Nashua - Nashuatelegraph.com | Web Feeds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/feeds/topics/nashua Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us pkincade@nashuatelegraph.com onlineeditor@nh.com Winter Holiday Stroll in Nashua on Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1052365-308/winter-holiday-stroll-in-nashua-on-saturday.html NASHUA – The Winter Holiday Stroll will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, in downtown Nashua, with more than 75 options. You’ll find old favorites such as the ice carvings on City Hall Plaza and the New Hampshire Astronomical Society in Bicentennial Park, and Santa Claus will be waiting for visitors at the Hunt Memorial Building. There also will be Homes for the Holidays; a gingerbread house contest organized by the teen youth group of St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, held 4-9 p.m. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:01:43 EST Fading tradition lives on at Stellos Stadium http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1052210-457/fading-tradition-lives-on-at-stellos-stadium.html The day has finally arrived. It’s been a long wait for the Nashua High School North and South football teams, but they finally get to take the Motta Field turf at Stellos Stadium for an actual game on Thursday morning. The question we ask: Is and will the wait be worth it? This year, you can certainly argue yes,  it is. The annual North-South Turkey Bowl game, which never counts in the standings but certainly isn’t treated like an NFL preseason game, provides North coach Jason Robie one last shot at a win before he ends his Titans career. Hey, it even gives popular longtime public address announcer Bob Bates one final gridiron call. Bates will do hockey this winter across the street at Conway Arena but that will be it. The game certainly draws a big crowd, although the directed parking is perhaps a bit much. It’s a fun atmosphere, a fun event, and despite all its flaws, it’s worth having. It was worth having back at Holman Stadium when it was Nashua versus Bishop Guertin. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:12 EST John R. Mackenzie http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052324-466/john-r.-mackenzie.html Mackenzie, John R. A resident of Nashua, New Hampshire passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a period of failing health. He was 84. John was born in Scotland on 5 September 1930 and immigrated to the United States with his wife and son in 1957. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:00:10 EST Leeann (Wardner) Belbin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052325-466/leeann-wardner-belbin.html Leeann (Wardner) Belbin, 48, of Hudson, NH passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 20, 2014. She was the daughter of John Wardner and the late Cheryl Fucile. Leeann graduated from Alvirne High School. She was a proud mother with a generous, loving heart. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:00:16 EST Insurance company donating to Front Door Agency in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1052338-478/insurance-company-donating-to-front-door-agency.html NASHUA – In lieu of sending holiday greeting cards to clients this year, Marc Berube, president of Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency in Nashua and Milford, announced that the agency will donate those funds to the Front Door Agency. Since 1987, the Front Door Agency has been carrying out its mission to offer support and provide services to help individuals and families transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. The organization accomplishes this through its five core programs: prevention and intervention of homelessness, permanent affordable housing, transitional housing program, crisis advocacy and resource education, and financial literacy. “The Front Door Agency’s programs have made a life-changing impact on thousands of low-income families in our community,” Berube said. “We are glad to lend our support to a local charity this holiday season, and we encourage other local businesses and individuals to do the same.” “Eaton and Berube Insurance has been a longtime supporter of our agency,” said Maryse Wirbal, chief executive officer of the Front Door. “Their commitment to the community is inspiring, as they support so many nonprofits in our area. “We are extremely grateful for their generosity. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:00:18 EST Front Door Agency in Nashua names suite for Hollis supporters http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1052341-478/front-door-agency-in-nashua-names-suite.html NASHUA – The Front Door Agency recently dedicated a suite at the Norwell Home on Concord Street to Hollis residents Jim and Sandy Healy. The Healys have been longtime supporters of the agency’s mission to help families transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. As founder and former president of Healy Systems in Hudson, Healy designed and patented several vapor recovery systems that significantly reduce emissions at the gas pump. In operation for more than 40 years, Healy Systems was sold to Franklin Electric Co. in 2006. The Norwell Home provides a temporary home and structured support program for up to eight homeless mothers and their children. Women in the program are required to work, further their educations and/or volunteer while they receive housing and case management support. “We are honored to recognize the Healys for their strong financial support of our work in the community,” said Maryse Wirbal, CEO of the Front Door Agency. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:00:39 EST India Association of NH holds Diwali at Nashua North to celebrate 25 years of service http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1052343-478/india-association-of-nh-holds-diwali-at.html NASHUA – The India Association of New Hampshire culminated its 25th year of service in the community with its annual Diwali event on Nov. 8 at Nashua High School North. More than 500 people attended to celebrate the season. The evening began with a welcome note by IANH Vice President Balaji Radhakrishnan, followed by some wonderful musical renditions and dance performances in beautiful costumes by the children and adults of the community. The masters of ceremonies were Usha Natarajan, Sneha Jacob and Kuhu Wadhwa. The performances of dance and music were not only presented by students of local teachers Neha Parikh, Jasmine Shah, Nikita Rao, Himanshi Patel, Sandhya Sridhar, Jyoti Sharma and Sumana Sinha, but also included self-choreographed pieces by parents and youth. The time and effort that went into each of the performance was commendable. The guest performer was Anuradha Palakurthi, whose song renditions brought a multitude of colors to the evening. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:00:51 EST Nashua Children’s Home receives $10,000 grant from bank http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1052346-478/nashua-childrens-home-receives-10000-grant-from.html The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, has contributed $10,000 to the Nashua Children’s Home toward the operation of its transitional living program. The Nashua Children’s Home, 125 Amherst St., founded in 1903, provides residential care, special education and transitional living services for at-risk youths. The transitional living program provides housing, staff support and advocacy for young people who have aged out of the child-protective or juvenile justice system and must make the transition to adulthood at age 18 absent financial support from their families of origin. It is only through the charitable intentions of benefactors such as the TD Charitable Foundation that the Nashua Children’s Home can sustain its transitional living program, which operates solely via private funding. A commitment to involvement in the community is an element of the TD Bank philosophy. Its foundation provides support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives,  many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families. For more information, including an grant application, visit www.tdbank.com. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:01:03 EST The long wait is nearly over for Titans, Panthers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1052209-457/the-long-wait-is-nearly-over-for.html It hasn’t been the best of seasons for both the Nashua High School North and South football teams. But, it’s going to end on a good note for one of them, regardless. Thursday at 10 a.m. the teams will square off in their annual Turkey Bowl battle at Stellos Stadium, with South coming in with a 4-5 record, losing out on a playoff berth in the West Conference due to tiebreakers. The Titans, meanwhile, are coming in at 2-7 and haven’t tasted victory in nearly two months. “I guess (a win) doesn’t make it all better, but it makes it feel a little bit better,” South coach Scott Knight said. “Usually other teams that win their last game are teams that win the finals. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:07 EST Police identify Oak Street girl who died Tuesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052268-469/police-identify-oak-street-girl-who-died.html NASHUA – Police Wednesday night identified the 3-year-old girl who died under suspicious circumstances Tuesday as Brielle Gage, who lived at the 14 Oak St. apartment that police have treated as a crime scene since they answered a 911 call there Tuesday morning. The girl was rushed to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center with serious injuries, police said, and was pronounced dead a short time later. Police said Tuesday that they and ambulance personnel responded to 14 Oak St. after receiving the 911 call from that location around 11:30 a.m. The apartment house is on the corner of Oak and Walnut streets in downtown Nashua. Late Tuesday, police widened the crime scene to include a neighboring apartment house at 119 Walnut St., but the reason was not released. Police said state Chief Medical Examiner Thomas A. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:04:01 EST Nashua man charged with trying to hit another man with his car http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052270-469/nashua-man-charged-with-trying-to-hit.html NASHUA – Police arrested a local man on a felony reckless conduct charge early Tuesday morning, shortly after he allegedly drove his vehicle at another man during a confrontation, police said. Jason Marshall, 22, of 20 University Drive, is scheduled to be  arraigned Wednesday morning at Nashua district court. Police said Marshall was held on $5,000 cash or surety bail pending the arraignment. The incident that led to Marshall’s arrest unfolded shortly before 1 a.m. when police were called for a report of a motor vehicle accident near 420 South Main St., which is on the campus of Rivier University. Police said arriving officers learned that a 19-year-old man had been thrown from atop a moving vehicle during a confrontation between Marshall and a group of other young men. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:00:28 EST John R. Mackenzie http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052303-466/john-r.-mackenzie.html Mackenzie, John R. A resident of Nashua, New Hampshire passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a period of failing health. He was 84. John was born in Scotland on 5 September 1930 and immigrated to the United States with his wife and son in 1957. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:01:15 EST Robert D. Guerette http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052304-466/robert-d.-guerette.html Robert Douglas Guerette, 71, of Goffstown and formerly of Nashua and Milford, died Tuesday morning, November 25, 2014 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester after a period of declining health. Born in Nashua on February 14, 1943, he was a son of the late Raymond E. and Viola L. (Snyder) Guerette. Bob was educated in local schools and graduated from Nashua High School Class of 1961. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:01:22 EST New Business Bio: GCS Studios LLC http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/newbusinessbio/1052308-464/new-business-bio-gcs-studios-llc.html Name of business: GCS Studios LLC. Type of business: Recording studio/entertainment company. Main location: 115 Main St., Nashua. Company website address: www.gcsstudios.com. Social media website address: www.facebook.com/pages/GCS-Studios-LLC/146442278732281. Date began business in southern New Hampshire: Feb. 1. Date opened at this location:  Feb. 1. Is this a franchise? No. Owner: Matthew Feehan Manager: Matthew Feehan. Days/Hours: Appointment only. Number of full-time employees: One. Highlights of products and services: GCS Studios utilizes Pro Tools HD, which is the industry standard in audio recording software. GCS Studios has top-of-the-line gear and plug-ins to ensure the highest-quality sound. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:01:55 EST Online or in class, public health is a new focus of degrees at Rivier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052295-469/online-or-in-class-public-health-is.html NASHUA – Rivier University has been granting degrees in ways to improve the health of the public since it was founded in 1933, but perhaps surprisingly, only recently have those degrees included public health. That changed with the creation this year of a bachelor’s degree in public health and, as of January, an online-only masters degree in the topic. Those additions weren’t made on a whim; just read the news. “Look at Ebola. It used to be just a problem in Africa, but it was just a matter of time before it became our health problem here. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:15:07 EST Nashua’s sewer, gas line upgrades to close some French Hill streets http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052286-469/nashuas-sewer-gas-line-upgrades-to-close.html Utility work in the French Hill area continues as crews upgrade sewer and gas service under a handful of downtown streets. “We’re making good progress,” said Department of Public Works director Lisa Fauteux. Fauteux said the department received an additional $1 million for the department’s paving program, making the crews “able to do more than in the past. We need more. This certainly helps a lot,” she said. The work in the Tolles Street and Chandler Street area is expected to take two weeks to complete. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:18:32 EST Nashua chief to ask aldermen to pull licenses for pawn shops cited in fencing scheme http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052202-469/nashua-chief-to-ask-aldermen-to-pull.html NASHUA – Nashua Police Chief John Seusing wants to pull two city pawn shop licenses following this month’s arrests of their owners for allegedly taking in thousands of dollars in goods stolen from local homes and businesses. The chief will ask the Board of Aldermen to schedule a hearing to revoke pawnbroker and secondhand dealer licenses held by Nashua Pawn at 83 Main St. and Family Pawn at 433 Main St. The request follows the break-up earlier this month of an alleged theft and fencing racket that resulted in at least nine arrests. Family Pawn owner Hai Phuoc Ho and employee Lan Tran each were charged with receiving stolen property, a Class A felony, in connection with the ring, Seusing wrote in his request for a hearing. Police found “hundreds of stolen items worth thousands of dollars” during a search of their 20 Cox St. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:16:00 EST Jamie McNamee http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052218-466/jamie-mcnamee.html Jamie McNamee died in comfort and peace in the early morning hours of November 24th. Born James M. McNamee, Jr., he was the second child of James and Mary Louise McNamee, both late of Nashua. Jamie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:43 EST Virginia A. “Ginger” Savard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052219-466/virginia-a.-ginger-savard.html Virginia A. “Ginger” Savard, 78, of Nashua, widow of David A. Savard, died Saturday evening, November 22, 2014, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a period of declining health. A lifelong Nashua resident, she was born here on February 26, 1936, a daughter of the late Edward and Albina F. (Lemperczyk) Teresewich. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:49 EST Anthony V. Alterio http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052220-466/anthony-v.-alterio.html Anthony V. Alterio, 84, of Nashua passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Kindred Healthcare, Greenbriar, in Nashua. Anthony was born in Boston, MA, on August 3, 1930, a son of the late Sebastian and Elvira (Commito) Alterio. He was the husband of Claire (Boulanger) Alterio of Nashua. Anthony served our country with the US Air Force. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed by Raytheon for many years. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:01:57 EST James D. Barrett http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052221-466/james-d.-barrett.html James D. Barrett died in Manchester, NH, on November 12th at the age of 52. James is survived by his mother, Lois B. Hall from Venice, Florida; his wife, Sarah Ferguson Barrett, whom he married on September 29, 2014; his sons, Nathan James Barrett and Tyler James Barrett, both of Canterbury, NH; his grandson, Carter James Barrett; his brother, Jeffrey Barrett and his wife Lisa of Winchester, NH; his sister, Janet Steeves and her husband John of Milford, NH; his stepbrothers, Douglas Hall, of Newtown, OH; and Bruce Hall of Sugarland, TX; stepsister, Pam Twist of Belgrade, ME; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased in death by his father Clarence H. Barrett, Jr. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:04 EST Ronald R. LaVallee http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052222-466/ronald-r.-lavallee.html Ronald R. LaVallee, Sr., 73, of Nashua, NH, passed away on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital after a brave, five-year battle with cancer. Ron was born on September 26, 1941. The second child born to Maurice and Annette (Vaillancourt) LaVallee, formerly of Nashua, Ron lived and worked in Nashua all of his life. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:10 EST Nashua BOE: No alcohol at Keefe Auditorium http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052224-469/nashua-boe-no-alcohol-at-keefe-auditorium.html NASHUA – Nashua school board members refused a proposal to allow alcohol sales at the Keefe Auditorium inside a city middle school at a meeting Monday night. The proposal by Symphony NH and the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce would have changed the district’s policy banning alcohol to allow beer and wine at symphony performances. The proposal was defeated in a 5-4 vote despite the school board and Chamber of Commerce surveys showing support for the change. School board members voting against the proposal said they felt the policy would not be in the best interest of the students and district. Board of Education member Elizabeth Van Twuyver said changing the policy could “open a can of worms.” “Is a ‘drug free school zone’ only drug and alcohol free sometimes?” she said. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:13:01 EST Nashua Habitat volunteers recovering from fall; agency plans safety review http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052229-469/nashua-habitat-volunteers-recovering-from-fall-agency.html NASHUA – The 47-year-old Greater Nashua habitat for Humanity volunteer who suffered serious injuries Saturday when he and another volunteer fell from the roof of a Chestnut Street house has been transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital to continue his recovery, a Habitat official said Monday. Leah Shuldiner, executive director of the Nashua Habitat chapter, said she didn’t have any updated information on the men’s condition or the incident, which occurred around 1:40 p.m. Saturday as the men, both volunteers, were installing roofing tiles on the two-family home at 45-47 Chestnut St. Shuldiner did say she received word that the second man, who is 56, has been released from St. Joseph Hospital, where he was treated for a foot injury. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:56 EST Salvation Army kettle season is officially underway in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052230-469/salvation-army-kettle-season-is-officially-underway.html NASHUA – Bells have been ringing and generous donors have already been dropping dollars and coins into those little red kettles, but as of Monday, thanks to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Nashua Salvation Army Major David Moore, the agency’s annual Christmas Kettle Drive is now officially underway. Under clearing skies and balmy temperatures, Lozeau and Moore, along with Salvation Army community relations manager Amie Groff and advisory board members Kathy Moraros and Chris Stawasz, gathered in front of City Hall around a tripod holding a typical red kettle, picked up hand bells and on cue began ringing in the 2014 season. “We’re grateful for the support we get from the city,” Moore said, thanking Lozeau for taking the time to help with the kickoff and for helping the Salvation Army with its mission of reaching out to give a hand up, rather than a hand out, to local residents who struggle during the holiday season. Holiday season shoppers from grocery stores to supermarkets and downtown street corners to special events are accustomed to the familiar ring-a-ling-a-ling from bells manned most often by volunteers who stand aside the kettles and greet passersby with smiles and best wishes of the season. In Nashua, bell ringers range from company CEOs to firefighters to entire families to workaday men and women who, no matter how busy their schedules, manage to set aside chunks of time to tend a kettle. Salvation Army kettle-drive organizers from Nashua to Coos County, and from New Hampshire to the West Coast, pretty much share the same goal: Raising funds critical to maintaining their food pantries, their emergency assistance, senior assistance and after-school programs and their summer camps for children whose families can’t afford to send them to camp without financial assistance. And while the bright red kettles, ringing bells and volunteers who often don Santa caps and play, and sometimes even sing, Christmas carols are typically associated with the holiday season, the revenue the kettles generate is used year-round. How kettles came to symbolize Salvation Army holiday-season fundraising efforts can be traced back more than a century to Joseph McFee, a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco. Distressed over the growing number of impoverished families he knew were going hungry, McFee vowed one year to provide a free Christmas dinner for as many people as he could. But McFee faced a major hurdle: Finding the funds to fulfill his commitment. As the days passed, his thoughts turned to a giant, iron kettle he remembered seeing at a boat landing in Liverpool, England, the city in which he grew up. Recalling that people often tossed coins into the kettle – called “Simpson’s Pot” – as a way to help the city’s poor, McFee found a pot, brought it down to a San Francisco boat landing and put up a sign reading, “keep the pot boiling.” It worked; by Christmas he had the funds to feed the poor. The idea spread east, and in 1901, a decade after McFee’s successful experiment, kettle contributions in New York City provided funds for the first mammoth sit-down Christmas dinner in Madison Square Garden, a tradition that continued for many years. Today, kettle drives nationally assist an estimated 4.5 million people during the holiday season. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS). Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:03:02 EST New look for established city business http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1052250-469/new-look-for-established-city-business.html Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:00:15 EST Pepperell man charged in Hollis with identity fraud http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052203-469/pepperell-man-charged-in-hollis-with-identity.html HOLLIS – A Pepperell, Mass. man arrested Sunday for allegedly using a stolen credit card belonging to a Hollis resident was arraigned Monday in Nashua District Court, police said. Branden R. Zane, 25, of Nashua Road in Pepperell, faces charges of identity fraud, a Class A felony, and fraudulent use of a credit card, a Class A misdemeanor, according to police. Hollis officers arrested Zane at Nashua Police headquarters, where he was being held after Nashua police arrested him on unrelated drug charges, police said. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:45:32 EST Jennifer B. Demers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052166-466/jennifer-b.-demers.html Jennifer Blair Demers, 33, of Merrimack, NH, died unexpectedly in Nashua on Wednesday evening, November 19, 2014. A resident of Merrimack for most of her life, Jennifer was born in Exeter, NH on June 26, 1981, a daughter of Hedley J. Demers of Merrimack and Patricia E. Powell of Nashua. Jennifer was educated in Merrimack schools and was employed as a sales woman at The Walking Company at the Pheasant Lane Mall. Jennifer was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Besides her parents, Jennifer is survived by a daughter, Talia Tamposi; a sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Brian Fredette of Merrimack; a half brother, Max Belanger; three nephews, Cameron, Connor and Caden Fredette; also aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. A period of visitation will be held at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua on Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:40 EST Scouts bring early Thanksgiving to Front Door Agency’s Norwell Home http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052178-469/scouts-bring-early-thanksgiving-to-front-door.html NASHUA – Thanksgiving came early this year for moms and children in the Front Door Agency’s Transitional Housing program, and from all accounts it looks like that trend will continue for Thanksgivings to come. Thanks to the efforts of the leaders and scouts of Boy Scout Troop 773, associated with Nashua’s St. Christopher Church, nearly three dozen residents of the program’s Norwell Home were not only served a traditional Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings Sunday afternoon, but welcomed and entertained as well before they sat down to dinner. “It’s really nice for them to go out of their way, to do something like this for us,” said Michelle Despres, who has lived at Norwell Home with her two children for about seven months. Despres said the special treatment they got for about three hours Sunday was just that – special. “It’s definitely nice to sit back and have all of this done for us,” she said. “It’s not often we have a chance to relax like this.” Perhaps the coolest part about the whole thing was that the scouts reached out to the Front Door Agency, rather than the other way around. “They called me,” Transitional Housing Program director Becky Gagne said with a big smile. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:00:26 EST Plans ready for Holiday Stroll http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052179-469/plans-ready-for-holiday-stroll.html People are encouraged to use free shuttle service for this year’s Winter Holiday Stroll, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 29 from 5-10 p.m. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking at 3 p.m. Revelers can catch a ride courtesy of the City of Nashua and First Student Transportation from Holman Stadium between 4 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:00:33 EST What government offices are open when on Thanksgiving week. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052186-469/what-government-offices-are-open-when-on.html Here are some changes happening in local government schedules next week due to Thanksgiving, on Thursday: All city and town halls and government offices, including courts and post offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Curbside trash collection in Nashua and Hudson will not happen on Thanksgiving Day. Both communities will have Thursday’s pickup on Friday, and Friday’s pickup on Saturday. All public libraries are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many have adjustments on other days of the week, including: Nashua Public Library is closing early on Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m. Milford public library is also closing early Wednesday, at 5 p.m., and will also be closed all day Friday, Nov. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:01:11 EST Nashua school board to take up alcohol at Keefe Center issue Monday night http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052187-469/nashua-school-board-to-take-up-alcohol.html NASHUA – Local performing-arts patrons who like the option of enjoying a glass or two of wine or beer while taking in a play or concert and those who feel alcohol has no place at any event in a city school will all be watching Monday night when the Nashua Board of Education once again takes up the issue. Behind the controversy is a seemingly benign proposal by city business and performing arts groups to allow beer and wine to be served during events at the Edmund M. Keefe Center for the Arts. The request quickly mushroomed into a robust debate because the venue, which is the city’s largest, also happens to be within the Elm Street Middle School. The Board of Education, which meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the board room at Nashua High North, is expected to decide whether to act on a recommendation by its Policy Committee “to develop a workable policy” for alcohol service at performances by Symphony NH and other non-school cultural groups. The board could choose to not follow the recommendation, an outcome that would most likely keep in effect the district’s policy that prohibits alcohol in city public schools under any circumstances. Also on Monday’s agenda are three recommendations by the board’s finance and operations committee to approve its capital improvement and deferred maintenance plan; to approve a batting cage for Nashua High North; and to approve transfers from October. Members are also scheduled to review a recommendation from the curriculum and evaluation committee to approve the final draft of the program of studies for the 2015-16 school year. As for the alcohol policy debate, the original proposal was floated by Chamber of Commerce President Chris Williams, who in early September asked the Board of Education to consider allowing alcohol at Keefe. He pointed out at the time that the venue hosts a wide variety of events, mostly outside of regular school hours, and while the district’s no-alcohol policy is appropriate for obvious reasons, he and others from the business and arts communities also felt that excepting certain events at the Keefe Center wouldn’t defy the main intent of the policy. Williams said on Sunday that if the board elects to pursue working up a policy, its wording would “be entirely up to the board to decide.” Among the chief proponents of a policy to allow alcohol at non-school, after-hours events at the Keefe Center is Symphony NH, whose director, Eric Valliere, said in September that the idea is to “add to the experience of the people going to the concerts.” Williams said that when he and Valliere introduced the idea, they told the school board “it would be up to them” to limit who it applies to. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:01:20 EST Nashua resident completes outdoor leadership course http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1052188-478/nashua-resident-completes-outdoor-leadership-course.html LANDER, Wyo. – Ian Hefflefinger, 20, of Nashua, recently completed a wilderness expedition traveling in the Rocky Mountains with the National Outdoor Leadership School. During the Rock and River course, students did not have access to modern conveniences and were challenged to step outside their comfort zones. Hefflefinger, his 12 classmates and three instructors began the course with a nine-day river section in the Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River in Utah. The group traveled with three oar rigs, one paddle raft and nine kayaks. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:01:24 EST Candy buy-back by Landmark Dental Care in Nashua nets 302 pounds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1052189-478/candy-buy-back-by-landmark-dental-care-in.html NASHUA – Landmark Dental Care held its fourth annual Halloween Candy Buy-back in November, collecting a staggering 302 pounds this year. Among those who brought candy in were members of Girl Scout Troop 10203, who amassed 222 pounds. The money Troop 10203 earned by collecting candy is  going to help buy farm animals and seeds to help fight hunger and poverty through Catholic Relief Services. All of the candy collected is donated to the Nashua Armory to be added to care packages for troops overseas. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:01:28 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Nov. 24 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1052190-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--nov.-24.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION CLASSES St. Joseph Hospital’s Community Health Education will offer the following free classes. To register, or for more information: 595-3168 or stjosephhospital.com. Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide to Mind-Body Techniques: 4-6 p.m. Nov. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:01:35 EST The final football call awaits Bob Bates http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1052043-457/the-final-football-call-awaits-bob-bates.html Well, we’ve survived the first chill. It could be worse, we all could be living in Buffalo. So that’s the first thing to give thanks for this week. Here’s a pre-holiday sampler of some tasty tids and bits to munch on while watching the New England Patriots cruise past the Detroit Lions: First, the annual Turkey Bowl between Nashua High School North and South won’t be the last one for just Titans coach Jason Robie. It will be the final football call for esteemed public address announcer Bob Bates. Bates revealed several months ago this would be his last year of several that he’s been announcing games, and it will all end this winter with the final home games for Nashua South boys ice hockey at Conway Arena. But you can bet that the last gridiron game on Thursday will bring back a flood of memories and emotions. “My feelings? That’s a tall order,” Bates said in an email. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:00:07 EST Raising a glass to the process http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1052073-465/raising-a-glass-to-the-process.html We don’t envy the choice facing the Nashua Board of Education, which has before it a request that non-school groups like Symphony-NH be allowed to sell beer and wine inside the Edmund M. Keefe Center for the Arts, which is located within the Elm Street Middle School. The board is being asked to alter school district policy forbidding the sale of alcoholic drinks on school property. The board actively sought public input on the matter and, not surprisingly, they received it. An online survey conducted earlier this month drew nearly 900 responses, with a majority in favor of allowing alcohol sales. The split was close enough, though – 57.49 percent to 42.51 percent – to suggest that the board is in a no-win situation regardless of the direction they choose. But before anybody vilifies school board members for voting to do the wrong thing – let’s face it, a lot of people are going to be unhappy no matter how they vote,– we think it’s important to recognize that this is exactly the way a process of this sort should be handled. Board members could have given the matter the ivory tower treatment and pretended to be vested with the sum of all earthly knowledge. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:00:22 EST Live Free … with cavities http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1052080-474/live-free--with-cavities.html Until about a month ago, I don’t think I’d ever given much thought to the fluoride in – or missing from – my tap water. Sure, I knew what it was and knew that it helped my teeth in some way or another. As a kid growing up in rural Pennsylvania, it was in our water, so I just assumed every town – including Nashua – fluoridated their water supplies. They don’t. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:00:55 EST Phyllis (Twardoski) Szydlowski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052087-466/phyllis-twardoski-szydlowski.html Phyllis (Twardoski) Szydlowski, 86, of Nashua, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital. Phyllis was born in Nashua on May 19, 1928, a daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Josephine (Porst) Twardoski. She was the wife of Anthony Szydlowski. Phyllis had been a lifelong Nashua resident, and she was educated in Nashua and Reeds Ferry. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:00:26 EST Phyllis J. Donovan http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052091-466/phyllis-j.-donovan.html Phyllis J. Donovan, 73, of Merrimack, NH, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a brief illness. She was born in Dorchester, MA, on March 24, 1941, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Foley) Fencer. Phyllis attended Dorchester schools and graduated from Framingham State College in Framingham, MA, in 1962. She started teaching in Hull, MA, and then after moving to NH, she was a substitute teacher in Hampstead, NH. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:01:18 EST Alex Starkweather http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052092-466/alex-starkweather.html Alex Starkweather, 16, passed away unexpectedly at his home on November 20, 2014. Alex was born on February 14, 1998, in Peterborough, NH, a son of Wayne Geddes Sr. and Cecile Starkweather. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his brothers and sister. He also liked to play video games. He liked to fish and liked to ride 4-wheelers. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:01:30 EST Gabrielle (Lachance) Ouellet http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052093-466/gabrielle-lachance-ouellet.html Gabrielle (Lachance) Ouellet, 78, of Nashua passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Kindred Healthcare, Greenbriar. Gabrielle was born in Nashua on April 1, 1936, a daughter of the late Henri and Lucille (Valliere) Lachance. She was the widow of Raymond J. Ouellet who died on June 28, 2006. Gabrielle was a lifelong resident of Nashua and she attended local schools. She had been employed with First National Stores for 27 years. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:01:41 EST Janet Marie Leary http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052094-466/janet-marie-leary.html Janet M. Leary, 68, of Nashua, NH, died unexpectedly Friday, November 21, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. Born in Lowell, MA, she was the daughter of the late Owen and Catherine Leary. She grew up in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1963. Janet worked as the Office Manager for Uncle Bob’s Storage in Nashua for many years before retiring in Nashua. She enjoyed online gaming, reading, making doll houses, and playing darts. She is survived by her longtime companion, Richard “Bob” Wark of Nashua, NH; her son, Donald Gitschier of Ashland, NH; three daughters, Lori Breen and her husband William of Nashua, NH; Bonnie Gitschier and her companion Eric Geldard of Nashua, NH; Tracy Russell and her husband, William of Merrimack, NH; two stepsons, Richard and Earl Wark both of Caribou, ME; a step daughter, Chandra Wark of Swampscott, MA; a brother, John O. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:01:47 EST Reverend Albion F. Bulger http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052095-466/reverend-albion-f.-bulger.html The Reverend Albion F. Bulger, 84, of Nashua, a retired Roman Catholic Priest, was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord on Wednesday afternoon, November 19, 2014. Born in Rumford, Maine, on May 17, 193,0 he was a son of the late Albion F. and Emma (McCormack) Bulger. During his youth, Father Bulger attended St. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:01:52 EST Heather A. Fortier http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052096-466/heather-a.-fortier.html Heather A. Fortier, 66, of Merrimack passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua after a brief illness. She was born on December 14, 1947, in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Charles and Winifred (Randal) Jones. Heather is survived by her daughter Justine (Fortier) Anderson and her husband Brian of Texas; her son Andrew Fortier and his wife Melissa (Agrusso) of Nashua, NH; one grandson Brayden Fortier; her brother Anthony Jones of Washington; and her longtime companion Donald Whitney of Wilton, NH. Heather enjoyed crafting and spending time with Donald shopping at flea markets. She loved finding great deals. A small private service will be held for the family. The Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack is handling the arrangements. An online guestbook can be found at  rivetfuneralhome.com. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:01:57 EST Rita C. (Kiser) Mountain http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052097-466/rita-c.-kiser-mountain.html Nashua – Rita C. (Kiser) Mountain, 65, formerly of Ayer, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014, after a lengthy illness, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Nashua. Mrs. Mountain was born in Groton, February 21, 1949, a daughter of Edgar and Rita E. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:02:01 EST No curbside trash pickup in Nashua on Thanksgiving http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052110-469/no-curbside-trash-pickup-in-nashua-on.html Nashua curbside collections of recycling, soft yard wastes and trash will follow the normal schedule from Monday through Wednesday, with no collection on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday routes will be picked up Friday and Friday routes will be picked up Saturday. All containers must be curbside by 6:45 a.m. on collection day, and there must be at least 3 feet between the trash cart and anything else. The Four Hills Landfill/Nashua Recycling Center will be closed on Thanksgiving. In anticipation of high volumes of soft yard wastes, the landfill will be open extended hours for residents on Saturday. However, the scale will close at 12:45 p.m., and only residential soft yard wastes, trash and recycling will be accepted. No construction and demolition debris and no commercial waste will be accepted during the extended hours. A valid residential permit is required to use the facility. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:01:04 EST Four Greater Nashua schools win spots in 31st ‘Granite State Challenge’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052112-469/four-greater-nashua-schools-win-spots-in.html Four Greater Nashua schools have teams among the finalists for the 2015 “Granite State Challenge” after the competition’s “Super Sunday” qualifying event at Plymouth State College last week. Teams from Bishop Guertin, Nashua South and Merrimack high schools and the Academy for Science and Design in Nashua are among the 14 teams that have snatched up one of the 16 spots available for the next round of the competition that quizzes high school students on general knowledge subjects in a team-based format. Teams are quizzed on subjects including math, science, social studies, language and fine arts, along with a mix of current events, sports, entertainment and regional topics. The competition is hosted by Jim Jeannotte. The Nashua area teams were among 54 schools that competed at Plymouth State on Sunday, Nov. 16. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:00:22 EST Fatal Nashua car accident, hunter trapped in mud Telegraph website stories http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052113-469/fatal-nashua-car-accident-hunter-trapped-in.html The contest for the most read story of the week ending Friday on nashuatelegraph.com wasn’t even close, with “Speed was factor in Tinker Road fatal accident” outdistancing the nearest competition by almost double the number of page views. In all, the story was looked at more than 7,200 times. Police were called to the scene late Wednesday evening, when they found a Volvo sedan had veered off the right side of the road and crashed into a bank of trees. Authorities were unable to identify the female victim because the resulting fire burned her body beyond recognition. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Friday. “Nashua hunter trapped two hours in muddy sinkhole in Hudson” was the week’s second most read story, with more than 3,700 page views. Nashua resident Michael Deloria, 27, went out for a few hours of hunting in a wooded area of Hudson on Saturday morning when the earth suddenly gave way beneath him and he began sinking. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:01:11 EST Accreditation group gives St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua ‘top performer’ status for fourth year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052118-469/accreditation-group-gives-st.-joseph-hospital-in.html NASHUA – St. Joseph Hospital has received high marks from a national accreditation group for health care organizations, making it the only hospital in the state to have been called a “top performer on key quality measures” four years in a row. The designation by The Joint Commission, a not-for-profit group that says its certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the country, covers 2013. It concerns collective scores covering “measures of evidence-based care” dealing with issues such as heart failure, perinatal care, surgery, psychiatric services and immunization. St. Joseph was one of seven hospitals out of New Hampshire’s 26 acute-care facilities to gather the top performer status this year, along with Catholic Medical Center in Manchester and Parkland Medical Center in Derry. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:00:56 EST Analysis of NH rail, transit alternatives available http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052120-469/analysis-of-nh-rail-transit-alternatives-available.html Preliminary findings of the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor rail and transit analysis are available online. The site, details the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s proposed rail and transit alternatives presented at a public hearing in Nashua on Thursday. The final report will be out in mid-December. The findings explored a number of options. They ranged from continued reliance on bus service for public transport to expanding Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority commuter rail across the state border as far north as Concord. One option would be to extend MBTA commuter rail from Lowell, Mass., to Manchester, with stops in downtown Manchester, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and two in Nashua. That alternative would cost an estimated $246 million in capital costs – of which the federal government typically bears a significant share – and annual operating costs of $11 million a year. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:01:08 EST Aquarium acquisition may begin fishing expedition to fascinating hobby http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1052122-469/aquarium-acquisition-may-begin-fishing-expedition-to.html Guppies, gourami, platies and snails, mollies, goldfish, sharks and swordtails – all can be found in the tanks of local fish stores waiting to be transferred to the small ecosystems kept by an estimated 22 million tropical fish hobbyists in the United States, according to Freshwater & Marine Aquarium Magazine. Fish watching is relaxing and lowers blood pressure, but tank maintenance requires work. A Mailbag reader offers the opportunity to get in the swim of fish keeping. Fish tank available “I have a few things to give away, including a 30-gallon fish tank with a heavy-duty stand,” writes Joanna R., of Nashua (LTR 3,169). “It will absolutely need to be sanitized before use. “I also have a twin-size mattress, very firm, and a sleep-wedge pillow, 32 by 26 inches with only a 5-inch rise, so it is angled gradually and designed to go under the sheet, not under the mattress. It has a removable cover for laundering. “I can deliver the pillow, but not the other items.” A fish tank and a bed may appear to have nothing in common – unless you consider both are relaxing – come in different sizes, and are found in various locations, including in the Mailbag! Joanna can be found at nanajoanna@myfairpoint.net. