Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Locals sneering as this man’s crow tastes gamy Nashua North just proved me wrong again. Nothing new right? Just ask Bishop Guertin. That's one football team that knows how to spin my prognostications around and make me eat crow. Wow, I never realized how fattening crow was until today. I've been eating a lot of it with my picks this fall. Don't get me wrong, it tastes good, sometimes - especially when you think a local team will lose, then it pulls out a big win. Of course last week's Battle of the Bridge was between two locals, both full of talent. I chose Nashua South to beat Nashua North. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:15:11 EST Football Prevew Capsules: Week 5 DIVISION I Keene (1-3)  at Nashua South (2-2) WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. WHERE: Stellos Stadium. LAST YEAR: Keene, 45-14. LAST WEEK: Nashua North 27, Nashua South 16; Keene 32, Bishop Guertin 14 FYI: Beware of the Blackbirds, who took advantage of four BG turnovers last week and got a lot of mileage out of QB Sean Corrigan, who had two TD passes called back but did throw for a score. The Panthers are looking to bounce back behind QB Sean Holland and are also getting more mileage out of running back Myles Johnson. This is a game for survival in the West Conference. Salem (4-0)  at Merrimack (3-1) WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. WHERE: Merrimack's Student Memorial Field. LAST YEAR: Salem, 37-26. LAST WEEK: Merrimack 55, Concord 20; Salem 42, Timberlane 14. FYI: The Blue Devils are a true contender, with a superb back in Josh Sibanda and a host of other players on offense that can put up points. The Tomahawks, behind Justin Grassini, Joe Eichman and Tyler DeNeil, have done nothing but put up points in their last three games to the tune of 56, 55 and 55. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:13:22 EST Walk takes steps to stem suicide NASHUA - Nashua will host its third Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday as part of a nationwide effort to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Nearly 30 teams totaling about 250 walkers have signed up to join the Nashua event at Mine Falls Park, collectively raising about $24,000 so far. "The teams are typically in memory of a loved one who died of suicide, or they are to support their own surviving mental illness," said Lisa Riley, chairwoman of the New Hampshire Chapter of AFSP, in a Thursday phone interview. "It's a great way for these individual walkers to stir up energy and get their friends and families involved. It's a hallmark way to bring awareness to mental illness, support and suicide." The organization works to raise awareness and funds to invest in new research, launch educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss. "The walk in Nashua is the third and final New Hampshire walk this fall - it was Concord, Portsmouth and Nashua - and it is part of about 400 walks across the country this fall," Riley said. The foundation aims to reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. Nashua hosted its inaugural walk in 2014 with 48 participants. In October 2015, nearly 200 people came out to join the event, and 2016 is shaping up to be the largest one yet. "These are our signature fundraising events," Riley said, adding that the potential rain this weekend won't deter the walk. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:08:37 EST Mass. woman arrested in 2015 theft NASHUA - A Massachusetts woman was arrested last weekend for allegedly stealing jewelry from a retail store in Nashua more than a year ago, according to police. Shannon Donovan, 42, of Waltham, Mass., was charged Sept. 25 with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, a Class A felony, stemming from an incident in August 2015, when officers with the Nashua Police Department investigated the theft of $4,730 worth of sterling silver jewelry from the Kohl's on Gusabel Avenue. During the course of this investigation, police say, Donovan was identified as a suspect and it was learned that she was previously arrested for committing the same crime at several other Kohl's locations in Massachusetts. Donovan was released on $3,000 cash or surety bail and is scheduled for a Nov. 3 arraignment in a Nashua courtroom. - Telegraph staff Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:10:15 EST Man, 60, charged in beating, strangling NASHUA - A 60-year-old Nashua man is in jail on high bail following his arraignment this week on charges that accuse him of breaking a female partner's nose and eye socket and strangling her until she lost consciousness, according to police. Edward Lauziere, of 27 Avon Drive, faces four felony and three misdemeanor charges stemming from the Monday evening incident, in which police say he "struck the victim with multiple punches to her facial region ... resulting in fractured nasal bones and orbital bones," and also allegedly applied pressure to her neck to the point it "caused impeded breathing and loss of consciousness." The charges include two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault- domestic violence, all Class B felonies, along with one count each of simple assault and simple assault-domestic violence, Class A misdemeanors. Lauziere was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail at arraignment, which took place in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. He is due back in the Nashua court on Thursday, Oct. 6, for a probable cause hearing. Police said the department received a report just before 7 p.m. Monday that a domestic assault had occurred at the Avon Drive residence. Arriving officers were met with an injured woman and her harrowing account of how Lauziere allegedly picked her up by her neck and threw her against a wall, then got on top of her where she landed and "punched her several times in the face with a closed fist," according to police reports. The woman told police that after punching her, Lauziere grabbed her neck with both hands and applied pressure to her throat "causing her breathing to be impeded to the point she lost consciousness," police wrote. Upon regaining consciousness, the victim told police, she was no longer wearing her shirt, had blurry vision and the cellphone she was holding was gone. She told police she then saw Lauziere standing over her, and that his arm was bleeding heavily. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:02:49 EST Volunteers work on Habitat homes, donate $3K NASHUA - Over the course of two days recently, six Greenman-Pedersen employees rolled up their sleeves to work on homes for local families in need of affordable housing for Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity. Through Habitat's Team Building Day Program, the volunteers worked on two Nashua Habitat projects: a new duplex to be built at 42 Chestnut St. and a home renovation at 42 Nottingham Drive. GPI volunteers worked in 90-degree heat to clean up tools and equipment from the Nottingham Drive home, nicknamed the "Veterans Build," as it has been dedicated to a local military service family. The employees worked on another hot and humid day to remove salvageable windows from the second and third floors of the Chestnut Street house. The salvaged windows will be resold by the Nashua Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a retail outlet that sells new and used building materials, furniture and other goods to the general public at a fraction of retail value. Employees also donated $3,000. Kinsley House of Pizza and Chipotle, both in Nashua, donated lunch on both days. "GPI is turning 50 years old this year, which is not only an amazing milestone for any business, but especially one in the engineering industry," said Laurie Couillard, GPI marketing director. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:06:37 EST Horticulturist makes presentation to Nashua Garden Club NASHUA - The Nashua Garden Club and members of the Greater Nashua gardening community were entertained at their September program by Tovah Martin, horticulturalist, television guest and author of "The Indestructible Houseplant," among other publications. All left the session looking forward to arranging their house plants in artistic vignettes, as illustrated by Martin, to brighten the upcoming winter. The Nashua Garden Club is an independent club devoted to the diverse needs and interests of its members. Founded in 1961, the club's mission is to encourage its members to fully involve themselves in learning about and participating in the many aspects of horticulture, landscape design, floral design and the civic beautification of the community. - Submitted by Nashua Garden Club Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:06:13 EST M. Elizabeth 'Betty' Kennedy M. Elizabeth "Betty" Kennedy, 98, resident of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully Sept. 23, 2016 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack. She was born In Bristol, Vt., on May 27, 1918, a daughter of How­ard and Katherine (Sheldon) Trudeau. Betty was raised and educated in Vermont and grad­uated from Bristol High School. She lived in Nashua for the past several years and formerly resided in Wilton for many years. Betty was a voracious reader and an avid gar­dener. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:02:32 EST An open letter to the city’s Islamic Society Salaam Alaikum! As the Nashua Area Interfaith Council, we are committed to acts of love in service to one another. We are heartbroken and outraged over the events perpetrated this month at the Islamic Society of Greater Nashua on the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Our sisters and brothers in Nashua have the right to gather and worship together in peace in their communities. Those who violate this peace - no matter their intentions - injure our foundation as an organization whose intent is to create a climate of understanding, respect, education and support for each other's ministries within the Greater Nashua community. These actions are antithetical to the values and fabric upon which this nation was founded - that all are created equal and have the unalienable right given by our creator to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As you continue from the festival of Eid al-Adha - filled with blessings and a renewed spirit of devotion - know, dear sisters and brothers, that we stand in solidarity with you as the communities of the Nashua Area Interfaith Council. We are blessed that you are with us here in Nashua, and we support your ministry in our shared city. May the never-failing mercies of God be with you always. The Rev. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:09:26 EST Tomahawks rally for volleyball win GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Merrimack 3, Salem 2 Elise Jolly produced 20 kills, 19 digs, seven blocks and five service aces to lead Merrimack from two sets down to a 17-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-10 victory over Salem at home on Wednesday. Jordyn Boyce (nine digs, 10 kills), Alli Marino (28 assists), Lianna Klinger (21 digs) and Joanne Bonner (eight kills, seven digs, two aces) also played well for the Tomahawks (7-3). Alvirne 3,  Nashua South 0 Nashua South (3-7) kept things close all match, before falling in three sets - 25-21, 27-25, 25-22 - to Alvirne (8-2). South's Amber Hedquist (seven kills, two blocks) and Catherine Covert (four blocks) had solid nights in the close loss. Bishop Guertin 3,  Manchester Central 0 Bishop Guertin's Julia Pascucci (14 assists, three aces, four kills), Dani Szczgielski (one ace, nine assists, three kills), Elizabeth Knapp (two aces, five kills) and Rita Dow (two aces, three kills) all played well in a 25-10, 25-18, 25-21 victory over Manchester Central. Gilford 3, Milford 1 Milford dropped the first two sets and couldn't fully recover in a 25-22, 25-8, 24-26, 25-12 loss to Gilford. Gabby Monaco (five service aces, two blocks, five kills), Maddy Wheeler (two aces, six kills) and Julia Mrozek (four kills) stood out for the Spartans (6-3). Concord 3,  Hollis Brookline 1 Hollis Brookline won the first set then watched Concord win the next three in a 18-25, 28-26, 25-21, 25-9 loss in the state capital. Maddie Norris (10 kills), Kaleigh Whalen (seven kills, three blocks), Kaitlyn Johnson (three blocks) and Sierra Dinman (six digs) all played well for the Cavaliers, who now sit at 7-3. The Crimson Tide improved to 9-0. FIELD HOCKEY Salem 1,  Nashua South 0 Salem broke a scoreless tie 10 minutes into the second half then held off Nashua South for a 1-0 win at Stellos Stadium. Panthers celebrating Senior Night were captains Grace Landry and Shannon Collins, Hannah Lambert, Emma Long, Hayley Bender, Livvy Montine, Allison Magrane, Julie Ramirez, Skylar Betty, Darcy Gutleriez, Julia McGonagle, Ashley Eppolitto and manager Kelsey  Marison. Paige Murphy had 17 saves in goal for South. Milford 4,  Oyster River 0 Lauren Dishong scored three goals and Sydney Kolasinski added one of her own to lead Milford past Oyster River in Durham. Meredith Recks picked up an assist on Kolasinski's goal, while goalie Timea Hamlin had a light night between the pipes. Hamlin only need to stop one shot to record the shutout and improve the Spartans record to 4-5. BOYS SOCCER Campbell 3,  Hillsboro-Deering 0 Nathan Dillow, Justin Furlong and Brandon Mason scored one goal each in Campbell's shutout win over Hillsboro-Deering. Jake Scafidi and Ben LaBatt each had an assist from their midfield positions. Matt Gagne earned his ninth shutout of the season for the Cougars (9-1), while the defense of T.J. Furlong, Sean Gannon, Chris Woods, Trevor Gomes, Zach Kirby and Ben Cote held the Hillcats (2-7-1) to only three shots on net. GOLF North splits at  Green Meadow Brandon Gillis shot a 35 for co-medalist honors along with Concord's Sean McDonough, but it was the latter's squad that took recorded a pair of wins at Green Meadow Golf Club. Ben Pelletier (39), Sam Martin (41) and Jeremiah Latham (44) also had good rounds for the Titans (9-11). Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:15:53 EST Soup kitchen prepares for upcoming fundraiser NASHUA - A Saturday night out on the town or in a local restaurant happens without much thought for some. But the reality for many, according to Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter director Lisa Christie, is that it doesn't happen at all. Christie, who heads the service group that helps feed, clothe and house people in need in Nashua, announced that the opportunity to purchase tickets to the annual community gathering to help support the agency, has begun. The 16th annual gala will be held Saturday, Nov. 5. The fundraiser, the group's largest, allows people to make a significant impact in the lives of some Nashuans who may not be as fortunate as others. "These are families that don't get to take their kids to restaurants," Christie said. The annual event, complete with silent and live auction, is highlighted by dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua. The NSKS, out of its 2 Quincy St. headquarters, feeds about 200 people daily. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:07:00 EST BOE delays report card, rubric votes NASHUA - At a Monday evening meeting, the Nashua Board of Education voted to delay two initiatives from the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee. One initiative was a redesign of the middle school report card, and the other was the implementation of the Characteristics of a Successful Learner rubric, which includes learning attributes such as perseverance, problem solving and responsibility. The motion to redesign report cards was meant to "bridge the gap" between standards and competencies to have consistent grading across grade levels in district schools. Member Doris Hohensee advocated against the report card change, citing issues with competency-based grading. "I fail to see the value of expanding an experimental program to the middle school if it has not been fully vetted at the high school," she said, "The district has a history of implementing programs and never looking carefully at the results." Nashua High School North senior Alexandra Norris, student member of the board, disagreed with Hohensee's position. "Sometimes when faced with change, people shut down and don't think clearly about what is in front of them," Norris said. She said the competency-based grading was introduced during her sophomore year, and piloted her junior year. "Familiarity is the best way to incorporate that throughout the Nashua district," Norris said. Member Howard Coffman said he also wanted more information before the board voted to make any change. "I believe we're moving too far and too fast on  competency-based grading," he said, "I don't believe we have enough adequate information." He echoed Hohensee's earlier comments: "I don't believe it has been fully vetted at the high school." Board member David Murotake brought the two motions forward to the full board from the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, which met Sept. 19. "I am going to vote against an attempt to delay this motion, because I think it's important for the administration to move forward and study what this report card would look like, to bridge the middle schools and the high school," Murotake said, adding that the project needs a timeline goal. "It is not my desire to allow an indefinite postponement of the results." Murotake said if the program were not ready, the board would vote to not implement. Board member George Farrington supported the motion. "I think we need to give them some room to move forward, and we do need some consistency between the middle school and the high school," Farrington said. Member Elizabeth Van Twuyver said voting against the motion will hinder teachers' working on the evaluation change. "I think you're going to do more damage by not allowing them to go ahead and finish this project. I don't know what's going to happen, if we're going to have any teachers after this," Van Twuyver said. In a 4-4 vote, the motion to redesign the report card failed with Dorothy Oden, Hohensee, Coffman and Sandra Ziehm voting against it. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:07:33 EST Armed robbery testimony starts NASHUA - When someone approached the drive-thru window at the Wendy's where he was working on Jan. 3 and warned him that a robbery would happen that night, 17-year-old Jose Ramos didn't pay much attention, he said. "I didn't think much of it," the soft-spoken, fidgety teen said from the witness stand Wednesday, the first day of testimony in the trial of former Nashua resident Jose Batista-Salva, who is charged with committing the armed robbery that Ramos had been warned about. "I just kept working. I didn't think it would actually happen," Ramos said Wednesday in response to questioning by assistant County Attorney David Tencza, who is prosecuting the case with assistant County Attorney Kathleen Broderick. "Did something happen a little while after that?" Tencza asked, referring to the warning. "Yeah, the robbery," Ramos replied, adding that he was about to hand a bag of food to a customer when "someone ran up and pointed a gun at me." While he "was scared," he told the court, Ramos also admitted to, as he put it, being "under the influence of marijuana" that night. Asked what, if anything, the person said, Ramos recalled being told " 'You have 6 seconds to give me the money' ... or they would start shooting." "What did you do?" Tencza asked. "I gave them the money," Ramos said, adding that he was able to see a gun and believes it was black in color. Batista-Salva, also known as Jose Manuel Batista, formerly of 17 Fletcher St. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:08:16 EST Board nails down Granite Hammer NASHUA - The Granite Hammer is coming down on Nashua drug dealers, with city police getting a quarter of a million dollars in grant funding as part of the statewide effort in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis. Aldermen approved accepting the grant Tuesday night, totaling more than $249,000. Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie has said that the money will go toward busting drug dealers and enacting drug prevention patrols. "This gives us a greater opportunity to fight the opioid problem, and to fight the crime that comes with it," Lavoie said. The funding is part of $1.5 million in grants funded by bipartisan legislation that expands Operation Granite Hammer throughout the state. The program was piloted in Manchester with solid results before being extended to other cities and towns. The Granite Hammer program in Manchester saw city police, state police and, in some cases, federal drug agents combine forces to tackle the source of the supply of opioids and took nearly 45 drug dealers off the street during the program's initial operations. Manchester is getting more than $300,000, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is in line for $105,000 as part of the funding announced Wednesday. "While we focus on strengthening prevention, treatment and recovery, we must also do everything that we can to support law enforcement and other first responders on the front lines combating the heroin and opioid epidemic in New Hampshire, including the increased prevalence of fentanyl in this crisis," Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a statement. Aside from Nashua and Manchester, local law enforcement agencies receiving funding include the police departments in Concord, Portsmouth, Keene, Laconia, Franklin, Lebanon, Canaan and Berlin; and the Sheriff's offices in Carroll, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Rockingham and Strafford counties - as well as one final pending application for Sullivan County. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:08:27 EST Nashua Police make an arrest in July’s melee NASHUA - A comprehensive police investigation into the July house party that turned into a brawl involving a shooting and stabbing on Paxton Terrace has led to the arrest of a 28-year-old resident of the house, police said. Travis Martein, of 15 Paxton Terrace, was arraigned Tuesday in Nashua district court on one count each of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and falsifying physical evidence, both Class B felonies, which accuse him of stabbing a male combatant in the neck, then throwing the knife from his car while fleeing the scene. At the time, police said, Martein was driving himself to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his thigh. He was shot, police said, while waving around a shotgun in an attempt to "scare" people into leaving the house. The alleged shooter, Christopher Theberge, told police he pulled his 9 mm handgun and fired toward Martein in self-defense, because he feared that Martein "was going to shoot people," according to police reports. Martein then retreated to his bedroom, with another party attendee, Nicholas Pflug, following him, police said. Fearing he would be shot again, Martein retrieved a knife from under his mattress and stabbed Pflug in the neck, according to police reports. Martein then left the house to drive himself to the hospital when one of the officers en route to the scene stopped him on Broad Street, reports said. The officer summoned an ambulance after learning Martein had been shot, and police interviewed him  later at the hospital. Meanwhile, Theberge was getting a seriously injured Pflug into another vehicle to take him to a hospital when it, too, was stopped by officers headed to the scene, according to reports. Police said two women jumped out of the car and "began yelling, 'save him,' " pointing to Pflug, who was in the backseat with Theberge. An ambulance was summoned for Pflug, who police said "was suffering from a severe neck wound." He was transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and later transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for further treatment. Both men recovered from their respective injuries. Nashua district court Judge Robert Stephen, who conducted Martein's arraignment via video conference from Valley Street jail, set bail at $50,000 cash and scheduled a probable cause hearing for Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Nashua court. The party that deteriorated into physical violence took place the night of July 8 into early July 9. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:11:44 EST New Nashua school officials meet public With three new administrative leaders in the district, the Nashua Board of Education organized a Meet and Greet reception for Superintendent of Schools Connie Brown and Assistant Superintendents Mike Fredericksen and Roland Boucher on Tuesday afternoon. "As a team, they are everything I could have wanted and more," said Sandra Ziehm, president of the Board of Education. Over the spring and summer months, the Board of Education held a series of interviews, in public and nonpublic sessions, to find new leadership for the district. Former Assistant Superintendents Jennifer Seusing and Karen Crebase left the district June 30, followed by Superintendent Mark Conrad on Aug. 12. In May, the board appointed Fredericksen, then principal of Elm Street Middle School, as assistant superintendent in charge of secondary schools and district assessment processes. "There's nothing that makes me more proud than to be a part of the Nashua school system and to work beside Roland Boucher and Dr. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:02:17 EST Thomas Franklin Richardson Jr. Thomas Franklin Richardson Jr. of Nashua NH passed away peacefully at his home on September, 10, 2016 after a long battle with leukemia. Tom, born December 22, 1929 in New Haven, CT, was the son of Thomas F. and Pearl Richardson. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:01:19 EST Truly, ‘Mad’-ly, Deeply: So many reasons to love Nashua I had a great weekend filled with friends, art, wine and fine foods! Friday night, we had a girls' night at Studio 550 in Manchester, where we played with clay for a couple hours. How fun! I finally resolved my college-age trauma of being unable to create pottery on the wheel. I'm not saying I can quit my day-job, or anything, but at least the lump of slippery gray clay didn't go flying off the wheel at anyone. Sunday afternoon I was in Amherst at LaBelle Winery for The Telegraph's inaugural Fall Food & Wine Festival. What a great day! There were 93 (!!!) wines to try, along with cheese, chocolate, bread, jams, ice cream ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:03:54 EST Lil’ Iguana’s Family Fun Day will have lots of activities NASHUA - From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, The Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation, a Nashua based nonprofit focused on keeping children safe, will host its Family Fun Day at Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside St. Family Fun Day will include a large variety of activities that focus on health, fitness, safety and literacy for children and their families. Activities at this family-friendly event include bounce houses by Jump Around NH, free eye exams by NH Healthy Families, a teddy bear & Lil' Iguana clinic by the Nightingale Society at NCC, balloon twisting, local mascots and characters, a coloring contest, and more. A portion of the event is dedicated to health and fitness and will include samples of nutritious foods and beverages, as well as easy and fun was to stay active and play. Kids can enter the coloring contest where two winners will receive a grand prize of a new bike and helmet, donated by Target. All participants in the coloring contest will receive a free book as their prize when they return their entry form to Family Fun Day. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:02:17 EST Event will feature Nashua’s own Broadway star NASHUA - At 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, Peacock Players will hold its annual dinner and silent auction at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway. This year's event is titled The Wizarding Feast - come dressed up in costume, or come dressed as yourself. The evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and live musical entertainment from Broadway and television star, Alexandra Socha. A much-celebrated Peacock Players alumna, Ms. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:10:38 EST Money-grubbing family brings laughs in ‘Savage’ NASHUA - At 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nashua Theatre Guild presents the comedy "The Curious Savage" at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. Ethel P. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:01:02 EST Nashua Choral Society announces open rehearsal NASHUA - At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, Nashua Choral Society invites interested singers to its open rehearsal at the Judd Gregg Auditorium, Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst St. All singers interested in a high quality performing opportunity are invited to participate. Nashua Choral Society was founded in the mid-1960s, and later joined with the Nashua Symphony. In January 2015, after 51 years, the symphony decided to end the chorus. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:08 EST Food Truck Festival Oct. 15 NASHUA - From 2-6 p.m. Oct. 15, iUGO Nashua presents the first Nashua Food Truck Festival, to be held in the parking lot at 30 Temple St. Only 400 tickets will be sold to the event. At press time, only 59 tickets remained available. Ticket holders will receive an armband which will give them access to the food trucks from 2-5 p.m., before the general public is admitted for the final hour (5-6 p.m. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:00:59 EST Olivia Leigh Silverman Olivia Leigh Silverman, 35, longtime resident of Nashua, died at her home on September 26, 2016. She was born in High Point, NC on September 23, 1981, a daughter of Barry and Kimberly (Leighton) Silverman. Olivia is remembered as devoted mother who enjoyed spending time with her kids. She had recently taken up gardening. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed taking care of animals. Besides her parents, she is survived by her children, Natalia and Aidan; her brother, Drew Silverman and his fiancee, Erin McFadden; her maternal grandmother, Alice Leighton; her uncles and aunts, Stephen and Moira Leighton, Jay and Laurie Silverman and Jill and Brad Clearfield; and numerous cousins. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held at the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua on Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A Funeral Service in her honor will be held at DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:25:00 EST Paul E. Dube Paul E. Dube, 61 of Milford, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at his home. Paul was born in Nashua on June 3, 1955, a son of the late Joseph and Berthilde (Lang) Dube. He was the loving husband of Peggy (Gannon) Dube, of Milford. Paul had been employed by Distributor Corporation of New England for many years. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:13:01 EST Nashua South to host College Planning Night on Wednesday NASHUA – Featuring tips on the college admissions process and financial planning, Nashua administrators and guidance counselors are hosting a College Planning Night on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at Nashua High School South. The event is open to all Nashua students and parents, and will include a presentation by the Concord-based NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation – an organization dedicated to guiding Granite State students from high school to college. South guidance director Lori Coutu said the NHHEAF presentation will describe facets of college planning, including the search, the application process and financial aid. Coutu said the school will host a separate financial aid planning night later this fall. While students are heading to different paths after high school, Coutu said now is a good time for upperclassmen to consider their higher education options. “This is a good time to start if they haven’t already. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:47:44 EST M. Elizabeth Kennedy M. Elizabeth “Betty” Kennedy, 98, resident of Nashua, NH, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2016 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH. She was born In Bristol, Vermont on May 27, 1918, a daughter of Howard and Katherine (Sheldon) Trudeau. Betty was raised and educated in Vermont and graduated from Bristol High School. She had lived in Nashua, NH for the past several years and formerly resided in Wilton, NH for many years. Betty was a voracious reader and an avid gardener. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul J. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:02:49 EST Grand jury indicts Mass. state trooper; faces assault charges stemming from a May two-state police pursuit. NASHUA – A Hillsborough County grand jury this week indicted Massachusetts state trooper Joseph Flynn on two counts of enhanced-penalty simple assault for his role in the May assault of an unarmed suspect following a two-state police pursuit. Flynn, 32, of North Tewksbury, Mass., is accused of engaging in “unprivileged physical contact” against the suspect, 50-year-old Massachusetts resident Richard Simone, by striking him above his waist moments after Simone exited his vehicle and appeared to be surrendering to police. While the charge of simple assault is typically a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 12 months in county jail, rather than state prison, Flynn’s charges are classified as “enhanced misdemeanors” because he was on duty as a law-enforcement officer at the time of the incident. If convicted, Flynn could serve up to two to five years in state prison on each of the two charges. The second officer charged in the incident – former New Hampshire state trooper Andrew Monaco – pleaded guilty in August to three counts of simple assault as part of a plea agreement he and his lawyer, Nashua attorney Eric Wilson, reached with prosecutors. Monaco, in exchange for a suspended 12-month jail term, agreed to perform community service, undergo anger management counseling and never work in law enforcement again, according to the terms of the agreement. The incident that led to the troopers’ arrests came at the conclusion of a 50-mile, high-speed chase that began in Holden, Mass., crossed into New Hampshire in Hudson and ended on a small, dead-end street in Nashua’s Fairmount Heights neighborhood. Simone, who was wanted on warrants for assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny, allegedly failed to stop for police in Holden, instead leading them on the two-state, multi-town chase. After Simone finally stopped at the dead-end in Nashua, police from several jurisdictions approached his vehicle as news helicopters hovered overhead. The videos showed an unarmed Simone apparently complying with police commands to exit his truck, and was in the process of lying face-down on the side of the road when the two troopers can be seen rushing past other officers and punching Simone repeatedly. Simone’s lawyer, at Monaco’s sentencing hearing, said his client suffered a litany of injuries and was diagnosed with possible post-concussive syndrome. He needed stitches to an ear, and sustained bruises to his back, eyes, arm and a lump on his head. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:55:00 EST Uproar precedes vote to designate Nashua a Welcoming City NASHUA – By a slim margin, the Board of Aldermen voted to designate Nashua as a “Welcoming City,” 8 to 7. Despite dozens of citizens and the heads of numerous community organizations speaking in favor of Mayor Jim Donchess’ proposal to have the city take part in the Welcoming City initiative, the Aldermen held up a vote Tuesday night, arguing over partisan politics. Alderman Ken Siegel led a contingent, along with Daniel Moriarty and David Schoneman to defeat the resolution. Siegel said the umbrella organization organizing the initiative, Welcoming America, has secret funding, and what he called “Orwellian” marketing materials. “It looks very manipulative,” Siegel said. “I just want to know who’s behind this and why.” The aldermanic holdup came after dozens of citizens, and leaders like Tracy Hatch with the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, said the effort is a nonpartisan push that will lead better community relations, and more prosperity. She pushed back against the idea, floated by Moriarty, that it was part of a left-wing plot. “It’s the first time in my life anyone’s ever called me left-wing,” Hatch said. Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie was one of the many who spoke in favor of the effort, saying the Welcoming City programs will help make the city safer and communities stronger. “Embracing diversity and celebrating diversity makes us stronger together,” Lavoie said. Donchess has said that without immigration, Nashua’s population would have shrunk. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:58:00 EST Daniel James Fabian Daniel James Fabian, 48, peacefully passed away at Lahey Clinic and returned home to be with the Lord on September, 23, 2016. He was the youngest of three, born September 9th, 1968, in Nashua, NH, to Sophie and Henry Fabian. A graduate of Nashua High School South, Daniel was a talented carpenter who had worked for Oak Designs. He was a deeply spiritual man with a good heart who was willing to help others. He was a passionate New England sports fan, and he loved playing his guitar and enjoyed listening to all kinds of music. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:02:54 EST Nashua woman's yard ideal in drought conditions Rosalyn Citino doesn’t flinch when she receives notice from Pennichuck Water Works, the city’s water supplier, about cutting back on outdoor water use around her Nashua yard. Fourteen years of living in her home and caring for the one-third-of-an-acre yard surrounding it means the 80-year-old can sit back and enjoy her unique property. Citino’s forethought, and a little elbow grease, has led to a water ban-friendly plot that stands out among her traditional green-grass neighbors. The landscape would seem more the part of a desert environment, such as Arizona. Her path to Nashua, however, went nowhere near the dry Southwest. “I moved from Columbus, Ohio, by way of Cleveland,” she said. Citino’s yard, though nontraditional, is neat as a pin, according to those who stroll past it. Walkways weave between plants, which are watered only by Mother Nature, she said. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:49:00 EST New charge added in Nashua ex-teacher sex text case NASHUA – A grand jury has handed down an additional indictment against former Nashua High School South teacher Bruce Lanctot, accusing him of falsifying evidence during the investigation this spring into allegations he solicited sex from students. Lanctot, 40, of 25 Stark St., Apt. 0, was initially indicted in August on six felony charges that accuse him of sending nude photos of himself to juvenile students and soliciting sex from students through social media sites. The new indictment alleges that on May 10, the day before he was arrested, Lanctot hid his cellphone “and subsequently erased the contents of the phone ... knowing that Nashua police intended to seize it” as evidence. Meanwhile, another man, Walter Lambert, 30, who has the same Stark Street address as Lanctot, has been indicted on one count of criminal liability to falsifying physical evidence in connection with Lanctot’s case. Lambert’s indictment accuses him of “knowingly ... facilitating the destruction of the contents” of Lanctot’s cellphone by allegedly helping him to hide the phone so Lanctot could erase its contents, according to the indictment. Both Lanctot’s and Lambert’s charges are Class B felonies. The indictments are among more than 100 handed down this week in the September term of the Hillsborough County South Division grand jury. 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 indictment against Lambert is the first mention of his name in connection with Lanctot’s case. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:48:41 EST Nashua South rallies to beat Merrimack in boys soccer BOYS SOCCER Nashua South 2, Merrimack 1 Down 1-0 at the half, the Panthers (5-3-1) got second-half goals by Nnaji Obinelo and Josh Reeder, with assists going to Dan Dukeshire and Logan McIntosh. Panthers midfielder Nathan Hyde played well while goalie Roe Hendrick collected six saves. Devin Kachmar scored for the Tomahawks, assisted by Pat Steines. Goalie Ryan Gonzalez had six saves while Matt Fowler played well at midfield for the 3-7 Tomahawks. Nashua North 1, Alvirne 0 Todd Redman scored the game’s only goal in the second half, assisted by Mateus Lapa.  Tyler Jiang, Jack Gould, Henry Rogel, Tony Jones, Martin Flaherty and Pat McCarthy played well defensively in front of Titan keeper Brett LeBlanc. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:43:00 EST Warren A. Rood Jr. Warren A. Rood, Jr., 50, of Winchester, NH, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 16, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Nashua, NH; the son of Warren A. Rood Sr., of Fort Myers, Florida, and Linda A. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:00:28 EST Nashuan charged in assaulting, burning of ex-girlfriend NASHUA – Facing numerous charges that accuse him of grabbing, pushing around and burning an ex-girlfriend with a cigarette, Nashua resident Jonathan Markow was arraigned Monday and ordered held on $25,000 cash bail. Markow, 26, of 29 Concord St., Apt. 0, pleaded not guilty to a total of 19 charges – one count of criminal mischief, along with nine counts of simple assault, each of which carries a domestic violence designation. All are Class A misdemeanors. Markow, who was arraigned by Nashua district court judge Paul Moore via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, was arrested Sunday on a warrant police drafted after detectives spoke with the alleged victim at police headquarters. He is scheduled to return to the Nashua court on Oct. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:58:00 EST Van Ostern, Sununu talk rail, Medicaid NASHUA – Gubernatorial candidates Chris Sununu, R- Newfields, and Colin Van Ostern, D-Concord, each made their pitch to the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, offering different takes on education, infrastructure spending and the future of the state. The candidates met with the chamber members for a Monday lunch at the Courtyard By Mariott, taking turns answering questions. Though both Van Ostern and Sununu are positioning themselves as pragmatic leaders, the two differed sharply on some key points. The men did not share the stage but instead appeared separately, answering the questions asked by Tracy Hatch, the chamber’s president. Van Ostern supports bringing rail service from Boston to Nashua and Manchester, and he says it can be done for a cost of $3 million to $4 million a year. The rail line would open up the labor market and allow skilled employees to travel back and forth between the states, he said. “If you elect me as your governor, we will work together to get commuter rail done,” Van Ostern said. The commuter rail project has long been opposed by Sununu, who has called the project an expensive boondoggle. Sununu said that the state has too many other infrastructure priorities to divert money and energy toward a rail service. “It’s a budgetary issues, and leadership is about priorities,” Sununu said. Sununu said that he does support a “baby step” of having the rail service come to Nashua, but does not support the effort to bring it to Manchester or Concord. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:52:00 EST Board, teachers’ union OK contract NASHUA – After months of negotiation and mediation, the Nashua Board of Education and Nashua Teachers’ Union approved a tentative agreement on a new, one-year contract, which will now go before city officials for final approval. The most recent Nashua Teacher’s Union contract ended Aug. 31. Board of Education President Sandra Ziehm thanked the union membership for approving the tentative contract agreement earlier that day. “I believe our teachers accepted this because it was in the best interest of all the children. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:51:10 EST Nashua firefighters pull dog from well NASHUA – Fire officials are reminding residents to cover any openings, such as wells, dry wells and large holes on their property after an Allds Street family’s dog fell into a dry well Saturday morning and had to be rescued. Deputy Nashua Fire Rescue Chief George Walker called the ultimately successful rescue “a happy ending to what could have been an unfortunate accident” after the crew of Engine 4 plucked the fallen canine from the cylindrical abyss. Walker said Engine 4 responded to 43 Allds St., in Nashua’s Crown Hill section, upon receiving the call for help just before 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters were told the dog was about 8-10 feet down in the abandoned dry well, and after checking to make sure it was safe to enter, the crew dropped in a short ladder. A firefighter then descended the ladder, and upon reaching the dog hoisted it back up the ladder until the other firefighters were able to grasp the wiggly canine and pull it the rest of the way to safety. Walker said the animal wasn’t hurt in the ordeal and was promptly reunited with its owner. Fire officials urge property owners “to make sure underground wells, dry wells or holes are securely covered, to prevent the possibility of people, especially children, and pets from falling in,” Walker said in the statement. – DEAN SHALHOUP Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:46:33 EST Fall Food & Wine Festival pleases palates, raises money for charity AMHERST – LaBelle Winery hosted the inaugural Fall Food & Wine Festival on Sunday at its Amherst function room and patio to benefit The Front Door Agency in Nashua. Organized by the Milford Cabinet, the Fall Food & Wine Festival included a broad selection of samples from winemakers, cheesemongers, chocolatiers and other local food vendors for attendees to try over the course of the day. Tracy Dionne-Carlen, events producer at The Telegraph, said she’s looking forward to the festival becoming an annual event. “It went incredibly well – we offered two sessions, and they both sold out,” Dionne-Carlen said. A total of 425 members of the community attended the debut event, sampling more than 90 wines, including local labels, as well as dozens of other food and specialty items. “It was a great combination of various food and wine samples – jams and jellies, infused maple syrups, sea salts, olive oils, different hot sauces, breads, cheeses and chocolates,” Dionne-Carlen said. A portion of ticket sales benefited Nashua nonprofit The Front Door Agency, which helps women and children with transitional housing and other assistance toward self-sufficiency. Nearly all of the vendors participating were hand-picked by The Telegraph’s partners in the event, Stephen Williams and Sharie Webber, owners of Cava de Vino, located at 14 Canal St. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:46:41 EST Nashua Boys & Girls Club pioneer Dom Giovinazzo dies at 77 NASHUA - Dominick J. Giovinazzo, the easygoing, neighborly man who some 45 years ago took a loosely organized boys' club that met in a rundown Main Street office building and helped shape it into today's nationally acclaimed Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, has died. A native of the Long Island, N.Y., town of Glen Cove, Giovinazzo came to Nashua from Omaha, Neb., in January 1971 and promptly agreed to take the reins of what was then named the Boys' Club of Nashua. Giovinazzo died Saturday morning after a brief illness, according to his family. He was 77. A full obituary appears on Page 15. "Dom's the one who took the Boys' Club way beyond checkers and Ping-Pong," former board member Jim Lambert said at the club's 20th anniversary celebration in 1991. Donald Norris, who in the mid-1960s began drumming up support to open a boys' club in Nashua, said in 2011 that bringing in Giovinazzo to lead the fledgling club "was one of the biggest boosts we got" in those early years. Giovinazzo in 1973 oversaw a $650,000 capital campaign that allowed the club to construct its first - and current - clubhouse at 1 Positive Place the following year. From then until his retirement in 1999, Giovinazzo guided the organization through multiple expansions and renovations to accommodate a rapidly growing membership, which went coed in 1985. Many of Giovinazzo's legions of friends and associates over the years often credited his gracious, unassuming nature for his success in recruiting the support of the late golf pro Phil Friel in organizing a golf tournament to benefit the club. But Giovinazzo often deflected the credit to Friel, calling him a generous man who was very easy to talk to. Giovinazzo, in a 2003 Telegraph interview, recalled that 1978 conversation with Friel. "I got to know Phil, like everyone over there did," he said, referring to Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson, of which Friel was the pro at the time. "I went to visit him in his office one day. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:02:43 EST Nashua school officials to talk voting venues, NTU agreement NASHUA - Set to review a long list of items including the tentative agreement with the Nashua Teachers' Union and the use of district schools as voting venues, the Board of Education will meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Nashua High School North boardroom. The Sept. 13 primary elections in Nashua used nine district schools as polling places for the nine city wards. Christopher Lessard, assistant director of district plant operations, visited each of the schools being used as polling sites to gauge any issues on election day. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:02:06 EST Dominick J. ‘Dom’ Giovinazzo Dominick J. "Dom" Giovinazzo, 77, of Nashua, retired executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, passed away Saturday morning, September 24, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a brief illness. Born in Glen Cove, New York, on January 15, 1939, he was one of eight children of the late Angelo and Mary Lucy (Longo) Giovinazzo. Dom grew up on Long Island, NY, and graduated from Glen Cove High School. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Utah State University Class of 1961. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:01:00 EST Mom who cycles to work needs vehicle before winter Frost warnings at night, heat waves by day ... what to wear, what to say? Lack of rain brings New England drought, wildfires burn out West, there's flooding down South. Once we had four seasons, now there seem to be two - too hot or too cold. Protection from the elements means preparing for a season when cycling is no longer advisable and a vehicle is needed. The Mailbag hopes to help a single mom with a safe commute and her soldier son get around when home on leave. Needs vehicle desperately "Four years ago, I wrote in and asked your readers for help - I needed a car to take my son to his extracurricular activities, and a reader contacted me back then and gave me a van, and I was able to get to my job and take him to his activities," writes Wendy D., of Nashua (LTR 2,103). "The following year, I was on my way to work in Massachusetts when another driver ran a stop sign and T-boned me and totaled the van. "I am in need of the readers' help again in locating another vehicle. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:00:57 EST Solid week for Nashua in Little League fall ball action BASEBALL Greater Nashua  Fall Little League Windham 4, Nashua Red 3 Shea Ninteau, Yakiell Torres and Aidan Rocheville threw two solid innings each, combining for 11 strikeouts, but Nashua came up on the short end of a 4-3 score against Windham. Ninteau paced an otherwise quiet offense with an RBI double. Shortstop Aidan Rocheville's unassisted double play was the fielding highlight. Nashua Green 6,  Bedford Gray 5 Isaac Crivac pitched well with six strikouts and four hits over three innings as Nashua jumped out to a 6-1 lead, then held on for the one-run win over Bedford Gray. Reliever Dean Adams allowed just two hits in two innings of work while Aiden Stevens (hitless frame, one strikeout) closed out the game. Jayce Martinez scored twice on his 2-for-2 day, while Dean Adams blasted a two-run homer. Nashua Navy 11,  Bedford Black 6 Hunter Ward, Nick Shaw and Dean Adams combined on the mound, while the offense was paced by Cooper Granville, Kasey Dionne, Morgan Lang, Karthik Rao, Ryan Parks and Jayce Martinez. Adams, Ward and Shaw also had big games at the plate while Isaac Crivac played well at third base and Jack Razzaboni made a great catch in center field. FOOTBALL Nashua PAL 8U team falls to Salem Kobe Perry scored in the first minute for Nashua, but Jayden Beaulieau was stopped on his PAT try. Adrian Cruz, meanwhile, added a TD with 3:10 left in the first quarter. In the third quarter, Connor Johnston forced a fumble and Aivan Garcia made the recovery. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:00:06 EST Linda L. (Corriveau) Knight Linda L. (Corriveau) Knight, 69, widow of Chandler S. "Chan" Knight, passed away on September 16, 2016 in Huntsville, Alabama after a long struggle with depression. Linda was born on June 29, 1947 to Eleanor M. (Connor) and the late Eli Joseph "Frenchy" Corriveau in Nashua, New Hampshire. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:03:21 EST North takes Battle Nashua High School South got a head start in its quest to snap a nine-season losing streak in this fall's Battle of the Bridge showdown with Nashua High School North. The Panthers held a 3-2 advantage heading into Thursday, thanks to a 199-203 victory in golf to kick things off on Sept. 15. Their girls also won the junior varsity and varsity portion of the Nashua North-South Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 17, with the Titans sweeping the boys races. Things looked even better on Sept. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:00:48 EST 5 years later, a debt of gratitude More than 200 people turned out over a week ago to help celebrate the long-awaited opening of Legacy Playground - New Hampshire's first all-accessible playground for kids and adults of all abilities. It was the kind of event that makes even the most cynical among us feel good about our community - a celebration of so many people and businesses coming together to do something good within the city without any direct benefit in return. The large crowd of people who showed up to celebrate the opening didn't come close to matching how many people actually got involved in supporting this project. Nor did the 30-minute ceremony come close to representing the monumental amount of time and effort that this project required. What had been expected to be a fairly easy project that a group of business leaders wanted to do for the city instead turned into a five-year civics and politics lesson for those generous business leaders, as well as a test of their commitment to do good despite sometimes deeply perplexing obstacles that they faced along the way. As someone who strongly supported this project and the tremendous benefits it will provide many of our city's families with kids who might have heretofore not ever been able to truly enjoy a playground, I am fiercely proud of the five years of commitment that this small group of business leaders gave to this project. For those who don't know the individuals who comprised this small group, allow me to share with you a sampling of who they are. This group of approximately 20 individuals was made of several small business owners born and raised here in Nashua. One of them, Eric Brand, has a child of his own with special abilities and therefore personally understood the positive impact this playground could have on so many other families like his. Eric took over his family business from his father and donated hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars' worth of services/time/materials to make this project happen. Others in this group are in managerial positions at larger companies across Nashua. Eric Carlson is the facilities manager at Oracle and is responsible for any property and facility acquisitions across New England. He spends 60-plus hours weekly at his job and still found the time over the last five years to leverage Oracle's support and other resources to help make this project happen. Kim Reagan is another member of this group who was a driving force in securing financial support from her company's foundation to support this playground. Others in this group are employees at nonprofit agencies across greater Nashua, dedicating their professional careers to supporting our community's social fabric. Tricia Casey, formerly of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, exemplifies those in this group who would work eight to 10 hours a day at their nonprofit employer and then find time in the evenings and weekends to help organize the fundraising effort that went into this project. None of these individuals in this group of 20 were required by their employer to dedicate five years to this playground. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:02:36 EST Nashua downtown music fest kicks off The weather was perfect Saturday for the first day of the free two-day Downtown Fall Music Festival as festival-goers danced to a diverse lineup of local music. Musical acts performed in Le Parc de Notre Renaissance Francaise, along the Nashua River on Water Street. Various food and arts vendors were also set up throughout the area. Thomas Atmer, who lived in the region for most his life but currently resides in Somerville, Mass., said events like this are what keeps him coming home. "I just love the feeling of community," Atmer said. Great American Downtown Director Paul Shea is putting on the event along with the city of Nashua and Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar. "Today we've had some excellent bands from around the New Hampshire area, and tomorrow we will have three hours of additional music that will feature acts from around the region," Shea said. The Downtown Fall Music Festival kicks off the weeklong Eat Local Fall Food Festival from Sept. 24 through Oct. 2. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:00:06 EST Outdoor water use under fire NASHUA - Pennichuck Water Works is asking its customers in Nashua, Merrimack, Amherst and Hollis to stop using water for any outdoor purposes, with the exception of watering vegetable gardens and newly planted vegetation with hand-held watering cans. The southern portion of the state is experiencing severe drought conditions, and several communities have already adopted watering restrictions. "Water flows in both the Pennichuck Brook and the Merrimack River, the sources of water for PWW, are near historic lows," Pennichuck Water Works said in a press release Friday. "This request is made in an effort to preserve the water supply, ensuring there will be an adequate water supply during the remainder of the fall and throughout the coming winter, for all essential water usage needs." Pennichuck said outdoor water use accounts for more than 50 percent of its daily water use. "Indoor usage can also be reduced by as much as 20 percent by turning off faucets while washing dishes and hands, only washing full loads of laundry and taking shorter showers," Pennichuck said. For more information, visit or call Pennichuck Water Works customer service at 1-800-553-5191. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-6589, or @Telegraph_Derek. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:00:33 EST Nashua city clerk office to add hours for voter registration   City Clerk Patricia Piecuch has some good news for Nashua residents who plan to either register to vote or make changes to their current registration, but can't seem to find the time to get to City Hall. Piecuch said in an announcement Thursday that the clerk's office will be open an extra two hours on five Tuesdays beginning Sept. 27, and will also open on four Saturday mornings through October. "I am excited to be able to offer these additional hours" for residents "who have a difficult time getting to our office" during normal weekday hours, Piecuch said. The clerk's office, which normally closes at 5 p.m., will be open until 7 p.m. Sept. 27 and Oct. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:34:23 EST Police get $249K to battle opioids NASHUA - City police are getting an infusion of cash to help take on the opioid addiction crisis. Nashua is being awarded more than $249,000 as part of the Operation Granite Hammer grant funding. The legislature approved $1.5 million for the grant this summer to try to stem the tide of opioids hitting the street. Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie said Friday that the money will go toward busting drug dealers and enacting drug prevention patrols. "This gives us a greater opportunity to fight the opioid problem, and to fight the crime that comes with it," Lavoie said. Lavoie did not get into specifics on how the money will be used, as it is going to fund specific investigations, patrols and other activities to combat the drug problem. The grant does not pay for any police equipment purchases, he said. The Granite Hammer program was first piloted in Manchester, where city police, state police and, in some cases, federal drug agents combined forces to tackle the source of the supply of opioids and took nearly 45 drug dealers off the street during the program's initial operations. Since 2014, there have been 645 confirmed drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire - 326 in 2015, and 319 as of June of this year. There have been more than 20 opioid deaths this year in Nashua. The Board of Aldermen is set to vote on the grant funding Tuesday night at its regular meeting. Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:02:22 EST Loreen G. (Ashworth) Ramey Loreen Gloria (Ashworth) Ramey, age 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Nashua Crossings, a caring and loving community in Nashua NH. From her birth in Portsmouth OH on September 21, 1930 to her death, she nourished people around her with love and cheer. She was the eldest of three children born to Lorin "Sam" and Mildred (Tipton) Ashworth of Sciotoville OH. She grew up in the depression years with extended family in Portsmouth and Sciotoville, spending summers on her grandparents' farm. During, and after high school she worked at Tulene's Dress Shop. After graduating from high school, she married Robert Eugene Ramey Jr of Portsmouth OH and Resided in Ironton OH, where the first of her three children was born. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:02:57 EST Assisted living center opens up NASHUA - Bridges by EPOCH, an assisted living community for senior citizens with memory impairment, celebrated the opening of its Nashua facility Thursday, even though it has already been providing services to more than a dozen people. The facility provides care for its residents, programs for families, and it adds to the available options for residents seeking care for aging relatives. Executive Director Amanda Jillson hopes to reach out to the community, becoming another support for families dealing with memory care problems. "One of our biggest challenges is educating the community about what we are and what we can do for people," she said. Jillson hopes to be a center for services to more people than just the residents of the home. She said Bridges will offer education sessions and caregiver support groups. The Nashua facility, at 575 Amherst St., opened last month, and it now has about 15 residents, said CEO Joanna Cormac Burt. The company operates four similar facilities in Massachusetts, and one in Connecticut, she said, adding that Nashua offered the company an opportunity to fill a need in the community. "When we looked at the demographics, it was clear there was a need," Cormac Burt said. There were as many as 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease in 2013, and it was one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though there is no cure for the disease or other dementias, company officials say Bridges is able to provide care to people with memory impairments in a way that helps the residents keep their independence. Each resident gets a studio-type apartment with a private bath. There's a common kitchen area stocked with food, and there are outdoor gardens with raised flower beds to allow the residents to spend safe time outdoors. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:03:47 EST Sen. Warren will hit NH for Hassan NASHUA - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will campaign for Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:21:07 EST Nashua police nab alleged heroin distributor Police on Tuesday took into custody a 23-year-old Nashua man with no fixed address, charging him with a felony count of selling heroin, police said. Uniformed officers arrested Jameson Reed on an outstanding warrant, police said, following "an extensive investigation" by the department's Narcotics Intelligence Division into the sale of heroin, a controlled drug, in Nashua. Police said Reed was held in jail after refusing bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court. Police urge anyone with any information regarding illegal drug activity to call the department's Narcotics Hotline at 594-3597 or go to - DEAN SHALHOUP Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:23:56 EST Nashua community braves bad weather to battle homelessness NASHUA - The air was cool and the sky was dark with imminent rain as volunteers prepared to sleep outdoors for the first Sleeping United to End Hunger & Homelessness event Friday at Nashua Community College. The event, put on by the United Way of Greater Nashua, brought out more than 56 volunteers. As of 7 p.m. Friday, United Way President Mike Apfelberg said the organization had raised more than $64,000. Apfelberg said while raising money is important, more important is promoting awareness of homelessness. "This event is elevating and deepening the conversation in our community around issues of homelessness and extreme poverty," Apfelberg said. "It exists. It's easy to not see ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:17:19 EST Addiction discussion on Monday NASHUA - A community discussion about the "addicted brain" will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Nashua Library. Dr. Cynthia Whitaker, chief of services at the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, will host the talk. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:00:59 EST Nashua names added to fire memorial I wrote in this space a year or so ago about long-ago Nashua Fire Chief William Whitney, who died after collapsing while helping his men quell a brush fire the morning of Oct. 17, 1940. The occasion - which happened to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Whitney's death - was the ceremonial unveiling of Whitney's name on the Nashua Firemen's Relief Association Memorial monument, which stands at Manchester and Concord streets as a tribute to city firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. Now, the name William Everett "Will" Whitney, long misplaced but never forgotten, is being added to the New Hampshire Fallen Firefighters Memorial, again with an appropriate and well-deserved ceremony that takes place at noon today. The ceremony also will mark the memorial's 10th anniversary, during which five other fallen firefighters' names will be unveiled. (See accompanying information box for times and details on Saturday's as well as Monday's related event in Concord, along with the names of the five other firefighters to be added to the memorial Saturday.) Another emergency-services related event will take place two days later, on Monday evening, when members of Merrimack's fire department and its EMS personnel will be honored along with those from several other departments statewide. The award each department will receive is the 2016 Pamela Mitchell/Richard Connolly Memorial Award, given each year by the New Hampshire Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services Committee of Merit to an individual or group that made "an outstanding contribution" to the state's EMS system. This year, the chosen departments and their members will be recognized for their "efforts to bring an upgraded trauma and EMS system" to the state by participating in a pilot program for the new technology, according to the committee. The award, created in 1987, is named for the two emergency medical technicians who were killed in 1978 when their ambulance crashed while transporting a patient to Littleton Hospital. Regarding Saturday's event, the state's Firefighters Memorial - like Nashua's - typically adds a mix of names of recently fallen men and women and those, like Whitney and Laconia's Judkins, that come to light after years, sometimes decades. As for Will Whitney, the chief was the third Nashua firefighter to die in the line of duty since the department was incorporated, which is believed to be in 1848. The first was Robert Poff, 32, who was killed Feb. 21, 1895, when the horse-drawn engine he was operating tipped and caused him to fall off and beneath its wheels. The most recent is the unexpected death on March 16, 1987, of firefighter Marc Bechard, who was 28 when he died at a local hospital after being stricken while on duty at the Spit Brook Road Fire Station. I remember speaking last year with Susan Rockwell, William Whitney's granddaughter, who said she contacted the Nashua Firemen's Relief Association after digging up diaries and other family history regarding her grandfather. She referred to perhaps the most fascinating of his diaries - the one he maintained up until his death. After being summoned to the hospital and learning his father had passed, Everett Whitney - who happened to be a fire commissioner - penned the final entry in his dad's diary. "Dad died this morning ... sudden death came from overexertion while fighting a brush fire with Robert Downey, his driver. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:00:28 EST Patricia (Patsy) Dunklee Webber Patricia (Patsy) Dunklee Webber, 69, died Thursday, Sept 22, 2016 at Greenbriar Rehabilitation Center in Nashua. She was born on May 29, 1947 in Nashua, the daughter of the late Herbert and Helen Dunklee. Patsy enjoyed spending time with family. She is survived by longtime loving partner, Bill McCarty of Nashua; her three sons, Roy and Claire Bell of Grafton, MA, Scott and Sarah Whitney of Manchester, NH and Daryl and Melissa Whitney of Tennessee; sisters, Beverly Gagnon of Hudson, Virginia Pennell of Nashua, Sylvia and Richard Scott of Merrimack, Barbara and Russell Duncan of Neosho, Mo, Marge and John Shiel of Gilford, Cynthia Latulippe of Litchfield, Sally and Donald Joy of Machias, ME; brothers, Edward and Eunice Dalton of Litchfield, Herbert Dunklee of North Carolina, Willard Dunklee of Nashua; 7 grandchildren, Roy Bell III, Ray Bell, Randall Whitney, Kristi Whitney, Daryl Whitney Jr., Samamtha Whitney Mia Whitney; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Winnifred Pennell; and two brothers, Robert Dalton and Gerald Dalton. SERVICES: There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept 27, at the Edgewood Cemetery in Nashua. Family and friends are invited to attend. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:04:42 EST Strong leadership will bring prosperity to NH While attending a Welcoming Conference in Manchester last week, I learned two very important things: •At the very beginning, a panel made up of professionals and leaders from business made it clear that they firmly believe that New Hampshire is only made better by diversity and the youth and vibrancy that comes with that diversity. •The second eye-opener was when a panelist from a chamber of commerce made this statement: "It's not political or about politics; it's about good government." This is the kind of leadership that will bring New Hampshire more prosperity. It's not lowering business taxes. It's certainly not cutting funding for the schools that young families will need, nor leaving our infrastructure to crumble, nor continuing to downshift the cost of state government onto towns and cities and then onto property owners. My own community, Nashua, is a Welcoming City, and we're already seeing positive outcomes. Jan Schmidt Nashua EDITOR'S NOTE: Jan Schmidt is a state representative candidate for Nashua's Ward 1. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:01:48 EST There is only one bridge to playoffs There's something about this Battle of the Bridge showdown between Nashua North and South that adds excitement to an early fall weekend. Even the outcomes of freshman and junior varsity games have more meaning to Nashua fans than is normally the case. It's a weekend showcase of the underclassmen at both schools. It's as much about seeing what the future holds for these Gate City public schools' athletic programs as it is about who wins the big football game on Friday night. That said, we all know what the biggest draw of the weekend's festivities is. No matter the year or record of either team, the North-South football game is always entertaining. This year, maybe even more so. Bishop Guertin appears to be the Division I West Conference favorite. If the Cardinals win out, they'd lock up a tournament spot as conference champion. The conference runner-up is no longer a lock to make the tourney, so this North-South matchup holds greater significance. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:39:23 EST South rallies for volleyball win over North GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Nashua South 3,  Nashua North 2 Nashua South rallied from two sets down to earn an upset win over Nashua North in Thursday night's Battle of the Bridge girls volleyball matchup. Led by Daria Putsch (27 digs, 12 kills, two aces) and Anna Campbell (28 assists), the Panthers won the final three sets for the 20-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-5 victory. Abbie King celebrated her birthday by contributing four kills and three blocks, while Caitlin Prince chipped in with 18 assists - lifting South to 3-5 on the season. North's Rachel Garuti (19 service points, 15 assists, one kill), Katie Amrein (14 points, nine kills), Alana Choate (15 points, 13 kills, four blocks), Jill Ireland (five kills, one block) and Kayla Bernier (15 points) all played well in the loss as the Titans fall to 4-4. Hollis Brookline 3, Goffstown 2 Kaitlyn Johnson posted eight kills and two blocks to lead the Cavaliers (7-1) past Goffstown (4-4) 25-23, 25-21, 25-19. Maddie Norris (seven kills), Sammie Sheppard (four aces) and Hannah Balfour (25 assists, three aces) also came up big for HB, which visits Bishop Guertin (6-1) at 6 p.m. Monday in a rematch of the 2015 Division I championship match. GOLF Alvirne sweeps vs. South, Merrimack Jack Brown shot a 1-over-par 36 for medalist honors while leading Alvirne to victories over Nashua South (191-197) and Merrimack (191-237) on Green Meadow Golf Club's Prairie Course. Following Brown's lead to give the Broncos (13-5) a pair of wins were Jess Lortie (37), Austin Gill (37), Tyler Lizotte (40), Chris Murphy (41) and Ryan Santos (41). The Panthers' top five were Spencer Durand (37), T.J. Gillis (38), Landon Johnson (39), Tony Columbus (41) and C.J. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:06:12 EST Week of hearings upcoming in Barnaby, Caplin murder cases NASHUA - A judge's recent ruling on a motion in the murder cases of former Nashuans Anthony Barnaby and David Caplin, and Tuesday's procedural meeting with prosecutors and defense lawyers, have set the stage for a series of hearings scheduled for consecutive days over nearly two weeks in October. The consecutive days of hearings is the most active period to date in the men's cases, which stem from the beating and stabbing deaths of two Nashua women, Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner, whose bodies were found early the morning of Oct. 3, 1988, in their Mason Street apartment. The similarities in their cases, including the charges - both are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder - have led to many of their hearings being combined and some of their attorneys' motions filed on behalf of both. Such is the case for the upcoming set of hearings, which begin Monday, Oct. 3 - the 28th anniversary of the murders - when Judge Jacalyn Colburn will hear from prosecutors and the men's attorneys on a common motion to suppress evidence. She will also hear arguments on a motion that Cathy J. Green, Caplin's attorney, filed in July seeking to dismiss the charges against her client. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:15:31 EST Harbor Homes, area agencies unite to serve veterans at Stand Down event NASHUA - Dozens of veterans and their families turned out for the ninth annual Veteran Stand Down event at Harbor Homes in Nashua to learn more about financial, health, employment and other resources available to New Hampshire veterans. "Veterans are more likely than other citizens to be chronically homeless," said Gov. Maggie Hassan, speaking at the start of the Stand Down event Thursday morning. The Stand Down connects veterans with Veterans Affairs and other agencies to learn about resources available to help them. At the event, organizations and businesses offered help with food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling and referrals to necessary services such as housing, employment and substance use disorder treatment. Brenna Woods kicked off the event by performing the national anthem, and local and state officials took the podium to discuss the importance of veteran support services in the state and in Nashua. Mayor Jim Donchess said Nashua has done well in tackling the issue of homelessness among its veterans. "Through Harbor Homes and community effort, the city of Nashua has hit 'functional zero' of veteran homelessness," Donchess said. "Because of our veterans, our country is safer and our freedom is truly stronger," Hassan said. "Our warriors fight for our fellow Americans, even though they don't know us. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:10:51 EST Frances I. (Jandro) Harnadek Frances I. (Jandro) Harnadek, 82, died September 21, 2016. She was born on March 25, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Frank Jandro and Catherine Jandro. She was the devoted wife of John A. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:05:33 EST State rep candidate thanks Ward 6 voters My name is Kevin Scully. I am running for the office of New Hampshire state representative and hope to represent the people of Ward 6 (Hillsborough County District 33) in Nashua. For those unsure of the political boundaries, if you vote at the Fairgrounds Middle School in Nashua, you live in Ward 6. I am new to politics; this is my first campaign for political office. If elected, I will not go to Concord to change the world; rather, I will go to make sure that it does not change too much. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:53 EST Ward 8 rep candidate supports schools, rail   Every two years, our state goes through an election for state and local positions such as state House of Representatives and state Senate. I am David Lisle, and I am running for Statehouse in Nashua's Ward 8. Should you elect me to this position, I will work hard to improve the quality of life in New Hampshire by supporting small business, tourism and public education. Our economy is growing, and by helping each other out and coming together as a community, we have all benefit from a higher quality of life. Part of this is bringing rail into the state, and it starts in Nashua. Our education system should be our pride and joy - the benchmark that the rest of the country uses to show excellence, with parents choosing public education as their go-to source for educating our youngest citizens. Our higher education is one of the most expensive in the country, and if you elect me, I will work hard find a way to bring tuition rates down. David Lisle Nashua Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:29 EST School board-custodian case moves close to Supreme Court NASHUA - The Nashua School District is one step closer to having its case considered by the New Hampshire Supreme Court after the state Public Employee Labor Relations Board denied the district's request for a rehearing on its plan to privatize some of its custodial workforce. The labor board handed down its decision on Tuesday, more than a month after the school board voted to appeal the labor board's initial decision in favor of the district's custodians. "This was just another part of the process," said Sandra Ziehm, president of the Nashua Board of Education, in a Wednesday phone interview. "Unless the board votes to do something else, we're now heading to the (state) Supreme Court." Seeking a rehearing is a step that must be taken before such a case gets to the level of the state Supreme Court. The dispute began between the custodians and school district officials in September 2015 when the board voted to explore privatizing 101 custodial jobs, citing the need to save money for the upcoming budget year. In December 2015, the union representing Nashua's custodians filed an unfair labor complaint with the state's Public Employee Labor Relations Board. The union claimed the district was bargaining with only a portion of the union since the district has agreed to negotiate a contract with members of Local 365 who are not custodians. On Aug. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:30:31 EST Spirits high at Nashua job fair NASHUA - Spirits were high at the eighth annual Employment Connect job fair Wednesday at St. Patrick Church, where employers, job-seekers and volunteers joined forces to create an incubator for success. "I think it's very important for people who are looking for a job to speak to people who can hire them, to interact and have that experience," said Tom Lopez, Ward 4 alderman and education and employment advocate for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, who is a major force behind the event. The fair is hosted by the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, and Great American Downtown. UPS recruiter Susan Soucy was one of the employers at the event. She said UPS is hiring more than 250 employees, including part-time package handlers, loader/unloaders, and seasonal package car drivers. Nancy Trask, who works in human resources for the city of Nashua, said the city is hiring for a variety of openings, including clerical, paraprofessional and skilled technician positions. "There is a wide range of opportunities for people with different skills," Trask said. Among those who made the event happen were the St. Patrick Church council of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization. "We want to create an atmosphere where those who are looking for work can connect and engage with employers," said Grand Knight Don Pare. But the Knights of Columbus was just one group of many that chipped in. In one room, Greater Nashua Mental Health helped job-seekers craft and refine resumes and practice interview skills. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:04:27 EST Nashua school officials host meet-and-greet for new superintendents NASHUA - The district's Board of Education will host a public meet-and-greet reception for Cornelia Brown, the new superintendent of schools, on Sept. 27. "It is a chance for the teachers - we have 980 teachers - and for the community parents and senior citizens who care for the district to meet the new leadership team," said Sandra Ziehm, the board president, in a phone interview Wednesday. Brown is an experienced administrator from Maine, and most recently served as executive director of the Maine School Management Association in Augusta. "I have had a nice, and really warm introduction to the community; people have been very gracious," Brown said in a Wednesday phone interview. "I've had the chance to get into all the schools and meet a lot of the staff - but certainly not all - and I have met the kids. I'm looking forward to meeting more parents." Along with Brown, new assistant superintendents Mike Fredericksen and Roland Boucher will be at the reception. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:01:24 EST Ines Marmolejos Brito Ines Marmolejos, 62, of Nashua, passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. Ines was born on July 7, 1954 in the Dominican Republic, the daughter of the late Pedro Marmolejos and Maria Brito. Ines was a high school graduate and spent her time taking care of her family. When not spending time with her family, she loved taking care of her orchids and planting anything that would flower. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:05:37 EST HighSchool Highlights Souhegan field hockey gives Clippers first loss Portsmouth's Kayleigh Vogel wasn't go­ing to make things easy for Souhegan. The junior goalie stopped 28 shots in hopes of keeping her Clippers undefeated. Fortunately for the Sabers, all of their offensive pressure finally paid off early in the second half as Kate Lindsey found the back of the net off a Timber Devine pass for what would be the game-win­ning goal for a 1-0 victory in a matchup of Division II powers in Amherst on Wednesday, Sept. 14. "They recognized the challenge they had before them, and they answered the call," Souhegan coach Kelli Braley said of her squad. On the Sabers' end, halfback Erin Mc­Cool and fullback Emily Grudzien stood tall in front of goalie Maddie Maurais, who made 12 saves to secure the shut­out and help Souhegan improve to 5-1. Portsmouth dropped to 4-1. "A lot of Maddie's saves were with traffic in front of net," Braley said. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:00:08 EST Merton Edward Smith Merton Ed­ward Smith, 90, of Milford, passed away on Septem­ber 13, 2016. He was born in Milford, NH on November 14, 1925, son of the late Harold and Blanche (Wright) Smith. He attend­ed Milford Schools and he was a vet­eran of WWII, serv­ing in the US Navy for four years in the Mediterranean Sea and the South Pacific, and was awarded the Euro­pean African, American Theater, Asiatic Pacific, Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal. He was a member of Harley Sanford VFW Post 4368 and Benevo­lent Lodge #7 F+AM both of Milford, and a former member of the Nashua Barbershop Chorus. He was predeceased by his wife June L. Smith in 2000. He retired in 1988 after 32 years with Raytheon as a Tool and Die grinder. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:02:25 EST J Sheldon Hughes II J Sheldon Hughes II, 31, lifelong resident of Mil­ford, NH, died on Septem­ber 15, 2016 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH, after a long struggle with addic­tion. He was born in Nashua, NH on September 4, 1985, a son of Kim Hughes-Buskey and Mike Buskey of Milford and the late J Sheldon Hughes. J had been em­ployed in the construction industry and worked for Rangley Demolition Com­pany. He enjoyed working out and going fishing but he most especially loved be­ing a Dad and spending time with his family. J was predeceased by his sister, Jamie L. Hughes- Reed, who died in 2011. Family members in­clude his mother and fa­ther, Kim Hughes-Buskey and Mike Buskey of Mil­ford, NH; a son, Tristan J. Hughes of Milford; a sister, Jessica Hughes of Nashua, NH; a brother and sister-in-law, Jus­tin and Caleigh Buskey of Milford, NH; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial visiting hours will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:01:51 EST Art, music, theater and history all offered this weekend Lots of things will be vying for your attention in and around the area this weekend. Hopefully Encore will help you decide what you'll be enjoying! Downtown Nashua will be abuzz with food, music and more as the inaugural fall music and local food festival takes over the streets. Page 13 will let you know the musical acts and more, as you meet your friends and family to stroll downtown and enjoy the offerings. I saw a fantastic play Sunday! Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. (you know it's one of my favorites) presents "45 Plays for 45 Presidents." I took my middle-schooler, and we both learned a lot! Educational value aside, this highly entertaining, sassy satire presents a warts-and-all look at our chain of Commanders In Chief, with a level of talent and cleverness that no history book ever could! Read my review on Page 3 and grab tickets for yourself - and for a student in your life. More live entertainment will be in Milford, when Grammy winner Steve Smith performs as part of the NH Singer/Songwriter series at Union Coffee Co. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:06:05 EST Historical Society to receive 1980s youth theater archive   NASHUA - At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott St., will receive a large archive of materials relating to the the Kids Into Drama program (K.I.D.). This theater for youth, by youth, was established in 1981 and for a period of about 10 years though the Nashua Arts and Science Center. It produced 29 shows and involved more than 250 young actors from the Nashua area. The archive includes more than 2,500 production photos, a complete list of all the participants, programs, clippings, costume pieces, renderings and a 1/12-scale model of the "Sleeping Beauty" set from 1982. "Sleeping Beauty" and the founding of the K.I.D. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:04:02 EST Autumnal food, music festival in downtown Nashua   From noon-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, the Downtown Fall Music Festival will take place at Le Parc De Notre Renaissance Francaise on Water Street, in downtown Nashua. This event kicks off the weeklong Eat Local Fall Food Festival - "celebrating local agriculture, culinary arts, musicians and makers" - taking place from this Saturday to next. The free, two-day music festival joins the (sold out) Main Street Farmers Dinner on Sunday, a week of local chefs using local ingredients throughout the downtown restaurants, and capped off with a Harvest Celebration at the Nashua Farmers Market. Great American Downtown is partnering with the City of Nashua and Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar to put on the outdoor music festival, featuring these local music acts: Soule Monde (Ray Paczkowski & Russ Lawton) Dwight & Nicole Girls, Guns and Glory Julie Rhodes Four Piece Suit Ricky Mier and the Ricktones Slam Kitchen The Opined Few Sarah and the Wild Versatile The Youngest Sun Adam and the Flood In addition to the Renaissance Park location, along the Nashua River, there will also be a variety of performances at downtown venues Saturday night, with street performances from 2-8 p.m. Both days will feature a variety of food and arts vendors, and the Sunday performances will coincide with the farmers market. Spaces are available for arts and artisanal vendors on Saturday. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:02:49 EST Dog celebration to raise cash for Nashua shelter, sink teeth into Guinness record NASHUA – Celebrating more than three decades as a top fundraiser for the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, the Wags to Whiskers Festival is set for Oct. 1 at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack. “It’s a great event; people really enjoy being there,” said Laurie Dufault, development director for the Humane Society. The festival has been a Humane Society staple for 33 years, and it has been held at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for the last nine. The celebration includes more than 40 dogs and puppies waiting to be adopted, food vendors, a beer tent, a kids zone with carnival games, and entertainment for dogs and people alike. This year, the Humane Society will hold another attempt at the Guinness World Record for the most dogs having their teeth brushed at once – something the organization narrowly missed achieving at the 2015 event. “We were a little shy last year,” Dufault said. The record of 268 dogs was achieved in Hong Kong in 2012, and in Merrimack last year, the goal was nearly met with 251 dogs participating in the attempt. “We were just short, and we had so many dogs there last year that we’re really positive about going over the record this year,” Dufault said. In 2015, more than 2,000 people attended Wags to Whiskers, bringing about 650 dogs with them. The attempt will take place at 1 p.m. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:16:17 EST Philip Edward Flynn Hudson, N.H. – Philip Edward Flynn, 87, was called to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Sunday, September 18, 2016, after a sudden and brief illness. He passed peacefully after a beautiful day surrounded by family and friends at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. The son of the late Anthony and Bridget Gertrude (Bannon) Flynn, Philip was born on September 2, 1929, in Cambridge, MA. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:10:00 EST Sylvia L. Wynott Sylvia L. “Sibby” Wynott, 83, of Manchester and formerly of Nashua and Hudson, passed away Friday afternoon, September 16, 2016 at the Hackett Hill Center in Manchester after a period of declining health. A daughter of the late Lawrence R. and Lilie E. (Leard) Wynott, she was born in Nashua on February 13, 1933. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:10:00 EST Loreen Gloria (Ashworth) Ramey Loreen Gloria (Ashworth) Ramey, age 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Nashua Crossings, a caring and loving community in Nashua NH. From her birth in Portsmouth OH on September 21, 1930 to her death, she nourished people around her with love and cheer. She was the eldest of three children born to Lorin “Sam” and Mildred (Tipton) Ashworth of Sciotoville OH. She grew up in the Depression years with extended family in Portsmouth and Sciotoville, spending summers on her grandparents’ farm. During, and after high school she worked at Tulene’s Dress Shop. After graduating from high school, she married Robert Eugene Ramey Jr of Portsmouth OH and Resided in Ironton OH, where the first of her three children was born. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:10:00 EST North sweeps Keene in girls volleyball The visiting Titans made the most of their trip to Keene with a 25-15, 25-16, 25-11 sweep to even their record at 3-3 Rachel Garuti led the way with 15 service points and 17 assists while Katie Amrein added six points and eight kills. Also contributing were: Alana Choate (10 points, nine kills, two blocks), Jill Ireland (11 points, seven kills); Kayla Bernier (13 points), Jocelyn Simon (seven points, 22 digs), Atlanta Ho (four kills, two blocks). North hosts Memorial on Wednesday. Exeter 3, Nashua South 1 The Panthers fought hard but fell to 1-5 with close set scores of 24-26, 25-22, 28-30, 21-15. Abbie King had four kills and three blocks while Catherine Covert had two aces, four blocks and five kills. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:00:07 EST Nashua job fair hits downtown Wednesday NASHUA – The eighth annual Employment Connect job fair will be held at St. Patrick Church at 29 Spring St. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. The fair will be hosted by the Nashua Continuum of Care, a network of service agencies that prevent homelessness and help people transition out of homelessness. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:47:46 EST Guy M. Pinet Guy Michael Pinet, 54, of Nashua passed away on Monday September 12, 2016 at his home. Guy was born in Nashua on July 29, 1962 a son of Conrad Pinet of Bokeelia, FL and Emily (Parker) Pinet of Nashua. Guy was a lifelong Nashua resident. He had been employed by Quality Insulation for over 20 years. Besides his parents, Guy is survived by; A sister; Barbara Pinet and her husband Lee Thigpen of Wilton Two nephews; Joshua Perrault and his wife Lisa and Jeffrey Perrault and his wife Cristin Grand-nephew; Braedon Grand-niece; Ava Also several cousins SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Thursday September 22, 2016 from 5 to 8 PM in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Keystone Hall 615 Amherst St., Nashua, NH 03063. To view an on-line memorial, send a condolence or for more information, go to www.anctil- Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:04:33 EST Brian R. Cross Brian R. Cross, 52, a native and lifelong Nashua resident, passed away at his home Thursday, September 15, 2016. A son of Edson D. and Mary Jane (Desrosiers) Cross, he was born in Nashua on June 9, 1964. Brian was educated in local schools and was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1982. Brian was a talented musician, playing piano and base with many local bands. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:02:56 EST Nashua celebration was a welcome sight It was with great joy and pride that we were fortunate enough to attend the Nashua Welcomes kickoff celebration on Friday at one of Nashua's crown jewels, The Hunt Memorial Building. This event was put together by a young couple here in Nashua that have continued to devote their personal time and money toward making Nashua a greater community for all citizens. This includes those who are currently here and those we are welcoming as new Nashuans. Amanda and Kyle Schneck, of Nashua, deserve great praise for this tremendous undertaking. The event featured several community leaders supporting Nashua as a Welcoming Community and was capped off by an amazing video highlighting our great community, and one that we personally hope gets to national recognition. Outstanding work, Amanda and Kyle ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:03:45 EST City’s resources are already stretched After reading your article in reference to Mayor Donchess making Nashua a "Welcoming City," I am sick. Enough already! Mayor Donchess has already announced that Nashua residents will have an increase in our property taxes this year. How much more can we pay? Nashua has enough immigrants, with a 101/2 percent increase since 2010. Let our taxes pay for the people we already have in Nashua. Our soup kitchens and all our nonprofits are already at their limits. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:42:34 EST Welcoming City could be good, if done right While watching the 9-14-2016 BOA meeting, we see that Nashua is getting on board with the liberal and politically correct concept of becoming a Welcoming City. Becoming a Welcoming City is a fine concept, provided it is done correctly and with everyone's safety considered. The newcomers should not impose a financial burden on the current residents, and the events in our country this weekend prove the necessity for proper vetting by the U.S. government to insure the safety of our current residence. Since Washington wants to open the borders and bring in tens of thousands from the Middle East, safety is a major consideration. Advertising that Nashua is a Welcoming City could open the floodgates. Bill and Laurie Sutton Nashua Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:02:56 EST Party chairs: NH to play key role in election NASHUA - New Hampshire's role in the upcoming election could be a deciding factor in the race for the White House, said Ray Buckley, chairman of New Hampshire's Democratic Party. Buckley and his Republican counterpart, Jennifer Horn, spoke to members of the Nashua Rotary Club on Monday during a luncheon at Nashua Country Club. The two party chairs gave their insights on the state of politics in the Granite State and the important part New Hampshire is playing in the upcoming election. Buckley sees the presidential race, and the races for United States Senate and House, as being tight. "I expect this to be extraordinarily close," Buckley said. Buckley reminded the audience that New Hampshire could be a key state as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seek the needed 270 electoral votes in November. In the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore would have been president without needing to carry Florida if he had won in New Hampshire, which ended with a close victory for George W. Bush. Bush won the presidency after winning Florida by 537 votes after a recount. "The turnout will be key," Buckley said. Horn wants to see a better tone in the political world, saying too many disagreements have become personal and nasty. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:01:20 EST We’re No. 16 NASHUA - Nashua is getting high marks again from Money: It's ranked 16th in the magazine's annual list of Best Places to Live. "It's good news," Mayor Jim Donchess said. "It helps us attract businesses and residents." Money gives Nashua high marks for its low cost of living and low unemployment rate. The magazine says Nashua is becoming a vibrant community as more people discover the city's many charms. "It's currently undergoing something of a renaissance; residents say young families are moving back to the town, more businesses are springing up on the charming Main Street drag, and new housing developments, coupled with a strong job market, are re-energizing the once sleepy community," the story says. Nashua is no stranger to the Best Places to Live list, getting the top ranking when the list debuted in 1987, when Donchess was also the mayor. He saw it happen again in 1997. The magazine says part of Nashua's success comes from the way it has reached out to the immigrant and refugee population, offering people new to America mentorship and support. Money credits the city's "robust" economy, as well as its cultural institutions, for much of the success. Donchess said the economy, education system and downtown community all help contribute to Nashua's ascendency, but residents are the biggest factor in the city's current upswing. "Our people are the reason we're ranked so high," he said. - DAMIEN FISHER Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:00:55 EST Elks national president to visit state Sept. 28-29 Michael F. Zellen, the national leader of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, will visit the New Hampshire State Elks and their lodges on Sept. 28. Zellen and his wife, Donna, will stop at Keene Lodge 927 for a 1 p.m. luncheon and then travel to Derry/Salem Elks Lodge 2226 for an official reception dinner in his honor. On Sept. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:00:31 EST Nashua police retrieve sex-assault suspect from New  York City NASHUA - Detectives from Nashua teamed with New York City officers over the weekend to track down and take into custody Felix Perez, a Bronx resident who is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Nashua over several months. Perez, 46, of 2430 Morris Ave., Apt. 40B, waived extradition Sept. 16 at a brief hearing in New York, and was returned to New Hampshire the next day to await arraignment. That proceeding took place Monday morning in Nashua district court, where Perez was arraigned on three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, which stem from an investigation Nashua police said they launched upon learning of the allegations on Sept. 13. Judge Paul Moore, who arraigned Perez via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, agreed to prosecutors' recommendation to continue Perez's $200,000 cash-only bail pending a probable cause hearing Moore set for 8:15 a.m. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:31:01 EST David Lawrence Phillips David Lawrence Phillips, of Nashua, NH, passed away unexpectedly, at his home Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. David was born on Nov. 21, 1961, in Hartford, CT, the son of Gail (Alling) Phillips and William K. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:01:44 EST Kelly Mann memorial 5K run, 3K walk to benefit Nashua nonprofit NASHUA – Raising money to support work against domestic violence and abuse, the 11th annual Kelly Mann Memorial 5K Run and 3K Fun Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, at Sunset Heights Elementary School. The race is held in memory of former Nashua resident Kelly Mann, who was a victim of domestic violence. Mann was murdered in her home by her husband, Stephen Mann, in July 2004. Her three children – then ages 1, 8 and 12 – were in a nearby room and placed the 911 call. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:55:00 EST Nashua VFW post finds new home after yearslong search NASHUA – Nearly 3½ years after they gathered to bid a tearful goodbye to their Quincy Street home of more than nine decades, members of Nashua’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 483 can finally celebrate the news they’d longed to hear: “We have a new home.” It comes in the form of a large, rambling 21/2-story building at the corner of East Pearl Street and White Avenue, just two blocks east of 2-4 Quincy St., the only home today’s membership has ever known. “We signed the papers Friday (and) got the keys,” Lew Chipola, a past Post 483 and state VFW commander, said Sunday. A few things need to be done before the new home, at 8 E. Pearl St., is ready for occupancy, Chipola said. “There’s not a lot of stuff that needs to be done, but we’re not quite ready for occupancy yet,” Chipola said. “But it won’t be long before we’re there full time.” The VFW acquired the building, classified by the city as an office building, from Tri-Bob Realty, which has owned it since 1995, according to city records. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:02:04 EST J Sheldon Hughes II J Sheldon Hughes II, 31, lifelong resident of Milford, NH, died on September 15, 2016 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH, after a long struggle with addiction. He was born in Nashua, NH on September 4, 1985, a son of Kim Hughes-Buskey and Mike Buskey of Milford and the late J Sheldon Hughes. J had been employed in the construction industry and worked for Rangley Demolition Company. He enjoyed working out and going fishing but he most especially loved being a Dad and spending time with his family. J was predeceased by his sister, Jamie L. Hughes-Reed, who died in 2011. Family members include his mother and father, Kim Hughes-Buskey and Mike Buskey of Milford, NH; a son, Tristan J. Hughes of Milford; a sister, Jessica Hughes of Nashua, NH; a brother and sister-in-law, Justin and Caleigh Buskey of Milford, NH; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial visiting hours will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:40:00 EST Music to kick off Nashua's debut Eat Local Fall Food Festival Heralding the end to a successful summer season and celebrating fall, Great American Downtown will host a Fall Music Festival Sept. 24 and 25 to kick off the Eat Local Fall Food Festival Sept. 24 through Oct. 2. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:22:01 EST Nashua education officials OK farm-to-school program NASHUA – At its last meeting, the Nashua Board of Education endorsed the Farm to School program, received feedback from Mount Pleasant Elementary on much-needed ventilation repairs and heard the superintendent’s plan for the new year. After hearing a brief presentation on program goals, board members praised the spirit and goals of the NH Farm to School program, which gets parents, students, cafeteria workers, teachers and staff involved in sustainability and healthy eating projects to bring more healthy local food into schools and community. Farm to School member Steve Amrol told the board there is no cost to the district. “So far, we’re able to fund all our initiatives with a current grant from Farm to School,” Amrol said, adding that Whole Foods and Home Depot have helped as well. “Why are we presenting to you? Just give us your support,” he said. “Any endorsement you provide as this organization grows would be greatly appreciated,” he said, adding leverage through their network is helpful too, and spreading the word. “It’s a great idea,” said Sandra Ziehm, president of the Board of Education, “It is wonderful what you’re doing, thank you for climbing this mountain.” Member David Murotake asked if they had considered offering student internships for credit. “We’d love to,” Amrol said, adding that the group wanted the approval of the board first. Murotake said they can take the item to the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee to make it an item for credit. “I just want to thank all of you. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:19:00 EST Nashua Historical Society to host 'Kids Into Drama' theater group reunion What does an old land deed agreement between a nomadic preacher and Seacoast-area Native American tribes have in common with Kids Into Drama, the 1980s Nashua youth dance and acting troupe made famous by venerable director Bob Haven? As polar-opposite as these two entities appear, they enjoy one important common thread: the Nashua Historical Society, which in the coming week will host programs delving into their respective histories and celebrating their impact on two eras on the timeline of local and regional history. The programs are two of four on the Historical Society’s fall schedule, which opens Tuesday, Sept. 20, when Richard P. Howe Jr., a register of deeds in Massachusetts, examines the history of that 17th-century agreement known as the Wheelwright Deed. More details on each of the programs appear in an accompanying information box. Let’s take the second one first, given that it’s local. And few people I’ve met are as local – most importantly, very busily local – as longtime Nashua teacher Bob Haven. It was some 40 years ago now that Haven, a city native and Keene State College grad, fell in love with local theater – specifically kids’ theater – after being “immensely impressed” by a show put on by drama students at Elm Street Junior High (now Elm Street Middle School). In the late ’70s, Haven broadened his theater horizons by taking a post-grad course at Boston’s Emerson College. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:13:33 EST Nashua's Legacy Plaground, first accessible playground in NH, has dedication NASHUA – As the sun set Thursday evening, dozens gathered for the Legacy Playground dedication ceremony at Labine Park. The Legacy Playground is the first accessible playground built in New Hampshire, making it safe for people of all ages and abilities – including senior citizens, those with walking difficulties, wheelchair- using children and wounded veterans. The five-year process began when the Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2012, a program of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, was searching for project ideas at the same time the mother of a disabled Elm Street Middle School student approached former Mayor Donnalee Lozeau about creating a park that all children could enjoy. The project began in December 2011 and was contentiously debated when first proposed at Greeley Park. Knowing that the city had plans to renovate Labine Park, the group pursued a different option, offering $170,000 toward accessible playground equipment and materials to construct Legacy Playground at Labine Park. Last fall, Lozeau estimated improvements to Labine Park would cost about $275,000. The city had already set aside $75,000 to do the work. That, combined with the $170,000, covered all but about $30,000 of the cost. That’s where the community came in – more than 200 individual donors raised about $149,000, said Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2012 member Patricia Casey; and on Aug. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:04:00 EST Nashua receives ‘welcoming city’ designation NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess introduced a resolution this week to make Nashua a “Welcoming City” as part of a national program to support and celebrate the immigrant population in Gate City. Donchess said Nashua’s immigrant communities have been an important part of the city’s growth during the past several years, noting that newcomers help the community thrive and grow. “We live in a city where our public schoolchildren speak 50 different languages,” he said. “We live in a state where the immigrant population grew 10½ percent from 2010 to 2014. And we live in a country where immigrants make up 13 percent of the population but start one-fourth of new businesses. “It is crucial to Nashua’s social and economic success that we commit to policies that empower our immigrant population and support the many organizations who serve immigrant population,” Donchess said. The Welcoming America initiative is a nonprofit organization that assists groups and local governments in supporting immigrant populations, making cities and towns into communities where newcomers are welcome. The mayor’s effort has the backing of the United Way of Greater Manchester, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, Nashua’s Community Conversation on Race and Justice, the Nashua Cultural Connections Committee, the Adult Learning Center, and the Nashua Area Interfaith Council. Donchess said the resolution has already been adopted in Concord and Manchester. There was strong support from the public when Donchess introduced the resolution at Wednesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. Muhammad Akbar, the president of the Islamic Society of Greater Nashua, applauded the resolution and his adopted home city. “I feel welcome already,” he said. The ISGN building on Pine Street Extension was hit by a rock thrown Sept. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:01:00 EST Adrien Joseph Ouellet Adrien Joseph Ouellet, 88, of Nashua, beloved husband and best friend of Monique (Beaulieu) Ouellet for 58 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved on September 15, 2016. The son of Adelard and Eva (Santerre) Ouellet, Adrien was born in St. Hubert Countie de Riviere-du-Loup, P.Q. Canada on March 22, 1928. He was predeceased by his sister Yvette Desormiers, Lilianne Laporte of Montreal, P.Q. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:55:01 EST Holly J. Gallant Holly J. Gallant, 37, resident of Wilton, NH, passed away on September 8, 2016, at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH, with family by her side. She was born in Nashua, NH, on April 24, 1979, the daughter of Renee L. (Gallant) Webb. Holly was raised and educated in Milford and Wilton and graduated from Wilton Lyndeborough Cooperative High School, Class of 1998. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:58:17 EST Georges H. Nadeau Georges H. Nadeau, 91, of Nashua, passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at Crestwood Nursing Home, Milford, NH. Georges was born in St. Patrice de Beaurivage, Canada, on November 27, 1924, a son of the late Cleophas and Georgiana (Lefebvre) Nadeau. He was the widow of Evangeline (St. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:49:00 EST Shuyung Lai Shuyung Lai, 86, of Nashua and formerly of Hong Kong, China, died Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. He was born January 15, 1930, in Canton, China, son of the late Wah Hing Lai and Jhang Qiao (Ku) Lai. Shuyung was the husband of Sun Mui (Wong) Lai of Nashua. Shuyung moved to the United States in 1989, following the Tiananmen Square protests, in order to live closer to his children. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:47:56 EST Jeannette Duhamel, SGM January 27, 1931 – September 4, 2016 LEXINGTON, MA – Sr. Jeannette Duhamel, SGM (85) former resident of Lexington, MA, died peacefully September 4, 2016, at Mary Immaculate Nursing/Restorative Center, Lawrence, MA. Jeannette was born on January 27, 1931, in Nashua, NH, to Wilfred Duhamel and Lillian (Anctil) Duhamel. She was the second of three children (Lorraine and Laurette – deceased). Jeannette, a native of Nashua, NH, entered the Sisters of Charity of Montreal “Grey Nuns” Novitiate in Cambridge, MA, and pronounced her final vows in 1958 at the Grey Nun Mother House in Montreal, Canada. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:40:07 EST Robert D. Kilmon Robert Daniel Kilmon, 79, of Nashua, passed away Wednesday morning, September 14, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center after a period of declining health. Born in Easton, Maryland, on October 21, 1936, he was a son of the late Daniel and Edith (Marshall) Kilmon. Bob was raised and educated in Maryland and was an Army veteran. A resident of Nashua for the greater part of his life, Bob had been employed as a machinist and supervisor with the former Improved Machinery Inc. and their successor, Ingersoll Rand, for many years. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:40:10 EST Richard Farrell Richard Farrell, 75, of Merrimack, died peacefully at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua on September 10, 2016. He was born on July 5, 1941. Mr. Farrell was the widower of Julia May (Roberts) Farrell, who died on April 7, 2007. He had worked for W.R. Grace until his retirement. He and his wife were active communicants of St. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:04:57 EST Lidia Hartel Lidia Hartel, 90, of Nashua, NH, and a former longtime resident of Merrimack, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a brief illness. She was born in Rozzo, Istria, on July 9, 1926, a daughter of the late Pietro and Avelina Perni. Lidia was a member of the Merrimack V.F.W. Post No. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:54:51 EST High School Football: Week 3 Preview Capsules DIVISION I Nashua South (1-1)   at Alvirne (0-2) WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. WHERE; Alvirne High School in Hudson. LAST YEAR: Nashua South, 53-22. LAST WEEK: Bishop Guertin 41, Nashua South 28; Winnacunnet 34, Alvirne 8 FYI: After scoring 76 points in Week One, the Panthers fell back to earth last week although QB Sean Holland continued to be a dominant offensive force with 150 yards running, and tight end Max Osgood looks unstoppable. Alvirne’s Mason Miller has been running the ball well. Bishop Guertin (2-0)   at Spaulding (0-2) WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. WHERE: Spaulding High School in Rochester. LAST YEAR: Did not play. LAST WEEK: Exeter 42, Spaulding 13; Bishop Guertin 41, Nashua South 28. FYI: The Cardinals had a great game last week from junior QB Sam Raitt as well as senior receivers Dylan Fagan and Sarveen Shafian-Rad. But they’ll look to improve their running game while at the same time focusing defensively on stopping Spaulding back Jonathan Speltz, who rushed for 180 yards a couple of weeks go against South. Nashua North (2-0)   at Dover (1-1) WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. WHERE: Dover High School’s Dunaway Field. LAST YEAR: Did not play. LAST WEEK: Dover 35, Portsmouth 20; Nashua North 41, Keene 22. FYI: Jeff Baldassari is having a good start to the season for the Titans at quarterback after tossing two TDs last week to favorite targets Levi Gosselin and Steve Lambert. Tylor Chase, R.J. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:31:00 EST Comeback will begin with Bishop Guertin rout Boy did this guy look foolish in Week 2. Almost as foolish as the mug shot adorning this column. So let’s try and come back to reality. First and foremost, let’s give Bishop Guertin it’s due. These Cardinals are for real. These Cardinals have soared from the opening kickoff behind the arm of junior quarterback Sam Raitt and the receiving ability of seniors Dylan Fagan and Sarveen Shafian-Rad. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:22:00 EST Nashua airport receives federal grant NASHUA – The city’s airport has been awarded a grant that will cover the cost of planned projects aimed at positioning the municipal field for future growth. The airport will receive $1,943,541 from a New Hampshire State Block Grant Program, covering two projects at the airport. Roughly $1.3 million will go to rehabilitate one of the taxiways and connected taxilanes while the remainder will go to update the Boire Field Airport Master Plan. Boire Field airport manager Stephen Bourque said money is collected by airport users in the form of Passenger Facility Charges (PFC's) and fuel taxes. “The update to our master plan is the first of those projects,” said Bourque on Thursday. “I describe it as a roadmap for future development.” The airport began as 90 acres of turf landing area and one 2,000-foot runway. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:01:00 EST Richard Farrell Richard Farrell, 75, of Merrimack, died peacefully as St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua on September 9, 2016. He was born on July 5, 1941. Mr. Farrell was the widower of Julia May (Roberts) Farrell, who died on April 7, 2007. He had worked for W.R. Grace until his retirement. He and his wife were active communicants of St. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:01:00 EST Rodolphe Roger Robidoux Rodolphe Roger Robidoux, 90, of Boscawen/Nashua passed away peacefully September 8, 2016 after a lengthy illness. Born in Chicopee, Ma to Mr. Alphonse and Mrs. Simone Robidoux. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:01:00 EST Day of Caring sends hundreds of volunteers across Greater Nashua NASHUA - The 25th annual United Way of Greater Nashua's "Living United" Day of Caring hit the ground running Wednesday with loads of nonperishable food and other donations arriving before 8:30 a.m. at its signature "Stuff a UPS Truck" event. "It's going great. It's only the beginning and some of the shelves are already full, and we'll be here until 5 p.m.," Eriikka Kopycinski, a longtime UPS employee and United Way leadership donor, said Wednesday morning. Along with retired UPS colleague Dawna Baxter, Kopycinski staffed the UPS truck at the St. Phillips Greek Orthodox Church for the Day of Caring event, something they have done together for the past eight years. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:07:00 EST Joseph L. Raudelunas Joseph L. Raudelunas, 86, of Nashua, husband of Rosaline M. (Gerasis) Raudelunas, passed away Monday afternoon, September 12, 2016 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, he was born on August 20, 1930, a son of the late Anthony and Antoinette (Naviskis) Raudelunas. Educated in Lowell schools, “Joe” was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1948 and furthered his education at a business college. Mr. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:58:01 EST Volunteers come together to fight childhood hunger in Nashua P roviding food for   elementary-aged children in need, End 68 Hours of Hunger in Nashua kicked off the school year with new leadership, a new headquarters and plans to reach out to a fourth elementary school in Nashua this fall. “This is our first packing night of the year; we have new leadership, new volunteers,” said Jenn Morton, one of the two recently minted co-coordinators of End 68 Hours of Hunger in Nashua. The team is run by community volunteers who prepare bags of groceries for low-income students to take home for the weekend. The goal is for students to have food to last between the free and reduced lunch at school Friday, and breakfast on Monday, or the “68 hours” of food insecurity. More than a dozen volunteers of all ages, including a Nashua 9-year-old and her birthday party guests, came out to the Wednesday evening packing event, hosted in the lower level of the United Way of Greater Nashua. Birch Hill Elementary student Cordova Symanski wanted to help the community instead of hosting a birthday party. “For her ninth birthday, she got her friends together, raised money, went shopping for supplies and packed,” said Erik Symanski, Cordova’s father, who was volunteering alongside the birthday group Wednesday. “She didn’t ask for presents, just for donations.” Morton and co-coordinator Krista Bordeleau organized volunteers, who packed 75 bags of food in under 20 minutes. “For our first week, it’s a really good turnout,” Bordeleau said. Morton agreed. “Ideally, we have a crew of six; this was a lot of volunteers tonight,” Morton said. Dr. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:07:34 EST Merton Edward Smith Merton Edward Smith, 90, of Milford, passed away on September 13, 2016. He was born in Milford, NH on November 14, 1925, son of the late Harold and Blanche (Wright) Smith. He attended Milford Schools and he was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Navy for four years in the Mediterranean Sea and the South Pacific, and was awarded the European African, American Theater, Asiatic Pacific, Good Conduct Medal and WWII Victory Medal. He was a member of Harley Sanford VFW Post 4368 and Benevolent Lodge #7 F+AM both of Milford, and a former member of the Nashua Barbershop Chorus. He was predeceased by his wife June L. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:52:00 EST Richard Paul Sullivan (Sully) Richard Paul Sullivan (Sully) passed away on Wednesday, May 18th. Sully was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on May 29, 1941. He was the son of John Sullivan and Victoria Porusta. A graduate of Nashua High School, he attended New Hampshire Technical Institute and graduated with an Associate’s Degree. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:46:00 EST Gene R. Shuten Jr. Gene R. Shuten Jr., 49, resident of Milford, NH, died peacefully at his home on Sept. 10, 2016. He was born in Madison Heights, Mich., on January 22, 1967, the son of Jean­nette (Maheux) Shuten of Martinez, GA, and the late Gene Shuten. Gene was raised and ed­ucated in Laconia, NH. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:01:27 EST 14 arraigned after Nashua drug sweep NASHUA – Fourteen local men and women ranging in age from 18 to 55 were arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court, a day after Nashua police and state DEA agents picked them up on allegations that they were involved in illegal drug activity, police said. The suspects – 11 from Nashua, two from Hudson and one from Merrimack – are accused of “various drug crimes and ... crimes frequently associated with criminal behavior related to drug activity,” Nashua police said in a statement. The roundup was the latest in the multi-agency effort known as the Combined Drug Impact Initiative, in which members of Nashua’s Narcotics Intelligence Division and its Problem Oriented Policing and traffic units, along with members of the state DEA’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force. A district court judge Wednesday granted prosecutors’ request, on   behalf of police, to seal the affidavits in the suspects’ files. Police contend in the motion to seal that the investigation into the arrests is ongoing, and that “premature disclosure of the information” in the affidavits “may interfere with the investigation.” The names of those arrested, along with their charges and bail status, follow. Cathy Simard, 55, 6 Auburn St., Apt. 4, Nashua: One count each, sale of heroin, and possession of clonazepam, both felonies. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:05:27 EST Nashua Best Buy employees help St. Jude's with downtown walk About 25 employees of Best Buy’s Nashua store and some family members and friends walked the length of Main Street and back on Wednesday as part of their ongoing series of fundraising events for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Best Buy’s corporate charity partner. Participants each logged their distance walked and money raised with a charity app on their phones. Some participants also played “Pokemon Go” as they walked. Justin St. Laurent, a front-end manager at Nashua’s Best Buy, said the idea came about when he and other managers were discussing what types of events employees could organize on behalf of St. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:19:00 EST In Greater Nashua, contests on Republican side of the ballot As Greater Nashua voters went to the polls Tuesday, there were many more options for Statehouse on the Republican side than on the Democratic. In fact, besides Nashua Wards 2 and 9, there were no contested Democratic ballots. In the state Senate race, incumbent Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, won re-election in District 14, which covers Auburn, Hudson and Londonderry. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:16:00 EST Van Ostern touts economic plan in Nashua following primary win NASHUA – Fresh off his victory in the Democratic primary, gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern stopped in Nashua to talk up his economic agenda and his plans to strengthen transportation, as well as education. “The most important asset we have in this state is our people,” he said. Van Ostern has a little less than two months to make his case to voters, and he plans on talking about good schools, good jobs and issues that matter to people. “These are the issues that affect their daily lives,” he said. Van Ostern, who is squaring off against Republican Chris Sununu in the general election, met with city and business leaders Wednesday morning to talk about ways to move New Hampshire’s economy forward. Both Van Ostern and Sununu are on the Executive Council. Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess said Van Ostern has made a difference during his time on the council. Van Ostern helped get through the Medicaid expansion that has allowed many people dealing with opioid addiction to get help. “Without the Medicaid expansion, those opportunities would have collapsed,” Donchess said. The mayor wants to see the school system strengthened without costs getting pushed down onto the municipalities. “We need good schools and a good pipeline for education opportunities,” Donchess said. Van Ostern said getting businesses to work with colleges will create more hands-on learning opportunities for students. This will help prepare New Hampshire students for the workforce and give businesses a pool of talented, and able, employees. In K-12 schools, Van Ostern wants to see more project-based learning, as is now being tested through the PACE pilot program. These initiatives focus less on standardized testing and more on teaching students through the application of real skills. All this comes without raising taxes, Van Ostern said. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:07:00 EST Sandra J. (Hagerty) Hook Townsend, MA – Sandra J. (Hagerty) Hook, 78, formerly of Nashua, NH, and Pepperell, died Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Apple Valley Center, Ayer. Mrs. Hook was born in Concord, MA, February 15, 1938, a daughter of John and Helen (Grala) Hagerty, and was a 1956 graduate of Maynard High School. She leaves two daughters, Terri Lee Mattson and her husband, Kenneth, of Townsend, Valli J. Stewart and her companion, Mike Cormier of Nashua, NH; two brothers, John Hagerty of Merrimack, NH, Richard Hagerty of South Carolina; two sisters, Kathleen Collins of Greenfield, NH, Sue Licht of Milford, NH; three grandchildren, Kimberly Mattson, Bruce Stewart, Peter Stewart; three great-grandchildren, Riley Rebovich, Alexander Rebovich and Amelia Lee Tocci; as well as many nieces and nephews. For twenty years, Mrs. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:07:00 EST Wayne Alan Bartlett Wayne Alan Bartlett, 62, of Epsom, died peacefully in Nashua on September 9, 2016. He was born on February 17, 1954 in Concord, NH, a son of the late Elbridge and Winifred L. Bartlett Jr. Mr. Bartlett was a graduate of Pembroke Academy. Wayne was a sales representative for Aerus Electrolux. Among his many interests, he enjoyed hunting and ballroom dancing. He was a baseball fan. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:04:01 EST Camille ‘Butch’ Duclos Nashua, NH – Camille “Butch” Duclos, 90, died September 12th, peacefully at Nashua Crossing, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 8, 1926, in St. Camille, Canada, to the late Amedee and Florida (Dupont) Duclos. Butch was the husband to the late Alice A. (Cote) Duclos to whom he spent many years of marriage. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:01:00 EST Nashua Teachers’ Union, school district reach tentative agreement on contract NASHUA – City school officials announced Wednesday morning that a tentative agreement in contract negotiations has been reached between the Nashua Board of Education and the Nashua Teachers’ Union during a Tuesday evening meditation session. “We came up with a tentative agreement we will discuss with our members on (Sept.) 26,” Adam Marcoux, president of the Nashua Teachers’ Union, said in a phone interview Wednesday. The NTU board of directors will meet Sept. 20 to review the agreement, said Marcoux. “The Board of Directors will either approve or reject it. If they reject it, it will go back to negotiation,” he said, adding that the NTU Board may also issue no recommendation to pass on to the union membership. If the union membership ratifies the tentative agreement, the Nashua Board of Education will also consider ratification at its meeting Sept. 26, he said. District and union negotiation teams have been working on a resolution to teacher contract negotiations since early spring. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:05:26 EST Leader of Nashua mosque praises community response to vandalism NASHUA – As authorities investigated an apparent act of weekend vandalism at a Nashua Islamic center, the community at large gathered Monday night in solidarity. A rock was thrown through a window of the organization’s rented space Sunday night in the Millyard near Mine Falls Park. A day later, Nashua Ward 4 Alderman Tom Lopez organized the nighttime gathering, with the aim to “do something positive to say you’re safe here and you belong here,” he said as the event unfolded. More than 50 people gathered in a circle around a candle on the ground in front of the Pine Street Extension mosque Monday night. A handful of men wearing thobes and a few women wearing hijab headwear contrasted with others wearing T-shirts, ties and windbreakers. Several people held battery-powered candles, and all listened quietly as people took turns speaking out about the weekend incident and how to move forward. Muhammad Akbar, the self-described volunteer president of the organization, said “the support we are getting from the city is tremendous. I like Nashua. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:28:00 EST Incumbents rule in three Nashua state rep primaries NASHUA – Former Board of Education member Sue Newman and retired U.S. Army veteran Gloria Timmons will join incumbent Suzanne Harvey on November’s Ward 2 Democratic state representative ballot, having finished ahead of challengers Jared Farley and Teresa Moler in Tuesday’s primary. In Ward 9, meanwhile, incumbents Michael O’Brien Sr. and Marty Jack retained their seats, with Linda Harriott-Gathright finishing a close third to round out the Democratic ballot for November. Challenger David Robbins finished fourth. On the Republican side of the ledger, the three incumbents in Ward 1 – Eric Eastman, Elizabeth Ferreira and Carl Seidel – now set their sights on November after defeating challenger and fourth-place finisher Ryan Lawes. Wards 1, 2 and 9 were the only ones in which a primary election was necessary. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:19:00 EST Richard F. Welch Jr. On August 10th, with his loving family by his side, Richard F. Welch Jr. succumbed to a courageous battle against melanoma cancer. Dick grew up in Nashua, NH, was the son of Richard F. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:54:32 EST Ross Jennings Ellis Ross Jennings Ellis, 54, Hollis, N.H., passed away suddenly Thursday, September 8th, 2016. Ross was born July 20th, 1962, in Glendale, California. He was a resident of Nashua, graduating from Nashua High School in 1980. He was a skilled carpenter, hard-working business man, and life coach. He took pride in his work and loved to teach others. Ross loved his family more than anything. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:54:25 EST Gene R. Shuten Jr. Gene R. Shuten Jr., 49, resident of Milford, NH, died peacefully at his home on September 10, 2016. He was born in Madison Heights, Michigan, on January 22, 1967, the son of Jeannette (Maheux) Shuten of Martinez, GA, and the late Gene Shuten. Gene was raised and educated in Laconia, NH. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:54:21 EST United Way's Day of Caring turns 25 NASHUA – Calling for donations to help the local community, the United Way of Greater Nashua is hosting its long-running “Living United” Day of Caring event Wednesday, Sept. 14. Aside from collecting donations for those in need across Greater Nashua, the event includes 41 service projects to be completed by 215 pre-registered volunteers. “This will be our 25th annual Day of Caring. Some people have been a part of it for that many years, and there will be some brand new people,” said Liz Fitzgerald, director of community impact for the United Way of Greater Nashua. Anyone is welcome to stop by and donate to the “Stuff the UPS Truck” event, located at the St. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:10:00 EST Mass. trooper waives arraignment in May suspect-assault case NASHUA – Joseph Flynn, the Massachusetts state trooper charged, along with a New Hampshire trooper, in the May 11 assault of an unarmed driver following a long police pursuit waived arraignment Tuesday and will return to court next month. Flynn, 32, has been free on bail since he turned himself in to Nashua police on July 19. He was subsequently charged with two counts of simple assault, both misdemeanors, accusing him of punching the driver, Richard Simone, repeatedly after Simone exited his vehicle in apparent surrender to police. Flynn is now due back in Nashua district court on Oct. 13 for a pretrial hearing. If convicted, Flynn could face enhanced penalties of two-to-five years in state prison. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:46:00 EST Multiple charges for Nashua man in alleged assault involving firearm discharge NASHUA – Police surrounded a residence in Nashua’s Broad Acres neighborhood Saturday morning after the homeowner sped to a nearby fire station for help, telling firefighters her adult son was firing a gun in the house with his girlfriend and infant daughter present, according to police reports. Timothy Lambert, 36, of 19 Dunloggin Road, promptly emerged from the house and told officers he was “there to turn himself in for what he had done,” police stated in reports filed in Nashua district court. Police arrested Lambert without further incident, initially charging him with one count of felony reckless conduct – to which 10 more felony and misdemeanor counts were later added, according to the reports. He was arraigned Monday in the Nashua court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester on the charges, which include three counts of reckless conduct and three companion counts of reckless conduct – domestic violence, all Class B felonies; two counts of simple assault and two counts of domestic violence; and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, all Class A misdemeanors. Judge James Leary set Lambert’s bail at $50,000 cash only and scheduled a probable cause hearing for 8:15 a.m. Sept. 22 in the Nashua court. Police said in reports that Lambert and his girlfriend and their 3-month-old daughter live with Lambert’s mother, who told officers that the couple had been arguing that morning. She eventually “went to investigate,” and saw Lambert standing near a nightstand in which he keeps his firearm, she told police. As she began walking down the stairs, Lambert’s mother told police she heard him “say something regarding wanting to end his life.” She then “heard a loud bang,” and when she saw a shell casing bounce next to her, police said she “immediately” fled the house and drove to the fire station. The shot lodged in an overhead pull-down ladder, police said, and nobody was struck. After interviewing Lambert’s girlfriend, police said she reported he had assaulted her before brandishing the firearm, described as a Walther PPK pistol. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:39:47 EST Woman arrested in stabbing case Police say a young woman was arrested in Nashua early Saturday morning on multiple assault charges. Kaysha Barriffe, 23, no address given, was charged with first-degree assault and a first-degree assault – domestic violence, both Class A felonies, according to the Nashua Police Department. Officers say they first responded Sept. 9 around 10 p.m. to the area of Orange Street for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, police learned a male had sustained serious lacerations to his wrist when he was stabbed with a knife. Barriffe, who is known to the victim and someone he has been in a romantic relationship with, was identified as the suspect, according to police. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:53:14 EST Islamic Society vandalized on Sunday; city investigating broken windows NASHUA – Vandals threw rocks at the Islamic Society of Greater Nashua as worshipers were gathering to pray on Sunday night. “It is devastating and sad for me,” said Muhammad Akbar, the society’s president. The vandalism took place on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Akbar said the Nashua community has always been good to the Islamic faithful. “I have never experienced anything other than welcome,” Akbar said. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:32:10 EST New York-style bagel cafe hits downtown Nashua NASHUA – Offering dozens of unique muffin, bagel, sandwich and wrap items, a New York-style bagel cafe opened last week in the vacant Sal’s Pizza storefront at 24 E. Hollis St. in Nashua. Run by Kyriakos Kousakas and his wife, Lisa, the What A Bagel Cafe is just completing its first week in downtown Nashua after its grand opening Wednesday, Sept. 7. “It’s been good, we’ve had good support,” Kyriakos Kousakas said, speaking from his shop Monday morning. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:22 EST Ruonala prevails for Cities crown Sunday was over three decades in the making for Jody Ruonala. Ruonala shot a 1-under-par 70 at Nashua Country Club to claim his first Nashua Cities tournament title after competing in the event for 30-plus years. He shot a 75 in the first round at Green Meadow Golf Club's Jungle Course and edged Alvirne senior Jack Brown by one stroke for the championship. Brown was the co-leader after a 71 the first round Saturday and carded a 75 on Sunday. He was awarded the junior trophy. Bob Lind (79-77-156) tied for 12th overall and won the senior trophy after matching cards with Gray Laliberte and John Sterling. The tournament used tie-breaking methods recommended by the USGA. Eric McCoy took third place with consecutive rounds of 74. First-round co-leader John Devito and tournament director Ryan Brogan shared fourth place at 6-over. Andrew Dratch, Chris Miele and Jeff Monahan tied for sixth with a score of 9-over. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:07:55 EST Lidia Hartel Lidia Hartel, 90, of Nashua, NH, and a former longtime resident of Merrimack, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a brief illness. She was born in Rozzo, Istria, on July 9, 1926, a daughter of the late Pietro and Avelina Perni. Lidia was a member of the Merrimack V.F.W. Post No. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:04:29 EST Walk rallies hundreds to clean water cause About 200 people from across different faith communities and Greater Nashua came out to support the second annual Water Walk hosted by the Thank You Project Saturday morning at Greeley Park. "I'm really overwhelmed by the tone of the morning," said Charles Uwakwe Okorie, founder of the Thank You Project. Okorie, an immigrant from Nigeria, started the organization to address the lack of clean drinking water available for families in villages of Nigeria. "We have a need to take care of, this is very urgent," Okorie said, addressing the crowd of participants before the start of the walk. "This has nothing to do with religion; this has absolutely nothing to do with politics. I have religious leaders here - Christians, Muslims, Hindus - everyone needs to drink clean water. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:03:36 EST BOE to talk program, transition NASHUA - A Farm to School presentation and the new superintendent's transition plan, figure to highlight the Nashua Board of Education's next meeting which takes place 7 p.m. Monday at Nashua High School North. To start the meeting, Farm to School organizers will present their program and goals to the Board of Education. The NH Farm to School program gets parents, students, cafeteria workers, teachers and staff involved in sustainability and healthy eating projects such as school gardens, cooking contests and healthy eating challenges, aiming to bring more healthy local food into schools and the community. Organizers hope to eventually have a garden or greenhouse presence across every level of the district, and they have a good start with a working greenhouse on one of the courtyards at Elm Street Middle School and built-in greenhouse at Nashua High School North. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:03:11 EST GOP voters see more contested races for local seats in state Legislature NASHUA - Republicans in the Greater Nashua region will have more choices on Tuesday when they step into the polling booth for the primaries. In eight towns around Nashua, there are only two contested Democratic primaries for state representative seats, both of which are in Nashua city wards. Their GOP counterparts, on the other hand, have two contested primaries for the state Senate and five for state representative, including 17 Republicans running for 11 possible seats in Hudson. Nashua, with its 27 seats in the New Hampshire House, has two Democratic primaries on Tuesday. In Ward 2 (District 29), incumbent Suzanne Harvey will look to represent the Democrats again in Concord, but first she has to get through a party primary that includes Teresa Moler, Sue Newman, Gloria Timmons and Jared James Farley. The five candidates are running for three seats on the November ballot. The other contested Democratic primary is in Ward 9 (District 36) where incumbents Marty Jack and Michael B. O'Brien Sr. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:01:41 EST Special Olympics: Growing together in community Community is important. It gives people a sense of belonging. It helps people get things done and builds something meaningful where nothing stood before. The combined talents and efforts of a community can make a big difference in a city and in the world. For people with developmental challenges, community is especially important; creating a place where friendships are formed, acceptance flows freely and full potential can be realized. Building community is what the athletes, families and volunteers of Nashua Special Olympics do best. Nashua Special Olympics, a local program of Special Olympics New Hampshire, consists of more than 400 athletes, coaches, volunteers and family members who work together to train, organize and promote athletic opportunities for Special Olympics athletes. For the last 27 years, their continued efforts have built a strong community that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities through competitive sports training. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:01:21 EST Early ’70s Life Magazines recall ‘the way we were’ "Mem'ries light the corners of my mind, scattered pictures of the times we left behind ... the way we were." The theme from the Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford movie released Oct. 19, 1973, may be reminiscent of photographs and stories of events from the past. Review and relive features published in newspapers and periodicals of the day in a small collection of Life Magazines from 1971 and '72 being offered by a collector passing along items of interest. Read all about it " 'Dr. Irwin Land of Polaroid demonstrates his "magic camera' "; 'Clifford Irving describes Howard Hughes (but did he ever see him?)'; and 'What China wants from Nixon's visit' are just a few of the many articles in these magazines I came across from the early '70s," says Bert the Picker, of Nashua (LTR 1,775). Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:00:33 EST Nashua Dodgers 11U dominate Labor Day tournament   The 11U Nashua Jr. Dodgers were undefeated (5-0-1) in the first annual Labor Day Slugfest hosted by the Greater Nashua Prospects recently. They defeated Team Maplewood from Fall River, Mass., 9-4 in the tourney's championship game. The contest featured four home runs with each team hitting two, including a dramatic two out grand slam from the Dodgers ' Nolan Mederos in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal the victory. The Dodgers were also led by the dominating relief pitching of Albert De la Rosa, who also homered, and Caleb Rich, who drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the fourth to score pinch runner Nick Digesse. The Dodgers offense was on fire throughout the tourney, scoring a combined 66 runs in their six games. Overall they slugged eight home runs, led by De La Rosa's five, while Colin Holbrook, Ryan Bourgeois and Nolan Mederos had one each. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:00:31 EST Nashua’s 9/11 ties still resonate today   EDITOR'S NOTE: This piece originally ran Sept. 12, 2001. The words coming over the school's loudspeaker were almost unbelievable. One of the two hijacked planes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York on Tuesday morning was piloted by the father of two Bishop Guertin High School students. As students were becoming aware of what was happening in New York, they learned that John Ogonowski was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles, which was the first plane to strike the World Trade Center just before 9 a.m. Ogonowski's two daughters - Laura, 16, and Caroline, 14 - were taken out of class by a guidance counselor and driven home when the school found out their father had been killed. Once the girls were gone, a schoolwide announcement was made that two students had been affected, said Principal Edward Quinn. The news silenced an already quiet school. By 10 a.m., roughly an hour after Flight 11 plummeted into one of the towers, every television set in the school was tuned in to the breaking news, Quinn said. Some students were frantic to use phones to check on family members in lower Manhattan and other parts of New York City. Others were simply glued to the television. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:07:00 EST John W. Latvis John W. Latvis passed away September 9, 2016 peacefully at home surrounded by his wife, five children, and their spouses. He was born on May 18, 1920 at home to Lithuanian immigrant parents Alek and Agnes (Molis) Latvis. He died at the age of 96. John was educated in Nashua public schools and graduated from Nashua High School in 1938, currently the Elm Street Middle School. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:06:34 EST William Wallace Jeffery, Jr. Jeffery, William Wallace, Jr., 93, of Nashua, NH, died peacefully at The Huntington on September 3, 2016, surrounded by his family. Born on April 20,1923 in Keene, NH. Beloved son of the late William Wallace Jeffery, Sr. and Mabel Elizabeth (nee Vaughan). Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:06:09 EST Flatley Challenge back for 5th year   Emerging tech startups will again have the opportunity to compete in the annual Flatley Challenge. The contest, now in its fifth year, is intended to stimulate the development and growth of early-stage companies by providing them both free incubation space and the opportunity to interact with companies currently occupying Flatley properties in Nashua. The competition is designed to "help promote and grow employment in New Hampshire," according to the originator of the competition John Flatley. Contest winners will receive free rent for one year in up to 5,000 square feet of office or lab space in the Nashua Technology Park, the Nashua Office Park or at Gateway Hills. Additionally, winners will receive up to $10,000 in connectivity and outfitting costs. "I saw a need for startups in New Hampshire to be given a chance to succeed. One way to do this, from my perspective, was to provide promising companies free incubation space and a small monetary incentive," Flatley wrote. Categories for this year's competition include robotics, digital health, web/IT, data storage, app design, cleantech and medical devices. Application deadline is October 28. There is no application fee. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:04:07 EST Teachers union, board will meet   NASHUA - Nearly two weeks after the last teachers union contract expired, the President of the Nashua Teachers Union issued a statement urging for collaboration between the union and Board of Education for a successful end to negotiations. "We are at a crossroads," said Adam Marcoux, president of the Nashua Teachers Union, in a Sept. 8 press statement. "We can choose to go in the direction of collaboration and cooperation, and working together on a fair agreement that reflects the challenges and demands of our profession. Or, we can go the other way. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:02:16 EST Nashua’s MakeItLabs part of tech wave When Adam Shrey, of Nashua's MakeIt Labs, was invited to an invitation-only conference in Washington in August, he was sure to tell them he could make it. Shrey, who heads the Gate City's downtown maker space, was invited by the Office of Science Technology Policy on behalf of the White House to attend the A Nation of Makers conference, designed to plug federal officials in to representatives from maker spaces from around the country. The informal spaces, packed with tools, technology and like-minded creatives, are growing around the country. They take various forms, from small gatherings to share ideas to full-bore labs and shops complete with 3-D printers, computer-aided milling machines, wood shops and coding space. The resulting projects cover the spectrum of anyone's imagination. The Washington conference was a signal to the country's tech innovators that the government thinks they may be onto something; and something big. "They see the same sort of potential that we do for it," Shrey said in the MakeIt Labs space on Crown Street in Nashua. The event on Aug. 24 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building featured the familiar conference format of presentations and breakout sessions, but the result left a clear message from administration officials that garage tinkerers are being taken seriously. "When we started, most people didn't even know what a make space was. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:35:40 EST Looking back at the week in news As if news on the addiction front here wasn't bad enough The news on the local addiction front continues to be grim. Drug overdoses totaled 199 as of Aug. 31, Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie said last week at a meeting of the Mayor's Opioid Task Force. That compares to 135 overdoses as of Sept. 1 last year, the chief said. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:02:14 EST Nashua man’s arrest adds to lengthy record NASHUA - Even as a Superior Court judge this summer was reviewing his motion to postpone a hearing in his identify theft case, Jason Lee Trythall was allegedly assaulting and raping one of his ex-girlfriends in his Nashua apartment, according to court documents. Judge Charles Temple eventually granted that motion Aug. 16, some three weeks after the alleged assaults occurred - but also three weeks before Nashua police arrested Trythall on July 24 after a lengthy, detailed investigation. The new set of charges - which include two counts of second-degree assault, domestic violence, Class A felonies; two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, Class B felonies; and one count each of theft and criminal mischief, Class A misdemeanors - top a lengthy criminal record that, according to court records, Trythall began compiling more than a decade ago when he was a 23-year-old Merrimack resident. In between, the now-33year-old Trythall, currently of 104 Walnut St., Apt. 9, accumulated numerous misdemeanor and felony charges accusing him of violating court-issued protection orders; assaulting, threatening and stalking at least two females known to him; assaulting a Milford police officer; falsifying physical evidence; resisting arrest; violating the privacy of one of the women; and committing identity fraud by allegedly wrongfully obtaining a victim's personal information and using it online. The charges yielded 18 convictions - 16 on misdemeanor charges and two on felony charges - according to court documents filed Wednesday, when Trythall was arraigned on the new charges in Nashua district court. Judge Paul Moore, who conducted the arraignment via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, amended Trythall's bail from $25,000 cash bail to $50,000 cash bail. Moore set a probable cause hearing for Sept. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 05:01:30 EST NH districts get support after ruling A decision to eliminate the state cap for education adequacy funding will mean the amount of money passed from the state to local communities will better support growing districts, but it won't mean any additional funds for districts with declining or stable enrollment, such as in Nashua. The Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport ruled Tuesday the state cap of education adequacy funding is unconstitutional, and ordered the state to pay the city of Dover $1.5 million - money it was shortchanged due to the cap, imposed in 2010. During the case, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster's office agreed that the cap violated the state constitution. While Dover advocated for back payments from money it says was lost to the cap between 2010 and 2015, Tucker denied that portion of the lawsuit and ordered payment only for the 2015 fiscal year. The ruling opens the door for 40 other communities to seek payments for last year, putting the state's liability at $11 million. In addition to the city of Dover, locally, the town of Bedford may have lost out on more than $4 million in adequacy funding last year. "It really boils down to how the state calculates adequacy aid," said Adam Steel, business administrator for the Amherst School District and former business head of the Windham School District. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 05:01:00 EST There’s no ‘D’ in ‘win’ High school football's opening weekend was all about offense. There were 29 games played Sept. 2-3. Of the 58 teams involved, 26 scored 30 or more points. And of those 26, six teams were playing against each other, including Nashua South's 76-41 victory over Spaulding. There were also four more teams scoring at least 21 points, including Winnacunnet in its 32-28 loss to Bishop Guertin. More than half of New Hampshire's high school football teams put up 21 or more points to kick off the fall. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:07:29 EST South quarterback begins junior season with a bang Nashua High School South offensive coordinator Bill Monsen was laughing when he quipped that Panthers quarterback Sean Holland would have been a fantasy football stud during their 76-41, opening-game victory over Spaulding High School. Holland's statistics certainly weren't a joke - passing for 221 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing for 142 yards and four more scores. Prior to the season, Holland was asked if he felt up to the challenge of being the first QB to step out of Trevor Knight's shadow. The Panthers junior captain laughed at the question in late August, but on Sept. 3 at Stellos Stadium it seemed as if he stepped into the cleats of the current University of New Hampshire starting QB. "That's funny," Holland said standing along the South sideline as the stadium cleared out after the big win. He was having none of it. He directed his answer on another follow-up question regarding his success toward South teammates - going on at great length about their togetherness, and how "when we're all clicking and firing on all cylinders that's how it's supposed to look." Holland is humble, that's for sure. It's one of many attributes that the South coaching staff, especially head coach Scott Knight, appreciates in their field general. "He's smart - he's a 4.0 student - he's athletic and he's a leader," Knight said. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:07:02 EST Football Week 2 Preview Capsules DIVISION I Nashua South (1-0) at Bishop Guertin (1-0) WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. WHERE: Stellos Stadium LAST YEAR: Bishop Guertin, 61-7. LAST WEEK: Bishop Guertin 32, Winnacunnet 28; Nashua South 76, Spaulding 41. FYI: This game could be even more explosive than last week's South opener, as it shapes up to be a battle between two junior quarterbcks, South's Sean Holland and BG's Sam Raitt. Raitt engineered a last minute drive and threw for 185 yards while rushing for 140. Holland threw for 221 yards and rushed for 142. Get the picture? Whichever defense makes the most stops wins this one. Man. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:04:51 EST Nashua farmers expand with weekday time slot Adding to its ever-growing presence in the city's downtown, the Nashua Farmers Market has launched a new Wednesday evening market on top of its traditional Sunday time slot on Main Street. Paul Shea, director of Great American Downtown, said the move was prompted by popular demand. "We did an hourlong Facebook 'Ask me anything' chat live last week, and a lot of folks were asking about a midweek market," Shea said Thursday. "People go away for the weekends ... and folks who work in Nashua on weekdays want the opportunity to get fresh, local produce during their workweek." The new 4-7 p.m. time slot was also supported by research from the Nashua Regional Planning Commission. "We've been collecting data in partnership with the Nashua Regional Planning Commission as part of the execution of the Farmers Market promotion grant, and the feedback prompted us to explore this option," he said. The first midweek market attracted about 150 visitors to the Main Street bridge during its three-hour running time on Wednesday. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:15:45 EST Schools pitch to ex-ITT students NASHUA - Two area schools have offered to assist former ITT students in finding a new program of study, with Maverick Technical Institute in Nashua extending an invitation to Daniel Webster College students, as well. Middlesex Community College, with campuses in Lowell and Bedford, Mass., will host a walk-in registration and consultation session from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at the Lowell Campus Cowan Center, 33 Kearney Square. The event is open to the public, and no appointment is needed. "The students at ITT have been placed in an unfortunate situation, but we at Middlesex, like the rest of the community colleges in the state, are prepared to step in to assist those displaced students with options to finding ways to continue with their education," MCC President James Mabry said in a press statement Thursday. The MCC press statement said the Friday event was organized in response to the closure of the ITT training facility in Wilmington, Mass., and ITT students contacting the college to continue their studies. On Tuesday, ITT Educational Services Inc. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 06:03:19 EST Telegraph returning to downtown Nashua NASHUA - The Telegraph, the city's daily paper covering Nashua and southern New Hampshire, is returning to downtown after more than 30 years in Hudson. "I'm very excited; it's like coming home again," said Jim Konig, publisher of The Telegraph. "We're going back to the roots of the paper." The Telegraph recently closed on a real estate deal to purchase the city block at 106 to 130 Main St., and the newspaper offices will move into the space at 110 Main St. in the coming weeks, Konig said. The Telegraph started in Nashua in the 1830s. "I'm happy to welcome The Telegraph back to Main Street where it belongs," Mayor Jim Donchess said. The mayor worked with Konig to make the move a reality, supporting the company as it searched for a downtown home. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:19:04 EST Claire Pare Claire Pare, 86, of Nashua, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua. She was born January 20, 1930, in Hudson, NH, daughter of the late Eugene and Germaine (Leclerc) Pariseau. She was also predeceased by her husband, Gerard Pare, as well as by a son, Richard Pare, and two sisters, Vita Landry and Pauline Lucas. Claire was very active within the Hunt Community. She served on several committees, including the Marketing Committee and Activity Committee, and was also a resident volunteer. Claire enjoyed participating in weekly lectures at the Hunt, watching the BBC Network, and attending social events such as Ladies Tea, Happy Hour, Ice Cream Socials, and Corn Hole Toss. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 06:02:03 EST Genevieve ‘Jean’ Clark Genevieve "Jean" Clark, 91, of Nashua died Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at her daughter's residence in Nashua. She was born April 19, 1925, in Lowell, MA, daughter of the late Anthony and Gladys (Biala) Golas. She was also predeceased by her husband, Charles "Chippy" Clark Sr.; a son, David Clark; as well as several brothers and sisters. In her later years, Jean enjoyed taking car rides with her husband. She was a loving mother and homemaker who was proud of her Lowell roots. She raised her three children to believe in God and to treat everyone with kindness and respect. She impressed upon us at an early age to treat other people the way we would want to be treated. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 06:00:27 EST Roland J. Dube Roland J. Dube, 86, of Nashua, passed away unexpectedly at his home, Monday afternoon, September 5, 2016. A resident of Nashua for over 50 years, Roland was born in St. Hermenegilde, P.Q., Canada on November 3, 1929, one of twenty-four children of the late Adelard and Jean (Dube) Dube. After moving to Nashua, Roland had been employed with Fimbel Door and the former Indian Head Mill Work for several years. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 23:55:00 EST Alexander L. Gagnon Sr. MILFORD, NH – Alexander L. Gagnon Sr., 90, resident of Milford, NH, died on September 5, 2016, at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH. He was born in Nashua, NH on July 4, 1926, a son of Joseph A.L. Gagnon and Maria (Ross) Gagnon. He was raised and educated in Hudson, NH. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 23:55:00 EST Smith S. ‘Mickey’ Guay Smith S. “Mickey” Guay, 75, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away Wednesday morning, September 7, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Nashua on November 21, 1940, he was a son of the late Harry and Lillian (Morin) Guay. Mickey grew up in Hudson and attended the H.O. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 23:52:00 EST Christopher Daniel Richard Christopher Daniel Richard, 30 of Nashua, NH, died in Nashua, Monday, September 5, 2016. Born June 30, 1986 in Nashua, he was the son of Rene Joseph and Paula Jeanne (Demers) Richard Jr., of Nashua. After graduating high school, Christopher served in the United States Air force from 2006-2010, before attending college at Hesser, Franklin Pierce and the Massachusetts School of Law. Christopher enjoyed weightlifting, bowling (especially with his daughter, Angelina) golfing and even bought a set of clubs for his daughter and was teaching her to golf. He enjoyed playing the drums, especially jamming out with his brother and friends. He also enjoyed the beach, but most of all just spending time with his daughter, family and friends. He was an avid Patriots and Celtics fan and enjoyed watching games with his family and friends. Besides his loving parents, survivors include his beautiful daughter, Angelina; her mother Alicia and their loving family the St. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 23:49:01 EST Sandra-Lee Rita Houle Sandra-Lee Rita Houle, 69, of Nashua, went home to be with our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Sandra was born August 27, 1947 in Derry, NH and was a 1965 graduate of Pinkerton Academy. She is predeceased by her father Leonard Simpson; mother Rita Ghillioti; and stepfather Chet Ghillioti; as well as her brother Michael Ghillioti. Sandra leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Roger Houle; two brothers Don (Colleen) Simpson and Wayne (Phyllis) Simpson; a sister Cynthia Danahy; two sons Kevin (Christian) Houle and Michael (Jill) Houle; twelve grandchildren Amber (Brad) Lally, Corey Strusa, Kelli Hudon, Kayla (Tyler) Johnson, Kylie (Jacob) Estabrooks, Sophia, Nicolas, Elias, Luca, Ava, Cecelia and Silas; and six great-grandchildren Tyler, Mateo, Emily, Olivia, Abigail and Aleksander. In addition to those listed above, Sandra also leaves behind many loving and cherished nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as a special “adopted” granddaughter Sarah Levesque. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held Friday, September 9, 2016, from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm at the Anctil- Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am Saturday, September 10, 2016, in Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, 777 W. Hollis St., Nashua with a reception to follow. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 23:49:01 EST DWC's best shot for smooth flying Pilots call it “chop” – the turbulence found in the air that can buffet even the largest jumbo jets and toss unsecured passengers around like rag dolls. Such is the environment that Nashua’s Daniel Webster College finds itself in at present. It was less than 10 years ago – in 2009, in fact – that ITT Educational Services announced its purchase of Daniel Webster College for more than $29 million. ITT was one of the nation’s largest for-profit higher education operators, known primarily for running a chain of technical schools most people were familiar with through their television advertisements. When ITT announced on Tuesday that it was shutting down under pressure from the U.S. Department of Education, its portfolio of 40,000 students and 8,000 employees included Daniel Webster College. DWC is a bona fide Nashua institution, having gotten its start in 1965 when Warren B. Rudman, James N. Tamposi and Harry J. Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:43:00 EST Sister Jeannette Duhamel Duhamel, Sister Jeannette, SGM, of Lexington, Sept. 4, 2016. Daughter of Wilfrid and Lillian (Anctil) Duhamel. Aunt of Mrs. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 23:58:00 EST Conor Dennis Shea Conor Dennis Shea, M.D., 43, of Hollis, NH, died unexpectedly on September 2, 2016. Conor was born in Worcester, MA on April 6, 1973, to Ita Shea and the late Dr. Dennis Shea. He grew up in Hollis and received his secondary education at Middlesex School in Concord, MA. He graduated from Tufts University in 1998 and received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School in 2004. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:16:00 EST William Andrew McPherson Jr. William Andrew McPherson Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on September 2nd. Born in Dorchester, MA, Bill was the oldest son of William A. McPherson and Margaret (Rice), West Roxbury, MA. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 23:46:00 EST Area News Digest for Sept. 8 NASHUA Warrant for felony assault nets arrest Police say a Nashua man was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for second-  degree assault. Jason Trythall, 33, of 104 Walnut St., was charged with one felony count of second-degree assault (domestic violence) from a July 24 incident. Officers with the Nashua Police Department say he is also facing an aggravated felonious sexual assault (domestic violence) charge, a Class A felony; aggravated felonious sexual assault, a Class A felony; theft by unauthorized taking, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal mischief, also a misdemeanor. Trythall was held on $25,000 cash bail pending his Wednesday arraignment in a Nashua courtroom. – Telegraph staff   Man allegedly violated sex-offender terms Police arrested 41-year-old Nashua resident Wilfredo Cruz around noon Tuesday, charging him with failing to comply with the terms of the state’s Sex Offender Registry. Cruz, of 104 W. Hollis St., Apt. C, was found to be in violation of the requirements of the registry during an investigation that detectives began in June, police said. The charges – one count each of duty to report and duty to inform, are both Class B felonies that accuse Cruz of failing to register as required and not informing the registry that his address had changed, according to police. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 23:46:00 EST Nashua will intervene on behalf of Daniel Webster College NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess will ask the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to hold off acting on Daniel Webster College’s accreditation until the private college is stabilized – preferably through new ownership under a reputable nonprofit college or university. Daniel Webster College’s future was thrown into question this week when its parent company announced that it is closing all 130 of its ITT Technical Institute campuses across the country. ITT Educational Services Inc., a Delaware corporation with headquarters in Indianapolis, owns ITT Technical Institute and Daniel Webster College. But the two are distinct holdings and have separate accrediting agencies, a state education official has said. “We are going to ask that any decision regarding accreditation for Daniel Webster College be delayed while we try to resolve the ownership issue and try to get Daniel Webster in the hands – if we can – of an institution that will be able to take good care of it over the long term,” Donchess said Wednesday in an interview. While DWC President Michael Diffily said the college is not closing and still holds NEASC accreditation, he noted that it would be difficult to continue to operate without ITT ESI’s support. Negotiations are underway with several higher education institutions to potentially acquire DWC, Donchess and Diffily said. “There are a couple of nonprofit educational institutions who are looking to potentially buy Daniel Webster College, but we can’t get into the details,” Donchess said, noting that negotiations are confidential. Given the uncertainty DWC faces, there is a chance the college’s accreditation could be at risk, Donchess said. The college is scheduled to meet with the NEASC on Sept. 22 to defend its accreditation and show why it should not be withdrawn in light of recent events with its parent company. Donchess said he will ask NEASC to delay making a decision on DWC’s accreditation status until efforts to find a new owner are resolved. Donchess said he has been in contact with Edward MacKay, director of the New Hampshire Department of Education’s Division of Higher Education, and Nashua Community College President Lucille Jordan. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 23:38:43 EST State awards substance treatment contract to Nashua nonprofit NASHUA – The Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism is being awarded a state contract to provide treatment and residential services to pregnant and parenting women. The New Hampshire Executive Council signed off on the contract award on Wednesday with a unanimous vote, a decision applauded by Gov. Maggie Hassan. “Increasing treatment and residential service capacity for pregnant and parenting mothers is an important part of our comprehensive strategy to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and help save lives,” Hassan said. Representatives for the Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism were unavailable for comment on Wednesday. Hassan said the services offered by the Greater Nashua Council on Alcoholism will mean more comprehensive services for pregnant women, and women with children. It will mean fewer families are split up when the mother goes through the rehabilitation process, Hassan said. This is the second of three state contracts that provide treatment, wraparound and residential services and supportive housing to low-income pregnant or parenting women experiencing substance use disorders, Hassan said. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 23:45:30 EST Clip ’n’ save NCCA concert dates for 2016-17 season NASHUA - Due to a submission error, last week's published schedule for the new season of Nashua Community Concert Association was incorrect. The following are the correct dates, to clip and save: Sept. 24, the 86th season of the Nashua Community Concert Association kicks off with The Kat Trio, from Ekaterinburg, Russia. Oct. 15 will be Frederic Moyer, concert pianist. Nov. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:06:14 EST Free concert, ‘meet the Maestro’ and more with Symphony NH NASHUA - Symphony NH announces its 2016-17 season kick-off events, including a free concert, opportunities to meet music director Jonathan McPhee and new executive director Marc Thayer, and an opening-night reception with the internationally renowned vocal soloists performing in "The Essential RING - Part II." At 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, will be the Symphony NH Town Hall Meeting at the Hunt Building, top of Main Street, an open discussion of the upcoming season and new plans for the future with McPhee and Thayer. The discussion will be followed by a reception and Symphony NH wind quintet concert. Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:04:11 EST Cities tourney tees off Saturday Ryan Brogan is a big fan of the Nashua Cities golf tournament. Not only is he the tournament director, but he's also a former champion. He's really looking forward to the 57th annual tournament, with the first round teeing off Saturday, Sept. 10 at Green Meadow's Jungle Course in Hudson, and the final round on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Nashua Country Club. "We've really made a lot of changes over the last few years," Brogan said. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:00:37 EST 2 Nashua polls move ahead of primary NASHUA - It's back to school for more than Nashua's students this fall, as voters in two wards in the upcoming elections are moving from their current locations to schools. Ward 3 voters will move to the Amherst Street Elementary School at 71 Amherst St. Ward 5 voters will move to the Main Dunstable Elementary School at 20 Whitford St. According to notices sent out by the city, this move will affect all future elections starting with the state primary on Sept. 13. All other voting stations in Nashua's remaining seven wards have not changed. Polls will be open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:14:05 EST Thomas Andrew Brennick Jr. Thomas "Tommy" Andrew Brennick Jr., 26, of North Conway, NH, formerly of Bradenton, FL, and Apple Valley, CA, passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in North Conway. Tommy was born on December 5, 1989, in Boston, Massachusetts, a son of Thomas Andrew and Stephanie Anne (Barnes) Brennick, Sr. He was a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota, FL, and continued his education attending Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers, FL. Tommy was working at Mt. Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park in North Conway and had been recently promoted to team lead. Prior to residing in North Conway, he had been a server at the Gulf Drive Cafe in Bradenton Beach, FL. Tommy loved his children and it was reflected in his everyday actions. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 07:02:10 EST Wanda P. Augunas Wanda Patricia Augunas, 93, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away Saturday morning, September 3, 2016, at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, after a period of declining health. A daughter of the late Andrew and Sophia (Sharkus) Augunas, she was born in Nashua on June 1, 1923. Educated in local schools, Wanda was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1941. She had been employed with the former International Paper Box Machine Company as a payroll supervisor for many years. Miss Augunas was a communicant of St. Patrick Church and the former St. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 07:01:39 EST Karen Diane Barley Karen Diane Barley, 38, of Fitchburg, MA, passed away Thursday evening, September 1, 2016, at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, MA. Karen was born on August 3, 1978, to Verna (Butterfield) and Randy Barley in Ogdensburg, NY. She and her three brothers spent their childhood there and attended local schools. Karen was married in August of 1995 and began her family. She loved caring for and spending time with her children. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 07:01:09 EST Nashua PAL Force teams having ups and downs The Nashua PAL Force football teams have had mixed results the first two weeks of the season. Here's some of their results: Pelham tops Nashua 8U The Nashua Warriors ran into a tough Pelham defense, despite the blocking of Ian Leonardi, CamRon Pena, Devon Dattoli and Andrew Vertigans. Defensive standouts for Nashua included Adrian Cruz, Connor Johnston, Jack Krulikowski, Nick Wilkinson, Tayten Zubhuza, Kobe Perry, Jayden Beaulieau and Mason Dandeneau. A long Perry run with just over two minutes left set up Nashua's lone TD, a 1-yard run by Dylan Noble. Note: Scores are not recorded at this level. Nashua 14U 33, Milford 0 Nashua improved to 2-0 as scoring came from Julien Gonzalez, Tyler Armeen, Jayden Espinal, Xavier Provost and Eddie Bracetty. Robbie Long had an extra point kick. Offensive standouts overall for the game included Long,Gonzalez, Espinal, Provost and Corey O'Day enjoying some postive runs. Ethan Gaffney, Jesse Njuguna, Kobey Marshall, Justin Edwards, Adam Tambouris, Max Ackerman and Spencer Whiting all blocked well while Provost made a spectacular interception in the fourth quarter, denying Milford of a touchdown. Other defensive standouts included: Chris Acevado, Maxwell Ackerman, Edwards, Devin Bracetty, Neo Helin, Collin Quinn and Long Anthony Carrion and Edwards each had a fumble recovery. The PAL 14U team hosts Londonderry on Sept. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 03:03:09 EST Biking indoors exercises safe travel on road to health "Exercising in the heat of summer sun is harder on your heart" - (HealthDay News), but scheduling outdoor workouts early or late in the day, slowing your usual pace, and keeping hydrated can all help keep you safe. Benefits of indoor exercise include access to AC, taking a break on comfortable furniture, water and ice, all nice! When it's too hot to take a hike, the Mailbag offers a stationary bike. The power of pedals "I have a WESLO Pursuit 360R recumbent stationary exercise bike for anyone who would like it," says Lisa T. of Nashua (LTR 2,452). "The bike has a console that displays calories burned, distance, time, speed and pedal rotation per minute. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 03:02:18 EST Delphis H. Caron Delphis H. Caron, 89, a lifelong resident of Nashua passed away peacefully at his home with his beloved wife at his side. He was born in Nashua on August 2, 1927, a son of the late Delphis and Madeline (Lawrence) Caron. Mr. Caron married the love of his life Marguerite (Labrie) Caron, on May 30, 1949. They shared over 67 years of marriage. Mr. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 03:00:34 EST Diana ‘Deedee’ Lee Faulkner Diana "Deedee" Lee (Bell) Kinville Asselin Coyne Faulkner was born on July 14, 1963 and passed away on August 29, 2016 at the age of 53 after an illness. She was predeceased by her mother, Patricia Anne (Porter) Bell Sanford in 1987 and her father, Roy Everett Bell in 1999. Diana was best known by the name Deedee, a pet name she acquired when she very young. She grew up in Nashua on French Hill attending Temple Street Elementary School and Spring Street Junior High School after moving to Merrimack NH she attended Mastricola Middle School for eighth grade and then attended Merrimack High School, 1978-1980. She worked at the Residence Inn in Merrimack for many years before moving to Nashua. She studied and became a Licensed nursing assistant (LNA) in the last 10 years. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 03:00:08 EST Griffin T. Dalianis, PhD Griffin T. Dalianis, PhD, 73, of Nashua, a well-known Psychotherapist, legislator and community volunteer, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 1, 2016, after a long period of declining health. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 19, 1942, he was a son of the late George T. and Elizabeth A. (Frates) Dalianis. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 02:07:39 EST Community is beginning to see Main St. renaissance Recently, I took my daughter downtown to Alec's Shoes to buy her school sneakers. Getting Lucy's school shoes there has been a tradition since she went to Winter Garden preschool. She's 15 now, and when we went to the cash register to pay for the shoes, I expressed my dismay at Alec's upcoming move. "You're going to love the new store," the man who waited on us said. "So much more space. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 02:06:27 EST Air traffic control privatization is a threat to Nashua Recently, there has been a push by some members of Congress to move the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control division to a new private, nonprofit corporation financed by fees from airlines and private aircraft owners. Members of Congress supporting the legislation argue that a private organization could operate more efficiently than the FAA to reduce congestion and delays. That could not be further from the truth. The privatization of the FAA could lead to the closing of the Nashua Air Traffic Control Center, which would cause the termination of up to 800 jobs. Privatization of our air traffic control system is bad for Nashua and bad for Nashua's businesses and working families. Nicki and Les Duncan have both worked for the FAA for over 15 years and have called Nashua home for more than 20 years. They rely on the Air Route Traffic Control Center. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 02:04:33 EST Ayotte is honest and hardworking I'm David Murotake, Nashua Ward 5 state representative, small business owner and veteran. I endorse Kelly Ayotte for re-election. She's not a "flashy" senator. She's honest, works hard and gets things done: • She supports Audit the Fed, to strengthen our money. • She leads bipartisan efforts in Veterans Affairs reform, getting New Hampshire veterans better access to health care. • She fights to prevent confirmation of pro-abortion judges and defends religious liberty. • She fights corruption in Department of Defense procurements. She initiated a congressional investigation, untangling a snafu preventing my company from getting a small business innovation research contract, after winning the highly competitive award. • I worked with her to keep the A-10 Warthog flying, supporting our Army and Marines. Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:36:07 EST Concerned about conserving H2O I have been reading the stories about how severe our drought with great concern. Too bad leadership in Nashua does not share my concern. I replied with my concerns to a blast email from the mayor's office with no reply. Most recently, one story in The Telegraph notes that there are water restrictions in Nashua. Really? Since when? There certainly should be, and shame on Nashua's leadership and media for not being assertive in their requests for residents to conserve along with daily tips. In other communities, electronic signs will greet you at the town line noting water restrictions. Where are our electronic signs? Why didn't we require odd/even watering days months ago? Why are people allowed to water lawns daily - multiple times a day? (Lawns - not gardens.) Why hasn't The Telegraph opted to publish a water-saving tip in the "Quick Read" section to educate readers? Why haven't we gotten robo-calls about water conservation? There are so many actions Nashua could be taking to conserve water and encourage others to do so. Some may argue that Nashua takes from the river, so we should be OK. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 02:03:15 EST Negotiations begin for school custodians NASHUA - Following a directive from the state Public Employee Labor Relations Board, the Nashua school district has commenced negotiations with the union representing the district's custodians, although union leaders say the future is uncertain. "(The union) thought the answer from the PELRB would be the end of it, and they are a little disappointed to have to go another step or two, but they are accepting of that," said Donna Grady, chapter chair of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 365, the collective bargaining unit that represents Nashua school custodians. Grady also works at Nashua High School South. In September 2015, the Nashua Board of Education voted to explore privatizing 101 custodial jobs, citing the need to save money for the upcoming budget year. In December 2015, the union representing Nashua's custodians filed an unfair labor complaint with the Public Employee Labor Relations Board. The union claimed the district was bargaining with only a portion of the union since the district has agreed to negotiate a contract with members of Local 365 who are not custodians. On Aug. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 02:01:10 EST Tuesday is last day to register in advance for state primary The registrar of voters will be in session daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as Tuesday, Sept. 6, until 7:30 p.m., at the city clerk's office in City Hall at 229 Main St. This is an opportunity for city residents to correct or get added to the checklist. Sept. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 02:00:08 EST John Marconi John Marconi, 68, of Nashua, NH died on Sunday August 28, 2016 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH surrounded by his loving family. John was born on October 22, 1947 in Boston, MA son of the late Armand and Gertrude (Birmingham) Marconi and was the loving husband and father to Wife Doreen (Waltein) Marconi and daughter Andrea Marconi. John attended Boston University and received a Master's Degree from Rivier Collage, Nashua, NH as well the Boston Conservatory of Music and played the trumpet in a band. He loved hiking, traveling, his Shelby, and his dogs. John had an extensive career that in included being employed for Johnson Controls in the Kwajalein Islands, AVCO in Wilmington, MA and for the last 17 years as a program manager for St.Gobain in Merrimack, NH. Besides his loving wife Doreen, John is survived by his daughter Andrea Marconi of Nashua; his sister Jeannie Marconi of Lynn, MA and his two beloved dogs, Bouffie and Lady. All Services will be private. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in John's name go to either the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or The North Shore Animal Rescue league, 25 Davis Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 01:02:22 EST Incident sparked by nude pictures NASHUA - Police charged a local man with nearly two dozen assault-related offenses early Wednesday morning after they were called to a reported domestic disturbance allegedly ignited by an argument over naked Snapchat photos, authorities said. Taken into custody shortly after midnight was Ian-Carlos Maldonado, 24, who police said attacked his 27-year-old partner after she confronted him about naked photos of another woman she found on Maldonado's cellphone. Maldonado, for whom police list no fixed address, was arraigned on 22 misdemeanor charges Thursday in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. Eight of the charges are for simple assault, each of which carries a companion domestic violence charge because Maldonado and the victim were intimate partners, according to court documents. The other charges include two additional counts of domestic violence and one count each of false imprisonment, obstructing the report of a crime, theft and resisting arrest. Maldonado was ordered held on $5,000 cash-only bail pending a pretrial conference, which is scheduled for Sept. 27 in the Nashua court. Police said the alleged victim ordered Maldonado out of her Crown Street apartment, but he refused to leave. As she called police, Maldonado allegedly "hit the phone out of her hand," causing its battery to disconnect, police said. The woman told police Maldonado grabbed her by the shoulders and threw her to the ground, then into a nearby bedroom, where he allegedly punched her twice in the face. As she screamed at him and for help, he allegedly jumped on her and covered her mouth with his hand, police said. When Maldonado agreed to get her some water, the victim tried to run from the apartment, police said, but he chased her down and tackled her in the driveway. She tried to scream for help, but Maldonado again covered her mouth, but not before a neighbor heard the commotion, police said. When the neighbor confronted Maldonado and tried to stop him, police said Maldonado ran back toward the apartment. When he saw police, Maldonado allegedly barricaded himself in the apartment, but police talked him out after about 15 minutes and took him into custody, according to the reports. Police noted that the victim sustained minor injuries in the skirmish, but there was no indication that she needed medical assistance. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or@Telegraph_DeanS. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 01:01:26 EST Top court is coming to Nashua NASHUA - The New Hampshire Supreme Court is coming to the Gate City next month as part of its "On the Road" program geared toward high school students. "It's one of the court's favorite events," said Carole Alfano, the court's public information officer. Every year, the court travels to a high school to hear cases, offering students at that school the opportunity to sit in on the court's business for the day, Alfano said. On Oct. 13, the court will be at Bishop Guertin High School to hear oral arguments in two cases. The event allows high school students and community members to watch the state's highest court in action and learn about its work through a dialogue with the lawyers and the justices. It is also the only time when the court convenes outside the Supreme Court building in Concord. Ahead of the Nashua "On the Road" event, local volunteer lawyers will visit Bishop Guertin to discuss with students the legal issues and proceedings involved in the two cases that will be heard by the court. Sun, 04 Sep 2016 01:00:54 EST Merrimack soccer splits in 1st week BOYS SOCCER Merrimack 1, Nashua North 0 Merrimack got the season-opening home victory thanks to Devin Kachmar, who scored an unassisted goal in the 51st minute. Rich Bibeault and Connor Tess helped preserve the shutout by playing strong defense in front of keeper Ryan Gonzalez (four saves). For North goalkeeper Brett Leblanc stopped eight shots, including some highlight reel saves, to keep the Titans in striking distance. Pinkerton 2, Merrimack 1 Visiting Merrimack fell to 1-1 on the season after all the goals for both teams came in the first half. Merrimack got its lone goal from Alex Materkowski, asssisted by his brother Jordan. Tomahawks goalie Josh Knauer made 10 saves. GIRLS SOCCER Merrimack 3, Nashua North 1 The Tomahawks won their season opener Friday after coming back from a 1-0 hole in the sixth minute thanks to a goal from Nashua North's Marissa Gaudette assisted by Haleigh Drew. Merrimack fought back to score in the 24th minute when Rachel Mack found Abby Morgan, who slipped one in to tie the game 1-1. Sat, 03 Sep 2016 12:03:47 EST Griffin T. Dalianis, PhD Griffin T. Dalianis, PhD, 73, of Nashua, a well-known Psychotherapist, legislator and community volunteer, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 1, 2016, after a long period of declining health. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 19, 1942, he was a son of the late George T. and Elizabeth A. (Frates) Dalianis. Sat, 03 Sep 2016 07:17:36 EST Two arrested on drug charges NASHUA - Police say a Nashua man was arrested Thursday on multiple drug counts after a lengthy investigation into the trafficking of heroin into New Hampshire from neighboring Massachusetts. A second man from Pepperell, Mass., was also taken into custody on a single felony drug charge, according to police. Officers with the Nashua Police Department say Kristopher E. Balcom, 37, of 3 Ayer Road, Apt. 1, was charged with the following: seven counts of felony sale of heroin; one felony count of sale of suboxone; one felony count of possession of heroin (30-plus grams) with intent to distribute; one felony count of possession of Psilocybin mushrooms; one felony count of possession of suboxone; one felony count of possession of Morphine; one felony count of possession of adderall; one felony count of possession of methamphetamine; one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana; one misdemeanor count of possession of Hashish and six counts of operating after suspension. As a part of the investigation, 41-year-old Brian Waterman, of Pepperell, Mass., was also charged with one count of heroin possession, a felony. Police say they executed a search warrant on Thursday was the result of an investigation into the trafficking of Heroin and other controlled substances from Massachusetts to New Hampshire for resale to local residents. No information on the suspects' bail or court arraignments were available. Sat, 03 Sep 2016 07:08:05 EST