Nashua - | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Laura E. Huffman NASHUA - Laura E. Huffman, 30, died Monday, May 23, 2016, in her home, following a long illness. Laura was born August 16, 1985, in Glen Oaks, NY, and was the beloved daughter of Michael and Francis (Rocco) Huffman of Hollis, NH. In addition to her parents, Laura is survived by and will be deeply missed by her brother David Rocco of Quincy, MA; her sister Dr. Sarah Cazorla and husband Rodrigo of Charlottesville, VA; grandparents MaryAnn and Joseph Rocco of Lyndeborough, NH; her niece Natalia Cazorla; boyfriend Daryl Walsh of Nashua, NH, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to pay respects on Wednesday, May 25th, from 4-7 p.m. at the Anctil- Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua, NH. Tue, 24 May 2016 08:02:35 EST Eleanor W. Porter Eleanor W. Porter, 85 of Ft. Pierce, FL, died Sunday May 22, 2016, at Lake Forest Park, Fort Pierce, FL, surrounded by her loved ones. Born April 20, 1931, in Chelsea, Mass., she was the daughter of John and Frances (Thompson) McManus and the widow of Raeine W. Porter, who died January 5, 2000, and with whom she married on February 17, 1952, in Medford, MA. Tue, 24 May 2016 08:01:47 EST Jeanette Y. (Carrier) Dubois NASHUA - Jeanette Y. (Carrier) Dubois, 77, died peacefully Monday, May 23rd, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Jean Rock Dubois, of whom they spent many loving years of marriage. Jeannette was born in Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada, on May 3, 1939. She was the daughter of the late Yvette (Jacques) and Albert Carrier. Tue, 24 May 2016 08:01:23 EST Nashua man accused in drug death NASHUA - When Nashua police arrested alleged high-level drug dealer Kevin Manchester in late February at his Pine Street apartment, local, state and federal authorities had already begun piecing together evidence to link him to the drug death in January of a 33-year-old acquaintance. That investigation - several months in the making - came to fruition late last week when a Hillsborough County Superior Court South grand jury indicted the 27-year-old Manchester on six counts of possessing and selling the narcotic drug fentanyl - one of which accuses him of selling the dose of fentanyl that killed Nashua resident Michelle  MacLeod. Nashua police, members of the Attorney General's office and agents with the New England office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced the indictment, which carries the possibility of a life sentence in state prison, on Monday afternoon, shortly after the court released the entire list of indictments from the grand jury's May session. Manchester is being held in jail pending his arraignment on the indictments, which is scheduled for Thursday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. "The Nashua Police Department has been working diligently since January to bring the dealer responsible for Michelle  MacLeod's death to justice," Police Chief Andrew Lavoie said in a statement prepared jointly by the participating agencies. "We have worked hand-in-hand with our federal, state and local partners on the DEA task force to stop the dealers who provide these illegal drugs to the citizens of Nashua," Lavoie added. "The successful investigation into Michelle MacLeod's death highlights this inter-agency cooperation that is needed to attack this heroin and fentanyl epidemic." The charge accusing Manchester of providing the fentanyl that killed MacLeod is listed on the indictment as "acts prohibited, death resulting." The narrative alleges he knowingly sold the drug to MacLeod and that it "was ingested by MacLeod, resulting in (her) death." Another indictment alleges that Manchester allegedly sold a quantity of "a fentanyl class drug" to an undercover police agent on Jan. 23 - the day after MacLeod died. The other indictments charge him with selling fentanyl to an undercover agent on Feb. Tue, 24 May 2016 07:29:25 EST Pauline Eleanor Theriault Pauline Eleanor Theriault, 77, of Alton, New Hampshire, and Tuscon, Arizona, passed away Thursday evening, May 12, 2016, from Lymphoma, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire. She was surrounded by family and her longtime partner during her final hours. Pauline was born in Nashua on November 26, 1938, to the late Helen and Alfred Barrette. She is predeceased by her sisters Lucille Dupont and Alfreda Anagnost, and survived by her brother, Raymond Barrette. She was the widow of the late Charles Theriault, who died in 1975. Pauline was employed by Nashua Federal Savings in Nashua. Mon, 23 May 2016 08:06:32 EST State filing period set for June NASHUA - Nashua residents interested in running for state representative this fall will have a 10-day period in the beginning of June to file at City Hall. The filing period for the New Hampshire House runs from June 1 to 5 p.m. on June 10. The city clerk's office will have the required forms available for those seeking a state representative seat in their respective city wards - there are a total of 27 representatives from Nashua - and Republican voters will also have an opportunity to sign up to be a delegate to the Republican state convention. "The (Republican convention) delegate is just a one-page form, nothing else needs to be filled," Nashua City Clerk Patricia Piecuch said last week. There is a $2 fee for state representative candidates. Piecuch said those who do not want to pay can file primary petitions to avoid the fee, but she said that has not yet happened since she started working in Nashua. "Anybody that fills out the declaration of candidacy form for state representative also has to fill out a financial form," she added. For all other elected offices, the filings go through the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office. Mon, 23 May 2016 07:33:57 EST Hollis student inducted into honor society NASHUA - Families, teachers and students filled the Nashua Catholic Regional High School gymnasium recently when 30 seventh-grade students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. Ryan Stack, of Hollis, was among the students who were inducted. Claire Reynolds, chapter president and master of ceremonies welcomed guests and introduced the current officers: Arushi Kalpande, Charlotte Gehan, Garbrielle Whitaker, Haley Schmitt, Chloe Tardiff and Elizabeth Ross. Elizabeth, the chapter historian, delighted the audience with information about the history of the chapter and the work it does throughout the year, including projects that benefit the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Toys for Tots, Operation Care for Troops and others. The evening continued with the recital of the chapter pledge and a candle-lighting ceremony symbolizing the five pillars of the National Junior Honor Society: scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Principal Glenda McFadden, OFS, congratulated the new members and presented them with their membership cards. "Each of these outstanding students has demonstrated an inherent sense of leadership, community service and character," faculty adviser Julie Wiswell said. "What they will accomplish together next year will be nothing short of remarkable." After the ceremony, Sandy Belknap, communications director for the New Hampshire Women's Foundation, spoke to the seventh -graders about community service and being an inspiration to others. Belknap appointed Haley Schmitt as the "keeper" of an inspiration bracelet to pass on to other inspiring students. Sun, 22 May 2016 14:03:22 EST Nashua Catholic honor roll NASHUA - Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2015-16 school year. Hollis students named are: PRINCIPAL'S LIST Elizabeth Bonnette, daughter of Michael and Lori Bonnette; Ryan Stack, son of Tim and Stephanie Stack. HONORS Mason Carroll, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Carroll; Charlotte Gehan, daughter of Thomas and Michelle Gehan; Laura Lampognana, daughter of Thomas Lampognana; Benjamin Stawasz, son of Chris and Lara Stawasz; Anna Stawasz, daughter of Chris and Lara Stawasz. Sun, 22 May 2016 13:16:01 EST Blood Drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 23: St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun, 22 May 2016 09:02:34 EST Barbara A. Shokal (Woodruff) Barbara A. Shokal (Woodruff) passed away unexpectedly May 13, 2016. She was born September 12, 1926 in Lowell, MA, the daughter of Fred and Hilda Latour. She is survived by her husband Raymond Woodruff of Spring Hill, Florida; her daughters Rosemary Lampron of Homosassa, Florida and Janet Mattie of Nashua, NH; her sons Peter Thomas Shokal of Gulf Shores, Alabama and James Shokal of Alexandria, NH. Sun, 22 May 2016 08:11:22 EST Nashua Blast U15 Purple keeps rolling with 14-2 win GIRLS LACROSSE Nashua Blast U15 Purple face Amherst First place is on the line Sunday at Stellos Stadium when the 6-0 Nashua Blast U15 Girls Purple team hosts fellow unbeaten Amherst at 4:45 p.m. Last week the Blast cruised past Hopkinton, 14-2, with Melanie Hutchinson scoring right off her opening draw win for the locals just 10 seconds in. Hutchinson would then find Kirsten McIntyre 40 seconds later to put the Blast up 2-0. Julia Cote added a goal and Sarah Signorello fired a shot past the Hopkinton goalie after getting the feed from Lindsay Hult for a 4-0 lead with 17:42 left in the half. Taylor Guilfoil, Cote (Live Hlebichuk assist), Cote (third goal) assisted by Hult made it 7-0. Meanwhile, the Blast held Hopkinton to just three shots on goal in the first half. McIntyre got the second half scoring started for Nashua at the 21-minute mark, unassisted, to make it 8-1. She added her third of the game, also unassisted. Sun, 22 May 2016 08:12:50 EST Nashua still has some trails to blaze It was great to see The Telegraph editorial page celebrate the completion and dedication of the Southwest Trails Project ("Nashua built it, and people came, " May 17). And it was particularly nice to see the credit spread among so many deserving volunteers who have devoted years to this wonderful new public amenity that helps make Nashua such a pleasant and interesting place to live. The Conservation Commission has been a particularly key contributor to this effort. But opportunity knocks, and there is much more to do. Now that the Southwest Trail is largely completed, it is time to move the city's trails effort to the northeast; down the shore of the Nashua River through Ward 7, to and along the shore of the Merrimack River. Sun, 22 May 2016 07:04:26 EST Nashua South planetarium to reopen Wednesday You might say the stars aligned for the renovation of the Nashua High School South planetarium, which will reopen at a public ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Nashua South science teacher Matthew Froment said a partnership the district forged with local planetarium company Sky-Skan resulted in technology upgrades to replace equipment that predates humanity's landing on the moon. "Before, we had a small tower, which had a Spitz Nova III projector - basically 1965 technology. It projected on the dome, and kids sat on the floor. Now, we have - courtesy of Sky-Skan - six LED projectors and computers that run the projectors, and we have 21 planetarium seats in there," Froment said, "It's a vast change." Based in Nashua, Sky-Skan designs and installs planetariums and visualization theaters, providing software and equipment to facilities around the world, including the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science in Boston. In Nashua, the partnership part of the deal means teachers and classes will give feedback on Sky-Skan products used in the planetarium. Sun, 22 May 2016 07:57:14 EST Charles ‘Cheddie’ Dobrowolski Charles "Cheddie" Dobrowolski, 69, of Nashua, passed away on May 15, 2016. He was born in Nashua on September 30, 1946, son of the late Edward and Beatrice (Garant) Dobrowolski. He was a graduate of Nashua High School, Class of 1964, and he later attended Northeastern University. He was a good husband and father. He loved music and movies, and enjoyed watching the Patriots and Red Sox. Sat, 21 May 2016 08:06:22 EST Mary E. (Thompson) Gamble Mary E. (Thompson) Gamble, 80, of Nashua, widow of Neil P. Gamble, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, after a period of declining health. A resident of Nashua for many years, Mrs. Gamble was born in Hyde Park, Massachusetts on May 7, 1936, a daughter of the late James S. Sat, 21 May 2016 08:05:58 EST George Walter Dietrich Jr. NASHUA - George Walter Dietrich Jr., 56, of Nashua, died on Dec. 29, 2015, after a long illness. He was born on May 25, 1959, in Dayton, Ohio, son of Geraldine Dietrich and the late George Dietrich Sr. George was the general manager of Jared the Galleria of Jewelry in Manchester. Sat, 21 May 2016 08:05:33 EST St. Onge’s gem carries Campbell to 13th win LITCHFIELD - It never changes. Over the last few years, just about every opposing baseball coach has left Campbell High School's baseball field shaking their heads and saying the same thing Monadnock's Jim St. Laurent did Friday. "They keep producing them, don't they?" the Huskies mentor said after his team was one-hit by Cougars senior left-handed pitcher Griffin St. Onge during a 6-0 loss. The two-time defending Division III champion Cougars, whose nation-best winning streak of 41 games came to an end a week ago, are now 13-1. Remember, they lost most of last year's team to graduation and the jury was out on just how good the 2016 group could be. "With only three returning seniors, to have the season we've had has been tremendous," second baseman Matt Gagne, one of those returnees, said. Sat, 21 May 2016 08:04:45 EST Looking back at the week in news Plenty of phone numbers for everyone in the 603 We were supposed to have run out of numbers by now. Back in 1998, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission was informed that the state was going to need a new area code because the supply of numbers associated with the 603 would be exhausted by 2000. Yet, all these years later and New Hampshire remains one of only 12 states that has just one area code. (The others are Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.) Not only that, but now the North American Numbering Plan Administrator tells the PUC that the 603 can keep on keeping on as the state's only area code. Turns out, we have enough available 603 numbers to last until 2032, so we won't need a second area code before then. As big as New Hampshire sometimes seems to have grown - and there are plenty of people who remember when the state population was below a million - that we can still manage with but a single area code is a reminder that the 603 is still a pretty small state after all. Nashua food festivals offer up samples of cultural diversity One of the things that sets Nashua apart from much of the rest of New Hampshire is its cultural diversity, and this is a great weekend to taste - literally - some of the things that make the city special. Start with the St. Philip Greek Food Festival, an annual celebration of Greek culture and cuisine that started Friday and will draw thousands to the church on West Hollis Street before it wraps up Saturday night. On Saturday and Sunday, the India Association of New Hampshire will hold its Vasant Utsav event in the city, putting on the annual festival of arts, music and dance at Nashua High School North. And then there's the melding of beer and bacon, which was probably bound to happen. The New Hampshire Bacon & Beer Festival will take place at the Millyard Technology Park. Sat, 21 May 2016 08:01:00 EST NCC grads look to career paths, higher learning NASHUA - This year, 320 graduates will leave Nashua Community College and move on to careers or continue their path through higher education. Set to graduate from the NCC nursing program Saturday, Ramiro Fernandez has his sights set on a master's degree in anesthesia and career working in surgery. "I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field," Fernandez said in a phone interview Tuesday. Originally from El Paso, Texas, he graduated from Milford High School in 2011. "I applied to Nashua Community College because it was closest to my house and affordable." He said starting his educational career at NCC was good preparation for what's to come, especially considering the level of support from staff. "NCC is more like a family, more personal - especially the faculty. They actually try to get to know you, and they work with you to make you a better student," Fernandez said. After graduation, he plans to take his licensing exam and move on to a bachelor's program in nursing, then to a master's in anesthesia. "I want to get licensed and apply to Southern New Hampshire University; I'm taking the test, the (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination) this summer ... Sat, 21 May 2016 08:00:33 EST Nashua show to benefit music in schools NASHUA - State Sen. Kevin Avard remembers that when he was a sixth-grade student at Temple Street Elementary School, his music teacher Mrs. Goyette introduced the class to a variety of instruments played by professionals during a special demonstration. The Nashua Republican was particularly taken with the saxophone, which brought a smile to the faces of his father, an accomplished jazz musician, and his grandfather, who also played vaudeville with woodwind instruments. "So when I came home that day and asked my father for a saxophone, without hesitation he said yes. Looking back now, I realize that it meant a whole lot more to him considering our financial status," Avard said. Sat, 21 May 2016 07:52:48 EST Nashua Boys & Girls Club receives top honors NASHUA - The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua has been honored with a national award for running the best overall program in the country. The award for overall program excellence was presented at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 110th National Conference held recently in New Orleans. It also received a $5,000 donation from MetLife Foundation, which honors local clubs for innovative and effective programs to lead youth to successful futures. The Nashua club was recognized for the 75 programs it offers its roughly 2,800 members in the areas of academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. "This award is one that few clubs receive and we are honored to be recognized on a national level for offering Nashua an outstanding program that fosters hope and opportunity for all the children we serve," Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua Chief Executive Officer Norman Bouthilette said in a statement Friday. Bouthilette said the generosity of the club's donors and the business community is key to the club's success and helps to advance its mission. "Being recognized for this award is an honor of achievement, success, community engagement and a reflection of our organization's culture to meet the challenges our young people face by offering innovative ways to deliver quality programs and services for our Club kids who need us most," he said. Through the club's Power Hour homework help program, college mentoring program and various STEM programs, members are able to receive tutoring and are exposed to a wide range of educational skills and opportunities. The club's Healthy Lifestyles program informs members of the benefits of regular exercise, making positive life choices, and preparing and eating nutritional meals. Good character and citizenship programs include the Keystone Club, Torch Club, Junior Staff and Youth of the Year. Karina Rodriguez, who is the Nashua club's 2016 Youth of the Year, said she participated in various programs during her 12 years as a club member. They include the Power Hour homework help, practicing public speaking with Toastmasters and the Keystone teen leadership group. "Through these programs and my club experience, I have learned new skills and strengthened existing ones. These programs and experiences have shaped me into the well-rounded person I am today," she said. Sat, 21 May 2016 07:37:05 EST Nashua opens new business incubator The developers of a new downtown business incubator have set an ambitious goal: create as many as 5,000 local jobs within the next dozen years through an innovative workspace geared toward entrepreneurs and startups. From the newly renovated first floor of a Water Street facility, nashuaHUB officially launched Friday afternoon to offer an affordable, modern location for up-and-coming business ventures. Co-founder Brendan Keegan, who serves as partner of Velocity Performance in the same building, said the vision is to support 250 businesses over the next 111/2 years that will create 5,000 employment opportunities. This co-working incubator space, he said, forges an entrepreneurial culture for growing companies by offering programming, advice and, most importantly, an inexpensive site for a business to expand. There are seven tenants using the facility, with 22 sponsors from Greater Nashua. "The line I use is 'Nashua's open for business,' " Keegan said. "Until now, if you were a small business, it's very tough to find a one-person office, a two-person office. I know - I started a small business, and I couldn't find one," he said. "Here, they will have a whole support structure, as opposed to walking from their bedroom to their kitchen table and trying to start a business." Jay Jacobs, the co-founder and co-owner along with Keegan, sent a sound mission to all entrepreneurs in earshot - there is a home for them in Nashua. "Entrepreneurs create jobs in America, and Nashua needs more jobs. We wanted to create a community, a place where entrepreneurs feel safe (and) could realize their dreams," said Jacobs, who is CEO of the city-based Rapid Manufacturing. Keegan and Jacobs have invested more than six figures toward nashuaHUB. Sat, 21 May 2016 07:00:46 EST Photos from the annual Greek Food Festival in Nashua The annual Greek Food Festival held at St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church.  May 20th and 21st from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat, 21 May 2016 06:57:58 EST $10K bail continued for female fugitive NASHUA - A Superior Court judge on Thursday sided with a prosecutor's recommendation to continue the $10,000 cash-only bail for Lauren Munday, the 28-year-old Nashua woman who remained hospitalized from injuries sustained last week when she jumped off the roof of a downtown building, allegedly to avoid capture by police. Munday, who told the court she broke several bones in her leg, wrist and arm in the incident, participated in the hearing via telephone conference from her bed at a Nashua hospital. Judge Charles Temple presided over the session, held in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. She has been held since her arrest the night of May 12 on two outstanding warrants; a probation violation; and a capias, a type of warrant that charges her with failing to appear as a witness, out of Belknap County. Munday had been sought by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, which had named her its Fugitive of the Week two days before she was captured. A spokesman said the marshals service received a tip from an individual who said he recognized Munday by "her distinctive ruby tattoo on her shoulder." At Thursday's hearing, Munday's attorney, Donna Jean Brown, asked for personal recognizance bail, noting that regardless of her bail status, a sheriff or police officer will remain posted at her hospital room door until she is released. Initially, Brown said that Munday's injuries could keep her in the hospital for a week or more, but Munday said later that while the hearing was being conducted, nurses came in her room with a walker, telling her it's possible she could be discharged within a day or two. Assistant County Attorney Cassie Devine asked Temple to continue Munday's $10,000 cash only bail, pointing out that Munday's choice to jump off a roof shows that "she's a danger not only to others, but to herself." "She blew off warrants ... Fri, 20 May 2016 00:06:33 EST Healthy Family Fun Fare coming to BG NASHUA - Featuring family-friendly theater and magic performances, games and healthy food, the Healthy Family Fun Fare is set for this Saturday at Bishop Guertin in Nashua. "This is a mix of family fun and healthy food," said Rafaol Calderon, vice chair of the Cultural Connections Committee, and member of Leadership Greater Nashua, at a recent committee meeting. Organized by the Leadership Greater Nashua class of 2016, the Saturday event will feature a presentation by "Food Play," a live theater group that uses juggling, music, magic and audience participation to promote healthy eating and active lifestyles. "This is good for healthy families ... it's going to be a good thing for the community," Calderon said. The event will also have a rock climbing wall, cooking tips, raffles, and games and activities. Raffle prizes include a family membership at YMCA of Greater Nashua for new members, a gift card to Goodale's Bike Shop in Nashua, a girl's bicycle from Distinctive Theater Installations, jump passes to Launch Trampoline Park in Nashua, Circus Smirkus tickets, bowling passes to Leda Lanes and gift baskets from Bellweather Community Credit Union. Designed for emerging leaders in Nashua, the Leadership Greater Nashua program comprises a series of classes on Nashua's infrastructure, such as information on local government and politics, health care, social services, education and law enforcement. Thu, 19 May 2016 23:55:00 EST Nashuans get passage to India NASHUA - The India Association of New Hampshire will hold its Vasant Utsav event in the city this weekend, putting on its annual festival of arts, music, and dance celebration and competition. Vasant Utsav, which IANH representatives said is the second-largest cultural event of the year for the organization, will include authentic cuisine, traditional clothing and competitive and noncompetitive segments. "This event provides an opportunity to the IANH member families to showcase their cultural and artistic talents," the association said in a statement. The festival will be held at Nashua High School North on Saturday and Sunday, beginning both days at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for non-IANH members and children under 5 years old can attend for free. Saturday will focus on music and art competitions, while Sunday will focus on dance. Concessions will be provided by Udupi Nashua and Unnati's Cafe of Chelmsford, Mass., and there will be plenty of free parking. Deepa Mangalat, IANH youth affairs committee chairman, said that anyone who wants to have a good time is welcome to the event. Mangalat said visitors can expect "a multitude of talent all at one place. Fri, 20 May 2016 00:05:58 EST News Digest Nashua Holocaust event slated for Sunday A remembrance service and dedication of the New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial's newest sculpture will take place Sunday at the memorial, located at 315 Main St. in Nashua. The program, which starts at 1 p.m., will include prayers, speeches and song in observance of Yom Hashoah, following the dedication of the sculpture titled "Child Victim In Auschwitz," created by Gilford artist Joseph Gray. There is no admission charge. Nashua resident Fred Teeboom, a child survivor of the Holocaust and founder of the Holocaust memorial, said the sculpture honors the memory of the estimated 1.5 million children under age 13 who were tortured and killed by the Nazi regime in World War II. Scheduled to speak are Mayor Jim Donchess; Rabbi Henry M. Morse of Stoughton, Mass.; and Peter Koster, a survivor of a Japanese POW camp. - DEAN SHALHOUP Boys & Girls Club to shut temporarily The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua will have its annual shutdown in mid-June for building maintenance. The yearly event, which closes all areas of the club for upkeep, staff training and summer program preparation, will take place from June 13 to 21. The club will reopen June 22 for its summer programs. - CHRIS GAROFOLO Concord Hassan signs bill on 'revenge porn' It is now illegal in New Hampshire to share private sexual images of another person without his or her consent. Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Thursday to ban the practice known as "revenge porn." Sharing an explicit image of someone else, if they can be identified, without permission will now be a felony. Hassan called the bipartisan legislation "a common-sense step forward in our efforts to protect and maintain the privacy of Granite Staters." - The Associated Press North CountRy Civil Air Patrol unit planned A new White Mountain unit of the New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol is being formed in the North Country. The new unit comes amid a renewed interest among adults and youth in the region. Fri, 20 May 2016 13:16:33 EST Walter G. Wrobleski Jr., MD Walter G. Wrobleski Jr., MD, one of the most highly respected physicians in his field, has died. His passion and dedi­cation to medicine spanned more than six decades. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross, he earned his medi­cal degree at the University of Vermont. He completed his internship and residen­cy at St. Thu, 19 May 2016 19:01:14 EST Catholic Diocese to reopen city church NASHUA - The Catholic Diocese of Manchester plans to reopen the former St. Stanislaus Parish in Nashua as a separate parish in which Masses and the entire life of the parish will follow the traditional Latin rite liturgy, church officials said Thursday. This is the first time the diocese, which encompasses all of New Hampshire, will open a new parish in at least 15 years - an era marked by many parish mergers, a high-ranking church official said. It is also the first church-sanctioned parish to open in New England that will be dedicated solely to the traditional liturgy that was in force in 1962 prior to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, the church official said. The Corpus Christi Food Pantry and Assistance, which provides food and financial assistance to thousands of Nashua families and leases space in the basement of the church building at 43 Franklin St., will not close as a result of the move, diocesan officials stressed. It is currently not known, however, if the food pantry will relocate to another site in the city, they said. "I can definitely say it is not going to close," diocesan spokesman Thomas Bebbington said. Bishop Peter Libasci, Bebbington said, "recognizes the essential ministry of the food pantry ... Fri, 20 May 2016 16:54:39 EST Chief at summit: Juvenile arrests down Juvenile arrests in Nashua have decreased in nine of the past 10 years, including six in a row, Police Chief Andrew Lavoie told a group of community leaders gathered at Rivier University on Thursday. Lavoie said the number of arrests of city residents under age 17 - or 18 after a state law revision in 2014 - has dipped from 716 in 2006 to 251 last year. The total number of juvenile arrests fell annually from 516 to 251 between 2008 and 2014. Lavoie cited several factors for the welcome decline: the department's pivot toward diversion rather than getting youths into the criminal justice system; an improved relationship with the public school system, thanks to partners like the Nashua Police Athletic League and Nashua Youth Council; and better engagement between patrol officers and the community. "I'll be honest - I've been here almost 30 years. I was kind of shocked by that," Lavoie said. The chief spoke Thursday morning during a summit on My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge held at the Rivier campus. The college and Nashua's Community Conversation on Race and Justice hosted the summit. My Brother's Keeper, a national initiative from the Obama administration, focuses on socioeconomic issues such as early education, reducing violence and providing second chance opportunities for youth through training and treatment. Lavoie said the goals set out by the federal program can help his department continue with the positive trend. "The police cornerstone of this challenge is reducing violence and providing a second chance," he said to the crowd of about 60 people during the summit, pledging his full support to the challenge. "The Nashua Police Department works very hard to have a positive presence in our neighborhoods. Fri, 20 May 2016 01:02:10 EST Bishop Guertin drubs Nashua North 15-5 in softball Bonnie Gillis reached base and scored four times, while Dakota Bilodeau scored three times off of a single, walk and two-run home run to lead Bishop Guertin to a 15-5 win at Nashua North. Bridget Soraghan scored four times and drove in a pair, while combining with Emilie Tousignant for the win in the circle. The duo combined to strike out 14 Titans in the win as BG improved to 9-5. The Cardinals return to action at 4 p.m. Thursday when Pinkerton Academy comes to town. North was led by Hannah Neverett, who reached base three times and scored twice, Jacqueline Dumont (2 for 4) and Alley Fortin (two runs). Thu, 19 May 2016 00:02:05 EST Letters to the Editor Senate rejection is short-sighted Government invest­ment in infrastructure is essential for supporting businesses, which shows how shortsighted the New Hampshire Senate is in its recent decision to turn away $4 million in federal dollars for passenger rail in New Hampshire. Why did the New Hampshire DOT invest in a number of high-priced highway projects such as the airport access road and the widening of the Everett Turnpike? Why are they planning more high-priced projects such as the widen­ing of I-93 and the expan­sion of the Route 3 exit ramps from the Pheasant Lane Mall? The purpose is not simply to get commuters to and from their jobs, but also to stimulate the economy, create jobs and support economic activity. These high-priced high­way projects do not pay for themselves. The federal highway trust fund has been supplemented by the general fund for over a de­cade, so highways are not self-funded. All taxpayers, whether or not you drive or own a car, pay to subsidize motor vehicle travel. Why not subsidize passenger rail, too? The Senate's vote to derail passenger rail is a vote for further automobile dependency. Wed, 18 May 2016 22:04:08 EST Grant helps Greater Nashua Y with summer program NASHUA - The YMCA of Greater Nashua announced it was awarded a $10,000 Community Impact Grant from New York Life. The grant will support the YMCA's Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, which is designed to improve literacy skills for low-income first- and second-grade students in Nashua who are struggling with their reading skills. "We are grateful for New York Life's investment in our Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, which will change many lives for the better," said Mike LaChance, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Nashua. "Without the support from New York Life, we wouldn't be able to serve 32 children in this program. "This grant will help defray program expenses, including educational supplies, program staff wages and educational field trips for the students." The YMCA of Greater Nashua is the only Y in New Hampshire offering SLLP; summer 2015 was the first time it was offered locally. Evidence-based research has shown that low-income students lose 21/2 to three months of learning each summer and that this is cumulative over their school career. This program enables students to begin the next school year ahead instead of falling further behind. Additionally, studies show that getting kids to read at grade level by third grade significantly improves their likelihood of completing high school. "I'm proud to work for a company that encourages its agents and employees to devote their time, energy and talents to support the needs and priorities of their local community," said Earl Prolman, an agent with New York Life's New Hampshire general office. Prolman is a member of the YMCA's board of trustees and has been a YMCA volunteer for 56 years. "We are pleased that our partnership will have a long-lasting impact on the YMCA and the community they serve," he said. The Community Impact Grant program awards grants of up to $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations that are championed by New York Life agents and employees to serve the needs of their communities. Since the program's inception in 2008, 387 grants totaling more than $5 million have been awarded to nonprofits across the country. Wed, 18 May 2016 18:03:26 EST Students heading to nationals NASHUA - Three students from Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School qualified to participate in the National His­tory Bee, an academic competi­tion for middle school students that tests their knowledge on a wide range of historical topics. Nashua Catholic teacher Sharyn Sevigny said that after a schoolwide competition, the top five students took an online qualifying exam. Four Nashua Catholic students - Claire Reyn­olds, Katarina Junod, Randal Brown and Arushi Kalpande - earned high scores and qualified to participate in the New England Regional Bee Finals held in Bos­ton in April. Claire, Randal and Arushi qualified to move on to the National History Bee, which will take place in Chicago in June. Arushi earned first place out of more than 200 students in the regional competition and earned a "Top 8 in Grade 8" medal. Arushi isn't new to participating in regional and national competitions. Wed, 18 May 2016 18:02:50 EST Habitat for Humanity honored with Gate City Light Award NASHUA - Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity has re­ceived the Gate City Light Award from Mayor James Donchess, the Mayor's Volunteer Recogni­tion Committee and the Board of Aldermen at City Hall in April. The award recognizes Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity and its volunteers for their dedication to meeting Nashuans' needs for proper, safe and welcoming shelter. Volunteers serve as members of a construction team, working under the guidance of construction professionals to refurbish homes for residents in need. In fiscal 2015, Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity refurbished two condominiums on Chestnut Street, and two Burundi refugee families moved in just after Thanksgiving. Currently, a house on Nottingham Drive is being rehabilitated and will soon become home to a veteran's family. Volunteers also work in Habitat's ReStore at 352 Amherst St., its office, and on boards and committees. More than 1,000 volunteers donated more than 11,000 hours last year to Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity. The volunteers' work experience is varied, with lawyers, CPAs, bankers, chefs, project managers, computer specialists, real estate agents and others donating time and talent. But special skills aren't required of build volunteers, only a willingness to be trained, help and have fun. "For each construction project, Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity recruits an extraordinary number of volunteers," said Stacy Hynes, chairwoman of the Mayor's Volunteer Recognition Committee, "including the families who will live in these homes. Wed, 18 May 2016 18:01:40 EST Nashua PAL to honor 2016 Boxer of the Year NASHUA - The Nashua Police Ath­letic League announced that its 2016 Boxer of the Year is Marco Uribe. Marco, 14, along with PAL's athletes of the year in cross country, cheerleading, football and basketball, will be honored with other award winners at the sixth annual PAL Sports Dinner at Conway Arena on Thursday, June 30. The 2016 PAL of the Year is Mike O'Malley, a Hollywood actor, writer and producer. Marco, a freshman at Nashua High School South, is a veteran of the Nashua PAL Boxing Club, located at 52 Ash St. on the upstairs floor at the PAL Youth Safe Haven. Described by his coaches as hardworking and dedicated, Marco capped off this year's competition season by going 4-0 and winning the New England Silver Mittens championship in the 106-pound class. By winning the Silver Mittens tourney, held annually in Billerica, Mass., Marco followed in the footsteps of 2014 PAL Boxer of the Year Matt Fontanez, who on went on to win the 2016 Central New England Golden Gloves title. Marco, a solid performer in the classroom at South, says his idol in the professional boxing ranks is Oscar de la Hoya, a multiple weight class title-holder and Olympian. Marco's coaches, Muhammed Brooks and Frank Chimento, say his daily attendance at the PAL Boxing Club and the discipline he exhibits while training are an example and an inspiration to the scores of amateur boxers who train there. All proceeds from the PAL Sports Dinner will support PAL's academic, athletic and other enrichment programs available to all Nashua children, including its at-risk youths. For tickets, tables and sponsorship information, contact the PAL Youth Safe Haven at 594-3733 or Wed, 18 May 2016 18:00:40 EST Greek Food Festival to launch Friday NASHUA – The St. Philip Greek Food Festival, an annual celebration of Greek culture and cuisine will begin this Friday at the church grounds in Nashua. The festival has been a Greater Nashua tradition since the 1980s, marked by live music, dancing and a monumental amount of authentic Greek treats. “The reason we do this is for the people of the Greater Nashua area who love the Greek food and culture – that's the way we are, we want to share” said Jamie Pappas, parishioner and event organizer with St. Philip Greek Orthodox. “We want to share our customs and food and faith with everyone.” The two-day event attracts thousands of visitors from across the region, and some from as far as Florida. Wed, 18 May 2016 20:34:00 EST Police: Chase suspect fled cops before WORCESTER, Mass. - The Massachusetts man who was repeatedly punched by at least two officers after leading law enforcement on a frantic 50-mile chase into Nashua last week had also run from police several days earlier, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Richard Simone Jr., 50, of Worcester, was sent back to jail after he was arraigned in his Massachusetts hometown on charges that include larceny, failure to stop for police and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was held without bail on a parole violation and $50,000 cash bail on the new charges. Police say Simone was wanted on multiple warrants when he refused to stop May 11 for police in Holden, Mass., and fled from officers across central Massachusetts into Hudson and Nashua. Police say he reached speeds of up to 100 mph in his Chevrolet pickup truck. In a Massachusetts courtroom on Wednesday, prosecutors told the court that three days before the event that ended in Nashua, a police officer in Millbury tried to stop Simone's truck to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. Thu, 19 May 2016 01:03:08 EST Daughters spur a mother’s recovery NASHUA - Hollie Perkins has lots of scars. Some keep her strong. Some she battles daily. Some define her. Let's start with the track marks on her arms - a remnant of her days as an intravenous heroin user. She once considered having them removed. Thu, 19 May 2016 01:02:31 EST Former Nashuan draws 15 years in prison for 2014 death of neighbor NASHUA - One year to the day since Nashua police arrested Thomas L. Smith in connection with the 2014 beating death of onetime friend Craig Guillemette, a Superior Court judge on Wednesday sentenced Smith to a minimum of 15 years in state prison on two of the felony charges on which Smith had been indicted. Smith, 34, spoke briefly at the sentencing hearing, which took place Wednesday morning in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in front of Judge Charles Temple. He first apologized to Guillemette's family, which was represented in court Wednesday by several people, including his three siblings. Smith also said he lost a friend when Guillemette died on Dec. 3, 2014, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he was taken after friends found him unconscious in a Lowell Street apartment building some 16 hours after the fight between him and Smith that caused his ultimately fatal injuries. Guillemette's family chose not to speak Wednesday, but Assistant Attorney General Patrick Queenan, who prosecuted the case with assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati, said on their behalf that the family agrees with the sentence and hopes that Smith gets drug and alcohol treatment while in prison and can be successfully rehabilitated. Smith pleaded guilty at an April hearing to four felony charges - one count each of manslaughter and falsifying physical evidence and two counts of witness tampering - as part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors and his attorneys, Melissa Davis and Eric Raymond. The total agreed-upon sentence is made up of two stand- committed terms: 12-20 years on the manslaughter charge and three to six years on one of the witness tampering counts. Thu, 19 May 2016 01:01:18 EST Car fire briefly closes Everett exit in Nashua NASHUA – A car fire on Wednesday temporarily closed an exit on the F.E. Everett Turnpike, according to Nashua Fire Rescue. Officials responded to the northbound lane near Exit 5E at 6:10 p.m. for a reported car fire and found a Toyota Camry fully engulfed in flames. Crews knocked it down quickly, said Deputy Chief Glen MacDonald, the Group 1 shift commander with the city fire department. It appears the fire started in the engine compartment and extended to the passenger compartment. “The car was fully involved when they arrived,” MacDonald said. The driver safely exited the vehicle before the arrival of fire crews, and there were no reported injuries. MacDonald said crews encountered a large volume of fire and thick black smoke. Wed, 18 May 2016 20:25:00 EST Greek food festival to fuel a fun, busy weekend I wait all year to eat my own weight's worth of gyros at the annual Greek Food Festival at St. Philip's church in Nashua, and this is the weekend. Hooray! Authentic Greek food, music and lots of gifts for sale. So much hard work putting this event together! Be sure to read Tina Forbes' story in The Telegraph today, and see my "if you go" page with photos from previous years, on Page 13. I'm also going to take my daughter to see Peacock Players' production of "The Little Mermaid" this weekend. Wed, 18 May 2016 16:05:13 EST ‘The Little Mermaid’ swims into Nashua this weekend NASHUA - At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Peacock Players will present Disney's "The Little Mermaid" at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. Take a trip under the sea with Peacock Players, as they proudly present the New Hampshire debut of the full-length Broadway musical sensation. Wed, 18 May 2016 16:04:44 EST Gilbert and Sullivan concert by Nashua Choral Society NASHUA - At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nashua Choral Society will perform "They Sing Choruses in Public" at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 4 Watson St. Conducted by Philip Lauriat and accompanied by R. Scott White, the program will start with some of Gilbert and Sullivan's greatest hits, including choruses and ensembles from "HMS Pinafore," "The Mikado" and more. After intermission, the chorus will do a concert performance version of Act I of "The Pirates of Penzance." W.S. Wed, 18 May 2016 16:02:39 EST Nashua High South’s music dept. has two concerts NASHUA - Nashua High School South will hold two music performances on the following two Tuesdays. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, the Nashua South Music Department will present an Instrumental POPs Concert. The concert will open with the jazz band, followed by the concert band, featuring a medley from "West Side Story" amongst other select pieces. The finale of the evening will feature an ensemble made up of the select band, handpicked members of the concert band, the Hollis- Brookline wind ensemble and a plethora of guest artists, performing the advanced arrangement of "The Star Wars Trilogy." At 6:30 p.m. Wed, 18 May 2016 16:00:39 EST arts digest NHIA student  exhibition MANCHESTER - From 6-9 p.m. Saturday, New Hampshire Institute of Art will hold a student exhibition at three locations. Join NHIA as it celebrates the next generation of great artists, designers and writers at the 2016 annual BFA Student Exhibition Opening Celebration and Scholarship Fundraiser. The event will held at the French Building, 148 Concord St.; the Lowell Building, 88 Lowell St.; and Roger Williams Studios Building, 77 Amherst St. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash wine bar as you take in more than 1,000 works of art, most of which are for sale. One hundred percent of artwork sales go directly to the student. Tickets to attend are $25. Fri, 20 May 2016 10:46:23 EST Nashua Police Department Arrests APRIL 28 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Christopher Nadeau, 34, 20 Tanglewood Way, Merrimack, criminal trespass. APRIL 29 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Rafael M. Rodriguez, 22, 11 McLaren Ave., Apt. M, Nashua, driving after revocation or suspension, disobeying an officer. John Nelson, 61, 1681 Woodlawn Ave., Winter Park, Fla., driving while intoxicated. Adriel Anaya, 25, 31 Mulberry St., Apt. B, Nashua, operating without a valid license. Angela Lee Joyal, 25, 161 W. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:11:03 EST Yvonne E. Mitchell Yvonne E. Mitchell, 82, widow of Peter R. Mitchell, passed away Sunday evening, May 15, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital. Yvonne was born in Londonderry, NH, to the late George L. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:09:12 EST Donna Jane Gora Donna Jane Gora, 64, died on May 16, 2016, at Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua. She was born on December 1, 1951, in Nashua, the daughter of the late Clarence and Madlyn (Peters) Gora. Donna was an avid bingo player and a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She loved to laugh and would spend endless hours playing cards and enjoying the company of her family and friends. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Linda and Nancy. She is survived by her daughters Arlene Gora and Jennifer Patino of Nashua; her sons Bruce Gora of Bremerton, WA, James Gora and John Gora of Nashua; her siblings Russell Gora of Hudson, Ronnie Gora of Nashua, and sister Betty Jackson of Nashua; grandchildren Liona, Jesse, Jacob, Travis, Cory, Bayleigh, Brittney, Jordan, Brandon, Jason, Zachary, Jazmine, Izaya and Shaunice; and numerous great- grandchildren. SERVICES: Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 19 at the Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 20 at 10:00 am at Edgewood Cemetery, 107 Amherst Street, Nashua. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:08:38 EST James T. Blaine James T. Blaine, 73, a longtime Hollis resident, died at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua on May 14, 2016. Mr. Blaine was born in Northbridge, Massachusetts, on June 13, 1942, a son of the late Edward J. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:07:48 EST Elizabeth (Betty Lou) Shirley Elizabeth (Betty Lou) Shirley passed peacefully at home under hospice care in May 2016. Betty Lou was a loving mother, president of E.S. Appraisals Inc. and active at First Church, Nashua, and Hannah Dustin Quilt Guild. She is lovingly remembered by her sister Mary Ann; husband Fred; children Peter, David, Linda and Kevin, and their families. Her life will be celebrated at a family memorial gathering. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:07:18 EST Margaret Barrett Margaret Barrett, 74, of Hudson, NH, died on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua. She was born August 13, 1941, in Keene, NH, daughter of the late Walter and Mathilde (Stader) Roehrig. She was also predeceased by her sister, Hildegard Anderson. Margaret was the beloved wife of Thomas Barrett of Hudson, with whom she shared 50 years of marriage, and recently celebrated this event with nearly her entire wedding party in attendance. At one time, she was employed as a school teacher and later as a teller at Nashua Trust in Hudson, before retiring from BAE Systems. She began her married life in Hawaii, while her husband served in the Navy, and cherished her time there. Margaret maintained strong friendships throughout her life, even keeping in close contact with friends from grammar school. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:06:12 EST Nashua North sweeps track meet with Memorial Nashua North boys and girls outdoor track teams had a fun trip to Manchester on Tuesday afternoon. The Titans swept the dual meet with Memorial. The Titans won 86-59 in boys action, and 88.5-53 on the girls side. Winning events for the North boys were Andrew Teris in the 200 (23.84 seconds) and high jump (5 feet, 6 inches), Patrick Romulus in the 400 (54.94), Skylar Ordway in the 800 (2 minutes, 25.94 seconds), Gediyon Prince in the 1,600 (5:02.04), David Vorbach in the 3,200 (9:59.54), Triston Delicema in the long jump (18-9), Joseph Allen in the shot put (36-6), and Ryan Carlson in the javelin (119-8). North's girls winners were Gabrielle Masseur in the 400 (1:00.64), Jessica Kaplafka in the 800 (2:29.44), Nicolina Braccio in the 1,600 (5:39.54), Kelsi Farren in the 3,200 (13:17.44), Erin Cunningham in the 100 hurdles (17.64), Haleigh Drew in the 300 hurdles (52.34), Sarah St. Pierra in the high jump (4-11), and Alana Choate in the long jump (14-11) and triple jump (32-9). Milford girls, Souhegan boys win D-II Southern Cluster The Milford girls won the Division II Southern Cluster Championships, while the Spartans boys squad was second. The Spartans beat Souhegan 179-105 in girls action, while Hollis Brookline scored 46 points for fifth in the eight-team field. The Sabers returned the favor on the boys side of things with a 117-95 win over Milford. HB was seventh with 40 points. Recording individual wins for the Milford girls were Olivia Rougeau (100 hurdles, long jump, high jump), Viankah Williams (100), Rebecca Durham (1,600 and 3,200), Nicole McMorrow (triple jump), Emily Wood (pole vault) and Erin McGuire (discus). Milford's 4x100 relay team of Williams, McMorrow, Amy Arena and Rougeau won their race, as did the 4x400 foursome of McMorrow, Meg Sawyer, Devany Pitsas and Arena. Souhegan's Elise Lambert won the 300, while HB's Madylin Partridge was victorious in the 800 and Amanda McDonough won the shot put. The Souhegan boys were led by Sebastian Eaton, who won the 100 and 200. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:02:56 EST Learn a skill that helps to save a life Given the opportunity to save a life, most of us undoubtedly would. Well, here's your chance. American Medical Response, the ambulance service that covers Nashua, will provide - free - CPR lessons to area residents today from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the health room of the Nashua Senior Activity Center on Temple Street. It's part of AMR's CPR Challenge, and the service is offering people the chance to learn a skill that could save the life of someone who, for instance, might be having a heart attack. Since the company began offering free CPR courses in 2013, AMR has trained more than 180,000 people in a technique known as compression-only CPR, greatly improving the chances of a bystander knowing how to help in a crisis. If you were that bystander, you'd want to know how to help. Here's your chance to learn. Wed, 18 May 2016 07:06:25 EST Nashua to have NH’s largest liquor store NASHUA - The 33,000-square-foot liquor and wine outlet the New Hampshire Liquor Commission plans to open here in August will be the state's largest to date and the largest in northern New England. The NHLC announced Monday that it is renovating the former NAMCO pool store at 292 Daniel Webster Highway and expects to complete the work to have its latest outlet open in August. The new store will replace the existing one located about a half-mile away at 269 Daniel Webster Highway. "Work is underway on what will become the largest NH Liquor & Wine Outlet in New Hampshire's history," NHLC chairman Joseph Mollica said in a statement on May 16. The store will feature more than 5,400 varieties of wines and spirits and is expected to generate $21.5 million in annual sales, the NHLC said. "This new flagship Nashua location will generate considerable sales volume, helping us continue to deliver record revenues to New Hampshire's general fund," Mollica said. The new store will be located at Willow Springs Plaza, which is located between Pheasant Lane Mall and Webster Square Mall and is considered "one of the most densely populated retail neighborhoods in all the state," the NHLC said. The store will serve Nashua, Pelham, Hollis and nearby communities in Massachusetts, as well as 88,000 motorists who travel the F.E. Everett Turnpike daily and 23,000 others who travel the Daniel Webster Highway each day, the NHLC added. The liquor commission last year opened a 24,000-square-foot Liquor & Wine Outlet in Salem, which at the time was its largest retail space. The new Nashua store will feature high-end wine and temperature-controlled wine vaults, a close-out sale section and an interactive learning center that will allow the store to host seminars, tasting events and employee training. Kathryn Marchocki can be reached at 594-6589, or @Telegraph_KMar. Wed, 18 May 2016 07:32:23 EST Summit set on youth challenge NASHUA - A citywide summit to discuss My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge will be held Thursday, May 19, at Rivier University. Mayor Jim Donchess will host the session in partnership with the university and Nashua's Community Conversation on Race and Justice. Earlier this month, Nashua became the first city in New Hampshire to accept the My Brother's Keeper challenge, a nationwide initiative created by President Barack Obama in 2014 to help youth succeed in life. "Nashua is a community of great strength and collaboration," Donchess said in a statement on Tuesday. "Together, we can help  ensure our youth reach their full potential." The city's Cultural Connections Committee, educators, law enforcement representatives, health and human services workers and community leaders, announced at the program's launch that they will review city policies and resources at the summit, and create a strategic plan tailored to meet Nashua's needs. Nashua set three goals for its involvement in My Brother's Keeper: Ensuring public school students enter school ready to learn; getting students reading and computing at grade level by the time they enter third grade; and finding ways to keep them safe from violent crime. The summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Dion Reception Room at Rivier University's campus. Rivier University president Sister Paula Marie Buley, Donchess and Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie will speak. They will be followed by a panel of first-generation college students. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:11:52 EST Nashua man charged in shooting spree, assault NASHUA - David Ouellette told a district court judge Tuesday morning that he had no intention of hurting anyone when he crashed his truck through the garage of his March Street home Monday evening then went inside the house and began firing rounds from a 9 mm handgun as police began surrounding the property. But Judge Paul Moore promptly reminded Ouellette, 41, that he not only allegedly "discharged a weapon a number of times," putting neighbors and police in danger, but is also accused of strangling and assaulting a female family member. Moore ultimately imposed the $50,000 cash-only bail that police prosecutor Nicole Clay recommended during Ouellette's roughly 15-minute arraignment, which took place in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. Ouellette, who told Leary he was born and raised in Nashua, graduated from Bishop Guertin High School, and has worked for Verizon and Fairpoint for 20 years, was arraigned on eight felony and eight misdemeanor charges stemming from the Monday incident, as well as from an episode on Sunday in which he allegedly assaulted the female victim. The charges include: Five counts of reckless conduct, Class B felonies, for allegedly shooting out a television in his residence with a 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun at around 7 p.m. Monday, then firing shots into walls in the kitchen, living room and on the breezeway, all of which placed others in danger, according to charging documents. Two counts of second-degree assault, Class B felonies, for allegedly strangling the female victim late at night on Sunday, May 15, causing her voice to become raspy. One count of criminal mischief, Class B felony, for allegedly damaging property, including a table, worth in excess of $1,500 by driving his truck through the garage door and into the garage, also on Monday. Four counts of simple assault, Class B misdemeanors, for allegedly putting his hands around the victim's shoulders and pushing her into a mattress on Sunday. Four counts of domestic violence, Class B misdemeanors, filed as companion charges to the simple assault charges because the alleged victim is a family member. In setting bail, Moore scheduled a probable cause hearing for 8:15 a.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Nashua court. If Ouellette makes bail, he is ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and not commit any crimes. A neighbor of Ouellette's, who asked not to be identified, said she heard the crash when Ouellette allegedly drove his truck through the garage door. Wed, 18 May 2016 08:58:17 EST Nashua Police cite OD stats in $20M plan NASHUA - The way Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie figures it, if any of 312 drug arrests made this year kept a dose of fentanyl or heroin off the streets for even one night, that's a life saved. "When this kills you with one use ... our job is to try to keep as many people from dying and overdosing as we can," Lavoie told the aldermen's budget review committee Monday. "If we take them off the street that night, I know for a fact that we are saving lives," he added. The 312 arrests police made for drug-related offenses since Jan. 1 are making a difference during a continuing opioid epidemic that shows no sign of abating, Lavoie said. "The heroin epidemic is, unfortunately, still growing," Lavoie said. There have been 117 overdoses in Nashua so far this year - 13 of them fatal, he said. Wed, 18 May 2016 07:35:01 EST Nashua Drug Court member ‘trying to turn my life around’ Three years out of Nashua High School South, Tyler Letourneau was on a fast track to success. He said he was earning more than $30 an hour and promoted to a manager at His company sent him all over to set up warehouses and train employees. He bought his first house by time he was 20. "I grew very fast in the company. I was doing very well. Wed, 18 May 2016 10:24:15 EST Hudson Police Department Arrest Log MARCH 29 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Morlai A. Turay, 41, 99 Ennell St., Lowell, Mass.: Theft; arrest on warrant, 6:22 p.m. Emile Gauthier, 43, 29 Wren St., Litchfield: Driving while intoxicated, 9:50 p.m. March 30 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Collins K. Mudanyi, 29, 3 Burns Hill Road, Apt. 44: False report of stolen vehicle; unlawful wiretapping, 10:07 a.m. Tyler Noonan, 18, 3 Alpha St.: Two counts, possession of drugs in motor vehicle, 4:30 p.m. Adele Allen, 22, 78 Forest St., Lyndeborough: Theft, 5:47 p.m. Nicole Barrett, 29, 105 Elmwood Drive: Theft, 5:47 p.m. Brandon Mercier, 23, 10 Waverly St., Nashua: Operating without a valid license; operating unregistered vehicle, 6:09 p.m. March 31 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Antonio Virella Davila, 33, 8.5 Blossom St., Apt. Tue, 17 May 2016 08:03:25 EST Judith M. Pelletier Judith Mary (Gay) Pelletier, 69, of Hudson, wife of Michael R. Pelletier, passed away Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, with her loving family by her side, after a brief illness. A daughter of the late George Ollie and Priscilla G. (Mears) Gay, she was born in Nashua on August 1, 1946. Judy was educated in the Nashua School System and was a devoted homemaker, mother and grandmother. Judy loved spending time with her family and also loved cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, shopping and was an avid bingo player. Members of her family include her husband of 50 years, Michael Richard Pelletier, whom she married on February 19, 1966; three daughters, Lesa Pelletier of Manchester, Milynda Marr and her fiance Thomas Bean of Hudson, and Karena Carten and her husband Leo J. Tue, 17 May 2016 07:26:46 EST Monday’s Highlights SOFTBALL Souhegan 13, ConVal 1 Hailey Yabroudy tossed a no-hitter for the Sabers, striking out nine with no walks while getting two hits and three RBIs at the plate. The Sabers broke it open with seven runs in the sixth, keyed by Maddi Robicheau's RBI double, a Yabroudy two-run double, Sam Cushing's RBI single, a walk to Margo Redway and a passed ball. Robicheau gave Souhegan the lead for good with an RBI single in the third. Bedford 11,  Nashua South 5 The Panthers led 5-3 going into the fifth, but allowed eight runs in that inning thanks to three errors. Kourtnie Hamel went 3 for 4 and Amber Dube went 2 for 3 with three runs and a stolen base to lead the Panthers. Bryanna DiPaolo also went 2 for 4 while Tatum Moore pitched well, holding the Bulldogs to three runs through four innings. Alvirne 9, Merrimack 2 Nicole Teague tossed a complete game two-hitter while hitting two homers - a solo and a grand slam - driving in five runs as the Broncos improved to 11-3. Tue, 17 May 2016 07:05:52 EST Nashua built it, and people came Nashua on Saturday put its own spin on the old "Field of Dreams" mantra that, "If you build it, he will come," when dozens of people turned out for the dedication of the new trails in the Buck Meadow Conservation Area. Located in the southwest portion of the city, Nashua's newest trail runs between Wards 5 and 9 and connects to other recreational trails on the Yudicky Farm property. But it didn't just spring up overnight. "A project like this doesn't happen without a lot of people," said former Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, standing at a sign marking Samuel A. Tamposi Sr. Memorial Park. The former mayor had a point. The Tamposi family donated some 138 acres to the city in 1999, and the Southwest Trails meander through that property, from Lovewells Pond to Buck Meadow Road. Board of Aldermen President Brian McCarthy, who has a bridge on the new trails named for him, recalled development plans for the conservation project when he was first on the board, and he understands the community benefit to projects like the one that was unveiled Saturday. "I know that out here, if you walk around these lands on the weekends, you run into a lot of people," McCarthy said. A few others who had a hand in the project were also recognized on Saturday: A boardwalk was dedicated to former Board of Aldermen member Barbara Pressly, and Roger Houston, the city's planning director, was cited for his work with landowners and land-use boards over the years. And then there are those countless others whose names don't show up anywhere but who worked tirelessly to make the project a reality. Trails and parks serve an important community function in Nashua, whether it's the Gate City Striders holding a Monday night race through Mine Falls Park or people out walking their dogs on the weekends. Just the day before the Southwest Trails dedication, students at Nashua's Elm Street Middle School kicked off a public art and poetry exhibit along the Nashua Rail Trail. The city is also going to install new lighting in an attempt to make the Rail Trail safer at night. Some people can grouse that the city should be focused instead on fixing its roads and streets, but it doesn't have to be an either-or proposition. Roads get lots of attention and money, but trails exist on a more human scale, and they shouldn't be neglected. "It's really important to keep the open spaces in our urban areas," McCarthy said on Saturday. We agree. Tue, 17 May 2016 07:04:32 EST BOE to hire an interim leader NASHUA - In a special meeting Monday, the Nashua Board of Education decided to pursue the hiring of an interim superintendent of schools to replace Superintendent Mark Conrad, who announced his resignation Friday. Board member George Farrington said the board wanted to give enough time for a thorough vetting of candidates. "The district has a history of going through a fairly extensive process that involved a lot of community, and I personally don't see that there's time enough left to do it and give everyone an opportunity to share their views," Farrington said. Board President Sandra Ziehm agreed, saying "The superintendent of our district is the leader of our district, and everyone should have a voice." Ziehm said the district should also allow enough time to have a broader selection of candidates, "It is late in the process and we're concerned at this point there might not be too many candidates out there." The interim position carries a one-year contract, and Ziehm said it could potentially serve as a kind of extended interview. "The good thing about it is they know if they like it here, and it gives everyone a chance to see if it's a good match," she said. Nashua has employed a series of interim administrators in the past; some have moved into permanent positions, and some did not. Recently, Sharon Coffey transitioned from interim principal of Fairgrounds Middle School to the permanent position. However, Ziehm said the selection process for hiring the district superintendent is particularly stringent. Tue, 17 May 2016 10:52:54 EST Former heroin user aspires to help addicts Krystal Boyle had a good upbringing and a loving, supportive family. She wasn't running from any past trauma or abuse. She had a 3-year-old son who she now says she should have been there for. Her significant other was using heroin, but urged her not to try it. "I was in a relationship with somebody who was using, and I just decided to do it," she explained. "There is no good explanation. Wed, 18 May 2016 10:23:24 EST Nashua author shares lessons from living in India Name: Elma Vaidya. Hometown or local connection: Nashua. Title of book: "25 Years in India: A Personal Story of Upheaval, Culture Shock, Survival, and Transformation." Synopsis: The story begins with the author's arrival in Delhi in June 1962. Faced with an unfamiliar language, oppressive heat and third-world hygiene and plumbing, she realizes the culture shock of being an American living in India with an Indian husband was much greater than she had ever imagined. Feeling suffocated by her new family's expectations, being pregnant didn't make things any easier. Her journey contains many speed bumps and detours. Eventually, she bonds with her in-laws, learns Hindi, accepts Indian customs, overcomes loss and heartbreak, raises her children, and works as a teacher. Publisher: CreateSpace (self-published). Price/where it is available: $12.99 on Brief biography: Elma Griscom was born in New Jersey and moved to Birmingham, Mich., at age 10. Mon, 16 May 2016 12:02:07 EST Aphrodite ‘Dee’ Hondrokostas Aphrodite "Dee" Hondrokostas, 91, of Nashua, passed away on May 11, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital. She was born in Nashua, NH, on February 11, 1925, daughter of the late James and Magdaline (Nagios) Hondrokostas. Aphrodite liked to be called "Dee" and she was a wonderful, sweet and lovely lady. She would light up people's days and keep smiles on their faces. Mon, 16 May 2016 07:17:16 EST Mildred M. York Mildred M. York, 98, of Nashua, widow of Richard M. York, passed away Sunday morning, May 15, 2016, at Kindred - Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua. Mrs. York was born in Littleton, NH, on August 8, 1917, one of nine children of the late Frank and Elsie Fenoff. Mon, 16 May 2016 07:17:39 EST Frances Ilean Liva Frances Ilean Liva, 96, of Nashua, NH, and former resident of North Myrtle Beach, SC, and Lexington, MA, died at Langdon Place in Nashua on May 14th, surrounded by her loved ones. Born April 4, 1920, in Boston, MA, she was daughter of the late Judson and Agnes (Porter) Terris and widow of Frank Joseph Liva, who died in 1990 and with whom she married on November 2, 1957. Prior to retirement, Frances was employed as an assembler for Ingold Manufacturing. During WWII, Frances was employed with Carr Fasteners in Cambridge, MA. She was a former member of the Friendship Connection in North Myrtle Beach. Frances enjoyed reading books and doing ceramics and truly enjoyed being a homemaker. She was a passionate Red Sox fan and was known for her smiling optimism and kindness. Mon, 16 May 2016 07:18:07 EST Nashua Mayor sees students’ art in the wild NASHUA - City middle school students celebrated the kickoff to their public art and poetry installation along the Nashua Rail Trail with a tour of the outdoor exhibit Friday afternoon. The work is a part of a series of writing and art collaborations between Nashua students and local writers and artists from City Arts Nashua. JoAnne Del Greco, an eighth-grade English teacher and the English Curriculum Liaison from Elm Street Middle School, came up with the idea for the Fitness Literacy Walk several years ago after seeing a similar display in Lincoln. "I was walking on a trail to Loon Mountain, and they had posts up like this - their town library had done fairy tales," she said. Del Greco launched the Elm Street version last year with a group of eighth-graders, who wrote a story about Nashua's history. Nick Caggiano, head of the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department, helped organize the project, recommending the Nashua River Rail Trail, and the Elm Street technical education teacher and his students build the posts. "It was a dream come true last year," Del Greco said. Parents, Elm Street staff and Mayor Jim Donchess gathered at the Gilson Road entrance to the trail to accompany students on the 1-mile Fitness Literacy Walk. "It was great - the photography was beautiful, and the poetry was really good," Donchess said after the tour. The display is part one of two projects going up this spring and summer along the trail. Middle school photography club and writing club students created the Nashua-based photographs with poetic captions for the first installation, on display now. Mon, 16 May 2016 07:08:49 EST Bedroom walk-through helps spot risky behavior NASHUA - Meant as a tool for parents to discuss drug use with their kids and recognize risky behavior, Nashua High School South will host an interactive presentation of a teen bedroom called "High and Seek" Wednesday evening. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the presentation begins at 6:30. The staged bedroom includes more than 80 signs of drug use or self-harming behaviors. Participants tour the bedroom and receive training on current drug and alcohol trends, what to look for and techniques for communicating with teens. "Basically the whole issue with drugs, not just heroin, is a continuing problem that will take the entire community to solve," said Janet Valuk, director of the Nashua Prevention Coalition. Mon, 16 May 2016 11:11:24 EST Runners fill Nashua for Gate City marathon NASHUA - Runners from teenagers to senior citizens, from beginners to seasoned marathoners, streamed through the city's downtown and into numerous neighborhoods on Sunday, together making the second annual Gate City Marathon and Relay as successful as its debut event a year ago. The idea for the three-pronged race - it offers a half-marathon, full-marathon and team relay - came about following the demise in 2013 of the Applefest Half Marathon, a signature event of the Nashua-based Gate City Striders running club. Sunday's brisk breeze and occasional gusts brought a chill to the air, making it a bit uncomfortable for spectators but more desirable for runners than, say, Saturday's warm temperatures and bright sun. In the end, the top male and female finishers in the full marathon turned out to be from Baltimore and Unionville, Conn., respectively. Kevin Ford, 28, topped the field with a time of 2:50:35.7, while Tracy Deeter, the top female finisher and seventh overall, came in at 3:00:13.4. But Nashua residents swept the top three spots in the half-marathon, with 18-year-old Christopher Fischer finishing first at 1:24:00.2, roughly 49 seconds ahead of second-place Sandra Van Den Heuvel, a 24-year-old Nashuan who was also the top female finisher. Alex Chen, 15, also of Nashua, was third at 1:25:33.6, while Yuki Chorney, 44, of Mont Vernon, was the second female finisher at 1:35 even. As for the relay, Fleet Feet Junior Elite, a team of five 14-year-olds from around the region, beat out the second-place team by roughly seven minutes in winning the race in just over two hours, 39 minutes. Fleet Feet comprises Carson Bottomley, Ryan Devine, David Cook, Caroline Fischer and Dakota Somero, according to the posted results. A good-sized team of volunteers on bicycles patrolled the clover-leaf shaped course, which encompasses five loops, of which the first and last, at 5.4 miles each, are much the same. Main Street just north of City Hall Plaza was marathon central on Sunday, the spot where all three races began simultaneously at 8 a.m. The only exception were full-marathon participants who stepped off at 7 a.m. to make sure they would finish by the 1:30 p.m. deadline. Meanwhile, the Striders, at 800 members the largest running club in the state, chose Nashua for their new project - because it made the most sense. "This is the largest running event that Nashua ever had," Striders president Tom Cassetty said previously. The Striders, he added, decided to "go big ... Mon, 16 May 2016 07:00:50 EST ALC: Nashua’s quiet champion Many of us who read The Telegraph probably graduated from high school. It's also likely that a number of us went on to college and received either an associate or bachelor's degree. A smaller number of us may have even achieved a graduate degree. Nashua enjoys a relatively high level of education among our populace. That said, we also have a large segment who don't have a secondary or post-secondary education. Sun, 22 May 2016 19:48:37 EST Blood Drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 15: The Tilted Kilt, 345 Amherst St., Nashua. 1-6 p.m. May 16: Brookline Safety Complex, 3 Post Office Drive. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun, 15 May 2016 14:00:32 EST Brown finds successful home on the diamond He didn't get hit hard, but he didn't see the play coming. Who knows what would have happened had Alvirne High School's Dan Brown seen a defender in his rear-view mirror during the first football scrimmage of the 2014 preseason. Instead, the Broncos sophomore quarterback got tripped up, and landed hard on his shoulder. The result? Broken collarbone, out for the year. "If I didn't get hurt, who knows? I could've fallen in love with football more," Brown said. "Nothing went my way." Instead, of the three varsity sports he's played (football, basketball, baseball), Brown gravitated toward baseball, and next season will play at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He's been a four-year varsity starter in baseball, and is clearly making the most of his senior year, hitting .412 at last look with five triples, four doubles, two homers and 22 RBIs. "I think we all know in football I've gotten hurt, and basketball I've gotten hurt," Brown said. Sun, 15 May 2016 11:00:39 EST Greater Nashua’s youth baseball season is underway NASHUA CAL RIPKEN Majors Diamondbacks 5, Royals 1 The Diamondbacks opened their Nashua Cal Ripken Majors season with a complete game no-hitter by Isaac Zhang, who struck out 10, while also helping his own cause at the plate with two hits and two runs scored. Also for the D-Backs, Alex Hulfachor had a hit and scored twice, while Michael Rutstein reached base all three times with a hit and run scored. Cameron Sawtelle and Kenny Reel combined for five strikeouts for the Royals. Giants 15, A's 3 The Giants Opening Day attack was led by Chris Keefe, who had the first home run of the Majors season in the first inning with two men on base. For the A's, Albert De La Rosa went 2 for 3 with two runs, while Jack Peters and Nathan Smith each had a hit and a run. Red Sox 10, Cardinals 6 Tyler Almedia, Sean LaVoie and Andrew Barry all scored two runs apiece for the Red Sox as the offense was paced by a single and homer from Drevin Richard. Colin Holbrook picked up the win on the mound. The Cardinals were led offensively by Ian DeLuca (two hits, two runs) and Drew Frost (two hits, one run). Red Sox 10, Giants 1 Drevin Richard paced the Red Sox with three hits at the plate and striking out nine Giants over four innings of work on the mound. Travis Holbrook hit two homers to lead the Red Sox offense. Sun, 15 May 2016 10:03:46 EST Renee Westerman Renee Westerman, 87, of Nashua, NH died on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Courville at Nashua. Mrs. Westerman was born on February 16, 1929 in Chelsea, MA. She was the daughter of the late Abraham and Ida (Kaufman) Davis and widow of Bernard Westerman, who died June 28, 2011 and whom she married on October 28, 1951 and celebrated 59 years of marriage together. She was also predeceased by one brother, Harold Davis and one sister, Cynthia Gordon. She was a graduate of Chelsea H.S. Sun, 15 May 2016 10:02:07 EST Trailhead makes debut in Nashua NASHUA - A new trail network opened in Nashua's southwestern corner on Saturday morning, providing a nature-friendly path offering a little of the country in the city. With a clear-blue sky overhead and a slight breeze to keep the bugs away, dozens of hikers strolled through the Buck Meadow Conservation Area along the new Southwest Trails of Nashua. "A project like this doesn't happen without a lot of people," said former Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, standing at a sign marking Samuel A. Tamposi Sr. Memorial Park. The Tamposi family donated approximately 138 acres to the city in 1999, extending from Lovewells Pond to Buck Meadow Road. The new trail travels through the park alongside the pond, which was named for the British explorer John Lovewell. The new trails run between Wards 5 and 9 in Nashua, connecting to other recreational trails in the Yudicky Farm property. "This is just one of those great examples of what happens when people work together. Sun, 15 May 2016 08:51:04 EST Sculpture organizers pay homage to Nashua’s past Organizers of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium wanted this year's artisan event to honor some of the cultural groups with deep roots in the city, so the committee reached out to those in the Indian, Greek and Lithuanian communities to find the perfect fit this spring. For 2016, the sculptors are Asta Vasiliauskaite, of Lithuania; Vasilis Vasili, of Greece; and Gopinath Subbanna, of India. All three, who will work with stone during the three-week sculpting period, were selected because of the many Nashuans who are from those ethnic backgrounds. "I was approached by (state Rep.) Latha Mangipudi about getting an Indian sculptor here because she really wanted to engage her Indian community who lives here, and we thought, 'That's a fabulous idea,'" said Kathy Hersh, chairwoman of the Symposium Committee and president of City Arts Nashua. "So who else could we get? What other countries could we identify and do a better job of engaging our local community?" she added. "We're really working hard to engage the local ethnic communities where these sculptors came from." Hersh opened the ninth annual symposium reception on Thursday evening at Ultima NIMCO on Pine Street Extension. Sun, 15 May 2016 08:42:57 EST Pilot awarded for feats Local pilot extraordinaire Rob Holland had his feet on the ground just long enough last week to receive accolades from the mayor and Board of Aldermen. The 1997 Daniel Webster College graduate is one of the most decorated, respected and innovative aerobatic pilots and airshow performers in the world today, Mayor Jim Donchess said on May 10, reading from a resolution that recognized Holland for his aerial feats. "Rod has distinguished himself by blazing a trail of innovation, developing maneuvers never before seen at airshows," the resolution said, noting he is an "electrifying and inspiring airshow performer." A six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team, Holland won 16 medals in international competitions - eight of them gold. Ward 3 Alderman David Schoneman, who works part-time at Nashua Airport and sponsored the resolution, added: "Rob is one of the best aerobatic pilots in the world, and he's based right here at the Nashua airport. He gives Nashua notoriety wherever he goes. It's great to have him here." Rivier to host leadership forum with NH CEOs The next President's Circle Leadership Forum at Rivier University will feature several New Hampshire CEOs for a presentation titled "Challenges and Opportunities for New Hampshire Businesses" on May 18. Speakers for this forum include Howard Brodsky, co-founder, chairman and CEO of CCA Global Partners, Michael L'Ecuyer, president and CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union and John Tulley II, president of Tulley Automotive Group. The CEOs will share strategies that have led to their successes and companies' growth. Business and community leaders can register now through May 16 for this breakfast and networking event, which will take place from 7:30-9 a.m. Sun, 15 May 2016 08:02:25 EST Nashua Adult Learning Center showcases programs reaching infants, children and adults NASHUA - Celebrating the success of its students and educational programs, the Adult Learning Center presented an overview of the organization at a fundraiser breakfast Thursday morning. The Nashua-based Adult Learning Center serves a full range of Greater Nashua residents, from early childhood education and after-school programs for elementary and middle schoolers to alternative high school, adult education and English for Speakers of Other Languages classes. Jane Marquis, director of Early Childhood Adventures, an infant-kindergarten day program at the ALC, stressed the importance of cultivating the social and emotional growth of young children for lifelong success. "Those first five years are critical," Marquis said. "Our infants don't cry for more than a minute ... our childrens' needs are met." For high school students, Clearway offers an alternative route for teenagers to earn a high school diploma or equivalency diploma known as the HiSET, formerly the GED. "It has been a significant challenge for us to meet the certification and curriculum regimes given to use by the state ... Sun, 15 May 2016 08:47:06 EST Merrimack students inducted into National Junior Honor Society NASHUA - Families, teachers and students filled the Nashua Catholic Regional High School gymnasium recently when 30 seventh-grade students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. Merrimack student who were inducted were Abigail Block, Randal Brown, Blayne Laliberte and Andrea Vegliante. Claire Reynolds, chapter president and master of ceremonies welcomed guests and introduced the current officers: Arushi Kalpande, Charlotte Gehan, Garbrielle Whitaker, Haley Schmitt, Chloe Tardiff and Elizabeth Ross. Elizabeth, the chapter historian, delighted the audience with information about the history of the chapter and the work it does throughout the year, including projects that benefit the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Toys for Tots, Operation Care for Troops and others. The evening continued with the recital of the chapter pledge and a candle-lighting ceremony symbolizing the five pillars of the National Junior Honor Society: scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Principal Glenda McFadden, OFS, congratulated the new members and presented them with their membership cards. "Each of these outstanding students has demonstrated an inherent sense of leadership, community service and character," faculty adviser Julie Wiswell said. "What they will accomplish together next year will be nothing short of remarkable." After the ceremony, Sandy Belknap, communications director for the New Hampshire Women's Foundation, spoke to the seventh -graders about community service and being an inspiration to others. Belknap appointed Haley Schmitt as the "keeper" of an inspiration bracelet to pass on to other inspiring students. Sat, 14 May 2016 15:39:36 EST Bedford girls lacrosse drops Nashua North NASHUA - Hannah McCarthy racked up seven goals and one assist as the Bedford girls lacrosse team cruised past Nashua North for an 18-8 victory on Monday at Stellos Stadium. Kennedy Boyle and Brooke Burden each scored three goals and assisted on one. Mackenzie Chou tallied two goals, while Zoey Shapiro, Mackenzie O'Brien and Sydney Lynch each scored once for the Bulldogs, who led 11-6 at halftime and quickly put the game out of reach in the second half. As of Tuesday, Bedford was ranked second in Division I with a 10-1 record. Sat, 14 May 2016 14:36:19 EST Theresa M. (Ravenelle) Cote Theresa M. (Ravenelle) Cote, 89, of Nashua, widow of Edgar N. Cote, passed away Friday morning, May 13, 2016, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of this city, Theresa was born in Nashua on June 25, 1926, a daughter of the late Luc J.B. and Blanche (Boisvert) Ravenelle. Sat, 14 May 2016 07:38:00 EST Cavaliers can’t touch Titans HOLLIS - Gabby Masseur supplied Nashua North with a spark on Friday and the early offense ignited the Titans' postseason hopes. Masseur scored four times over the first 10 minutes and five seconds of the contest and paced North to a 14-8 victory at Hollis Brookline. The win ties the Titans (7-7) with Exeter and Merrimack for sixth place in Division I, where the top eight teams make the tournament. Masseur, a junior, finished with five goals and an assist. North led 5-2 at halftime and created some distance in the second half, as the first of three goals from Danielle Upton gave the Titans a 9-3 advantage with 17:22 to play. "I think this year, you're going to have to be .500 to go to the playoffs," said Nashua North co-coach Kristine Tingley. "We have some tough teams next week. ... Sat, 14 May 2016 07:36:47 EST Bawmann settles into life after Nashua Baseball is a tough thing to walk away from, as a player, coach, or even a minor league executive. Just ask Tim Bawmann. Bawmann has lived in Nashua for more than a decade, since taking the reins of the Lowell Spinners. Then he was the driving force in helping to create the Nashua Silver Knights and the Futures Collegiate League. But that's all the past. Is it a good thing? Only time will tell. The deal with minor league sports is that the entity eventually gets sold. With that comes the likelihood of sweeping change. So Bawmann left the Spinners and Silver Knights a month ago to move into a new sport - D-League professional basketball. Sat, 14 May 2016 07:36:21 EST Looking back at the week in news Plastic surgery may be going over-the-counter The next big thing in cosmetics may have arrived this week with the announcement that researchers at MIT have developed a "facelift in a bottle" that will allow people to get rid of wrinkles - at least temporarily. The substance comes in the form of a cream that is applied in two steps. The first treatment acts as a base, while the second application forms a "second skin" that tightens and covers up wrinkles for as long as 16 hours, researchers claim. Don't run out to your local drugstore just yet - it's still awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration - but it's expected to be on the market within a few years. It's not clear how much such treatments will cost, but it's not hard to imagine that many people would pay handsomely to reap the benefits of such a product. No apology is needed in president's Hiroshima visit President Barack Obama's aides insist his planned visit to Hiroshima, Japan, will not include a U.S. apology for dropping an atomic bomb on that city in 1945. Good. Americans have nothing for which to apologize. Obama will become the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima later this month. Sat, 14 May 2016 07:33:50 EST Lawyer: Marin’s father offered boyfriend money NASHUA – Prosecutors on Friday said the father of accused murderer Katlyn Marin allegedly offered her boyfriend $15,000 to lie about Marin's involvement in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, Brielle Eternity Gage. As a result of the allegation, Judge Charles Temple granted a motion to keep the 27-year-old Marin from seeing her father, Harry Gage, unless within the presence of her legal team at the detention facility where she is being held. Brielle Gage died of blunt-force trauma in November 2014 and Marin was arrested in January 2015. She has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Newly released court documents indicate Patrick Ferullo, who has been identified as Marin's boyfriend, told the Nashua Police Department on March 17 that Harry Gage offered Ferullo money if he lied to help Katlyn Marin. During the meet, according to the prosecution account, Ferullo told police that Gage offered to "reward" him with $15,000 if he testified that Michael Rivera – Marin's former boyfriend with whom she had a child – killed Brielle Gage. New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin filed a motion with the court to admit evidence of witness tampering. He said Gage was used as a surrogate for his daughter and set up a secret meeting with Ferullo. During the purported conservation, Ferullo told police that Gage asked if he would lie on the stand or to the defendant's lawyers and tell them Rivera – who has said Marin killed Brielle – admitted to the murder and, in return, he would reward him with $15,000. Ferullo declined the offer. Tue, 17 May 2016 17:51:44 EST Manhole covers prepped for historical society auction Telegraph reporter Dean Shalhoup uses a power washer to clean off some of the triangular manhole covers that the Nashua Historical Society is auctioning off. Sat, 14 May 2016 07:09:24 EST NH Senate turns away $4M for rail CONCORD - The New Hampshire Senate voted Thursday against an amendment to restore $4 million to the state's 10-year transportation plan to study the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor rail expansion project, sending advocates for a commuter rail line that would serve Nashua back to the drawing board. The amendment failed by a 13-11 vote in the  Republican-led Senate. While advocates for the rail expansion say the amendment would have provided access to $4 million in mostly federal money to pay for the development phase of the commuter line project, a majority of Republican senators voted against including the money in the 10-year plan. "The 10-year highway plan which passed the Senate is a fiscally responsible plan that prioritizes roadway projects to be completed in order to continue providing safe and accessible roads and bridges for travelers across our state," said state Sen. Nancy Stiles, a Hampton Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee. "The Department of Transportation has done an outstanding job of using savings from completed projects to move quickly down the list of other roadway projects and red-listed bridges in need of repair," she said. "The 10-year plan will expend more than $22 million from savings to finish projects which include the fourth lane and Exit 4A on I-93 while devoting resources to other priority projects across the state," she said. Despite the setback, the two largest chambers of commerce in New Hampshire joined with rail advocates to champion the study for a line running from Boston through Lowell, Mass., and into Nashua and as far north as Concord, with a proposed stop at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Tracy Hatch, president and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, said the decision was short-sighted. "In reality, those who voted to deny this funding are taking the position that they don't want real numbers before they make a final decision on whether rail should come to New Hampshire," she said. State Sen. Bette Lasky, a Nashua Democrat and sponsor of the rail expansion amendment, said not a penny of the $4 million would come from the state. "Clearly, I'm disappointed at the vote and thought that they would see the positive assets of bringing rail and this phase of the project," she said. "Obviously, there's nothing we can do right now. Sat, 14 May 2016 07:05:15 EST Nashua superintendent Conrad to step down in August NASHUA - After a seven-year tenure, Nashua Superintendent of Schools Mark Conrad on Friday submitted his resignation, effective Aug. 12, to the Board of Education. "This district has been a large part of my life for a long time," Conrad said shortly after announcing his resignation. "I have been in this position for seven years, and given the intensity of the position, I thought it was time to look at positions that will give me a different work-life balance." Before his time as superintendent, Conrad served as business administrator for the district from 1996-2006. After working as the chief financial officer in the Bedford School District, Conrad returned to Nashua as superintendent in 2009. Conrad will move on to become executive director of the South East Regional Educational Service Center in Bedford. Sat, 14 May 2016 09:04:00 EST New trail opens in Nashua; hikers invited NASHUA - The Conservation Commission and Mayor Jim Donchess are inviting the public to join them this weekend for the official opening of the city's newest hiking trail. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Donchess and commission members will walk the length of the recently completed Southwest Trail system, starting at the trail's eastern entrance near the intersection of Buck Meadow Road and Cherrywood Drive. Residents are invited to join the mayor for a 15-minute hike that will end with a brief opening ceremony. According to Donchess, the addition of the trail to the city's conservation lands will lead to healthier citizens. "The Southwest Conservation lands are one of the many beautiful natural assets of our city," he said. "Over many years, the Nashua Conservation Commission and Roger Houston in the planning department have put extensive amounts of work into this project. Wed, 18 May 2016 10:13:09 EST NH hears call for addiction hotline NASHUA - Granite Staters struggling with heroin, opioid, alcohol or drug use - and those who care for them - have another place to turn for help. Gov. Maggie Hassan and state Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers on Wednesday launched a toll-free crisis hotline where the public can get advice and referrals anytime day or night. The New Hampshire Statewide Addiction Crisis Line is operated around the clock by Keystone Hall in Nashua with federal funding through a contract with the DHHS Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. "As we work to prevent addiction from happening in the first place, we must ensure that those already battling addiction can access services to treat this illness, just as we would with any other disease," Hassan said in a statement Wednesday. "This new hotline is an important step forward in connecting individuals struggling with addiction, as well as their families and friends, with vital information and services to help them get on the path to recovery," the governor said. The New Hampshire Statewide Addiction Crisis Line can be reached by telephone, toll-free, at 1-844-711-HELP (4357) or by email: hope@keystone People can also call 211 to receive information about the crisis hotline. "We have established the statewide crisis line in the hope that it will aid in connecting people with available resources in their moment of crisis," Meyers said. The intent is that information about the hotline will be widely distributed to homeless shelters, hospitals, religious organizations, civic groups, first responders and statewide experts in treatment, prevention and recovery. "We are so very thankful to the state for this critical funding to provide individuals, loved ones and community providers with immediate access to speak with someone who can guide them through the recovery process," Keystone Hall Vice President Annette Escalante said in a statement. "This will greatly assist the state with the harrowing challenges of addiction and will ultimately save lives." See for more information. Kathryn Marchocki can be reached at 594-6589, kmarchocki@nashua or @Tele-graph_KMar. Fri, 13 May 2016 00:02:16 EST Chase suspect will face charges in Massachusetts NASHUA - A suspect who on a news helicopter videotape appeared to be surrendering to police in Nashua before officers used force on him, has agreed to be taken back to Massachusetts to face charges there. Richard Simone Jr., 50, of Worcester, Mass., was shackled at the waist and ankles as he faced a fugitive-from-justice violation in Nashua district on Thursday morning. He was wearing a Red Sox T-shirt and shorts and was represented by two public defenders, Anthony Sculimbrene and Pamela Jones. Before Simone waived extradition to Massachusetts, he answered in the affirmative when Judge James Leary asked, "You understand you're going to be held without bail if you waive  extradition, right?" After a bench conference during the brief arraignment, Leary said, "There was concern expressed, Mr. Simone, that you're going to be receiving some medical attention." He then asked defense attorney Jones if she felt her client was in a condition to make a sound decision to waive extradition. Jones said he was. Simone was transferred to the Hillsborough County House of Corrections on Valley Street in Manchester. It was not immediately known when he would be returned to Massachusetts. News helicopter video of the police pursuit Wednesday showed Simone stepping slowly out of his truck on Brigham Street in Nashua, kneeling and putting his hands on the ground before several officers rushed him and some punched him. He did not appear to show any bruises from the encounter with police, although his mug shot showed he had blood on his left ear. New Hampshire State Police Col. Sat, 14 May 2016 17:58:42 EST State trooper who struck suspect relieved of duty CONCORD - The head of the New Hampshire State Police said the trooper who was captured on video striking a Massachusetts man following a high-speed chase that ended in Nashua on Wednesday has been relieved from duty without pay. Calling the incident an "unjustified use of force," State Police Col. Robert L. Quinn said there is an internal investigation into the events leading up to the apprehension of 50-year-old Richard Simone, of Worcester, Mass., who led police on a lengthy, wild pursuit from central Massachusetts into a Nashua neighborhood off Broad Street. Several news outlets captured footage of law enforcement assaulting Simone as he exited his vehicle and appeared to be surrendering to multiple officers who had their weapons drawn. Quinn referred to the events as "disturbing" and was tight-lipped about the incident, referring questions to the New Hampshire Attorney General's office. He said the state trooper involved in the incident was immediately relieved of duty without pay and all of his equipment was returned. Quinn did not identify the trooper nor say how long he has been with the agency. "I want the public and law-enforcement personnel to know that the Division of State Police does not condone the unjustified use of force and it will not be tolerated," Quinn said during a three-minute press conference in Concord. "The State Police have been entrusted with the authority to ensure the safety of the public. Fri, 13 May 2016 11:00:41 EST Teacher arrested in nude photo solicitation NASHUA - Nashua High School South teacher Bruce Lanctot, 40, faces felony charges after allegedly sending nude photos of himself to several juvenile students, according to police. Police said victims told them that Lanctot contacted them through the social media application "Grindr," which is an app used by gay and bisexual men to meet others in their area. Lanctot later identified himself as a teacher at Nashua High School South to the victims, and indicated he knew he was communicating with Nashua High School South students, according to police. Lanctot engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the victims and solicited at least one victim to send him nude photos, police said. Lt. Kerry Baxter, of the Nashua Police Department's Special Investigations Division, declined to comment on the specific number of student victims involved in the investigation, but said there were "several." The victims, said police, reported receiving numerous nude photos of Lanctot. Victims also reported being solicited by Lanctot to meet with him and engage in sexual conduct, according to the police account. So far, students involved in the investigation all attend the same school where Lanctot had been teaching,  according to police. Fri, 13 May 2016 01:00:40 EST Interfaith council addresses Nashua poverty NASHUA - Members of the Nashua Area Interfaith Council convened with other city leaders on Wednesday to hear a proposal from a nonprofit organization on how the city can combat the effects of poverty. Circles USA is a national organization that works to help low-income clients find success in the workplace. The organization already has a presence at the Main Street Methodist Church, but Scott Miller, Circles president and CEO, met with the Interfaith Council to talk about how they can do more to help. "We have a population that is in the tyranny of the moment," he said. "These folks are really focused on today. What we're trying to do is get them into a room, get them safer, and start planning tomorrow. Thu, 12 May 2016 01:00:07 EST NCC to host international food, entertainment event An international celebration presented by city college students will offer a culinary tour of the world Friday night with the Around the World Dinner and Fundraiser at Nashua Community College starting at 6 p.m., on Friday, May 13. Featuring multicultural food, music and entertainment, the dinner serves as the annual fundraiser for the NCC World Language club, said Elizabeth Berry, Nashua Community College professor and department chair for ESOL and World Languages. Dinner will be followed by entertainment, provided by the World Language club and International Cafe students and other local participants. "We try to increase awareness of different cultural food and cultural entertainment. All the food comes from authentic local restaurants. Students serve the food and talk about what it is. Thu, 12 May 2016 00:01:24 EST Felonies given as cause for high bail NASHUA - Citing concerns over his lengthy criminal history and lack of familial or other ties to the Nashua area, Judge Jacalyn Colburn on Monday denied accused drug dealer Joel "Angel" Colon's request for bail reduction, suggesting instead that he and his lawyer look into whether he qualifies for the pre-trial release program. Assistant County Attorney Kathleen Brown said at a roughly 20-minute bail hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court South that Colon's $100,000 cash bail should stand, given his streak of nine felony arrests over a five-month period from November 2015 through March. The majority of Colon's arrests involve the possession, sales or criminal liability to sales of drugs, according to Brown's account of the charges. In January, roughly halfway through the period of arrests, Colon was charged with several misdemeanor offenses for allegedly leading Nashua police on a vehicle pursuit with two minors in his car. The incident began when police spotted a newer-model, purple Mercedes sedan with an invalid registration and tried to stop the car on East Dunstable Road. The driver, later identified as Colon, got onto the Everett Turnpike at Exit 4 and initially pulled over into the breakdown lane, police said, but then accelerated with police in pursuit. Colon got off at Exit 5, then pulled into the parking lot of 193 Kinsley St., where police cornered him and arrested him without further incident. After taking Colon into custody, police said at the time, officers learned that Colon was wanted by Lawrence, Mass., police on what they described as "several firearms related warrants." That led to a charge of fugitive from justice, in addition to the misdemeanors and numerous summonses for traffic violations Colon committed during the alleged pursuit. "The state's position is that the defendant is a flight risk, and is a danger to the community," Brown told Colburn. Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:52 EST Kyle Paul Bedinger Kyle Paul Bedinger, 26, of Nashua died unexpectedly on May 10, 2016, at Massachusetts Gen­eral Hospital, after suffering from a sudden illness. He was born June 15, 1989, in Nashua, the son of Paul and Patty Bedinger. He attended Nashua schools and gradu­ated from Nashua North High School in 2007, where he was a member of the baseball and golf teams. Kyle grew up playing golf at Nashua Country Club and was a member of the Mer­rimack Valley Curling Club. He loved watching sports and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He was also a voracious reader, who always enjoyed a good book. Wed, 11 May 2016 22:00:37 EST Barbara Ellen Lambert NASHUA - Barbara El­len Lambert, 54, died May 5th. Born July 2, 1961 in Hornell, NY, she grew up in Corning, NY, and lived in Washing­ton state as well as New York City, prior to settling in Nashua, where she resided for the last three decades. Bar­bara was the proud mother of two daughters, a loving sister to eight siblings, a de­voted daughter and beloved friend of many. She had a lively, vibrant spirit and a trustful, caring soul. Barbara was a 1979 alum­na of West High School in Painted Post, NY, where she had prominent roles in the musicals "Little Me," "Kiss me, Kate" and "Irene." She graduated from Rivier Col­lege in Nashua in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts. While living in New York City, Barbara was a mem­ber of the Community Free Theatre and Two-Bit Play­ers, where she acted in "When You Coming Back, Red Ryder?," and also di­rected "The Shooting Gal­lery." After moving to New Hampshire, Barbara be­came an educator, and taught family and consum­er science at Nashua High School South. Wed, 11 May 2016 22:00:12 EST Chef competition benefits Nashua Senior Center NASHUA - The fourth annual Fire and Fusion was held May 4 at Alpine Grove Banquet Facility in Hollis to raise money for the self-funded Nashua Senior Activity Center and to highlight the culinary talents of the executive chefs who work in life-plan communities, assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and other health care environments. The event is based on the show "Chopped," on which contestants are given secret ingredients at the beginning of the competition and have only 30 minutes to make a creative dish using each ingredient. For Fire and Fusion, the three mystery ingredients unveiled at the last moment were chicken thighs, star fruit and purple yams. The judges were chef Nicole Barreira, corporate chef of Great New Hampshire Restaurants; Kathleen Palmer, features editor at The Telegraph; and George Russell, "Morning Drive" host for WSMN 1590. Mike Morin, co-host of "The Chef's Plate," was the host. "I love serving as emcee of Fire and Fusion because the intensity of the chefs is crazy and the energy from the crowd keeps my adrenaline level at 11," Morin said. Chef Matt Morin from Hunt Community was awarded first place and chef Brian Pelletier from The Huntington at Nashua was awarded second. Silverstone Living won the People's Choice Award, which is offered to the community with the most tastefully prepared and presented appetizers. The appetizer theme, "From Sea to Shining Sea," had offerings from all corners of the United States. Wed, 11 May 2016 18:04:33 EST NCRJHS inducts 30 honor students NASHUA - Families, teachers and students filled the Nashua Catholic Regional High School gymnasium recently when 30 seventh-grade students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. Claire Reynolds, chapter president and master of ceremonies welcomed guests and introduced the current officers: Arushi Kalpande, Charlotte Gehan, Garbrielle Whitaker, Haley Schmitt, Chloe Tardiff and Elizabeth Ross. Elizabeth, the chapter historian, delighted the audience with information about the history of the chapter and the work it does throughout the year, including projects that benefit the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Toys for Tots, Operation Care for Troops and others. The evening continued with the recital of the chapter pledge and a candle-lighting ceremony symbolizing the five pillars of the National Junior Honor Society: scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Principal Glenda McFadden, OFS, congratu­lated the new members and presented them with their membership cards. "Each of these outstand­ing students has demon­strated an inherent sense of leadership, community service and character," faculty adviser Julie Wiswell said. "What they will accomplish together next year will be nothing short of remarkable." After the ceremony, Sandy Belknap, communications director for the New Hampshire Women's Foundation, spoke to the seventh -graders about community service and being an inspiration to others. Belknap appointed Haley Schmitt as the "keeper" of an inspiration bracelet to pass on to other inspiring students. Students inducted were: FROM AMHERST: Molly Graybill, Tracy Rutagengwa. FROM HANCOCK: Claire Laplante. FROM HOLLIS: Ryan Stack. FROM HOOKSETT: Nicole Christian. FROM HUDSON: Amelia Piercy. FROM MANCHESTER: Amelia Ballingall, Gabrielle Blomquist, Thomas Cairns, Emma Jedow, Lauren Sutton. FROM MERRIMACK: Abigail Block, Randal Brown, Blayne Laliberte, Andrea Vegliante. FROM MILFORD: Reilly Hansen. FROM NASHUA: Grace Bellevance, Evelyn Blecharczyk, Maegen Corriveau, Aarohi Darisi, Daniel Dockrill, Nicole Dsouza, Kaylie Keegan, Shriya Mareedu, Arya Patel, Jordyn Sherry, Haleigh Swabowicz, Ria Talwar. FROM NEW BOSTON: Alex Fox. FROM WINDHAM: Madison Dube. Sat, 14 May 2016 15:42:07 EST PAL names Football Player of Year NASHUA - The Nashua Police Athletic League announced that its 2016 Football Player of the Year is Robbie Long, 13. Robbie, along with PAL's athletes of the year in cross country, cheerlead­ing, boxing and basketball, will be honored with other award winners - includ­ing the PAL of the Year, Mike O'Malley, Hollywood actor, writer and producer - at the Sixth Annual PAL Sports Dinner at Conway Arena. Robbie, a seventh-grader at World Academy in Nashua, is a six-year veteran of the Nashua PAL Football and Spirit Program. He played last fall on the seventh-grade football team. Playing quarterback and safety, Robbie helped lead the Force to the program's first Division 1 state championship, de­feating the crosstown rival Nashua Elks Crusaders in the title game. He led the Force in rushing yardage and was among the New Hampshire Youth Football Conference's leaders in passing yardage. Described by his coaches as possessing excellent speed and above-average size, Robbie also stands out for his leader­ship, character and team orientation. NPF's head seventh-grade coach, Sergi Filonow, rates his athletic abilities and personal char­acteristics as "among the highest and best I've seen in 16 years of coaching. He did a great job for us last season, and executed at a level of competency far above what I would typically expect at the seventh-grade level. Wed, 11 May 2016 18:00:40 EST Girl Scouts to sell dream catchers NASHUA - The Nashua Garden Club and Nashua Girl Scout Troop 10661 are continuing their partnership. Eleven creative girls from Nashua Junior and Cadette Girl Scout Troop 10661 have created sun and dream catchers, which will be on sale at the annual Nashua Garden Club Plant Sale from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 14, at the Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott St. Proceeds will go toward funding a camping trip - the first camping experience for several members of the troop. Wed, 11 May 2016 18:00:14 EST Nashua teacher arrested, charged with sending nude photos to students NASHUA – Nashua High School South teacher Bruce Lanctot, 40, faces felony charges after allegedly sending nude photos of himself to several juvenile students, according to police. Victims reported Lanctot contacted them through the social media application “Grindr,” which is an app used by gay and bisexual men to meet others in their area. Lanctot later identified himself as a teacher at Nashua High School South to the victims, and indicated he knew he was communicating with Nashua High School South students, according to police. Lanctot engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the victims and solicited at least one victim to send him nude photos. Lieutenant Kerry Baxter of the Special Investigations Division in Nashua declined to comment on the specific number of student victims involved in the investigation, but said there were “several.” The victims reported they received numerous nude photos of Lanctot. Victims also reported being solicited by Lanctot to meet with him and engage in sexual conduct. So far, students involved in the investigation all attend the same school where Lanctot had been teaching, according to police. “All the students that we've spoken with are Nashua High School South students,” Baxter said in a Thursday morning phone interview. Fri, 13 May 2016 21:15:20 EST Robbery pursuit recalled HUDSON - Kelly Carrell's 8-year-old son was having a snack of Ritz crackers, cheese and apple juice when the commotion started outside of their Fox Hollow condominium Tuesday. "We all got phone calls to kind of shelter in place, bring the kids in and lock the doors," she said. "We heard something out here, voices - I wasn't sure what it was. So I peek out the window and he actually ran right by here." The "he" Carrell referred to was 26-year-old John Stocki, and the commotion she heard came from numerous police officers racing through her neighborhood in pursuit of Stocki, who two hours earlier had allegedly robbed the Citizens Bank branch at 71 Lowell Road. Police promptly caught up with Stocki, a Lexington, Mass., resident with a criminal history that includes at least two previous bank robberies. Stocki was held overnight and arraigned Wednesday morning in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. Judge Paul Moore arraigned Stocki on one count each of robbery and theft by unauthorized taking, both Class A felonies, and one count of resisting arrest or detention, a misdemeanor. Moore ordered Stocki held in jail in lieu of $200,000 cash bail, and scheduled a probable cause hearing for 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Nashua court. According to police reports filed at the court, Stocki, most recently of 16 Webster Road in Lexington, Mass., walked into the bank shortly before 3 p.m. Thu, 12 May 2016 01:00:32 EST High-speed chase through Mass., Nashua ends in arrest NASHUA – A wild, high-speed police pursuit through a dozen cities and towns in two states Wednesday afternoon ended in a compact Nashua neighborhood when the driver turned onto a dead-end street and ran out of options. Numerous police officers surrounded the Chevrolet pickup truck after the driver – identified as 50-year-old Richard Simone, of Worcester, Mass. – stopped at the end of Brigham Street. As he began to exit the truck about 30 seconds later, several officers ordered him to the ground and began punching him repeatedly while taking him into custody. Videos from several news helicopters show two officers who appeared to beat the suspect while he was on his hands and knees. It wasn’t immediately clear which departments the officers were from, since multiple departments were involved in the chase. Massachusetts State Police issued a statement saying they will review the chase itself, and also the manner in which the suspect was apprehended. “The pursuit, like all pursuits that involve Massachusetts State Police, will be reviewed by the department’s pursuit committee,” the department said in a statement. “Additionally, MSP will also review the apprehension of the suspect, to determine whether the level of force deployed during the arrest was appropriate.” As of 8:30 Wednesday night, neither the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, New Hampshire State Police or the office of Gov. Thu, 12 May 2016 14:56:19 EST NCC to host Around the World Dinner and Fundraiser Friday NASHUA – An international celebration presented by city college students will offer a culinary tour of the world Friday night with the Around the World Dinner and Fundraiser at Nashua Community College starting at 6 p.m. May 13. Featuring multicultural food, music and entertainment, the dinner serves as the annual fundraiser for the NCC World Language club, said Elizabeth Berry, Nashua Community College professor and department chair, ESOL and World Languages. Dinner is followed by entertainment, provided by the World Language club and International Cafe students and other local participants. Wed, 11 May 2016 16:28:00 EST NH is goin’ medieval on you this weekend There's lots of musical theater to entertain you this weekend. The youth actors of Majestic will present "Guys and Dolls" in Derry (Page 3). In Nashua, Peacock Players have "The Little Mermaid" this weekend and next (Page 6). And Actorsingers bring the Middle Ages to the middle school, when they present "Spamalot" at Keefe Auditorium in the Elm Street school in Nashua. Details on that show are on Page 8, along with our other medieval offering, the annual Renaissance Faire's second weekend in Kingston (a straight-shot hour drive from Nashua). Wed, 11 May 2016 12:06:28 EST Lil’ Iguana Family Fun Day is Saturday at Nashua High School South NASHUA - From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Lil' Iguana will host a Family Fun Day at Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside St. The Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation, a Nashua based nonprofit focused on keeping children safe, will present a large variety of activities that focus on health, fitness, safety and literacy for children and their families. The family-friendly event will include bounce houses by Jump Around NH, face painting, balloon twisting, storybook and action hero characters, a coloring contest and more. A portion of the event is dedicated to health and fitness and will include samples of nutritious foods and beverages, as well as easy and fun ways to stay active and play. Kids can enter the coloring contest where two winners will receive a grand prize of a new bike and helmet donated by Target. All participants in the coloring contest will receive a free book as their prize when they return their entry form. Wed, 11 May 2016 12:05:11 EST ‘Little Mermaid’ swims into Nashua NASHUA - For two weekends, May 13-22, Peacock Players will present Disney's "The Little Mermaid" at Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's "The Little Mermaid" is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her voice for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends - Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab - to restore order under the sea. This musical comedy is rated G, suitable for all audiences. Performances are at 7 p.m. Wed, 11 May 2016 12:04:47 EST Nashua music school showcases youth with concert LONDONDERRY - Sunday, May 15, North Main Music School, of Nashua, will hold its 13th semiannual concert at Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road. North Main Music's semi-annual concerts provide its students, ages 6-70, with the opportunity to celebrate and share their skills and passion for music with family, friends and community. In addition to solo and staff performances, the concert will showcase several of North Main Music's bands: Aquatoxic, Polite in Public, and Cold Room, to name a few. There will also be a performance by Fever Pitch, North Main Music's teen acapella group. Established in Nashua in 2003, North Main Music offers high quality music instruction for kids and adults. North Main Music teachers are all seasoned musicians and graduates of prestigious music programs such Berklee College of Music and UMass Lowell. Wed, 11 May 2016 12:01:54 EST arts digest Symposium opening reception today NASHUA - May is Nashua Sculptures Month and time to celebrate the ninth annual International Sculpture Symposium. Three sculptors will spend three weeks in Nashua, each creating a large granite or metal outdoor sculpture to be given to the city and installed in a public place for all to enjoy. The 2016 symposium, themed "Conversation," features sculptors from Greece, Lithuania and India. The sculptors will be directed by John Weidman, sculptor, co-founder and director of the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline. The sculptors will work throughout the three weeks at NIMCO in the Millyard. The public is welcome to visit as they work from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed, 11 May 2016 12:01:04 EST Fire & Fusion chef competition showed local ‘chops’ HOLLIS - The Alpine Grove Banquet Facility was again the site of Nashua Senior Activity Center's hugely popular Fire & Fusion event, held May 4. Chefs from local senior and assisted-living care homes wowed the sold-out crowd with high-end cuisine, while attendees tried their chances at raffle baskets, the door prize and the 50/50 cash raffle, while enjoying music and adult beverages. Radio personality and author Mike Morin emceed the event. During the tasting portion of the evening, attendees visited chef stations and tried the bite-sized samples that ranged from the clever pairing of candied bacon and crab rangoon deviled eggs from chef Stephanie Saouma of Fairview, to a "Santa Fe" guacamole featuring crab and shrimp, courtesy of The Hunt Community table. Nashua Crossing brought a Moroccan flair with couscous salad and exotic spices for their grilled lamb lollipops. Wed, 11 May 2016 11:01:57 EST Nashua Police Department Arrest Log APRIL 10 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Julio A. Carrillo-Figueroa, 42, 60 Ledge St., Apt. D, Nashua, operating without a valid license-second offense. Charles C. Morlock, 24, 25 Elm St., Nashua, disorderly conduct. Jose Zelaya Flores, 40, 34 Bridge St., Nashua, operating without a valid license. Lorri E. Wed, 11 May 2016 08:00:39 EST Shaun M. Scanlon Shaun M. Scanlon, 81, of Nashua, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare. Shaun was born in Fitchburg, MA on October 19, 1934, the youngest of 6 children of the late Michael and Hannah (Clancy) Scanlon of Ireland. He was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Mahoney) Scanlon of Fitchburg. Shaun honorably served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Wed, 11 May 2016 07:19:50 EST Turning point for NH opioid battle The New Hampshire House will consider several bills today related to the state's ongoing battle against opioid addiction. One of them, Senate Bill 464, would appropriate $2.23 million to fund drug courts or similar programs in each of the state's counties. Just last week, the Nashua Adult Drug Court celebrated the success of its first three graduates - former addicts who turned their lives around with help from the criminal justice system. Facing a choice between getting clean and spending a long stretch in prison, they opted in 2014 to enter a program that offers intensive counseling, treatment, highly structured community oversight and support. The fact that they successfully completed the program speaks to its effectiveness. "Drug courts are one of the solutions," Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Monday during a forum at the Nashua drug court. "This is one of the things that work. We have to make sure resources in New Hampshire and Washington go toward things that work." With the help of two additional federal grants, the Nashua drug court has been able to expanded to 41 participants, noted Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn, who presides over the drug court. The court model provides an alternative to incarceration, but Tina Nadeau, chief justice of the state's superior court system, said people shouldn't get the wrong idea about that. "Drug courts are not soft on crime. Wed, 11 May 2016 07:04:01 EST Nashua PD brings back active shooter training class The Nashua Police Department is stepping up its free community training in a program that, according to law enforcement officials, can make a difference in a real emergency. The department's active shooter training, with its emphasis on controlling major bleeding, will now be presented to people as part of a regularly-scheduled workshop, according to Nashua Police Department Capt. Joe Fay. "The classes have been full or overbooked, and the department will run the classes as long as the demand is there," Fay said. The first class was held in February in conjunction with Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and the Nashua Office of Emergency Management. "Every time there's an incident in the news - like the most recent ones in Brussels or Paris, or even an active shooter domestically - we get a surge or uptick in registrations," Fay said. "It's in the forefront of people's mind." The class is focused on bleeding control, Fay said, while other agencies and organizations take a different approach. "Someone can bleed out in 90 seconds," said Fay, adding that controlling that bleeding is paramount, even before clearing an airway or providing chest compressions. Instructors will also dispel myths about tourniquet use. Beyond "penetrating trauma injury, car accidents, stabbing, gunshot wound or blast-related injury, the lessons could prove invaluable even in non-violent scenarios, such as getting sliced when preparing a meal in a kitchen," said Fay. "It should be the same priority for you. Wed, 11 May 2016 07:10:30 EST Wingate’s is only business remaining Editor's Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and an explanation of how he got the shot. The large brick building known at the Beasom Block was built in the late 1800s. It anchored several well-known Nashua businesses, including the Canton Restaurant. One of the more remarkable things I discovered when looking up info on the businesses in this Albert Bathalon photo was that a doll with a high chair advertised at the Philip Morris store there on the corner cost only 69 cents. Now, I understand how prices for consumer goods have changed, but it's still a shocker. Tue, 10 May 2016 04:35:28 EST Nashua North baseball earns road win BASEBALL Nashua North 11, Spaulding 7 Connor Mullaly and Pat McCarthy had a couple of big hits while Grant Coy had a big pinch-hit as the visiting Titans improved to 3-8. Spencer Bergeron tossed 5 1/3 innings for the win. Noah Ouellette added a double. Salem 9,  Nashua South 8 Leading 8-3, the Panthers gave up six runs in the bottom of the seventh to fall to 4-6. Pat McDonnell had a two-run double and two-run homer, while Owen and Alex Amigo each had RBI hits while Zach Finklestein had a sac fly. Tue, 10 May 2016 04:29:19 EST Verizon strikers picket Nashua hotel NASHUA - Dozens of striking Verizon employees paced in front of the Fireside Inn in Nashua on Monday morning, part of a regional effort to call attention to union positions and put replacement workers on the hot seat. About 39,000 Verizon workers along the East Coast represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America have been on strike since April 13 over compensation and other issues. Rob Doherty, a safety coach who has worked for Verizon for 22 years, was one of approximately 50 people walking the picket line Monday. He said he works out of an office in Dracut, Mass., and just built a house in Concord, N.H. "I couldn't sell that, so I go back and forth every day 57 miles. This isn't right, and I want to get back to work as quick as I can," he said. Doherty was critical of the workmanship and qualifications of the replacement workers. "These are private companies or guys with a truck who just brought a truck