Nashua - Nashuatelegraph.com | Web Feeds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/feeds/topics/nashua Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us pkincade@nashuatelegraph.com onlineeditor@nh.com In this series http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059347-469/in-this-series.html IN THIS SERIES SUNDAY LOBBYING: Exploring who is paid the most to lobby New Hampshire legislators and who is paying them. MONDAY NASHUA’S WEBSITE: Looking at the amount of public information available on Nashua’s website and how that stacks up with other New Hampshire towns. TUESDAY CRIMINAL ANNULMENTS: Judge Ed Kelley explains the somewhat mysterious process residents convicted of crimes can use to expunge their records. WEDNESDAY STATE SPOKESMEN: Some state agencies have specific spokesmen, and some don’t. Which state employees can speak with the press and who has to stay silent? THURSDAY MINUTES AND AGENDAS: State law requires officials to produce agendas and minutes of public meetings. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:33:16 EST Isidora H. Cote http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1060219-466/isidora-h.-cote.html Isidora H. “Dora” Cote, 89, a longtime Nashua resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, March 26, 2015 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson. A daughter of the late Robert C. and Celedase (DesRocher) Cote, she was born in Sanbornville, New Hampshire on September 14, 1925. A resident of this city since early childhood, Dora attended Infant Jesus Parochial School and graduated from the former St. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:01:34 EST Nashua Area Retired Educators to hold spring luncheon http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1060129-308/nashua-area-retired-educators-to-hold-spring.html The Nashua Area Retired Educators Association will hold its spring luncheon on Wednesday, April 22, at Nashua Country Club. Registration will start at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. President Jon Glines will conduct the business portion of the meeting. The program will feature American Medical Response, which specializes in emergency and nonemergency patient transport services. All retired teachers, administrators and educational staff are invited. The association includes Merrimack, Hudson, Litchfield, Pelham, Windham, Amherst, Mont Vernon, Milford, Hollis, Brookline, Wilton, Lyndeborough and Nashua. The next NAREA luncheon meeting will be held Wednesday, June 10. For more information about luncheon attendance and participation in programs, call Joan Gibson, NAREA secretary, at 888-9304. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:02:58 EST Nashua Chamber Orchestra concert set for March 29 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1060146-308/nashua-chamber-orchestra-concert-set-for-march.html AMHERST – The Nashua Chamber Orchestra announced the premier of a new location and date for the annual Gala Concert and Silent Auction. The gala will be held at the LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Guest artists David Feltner and Mark Latham will joining Beth Welty and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Players, with works by Mozart, Cooke, Dahl and Francaix. Auction items include tickets to a variety of cultural events, handcrafted pottery, jewelry and woodworking, and the opportunity to conduct the NCO. Tickets are $30, and will include the concert, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, Darrell’s Music Hall in Nashua or at nco gala2015.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call Jackie at 582-5211. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:06:54 EST Nashua Area Retired Educators to hold spring luncheon http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1060150-308/nashua-area-retired-educators-to-hold-spring.html The Nashua Area Retired Educators Association will hold its spring luncheon on Wednesday, April 22, at Nashua Country Club. Registration will start at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. President Jon Glines will conduct the business portion of the meeting. The program will feature American Medical Response, which specializes in emergency and nonemergency patient transport services. All retired teachers, administrators and educational staff are invited. The association includes Merrimack, Hudson, Litchfield, Pelham, Windham, Amherst, Mont Vernon, Milford, Hollis, Brookline, Wilton, Lyndeborough and Nashua. The next NAREA luncheon meeting will be held Wednesday, June 10. For more information about luncheon attendance and participation in programs, call Joan Gibson, NAREA secretary, at 888-9304. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:07:42 EST Nashua Community College to host second annual Swing Into Spring Gala fundraiser http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1060151-308/nashua-community-college-to-host-second-annual.html NASHUA – The Nashua Community College Advisory Board is holding a fundraising event to benefit the NCC Student Scholarship Fund. The second annual Swing into Spring Gala will be held 6-11 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the college. The event will include dinner, dancing and a silent/live auction. Swing into Spring promises to be a fun-filled evening at which you will have the opportunity to see your dollars in action as it presents three Greater Nashua NCC students with the 2015 Scholarship Awards. Dinner will be created and prepared by NCC’s culinary arts students, and services will be provided by NCC’s hospitality restaurant management students. The funds generated through sponsorships and participation will help the scholarship fund increase to aid deserving students in continuing their education, which otherwise wouldn’t possible. “Presenting Partner” is Tri State Fire Protection and “President’s Circle Sponsor” is Triangle Credit Union. For tickets or more information, visit nashuacc.edu/fundraiser or call Dalisa Greenleaf at 578-8900, ext. 1475. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:07:49 EST Nashua South High School coach Shawn Connors takes over youth hockey program http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1060171-457/nashua-south-high-school-coach-shawn-connors.html NASHUA – Is he a white knight, skating in to the rescue? Perhaps; but there is certainly a method to what also may be perceived as Nashua High School hockey coach Shawn Connors’ madness. As of this month, Connors has taken over the Nashua Panthers Youth Hockey Association, a bold move that should help answer future questions as to why the participation numbers at the high school level are down. “If we could get 20 new Nashua residents in the (youth) program, I’d be OK with that,” Connors said. “We would then be looking at six or seven new kids every year for the (South) program. For some reason, we haven’t seen that.” That will likely change as Connors has taken a major step. He will follow a trend in youth hockey these days, turning the organization into a business, with a profit and a non-profit side, and with a full-time staff. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:25:00 EST Launch owners hope Nashua residents are ready to jump into fun http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1060181-469/launch-owners-hope-nashua-residents-are-ready.html Launch Trampoline Park is expanding north, bringing its indoor play space concept it started in Rhode Island to Nashua. Operator Rick Arnold, whose son Rob developed the chain, said the trampoline gymnasium will open mid-April in space being rented at 17 Tanguay Ave., off of Amherst Street. The space, formerly occupied by Law Warehouse, has about 15,000 square feet, Arnold said. Workers were busy Wednesday setting up the structures that will form the expansive springy surface of connected trampolines that spreads over much of the building’s floor space and up along the walls. There will also be a cafe serving quick meals, and an arcade with more than two dozen games. Wallboard was being installed Wednesday, and painters were busy applying vivid coats of yellow and green. Arnold said the bounce area will be broken up into six separate courts that allow play by people of different age groups. The park will host dodgeball games in specially-designed courts on both an organized and informal basis. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:03:16 EST Nashua native moves on following ousting from Ramsey’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ reality show http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1060185-469/nashua-native-moves-on-following-ousting-from.html NASHUA – Nashua chef and recent “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant Michael Dussault brought some secrets to kids at the Main Dunstable Elementary School on Thursday. Dussault, who is no longer appearing on the FOX Television reality competition show with famously fiery chef Gordon Ramsay, was the guest of two second-grade students, Pat Wallingford and Max White. The student’s parents had reached out to Dussault at a public showing of the program at Chunky’s Cinema hoping he’d make visit to the school. “They watched the show every single week,” said Dussault (who left the show on week 3) on Thursday. “They mentioned show-and-tell and I said, ‘you know what? I’ll come in there and do something, pay it forward if you will; what goes around comes around.’ ” Dussault runs his own consulting company called Adventure by the Plate, which works to maximize high-volume food service operations while maintaining high quality and providing innovative menu options. He began his cooking career young, eventually working at Rivier University and restaurants in both Nashua and Manchester. On Thursday, about 50 students, as well as staff from Harriet Perry and Amy Craig’s classes, sat in chairs facing a workspace that Dussault had set up at the front of the classroom. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:13:00 EST The chamber and the candidate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1060009-465/the-chamber-and-the-candidate.html The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce website boasts, “political advocacy for business that supports no particular official.” Neutrality and independence are two hallmarks that have guided the chamber for decades. The current director and a couple of chamber board members have forfeited the entire chamber’s political independence for the political and personal gain of the current director. The chamber’s director has created an exploratory committee so he can run for mayor of Nashua. Members of the chamber’s board of directors populate his “Exploratory Team” and are are providing support. He is campaigning and accepting political donations while still on the chamber’s payroll. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:01:25 EST Chief Warrior http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetsports/1059962-308/chief-warrior.html Only four Greater Nashua basketball players earned first-team status on their respective all-state teams this winter, but two of those were the best players in their division. Nashua High School North senior Taylor Choate was named Girls Player of the Year in Division I and Wilton-Lyndeborough senior Jordan Litts earned Boys Player of the Year in Division IV when the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization released its All-State and All-Academic teams during the final week of the high school tournaments. Other local first-team selections were Campbell senior Hannah Neild on the Division III girls team, and Nashua High School South senior Michael Osgood for Division I boys. There were six locals honored as second-teamers – including Bishop Guertin sophomore Meghan Cramb, and Milford seniors Rebecca Cleary and Adelle Pitsas for girls, as well as Nashua South sophomore D.J. Frechette, Merrimack senior Austin Franzen and Campbell senior Zach Bergeon for boys. BOYS ALL-STATE Division I FIRST TEAM: Cody Ball, Londonderry, sr.; Darian Berry, Spaulding, sr.; Joe Martin, Manchester Central, sr.; Geo Baker-Occeus, Pinkerton Academy, so.; Bryant Holmes, Exeter, jr.; Michael Osgood, Nashua South, sr. SECOND TEAM: D.J. Frechette, Nashua South, so.; Dominic Timbas, Pembroke Academy, sr.; Marc Corey, Londonderry, sr.; Austin Franzen, Merrimack, sr.; Jaylen Leroy, Manchester Central, jr.; Matt Rizzo, Pinkerton Academy, jr. HONORABLE MENTION: Jack Zimmerman, Bishop Guertin, jr.; Nate Hale, Nashua North, jr.; Max Curran, Pembroke Academy, sr.; Sam Bonney-Liles, Alvirne, sr.; Matt Vartanian, Salem, jr.; Jake Coleman, Londonderry, so.; Ryan Hughes, Bedford, jr.; Anthony Primavera, Winnacunnet, jr.; Chris States, Spaulding, sr.; Connor Walsh, Trinity, jr. PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cody Ball, Londonderry. COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Cronin, Spaulding. Division II FIRST TEAM: Jourdain Bell, Bishop Brady; K.J. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:01:26 EST Local art news http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1060014-485/local-art-news.html Shadow and light themes at Rivier NASHUA – Opening this week, “Between the Shadow and the Light: An Exhibition out of Africa” will be presented at The Art Gallery at Rivier University, 420 S. Main St. The exhibition features work in various media by American and South African artists. This exhibition is an outgrowth of cross-cultural visual arts Project R5, held in South Africa in June 2013. Project R5 engaged artists and arts professors from American church-founded universities and a variety of artists from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:02:19 EST Second annual Meri Goyette Arts Award is April 12 in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1060021-485/second-annual-meri-goyette-arts-award-is.html NASHUA – If you were one of the 130 people who attended the inaugural Meri Goyette Arts Award Champagne Luncheon and Auction last April, you will know that City Arts Nashua is serious when they say this year’s event to celebrate Nashua’s vibrant arts scene is not to be missed. Besides honoring the luncheon’s namesake Meri Goyette and her husband Charlie, last April, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau bestowed the first of the annual awards on Chris Williams, of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, for his support of the arts in Nashua and on the state level. This year’s luncheon, to be held April 12 at Sky Meadow Country Club, is produced by City Arts Nashua with the Nashua Arts Commission. In addition to the award ceremony, it will feature a three-course lunch with entertainment during each course, and silent and live auctions to fund arts programs, projects and publicity. Last year’s event raised the funds to complete “Vivian’s Dream,” City Arts Nashua’s mural project on West Pearl Street, a significant piece of historic public art in downtown Nashua. “We are keeping this year’s winner a secret until the luncheon,” said Kathy Hersh, president of City Arts Nashua. “And we have worked really hard to bring the same quality of entertainment to the event as last year. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:01:52 EST Nashua Chamber Orchestra concert, wine tasting, auction http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1060025-485/nashua-chamber-orchestra-concert-wine-tasting-auction.html AMHERST – At 3 p.m. Sunday, The Nashua Chamber Orchestra will hold its annual Gala Concert and Silent Auction at LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101. The event will include the concert, appetizers and a cash bar. Special guest artists David Feltner and Mark Latham will join Beth Welty and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Players, with works by Mozart, Cooke, Dahl and Francaix. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:05:12 EST Nashua High School South presents ‘Oklahoma!’ this weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1060027-485/nashua-high-school-south-presents-oklahoma-this.html A taste of the old west is coming to New Hampshire, as Nashua High School South presents the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” this weekend. Featuring such classic songs as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” “Many a New Day,” “The Surrey With the Fringe On Top,” and, of course, the title song, the show is a family-friendly production for audiences of all generations. Be you a farmer, a cowman, or something in between, you will certainly appreciate the high-stepping, square-dancing, yeehaw-ing fun of the American stage classic. Director Joel Iwaskiewicz is certain of it. “This is the biggest cast in years at South, maybe in 10 years,” Iwaskiewicz said. “We have 55 kids in the cast. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:05:28 EST $60, six concerts – Amazing value with membership http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1060029-485/60-six-concerts--amazing-value-with.html NASHUA – The 85th annual subscription campaign of the Nashua Community Concert Association is in process through April 4. Each season (September-April) since 1931, NCCA has brought outstanding talent from around the nation to Nashua. All concerts are held at 8 p.m. in Keefe Auditorium at Elm Street Middle School, 117 Elm St. Six exciting concerts are booked for the upcoming season: n The Wizard of Song, a fully staged revue by six Nashville performers of the music of Harold Arlen, who wrote the songs for “The Wizard of OZ” among many other hits; n Dynamic pianist Alpin Hong, returning for his third performance for NCCA; n The Windham Swing Band, an 18-piece Big Band, plus vocalist, playing music such as of Glenn Miller; n The New England Brass Quintet, featuring trombonist Jay Daly, well-known in the Boston area for nearly 50 years; n The Diamonds, famous group from the 1960s, still performing their many hits, including “Little Darlin,” in a salute to American Bandstand; and n The Young Irelanders, an Irish group of eight sensational performers, which reprises the famous Riverdance mix of dance and traditional Irish melodies, and adds its own eclectic numbers. Subscriptions are still just $60 for the six-concert series ($15 for students), and include the ability to attend the five concerts of the Concord Community Concert group without extra charge. This is still the best entertainment value around! Send your check to Nashua Community Concert Association, Box 1563, Nashua, NH 03061. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:05:38 EST Symphony shows students how music tells stories  in ‘Picture This’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1060030-485/symphony-shows-students-how-music-tells-stories.html NASHUA – March 31, Symphony NH will perform for Nashua’s third graders at Keefe Auditorium at Elm Street Middle School. The school-day performance is titled “Picture This,” since the program was conceived as a way to illustrate music’s power to transport listeners to different places and times, and to convey story and character as well. This hour-long concert is sponsored by FairPoint Communications, with additional support from Nashua Arts Commission, RBC Wealth Management, Fidelity Investments, NH State Council on the Arts, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, Conway Arena Ice Rink Commission, King’s Daughters Benevolent Association, and The Ella Anderson Trust. “FairPoint Communications believes supporting music and the arts is very important,” said Ellen Scarponi, FairPoint’s director of government relations and economic development. “Music and art spark creativity and innovation, especially in kids, and strengthen our communities. Symphony NH is taking a leadership role in providing quality programs like this for our area’s young people, and we’re proud to support their efforts.” Music Director Jonathan McPhee will lead Symphony NH in performances of thrilling excerpts from composers like Beethoven, Holst, Stravinsky, Sibelius, Prokofiev and more, plus music from films like “Indiana Jones” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” “This will be a really fun program,” McPhee said, “featuring music – from movie screens as well as the concert hall – that kids will love (and learn from).” For more information about Symphony NH and its upcoming public performances, visit www.symphonynh.org. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:05:44 EST Nashua Center’s ‘Taste of the Towns’ on Friday funds services http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1060031-485/nashua-centers-taste-of-the-towns-on.html NASHUA – Nearly 300 people are expected to attend this year’s wine- and food-tasting and benefit auction for nonprofit Nashua Center and its programs, when the event occurs from 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Radisson, 11 Tara Blvd. The 13th annual event will include a lot of local flavor with restaurants, wine brokers, craft beers, auction items and more. Brian Young, executive director of Nashua Center, is excited about this year’s offerings. “It’s designed to be a moving activity,” Young said. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:05:49 EST Celebrating all the wonderful facets of the arts community in southern NH http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1060033-485/celebrating-all-the-wonderful-facets-of-the.html I hope you were among the attendees at The Telegraph’s hugely successful Chocolate, Wine & Cheese Festival last Friday at Crowne Plaza. Events producer Tracy Baron Dionne pulled off a fun, delicious evening. I was at the Nashua Country Club reveling in a spectacular meal and really great company, as NCC presented a “Past, Present and Future Chefs” event. Congratulations to everyone involved in both events. Meri Goyette often tells me, with a smile, “I just like to help people and have fun.” The patron saint of the Nashua arts community may like to downplay her role in getting the arts out front and center, but we know better. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:00:50 EST Robert Woodruff http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1060050-466/robert-woodruff.html Robert Peter Woodruff, 51, a lifelong resident of Nashua, NH, died at his home on March 13, 2015. He was born on October 13, 1964 in Nashua, a son of the late Thomas E. and Ruth E. Woodruff. He was a graduate of Nashua High School. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:01:23 EST 2015 Youth of the Year finalists honored at Boys & Girls Club on Wednesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1060058-469/2015-youth-of-the-year-finalists-honored.html NASHUA – For Caitlyn Boucher, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, located just a short walk from her home, has long been an important part of her life. “For me, the club has always been a stable place to go,” said Boucher, 17, who has endured a lack of stability in her personal life. “I know that whenever I need something, I can just come here and I’ll get support.” Boucher has taken advantage of the opportunities that the club offers to grow as a person and overcome adversity. Last night, she was honored by the club as its 2015 Youth of the Year. The event, the 2015 Youth of the Year Dinner and Hall of Fame Ceremony, which drew more than 320 people and was held at the club, honored Boucher and two other finalists for the prestigious award, along with several other youths and adults who have made important contributions to the organization. “You know it’s so important in a community to remember that families can’t do it all by themselves,” Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said. “Kids need a place to go. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:03:36 EST Nashua soup kitchen seeks donations http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1060062-469/nashua-soup-kitchen-seeks-donations.html The annual road race to benefit the Greater Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter is coming up April 12, and the timing couldn’t be better, because the shelves are bare and the need is growing. “We’re giving it out faster than it’s coming in,” Lisa Christie, the soup kitchen’s executive director, said this week. “If you look around, it’s empty shelves.” The doors opened as scheduled Tuesday, and recipients were given limited items and a voucher, but a lack of some food items hampered the organization’s efforts. The problem is somewhat seasonal; usually, donations slow when the weather gets warmer. “It starts to get tough,” Christie said. “It really gets tough in the summer. