night while working “midnights” – the 11 p.m.-7 a.m. shift – Nashua police officer Keith Trombley was sent to a local hospital emergency room to guard a suspect who needed medical treatment. Soon he heard sobs coming from the next room, where distraught family members had gathered around their gravely ill loved one. Trombley, while keeping an eye on his suspect, walked over and said quietly, “May I pray with you?” It’s the kind of compassion, benevolence and caring for which Keith Austin Trombley was so well known and respected, the Rev. Bryan Moore told more than 200 people at Wednesday’s memorial service for the 25-year-old officer. Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:56 EST Bank grant will help Greater Nashua Habitat buy work vehicles http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1063631-478/bank-grant-will-help-greater-nashua-habitat.html MANCHESTER – Thanks to a $2,500 Community Outreach Grant from St. Mary’s Bank, Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity will soon be able to buy two vehicles to support its work building and renovating affordable housing for local families in need. The funds will go toward the organization’s challenge match funding to buy two trucks. “In order to continue providing much needed services, we sought funding to help purchase two new-to-us trucks: one for our construction and building projects and another for our ReStore, a discounted building and home supply store that generates income that funds the building of more Habitat homes,” said Jennifer Skibba, GNHFH director of resource development. “The trucks we currently have are aging and not cost-effective to continue repairing.” GNHFH, a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, works in partnership with corporations, community groups, faith-based organizations and volunteers to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating simple,  energy-efficient, affordable homes. Habitat homes are built with volunteer labor and donated materials for  low-income families unable to obtain conventional mortgages. Qualified families pay a monthly, no-interest mortgage to Habitat. The money goes back into building more homes for families in need. GNHFH serves Amherst, Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Hudson, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham, Wilton and Windham. “The American dream has long been owning your own home, and thanks to Habitat for Humanity, that dream has become a reality for many local  families,” said Tom Champagne, St. Thu, 14 May 2015 09:01:20 EST Rotary Club of Nashua names speech contest winners http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1063635-478/rotary-club-of-nashua-names-speech-contest.html NASHUA – The Rotary Club of Nashua announced the winners of its recent Four Way Test Speech Contest. The event is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Nashua and Nashua Rotary West, and was conceived as a means for Rotarians to help students make healthy choices in the ethical issues they face in everyday life. The contest enables Rotarians to reward teens who not only set healthy and ethical life goals for themselves, but who also seek to influence their peers in positive way. Winners were: First – Victoria Thieret. Second – Brennan Kastens. Third – Harika Talluri. Honorable Mention – Adam Bronstein, Mounika Talluri, Madison Russo, Michael Dubien and Jackson Lucier. The winners received prizes and qualified to compete in the districtwide competition in May. Thu, 14 May 2015 09:02:05 EST Nashua Cub Scouts visit World War II battleship http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1063642-478/nashua-cub-scouts-visit-world-war-ii.html NASHUA – Cub Scout Pack 253, sponsored by St. Christopher Church in Nashua, recently had an overnight adventure on a World War II battleship. A group of nearly 40 Scouts, parents, and siblings spent the night on the battleship USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Mass. They toured the ship, the World War II submarine USS Lionfish and the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. The group also watched a documentary about the battleship – nicknamed “Big Mamie” – and even met former crewman Armand Vigeant. Vigeant served the country on the USS Massachusetts for its entire World War II deployment. Thu, 14 May 2015 09:02:41 EST Jeanne Evelyn Larssen http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1063646-435/jeanne-evelyn-larssen.html Jeanne Evelyn Larssen, 58, passed away at Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a long battle with cancer. She was born in 1956 in Braintree, MA, the daughter of the late O. Harold Larssen and Florence (Coffin) Larssen, both deceased. Along with her husband Dennis DiPaolo, she is survived by her sister Kristina Larssen, of Honolulu, Hawaii. Thu, 14 May 2015 10:01:05 EST Earlene A. Calabro http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetobituaries/1063650-435/earlene-a.-calabro.html AMHERST, NH – Earlene A. Calabro, 78, lifelong resident of Amherst, NH died on May 9, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Nashua, NH. She was born in Nashua, NH on October 3, 1936, a daughter of Earl and Margaret (Noyes) Dow. Mrs. Calabro had been employed as a quality control engineer for Vaupell, Inc., Hudson, NH and Teradyne, Inc., Nashua, NH for a combined 30 years. She served her community as a member of the Amherst EMS for 29 years and was a longtime member of the New Hampshire Association of EMT’s. Thu, 14 May 2015 10:01:44 EST Greater Nashua kids among writers contest winners http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1063667-308/greater-nashua-kids-among-writers-contest-winners.html DURHAM – Escaping from school, a trip to Ethiopia, and battle for dominance between a pencil and an eraser were among the subjects of winning stories in the New Hampshire Public Television–PBS Kids Writers Contest. More than 400 creative entries were received from children in kindergarten through third grade, and 80 stories were selected for recognition. The contest encourages children to explore the power of creativity by writing and illustrating their own stories. It promotes reading skills through hands-on, active learning. This is the 21st year NHPTV has hosted a writing and illustrating contest for children, and more than 11,000 children have participated over the years. The top three in each division will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Saturday, June 13, at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, with New Hampshire author and storyteller Rebecca Rule as the guest speaker. The winners also will advance to the national PBS contest. The winning stories were chosen by a panel of judges that included local educators and librarians. Thu, 14 May 2015 10:06:28 EST Amherst Junior Womens Club thanks event sponsors, donors http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetletters/1063676-308/amherst-junior-womens-club-thanks-event-sponsors.html To the Editor: The Amherst Junior Women’s Club (AJWC) would like to thank everyone who supported our recent Night of Comedy fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua, NH. So many businesses and volunteers contributed to our success. Our corporate sponsors were: Pneutek, Inc. (Hudson, NH), Tracey Hanlon Photography (Amherst, NH), Orange Leaf (Amherst NH), and GT Northeast/Global Tranz (Amherst, NH) Silent auction donors included: Katelyn Fedas, Amherst Country Club, Neil Stone’s Karate Studio, Texas Road House, Style Salon, Patio Barn, Stephen Marx Salon, Shoe Box, Michael Kors Outlet/Merrimack, Thirty One, Graffiti Pain Bar, Tamarack Landscaping, Chunky’s Nashua, Tilted Kilt-Nashua, Mickey Larivee, BreAnna Scalley, Thrive Wellness, TC Cuts, DoveTail Dental, Julie Koitzch, True Beauty Salon, Maison De L’Art Gallery, Nashua Electrolysis, Jeffrey Scott Jewelers, Souhegan Septic, Amherst Karate, Elements Massage, Amherst Earth Products, Adria Bagshaw, Nancy Wilkes, Aquatic Specialties, Lynn Fedas, Fishercats, Jackie O’Dowd, People’s Bank, Homestead-Amherst, Amherst Recreation Dept., PJ Mac Williams Bon Bon, Mike’s Auto, DAR, Casabella, Mystic Images, Al Bourgoin, Sports Memorabilia Donations-Anonymous. We are grateful to iHeartRADIO and Rock 101 of Manchester, NH for generously providing a public service announcement (PSA) to help promote our event to the community. We would also like to thank the numerous volunteers within our club who donated their time, talent, money and services toward the event. We appreciate everyone who attended. The Amherst Junior Women’s Club is a non-profit organization. Thu, 14 May 2015 10:08:38 EST Nashua North shut out by Concord http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1063595-457/nashua-north-shut-out-by-concord.html Missing its three best players, Nashua North’s backups put in a valiant effort in a 9-0 loss to Concord. Wed, 13 May 2015 22:00:53 EST