Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Items available from scattered households "We must be willing to let go of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." - E.M. Forster, English novelist, essayist. This is often difficult to accept, especially when circumstances beyond our control unexpectedly and dramatically alter our lives. Making decisions to part with items may be easier, knowing there are people less fortunate who need and would be happy and grateful to have them. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:09:52 EST Merrimack wrestlers excel in Mass. tourney WRESTLING MYA team has four titles, four seconds The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program did well in both the Natick Youth Ed Deeley Tournament and the Big Red Tournament. At Natick, kindergartners Andrew Schuster and Grayson Chestnut battled their way to fourth and third place, respectively. Gryffen Gelinas, grade two, brought home his first career championship, beating his competition in a three-way tie for first with most wins by pin. Second graders Kael McAloon and Ben Koudriashov both pulled in second-place medals with one and two wins by pin, respectively. Other second graders, Collin Schuster and Aiden Kennedy, earned fourth and third place, respectively. Kennedy had two wins by points on the day. Third grader, Christian Chestnut, pinned two of his opponents, moving him to second place on the podium. Ivey Johnson, grade four, continued her good season to earn a title by pinning all of her opponents. Eighth grader Aiden Hanning took first with three pins. Another eighth grader, Zachary Maszczak, received a hard-earned fourth-place medal with one win by points and one by pin. Fifth graders, Mitchell Krupp and Owen Forrest as well as seventh grader Hunter Adams also competed. Forrest brought home one win by points and Krupp one win by pin. In the Big Red tourney, third grader Jackson Meehan finished second with two wins by pin on the day. Hanning did well once again with one win by pin and two by points for a first-place medal. Anson Dewar, grade eight, brought home a very well earned third-place medal with a remarkable four wins by pin. Second graders Rhys Dewar and Gryffen Gelinas, third grader Cayden Dine, fifth graders Forrest and Krupp, seventh grader Adams and eighth grader Zachary Maszczak also competed well. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:05:30 EST Patricia Anna (Rodier) Nesbit Patricia Anna (Rodier) Nesbit, 65 of Milford, NH passed away Friday, January 13th, 2017. Born on November 11th, 1951 in Alexandria, VA to the late Roland & Helen (Quint) Rodier. Pat was raised in Litchfield and attended Alvirne High School. As an adult she lived in and around the Nashua and Hudson, NH area. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:21:53 EST Merita Thibodeau Merita St. Onge Thibodeau, 69 of Nashua, N.H. passed away peacefully at her home on January 12, 2017, after a lengthy illness. She was born on May 6, 1947, daughter of the late Raymond St. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:23:03 EST The NHRS pension fund must be restructured The soundness of a retirement plan is measured in terms of its ability to pay the accrued benefits for its contributing members and retirees. The total asset of the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) is $7.5 billion and the present value of pension obligations for its past and present members and retirees is $12.6 billion. Therefore the "unfunded liability" is 5.1 billion and the NHRS is funded at 60 percent of the amount projected to pay its obligations. The NHRS has set a goal of being 100 percent funded in 2039, resulting in a $23 million pension cost to Nashua taxpayers in 2017. This represents 8 percent of Nashua's total budget and 11 percent of local property taxes. Nashua's annual cost to cover its past and present employees and retirees is about $6 million; the remainder is for financing the "unfunded liability." Given the underperforming investment earnings of 1 percent in 2016 (7.75 percent was projected), coupled to no reduction in the plan's benefits, the pension cost can be expected to further increase in the years following 2017 to meet the 100 percent funding goal. The requirement for 100 percent funding is based on the arguable premise that if New Hampshire should go bankrupt the independently managed NHRS will remain fully funded. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:02:27 EST Yes, all politics is local This last week has been an anxious one for a lot of people who read this paper, and throughout the rest of the country, as our new president was sworn into office two days ago. I use the word anxious because there are many people here in Nashua and across the country who did not vote for him - in fact, many more people voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump - and who look at the many things Trump said and did on the campaign trail that look and sound decidedly un-presidential. They wonder what our country will look like in four years, with him as our president. Equally, there are many people who did vote for Trump but who are also anxious for him to actually follow through upon the many promises he made on the campaign trail to return the interests of our working class to the forefront of our nation's concerns. People like my mother, who begrudgingly voted for Trump because she strongly distrusts Hillary, are anxious for the future of our country regardless of whether it was Trump or Hillary who won the recent election. They're willing to take a gamble on Trump as a last resort to fix what so many perceive as a broken system that serves only the elites in and around Washington. This anxiety pervades so many conversations I have had over the past two months with close friends and family on both sides of the political aisle. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:03:59 EST Nashuan charged with third-strike theft; police find 40-year-old on roof of Chestnut St. property NASHUA - A former Chestnut Street resident took a third strike this week on the charge of receiving stolen property, or theft, after police chased him from a downtown rooftop and eventually took him into custody. Police said Jason Noury, 40, is charged with multiple offenses, including felony-level receiving stolen property and criminal trespass, the latter of which stemmed from his presence on the roof of 87 Chestnut St., a property from which he has been banned. Noury is a former resident of 87 Chestnut, but currently lists no fixed address. He was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court on the receiving stolen property and criminal trespass charges, along with two counts of resisting arrest or detention and one count of possession of marijuana. Judge Paul S. Moore set bail at $10,000 cash or surety, considerably lower than the $50,000 cash only bail recommended by Nashua police prosecutor Donald Topham. Noury is next due in court at 8:15 Jan. 31 for a probable cause hearing. Police said officers arrested Noury shortly after 3 a.m. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:48:51 EST He’s here to help; new soup kitchen director finds his calling in Nashua Michael Reinke, the new director of the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, was sitting in on a class in February 2015 at Duke University, where he worked at the time as the development director for the college's Sanford School of Public Policy. A professor said to the students that "every job he had over the course of his career had been a reflection of his values and priorities," Reinke said. "I thought about that. OK, what is my value that I hold most dear?" Reinke, recalling the event at in his new office at the Soup Kitchen's Quincy Street location this week, thought to himself at the time, "If it was education, I should stay at Duke. If it was health care, I should go and work in a hospital. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:48:10 EST Mass. man held in iPhone scam NASHUA - Police say a Massachusetts man allegedly used false identification to buy an iPhone at the Pheasant Lane Mall. Christopher Charles, 34, of Springfield, is being held on $10,000 cash bail after he was arraigned in Nashua district court on one count of felony identity fraud. Officers with the Nashua Police Department were called to the Sprint kiosk at the mall on Dec. 5 for a report of possible identity theft. The employees told police a man came to the kiosk to buy a new phone using a name and identification they believed to be false. The employees further stated this man was in the mall with Charles, who bought a phone at the kiosk in November. The employees told police that Charles had given them the name of Christopher Allen when he bought the phone. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:47:44 EST The erosion of education We are facing yet another educational budget crisis. Severe and dramatic cuts are imminent. I understand the desire to stay under the spending cap and the burden placed on homeowners. However, as an educator in Nashua with more than two decades of experience, I also understand the continued erosion of education may likely result in the continued loss of valued educators, lessening our ability to attract dynamic businesses to the area, lower home values and, worse of all, less effective and enduring education for our students. I chose the word erosion because we have always known that there isn't a dramatic end to things, but a slow and painful slide into obscurity. TS Eliot wrote, "This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper." Neil Young warned us that rust never sleeps. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:05:01 EST No injuries after landing gear collapses at Nashua airport NASHUA - No one was injured, but a twin-engine airplane received thousands of dollars' worth of damages after its front landing gear collapsed during landing on Friday at Boire Field. Nashua Fire Rescue was called to stand by as a Beech 58 airplane registered to Dominion Aviation Services in Richmond, Va., was coming in to land at Nashua's airport. Fire officials say upon landing, the nose landing gear collapsed and the plane skidded about 150 feet on its nose and still functioning rear landing gear to a stop. Firefighters stood by with firefighting foam lines while the two occupants climbed out of the plane. The pilot and firefighters secured the airplane, and the airfield was closed temporarily until the aircraft could be removed. The Nashua Police Department and the Nashua Airport Authority assisted at the scene, and the Federal Aviation Administration was contacted. Don Himsel can be reached at 594-1249, or @Telegraph_DonH. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:02:57 EST Boys & Girls Club’s Maker Fest fosters future tech leaders NASHUA - Introducing local youths to the latest technology, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua hosted a 48-hour Maker Fest from Jan. 14-16, led by visiting MIT scholar Rajesh Nair. Nair said the experience is about more than the technology. "The kids are learning how to ideate and how to work as a team," Nair said. Nair helps the students learn 3-D computer aided drafting and design, known as CADD, as well as electronics and coding, to create a final project: a toy. "It's something they can relate to and have fun doing," Nair said. The projects presented a range of toys for dogs and cats, with some featuring medical and recreational uses. Nearly 30 students from ages 11-17 participated in the hands-on event, splitting into six teams to create an original project using 21st-century technology. Teams were deliberately mixed to include a range of ages, Nair said. "They need to learn to mentor the younger kids," Nair said. Tori Rondon, 13, along with her team, created a dog toy that doubles as a diagnostic tool. "As dogs age, their sense of vision goes down rapidly. If the owner wants to know if their eyesight is working well, they can test it with this," Tori said, demonstrating touch sensors that turn on lights and move a ball on a string inside a medium-sized cardboard box. "It took half a day to come up with the idea," said Wyatt Solis, 11. Also responsible for the idea was Farida Sidek, 15. Joerel Nieves, 16, created a mechanical dog toy with his teammates. "It shoots a ball for a playful dog, and there's a button on the handle that pulls the ball back," he said. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:02:06 EST News Digest NASHUA Police Cadet Training Academy held at NHTI The New Hampshire Police Cadet Training Academy will be held at the New Hampshire Technical Institute Saturday, June 24 to Friday, June 30 this year. The enrollment fee is $200 for the one-week, overnight program. An event of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police, the Cadet Training Academy is designed to help youth aged 14 to 20 develop life skills and knowledge of law enforcement. The Academy is a three-year program, starting with the Basic Academy, Advanced and finally the Leadership Academy. More information about the Cadet Academy can be found online at: The website includes personal accounts of the academy experience and testimonial videos of cadets who have attended the academy. Applications for the Cadet Academy are also on the website. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:01:35 EST Nashua Elks settling in to new home Talk about timing. Burned out of its third-floor downtown lodge rooms in a huge early-morning fire in late March 1961, all that members of Nashua's burgeoning Lodge of Elks had to do was drive about three miles south and push a bunch of symbolic shovels into the ground, and voila! Their brand new home was on its way to becoming reality. It was a year of transition for the now 116-year-old Nashua Lodge 720, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and now, nearly 56 years later, the storied fraternal organization is once again settling into a new home, having bid farewell a couple of months ago to their quarters at 120 Daniel Webster Highway. They've moved into space at 12 Murphy Drive formerly occupied by the relatively short-lived Napa East Wine Bar & Restaurant, and before that, by one of Teradyne Inc.'s manufacturing plants. "We gutted a lot of the interior, but kept the bar and put in a smoking room," said longtime Elk Dave Lozeau, who headed up the relocation project. The name "smoking room" apparently doesn't do it justice: Lozeau said it's a $82,000 space that local HVAC contractor J. Lawrence Hall "did a great job" of designing and outfitting. As for the future of 120 Daniel Webster, it looks like from the city's property records database that the neighboring auto dealership bought the 1.7 acre lot with plans to take down the old lodge and build a new showroom, or expand an existing one. Regardless, the focus for local Elks is now on the Saturday, Jan. 28 event that will make 12 Murphy Drive, Unit 3, their official home going forward. Tradition holds that the event, the time-honored acceptance and dedication ceremony, is a members-only event involving dozens of Elks from lodges throughout the region, including some high-ranking state and regional leaders. I knew the moment I decided this is a great time to look back at the history of Nashua Lodge 720 that my first call would be to the inimitable Albert W. Savage, going into his 66th year as an Elk and still able to rattle off dates, events, anecdotes and members' names like he's reading a book. Maybe that's because Al did in fact write the book, the 144-page one chock full of Elks history that he researched for more than two years and had published in time for the Nashua Lodge's centennial anniversary in 2001. Savage also happens to be a nephew of one of the men who brought Elkdom to Nashua, an initiative that began gathering steam just before the turn of the 20th century. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:01:03 EST Bail hearing continued until Jan. 26 for ‘Turnpike Turmoil’ suspect NASHUA – A Superior Court judge Thursday continued until next week a bail hearing for Jonathan Calvin, the 32-year-old former Nashua man charged with multiple offenses accusing him of stealing two cars, stabbing a woman then crashing her car into a line of turnpike traffic in April. Two prosecutors and two defense attorneys met in chambers with Judge Charles Temple for about 35 minutes, after which Temple reconvened court and announced the continuance of the hearing to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. In the meantime, “we will assess the status of Mr. Calvin, so that an informed decision can be made,” Temple said, adding that he and the lawyers expect, by then, to have the information they need. Temple indicated that at least some of that information has to do with Calvin’s stay at the State Prison’s Secure Psychiatric Unit, to which he was admitted in October after a judge deemed him incompetent to stand trial. Judge Amy Ignatius ruled at the time that although Calvin is “presently incompetent” to stand trial, he is restorable with the proper mental health treatment. In cases in which a defendant is ruled incompetent but restorable, he or she is typically re-evaluated a year later to determine whether the competence threshold has been reached. It wasn’t immediately clear Thursday if either the prosecution or defense, or both, were planning to request a change in Calvin’s bail conditions. The bizarre series of events that led to Calvin’s arrest began early the afternoon of Friday, April 15, when he allegedly stole a car in downtown Nashua, crashed it on the Everett Turnpike, flagged down a passing motorist, stabbed her and pulled her from her car then took off in the car southbound toward Massachusetts. Calvin eventually turned around and headed back toward New Hampshire, with several police cruisers in pursuit. The pursuit ended when Calvin allegedly crashed the stolen car into several vehicles sitting in traffic at Exit 4 in Nashua. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:55:00 EST Trio of Nashua drug court grads focused on the future NASHUA – Judge Jacalyn Colburn’s reading of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss has become a tradition at Hillsborough County South Adult Drug Court graduations – but it was especially relevant Thursday, as three of the court’s graduates were in their mid-20s. Graduates Brianna Baglione, Justin Hall and Richard Marchant all have pasts of drug addiction starting in their teens, but each used the podium – in front of roughly one hundred friends, family members, drug court participants and dignitaries – to look towards the future. Brianna Baglione became addicted to heroin as a teenager and faced a multitude of related charges until things finally culminated in November of 2015. It was around the same time she learned she was pregnant. “I would say that Brianna started drug court after hitting rock bottom,” Judge Colburn said. Drug courts offer non-violent offenders at high risk of continued criminal behavior and high need of substance use treatment an alternative to incarceration through judicially supervised programs. After Baglione entered, she began treatment at Keystone Hall in Nashua and never relapsed, Colburn said. She is now studying psychology at Nashua Community College, and has been accepted into the National Honor Society. He mother, Victoria, couldn’t hide her emotions as she commended her daughter’s accomplishment from the podium. “I just wanted to point out that Judge Colburn talked about her record. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:55:00 EST Mary Jean (Conley) Ewalt NASHUA – Mary Jean Ewalt, age 89, a resident of Nashua passed away at Community Hospice House on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. She was the beloved wife of 29 years to Burton E. Ewalt, who passed away on March 24, 1978. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 22, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Edward M. and Gladys K. (Walsh) Conley. Mary spent her childhood in Winchester, MA and graduated from Winchester High School, class of 1945. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:40:00 EST George F. Moulton George F. Moulton, 80 years old, a longtime resident of Nashua, died on January 18, 2017 at the Northwood Nursing Home in Lowell, MA. A loving father, grandpa and husband, he was born on September 11, 1936 in Lowell, MA, the son of Anna (Cregg) and George F. Moulton and a graduate of Lowell High School, class of 1955. He then served in the U.S. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:37:01 EST Bertha A. Laliberte Bertha A. (Soucy) Laliberte, 80, of Danvers, MA and formerly of Nashua, passed away Wednesday morning, January 18, 2017 at Beverly Hospital in Beverly, MA. A resident of the New England Homes for the Deaf in Danvers since March of 2014, Mrs. Laliberte was born in Madawaska, Maine on June 15, 1936, a daughter of the late Edmond and Yvette Soucy. She was educated in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at a School for the Deaf. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:37:01 EST Edgar Charles Smith WEARE, N.H. – Edgar Charles (Smitty) Smith of Weare, NH. Born June 3, 1954 and passed on January 16, 2017 after a long period of declining health. Born in Nashua, NH to Vernon Charles and Sylvia Grace (Colburn) Smith. Graduated from Nashua High School in 1972 and proudly served in the US Air Force. His career as a highly respected diesel mechanic began at Blue Line Express during his high school years. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:10:00 EST Carmen St. Onge Carmen St. Onge, 90, formerly of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully Saturday morning, January 14, 2017 at Laurel Place in Hudson. She was born in Quebec, Canada on December 25, 1926, a daughter of the late Lorenzo and Marie Anne (Brassard) Levesque. Before moving to Nashua, she was educated in Canada. She had worked for Nashua Corporation for 17 years before retiring in 1989. Among her many interests she loved playing cards with her groups at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, bowling and playing computer games. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Donald Ravenelle. Mrs. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:13:00 EST Barbara Joy Pouliot DOVER, NH – Barbara Joy Pouliot, 90 years old, a resident of Wells, Maine formerly of Nashua, NH, died Monday January 16, 2017 at Bellamy Fields Assisted Living Facility in Dover, NH after a brief illness. Barbara was born in Sanford, Maine on April 27, 1926, a daughter of Herman and Marion (Mitchell) Joy and graduated from Sanford High School the Class of 1944. She was a homemaker, raised her children, and volunteered for many organizations including the Hunt Home in Nashua, NH. She was a member of the Nashua Country Club, YMCA/YWCA of Nashua, NH and also a member of Citrus Hills Country Club in Hernando, FL where she and her husband wintered. Barbara enjoyed skiing, playing golf, tennis, bridge, hand-and-foot, gardening, baking and entertaining family and friends. She is predeceased by her husband, J. Herman Pouliot who passed away in 1998. She is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Pouliot White of Wells, Maine and Lisa Caisse of Scituate, MA; and her brother, Leonard Joy of Raleigh, NC; and four grandchildren, Michelle Perry, Allison White Kimberly Blackmore and Kristina Blackmore; and three great-grandchildren. Her Service will be Private. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:16:00 EST Kenneth Norman Michaud Kenneth Norman “Ken” Michaud, 63, of Nashua, died peacefully at his home on Friday, January 13, 2017. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on FRIDAY, January 20th from 4 until 5:30 PM at ANCTIL-ROCHETTE & SON FUNERAL HOME, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua. A service will be held in the funeral home at 5:30 PM. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:16:00 EST Locals named CHaD All-Stars Milford and Souhegan each send pair Several local high school football seniors will be taking part in one more game in late June. Souhegan fullback-linebacker Tucker Ai­ello and two-way line­man Luuc Grondstra were selected, as were rival Milford's tight end/ linebacker Ryan Cami­rand and fullback-linebacker Teagan Vitali. A total of 84 players out of 170 nominated fill up the rosters. All the locals are on the West squad, where they will be joined by several Greater Nashua peers. Merrimack High School record-setting quar­terback and Telegraph Player of the Year Justin Grassini heads an impres­sive list that includes five Tomahawks, three from Nashua North, two from Nashua South, and one from Bishop Guertin to play in the sixth annual ChaD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock) New Hampshire East- West All-Star football game at Saint Anselm Col­lege's Grappone Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 30. Grassini threw for 3,546 yards for the Tomahawks, who made it to the Divi­sion I semis before losing to overtime to Bedford. He also set the state re­cord with an incredible 43 touchdown passes. Fellow Tomahawks join­ing him on the West squad are Alec Bronchuk, Ryan Fournier, Tyler DeNeill and Danny McKillop. The teams were select­ed by the coaching staffs of Team East and Team West, led by head coach­es Craig Kozens and Jim Schubert, respectively. The East has won the last two games but still trails in the series, 3-2. Tickets for the game will be available in the spring. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:02:16 EST Nashua South wrestlers fend off Alvirne WRESTLING Nashua South 48, Alvirne 36 The Panthers took control with strong wins by fall early by Kyle Salemi at 106 (in 4:49), Ryan Jigarjien at 113 (2:38), Matt Lamarche at 120 (1:23) and Jeremy Bridge at 126 (4:54). Other South winners included Thomas Cullerton at 145 (fall, :55), Shad Lacombe by fall at 152 (2:00), Tyler Linscott at 170 (fall, 3:17), Nathanael Tejada at 195 (fall, :55). Bronco winners were Nick Milinazzo at 132 (by fall, 1:34), Cam McClure at 138 (1:32), Alec Prescott at 160 (1:10) and Brandon Greenhalgh at 220 (by fall, 56 seconds). Alvirne also got two forfeit wins. Milford 48, Hollis Brookline 18 Host Milford won a whopping 10 matches, including three forfeits. Ethan Briggs captured an 8-4 decision at 132 and it went on from there with wins by Trevor Grenier at 138 (6-3), Maverick Dodier at 145 (7-4), Ricky DeBernardo at 152 (fall), Kyle Faucher-Clancy at 160 (6-2), George Horta at 182 (fall) and Dominic Goulette at 195 (fall). The Cavs got wins by Cameron Dreyer at 120 (10-5) and Dan Delong at 126 (fall) plus one forfeit win at 220. Manchester Central 48, Nashua North 4 Wayne Nolette was the lone Titan winner with a 14-4 major decision victory at North. BOYS BASKETBALL Belmont 75, Campbell 64 The visiting Cougars got 19 points from Harrison Vedrani and 14 from Matt Gagne but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 5-2 in Division III. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:43:00 EST Nashua Foundries operating as usual; timing of tank removal prompted DES fine NASHUA – The president and the operations manager of Nashua Foundries said Wednesday that the firm was in the process of hiring a company to remove an underground storage tank last spring when it learned it wouldn't be able to meet the deadline for removal imposed by state DES officials. The Telegraph incorrectly indicated in a Tuesday story that Nashua Foundries had closed recently. President Peter J. Lyons and Operations Manager Gwen Krailo said Wednesday morning that the firm, which employs 22 people, "intends to continue operations for the foreseeable future." "Nashua Foundries has been in operation since 1863 and continues to operate today," Lyons said. As for the DES action, Lyons said his firm, at 5 Foundry St., had every intention of complying in timely fashion with a state Department of Environmental Services order to remove the tank, but the firm needed more time than was allotted to come up with the necessary funds. "We responded to them. ... We were getting bids for the job, but we missed their deadline," Lyons said, referring to the DES. The result was a $50,000 fine levied on the firm by DES officials, who announced late Tuesday via email that the sides "reached a settlement" whereby Nashua Foundries would pay the fine in 25 monthly installments of $2,000 each. "In a tight economy, we did not have sufficient funds to remove the tank within the specified time frame, resulting in the assessed fine," Lyons said. He and Krailo pointed out that DES officials monitored the tank and the removal process, and found no evidence of leakage or any contamination of surrounding soil. Had the tank been leaking and causing environmental impact, Lyons said, “It would have been a different story. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:04:00 EST Former Nashua Rite Aid employee charged with two counts of theft NASHUA – A former employee of a Nashua Rite Aid is accused of processing fake returns and keeping the money, as well as stealing merchandise off the shelves, according to police. Lee Ann Houle, 46, of 4 Prospect Ave., No. 2, was arrested Jan. 17 on a warrant after a months-long investigation by the Nashua Police Department into a series of crime at the pharmacy chain’s location at 331 Main St. Court documents indicate Houle now faces two counts of Class A felony theft and up to 15 years imprisonment. The store’s loss prevention manager contacted police July 29, 2016 under the belief Houle was processing fraudulent returns and, during the investigation, officers learned she was also reportedly stealing merchandise. Houle was released on $25,000 personal recognizance bail. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:01:00 EST Nashua represented at D.C. March NASHUA – Jenn Morton was faced with a tough choice. To book a bus, or not to book a bus. Morton had been calling bus companies for days following the Nov. 8, 2016 election of President-elect Donald Trump. She was trying to get information on the basics, like how much it would cost and when she would need to get the deposits in. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:00:44 EST Lots of class and classical music offered in January Get out those opera glasses! Or not; we don't stand on uptight stereotypes around here. Neither do our friends in the classical music community. There are several events to share with you this week that offer opportunities to experience perhaps a new-to-your-family level of music appreciation. On Page 3, read about Symphony NH's first concert of the season on Saturday in Nashua. They'll present classics from two greats - Mozart and Beethoven. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:02:01 EST Opera NH brings ‘Arias and Aperitivo’ to Nashua NASHUA - From 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Opera New Hampshire will present "Arias and Aperitivo" at the Nashua Country Club, 25 Fairway St. Next weekend's event will feature several singers performing arias from favorite operas. As guests are enjoying the music, the country club will provide an array of hors d'oeuvres and appetizers - or "aperitivo" in Italian. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:03:26 EST Apparent parking-lot immolation extinguished by bystanders NASHUA – A man survived after he apparently set himself on fire in the Headlines parking lot late Tuesday night, as bystanders were able to extinguish the flames. Nashua Police Lt. Robert Giggi said good Samaritans were responsible for putting out the fire before fire crews and police arrived. “It is my understanding that once the emergency responders got there, the fire was already extinguished,” Giggi said Wednesday morning. The Nashua Police Department responded to the scene at 37 East Hollis St. around 10:29 p.m. for the report of a man on fire in the parking lot. On their arrival, officers found a male victim who had sustained injuries from the fire, which had already been put out. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:07:58 EST North girls shake off South for 56-35 victory NASHUA - Nashua North got exactly what it needed right before the half. A pair of Danielle Upton 3-pointers in the final two minutes of the first half gave the Titans some momentum and they rode that into the second half to a 56-35 victory over Nashua South in a girls basketball game on Tuesday night at Nashua North High School. "I think it kind of gave us a little energy," Nashua North coach Christina Collins said. "We were dead there for a little while. Not a lot going on, so they gave a boost going into (halftime). It was big." After the half, North's offense was much more fluid and more efficient. "It was kind of they came together and said, 'We have to start doing something, get rid of the ball, pass the ball, do something,' " Collins said of the difference between the two halves, giving her players credit. "They kind of came together at halftime and said they had to do something." North jumped out to a 5-0 lead on an Upton 3 and an Isabel Dunning jumper. Eventually, South got on the board three minutes into the opening quarter on a Jasmine Sylvester 3 to cut it to 5-3. The Panthers got the better of the Titans the remainder of the period thanks to aggressive play on the offensive end. They were rewarded when freshman Kirsten McIntire collected an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and followed to knot the game at 9-9 after one. Kendall Bush got a steal and transition bucket to give the Panthers their first lead of the night at 11-9 and again put her team up 15-14 on a jumper. It was all North the rest of the half though. The Titans went on a 7-0 half-closing run highlighted by a pair of Upton threes from the right wing to give North a 21-15 lead at the break. For South in the first half, it was making the game ugly and converting on the opportunities it did have, whether it be open threes on points off offensive rebounds starting with McIntire. "She's been doing that for us pretty much all season and doing a good job of it," South coach Daniel Wyborney said of McIntire. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:02:08 EST Wanda Sankiewicz Wanda Sankiewicz. Born Dec.18, 1917 in N.H. Died Dec. 13, 2016 in Calif. Widow of Bronislaw Sankiewicz (Bruno) and further predeceased by her parents, Helena and Joseph Rotkiewicz, and sisters Sophia, Stella, Mary, and Stephanie. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:26:28 EST Armand ‘Pete’ H. Marquis Armand "Pete" H. Marquis, 85 of Crystal River FL, went home to be with our Lord on Sunday January 15, 2017, after ongoing health issues. Pete was born in Nashua NH to Albert J. & Yvonne Marquis on April 5, 1931. He went to high school at Nashua Senior High School. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:26:52 EST Carmen St. Onge Carmen St. Onge, 90, formerly of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully Saturday morning, January 14, 2017 at Laurel Place in Hudson. She was born in Quebec, Canada on December 25, 1926, a daughter of the late Lorenzo and Marie Anne (Brassard) Levesque. Before moving to Nashua, she was educated in Canada. She had worked for Nashua Corporation for 17 years before retiring in 1989. Among her many interests she loved playing cards with her groups at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, bowling and playing computer games. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Donald Ravenelle. Mrs. St. Onge is survived by her daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Ravenelle and Diane and Thomas Tessier; her brother Raymond Levesque; her dear cousin, Marie-Paule Baker; her nieces and cousins; and numerous dear friends from the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Her family also wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the care she received from the nurses and staff at Laurel Place. SERVICES: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:29:18 EST Bertha N. ‘Betty’ Kazlauskas Bertha N. "Betty" Kazlauskas, 96, a resident of the Hunt Community in Nashua since 1997, and widow of former Nashua funeral director Charles F. Kazlauskas, passed away Tuesday morning, January 17, 2017 at her home at the Hunt Community. A Nashua native, Betty was born on November 3, 1920, a daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Swakla) Wollen. She was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1938 and furthered her education at the former Nashua Business College. Betty had been employed as a secretary at L.S. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:30:09 EST Kenneth Norman Michaud NASHUA - Kenneth Norman "Ken" Michaud, 63, died peacefully at his home on Friday, January 13, 2017. Ken was born in Nashua on December 17, 1953; he was the son of the late Norman O. and Marcella (Theiss) Michaud. He was educated in the Nashua school system and was a graduate of Nashua High School. Most recently, Ken was employed by Belletetes Inc. in Nashua and was previously employed for over 15 years as a salesman for Montgomery Ward and also for Jeannotte's as a manager. In his free time, Ken loved woodworking. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:30:32 EST Armande ‘Mandy’ (Turgeon) Hughes Armande "Mandy" (Turgeon) Hughes, 89, passed away Sunday morning, January 15, 2017 in the comfort of her home surrounded by those who loved her. She died with dignity and grace which is how she lived. Armande was the youngest of 13 children born to the late Adjutor and Marie Louise Turgeon in Somersworth, New Hampshire. She was educated at St. Martin's Parochial School, graduated from Villa Augustina High School and studied cosmetology. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:30:57 EST James Daniel Cobleigh James Daniel Cobleigh, 86, of Nashua, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack. James was born on March 27, 1930 in Tyngsboro, MA, a son of the late Frank and Anna (Burton) Cobleigh. He was the husband of the late Shirley (Potter) Cobleigh. They were married on May 26, 1951 in Nashua and shared over 64 years of marriage until her passing on May 12, 2015. James was a student at Windslow Grammer School in Tyngsboro and a graduate of Lowell High School. He had worked as a plant engineer for Sprague Electric for 37 years. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:34:47 EST Diane Spaulding Tong Diane Spaulding Tong, 78, died Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH. She was born on January 5, 1939 in Nashua, NH. Diane, a lifelong resident of Nashua, was the daughter of Laurence and Phyllis Spaulding. Diane graduated from Nashua High School in 1956 and graduated from Wheelock College, Boston in 1960 with a BS in education. Diane taught at White Wing and Fairgrounds for a few years before changing to the insurance industry. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:35:17 EST Positive Street Art plans birthday shindig NASHUA - Nashua's urban art pioneers Positive Street Art will hold a five-year anniversary celebration from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Martha's Exchange second-floor ballroom at 187 Main St. The event is one part art party and one part fundraiser as the group looks to raise money for a series of outdoor downtown murals. Positive Street Art is centered on urban visual and performing art with a sense of community. The group has created several murals throughout downtown and has a Main Street art gallery at which it shows the work of local artists and holds workshops. The "primary project is the 'Gratitude' mural," said Tom Lopez, a Ward 4 alderman who is the PSA president. The mural is planned for the wall of PRG, facing Santander Bank. The purpose of the mural is to "express gratitude to Nashua, the community and to foster it in other people," Lopez said. Work on the outdoor project is weather-dependent. Conception and creation will be done by PSA's Cecilia Ulibarri with input from youths around the city and beyond, including young people with whom Lopez has had contact while connected to another arts group in Honduras. Another mural will be painted behind Martha's Exchange, which has sponsored the group's Main Street art gallery venture called Studio 175. A third mural will focus on the families of military personnel as part of its "Hearts and Minds for Veterans" series. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:23:54 EST City man charged in stabbing, robbery; Nashua resident was arraigned Tuesday on four felony charges NASHUA - A Temple Street resident in his late 60s is recovering from stab wounds he suffered over the weekend, allegedly at the hands of a 26-year-old man who is accused of slipping into the older man's apartment to rob him. Brandon Mason, a Nashua resident who lists no fixed address, was arraigned Tuesday in Nashua district court on four felony charges accusing him of threatening the 68-year-old man while demanding money, stabbing him twice with a knife, and for possessing a deadly weapon as a convicted felon. Mason was ordered held on $100,000 cash only bail pending a probable cause hearing, which Nashua district court Judge Paul S. Moore set for 8:15 a.m. Jan. 30 in the Nashua court. Three of the charges - two counts of first-degree assault and one count of robbery - are Class A felonies, while the deadly weapon possession offense is a Class B felony. Police said in reports that the alleged victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that didn't appear to be life-threatening. According to police affidavits, the incident began just after midnight Saturday when a 30-year-old woman, described as a friend of the victim, knocked on the door of his apartment building saying she'd "been beaten up and needed some ice." He let her in, police said, and when he returned to his apartment to put clothes on heard the woman whispering to someone in the kitchen. There, a man later identified as Mason demanded money from the victim, and when the victim declined and "told him to 'get the hell out,' " the man allegedly threatened to stab him. The victim, police said, grabbed a wooden picture frame and began striking the assailant, who then allegedly stabbed the victim in the left side of his body. The victim picked up a chair to try and ward off the attacker, police said, but the suspect allegedly stabbed him a second time. At that point, police said, Mason and the woman fled the apartment building. Later on Saturday, police located the woman at her Fulton Street residence, and she agreed to be interviewed, police said. She said she and Mason were together the previous evening, and at one point went to the victim's apartment building, but only to visit a friend who also lives there. During her interview, police said Mason showed up "unexpectedly" at the station and agreed to speak with detectives. Confronted by a detective about the alleged assault, Mason allegedly told him that "there is no way that (the victim) could identify him (Mason) as the suspect," police said. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:03:59 EST Crews rescue bridge jumper from the Merrimack River NASHUA - Emergency crews say a male who jumped off the Veteran's Bridge Tuesday afternoon was quickly pulled from the frigid waters and transported to a local hospital. Officers with the Nashua Police Department responded shortly after 1:30 p.m. to the bridge separating Hudson and Nashua after receiving a report of a despondent individual in the area. The first officers on-scene was alerted by witnesses the individual climbed over the guardrail on the bridge and leapt into the Merrimack River. Members of the Nashua and Hudson police departments were able to locate him floating on the surface of the water and eventually ended up on the Nashua side of the river, where he was pulled from the water by police. Emergency medical response was provided by Nashua Fire Rescue, Hudson Fire Department and AMR ambulance service. Police say the individual, who was not identified in a press release, was removed from the water and treated on-scene for hypothermia. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:23:26 EST Good, bad and ugly of local sports All around us are stories waiting to be told - good ones, bad ones and, unfortunately, others that are more on the ugly side of life. Over the last couple of weeks Greater Nashua has witnessed a few of the first two, and one prime example of the latter. As is customary when asked to choose, let's go with the good news first, namely Nashua's Kevin McGowan, before tackling the sour issues - such as Merrimack's poor shooting in a 38-point boys basketball loss at Bedford on Jan. 3, and a Nashua parent hosting parties for high schoolers that included alcohol. The good The story of Kevin McGowan is most definitely a good one. The Nashua High School North and Franklin Pierce University graduate was selected in the 13th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft and has paced himself perfectly thus far. He's done anything asked of him at every level by New York Mets management. It's paying off beautifully. He is one of 13 Mets minor league players to be invited to major league camp during spring training. Already down in Florida working out with some younger Mets prospects, he'll officially report to the big league camp Feb. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:03:44 EST Hearing date set for city woman NASHUA - Citing her alleged history of failing to appear in court when ordered, a Superior Court judge has denied a motion seeking personal recognizance bail for Nashua resident Lauren Munday, a former fugitive of the week who once jumped from a third-floor window to evade capture. Munday, 29, formerly of 93 Marshall St., and currently of no fixed address, is now in jail awaiting her next in a long line of scheduled court appearances - a violation-of-probation hearing set for 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Nashua district court. According to Munday's file at Hillsborough County Superior Court South, the most recent series of court hearings and Munday's alleged non-appearances began on July 8, when Judge Charles Temple granted a prosecutor's motion to revoke Munday's bail based on allegations she violated terms of her probation. The probation order stemmed from Munday's conviction on two counts of first-degree assault, charges connected to a July 2015 attack on a male acquaintance with a pair of scissors. The prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Cassie Devine, had requested in July that warrants be issued for Munday's arrest on the alleged probation violations. Several continuances later, on Dec. 7, 2016, Munday's attorney, Donna Jean Brown, filed a motion asking that Munday's bail be amended to personal recognizance, to allow her to enter an outpatient substance abuse program. Brown pointed out that Munday had sought to enter an inpatient program, but officials at the facility said she wasn't eligible and recommended the outpatient program. Despite assurances that Munday would stay out of trouble, would attend all required court appearances and agree to live under the supervision of her mother, Temple denied the request, based, he wrote, on her failure to appear at her most recent hearing. Munday remained at large until Jan. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:30:52 EST Normand E. Ouellette NASHUA - Normand Ernest Ouellette, 82, died peacefully at his home, Friday, January 6, 2017. Normand was born in Nashua on December 29, 1934. He was the son of the late Romeo and Juliette (Rivard) Ouellette. For many years, he was employed as a carpenter as well as a musician. He worked with many Nashville artists where he also backed them at shows through his life. He played drums for 24 years for country music bands. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:03:07 EST Nashua man to do jail time for possessing, selling drugs NASHUA - Matthew Escamilla, one of several men and women arrested last summer in a Nashua police drug sweep, has agreed to plead guilty to two of his charges in exchange for a roughly six-month term in Valley Street jail. Escamilla, 28, who at the time of his indictment in October had no fixed address but has previously listed addresses of 23 Temple St., Apt. 119, and 2 Reading Road, entered guilty pleas on two counts of sale of a controlled drug, which are special felonies accusing him of selling fentanyl to undercover police agents on June 22 and 30. The plea agreement Escamilla reached with prosecutors calls for a 12-month jail sentence on one of the charges and 11/2 to 3 years in State Prison on the other. The prison sentence is suspended in its entirety for three years. Escamilla also received credit for 170 days already served in jail, leaving him with six months and 10 days to serve at the Manchester jail. Judge Philip Mangones, who presided over Escamilla's plea hearing last week in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, listed several provisions of the agreement, including that Escamilla remain on good behavior, that he make restitution to Nashua Police in the amount of $160, that he participate meaningfully in, and complete, any counseling, treatment and educational programs as directed by corrections officials or his probation or parole officers. He also must complete drug treatment as directed by probation. The prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Leslie Gill, agreed to nol pros, or dismiss, the two other charges against Escamilla, both Class B felonies accusing him of sale of a counterfeit drug, also on June 22 and 30. Escamilla was charged with two of the offenses when he and seven others were arrested in late July as part of a Nashua police combined drug impact initiative. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:04:02 EST Vivian C. (Girard) Desjardins NASHUA - Vivian C. (Girard) Desjardins, 78, died peacefully, Friday morning, January 13, 2017 at Courville Nursing Home with her husband by her side. She is the beloved wife of Conrad Desjardins who she shared 46 wonderful years of marriage. Vivian was born in Nashua on August 29, 1938 and was the daughter of the late Hector and Lillian (Levesque). In her early years, she was a Carmelite Sister for Aged & Infirm for 10 years. She later attended nursing school and practiced as a registered nurse for over 30 years, including more than 10 years at Greenbriar Nursing Home. Vivian was an avid reader and also enjoyed knitting, needle point, and crocheting but above all, her most cherished time was spent with her family. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son John Desjardins and his wife Renee of Londonderry; two granddaughters Aubrey and Caroline; she is also survived by her brother Hector Girard Jr. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:01:45 EST Harold Weisman Harold Weisman, 84, of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully Saturday morning, January 14, 2017. Born June 22, 1932 in Revere, MA he was the son of Charles and Minnie Weisman. Married twice, he was predeceased by his first wife Lois Weisman of Revere and survived by his second wife Anne Rivers of Malden, although divorced, have remained dear friends. He is survived by his long time companion, Luanne Lemay of Nashua, NH. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:01:16 EST Claire M. (Shea) Sullivan Claire M. (Shea) Sullivan, 95, of Nashua, widow of former Nashua Mayor Dennis J. Sullivan, passed away Thursday morning, January 12, 2017 at the Courville at Nashua after a period of declining health. Mrs. Sullivan was born in Claremont, NH on August 25, 1921, a daughter of the late Daniel W. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:00:47 EST Saving soda can pull-tabs can help save children’s lives Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston have been collecting pull-tabs (or pop-tops) from beverage cans since 1989. Money from recycling is put towards programs and equipment that directly benefit children, including a trailer for the hospital van used to transport medical equipment and records to outreach clinics throughout New England. The Nashua Emblem Club, associated with the Nashua Lodge of Elks, appreciates Mailbag readers keeping tabs for kids. Tabs can help work miracles for children "A few years back, Chris' Mailbag wrote about Mass. hospitals collecting soda can tabs," writes Laura C. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:01:14 EST Nashua wrestling’s founding father feted NASHUA - For a quarter century, Nashua High School's first wrestling coach, Paul Bellavance, was always prepared. He was finally caught by surprise on the mat on Saturday, though, when he was named the first inductee to the Nashua High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. Bellavance, already a Nashua High School and NHIAA Hall of Famer, introduced the wrestling program in 1970 and compiled a gaudy dual-meet record of 246-15-5 during his 25-year tenure. Under his watch, Nashua won the 1978 New England championship and six state crowns. It was also announced that the first Nashua Hall of Fame Classic would be the final one. Next year, it will be known as the Paul Bellavance Hall of Fame Classic. "This is a total surprise to me," Bellavance said. "I didn't expect this. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:06:40 EST Lamarche claims 120 title for Nashua South Wrestling Panthers place 9 at Nashua HOF Classic Matt Lamarche navigated his way to the 120-pound Nashua Hall of Fame Classic championship on Saturday at Nashua High School South, pacing the host Panthers to fourth place out of nine teams. South placed nine wrestlers overall. Ryan Jigijian (106), Jeremy Bridge (126), Trevor Froburg (132) and Shad Lacombe (152) finished as runners-up. Pranav Prabhala (138) was third; Tom Cullerton (145) and Kyle O'Connor (182) earned fourth. Pilgrim, R.I, won the tournament, while Natick (Mass.), Exeter, South and Salem rounded out the top five. The Panthers will host Alvirne on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Broncos go 3-0  at Alvirne duals The Broncos had the help of five forfeits to earn a 40-30 victory over the Bulldogs. Jackson McGovern earned the first varsity victory of his career with an 8-0 triumph at 106 over Bedford's Matt Cosio. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:05:20 EST 5 locals win Elks ‘Hoop Shoot’ district titles Five locals won the 2017 State Elks Southwest District "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw contest recently at the Derry Boys and Girls Club and will move on to the state finals on Feb. 5 in Epson. Twelve-year-old Ariana Sofa had the hottest hand in Girls competition, sinking 20 of 25 free throws. Other local girls division winners included Nashuans 9-year-old Taylor Joyal, (8-9) and 10-year-old Aliyah Vasquez (10-11 division). Nashua's Ryan Haskel, 11, dropped in 21 out of 25 free throws to win the 10-11 boys division, while 9-year-old Navein Sribalaharan of Nashua hit 14 of 25 to take the 8-9 boys division title. Keene's Mathew Wagner dropped in 22 of 25 to win the 12-13 boys division with Hudson 12-year-old Colin Toohey placing third with 17 free throws. The six winners all received gold trophies. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:03:39 EST Improving mental health, substance use treatment Readers of this column will by now be aware that United Way focuses on fighting for the health, education and economic mobility of every person in our community. This month, I have chosen to address a major new initiative in Greater Nashua which will, over the next few years, bring much needed change and resources in the field of behavioural health treatment. Of course, this is a very complex and difficult problem, so future columns will revisit various aspects of this initiative in more detail. The initiative itself is known by various names, but most commonly the IDN, or Integrated Delivery Network. The IDN is an effort which is taking place throughout the state of New Hampshire, which has been divided into seven different IDN regions. Our region in Greater Nashua is known as IDN 3 and encompasses the communities of Nashua, Amherst, Litchfield, Milford, Wilton, Brookline, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, Hollis, Mason, Hudson, Merrimack and Pelham. As a statewide initiative, there will be $150 million coming into New Hampshire over the next 5 years with a portion allocated to our region of approximately $17.7 million. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:02:50 EST Man stabbed during robbery NASHUA - Police say a Temple Street man was stabbed during a robbery on Saturday. Police were called to a home at 23 Temple St. sometime after midnight on Saturday for a report of a robbery and assault. They found a man injured from a stabbing, and brought him to a local hospital for treatment. The identity of the victim was not disclosed by police. No information about the alleged attacker was released, and police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Nashua Police Department at (603) 594-3500 or the Crime Line at (603) 589-1665. - DAMIEN FISHER Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:07:34 EST Man allegedly punched, suffocated woman; female told police 30-year-old Nashuan also stole from her NASHUA - Following an investigation that began in December, police say a Nashua man is charged with punching and suffocating a woman. Officers with the Nashua Police Department responded to a call of a domestic disturbance in the city about 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 7. A woman told officers the suspect, later identified as Curtis Gomez, 30, of 110 Alban St., Apt. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:42:49 EST News Digest Nashua Lung cancer support group to launch at YMCA A new support group for lung cancer survivors and caregivers is set hold its first meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the YMCA of Greater Nashua, located on Stadium Drive. The monthly meetings will take place on the third Tuesday of every month. "This support group is intended to provide a safe space for lung cancer survivors to come together for community, sharing and learning from each other," said YMCA member Eric Bergeson, who facilitated the launch of the group. "As lung cancer survivors, we are in this together, each having been diagnosed with lung cancer at some time in the past. It may have been recently and you are in need of knowing others with the same disease, and it may have been some time ago and you continue to have a need to talk about your experience with others who will understand you anxiety, aches, pains, treatments, prognosis, et cetera." The group is open to lung cancer survivors, their caregivers and close friends. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:41:49 EST Harold Weisman Harold Weisman, 84, of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully Saturday morning, January 14, 2017. Born June 22, 1932 in Revere, MA he was the son of Charles and Minnie Weisman. Married twice, he was predeceased by his first wife Lois Weisman of Revere and survived by his second wife Anne Rivers of Malden, although divorced, have remained dear friends. He is survived by his long time companion, Luanne Lemay of Nashua, NH. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:25:26 EST Virginia T. Garceau NASHUA - Virginia T. (Vassar) Garceau, 86, died peacefully Thursday evening, January 12, 2017 after a long fight with Alzheimer's disease at Greenbriar Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the cherished wife of Richard G. Garceau and now joins her beloved son, Robert G. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:24:57 EST Vivian C. Desjardins NASHUA - Vivian C. (Girard) Desjardins, 78, died peacefully, Friday morning, January 13, 2017 at Courville Nursing Home with her husband by her side. She is the beloved wife of Conrad Desjardins who she shared 46 wonderful years of marriage. Vivian was born in Nashua on August 29, 1938 and was the daughter of the late Hector and Lillian (Levesque). In her early years, she was a Carmelite Sister for Aged & Infirm for 10 years. She later attended nursing school and practiced as a registered for over 30 years, including more than 10 years at Greenbriar Nursing Home. Vivian was an avid reader and also enjoyed knitting, needle point, and crocheting but above all, her most cherished time was spent with her family. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son John Desjardins and his wife Renee of Londonderry; two granddaughters Aubrey and Caroline; she is also survived by her brother Hector Girard Jr. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:24:34 EST Maureen Eva Campbell Maureen Eva Campbell, 83, a longtime resident of Nashua passed away peacefully at Southern NH Medical Center on December 31, 2016. She was born in Methuen, MA on November 17, 1933, a daughter of Walter and Eva (Vignault) Desharnais. Mrs. Campbell is remembered as a dedicated mother and grandmother and retired in 2001 from working 30+ years at HBM in Framingham, MA to move to NH in 2003. She was a spirited woman who maintained her sharp mind through extensive reading and word search puzzles. She enjoyed yard work and her morning cups of coffee, daily news stories and the comforts of her home. She also enjoyed relentlessly playing Bingo with her longtime friends Darlene and Irene. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:24:11 EST Cards hold off Panthers NASHUA - Friday night was the effort first-year Bishop Guertin coach Matt Regan was waiting for. The Cardinals maintained a modest lead over Nashua South for the majority of the evening and held off the Panthers for a 60-52 victory at Roedel Field House. "We finally played hard for four quarters," Regan said. "In our first four games this year, we've played hard in spurts and we've done well, but tonight we actually played hard for four quarters, which was nice to see." Clay Crowell scored a team-high 18 points for the Cardinals, while Mike Rinko filled the stat sheet with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Pat Donovan was also scored in double-figures for Guertin (2-3) with 13 points, including free throws down the stretch to prevent any chance of a South (2-3) comeback. "I was very happy with the way Mike Rinko played. He kind of asserted himself in the first quarter all the way throughout the whole game," Regan said. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:01:11 EST BG girls cruise past South NASHUA - In some respects, it was a mismatch from the start. Bishop Guertin, the defending Division I champion, is loaded with talent and experience, while Nashua South is a plucky group of mostly underclassmen trying to learn to win. The Panthers hung around for the first quarter, but the Cardinals eventually flexed their muscle en route to a 64-30 victory on Friday night at the the Colligidome. BG senior Meghan Cramb, an Assumption College recruit, led the way with 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. "She's a good player. She's aggressive on both ends of the floor," BG coach Brad Kreick said. "Really in all phases, she's doing a nice job for us right now." Guertin (6-1) scored the first nine points of the game, but South (1-7) responded with hoops from Shardeia Spearman and Jasmine Sylvester trimmed the gap to 9-4 going into the second quarter. However, it was all Guertin from there. The Cardinals built a 34-11 advantage by halftime and extended the advantage to 54-22 heading to the final quarter. "The first quarter, we competed with them," Nashua South coach Dan Wyborney said. "We still created some shots and looks in the other quarters, some of them just didn't fall. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:00:45 EST Several locals named to CHaD All-Star team Several local high school football seniors will be taking part in one more game in late June before they head off to college in the fall. Merrimack High School record-setting quarterback and Telegraph Player of the Year Justin Grassini heads an impressive list that includes five Tomahawks, three from Nashua North, two each from Milford, Souhegan and Nashua South, and one from Bishop Guertin to play in the sixth annual ChaD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock) New Hampshire East-West All-Star football game at Saint Anselm College's Grappone Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 30. A total of 84 players out of 170 nominated fill up the rosters. All the locals are on the West squad. Grassini threw for 3,546 yards for the Tomahawks, who made it to the Division I semis before losing to overtime to Bedford. He also set the state record with an incredible 43 touchdown passes. Fellow Tomahawks joining him on the West squad are running back-safety Alec Bronchuk, receiver-defensive back Ryan Fournier, receiver-defensive back Tyler DeNeil and wideout-defensive end Danny McKillop. DeNeil stands out with 474 receiving yards, four interceptions and 12 all-purpose TDs. Nashua North will have tight end/linebacker Levi Gosselin along with two-way linemen Finn Littlefield and Trey Legraw made the squad. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:00:21 EST Faith C. Nigro Nashua, NH - Faith C. Nigro, 53, passed away in her home on January 11, 2017. Born on August 14, 1963 in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of Anthony Nigro and the late Phyllis (Amana) Nigro. Faith was proud to be a manager at Dunkin' Donuts, helping to keep America going. She loved playing Keno and the occasional trip to Foxwoods. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:06:40 EST David A. Boulia David Andrew Boulia, 53, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away Wednesday evening, January 11, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, due to complications from pneumonia, surrounded by his loving family and friends. One of five children of the late Kenneth R. and Theresa C. (Mason) Boulia, he was born in Nashua on February 1, 1963. David was educated in Nashua schools and had been employed at Highland Tool Company, Inc. David enjoyed spending time outdoors since he was a young boy. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:06:16 EST Antonio M. Oliveira Antonio M. Oliveira, 80, of Nashua, NH passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at his home. He was the husband of Lucia M. Oliveira. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:05:52 EST Elizabeth C. Burnett BURNETT, Elizabeth C, age 82, of NH, formerly of Millis, died peacefully Monday Jan 9, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late John Burnett. Loving mother of Brenda Ball and her husband Edward of ME, Gordon Burnett and his wife Karen of Nashua, Deborah Benefield of NC, Patricia Long and her husband Norman of Nashua and Judith Garneau and her husband Michael of Manchester. Also survived by 11 grand and 7 great grandchildren. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:05:28 EST Four more Granite Hammer arrests made NASHUA - Four people were arrested and charged with drug offenses after the latest arrest in a series of Granite Hammer operations. Nashua police say two Nashua women and two additional suspects, with no fixed addresses, were arrested and charged with possessing heroin. These individuals were charged by the Nashua Police Department: Miranda Mello, 22, of 801/2 West Hollis St., was charged with one count of heroin possession. Mello was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail. Vicki Uran, 36, of 7 Fourth St., Apt. B, was charged with selling heroin. Uran was held on $10,000 cash or surety bail. Linda Rancourt, 47, with no fixed address, was charged with one count of heroin possession. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:04:40 EST Modernizing effort; library renovating 7,000 square feet of lower level NASHUA - The Nashua Public Library's renovation project is seeing progress as the March completion date nears. The lower level of the building, which used to contain racks of media-centric books, discs and magazines, is being transformed into what library director Jennifer McCormack calls "collaboration space." "We're actually shrinking the space that physical stacks take up," McCormack said. "We see a need for this." A large meeting room will occupy one corner of the roughly 7,000-square-foot space. At the opposite corner, overlooking the Nashua River, will be an activity room that will be outfitted with a sink, countertops and hard-surfaced floor. In between them will be a small stage for live performances. Nearby, small meeting rooms share wall space. A room for computer instruction is at the other end of the now wide-open room. An open area with cafe-style seating will take up some open space. New walls have been erected and new electrical systems have been "roughed in" as the project progresses. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:03:27 EST ’57’s snow brought Nashua together I can't say I remember being inundated with snowstorm after snowstorm and nearly freezing to death back in January 1957 - but I bet the folks had my toddler-size form swaddled in a few extra layers of those Looney Tunes flannel blankets for most of the month. It's safe to say Greater Nashua set a few records in the cold and snow departments that month, highlighted by a week-long stretch 60 years ago this week: From Jan. 12-19, the average daily low was a numbing 14.8 degrees below zero. It gets better (or worse, depending on your perspective): Not to be outdone, the snow department of Mother Nature's weather factory put on a pretty impressive show in its own right. Together, the forces must have really tested the mettle of our Greatest Generation parents, and grandparents, most of whom had never owned a snowblower, much less a 4x4 truck with a plow, and tried to get by with snow tires and a set of those cumbersome tire chains known more for claiming a finger or a toe than giving you extra traction in snow. Our ancestral scribes at our predecessor-in-name, The Nashua Telegraph, kept Greater Nashua apprised of the numbing and snowy news, alternately delighting school-age kids with no-school announcements and touching off fits of moaning and groaning at the prospect of walking through the bitter cold when schools reopened. I imagine a lot of Nashuans accustomed to driving to work or play instead bundling themselves up and setting out on foot, leaving behind their paralyzed vehicles, covered in snow, their classic fins and hood ornaments sticking out of the drifts. Tragedy - often an inevitable by-product of weather extremes - struck at the height of the onslaught of cold and snow when Batista Adamo, the patriarch of the iconic Milford Road (now Route 101A) pizza shop, was killed when hit by a truck while crossing the road from the shop to his home. Several families were cruelly driven from their homes by fire; two people suffered burns. Several others were stricken, at least two fatally, while trying to stay ahead of the ever-mounting snowfalls. But in the middle of it all, I was quite interested to learn, a group of North End Nashua residents donned their community-activist hats and went public with what the Telegraph called "a spirited" campaign aimed at keeping city sidewalks clear of snow and ice. But unlike today, when this kind of plea would be addressed to the city's Public Works department, those behind the 1957 initiative asked City Hall to come up with an ordinance that, according to their petition, would "require property owners of (Nashua) to have their paved, cement, tarred, cinder or other walks running adjacent to the street and used by the public, cleared of snow within 24 hours after each and every storm." In other words, if a city sidewalk runs in front of your house, you'd have to shovel or plow "your section" in a timely manner. Interestingly, in an era when men most often undertook such civic and political endeavors, this group was made up of, and led by, women. Still, The Telegraph, in keeping with the "societal norms" of the time, identified them with their husbands' names, with a "Mrs." stuck in front. As in "Mrs. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:00:55 EST Nashua Police arrest suspect NASHUA - A 23-year-old man accused of robbing a variety store on Thursday was arrested soon after the event and is now charged with robbery, a Class A felony, as well as two counts of resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Dereck Chaisson, of no fixed address, is accused by police of entering Hollis Street Variety, 131 East Hollis St., around 9:30 p.m. and, with his hands in his pockets, asking the clerk to give him the money from the cash register; the clerk complied. The Nashua Police Department said Chaisson then fled the store in a red sedan, the description of which was broadcast to patrol officers. Less than an hour later, a vehicle matching the description given was located at Race Mart, 27 Canal St., by Officer Nicholas Markarian. When officers made contact with Chaisson, he tried to run away and resisted arrest when he was caught, police said. After Chaisson was booked, police learned he was also accused of being involved with robberies in Exeter and Portsmouth. Chaisson was arraigned Friday at Nashua district court, and his bail was set at $25,000 cash or surety. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Jan. 26. A Class A felony is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment, exclusive of fines, and a Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in prison. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:00:27 EST Goff receives 45 years to life for 2015 Marcum murder NASHUA – Nearly two years after Benjamin Marcum was randomly attacked and stabbed to death in downtown Nashua, Steve Marcum said he and his family are still stuck in a fog of disbelief. “It’s a massive fog bank, surrounding my family and myself. And it will never lift, because of what you did,” Marcum said, his voice rising as he turned and pointed to Jonathan Goff, the 18-year-old Nashua man who pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the March 2015 murder of Benjamin Marcum. “Jonathan Goff is a monster,” he said before returning to his seat. Steve Marcum was one of the six family members who rose to speak on behalf of their youngest brother during a nearly three-hour plea and sentencing hearing for Goff, the second of two young Nashua men to plead guilty in the incident that prosecutors and defense attorneys alike referred to at various times as heinous, brutal, violent and “particularly vicious.” In the end, Superior Court Judge Lawrence Smukler accepted Goff’s guilty pleas to one count each of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery, and after a brief recess handed down sentences of 45 years to life in state prison, with five years suspended, on the murder charge and 71/2-15 years in prison, all suspended, on the conspiracy charge. Goff was also credited with the 670 days – roughly 22 months – of time served since his arrest. The sentence nearly mirrors the term recommended by the prosecution, which was represented Thursday by Assistant Attorneys General Peter Hinckley and John Kennedy. Their recommendation of 40 years to life, Hinckley said, took into consideration Goff’s age – he had just turned 17 at the time of the incident – and that while the murder “was talked about” and Goff “did nothing to help Marcum” as he lay dying, it was not planned. Goff’s lawyers, public defenders Pamela Jones and Julia Nye, recommended a sentence of 30 years to life, citing numerous mitigating factors including what they described as Goff’s difficult, unstable childhood, poor choice of friends, significant behavior problems in school and juvenile detention centers and his experimentation with alcohol and drugs at age 8 or 9. Much of their claims were detailed by Dr. Frank DiCataldo, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Roger Williams University, who said he reviewed the case and interviewed Goff, his mother and others who know him. “There’s no doubt this was a horrible crime, and (Goff) deserves a significant sentence,” Jones told the court before bringing DiCataldo forward for questioning. “We are presenting you with what we feel is important information,” she told Smukler. “We’re not (using) it as an excuse.” While the dozen or so Marcum family members who attended Thursday’s hearing said the impact of losing their youngest sibling to such a heinous act of violence will stay with them forever, they also expressed some relief that their months of meeting with police and prosecutors and attending court hearings are finally behind them. “Forty-five years to life, that’s just what we’d hoped for,” Russell Marcum said as he and his siblings gathered in the hallway following Thursday’s hearing. They embraced, comforting each other and taking turns thanking prosecutors Hinckley and Kennedy and the dozen or so Nashua police officers who attended Thursday’s hearing, as they had done for Stephan Peno’s sentencing hearing in October. Peno, 22, was sentenced to 28 years to life in state prison, with three years suspended, on the charge of accomplice to second-degree murder. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:10:31 EST OLLI education series to be presented in Nashua NASHUA – The thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, millworker culture and keyboard lessons are all part of a series of new continuing education offerings slated this month for learners older than 50. The Osher Lifelong Living Institute at Granite State College is hosting presentations at Nashua’s Hunt Community Home, 10 Allds St., and The Huntington at Nashua, 55 Kent Lane, both of which are Silverstone Living facilities. The Hunt Community will host a class titled “The Mill Girls,” which is scheduled for Jan. 19. It will be taught by instructor Peg Fargo. Also at the Hunt will be Paul Borderleau’s “ElderMusik” class. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:10:00 EST Nashua infrastructure committee hears Mine Falls bridge project updates NASHUA – Engineers in charge of a project to build a pedestrian bridge to Mine Falls Park off Ledge Street are optimistic the project will go out to bid this fall. Representatives from engineering company Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, along with Sarah Marchant, Nashua’s community development division director, told the city’s Committee on Infrastructure Wednesday a federal feasibility study has been completed on the estimated $500,000 project to build a trail on Everett Street to connect the Heritage Rail Trail to Ledge Street, where a new crosswalk would lead to a 10-foot-wide bridge into the park. The project is 80 percent funded by a transportation alternative program through the federal Department of Transportation, with the remaining 20 percent by the city. Engineers recommended constructing a steel-truss bridge and American Disabilities Act-compliant ramps to provide access to the rail trail and an at-grade paved trail on Everett Street. The project, they said, would not affect the nearby community gardens. Construction of the bridge was initially met with mixed reactions from neighbors when presented in November 2016. Some were concerned about the increased foot traffic at the 325-acre park. Shaun Nelson, executive director for the Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL), and others supported the project, saying such improvement measure would go a long way toward keeping the park clean for everyone. While Marchant said she sent email invitations to those who attended previous meetings, only one member of the public, who lives near the park, attended Wednesday’s meeting to express opposition. Committee member Tom Lopez, alderman for Ward 4, asked if there are any plans to install lighting in the project area. He recommended, at least, erecting lights near key crossings. Marchant said she has heard comments both against and in support of lights, but that they have yet to make a final decision. Committee chairman Mark Cookson, an alderman at-large, said the committee will meet with engineers again as the project progresses. “We’ll stay in close contact with one another, and as you need assistance, we will become available,” Cookson said. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:06:40 EST Police: Sex offender failed to register again NASHUA – A 43-year-old local man with a history of convictions for failing to update his sex-offender registry information was charged with the offense again on Tuesday, police said. Detectives took Ronald Duby into custody around 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mary's House, 123 W. Pearl St., charging him with one count each of duty to report and duty to inform, which both are Class A felonies based on Duby's multiple convictions of the offense dating back years, according to police. The current charges stem from Duby's alleged failure to promptly register with Nashua police after he was released on bail on Dec. 6, in connection with an earlier arrest on the charge of duty to inform, police said. Investigators determined that Duby had also allegedly failed to comply with the terms of the state's Sex Offender Registry, police said. The convictions that require Duby to register as a Tier III sex offender go back to 1995, when he was convicted in Windsor County, Vermont of two counts of felonious sexual assault on a victim under age 16 and one count of lewd or lascivious conduct with a child. Police said that Duby was convicted in 2009 "of multiple counts" of duty to inform and duty to report, and on another charge of duty inform in 2012, all at Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill. Duby was held on bail following his arrest. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:06:11 EST Urging unity, Nashua school officials set new committee rosters NASHUA – Calling for a “unified board,” newly elected Board of Education President George Farrington said the new committee assignments for board members were based on chemistry. “When I did this, I didn’t look at who voted for who,” Farrington said, noting he organized committees based on who might work well together. Farrington said he preferred to stop speaking of the board as divided into “teams” and instead move forward as a “unified board.” “I’m hopeful we can forget about the dividing lines and be on the same team as much as possible,” Farrington said. School board members voted 8-1 on new committee assignments for 2017 in a Jan. 9 special meeting. The committees review finances, policy, curriculum, human resources and other issues for the School District before passing items to the full board for consideration. After board leadership changed hands at the Jan. 3 meeting, some members worried the new committee assignments were “stacked.” Doris Hohensee, who was moved out of her position as Policy Committee chairwoman, said she wouldn’t support the new assignments. “I understand there is a change in power, and I respect that,” she said. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:37:00 EST Expansion of Nashua Historic District considered NASHUA – Members of the city's Historic District Commission are floating a proposal to expand the district's boundaries to include Berkeley and Chester streets and the entirety of Greeley Park. Commission chairman Robert Sampson said the idea was the subject of informal discussion last fall at a meeting hosted by Ward 3 Alderman David Schoneman. "Suggestions have been made that Greeley park, and homes along Berkeley and Chester streets (south) to Laton Street" have as much "historical, architectural value, and interest, as those already in the district ...," Sampson said. The topic will likely be visited Thursday at Mayor Jim Donchess’s Ward 3 Town Hall Meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at Amherst Street School. The commission sent letters this week to residents living in the proposed expansion area, informing them of the proposal and inviting them to comment on the matter. Comments can be emailed to city Deputy Planning Manager Carter Falk at, or sent via regular mail to the Historic District Commission, care of Carter Falk, Nashua City Hall, 229 Main St., Nashua, 03061-2019. The expansion would require approval "by a significant portion of the affected property owners," Sampson said. Also, the Board of Aldermen must draft, and approve, a city ordinance, followed by the mayor's approval. If implemented as proposed, the expansion would more than double the size of the Historic District, chiefly because it would add all of Greeley Park. It currently includes homes along both sides of Concord Street from Greeley Park to Laton Street, where it spreads west to Merrimack Street, east to Orange Street and south to the Nashua River, covering Library Hill, Railroad Square and most of Franklin Street. Under the proposal, residents of Berkeley, Chester and Swart streets and Swart Terrace would be covered by the district, as would those on Beasom, East Stark and Courtland streets between Berkeley and Chester streets. The original district, Sampson said, was created in 1980 in response to potential "significant changes" that "threatened (to) affect the appearance and value of properties along Concord and Manchester streets." Sampson emphasizes in the letter to residents that living in the Historic District "does not restrict homeowners from maintaining and improving their property," but merely establishes guidelines to ensure that any exterior changes are kept within "the architectural and historic style of the building and the site." "The message we're trying to get across is, it's not to keep (homeowners) from doing things (to improve their property), but to keep others from ruining the character and esthetics" of the area, Sampson said. More information on the Historic District, and the commission, can be found at Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or@Telegraph_DeanS. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:55:00 EST Sources: South suspends multiple student-athletes from extra-curricular activities NASHUA – According to multiple sources, several female senior student-athletes at Nashua South have been suspended from extra-curricular activities due to alleged participation last month in an alcohol-related event. Sources say that as many as 10 senior student-athletes had the punishment handed down recently by Nashua Athletic Director Lisa Gingras. One source indicated the number may be even higher. The event was, according to sources, a holiday party on Friday, Dec. 23, at the home of a Nashua High School South girls basketball parent who has a senior daughter on the team. Sources say at least one adult was present at the event and alcohol was involved. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:23:00 EST Diane L. (Larose) Cunha MERRIMACK – Diane L. (Larose) Cunha, 70, a longtime resident of Pittsburg, NH, died peacefully Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by her loving family. Diane was born in Nashua on December 5, 1946 and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Therese (Noel) Larose. She was educated in parochial schools in Nashua and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Education from Rivier College in Nashua. Diane was employed by Tyler Technologies for the last 15 years as a Senior Implementation Specialists. She was previously the manager of the former Modern Restaurant and Lounge in Nashua for many years and prior to having children, Diane was a teacher in the Nashua School District. Diane was an avid reader and thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet of living in Pittsburg, NH. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:04:16 EST Stephen J. Larson PORTSMOUTH – Stephen J. Larson, 52, of Nashua, NH and Homer, Alaska, died January 8, 2017 at Portsmouth Regional Trauma Center, Portsmouth, NH, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident on January 7th. He was born June 11, 1964 in Arlington, Mass, grew up and went to school in Nashua, NH then moved to Homer, Alaska. He came back to live in Lee, NH in 2015. Steve was an avid outdoorsman. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:05:54 EST January heats up with restaurant, theater raves Worked hard for my readers last weekend to bring you two reviews - one theater, one restaurant - and an interview about an upcoming food event. Visited Tucker's restaurant in Hooksett, which has three New Hampshire locations. What a find! An incredible amount of choices and such a smooth operation; you really must stop by. Read my review on Pages 12-13, and see some mouthwatering photos. Also swung down to Lowell, Mass., to see Merrimack Repertory Theatre's latest play, "The Making of a Great Moment." What a fun show! Two actors, two bicycles, tons of laughs. Read my review on Page 3, and see some fine live theater. Talked to Keith Sarasin, creator of the popular Farmers Dinner event series. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:00:46 EST Nashua Choral Society announces Jan. 16, 23 open rehearsals NASHUA - Nashua Choral Society announces open rehearsals Jan. 16 and 23. Singers interested in a high quality performing opportunity are invited to participate in these 7 p.m. Monday sessions. Artistic director Philip Lauriat has brought many years of experience to the organization. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:03:30 EST Time travel your tastebuds at ‘Vintage’ Farmers Dinner NASHUA - Beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, The Farmers Dinner will present Vintage, a local-eating event, at The Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. The Farmers Dinner will partner with The Nashua Senior Center to present an evening of vintage cuisine celebrating traditional recipes learned from parents and grandparents. Join Keith Sarasin, chef and founder of The Farmers Dinner, and chefs Chris Viaud and Aurelien Blick, as they prepare a multicourse meal honoring these traditional dishes. The concept of the dinner came from a family loss. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:00:57 EST Woman avoids jail time in assault; former Nashua resident charged with nearly two dozen offenses NASHUA - Halie Ryder, the 20-year-old former Nashua woman charged in July with nearly two dozen offenses accusing her of punching, strangling, stabbing with a key and threatening to kill her mother, has pleaded guilty to two of those charges as part of a plea agreement that spares her jail time. Ryder, whose address is listed in indictments as 108 Ash St., and on police arrest reports as 108B Pine St., gives her current address as Lowell, Mass. She entered the guilty pleas Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South on the counts of criminal threatening - domestic violence, and second-degree assault - domestic violence, in exchange for two, 12-month terms in Valley Street jail, all deferred for one year, according to the agreement. The charges were initially Class B felonies, but were modified to Class A misdemeanors as part of the agreement. Prosecutors also agreed to nol pros, or drop, two additional charges of criminal threatening - domestic violence and second-degree assault - domestic violence, the documents state. For her part, Ryder must remain on good behavior, including staying out of trouble with the law and complying with all the terms of the agreement. She must also get a LADAC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) evaluation, as well as a mental health evaluation, and submit proof of compliance to the state within 90 days, the agreement states. Ryder was arrested the evening of July 12 by officers who responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance at "a downtown Nashua residence," police said at the time. They later brought in detectives from the department's Special Investigations Division, who, in furthering the investigation, were told by the female victim that she and Ryder "engaged in multiple separate altercations during the course of the day," police said. The victim, later identified as Ryder's mother, told police Ryder allegedly pulled her hair, punched her repeatedly, damaged her cellphone, stabbed her with a key, strangled her multiple times and threatened to kill her with a steak knife, according to affidavits police filed in court at the time. The reports indicate that Ryder became angry when her mother refused to give her money and drive her to Lowell, Mass., to buy "Dabs," which are highly concentrated doses of cannabis made with THC extract. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or@Telegraph_DeanS. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:24:59 EST Police charge Nashua man in November stabbing Nashua police picked up 23-year-old Nashua resident Julio Macias-Bustamante on Monday afternoon on a warrant, charging him with the stabbing of a man in November outside a downtown lounge. Macias-Bustamante, of 701/2 W. Hollis St., faces a Class A felony count of first-degree assault, according to police. Police said officers arrested him around 4 p.m. Monday after stopping a motor vehicle in which he was a passenger. The warrant stems from the investigation into the alleged stabbing, which police said occurred around 1:30 a.m. Nov. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:25:25 EST News Digest Merrimack Roy promoted to captain of police MERRIMACK - Denise Roy, formerly the commander of the Merrimack Police Department's criminal investigation bureau, has been promoted to the rank of captain and will now oversee the agency's operations bureau. Roy, who will soon begin her 23rd year with the Merrimack Police Department, joined part-time in 1991 and has since served in a variety of roles, including as a patrol officer and an undercover investigator. "Ever since I was a child, all I wanted to do was be a police officer," Roy said Tuesday. Roy expressed excitement about her new role overseeing the operations division, which includes animal control and crossing guards, and called it a "tremendous, rewarding position." One thing she hopes to accomplish in her new role is to help develop the next generation of Merrimack police officers. "I want to see those young officers coming on stay excited about the job and see the opportunities," she said. Roy said the best part of the job is the people she works with. "I can say without hesitation that the men and women I work with at the Merrimack Police Department are like my family, and they certainly make my job easier," she said. - DEREK EDRY Nashua Landfill, recycling center closed Monday The Nashua Solid Waste Department and the Four Hills Landfill / Nashua Recycling Center will close on Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr., Day. Trash and recyclables collections will be delayed for one day throughout the week following the holiday.Operations will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 17 when Monday's routes will be picked up; each day's route will be collected one day later during the week. Residents are asked to have all containers at curbside by 6:45 a.m. on their collection day and have at least three feet of clearance on all sides of the trash cart. This may require snow and ice to be removed from an area at curbside for carts and bins, if necessary. For further information, please call the department at 589-3410. - Telegraph Staff Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:25:53 EST Superintendent search heats up NASHUA - Education stakeholders across Nashua said they were most interested in a school superintendent who understood the impact of policy on the classroom, according to a recent communitywide survey. Since closing the survey in late December, the Board of Education has been busy mulling over survey results and organizing interview logistics and timeline for selecting a new superintendent. The board began searching for a new superintendent in November in the hopes of hiring a superintendent by the end of March. A total of 565 parents, teachers, students and Nashua residents contributed to the survey, which asked participants to describe top attributes they wanted to see in a future district head. The survey asked for the top five of nearly 20 characteristics, such as "classroom teaching experience," "effective communication skills" and "strong budget and fiscal management skills." "We got a lot of good information back on that," Dorothy Oden, chairwoman of the board's Ad Hoc Superintendent Search Committee said in a Jan. 5 meeting, "We also got back some information that might not be part of the superintendent search, but might be important for the board and administration to look at to see if we might improve things in the district." Board members discussed the survey results in the Jan. 5 committee meeting, and laid out a timeline and structure for interviewing applicants in another meeting on Monday evening. According to survey participants, the most important attribute for an incoming superintendent is "Someone who understands the impacts of policies and programs on classrooms and students." Board of Education President George Farrington said the board generally agreed with survey  results. "We are in tune with the people who responded to this," Farrington said Jan. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:22:22 EST John A. Good John A. Good, 85, resident of Nashua, NH, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017 as a result of natural causes. He was born March 11, 1931 in Camden, NJ, to Mary (Lenkowski) Good. John attended St. Joseph's High School in Camden. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:39:29 EST Lucille (Fortier) Atkinson Lucille (Fortier) Atkinson, 88, of Hudson, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2017 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack surrounded by her loving and devoted family. She was born in Nashua on November 1, 1928, a daughter of the late John and Marion (Bedard) Fortier. Mrs. Atkinson was the wife of Jack Atkinson, whom she married on January 11, 1974. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Gail Gagne, and her sisters, Estelle Fortier, Irene Levesque and Lillian Gergor and her brothers, Wally Fortier, Bud Fortier and Ray Fortier. In addition to her beloved husband, Jack, she is survived by her children, Kathy Delle Chiaie, Buddy Bernard and his wife Cathy, Maggie Schellenberg and her husband Paul, Terry Mostrom and her husband Bruce, and Jim Bernard and his wife Susan; 15 Grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, Terri and Jack Butler of Las Cruces, NM; her sisters-in-law, Dibby Fortier of Nashua, NH and Jane Fortier of Avon Park, FL; her special friends, Jay Barrett and his family and Patti Houston and her family; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held at the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Kathryn Parish, Dracut Rd., Hudson on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:40:16 EST Colleen M. Darwish Colleen M. Darwish, 51 of Nashua, NH passed away Sunday January 8, 2017 at Southern NH Medical Center surrounded by family and friends. Born May 13, 1965 in Lowell, Ma she was the daughter of Carol A. (Carmody) McMahon, of Nashua, NH and the late William Joseph McMahon. Colleen who had a passion for the medical field received a Master's Degree in Education from Rivier College. She was an educator at Nashua High School South who taught Health Sciences I. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:39:14 EST ‘Right to Work’ will hurt all NH workers I am writing in opposition to Senate Bill No. 11 - a "Right to Work" bill. As president of the Nashua Teachers' Union, I was elected to provide a service to the teachers, paraeducators, secretaries and food service workers of the Nashua School District. I am required, by law, to negotiate, in good faith, a contract for employees of all four units. I am required, by law, to represent an employee in disciplinary proceedings. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:06:34 EST Mattress fire; no injuries reported in Sunday blaze NASHUA - A mattress fire was the cause for alarm Sunday evening. Nashua Fire Rescue responded to Forge Drive at about 6:27 p.m. Jan. 8 for a reported fire inside the building. The fire at 50 Forge Drive came from a mattress in a bedroom on the second floor, according to a press statement issued Jan. 9 by Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Kerrigan. The occupants evacuated before emergency responders arrived on the scene, and there were no reported injuries. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:12:02 EST Nashua man charged in sexual assault NASHUA - A Nashua man was arrested last week on felony charge for sexual assault stemming from an incident in late December involving a 13-year-old juvenile. Alfredo James, 21, with no fixed address, was arraigned Monday and is facing a felonious sexual assault charge three days after his arrest. At the time of his arrest, an additional charge of sexual assault, a Class A misdemeanor was added. Officers with the Nashua Police Department first received a report shortly before 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 of a 13-year-old juvenile who was sexually assaulted in the city. The suspect was identified as James, a person known to the victim, according to police. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison, exclusive of fines. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:12:37 EST United Way recognizes local organizations NASHUA - The Nashua Welfare & Community Services Department and Bicentennial Elementary School were recognized this month for their participation in United Way's citywide workplace campaign. Mike Apfelberg, president of the United Way of Greater Nashua, and Mayor Jim Donchess visited both organizations to show their appreciation, with Donchess saying he is "incredibly pleased by the generosity of support from the city and school employees" for the campaign. The organizations exceeded 40 percent employee participation in the campaign, which helps fund the work of nonprofits in the community. Employees participate by donating through their payroll or by direct donation to the United Way of Greater Nashua. This year, the campaign benefitted 17 nonprofits, including the Front Door Agency, Girls Inc., Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua. These nonprofits provide a variety of community resources, including after-school programs for local youth, meals to the elderly and housing for the displaced. "The United Way workplace campaign is the most broad-based way of giving back to the community and it's the only way in which a person can make a single donation and benefit the entire community," Apfelberg said. Kyle Langille, principal of Bicentennial Elementary School, said staff participation in the workplace campaign increased this year, in part due to efforts by school campaign coordinator Kathy Gorvin. Langille said many Bicentennial students benefit from the programs United Way supports. "We're seeing more and more impact donating to the United Way can have, especially with our students," Langille said. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:13:14 EST Homicide suspect in court; Nashua man arrested, arraigned Monday NASHUA - Less than four hours after his Monday morning video arraignment on charges accusing him of fighting officers and urinating on the floor during police interviews, Kinsley Street resident Devin Tappan was escorted, in person, into an adjacent courtroom for arraignment on a charge of second-degree murder. Tappan, 30, of 32 Kinsley St., Apt. 1, is accused of killing his neighbor, Javier Rivera Afanador, 45, by "repeatedly striking him in the head with a hand-held weight," according to police and the state Attorney General's office. Assistant State Attorney General Susan Morrell said police arrested Tappan at Valley Street jail on the murder charge shortly after the completion of his video arraignment on the earlier charges. He was then ordered transported to Nashua district court for arraignment on the murder charge. There, Tappan appeared before Judge James Leary for the roughly 10-minute proceeding. Wearing an orange jump suit, Tappan, a large man with multiple tattoos, stood with his attorney, public defender Jackie Smith, at the defense table. He glanced around the courtroom upon being escorted in, and at one point looked over his shoulder toward several people who were said to be family members of Afanador. The family members, who included Afanador's mother and at least one brother, arrived shortly before the proceeding began and met privately with Morrell and a state victims' advocate. They sat together in the second row for the proceeding, after which they again spoke with Morrell before departing. Morrell said later that they "are having a difficult time," and didn't want to speak with members of the media. Tappan, meanwhile, entered no plea because the charge is a felony. He was ordered held without bail at Valley Street jail pending his next court appearance, which Leary set for 8:15 a.m. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:01:55 EST Therese L. (Levesque) Lovejoy NASHUA - Therese L. (Levesque) Lovejoy, 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Roger E. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:00:29 EST Donald M. Mayo Donald M. Mayo, 70, a well-known Nashua native and insurance agent, passed away unexpectedly, Friday afternoon, January 6, 2017. Born in Nashua on October 26, 1946, he was a son of the late Marvin F. and Juliette A. (Therriault) Mayo. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:01:16 EST Nashua man arrested, charged with murder in suspicious death investigation NASHUA – Nashua Police have arrested and charged a man with murder in the Jan. 6 death of Javier Rivera Afanador of 32 Kinsley St. in Nashua. Davin Tappan, 30, of 32 Kinsley Street, Apt. #1 was arrested Monday and charged with second degree murder. Afanador’s body was discovered Jan. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:11:03 EST Donald M. Mayo Donald M. Mayo, 70, a well-known Nashua native and insurance agent, passed away unexpectedly, Friday afternoon, January 6, 2017. Born in Nashua on October 26, 1946, he was a son of the late Marvin F. and Juliette A. (Therriault) Mayo. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:55:44 EST 1 killed in crash Sunday morning NASHUA - A 44-year-old man from West Lebanon was killed early Sunday when police say he was struck by a vehicle after getting out of his car on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua. State police said Bao Ming Chen was driving south on the turnpike just after 7.30 a.m. when he noticed a crash up ahead of him. As he began slowing to a stop, police said, his 2016 Acura MDX was struck from behind by a 2008 Ford Focus. At that point, police said, Chen got out of his car and, a moment later, was struck by a 2004 Acura RSX. He was given emergency treatment at the scene and transported to a local hospital, where police said he was subsequently pronounced dead. The driver of the car that struck him, George Roeschlaub of Hudson, was not injured, police said. The driver of the Ford Focus that struck Chen's car, Samantha Cote, of Merrimack, sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police added. Members of State Police Troop B responded at about 7:45 a.m. Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:27:26 EST Nashua death ruled homicide; man found in apartment, investigation is ongoing NASHUA - The man found dead in a Kinsley Street apartment building Friday evening is the victim of a homicide, state and local officials said Sunday. Javier Rivera Afanador, 45, died of "multiple blunt force trauma to the head," according to Dr. Jennie Duval, New Hampshire's deputy chief medical examiner. Duval, who performed an autopsy on Afanador's body on Sunday, ruled his death a homicide. Representatives of the state Attorney General's office, who were called in shortly after Nashua police discovered Afanador's body in an apartment at 32 Kinsley St. around 7:30 p.m. Friday, said there is "no indication that there is any risk to the public at this time." Police were initially called to Apartment 1 at 32 Kinsley St. Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:26:35 EST Rising from the ashes; Nashua church celebrates reopening NASHUA - Pastor Larry Hileman on Sunday recalled "keeping my eye" on a vacant building at the eastern edge of Nashua's French Hill some years ago, hoping that one day it could be transformed into the new home of his Heritage Baptist Church. After eight years of not only watching the place, but often visiting late at night and praying at each of its four corners, Hileman's hopes - and prayers - were answered. His bid of just over half the original asking price was accepted in 2005, and a few years later the Heritage Baptist Church congregation moved into its spacious, new home at 105 Lock St. But before he knew it, Hileman said Sunday, he, his staff and their congregation was right back where they started: Staring at a heavily damaged building with no roof, full of debris, water and smashed out windows. "Can we do this again?" Hileman said he remembers asking himself one July night in 2014, hours after a three-alarm fire ripped through the church, leaving it in even worse condition than when Hileman first prayed over it a decade earlier. Hileman's question was answered in grand fashion Sunday morning, when more than 100 parishioners settled into brand-new pews for a grand opening service celebrating the long-awaited reopening of their church. Hileman and his associates, including musical director Brian Denny, greeted parishioners and guests with extra-wide grins and extra-hearty handshakes Sunday morning, mixing thank-yous and "welcome home" sentiments while ushering individuals, couples and families to their seats. Eventually, Hileman made his way to the pulpit, where he paused and took in his surroundings. "This is no longer the Garde Rochambeau hall, it's the Heritage Baptist Church," he said vociferously, referring to the building's original name. "Last year at this time, there was no roof. There was snow in the building," he said, noting the vaulted ceiling created during the renovations. "A year later, it's a different place," he added, declaring to a round of vociferous approval, "this church is stronger than fire." Firefighters were still extinguishing hot spots when a group of parishioners formed a circle in the parking lot, clasped hands and began to pray, Denny, the music director, said Sunday. "We prayed that everything would be OK ... it took time, but we are here." It was shortly before 7 on a mid-July Sunday evening in 2014 that Emily Hicks, a teenage parishioner who supervised the children's nursery, smelled smoke and alerted other staff members. Upstairs, several dozen people were taking part in an evening worship service when Hicks and the others came in to warn them. Seconds later the fire alarms sounded. As he passed the nursery on the way out, Hileman said at the time, the room "was already fully engulfed with smoke. Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:25:13 EST Sister Regina Brunelle Sister of St. Joseph of Cluny Regina, passed peacefully on December 18 2016 in Hamilton ONT. Born in Nashua, April 9 1933 Lois Priscilla Brunelle, sister Regina entered religious life in February 2 1953, and made her first vows on 1956. Sister Regina spent many years of ministry. She was predeceased by her parents, Francis Wilfred Brunelle and Olivette Aline Gendron; her beloved sister Loraine Buxton, brother Francis Brunelle and nephew David Brunelle. Sister Regina is survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends and family of Sister Regina are invited to attend a memorial Mass in her honor, which will be held on Saturday January 14 at 10:00 A.M. Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:00:44 EST Roland Norman Dube Roland Norman Dube, 86, a Nashua native, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Greenbriar Terrace in Nashua after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's and more recently pneumonia. He was born on February 12, 1930 in Nashua, the son of the late Paul and Delia Dube. Roland served in the Army and was briefly stationed at Ft. Devens, MA. After serving his country Roland met his wife to be on a blind date and they were married a year later. Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:22:09 EST Denis L. Raymond Denis L. Raymond, 62, of Nashua, NH and Punta Gorda, FL passed away unexpectedly at his home in Florida, Monday, January 2, 2017. He was born in Nashua, NH on July 31, 1954, the son of the late Leo E. and Carmen F. (Melanson) Raymond. Denis was a life-long resident of Nashua where he was a graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1972. Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:19:24 EST Old video game system would entertain new generation Video games have been around since the early 1970s and have been a popular form of entertainment since the 1980s, when the Atari 2600, Sega Master and Nintendo entertainment systems became part of modern culture. Many games used cartridges, as children of all ages clutched joysticks, helping characters such as Pac-Man devour Pac-dots. A mom of five looks to the Mailbag, hoping for an older gaming system and non-violent games to help keep everyone happy. Game plan "I would like to ask your Mailbag readers for one of those old video game systems for my kids," writes Lucy W. of Nashua (LTR 2,810). Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:00:22 EST One week down, 51 to go So, how do you like 2017, so far? One week down and only 51 to go on all your New Year resolutions, that is unless you've already broken yours. I used to tell people that, every year when the ball dropped in Times Square, that my New Year's resolution was to not make a resolution. It seemed like a safe bet since, as I mistakenly reasoned, if I didn't make a resolution, then I couldn't possibly break it. Then came the epiphany. Resolving to not make a resolution was, in fact, a contradiction of terms and that in reality I was instantly breaking it as soon as I made it. So, this year I came up with something different. Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:04:43 EST AG, Nashua Police investigating suspicious death The New Hampshire Attorney General and Nashua Police chief are investigating the suspicious death of a Nashua man. Police responded to 32 Kinsley Street, Apt. No. 1 at 7:24 p.m. Friday to check on the welfare of a resident there, and the body of a deceased male was located in the apartment. That individual is not being identified at this time. An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death. As part of the investigation, the office of the chief medical examiner will perform an autopsy tomorrow. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Nashua Police Department at 594-3500. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:01:13 EST Dec. had varying temps, snowier than normal The final month of 2016 brought New Englanders the type of weather we're accustomed to at this time of year. Temperatures and rainfall were close to normal while snow totals were above normal bringing us a white Christmas. Drought conditions remained in place. December was a very ordinary month to say the least. While temperatures danced about from mild to cold to mild again, the end of the month tally was almost exactly normal. Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:16:40 EST Region hit by snow, again NASHUA - A familiar sight in what has been a snowy start to the winter season, the white stuff began to fall in the early afternoon Saturday around Greater Nashua and was expected to continue until midnight. Nashua was projected to receive between 3 or 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. "This one's going far enough out to sea that the interior isn't really cashing in this time," Michael Eckster, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said. Southeastern Massachusetts was expected to receive about a foot to nearly 16 inches on Cape Cod. Ben Ruddock, creative director of the Riverwalk Cafe, said he had to postpone the evening's scheduled concert - Julie Rhodes and These Wild Plains - because one of the acts was snowed in down in Rhode Island. The cafe remained open, though, and served a festive specialty hot chocolate. "The point is, the snow doesn't get us down," Ruddock said. Dressed in boots, a tan jacket with a fur collar and a winter hat, Sara Webster, of Merrimack, made the trek down Main Street to Martha's Exchange on Saturday afternoon. She said she wasn't too worried about the snow ruining her weekend plans. "I'm from New Hampshire, I come prepared," Webster said. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek. Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:17:02 EST Robotics event begins; team ‘Tough Techs’ gets to work at new home NASHUA - FIRST Robotics Team 151 "Tough Techs" did not spare one minute after the First Robotics Competition Kickoff Ceremony Jan. 6 to get to work. The kickoff took place at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, but Yuri Makar, team lead, was back at home base - MakeIt Labs in Nashua - getting started on the grueling six-week building process. "We're currently at square one," Makar said. "We still have to figure out what our strategy is." Teams cannot start building until the ceremony ends, and Team 151 understands that every second is valuable. While FIRST Robotics, the brainchild of New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen, hosts the main ceremony in the Queen City, the event is livestreamed across the world. Prominent speakers this year included Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Kamen. Kamen used his platform as an opportunity to promote technology in the police force. "I want every team that participates in FIRST, starting this week, to call your local police chief, and invite him and his team to be a guest to see what happens when passionate, smart kids with parents and mentors get together and share with gracious professionalism in this kind of an event," he said. After the ceremony, attendees were allowed to explore the playing field, take measurements, and get a sense of what they're up against. This year's game is entitled "FIRST STEAMWORKS" and features steampunk-themed elements. Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:18:34 EST Looking back at the week in news Making sure we're here to help during difficult times We posted our Wednesday story about overdose deaths in Nashua on Facebook, and it reached more than 2,000 people in a single day. Among them were two local residents who took the time to comment. One was Nancy McWilliams Bernard, who had this to say: "Hopefully in 2017 we will see a huge decrease." It appears this could indeed be the case. Staff writer Damien Fisher reported that in December, the 23 overdoses represented the lowest montly total since August 2015. (Unfortunately, the total did include three fatalities.) Nashua's Safe Stations program most likely is a key to the turnaround. The program is a partnership among Nashua Fire Rescue, the American Medical Response ambulance service and Harbor Homes; it allows people to go to any fire station in the city to seek help with their addiction without fear of arrest, according to advocates of the program. Alas, not everyone believes the city is doing the right thing for those who are addicted. Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:05:20 EST Last of Nashua’s ‘Fighting Sullivans’ remembered When Brian Sullivan called the other day to let me know that his uncle Dr. Daniel Sullivan had died, I immediately thought of the pleasant visit to his Dover optometry office for a Veterans Day feature I did in 2012. Offering condolences, I hung up and went to find Dr. Sullivan's obituary - in part to reminisce and in part to make sure it found its way to The Telegraph's obituary desk. When I read that Sullivan had died "after a yearlong struggle with cancer, a challenge he met with grace and optimism," I thought, yep, that's the Dr. Sullivan I remember. The death in late December of Daniel "Dixie" Sullivan, who was 90, completes the final chapter in the long, impressive legacy of one Nashua family that lent not one, or two, or four, but six of its sons to Uncle Sam when he needed them most. "Nashua's Fighting Sullivans" - that's what The Nashua Telegraph called the six brothers who enlisted, one by one, in one branch or another as World War II ramped up and ultimately came to America's shores. Come the early 1940s, I wrote in 2012, Dennis and Mary Sullivan suddenly realized all six of their sons were somewhere overseas fighting for their country. I remember "Dixie" Sullivan (what I don't remember is if he told me the origin of the nickname) telling me how grateful he and his brothers, but especially their parents, were that all six came home alive and well. Oddly, some years later the family would be beset by a terrible tragedy right here in Nashua: Patricia, the Fighting Sullivans' only sister and youngest sibling, was killed along with her family when their truck was struck by a train at the Hills Ferry Road crossing in 1960. Daniel Sullivan was the youngest of the boys; Roger was the eldest. Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:04:55 EST Four arrested in Granite Hammer sting; two men, two women charged as part of initiative to combat opioid addiction epidemic. The Nashua Police Department conducted another operation as part of Granite Hammer on Jan. 5, resulting in the arrest of four people. The Granite Hammer initiative, deployed throughout the state, is meant to bring down drug dealers to combat the opioid addiction epidemic. The four individuals arrested Thursday in Nashua included Shayna Mcdonald, 31, of 52 Kinsley St., 1st Floor. Mcdonald was charged with one count of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute-second offense and one count of possession of oxycodone hydrochloride with intent to distribute-second offense. A search of her residence yielded about 25 grams of crack cocaine and 20 oxycodone pills, police said. Mcdonald was held on $20,000 cash bail. Also arrested was Marcus Persons, 23, of 52 Kinsley St. Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:07:13 EST Police: City man tried to sell stolen tool Officers with the Nashua Police Department arrested Jonathan Felch, 34, whose last known address was 189 Green St., Apt. 2, on Thursday and charged him with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, a Class A felony. On Dec. 16, the department received a report of stolen tools from a trailer at 15 Marmon Drive, a new site for Infiniti of Nashua. The tools were valued in excess of $5,000, police said. On Jan. Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:05:42 EST ’Hawks win Chick-fil-A title game; Merrimack takes down Thornton 40-33 en route to second straight crown By BEN LEVINE Correspondent NASHUA - Things weren't going well for the Merrimack basketball team midway through the third quarter of their finals matchup against Thornton Academy at the Chick-fil-A Nashua Holiday Tournament. The Trojans managed to take a four-point lead while limiting the Tomahawks to zero points through the first six minutes of the quarter. Then things started going Merrimack's way. The Tomahawks used a combination of intense defense, strong rebounding, and clutch shooting to pull off a 40-33 win over Thornton Academy. The holiday championship was Merrimack's second straight. The two teams played evenly through the first half, entering halftime tied at 26. The Trojans ramped up their defensive effort in the third, as the Tomahawks struggled to even get a shot up. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:03:07 EST CSM John Sedmak CSM (Retired) John Sedmak, 100, a decorated WWII veteran, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2016 with his beloved wife of 64 years, Sheila, by his side. John’s hundred-year journey began in Northampton, PA on February 27, 1916 when he was born to John and Mary (Sarga) Sedmak. After graduating from high school, John worked for several years before enlisting in 1942 in the US Army and serving his country honorably and courageously for 27 years. He was awarded numerous medals and commendations for his distinguished service, including the Bronze Star and the World War II Victory Medal. Having traveled throughout Europe and the United States as a military couple, traveling and community service became the hallmark of their life in retirement. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:52:00 EST Lucille G. Clark Lucille G. (Diggins) Clark, 89, of Nashua, widow of George H. Clark Jr., passed away early Wednesday morning, January 4, 2017 at the Maple Leaf Healthcare Center in Manchester, after a period of declining health. A lifelong resident of this city, Mrs. Clark was born on July 8, 1927, one of ten children of the late Albert and Delima (Levesque) Diggins. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:43:01 EST Fired teen allegedly sets fire at workplace NASHUA – After a person was let go Wednesday from his job at a northwest Nashua specialty furniture manufacturer and retailer, police say a man allegedly walked into the firm’s warehouse, set a box on fire, then went out and did some damage to his former boss’s car. Ryan Hawes, 19, of 119 Conant Road, was subsequently charged with one count each of arson, a Class B felony, and criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor, police said. Hawes was held on $5,000 cash or surety bail pending arraignment, which was scheduled for Thursday in Nashua district court. A manager at Yogibo Bean Bags, 16 Celina Ave., called police around 9 a.m. Wednesday reporting that one of its employees allegedly set the fire and damaged the manager’s vehicle after his employment was terminated. Hawes was at the company when police arrived, and after speaking with him, officers took him into custody, police said. Police ask anyone with any more information about the incident should call the department’s Crime Line at 589-1665. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:37:00 EST Drug-related charges follow traffic stop NASHUA – Shortly after Nashua police tracked down and arrested a wanted Massachusetts woman on Tuesday at a south Nashua motel, officers had a total of three people in custody on a variety of drug-related charges, police said. Andrea McHugh, 32, of 100 West St., Georgetown, Mass., was apprehended first, police said, after officers pulled over a car they knew to be associated with McHugh as it left the Motel 6 at 77 Spit Brook Road. Police then questioned two other people in the car – Anthony Santiago, 24, of 243 South Broadway, Lawrence, Mass., and Kayla Bausha, 21, of 14 Cookman Ave., Old Orchard Beach, Maine – and ended up arresting them on drug charges, police said. Santiago is charged with one count each of possession of a controlled drug, heroin, with the intent to distribute, a Class A felony, and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor. Bausha’s charges include one count each of possession of heroin, a Class B felony, and driving after revocation or suspension, a violation-level offense. McHugh was initially charged on the outstanding warrant, which police say was issued by the Pelham Police Department in conjunction with a theft investigation. But during the arrest process, police said officers found McHugh to be in possession of heroin and crack cocaine, as well as nearly $15,000 in cash – which, according to police, was stolen during a recent residential burglary in Burlington, Mass. McHugh was subsequently charged with one count of receiving stolen property, a Class A felony, and one count each of possession of heroin and possession of crack cocaine, both class B felonies. The three were arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. Bail for McHugh and Santiago was set at $50,000 cash only; they are scheduled for probable cause hearings on Jan. 12 in the Nashua court. Bausha’s bail was set at $10,000 cash, and her probable cause hearing is set for Jan. 11. Nashua police said they are continuing the investigation in conjunction with Burlington police, and that additional charges may be forthcoming. Police say residents are urged to call the department’s Narcotics Hotline at 594-3597 or visit with any information concerning illegal drug activity. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:34:00 EST Frank J. Hoffman Frank J. Hoffman, 84, formerly of Rochester, MA and Hollis, NH passed away on January 1, 2017. He was born in Concord, MA on May 12, 1932, son of the late Charles and Catherine (Brennan) Hoffman. Frank was a Navy veteran in Korea; he was also a part of the Elks Club, Lafayette Club, and the American legion. Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:13:00 EST Brian L. Yeaton NASHUA – Brian L. “Gator” Yeaton, died peacefully Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Judith A. (Collins) Yeaton. Brian was born in Nashua on May 17, 1946 and was the son of the late William and Florebell (Stearns) Yeaton. Gator was self-employed as a back yard mechanic for many years. He loved making model cars and enjoyed finishing but above all he cherished his time spent with family and friends. Gator is survived by his son, Keith A. Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:10:00 EST Pauline Moore NASHUA - Pauline Moore of Merrimack, NH and formerly of Nantucket, passed away December 27, 2016, in Nashua, NH just shy of her 90th birthday. Polly was born on Nantucket February 1, 1927, a daughter of John Moore and Leonora Shea. She graduated from the Academy Hill School with the class of 1946. As a youth, she worked at the First National Store on Main Street and was employed as a switch board operator for many years by the New England Telephone Company on Union Street. She was the last living member of her generation of the Moore family, whose home on Pine Street was a happy and vibrant one. She is survived by her cousin, Betty Ann (Terry) DaSilva, (Ronald) of Mashpee, MA; her nieces and nephews Joseph Morin (Lorraine) of Mashpee, MA; Patricia Mallonee of Lake Mary, FL; Monique Moss (Lexie) of Lake Mary, FL; Susan Campbell (Robb) of West Barnstable, MA; Judith Knell (Howard) of West Barnstable, MA; Timothy Bush (Heather) of Nashua, NH; and Theodore Bush (Helga) of Shaker Heights, OH; as well as her Grand-and Great-Grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers John, Phillip and Andrew; sisters Ellen (Morin), Grace, Leonora (Chase) and Mary (Bush); and by her nephews John Moore III and Thomas Bush. Graveside services and interment will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery 32 Pinehill Avenue, Nashua, NH on SATURDAY, January 7th at 11 AM. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:01:15 EST Joseph L. Parks Joseph L. Parks unexpectedly passed on Saturday December 31st 2016 at his home in Nashua NH. Joseph was born on March 8th 1959 in Lowell Massachusetts; where he was educated and grew up. Son of Joan (Brady) Parks and Lester Parks and brother to Rita Parks, Deborah (Parks) Pestana , and Mr. and Mrs. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:00:24 EST Edward R. Allcock NASHUA - Edward R. Allcock, 69, died peacefully at his home Monday January 2, 2017. He was married for 48 years to his beloved "Honey-Bee" Gloria (Abreu) Allcock. Ed was born in Boston, MA on April 5, 1947. He was the son of the late Jack & Irene Cryan of Lowell, Ma. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:01:23 EST Joseph L. Parks Joseph L. Parks unexpectedly passed on Saturday December 31st 2016 at his home in Nashua NH. Joseph was born on March 8th 1959 in Lowell Massachusetts; where he was educated and grew up. Son of Joan (Brady) Parks and Lester Parks and brother to Rita Parks, Deborah (Parks) Pestana , and Mr. and Mrs. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:58:01 EST Pauline Moore NASHUA – Pauline Moore of Merrimack, NH and formerly of Nantucket, passed away December 27, 2016, in Nashua, NH just shy of her 90th birthday. Polly was born on Nantucket February 1, 1927, a daughter of John Moore and Leonora Shea. She graduated from the Academy Hill School with the class of 1946. As a youth, she worked at the First National Store on Main Street and was employed as a switch board operator for many years by the New England Telephone Company on Union Street. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:55:00 EST Edward R. Allcock NASHUA – Edward R. Allcock, 69, died peacefully at his home Monday January 2, 2017. He was married for 48 years to his beloved “Honey-Bee” Gloria (Abreu) Allcock. Ed was born in Boston, MA on April 5, 1947. He was the son of the late Jack & Irene Cryan of Lowell, Ma. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:49:00 EST ‘Sophia Strong’; South wrestling holds event for special 6-year-old On Wednesday night when Nashua High School South’s Matt Lamarche and the rest of the Panther wrestling team took on the visiting Bedford Bulldogs, Lamarche’s 6-year-old sister Sophia was the toughest one in the room. Sophia Lamarche, of Nashua, was diagnosed this summer with medulloblastoma. She’s faced an almost 9-hour-long surgery to remove a tumor from her brain stem in what her mother called Wednesday “the longest day of their lives.” Her family’s long ordeal was made a bit easier Wednesday night before the event as family, friends, and strangers gathered not only to watch the match, but to come together for the pint-sized girl. Sophia’s mother, Shannon, stood before the crowd and made remarks. Her daughter, shy but smiling, spent time in her arms or with friends, wearing a grey “Sophia Strong” T-shirt and a knit cap on her head. “We as a family were devastated,” she said as she retold the story of Sophia’s diagnosis and treatment so far. Eventually, the youngster faced radiation treatment. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:18:21 EST Manchester woman jailed, charged with assaulting ex in Nashua NASHUA - A former Nashua resident now living in Manchester was arraigned this week in Nashua district court on assault and drug charges after her ex-boyfriend told police she barged into his Temple Street apartment, began yelling "and beat me up." Police arrested Carolyn Bozek, 35, of 65A Robert Court, Manchester, just before 6 p.m. New Year's Day after she emerged from a closet where police said she was hiding. At arraignment, which was conducted in the Nashua court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, Judge Paul Moore read the seven charges against Bozek: two counts each of simple assault and simple assault - domestic violence, one count of stalking and two counts of illegally possessing or dealing prescription drugs. The charges accuse her of punching the alleged victim in the back of his head with a closed fist and grabbing him by the neck with both hands. Each carries the companion domestic violence designation because the two are former domestic partners, Moore said. The stalking complaint accuses Bozek of violating a court order, which police prosecutor Nicole Clay said was issued Dec. 24, prohibiting her from contacting the alleged victim and coming within 300 feet of where he was. She was found in possession of two prescription medications during the booking process, prompting police to lodge those two charges, Clay said. Police said in their reports that officers interviewing the alleged victim observed "visible scratches and cuts to his face and neck," and that his injuries "were consistent" with what he told police. Clay requested Bozek's bail be converted from $5,000 personal recognizance to $5,000 cash only. "The state's main concern is the safety of that victim," Clay said, adding that police reissued the protective order that prohibits Bozek from contacting him. A woman who identified herself as Bozek's mother attended the arraignment and briefly addressed the court. She told Moore that Bozek was "at my house" in Manchester at the time the alleged incident occurred at the Nashua apartment. "So, she was with you?" Moore asked. "Yes," Bozek's mother responded. "And (the victim) wasn't there?" Moore then asked. "Correct," Bozek's mother said. Moore, clearly puzzled, turned to Clay. "Nashua PD found her in a closet at (the victim's) residence," she said. "I have sworn affidavits from police saying they found her hiding in a closet, and they arrested her," Moore told Bozek's mother before ending the conversation. Moore ultimately granted Clay's request for $5,000 cash-only bail for Bozek, and scheduled a pretrial conference for 8:15 a.m. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:55:00 EST Officer escapes injury, two arrested in wild scene at Nashua Mall NASHUA - A Nashua police officer escaped serious injury Tuesday evening when he was tossed from a moving vehicle while struggling to subdue a passenger suspected of theft at a Nashua Mall store, according to police. The driver of the vehicle, Keisha Celestin, 25, of 60 Pearl St., Everett, Mass., allegedly sped off but promptly crashed into a parked car, at which time she and the passenger fled on foot, police said. The passenger, Maurice Wynn, 30, of 34 High St., Apt. 1, Dorchester, Mass., was sought by police as a suspect in a shoplifting incident at Kohl's, where loss prevention personnel called police reporting they were detaining "an uncooperative male shoplifter." Within an hour of the report, both suspects were in custody and on their way to police headquarters for booking. Celestin was caught first, chased down by officer Lauren Collins as Celestin ran through the parking lot of the nearby New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet, police said. Celestin allegedly resisted at first, but Collins and another officer were able to arrest her in short order. Wynn, meanwhile, allegedly ran across Coliseum Avenue, where a Merrimack K-9 unit that arrived to assist Nashua officers succeeded in tracking Wynn to the backyard of a home on O'Neill's Court, a short, dead-end street off Broad Street about 200 yards west of the Nashua Mall. There, police said officers found Wynn hiding under a deck, at which time he was arrested without further incident. Celestin and Wynn were both arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court on a combination of felony and misdemeanor charges. Wynn is charged with one count of criminal solicitation to reckless conduct, a Class B felony; and one count each of theft; resisting detention; resisting arrest; and possession of marijuana, all Class A Misdemeanors. Celestin's charges include one count of reckless conduct, Class B felony; and one count each of hindering apprehension; conduct after an accident; resisting detention; and resisting arrest, all Class A misdemeanors. Judge Paul Moore, who conducted the arraignments via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, set bail at $50,000 cash or surety for Wynn, noting in the bail order that Wynn has been arrested in Massachusetts eight times within five years and that he has no ties to New Hampshire. Moore set bail for Celestin at $50,000 cash only, noting in the order that lower bail will not reasonably assure her appearance at future court proceedings and could endanger her safety and the safety of others. Police said the incident began when Officer Dennis Pereira, the first officer to arrive at Kohl's, approached the loss prevention employees while they were speaking with Wynn. Upon seeing Pereira, police said, Wynn tried to flee and Pereira tried to hold on to him. Wynn broke free, police said, and ran from the store toward a Honda Civic parked in the fire lane. Wynn allegedly jumped in the backseat, with Pereira reaching in to try and detain him, police said. Wynn allegedly grabbed the gear shift, yelled at the driver - later identified as Celestin - to "go, go, go," at which time Celestin allegedly pulled away, slowly at first. Pereira ordered her to stop, and delivered pepper spray to Wynn to try and contain him, police said. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:40:07 EST Nashua Board of Education changes leadership for new term NASHUA - In a split vote, the Nashua Board of Education selected member George Farrington to replace sitting President Sandra Ziehm for the upcoming one-year term. While Farrington has previously served several years as president, Ziehm headed the board for the last year. Farrington was nominated by Robert Hallowell. The board chose a new president in a 5-4 vote Tuesday evening, with Hallowell, Farrington, David Murotake, Elizabeth Van Twuyver and Bill Mosher voting for Farrington. Ziehm, Dorothy Oden, Doris Hohensee and Howard Coffman voted for Ziehm. Speaking before the vote, Ziehm said during her time as president she strived to serve the greater good of the School District. "It was my hope and my goal to create a vision for the district and the board to create a community," Ziehm said. "In my mind, paramount to achieving that goal is the ability to communicate with each other." Ziehm said she accepts any guilt for not serving the greater good while on the board. Farrington said Ziehm shouldn't carry any guilt about the last year, and that she did a "fine job" during a difficult year with a stringent budget and three contract negotiations. Oden said she appreciated Ziehm's leadership over the past term. "Mrs. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:01:47 EST Welcome, 2017! Ringing in the new year at Encore Happy 2017! Hope you had a pleasant, fun, stress-free holiday season. Now that we've turned the odometer another rotation, let's focus on making this year the best it can be! Things will definitely start to pick up very soon in our local arts and entertainment scene, but this week I do have a suggestion for getting out and experiencing the new year with a musical endeavor: Saturday, a benefit concert will feature a duo of duos - Spirit Fiddle and Late Night Radio - here in Nashua. Find out how to attend that evening of music "next door" on Page 3. There's always plenty of live music in our surrounding towns, so if you're looking to get out and hear some tunes and shake your groove thing, check the Nightlife calendar on Pages 4-5. One of my favorite local bands, Freevolt, is playing Thursday at Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar in downtown Nashua. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:04:38 EST Spend Saturday evening with Spirit Fiddle and Friends NASHUA - At 7 p.m. Saturday, two duos, Spirit Fiddle and Late Night Radio, will perform in concert at Nashua Presbyterian Church, 1010 W. Hollis St. Award-winning fiddler Robin Warren and her guitar partner Brian Clancey return to New Hampshire from their new home in South Carolina to perform with Late Night Radio, featuring Bob and Diane Kordas. Warren is a master fiddler who has won Fiddler of the Festival multiple times, including the Fiddlers Grove Festival in Union Grove, NC. Spirit Fiddle performs a wide variety of energetic music, ranging from bouncy Southern and Texas swing tunes to sweet waltzes, old popular songs, bluegrass numbers, French Canadian and Celtic jigs and reels, and Parisian musettes. From The Boston Museum of Fine Arts to the renowned Carolina in the Fall Festival, from the syrup festival in Henderson, Texas, to the oldest bluegrass festival in Canada, from sidewalk cafes to coffee houses and formal concerts, audiences delight in the eclectic mix of music Spirit Fiddle performs, and in their natural sense of humor on stage. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:04:11 EST Teen driver escapes serious injury in accident NASHUA - Residents of 9 Sagamore Road, part of a sizeable Nashua neighborhood between Main Dunstable and Conant roads, looked out just after dusk Monday to see a car on its roof in their front yard. The unexpected sight triggered emergency calls to police, firefighters and ambulance personnel just before 5 p.m. When crews arrived, they found the driver trapped in the car, Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Glen MacDonald said. The driver was a 17-year-old male whose name wasn't released. Firefighters and medical personnel began assessing the condition of the driver, who MacDonald said was the only person in the car. Other crews used hydraulic rescue tools and "rescue jacks" - large, sturdier versions of typical car jacks - to stabilize the overturned vehicle and to open a gap large enough to remove the driver. MacDonald said he was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The vehicle, a Chrysler Sebring, was heavily damaged and was towed from the scene. Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash, which happened at a slight curve in Sagamore Road. There was no word on whether the driver may face charges. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 07:35:31 EST Arraignment held in October shooting spree NASHUA - A 22-year-old Nashua man was arraigned Tuesday in Nashua district court on a series of felony charges stemming from an October incident involving multiple gunshots in the downtown area. Nicholas Boucher, of 46 Vine St., was arrested late last week on a warrant charging him with six counts of reckless conduct involving a deadly weapon and one count of felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, all Class B felonies, along with one count of criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor. The charges accuse him of firing a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun five times in the area of the Main Street Marketplace, 300 Main St., and once in the area of Amory Street at around 5 a.m. Oct. 22, according to the complaints filed in court. Police said Boucher allegedly fired the shots from a vehicle in which he was a passenger. The felon in possession offense stems from Boucher's conviction on a felony burglary charge about two years ago, according to police prosecutors. He was charged with criminal mischief for allegedly smashing windows of a vehicle belonging to a female acquaintance, the complaints state. On the day Boucher was arrested, police investigating the case motioned the court to seal detectives' affidavits filed in relation to the issuance of warrants and the narratives supporting the arrest. Police said the motion, which the court subsequently granted, stems from the fact the investigation into the case is ongoing, and that certain information contained in the affidavits "may interfere with the investigation." Meanwhile, Boucher's father and grandmother attended Tuesday's arraignment, which was conducted in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. "He's been doing good," his father told Judge Paul Moore, referring to the period since the alleged incident. He noted that his son helps take care of his grandmother, who has health issues. "If he is released, he will be on house arrest - by his grandmother," the elder Boucher told Moore. Nicholas Boucher said he has been working steadily in the construction industry recently and "doing well now." "I just want to be with my family," he said. "They've been there for me." In addressing bail, police prosecutor Nicole Clay asked that the $50,000 cash or surety bail on which Boucher had been held since his arrest be converted to $50,000 cash only because of "the serious nature of these offenses" and the fact he has cases pending from 2015, she said. Moore agreed to continue the $50,000 cash or surety bail, ordering Boucher, if he makes bail, to continue living at 46 Vine St., relinquish all firearms he owns, have no contact with the woman whose vehicle he allegedly damaged, and sign a waiver of extradition. Moore set a probable cause hearing in the case for 8:15 a.m. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 07:36:17 EST Greater Nashua YMCA hits goal NASHUA - The YMCA of Greater Nashua has reached its short-term goal of raising $100,000, engaging a family's generous promise to match the amount and adding a sizable amount to the group's capital improvement fund. "It's a great thing," director Mike LaChance said Tuesday. The gift comes from an anonymous family donor who wants to stay out of the spotlight, LaChance said. He described the person as "very community-minded." "Many people had not given to the Y before," LaChance said. "They made a very, very generous contribution as first-time givers." Some donated upward of $5,000, he said. The effort to raise $100,000 by Dec. 31, thus triggering the matching grant, is part of an ongoing $4.275 million capital effort to expand services and in the process, renovate or expand facilitates in Nashua and Merrimack. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:58:55 EST OD deaths doubled in 2016; Donchess: Tide may be turning thanks to Safe Stations program NASHUA - The city averaged an overdose a day in 2016 and more than doubled the number of fatal overdoses from the previous year as the opioid addiction epidemic continued its grip on the region. "There's no question that 2016 is worse than 2015," Mayor Jim Donchess said. The 40 fatalities last year tops the 19 opioid-related deaths in 2015, according to numbers released by Nashua's American Medical Response ambulance service. Donchess said that even one fatality is too many, but he notes hopeful signs in the data. Since the Safe Stations program started in the middle of November, close to 50 people have entered the program. Donchess said the data is starting to show the impact of Safe Stations, as well as an increased effort from local and state law enforcement through the Granite Hammer program. "It looks like we are headed in the right direction," Donchess said. The total number of people who suffered an overdose in 2016 is up well over the 2015 figures, as well, with 365 people treated for an opioid-related overdose in 2016. That one overdose per day average in 2016 is well higher than 2015's 250 total overdoses. However, the number are showing signs of hope, Donchess said. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:59:24 EST Girard J. Riley NEWPORT, NH - Girard J. Riley, 92, of Highland Ave., died on January 1, 2017 at Sullivan County Nursing Home in Unity, NH. He was born in Lowell, MA on March 4, 1924, the son of James F. and Esther (Girard) Riley. He spent his early years in Lowell, MA graduating from Lowell High School in 1952 and then from Burdett College in Boston, MA, earning a degree in accounting. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:50:54 EST Jeannette J. Glines NASHUA - Jeannette J. (Dumais) Glines, 80, died peacefully Monday morning, January 2, 2017 at Greenbriar Terrace. Jeannette was born in Hudson on July 10, 1936. She was the beloved daughter of the late Alphonse and Irene (Paradise) Dumais. For many years, she was employed by Nashua Corporation as a shipper until her retirement. Jeannette enjoyed golfing, shopping, traveling and sewing. She was a member of the Nashua Elementary Club as well as the Emblem Club but her most cherished time was spent with her family. She is survived by her nieces, Marian Vance and Jane Michaud and her nephews Ronald Michaud, Marc Michaud, and Tony Michaud; as well as her brother-in-law Louis Michaud and her lifelong friend since high school, Phyllis (Trudeau) Brodeur. Jeannette was predeceased by her sister Noella (Dumais) Michaud and brother Roger Dumais. Visitation will be held on THURSDAY, January 5th from 6 until 8 PM at ANCTIL-ROCHETTE & SON FUNERAL HOME, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:50:36 EST Randall O. ‘Randy’ St. Laurent Randall O. "Randy" St. Laurent, 20, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away unexpectedly at his home, Sunday, January 1, 2017. Randy was born in Nashua on May 15, 1996, a son of Lori L. (Michaud) St. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:50:10 EST Man charged after criminal threatening NASHUA - A city man was arrested last week for allegedly throwing a car jack at a vehicle, according to police. Reed Burgess, 24, of 127 Vine St., Unit C, was charged Dec. 28 with criminal mischief, a Class B felony, stemming from a Nov. 4 incident where officers with the Nashua Police Department say Burgess had thrown a car jack at a victim's vehicle as he passed by him. The incident caused more than $1,500 of damage to the vehicle and an arrest warrant was obtained for Burgess. Burgess was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled for arraignment in a Nashua courtroom on Feb. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:35:01 EST Three charged in alleged stabbing NASHUA - A police investigation into a mid-December stabbing in a downtown Nashua apartment building has led to the arrest of three individuals on various charges stemming from the alleged incident. Taken into custody and later released on bail were Nicholas Day, 33, of 310 Elmwood Drive, Hudson; Stephanie Lemay, 36, of 177 Main St., Apt. 202, Nashua; and Jeremy George, 40, of 54 Longmeadow Road, Beverly, Mass., according to police. Day, described by police as Lemay's boyfriend, faces the most serious charges: one count each of first-degree assault, a Class A felony, and falsifying physical evidence, a Class B felony. Lemay is charged with one count of falsifying physical evidence, a Class B felony, while George faces one count of simple assault, a Class A misdemeanor. The men each posted $5,000 cash or surety bail, while Lemay posted $250 cash bail, police said. Day and Lemay are scheduled to be arraigned in Nashua district court on Feb. 1, while George's arraignment is set for Feb. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:30:10 EST Welcome to the world; Nashua couples ring in new year as new parents Alon Yehezkel was out of town on business when his wife, Bonnie, called to tell him that Natalie, their first child, had decided not to wait until Jan. 10 to come into the world. The dad-to-be covered a lot of miles in short order, though, and made it to Bonnie's bedside at St. Joseph Hospital in time to welcome Natalie, who weighed in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces. Although Natalie was the first 2017 baby born at St. Joe's when she arrived at 5:09 p.m., Nashua's first of the new year was born atSouthern New Hampshire Medical Center at 12:50 p.m., according to a hospital spokeswoman. The baby's family requested that the hospital not release their names or other details, including the baby's gender, the spokeswoman said. Nashua's second and fourth babies of 2017 were also born at the medical center, arriving at 1:57 and 11 p.m. As for Natalie, St. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:28:02 EST Barbara Cates Barbara Cates, 71, of Nashua, passed away peacefully with her husband by her side on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. She was born on November 16, 1945 in Boston, MA, the daughter of the late Theodore and Virginia (Ferguson) Brown. She was the loving wife and best friend of Robert Cates. She grew up in Foxboro, MA, graduated from Foxboro High School and got her college degree in Boston. Mon, 02 Jan 2017 07:04:51 EST Lanctot hearing slated this month NASHUA - Prosecutors in the sex-solicitation case of former Nashua teacher Bruce Lanctot are seeking to consolidate two sets of charges against him as they and the defense prepare for his next hearing later this month. Lanctot, 41, of 25 Stark St., Apt. 0, has been free on $20,000 cash or surety bail since police arrested him on May 11. According to his case summary at Hillsborough County Superior Court South, A social studies teacher at Nashua High School South, Lanctot's employment with the district was terminated at the time of his arrest, officials said. Lanctot currently faces nine charges accusing him of sending nude photos of himself to juvenile NHS South students and soliciting sex through social media sites in 2015 and early 2016. The upcoming hearing is scheduled as a dispositional conference, a routine, typically brief hearing at which the prosecutors and defense lawyers discuss such matters as evidence and any pending motions. It is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. Mon, 02 Jan 2017 07:03:56 EST Nashua church to host tribute NASHUA - The First Baptist Church of Nashua will host its 35th annual tribute to the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. This year's program, entitled "Unity," will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the church at 121 Manchester St. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Mon, 02 Jan 2017 07:03:30 EST Businesses work to aid city woman; Santa Fund mother is gifted needed car repairs NASHUA - Heading into winter, Tammy, unemployed and a single mother of four, was driving a car with bald tires, a cracked windshield and overdue for maintenance. Lack of money meant putting off repairs. But thanks to the generosity of several city businesses during the Christmas season, Tammy's car has received a tune-up and is prepared to handle the harsh driving conditions of New England winters. After reading about Tammy's financial plight in a Santa Fund story published in the Dec. 21, 2016 edition of The Telegraph, Renee Carney, an inside sales representative at Portland Glass on Amherst Street, was moved to take action. She not only lined up a free windshield replacement job at her company for Tammy, a woman she didn't know, she also reached out to other local companies and eventually arranged for new tires and vehicle maintenance work that would not cost Tammy a penny. "This year, Christmas was very good," said a smiling Tammy after seeing her new windshield Tuesday afternoon. Tammy, whose four children range in age from one to 18 and who also has a two-year old grandson, was put in touch with the Telegraph Santa Fund this year through The Front Door Agency, a Nashua organization that helps individuals and families transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. The agency, along with The Salvation Army, High Hopes and Nashua PAL, assisted The Telegraph in the distribution of donations to the annual Santa Fund, which was started 55 years ago by the newspaper's publisher to provide a happy holiday to local needy children. Before the birth of her youngest child, Tammy - not her real name - was earning just $9 an hour as a full-time hotel housekeeper. Before that, she worked at a fast food restaurant. Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:15:04 EST Nashua Police Department Arrest Log Sept. 5 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Baltazar J. Aguillon, 20, 8 Eaton St., Nashua: Operating without a valid license. Eduardo M. Reis, 35, 1 Bittersweet Road, Nashua: Operating without a valid license. Anthony A. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:03:31 EST ’Hawks seize 2nd straight title NASHUA - Things weren't going well for the Merrimack basketball team midway through the third quarter of their finals matchup against Thornton Academy at the Chick-fil-A Nashua Holiday Tournament. The Trojans managed to take a four-point lead while limiting the Tomahawks to zero points through the first six minutes of the quarter. Then things started going Merrimack's way. The Tomahawks used a combination of intense defense, strong rebounding, and clutch shooting to pull off a 40-33 win over Thornton Academy. The holiday championship was Merrimack's second straight. The two teams played evenly through the first half, entering halftime tied at 26. The Trojans ramped up their defensive effort in the third, as the Tomahawks struggled to even get a shot up. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:00:13 EST North beats South for third NASHUA - They would have rather met in the finals, but don't call the Nashua High School North boys basketball team's 62-57 third-place win over rival Nashua South in the Chick-fil-A Holiday Festival on Friday a consolation game. "There's no such thing as a consolation when it's North versus South," Titans coach Steve Lane said. "We both would have rather played in the 7:30 game (for the title), but it is what it is. We're a work in progress." The Titans snapped a 17-17, first-quarter tie to storm out to a lead by as much as 16 in the second quarter, 36-20. They led 55-40 going into the final period before holding on as the Panthers, who were paced by Kevin Genao's 21 points, rallied to get to as close as 59-54 with 1:41 left. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:07:23 EST Locals set for Elks Hoop Shoot district test Six locals will vie for the the New Hampshire State Elks Southwest District Hoop Shoot Championship on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Derry Boys and Girls Club Gym at 9:30 a.m. Colin Toohey, age 12 of Hudson joins five Nashua youths: 12-year-old Ariana Sola, 11-year old Ryan Haskell, 10-year old Aliyah Vasquez, and 9-year-olds Navein Sribalaharan, and Taylor Joyal will be competing. They'll be going up against contestants from Manchester, Concord, Keene, Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester and Derry/Salem. There will be an awards luncheon to follow at the Derry/Salem Elks Lodge. The South District Champions will advance to the State Elks Championship Hoop Shoot at the Epsom Central School on Sunday, Feb. 5 to compete against the North District Elks champions from Laconia, Claremont, Franklin, Littleton, Lebanon and Plymouth. State winners will be advancing to the New England Regional Hoop Shoot in South Portland, Me., on March 22. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:05:39 EST A new year is a great time to pass along unused items "Thank you" Santa, for your wonderful deed, delivering presents with incredible speed - from rooftop to rooftop all over the world, across starlit heavens, through snowflakes awhirl. Some gifts ordered by family and friends, traditional items or current trends, while chosen with all the best of intentions are duplicates of things we already have, or really don't need - puzzles, a cozy throw, or small appliance, etc. could be really needed by a fellow Mailbag reader for their happy new year! Artist needs digital pad "I am hoping someone has an ISO Digital Drawing Pad for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, etc." writes Kadyn B. of Nashua (LTR 3,304). Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:04:24 EST Yoeun Chum NASHUA - Yoeun Chum, 50, died at her home on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Yoeun was born in Battambong, Cambodia on January 2, 1966. She was the beloved daughter of Soeun Chum and Mouk Chhuon of Lowell. She was employed at Benchmark Electronics. Yoeun was a beautiful person inside and out with a smile that would turn the whole room with happiness. She was the oldest of six siblings and loved each one of her siblings dearly. She will be missed by all deeply. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:03:59 EST June drug bust gets city man indicted MANCHESTER - The arrest in June of Nashua resident Brett DeLong for allegedly possessing and distributing various illegal drugs - plus conducting a pot-growing operation in Bedford - has yielded six felony indictments. DeLong, 28, is among several people from Greater Nashua indicted this month by the December term of the grand jury for Hillsborough County Superior Court North in Manchester. Another Nashua man, Ryan Haggerty, 31, of 6B Stark St., faces two indictments, while the remaining five local residents face one indictment each. An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but represents the grand jury's determination that enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move the case forward in superior court. Each of the six indictments against DeLong, of 1 Morningside Drive, charges him with possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, which are classified as special felonies each punishable by up to 15 years in state prison and a $200,000 fine. The drugs he is accused of possessing and intending to distribute include marijuana, hashish, psilocin (the drug in psychedelic mushrooms), methylone, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and butylone, according to the indictment. Each indictment also notes that DeLong was convicted in June 2012 in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua of possession of drugs with intent to sell. Haggerty was indicted on one count each of operating a motor vehicle as a habitual offender, a Class B felony, and operating with a suspended registration, a Class A misdemeanor. He was arrested July 7 on Northern Boulevard in Amherst after police learned he was a habitual offender and his vehicle's registration had been suspended. The other four local residents indicted this month in the Northern Division are: • Talal Zafar, 39, 18 Amherst St., Apt. 2, Nashua; second degree assault - strangulation, Class B felony, for allegedly engaging in the strangulation of a male, age 12, by applying pressure to his throat or neck on Dec. 26, 2015, in Hillsborough. • Eric Clay, 50, 1 Quincy St., Nashua; sale of a controlled drug, special felony, for allegedly selling less than 1 gram of crack cocaine to an undercover police agent on April 18, 2013, in Manchester. • Cornelius C. Stanley, 20, 58 Lowell Road, Hudson; possession of a controlled drug, Class B felony, for allegedly possessing cocaine on April 16 in Bedford. • Mikala Coronis, 23, 6B Cutler Road, Hudson; theft by deception, Class A felony, for allegedly depositing into her account checks from a closed or otherwise inactive account, then withdrawing an amount totaling in excess of $1,500 from her account from July 6-8 in Manchester. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:15:36 EST Nashua man charged with felony shoplifting, court date set NASHUA - The arrest two days before Christmas of 36-year-old Nashua resident Mark Palmer for shoplifting resulted in a felony theft charge, according to police, based on Palmer's two previous convictions for theft. Police took Palmer, of 16 Kinsley St., Apt. B, into custody around 7:30 the evening of Dec. 23 after responding to a report that security personnel were detaining a male shoplifting suspect at the Target store in Pheasant Lane Mall. The suspect, later identified as Palmer, was initially charged with misdemeanor theft, but it was upgraded to a Class B felony after a review of his criminal history turned up the two previous convictions, according to police. In addition, Palmer was charged with twice failing to appear in court on other matters, for which electronic bench warrants had been issued, police said. Palmer was arraigned Tuesday in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail, where he was held on $2,500 cash bail. A probable cause hearing is pending in the Nashua court. Police ask that anyone with any additional information on the case to contact the department at 594-3500 or its Crime Line at 589-1665. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:16:12 EST Greater Nashua spared; North Country, Maine bear brunt of impact While the first nor'easter of the season, Winter Storm Fortis, brought whiteout conditions to larger portions of New Hampshire and pummeled much of Maine, Greater Nashua was spared the brunt of the impact. Much of the storm developed off the East Coast, where it intensified more rapidly and brought greater totals to areas farther north, said Doug Webster, a consulting meteorologist based in Hudson. "We didn't get nearly the amount of moisture that they had," Webster said. Nashua and towns to its east, including Hudson and Pelham, also received some afternoon rain to diminish overall snow totals. Northern and western parts of the region, including Milford, Hollis and Merrimack, received mostly snow. About four inches of snow fell in Nashua, Merrimack accumulated about 7 inches and Milford received nearly 9, the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine reported. Shortly before midnight, snowfall began to slow in the Gate City, though intermittent precipitation continued throughout the night. Eversource, New Hampshire's largest energy supplier, reported that more than 11,000 of its customers in the state were without power at the peak of the storm Thursday night. The energy supplier attributed the power outages to wet and heavy snow weighing down tree branches. Eversource crews also worked to repair 14 broken electrical poles, which the company said were damaged by vehicles that slid off the road. As of 9 a.m. on Friday, less than 650 Eversource customers in southern New Hampshire were without power. Justin Kates, Nashua's emergency management director, said the city's Division of Public Works staff handled the storm well. "I think having smaller storms earlier in the season got everybody ramped up ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:00:39 EST Nancy Clarke Von der Linden Formerly of Exeter, NH. and Nashua, NH. Nancy, 74, lost a 30 year battle with Sarcoma Cancer on December 4th, 2016 under the care of Hospice at The Edgewood Centre in Portsmouth, NH. Nancy was born in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey on February 23, 1942 to Annette (Alwin) and Malcolm Clarke and was a graduate from Drew University in l964 with a degree in Political Service. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:25:00 EST Priscilla McIntosh Wren Priscilla McIntosh Wren, of Nashua and Rye, NH, embarked on her last adventure when she passed away at the Thomas Upham House in Medfield, MA on Dec. 28 after a courageous battle with age, lung and brain cancer. Priscilla was predeceased by her parents, Ruth Lawrence McIntosh and G. Victor McIntosh, her best friend and brother, Dr. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:22:00 EST Year In Review: New Hampshire responds to addiction crisis NASHUA – The opioid addiction crisis continues to plague New Hampshire and will likely remain a source of concern heading into the new year. Nashua is on track for at least 37 overdose deaths in 2016, and more than 340 total overdoses – a jump from 2015’s 19 fatalities and 250 total overdoses. The figures are a grim reminder of the increasing spread of the opioid addiction epidemic in the Gate City, and the region as a whole. While the fight is far from over, decisive steps were taken this year to get the epidemic under control and save the lives of those impacted by addiction. Nashua, following the lead from Manchester with its Safe Stations program. Started by a Manchester firefighter, Safe Stations connects addicts with help right away through fire department locations. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:19:00 EST Greater Nashua smacked with snow and rain NASHUA – Southern New Hampshire was hit Thursday by a much-anticipated winter storm, bringing several inches of heavy snow mixed with rain and ice. The National Weather Service reported between 8-to-12 inches of snow was expected for Greater Nashua during a powerful nor’easter with strong wind gusts. While the total snowfall was not exactly as much as forecasted, most of New England was under a winter weather warning for much of Thursday. Justin Kates, Nashua’s emergency management director, released a statement Thursday afternoon declaring a snow emergency in the city starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday and carrying into early Friday morning. City crews said residents should give Department of Public Works teams more time to keep streets clear with the heavy snow conditions. Residential side streets will not be plowed immediately and regularly plowed sidewalks will not be plowed until crews have a chance to clear primary and residential streets. “Depending on the duration of the storm and snowfall amounts, crews may need extensive time once the storm ends to clean all street and regularly plowed sidewalk routes,” Kates said in the release. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:10:00 EST Merrimack, North and Alvirne gain Chick-Fil-A finals spots By BEN LEVINE Correspondent NASHUA – It’s been quite the 12 months for coach Tim Goodridge and the Merrimack boys’ basketball team. Last December, the Tomahawks won the Chick-Fil-A title. A few months later, Merrimack lost an overtime thriller in the NHIAA Division I Championship game. Now, the Tomahawks are eyeing their second straight championship at the Chick-Fil-A Holiday Festival Tournament. The Tomahawks required some big defensive stops and clutch free throws as they topped Nashua North, 50-48, during the second round of the annual tournament. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:19:00 EST Alleged drug dealer, accused rapist indicted by Grand Jury NASHUA – The grand jury for the December term of Hillsborough County Superior Court South has handed down some 20 indictments against Kristopher Balcom, the 37-year-old former Nashua resident facing a slew of charges stemming from the alleged sale and possession of large amounts of various illegal drugs. One of Balcom’s arrests, in early September, was part of a Nashua police drug sweep conducted under its so-called “Operation Granite Hammer” initiative, in which officers and detectives from several divisions team up and execute arrest warrants on individuals they have been investigating. Also indicted by the December grand jury was Felix Perez, a resident of New York City’s Bronx borough, who is accused of raping a young girl multiple times over the spring and summer when she was 10 and 11 years old, and 36-year-old Nashua resident Darlene Underwood, who was charged in early September with her fourth driving while intoxicated offense. An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but represents the Grand Jury’s determination that enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move the case forward in Superior Court. Balcom, formerly of 3 Ayer Road, Apt. 1 in Nashua and presently incarcerated at Valley Street jail in Manchester, was indicted on 14 counts of sale of a controlled drug, all unclassified felonies; five counts of possession of a controlled drug, Class B felonies; and one count of possession of controlled drugs with the intent to dispense, an unclassified felony. The drugs Balcom is alleged to have sold, or planned to sell, according to the charges, include heroin, psilocin (the drug in “psychedelic mushrooms”), suboxone, methamphetamines, morphine and others. Police who executed a search warrant on Balcom’s apartment found more than 30 grams of heroin, along with several other drugs. Balcom, according to police, had been under investigation “into the trafficking of heroin and other controlled substances from Massachusetts to New Hampshire for resale to local residents,” they said at the time. The charges on which Balcom was indicted accuse him of selling drugs to undercover police agents numerous times in June, July and August, and twice on Sept. 1, the day he was arrested. The five possession counts were added when police found five different drugs on him following his arrest. As for Perez, the 46-year-old Bronx resident who is also currently incarcerated, the six indictments handed down include four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault (victim under age 13), Class A felonies; and one count each of AFSA (without penetration, victim under age 13) and AFSA – pattern sexual assault, both special felonies. Perez is accused of performing various sexual acts upon the girl between March and August in Nashua. Underwood, meanwhile, was arrested on Sept. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:13:01 EST Daniel Arthur Phelan Daniel Arthur Phelan, Nashua native, passed away peacefully at home on December 27, 2016 He was born February 9, 1938, he was the son of Anthony Phelan and Rose Lindsay Phelan. Educated in local schools, he graduated from Nashua High School class of 1955. Daniel joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to Naval Early Warning Squadron VW-2 in Pawtuxent River, Maryland with assignments in the Mediterranean area with the Sixth Fleet. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:01:00 EST Felix A. Rexer Felix A. Rexer, 83, of Hudson and formerly of Nashua, passed away Wednesday afternoon, December 21, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua after a brief illness. Mr. Rexer was born in Mannheim, Germany on August 19, 1933 a son of the late Karl and Lina (Hatzenuehler) Rexer. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:58:00 EST Telegraph Year in Review: Nashua North teen’s death among year’s most significant events The untimely death of a Nashua High School North student, believed to have fallen into an open storm drain near the Main Street Bridge, is one of the most vexing local stories in 2016. Jacob Goulet, 16, was found in the Merrimack River after an Oct. 21 flooding, during which city officials suspect the 4-by-4 foot storm drain became dislodged. While nobody witnessed Goulet falling into the drain, his umbrella and baseball cap were found on the walkway next to it. “This has never happened before at this site,” said Mayor Jim Donchess. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:25:00 EST Drunk driving arrest stems from recent 2-car crash NASHUA – Police said Wednesday that they have arrested one of the drivers in the serious two-vehicle crash on Allds Street the morning of Dec. 23. Scott Bourque, 25, of 51 Pleasant Lane, Dracut, Mass., faces one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, a Class B felony, along with one count of driving after revocation or suspension of his license, a violation-level offense, according to police. Both Bourque and the other driver, whom police didn’t identify, were transported to local hospitals for injuries that police described as serious but not life-threatening. The crash, which occurred just before 8 a.m. Dec. 23 near the entrance to the Hunt Community, 10 Allds St., involved a one-ton dump truck and a Honda Civic, but it’s not clear which vehicle Bourque was driving. Police said that detectives from the department’s Criminal Investigation Division furthered the patrol officers’ initial investigation, ultimately determining that Bourque allegedly caused the crash by driving drunk. Officers added the driving after revocation or suspension charge after reviewing Bourque’s criminal record, police said. Bourque was booked on the charges and later released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail pending arraignment, which police said is scheduled for Feb. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:07:15 EST Nashua teams cruise, Merrimack battles into semis at Chick-Fil-A NASHUA – Holiday tournament opening night matchups are often designed to give the host team, or teams, a layup into the next round; the idea is you’d love it if they can meet in the finals. Well, both the Nashua High School North and South boys basketball teams will have tougher opponents in Thursday’s semifinals of the annual Chick-Fil-A Holiday Festival Basketball tournament than they did in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. But don’t talk to Titans coach Steve Lane about layups. “Every game is important to build our confidence after we lost to Salem on opening night (in the regular season),” Lane said after North’s 71-34 thrashing of Souhegan. “We got some confidence tonight. … Our guys played well enough to get the job done, but yes, (Thursday) is going to be a test.” And a much earlier one than anticipated. The tournament schedule has changed thanks to the impending storm, and North will now take on Merrimack, which beat Milford in arguably the day’s best game, 57-49, at 1:15 p.m. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:10:00 EST ‘Turnpike Turmoil’ among top 10 NASHUA - The bizarre nature of the April carjacking, stabbing and police pursuit that culminated in a massive multi-vehicle crash on the Everett Turnpike makes the story a strong candidate for the top 10 of 2016, but the fact that nobody was killed, or even seriously injured, solidifies its place on the list. Jonathan Calvin, the 32-year-old former Nashua man charged with perpetrating the series of events the afternoon of April 15, reportedly spent the hours leading up to the event in the throes of a psychotic break that included the belief his family was being murdered - and he was next, his brother, Matthew Calvin, said at the time. In October, a Superior Court judge ruled Calvin incompetent to stand trial, based on evaluations by state forensic examiners. He was subsequently admitted to the state Secure Psychiatric Unit, where he continues treatment. One of the examiners, Dr. Jennifer Mayer Cox, described Calvin as "a danger to himself and others," and stated that in her opinion, he was "presently not competent to stand trial but (is) restorable within 12 months with appropriate treatment." Calvin will likely be re-evaluated about a year after he was admitted to determine the status of his condition. As for the incident itself, the person most seriously injured was not an occupant of one of the several vehicles into which Calvin, driving a stolen Volvo, crashed on the Everett Turnpike near Exit 4 northbound. It was Olivia Smith, the owner of the Volvo, whom Calvin waved down as she drove south on the turnpike. He allegedly "ripped" open her door, began punching and grabbing at her, before pulling out a long knife and attempting to stab her in the stomach and chest. He ended up stabbing her in the leg, then took off, leaving Smith "on the side of the highway gushing blood out of my leg," she said at the time. As passersby came to her aid, Calvin sped off in her Volvo, heading for the Massachusetts border. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:07:17 EST Merrimack man charged in Monday night melee NASHUA - Charged with assault and disorderly conduct for his role in a Monday night melee in downtown Nashua, Merrimack resident Benjamin Wynn told a district court judge Tuesday that he only "pushed away" a woman after "she punched me twice ... because I'm a veteran." Wynn, 34, of 120 Joppa Road, grew emotional while speaking to Judge Robert Stephen at his Tuesday morning arraignment, which Stephen conducted via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. "I was trying to get the police to arrest the people who were attacking me," an animated Wynn told Stephen, adding that he "was just having a cigarette in front of The Telegraph," referring to the company's offices at 110 Main St. Stephen interrupted Wynn, suggesting that he not discuss the details of the incident without an attorney present. The charges against Wynn include two counts of simple assault and one count each of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, all Class A misdemeanors. According to police, the assault charges accuse Wynn of punching and pushing a woman, the same one he claimed had punched him. She was not arrested. Police said they charged Wynn with disorderly conduct after they heard him allegedly "directing obscenities toward a large crowd of people," and for disobeying their "explicit" warning that he "cease his disorderly behavior," according to their reports. The criminal mischief charge, meanwhile, was lodged by officers at police headquarters after Wynn allegedly damaged a sprinkler head in the holding cell in which he was placed after booking. Nashua police prosecutor Donald Topham requested that Wynn's bail remain at $1,000 cash, which Stephen granted. Topham told the court that Wynn's criminal history includes a 2015 arrest in New York state on a fugitive from justice charge which, he said, was tied to an alleged terrorist threat. If Wynn makes bail, he is ordered to have no contact with the woman he is accused of assaulting, and remain at least 300 feet from where she may be. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:06:04 EST No easy fix for 2017-’18 budget woes NASHUA - With the city facing a likely budget crunch in fiscal 2017-18, caused in large part by increasing pension costs, lifting the spending cap is seen as an unlikely way out of trouble. The city's spending cap can be lifted with a vote of 10 of the 15 members of the Board of Aldermen. That figure is out of reach given the current makeup of the board, said Brian McCarthy, president of the board. "I don't know if there are 10 members at the moment to support" lifting the cap, McCarthy said. Under the cap, Nashua can add about $3 million to the total budget in 2017-18 without an override vote from the aldermen. Heading into 2017-18, the city will budget an additional $2 million to the pension fund, with the payment due going up from $21 million to $23 million. That eats into the spending cap limits and is forcing the city to look at cuts to services. "Under no circumstances will I support cuts to the fire department or police department," Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel said. While Siegel is opposed to lifting the cap if it means raising taxes for property owners, he said it's too early to say what the city should do for the 2017-18 budget. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:04:23 EST Jason Michael Cote Mr. Jason Michael Cote, age 37, of Nashua, NH, formerly of Lawrence, died suddenly on Friday, December 23rd at his home in Nashua. He was the loving fiancé of Jaimee Young of Nashua, NH. Born and raised in Lawrence, Jason was the son of the late Joanne Cote. He attended Lawrence schools and graduated from Greater Lawrence Vocational Tech., with the class of 1998. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:03:06 EST Adam Maroney Adam Maroney, 25, of Nashua, NH passed away unexpectedly at his home on December 24, 2016. He was born in Worcester, MA on January 28, 1991, a son of Julie Maroney of Marlboro, Mass. Most recently, Adam had been working as a manager at Chunky's Movie Theater in Nashua. Following his schooling from Nashua High School, he attended and received his degree from Universal Technical Institute in Norwood, MA and was looking forward to working as a diesel technician. He is remembered as devoted and loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a hard worker and had a very generous heart, he would give you the shirt off his back and everyone came first before Adam. His smile was always present as well as his wonderful sense of humor. He loved to snowboard and walk his dog Roxy. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:01:40 EST Norma S. Colarusso Norma Shirley (Palmer) Colarusso, 94, a longtime resident of Nashua, widow of Harold W. Colarusso, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, December 22, 2016 at the Courville at Nashua. A resident of Nashua for the greater part of her life, Norma was born in Brunswick, Maine on April 1, 1922, a daughter of the late Perley R. and Nellie L. (Keith) Palmer. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:01:10 EST Mayor sets meetings with city wards NASHUA - Mayor Jim Donchess continues to touch base with voters, as he plans to hold a series of ward meetings starting next month. "I believe that communication with the citizens of Nashua is crucial for me as mayor," Donchess said. "One of my primary goals has been to improve the transparency of city government." The meetings will start the first week of January and run through the middle of February. There will be one meeting per city ward, plus one meeting scheduled for the Nashua Senior Activity Center. Donchess hopes the meetings will draw out residents feedback and ideas concerning issues in the city. "At our ward meetings, we will be discussing any topics of concern to citizens," Donchess said. "However, we will be specifically focused on the city's economic development as we begin the New Year. "We have made encouraging progress for Nashua so far, and I am excited to keep moving forward into 2017 with continued growth and prosperity for our city," he continued. Nashua's Director of Economic Development, Tim Cummings, will accompany Donchess at the ward meetings. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:02:29 EST Elaine F. Marchand NASHUA - Elaine F. Marchand, 81, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, December 25, 2016. Elaine was born on January 29, 1935 in Nashua and was the daughter of the late Valmore Jeannotte and Bernice (Davis) Jeannotte. She was employed for many years in the housekeeping department at Greenbriar Nursing Home in Nashua. Elaine was a devout Catholic and a communicant of St. Louis de Gonzague Church and a former parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:01:28 EST Jessica V. Garcia NASHUA - Jessica V. Garcia, 26, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center from injuries sustained from a car accident. She is the beloved daughter of Kathy Richard of Nashua and Francisco Garcia of Colima, Mexico. Jessica was born in Nashua on September 21, 1990. She attended school in the Nashua School system and also attended Manchester Central High School. She always loved to spend time with her friends and family and also enjoyed time with her nephews, Jomar, Jadiel, and Eliah. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:00:31 EST Home for the tournaments; Nashua again hosts hoop, hockey event NASHUA - If you're a fan of holiday high school tournaments, Riverside Drive is the place to be. Just a little less than a mile apart will be three tournaments beginning Tuesday and Wednesday, going through Friday. The 12th annual Conway Arena Hockey Tournament gets underway on Tuesday while just down the road at Nashua High School South on Wednesday, the annual Chick-fil-A Holiday Festival Basketball Tournaments begin. Yes, that's tournaments, plural. Chick-fil-A has also taken over what had been the city's high school girls basketball tournament, usually put on by Nashua North. Now everything is at South under one umbrella, and yes, they have a schedule worked out to hold both in the Belanger Gym. "I'm happy the girls are going to be involved because we have a pretty exciting atmosphere over at South," Chick-fil-A tournament director John Penkala said. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:01:28 EST City school custodians’ battle, new casinos made news this year Two young Nashua men's decisions to plead guilty, rather than face trial, in the 2015 murder of Nashua resident Benjamin Marcum, and the tragic summertime suicide in downtown Nashua of a woman who had just left the State Hospital are among five Telegraph stories of 2016 that, while notable, were not selected for the Top 10 of the year list. Also on the "honorable mention" list, was the tussle between the school district and its 101 custodians, which drew plenty of attention throughout 2016, along with a pair of economic good-news stories - one covering the purchase for future apartments of the old Nashua Corp. mill buildings and the other, the arrival in Nashua of the River Casino, the city's second within the year. As for the school custodians, the dispute rose out of the Board of Education's decision in September 2015 to explore the privatization of the district's custodial staff, which totals 101 employees. The union representing the custodians filed an unfair labor complaint in December 2015, arguing that the district agreed to negotiate with other union members, such as teachers, but not the custodians. The Public Employee Labor Relations Board in August ruled in favor of the custodians, and ordered the school board to begin negotiating with their segment of the union. Meanwhile, Nashua began 2016 without any casinos but now boasts two, thanks to decisions by management of Milford's River Casino to move to the city and the opening in November of a casino at the Boston Billards Club on Northeastern Boulevard. Over on Nashua's Franklin Street, the purchase and planned resurrection of the long series of brick buildings that for more than a century housed a bustling paper printing and wrapping industry nicknamed "the Card Shop" made news in February. Its historic value, including its 19th- and 20th-century architecture, earned the old mill a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The buyer, Manchester-based commercial and industrial property developer Brady Sullivan, plans to renovate the mills into about 168 apartments. The suicide death in late July of a 63-year-old Nashua woman was especially tragic because she took her life just hours after she had been released from the state's psychiatric hospital. The woman died after jumping from the window of her third-floor apartment at 237 Main St., above 7 Star Pizza. The incident prompted an investigation into what the state Department of Health and Human Services described as an "unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury ... ." Finally, the two men - Jonathan Goff, 19, and Stephan Peno, 21 - who went out for a walk on a March 2015 evening and ended up murdering 49-year-old lifelong Nashuan Benjamin Marcum, agreed to enter plea agreements on their respective charges and serve lengthy prison terms. Peno was sentenced in October in an emotional hearing attended by several members of the Marcum family. He will spend at least 28 years, and up to life, in state prison, with three years suspended. Goff, who entered his plea agreement in November, is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:05:24 EST Student liaisons to Nashua BOE share experiences NASHUA - It is quickly clear from listening to them speak that Mary Zhu, the outgoing Board of Education student liaison for Nashua High School South, and Alexandra Norris, the outgoing liaison for Nashua High School North, are exceptional young ladies. Both girls have a lot in common. Zhu, a senior, was accepted to Massachussetts Institute of Technology last week, and although is still waiting to hear back from a few other top-tier colleges, she knows she wants to study economics. Zhu said she's interested in learning about and investigating the Federal Reserve System. "I know that they have a very big influence on the economy through monetary policy," Zhu said. Norris, also a senior, also wants to study economics along with political science and has been accepted to Boston College and Georgetown University. "I've always been interested in government," said Norris. "I don't think I want to be an elected official, but to create policies and different initiatives," Norris said. In specific, Norris said she'd like to explore ways to improve the efficiency of the welfare system. Zhu said she joined the board at a student liaison to help improve communication between the student body and the board. Norris, who served on the board for two years, said she became interested in becoming a student liaison after she was elected to the student voice group sophomore year, which gives input on administrative decisions. She said being involved in the group made her interested in how the school district functions. "I felt that I had a good background, and I wanted to make sure the student perspective was heard on these issues," Norris said. They agreed that one of the hot-button topics which made them interested in becoming student liaisons was the district's switch in 2015 to a competency-based grading system. "At first, there was a lot of trouble with the implementation," Zhu said. "There wasn't very good communication, so a lot of people were just confused." Zhu said as the the board and schools started working together, communication improved and teachers and students started to understand how the new grading system could help students learn more. Norris also said the more she learned about the competency-based grading system, the more it made sense to her. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:26:45 EST Father’s dying wish, tainted water on list of top 2016 stories The simultaneously touching and inspiring story of Larry Ivory, who thanks to a bit of scheduling magic in June got to see his daughter Alexis graduate from Nashua High School North, was viewed more than 30,000 times on the Telegraph's website, making it the most-read local online story of 2016. Also coming on the top 10 list was the story's rather unfortunate sequel, which was read about 17,600 times when it went online five days later reporting that Larry Ivory had died. Just three days after losing her father, Alexis joined her fellow NHS North seniors at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena for the school's official graduation - but it was the far smaller, family-oriented graduation, the one with her father present, that she and her family cherish the most. Combined, the stories generated some 48,000 views on the Telegraph website, and were shared thousands of times on social media. Each December, as one calendar year prepares to give way to the next, The Telegraph compiles various statistics of its online and print operations, from which lists such as the top 10 most read online stories are culled. The list includes only local stories, those generated by Telegraph reporters covering matters of interest to Greater Nashua readers. The second most-read online story of 2016 told the tragic tale of U.S. Army veteran John Marshall, the Merrimack High School graduate, who in March lost not only a valiant battle with cancer, but also his fight with the Veterans Administration over his disability rights. Roughly 29,500 online Telegraph subscribers read of Marshall's dual battles and a series of events his widow, Ashley, called "numbing" and left her struggling to figure out how to explain to their children, ages 2 and 3 at the time, why their father wouldn't be coming home from the hospital. If the number three most-read online story of 2016 had a theme song, it would be the famous Boston-born tune "Love that Dirty Water." But there was nothing melodic about the discovery in March of high levels of a potentially cancer-causing industrial chemical byproduct in some Merrimack and Litchfield residents' drinking water. The culprit, according to the test results, was a chemical called perflurooctanoic acid - PFOA - which is commonly used in non-stick applications such as Teflon cookware and water-resistant clothing. The contaminants were found in private wells near Merrimack's Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant on the Daniel Webster Highway. The affected area would eventually spread in scope, and by April the state Department of Environmental Services began a series of meetings and also that month set up a drinking water distribution site for Litchfield residents whose wells were affected. The DES launched an investigation into soil contamination, and continued to host meetings well into summertime for both Merrimack and Litchfield residents. Officials continue to monitor readings in the area. Coming in fourth on the list of most read online stories of 2016 reported on the grand opening in March of The Bale House Tavern and Restaurant - which, unfortunately, has since closed. The reason isn't clear, but the majority of the numerous online reviews at the time had good things to say about the food and beverage offerings. The sixth most-read online story, which appeared just a couple of weeks ago, reported on the Hudson police investigation into an as-yet unidentified man's alleged use of a counterfeit coupon at the Derry Street Walgreen's store in November. The suspect, depicted in images from a store security camera, reportedly used the coupon on two separate visits to Walgreen's. Hudson police ask anyone who can identify the susp ect to contact the department at 886-6011. Number seven on the list is the coverage of a brawl between several people in a subsidized housing neighborhood off Lund Road, which generated nearly 12,000 views by online readers when the story appeared on June 7. More than a dozen Nashua police officers converged near the intersection of Anvil and Forge drives that afternoon when, according to witnesses, an argument escalated into a fistfight involving several men, one of whom struck another in the head with a pipe. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment of the head injury, and police were able to separate the remaining combatants and restore order. Another grand opening, this one of Nashua's first Aldi grocery store, came in at number eight on the most-read list with just over 10,000 views. The story, which went online on Jan. 10, advanced the store's late-March grand opening at 270 Amherst St., across from a renovated Turnpike Plaza where a new Whole Foods Market had just replaced the former Market Basket store. At number nine, with just under 10,000 online views, is the July 3 story on the upcoming opening of what The Telegraph called "a different kind of bar" specializing in serving and selling craft beer. Cleverly named The Flight Center - a reference to the so-called sampler of several small glasses of different beers most bars offer - the combination bar and retail shop moved into the space at 97 Main St. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:03:20 EST Family feeds firefighters on Christmas; friend inspired woman to serve holiday meal NASHUA - Debbie Bartol has delivered Christmas dinner to the Airport Fire Station on Pine Hill Road for 15 years. Bartol was inspired by her friend, who used to deliver cookies to the Lake Street Community Fire Station during the holidays. "I thought, well, cookies are great, but what are they going to do about dinner?" she said. This year, Bartol, with the help of her family, created a meal of lasagna, garlic bread and chocolate chip and pecan cookies for Nashua's fire crew working on Christmas Eve. "They just do so much for us, so when there's an opportunity to give back, it's a great thing," Bartol said. Deputy Chief George Walker with the Nashua Fire Rescue has been a firefighter most of his life and most years he works on Christmas, a fact many have accepted when they take the job. "It's hard, but I think we just become accustomed to it. It's part of the job," he said. "I think it's the nature of firefighters and those who are drawn to this business that they have the desire to help." Lt. Matthew Parzych, a longtime Nashua firefighter, worked his first Christmas shift this year. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:14:29 EST Deep blue sea; Nashua sailor mans bridge on ocean liner Nashua's Kevin Morrissey could drive a Harley like his dad's or a pickup truck or any other vehicle, but ... no. His mode of transport weighs 150,000 tons and is propelled by 200,000 horsepower. Morrissey, 35, is a navigator on the bridge of the Queen Mary 2. It is a transatlantic passenger liner that is the flagship of the Cunard Line's trio of grand vessels - the QM2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. Morrissey, a graduate of the 2000 class of Nashua Senior High School, is a third officer, one of a handful of seasoned navigators whose manipulations on the bridge of the 19-deck passenger liner take the ship and an average of 2,800 passengers on regularly scheduled, 14-day round trips between New York and Southampton, England. Warmer destinations visited by the QM2 during wintertime travel include Singapore, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Sydney, Australia and many more. Morrissey said he has always had a passion for sailing. His father, Dennis, his mother, Susan, and an older brother, Eddy, spent summers with him at the family's camp on Lake Winnipesaukee. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:02:28 EST Barbara L. Beaulieu Barbara L. (Townsend) Beaulieu, 77, of Nashua NH, passed away peacefully on Thursday December 15, 2016 at home with her family by her side. Barbara was born in Andover MA on March 18,1939. One of six children of the late Gardner & Dora (Harkins) Townsend. She was educated in local schools in Andover MA. Employed by Grieco Bros in Lawrence MA, after relocating to Nashua NH in 1965, while raising her children, she worked at Sportwell Shoe, Nashua Corp, Teradyne Inc. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:00:10 EST Robert Joseph Fay Sr. Robert Joseph Fay Sr., born to the late Francis Fay and Eva Fontaine Fay, formally of Fall River, Ma, died on December 19, 2016 at the age of 79 years old. He accomplished much in his lifetime. Robert, " Bob" attended Msgr. Prevost High School, graduating the class of 1957. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:00:29 EST Building community leaders Readers of my monthly column know that I use this opportunity each month to highlight something happening behind the scenes to move our city of Nashua forward, and these things are typically very much "under the radar" to most of us. The point of this column therefore is to shine a spotlight on those activities and those who are making them happen, so that more of us become aware of them and can choose to participate in those activities or support them in other ways. Within this context, I'd like to use this month's column to highlight a program that any parent in and around Nashua should learn more about. If you have kids anywhere between 5-10 years old, take note of what I'm going to share with you today. It involves a really neat partnership between our local Police Athletic League (PAL) and my company where I now work - velocityHUB. For the past couple of years, our company has led a one-day leadership workshop in partnership with PAL in which we teach kids leadership values that they can use at their age level, and in their interactions with other kids their age and with their families back home. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 03:01:23 EST Tomahawks stifle Spaulding, 43-34 MERRIMACK - It was a scratch-and-claw kind of night at Taylor Gym, and it was rebounds that told the tale. The Merrimack boys basketball team crashed the glass to the tune of a 36-20 rebounding advantage against Spaulding and did everything else necessary to pull out a 43-34 win. "We played very aggressive, hard-nosed, man-to-man defense, and that's what we're going to have to play if we want to win any games," Merrimack coach Tim Goodridge said. "I thought we played outstanding defense against a great basketball team. We are what we are. We rebounded well and took care of the basketball tonight better than we have in the past." After surrendering the first six points of the game, the Tomahawks locked it down and recovered to take a 16-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 02:07:01 EST Merrimack wrestlers excel in Fitchburg The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program competed in the annual Fitchburg Holiday Tournament with several doing well. Kindergartner Grayson Chestnut raked in another first-place medal, plowing through the competition with two pins. Andrew Schuster, also a kindergartner, took third place on the podium with one strong win by points. Rhys Dewar, grade two, went on a pin rally, taking down three of his opponents by pin to bring home second place on the day. Second graders Collin Schuster, Kael McAloon and Liam Bright all made strong showings in tough brackets. Schuster took a second-place medal with one win by pin and one win by commanding points. McAloon took third with two pins on the day. Bright, a first-time competitor, fought hard to bring home a fourth-place spot. Third graders Cayden Dine, Jackson Meehan and Christian Chestnut battled hard in tough brackets. All had one pin on the day with Dine taking third and Meehan and Chestnut taking fourth. Fifth graders J.J. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 02:03:38 EST Nashua PD gear up, bring Christmas cheer; Santa, PAL, deliver presents, food to 14 families in need NASHUA - 'Twas Christmas vacation, the children in bed, as Santa loaded the gifts in his sled; a caravan of navy blue trucks he did commandeer, his elves adorned in tactical gear. This festive scene represents only one thing in the Gate City - the third annual Nashua Police Department and Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL) Tactical Christmas. Santa Claus, along with the Nashua Police Special Reaction Team and members of Nashua PAL, traveled in a 21st-century sled - a convoy of vehicles and an armored truck - to deliver food and gifts to 14 families in need. Nashua PAL officer Mike DeBisz coordinated the event this year. "This is community caretaking mat its best," DeBisz said. "The whole purpose of Nashua PAL is to bring police officers closer to the people and the community, and there's no better way to do it, especially this time of year." Many of the toys provided were dropped off at gift donation boxes at several local businesses and close to $6,000 was raised to  provide Christmas supplies. The caravan's first stop was Whole Foods in Nashua, where the team loaded up carts full of food and $770 worth of gift cards. Whole Foods donated a portion of the goodies and customers also donated money to provide gift cards. Ed Lecius, community policing coordinator for the Nashua Police Department, dressed as Santa Claus this year. "To me, this is the true meaning of Christmas," Lecius said. "Everything else associated with the holiday is nice, but giving to those truly in need or down on their luck - that's what it's all about." Philip Belmont, a patrolman for the Nashua Police Department who coordinated Tactical Christmas last year, said the event represents what being a police officer is all about. "Law enforcement is a lot more than just arresting people ... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 02:00:09 EST Merrimack man accused in Lego theft; faces prison NASHUA - A Merrimack man is facing prison time for stealing more than $1,000 worth of Legos almost a year ago, according to police Justin Laforge, 30, of 81 Seaverns Bridge Road, Apt. A, was arrested by the Nashua Police Department and charged with theft by unauthorized taking for stealing the popular building toy. Court records indicate Laforge has a history of stealing the little brick sets, with an attempted theft earlier this year from an Epping store. An arrest warrant was completed after officers began investigating a Jan. 7 report of a theft from Toys R Us. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 01:06:48 EST City jobless rate steady at 2.7%; employment seekers have more opportunities NASHUA - New Hampshire continues to have a lower unemployment rate than the rest of New England, with Nashua's jobless rate in line with other communities in the Granite State. According to recent data released by New Hampshire Employment Security, Nashua's 2.7 percent unemployment rate for November represents the third straight month the city has had a rate below 3 percent. The state's unemployment rate was 2.5 percent, lowest among New England states and better than the national unemployment rate of 4.4 percent for November. Tracy Hatch, president and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, said she expects Nashua's unemployment rate and the general strong job market in New Hampshire to continue in 2017. "There's plenty of work for people who are looking for it," she said. New Hampshire's low taxes and high quality of life play into the good job market, and Nashua's location on the Massachusetts border gives it an edge over other parts of the state, Hatch said. Nashua's strong job market is also because of the many diverse companies in the area, meaning there are always opportunities for people looking for employment, she said. Hatch does hear of looming trouble for some local employers. As these companies grow and expand, they have trouble finding enough skilled people to work. Hatch said the unemployment rate counts people who are actively looking for work and not people who have dropped out of the job market. She said she hopes some of the people who have dropped out reconsider. With the many openings, including the ample opportunity for job retraining, Hatch said this is the perfect time to get back into the job market. "Now is the time to get out there," she said. Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or Sat, 24 Dec 2016 01:05:58 EST Police: Nashua man posed as cop, stole truck NASHUA - A Nashua man who posed as a Massachusetts police officer is facing theft and false impersonation charges after authorities say he stole a pickup truck from a Manchester auto dealership under the false pretense of a test drive. Derek Guthro, 46, of 31 Concord St., had arranged to test drive a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1200 pickup truck at Team Nissan on Keller Street in Manchester Monday. At the time Guthro was wearing a jacket with a Massachusetts State Police windbreaker and displayed a badge as identification to a salesman. Surveillance images of the incident were circulated. Officers of the Melrose, Mass., Police Department recognized Guthro and the department contacted Manchester police. Guthro is a former officer in the Massachusetts town. Police were able to track Guthro down to his last known address. Nashua police discovered the stolen truck Thursday in the parking lot of Margaritas Restaurant on Canal Street. Guthro is charged with one count of theft by unauthorized taking and one count of false impersonation. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 02:15:40 EST Nashua delegation heading to India NASHUA - Four New Hampshire women will soon embark on an 8,000 mile trip to explore the similarities and differences between two culturally different cities through the efforts of local Rotarians. The trip, characterized as a "group study exchange," is designed for relationship building and cultural exploration. It will offer a chance to share ideas through the experiences of a mix of Rotarians and other community representatives. Sarah Marchant, Nashua's community development director, will be joined by three other women from New Hampshire - fellow Nashuan Suzanne Delaney, Nina Giannotti of New England College and Allie Morris, a reporter with the Concord Monitor, will head to Mysore, India, in January. The trip is sponsored by Rotary West and has several goals. Specifically for Marchant it means "how business and development work in southern India, and, hopefully help people to better interpret our system." The travelers will be in Mysore close to four weeks. Krishna Mangipudi of the Hollis/Brookline Rotary is the trip coordinator. With a dozen people stepping up to show interest, he said this year had more applicants than in previous opportunities. Past trips have sent Rotarians and community leaders to the Dominican Republic and Germany. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 02:13:56 EST News Digest Hudson Chamber raises  $7K for food pantry The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce raised $7,870 for the St. John XXIII Food Pantry earlier this month at its annual holiday auction for charity. The chamber has been holding a silent auction to benefit the pantry for nearly 20 years and have contributed $74,870 to aid the organization. Members of the chamber, along with local businesses, donated multiple items for the silent auction. The food pantry provides food and gifts for 806 individuals, of which 352 are children and 74 are seniors. They have served more than 150,000 meals to date this year. Anyone interested in further assisting the community through the Saint John XXIII Parish Food Pantry can make a contribution by contacting them directly at 882-2462 (Ext. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 01:03:53 EST Priscilla A. (Morin) Palmer Priscilla A. (Morin) Palmer, 92, a former longtime Nashua resident, widow of Raymond S. Palmer, passed away Tuesday evening, December 20, 2016 at The Elm's in Milford, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Palmer was born in Hudson, NH on July 16, 1924, a daughter of the late Joseph E. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 01:03:05 EST Sister Regina Brunelle Sister of St. Joseph of Cluny, died peacefully at her ministry home, Angela's Place, Hamilton, on December 18, 2016. Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, Lois Priscilla Brunelle, Sister Regina, entered religious life in Newport, Rhode Island and made her first vows on February 2, 1956. After profession, Sister Regina was missioned to Cluny School, Newport and then Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 01:01:20 EST Coats needed for winter warmth; Winter fun for kids Today is Christmas, just one day away, and kids of all ages hope to hear Santa's sleigh, with Dasher and Dancer leading Prancer and Vixen, ahead of Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen - but where is Rudolph? Rudolph with his nose so bright has paused to check a list of items needed at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, at the Lucky Dog Resale Shop, and some snow/ice related items offered in the Mailbag, great for outdoor fun during school vacation. Soup kitchen needs warm coats, tube socks The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, a nonprofit agency established in 1981, is dedicated to providing assistance and advocacy to individuals and families. "NSKS is currently in need of donations of warm coats for men, women and children," says Carol Weeks, Community Outreach Manager (LTR 3,304). "The bitter cold temperatures and wind-chill factors have increased the need. Also, we like to provide warm tube socks to the homeless men and women who come to the Soup Kitchen for breakfast, often with wet feet, which can have long-term affects on health and mobility. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 01:00:51 EST FCBL loses one team, Silver Knights gain one home game It's official: The Futures Collegiate League will be down to nine teams for the 2017 season. The Torrington Titans, for at least this summer and perhaps beyond, will go dark and as a result one team will be off each night during the seventh FCBL campaign as the schedule was released on Tuesday. The Nashua Silver Knights will begin defense of their 2016 championship on the road, visiting the Bristol (Conn.) Blues on Thursday, June 1, but have their Holman Stadium home opener the following night, Friday, June 2, at 6:45 p.m. vs. the Pittsfield Suns. Before the game the team will hold a championship ring ceremony. Nashua will play 29 home games, as the team actually purchased a game from the Leominster (Mass.) based Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:00:19 EST