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:01:17 EST Blood drives in Greater Nashua – Nov. 23 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1052124-478/blood-drives-in-greater-nashua--nov..html The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 25: The Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:01:26 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/booksauthors/1052130-469/story.html NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited. For more library events, visit nashua telegraph.com/community. NASHUA Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, www.nashualibrary.org. HOLIDAY STROLL EVENTS The Nashua Public Library will host music for children and adults as well as face painting during Nashua’s Winter Holiday Stroll on Nov. 29. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:01:53 EST Nashua South plans to deck the choirs in new gowns and tuxes http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1052136-478/nashua-south-plans-to-deck-the-choirs.html The music department at Nashua High School South has been working to buy gowns and tuxedos for every student in the chorale program. To date, out of the three choirs at South – freshman choir, chorale and concert choir – only the students in the auditioned ensemble, concert choir, have received a gown or tuxedo for performances. “The concert choir members are provided black gowns and tuxedos to use for all performances; the other two ensembles are not provided any type of performance garment,” said Adam Boroskas, the chorus teacher at South. “This is an unfair situation, and is especially difficult for lower-income families that have to purchase concert garments. “Purchasing 120 new gowns and 30 tuxedos will not only balance out this inequality between ensembles and students, but also provide replacement tuxedos for our nearly 20-year-old mismatched current inventory.” The gowns will cost about $60 each after a small discount. Boroskas is working toward buying 120 gowns for freshman choir and chorale, which will cost about $7,200. Most of the tuxedos have all ready been purchased, because there are fewer boys in the vocal groups than girls. Students in freshman choir and chorale are excited about receiving their new performance attire. “I think that new gowns and tuxes will give our choirs a more professional and cohesive look,” sophomore Molly Flanagan said. “With members of our boosters association, we are working on promotional materials for fundraising, as we did last year, with a goal to have all gowns purchased by March of 2015,” Boroskas said. “With the recently purchased concert choir gowns in 2009, tuxedos in 2014 and this last purchase of 120 gowns, all members of the choral program will be appropriately outfitted, and will represent their school and community with pride at our many public performances that are held throughout the year.” Boroskas hopes to have the money raised before the annual Santa Fund concert. “It would be wonderful to say that we will have these gowns for our annual Santa Fund concerts on Dec. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:02:17 EST ASD students give back to the community in many ways http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1052138-478/asd-students-give-back-to-the-community.html Students at the Academy for Science and Design have a long history of giving back to the community. Though having to complete 150 stewardship hours during their high school years is a graduation requirement, that isn’t why most students choose to volunteer their free time to help out at a variety of causes. “I have always tried to teach my children by example,” said ASD staff member Amy Bewley, who has two of her children at the school. “From an early age, I took my children with me when I volunteered. When they were in elementary school, they helped collect donations and pack backpacks to donate to students in need. As a family, we participate in many volunteer efforts in our community. “I think parents often struggle trying to teach their children the value of helping those that are less fortunate. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:02:26 EST United Way of Greater Nashua joins national GivingTuesday movement http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1052140-478/united-way-of-greater-nashua-joins-national.html NASHUA – United Way of Greater Nashua has joined GivingTuesday, an effort that will harness the collective power of a blend of partners – charities, families, schools, businesses and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support, and help create a better world. Taking place Dec. 2, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping. “Whether it’s time, money, a product or service, we all have something to give,” said Susan McHugh, of UPS, the United Way of Greater Nashua vice Chairwoman. “And each individual who gives can inspire others.” United Way’s Web page dedicated to the effort, www. unitedwaynashua.org/giving tuesday, offers giving options and tips on how to spread the word about GivingTuesday via social media. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:02:37 EST Nashua schools named state finalists in $2 million national STEM competition http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1052142-478/nashua-schools-named-state-finalists-in-2.html Five New Hampshire schools, including two in Nashua, are among the nation’s 255 state finalists for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The program encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as the STEM subjects. The Nashua finalists are Elm Street Middle School, whose topic was socioeconomic, and Pennichuck Middle School, whose topic was low student motivation. The state finalists will receive technology and a professional development class from PBS TeacherLine for the teacher who entered the competition. Next, the five finalists will submit a lesson plan outlining how they will address the challenge with their students while working with their communities to address issues such as water pollution and street safety – all with a share of $2 million on the line. The other New Hampshire finalists and their community topics were Salem High School, environment; Cawley Middle School, Hooksett, low student motivation; and Bow High School, environment. After state finalists are selected from the 50 states and Washington, D.C., 15 national finalists will be selected. The finalists will pitch their idea to a panel of judges, and people will be able to vote for their favorite ideas. Five national winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, where they  will also get the opportunity to meet their congressmen and senators. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:02:44 EST Nashua Senior Activity Center partners with Rivier University to hold wellness clinics http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1052143-478/nashua-senior-activity-center-partners-with-rivier.html NASHUA – The Nashua Senior Activity Center has partnered with Rivier University’s Nursing Wellness Connection to hold monthly wellness clinics. The initiative is made possible by $5,000 grants from the Ann DeNicola Trust and the Endowment for Health. The grants will fund the supplies and equipment needed to outfit the center’s Health Room as a clinical site. Rivier University is the only nursing school in New Hampshire to have its associate, bachelor’s and master’s programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The master’s degree in nursing has a 100 percent certification rate in its family nurse practitioner and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner programs. Rivier’s goal in participating in the project is to better educate students in a real-world setting about the health care and psychological needs of older adults. “This relationship provides convenient access to high-quality care for Nashua area seniors,” said Tracy Hardy, a family nurse practitioner and graduate nursing instructor at Rivier University. “Not only does this partnership foster a wonderful learning experience for our students, but it also promotes the spirit of community service to which Rivier University remains highly committed.” Free health screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, peripheral vascular disease and other diseases will be available to seniors initially. In the future, psychological, cognitive and fall assessments will be added. Medication reconciliation is also part of the initiative. According to data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as many as 1 in 5 seniors are readmitted within 30 days of discharge from a hospital, and many of these readmissions are a direct result of poor medication management. Quite simply, the seniors don’t know when and how to take their prescribed medications. Registered nurses enrolled in the graduate-level nurse practitioner program will review medication lists with seniors to ensure they have an understanding of proper medication dosages and schedules. They will also help seniors in generating a list of questions for their physicians regarding their medications, and they will review and discuss lab results, giving seniors an opportunity to ask questions that they may have forgotten to ask their doctor. Today’s active older adults are redefining quality of life and healthy aging. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:02:49 EST Community events in Nashua – Nov. 23 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1052144-478/community-events-in-nashua--nov.-23.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS NORTH EAST ALL RETRIEVER RESCUE MEET THE DOGS EVENT Come and meet the dogs of North East All Retriever Rescue from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Petco, 7 East Desilvio Drive. Learn how to adopt, foster or volunteer. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:02:54 EST Holiday events in Greater Nashua and beyond http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1052148-478/holiday-events-in-greater-nashua-and-beyond.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Event listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA WINTER HOLIDAY STROLL Nashua’s Winter Holiday Stroll will be held Nov. 29 in downtown Nashua, with more than 75 different options. You’ll find old favorites, such as the ice carving on City Hall Plaza, the NH Astronomical Society in Bicentennial Park, and Santa Claus will be waiting for visitors at the Hunt Memorial Building. Special events held in conjunction with the stroll include Homes for the Holidays; a gingerbread house contest organized by the teen youth group of St. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:03:19 EST 2 men hurt after falling 25-30 feet from roof of Chestnut Street home http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052098-469/2-men-hurt-after-falling-25-30-feet.html NASHUA – Two men are recovering from injuries they sustained Saturday afternoon when they fell about 25-30 feet from either a ladder or staging platform while working on a house on Chestnut Street. Deputy Nashua Fire Rescue Chief Brian Rhodes said later Saturday that the two men, whose names weren’t immediately released, suffered various injuries in the fall, which was reported at 1:40 p.m. and drew a fire engine, a ladder truck and two AMR ambulances to the house at 45 Chestnut St. The home, a two and a half story, two-family residence, was built by staff and volunteers of Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity, and is in the final stages of construction. Rhodes said the trauma team at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center was activated for the more seriously injured man, a 47-year-old who suffered “obvious lower leg injuries and potential internal injuries.” He said the other man, who is 56, “was able to control his fall” and apparently sustained a foot injury. He was transported to St. Joseph Hospital, Rhodes said. He said details of what went wrong weren’t immediately known, but that the men were working either on the roof or near the edge of the roof when they either lost their footing or something went wrong with the ladder or staging rig they were working from. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:37:00 EST Going to court over ballot question a waste of time http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1052082-465/going-to-court-over-ballot-question-a.html A charter question should be considered in a municipal election where local candidates and local issues are debated, not in a state election. The state law directing a municipal charter question to a state election is no longer in effect. But the argument between the secretary of state and the Nashua city clerk has reached the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and comes down to whether a municipal question can appear on the state ballot. Laconia and Manchester offered municipal charter questions printed on a separate page during the 2014 state election. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:01:07 EST Don’t get your hopes up about commuter rail service http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1052076-465/dont-get-your-hopes-up-about-commuter.html It was a packed house at the Nashua Public Library on Thursday night, as more than 225 people turned out to learn more about of feasibility of extending commuter rail service from Massachusetts through the Gate City to Manchester, and perhaps beyond. The two big takeaways for the decidedly pro-train audience were that train service would spur much-desired economic expansion, and that it would cost a lot of money to build and maintain – likely too much, considering the state’s fiscal resources and political climate. Even though the federal government would pay for about half of the up-front costs and Massachusetts would contribute, as well, New Hampshire would still be on the hook for $72 million, not including operating expenses. Hopes for expanded train service took a hit in this month’s election when Republicans were brought back to power in the House of Representatives and they nominated Bill O’Brien as speaker. This week, O’Brien again made clear his enmity for trains. “It’s not an energy- efficient way to move people, not a good use of money, and it would create a state bureaucracy that requires more taxation to sustain,” O’Brien told the New Hampshire Union Leader. There does not appear to be anything in the study that would change O’Brien’s opinion, which means Nashua should robustly pursue its discussions about bringing the MBTA to Tyngsborough. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:00:46 EST Merrimack man indicted for burglary in Rockingham County http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052072-469/merrimack-man-indicted-for-burglary-in-rockingham.html BRENTWOOD – A 24-year-old Merrimack man was indicted this week by a Rockingham County grand jury in connection with the alleged burglary of an auto shop. The jury found probable cause to indict David Voight, 25, of 25 Davis Road, Merrimack, on one count each of burglary, a Class B felony, and criminal mischief, the level of which isn’t listed on the indictment. Voight is accused of breaking into a Jiffy Lube shop on South Broadway in Salem on Jan. 12 and in the process, damaging a bay door and the shop’s cash register, according to the indictment. Voight also has a history of alleged burglaries in Nashua and Merrimack, according to Telegraph archives. Nashua police arrested Voight about a week after the alleged Salem incident, charging him with burglary and resisting arrest for allegedly breaking into a Nashua car wash then trying to flee police. He was also charged at the time on two outstanding warrants for burglary that Merrimack police had issued, documents state. --DEAN SHALHOUP Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:46:01 EST The power of faith and determination http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052040-469/the-power-of-faith-and-determination.html There is a small, unsung group in Nashua that has made some big contributions to the city. The Nashua Area Interfaith Council began as the Nashua Council of Churches in the 1960s and became an interfaith council in the 1990s. Currently, it is made up of 20 different organizations, which include 12 churches and synagogues, the local B’hai community, Rivier University, and the Granite State Organizing Project. Anywhere from 20-30 representatives meet monthly to share faith traditions and work together to bless the city and surrounding areas. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:00:20 EST Roland O. Goodspeed http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052051-466/roland-o.-goodspeed.html Roland O. Goodspeed, 70, of Nashua passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at his home. Roland was born in Nashua on December 26, 1943, a son of the late Fred and Florence (Courtemanche) Goodspeed. Roland honorably served our country with the U.S. Air Force from 1963-1967. Prior to retirement, he worked in kitchen design at Home Depot. Roland is survived by: three daughters, Kim Goodspeed of Nashua, Michele Goodspeed of CA, Jennifer Goodspeed of MA; two sons, Billy Goodspeed and his wife Jennifer of MA, Shawn Goodspeed of MA; five grandchildren; four brothers, Robert Goodspeed and his wife Patricia of Nashua, Frank Goodspeed of Nashua, Keith Goodspeed of Nashua, Fred Goodspeed and his wife Bittie of TX; one sister, Shirley Stone and her husband Richard of Nashua; one sister-in-law, Marguerite Goodspeed of Nashua; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014 in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua, NH 03060, from 10 AM to 12 PM. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:00:43 EST Fires extinguished in Nashua garage, Hudson truck http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052053-469/fires-extinguished-in-nashua-garage-hudson-truck.html Two fires, one in a Nashua garage and another in a truck in Hudson, kept local departments busy Friday afternoon. Nashua firefighters responded to a blaze around 2 p.m. in a garage on Amherst Street near the Rite Aid Pharmacy. “I heard an explosion or a pop,” said Adam Eckmair, who lives on the top floor of the home at 1413⁄4 Amherst St. He said he was home working on his computer when the fire started. “I thought it was a big stick hitting the roof,” Eckmair said. “I looked out and saw the front corner of the garage on fire. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:01:43 EST Indictments include 14 charges against brothers for alleged drive-by shooting in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052054-469/indictments-include-14-charges-against-brothers-for.html NASHUA – Two brothers from Manchester accused of orchestrating a drive-by shooting in Nashua in August have been indicted on seven charges each by a Hillsborough County grand jury. Darrion Weekly, who will turn 20 on Thanksgiving Day, and his brother David Weekly, 18, were apprehended by police in the early morning of Aug. 27, shortly after one officer heard what he believed to be three gunshots while he was on patrol on Main Street in the area of Pratt Street and Lincoln and Russell avenues. Both are held at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections in Manchester. David Weekly, formerly of 38 Orange St., Manchester, was also charged with unsworn falsification for originally identifying himself as Darrius Weekly. As police were in the process of taking the Weeklys into custody after surrounding their car, three residents approached and told police someone in the car had just fired several shots at them in the area of 10-12 Pratt St. Darrion Weekly was indicted on two counts of attempted murder, extended term felonies; two counts of attempted first-degree assault, Class A extended term felonies; two counts of reckless conduct, Class B extended term felonies; and one count of possession of a controlled drug – cocaine, a Class B felony. David Weekly was indicted on two counts of criminal liability to attempted murder, extended term felonies; two counts of criminal liability to attempted first-degree assault, Class A extended term felonies; two counts of reckless conduct, Class B extended term felonies; and one count of unsworn falsification, Class A misdemeanor. An indictment is not an indication of guilt, but a finding by members of the grand jury that the state has sufficient evidence to prosecute the case. Other indictments handed down this month include: Bradley Bernard, 35, 6 Derry St., Apt. B, Hudson: One count each of theft, Class A felony, and receipt of stolen property and fraudulent use of credit card, Class A misdemeanors, in connection with alleged incidents Aug. 20 in Nashua. Leonardo Barroso, 21, 525 Amherst St., Apt. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:00:58 EST Nashua hires new wastewater superintendent http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052063-469/nashua-hires-new-wastewater-superintendent.html NASHUA – The Board of Public Works on Thursday unanimously approved hiring David A. Simmons as the city’s new wastewater treatment plant superintendent to replace Mario Leclerc, who retired Sept. 23. Simmons, who lives in Fairhaven, Mass., will oversee the city’s wastewater treatment system, which processes 16 million gallons a day of sewer and stormwater carried over its 330 miles of sewer and storm drains. His starting salary is $89,441. Board member Tracy Pappas said she was impressed by Simmons’ 36 years of experience, including managing wastewater treatment facilities for municipalities and states and for private companies. “I enjoy the work,” Simmons told the board. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:37 EST The arts, booze and schools http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1051920-465/the-arts-booze-and-schools.html In the interest of full disclosure, readers should know that I am an Honorably Discharged veteran of the US Army as a Non-commissioned Officer. I have not belonged to any veteran related organizations. My intent here is to point out the hypocrisy of some of our elected officials. We have been told that the Nashua VFW can not use the old firehouse on Arlington Street because of its closeness to a public school. We all know that Holman Stadium sells alcoholic beverages in spite of having common property lines with a public school. Now we are expected to condone the sale of alcoholic beverages inside public school buildings. Does anyone see the irony in this? Is anyone going to remember which elected officials are supporting this issue and vote them out of office when they run for reelection in November 2015? If you need booze to enjoy the arts I suggest you reexamine your priorities.. Michael Chrissis Nashua Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:00:45 EST Merrimack Sports Talk http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacksports/1051834-308/merrimack-sports-talk.html SOCCER Thuner win title The Merrimack Thunder Boys U13 Travel Soccer Team won the New Hampshire Soccer Association Championship recently with a 2-1 win over Portsmouth City Soccer Club, 2-1.Merrimack got both goals from Jay Wozniak, and also used strong offensive passing and strong defense in the victory. The Thunder had reached the finals with a 6-3 semifinal win over the Barrington Storm. BASKETBALL Elks Hoop Shoot set The Nashua Lodge of Elks will be hosting the 43rd Greater Nashua Elks’ “Hoop Shoot” Free Throw contest on Dec. 6, in the Elm Street Middle School Gymnasium on Chestnut Street, beginning at 8 a.m. There is no charge or fees to participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program. The competition is open to all interested boys and girls between the ages of 8 and l3, from the Hudson, Litchfield, Nashua, Hollis, Brookline, Amherst, Milford, Wiltonand Merrimack areas. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:00:47 EST Speed was factor in Tinker Road fatal accident, say police http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051937-469/speed-was-factor-in-tinker-road-fatal.html Nashua police say the resulting fire from a Wednesday night fatal car accident on Tinker Road will delay the identification of the victim. Speed was a factor in the crash that killed a woman driver of a 1998 Volvo, according to police. Emergency personnel responded to a report of the accident at 10:37 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the woman was driving south when she veered off the road and struck a tree on the east side of the road. On Thursday morning, two trees near Hearthside Drive showed damage, including significant scorch marks on a tall pine. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning. Anyone with information that could assist investigators is asked to call Nashua police at 594-3500 or the Nashua Crimeline at 589-1665. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:01:03 EST Nashua Historical Society lauds Merrimack researcher for contributions http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1051955-308/nashua-historical-society-lauds-merrimack-researcher-for.html NASHUA – Barbara Comer, of Merrimack, knows more about farming in Nashua than she ever expected one year ago. Comer, who has worked as a graphic artist, an assistant librarian at the former Chandler Library and as collections manager for the Nashua Historical Society for the last eight years, took on a project that would uncover the history of local farms and lead her to set up the latest exhibit at the NHS. If you see her in action, you’d insist she is a historical one-man band, and for her work on behalf of the society, she was recently honored with the Florence Hyde Speare Award, the first to be presented. Comer was lauded for excellence in carrying out her responsibilities as collections management technician and for the countless hours volunteering beyond that role. She has cataloged artifacts, packed and stored collections, painted society rooms and exhibits, staged the post office room and military display cases, revamped the art collection room, applied her design background to volunteer projects, helped volunteers, secured furniture for collection rooms and located numerous artifacts for themed displays. To add to her to-do list, Comer has commandeered her husband, Joe, for building projects and repair at the society for many years. Comer’s most recent project was unveiled in September, an exhibit titled “Settling Old Dunstable: Agriculture and Farms in Early Dunstable.” Comer researched, designed and implemented the entire exhibit. Comer said she always loved mysteries as a child and enjoys correcting mistakes and misconceptions about history. She combined her research on the farm exhibit with making connections to people throughout the city, from City Hall departments to people who were connected to the farms and farm families. Comer studied early land grant documents and photographs to pinpoint boundaries and modern-day structures on the ancient farms. She uncovered a fascinating agricultural history of Nashua before and after a time when the city was mainly considered a manufacturing hub. Comer is equally enthusiastic about every exhibit in the museum and wishes all visitors to “come in and smile and have a good experience.” And for workers like Comer, there is nothing more contagious than enthusiasm. She particularly enjoys adding color and humor to her exhibits, and draws on her design background to bring her displays to life. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:00:58 EST Phyllis (Twardoski) Szydlowski http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1052011-466/phyllis-twardoski-szydlowski.html Phyllis (Twardoski) Szydlowski, 86, of Nashua, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital. Phyllis was born in Nashua on May 19, 1928, a daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Josephine (Porst) Twardoski. She was the wife of Anthony Szydlowski. Phyllis had been a lifelong Nashua resident, and she was educated in Nashua and Reeds Ferry. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:02:29 EST Nashua police charge city man with dealing heroin, hiring teens; point to uptick in heroin overdoses this year http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052015-469/nashua-police-charge-city-man-with-dealing.html NASHUA – In the two months narcotics detectives were investigating accused drug-ring leader Manuel Rodriguez, police responded to 33 heroin overdoses in Nashua. Already this year, heroin overdoses have more than doubled the 2013 total. Nashua police arrested Rodriguez, 22, of 118 Walnut St., Apt. 3, at the beginning of the month and charged him with operating a drug-sales organization that included at least two juveniles, police said. Police charged Rodriguez with dealing crack cocaine and heroin throughout the city as well as enlisting the help of two juvenile males, police announced Thursday. Rodriguez is charged as a “drug enterprise leader, which would send him to prison for at least 25 years if he is found guilty, police said. The arrests come during an explosion of heroin overdoses in the city. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:02:50 EST Nashua men charged in January drug deal shooting plead guilty http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052016-469/nashua-men-charged-in-january-drug-deal.html NASHUA – Two Nashua men charged in a shooting during a botched drug deal pleaded guilty this week and were sentenced to several years in state prison. Alexandre Amado, 21, formerly of 15 Kessler Farm Drive, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and armed robbery and will spend five to 10 years in prison after admitting to accidentally shooting Danny Vorn in the head on Jan. 9 on Rochette Avenue while trying to rob him of 5 pounds of marijuana. Anthony Farmer, also 21, formerly of 5 Hartford Lane, pleaded guilty to his role in the robbery and will spend three to six years in prison, according to Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance. Both men were in court this week and admitted they set up the drug buy with the intent to rob Vorn. Amado told police he pointed a handgun given to him by Farmer at Vorn and that it discharged when Vorn flinched. Amado was unfamiliar with firearms and said the shot was accidental. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:02:54 EST Crowds pack commuter rail hearing at Nashua Public Library http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1052017-469/crowds-pack-commuter-rail-hearing-at-nashua.html NASHUA – Expanding Boston-bound commuter rail from Lowell, Mass., to Manchester with other stops at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and two others in Nashua – would be an economic boom for the region – bringing an estimated 5,600 new permanent jobs and 3,600 housing units by 2030, a two-year rail and transit study showed. This Lowell to Manchester line – known as the Manchester regional commuter rail alternative – would draw a projected 668,000 annual riders and would costs a total $256 million in capital costs – about half of which could be eligible for federal grants and bonds, authors of the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit Study said Thursday. “There is simply no economic development opportunity on the horizon that could transform New Hampshire’s economy like the expansion of passenger rail could offer,” New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority chair Thomas Mahon said. More than 225 people packed the public hearing room at the Nashua Public Library, stood in the aisles and spilled out into the hallway to hear the findings of rail and transit study, which is two years in the works and final results will be  released by mid-December. They included many Nashua residents and elected officials and residents from as far as Manchester, Hollis, Mont Vernon, Londonderry. They were nearly unanimous in their support for rail expansion and urged elected officials and project authors to push for support among lawmakers. “This is one of the … biggest economic development opportunities for the state,” Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce President Chris Williams said. “The issue is about jobs. It’s about moving the economy forward,” Williams added. Williams urged Executive Councilors and state and local politicians to “have a real conversation about how the public and private sector can make this happen. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:10:00 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for Nov. 12-13 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1052018-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-nov..html Nashua Police  Department NOV. 12 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Matthew J. Brouillette, 24, 1 Clocktower Place, Apt. 207, Nashua, theft by unauthorized taking. Brigitte J. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:03:05 EST St. Christopher School in Nashua to hold open house http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1051917-478/st.-christopher-school-in-nashua-to-hold.html NASHUA – St. Christopher School, 20 Cushing Ave., will hold an open house for prospective prekindergarten to first-grade students and their families at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21. The program will focus on the younger grades and the advantages St. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:00:25 EST Nashua police investigating fatal crash on Tinker Road http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051915-469/nashua-police-investigating-fatal-crash-on-tinker.html Nashua police are investigating a single vehicle crash that killed a woman on Tinker Road Wednesday night. Police were alerted to the crash around 10:30 p.m. and found that a 1998 Volvo had driven off the road while heading south just south of Hearthside Drive and struck a tree. The female driver was killed, police said. Speed is a factor in the collision, police said, and the woman has not yet been identified. An autopsy will be conducted Friday morning. Anyone with information that could assist investigators is asked to call Nashua police at 594-3500 or the Nashua Crimeline at 589-1665. – TELEGRAPH STAFF Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:52:00 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/granitegeek/1051912-468/last-night-we-heard-the-perfect-science.html Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:28:00 EST Nashua day at NHIAA event http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetsports/1051745-308/nashua-day-at-nhiaa-event.html It was a Hall of Fame bus ride. The vehicle left Nashua around 11 a.m. Sunday, headed for Concord. On it was a Who’s Who of Nashua sports, mostly past, a little present. In fact, Sunday was a Greater Nashua kind of day. The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association inducted eight into its Hall of Fame, including longtime broadcaster Ed Lecius, longtime official and local pastor Rev. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:00:26 EST Fame worthy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetsports/1051748-308/fame-worthy.html CONCORD – Lesli Laychak Rendall knows that when she played for Milford Area High School back in the early 1980s, it was “a different era.” There was no Title IX, so there were fewer choices. The thought of not playing softball to play AAU basketball was unheard of. But whatever choice you made, you had fun. “Oh I had a ball,” Laychak-Rendall said. “It was all because of the coaching. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:01:17 EST Holiday events in the region http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1051805-485/holiday-events-in-the-region.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Event listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. For more listings, visit nashuatelegraph.com/community. NASHUA WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS TEA Hope Chapel, 46 Bridge St., will hold a women’s holiday tea at 6 p.m. Saturday. This is a traditional tea with finger sandwiches, fantastic desserts and beautifully decorated tables. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:00:46 EST Pulitzer Prize winner Goodwin at Nashua Barnes & Noble http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1051810-485/pulitzer-prize-winner-goodwin-at-nashua-barnes.html NASHUA – At noon Saturday, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin is going to make one stop in New Hampshire at Barnes & Noble, 235 Daniel Webster Highway. Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.” She is also the author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” in part the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film, “Lincoln.” (Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to “The Bully Pulpit” as well.) This year marks the 20th anniversary of when Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” Goodwin was heavily featured in Ken Burns’s recent PBS miniseries on the Roosevelts. Goodwin is also the author of the bestsellers “Wait Till Next Year,” “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,” and “Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.” At her Barnes & Noble stop, she will talk for 15-20 minutes, then take questions for 15 minutes, followed by book signing. The focus of her talk will be 100 years with the Roosevelts, in which she’ll discuss “The Bully Pulpit” and “No Ordinary Time.” The event is free to attend. For more information, call 888-0533 or visit store-locator.barnesand noble.com/event/86037. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:01:10 EST Nashua High South principal gets arts honor http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1051811-485/nashua-high-south-principal-gets-arts-honor.html NASHUA – Nashua High School South principal Keith Richards received the “Outstanding Service Inside and Outside of the Profession” Award for 2014-15 from the New Hampshire Art Educators. Richards was honored at the annual conference held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art on Oct. 18, and was nominated by art educator Robin Peringer (shown with Richards in photo). Richards is a champion of the arts at Nashua High School South, making art education an integral part of the school community and school culture, by creating an environment that is inclusive and collaborative. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:01:17 EST Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter benefit concert by Rumblefish on Nov. 26 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1051812-485/nashua-soup-kitchen--shelter-benefit-concert.html NASHUA – Local band Rumblefish will perform a benefit concert for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Stella Blu, 70 E. Pearl St. “We like to do something at least once a year as a benefit for the community,” said Gary Lopez, lead guitarist and vocalist of Rumblefish. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:01:21 EST ‘The Art of Color’ explodes with ‘huge’ Symphony NH concert http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1051814-485/the-art-of-color-explodes-with-huge.html NASHUA – At 8 p.m. Saturday, Symphony NH brings “The Art of Color” to the Keefe auditorium at Elm Street Middle School. The concert will be full of shimmering orchestrations and sensuous harmonies, with music from Shostakovich, Ravel and Mussorgsky. “This concert is going to be huge,” said Rebecca Kopycinski, marketing and production manager for Symphony NH. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:01:35 EST Theater and Thanksgiving prep keeping you busy this weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1051823-485/theater-and-thanksgiving-prep-keeping-you-busy.html I love this time of year. Certainly not because of the weather; and not even for the holidays. I love it because it’s theater season. Last weekend I saw Ghostlight Theater Company’s production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” What a fun night! I’m always impressed with dialogue-dense shows and the memorization skills of the actors, but this show added some pretty funny physicality and wackiness to that as well. I also like the cozy venue of Club Lafayette in Lowell, and the opportunity to enjoy an adult beverage while attending a show. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:02:42 EST Thanksgiving game will be Jason Robie’s last as Nashua North football coach http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1051836-457/thanksgiving-game-will-be-jason-robies-last.html The annual Thanksgiving Day game with Nashua High School South has always been a special one for Nashua High School North football coach Jason Robie. This year, it will have an even more significant feeling, because it will be his last as the Titans’ head coach. Robie told Nashua Athletic Director Lisa Gingras at the end of last season that the 2014 campaign would be his final one, as he wanted to spend more time with his wife Tammie and their two children, ages 10 and two. Recently, he revealed that news to his players, and Gingras revealed on Wednesday that she has posted the position. Robie, 42, began coaching as an assistant with the football and track programs at the unified Nashua High School when he was 23. When the school split, he was hired as North’s head football coach after seven years as a Panthers assistant and will be wrapping up his 11th season. During his tenure, the Titans reached the Division I title game twice, losing to Salem (28-21) in 2009 and Pinkerton (14-7) in 2010. He also tutored a future NFL player, as Kendall Reyes went on to star at the University of Connecticut and is currently playing for the San Diego Chargers. Overall this is his 43rd season (track and football combined) in the Nashua system. “It was a great run, I gave it everything I had,” Robie said. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:00:43 EST Nashua board gets positive feedback on school alcohol sales http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051843-469/nashua-board-gets-positive-feedback-on-school.html NASHUA – Most people surveyed approve of letting non-school groups like Symphony NH sell beer and wine during performances at the Edmund M. Keefe Center for the Arts, the city’s largest performing arts venue, which happens to be inside a school. Results from the online survey conducted earlier this month by the Nashua Board of Education reveal that 449 of the 786 respondents – or 57.49 percent – approve of the alcohol sales, while 332 – or 42.51 percent – oppose it. “It was an overwhelmingly good response. We’ve never had this kind of a response from the public at any meeting that we’ve had,” Nashua Board of Education Member Elizabeth van Twuyver said Wednesday. Twuyver chairs the board’s policy committee, which reviewed the survey results Tuesday night and voted 2-1 to recommend to the full school that it decide whether to develop a policy to handle alcohol sales on school property or keep the current policy, which bars all alcohol sales on school grounds. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:01:32 EST Meeting Thursday on commuter rail to NH report http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051850-469/meeting-thursday-on-commuter-rail-to-nh.html NASHUA – Agencies putting the final touches on a nearly two-year commuter rail and transit study want to hear what people think of preliminary findings to ease traffic congestion along the 73-mile corridor from Boston, Mass. to Concord. A public hearing will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Nashua Public Library to gather public reaction to proposed rail and intercity bus options, their prospective costs and ridership. Comments could be included in the final report on the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Project study due to be released mid-December. “It’s important for us to get input from the citizens of New Hampshire about if and how passenger rail and bus transit opportunities should be advanced in the state so we can let the policy makers know how the public feels,” said Patrick Herlihy, director of aeronautics, rail and transit for the state Department of Transportation. The final report will provide data related to the impact passenger rail expansion could have on New Hampshire. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:02:32 EST Doris Louise (Albee) Mulvey http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051858-466/doris-louise-albee-mulvey.html Doris Louise (Albee) Mulvey of Hudson, NH, passed away on November 17, 2014, after a period of declining health. She was predeceased by her husband, William J. Mulvey Jr., who died in July of 2011. Doris was born in Boston, MA, and spent her childhood in York Beach, ME. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:03:11 EST Donald M. Fuller http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051863-466/donald-m.-fuller.html Donald M. Fuller, 73, of Nashua and formerly of Hudson, died Monday evening, November 17, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center after a period of declining health. Born in Nashua on January 31, 1941, he was a son of the late George A. and Virginia M. (Mitchell) Fuller. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:03:32 EST Merrimack’s Dana Mendes headlines all-state teams http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/highschoolsports/1051868-457/merrimacks-dana-mendes-headlines-all-state-teams.html Two locals – a coach and a player – received major honors from the New Hampshire Field Hockey Coaches Association this fall, while three players and a coach will represent the state in the annual Twin State game against Vermont in June. Merrimack’s Dana Mendes was named the Division I Player of the Year, as she helped the Tomahawks reach the quarterfinals, while Souhegan coach Kelli Warecki was the Division II Coach of the Year after leading the Sabers to the semifinals for the first time in four years. A total of 21 players from Greater Nashua received either first- or second-team honors in their respective divisions. DIVISION I First Team Kathlyn Rooney, Bedford; Gabi Stewart, Concord; Emily Schlapak, Dover; Jordan Teixeira, Exeter; Kelly Moran, Exeter; Kaeleigh Lord, Keene; Hannah Filiault, Keene; Jackie Curtin, Londonderry; Katie Montminy, Londonderry; Eileen Burke, Manchester Central; Shauri Gilot, Manchester Memorial; Dana Mendes, Merrimack; Julia Perry, Merrimack; Jessica Williams, Nashua North; Jessica Schuyler, Nashua North; Alyssa Freeman, Nashua South; Kaylie Decosmo, Pinkerton; Jordan Dudley, Pinkerton; Alexandra Sirmaian, Salem; Ally Collins, Timberlane; Courtney Sickel, Timerlane; Maddie Holt, Winnacunnet; Britni Balance, Winnacunnet. Second Team Stina Anderson, Bedford; Molly Morin, Bedford; Erica Chareth, Bishop Guertin; Carly Caveny, Bishop Guertin; Rebecca Proulx, Concord; Sarah Ek, Concord; Maisey Kettlewood, Dover; Martiza Nary, Dover; Emma Brown, Exeter; Christie Buyer, Keene; Hannah McGrath, Londonderry; Jenna Chrabolowski, Manchester Central; Shannon Anderson, Manchester Central; Jada LeBlanc, Manchester Memorial; Rachel Schwartz, Merrimack; Michelle Ostaudelafont, Nashua North; Jenny Halloran, Nashua South; Paige Murphy, Nashua South; Erin Johnston, Pinkerton; Chantelle Dumont, Salem; Brianna Wood, Salem; Alison Hildreth, Winnacunnet. Player of the Year: Dana Mendes, Merrimack. Coach of the Year: Michelle Tiani, Keene DIVISION II First Team Dominique Tarr, ConVal; Catherine Green, Derryfield; Polly Carter, Derryfield; Olivia St. Jean, Goffstown; Tori Florence, Goffstown; Mason McNulty, Hanover; Christine Croitoru, Hanover; Stephanie Buchanan, Hollis Brookline; Amanda Nusbaum, Kennett; Kate McPherson, Kennett; Sarah Hughes, Kingswood; Emily Perryman, Lebanon; Emily Foster, Lebanon; Cassidy Huckins, Merrimack Valley; Kelsey Poulter, Milford; Anna Posset, Oyster River; Jessie Stelter, Oyster River; Mia Brickley, Plymouth; Brianna Luscher, Plymouth; Brooke Matthews, Portsmouth; Colleen Durkin, Portsmouth; Katie Almeida, Souhegan; Madison Angulas, Souhegan; Kate Heaney, Souhegan; Reagan Williams, St. Thomas; Abby Lawlor, St. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:00:18 EST Anonymous donor pledges three-year match for Nashua’s Ending Homelessness Fund http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1051873-478/anonymous-donor-pledges-three-year-match-for-nashuas.html NASHUA – A concerned community member has  pledged a matching donation of $10,000 for three years for the Ending Homelessness Fund of Harbor Homes. The donor will match up to $10,000 for each year, for a total of $30,000, for all three-year pledges made to the fund for a total of up to $10,000. These new pledges must be secured by the end of 2014. Donations of any amount are requested to reach the fund’s goal of $200,000 by Dec. 31. The Ending Homelessness Fund was established in January to provide permanent housing and supportive services to the chronically homeless in Greater Nashua. As of recently, the fund had raised $130,000 and had housed 41 of our most vulnerable and desperate neighbors. Time is running out to reach the goal of $200,000 necessary to house and maintain all of our chronically homeless individuals and families, including veterans, as identified this year. To make a pledge or for more information, call 882-3616, ext.  1242, email d.collins@harbor homes.org or visit www.harbor homes.org/ehf. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:00:21 EST Landon John Lefebvre http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1051877-478/landon-john-lefebvre.html Allison and Matthew Lefebvre, of Nashua, announced the birth of their son, Landon John Lefebvre, at 11:58 a.m. Oct. 22 at Elliot Hospital, Manchester. Landon was 7 pounds, 3 ounces and 19¾ inches at birth. Maternal grandparents are Shawn and Karen Hayden, of Nashua. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:00:58 EST Nashua pub donates to Marguerite’s Place, MooreMart http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1051881-478/nashua-pub-donates-to-marguerites-place-mooremart.html NASHUA – Dennis Troso, owner of Arena Sportsbar and Grill on High Street, recently hosted a fundraising event at his home featuring local performers MB Padfield and Last Laugh. Sports memorabilia and collectibles were raffled off to go toward the donations to community-based nonprofit organizations Marguerite’s Place and MooreMart. Troso plans to hold another event in the spring 2015. For more information, call 881-9060 or visit arenanh.com. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:01:21 EST Nashua temple donates to community agencies http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1051882-478/nashua-temple-donates-to-community-agencies.html NASHUA – The Temple Beth Abraham Sisterhood holds communitywide rummage sales twice annually, with more than 100 families donating items from their closets, basements and garages. Happy customers abound, and return year after year to outfit their families and their homes with needed items. The rummage sale is a great community service program that helps gets goods into the hands of those who need it at reasonable prices. But that isn’t all. The Temple Beth Abraham Sisterhood donates proceeds from the sales to local agencies in need. Donations presented at the sisterhood’s annual brunch recently were: Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support, for the services it provides to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, child sexual abuse, elder abuse, stalking and harassment. The Amherst Street School Backpack Program, for providing meals to help students’ families maintain healthy eating habits over weekends and holidays. The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, to continue its services providing more than 70,000 meals to those who need it in the Nashua area. The sisterhood’s next sale will be in May. Temple Beth Abraham community members are already collecting items to donate in good will and community service. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:01:25 EST A.C. Moore Nashua holds craft day for kids http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1051884-478/a.c.-moore-nashua-holds-craft-day-for.html NASHUA – This holiday season, A.C. Moore, an official sponsor of the Marines’ Toys for Tots Foundation, is giving back to the local community. All 140 locations will be drop-off centers for Toys for Tots, and all toys donated will stay in the local store’s community and shared with kids in need. A.C. Moore Nashua kicked off the monthlong donation program on Nov. 15 with a Make & Take for kids. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:01:34 EST Milford’s Mr. Clean http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1051910-308/milfords-mr.-clean.html MILFORD - Talk about a New England work ethic. Morris Avery, who is 80, sweeps around the Oval with a broom and dust pan at least three days a week. A self-appointed street cleaner, he turned his attention to downtown streets and parking lots many years ago when Dick MacDonald, who closed up his barber shop on the Oval two years ago, was “crying,” he said, about how dirty the alley near his shop was. “I hate to hear a grown man cry,” said Avery, so he put his corn-bristle broom to work and hasn’t stopped, often arriving here in the morning and sweeping until it gets dark. On a recent Saturday he showed off the freshly-swept alley between the Pasta Loft and the Cafe on the Oval and had some caustic comments about the typical condition of the areas behind stores and restaurants on the south side of the Oval. “It’s always a mess,” he said, with cigarette butts and broken beer bottles. “You find cigarette butts wherever you go. They say there’s less smoking now, but there are still butts.” One recent day he collected more than 11 1/2 bags of trash from a parking lot on South Street. Avery is also particular about his tools. Every couple of months he has to replace his broom, and it has to be a corn broom. He found $12 brooms at a local store, and he likes them because they have rubber around the handle that protects his hands. Living on Social Security, he said, “you have to shop around.” On Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays he goes for dialysis treatments. Some people would rest after that, but Avery sometimes drives to the Oval and works anyway. “I was not brought up to look out the window,” he likes to say. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:03:30 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/granitegeek/1051824-468/science-cafe-in-nashua-tonight-wednesday--.html Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:58:00 EST Nashua state rep results unchanged by recounts; charter question in limbo http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051733-469/nashua-state-rep-results-unchanged-by-recounts.html CONCORD – Recount results for state legislative offices show that Democrats picked up two more seats in the House of Representatives, but Republicans still prevailed in both chambers. Recount of Nashua’s city charter question, which passed by a slim margin Nov. 4, remains in limbo as the state and Nashua city clerk’s office dispute who should conduct the recount. Secretary of State William Gardner on Tuesday said his office completed recounts of 19 races for elected office statewide, including three races that resulted in ties, a fourth race that had a single-vote difference, and a fifth with a two-vote spread. “That’s pretty unusual. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:59:45 EST Millard ‘Joe’ Newell http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051755-466/millard-joe-newell.html Millard “Joe” Newell, 77, of Nashua, NH passed away surrounded by his children and family, went to the Promised Land to be with his beloved wife, Cecilia, on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital following a brief battle with cancer. He was born in St. Johnsbury, VT on April 9, 1937, a son of the late Dorothy (Pashby) Ferrier and Wayne Newell. He was the widower of Cecilia (Parks) Newell. Joe was a member of the Nashua Lodge of Elks #720 as well as the Gate City HOG. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:00:01 EST Interval training studio Orangetheory Fitness opens in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051767-469/interval-training-studio-orangetheory-fitness-opens-in.html NASHUA – Orangetheory is slated to open its first New Hampshire location, at 345 Amherst St. in Nashua, on Friday. A grand opening receipt is slated for Thursday from 4-8 p.m., with regular classes beginning the next day. Orangetheory Fitness offers 60-minute, high-intensity interval training sessions broken into segments of cardiovascular, power and strength training. Owned and operated by first-time franchisees Dwayne and Karen Duprey, of Hudson, Orangetheory Fitness uses group personal training. “I’m thrilled to bring Orangetheory Fitness to greater Nashua,” said Dwayne Duprey. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:21 EST ‘Sprucing’ up downtown for Holiday Stroll http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051768-469/sprucing-up-downtown-for-holiday-stroll.html The city is preparing for the annual Holiday Stroll, scheduled for 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. The popular kickoff to the holiday season will this year include a craft fair at the St. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:04:03 EST Recount for Nashua charter question still in dispute http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051770-469/recount-for-nashua-charter-question-still-in.html NASHUA – The outcome of the charter amendment that would change how the city’s spending cap is calculated is in limbo as city and state officials remain in a standoff over who should recount ballots. If unresolved, a court may have to rule on whether the recount should be done by Nashua City Clerk Paul Bergeron or Secretary of State William Gardner, said New Hampshire Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards on Tuesday. “Then, we will need a determination of how it should be done. The secretary of state’s position is that recount should be done by the city clerk’s office,” Edward said. “My expectation is we will all be back in  Hillsborough County Superior Court.” Bergeron said Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn’s Sept. 25 order was clear that the local ballot question should appear on the state ballot. “We can’t do the recount. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:48 EST Nashua woman turns herself in to police on ID fraud charge http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051771-469/nashua-woman-turns-herself-in-to-police.html Nashua police arrested a city woman they said stole the identity of a Massachusetts resident. Police were contacted on Oct. 15 by a Lowell, Mass., resident who said a check that had been written to him had been forged and attempted to be cashed. Detectives investigated and said Laura Jozitis, 33, of 40 Major Drive, Nashua, had opened a bank account using the alleged victim’s personal information and deposited the man’s check in the account, police said. Jozitis turned herself in to police on Wednesday morning and was charged with identity fraud, a Class A felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison plus fines. She was released on $100,000 personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned at Nashua district court on Dec. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:52 EST Opening weekend of the deer hunting season was pretty successful http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051674-469/opening-weekend-of-the-deer-hunting-season.html Despite a few high-profile problems with hunters getting stuck or lost, opening weekend of the state’s most popular hunting season seemed to be pretty successful, judging from check-in stations around Nashua. “I’ve had 181 so far. I think I’m a little ahead of last year,” said Mark Hopkins, owner of Hoppy’s Country Store in new Ipswich, which has been a location for hunters to register their deer for over a decade. “We had a good 12-pointer come in. Its full weight was 226 (pounds) – I would guess it is 190, 195 dressed weight,” he said, describing the number of horns, or points, on the antler of one buck brought in. He added that they had one deer as small as 55 pounds. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:59:57 EST Nada M. Herbert http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051714-466/nada-m.-herbert.html On Saturday, November 15, 2014, Nada M. Herbert, a resident of Hudson, NH for more than 65 years, died peacefully at the home of her son in Merrimack, NH. Born on April 18, 1921 in Nashua, NH. Nada was the daughter of Grover C. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:38 EST Lucille V. Guerette http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051716-466/lucille-v.-guerette.html Lucille V. Guerette, 90, of Nashua, New Hampshire passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at The Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, NH. She was the wife of the late William L. Guerette. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:46 EST The storm of storms hits Nashua hard in the autumn of 1938 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1051724-469/the-storm-of-storms-hits-nashua-hard.html A one-two punch of storms crushed the region in the mid- to late 1930s. The second of the two, the Lond Island Express, blew through on Sept. 21, 1938. University of Rhode Island Hurricanes Science and Society research said the storm first developed about Sept. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:07:32 EST Nashua tax bills arriving this week http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051713-469/nashua-tax-bills-arriving-this-week.html NASHUA – The city recently mailed property tax bills due in December and most property owners should receive their bills on or about Nov. 18. Payments must be postmarked or received by Dec. 18, 2014, to avoid accrual of 12 percent interest after that date. The tax rate for the 2014 calendar year was set at $24.05 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. Anyone who has not received their tax bill should contact the Nashua Tax Office at 589-3190 to have a duplicate mailed out. Payment can be made at City Hall, 8 a.m. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:00:40 EST Police say nashua man threatened another man with a knife http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051685-469/police-say-nashua-man-threatened-another-man.html A Nashua man was arrested Sunday and charged with threatening another man with a knife. Nobody was injured. According to Nashua Police, at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, Charlie Genao, 30, of 7 Amory St., Nashua, was arrested and charged with criminal threatening, a Class B felony. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:59:42 EST City to practice using Facebook (yes, Facebook) as a public safety tool http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051701-469/city-to-practice-using-facebook-yes-facebook.html NASHUA – If a hurricane hit Nashua, emergency workers would need every tool at their disposal to respond quickly – including useful things like Twitter and Facebook. Twitter and Facebook? Useful in a hurricane? Sure, says Justice Kates, director of emergency management for the city. “In major disasters over the past years, a lot of information comes from citizens, and there’s no real good way to organize it and make it effective for first responders,” said Kates. He pointed to efforts after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City in 2012. “You look at some of the tweets that were posted; they were about donation centers popping up, feeding centers getting established, people tweeted they needed help in their homes. It was all uncollected, nobody was really looking at it, acting on it,” Kates said. “It can be like a waterfall of information. ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:00:37 EST It was a Nashua kind of day at NHIAA Hall of Fame http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/sports/localsports/1051642-457/it-was-a-nashua-kind-of-day.html It was a Hall of Fame bus ride. The vehicle left Nashua around 11 a.m. Sunday, headed for Concord. On it was a Who’s Who of Nashua sports, mostly past, a little present. In fact, Sunday was a Greater Nashua kind of day. The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association inducted eight into its Hall of Fame, including longtime broadcaster Ed Lecius, longtime official and local pastor Rev. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:25:00 EST Is there really such a thing as too much cancer screening? http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051657-469/is-there-really-such-a-thing-as.html An ounce of prevention is supposed to be worth a pound of cure, but when it comes to medical screening, that equation has become a little suspect. Consider the disease that most worries men of a certain age (who, me?) – prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the three leading causes of cancer-related death among men in the United States, and even when controlled it has nasty side effects I’d rather not think about. Testing early and often to help spot it, so it can be treated before it spreads, seems like a no-brainer. But medical groups in the United States and elsewhere have been back-pedalling on recommendations for when to use the test called PSA (prostate-specific antigen) that has long been an early warning device for prostate cancer. Now it’s generally suggested that only men between ages 50 and 69 should get the test and even then they should be cautious, while some groups, including the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, have gone so far as to say nobody of any age should get a PSA test. Breast cancer is another disease that has seen medical groups pull back on previous recommendations about screening – in this case, use of mammograms. In both cases, the concern is that the tests are detecting potential tumors so early that it’s not clear they’ll ever become a problem. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:00:13 EST Fiber optic to the home? No, but how about fiber optic to the phone? http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051658-469/fiber-optic-to-the-home-no-but.html NASHUA – Fiber-optic cables have carried the promise of a super-fast Internet for a decade or more, but these days their biggest impact may come from helping the Net flow through the air into our smartphones rather than through cables into our computers. The industry term is “backhaul,” for grabbing all of the telephone and wireless Internet signals that flow into cellphone towers and hauling them back into the global network so they can complete the connection. “You’ll always need to have that backhaul, and nothing’s going to be faster than glass,” said Ingo Roemer, vice president of business development and public relations for 186 Communications, an Internet service company in Nashua. Roemer will be among the speakers an annual meeting of the New England Fiber Optic Council at the Marriott Courtyard hotel in Nashua on Wednesday. 186 Communications – whose name is based on the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second – is affiliated with Waveguide and New Hampshire Optical Systems, two firms based around deploying and servicing fiber-optic networks. They co-exist in a former USPS service building at 10 North Southwood Drive. Fiber-optic cables first came to widespread attention in Greater Nashua a decade ago when Verizon was still the phone company and it rolled out FiOS, its fiber-to-the-home network. Replacing copper wires with thin glass tubes that can carry far more information can greatly boost Internet speeds, leaving fiber-to-the-home as the gold standard in spreading broadband connections. Other companies, such as AT&T and Google, have since launched fiber-to-the-home projects in certain cities around the country, and the phone company TDS is rolling out a fiber-to-the-home network in Hollis. But in general, fiber-to-the-home has stalled hereabouts. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:00:20 EST Soup Kitchen prepping for holiday now http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051659-469/soup-kitchen-prepping-for-holiday-now.html NASHUA – The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter will again be providing a Thanksgiving meal to Nashuans in need, but the group’s new digs on Quincy Street will help it expand the giveaway. Preparation has already begun for the first of an eight-day operation. When the group was on Chestnut Street, Thanksgiving distribution took place over only two days. Because space was so tight, volunteers had to coordinate that with their usual on-site meal preparation. The Thanksgiving box operation had recipients winding through the small building, out through a nearby alley and back to the front on Chestnut Street. Carol Weeks, the Soup Kitchen’s community outreach manager, said she’s encouraging people who plan on using their services to take advantage of the expanded distribution operation. “We’re asking people to come in during the week so we don’t get everyone on Monday. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:00:26 EST Former Litchfield parish school principal to be sentenced in January http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051662-469/former-litchfield-parish-school-principal-to-be.html NASHUA – While career educator Shannon Dannible was settling into her new job as principal of the Our Lady of the Assumption School in Lynnfield, Mass., in the 2011-12 school year, auditors were busy looking into the finances of St. Francis of Assisi parish school, the small Litchfield school where Dannible had been principal from 2007-11. And they were about to make a startling discovery: More than $150,000, they told school officials, was missing and unaccounted for. The Diocese of Manchester, which runs private Catholic schools like St. Francis of Assisi, brought the troubling findings to the state Attorney General’s office, and an investigation was launched. The trail led law enforcement personnel to former principal Dannible, an Amesbury, Mass. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:59:47 EST Nashua Sports Academy celebrates with ribbon-cutting, open house http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1051664-478/nashua-sports-academy-celebrates-with-ribbon-cutting-open.html NASHUA – An open house was held Nov. 8 for the Nashua Sports Academy, a new multipurpose indoor athletic facility. NSA staff members were joined in a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau; Jeff Rose, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development; state Sens. Bette Lasky, of Nashua, and Peggy Gilmour, of Hollis; and Chris Williams, president of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. “We’re excited to provide athletes of all ages and abilities in southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, their coaches and their leagues, a new venue for team and individual training and competition,” said Jason Novak, NSA co-founder and CEO. “Most of all, we’re proud to foster a positive, goal-oriented environment grounded in NSA’s core values of integrity, courtesy, dignity, responsibility, sportsmanship, leadership and service.” The event also featured free food and games, raffles, facility tours, and sports and training demonstrations. “I am honored to welcome the Nashua Sports Academy to our community,” Lozeau said. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:59:54 EST Classes in Greater Nashua – Nov. 17 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1051665-478/classes-in-greater-nashua--nov.-17.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Class listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA HOMEBUYERS SEMINAR Service Credit Union’s Nashua Branch, 337 Amherst St., will offer a Homebuyers Seminar from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 18. Valuable information will be presented on the housing market, home inspections, the home buying process and financing options. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:00:47 EST Nashua flower shop wins Marguerite’s Place competition http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1051667-478/nashua-flower-shop-wins-marguerites-place-competition.html NASHUA – Ikebana Flower was announced as the winner of the People’s Choice Award in the Fire & Ice Floral Competition held by Marguerite’s Place. Ikebana’s “Power of Water” presentation featured a rare flower from Ecuador called the Heliconia, lobster claw or false bird-of-paradise, a flower with multicolor bracts and varied flower structure native to the tropical Americas and Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia. The arrangements in the competition featured displays of everything from captured campfires to cool tones of ice-blue water. “We would like to thank all those who participated in the competition,” said Melissa Ballard Sullivan, director of development at Marguerite’s Place. “Our moms and children are the real beneficiaries of the generosity of the participating florists. These arrangements went to the highest bidders in our silent auction. “Our sincerest thanks and appreciation goes out to Ikebana Flower, Fortin Gage, Flowers by Val, Blossoms, Jacques Flower Shop and the Flower Outlet.” Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:01:00 EST College achievements by students from Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1051668-478/college-achievements-by-students-from-greater-nashua.html Here are college achievements by students from Greater Nashua: BOSTON UNIVERSITY These local students were awarded academic degrees by Boston University in September: FROM AMHERST: Eric L. Bullock received a Master of Arts in environmental remote sensing and geographic information systems. FROM HOLLIS: Kerri A. Morin Whitehead received a Doctor of Physical Therapy in physical therapy. Natalie R. Coviello received a Doctor of Physical Therapy in physical therapy. CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY Sean Carpenter, of Hollis, a student at Concordia University in Seward, Neb., was chosen to play the part of the sinfonia conductor in the college’s musical production of “The Phantom of the Opera” from Nov. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:01:04 EST Visit him in the Big House http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/commentary/1051572-474/visit-him-in-the-big-house.html It’s official. I’m now a law breaker. We’ve lowered the window shades at home, dimmed the lights and anticipate the “Bearcat” showing up in our driveway anytime now. I wonder how well our front door will hold up if the SWAT team crashes through. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:00:25 EST Barbara L. Calvin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051579-466/barbara-l.-calvin.html Barbara L. Calvin, 58, of Nashua, died at her home, Saturday afternoon, November 8, 2014, surrounded by her caring family, after a long valiant battle against cancer. A resident of this city since early childhood, Mrs. Calvin was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on August 6, 1956, a daughter of the late Barbara A. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:00:06 EST Greater Nashua already preparing for the white stuff http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051591-469/greater-nashua-already-preparing-for-the-white.html Winter isn’t officially here, but it’s close, and local road crews have one thing to say to Mother Nature. Bring it. Large and small public works departments are prepping for the next round of slick and sloppy winter weather. “Normally, it’s a transition period from our construction season to winter prep and plowing season,” said Eric Ryder, street superintendent for Nashua. Ryder said his crews were getting everything ready to go Thursday, anticipating the “possibility of some precipitation.” “It’s all hands on deck, making sure we have equipment ready just in case we do need it,” Ryder said earlier in the week. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to be much, but you never know.” The salt shed, located near Conway Ice Arena, was fairly full Thursday, with more loads expected to come in from the two vendors the city uses – one in Portsmouth and the other in Quincy, Mass. Ryder said Nashua currently plows and treats 41 routes using about 60 pieces of equipment. “There’s 1,400 streets, 700-plus lane miles in 30 square miles of area and 14 schools along with that,” he said. Additionally, the drivers care for about 50 miles of sidewalks split into eight routes. When Merrimack’s public works director, Rick Seymour, talks about the winter work with people, he puts it this way: His crews operate 20 pieces of snow-moving equipment, from pickup trucks to six-wheelers, on about 170 miles of roadway in town. He said he tells people that’s about from Merrimack to New York City. It isn’t quite that far. That distance is closer to Bridgeport, Conn. However, Seymour said the point “puts it in perspective. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:01:03 EST Telegraph stories add up to high readership of Fuller case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051592-469/telegraph-stories-add-up-to-high-readership.html Only one of The Telegraph’s five stories about the Fred Fuller Oil filing for bankruptcy made the most read list of articles for the week ending Friday, but taken together, the company’s plight was the most popular subject on nashuatelegraph.com, generating more than 5,000 page views. “Fuller Oil files for bankruptcy protection, right before lawsuit set to begin” gained the most attention. Its 1,700 page views placed it ninth on the list. Not too far behind were “NH heating oil industry ready to adapt to Fuller Oil’s bankruptcy” (1,552 page views) and “Fred Fuller Oil files for bankruptcy, says customers shouldn’t worry” (1,400 page views). Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:01:08 EST In plea deal, former Hollis man to serve 8 months in jail http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051593-469/in-plea-deal-former-hollis-man-to.html NASHUA – A former Hollis man will serve an eight-month sentence in the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections but will avoid state prison time as the result of a plea agreement that resolves his charges. The charges include attempted assault, drug sales and trying to meet with an underage girl he met online. Jake C. Yacco, 23, previously of Flint Pond Road in Hollis and more recently of Hooker Street in Nashua, pleaded guilty to one count each of sale of a narcotic drug, oxycodone, and attempted sexual assault in exchange for serving eight months in jail, according to the agreement reached by prosecutors and his attorney, public defender Kristin Weberg. The deal was accepted Thursday by Superior Court Judge Kathleen McGuire. The agreement also covers a charge of use of computer services prohibited, which was lodged against Yacco in March when he was arrested at a Hollis coffee shop as he arrived to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old girl with whom he had communicated on social media. Yacco pleaded no contest to that charge in exchange for a suspended term of one to three years in state prison, according to the agreement. Yacco also agreed to register as a Tier I sex offender for 10 years. Prosecutors told McGuire that Yacco began conversing online in February with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl named Nikki, who said she originally gave her age as 18 to get around the social media site’s 18-plus policy. “Nikki” was really a Hollis police officer, prosecutors said, and after several days’ worth of conversing, Yacco and “Nikki” agreed to meet on Feb. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:03:35 EST Uglier-the-better Christmas sweater would outfit charity event runner http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1051607-469/uglier-the-better-christmas-sweater-would-outfit-charity-event.html Rusty jingle bells on shriveled-up holly, elves on strike make Santa less than jolly. The Grinch stealing presents, making a mess – what other mischief he’s up to is anyone’s guess. Reindeers fighting, destroying lighting; red-nosed Rudolph, not familiar with GPS, is unable to locate a single address. With holiday sweaters depicting the bizarre, overly ornate, gaudy, downright ridiculous to “I wouldn’t be caught dead in this,” the Mailbag challenges readers to find the ugliest one ever! Dressing for the race “My daughter is running in a charitable race in early December, and I am looking for the ugliest Christmas sweater for her to wear (size L or XL),” writes Edward D., of Hollis (LTR 3,166). “If anyone has a really ugly Christmas sweater they no longer want or need, I would look forward to hearing from you. “Thanks to the Mailbag for all you do.” ’Tis the season for charity, giving to others and giving of one’s time, looking for ways to reach out to those less fortunate and helping if possible, as Edward’s daughter is doing. So, on your mark, get set, go to your closet, storage bin or attic and look for the ugly, the horrid, the hideous when it comes to Christmas sweaters and contact Edward at 465-2148 or Edurand@juno.com. Best wishes for a fast finish! Needs electric wheelchair “I am in need of an electric wheelchair for my husband. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:01 EST Nashua Historical Society lauds researcher for contributions http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1051612-478/nashua-historical-society-lauds-researcher-for-contributions.html NASHUA – Barbara Comer, of Merrimack, knows more about farming in Nashua than she ever expected one year ago. Comer, who has worked as a graphic artist, an assistant librarian at the former Chandler Library and as collections manager for the Nashua Historical Society for the last eight years, took on a project that would uncover the history of local farms and lead her to set up the latest exhibit at the NHS. If you see her in action, you’d insist she is a historical one-man band, and for her work on behalf of the society, she was recently honored with the Florence Hyde Speare Award, the first to be presented. Comer was lauded for excellence in carrying out her responsibilities as collections management technician and for the countless hours volunteering beyond that role. She has cataloged artifacts, packed and stored collections, painted society rooms and exhibits, staged the post office room and military display cases, revamped the art collection room, applied her design background to volunteer projects, helped volunteers, secured furniture for collection rooms and located numerous artifacts for themed displays. To add to her to-do list, Comer has commandeered her husband, Joe, for building projects and repair at the society for many years. Comer’s most recent project was unveiled in September, an exhibit titled “Settling Old Dunstable: Agriculture and Farms in Early Dunstable.” Comer researched, designed and implemented the entire exhibit. Comer said she always loved mysteries as a child and enjoys correcting mistakes and misconceptions about history. She combined her research on the farm  exhibit with making connections to people throughout the city, from City Hall departments to people who were connected to the farms and farm families. Comer studied early land grant documents and photographs to pinpoint boundaries and modern-day structures on the ancient farms. She uncovered a fascinating agricultural history of Nashua before and after a time when the city was mainly considered a manufacturing hub. Comer is equally enthusiastic about every exhibit in the museum and wishes all visitors to “come in and smile and have a good experience.” And for workers like Comer, there is nothing more contagious than enthusiasm. She particularly enjoys adding color and humor to her exhibits, and draws on her design background to bring her displays to life. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:37 EST Unique southern NH charter school opening in fall 2015 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/education/1051616-478/unique-southern-nh-charter-school-opening-in.html NASHUA – Without much fanfare, the state Board of Education approved opening a MicroSociety Academy Charter School for southern New Hampshire in August. Since then, a volunteer team consisting of parents, educators and Greater Nashua community members has been working to prepare for the K-8 school’s expected opening in September 2015. “We plan to open MACS with a cohort of 120 K-5 students and then add grades 6-8 over the succeeding three years to reach a capacity of 180 students,” said the chairman of the group, parent Marc Sylvester, of Nashua. “Parents like our school’s MicroSociety theme, and that we are planning on having a full-day kindergarten program and a low 20-to-1 student-teacher ratio.” Sylvester said some parents have already started to pre-enroll their children on the school’s page at facebook.com/nhmicroschool. The school’s formal enrollment period will begin after Jan. 1. Deciding on a suitable location is one of the challenges facing the startup team. “Over the past several weeks, our team has been busy working with a Nashua commercial real-estate agent visiting and narrowing the school’s potential location from a field of seven down to two possible Greater Nashua sites,” Sylvester said. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:59 EST Nashua North seniors – and teachers – tackle college application process http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/hscolumns/1051621-478/nashua-north-seniors--and-teachers-.html The most wonderful time of the year is coming into full swing as people prepare their stomachs for cramming all kinds of Thanksgiving and holiday treats. However, there is another type of cramming happening at this time, too, and most would agree it isn’t too wonderful. Deadlines for college applications are creeping up on students at Nashua High School North, and for some seniors, this is also the most stressful time of year in addition to the holiday festivities. It can be a race to finish the Common Application while maintaining a balance between schoolwork, sports, extracurriculars and work. It can be confusing to even start pinpointing which colleges to apply for and what fits best. The struggle to keep one’s head above water in the midst of piles of paperwork and standardized testing can be difficult, but students at North have their own ways to figure out how they can balance everything at once. Some look for assistance with their applications by getting help from teachers. This can be a beneficial tool; some students don’t have the opportunities outside their schools to get help with applying to college, and usually there are many teachers willing to help. Senior Jocelyn Clancy received help from her AP literature and composition teacher, Christopher Saunders. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:01:25 EST Community events in Nashua – Nov. 16 update http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1051625-478/community-events-in-nashua--nov.-16.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. COMMUNITY EVENTS NH AUDUBON NASHAWAY CHAPTER PROGRAMS The Nashua Chapter of N.H. Audubon will host Ruth Smith, N.H. Audubon Program and Camp Director and Summer Naturalist, and nature columnist for the Concord Monitor, in a program entitled “Lions and Zebras and Ostriches, Oh My!” at 7 p.m. Nov. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:01:54 EST Holiday events in Greater Nashua and beyond http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/events/1051631-478/holiday-events-in-greater-nashua-and-beyond.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Event listings are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. NASHUA WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS TEA Hope Chapel, 46 Bridge St., will hold a women’s holiday tea at 6 p.m. Nov. 22. This is a traditional tea with finger sandwiches, fantastic desserts and beautifully decorated tables. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:02:22 EST Argument leads to arrest of Nashua woman for assault http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051526-469/argument-leads-to-arrest-of-nashua-woman.html An argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend that police say began Wednesday evening and ended Thursday morning when the boyfriend called police has landed a 29-year-old Nashua woman in custody and facing multiple charges. Amy Gallagher, of 42B Cross St., was taken into custody around 10 a.m. Thursday by officers who were called to the residence by a man police identified as Gallagher’s boyfriend. Police said officers were told by the man, whose name they didn’t release, that he had been physically assaulted and threatened by his girlfriend. Police said a woman had been arguing with the man “off and on” since Wednesday evening. They said that during the course of the argument, the woman armed herself with a kitchen knife and threatened the man. Police said the man sustained a minor laceration to his hand. They said the woman physically assaulted the victim again Thursday morning, which prompted him to call police. Gallagher was arrested at the scene, police said. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 02:00:07 EST Amherst man charged with throwing bottles at car on turnpike in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051518-469/amherst-man-charged-with-throwing-bottles-at.html An Amherst man allegedly threw bottles at a car, then threatened to knock out the teeth of the driver as part of a road rage incident on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Nashua two months ago. State police said John Tiso, 45, turned himself in at Troop B barracks in Bedford on an arrest warrant charging him with criminal threatening, reckless driving and littering. He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail, and is scheduled to appear in Nashua district court on Jan. 7 to answer charges. State police said they received a call about the incident at about 3:30 p.m. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:59:52 EST Nashua police make 2nd arrest in 2 days for cocaine possession, sales http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051525-469/nashua-police-make-2nd-arrest-in-2.html NASHUA – Police recorded their second significant drug-sales arrest in as many days Thursday when they apprehended Eric Williams, 38, and charged him with three counts of unlawful sale of narcotic drugs, according to police and court documents. Williams, of 59 Factory St., Apt. 501, was transported to the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections in Manchester after his arraignment Friday morning on the alleged offenses. Two of the charges involve the sale of cocaine and one is for selling crack cocaine. All of the charges are Class A felonies. Williams was ordered held at the Department of Corrections on $75,000 cash or surety bail pending his probable cause hearing, which is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Nov. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 02:00:01 EST David R. Demers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051539-466/david-r.-demers.html DEMERS, DAVID R., 70 originally from Nashua N.H., passed away in Zephyrhills, FL on October 25, 2014. He was the son of the late Maurice L. and Sonia (Levesque) Demers of Nashua. Dave was a proud veteran of 22 years in the Coast Guard. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:59:57 EST Nashua armory undergoing upgrades http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051555-469/nashua-armory-undergoing-upgrades.html A significant rehabilitation project is underway at the Army National Guard Armory on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua. Military vehicles usually seen parked around the low brick building have been shuffled around as heavy equipment prepares the area around the building. In a press release issued Thursday , National Guard spokesman Col. David Mikolaities said the guard has recently embarked upon a major renovation at its Nashua Readiness Center site along Daniel Webster Highway. The project consists of general site improvements, including new paved and gravel  parking areas, burying of underground utilities, a new motor pool fence, drainage improvements for on-site stormwater treatment, American Disability Act improvements and additional lighting. Mikolaities said most of the improvements are a result of increased antiterrorism and force protection measures that have been implemented over the last decade. The project also provides the necessary site upgrades for the storage of military vehicles and equipment, as well as increases the capacity for privately owned vehicle parking. The project was solicited and administered through the New Hampshire Department of Administrative Services Bureau of Public Works. Fire burned the old armory on Canal Street on Feb. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 02:01:01 EST Veterans Day deserves a lot more respect than it gets http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/editorials/1051535-465/veterans-day-deserves-a-lot-more-respect.html Because its roots trace back to the end of World War I, Veterans Day is always celebrated on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when the 1918 armistice was signed ending “The War to End All Wars.” Unfortunately, few private employers offer the holiday as a day off, so when parades and ceremonies fall during the week, attendance suffers. That’s the point that Nashua Joint Veterans Parade Committee chairman Royal Miller made this week. “The attendance was OK for being on a weekday. But it could have been much more if industry supported Veterans Day,” he said of the 5,000-7,000 people who lined the parade route – about half of a Memorial Day turnout. According to a Bloomberg BNA’s Holiday Leave Practices survey, 96 percent of employers offer Memorial Day as a paid holiday, compared to just 22 percent for Veterans Day. “To me, it diminishes the importance of the holiday,” said Miller, an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam conflict and past commander of American Legion Post 3 in Nashua. His point is well taken. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:59:48 EST Nashua police, DEA raid apartment; charge man with selling, possessing 2 pounds of cocaine http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051403-469/nashua-police-dea-raid-apartment-charge-man.html NASHUA – A 33-year-old resident of Nashua’s Tree Streets neighborhood was jailed Thursday morning following his arraignment on a slew of drug-related offenses stemming from a lengthy undercover police operation. Leonel Torres-Chavira, 35A Ash St., was arrested around 5:30 Wednesday evening by members of the Nashua Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit, capping an investigation into the “recent influx of illicit drug sales in the area of Ash Street,” according to police. Nashua police, who said the investigation into Torres-Chavira’s alleged activities spanned several months, had been working with the DEA’s High-Intensity Drug Task Force. Members of both agencies searched Torres-Chavira’s apartment following his arrest, police said, and found more than 900 grams – roughly 2 pounds – of cocaine. The warrant in Torres-Chavira’s arrest was sealed following Thursday’s arraignment. Other documents describe an operation in which undercover law enforcement officers purchased various quantities of cocaine, and crack cocaine, from Torres-Chavira on several occasions in September and October. Torres-Chavira was charged with seven counts in all, including four counts of sale of a narcotic drug – crack cocaine; two counts of possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to distribute; and one count of possession of cocaine. All of the counts are felonies. Four of them carry enhanced penalties, which were levied based on the amount of cocaine police found. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST Elks scholarship applications available http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1051405-308/elks-scholarship-applications-available.html Elks National Foundation Scholarship applications are available to high school seniors only by visiting www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm. Scholarships range from $1,000-$12,500 a year. Application information is available from guidance departments and from the Nashua lodge scholarship chairman, Past District Deputy Albert W. Savage, 86 Robinson Road, Nashua. Applications must be returned to the steward at the Nashua Lodge of Elks or to Savage. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:01:24 EST Harbor Homes in Nashua seeks help with Thanksgiving dinner for homeless http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1051410-308/harbor-homes-in-nashua-seeks-help-with.html NASHUA – Harbor Homes is preparing for its 14th annual Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and those in need of a hot meal. This event is for those who would like to share a hot Thanksgiving dinner with other community members who find themselves in need. The dinner serves 300-400 individuals each year. Harbor Homes is seeking help. It needs turkeys and canned vegetables (corn, green beans) to make the dinner a reality this year. Anything people are able to do to help would be appreciated. For more information, contact Donna M.A. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:01:45 EST Harbor Homes in Nashua provides housing for 38 in need http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1051411-308/harbor-homes-in-nashua-provides-housing-for.html NASHUA – Harbor Homes, a member of the Partnership for Successful Living, announced its success in providing permanent housing and supportive services to an additional 38 chronically homeless individuals and families, eight of whom are veterans, and anticipate two more to be housed in the coming days. A safe and secure roof over the heads of our most vulnerable neighbors has been made possible by the agency’s Ending Homelessness Fund. The fund’s mission, initiated in January by a small group of concerned citizens, is to raise the funds necessary to permanently house and maintain the chronically homeless in Greater Nashua, including Hollis and Brookline, in an attempt to bridge the gap from the amount of funds allocated by the federal government. Since January, the fund has raised about $125,000 in pursuit of its $200,000 year-end goal. Time is running out, and the fund must raise about $75,000 in just a few weeks to allow Harbor Homes to house all of the remaining chronically homeless individuals and families in the Nashua area. “Chronically homeless” is defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as “either an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more or an unaccompanied individual who has had a least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.” These men and women are our most desperate and difficult to place in housing. They require the highest level of public resources, often have life-threatening medical needs and their mortality rate is two to three times higher than the general population. Substantiated reports have indicated that this group comprises the highest users of costly hospital-based acute care and concluded that placing individuals and families in supportive housing can lead to improved health care costs, especially when frequent users of health services are targeted. Gifts of any size are respectfully requested. To donate, call Donna Collins at 882-3616, ext. 1242, or visit www.harbor homes.org/ehf. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:01:49 EST Boston Bruins to play alumni game in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1051412-308/boston-bruins-to-play-alumni-game-in.html NASHUA – The Nashua Panthers will host a Boston Bruins alumni game at Conway Arena at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. “This is a real honor to welcome so many Boston Bruins alumni players to Nashua,” Nashua Panthers President Bobby Bennett said. “It’s a great chance for all of our youth hockey players, families and fans to see former Boston Bruins players up close and personal right in their home arena at Conway Arena. “This is going to a fun-filled night for everyone.” Some of the Bruins alumni who have been invited are Rick Middleton, Andy Brickley, Terry O’Reilly, Bob Beers, Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linseman, John Carter, Bob Sweeney, Bruce Crowder, Tom Songin, Dave Shaw, Cleon Daskalakis, Bruce Shoebottom and Ted Donato, along with Bob Cormier, director of hockey operations; John Horrigan, game announcer; and Don Garcia, referee. Proceeds will be put back into the community to benefit families in need of assistance who would like to participate in the Panthers youth hockey program but are unable to because of equipment and tuition costs. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:01:53 EST Nashua Catholic announces Student Council officers http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisnews/1051414-308/nashua-catholic-announces-student-council-officers.html NASHUA – Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School recently named the officers to its Student Council. Eighth-grader Angad Chugh, of Nashua, was named president. Vice presidents are eighth-graders Andrea MacFarlane, of Brookline; Leah Stutzman, of Wilton; and Julia Koperniak, of Nashua. For more information, call 882-7011 or visit www.ncrjhs.org. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:02:01 EST Louis A. Tyska http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/hollisbrooklinejournal/hollisobituaries/1051416-435/louis-a.-tyska.html Louis A. Tyska, 80, of Hollis, NH, died Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Nashua Crossings. EVERYONE LOVED LOU! Lou, as he was known, was born July 24, 1934, in Montclair, NJ, and was the son of the late Louis Anthony and Chauncey Ucci Tyska. Lou graduated from Belleville High School in 1952. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:02:09 EST Elks offering $2.4 million in scholarships http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1051419-308/elks-offering-2.4-million-in-scholarships.html Elks National Foundation Scholarship applications are available to high school seniors only by visiting www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm. Scholarships range from $1,000-$12,500 a year. A total of $2.44 million will be awarded in a nationwide competition to the highest-rated boys and girls in the 2015 competition. Criteria are financial need, leadership and scholarship. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:02:21 EST Harbor Homes in Nashua seeks help with Thanksgiving dinner for homeless http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1051423-308/harbor-homes-in-nashua-seeks-help-with.html NASHUA – Harbor Homes is preparing for its 14th annual Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and those in need of a hot meal. This event is for those who would like to share a hot Thanksgiving dinner with other community members who find themselves in need. The dinner serves 300-400 individuals each year. Harbor Homes is seeking help. It needs turkeys and canned vegetables (corn, green beans) to make the dinner a reality this year. Anything people are able to do to help would be appreciated. For more information, contact Donna M.A. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:02:38 EST Boston Bruins to play alumni game in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimacknews/1051425-308/boston-bruins-to-play-alumni-game-in.html NASHUA – The Nashua Panthers will host a Boston Bruins alumni game at Conway Arena at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. “This is a real honor to welcome so many Boston Bruins alumni players to Nashua,” Nashua Panthers President Bobby Bennett said. “It’s a great chance for all of our youth hockey players, families and fans to see former Boston Bruins players up close and personal right in their home arena at Conway Arena. Some of the Bruins alumni who have been invited are Rick Middleton, Andy Brickley, Terry O’Reilly, Bob Beers, Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linseman, John Carter, Bob Sweeney, Bruce Crowder, Tom Songin, Dave Shaw, Cleon Daskalakis, Bruce Shoebottom and Ted Donato, along with Bob Cormier, director of hockey operations; John Horrigan, game announcer; and Don Garcia, referee. Proceeds will be put back into the community to benefit families in need of assistance who would like to participate in the Panthers youth hockey program but are unable to because of equipment and tuition costs. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:02:46 EST Merrimack Friars participate in NH Special Olympics bowling in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/merrimackjournal/merrimackreadersubmitted/1051426-308/merrimack-friars-participate-in-nh-special-olympics.html MERRIMACK – The Merrimack Friars held their own at Leda Lanes in Nashua on Nov. 1 when they bowled in the afternoon session of the New Hampshire Special Olympics. It wasn’t a quiet event, as there was much cheering and whoops of joy as athletes tumbled the candlepins down. There was also laughter for the occasional gutterball. The Nashua and Hudson police departments were well represented and mingled as cheerleaders, as they do every year. They presented the gold, silver and bronze medals to the victorious bowlers, who weren’t sure if the best reward was the medal or getting to have pictures with the Nashua and Hudson police. For more information about the Friars and how to join their activities, visit www.merrimackfriars.org/membership.htm. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:02:50 EST Boston Bruins to play alumni game in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordnews/1051455-308/boston-bruins-to-play-alumni-game-in.html NASHUA – The Nashua Panthers will host a Boston Bruins alumni game at Conway Arena at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. “This is a real honor to welcome so many Boston Bruins alumni players to Nashua,” Nashua Panthers President Bobby Bennett said. “It’s a great chance for all of our youth hockey players, families and fans to see former Boston Bruins players up close and personal right in their home arena at Conway Arena. “This is going to a fun-filled night for everyone.” Some of the Bruins alumni who have been invited are Rick Middleton, Andy Brickley, Terry O’Reilly, Bob Beers, Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linseman, John Carter, Bob Sweeney, Bruce Crowder, Tom Songin, Dave Shaw, Cleon Daskalakis, Bruce Shoebottom and Ted Donato, along with Bob Cormier, director of hockey operations; John Horrigan, game announcer; and Don Garcia, referee. Proceeds will be put back into the community to benefit families in need of assistance who would like to participate in the Panthers youth hockey program but are unable to because of equipment and tuition costs. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:01:38 EST Many more choices when shopping for health insurance this year, starting Saturday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051484-469/many-more-choices-when-shopping-for-health.html It’s not quite Black Friday for health insurance, but Saturday’s start of the second year of offerings at the Health Insurance Marketplace is likely to send a lot of people online looking for deals. “We found last time there was a lot of browsing, window-shopping, and I think this year will follow the same pattern,” said Karen Hicks, Project Director for Covering New Hampshire, a state resource for health and dental insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. “It’s obviously more complicated this year because of the sheer volume of options. People will need to get their minds around that.” Nov. 15 is the start of the second Open Enrollment Period, during which people can buy health or dental insurance that goes into effect next year. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:55:00 EST Man accused of multiple sex assaults gets OK to supervised visits with his kids http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051490-469/man-accused-of-multiple-sex-assaults-gets.html NASHUA – A 36-year-old man from the town of Temple who stands accused of 15 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault has been granted his request to have supervised visits with his two children while his case proceeds in Hillsborough County Superior Court. Documents in the case of Mark Worcester, of 147 Josiah Lane, Temple, show that Superior Court Judge Charles Temple granted a motion, filed by his attorneys, public defenders Paul Borchardt and Bonnie Sisak, as part of a bail hearing held Monday. Worcester is next due in court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 2 for a status hearing, according to court documents. State police, following a month-long investigation, arrested Worcester in June and charged with eight counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. The charges accuse him of sexually assaulting a girl who was under 16 when the alleged incidents began in 2011. Seven more counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault were later lodged against Worcester in connection with alleged assaults involving the same victim between May 2009 and May 2014, according to court documents. Worcester was indicted on all 15 counts this fall. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:06:44 EST http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051496-469/story.html Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:57:49 EST Anna L. Frost http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051510-466/anna-l.-frost.html Anna L. Frost of Nashua passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on June 1, 1933. Anna is survived by her two brothers, Tom and Eugene Wilmot. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:02:29 EST Ryan P. Actis http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051511-466/ryan-p.-actis.html Ryan P. Actis, 26, of Nashua passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Ryan was born in Boston MA on July 21, 1988, the son of Stephen and Claire (Hurley) Actis of Nashua. Ryan graduated from Nashua High School North in 2007 and in 2011 from UNH, where he was a part of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He was a member of the Nashua Lodge Elks and played actively on a dart league in Nashua. He enjoyed golf and was a Bruins & Patriots fan. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:02:33 EST Sylvio Rossi http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051512-466/sylvio-rossi.html Sylvio Rossi, 85, of Nashua, N.H., passed away following a long illness on November 10, 2014. He was born in Woonsocket, R.I., on March 8, 1929, the son of Thomas and Cleonice (Pettine) Rossi. He is survived by his beloved wife, Constance (Pepin) Rossi, with whom he was married for almost 60 years; his two children, Dr. Thomas Rossi of Marblehead, MA, and Roberta Rossi Valentine of The Woodlands, TX; and his three grandchildren, Quinn Valentine, Mia Rossi and Silvio Rossi. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:02:37 EST Nashua Police Department arrest log for Nov. 6-12 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/policecourts/1051530-228/nashua-police-department-arrest-log-for-nov..html Nashua Police  Department NOV. 6 ARRESTS/SUMMONSES Peter J. St. Laurent, 23, 20 June St., Nashua, electronic bench warrant: failure to appear at arraignment. Gary Lee Dicicco, 27, 28 Regent Drive, Nashua, operating without a valid license. Corinine Bastarche, 34, 28 Railroad Square, Apt. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:00:20 EST Police charge Nashua resident with assaulting, injuring man Wednesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051471-469/police-charge-nashua-resident-with-assaulting-injuring.html NASHUA – A city man is facing a felony-level assault charge after he allegedly kicked another man repeatedly and left him with a serious head injury, police said. Officers arrested Corby Adkinson, 29, of 40 Chestnut St., just before 2 a.m. Thursday, charging him with second-degree assault, a Class B felony. Police said the incident occurred Wednesday evening as the victim was walking in downtown Nashua. Police said Adkinson and the victim, whose name they didn’t release, know each other. Police learned of the incident around 7:30 p.m. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:13 EST Nashua police charge Vermont man with strangling woman, knife threat http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051492-469/nashua-police-charge-vermont-man-with-strangling.html NASHUA – Police arrested a Vermont man Wednesday and charged him with beating and strangling a woman he knows. Police were called to a Nashua home around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for a domestic dispute and arrested William Washington, 45, of 57 Mountain View Loop in Johnson, Vt., after charging him with hitting a woman he knows several times. The woman was brought to a city hospital with minor injuries, police said. Detectives investigated and determined that Washington also had choked the woman and threatened her with a knife. They also learned that Washington has a previous felony assault conviction and charged him with felony counts, police said. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:01:16 EST Nashua man charged with breaking officer’s wrist during flight from domestic dispute http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051491-469/nashua-man-charged-with-breaking-officers-wrist.html A Nashua man is facing felony charges after police said he assaulted a woman Wednesday night and then fled from police, breaking an officer’s wrist. Nashua police were called to a residence on West Hollis Street around 10 p.m. Wednesday for a domestic dispute. The first officer to arrive, Justin Pearse, said he saw Robert Hall, 36, of 85 West Hollis St., Apt. 2, Nashua, damaging the front door of the home. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:01:12 EST Nashua police seek help identifying man who robbed city pharmacy http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051462-469/nashua-police-seek-help-identifying-man-who.html Nashua police are asking for help identifying a man who robbed a city pharmacy last weekend. Police were called to the CVS Pharmacy at 633 Amherst St. around 9:30 p.m. for a reported robbery. Employees said a man had entered the store, then handed a pharmacist a note claiming that he was armed and demanding prescription drugs. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:07 EST Peacock Players present “The Addams Family” http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/bedfordjournal/bedfordreadersubmitted/1051447-308/peacock-players-present-the-addams-family.html NASHUA – Peacock Players, New Hampshire’s premiere award-winning youth theatre, will present the New Hampshire debut of the Broadway smash hit musical “The Addams Family” in November at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. in Nashua. Performances at 7 p.m. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:00:56 EST Peacock Players to present ‘The Addams Family’ http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetreadersubmitted/1051400-308/peacock-players-to-present-the-addams-family.html NASHUA – Peacock Players, New Hampshire’s premiere award-winning youth theatre, will present the New Hampshire debut of the Broadway smash hit musical “The Addams Family” in November at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. in Nashua. Performances at 7 p.m. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:01:08 EST Tolles Street Mission in Nashua offering Thanksgiving Outreach http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1051381-478/tolles-street-mission-in-nashua-offering-thanksgiving.html NASHUA – The Tolles Street Mission will hold its annual Thanksgiving Outreach during which turkey baskets will be handed out between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21; Monday, Nov. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:00:48 EST Nashua DAR to hold open meeting http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1051374-478/nashua-dar-to-hold-open-meeting.html NASHUA – The Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invite you to its November meeting, to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at The First Church, 1 Concord St. Guest speakers are State Regent Phyllis Gagnon and Brent Winiger, of Rivier University. If you’re interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, call Chapter Regent Ellie Freeman at 882-8860. For more information, visit www.dar.org or the Matthew Thornton website at freewebs.com/matthewthorntondar. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:00:14 EST Nashua Chamber Orchestra season opens this weekend http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1051313-485/nashua-chamber-orchestra-season-opens-this-weekend.html NASHUA – The Nashua Chamber Orchestra, with music director David Feltner, opens its season with an eclectic program of music by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Borodin, MacDowell and Glinka. The Beethoven Triple Concerto will be performed by the musicians of Kaleidoscope at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nashua Community College, Judd Gregg Hall, 505 Amherst St., and 3 p.m. Sunday at Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square on the Oval. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:00:59 EST Hudson man sentenced Wednesday on charges stemming from August shooting http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051322-469/hudson-man-sentenced-wednesday-on-charges-stemming.html NASHUA – A Superior Court judge on Wednesday commended former Hudson resident Joshua Griffin for accepting responsibility for the firearm-related  offenses he was charged with in August, then offered Griffin condolences in the recent death of a family member before sentencing him to a pair of two- to five-year state prison terms and 12 months at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections. Judge Charles Temple accepted the terms of the plea agreement, which Griffin’s attorney, public defender Bonnie Sisak, and county prosecutor Kathleen Broderick reached on the four Class B felonies and one misdemeanor Griffin faced for threatening a Hudson woman with a handgun, then firing the gun into an occupied apartment. Griffin, 34, formerly of 9B Bockes Road in Hudson, has been incarcerated since the incident, which took place on the evening of Aug. 1 at that address. Police were called to 9A and 9B Bockes Road around 6:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired, and learned that a gun had been fired from inside 9B Bockes Road and into the common wall shared by 9A and 9B Bockes Road, according to police reports. Griffin had fled the home before officers arrived and a K-9 officer was used to find him near Hopkins Drive. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:59:48 EST Mary Anderson http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051347-466/mary-anderson.html Mary Anderson died peacefully at Kindred Healthcare (Greenbriar) on November 11, 2014.  She was born in Nova Scotia, Canada on May 6, 1928, the daughter of the late Francis and Beatrice (Pembroke) Ludlow. She was the widow of Angus Anderson. They shared over 40 years of marriage. Mrs. Anderson was a longtime employee at the Hunt Community. She is remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She volunteered generously with several organizations including the Nashua Senior Center, Souhegan Valley Resources and The Merrimack Friars. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:00:05 EST Beatrice C. (Lamy) Therrien http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051350-466/beatrice-c.-lamy-therrien.html Beatrice C. (Lamy) Therrien, age 90, a lifelong resident of the Forge Village section of Westford, recently of Nashua, NH, passed away peacefully at Greenbriar in Nashua on Tues., Nov. 11, 2014 with her family by her side. She was the widow of Leo E. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:00:21 EST Edward Carpenter http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051351-466/edward-carpenter.html Edward Carpenter, 85, of Nashua, beloved husband of Cecile (Boisvert) Carpenter of Nashua, formerly of Billerica MA, Sarasota FL, and Gilmanton NH, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 10, 2014 at his home. Edward was born in Arlington MA, son of the late George and Anna (Perreault) Carpenter. Besides his wife, Edward is survived by his two daughters: Deborah Swiatowicz and her husband James, Cynthia Snedeker and her husband Paul; his two sons: Edward Carpenter and his wife Pamela, and Daniel Carpenter; and daughter-in-law Jane Carpenter. Edward is also survived by his sister, Barbara Brennan; and seven grandchildren: Jeffrey Swiatowicz, Chad Swiatowicz, Shawn Carpenter, Kaitlin Carpenter, Steven Carpenter, Scott Snedeker, Matthew Snedeker, and one great-granddaughter, Mele Swiatowicz; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Edward honorably served our country with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Prior to retirement, he owned Carpenter Beef Co. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:00:25 EST Nashua aldermen turn down bid to move health department http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051361-469/nashua-aldermen-turn-down-bid-to-move.html NASHUA – Aldermen on Wednesday rejected Mayor Donnalee Lozeau’s proposal to relocate the public health department from its current location inside a decaying school to a site the city would buy across Mulberry Street, where it would construct a new building. On an 8-7 vote, the Board of Aldermen indefinitely postponed action on the project. No one disputed the mayor’s claim that the current Division of Public Health and Community Services building is “functionally obsolete” and needs attention. But most claimed it would cost too much money to buy the 11-13 Mulberry St. property that is home to a former bakery and current church for $355,000, raze it, then build a new 10,000-square-foot building. The project is estimated to cost more than $2 million. Several aldermen spoke in favor of building a new public health department on the current city-owned Maple Street parking lot, which surrounds the church property. Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess estimated that this approach would cost $1.2 million. Lozeau appealed to the board to site a new public health department at 11-13 Mulberry St., which is located diagonally across the street from the existing public health department at 18 Mulberry St. “It’s not that often that an opportunity like this comes along right across the street. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:01:09 EST Nashua tattoo shop owner looks forward to new Elm Street digs http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051362-469/nashua-tattoo-shop-owner-looks-forward-to.html NASHUA – Precision Body Arts owner Ryan Ouellette is in the midst of renovating the long-vacant 3 Elm St. building where he hopes to move his tattoo and body piercing salon by years’s end. “I feel like it will be a really nice addition to the area … It’s part of a kind of rejuvenation of that area,” said Ouellette, whose salon currently is located at nearby 116 West Pearl St. Renovations will bring renewed life to the two-story, Colonial-style building that has become an “eyesore” and magnet for loiterers during the six years it has been vacant, he said. The move to 3 Elm St. will mark the business’s third incarnation since it opened in downtown Nashua in 2000. It means the salon’s floor space will more than double to 3,000 square feet, which Ouellette said, will enable him to hire more tattoo artists and possibly more receptionists. Ouellette, 35, started his business in a 700-square-foot space at 109 West Pearl St. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:40:00 EST Groups place flags at Nashua, Hudson cemeteries http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1051372-478/groups-place-flags-at-nashua-hudson-cemeteries.html NASHUA – Members of Nashua Elks Lodge 720, with the help of Nashua Boy Scout Troop 410 and the Ruff Riders of Nashua, placed about 600 American flags at veterans’ gravesites at Woodlawn Cemetery on Kinsley Street on Nov. 8 in remembrance of their duty to our country. Other “Flags In” events took place at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis, Edgewood, St. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:59:59 EST Greater Nashua Habitat volunteers presented service awards http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1051375-478/greater-nashua-habitat-volunteers-presented-service-awards.html CONCORD – Veterans Kurt Cameron and Tom Larochelle, volunteers for Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity, received volunteer service recognition awards at Volunteer NH’s Spirit of New Hampshire Awards on Nov. 10. Cameron and Larochelle have given thousands of hours of community service in support of building affordable homes for local families in need. “Volunteers are at the heart of what Habitat is all about,” GNHFH Executive Director Leah Shuldiner said. “Kurt and Tom are passionate champions of the Habitat for Humanity mission to eliminate substandard housing, and are always ready to step in to perform work, provide leadership and support other volunteers in getting involved. “We are lucky to have their support.” Cameron, of Nashua, has volunteered at the GNHFH ReStore, a retail store that supports the nonprofit by selling donated building supplies and household items, every business day since before the store opened in April 2013. As the store’s intake specialist, Cameron greets donors and customers while accepting donations, organizing merchandise and constructing displays. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:00:21 EST Nashua Panthers to host Boston Bruins alumni game http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1051376-478/nashua-panthers-to-host-boston-bruins-alumni.html NASHUA – The Nashua Panthers will host a Boston Bruins alumni game at Conway Arena at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. “This is a real honor to welcome so many Boston Bruins alumni players to Nashua,” Nashua Panthers President Bobby Bennett said. “It’s a great chance for all of our youth hockey players, families and fans to see former Boston Bruins players up close and personal right in their home arena at Conway Arena. “This is going to a  fun-filled night for everyone.” Some of the Bruins alumni who have been invited are Rick Middleton, Andy Brickley, Terry O’Reilly, Bob Beers, and Reggie Lemelin. Also, Ken Linseman, John Carter, Bob Sweeney, Bruce Crowder and Tom Songin. Also, Dave Shaw, Cleon Daskalakis, Bruce Shoebottom and Ted Donato. Also invited were: Bob Cormier, director of hockey operations. John Horrigan, game announcer. Don Garcia, referee. Proceeds will be put back into the community to benefit families in need of assistance who would like to participate in the Panthers youth hockey program but are unable to because of equipment and tuition costs. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. For tickets or more information, contact Bennett at 1-781-414-9146 or bennett_bobby@yahoo.com. Tickets also will be available at the door. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:00:26 EST Food and drink festival supports Family Promise of Greater Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/charity/1051377-478/food-and-drink-festival-supports-family-promise.html NASHUA – The fourth annual Homeward Bound Food and Drink Festival to support Family Promise of Greater Nashua at the Anne-Marie House will take place from 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Radisson Nashua. Homeward Bound, the Anne-Marie House major fundraiser of the year, supports children and families who have experienced homelessness and provides them with a path to sustainability. More than 25 vendors will serve samples of their signature foods and drinks. Amphora Fine Greek Dining will add a touch of Greece this year, along with Italian delicacies from Red Sauce Ristorante, fantastic ribs from the Homestead Restaurant, and Mexican favorites from Margaritas and Shorty’s, to name a few. Dessert lovers will enjoy baklava and butter cookies from Jaja Belle’s, mouth-watering cupcakes and pop cakes from Cupcakes101, and the newest dessert sensation in Nashua,  Sub-Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt. Wine and brew connoisseurs will have a variety of selections to sample, from Martha’s Exchange serving some seasonal brews to LaBelle Winery and Cava de Vino offering a choice selection of wines. Beverage offerings will be expanded this year to include gin and whiskey from Djinn Spirits and Dewar’s Scotch tastings will be provided by Horizon Beverage. Are you looking for a themed basket to give that “hard-to-buy-for” person? How about a beautiful diamond necklace? A beach weekend in South Carolina? Ski passes or golf lessons? Committee volunteers have been working tirelessly to find interesting and creative items for the silent and live auctions. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:00:30 EST ‘Reliving the Civil War’ at Nashua Historical Society http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1051378-478/reliving-the-civil-war-at-nashua-historical.html NASHUA – The Nashua Historical Society will present “Reliving the Civil War,” performed by living historian Bob Duffy, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 5 Abbott St. During the Civil War, 1.5 million men came together from all over the Union to fight for the North. Many of these men came from rural areas, and their exposure to the high tech of the day helped spur postwar economic growth. Duffy will highlight the culture shock of a boy from a small New England farm who participates in the greatest adventure of his life. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:00:35 EST Nashua library’s How-To Festival adds more events http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/neighbors/1051379-478/nashua-librarys-how-to-festival-adds-more-events.html NASHUA – Spend Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library’s How-To Festival and go home with some useful – or just plain fun – new skills. Among the last-minute additions to the program are featured presentations on How to Do Tai Chi, How to Dance Salsa and How to Save Money with Extreme Couponing. Other featured presentations include how to: Succeed on eBay, Manage Paper Overload, Make Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen, Cash in on Your Invention, Succeed on Craigslist, Click by Click, Decide What Publishing Path Suits Your Book, Make a Movie, Make Fabric Flowers and Bang Your Bucket. Recently added to the day’s short demos, running between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., are How to Make Beaded Jewelry, Play the Cup Game, Start a Coin Collection, Find Your Inner Beat and Sing Solfege. The entire schedule is available at www.tinyurl.com/npllectures. Visit a downtown restaurant during the lunch break, or bring a bag lunch or takeout to the library and eat in the East Wing. The event is free and open to the public. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:00:40 EST Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity celebrates 20 years http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetreadersubmitted/1051388-308/greater-nashua-habitat-for-humanity-celebrates-20.html AMHERST – More than 150 donors and volunteers gathered at LaBelle Winery on Oct. 26 to celebrate Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity’s 20th anniversary. During the event, the nonprofit announced it will launch a new program called Veterans Build, which will focus on supporting veteran families. The national initiative will provide housing solutions and volunteer and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families. The program focuses on five key areas: • Building affordable housing. • Engaging military members and supporters in volunteer work. • Connecting veterans to employment and volunteer opportunities within Habitat. • Promoting financial literacy and homeownership education programs. • Honoring local veterans with events that highlight veteran housing needs and their service to the country. To kick off the Veterans Build program, GNHFH will host a veterans-only volunteer day on Saturday, Nov. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:00:09 EST Boston Bruins to play alumni game in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com//www.cabinet.com/cabinet/cabinetnews/1051389-308/boston-bruins-to-play-alumni-game-in.html NASHUA – The Nashua Panthers will host a Boston Bruins alumni game at Conway Arena at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. “This is a real honor to welcome so many Boston Bruins alumni players to Nashua,” Nashua Panthers President Bobby Bennett said. “It’s a great chance for all of our youth hockey players, families and fans to see former Boston Bruins players up close and personal right in their home arena at Conway Arena. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:00:15 EST Alcohol and schools do not mix http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/letters/1051250-465/alcohol-and-schools-do-not-mix.html The absurdity of allowing beer and wine to be served on school property seems to have escaped some of the good citizens of Nashua. Cultural events are an important enhancement to our community, but pale in consideration of the welfare of our children. It should go without saying that alcohol and schools do not mix. The notion of permitting beer and wine to be served at Keefe Auditorium, in Elm Street Middle School, undermines the district’s commitment to providing a safe, substance-free environment for our students. As adults, we need to consider the implicit message – that things go better with booze. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:59:54 EST It’s a Dickens of a time as we head into the holidays http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1051318-485/its-a-dickens-of-a-time-as.html What a whirlwind November has already been for your editor! This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be part of the cast of Actorsingers’ production of “Young Frankenstein.” It was an incredible show! The set design, the special effects, the talented lead actors … I hope you caught a performance. It was one of the 60-year company’s most successful shows on the books as well. Congratulations to the scores of people who worked so hard to produce it. Tuesday night, I was delighted to introduce Gerald Charles Dickens before his live one-man performance of his great-great-grandfather’s epic tale, “A Christmas Carol.” He is such a charming man and an engaging performer. He did two shows of that story, and one of “Doctor Marigold.” A big thank you to Fortin Gage Flowers for bringing Mr. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:01:02 EST Holiday events around the region http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/foodfun/artsentertainment/1051309-485/holiday-events-around-the-region.html EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. For more events, visit nashuatelegraph.com/community. BEDFORD CHARITY CHRISTMAS TREE SALE The Bedford Men’s Club is hosting their annual Christmas tree sale at the Bedford Village Shops on Route 101 starting the Saturday afternoon after Thanksgiving. Pre-sale special orders for tall Christmas trees must be ordered before Nov. 18 for 8-9-foot and 9-10-foot heights. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:01:27 EST James Michael ‘Mike’ Smethurst http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051273-466/james-michael-mike-smethurst.html James Michael “Mike” Smethurst of Nashua, died November 10, 2014. He was born on February 17, 1933 in Ellesmere-Port, Cheshire, England, son of the late Frank and Margaret (Huxley) Smethurst. He was the husband of Shirley Smethurst, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage. Mike was employed in the U.K. by W. P. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:00:20 EST Louis A. Tyska http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051276-466/louis-a.-tyska.html Louis A. Tyska, 80, of Hollis, NH died Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Nashua Crossings. EVERYONE LOVED LOU! Lou, as he was known, was born July 24, 1934 in Montclair, NJ and was the son of the late Louis Anthony and Chauncey Ucci Tyska.  Lou graduated from Belleville High School in 1952. He attended Bloomfield College and the Kellogg School at Penn State University. He was a graduate of the NJ State Police Academy in Sea Girt, NJ and was a policeman in Glen Ridge, NJ for five years. He later became a Supervising Special Agent for the Waterfront Crime Commission of NY & NJ. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:00:33 EST Conrad L. Simard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051277-466/conrad-l.-simard.html Conrad L. Simard, 95, of Nashua, NH, died Monday at Southern NH Hospital. He married the late Annette Robert in 1947, and they lived together in Nashua, NH. He was a veteran of World War II and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He owned and operated Simard Signs and a picture framing business. He enjoyed oil painting as a hobby. He was a member of Nashua Senior Center and enjoyed many trips with his wife and friends. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:00:37 EST Nashua Veterans Day parade organizer calls for paid holiday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051282-469/nashua-veterans-day-parade-organizer-calls-for.html More people would have participated in Tuesday’s Veterans Day events if private employers let their workers have the day off as a paid holiday, a Nashua veteran and parade organizer said. “The attendance was OK for being on a weekday. But it could have been much more if industry supported Veterans Day,” said Royal Miller, Nashua Joint Veterans Parade Committee chairman. Miller said he knows many employees from Nashua-area companies – including defense contractors – who would have attended the Veterans Day parade with their families, but couldn’t because many companies no longer offer it as a paid holiday. “Many industries require it as a work day. To me, it diminishes the importance of the holiday,” said Miller, an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam conflict and past commander of American Legion Post 3 in Nashua. This is particularly true for young veterans who are raising families and resuming careers and would benefit from the public recognition for their service, Miller said. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:00:19 EST Nashua veterans remember past, look to future at parade Tuesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051283-469/nashua-veterans-remember-past-look-to-future.html Stephanie Norris stood at the crest of Library Hill in a glorious mood. She never misses a parade. But Veterans Day is special. “How could you not be proud of being an American?” the Nashua resident asked Tuesday as the sapphire- and white-clad Nashua High School North band marched past, banked right and streamed down Main Street to the soaring sounds of the Air Force official song. For Norris and her husband, Stephen, the Veterans Day Parade is a way to honor all veterans for their service and sacrifice to defend the freedoms that Americans enjoy. “It means we can all stand out here and be free,” she said. “When I see the American flag, I cry. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:00:26 EST Nashua School District custodians, board agree on retroactive contract http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051289-469/nashua-school-district-custodians-board-agree-on.html NASHUA – The Board of Education and the Nashua School Custodian Union reached a proposed three-year collective bargaining agreement that calls for a retroactive raise for the last school year and annual wage increases this year and next. The proposed contract will be presented to the Board of Aldermen on Wednesday night. The board is expected to refer it to the finance committee for review. The agreement between the school board and Nashua School Custodian Union Local 365/Council 93 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees covers the period from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016. It calls for annual wage increases of 2 percent that would be retroactive to the 2013-14 school year; 2.7 percent for the current school year; and 2.5 percent for the next school year, according to the school district’s chief operating officer, Dan Donovan. The proposed contract also would pay employees who are licensed gas fitters an extra 15 cents an hour, Donovan said. There are about five to six employees with these licenses, he said. The union represents the school district’s approximate 130 custodians and maintenance staff, which includes skilled tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters and gas fitters, Donovan said. Aldermen will also review two sidebar agreements between the city and the union representing Public Works Department employees, which call for employees who perform asbestos disposal tasks and CNG vehicle inspections be paid 15 cents per hour more for performing those tasks. The total cost of the agreements, which have been ratified by the union and city, is just under $15,000. Kathryn Marchocki can be reached a 594-6589 or kmarchocki@nashuatelegraph.com. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:13 EST ‘Klaxons and sirens added to the din’ of WWI party. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051226-469/klaxons-and-sirens-added-to-the-din.html Editor’s Note: Imagine Nashua: Then & Now is a weekly photo column by Don Himsel. Each week, he will feature an old photo within a more recent photo, along with and an explanation. The Nov. 11, 1918, diary entry by Frank Stevens, of Nashua – cursive notes written in pencil on yellowed paper – takes up most of the page. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:55:59 EST Citizen Lemen reporting for duty in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/living/lifestyles/1051227-469/citizen-lemen-reporting-for-duty-in-nashua.html As I write this, I am anticipating going to my last night of class at the Citizens’ Police Academy. I have no idea what we’re going to cover, but I am looking forward to it. The Police Academy has been one of the most interesting – and by far the most unusual – learning experiences of my life. I decided to take the course because ignorance is rarely bliss, in my opinion. Knowledge is. I like knowing things, and when my ignorance is deep and profound, I feel as if I should not have an opinion about that topic. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:00:35 EST Sunset Heights students, staff honor veterans http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1051228-469/sunset-heights-students-staff-honor-veterans.html NASHUA – Veterans Day is a day to honor those who stepped up to military service. That’s what the students and staff at Nashua’s Sunset Heights Elementary School did Monday. The school slid in an outdoor ceremony before Tuesday’s holiday based on the school’s use of the children’s book America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven. In the story, the table’s adornments act as important symbols that represent the suffering of prisoners of war and families of missing soldiers. Teacher Luan Geneste said, “This is the second year we do this. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:01:51 EST Robert Lionel Chasse, Sr. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051241-466/robert-lionel-chasse-sr..html Mr. Robert Lionel Chasse, Sr. 87, of Nashua, NH, died on Thursday morning, October 23, 2014, at his home in Valrico, FL. Mr. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:03 EST Nancy J. Whitehouse http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051242-466/nancy-j.-whitehouse.html Nancy Jean Whitehouse, 77, of Nashua, wife of Donald E. Whitehouse, died Sunday evening, November 9, 2014, at the Kindred Healthcare at Greenbriar after a long illness with Alzheimer’s. Nancy was born in Everett, Massachusetts, on January 6, 1937, a daughter of the late Timothy and Margaret (Black) Main. She was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School Class of 1954. Nancy was married to the love of her life, Don for 58 years and made their home in Everett, MA, before moving to Nashua, NH, to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:08 EST Helen O. Morin http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051243-466/helen-o.-morin.html Helen O. Morin, 90, of Hudson, NH, died Nov. 8, 2014, peacefully at her home in the arms of her daughter, Judith after a long illness. Helen was born on July 20, 1924, and graduated Nashua High School in 1942. She married Fernand J. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:13 EST Leonard J. Boucher http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/obituaries/1051244-466/leonard-j.-boucher.html Leonard Boucher, 81, a resident of the NH Veterans Home in Tilton, passed away on November 8, 2014. Lenny was born in Nashua, on June 9, 1933, son of the late Samuel and Elmire (Belanger) Boucher. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Claire (Michaud) Boucher, of Nashua, for 59 years. Prior to becoming a resident of the Veterans Home he lived in Nashua and Hollis. Lenny served in the US Army and was stationed in Korea. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:19 EST