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:07:01 EST Greater Nashua groups receive grant to study, maybe ease, ‘traffic stress’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1060065-469/greater-nashua-groups-receive-grant-to-study.html NASHUA – A collection of agencies in Greater Nashua, including the city itself, received funding this week to work on an infrastructure study over the next year to provide for better access to physical activities for people in the region. The Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association was awarded $125,000 on Tuesday for a 15-month program dubbed Plan4Health to support efforts to focus on how the city can to make it safer and more accessible for people to walk and bike. The project must be completed by March 31, 2016. “There’s a couple steps within the project: One is that we’re going to do an analysis and work with the city of Nashua on what we’re calling the level of ‘traffic stress.’ What that does is it essentially measure how stressed someone might feel while walking or bicycling on a road or sidewalk,” said Nicholas Coates, active living coordinator with the Healthy Eating Active Living – HEAL NH. “This is different from how planning is normally done – it’s normally based on how quickly can we get a car from point A to point B. This takes a different approach and puts the user in mind,” he said. “The way we’re going to analyze it is the level of stress that one might feel.” The HEAL NH campaign, now in its seventh year, is a statewide collaboration of organizations working to implement the 2014-2019 Healthy People Healthy Places Plan and is funded by a variety of private and public agencies. Included in the collaboration with HEAL NH is the city of Nashua, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission and New Hampshire Public Health Association. If successful, the Plan4Health will join other collaborative projects such as the Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services multi-agency plan to improve access to healthy food and physical activity in the city’s Tree Streets neighborhood. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:52:00 EST Nashua releases Lyme disease preparation ‘toolkit’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1060066-469/nashua-releases-lyme-disease-preparation-toolkit.html NASHUA – When the snow finally disappears – assuming it ever does – ticks will emerge, and since New Hampshire is in the crosshairs of tick-borne Lyme disease, the city is spreading the word. Nashua Division of Public Health has prepared an online “toolkit” giving information and preventive practices for outdoor activities. Containing everything from the microbiology background to tips on choosing a tick repellent, it is designed not just for families, but also for schools, camps, Parks and Recreation officials, golfers, lawn-care workers, and anybody who goes outdoors. “For example, the toolkit can be used to organize educational sessions for teachers and counselors, provide fact sheets to employees, provide talking points for discussions with campers about proper tick checking and offer advice to health care providers on recognition of Lyme disease,” said a  release from the city health division. Lyme disease is caused by a microbe called a spirochette that is usually transmitted via the bite of the black-footed tick, also known as the deer tick. The microbes can be passed on most readily when the tick in the nymph, or young, phase, most often in June, July and August. That tick is commonly found on a wild rodent called the white-footed mouse, which thrives in small bits of woodlands bordering on open grassy areas. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:04:56 EST Nashua woman arraigned Wed., accused of assaulting male victim, sending him to hospital http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1060068-469/nashua-woman-arraigned-wed.-accused-of-assaulting.html NASHUA – A 22-year-old Nashua woman arrested Tuesday night and charged with multiple domestic violence-related offenses was held on cash or surety bail following her arraignment Wednesday morning in Nashua district court. Amber Soules, 22, of 1 Hartford Lane, Apt. J, was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday following a physical altercation at her apartment during which she allegedly threatened the male victim with a knife, struck him multiple times with a coat hanger and threw a glass that hit his head and shattered, according to police. Soules was held on $5,000 cash or surety bail Wednesday and is scheduled for a probable cause hearing April 7 at 8:15 a.m., according to documents on file at the Nashua court. The charges against Soules include one count of domestic violence – first-degree assault, a Class A felony; one count of domestic violence – criminal threatening, a Class B felony; and two counts of domestic violence – simple assault, both Class A misdemeanors, according to police. The victim, a 21-year-old man, was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of what police described as minor injuries. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:05:13 EST St. Christopher School in Nashua holds STEM Day http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1060081-478/st.-christopher-school-in-nashua-holds-stem.html NASHUA – On Thursday, March 12, St. Christopher School gathered an impressive group of speakers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math for its annual STEM Day. After a keynote presentation by WMUR meteorologist Kevin Skarupa, 14 guests addressed groups of students on topics such as forensic science, emergency medicine and CPR, water conservation and water treatment, air traffic control, helmet safety, computers and programming, sound engineering, electrical currents, chromatography and structural engineering. Among the presenters were Chris Stawasz, Patty Stolerz, Rodney Wilcox, Theresa Yasevich, Darren Bauer, Rob Lembree, Amy Corriveau, Meghan McCarthy, Chris Countie, Don Sherwood, Jeff Forsyth, Sophie Marquis, Shane Zeman and Fred Daniels. The speakers represented companies such as American Medical Response, Pennichuck Corp., the FAA, the Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise and the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory. In addition, recent U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize winner Deepika Kurup spoke to fifth- and sixth-grade students. Many of the sessions were hands-on, allowing the students to experience the excitement that comes from scientific exploration and learning. “I really enjoyed learning CPR,” third-grade student Vidya Nandakumar said. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:01:16 EST Nashua: Taking aim at panhandlers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1060086-465/nashua-taking-aim-at-panhandlers.html It’s hard to go wrong proposing a piece of legislation that targets panhandlers who stand by the side of the road holding signs that ask passersby for money. Such a piece of legislation came before the Nashua Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, proposed by Ward 5 Alderman Michael Soucy. The bill would make it a violation for pedestrians to distribute or exchange items from anyone in a motor vehicle that is in a public way and not in a permitted parking space. First offenders would receive a warning. All other violations would be punishable by fines of up to $500. “This is the best piece of legislation that I’ve seen come out of this chamber in a long time,” former alderman Paula Johnson told the Board of Aldermen. Modeled after a similar ordinance passed in Concord last year, the bill targets panhandlers under the guise of a public safety ordinance to promote the safe flow of traffic. We admit that panhandlers who stand in the middle of a curb at a traffic light and hold up signs trying to elicit sympathy and money from motorists are not our favoite things. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:01:57 EST Nashua Chamber Orchestra concert set for March 29 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetreadersubmitted/1060100-308/nashua-chamber-orchestra-concert-set-for-march.html AMHERST – The Nashua Chamber Orchestra announced the premier of a new location and date for the annual Gala Concert and Silent Auction. The gala will be held at the LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Guest artists David Feltner and Mark Latham will joining Beth Welty and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Players, with works by Mozart, Cooke, Dahl and Francaix. Auction items include tickets to a variety of cultural events, handcrafted pottery, jewelry and woodworking, and the opportunity to conduct the NCO. Tickets are $30, and will include the concert, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, Darrell’s Music Hall in Nashua or at ncogala2015.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call Jackie at 582-5211. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:03:13 EST Scholarships available to students in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1060123-478/scholarships-available-to-students-in-greater-nashua.html These scholarships are available to students in Greater Nashua: NASHUA NHS CLASS OF ’74 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Applications for the Nashua High School Class of ’74 Memorial Scholarship are available at both Nashua public high schools through guidance offices. All applicants must be a Nashua high school senior enrolling full time in a two- or four-year accredited college in the U.S. no later than fall 2015. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have been a citizen of the U.S. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:02:20 EST Arraignment set Tuesday for Nashua man facing slew of driving charges in Merrimack http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059922-469/arraignment-set-tuesday-for-nashua-man-facing.html A Nashua man is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Merrimack district court on a slew of charges that allege he was drunk and speeding around the parking lot of a local hotel, police said. Ricky Comtois, 46, of 293 Stonebridge Drive in Nashua, was arrested early Sunday morning after he drew the attention of police by allegedly driving at a high rate of speed and spinning the vehicle’s tires in a lot outside the Hawthorn Suites Motel on Daniel Webster Highway. Police said that officers approached the vehicle, and after a brief investigation arrested Comtois for operating under the influence of liquor. He was subsequently charged with OUIL, subsequent offense; resisting arrest; being a habitual offender; operating after suspension, second offense; reckless driving; and an open container violation. Comtois was later released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail pending Tuesday’s arraignment. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:01:13 EST Nashua woman arraigned Wed., accused of assaulting male victim, sending him to hospital http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1060013-469/nashua-woman-arraigned-wed.-accused-of-assaulting.html NASHUA – A 22-year-old Nashua woman arrested Tuesday night and charged with multiple domestic violence–related offenses was held on cash or surety bail following her arraignment Wednesday morning in Nashua district court. Amber Soules, 22, of 1 Hartford Lane, Apt. J, was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday following a physical altercation at her apartment during which she allegedly threatened the male victim with a knife, struck him multiple times with a coat hanger and threw a glass that hit his head and shattered, according to police. Soules was held on $5,000 cash or surety bail Wednesday and is scheduled for a probable cause hearing April 7 at 8:15 a.m., according to documents on file at the Nashua court. The charges against Soules include one count of domestic violence – first–degree assault, a Class A felony; one count of domestic violence – criminal threatening, a Class B felony; and two counts of domestic violence – simple assault, both Class A misdemeanors, according to police. The victim, a 21–year–old man, was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of what police described as minor injuries. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:55:00 EST Danielle Marie Biggio and Douglas Christopher Albers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/engagements/1060011-469/danielle-marie-biggio-and-douglas-christopher-albers.html Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lee Biggio of Fredericksburg, Virginia, formerly of Amherst and Nashua, New Hampshire, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Marie Biggio to Mr. Douglas Christopher Albers, son of Mr. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:01:03 EST Nashua man dies skiing in Vermont http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/statenewengland/1059909-469/nashua-man-dies-skiing-in-vermont.html KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Terence Scott, 23, of Nashua died in a skiing accident at Killington Resort in Vermont Saturday, March 21, when he lost control while on an intermediate trail and crashed into trees. Vermont police say Scott was skiing down the mountain with family and friends Saturday afternoon when he crashed, losing his helmet in the process. Police say Scott was immediately attended to by an emergency medical technician, a doctor and a nurse. He was unconscious throughout treatment and was pronounced dead at the mountain. Scott was described as an expert skier. Witnesses told police that just before the crash, Scott was speeding down the hill and had tried to turn onto a connector trail while avoiding another skier. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:49 EST Mass. man accused of sexually assaulting girl in Nashua, Hudson http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059958-469/mass.-man-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-girl.html A six-month police investigation into reports of sexual abuse involving a Nashua girl led to the arrest Monday of a Massachusetts man, police said. Officers arrested Michael Markauskas, 41, of 1 Riverview Boulevard, Unit 1004, Methuen, Mass., and charged him with two counts of felonious sexual assault, Class B felonies, and one count of sexual assault, a Class A misdemeanor, according to police. The location of the arrest was not listed. Markauskas is accused of sexually assaulting the girl, whose age wasn’t given, over a period of time at locations in Nashua and Hudson, police said. They said that Markauskas and the victim know each other. After receiving reports of the alleged assaults, Nashua and Hudson police began an investigation on Sept. 30, and eventually identified Markauskas as the alleged perpetrator, police said. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:55 EST Nashua students’ input was valuable http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1059966-465/nashua-students-input-was-valuable.html The city of Nashua can be proud of the group of Nashua High School students who have turned out over the last few weeks and urged the Board of Education to craft the best budget they can. “If you really want to stand up for the education of every student in this district, you need to be willing to take a risk,” senior Jay Chittidi told the board last week. In a case of idealism bumping up against financial reality, at least 10 students attended a public hearing on the budget and urged school board members to pass a spending plan that ignores the city’s spending cap, rather than cut $1 million to bring the school district in under the cap. That’s what the board did, though it’s hard to quanitify the students’ impact on that outcome. Now, the burden is on the Board of Aldermen to decide how to reconcile the school budget with overall city spending and stay below the cap. “When you take the fight to the aldermen, I and every student here tonight will be right there next to you,” Chittidi told school board members last week. Board members passed a school district budget without odious personnel and program cuts and left it to aldermen to do the hard work. As much as we agree with the sentiment behind many of the students’ comments, we think it irresponsible of school board members to pass a budget that ignores the spending cap. Voters elected school board members to make tough decisions, even when those choices may be unpopular. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:19:01 EST Nashua board sends panhandling ordinance to committee after public debate http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059971-469/nashua-board-sends-panhandling-ordinance-to-committee.html NASHUA – Residents spoke out on both sides of a proposed ordinance that would thwart panhandling by barring pedestrians from accepting or exchanging items with motorists in a public way. “This is the best piece of legislation that I’ve seen come out of this chamber in a long time,” former alderman Paula Johnson told the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday. Johnson said she has witnessed near accidents on Amherst Street as a result of panhandlers on the busy commercial strip. She questioned how many truly are homeless. “It’s really a shame … There are some people out there who are homeless, but I think there are a lot of people who find it easier to panhandle than to get a job,” added Johnson, who also is a former state representative. But Bob Keating, of 5 Coburn Woods, expressed concern about the bill that was referred to the aldermen’s personnel and administrative affairs committee for study and debate. “This is a step back,” Keating said, noting that Nashua was the first city to develop a comprehensive plan to address homelessness. He also said law enforcement already has the means to act if public safety is at risk. “This issue is about behavior that is not acceptable to many people. They have been criminalized for many years for panhandling,” Keating said. He questioned what impact the ordinance would have on children selling lemonade, people selling newspapers at the corner or similar activities. The ordinance proposed by Ward 5 Alderman Michael Soucy is described as a public safety measure to promote the safe and free flow of traffic, but it would double as a tool to curb panhandling. It was modeled after one enacted in Concord last year, he said. The bill would make it a violation for pedestrians to distribute or exchange items from anyone in a motor vehicle that is in a public way and not in a permitted parking space. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:16:01 EST Aline Manus http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059974-466/aline-manus.html Aline “Linette” (Bloncourt) Manus, 92, of Nashua, NH passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, with her loving family at her side. She was born January 15, 1923 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a daughter of the late Melvil and Anna (Chenet) Bloncourt. As a young woman Linette loved books, eventually became a librarian in a public library and later opened her own book store. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:01:04 EST Samantha Mackey http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059975-466/samantha-mackey.html Samantha Nicole Mackey, age 23, of Nashua, passed away unexpectedly at her home, Saturday, March 21, 2015. A lifelong resident of Nashua, Samantha was born on September 25, 1991 a daughter of David J. and Lisa B. (Laford) Mackey. She graduated from Nashua High School North Class of 2008 and furthered her education at Plymouth State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2012. After graduation, Samantha worked for Allied Barton Security Services and also had been employed with FLIR Systems, Inc. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:01:14 EST Maurice Levesque http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059976-466/maurice-levesque.html Maurice P. Levesque, 85, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Maurice was born in Nashua on August 27, 1929, a son of the late Albert and Marie Rose (Belanger) Levesque. He was the beloved husband of Althea (Doucet) Levesque of Nashua. Maurice honorably served our country with the US Army. Prior to retirement, he had worked as a Road Construction Foreman for Pike Industries. Besides his wife, Maurice is survived by two sons, John Levesque and his wife Marjorie of Cape Coral, FL and James Levesque and his wife Doreen of Gardner, MA; two daughters, Laurie Lambert and her husband Roger of Nashua and Lea Levesque of Concord; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Adelard Levesque of Nashua; three sisters, Cecile Boisvert and her husband Leo of Dracut, MA, Theresa Lovejoy of Nashua and Lorraine Levesque of Nashua; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 5 to 8 PM in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:01:24 EST Bertha Dimitrov http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059977-466/bertha-dimitrov.html Bertha T. Dimitrov, 76, of Nashua, NH passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015. She was born April 13, 1938 in Newport, NH, a daughter of the late Adrien and Amanda (Fortin) Caron. Mrs. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:01:32 EST Patricia Ferreira http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059979-466/patricia-ferreira.html Patricia J. (Lamb) Ferreira, 73, of Nashua, formerly of Westford, MA, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital due to complications of cancer. She was surrounded by all of her loving family. Patricia was born in Lowell, MA on March 19, 1942, a daughter of the late James and Claire (Bousquet) Lamb. She was the wife and loving companion of Robert J. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:01:46 EST Nashua college students earn credits while serving community http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059985-469/nashua-college-students-earn-credits-while-serving.html As the need increases for professionals in fields such as elderly care and support for people with developmental disabilities, students at Nashua Community College are taking a hands-on approach and earning college credits at the same time. Jayne Barnes, professor and chairwoman of the education, applied and behavioral sciences department at NCC, said what the college calls its “field work program” is designed to better prepare students to take on jobs in what is predicted to be one of the fastest growing job markets in the near future. “In New Hampshire, three sectors will account for all new jobs in health care, and service is one of them,” Barnes said. “This is a growing field, because of the rise in autism and the graying of America. We see this as meeting a need, and field placement is the cornerstone.” Human-service jobs will comprise 30 percent of all new jobs in health care over the next decade, she said. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:02:40 EST Nashua, Hudson police department arrest logs for Jan. 23-March 24 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1059994-228/nashua-hudson-police-department-arrest-logs-for.html Nashua Police   Department MARCH 16 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Maria L. Mendoze-Enciso, 17, 40 W. Hollis St., Nashua, simple assault, disorderly conduct. Katharine Dianne Dion, 44, 50 Lawndale Road, Tyngsborough, Mass., electronic bench warrant: failure to appear at arraignment. Candace M. Navarro, 32, 53 Whitney St., Apt. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:04:33 EST Legislators should remember who they represent http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1059800-465/legislators-should-remember-who-they-represent.html A representative acting on behalf of his constituents should act with decorum and good taste, reflecting the good people he is speaking for. Paul Henrickson Nashua Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:02:39 EST Nashua mother arraigned Monday, charged with injuring her infant son http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059913-469/nashua-mother-arraigned-monday-charged-with-injuring.html NASHUA – A young Nashua mother was arrested last week and has been charged with breaking her 7-week-old son’s leg and ankle. After listening to impassioned pleas by the parents of Ashley Smith, 20, of 79 Almont St., a district court judge lowered Smith’s bail from $100,000 cash only to $10,000 cash or surety during her arraignment at the Nashua court on Monday morning. Smith had been held at Valley Street jail in Manchester since Nashua police detectives arrested her around 11 p.m. Friday and charged her with one count of first-degree assault – domestic violence, a Class A felony, according to police. Smith is accused of fracturing bones in the leg and ankle of her 7-week-old baby, who was taken to a Nashua hospital then transferred to Elliot Hospital in Manchester, according to police. They said that hospital personnel contacted Nashua police around noon Friday to report they were treating an infant for injuries that didn’t appear to be the result of an accident. Smith was arraigned Monday morning via video conference from the Manchester jail. Judge Gregory Michael, who presided over the arraignment, set a probable cause hearing for April 2 at 8:15 a.m. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:19:00 EST Jane Murray http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059933-466/jane-murray.html Jane Melendy (Parker) Murray, 61, a native and lifelong Nashua resident, passed away in her home, Monday morning, March 23, 2015. She was born on March 31, 1953, a daughter of the late Charles M. and Barbara J. (Blodgett) Parker and sister of the late Gerry Flint Parker II. Jane is survived by her husband of 36 years, Dennis P. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:04:59 EST Pauline McIntosh http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059934-466/pauline-mcintosh.html Pauline Ruth McIntosh, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at home in Nashua, NH. A native of Nashua, Pauline was born on June 8, 1927 to the late Ruth Lawrence McIntosh (another native of Nashua) and G. Victor McIntosh. She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:05:05 EST Lucille Lucier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059937-466/lucille-lucier.html Lucille L. (Chartier) Lucier, 98, of Nashua passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the Holy Cross Health Center in Manchester. Lucille was born in Nashua on June 13, 1916, a daughter of the late Arthur and Lillian (Emery) Chartier. She was the widow of Paul K. Lucier, Sr. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:05:18 EST Maurice Bonenfant http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059939-466/maurice-bonenfant.html Maurice Bonenfant, 79, of Nashua, passed away Friday morning, March 20, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a period of declining health. Born in Nashua on December 14, 1935, he was a son of the late Hector and Carmella (LeBlanc) Bonenfant. Maurice was educated in local schools and served with the Air Force from December 1953 to March 1957. After completion of his military service, Mr. Bonenfant resided for a time in Arizona and then in Brattleboro, Vermont for several years. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:05:28 EST We have a race; Cookson officially announces he will run for Nashua at-large aldermen in special election http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059946-469/we-have-a-race-cookson-officially-announces.html NASHUA – The city officially will have a contested race for the open alderman-at-large seat after former alderman Mark Cookson announced Monday he will be a candidate in the special election to fill Diane Sheehan’s term. “Yes, I’m going to run for that vacated seat,” Cookson said Monday. Cookson, who previously served eight years as a Ward 1 and at-large alderman, is the second person to declare their candidacy for the special election to fill the remainder of Sheehan’s term, which expires Jan. 7, 2018. Sheehan resigned the post Feb. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:06:03 EST Nashua students organize, speak out on 2016 education budget http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059950-469/nashua-students-organize-speak-out-on-2016.html NASHUA – As Nashua School District officials propose stringent cuts to meet the city’s spending cap on the 2016 budget, they’ve heard objections and strident counter-arguments from a group more often spotted in classrooms than board rooms. A group of Nashua students, calling themselves Nashua Students for a Fair Budget, have given a full-throated rebuttal to drastic cuts proposed at different times during the Board of Education budget negotiations. At a public hearing on the budget on Wednesday, March 18, the group spoke before the school board and district administrators. “By cutting, or thinking of cutting teachers, or other sports programs, it makes me wonder if other students will get the opportunities that I got,” Nashua High School South senior Tina Ta said at the meeting. Nashua South Senior Jay Chittidi encouraged school officials to try to pass the budget they feel is best for students, not just the one that meets the spending cap. “If you really want to stand up for the education of every student in this district, you need to be willing to take a risk.” “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action that’s important,” he said, quoting Gandhi. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:06:26 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059940-469/story.html NASHUA – Police on Monday arrested a Boston man and returned him to Nashua to face arraignment on a felony theft charge stemming from the theft last month of a $25,000 ring from a Nashua jewelry retailer. Thomas Keane, 56, of 20 Linden St., Boston, was taken into custody at Dorchester, Mass. district court around noon on Monday, according to police. He was held on $100,000 cash or surety bail pending arraignment scheduled for Tuesday morning in Nashua district court. The arrest comes one month after employees of Barmakian Jewelers, 300 Daniel Webster Highway, called police to report a man walked out of the store with a “high-end piece of jewelry” valued in excess of $25,000. Store employees told police the suspect, later identified as Keane, pretended to be a serious customer who requested to look at various pieces of jewelry. Police said Keane was able to distract an employee long enough that he was able to allegedly steal the ring and walk out of the store. Employees were able to assist police with a suspect description and provide video surveillance images that police said were instrumental in the investigation. Keane was initially arrested on March 12 by Boston police, and was held on a fugitive from justice charge. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:05:32 EST Nashua budget a sinking ship http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1059724-465/nashua-budget-a-sinking-ship.html I teach English at Nashua South, but my first degree was in political science. My thesis was on political leadership, and I’ve kept up with the reading. In my first career I worked as a journalist in municipalities ranging from Augusta, Maine to Cambridge and Chelmsford, Mass., to Manchester and Nashua. I’ve watched a lot of elected officials, and my observation and studies have led me to conclude there are only two types. The first type are managers. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:01:08 EST Clinton couldn’t buy this amount of publicity http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1059904-465/clinton-couldnt-buy-this-amount-of-publicity.html Positive or negative, Hillary Clinton could not buy the amount of space that she has been getting in the print media. There seems to be no end to the insatiable appetite for this kind of story, and she is not running yet. Robert D. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:03:25 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/granitegeek/1059902-468/nashuas-makerspace-will-wallow-in-do-it-yourself-digital.html Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:26:44 EST Nashua students get a taste of science http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059875-469/nashua-students-get-a-taste-of-science.html NASHUA – Local business owners gave Pennichuck Middle School sixth graders a lesson in cold on Friday, using liquid nitrogen, balloons and ice cream. The Mark and Rita McCabe, owners of Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt Shops in Nashua, used a projector presentation to illustrate the science behind a series of experiments involving liquid nitrogen, which they had handy in a large Dewar Liquid Nitrogen tank. Rita McCabe used the substance to freeze a balloon, inflate another balloon, and change a LED light from green to yellow. For the final demonstration, they made ice cream for all 200 students to try. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:02:00 EST Nashua High School South to host annual Scottish music and arts festival April http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059876-469/nashua-high-school-south-to-host-annual.html NASHUA – Featuring traditional music, dancing and crafts, the annual Indoor Scottish Festival is set to take place Saturday, April 11 at Nashua High School South. “We expect 15 pipe bands and over 100 solo pipers and drummers. Also a highland dance competition in the morning,” said Lezlie Webster, the main organizer of the festival, adding that there will be a fiddle competition. Hosted by the Scottish Arts organization, the Indoor Scottish Festival runs a week after the internationally celebrated Tartan Day, named for the colorful, clan-specific woolen garb traditionally worn by Scots. Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage, marking the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in April 1320, as Robert the Bruce attempted to expel the English from Scotland. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:02:09 EST Land cleared on West Hollis Street not a sign of development http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059878-469/land-cleared-on-west-hollis-street-not.html The arrival of earth moving equipment at a prominent piece of land on West Hollis Street in Nashua has raised questions about any plans for the site. An 8 acre parcel at 511-515 West Hollis Street near the intersection of Riverside Drive has been cleared of trees, but the city’s planning department has had no notification of any development plans. The land is owned by Ventura-Nashua LLC, based in Hammondsport, N.Y. “As far as I’ve been told, they’re just cutting trees,” said Roger Houston, director of Nashua’s planning department. The parcel is near the Conway Ice Arena, public works garage and Stellos Stadium and across from the Nashua Police Department. Houston said his department has received several calls about work on the site. “People see the activity. It’s a very visible location,” he said. There was a landfill at the rear of the parcel at one point, said Houston. “Part of the site was an old dump. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:02:58 EST Nashua: Proposed ordinance would double as tool to curb panhandling http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059883-469/nashua-proposed-ordinance-would-double-as-tool.html NASHUA – A proposed ordinance that would bar pedestrians from receiving anything from motorists in a public way is being described as a public safety measure, but doubles as a tool to curb panhandling. The ordinance proposed by Ward 5 Alderman Michael Soucy is modeled after one that was enacted in Concord last year and renewed this month. It will go before the Board of Aldermen Tuesday. If enacted, Nashua would be the second city to adopt such a measure. “The intent of this legislation is public safety for operators and pedestrians. One of the fruits and benefits will be taking care of panhandling,” Soucy said Friday. The cities of Rochester and Manchester reportedly are exploring similar legislation, as communities across New England strive to bring public begging – especially aggressive forms of panhandling – under control without infringing on people’s First Amendment rights. “Legally, there is no constitutional right to commit a business transaction with a driver on a public roadway when they are supposed to be concentrating on their driving,” Soucy said Friday. The proposed ordinance would make it a violation to distribute or receive any object from the occupant of a motor vehicle in a public way. It would not infringe on anyone’s right to be on public property or to exercise their free speech rights by holding signs, Soucy added. The target of the legislation is not motorists, but pedestrians who exchange or receive items from anyone in a vehicle while in a public way, said Soucy, a retired Nashua police officer who currently is a sergeant with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus police force. Soucy said it wouldn’t serve the community well to penalize someone inside a vehicle “who in good faith is trying to something good and most likely is unaware there is a law like that.” It also would be nearly impossible to identify the motorists, he added. A first offense would merit a warning. Further offenses would carry up to $500 fines, he said. Soucy said he recently was involved in a near rear-end collision on Daniel Webster Highway when the driver in front of him stopped suddenly to hand something to a panhandler in the median. “I almost crashed into her,” he said. The proposed ordinance would not apply to public safety officers acting in their official duties. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:31:00 EST North’s Taylor Choate, Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Jordan Litts headline local All-State selections http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1059890-457/norths-taylor-choate-wilton-lyndeboroughs-jordan-litts-headline.html Only four Greater Nashua basketball players earned first-team status on their respective all-state teams this winter, but two of those were the best players in their division. Nashua High School North senior Taylor Choate was named Girls Player of the Year in Division I and Wilton-Lyndeborough senior Jordan Litts earned Boys Player of the Year in Division IV when the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization released its All-State and All-Academic teams during the final week of the high school tournaments. Choate and the seventh-seeded Titans suffered a tough 47-39 quarterfinal loss in the Division I girls basketball tournament to second-seeded Londonderry on March 6. Choate’s best performance of the season may have been a couple weeks earlier on Bishop Guertin’s Senior Night in The Colligidome. Choate stole the show in front of the Cardinals home crowd, scoring a game-high 22 points (three 3-pointers) and sealing the game with two steals in the closing moments, including one that led to the game-winning coast-to-coast basket in that 43-42 Feb. 17 victory. Litts was a ball-hawking defender and prolific shooter as well. He guided the fourth-seeded Warriors to the program’s first championship – scoring a game-high 19 in their 60-32 first round win over No. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:04:58 EST Two-woman art show at Nashua Public Library http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1059897-478/two-woman-art-show-at-nashua-public-library.html NASHUA – Works by Mary Swanson and Paula Super are on display in the Nashua Public Library’s Image Gallery through April. Swanson’s watercolors include landscapes, still lifes, abstracts and Arizona scenes. “I have not settled on one subject matter or even one consistent style,” she said, “and hope never to do so. It excites me more to keep moving on, attempting to see new or old subject matter in new ways.” Swanson, a former art teacher at Bicentennial Elementary School, lived and painted in northern Arizona for nine years. She recently returned to New Hampshire, and says she loves being able to paint Granite State landscapes again. Super’s paintings have hung in private collections and public galleries, including the Illuminations Gallery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her painting of the Nashua Public Library is part of the library’s permanent collection. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:01:17 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – March 23 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1059907-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--march-23.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA CLASSES LEAGUE OF NH CRAFTSMEN GALLERY CLASSES The League of N.H. Craftsmen will offer these classes in its gallery at 98 Main St. Information/registration/brochure of classes: 595-8233 or nhcrafts.org. See website for expanded holiday hours. 10 a.m.-noon April 4: Introduction to Zentangle. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:04:10 EST Stars defeat Jets for Nashua Junior Biddy basketball crown http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/kidssports/1059770-457/stars-defeat-jets-for-nashua-junior-biddy.html BASKETBALL The Stars captured the city championship with a first half flurry and then held on to top the Jets, 31-23 in the Nashua Junior Biddy championship game. Members of the champion Stars, coached by Brian Sullivan, included Camden Burgess, Ashton Carroll, Christian Divernieri, Javari Ellison, Eddie Gaffney, Nate Hill, Karsten Lemire, Javante Lopez, James Pomeranz, Elijah Rodriguez, and Jack Sullivan. Members of the runnerup Jets, coached by Matt Johnson, were: Zachary Castonguay, Alex Johnson, Daniel Guarente, Derek Finlay, Askin Sivaprakash, Carter Gauthier, Daniyal Soharwadi, Gavin Theriault, Nithin Kalidindi, Brady Sullivan, and Kevin McMenimen. Elks Hoop Shoot regionals next Saturday Two nine-year-pld Nashua Elks/New Hampshire State Elks Hoop Shoot Champions, Ryan Haskill and Morgan Gilis will be among 36 boy and girl state champions, who will be competing in the New England Regional Hoop Shoot in Portland, Maine, on Saturday March 28 at 9 a.m. The event, which is open to the public, is being held at Scarborough High School and is one of 12 being held around the country to determine 72 national finalists. Nine years ago, the Greater Nashua Elks enjoyed their first National Hoop Shoot Champion when then 12-year old Caleb Donnelly of Hudson won the 12-13 Boys Division and was crowned as National Champion. Donnelly was playing in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this past week for Northeastern University. Each contest consists of 25 free throws. Over one million boys and girls have competed in this year’s program. The six regional winners from the Maine competition will have a chance to stake their claim to one of six spots on the Elks “Hoop Shoot” plaque in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:46:00 EST Athletic directors see inevitable delay to outdoor season http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1059808-457/athletic-directors-see-inevitable-delay-to-outdoor.html The spring schedules for high school teams may have to be returned to the printer. Thanks to Mother Nature a huge revision may be in the works. The brutal weather over the last few months caused all sorts of havoc for athletic directors during the winter season, it could also delay the start of spring sports. Tennis and outdoor track are scheduled to start April 6, while baseball, softball and lacrosse open April 13 along with boys volleyball. The latter, an indoor activity, is the only spring sport guaranteed to start on time. With fields still covered in snow and the melting to come, the others may not start on time. “I don’t think so,” Nashua Athletic Director Lisa Gingras said. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:25:00 EST Vehicle pulled off guardrail on Nashua side of Sagamore Bridge http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059809-469/vehicle-pulled-off-guardrail-on-nashua-side.html NASHUA – Fire crews were able to secure and pull back a vehicle that was partially suspended over a busy highway bridge Saturday. The Hudson and Nashua fire departments were alerted around 3:30 p.m. to a single-vehicle accident on the Sagamore Bridge, where emergency responders found a gray Honda Accord on top of the rail with its rear hanging over the Merrimack River. The driver, whom state police later identified as 17-year-old Colin Malone, of Nashua, had gotten out of the car and was not injured as a result of the incident. State police conducted an investigation at the scene and concluded that Malone lost control of the vehicle, striking a snow embankment before coming to rest on the railing. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the crash. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:01:35 EST Nashua officials, business owners beaming as millennials flock to downtown http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059813-469/nashua-officials-business-owners-beaming-as-millennials.html Barista Sage Ricci has made downtown Nashua her home for the last year. For her, the place rocks. “It’s a really cool place,” the Florida native said. “As a 21-year-old, everything I need is really right here. “It’s fun. You really do get a sense of community when you live in such a small space.” The apartment she shares with two roommates is a five-minute walk from her job at the Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar in Railroad Square. “I really like that everything is so close together,” said Ricci, who neither drives nor owns a car. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:02:17 EST Nashua murder, Milford family tragedy, high-speed chase lead list of most read stories at NashuaTelegraph.com http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059821-469/story.html Not surprisingly, the news event generating the most reader interest on NashuaTelegraph.com for the week ending March 20 was the murder of Nashua resident Benjamin Marcum III, 49, who was stabbed to death March 12 on a bike path off Palm Street. John Goff, 17, has been charged with second-degree murder. “Suspect in Nashua stabbing death waives arraignment; friends shocked by allegations” was the most read of our several stories about the murder, with more than 7,000 page views. In all, articles about the murder generated more than 11,000 views. “Milford sisters take on custody of younger siblings after mother, father die within days of each other” was the second most read story of the week, with more than 6,000 page views. Kyle and Chad Tucker died within four days of each other in February at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua from complications related to pneumonia and hemolytic streptococcus. The deaths have been a tragic blow to the couple’s four children, who watched and worried as concern turned to disbelief while they watched their relatively healthy parents succumb in quick succession to similar infections. George Bally, 60, of Nashua attracted significant attention from several law enforcement agencies Monday as, for a while, he eluded apprehension while driving a black Jeep Cherokee from Manchester to Nashua. “Wild high-speed car chase ends in Nashua” was the third most read story, with more than 3,600 page views. Bally, address unknown, dodged several sets of spike strips, nearly hit a Manchester police officer who was on foot and smashed into a Nashua police cruiser once he got off the F.E. Everett Turnpike at Exit 5. He was charged with numerous offenses that he accumulated in two jurisdictions, Nashua and Manchester. City officials either “willfully” or “recklessly” violated federal labor laws by underpaying a Police Department communications technician for two years, then cheated her out of nearly 300 hours of work in retaliation for filing a claim against the city, a Superior Court jury ruled. The Telegraph’s coverage of the verdict, “Police department employee wins back-pay suit against city of Nashua,” was the fourth most read story, with more than 1,700 page views. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:03:10 EST Thomas E. Woodruff http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059825-466/thomas-e.-woodruff.html Thomas Ellis Woodruff died peacefully on March 11, 2015, at his daughter’s home in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania in his 95th year. A long-time resident of Nashua, New Hampshire, Thomas was born in Stockton, California on February 8, 1921, the son of Gracella Scottford Woodruff and Ennis Casselberry Woodruff. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1943. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:03:32 EST Finding Nashua’s identity http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1059829-474/finding-nashuas-identity.html The recent announcement of the closure of high-end street and menswear shop Persona has once again brought attention to the many issues facing downtown Nashua, and the rash of business closures that seem to have plagued the area in the wake of the controversial sidewalk project. Many, like myself, opposed the project not from an economic perspective, but from one of conservation, preferring the beautiful trees and historic look to the modern one we are left with. While it would be unfair to blame all of the downtown business closures on the decisions made by the city, since – as many defensive commenters frequently point out, businesses come and go as part of a natural economic cycle – it would be equally unfair and unrealistic to ignore the consequences of those decisions. It’s worth clarifying that the intentions behind these projects – meaning the sidewalk reconstruction as well as the Broad Street Parkway – appear to be in good faith. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:03:52 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1059833-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua.html The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 22: Shaw’s Supermarket, 213 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23: Merrimack Valley Baptist Church, 517 Boston Post Road, Merrimack. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:04:17 EST Nashua North students participate in Athlete Reader Day http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1059839-478/nashua-north-students-participate-in-athlete-reader.html Students from Nashua High School North visited Broad Street Elementary School on Tuesday, March 10, to read to the students there. The event was called Athlete Reader Day, and the high school students got the opportunity to read to preschoolers through  fifth-graders. This event occurs every year at Broad Street, and it has a large impact on the students’ day. They look forward to this event every year because the high school kids are people that the elementary school kids admire and look up to; they see them as role models. Being a senior and ready to graduate, it’s hard to remember how it felt to see high school kids being in elementary school. “This was my first time participating in Athlete Reader Day, and I found it to be a really cool experience,” senior Rachel Nakos said. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:04:47 EST Scholarships available to students in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1059841-478/scholarships-available-to-students-in-greater-nashua.html These scholarships are available to students in Greater Nashua: NASHUA NHS CLASS OF ’74 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Applications for the Nashua High School Class of ’74 Memorial Scholarship are available at both Nashua public high schools through guidance offices. All applicants must be a Nashua high school senior enrolling full time in a two- or four-year accredited college in the U.S. no later than fall 2015. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have been a citizen of the U.S. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:04:57 EST Nashua club seeks nominations for Book of Golden Deeds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1059845-478/nashua-club-seeks-nominations-for-book-of.html NASHUA – The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua is accepting nominations for its annual Book of Golden Deeds Award. The award is given each year to honor a person, group or organization who unselfishly donate their time, talent and energy to help improve the quality of life of seniors in Greater Nashua. The person doesn’t need to be a member of the club to be nominated or recognized. “People volunteer for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Suzanne Koperniak, president of the Breakfast Exchange Club. “The goal of the Book of Golden Deeds is to recognize and honor those who give everything they have – and then some. They are the ones that make the rest of us realize how much more we can do.” The club helps nonprofit agencies with programs that support local seniors, such as working with Meals on Wheels to deliver flowers to homebound seniors on Valentine’s Day. The club also holds regular Days of Caring, when club members food shop for seniors. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:05:15 EST College achievements by students from Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1059846-478/college-achievements-by-students-from-greater-nashua.html Here are college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY These local students were named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Arizona State University at Tempe. FROM MILFORD: Nicole Goyette Shank, Rachel Quirbach. ASSUMPTION COLLEGE These local students were named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. FROM HOLLIS: Genevieve Eliopoulos. FROM LITCHFIELD: Meghan Sweeney. FROM MERRIMACK: Lea Rossi. FROM MONT VERNON: Kaitlin Henry. FROM NASHUA: Caitlin Ackerman, Allison Gregory, Kelsey Lucas, Colleen Morrissey. BATES COLLEGE These local students were named to the fall 2014 semester at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. FROM LITCHFIELD: Michael Stone, majoring in politics and theater. FROM NASHUA: Shoshana Foster, a medieval studies major. BECKER COLLEGE These local students were named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Becker College in Worcester, Mass. FROM LITCHFIELD: Chantal Simard. FROM MERRIMACK: Lorenzo Gonzalez. FROM NASHUA: Matthew Davis, Marissa Domenech. FROM NEW IPSWICH: Shawna Kutyla. BENEDICTINE COLLEGE These local students were named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Benedictine College in Atchinson, Kansas. FROM GREENVILLE: Nicholas Brouillette. FROM NASHUA: Alexander Rohm. BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY Ceara McNamara, of Amherst, was named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. CLARKSON UNIVERSITY Adam Thomas Ouellette, of Brookline, a sophomore majoring in engineering and management, was named a presidential scholar for the fall 2014 semester at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. These local students were named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Clarkson University. FROM MERRIMACK: Elizabeth Cassady, a global supply chain management major; Jaclyn Yeaton, a chemical engineering major. FROM MONT VERNON: Charles Logan Landrum, a chemistry major. FROM NASHUA: Michael Mahoney, a civil engineering major. CLEMSON UNIVERSITY These local students were named to the fall 2014 president’s list at Clemson (S.C.) University. FROM MERRIMACK: Michelle Jolly, a biological sciences major. FROM NASHUA: Lucy Morris Steer, a secondary education major. These local students were named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Clemson University. FROM AMHERST: Jacob Charles Dworkin, a chemical engineering major. FROM HOLLIS: Vivian Reum Neilley, a biological sciences major. FROM MERRIMACK: Jessica L. Bulow, an English major. COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Elizabeth Allard, of Nashua, was named to the fall 2014 president’s list at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:05:19 EST Nashua Christian basketball teams have great seasons http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1059848-478/nashua-christian-basketball-teams-have-great-seasons.html What a successful year it was for the Nashua Christian Academy and Mount Zion Christian School co-op basketball teams in the Southern New Hampshire Christian Co-op. Both teams enjoyed a great season, led by boys coach Josh Winans and assistant coach Richard Sontag, and girls coach Colleen Dobson and assistant coach Ally Misiag. Huge congratulations to the boys team, which placed second. “We had a great season,” junior Shane Greska said. “We need to work on some things, but being the No. 2 team is great.” Sophomore Hannah Keldsen says she feels “very happy (about the season). Even though we didn’t win much, we all played like we won and fought every game with a passion.” With many new players on the girls team, they were able to see so much improvement and learn so much together. “This season, everyone on the team grew so much and made big improvements throughout the season,” sophomore Kendra Hickey said. The success on the boy’s team was unbelievable. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:05:29 EST Community events in Nashua – March 22 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1059850-478/community-events-in-nashua--march-22.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB HALL OF FAME INDUCTION The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua will hold its fourth annual Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction from 6-8 p.m. March 25 at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, One Positive Place. Also announced will be the local Youth of the Year, who will go on to compete against other Boys & Girls Clubs members across New Hampshire for the state title and a $1,000 college scholarship. $25. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:05:46 EST New therapist looking to create office setting appropriate for children http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1059851-469/new-therapist-looking-to-create-office-setting.html Behavioral therapy for children has come a long way from days when behavior, whether aggressive or inattentive, was dealt with punishment or dismissed as daydreaming or deliberate disobedience. Working with people with emotional issues and disorders requires patience and a comfortable atmosphere, especially for children to be surrounded with nonthreatening objects conducive to trust and sharing. A therapist asks if Mailbag readers will share items to set up her practice. ‘The therapist is in’ “I recently finished my Master of Science in mental health counseling, and have secured a new job as a therapist working in the children and adolescent department,” writes Meredith B., of Nashua (LTR 3,188). “I am looking for things for my office; specifically, a child-size table and chair(s), dolls, a dollhouse, puppets, miniature people, characters or animals, an easel (with or without a wipe-off board and/or chalkboard), maybe a small sand or sensory table or tray, and floor pillows. “I would be grateful for any donations your readers would be willing to part with, and they will definitely go to great use. Thank you so much for everything you do!” Many children who suffer from behavioral or emotional issues that result in bad behavior are helped through cognitive behavior therapy, applied behavior therapy or play therapy. If you can help Meredith, email her at mbelesca@yahoo.com. Congratulations on the master’s degree, and best wishes for a successful career. PleurX kit available “I have a brand-new, never-used PleurX Starter Kit from Carefusion; this is used to drain fluid from the body,” writes Monica S., of Nashua (LTR 3,190). “The kit contains six 1,000 ml bottles, book and CD, all still in sealed bags. “I am hoping someone can use this, as it was quite expensive and cannot be returned.” This catheter system contains all of the items needed for successful drainage by patients or their caregivers, and, yes, according to websites advertising these products, they are expensive, indeed. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:05:51 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/booksauthors/1059853-469/story.html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit nashuatelegraph.com/community. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashua library.org, www.nashualibrary.org. ANNUAL BOOK SALE The Friends of the Nashua Public Library will hold their annual Book Sale 1-4 p.m. March 22. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:05:59 EST Pets of the week for March 22 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1059856-478/pets-of-the-week-for-march-22.html Humane Society  for Greater Nashua SHADOW Well, hello there! I’m the resident HSFN greeter, gentleman and Casanova! Everyone who meets me falls in love, and I know you will, too, if you give me the chance. I would most thrive as an indoor/outdoor kitty, since it’s what I’ve known my whole life, so I’m looking for someone who has a safe space for me to explore. I’ve recently been diagnosed with a medical condition that means I need a special medicine sprinkled on my food, but don’t worry, it isn’t a big deal, and the adoption counselors will talk to you all about it. Do you have kids? I would love to have a family of my own! One of my favorite things to do is climb right up on people’s shoulder and purr with happiness. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:06:13 EST Nashua’s Crush Pizza closes temporarily to find new location http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059860-469/nashuas-crush-pizza-closes-temporarily-to-find.html Crush Pizza, which opened four years ago on Amherst Street in Nashua, is closing temporarily while its owner searches for a new location. Owner Tony Naser said instead of renewing his lease at 449 Amherst St., he was searching for a place to expand. Naser said he is also planning to open three new restaurants in Massachusetts, including Cambridge, Burlington and Newton. He offered no specific dates on when those would be up and running, saying, “These things take a little time.” Naser said he wants to expand Crush and eventually franchise the gourmet pizza eatery. “Amherst Street was great in the beginning,” he said, praising the spot as effective in a successful “proof of concept” for his restaurant. But, “Moving forward, I need a little more high-profile location,” Naser said. He said he was considering several sites in the city, including Daniel Webster Highway and perhaps another spot on Amherst Street. Naser said he hopes to incorporate features such as outdoor seating at his next Nashua spot. – DON HIMSEL Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:06:30 EST In Nashua, 27 city and school employees have six-figure salaries http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059774-469/in-nashua-27-city-and-school-employees.html NASHUA – More than two dozen employees of Nashua city government and schools have an annual salary above $100,000 –  roughly 1 percent of salaried employees, according to a database provided by the city. The number of people with six-figure salaries hasn’t changed much in the last three years, according to a Telegraph count. There were 27 people with six-figure salaries as of March 13, compared to 24 at the start of 2013 and 28 at the start of 2012. By contrast, however, only 17 people had salaries above $100,000 in 2010 and 2011. This growth is partly a reflection of continued pay raises and partly a reflection of the arbitrary nature of the cutoff. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:01:06 EST Free tax help offered for many in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059777-469/free-tax-help-offered-for-many-in.html Greater Nashua taxpayers with a household income of $53,000 or less can have their 2014 federal income tax returns prepared for free at one of five locations. Free tax help is offered through the Greater Nashua Asset Building Coalition. Volunteers who are trained and certified on IRS-approved software will help filers prepare their federal income tax returns and determine whether they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits. Free tax returns prepared by coalition volunteers for tax year 2013 brought more than $3.3 million in refunds to Nashua-area households, a 6 percent increase over the previous year. More than $12.1 million has been returned to the region over the last five years through the efforts of volunteers. The EITC, which is designed to supplement wages of low- to moderate-income workers, can increase an eligible family’s tax refund significantly. Last year, 10,044 Greater Nashua filers claimed $19.5 million in EITC. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:02:51 EST March indictments include suspects in Nashua robbery, Milford police chase http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059785-469/march-indictments-include-suspects-in-nashua-robbery.html NASHUA – A Milford man charged by police after a raucous chase that ended with him nearly driving into two officers by the Nashua Canal and three Massachusetts teenagers accused of robbing a Nashua man for a dozen pairs of expensive sneakers are among the indictments returned by a grand jury this month. William Sylvester, 28, of 72 Whitten Road, Milford, was indicted on eight charges, including felony drug possession, after his Oct. 25 arrest by Milford police. Sylvester was arrested after police were called around 2:45 a.m. that day for a burglary in progress. Police chased the man, who they later said was Sylvester, toward Spaulding Street, where he jumped into an SUV and fled. Police then chased the vehicle west on Elm Street, where it entered the Hilton Homes development and turned onto Valhalla Drive. The driver lost control and slid into two vehicles and then a tree in front of 12 Valhalla Drive, police said. The suspect fled the crash on foot and was eventually arrested after another foot pursuit and brief struggle, police said. Sylvester is charged with possession of a controlled drug and operating as a habitual offender, which are felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of disobeying a police officer, conduct after an accident, three counts of resisting arrest and criminal trespass, a violation, according to court documents. The indictments, handed down by a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury, are not findings of guilt. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:03:53 EST Elizabeth Ellen Foemmel http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059789-466/elizabeth-ellen-foemmel.html Elizabeth Ellen Foemmel (nee Pauling) passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Elizabeth was born on May 18, 1946 in Naperville, IL. She was a 15-year resident of Nashua. Elizabeth was a retired teacher and active fundraiser for many charities. Elizabeth was a devoted mother and grandmother and is survived by her husband, Richard; her son, Matthew (Jo), daughter Susan (Jeremy) Gill; her grandchildren, Millie and Sam Foemmel, Rebecca and Henry Gill; her brother, Richard (Marcia) Pauling; her sister, Susan (Chris) Bellmore; and her niece and nephews. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:04:23 EST Nashua Community College to host second annual Swing Into Spring Gala fundraiser http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1059650-308/nashua-community-college-to-host-second-annual.html NASHUA – The Nashua Community College Advisory Board is holding a fundraising event to benefit the NCC Student Scholarship Fund. The second annual Swing into Spring Gala will be held 6-11 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the college. The event will include dinner, dancing and a silent/live auction. Swing into Spring promises to be a fun-filled evening at which you will have the opportunity to see your dollars in action as it presents three Greater Nashua NCC students with the 2015 Scholarship Awards. Dinner will be created and prepared by NCC’s culinary arts students, and services will be provided by NCC’s hospitality restaurant management students. The funds generated through sponsorships and participation will help the scholarship fund increase to aid deserving students in continuing their education, which otherwise wouldn’t possible. “Presenting Partner” is Tri State Fire Protection and “President’s Circle Sponsor” is Triangle Credit Union. For tickets or more information, visit nashuacc.edu/fundraiser or call Dalisa Greenleaf at 578-8900, ext. 1475. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:01:45 EST Air Force Airman Jacob F. Phillips http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1059657-308/air-force-airman-jacob-f.-phillips.html Air Force Airman Jacob F. Phillips graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Phillips is the son of Robert S. and Mary C. Phillips, of New Boston; brother of Julie N. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:03:34 EST Nashua Chamber Orchestra concert set for March 29 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1059659-308/nashua-chamber-orchestra-concert-set-for-march.html AMHERST – The Nashua Chamber Orchestra announced the premier of a new location and date for the annual Gala Concert and Silent Auction. The gala will be held at the LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29. Guest artists David Feltner and Mark Latham will joining Beth Welty and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Players, with works by Mozart, Cooke, Dahl and Francaix. Auction items include tickets to a variety of cultural events, handcrafted pottery, jewelry and woodworking, and the opportunity to conduct the NCO. Tickets are $30, and will include the concert, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, Darrell’s Music Hall in Nashua or at nco gala2015.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call Jackie at 582-5211. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:04:03 EST Leprechaun Leap postponed to April 4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1059660-308/leprechaun-leap-postponed-to-april-4.html NASHUA – Registration is continuing for Team Earley’s fourth annual Leprechaun Leap 5K Race, which has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 4, because of the snow that remains on local roads. Nashua’s only Irish-themed road race is held in the heart of downtown Nashua, and there will be an after-party at O’Brien’s Sports Bar. Runners are encouraged to dress up in their best St. Paddy’s attire. There will be prizes for the fastest runners in a variety of age groups and a special award for the best dressed runner. The registration fee is $20, or $25 the day of the race. Race-day registration will start at 8 a.m. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:04:09 EST India Association of NH to hold Dawat 2015 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1059661-308/india-association-of-nh-to-hold-dawat.html NASHUA – The India Association of New Hampshire is organizing Dawat 2015, its annual charity gala, from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis. The objective is to raise as much funds as possible for charitable nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and India with which the IANH is involved. This year, the IANH has selected these nonprofit organizations: National Multiple Sclerosis Society New England Chapter, to honor the memory of Laura Laliberte, late wife of Gerald Laliberte, the office manager of Nashua public schools. A school for deaf, dumb and mentally challenged children called Badhir Vidhyalay, run by Viklang Kalyan Samiti, based in Rajasthan, India. A portion of the proceeds will benefit IANH public service. The IANH is active in multiple community service activities, such as: Its volunteers cook and serve lunch and dinner to guests at the Nashua and Manchester soup kitchens more than 20 times a year. The IANH donates cash and in-kind service to the soup kitchens, the Salvation Army and the Nashua Children’s Home on a regular basis. The IANH has been helping Bhutanese refugees settle in their new country by donating clothes, computers, used cars and household items. When needed, the IANH pitches in to help victims of natural disasters in the U.S., India and other countries. The IANH was voted as one of the top five nonprofit organizations in New England by the readers of India New England News. Dawat 2015 will feature disc jockey Massa, aka Chetan Mepani; auctioneer-in-chief Ranjani Saigal; and food from Gurnam Catering. Tickets are on sale at ianh.org/index.php/activities/cultural/dawat-2015. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:04:23 EST Linda Louise Murphy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisobituaries/1059670-435/linda-louise-murphy.html Linda Louise Murphy, 76, of Nashua, NH died Thursday March 12, 2015 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Born October 7, 1938 in Nashua, NH she was the daughter of the late Loren and Bertha (Burns) Locke and widow of Edmund Murphy, who died March 29, 2010 and with whom she married on June 16, 1961 in Hollis, NH and celebrated forty-eight years of marriage. She was a well-known member of the First Church in Nashua. Linda was one of 7 graduates of her class of Hollis High School, and also St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, in which she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She was extremely proud of her calling as a nurse. Linda’s great-grandparents started Locke’s Ice Cream, in Hollis, where she would spend her summers working there for many years with her parents when they had taken over. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:06:19 EST Leprechaun Leap postponed to April 4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1059678-308/leprechaun-leap-postponed-to-april-4.html NASHUA – Registration is continuing for Team Earley’s fourth annual Leprechaun Leap 5K Race, which has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 4, because of the snow that remains on local roads. Nashua’s only Irish-themed road race is held in the heart of downtown Nashua, and there will be an after-party at O’Brien’s Sports Bar. Runners are encouraged to dress up in their best St. Paddy’s attire. There will be prizes for the fastest runners in a variety of age groups and a special award for the best dressed runner. The registration fee is $20, or $25 the day of the race. Race-day registration will start at 8 a.m. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:07:32 EST India Association of NH to hold Dawat 2015 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisreadersubmitted/1059682-308/india-association-of-nh-to-hold-dawat.html NASHUA – The India Association of New Hampshire is organizing Dawat 2015, its annual charity gala, from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis. The objective is to raise as much funds as possible for charitable nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and India with which the IANH is involved. This year, the IANH has selected these nonprofit organizations: National Multiple Sclerosis Society New England Chapter, to honor the memory of Laura Laliberte, late wife of Gerald Laliberte, the office manager of Nashua public schools. A school for deaf, dumb and mentally challenged children called Badhir Vidhyalay, run by Viklang Kalyan Samiti, based in Rajasthan, India. A portion of the proceeds will benefit IANH public service. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:07:48 EST India Association of NH to hold Dawat 2015 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordreadersubmitted/1059690-308/india-association-of-nh-to-hold-dawat.html NASHUA – The India Association of New Hampshire is organizing Dawat 2015, its annual charity gala, from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis. The objective is to raise funds for charitable nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and India. This year, the IANH has selected these nonprofit organizations: • National Multiple Sclerosis Society New England Chapter, to honor the memory of Laura Laliberte, late wife of Gerald Laliberte, the office manager of Nashua public schools. • A school for deaf, mute and mentally challenged children called Badhir Vidhyalay, run by Viklang Kalyan Samiti, based in Rajasthan, India. A portion of the proceeds will benefit IANH public service. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:01:30 EST Sunshine is more than just records http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1059718-465/sunshine-is-more-than-just-records.html According to the Declaration of Independence, governments get their power “from the consent of the governed.” That’s the fundamental idea behind our republic, and it’s one of the reasons public access to government records and proceedings is so important. It’s a lot easier to give that consent when the governed know what their government is up to. That’s also the principle underlying Sunshine Week – the one week every year where newspapers across the country pay special attention to the issue of government transparency. It was started 10 years ago by the American Society of Newspaper Editors in the belief that bringing attention to the issue would promote openness in government, and open government is more accountable. We admit it’s a little self-serving: Open government allows the press to fulfill its traditional purpose as a watchdog over the public sector – the very role that was envisioned by the country’s Founding Fathers. This week, for instance, The Telegraph’s Sunshine Week stories included a look at which lobbyists and lobbying firms make the most money, who pays them to influence laws in the state, and what laws they operate under. Lobbyists play a vital role in state government, providing information to lawmakers on a range of issues, and many are handsomely rewarded for their efforts. Critical to what they do is their access to your elected representatives. For all that gets written during Sunshine Week about public access to public records, access to representatives is a critical component of open government, too. Just ask those lobbying organizations that sponsor breakfasts, lunches or receptions to which lawmakers are invited – events that provide lobbyists with a chance to bend a lawmaker’s ear about a bill in which they have an interest. You could, of course, call up your local representatives and invite them to breakfast, but it’s easier and cheaper just to call or send an email. You might be surprised at just how few people it takes to move the needle. Nashua Alderman-at-Large Brian McCarthy and Ward 3 Alderman David Schoneman both said they only average about one call a week. Depending on the issue, each said, it doesn’t take very many calls or emails for them to sit up and take notice. “To get two or three calls on some issue – that’s significant,” Schoneman said. That can also be true at the state level. “One person can make me look at something,” said Sen. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:55 EST Donald W. Keith http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059733-466/donald-w.-keith.html Donald W. Keith, 91, of Nashua, passed away Sunday evening, March 15, 2015 at the Crestwood Center in Milford after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Born in Nashua on December 12, 1923, he was the son of the late Ralph L. and Diana A. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:01:31 EST Nashua, Hudson and Litchfield police department arrest logs for Jan. 1-March 16 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1059751-228/nashua-hudson-and-litchfield-police-department-arrest.html Nashua Police  Department MARCH 12 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Lindsey M. Miron, 30, 371⁄2 Whitney St., Nashua, capias. Stacie M. Laughton, 31, 243 Main St., Apt. 21, Nashua, false report-explosives, bomb threat. Amy Beth Manzi, 44, 106 Vine St., Apt. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:08:33 EST Hearing postponed to April for Danny Le, Hollis home invasion suspect http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059717-469/hearing-postponed-to-april-for-danny-le.html NASHUA – A probable cause hearing scheduled for Thursday in the case of Danny M. Le, the Nashua man accused of taking part in a Hollis home invasion, has been postponed until next month. A Nashua district court clerk said the hearing has been rescheduled for April 22. Le, 22, of 589 South Main St., has been free on $25,000 bail since his arraignment on March 10, one day after Hollis police announced his arrest. Le is charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery, all Class A felonies; and one count each of criminal restraint and conspiracy to commit theft of a motor vehicle, which are Class B felonies. Conditions of his bail include wearing a GPS monitor, living with his parents at the South Main Street address and observing a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:43:00 EST Leprechaun Leap postponed to April 4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordreadersubmitted/1059705-308/leprechaun-leap-postponed-to-april-4.html NASHUA – Registration is continuing for Team Earley’s fourth annual Leprechaun Leap 5K Race, which has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 4, because of the snow that remains on local roads. Nashua’s only Irish-themed road race is held in the heart of downtown Nashua, and there will be an after-party at O’Brien’s Sports Bar. Runners are encouraged to dress up in their best St. Paddy’s attire. There will be prizes for the fastest runners in a variety of age groups and a special award for the best dressed runner. The registration fee is $20, or $25 the day of the race. Race-day registration will start at 8 a.m. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:02:46 EST ‘Dining for Dollars’ benefits Nashua’s Cure With Hope charity http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1059623-478/dining-for-dollars-benefits-nashuas-cure-with.html NASHUA – Bertucci’s Resturant on Amherst Street will host “Dining for Dollars” to benefit Cure With Hope from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 20-21. Fifteen percent of what you spend will be donated to the charitable organiztion. For more information, visit curewithhope.org, where you will be able to print out a coupon. You also may take a digital photo or just mention Cure With Hope at Bertucci’s. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:02:32 EST Celebrate Easter with Nashua’s Tolles Street Mission http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1059619-478/celebrate-easter-with-nashuas-tolles-street-mission.html NASHUA – The Tolles Street Mission will host its 27th annual Easter event at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at 52 Whitney St. Celebrate Easter with food, music, entertainment and gifts for the children of Greater Nashua. There is no charge to attend. Lunch will be provided for everyone, and there will be an Easter bag of treats for the children. The Tolles Street Mission will share the true meaning of Easter through music, song and dance. There will be a variety of entertainment. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:02:13 EST Local art news http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1059528-485/local-art-news.html Commission seeks grant applications NASHUA – The Nashua Arts Commission is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for 2015 arts grants. The grant program was established to recognize the contributions of local nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated a continued commitment to enriching the lives of area residents through the visual, spoken-word, and performing arts. You can download the grant application at nashuanh.gov/GrantApplications. The deadline for submission is April 10. The Nashua Arts Commission was established by the City of Nashua in 2010 as the “FACE” of arts and culture for the city. Its purpose is to serve the community as Nashua’s cultural resource by Facilitating, Advocating, Coordinating and Educating on behalf of the arts and cultural assets of the City of Nashua. For more information, visit nashuanh.gov/ArtsandLeisure/ArtsCommission or email nashuaartscommission@nashuanh.gov. Artist’s reception at Lowell restaurant LOWELL, Mass. – From 4-6 p.m. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:02:03 EST The Telegraph’s second annual Chocolate Wine & Cheese Festival this Friday in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1059529-485/the-telegraphs-second-annual-chocolate-wine-.html You’ll have two opportunities to attend this Friday’s Chocolate, Wine & Cheese Festival at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua. This is The Telegraph Events’ second year presenting this festival of flavors, and because of the huge turnout and popularity of the inaugural CWC, they’ve done some things differently. “Because of our overwhelming success last year, this year’s CWC event will be in a much larger venue, and will offer two ‘seatings,’” said Events Producer Tracy Dionne. “The first is from 6-7:30 p.m., the second from 7:30-9 p.m.” Seating, of course, being an expression: The room will be a walk-around for attendees to visit dozens of vendors and experts offering selected artisan chocolates, wines and cheeses, much of it created locally. Having two time slots should alleviate the crowds and enable more people to enjoy the event, at a time convenient to them. When appropriately paired, wine and food have the ability to enhance each other’s flavors, making them more pronounced, and render the entire taste experience a more satisfying and enjoyable one. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:08:06 EST Epicurean Dinner in Nashua on Friday celebrates NH’s talented student chefs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1059532-485/epicurean-dinner-in-nashua-on-friday-celebrates.html Grass certainly doesn’t grow under David Quimby’s feet. Wednesday, the chef and high school culinary instructor will host the Skills USA national baking contest at Nashua High North. Friday, Quimby will be part of a “Past, Present and Future Chefs” dinner event at the Nashua Country Club. And next Friday, March 27, he will don his Chairman of the Board hat (on top of his chef hat?) as the American Culinary Federation’s Epicurean Dinner takes place at the Crowne Plaza. The annual dinner is the ACF’s scholarship fundraiser and a way for Granite State culinary students to showcase what they’ve learned. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres (prepared by culinary students of Nashua Technology Center and Concord High School) from 6-7:30 p.m., via passed trays and set up at stations around the ballroom. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:02:47 EST Nashua Community Concert Association brings ‘Sinatra’ to town Friday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1059538-485/nashua-community-concert-association-brings-sinatra-to.html NASHUA – At 8 p.m. Friday, the Nashua Community Concert Association is pleased to present “Simply Sinatra,” the fifth concert of the 2014-2015 season, in the Edmund Keefe Auditorium at Elm Street Middle School, 117 Elm St. Vocalist Steve Lippia and his 10-piece swing band will treat the audience to an evening of Frank Sinatra favorites. Lippia’s “considerable vocal skills” (Wall Street Journal) have made him one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists in the country. His youthful, energetic talent and powerful show creates a perfect blend of “classic” and “contemporary.” His show introduces Sinatra’s timeless music to a new generation, while appealing to longtime listeners. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:03:33 EST Saxophone quartet performs in Nashua on Sunday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1059542-485/saxophone-quartet-performs-in-nashua-on-sunday.html NASHUA – At 3 p.m. Sunday, the emerging artists of the Asylum Quartet of Hartford, Conn., will perform at The First Church, 1 Concord St. They will be playing everything from lush classical works to world music and klezmer, from Barber, Bernstein, Gershwin and others. The quartet received the 2014 grand prize in Boston’s International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, becoming the first saxophone quartet to ever receive this honor. The First Music Series is on a mission for engaging and captivating diverse audiences, and says “this treat for music lovers of all ages is not to be missed!” Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors, and free for younger than 21 with accompanying adult or senior ticket. First Music received civic and state citations for its artistic endeavors, including Best of NH 2012 for Free Classical Music, awarded by NH Magazine to The First Church of Nashua. Tickets and information at 882-4861, info@first–music.org or online at www.first churchnashua.org/music/concert-series. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:03:50 EST Stack up book  titles for a fun contest at library http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1059544-485/stack-up-book-titles-for-a-fun.html NASHUA – Have you ever written a book spine poem? It’s easy: Stack up some books (or audiobooks or DVD cases). Read their titles and you’ve got your verse! Then snap a photo and enter it in the Nashua Public Library’s book spine poetry contest, by the March 31 deadline. The most creative poem, determined by a panel of library staff, will win a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Poems must be constructed by stacking book, DVD, or audiobook spines, with a maximum length of six lines/spines. Post entries on the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nashuapubliclibrary, email them to carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, or mail or drop off a hard copy to Carol Luers Eyman at the library, 2 Court St. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:04:13 EST Spring still feel too far off? We’ll help you pass the time http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1059546-485/spring-still-feel-too-far-off-well.html Mother Nature just cannot make up her mind, huh? Snow one day, mid-40s the next. Rain, wind, sun, black ice … I have no idea how to dress for work anymore. Thankfully, there are plenty of diversions around southern New Hampshire to take my mind off the vagaries of weather. Whether you’re looking for international films, classic Broadway musicals, or delicious delicacies, we have the information you need. Our cover story is all about The Telegraph’s Chocolate, Wine & Cheese Festival. In its second year, we now know how many people will be dying to attend, so we’ve moved it to a much larger venue – the Crowne Plaza ballroom – and are offering two attendance periods. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:04:32 EST Nashua high school students turn out to Board of Education meeting to back higher budget http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059577-469/nashua-high-school-students-turn-out-to.html NASHUA – Drastic cuts proposed by Nashua School District officials trying to build a 2016 budget that fits under the city’s spending cap have drawn teachers, coaches and parents to Board of Education meetings in recent weeks. On Wednesday, it was a group of high school students advocating against severe cuts in education spending who took the opportunity to speak out at the Board of Education’s public hearing. Students encouraged the board to look past the spending cap and set the budget that they think is right to save schools from personnel and program cuts. “Behind all the incredible things I have learned were teachers who were just as incredible. To them, I owe my success,” said Jay Chittidi, a Nashua senior student. “If you really want to stand up for the education of every student in this district, you need to be willing to take a risk. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:03:27 EST Deane lauches campaign website http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059578-469/deane-lauches-campaign-website.html NASHUA – The David Deane for Mayor Campaign launched its official website, www.daviddeaneformayor.com on March 12, the day after Deane announced he is running for mayor in 2015. The website lists endorsements, including those from three current ward aldermen and a public works commissioner. Dean, who is an at-large aldermen and president of the board, plans to meet with various groups throughout the city. Meeting times and other campaign updates will be listed on the website. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:58:20 EST Nashua business leaders plan tour to woo investors, developers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059580-469/nashua-business-leaders-plan-tour-to-woo.html NASHUA – Local leaders plan to invite up to 100 developers to attend a rolling sales pitch of sites in the Millyard and downtown that are prime for investment. “We hope to bring people up here to show off Nashua and the opportunities that are here and the opportunities that we are creating ... with the Broad Street Parkway and some of these other investments in infrastructure,” the city’s Economic Development Director Thomas Galligani Jr. said Monday. The Economic Development Office and the Nashua Business and Industrial Development Authority joined forces to host the bus tour of the city’s key sites for future development along with improvements the city made to make Nashua more attractive to investors. The two agencies will invite scores of developers from Nashua and beyond to take the tour, which is planned for May. They hope 50-100 will attend. “We’ve got a great story to tell, and we are right on the cusp of being able to make these potential opportunities real ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:43:00 EST Helen Beaudin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059587-466/helen-beaudin.html Helen (Paton) Beaudin, age 91, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital on March 17th after a brief illness. She was born on May 27th, 1923 in Merrimack, NH and shortly after moved and resided in Nashua, NH most of her life. She worked for 19 years at “The Card Shop” in Nashua which she greatly enjoyed and where she met her late husband Wilfred (Koko) Beaudin. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:39:18 EST Leprechaun Leap postponed to April 4 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1059605-478/leprechaun-leap-postponed-to-april-4.html NASHUA – Registration is continuing for Team Earley’s fourth annual Leprechaun Leap 5K Race, which has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 4, because of the snow that remains on local roads. Nashua’s only Irish-themed road race is held in the heart of downtown Nashua, and there will be an after-party at O’Brien’s Sports Bar. Runners are encouraged to dress up in their best St. Paddy’s attire. There will be prizes for the fastest runners in a variety of age groups and a special award for the best dressed runner. The registration fee is $20, or $25 the day of the race. Race-day registration will start at 8 a.m. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00:47 EST Scholarships available to students in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1059606-478/scholarships-available-to-students-in-greater-nashua.html These scholarships are available to students in Greater Nashua: NASHUA NHS CLASS OF ’74 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Applications for the Nashua High School Class of ’74 Memorial Scholarship are available at both Nashua public high schools through guidance offices. All applicants must be a Nashua high school senior enrolling full time in a two- or four-year accredited college in the U.S. no later than fall 2015. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have been a citizen of the U.S. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00:59 EST Nashua store celebrates MS Awareness Month http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1059609-478/nashua-store-celebrates-ms-awareness-month.html WALTHAM, Mass. – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society announced that 61 Edible Arrangements stores in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are participating in its fourth annual MS awareness campaign to raise funds for research and treatments to stop disease progression, restore lost function and end MS forever. These 61 stores will donate $5 from the sale of every Orange Citrus Blossom arrangement during March, which is MS Awareness Month. Orange is the official color of the MS Society. “For the past three years, we raised over $36,000 for the National MS Society,” said Nick D’Alleva, the Edible Arrangements franchisee whose passion for MS fundraising and awareness inspired the campaign. “It’s our fourth year creating awareness and raising funds for the society, and we’re proud to be part of the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.” There is an Edible Arrangements store at 300 Main St., Unit 408B, Nashua. For more information, visit edible.com/ms. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:01:21 EST Nashua mayor participates in Book Blast http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1059610-478/nashua-mayor-participates-in-book-blast.html NASHUA – Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Eric Carle to  local children at the Pheasant Lane  Mall’s Kidgits Book Blast Wednesday, Feb. 25. The event also featured guests such as a librarian from Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson and the Lowell Spinners Canalligator. Children were invited to bring a new or gently used book to be donated to local libraries, helping families give back to their communities. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:01:31 EST India Association of NH to hold Dawat 2015 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1059613-478/india-association-of-nh-to-hold-dawat.html NASHUA – The India Association of New Hampshire is organizing Dawat 2015, its annual charity gala, from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis. The objective is to raise as much funding as possible for charitable nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and India with which the IANH is involved. This year, the IANH selected these nonprofit organizations: National Multiple Sclerosis Society New England Chapter, to honor the memory of Laura Laliberte, late wife of Gerald Laliberte, the office manager of Nashua public schools. A school for deaf, mute and mentally challenged children called Badhir Vidhyalay, run by Viklang Kalyan Samiti, based in Rajasthan, India. A portion of the proceeds will benefit IANH public service. The IANH is active in multiple community service activities, such as: Its volunteers cook and serve lunch and dinner to guests at the Nashua and Manchester soup kitchens more than 20 times a year. The IANH donates cash and in-kind service to the soup kitchens, the Salvation Army and the Nashua Children’s Home on a regular basis. The IANH has been helping Bhutanese refugees settle in their new country by donating clothes, computers, used cars and household items. When needed, the IANH pitches in to help victims of natural disasters in the U.S., India and other countries. The IANH was voted as one of the top five nonprofit organizations in New England by the readers of India New England News. Dawat 2015 will feature disc jockey Massa, aka Chetan Mepani; auctioneer-in-chief Ranjani Saigal; and food from Gurnam Catering. Tickets are on sale at ianh.org/index.php/activities/cultural/dawat-2015. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:01:44 EST Air Force Airman Jacob F. Phillips http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/military/1059614-478/air-force-airman-jacob-f.-phillips.html Air Force Airman Jacob F. Phillips graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Phillips is the son of Robert S. and Mary C. Phillips, of New Boston; brother of Julie N. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:01:49 EST College achievements by students from Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1059615-478/college-achievements-by-students-from-greater-nashua.html Here are college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: RIVIER UNIVERSITY These local students were named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Rivier University in Nashua. FROM AMHERST: Taylor Ellis. FROM BROOKLINE: Lydia Brown. FROM GREENVILLE: Lani Cabral, Milly McCreery. FROM HOLLIS: Lindsey Berzins. FROM HUDSON: Seth Boucher. Colleen Busnach. Taylor Caisse, Ping Chiang, Maya Desfosses, Chelsea Duval, Angel Galvis, Leeann Gargan, Christopher Goldsack, Sarah Levesque, Shannon Loughran, Gabrielle McNulty, Deborah Nussdorf, Kelsey Perrin, Julianna Picanso, Elissa Plante, Deanna Purcell, Alex Ramos. FROM LITCHFIELD: Taylor Belanger, Angela Schofield, William Smarse, Alexandra Trevains. FROM MERRIMACK: Amber Caplette, Kelley Claxton, Marie Davis, Michael DeBeradinis, Hannah Easter, Luisa Forger, Lauren Goodspeed, Brogan Goss, Jessica Jalbert, Karen Johnson, Lori Lester, Mackenna Murtagh, Alisa Peters, Joella Stossel, James Varela. FROM MILFORD: Amber Caplette, Kelley Claxton, Marie Davis, Michael DeBeradinis, Hannah Easter, Luisa Forger, Lauren Goodspeed, Brogan Goss, Jessica Jalbert, Karen Johnson, Lori Lester, Mackenna Murtagh, Alisa Peters, Joella Stossel, James Varela. FROM NASHUA: Bernadette Abt, Irene Arevalo Jimenez, Allyssa Berry, Morgan Berube, Ashley Brick, Brandi Bush, Matthew Cieplucha, James Clark, Jessica Cote, Julie Curran, Dionathan DaSilva, Christina Demmons, Heather Devereaux, Brett Doran, Shannon Dougherty, Kristen Ellspermann, Joshua Emmert, Danielle Ezzo, Carrie Fleming, Lauren Friedman, Devin Gent, Taylor Godin, Jessica Goff, Haley Goodspeed, Andrew Gray, Stephanie Grimont, Cara Grittner, Ashley Gue, Heidi Guidmore, Anthony Introcaso, Caytlin Lalley, Rachel McMahon, Yifan Meng, Natisha Mills, Allyson Misiag, Deborah Nesti, Paige Parkinson, Alyssa Parssinen, Betsy Pelletier, Caitlyn Perry, Hailey Reed, Stephanie Roy, Chad Saint-Amant, Jeannette Sakelaris, Annemarie Scheifele, Laura Valencia Ramos, Corrine Weatherby. FROM WILTON: Jillian Jowders. SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE These local students were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. FROM AMHERST: Sarah L. Dalton, a junior international business major; Michael P. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:01:54 EST Charity Bowl raises funds for Nashua youth leadership http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1059616-478/charity-bowl-raises-funds-for-nashua-youth.html NASHUA – In its inaugural Charity Bowl event, the Keegan Family Courage & Faith Foundation raised $25,000, with another $20,000 of in-kind donations to develop and deliver a citywide Youth Leadership Academy – the Nashua PAL Victory Academy – for 200 kids in grades 2-9. The foundation will look to take that impact to new heights from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 29, when it will host its second annual Charity Bowl, aiming to double the event’s impact in only its second year. The foundation has set an ambitious goal of raising $50,000. About 350 bowlers across more than 50 bowling teams will bowl for leadership at Leda Lanes. The festive night will include silent auction and live auctions. By accomplishing its goals, the foundation will be able to extend beyond Nashua PAL and support other worthy youth leadership organizations. “We have an opportunity to change the trajectory of hundreds of young kids’ lives,” said Brendan P. Keegan, a co-founder of the foundation. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:01:59 EST Nashua Civil Air Patrol promotes three cadets http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1059618-478/nashua-civil-air-patrol-promotes-three-cadets.html NASHUA – The Civil Air Patrol, Greater Nashua Composite Squadron, recently promoted three cadets to the rank of cadet second lieutenant. Tyler Lane, Ryan Santoro and Elizabeth Saucier achieved the new rank and will receive the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award, which honors the late aviation pioneer, advocate and supporter of an independent air force for America. Only 15 percent of all Civil Air Patrol cadets achieve the Mitchell Award. It is earned by cadets who have successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program. Cadets must pass a series of leadership, aerospace and physical fitness tests that include character development training and a 100-question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics. In addition, cadets attend a military-style encampment and learn leadership skills in a rigorous leadership laboratory. Mitchell Cadets who enlist in the U.S. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:02:10 EST Senters, of Nashua, celebrate 50th anniversary http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/anniversaries/1059622-469/senters-of-nashua-celebrate-50th-anniversary.html John G. and Anne M. (Taylor) Senter, of Nashua, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Feb. 6, 1965, in Smithfield, R.I., and have resided in Nashua for 50 years. The Senters have two children, Ruth J. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:02:28 EST India Association of NH to hold Dawat 2015 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetreadersubmitted/1059627-308/india-association-of-nh-to-hold-dawat.html NASHUA – The India Association of New Hampshire is organizing Dawat 2015, its annual charity gala, from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis. The objective is to raise funds for charitable nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and India with which IANH is involved. This year, the IANH has selected these organizations: • National Multiple Sclerosis Society New England Chapter, to honor the memory of Laura Laliberte, late wife of Gerald Laliberte, the office manager of Nashua public schools. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:02:00 EST Nashua man charged with failing to register as sex offender http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059561-469/nashua-man-charged-with-failing-to-register.html A 63-year-old registered sex offender from Nashua was freed on $5,000 bail and is due in court in April after his arrest Tuesday on one count of duty to report, a Class B felony, police said. David Reed, of 1 Clinton St., is accused of failing to register with the state Sex Offender Registry in November 2014, when he was required to do so, police said. He was taken into custody at his residence around 5 p.m. without incident, police said. He is scheduled for arraignment April 22 in Nashua district court. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines, police said. – DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:01:10 EST Nashua man charged with using unauthorized email accounts http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059560-469/nashua-man-charged-with-using-unauthorized-email.html Nashua police on Tuesday took a registered sex offender into custody for allegedly using unauthorized email accounts on a computer at the Nashua Public Library, police said. James Briand, 50, of 40 Chestnut St., Nashua, was charged with one count of duty to inform, a Class B felony. He was initially held on $1,000 cash or surety bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court. The warrant charged Briand with failing to report several email addresses he was allegedly using, police said. As a registered sex offender, Briand is required to register all email accounts and other online identifiers with police. Police said Briand was arrested about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday by members of the department’s Special Investigations Bureau. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:01:01 EST Nashua police charge Mass. man with lying under oath about arrest record http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059477-469/nashua-police-charge-mass.-man-with-lying.html Police on Monday charged a Massachusetts man with lying while testifying under oath about his arrest record. Michael Martinez, 23, of 49 Gaston St., Methuen, Mass., was charged with perjury, a Class B felony, after local police learned he had been arrested twice in 2014, but allegedly failed to mention the arrests at a deferred sentence hearing at Nashua district court in January, police said. Martinez was granted the deferred sentence after he testified that he had remained on good behavior for one year, which was required in order for him to earn the deferred sentence. Police issued the warrant for his arrest after learning that Martinez was in fact arrested during that one-year span, first in March 2014 in Lawrence, Mass., for disorderly conduct and again in Methuen, Mass., for larceny, according to police. Martinez was arrested at the Essex County Department of Corrections in Middleton, Mass., around 6:30 p.m. Monday, police said. The deferred sentence originally stemmed from Martinez’s arrest in January 2014 on one count of misdemeanor criminal threatening, police said. He agreed to plead guilty in exchange for the deferred sentence and was required to be on good behavior for one year. Martinez was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Nashua district court. He was initially held on $10,000 cash only bail. – DEAN SHALHOUP Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:01:41 EST Nashua’s Wild Irish Breakfast raises cash with laughs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059485-469/nashuas-wild-irish-breakfast-raises-cash-with.html At her final Wild Irish Breakfast as mayor Tuesday morning, Donnalee Lozeau reflected on how she tried to use as much good taste as possible during her tenure while speaking at the annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser. “Doesn’t always work out so well,” Lozeau said to a packed ballroom at the Radisson Hotel Nashua. “You know, year after year I come to this breakfast, and I’ve stood here and said to you, ‘Wouldn’t it be so much easier over cocktails than coffee?’ My parting gifts have arrived,” she said holding up a small bottle of Irish whiskey. “Irish coffee would have made things much easier, don’t you think?” Lozeau, who is stepping down from her position after eight years, drew rounds of applause during the 24th annual breakfast, which organizers call one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in New England. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:28:00 EST Nashua: State funding is critical to shelter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1059492-474/nashua-state-funding-is-critical-to-shelter.html On Monday, six members of the House Finance Committee thought that cutting state funding to homeless shelters by 50 percent was a good idea. As a director of one of the state’s busiest shelters, I try to put myself in their shoes and figure out what they were thinking. Did they think about the 1,000 children who slept in a bed in New Hampshire shelters last year instead of a car or the woods? Did they think about the increasing population of homeless veterans who are showing up on our doorsteps? Did they think about what it must be like to lose your home and learn there is no longer a nearby shelter because of state budget cuts, forcing you to move your children out of schools and challenge your employment? Did they think about how bad of a winter we just had? I imagine they did not think about these things. I imagine they believe that they are doing good by cutting spending. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:25:00 EST Nashua Lions honor North, South basketball players http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1059501-457/nashua-lions-honor-north-south-basketball-players.html The Nashua Lions Club honored Nashua North boys basketball player Brendan Barrett with the Tony Marandos Unsung Hero Award and Nashua South’s Ronald Anthony Martin with the C. Wally Lawrence Award. The awards were announced as part of the Winter Sports Recognition Night at the Nashua public high schools. For the Lions, it marked the continuation of a tradition spanning more than seven decades, beginning with an event to honor the Nashua High School boys basketball team. Lawrence was instrumental in initiating the event and, 50 years later, the Lions honored him by creating an award in his name for “a player who epitomized his values and work for the club.’’ With the opening of Nashua North, the Nashua Lions expanded on that tradition by recognizing another dedicated Lion, former teacher, coach, administration and school board member Tony Marandos, with a similar award. Monday’s recipients received their awards from long-time Nashua Lion and past international director Ed Lecius. As a student manager at Nashua High Lecius was first exposed to the Lions dinner and following graduation became a member of the local group. North coach Steve Lane described Barrett, a senior, as “not a standout in a statistical sense, but rather in leadership, being a positive role model for future players in the program, taking pride and always giving 100 percent effort.” “Not concerned with individual accolades,” Lane concluded his selection was senior co-captain Brendan Barrett. At the South ceremony, coach Nate Mazerolle went with Martin, a junior. “This year’s winner is the epitome of a team-first player. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:07:00 EST Albert Labrecque http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059504-466/albert-labrecque.html Albert Charles “Al” Labrecque, of Merrimack, NH passed away on March 13, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH after an extended illness of lung cancer. There will be no immediate memorial services at this time. Albert was born in Nashua, NH to Edgar and Blanche Labrecque of Nashua on November 16, 1944. He attended schooling at St. Francis Xavier School in Nashua. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:03:19 EST Public Hearing on the Nashua district’s 2016 education budget set for March 18 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059514-469/public-hearing-on-the-nashua-districts-2016.html NASHUA – After weeks of school board review, the 2016 education budget will head to a public hearing Wednesday for community review. Members of the school board received the superintendent’s proposed budget in January, which includes about $1 million in cuts to bring the budget down to the city’s spending cap. The 2016 baseline education budget is calculated from the 2015 budget of $100.7 million, plus built-in salary and contract increases. Salary raises under collective bargaining agreements and increases in the utility and transportation contracts raise the budget to about $101.7 million, a 2.8 percent increase. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:04:54 EST Nashua, millyard groups reach settlement over Boiler House, Broad Street Parkway http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059517-469/nashua-millyard-groups-reach-settlement-over-boiler.html NASHUA – The city’s agreement last week to pay Nashua Millyard Associates Inc. $48,000 in back fees and give them the Boiler Building lot in the Millyard led to an out-of-court settlement of a multi-party lawsuit, one of the attorneys involved said Monday. “It was a global settlement. It just settled everything at the same time,” Nashua attorney Gerald Prunier said. Prunier represents Mill 78 Inc., one of the parties to the complaint filed about a year ago at New Hampshire Superior Court’s Business Court Docket, which sits in Merrimack County. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:05:12 EST Nashua PAL to host Internet safety workshop for parents http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059518-469/nashua-pal-to-host-internet-safety-workshop.html NASHUA – As part of a continuing series to help parents protect their children from online predators and other cyber-related incidents, the Nashua Police Athletic League will host a workshop this week that will focus on Internet safety. The forum will feature a lecture from Nashua detectives and a question-and-answer period to ask law enforcement and technology experts about privacy issues on social networking sites and the fact that younger students are “sexting,” or sending nude photographs of themselves with their phones. The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Pennichuck Middle School on Manchester Street. “This gives parents the opportunity to ask questions that they may not be comfortable asking in a larger setting and hopefully we can cover more material than just a cyberbullying portion,” said Philip Belmont, an officer with the Nashua Police Department and coordinator for PAL. “These kids grew up with the Internet, so they know things that parents don’t know, and we’re trying to give parents the tips about what their kids are looking at, and how they can find it as well and how they can prevent them from looking at it,” he added. The workshop serves as a follow-up to a Feb. 10 talk by John Halligan, whose son committed suicide in 2003 after he was the victim of cyberbullying. Halligan spoke in Nashua about the pitfalls of unregulated Internet use among preteens and adolescents. “We realize a lot of parents would have questions after they saw (Halligan) speak and now this gives them the opportunity to ask those questions in a more intimate setting with representatives from the police department,” Belmont said. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:05:18 EST Wild high-speed car chase Monday ends in Nashua; driver faces multiple charges http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059400-469/wild-high-speed-car-chase-monday-ends-in.html Nashua and state police arrested a Nashua man late Monday morning following a wild car chase that began in Manchester and ended by the Nashua Canal near the Ledge Street end of Mine Falls Park. The driver, identified by Manchester police as George Bally, 60, unknown address, dodged several sets of spike strips, nearly hit a Manchester police officer on foot and smashed into a Nashua police cruiser once he got off the F.E. Everett Turnpike at Exit 5 in Nashua. New Hampshire State Police Lt. Paul Hunt said the driver “almost killed a few people.” State police said later that Bally is being charged with numerous offenses he accumulated in two separate jurisdictions, Nashua and Manchester. Bally was transported to the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections, where he was held pending arraignment scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Manchester district court, police said. His list of charges include four counts of felony reckless conduct; two counts of conduct after an accident; and one count each of disobeying an officer and possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. Police said the drug charge, a felony, stems from the discovery of “a quantity of suspected methamphetamine” by police conducting a search of Bally’s vehicle. The pursuit began around 11 a.m., shortly after a motorist called Manchester police and reported they saw the driver of a black Jeep Cherokee shove his passenger out of the moving car on the Amoskeag Rotary near Exit 6 in Manchester. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:22:00 EST Police department employee wins back–pay suit against City of Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059409-469/police-department-employee-wins-backpay-suit-against.html NASHUA – City officials either “willfully” or “recklessly” violated federal labor laws by underpaying a Police Department communications technician for two years, then cheated her out of nearly 300 hours of work in retaliation for filing a claim against the city, a Superior Court jury ruled Monday. Cheryl Walley, a longtime per diem communications technician who also works full–time in the city’s Assessing Department, prevailed on all five points Judge Jacalyn Colburn put before the jury when it began its deliberations Friday afternoon. “We’re quite pleased, of course, with the jury’s findings,” Steven Bolton, one of Walley’s attorneys, said after the verdict was delivered around noontime. He said that both sides have 10 days to file any post–trial motions, then 30 days from notice of decision on the motions to file an appeal to the Supreme Court. Bolton said the total amount of money Walley will receive will take some time to compute, given there are several factors that play into the equation. Attorney Robin A. Partello, who also represented Walley, said she and Bolton were also pleased that the jury denied the city’s counter–claim, which City Corporation Counsel Stephen Bennett filed in an attempt to recoup $9,000 he said the city overpaid Walley in its haste to settle the matter before it went to court. Central to Walley’s suit was how the city calculated the pay rate for so-called “dual–capacity” employees, defined as employees who work in two different capacities for the same employer – in this case, the City of Nashua. Walley is one of four employees who fall into that category. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:04:01 EST North looking for another upset vs. Pinkerton http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1059432-457/north-looking-for-another-upset-vs.-pinkerton.html Nashua High School North wasn’t supposed to be taking the Lundholm Gymnasium floor in Durham Tuesday night, but that’s exactly where coach Steve Lane’s 15th-seeded Titans (8-12) find themselves in a 6 p.m. meeting with the third-seeded Pinkerton Academy Astros (17-3). They’ll square off in the first of two Division I boys basketball semifinals, while No. 4 Spaulding (17-3) faces No. 1 Londonderry (20-0) in the nightcap at 7:30. North reached the University of New Hampshire with a pair of upsets over two of the Queen City’s best teams – beating second-seeded defending champion Manchester Central 74-71 in Wednesday’s first round, then sprinting out to a 10-point lead before having to hold off No. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:49:00 EST Suspect in Nashua stabbing death waives arraignment; friends shocked by allegations http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059448-469/suspect-in-nashua-stabbing-death-waives-arraignment.html NASHUA – Jonathan Goff, the 17-year-old Nashua resident charged with stabbing a man to death on a downtown bike path the night of March 12, was the last person anyone would expect to carry out such a heinous crime, several of his friends said Monday morning. Goff, most recently of 11 Amory St., Apt. B, was ordered held without bail Monday morning after he waived arraignment on one count of second–degree murder for causing the death of Benjamin Marcum III, 49, by “stabbing him repeatedly with a knife,” according to police reports. Goff, who was arrested Saturday after what Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati called a “very intense investigation” by Nashua police, is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Thursday, March 26, in the Nashua court. Judge James Leary offered his condolences to the Marcum family during brief remarks after he announced that Goff had waived arraignment. Gage Dry, one of the dozen or so friends of Goff who gathered at the courthouse Monday morning in anticipation of Goff’s arraignment, said he wanted to send his condolences to Marcum’s family. “I’m very sorry for your loss, but I also want to say Jon wasn’t a person who would do something like this,” Dry said. “I’ve known him since we were 14. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:13:00 EST Benjamin Marcum III http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059450-466/benjamin-marcum-iii.html Benjamin Marcum III, 49, of Nashua, died Thursday evening, March 12, 2015. One of ten children of the late Catherine M. “Katy” (Russell) and Benjamin Marcum Jr., he was born in Ayer, Massachusetts on January 24, 1966. Ben grew up in Hollis and attended Hollis High School. A resident of Nashua for many years, Ben had been employed for a time at the former Estabrook Grill in Nashua and also worked for his brothers, Alan Marcum of Marc Electric and Joe Marcum of Marcum Mechanical. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:02:54 EST Robert G. Major http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059454-466/robert-g.-major.html Robert G. Major, 45, of Merrimack passed away on Saturday March 14, 2015 at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. Robert was born in Nashua on August 15, 1969, a son of George and Elizabeth (Dolbec) Major of Wolfeboro. He was married to the love of his life, Jennifer L. (Regis) Major, of Merrimack. Robert graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:03:26 EST Clarence Cochran http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059455-466/clarence-cochran.html Clarence Alvin “Buddy” Cochran, 71, a longtime resident of Nashua, died at his home on January 29, 2015. Mr. Cochran was born on February 13, 1943, in Louisville, Kentucky, a son of the late Pastor Louis Allen and Eulalean (Fitzpatrick) Cochran. Before his retirement, he had worked for Teradyne Connection Systems in Nashua. He is remembered as a gentleman who worked hard all his life. He enjoyed playing the guitar and cooking. He was a graduate of Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Besides his parents, Buddy was predeceased by a son Curt A. Cochran (Air Force Veteran); a sister, Doris Jean Mosby; and a brother, Louis A. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:03:35 EST Photos from a family collection http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1059467-469/photos-from-a-family-collection.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo, along with the story behind it. Cliff Bathalon of Hudson has the good fortune of having his father Albert’s collection of Nashua photos that provide a window on a changed community. “He was a photographer in high school, and he was a photographer through the ’50s and ’60s,” Bathalon said recently. “He had his own photo studio in the basement growing up, and his own darkroom.” “He used to take pictures of people’s homes. People would invite him over. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:20:52 EST Innovative approach to treatment of chronic foot and heel pain http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/progress/progress1/1059418-464/innovative-approach-to-treatment-of-chronic-foot.html After practicing together successfully for 25 years, the respected doctors of Nashua Podiatry Associates are now offering yet another nonsurgical approach for the treatment of chronic foot and heel pain. Nashua Podiatry is the first practice in the area to offer radial shockwave therapy, which does not require anesthesia like similar but older procedures. The treatment uses energy to treat soft tissue and muscle pain in ways other soft tissues therapies cannot. Used for conditions such as plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis and diseases of the tendons, the treatment reduces pressure on the nerves and increases circulation, improving a patient’s range of motion and allowing the body to heal faster. This additional treatment compliments Nashua Podiatry’s full range of services. They offer in-office laser procedures, as well as bone and joint surgery, including bunion and hammertoe corrections. Dr. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:14:59 EST Suspect in Nashua stabbing death waives arraignment; friends shocked by allegations http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059390-469/suspect-in-nashua-stabbing-death-waives-arraignment.html NASHUA – Jonathan Goff, the teen charged with second–degree murder in the March 12 stabbing death of a longtime Nashua man, waived arraignment Monday morning and is now set for a probable cause hearing March 26. Nearly 30 onlookers filled Courtroom 7 at Nashua district court in anticipation of Goff’s arraignment, which was scheduled to be conducted via video link from the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections. Judge James Leary announced Goff’s decision to waive arraignment after he met with Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati and public defender Paul Borchardt, who is representing Goff. The onlookers were split between family and friends of the victim, 49–year–old Benjamin Marcum, and Goff’s supporters, a group that included Goff’s mother, stepfather and about a dozen friends. Leary offered his condolences to the Marcum family after announcing the development and that Goff’s probable cause hearing is set for Thursday, March 26 in Nashua district court. Its tentative start time is 8:15 a.m. Because the charge against Goff is second–degree murder, a Class A felony, he wouldn’t have entered a plea if arraignment had taken place. He was ordered held without bail pending the probable cause hearing. After court was dismissed, Goff’s parents met with Borchardt then left without comment. But several of Goff’s friends said they were still in shock that the kid they called “funny” and “inspirational” had been arrested for such a heinous crime. “As soon as we heard it, we all had this sour taste … that this was impossible,” Gage Dry, one of the friends, said. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:31:01 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/granitegeek/1059401-468/science-cafe-about-how-roads-are-designed.html Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:43:00 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1058767-465/story.html Hopefully, Fratello’s has done its due diligence and did a proper analysis of what’s going on downtown. With the exodus of upscale restaurants and the encroachment of pawn shops and tattoo parlors to its core, downtown Nashua is going from “trendy” to “seedy.” City Hall is elated that parking revenues are up, but in their quest to slap the wrist of a few meter-f eeders or meter hogs, they are penalizing those who patronize the shops and restaurants by limiting parking times during prime dining hours. It drove us away. On average, my wife and I used to dine downtown six times a month. We would arrive around 5 p.m., have a cocktail, maybe hit a shop, have dinner and be home by 7:30. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:00:38 EST Antonio M. Ferreira http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059327-466/antonio-m.-ferreira.html Antonio M. “Tony” Ferreira, 42, of Nashua, husband of Michelle A. (Bourbeau) Ferreira, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, March 12, 2015, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester. A native and lifelong Nashua resident, Tony was born on February 14, 1973, a son of Maria (Coroa) Ferreira and the late Alvaro Ferreira. Educated in local schools, he was a graduate of Nashua High School. Tony had been employed with Vulcan Flex Circuits Corporation in Manchester where he worked in circuit board production. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:02:08 EST Walter E. Gamble http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059328-466/walter-e.-gamble.html Walter E. “Wally” Gamble, 49, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away early Thursday morning, March 12, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a brief illness. Born in Nashua on May 31, 1965, he was the only child of Mary E. (Thompson) Gamble and the late Neil P. Gamble, who died in 1981. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:47 EST Nashua website holds plenty of information but its not always easy to find http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059344-469/nashua-website-holds-plenty-of-information-but.html NASHUA – There is no dearth of information on the City of Nashua’s official website. Quite the contrary. The site if chock full of budgets, audits, contracts and contact information for public officials. Residents can see easily how much their neighbors’ property is assessed for and what they pay in taxes. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:36:21 EST Hate your commute? Come to Science Cafe and get an idea of how it came to be that way http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059351-469/hate-your-commute-come-to-science-cafe.html Traffic here is horrible, right? Of course it is. But we know how to fix it, right? Of course we do. Just build more lanes. Or maybe fewer lanes. And more ramps! Perhaps. And stop lights, don’t forget to add stop lights. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:55:00 EST High-end men’s footwear shop, Persona, closes downtown Nashua store; consolidating locations to Mass. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1059352-464/story.html Persona, a men’s specialty footwear and lifestyle boutique in downtown Nashua, has closed its doors and consolidated operations in its Lowell, Mass., store. Jeremy McKenna, who started the retail store about seven years ago at 122 Main Street, said declining foot traffic and landlord issues forced his hand. The move, he said, was unexpected, and he hopes to draw Nashua customers to both his online store and the Lowell location. “Overall it’s been a better market,” McKenna said about the store at 51 Market Street, Lowell. “Definitely to some degree we’ll miss Nashua,” the 2003 Nashua High School North graduate said. “We may revisit coming back. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:52:00 EST Library events in Greater Nashua – March 16 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1059382-478/library-events-in-greater-nashua--march.html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, www.nashualibrary.org. CINEMA CABARET FILM SERIES These films are scheduled for the Cinema Cabaret Film Series, held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the NPL Theatre. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:01:54 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – March 16 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1059620-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--march-16.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA LEARN THE FEATURES OF A SMARTPHONE U.S. Cellular, 375 Amherst St., is offering a free device workshop from 6-8 p.m. March 17 at which current or potential smartphone users can ask questions and learn about any device they are interested in. The workshop is open to everyone, and you don’t have to be a U.S. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:02:19 EST Nashua PLUS Co.’s Project SEARCH to host open house March 19 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059319-469/nashua-plus-co.s-project-search-to-host.html NASHUA – Project SEARCH, a 10–month employment training program for individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders, will host an open house this week for prospective applicants for this year’s course. The event is set for Thursday, march 19, from 6:30–8 p.m. in the Carl Amelio Room at St. Joseph Hospital. The program, which is run by the PLUS Company of Nashua, provides its enrollees with a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and one-on-one job training support and pairs them with local companies for internships. The goal of the program is for each participant to secure employment at the conclusion of their interships. According to the PLUS Company, applicants must be age 19 or older, have basic communication skills, appropriate social, grooming and hygiene skills and updated immunizations. Applicants must also be eligible for services through the New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation program and Gateways Community Services. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 18:17:09 EST William Albert Champagne http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059270-466/william-albert-champagne.html William Albert Champagne of Nashua passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, NH at the age of 84. He was surrounded by his family and had been experiencing declining health since October. Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife, Barbara Jean Champagne. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 21:01:03 EST Linda Louise Murphy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059274-466/linda-louise-murphy.html Linda Louise Murphy, 76, of Nashua, NH died Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Born October 7, 1938 in Nashua, NH she was the daughter of the late Loren and Bertha (Burns) Locke and widow of Edmund Murphy, who died March 29, 2010 and whom she married on June 16, 1961 in Hollis, NH and celebrated forty-eight years of marriage. She was a well-known member of the First Church in Nashua. Linda was one of 7 graduates of her class of Hollis High School, and also St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, in which she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She was extremely proud of her calling as a nurse. Linda’s great-grandparents started Locke’s Ice Cream, in Hollis, where she would spend her summers working for many years with her parents when they had taken over. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:23:09 EST Nashua teen charged with homicide in Thursday death http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059277-469/nashua-teen-charged-with-homicide-in-thursday.html NASHUA – Police have charged a city teenager with the stabbing death of Benjamin Marcum. John Goff, 17, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, accused of stabbing the 49-year-old Marcum multiple times late Thursday night near the rail trail on Palm Street, police said in a joint release with the New Hampshire attorney general’s office. “There’s not too many details that I can go into, but I can say we don’t have any information that the suspect knew the victim prior to the incident,” said Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati. Meanwhile, Marcum’s family mourned a man who they said was “a great guy” who battled mental illness and had a deep love for his family. Agati would not comment on whether a murder weapon was found or whether Goff has a criminal record. Agati said he does not know if Goff, who was arrested without incident, attended a local high school and noted that it is unclear how long he has lived in the area. “I can say at this point that there obviously was an altercation, but I can’t go into more detail because we still have a lot of other steps to take,” Agati said. “Effective upon his arrest, we wanted to make sure that we let everybody know that he was placed under arrest. It does appear the altercation all took place on the bike path there in front of that address.” Police were called to the bike path near Palm Street shortly before 11:30 p.m. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:01:17 EST Nashua has reason to celebrate St. patrick’s Day http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1059292-474/nashua-has-reason-to-celebrate-st.-patricks.html If thawing ice dams, warm(ish) weather and sunshine after 4 p.m. haven’t adequately lifted your winter-worn spirits, don’t fear. ’Tis the week of St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, the Feast of Saint Patrick, aka La Fheile Padraig, aka National Amateur Hour at the Bar Day, is a holiday commemorating Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrating the heritage of Irish-Catholics around the world. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:00:43 EST Telegraph guest column catches on at the national level http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059299-469/telegraph-guest-column-catches-on-at-the.html The most-read story on NashuaTelegraph.com for the week ending March 13 is an example of what can happen when national websites pick up on an issue making news locally. On Tuesday, Jay Surdukowski, a Concord attorney who served as counsel to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s re-election campaign, wrote in an opinion page commentary that “He’s ready for a primary” on the Democratic side the 2016 presidential race. He specifically mentioned Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley as a potential challenger to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. The commentary was linked to by the national political websites The Drudge Report and Politico. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:00:58 EST Microscopic view will help farmers looking to raise healthy goats http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1059306-469/microscopic-view-will-help-farmers-looking-to.html Kids are extremely susceptible to internal parasites. No, not our kids, but young goats. That type of kids, as well as adult goats, may likely die without a successful worming schedule. External parasites such as fleas and lice are easily seen, while internal pests such as tapeworms require scrutiny under magnification to identify the culprits, giving farmers the advantage to administer the appropriate treatment. The Mailbag hopes to see some local goat folks receive a microscope. Getting the best care “Years ago, while home-schooling my son, I used your column to ask for a microscope that several families would use for our science classes,” writes Adrienne C., of Lyndeborough (LTR 829). “Lo and behold, one person responded and gave us a great microscope. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:49:00 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1059308-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua.html The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16: Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2300 Southwood Drive, Nashua. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 17: St. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:02:31 EST Nashua South students say more attention needed on anxiety http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1059356-478/nashua-south-students-say-more-attention-needed.html Some students know the feeling all too well – the chest pains, uncontrollable shaking, sweating, difficulty breathing, the chills, the unbearable headache – all symptoms of anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 12.5 percent of children are affected by anxiety disorders. In other words, in a class of 24 students, three of them will suffer from these disorders. There are a multitude of factors that can cause anxiety disorders, from daily life to genetics. Too often, teachers notice the odd behavior, but don’t realize it accompanies an anxiety disorder, and it severely hinders a student’s learning experience. “It’s taken so lightly that the students often belittle their problems in their own mind, and get more and more upset at themselves for having anxiety and think it’s just them ‘overreacting,’ so they don’t get professional help,” said Nashua High School South junior Samantha Lowry, who said she suffers from anxiety. “I feel like school is a lot like a buffet – even though you know you can’t finish what’s already on your plate, you go back for more. Whether it’s to satisfy your own cravings, get diversity or have something that someone told you to, it ends up being overwhelming and you can’t quite stomach it all, but you can’t put it back.” Teenagers who don’t seek treatment for their anxiety are more likely to suffer from depression, physical illness and partake in unsafe activities involving drugs and alcohol, according to Stress Free Kids, an online resource for kids and teenagers suffering from disorders that stem from stress. According to a study conducted on teens facing challenges because of anxiety, 78 percent of students said school is one of the areas of their lives that cause the most stress and worry. “The school seeks somewhere to place the blame other than themselves, and that happens to be the students, (who are) often met with a response along the lines of, ‘Tet used to the real life,’ ” Lowry said. “Oftentimes the school doesn’t take any mental issue as a serious thing. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:01:12 EST Nashua Christian Academy collects 2,000 pounds of food for rescue mission http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1059357-478/nashua-christian-academy-collects-2000-pounds-of.html Nashua Christian Academy’s National Honor Society ran a food drive from Feb. 2-20 in which the entire student body, from kindergarten through high school, participated. Amid many snow days and delays, the school pulled itself together and collected its goal of 2,000 pounds of food. The National Honor Society, along with volunteer Rebecca Croley, weighed all of the food and recorded how many pounds per class each grade had collected. They relayed that information, along with rankings, to the classes to keep up some competition. The junior class came in first, and won hot chocolate and cookies one morning, but the whole school earned a dress-down day. On Feb. 24, the National Honor Society, along with teachers Chris Burger and Micah Groder, and high school volunteers Ryan Desaulniers, Joe Fournier, Alex Levesque and Robert Misiag, loaded the food into two trucks and drove it to the Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission in Nashua. The food was stacked on all of the counter space they had – extra went on the floor in boxes. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:01:21 EST Nashua agency board member fighting for donations http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1059364-478/nashua-agency-board-member-fighting-for-donations.html NASHUA – Eric Sopper is going the distance for Marguerite’s Place, a transitional housing program for homeless women with children. He is, quite literally, fighting for donations. By day, Sopper is a mild- mannered financial services manager at Peoples United Bank and a board member of Marguerite’s Place. By night, he is a 44-year-old Amherst father boxing to get in shape, have a few laughs and support a cause that’s near and dear to his heart. Sopper is using his personal fitness resolution to promote Marguerite’s Place. He is headlining in a recreational boxing match against Justin “Big Daddy” Robinson at 6 p.m. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:02:01 EST Nashua Scouts participate in council’s Winter Carnival http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1059366-478/nashua-scouts-participate-in-councils-winter-carnival.html The Daniel Webster Council of Boy Scouts of America held its Winter Carnival at Camp Carpenter in Manchester on Friday, on Feb. 28. Hundreds of Scouts, family members and guests played hard at the many winter activates that were offered, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wrist rockets, ice fishing, sledding, fried dough, broom hockey, ice boats, rocket launching, fun at the Pirate Ship and food. The event was hosted by the Nutfield District and staffed by volunteers. “Nutfield District has offered this event every year since the district was formed in 2005,” Assistant District Commissioner Tom Hueber said. “In the past, we would always welcome guests from outside our district that showed up at the door, but this year in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the forming of Nutfield, we invited everyone from Daniel Webster Council, which is pretty much the entire state of New Hampshire, to join us.” Any boy is in grades 1-5 can be a Cub Scout, and Pack 425, sponsored by the Nashua Fish and Game Association, Al Paul Road, Merrimack, is currently welcoming new members. For more information, contact Kathy Crosby at kcrosby551@gmail.com or 882-9848. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:02:11 EST Linda Louise Murphy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059372-469/linda-louise-murphy.html Linda Louise Murphy, 76, of Nashua, NH died Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Born October 7, 1938 in Nashua, NH she was the daughter of the late Loren and Bertha (Burns) Locke and widow of Edmund Murphy, who died March 29, 2010 and whom she married on June 16, 1961 in Hollis, NH and celebrated forty-eight years of marriage. She was a well-known member of the First Church in Nashua. Linda was one of 7 graduates of her class of Hollis High School, and also St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, in which she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She was extremely proud of her calling as a nurse. Linda’s great-grandparents started Locke’s Ice Cream, in Hollis, where she would spend her summers working for many years with her parents when they had taken over. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:22:12 EST Ruth M. (Nagle) Sullivan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059373-466/ruth-m.-nagle-sullivan.html Ruth M. (Nagle) Sullivan, born in Boston in 1933, married to Attorney Lawrence W. Sullivan, passed away on March 10, 2015 at their winter residence in Florida. She is survived by her husband and their four married children, Lauren J. Henderson of Manhattan Beach, CA; Kendra J. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:00:51 EST Scholarships available to students in Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1059379-478/scholarships-available-to-students-in-greater-nashua.html These scholarships are available to students in Greater Nashua: NASHUA ROTARY CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS Applicants for the Rotary Club of Nashua scholarship must be residents of Nashua and a senior attending any Nashua high school who plans to attend an accredited postsecondary institution, including technical colleges, trade schools and two- or four-year colleges. The applicant must not be a family member of the Rotary Club of Nashua, and must be willing to participate in an interview. Application or information: nashuarotary.org. Deadline: 4 p.m. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:01:15 EST Community events in Nashua – March 15 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1059381-478/community-events-in-nashua--march-15.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS SENIOR CENTER HOSTS FREE WELLNESS CLINICS The Nashua Senior Activity Center will host a series of free confidential wellness clinics. Nurse practitioner students from Rivier University under the supervision of faculty will perform these tests: Body mass index, blood pressure check, lab work review, glucose, AIC, cholesterol, skin cancer check, pulmonary function and medication reconciliation. Clinics run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the senior center, 70 Temple St., on March 16, March 30, April 6 and April 13. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:01:40 EST Pets of the Week for March 15 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1059383-478/pets-of-the-week-for-march-15.html Humane Society for Greater Nashua AUGUSTUS Hello, there! I’m Augustus, a handsome, 7-year-old kitty hanging with my friends here at HSFN. I came into the shelter when my owner got sick and could no longer take care of me. It was really sad, but I’m thankful to be here where I have lots of people to get attention from, and a variety of comfy beds to sleep in! I’m an all-around friendly guy who likes to be held and will even snuggle into your lap. I’ve done well with the kids I’ve met here, and think I would just make the most wonderful family addition. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:02:02 EST Nashua School District to host Teacher Job Fair on March 19 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059303-469/nashua-school-district-to-host-teacher-job.html Educators on the lookout for new jobs can check out the annual Teacher Job Fair from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Nashua High School North, 8 Titan Way. According to the School District, the job fair is open to all teacher applicants. The event offers an opportunity to meet with an administrators face-to-face for an interview of 10-15 minutes. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:02:10 EST Nashua agency president to serve on national veterans advisory board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059302-469/nashua-agency-president-to-serve-on-national.html The president and CEO of the Nashua-based Harbor Homes and the Partnership For Successful Living has accepted a two-year term on the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans. Peter Kelleher, who heads the social services nonprofit, will provide his expertise after an offer came in from U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. He will serve as a special government employee and will attend committee meetings in Washington, D.C. Kelleher’s nomination for consideration for the committee was submitted by U.S. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:02:06 EST Nashua’s Adult Learning Center programs for kids include traveling zoo, greenhouse http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059301-469/nashuas-adult-learning-center-programs-for-kids.html Children in the Nashua Adult Learning Center’s Early Childhood Adventures program will get a chance to see exotic animals up close when Michelle’s Menagerie visits classrooms this week. Michelle DeBye, of Michelle’s Menagerie, will bring animals to the center for an educational presentation for students on Wednesday . The traveling zoo routinely visits schools, camps, libraries and special events. Menagerie animals include small mammals such as a hedgehog, a prairie dog, a descented skunk, a flying squirrel and a chinchilla. Presentations may also include reptiles, amphibians, birds and insects. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:02:02 EST Ruth M. (Nagle) Sullivan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059269-466/ruth-m.-nagle-sullivan.html Ruth M. (Nagle) Sullivan, born in Boston in 1933, married to Attorney Lawrence W. Sullivan, passed away on March 10, 2015 at their winter residence in Florida. She is survived by her husband and their four married children, Lauren J. Henderson of Manhattan Beach, CA; Kendra J. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:25:00 EST Nashua police investigating Palm Street homicide http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059228-469/nashua-police-investigating-palm-street-homicide.html NASHUA – Authorities announced Friday that the death of a Nashua man sometime late Thursday night near a downtown bike path was ruled a homicide. Police were called to the bike path near Palm Street shortly before 11:30 p.m. for the report of an injured man, later identified as Benjamin Marcum, 49. They found Marcum, whose residence is listed as 57 Palm St., suffering from serious injuries. He was transported to a Nashua hospital, where he died, police said. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:01:38 EST Nashua mission collecting donations to support neighbors displaced by fire http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059258-469/nashua-mission-collecting-donations-to-support-neighbors.html NASHUA – A community effort is underway to gather supplies and donations for four families displaced by the fire that destroyed a French Hill apartment building on Thursday. Firefighters responded to the emergency call from the multifamily home at 9-11 Ridge St. around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:05:29 EST Brian R. Dube http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059260-466/brian-r.-dube.html Brian R. Dube, 43, of Hudson passed away on Friday, February 6, 2015 at his home. Brian was born in Nashua on August 12, 1971 a son of the late Raymond and Sandra (Trombley) Dube. Brian is survived by: one son, Bryan Dube of Dover and his mother Angie Duchesneau of Nashua; one aunt, Doris Dube of Nashua; two uncles, Roger Dube of Keene, Ronald Dube of Wapiti WY; as well as several cousins. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 4 to 6 PM in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home immediately following at 6 PM. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:05:52 EST Melvina A. (Klimas) Belanger http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059261-466/melvina-a.-klimas-belanger.html Melvina A. (Klimas) Belanger, 89, of Amherst, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home in Goffstown. Melvina was born in Nashua on September 28, 1925, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Zabriska) Klimas. Melvina was the widow of Gerard “Jiggs” Belanger, who passed away on April 1, 2008. Prior to retirement, Melvina worked in packing at Sprague Electric. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed flowers & gardening. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:06:01 EST Theresa R. (Duclos) Smith http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059263-466/theresa-r.-duclos-smith.html Theresa R. (Duclos) Smith, 83, passed away peacefully in her home in Live Oak, Texas, Saturday, March 7 after a very long illness. She was born Aug. 10th, 1931 in Woonsocket, RI, daughter of the late Julien and Bella Duclos. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:06:24 EST Richard A. York http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059264-466/richard-a.-york.html Richard A. York, 76, of Milford, NH passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua, NH. He was born April 24, 1938 in Waterville, ME, a son of the late Walter A. and Frances E. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:06:28 EST Charles Dimopoulos http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059265-466/charles-dimopoulos.html Charles Dimopoulos, 91, of Nashua, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Charles was born in Makedonia, Greece on February 25, 1924, a son of the late Apostolos and Areti Dimopoulos. He was a survivor and soldier of WWII and also fought in the Greek Civil War. In 1962, Charles immigrated to America and later became a proud American citizen. He was a member of Saint Philip’s Greek Orthodox Church in Nashua. He had donated to several non-profit organizations that included The Soldiers of Foreign Wars, the Nashua Police and Fire Departments, The National Committee of Social Security Preservation as well as various cancer societies and the American Legion, to name a few. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:06:36 EST Merrimack baby crawls to victory in Nashua mall’s Diaper Derby http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1059153-308/merrimack-baby-crawls-to-victory-in-nashua.html NASHUA – Local babies gathered at the Pheasant Lane Mall on Saturday, Feb. 21, to take part in Simon’s annual Diaper Derby. Twenty-five babies 12 months and younger competed in the crawling competition, racing to the “finish line” while competing for first, second and third places, followed by an adorable awards ceremony. Catalina Creed, 9 months, of Merrimack, was the winner. Local vendors and businesses were also at the event promoting family-friendly products, activities, giveaways and more. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:52:10 EST M. Theresa Dacey http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059205-466/m.-theresa-dacey.html M. Theresa Dacey, 82, of Nashua, wife of Paul F. Dacey, passed away Wednesday morning, March 11, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a period of declining health. Mrs. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:51 EST Harold King, Jr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059206-466/harold-king-jr..html Harold C. “Bud” King, Jr., 87, longtime resident of Hollis, died at the NH Veteran’s Home in Tilton on March 12, 2015 surrounded by members of devoted and loving family. Mr. King was born on April 21, 1927, in Bedford, MA, a son of the late Harold C. and Bertha (Reed) King, Sr. He was the husband of Phyllis S. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:56 EST James Linscott http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059207-466/james-linscott.html James Edward Linscott, 59, died peacefully while surrounded by his loving family following a brief and sudden illness on March 8, 2015 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Ma. Jim was born in Fitchburg, Ma. to Marjorie (Pell) and Edward Linscott on August 6, 1955. He was educated in the Pepperell, Ma. school system. On August 11, 1972, he married the love of his life, Jerilyn Moran. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:01:01 EST Nashua French Hill fire damages apartment, kills dog http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059210-469/nashua-french-hill-fire-damages-apartment-kills.html NASHUA – No one was injured, but a dog was killed in a fire that damaged an apartment building in Nashua’s French Hill neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were called to 11 Ridge St. for a multi-alarm fire around 1:30 p.m. and found heavy smoke pouring from the building, according to Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Karl Gerhard. “The fire has spread through the interior partitions. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:37:00 EST Nashua police charge state rep-elect with making fake bomb threat to Southern NH Medical Center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059212-469/nashua-police-charge-state-rep-elect-with-making.html NASHUA – Stacie Laughton, whose prior felony convictions deemed her ineligible to serve as a state legislator, turned herself in to police Thursday for allegedly phoning in a fake bomb threat to a local hospital last month. Police obtained a warrant charging Laughton, 31, with making a false report regarding explosives to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on Feb. 27. Laughton, of 243 Main St., Apt. 21, turned herself in to Nashua police without incident shortly before noon, Lt. James Testaverde said. She was released on $50,000 personal recognizance pending arraignment April 16 at Nashua district court, he said. An anonymous person called in the fake bomb threat to the 8 Prospect St. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:40:00 EST Hearing set for March 31 in case stemming from 2014 crash that killed Nashua woman http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1059213-469/hearing-set-for-march-31-in-case.html NASHUA – The series of heavy winter snowfalls is largely to blame for several postponements in the manslaughter case of Kyle Witty, who is accused of “recklessly causing” the death of a Nashua woman in a July 2014 accident, according to documents in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Witty, 43, of 4 Squag City Road in Cornish, is now scheduled for a dispositional conference on March 31 at the Nashua court. The case has been delayed, documents state, because the record snowfall has made it impossible to conduct tests “on the operation and condition of both vehicles,” which both parties agree is a critical element in the discovery process. The accident, which happened around 6 a.m. on July 16 in front of the McDonald’s restaurant on Route 101A in Merrimack, claimed the life of 60–year–old Nashua resident Elizabeth McQuinn. Police said Witty was driving a 1989 Freightliner dump truck east on Route 101A when he allegedly failed to stop at a red light and the truck slammed into McQuinn’s 2014 Kia Sorrento. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:01:53 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for March 4-12 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1059266-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-march.html Nashua Police  Department MARCH 4 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Luis Santiago, 30, 55 Central St., Nashua, operating without a valid license. Austin Carter, 19, 12 D St., Nashua, false inspection or registration sticker – display. Ricardo Velazquez, 31, 84 Kinsley St., Nashua, fraudulent use of credit card. Samantha Meghan Shedmock, 27, 84 Kinsley St., Nashua, three counts receiving stolen property, theft by unauthorized taking, criminal liability for conduct of another. Alyssia Savage, 17, 49 Bridge St., Nashua, simple assault, disorderly conduct. Cory Lafontaine, 19, 14 Meade St., Nashua, criminal trespass. Wilman Demetrio Reynoso-Tavarez, 37, 17 Seventh St., Nashua, two counts electronic bench warrant: failure to appear at arraignment. Wilson N. Morales, 22, 62 Ash St., Apt. 2B, Nashua, default or breach of bail conditions. Nicolas Pariseau, 18, 27 Sunland Drive, Hudson, theft by unauthorized taking. Joseph Smith, 29, 35 Ash St., Apt. B, Nashua, out-of-town warrant. Angela Ann Rodriguez, 37, 44 Forge Drive, Nashua, domestic violence, simple assault. Ryan William MacIntyre, 27, 63 Profile Circle, Nashua, two counts domestic violence, two counts simple assault. Steven J. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:06:51 EST Fighting against tobacco-related illness and deaths http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1059059-465/fighting-against-tobacco-related-illness-and-deaths.html I am writing as a citizen of the Nashua area and I feel the need to inform the public and fellow citizens of the Nashua area about tobacco use. With the health care crisis in the U.S., it is unnecessary to spend $730 million on tobacco-related illness in New Hampshire alone. Public health is often overlooked by us because we rely too much on hospitals and cures, rather than preventing disease and illness as a community. Tobacco use in the U.S. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:48 EST Parents should have children vaccinated http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1059185-465/parents-should-have-children-vaccinated.html It is truly unfortunate that in this day and age people would even consider not vaccinating their children. With the recent news of the measles outbreak across the country, it has become a hot topic on whether people should have the right to decide if their children get immunized or not. It is absolutely unfathomable that a parent would leave their sons and daughters completely unprotected against vile diseases, all because of misinformation. Since the inception of immunizations, the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases has reduced by more than 90 percent. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:58 EST Artists Collective Theatre in Nashua reminds us ‘It Could Be Worse …’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1059027-485/artists-collective-theatre-in-nashua-reminds-us.html NASHUA– Conquer your fear of Parakevidekatriaphobia! At 8 p.m. Friday the 13th, Artists Collective Theatre (ACT) looks to celebrate the scariest day of the year with “It Could Be Worse …,” a one-night performance of short plays, at their company home in the historic Hunt Building at 6 Main St. ACT member Suzanne Delle directs former ACT actors Ben Dick (“All New People,” “Becky Shaw” and the upcoming “Three Days of Rain”), Casey Preston (“All New People,” “Gruesome Playground Injuries”) and Aaron Hodge (“Smoke Scenes”), and Eric Skog-lund in Aaron Sorkin’s early play “Hidden in the Picture.” Bad luck follows a director as he plans the final shot of his movie in this send-up of the Hollywood experience. Sorkin is known for writing “The West Wing” and “The Social Network.” “Hidden in the Picture” was written in response to his less-than-positive experience on the set of “A Few Good Men.” Company member Leah Belanger will direct a humorous behind-the-scenes look at playmaking with author Pete Malicki’s “How To Write a Ten Minute Play: The Ten Minute Play.” ACT member Anna Addiss will direct her son, Josh Dennis (last seen in ACT’s “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,”) in a one-man monologue about the murder of Laci Peterson. “Our plan for this year’s ‘It Could Be Worse’ was to focus on the Friday, the 13th, aspect of the night,” said Delle. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:00:44 EST Nashua nonprofit The Front Door Agency holds 27th Gourmet Festival & Auction on March 22 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1059032-485/nashua-nonprofit-the-front-door-agency-holds.html NASHUA – From 4-8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, experience “an epicurean adventure” at the Front Door Agency’s 27th Gourmet Festival & Auction, held at the Nashua Country Club, 25 Fairway St. The event features gourmet dishes and signature drinks from 20 area restaurants, beverage vendors and bakeries. The festival, which is the Nashua nonprofit’s largest fundraiser of the year, includes silent and live auctions. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:02:20 EST ‘Past, Present and Future Chefs’ dinner at Nashua Country Club benefits North high school chefs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1059033-485/past-present-and-future-chefs-dinner-at.html Past, present and future chefs will collaborate to present a lavish culinary event of the same name as the Nashua Country Club hosts a dinner at 6 p.m. March 20. Current chefs from NCC and the Concord Country Club, along with instructors from the culinary programs at Nashua Community College and Nashua High School North, will gather and work side by side with the high school culinary students from North, to present a four-course meal, as well as an appetizer course. The sit-down dinner will show off the students’ prowess and will raise funds towards a culinary arts scholarship for the high school. The event came together organically, beginning a few months ago. “I was casually talking to David Quimby, chatting about how the club could get involved with the his kids,” said David P. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:12:03 EST What’s on the menu for the Past, Present and Future Chefs event at Nashua Country Club? http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/food/1059034-485/whats-on-the-menu-for-the-past.html Check out this enticing lineup of specially crafted food: 6:00-6:45 p.m. – Assorted passed hors d’ oeuvres Prepared by Executive Chef Joe Allison of Nashua Country Club,  and Nashua North student 7:00 p.m. – Dinner 1st Course Crispy goat cheese, arugula and roasted beet salad,  roasted shallot vinaigrette Prepared by Chef Keith Fournier, instructor at Nashua Community College, and Nashua North student 2nd Course Pan-roasted cod medallion Crispy serrano, honey-roasted tomatoes, lemon thyme risotto,  pickled fennel salad, citronette Prepared by Executive Chef Tim Shutt of Concord Country Club,  Concord Mass., and Nashua North student 3rd Course Braised beef short rib Gorgonzola polenta, roasted baby vegetables, red wine reduction, gremolata Prepared by Chef Scott Lachapelle and Chef Dan Zagarella,  of Nashua Country Club, and Nashua North student 4th Course Fresh fruit tart with lime curd, mascarpone cheese, and raspberry coulis Prepared by Executive Chef David Quimby, Culinary Arts instructor from Nashua High School North, and Nashua North student The event is $55 per person for dinner; $75 with selected Josh Vineyard Wines. $10 from each dinner will benefit scholarships at Nashua High School North. Please call 888-0121 to RSVP. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:12:00 EST Simple Gifts in Nashua has two folk musicians Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1059041-485/simple-gifts-in-nashua-has-two-folk.html NASHUA – At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, two remarkable and highly entertaining folk musicians come to Simple Gifts Coffee House, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, 58 Lowell St. Putnam Smith comes with a rootsy musical influence steeped in Appalachian traditions, and he is a storyteller for the modern age. Putnam’s songs are timeless, yet modern; delivered with a thoughtful energy and captivating wit. His songwriting bears reverence toward our shared past and deep love for the human experience. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:03:28 EST Symphony NH has ‘The Heavenly Life’ with Mahler in March http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1059044-485/symphony-nh-has-the-heavenly-life-with.html NASHUA – Haydn is called the Father of the Symphony, Beethoven is considered the Master. But it is Mahler who took it to the next level. Essentially excluded from the popular orchestral canon until 50 years after his death, Gustav Mahler exploded onto the scene in the 1960s, posthumously praised for being ahead of his time. His Symphony No. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:03:45 EST Maybe our luck is turning around during the Ides of March and St. Paddy’s Day? http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1059048-485/maybe-our-luck-is-turning-around-during.html Faith and Begorrah! I had so much to cram into this week’s Encore, I almost needed a shoehorn! Don’t fear the Ides of March; this weekend is chock-full of fun events to get you out of the house and into the spring swing of things! (Try saying that three times fast!) Friday the 13th two months in a row? Ack! We have a way to turn that luck around. Artists Collective Theatre will present an evening of short plays, collectively titled “It Could Be Worse,” in Nashua’s Hunt Memorial Building. The fun vignettes will remind you how lucky you really are! And ACT always throws a great after-party, with gratis food and beverages. I’ll be there, will you? If you’d like to try your luck at other theatrical endeavors, there are two murderously funny shows to consider. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:01:51 EST Nashua: Humanity and hope http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1059054-474/nashua-humanity-and-hope.html I watched a delighted smile dance across my wife’s face. It was a cold day in February and she had just unwrapped a gift, sent from her sister, of hand-made Japanese wrapping paper. It was Leticia’s 50th birthday, a milestone of perseverance, and we were beginning yet another day of snow in our Nashua home: first shoveling, then shoeing. As I looked at the delicate sheets of paper, some as fragile and colorful as a brittle fall maple leaf, I thought of the catastrophes Japan had created and suffered from over the past 50 years. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:00:53 EST Roland A. Petit http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059062-466/roland-a.-petit.html Roland A. Petit, 71, of Nashua passed away on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. Roland was born in Central Falls RI on February 11, 1944, a son of the late France and Rita (St. George) Petit. He was the beloved husband of Jacqueline A. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:00:41 EST James Linscott http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059063-466/james-linscott.html James Edward Linscott, 59, died peacefully while surrounded by his loving family following a brief and sudden illness on March 8, 2015 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Ma.. Jim was born in Fitchburg, Ma. to Marjorie (Pell) and Edward Linscott on August 6, 1955. He was educated in the Pepperell, Ma. school system. On August 11, 1972, he married the love of his life, Jerilyn Moran. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:00:48 EST Mary Kelley http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1059065-466/mary-kelley.html Mary Margaret (Gaffney) Kelley, 51, of Nashua, NH, wife of the late Kevin F. Kelley, died unexpectedly at her home, Sunday, March 8, 2015. A daughter of the late William E. and Kay K. (Coleman) Gaffney, Mary was born in Syracuse, New York on August 12, 1963. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:01:05 EST