Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Arena football is coming to JFK Coliseum Here are a few local and regional tids and bits to absorb as you get ready for a weekend of Christmas shopping; just 16 days to go. Friday comes the official announcement that a type of Arena Football will be returning to Manchester. Introducing the New Hampshire Brigade of the Can-Am League (no, not the league in which the Nashua Pride played baseball) will be owned by NASCAR driver Tim Viens. Word on this team popped up in mid October and the question was what the venue would be. This is arena ball on a lower scale and its games will be played at JFK Coliseum in Manchester. The franchise will be announcing all the basics, including head coach, general manager, etc. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:51 EST Bus strike scare resolved for Nashua schools, five-year contract ratified NASHUA - After a looming strike scare last month, Nashua school buses will stay on the roads for the foreseeable future. Leading transportation firm First Student and the union that represents the drivers, Teamsters Local 633, ratified a contract proposal Wednesday evening at a meeting in the Lakes Region, said Chris Kemper, director of external communications at First Student. The contract is good for five years. Teamsters Local 633 notified the school district Nov. 16 that if First Student did not agree to provide the pension benefit sought by the drivers, the union may call on its members to withhold services until the matter is resolved. In response, the Nashua School District said in a letter that district schools would be closed if the drivers went on strike. The union decided to not take action until an agreement was reached. "I am very pleased," said interim superintendent of schools Connie Brown. "I thought the two parties could come to the table and resolve their difference and not impact students, and it appears that's what they did." Kemper said he is happy to see the matter resolved. "We return our full focus to providing continuous service for the school districts we serve," Kemper said. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:13:06 EST Robert Edward Beck Robert "Bob" Edward Beck, 71, of Nashua, NH died peacefully after a two year diagnosis of lung and bone cancer on Saturday, December 3rd 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. Bob was born and raised in Concord, NH and graduated from Concord High School. He was employed at Nashua Corporation for 43 years and was a part of the Army Reserve for six years. Bob was a warm-hearted, honorable man who touched the hearts of everyone around him. He had a love of the outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing, camping, bike riding, or going to the beach. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:48:40 EST Nashua Catholic hosts Veterans Day ceremony NASHUA - There wasn't a dry eye in the gymnasium at Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School's Veteran's Day Ceremony, held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, as Gold Star Mother, Denise Gionet of Pelham, took the podium to talk to students, staff and family members. After being introduced by history teacher Mr. Scott Abercrombie, Ms. Gionet began her address to the audience, by asking the students who had family members who were currently serving or had served our country in the armed forces to stand up. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:05:43 EST Nashua man arrested for failing to register A Nashua man was arrested Tuesday for failing to report himself to authorities as a sex offender, according to police. Eric Cousens, 46, of 6 Heritage Village Drive, Apt. 402, was charged with a Class B felony count of duty to report. Officers with the Nashua Police Department say Cousens was convicted of felonious sexual assault in September 2014 and, based on the conviction, is required to register with the state's sex offender registry for life. Officers learned Cousens failed to comply with the terms of the registry and determined he was non- compliant with its terms. Cousens was subsequently located at his residence, arrested and released on a $300 cash bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:04:16 EST 10 years in death of buyer NASHUA - A Nashua man will spend at least a decade in prison after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges he sold lethal doses of fentanyl to a woman earlier this year. Kevin Manchester, 27, was handed a sentence of 10-40 years during his plea hearing on Wednesday, which was originally scheduled to be a motion hearing. Manchester had admitted to police during their investigation of Michelle MacLeod's overdose death that he sold fentanyl to her on Jan. 22. That day, Nashua police responded to 22 Pierce St. after a 911 call. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:07:40 EST Michael Francis Dolan Michael Francis Dolan, a longtime resident of Merrimack, died on December 4, 2016 at Southern NH Medical Center. He was born on April 9, 1952 in Quincy, MA, son of the late Vincent F. and Rita (Braun) Dolan. Michael was retired from the Nashua Fire Rescue Department, having attained the rank of Lieutenant. He retired after 29 years of service and was a member of the Nashua Retired Firefighters Association and the Hillsborough County Fire Wardens Association. He was active with the Salvation Army in Nashua, most recently serving as the Emergency Disaster Service Coordinator. One of his favorite activities with the Salvation Army was coordinating their annual Kettle Drive. He was a graduate of Randolph High School in Randolph, MA Michael is survived by his son, Thomas Dolan; his two granddaughters; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Donna and Gerald Dibbern of Hanson, MA, Dorothy and Gordon Faust of Spencer, MA, Diane Soper of Hanson, MA; his nephews, James Dibbern, John Dibbern and Patrick Soper his nieces, Karen Sim and Tracy Stowbridge; his dear friend and caregiver, John Chesnulevich; and numerous friends and colleagues. SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:05:05 EST Annette (Ouellette) Seymour Our beautiful loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Annette Seymour, 88, of Hudson, NH, passed away on December 3, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Annette was born on April 21, 1928. She married the love of her life Richard (Dick) Seymour while he was serving in the US Navy, and they were married for 641/2 years. Annette loved to walk and visit with her children and grandchildren, and her family was her greatest passion in life. She was a genuinely graceful person inside and out, and would do anything for her family and friends. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:03:28 EST Peter James Lafferty Peter James Lafferty, 31, of Nashua, died peace­fully at home on Friday morning, December 2, 2016. He was born August 26, 1985, in Manchester, the son of Tim and Joan Lafferty of Nash­ua. He was raised and educated in Milford and Nash­ua. He was a 2004 graduate of Nash­ua High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. Pete lived with Duchenne muscular dys­trophy, and most recently cancer, yet that did not stop him from living an active and full life. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:02:12 EST Joseph W. Kownack Joseph W. Kownack, 72, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Epsom Health Care Center in Epsom, NH. He was born on February 13, 1944 in Schenectady, NY and was the son of the late Joseph and Gladys (Jones) Kownack. He served in the US Army from 1962 to 1984. He served two tours in Vietnam as well as in Germany; he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class (SFC), and was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:10:01 EST Colin J. Hassett Lowell, MA: Colin J. Hassett, 22, of Lowell and a former resident of Nashua for several years, died December 3, 2016 in Lowell. Born in Nashua, son of Steven E and Leigh (Springman) Hassett, he was educated through elementary and middle schools in Nashua and was a member of the Nashua Youth Soccer League before moving to Somers, CT. He is survived by his father Steven E. Hassett and his fiancee Janet Kalish of Somers, CT, his mother Leigh (Springman) (Hassett) Lemieux of Atkinson, NH sisters, Devin A. Hassett of So. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:11:21 EST Bertha (Paradis) Hysette NASHUA – Bertha (Paradis) Hysette, 98, formerly of Nashua, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2016 at The Courville in Nashua. Bertha was born in Nashua, NH on August 26, 1928, a daughter of the late Adelard and Marie (Beaulieu) Paradis. She was the widow of the late Roger A. Hysette who died on April 26, 2000. She was a lifelong resident of Nashua and a communicant of St. Louis de Gonzague Church. Bertha was predeceased by her siblings, Sister Oliva Paradis (a sister of Joan of Arc), Rev. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:10:01 EST Tessa (Brussard) Smith Tessa (Brussard) Smith, 25, of Hudson, died suddenly Saturday, December 3rd at her home. She was born on January 23, 1991. Tessa was a graduate of Alvirne High School and earned her certification as a Medical Assistant from the Salter School in Massachusetts. She is survived by her parents, Georgia and Donald Brussard of Hudson, her brother, Michael Brussard Washington, a sister in law, Kelley Massey of Center Barnstable, her grandfather, George Fuller, Jr. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:02:56 EST Clothes for sons on Telegraph Santa Fund wish list A job is something high on the list of Christmas wishes for Anna, a Nashua resident and single mother who is a native of Dominica, a mountainous Caribbean island. She has three sons. Dominica is her homeland, but it’s an island where an abundance of tropical beauty veils a sparse supply of job opportunities. The destination location for affluent vacationers has lavish amenities related to sports, recreation and fine dining. However, it also has the third-highest unemployment rate in the Caribbean, according to The unemployment rate on Dominica is 40 percent for those who are deemed poor. Anna’s eight years in New Hampshire have done much to improve her circumstances. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:43:39 EST Flakes are finally falling; December holidays are calling Well, it finally snowed! I guess we couldn't hold out forever. I had fun guest-judging the gingerbread house contestants at the Nashua Senior Activity Center on Saturday. That's one of the lavish winners on the cover; see more online at the Encore Facebook page. Speaking of sweet architecture, Frederick's Pastry has their annual gingerbread village - crafted by their employees in a friendly competition - up for your enjoyment at their Amherst location. Details on Page 17. Sunday, I went to Merrimack Repertory Theatre's production of the new work, "Going to See the Kid," in Lowell, Mass. What happens when two very different reporters for the Boston Globe drive down to Florida together to interview Red Sox great Ted Williams in 2001? Hilarity, that's what! Read my review on Page 3, and be sure to see it; it's a comedic delight anyone would enjoy. There are a few featured holiday events in this issue. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:06:05 EST Nashua eyes Sullivan Farm property for conservation land The city of Nashua is finalizing plans to protect land that is part of the last working farm within city limits. According to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the city and the owners of Sullivan Farm are engaged to protect more than 40 acres of farmland near Coburn Avenue. Though the details are being finalized, the farm would remain agricultural land. The forest society’s Jack Savage said the details would “ultimately be finalized when the project closes.” Madeline Mineau, who represents the city in the project, said there is interest on the part of the landowners, city and the forest society, but there isn’t yet a purchase and sales agreement in hand, so the final price hasn’t been settled. Savage estimated the cost to acquire rights to the land would be about $1.5 million. “We’re still very early in the project,” Mineau said. “We’re applying for several grants so we can get to a point the city can purchase a conservation easement.” The forest society would be responsible for monitoring the land and ensure that the thrust of the upcoming agreement is maintained. “In this case, we’re actually a partner in the transaction,” Savage said. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:52:00 EST Pregnant Nashua woman taken to hospital after Pelham car crash PELHAM – Police say a pregnant Nashua woman was taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon. Emergency crews from Pelham responded shortly after 3:30 p.m. to the intersection of Mammoth and Keyes Hill road to find a red 1993 Honda Civic, operated by an unidentified 26-year-old pregnant motorist from Nashua, traveling westbound on Tallant Road when it struck a gray 2006 Toyota Tundra heading northbound on Mammoth Road. The second vehicle was operated by a 16-year-old male from Pelham, who was also not identified by police in a report to media outlets. While the teen was not injured during the accident, the operator of the Honda was transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center with serious injuries. Pelham police say a passenger in the Honda was also transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center with minor injuries. A preliminary investigation indicates the Honda failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Mammoth and Tallant roads, according to the Pelham Police Department. Weather conditions do not appear to be a factor and the accident remains under investigation. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:43:00 EST Peter J. Lafferty Peter James Lafferty, 31, of Nashua, died peacefully at home on Friday morning, December 2, 2016. He was born August 26, 1985, in Manchester, the son of Tim and Joan Lafferty of Nashua. He was raised and educated in Milford and Nashua. He was a 2004 graduate of Nashua High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. Pete lived with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and most recently cancer, yet that did not stop him from living an active and full life. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:56:47 EST Dying man released from prison; was convicted in 1990 in Nashua NASHUA - A Superior Court judge has granted a dying state prison inmate's request to spend his final months on the outside. Former Nashua resident Walter J. Panzera, 68, was sentenced in 1991 to two consecutive prison terms after being convicted of breaking into a Nashua home and attempting to sexually assault a female occupant, according to court records. Since he was diagnosed about a year ago with Stage 3 liver cancer, Panzera "has suffered tremendous weight loss and appears gaunt and chronically ill ... and it is time for the punishment to end as Mr. Panzera's life comes to an end," Judge Charles Temple wrote in his order, which was filed last week in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. According to medical reports, Panzera has anywhere from 2-6 months to live, Temple indicated in the order. Temple handed down the order a day after the second of two hearings on Panzera's request. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:43:56 EST Snow going; Wet stuff mars morning commute, but disappears slowly It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, at least in the form of snow that fell Monday. But it brought headaches to drivers stuck in the morning crawl on highways and back roads around Nashua. Wrecker trucks, police and firefighters were busy throughout the region as the first measurable snow tripped up some drivers on their way to destinations around sunrise. For some, though, the snow was less of a hassle and more of a help. On the Main Street Bridge in Nashua, which is all decked out with green garlands and Christmas wreaths, Cynthia Loeffler was wearing a Santa hat and shooting video with her mobile phone. Loeffler moved from Oregon in April. The snow provided perfect backdrop for her holiday message. "I'm from Portland," she said. "It has beautiful summers and just wet, dreary winters with just a little bit of snow now and again. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:25:00 EST Nashua veterans mark 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack NASHUA - Brief in duration but long and deep in symbolism, Nashua's Pearl Harbor Day memorial service took place Sunday alongside the Main Street Bridge, kicking off several days of observance regionally and nationally leading up to Wednesday's 75th anniversary of the day that lives in infamy. A prayer by Nashua Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 483 chaplain George Marineau set the stage for the time-honored gesture of tossing a ceremonial wreath into a body of water, in this case the Nashua River. World War II veteran Dick Morhmann did the honors this year, flanked by Marineau and Post 483 Commander Steve Ordway, a Vietnam veteran who served as master of ceremonies. The men, along with the men and women of the Color Guard and the four-member firing squad, then stood at attention as a bugler played "Taps." Mayor Jim Donchess was on the agenda but was unable to attend. Nashua and several other veterans groups statewide traditionally observe the Pearl Harbor anniversary on the Sunday closest to Dec. 7, while others host their memorial events on whichever day Dec. 7 falls. Among them is the Manchester VA Medical Center, which will host a commemoration from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the ground-level solarium at its 718 Smyth Road facility. Included are a historical presentation by VA employee, retired serviceman and historian Sgt. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:01:57 EST Rita Lillian Bouchard Rita L. (Marquis) Bouchard, 98 of Unity, New Hampshire died on November 24, 2016. A Nashua native, she spent the last 27 years of her life in Unity. She was formerly employed by the Nashua Police Department as a school crossing guard at Ledge Street school. She was the daughter of the late Ernest and Blanche Marquis and was the widow of Roland A. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:01:27 EST Lucky Dog shop seeks coats for pets’ winter warmth The Lucky Dog resale shop in Nashua is a unique store where all proceeds of sales directly benefit local animal and humane charities, as well as local residents facing hardship veterinary bills. For the seventh year, this nonprofit organization, part of the Tails To Freedom vision, is collecting coats to be given to family pets who visit the shop (on a leash) with their owner, up to Christmas. The Mailbag loves this event, where "thanks" is a happy wagging tail. Doggie coat drive; need for pet food "Please help local dogs by donating doggie coats in all sizes at the Lucky Dog Thrift Shop," says owner Kat R. of Nashua (LTR 2,721). Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:02:57 EST Edward L. Klopfer Edward L. Klopfer, DDS, MScD of Hollis, NH died suddenly from cardiac failure on December 3, 2016. He was born on March 4, 1944 to Florence & Julius Klopfer, in Mineola, NY. After graduating from Colgate University with honors, he went on to study dentistry at New York University where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:05:44 EST The right way to serve the public Politicians of all stripes routinely pledge to function in an open, forthright way - after all, is there a voting niche out there proposing that secrecy an smoke-filled rooms are the foundation of good government? The buzzword is transparency, and promising to operate in its sunshine is on every pol's checklist of must-say vows. Find a candidate from either side of the gaping partisan divide, running for any office, who fails to declare an absolute commitment to transparency and rest asssured that candidate is doomed to failure - or running unopposed. Far more often than not, transparency becomes increasingly opaque once the campaigning ends and the public's business resumes. So, when a politician actually makes good on that promise it is not only worth recognizing but should be celebrated. Today's celebrant is Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. On Dec. 7, Donchess will host a monthly invitation to all Nashua residents to join him for coffee, tea and conversation on whatever may be on folks' minds. The first chats will be held at JajaBelle's, a coffee shop located at 182 Main Street. Indeed, Donchess is hardly alone among Nashua officials who are walking the walk on the premise of keeping their operations above board. The Nashua Police Department has held such opportunities for public input. The Nashua Board of Education deserves kudos for conducting its search for a new superintendent in a markedly open way, allowing residents to observe their actions as they made the call on who will serve in one of the city's most important jobs. It is, of course, a sad testament on the state of our nation that such praise is necessary. At the very least, those who are charged with conducting the public's business should do so without lingering in the shadows. Every level of government has far too often been guilty of closing the door on its employers - those who put them in positions of power - as their most important decisions are debated and take shape. The higher the level of government, the less chance there is that we will find anyone willing to stand in the spotlight and explain how those decisions came about. If the new administration and Congress want to live up to their claim on power, they would do well to follow the example set by state and local governments that have opened their minds and chambers. Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:05:18 EST YMCA welcomes new board members at 129th annual meeting NASHUA - Nearly 80 members of the community joined the YMCA of Greater Nashua for its 129th annual meeting last month. YMCA CEO Mike LaChance inducted John Callahan, of Hollis, into the agency's Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for those who have dedicated their time and talent to fulfilling the mission of the YMCA. Several volunteers were also honored, including Anna O'Herren, Diane Loudenback and Christian Anderson. Several new members were elected to the YMCA's Board of Directors. Rich Hillman, product manager at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics; Deane Navaroli, principal at Harrington and Reeves; Gloria Sevitella, regional vice president at Farley White Management Co.; and Kyle Schneck, vice president of commercial lending at Merrimack County Savings Bank, were elected to three-year terms. Lydia Foley, owner of Purple Finch Properties; Steven King, Health Plan CEO of United Healthcare; and Joseph Thomas, retired CEO of Macom Technology Solutions, were re-elected to three-year terms, as well. - Telegraph staff NAMI chapter names new deputy director CONCORD - A longtime fixture in Nashua's mental health center was named the new deputy director to NAMI New Hampshire. The state chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill announced Susan L. Stearns has assumed the new title and role of deputy director. She will oversee the agency's development efforts and assist with internal operations, as well as represent the organization in a variety of leadership roles throughout the state. "This is a natural progression for us as an organization, and Susan brings a unique skill set to the position both as a family member and advocate," Ken Norton, NAMI NH's executive director, said in a statement. Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:03:13 EST ‘Granite Hammer’ sweep nets 7 arrests; The police operation is aimed at illegal drug trade in Nashua NASHUA - Police arrested seven more individuals on Thursday under "Operation Granite Hammer," the initiative targeting the city's illegal drug trade. The sweep, conducted by the Nashua Police Department, brought in six suspects from Nashua and one from Concord on what police described as "various drug and related crimes." Police also reminded residents to call the department's Narcotics Hotline at 594-3597 or visit if they have any information concerning illegal drug activity. Those arrested Thursday, and their charges, were: • Kathleen Caron, 55, no fixed address, Nashua: One count, sale of a controlled drug - morphine, felony. Refused bail; held pending arraignment. • Erika Barlow, 25, 1 Pacific Blvd., Nashua: One count, sale of controlled drug - heroin, felony. Held on $25,000 cash bail pending arraignment. • Sean Muldoon, 28, no fixed address, Nashua: One count, possession of a controlled drug - crack cocaine, felony. Refused bail; held pending arraignment. • Ryan Little, 58, 23 Temple St., Apt. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:15:46 EST Lifelong member leaves $175,000 in his will NASHUA - Steve Mazur was a pretty simple man. The World War II veteran loved the Red Sox, and worked hard all his life. A self-employed barber in the city since he moved up from Lowell, Mass., in the 1950s, Mazur started going to the Nashua YMCA every day. He ended up being a member for more than 50 years. "He was a fantastic old man," said Joan Conde, a friend of Mazur's. "I never thought in a million years he had all that money." Mazur died in 2013 at age 101, and he left $175,000 in his will to the city's YMCA. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:13:33 EST Alda M. Moriarty Alda M. Moriarty, 95, a longtime Nashua resident, widow of Kenneth P. Moriarty, passed away Wednesday evening, November 30, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital from complications due to a recent fall at her home. Mrs. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:00:30 EST Ground broken on Bridge Street housing development in Nashua NASHUA - Years of work cumlinated in Thursday's official groundbreaking on the new waterfront housing development on Bridge Street. "This project has been in the making for 10-plus years, and I am pleased to see it come to fruition," Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess said. The project is owned by Renaissance Downtowns and will be called The Residences at Riverfront Landing. Construction on the Bridge Street property near where the Merrimack and Nashua rivers meet is set to begin before the end of the year. Once complete, it will offer 152 units as part of a multi-family housing complex. Employers have continuously told city leaders that finding a qualified workforce is difficult in Nashua partly due to the lack of affordable housing in the city. This new development will ease the housing shortage, Donchess said, and make it easier for employers to hire within the community. Donchess said the work to get the project done could not have happened without former mayors Donnalee Lozeau and Bernie Streeter, as well as Nashua's Business and Industrial Development Authority. The BIDA's Jack Tulley said the location of the property, right by the rivers and near the border with Hudson, makes it a perfect spot for a new development. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:23:06 EST Local health officials: Time to get that flu shot NASHUA - The region may not be able to count on snow this winter, but it can count on one thing for sure: influenza. For state officials who monitor and battle the bug, it's nothing to sneeze at. National Influenza Vaccination Week runs from Dec. 4-10. It comes at a time when federal Centers for Disease Control studies show that people tend to be slack at getting protected against the flu. Vaccines are available for the more common strains of the flu, but it's a moving target as strains morph over time. Regardless, most people 6 months and older are encouraged to step up for their inoculation as the season begins. "It has started," said Beth Daly, chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control for New Hampshire. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:23:23 EST Nashua sees fewer OD deaths NASHUA - Officials hope the grim news about Nashua's opioid addiction crisis may be starting to turn for the better, as the city reports a big drop in the number of overdoses and overdose-related deaths. "It's welcome news," said Chris Stawasz, director of Nashua's ambulance service, American Medical Response. There were 30 opioid-related overdoses reported for November, and of those, two were fatal overdoses. That's in sharp relief to October's 47 overdoses, seven of them fatal. September also had seven fatalities out of 26 overdoses. Most encouraging, Stawasz said, is the number of people who have used Nashua's new Safe Stations program to get help for their addictions. Since it started Nov. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:58:22 EST Thumbing the Files 75 years ago, 1941 Just what part Milford would play in the campaign for civilian defense would be known soon. Local defense chairman Harland H. Holt said he needed volunteers. The Christian Crusaders of the Mil­ford Baptist Church heard a talk by Mrs. John Bruce on her experiences in the Hawaiian Islands that included postcard views of the islands and articles of interest. Lucille Baribeau, 18, of Milford, was New Hampshire's first state winner in the national 4-H clothing achievement contest. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:00:57 EST Money well spent in opioid battle New Hampshire has caught been in a well-documented opioid struggle for several years now, and officials have been throwing any and all possible solutions against the wall to see what sticks. Nashua, which has not been immune to the heroin crisis, has found a model that provides assistance to addicts hoping to find treatment. The Safe Stations program, a facsimile of a project in Manchester, gives those suffering from opioid misuse the opportunity to get to any municipal fire station. Officials will then connect the individual in recovery to treatment options near them; in Nashua, that means the Partnership For Successful Living and its social service agencies. More than 700 people have taken advantage of this program in New Hampshire's largest city. We have heard this week that nearly 30 people have sought treatment in less than two weeks since the program was launched in Nashua. Thirteen people went directly to one of the Gate City's fire stations for assistance. Add that to the other 15 who have entered a recovery program since the Safe Stations began on Nov. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:00:05 EST Nashua police, fire to square off in charity basketball game NASHUA - The Nashua Police Department and Nashua Fire Rescue will square off this Friday at Nashua Community College for the inaugural Battle of the Badges basketball game. The best of both departments will show off their hoop skills and fight for bragging rights at the college gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. The event will raise money for charity and for the NCC Criminal Justice Club, which was founded this year. Jen Cruz, campus security officer and club adviser, said the event was inspired by similar sporting competitions, including hockey and softball, that has pitted Nashua's police force and fire rescue squad. Half the money from the fundraiser will go to the winning team's charity of choice and the other half to the NCC Criminal Justice Club to use for other charitable purposes. If the fire department wins, proceeds will go to support Operation Warm, which provides winter jackets for kids. Police will donate directly to the club if they win on the hardwood. "This is our first time doing a big fundraiser like this, and we're just hoping people come out," Cruz said. The club is considering using some of the money to buy tourniquets to give to Nashua police, she added. Attendees will receive $2 off admission if they bring a canned good donation for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and the Nashua Children's Home. Mike DeBisz, officer with the Nashua PAL (Police Athletic League), who helped make the event happen, said he is excited to pair with the NCC club. "I think it's great that they've been able to get this going," he said. "It will be a great game, that's for sure." In addition to the donations, the club will raffle off a ticket to a suite that can fit 16 people for a Manchester Monarchs home game, as well as concert tickets. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:07:32 EST Nashua man suspected in Merrimack crash, manhunt arraigned MERRIMACK - Reynardo Dejesus Rodriguez Placencia, the Nashua man arrested Tuesday on multiple charges following a hit-and-run crash and police manhunt, was arraigned Wednesday and ordered held overnight pending a Thursday bail hearing in Merrimack district court. Placencia, 22, was taken into custody around noon Tuesday, about an hour and a half after he allegedly crashed his car into a parked truck in a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot and then fled on foot. Not guilty charges were entered on his behalf at Wednesday's arraignment, conducted in the Merrimack court by Judge Michael Ryan via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. He is charged with one count each of conduct after an accident and breach of bail conditions, along with two counts of resisting arrest, police said. He was jailed on $20,000 cash bail, which Ryan continued pending Thursday's hearing. Placencia is also a person of interest to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, who had  recently placed a "detainer," also called an "ICE hold," on him, according to ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer. Having learned that Placencia was arrested earlier this month on a separate set of charges unrelated to Tuesday's incident, ICE agents had been in town hoping to make contact with him and question him about immigration issues, Neudauer added. "Our officers weren't involved in (Tuesday's hit-and-run crash), the search or the arrest," Neudauer said of ICE agents. Whether the agents plan to lodge immigration-related charges against Placencia, and if so, when, wasn't known as of late Wednesday. At his arraignment, meanwhile, Placencia didn't address the court other than answering Ryan's questions during the roughly 15-minute proceeding, which was conducted with the assistance of a Spanish-English translator. About a half dozen people attended the arraignment in support of Placencia, afterwards speaking briefly with police prosecutor Lisa Rick. They indicated to Ryan that Placencia will be represented at Thursday's bail hearing by Nashua Attorney Adam Bernstein. Placencia's arrest on Wednesday was his second within 10 days in Merrimack. The first, on Nov. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:07:07 EST Dozens seek aid with new Safe Stations NASHUA - Close to 30 people have sought treatment for opioid addictions in the first 10 days of Nashua's Safe Stations program. Mayor Jim Donchess said 13 people have gone directly to one of the city's fire stations for help, though many more have called to ask about entering treatment. He said, including those 13 individuals, an estimated 27 or 28 people have entered into treatment through the program since it launched earlier this month. Nashua's Safe Stations program is modeled on the effort started earlier this year in Manchester. It allows people suffering from an opioid addiction to go to any fire station in the city and get help. In Manchester, more than 700 people have been helped through the program. Donchess said this week that the city's cost for operating Safe Stations may be about $20,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends on June 30. "We're still developing that information," Donchess said. Nashua is joining with the Partnership For Successful Living, a collaborative of nonprofits including Harbor Homes and Keystone Hall. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:06:38 EST Stolen Red Bull could lead to prison sentence for alleged horse thief NASHUA - Police say a man arrested last year for allegedly attempting to steal a horse in Hollis was arrested again Tuesday for taking a Red Bull. Jeremy Tappan, 27, currently with no fixed address, was arrested on a felony count of theft by unauthorized taking shortly before 7 p.m. after officers with the Nashua Police Department took a report of a stolen Red Bull energy drink from the Shaw's Supermarket on Main Street several hours earlier. Police were able to identify Tappan as the suspect and, during the course of the investigation, discovered his lengthy criminal record. Because of his prior theft convictions, the theft charge was upgraded to a felony, which is punishable by up to seven years' imprisonment. Tappan was held on $2,500 cash bail and arraigned Wednesday in a Nashua courtroom. In July 2015, Tappan was arrested in Hollis after, police say, he was spotted entering a barn on Hayden Road where he tried to mount and ride away on a horse. Police reports from last year say video surveillance shows Tappan, who was known to officers at the time, taking a drink from a refrigerator in the barn and dumping it onto a pile of horse supplements nearby. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:06:13 EST Michael Welch NASHUA - Mr. Michael R. Welch, 69, a resident of Nashua for the past 35 years, passed away on Wednesday November 20, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Michael was born in Farmington, ME, on August 31, 1947, a son of the late Clifford Welch and late Phyllis (Woods) Hannington. Michael was predeceased by his loving wife, Denise Welch (Desbois), of 45 years. Michael, recently retired and working at his second home in Steep Falls, ME, was employed with Fleetpride for 18 years as a heavy-duty truck mechanic. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:04:31 EST Janet M. Ries Janet M. Ries, 87, of Hollis, NH, widow of Frank W. Ries, passed away Monday evening, November 28, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua after a brief illness. A resident of Hollis for the past ten years, Mrs. Ries was born in Millinocket, Maine on July 21, 1929, one of eight children of the late Joseph and Marie (Bouchard) Baron. Prior to moving to Hollis, Janet and her family made their home in Alton, NH and Framingham, MA. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:04:07 EST Mary L. Burke Mary L. Burke, 71, of Milford and a former longtime Nashua resident, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 1, 1945, she was a daughter of the late Alice C. (Kasper) Burke. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:03:43 EST Evelyn G. (Jean) Lessard NASHUA - Evelyn G. (Jean) Lessard, 87, died peacefully Tuesday evening, November 29, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was surrounded by her loving family. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:03:19 EST Elks Hoop Shoot nears Area youth basketball players invited to participate Saturday All area youth groups such as CYO, Biddy Bas­ketball, church groups, as well any interested area boys and girls, between the ages of 8 and 13 are invited to participate in the 44th Annual Great­er Nashua Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw con­test. It will take place Satur­day morning in the Elm Street Middle School Gym­nasium on Chestnut Street, starting sharply at 8 a.m. There is no charge or fees to participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program. The competition is open to all interested boys and girls, between the ages of 8 and 13 from the Hudson, Litchfield, Nashua, Hol­lis, Brookline, Amherst, Milford, Wilton and Mer­rimack areas. A young­ster's age on April l, 2017, determines his/her age division. There will be six age di­visions, three for boys and three for girls each, 8-9, l0-11 and 12-13. Trophies will be presented to the top three boys and girls in each division. Contestants will shoot five warm-ups, before shooting 25 free throws for score, and must wear basketball or tennis shoes to compete. T-shirts, slacks or pants may be worn but basket­ball uniforms are pre­ferred, but not necessary. As each age category is completed, contestants may leave. The entire con­test usually lasts about two hours enabling any­one to make any sched­uled league games else­where. Over 2 million young­sters competed last year in the Elks National "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw contest, starting with the Local level, District, State, Regional and Na­tional levels. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:01:35 EST It’s December! Holiday events are all around us Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving break, and hope you attended downtown Nashua's Winter Stroll. I know it was difficult for my daughter to trudge back to school after five days off, but she eventually rallied. Today we shift into December holiday mode. This weekend, visit those lovely homes we all grew up coveting in the North End, as well as others, in the annual Holiday House Tour. Your ticket price earns you admission to see some decked-out halls (boughs of holly to be determined) and will benefit Symphony NH. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:01:19 EST Three holiday reasons to visit Senior Center on Saturday NASHUA - The Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St., will offer three fun holiday events this Saturday. From 7-11 a.m., come down and enjoy a delicious French toast breakfast with Santa. Tickets are $6 adults, $4 children ages 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and younger. This festive holiday event is sponsored by the Nashua Lions Club. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., a festive holiday craft fair will take place. Find handmade and unique treasures at this not-to-miss event. At 2 p.m. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:00:54 EST Nashua Choral Society presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ NASHUA - At 3 p.m. Sunday, the Nashua Choral Society will present Handel's "Messiah" in a concert at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 216 E. Dunstable Road. The Nashua Choral Society chorus will be led by artistic director Philip Lauriat and harpsichordist Brett Greene; the chorus will be assisted by members of the Nashua Chamber Orchestra. "Messiah," a favorite of audiences and performers alike, will feature local tenor Maxwell McGrath, of Manchester, as well as soloists Kim Lamoureux, soprano, mezzo-soprano Alexandra Dietrich and baritone Giovanni Spano. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors, $8 teens and free for children younger than 12. Available online at via Eventbrite at, in person at Darrell's Music in Nashua, Toadstool Book Shop in Milford, or from any choral member. For more information, call 998-0443, email, or visit www.nashuachoral or on Facebook. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:00:04 EST Symphony NH Holiday Pops concerts are coming up NASHUA - At 8 p.m. Dec. 10 in Nashua and 3 p.m. Dec. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:02 EST Pesky J. Nixon at Simple Gifts gig NASHUA - At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Simple Gifts Coffee House presents Pesky J. Nixon at the The Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, 58 Lowell St. The Pesky bunch brings their unique brand of infectious energy and stage banter to Simple Gifts. You can't help but be a fan after an experience with them; their specialty is creating an atmosphere that's inviting and challenging, bringing the audience into their world through songs, stories and friendly  wsibling-like bickering. Pesky J. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:04:16 EST Thomas F. Curran Thomas Frank Curran, 52, passed away suddenly at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts after a sudden illness. He was a lifelong resident of Hudson where he was born on March 16, 1964 to the late John and Ethel Curran. He was an avid New England sports fan and was happiest coaching Hudson girl’s softball. He is survived by his children, Craig Curran and Meaghan Curran both of Hudson. He was very loved by his sibling, John Jr. and Michael Curran, (predeceased) Cathi Lindsey and her husband Gerry of Nashua, Stephen Curran and his wife Michelle of Nashua, Margaret Hudon of Merrimack, Shelley Larkin of Hudson, Donna Johnson of Nashua, and Tracey Lemos of Merrimack. He will be very missed by his nieces, nephews and cousins. Please join us for a celebration of his life at the American Legion Hall in Hudson on Thursday, December 15th 2016 from 4-7 pm. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:40:00 EST Mayor Jim Donchess to start series of informal chats with Nashua residents NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess may be more of a tea drinker, but he’s up to grab coffee with city residents starting next week. Donchess is launching an “open office” where he will be available to talk with residents and voters about anything on their minds. Donchess has never been shy about meeting with people. “Often, at City Hall, we have an open-door policy,” Donchess said. Donchess will be at JajaBelle’s, a pastry and coffee shop located at 182 Main St., on the morning of Dec. 7 for the first of what he plans will be monthly open meetings with anyone who cares to join him. “One of the best parts of this job is talking to the people of this city,” Donchess said. He wants to hear residents’ concerns about the city’s current standing and he wants their ideas for how to make Nashua move in a positive direction. No appointment is necessary; people who want to take part just need to show up. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:32:22 EST Estelle Cecille (Neveu) Lawton SAN ANTONIO, TX – Estelle Cecille Lawton entered into eternal rest on November 16, 2016 at the age of 65. She was born on November 12, 1951 in Nashua to Roger and Camilla Neveu. She was the loving wife, sister, aunt, and friend who will be dearly missed. When she met her husband William R. Lawton, Jr. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:46:00 EST Theresa S. (Lemay) Ricard NASHUA – Theresa S. (Lemay) Ricard, 93, a lifelong resident of Nashua, died peacefully, Saturday evening, November 26, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Fernand L. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:43:38 EST Karen L. (DuBois) Stanger Karen L. (DuBois) Stanger, 73, a longtime resident of Nashua, passed away peacefully on November 25, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack with her family at her side. She was born at Station Hospital/Fort Devens on March 5, 1943, a daughter of the late Stanley and Eleanor DuBois. Mrs. Stanger was the widow of William Stanger, who died on November 5, 1998. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:43:36 EST News Digest NASHUA Harbor Homes to offer free Narcan training Harbor Homes will offer a free, one-hour training on Narcan administration on Tuesday, Dec. 13. This critical safety training will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Harbor Homes’ 45 High St. facility. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:46:00 EST Salvation Army sets goal for red kettle campaign NASHUA – The local division of the Salvation Army has set a goal of $210,000 for this year’s red kettle campaign. “The more people, the more funds we can raise,” said Amie Groff, the Nashua Salvation Army’s community relations manager. “In 2015, we did $214,000. It is possible, definitely possible,” Groff said. The ubiquitous red kettles and rhythmic bell found outside retailers are as part of Christmas as mistletoe, stockings and Santa Claus himself. “All of the money goes to running the Salvation Army for the following year,” Groff said. She made a long list of efforts operating under the Salvation Army’s guidance, from a food pantry to its clothing room, a seniors program and more. The organization wants to grow its youth programs next year, including an after-school kids club. “That’s going to be on Fridays, after school to 6 o’clock,” Groff said. The program, to be held at the Salvation Army’s Montgomery Avenue annex, will provide music, games and a dinner in conjunction with the group’s current after-school program. Salvation Army officials hope for a January kickoff. “There’s a definite need for children in the community to feel loved and be part of a group,” Groff said. Gov. Maggie Hassan, speaking at a statewide kickoff ceremony earlier this month, said the kettle effort embodies New Hampshire’s “all-hands-on-deck” spirit, proving that when “we care for each other, we all get stronger.” The kettle drive started Nov. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:21:48 EST Nashua man charged in Thanksgiving night fracas NASHUA – Police trying to pinpoint the source of an open 911 call in the area of 175 W. Hollis St. late Thanksgiving night said they were searching on foot when they suddenly heard noise and hollering coming from a home down the street. The officers, according to police prosecutor Donald Topham, tracked the commotion to an apartment at 171A W. Hollis St., where they found a resident, 44-year-old Michael Fronek, walking barefoot among what appeared to be pieces of broken household items. Fronek was eventually arrested and charged with eight offenses, including six counts of criminal mischief, which accuse him of smashing or breaking numerous items during the alleged late-night rampage. At Fronek’s arraignment, which took place Monday in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, Topham, the prosecutor, asked Judge Paul Moore to continue Fronek’s $7,500 cash bail, noting that Fronek was allegedly uncooperative with police and pushed one of the officers who answered the call. Fronek had been held since his arrest early Friday morning on charges that include the six criminal mischief counts, along with one count each of simple assault and resisting arrest or detention. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:23:25 EST Nashua man charged in alleged parking lot rape NASHUA - A 20-year-old Nashua man is due in Nashua district court in January in connection with the alleged sexual assault last month of a woman in a parking lot, police said. Jonathan Marden, of 5 Blackstone Drive, Apt. 27, faces one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, a Class A felony, on which he is scheduled to be arraigned the morning of Jan. 11 in the Nashua court. Marden was released on $250 cash bail following his arrest, which took place the afternoon of Nov. 21 after detectives with the police department's Special Investigation Division obtained a warrant following their investigation. Police said they were notified around 10:30 p.m. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:00:54 EST Several locals sign letters of intent The second half of pre-holiday November has been, as usual, a busy time for local student-athletes signing letters of intent to continue their careers on the field and in the classroom at various colleges beginning next fall. Here's a look at the reported recent events: Bishop Guertin held a huge signing night this past Monday, with several student-athletes signing letters to play at schools next fall. Meghan Cramb, of New Boston, will be playing basketball at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. Michael O'Reilly (Hollis) will be joining her to play lacrosse at Assumption. Greta Reilly (Manchester), meanwhile, signed a letter of intent to play field hockey at Wheaton College. The Cards' Kate Bradford, of Merrimack, will be playing lacrosse at the University of Delaware. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:00:29 EST Assaults, theft among indictments; Merrimack residents face charges for deadly weapons MANCHESTER - A 33-year-old Nashua man with two prior convictions for theft has been indicted on a new set of theft- related charges, while a Merrimack resident is facing three indictments accusing him of taking a baseball bat to the head, face, hands and wrists of three people, according to the list of November indictments handed down by the grand jury for Hillsborough County Superior Court Northern division. An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but represents the grand jury's determination that enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move the case forward in Superior Court. The Nashua resident, Bryon Bouchie, of 12 Van Buren St., was indicted on two counts each of theft by deception and receiving stolen property, accusing him of pawning stolen power tools for cash at two shops in Manchester on July 1 and 2. The charges are all Class B felonies because Bouchie, according to the indictments, has twice been convicted of theft of property or services. Merrimack resident Robert Russell, 30, of 10 Canterbury Way, allegedly struck two people in the head and face and one in the hands and wrists on July 29 in Manchester, resulting in three indictments for first-degree assault - deadly weapon, Class A felonies. Other local residents indicted in the Hillsborough North division this month follow. n Jessica Normand, 32, of 23A Loop Road, Merrimack. Two counts, criminal threatening - deadly weapon, Class B felonies, for allegedly placing two people in fear of imminent bodily injury by waving a knife at them while "yelling (for them) to get off the property," on Sept. 20 in Manchester. n David Rodriquez, also known as David Roig, 37, of 22 Ash St., Nashua. One count each, attempted theft; stalking; and felon in possession of dangerous weapon, Class B felonies, and one count, stalking, Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly possessing a .22 caliber handgun after being convicted of a felony offense, and violating the provisions of a bail order by making contact with his girlfriend, on Aug. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:16:23 EST Re-sentencing in 1991 Nashua murder postponed to 2017 NASHUA - The re- sentencing hearing for Eduardo Lopez Jr., who was 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole in the 1991 murder of Nashua resident Robert Goyette, has been continued to early 2017, according to his court file. Lopez, a Nashua resident until his arrest and subsequent conviction, is one of four New Hampshire men granted new sentencing hearings since the U.S. Supreme Court, in its 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision, ruled that automatic life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The prosecution and defense both agreed to the postponement, which Hillsborough County Superior Court South Judge Lawrence Smukler OK'd at a brief hearing earlier this month. The parties now have until March 1 to file all disclosure documents, including those by an expert for the state. Smukler scheduled the next status conference for 9 a.m. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:01:23 EST Neal Patrick Barrett Neal Patrick Barrett, 52, of Nashua passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday November 22, 2016. Neal was born in Lowell, MA on January 18, 1964 the son of Norma J. (Welch) Barrett of N. Chelmsford, MA and the late John J. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:00:24 EST Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Caron Elizabeth "Betty" (Williamson) Caron, 88, of Nashua, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua. Betty was born on April 12, 1928 in Nashua, the daughter of the late Archiebald G. and Maybelle A. (Rice) Williamson. Betty was the wife of Dwight J. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:01:39 EST Doris N. Hartnett Doris N. Hartnett, 88, of Nashua, widow of David P. Hartnett, passed away early Friday morning, November 25, 2016 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center after a brief illness. Mrs. Hartnett was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on June 14, 1928, a daughter of the late Luther P. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:01:07 EST John Francis Doherty John Francis Doherty of Nashua returned peacefully to his Creator in the company of his beloved family on November 25, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. John was born on November 20, 1948, in Waltham, MA, the son of Master Sergeant Michael Adrian and Mary (Monahan) Doherty. He was predeceased by his father, who was killed while serving in the Korean Conflict, and his mother, who died in 2006. John leaves behind the love of his life and college sweetheart, his wife Judith Morin Doherty, whom he married in 1973. They have a beloved daughter, Kathan Bryn Pierce, a wonderful son-in-law Michael Pierce, and two amazing grandsons, Graham Michael and Reid Francis Pierce, all of Medford, MA. John is also survived by a devoted and loving sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Walden Whitham, of Richmond, NH. A lifelong New Hampshire resident, John was raised in Manchester and graduated from Memorial High School in 1966, the University of New Hampshire in 1971, and Antioch Graduate School, with a Master's Degree in Education, in 1973. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:34 EST Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot set for Dec. 3 Players from area youth groups such as CYO, Biddy Basketball, church groups, as well as any interested area boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13 are eligible to participate in the 44th annual Greater Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw contest on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. in the Elm Street Middle School Gymnasium on Chestnut Street. There is no charge to participate. The competition is open to all interested boys and girls ages 8-13 from Hudson, Litchfield, Nashua, Hollis, Brookline, Amherst, Milford, Wilton and Merrimack. A child's age on April 1, 2017, determines his/her age division. There are three age divisions each for boys and girls: 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Trophies will be presented to the top three boys and girls in each age division. Contestants will shoot five warm-ups before shooting 25 free throws for a score. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:08:55 EST Dorothy A. (Sline) Eldredge Dorothy A. (Sline) Eldredge, a life-long resident of Lawrence and Methuen, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, NH. The daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine (Sipsey) Sline, she was born in Salem, NH on June 28, 1924. Dorothy was educated in St. Mary's elementary school and graduated from St. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:06:38 EST Nashua’s Safe Stations work Any of you who read my monthly column know that I use it to highlight positive things that are happening in Nashua, which aren't always known by many of us as we go about our busy daily lives. In that spirit, I am thrilled to highlight an important step in moving forward our city's effort to combat the opioid crisis of which all of us are painfully aware, thanks to its increasing intensity over the past couple of years. Too often these days, anything we read about this crisis serves only to deepen our concerns as we continue to read about more overdoses and deaths occurring on a regular basis. In Nashua alone, we've had more than 50 people die of an overdose over the course of this year. But over the past week, we got to read good news about Nashua's efforts to combat this crisis in our city. Mayor Donchess several days ago joined our city's fire chief, representatives from American Medical Response, and representatives from Harbor Homes to announce the launch of a "Safe Stations" program that will allow those fighting drug addiction to get help when they most need it. If you're not familiar with this program, here's how it works - someone fighting addiction can walk into any of our city's fire stations at any time of day or night, and be greeted by one of our firefighters. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:25:54 EST Agency opens door to kids NASHUA - The Front Door Agency has been assisting families at risk of homelessness in Greater Nashua for nearly 30 years. With strong community support, we are able to offer security deposit loans, assistance with back rent and utilities, a Rapid Re-Housing Program for those facing eviction and a Transitional Housing Program for single mothers and their children. Our Transitional Housing Program empowers motivated young women to build a brighter future for their families through education and to heal from the crisis that brought them to our agency, be it addiction, domestic violence or another serious situation. We are often moved by the children whose families are in crisis - many of them suffer the strong negative consequences of a family out of balance. Joshua, for example, is 9 years old and in third grade. He had grown up his whole life watching his father physically abuse his mother. When Joshua and his mom came to our Transitional Housing Program after months of "couch surfing" at friends' homes, they didn't have a car and Joshua was missing a lot of school. He never knew from day to day where he would sleep or where he would eat his next meal. Today, Joshua's life has improved dramatically. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:00:41 EST Entrepreneurs talk shop during Small Business Saturday NASHUA - Cassy Zinzopoulos, of Snap! It's Vintage, was overjoyed to share the fruits of her family's labor during the city's Small Business Saturday event. The store opened in July at 33 Main St., and its specialty is rare vintage items. While it's not the only store of its kind, it has a personality all its own. Take, for instance, a Renaissance era steel chair with the busts of two draconian-looking men bookmarking each end of its back; or a 19th century train conductor's outfit, complete with the iconic blue cap - these are not your everyday vintage items. "This is my mom's dream," Zinzopoulos said. "She's been collecting for 20 years." Two years ago, when her family began the process revitalizing the space which the business now occupies, Zinzopoulos was going through a rough patch. So, she moved back home to Nashua to help make their dream a reality, and got her life back on track. "This business saved my life," she said. Zinzopoulos said her family goes above and beyond to find vintage items. "They bought a dress off an Amish woman - normally they hand down their clothes - so they never get bought from anybody. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:23:06 EST ‘Merry & Bright’ Holiday Stroll delights; More than 200 orbs of lights strung on downtown trees NASHUA - People from across New England gathered Saturday for the 23rd annual Holiday Stroll. The enormously popular event brings thousands of people every year to downtown Nashua to celebrate the season and highlight downtown businesses. This year's theme was "Merry and Bright," according to Great American Downtown Director Paul Shea. "This year, the really big thing is the holiday lighting," Shea said. "We have over 200 orbs of lights in the trees throughout downtown. We also have over 40 pole-wrapped garlands in place now. Parks and Rec was out there with us in the snow pushing through, getting it done." The annual event that began 23 years ago has grown into an epic Christmas kickoff with presentations of all sorts, beginning with a candlelight procession up Main Street to the city's decorated Christmas tree on display in front of the Hunt Memorial Building. During the procession, Mayor Jim Donchess and Santa rode down Main Street in an old truck, stopping near the Hunt Memorial Building, where they lit the city's Christmas tree. "The holiday stroll is a very exciting time," said Donchess. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:17:56 EST Looking back at the week in news Festival of Trees adds to the joy of the holiday season The Nashua Festival of Trees adds a distinct flavor to the Christmas season. The annual event raises money for the Hunt Memorial Building, one of the treasures of downtown Nashua during the holidays or at any time of year. As well as being a fundraiser for the former city library, the event is an opportunity to showcase the historic building, which is more than a century old - it opened to the public in 1903. The festival takes place this weekend and the weekend of Dec. 3-4. The trees are decorated and put on display, and the festival concludes with a raffle on Dec. 9 during the Festival Gala. Proceeds from the 30 trees that will be raffled off benefit the Hunt. Among the groups that have decorated trees for the festival are members of Girls Inc. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:05:00 EST The Rotary Club of Nashua’s Christmas tree sale has begun NASHUA - The air was thick with festive scent of spruce Friday during the Rotary Club of Nashua's annual Christmas tree sale. Beginning on Black Friday, the sale is one of the club's biggest and most well-known fundraisers. In the more than three decades of selling Christmas trees, the Rotarians have raised seven figures' worth of charitable contributions. Located at 27 Airport Road just behind the Amherst Street Chipotle, club members volunteer their time to help sell close to 700 trees, both Balsam and Frasier fir, ranging in size and price from $35-$85. In addition to the trees, the club also has wreaths and kissing balls for purchase. Douglas Barry, is both a Rotarian and president and CEO of the Humane Society for Greater Nashua. Barry said he's always loved being involved with nonprofits and has been a Rotarian for much of his life. "Rotary is a perfect way for me to give back," he said. These donations go to local organizations like The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Girls Inc., Salvation Army, as well as to the club's grant programs. As customer Kathlene Stevenson spoke, volunteers used a chainsaw to trim her tree to perfection. Stevenson said it was her 10th year buying a tree from the Rotary Club of Nashua. "We just want to support the community, and we figure this is one way we can do it, and we still get a tree," she said. The site is open from 1-9 p.m. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:02:50 EST Thanksgiving without an NFL triple-header? They come of age in one of the nation's bleakest economic periods in history, only to find themselves dodging bullets and bombs a half a world away. Still, I've found over the years, the men and women of America's beloved Greatest Generation also hold dear plenty of fond memories of a simpler, fairer and more neighborly era. Take Thanksgiving, for instance. Somehow, our forebears of not that long ago managed to get through the holiday and its companion four-day weekend without watching a single NFL game. Or even knowing any scores. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:02:20 EST Black Friday kicks off shopping; Nashua drivers battle to find parking spaces Shoppers flocked to Greater Nashua retailers for Black Friday, the annual Christmas shopping kickoff tradition. Many major retailers throughout Greater Nashua remained open through the wee hours of the night, attracting shoppers by offering deep discounts after stuffing their bellies with turkey. Around 10 a.m. outside the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, parking was a game of chance, while inside, at JCPenney, a line was building and approaching the door. Alison Retzlafm, manager of JCPenney, which stayed open all night, said business had been good. "When we opened yesterday, it was really, really busy," Retzlafm said. "It did slow down a bit, and it's starting to pick up now. So we're doing really well." A line of shoppers stood outside the Apple store, as others sat in lounge chairs. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:01:47 EST Annual swap offers deals for ski bunnies The big-name retailers on the Daniel Webster Highway and Amherst Street weren't the only shopping attraction the day after Thanksgiving, as the annual ski and skate swap held at Nashua High School South saw big crowds prepping for the winter season. With visions of snow-covered slopes dancing in their heads, shoppers steady as the rain outside the gymnasium flowed into the school to look over the racks and rows of new and used gear as the three-day event got into full swing Friday. The yearly gathering of the downhill faithful is a fundraiser and charity event operated by the Hollis Brookline Athletic Boosters Club, with help from area athletes and former Nashua Exchange Club members. The $1 per-item registration fee gathered through the used gear swap will be directed to Marguerite's Place and students at Amherst Street Elementary School who may be in need of new shoes through a program with Alec's Shoes in Nashua. Inside the school's gymnasium, vertical racks were filled with skis and snowboards, bins bristled with ski poles and racks held pairs of ski boots. Hats, scarves, helmets and other accessories rounded out the shopping bonanza. "The line's been busy. There's some great bargains," said coordinator and club member Dave Belanger. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:01:16 EST Elks ‘Hoop Shoot’ contest nearing All area youth groups such as CYO, Biddy Basketball, church groups, as well any interested area boys and girls, between the ages of 8 and 13 are invited to participate in the 44th Annual Greater Nashua Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw contest on Saturday morning, Dec. 3, in the Elm Street Middle School Gymnasium on Chestnut Street, starting sharply at 8 a.m. There is no charge or fees to participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program. The competition is open to all interested boys and girls, between the ages of 8 and 13 from the Hudson, Litchfield, Nashua, Hollis, Brookline, Amherst, Milford, Wilton and Merrimack areas. A youngster's age on April l, 2017, determines his/her age division. There will be six age divisions, three for boys and three for girls each, 8-9, l0-11 and 12-13. Trophies will be presented to the top three boys and girls in each division. Contestants will shoot five warm-ups, before shooting 25 free throws for score, and must wear basketball or tennis shoes to compete. T-shirts, slacks or pants may be worn but basketball uniforms are preferred, but not necessary. As each age category is completed, contestants may leave. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:00:47 EST S/Sgt. Stephen Paul Gagne Stephen Paul Gagne, born March 2, 1970 in Nashua, NH died on November 21, 2016 at his home in Lee, NH. He was the son of Paul and Pauline Gagne of Nashua. Steve joined the Army in 1989, served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and spent many years stationed in Germany. While in Germany, he founded a non-profit to teach wounded warriors scuba diving, as he believed water helped them overcome their physical challenges. He retired on March 1, 2012 after 23 years in the army and settled in Barnstead, NH. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:03:01 EST Theresa L. St. Laurent Theresa L. "Terry" St. Laurent, 86, a lifelong resident of Nashua, widow of Emile H. St. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:01:48 EST Annual Victory Academy hosted by Nashua PAL NASHUA - Leaders of the next generation gathered Nov. 19 at the St. Patrick Church gym for the third annual Nashua Police Athletic League Victory Academy. Staff members from the Nashua-based company velocityHub joined forces with Nashua PAL for a day of leadership lessons and thought exercises. Nashua PAL sponsors sports, activities and enrichment programs with the mission of creating a positive relationship between the children of Nashua and the members of the city police force. Victory Academy is designed to inspire young students to embrace leadership, and highlights nine leadership traits of business, athletic and community leaders. The event mirrors programs provided by velocityHub, a business consulting and professional training services company. Staff members from velocityHub have brought its programs to many academic institutions across New England, including Dartmouth College, Tufts University and Amherst College. "We're trying to empower kids to push their boundaries," said Evan Manley, associate in revenue enablement at velocityHub, who was one of the event's volunteers. "These are things they may not have been taught in school." During one of the activities, students covered their eyes with a bandana and stacked a pyramid of cups with the help of their friends. Manley said seeing how engaged and excited the students were during the event made the experience enjoyable for him. "They really worked together as a team," he said. Shaun Nelson, executive director of Nashua PAL, agreed that the event inspired the children. "It is hard to match the energy that comes along with hundreds of youths feeling empowered to make positive change," he said. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:51:24 EST Rivier collects 491 Thanksgiving baskets NASHUA - Rivier University's annual Thanksgiving Basket Project exceeded its record-breaking 2015 season. Students, staff and alumni collected a total of 491 baskets and turkeys for local families in this community service project that included food and cash donations. The Campus Ministry Office organized the event and gathered the baskets for presentation in the Dion Center Reception Room. Keeping with tradition, an Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service was held Nov. 22 to give thanks and bless the food, volunteers, recipients and community. "Recognizing the needs of our neighbors, we celebrate Thanksgiving through this generous outpouring," Sister Paula Marie Buley, Rivier president, said in a press statement. "May we always be mindful of and willingly fulfill the needs of others." Rivier students, as well as staff members, offered words of thanksgiving and prayer during the service. Students and staff from Sunset Heights Elementary School, a community partner in the project, attended the service. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:48:57 EST Fire officials: Be careful this season A spate of recent house fires - including an early-morning Nashua blaze on Wednesday caused by improperly disposed smoking materials - have prompted local and regional officials to ramp up their safety message as the holiday season gets underway. While the Nashua fire, which broke out around 2 a.m. at 38 McKean St., was halted by firefighters before it could do any serious damage, it illustrated just how sneaky and unpredictable fire can be. The resident who reported the McKean Street fire told officials he snuffed out a cigarette on the porch railing, and when a gust of wind blew it off the porch, he went inside, Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief George Walker said. But the butt had instead landed "in an area next to a (porch) post ... and ignited the dry wood inside," he added. When the resident smelled smoke, he went out and found flames climbing up a corner of the porch, and called firefighters. Meanwhile, representatives of the American Red Cross New Hampshire and Vermont Region have responded over the last few days to a series of multifamily house fires across the two-state region, according to agency spokesman Lloyd Ziel. On Monday and Tuesday alone, Ziel said, the Red Cross sent teams of volunteers to Manchester, Concord and Rochester, and to White River Junction and Proctor, Vt., where house fires left nearly 30 people without a place to live. The "rash of recent fires is a sad reminder that extra care is always a good idea" when it comes to holiday season fire safety, Ziel said in a statement. Just two "simple steps," he said, can go a long way toward preventing not only fires that damage property, but more importantly, those that result in injury or death. First, smoke detectors: They should be installed on every level, inside bedrooms and outside other sleeping areas. Test them each month, and replace batteries at least once a year, or when needed. Second, develop a fire-escape plan and hold occasional fire drills to familiarize all family members with the plan. The plan, Ziel said, should include two ways to get out of every room, and have a designated place to meet once outside. Consider escape ladders, he said, for second-floor apartments or homes with upstairs bedrooms. Anyone who needs smoke detectors, or who knows someone who does, can apply for a free installation or battery check through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign initiative by calling 1-800-464-6692 or visiting In the Nashua fire, meanwhile, the resident had slowed the fire with a dry chemical extinguisher, Walker said. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:22:16 EST Suspects nabbed in latest city drug bust NASHUA - The Nashua Police Department took into custody over the past week or so nearly two dozen men and women, most of them on charges that accuse them of participating in the city's illegal drug trade. Police, who said the sweep is the latest conducted under Operation Granite Hammer, the statewide program adopted this summer to beef up law enforcement's war on drugs, arrested 13 men and nine women ranging in age from 18 to 57 between Nov. 17-22. Most suspects are charged with possessing, selling or intending to sell cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or other illegal drugs, but some were arrested for theft, firearms-related offenses, prostitution or on outstanding bench warrants, according to the list provided by police. Hudson resident Jose Gonzalez, 23, of 32 Bonnie Heights Drive, and Madelyne Garcia, 21, of 3 Acton St., Apt. B, Nashua, face the most serious charges, some of which stemmed from a police search of their vehicle and residences, police said. "In furtherance of the investigation of Gonzales and Garcia, search warrants ... yielded a significant seizure of cocaine and crack cocaine weighing about 218 grams, as well as a handgun," police said in a statement. Gonzalez is charged with one count each of sale of a controlled drug, second offense: crack cocaine; and criminal liability for conduct of another to the sale of crack cocaine. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:21:07 EST ‘Salute our Soldiers’ dinner held Nov. 5 Merrimack County Savings Bank was one of this year's key-level sponsors for the Salute Our Soldiers Dinner with a commitment of $5,000. The Salute Our Soldiers Dinner took place Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua. Salute Our Soldiers is a major fundraising event for the Nashua Chapter of Veterans Count, and honors past and current servicemen and women. Veteran's Count, a program of Easter Seals, provides critical and timely financial assistance and services to veterans, service members and their families. "We are thrilled to sponsor the S.O.S. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:02:52 EST Habitat gala raises $67,975 for building, repairs NASHUA - More than 175 supporters attended the Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity's third annual Dream Builders Gala on Sunday, Oct. 23, at LaBelle Winery in Amherst. An online auction full of weekend getaways, art, date nights and restaurant gift certificates, signed sports memorabilia and much more officially launched the event two-weeks prior, ultimately raising $67,975, a 108 percent increase over last year's event. All proceeds from the auction will directly benefit the building, renovating and repairing of affordable and safe homes for local families in need. Anheuser-Busch Brewery, of Merrimack, played a huge role in the amount raised thanks to their generous $35,000 donation. As a Master Builder Sponsor, their gift will cover construction costs at the 42 Chestnut St., duplex home in Nashua. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:02:29 EST Special Olympic athletes take part in bowling tourney Saturday, Oct. 29, was the New Hampshire Special Olympics statewide bowling tournament. All of the athletes for Special Olympics New Hampshire participated in their communities in various bowling tournaments, ranging from singles, doubles and unified bowling. Tournaments were held at 10 different bowling alleys offering both candlepin and tenpin bowling. The event was held at Leda Lanes on Amherst Street. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:02:04 EST Driver in serious pedestrian crash waives hearing NASHUA - The 26-year-old Massachusetts man arrested last week after the truck he was driving struck and seriously injured two pedestrians in Nashua's Railroad Square has waived arraignment on the two felony charges he faces. Phillip Kannaly, of 63 Queensland Road in North Billerica, Mass., is now scheduled to appear in Nashua district court at 8:15 a.m. Dec. 20 for a probable cause hearing, according to his court file. He is charged with one count each of aggravated driving under the influence with serious bodily injury and reckless conduct, both of which are Class B felonies. Police lodged the charges against Kannaly following an hours-long investigation into the incident, which occurred at about 12:50 a.m. Nov. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:00:52 EST Milford's River Casino set to move to Nashua NASHUA - Milford will lose its casino after an announcement last week that the River Casino is relocating to downtown Nashua. "We've always wanted to be in Nashua," said Greg Barber, River Ca­sino's general manager. "This is our first real op­portunity to do it." River is buying out the Arena Sports Bar on High Street, just a block off Main Street. The new es­tablishment, to be called River Casino and Sports Bar, is set to open early next month, with 12 poker tables and six gaming ta­bles. Barber said the busi­ness will also have a full restaurant and bar. Arena Sports Bar will stay open during the tran­sition and the dozens of televisions and three projectors will stay once it becomes a casino. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:01:19 EST Former engineer's book describes Old Dunstable Understanding boundaries Anyone reading the history of our local towns will encounter "Old Dunstable," a large tract of land granted by the prov­ince of Massachusetts in 1673. It covered what is now Nashua, Hudson and Hollis, much of Brookline, Milford, Amherst, Merrimack and Litchfield, as well as a piece of Pelham, plus parts of Tyngsborough, Dun­stable and Pepperell in Massa­chusetts. In 1732, it was broken up into smaller townships. The boundary between the states wasn't estab­lished until 1741. James F. Hogan, of Nashua, spent many years researching the history of Old Dunstable and has compiled a book, "A Geographic History of Old Dunstable, Mass., and Nashua, N.H. 1673-1975." Hogan was Nashua's city engi­neer from 1968 to his retirement in 1996. In the course of his work as an engineer, he said, "I became curious about exactly where and when certain city boundaries were located." He later expanded that interest to the whole of Old Dun­stable. In the foreword, Hogan says, "Among my many eccentricities is my pen­chant for spending time and energy on a problem whose solution no one wants or has required." Finding exactly where the original boundaries were required extensive research, mostly in 1984 and 1985. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:00:16 EST Community can donate food items at Nashua Winter Holiday Stroll Visitors to this weekend’s Holiday Stroll will have an opportunity to make a difference for Nashua’s hungry with a quick stop for a sweet treat. Strollers Saturday can enjoy a seasonal favorite – a gingerbread cookie, when they stop at Fay’s Cabinetry to drop off their donation of nonperishable food between 5 and 10 p.m. during Saturday night’s festival. The stroll is Nashua’s signature city gathering, highlighting the Christmas season. A partnership between downtown merchant Fay’s Cabinetry and the Nashua Community College culinary program has designs to fill shelves at the always-busy Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. “The community spirit that pervades Nashua during the Holiday Stroll makes this a great time to showcase the vital roles that both NSKS and NCC play in helping area citizens get back on their feet and prepare themselves to take on productive roles in our society.” said Dave Grebowski, owner of Fay’s Fine Cabinetry and member of NCC’s Advisory Board. “The ongoing engagement between these two organizations provides a wonderful example of collaboration between nonprofits to expand the impact that either could provide alone,” said Grebowski.” Don Himsel can be reached at 594-1249, or @Telegraph_DonH. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:43:00 EST Gloria C. Bonenfant Gloria C. Bonenfant, 75, of Nashua, wife of Paul L. Bonenfant, passed away at her home, early Tuesday morning, November 22, 2016 after a seven months illness. A lifelong resident of this city, Gloria was born in Nashua on January 16, 1941, a daughter of the late Wilfred J. and Cecile (Plourde) Letendre. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 01:38:07 EST Patricia A. Smith Patricia A. (Powers) Smith, 59, of Londonderry, passed away at her home, Saturday morning, November 19, 2016 with her loving and caring son Joel by her side after a period of declining health. A daughter of the late Willis R. and Mildred R. (Cherry) Powers, she was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 25, 1957. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:25:00 EST James John Hebert James J. Hebert, 81, of Nashua, NH died peacefully Wednesday November 16, 2016 at Wentworth Senior Living in Portsmouth, NH, where he received excellent care and was loved by many. Jim was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He deeply enjoyed spending time with his family and considered that his greatest legacy. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and appreciated the natural beauty of the mountains, especially at Waterville Valley where he and Lorraine owned a vacation home for many years. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:24:58 EST Grateful to serve up a helping of Encore to you! Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for the fact that you're reading this and didn't skip over it to get to the whopping pile of Black Friday inserts! It's a light news week for Encore, but there's still fun stuff. I'm excited to share with you that Peterborough Players has announced its inaugural winter season of plays this year. In December and February, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy more great work by this notable company at its beautiful woodland theater. Read about the performances slated, on Page 3. We're also coming up on the annual Holiday House Tour in Nashua. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:41:56 EST Nashua’s annual Holiday House Tour invites you in NASHUA - From noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, The Friends of Symphony NH will hold their annual Holiday House Tour in and around Nashua. Tour-goers can see private homes decorated with style, spirit and holiday music. This year, several North End homes will be open for public tours, including 90 Concord St., now owned by Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:00:07 EST A cappella quartet wins gold, chorus takes bronze NASHUA - A local mother, her two daughters and a family friend sang their way to first place in the Harmony, Inc. International Contest and Convention in Providence, RI on Nov. 5, as the quartet Taken 4 Granite, winning the championship gold medal. The quartet is affiliated with the Nashua-based women's a cappella chorus, New England Voices in Harmony, who placed third. Renee Tramack, her daughters Samantha and Christina, and friend Katrine Dickau competed against 36 other international quartets who accrued enough points to compete at that level. Taken 4 Granite won with their two-song package in the finals: "Taylor, the Latte Boy" and "Some Enchanted Evening." In the semi-finals, they sang "Sutton Foster Montage" and "I Don't Care." Tramack, who sings bass in the quartet, is also the director of New England Voices in Harmony, who won the bronze medal. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:03:51 EST Hudson man charged in series of February thefts NASHUA – A Hudson man whose most recent address is in Nashua has been arraigned on charges stemming from a series of thefts around town earlier this year, and is scheduled to return to Nashua district court later this month for a probable cause hearing. Scott Campbell, 23, was arrested Nov. 15 after turning himself into Hudson police on a warrant, which police had issued following a several-month investigation into the string of thefts. He was arraigned the following day in the Nashua court on six counts of theft, which are Class B felonies due to the fact Campbell was convicted in March of two other theft charges. Judge Paul Moore set Campbell’s bail at $10,000 cash and he was transported to Valley Street jail in Manchester. It’s not known if he subsequently posted bail. The charges accuse Campbell, formerly of 102 Elmwood Drive in Hudson and currently of 6 Gorman Ave., Apt. 2, in Nashua, of stealing items including a purse, credit cards, gift cards, wallets, cash, sunglasses, a social security card and two motocross helmets, from vehicles and residences on Wende Drive, Barbara Lane, Wagner Way and Grace Drive throughout February. The two theft charges on which Campbell was convicted in March stemmed from his earlier arrest in February, when, police said, he and his uncle were charged with thefts that turned out to be connected to the string of thefts with which Campbell is now charged. Police didn’t state in the affidavit whether the uncle, Wayne Campbell, 52, was charged. Police apprehended the two early the morning of Feb. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:45:44 EST City's Safe Stations already helping; any fire station open to those seeking treatment for addiction. NASHUA – Since getting started late last week, Nashua’s Safe Stations program is already working, said Fire Chief Steve Galipeau. “We’re very pleased,” Galipeau said Monday. Safe Stations, modeled on the program started earlier this year in Manchester, allows people suffering from an opioid addiction to go to any fire station in the city and get help. In Manchester, more than 700 people have been helped through the program. Since it started in Nashua on Thursday, two people have walked into a station and been taken to treatment. Galipeau said between eight and 10 more people have called a fire station to get information on the program, and he hopes they will come in soon to get help if they need it. Under the plan, a person who seeks help at a fire station will be immediately checked out by EMTs with Nashua’s ambulance service, American Medical Response, then connected with intake professionals with Harbor Homes. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:47:21 EST Nashua man, ‘significant’ source of drugs, sentenced to prison NASHUA - Admonishing him for "exposing a lot of people" to the region's opioid addiction crisis through his significant drug- distribution activities, a Superior Court judge last week ordered Nashua resident Joel "Angel" Colon to serve at least three years in state prison. "I hope you spend your time constructively," Judge Charles Temple told the 23-year-old Colon at the end of a roughly 20-minute plea and sentencing hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Colon, represented by Attorney Anthony Introcaso, pleaded guilty to eight felony counts of selling and possessing heroin and fentanyl in exchange for the 31/2- to seven-year prison term, which is shortened by the 233 days of credit Colon got for time served in jail. The plea agreement that Colon and Introcaso reached with prosecutors comes roughly eight months after Colon was arrested following a comprehensive police investigation into the distribution of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs throughout the city. Assistant County Attorney Leslie Gill, who represented the state at last week's hearing, said police, as part of their investigation, ran surveillance on Colon's Ash Street apartment, where he and three other suspected drug dealers lived at the time. While Colon wasn't the only suspect, Gill called him "the most culpable" of the accused dealers taken into custody. She said that when police executed the warrant for his arrest on March 29, they found nine bags of heroin and 36 bags of crack cocaine in the apartment. Colon was subsequently arraigned on multiple drug charges and jailed on $100,000 cash bail. In May, he and Introcaso went before Judge Jacalyn Colburn to ask that his bail be converted to personal recognizance to allow him to enroll in drug treatment and counseling programs. Although Introcaso told the judge that he didn't believe Colon was a flight risk, nor was he a danger to himself or others, Assistant County Attorney Kathleen Brown disagreed, saying Colon was "a danger to the community" and that his bail should stand. Colburn ultimately agreed, and Colon has been jailed since. Six of the eight charges that figured into last week's plea agreement accuse Colon of selling heroin or fentanyl to undercover police informants once in November 2015 and five times in March. The other two - possession of heroin with intent to distribute - were lodged when he was arrested March 29. Other conditions of the plea agreement order Colon to pay $1,600 in restitution to Nashua police, enroll in and meaningfully participate in any educational, counseling or substance abuse treatment programs as recommended by prison officials, and remain on good behavior. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:17:43 EST Indictments on welfare, ID fraud; Nashua couple allegedly said they lived apart, getting $1K NASHUA - Charges stemming from recent arrests ranging from welfare fraud and identity fraud to drug offenses and knife attacks have led to indictments handed down by the grand jury for Hillsborough County Superior Court southern district in Nashua this month. An indictment is not an indication or proof of guilt, but represents the grand jury's determination that enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move the case forward in Superior Court. A man and two women from Nashua were each indicted on welfare fraud, the result of their recent arrests for allegedly lying to state officials in order to obtain benefits and illegally selling or transferring benefits to each other. And a New Jersey man had four felony indictments and four misdemeanor "information" charges handed down against him, allegedly for posing as another man, obtaining other people's information and manufacturing or possessing fake government identification cards, according to the charges. Charged in the welfare fraud case were Nashua residents Donald Mayfield Jr., 34, and Amy Laponsee Mayfield, 30, both of 81 Anvil Drive, and Evelyn D. Mallette, 33, last known address of 9 Pleasant St. Amy Mayfield faces three counts of welfare fraud, two of which are Class A felonies and the other a Class B felony, for allegedly making false statements to state officials that her husband, Donald Mayfield, was not living with her, which resulted in her obtaining more than $1,000 in benefits to which she was not entitled; and for allegedly using Evelyn Mallette's EBT card and her food stamp benefits on numerous occasions between 2011 and 2014. Donald Mayfield was indicted on one count of welfare fraud, a Class A felony, for allegedly lying to state DHHS officials by telling them he lived alone, in order to obtain more than $1,000 in benefits to which he wasn't entitled, between January and August 2012. And Mallette is also charged with Class A felony welfare fraud, which alleges that between January and March 2014, she knowingly transferred or sold food stamps, which led to other people using her EBT card and food stamp benefits to purchase items. Meanwhile, the New Jersey man, Gendersso Javier, of Camden, was indicted on three counts of identity fraud - obtaining personal information, and one count of identity fraud - posing as another, all Class A felonies; and four counts of possessing or manufacturing a false government identification, Class A misdemeanors, for allegedly stealing other people's information and posing as them, attempting to obtain cellphones using another person's identity, and possessing false ID cards, all on Aug. 10 in Milford. Other indictments handed down this month include: Carley Williams, 31, 6 Nevada St., Nashua. One count each, first-degree assault - deadly weapon and first-degree assault - domestic violence, Class A felonies; one count each, second-degree assault - deadly weapon, bodily injury; and second-degree assault - domestic violence, Class B felonies; and two counts, endangering the welfare of a child, Class A misdemeanors, for allegedly knowingly, and recklessly, causing bodily injury to a male household member by swinging a knife at him, resulting in a laceration to his head, and for allegedly driving a car containing two children while she was intoxicated, all on Sept. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:23:35 EST Blazes damages Nashua Housing Authority apartments NASHUA - One firefighter sustained minor injuries battling a two-alarm Saturday afternoon fire that damaged two adjacent apartments in a multi-unit Nashua Housing Authority building on 11th Street, officials said. The unidentified firefighter was treated at a local hospital for head and neck injuries and later released, according to Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief George Walker. No residents or other civilians were hurt. Walker said firefighters were called at about 5:15 p.m. to 17 Eleventh St. for a report of a fire on the roof of the building. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:19:58 EST Grace M. Drouin Grace M. (Hanson) Drouin, 83, of Nashua, widow of Robert J. Drouin, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, November 20, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, after a period of declining health. A lifelong resident of Nashua, Mrs. Drouin was born on August 15, 1933, a daughter of the late Walter H. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:01:36 EST George Georges George Georges, 86, of Nashua, NH, died at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. He was married to Janet Georges with whom he would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on January 21, 2017. Born in Lowell, he was the son of the late John and Rose Georges. He graduated from Tilton School in Tilton, NH, with the class of 1948. He earned BS in Business from Boston University. He proudly served with the U.S. Air Force during Korean War. George owned and operated George Georges General Contracting of Nashua. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:01:06 EST Shirley D. Violette Shirley Violette, 80, of Salem, NH, and formerly of Nashua, NH, and Methuen, MA, passed away suddenly on November 16th, 2016, at her home. Shirley was born in Lawrence, MA, on November 2nd, 1936. Shirley graduated from St. Ann's High School in Lawrence, MA, as well as St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Nashua, NH. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:00:34 EST Roger Johnson Roger Johnson, 88, long-time and very proud resident of Nashua, died Friday November 18, 2016 at Kindred Greenbriar Terrace. Roger passed away peacefully enjoying the many visits from community members and family, greeting each with his trade mark smile. Born June 8, 1928 in Lawrence, Ma he was the third child (and youngest) of Raymond and Everlyn (Rogers) Johnson. While growing up in a world of depression and war his eternal optimism was reflected in many stories from traveling by car to California and back in the early 30's, of walking 10 miles to school and delivering ice blocks carved out of local lakes. He was a graduate of Haverhill High School in 1946 and as a member of the greatest generation, served in the US Navy from 1946-7 circumnavigating the globe on board the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge. Afterwards, Roger studied at the University of New Hampshire and Brandeis University, where he received his B.A degree in 1953. Roger was married to Priscilla Jean Lewis of Bradford, MA who predeceased him on January 4, 2014 and whom he met during high school. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:02:10 EST Claudette P. (Guevin) Hendrickson Claudette P. (Guevin) Hendrickson, 80, longtime resident of Nashua, formerly of Gardner, MA passed away peacefully on November 16, 2016 at Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua. She was born in Gardner, MA on July 22, 1936, a daughter of the late Louis and Elia Guevin. Mrs. Hendrickson was the widow of Harold E. Hendrickson, who died on December 7, 1975. She is remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:00:52 EST Robert H. Moody Robert H. Moody, 68, of Townsend, MA, died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Saturday, November 19, 2016. He was the son of the late Alice V. and Maurice M. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:00:28 EST Pelham Animal Control, Live/Let Live, have urgent needs Animal cruelty cases can encompass many different acts, from simple neglect to intentional abuse. The related medical and sheltering expenses - and in some cases the requirement to hold animals for trial - can be extremely costly for the people caring for them. Several recent cases of animals rescued from hoarding has put a strain on supplies on hand. A Mailbag reader shares the Pelham Police Department's and Live and Let Live Farm's request on behalf of animals in need. Animals, their caretakers, need your help Animal Rescue Network volunteer Dee M. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:09:23 EST Elks Hoop Shoot just around the corner The annual Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest will be held at 8 a.m. Dec. 3 in the Elm Street Middle School Gym in Nashua. The contest is open to all area boys and girls ages 8-13 (April 1, 2017 designates age). Categories (age divisions) are 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13 for both boys and girls. Competitiors should wear sneakers or tennis shoes; shorts or basketball uniforms are preferred, but optional. Each youth shoots 25 free throws for a score. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:35:53 EST An ‘all hands on deck’ approach to the opioid crisis It has been almost a year since Mayor Donchess first convened the "Mayor's Opioid Task Force" to look into approaches to fighting the opioid crisis. During that time, many different conversations and projects have happened on this front. Therefore, it seems timely and appropriate to provide an update for the public regarding the current state of our work and where we are going. At the same time, it is very important to acknowledge that our community continues to see an increase in lives lost to opioid overdoses. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:18:19 EST Ought to override the Nashua spending cap I am a resident of Nashua of 30 years. I have also been a property owner for 30 years, and I pay my taxes. I believe education, the police department and the fire department to be the most important services we can provide to our residents in this great city. We need to loosen our purse strings and invest in our city. Our aldermen need to vote to override the spending cap. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:16:55 EST Merrimack woman asks for diaper donations for birthday Cady Hickman is taking an unconventional approach to her 25th birthday - she's asking for diapers. No, not for her - she's collecting them for Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter to distribute to children in need. Hickman, the preschool enrichment program coordinator at the YMCA of Greater Nashua in Merrimack, was inspired to get involved when discussions to hold such a drive began at the office. The idea began when volunteers at the soup kitchen said diapers were one item for which there was a specific need. "When I was thinking about something to do for my birthday," Hickman said. "I thought that could just be something that could tie in really well, and that I, instead of doing birthday presents ... I was having a hard thinking of things to tell people, so I just started saying diapers. "Usually when I tell people they can give me a gift, I tell them they can just get me gummy worms," Hickman said. "That's been the running joke every year, so this year, I told them instead of that, I'd like diapers to give to the diaper drive." She said choosing giving over receiving for her birthday was a no-brainer. "It didn't seem like a wild or crazy idea - just a regular thing to ask, I guess," she said. Hickman said that initially, she didn't know when the official diaper drive would begin, but she thought showing up the first day with a deluge of diapers would be a gratifying experience. The official diaper drive at the Merrimack YMCA of Greater Nashua will take place from Nov. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:00:03 EST Nashua artist to kindle creativity in memory loss NASHUA - One of the city's artists has a new business on Main Street, where she will teach art classes to those with Alzheimer's and dementia. Healing in Color, founded in May by Dominique Boutaud, opened its 120 Main St., Suite 104, studio Friday and is now accepting students. Boutaud said she decided to focus on helping those with Alzheimer's and dementia because they often feel alone or left out of society. "They were involved in society before, so they should be able to stay inside society," she said. "I have always had a very good relationship with elderly people, and I have always thought they had wisdom - giving good advice, living in peace - because they find a place in their life where they've received so many experiences that they live their lives happy," Boutaud said. Boutaud, who is also an art teacher at Second Nature Academy in Nashua, has won a multitude of awards internationally for her work - including, most recently, a silver medal and diploma from La Societe Academique Arts, Sciences, Lettres in 2014. This French academic society gives yearly awards of honor for men and women of merit in the fields of art, science or liberal arts. Boutaud, who speaks animatedly, exudes optimism. "I started painting when I was born," she said with a laugh. "My father was an artist, too. I've always liked to create, and I find quietness in doing arts." Originally from Nice, France, Boutaud moved to Massachusetts in 1996 with her then-husband, and eventually made her way to Nashua. "For me," Boutaud said, "art is a way to express myself and find beauty in life." Boutaud said she has volunteered much of her life, including for the Red Cross in France. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 07:49:38 EST Corpus Christi doles out 200 turkeys Spirits were high Saturday as the Corpus Christi Food Pantry distributed Thanksgiving dinners and all the fixings to 200 members of the community. Corpus Christi Food Pantry and Assistance Inc. is a nonprofit, established in 1999 by the Roman Catholic parishes of Nashua to better meet the needs of city residents. Genevieve Kaplan is a volunteer and grant writer for the organization. "The most important thing to know, that nobody ever talks about, is that we have 98 volunteers and the work is solely done by volunteers. Only two people take a salary here and have in 40 years," Kaplan said. "We serve thousands of families every month with everything from rental assistance, obviously food and veterans who need dentures or eyeglasses prescriptions," she said. Among those who helped distribute the turkeys was Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. He stood next to a truck full of the fowl and passed them off to grateful Nashuans. "The Corpus Christi Food Pantry is a great organization that's not as well-known, so it's important that people are aware of it," he said. Inside, a handful of volunteers helped to distribute Christmas gifts, as well - one large gift per person and two smaller ones. One of them was Delores Davis, who has volunteered with Corpus Christi for eight years and is vice president of the board of directors. "I was inspired to volunteer because I wanted to be able to help my brothers and sisters in need," Davis said. Davis said it is important to help out at this time of year, because so many people in the Nashua area are in need. "We want to make sure that everybody has a Thanksgiving dinner," she said. Those who want to learn more about Corpus Christi Food Pantry and Assitance can go to or call 882-6372. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 07:00:36 EST Looking back at the week in news 'Compact' parking spots are not open to interpretation It's amusing to drive into a parking garage and see how some people interpret the signs that say "compact cars only." And in this case, "amusing" means "annoying." According to "Mr. Google," compact cars are a classification of cars larger than a subcompact car but smaller than a midsize car. While it's a sure bet that spaces in which only compact cars are allowed to park are also appropriate for subcompact cars, it's just as safe a bet that SUVs don't qualify. SUVs generally are classified as "light trucks." To be sure, there are some gigantic SUVs that aren't "light" in any way. There certainly are other SUVs that are smaller, or more "compact," than gigantic SUVs, but they still don't seem to fit into the category of "compact cars only." There isn't much doubt why a driver would park his or her SUV in a space marked "compact cars only": Those spaces can be more convenient to pull into and/or closer to a stairwell. Nevertheless, if you're such a driver, the spaces reserved for compact cars aren't for you. They're for drivers who are driving an actual compact car. So, please, go find another parking spot. The city's homeless shelter has a new executive director After 27 years at the helm, Lisa Christie recently retired from the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. The shelter's board of directors this week announced that Michael Reinke, of North Carolina, will begin full duties at the end of November at the Quincy Street facility. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 07:03:35 EST More indictments for former teachers; 1 accused of soliciting teen to distribute sexual images NASHUA - A former Merrimack teacher has been indicted on one count of solicitation to distribute of child sexual abuse images, according to court documents. A Hillsborough South grand jury handed down an indictment against 63-year-old Robert Todd Wiley, a one time English teacher at Merrimack High School, accusing him of soliciting a 16-year-old student to engage in distributing sexually explicit images. Court documents indicate he sent video of adult men masturbating and Wiley, of Milford, enticed the student to send him images in return. Wiley turned himself in to police last month after a warrant was issued for his arrest following an investigation into allegations that he asked for nude photos of the victim. He was released on $20,000 cash bail, and is scheduled to appear in Merrimack district court for arraignment on Dec. 1. Wiley is no longer employed by the Merrimack school system. The one juvenile is the only known victim at this point, according to the Merrimack Police Department. Meanwhile, another former teacher in Greater Nashua was indicted on three more charges, according to court documents. Bruce Lanctot, a 40-year-old former Nashua High School South teacher, was indicted on two counts for prohibited use computer and one for lewdness by a Hillsborough South grand jury. Court documents state Lanctot knowingly used online social network sites to solicit juveniles to engage in sexual conduct and transmitted an image of himself exposing his genitals to a student under the age of 16. Lanctot was initially arrested May 11 by the Nashua Police Department following an investigation into allegations that he sent the nude photos and contacted several juveniles to ask them to meet with him to engage in sexual conduct. The alleged offenses occurred between Sept. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 07:02:45 EST Nashua students experiment with science The normal cafeteria chat between ninth- and 10th-grade high school girls isn't always about science, but that was the scene Thursday during the Girl Power STEM-spiration Seminar at Nashua High School North. More than 80 underclassmen girls engaged in roundtable discussions with recent female North graduates who are now in science, technology, engineering and math careers. At one table, Rajia Abdelaziz, Class of 2012, showed off her jewelry to a group of dazzled young ladies. But despite the appearance of the scene, Abdelaziz was talking about technology. Abdelaziz, 22, and her business partner Ray Hamilton, 22, are the masterminds behind InvisaWear Technologies. "The problem we are trying to solve is that there is no discreet way to contact help in the event of an emergency," Abdelaziz said. So in response to that need, the partners are trying to design jewelry with integrated technology that allows the user to subtly alert an emergency contact or police. The technology would connect wirelessly to the user's phone, and the person could select emergency contacts with an app. The two are looking for investors and hope to have the product on the market in the next year or two. Isabelle Brunet, 14, was one of the girls who sat at Abdelaziz's table. "I liked the smart jewelry because you can still be girly but get into tech, too," she said. Across the room, Jessica Shelsky, Class of 2008, stood next to a complex system of pumps and tubes called an organ preservation system. "It allows the user to monitor the organ while it's in transport," Shelsky said. Shelsky is an engineer for Transmedics, the medical technology company that created the device. Chantal Finlay, 14, said learning about the organ transport machine was her favorite part of the seminar. Finlay said she wants to be a doctor. "Today opened my eyes about how girls can be interested in engineering and that girls can do anything guys can do," she said. Michelle Voto is the director of the Nashua Technology Center at Nashua North. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 06:03:56 EST YMCA programs tackle childhood obesity Every day we are confronted with news that is bad: Obesity, diabetes, death by drowning - the second leading cause of death in children under 12, the opioid epidemic. Here is news that is good: The YMCA of Greater Nashua's programs are evidence-based and proven to tackle these seemingly insurmountable societal issues. • The obesity epidemic is growing, especially in our youth. Our Prescribe the Y program provides support and education that heads off childhood obesity. • The rate of diabetes is exploding. We offer diabetes prevention programs that help you learn your risk and then take action. • Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children under 12, particularly children from low-income families. The Y teaches swim lessons, offers scholarships for those lessons, and partners with school systems to help all kids be proficient swimmers. • Teens are barraged with the opportunity to take drugs. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:00:31 EST Hollis siblings win athletic awards for cross country NASHUA - Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School announces its Fall Athletic Awards and is pleased to announce that Ben and Anna Stawasz, children of Christopher and Lara Stawasz of Hollis, have been awarded Coaches' Awards for their participation on the cross country team. Nashua Catholic has a proud tradition of competitive sports and is part of the Tri-County League with 14 varsity teams. Nashua Catholic Regional Jr. High School offers high quality, faith-filled education with an expanded STEM and MakerSpace program and is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 882-7011 or learn more by visiting Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:03:32 EST Good news: No sale It's status quo as far as the ownership of the Nashua Silver Knights is concerned. Holman Stadium was the site of the annual Futures Collegiate Baseball League Meetings on Nov. 10, and Commissioner Chris Hall said that he expects Drew Weber to still be the owner when the 2017 season begins. "As of right now I would say yes," Hall said. "Drew is loving the team, the team had a great year, not just winning, but overall. He's still involved in the game, and he loves (General Manager Ronnie (Wallace) and (Assistant GM) Cheryl (Lindner). "And the fact the community supports the team is a big thing, too." Weber, who sold the Red Sox-affiliated Class A Lowell Spinners last year, was close to a deal to sell the Silver Knights in July, but decided to nix it and keep the team instead. The Silver Knights went on to not only win the 2016 FCBL title but have one of its most profitable years. "As far as we know, Drew's happy, and he's given us the go-ahead to do things," Wallace said. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:04:18 EST Give new Turkey Bowl day a shot Nashua's high school football tradition is rooted deep and celebrated with pride. It is one of those increasingly rare rituals that, despite the nonstop churn of the digital age, manages to survive the relay from one generation to the next. That is what makes the Turkey Bowl, born at Holman Stadium nearly a half-century ago and sustained at Stellos Stadium, so special. Football is the vehicle, but the game's true value is as a rallying point for the community. Folks who may not attend a schoolboy football game all season (and they should really consider breaking that habit next fall) will flock to Stellos for this one. So, it is understandable that old-school Nashuans reacted as a growling guard dog when this year's game was moved up from its Thanksgiving Day morning time slot to Wednesday evening. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:06:55 EST Colorful display illuminates bridge on Nashua River The more than 400-foot-long Broad Street Parkway bridge has its new decorative lights courtesy of a Hollis benefactor who donated the funds for the project. Richard Stahl, the former Nashua businessman, was on hand Thursday night when the newly installed lights were switched on for the first time for the public to see. The bridge was part of the Broad Street Parkway construction project, linking Broad Street with downtown Nashua. The bridge, located in the city's Millyard, became the second downtown crossing over the Nashua River. The lights slowly cycle through a set of colors and reflect off of the water's surface. It is the second public lighting project to be unveiled this week. On Wednesday, the Chase Building's mural - titled "Nostalgia" by the artist who created it, Manny Ramirez - was lit with its own special display. "I came to Nashua over five decades ago with high hopes and very little money in my pocket," said Stahl, as he and a small crowd of city officials stood on the Fairmount Street Bridge overlooking the newly lit span in the distance. Stahl praised his former employees who contributed to his business success over the years. "So, as a thank-you to my wonderful employees and the loyal customers and the people of Nashua in general, I wanted to give them a lasting memorial." Stahl, who operated several auto dealerships, donated $150,000 toward the project. The inaugural lighting event came as the city's popular downtown Winter Holiday Stroll reaches the final planning stages. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:39:35 EST Super search in next phase; School board talks needs for next year NASHUA - The Board of Education's Human Resources Committee began its lengthy search Wednesday for a permanent superintendent of schools. Connie Brown, who took over Aug. 15 as interim superintendent of schools after Mark Conrad stepped down, is serving a one-year term and would have to go through the same process as other applicants to be considered for a permanent position. Committee Chairwoman Dorothy Oden presented a timeline with the goal of hiring for the position by the end of March. Dana O'Gara, the Nashua School District's director of human resources, said other districts, like Hudson, will also be looking for a new superintendent around March and that the city district should try to distinguish itself from them. "We need to start the process now," O'Gara said. The majority of the committee was in agreement with O'Gara and came to the consensus that the job advertisement should be posted as soon as possible. Each member of the committee provided one characteristic that he or she found essential in a good superintendent. "Communication," Oden said. "If you have ideas and you can't communicate them, then they're no good." "Collaborative," said Sandra Ziehm, chairwoman of the Board of Education. "The sign of a good leader is someone who listens to everybody." All members agreed that having teaching experience is a key foundation for a superintendent, and some suggested making five years' teaching experience a requirement. Robert Hallowell warned against making the job requirements too specific. "A lot of places are looking for superintendents, and we are a tough district," Hallowell said. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:05:28 EST News Digest NASHUA Gate City man dies in Jamaica car accident A Nashua man died this week in a car crash that occurred while he was vacationing in Jamaica, according to reports, and his family is raising money to have his body shipped back home for burial. According to the Jamaica Observer newspaper, Christopher Leite, 33, of Nashua, and Damion Jones, were both killed following a car accident Tuesday night. The men were standing on the side of the Sandy Bay main road in Hanover, Jamaica, when the driver of a white Isuzu motor truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into them, according to the Observer. The men were taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. The body of Leite, a father of three, cannot come home for a funeral until his family is able to pay for the medical expenses incurred in the incident, according to a statement the family released on fundraising website GoFundMe. The family is seeking donations to help with expenses. - DAMIEN FISHER Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:38:49 EST Loaded handgun found in backpack NASHUA - Authorities say a loaded handgun was found in a student's backpack Thursday at Nashua High School South when an administrator tried to find out what caused the student to have an apparent seizure. The Nashua Police Department's school resource officer requested an ambulance for the 17-year-old around 9:30 a.m., and the juvenile was transported to a local hospital. "As part of protocol, we check the student's bag to see if there's a reason for the student to have a medical event," said Connie Brown, Nashua's superintendent of schools. A loaded handgun was located in the bag and quickly seized by the police. Officers say they are continuing the investigation. "This includes investigating why the juvenile brought the firearm to school," said Nashua police Lt. Kerry Baxter. Police are also working with the Nashua School District to ensure safety at all city schools. "We take these issues very seriously, and because we have good safety protocol in place, we were able to immediately identify this threat, address it and take care of it," Brown said. Brown complimented Nashua police for swiftly dealing with the incident. She said the student will not be in school Friday and that the school system will consider disciplinary actions in addition to the police department's response. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:32:44 EST Nashua stations set up as safe spot NASHUA - The city is taking a big step forward in combating the opioid crisis, starting a Safe Station program to get people struggling with addiction the help they need. "The Nashua community is committed to working together to respond to the opioid epidemic," Mayor Jim Donchess said at Thursday's announcement at the Nashua Fire Rescue headquarters on East Hollis Street. Safe Station, modeled after the program started early this year in  Manchester, will allow people suffering from an opioid addiction to go to any city fire station and get help. "The initiative will fill the gap for people who want to seek treatment and recovery but who do not have the resources or the wherewithal to immediately get into an appropriate treatment program," Donchess said. Donchess was inspired to start the program after seeing the Manchester effort succeed. More than 700 people in Manchester have gotten into treatment through that city's Safe Station project. Donchess, working through the city's opioid task force, pulled together resources and forged partnerships to get the programs started. Under the plan, a person who seeks help at a fire station will be immediately checked out by EMTs with Nashua's ambulance service, American Medical Response, then connected with intake professionals with Harbor Homes. The Harbor Homes professionals will then bring the person to one of two locations: the Harbor Homes facility on High Street or the Maple Avenue shelter. Once there, the person will be given medical detox while the Harbor Homes staff finds them a placement in an appropriate treatment facility. Fire Chief Steve Galipeau said his firefighters deal with dozens of overdoses every month, as the city has had seven overdose deaths in September and October. "The statistics are mind-boggling," Galipeau said. The Safe Station program means people fighting their addictions will now have a chance to survive, he said. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:02:06 EST Patricia Marie Porter Patricia Marie Porter, 58 of Nashua, NH died Monday November 14, 2016 at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Ma supported and surrounded by her loved ones. ​Born August 16, 1958 in Lynn, MA she was the daughter of the late William and Joanne (Cunningham) Grady II and the loving wife of Kevin Porter, of Nashua and with whom she married on April 19 1980. ​Patricia for many years was employed for the Marriott where she gained many long lasting relationships. Patricia enjoyed swimming with some of her best friends. She also enjoyed staying at the beach, especially Old Orchard Beach every year which was a family tradition she cherished so much. She also volunteered her support in the Annual Cancer Ride for Life in honor of her late brother-in-law Frank Cashtricone, but her greatest passion and pastime was spending time with her grandchildren of whom she loved so dearly. ​Besides her loving husband of 36 years, survivors include her son Adam Porter and his wife Nicole, of Nashua; her daughter Jessica Anderson and her husband Cecil, of Nashua; four grandchildren, Kevin Anderson, William Porter & Olivia Porter and baby Emily Porter is on her way. She is also survived by her two sisters Joanne Castricone of West Bridgewater MA, and Maureen Bennoit and her husband Glen of Merrimack NH; her brother William Grady III and his wife Frances of Nashua; as well as many amazing nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews of whom she held so close to her heart. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:01:02 EST Cub Scout Pack 253 collects 1,273 donations for those in need The generosity of Nashua residents was on full display Nov. 12, as Cub Scouts from Pack 253 collected a mountain of canned foods, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable products donated by more than 100 North End homes during the "Scouting for Food" drive conducted by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and New Hampshire's Daniel Webster Council. In all, 1,273 items were collected by Pack 253 Scouts going door-to-door, supplemented by unsolicited cash donations totaling $120. Proceeds will benefit Granite State families in need this holiday season, distributed through more than 150 community food pantries statewide. "It was wonderful to see all the food our community donated," said Pack 253 Cubmaster Emily Uong. "So many families will benefit from local pantries being well-stocked with the food that we collected. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:40:50 EST Nashua Catholic has new teacher NASHUA - Glenda McFadden, principal of Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School, is pleased to announce that Laura Daigle has been added to the school's music program. "My number one job as a music teacher is to spark a love of music in my students," said Ms. Daigle. "I want students to love learning about music and musical instruments. I love integrating improvisational games into my classes as a fun way to teach creativity. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:40:26 EST James’ racism claim off base At least one man who sleeps beneath a cultural rock is baffled by the reactive slam LeBron James directed at Phil Jackson on Tuesday. According to an Associated Press account, Jackson used the word "posse" in referring to James' entourage, specifically in an effort to describe James' infinite air of entitlement. The incident involved James' desire to stay an extra night in Cleveland while visiting there as a player for the Miami Heat. "You can't hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland," Jackson is reported to have said in an interview with ESPN. James wasted little time responding. In short, he accused Jackson of racism in the first degree. "If you go and read the definition of what the word 'posse' is, it's not what I've built over my career," James said. "It's not what I stand for. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:41:10 EST Woman charged with robbery; Nashua resident allegedly attacked neighbor with knife NASHUA - Police on Tuesday night arrested 55-year-old Temple Street resident Kathleen Caron on a felony charge of armed robbery, about an hour and a half after she allegedly attacked a neighbor with a knife and grabbed several hundred dollars from his pocket. Caron, of 48 Temple St., Apt. 1, was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court on the single count of armed robbery, a Class A felony. Judge Paul Moore, who conducted the arraignment via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, set Caron's bail at $50,000 cash or surety and scheduled a probable cause hearing for 8:15 a.m. Dec. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:33:08 EST Nashua raising cancer’s visibility NASHUA - One local pancreatic cancer survivor expressed gratitude this week to Nashua for joining in World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Thursday. Hundreds of government entities around the country and the world are doing their part to raise awareness and advocate for increased federal research funding to rewrite the future of pancreatic cancer. "But more must be done," Jane Jacobus, a Nashua resident and volunteer for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, wrote in a letter to The Telegraph. "We need members of the city of Nashua to take notice of pancreatic cancer and help us reach our goal to double survival for pancreatic cancer by 2020," Jacobus said. "As a volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, I am committed to doubling the survival rate of pancreatic cancer by 2020. And I will continue to speak up about pancreatic cancer in order to make a difference for the patients in my community." Jacobus is urging Congress to pass a final funding package for Fiscal Year 2017 to provide a minimum of a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health. "The increase will support the Cancer Moonshot to accelerate process against pancreatic cancer and our nation's other deadliest, or recalcitrant cancers, defined as those with a five-year survival rate below 50 percent," she said. In January 2016, pancreatic cancer moved from the fourth- to the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. By 2020, pancreatic cancer is expected to surpass colon cancer to become the second-leading cause of cancer-related death. The disease now claims the lives of more individuals than breast cancer and has a five-year survival rate of just 8 percent. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:31:22 EST News Digest Nashua Homeowners can expect local tax bills Homeowners are reminded to make sure they receive their property tax bills. The bill should be getting to homeowners this week, according to city Tax Collector David Fredette. Duplicate copies can be obtained at City Hall or by calling 589-3190. The tax rate went up by 2.2 percent, from $24.53 last year to the new $25.07 rate set by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration. The impact on tax bills means that a homeowner with a house assessed at $250,000 will now pay $6,267.50. Last year's rate of $24.53 saw the same house pay a bill of $6,132.50. Fredette advises taxpayers to mail in their tax payments in order to avoid waiting in line at City Hall, and to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the payment. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:30:59 EST Bus strike detente keeps Nashua kids in school – for now NASHUA - Though a pension dispute between the Nashua School District's bus contractor and the union representing local drivers remains unresolved, school will stay in session - at least until next Wednesday. The two parties, leading transportation firm First Student and the Teamsters Local 633, negotiated in Washington, D.C., and it appears that they have yet to reach a full agreement. The negotiations continue next Tuesday, but all New Hampshire schools affected will continue to have bus services. "I think what we're happy about is that we will be able to provide uninterrupted service," said Chris Kemper, First Student communications director. The news comes after the Nashua district wrote a letter to the public Wednesday, warning that classes on Thursday might be canceled if the union did not get its desired result. "Considering the size of the Nashua School District and that the vast majority of students are transported to school via bus, if there is an adverse employee action that affects the transportation of students, the district will close schools," the letter said. Local 633 notified the district Wednesday that if First Student does not agree to provide the pension benefit sought by the drivers, the union may call on its members to withhold services until the matter is resolved. While the Nashua School District has a multi-year contract with First Student that contains a no-strike clause, the school district reports that it has been advised of possible sympathy actions such as "sick-outs" that could affect student transportation in Nashua. Connie Brown, Nashua superintendent of schools, said she is in the process of contacting other districts to see if it could use some of their buses temporarily and is also exploring other legal alternatives if next week's negotiations do not resolve the issue. Aquila Langa, whose daughter attends Amherst Street Elementary School, said she would not be pleased if the school district canceled classes. "That's going to be disconcerting, because that's their education being affected," Langa said. Langa also has two children in high school who take the bus every day. Brown said she is confident that Local 633 and First Student will quickly resolve the dispute. "We have great bus drivers here in Nashua, who take their work seriously. I don't think they want to stop service," Brown said. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:30:08 EST Mark Anthony Liss Mark Anthony Liss, 54, of Nashua NH passed away on Saturday November 12, 2016, following a courageous battle with Cancer. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. Mark was born August 14, 1962 in Springfield, MA. He is survived by his faithful wife Darcy Liss and his step son Corey Paradis. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:28:30 EST John Constantino Jr. John Constantino, Jr., 75, a longtime resident of Nashua died peacefully on November 11, 2016 at Kindred Healthcare (Greenbriar) in Nashua. He was born on May 22, 1941 in Everett, MA, a son of the late John and Barbara (Devito) Constantino, Sr. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his honorable discharge from the service, he had for the United States Post Office. John is remembered an avid football fan. He was also very involved with the Disabled American Veterans, serving as Sergeant at Arms from 1995 to 1997. He also volunteered his time as a driver for the Veterans Administration Hospital from 1992 through 1999. Mr. Constantino is survived by his brother and sister; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. SERVICES: Memorial Services and interment prayers will be private and held at the convenience of his family. The DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock Street, Nashua has been placed in charge of arrangements,, (603) 883-3401 "ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER." Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:28:04 EST Elsa Krueger Sandifer Elsa Krueger Sandifer died on November 13th at the Inn at Fairview at the age of 99. Cause of death: old age. Elsa was a life-long resident of Nashua, except for the years she spent in retirement in Sarasota. At age 80, she lost her husband of 58 years, Charles Krueger. She later married retired judge Jawn Sandifer. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:27:37 EST Helen D. (Brown-Hoyt) Duplisea NASHUA - Helen D. (Brown-Hoyt) Duplisea, 74, died peacefully on October 17, 2016 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Alan R. Duplisea who predeceased her in May of 2014. Helen was born in Winchester, MA on January 30, 1942. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:26:39 EST Mark Ferman Mark Ferman, 57, a longtime resident of Nashua, died unexpectedly at his home, on November 16, 2016. He was born on May 7, 1959 in Lowell, MA, a son of the late Robert and Phyllis (Brooks) Ferman. He was a graduate of Bentley College. Mark was the husband of Nancy (Marcoux) Ferman, whom he married on June 23, 1985. They shared over 31 happy years of marriage. Most recently, he had been working as a proposal manager for L-3 Communications. He also owned Mayhem and Murder Productions. He is remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:26:08 EST Joan M. (Anton) Craffey NASHUA - Joan M. (Anton) Craffey, 64, died peacefully on Sunday morning, November 13, 2016 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Arthur Craffey with whom she shared 35 years of marriage. Joan was born on April 15, 1952 in Milton, MA. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Renski) Anton. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the City of Nashua as a School Monitor for many years and prior to that, was employed by New England Merchants Banks in the security department. In her free time, Joan enjoyed playing Bingo, traveling, and playing cards. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:25:36 EST Time to meet the Most Interesting Man in the World I don't often meet people that I find stunningly fascinating. Of course, many, many folks I've interviewed - from locals doing intriguing things, to international celebrities I've been lucky enough to get the opportunity to chat with - have been interesting and have captured my attention in the moment. But man, I met artist Nondas Galiotzakis recently, and he's set the bar pretty high for "fascinating." Do you know the expression "Renaissance man"? It refers to a person who's good at many diverse things; a creator, an idea person. Like say, Leonardo de Vinci. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:04:07 EST Party with The Casual 6 Band for a great holiday cause NASHUA - From 8-11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, The Casual 6 Band will perform its ninth annual concert to benefit the Santa Fund, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway. For the past 8 years, donations to the Santa Fund from this fun night of live music and dancing has ranged from $1,800 to as much as $7,000 raised in one evening. "This may well be the very last Santa Fund benefit concert, as The Casual 6 Band has decided this will be our last performance together," said drummer Dave DiGeronimo in a press release. "We are all great friends and band mates, but as lives change, we must follow. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:03:42 EST Next Generation Leahy brings family musicianship to town NASHUA - At 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, Next Generation Leahy will perform as part of the 86th consecutive season of the Nashua Community Concert Association, in a concert at Keefe Auditorium at Elm Street Middle School, 117 Elm St. Next Generation Leahy builds on more than three generations of French-Canadian Leahy family musicianship. Doug and Jennifer Leahy and their children are keeping those traditions alive through music, song and dance. Still schoolchildren, the six siblings, ages 6-13, are accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:02:53 EST Entrants sought for gingerbread house contest NASHUA - Entries are being sought from local businesses, groups and individuals for the third annual gingerbread house contest to be held Dec. 3 at the at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. The houses and decorations must be entirely edible. Houses will be judged in the following categories: Best in Show, Most Elegant, Most Charming, Most Scrumptious and People's Choice. A panel of local judges - including George Russell, host of "Nashua this Morning" on WSMN AM-1590, and Kathleen Palmer, features editor at The Telegraph - will award the prizes. Home Instead Senior Care of Southern NH is sponsoring the contest for the third year. Other events at the center that day include a "Breakfast with Santa" from 7-11 a.m. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:02:29 EST Nashua High School North presents ‘Cinderella’ NASHUA - At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nashua High School North will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" in the school's auditorium at 8 Titan Way. The show is unique as it is sponsored by the Titans Music Association, the parent booster club for North's music department. This organization's mission is to support the musical arts in the school, not just the band and chorus. What better way than to help produce a musical production where all students from the high school were invited to audition and be part of the show. Producer Carol Gorelick explains the unique "all-school" concept: "The only musical that has been done at North (previously was) seniors-only class show in the spring," she said. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:01:40 EST Homeward Bound event helps families be just that NASHUA - From 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, the sixth annual Homeward Bound Food and Beverage Festival will be held at the Radisson Nashua, 11 Tara Blvd. The event supports Family Promise of Greater Nashua at Anne-Marie House, a local nonprofit located on the grounds of Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson. The organization is dedicated to supporting the needs of children and families and to providing them a path of stability. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:01:12 EST Close Nashua races for NH House get second look NASHUA – Three tight House of Representatives races for seats to represent Nashua are getting recounts. James Rivers, the director of communications for the New Hampshire House, said Tuesday that Nashua’s Ward 1, 5 and 9 races will have recounts on Nov. 22. All three of the races ended with slim margins during the Nov. 8 election. The Ward 1 race saw Democrat Sylvia Gale beat out her Republican opponent Elizabeth Ferreira by six votes, 2,419 to 2,413, according to the official results from the city. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:22:00 EST Nashua’s Ski Swap slated for next week NASHUA – The area’s premier ski and skate swap event is set to kick off the day before Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving Ski, Snowboard and Skate Swap will take place Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 27, at Nashua High School South. The event, which was ran for more than 30 years under the direction of the Nashua Exchange Club, is operated now by the Hollis Brookline Athletic Boosters Club, with help from area athletes and former club members. A $1 per-item registration fee will be directed to Marguerite’s Place and students at Amherst Street Elementary School who may be in need of new shoes through a program with Alec’s Shoes in Nashua. Marguerite’s Place provides transitional housing and other support for at-risk mothers and their children in Nashua. Early check-in will be held 3-5:30 p.m. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:19:07 EST Suspected drunken driver strikes pedestrians in Nashua NASHUA – Two pedestrians were seriously injured in the early hours of Tuesday morning after they were struck by a vehicle in the parking lot near the intersection of Railroad Square and Clinton Street, authorities say. Phillip Kannaly, 26, of 63 Queensland Road, North Billerica, Mass., hit two adults in the lot near Riverwalk Cafe, said Nashua Police Lt. Craig Allard. Police did not identify the victims in a Tuesday press release but said one was transported to a local hospital and the other – who authorities say is critical condition – was sent to a Boston-area hospital. The incident was not a hit-and-run, as some on social media claimed. Kannaly, however, was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:18:58 EST Lisa A. Pare Lisa A. Pare, 52, died on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack. She was born on November 6, 1964 in Nashua, daughter of Arthur Pare and the late Collette (Marquis) Pare. She was a graduate of Nashua High School. Lisa was involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:10:01 EST John Constantino Jr. John Constantino, 55, a longtime resident of Nashua died peacefully on November 11, 2016 at Kindred Healthcare (Greenbriar) in Nashua. He was born on May 22, 1941 in Everett, MA, a son of the late John and Barbara (Devito) Constantino, Sr. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his honorable discharge from the service, he had for the United States Post Office. John is remembered an avid football fan. He was also very involved with the Disabled American Veterans, serving as Sergeant at Arms from 1995 to 1997. He also volunteered his time as a driver for the Veterans Administration Hospital from 1992 through 1999. Mr. Constantino is survived by his brother and sister; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. SERVICES: Memorial Services and interment prayers will be private and held at the convenience of his family. The DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock Street, Nashua has been placed in charge of arrangements,, (603) 883-3401 “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.” Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:10:01 EST Arthur B. ‘Arty’ Paine Arthur Blondin “Arty” Paine, 64, a well-known retired Nashua Firefighter, passed away Saturday afternoon, November 12, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital, after a brief illness, surrounded by his wife, son, and loving family. A lifelong resident of this city, Arty was born on February 7, 1952, a son of the late Robert P. and Mary Helen (Blondin) Paine. He was educated in local schools and was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1971. Arty joined the Nashua Fire Department in the late 1970s and was stationed at the Airport Fire Station for many of his 29 years of service until his retirement in 2006. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:10:01 EST Nashua news digest for Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 Police: Man arrested for breaking teen girl’s jaw A Nashua man was arrested after police say he punched a woman in the face, severely injuring her jaw. Police responded to a reported assault on Friday, Oct. 28, when a 17-year-old female told them she was assaulted in a Nashua parking lot. The victim said her assailant was Jordan Alexander, 18, of 1522 Blackstone Drive. The victim was taken to a local hospital with what was at first thought were minor injuries. Medical personnel later told her that she had sustained multiple fractures to her jaw and would require further medical treatment. Based on the extent of her injuries, Nashua detectives took up the investigation and produced an arrest warrant for Alexander. Alexander was handed a second-degree assault charge, a class B felony. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:10:01 EST Mary Nash Mary Nash, longtime resident of Hudson, NH died peacefully on November 11, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, following a brave and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born in Glen Ridge, NJ, on November 21, 1941, the daughter of the late Henry Douglas and Anne (Smith) Nash. Ms. Nash is remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend. Following her graduation from high school, she attended and received her Associate’s degree from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. Mary began her career with Bell Labs in New Jersey as an administrative assistant. After many years of focusing on raising her family, she returned to the workforce working in various accounting and finance functions for companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, and Brooktrout before ending her traditional working career with Brookstone. Mary was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the defending world champion Denver Broncos. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:10:00 EST Nashua releases schedule for Thanksgiving closings NASHUA – All city offices and facilities will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, but some will reopen for business on Friday, according to notices posted by officials. City Hall will be closed both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25, as will Nashua district court and Hillsborough County Superior Court South on Spring Street. The Four Hills Landfill and Recycling Center will be closed Nov. 24, but will be open on Friday, Nov. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:10:00 EST Rosalie Malhoit Rosalie Malhoit, 92, of Nashua, passed away on November 11, 2016 at the Community Hospice House. She was born in Nashua on July 26, 1924, daughter of the late Edward and Clara (Budro) Poulin. Rosalie attended St. Patrick’s Church in Nashua, and she enjoyed knitting as well. She is survived by her brother Walter Poulin and his wife Blanche of Nashua, and several nieces and nephews. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:10:00 EST Nashua police track down, corral fugitive NASHUA – City resident Anita Cantu, 27, was jailed Tuesday pending extradition to Massachusetts after Nashua officers tracked her down at her downtown apartment following a shoplifting incident at the Main Street Shaw’s, police said. Cantu allegedly ran inside her apartment at 32 Willow St., a short, dead-end street off Ledge Street, when police showed up around 3:45 p.m. Monday to question her as a suspect in the Shaw’s theft. Police in their reports said that Cantu ran through the house, with officers in pursuit, and locked herself in a bathroom. Despite orders to do so, she allegedly refused to open the door, police said. An officer was able to force the door open, and upon entering, police said, he saw Cantu allegedly getting ready to climb out the window. He was able to get to her and take her into custody without further incident, police added. While one officer transported Cantu to headquarters for booking, others located a leopard-print purse on a couch in Cantu’s apartment. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:10:00 EST Jacqueline Laura (Ricard) Dionne Jacqueline Laura (Ricard) Dionne, 85, of Hudson, NH, peacefully passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Hyder Hospice House in Dover, NH, surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 28, 1930 in Nashua, NH, daughter of the late Joseph and Modeste (Sirois) Ricard. Jackie was also predeceased by a son, Richard A. Dionne, as well as by a sister, Ruth Millette and two brothers, Donald Ricard and Robert Ricard. Jackie was the loving wife of Richard “Dick” Dionne of Hudson, with whom she shared 59 years of marriage. She was a true homemaker, taking pride in cooking the tastiest meals, mending the toughest tear in a garment, and gardening the healthiest vegetables and most beautiful flowers. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:55:01 EST Michael Lawrence Dainis Michael Lawrence Dainis, 67, of Nashua, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Michael was born on August 21, 1949 in Cambridge, MA, the son of the late Alphonse and Ina (Gaskins) Dainis. Michael earned his Associate’s Degree from Bryant and Stratton College. After college he worked hard as a software engineer at BAE for over 30 years. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:55:01 EST Bonnie S. (Bell) Boutin May 2, 1948 – November 10, 2016 Bonnie S. (Bell) Boutin, 68, of Nashua, NH, left us peacefully after years of fighting on November 10, 2016 surrounded by her family. She was the adored wife of Girard J. Boutin. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 23:52:00 EST Pawn broker pleads in theft ring case NASHUA – Carl Branco, the Litchfield resident and former Nashua pawn shop owner charged two years ago with multiple offenses accusing him of taking part in a theft and fencing racket, has agreed to plead guilty to four reduced charges in exchange for serving no jail time. County prosecutors and Branco’s lawyers reached the plea agreement Monday, the day on which jury selection had been scheduled in his now-canceled trial. Branco, one of three city pawn brokers and six of their customers arrested following a lengthy police investigation over late summer and fall 2014, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property and three violation-level counts of violating the city ordinance that requires pawn brokers to hold purchased and pawned items for at least 30 days before reselling them. Two cases – one naming Branco as the defendant and the other naming his business, Pawn Stars LLC, which did business as Nashua Pawn at 83 Main St. – were consolidated for the purposes of the agreement. Assistant County Attorney David Tencza, who prosecuted the case, agreed to drop the six felony charges of receiving stolen property on which Branco had been indicted, as well as the remaining nine counts of violating the city ordinance. Other stipulations agreed to call for a $100 fine, suspended for a year on the condition that Branco remains on good behavior. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:06:19 EST New charges for driver in fatal motorcycle crash NASHUA – County prosecutors have filed three new misdemeanor charges against Romivel Cruz, the 28-year-old Nashua man charged but later cleared of aggravated DWI in the September 2015 crash that claimed the life of a Nashua motorcyclist. The charges – one count each of possession of marijuana, endangering the welfare of a child and conduct after an accident – are each punishable by up to 12 months in Valley Street jail. Assistant County Attorney Kent Smith noted in a dispositional conference order filed with the charging documents that prosecutors plan to present the conduct after accident charge to the November term of the Hillsborough County grand jury, which is scheduled to convene next week. Barring a plea agreement or any modifications to the charges, Cruz will go on trial on April 3, beginning with jury selection. Opening arguments will take place either later that week or at the start of the following week. The parties expect the trial to take two to three days. Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn, who is presiding over the case, set a filing deadline of Jan. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:45 EST Dropped cigarette leads to sunken car NASHUA – Add to the list of dangers associated with cigarettes: May lead to driving into the river. A Parkhurst Drive man, Chris Hurd, told firefighters Monday morning that he drove his 2016 Dodge Journey SUV into the Nashua River by the Mine Falls boat ramp near Stellos Stadium after he dropped his cigarette into his lap. Hurd was not injured in the accident, but his SUV ended up sinking into the water. Hurd told firefighters that he dropped the cigarette and jumped out of the car, according to a report from the Nashua Fire Rescue. Hurd escaped the loose cigarette, but his car rolled into the water and sank after floating about 75 feet out from shore. No one else was in the car at the time. The vehicle was towed from the water after a fire rescue boat team went out and attached a tow cable to the SUV. – Telegraph staff Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:43 EST October was mild with some minor drought relief. October was the first month since February with above normal rainfall, enough in fact to nip at the heels of the extreme drought around the region. You may wonder why we are still talking about drought even though lawns have greened up and the topsoil has turned moist again. There are several types of drought, with the most important ones being meteorological, agricultural and hydrological. The agricultural drought has been nullified mostly due to the end of the growing season, and that the late winter sun angle combined with the increased rains of the past few weeks, have been able to restore some topsoil moisture. Agricultural droughts can be remedied quickly since topsoil moisture is the main factor. The meteorological and hydrological droughts are still going strong since these droughts are based on long-term rainfall deficits affecting groundwater, stream flows, watersheds and reservoir levels. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:06:32 EST Nashua teen arrested in downtown shooting NASHUA – Nineteen-year-old city resident Christopher Baxter was arraigned Monday on two felony offenses that, according to his statements to police, stemmed from an argument that developed while he and younger teenage friends were “hanging out smoking weed and playing with some guns” over the weekend, police said. Baxter, who currently lists no fixed address, but recently lived on Morgan Street in Nashua, was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with one count each of reckless conduct and falsifying physical evidence, both of which are Class B felonies. He is charged with shooting a 15-year-old male in the arm around 7:30 Saturday night, after he reportedly allowed the younger teen to cut him with a knife, according to police reports. Police said in reports that they issued a warrant for Baxter’s arrest after investigating the circumstances of the incident, which occurred in the alleged victim’s apartment at 15 E. Pearl St. On Sunday, police said they tracked Baxter to a friend’s apartment on Myrtle Street. As officers knocked on the front door, another officer posted at the rear of the building reportedly saw Baxter trying to leave through the back door. Police were able to take him into custody without further incident, they said. Bail was set at $100,000 cash or surety at Monday’s arraignment, with stipulations that Baxter have no contact with the victim, stay away from alcohol and illegal drugs and turn over to Nashua police any and all weapons he owns. Nashua district court Judge Paul Moore, who conducted the arraignment via video conference from Valley Street jail, set a probable cause hearing for Nov. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:05:04 EST Nashua will get second casino; River Casino moving to High Street Nashua will get its second casino later this year after the announcement on Monday that Milford’s River Casino is relocating to downtown Nashua. “We’ve always wanted to be in Nashua,” said Greg Barber, River Casino’s general manager. “This is our first real opportunity to do it.” River is buying out the Arena Sports Bar on High Street, just a block off Main Street. The new establishment, to be called River Casino and Sports Bar, is set to open early next month, with 12 poker tables and six gaming tables. Barber said the business will also have a full restaurant and bar. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:00:26 EST After a three-decade detour, The Telegraph is back in Nashua I sat at my desk last Friday, pecking away at the keyboard to finish my latest contribution, when I heard the whine of a police siren, followed by rhythmic percussion that I instantly recognized as that of a marching band. So I grabbed my hat and coat, turned right into an L-shaped hallway, took several steps, turned left, walked straight ahead, through a glass doorway and no more than 90 seconds later I was standing curbside saluting participants in Nashua's Veterans Day parade. Not since the early 1980s, when I was pushing the "ripe old" age of 30, had I been able to leave my desk in the Telegraph newsroom and step into the heart of downtown Nashua without getting in my car, crossing a bridge and driving for 15 or so minutes, then reversing the process to return to work. So today, I'm tickled pink to say, on behalf of the three or four of us veteran Telegraphers who had a desk at 60 Main St.: We're home. As a realtor might offer, "location, location, location." Indeed, the day has come to celebrate the final phase of our weeks-long relocation process, which, like any undertaking of this magnitude, was sprinkled with both smoother-than-anticipated moments and occasional visits by little, heretofore unseen gremlins that like to throw obstacles at us to see how we handle them. From where I sit, we handled them superbly. A special shout-out goes to those tasked with untangling 30 years' worth of wires, cables and power cords and reassembling them in our new digs - and in working order. Looking back, this move is actually my sixth in my 44 years and change with The Telegraph. Quick rundown: n Made my Telegraph debut at 60 Main St. at the immature and long-haired age of 18 1/2 in fall 1972; n Moved (reluctantly) with everyone else out of Nashua to Hudson over the New Year's holiday weekend 1983-84; n Returned to a small, rented office at 60 Main St. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:01:30 EST Sally Ann Deschenes Sally Ann Deschenes (Tower), resident of Litchfield, NH, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Throughout her entire illness, she never gave up hope for a cure, remaining positive and upbeat with every obstacle she came across. She was an inspiration to all. She was born on July 7, 1939, in Concord, NH, daughter of the late Karl and Marguerite Maloy. "Mam" loved spending time with her beloved family, everything about Christmas, camping, her cat Josie, and was an avid Red Sox fan. A longtime parishioner of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, she also taught Sunday school there for several years. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:01:00 EST From NCA to culinary institute Sun, 13 Nov 2016 02:12:52 EST Blame game has avoided Wilson Sun, 13 Nov 2016 02:10:39 EST Nashua Catholic awards top fall athletes Sun, 13 Nov 2016 02:06:08 EST Aphrodite ‘Dite’ Floras Aphrodite "Dite" Floras, 93, passed away peacefully at her daughters home in Litchfield, on November 10, 2016. She was born in Nashua, NH on January 18, 1923, daughter of the late Athanasios and Maria (Martin) Nehorites. She was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1940 Aphrodite was a loving and devoted mother to her six children, and was also a lover of animals. She was an avid reader of Western novels by Louis L'Amour, and enjoyed watching western movies, and taking trips to the beach. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:04:40 EST Elizabeth Richards Elizabeth Richards, 93 of Nashua, NH died Wednesday November 9, 2016 at Langdon Place in Nashua. Born May 17, 1923 in Baltimore, MD. She was the widow of Norman Joseph Richards, who died in 2003 and had celebrated 57 years of marriage with. She was also predeceased by her son, Norman J. Richards who died in 2011. Elizabeth was an extremely religious individual and was a former communicant of St. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:04:16 EST Denise G.L.A. Labrie Denise G.L.A. Labrie, 58, of Litchfield and formerly of Nashua, passed away peacefully at her home, Thursday, November 10, 2016. Born in Nashua on May 10, 1958, she is a daughter of Armande G. (Beaulieu) Labrie and the late George J. Labrie. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:03:27 EST Mr. Maurice Houle MERRIMACK- Maurice Houle, 87, died peacefully, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Jeanine Docas. Maurice was born in Nashua on December 26, 1928. He was the son of the late Louis M. and Marie (Cote) Houle. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Bill Dube Realty in their maintenance department. Maurice was a member of Club National in Nashua and loved to help other people. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:03:03 EST Roger A. Fortin NASHUA - Roger A. Fortin, 85 of Nashua, NH died November 1st, 2016, at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH following a period of declining health. He was born in Nashua, NH on April 6, 1931, the son of Francis and Alice (Declos) Fortin. He attended Nashua public schools and graduated from Nashua High School in 1949. He proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, and was stationed at Quonset Point, Rhode Island and aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:01:46 EST Alan Blannin Alan Blannin, 61, of Hollis, NH, husband of Debra S. (McCubrey) Blannin, passed away early Sunday morning, November 6, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a courageous, two and half year battle with colorectal cancer. He was born in London England on April 29, 1955 the son of Freda M. (Rose) and the late Albert F. Blannin. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:01:18 EST Backpacks for adult students carry dreams of education ­The Adult Learning Center, located at 4 Lake St., is a nonprofit agency which has provided quality education to the people of greater Nashua since 1972. The community continues to grow as people come from nations across the globe, many looking to learn a new language and acquire skills to better their lives. The Mailbag hopes to help provide adult learners with backpacks for A+ organizational skills. Backpacks keep learning tools close at hand "I am the Director of Adult Education at the Adult Learning Center in Nashua," writes Lauren O., of Nashua (LTR 3,294). "Every month, we get new students from all over the world. We are looking for gently used backpacks for our adult students. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:00:20 EST Division I East/West Semifinal, 1 p.m. Saturday Nashua North (8-2) at Exeter (9-1) COACH: Bill Ball SEASON: 9-1, only loss to Portsmouth (21-14). Wins over Dover, Spaulding, Keene, Winnacunnet, Nashua North (42-6), Nashua South, Bishop Guertin, Alvirne, Nashua South (quarterfinal). KEY OFFENSIVE PLAYERS: Senior quarterback Kyle Ball (pictured right), junior running back Brayden Lowery, senior back Cam Flanagan, 6-2 senior receiver Evan Graham, senior linemen Joe Early (6-0, 230), Pat Gillis (5-11, 190) and Josh Walmsley (6-0, 200). GAME PLAN: Ball, headed to the University of Maine on a baseball scholarship, is a superb athlete, runs well (more than 600 yards) and can throw on the run. Lowery, who was supposed to be a JV player, has rushed for more than 1,000 yards (including 176 vs. North) and can bounce to the outside. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:33:11 EST Looking back at the week in news Nashua faces drastic cuts after tough budget meeting The city is now seeing the effects of the state's decision to raise payments to fund the New Hampshire Retirement System from 60 percent to 100 percent and to lower the expected rate of return from 7.75 percent to 7.25 percent. On Thursday, Mayor Jim Donchess outlined sweeping cuts faced by the city in order to stay within its spending cap. Donchess made some drastic proposals: cutting five police positions and reducing overtime; eliminating four fire positions and other spending cuts to that department - possibly even closing a fire station - and laying off dozens of teachers and perhaps closing an elementary school, as well. This is no time to be cutting police positions, considering the current crisis that has seen 14 opioid-related fatalities in the last two months alone. How would you like to be among the many people living near a fire station that has to be shut down, knowing that if tragedy occurs, it would be much longer before help arrives - minutes that can spell the difference between saving a home or losing it, saving a life or losing it. And how would it be for you to be the parent of a child whose education suffers by being stuffed into an overcrowded classroom? Nashua taxpayers are facing many difficult decisions in the weeks and months ahead. New Hampshire allows for a smooth transition of power The days following the controversial 2016 presidential election were calm in Nashua. Despite the city, state and overall popular vote going in support of Democrat Hillary Clinton, the region did not experience the same anti-Donald Trump protests witnessed elsewhere in the country. "I thought Hillary was going to win. The Republican Party won the election fair and square," said Harold Jenkins, a Vietnam veteran having breakfast the morning after Election Day. "We've got to all get behind him and see where we go from here." Nashua's own Kelly Ayotte also displayed the ultimate grace in conceding a razor-thin election without calling for a recount. In doing so, she respected the wishes of the majority, be it a slim majority, and allowed for U.S. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:04:18 EST Spirit and pride: Nashua parade pays tribute to veterans American spirit and pride were in full force Friday as city residents paid tribute to the country's veterans with its annual Veterans Day Parade. A brisk wind forced many to bundle up as they sat in chairs along Main Street in Nashua as the short-but-spirited parade made its way on its traditional route south from Holman Stadium. The event kicked off at 11:11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, marking the end of World War I and coinciding with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day worldwide. First in line was the Nashua High School South marching band, which guided city leaders, veterans, Scouts and first responders down Library Hill. The grand marshal of the event was World War II veteran Louie Prince. Veteran Bob Moran, of Billerica, Mass., came up to watch the Gate City parade. He stood near the Main Street Bridge to look for his granddaughter Sydney, who was marching with one of the middle school bands. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:05:33 EST Nashaway Women’s Club shows no signs of slowing down About a month ago, in the first of two columns on the history of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (the second is coming soon), I came across a neat little tidbit: In 1898, ahead of the February 1899 grand opening of the much-anticipated Nashua Emergency Hospital, several women's civic clubs each adopted a private room and got to work decorating and furnishing them. One of those clubs was the Nashaway Woman's Club, barely two years old at the time - but, according to the extensive compilations of its history I perused the other day, bearing no resemblance to the tiny, disordered group of recruits one would expect of a fledgling organization. That the club, which peaked in membership somewhere north of 300 strong in its early to mid-20th-century heyday, has retained its original name has long interested me. So when current President Linda Twombley told me the club is about to celebrate its 120th birthday, I started asking questions. Wading through the sampling of the club's historical volumes that Twombley lent me the other day, I found two slightly different explanations. One, a dispatch included in a several-page special section in the old Manchester Union - today's New Hampshire Union Leader - ties the name to that of "the tribe of Indians who made the banks of the Nashua River their headquarters." Another reference is in a handwritten timeline of the club's history, recorded in June 1896, about two months after "ten ladies (met) at the home of Mrs. E. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:03:25 EST United Way gives funds The United Way of Greater Nashua has completed its three-year community assessment, and as a result has funneled more than $375,000 to 30 specific programs from several local nonprofits. The United Way gives annually, but the process of deciding where to direct its money takes place every three years, said the organization's President, Michael Apfelberg. The organization approached local nonprofit entities asking for project proposals they could categorize under three different headings: health, economic mobility and education. "Here are the needs we've assessed. What programs can you propose to make a difference in these identified areas?"Apfelberg said. "Those are the three buckets. They decide which bucket it goes into." Thirty volunteers work under board member Jay Dinkel's direction evaluate specific projects. "The whole process from receiving the proposals to when we made the decision took about a month. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:03:00 EST Farewell to Nashua’s own Sen. Kelly Ayotte In an Oct. 23 letter, I called upon Sen. Kelly Ayotte to step down. Did I believe this letter would have me questioned by my close conservative friends? Of course - and I was, dozens of them - but most were relieved after reading a letter that validated their own thoughts and beliefs. New Hampshire conservatives were angered that our field efforts toward our presidential nominee were negatively targeted by our junior senator. In turn, Sen. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:01:18 EST Time to stand with all residents of the city For months, Donald Trump has pointed to Britain's decision to leave the EU as an inspiration for his campaign. However, with the Brexit came an upsurge in violence against immigrants in Britain. Trump now has his desired win and, it is similar to the British Brexit: In both countries, many white, working-class people voted against what they saw as the interests of an indifferent elite. These similarities demand that we be vigilant for and rally against possible violence in the U.S. I am worried about violence in Nashua because of the attack on the Nashua Islamic Center this September. Nashua is home to people originally from India, Latin America and many other corners of the world. All these people deserve safety. We must continue to stand with immigrants against any who would threaten them or question their place in our city, regardless of who is president. Tristan K. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:00:54 EST Philip Lawrence Hall Philip Lawrence Hall, 87, a lifelong resident of Nashua, died peacefully at his home on November 7, 2016. He was the son of the late J. Lawrence and Elizabeth (Alexander) Hall, born in Nashua, New Hampshire on July 3, 1929. He attended the Nashua public Schools and the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a commission in the United States Air Force. While serving in the Air Force as instructor in electronic countermeasures at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, he met and subsequently married Lt. Betty Jane Baldridge USAF of Alexandria, Louisiana. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:06:27 EST Yvonne S. (Monerawela) Marikar Yvonne S. (Monerawela) Marikar, 83, of Nashua passed away on Wednesday October 9, 2016 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack. Yvonne was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka on December 7, 1932, a daughter of the late Shelly and Eva Elizabeth Monerawela. She was the loving wife of Abu Marikar of Nashua. Helen was a lifelong Nashua resident. She was a loving and generous woman who was continually giving to others. Besides her husband of 52 years, Yvonne is survived by: one daughter, Amira Marikar of Hollis; two grandchildren, Zaki Azar Quereshy and Shaan Ali Quereshy; one brother, Chandre Monerawela and his wife Geraldine of Ireland; one sister, Manel Rajapakse of Sri Lanka; a special niece, Amanda Monerawela-Hughes; also several other nieces, nephews and cousins. SERVICES: A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1:30 PM in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:06:06 EST Donald Deschenes NASHUA - Donald Deschenes, 78, of Nashua, died peacefully Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at his home to be with his Jesus. He was surrounded by his loving family. Donald was born in Hollis, NH on March 3, 1938. He was the beloved son of the late Adelie (Dionne) and Jean Baptiste Deschenes. He was raised in Hollis on his family's 100 acre farm until he was 13 years old. For three years, he lived at the Laconia State School and following that he resided at Concord State Hospital for over 30 years. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:07:59 EST Barbara M. (Silva) Brouillette Barbara M. (Silva) Brouillette, 80, longtime resident of Nashua and former resident of Dracut and Lowell, MA, died peacefully on November 8, 2016 at Langdon Place in Nashua with her loving family by her side. She was born in Lowell, MA, a daughter of the late Herman and Regina (Perigny) Silva. She was the wife of John A. Brouillette, Sr., whom she married on November 24, 1957. They shared almost 59 years of marriage. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:05:05 EST New indictment in GoFundMe theft case NASHUA - Unless attorneys file any motions over the next couple of months, proceedings in the case of the Nashua woman accused of emptying the GoFundMe account she started in memory of her deceased friend last year will resume with a hearing in February. Meanwhile, prosecutors sought, and a Hillsborough County grand jury issued, a new indictment against Krystal Gentley, 27, of 9 Eighth St., which was handed down in June. The indictment merely replaces her initial indictment, with a slight change in the wording of the charge from theft by deception - consolidation to theft by unauthorized taking - consolidation. The charge remains a Class A felony because the amount she allegedly stole - roughly $5,000 - is well over the $1,501 benchmark for a Class A felony. The only other change in the case is former Assistant County Attorney Nicole Thorspecken's withdrawal in August as the prosecutor, a move prompted by Thorspecken's reassignment to the state Attorney General's office. Assistant County Attorney Lisa Drescher subsequently took over as prosecutor. Nashua attorney Marc L. Gouthro is representing Gentley. According to the case summary, a trial management case is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 10, with trial to begin Feb. 21 with jury selection. Motions to extend those dates, or if Gentley and prosecutors enter a plea agreement, will alter or render moot that timetable. Gentley was a longtime friend of Tabitha L. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:59:29 EST Nashua man charged with impersonating FBI agent ARLINGTON, Mass. - Police in Arlington have charged 23-year-old Nashua resident Gannon Kemper LeBlanc with several offenses stemming from allegations that he attempted to enter an Arlington family's home while posing as an FBI agent, according to news sources. LeBlanc, whose street address in Nashua wasn't immediately available, was nabbed Wednesday night by Arlington officers who spotted him at a bus stop not far from the Lee Terrace house he is accused of trying to enter. He was held overnight and arraigned Thursday in Cambridge district court, where he pleaded not guilty to one count each of impersonating a police officer; selling or possessing an electric stun gun; carrying a firearm without a license; and unlawful possession of ammunition. LeBlanc was ordered held without bail following arraignment, according to the Boston Herald. His next court date wasn't immediately known. The Arlington homeowner denied LeBlanc's request to enter the home, instead placing a call to police and, according to the Herald and other news outlets, possibly averting a potentially dangerous or even deadly confrontation. Why LeBlanc wanted to access the house, and why he chose that particular house, remained a mystery on Thursday. Police did tell the Herald that among the items investigators found in LeBlanc's backpack was a list of names of people who work at a federal defense facility in Lexington, Mass. Investigators also found a knife, black leather gloves, rope, duct tape and a ski mask in the backpack. LeBlanc's attorney said his client worked in the finance department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:01:45 EST News Digest Nashua City announces holiday trash collection dates The Solid Waste Department has announced its November holiday schedule. For the week of Election Day and Veterans Day, the normal collection schedule was followed Monday through Thursday, including the regular curbside pickup of trash, recycling on the A route. Friday routes on Veterans Day will be picked up on Saturday. On Veterans Day, the Four Hills Landfill, Nashua Recycling Center and the Solid Waste Department office will be closed. During the week of Thanksgiving, the normal schedule will be followed from Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:01:08 EST Suspect captured after Mass. escape NASHUA - Robert Reidy, the 24-year-old Nashua man arrested twice in two days last year on multiple drug-related charges, was captured in Nashua on Tuesday after allegedly walking away from a Massachusetts correctional center where he was a pretrial inmate, authorities said. Reidy was reportedly on the lam for several hours, having disappeared from the Lawrence Correctional Alternative Center and made his way back to Nashua before he was located and taken into custody. Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins Jr. didn't specify whether Nashua police or members of another law enforcement agency apprehended Reidy, whose last known Nashua address is 12 Grand Ave. Reidy was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court on the arrest warrant that Essex County officials issued after Reidy was reported missing from the center. A court spokeswoman said he is scheduled for an extradition hearing on Nov. 21 in the Nashua court. Information on bail, and whether he is being held in jail pending the hearing, wasn't immediately available. Reidy, in October 2015, was arrested, along with a now-deceased 24-year-old woman with whom he lived, after police found about 30 grams of pre-packaged heroin, along with several firearms, in a safe in their apartment. He was charged with possession of heroin, driving after revocation, disobeying a police officer and driving without giving proof. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:13:21 EST Mayor notes possible cuts to city funds NASHUA - Thursday's discussion on the looming budget crunch caused by a large increase in the state pension bill and a loss of funding in school aid, exacerbated by the city's spending cap, saw people packed into the City Hall auditorium. Mayor Jim Donchess went through issues and possible outcomes, which include laying off staff in police, fire and public works departments, as well as dozens of potential layoffs in the Nashua School District. "I knew that we all have the same objectives, which is the welfare of our city," he said. Donchess went through projected budgets for the 2018 fiscal year from key city departments, showing the impact that staying within the city's spending cap will have on services. Donchess asked all of the departments to project the impact of a level-funded budget for the 2018 fiscal year. This would require just about every department to scale back on the services they are already providing. Police would need to cut five positions and reduce overtime for the rest of the department in order to cut the department budget by $600,000. Chief Andrew Lavoie stated in a letter to Donchess that the cuts severely downgrade the  capacity of the department. "We are dealing with a severe drug crisis in addition to the fact that crime cannot be forecasted," Lavoie said. The city has seen 14  opioid-related fatalities in the last two months, and police have made 680 drug-related arrests so far this year, Donchess said. Nashua's fire department is eyeing at least four eliminated staff positions and spending cuts to reduce its budget by $464,000. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:13:36 EST Joanne D. Gagnon Joanne D. Gagnon, 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Nov. 9th after a brief illness. Joanne was born in Lowell, MA where she attended St. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:00:31 EST Friel tournament keep kids on course; 38th annual Boys & Girls Club event draws hundreds NASHUA - The 38th annual Friel Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua was held on Sept. 7. Held in memory of Jeanne and Phil Friel, the family has donated the use of both courses at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson since 1978. Two hundred and fifty golfers came out to enjoy a fun day of golf in support of the club and kids. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:02:29 EST Humane Society to host educational series NASHUA - Due to the success of the HERO program at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, the shelter will be hosting a series of seasonal education events throughout the school year and over the holiday breaks. For Halloween, the shelter held a free one-hour program, and with teacher and staff guidance, children learned the superstitions and truth about cats, read a few tales to the rescues and were given a tour. "This Halloween program was offered to home-schoolers and children who love animals. It was a special treat, and we were so happy to meet children and their parents in our community who care about animals. It was a great learning opportunity," said Susanna Hargreaves, Humane Society board trustee and education chair. The Education Committee at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua created the HERO program to teach children to be safe around animals, take care of their pets, help animals in the community, and promote the resources available at the shelter. An acronym A HSFN HERO is: Helpful - by completing service projects; Educated - by acquiring knowledge about the welfare and proper treatment of animals; Respectful - by being considerate of people and animals alike; and Outspoken - by developing a lifelong advocacy for animals. "The HERO program encourages and nurtures children and animal lovers through various kid friendly activities. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:02:04 EST Nashua emotions mixed after bitter election The campaigning is over, but the news that Republican Donald Trump won the White House in the 2016 election has led to both elation and hand-wringing all along Main Street on Wednesday morning. The celebration began at 5 a.m. at Poore Pierre's Restaurant, according to waitstaff there. Regular customers, ready for the day's kielbasa omelette special, arrived in jovial moods after a night for many of watching results across the state and the country. "Being in at 5 was awesome. Everyone was excited. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:03:32 EST Donald Deschenes NASHUA - Donald Deschenes, 78, of Nashua, died peacefully Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at his home to be with his Jesus. He was surrounded by his loving family. Donald was born in Hollis, NH on March 3, 1938. He was the beloved son of the late Adelie (Dionne) and Jean Baptiste Deschenes. He was raised in Hollis on his family's 100 acre farm until he was 13 years old. For three years, he lived at the Laconia State School and following that he resided at Concord State Hospital for over 30 years. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:02:42 EST Anthony Kulakowski Anthony Kulakowski, 91 of Nashua, NH died Tuesday November 8, 2016 at the Kindred Healthcare in Nashua. Born April 20, 1925 in Lowell, Ma he was the son of the late Michael and Antenitsa Kulakowski and widower of Mildred (Brown) Kulakowski who died April 1, 2007. He is predeceased by Nick and Stella Ganas After attending school in Lowell, Ma he went on to serve in the US Army during WWII. Prior to retirement, Anthony had worked for Fimbel Door as a sander and also worked as a countertop manufacturer for Reisse Associates in Lowell. Anthony was a member of the VFW Nashua Post 483. Survivors include three stepdaughters, Helen Sanford and her husband Anthony, of Nashua, Martha Berry, of Hudson, MA and Sandy Ganas, of Maine; two stepsons, Fred S Drew, of Hudson, MA and Richard P Drew and his wife Alicia, of Richmond, NH; three step-grandchildren, Marianne Bryan and her husband Derek, of Maine, Tony Ganas and his wife Chisenta, of Hudson, NH, and Michael Ganas and his wife Mary, of Dracut, MA., as well as several other grandchildren and great- grandchildren. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held Saturday November 12, 2016 from 1:30-2:30 PM at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:30 PM, immediately following visitation with Pastor Matthew J. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:02:17 EST Roger Ledoux Roger Ledoux, 79, passed away peacefully at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. He was born on June 6, 1937, to the late Ralph and Louise Ledoux. He is survived by his son Christopher Ledoux of Arizona, and brother and sister-in-law Ralph and Elizabeth Ledoux of Hudson, NH, sisters Jeannine Bishop of Nashua, NH, and Nancy Danis of Goffstown, NH, as well as several nieces and nephews. He went to Nashua schools throughout his youth before honorably serving in the military, stationed in Japan during the Korean War. He lived in Nashua throughout his life, although he briefly lived in Arizona before returning home to Nashua. No formal services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Rd., Merrimack, N.H. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:01:45 EST