Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Nashua's superintendent finalists make pitch to public NASHUA - Nashua's two finalists for superintendent of schools, Connie Brown and Jahmal Mosley, each made their case Thursday evening for the position. Both candidates, in an event hosted by the Board of Education, participated in separate question-and-answer sessions using written questions from the public and board members. Mosley, who is currently assistant superintendent for curriculum and administration at Sharon Public Schools in Massachusetts, stressed the importance of studying data to develop a thorough understanding of student performance. One way to do that, he said, is to take advantage of i-Ready, a K-12 adaptive diagnostic for reading and mathematics, though he also advocated for "triangulating" data from different sources to get a more well-rounded picture. "When you're really able to delve into the data and look at students deficiencies, we can then go back and look at curriculum and see how we can adjust it to meet the needs of students who are struggling," Mosley said. One of the questions he was asked was why the amount of special education students in the district has increased over the last 10 years. He said the reason is likely complicated, but is in part due to public schools' ability to detect more deficiencies. Early detection, he said, is important because it can decrease the amount of students with special needs later in life.  When asked what he thinks the district should look at in the big picture, he advocated for strategic planning - looking at two or three actions that it can focus on and do well. "Not 10 to 15 that are all over the place," he said. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:07:00 EST Mayor pushes to restore cuts in education budget NASHUA – The Board of Education Budget Committee met Wednesday to discuss items related to alternative education and all-day kindergarten, but members didn’t expect a visit from the mayor. Mayor Jim Donchess praised the budget for including all-day kindergarten, but advocated for several items slated for reduction, including a long-standing contract with Clearway High School, two job coaches and nine custodial positions. “Clearway High School, operated by the Adult Learning Center, has done a very good job with a group of kids that does not thrive in a traditional school environment,” he said. “Clearway High School is clearly in the best interest of those students.” Donchess also asked the board to keep the two job coach positions. “I think if we’re going to get the most effective teaching out of our teachers, those coaches are the most important resource we’re going to retain,” he said. The mayor said he was prepared to add up to $600,000 to the education budget to support the contract with Clearway, the two job coaches and custodians. “I’m prepared to submit to the Board of Aldermen a budget that goes up 1.9 percent,” he said. Board of Education President George Farrington welcomed the idea. “We certainly do appreciate your offer and your opinion on these things,” Farrington said. Responding to questions from board members, Farrington said while Donchess can make recommendations on the education budget, the budget must also be approved by the Board of Aldermen. The school board has been reviewing Superintendent Connie Brown’s draft budget since January. The budget will be subject to motions from the board to make changes at the next meeting, which is March 8. Brown also updated her draft budget after the spending cap was calculated at closer to 1.4 percent versus the 1.2 percent figure provided to the district in December. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:21:57 EST Madeleine Hoskinson Madeleine Hoskinson, 76, of Nashua, passed away on February 13, 2017 at her home. She was born in Nashua on March 12, 1940, daughter of the late John Sr. and Edith (Cote) Dobens. Madeleine was a lifelong resident of Nashua. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:19:00 EST No approval yet for extended school day NASHUA – School officials, aiming to make up class time lost to recent snow days, met Wednesday to consider setting up longer school days between March 6 and the final day in June. Originally, the expanded day proposal added 15 minutes to the morning and 10 to the afternoon, but Board of Education members voted to explore adding more time to the afternoon versus the morning. There has been no change to the school day yet, as discussion now heads to the teachers union. “The school board did not approve a change to the 2016-2017 school year,” Adam Marcoux, president of the Nashua Teachers’ Union, said in a statement on social media after the board’s decision. “All school start and end times will remain the same at this time. The superintendent was instructed to meet with the union to look at adding only time to the end of the day.” The original plan, presented during a special meeting on Wednesday evening, was met with resistance from students who described potential complications with transportation, sports and sleep schedules. “This is more of a family issue for me, and I came here on behalf of my mom,” said Haley McQuinn, a senior at Nashua High School North. McQuinn said she gets her little brothers ready for school while her mother works, and the schedule is very precise. “If this change were to happen, it doesn’t really affect me, but it affects the rest of my family,” she said. McQuinn said her 5-year-old brother would end up alone at the house in the morning if she had to leave any earlier. “I speak for the majority of the students,” said Stephen Loranger, a student at Nashua North. “We do not agree with these changes; we would rather go to school those extra few days.” In a Feb. 16 memo to the Board of Education, Superintendent Connie Brown described the need for more class time. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:01:04 EST Marilyn “Lynn” Lalmond Marilyn “Lynn” Lalmond, 91, of Merrimack passed away at Kindred Greenbriar Healthcare in Nashua. She was a Eucharistic Minister and a cook for mercy meals after funerals at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merrimack, volunteering for the Day Away Program for Alzheimer’s patients. In her younger years she had a love for horses, traveling, especially to visit with her children, family get togethers and holidays and any reason for getting the family together. Marilyn is survived by her husband Richard Lalmond of Merrimack, a daughter Wendy Breton and her husband Nelson of Merrimack, sons Michael P. Lalmond and his wife Pam of Germantown,WI, Mark A. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:58:00 EST Vera Mary (Brayson) Rogers NASHUA – Vera Mary (Brayson) Rogers, 75, died peacefully Monday, February 20, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She is the beloved wife of Robert William Rogers. Vera was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine and was the daughter of the late Gerald Leo Brayson and Catherine Elsie (Emerson) Brayson. In her early years, Vera was a home maker and raised her family whom she loved deeply. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:10:00 EST Wrestling Meet of Champs at Nashua South By TOM KING Staff Writer NASHUA – It’s the best against the best. The second phase of the state high school wrestling postseason takes place Saturday at Nashua High School South at 9 a.m. with the annual Meet of Champions. Top finishers from last week’s Division I, II and III championships compete for the right to call themselves overall state champions. The top six finishers in each weight class in Division I, five from each in Division II and top three in Division III will all be in the Belanger Gym. Here are some wrestlers to watch: Nashua North’s Wayne Nolette, who finished second at 145 in Division I, is seeded in that spot for Saturday. The Division II champion, Bishop Guertin’s Dan Franco, is ranked fourth. Merrimack’s Julien Hovan, the Division II champion at 132, is seeded second in Saturday’s meet, just ahead of Alvirne’s Cam McClure, who finished second in Division I. At 120, Nashua South’s Matt Lamarche, who was the Division I runnerup, is seeded third. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:13:01 EST Holly Demanche Holly Demanche, 32, of Nashua, NH, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Nashua, NH. Holly was born January 8, 1985 in Nashua, NH, the daughter of Roger Demanche and Debra (Boucher) Demanche. Holly was a beautiful woman. She had so much passion for art and music. Holly loved to draw, loved animals, and loved to go camping with her friends and family. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:16:00 EST Trial set in Nashua GoFundMe theft case NASHUA – The trial has been scheduled for May in the case of Krystal Gentley, the Nashua woman charged 10 months ago with felony theft for allegedly emptying the GoFundMe account she started in memory of her deceased friend. Gentley, 27, with a last known address of 9 Eighth St., is charged with stealing about $5,000 from the account, which she created to help the grieving family of Tabatha Lynn Fauteux, a 26-year-old Hudson woman who died in California in late 2015 after a long struggle with drug addiction. Updated documents filed in Hillsborough County Superior Court South show that jury selection for Gentley's trial is scheduled for May 15, with the trial to begin within two weeks of the completion of jury selection. A trial management conference, typically the final hearing before a trial, is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 5. Gentley was initially indicted on one count of theft by deception, but that was later dismissed and replaced by an indictment for theft by unauthorized taking, according to Gentley's file. That second indictment was handed down in June. The charge is a Class A felony because the amount she is charged with stealing is well over the $1,501 benchmark for a Class A felony. Gentley has been free on bail since shortly after her arrest on April 1. The arrest culminated a police investigation that took several weeks, launched when members of Fauteux's family contacted police after learning from GoFundMe officials that the account had been emptied and closed – by Gentley. Sheila Fauteux, Tabatha's mother, said at the time that she called GoFundMe after she tried repeatedly to meet with Gentley to make arrangements to begin withdrawing funds to pay funeral and related expenses. Gentley said in previously filed court documents that she took the money to pay medical and other bills after her husband lost his job. She told police she'd planned to gradually pay back the funds once her husband found a job. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:21:57 EST Probation violations land Nashua woman in State Prison NASHUA – Although she was given a suspended jail sentence a year ago after pleading guilty to first-degree assault for attacking a man with a pair of scissors, Nashua resident Lauren Ivy Munday was also ordered to serve two years' probation which, according to court documents, she began violating just weeks later. Munday, 29, most recently of 93 Marshall St., was sentenced this month to a term of 1-3 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for Women, a disposition that came out of a plea agreement between her attorneys and state prosecutors. Although documents show Munday allegedly violated her probation on several occasions throughout 2016, her sentence is based on her plea of "true," similar to "guilty," to two counts of violation of probation, which are Class A misdemeanors. One of the violation charges, dated April 15, is tied to the probation order that was part of her plea agreement on the first-degree assault charge. The other stems from her June 27 arrest on another violation, documents state. Thomas Harrington, a Department of Corrections probation and parole officer, notes in his reports filed in court numerous failures by Munday to report to him as scheduled. She also admitted to, and tested positive for, the continued use of illegal drugs on more than one occasion, according to Harrington's report. Harrington cites an instance in early June when Munday reported to him as scheduled, but shortly after she left his office he saw her in downtown Nashua "meeting individuals that this officer did not permit" her to associate with," he wrote. Two weeks later, she again kept her scheduled appointment – but tested positive for marijuana, suboxone, cocaine, amphetamine and methamphetamine, the report states. At the time, Munday was still recovering from serious injuries she sustained on May 12, when, allegedly in an attempt to elude police, she leapt from the roof of a downtown Nashua building. Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Nashua police, acting on two warrants for Munday's arrest, had entered the building after getting a tip that Munday was inside, officials said at the time. She ended up breaking a leg and a wrist, for which she was taken to a local hospital, where Task Force agents served the warrants. One was for violating her probation, while the other had been issued when she failed to appear in a Belknap County court to testify as a material witness in what police called "a high-profile" case in that jurisdiction. Meanwhile, Hillsborough County Superior Court South Judge Charles Temple, who presided over Munday's plea and sentencing hearing this month, attached a number of stipulations to the sentencing order. She must undergo a medical assessment regarding drug and alcohol abuse, and enroll in appropriate treatment and counseling sessions. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:43:23 EST Police probe infant’s death: Authorities say residence in question may have been unlicensed day care NASHUA – Police say a 15-month-old child has died after he was removed from an Ash Street home that may have been operating as an unlicensed day care Wednesday afternoon. Officers with the Nashua Police Department responded to 131 Ash St. shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 for reports of an infant male who was unconscious and not breathing. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:23:31 EST Fun & Fortunes: Psychics offering readings at 7th city fair For the seventh year in a row, a group of the area’s most popular psychic readers will be offering their talents at Nashua’s iconic landmark, the high-Gothic Hunt Memorial Building on the corner of Main and Lowell Streets. The readers will congregate on Sunday, March 5, offering their services from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Joining the fair for the first time are Sheryl Burns and Lori Haynes of Tangled Roots Herbal, a new herbal and metaphysical shop located on West Pearl Street in downtown Nashua. Returning this year are popular readers Angie D’anjou, Michelle Trahan, Jacki Joy, Colleen Costello, Robert Nadeau, Stacey Smith and Robert Menard, offering a variety of modalities including Tarot, Enchanted Tarot, Angelic Tarot, Angel Guidance, Personal Guides, Palms, Psychometry, Scrying, Numerology, Mediumship, Aura Photography and Interpretation, Animal Medicine and Rune cards and Dagara Divination. The Dagara Divination Cloth is a tool from West Africa that helps indicate how to restore alignment with ancestors and the elements – earth, water, fire, nature and mineral, which are determined for each individual by their birth month. Lori Haynes will bring her skills as a certified medium, psychic and healer, working closely with the Guardians of Light. She offers past life readings (30 minutes), mediumship to loved ones on the other side, and readings for the here and now. In Robie’s Room a variety of merchandise will be available as gifts for Mother’s Day, and the upcoming wedding and graduation season, including a wide range of jewelry, crystals, Native American style flutes and carvings, music CDs and much more. Sheryl Burns will be joining the vendors with a wide sampling of items from Tangled Roots, including spiritual gifts, candles, cards, crystals, local made soaps and perfumes, jewelry and sage. The fair is presented by City Arts Nashua with proceeds helping to fund promotion of Nashua’s vibrant arts scene. City Arts Nashua is a 501c3 arts services organization working with all artists and arts organizations in greater Nashua. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:13:00 EST Nashua school officials to host meet and greet with superintendent finalists NASHUA – After a monthslong search for a permanent superintendent of schools, the Board of Education has invited the public to weigh in on the two finalists on Thursday. The candidates are Dr. Cornelia Brown, the current superintendent in Nashua, and Dr. Jahmal Mosley, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and assessment at Sharon (Mass.) Public Schools. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:43:01 EST A winter wonderland of weekend fun awaits you I had a fun, tasty weekend; I hope you did, too!  Friday, I got my lunch at a new place on Main Street called Saigon Sandwich. The tiny, inconspicuous place across the street from CVS is bringing the flavors of Vietnam to Nashua. Read about their unique offerings in a mini-review on Page 10. Saturday, I was part of the sold-out crowd at Merrimack Repertory Theatre's latest, "Women in Jeopardy!" (exclamation point theirs) in Lowell, Mass. Nonstop laughs, this one! A strong cast with great comedic chops, a beautiful set and a well-written script all come together for a night at the theater that will buoy any spirits! Read my review on Page 3. Sunday, I was fortunate to attend The Farmers Dinner "Love at First Bite" event at North End Bistro in Manchester. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:06:11 EST Chamber orchestra holds 2 concerts NASHUA, MILFORD - The Nashua Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Feltner, will present its winter concert, "Mozart and Tchaikovsky," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nashua Community College's Judd Gregg Hall, 505 Amherst St.; and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square. Pianist Maxine Park will be featured in the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:04:08 EST A taste of Vietnam in Nashua at Saigon Sandwich You know those hole-in-the-wall places you see that aren't much to look at, but surprisingly reveal delicious food? Saigon Sandwich is one of those places. On Main Street across from CVS, you might miss it if not looking carefully. The interior is bare-bones, with only three tables that could accommodate 10 people in total. But you're not going there for ambiance and fine dining. You're going there to experience authentic Vietnamese flavor profiles that are made fresh to order. Tracy and I started with the fresh spring rolls ($4.25 for two); they're also offered fried, but I just love the soft, sticky texture of fresh rice paper. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:01:01 EST Suspect in chase taken to hospital; Driver faces multiple charges following pursuit NASHUA - Nicholas Santy, the northern New Hampshire man who allegedly led police on a lengthy pursuit that ended in a two-hour standoff early Monday morning in Nashua, was ordered transported to a Manchester hospital Tuesday morning after he waived arraignment on the series of charges he now faces. Court documents filed later Tuesday in Nashua district court offer little additional information as to the circumstances that prompted Santy, listed on various websites as both a volunteer and paid firefighter and ambulance attendant, to get onto I-93 somewhere north of Concord and allegedly lead state and local police on a nearly 40-mile pursuit that a set of spike strips finally ended on the Everett Turnpike at Exit 3. Santy, 27, of 42 Grove St., Littleton, amassed 10 charges in two jurisdictions during the incident, which began when a state trooper tried to pull him over on I-93 in Concord for allegedly speeding and driving recklessly. Five charges were filed in Concord district court and five in Nashua district court, all by state police, according to court documents. The Nashua set of charges includes two felony counts of reckless conduct - dangerous weapon, which accuse Santy of "swerving at other motorists while being pursued by police, in an attempt to run them off the road" while driving on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua. The other three charges filed in Nashua - resisting arrest or detention, reckless operation and disobeying a police officer - are Class A misdemeanors alleging that Santy endangered others by driving at 100 mph on the turnpike, refused to stop for police, and refused verbal commands to exit his vehicle for two hours. Those filed in Concord include two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a police officer, for allegedly failing to stop for pursuing officers, and three violation-level offenses accusing Santy of crossing a divided median, backing up his vehicle against traffic and endangering others by driving at 100-plus mph. Probable cause hearings have been set for March 1 in Nashua district court, and for March 7 in Concord district court. Nashua district court Judge Paul Moore granted Santy's waiver of arraignment, and amended his $5,000 cash bail to $5,000 personal recognizance, effective upon his admission to Elliot Hospital in Manchester for mental health treatment, according to the bail order. Documents show that Santy is being represented by Attorney Mark Stevens, a Salem-based lawyer known for defending people charged with drunk driving, drug possession and license-suspension offenses. While the pursuit itself lasted barely half an hour, state and Nashua police spent another two hours "trying to reason" with Santy after his vehicle, a Toyota Tundra pickup whose tires had been flattened by spike strips, crashed into a guardrail and a bridge abutment on the Exit 3 off-ramp and came to a rest in a snowbank. Police surrounded the vehicle and tried to talk to Santy, but, according to the reports, he "would not exit the vehicle or respond to the commands of police." "For nearly two hours, (police) tried to reason with the suspect," the reports state. At some point, police said, Santy "cut both of his wrists," and that he appeared to be drinking a bottle of wine. Eventually, they said, state and Nashua police "were able to remove (Santy) from the vehicle and place him in custody." Police on Monday said that during the pursuit, police began receiving information from law enforcement agencies in the northern part of the state that Santy "may have been involved in other, unrelated crimes" in that area before he began driving south on I-93, but court documents didn't address that possibility. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or@Telegraph_DeanS. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:07:49 EST Alvirne boys hoop overtakes South NASHUA - Alvirne needed something to get going. Ryan Weston provided exactly that. He came off the bench and hit a pair of threes to spark a 16-5 Broncos' run that spanned from midway through the first quarter well into the second and Alvirne knocked off Nashua South 59-40 in a boys basketball game on Tuesday night at Nashua South High School. "It was good to get a couple of 3-pointers to fall," Alvirne coach Brian Lynch said. "We played Concord on Saturday and we didn't shoot the ball particularly well, so that kind of got us going offensively." Jack Brown scored a game-high 19 points, Trevor Bolduc notched 14 and Max Bonney-Liles had six points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Alvirne. Both teams started slow. Richie Merchado scored the game's first points with 5:33 left in the opening quarter when he made a pair of free throws. In fact, it was Merchado doing most of the scoring in the early going. He turned two offensive boards into baskets and had six of South's first eight points to give the Panthers and 8-5 lead. Alvirne scored the next seven though and took a 12-8 lead into the second. That continued into the second as Weston's 3-pointer stretched the lead to 20-13 and forced a Panthers' timeout with 5:43 remaining in the half. Weston nailed another three out of the timeout and made it a 10 point advantage before South could find an answer. Harper Niven got a transition offensive rebound and putback to momentarily stop the bleeding, but Alvirne registered another five straight to take a 28-15 lead into the break. South had trouble getting any type of penetration to the basket and didn't have the type of shooting on the night to nullify that. "We don't see a lot of zone and we've been working on it," Nashua South coach Nate Mazzerolle said. "We figured we would see a lot of zone. We didn't think they would match up with Max Osgood very well, so we figured we would see that zone and we did. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:04:51 EST Wilfred A. ‘Willy’ Simard NASHUA - Wilfred A. "Willy" Simard, 67, died peacefully, Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy (Wheeler) Simard. Wilfred was born in Nashua on November 19, 1949 and was the son of the late Robert and Yvonne (Raymond) Simard. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. For many years, he was employed by Batesville Casket Co. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:03:37 EST Douglas W. Breault Sr NASHUA - Douglas W. Breault, Sr., age 72 of Nashua, NH died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Friday, February 17, 2017 after a long period of declining health, with his family by his side. Douglas was born in Medford, Ma on September 24, 1944, the seventh born to Arthur U. Breault and Pauline (Hickey) Breault. Doug attended schools in Medford, and after the death of his mother when he was seven, he spent time in East Boston and then in Tewksbury, where his father bought a new house. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:01:35 EST Generosity in Greater Nashua is wonderful When we work together, we move individuals, families and communities forward. Our recent donation drives have been phenomenally successful and have made life better and easier for some of those in our community who struggle. Our partnership with the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter has allowed us to reach those who are hurting. Our members and staff have been very generous. Donations by the numbers: • 220 cases of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items • 9,624 diapers, 74 boxes of baby wipes, and 8 tubes of diaper creams • 150 blankets (partnering with Kieran's Kovers) One of the Y's main focus areas is social responsibility and we consider our efforts to help ease the burden of local food pantries important to the work that we do in the community. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:05:59 EST Historic Holman; banners would celebrate notable players NASHUA - The Silver Knights baseball team and representatives from the city are working on a plan to add two banners outside Holman Stadium championing two notable former baseball players - Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella. Newcombe and Campanella are credited with having had a pivotal role in bringing about integrated baseball as members of the Nashua Dodgers in 1946. The team's assistant general manager, Cheryl Lindner, said she was inspired to start the project last fall. "When I was driving down West Hollis Street, I saw a picture on the tire business by City Hall," Lindner said. She said she thought some sort of image recognizing the pair at Holman would be a good idea. The two were first slated to play in Danville, Ill.,in the Three-I league. Managers there said they would shut the league down if the African-American players showed up. Newcombe and Campanella were embraced in Nashua, went on to win the first season's championship and made sports history. Since a mural can't be painted at Holman because of the ballpark's historic nature, the idea was floated of creating banners to celebrate the players. Roads leading to the ballpark are named Campanella Way and Don Newcombe Way. The plan is to have one banner of Newcombe hanging near the elevator and a companion banner displaying Campanella by a stairwell on the other side. But first, the team and the ballpark need art for the banners. Lindner said City Arts Nashua representative Judy Carlson would be soliciting suggestions through a call to artists in the near future and the public would be notified when that process would begin. Nick Caggiano, director of the Nashua Park & Recreation Department, said the group would need to show the city a concept of what the art would look like. The final piece would need approval of the city, perhaps by the Board of Public Works. Since murals are out of the picture, "a banner makes all the sense in the world," Caggiano said. Holman Stadium was funded by a donation by Charles F. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:32:33 EST Porch fire quickly contained NASHUA - Nashua Fire Rescue quickly contained and extinguished a porch fire early Tuesday morning. Smoke detectors alerted the residents of a second floor apartment at 30 Norton St., who evacuated the residence and contacted emergency services at 2:57 a.m, Nashua firefighters reported. Three vehicles from Amherst Street Fire Station - 22 personnel in total - arrived on the scene soon after. Upon arrival, crews found saw smoke and fire coming from the second floor rear porch. They stretched a hose up to the location and extinguished the fire. Fire damage was contained to the porch and smoke was ventilated from the second story apartment, authorities report. Deputy Chief Karl Gerhard said working fire detectors likely minimized the impact of the fire. "Always make sure you have working fire detectors in your home," Gerhard said. He also recommended having an evacuation plan and practicing it with household members. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:31:28 EST Nashua explores alternatives plans for one-way streets NASHUA - Working on a suggestion from a consultant, Nashua officials are considering possible changes to the traffic pattern on some downtown streets that would include reversing some one-way roads. James Vayo, Nashua's downtown specialist at City Hall, will present a plan to Nashua's Committee on Infrastructure during a meeting Wednesday night. His pitch will be to consider a change in direction of some city streets to allow better access to parking and improve traffic from the Broad Street Parkway. Vayo said the initial project was to look at the pairing of one-way streets, including Temple, Factory and East and West Pearl streets. Now, Vayo said he is considering keeping them one-way but flipping the direction of travel. The switch would allow better access and potentially expanded on-street, downtown parking. Vayo said he would have the aldermen "mull it over, get their thoughts on the initiative and see if it has merit." The consultants, VHB of Bedford, conducted a traffic pattern analysis last year and made some suggestions based on their findings, including a recommendation the city wait to see how the downtown absorbed traffic from the recently-completed Broad Street Parkway before making any decisions. "Our division believes the time has come and started looking at what project we can start in an incremental way to make improvements," Vayo said. Vayo said he talked with property owners near the specific streets. "There's a strong need for on-street parking and a desire from businesses to maintain on-street parking," he added. Switching them to two-way traffic was considered, but did not make sense moving forward. In a letter sent last week to Mark Cookson, chairman of the infrastructure committee, Vayo relayed the VHB findings: "VHB concluded that the reversal of travel on the specified one-way streets (East and West Pearl, Temple, and Factory) would not result in an adverse impact to the level of service for the area." It was noted short sight distances, a common condition in downtown Nashua and typical of urban environments, may result from the changes to travel pattern, but overall the concept plan has merit. VHB further noted specific geometric solutions can alleviate or fully remedy any short sight distance issues that arise. It was also noted the reversal of these one-way streets is an ideal initial project, because the changes can be executed in isolation from the larger street network. Furthermore, it was noted that this project is appealing due to the minimal need for major infrastructure changes. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:34:05 EST DWC guard involved in melee arraigned NASHUA - A Connecticut youth services worker who said he has known former Daniel Webster College basketball player Marquise Caudill for about 10 years said Tuesday that Caudill's alleged violent outburst in Saturday's game was completely out of character for the 22-year-old man. "I was taken aback ... this is not typical of Marquise," social worker Willie Taylor told Nashua district court Judge Paul S. Moore, adding that Caudill "has done so well" in overcoming his difficult childhood that he was able not only enroll at Daniel Webster College but also to become a formidable presence on the basketball court. Taylor spoke during Caudill's arraignment Tuesday morning, which was conducted in the Nashua court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. Caudill, a resident of South Hadley, Mass., and formerly of Connecticut, was arraigned on four charges stemming from the brawl, which broke out about five minutes into the second half of the Eagles game against Southern Vermont College, the league's top team and a DWC rival. The charges include one count of second-degree assault, a Class B felony, which accuses Caudill of stomping on Vermont sophomore guard Kyle Depollar's head after Caudill allegedly dropped Depollar to the hardwood by punching him in the face. The other three charges are Class A  misdemeanors: Simple assault, which is tied to the punch that leveled Depollar; disorderly conduct, for allegedly "engaging in violent and tumultuous behavior (at DWC's Vagge Gym) by yelling, swearing and throwing several items," and criminal threatening, for allegedly getting in Nashua police officer John Hannigan's face and "raising a fist at him while telling him he was going to kill him," according to police reports filed in court. Moore, the judge, modified Caudill's bail from $50,000 cash only to $50,000 cash or surety, rejecting Nashua police prosecutor Donald Topham's recommendation to increase it to $100,000 cash only. "This is behavior that is completely unacceptable ... that anyone would make a threat like that to a police officer," Topham said in support of the higher bail. "The defendant was completely out of control, yelling, swearing ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:07:07 EST Donchess aims high in State of City; Mayor pushes full-day kindergarten, paving projects and ending hunger NASHUA - Mayor Jim Donchess is going all in on supporting full-day kindergarten in his upcoming budget, as well as a greater investment in municipal paving and adding three new sports fields in the city. "I want to make Nashua a city that offers opportunity to people in all of our neighborhoods," Donchess said in his State of the City address Tuesday night. "From the Tree Streets to the North End, from Crown Hill to Sky Meadow, from Little Florida to Westgate Village." The speech, given in the City Hall auditorium to the Board of Aldermen and members of the public, hit on education and infrastructure investments as valuable resources to help the city continue to attract businesses and employment opportunities. Several hundred jobs have come into the city, such as at BAE and Prudential Lien, that have helped Nashua see a 2.5 percent unemployment rate, Donchess said. "These jobs and the ripple effect they create will add millions of dollars to our robust regional economy," he added. The city's downtown brings business and people to the city, and there are plans for 250-to-300 new apartments between the Renaissance project off Bridge Street and the Franklin Street mill project. The city is also making progress on the opioid addiction crisis through the Safe Stations initiative, Donchess said. Since starting in November, the project has averaged two people a day seeking help for their addiction. The public/private partnership between the city's fire department, AMR ambulance and Harbor Homes is saving lives and making a difference, he said. "I am very proud of the way that every day Chief (Steven) Galipeau and our firefighters, the employees of Harbor Homes and AMR are rising to this challenge," he said. Though he didn't specify a total budget figure, Donchess wants to push forward with a school budget that includes full-day kindergarten. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:01:05 EST Alvirne boys hoop stops Nashua South By VINCE RODEMER Correspondent NASHUA – Alvirne needed something to get going. Ryan Weston provided exactly that. He came off the bench and hit a pair of threes to spark a 16-5 Broncos’ run that spanned from midway through the first quarter well into the second and Alvirne knocked off Nashua South 59-40 in a boys basketball game on Tuesday night at Nashua South High School. “It was good to get a couple of 3-pointers to fall,” Alvirne coach Brian Lynch said. “We played Concord on Saturday and we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, so that kind of got us going offensively.” Jack Brown scored a game-high 19 points, Trevor Bolduc notched 14 and Max Bonney-Liles had six points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Alvirne. Both teams started slow. Richie Merchado scored the game’s first points with 5:33 left in the opening quarter when he made a pair of free throws. In fact, it was Merchado doing most of the scoring in the early going. He turned two offensive boards into baskets and had six of South’s first eight points to give the Panthers and 8-5 lead. Alvirne scored the next seven though and took a 12-8 lead into the second. That continued into the second as Weston’s 3-pointer stretched the lead to 20-13 and forced a Panthers’ timeout with 5:43 remaining in the half. Weston nailed another three out of the timeout and made it a 10 point advantage before South could find an answer. Harper Niven got a transition offensive rebound and putback to momentarily stop the bleeding, but Alvirne registered another five straight to take a 28-15 lead into the break. South had trouble getting any type of penetration to the basket and didn’t have the type of shooting on the night to nullify that. “We don’t see a lot of zone and we’ve been working on it,” Nashua South coach Nate Mazzerolle said. “We figured we would see a lot of zone. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:10:00 EST Granite Hammer falls on six; Nashua police arrest several on local drug-related crimes NASHUA - The state's Granite Hammer fell again last week, resulting in several arrests for drug-related crimes. Nashua police reported Monday that six people from New Hampshire and Massachusetts were arrested and charged. They were: • Jessica Preston, 39, of 41 Hughey St., Nashua, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug, suboxone. Preston was released on $500 cash bail, and is scheduled for arraignment March 30. • Brian Poulin, 38, of 89 1/2 Palm St., Nashua, was arrested on an out-of-town warrant for possession of a controlled drug, cocaine. Poulin was released to Hollis police. • Eric Perry, 21, of 5 Danforth Road, Apt. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:12:32 EST Care Packages; teachers work to fight hunger among local youths NASHUA - Ensuring that hundreds of students have enough food for February break, Nashua teachers and staff packed a week's worth of food for students who normally rely on free and reduced meals at school. The event was organized by the Nashua arm of the End 68 Hours of Hunger organization, led by co-coordinators Krista Bordeleau and Jenn Morton. Morton, Bordeleau and a team of community volunteers 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 available at school Friday until breakfast on Monday, or the "68 hours" of food insecurity. However, the longer breaks from school require more support to meet student needs. "The Nashua Teachers' Union donated $4,000, which donates for needy children," Morton said. A couple dozen teachers and district staff also volunteered Monday to organize and pack food for 200 elementary children at Ledge Street, Fairgrounds, Dr. Crisp and Mount Pleasant elementary schools. "This is our first packing event with the union," Bordeleau said, adding when her group spoke with the Board of Education recently, they connected with NTU President Adam Marcoux. Marcoux credited the NTU board of directors for approving $4,000 to cover the cost of food for the week. Monday "is our professional development day, and they need help packing, so we thought, 'Let's get some teachers and staff together,' " Marcoux said. Monday afternoon, Fairgrounds Elementary School counselor Mike Plourde organized packed grocery bags into four groups, one destined for each of the four elementary schools. Plourde said food insecurity among Nashua elementary children has been growing. "The effects are very evident," he said. "A lot of times, (the student) might also be sleep deprived and have difficulty concentrating." Having been in the district for 20 years, Plourde said he noticed children going hungry about 10 years ago. "We didn't have a resource then, but we were doing lots of other things to help out," Plourde said, noting teachers would keep snacks in their classrooms for students. Sandy and Lisa Gribben-Perrin launched the Nashua arm of the organization in 2013 before Morton and Bordeleau took over last fall 2016. "It's been amazing how much support there is; we get both volunteers making it in to pack and monetary donations," Morton said. "The community sees the need, for sure," Bordeleau said. The Nashua team began packing backpacks for 26 students in 2013, and now, the group routinely collects enough food for 200 children at the four elementary schools. Bordeleau and Morton credited the Nashua Rotary Club with helping them pack food for the holiday and spring breaks, although the February break was previously not covered. "They would have had a weekend bag of food - that's it," Bordeleau said. While the packing event took place at Nashua High School South on Monday, End 68 Hours of Hunger usually meets at the United Way to store and prepare grocery bags. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:15:12 EST Damage to home in city blaze NASHUA - A mobile home in a southwest Nashua park sustained extensive damage late Sunday night in a fire that officials say may have been caused by an electrical problem. Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Glen MacDonald said Monday that nobody was home when flames broke out shortly after 11 p.m. at 3 Sunset Lane, which is in the River Pines Mobile Home Park off West Hollis Street. MacDonald said the crew of Engine 6, which was first on the scene, reported a working fire and immediately conducted what he described as "an aggressive interior attack" with a 13/4-inch hoseline. Firefighters on Engine 2 arrived a moment later, and pulled another 13/4-inch hoseline in order to work their way inside to search for any occupants, MacDonald said. Meanwhile, a ladder truck crew forced entry in order to shut off the propane supply to the mobile home, then joined in the search for potential occupants. After crews determined nobody was home, they turned their attention to extinguishing the remaining flames. Two other engines were set up to relay water from the nearest hydrant, which MacDonald said is on West Hollis Street about 2,000 feet from the scene. While the bulk of the fire was in the kitchen area, where it caused heavy damage, MacDonald said the blaze also caused heat and smoke damage to the entire home. While a preliminary investigation pointed to an electrical problem as the cause of the fire, MacDonald said, members of the state fire marshal's office are continuing their investigation. In all, 22 NFR members responded to the blaze, he added. No injuries were reported. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:13:10 EST Pancake breakfast benefits Safe Stations NASHUA - The city's Safe Stations program is getting a syrupy boost this week, as Harbor Homes will be hosting a pancake breakfast to raise money for the life-saving program. Harbor Homes and Keystone Hall, both part of the Partnership for Successful Living, are teaming up for Friday's pancake breakfast to support Safe Stations. The fundraiser will run from 7-11 a.m. at Harbor Homes located at 45 High St. Safe Stations was started in Nashua on Nov. 17, 2016, modeled on the program started last year in Manchester, as a way to combat the city's opioid addiction crisis. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:02:51 EST High-speed pursuit ends in Nashua; police deploy spike strips to incapacitate vehicle NASHUA - A 27-year-old man from the state's North Country region is in police custody, awaiting a Tuesday arraignment on several charges stemming from a lengthy, high-speed police pursuit that ended in Nashua late Sunday night. Nicholas Santy, a resident of the Grafton County town of Littleton, was apprehended by state and Nashua police after a roughly one-hour standoff on the Everett Turnpike Exit 3 off-ramp, where his pickup truck came to rest after the tires were flattened by spike strips, police said. Santy was initially taken to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, which aren't believed to be serious. He was subsequently charged with two counts of reckless conduct, Class B felonies, along with two misdemeanor counts each of disobeying a police officer and resisting arrest, police said. It isn't clear if, or when, Santy was released from the hospital. He would likely be taken to Valley Street jail upon his release to await Tuesday morning's scheduled arraignment in Nashua district court. State police said in a statement Monday morning that its dispatch center began receiving calls around 11:30 p.m. Sunday for what it called "a hazardous operator" driving a Toyota Tundra pickup truck south on Interstate 93 in Concord. A trooper who was on patrol in the immediate area spotted the truck, but when he attempted to stop it, the driver allegedly refused to pull over, police said. The truck continued southbound on I-93 at speeds ranging from 50-100 mph, police said. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:06:36 EST William E. McCabe William E. "Red" McCabe. 88, a well-known Nashua resident, passed away Saturday morning, February 18, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center after a period of declining health. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on August 18, 1928, he was a son of the late William E. and Alice A. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:29:18 EST David Milliard David Milliard, 25, of Nashua, passed away peacefully at his home on February 17, 2017. He was born on February 21, 1991 in Nashua, son of Michelle (Forcier) Dalton and his stepfather Tom of Nashua and, Dave Green and his stepmother Terri, of Bedford. Most recently, David had been working for Gillette, prior to which had worked for Old Dominion. David was an avid New England Patriots fan. He was a gentle spirited man who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He also liked good movies and good food. David was also a video gamer and loved to draw. He was a graduate of Nashua High School North, Class of 2009. David was predeceased by a brother, Zachary Milliard. Besides his parents and step-parents, he is survived by his girlfriend Kayla Ayotte of Nashua; his son, Liam Milliard and his expected son who will be named David in honor of his father; his brothers and sisters, Avery Gallagher, Dan Halpin, Rachael Green and Kyle Milliard; his grandparents, Gail and Ron Forcier, Chris and Matt Green; his aunts and uncles, Michael and Pamela Forcier, John and Jesscia Forcier, Deborah and Bryan Richardson, Todd Patno, Tara and Jason Leach, Eric and Lisa Milliard, Ronnie and Lisa Milliard and Ricky Milliard; and his beloved cousins, Cole Forcier, Jack Forcier, John Forcier and Elizabeth Forcier. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held at the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua on Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:29:39 EST Eugene F. Harp BEDFORD-Eugene F. Harp, 91, died peacefully Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Bedford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and was surrounded by his loving family. He is the beloved husband of Gladys (Shrosbree) Harp. Eugene was born in Brand Beach, NJ on September 17, 1925. He is the son of the late Harry and Mary (Murphy) Harp. He proudly served his country during the WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War in the United States Navy until he retired and was honorably discharged in 1968. Eugene was a member of the FRA, Branch #031 and loved trains. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:30:41 EST David R. Perrault David R. Perrault, 79, died in Nashua, NH at his home on February 16, 2017. He was born on January 26, 1938 to the late Eugene R. Perrault and Juliette M. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:00:54 EST News Digest Nashua Local company teams with Eversource A high-tech manufacturing company in Nashua is saving money and the environment with the help of Eversource. "Working with Eversource to obtain an incentive for the upgrades at our facility was an important part of the company's ability to complete this comprehensive project," said Pam Simonds, general manager for Amphenol Printed Circuits. Recent upgrades to the heating and cooling system at Amphenol were funded in part by a $128,000 incentive paid by the Eversource Energy Rewards Program. Eversource accepts proposals for electrical energy efficiency projects to be implemented at the facilities of commercial and industrial customers. Upgrades may include high-efficiency lighting systems, variable speed drive motors, other measures that reduce annual electrical consumption. "Major manufacturers in New Hampshire are significantly impacted by the region's high energy costs," said Tom Belair, manager of energy efficiency for Eversource in New Hampshire. "One of the best ways these large energy consumers can reduce their costs is by leveraging funds from our energy-efficiency programs to complete upgrades that reduce their energy use." The upgrades completed at Amphenol are expected to reduce the company's energy use by more than 650,000 kilowatt hours per year, enough to power 100 New Hampshire homes for a year. Eversource works with businesses and homeowners to make their buildings and energy use more efficient. For more information about the company's programs, visit - Telegraph Staff Body found near medical center The Nashua Police Department is investigating a body found on the ground Monday evening near the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. The body was located on E. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:33:24 EST William E. McCabe William E. "Red" McCabe, 88, a well-known Nashua resident, passed away Saturday morning, February 18, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center after a period of declining health. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on August 18, 1928, he was a son of the late William E. and Alice A. (Rondeau) McCabe. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:04:55 EST Helping fight hunger; Empty Bowls fundraiser is Wednesday NASHUA - The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, still going strong after 22 years, is set for Wednesday at Nashua High School South. Presented by the Nashua High School North and South chapters of the National Art Honor Society, this year's event will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Nashua South cafeteria, 36 Riverside St., with a snow date set for Feb. 23. The spirit of the evening is to encourage participants to think about those with truly "empty bowls" while enjoying a simple bowl of soup, according to event organizer Robin Peringer, a Nashua art educator and adviser for the National Art Honor Society. "I grew up in this community, and I grew up as a child (who) was very poor, and I knew what it was like being hungry," Peringer said at the 2015 event. The fundraiser this year will be marked by a celebration of longtime Nashua Soup Kitchen Director Lisa Christie, who recently retired from the organization after 27 years at the helm. Christie began as the director of the Nashua Soup Kitchen in 1989 and led it through client-based growth needs that now include serving 1,700 meals per week and helping more than 300 individuals and families. For the 2017 Empty Bowls event, more than 700 clay bowls have been created by Nashua South students and staff, as well as by community members and artists from Greater Nashua. "One completely 'new' thing for this year is that a handful of teachers from across the district got together for a few after-school workshops and made porcelain spoons for the event," Peringer said Friday. "They are such sweet spoons; some are little bunnies that hang onto the side of the bowl by their paws. We have fish, kitties, spiral designs and so on," she said, crediting the creativity of Nashua teachers. The night of the event, attendees arrive at Nashua South and choose a bowl from the many on display in the foyer, and carry it to the cafeteria to choose from soups provided by dozens of local restaurants. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:18:26 EST George Fallet George Fallet, 96, of Milford, passed away peacefully Friday morning, at the Crestwood Center in Milford on February 17, 2017. He was born on May 18, 1920, in Berlin, Pennsylvania, a son of the late John and Anna (Hrobak) Fallet. He was the husband of Sybil L. (DeLoach) Fallet, whom he married on April 30, 1949. He was a consultant with his own firm, Fallet Consulting Engineer. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:36:21 EST Barbara V. Keirstead Barbara V. Keirstead, 70, a lifelong Nashua resident, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening, February 15, 2017. The daughter of the late Willard C. and Gladys I. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:35:32 EST Colette T. Moreau Colette T. Moreau, 78, of Nashua, passed away at her home, Thursday, February 16, 2017 after a period of declining health. A daughter of the late Romeo O. and Jeanne M. (Lavoie) Moreau, she was born in Nashua on July 9, 1938. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:34:15 EST Robert H. Canaway Robert (Bob) H. Canaway, 67, of Nashua, NH, and Vero Beach, FL, died Friday, February 17, 2017 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Medford, raised in Woburn, MA, and was the second of three sons of Herbert and Rita Canaway. Bob leaves his beloved wife of 43 years, Sandy, and their three sons: Robert II and his wife Tara, Jason and his wife Julie, and Christopher and his wife Colleen. He loved his eight grandchildren, especially making them laugh: Bobby, Johnny, Tommy, Max, Sammy, Piper, Paige, and Brooks. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:33:05 EST Lawrence ‘Allan’ Carlsmith Lawrence “Allan” Carlsmith, passed away in Gardner, MA on February 13, 2017 after a long illness, with his loving wife and family at his side. Allan lived in Amherst, NH from 1953 to 2015 and more recently in Nashua. Allan was born June 12, 1928 in Terre Haute, IN, the second son of Leonard and Hope Carlsmith. He graduated from Phillips Andover Academy, studied chemistry at Stanford University, and did his graduate work in organic chemistry at MIT. Upon moving to NH, he was hired by Improved Machinery in Nashua, a company that designed and manufactured equipment to manufacture paper products. Allan became head of the engineering department, and later also took over sales. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:32:37 EST A new brew; Local craft brewers thrive through collaboration NASHUA – New Hampshire’s beer industry has flourished in last few years– so much that the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce featured three of the region’s beer big hitters at its annual Eminence Awards ceremony. The three beer gurus, Carl Soderberg, Scott Schaier, Michael Hauptly-Pierce all focused on the benefits of working locally and collaboratively – concepts as old as beer itself. “They really encompass the passion of the members that we work with,” said Ashley Young, the chamber’s director of membership. The purpose of the Eminence Awards is to recognize individuals and businesses that contribute to the success of the the chamber and Greater Nashua. Young said the chamber encourages its members to work collaboratively and help each other grow. That approach was evident as Carl Soderberg, one of the founders of Able Ebenezer Brewing Company in Merrimack, told the story of his company’s “Live Free or Die” origin. Able Ebenezer is one of many breweries in the state to take advantage of a nano brewery license, which allows up-and-coming brewers to manufacture less than 2,000 barrels of beer a year for sale at a cost of $250. Soderberg and his partner, Mike Frizzelle, started the brewery essentially from scratch, and it is now one of the fastest growing in the state. Abel Ebenezer captures New Hampshire’s spirit down to its image. The brewery is named after a New Hampshire businessman and logger, Ebenezer Mudgett, who in 1772 rebelled against the British government after it established the Pine Tree Law, which protected selected white pines for British shipbuilding. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:32:04 EST Community investment includes health care access Very frequently part of my job at United Way is to speak with employers and employees about how the donations they make funnel through our process to make an impact in the community. As an organization, we focus on the needs of the overall community in terms of health, education and economic mobility, rather than being focused on a single issue. I find this is sometimes a little bit challenging since people tend to be single-issue focused. With a philosophy that embraces the overall strength of the community, the single issue donor often requires a story or two to make our approach make sense, and that is what I will try to do in this month’s article. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:19:01 EST Division I | South has two second-place finishers LONDONDERRY – Shad Lacombe sent shock waves through New Hampshire wrestling circles Saturday, stunning second- seeded 152-pounder Brandon Berube of Timberlane Regional in the NHIAA Division I semifinals. “He pinned me in the second period the first time I faced him this year,” joked the Nashua South senior. Next week, in his home gym and on his home mat, Lacombe will look to finish the job at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions. Lacombe settled for second place in the Division I Meet at Londonderry High School yesterday, falling to top seed Andrew Chase of Londonderry, 11-3 in the finals. The defeat couldn’t disappoint South’s Lacombe, who entered the day with a 21-10 record. “To be able to beat Berube and get here shows how hard I’ve worked,” Lacombe said. “I knew (Chase) would be tough in the final. He just found a way and was the winner today. But I most definitely would love a rematch. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:40:00 EST Hollis students receive top academic honors at Nashua Catholic NASHUA – Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School in Nashua has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2016/2017 school year. Hollis students honored are as follows: Colin Ferguson, son of Jason Ferguson and Dawn Ferguson, has been named to the Honor Roll. Eliza Gehan, daughter of Thomas and Michelle Gehan, has been named to the High Honor Roll. Ryan Stack, son of Tim and Stephanie Stack, has been named to the High Honor Roll. Benjamin and Anna Stawasz, children of Chris and Lara Stawasz, have been named to the High Honor Roll. Jack Stawasz, son of Chris and Lara Stawasz, have been named to the Honor Roll. Nashua Catholic congratulates all of these students for their academic excellence. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:31:01 EST News Digest NASHUA 40-year-old woman charged with assault A Nashua woman was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with assault after reports of an assault on a preteen girl. The Nashua Police Department arrested Aimee Busby, 40, of 56 Lund Road, Apt. B, on a warrant for second-degree assault - domestic violence, a Class B felony, around 4:10 p.m. Thursday. The arrest came after police received a report on Feb. 13 of a juvenile who was physically assaulted by the juvenile's mother several days prior. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:01:11 EST Ex-cop denies making threats to Barnaby; suspect in 1988 homicides wants statements suppressed NASHUA - Exactly what happened when former Nashua Police Capt. Paul Goupil spoke to Anthony Barnaby in the midst of the 1988 double-homicide investigation is the heart of Barnaby's argument to have the statements he made suppressed. "Oftentimes, good intentions end up with unintended consequences," Goupil said of his decision to enter the interview room where Barnaby was being questioned by detectives. Former Nashua Police Officer Anthony Pivero testified that Goupil had bragged to him about being pivotal in getting Barnaby to confess to the murders, intimating he used threats to get the incriminating statement. Goupil "said he knows how to get things done," Pivero testified. "He said he went in to talk to Barnaby in the interview room, and he said he had his (testicles) in his hands and he would cut them off." Barnaby reportedly confessed - but not to Goupil - after some 30 hours of police questioning, though he has never been  convicted of the murders. Barnaby, who turns 50 in April, was charged along with fellow Canadian David Caplin, now 54, with beating and stabbing to death Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner in their Mason Street apartment on Oct. 3, 1988. Neither man was ever convicted, however; Barnaby walked free after three juries failed to convict him, while prosecutors dropped Caplin's charges because of a lack of evidence. But some 20 years later, Nashua police resurrected the case after locating new evidence, including DNA, and refiled the murder charges. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:39:20 EST ‘Wild’ tradition; 26th Wild Irish Breakfast promises usual great time As one of the most active people at Nashua's PLUS Company, Samantha Pohland, knows firsthand the importance of the Wild Irish Breakfast, the agency's signature fundraiser that each year blends lots of laughs at the expense of "Irish wits" with raising the financial resources that make possible the programs and activities of which she is so fond. For instance: "Every Monday, we bring food to people who can't afford it over at the mission," the 26-year-old bundle of energy said. "We don't just bring it, we serve it to them. We eat with them. It feels like a big family." Pohland - "the country spells it wrong," she likes to joke - referred to the Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission, a faith-based agency that assists homeless and struggling people with shelter, meals and prayer. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:38:24 EST Leo R. Pinault MONT VERNON - Leo R. Pinault, 64, died peacefully on Monday, February 13, 2017 in his home with his wife and 3 children by his side. After a courageous battle with cancer he fought hard and so brave, but lost the battle. He is the beloved husband of Judith (Largy) Pinault with whom he shared almost 46 years of marriage. Leo was born in Nashua on October 23, 1952 and is the son of Theresa (Raymond) Pinault of New Boston and the late Raymond Pinault. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:01:32 EST Walter N. Poulin NASHUA - Walter N. Poulin, 88, died peacefully at his home on Sunday February 12, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Blanche (Lagasse) Poulin. Walter was born in Nashua on December 25, 1928. He was the son of the late Edward and Clara (Boudreau) Poulin. Walter proudly belonged to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters of America for over 50 years. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:02:22 EST Clement David ‘Clem’ Izzi Clement David "Clem" Izzi, 76, resident of Nashua died peacefully Friday, February 10, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth (Kelemen) Izzi, who was at his side at his passing. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral mass at the Immaculate Conception Church at 216 East Dunstable Road, Nashua on Saturday February 18th at 10am. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:21:57 EST Therese D. Charest Sherbrooke, QC - Therese D. Charest, passed away late Monday night, Feb. 13, 2017, at the CHUS of Fleurimont, QC, surrounded by members of her loving family. She was born in St. Hermenegilde, QC, on February 3, 1920, a daughter of the late Domina Desorcy and Marie (Roy). Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:01:16 EST Amherst man facing new set of assault charges in Nashua NASHUA – Four months after he was arrested for allegedly smashing property belonging to an ex-girlfriend, Amherst resident Thomas E. Fallon was back in police custody Wednesday, this time on accusations he assaulted the woman and stole her prescription medication. Police said officers were called to 104 Walnut St. in downtown Nashua around 3 p.m. Wednesday for a reported domestic disturbance, and upon arrival spoke to a woman who accused Fallon of pushing and punching her “several times,” stealing some of her medication then fleeing the residence. While police worked on locating Fallon, the woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that police don’t believe are life-threatening. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:07:00 EST Two Aponovich paintings once again on display in City Hall NASHUA – City Hall is once again displaying two paintings by New Hampshire’s fourth Artist Laureate James Aponovich that had been seemingly forgotten. Mayor Jim Donchess said the two works were purchased by the city nearly 25 years ago, the last time he was in the corner office. Donchess said the city bought the paintings, one depicting a scene of Nashua’s historic mills and the other showing a Litchfield farm, with money from a trust fund. While the paintings were originally displayed in the main Rotunda of City Hall, they were eventually taken down and moved around over the years. Donchess was mayor in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and was re-elected last year after a 24-year break. “When I came back in, the paintings were standing up against a wall in one of the offices,” Donchess said. The two works were put back on display this week in the main rotunda for every visitor to the city hall to see. Aponovich, a Nashua native, already has well-known work in the city. He created the mural across the street from from City Hall depicting the Yankee Flyer dinner. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:10:00 EST Nashua school committee considers athletic, technology budgets for 2017-18 NASHUA – Reviewing program and operation costs, district administrators presented the athletic and technology funding needs for 2017-18 before the Board of Education Budget Committee on Wednesday evening. “The majority of our budget goes to coaches’ stipends, officials and transportation,” said Nashua School District Athletic Director Lisa Gingras, who presented the athletic budget. Gingras noted the rest of the budget covers items such as membership dues and athletic training at the high schools. For the 2017-18 budget, athletic costs in the district, not including FICA, pension and benefit costs, will represent a 1 percent increase over the previous budget. The 2017-18 proposed athletic budget is $690,695, which is a $5,102, or 0.74 percent, increase over the 2016-17 budget of $685,593. The budget includes anticipated revenue from high school user fees, totaling $195,000, another $23,509 from the hockey co-op teams and $5,000 from the High School Penguin Plunge. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:10:00 EST Retired Nashua detectives testify at Barnaby suppression hearing NASHUA – The parade of long-retired Nashua police detectives continued Thursday in the third day of testimony in accused murderer Anthony Barnaby’s hearing on his motion to suppress the majority of the statements he gave to police nearly 30 years ago. Former detectives Wayne MacDonald and Timothy Hefferan, who retired as deputy chief and chief, respectively, completed testimony on Wednesday and were followed on Thursday by former officer Tim Goulden, who is now a defense attorney, and then-Lt. James Mulligan, who retired in 2003 as head of the department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau. Retired Lt. Roger Vaillancourt was also expected to testify Thursday, but he was unable to make it, reportedly due to problems he encountered with a connecting flight from his Florida home. Vaillancourt will instead be scheduled to testify when the motion hearings resume in March. At the start of Thursday’s proceedings, Judge Jacalyn Colburn and the attorneys agreed to consider either March 1-2, March 15-16, or March 22-23 and coordinate their schedules accordingly. The hearing, which began Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, addresses the most comprehensive of the motions filed by Barnaby’s defense team, Attorneys Mark Sisti and Alan Cronheim, in which they argue statements Barnaby made to police over some 20 hours of interviews should be suppressed. Barnaby, who turns 50 in April, was charged along with fellow Canadian David Caplin, now 54, with beating and stabbing to death Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner, in their Mason Street apartment, on Oct. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:10:00 EST Lawrence ‘Allan’ Carlsmith Lawrence “Allan” Carlsmith, passed away in Gardner, MA on February 13, 2017 after a long illness, with family at his side. Allan lived in Amherst, NH from 1953 to 2015 and more recently in Nashua. Allan was born June 12, 1928 in Terre Haute, IN, the second son of Leonard and Hope Carlsmith. He graduated from Phillips Andover Academy, studied engineering at Stanford University, and did his graduate work in chemical engineering at MIT. Upon moving to NH, he was hired by Improved Machinery in Nashua, a company that designed and manufactured equipment to manufacture paper products. Allan became head of the engineering department, and later also took over sales. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:16:00 EST Clement David 'Clem' Izzi Clement David “Clem” Izzi, 76, resident of Nashua died peacefully Friday, February 10, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth (Kelemen) Izzi, who was at his side at his passing. He was born in New Brunswick, NJ on August 7, 1940, and was a son of the late Peter A. and Antoinette (Iovino) Izzi. He graduated from St. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:46:00 EST Frank A. James Frank A. James, 84, died Monday, February 13, 2017 at home in the presence of family after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Frank is survived by his wife and best friend of 61 years, Jacquelyn James; his brother Major L.W. Gates and wife Susan, and his sister Carol A. James. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:46:00 EST Alec’s owner wins big at Eminence Awards NASHUA – Almost a year after moving Alec’s Shoes from downtown to a new location, owner John Koutsos got a chance to celebrate as he received the Business Person of the Year award Wednesday at the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s Eminence Awards ceremony. Koutsos, the second-generation owner of the iconic shoe store, took a risk a couple years ago when he decided to move the company from its longtime Main Street location to a bigger, off-the-beaten path location near Exit 8 on the F.E. Everett Turnpike. “They really took a building that had been vacant for a long time and transformed it into a gorgeous retail location,” said Tracy Hatch, president of the Nashua chamber, of the renovated 38,000 square foot former office building. The Eminence Awards, six in total, recognize individuals and companies who exemplify volunteerism and dedication to the success of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and the community. Koutsos said he contributes Alec’s success to “consistency, longevity and the human touch.” “We’ve tried to stick to the same principles that my father (Alec Koutsos) established the business by,” he said. “He wanted long-term principles, not short-term – you know, he wanted the people to come back … but at the same time we’ve kept up with the latest trends, and kept an inventory much greater than the average shoe store’s.” Volunteer of the Year is Steve Saxe, a veteran member of the community who is involved in fifteen charities, including the Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire, in addition to being director of business development for Alphagraphics “You’ve got to give back,” Saxe said. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:19:00 EST Learning to weather the weather with fun local events Mother Nature couldn't keep me home this weekend; I had too much to attend! Friday night, I went to see "A Dog's Life," Majestic Theatre's dinner theater production in Manchester. It was a heartwarming, funny musical about dog ownership. Really fun evening. Saturday, I went to the matinee of "Peter and the Starcatcher," presented by Peacock Players in Nashua. If you didn't see it yet, luckily you also have this weekend to grab tickets. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:06:05 EST Barnaby suppression hearing winds on NASHUA – Before he was charged with murder on allegations he and another man killed two female neighbors in their Mason street apartment early the morning of Oct. 3, 1988, Anthony Barnaby was either "interviewed," "interrogated," or both, by detectives for more than 30 hours at police headquarters. Which is more accurate is a matter of perspective, as was demonstrated Wednesday morning during day two of the Superior Court hearing on Barnaby's motion to suppress about two-thirds of the statements he provided to police during a marathon 20-hour series of interviews three days after the murders. "So for the bulk of those 30 hours – about 25 hours – he was in interrogations with law enforcement?" defense attorney Alan Cronheim asked then-detective Wayne MacDonald, who returned to the witness stand Wednesday morning. "No," MacDonald replied, calling the discussions with Barnaby "Interviews ... not interrogations." "The defendant was in the interview room for that period of time, yes ... but it wasn't a constant back and forth," MacDonald added. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:53:05 EST City Hall Artist of the Month is Laura Barry NASHUA - In support of local area artists, Mayor Jim Donchess has invited members of the Nashua Area Artists Association to participate in the "Artist of the Month" exhibit at City Hall. The Artist of the Month for February is Laura Barry. Barry is a native New Englander with a main focus on nature and landscapes of the area, as well as international subject matter. She has won awards for her photography and is presently the webmaster and editor for the NAAA and the ArtHub Gallery and Workspace. For more information on the artist, the Nashua Area Artists Association or its gallery, go to or Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:04:00 EST Nashua woman selected as 2017 Elizabeth Dole Foundation Dole Caregiver Fellow NASHUA – Nashua resident Jill Schuman has been selected to represent New Hampshire as a 2017 Elizabeth Dole Foundation Dole Caregiver Fellow. Each year, the foundation selects 31 men and women who care for wounded, ill and injured United States service members. The fellows serve as ambassadors, advocates and advisors to the foundation and the country on matters concerning military and veteran caregivers. Schuman serve as the fellow from New Hampshire from 2017-2019. “I am honored and empowered to be amongst such an elite group of individuals coming together to make a difference in the lives that mean so much to us. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:37:00 EST Nashua Solid Waste Department closed Feb. 20 for holiday NASHUA - The Nashua Solid Waste Department and the Four Hills Landfill/Recycling Center will be closed Monday, Feb. 20 for Presidents’ Day. Trash and recyclable pickup by city crews will also be delayed for one day throughout the week. Normal operations will resume Tuesday, Feb. 21 with the typical Monday pickup route. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:31:00 EST Strength through diversity; new event series seeks to celebrate Nashua’s cultural melting pot NASHUA - From noon-4 p.m. Saturday, a multifaceted arts event titled "The African-American Experience" will be held at 30 Temple St. Meri Goyette, Nashua's unflagging champion of the arts, is again creating a new way to serve our creative community - this time, focusing on the melting pot that is the Gate City. "I want to hold a quarterly event highlighting the many diverse cultures that make up our community," Goyette said. The series will be hailed as "a celebration of the culture and heritage of (our) city." In honor of Black History Month, the series will begin with an examination of African-American art, music, history and culture. Being held at the R.J. Finlay Building, home of Nashua Area Artists Association, the series will be produced by Goyette's MG Associates and presented in conjunction with City Arts Nashua and the Nashua Culture Connection. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:02:47 EST New PSA spotlights "Nashua Safe Stations" NASHUA - In partnership with United Way of Greater Nashua, Pearl Marketing and Design recently produced a Public Service Announcement promoting the new “Nashua Safe Stations” program. Safe Stations is a program that provides a path to treatment for people with substance use disorder. The program is a partnership between the City of Nashua, American Medical Response and the Partnership for Successful Living. The PSA features Mayor Jim Donchess, Fire Chief Steven Galipeau, AMR Director Chris Stawasz and Partnership for Successful Living Executive Peter Kelleher. The video describes how the program works and is intended to give as much exposure to the public as possible so that this important tool in fighting the substance use crisis can be effective. “We are very grateful to the coalition which has put Safe Stations in place and are already seeing positive results in our community,” said United Way President Mike Apfelberg in a Feb. 15 press statement. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:21:57 EST South fades fast NASHUA - Nashua South opened Tuesday night's game with Winnacunnet strong. The Panthers had no issue breaking the Warrior zone early on, but that success dissipated and the visitors used a strong second quarter run to down Nashua South 71-55 at Nashua High School South in a boys basketball game. "That was Winnacunnet's first game in February, I think the rust was shaken off (in the first quarter," Nashua South coach Nate Mazzerolle said. "That's a very good basketball team and we missed some shots, which turned into transition (baskets) for them. We fouled them far too much in the second quarter. They scored 23 (in the second). Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:00:53 EST Oscar L. Moreau NASHUA -  Oscar L. Moreau, 89, died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of Madeline (Bosley) (Dionne) Moreau. Oscar was born in Nashua on March 19, 1927. He was the son of the late Henry and Eugenia (Thibodeau) Moreau. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:01:44 EST Rita L. Lavoie NASHUA - Rita L. (Levesque) Lavoie, 88 died peacefully Saturday, February 11, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital after a period of declining health. Rita was the beloved wife of the late Maurice T. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:01:40 EST Teen charged with stealing gun MERRIMACK - A Nashua teen is being held on $10,000 cash bail after police say he stole a loaded gun from a Merrimack home. Jacob P. Oldro, 18, of 12 Yorkway St., is charged with theft of a firearm after police were called to investigate the gun's disappearance. Oldro is due in Merrimack District Court on Wednesday for his arraignment. Police say that Oldro was recently a guest in the home and asked to use the upstairs bathroom. Instead, Oldro allegedly went into a bedroom where he took a loaded 9 mm Glock pistol, police report. The theft was reported to police on Jan. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:00:46 EST Suspect back in court for Nashua murders; retired detective recalls long interviews with Barnaby NASHUA - With each statement he gave to police in the days following the Oct. 3, 1988, murders of two Nashua women, certain segments of Anthony Barnaby's account of the hours leading up to and after the killings differed from the previous version, according to testimony at Barnaby's suppression hearing on Tuesday. Wayne MacDonald, at the time a Nashua police detective who would retire as deputy chief in 2008, traced in great detail his dealings with Barnaby. At the time, Barnaby was a 21-year-old mason's tender who police believe acted in concert with fellow Canadian David Caplin in the beating and stabbing deaths of a lesbian couple the men say they hated and about whom they would often use derogatory terms. MacDonald spent the majority of the six-hour hearing under questioning by state Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell, who is prosecuting the case with Assistant Attorneys General Patrick Queenan and John Kennedy. Tuesday's proceedings marked the first of four days set aside for testimony on a motion to suppress statements by Barnaby, which his attorneys, Mark Sisti and Alan J. Cronheim, filed in September. Testimony is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:01:09 EST Nashua manager not sold on HR derby NASHUA - Fans, players and managers love home runs. But when it comes to having home runs solely deciding an extra-inning game, Nashua Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett would rather find a better way. The Futures Collegiate League announced last month that it was instituting a new rule in which if games were tied after 10 innings, a home run derby, similar to hockey's shootout format, would be used to determine outcomes and prevent marathon games. The idea is, according to the league, to save time and also pitchers' arms. Neverett was at the league meeting in the Holman Stadium suites in November when the idea was first brought up. He suggested instead the rule that is used in international competition and one that will be tested by Major League Baseball this year in two rookie leagues and used in the World Baseball Classic. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:00:39 EST A brush of gratitude; downtown business donates wall for new mural NASHUA - Sparked by last Thanksgiving season's attitude of gratefulness, a movement is underway for a new piece of public art on the theme of gratitude and community goodwill. Positive Street Art is looking for public input for its new "Gratitude Mural" to go on an exterior wall along Main Street in Nashua. "It started out in the fall. I had met with some educators who were telling me they noticed how differently people were treating one another," said Yvonne Dunetz, who is working with urban artist Cecilia Ulibari, of PSA, to raise money and bring attention to the planned work. Other similar grass-roots thankfulness projects sprang up in city schools that provided fuel for the downtown project. "I immediately went to Cecilia and mentioned to her that I thought it would be wonderful and uniting for our community to have a gratitude wall," Dunetz said. She said the idea behind the mural is "to represent that each and every day, we have something to be thankful for." "When we come from a place of gratitude, we come from a place of love and compassion and understanding," Dunetz said. The group has since reached out to area businesses, organizations and schools to gather input in the form of personal expressions of gratitude to be included in the piece. Several businesses have boxes for people to place slips of paper with personal examples of what they are grateful for, which may be included in the finished painting. The mural will be painted along a 100-foot-long, 14-foot-high exterior wall of PRG on Main Street. Ulibari hopes to get started preparing and priming the wall in March. Dunetz said an unveiling is planned for 6 p.m. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:21:05 EST Hudson man arrested on sexual assault charge HUDSON - Nashua and Hudson police officers collaborated Saturday in the arrest of a 34-year-old Hudson resident in connection with a sexual assault the previous day, police said. Christopher Hanscom, of 2B Boyd Road, faces one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, which police say stems from a report Nashua police received Feb. 10 from a female who accused Hanscom of sexually assaulting her at a Nashua residence. Police didn't specify the alleged victim's age, but did say she and Hanscom know each other. Nashua police issued a warrant for Hanscom's arrest. They and Hudson officers arrested him around 8:30 p.m. Saturday at his Boyd Road home. The charge is a Class A felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in state prison. Hanscom was held on $50,000 cash-only bail pending arraignment, which was scheduled for Tuesday morning in Nashua district court. Arraignment was initially scheduled for Monday, but the court was closed because of the snowstorm. - DEAN SHALHOUP Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:04:03 EST Bette P. (Fahnley) Tagen Bette P. (Fahnley) Tagen, 89, of Nashua, New Hampshire, died peacefully surrounded by her family and the caring staff of Courville at Nashua on February 8, 2017. She was born on December 19, 1927 in Arlington, MA, daughter of the late Paul and Pearl (Berkshire) Fahnley. Ms. Tagen was educated in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School. She had a variety of careers over her lifetime. She worked in real estate, even owning her own business at one time, worked as an executive secretary, and had also been in show business. She will be remembered as a devoted mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Robert Mark Tagen, and her brother and sister-in-law, John and Alberta Fahnley. Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Alan Tagen and his partner, Rick May of Provincetown, MA; a daughter and son-in-law, April and Tony Adams of Nashua; her two grandchildren, Kristen Salesky and Kelci Adams; her great-grandson, Anthony Ray; and numerous nieces and nephews. SERVICES: As per Ms. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:01:38 EST Mildred M. Tessier Mildred May (York) Tessier, 73, of Hudson, NH, wife of Donald R. Tessier, passed away Wednesday evening, February 8, 2017, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center after a long illness. A daughter of the late Richard Morris and Mildred May (Fenoff) York, "Millie" was born in Nashua on July 27, 1943. She was educated in the Nashua and Hudson school systems. She was a homemaker, worked at Teledyne for many years, and was a caregiver for many children. Millie was a devoted wife, outstanding mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:00:40 EST Clifford T. LeBlanc Devoted husband and father Clifford T. LeBlanc, 82, of Hollis, NH and Waltham, MA, passed away on February 8 at the Veterans' Home in Tilton, NH, where he had been well cared for for nearly three years while suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Margaree, Nova Scotia, on December 16, 1934, son of the late Joseph and Cecile (Lefort) LeBlanc, and emigrated to Waltham, MA. as a teenager. He joined the Air Force, and while stationed in Ohio, met his future wife, Patricia (Mueller) LeBlanc. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:06:14 EST In search of foster parents; Nashua, Amherst groups plan information nights Addressing the need for more foster parents in New Hampshire, two local advocates will hold informational nights for prospective foster parents in Nashua and Amherst. "The state of New Hampshire is at an all-time deficit; we need more recruits," said Stephanie Sullivan, a longtime foster parent who is vice president of the New Hampshire Foster & Adoptive Parent Association. The organization, known as FAPA, works collaboratively with the Division for Children, Youth & Families. While Sullivan is a part of FAPA, the organization isn't hosting the event. Sullivan and co-organizer Beth Mitchell are putting the informational sessions together. "The events are going to be made up of experienced foster parents from all different walks of life; we're showing that anyone can foster," Sullivan said. "People will speak about their journey - couples, same-sex couples, all folks can do this. "Hopefully, we'll get new foster parents." Service providers such as Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, will be in attendance at both events, and a representative from Wendy's Wonderful Kids will be present at the Sunday session in Amherst. "The last 30 minutes of the event will be dedicated to a question and answer session by a panel of seasoned foster parents as well as  community stakeholders who represent various areas of support for children in care," she said. The Nashua event will be held at 6 p.m. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:14:26 EST Officials: Collapse likely caused by insufficient bracing NASHUA - Lack of sufficient bracing appears have caused the collapse of roof trusses being installed at a construction site at 33 Pine St. in Nashua last month, according to investigators working for the city. "Under our preliminary investigation, our department is focusing on the lateral and diagonal bracing and the permanent bracing that should have been in place," said William McKinney, the city's building safety department manager. "At the stage it was in, there should have been more permanent bracing. It appears it was not installed." A crane was being used by workers Jan. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:14:57 EST Parents, schools feel effects of snow days NASHUA - Many Greater Nashua students are enjoying an unexpected vacation as a series of storms forced schools to cancel several days of class. But parents, schools and daycare centers say they're feeling the impact. Camila Fonseca's son, Aidan, a first grader at Dr. H.O. Smith School in Hudson, had two days off last week. "We're lucky that his grandfather can watch him, but there was one day (Thursday) that he couldn't watch him, so I actually had to call out," Fonseca said. Fonseca said her employer is fine with her taking the time off occasionally, but acknowledged that not that not all parents are so lucky. Lindsay Benson, of Hudson, who stays at home with her two-year-old twins, also cared for her kindergartener son a couple times last week. "It was definitely crazy having him around," Benson said. "He likes the structure and routine of being at school, so he was a little bit all over the place... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:11:57 EST Storm impact lingers into Monday morning, midday NASHUA - Barely had Greater Nashua residents made their driveways and walkways passable again when Mother Nature tapped them on their collective shoulders and said, "excuse me, but I'm not finished yet." And indeed she wasn't, having sprinkled a two or three-inch appetizer Saturday morning before coming back Sunday afternoon and Monday with a main course that means business. While some forecasters on their accumulation maps put the region on the cusp of the 18-24 inch band, Hudson meteorologist Doug Webster said Sunday evening that he expects to see between 10 and 15 inches on the ground by the time things wind down Monday morning. "It will snow hard at times, but it won't be continuous," Webster said, comparing this event with Thursday's storm, which featured an extended period of heavy snowfall. Regardless, enough snow has fallen, and will fall early Monday, to have a significant impact on almost everything. In preparation, state Homeland Security officials activated its Emergency Operations Center at 4 p.m. Sunday, and all school districts had, or planned to, call off school for Monday. Most government offices, including libraries, announced Monday closings, as did many businesses. In Nashua, a snow emergency is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday, having been instituted Sunday night, according to city Emergency Director Justin Kates. That means no parking on city streets or in municipal lots, the exception being the Elm and High street parking garages, where parking is free for the duration of the snow emergency. The overnight parking program is suspended as well. Kates reminded residents that any cars left on the streets or in lots will be towed to the Four Hills Landfill. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:10:34 EST Stamp Club seeks Scott catalogs for research, reference Scott postage stamp catalogs are used by collectors as a source for identifying and valuing stamps, listing both worldwide and U.S. issues, referencing the issue date, process used to print the stamp, perforation, and a unique Scott catalogue number. The American Philatelic Society has approximately 32,000 members. A person who collects stamps is called a philatelist, and a Mailbag reader offering Scott Catalogs to HS Stamp Club members will be called "a tremendous help." School Stamp & Coin Club has a need "The Nashua High School South Stamp & Coin Club has spent the past several years sorting through postage stamps and is in the process of identifying them through Scott Postage Stamp catalogs," writes Catherine P. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:05:11 EST Lillian (Gordon) Kessler Lillian (Gordon) Kessler, 98, of West Hartford, Connecticut formerly of Pompano, FL and Nashua, NH passed away peacefully on February 8, 2017 at the home of her daughter. She was born on January 3, 1919 in Manchester, NH, the daughter of the late Harry and Sophie (Bricker) Gordon. Lillian was the loving and beloved wife of the late Sidney I. Kessler. Before retiring, she had worked for her husband's business, Kessler Farms, Inc., and was a loving mother and grandmother to Joyce, Sharyn and Shana. While living in Nashua she was an active member of Temple Beth Abraham. She is survived by her daughters Joyce Kessler and Sharyn Kessler and her granddaughter, Shana. SERVICES: Funeral Services will be held in the Chapel of the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., West Hartford, CT., on Sunday morning, February 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment prayers and burial will follow at Beth Abraham Cemetery, 450 West Hollis Street Nashua, NH at 3:00 PM. Shiva (Memorial Observance) will be held at the home of her daughter, Joyce Kessler, 11 Seminole Circle, West Hartford, CT, Monday through Wednesday, 7-9 PM with Minyon Services at 7:30 PM. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:04:47 EST Kevin P. Healey MILFORD, NH - Kevin P. Healey, 62, lifelong resident of Milford, NH, died on February 8, 2017 at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH. He was born in Nashua, NH on October 14, 1954, a son of Donald P. and Anne M. (Saraceno) Healey. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:03:09 EST BG’s Nichols wins all-around crown Bishop Guertin's Cameryn Nichols was crowned the all-around champion on Saturday at the NHIAA Gymnastics State Championship held at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. Nichols scored a 36.075 overall, beating out Pelham's Sara Fisher, who totaled a 35.725. Alvirne's Devon Rosier placed eighth all-around at 32.95, while Hollis Brookline's Cambria Pomeranz (32) and Peyton O'Connor (31.85) paced the Cavs in 13th and 14th place, respectively. Nashua South' Jeena Shea rounded out the top 20 with a score of 30.55. Pinkerton won the team title for the third time in four seasons with a score of 138.65. Londonderry, the defending champion, finished in second at 137.925. Hollis Brookline was the top local team, as the Cavs tied with Salem for sixth place at 122.025. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:01:09 EST Nashua Hoop Shoot champs on to regionals Two Greater Nashua Elks Hoop Shoot Champions and state Southwest District champions, 12-year-old Ariana Soloa and 11-year-old Ryan Haskell, won their respective divisions in the New Hampshire State Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Championship in Epsom. The Nashua Elks' other three Southwest District Champions competing were 10-year-old Aliyah Vasquez and 9-year-olds, Taylor Joyal and Navein Sribalaharan. Sola, who won the age 10-11 Girls State Elks title last year, dropped in 22 of 25 free throws to repeat as a state champion. Haskell, 11, also went 22 of 25 from the line to win the boys 10-11 title. The other four state winners were Eliza Wagstaff of Littleton, age 9; Lucas Diamond, age 9; and 11-year-old Kara Brown, both of Plymouth, and Matthew Wagner, age 12, from the Concord/Epsom Lodge. Solo was also awarded the Fred Rheault Memorial Sharpshooter Trophy as the top girls shooter. Diamond won the Harry Mullen Memorial Sharpshooter Trophy as he sank 23 free throws. The six state champions will now move on to the New England Regionals in Portland, Maine, on March 25. The Nationals will be held in Chicago in April. Nashua Jr. Biddy Eagles 38, Nuggets 18 Connor Walker and Ryan Caruso led the Eagles with four each followed by two apiece for Ryan DuVarney, Mathis Faucher, Izaiah Traverso and Darius Smith. Brad Van Hirtum, Evan Linscott, Sebastian Laleau and Nick Sanossian had two each for the Nuggets. Nuggets 41, Jazz 21 The Nuggets' David Taylor led all scorers with 14 while Sanossian added 13 and Linscott, 10. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:03:19 EST Great pride in Nashua police I've worn many hats since taking my first paying job at the ripe, old age of 16. For a whopping $1.25-an-hour ($50 a week before taxes), I spent the summer of 1965 oiling soles at the former Sportwelt Shoe Co. on Lake Street. Back then, leather soles were dyed black by dipping them in a big vat of oil. I didn't return the next summer and, instead, sought fame and greater fortune as grocery bagger at the former Grand Union Champagne's on East Hollis Street. I'll spare you my resume covering the 51 years since, other than to say if one day my obituary is published on these pages, it will more closely resemble a major adventure novel than a death notice. However, I do want to talk about a job I held with the Nashua Police Department beginning in 1999. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:45:43 EST Sweet treats; merchants in downtown Nashua are banding together to help a local agency NASHUA - Love and kindness are in the air in downtown Nashua, as a small group of merchants has banded together to offer what they hope is the first in a series of efforts to help a local agency that helps others. The Home is Where the Heart Is effort presents special Valentine's Day gifts, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Partnership for Successful Living. "I'm a big fan of Valentine's Day," said Samantha Cassista, director of special events at the Partnership in Nashua. "A lot in the community don't go along with it." Cassista said she has lived in Mexico, where the holiday is "considered a day of love and friendship." So Cassista, along with a small group of downtown merchants, has created what they hope is the first of annual giving days centered around downtown retailers. "When it came to this year," Cassista said, "I was thinking we ought to do something that promotes love and friendship with our co-workers, community, friends, family and clients." The Partnership for Successful Living offers a wide variety of social services to people in the Nashua area, including homeless advocacy, health care for low-income people and veterans services. Five retailers have come together to offer holiday gifts specifically for a program that gives a portion of the sale directly to Partnership programs. "The concept is when people purchase one of these special items from various vendors, they donate $5 to the Partnership," Cassista said. People can buy specialty chocolates from Martha's Exchange, cookies from JaJa Belle's, flowers from Fortin Gage and wine from Wine Not Boutique. Fratello's Restaurant is offering a $10 donation to the organization with the purchase of a $50 gift card. People can also buy a $120 bundle that consists of the Martha's Chocolates, JaJa Belle's cookies, a Wine Not deluxe package and the $50 gift card. "It's a nice thing to be able to do what you can when you can," JaJa Belle's owner Jess dePontbriand said. "This is a very easy thing; a win-win for everyone involved." Fratello's executive chef Adam Parker said he expects the effort to expand to other merchants and "get more people involved." "What makes this exciting is this is the first," dePontbriand said. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:08:45 EST Indian megastar Pawan Kalyan visits to promote activism NASHUA - Indian superstar Pawan Kalyan caused a stir Friday with his appearance in Nashua, promoting his political activism in his home country. Hundreds of fans attended a rally with Kalyan at Rivier University, and then followed him to the auditorium at Nashua High School South. "He's my favorite film star," said Krishna Thummala, 24, who drove up to Nashua from Connecticut to see Kalyan. Thummala was among the dozens of fans who arrived at the high school hours early, trying to enter through locked doors, unsure when the rally would start. "I would die for him," Thummala said. Nashua lawmakers, including city Mayor Jim Donchess, state Sen. Bette Lasky and state Rep. Latha Mangipudi, joined leaders in the local Indian community to see Kalyan. Mangipudi, a Democrat, at one point tried to quiet the crowd as they rushed the movie star when he entered the building. Kalyan is the star of numerous movies in India. Two years ago, he started the Jana Sena political party to take on problems he sees with that country's government. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:37:31 EST David H. Hamblett David H. Hamblett, 94, a longtime Hudson resident, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, February 7, 2017 at the All American Assisted Living in Londonderry, where he has resided for the past four months. Born in Nashua on December 23, 1922, he was a son of the late Aaron Luther and Margaret (Munroe) Hamblett. David attended Hudson schools and was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1941. During World War II, David served in the Navy as a Water Tender Second Class in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of operations from January 1943 until his honorable discharge in March 1946. After the war, Mr. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:01:35 EST Barbara Rice Barbara Rice, 78, of Nashua, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital. Barbara was born in Westfield, MA on June 18, 1938, the daughter of the late Annie J. and Carl T. Morris and step-daughter of the late Frank Parody. Barbara married her high school sweetheart, Robert E. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 03:31:00 EST Lillian (Gordon) Kessler Lillian (Gordon) Kessler, 98, of West Hartford, Connecticut formerly of Pompano, FL and Nashua, NH passed away peacefully on February 8, 2017 at the home of her daughter. She was born on January 3, 1919 in Manchester, NH, the daughter of the late Harry and Sophie (Bricker) Gordon. Lillian was the loving and beloved wife of the late Sidney I. Kessler. Before retiring, she had worked for her husband's business, Kessler Farms, Inc., and was a loving mother and grandmother to Joyce, Sharyn and Shana While living in Nashua she was an active member of Temple Beth Abraham. She is survived by her daughters Joyce Kessler and Sharyn Kessler and her granddaughter, Shana. SERVICES: Funeral Services will be held in the Chapel of the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., West Hartford, CT., on Sunday morning, February 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM. . Interment prayers and burial will follow at Beth Abraham Cemetery, 450 West Hollis Street Nashua, NH at 3:00 PM. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:38 EST Extended prison term sought for man convicted in Nashua child rape case NASHUA – A Superior Court jury this week convicted Manchester resident Santos Cerritos of two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, having determined in deliberations that Cerritos inappropriately touched and performed a sex act upon a 6-year-old girl in her Nashua home 21/2 years ago. Cerritos, 53, most recently of 66 Ward St., was questioned at length by Nashua police detectives, who later took him into custody in mid-September 2014 on accusations that he assaulted the girl at some point after her family hired him to perform renovation work on a bathroom at their home. Assistant County Attorney Kent Smith, who prosecuted the case with County Attorney Dennis Hogan, said Thursday that one of the counts carries a presumptive sentence of 25 years to life in State Prison, while the other is punishable by a prison term of 10-30 years. Both offenses were charged as special felonies, which allows prosecutors to seek extended-term sentences. Judge Amy Ignatius, who presided over the two-day trial in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, scheduled Cerritos' sentencing hearing for 9 a.m. April 5. Upon the reading of the verdict Wednesday, Cerritos' bail was revoked and sheriff's deputies took him into custody for transport to Valley Street jail, where he will await the April hearing. In May 2015, Attorney Adam Bernstein, a public defender who represented Cerritos, filed a motion to suppress Cerritos' statements to detectives, arguing Cerritos wasn't properly informed of his rights before police interviewed him at the station. Now-retired Judge David Garfunkel granted Bernstein's motion in part, agreeing that a certain portion of Cerritos' statements shouldn't be allowed at trial. Still, prosecutors were able to produce other evidence, including the portion of Cerritos' statements that Garfunkel didn't order suppressed. Police first made contact with Cerritos on Sept. 15, 2014, when, according to court documents, they went to the home of the victim and her family to speak with Cerritos. He agreed to meet Special Investigations Division detectives at police headquarters, where, according to the documents, two detectives alternately asked Cerritos a series of questions regarding his work at the house, his daily schedule and, eventually, whether he "could think of a reason why the police would want to talk to him." According to Bernstein's motion to suppress, Cerritos repeatedly said he couldn't think of a reason police were questioning him. He asked if he was being accused of stealing money or items from the house while he was working there, and whether police were looking into his recent workers’ compensation claim. It was neither of those things, police told Cerritos, according to the motion. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:20:00 EST Whiteout! Greater Nashua slammed by biggest storm of season NASHUA – Many Greater Nashua residents put their shovels and snowblowers to the test after the heaviest storm of the winter so far pummeled the region Thursday. Snow started early across the Northeast and came down hardest in the afternoon, at times accumulating more than 3 inches an hour. The National Weather Service predicted totals of 1 foot or more in Greater Nashua. Schools canceled classes and many public departments and businesses closed early. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport canceled most flights as the storm passed through the state. Jon Ibarra, Nashua’s superintendent of streets, said plows were on the road early Thursday and would likely be working through the night. “It’s really been impossible to keep up with the snowfall. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:37:09 EST Local swimmers set for division meets By TOM KING Staff Writer The pool beckons. Hard to imagine that with the recent weather, but we’re talking the indoor Swasey Pool at the University of New Hampshire which will be the home of several high school swimmers and divers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the NHIAA Division I and II championship meets are held. Diving is set for Friday at 5:30 p.m., with the Division II meet an all day affair Saturday and Division I on Sunday (10:45 a.m. each day). In Division I, Bedford and Exeter appear to have the depth to fight it out for titles. But local teams such as Alvirne (girls) and Bishop Guertin (boys) will make noise along with some good individual performances expected from Merrimack and Nashua North and South. “All of the local teams look to have very promising swims coming their way,” Alvirne coach Sean McLaughlin said. “All have a great chance of finishing in the top six. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:01:00 EST Anthony Carlisle Mather Anthony "Tony" Carlisle Mather, 77, of Amherst, NH, passed away on January 24, 2017, after a years-long battle with illness, surrounded by his immediate family. Tony was born August 14, 1939, in Jamaica Plain, MA, the son of the late Sydney C. Mather and the late Marjorie (Mayers) Mather. His late twin brother, Richard C. Mather, with whom he shared a lifelong, loving bond unique to being twins, passed away in 2008. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:19:25 EST Memorial tips Nashua boys hoop By ANDREW SYLVIA Correspondent NASHUA – You know a blizzard is coming when the weather plays a role in a halftime speech at a high school basketball game. To be fair, though, the topic was a completely different sort of   temperature for the Nashua South boys hoop team. The visiting Crusaders of Manchester Memorial proved too hot to handle for Nashua South on Wednesday night, earning a 64-62 victory. South led for all but approximately 10 seconds of the first half, but it was a lead that remained tenuous until the Panthers slowed down their   tempo and seek better shots. They aimed to keep it that way, but Memorial went on an 11-4 run over the last three minutes of the third quarter, a momentum shift that pushed the Panthers back into their fast-paced mentality. Despite taking the lead, Memorial couldn’t fully capitalize on their run. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:40:00 EST Plea deal in April assault involves jail time for Nashua man NASHUA – The 27-year-old Nashua man charged in April with fracturing another man's facial bones during a downtown Nashua fight has agreed to serve a year in jail and pay more than $9,000 to help defray medical and other costs to the victim. Jesse Sanders, of 21 Cambridge Road, is scheduled to report to Valley Street jail in Manchester later this month to begin a 12-month sentence, according to the terms of a plea agreement Sanders and his attorney reached with prosecutors. Sanders was initially charged with two counts of second-degree assault, on which he was indicted in June. He was sentenced on one of the counts, while the other was dropped as part of the agreement. In accepting the negotiated agreement, Hillsborough County Superior Court South Judge Charles Temple told Sanders he is to report to the jail at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, and that he make arrangements to pay $9,113 to the state's Victims' Compensation Program. The purpose of the program is to assist victims of crimes who incur expenses as a result of the crime, such as injuries that require medical treatment or counseling or cause a loss of income. Sanders is also ordered to have no contact with the victim, an adult male, by any means; to remain on good behavior and to participate meaningfully in any counseling, treatment and education programs as directed by correctional officials. Upon his release from jail, Sanders will be on probation for two years, the agreement states. Sanders was also given credit for the 21 days already served in jail, which shortens his sentence to 11 months and one week. The incident that led to Sanders' arrest occurred early the morning of April 2 in front of Martha's Exchange on Main Street. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:40:00 EST Nashua North girls hoop falls to Pinkerton By VINCE RODEMER Correspondent NASHUA – Nashua North found itself in the same situation it had been several times in the last few weeks. This time however, it didn’t go the Titans’ way. Pinkerton went on a 9-0 game-ending run over the final 3:35 and wrestled away a 39-32 girls basketball victory from North on Wednesday night at Nashua High School North. “We kind of lost our energy at the end,” Nashua North coach Christina Collins said. “It was a lot of tough turnovers and they had a couple makes that they had. Momentum kind of swung the other way.” The game started extremely slow. Brooke Kane’s drive for the Astros evened the game at 2-all halfway through the first quarter. That was all the scoring the visitors would do in the stanza though. Jaden Smith added a layup and Peyton Ryan made a pair of free throws after she was fouled as the quarter ran out to put North up 6-2 after one. The second was much of the same. Three straight baskets capped by Danielle Upton’s 3 gave North a 13-7 advantage with 3:17 to play in the second. The took a 16-11 lead into the half. The Titans were led by Isabel Dunning’s six points and five rebounds in the half, while the sophomore Kane contributed four of the 11 Astro points. Pinkerton evened the game at 22-all with 2:40 to play in the third on a Kane lay up and even took a few brief leads in the quarter before North closed out strong. Arianna Motivala tied the game at 27-all with 45 seconds left in the quarter and Alana Choate gave the home team a 29-27 advantage after three. North couldn’t execute as its been accustomed to down the stretch. Motivala made a jumper to break a tie and give the Titans a 32-30 edge, but that was it. Pinkerton closed the game strong thanks to Kane’s aggressive offensive game and the shooting of Amanda Lemire. “I think she kind of came out in the second half and did a better job taking (drives) as well (versus our defense),” Collins said of Kane. “We didn’t play as good a help defense in the second half. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:43:00 EST Plowing through: Local, state crews prepare for big storm after preliminary event NASHUA – It may not have left a heavy blanket of snow, but Tuesday night’s storm caused plenty of headaches for commuters in and around southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts on Wednesday. Drivers found a significant a mess on the highways. A knot of 55 cars caused the closure of Interstate 95 in Wakefield, Mass. One man was killed in Needham, Mass., when he got out of his car to help another stuck motorist. The bad conditions forced the governor to call for people to stay off the roads to allow crews more time to treat the icy surfaces. On the F.E. Everett Turnpike, accidents in travel lanes and on ramps from Nashua northward caused temporary lane closures and slowed traffic. The storm is sizing up to be only the opening act for Thursday’s storm and more bad weather headed in for the weekend. “The battle has been ice,” Lori Barrett, operations manager for Merrimack’s highway equipment department, said Wednesday. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:21:57 EST Amherst woman dies skiing AMHERST – A former Nashua woman died this weekend after a skiing accident on Cannon Mountain. Susan DerManoogian Galli, 57, was a resident of Amherst, and worked as a dental hygienist at Kalil & Kress Family Dentistry in Nashua. The accident happened on Sunday, Feb. 5, when she reportedly lost control on a trail in the afternoon and crashed into a wooded area, according to a report from the She was initially reported overdue, and her body was found early Monday morning by ski patrol, police, and New Hampshire Fish and Game officers. A funeral service is set for this weekend. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:11:57 EST Charges allege several illegal credit card purchases by Nashua man NASHUA – Allegations that a Nashua man stole a credit card and used at least one other card without permission to go on a day-long, multi-store shopping spree in January prompted the arrest this week of 33-year-old Deric M. Larouche, according to court documents. Larouche, of 40A Lock St., Apt. 9, was arraigned Monday in Nashua district court on seven counts of credit card fraud and one count of theft under $1,000. Judge Lucinda Sadler set bail at $5,000 cash or surety at arraignment, which took place in the Nashua court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. Larouche is next due in court on March 13 for a pretrial conference. It wasn't immediately known whether he posted bail or remains incarcerated. Police reports state Larouche allegedly stole a pocketbook from a Nashua resident's vehicle and later used the victim's credit card to purchase items worth $176 from a Nashua Walgreen's store. The alleged victim reported the pocketbook theft on Feb. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:13:05 EST Mayor’s Ward meeting cancelled for snow NASHUA – A scheduled Ward meeting Thursday night with Mayor Jim Donchess is cancelled due to the expected snowfall. Donchess was set to meet with residents at the New Searles Elementary School as part of his ongoing series of meetings to discuss city issues. With Nashua declaring a snow emergency, Thursday’s meeting has been cancelled. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:04:59 EST Setting the stage for a great, entertaining weekend There is more theater this weekend than you can shake a ... prop stick at? A music director's wand at? A playbill at? I probably should have worked out the analogy before I began the sentence. But yes! I have three solid pages of theatrical offerings for you and your family to enjoy - y'know, now that we don't have to be glued to the TV on Sunday anymore! Page 3 has my review of "Mass Appeal," the second of a trio of plays being presented in an inaugural winter series up at Peterborough Players. I'll be honest: as a busy single parent, I really enjoy that quiet drive alone to Peterborough! And I'm always rewarded with charming work. "Mass Appeal" is the sweet and comical tale of a young seminarian and an older mentor priest, and their amusingly disparate views on how to tend a flock. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:03:54 EST A cappella quartet will sing for your sweetheart REGION - Looking for a unique and wonderful Valentine's Day gift? How about a memory that will last a lifetime - a singing valentine! An a cappella quartet - all female, all male or mixed - will deliver a special song, plus a rose, a keepsake photo and a personalized Valentine card, to your special someone at work, home, school or at a restaurant from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Feb. 14. The Nashua-based, international championship chorus, New England Voices in Harmony, is sponsoring a Singing Valentines program in conjunction with the Nashua Granite Statesmen. The a cappella quartets will be selected from these two choruses. The personal delivery standard package described above is $45 and is based on a three-hour window. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:02:41 EST Local guitar god Gary Lopez and band give back NASHUA - At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Rumblefish will perform a benefit concert at Simple Gifts Coffee House at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, 58 Lowell St. Based out of New Hampshire, Rumblefish is a minimalist trio with a big sound - breathing new life into familiar songs with imagination, innovation and epic jams. Simple Gifts presents them "unplugged" for the incredible experience of really hearing the band without distraction. Every song is a portrait of the people that create it. Experience three lifelong musicians bound together by the passion for musical exploration. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:02:16 EST Tilton woman charged in counterfeit money probe Police took a Tilton woman into custody in connection with what they called "a lengthy counterfeit money investigation." Courtney Rich, 27, of 822 Laconia Road, faces one count each of forgery, a felony, and theft by deception, a misdemeanor, police said. Officers arrested her at 4:45 p.m. Sunday at Nashua police headquarters. Rich was booked and released on $5,000 cash bail pending arraignment, which police said is scheduled for March 9 at Nashua district court. About a month ago, Hudson police announced they were warning local business owners that counterfeit bills had begun showing up around town. They said they received reports of fake bills from three businesses, including Rite Aid and Palmer's Market on Lowell Road and the Nan King Restaurant on Central Street. Police didn't draw a direct connection between those incidents and the arrest of Rich on Monday. - DEAN SHALHOUP Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:07:59 EST Marguerite R. ‘Maggie’ Raiche Marguerite R. "Maggie" (Migneault) Raiche, 88, of Kennebunk, Maine and formerly of Nashua and Hudson, wife of William G. Raiche, passed away Monday evening, February 6, 2017 at her daughter's home, after a period of declining health. Maggie was born in Nashua on April 1, 1928, a daughter of the late Emile A. and Delia (Rivard) Migneault. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:02:40 EST Carl Swenson Jr. Carl Swenson Jr., 83, of Londonderry, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, at Hanover Hill Health Care Center in Manchester on February 4, 2017. He was born on April 9, 1933, in New York City, NY, a son of the late Carl and Jenny (Lind) Swenson Sr.. He was a graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord, NH and Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Prior to moving to New Hampshire, he had lived in Mount Kisco, New York, Bedford, New York, Katonah, New York before settling in Derry, NH. He was the husband of June (Chapin) Swenson, whom he married on June 25, 1955. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:02:12 EST Susan DerManoogian Galli Susan DerManoogian Galli passed away on February 5, 2017 at the age of 57. Susan is survived by her husband of 31 years, Randall Galli, and loving children; Jake and Jillian Galli. A resident of Amherst, Susan was born in Nashua on April 15, 1959 to the late Haig and Verna Mae (Rolfe) DerManoogian. She graduated from Nashua High School where she was crowned Prom Queen twice. In the pursuit of making everyone smile, she earned a degree in dental hygiene at Westbrook College in Biddeford, Maine. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:00:48 EST Anthony ‘Tony’ Carlisle Mather Anthony "Tony" Carlisle Mather, 77, of Amherst, NH, passed away on January 24, 2017, after a years-long battle with illness, surrounded by his immediate family. Tony was born August 14, 1939, in Jamaica Plain, MA, the son of the late Sydney C. Mather and the late Marjorie (Mayers) Mather. His late twin brother, Richard C. Mather, with whom he shared a lifelong, loving bond unique to being twins, passed away in 2008. Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:01:30 EST Milford tops Bishop Brady, improves to 11-0 Boys basketball Milford 57,  Bishop Brady 48 Ryan Banuskevich scored a team-high 15 points and the Spartans (11-0) remained undefeated in Division II. Shane Winnett and Evan Ryan were forces in the paint with 13 points apeiece. Winnett blocked six shots and Ryan grabbed eight second-half rebounds. Milford will host Goffstown on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Girls basketball HB 64,  C-B Northwood 41 Cassandra Stapelfeld supplied a team-high 19 points en route to the Cavaliers' victory. Elizabeth Atkinson tallied 15 points, while Kenzie Day had eight points and Haley Modelski provided six for Hollis Brookline (10-3), which hosts Windham on Friday. Portsmouth 54, Souhegan 46 Despite 25 points from Mia Len, the Sabers fell to 5-8 with a loss to Portsmouth (12-1), which has won nine straight. Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:08:27 EST Aurore E. Dionne Lake Alfred, FL - Aurore Dionne, 93, of Lake Alfred, Florida died peacefully, at home, on Friday, January 13, 2017. She was born on October 8, 1923 in Lowell, MA, but lived all of her single life in Nashua, NH. She was the daughter of the late Jean-Baptiste Chasse, and Mary Bourbeau. She was married on November 17, 1945 to Edmond Dionne. Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:00:46 EST M. Arleen ‘Frenchie’ Poulin NASHUA - M. Arleen "Frenchie" Poulin, 77, of Nashua, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital. Frenchie was born in Lawrence, MA on October 14, 1939, a daughter of the late Joseph and Cecile (Ferron) Poulin. Frenchie was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. She was a communicant of St. Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:05:51 EST Ronald K. Martin Ronald Kenneth Martin, 77, of Merrimack and formerly of Hudson, passed away Saturday evening, February 4, 2017 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, after a period of declining health. Born in Nashua on March 6, 1939, he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Gladys (Bouley) Martin. Raised and educated in Hudson, Ron joined the Air Force on April 4, 1956 and served with the 62D Transportation Squadron at Larson Air Force Base in Washington until his honorable discharge on November 25, 1958. A resident of Merrimack for many years, Ron held memberships in the American Legion and the Veteran of Foreign Wars. In his leisure time, he enjoyed playing pool and was a sports fan of the New England Teams. Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:05:27 EST Carl Swenson Jr. Carl Swenson Jr., 83, of Londonderry, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, at Hanover Hill Health Care Center in Manchester on February 4, 2017. He was born on April 9, 1933, in New York City, NY, a son of the late Carl and Jenny (Lind) Swenson Sr.. He was a graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord, NH and Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Prior to moving to New Hampshire, he had lived in Mount Kisco, New York, Bedford, New York, Katonah, New York before settling in Derry, NH. He was the husband of June (Chapin) Swenson, whom he married on June 25, 1955. Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:04:39 EST Nashua board of aldermen to meet with delegation NASHUA - The Board of Aldermen checked in with members of Nashua's Statehouse delegation Monday evening, seeking the solutions to the financial pressures facing the city. "As an aldermen it all comes down to looking at the budget," said Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel. "We're having a problem." Nashua has a budget crunch coming up in fiscal 2018, with higher payments to the New Hampshire Retirement System, as well as millions of dollars in infrastructure projects coming up to address roads and wastewater items. Siegel said with the state breaking its original promise to pay 35 percent of the pension bill, investing in basic infrastructure needs becomes that much more difficult. "The sewer system and clean water are not optional," he said. "For the city of Nashua to survive, you all have to be unified, and we have to get some relief on this stuff." This is the second meeting between the aldermen and New Hampshire House representatives for the city. Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:04:14 EST ‘Brother’s Keeper’ talk hosted at Rivier NASHUA - Emphasizing mentorship and equity in education for minority youth, Rivier University hosted Ron Walker of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color to speak to incoming first-year students. "The power of education is so important ... education is liberation," Walker said to the group of nearly 300 Rivier freshmen gathered on campus Monday afternoon. "I want you to use your education to free other people who may not know what they don't know." The presentation, "I am My Brother's Keeper," detailed Walker's journey to founding the coalition, known as COSEBOC, and the mentors who impacted his life as well as the students who influenced him. He also spoke to the importance of supporting minority youth, especially boys, in closing the achievement gap and helping children realize their dreams. Walker said he was inspired to launch COSEBOC after speaking at a GED graduation ceremony in a Pennsylvania penitentiary in 2006. "That was the birth of COSEBOC," he said. Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:17:26 EST Cynthia A. (McDonald) Ochoa Nashua, NH - "If there ever comes a day we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever." - Winnie the Pooh. Cynthia A. (McDonald) Ochoa's family and friends will keep her spunky and selfless memory in their hearts forever. She died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the age of 34. Cindy was born in Lowell on April 18, 1982, the daughter of Dorothy (Doran) Fecteau of Nashua, and John and Susan McDonald of Lowell who survive her. She was educated in the Lowell schools and attended the Greater Lowell Technical High School and has been working in the produce department for Market Basket in their Hudson, NH store for the past 16 years. For Cindy family was everything. Her husband of 10 years and three children were her world. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 07:19:11 EST Pauline Verrier Pauline Verrier, 70, of Nashua, died Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH, surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 22, 1946 in Lowell, MA, daughter of the late Albert and Cecile (Cambray) Leduc. She was also predeceased by two sisters, Cecile Renaud and Lorraine Praire as well as by three brothers, Al Leduc, Moe Leduc, and Mike Flaherty. Pauline was employed with Raytheon for over 30 years. She was a friend of Bill's, who always made herself available to help out a friend. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and found no greater joy then spending time with them. Her loving family includes a daughter, Pam Ramalhinho and her fiancé Phil Nardo of Hudson, a son, Scott Verrier and his wife Candace of Portsmouth, NH, three grandchildren, Joshua Ramalhinho, Jackson Ramalhinho, and Hailey Ramalhinho all of Hudson, two brothers, Norman Leduc and his wife Betty Ann of Lowell, MA, Paul "Tiny" Leduc and his wife Sharon of Missouri, as well as her dear friend and former husband, Norman Verrier of Nashua, also, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, February 9th from 4pm-6:30pm, with a Service of Remembrance starting at 6:30pm in the DUMONT-SULLIVAN FUNERAL HOME, 50 FERRY ST., IN HUDSON. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 07:18:49 EST Melvin E. Dutton Melvin E. "Mel" Dutton, 66, of Nashua, passed away peacefully at his home, Friday morning, February 3, 2017 with the comfort of his loving family, after a period of declining health. A native and lifelong Nashua resident, he was born on September 28, 1950, a son of the late Ernest E. Jr. and Dorothy Mae (Titus) Dutton. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 07:03:48 EST DHHS conducts count of homeless; inventory comprised of numbers reported by various agencies, organizations in NH NASHUA - The state Department of Health and Human Services conducted its annual homeless count on Jan. 25, and Nashua service agencies and government offices are combining numbers to get a handle on the situation. The annual Point-in-Time count, coordinated by DHHS, is an effort to identify people in New Hampshire experiencing homelessness. The DHHS Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services will determine the number of sheltered and unsheltered people for a 24-hour period in the three local homeless Continuums of Care: Greater Nashua, Manchester and the "Balance of State." The count is based on information reported by city and town welfare offices, homeless shelters, police and fire departments, faith-based organizations, outreach workers, the 211 call center and other organizations serving people experiencing homelessness in the state. In Nashua, the count also takes in numbers through a one-night event called Project Homeless Connect at Harbor Homes, a member of the Partnership for Successful Living. The number of those defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as homeless is used locally when applying for funding. "It's a tough process," said Ana Pancine, of Harbor Homes and the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care. "Not only is it a tough process, but it's only done once a year." In January 2016, the PIT count reported 1,706 homeless individuals across the state. Of that number, 1,174 were sheltered, 143 were unsheltered and 389 were "doubled up" - temporarily residing with family or friends. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 07:15:59 EST James K. Hamill NASHUA - James Kennedy "Ken" Hamill passed away on December 10, 2016 after a long illness. Ken, born in Cincinnati, lived a life full of music, travel, sports, history, and incredible generosity. He loved jazz as well as the works of John Denver, and found joy and solace in his music up until the day he died. Ken's love of jazz took him to many a club in NYC during his college years, when he would drive up with friends from his university in New Haven. He loved to share tales of seeing Louis Armstrong live on stage not far from Ken's table. Later, he would take his nieces and nephews to Harborlights concerts on summer nights to see John Denver and Diana Krall. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:12:00 EST Michael P. Zapenas Michael P. Zapenas passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017. A lifelong Nashua resident who worked tirelessly as a devoted husband, father, and coach. He was 68 years old. Michael was formerly married to Diane (Wittren) Zapenas of Groton, MA for 32 years, and is survived by his three children: Craig Zapenas and his wife Tanya of Litchfield, Karyn Ramey and her husband Jad of Salem, and Brad Zapenas of Nashua. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:08:44 EST James K. Stys James K. Stys, 51, of Nashua, NH, died Thursday, February 2, 2017 in Nashua, surrounded by his loving family following a courageous fight with cancer. He and his twin sister, Karen, were born on June 16, 1965 in Nashua. James was an Alumnus of the Franco American School in Lowell, a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1983, attended New Hampton School for a prep year in 1984, and then attended the University of Pittsburg. He later graduated from Middlesex Community College with a degree in criminal justice and was currently enrolled in two Master's Degree programs at UMass Lowell. James began his law enforcement career with the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:10:33 EST Betty J. Winberg Betty J. Winberg, 91, died peacefully at Fairview Healthcare, Hudson, NH on February 1st, 2017. She was born in Hudson, NY and grew up in Waltham, MA. She married and moved to Media, PA where she raised three children and actively pursued volunteer and community work, including co-founding the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, teaching swimming lessons to countless kids through the American Red Cross, participating in the Delaware County Fair Housing Council and Media Fellowship house, etc. She moved back to New England i n 1979, and settled in Nashua, NH where she was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation for 10 years, and where she joined the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Milford. She was a tireless advocate for the mentally ill and the homeless and participated in the New Hampshire Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:09:26 EST Showdown in CYO boys Mites basketball CYO BASKETBALL St. Christopher 39, St. Patrick 35 In a battle between two undefeated teams in the CYO Boys Mites division, St. Pat's outscored St. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:14:58 EST Drug Court considered for Nashua man; 37-year-old arrested on 20 counts of drug-related charges NASHUA - Parties in the case of Kristopher Balcom, the 37-year-old Nashua man charged with nearly 20 counts of possession and sales of narcotic drugs, are scheduled to convene later this month to explore the possibility that Balcom be enrolled in the Nashua Adult Drug Court. Balcom, most recently of 3 Ayer Road, Apt. 1, has been held in Valley Street jail on $100,000 cash only bail since his arrest Sept. 1 after what police called "a lengthy investigation into the trafficking of heroin and other controlled substances from Massachusetts to New Hampshire for resale to local residents." In all, Balcom faces 13 counts of sale of a controlled drug, all unclassified felonies; five counts of possession of a controlled drug, Class B felonies; and one count of possession of controlled drugs with the intent to dispense, an unclassified felony. Balcom was indicted on the charges in December by a Hillsborough County Superior Court Southern Division grand jury. A 14th count of sale of a controlled drug was subsequently nol prossed, or dropped. According to court documents, Balcom had been scheduled for a dispositional conference on Jan. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:08:44 EST News Digest Nashua Teen donates 800 books to Boys & Girls Club NASHUA - Miss Gate City's Outstanding Teen, Julia Coryea, 15, donated more than 800 children's books to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua on Jan. 27 as part of her "Read to Succeed" platform. While at the club, Julia spoke to about 30 children ages 5-8 about the importance of reading, and read them stories. The children also selected books to take home with them. Julia hopes to inspire children to read through her "Read to Succeed" platform. "Julia wants to encourage children to read more often in order to be better readers and better students," said Julia's mother, Lynne Coryea. "A high honor roll student at Salem High School, she understands the impact that reading has, and wants to relay her message to children." Julia gathered the 800 used books with the help of the National Junior Honor Society at Woodbury Middle School and Santo Insurance, both in Salem. "She wanted to donate the books to children in Nashua, since she holds the title of Miss Gate City's Outstanding Teen, which is a division of the Miss America Scholarship Program," Coryea said. Julia won her title of Miss Gate City's Outstanding Teen on Sept. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:05:40 EST Police help ease refugees’ concerns NASHUA - People within the immigrant and refugee communities in Nashua are dealing with worries in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning people from specific Middle East countries from entering the United States. "The recent executive order cause a lot of fear and apprehension," said Carol Baldwin, executive director of Nashua's Adult Learning Center. The center helps more than 1,100 people from 68 countries, all recent arrivals to the United States, and many in the country as refugees. Amid the confusion during the roll-out of the executive order, people with already approved, valid visas were turned away and sent or home detained. The Washington Post reported that 100,000 people with valid visas were sent home when they tried to enter the country. Baldwin said the concerns of many were alleviated when Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie came out to speak with members of the Adult Learning Center community, Baldwin said. Lavoie recently met with 100 members of the refugee community last week as part of a regular schedule of community interactions the department has with various groups in Nashua. Baldwin said the original date for the meeting got set back because of a snowstorm, and it was fortuitous that Lavoie came out after the executive order was released. "He let them know that we are a welcoming city," Baldwin said. More than 13 percent of Nashua's population is made up of immigrants from around the world, and there are 50 languages spoken by children in the School District. Lavoie said he wanted to make sure the people who have come to America seeking a better life know that they don't have to be victims, that they can come to the police. "They have the sames rights as I do," Lavoie said. These are people who have already been through the extensive vetting system before being allowed to come to the U.S. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:00:48 EST City’s Response to Ban; Syrian family in Nashua fears future Editor's note: This article was written in part from interviews conducted by Mary Jordan, the former executive director of the Adult Learning Center. NASHUA - Salwa Akko doesn't watch the news, but she knows what's going on. The Syrian woman, who lives in Nashua with her husband, Nael, and youngest daughter, Britney, is afraid of what President Donald Trump's executive order to temporarily ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries will mean for her family's temporary status in the country. Her family's migration to America began when her son, Michael, scored so high on the SAT exam that he was offered a full scholarship to Harvard University. Michael began in the physics and mathematics program at Harvard in fall 2010, but when he planned to return home the next summer, fighting had begun in Aleppo. Friends were being killed in the streets, and her brother's shop was being shelled repeatedly by rebel groups. But for Salwa, the worst day was when Britney's school bus came home three hours late. Fortunately, Britney made it home safely. Salwa and Nael decided in 2011 to leave Syria for a while, and to visit Michael. She and her family secured tourist visas, and a student visa for daughter Diane. On the way to the airport, their driver took alternate routes to avoid bombs, and they got a glimpse of a city on fire. They left behind family and friends and most of their belongings under the expectation that they would return home, but the fighting only got worse. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 07:01:07 EST John A. Schappler St. Peter was introduced to an amazing man today. He welcomes a husband, father, soldier, artist and servant of God. A man who looks critically at systems, always questioning the status quo, and expects everyone to do their part for the good of all. Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:10:01 EST Lowell, Mass., woman turns herself in to face burglary charges NASHUA – A Massachusetts woman was arrested Thursday after an apartment door was kicked in and a woman was assaulted early Monday morning. Samantha Gervais, 24, of Lowell, was charged with a felony count of burglary after she turned herself in on a warrant to Nashua police. Officers said at roughly 3:51 a.m. Jan. 30, they were called to 22 Hobbs Ave. for a report of a robbery. Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:31:00 EST Merrimack boys edge South in OT; Milford girls stun HB BOYS BASKETBALL Merrimack 60, Nashua South 55, OT The Tomahawks (8-2) took the win on their home floor in overtime as they tamed the Panthers (6-5). Ian Cummings led the way for Merrimack with 19 points. Kevin Genao put his best foot forward to try and grab the win but his 24 points were not enough. Also contributing for South was Alex Amigo with 11 points. Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:10:01 EST Barbara P. Cosgrove NASHUA – Barbara Petra (Meyer) Cosgrove, 88, died peacefully Thursday morning, February 2, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:10:01 EST Patricia Ann Mellott Patricia Ann Mellott passed peacefully on February 2nd, 2017 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. She was born on August 24th, 1959 in Pensacola, Florida. Her parents were Irvin and Ruth Klimas, deceased. She received her B.S. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education (’81) and an M.S. Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:10:01 EST Official: Smoking materials causing more recent fires NASHUA – The photograph in Nashua Fire Marshal Adam Pouliot’s office isn’t dramatic, but it is revealing. The photo depicts deep black scorch marks extending up the wall of an apartment building’s porch. It wasn’t a large fire, but it was large enough. It was caused by a cigarette carelessly tossed aside in a scenario that has played out often recently. News came out in late January that the massive 10-alarm fire in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 3 was caused by smoking materials that were tossed in or near recycling bins that had construction debris inside. Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:11:10 EST School holiday drive helps needy children MERRIMACK - The Learning Experience, the nation's fastest growing Academy of Early Education for children 6 weeks to 6 years old, in Merrimack (located at 706 Milford Road), accepted donations of toys, gift cards, games and personal items leading up to the holidays to give to children in need at the Nashua Children's Home. The holiday drive was part of the academy's first-of-its-kind nationwide philanthropy program and curriculum at the preschool level. With a mission to provide "care and stability to boys and girls," the Nashua Children's home is a safe haven for children in New Hampshire who are unable to remain with their families. The home offers care and educational enrichment programs for all residents. As a result of the selfless deeds of The Learning Experience, critical needs of children were met while teaching preschoolers about the importance of giving back and the true meaning of the holiday season. - Submitted by The Learning Experience Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:03:28 EST Calls made to save Clearway, culinary arts teacher, peer coaches at Nashua School Board budget meeting NASHUA – Students, teachers and other members of the public advocated Wednesday night to keep several items slated for reduction in the superintendent’s proposed 2017-18 budget. While the superintendent’s budget has received public praise for an initiative to expand all-day kindergarten, speakers defended the contract with Clearway High School, two job coach positions and a culinary arts teaching job. “We’ve had a lot of input, response, emails, communications since our first meeting,” George Farrington, a member of the Board of Education and the district’s Budget Committee, said during the meeting. Farrington said he has responded to about 40 emails so far. “We certainly appreciate that interest,” he said. While the Feb. 1 meeting featured a presentation on special education and English Language Learner budget needs, Farrington called to suspend meeting rules to allow for public comment. Kicking off the public comment was student Sarah Muise, who said she found Clearway High School to be the best fit for her. “I’m coming to you as a student who seriously struggles with anxiety, paranoia, most of my school experience,” she said. “It’s a reason Clearway is so important.” Muise said she has always been eager to learn, but her struggle with anxiety made the experience of a large school difficult. “I want you to understand what it’s like to be in our bodies and our brains,” she said, explaining the “gut-wrenching” feeling of anxiety that can overcome some students. “Walking through a sea of people makes it worse,” she said. Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:31:00 EST Groundhog Breakfast:Of weather, community and generosity NASHUA – Three individuals, along with a team of T-Bones Great American Eatery employees, were lauded Thursday morning for all they have done – and continue to do – to make sure the Nashua Salvation Army is able to fulfill its mission to help make life less of a struggle for many in Greater Nashua. Of course, the event being tied to Groundhog Day also meant there was plenty of talk about the weather, spiced up as usual by the down-home wit and wisdom spun by Yankee Magazine Publisher Jamie Trowbridge. As a matter of fact, the only not-so-good news heard at this year's 17th annual Salvation Army Groundhog Breakfast was delivered by returning master of ceremonies Ed Lecius: "I just found out that the groundhog saw his shadow, so bad news – looks like six more weeks of winter," Lecius said to a few moans and groans. He referred, of course, to the legendary Pennsylvania prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil, and sure enough, a quick online check of headlines corroborated Lecius’ news flash: "Phil was in an unusually feisty mood, but once he settled down, he saw his own shadow," according to a New Hampshire Public Radio report. "As aficionados of the annual ritual will know, that means we're in for six more weeks of cold weather." Regardless, there was no shortage of human warmth in the main ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, as nearly 200 guests, panelists and honorees celebrated the whimsical "holiday" with a 90-minute tribute to the legions of volunteers, donors and other supporters of a vital social services agency. Gov. Chris Sununu, closing in on his first month in office, made his Groundhog Gathering debut on Thursday, joining Mayor Jim Donchess, meteorologist Rob Carolan and Trowbridge on the speaking program. But as always, the highlight of the morning was the presentation of the service awards, the Salvation Army's opportunity to turn the spotlight on some of the agency's most dedicated volunteers. This year's Angel Award went to the waitstaff and management of T-Bones, whose annual holiday season Tips for Toys fundraiser marked its 20th anniversary this past season. For one day each December, servers donate 100 percent of their tips to the agency through The Telegraph Santa Fund, and that figure is matched by the restaurant's management. The result is more than $200,000 in donations over those 20 years; this past year, their donations bought toys for some 1,400 children. This year's Community Award went to a well-known Nashua couple described as "fixtures at many Salvation Army events." Former Nashua Mayor Bernie Streeter, and his wife, Sally, were lauded not only for their personal volunteerism, but also for their behind-the-scenes efforts searching out sources of funding for the agency's social programs. And The Salvation Army Citizen of the Year for 2017 is Grace Tavares, the home school coordinator at Dr. Norman W. Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:08:36 EST Steven L. Michaud FLORIDA – Steven L. Michaud, 54, of St. Petersburg, FL died Friday, January 6, 2017. Steven was born in Nashua on July 13, 1963. He is the son of Laurette (LaBrance) Michaud of Nashua and the late Edward Michaud Sr. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 23:40:00 EST Johanna Laramie, RN Johanna (Murphy) Laramie, 82, died January 19th, 2017 at Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care in Portland, OR after complications from a stroke suffered January 2nd. She passed away peacefully in the presence of love, grace, and songs from the ould sod. She was Born August 31, 1934 in Co. Limerick, Ireland, and raised on a farm by her parents the late Patrick Murphy and Katherine O'Leary. Johanna attended nursing school in England in 1960 and started her career as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Boston in 1963. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:35:20 EST Tax return help available throughout Greater Nashua People looking for assistance in preparing tax returns can again receive help locally from volunteers working for the senior advocacy group AARP. Wednesday was the first day of the annual nationwide effort to link volunteer preparers with people looking for help filing returns. The service is aimed at helping low- to moderate-income people fill out tax returns ahead of the April deadline. It is sponsored by the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. Susan Donaldson, assistant coordinator for the local program, said the sessions are designed "with a special emphasis on those that are 60 or older." Filers filled the Stearns Room of the Nashua Public Library on Wednesday, one of two sites in Nashua at which the service is operating. "A lot of us come to the program because we have a love of doing taxes for whatever reason," said Donaldson, a longtime volunteer. "We like to solve problems. We like to help people that find it difficult to navigate their way through the tax returns. "We do receive training that is given to us by the IRS. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:13:00 EST Lowest overdose rates since 2015; Drop in ODs linked to Safe Stations and enforcement NASHUA – The number of opioid-related overdoses it the lowest since July 2015, continuing a trend in the city since Nashua started the Safe Stations program last November. Christopher Stawasz, with American Medical Response – Nashua’s ambulance service – reported there were 19 overdoses in the city in January. In the same timeframe, 65 people went to a Nashua fire station to take part in the Safe Stations program. Stawasz said the numbers in Nashua and Manchester, which started its Safe Station program in May 2016, mark a turning point in the fight against the opioid addiction epidemic. “Suspected opioid-related overdoses in both Manchester and Nashua for January dropped to levels not seen in recent memory,” Stawasz said. Manchester logged 30 overdoses in January, the lowest level the state’s largest city has seen since since September 2014. While the overdose rates are dropping, the use of Safe Stations in both cities is increasing. Last month, 182 people sought treatment through a Safe Station in Nashua and Manchester combined. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:04:00 EST More Greater Nashua residents qualify for heat assistance NASHUA – With changes in eligibility guidelines, more residents in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties are now likely to qualify for help in paying their heating bills this winter, according to Tracy Desmarais, energy director at Southern New Hampshire Services. “We welcome this decision by the New Hampshire Office of Energy planning to open up the fuel assistance program to a greater number of vulnerable New Hampshire families,” Desmarais said in a Jan. 26 press statement. “For example, a family of four can now earn up to $4,956 over 30 days to qualify, an increase of $961 from the previous maximum.” Desmarais encouraged any residents of Hillsborough and Rockingham counties who think they may qualify for a grant to contact their nearest Southern New Hampshire Services/Rockingham Community Action by phone to schedule an application appointment. Greater Nashua offices are located in Nashua at 134 Allds St., 889-3440, and Milford at 1 Columbus Ave., 924-2243. – TINA FORBES Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:59:22 EST Kuster nominates local students to U.S. service academies CONCORD – U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster nominated 26 New Hampshire students for admission to the United States service academies. Five were nominated to the U.S. Military Academy, 10 to the Air Force Academy, 10 to the Naval Academy and one to the Merchant Marine Academy. “Nominating these promising young men and women to attend our country’s esteemed military academies is a true honor,” said Kuster, D-N.H., in a Jan. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:01:01 EST Nashua man among Red Cross list of 'Everyday Heroes' NASHUA – Red Cross announced its 2017 Everyday Heroes list Jan. 30, including honorees from Nashua and Manchester, to celebrate 100 years of service in New Hampshire. The 2017 Everyday Heroes are Dylan Cummings of Nashua, the Tremblay family of Manchester, Bev McKinley of Enfield, Melissa Lee from Franklin, Girl Scout Troop 20001 from Auburn and Unitil. Sponsored by Unitil, the New Hampshire and Vermont Region of the American Red Cross will be celebrating “everyday people” and the heroic things they do in the community at a March 1 event in Concord. “People who make it their business to serve others in their community are the embodiment of the Red Cross Mission. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:45:31 EST 'Documented drug dealer' arrested again in Nashua NASHUA – After observing what they believed was "some type of hand-to-hand transaction" between two men sitting in their parked vehicles Tuesday afternoon, Nashua police waited until they left then stopped one of the cars and arrested its driver. Taken into custody around 5 p.m. Tuesday was Anthony Nieves, a 23-year-old Nashua man whose criminal record reflects numerous arrests by Nashua and state police as well as Massachusetts State Police, according to court documents. This time, Nieves, currently of 1 Oak St., was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled drug, second offense (heroin), a Class A felony; and falsifying physical evidence, a Class B felony. Nieves was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court, where Judge Paul Moore set bail at $100,000 cash and surety and scheduled a bail hearing for Thursday in the Nashua court. The possession count is a second-offense charge due to Nieves's conviction in March in Hillsborough County Superior Court South of drug-related charges. The falsifying evidence charge alleges that Nieves, once arrested and placed in a police cruiser, tried to hide a "small plastic container" of a "tan, powdery substance believed to be heroin" in the back seat, according to police reports. The officer who drove Nieves to police headquarters spotted the container after he removed Nieves from the cruiser, police said. On Tuesday, members of the department's Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit had been conducting surveillance in the area where they would later spot the alleged transaction involving Nieves, police said. Police describe the area, around Main and Otterson streets, as a "high drug trafficking area," a designation based upon "several documented reports." Nieves's criminal history includes a 2014 arrest as part of a police drug sweep, in which he was charged with four counts of unlawful sale of heroin, second offense. In July 2015, Nashua police arrested Nieves at his residence on a fugitive from justice charge, the result of a warrant Lawrence, Mass. police issued for his arrest on charges of unarmed robbery and possession of a firearm without a license. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:07:04 EST Nashua PD seeks suspect in Sunday morning stabbing at McDonald's NASHUA – Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect in the stabbing early Sunday morning of a man in the parking lot of McDonald’s, 45 E. Hollis St. The victim, who wasn’t identified, was stabbed several times, police said, but the injuries weren’t considered to be life-threatening. Officers were called to the restaurant at 3:45 a.m. Sunday for the incident. Anyone with any information about the incident, or who recognizes either of the men in the accompanying image from a video surveillance camera, is urged to call the department at 594-3500 or call its Crime Line at 589-1665. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:37:00 EST Massachusetts armed robbery suspect nabbed in Nashua NASHUA – A 20-year-old Massachusetts man whom Nashua police took into custody Monday morning inside Nashua district court has agreed to be extradited back to the commonwealth to face an armed robbery charge. Kevon Simpson, currently of no fixed address in Webster, Mass., and formerly of 86 Penn Ave. in Worcester, was arrested without a warrant around 10 a.m. Monday, according to police and court documents. He was held overnight pending Tuesday’s arraignment, which took place in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail. Simpson, who was represented at arraignment by Attorney Michael Davidow, spoke little other than to agree to waive extradition to Massachusetts. Judge Paul Moore, who presided over the brief proceeding, told Simpson that the court would promptly contact Massachusetts authorities to make arrangements to return him to their jurisdiction to face the pending charge. Moore set a probable cause hearing for Feb. 13, telling Simpson the hearing would remain on the district court docket until he is extradited. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:40:00 EST Guilty plea, no additional prison time in 2016 Arby's theft NASHUA – A former Nashua woman, whose last known address is in Auburn, was given a six-month jail sentence on a previous theft charge, with the condition it run concurrently to the prison sentence she is currently serving. Tanya A. Daly, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Hillsborough County Superior Court South to one count of theft, which stems from her arrest last summer for stealing $450 in cash from a manager’s desk at the Arby’s restaurant at 621 Amherst St. in Nashua. Assistant County Attorney Kent Smith, who prosecuted the case, had initially asked for a 12-month jail sentence for Daly, but agreed to reduce it to six months after learning Daly just recently had a child, and that “a 12-month sentence would interfere with that,” he said, referring to caring for the newborn. Daly was also given credit for 172 days already served, leaving her with only about 10 days remaining on that sentence. While that sentence will run concurrently with the prison sentence, Amanda Henderson, a public defender who represented Daly, said she didn’t immediately know how much time Daly had left to serve on the prison sentence. Before her arrest in connection with the June 2016 theft from Arby’s, Daly had been serving a deferred prison sentence of 3-6 years in connection with two previous felony convictions, in November 2013 and March 2014, in Merrimack County Superior Court. Smith said that although the Arby’s theft arrest caused the deferred sentence to be imposed, he agreed that the new sentence be served concurrently, telling the court on Tuesday, “I feel any additional committed time would be counterproductive at this point.” Other terms of Tuesday’s agreement order Daly to repay Arby’s the $450 she admitted to stealing and to stay away from the restaurant’s Amherst Street location. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:43:00 EST Nashua school board to review special education, ELL items in new budget NASHUA – Superintendent Connie Brown pitched her 2017-18 education budget last week, and now school board members will see presentations on specific areas of the budget. They will start with special education and English Language Learner services on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Special education and ELL represent two of the four priority areas described in Brown’s draft budget. According to her Jan. 25 presentation, budget priorities are: – “Accommodate increased needs in Special Education.” – “Accommodate increasing number of English Language Learners (ELL).” – “Expansion of all-day kindergarten to all schools.” – “Attract and retain best educators possible.” Brown proposed a $105,940,366 budget for the 2017-18 school year, representing a 1.2 percent spending increase, or $1,256,210 over the current budget of $104,684,156. As noted in the draft budget priorities, special education has a growing need. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:43:00 EST Lasky, Donchess push Senate committee for rail study CONCORD – Nashua’s Bette Lasky went before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday to lobby for her bill to continue the study on the Capitol Corridor commuter rail project. Lasky, a Democrat, is pushing for the $4 million study, saying it wouldn’t cost New Hampshire taxpayers, and that it may help strengthen the economy for the entire state. “What will cost New Hampshire and the taxpayers is if we continue to close our minds to rail without all the facts,” she said. The study’s $4 million price tag is 80 percent covered by federal funds, with the remaining money coming from state toll credits already accrued. Toll credits are federal credits that states can accrue through transportation projects. Using these funds to continue studying the proposed commuter rail line from Nashua to Manchester doesn’t commit the state to building the rail project, Lasky said. It simply completes the study so that all of the facts are known in orer to make decisions. Lasky said commuter rail from Nashua to Manchester is supported by businesses struggling to find qualified employees. “Without doing this, we could become an island in the Northeast – an island people cannot get to and cannot get out of,” she said. David Preece, executive director of the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, said the Capitol Corridor project would create up to 5,600 permanent jobs through increased development. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 06:43:00 EST Nashua's Riverwalk Cafe closed after coffee roaster sparks fire NASHUA – A malfunctioning coffee roasting machine was at the center of a call for help at Riverwalk Cafe in Railroad Square on Tuesday. Firefighters responded to a call for a kitchen fire at the downtown restaurant shortly before 12:30 p.m. A regular coffee roasting session led to flames and smoke from a system of ducts leading out the rear of the building. “They had an issue with the roaster,” Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Karl Gerhard said. “It malfunctioned beyond its intended capacity. “The marshall is on the scene. They’ll try to determine that with the building department. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 06:46:01 EST Maria Ysabel Dovale Maria Ysabel Dovale, 81, a longtime resident of Nashua, NH, and previously of Lowell, MA died at Kindred Healthcare Greenbriar on Monday, January 30, 2017. She was born on June 2, 1935, in Madeira, Portugal. She moved to Venezuela and raised her family there before moving the United States. Mrs. Dovale was the widow of Manuel Dovale, who died on April 3, 2014. She is remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her favorite pastime was to spend time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 02:10:00 EST Eleanora K. Cropley Eleanora K. Cropley, age 74, passed away on January 28, 2017, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Born on July 13, 1942, to Albert and Astrid Knudsen of Brookline, NH, Eleanora was raised on her family’s farm with her three sisters, Christine, Anna and Shirley. After graduating from Nashua High School in 1960, Eleanora graduated from Keene Teachers College in 1964. Eleanora was a dedicated educator, librarian and advocate for children whose career of over 40 years took her from East Granby (CT), Hollis (NH), the White Wing School (Nashua), the Hills Memorial Library (Hudson) and the Hudson and Nashua school districts. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 02:07:01 EST Rita Marie (Collins) Liamos Rita M. Liamos, age 86, died peacefully on Friday January 27, 2017 after having dinner with her family in Englewood, FL. Rita was born on May 10, 1930 in Nashua, NH to F.E.A. Collins and Marie (Dolan) Collins. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 02:07:01 EST Patricia Kermode Mouring Patricia Kermode Mouring (Pat) died January 28 in Nashua, NH at the age of 63. Pat is survived by her longtime friend and husband Tim Perkins, loving children; daughter Taylor Mouring of Baltimore, MD and son Eric of Nashua. Also, by 6 siblings, Zan Freeman, Gwen Kermode, Lynn Kermode-Furbush, Debbie Scarpace, Terri Cameron and Michael Kermode, as well as her stepmother, Louise Kermode, of Palm Desert, CA. She is preceded in death by her daughter Jennifer Mouring, and brother Geoff Kermode of Colchester, CT. Pat was born in Mattoon, IL in 1953 and has lived in St. Louis, MO, CT, MA, NH, PA and Maryland. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:00:58 EST Raise a glass or a stein, and try some ’cue that’s divine Well, I certainly ran the gamut on musical diversity last week! Tuesday, I was in Boston to see '80s pop-punk icon, Adam Ant, perform. Saturday, I was at the Nashua Country Club attending Opera NH's "Arias & Aperitivos," enjoying two gifted soloists. This weekend, The Abbey Players of Saint Anselm College will present a trio of one-act plays, performed and directed by - and in one case, adapted by - the students. Read about it on Page 3. For those of you who love beer and bowl games, the Anheuser-Busch brewery will have actual players from the big game, in person and ready to meet you Sunday! The Puppy Bowl game, that is. Three "players" were from our own Humane Society of Greater Nashua. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:04:00 EST Nashua scholar-athletes to be recognized Feb. 6 The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association will hold the Annual NHIAA and NHADA Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony on Monday, Feb. 6. The event will be held at The Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. This is the 30th year for females and the 19th year for males to receive this highly distinguished award. Award recipients are nominated each year by their school principals based on criteria which require the high school seniors have a B-plus grade point average, letter and be currently active in at least two varsity sports, participate in community service activities and serve as role models to their peers. Gov. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:11:21 EST School officials discuss scope of homelessness NASHUA - With nearly 270 students experiencing homelessness in the Nashua School District, education officials discussed how the district helps students and how that support works into the budget. Title I Director Cherrie Fulton and Bob Cioppa, director of the English Language Learner program and student services, gave a presentation on homelessness in the district at Monday's Board of Education meeting. "When I took over the office of director of Title I, the contribution at that time was $2,000. Now the contribution is roughly $197,000," Fulton said, who took over the position four years ago. "I want to help you understand what's changed." Four years ago, the Title I Department purchased items such as clothing and school supplies, much of it donated, she said. "Now, we have some new regulations on how we need to spend money. The state is not exactly satisfied with $197,000. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:14:31 EST Photo prompted alleged assault NASHUA - Police say 23-year-old Timothy Wahl was so irritated when he spotted an online photo of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend that he allegedly got in his car, drove across town, let himself into the woman's apartment and assaulted both of them. Within hours after his arrest early Saturday morning, Wahl, of 41 Newbury St., Apt. 4, was in jail facing seven felony charges stemming from the incident, which sent the male victim to the hospital for treatment of a head laceration and left the woman with bruises and recovering from the frightening moments when Wahl allegedly pointed a handgun at her and the male. The charges include one count each of first-degree assault, burglary and domestic violence, along with two counts each of second-degree assault and criminal threatening. Wahl is next due in the Nashua court at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 9 for a probable cause hearing. At Wahl's arraignment Monday morning, which was conducted in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail, Nashua police prosecutor Donald Topham asked Judge Lucinda Sadler to modify Wahl's original $60,000 cash or surety bail to $100,000 cash or surety, based on the state's "extreme concern (over) this behavior ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:03:19 EST City man picked up on warrants NASHUA - Once Nashua police officer Brandon Cali showed to other officers a photo of a suspect in an August shoplifting incident, it was only a matter of time before Ryan S. Hutchinson was in custody and headed for arraignment on a total of four offenses. Hutchinson, 27, last known address of 9 Fossa Ave. in Nashua, is now awaiting a Feb. 15 pretrial conference in Nashua district court on one count each of theft and criminal threatening, as well as on two bench warrants accusing him of twice failing to appear in court for scheduled arraignments. "The suspect looked very familiar to me but I couldn't place his name until I got many responses from (other) officers stating the (alleged) suspect is Ryan Hutchinson," Cali wrote in an arrest affidavit. Hutchinson also looked familiar to Officer Donald Densmore, prompting him to search an online database, according to Cali. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:04:35 EST Nashua man receives deferred sentence for robbery NASHUA - An attorney for Anthony Clark said last week that the 20-year-old Nashua man spent just about every one of his 147 days in jail regretting what he described as "the two biggest mistakes of his life." Along the way, Attorney Michael Zaino said during Clark's plea and sentencing hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, Clark "suddenly realized he was acting just like his father," who, Zaino said, has had his own troubles with the law and was far from a good role model for his son. Judge Philip Mangones ultimately sentenced Clark, whose most recent addresses include 102 E. Hollis St., Apt. 3, and 11 Nevada St., both in Nashua, to 12 months in Valley Street jail, with all but 147 days deferred for one year, and 2-4 years in New Hampshire State Prison, all suspended for three years. That Clark was also given credit for the 147 days already served in jail means he will serve no jail or prison time, as long as he abides by several conditions included in the plea agreement. Clark and his attorneys reached agreements with prosecutors on two sets of charges - one that involved a so-called "capped plea" agreement on one count each of robbery and resisting arrest, and the other a fully negotiated agreement on one count each of sale of a counterfeit drug and resisting arrest or detention. The agreements stem from two incidents within two months in which Clark was arrested and charged. The first, on July 8, involved what police said began as a planned purchase of marijuana by Clark and two juveniles at a Merrimack residence. Clark allegedly pulled out a BB gun, which police said resembled a .357 Magnum handgun, and demanded the victim empty his pockets, according to the charges. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:24:32 EST Granite Hammer strikes again with 14 more arrests NASHUA - Nashua Police arrested 14 people Friday, Jan. 27, charging them with drug-related crimes as part of the ongoing Granite Hammer initiative to combat the opioid epidemic. The arresting officers were members of the Nashua Police Department's Narcotics Intelligence Division, Problem Oriented Policing Unit and Traffic Enforcement Unit. The individuals arrested were: Jennifer Ives, 35, of 434 Barnstead Road, in Barnstead, who was charged with one count of acts prohibited, sale of a controlled drug, heroin. Ives sold about 5 grams of heroin and was held on $25,000 cash bail. Michael Briand, 25, of no fixed address, in Nashua, was charged with one count of acts prohibited, sale of a controlled drug, heroin. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:23:13 EST Concern over ‘Right to Work’; Nashua officials say bill could bust NH unions NASHUA - With the "Right to Work" bill through the state Senate and on to the House for review, Nashua officials say if passed, the bill may undermine and ultimately dissolve New Hampshire unions. Senate Bill 11, known as the New Hampshire Right to Work Act, bans public and private unions from requiring nonmembers to pay dues or agency fees. Supporters say it promotes worker freedom and would attract business to the state. Opponents say it aims to weaken unions, potentially lowering wages, benefits and worker protections. Michael O'Brien, a Democratic Nashua alderman and state representative, said he doesn't think the Right to Work legislation is about creating jobs. "In my opinion, it's an attack on labor organizations," O'Brien said. Few businesses in New Hampshire have union employees, he said. Most of the unions in New Hampshire cover public sector employees, such as teachers, police officers, firefighters and public works employees, he said. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:02:14 EST Needs rock tumbler to uncover; has telescope to discover Mother Nature is the original rock polisher, recruiting the moon to assure the sweeping motion of the tides across rocks, the earth's poles to hasten the flow of rivers, wind to sandblast the roughest surfaces, rain to pummel, ice to break, and quakes to shift earth, revealing hidden beauty inside stone. A Mailbag reader looks for a tumbler to help her grandchildren find a hobby that "rocks." Request for rock tumbler "I am hoping someone may have a rock tumbler they would pass on to me," says Jean N. of Nashua (LTR 3,030). "It is an item I have always wanted, and now have some time to give it a try. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:05:41 EST North, South treat hoop fans NASHUA - As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Belanger Gym on Friday night, it's hard to imagine there were fans who could remain in their seats. After Nashua South junior Richie Mercado calmly sunk a free throw to tie the rivalry matchup against the crosstown Titans with 5.5 seconds to play, the ensuing inbound came to North's Skye Boykin. The 5-foot-9 junior guard bolted upcourt, put the Panthers on their heels, elevated to the rim, torqued his body and banked a shot off the glass and through the net to spark an eruption from the Nashua crowd. The dramatic conclusion was the icing on the cake to a hardwood treat for Gate City hoop fans. Here's a glance back at the Battle of the Bridge classic. Back and forth The game featured 15 lead changes and seven ties, and the margin never reached double digits. South's biggest cushion was at 47-38 early in the fourth following a Kevin Genao hoop off an Alex Amigo assist. The Titans responded with a 9-0 run spearheaded by junior Alonzo Linton, who awed the fans with a pair of dunks and finished with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. "The kids made a good comeback," North coach Steve Lane said. "We changed our defenses a little bit, created some tempo, got right back in it, and all of a sudden Alonzo took over. "It was a good stuff," he added. "It's good for us. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:03:38 EST Elm Street girls win Nashua Middle School Tournament The Elm Street Middle School girls basketball team topped Fairgrounds, 45-40, to win the second annual Nashua Middle School Basketball Tournament. Katie Loranger had 16 points to lead the winners while Aryanna Murray (11) and Maya Rioux (eight) also contributed. Fairgrounds top scorers included Julianna Martin (17), Iruka Obinelo (eight), Lily Vogel (six), Meredith McDermott (six). Elm Street finished its season at 9-3 in Tri-County Division I, clinching a bye and the No. 2 seed and will host the winner of Hudson vs. Merrimack in the semifinal round on Wednesday. Fairgrounds concluded its regular season at 9-4 in TriCounty Division 2, earning a first-round bye and wrapping up the the No. 4 seed. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:00:40 EST Henry ‘Buz’ Malay Henry "Buz" Malay, 82, of Bow passed away Thursday evening at Elliott Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Nashua a son of Henry Andrew and Agnes (Lewkowicz) Malay. He was a graduate of Nashua High School, the University of New Hampshire and Hesser College. Buz served five years in the US Navy during the Korean War and spent two years at the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan in the laboratory service. He was employed for over 34 years at the VA Medical Center in Manchester as Director of Laboratory Service and Administrative Officer of Medical Service. He was also employed and retired from the State of New Hampshire as Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialist. He worked in New Hampshire General Court Sergeant of Arms Staff. Buz was Past President of Bow Men's Club, a former member of Bow Rotary, the American Legion Sweeney Post of Nashua, DAV, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus, Alhambra Council in Worcester, MA. Buz coached for 20 years in baseball, football, basketball and girls softball for the Bow Athletic System. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:00:31 EST Donald F. Poirier North Sutton, NH- Donald F. Poirier, 69, died Thursday, January 26, 2017 unexpectedly. He was born in Nashua, NH on December 29, 1947 the son of the late Camil and Rachel (Cote) Poirier. He graduated from Bishop Bradley High School, Manchester, NH in 1965 and also from NHTI in Manchester. Don worked as an auto mechanic for 26 years for Tulley Buick GMC in Nashua and for the past 9 years had been a custodian for the Lebanon School District at Mt Lebanon School. He retired only four weeks ago. He was a Nashua resident most of his life. He spent many weekends enjoying the family camp in North Sutton, building memories with the family and permanently moved to North Sutton 16 years ago. Don is a veteran of the US Army and proudly served in the Vietnam War. He enjoyed playing the guitar, making stained glass art and gardening. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:46:35 EST Two men wounded in accidental gun discharge NASHUA - Police responded to a local hospital Saturday, at 11:44 a.m. after a report of two subjects with gunshot wounds. Two adult males sustained gunshot injuries to their lower bodies from a reported accidental discharge of a firearm that occurred at a Nashua residence, according to police reports. One subject reported he was cleaning his firearm and it discharged, striking both himself and the male seated next to him. Both are reported to be in stable condition. The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Nashua Police Department at 594-3500 or the Crime Line at 589-1665. - Telegraph Staff Sun, 29 Jan 2017 08:31:50 EST Defense awaits evidence fatal crash case; 2015 incident claimed life of 24-year-old Nashua resident NASHUA - Lawyers for Romivel Cruz, the Nashua man facing a felony-level conduct after an accident charge in connection with a fatal motorcycle crash in 2015, are awaiting a response from the state on their recent motion requesting additional items of discovery. Cruz, 28, has been free on $10,000 bail since his arrest after the Sept. 6, 2015, crash that claimed the life of Nashua resident Joseph "Joey" Mearls, 24. Police investigators said at the time that the crash, which occurred around 8:30 p.m. near 722 W. Hollis St., happened when Cruz apparently turned into the path of Mearls' motorcycle while Cruz was attempting to make a U-turn. Cruz was initially charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony offense that alleged Cruz was impaired, and that his condition contributed to the crash. But prosecutors several months later were forced to drop the charge after receiving a report from the state laboratory that showed Cruz's blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was .03, well under the legal limit of .08. Left with only misdemeanor charges against Cruz, the prosecution eventually brought a felony conduct after an accident charge to the grand jury, and in November, were granted an indictment. The misdemeanor charges that remain pending against Cruz include possession of marijuana, conduct after an accident and endangering the welfare of a child. The latter two stem from allegations by police that Cruz failed to tell police at the accident scene that his 5-year-old daughter was in the car, and that she was allegedly not properly secured in a child safety seat. Cruz's currently pending motion, meanwhile, was filed Jan. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 08:34:16 EST Prolific Nashua architect dies at 92 NASHUA - John Carter, a longtime Nashua resident who was a prolific architect, died earlier this month at age 92. Carter made his mark across the region, designing major projects such as the Nashua Public Library, the Daniel Webster College Library and Computer Center, Broad Street Elementary School and the Universalist-Unitarian White Wing School. "He had a nice, long life, as I think he would be the first to say, and his heart was definitely in Nashua," said Stephen Carter, one of Carter's six children. Stephen Carter grew up in Nashua and now resides in Chicago. John Carter's many projects were produced by a series of architectural firms over the years. "He enjoyed the process and worked with guys who had complimentary talents," Stephen Carter said. Over the course of his career, John Carter worked at several firms, including John A. Carter Architect; Carter & Woodruff; Carter, Woodruff & Cheever; and John. A. Carter Architect, PA. "He did everything from small medical offices on up," Stephen Carter said, adding he particularly enjoyed working on the Eaglebrook School in Massachusetts. What really struck Stephen Carter about his father was his sense of commitment to his town, a value handed down by his own father, Eliot Carter. "Eliot had a real sense of being a steward in your community," Stephen Carter said. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 08:49:52 EST Renovation effort; developers working on home with deep roots A partnership of local developers, with the approval of the city and neighbors, is tackling a renovation project on an antique Nashua home linked to a prominent family with roots dating to Nashua's earliest days. The partnership, called 7-9 Amherst Street LLC, has eyes on restoring the now dilapidated but once glorious Greeley home at 7 Amherst St. It was built more than 200 years ago and once was home to Ezekiel Greeley, one of the original shareholders in the Nashua Manufacturing Co. Prospering It was a city unrecognizable from today's Nashua. According to "The History of Nashua" (Part V, Dunstable from 1800 to 1860), the population of a growing community, not yet named Nashua, was 862 people in 1800. There was a weekly two-horse stagecoach into town, and, "Whether for better or worse, there were no lawyer, no doctor and only one clergyman." It was an agrarian society for the most part, but industrialization was almost literally right around the corner. The area, first known as Indian Head, would become Nashua Village in 1803. Five years later, Joseph, Ezekiel and Alfred Greeley would come from Hudson and began an enterprise "engaged in transporting goods by boating from the head of the Middlesex Canal to the Nashua River," according to the history. Ezekiel and his brothers, each with 30 shares of stock, would go into partnership with other men, including Daniel Abbot, to start the Nashua Manufacturing Co., the mills that formed the basis for the growth of Nashua. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 08:01:15 EST Titanic sweep for North NASHUA - Skye Boykin didn't see his last-second shot fall through the cylinder. He didn't need to. The crowd's reaction told him everything he needed to know. Boykin drove the length of the floor in the final 5.5 seconds and drained a contested layup as time expired to lift Nashua North to a 57-55 triumph over Nashua South on Friday night at Belanger Gym in the Battle of the Bridge. "Coach just told me to get it and attack - take it straight to the basket and do what I do best, which is take it to the rim," Boykin said. "That's what I did and we ended up with the 'W.' " The clutch bucket gives the Titans a 7-4 lead in the winter edition of the Battle of the Bridge. Boykin's theatrics were preceded by the North's 56-26 romp over South in girls basketball to set up the Titans for a doubleheader sweep. While the girls game was over in the first quarter, the boys matchup was a back-and-forth affair up for grabs until the final moments. "We gave them 5.5 seconds too many," Nashua South coach Nate Mazerolle said. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:07:17 EST HB boys hoop improves to 7-1; Milford at 8-0 Boys  Basketball HB 52,  Timberlane 39 The Cavaliers held the Owls to one field goal in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win. Nick Fothergill and Matt Simco both had strong performances for Hollis Brookline with 19 and 16 points respectively. Matt Dowling chipped in with nine points. The Cavaliers now sit at 7-1 on the season. Milford 57,  Manch. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:05:38 EST Arrest made in 2015 Nashua bank robbery NASHUA - A Rochester man was arrested Thursday in connection with a July 2015 bank robbery, police said. Korey Cholette, 28, of 21 Roberts Road, Rochester, was charged with a Class A felony count of robbery. Cholette's bail was set at $50,000 cash. He was arraigned Friday in Nashua district court, police said. Nashua police officers were dispatched shortly before 11:30 a.m. July 2, 2015, to Bellwether Credit Union on Amherst Street for a report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, police learned two subjects, reportedly armed with handguns and wearing masks, demanded bank employees remove money from the drawers and to get down on the floor. The suspects received an undisclosed amount of money, police said. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:02:12 EST Public talks sidewalks at snow confab; DPW crews prioritize populated streets first NASHUA - With the city maintaining more than 300 miles of roadway - which translates to 765 lane miles - with its 41 plows, Nashua officials looked to highlight its winter operations in the middle of New England's snowy season. "We want people to understand how the snowplowing works," Mayor Jim Donchess said during a presentation on Thursday at City Hall. Those in attendance, including several aldermen, shared mostly praise but also a few concerns - specifically, a need for better sidewalk clearing. Jon Ibarra, Nashua's superintendent of streets, outlined the winter operations of the Department of Public Works. He said there are several factors that go into how Nashua plows deal with winter events, including snowfall amounts and rates, precipitation types (snow, sleet, freezing rain), and air and ground temperature. The department reviews all of these factors, along with meteorological predictions of when the storm will begin and end, to determine how to best manage each storm. DPW crews prioritize main commercial and populated roads first, then focus resources on treating primary roads and hills with salt and sand. Fifty of 214 miles of sidewalk in Nashua are cleared by either DPW or other divisions within the city. Some individuals interviewed during the city's first major snowstorm last month expressed frustration that the downtown sidewalks weren't cleared more quickly. "Canal Street is a disaster, because they seem to put the snow on the sidewalk," said Hilary Booth, of Nashua. "I mean, you cannot walk on the sidewalk." Tim Cummings, Nashua's director of economic development, said his division is responsible for removing snow from downtown sidewalks, and he expressed surprise when the concerns were presented to him Thursday evening. "I've heard mostly positive reaction to the sidewalk clearing," Cummings said. Matthew Plant, a member of the public, praised the DPW's job clearing his dead-end street, but also said that sidewalk clearing is an issue downtown. He argued that it is mostly the fault of businesses. "It amazes me that sidewalks off Main Street are covered with snow," Plant said. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:01:43 EST News Digest Nashua Man arrested for failing to register as sex offender A Nashua man was arrested Wednesday for failing to register on the state's sex offender list. Nashua police officers arrested Arthur Bone, 60, with no fixed Nashua address, on a Class B felony count of duty to report. Detectives said Bone failed to register with the sex offender registry after he was convicted in 1987 of aggravated felonious sexual assault and is required to register quarterly as a sexual offender. Bone was located in downtown Nashua by officers and placed under arrest. He refused the services of a bail commissioner and was arraigned this week. - Telegraph staff Restorability evaluation ordered in Calvin case Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case of Jonathan Calvin, the former Nashua man charged with a series of theft, assault and driving offenses in an alleged April crime spree, agreed Thursday to have him evaluated regarding competency issues. Superior Court Judge Charles Temple ordered Calvin, 32, to undergo a restorability evaluation within 90 days, with the results to be the topic of a hearing that Temple scheduled for May 2 at Hillsborough County Superior Court South. The brief hearing, which consisted mainly of the attorneys meeting with Temple in chambers, followed an equally brief proceeding a week ago. That hearing was continued to Thursday to allow attorneys to gather more documents and records in Calvin's file at the state prison's Secure Psychiatric Unit, where he has been held since October. Calvin was admitted to the SPU when Judge Amy Ignatius deemed him "presently incompetent" to stand trial, but also that he is restorable with the proper mental health treatment. Hence, the order for the restorability evaluation, which Temple said should sufficiently "establish Mr. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:00:44 EST Governor Sununu to attend Groundhog Day breakfast Unless one of his predecessors leaked it to him, Gov. Chris Sununu is about to find out just how rewarding - not to mention inspiriting - a bona fide Groundhog Day celebration can be. Sununu is continuing the tradition set forth by the men and women who have gone before him as the leader of the Granite State by staking his claim to one of the coveted head-table seats at this year's 17th annual Groundhog Breakfast, the Nashua Salvation Army's signature fundraiser. Along with "wit and wisdom" master Jamie Trowbridge, of Yankee Magazine, gifted meteorologist Rob Carolan, of Hometown Forecast Services, Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess and perhaps a couple other high-profile folks, Sununu will get the fairly rare chance to put on hold for 90 minutes the usual agenda of meetings, grappling with lawmakers and, yes, placating conscientious media types in favor of laughs, good-natured barbs and humanitarianism. Some tickets to Thursday's event, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, are still available. The breakfast will once again include a silent auction for various items from the sports world, gift cards for such services as a rug cleaning, courtesy of Perg - formerly the Persian Rug Gallery - a two-night stay at a Homewood Suites hotel, a stint at a local fitness center and the piece de resistance: a gold coin valued at something like $1,200 that some really generous donor dropped into a Salvation Army kettle just before Christmas. It's the second time the agency has found a gold coin in a Christmas kettle; no idea if it was the same donor, or there are at least two really generous, thoughtful people out there. There also will be a live auction, which, like previous years, will benefit the Salvation Army's send-a-kid-to-summer-camp campaign. The proceeds make it possible for dozens of local kids in less than ideal economic circumstances to attend Camp Sebago, the agency's overnight camp in Maine, and for the younger ones to take part in Camp Rock Solid, a summer fun program that includes day trips for swimming and other recreation. So if you haven't grabbed your ticket yet, despair not; but don't dilly-dally, either, as who knows when that last ticket will be sold. If somehow the laughs, camaraderie and opportunity to let your generous humanitarian side shine isn't reason enough to plunk down the price of a ticket, consider that the Groundhog Breakfast is reputedly the only breakfast fundraiser - or, for that matter, the only luncheon or dinner fundraiser - known that revolves around the legend that is Punxsutawney Phil. Dean Shalhoup's column appears Saturdays in The Telegraph. He can be reached at 594-1256, or  @Telegraph_DeanS. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:44:37 EST Roof collapses; Nashua building was being redeveloped into church NASHUA - No one was injured Friday morning when a downtown building being renovated from a market to a church collapsed. A series of wooden roof trusses collapsed into the empty shell of a building at the corner of Pine and Central streets at about 8:50 a.m. Nashua Fire Rescue reported construction crews were in the process of installing the new trusses onto existing walls. A large pile of broken wood and toppled concrete block filled what was planned as a 200-seat auditorium for the building, owned by Crossway Christian Church. William McKinney, the manager of Nashua's Department of Building Safety, said at the scene Friday it will take investigators several days to work their way through the pile of debris to discover the cause of the collapse. The building is 106 feet long by 70 feet wide. About 30 70-foot, 700-pound trusses that had been temporarily joined together as part of a final assembly process had collapsed one after another, McKinney said. McKinney said the general contractor for the job was Steve Torla, of Gate City Remodeling. A call to the company hasn't been returned. "It was a catastrophic failure of the truss system that was being erected," McKinney said. Construction workers and investigators climbed over and around the debris Friday, taking photographs and measurements. McKinney said there was no obvious cause for the collapse, which was confirmed in a Nashua Fire Rescue release later in the day. "At this point, we're in the infancy of our investigation," McKinney said. He said the investigation will include whether the wind had any impact on the structure being built. McKinney said the original structure was built in 1975. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:00:57 EST Richard A. (Dick) Smith Richard Allen Smith entered the land of the living on January 23, 2017, at Pheasant Wood Nursing Home in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Richard entered the land of the dying on November 25, 1933, at Thetford, Vermont, the eldest of six children of Ralph Arthur Smith and his wife Marion Stanley. At the age of 13, Dick worked for the State of Vermont scything grass along its highways; and every summer thereafter, he found some type of employment with local farmers. After graduation from Thetford Academy in 1951 and based solely on his high school chemistry, Richard was employed in the laboratory of the Assay Office of the Elizabeth Mine in Stratford, Vermont. In April 1953, Richard joined the United States Air Force. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:37:00 EST Generous donation leads to Greater Nashua YMCA program space Sometimes tremendous impact can come in the most unexpected way. The Greater Nashua YMCA, which offers hundreds of different programs to individuals throughout the area, began a string of celebrations to announce the opening of new program space at its flagship Nashua center on Stadium Drive. Nashua YMCA CEO Mike LaChance greeted donors and board members as they received a sneak peek at the new space; space that began development thanks to a generous donation by a former member. “About two years ago a local attorney reached out to me to say that Steven Mazur had left a gift to the YMCA to grow the organization,” facility CEO Mike LaChance said. “Steven had been involved in our organization from the ’40s up until he died two years ago. He was 101 years old when he died.” LaChance said, “He used to come to the Y every single day. He would come with some old, beat-up shorts, drove an old Buick from the ’70s. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:40:00 EST Second suspect charged in Nashua stabbing, robbery NASHUA – The arrest Wednesday of a 31-year-old Nashua woman makes her the second person charged in connection with last week’s robbery and stabbing of an elderly Temple Street man, according to police. Jessica King, currently of no fixed address, faces one Class A felony count of criminal liability for the conduct of another to robbery, which accuses her of helping her friend, Brandon Mason, gain access to the alleged victim’s apartment the night that Mason allegedly tried to rob the 68-year-old man and stabbed him during an altercation. Police said earlier that the victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that didn’t appear to be life threatening. Mason, 26, also of no fixed address, was arrested around 9 p.m. Jan. 14, about nine hours after police were called to the victim’s Temple Street apartment for a reported disturbance and stabbing. He was subsequently arraigned in Nashua district court on two counts of first-degree assault and one count of robbery, all Class A felonies, along with one count of felon in possession of a deadly weapon, a Class B felony. Mason was ordered held on $100,000 cash only bail, and is currently awaiting a probable cause hearing scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30, in the Nashua court. King, meanwhile, was taken into custody around 6 p.m. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:40:00 EST Proposed Nashua education budget draws mixed reviews from teachers, public NASHUA – Members of the public got their first chance to comment on the proposed 2017-18 education budget on Wednesday, with speakers praising all-day kindergarten and increased technology. They also defended job coaching positions and a longstanding contract with Clearway High School. At the meeting, Superintendent Connie Brown proposed a $105,940,366 education budget for the 2017-18 school year, representing a 1.2 percent increase, or $1,256,210 over the current budget of $104,684,156. The budget process unofficially began in October when Mayor Jim Donchess asked what a “status quo” budget would look like. At the time, Brown proposed a series of deep cuts, including the elimination of an elementary school and up to 47 teaching positions. Assuming a 1.2 percent spending increase over the 2016-17 budget versus a level-funded budget, the scale of reductions can be pulled back, but reductions will still need to be made. Significant reductions include eliminating contracts with Clearway High School and replacing it with an in-school program at Nashua High School South. “Currently, we hold two contracts with Clearway, one for special education and one for alternative education,” Brown said. Hosting the same services in the district could save $350,000. Clearway High School, run through the Adult Learning Center in Nashua, has hosted Nashua School District students for decades. “I would like you to know that this proposal would shut down Clearway,” said Carol Baldwin, director of the Adult Learning Center. Baldwin said Clearway reserves about 60 spots for Nashua students each year, and has provided service to Nashua for more than 40 years. “We do provide an economical service to the city, and I can provide information on that in the coming weeks,” she said. “At the very least, if you have to do this, what I’m begging you to consider is let us transition. … Let us get kids to graduation.” Other speakers addressed the proposed elimination of the district’s two job coaches, a move that would shift the coaches’ responsibilities of mentoring new teachers to human resources to save $100,000. “That job is like an iceberg: You don’t see how deep it goes,” said Lynda Walsh, a sixth-grade teacher at Pennichuck Middle School. “It would be a travesty for them not to be a part of our School District anymore,” said Adam Marcoux, president of the Nashua Teachers’ Union. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:53:49 EST Two injured in Thursday morning Nashua fire NASHUA – Two people were injured in a fire at their Ingalls Street home early Thursday morning. Three-dozen firefighters fought the blaze. They were hampered by what fire officials described as cluttered conditions inside the home that forced them to fight the blaze from outside the structure. Nashua Fire Rescue officials said the elderly occupants had escaped the fire prior to firefighters arriving on the scene. Firefighters found heavy fire and smoke on the first and second floors, and flames that had torn through the roof. “Heavy clutter throughout the building made it difficult to enter and provided and enormous fuel source,” fire officials said. “At this point, the fire marshall is still investigating,” Deputy Chief George Walker said Thursday. “We don’t have a definite cause at this point.” Flames and smoke filled the area as firefighters worked. The aging home is at the intersection of St. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:43:00 EST Anna G. Bickmore Anna G. Bickmore, 87, resident of Milford, NH died on January 18, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH. She was born in Brookline, MA on April 14, 1929, a daughter of Arthur and Anna (Deveau) Burrill. She resided in Milford for a short time and formerly made her home in Kennebunk, ME for several years and North Reading, MA for many years. Anna was a devoted homemaker and was happiest when she was in her kitchen cooking and always trying new recipes. She also enjoyed all types of animals and listening to music. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Bickmore; and her twin sister, Helen Stafford. Family members include six children, Richard Schaitel of Londonderry, NH, Mark Schaitel of FL, William Schaitel of Salem, NH, Eric Schaitel of Marblehead, MA, Kurt Schaitel of Nashua, NH and Kristin Sheehan of Cape Coral, FL; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services will be held at a later date. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:16:00 EST Two injured in Thursday morning fire NASHUA - Two people were injured in a fire at their Ingalls Street home in Nashua early Thursday morning. Three-dozen firefighters fought the blaze and were hampered by what fire officials described as cluttered conditions inside the home that forced them to fight the blaze from outside the structure. Officials with the Nashua Fire Rescue said the elderly occupants had escaped the fire prior to them arriving on the scene. Arriving firefighters found heavy fire and smoke on the first and second floors of the home and flames that had torn through the building's roof. Fire officials said "heavy clutter throughout the building made it difficult to enter and provided and enormous fuel source." Deputy Chief George Walker said Thursday, "at this point the fire marshall is still investigating. We don't have a definite cause at this point." The aging home is located at the intersection of St. Lazare Street and Ingalls Street. Flames and smoke filled the area as firefighters worked. A nearby barn was not affected by the fire. Walker said he did not know the condition of the two people brought to the hospital from the scene but did confirm they were "they've been here for quite a few years." Don Himsel can be reached at 594-1249,, or @Telegraph_DonH. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:01:00 EST Nashua South, North wrestlers share spotlight By ANDREW SYLVIA NASHUA – Nashua’s Battle of the Bridge is one of the biggest stages in New Hampshire high school sports. On Wednesday, that stage was literally on stage. In an unusual setting for New Hampshire high school wrestling, the meet was held on a theatrical stage at Nashua South’s auditorium, with South facing Nashua North for Gate City bragging rights. The event was moved to the stage earlier in the day as South head coach Adam Langlois and North head coach Shawn Sullivan discussed the possible move, hoping to emulate a college meet they saw held on a stage in North Carolina. “They probably wrestled in   amphitheaters like this back in ancient Greece,” said Sullivan. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 23:39:27 EST Nashua prepared to go it alone on rail; Will consider commuter rail options CONCORD – Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess testified Wednesday the city is prepared to explore a Nashua-only option for the commuter rail service. Donchess was testifying before the House Transportation Committee in opposition to a bill to repeal the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, an all-volunteer board that has helped lead studies on commuter rail options for the state. The authority’s latest study on the Capitol Corridor proposal to bring commuter rail from Boston up to Nashua and Manchester is considered a dead issue given Republican opposition to the project, with its total cost of more than $200 million. Donchess noted Gov. Chris Sununu has said he would consider a plan that included only a Nashua stop, though the Republican governor is opposed to the service going as far as Manchester. Donchess said he and other city leaders are willing to look at a service that only goes to Nashua, with the bulk of financial responsibility presumably on the city. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:13:00 EST Nashua leaders hope for pension revisions CONCORD – Mayor Jim Donchess is hopeful state legislators understand the problems that rising pension costs present to Nashua and other cities and towns throughout the state. Donchess and other Nashua representatives went to Concord to speak to the House Executive Departments and Administration Committee about a trio of bills that address the state’s pension costs. “I think the committee at least listened to what we had to say,” Donchess said. “We made a strong case that the state should help us with these pension issues one way or another.” The committee is considering two bills from Nashua representatives, Republican Donald LeBrun and Democrat Mariellen MacKay. The first bill adjusts the rate of return on the New Hampshire Retirement System trust fund back to 7.75 percent. The Retirement System had announced last year that it was downgrading the rate of return to 7.25 percent, which would require cities and towns, and local taxpayers, to pay more into the system. LeBrun and MacKay are also sponsoring a bill to extend the amount of time the state would have to refill the system’s fund balance. About 80 percent of Nashua’s estimated $23 million pension bill for fiscal 2017-18 will go toward the recapitalization plan. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:21:56 EST Nashua businesses help students with disabilities NASHUA – A new agency to help students with disabilities adjust to life after high school launched in Nashua thanks to a boost from a group of 25 local organizations and businesses. The organization, called IMPACCT Academy, offers a free 14-week program designed to assist at-risk students with disabilities in transitioning to post-high school life and career opportunities. Held at community colleges throughout the state, IMPACCT students work through an academic curriculum presented as a simulated work environment. Students have the opportunity to earn academic credit through Extended Learning Opportunities, called ELOs, with soft skills training included. In the program’s first group, a total of 25 community organizations partnered with IMPACCT Academy to support students by providing site tours, presentations and internships, such as Nashua Whole Foods Market. For the last three months, Whole Foods has provided workplace tours and presentations about the application process, interviewing, proper dress and workplace etiquette, and the Whole Foods philosophy of giving back to the community. This was the first community business presentation to the academy. IMPACCT offers local businesses the opportunity to connect with high school students in the community. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:02:09 EST Nashua Lowe’s helps upgrade Boys & Girls Club NASHUA – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua is undergoing a series of site and security improvements after the organization received a $50,000 grant from Lowe’s as a part of the company’s “Renovation Across the Nation” initiative. The initiative donated grants and volunteer support to 50 clubs around the country. The improvements include a new outdoor deck outside the club’s Stahl Teen Center, a drop-in facility dedicated to local teens. The deck was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in November. There also was an upgrade to the club’s security system, including cameras that survey the club’s property and building. The security upgrades jumped to the top of the club’s list after a break-in occurred last summer. Club members also painted a large indoor mural to celebrate Lowe’s “Renovation Across the Nation” program. The Nashua club is the site of a sculpture by Julio Aguilera titled “A Walk to Triumph.” It was created as part of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, which was designed to elevate the awareness and appreciation of public art in Nashua. A donation from City Arts Nashua helped support the cost of pouring cement footings for the sculpture, and volunteers from Lowe’s constructed a stone patio around it. A separate unveiling event of the completed sculpture will be announced in the spring. – TINA FORBES Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:29:34 EST Retirement party scheduled for Christie NASHUA – Members of the Nashua community are invited to say goodbye to retiring executive director of the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, Lisa Christie. Christie is stepping down after 27 years with the organization serving Nashua’s poor and homeless. Michael Reinke will take over for Christie as the executive director. The Nashua Soup Kitchen started in 1981, and Christie was hired as the first executive director in 1989. Six weeks after she was hired, the Nashua Soup Kitchen merged with the Nashua Area Shelter for the Homeless. The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter serves 1,700 meals a week, and helps more than 300 families every week with supplies from its food pantry. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:10:00 EST Competency hearing set for Nashua man accused of murder NASHUA – A March hearing has been set in the case of Devin Tappan, the 30-year-old Nashua man accused of bludgeoning his neighbor to death three weeks ago in a Kinsley Street apartment building. The issue of Tappan's competency is the topic of the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. March 9 in Nashua district court. Tappan, of 32 Kinsley St., Apt. 1, has been held in jail without bail since his arrest on Jan. 7, a day after Javier Rivera Afanador, 45, was found dead of "multiple blunt force trauma to the head," according to an autopsy report completed by state Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Jennie Duval. Police found Afanador's body in Tappan's apartment around 7:30 p.m. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:29:09 EST