and came. They don't have any of the DOT regulations, DOT numbers; no names on the trucks that they're supposed have by federal law," he said. "The way that you see them work, they're not doing things to Verizon standards, trying to keep everybody safe. These guys are just doing it quick, get it done," he added. Talks between workers and the company broke down in April over a variety of compensation and benefits issues. "We've been negotiating for 101/2 months," said Brian Kierce, business agent for IBEW Local 2321. He said union workers targeted the Fireside Inn in Nashua when they learned that replacement workers were staying there. "These gentlemen were originally down at the Best Western in Chelmsford (Mass.)," Kierce said. Tue, 10 May 2016 04:18:09 EST Cabinet member talks drugs in Nashua NASHUA - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Monday his agency can further the Nashua Adult Drug Court's success by helping to fill critical gaps that drug users in recovery face finding jobs and sober places to live. "The challenge for my team is to think creatively," Vilsack said. He said his agency has spent billions of dollars funding housing projects and business loans. It could require recipients of these grants and loans to set aside transitional "sober" housing units for those in recovery and to ask employers to hire them, he said. Vilsack joined U.S. Tue, 10 May 2016 17:21:41 EST Edwin L. Nadeau NASHUA - Edwin L. Nadeau, 90, passed away peacefully, at his home on Friday, May 6, 2016. Ed was born in Nashua on June 9, 1925, the son of Alphee and Leona (Bois) Nadeau. Along with his wife Jeanne (Maynard), his true love of 69 years, Ed is survived by his daughter Yolande Brodeur and her husband William of Nashua; son, Ronald Nadeau and his wife Sandra of Storrs Conn.; and daughter Claire Grainger and her husband Edward of Nashua. Tue, 10 May 2016 03:00:47 EST Robert Clyde Moore Robert Clyde Moore, 86, a longtime resident of Nashua, died at The Elms Center in Milford on Saturday, May 7, 2016, with his beloved wife at his side. Mr. Moore was born on October 14, 1929, in Nashua, a son of the late Clyde and Helen (Trott) Moore. He was the husband of Jacqueline A. (Tuite) Moore. Mr. Moore had worked as a civil contractor for the Department of Defense. Tue, 10 May 2016 03:00:17 EST Jeanne C. Berube Jeanne C. Berube, 68, a native and lifelong Nashua resident, passed away at her home, Thursday morning, May 5, 2016, after a period of declining health. A daughter of the late Charles E. and Cecile O. (Marquis) Berube, she was born in Nashua on August 7, 1947. Tue, 10 May 2016 02:03:41 EST Lorraine D. Lancourt Lorraine D. Lancourt, 87, of Nashua, NH, and North Fort Myers, FL, widow of Lionel J. "Leo" Lancourt, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, after a brief illness. Mrs. Lancourt was born in Nashua on March 6, 1929, a daughter of the late Napoleon and Emmerentienne (Corriveau) Forcier. Tue, 10 May 2016 02:03:05 EST Eyvonne S. Sloan Eyvonne S. Sloan, 79, of Nashua, passed away Wednesday evening, May 4, 2016, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston ,after a brief illness. Mrs. Sloan was born in Fredonia, North Dakota, on May 28, 1936, a daughter of the late Reinhold and Annetta (Jantz) Kusler. A resident of the Nashua and Hudson area for over 40 years, Eyvonne had been employed with Teradyne Electro-Mechanisms in Nashua and previously with Hitchner Manufacturing Company. In her leisure time, Eyvonne was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting. Members of her family include three children, Valerie Greenwood and her husband Kevin of Wells, Maine, Thomas Sloan and his wife Mary of Merrimack and Daniel Sloan; four grandchildren, Sarah Sloan, Lauren Greenwood, Andrea Sloan and Samuel Sloan; a sister, Velma Schmidt of Oregon; also nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours and no formal funeral. Tue, 10 May 2016 02:02:25 EST Jane Heinemann Jane Heinemann, 70, of Nashua, died on April 28, 2016, at the Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua. Jane was born on May 9, 1945, in Boston, MA, the daughter of the late George and Frances Eliason. She was the wife of the late Gerd Heinemann, who passed away on April 24, 2002. Jane worked in housekeeping for various hotels. She enjoyed listening to Elvis, doing word searches and coloring. Jane loved to spend her time with her grandchildren. Tue, 10 May 2016 02:00:54 EST Clement L. Michaud Clement L. Michaud, 73, of Nashua passed away on Saturday May 7, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital. Clement was born in Sainte Modeste, PQ, Canada, on November 22, 1942, a son of the late Joseph and Marie (Lebel) Michaud. Clement became a US citizen in 1972. He had been the caretaker at St. Mon, 09 May 2016 07:10:26 EST Claire L. Monty Claire L. Monty, 97, of Nashua passed away on Tuesday May 3, 2016, at the Courville Nursing Home, Nashua. Claire was born in Nashua on June 13, 1918, a daughter of the late Olier and Lea (Leblanc) Monty. Claire had been employed as a travel agent with Davidson Travel for many years. Claire was a communicant of St. Louis de Gonzague Church. Mon, 09 May 2016 07:10:02 EST Some local teams appear equipped for title run With a month to go, we're hoping this won't be the spring of our discontent. We're not just talking about the weather, which has been absolutely lousy. In a few weeks, when spring (or summer) finally arrives, we're looking for some high school teams to give us that championship feeling. But mainly, with a few exceptions, outside the Nashua city limits. If you can get a contending team in the spring, you've got a good program. Coaches will always tell you it's the toughest season to coach in high school, especially when it comes to seniors who just by nature can sense the graduation finish line is near. It takes a truly dedicated and focused athlete to win in the spring on the high school level. With just three weeks left in the regular season, it's time to take stock. The area high schools have some legitimate contenders. Not so much with the Nashua High School North and South programs, and we've already discussed the baseball struggles. Mon, 09 May 2016 07:23:02 EST Battle of Bridge festivities showcase youngsters NASHUA - The Nashua softball teams have been struggling for wins this season, but the next generation was shown how fun the sport can be on Saturday at Nashua High School South. Not only were the two young varsity teams on the field during North's 18-14 win over South, but there was plenty of eager Titans and Panthers of the future in attendance as well. The pregame ceremonies for the Battle of the Bridge contest featured several middle school and recreation teams introduced in front of a large and loyal group of fans sitting through a steady drizzle. The first pitch was thrown out by Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. "It was a great crowd," said Nashua South coach Ray Derusha. "I looked up at one point and this was all a sea of people. It was better than some football games, it really was." Although the North and South softball teams were trying their best to beat each other on the field Saturday, the programs have a mutual interest - and benefit - in encouraging young athletes to continue participating in the sport. Nashua North coach Wake Stillman enjoyed the cheery atmosphere during his team's victory. The rivalry matchup used to play out at Rivier University, but that changed last season and Stillman approves of the change of scenery. "In the beginning, I thought playing at Riv was a real treat for the girls," Stillman said. Mon, 09 May 2016 07:22:27 EST No stopping the CROP walkers MILFORD - More than 100 individuals, some pushing strollers, others with dogs in tow, walked the route of their choice Sunday afternoon in the 27th edition of the Souhegan Valley CROP Walk, a springtime ritual that symbolizes the five, six, sometimes seven miles that many residents of developing nations must walk each day for food and water. An early cloud cover and periods of showers had subsided by the time the walkers set out from St. Patrick Church in Milford following a registration period and brief service. Representatives of more than a dozen Souhegan Valley houses of worship that take part in the annual interfaith event greeted the walkers, thanking them for participating this year and for supporting the event for many years. "We walk so that others don't have to," said Eugene Heighton, a congregant of the First Congregational Church in Amherst who became a lead organizer of the CROP Walk last year following the September 2014 death of John David, described by his peers as "the founder and driving force behind the walk." Thousands of CROP walks are held around the world each year, some in the spring and others in the fall. While Souhegan's has been a spring tradition, the other major local walk - the Greater Nashua CROP Walk - takes place each fall. Mon, 09 May 2016 07:31:36 EST AP tests are a stress-inducing boon With May's arrival, many Nashua South students' stress levels are soaring. The season of AP exams is in full swing - and students are already toiling under the tension that the tests entail. In a frantic attempt to receive a score that will enable them to get college credit, students are scouring prep books, tearing through flash cards and reviewing course material rigorously. Students recognize the necessity of AP exams; they can help students save thousands of dollars in college tuition. Kunal Shah, who graduated from Nashua South last year, saved around $15,000 in tuition at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. However, the stakes are high - each exam costs $95. With the prospect of saving huge sums of money in the future, many students take little heed of what they must pay to take several AP exams. Even so, the high costs heighten the pressure students face when taking their tests. Members of South's student body say the tests are a source of tension and horror. Sun, 08 May 2016 04:05:40 EST Blood Drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 1:30-6:30 p.m. May 12: VFW Post 4368, 1 VFW Way, Milford. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 13: Cinemagic Theater, 11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun, 08 May 2016 04:01:39 EST Knights undergo facelift Get ready for a new look to the Nashua Silver Knights this summer. They should be more experienced in the pitching department, something that plagued them throughout a 28-28 2015 season. They should be faster in the field and on the basepaths. They may bunt. They may take the extra base. They may be, with all this, more fun to watch. "We should be better," Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett, who as team vice president of player personnel assembles the roster and now will be back managing it on the field after being on the coaching staff the last three summers. Sun, 08 May 2016 03:06:17 EST Merrimack scores OT win vs. Danvers (Mass.) Alec Bronchuk provided the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Tomahawks (3-9) to victory in an interstate matchup on Saturday. Kyle Newman forced the extra period when he scored with 38 seconds remaining in regulation. He also added an assist during the win. Bronchuk finished with four goals and a helper, while Jay Lanigan (two goals, assist), Grant Mercier (two goals), TJ Fasano (goal) and Tyler Brewser (goal) also helped out the offensive effort. Alex Annutto made nine saves, including a pivotal stop in overtime. Jacob Denver spearheaded a strong Merrimack defense. The Tomahawks will host Nashua North on Monday at 4:30 p.m. Souhegan 12,  Londonderry 9 Joe Nutting racked up seven points - four goals and three assists - to lead the Sabers (9-3) past the Lancers on Saturday. Brendan Cray and Zach Bossi each tallied two goals and an assit, while Robbie Duarte, Foster Burnley and Tim Vinton chipped in one goal and one assist apiece. Vinton also won 17 of 25 faceoffs and Ethan Hopey rounded out the Souhegan scoring with a goal. Alex Burnley made 15 saves to record the win. The Sabers will be tested on Monday with a trip to undefeated Pinkerton. GIRLS LACROSSE Bishop Guertin 16,  St. Sun, 08 May 2016 03:05:27 EST Nashua Blast girls lacrosse remains undefeated LACROSSE Nashua Blast Girls rout Exeter, 12-3 The Nashua Blast U15 Girls Purple routed Exeter, 12-3, to move to 4-0 on the season and extend its overall win streak to 14 straight games going back to last year. The Blast is currently tied for first place in the NHYLA "A" Bracket. A superb defense anchored by Bailey Morin, Theresa Ellison, Maddie Sewade, Olivia Kingston, Britney Pearson, Grace Bellavance and Elinore Addonizio left few opportunities for Exeter to score. So far this season, Nashua is only allowing 3.5 goals per game. Goalie Payson Mooso was outstanding, stopping nine of 12 shots for a .750 save percentage, boosting her season percentage to a .659 clip. Kaylie Keegan got the scoring started for Nashua off a feed from Kirsten McIntire two minutes in. Julia Cote added a goal off a free position attempt with 15:30 remaining in the half. Sun, 08 May 2016 03:04:13 EST Memories of his mother Today, as it was on this same date 67 years ago in 1949, is Mother's Day. And it was on that same Sunday morning so long ago, I entered the world at what was then known as Memorial Hospital in Nashua. "Ma" always called me her Mother's Day present. Much has changed in my lifetime. I still remember Mrs. Sun, 08 May 2016 03:03:24 EST You, too, can cheat the commute With "National Bike to Work" week around the corner (May 16-20), I want to encourage people to consider bicycle commuting for a day or two, and perhaps you will consider doing it year-round. Having worked on Main Street in Nashua for the last six years, I commute to work on bike about 40 percent of the time (even when it is below freezing outside). I live in the downtown neighborhood of Crown Hill and commute about a mile each way. I am what you would call a "fair weather commuter," generally riding my bicycle to work when the weather is nice and when I do not have any travel planned for the day. When I first decided to bicycle commute, I had to figure out several logistics such as how I would bicycle commute to work and get my daughter to school in the morning. I ended up investing in a "trail-a-bike," which mounts to the seat post of my bicycle in about 30 seconds. Sun, 08 May 2016 03:02:11 EST Administrators need to do more listening Nashua school administrators have a history of leaving parents, students and teachers out of the process when setting important initiatives. Competency-based grading was approved because board members were told that the grading system was mandatory. It wasn't mandatory, but the policy was implemented. There were many complaints at the high school from students, parents, and teachers. The number of students failing classes has increased by 25 percent. The concerns of stakeholders were ignored. Sun, 08 May 2016 03:00:54 EST Gate City students rally around their classmate’s brother First- and second-graders at the Gate City Charter School for the Arts, a K-8 public charter school in Merrimack, organized a paper tissue and toy drive to benefit the Boston Children's Hospital. Students planned the drive in honor of Nashua resident and transplant recipient Jack Christianson, according to a press release from the school. His sister Haley Christianson, a second-grade student at Gate City, received support from her classmates after talking about the experiences of her brother as he battled leukemia for a second time and needed a bone marrow transplant. Haley visited Jack during his extended stay at Boston Children's Hospital and said the hospital tissues were rough and uncomfortable for her brother to use, and said younger patients need softer tissues. She also said there were playrooms at the hospital, but they lacked toys. The students in Julia Waterman's first- and second-grade classroom decided to take action and organized a tissue and toy drive to benefit Boston Children's Hospital. Donations of unopened soft tissues and unopened new toys for all ages will be collected through May. Students will decorate the boxes of tissues with stickers and words of encouragement and well wishes before delivering them to the hospital. The new toys also will be delivered to the hospital for distribution to the patients. The students have a goal of collecting 100 boxes of soft tissues. To participate, donations can be dropped off at the Gate City Charter School for the Arts, care of Mrs. Waterman's Class, at 7 Henry Clay Drive in Merrimack. Local residents join  Sununu campaign GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu's latest list of Republican activists, business and civic leaders who endorsed his campaign include several Greater Nashua residents. Nashua Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty, Nashua real estate developer John Stabile, and Robert and Anne Cruess of Amherst are among those who jumped on board Sununu's campaign, according to the list of supporters Sununu released Thursday. Sununu, who is District 3 Executive Councilor, is competing against Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, state Sen. Sun, 08 May 2016 04:02:21 EST Nashua Board preps for budget feedback NASHUA - Board of Education members will meet Monday night and prepare for city feedback on the school budget, which was sent to the Board of Aldermen with a 2.68 percent increase over the 2016 school budget, or $700,000 over the mayor's spending cap. The board will also take up a list of proposed maintenance and facilities projects at the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at Nashua High School North. While the future of the budget is in flux, Superintendent Mark Conrad reminded school board members they have until May 13 to notify certified staff whether they will be renominated for next year. "This is a difficult talk when we don't know the bottom line of the district operating budget for the coming year," Conrad said in a May 3 memo to the board. The superintendent recommended reducing one part-time guidance position at Nashua High School South, but said other savings can be found through attrition. "If the board is required to reduce the increase in next year's operating budget I believe we can work within existing staff vacancies to eliminate up to 12 teaching positions, including five at the elementary level, four at the middle school level, and three at the high school level, at a projected savings of $550,000," he wrote. Conrad said the board can establish a budget with an increase below 2 percent by limiting new spending in the budget to required special education costs, elementary math and adding a limited number of para-educator positions. School board committees have recommended several facilities and maintenance projects, such as a ventilation system upgrade to part of Fairgrounds Middle School, unit ventilators for Main Dunstable and Birch Hill elementary schools and portable air conditioning units for Mount Pleasant Elementary School. In an April 28 memo by Shawn Smith, the district's plant operations director, the proposed work would require $1.1 million from the district capital reserve fund. Smith also recommended the purchase of new LED lighting equipment for the Keefe Auditorium stage at Elm Street Middle School. "The BOE previously approved the use of funds donated to the Nashua School District by the Greater Nashua Arts Initiative, to replace stage lighting with the new LED fixtures at Keefe Auditorium," Smith said in an April 7 memo. Two vendors offered competitive bids, and Smith asked the board to move forward with purchasing the equipment for installing the LED lighting at Keefe from High Output Inc. for $16,087. Lastly, the board will discuss the idea of consolidating schools. In reference to the idea, Conrad included a facilities work group report from 2009 that recommended against dropping a school from the district. "The work group concluded that it is not feasible to close a school. Sun, 08 May 2016 11:12:47 EST Sports Talk Merrimack Journal BOYS LACROSSE Merrimack 13, Central 11 Merrimack earned a 13-11 win at home over Manchester Central on Thursday, April 28. Alec Bronchuk led the Tomahawks with four goals, while Tyler Brewster scored two and assisted on four. Kyle Newman had a goal and four assists, and dominated at the faceoff. Freshman T.J. Fasano (two goals, three assists) and Jay Lanigan (four goals) stepped up, while Grant Mercier rounded out the scoring with a goal. Alex Annutto made 13 saves in net for Tomahawks. Nashua South 18, Merrimack 4 Collin Morrow recorded the 100th goal of his high school career while netting seven goals and assisting on three more to lead Nashua South to an 18-4 win in Merrimack on Saturday. Shane Puleo (three goals, two assists), Zach Clancy (two goals), Dylan Gamache (two goals, two assists), Sean Holland (three goals) and Myles Johnson (one goal) also appeared on the scoresheet. Goalie Nate Radin made three saves for the win with strong defensive help from Joe Callahan, Mitch King and Brett Roy. BASEBALL Merrimack 7, Londonderry 4 Justin Grassini went the distance, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits, striking out seven in Merrimack's 7-4 win over Londonderry on Friday, April 29. Ryan Slate and Nick Dutton had two hits each, while Pete Reeser and Andrew Michaud finished with one hit and two RBIs apiece for the Tomahawks. Concord 8, Merrimack 3 Andrew Michaud (two hits, two RBIs) and Chad Seaver (RBI) had solid days at the plate, but the Tomahawks struggled to match Concord's offense in an 8-3 loss on Thursday, April 28. Exeter 10, Merrimack 2 Chad Seaver and Justin Grassini each had a hit and an RBI for Merrimack during a lopsided loss on Wednesday, April 27. GIRLS LACROSSE Merrimack 15, Nashua South 6 The Tomahawks evened their record at 4-4 on Tuesday. Sat, 07 May 2016 21:01:22 EST Kevin Monahan Kevin Monahan, 74, died on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. He was born on August 2, 1941, in Melrose, MA, the son of the late Jeremiah and Marguerite (Brady) Monahan. He was the husband of Diane (McLaughlin) Monahan. They were married on August 6, 1988, in Chelmsford, MA. Kevin's love for the sport of hockey ran deep. Sat, 07 May 2016 04:09:33 EST Turkey Bowl poll out soon Happy Kentucky Derby Day! Here are a few tids and bits to mull over while yours truly decides between Mo Tom, Tom's Ready, and, of course, Suddenbreakingnews to win Saturday's Run For The Roses. As they say, find the answer below. Speaking of November, in case you're wondering how that Turkey Bowl survey turned out, we'll know in a few weeks. It could very well lead to the Thanksgiving Day game between Nashua High School North and South becoming a Thanksgiving Eve game. Nashua athletic director Lisa Gingras said she needs to discuss the results in front of the Board of Education because it's much more than a simple athletic contest, it's a community event. But you can pretty much guess that she won't be taking the time at a public meeting to say the game will or should remain at 10 on Thanksgiving morning event, right? Let's hope for a mild Turkey Bowl Eve. You'd have to think that Nashua Silver Knights owner Drew Weber discovered the last few months its not easy to sell a sports franchise, let alone two. Weber had deals with separate buyers for both the Silver Knights and Lowell Spinners. While he will likely hold on to Nashua for a bit. The man ready to buy the Spinners is David Heller, who owns parts of several minor league clubs, including the Quad Cities River Bandits (Midwest League, Single-A affiliate of the Houston Astros); the High Desert Mavericks (California League, Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers); the Billings Mustangs (Pioneer League, short-season A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds), and the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League, a Class A Kansas City Royals affiliate. Heller has a reputation of playing hardball with cities when it comes to lease negotiations, but as a smart baseball businessman knows that Lowell is in the right place at the right time. Another sign that Nashua and Lowell are more separate than not is that this year's team has very few if any Umass-Lowell players on it. In fact, the only one right now is former Nashua North standout Ricky Constant. Sat, 07 May 2016 04:25:36 EST North, South lacrosse split NASHUA - Spring's Battle of the Bridge installment was all square heading into Friday night's Nashua North and South girls-boys lacrosse doubleheader at Stellos Stadium. When all was said and done, that's exactly how things were when both games were completed. The North girls opened the evening with an 11-7 win over South, while the Panthers reversed the outcome in the boys game, beating the Titans 16-2. Friday's results combined with an outdoor track split on Tuesday (North winning boys and South winning girls) leave the Battle of the Bridge even at two wins apiece heading into Saturday's action on the South campus. The day begins at 10 a.m. with varsity boys and girls tennis, freshman baseball and junior varsity softball teams playing. Varsity softball keeps things rolling at noon, while girls and boys junior varsity lacrosse wrap the day up at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Boys lacrosse: Nashua South 16, Nashua North 12 The Panthers gutted out their fifth win of the season while also sending the Titans to their third straight loss. Collin Morrow led South with five goals and two assists, while Shane Puleo added three goals and five assists. Sat, 07 May 2016 04:21:01 EST Souhegan baseball hands Portsmouth its first loss Noah Hodges twirled a complete game, Bryce Reagan homered and the Souhegan baseball team edged previously undefeated Portsmouth 4-3 on Friday in Amherst. The triumph marked a seventh consecutive win for the Sabers (7-2). "I'm very proud of the team and how well we played today," said Souhegan coach Bill Dod. "It makes the rest of the season very exciting, because every game becomes more and more important." Hodges never retired the Clippers (8-1) in order, but only allowed three runs - two earned - off seven hits. He struck out four, walked three and hit a batter. Souhegan mustered only three hits, but Reagan - who scored twice - struck a solo blast over the right-field fence in the first inning. Thomas Bennett and Rich Hill both singled and scored for Souhegan, while Owen Batchelder drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. The Sabers broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fourth when a Portsmouth pickoff attempt went awry, allowing Hill to scamper home. Souhegan will look to keep the momentum going with a trip to Lebanon on Monday. Alvirne 3, Concord 2 The Crimson Tide started a two-out rally in the seventh inning, but the Broncos managed to escape with the one-run victory. Sat, 07 May 2016 04:05:57 EST Looking back at the week in news Mine Falls Park trustees make a wise investment Most regular users of Mine Falls Park in Nashua were probably aware of the problem presented by the Red Trail along Mill Pond, near Riverside Drive - the bank next to the water was deteriorating. "The trail was getting severely eroded," said Nick Caggiano, supervisor of Nashua's Park and Recreation Department. "It was starting to impact the Mill Pond. Parts were falling in. It was difficult for people to maneuver." This week, the city dedicated a new 280-foot-long wooden walkway that allows trail users safe access. Constructed of pressure-treated lumber at a cost of $190,000, the money came from the Mine Falls Park Trust, which includes revenue from a cellular communications tower located near one of the park entrances. The boardwalk makes the trail safer, provides better access to pedestrians and takes care of the shoreline and the pond. It's a wise investment on the part of park trustees. New UNH purchase not your grandmother's dinner table It is not, suffice it to say, your grandmother's dinner table. For starters, the new table at the Holloway Commons at the University of New Hampshire - a dining hall - cost $17,570, according to the student newspaper The New Hampshire, which first reported on the acquisition. The price tag for the custom piece of furniture - it has fancy, colorful LED lights - is about what a UNH student pays for a year's tuition, but the table seats 16, so there's that. As any UNH math student could tell you, that works out to $1,098.12 per seat. For that price, the least the table should be able to do is digest a student's food for them. The idea behind the purchase, The New Hampshire reported, is that it was supposed to entice students to want to buy a meal plan by enhancing the dining experience. And here we thought that students signed up for meal plans because they featured food. A university spokeswoman now says the purchase was a "mistake." Of course, it's not so much of a mistake that they're going to send it back and buy a cheaper table. Sat, 07 May 2016 04:04:16 EST Eviction bill fails in NH Senate CONCORD - An effort to require landlords to file eviction proceedings in the court that has jurisdiction over where their tenants live has failed in the state Senate, despite strong support from tenant advocates and several Nashua aldermen. State Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, told the Senate on Thursday that the committee deadlocked over the "extremely controversial" venue provision and, ultimately, voted to recommend the Senate kill the entire bill by declaring it inexpedient to legislate. Carson, whose district includes Hudson, said the bill had two provisions that sought to expand the situations in which seven-day evictions would be allowed. She said the Senate voted down those sections during the last session. The committee also deadlocked over an amendment added onto the bill last winter that would require landlords to file eviction proceedings in the court closest to the property in which the tenant lives, she added. "Testimony before the committee told of instances where the landlord would file in Portsmouth for cases involving properties located in Nashua, putting those tenants at great inconvenience in order to get to their hearings," Carson said. "We also heard of this tactic being used (by landlords) in order to judge-shop, in an effort to get more friendly courts," she added. "Unfortunately, this section has proven to be extremely controversial. Because the Senate had rejected the first two sections and the committee could not agree on the third, the committee recommends it not go forward," Carson said. The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked on the amendment on May 5. Sat, 07 May 2016 04:03:02 EST Dental clinic to brush up tech NASHUA - An affordable dental clinic located in downtown Nashua has received $10,000 to increase its capacity and serve more patients without expanding its physical space, according to Harbor Homes. The Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center Dental Clinic, located at 45 High St., will update its electronic dental records and clinical management software. The improvements will allow the clinic to keep pace with the growing need in the community. "While we are actively growing our dental patient base, accepting new patients and recruiting additional staff, the grant funding is for a relatively small technology project that will enhance our capacity to serve more patients without any physical space expansion," said Vanessa Sarlo Talasazan, vice president of Development and Grant Compliance for Harbor Homes Inc. and the Partnership for Successful Living Affiliates. "The software will allow us to streamline processes like scheduling and billing, and better coordinate with our primary-care arm, maximizing staff time and increasing productivity," she said Friday. "This translates to more patients able to be served." The software, which Harbor Homes officials referred to as cutting-edge, is compatible with current systems in use by the primary and behavioral health care arms of the clinic. Sat, 07 May 2016 04:02:37 EST Nashua Drug Court Graduate Hillsborough County Superior Court South Judge Jaclyn Colburn gives Nashua Drug Court graduate Chris Overka a hug on Friday. Overka, Justin Sullivan and Christina Giguere were recognized at a ceremony for graduating from Nashua Drug Court. More than 100 dignitaries, drug court staff and members of the judiciary and law enforcement community, state lawmakers and civic leaders turned out Friday for the Graduation Celebration. For the full story about the Drug Court graduation, see Sunday's Telegraph. Sat, 07 May 2016 04:02:13 EST Tree dedication highlights Arbor Day event Ted Sayce likes to kid about his late wife's love and appreciation for trees - after all, when you're married to a certified professional arborist for 38 years, it sort of comes with the territory. But anyone who knew Jeanne Donovan Sayce, who died in March 2013 after a valiant battle with cancer, have no doubt that the Nashua mom and grandmom would have proudly worn the label "tree hugger," even if she and her husband had no connection to the business of caring for trees. When it comes to tree stewardship, Ted Sayce said last week under a bright sun on the grounds of the Nashua Historical Society, there's a lot more than meets the eye. And now, Sayce - longtime owner, with Jeanne, of Sayco Tree Service - who just recently joined fellow arborist Kevin Fredette at Gate City Tree Service, has an extra special tree to care for. It's a Washington Hawthorne, a colorful, late-bloomer that will grow to 25, maybe 30 feet tall and 20-25 feet wide at maturity. But what makes it special is that it's Jeanne's tree, so dedicated at last Saturday's brief ceremony that highlighted the Historical Society's annual Arbor Day celebration. "It means a lot to my family and me," Ted Sayce said as his grandchildren and other youngsters played around the fledgling Hawthorne following the ceremony. "Jeanne was really into trees ... Sat, 07 May 2016 04:12:14 EST Truck downs power lines, blocks school NASHUA – An incident involving three vehicles on Riverside Drive in Nashua caused headaches for nearby businesses and students and staff of Nashua High School South just before dismissal Thursday afternoon. It’s unclear exactly how two tractor-trailer trucks and an excavator caused utility and power lines to come crashing down on the road and some drivers near Conway Arena, Nashua Police Department and the school. The road was shut for hours as first responders kept traffic and pedestrians from the scene while Eversource and other utility companies worked to shut power and clean debris from the stretch of road next to the Nashua Police Department. “A tractor-trailer was going slow around an excavator, from what I understand. He didn’t realize he hooked the wires,” said Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Kevin Kerrigan. “He pulled down at least two poles down. There are three cars with people still in the cars. Fri, 06 May 2016 10:08:50 EST $3K grant funds swimming lessons for low-income Nashua families With the twofold goal of summer safety and building confidence in young learners, Nashua's Title 1 preschoolers joined an eight-week swimming program at the YMCA this spring. "The YMCA wrote a grant for us citing research that finds children in poverty tend to drown more in summer swimming activities than any other children," said Cherrie Fulton, Title 1 Director for the Nashua School District. The $3,000 grant covered eight weeks of "Safety Around Water" swimming lessons for the 45 preschoolers, as well as transportation from the preschool at 1 Concord St. to the Nashua YMCA. "We love the program. The first day, the children were a little reluctant, a little scared of the water. Now, we have children who are swimming," Fulton said. The lessons began in April and continue through June. Fri, 06 May 2016 07:43:30 EST News Digest Nashua Resident charged with kidnapping A Nashua man was arrested by city police April 30 and charged with kidnapping a family member. Police said they arrested James Brennan, 20, of 122 Hills Ferry Road in Nashua, in late April and charged him with domestic violence and simple assault, both Class A misdemeanors. Shortly before 11:30 p.m. April 30, officers received a report of a domestic disturbance at a home on Hills Ferry Road in Nashua. A woman reported that James Brennan, a relative, had struck her in the head and held her in the home against her will. The woman escaped the home and fled to some nearby woods, where she was able to call police, police said. The woman was not seriously injured. Fri, 06 May 2016 00:02:07 EST Annette A. (Soucy) Cullen TAMARAC, Fla. - An­nette A. Cullen (Soucy), 92, passed away November 14, 2015, at her home, being cared for by her son Rob­ert "Bob" Soucy and family friend Brother Pio Maria KHE (aka Peter Walters). She was born in Nashua, NH, to Albertine (Maynard) and George Lajoie, July 13, 1923. Annette was preceded in death by her husband and childhood sweetheart, Ray­mond P. Soucy, in 1969. Thu, 05 May 2016 21:00:06 EST Three to graduate from Nashua Drug Court on Friday NASHUA - One night nearly two years ago, Nashua police took into custody two local men, Justin Sullivan and Christopher Overka, adding their names to the rapidly growing list of individuals charged with drug-related crimes. Within hours, Sullivan and Overka sat in front of Lt. Kevin Rourke and broke down in tears. Desperate to break their heroin habits, the men pleaded with Rourke to help them. They had nowhere to turn, they explained. Thu, 05 May 2016 15:45:41 EST News Digest Nashua World Academy celebrates Earth South Nashua private school World Academy celebrated Earth Day with a series of activities about ecology and conservation, starting with a presentation on invasive insects in New Hampshire. Hillsborough County forester Jon Nute and the Middle School Envirothon Club hosted a presentation on the emerald ash borer, an invasive species of insect that infests native ash trees. The team taught middle school students about the ecological, economic and social impact of the insect. World Academy is an infant through grade-eight school, and children of all ages took part in Earth Day activities. Kindergarteners read Earth Day-related books like "Miss Rhumphius" and "Protect the Earth," and first-graders designed posters showing how they reduce, reuse and recycle. Second-grade students took part in writing projects answering questions such as "What is harming the Earth?" and "What can I do to help?" Fourth-=graders created seed bombs for pollinators and helped dispose of litter in their environment, and fifth-grade students made tubular bird feeders. At the middle school level, sixth-grade students wrote poetry about the beauty of nature, and seventh- and eighth-graders created Earth Day greeting cards. Students also learned about St. Thu, 05 May 2016 00:02:46 EST High School Spotlight - Sabers’ Grassett throws no-hitter Souhegan's Joe Grassett made one mistake Wednesday afternoon. If not for hitting a Pembroke Academy batter with two outs in the second inning, along with a Souhegan error later in the ballgame, the senior righty would have tossed a perfect game for the Sabers. He settled for a no-hitter in Souhegan's 14-0 mercy rule-shortened Division II win over the winless Spartans (0-8) in Amherst. Grassett struck out six and walked none over five innings of work, which pleased longtime Sabers coach Bill Dod. "Joey has an incredible variety of speeds and pitches, and his strength is his ability to pound the strike zone with various locations and speeds," Dod said. "He just has a very calming demeanor and outstanding presence." Offensively, the Sabers had a 10-hit showing, led by Bryce Reagan (3 for 3, two RBIs) and Alec Burns (2 for 3, three RBIs). Souhegan (6-2) returns to action at 4 p.m. Friday when undefeated Portsmouth (8-0) comes to town. Campbell 4, Kearsarge 2 Matt Gagne allowed two hits and two earned runs over seven innings of work to record the win for Campbell at home, upping the Cougars' record to 7-0 this season and increasing the program's win streak to 38. Gagne struck out 10 and walked three on the mound, while helping his own cause at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. Thu, 05 May 2016 17:24:58 EST Grace Elizabeth (Cavanagh) Bolen Grace (Cavanagh) Bo­len died suddenly on Tues­day, May 3, 2016, at the Courville at Nashua. Grace was born in Waltham, MA, on February 24, 1928, daughter of Louise (Keane) Cavanagh and Jo­seph A. Cavanagh. She is predeceased by her parents; her husband of 55 years, Frank Bolen; her youngest son, David Bolen; and her brother Paul M. Wed, 04 May 2016 21:02:11 EST Dental provider gets $20K boost NASHUA - The United Way of Greater Nashua recently presented $20,000 to the Greater Nashua Dental Connection. "For over 17 years, the Greater Nashua Dental Center has proudly provided access to affordable oral health care to all those in need," said Dedra Twom­ey, executive director of the Dental Connection. "The GNDC has been the only nonprofit oral health care provider in southern New Hampshire willing to see people of all ages, regardless of financial, linguistic, cultural or geographic barriers. "The GNDC has been privileged to provide thousands of residents access to affordable, comprehensive oral health care. We serve an increasingly diverse and growing population that includes low-income and under, and/or uninsured children and adults, veterans, refugees, elderly, prenatal, mentally ill, HIV/AIDS patients and disabled persons." The funding provided by the United Way over the years has helped to uphold the Greater Nashua Dental Connection's mission to improving the dental health and lives of all those in need. "United Way is proud to be a supporter of the Greater Nashua Dental Connection," said Mike Apfelberg, president of the Unit­ed Way of Greater Nashua. "For people living in poverty, quality dental care is some of the most difficult to come by health care that there is. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:03:23 EST Local Cub Scouts present awards NASHUA - Cub Scouts Ryan and William, of Pack 425, sponsored by the Nashua Fish and Game Association, received their first responder" pin after having completed all of the requirements in their den meetings and a visit with American Medical Response. The pin was awarded at an April pack meeting. To earn this pin, a Scout must complete a list of first aid skills that include treating for emergencies such as heart attack or cardiac arrest, shock, stroke, serious bleeding, poisoning, stopped breathing, choking, venomous snake bites and burns. Ryan has completed all the of requirements and received his religious award, the Parvuli Dei. Boy Scouts of America offers awards similar to this one for just about any religion. This award was earned by working on a program through the Catholic Diocese in Manchester, his local parish and his family. Its purpose is to help young boys explore a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their family and parish, and also to develop a good positive self-image through the contributions they can make to the group or community. An open house and spring carnival hosted by Pack 425 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:02:46 EST Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation to hold Family Fun Day NASHUA - The Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation, a Nashua-based nonprofit focused on keeping children safe, will hold its Family Fun Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside St. Family Fun Day will include a large variety of activities that focus on health, fitness, safety and literacy for children and their families. Activities will include bounce houses by Jump Around NH, face painting, balloon twisting, storybook and action hero characters, a coloring contest and more. A portion of the event will be dedicated to health and fitness, and will include samples of nutritious foods and beverages, as well as easy and fun ways to stay active and play. Kids can enter the coloring contest, in which each of two winners will receive a bike and a helmet donated by Target. All participants in the contest will receive a book when they return their entry form, which can be found at www. Family Fun Day will feature live entertainment, including Big Joe the Storyteller, Boire Dance Academy, TDC Sparklers, Tokyo Joe's Studio of Self Defense, Music for Kids with Sharon Novak, In Motion Dance and a mascot parade. Sponsors include NH Healthy Families, Allen Mello Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Jump Around Inflatable Rentals, Oakhurst Dairy, Collins Dentistry for Children, Bob's Discount Furniture, Enterprise Bank, Well Sense, Main Street Chiropractic and Target. Admission is $1. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:02:20 EST PAL to honor Cheerleader of the Year NASHUA - The Nashua Police Athletic League announced that its 2016 Cheerleader of the Year is 12-year-old Alyiah Brown. She, along with PAL's athletes of the year in football, cross country, boxing and basketball, will be honored with other award winners - including Hollywood actor, writer and producer Mike O'Malley, the 2016 PAL of the Year - at the sixth annual PAL Sports Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Conway Arena. Alyiah, a seventh-grader at Elm Sttrry Middle School, is a member of the Nashua PAL Force Division 12 spirit squad during the fall football season and the PAL K-9 Division 12 team during the winter. Alyiah is a base in both teams' mounts. Described by her coach­es as determined, focused, reliable, passionate and dedicated, Alyiah has been a team leader and role model on championship and high-placing teams in local, regional and national competitions, including the New Hampshire Youth Football and Spirit Confer­ence's first "Elite Red" (all-star) team, which won a national championship last year in Lakeland, Fla. Alyiah, a solid per­former in the classroom, as well, is also a member of the Elm Street track and field team, and plays softball and basketball in city Parks and Recreation programs. All proceeds from the dinner will support PAL's academic, athletic and other enrichment programs available to all Nashua children, including its at-risk youths. For tickets, tables and sponsorship information, contact the PAL Youth Safe Haven at 594-3733 or youthsafehaven@nashua­ For more infor­mation about Nashua PAL, visit Wed, 04 May 2016 18:01:53 EST Nashua temple to hold rummage sale NASHUA - Do you need some bargains on clothing for the family or a wide selection of items for your home at low prices? Temple Beth Abraham's Sisterhood is holding a 100-family rummage sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at 4 Raymond St., near downtown Nashua. Clothing for the entire family, jewelry, handbags and other accessories will be available, along with household items for the kitchen, dining, decor, bed and bath, and small appliances. There also will be electronics, baby and child items, sports equipment, art, music, books, and toys, games and puzzles. The best assortment will be found until noon. From noon- 2 p.m., "bag bargains" will be $3 and $5 per bag. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:01:29 EST North wins state chess championship NASHUA - Nashua High School North won the 2016 Scholastic State Team Chess Championship held in April at Pelham Elementary School. Team members were Coby O'Young, Anson O'Young, Ashley O'Young, and Austin Master. Coby O'Young and Anson O'Young received medals for winning all of their games. The trophy was present­ed by John Elmore, presi­dent of the New Hampshire Chess Association. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:00:15 EST Douglas Everett Adams Douglas Everett Adams, 72, of Hollis, died peacefully at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, with his beloved wife and devoted family at his side. Mr. Adams was born on October 16, 1943, in Los Angeles, CA, a son of the late Everett Clayton and Eleanor (Sullivan) Adams. He was the husband of Deirdre “Dee Dee” (Knuepfer) Adams, whom he married on April 25, 1964. They have shared over 52 years of marriage. Mr. Adams had worked as a design engineer for Bronze Craft in Nashua from 1962 until his retirement in 2006. Thu, 05 May 2016 10:55:00 EST Wilton woman dies at age 106 p>WILTON - Polly Kenick was one of those truly amazing people. At more than 100 years old, she was still thinking about, and caring for, other people - making Christmas gift bags for Meals on Wheels, knitting sweaters and booties for premature babies, visiting schools to read to students. "She was always doing for other people," said her longtime Lyndeborough friend Nadine Preftakes. "She was such a loving person. Thu, 05 May 2016 11:01:44 EST Accidents mar morning commute MILFORD - A Wilton woman was seriously injured in a car crash April 27 on Route 101 that police say might have been caused by sun glare. The accident was the fourth and last in a series of crashes that started that Wednesday evening and involved a total of six vehicles and injured five people. Jillian Beaucher, of Wilton, was in a line of stopped traffic heading east on Route 101 near the Route 13 overpass around 8 a.m. when a vehicle driven by Bryan Thompson, of Manchester, pushed her car into the rear of a third car. Fri, 06 May 2016 10:15:08 EST Pauline F. Kenick, R.N. (ret) Pauline Fifield Kenick died peacefully in her home on May 2, 2016, at the age of 106. Born in Hudson, she was formerly of Nashua, Exeter, and St Petersburg, FL. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in the chapel of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, on Saturday May 7 at 11 AM. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10 until 11 AM. Thu, 05 May 2016 10:01:58 EST Richard J. Quinlan Richard J. Quinlan, who resided in Amherst, NH, completed his journey through life with us on March 31, 2016. He was born in Savannah, GA. on June 9, 1963. Thu, 05 May 2016 12:00:09 EST Lois E. Evans Lois E. Evans, 83, resident of Manchester, NH, died peacefully on April 30, 2016 at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH. She was born in Nashua, NH on April 27, 1933, a daughter of Orin and Doris (Watson) Beaubien. She was raised and educated in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High School. Thu, 05 May 2016 10:01:08 EST NH Food Bank's mobile pantry visits Nashua PAL On Wednesday, it was the food pantry that made the trip to those in need as the New Hampshire Food Bank sent its mobile food bank to Nashua to deliver a truckload of food to area residents. About a dozen Fidelity Investments employees volunteered alongside food bank workers to lug potatoes, apples and boxes of canned goods to waiting cars of recipients, who waited in the rain before heading home with the donated meals. Connie Miville, New Hampshire Food Bank's agency relations manager, said the program has been a huge success, in part thanks to Fidelity employees' volunteerism. "Today, Fidelity has offered to sponsor the Mobile Food Pantry," she said. "The cost tends to run upwards of $5,000. I've been working with Fidelity for three years now, and they are just great. Not only do they pay for the food, but they also let their employees volunteer to come out and do the legwork." The New Hampshire Food Bank distributes food to more than 400 soup kitchens and other local distributors in the state, but factors like local programs' capacity and sometimes limited hours mean there are still many families in need. "Our Mobile Food Pantry program addresses this problem with inner-city food drops on a weekly basis, subject to availability of product," according to the food bank's website. Thu, 05 May 2016 15:49:49 EST Encore has gone to the dogs – and cats – this week! I hope you found some time to swing downtown last weekend for the Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival in Nashua. It was a lovely two days of art, music and community. Congrats to Paul Shea of Great American Downtown and all the organizers and participants. This week's Encore has been dog-napped - so I guess I can take a cat-nap! Telegraph Events would like to invite your family, including its four-legged members, to our annual Pawsitively Pets Expo on May 15. This week's Encore has a "pull out and save" section, full of adorable animals looking for their forever homes, as well as the fine pet-  related vendors that will be in attendance at the expo, held at Daniel Webster College in Nashua. Wed, 04 May 2016 17:00:56 EST International Sculpture Symposium returns NASHUA - May is Nashua Sculptures Month and time to celebrate the ninth annual International Sculpture Symposium. Three sculptors will spend three weeks in Nashua, each creating a large granite or metal outdoor sculpture to be given to the city and installed in a public place for all to enjoy. The 2016 symposium, themed "Conversation," features sculptors from Greece, Lithuania and India. The sculptors will be directed by John Weidman, sculptor, co-founder and director of the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline. The sculptors will work throughout the three weeks at NIMCO in the Millyard. The public is welcome to visit as they work from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, from May 16-June 2. The public is encouraged to welcome the sculptors, host them in their homes, provide meals, visit them as they work, learn about their cultures and thank them at the event closing. Wed, 04 May 2016 16:02:16 EST Pauline F. Kenick, R.N. (ret) Pauline Fifield Kenick died peacefully in her home on May 2, 2016, at the age of 106. Born in Hudson, she was formerly of Nashua, Exeter, and St Petersburg, FL. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held in the chapel of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, on Saturday, May 7, at 11 AM. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10 until 11 AM. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:30:08 EST What’s up at local high schools WEDNESDAY Baseball Bishop Guertin at Alvirne, 4 p.m. Merrimack at Nashua South, 4 p.m.  (Holman) John Stark at Hollis Brookline, 4 p.m. Goffstown at Milford, 4 p.m. Pembroke at Souhegan, 4 p.m. Kearsarge at Campbell, 4 p.m. Wilton-Lyndeborough at Newmarket, 4 p.m. Softball Alvirne at Bishop Guertin, 4 p.m. Nashua North at Manchester Central, 4 p.m. Nashua South at Merrimack, 4 p.m. John Stark at Hollis Brookline, 4 p.m. Goffstown at Milford, 4 p.m. Souhegan at Pembroke, 4 p.m. Kearsarge at Campbell, 4 p.m. Wilton-Lyndeborough at Newmarket, 4 p.m. Boys lacrosse Hollis Brookline at Merrimack Valley, 4 p.m. Bedford at Nashua South, 6 p.m. (Stellos) Bishop Brady at Campbell, 6 p.m. Girls lacrosse Merrimack at Nashua North, 4 p.m. (Stellos) Nashua South at Bedford, 4 p.m. Manchester Central at Souhegan, 4 p.m. Campbell at Bishop Brady, 4 p.m. Boys tennis Bishop Guertin at Concord, 4 p.m. ConVal at Hollis Brookline, 4 p.m. Coe-Brown at Milford, 4 p.m. Goffstown at Souhegan, 4 p.m. Wilton-Lyndeborough at Pelham, 4 p.m. Girls tennis Derryfield at Bishop Guertin, 4 p.m. Milford at Coe-Brown, 4 p.m. Souhegan at Goffstown, 4 p.m. Pelham at Wilton-Lyndeborough, 4 p.m. Boys volleyball Hollis Brookline at Dover, 4:30 p.m. John Stark at Bishop Guertin,  5:45 p.m. Londonderry at Souhegan, 6 p.m. THURSDAY Baseball Nashua North vs. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:21:27 EST Campbell baseball beats Somersworth to remain perfect Griffin St. Onge improved to 2-0 with a complete game two-hitter, striking out eight while walking three as Campbell beat Somersworth 5-1 and improved to 6-0 on the season. The Cougars scored all five of their runs with a three-hit third inning, taking advantage of two errors. Kyle Shaw, Zach Moore and Chris Woods all went 2 for 3. Campbell hosts Kearsarge at  4 p.m. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:22:47 EST Adviser in favor of city arts scene in Nashua NASHUA - The city's vibrant arts community, attractive downtown and potential untapped market in the surrounding area could support expanded performing arts facilities here despite the proximity of large and medium-sized venues within 40 miles, a consultant said Tuesday. "We do see tremendous opportunities," Webb Management Services Inc. president Duncan Webb said in presenting a 47-page feasibility study to the aldermen's planning and economic development committee. "There are a lot of really interesting artists who are doing great work here. These are artists who care about Nashua and the future of their community and want to play a role in improving their community," Webb added. But he said the idea of building a new, stand-alone, large-capacity performing arts facility is challenged by the close proximity of existing large- and medium-sized venues within 30 to 50 miles of Nashua and two new venues entering the regional market beginning next year. The city hired Webb Management Services to do a feasibility study to assess existing supply and demand for performing arts and determine if the market could support a new performing arts facility in Nashua. Webb recommended three possible options. They include partnering with an educational institution to either renovate or build a 300- to 400-seat venue and another that could handle roughly 750 seats. Another option would be to build or renovate an existing downtown building that could be used for a wide range of programs, from arts to meetings and events. "It's not your parents' arts center," Webb said of this model, noting it would be more "youthful and vibrant" and would play a significant role in downtown economic development. "To me, it begs for adaptive reuse of some great buildings in downtown Nashua," Webb said. Lastly, he recommended creating an arts district anchored by the Keefe Auditorium and the Hunt Building. While the market for participating in the arts through traditional performing arts facilities is declining among young adults, there is an increase in the number of artists with art assuming something of an organic role in the life of a community, he said. Creating an arts district would figure nicely into this trend toward "replacing an old image of the arts into the image of an urban area that effectively becomes an arts center," Webb said. "There are all those multiple pieces that can develop over time. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:02:47 EST New boardwalk installed to save eroding slope NASHUA - A riverbank erosion control project in Nashua has been completed, and the result is a pristine, new wooden boardwalk. A 280-foot-long walkway between Riverside Drive and Mill Pond allows trail users a view of the water while ensuring the stability of the worn slope that was once part of the trail making up the Mine Falls trail system. The wide boardwalk is constructed of pressure-treated lumber. It is supported by a helical pier system, using large auger-like screws set into the ground that allow the trusses to support the decking and rails. The project cost $190,000, according to Nashua's senior staff engineer Amy Gill. Nick Caggiano, supervisor of Nashua's Park and Recreation Department, said due to regulations governing construction near the waterway, footings could not be poured. "It looks great," said Caggiano. "It was a pretty major project." A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Wednesday to officially reopen the section of trail and celebrate the new walkway. The area is known as the Red Trail and connects the area near Nashua's Department of Public Works to Nashua High School South. Bids were collected last fall and the construction was completed earlier this month. "The trail was getting severely eroded. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:14:50 EST Nashua’s DECA finalists in top 10 NASHUA - After developing and piloting a financial literacy program for students of all ages, two Nashua students placed among the top 10 in their category of the national DECA competition in Nashville, Tenn., last week. "The competition in Nashville was intense," said Tyler Gouveia, a senior at Nashua High School South. Gouveia and his teammate, Nashua South junior Tyler Arnesen, competed in the Financial Literacy Promotion Project at the International Career Development Conference where nearly 13,000 students competed for international honors. More than $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers. The Nashua team placed in the top 10 in the Financial Literacy Promotion Project category against more than 500 other projects. "It was definitely an exciting and rewarding experience," Arnesen said. "Thousands of papers were written, and to come in the top 10 is not an easy thing," Gouveia said. DECA, or Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a national organization that encourages middle and high school students to pursue careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Wed, 04 May 2016 08:41:10 EST NH Senate committee pushes rail off track CONCORD - The Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday refused to reinstate $4 million in mostly federal money needed to further commuter rail expansion in New Hampshire - a project that had strong support from many business, political and civic leaders in Nashua, Manchester and Concord. The five-member committee voted along party lines against reinstating the money to the governor's 10-year transportation plan. "It's disappointing because it's the project development phase. The state is not on the hook for any money. It doesn't bind the state to any project design. And it's supported by a number of nonprofits, stakeholders and the business community," said state Sen. Wed, 04 May 2016 07:12:16 EST Richard A. Vose Remembering Richard A. Vose A Memorial service for Richard A. Vose will be held on Sat., May 7th, 10 am at Nashua Baptist Church 555 Broad St., Nashua Friends welcome Tue, 03 May 2016 09:00:17 EST Howard Johnson’s offered food, rest Editor's Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo and an explanation of how he got the shot. Chicken pot pie, ham steak and 28 flavors of ice cream all under one big, orange roof. A business based not only on hard work, but ice cream. How fantastic is that? Howard D. Johnson's enterprise began in Quincy, Mass., after the turn of the last century and spread out over the country, eventually totaling more than 1,000 restaurants and 500 motor lodges. says the well-known Nashua restaurant/motel combination at Exit 5E on the F.E. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:09:02 EST Lois E. Evans MANCHESTER - Lois E. Evans, 83, resident of Manchester, NH, died peacefully on April 30, 2016, at the Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH. She was born in Nashua, NH, on April 27, 1933, a daughter of Orin and Doris (Watson) Beaubien. She was raised and educated in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High School. Lois made her home in Milford for many years and was a member of the Amherst Christian Church. She enjoyed going for long walks and spending time with her family. She had been employed by Teledyne Corporation for many years. Lois was predeceased by three grandsons, Lewis Florent, Pate Cote and Ryan Wilmot; her son-in-law, Brad Henkle; and daughter-in-law, Raelene Cote. Family members include three daughters and sons-in-law, Holly and Dave Lenhart of Milford, NH, Heidi and Bill Wilmot of Merrimack, NH, Barbara and Tim Adler of Burnham, ME; a son, David Cote of Nashua, NH; six grandchildren, David S. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:02:19 EST Daniel Patrick Kelly NASHUA - On April 29, 2016, with the passing after a brief illness of Daniel Patrick Kelly, 25, the world lost a bit of color, soul and heart. Throughout his all-too-brief life, Daniel's commitment to family, friends who became family and the city of Nashua, forms a legacy of love that remains with all fortunate to have known him. Daniel was born in Nashua, NH, in 1991 to Eileen and Brian Kelly. He graduated with honors from Suffolk University in Boston, where he excelled academically and athletically as a key member of its championship tennis team. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:01:55 EST Seeking senior redemption When J.P. Pyne went to Clark University to be interviewed for the school's vacant head baseball coaching job last fall, he saw a familiar face and had an inkling he was at the right place. Former Nashua High School South pitcher Joe Gouveia and Pyne, the former coach at Daniel Webster College, had a history, and Gouveia was part of the interview process. "Joe's great," Pyne said. "I actually recruited him at Daniel Webster College a little bit. It was sort of a small world thing. Tue, 03 May 2016 08:01:05 EST Performing arts study is realistic It seems clear enough that the arts have a vital role to play in downtown Nashua. They may even go a long way toward helping to solidify the very identity of downtown. Last weekend's Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival was a perfect prelude to this week's rollout of a $22,500 preliminary study commissioned by the city to look at whether it makes sense to build a performing arts center in downtown Nashua. Hundreds of people descended on downtown for the weekend arts festival, which featured the three public ARTventures sculptures, an estimated 40 artisans selling their work and a couple of pianos - yup, honest to goodness pianos - that people immediately took to and started to play right there on the street. "I'm very encouraged," said Paul Shea, executive director of Nashua's Great American Downtown and a lead organizer of the festival. So encouraged that he hopes to repeat the event next year, with more musicians added to the mix. "I think making an event about art but also about people being encouraged to come and share their talent - whether it be on the piano or guitar or other instruments - I think that has some real potential." With the Sights and Sounds festival having provided an overture of sorts, Nashua residents who have been pushing for a new performing arts venue in the city for the last 15 years will get a chance tonight, Tuesday, May 3, to hear from the consultant they hired to explore the idea. Duncan Webb, president of Webb Management Services Inc., said the company assessed the market for the arts in Nashua, demand for performance space, the current landscape of performance facilities in the region and the city's goals for the future. Among the preliminary findings: that Nashua could accommodate two performing arts centers - a 300- to 400-seat facility and one that would accommodate roughly 750 seats. Anyone who had it in their mind that Nashua should build the sort of facility that could draw touring national acts may be disappointed with Webb's finding, but they shouldn't be. One of the first principles in contemplating big public works projects is that they need to be grounded in reality, and this study honors that. The fact is, the city is pretty boxed in when it comes to larger venues. Twenty minutes to the north sits the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, which seats more than 11,000 for concerts; closer than that is the Tsongas Center in Lowell, which can accommodate more than 7,000 concertgoers; Lowell Memorial Auditorium seats 2,800; and even larger venues can be found a little farther away in Boston and Worcester. The best part of the study is the recommendation that the city seek out a partner or partners in whatever it decides to do. "There is an opportunity to develop new facilities in and for Nashua, but our approach is that it has to be all about partnerships," Webb said. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:05:19 EST Man charged with assaulting, holding relative captive NASHUA - Police officers who responded late Saturday night to a Hills Ferry Road home for a report of a suicidal man soon determined that the man had allegedly assaulted a family member, then threatened to kill her while holding her captive in the basement, police said. James D. Brennan, 20, of 122 Hills Ferry Road, was taken into custody just before midnight Saturday, roughly 40 minutes after the alleged victim, an adult female, managed to escape through a bulkhead, then run to a nearby wooded area where she called police, according to court documents. The woman reported that, moments after she fled the home, Brennan left her a voice message in which he stated "he was going to end it all," according to police reports on file at the court. Noting he has a history of suicidal attempts, the victim told police she was "afraid he was actually going to go through with it," according to the reports. Brennan was held over the weekend and  arraigned Monday morning in Nashua district court on four charges, including one count of kidnapping and a companion count of kidnapping-domestic violence, both of which are felonies; and one count of simple assault and a companion count of simple assault-domestic violence. Judge Paul Moore ordered bail set at $10,000 cash only, pending a probable cause hearing set for 8:15 a.m. May 12 in the Nashua court. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:04:55 EST Substance use forum for Nashua teens, parents NASHUA - The Nashua Prevention Coalition will host a community forum next Monday on substance use that will include a panel of experts on addiction, treatment and recovery. The "Building Hopeful Futures" program begins at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at the Nashua High School South auditorium. While it is specifically geared for parents of high school students, the public is welcome to the free event. "This will give parents and community members a better idea of what they could potentially do in their own homes...and (will) give some great scientific evidence on how addiction affects teenagers," Nashua Prevention Coalition director Janet Valuk said Monday. The program will also feature a discussion of the 2015 Nashua High School Youth Risk and Behavior Survey Results. It is being offered in response to help people better understand drug addiction and use in light of the high level of overdoses that continue to occur in the city. The state Medical Examiner's last figures - updated last month - showed 433 people died from drug overdoses in 2015, most as a result of using fentanyl, heroin and other opioid substances. The Nashua Prevention Coalition is a community-based organization that works to increase awareness, education and community involvement in preventing and reducing alcohol and other drug use among Nashua children and teens. The forum will begin with opening remarks from Mayor Jim Donchess. Dr. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:04:30 EST Nashuans seek deals, reminisce as The Sports Authority closing looms NASHUA - The Sports Authority store on Daniel Webster Highway will close its doors for good, after the privately held Colorado-based company announced it would not be able to reorganize following its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The retailer, which according to Forbes operates over 450 stores in 45 states, had announced that it would seek to reorganize itself but later withdrew that statement in favor of a complete liquidation of its assets after it failed to reach agreement with its creditors. While the liquidation continues nationwide, shoppers in New Hampshire have been rushing to buy what they can for a reduced price. On Sunday, the line for checkout at the Nashua store held at least two dozen people just an hour before the store closed for the evening. One of the customers looking for a deal was Jarred Bailey, of Nashua, who hurried through the rain toward his car in the store's parking lot on Monday. Bailey said he knew the store wouldn't be around much longer. "I've known about it for a while and I needed cleats for my son," he said. "When I was younger, I used to come here a lot, back 10 years ago. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:37:18 EST Steel Magnolias ready to bloom NASHUA - A different kind of girls' night out will be on display when the Panther Players present an all-female production of Steel Magnolias this Friday and Saturday at Nashua High School South. "It's about six women in the 1980s - about their relationships, friendship and trust and how they navigate the worst-case scenario in their lives," said Kimberly D'Agnese, drama director and adviser at Nashua High School South. Steel Magnolias originally opened as a play in the 1980s before the iconic Hollywood adaption starring Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah and Shirley MacLaine hit the screen in 1989. One of the best lines to convey a spirit of the show is, "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion," D'Agnese said. Although the play and movie pre-date all the student actors, D'Agnese said the students chose the play. "It was definitely an interesting choice. The students voted for the one they wanted out of four options, and this was it," she said. The play will feature six cast members and eight student crew members. "It's a diverse group, we have at least one senior and mostly sophomores," she said. D'Agnese said all six leading ladies seemed to be familiar with the show. "When we did our first read-through ... Tue, 03 May 2016 07:36:20 EST Nashua police arrest alleged methamphetamine distributor NASHUA - A motor vehicle stop by a police officer, who was patrolling the area of the Fireside Inn on St. Laurent Street about three weeks ago, led to the arrest of a Merrimack man on various drug-related charges, police said. Donald E. Jennings, 30, last known address of 24 Flintlock Lane, Apt. 26, Merrimack, was arraigned Monday in Nashua district court on one count each of possession of methamphetamine, second offense; possession of fentanyl, second offense; possession of heroin, second offense; and possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, second offense, all of which are felony offenses. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:35:01 EST Nashua signs onto My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Nashua signed on to the My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge on Monday, making New Hampshire the 50th state in the nation to join the White House initiative aimed at helping youth succeed in life. "Nashua's acceptance of the MBK Challenge means all 50 of the United States are aimed at (building) brighter futures for America's young people," Mayor Jim Donchess said in announcing the program at City Hall. Reducing violence, ensuring the city's public school children come to school emotionally, mentally, physically and socially ready to learn, and making sure all children can read and compute at grade level by the time they are in third grade are the first goals the initiative will pursue, Donchess said. The initial goals not only meet priorities set by My Brother's Keeper, but also those of his administration, Donchess said, while flanked by community leaders who will play key roles in the effort. President Obama launched the initiative in 2014 to encourage communities through public-private partnerships to develop strategies to improve the prospects and outcomes for young people. Since then, more than 200 mayors and community leaders from 49 states have accepted the challenge, Donchess said. Nashua is the first community in New Hampshire to sign on, he added. More than 30 languages are spoken in the city's public schools, the mayor said. About 43 percent of its students receive free or reduced hot lunches, which he said indicates they are economically disadvantaged, and 37 percent of the students are children of color, he added. Members of the city's Cultural Connections Committee, educators, law enforcement, health and human services workers and other community leaders will hold a summit on May 19 at Rivier University to review city policies and resources and create a strategic plan tailored to meet Nashua's needs. "Today is a blank slate. Tue, 03 May 2016 07:00:36 EST Nashua baseball pining away We miss J.P. Pyne. And you know what? The Nashua baseball community should, too. Let's face it, we were better off with him in the area. He did what certainly looked like the impossible, turning the Daniel Webster College program into a regional force with two NCAA Division III tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013. He worked at some point for the all the recent minor league teams at Holman Stadium. He was the pitching coach for the Nashua Silver Knights last title team in 2012 and manager of the team the last time it made it to the Futures Collegiate League Championship. He's a winner. Mon, 02 May 2016 07:05:22 EST ‘Artists on Review’ kicks off week-long exhibit in Nashua Almost every known material or natural element seemed to be represented in one way or another Sunday afternoon throughout five floors of R.J. Finlay's 30 Temple St. building, where scores of visitors joined local artists for the opening reception of "Artists on Review," an exhibit and sale that will be on display through Friday. Hosted by Finlay and venerable arts enthusiast Meri Goyette, and sponsored or otherwise supported by a slew of civic-minded individuals, groups and businesses, the so-called "Pop Up" show's reception capped a two-day celebration of the arts that began with Saturday's inaugural Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival throughout downtown Nashua. Various works ranging from sculptures, photography, handmade furniture and paintings and other unique creations in all kinds of media will give visitors "a great opportunity to explore a wealth of work from local creatives" through Friday, according to organizers. The Saturday festival and Sunday's reception and meet-the-artists event also served as a sort of appetizer for the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, the opening reception for which is Thursday, May 12. For more information on the reception and symposium, see accompanying information box. Several members of the Nashua Area Artists Association took turns showing visitors around ArtHub, the group's collaborative art gallery and workshop that recently occupied a bright, airy space on the ground floor of 30 Temple St. Conversation occasionally touched upon this year's Greeley Park Art Show, which will be the 63rd edition of the popular weekend event. It will take place on Aug. Mon, 02 May 2016 07:02:27 EST Scholars Here are recent college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE Courtney Fuller, of Merrimack, was one of 12 Champlain College students who planned and hosted an interactive street art showcase at Champlain College's campus in Dublin, Ireland. The students, from Champlain College's Stiller School of Business and Division of Communication & Creative Media, have been planning the event all semester as part of their coursework in the Creative Dublin class, which is run from Champlain's academic center in Dublin, Ireland. Champlaign College is located in Burlington, Vt. DEAN COLLEGE The School of the Arts at Dean College, in Franklin, Mass., performed "Hair" April 6-10. Included in the cast was: Ethan Kraus of Nashua. FAIRFIELD UNIVESITY These local students received dean's list honors for the fall 2015 semester at Fairfield (Ct.) University. FROM HUDSON: Taylor L. Sun, 01 May 2016 09:00:37 EST Blood Drives The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 3: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack. 2-7 p.m. Sun, 01 May 2016 08:02:28 EST